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  • Outdoor Show: Sun Dec 17Outdoor Show: Sun Dec 17

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  • Paul Dominates As Rockets Win 12th StraightPaul Dominates As Rockets Win 12th Straight

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The 26-year-old quarterback has thrown for 627 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in those starts and has completed 65.7 percent of his passes. Those aren’t the most amazing stats, but considering he was just traded to San Francisco a month and a half ago, the 49ers will take it. Garoppolo has shown a ton of poise in the pocket, and seems to be developing a nice chemistry with wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (see more below). The Titans aren’t the easiest matchup, but with Marcus Mariota banged up, the 49ers could find themselves with good field position throughout Sunday’s game. Garoppolo offers nice streaming appeal in Week 15. RB: Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens After not being able to find the end zone in any of his first nine games with the Ravens, Collins has been on a tear over the last four weeks. The second-year back has scored in each of his last four games (five touchdowns total) while finishing with at least 57 yards from scrimmage in each as well. But the last two weeks have been especially impressive for the back out of Arkansas. In matchups against the Steelers and Lions, Collins has racked up 33 carries for 195 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, along with four receptions for 69 yards, and has looked untouchable with the ball in his hands. The Ravens will play the winless Browns this week, with Baltimore needing a win to remain in the playoff picture. Cleveland has allowed an opposing running back to score double digit fantasy points seven times in the last six games, and just allowed rookie RB Jamaal Williams to finish with 27 fantasy points. Game flow should play in Collins’ favor this week, and should lead to another strong outing for the Baltimore running back. Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images RB: Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers Speaking of Williams, how can you not start the rookie after his last three games? Williams has picked up 228 yards and three touchdowns on the ground during that span, while adding 13 receptions for 148 yards and an additional two touchdowns. Keep in mind that all of those stats came with Brett Hundley as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. The big news this week is the return of Aaron Rodgers to the Packers’ starting lineup, which should do wonders for the team’s offense. With Rodgers under center, Williams has a chance to finish his rookie campaign off in epic fashion. The Panthers are by no means an easy matchup, but with Rodgers back on the field, Carolina will be unable to stack the box expecting the run. Williams has also proven his abilities as a receiver, and could pick up a lot of the looks that Ty Montgomery was getting earlier in the season. The rookie could end up being a borderline RB1 for the final two weeks if Rodgers can stay healthy. RB: Mike Davis, Seattle Seahawks Davis has been able to do something that no other Seattle running back had been able to do following the injury to Chris Carson in Week 4- bring some stability to the Seahawks’ running game. Davis has two consecutive games of 15+ carries for 60+ yards, and while that may not sound that impressive, it came against two of the NFL’s best defenses in the Eagles and Jaguars. The Week 15 matchup between the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams figures to be a high-scoring affair, and with the Rams rush defense struggling like it has all season, Davis is in a great position to go off. Los Angeles ranks 28th in rushing yards allowed per game (124.1) and tied for 26th in rushing touchdowns allowed (12). As long as he can recover from the rib injury he suffered towards the end of the Jaguars game, Davis should make a solid RB2 against the Rams on Sunday. WR: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers This should be obvious with the way he performed with Hundley under center, but in case you were considering getting cute and benching Adams this week, don’t. The fourth-year receiver has posted 19 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games with Hundley as quarterback, including securing 10 receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14. Adams is one of the only members of the Packers’ offense that actually produced more with Hundley than with Rodgers. Let’s be clear though- Adams was the only pass-catcher to truly succeed with Hundley running the offense. Adams still caught touchdowns in three of the five games he played with Rodgers as the quarterback, and should revert back to WR1 value now that his MVP signal-caller is back. Forget about the matchup against the Panthers and fire Adams up in your lineup. WR: Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns If you somehow haven’t realized this already, I’m going to lay it out in simple terms: Josh Gordon is an every-week fantasy starter. Gordon enjoyed his first touchdown in nearly four years this past Sunday when he caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. This comes one week after he reeled in four receptions for 85 yards against the Chargers’ incredibly stingy secondary. From those two games alone, Gordon has jumped all the way up to No. 23 in fantasy points per game among wide receivers. The 26-year-old is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound monster that has already proven he can easily soar over defenders to make a catch. This week’s matchup against the Ravens may seem tough on paper, but Baltimore has surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers since Week 10. As long as the offensive line can give Kizer some time in the pocket, Gordon is in a good position to have his first huge game since returning to the league. Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images WR: Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers The connection between Goodwin and Garoppolo is real. Since the latter took over as the team’s starting quarterback two weeks ago, the former has ranked 12th among wide receivers in fantasy points. Goodwin has caught 14-of-20 targets for 205 yards over the last two games, and while he hasn’t scored a touchdown with Garoppolo yet, that is bound to change as the quarterback becomes more accustomed with Kyle Shanahan’s offense. The Titans have been allowing a lot of fantasy points to wide receivers over the last six weeks, which bodes well for Goodwin’s fantasy outlook this week. Look for Goodwin to produce as a WR3 with high upside this week. TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys Witten has scored a touchdown in each of Dallas’ last two games. However, those touchdown catches were his only receptions in each game… The veteran tight end’s production has been very inconsistent this season. Witten has just one reception in four of the Cowboys’ last six games. But in each of the other two contests during that span, the 35-year-old recorded seven receptions. A few of those one-reception games can be blamed on Dallas’ overall struggles on offense since losing Ezekiel Elliott, but still, starting Witten does not come without risks. But his Week 15 matchup against the Oakland Raiders is an appealing one, as Oakland has allowed a tight end to catch at least six passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in three of their last five games. Starting Witten would definitely be a gamble, but it’s one that could end up paving your way to your league’s fantasy championship game. Credit: Elsa/Getty Images TE: Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders Cook is coming off one of his best outings of the season, catching 5-of-6 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Oakland’s 15-26 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. 