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Don’t stop dreaming, dream big; it doesn’t
cost you anything. If you work hard enough
at it and give your 110%, it will come true...
UK GUpta
Founder/Owner
Image Industries & texas proFab Corp.,
volume 6
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Features
44 Business family of the Month - Gupta’s
54 Dr. Belodana - associate professor at UD
56 ash - the unforgettable!
71 Karunya - Live in Dallas at anand Bazaar!
81 Rajendra IaNt president - spotlight

Food
51 the Saffron House - restaurant spotlight
85 Cha Siu Bao - Receipe
87 Restaurant Reviews
Movies
72 Hollywood Reviews
73 East asian Movie Reviews
75 Bollywood Movie Reviews
76 tamil Movie Reviews
78 telugu Movie Reviews
79 Malayalam Movie Reviews
scene
28 South asian Mall Groundbreaking
30 Bank Commissioner Honors students
31 Life is a poem of love
32 World affair Council Meeting
34 Hawaiian themed party - Heena & parimals’
every issue
11 Note
12 Horoscope
18 Book reviews
20 Scoop
83 Love advice
83 Doctor’s corner
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EVENTS
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Welcome to yet another exciting issue of Diya. It's never been busier here at the Diya
office; since Monicca was out on vacation for 3 weeks to India - it was at times extra
chaotic while assembling the magazine worthy of its audience.
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thanking the advertisers who have been supporting Diya (pg. 10) this month.
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scoop, scene and reviews. We are consistently on the prowl to feature noteworthy
place or person – e-mail us or call us with your idea(s).
this issue’s business success story goes to UK Gupta & his family (page 44). It
sometimes is tough to get family involved but in UK’s case he is an overall success.
this issue’s cover, ash – the queen of Bollywood, is on a global tour with her family
(page 56) – papa B, Mummy ji, & her husband, abhi; what a lucky lady! We wish
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hoRoScoPe
August is a power-packed month that
brings issues to a climax, rewards the hard
work you have done, and clearly demon-
strates what you have yet to accomplish.
Little can stand in the way of your desires
when alluring Venus harmonizes with in-
tense Pluto on August 5. You must stand
up and deal with a potentially frustrating
situation, overcome any obstacles, and
examine your resistance so you can ac-
complish your goals. Keep in Mind This
Month: Fear of change might upset you,
but retreating will not be helpful. Flexibility
in the face of adversity will always be your
greatest ally.
The action starts on August 1 with a
Solar Eclipse in famboyant Leo that
can have you rethinking your life’s pur-
pose. Rational Mercury joined with this
Sun-Moon conjunction can provide
plenty of reasons to hold on to a posi-
tion that just isn’t working. Persistence,
one of your greatest strengths, may
be a weakness now. A more positive
story, though, is a tale of compassion
and forgiveness that heals relationship
wounds and restores your faith in love.
Keep in Mind This Month: Turning loss
into gain when it’s time to let go makes
it possible to take one step back and
leap ten steps ahead
There may be too much happening, making it
diffcult to keep everything under control. You
don’t have much of a choice, however, when
Venus conjoins Saturn on August 13, followed
by Mercury on August 15. The tense opposi-
tion from Mercury and Venus to radical Ura-
nus on August 23 brings the message home. A
clean break is surely one of your options. Keep
in Mind This Month: Your stress level is high, so
it’s crucial to look beyond differences of opin-
ion. Otherwise, unexpected conficts might
turn even the smallest disagreements into ma-
jor meltdowns.
Personal issues move to the forefront,
distracting you from work. The real
message here is to acknowledge the
importance of your roots, although
family ties may produce their share of
stress. A fresh perspective can wash
away past negativity, preparing you
for change, especially within relation-
ships.
Keep in Mind This Month: It’s a good
idea to relax when you have the op-
portunity: Stress arrives in successive
waves this month, and each one
needs you at your best.
Consider fresh concepts carefully before you
launch into a full-fedged campaign. You can
rally people to your side, but make sure that
the cause is worthy. Being more skeptical
is not a turn toward cynicism, but a way to
break with old ways of thinking. Keep in Mind
This Month: Pressuring others is more likely to
push them away than pull them over to your
side. Maintaining your cool is actually much
more appealing and persuasive.
If you let your emotions propel you for-
ward without considering their impact on
others, you’ll likely receive feedback that
alters your actions. This new perspective
may nudge you off stride at frst, but it can
show you more rewarding ways to express
your creativity. Excessive pride can be
a barrier to accepting this new informa-
tion, but taking a step down can reveal a
path that will take you higher later. Keep
in Mind This Month: Plan several moves
ahead, like a good chess player, so that
you can quickly adjust your reactions ac-
cording to the changing circumstances.
By Rick levine and Jeff Jawer
this article is excerpted from the book, ‘Your Astrology Guide 2008’ by Rick levine and Jeff Jawer, astrologers for tarot.com.
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As hard as you try to compromise,
the only way out may be to end the
relationship. You may also need to re-
duce a grandiose project to a man-
ageable size in order to simplify your
life. Put faith in your creative abilities
rather than in someone else’s prom-
ises. There is a place for magic in your
life. It’s something you can produce
for yourself now. Keep in Mind This
Month: When you like what you see
in the mirror, others will as well. Trust
your naturally good taste to deter-
mine the look that suits you best.
You may not have much choice this
month as events draw you into un-
expected dramas, precipitating per-
sonal transformation. You continue to
be organized and effcient through-
out the month. If you are willing to go
the distance, you can wipe the slate
clean and move forward with your life.
Keep in Mind This Month: Growth is not
painless, and you may be required to
give up something dear to move into
the next phase of your life. Even the
best changes can be diffcult at frst.
Allow yourself to visualize life beyond
your current horizons, thereby open-
ing yourself to the possibilities of doing
things outside your daily routine. House
of Friends and Wishes conjuncts task-
master Saturn and trines joyful Jupiter.
It’s a sure sign that your involvement
with others at work or play can expand
your sphere of activities as long as you
take your role to heart. Keep in Mind
This Month: Even when your dreams
are unrealistic, they infuse your soul
with hope and focus your attention on
your long-term goals.
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You may suddenly discover that
previous promises are not as solid as
you thought, and you may wish to
withdraw from a commitment. Either
way, it’s vital to discuss these issues
openly. Show the courage to express
your needs and be honest about
what you are willing to give in return.
This straightforward approach is your
best guarantee for reinforcing a con-
nection you want to keep or for set-
ting yourself on a path to establishing
more fulflling ones. Keep in Mind This
Month: You can’t control the course
of a relationship all by yourself -- not
even with compromise and commu-
nication. It takes two to make a part-
nership work.
Yours is a social sign, and your attrac-
tion to groups of like-minded people,
political involvement and community
participation is legendary. Yet you re-
main a loner at times, reserving your
right to be separate from the same
groups you join. Two eclipses reactivate
this struggle between wanting to be
part of something greater than yourself
and your need to maintain autonomy.
Both Mercury and Venus oppose shock-
ing Uranus on August 23, rattling your
windows and perhaps shaking up your
bank account with unexpected expen-
ditures. Keep in Mind This Month: Don’t
avoid your feelings just because you’re
more comfortable living in your head.
Your life will be more meaningful when
you also express what’s in your heart.
Yet if you let go of your expectations,
you can discover a creative solution
in which everyone comes out ahead.
Don’t act impulsively on these impres-
sions or try to make sense of them.
Allow yourself time to absorb this non-
linear information before making any
major changes. Keep in Mind This
Month: Thoughtless and unkind remarks
tend to undermine trust, but construc-
tive criticism can be a major asset for
building stronger relationships.
hoRoScoPe
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BookS
Quote of the Month
“Love is, above all, gift of oneself.”
- Jean Anouilh Ardele
The LAsT LecTure
by randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
synopsis
“We cannot change the cards we are
dealt, just how we play the hand.”
—randy Pausch
A lot of professors give talks titled “The
Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to
consider their demise and to ruminate on
what matters most to them. And while they
speak, audiences can’t help but mull the
same question: What wisdom would we
impart to the world if we knew it was our
last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow,
what would we want as our legacy?
When randy Pausch, a computer science
professor at carnegie Mellon, was asked
to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to
imagine it as his last, since he had recently
been diagnosed with terminal
cancer. But the lecture he gave—
”really Achieving Your childhood
Dreams”—wasn’t about dying. It
was about the importance of over-
coming obstacles, of enabling the
dreams of others, of seizing every
moment (because “time is all you
have…and you may fnd one day
that you have less than you think”).
It was a summation of everything
randy had come to believe. It was
about living.
In this book, randy Pausch has combined
the humor, inspiration and intelligence that
made his lecture such a phenomenon and
given it an indelible form. It is a book that
will be shared for generations to come.
Biography
randy Pausch is a Pro-
fessor of computer sci-
ence, human computer
Interaction, and Design at
carnegie Mellon univer-
sity. From 1988-1997, he
taught at the university of
Virginia. he is an award-
winning teacher and re-
searcher, and has worked
with Adobe, Google, elec-
tronic Arts (eA), and Walt
Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the
Alice project. he lives in Virginia with his
wife and three children.
top books to explore this month!
by cathleen Benko, Anne cicero Weis-
berg IsBN-13: 9781422110331
sYNoPsIs
Far-reaching changes in attitudes and
family structures have been redefning
the workforce for more than two de-
cades-yet the workplace has remained
much the same. During this time, many
companies have learned that personal-
izing the customer experience is good
for business. In Mass career customi-
zation, the authors argue convincingly
to extend this popular and proftable
concept to the workplace.
This book is centered on the powerful
insight that career options in today’s
economy need to accommodate the
rising and falling phases of employee
engagement as it changes over time.
The remarkable process unveiled in
this book offers choices involving four
important dimensions of career progres-
sion: role; pace; location and schedule;
and workload.
As the working population shrinks,
maintaining industry advantage will
depend largely on keeping employees
engaged and connected. Mass career
customization provides a framework for
organizational adaptability that will do
just that
U.S. News and World Report
“Mass career customization person-
alizes” employees’ careers to ft their
lifestyles.
by christopher Paolini
IsBN-13: 9780375826726
sYNoPsIs
oAThs sWorN . . . loyalties tested.
. . forces collide.
Following the colossal battle against
the empire’s warriors on the Burning
Plains, eragon and his dragon, saphi-
ra, have narrowly escaped with their
lives. still there is more at hand for the
rider and his dragon, as eragon fnds
himself bound by a tangle of promises
he may not be able to keep.
First is eragon’s oath to his cousin
roran: to help rescue roran’s be-
loved, Katrina, from King Galbato-
rix’s clutches. But eragon owes his
loyalty to others, too. The Varden
are in desperate need of his talents
and strength—as are the elves and
dwarves. When unrest claims the
rebels and danger strikes from every
corner, eragon must make choices—
choices that take him across the em-
pire and beyond, choices that may
lead to unimagined sacrifce.
eragon is the greatest hope to rid the
land of tyranny. can this once-simple
farm boy unite the rebel forces and
defeat the king?
Biography
christopher Paolini’s abiding love of
fantasy and science fction inspired
him to begin writing his debut novel,
eragon, when he graduated from high
school at 15. he lives in Paradise Val-
ley, Montana.
BrIsINGr (INherITANce cYcLe #3)
MAss cAreer cusToMIZATIoN:
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The honda civic hybrid is one of the most popular
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* Fuel economy range: 36 mpg hwy, 29 mpg city
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The Toyota Yaris manages to combine a well-tailored, roomy
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* Fuel economy range:
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* Basic Warranty:
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* Fuel Type: regular unleaded
The new Toyota corolla is among
the best of the compact sedans: reli-
able and economical yet refned and
comfortable.
7) honda Fit
* MsrP: $13,950 - $15,270
* Invoice: $13,468 - $14,735
* Fuel economy range:
34 mpg hwy, 28 mpg city
* Basic Warranty:
36 months/36,000 miles
* Fuel Type: regular unleaded
The honda Fit distinguishes it-
self from all other subcompacts
with agile handling, zippy perfor-
mance, and impressive practical-
ity. A four-door hatchback, the Fit
is amazingly comfortable, given
its dimensions, even in the back
seats.
8) mInI cooper
* MsrP: $18,050 - $21,950
* Invoice: $16,245 - $19,755
* Fuel economy range:
37 mpg hwy, 28 mpg city
* Basic Warranty:
48 months/50,000 miles
* Fuel Type: premium unleaded
The MINI cooper provides a sat-
isfying combination of fun-to-drive
performance, a distinctive bulldog
appearance, and custom ordering
of a variety of trim and color op-
tions at a very reasonable price.
9) Ford escape hybrid
* MsrP: $27,445 - $29,215
* Invoice: $25,470 - $27,080
* Fuel economy range:
30 mpg hwy, 34 mpg city
* Basic Warranty:
36 months/36,000 miles
* seating capacity: 5
The 2008 Ford escape hybrid has
been redesigned with a more aggres-
sive new grille and headlamps, but
retains its popular overall look and
size that have made it the best selling
hybrid suV on the market.
source: AutoData
Tata Nano
world’s cheapest car!
4-Door Hatchback
Distributed In India
98,094 Rupees or $2,497
The Nano is a pet project of Ratan Tata, chairman of India-
based Tata Motors, who imagined a low-cost vehicle that
could safely transport a family in India who otherwise couldn’t
afford a car. It is about 10 feet long and fve feet wide. The
2-cylinder petrol engine delivers 33 horsepower and a top
speed of just over 60 mph. The basic model has no radio,
air-conditioning or air bags, but it does have seat belts and a
catalytic converter to reduce air pollution, and it gets 50 miles
to the gallon. It meets all current safety and emissions require-
ments in India, and will be ready for market later this year.
