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Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 Closing Ceremony

Congratulations to India for organizing the best games in CWG history! Watch the closing ceremony below:

10 best moments for India at the CWG

ന്യൂഡല്‍ഹി: അവിശ്വസനീയം. ഇത് ഇന്ത്യ തന്നെയോ? നൂറുവട്ടം കണ്ണു തിരുമി മാത്രം വിശ്വസിക്കാവുന്ന നിമിഷമിതാ കണ്‍മുന്നില്‍. ഇന്ത്യയ്ക്ക് കോമണ്‍വെല്‍ത്ത് ഗെയിംസിന്റെ ട്രാക്കില്‍ ഒരു സ്വര്‍ണം. വനിതകളുടെ 400 മീറ്റര്‍ റിലേയിലാണ് ചരിത്രം രചിച്ച അവിസ്മരണീയമായ ഈ നേട്ടം. 3:27.77 സെക്കന്‍ഡിലാണ് സിനി ജോസ്, അശ്വിനി അകുഞ്ജി, മഞ്ജീത് കൗര്‍, മന്‍ദീപ് കൗര്‍ എന്നിവരടങ്ങുന്ന ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ടീമിന്റെ ഗോള്‍ഡണ്‍ ഫിനിഷ്. 1958ലെ സ്​പ്രിന്റ് ഇതിഹാസം മില്‍ഖാസിങ്ങിനുശേഷം ഇതാദ്യമായാണ് കോമണ്‍വെല്‍ത്ത് ഗെയിംസിന്റെ ഓട്ടത്തില്‍ സ്വര്‍ണം നേടുന്നത്. (More at this link,including the video!)

Maithry Social Eve & Karaoke Night: 11/24/10 @ Mayuri Indian Cuisine, Santa Clara

Maithry Social Evening & Karaoke Night 11.24.10 Maithry starts off the Thanksgiving weekend with a bang!

Let us get together at Mayuri Indian Cuisine on Wednesday night at 6 - 10 for socializing, singing and partying!

We will have a sound system setup so that Maithrians can sing some karaoke songs. We may also have games and skits.

If interested in participating in these activities, please email with your preference. Since we have a limited amount of time for these activities, your item will be listed in a "first come, first served" basis, based on when you sign up for the item. There will be a nominal fee charged for admission.

This event is open to all Maithry members and friends. Looking forward to seeing all at the 3rd annual Maithry Social Evening and Karaoke Night.

Please RSVP at this link. (Accessible to only Maithry members as the link points to app within Maithry yahoo-group.)

$10 for everyone 10 years old or older
$5 for everyone 5 years old or older
Free for everyone below 5 years.


Indus Fast Remit contest 

Bijulal - First visually impaired person to get a PhD in Music, in India

After five years of toil, singer Bijulal C.H. is savoring the fruit of his hard work. Braving many odds, this visually impaired singer has now successfully secured a Ph.D. in music.

Mr. Bijulal, who suffers from partial blindness as a result of Retinitis Pigmentosa, was recently awarded Ph.D. for his research on the topic ‘Concepts of Navanidhi Bhakti and its significances in the compositions of Saint Thyagaraja and His Highness Swati Thirunal'. The research, which he started in 2004, was done under the guidance of S. Bhagyalekshmi. This is not the first time that Mr. Bijulal is proving his academic brilliance and musical talent. He secured the third rank in M.A. Music from University of Calicut. He has also passed UGC's National Eligibility Test (NET) in music. Mr. Bijulal, son of C.P. Harilal and Vijayalekshmi, is residing at Vanchiyoor in the city.

Bijulal - First visually impaired person in India to get a PhD in music

Bijulal is also the brother of Maithry member Lijulal, who helped organize the XNY'10 event early this year.

More articles on Bijulal's achievement available at these links:
Article-1 | Article-2 | Article-3

Visit Muir Woods - the last redwood grove in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Fall arrives in Muir Woods National MonumentGaint Redwoods were a common sight in the San Francisco Bay Area before we clearcut these to build the homes and other structures everywhere. One of the last redwood groves, just North of San Francisco near the city of Mill Valley was just waiting to be "harvested" when William Kent, a visionary conservatioinist, bought it, and then donated to the government.

Although it was suggested the grove to be named after Mr. Kent, he requested it be named after the much more recognized conservationist, John Muir.

The park is just 1.5 hours from South Bay, and it is a great place for families. Beautifully paved trails are stroller-friendly and kid-friendly. There is a cafe and gift shop close to the visitor center.

Stinson Beach, Mount Tamalpaias, the quaint town of Mill Valley, Tennessee Valley Beach etc. are a short distance from the park.

Don't forget to stop by the town of Sausalito where you will find lots of gift shops and restaurants. It also offers a great view of the City of San Francisco, various islands and the bay.

Slideshow of pictures from our visit to Muir Woods.

Gayathri & Adithi sing "കണ്ണാം തുമ്പീ പോരാമോ..." at Maithry Onam 2010.

Gayathri & Adithi sing "കണ്ണാം തുമ്പീ പോരാമോ..." at Maithry Onam 2010.

Maithry Onam 2010: Skit "Dushyettaa... Shaku Vilikkunnu!!"

At Maithry Onam 2010, a very funny skit was presented by Anil Nair, Priya Pillai, Gopakumar Pillai, Duleep Pillai, Sathish Menon and Anuja Rajendran. "Dushyettaa... Shaku Vilikkunnu!"

Slideshow of pictures from the skit:

Here are the videos from the skit:

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