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In conversation with Dr. Prakash Bhave, at North Carolina State University

Dr. Prakash Bhave was born in Michigan to first-generation immigrant parents from Belagavi, Karnataka.  Raised in California, he pursued his undergraduate course in Environmental Engineering Science from UC Berkeley. Thereafter, he completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Caltech, specializing in Fine-Particulate Air Pollution. 

Dr. Bhave went on to work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years in their R&D section in North Carolina, developing decision -support systems for national-scale regulations of coal-fired power plants, truck exhaust, and automotive fuel standards. Over time, he grew wishful that his knowledge and work experience be applied to the most severe air pollution problems outside the U.S. He conducted a worldwide job search, focusing on developing countries with hazardous air quality. Eventually, he and his wife sold their home in North Carolina and quit their U.S. jobs to move with their 3 young children to Kathmandu, Nepal.  He describes working and living in Nepal as the experience of a lifetime.

After returning to the U.S., Dr. Prakash continued collaborating with researchers in Nepal while actively volunteering in the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).  He’s now a full-time math instructor in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

So, the conversation revolves around this big switch from the Environmental Sciences to teaching Math – how that helped him shape his political views, the Georgia Senate elections, his focus in his free time – i.e, advocacy on Climate change, his passion for Indian Classical Music and much more – yes, this conversation is a must listen – Tune – in for sure, once again, in case you missed it – this Sunday, 03 January, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM – EST

Conversation with Dr. Keerthi Gogineni on Healthcare

Dr. Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MSHP is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University. She is dual board-certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology.

Dr. Gogineni sees patients with breast cancer at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and at the Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Keerthi directs clinical trials for patients with breast cancer to develop novel treatment approaches. She conducts research to reduce breast cancer disparities and increase access to care. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology.

We talk to Dr. Keerthi Gogineni about Healthcare. In case you missed it, Do tune – in, today, 20 December, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM & 11:00 PM – EST.

In Conversation with Senator Sheikh Rahman – a Democrat – the first immigrant to serve in the Georgia State Senate

Senator Sheikh Rahman, a Democrat, is the first immigrant to serve in the Georgia State Senate. Elected in 2018, he represents the 5th Senate District in the heart of Gwinnett — Georgia’s most diverse county.

Sen. Rahman’s story seems to be straight from the movies – and an inspirational one at that. He grew up in Bangladesh, but at age 13, was kidnapped at gunpoint as a prisoner of war during Bangladesh’s fight for independence in 1971.

He moved up from working a dishwasher making $3.35 an hour to pay for his college tuition, to a corporate executive at Pizza Hut, Dominos, and the Kroger Company. He also had a successful career in real estate, and served as an at-large Delegate for his inspiration, Barack Obama in 2012.

He now lives in Lawrenceville with his two children and wife of 26 years.

On the show, we talk about Sen. Rahman’s journey, about the US Senate run-offs coming up on Jan 5th and early voting starting Dec 14th, about split legislature and much more.

So, in case you missed it earlier, do tune-in for the conversation, this Saturday, 12 December, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM , 11:00 PM – EST.

In Conversation with Abhi Rahman, Director of Strategic Communications at Texas Democratic Party

It was great to have a conversation with Abhi Rehman, Director of Strategic Communications at Texas Democratic Party. The conversation revolved around the Party’s take on: Climate change, COVID-19, Black lives matter, Immigration policies and the Economy.

Abhi’s message is loud and clear – Vote!! Do listen in to the entire conversation on MeraSangeet Gold at 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM, 11:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA – 5:00 PM EST

So, our listeners in Texas – if you have an issue or any difficulty while casting your vote, or any concerns – just call 844-TX-VOTES – or visit https://www.texasdemocrats.org/my-texas-votes-2/

Indo-American Arts Council Presents Two-Part Diwali Concert

IAAC brings you a special two-part Indian Classical music series of four scintillating Ragas and Bhajans to light up your Diwali. Featuring Pt. Jayateerth Mevundi, doyen of the Kirana gharana, a stalwart amongst today’s young classical vocalists aptly described by AR Rahman as “the most electrifying Indian musician of the present era”. Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar calls him “an extremely tuneful singer”. In music circles he is popularly known as the ‘Next Bhimsen Joshi’. His impassioned Abhangas reflect his easy grace and versatility.

Save your dates: November 6 and 13, 2020, 9 PM EDT / 6PM PDT. For more information, visit https://iaac.us/

Talks: Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2020

In this series, we now bring to you a conversation with Divyaa Unni, an internationally recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer. She was crowned “Kalathilakam” in the annual state-wide youth festival conducted by the Government of Kerala in the year 1990 and 1992. Divyaa’s dance was featured in Doordarshan at the age of 6 and subsequently she presented dance recitals of Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and folk dances every year from 1987 to 1994. Divyaa, has acted as a female lead in more than 50 movies, including Tamil, Kannada and Telegu movies.

Do listen in to this wonderful conversation with Divyaa Unni, this Saturday, 26 September, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM & 11:00 PM.

For more details about the  Indo – American Arts Council’s Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2020, and to get tickets, do visit https://iaac.us/ or https://iaac.us/erasing-borders-dance-festival-2020/.

In conversation with Nagendra Rao, Director at IAGB

We talk to Nagendra Rao, Director, India Association of Greater Boston – founded in 1962. He talks about the various initiatives and activities being conducted by the organisation at this point in time – towards the India Day Grand Finale on 15 August, 2020.

Nagendra Rao is a Director at IAGB and manages PR and Marketing at IAGB. He lives in Millbury, Mass with his wife and two children. In his full time job he works with Trigent Software as VP of Sales and Marketing.

Tune -in for the conversation, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai on Saturday, 1 August, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM , 11:00 PM. Also , do visit https://iagb.org/

In Conversation with the well known Indian Film Director, Amar Kaushik

We talk to the very well known Indian Film Director, Amar Kaushik, about his film Bala, released in India in November, 2019. We also talk to him about his journey – how did filmaking happen, of his growing up days and much more!!

Jio Studios & Maddock Films BALA, directed by Amar Kaushik and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar & Yami Gautam , has been chosen to be screened at the Lavazza Drive In Film Festival event on 31st July in Toronto, a unique festival meant to overcome the sense of isolation in the most safe environment of a Drive In. This happens to be the only Indian film representing India at this festival as one of the Countries hit by the pandemic together with countries like USA, Brazil, Italy, China, Russia, UK and France.

 Do tune-in for the conversation, today, 30 July, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM , 11:00 PM.

Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput

2013, a brief telephonic interview, just before the release of your first movie….you seemed so full of dreams – so excited about your first film, “Kai Po Che”, how you talked about the great time you had shooting for the film….. many more movies and many more conversations, thereafter….
Its hard to believe what we hear and see now.. Sad day it is – RIP Sushant Singh Rajput…you will live on – in our prayers…in our hearts …in the wonderful projects that you were part of…RIP Sushant Singh Rajput….you have left a deep void …
For all our listeners, we go back in time – to the conversation – do hear it for sure, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, MeraSangeet Gold, this Monday, 15 June, at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM , 11:00 PM.

Salute to the front liners – in conversation with Dr. Geetanjali Vasandani

Dr. Geetanjali Vasandani talks to us from Atlanta – the way she spent time in the front line – the way she coped up with her children residing in different States, the way the she and her husband are bonding with other family members & friends spread across continents … this and much much more…

Tune -in for the conversation, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai on Saturday, 30 May, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM , 11:00 PM.

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