Source: Forbes.com (Jacqueline Mitchell)
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how To Get uncle sam To Fund Your start-up
“tip no.1: tell them Why You’re Worth It
If you want to bag small Business Innovation research (sBIr) funding, you’d better be able
to communicate precisely how the research is going to lead to a commercially viable product.
“Most entrepreneurs we work with fnd it’s a challenge to discuss how their technology is com-
mercialized,” says John Mill, director of the sBIr assistance program in Georgia. There are two
phases to the pitching process. Phase 1 grants, generally worth up to $100,000 apiece, are meant
to support early-stage market research. Phase 2 grants involve spelling out in far greater detail the
market opportunity and the nuts and bolts of the technology. It’s more legwork, but the payoff is
sweet: up to $750,000 per grant. small Business Technology Transfer (sBTT) grants work the
same way.
tip no. 2: knock on Doors
Federal agencies typically announce grants by posting “solicitations” a few times a year at grants.
gov, but don’t wait for the announcements. If you have a compelling idea that needs funding,
contact the appropriate agency directly. “They want to stay current and accurate, so offcers want
to talk to people who work in technology every day,” says stephen Fleming, chief commercial-
ization offcer at Georgia Institute of Technology. The agency may be inspired enough to write a
solicitation for research you may already be working on.
tip no. 3: tap Your State (It may Be Faster)
some states, such as Kentucky and North carolina, offer funding in the form of matching sBIr
and sBTT grants; others offer standalone gifts. connecticut, for one, now doles out $1 million
a year (up to $50,000 per grant) to young technology companies. While there’s no equivalent to
grants.gov for state-sponsored funding, some states, including Montana and Wisconsin, do host
sites outlining their grants. Better yet, getting state funding can often be a quicker process than
working with the feds, which takes four to six months. state grants generally require far less
paperwork and fewer levels of review, says Fleming.
tip no. 4: cater to Your Audience
some technologies may appeal to many different agencies. As with any sales pitch, make sure
you cater your message specifcally for each audience. For example, while the Department of
Defense might be interested in research with narrowly focused military applications, the National
Institute of health might want to hear about breakthroughs with more broad, commercial appeal.
For more information on how to avoid torpedoing your sales pitch, check out “Ten Presentation
Killers.”
tip no. 5: hit the conference circuit
There are typically two sBIr and sBTT conferences a year. The next sBIr gathering will run
Nov. 11 to 14 in hartford, conn. cost for these three- to four-day events: $350 to $400 per start-
up. specifc agencies hold their own conferences as well. (The Department of Defense will hold
one in Palm Desert, calif., in early December.) If you’re looking for grant money, there are few
better networking opportunities. “I don’t think anyone ever comes and doesn’t get a chance to
talk to someone from the agency,” says Joseph hennessey, program offcer at the National sci-
ence Foundation. ‘That’s why we go there. We’re trying to provide that interface.’”
source: excerpt from Forbes.com Maureen Farrell
coolest Future Phones
Nokia (Concept/Name:3G Phone.
Prototype)
Think “concept cellphone” and Nokia
comes readily to mind. The handset
maker--currently the largest in the
world--has been investing in concept
phones since the 1990s. This prototype,
meant to visualize what a third-genera-
tion or 3G phone would look like, came
out of one of the company’s design
centers in 1999. Features that seemed
bold then--large, color screens, menus
that featured icons like computers, more
ergonomic shapes--are commonplace
now.
Nokia, Cambridge Nanoscience Centre
(concept/Name: Morph. Prototype)
Fast forward to February 2008. Nokia un-
veiled its Morph in conjunction with an ex-
hibition on “Design and The elastic Mind”
at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Developed at Nokia’s u.K. research center
in collaboration with the cambridge Nano-
science centre, the handset is designed to
marshal nanotechnology to change shape,
clean itself, capture solar energy and intel-
ligently analyze its environment. The shape
to the left is its “wrist mode.” It can also
fold fat for use as a phone with a full-fea-
tured keyboard.
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Does your loved one dig your diet - or not?
by Jacki Donaldson
When I overhauled my diet a year ago, my husband hopped right on
board and both applauded and adopted each healthy habit I introduced
into our routine. he lost 40 pounds as a result. clearly, he was support-
ive. I’m lucky. Not all spouses dig the diets their partners embrace.
A study in the Journal of Nutrition education and Behavior found that
when people change their eating habits, spouses and partners often
experience skepticism, guilt over their own unhealthy habits, even anger.
We’re creatures of habit. When one person alters the routine, it can
throw things off balance. shAPe magazine offers these three tips for
easing the transition.
Prepare your loved one for changes share your plans a few days in
advance and communicate your reasons for making adjustments.
Address concerns Clear the air before the diet starts. Be clear about
your expectations too -- if you don’t expect your partner to make
changes, let him/her know this. Try to circumvent negative feelings
ahead of time.
Identify potential stumbling blocks Discuss how your shared meals
will go. Will you be eating different meals? Will pizza nights be
banned? Bring up all tough questions and come up with solutions.
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As a tall guy I can appreciate that designer Nicho-
las Lee Dunderdale incorporated an adjustable
roof into his 3-wheeled Kassou concept car. The
rubber “neck” can be raised or lowered depending
on the passenger’s need for headroom or better
aerodynamics. But, to be honest, this thing looks
like some sort of crazy science experiment. Like
an unholy mixture of a giraffe, bat and a vacuum
that surely goes against the laws of nature. I
mean, what are those wings for anyway? Despite
its odd appearance, the Kassou actually earned
second place in the car Design News contest for
2008—although I wouldn’t expect to see it on the
street anytime soon.
source: [car Design News via The Design Blog via Gearfuse]
crazy kassou car: confusing, like a
Giraffe With Batwings
Best Buy vending machine haunts DFW Airport
Forgetting to bring your electronics with you on a fight sucks really, really hard.
This is why the DFW airport has allowed Best Buy to put Best Buy express vend-
ing machines inside several terminals, giving travelers a chance to pick up the lost
gadgets, chargers or headphones that they would otherwise have to do without. Is
it a good deal? Probably not. But think of it as the electronics equivalent of having
to buy a pack of corn Nuts and going to town because you missed lunch. By Jason
chen [Dallas News]
"taipei in Style" fashion show starts in chinese taipei
Models display outfts during the Taipei in style, Brand collection Fashion show
by various designers at the Taipei World Trade centre July 10, 2008. The four-
day Taipei in style fashion exhibition features 149 exhibitors, 13 catwalk shows,
and 20 fashion seminars.[Agencies]
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Telugu Bible Church
Every Sunday inside the McArthur Blvd Baptist Church
“Worthy are You to take the book and to
break its seals; for You were slain, and pur-
chased for God with Your blood men from
every tribe and tongue and people and na-
tion.” - Revelation 5:9
8001 Mustang Drive
Irving, Texas 75063
we are located at 8001 mustang Drive at the corner of mustang Drive and
Ranchview in valley Ranch, irving.
From i-635 take the macarthur Blvd. exit and go north to Ranchview. turn right
(east) and go to mustang Drive.
Join us every Sunday!
Police Offcer Makes
Drunk Driving Arrest
on his Segway
You would have thought that the
only way a police offcer could
have made a drunk driving arrest
on a segway was if the car jumped
onto the sidewalk and slammed into
one. however, an offcer actually
managed to chase down a drunken
18-year-old woman in a not-so-hot
pursuit down the streets of Jackson,
Michigan recently. [Gizmodo.com]
FujiFilm Finepix Z200fd Glam
Cam, Friends Become Lovers, Lov-
ers Become Conjoined Twins
The FujiFilm Finepix Z200fd Glam
cam is yet another digital camera on
top of the massive mountain of sleek
point and shoots. Yeah, it's really
thin and will capture shots at up to
10MP with a 5x zoom lens. But it
stands out for an odd reason—it's
got a fantastic—and creepy—timer
system. [Gizmodo.com]
What's better than stealing highly guarded
secrets through your special digital camera
glasses? how about stealing said secrets to Ac/
Dc's Night Prowler? An otherwise gaudy but
inconspicuous set of oakley Thump knockoffs,
these spy camera+MP3 sunglasses capture
shots through a wireless shutter control—1
.3MP photos saved in 2GB of storage—and
they play your favorite MP3s for up to 6 hours
through the rechargeable lithium ion battery.
If only these were around when we were ten,
oh the parliament buildings we could have
pretended to infltrate. $165. By Mark Wilson
[Gizmodo.com]
Spy Glasses Set International
espionage to Your very own
Soundtrack
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Ages ago I admitted to being a foor-lounger, and it looks like Thanko has
come up with a solution that'll let me combine lazing around and blogging
for the Giz at the same time. I might rename it from Lazy Geek's cushion
to "relaxed Blogger's Desk" though. Looking a little like a massage table,
it's 31 x 19 inches across, and can be propped up at a variety of angles
from fat to about 30 degrees so your arms reach your notebook... and see
that little space for your chin? Looks comfy. No info on pricing, but I'd
love to import one. I'd just have to persuade my wife that it's a good idea,
and not ugly at all. [Gizmodo.com]
thanko's lazy Geek's cushion, Perfect for
Prone Pc Action
solar power has a lot of promise, but until recently there
hasn't been an adequate way to store the energy the sun
produces. scientists at MIT have come up with a new fuel
cell process that mimics the way plants store the sun's
rays that is both effcient and inexpensive, not to mention
environmentally sound. Without getting too technical,
the system uses sunlight to separate water's hydrogen and
oxygen atoms and then puts them back together in a fuel
cell, providing energy. This means an almost limitless
supply of clean energy might be just a few years away,
though it's still too early to say when you'll have what you
want: a solar powered laptop. [Physorg]
new Way of Storing Solar energy Discovered
Apple's just seeded the push notifcation API to developers
through the second beta release of the iPhone 2.1 frmware.
What this means to you is that developers can now tailor
their apps to receive notifcations in the background while
it's not running, something supremely useful for apps like
AIM, and to a lesser extent, Twitter and other social net-
working apps. The target date back at WWDc for when
you'd get your hands on the background notifcation was
september, which seems right seeing as developers need a
month or so to integrate it and then get their apps approved.
Now *bling* you can *bling* always *bling* know when
someone *bling* is trying to *bling* get ahold of you.
*bling* [Apple Insider]
iPhone Developers Get Push Notifcation API
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Groundbreaking of the frst South Asian MALL IN DALLAS! Photos by Bombay Photography
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The Greater Dallas Asian American chamber of commerce (GDAAcc), in partnership with
the Multi-ethnic education and economic Development center, holds its 16th annual excel-
lence in education Banquet on Thursday, June 26, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the
Intercontinental Dallas hotel in Addison. united central Bank is the signature sponsor for the
fourth consecutive year. Mr. randall s. James, commissioner of Texas Department of Banking,
will deliver a keynote address at this event.
Excellence in Education Banquet
For the past 16 years, the GDAAcc has recognized Asian American high school seniors in
the metroplex for their outstanding academic achievements and community services. There are
also special scholarship awards presented to two of the recipients: the Jerry Junkins Memorial
Award and the James Yoo Award. The former, established in honor of the late Jerry Junkins,
Past chairman of Texas Instruments, Inc., recognizes the recipient’s contribution to the com-
munity. The latter, created in honor of James Yoo, the current chairman of the Board of united
central Bank, honors the outstanding overall performance of
the recipient. Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor of Dallas county
community college District, will present scholarships to the stu-
dents starting their college education at Dallas county commu-
nity college. Also at the event, 25 Asian American professionals
will graduate from our leadership development program called
Leadership Tomorrow.
The following are this year’s excellence in education Award re-
cipients: Joshua M. Adair, Wajiha Khan, Ashley J. Kim, Jaclyn
h. Le, John J. Lee, Michael J. Lee, Tyler c. Liu, Jonash A. Loh,
stephanie o. Nguyen, Thu K. Nguyen, Joohyun oh, reena A.
Patel, Angelo G. ramirez, Waziha samin, Najam A. siddiqui,
sally Tam, christopher T. Trinh, Aivy h. Truong, Khiem T. Vu,
and Anthony L. Xie.
DcccD scholarship recipients: Date chin, An Lu, Duy Nguy-
en, Lisa Nguyen. Contributed by Chiho Mori (Greater Dallas
Asian American Chamber of Commerce)
Bank commissioner honors Asian American Graduates
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Life is a poem of love - a tribute to Najma Ghouse
By Mike Ghouse
Freedom is indeed the greatest achievement in one’s
life. The blessings of serene joy are showered on us,
when each one of us is be able to free ourselves from
tension, pain, anxiety, apprehension, hostility, pres-
sure, strain, stress and conficts. It is good to be free.
I am pleased to share that Najma had reached the
pinnacle of freedom when she took her last breath of
life. she had the luxury to close the loose ends of life
and continue her eternal journey in peace and content-
ment. It is a beautiful way to bring closure to life and
I wish this happens to me, you and every one.
Najma and I have lived our life experiencing the full
spectrum of emotions ranging from Khatta (sour),
Meetha (sweet), Pheeka (tasteless), Teekha (off),
Khara (spicy) and Kadva (bitter) brim with caring and
lots of loving.
We have enjoyed the happy moments that life had
offered; we have lived the fantasies; survived the
challenges; experienced the bitterness and above all
bonded with the thread of romance till death do us
apart. Life is a poem of love, it is the fuency of pass-
ing day and night and a life time to live. Life is your
story, our story and every one’s story.
Ek pyaar ka naghma hai, moujon ki rawani hai,
Zindagi aur kuch bhi nahin, teri meri kahani hai.
