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FREE Vol-2 ISSUE-11 November 2015 M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au INDIAN November 2015 / www.bollywoodsun.com.au Jasvinder Sidhu felicitated with RMIT’s highest research award AKSHAYA BORKAR, FOUNDER OF THE ART AND CRAFT GALLERY, NAMED FINALIST IN 12th ANNUAL STEVIE® AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2015 Diwali-Annakut Celebration at Parliament of Victoria FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE & NEW DELHI PIZZA/PASTA Docklands- - $120k Laverton - $150k Chapel St. - $150k Three Sikh men sworn in as Cabinet Ministers in Canada Reach 1000s of potential buyers with us... CAFES Richmond - $55k Chapel St. - $350k CBD - $295k Geelong - $65k Chapel St. - $595k BUY / SELL ANY BUSINESS We help our buyers do full due diligence before buying a business. We ensure that full training & support is provided to the buyer of each business. It is our motto to provide best service in the industry TATTSLOTTO Near CBD - NP - $140K - Asking- $250k Chapel St - NP - $125k Asking- $275k Werribee - NP - $400k + Asking - $1.2 Mill Hoppers Crossing Kiosk- NP $140k - Asking - $390k RESTAURANTS Williamstown - Italian - $795 Carlton - Indian - $200k CBD - Indian- $200k Footscray - Indian - $195k Chapel St. - Greek - $295k Prahran - Fish & chips - $60k Western Suburb - $230k Geelong - $75k NIGHT CLUBS CBD - Taking -$25k p.w - $200k CBD - Taking -$40k p.w - $695k CBD - Taking -$140k p.w - $5.9 Mill Prahran - Taking -$80k p.w - $2.95 Mill East Suburb - Taking - $60k p.w - $895k East Suburb - Taking -$15k p.w - $295k AUTO WORKSHOP Donut King Western suburbs -Asking - $250k Burwood - $99k Mitchem - $120k Blackbuan - $120k Footscray - $200k Available in New Delhi (India): Many More Businesses For Sale SALON | MOBILE STORE | MEDICINE MANUFACTURER | | CHEMIST | HEALTHCARE | MEAT EXPORTS | ELECTRONICS STORE | AMUL DI STRIBUTOR | CAFES | RESTAURANTS | MANUFACTURING | NIGHT CLUBS | FMC G | PHARMA COMPANY AND MANY MORE... MIGRATIO N & S TUDE NT SER VICE S YABS 1281745 Are You Confused About Your Courses, Universities/College & Career? OR 457 VISAS??? Looking For Professional Advise? Our qualified lawyers and consellors can help you decide the futu re course of y our career with their expertise in the industry. 457 Visas - Cooks, Chefs, Patisserie, Management, Automotive and Mo re... Family / Parent / Partner Migration Student Visas / Services Change of Course New A dmission Graduate Skilled Visas Working Holiday Visas Visitor / Tourist Visas Extention of Visas Business MIgration Travel Visas Regional Skilled Migration Scheme (RSMS) - Subclass 187 Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) - Subclass 186 Offshore Permanent Residency Applications Ministerial Intervention Application Business Long Stay Visa MRT Application

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 3 Cedar Woods Properties grants $30,000 to local community groups in Melbourne’s West ‘Dandiya in the West’ being one the highlights Cedar Woods Properties has awarded a total of $30,000 to local community groups in Melbourne’s west as part of the Williams Landing Neighbourhood Grants scheme. The 30 winners each received between $500 and $2000 to support their ongoing work in Williams Landing and surrounding suburbs. Judging was based on community benefit, promotion of diversity, the level of benefit the grant will provide and the difficulty in sourcing alternative funds. Amongst the recipients were Chirag Maheshwari and Joel Thankachen to organise the Indian Dance Festival “Dandiya in the West”. Here is an interview with Gurpreet Tuteja at Sangam When was the Sangam Community Association established? Sangam was founded on 22nd November 2001. What does your organisation do? Sangam’s primary goal is to promote multiculturalism amongst all the ethnic communities living in Melbourne. In addition there is a special focus on identifying opportunities where we can bring the elderly and young together to help bridge the gap between generations. For example, our valentine’s dinner and dance night is a family event where we have around 250 people, out of which approximately 70 are kids and about 30 senior citizens. How many people are involved in your association? At this stage we have six active committee members. Around the event we have people in the community who help us in organising the event. What is the idea behind “Dandiya in the West” dance festival? “Dandiya in the west” is an evening to celebrate Indian festival – Navratri. The festival originated from western state of India called Gujarat. Hence the name of the event is Dandiya in the West. In India the festival is celebrated for 9 evenings in a row and is usually celebrated in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. The festival leads up to another festival called Diwali which is the festival of lights. What kinds of dance will you showcase, and how? Garba and Raas. Garba is a dance where all the patrons form a big circle or have mini circles of their friend groups. The dance is usually done with two foot long sticks, one in each hand. On the beats of the music you hit the sticks against each other making a rhythmic sound. Between the these beats people perform variety of steps depending on their expertise. The second type of dance is Raas where in patrons are divided into two groups with each person facing a person from the other group. Then as the music starts they again rhythmically hit the sticks but this time it’s with their partners in the other group. When and where will you stage the festival? The festival is scheduled