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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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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Celebrity Chef, Vikas Khanna’s ‘The Last Color’ to open 10th annual CSAFF

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Celebrity Chef, Vikas Khanna's 'The Last Color' to open 10th annual CSAFF

CHICAGO (Diya TV) – Celebrity Chef, Vikas Khanna’s lastest film venture, ‘The Last Color’ will open the 10th annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF). And if that didn’t get your attention, the Michelin-starred chef will also cater the opening night reception. With a densely-packed and competitive lineup of over 50 films ranging in scope from documentary, features and shorts the fest promises a weekend full of entertainment for Chicagoland.

The Festival will showcase films from and about South Asia, spanning countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan. Through this extensive array of cinema, audiences will be able to take a deep dive into these rich cultures and experience the intimate complexities and stories within them. 

Vikas Khanna’s ‘The Last Color’ to open the 10th annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival

The Opening Night Film: The Last Color is produced, written, and directed by Michelin-starred chef, Vikas Khanna, and stars veteran actor Neena Gupta. The film tells the story of 9-year old Chhoti, a tightrope walker, struggling to survive and make ends meet while she dreams of attending school. In the midst of her toils Chhoti meets Noor, a widow who struggles a life of abstinence and isolation, together their friendship must stand the test of taboos and age-old beliefs that perforate Varanasi, India. Festival manager, Jigar Shah said, “This Opening Night film will shed light on both the complexities and the beauty of certain areas of South Asian Culture.”

The centerpiece for this year, award winning director Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab – a story about a washed up side actor from the hey days of Bollywood, who realises that he ‘retired’ on the verge of a rare milestone – he had featured in 499 Hindi films!

Hardik Mehta’s Kaamyaab will be the centerpiece film at the 10th annual festival with Rohena Gera’s Sir as the closing night film.
A Destruction follows the life of 11-year old Humera as she grows up in a village in Pakistan

In this broad palette of emotions and themes are films that are fearless on speaking about social issues within the community, stories about women’s empowerment, social justice and more. Nagarkirtan, tells the story of a boy growing up in rural Bengal who soon realizes he is a woman with the physique of a man forcing him to flee to a world that will accept him for his inner truths. The documentary A Destruction focuses on 11-year old Humera growing up in a coastal village near Karachi, Pakistan, as she dreams of one day becoming a doctor. However, when tensions spill into the village and threaten the only school to shut down, she must face the intense pressure of foregoing her dreams for an arranged marriage.

Another influential gem, at this fest this year, is the film Kaifinama, which details the life and art of Kaifi Azmi, an Urdu progressive poet who became one of the foremost lyricists in the Hindi Film industry out of meager beginnings. His daughter, veteran actress, Shabana Azmi is slated to be in attendance for the fest.

Providing bursts of levity and grace between the full length features are the stellar and bite-sized shorts such as Rahul Chaturvedi’s hilariously quirky Forbidden Tikka Masala, Nirav Bhakta’s HBO APA winner Halwa. Another must-see screening would be Nikhil Singh Rajputt’s Blood Buddhas – a documentary about India’s quest to repatriate cultural, historical artifacts, that “purloined during colonial times,”.

From traditional wide-screen theaters to Virtual Reality booths, Documentary features to short features; Afghanistan to Bangladesh, Nepal to Sri lanka, CSAFF aims to be a conflux of cultures, and ideas, as well as an examination of challenges and change.

Alongside post-film Q&A discussions, award ceremonies, the 10th annual CSAFF promies to be the best ever yet! If a glamorous Red Carpet, a chance to rub shoulders with film makers, actors and cinephiles wasn’t enough, CSAFF knows how to throw down, Chi-town style! The Festival after party will be headlined by celebrity musician DJ Karsh Kale.

It all takes place from September 19th through the 22nd at the VENUE SIX10 in the Spertus Institute. With more than 50 other films that will be screened throughout the weekend at the Showplace ICON Theater and DePaul University.

Diya TV is a proud media partner for the event, and will be onsite covering the fest. For tickets and information: https://www.csaff.org/tickets/

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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