June 30th, 2020
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ISW 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 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 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 t his form.
ISW Digital Citizenship Free Webinar - July 8th, 4 pm
ISW Marathi Shala and AMSA Math teacher, Sarita Deshpande, will lead a webinar on digital citizenship for middle school kids and parents on how to avoid Scams and Phishing. Session is Free and Open to all. Click here for more info.
Daily Free Online Yoga Sessions - 6:30 to 7:30 am
Start the day off with an invigorating Yoga session online led by Hemant Gera. For info and to register click here.
Antakshari - A Day of Musical Escape
On June 20th, ISW organized the 2020 Antakshari event, an annual spirited and fun competition, that brings out the ISW community’s passion for Hindi music. Unlike previous years, this year’s event was completely virtual. Registrations poured in till the last minute, and eventually 12 teams participated. The actual competition clearly showed the talent and passion of the participants and the Final Round was a close affair. Click here to find out the winners and more 
Sarita Deshpande and Amita Rao, cultural@iswonline.org
Humrahee Update
Humrahee members are still in contact with each other, discussing about the current situation and well being of each other. All the members are taking the precautionary measure seriously and are safe and well. We participated in virtual Antakshari where many of our members were spectators. Hopefully we will see our members face to face pretty soon once our India Center re-opens. For information contact Sharat Amin .
ISW Savers Fundrive – August 8, 2020, 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.
ISW Cultural and Language School Summer Classes
We are excited to announce the ISW Masti Online Summer Series will be starting July 6. It will run on weekday afternoons, and offer classes for ages ranging from 7- 13 years. The classes are FREE and kids can register for multiple classes. All we ask is that their attendance be consistent. We need a minimum number of enrolled students to start a class. Click here for details. To register, please email student's name, age class session and parent's WhatsApp number to Ruchi Chauhan at yvansh29@gmail.com  
Ruchi Chauhan & Shiamin Melville
Co-Directors ISW Language & Cultural School
Contribute to the ISW Covid Fund
This year, we are encouraging parents to show their appreciation of the school and teachers by donating to the Massachusetts Covid-19 Fund. Click here to contribute.
Census 2020 - जनगणना २०२० Get Counted !
जनगणना २०२० जनगणना २०२० में आज ही शामिल हो जाईये|  
जनगणना २०२०: आजच सहभागी व्हा!
ಜನಗಣತಿ 2020 ಇಂದು 2020 ರ ಜನಗಣತಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿ
சேரவும் தொகை கணக்கெடுப்பு 2020
இன்றே 2020 மக்கள் தொகை கணக்கெடுப்பில் சேரவும்

Community Spotlight – Bharti Bhakta
Interviewed by Ria Deshpande
Bharti Bhakta is the owner of Manor on the Hill Assisted Living Community, and in the past twelve years, she has also become a yoga and meditation instructor. She credits her practice in aiding her to become a more grateful and balanced person, and encourages everyone to try it as well. Read her story below!
How did you get into yoga and meditation?
I run an assisted living facility, and around thirteen years ago, this one lady came to place her elder sister. She asked me if I do yoga, and after telling her that I do not, she suggested that I buy a yoga book titled “Do Yoga in 30 Days”, saying that it is the best book she has ever bought. After that, every time she visited, she used to ask whether I have bought the book and after months of me saying no, she finally gave me the book so that I would have no excuse. So, I have been practicing yoga since receiving the book in 2008. Read the rest of her inspiring story on our website!
Self Imprisonment – Quarantine is not that bad
by Pravin Trivedi
Pravin Trivedi, is a retired computer development engineering director with four Master’s degrees. He was very active in music circles, in ISW and IA of Springfield where he was secretary for five years. He shares his humorous perspective on the coronavirus shutdown. Read his funny article on the website .
liveBio Summer Biology Classes for 7th to 9th graders
Offered by Sonal Gupta
The liveBio Program is a three-week program open to 7-9th graders and some 10th graders who have an interest in biology. All fees from this program will be donated to a nonprofit organization known as Abby’s House to help provide shelter for women and children. CP and Honors classes, and AP tutoring is offered, where prices vary. For any questions or concerns please email the founder, Sonal Gupta, at livebioclass@gmail.com
For information about sign up deadlines, payments, and more, please click here.
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
ISW collaborating with other local professional organizations: STEMPeers
By Ragoo Raghunathan
ISW co-sponsored a networking event with STEMPeers, a non-profit organization, at the India Day celebration at the DCU Center in August 2019, where professionals from various sectors (biotech, computer science, business etc.) participated. It was part of an effort to bring together our local STEM students & professionals and provide a platform to interact, support, learn and gain from each other. STEMPeers was founded in 2015 by Ananda Ghosh and Abhinav Dey, with an idea to build a community that can openly discuss issues pertaining to the life of STEM graduates and to create a supportive and a creative community. Read more about STEMPeers in the article on our website.
ISW eSandesh is pleased to introduce Community Voices where we publish opinion pieces from our community. While these provide perspectives and opportunities for conversation, they represent the author's views and not necessarily those of ISW. We encourage a robust dialogue on issues and welcome all viewpoints for publication.
By Aditya Khanna, Spencer Dodge, Kevin Harper, and Nihal Wadhwa
Recently graduated IYG member, Aditya Khanna, who is currently a freshman at Rochester Institute of Technology, writes about their effort to encourage community conversations.

This year has been incredibly unique and we are certainly living in unprecedented times. That being said, many college students are left with more free time and the ability to pursue interests aside from their university. Me and three other friends are typically involved in current affairs and have found ourselves having conversations that may be beneficial for other people to listen in on, so we decided to start recording them and creating a podcast out of it! Our first episode, titled “ Racial Injustice”, comes after the recent killing of George Floyd. Read more about and get links to The Everything Podcast on our website.
by Danush Chelladurai
Danush Chelladuurai is a graduate of the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science (AMSA) and will be studying Applied Math and Economics at Yale College. He writes an impassioned article about the disease of systemic racism that has plagued the country.
Please check out ISW website and ISW FB page for other online event updates.
Contact Information                
India Society of Worcester
Mailing Address: PO Box 136, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Answering Machine: 508-842-9795
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