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Want to attend an India Wedding? Just buy a ticket!

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South Asian Weddings. Photo Credits: Sameer Soorma

Photo Credit: Sameer Soorma

Santa Clara (Diya TV) “I am getting married!!!” As soon as an Indian bride announces this, she’s already dreaming about having a lavish, extravagant affair unlike any other…commonly known as the “big fat Indian Wedding”. Indians have always had a unique style of celebrating this day, be the culture or traditions they do not compromise on any aspect, when it come to weddings.

When speaking of Indian Weddings, there are many people across the globe who are enthusiastic in learning about new cultures. Let’s face it weddings are expensive business and Indians are known to like their extravagant, over-the-top weddings.If you are wondering just how extravagant, take a look at the the most expensive Indian Weddings ever. While we certainly recommend making friends with Indians or Pakistanis, so you can get invited to these incredible immersive cultural experiences.

If you don’t happen to know one, guess what? You don’t have to keep watching the ‘Monsoon Wedding‘ on a loop! Now, you can just buy a ticket to a lovely couple’s wedding and in the process help them pay for their incredibly lavish nuptials.

A startup called JoinMyWedding.com is providing curious world travelers a chance to attend an Indian Wedding for a fee. Orsi Parkanyi, a 33 year old Australian entrepreneur came up with this idea when she heard her friend telling about the wedding she was about to attend in India.

After quite some research on Indian Weddings, Parkanyi learnt that Indian Weddings are a huge market and realized that there was no market for such a service and no one to cater to it. Parkanyi joined hands with Hungary based strategy consultant Marti Matecsa and Mumbai based brand and marketing consultant Pallavi Savant to launch the new site.

Big Fat Indian Weddings!

“JoinMyWedding.com helps to-be married couples to make their event more special by having crowd-funding”, says Parkanyi.

International guests who are keen to have a unique cultural experience and would be willing to pay for it. So this way of crowdfunding would be a great way of raising money to celebrate their special occasion, added Parkanyi.

Although, opening up the occasion to strangers might be of some concern for the couples looking to be slightly more adventurous and frugal, the bright side is.. they get to have their dream wedding. For some its also a way to encourage entrepreneurs. Urvi Ambavat a Mumbai bride is using the service but for her its not about financial strain.  “We are not looking at this as a way to contribute to our wedding expenses, but we are doing this to encourage startups with new business ideas”

The site is currently in Beta, and are are they offer wedding experiences not just in Indian cities like Udaipur & Indore but also in countries like China, Russia and Australia. The site is gaining popularity around the world as couples are registering to sell tickets to their wedding!

If you are a couple about to be married, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your comments below and don’t forget to share on your favorite social website!

 

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Redacted Mueller report, detailing Russian election meddling, released

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Redacted Mueller Report

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A redacted version of the Mueller report is now public. The 448 page document is the result of a two year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Democrats say the report shows President Trump tried to obstruct justice. But Trump’s campaign in a statement says otherwise.

Read the redacted report here.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the Indian Air Force air strike in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February, reversing claims made by other officials after the strike.

Anita Malik announced she is running once again for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District seat. She fell short last year. But this time, she will face additional competition, as fellow Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (Ti-per-neh-knee) as also running for this seat.

And Hasan Minhaj won another Peabody, his second in a row, for his work on “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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U.S. and India conduct joint military drill on Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean

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DIEGO GARCIA, Indian Ocean (Diya TV) — The U.S. and Indian Navies went submarine hunting in the Indian Ocean, their first bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise since a signing pact to work more closely together last fall.

India’s exports to China are up in 2019, while imports declined, leading to a $10 billion reduction in India’s trade deficit with China. Analysts say the current Washington-Beijing trade war has also opened things up for India.

The Jallianwala Massacre 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and 1200 injured at the hands of British troops is considered a key turning point towards a free India. British prime minister Theresa May marked the occasion by expressing “deep regret”, but there are still no apologies.

An effort by an American and British companies to help Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal save the airline from collapse dissolved after Etihad Airways and TPG Capital threatened to walk away themselves if Goyal was part of the deal.

And comedian Hasan Minhaj, who won a 2017 Peabody Award, received another Peabody nomination in the entertainment category for his Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Women filmmakers shine at the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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IFFLA staff with the 2019 festival winners

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded Sunday night with the zany slice-of-life film, The Odds, directed by Megha Ramaswamy. Complete with a glamorous closing night red carpet, and an awards ceremony, the festival ended with an after party at the Spice Affair in Beverly Hills.

(From Left to Right) Praveen Morchale, Christina Marouda, Shazia Iqbal, Anand Patwardhan, Nitin Sonawane , Divya Kohli Courtesy: Javeed Sheikh Photography

IFFLA was only four days this year (compared to five days in previous years), but there was still so much to see during that time. In addition to the curated set of films, there was an incredible panel discussion, Breaking in Brown: Making it to Series in TV’s Golden Age, that featured panelists working in various fields in the television industry and their struggles to rise up through the ranks in the Hollywood while being brown.

Panel Discussion Breaking in Brown. Courtesy: Javeed Sheikh Photography

This year’s film lineup boasted five world premieres, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres and eleven Los Angeles Premieres, with films presented in nine different languages. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed, even with films that tackled difficult subject matters. Roughly fifty percent of the films were directed by women. Filmmakers and staff alike hoped for a future where it will be normal to have women and men equally making films.

Kicking off the awards ceremony, Director of Programming, Mike Dougherty, announced the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, Widow of Silence.

“We present the Grand Jury prize to a film that illuminates a condition that most of the world doesn’t get to see and shines a light on the characters that live through it everyday…This filmmaker’s civic disobedience illustrates their love and compassion for their country and their people, and the craft of their film-making was beautifully wise and refined.”

Director Praveen Morchhale was visibly surprised as he walked up to receive his award. The film he said was about those, “that nobody talks about and nobody treats them as a human.” Even though it was Morchhale’s first time at IFFLA, he felt as if he had been coming here for many years. He credited his win to the women in Kashmir the film portrayed.

The Audience Award for Best Feature went to Reason. Director Anand Patwardhan received a standing ovation when he went to collect his award. Patwardhan said, “most of the time our film is getting thrown out of festivals, I wasn’t expecting this.” He added that it meant a lot for the film to be well received at IFFLA and how that will hopefully impact its reception in India.

Shazia Iqbal’s Bebaak was a crowd favorite winning the Audience Award For Best Short Film. The jury mentioned how she almost gave up on filming because she was getting thrown out of mosques. Iqbal spoke about how when people think of Muslims, they only think of Muslim men and not women, many of whom experience tremendous misogyny. She hopes people will be able to “see beyond what misogyny and religion does to people.” Iqbal added, “a director is nothing without their team.”

“a layered portrait of a woman determined to pursue her needs and impulses,” the Grand Jury awarded their prize for Best Short to The Field from director Sandhya Suri. “the film takes images that normally evoke a sense of fear and flips the narrative on its head redefining a new more empowered world for the female protagonist and exploring an often unseen story of a woman’s drive and agency over her own body and life,” the jury added.

After the awards, Dougherty introduced the closing night film, The Odds by saying the film was the “perfect way to close IFFLA on a celebratory note.”


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