Foods of India 2017

When?

Saturday June 17, 2017 11:30 AM to 3:30PM

Where?

Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 

4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

What to Expect?

Major restaurants from Lehigh Valley will be showcasing their foods:

[Vendors list: coming soon]

Delicious home cooked food from few Lehigh Valley locals.

Indian Jewelry, Saree, Chudidaar, and other fashion items.

Get Mehndi/Henna on you palms and hands from the finest artists from around Lehigh Valley.

Cultural programs and games for children.

How does it work?

One dollar entree fee per person. Children under 2 are free.

One major change in our format this year is that there is no need to deal with coupons anymore; you pay directly to the vendor. Please bring cash and preferably small bills.

This is a fundraising event

Foods of India is one of IAALV’s popular annual event. We are very excited to continue the trend and present you the same this year. This is also one of our major fundraising event. part of the proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels. The dollars that we raise, help us undertake other projects on your behalf, meet operating expenses, publish our newsletters and also we support other charity organization around the Lehigh Valley by making donations to them.

Direction

Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

Contact

Vendors please visit our Contact Form.

Flyer

FOI Flyer
FOI Flyer

Disclaimer

TBD.

Overcoming Fear and Anxiety in These Trying Times!

Acting As a Catalyst for Reversing the Current Environment of Intolerance into Acceptance!!

Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

There is genuine and valid concern about the discriminatory actions of some who have been emboldened by the current political atmosphere. They have always been among us, but had not expressed their views as openly as they do now. However, America is still very welcoming and most people are good Samaritans keeping the American promise and its greatness alive. One such example is Mr. Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old from Olathe, Kansas who took a bullet in Kansas fatality of an Indian-American.

It is our responsibility to report any discriminatory behavior to appropriate authorities, but it is also our duty to appreciate our friends, colleagues, neighbors, school mates and others who love and respect us – it does not matter what the apparent differences are between us.

We, Indian-Americans need to be the catalyst for this change – reversing the current environment of intolerance into acceptance – and must continue to be inclusive and open-minded and get to know people from all communities around us. We are a fortunate people because we originate in a country that exemplifies the true meaning of unity in diversity. Inherently we know how it is done. Now we need to demonstrate it here.

We will continue to discuss our concerns with the various government bodies so they are aware of our concerns and our contributions. To that effect, I am sharing letters that IAALV Board Member and Legal Counsel Deepak Sharma, Esq. has just sent to Hon. Congressman Charlie Dent and Hon. Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro regarding our concerns seeking a meeting and press conference.

Please ensure that our community members are aware of the actions IAALV has taken to make 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Americans of Indian Descent (irrespective of their affiliations) relevant and safe.

Let us all forge ahead together with a single unified voice as IAALV continually strives for the betterment of the community we serve, and the community at large.

Happy Navaratri, Easter, and Lailat al Miraj! May these Festivities Bring Us All Together Overcoming Bigotry, Intolerance and Hate thus Giving Us a Better Understanding of Our Shared Future and Making the World a Better Place to Live in Harmony!!

Please click on the following link to view the letters sent to our elected officials:

IAALV Letter to Congressman Dent (PDF)

IAALV Letter to Atty. General Shapiro (PDF)

 

Arun Kumar

IAALV President 2017

484-358-2335 (Mobile)

 

Ashim Bhowmick

IAALV Board Chair 2017-18

610-966-5057 (Home)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)

“Get out of my country!”… How to respond?

How do we respond when someone yells ‘Go back to your own country?’

We cannot leave OUR country but we can take some prudent steps to respond!!

 

Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

 

The results and sentiments of our latest election spilled out into the open as witnessed by several racially motivated recent events across the country. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in hate crimes against recent immigrant communities and anti-Semitism. This includes the recent shootings of two Indian-Americans in Kansas resulting in a fatality, shooting of a Sikh Indian-American in a Seattle suburb and the harassment of an Indian-American lady in a PATH train in New Jersey. While this is very un-American, it is indeed part of a populist movement happening here in the US and around the world; such acts are not acceptable in any shape or form.

 

Here is what IAALV (representing & serving 7,000+ Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans) plans to do:

  1. Sign a petition so that our voice is heard: Trump administration condemned the act but did not provide any plans for strict enforcements to curb any such hate crimes in the future. To begin the process, we urge each one of you to sign the following petition:

        https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/indian-engineers-target-hate-crime

  1. Take Gandhiji’s pacifying approach: If you face with such a situation, please do NOT give any attention to provoking further escalation of the situation. Disregarding could prove to be an ego bruising of someone usually angry about our perceived foreignness. Report the incidence to proper authorities and then contact IAALV.

        (IAALV Contacts: Arun Kumar 484-358-2335 or Ashim Bhowmick 610-457-4205)

  1. Let us not look the other way because it is easier to do so: Standing up for what we know is right is not always easy. Let us not ignore nor pretend to ignore what our fellow members and school going children are facing or could be facing. If we do, terrible things could happen.
  2. Our Rights and Obligations: We must continue a course consistent with and upholding our (and IAALV) ideals. We must understand while we have rights, we also have obligations toward OUR country. We are part of the cultural heritage here bringing each of the LV Indian-Americans closer to mainstream.
  3. Meet with Elected Officials: We want to send a few members of Team IAALV to meet our Congressmen and Senators to get their assurance that ‘We the People’ they represent are protected and safe.
  4. Media Relations: IAALV has enjoyed a very good relationship with press/TV for more than three decades. As a result more Lehigh Valley people know about India and our aspirations as LV Indian-Americans. We want to re-strengthen our relationship with the Press and send a positive and unified message with one voice.
  5. Federation of Indian-American Associations: We want to contact and open a dialog with the Federation to see how we can join hands to make things safer for us.

