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Festival of Lights: Diwali & Annakut


Diwali was celebrated with traditional fervor and joy by the Indian American community last month. This year’s Diwali was made particularly special by U.S. President Barack Obama, who lit a cermonial lamp at the White House. Siliconeer presents a photo essay.


(Above): President Barack Obama observed Diwali at the White House, greeting the South Asian community and lighting the “White House diya,” Oct. 14. [White House Photos & Videos]


(Above): A ceremonial Rath yatra in progress to mark the Diwali celebrations at the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple in Sunnyvale, Calif. [Praful Patel/Sunnyvale Temple photo]


(Above): A visiting singer entertains the audience, keeping them on their toes. Sunnyvale Temple’s Diwali event is known for providing spectacular entertainment over the years. [Praful Patel/Sunnyvale Temple photo]



(Above): Kids entertained the packed audience with a variety of dances from Bollywood chartbusters to traditional Indian classical at the Hindu Temple in Sunnyvale, Calif. [Top: Sadhana Agarwal/Siliconeer | Bottom: Praful Patel/Sunnyvale Temple photos]


(Above): A mela booth displaying handicrafts was one of many at the Diwali celebrations at the Hindu Temple in Sunnyvale, Calif. [SADHANA AGARWAL/SILICONEER photo]


(Above): The grand Annakut display in front of Shreenathji, Shree Yamunaji and Shree Vallabhacharyaji at the BayVP temple in Milpitas, Calif. [Shashi Desai/DreamSnaps photo]


(Above): A child performing Saraswati Puja on his toy laptop at the BayVP temple in Milpitas, Calif. [Shashi Desai/DreamSnaps photo]


(Above): ‘Govardhan and Gau Puja,’ a depiction of the Govardhan parvat was created and a live cow was brought in to perform puja at the BayVP temple. [Shashi Desai/DreamSnaps photo]

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COVER STORY
Ribosomes:
The Holy Grail of Biology

The science behind Venkatraman Ramakrishnan’s Nobel Prize


DISSENT
Goodbye, Afghanistan:
A U.S. Official Quits

In a searing resignation letter, Mathew P. Hoh, senior U.S. civilian representative in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province, drew a grim, bleak picture of the futility of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan.


SUBCONTINENT
Women Aloud!
The WAVE Project
Sapna Shahani and Angana Jhaveri are have won a $107,000 grant to train one woman from every state in India to create videos about development issues.
A Siliconeer report.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Nobel-winning Research
NEWS DIARY: October
SUBCONTINENT: Afghan Engagement
COMMUNITY: Eid in the Family
RECIPE: Chicken Tikka
REAL ESTATE: Foreclosure or Short Sale: Your Best Option
SUBCONTINENT: Looking for Julia
TRAVEL: McArthur-Burney Falls
AUTO REVIEW: 2010 Mazda CX-7 Sport
BOLLYWOOD: Film Review: All the Best
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL FILM: Aadhavan
COMMUNITY: Diwali & Annakut
COMMUNITY: News Briefs
INFOTECH INDIA: Briefs
HOROSCOPE: November


ENTERTAINMENT
2009 IIFA Awards, Macau
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



ENTERTAINMENT
81st Annual Academy Awards
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



ENTERTAINMENT
IIFA Awards 2008
A Siliconeer Exclusive Photo Essay



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