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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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Upcoming filmmaker Divyansh Sharma aims to reinvent cinema

From Street Play performer in remote rural India to turning heads in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma has come a long way in a short time and hes only getting started.

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — “Reinventing the cinematic standard” one story at a time might sound like a ambitious undertaking for some but for Divyansh Sharma it’s only the beginning.

Sharma’s roots stem from New Delhi where he discovered his fascination for storytelling. At 16, he began performing street plays in remote rural India, educating people on social issues such as equal rights, education for all, and child marriage. He finished High School and went on to take a scholarship offered by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where upon he graduated from their BFA Program which focused on acting and directing.

Studded from the AMDA degree in Acting for Film, Theatre and Telvision, Divyansh Sharma went on to shoot award-winning commercials from Apple and Google each amassing thousands to millions of views globally. Still feeling the urge to create more he decided he wanted to “re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time” and began writing his own short film that would use techniques unseen in short-film storytelling such as Breaking fourth wall, plot jumps, interconnecting plot-lines.

The result was “Graffiti” which made a world premiere at the Chinese Theaters in March 2019 for the Golden State Film Festival. The story revolves around Michael Dawson, played by Divyansh Sharma, a grieving spoken word artist trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. The 30-minute short which Sharma wrote, directed, acted, and edited went on to amass more than 30 awards across the world at film festivals like New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Delhi International Film Festival and more.

Without skipping a beat, Sharma wrote, co-directed, starred and edited his next project “Cigarettes in December”. In this upcoming film Divyansh Sharma portrays Russ, a sexual assault survivor who attends court ordered support group therapy and enters a graduation isolation from the world. Sharma is currently in the final stages of Post Production and will be the first project to be completely done in-house by his own Production Company “Origins Productions”. Sharma is looking forward to a successful run in the festival circuit for Cigarettes in December as he begins to shift his gaze on Pre-Production for next his project he co-wrote called “a Dream in Frames” whose script has already gone to win a Screenwriting award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

From performing Street Plays in rural India to turning heads with his debut in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma is on a path that continues to deliver. From starring in Award- winning commercials to creating his own Award- winning features his footprint is firm and felt and his message is clear: “Re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time”.

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Tulsi, Kamala tussle on night 2 of Detroit Democratic debate

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Tulsi Kamala Dem Debate

DETROIT (Diya TV) — In another otherwise straightforward affair, night two of the Democratic debate in Detroit, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Kamala Harris took jabs at one another, as they both aim to capture attention and move up in the polls.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to tout the U.S.-India relationship, saying on a tour to the Indo-Pacific region that America is “working hard with the Indian government to provide them with opportunities to grow their economy.”

A 60-year-old Sikh priest was attacked at his home near a Sikh gurdwara in Hughson, California. Amarjit Singh says the suspect broke several windows, punched him in the back of his neck, and then yelled ‘go back to your country,’ before fleeing.

Indian rapper Badshah broke the record for most views of a YouTube video within 24 hours of its premiere. His new video “Paagal” received a staggering 75 million views, topping a mark set by Korean boy band BTS.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US India trade talks resume after G20 summit, in New Delhi

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US-India Trade Talks

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India and the U.S. will resume bilateral trade talks in New Delhi next week. These talks continue the dialog established by Indian Prime Minister Modi and President Trump at the Osaka G20 Summit last week.

Sikh activists launched a petition asking Presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris to apologize for supporting employment discrimination against a Sikh job applicant in 2011 during her tenure as California’s attorney general.

A report by Bloomberg says Boeing turned to Indian-based subcontractors who were paid as little $9 per hour for work on the U.S. planemaker’s beleaguered 737 Max aircraft.

Mahmud Jamal is now a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, becoming the 4th ever South Asian federal appellate judge in Canada.

A group of South Asian filmmakers including Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap and actors like Anupam Kher and Archie Panjabi are among the 842 people invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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