 

Finally my personal appeal to all LV Indian-Americans is to help let us have one voice. If all of us stand together and speak with a unified voice we can project a strong and positive image to change the perception of those who object to our being recent immigrants.

 

All the best as we forge ahead together!

 

Ashim Bhowmick                                                                                                    Arun Kumar

Board Chair, IAALV 2017-18                                                                           President, IAALV 2017

610-966-5057 (Home)                                                                                      484-358-2335 (Mobile)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)

 

India Day Flag Raising on Aug 15th

India’s 70th Independence Day

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

When: Monday, August 15th 2016, Noon – 1:00 pm

Socialize and meet dignitaries 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
Flag Raising Ceremony 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
Light Lunch and socialize 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Allentown City Hall, 435 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101 Tel: (610) 439-5999

All Are Cordially Invited To Join In the Celebration

To pay tribute to the most populous democracy of the modern world!

August 15th, 1947, India became an independent nation.
Seventh largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people.
Home to the over 5000 years ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, and Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and shaped its’ diverse culture.
India is a Federal Constitutional Republic governed under a Parliamentary System consisting of 29 States & 7 Union Territories.
India is a pluralistic, multilingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.
India has general elections every five years.
2014 General Elections for 543 members (8,251 candidates contested) of parliamentary constituencies of India were conducted by the Election Commission, an independent Governmental body. It spanned over 35 days, with voter turnout of 66.38% with 814.5 Million registered voters making it the largest-ever election in the world.

Come join us to salute the Flag of India. For more information, please contact:

Contact: Shikha Sood: events@iaalv.org

Folks, since 1989, The Mayor of City of Allentown has been by us on this day giving the Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans the privilege of hoisting the Indian flag at the Allentown City Hall. Come join us in honoring our birth country in our adopted country.

– Team IAALV

Foods of India 2016

 

Foods of India 2016
Foods of India 2016

What to Expect?

Major restaurants from Lehigh Valley will be showcasing their foods:

  • Aromas of India
  • Bibi’s Grocery
  • Biriyani City
  • Mayuri Indian Cuisine

Delicious home cooked food from few Lehigh Valley locals.

Indian Jewelry, Saree, Chudidaar, and other fashion items.

Get Mehndi/Henna on you palms and hands from the finest artists from around Lehigh Valley.

How does it work?

Pay cash and buy coupons (each coupon is worth $1) at the venue gate to pay to our vendors. We only accept cash at this time. Only food vendors accept tickets. Non food vendors accept cash.

Pictures from our previous foods of India event.

Click here to view.

This is a fundraising event.

Foods of India is one of IAALV’s popular annual event. We are very excited to continue the trend and present you the same this year. This is also one of our major fundraising event. The dollars that we raise, help us undertake other projects on your behalf, meet operating expenses, publish our newsletters and also we support other charity organization around the Lehigh Valley by making donations to them.

Venue.

Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

A letter from the IAALV President

Hi,

I am Aparna and I am the new president of IAALV. As you probably know I have been with the association for the last two years as a Program Manager and also as Program Director. It is with great humility I have accepted this position with the association. I will strive to do my best to the association and also to the community we live in.

To do my best, I will need all the help and support I can get from the Indian community. That is why I am reaching out to you. Me and my newly elected team are open to suggestions to get our association more in the fore front. I know that you have the right ideas and I will work hard to get it implemented should it help in our overall goal.

As of now, IAALV is known for the Diwali, Independence day, Foods of India etc. Our association is a lot more than just those functions. That is the fun side of IAALV. We have a serious side as well. We do a lot of community service in the local area which have gone unnoticed. We have a wing that educates Lehigh Valley prisoners. We provide help to the senior citizens in the valley. We do food drives for the needy. There is plenty more which we do, which we need to bring to the limelight.

What I want to do during my tenure is to get the association’s name out. Not just as an association that does cultural programs, but one that truly works with the local American community. This is where I need help from you. Come and become a part of the association. We here work as a family. We all have full time jobs which we have to take care of, but any help you can give, be it in terms of volunteering or donations or becoming a member of the association will all help. I know it may be asking too much. I understand everyone would love to spend time with their families, which I love to do as well, with my husband and my 5 year old daughter, but being a part of IAALV has given me exposure to so much more that I truly enjoy. I am able to now proudly say that I am a part of a group which does not stop at promoting the Indian culture to our American friends, but also be able to give back to the community that has helped us thrive.

With that being said, I look forward to your help and assistance in any which way you can. You can visit our website at www.iaalv.org to learn more about who we are and what we do and that, will give you an idea as to where you can help!

If you want to know more about how you can help or what is it that we do, send us an email to info@iaalv.org . Let us talk and let us make this association attain its true glory!!!

Aparna
President – IAALV