HOME :: Our Mission is to educate, entertain and invoke critical thinking in creating a cohesive environment to work, socialize and function effectively through the medium of Poetry. Our purpose is to establish a new stream of Pluralism poetry in Urdu and Hindi languages - indeed, it is the 2nd most spoken language in the world. Mike Ghouse, Foundation for Pluralism, Studies in Pluralistic societies


Sunday, November 16, 2014

16th Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations & Mushaera

Let your thanksgiving be a little more meaningful and purposeful this year. If you have been around in Dallas for a while, you would know the "Thanksgiving Celebrations &  Awards Night" a 20 year old tradition we had left off a few years ago. Unlike the large gatherings in the past, we are limiting this to a small gathering of 100 at this time.

Its an evening to appreciate and express our gratitude,  and enjoy the Dinner 
 with people of different faiths, races, and ethnicities with a belief that the more we learn about each other, the less misunderstandings we would have.   If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.  

The event is to benefit America Together Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to building a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.

Master Chef Ali will prepare a special thanksgiving plate that you'll cherish it. Ali is my favorite Chef for 20 plus years in Dallas. You'll enjoy the food.

  • Event: Thanksgiving Dinner 
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014
  • Dinner Theme: Gratitude
  • 07:30 -09:30 Dinner
  • 09:30 - 11:45 Poetry Session in Urdu, Hindi and English languages
  • Place: Spicy Cuisine, Restaurant,
  • Address: 1800 Valley View Ln, Irving, TX 75061
For those who speak Urdu and Hindi languages, a poetry session will be carried out after the dinner.

Website: www.ThanksgivingCelebrations.org
Website: www.AmericaTogetherfoundation.com 


RSVP IS A MUST - EMAIL 
Thanksgivingcelebrations@gmail.com 
It is a must to give a head count to the Chef.

 Please order your table or individual place at Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/thanksgiving-dinner-mushaera-tickets-13695612947?aff=efbevent


Sponsorships:  Table of 10 $500 or $1000 | Individual donations $20/$50
It's a non-profit org
 They are tax deductible under Non-profit Organization 501 (3) (c) - America Together Foundation. 



  Thank you
Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916 text/talk

Kavya Goshti in Dallas - Hindi Poetry Session

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - The Hindi Committee organized a Kavya Goshti in Dallas at the DFW Hindu Temple on the occasion of Diwali Celebrations at the Temple.

About 15 of us recited our poetry. Between the Urdu poets and Hindi Poets in Dallas, life could not be better. The title of my poem was " A mera dharam kahan tha" the poetry is written in a way to make it more Hindi-ized or Urdu-ized, and I have done it both ways. It was a joy to hear good poetry, and two of the poets recited humor poetry and that was incredible.


Kavi Jain Chaudhry wrote poetry about his office environment that he relished after four years - when he took his kids there. I have asked him to join us at thanksgiving Dinner on 11/22/14 and recited that poetry. Details at www.ThanksgivingCelebrations.org
Title of my poem: A Mera Dharam Kahan tha

Dosto, es kavita may aap ek pursh ke anek paap ke roop dekheingey, parantu, kuch log, blame us ke dharm pay lagate hain. Her ek ka dharam us ke maa ke samaan hota hai. Paap Manush karta hai, dharm kabhi bhi a shikhsha nahin deta.

Dharam koi cheez nahin hai jis ko goli maar di jaye, pitayee ki jaye, a phansi ke phande pay lagaye jaye. Ilzaam usi pay lagao jis nay Jurm kiya hai, es say samaj may wapas shanti aajati hai…

Misaal ke tor pay,agar koi rapist aap ke mohallay may ghus aaya to sub ke sab parehshan hotay hain, jab tak us ko pakda na jaye, ashanti barkarar rahegi, agar hum kutton ki tarah us ke Parivar, dharam ya jati ki taraf bhokein gay, kuch honay wala nahin hai. Isi tarah, aatank wadi ko pakdo, salay ki pitayee karo, ya dafa 420 ki tehet us ko saza do to baat banti hai.

My nay chori ki wave-haar may
Dhoka diya doston ko;
A mera apna charitar tha,
a mera dharam kahan tha?
My nay patni say bewafayee ki
aur girl friends say bhi;
A mera apna hi paap tha,
a mera dharam kahan tha?
Ganga jal say paap dhoye,
Hajj say Gunah bhi saaf kiye;
Ji, my waisay ka waisa hi raha
a mera dharam kahan tha?
My aatank wadi bhi bana,
Allahu Akbar bhi kaha
A mazhab nay kab sikhaya tha,
a mera dharam kahan tha?
My nay babri masjid ko toda
Raam ka naam bhi liya;
A kisi ka dharam kahan tha,
a mera dharam kahan tha?
My nay shiaoon ko, Hinduoon ko/ Ahmadiyon ko,
aur Maseehhon ko takleefien di;
Mardood my, kalank Sunni pay tha,
a mera dharam kahan tha?
Gar ilzaam lagana to lagao mujh per
saza do mujh ko,
a ayeb mera zaati tha,
a mera dharam kahan tha?
Samaj my nyaye ho
to Shanti bhi, pragati bhi;
Chora Chor ko, budnaam dharam ko kiya tha
a mera dharam kahan tha?
Thakna mere kaam nahin hai
My unhee samjhata his rahoonga sahir
My nay jo bhi kiya, o mera kiya tha
a mera dharam kahan tha?
Dhanyawaad

