Saturday, 28 April 2018

Journey of dreams

Om Swami’s If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir recounts the life of a millionaire who gave it all up in search of spirituality

In the 1990s, an eighteen-year-old headed to Australia to realise his worldly dreams. With little money or support, he strived to make ends meet. Two years later, he was earning an annual income of $250,000; by the age of 26, he was a multimillionaire. Yet, worldly success was merely a way station on a journey that began years ago. As an eight-year-old, he saw a vision of God in a dream, an experience that left him with a sense of deep joy and peace. The dream triggered off his desire to meet God, to see a manifestation of the Divine.

He practised astrology, intense meditation and tantra, yet God was nowhere in sight. Deeply frustrated, he dived into materialistic pursuits to distract himself from the restlessness within. After years of living the good life, he found he could no longer ignore the old restlessness; worldly pleasures just couldn’t fill the void within. He moved back to India and finally did what he had always yearned to do: renounce the world and become a monk.

In the Himalayas, in terrifying silence and solitude, Om Swami practised intense meditation. Death was always close as he confronted starvation, the fierce elements and wild animals. Finally, his sadhana brought him to the ultimate realisation, ‘I am what I have been seeking.’ Om Swami recounts his life in If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir, an astounding memoir of the making of a spiritual life in today’s challenging and often confusing times.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Upcoming Bollywood Movies 2017

Three months into 2017, it has been a quite start to this Bollywood Calendar Year with minimum major releases. Is 2017 going to be a disappointing year for Bollywood? Nope! A good load of high-profile movies are lined up for release this year and there is a lot to wait for.
For Australia, Indians in Sydney get to know a lot of Indian affairs from Indian Newspaper of Sydney and Indian events in Sydney that brings back memories and nostalgia about their country and culture they have left behind. The popularity of  Bollywood in Sydney and the movies released there helps them catch a glimpse of India and everything Indian in it.
Indian movies usually release in major cities like Sydney. So if you are from other parts of Australia, it is better to time your next trip to these cities with these movie releases. So what are the most anticipated Bollywood Movies of 2017 with releases in Australia?

Begum Jaan

Any Vidya Balan fans out there? She has turned into a lady superstar in Bollywood with some successful movies on a trot. People love her for her acting talent and amazing screen presence. And, Begum Jaan is a movie expected to ride on her solo performance power. This period drama had a dashing trailer release on YouTube which shot up the expectations sky high.

Half Girlfriend

Another Chetan Bhagat book finds itself adapted to the silver screen. If you loved 3 Idiots, Kai Po Che and 2 States, you are going to love this one too. It was simple movies like this that popularized Bollywood in Sydney and other parts of Australia. Half Girlfriend stars popular young actors ArjunKapoor and ShraddhaKapoor in the main roles

Baahubali 2 - The Conclusion

We all loved how it began and we are all waiting to see how it concludes! After the highly successful Baahubali – The Beginning movie, Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion is all set to come to the cinemas soon. Though filled with South Indian actors, the Hindi version of the movie was very well received. The visual effects and CGI used in the movie meets international standards.

Robot 2.0

Science fiction wasn’t a popular genre in Bollywood. But the first part of this Rajanikanth-starrer was another South Indian movie that got a pan-Indian appeal. The sequel to it is highly anticipated for its Hollywood style visual effects and CGI. Robot 2.0 also has National Award winning Akshay Kumar in a negative role. Isn’t that enough to wait and watch  this movie?

Sachin: A Billion Dreams

Sachin: A Billion Dreams has his billions of die-hard fans waiting for it. This movie should be a treat to watch for all the fans of this cricket God. This biopic directed by James Erskine is set for a May end release. It would release in Australia too around the same time.

Secret Superstar

An upcoming movies list is definitely not complete without an Aamir Khan movie in it. Secret Superstar would be Aamir Khan’s first release after the extremely successful Dangal. As of now, the movie is set for an August release

Apart from these major films, there are a few sequels lined up for release this year. Movies like Fukrey Returns and Golmaal Again are highly anticipated by the fans of the original films. So stay glued to the internet and an Indian newspapers or Indian Magazines of  Sydney to know the exact release dates of the above movies.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Great Adventures waiting for Indians in Australia in 2017

Indian in Australia 

One of the main and really attracting factors for many people who will travel to Australia in 2017 is the chance to ride the Indian Pacific Railroad, really amazing. The name comes from the fact that it makes every trip right across the continent from the very Indian Ocean to the Pacific. It can be said in fact to be one of the very few true transcontinental railroads in the world, most others stop short of going to whole distance. The result is that the route has become very popular with tourists who want to see a part of the country that few people travel to.