for Sunday 17th October 2015 at Baden Powell college in Tarneit. Will you have any special guests? Usually we have members of parliament and Wyndham Council Mayor at our Dandiya in the West event. But this year due to their prior commitments they couldn’t attend it. How has the grant from Cedar Woods helped towards organising the festival? First of all, thank you to Cedar Woods for the grant. It has certainly helped us being a not-for-profit organisation to bring down our cost. The grant also helped us in enhancing the quality of the event by hiring a professional DJ and dhol artist for the event which all the patrons thoroughly enjoyed. Do you live in Williams Landing, and if so what do you like about the area? Yes I live in Williams Landing and the best part about the area is its growth mindset. I see a lot of progress in the west particularly in Williams Landing area. From public transport to shopping centre to well-maintained nature strips, it just gives a vibe of a happening place. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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4 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2015 2015 Diwali-Annakut Celebration at Parliament of Victoria Diwali is India’s biggest and most significant festival - celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists. It is widely known as the festival of lights and celebrated in over 40 countries of the world. But it goes beyond the usual religious observance and encourages people to come together regardless of their background. As Indian community grew in Victoria, customs like Diwali are gradually becoming mainstream and Victorian community is truly reflecting the multiculturalism with the respect towards diverse cultures, beliefs, values, traditions, and its demographic make-up, which is an essential ingredient for the prosperity and growth of the community at large. In 2014, the Government of Victoria in a true reflection of its multicultural essence became an integral part to this Diwali festivity for the very first time, as it hosted the inaugural Diwali celebration in the Parliament of Victoria on Thursday, 16 October 2014 in its full glory in the presence of the then Premier of Victoria, Mr. Denis Napthine and various distinguished members of Victorian Parliament. It’s that time of the year again, when Hindus celebrate their biggest festival in a grand manner only this time it’s even more grandeur as Parliament of Victoria hosted a 4-day long celebration for Diwali. This time the united Indian community stood together to put forth a splendid event that will be cherished for long. BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir (Melbourne) in association with various Indian organisations celebrated Diwali at Victorian Parliament from Monday 19th October 2015 to Thursday 22nd October 2015. It truly was undoubtedly one of the most scintillating festive gala celebrated at the Parliament of Victoria considering the below event details. A formal launch to the 2015 Diwali Annakut celebrations at Parliament of Victoria materialized on Monday 19th October 2015 through an inauguration event, which was exclusively for invited guests that included The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria; The Hon. Matthew Guy MP, Leader of Opposition; The Hon. Bruce Atkinson, President of the Legislative Council, The Hon. Telmo Languiller, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Nirmal Kumar Chawdhary, representing ConsulGeneral of India for Indian Embassy in Victoria and various distinguished members of the parliament along with the community leaders and members of various participating associations. An inauguration event led by BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in association with various participating Indian organisations, began by traditional welcome of all the guests and attendees by tying a sacred thread on their hands and applying a kumkum on their forehead. The 4-day long festive gala was formally launched through performing 3 traditional rituals as explained brilliantly by the master of ceremonies, Mr. Sitesh Bhojani, as Deep Pragatya – lighting of traditional lamp, singing of Thaal – an act of consecrating the offerings to God, and Arti – the ceremonial clockwise circling of lighted flames. The event later culminated into a vibrant demonstration of Indian culture through chanting of devotional songs, traditional dance performances, video presentations on the rich heritage of Indian culture, and an insight into Diwali – the festival of lights, all wonderfully depicted by various Indian organisations. The Hon. Liliana (Lily) D’Ambrosio MP, represented Premier of Victoria and addressed the gathering on behalf of The Hon Daniel Andrews MP. She acknowledged the contribution of Indian community in Victoria. In her addresses she wished all a Happy Diwali and best wishes for the festive season. The ongoing partnership between Australia and India in the field of education, trade and culture was also mentioned which has brought these two great nations close to each other. The Hon. Matthew Guy MP, Leader of Opposition also addressed the gathering and passed on the best wishes for the Diwali festival to all Victorians. The Hon. Telmo Languiller MP, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly said in his address to the Indian community: “If there is one thing that I would like you to insist on is to make sure you take the very important message. This is our home, this is our Parliament, this is the people’s house and I look forward to see you and members of this community many times coming back to your home.” Mr. Nirmal Kumar Chawdhary, Head of Chancery & Vice Consul- Representing Consul General of India for Indian Embassy in Victoria shared his thoughts by saying: “It is a matter of great honour for India that Diwali, a prominent festival of India has got a prominent identity of Indian culture and value in Melbourne. Multiculturalism and unity in diversity are the fundamental principles of the goodwill that exist in the state of Victoria and are relevant to the festival of Diwali also. The glow and radiance of the colourful light and the glitter of sparklers and the sound of the strings of firecrackers attract everyone. Mesmerized by this splendor and the glamour of this festival, people from various religion and culture get drawn to it and join the festivity. For Indian living overseas, this festival gives an opportunity to connect with their roots and preserve their culture”. Mr. Makarand Bhagwat, representing Hindu Council of Australia, in his speech said: “As you know that Diwali is the festival of lights, but that light is not the normal light which drives away the darkness. The message we have to take, every one of us is the darkness within ourselves, which we have to take it out. It reminds us to eliminate the darkness of negativity, negativity of thoughts, actions, bahaviour, speech, www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 and every other thing associate with it. The Vedic scholars in India several centuries ago have prayed for this positive thought process and they said in the great Upanishad that, led me from the unreal to the real and led me from darkness to the light, led me from a death to immortality”. The inauguration event concluded with Mr. Sitesh Bhojani, the master of ceremonies for this inauguration event, speaking of his gratitude to the Premier of Victoria, Hon Daniel Andrews, and to all the Members of Victorian Parliament for allowing the Hindu community to celebrate the occasion of Diwali at Parliament of Victoria House. Mr. Bhojani then offered his gratitude to various Hindu community leaders, associations, and organisations, whose representatives attended the celebrations. He also passed on His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s blessings and greetings to the people assembled. For the next 3 days, the Queen Victoria Hall at the Parliament of Victoria House witnessed marvelous exhibitions by various Indian organisations each depicting the wealth of heritage that Indian culture holds through an insight into the festivals, rituals, traditions, and essence of the Indian culture, as rightly termed by renowned American author and humorist Mr. Mark Twain as cultural millionaire. However, the limelight of this 4-day long celebration was the offering of “Annakut” (literal meaning, ‘the mountain of food’) to the deities as Diwali is also a time to offer one’s gratitude to God for his providence. The Annakut, in which a vast array of vegetarian foods items were traditionally arranged in tiers or steps in front of the altar, resulted in a spectacular display of ceremonial offering of food to God on a magnificent four-tier display set up by volunteers of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Mill Park, Melbourne). In total, 99 vegetarian delicacies were artistically assembled and presented in the form of Annakut to the God. Through this grand Diwali celebration at Parliament of Victoria, the Indian community as a whole portrayed the very essence of this majestic festival of triumph of good over evil, of righteousness over treachery, of truth over falsehood, and of light over darkness and that the best way for achieving an eternal peace, prosperity, and happiness in our journey through life is by lighting the lamp of love in heart, the lamp of abundance in the world, the lamp of compassion to serve others, the lamp of knowledge to dispel the darkness of ignorance and the lamp of gratitude for the abundance that the Divine has bestowed on us. Victorian community, truly multicultural, has once again proved why it houses “the world’s most livable city - Melbourne”. Today, Victoria is more proud and stronger than ever on its “Unity in diversity” aspect. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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6 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2015 Three Sikh men sworn in as Cabinet Ministers in Canada the Duke of Connaught’s Own which is a reserve regiment based in British Columbia province. Mr Sajjan has served in Afghanistan and Bosnia and been twice a special adviser in Afghanistan. He was given the Meritorious Service Medal in March 2013. A father of two, the 45-year-old Mr Sajjan was with the Vancouver Police Department for 11 years and served as a detective for the gang crime unit. However, Mr Sajjan’s nomination as the Liberal Party candidate from Vancouver South last year attracted controversy when many Sikh leaders resigned from the Liberal Party, alleging that the party leadership has been ‘manipulated’ by hardliner Sikhs of the World Sikh Organization. Harjit Sajjan’s father Kundan Sajjan is a board member of the WSO which is alleged to have hardline sympathies. The Indian community in Canada made history when three Sikhs, among four Indian Canadians, were sworn in as cabinet ministers, as 42-year-old Justin Trudeau took oath as the country’s 23rd prime minister at a grand public ceremony in Ottawa. While 42-year-old Indian Canadian Harjit Sajjan was appointed defence minister, 38-year-old Navdeep Bains got the portfolio of innovation, science and economic development. Amarjeet Sohi has been sworn in as Minister for Infrastructure. A former bus driver, Mr Sohi was jailed in India for two years in the 1980s. A young Sikh woman, Bardish Jhagger, who is a first-time lawmaker, has been sworn in as Minister for Small Business and Tourism. Navdeep Bains, who played a key role in Mr Trudeau’s election as the Liberal Party leader in 2013, has been awarded with the important cabinet berth. Mr Bains, who became lawmaker for the third time last month by winning from Mississauga-Brampton, previously served as parliamentary secretary to the prime minister in 2005 when he was lawmaker from 2004 till 2011 when he lost. Considered very suave, Mr Bains has been a distinguished visiting professor at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto till now. India-born first-time Sikh lawmaker Harjit Sajjan is Canada’s new Defence Minister. A decorated police and army official, Mr Sajjan has been the first Sikh to command a Canadian regiment, called But Mr Sajjan told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last year: “I am not a member of the WSO. I’ve had no negative vibes from anybody.” Harjit was five when his father moved to Canada from Punjab. His wife Kuljit Kaur is a family doctor. In the outgoing government, Tim Uppal was a turbaned Sikh but enjoyed the rank of the minister of state. Herb Dhaliwal was the first Sikh to become a full cabinet minister in Canada in 1997, followed by Ujjal Dosanjh in 2004. Dhaliwal held the revenue portfolio while Mr Dosanjh held the very important portfolio of health. Justin Trudeau, the 42-year-old son of charismatic former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who is credited with opening Canada to new immigrants in the 1970s, led the Liberal Party to win 184 seats in the 338-member House of Commons. Mr Trudeau is the second youngest prime minister of Canada. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 7 “If you have a vision and want to do something, start the journey now. Put your head, heart and soul into it,” said Cr Gautam Gupta at a Business Network Meeting He believes more initiatives should be taken by people to come forward and speak up. Mr Bhatia remarked, “We are a great community and we are growing, together we can grow more. It should be a team work if we want to promote one another.” Dr Guneet Kaur, Dental Surgeon said she loved the way the meeting was organized. “Someone has to take the initiative and it’s good that its already been taken.” She believes unity is one of the most important things to work together. She stated that if we all work together and walk on the same path, success won’t be far. Another important thing she feels is a good leader without whom we may get distracted. Dr Guneet feel such business network meets should be held regularly to keep the flow going. A message to respect each other is what she would like to convey to all. Shagoon Bhasin Vaid who has just ventured into a new cleaning business called Eureka Cleaning Services believes networking is the essence of excelling in any field. She added, “Business Networking is a great way of sharing your business thoughts and services amongst other businesses.” She thanked Yogita and Avniesh for organizing the meeting and said it is great initiative on their part, “I am very thankful to have met some like-minded people who are excelling in different businesses across Melbourne. For me, it was more of an educational event where I got to share my ideas about my commercial cleaning services. I was glad that people were quite welcoming to help other businesses. I hope to see similar events to help the community grow.” Shagoon had a message for all out there, “In today’s world people tend to measure success with how well they are doing in competition. I think if we all work together to create a bright future for ourselves and our families, we have to make a world where people are willing to help, share and care for each other.” Amanpreet Kaur who has just started her new journey with Patiala Fashion House felt elated to be a part of the meeting. Aman said the meeting was a fantastic platform for the business people to meet and greet along with some ideas to grow. “This business meeting is definitely going to help me out as I have met many new people and came across many new ideas as well.” All she wants to say is, “Stick together, support each other and enjoy your life.” An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go with others.” This proves true for business people who just can’t go alone and there arises a need for Business Networking where like-minded business people recognize, create or act upon business opportunities. One such business meeting was organized by Avniesh and Yogita Bhardwaj to bring upon more ideas and how small and medium businesses can be supported. Acting Mayor of Wyndham, Gautam Gupta was also invited to throw some light on how these businesses could be helped and promoted. Many professionals from different industries attended the meeting. Cr Gautam Gupta delivered an influential message wherein he stressed the need for start doing something worthwhile in the field of business. Much importance has been given to the cultural activities in the past and it is time, we should take steps to participate in business activities. Cr Gautam has seen and helped the Western suburbs grow and has experienced the cultural diversity. He says he would like to see the same trend in business as well. He also clarified that government is always happy to help those who really want to bring a change in the society. He added, “Government is not going to interfere in what you do unless