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Anderson has been one of the most pleasant surprises this season, but will be difficult to trust in the fantasy semifinals. Credit: Rich Schultz/Getty Images WR: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Evans’ fourth season in the NFL can be described as nothing short of a bust. The 6-foot-5 receiver has caught just 55 passes for 760 yards and four touchdowns, and has been unable to hit the 100-yard mark even once all year. Evans hasn’t found the end zone since Week 7, which was also the last time he had more than six receptions in a game. Tampa Bay’s last two games have been some of the worst for the big receiver, as he combined for four receptions for 58 yards on 11 targets. The problem with those numbers is that they came with Jameis Winston back under center. Evans will need to be targeted more than 5.5 times to make a difference, and that might be difficult this week. The Bucs face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, meaning Evans will see plenty of coverage from Desmond Trufant. While he did catch 6 passes for 78 yards against Atlanta a few weeks ago, his production has been too inconsistent to rely on. You likely aren’t benching Evans, but expectations should be lowered for this matchup. WR: Josh Doctson, Washington Redskins Doctson was supposed to take over the Redskins offense after Terrelle Pryor and Chris Thompson were both placed on injured reserve. While he has been able to reach the end zone a couple of times in the three games since, he has not topped 35 receiving yards while totaling just eight receptions during that span. With the Redskins taking on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15, there’s a good chance Doctston sees shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. Peterson is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, and has shut down some of the league’s best wide receivers. Doctson does not fall under that category, and will be in for a very rough day if Peterson does indeed shadow him. TE: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers Olsen’s return to the field excited many fantasy owners, myself included. But in the two games the talented tight end has appeared in since returning from a foot injury, he has only been able to catch 1-of-4 targets for a measly 10 yards. It might be tough to bench Olsen because of his name alone, but a win this week takes you into your league’s championship. With his fantasy floor being as low as it is, the 32-year-old is very hard to trust this week. Add in the fact that the Green Bay Packers are allowing the second-fewest fantasy PPR points per game to opposing tight ends, and this seems like a week to leave Olsen on your bench. The one good sign is that Carolina used Olsen on 92 percent of their offensive snaps last week. If he can put up a solid performance on Sunday, then he would be a strong play next week at home against the Buccaneers. 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    Panelists with Organizers. Seated, from left: Dr. Sheila Heinle, Dr. Virendra Mathur, Dr. Atasu Nayak, Dr. Prasun Jalal. Standing, from left: Col. Vipin Kumar, Swapan Dhairyawan, Jagdip Ahluwalia at the Heart Health Symposium event at India House on Sunday, December 3. Photos: Bijay Dixit HOUSTON: On Sunday, December 3, the parking lot of India House was full and some of the usual visitors were wondering; once they came in, they found out that besides many usual Sunday activities, a Heart Health Symposium was going on. Many inquisitive people who had not pre-registered decided to come in if they were allowed and of course the registration was free and they joined the group. Dr. Sheila Heinle This was the first of a quarterly symposium that has been planned jointly for the coming months by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Indian Doctor’s Association (IDA) and India House. The subject was quite interesting “Are Asian Indians, men and women, at a higher risk of Heart Attacks and if so how to reduce it”. Chair person was Dr. Prasun Jalal, a G.I., particularly Liver specialist and current President of IDA and speakers were Dr. Virendra Mathur and Dr. Sheila Heinle, both of Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Atasu Nayak, Cardiologist of Kelsey Seybold Clinic joined the panelists for Q & A. Col. Vipin Kumar, Executive Director of India House opened the symposium welcoming the full house of attendees, male and female about 50-50 % and presented a brief introduction of India House mission and regular activities through a brief Video. Dr. Virendra Mathur First speaker, the senior cardiologist of Baylor, Dr. Virendra Mathur presented data indicating how serious are Cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death in both men and women, and 92 million Americans are currently victims of these and over 800,000 die each year. Heart attack itself hits about 800,000 Americans annually and 114,000 lose their life. If a person has the misfortune of getting a Cardiac arrest outside hospital, 90% don’t make it.  Heart attack occurs every 40 seconds and a heart related death every minute in USA. The most frightening message was the fact that heart disease as well as most of the other deadly diseases are silent killers that do not announce themselves by pain or other prominent symptom and by the time symptoms appear, disease will be very advanced and hard to manage.  The common mistake that >90% people make is to assume that pain/symptom is indicator of disease and absence of pain/symptom equals absence of serious disease. Unfortunately, by the time pain or other symptoms appear, all the serious killers of mankind have already spread and are at a very serious stage. Many of these “silent” killers are detectable if people pay attention to their health and see an attentive physician regularly. Dr. Prasun Jalal The main theme of the symposium was about the differences in South Asians and the audience was shocked to hear that heart disease is 4 times as common and Diabetes is 6 times more common in Asian Indians than most other ethnic groups. In addition, the disease in South Asians is even more serious, it hits persons at a younger age, it is more serious and more fatal, mortality in women is even higher. Data was presented from several countries confirming the higher prevalence and severity of heart disease. Another point that Dr. Mathur emphasized was that the most obvious reason identified was higher incidence of Diabetes and he wanted everybody to know that so called ‘Diabetes’ is really indicator of the real problem which is not ‘sugar’ but several abnormalities together, known as “Metabolic Syndrome” or the Insulin resistance syndrome.  This includes high Blood pressure, higher levels of Sugar, Triglycerides, lower HDL level, obesity especially abdominal with a bigger girth.  Elevated sugar level is just an indicator of this disease or a messenger while simultaneously disease is damaging all the arteries of the body and other organs like Liver, Kidney, Eyes etc. Just lowering sugar level does not kill the ‘enemy’ or protect the damage to the arteries; only very strict life style correction is the proven benefit to reduce mortality risk. Metabolic syndrome prevalence is increasing like an epidemic and is being diagnosed in children and young teenagers. In Indian male adults above 40, it is prevalent in 50%. There are indicators that South Asians have proportionately less lean muscle mass, more fat and more intra-muscular and visceral fat and hormones of visceral fat are much more dangerous for the arteries. Col. Vipin Kumar He concluded with a ray of hope, an encouraging fact that death rate from Cardiovascular diseases has dropped 70% since 1968 and 25% from 2004 to 2014 with the advances in medicines, techniques, devices, procedures and surgery and it is ongoing at an accelerating pace. Dr. Heinle then took the difficult task of discussing the prevention and management to reduce the damage and mortality risk. Most people are aware that Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) include Coronary Artery disease (CAD) responsible for heart attacks and angina pain, Stroke, High Blood Pressure (BP) Limb or Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), Heart failure, Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and Valve diseases and some others. CAD is not only the commonest but also the deadliest. It is caused by buildup of Cholesterol laden material in the wall of the coronary arteries, blocking the passage inside. Jagdip Ahluwalia She encouraged the audience to remember all the “risk factors” which increase the frequency as well as the severity of CAD. These include Family history, age, smoking, high BP, high Cholesterol, specially LDL, Diabetes, Obesity and very important Physical Inactivity. Dr. Heinle reminded that 1 in 3 deaths are related to C.V. D.  More important 90% of CVD events/deaths are due to “preventable” risk factors. The cost burden of USA is $ 200 billion per year. By focusing on health and risk factors it is possible to delay or avoid the deadly complications and reduce mortality. She defined “Ideal CV Health” as a person who a) never smoked, b) had light physical activity of 150 minutes /week or 75 minutes/week of more vigorous activity, c) satisfied 4-5 points of healthy diet, d) had Cholesterol of 32) versus thin (BMI

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  • Fight Back Against Sexual AssaultFight Back Against Sexual Assault

    SUGAR LAND: On Saturday December 9, Daya held its next installment of Start the Conversation, a lecture and event series where the community considers, analyzes and confronts the issues, challenges and complexities that affect all. As reports of powerful individuals abusing others flood our newsfeeds, Daya provided the opportunity for the community to channel outrage into action. In light of the recent news of sexual assault both nationally and here in Houston, Daya created a forum for the community to speak out against the pervasiveness and silence around sexual violence. Founding Board Member, Lakshmy Parameswaran, LPC welcomed the audience and discussed the definition of sexual assault and the role that silence plays in perpetuating the cycle of violence. Sexual assault is any type of sexual behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Societal stigma and victim blaming drive victims to keep their experience a secret. Parameswaran stressed that abusers must be held accountable, regardless of their position in the community, their fame, or their wealth. The blame for sexual assault should solely lie on the perpetrator. Executive Director, Rachna Khare then led attendees in an interactive discussion on how to recognize some signs of sexual abuse, respond in ways that empower survivors, and refer survivors to a vast array of supportive services throughout the Greater Houston Area. Houston Police Department officers, Vaibhavi Patel and Monique Francis explained how the criminal justice system approaches adult sex crimes and provides comprehensive services throughout the process. Officers Kollean Himes and Ernest Slaughter explained the process for child sex crimes, emphasizing the Department’s commitment to keeping children safe. Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Sindhu Idicula Giri spoke openly about the long-term mental health impact of sexual assault including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Armed with new knowledge, attendees worked in small groups to critically discuss scenarios they may encounter in the community and practice ways to effectively respond and take action against sexual assault. The expert speakers then convened on a multidisciplinary panel to take questions from the audience and speak candidly about the challenges that still remain. The seminar closed with a call to action from Khare, who reminded attendees that together law enforcement, mental health professionals, and community members have the power to fight back against sexual assault through a coordinated and system-wide approach. About Daya Now in its twenty-first year, Daya empowers south Asian survivors who are trying to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and reclaim their lives. Daya empowers survivors and the community by offering counseling and advocacy, promoting community awareness and by advocating at the policy level. Daya’s approach fosters individual freedom and respect leading to healthy families. For further details visit www.dayahouston.org                           

