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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)

This is going to be fun.fun..fun.  Mark your calendars for December 12th, 2010. Stand up comedian Russell Peters will be performing at Fox Theater (2211 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201) on December 12th, 2010. The show starts at 8 PM.

Tickets go on sale from August 6th (10.00AM) at:
CHARGE BY PHONE AT 1-800-745-3000

Michigan’s current dismal economy and a lousy job market makes the upcoming Gubernatorial Primary on Tuesday, August 3rd very important. Please head to the polls on Tuesday to choose the correct candidate as it could have a huge impact on Michigan’s future. To help you decide, I am listing the candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties along with their key issues (source Detroit Free Press)

Democratic Party
Virg Bernero (more details here)

My number one campaign issue is rebuilding Michigan’s economy to create jobs.
The second most important issue is to balance the state budget while preserving critical state functions and services.
The third most important issue facing our state is strengthening our education system from pre-K through higher education.

Andy Dillon (more details here)

creating jobs
reforming state government
fixing the state’s troubled economy

Republican Party
Rick Snyder (more details here)

Jobs and the economy
Keeping our youth in Michigan
Bringing innovation to state government

Pete Hoekstra (more details here)

Streamline the bureaucracy
We have to get our economy turned around so that the people of Michigan can get back to work
Cut the cost of government

Mike Cox (more details here)

First, I will cut spending and right-size government
Second, I will cut taxes for every job-provider and taxpayer
Third, and most importantly, I will show true leadership by implementing my 92-point plan, “Putting Michigan Back to Work: The First Steps.”

Mike Bouchard (more details here)

Jobs, jobs, jobs
Second is the reforming and restructuring government and reigning in Lansing’s outrageous spending
Another top priority will be to look at the entire tax structure of this state to ensure we are not punitive on businesses trying to create or maintain jobs in Michigan

Mumtaz Haque – Host/Producer of Manoranjan Radio Show, informs me that tomorrow (8/1) she will be interviewing Michigan Gubernatorial  candidates on her radio show which will air on 1460 AM from 9AM – 11AM. You can also listen online at wpon.com.

Mumtaz will be interviewing Rick Snyder (R) at 9:15 am, Virg Bernero(D) at 9:30 am and  Andy Dillon(D) at 9:50 am. Mumtaz will also be interviewing Michigan Senate Candidates Pam Jackson and Roi Chinn at around 10:15 am.

With the current dismal state of Michigan Economy along with a uncertain employment market, it will be interesting to hear what the candidates have to say about their plans to revive Michigan’s economy.

This is a very  important election for Michigan so please remember to vote on Tuesday, August 3rd to choose the correct candidate as it could have a huge impact on Michigan’s future.

Muthu Raman Sankara Narayanan who was just 31, suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away on Saturday July 17th. Muthu was fielding for his team against Advanced Technology Group in the Great Lakes Cricket tournament at the Flint Cricket Ground when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Muthu leaves behind a wife and a 4 year old son.

Our deepest condolences to Muthu’s family.

Michigan Cricket Association Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra has announced that MCA will collect donations for a memorial fund. Please send your checks, marked “In Memoriam Muthu”, to Coach Shyam at 3625 Sleepy Fox Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309.

(via Michigan Cricket Academy)