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Recipe: Tapioca khichdi with potato and peanut

Varsha Ambardekar, a Michigan resident for over 20 years, is passionate about food and flavors. Her love for cooking is inspired by her grandmother, mother, mother-in-law as well as TV shows and cookbooks. In the kitchen, she experiments with traditional, Western and fusion dishes. This month, Varsha shares a traditional favorite with The Indian SCENE,

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Organization

Association spotlight: Michigan Indian Community Service seeks to meet local needs amid coronavirus pandemic

Spurred into action by the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of 25-plus local Indian organizations created the Michigan Indian Community Service Group (MICS) to serve the Indian-American community during this time of crisis. MICS is a collective initiative with the mission of uniting the Indian-American community in order to effectively meet local needs in response to

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Health

Navigating the grocery store when a virus looms

As we practice social distancing and the economy slows down, many of us have resorted to entertaining ourselves at home and getting by through online shopping. But as grocery delivery and pickup slots become harder to find, here’s what you need to know about heading to the grocery store amid the pandemic. Ideally, only one

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Lifestyle

What coronavirus means for tax filing in your household

As the world stops, my accounting and tax services firm is continuing business, more or less, as usual. But it’s been busy following the passage of the CARES Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package meant to mitigate the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what your household needs to know about this year’s

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Community Events

An evening of ‘crazy love’ and charity for the Arman N. Roy Foundation

The snow and precarious road conditions on the evening of Saturday, January 18th did not deter over 250 supporters of the Arman N. Roy Foundation from coming out to “Spark Hope” at the charity’s inaugural Hope Gala. In fact, once guests escaped the frigid temperatures and entered through the front doors of Primavera Regency, an

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Lifestyle

College admissions have changed dramatically. What does that mean for high schoolers?

At one of Troy-based Finesse Academy’s monthly alumni sessions in early December, college counselor Arun Ponnusamy, the chief academic officer of college consulting company Collegewise, extensively explained the changing role of college counselors in students’ lives and offered advice for college applicants. The Indian SCENE caught up with Ponnusamy to discuss the daunting college admissions

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Organization

Association spotlight: The Green Indians

“If you don’t say the honest thing, it never becomes true,” the writer John Green has said. It’s this kind of attitude we all need to conquer one of the biggest problems of this world. Pollution, carbon footprints and plastic waste are among those things buried under the shiny cover of globalization. The honest truth:

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Recipe: cottage cheese pakoras

Saranya Mandava grew up in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India and immigrated to the United States in 1970. She has a B.A. in English and was a teacher in India prior to coming to the US, but her first love has always been cooking. She learned the art of Indian cuisine from her mother and grandmother

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