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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

About Houston, Texas (USA)

Reading about Houston in Amitabh Bachchan's blog (Day 103), I'm tempted to add something more on the city from what I know from friends living in Houston:

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, has a population of more than 4 million. Its residents, representing a variety of cultures, contribute to Houston's strong international orientation in the arts, entertainment, commerce, and education. From multi-cultural extravaganzas such as the Houston International Festival and the Houston International Film Festival in the spring to the Italian, Caribbean, Greek, Hispanic, Mediterranean, Egyptian and Indian festivals in the fall, immigrants from all over the world find numerous diversions that remind them of home. The city also offers a broad variety of ethnic cuisines, such as Chinese, Ethiopian, Bangladeshi, Greek, Indonesian, Indian, South American, Japanese, Persian, Mexican and Thai. Between festivals and dining at a favorite ethnic restaurant, the residents also enjoy the traditional performing arts. Houston is a huge city and pretty much conservative, where the family and good old fashion values still remain. It's a city full of nice people. You will rarely find a person that will not hold the door open for you, joke with you in the supermarket line and just be tempted to make small talk. The people are the soul of this city. They have the best attitude among all cities in the U.S.


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