Waitakere Diwali brings the talent of the new generation

Thakur Ranjit Singh Waitakere Indian Association (WIA) was initiated and brought into being by a few third- generation Fiji Indians, descendants of Girmityas in Waitakere, West Auckland in 2000. Nineteen years on, the Association continues to be torchbearer of the community, celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights, year after year, in the spirit of family bond. This year’s event was held…

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The Divine Trinity Herald new era of prosperity

Venkat Raman Despite being given commercial connotations all over the world, Diwali (or Deepavali) retains its traditional, moral, social and religious values. In millions of Hindu homes, the day features Pooja, special dedication to ancestors, family reunion, festive food, new clothes (and jewellery) and fireworks. Diwali is usually a five-day Festival, beginning on Amavasya (New Moon), considered auspicious by Hindus.…

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World takes possession of a great Festival

A Correspondent Change is a law of Mother Nature. Today, everything has the touch of change including the celebrations and rituals of festivals. Diwali (Deepavali) has also undergone a complete metamorphosis. The name Diwali itself is supposed to be a transformed form of the more correct word ‘Dipavali’ or ‘Deepavali,’ the literal meaning of which in Sanskrit is a row…

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The Concept of Oneness in Hinduism and Islam

Venkat Raman The Kaaba in Makkah Lord Krishna preaches the Bhagavat Gita to Arjuna Thinkers and religious teachers have, for many years, strived hard to bring home the truth that all religions propagate the same faith-the goodness of human beings-similarities, rather than difference-are sought in detailing the tenets of Hinduism and Islam. Hindu preachers and Islamic imams have time and…

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Our Achievers: Sahaayta Counselling and Support Services, Auckland

Helping hands rescue victims of family violence Venkat Raman As Kashmir Kaur spoke about her life and suffering at the fundraising dinner of Sahaayta Counselling and Support Services held on August 23, 2019 at Ellerslie Events Centre, it looked like an Indian film which abounds in villainous plots, some of them leading to the murder of the daughter-in-law. It is…

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Achievers Diwali 2019: Natraj School of Dance, Lower Hutt

Honour and dignity mark the vicennial of a Dance School Venkat Raman Dance in any form has found a place of distinction and support in most parts of the world, transcending manmade barriers of religion, class and income. Young men and women dancers today show commitment and dedication, not experienced a few decades ago, save for a few who kept…

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Achievers Diwali 2019 Tejal Tailor

Atop the Universe with perseverance and family support Achieving a status is easier than performing up to expectations thereafter and setting a benchmark for self-improvement and emulation, says Tejal Tailor, who was crowned ‘Mrs Woman of the Universe New Zealand’ at a contest held in Auckland on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The title accords her the placement as ‘Ambassador of…

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You are here HomeSpecialDiwali 2019Social Enterprise finds career pathways for the disabled Social Enterprise finds career pathways for the disabled

Supplied Content A Social enterprise has been working with communities to find employment for people with a disability. Established last year (2018) by Graeme Haddon and Eric Chuah, the enterprise, called, ‘The Cookie Project’ just does that- make cookies employing people who otherwise find it difficult to get jobs because of their disability. They said that the employment rate for…

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New Book captures culinary art of Gujarat

More than 300 pages of 100 Recipes from Aromatic Spices to Lamb Kebabs The culinary art of Gujarat demonstrates the healthy cuisine that the Indian Sub-Continent offers and as long-time settlers, Gujaratis have brought the specialities of their State to most countries of the world. Gujarat is primarily a vegetarian state, influenced by Jainism. Many communities, however, include seafood, chicken,…

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Hindi films break into Kiwi homes with subtitles

Nevil Gibson On my first visit to India in the early 1980s, the absence of western consumer goods was noticeable. I imagine it is still advisable that foreign travellers restrict their beverages to boiled and bottled drinks. In those days that meant drinking Campa Cola, the market leader in the 1970s and 1980s when foreign brands were banned. India liberalised…

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