In a first ever virtual memorial day celebration, India Association of Greater Boston commemorated the 2020 Memorial Day with fitting tributes from war veterans, state legislators from all over New England, covid survivors and front line doctors. The event took place on Monday, May 25th, 2020. The day started with honouring the ultimate sacrifices of the many fallen heroes who died while serving in the US military forces and in line with in a true tradition of visiting memorials and cemeteries (virtual) and having family gatherings to remember these soldiers. The responsibility of being grand marshal for this virtual parade was taken by NH house speaker Steve Shurtleff. This was followed by New England legislators sharing their messages with community, starting with Congressman Mr Chris Pappas, MA State Senator Mr Jamie Eldridge, Nashua Mayor Mr Jim Donchess, Deputy Speaker Ms Karen Ebel, State Rep Ms Latha Mangipudi, MA state reps Ms Kay Khan and Mr Tackey Chan, Ex State Reps from VT Ms Kesha Ram, Ex state rep and current congressional primary candidate of RI, Mr Bob Lancia, MA community leader Mr Nam Pham & Ex-congressman Paul Hodge. NH Congresswoman Annie Kuster sent her tribute via pre- recorded video.

– #bhaagiagbbhaag Virtual Walk/Run was one of IAGB’s successful fundraising events that brought people together, virtually, to get up and get moving! In this mission, people were reminded to do their physical exercise, especially during these unusual times when everyone is working from home and it is very difficult to get physical activity unless an event of this kind is organized.

IAGB is pleased to invite nominations for the prestigious “IAGB Community Youth Excellence” award. Anyone – including parents, friends and relatives – can nominate a student. Students can also nominate themselves. The deadline is July 31, 2020.

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As the COVID-19 crisis deepened, the local pantries were flooded with more people needing the basic food items while the food and monetary donations dried up, and they were in dire need of food supplies. India Association of Greater Boston(IAGB), partnered with SEWA international – Boston to help raise funds for local pantries and shelters. We are grateful to the Sewa team for providing a platform for everyone to come together, volunteer, help each other, and give back to the community during these challenging times. The funds were distributed to five local pantries in the New England region, including Nashua Soup Kitchen, and People Helping People / Burlington Food Pantry.

IAGB has extended and continues to offer free online live tele-yoga sessions, specifically designed to
help well-being during this stressful time. We are partnering with NationalInstitute of Mental Health and
Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) and its Integrated Centre for Yoga (NICY) located in Bengaluru to offer the
yoga sessions. Initially, the yoga sessions were offered 5-days a week for four weeks in April. We saw
upwards of 65 people attending these sessions regularly, and people from all over are benefitting from
these sessions.

As American poet Robert Frost said, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words”.

Often while rushing through the humdrum of life I’d find myself repeating the lines. “What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare” by WH Davies.

What else would aptly define the busyness of the day, when to-do lists were longer than the arm, yet life silently begged for us to stand a while and just be?

My love of poetry started in middle school, where English teachers made poetry come alive – the passion they infused the class with, the debates they encouraged that kept me engaged

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the efficacy of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health since 2001. He has practiced a yoga lifestyle since 1972 and is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He is the Director of Yoga Research for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Research Affiliate of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has conducted clinical research trials evaluating yoga interventions for insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety disorders and in both public school and occupational settings. Dr. Khalsa works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga and yoga therapy as the chair of the scientific program committee for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is medical editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Report An Introduction to Yoga and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

Dr. Anil Saigal, a former IAGB President is Professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts
University. Ranjani Saigal, former IAGB Director is executive director of Ekal Vidyalaya
Foundation of USA. They are very active community members and co-founders of
www.lokvani.com, a South Asian media outlet in New England.

IAGB (India Association of Greater Boston) in collaboration with Shishu Bharti is excited to present a fun-filled, thoughtful , and educational insight into India’ s long journey from being a subjugated nation to a free nation, now in it’s 73rd year of Independence. There will be 6 sessions with prizes at the end of every session as well at the end of the classes. Please register at the link below to participate. All classes will be held on Zoom. Upon registration you will receive a Zoom ID and password to participate. Classes will begin on July 12th, Sunday from 10 am to 12 am. Registration is free. These classes are open to all Middle School and High School students.