- Category: Contests and Giveaways
|November 1st, 2013 - Desi Global Yellow Pages (videsh.com) is a new Yellow Pages site with a global outlook. We have spent the last two years scouring the internet, digging phone books and looking at magazines to identify Indian businesses around the globe. Its an ongoing search that will never end. We have over 20,000 listings in over 15 high level categories and over 100 countries. Some of the categories include Indian Arts and Entertainment, Associations, Beauty Salons, Boutiques, Restaurants, Supermarkets, Travel Agents etc.
In order to promote our site, we are giving away a Blu Ray DVD of the hit movie English Vinglish to one lucky winner who signs up on our Facebook Fan page. All you have to do is visit our Facebook page and click on the like button. It's that easy. The rules of the contest are very simple and listed below.
Rules of the Contest:
1. The contest is open to everyone no matter where you live.
2. If you are existing fan, you get an entry for every Like clicked on our contest posts. If you Share our site on Facebook, you get an extra vote.
3. The contest will be open till the we hit the 1000 mark fan mark or Dec 15th, 2013.
4. We will announce the winner after we hit the mark or on Dec 15th, 2013. If the winner does not want the prize, we will pick another winner. The winner is responsible for any customs duty applicable in their country. We will send the prize by regular post.
- Category: Indian Consulate Reviews
| ||If you are a non-resident Indian then you have no choice but to deal with an Indian consulate to get things done such as passport renewals, attestations, OCI documents etc. Our prior experiences in the US have been with the consulate in New York and the consulate in San Francisco. While not the most stellar in customer service, the San Francisco consulate did answer the phones during the business hours and replied to emails in a timely manner. |
Having moved to Texas, I had to deal with the Indian Consulate in Houston for a passport renewal and it was quite a frustrating experience. My passport was close to its expiration date and I wanted to apply for a new passport. The Indian consulate website had some instructions but were very poor. I had some clarifications but when I tried contacting them, there was no response. I must have tried on 5 separate occasions but no response. I eventually made a best guess attempt at it and couriered my paperwork. The only acknowledgment I got was from UPS to say they delivered the package to the consulate. The website said it would take 4-6 weeks to get the new passport.
After about 4 weeks, I was a little anxious to see if there was any update and I tried calling the consulate but no answer. I even sent them emails everyday asking for an email but no response. One day, I let the phone ring for 45 minutes (yes, I wanted to see how long it would ring) and no one picked up the call. I searched the web for other numbers and called but no response. It was very frustrating that no one answered the phone or responded to emails for 2 weeks. After about 7 weeks since sending the passport I did get my new passport delivered so I was glad to see it come through.
What bothered me overall is, what if someone has a real emergency, like a death, accident, deportation and they needed urgent attention or advise, there is no help from the consulate. They are sent to foreign countries to help Indian citizens and they have a don't care attitude. With probably little to no monitoring on what they actually do, it must be quite a cushy job. As someone from India, I quite expect this but imagine a US citizen trying to reach them and experiencing this. It sets such a bad example for a country that says "We are an emerging market, come visit us and do business with us". Hopefully things will change (but I seriously doubt they would)
Consulate General of India, Houston has engaged M/s VFS Global as an outsourced agency for facilitating the process of obtaining passport related services, with effect from May 18, 2012. They are located at 1415 North Loop West, Suite 205, Houston, Texas-77018. Applications can be submitted in person or delivered by mail on or after May 18, 2012 to the address of VFS Global mentioned above. Things may actually get better.
- Category: Indian Events in the USA
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Bappi Lahiri or Alokesh Lahiri is a music director in the Hindi film industry. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was popular in the 1980s with filmi soundtracks like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal and Sharaabi among others. Currently, Bappi Lahiri is transcending the barriers between the East and West and is striving to make history once more with his new album: My Love.
Over the decades and through years of well deserved fame and accolades, Bappi Lahiri remains the undisputed Disco King of India, and one of the most amiable celebrities in the Hindi film industry today. Coming to the following venues with his latest hit "Ooh La La"
North Brunswick NJ : Sunday, Aug 12 2012 5:00PM
Houston TX : Friday, Aug 17 2012 8:00PM
Wortham Center, 500 Texas Ave, Houston,
Hosted by : Indo American Association
Chicago, IL : Friday, Aug 24 2012 9:00PM
Copernicus (Gateway) Theatre, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago,
Hosted by : Manpasand Inc
Columbus, OH : Aug 26, 2012 5:00 PM
Capitol Theatre 77 S High St 43215 Columbus, OH, US
Tickets at ticketmaster.com
Dallas, TX : Aug 25th 2010 7:00 PM
Meyerson Symphony Hall, 2301 Flora Dallas TX 75201
Tickets at meraticket.com
- Category: Bollywood Movie Release 2012
| || ||Cocktail is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film directed by Homi Adajania under Saif Ali Khan's banner Illuminati Films. The film stars Khan alongisde Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty in lead roles. Randeep Hooda, Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani feature in supporting roles. The film is scheduled for theatrical release on 13 July 2012.|
The film is set to release on July 13, 2012.
The movie stars
- Saif Ali Khan as Gautam Kapoor
- Deepika Padukone as Veronica D'Costa
- Diana Penty as Meera Gupta
- Dimple Kapadia as Kavita Kapoor
- Boman Irani as Rishabh Kapadia (Randy)
- Randeep Hooda as Jeremy Viegas
You can watch the movie at a local theatre near you listed below