Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 7 City Views June 24, 2022 Embassy Of India Celebrates 8th International Day Of Yoga At Washington Monument U nder the theme, “Yoga for Human- ity,” the Embassy of India in part- nership with the Friends of Yoga, celebrated the 8th International Day of Yoga on June 18th, where hundreds of people including members of the US administration and Congress, and the Indian diaspora participated at the iconicWashington monument inWash- ington DC. Welcoming the gathering, Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Sandhu, informed, “eight years ago in 2014, Prime Minister Modi had urged the UN General Assembly to adopt International Day of Yoga. Within 75 days, the UN General Assembly declared June 21 as the Inter- national Day of Yoga, with overwhelming support of member nations. Since then, millions of people have taken part in the celebrations every year across the world.” He told the gathering that in Sanskrit, yoga means to join. It joins an individual with one’s consciousness with the higher self, with fellow human beings, and the nature. “Yoga is an enhancer — physi- cal, mental, spiritual and intellectual. We require it very much for our well-being.” He added that yoga has come into much sharper view now due to the pan- demic and associated diseases. “Now in the post COVID scenario, yoga is help- ing build resilience, health, immunity, togetherness, compassion, and happiness. This year is also special for us since we are celebrating 75 years of independence, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.” Underscoring that people-to-people ties are core to the US-India bilateral rela- tionship that is being guided by PMModi and President Biden, Sandhu said India is committed to strengthening this vital linkage and yoga is an important medium. He thanked the invaluable support the Embassy received from the US admin- istration, partner organizations, and the community for the event. Stating that he was happy that PM Modi made yoga as a priority, Director of the US National Science Foundation, Sethuraman Panchanathan, referred to yoga as the greatest gift of India to humanity and mankind as it unites the world by bringing people together. “Science is a motivator, science is an enabler, science is a uniter across geogra- phies and boundaries, and science makes solutions possible. Whatever I said now replace science by yoga, which is exactly the same thing,” adding “science and yoga are so synergized and convey the same thing. It is about prosperity of mind, about body, and of any sphere of your life we can think of today. That’s what science and yoga made possible,” he added. To mark the event, all five US consul- ates including Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Houston have organized celebrations in their respective jurisdic- tions, including NewYork where the event is on the slated date June 21, at Times Square. By T.Vishnudatta Jayaraman Attendees performing yoga at the 8th International Day of Yoga on June 18, 2022 at the Washington monument in Washington DC. Photos:T.Vishndatta Jayaraman,DesiTalk Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Community, Celebrates Diversity Of Hoboken, N.J. Including Holi H oboken, N.J., the Big Ap- ple’s satellite town, which boasts an Indian-Ameri- can Mayor, celebrated its diversity June 18, 2022. Mayor Ravi Bhalla, joined the festivities, tweeting, “Enjoyed cel- ebrating Hoboken’s diversity today – began w/ 56th Puerto Rican flag raising, followed by the Holi Festival of Colors & ending w/ a visit to #Pride, Drag brunch at Birch. We’ll always be a welcoming community where all are embraced & these events are great examples. By a StaffWriter Photo(left): City dwellers celebrate diversity of Hobeoken, N.J. including Holi, at Birch Park. Photo(right): Hoboken, N.J. Mayor Ravi Bhalla, right, with Indian American dancer, enjoying t he diversity of the city he leads, June 18, 2022. Photos:Twitter @RaviBhalla F amily members of Salima Persaud, her husband Balo Persaud and their 22-year old son Devon, have begun a GoFundMe account to raise funds following their tragic death on June 17, 2022, from a fire that destroyed their home in Queens, N.Y. “We have no words to express our grief for such a way to die as a family,” said Abid Ally, the first cousin of Salima Persaud, who started the GoFundMe account. To date by June 21, the site shows $43,076 has been collected from donations made by sympathizers. The Persauds leave behind their son Boyo, his wife and their two young children, who Ally said, “are inconsolable and financially unable to cover funeral expenses.” Other family members who live in Guyana lack the money to travel to the U.S. for the funerals, notes the ac- count on GoFundMe. “This family perished in the fire and did not deserve to die like this. They were always so welcoming, treated everyone like family, and always tried their best to put a smile on everyone’s faces,” Ally said. “It is our duty as hu- man beings to give them the same love and care that they shared with everyone,” he added. The funds being raised are not just for the funerals, but also to assist their remaining son and his family. “Salima, also known as Sally was my first cousin, my sister who was a social butterfly, who was selfless, a genuine person, and was always the first one to help in any situation,” Ally recalled. “Her husband was a hard working man who had to stop working due to a disability and who also recently had surgery.” Devon was just 22 years old. “(He) was a smart and sensitive soul who showed care and compassion for all he met and left a last impression on all he met,” said Ally. The goal of the fundraising effort is $60,000. By a StaffWriter Devastated Family Of Queens, NY Fire Victims Raises Funds To Help Those Left Behind Photo:collage from GofundMe @funeral-expenses- for-rajjab-persaud-family Salima Persaud, left, Balo Persaud, top right, and son Devon.