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Raja Sweets Restaurant in US. Wikimedia
  • Raja Sweets was the first Indian Restaurants to open in Houston back in 1986 by the Gahunia Family
  • Edibles at the restaurant are freshly made by hand from the scratch and are delectable to devour
  • The restaurant was featured in American television show “Cooking in America”

June 27, 2017: People come to another country for better live or work but you want to feel like home someday and Raja Sweets strive to give that feeling to its Indian customers. First assembled in India and then housed in the middle of Houston, Raja Sweets was the first Indian Restaurants to open back in 1986 by the Gahunia Family.

Joginderi Gahuniya is the founding father of Indian food in Houston.Today, Sharan Gahuniya is keeping her father’s legacy alive alongside her mother.

Sharan revived: “My dad’s motto was to bring the streets of India to Hillcroft (Street), we make food the way you find it in India.”

While in Houston, the Gahuniya family realised that there was no place to Indian get together restaurant. during Diwali or Ramadan.

Edibles at Raja Sweets are made by hand from the scratch and are fresh to devour. From the rasgulla (chhena dough boiled in sweet syrup) to gulab jamun (milk balls dipped in rose syrup) to jalebi (deep-fried flour in syrup), Raja Sweets has it all to retreat their Indian customers.

Raja Sweets also has loyal customers, one of them pays a visit every single day from the past 12 years. Sharan’s father had the vision to be successful in America, having said that the family worked hard to make their dream come true. Raja Sweets is now the longest running restaurants in Texas.

The restaurant was featured in American television show “Cooking in America”, hosted by Sheldon Simeon, who visited the 31-year-old spot, now the cornerstone of the city’s “Little India” district.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94



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Killer Smog in Delhi.

Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS ( is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences