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Literacy, Political Action and Sweets!

Literacy, Political Action and Sweets!

Society with Ruchi

It’s Spring Time and that means time for Pratham to host its much talked about Annual Gala at the Westin Galleria Ballroom in Houston Texas. The event was a sold out gala with more than 600 fashionably dressed patrons on Saturday April 23, 2011. Pratham USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator, accepts tax deductible contributions from U.S. donors.

Pratham seeks to improve the quality of education in India and to ensure that all children in India are not only attending but thriving in school. Using very low-cost and scalable methods, Pratham has emerged as one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations in the field of primary education.

The 2011 Gala charmed the audience with En Vogue Contemporary Indo Western Fashion Show showcasing MABY USA, Ordini and Poshak & Style. The models enthralled the audience with the latest cool summer Indo and Western collections. MABY USA is popular brand of jeans that is unique in style for its colorful embroidery work. Poshak & Style boutique also lured the audience with their high end collection with lots of pastel shades to classic black sarees and hot pink very long kurtas with tights.

Overall a gala not to be missed as it is the chance to mix and mingle with the crème de la crème of Houston entrepreneurs and philanthropists like Yogi Patel, Vijay Goradia, Anil Shah, Meena Datt, Atul Varadhachary, Vijay Bhuchar, Sonu Anand, Manmeet Likhari and the list goes on. Amongst the young professionals were Manish Jain, Sabrina Singh, and Anjana Jackson.

With a new energetic Indo American Political Action Committee President Mini Timaraju, Indian Americans gathered to support Harish Jajoo, a candidate for Sugar Land City Council District 4, at the lavish home of Sanjay and Savita Rao in Sugarland, Texas.

IAPAC members, friends of Jajoo gathered on April 14, 2011 to support Harish and spread awareness on the midpoint voting which is to be held on May 14, 2011. Jajoo has successfully managed public works for the City of Houston for twenty-nine years, and has been a community leader in Sugar Land. He currently serves as Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce (FBCC), on the Sugar Land Planning & Zoning Commission, in the Sugar Land Exchange Club and as Chairman of the Board of the Indo-American Forum of Fort Bend (IAF).

On a sweeter note Hillcroft was bustling with music and celebration as Raja Sweets celebrated twenty-five years of its existence in Houston, Texas. It is one of the oldest stores popular for affordable Indian buffet and delicious Indian sweets and samosas. The highlight was ABC 13 reporter Sonia Azad featuring the restaurant as she was LIVE for ABC 13 News from 4pm to 4:30pm. “This is very exciting,” says Sharan Gahunia who’s parents opened the restaurant with a dream that has come true.

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  1. Great post, Ruchi! We had so much fun with you at the event. Can't wait to see you at the next one.

  2. Dear Ruchi, thank you for posting the beautiful photo of Nidhika and I! Great article!
    Pilar De la Garza

    • It was very nice seeing you at the two events: Renu Khator's house and Pratham Gala. Hope to be in touch. Ruchi


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