Satyameva Jayate, Laissez-aller and India

When distant memories have crystallised in time, frozen, a story can begin. When the whiffs of half-forgotten glories rustle through the leaves of the Tree of Life, say the Kalpavriksha or Shajarat al-Kholoud or Etz Chaim, the poetry of existence commences. Tales and bardic narrations that trip and traipse and wander around, as if in a stupor, in the by-lanes...

Grand launch of the 2019 Raksha Bandhan celebrations in Glasgow

The ancient Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters was celebrated this year among the Armed Forces and Scotland Police to symbolise their work of protecting (raksha) the UK borders and the civil society, thereby showing gratitude and brotherhood among the organisations and civilian groups. Organised this year by the Hindu Forum of Britain...

Art exhibition brings traditions to life for future generations

The end of July saw London basking in sun, but also basking in the creative talents of Sushma Johari Madan. An exhibition called “Ancient Belief or Science” was held at the Nehru Centre in London, UK which gave the public a chance to see paintings which embodied and exemplified the ancient beliefs, stories, traditions, and myths of India. Each work...

Acharya Umesh Tiwari’s UK puja attended by Deputy Mayor of London

In the presence of the Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agarwal, the followers of the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple at Cowley, Uxbridge witnessed a unique Shri Yantra Maha Puja on the afternoon of 21 July in London which was organised by Temple Connect. Famed to destroy poverty, pain, and illness, it is believed that Sri Yantra leads one to...

Ethical and inclusive fashion drives London Organic’s Founder

We live in age that is thankfully becoming more aware of the need to be sustainable, ethical, and inclusive. These are all qualities that Saumen Kar, Director at London Organic, brings to his fashion, beauty, and public relations firm. London Organic strives to help those who want to break into the fashion world. We're not just talking about designers though,...

The Pandit of multiculturalism and diversity at Sky taps on the power of inclusivity

The ICC World Cup Cricket’s results may have been a huge disappointment for Indian fans globally, but for the perceptive business leader Debarshi Pandit, the Head of Multicultural Business and Special Projects at Sky Media (Sky's advertising sales arm) UK, this provided the perfect opportunity to tap the incremental revenue opportunities from multicultural ad campaigns in the exceptionally diverse milieu. Debarshi...

Krishna in the land of Islam – a story of two devotees and their unfaltering faith in him

Turkey is a secular country, but 99% of the population are Muslims. According to some spiritual groups, this poses a challenge for other religions to co-exist within the country. The teachings of Sri Srila Prabhupada has, despite the limitations penetrated into the heart of Turkey and ISKCON continues to draw Muslims as devotees. Unlike many countries in Europe and in...

Through the lens from a second home: the journey of an NRI American

A quote from Heraclitus aptly summarizes in paradoxical terms the truth about the story of human civilization : “The only thing that is constant is change.” At times, the pace is too fast to keep up with. As a first generation resident in the United States, I often reflect on the changes related to the Indian diaspora. What I...

Vikram Hazra’s UK tour 2019: Taking Indian devotional music to the global platform 

"See the world through the eyes of the Master" -- HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar The Indian devotional music tradition is centuries old and one of the most versatile, varied, and broad music formats that has been passed down through generations across all provinces of India. One artist, Vikram Hazra has, for nearly three decades now, experimented and succeeded in threading...

The master publisher CB Patel

CB Patel, Editor of Asian Voice, one of the leading publications of the Asian diasporas in the UK, rarely ever speaks about himself. We were fortunate enough to catch up with the 82-year-old dynamic, humorous, pragmatic entrepreneur who gives us an upbeat view of the future in an exclusive interview. You've been a big Modi supporter. What are your reactions...