Kuch paa kar khona hai, kuch kho kar paana hai,
Jeevan ka matlab to, aana aur jaana hai.
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World Affair council meeting
with the Pakistani senate chairman Muhammadmian soomro. Photos Bombay Photography
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henna & Parimal’s
hawaiian themed party!
Photos Bombay Photography
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Today, u.K. Gupta owns several very successful busi-
nesses: Image Industries, an established leader in the
industrial coatings industry; Texas ProFab corp., a
precision sheet metal fabricator whose operation he
has entrusted with his son; and even a real estate com-
pany with holdings ranging from Texas to the North-
east.
Journey from Punjab to New Mexico
U.K. Gupta came to the United States
in pursuit of higher education. “Study-
ing in the U.S. was like the craze of
our times,” he recalls. An Assistant
Professor of Metallurgical Engineer-
ing at Punjab Engineering College,
Gupta had aspirations of doing his
Master’s in the U.S., but his parents
were not open to the idea of their son
going so far away. “What I did next
is a funny story,” chuckles Gupta. “I
got my admissions and visa done and
with the few thousand dollars that I
had saved, I bought my passage to the
United States without letting my par-
ents get a whiff of any of this.” U.K
Gupta joined the New Mexico Insti-
tute of Mining and Technology as a
Graduate student in Metallurgy. “My
friends from India were already here,
so we all had a great time together,”
shares Gupta. Although he joined
the University without a scholarship,
U.K. Gupta’s professors were so im-
pressed by him that he was awarded
a Research Assistantship soon after
his frst semester. Gupta graduated in
1971 and joined Cobre Mines in Ha-
nover, New Mexico as a Plant Super-
intendent. U.K. kept climbing up the
corporate ladder steadily and worked for top companies in
the feld of Mining and Metallurgy like Kennecott Copper
Corporation, Occidental Minerals Corporation, and Con-
sumers Power Co.
While he was busy furthering his career, Gupta took trips to
India to see his family every couple of years; and it was on
one such fortuitous trips that he met his beautiful wife, Shar-
da. Sharda had just enrolled for a
PhD program at the prestigious
Jawaharlal Nehru University in
New Delhi and was working as
a news translator and broadcaster
for All India Radio. “Our fami-
lies introduced us and we took an
instant liking to each other,” says
Gupta. “She already had come to
the U.S., and her brothers were
here too. We talked on Monday
or Tuesday, and on Wednesday
we got engaged. Within a week
we were married.”
Soon after their wedding, the
couple moved to Salt Lake City,
Utah and started their new life
together. In 1980, the couple was
blessed with their frst child, their
son, Vivek. By this time, the fam-
ily had moved to Grand Junction,
CO where U.K. was designing
a working Uranium Mine. Hav-
ing also designed a Silver Mine,
U.K. thoroughly enjoyed his time
in the mining industry. Alongside
his family responsibilities Gupta
was also assiduously pursuing an
MBA from Western State Col-
lege in Colorado. A few years
down the road when >>
“Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I took the one less traveled by, and that
has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost


one challenge we had early on,
that we have overcome, is that in general,
families always have a hard time getting along.
Working with family sometimes amplifes
conficts. It took us a couple of years to get to a pace
where everybody understands each other. once we
hit that stride, everyone was able to be most effective.
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Sharda was pregnant with
daughter Shailvi, Gupta re-
ceived a job offer that demand-
ed him to relocate to Madrid,
Spain. “They were willing to
let me fy in for a week every
month to be with my fam-
ily. But, I fgured that it just
wouldn’t work and I made up
my mind to do something on
my own,” shares Gupta.
A dream is born
U.K. Gupta’s humble begin-
nings in the feld of business
started with a paint shop that
he acquired. “My wife’s cousin,
Dr. Vijay Mahajan, was a pro-
fessor in Dallas, and we talked
to him. He had a friend, who
was a business broker, and we
looked at a lot of stuff; but, the
paint shop peaked my interest.
The shop was in trouble, but the
owner wanted a lot of money. To
manage the required capital, I had
to liquidate all my savings, get an SBA
loan, use Venture Capital, and make some
other arrangements, as well. Eventually, after a lot of ne-
gotiations, we were able to close the deal. The manufac-
turing business is very capital intensive and needs a lot
of initial investment. So, the frst few years were quite a
struggle,” shares Gupta.
His wife and kids joined him in Dallas a year after Gupta
moved here. Image Industries, a metal fnishing compa-
ny, was in its infancy and Gupta needed all the help that
he could get. Sharda Gupta stepped in to do her part in
helping out with the business. She started with handling
all the purchasing for the company. “Purchasing is a very
important part of our business because that is where the
margins lie, and Sharda was great at it.” Sharda also
helped out with a lot of the offce work.
The dedication and effort that the couple put into their
business brought industry recognition and growth; by
1999 they were ready to move their facility and offces
from Beltline to a much bigger location in Carrollton,
TX.
Gupta risked everything he had to get started in the busi-
ness and with his industriousness and hard work he has
raised his business to a position where he owns every-
thing without any debt or other shareholders.
The I.T. boom of the late ‘90’s brought in a lot of busi-
ness for Image Industries. “We were working twenty
four hours a day, seven days a week,” says Gupta. “There
was also a big demand from our customers for a fabrica-
tion facility.” Timing, however, wasn’t on his side when
Gupta decided to venture into the fabrication business.
He started a fabrication company, Texas ProFab Corp., in
2001 . . . just when the “dotcom bubble” went bust.
Carrying the legacy forward
At this very critical juncture, his son, Vivek Gupta,
stepped in to help out and took over the operations of
Texas ProFab Corp. from his father. A fresh Computer
Science Graduate from University of Texas at Austin,
Vivek was brimming with the “can do” spirit and innova-
tive ideas. Within a year of his taking over in 2003, Texas
ProFab Corp. registered a ffty percent growth.
Under Vivek’s youthful and innovative leadership, the
business has continued its outsized growth year after
year, even in a tough business environment. “After his
graduation from U.T. Austin, Vivek could have gotten
any job that he wanted in the industry. I asked him if
he would like to give our business a try, and if he didn’t
like it, he was free to take up any job he liked,” explains
Gupta. >>
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But, Vivek got into the business for
good and enjoys it thoroughly, and the
company has turned a new leaf. Vivek
Gupta followed in his father’s foot-
steps, even if those footsteps were not
always a walk in the park for young
Gupta. “I did my MBA at the Univer-
sity of Texas at Austin, while at the
same time working a lot of hours. I
didn’t sleep much, but I enjoyed every
minute of it,” says Vivek.
With his fervor for the manufactur-
ing business, innovative leadership
and logic based approach to problem
solving; Vivek is poised to take Texas
ProFab Corp. and Image Industries to
greater heights.
“Vivek has a very fresh approach to
things. He is also able to make quick
decisions that are very important when
one is working in a fast paced environ-
ment,” says his father. “It is things like
deciding to venture into automation
that make me very proud of Vivek’s
foresight and business acumen,” shares Gupta. “I was apprehen-
sive of this specifc decision, at frst, because it was a monumental
investment; but Vivek convinced me that the investment will pay
for itself quickly, and it sure did,” says Gupta beaming with pride.
Since then, he has been asked to speak at conferences and seminars
across the United States regarding the decision to move a company
of this size into automation.
For son Vivek, the mantra for their business success is service.
“Service is our big thing. We are often considered a manufacturing
company because we make a product and deliver it to customers,
but we consider ourselves a service business; the value we are able
to generate is by doing what we do correctly, quickly, and effec-
tively. We try to be faster than our competition and more precise &
accurate in our work, thus overcoming the commoditized nature of
the actual products we sell. We help our customers bring their prod-
ucts to market faster than anyone else. So, it’s all service based, and
that’s the way we look at our business,” says Vivek.
Family Business Synergy
The newest addition to the Gupta Family is Vivek’s wife, Novie
(pictured on this page). They both met while they were doing their
undergraduate studies at U.T. Austin. Novie is of Chinese descent
and from Indonesia. She came to the U.S. in 1999, facing many
of the same challenges her new father in law did, to pursue higher
education. “Novie is incredibly intelligent. In a fve year period,
she completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences, Bach-
elor of Science in Mathematics, and a Master in Computational &
Applied Mathematics all from the University of Texas at Austin
with a nearly perfect grade point average. And most importantly,
she facilitated her own way through graduate school with fellow-
ships and scholarships,” shares Vivek. The Gupta Family is quick
to identify the area of expertise of each of their family members
and what they contribute to the business in their area of specializa-
tion. For Novie, the engineering
side of the business appealed to
her. She leads the CAD (Com-
puter Aided Design) operations
and readies customer engineered
product for the machinery while
her new mother-in-law, Sharda,
handles the entire supply chain
for the company. “We are not a
top heavy company at all, and
this truly is a family business,”
explains U.K Gupta. “One chal-
lenge we had early on, that we
have overcome, is that in gener-
al, families always have a hard
time getting along. Working
with family sometimes ampli-
fes conficts. It took us a couple
of years to get to a pace where
everybody understands each
other. Once we hit that stride,
everyone was able to be most
effective,” adds Vivek. Looking
at the exponential rate at which
their business is growing, it ap-
pears that the members of the
Gupta family have found their synergy.
Mantra for Success
U.K. Gupta believes that the frst step to being successful in life is
to dream “the dream.” “Don’t stop dreaming, dream big; it doesn’t
cost you anything. If you work hard enough at it and give your
110%, it will come true. We couldn’t imagine what we could do
when Vivek joined in 2003, and we were just taking baby steps,
but when he came in we have sustained growth at a rate of over 40
percent every year.” For Vivek, he believes a lot of your success
is incumbent on your ability to take risks. “I think the time to take
risks is a lot earlier because even if the worst downside potential is
realized, you still have time to start over. I suppose the best advice
is to venture out earlier than later,” says Vivek. With the Gupta
family’s astute business sense and hard work, Texas ProFab Corp.
and Image Industries are expected to double their revenue in the
next few years. They live true to the modern day adage that the
family that works together fourishes together, and that makes them
our truly deserving Business Family of the month.
Vivek Gupta’s Business Profle
- managing Director, texas profab corporation
- managing partner, north 40 partners, llc (Real estate industry)
- president, managing partner, July Fourteenth capital group
- member of the Board of Directors, Fabricators and manufacturers association
(Fma)
uk Gupta’s Social and charitable contributions and commit-
ments
- Board of Director, DFw indian cultural society
- Board of Director, chinmaya mission DFw
- contributor for pratham and ekal
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Addison’s Best
Indian Restaurant
The Saffron House
by shahnaz Khaja
photo by rehan obaid
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The Saffron House
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one year has passed since we last visited The
saffron house for our restaurant spotlight of the
month. We spoke with co-owner Mr. Probodh
(Prob) Arora to see if the restaurant has lived up
to its expectations during the past year.
The saffron house has been under new man-
agement for over two years now and has
quickly become the place to visit for authentic
Indian cuisine. Prob and his friend and partner
Mr. George samuel took over the restaurant in
2005 with the desire to provide customers with
a fne dining experience while serving authen-
tic Indian cuisine.
Prob’s experience in the hospitality industry
has given him a heads up in restaurant man-
agement. After taking over The saffron house,
Prob and Mr. samuel made several changes. By
hiring Indian chefs, a committed staff and cre-
ating a beautiful atmosphere, they reinvented
The saffron house as a competitive fne dining
Indian restaurant. Prob prides himself in saying
that The saffron house offers the best service
compared to any Indian restaurant in the Dal-
las area.
upon walking in to the restaurant you are frst
greeted cordially by Prob and his staff. After
being seated the waiter lights a tea light candle
at your table. While enjoying dinner you hear
soft rhythms of current Indian music. Dimly lit
crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling, creat-
ing a romantic atmosphere. With each dish the
staff brings out from the kitchen, your senses
are pleasantly entertained. The authentic Indian
décor in colors of red and gold is comforting
and beautiful. While exiting, the staff greets
you as warmly as they did when you frst ar-
rived.
The saffron house brings in several different
ethnic crowds, not only south Asian. This is
mainly because of the fne dining experience
and variety of foods available. The restaurant
now serves several Tandoor grill options and
delicacies such as calamari, Lamb chops and
salmon. But to date, chicken Tikka Masala
is still the number one main dish while Pindi
channa Masala, Baigan Bharta and Gobi Man-
churian follow close behind. In desserts, Prob
says that “no one can beat their Gajar halwa
and Kheer.” The restaurant also offers a list of
fne wines and beverages that enhance the din-
ing experience.
Prob’s several years in the hospitality industry
taught him that the restaurant is where people
come to try the food, but catering is where the
business is. so The saffron house has expand-
ed their services to include catering for events.
They cater a variety of fares including North
Indian, Indo-chinese, Mexican and Italian cui-
sine.
The saffron house’s passion is to continue
to provide a fne dining experience complete
with outstanding food, service and atmosphere.
That is what Prob says keep his customers and
friends coming back. Within the near future,
Prob and Mr. samuel plan to expand the busi-
ness to North Dallas. so be looking for another
saffron house soon!
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BAmInI WIn’S
mS.voGue AnA 2008
The ANA (association of Napoli’s in North America) Fashion
extravaganza 2008 gracefully stole the sighs of more than 1200
audience members on July 5, 2008 in Marriott hotel, Baltimore.
With “A Week in a Nepali’s Life” as the theme, the show ad-
venturously blended fashion and emotion. Five sequences dis-
playing fve emotions - “love,” “work,” “tension,” “joy,” and
“culture” - and accordingly fve wears - dressy, formal, informal,
glamorous and cultural – kept the eyes of the audience riveted
onto the stage. The models were role-casted to exude these fve
emotions, while bedazzling the audience with their catwalks and
stunning looks. The show was about how the Nepali youth live
their lives in the North Americas, how they sail through their
emotions throughout a week, and how they dress to match their
moods and modalities. A posh parade of Nepalipan!
The Model hunt Winners were Prashant rajbhan-
dari, Anup Pandey, Nishan Basnet, sagar onta, sushan Manand-
har and Jimmy Lamsal in the male category and raksha sharma,
Bimina ranjit, sabina Malla, smriti Basnyat, raksha sharma
and Medhawi Giri in the female category. These Model hunt
winners from different states of the us came to ANA to sport
their talents. The onsite judges were Karishma Manandhar,
Deepesh Kishore Bhattarai and sharmila upreti. The winners
of the title Mr. Vogue ANA and Ms. Vogue ANA were Prashant
rajbhandari form Baltimore, and Bimina ranjit from Dallas.
Bimina ranjit, 21 the title winner has been living in
Dallas for last 2 years of her life, while back at home country
Nepal she was a renowned fashion Model. she has made Dallas
proud with her unquestionable showmanship on ramp of ANA
Fashion extravaganza. Ms. Bimina ranjit has certainly returned
to her element by proving herself the best in the frst ever Fash-
ion extravaganza and created a history of being 1st Ms.Vogue
ANA 2008.
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Dr. Sri

beldona
spotlight
AssocIATe ProFessor, coLLeGe oF BusINess AT uNIVersITY oF DALLAs
Written By MANuJA shuKLA
PhotograPhy By rehAN oBAID
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Dr. Sri

beldona high achievements, excellence in profession, perfection
in any task undertaken….and still aspiring for more to
accomplish. This may be the approximation with which
we can describe the professor at the university of Dallas.
he epitomizes, that it can only be the hunger for learning
which can lead us to the zenith of our success.
Well, this is a story about Dr. sri Beldona, Ph. D., university
of Dallas, college of Business, Associate Professor who is no
stranger in the academic world as well as the corporate world.
After taking a deep plunge in the corporate world, rising high to
the position as of a Vice President, he took a turn to pursue his
life’s ambition - a career in academics.
hailing from Bellary, a small town in the state of Karnataka in
India, Dr. Beldona consistently looked for higher goals in his
academic and professional pursuit. once, for whom, acquiring
the mechanical engineering degree from that small town Bellary
in India seemed to be the highest education he can pursue is now
an acclaimed professor at the university of Dallas.
After his Bs in mechanical engineering, he realized that a Mas-
ters degree was essential in that slow economy and so he went on
to pursue an MBA degree from Poona university.
A bright student as he was, being among the top percentile of the class
was his record. The placement from the university landed him the position
of Assistant to Vice- President in Blue star Limited, in New Delhi which
manufactures Air conditioners.
All throughout his MBA and during his frst job, he always knew that he
wanted to come to the united states to pursue his dream of joining the
academics. A tough preparation for GMAT yielded result when he was
able to gain admission for Ms (International Business) at Temple uni-
versity, Philadelphia in 1991. Later Beldona went onto complete his P.hd
in Business Administration with concentration in International Business/
strategic Management from the same university. here it’s worth mention-
ing that Temple university is a 125 years old university with international
campuses and is the 6th largest provider of professional education in the
united states.
After completing his PhD, Dr. Beldona worked for Marketing Manage-
ment Inc., located in Fort Worth as Vice President, strategic Planning &
Finance. Inspired by his brother and his Ph.D, advisor, Dr. Beldona made
the move to join university of Dallas as an Assistant Professor. he says,
“university of Dallas was a perfect ft for me. The college of business
prides itself in brining faculty who has business experience. My experi-
ence at MMI and other consulting projects I had been involved in were of
immense value at uD. our student’s learning is signifcantly enhanced
when faculty can bring relevance into the classroom through their business
experiences.”
At the university he has been very active in publishing research papers
and also excelling in teaching. his students have consistently rated his
classes as one of the best classes they have taken. Dr. Beldona has been
very instrumental in guiding university of Dallas to partner with an Indian
business school to leverage on the exploding demand for quality manage-
ment education in India.
Dr Beldona has contributed extensively to the academic world by publish-
ing a number of papers related to marketing and international business. his
most recent paper coauthored with Dr. scott Wysong (2007), is titled, “Put-
ting the Brand back in store Brands,” which was published in the Journal
of Product and Brand Management’. he has presented numerous papers
in both national and international conferences. recently he was invited
to speak at the Jaipur Press club on Globalization and its impact on India.
A perfectly family person that he is, he gives all the credit for his education
to his mother and calls his wife a great support to pursue his dreams. In his
own words Dr Beldona calls his mother as the “iron pillar” of his education
who had once said that “education is the only thing that will remain with
you forever.” he still remembers vividly his parents sitting in the front row
during his graduation ceremony- and that he explains is the most memo-
rable moment of his life.
We honor these achievements made by Dr. Beldona in such a short time
and wish him good luck for his future endeavors.
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University of Dallas was a
perfect ft for me... Our student’s
learning is signifcantly enhanced
when faculty can bring relevance into the classroom
through their business experiences.
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aishwarya rai
having time of her life!
Aishwarya rai, who is currently busy
with the Bachchans' unforgettable con-
cert, says that as a co-star she had often
asked Abhishek to experience a world
tour. And when he fnally agreed to it,
they are dancing as husband and wife.
"You know, when we were co-stars,
I always told Abhishek a world tour
is something he must experience. In
fact, for one of my world tours I had
even asked my organizers to ask him to
come onboard. he'd say, 'Not yet, not
yet'. And who would've thought when
he's fnally ready for his frst world
tour, we'd go together as husband and
wife," Aishwarya told IANs in an in-
terview.
"It's a wonderful experience. We have
danced together on screen and also per-
formed together. But we've never been
on a concert tour together. even the au-
diences all over now respond to us as
a couple. They keep showering us with
blessings and good wishes."
The actress took a break from her tour
and few back to Mumbai with Abhishek
to meet her father who is unwell.
excerpts from an interview:
It seems jetlag was invented for you
and Abhishek?
ha! I grabbed this opportunity to come
back home because Abhishek had to at-
tend an event. I came back to see my
father. That's been a gnawing concern
all through ever since my father fell ill.
The frst couple of the unforgettable
shows were really diffcult because I
didn't get enough time to rehearse. But
after that it's been fantastic.
In spite of the fact that you couldn't re-
hearse enough?
I was ill for three weeks before we left.
I was on antibiotics throughout. I barely
had fve days to rehearse before we left.
only I know what it took for me to look
chipper at the press conference.
how could you dance after getting up
from your illness?
The frst two shows were really tough
on me. I had to do everything in my
power to not let my post-illness weak-
ness show. I practically learnt my steps
during the shows. I just had the last
three-four nights to frst watch the acts
and then try to learn them.
You must be torn between the anxiety
for your father and the ecstasy of danc-
ing live?
I am. My father is such a strong man.
And so is my mother. They're both go-
ing through his illness and recuperation
together. My father is the strongest man
I know. his faith in the power of healing
is so strong. I feel his strength and also
the love of all those who have sent their
genuine concern. he has gone through
his second cycle of chemotherapy and
now he's going through his third. It's
not easy for us.
Wouldn't you've preferred to stay home
at this time?
My father wouldn't allow that. My par-
ents are made of incredible substance.
When I was toying with the idea of
backing out of the tour, they put their
foot down. My dad was like, 'No way.
Life goes on. There's no way I'll let you
take steps back'.
The international press has gone ga-ga
over your dancing?
I enjoy dancing and I'm having the time
of my life. But I wanted to come back
to Mumbai for a while to spend time
with dad. If it was London, it would be
a hopping fight. But from the us, you
lose time because you cross the merid-
ian line. so much as I'd like to come
back every week from the concerts, I
can't. But I just had to see dad. And this
weekend we just had one show. Now
we return to do a show in houston.
how is it dancing with Madhuri Dixit?
For the two of us it's like old times
again. We felt we were both back to do-
ing "Devdas" together.
You hadn't forgotten your "Dola re"
steps?
You know muscle memory never lets
a dancer down. If you're a dancer, you
never forget steps for a song or dance
you've done before. When the music
plays the body just takes fight. And
that's the best way to dance.
Dancing with the whole family - is that
a new high?
It's a wonderful experience. We've
danced together on screen and also
performed together. But we've never
been on a concert tour together. These
concerts are special because we're do-
ing them as a family and it's the frst
concert Abhishek and I am doing after
marriage. even the audiences all over
now respond to us as a couple. They
keep showering us with blessings and
good wishes.
And when we perform to the "Guru"
song, you should hear how they coo
and clap. You know, when we were co-
stars, I always told Abhishek a world
tour is something he must experience.
It's just such a high to connect on such
an intimate basis with your audience.
In fact, for one of my world tours I had
even asked my organizers to ask him to
come onboard. he'd say, 'Not yet, not
yet'. And now who would've thought
when he's fnally ready for his frst
world tour, we'd go together as husband
and wife.
Your best shared moment during the
concerts so far?
After the performance at Amsterdam,
I looked at Abhishek and asked how
it felt. And he reminded me that I had
urged him to go on stage from long
before. 'And now we're on stage as
husband and wife,' he said. That was a
memorable moment.
A section of your friends in Mumbai
continue to believe the shows aren't do-
ing well?
What do you do? I've spent an entire
career fghting off false perceptions
about my life and career.
Do you improvise in the programming
for each concert?
Well, we added "Dola re" in the us
when Madhuri came on board. Ab-
hishek and I have also added a roman-
tic act. Most of the show is pre-set, but
we're modifying it here and there. As
the number of performances increases
we're having more and more fun. We're
getting more and more interactive with
the audience.
Source: Indo-Asian News Service
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Postcard from...Cambodia
By Aditi Fruitwala
As chea, a tuk tuk driver and tour guide, steers
around the beautiful royal Palace in Phnom
Penh, he points out the startling absence of
dogs. “Phnom Penh used to have many dogs.
Dogs everywhere, in houses, on the streets.
But now people have no money, so we have to
eat the dogs. We eat anything we can.”
historically, dogs have been con-
sidered unclean meat in cambodia. however,
with the surging food prices, many people
no longer have the option to eat their pre-
ferred source of protein. Dog thieves motor-
bike through the city, snapping up dogs with
wire nooses and selling them at signifcantly
lower prices than traditional meats like pork
and beef. chea says that when “special meat”
is on the menu, most often it contains dog or
rodents.
“My brother used to have a dog,”
chea shakes his head, “But now, everyone los-
es their dog. one day they are playing outside
and then they are gone.”
chea, who has been working as a tuk tuk driver
for the last 25 years, marvels at the stark con-
trast between the tourist-friendly area and real
Phnom Penh. he enthusiastically points out
the sites of Phnom Penh as he drives to an or-
phanage outside of the city. “The royal Palace,”
he says, “where you can forget about the poverty of the
rest of the country.”
The orphanage is located 15 kilometers west
of the city. In 2007 it stood in the city center, a few
blocks from the royal Palace, but the government has
since asked all orphanages to relocate outside of the
city to improve appearances for tourism.
The orphanage receives no offcial funding,
so the welfare of more than 200 children is reliant on
donations from the rare tourist that visits this ill-located
place. chea explains that before the move, the orphan-
age received a steady stream of visitors that provided
the essentials to continue operations. But now, it is
lucky to have one or two a week.
And to aggravate matters, the price of these
essentials, like food, has tripled within the last six
months. The staples for everyday sustenance at the or-
phanage have become near to impossible to buy. one
kilo of rice, approximately 30 cents in January 2008,
rose to $1 by April 2008. And for a country in which the
average citizen lives on $1 a day, this price shift has had
shattering impacts. The food shortage has pushed expo-
nentially more people into poverty. since January many
parents, unable to feed their children, have left them at
the orphanage, praying that the organization can care
for their children.
As chea drives through the entrance of the
orphanage (a mud patch with thousands of insects) two
adorable and friendly children jump in the tuk tuk and
scrounge for laps to sit on. chea comes bearing rice
and fruit, the breakfast that he never ate this morning.
The children shriek when they hear him coming and
run from all directions, almost toppling over the tuk tuk
with excitement. Their guiding hands take me through
the orphanage, forcing me to feign excitement by the
broken double bed that sleeps 14 children and the tiny
pot that holds their rice rations for the week.
“I don’t have much to give,” chea says. “I
work as a tuk tuk driver! We are not paid much and driv-
ing is very expensive. But we all do what we can, not
much, but what we can.”
Aditi Fruitwala teaches English as
a second language in Barcelona
and is a contributor to Foreign
Policy In Focus.
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Shanghai Stars
Shine As Shooting
nears end
The air of shanghai is drip-
ping with romance, mys-
tery and history. That’s
exactly the feel director
Mikael hafstrom is trying
to achieve with his flm of
the same name. he has the
help of several big stars
renowned for their ability
to project heavy moods —
Gong Li, chow Yun-Fat
and John cusack.
Gong Li had to wait seven
years after reading the script
to start shooting Shanghai.
During that time the script was rewritten fve times for a complete makeover
of the main characters. It was also decided that the only way to evoke pre-
WWII Shanghai was to shoot in Thailand.
This Hollywood concoction by the Weinstein Company has Cusack’s
character returning to Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl
Harbor to learn that a friend has been killed. He eventually discovers what
many flm directors and novelists have discovered — that Shanghai is an
ideal town for intrigue.
Known for alternating between mainstream Hollywood and independent
flms, John Cusack says his latest movie “Shanghai” is a rare middle ground
between the two genres.
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Stars of John Woo's Red cliff
John Woo's epic 5-hour thriller Red Cliff stars Hong Kong actor Tony Leung, Japanese-
Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro and Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-Ling. The frst part is
set for July 10 release in Asia, with Part II to follow in January 2009. A single 2 1/2-hour
version will be released in the U.S. in January.
The $80 million project, the most expensive of
its kind outside Hollywood, has already recouped its
investment solely on Asia distribution rights, accord-
ing to producer Terence Chang.
Red Cliff is the frst movie directed by Woo in Asia
since he left Hong Kong for Hollywood two decades
ago to make thrillers like Face/Off and Mission:
Impossible II.
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dj jazz
DJ Jazz is one of the top Desi DJs in the Dallas area. his extraordinary mixing skills continue to
capture the hearts of his audiences.
Dj Jazz has performed with some of the most popular DJs, at the hottest clubs,
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Besides spinning the wheels of steel he is also a talented Dhol musician. Dj
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Pictures courtesy: Miss universe 2008 & NBc universal.
Miss Universe - Dayana Mendoza

venezuela
Miss Venezuela Dayana Mendoza, a
former kidnapping victim, has beat-
en 79 of the world's most beautiful
women to be crowned Miss universe
2008.
Mendoza, 22, was once kidnapped in
her homeland and she told reporters
that experience taught her to keep
cool under pressure, news agency As-
sociated Press reported.
she told the Miss universe website:
"I was once kidnapped in what in my
country is known as an express kid-
napping. It was a very hard experi-
ence.
The annual Miss universe pageant –
which tries to present itself as some-
thing more meaningful than a swim-
wear parade – was frst held in Long
Beach, california, in 1952.
The event was taken over in 1996 by
us real estate mogul Donald Trump.
The 15 semi-fnalists named at the
beginning of the show were from
Venezuela, Kosovo, Mexico, Viet-
nam, south Africa, Australia, Japan,
the Dominican republic, Italy, co-
lombia, russia, hungary, the czech
republic, the united states and
spain. [Agencies]
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“Best oF Fine Dining” city seaRch
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music
Release of
‘chamku’
BollYWooD eventS
Aamir khan unveils 'Ganga: A Divinity in Flow' urmila and manish inaugurate muslin
store
urmila & Manish Malhotra were the chief guests as
they inaugurated the frst ever Muslin home furnishing
store in Mumbai.
Aamir Khan unveils the book titled "'Ganga: A Divinity
in Flow' at a press conference held in Mumbai at Taj
Lands end in Bandra. The pictorial book has pics by
Atul Bhardwaj and text by Vijay singal. The forward of
the book has been written by Amitabh Bachchan.
Shreya at the preview of ces't la vie
sunil shetty, Aporva Lakhia, shreya saran, Jiah
Khan, Poonam Dhillon and others. sunil shetty
along with the Mission Istanbul cast graced the pre-
view of lifestyle club called ces’t La Vie in Mumbai.
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Karunya was born on 1st March, 1986 in the city of hyderabad into a family
of classical singers. Though he has been under the training of his paternal
uncles and aunts since the age of four in carnatic music, according to him,
his intensive training in the same started under his tauji Mr.N.c.Murthy
since the age of 14. his schooling and initial forays into music were at his
alma mater Brahm Prakash DAV, Kanchanbagh.
Karunya had released an album called ‘chiru sarigamalu’ in his childhood
which was launched by south-Indian actor, Megastar chiranjeevi. he later went on
to win the most acclaimed, ‘Paadutha Theeyaga’ hosted by Dr.sP Balasubrahmanyam
(sPB), on ‘eenadu Television’. he was appreciated highly by sPB and the audience
of Andhra Pradesh for his versatility. he was the leader of his school choir right from
the age of 7 yrs, has participated in many local stage shows and T.V. shows in A.P,has
recorded a number of children,devotional and patriotic songs for several non-flm
music directors.At the age of 12 his 2nd album named “sai Madhuri”,was released
by none other than sri sri satya saibaba in the presence of Pt. shiv Kumar sharma in
Bangalore.
But, Karunya always wanted to do playback in all the languages, including
hindi. For this frst he started out meeting the local music directors but the going was
very tough since he did not know any important people from the industry. even then,
in 2005, before he auditioned for Indian idol 2, he had already sung two songs in a
telugu movie ‘Vamsham’.
Indian idol 2:
once he auditioned for Indian idol 2, there was no looking back for Karunya. he im-
mediately became the darling of the masses with his innocent charm and confdence
while the class loved him for his speckles renditions. he was an instant hit with all the
north Indians because of his unbelievable performance of the Punjabi and rajasthani
songs .The judges, celebrities and all the other musicians all over India rooted and
prayed for him to win the competition. especially, Karunya is the sole south Indian
contestant in any reality show to have garnered as much interest as he did. suddenly,
whole of A.P sat up and took notice of the talents and started rooting for him. In the
end though Karunya did not win the title he was declared the unoffcial winner of the
contest by one and all through blogs and the newspapers.
Films:
After the end of Indian Idol 2, Karunya started realizing his dreams much sooner than
any of his seniors/contemporaries. The very next day after the contest, he was called
for an audition for the prestigious project by none other than the Movie Mogul Vidhu
Vinod chopra for Lage raho Munnabhai. he was immensely liked by Vidhuji, direc-
tor raju hirani and the music director shantanu Moitra.The feat which took everyone
by surprise was that he recorded the song in one take in just 15 ins time! Then he sang
two songs for Jai santoshi Maa, for Anu Malik.After that,he went to hyderabad to
meet each and everybody of the Telugu flm industry who supported him for Indian
Idol. Then he recorded his frst Telugu song for one of the most powerful young
Telugu stars Jr. NTr for the flm “Ashok”. The song was very well received and
Karunya was fooded with offers in Telugu. he continued being very busy in Telugu
by giving huge hits like “orugalluke Pilla” for the flm sainikudu and “enduko” for
the flm chirutha and recorded for about 25-30 flms till date. he still continues to
sing in many of the Telugu flms.
Album:
Karunya released his frst hindi album, a self titled “Karunya” on Aug 9th 2008.The
music was composed by Lesle Lewis and the Video directed by sister of Pradeep
sarkar (Parineeta fame), Madhu sarkar.The album was received well by all his fans,
there was a sell out in hyderabad as well as a place in the charts in Delhi and Kol-
kata.
shows:
he had done numerous concerts in and abroad India and still continues to do so.he is
a completely different person on the stage. he has also earned a very good name for
his stage antics and dances while singing. his show in Dallas on 7th october 2006 had
an audience of 40,000, the highest for any Indian Artiste in u.s.A. he has extensively
toured America, performed in The emirates, singapore and east Africa.
Awards and rewards:
1. Bharathamuni Award for the best male debut playback singer.
2. The Vamsi-Berkeley award for the best male playback singer.
3. Nandi award by the Govt. of A.P. for a song sung for the teleserial “Melukolupu”.
4. honored as the “Young rising star of India” by the under secretary General, uN,
Mr.shashi Tharoor.
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After re-invigorating the Batman movie franchise by taking him back to his be-
ginnings three years ago, director christopher Nolan again tweaks the superhero
movie genre and turns it on its ear with this riveting and brilliantly executed sequel.
You could safely say this is The Godfather II of comic-
book movies because at its dark heart it really plays like a
crime movie, more L.A. confdential than Iron Man. Join-
ing a triumvirate to eviscerate crime in Gotham city, Bat-
man (christian Bale) teams with Lieutenant Jim Gordon
(Gary oldman) and crusading D.A. harvey Dent (Aaron
eckhart) to triumph over evil. But as a true anarchist, The
Joker (heath Ledger) is unleashed by the mob and de-
termined to cause holy bat terror for no apparent reason
other than his own enjoyment. right from the beginning,
Batman and his colleagues realize they are not dealing
with any rational criminal and must use all their ingenuity
to combat him. The flm explores the extreme damage one
determined person can have on an entire society, an apt
analogy to the real world where local terrorists can create
havoc beyond human belief. Things also get complicated
when a love triangle develops between Batman’s alter-ego
Bruce Wayne, harvey Dent (who truly has a dark side )
and rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
Hollywood.com Says
The Dark Knight is extraordinary, an amazing piece of
flmmaking that rockets the Batman legacy to heights
never imagined, fueled by Heath Ledger’s amazing re-
invention of The Joker.
MPAA rating: PG-13
“Against all odds, a lightweight Broadway
musical made up of ABBA songs and an
innocuous storyline has become a world-
wide phenomenon still running and sell-
ing out wherever it plays. Now it has been
given the big-screen treatment, flmed on
location in the Greek Isles. The story basi-
cally remains the same (and oddly simi-
lar to the 1969 Gina Lollobrigida com-
edy Buona sera, Mrs. campbell) about a
young girl, sophie (Amanda seyfried), on
the eve of her wedding. she has decided
to fnd out who her real father and so she
invites all three of her mother Donna’s
(Meryl streep) ex-loves to the wedding.
With the arrival of sam (Pierce Brosnan),
Bill (stellan skarsgard) and harry (colin
Firth), all hell breaks loose as Donna must
not only deal with the impending nuptials
but also the re-emergence into her life of
three very different--and now older former
fames. helping her through the ordeal are
her two best friends, rosie (Julie Walters)
and the seductive Tanya (christine Baran-
ski)...” By Pete hammond
Hollywood.com Says
“Mamma Mia, what a movie! This winner
takes it all--an absolutely hilarious, rousing
and joyous celebration that ought to have you
dancing in the aisles.”
Mamma Mia (PG-13)
The Mummy: Tomb of
the Dragon Emperor (R)
“story: The frst two Mummy mov-
ies were a lot of dumb fun: lost cities
in the egyptian desert, tombs full of
mummies, scarabs, scorpion Kings.
The word “mummy” just lends itself to
an egyptian adventure. But setting the
third one in china doesn’t really work.
An ancient ruthless Dragon emperor
(Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors who
have laid forgotten for eons, entombed
in clay as a vast, silent Terracotta Army
just waiting to be awakened to wreak
havoc again isn’t one’s idea of a Mum-
my movie. A crouching Tiger, hidden
Dragon variation, maybe, but not in this
milieu. The original Mummy heroes
rick o’connell (Brendan Fraser) and
his wife evelyn (Maria Bello) are once
again involved, but it doesn’t make it
any better. even their now grown-up
son Alex (Luke Ford), as a mini-rick,
can’t help elevate the proceedings. The
only saving grace is perhaps Michelle
Yeoh as a sorceress who sticks around
long enough to get her revenge on the
emperor.” by Kit Bowen
hollywood.com says
“Third time is NoT a charm in this case. Be-
sides a few cool action moments with Jet Li,
this Mummy should have stayed buried.”
“story: considering how close the last
two presidential elections were, includ-
ing the 2000 race between Gore and Bush
that came down to hanging chads and the
supreme court, it was probably inevitable
that flmmakers would fnd a credible way
to focus on a campaign that somehow
comes down to just oNe vote. If you can
accept that premise, you’ll have a great
time with swing Vote, which manages to
be so funny, and ultimately inspiring, you
may just want to stand up and cheer. The
seemingly incredible premise revolves
around Bud Johnson (Kevin costner), a
beer-bellied perpetual loser and divorced
dad who fnds himself at the epicenter of
a major presidential campaign--thanks
to his super smart and socially aware 12
year-old daughter Molly (Madeline car-
roll), who, fed up with Dad’s disinterest,
forges his name and sneaks in to cast a
vote on her own. When there’s an electri-
cal malfunction, the ballot is nullifed...”
By Pete hammond
Hollywood.com Says
“As the election season heats up, so do the
politically-themed movies--and right out
of the gate is swing Vote, a non-stop laugh
machine which proves itself to be a landslide
comedy winner.”
Swing Vote (PG-13)
Step Brothers (R)
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“Brennan huff, a sporadically employed thir-
ty-nine-year-old, lives with his mother, Nancy.
Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-
year-old lives with his father, robert. When
robert and Nancy marry and move in together,
Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each
other as step brothers.”
Meet Dave (PG)
Rating: HHIII
“Dave Ming chang, newly arrived in New
York city, may be the ultimate fsh out of wa-
ter. he’s forty-something, pleasant looking and
nattily dressed, even if his attire--an all-white
suit, black tie and a neat black handkerchief
tucked in his pocket--harkens back to the dis-
co-centric ‘70s.”
Space Chimps (G)
Rating: HHIII
“oK, so space chimps isn’t exactly a Pixar-
esque masterpiece, but it should serve its pur-
pose of entertaining the young tots.”
Brideshead Revisited (PG-13)
Rating: HHHII
“You could not ask for a better screen adapta-
tion of Brideshead revisited. It’s a stunning,
gripping and visually sumptuous cinematic
feast that is like a breath of fresh air in the
onslaught of summer movies. But purists, be-
ware.”
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“candid, intimate, and often heart-wrenching,
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synopsis / Plot After barbarically slaughtering his parents, sixteen year-old ryo is sent to a
prison for boys. continually tortured by his fellow inmates, ryo takes up karate training after a
savage beating leaves him for dead. returned to society after three years, ryo catches the atten-
tion of the local triads for his natural ferocity and dedication to destruction. convinced to enter
underground, no-rules fghting tournaments, ryo easily demolishes the competition. seemingly
unstoppable, ryo’s inevitable confrontation with champion sugawara may be his only chance
for respect from the society that has so completely rejected him.
Directed: Pou-soi cheang. Genre: Action. runtime: 01:45:17. country: hong Kong
Language: cantonese. subtitles: english, chinese (srt’s are included with the raw idx/sub’s)
cast: shawn Yue, Francis Ng. Imdb: shamo
ShAMo (ChinESE)
Small Town Rivals
(Korean)
Kung Fu hip hop
(Chinese)
The Moss (Chinese) The Bullet Wives (Thai)
Born and raised in a rural town, choon-sam
lives a relatively normal life, taking care of
his father. When the village chief passes away
through an accident, the villagers unani-
mously decide that young choon-sam should
be perfect to ft in the job. choon-sam soon
has to deal with adversity as his old friend
and school election rival Dae-gyu becomes
the county magistrate. This anticipated rivalry
has them fght desperately for not only pre-
dominance, but also for pride. cast: cha seung-
won, yu hae-Jin, Byeon hee-Bong, choi Jeong-won, Bae il-Jip,
nam il-woo. subtitles: korean/english. Runtime: 113 min.
genre: comedy. Directed: Jang gyu-seong
“Kung Fu hip hop” is a warm touching story
of 3 adults who have bravely pursuing of
their dreams and how they overcome all chal-
lenges ahead of them in the dancing world. It
all starts off with a dance competition which
the 3 main characters are taking part in. From
there the story continues to show their cre-
ativity and passion for music and dance along
with what happens in the dance competition.
The 3 of them have break through their highs
and lows, share their sweat, tears and laugh-
ter, together they solved all diffculties and
challenges in winning the glory of the title
“Dancing King”.
Directed: Fu Huayang
Genre: Action/Dance
Runtime: 90 mins
Cast: Joedan Chan, Fan Bingbing, Popin Hyeon-joon, Pan Xi-
aoting, Yang Yang, Gao Min, Xing Aowei
An undercover cop (shaw Yue) in nightspots
and falling for a streetwalker Bonnie sin
while Fan siu Wong plays someone conned
into coming to hong Kong and forced to
worked as an assassin.
Directed: Chi-kin Kwok
Genre.: Drama/Action
Runtime: 01:33:07
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Cast: Shawn Yue, Seli Xian, Siu-Wong Fan
Imdb: Ching toi
Also known as BuLLeT WIVes. In Thailand
in the near future, women outnumber men so
that men become hot commodities, sparking a
vicious war between wives and mistresses as
they fght over their men. The flm takes this
somewhat silly plot and makes a very enter-
taining and stylish, if noticeably uneven, flm
out of it. The plethora of gunfght sequences
owe everything to John Woo, The MATrIX
and KILL BILL (even to the point of the ump-
teenth rip-off of KB’s “Battles Without honor
And humanity” march-into-the-restaurant
scene). The gunfght scenes are choreo-
graphed to the point of unreality, but remain
extremely effective even so, and occupy the
flm’s best moments.
Directed: Kittikorn Liasirikun. Runtime: 77 mins. Genre: Ac-
tion. Subtitles: English/Chinese
movIe RevIeWS
Asian (Regional)
My MoThER, ThE
MERMAiD (KoREAn)
Na-young (Jeon Do-yeon) is a pretty but demure travel
agent, living with her parents. her mother Yeon-soon,
played by the veteran actress Ko Doo-sim (saving My
hubby), is a former haenyeo (female divers who make a
living by catching shellfsh) and now a back-scrubber in
a public bath. she is a barely literate, tough-as-nails ffty-
something who spits everywhere and cusses like a macho
gangster in an oliver stone movie. (The flm opens with a
cleverly staged sequence in which Yeon-soon is seeming-
ly grieving over someone’s death during a funeral service,
only to be revealed as accusing the dead man of “dying ir-
responsibly” after having borrowed her husband’s money)
Na-young is desperately embarrassed by her mother’s
shameless, money-grubbing behavior and equally disil-
lusioned by her father’s refusal to fully engage with his
life. When her father, sentenced to a terminal disease,
disappears, Na-young traces him back to Yeon-soon’s
hometown, a remote island in southwest (even though the
haenyeo is usually associated with cheju Island, director
Park made the characters converse in cholla Province dia-
lect. The authentic cheju Island dialect would have been
nearly incomprehensible to most Koreans). There, she is
caught in a time slip, a la Peggy sue Got Married (1986)
and befriends her own mother as a young diver, courted by
the younger version of her father, a postal worker.
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Bollywood
“Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na” - “Abbas Tyrewala’s di-
rectorial debut, which stars newcomer Imran Khan,
has a certain sparkling spirit, a zest for living life and
a certain zing about the way the characters look at life
and love.
It’s not only about the way the characters’ exuberant
yearnings connect with the audience, it’s also about
the casual, free-fowing events and dialogues in the
narrative that
give the char-
acters an edge
over other ur-
bane young-
sters who have
come and gone
in the past.
The bunch of
collegians here
take their cues
from Farhan
Akhtar’s “Dil
chahta hai”,
rakeysh Meh-
ra’s “rang De
Basanti” and
even Karan
Johar’s “Kuch
Kuch hota
hai”, but the
plot is endear-
ing and fairly original despite the derivative echoes.
While the supporting cast of friends are both real and
tangible, at the core of this romantic musical are Jai
(Imran) and Aditi (Genelia) who are ‘best friends’ in
the coolest sense of the term. Bantering bum-chums
at the surface but sharing a much deeper bond under-
neath - all their friends can see that the twosome are
made for each other. But they can’t.
It’s an exceedingly old formula for a romantic com-
edy given a fresh new spin by a storyteller who picks
moments from ordinary lives and converts them into a
celebration of life and love.
old songs (mainly r.D. Burman) and new original
music by A.r. rahman coalesce while Jai and Aditi’s
love story goes through several twists and turns. And
they fnally arrive at the traditional end-game for ro-
mantic flms - the grand reunion at the airport seconds
before the girl is scheduled to take off for good.
The furry is charming, though a little too self-con-
sciously designed at times. Peep underneath. And you
see the narration covering a lot of familiar ground...
The characters never claim to be extraordinary in their
desires. It’s their ordinary dreams and down-to-earth
desires which give the narration a spirited spin.
“Jaane Tu...” doesn’t have any message for the audi-
ences. What it has is an honest story about a bunch
of credible characters told in a fashion that’s casually
trendy and warm.
Manoj Lobo’s cinematography and shan Mohamed’s
editing assist the director in making a flm that you’d
probably like to watch again just to see if you missed
out a vital bit of the characters’ lives while they were
looking for love.” By subhash K Jha
Rating: HHHII
“Give this flm a chance. “Money hai
To honey hai” has a certain sincerity of
purpose and a rather sturdy narrative that
serves the comic purpose until interval.
But that’s when the pace slackens, the in-
terest-level droops and the chuckles drop
drastically to make way for a touching
and simple climax that tells us it’s okay to
be ordinary and that living is about letting
your dreams run free.
upen and hansika pull out all stops. And
celina Jaitley, who plays a fashion de-
signer who dreams of making clothes for
the working class, tugs at the heart.
The story is basically of dreamers coming
together to assert their yearnings in ways
that are sometimes interesting and some-
times listless.” By subhash K Jha
Money hai Toh honey
hai
Love Story 2050
“A star has most certainly been born.
There are no two ways about it. After
watching harman Baweja sing, dance,
emote and entertain in this Adlab presen-
tation for a full three hours, one wonders
if there is anything that this Baweja boy
from Bollywood can’t do.
Yes, maybe there is some-
thing harman can’t do. he can’t make
us forget for even a minute that he knows
every component of the camera although
he has never acted before. The confdence
level stops just short of being cocky and
overdone. he is never short of a positive
and productive attitude.It is clear that
producer-director harry Baweja has made
“Love story 2050” as a showcase for his
son’s aptitudes. To that extent, the flm
works wonderfully, creating repeated op-
portunities for the debutant to shine.
Finally though, the effort
doesn’t overpower the heart content and
intent of the plot. This is actually a far bet-
ter flm than its genre and lavish budget
would suggest.” By subhash K Jha
movIe RevIeWS
“uGLY Aur PAGLI starts off well. And
as there are just two main characters, the
director manages to establish the charac-
ters well. But soon the scenes start getting
repetitive, the pace slackens and the inter-
val comes just at the right time. The sec-
ond half is slower, different versions of the
same scenes are repeated with a few witty
and funny dialogues. In the last few scenes
the director, probably worried about the
length, suddenly decides to end it quickly.
What follows is a series of illogical and ut-
terly hard to digest scenes. What the direc-
tor should have done though was chopping
off 3 of the 4 songs, which add nothing to
the movie. The love story works, but it’s
the climax that disappoints. Aannuu Malik
has changed his name and added an addi-
tional ‘Anu’ to his name, nothing much has
changed with the music though, and it still
remains the same, strictly below average.
To sum things up, ugly Aur Pagli is mostly
slow even boring at times but the perfor-
mances make it worth a watch on DVD.”
By Jahan Bakshi
Ugly Aur Pagli
“Quentin Tarantino, while explaining why
he deleted one of the scenes from his 1994
masterpiece Pulp Fiction said, “It sounds
like someone trying to write like me,
(rather) than me.”
No line could better describe Aziz Mir-
za’s new flm Kismat Konnection, which
marks his return to direction after a span
of nearly fve years. It feels like Aziz
Mirza trying to make an Aziz Mirza flm,
which is a pity- for despite their apparent
ordinariness, it was the effortless charm
and generosity of heart that characterized
his previous flms that made them so very
endearing.
It’s not as if the flm’s all that bad- it’s
never exactly unwatchable, and after see-
ing most other flms this year, trust me
when I say I’ve seen much worse. But
a feel-good flm should make you feel
good, and that’s not exactly the emotion
I’m feeling right now. Well, well- what
can I say, Mr. Mirza, except- better luck
next time?” By Jahan Bakshi
Kismat Konnection
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“The audience is transported to the 80s when
the step-cutting, bell-bottoms and big collars
were in vogue. even the vehicles used be-
longed to that period. every scene in the frst
half of the flm is given a realistic touch. The
storyline is so captivating that the director can
do without big names in the cast.
samudrakani, a director himself,
depicts the role of villain with fnesse. Music
director James Vasanth also is new to flm mu-
sic. he has been doing television anchoring
for 15 years. his passion for music is evident
in this flm. retro effect cinematography by
Kadhir and art work by rambone is excel-
lent.
“subramaniyapuram” is a flm which de-
serves appreciation for it is rooted in realism.”
By PVs
Subiramaniyapuram Kuselan
The flm is about rajini himself and his mass
image without typical mass elements which
are essential ingredients of his flms. There
are no punch dialogues. There are no stunt se-
quences like those in any of his earlier flms.
It is perhaps the frst flm that rajini has no
villain to fght with and vanquish.
rajini occupies the centre stage
in his extended ‘guest’ role in “Kuselan” and
is projected as a man of the masses in real
life too. The flm also serves as a platform
for rajini to answer some of the questions
which he has ducked till now. Why his annual
himalayan sojourns? Would he ever take the
plunge into politics? Why has he chosen to do
only commercial movies? You get the answers
through the sundara rajan character. There
are two songs showcasing him though they
have no bearing on the theme of the movie.
one of them is “cinema, cinema” in celebra-
tion of the 75 years of Tamil cinema.
“Oliyin Osai (sound is chisel) is based on the
love story, “sarapallam chamundi, written
by Kalaignar Karunanidhi (incumbent chief
Minister) in 1964 and published in his party
organ, “Murasoli”.
“uliyin osai” is a 10th century
period fick. King rajaraja chozha wanted to
have 108 sculptured pillars in the famous Big
Temple at Thanjavur. But he got only 82 of
them. Why the grandiose project could not be
completed is what the story is about.
While Kalaignar’s script is
the soul of the flm, Ilayaraja’s music is the
lifeline. All six songs make a sweet-scented
bouquet. The background score en hances the
impact.
Times have changed since “Para-
sakthi”. “uliyin osai” though set in the 10th
century historical background, has the aura of
modern times. It is a soul-stirring saga of bro-
ken hearts brilliantly captured on celluloid.”
Uliyin osai
The age-old caste feud is the focus of the sto-
ry which revolves around the life of a college
student who is caught up in a clash of egos
between two elders.
The college scenes set in rural
milieu are realistic. The students, professors,
their accents and attires look straight out of
life. Bharat plays a highly temperamental and
emotional character. his impressive perfor-
mance may even help him put the not-so con-
vincing “Nepali” behind and move forward.
Ponvannan does his character as a village el-
der with ease. All others in the cast do a neat
job.The tunes of Vidyasagar are a tad rustic
but gel with the rural ambience.
This Thirumugan’s second out-
ing with Bharat is said to have been inspired
by a real life happening in the Karaikudi area.
With high drama and a spectacular climax ,
the flm can be expected to be a big draw.
Muniyandi...
tamil
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Ullasanga Utsahanga
“Aravind (Yasho sagar) is happy go lucky
guy. he falls in love with Dhana Lakshmi
(sneha ullal) who comes to her friend’s home
in the same locality. he makes friendship with
her and proposes his love but she refuses on
the ground that she has already fallen in love
with her childhood friend Balaji and waiting
for his call. Dhanalakshmi asks Aravind to re-
main just friends but he says he continues to
love her. he leaves for culcutta to get a job
while she is off to the same city as she fnds
that her Balaji is residing there. Both board
on the same train and then friendship blooms
into love. Will she choose Balaji or Aravind?
Don’t expect another Toliprema, but Karunk-
aran comes with good youthful entertainer
this time. ullasanga utsahanga has cool vi-
suals and peppy music. Good time pass and
urban movie.” cast: Yasho sagar (Debutant),
sneha ullal,
sanskruthi (sindura) is the loving daughter
of a patriotic, good samaritan raghava rao
(Avinash?) in the village of Munaganuru. Due
to his brother Jagadish (Muralimohan) who
broke his word to the village and left to the
usA, raghava rao has a serious aversion
towards the usA. still, it becomes inevitable
that sanskruthi goes to the usA, but she is
equally averse to meeting her uncle, thus stay-
ing with Dr. Geetha (suhasini) in Washington,
D.c. she eventually meets a NrI agriculture
scientist Abhiram (rohit Khurana) who ex-
presses his love towards her. What roles have
Dr. Geetha and Jagadish to play? Does this
love story even take off before her stay abroad
is complete?
The reason that this movie made to
the headlines was essentially that this movie starred
Gadde sindura, the Telugu girl who went places with
her participation in beauty pageants. one can watch
the movie to satiate that interest to see her Telugu de-
but, because there’s not much in the movie apart from
good music and intriguing debut of the heroine.
Sangamam
harikrishna and ram (both played by Kaly-
anram) are born twins, but ram is diagnosed
to be soft-headed and he develops a grudge on
anyone who’s more intelligent than he is. In
a situation where their dad (chandramohan)
is very concerned about ram hurting even
harikrishna for the latter’s being more intel-
ligent, their mother (seetha) walks out of the
house with ram, in order to protect her men-
tally affected child. In a turn of events, hari,
raised by his uncle and aunt (chalapati rao &
sudha), turns out to be an IPs offcer - the As-
sistant commissioner of Police (AcP).
The flm has a not-new story told in a decent way,
coupled with decent enough performances by every-
one. The flm is surely an okay flm, but how the flm
fares actually is to be seen. It seems to be inspired by
Korean flm soo (2007).

Rating: HHHII
hare Ram Ready
chandrasekhar or chandu (ram), a youth
from a loving joint family comprising of
families of three brothers raghupathi (Nazar
& sudha), raghava (Tanikella Bharani & Pra-
gathi), rajaram (Giridhar & satya Krishnan),
and a sister swarajyam (rajitha & chan-
dramohan), is a daring guy who takes any
amount of risk for a good cause. In a mixup to
help his friend Gopi (ravi Varma) marry his
lady love, chandu and his friends (srinivasa
reddy, suman shetty, etc.) bring from anoth-
er marriage hall a bride Pooja (Genelia) who’s
about to get married against her wish.

Ready is a neat family entertainer with an appreciable
dose of clean comedy. General audience looking for
refreshing comedy can enjoy the movie so well. The
story and treatment has shades of Gudumba shankar
to a large extent, but good-natured comedy makes the
movie quite enjoyable for a light viewing.
Rating: HH II
Rating: HHHII
Rating: HHHII
RevIeWS
telugu
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malayalam
Madambi
“After his debut directorial venture smart
city (which was rather unimpressive),
scenarist-turned-director B. unnikrishnan
delivers a much better flm in Madambi,
that could very well be hit material.
To sum up, though Madambi is for the
most part a one-man show by Mohanlal,
the flm is not too bad and is watchable.
While it may not send the producers laugh-
ing all the way to the bank, they certainly
won’t be crying.” By Thomas T
Rating: HHHII
I have always believed that suspense is an in-
tegral element in any investigative fick until
I found myself seated along with less than
a dozen spectators to see what Kanichuku-
langarayil cBI is all about. Allegedly based
on a few real life incidents, this whodunit is
just another generic suspense flm destined
to hover around cinehalls for a week before
tumbling into obscurity.
Technicalities? You should be joking!
KcBI never reaches any level of competence
that’s expected of a thriller. It’s a confused and
absolutely confusing enterprise that would
have an embarrassed cBI running for cover.
Rating: HIIII
Kanichu Kulangarayil
CBi
It’s really sad to see that director Bibin Prabha-
kar and scenarist Babu Janardhanan couldn’t
manage to etch out a more meaty role for a
veteran actor like Thilakan, who elicits quite
a few boos playing the character of Karuna-
karan ezhuthachchan. And this when the role
would have suited the calibre of someone as
versatile as Thilakan.
There is nothing much to men-
tion about the technical aspects of the flm.
Two of the three songs in the flm seem out of
place, while the oppana song “en khalbile...”,
penned by actress Kavya Madhavan, is good.
The main problem with one Way Ticket is
that it bases itself on a weak plot. The frst
half of the flm is watchable, but post-interval
it just drags on, with nothing much to say. To
sum up, one Way Ticket falls far below ex-
pectations. By Thomas T
Rating: HHIII
one Way Ticket
My Mother’s Laptop has an
emotionally charged nar-
rative that tells a haunting
tale of a mother and her son
entrapped in a swamp of
passion and emotions from
which there is no return.
A mournful meditation on
lost innocence, it assumes
an elegiac tone to emerge a
compelling flm of the frst
order.
Laptop is never for a moment judgmental or apologetic; it
doesn’t ever gawk cross-eyed on its lead characters. It’s an astoundingly
powerful debut flm from rupesh Paul, that’s vividly caught on flm, terrif-
cally acted and profoundly heartfelt. resolutely rooted in its own convic-
tions, it’s a raw and refreshing movie that’s blatantly honest and downright
human. By VN
Rating: HHHII
My Mother’s Laptop
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IAnt PReSIDent
H
he was an Indian with an American dream. Born in Burma and raised in
surat, Gujrat, rajendra Vankawala moved to Dallas in 1984, immediately
after graduating from college. he wanted to establish himself as an entre-
preneur and realized his dream with the help of his supportive family. he
built his empire owing several franchises in the DFW metroplex and man-
aging them with the help of his wife, brothers and their family.
rajendra had a passion for social service. he was always interested in
working for the community and he felt a need to give back to the Dallas
Indian community what they had given him when he had just moved to
Dallas. In 1998, he decided to take a break from the franchises he was
running and work for New York Life Insurance (NYLI) and has been there
since then. While at NYLI, he made it to the million dollars round table
three times in a row, which is a prestigious honor bestowed only upon 2%
of all NYLI employees around the world. he was also the recipient of the
Best New Agent award as well as the Forth Worth Association of Insur-
ances Gama award at NYLI.
The switch in his career from being a multiple franchise owner to working
for NYLI freed up a lot of his time giving him time to spend with his fam-
ily as well as follow his interest in community service.
Apart from hailing from the family that was a part of founding the DFW
hindu Temple rajendra started working closely with the IANT. he spent
late hours helping them organize the consular service in Dallas until such
time they were held here among assisting the organization with other activ-
ities. With hard work and dedication he slowly climbed the ladder. Today
he is the President of The India Association of North Texas (IANT).
Not only rajendra but his entire family including his wife Ina, daughters
Divya and Tanvi are actively involved with the Indian community, not just
at local level but in a nation level as well.
IANT is a Non-Proft, non-political, non-sectarian organization that was
formed in 1962 with the primary purpose of serving the cultural and edu-
cational needs of the North Texas Indian community.
The primary objectives of the organization is to provide a common plat-
form to all members living in the North Texas area for pursuing their com-
mon goals and sharing their concerns while promoting joint efforts in the
social, cultural, educational and charitable activities of the members.
The organization contributes to various functions that are held and the nu-
merous events that are celebrated by members of the community such as
India’s Independence Day, republic Day, etc.
Anand Bazaar is an open air event organized and hosted by IANT with
the help of many local businesses and the DFW community. For the past
few years it has been held at the Lone star Park in Grand Prairie and the
event has attracted many thousands of people of Indian origin as well as
people from other communities. The event is conducted around India’s
Independence Day.
This year, 2008, it will be the 32nd Anand Bazaar and it is held on
the Saturday of August 16 starting at 5.30pm and all the way through
12.00pm. Anand Bazaar promises an evening flled with Games, entertain-
ment, face painting for children. food, parade and last but not the least,
Fireworks. There is something for people from all age groups. . Quality
cultural programs organized and conducted by the IANT youth and DJ’s
will be there to entertain youngsters as well.
Karunya of Indian Idol fame will be there to entertain everyone with songs
from Indian movies. Arohi, a local Dallas band will be accompanying
Karunya providing him with the background score.
The program is showcased on both local print as well as International tele-
vision as it is considered to be one of the biggest events in the usA. The
expected turn over this year is at least 15,000 people. There will be 190+
business promotional stalls, food vendors and other entertainers participat-
ing in the event.
It is a family event and everyone is welcome for a relaxed and fun flled
evening while reliving memories from our homeland.
Lastly, IANT has promised to send a part of the proceeds to organizations
in India that are working towards saving the diminishing Tiger popula-
tion in India. This might be your chance to contribute to saving Indian’s
national animal by purchasing the tickets and participating in the event.
With that said Jai hind!
Rajendra
President of the India association of north texas (Iant)
written by anu russell
Photo by nikesh (bombay Photography)
Invites you to the
32nd Anand Bazaar
and it is held on the
Saturday, August 16th
Celebration of India’s Independence Day!
Dm
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IAnt PReSIDent
H
he was an Indian with an American dream. Born in Burma and raised in
surat, Gujrat, rajendra Vankawala moved to Dallas in 1984, immediately
after graduating from college. he wanted to establish himself as an entre-
preneur and realized his dream with the help of his supportive family. he
built his empire owing several franchises in the DFW metroplex and man-
aging them with the help of his wife, brothers and their family.
rajendra had a passion for social service. he was always interested in
working for the community and he felt a need to give back to the Dallas
Indian community what they had given him when he had just moved to
Dallas. In 1998, he decided to take a break from the franchises he was
running and work for New York Life Insurance (NYLI) and has been there
since then. While at NYLI, he made it to the million dollars round table
three times in a row, which is a prestigious honor bestowed only upon 2%
of all NYLI employees around the world. he was also the recipient of the
Best New Agent award as well as the Forth Worth Association of Insur-
ances Gama award at NYLI.
The switch in his career from being a multiple franchise owner to working
for NYLI freed up a lot of his time giving him time to spend with his fam-
ily as well as follow his interest in community service.
Apart from hailing from the family that was a part of founding the DFW
hindu Temple rajendra started working closely with the IANT. he spent
late hours helping them organize the consular service in Dallas until such
time they were held here among assisting the organization with other activ-
ities. With hard work and dedication he slowly climbed the ladder. Today
he is the President of The India Association of North Texas (IANT).
Not only rajendra but his entire family including his wife Ina, daughters
Divya and Tanvi are actively involved with the Indian community, not just
at local level but in a nation level as well.
IANT is a Non-Proft, non-political, non-sectarian organization that was
formed in 1962 with the primary purpose of serving the cultural and edu-
cational needs of the North Texas Indian community.
The primary objectives of the organization is to provide a common plat-
form to all members living in the North Texas area for pursuing their com-
mon goals and sharing their concerns while promoting joint efforts in the
social, cultural, educational and charitable activities of the members.
The organization contributes to various functions that are held and the nu-
merous events that are celebrated by members of the community such as
India’s Independence Day, republic Day, etc.
Anand Bazaar is an open air event organized and hosted by IANT with
the help of many local businesses and the DFW community. For the past
few years it has been held at the Lone star Park in Grand Prairie and the
event has attracted many thousands of people of Indian origin as well as
people from other communities. The event is conducted around India’s
Independence Day.
This year, 2008, it will be the 32nd Anand Bazaar and it is held on
the Saturday of August 16 starting at 5.30pm and all the way through
12.00pm. Anand Bazaar promises an evening flled with Games, entertain-
ment, face painting for children. food, parade and last but not the least,
Fireworks. There is something for people from all age groups. . Quality
cultural programs organized and conducted by the IANT youth and DJ’s
will be there to entertain youngsters as well.
Karunya of Indian Idol fame will be there to entertain everyone with songs
from Indian movies. Arohi, a local Dallas band will be accompanying
Karunya providing him with the background score.
The program is showcased on both local print as well as International tele-
vision as it is considered to be one of the biggest events in the usA. The
expected turn over this year is at least 15,000 people. There will be 190+
business promotional stalls, food vendors and other entertainers participat-
ing in the event.
It is a family event and everyone is welcome for a relaxed and fun flled
evening while reliving memories from our homeland.
Lastly, IANT has promised to send a part of the proceeds to organizations
in India that are working towards saving the diminishing Tiger popula-
tion in India. This might be your chance to contribute to saving Indian’s
national animal by purchasing the tickets and participating in the event.
With that said Jai hind!
Rajendra
President of the India association of north texas (Iant)
written by anu russell
Photo by nikesh (bombay Photography)
Invites you to the
32nd Anand Bazaar
and it is held on the
Saturday, August 16th
Celebration of India’s Independence Day!
Dm
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Q: My daughter just broke up with her boy-
friend in high school. I didn’t even think it was
serious! But she seems to be taking it very bad-
ly. She cries too much, and she barely comes
out of her room. I didn’t think puppy love
make her break like this. I want to help but she
doesn’t want it. What do I do?
A: Teenagers are a little different these days than
what you were used to. At one point when you
were younger maybe yes, you did tell your par-
ents everything. But now, teenagers only stick to
their friends to confde in. Don’t fee bad about it.
At the same token, don’t dismiss her relationship
with her ex boyfriend as puppy love. When you’re
in high school, there is no such thing as puppy
love. They love each other like no other. chances
are she is pretty hung up over him. Do this- just
sit with her one day and talk about random stuff-
like a heartbreaking high school story of yourself.
Try to make her see that you can relate. If she still
doesn’t feel like talking to you, don’t force it.
Teenagers don’t expect their parents to give them
love advise because it’s either awkward, times
have changes, or face it, parents are considered
“uncool” to them. Just make sure she is surround-
ed by a good group of friends who will take care
of her emotional distress. Welcome to teenagers
101. Buckle up; it will be a crazy ride!
ASk the love eXPeRt
Problems causing you distress in life?