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  • The Story of Ganesh, Played on Stage, as an InspirationThe Story of Ganesh, Played on Stage, as an Inspiration

    The Divine family at the marriage of Ganesh to Riddhi (prosperity) and Siddhi (spiritual power) during the play, Ganesh Leela at the Old Stafford Civic Center, on Friday, December 8. Photos: Nik Nikam By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: During one of the scenes when young dancers are performing for the Divine Family of Shiva, Parvati and the resurrected Ganesh, Masterji Indravadan Trivedi looks on from the podium just offstage, his turbaned head nodding slightly in rhythm to the music, eyes twinkling and his smiling face thrilled at the dancers’ steps. He had been transported back to the time when he was a quick and supple dancer who had performed many times on many Houston stages. Even though his now aged body can no longer keep pace, his heart beats like that young man who once enthralled audiences with his own mastery of dance. Hence the name! The play “Ganesh Leela” hoped to take the audience back to a time when Hindu deities roamed the Vedic plains and performed deeds to show the value of righteousness and duty. Masterji took to the podium to start the narrative for the first scene which opened with Shiva (Hetal Patel) standing on one leg and his consort Parvati (Yogina Patel) dancing around him to the beat of a small drum. Young dancers performed after Ganesh is presented on stage As he goes to the next scene, Masterji intones, “There are two places you can live forever – in someone’s heart, and,” he looked upward and pointed, “in the blessings of God,” and opened into the scene where Parvati meets her young son Ganesh, played with confidence and energy by the 12 year-old Ishaan Vijayvergiya who delivered all his lines flawlessly in Hindi. As the story continues and an enraged Shiva kills Ganesh (who is protecting his mother) not knowing he is his son, an infuriated Parvati, incarnated as Durga, stands motionless and resolute with a trident in her hands while the worshippers dance around her to the captivating beat of a bhajan. Shiva (Hetal Patel), Parvati (Yogina Patel) and Ganesh (Girish Naik) in a family portrait This is the depiction of how ego destroys relationships, as the emcee for the program, Ina Patel, described and added that “faith and duty with all its responsibilities are as good as God.” In the next scene, Parvati exhorts Shiva to “bring my son back to life,” and implores Vishnu (Samrat Sager) to intervene. Shiva asks Brahma (Nalin Bhuta) to bring back the head of the first creature he crosses with its head facing north and when he returns with the head of a strong elephant, Shiva attaches it to Ganesh’s body and breathes life into him. Aghast, when Parvati asks why he did so, Shiva assures her that her son, Ganesh (now played by the much older, rotund Girish Naik), will be the first deity that people will implore before undertaking any new venture or ceremony. Ganesh tries to fight of the advances of Tulsi and is cursed by him The play, Ganesh Leela, delivered entirely in Hindi (for which the cast 26 rehearsed and memorized the lines) was presented at the Old Stafford Civic Center last Friday evening, December 8 to an anticipated large audience but sadly few attended as the weather – this time the day after it snowed – once again intervened. “The play was cancelled in September due to Hurricane Harvey,” said Anand Trivedi, Masterji’s nephew, at the irony as the show opened, “and now we are facing the first snow in eight years. Merry Christmas!” As Mukta Vijayvergiya sang and Daxina Mehta handed out the diyas, the major sponsors were called onstage to light the ceremonial lamps. Masterji Indravadan Trivedi with Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the chief guest of the evening This Hindi play on Hindu deities is the second one produced by Masterji’s Shree Madandham Center and Manoranjan Inc., after Har Har Mahadev was presented last year on the life of Shiva. It features many of the same cast of mostly seniors (who seem to completely relish flowing into their characters, like Vibhash Dhurandhar as Narad Muni and Jagruti Patel as the seductive Tulsi) and sponsors. Just as last year, the period costumes are lavish and brilliant, as was the set with twin peacock-tailed sofas and sequined long hanging drapes. The bug surprise of the program was the chief guest, none other than Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale of Gallery Furniture who has become an icon in his adopted hometown.  Introduced by Trivedi and Swapnil Agarwal, McIngvale is as humble as he comes across on television, and spoke about his love for helping others, for which he has become legendary. “I learnt a lot from this play about duty, responsibility and faith and how it’s not if God can, but God will,” exclaimed McIngvale from the podium. “God brought us all together, forget about left and right politics. We need unity in community as we are meant to exist in groups.” And in parting, he couldn’t resist a plug for his business. “One last thing … if you need a new mattress, Gallery Furniture delivers tonight!” he said with a grin!                           