Showing how very little people actually travel by passenger train these days you would possibly expect that the Indian Pacific is just the very last of an older service; this is in fact not the case. According to record, the line did not exist before 1970 because of the odd history of Australian railroads. Up until then there was no transcontinental route so if you wanted to get from one side of the country to the other it required several changes of train. Many Indians Businesses in Sydney as been made much easier and faster by this trains the news about recent developments is always found in the Indians magazines of Australia.

One reason that there was no transcontinental route for much of Australia's history is that in the early recent days of trains each of the states set its own regulations. The result was that different gauges were used in each state which meant that trains could not travel across state borders. This seriously reduced the development of railroads in Australia. It was not until 1970 that the government finally got around to correcting the problem by introducing a standard gauge for the whole country.

These days the Indians in Australia always uses the great trains to see the interior of the country very interesting. And the reason is that more than ninety percent of the population of Australia lives along the coast which means that very little people travel to the interior. But the main reason for that is the fact that few Indians travel across the interior and it happens to be very hot and very barren; the train removes most of the discomfort.

There are quite a few special features of the Indian Pacific that make it popular for this 2017 with all train buffs. Besides being one of the longest and strongest train routes in the world and one of the few truly transcontinental ones it is also the straightest. Because the interior of the country is very flat and so barren the track could be built in basically a very straight line for much of its route. At a point as it enters Western Australia it runs dead straight for just under three hundred miles. No other railroad comes anywhere close to having a straight stretch that long.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Globalization of Indian magazines: an Australian story

To begin with, we feel obliged to quote Carlos Santana - “One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart”. What if we told you your favorite local newspaper and/or magazine is not just your or your society’s favorite or most followed but also is well renowned and appreciated around the world? An Australian story of the ever flourishing grandeur for a platform accommodating more and more space particularly for Indian magazines is a worth acknowledgement.

Before we continue, we would like to remind you that we encapsulate not just English magazines but also magazines and newspapers addressing in local languages from India – Gujarati and Telugu; the prior particularly spoken in the western state of Gujarat and the latter spoken in Andhra Pradesh and the newly formed Telangana covering aspects of news for Indians in Australia.

Indian magazines in Australia that print in English include chiefly “The Indian Sun”, “The Indian Telegraph”, “Indian Link”, “Indian Herald”, “Indusage”, “South Asia Times” and “India Down Under”. While “The Indian Sun” is a monthly read magazine that is currently considered to be the most rejuvenating and trendy magazine for the Indian community covering all aspects of Australian and Indian news. “The Indian Telegraph” claims to capture the attention of and accommodate the views of the eternally changing Indian diaspora about the sub-continent, thereby speaking up for Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma yaddayadda.

Founded by Pawan and RajniLuthra, “Indian Link” has penetrated deeper into the Australian Indian society, assisting Indians and other South Asian communities accustom to the way of life considered casual and welcoming in Australia. They have been awarded tokens of honor from time to time for their exceptional display of support and unity towards the Indian community. On the other hand, “Indian Herald” claims to be the one-step answer to all your “I have to know about this” queries. “Indusage”, “South Asia Times” and “India Down Under” fall on similar lines or categories of support and a profound touch of belongingness as responsible Indian magazines in Australia.

Widening our scope into Indian magazines in Australia printed in the more indigenous languages, “Gujarat Times” and “Satya Times”, printed and distributed in Gujarati leads in both sales and wide spread likability. Most readers and followers of the newspapers call it to be a souvenir they carried from Gujarat, as it seamlessly covers everything the community is interested to read and perceive along with a morning cup of tea, or a filling plate of Dhoklas over breakfast. “Satya Times” is a monthly Gujarati Indian newspaper that deals with a wide scope of subjects ranging from current affairs, International and national news, sports and several other specific threads that lure and engage the Indian Gujarati community in Australia.

Taking examples from further south of India to significantly explain the globalization of Indian magazines in the Australian general society, “PravasaBharati” treats the Australian Indian community natively speaking Telugu and its dialects, with a dessert from their homeland targeting on columns that site the latest Tollywood movie releases, Andhra or Telangana specific news, business and technology, and trends in food and fashion etc. All in all the voice of native Indian are restored and revitalized by the presence of these Indian magazines in Australia.

