Michigan Indian Community Blog

Sharing News, Events and Blog Posts from our community

Soon we will be starting a new feature in this blog. Starting Monday October 4th, we will be featuring a Women Owned Business from Michigan in this Blog.

Hopefully this new feature would be helpful for individuals looking to do business with women-owned companies here in Michigan. This would also be a resource for women-owned businesses that want to support each other.

If you know of any women owned business or your business is classified as a women owned business please do let us know by sending email at michiganindia [at] gmail [dot] com or contact us via facebook. Please include the following details:

  • Name of your business
  • Owner Name
  • How long in business
  • Location and Contact Info of your business
  • Nature of your business

The Talented Anuja Rajendra of Bollyfit will be presenting at TEDx Detroit on September 29th. So what is TEDx Detroit? It is where

The area’s leading creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers gather to share what they are most passionate about — positive ideas for the world from Detroit. http://www.tedxdetroit.com

About Anuja:

Anuja is an accomplished dancer and innovative choreographer leading a wellness revolution throughout Michigan. Anuja’s BollyFit turns traditional views of exercise on its head, synthesizing fitness, fun and spirituality in a dynamic dance experience.

MAI (pronounced “my”) Family Services a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the South Asian community in Michigan is organizing a “Walk to stop Domestic Violence”.

This event is scheduled for October 2nd, 2010. The walk will take place at Farmington Heritage Park, 24725 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. The Registration fee is $15/person ($10 for Students and free for children under 12). To register for this event visit www.maifs.org.

To become a sponsor or for questions, email walk@maifamilyservices.com or call Mona Sashital at 248-767-4542. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide direct services to MAI Family Service clients. Donations are 100% tax deductible.

To find out what exactly MAI Family Services does to stop domestic violence please visit www.maifs.org/whatwedo.html.

FOMAPI (Foundation of Michigan Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) is organizing a benefit concert – “An Evening with Maestros”. Renowned artists of traditional and classical Indian Music – Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ghazal Samprat Anup Jalota will be performing live on:
Date: September 12 · 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI.

“A Concert of Maestros” is FOMAPI’s premiere fundraising event which will raise funds for FOMAPI’s healthcare initiatives which includes MAPI free clinics and educational awareness as it relates to heart attacks, stroke and cancer.

For Tickets, please call either Yash Shah at 248-494-1947 or Pina Shah at 248-515-4305.

BBC News is reporting that

A Hare Krishna temple in Leicester has been partly destroyed in an explosion.

Reports suggest that gas bottles being used for cooking during celebrations at the temple could have exploded. Visit BBC News for more details.

From the news reports I could get a location on Google Maps. Here’s a Google Maps Street View of the location:

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Michigan International Chamber of Commerce is organizing its Annual Dinner Cruise along Detroit River on Tuesday, September 14th from 6.30 pm to 10 pm.

The networking cruise will be on board the Infinity Yacht from the Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores. The goal of the cruise is to facilitate “effective” networking between business owners and community leaders. This is an “invitation only” event limited to 100 company owners, career professionals, and individuals who would make this a “high-energy” networking event.

Visit Michigan International Chamber of Commerce website for more details on this event.

Dreamz India is hosting a mega classical concert in Metro Detroit on Saturday, August 28. Tabla maestro Anuradha Pal, the world’s best female Tabla player of Punjabi origin and an exponent of Punjab Gharana will be performing live on Saturday, August 28th at 7.00 PM. The event will be held at Costick Center, 28600 West 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills.

Anuradha Pal is a disciple of Ustaad Alla Rakha and Ustaad Zakir Hussain. This concert will also feature Pandit Samar Saha, an exponent of Banaras Gharana and Hindustani classical vocalist Madhumita Saha.

Visit dreamzindiaonline.com for more information. You can also call Sudip Nath (248-449-6617), Hemant Babtiwale (248-756-0727), John Churchville (810-610-6581) for tickets.

Rishi Jaitly a former Google Executive who lives in Bloomfield Hills has recently launched “Michigan Corps“. Michigan Corps is a non profit organization which will raise money from Michigan natives and invest in programs that support small businesses, entrepreneurship and education in Michigan. Founder and CEO of Michigan Corps Rishi Jaitly said he and charter members, including Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, are challenging others to “ask what you can do for your state.”

People willing to help can donate as little as $1 to the philanthropic organization. Visit michigancorps.org to find out more as to how you can make a difference in Michigan.