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  • Asia Society Texas Kicks Off 2018 Tiger Ball Honoring Gordon and Sylvia QuanAsia Society Texas Kicks Off 2018 Tiger Ball Honoring Gordon and Sylvia Quan

    Honorees Gordon and Sylvia Quan HOUSTON: The Who’s Who of Houston’s international scene gathered at Yauatcha Restaurant in The Galleria last night for Asia Society Texas Center’s annual Tiger Ball kickoff party hosted by Gigi Huang, introducing Gordon and Sylvia Quan as the gala’s honorees for 2018. The evening included Asian-inspired lychee martinis, dim sum, and a surprise visit by playful and mischievous lion dancers who delighted the crowd of about 160. Zeenat Mitha and Leela Krishnamurthy (right) Tiger Ball is Asia Society Texas Center’s annual signature event and one of Houston’s best loved annual society affairs, raising in excess of $1 million to support the organization’s ongoing educational and cultural programming. The tradition began in the 1990s and has grown over the years in both size and scope. This year’s gala, with Chevron as Presenting Sponsor, is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Center’s iconic home at 1370 Southmore at Caroline in the heart of the beautiful Houston Museum District. Bonna Kol and Rose Chen (right)   Chetan and Shefali Jhaveri (left) and Tanaz and Chesley Choudhury   About Asia Society Texas Center With 12 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the west. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.                           

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  • Rebuild, Relive and Recovery Event by BAPS CharitiesRebuild, Relive and Recovery Event by BAPS Charities

    HOUSTON: Houston Strong! The motto that has been ringing in everyone’s ears since Harvey. Many individuals have volunteered their time and effort to help our community. Three months since the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many residents still are out of their homes. As you walk into their homes the walls are still stripped out of drywall and one can look straight to the back of the house from the front door. Volunteers of BAPS Charities have been active from relief efforts to recovery efforts. This past weekend on December 9, 2017 a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Event was held at the Canyon Gate Cinco Ranch neighborhood. This event was to let neighbors know that BAPS Charities is there to lend a helping hand. BAPS Charities has already provided over 50 homes in the Houston area with 3000 drywall sheets and material. Drywall has been the most needed material for most of the home owners to begin the rebuilding phase of their homes.  Sanjay M. in the Katy area has been trying to rebuild his home since he had over 30 inches of water in his home and finally with the house being dried out and mold free he was able to start the work. He was very appreciative of the 95 sheets of drywall and floating material that he had received, “Thanks to BAPS Charities in making this happen.”   During the Hurricane Harvey recovery event, BAPS Charities volunteers spent time talking to every individual one-on-one to find out how the recovery was going and if additional support was needed. This event drew in over 100 individuals in need of material to rebuild their homes. As many of these homeowners were still living away at friends, families or at motels, they were thankful that BAPS Charities was there to listen and offer any assistance that may be needed. Eli M. From the Canyon Gate neighborhood said, “we have had many organizations offer material but BAPS was the only one that actually has delivered what we had requested. And this means a lot to us.” BAPS Charities has put in over 8000 volunteer hours, served 4500 hot meals, sheltered families and removed water damaged debris from homes since the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.                           

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  • How to Pitch to Investors, Workshops by TiE Houston and Houston ExponentialHow to Pitch to Investors, Workshops by TiE Houston and Houston Exponential

    HOUSTON: On November 29, 2017 entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors gathered at Houston Exponential (previously known as Houston Technology Center) for a workshop on how to pitch to investors put together by TiE Houston and Houston Exponential. The focus of the event was to help entrepreneurs learn from about what investors are looking for in presentations from investors themselves. The whole event culminated with the participants practicing their pitches and getting immediate feedback from the same investors. Kicking off the event was a welcome from Houston Exponential’s Executive Vice Chairman, Paul Frison followed by Dr. Arun Pasrija, President of TiE Houston and CEO of CHR Solutions. First to present was Bob Prochnow, Executive Director of the Technology Collaboration Center. He navigated the participants on how to build and communicate their value proposition. This begins by understanding that a company’s success depends on providing value to all key stakeholders. Identifying who those stakeholders are isn’t always clear but a valuable exercise. Therefore, after the presentation the participants were encouraged to share their value proposition with the group who provided valuable feedback to consider. A new topic to the workshop this year, Negotiating Term Sheets, was presented by Gregory Phillips of Phillips Kaiser PLLC. He shared the most common founder negotiating mistakes and how to avoid them, key term sheet provisions, pre-money valuation, and many many more topics. With no topic being off the table, the participants took full advantage to ask questions they had about navigating terms with potential investors. His biggest emphasis to the entrepreneurs was for them keep a focus on whether an investor creating too many obstacle is one they want to have a long term relationship with. No deal is so good that you can’t walk away. After a break for networking, the only panel of the day was started by a short presentation by serial entrepreneur, Ashok Rao. The environment for investing in start-ups seems bleak based on the statistics but the silver lining is the various Angel Investors that are beginning to make a big impact on the Houston eco-system. He then joined fellow panelists and angel investors Keith Kreuer (Red House Associates), Courtney Siegfried (Alice), and Michael Raspino ( May River Venture/TiE Angels) for a moderated discussion by TMCx Director, Erik Halvorsen. Each panelist shared their unique perspectives on the process for getting angel investing. After an advantageous networking break, participants dove right into the Elevator Pitch presentation by Mike Evans of Technology Startup Consulting followed by Station Houston CEO, John Reale’s presentation on Building a Winning Investor Pitch Deck. Participants learned how to take ninety seconds and one hundred and ninety words to light investors up. The evening concluded with the participants practicing the pitches they had been learning to curate all afternoon. TiE Houston is one of 61 chapters of TiE Global which is an organization solely dedicated to the fostering of entrepreneurship. This year TiE is celebrating their 25th anniversary with its 11,000 members and 2800 charter members making it the largest network of entrepreneurs in the world. More information available on www.houston.tie.org.                           

