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31 Years of Raja Sweets in US: How Indian Food Landed in Houston?

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

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  • 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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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

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Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

In favour of Mahatama Gandhi
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Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean

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