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Mahatma Gandhi statue unveiled at entrance to Houston’s Little India

P. Harish, counsel general of India based in Houston, unveils a monument recognizing the Mahatma Gandhi District at a ceremony Sunday. Photo: Craig Hartley, Freelance / Copyright: Craig H. Hartley

Just a day after celebrations globally of Indian Independence, members of Houston’s swelling Indian population gathered to mark the hub of their community with a monument of Mahatma Gandhi.A marble edifice bearing a bronze engraving of Gandhi’s face was unveiled at the entrance of so-called Little India, an area off Hillcroft Avenue near Highway 59.

“This is a fitting monument,” said Harish Parvathaneni, the counsel general of India based in Houston, as an orange velvet curtains adorned with strings of flowers fell away to reveal the art. Many women in the crown wore brightly colored shalwar kameez, traditional South Asian garments, and waved mini Indian flags, while the men wore stoles with the country’s colors around their necks.

The Mahatma Gandhi District, as it was formally named in 2011, serves as home to dozens of Indian restaurants, grocery stores, jewelry stores and other businesses, representing decades-long efforts of the thriving Indian community.

“In 1968, there were barely half a dozen families of India that had made this their home,” said Virendra Mathur, trustee and co-founder of India House, a local community center. Since then, the city’s Indian population has grown “exponentially,” he added.

Community leaders now estimate that about 125,000 people of Indian descent live in the Houston area, with the southwest Houston neighborhood serving as an enclave.

Many immigrants were initially attracted to Houston because its sweltering climate is similar to India’s, and for Houston’s affordable housing and strong job market, said Vijay Pallod, trustee for the India Culture Center. Now, they also come for a strong cultural community that offers numerous staples and comforts from home, including 22 Hindu temples.

After 11 a.m. on any given Sunday, community members know finding parking at any of the area’s shops and restaurants will be nearly impossible. People flood the area to shop at popular local grocery store Patel Brothers or eat at Shri Balaji Bhavan, a counter-service establishment with authentic vegetarian Indian fare.

“You have everything here, what you need,” Pallod said.

Getting the monument there, however, was not easy. Local Indian community organizations and businesses raised $25,000 to construct the monument and worked closely with city officials, said Col. Raj Bhalla, the former president of Houston’s India Culture Center who helped lead fundraising efforts. The first sketch that arrived in July didn’t look much like Gandhi, so organizers said they had to scramble have it redesigned.

The finished monument did not arrive in Houston until Aug. 12, four days before its scheduled installation.

Several public officials attended the unveiling, including U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, and Houston City Council member Mike Laster, as well as council members from Sugar Land and Stafford.

“Gandhi is famous for saying, ‘We should be the change that we seek,’ ” Green said. “It’s obvious that this community has taken up this cause.”

Credit: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Gandhi-statue-unveiled-at-entrance-to-Houston-s-6447564.php#photo-8475537

Job Opening at The Olympic Center

New Clothing Store Coming Soon to The Olympic Center if your interested in applying for a job check out the job description below and submit your resume to anuj@ghungat.com.


Ghungat is a high end boutique for exclusive Indian Garments like Sari, Suits and Indian Bridal wear called Lehenga, Our primary customer base will be people with Asian background like Indians, Pakistani and Bangladeshi, We also have wedding gowns which are likely to involve the wider audience. We are opening a new store in the Hillcroft area in Houston.

Ghungat provides a unique shopping experience with each visit. When shoppers visit Ghungat they will be looking for service par excellence and product knowledge that will help them make the right decision for their bridal and casual Indian wear. We are looking for talented and customer oriented SALES ASSOCIATE who are talented, ready to learn new skills and individuals who are dedicated to delivering a rich experience to our customers. We offer a creative and friendly environment.

A successful Boutique Sales Associate provides the best shopping experience for clients. This includes merchandising, offering product knowledge, assisting with client needs, handling cash transactions, stocking merchandise and maintaining a neat and orderly boutique environment.