Friday, 11 November 2016

The Title “Business Woman Of The Year” Goes to this Indian-Australian Chaiwali

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” 
― Ray Bradbury

This quote beautifully summarizes the story of Uppma Virdi. A 26-year old Indian Businesswoman in Australia has an inspiring story which can be a good motivation for the youth of current times. She became an icon in the field of Indian Businesses in Australia when she won the title of the 2016 Business Woman of the year by Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) in Sydney. Hailing from a family of Indian origin, Uppma grew up making tea for her grandparents, parents and all the guests that came to her place. Soon she realized that making tea is something she enjoys greatly. This feeling was reinforced when she went to Austria for an exchange program and again she made tea for her friends. She could feel that tea brings people together and this is very true because tea time is actually considered as “family time” in India. 

Indian Businesses in Australia
Indian businesses in Australia
Moreover, having a grandfather who was an expert in Ayurveda taught her the art of making ayurvedic tea which has great medicinal benefits. This was another add-on to her profession as a chai-wali. Having seen the dearth of tea places in Australia, she wanted to start her tea business in Australia to provide an alternative to non-coffee drinkers. This is where the idea germinated and she realized that maybe she could do her little contribution towards Australian community by bringing them closer to the Indian tea drinking culture. 

Being a successful lawyer, it was initially difficult for her to convince her family about her business idea. But it is commendable that a 26-year old Indian Australian girl could see the entrepreneurial potential in the Indian chai wallahs who are not well educated. But she had the courage to admit that they have those skills and she could learn from them. It is definitely evident that she not only learned from them but also enhanced it greatly. 

The youth of today can learn from her immensely. She combined her skills that she accrued from her family, her studies, and her visits to India and brought everything together to build a successful business.  She is a great example because she showed that without giving up her already existing profession as a lawyer, she worked extra hours to set up a new enterprise and succeeded in it greatly. She used her personal contacts, social media and put in a lot of hard work to attain what she attained at such a young age. Her exciting story has the capability to motivate millions who give up on their dreams without even trying once thinking that it is worthless and unattainable. Always remember that there would be resistance from all sides when you are trying to do something big but the only thing that can get you going is by having faith in yourself. With a lot of hard work and positive energy, it is not hard to achieve the impossible. 

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Indian Change Makers in Australia. Don’t you think we need to get up and do more of It!!!!

Australia needs more change makers into the system and not just takers from the system. Australian-Indians can become a link between two countries and contribute significantly. The Australian Indians need to arise, look around, ask question, get themselves involved and become part of Australia’s and India’s journey as great democracies. Australian Indians can address leadership deficit in Australia.

India will grow as the third largest economy in the world by 2030.  Australia and India has good bi-lateral trade and investment relations and over the past decade it has become doubled and as the two economies grow closer the rate of growth will continue to rise.

Mr. Neville Joseph Roach AO a humble and shining example of honest Businessman, currently chairperson of large number of high profile organizations such as, Fujitsu Australia Ltd, Australia Indian Business Council and smart Internet. Previously he was the chairperson of the  Committee of Enquiry in to Temporary Business Migration, the National Multicultural Advisory Council and many more. He came to Australia in 1961 through New India Assurance, a Tata Group company Sydney at the time. According to him it was way challenging to initially adjust with new surrounding and to the new environment, the most dominant factor for his success was his extensive hard work and good luck. “The measure of a truly great man is the courtesy with which he treats lesser man.” Mr. Neville Joseph Roach is affine man of this saying.

The common personality trait among the people who have made a difference in the world is they were born rebels and the true example is Mr. Pankaj Oswal who was an Indian Businessman at one time and was Australia’s one of the richest Businessman with fortune of A$1 billion.  He was the Managing Director and Chairman of Perth based company Burrup Holdings Limited. Burrup Holdings Limited, a liquid ammonia production companies is one of the world’s largest liquid ammonia production companies. Pankaj was born and brought up in India and studied at Manipal Institute of Technology. After graduating from the prestigious institution, he worked for several of his father’s enterprises.