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  • Pondi Café Now Open  at Asia Society Texas CenterPondi Café Now Open at Asia Society Texas Center

    HOUSTON: Visitors to Asia Society Texas in the heart of the Houston Museum District are now greeted by the enticing aromas of India-inspired cuisine from Pondi, Pondicheri’s little sister. Pondi is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday-Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from Butter Chicken to Saffron Shrimp Salad and Bombay Benedict. “Asia Society Texas is known for providing Houstonians access to beautiful art exhibits and scintillating programs and policy discussions,” said Asia Society Texas President Bonna Kol. “Now, we will also be known as a destination for cultural cuisine. This aligns perfectly with what we do and we couldn’t be more excited about the new partnership.” “I believe you should eat well and live spicy,” said Pondicheri Chef Anita Jaisinghani. “Pondi and Asia Society are providing the opportunity to achieve both. I am thrilled to be serving lunch around some of the best cultural programming in Houston.” Pondicheri, Pondi for short, is the old French name of a city in Southern India now called Puducherry. Jaisinghani chose it as the name for her restaurant not because she or her food are from there, but just because the city had a special meaning in her childhood and she loves the sound of the word. Pondi’s menu represents carefully curated and authentic, yet reinvented preparations, from all over the Indian subcontinent. Pondi is open Tuesday-Friday, 11 am-5 pm and Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. The menu is available at www.pondicheri.com. Before or after lunch, make plans to visit Asia Society’s current exhibit Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place, a showcase of the global history and breadth of Islamic art. In recognition of the city’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey, general admission to the exhibition is FREE through December. Two factors distinguish this exhibition: first, the inclusion of works from areas largely overlooked in most exhibitions of Islamic art; and second, modern and contemporary works are featured side-by-side with historic objects. “There are works spanning more than 1,400 years of faith, culture and everyday life of Muslims across the world,” said Bridget Bray, Asia Society Texas Center’s Nancy C. Allen Curator and Director of Exhibitions. “Nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs are on display.” The exhibition is organized by the Newark Museum. It runs through February 25, 2018, but you can only get in for free until December 31. Information about future programs and exhibitions is available at AsiaSociety.org/Texas                           

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  • Marathi Film Kshitij- A Horizon  Wins ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFIMarathi Film Kshitij- A Horizon Wins ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal at IFFI