• Establish a partnership with boutique management to support company initiatives and objectives.
• You will be trained to drape a saree and might have to drape the same on yourself to show case the same to customer.
• Provide excellent customer service according to Ghungat standards on the selling floor, in the fitting room and at the cash counter.
• Actively work with products by stocking, replenishing, folding, hanging, displaying and merchandising per our guidelines to maximize selling opportunities
• Protect the security of cash, inventory, and other assets according to company guidelines
• Answer phones courteously and promptly.
• Work effectively with team members to ensure the selling floor, fitting rooms and stockroom are clean and well maintained.
• Proactively educate himself/herself on product knowledge, campaign promotions and merchandising standards

• Evening, weekend and holiday work required


• 1 year specialty retail experience preffered, freshers ready to learn can also apply
• Creative flair, emphasizing a positive work environment that is fun and unique
• Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business, which will require evening and weekend shift

• Ability to think and react in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
• Capability to maintain a “team-oriented” outlook
• Innate sense of responsibility and accountability
• Ability to effectively maneuver around sales floor and stockroom, repetitive bending, prolong standing, twisting, stooping, squatting, climbing
• Must be able to work alone.

Must be eligible to work in the US

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Sameera Faridi debuts at Fashion Houston Five



Designer and entrepreneur Sameera Faridi with some of her creations in her Southwest Houston Studio. Photo By R. Clayton McKee Photo: R. Clayton McKee, For The Chronicle / © R. Clayton McKee

For a girl who didn’t know “how to thread a needle,” but had a passion for fashion design, Sameera Faridi has come a long way.

Her sophisticated vision for a luxury South Asian evening and bridal collection is catching the attention of industry leaders.

Faridi, a Sugar Land resident and president of the Fashion Advisory Committee Board at Houston Community College, will showcase her style at the 2014 Fashion Houston Five event at the Wortham Center on Nov. 18-21. Faridi’s work will hit the runway Nov. 18.

Jeanne Ruberti, Fashion Houston executive producer, said show organizers are thrilled to have Faridi debut her spring 2015 collection at the fifth anniversary showing.

“Her creativity and quality of her exquisite garments make her a perfect addition to the Fashion Houston lineup,” said Ruberti. “As we continue to seek out and add local designers with successful established collections, we are delighted to discover gems like Sameera. The ethnic diversity of Houston adds beautifully to the possibilities and growth of Fashion Houston.”

Clients, who come from New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Chicago, all swoon over her collections that makes the most of French Chantilly lace, silk chiffons, silk satin and Royal Duchess satin.

Her indulgent fabrics are created to mix and match to the clients’ choosing. Prices range from $500 to $6,000.

Client Areej Anjum explained how the quality of Faridi’s clothes as well as the intricate details in her custom-ordered outfit “absolutely wowed” her. She said she is “definitely a customer for life.”

“I ordered my bridal dress from Sameera and am so extremely happy about how it turned out,” said Anjum. “The colors were exactly how I wanted it, the work was absolutely amazing, and the fit was as perfect as it could be. I have no reason to go elsewhere when I know I will get what I want and will receive VIP treatment when I walk in.”

Faridi, 33, originally planned on studying pre-medicine, but her creative side got the best of her.

Discovering Houston Community College’s fashion design program appealed to Faridi.

“I explored on my own. I was curious as to what could I do. I went there, and the rest is history. It was the only place giving you fashion design. By the time I finished the program, I was awarded Best of Show for my graduating class,” she said.

After graduating, Faridi opened the Houston Poshak Fashion and Style store in 2004. In 2009, she launched her label S.M. Couture, and by 2011 she opened Sameera Faridi Design Studio.

Staying in touch with the latest trends in India and Pakistan keeps Faridi on her toes for clients. Trends can include high/low dresses, embroidery and custom accents of stones, pearls and gold and silver.

Creating for clients’ special moments in their lives motivates her vision.

“It’s a very emotional buy. We get to know the bride’s personal style and the whole family. I had a mother call me crying because she loved it. I’ve learned a lot and found myself as a person. Once you achieve one vision, you have to have another vision. Don’t waste time,” said Faridi.

Tickets for Fashion Houston are available at www.fashionhouston.net and start at $29 for the general public.

Credit: http://www.chron.com/default/article/Designer-uses-creativity-to-make-clients-feel-good-5885853.php#photo-7130435

Happy Diwali


Rani Boutique – Diwali Sale – Take upto 50% OFF storewide



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