it is immoral or illegal. Sometimes, the role of the government is to get out of your way. You want to do something, just go for it.” This is what he says he has experienced and learnt from organizing cultural events for the past years. He invited people to take initiatives and do what they want to do, “If you have a vision and want to do something, start the journey now. Put your head, heart and soul into it.” The success and growth we all have seen in the cultural field especially in the Western suburbs is massive and this is what Cr Gupta says should be replicated in business as well. Many other queries were answered very patiently by Cr Gupta. The healthy discussion went for a long time, Let’s have a look what some of them iterated: Mr Goldy Sharma, CEO of Gold Bank Real Estate Group felt elated to be a part of the meeting. One thing he liked the most was the multicultural nature of the meeting which is a rare concept as many prefer to be bound in their own smaller communities. He appreciated the presence of like-minded people which helped the networking work better. Mr Sharma believes when likeminded people come together to discuss, a positive outcome is surely possible. They can share their experiences and can learn from others’ experiences as well. He thanked Mr and Mrs Bhardwaj for such a platform and hopes to see it grow. Bhagwant Singh (Sam) from Magic Hand Car Wash, Hoppers Crossing said the meeting was a good idea. He stressed that in order to network properly, we need to come together. He believes it’s not for one or our community but for everyone out there. Neil Saligrama, CEO of Compare and Connect found the meeting really beneficial. He iterated, “Networking is a very important aspect to connect any community and also to explore better and more opportunities.” He believes if one doesn’t communicate and connect, he/she won’t be able to head to the next level. Neil appreciated the efforts made to organize the meeting, “What Avniesh and Yogita have organized today is fantastic and I hope to see it grow.” Kulvinder Bhatia from RRJ Estates, Indian Property Experts praised such sort of business networks as people from different fields come together to discuss and share their experiences. What he want to add to this is a bit of sharpness. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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8 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2015 AKSHA Y A BORKAR, FOUNDER OF THE ART AND CRAFT GALLERY, NAMED FINALIST IN 12th ANNUAL STEVIE® A W ARDS FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS Stevie Award Winners to Be Announced in New York on November 13 About The Art and Craft Gallery The Art and Craft Gallery is an unconventional online gallery, providing Done-For-You Services in E-Commerce, Social Media Marketing to creative businesses worldwide. Services also include One-to-One Business Consultation, Blog articles, Newsletter Promotion, and PR pitch writing for media outlets. Learn more about us at www.TheArtAndCraftGallery.com About The Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com. gallery two years ago in Australia. She is a first generation immigrant to Australia. Her art has won awards in London. She thinks being a creative business owner one needs to wear many thinking hats in a day and the constant technology learning curve can steal the creative inspiration. Therefore, they need services which women executives and entrepreneurs can build their brand online without from the U.S.A and several other stealing their creative time from countries are expected to attend. them. This gave rise to the Done-ItThe event will be broadcast on For-You Ecommerce and Marketing Livestream via the Stevie Awards’ services, which saves up to 90% of Facebook page from 7:30 pm ET, Screen Time i.e. The Art and Craft and the red carpet pre-show will Gallery. air on the Stevie Awards’ Periscope The Art and Craft Gallery also from 6:00 pm ET. received Brilliant Biz Mum’s the More than 1,400 entries were ‘Best Web Space Award’ in the submitted this year for consideration 2015. Shaya was also nominated in more than 90 categories, including for the ‘Best Creative Marketing on Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur a Budget’, and was a runner up in of the Year, Company of the Year, Melbourne, Australia. Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women-Run Workplace of the Year. The Art and Craft Gallery is a Finalist in the Start-Up of the Year & Entrepreneur of the Year categories. Shaya started unconventional online The Gallery currently showcases work from 96 artists from 9 different countries. Finalists were chosen by more than 120 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of five final judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging October 19-28. “High-achieving women entrepreneurs, organizations, and executives all over the world are an inspiration to girls and women who dream of starting and growing a business,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards. “The first-round judges have told us how impressed they were with this year’s field of Finalists. We’re looking forward to recognizing them in New York on November 13.” Shaya said, “Being a finalist in this award means a lot to us, as it will propel us towards achieving the vision of ‘Abolishing Struggling Artist’ concept. We hope this will bring more opportunities for our creative community. Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available atwww.StevieAwards.com/ Women. Akshaya Borkar, the founder of The Art and Craft Gallery has been named a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Start-Up of the Year categories in the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She will be a Gold, Silver or Bronze winner in the program. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 13. Nominated www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 9 Jasvinder Sidhu felicitated with RMIT’s highest research award An inspiring role model especially for the Indian community, Mr Jasvinder Sidhu has always been in the limelight, be it supporting the community for a good cause or dealing with the challenges of domestic violence, homelessness and other prevailing evils, he has now another accomplishment to his credit. Mr Sidhu has been bestowed as the winner of RMIT’s highest research award. Among over 2,000 researchers and a few hundred PhDs the award is given to around 20 researchers. The award is in recognition of Mr Sidhu’s research impact over last five years where 147 international research publications (i.e. books or peer reviewed journals have cited and used his research papers). Here is the link to view the same: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations? user=ttgn4HEAAAAJ&hl=en The award also recognizes that there are no any comparative examples in whole university or probably around Australia where a researcher has had this much impact of their research while working on their Honors or PhD projects. Mr Sidhu will be submitting his PhD in July 2016. Mr Sidhu has completed his Masters of Professional Accounting and Masters of Commerce Degrees at RMIT in 2006 and also completed an Honors Degree at the University of Ballarat. He is a doctoral candidate as well as a staff member of the School of Accounting. While undertaking his Honors and PhD research, Mr Sidhu has authored nine journal articles including Accounting History, Journal of Intellectual Capital, Corporate Ownership and Control and has presented peer-reviewed papers at conferences in Europe, North America, India and New Zealand. His main research interests are Accounting History and Intellectual Capital. Geeta’s homecoming, a rare example of humanitarian cooperation The Indian government vowed to bring her home, and authorities turned up many families saying that Geeta could be their daughter. She claimed to recognise one unnamed family from Bihar state, and has kept their framed picture in a steel case ever since. But questions remain, with the family saying that the daughter they lost was married and had a baby when she disappeared, though Geeta is believed to have only been aged 11 or 12 when she was found in the eastern city of Lahore by Pakistani police. Geeta was escorted to Delhi by Bilqees Edhi, the wife of the organisation›s founder, and Saba Edhi, her daughterin-law. She will undergo DNA testing in India before being handed over to the family, Bilqees Edhi said. Invigorated by Bollywood was founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in Rangers. DNA testing proves Geeta is not related 1951. The organization provides 24- Trustee of the Edhi Foundation, Faisal to the family from Bihar, they will place movie ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ Deaf and mute Geeta who was believed to have strayed into Pakistan more than 12 years ago has been reunited with the people she believes is her family. She remained in Pakistan under the care of the Edhi Foundation, living in a shelter in the port city of Karachi. The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare program in Pakistan and hour emergency assistance across the nation and abroad including shelter for the destitute, free hospitals, medicare, drug habilitation services, national and international relief efforts. Geeta was unable to identify herself or explain her whereabouts when according to some reports she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express train at a Lahore railway station by Pakistan Edhi informed that she was handed to the shelter by local police and the Pakistan Rangers, Attempts were made to identify her but went in vain because of her significant speech and hearing difficulties. This was when she was given the name ‘Geeta’ “We are happy that finally she is going home,” said Faisal Edhi, son of the foundations’s founder Abdul Sattar Edhi. her in a «suitable institution». The Edhi family said they planned to remain in touch with Geeta. «We are not parting, we could go there to see her and she could come here,» Faisal Edhi said, adding that the foundation had also arranged to communicate with Geeta through Skype. Indian authorities have said even if the www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2015 Melbourne based Music Video Director Gurpreet Singh Wazir follows his passion to live his dreams A graduate in Media studies and later completing Diploma in Film and TV Productions from Delhi and Mumbai respectively, Gurpreet Singh Wazir believes, “Sky is the limit.” Hailing originally from Jammu, Wazir has got more than 10 years working experience in TV and Film industry. He has worked with Balaji Telefilms as Creative Head in some most popular daily soaps like ‘Kasam Se’, ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki’, ‘Kis Desh mein Hai Mera Dil’ and many more. Wazir has assisted few Bollywood Films as an Assistant Director and has also made short films He has also worked with Star TV as Casting Producer for a number of shows and channels like Star Plus, Channel V and Life OK. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Melbourne and is dedicated to direct/ produce music videos and short films. He also makes advertisements for businesses. For Wajir, his dad is his motivation and his wife is his strength. He admires the work of Raj Kumar Hirani and Farhan Akhtar and gets inspiration from them to work even harder. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 11 Aemi Rap Boy and his journey from Moga to Melbourne ‘Aemi’, ‘Rapper Saab’ and ‘Rap Boy’ as his friends call him, this Melbourne based young Rapper believes hard work and dedication is the only key to success. His original name is Amrit Pal Singh and he is studying Commercial Cookery but is really passionate about rap culture and wants to make it his career. He is a big fan of Bohemia and has got a tattoo which says ‘Bohemia’ inscribed on his body. He felt elated to meet Bohemia at the latter’s visit to Melbourne and said he is inspired by him. Aemi has been singing from a very young age and his interest in Rap begun when he was in Grade Eight. He shared with Indian Monthly Team how back home in India he used to recite raps and his friends used to make fun of him or sometimes would get irritated as well. He belongs to Moga, a village in Punjab. As his childhood dream was to go for Army, after completing Grade 12, Aemi went for NDA Training but dropped off after three months when his father suggested him to rather pursue Engineering. Now getting admission in Engineering is not an easy thing especially when finances are concerned and he being from a middle class family. He gave entrance tests for various colleges all over India and got a good rank but due to lack of finances had to take admission in Diploma of Motor Mechanics. He studied there for a year but again another twist was waiting for him. He decided to move to Australia to study Management and hoped to stay stable this time but again as change is the law of nature, Aemi studied for some months and later got himself enrolled into Commercial Cookery. His father arranged money from here and there and even took loan to pay for his fee. Even in Australia, Aemi has been working really hard and is proud to announce he recently paid off all the debt his dad incurred for him. He loves his parents a lot and says he can do literally anything for them. Aemi cherishes the last day of his Engineering College in back home when for the first time, he officially took over the stage and gave one of his best performances. He being a big fan of Bohemia recited raps at the college function and the response he got was amazing. He had worked really hard for the day and his hard work seemed to be paid off. As he said, “My life changed in a day. Before my performance on stage, there were hardly many people who knew me. But after my performance, I felt like I was on the top of the world. The judges and Chief Guests appreciated me and the whole college became my fan, even the most popular girls of the college started following me.” The raps Aemi writes have deep meaning and he says he doesn’t like cheap lyrics as he respects his culture. A message he would convey all those out there would be, “Keep working hard and never forget your aim.” Some of his compositions are below: Jihna raha cho asi langh aye a nai lgda otho koi hor ayega.. Manzila vall nu hath sade...mainu nai lgda koi hor kismat ajmayega.. Darda da vehda...jihne swar lya Oh sade to behtar... kade ni ban payega Asi darda nu ghar bnaa lya Ohna nu seene la lya.. Ditta ajj jo v ditta darda ne.. Khushi nu bass mooh da makhol bna lya Kai vaar sochiye umar beet di jandi hai Beet di beet di kujh arse sikhandi hai... Par sambhal litta ohna pala nu... Jo sade lai aye c...ik kalam te kujh gallan le k aye c... Main hathi fad ohnu istmaal kita... Ohne mera oh haal kita... Darda da shangaar jime main aap kita.. Koi iss shangar nu v lejayega... Jihna raha cho asi langh aye a... Nai lgda otho koi hor ayega.. #AemiRap www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2015 Bollywood Party that put the city to a halt Over 1200 clubbers flocked to party with the legendary Badshah An overwhelming crowd of over 1200 party animals and carousers swayed to the tunes of ‘Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai’ when DJ Waley Babu stepped in for his live performance at Billboard on the Melbourne Cup Eve. Yes, we are talking about one of Bollywood’s iconic rapper Badshah who performed along with exceptionally talented Astha Gill on 2nd November 2015 and the audience went crazy while dancing to the tunes. The event proved to be great hit as it was the biggest party of the year and the credit goes to the amazing organizer of the event Gary Vohra without whom nothing would have been possible. In a conversation with Indian Monthly Team, Badshah expressed his gratitude to Melbourne audience for the love and support he received. On being asked how his name ‘Badshah’ came into being, he said his nick name at home was ‘Prince’ which gradually turned into ‘Badshah’. He added that he is a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan, the Badshah of Bollywood which inspires him to work even harder. His original name is Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia and was born to a Punjabi family in Delhi and later moved to Chandigarh. He started to study civil engineering before he became a rapper and singer. He also stated that if he had not become a rapper, he would have been an IAS Officer. Badshah iterated that he has been fond of music from his early childhood but realized it during his college times that he was in fact enjoying music more than other things in life. It was then he decided to venture into the world of music and worked really hard to reach such heights. He believes one should do what one loves and