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In Conversation with Reshma Mehta, AARP Director of Grassroots Advocacy – on the Vaccine

Reshma Mehta is AARP’s Director of Grassroots Advocacy. She has spent over 15 years in the government and non-profit arena. In her current position, she manages grassroots messaging, training, and tactics for AARP’s millions of activists, making sure elected officials know older Americans are a force to be reckoned with.

Reshma has been involved in the enactment of a number of landmark laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Medicare Modernization Act. She’s also been key to defeating bad proposals like the Social Security “chained CPI” and all the countless attempts to repeal the ACA.

Reshma earned her BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Public Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The conversation was wonderful and very informative – So, if you missed it earlier, if you have had any concerns about “the vaccine”, this would be a must listen – Do tune-in, for sure, this Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 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


In conversation with Sanjay Gowda, President, IAGB, on the upcoming India Republic Day Celebrations

We talk to Sanjay Gowda, President, India Association of Greater Boston – founded in 1962. Sanjay talks about the various activities as part of the upcoming India Republic Day Celebrations. 

To be a part of the many many competitions being held, to be able to contribute towards the Republic Day Magazine – to know these details about the celebrations, do listen – in to this conversation for sure!! Also , do visit https://iagb.org/

In case you missed it, do tune – in again, this Sunday, 10 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 , 11:00 PM – EST.

 

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

In Conversation with Mukesh Patel, a prominent Businessman in the US

Mike (Mukesh) Patel, a prominent member of the Indian community in the US, was born in Uganda, and moved to England with his family when he was eight years old. He grew up in England, working in his father’s corner shops and playing soccer. He later became an apprentice soccer player, while studying business at the London School of Economics in the evenings. He moved with his wife to the US in 1984(?), and eventually settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where he founded a business developing hotels, real estate and banking.

Mike has served as a commissioner on former US president Bill Clinton’s White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He was chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the largest hospitality group in the world with over 20,000 members, in 1998. He is also a co-founder of the Fair Franchising Initiative, a group of more than 300 hotel owners created in March to give voice to franchisee concerns over the treatment of small business branded hotels.

In case you missed it, do tune – in again on 27 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.

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 Dr. Rajiv Bhateja – on US Economy and Business environment

Dr. Rajiv Bhateja grew up in Bangalore and went on to pursue his undergraduate course – Bachelors of Technology in Civil Engineering, from IIT Bombay. He came to the US in 1978.

He earned an MS and a PhD in Engineering and Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley, respectively. Over his career he has worked for 8 startups and a few established companies, retiring as VP of Engineering.

He now runs his own consulting business. In 2018, Rajiv co-founded “They See Blue” to help mobilize South Asians in US politics and help elect Democrats.

On the show, we talk about the US economy and business environment. Do tune in for sure – So, in case you missed this earlier, do tune – in, this Tuesday, 15 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 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/.