November 3rd, 2020
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India Center Update

Slowly but surely - the New India Center is beginning to take shape. The new doors are in and the building is almost ready for insulation. Can you see yourself in the new building next year ? Leading a new children's or youth activity, working remotely over chai and samosas with your best friends, enjoying a movie night or a seminar, building a community garden or marking out a new walking trail in the backyard? Let us know! Please click the donate link to become part of the India Center family.
Keep up with the progress on our website.
ISW Diwali Event 2020
Celebrate Diwali virtually with ISW on Facebook Live
Nov 21st, 4:00 pm Pooja 5:00 pm Cultural Program
Theme of Cultural Program 'Saat Rang ke Sapne'
Check the ISW Website to submit a program for the show and for additional details. Watch the event live at:

Nov 22nd 2:00 - 3:00 pm Shrewsbury's Got Talent Contest with Spirit of Shrewsbury Register your entry here.
Navratri Celebration 2020
This year’s virtual Navratri Celebration at ISW was unique! It was viewed and well appreciated by ISW members, their families and friends from here and across the globe. The virtual format of our ISW’s program has broadened our audience. This year's Navratri theme included different ways of celebrating Nav Ratri (that is 9 nights) of this festival.. It included melodious ‘Maata Ke Bhajan’, Kolu Celebration, Rangoli decoration, Navratri food specialities, Flower arrangements, Storytelling about the Ramayan (the ancient Indian epic), Ramayan based skits, and Garba and Dandiya. The event ran every night for a week from October 17th to 24th. As the one and only weeklong event at ISW, it was greatly cherished by all the viewers!
ISW Seeking Nomination for Executive Board and Governance Committee
The Nomination Committee of the India Society of Worcester is pleased to announce the upcoming General Body meeting and Elections to be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2 PM at the India Center, 152 Mains St. Shrewsbury, MA. Date is subject to change based on the Covid related restrictions and construction schedule at India Center.

The Committee solicits nominations for all 15 positions of the Executive Board for a term of 2 years starting January 2021. In addition, the committee solicits nominations for all three of the positions for the Governance Committee for a term of 2 years starting January 2021. Details are on the ISW Website. Please use the online form to submit your nominations - Nominate here
SAYAA's Next Meeting is Nov 4th. 
SAYAA (South Asian Youth Activists and Allies), an initiative of the ISW Young Professionals, will hold its next meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, November 4th at 8:30pm. Join us for a discussion on the 2020 Presidential Elections and South Asian representation in politics. If you (or anyone you know) are in the 14-35 age range, and are interested in joining our group or attending, please email for more information and the meeting Zoom link!
Pre-Register for Free Flu shot @ ISW HealthStop

ISW Health Stop will be offering Free flu shots to the community member. Due to limited supply we will are requesting everyone to pre-register so we can plan the drive-thru flu shot clinic. Please use the link here for pre registration. Click to register for flu clinic
Back Issues of ISW eSandesh newsletter
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Last week, we had a special Diwali Assembly where we heard the the Diwali story as told by Pooja Shrivastava. Preeti Khilani showed the kids how to make Chocolate Barfi using just a microwave. We also had the kids wear their Halloween costume during their class and assembly. Two new Diwali dance groups were started, taught by Leisha & Tanu in anticipation of the ISW virtual Diwali program on November 21st (Sunday).
As part of the Diwali celebration, ISW is hosting a Diya painting contest. Kids can draw a diya, paint a diya, decorate a clay diya, or make a clay diya from scratch. Send us a short video (Max 1 min) highlighting the creation of their artwork. Details at the ISW School webpage.

Ruchi Chauhan 508-439-7607 Shiamin Melville 508-353-4316
ISW Tutoring Match Program Update

ISW School launched an online Tutoring Match program to help hassled parents by providing one on one online tutoring for kids. Tutoring is done by IYG (Indian Youth Group) students in subjects of Math, Physics, Science, English, Languages (Spanish/French) and Life Skills like Time Management. If you need homework help for your kids, please email

Krishnaa Amin, Mansi Gera, Shubh Agrawal, Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville
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Keys to successful job searching in the IT Industry
Vinay Vyas interviewed By Ragoo Raghunathan

“How do I go about getting hired?” While there is no correct answer, each sector has its own nuances and approaches. We decided to focus on the hot IT industry and spoke to Vinay Vyas who has has been involved with the IT staffing industry in every conceivable role over his 30 years of professional experience. While it is impossible to cover all topics in depth, we covered a range of materials in a 30-minute rapid-fire conversation. We are sure many of our readers in the IT field will find this FAQ to be very helpful.
Read the rest of the article on our website here!
The Indian Circle for Caring, Health and Wellness Webinar Series
Saturday, November 7th 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Indian Circle for Caring presents as part of their Health and Wellness Webinar Series, an educational webinar on "Diabetes Type 2 in South Asians:Protect yourself and your loved ones from this silent disease". A Free Webinar - By Dr Sanjeev Mehta and Amit Akkad. Attendance will be limited to provide adequate time for interaction. Click Here and Register by Nov 4.
Shrewsbury Public Library
Social Justice Talks
The Shrewsbury Public Library will be hosting two upcoming talks as part of their Social Justice Talk series.
Nov 18th at 7 pm: The Slavery Adverts 250 Project
Talk by Prof. Carl Robert Keyes 
The project identifies every advertisement mentioning enslaved people and demonstrates the extent of slavery in everyday life and commerce throughout the English colonies in the years immediately before the American Revolution.
Dec 9th at 7 pm: Interracial Friendships
Talk by Dr. Cinzia Pica-Smith
Dr. Pica-Smith will give a presentation on the importance of interracial friendships.
The First Snow
by Pravin Trivedi

How timely a story as most of New England is covered with the first snows of 2020! Snow is unfamiliar for many Indians unless from parts of the North. The author reminisces about his experiences with snow at different times in his life, from cotton balls for school projects to the historic Blizzard. Now read the rest of the story on our website.
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