Mike Ghouse Sahir
www.MikeGhouse.net




Friday, October 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Mushaera

Let your thanksgiving be a little more meaningful and purposeful this year. If you have been around Dallas for a while, you would know the "Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night" a 15 year old tradition we had left off a few years ago. Unlike the large gatherings in the past, we are limiting this to 200 as a re-start. Its an evening to appreciate, express our gratitude and enjoy the Dinner.



The event is to benefit America Together Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to building a cohesive America by bringing Americans of different faiths, races, and ethnicities together with a belief that the more we learn about each other, the less misunderstandings we would have. 


Master Chef Ali will prepare a special thanksgiving plate that you'll cherish it. Ali is my favorites Chefs for 20 plus years in Dallas. You'll enjoy the food.

For those who speak Urdu and Hindi languages, a poetry session will be carried out after the dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner Mushaera
Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:30 -11:30 - be on time.
Spicy Cuisine, Restaurant,
1800 Valley View Ln, Irving, TX 75061

Dinner event regular $20/person
Dinner event VIP $50/person
Donations appreciated, it's a non-profit org
Dinner Theme: Gratitude
 

Please click the following link to order your ticket from eventbrite by 11/20/22 for better planning. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/thanksgiving-dinner-mushaera-tickets-13695612947

No last minute purchases, let's plan and plan it well.
 
It's a volunteer based effort and let's honor each others time.

Sponsorships are invited.  

Donations are tax deductible under Non-profit Organization 501 (3) (c) - America Together Foundation. Please visit www.AmericaTogetherFoundation.com



NOTE TO OUR POETS:


Thanksgiving Mushaera - reflecting on the theme of gratitude from God to family, friends, employers... customers, clients, patients, doctors, nurses, janitors, workers....men and women in the blue or even strangers who have done good...to create a better communities.
Poets are invited to recite their poetry, and must submit their poem to UrduHindinet@gmail.com by 11/11/14 in Urdu, Hindi or English language to be included in the program. Please include a 100 word introduction in your own words.

Thank you
mike

Mike Ghouse

(214) 325-1916 text/talk

Urdu Mushaera in Irving with Munawar Rana, Sunil Jogi and many more poets


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Mushaera

Let your thanksgiving be a little more meaningful and purposeful this year. If you have been around Dallas for a while, you would know the "Thanksgiving Celebrations & Awards Night" a 15 year old tradition we had left off a few years ago. Unlike the large gatherings in the past, we are limiting this to 200 as a re-start. Its an evening to appreciate, express our gratitude and enjoy the Dinner.

The event is to benefit America Together Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to building a cohesive America by bringing Americans of different faiths, races, and ethnicities together with a belief that the more we learn about each other, the less misunderstandings we would have.

For those who speak Urdu and Hindi languages, a poetry session will be carried out after the dinner.

 
Thanksgiving Dinner Mushaera 
Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:30 -11:30 - be on time.
Dinner event -Regular donation $20/person

Dinner event -VIP donation $50/person
Non-Profit Organization

Dinner Theme:  Gratitude

Please click the following link to order your ticket from eventbrite by 11/20/22 for better planning. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/thanksgiving-dinner-mushaera-tickets-13695612947

No last minute purchases, let's plan and plan it well.
 

It's a volunteer based effort and let's honor each others time.

Sponsorships are invited.  

Donations are tax deductible under Non-profit Organization 501 (3) (c) - America Together Foundation. Please visit www.AmericaTogetherFoundation.com




NOTE TO OUR POETS:


Thanksgiving Mushaera - reflecting on the theme of gratitude from God to family, friends, employers... customers, clients, patients, doctors, nurses, janitors, workers....men and women in the blue or even strangers who have done good...to create a better communities.

Poets are invited to recite their poetry, and must submit their poem to UrduHindinet@gmail.com by 11/11/14 in Urdu, Hindi or English language to be included in the program. Please include a 100 word introduction in your own words.