A heart that does not get restricted by external judgment and the one who believes in it’s own mission in life is the heart that eventually creates a legacy in the world. One name that comes to our mind is Sadhna Smiles, CEO, Harcourts Group Victoria previously GM of McGrath Estate agents, Neutral Bay, Mossman and Northbridge. Sadhana born to Fijian Indian parents has won many prizes for her contribution in the field. She has won Real change, winner of 2007 Price Water House Coopers Vic/Tas Franchise woman of the year award. She being the first woman in real estate to win this award and 2007 REIV award for service.

Blessed with two children Sadhna has achieved many milestones, her past credential includes titles such as Melbourne’s most prestigious name in RE industry, People and performance, Manager at Hocking Stuart and General Manager Real Estate Institute of Victoria. 

Inspite of achieving these big accolades, a humble Sadhana still believes that her real contribution towards the society is through a non-profitable organization she runs for Fijian woman and children, called Links Fiji.

We salute vision, mission and hardwork of some of the extremely talented Indians in Australia for their valuable contribution to merge the two cultures in to one with harmony and addressing the economic ties between India and Australia.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Enjoy the Rich Musical Extravaganza of A R Rahman in Melbourne on 16th February 2017

The most awaited event in Australia is coming up. Asia TOPA  in collaboration with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and CHARINDAA, Arts Centre Melbourne brings you The Music of AR Rahman.  A one night gala musical performance event at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl on Thursday 16 February 2017 which will be performed by The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with the music icon himself as special guest performer. So let us start enjoy with Indian events in Melbourne with A R  Rehman.

A R Rahman is a film music composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer from India. In the twenty years of his career with music his more than 100 million soundtracks and singles were sold worldwide. His music for Slumdog Millionaire earned him two Academy Awards in 2009, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.

Rahman had been an epitome in composing the music for over 130 Bollywood films most of them being super hit.  His first full composition was Roja, a film by Mani Ratnam. The film was a huge success. Rahman became well known in Bollywood and soon became the most successful composer in India.

Among his film scores and soundtracks for Bollywood classics like Bombay (1995), Dil Se ... (1998) ,Lagaan (2001) sold millions of records. The soundtrack of Lagaan (with the hit single Mitwa) accounted for sales of 3.5 million records in India. His best-selling soundtrack, however, was Bombay, of which 12 million records were sold. In 2008 he composed the music for the successful films like Ghajini (2008) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). The film Ghajini of A.R. Murugadoss is the most yielding Bollywood film of all time (Rs. two billion).

In 2002 he composed the music for Bombay Dreams, a Bollywood themed musical in a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical, in which a young man (from the slums of Bombay) wishes to become a major Bollywood star. It was first performed in London and two years later at the Broadway Theatre in New York. Mr. Rahman won this first notoriety in the United States.

Indian events in Melbourne
Indian events in Melbourne

Together with the Finnish folk group Varttina he wrote the music for the theater production of The Lord of the Rings. Then he composed the song Raga's Dance for Vanessa Maes album Choreography.

Besides the many collaborations with Bollywood directors Rahman writings since 2006 has given music for British film projects. In 2007 he composed together with the Scottish composer Craig Armstrong music for Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Mr. A.R Rahman, however, gained worldwide fame with his music for Slumdog Millionaire, the big winner at the 81th ceremony of the Academy Awards. His soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire has won two Oscars, the Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song Oscar for the song Jai Ho. Rahman was the first Indian film composer who won an Oscar and also the first artist from India who won two Oscars.

In 2009, Rahman composed the score for the US comedy Couples Retreat Peter Billingsley (with Vince Vaughn in the lead role). It was the first American film for which he wrote the music. In 2010 he composed the music for the film 127 Hours, which was nominated for the 83th ceremony of the Academy Awards.

The Music Extravaganza of AR Rahman is a joint venture by Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and CHARINDAA TOPA for Asia: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. CHARINDAA (Charities Through Indian Arts in Australia) promote and organize Indian Arts and Cultural events. Asia TOPA is a joint enterprise of the Sydney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is assisted by the Australian and Victorian Governments. The musical concert may have special compositions of AR Rahman like Cry of Rose from Roja, Theme from Lagaan, Chan Chan from Water, Mangal Pandey: The Rising Suite, Slumdog Millionaire Suite, Theme from Bombay, Changing Seasons, , 127 Hours Suite, and the very popular Jai Ho!. 

For more information visit or call 1300 182 183. You can follow Arts Centre Melbourne on facebook or on Twitter @artscentremelb. More information also available at is an online magazine where you get all the latest news on Indian happening in Australia.