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Radhika Plakkot, a science teacher at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County, Maryland has been named by President Barack Obama as one of the 103 mathematics and science teachers for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Radhika who teaches biology at Huntingtown High School is the only Indian American in the group. The awards will be presented later in the year and the winners will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Radhika Plakkot from the Michigan Indian Community.

For more info visit TheBayNet.com.

Mumbai’s skyline will very soon be dotted with the World’s tallest residential building with 117 floors. This will eclipse the current tallest building Q1 (Gold Coast, Australia) which has 80 floors.

This new residential building titled “World One” will be built in Lower Parel, Mumbai on the defunct 17-acre Srinivas Mills plot (Google Maps view shown below).

If you have spare change of Rs 7.5 crore to Rs. 50 crores then you can own of the 300 “World One” residential units which will have three to four bedroom flats, private villas with individual pools as well as duplexes measuring 10,000 sq ft will be priced from Rs 7.5 crore to Rs 50 crore. (via Indian Express)

Site of the World's tallest Residential Building

This is my 1st Post from iPhone (WordPress App). So not sure how this shows up. I turned on Geo Tagging, though don’t know where this would be used in this post.

I am at Barnes & Noble in Northville, MI looking at “King of Bollywood” – Shah Rukh Khan book, bargain priced at $4.98.

Meet Raaj Shinde from our Michigan Indian Community. Raaj is a gear-head at heart who loves gadgets and gizmos, but that is no match for his passion for photography. Raaj recently launched his very own photography site (chiaroscurostudio.com) where he has compiled photographs which he has captured using a variety of Photographic Equipment which he describes as follows:

Currently I shoot mainly with the Nikon D3, the Leica M8.2 Digital Cameras and a variety of 35mm film bodies including Nikon SLRs and Konica Range Finders. I have recently gotten interested again in Medium Format film work and use Pentax 645 and 6×7 format cameras, shooting mostly B&W film that I process myself. I also shoot with the excellent Ricoh GXR and the Leica DLux4 digital compacts.

Here is one of the photographs from Raaj’s site:

Minesh Baxi a well known publisher and movtivational speaker from our Michigan Indian community has recently published a book titled “You Will Overcome”. The book “You will Overcome” is a collection of 52 inspirational entrepreneurial stories. Most of the stories in this book are from Michigan. One such story is of  Mida Giragosian.  Mida shares parts of her inspirational story where she recounts the days when she was diagnosed with Lupus (1986) which changed her life forever. She was in and out of the hospital for 4 years which caused tremendous despair in her and which ended up breaking her marriage and even drove her to commit suicide. Lupus had attacked her kidneys, which caused her to start dialysis, three times per week. In spite  of all the challenges Mida faced she is a huge success story. Mida discusses tips to happiness in this book. Some  of her tips to happiness are

  • Always Dress up as if you are going to a party
  • If you have to cry, do it and get it over with
  • Write things down that make you happy

Note: Minesh Baxi has also published – Stop Hiring Losers, Network Your Way To $100,000 And Beyond and 30 Day Total Business Makeover.

Darshana Menon who studied here in Michigan (now living in Pennsylvania) is a very…very accomplished singer. She won the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa USA (2008) singing competion. Ever since, she has been performing live shows all over US. Recently, she did some playback recording for a Hindi Movie to be released this year and she is also working on an album set to release in 2011. Now she is enlisting with Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Her journey starts on June 1st, 2010. So why the switch?. This is what she said to me.

Growing up, my mom always encouraged us to excel at whatever we do. I still apply that in everything I pursue. But I am the kind of person that needs to be doing a lot of different things at once to do well at all of them. So, while my career in the music industry is still very much at the forefront, I wanted to step back a little so I can gain a better perspective. When I was younger, I fantasized about being in the military, but gave up on it as I got older. However, I started looking into it again last year and the idea grew stronger until I finally decided to enlist in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. I am very grateful to my mom for all her support and encouragement in this matter.

Darshana leaves on June 1st starting a journey towards her newest adventure. She says she is terrified because she is not physically strong, but is sincerely hoping that her mental strength and desire to excel will help her sail through military bootcamp.

She will be at Ft. Leonard Wood (MO) for Basic Combat Training (for approx. 10 weeks) … and then she leaves for Ft. Sam Houston (TX) for Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Her chosen MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) is Healthcare Specialist, and she will return from all this rigorous training on or around Dec. 6th, 2010. Once she is back, her commitment to the Armed Forces is limited to 39 days a year unless she is chosen for deployment.

Darshana will still be singing at shows,  and finishing up recording for the album and shooting music videos, etc., once she gets back.

Congratulations Darshana!! May all your dreams come true.

Darshana has a Facebook Fan Page where you can leave messages/communicate with her and wish her the Best!!

BollyFit Creator, Anuja Rajendra, accomplished dancer and innovative “choreographer for the masses”, will lead couples and friends through an evening of fun and carefree Bollywood-style dancing. No prior dance experience is required.

The event – “May I…Have this Dance?” Couples Night Event will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm at Mind Body & Spirit Academe, Dakota Building, 1785 West Stadium Blvd (South of Pauline), Ann Arbor, MI 48103. The cost for this event is $70 per couple which includes dancing led by Anuja Rajendra, magical memento scarf, hearty hors d’oeuvres.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (www.a2a3.org), a local not-for-profit organization that supports finding a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Contact Anuja Rajendra at (734) 657-6680 or email info@BollyFit.com for more details.

This is great news. Six Indian Americans are in the race for US House of Representatives. According to Express Buzz, so far there has been just 2 Indian Americans who have made it to US House of Representatives. The 1st one was Dalip Singh Saund in the 1950′s and recently Bobby Jindal from Lousiana.

The six Indian Americans who are getting ready for the November elections are:

  • Raj Goyle, a two term State lawmaker from Kansas
  • Ami Bera, a physician from California
  • Surya Yalamanchili, a former Procter&Gamble marketing executive from Ohio
  • Manan Trivedi (35), a physician and Iraq War veteran from Pennsylvania who pulled off an upset defeating 60-year old Dough Pike, a former editorial writer with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Trivedi won by a margin of just 672 seats
  • Ravi Sangisetty, a Princeton University alumnus and attorney based in Louisiana
  • Reshma Saujani, a New Yorker

(via Express Buzz)

Michigan Indian Community member Anand Pappuri, owner of Spark Building Energy Solutions is organizing a FREE seminar on Energy Audit and Incentives. This Seminar will be held on Saturday May 22nd from 10.30 AM – 11.30 AM at 32401 8 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152.

Anand Pappuri who is a Certified Energy Auditor will be the featured speaker at this seminar where you will learn about:

  • Energy audit
  • Utility Rebates
  • New Home construction rebates
  • Energy Star homes and HERS ratings
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Federal Tax Credits
  • Energy Efficient Mortgages for energy improvements
  • Solar power and incentives

For more details call 734-335-0430 or visit Sparks Building Energy Solutions website.

Miss Michigan Rima Fakih of Dearborn, MI won the the Miss USA title held today at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Rima Fakih becomes the first Miss USA who is Arab American. She becomes the second Michigander to win Miss USA. Back in 1990, Carole Anne-Marie Gist became the first African American to win Miss USA. Congratulations Rima. This is awesome!!