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Attorney Hemalee J. Patel,with her son, Saam, is running for judge In the 6th Municipal District Civil Court primary race. (Photo via Kings County Politics)

Patel Running for Civil Court Judgeship

Brooklyn, Elections 2017, Politics, South Asian July 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Indian-born Hemalee J. Patel is running for the position of civil court judge in the 6th municipal district in Brooklyn, Kings County Politics reports.

(Photo by Deepak Pariyar)

A Nepali Flag-Raising Ceremony in NJ

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian July 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop joined some 100 members of the community in raising the Nepali flag, reports Vishwa News.

Khalil Chistee. History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake II, 2017 (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

‘Lucid Dreams’: Art of the South Asian Diaspora

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, New York, South Asian June 27, 2017 at 6:37 pm

“Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora,” on view at the Asia Society, seeks to give visibility in NYC to artists from the South Asian diaspora.

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer endorsing Councilman Ravinder Bhalla for Mayor June 20. “I’m proud to endorse @RaviBhalla for Mayor of Hoboken. He will continue the progress of our reform team & keep Hoboken moving forward” she said on Twitter. (Photo from Mayor Zimmer's Twitter page)

Sikh Councilman Running for Mayor in Hoboken

Elections 2017, South Asian June 23, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Ravinder Bhalla, the only Indian-American Sikh public official in Hoboken, New Jersey, is running for mayor and has received the endorsement of current mayor Dawn Zimmer, reports News India Times.

At the Adhikaar June 8 event. (Photo via Everest Times)

Adhikaar: Stories of Help at a Fundraiser

New York, Queens, Social Services, South Asian June 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm

The organization Adhikaar, which helps members of the Nepalese community, held an event June 8 to review its accomplishments and raise money, Everest Times reports.

“Seeing both the Pakistani and American flag being held up by the police is why I love Brooklyn,” said Ibrahim Raja, 16. “Now I just hope Pakistan can win against India all the time.” (Photo by Hassan Iqbal via BKLYNER)

Celebrating a Cricket Win in ‘Little Pakistan’

Brooklyn, South Asian, Sports June 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Pakistanis gathered on Coney Island Avenue in celebration of a historic win over India in the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy final, reports BKLYNER.

Jenifer Rajkumar (Photo from NYS Office of Immigrant Affairs, via Desi Talk)

Promoting Naturalize NY in the Asian Community

Immigration, New York, South Asian June 14, 2017 at 3:39 pm

New York state’s Director of Immigrant Affairs, Jenifer Rajkumar, speaks to Desi Talk about the Naturalize NY program, launched in 2016 to help immigrants become U.S. citizens.

Leaders of the American-Pakistani  Public Affairs Committee at the advisory board meeting June 5. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer for Voices of NY)

American-Pakistani Group Urges Unity

Politics, South Asian June 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

A new organization, the American-Pakistani Public Affairs Committee (APPAC), aims to unite diverse community organizations in promoting the community and raising its political profile.

Second Year for Nepal Day Parade in NYC

Second Year for Nepal Day Parade in NYC

Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian, Traditions May 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

More than 5,000 Nepalese were estimated to have taken part on May 21 in the Nepal Day Parade, only the second year the parade has been held, in NYC.

Some of the offerings at the South Asian Council for Social Services’ food pantry in Flushing. (Photo via News India Times)

The Need for City’s Only South Asian Food Pantry

Food, Queens, Social Services, South Asian May 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Ten months after the South Asian Council for Social Services started the city’s only South Asian food pantry, it is seeing an increasing number every week of people in need, reports Desi Talk.

Preparing for Second Nepal Day Parade

Preparing for Second Nepal Day Parade

Culture, Manhattan, South Asian, Traditions May 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm

The Nepalese community is preparing for the May 21 Nepal Day Parade, the second year the community will gather in Manhattan to mark the day, Everest Times and Nepalaya report.

From right): Dr. Azra Raza, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and Ikhlaq Hussain. (Photo by Elena Olivo via News India Times)

Lahore Literary Festival in NYC: A ‘Potent Force’

Culture, New York, South Asian May 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The Lahore Literary Festival in New York, with numerous writers, artists and musicians making presentations, drew an appreciative crowd to the Asia Society on May 6, News India Times reports.

A band of Dhol Tasha Lezhim artists performed (Photo via News India Times)

Indian States Celebrated in Times Square

Culture, Manhattan, South Asian May 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Drumming and dance performances, as well as workshops, brought together the cultures of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat at an event in Times Square, report News India Times and The American Bazaar.

A “Man-ologue” – dialogue with men, was staged at the April 22, annual fundraising gala of New Jersey-based women’s support organization Manavi, in Edison, N.J. (Photo courtesy of Manavi via Desi Talk)

Manavi: Helping Indian Victims of Domestic Violence

Metro Area, Social Services, South Asian April 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

The New Jersey-based nonprofit Manavi, which recently held its annual fundraising dinner, has served Indian and other South Asian victims of domestic abuse for more than three decades. Desi Talk writes about the services provided by the organization and the progress they have made.

Candlelight vigil at Diversity Plaza. (Photos by Dipika Shrestha for Voices of NY)

Remembering Nepal’s Earthquake

Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian April 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm

People gathered in Queens to remember the victims of the earthquake which devastated Nepal two years ago.