Send in your worries, we will help you
out! TheLoveExpert@DiyaMagazine.com
aDvicE
PeDIAtRIcS:
my child is two years old and she just won’t eat enough. i
have to constantly try to force him to eat something. what
can i do?
The frst thing to do is to be sure that your child’s
growth and development are normal. This can be done
by speaking with your child’s doctor who will review
his growth chart and ask you specifc questions about
his language and activities. once you know your child
is growing and developing well, try to relax. he/she
is eating enough total food and calories per day. Your
child is likely what we call a picky eater. A picky eater
is a child who may refuse certain foods and complain at
meal and snack time. The biggest mistake that parents
make is trying to force, beg or bribe their child to eat.
This usually results in a power struggle and becomes
less about disliking certain foods and more about who
ultimately has the power in the relationship. Instead,
try the following:
1. Keep foods simple. children tend to dislike foods
that are mixed together or have too many different colors
or textures.
2. Respect dislikes. For example, if your child hates on-
ions, do not force him or her to eat onions. Instead re-
introduce onions when the child is a bit older.
3. At meal and snack time, give easy choices. For ex-
ample, never ask “What would you like to eat? Instead
ask “Would you like cereal or toast?” “Would you like an
apple or some crackers?”
4. Do not tolerate complaining about food. Let your
child know it is okay to decline a certain food or push it to
the side of the plate, but that complaining is not allowed.
If your child starts to whine, give him/her a warning. If it
continues, send them away from the table for 5 minutes.
If it happens again, put their food in the fridge and advise
him/her to let you know when he/she is ready to eat with-
out complaints.
5. Do not argue about food. Be calm and frm in your
voice.
The most important thing to remember is that your child’s
hunger will always overcome their struggle for power.
Diya health corner with
Dr. manvinder kainth
About
Dr. manvinder kainth grew up in canada and lived a number years in houston and seattle. is currently
living in Dallas and working as a general practice family medicine physician. in her spare time, she
enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending concerts, traveling and learning tae kwon Do.
Practice info:
Dr. Manvinder Kainth is Board Certifed by the American Board of Family Medicine and offers compre-
hensive medical care for the whole family from newborns to the elderly. lake highlands medical part-
ners is located near Richardson at 8330 abrams Road, suite 112, Dallas, tx in the town creek shopping
center. same day appointments are usually available. For an appointment, please call 214-553-9009
or visit www.lakehiglandsmedicalpartners.com.
Got questions? E-mail us at info@DiyaMagazine.com. Type in “Health” in the subject line.
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cha Siu Bao
chinese dish. source:
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1. Stir-fry pork, mushrooms and scallions briefy in the oil.
2. Add sauces and sugar.
3. Thicken with cornstarch mixed with the water.
4. Cool.
5. Make bread dough.
For instructions on how to make the dough for this recipe, please
perform search at the recipe section: Dough for Steamed Buns.
6. Roll dough into sausage shape.
7. Cut into 12 pieces; roll each into a ball and fatten with the
fngers.
8. Place flling in center.
9. Pinch dough up around flling, twisting to close.
10. Place each on a small square of paper.
11. Let rise for 15 minutes.
12. Set in a steamer basket and steam for 15 minutes.
Size Specifcs Ingredients
1. 12 oz. diced chinese roast pork
2. 2 tbsp. cold water
3. 3 tbsp. chopped scallions (green/spring onions)
4. 4 0. soaked and chopped dried black mushrooms
5. 2 tsp. cornstarch (cornfour)
6. 1 tbsp. sugar
7. 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
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Samui thai cuisine
plano/allen, tx
5700 legacy Dr., plano, tx (972) 398-2807
some of the best thai food you will experience. all of the curry
dishes are exceptional. the service is good and the ambience is
perfect. if you like thai food you will love this place. this family
run thai restaurant breaks the mold with an amazing design,
wonderful fresh food ranging from traditional dishes like pad thai
and thai fried rice to thai infused dishes like their great sea Bass
entrance. there is also a full service bar and generous patio.
HHHH Food authenticity HHHH taste authenticity HHHH
service HHHH atmosphere HHH group, Family $$$ pricing
Jasmines I & II (thai cuisine)
plano, tx
2050 w spring creek pkwy plano, tx (972) 517-1677
one of the very few small, family oriented best values in plano,
tx. pricing are reasonable, authentic and large portions of the best
thai food. Jasmine i & ii are small modest place with a friendly
staffs. For the appetizers go for the corn patties or the chicken
satay, you won’t be disappointed. all the dishes are delicious, but
try to pad kee mao or panaeng curry.
HHHH Food authenticity HHH taste authenticity HHH
service HHH atmosphere $$ pricing
Bistro B Restaurant (vietnamese cuisine)
Dallas/grand prairie, tx
9780 walnut st. Dallas, tx (214) 575-9885
Bistro B is actually a vietnamese/pho restaurant, not French as
the name might implied. with two locations, the menu is amazing.
there are over 300 menu items including soups, rice dishes, noodle
bowls, spring rolls, and so much more. they also do groups, family
style and have a wide variety of delicious tea based drinks. all of
the food is incredibly fresh, especially the rice, paper spring rolls
are amazing. it is very fast paced with lots of servers running all
over the place. severs don’t have sections so you probably won’t
see the same one twice.
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service HHH atmosphere HHH group, Family $$ pricing
India Palace (Asian Indian cuisine)
Dallas, tx
12817 preston Rd., # 105 Dallas, tx (972) 392-0190
For excellent and the fnest Indian cuisine in Dallas, visit the India
palace Restaurant and Bar. the elegant, softly lit interior is the
perfect setting for a relaxing meal. the Dallas observer has named
one of the frst Indian restaurants in Dallas, India Palace “Best
indian Restaurant” for the past 12 years. in fact, india palace has
been named “Best” and 4 staRs by several sources, including D
magazine, Dallas morning news, and zagats.
HHHH Food authenticity HHH taste authenticity HHHH
service HHHH atmosphere HHH group, Family $$$ pricing
Arc-En-Ciel restaurant (chinese/vietnamese)
garland, tx
3555 w walnut st., # e garland, tx (972) 272-2188
This is one of the very frst Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants in
garland, attracting diverse clienteles, as there are colors in a
rainbow. the name, then, is appropriate: it’s French for rainbow.
But what keep the customers coming back time after time are the
magnifcent Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. The decor
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Rates are based upon:
- service
- atmosphere
- good for group, Family
- Food authenticity
- taste authenticity
- pricing ($ very affordable: $$ moderate: $$$ pricey: $$$$ expensive)
reviewed by staff writers & Anthony Tran
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Akbar Indian Dressy
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Plano
Al Hamra Indo/Pak Casual
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Carrollton
Al Markaz Pakistani Casual
$
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Carrollton
Apna Bazar Indian Casual
$
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Carrollton
BBQ Tonite Indo/Pak Casual
$
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Carrollton
Bhatia Mart Indian Casual
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Plano
Bombay Chinese Indo-Chinese Casual
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Richardson
Bombay Grill Indian Dressy
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Fort Worth
Bombay Sweets Indian Casual
$
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Irving
Chaat Cafe Indian fast food Casual
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Dallas
Tandoor Grill Indo/Pak Casual
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Plano
Chettinad Palace South Indian Casual
$
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Plano
Clay Pit Indian Upscale
$$$
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Addison
Curry’s Indian Casual
$
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Irving
Dunes Indo/Pak/Med Casual
$
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Irving
Flavors Indian Upscale
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Addison
Goga Sweets Indian Casual
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Carrolton
Gopal Gujarati Casual
$
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Richardson
Grand Cafe American Casual
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Richardson
Haveli Indo/Pak Dressy
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Irving
Hot Breads Continental Casual
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Richardson/Irving
Jasmine Cafe Middleastern Dressy
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Richardson
India House Indian Casual
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Euless
India Palace Indian Upscale
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Indian Food Indian Casual
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Irving
Indiya Fusion Indian Casual
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Irving
Kalachandji Fusion Casual
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Dallas
Kashmir Kashimiri Casual
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Euless
Kokila Indian Casual
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Lewisville
Kebab ‘n Kurry Indian Dressy
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ü ü

Richardson
Madras Pavilion South Indian Casual
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Richardson
Maharaj Restaurant Indian Dressy
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Dallas
Masala Diner Indian Casual
$
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Irving
Masala Wok Indo/chinese Casual
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Irving
Mayuri Indian Dressy
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Irving
Noodle Wave Vietnamese Dressy
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Richardson
Our Place Indian Casual
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Irving
Pasand Indian Dressy
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Richardson/Irving
Ruchi Palace Indian Casual
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Carrollton
Rice 1 Roll Indian Casual
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Irving
Roti Grill Indian Dressy
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Dallas/McKinney
Royal Sweets Fast food Casual
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Shammy’s Middle eastern Casual
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Dallas
Shish Kabob Middle eastern Casual
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Irving
Silver Spoon Pakistani Causal
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Richardson
Sitar Indian Dressy
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Plano
Taj Chaat Indian Casual
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Irving
Tandoor Grill Indo/pak Casual
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Arlington
Taste of India Indian Dressy
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Plano
Taste of Pakistan Pakistani Casual
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Euless
Tawa Grill Indo/Pak Casual
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Dallas
Temptations Indo/Pak Causal
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Irving
Tharas South Indian Dressy
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Chat Corner Indian Casual
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Richardson
Saffron House Indian Dressy
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Udipi Cafe South Indian Casual
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Richardson
Bombay Sizzlers Indian Casual
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Irving
Wok of Fame Indo chinese Dressy
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remains simple and functional, since the food serves as the main event here. try eating dim
sum, or a la cart, to get a chance to sample a wide variety of dishes. however be careful, Dim
sum is not all you can eat, so it can become a bit pricey.
HHHH Food authenticity HHHH taste authenticity HHH service HHH atmosphere
HHH group, Family $$$ pricing.
Jade Garden (chinese/vietnamese)
Dallas, tx
4800 Bryan st. Dallas, tx (214) 821-0675
serving chinese/vietnamese cuisines for over 20 years in Dallas, Jade garden is well known
for it’s outstanding asian food. this is easily one of the best chinese/vietnamese places in
Dallas/Fort worth. the restaurant prices are dirt cheap, ByoB, abundant food that is as good,
great service. if you prefer authentic chinese/vietnamese food, this is a good place to start.
Don’t be fool by the outside appearance. step inside and taste what’s all the fuss about.
HHHH Food authenticity HHHH taste authenticity HHH service HH atmosphere
HHH group, Family $ pricing.
cindi’s n.Y. Delicatessen Restaurant & Bakery (traditional
American cuisine) Dallas, tx
1111 n. central expressway Dallas, tx (214) 739-0918
with 4 different locations around the Dallas metroplex, cindi’s is the best place in town to
eat homemade and traditional breakfast, lunch, or dinner. the waitresses are very friendly
and attentive. Fresh hot coffee on the table the whole time. plenty on the menu to select
from and always hot when served. this is a clean and neat restaurant; great place to take
your family and the kids. the menu is extensive, offering everything from pancakes, pigs in a
blanket, potato pancakes, and waffes, to omelets, delicious sandwiches including patty melts,
pastrami, corned beef, hearty soups, stews, hamburger steaks, spaghetti, fsh platters and
more. Beyond breakfast, the menu continues to provide choices from salads to hamburgers
to soups and steaks. Daily specials range from hot soups on the weekends to roast beef and
steaks on tuesday.
HHHH Food authenticity HHHH taste authenticity HHHH service HHH atmo-
sphere HHHH group, Family $$ pricing.
Benihana (Japanese cuisine)
Dallas, tx
314 e. main st. Dallas, tx (972) 387-4404
Diners sit around large tables where chefs ostentatiously chop, slice, stir-fry and grill. entree
options are simple--shrimp, chicken, steak and scallops, and preparation is uniform. every
entree comes with a similar stock of sides: rice, onion soup, shrimp appetizer, iceberg lettuce
drizzled with dressing, sauteed vegetables and green tea. pricing is just as affordable as Red
lobster these days. But Better!! get entertain, eat and enjoy.
HHH Food authenticity HHH taste authenticity HHHH service HHHH atmosphere
HH group, Family $$$ pricing.
tokyo one (Japanese cuisine)
addison, tx
4350 Belt line Rd. addison, tx (972) 386-8899
patrons can sit at booths or tables; classic asian paintings adorn the walls. sushi chefs are
quick to offer tips and suggest items. the atmosphere easily accommodates big groups
hungry for a lot of sushi. california rolls and standard salmon rolls are for beginners, while
those who feel more adventurous can try the shark fn and jellyfsh rolls or marinated baby
octopus. overall a pretty good blend of being an upper-end atmosphere without being
snobby. customers seemed pretty dressed up for this place.
HHHH Food authenticity HHH taste authenticity HHH service HHHH atmosphere
HHH group, Family $$$ pricing.
zander’s house (Vietnamese Cuisine)
plano, tx
2300 n. central expressway plano, tx (972) 943-9199
great exterior and modern interior look, serving vietnamese cuisines in north Dallas. good
food in a classy and arty environment. the restaurant’s lunch menu is full of typical vietnam-
ese dishes - spring rolls, soups, vermicelli(rice noodle) dishes. they are very well prepared,
beautifully presented, and very reasonably priced. the atmosphere is much better since they
took over this August Moon location, put up dividers, art, fat-screen TVs and a full bar. The
restaurant is very clean, white tablecloths and brisk, with helpful and friendly service.
HHH Food authenticity HHH taste authenticity HHHH service HHHH atmosphere
HHHH group, Family $$ pricing.
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