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August 5: Taste of India Food Festival comes to Toronto

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Taste of India festival comes to Toronto, August 5. Twitter
  • The Taste of India food Festival is scheduled for August 5 in Toronto
  • The festival is a collaboration of School of Flavors and Young Canadian Alliance
  • The event will have more than 50 vendors and is estimated to have around 10,000 visitors

July 28, 2017: The Taste of India food festival is to be held in Toronto this year on August 5th. The food festival is brought by the collaboration of Young Canadian Alliance and School of Flavors.

The festival will have more than 50 different vendors on the venue. The festival is estimated to have more than 10,000 visitors.

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The Indian culture will be exhibited during the event. Dance, Music, Food, and Culture from different Indian states is to be showcased during the festival. Different dances include Bhangra, Bollywood Style, and south indian dance hits all with a live DJ. Classic Temple dance performances will also be held at the venue.

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Indian subcontinent’s best spice and flavors will be used to prepare some of the most authentic Indian cuisine. Hundreds of local Indian recipes will be offered. It is a great opportunity to explore the Indian taste in Canada.

Ms. Rinku Shah, Founder and Director of School of Flavors, explains, “At School of Flavours we believe that Food is more than nourishment. It is a repository of culture, a carrier of traditions, a sign of friendship and hospitality, and of course, a symbol of celebration.” She further states, “School of Flavours aims to be an institution which promotes richness of culture, tradition and heritage by connecting diverse communities together in an inclusive way to empower social and economic development of Canadians and people across the globe.”

Over 50 different vendors will be present at the festival showcasing their signature recipes. Some of the biggest names of the food industry, such as, Bombay Chowpatty, Adrak Indian Restaurant, Cabbagetown Organics, Casablanca Classics, Johnny Rocco’s Pizza Wagon, Hakka Wow!, Coconut Island, Desi-licious Kulfi, Keshav Foods, Kirtida Kitchen, New Vanni Market, Truly Nature, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana (Milton), Royal Paan (Dream Crest Rd), Vijay Ice Cream, White Gold Sweets, along with many others.

Indian subcontinent's best spice and flavors will be used to prepare some of the most authentic Indian cuisine. Hundreds of local Indian recipes will be offered. Click To Tweet

The Director of Young Canadian Alliance, Mr. Vrajesh Shah, had said, “We are excited to Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday all year long and we welcome you to indulge in the Taste of India food festival and get entertained for FREE.”

Sponsors of the event include Daal Roti, National Bank, Ritu Collection, Puja Hut, Akshar Pavillion and others. Artists and businessmen have supported the community by donating money, as well as time and effort.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Momo Fest Coming up in Delhi in December

The fourth edition of GoBuzzinga Momo Festival to be organized from December 16 to December 17 will provide a special treat for the food lovers.

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New Delhi, November 21,2017:

Momo lovers in the national capital can now go bonkers with 100 varieties of the loved dish at the fourth edition of GoBuzzinga Momo Festival from December 16 to December 17.

Taking place at Garden of Five Senses, Saket, the fest will titillate taste buds with momos filled with kurkure, Oreos, bacon, vodka, cocktail and cream, maggie, peanut Butter, cheese, paan, shrimp and more.

 The extravaganza will cater to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. IANS

 

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Jadav Molai Peyang: Forest Man of India

Jadav Molai Peyang, 'Forest Man of India' single-handedly plants 1360 acre of forest on a barren sandbar.

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Jadav Peyang, Forest Man of India. Wikimedia Commons.

There are many international organizations that have been working to save our planet from many harms of deforestation but there is one Indian man who, single-handedly, gave rise to the forest in 1360 acre land and converted it into the man-made forest in India and that man is Jadav Molai Peyang.
Jadav Peyang’s story was first discovered by journalist Jitu Kalita when he was stalking the vultures on the other end of Arun Sapori, an over 1,000-hectare riverine island on the Brahmaputra when he saw the forested area and found Peyang’s story there.
The forest man has planted over 1500-saplings since 1980 which has grown into the famous, Molai Kathoni, the forest famously named after his maker. Peyang had started this initiative as a teenager who started planting bamboo in the woodland after he had witnessed deaths of several snakes at the shore when water had resided from the area after a flood. Following that horrifying scenario, he sought the advice from the village elders who asked him to grow a forest as only the forest can save the lives of birds and animals. Since then, Peyang’s Molai Forest has developed its own ecosystem as deer, rabbits, rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, birds, insects have inhabited the forest which consists of trees such as Bamboo, valcol, Arjun, Pride of India, silk trees, cotton trees, to name a few. But it was a herd of 100 elephants that brought the attention of Assam’s forest department on Peyang in 2008. The elephants pay a yearly visit to his forest and give birth to their calves in the comfort there.
But the journey of creating a barren sandbar in the middle of the river Brahmaputra of Assam into the thriving forest that it is today wasn’t easy.
In the initial stages, he found planting trees extremely difficult and time-consuming but now as he gets the seeds from the trees, the forest seems to live on itself.
The forest man was the first part of the 5-year project launched by the Assam Forestry Division in Aruna Chapori in 1980 with an aim to reforest two hundred hectares of land. Peyang enrolled for the job and started planting trees for the project though, the project was finished in five years, Peyang had stayed and spread his own project bigger than Central Park, NYC (842.6 acres). Since his first project, he has been invited to several environmental conferences, conferred many honors among which is Padam Shri, the highest civilian award and ‘Forest Man of India’ by JNU along with the recent honor bestowed on Jitu Kalita and Jadav Peyang by Taiwan Government for their efforts.
The forest man’s story is full of inspiration and compassion as he keeps providing shelter to various insects and animals while his family, which consists of two sons, a daughter, and his wife subsides on the income provided by their livestock, there is a lot to learn from him. He had braved several threats and all he has to say to them, ‘Kill me first, before you kill my forest,’ but his ideas for the world remains unknown among the several honors.

Samridhi Nain. Samridhi is a student of Philosophy (Hons.) from University of Delhi.

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Dalai Lama says that India and China have great potential

The spiritual leader feels that both the countries are doing compassionate works

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai says that India and China can work together. VOA

New Delhi, Nov 19

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have “great potential” and they could work together at a “practical level”.

“I think, a great potential… India and China combined are doing more compassionate work… At a practical level also. Imagine two billion people working together,” he told reporters here after inaugurating Smile Foundation’s initiative, The World of Children.

The spiritual leader, who has lived in India in self-imposed exile since 1959, said neither country had the “ability to destroy the other”.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to live side by side,” he said.

Underlining the ancient spiritual connection between the two countries, he said Chinese Buddhist Hsuan Tsang visited Nalanda (now in Bihar) and brought Nalanda Buddhist traditions to China.

“All thinkers of Nalanda are Indian. So Nalanda’s tradition is India’s tradition,” he said.

The Nalanda traditions had turned Tibetans, who were warriors, into more compassionate, peaceful and non-violent nation, he said.

“So sometimes in Delhi, teasing my Indian friend, (I say) if Tibet still remained in the previous way of life, like Mongols, Chinese invasion may not have taken place,” the Dalai Lama said in a lighter vein.

He said nobody in the world wanted violence but it was happening “because our minds are dominated by destructive emotions due to short-sightedness”.

“Nobody wants problems. Yet, many problems are our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said the existing modern education was oriented to material values. India can take lead in improving the education system by combining modern education with ancient knowledge, he said. (IANS)