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WALTHAM, MA—She went from becoming Miss India New England to Miss India USA and finally to top crown Miss India Worldwide. Nine months ago, she left everything in Boston and went to Mumbai to try her luck in Bollywood. Recently, she landed her actress role in three Punjabi movies.

Her three mantras of success are (1) Confidence, (2) Confidence and (3) Confidence. Her advice to young girls and boys: dream as big as you can and to the extent that you are scared by your own dreams. In an exclusive interview with INDIA New England News, she talks about her journey from Boston to Bollywood.

Gill, a resident of Millbury, MA, was crowned Miss India New England, Miss India USA and Miss India Worldwide last year. It has been quite a journey for Gill, who modeled and volunteered her time for a number of organizations throughout New England.
By Anu Chitrapu
INDIA New England News Columnist
The best part of being Desi in America is we get to celebrate both Indian and American festivals.In the month of October when everyone is working really hard so they can take off for Thanksgiving, we are celebrating Navaratri. South Indians celebrate with “kolu” and invite folks over to their houses to view the kolu for 5 minutes and then eat for a few hours.
In its annual List of The Top 100 Global Thinkers Making A Difference In The World in 2014, Foreign Policy magazine has listed Harvard University researcher and scientist Sangeeta Bhatia along with 10 other Indians, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This year's list actually includes 131 individuals or organizations. About 51 of them are women, about 39 percent, according to the magazine. 
CENTENNIAL, Colo.-- International Media Distribution (IMD), which provides distribution of 24-hour global networks in the United States, launched its first mobile app in collaboration with Bizooku Technologies, a real-time mobile application development company based in Seattle, Washington.
NEW YORK--Vimeo premiered a new round of episodes of married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair's heralded series High Maintenance. Three new episodes are available now at HighMaintenance.tv, followed by another set of three in early 2015. Subtitles are available in Hindi.
LEXINGTON, MA--South Asia Poets of New England (SAPNE), an informal group bringing together poets and writers from the Indian subcontinent to share creative work celebrating languages and thoughts, held its quarterly poetry reading on Nov. 23 at Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA.
BELLEVUE, Wash.--T-Mobile announced a major evolution of its groundbreaking Un-carrier 6.0 program (Music Freedom), with the addition of 14 new streaming services, more than doubling the number of providers currently in the program. These additions include names like Google Play Music, Xbox Music and SoundCloud as well as a diverse range of specialty services to suit all tastes ˆ' whether you're into EDM, Jazz, Caribbean, Bollywood or all of the above.
MUMBAI, India -- Relativity - B4U, a joint venture established earlier this year, announced its first distribution venture, the release of 'The Best of Me', which premiered this month at the first South Asian Premiere of a Hollywood film, in the company of its stars Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden, and Director Michael Hoffman.
LEXINGTON, MA—Shishu Bharati, the school of languages and culture of India, pulled off one of the biggest events of the year in New England, with over 1,600 people attending its "Explore India" festival on Nov. 23 at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA. Organizers said that more than that about 1,600 people had registered for the event but hundreds more showed up for the event.

BOSTON—California's Nachde Shokeen Gabroo team won the prestigious Boston Bhangra completion, and the annual national event this year drew more than 30 percent non-South Asian audience, showing the growing popularity of Bhangra dance in the United States.

"For our 11th year, we had a great audience, and fantastic teams. This might be the strongest team lineup we've ever had and we're very proud of what we've accomplished through this competition year in and year out," said Rohit Bhambi, co-founder of Boston Bhangra and organizer of the competition.

CAMBRIDGE, MA—The Indian Medical Association of New England (IMANE) elected a new executive committee, a new board of trustees and a new president, Dr. Seema Arora. The new committee and the board assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. Dr. Arora replaces Dr. Sajani Shah Kapasi as its president.

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ALBANY, N.Y.--Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled, “Medical Tourism Market (India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey, South Korea, Costa Rica, Poland, Dubai and Philippines) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019”.
Prakash Khatri, the nation’s first Immigration Ombudsman during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced his support for President Obama’s Executive Order to provide administrative relief to millions of unauthorized immigrants in this country. “I firmly support the immigration reform measures announced by the president,” Mr. Khatri said.
WASHINGTON, DC: Here is a fact sheet on Immigration Accountability Executive Action as provided by the White House: The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.--More specialty drug innovation, greater patient access to medicines and reduced impact from patent expiries will be the primary drivers of an increase in global medicine spending of up to 30 percent by 2018. The increase in annual spending will spike this year when absolute growth will be about $70 billion, up from $44 billion in 2013 and $26 billion in 2012, according to new research released today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.---Corus Entertainment announced that it has partnered with Fingerprint, the San Francisco-based mobile technology company, to create a mobile entertainment platform for kids aged two to seven. Set to launch globally in 2015, the platform will offer preschoolers a safe, fun and branded environment to enjoy videos, games, music and eBooks featuring their favourite Nelvana characters Max & Ruby, Little Bear, Franklin, The Berenstain Bears and more.

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9/15/2014
It seems like criticism is a part of every win. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri had to face racist tweets and comments last year and this year- the new Miss America Kira Kazantsev is being criticized for her talent. In my opinion- her singing is better than what many can do, she was confident on stage, interacting with audience, and her performance had ability to make her stand out in the crowd. The world watches to see if their favorite wins, if not, follows the critism. Be a winner anyways!

9/10/2014
Please join us for this half hour discourse followed by a 45 minute consideration of an article in the magazine - प्रहरीदुर्ग (Watchtower)

9/10/2014
Hosseini shows us, an Afghanistan unsullied by war. The book opens a window into Afghanistan’s soul - the people, their nature, their habits and customs. The reader’s heart goes out to Amir, yearning for the Afghanisthan of his childhood, fully knowing that he would never get it back. ‘ I didn’t remember what month that was, or what year even. I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lived had become.

8/19/2014
Written for today's generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” by Rita Jamshed Kapadia provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine.




















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