never miss an opportunity to regret later. About struggle Badshah said he didn’t feel like he struggled as he has been enjoying each and every bit of his journey and also that love and support from people have always inspired him to be even stronger. Lovely Astha remarked that her experience working with Badshah has been an amazing one. She added, “We’ve got an overwhelming response from the people of Australia which makes us really happy and I am glad to be a part of this. Working with Badshah, I feel like the one myself (being a badshah/king). He has been very supportive like a big brother throughout www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 13 our journey, Daant Padti hai mujhe choti behen ki tarah.” The anchor of the show, Gary Vohra who feels elated to see his first official venture going on such a grand scale commented, “I feel proud and happy for the love and support the people of Melbourne have shown for this event. I didn’t expect such high number of people to turn up and I am loving it now.” Major supporters of the event include Overseas education & career Consultants Pty. Ltd, Kings Taxi Club, Vodafone, YABS Services, Yupp TV, Reliance Taxi Club, Intellilend, Desi Dhaba, Vision Overseas, Cam Films, Alam Singh Photography, Ranjit Singh Films, Indian Monthly Newspaper, G’Day India, Indian Weekly, India At Melbourne, Santa Banta Media Group, Indian Voice, South Asia Times, Kiren Australia, Clayton Salon and LOQ. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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14 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2015 Chasers Nightclub inundated with Mitraan Di Taur, Bohemia The King of Punjabi Rap and Pioneer of Desi Hip Hop, Bohemia was in Melbourne on 23rd October to perform live @ Chasers Night Club which gathered an overwhelming crowd of over 1000 buzzing and hopping party loving Melburnians. Known world-wide as the creator of Punjabi rap and a music producer from California, Bohemia’s original name is Roger David. He is a Pakistani American Rapper and Song writer. Bohemia started his career as a near-novelty delivering hard core rap music, a style of music which was unheard of at the time. In a chat with Indian Monthly Team, Bohemia said his inspiration comes from his parents who themselves had a good taste in music and always supported him in his endeavors. At a very young age of 10, he started learning music from his father and writing Punjabi poetry. He occasionally played keyboards at local Desi events as well. It was then when he started loving poetry and was also introduced to Mirza Ghalib. On being asked about his struggle to reach this height, Bohemia says, “I don’t remember a day of struggle because what I have been doing is what I love to do and I respect it.” “The biggest influence,” he says, “has been of Jagjit Singh, without whose impact I wouldn’t be a rap artist.” Speaking about education, Bohemia stressed, “It is not something limited to a school or a book or completing a degree but much more than that. You have to educate yourself from everywhere else including from culture.” To all those out there, this down to earth artist has a message to convey, “Keep following your dreams until they come true and don’t get distracted by other things.” For Bohemia, it is to articulate himself through his poetry in the form of rap. The event came up as a result of the hard toil of two Melbourne based amazing organizers Arshi Singh and Kavita Chabra without whom it wouldn’t have been possible. For Arshi, who himself loves clubbing and has always supported these sort of events, Bohemia was a game changer for sure as he remarks, “It was surely a game changer and one of the biggest nights of the year. It was very challenging though it might seem easy from the other side but once you get into it, it’s a completely different story.” Arshi who believes in himself was sure the Artist has massive potential which helped them to pull huge numbers. He felt elated to see such a good response from the people of Melbourne for his joint venture with Kavita. About Kavita, he iterated, “Kavita is a really nice lady to work with. She is hard working and talented as well. She did her best to make the event a great success.” Kavita Chabra, who has been in the industry for many years feels happy as one of the most awaited events has proved to be a great success. She says, “Being a Christian, Bohemia has www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2015 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 surpassed all cultural barriers and has displayed his Punjabi Rap skills to be better than most others. Religion and culture doesn’t matter for sure, it’s how an artist carry his image and understand the aesthetic behind the concept of rap.” About Arshi Singh, she says, “Working with Arshi was really interesting. He is a very well organized person and can manage to tackle any obstacles that come on the way.” The MC for the most hyped event was Preeti Daga who acted like a cherry on the cake. Other supporters of the event includes Vision Overseas, Expert Business and Accounting Solutions, Sher E Punjab Restaurant, Australian Institute of Technical Training, YABS Migration and Student Services, Lyca Mobile, Marwaha Overseas, English Box World, Harward College, Nova Protective Services, Vodafone, Glassy Junction, Tandoori Flames, Indian Monthly Newspaper, Indian Weekly, India Times, SLSE India, Sindhi Café, Dr RnB Entertainment, Urban Vegas, 50B Worldwide and Hungama. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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