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FESTIVAL:
Diwali at Cupertino, Calif.’


Over 1,000 people attended colorful festivities Oct. 14 at the Memorial Park here to enjoy diverse cultural activities, delicious food and fun activities for kids. A Siliconeer photo essay.






(Above): (Clockwise from top left): A child gets a colorful face painting; A Gujarati dance performance by local dance group, one of the many performances by kids of all ages who entertained the audience despite scorching heat; Hindustani Classical musician, composer and sitarist Habib Khan presenting a concert with his students; Cupertino’s senior citizens presenting a Hawaiian dance; Kids dressed in traditional outfits pose for a photo after their performance. [Siliconeer photos]


(Above): (Clockwise from left): Cupertino Mayor Dolly Sandoval (3rd from l) greets San Francisco Consul General of India Susmita G. Thomas as Cupertino Vice Mayor Orrin Mahoney (l) and Cupertino Chamber of Commerce officials and festival organizers Mahesh Nihalani (2nd from l), Alice Jacob (2nd from r) look on; Kids presented a dance performance dressed in outfits to represent various states of India; A young participant explores his creative skills at the Home Depot booth where kids and adults tried their skills with paint and tiles; Cupertino Chamber CEO Suzi Blackman addresses the audience as Diwali festival chair Mahesh Nihalani looks on. [Siliconeer photos]


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COVER STORY
Over the Moon: Launch of Chandrayaan-1
In the midst of a financial gloom, the launch of India’s first unmanned spacecraft bound for the Moon has brought some cheer, writes Priyanka Bhardwaj.


COMMUNITY
A Mendacious Denial: Police in Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh police chief Vishwa Ranjan continues to make mendacious claims about ‘misguided’ critics, write Sanjeev Mahajan, Ra Ravishankar, Preeti Shekar and Chukka Srinivas.


TRIBUTE
Khuda Hafiz, Faraz Sahib: Requiem for Ahmed Faraz
Ras H. Siddiqui bids an affectionate, sad farewell to the greatest living Urdu poet Ahmed Faraz.



ENTERTAINMENT
IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: India’s Moon Mission
NEWS DIARY: October
CONCERT: Habib Wahid
CONCERT: Music for Polio
DIASPORA: GOPIO in New Zealand
SUBCONTINENT: India’s IT Woes
IMMIGRATION LAW: Changing Jobs: USCIS
MUSIC: Pandit Jasraj Live
REAL ESTATE: Relief for Homeowners
GAY RIGHTS: Love and Acceptance
CINEMA: South Asian Film Festival
TRAVEL: Point Richmond, Calif.
AUTO REVIEW: 2009 Acura RDX Tech
RECIPE: Gujarati Patra
HINDI FILM REVIEW: Rock On!!
TAMIL CINEMA: Kadhalil Vizhundaen
BUSINESS: News Briefs
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
FESTIVAL: Diwali in Cupertino
FESTIVAL: Diwali in Sunnyvale
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Tech Briefs
HOROSCOPE: November

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