    HOUSTON: Marathi movie Kshitij- A Horizon produced by Navroz Prasla-Media FilmsCraft, USA based company and Navroz Prasla Productions directed by Manouj Kadamh and the story written by Rayban Davage recently won “ The prestigious ICFT-UNESCO Gandhi Medal ” at 48th International Film Festival Of India ( IFFI ) Goa. It’s a story of small girl- Vacchi trying to overcome the adverse situation. Despite of good eagerness about education in world, many children are deprived from education because of adverse family background. So it’s a try from Kshitij director to express the psychological changes of children due to this situation. While featuring Indian National film award winning actor Upendra Limaye and Kanchan Jadhav as lead, movie also shows that the farmer suicide is growing at an alarming rate in India. Especially in the state of Maharashtra where on one hand we have made many scientific & technological advancements but on the other hand our food providers- farmers have always struggled to live a satisfying life & to fulfill their basic needs. From the story to screenplay and dialogues, sensible filmmaker Kadaamh has filled his film with many such gripping, engaging sequences inviting the attention of audience towards many such social problems. Kshitji has been selected at the following International Film Festivals: 1. Official Selection Indian Film Festival Houston, USA (Won the Best Film Award) 2. Official Selection Cape Town International Film Market & Festival 2017 South Africa. (Won Best New Film Director Award) 3. Official Selection 20th International Children’s Film Festival Hyderabad, India. 4. Official Selection Global Migration International Film Festival 2017. U.N Geneva, Switzerland. 5. Official Selection 48th International Film Festival Of India ( IFFI ) Goa. 6. Nomination for UNESCO Gandhi Award, IFFI GOA. (Won the trophy for best film)   7. Official Selection Third Eye Asian Film Festival, Mumbai. 8. Official selection for Kolkata International Wildlife & Environment Film Festival 9.Official selection for Echo Film Festivals BRICS (EFF BRICS). According to the makers, Media FilmCraft and Navroz Prasla Productions along with Co-Producer Karishma Sagar Mhadolkar, the film will offer entertainment besides making the audience aware of the importance of education social values.  Media FilmsCraft is headed by Navroz Prasla, a visionary businessman and creative filmmaker, hailing from Metropolis Mumbai in India, where Bollywood, the heart of movie-making beats energetically; it was a foregone conclusion that Prasla would be infused with a passion for sculpting celluloid dreams. Intuitively, he saw a niche market in devising those films, of telling those stories, of finding different perspectives to the Indian ethos here in the USA. Young, and replete with ideas that permeated his every conscious thought, he moved to Houston, Texas, and sought to follow his dreams in the land of promised opportunities. Where he founded Media FilmCraft, a company driven to craft films that represents a unique fusion of American and Indian film cultures. Noteworthy is it that Prasla is also the Founder/CEO of Mottus, a Houston-based video equipment manufacturer that puts forth high quality, affordable, durable, studio and location-ready gear and accessories. Prasla selected the Kshitij story because he was convinced by Kadaamh’s study and understanding of the concept. A “Kshitij” for him is one of those rare variety films about which one can’t discuss much despite a strong desire for it could hamper your viewing experience as an audience. Film hints us that education could eventually turn out to be a boon to help the farmers. Prasla already has another film taking shape. He has his ambitious sights set on collaborative ventures with Hollywood, for him the holy grail of movie making. Regardless of the keen intellect that has brought him untold success, it is undoubtedly moviemaking that has him captivated. The promotional song of this film has been penned by Guru Thakur with the music provided by Shailendra Barve. The song has been choreographed by Sagar Mhadolkar. The song has been filmed on Vaishnave Tangde  with Akshat Singh and other child artistes. Yogesh Rajguru is the cinematographer of this film, while Resul Pookutty the Oscar winner is the sound designer. Beside actor Upendra Limaye “Kshitij” also stars greats like Sanjay Mone, Manoj Joshi & Vidyadhar Joshi.  Kshitij is an inspirational film that enriches you as a person. Let’s hope Kshitij to be a welcome exception by influencing our farmers and others in a positive way.                           

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  • The American Leadership Forum Celebrates 35 Years  of Collaborative Leadership in HoustonThe American Leadership Forum Celebrates 35 Years of Collaborative Leadership in Houston

    Photo: dabfoto creative services HOUSTON: “For 35 years, the American Leadership Forum (ALF) has been a significant driving force in creating the vibrant Houston region we embrace today”, said Randy Sim, the newly elected Chair of the ALF Board of Trustees.  “We salute those before us and look confidently into the future knowing that ALF supports leaders in our community to tackle the tough issues we face, together,” he continued.  ALF offered its first class in 1982 to create a regional network of diverse senior-level leaders across private, public and nonprofit sectors.  The nonprofit organization, whose mission is to join and strengthen diverse leaders to serve the common good, has served more than 3,500 nationwide and 1,300 in Houston.  Senior Fellows use collaborative leadership skills to identify and deal with complex regional issues, model servant leadership, and create opportunities to work together in ways that make a significant difference to Houston and its surrounding communities.  ALF has worked very intentionally to bring together a mix of diverse leaders from virtually every sector of the Houston community — not to debate, but to co-create new possibilities. Characterized by a strong belief in the human capacity for collective intelligence, the ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership to… empower Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues. At their recent annual meeting, eight new members were elected to the Board of Trustees of the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter.  The newly elected members of the Board of Trustees are Cathy Brock, Partner, Allen Austin, Art Chavez, Senior Principal, Page, Sara Cronin, Director, Corporate Communications/Government Affairs, TPC Group, Kaye DeWalt, Assistant Superintendent and General Counsel, Designee, Aldine ISD, Tyra Metoyer, Manager, External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute, Anne Neeson, Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Hermann Foundation, Roxann Neumann, Senior VP- Corp. Affairs, Silver Eagle Distributors, and Robert Wimpelberg, Executive Director, All Kids Alliance / University of Houston.  Continuing Trustees include Jagdip Ahluwalia, Executive Director, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Donald Bowers, Vice President, Houston Branch – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Jo Ann Burbridge, President, Jones-Burbridge Consulting, Jo Carcedo, Vice President for Grants, Episcopal Health Foundation, Gina Carroll, Partner, Inspired Wordsmith, Eric Evans, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, HCA Gulf Coast Division, Gayle Fallon, Retired – President, Houston Federation of Teachers, Linda Flores Olson, President and CEO, Wesley Community Center, Jerome Gray, Vice President & Senior Press Officer, METRO, George Greanias, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC, Jay Guerrero, Regional Director-SE Texas, Office of US Senator John Cornyn, John Hernandez, SVP, Diverse Markets Banking, Amegy Bank of Texas, Richard Jennings, Principal, JRJ Consulting, LLC, Kimberly Johnston, VP Tax, CenterPoint Energy, David Kim, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute, Terry Morales, Senior Vice President, Amegy Bank, Sharon Murphy, Partner, McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Astoundz, Leslie Nelson, CFO, Society for the Performing Arts-Houston, Judson Robinson, President & CEO, Houston Area Urban League, Inc., Ravi Sandill, Judge 127th District Court, Harris County, Randy Sim, President, Satsun Corporation, Rhonda Smith, Deputy Director/CFO, Houston Police Department, Michael Stewart, VP – Finance and Chief Administrative Officer, United Way of Greater Houston, Mustafa Tameez, Founder & Managing Director, Outreach Strategists, LLC, Hoang Vu, Partner, Corporate Finance, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and John Watson, Community Volunteer.  In addition, Daniel W. Snare serves as President of the organization, and Dee Dee Dochen, President, DDD Marketing Communications, and Reagan Flowers, CEO, CSTEM Teacher and Student Support Services, Inc., serve as Representatives to the National ALF Board of Directors. ALF brings leaders together through a yearlong Fellows Program in which they can engage in dialogue, explore differences, and build relationships.  ALF strengthens Fellows’ capacity to address public issues collaboratively and builds a strong leadership network to work for positive change in our community.  For more information, please visit www.alfhouston.org.                           

