February 2019 – The Indian SCENE

February 1, 2019

Seniors

Pioneering couple reflects on 58 years of marriage and community service

It was 1956 when Bharat and Jaydevi Sanghvi met at the University of Bombay’s Jay Hind College. Bharat, a senior and a member of the school’s economic club, was tasked with inviting student association representatives to a send-off party for a departing professor. Jaydevi was president of the College’s Gujarati Samaj. “She came to the

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Feature

Public Practice

Like a lot of Indian-American kids, Sonal Patel wanted to be a doctor. So, as an undergraduate at Michigan State University, she started taking the usual pre-medical classes. But what started as steps down the typical career path ended up taking her far from it. As she completed psychology classes, she began to feel as

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Organization

SCENE Association Spotlight on GLAC

SCENE Association Spotlight on GLAC: The Great Lakes Aradhana Committee, also known as GLAC Michigan, was founded with the intention of promoting and preserving the valued arts from India in our Great Lakes region. An idea that was founded in 1987 has now grown into a dedication and enthusiastic base of 3,200 rasikas (music enthusiasts)

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Plated

The Spice: With cardamom, a little goes a long way

This is the first installment of The Spice, a monthly series taking an elemental approach to Indian cuisine, a deep-dive into the flavors and ingredients powering the dishes we love. Madhur Jaffrey, the legendary Indian cookbook author and actress, likes to describe cardamom as the vanilla of India. Known as elaichi, cardamom is similarly fragrant,

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Health

What does it mean to eat mindfully?

As February begins, we’re celebrating love, care and commitment. So it’s fitting that this is also the month our New Year’s resolutions crystallize into habits — we’re working harder to be the best versions of ourselves and to keep the promises we made when the year began. Inevitably among the top New Year’s resolutions are

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Community Events

A glimpse of the divine at the Detroit Institute of Arts

On a Tuesday morning in December, we met with DIA Assistant Curator Katherine Kasdorf and Vice President of the Friends of Asian Arts and Culture auxiliary group Anita Rajpal for a tour of the museum’s recently opened gallery for Indian and Southeast Asian Art. We discussed the gallery’s commissioned contemporary works, the thematic approach organizing

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Plated

Recipe: Gajjar Halwa, not just a Diwali dessert

Gajjar Halwa (Carrot Halwa) This colorful Indian dessert is a favorite at holidays and special occasions, but simple enough to be an everyday indulgence in the winter months. Here’s our recipe from Indian Scene contributor Kitty Prasad, a metro-Detroit chef and the author of Kitty’s Kitchen Book. Ingredients 1 lb carrots shredded in a food

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Lifestyle

To elevate your home, take a trip to Detroit’s Eastern Market

Visiting Eastern Market for fresh produce and flowers is longtime Saturday morning tradition for Detroiters in the summer months. But year-round, the neighborhood is also home to some of the city’s best furniture and home goods stores, with a range of eclectic offerings sure to satisfy both vintage lovers and those partial to modern styles.

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Our Future

Ask an educator: What is the best school for your child?

From the moment our children are born, we’re faced with difficult choices to prepare them for important milestones: their first words, those first steps, the first day of school, and one day, graduations. For the majority of parents, school and education are top priorities — we spend an overwhelming amount of time and energy thinking

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Seniors

Words of Wisdom: On the indomitable power of failure

I was born to lose in life. My horoscope predicted it, and subsequent events proved it so. I came into this world during the Great Depression. At age 7, I lost my father, the family’s sole provider. I wandered around in obscure places like the village of Banpur, and ultimately settled in Agra, living in

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