This is a guest post by the talented Anuja Rajendra who is the creator and CEO of BollyFit, the Fitness through Dance™ sensation illuminating Michigan.

Does being fit require dreaded workouts with clenched teeth and a no pain, no gain attitude? Does being healthy in life mean slogging the self to the gym daily and then squelching out, Just do it; just do one more!?

Whether trekking it out on the treadmill or pounding the pavement, a conventional notion of being fit and healthy is that working out is necessary to achieve these states of wellness. We often dread the workout before, count the minutes to go during, and breathe a sigh of relief after. Whether or not we actually do it, we know we are supposed to because experts tell us so.

So, work out today finds its way onto a checklist of things we have to do. Does the mind experience this line item as a welcome addition? How often do we hear people say, I cannot wait to force myself out of bed at 6:00 AM and pump iron!

In reality, whether it is from the anxiety of losing a few pounds, fitting into a certain outfit or being confident at an upcoming event, voices often exclaim,
Oh, I do not want to go to the gym today but I have to go!

Is work out amidst the items on your daily checklist?
If so, why? If not, why not?
If it is usually on your list of stuff to do, how often do you actually do it?
***When you do work out, what is the experience before exercise, during the routine and afterward?
***If you do not work out on a particular day, what is that experience like?
***What is the experience when just reading the word now, workout?

It is a fact that most people do not exercise regularly. Skyrocketing obesity in various parts of the world and resulting diseases and related fiscal and societal costs are in the news, spawning a support industry to try to inspire people to work out. Some are truly motivated from within, which is fantastic.

For most the external Rah-Rah cheerleading works from time to time and they grudgingly force feet atop the treadmill; or, with a heavy heart, haul the sedentary soul into the gym. For these people, sweating from the self literally requires wholesome will from within! For some, the internal mojo to just do it is sadly never achieved.

For everyone without internal alignment between physically active thoughts and actions, workout is a wandering word nomadically traversing the to-do list from day to day. It is part of a community of sub-list of shame, items that are supposed to be done daily but are not. Eventually, due to frustration and internal defeat, these items cease to make their way to external lists, but continue to hover over an unsettled mind.

But does being fit and healthy require an I have to work out attitude? Is that frame of reference even helpful? What do you think? When you see the word workout, does it elicit inspiration, lightness and welcome you with open arms like a Bollywood hero or heroine on a grassy meadow with the wind blowing through the hair?

By definition, workout, is something dreaded, almost unnatural, and required.

Hmmn…what if the quandary is just a packaging issue? You might have heard the adage:

No pain no gain.

Yes, pain has a purpose and can be beneficial. As Eckhart Tolle brilliantly explains in A New Earth pain and suffering can fuel the light of consciousness and help awaken the soul. But if fitness and health are approached as something dreaded we have to do, versus something natural, comfortable and, on the other end of the spectrum, something we long to do, might we approach this aspect of wellness differently?

Does anyone really say,

Oh geez, I have to go to the spa, I do not want to but I have to! OR

I do not want to wake up early for that massage but I just have to do it!

What if exercise was the same way?

What if the dreaded workout disappeared with the poof of a wand and instead sparkles and twinkles from within invited us to be joyful and, by the way, naturally shed weight inside and out?

Can you imagine a world where fitness and fun are symbiotic? Where exercise experiences are craved like spa appointments for the soul?
Where peace, love, joy and sweat string together like a blissful Sa-Re-Ga-Ma- Pa melody? And these states are experienced before, during, and after exercise?

Might more of us shed serious sweat and weight within and around and be light?

Fitness that is fun and natural is not just fictional and imagined like a faraway hero who holds our embrace only in Bollywood dreams. Follow this blog for ideas on how to emanate energy, be fit and well, and naturally experience peace, love and joy in the reel of real life!

In the September issue of Elle Magazine Julia Roberts had this to say about her family being Hindus

We are definitely practicing Hindu

So when did this conversion to Hinduism take place?. According to USA Today the conversion took place during filming of Eat, Love and Pray in India. She was captivated by the Hindu religion while in India and experienced a spiritual awakening.

Julia and family now regularly go to the temple to “chant, pray and celebrate”. Julia has also renamed her production company to Red Om Films. Her children now have Hindu names. Her twins Hazel and Phinnaeus are named Laxmi and Ganesh, while Henry will be called Krishna Balram.

Roberts has also adopted the belief in reincarnation and she hopes her next life will be a “quiet” one.

(via USA Today)