July 14th, 2020
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ISW India Day Weekend Extravaganza
August 7th - 9th, 2020
ISW will be hosting a Virtual India Day Event spread over three days from August 7th to 9th at various times. More details of this multi day entertainment extravaganza is coming soon. Our theme this year is - Navarasa (the nine emotions). The program will run virtually with each day bringing segments of the program with music, dance, songs, and more. If you want to participate in our cultural event please fill out this form .
India Center Update
Hope you and your family are doing well during these difficult times. For the India Society, one of our biggest efforts this year is the expansion of the India Center. While the Covid pandemic temporarily halted construction, we are happy to inform you that construction has resumed and we expect to complete by November. However, a planned fundraising gala was deferred to 2021 due to restrictions. We thank our community for their past support but we need your continued help, in the interim, more than ever. Read our full report and appeal for  support here.
ISW Painting Workshop

July 18th, 2020
Add some color to your life! Avni's Painting Workshop is a great opportunity to learn and paint for free for ISW members. RSVP by emailing cultural@iswonline.org .
ISW Savers Fundrive

August 8, 2020 at noon
Save the date Aug 8th 12 pm (noon) For the ISW Savers Fundraiser! Clean your closets and donate your surplus clothes, shoes, housewares, and other household items to Savers and raise funds for the ISW India Center expansion. Contact Sharat Amin for more info. 
Community Spotlight – Ragini Seth
Interviewed by Ria Deshpande Photo Ragoo Raghunathan
Ragini Seth is an involved member of our community, and has played an incredibly active role in the India Society of Worcester for over twenty years now. Beyond ISW, she has always been actively involved in her local communities. Prior to ISW, Ragini founded and was the first president of the Golden Club, a cultural club for elderly South Asians that provided a venue for senior citizens to share their common issues and an outlet for fun activities. Ragini is also an enthusiastic member of the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club. She volunteered to be the Recording Secretary for NJWC for two years, was co-president and also was the Corresponding Secretary for the club. She is never shy about volunteering her services when the need arises. Read the rest of her story on our website!
The Brake Job
by Pravin Trivedi
Pravin Trivedi, an active ISW and IA of Springfield member, shares another humorous story of when the brakes of his ten year old car stopped working, leading him into trouble! Read his article on our website .
Surya Namaskar
by Snehalata Kadam
Namaste! I would like to demonstrate Surya Namaskar in this video. This is one of my favorite everyday routines. It is a fast pace complete workout and it takes only 4 and a half minutes. So no excuses! :) 
It has multiple health benefits:
  1. Improves our posture and strengthens our wrist, something that we need to be aware of during this virtual world of learning and working.
  2. It strengthens our bones for our longevity as well as for the young growing kids to increase their height.
  3. It enhances our immune system.
  4. It boosts our energy to stay active and positive throughout the day.
  5. Believe it or not it absolutely improves our skin tone for us to look as graceful as we want and for a very long time. 
We can do either just one set every day for the above benefits. We can also do 5 sets to melt some extra pounds if we want. So let’s get started! We need to breath-in at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 counts and breath-out at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 counts. The video shows one set of 11 Surya Namaskars done in 4 and a half minutes.
ISW Community Members Virtual Offerings
Several community members are offering a range of virtual activities to keep you and your family engaged. Latest additions include positivity and relaxation training and an online dance studio. See the complete list and contact info at the ISW website .
We continue with our series in “ Your Professional Self with another article on networking strategies. To contribute to this section please contact us: ProfessionalSelf@iswonline.org
Interview with Dr. Venkat Kolluri 
By Ragoo Raghunathan
As a part of this series, this week we introduce you to a local entrepreneur. Dr. Venkat Kolluri is a Shrewsbury resident and has been a member and well-wisher of the ISW community for many years. I recently got the opportunity to interview him about his entrepreneurial journey and experience.
When and how did you figure out you wanted to start a company? 
In 2002, I was working as a technologist at Lycos.com. When everyone panicked during the internet 1.0 bubble burst and left the dot coms, I saw the true long-term potential of the web as a powerful matching engine connecting advertisers and online consumers. I quit my full-time job at Lycos and started an ad tech company, along with another colleague, Alden Dorosario, kick starting a journey that led to the creation of one of the largest contextual ad networks, Chitika. Read the rest of his story on our website !

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