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  • KP George & RK Sandill Running Election CampaignsKP George & RK Sandill Running Election Campaigns

    K.P. George from his campaign website By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: In the past month, two local Indo-Americans have announced and indeed filed to run for positions in the upcoming elections in November 2018. K.P. George, who is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Fort Bend County ISD announced that he will contest the Fort Bend County Judge position that has been held by Robert E. Herbert since January 2003. George has gained a lot of experience in running campaigns as he had previously sought to run for US Congress in 2012 and ran twice for FBISD, winning the second time around. He hopes to channel his experience into a successful campaign for the County Judge and is currently holding fundraisers. Judge Ravi Sandill filing his application for Texas Supreme Court Judge Meanwhile, Judge R.K. Sandill who presides over the Texas District 127th court and was re-elected to a four-year term in 2016 filed his papers on November 28 for a run for the Texas Supreme Court. He is also holding fundraisers to meet his target of $150,000 by the end of December and is just $30,000 shy of it.                           

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  • Avoiding Brain Drain During the HolidaysAvoiding Brain Drain During the Holidays

    HOUSTON: While it’s easy to be envious of students who are off of school for an extended break during the holidays, these few weeks should not be a complete escape from learning.  For younger children who are still adjusting to the school schedule, taking a few weeks off of school and lessons can set students back in their education. Even for those who have mastered many learning skills, this extended vacation often makes it harder to get back into the learning regimen once school reopens for the remainder of the year. Best in Class Education Center provided some fun and family-friendly suggestions of what students can do during their extended break over the winter holiday to keep their minds active and ensure they don’t fall behind once school is back in session. Best in Class Education Center helps K-12 students succeed academically through customized educational programs. The brand is always thinking of ways for students and parents to find new learning opportunities. Gift Wish-List Activities: • Depending on your child’s age, there are a few different activities that can be enjoyed while building a holiday gift list. For those who are old enough and don’t believe in Santa Claus, lay out a budget of how much they are allowed to spend on gifts. Let them research different gift options that they want and use math to choose what would fit in the budget. For those who still believe in Santa Clause, remove the budget and let them research different gift options and handwrite a gift list to practice their handwriting and spelling. • Once all gifts are opened, have your children handwrite their Thank You Letters for the gifts they receive as another opportunity to practice writing and spelling Gift Giving Ideas • While it might not be at the top of their lists, consider giving your children gifts that incorporate learning. Some ideas are new books, workbooks, chess sets, puzzles, or science experiments! Enjoying the Arts • The holidays are a time when there is no shortage of events. Look for plays, musicals, or concerts to attend with your children. Talk about the event after attending, and ask older students to articulate their opinions. Road Trips Activities • It’s common to take long road trips over the holiday break to visit family or take a vacation. To make these car trips not seem as long, prepare a few games for the drive. A few examples are: • The Alphabet Game – look at license plates or signs for each letter in the alphabet. The first person to go through the entire alphabet wins. • The Animal Game – one person names an animal, and the next person has to say an animal that starts with the last letter of the first animal’s name. • The License Plate Game – try to find a license plate from every state. • If you are still trying to come up with a vacation destination, try incorporating a current lesson into the destination. For example, if your student is learning about the Revolutionary War, plan a trip to Boston to see the location of the Boston Tea Party. Holiday Reading • There is no shortage of holiday books that students enjoy. Create a log for the number of books your children read over the break, and provide a gift after they complete a specific number of books. • To help your student exceed his or her academics goals, a local resource, Best in Class Education Center, offers a variety of customized, supplemental enrichment courses and tutoring options to ensure your student is equipped with the tools they need this school year. Best in Class Education is targeting the addition of 20 more units in 2017. The state of Texas has been identified as a key state for growth. The current team behind Best in Class is looking for passionate and dedicated individuals to join this premier franchise family and ensure our youth will excel academically. For more information about Best in Class’ services for your student, or about current franchising opportunities, visit www.bestinclasseducation.com or call toll free at 1-888-683-8108.                           

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