Thank you
mike

Mike Ghouse

(214) 325-1916 text/talk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Louisville Mushaera - Kavi Sammelan with Munawwar Rana, Dr. Sunil Jogi and Archana Panda

Mushaera and Hasiya Kavi Sammelan

Time: Sunday, September 14, 2014 @7:30 PM (On Time) 
Place: Ramada Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40299

Tea and refreshment provided | no Dinner.
Website: www.UrduHindi.net

Purchase your tickets

Biggest Names in Urdu Hindi Poetry
You'll laugh with Dr. Sunil Jogi, pause and reflect about a woman’s life from cradle to grave with Archana Panda and feel good and tender with Munawwar Rana's poetry on Maa and life in general. We hope, you will walk out of the hall with joy and feel good about yourselves as it will prove to be a motivational and a memorable evening. Please make sure your friends don’t miss this

Contact:
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
Avinash Goel (502) 228-3738
Yasmeen Sardar (502) 819-6814
Ankit Sheth (502) 592-4661
Dr. Ibrahim Syed (502) 423-1988
Nutan Arora (469) 360-2597
Noor Amrohvi (972) 859-0647
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916 

Posters



 





Sponsors and volunteers are invited to participate

Grand Sponsors: Juneja FLP, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Dr. Asad Ismail
Refreshments by Masala Grill

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Indians and Pakistanis Together in Louisville

America Together Foundation is pleased to present a Poetry Session in Urdu-Hindi Language(s) in Louisville, Kentucky with two of the biggest names in Urdu-Hindi poetry.
Event: Mushaera and Hasiya Kavi Sammelan
Date: 7:30 – 11:30 PM on Sunday, September 14, 2014
Place: Ramada Plaza, 9700 Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40299


Poets:
Munawwar Rana - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLppmKvZQSA
Dr. Sunil Jogi - http://drsuniljogi.com/
Archana Panda - http://archanapanda.com
Sponsors and volunteers are invited to participate
Tickets:
VIP $50 | Regular $20 | Student with ID $15
Tickets Purchase at http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/
or Call (214) 325-1916
Contact:
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
Avinash Goel (502) 228-3738
Yasmeen Sardar (502) 819-6814
Ankit Sheth (502) 592-4661
Dr. Ibrahim Syed (502) 423-1988

Nutan Arora (469) 360-2597
Noor Amrohvi (972) 859-0647
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916 


We are pleased to have Munawwar Rana accept our invitation to be here in Kentucky, he is one of the most sought after poetry reciters in the world, his famous poetry on Mother holds the audience together on common ground.
Dr. Sunil Jogi is one of the biggest names in Hindi Hasiya (Humor) poetry in India, and is difficult to make an appointment with him; we are pleased that he accepted the invitation.
Arachna Panda specialized in poetry about Women in Desi Culture, all of us can relate with how a woman is treated with dignity as well as no-dignity.
Our Mission at America Together foundation is to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other; we have a program to bring about a positive change. All of it is at www.AmericaTogetherfoundation.com andwww.StandingupforOthers.com

We hope to bring the Urdu-Hindi speaking people from India, Pakistan and the diaspora together to enjoy the poetry, a part of our culture that binds us.

You can donate at: http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/
The organizer Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and writer on pluralism in culture, religion, politics, gender, food and work places. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Louisville kavi Sammelan and Urdu Mushaera on Sunday, September 14, 2014

Urdu/Hindi speaking people of Louisville, Kentucky
Website updates www.UrduHindi.net


Kavi Sammelan/ Mushaera with Two Big Names poets
7:00 – 11:00 PM Sunday evening,
September 14, 2014
Tea and Snacks
Location will be announced shortly

BIG NAMES IN POETRY:
Dr. Sunil Jogi (Hindi) - http://drsuniljogi.com/
Dr. Archana Panda (Hindi)  http://archanapanda.com/
Sponsorship is requested
Grand Sponsor $2,000
Gold Sponsors $1,000
Sponsor $500
Tickets
$100 VIP and $20 General
Students with ID $15.00
Available  www.meraticket.com
Thank you
mike

Mike Ghouse

(214) 325-1916 text/talk
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Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. All about him is listed in several links at www.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at www.TheGhousediary.com and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Urdu Ghar Louisville, Kentucky

URDU GHAR LOUISVILLE
www.UrduHindi.net

Each one of us is deeply attached to our culture, and as such we are always pulled towards it. One of the many cultural manifestations is through the language, whatever that language may be. We are home in the language that has been a major part of our childhood and adolescence.

I am sure your attachment to your language is expressed in many ways. Mine is done by scribbling something or the other in Urdu while I am on the phone or just between holds on the phone, usually poetry and sometimes even my speech in English, but in Urdu script.  I have figured out how to write in typical Indian/Pakistani, Persian and Arabic style of letters.   I still do my math, additions, subtractions, divisions and multiplications in Urdu pahaday.
There was a craving to be affiliated with the linguistic gatherings. Thank God for the International Hindi Association, a fine organization and I became a life member, and also a life member of Mallige Kannada Sangha (Kannada Language). We always had an organization called Bazm-e-Urdu in Dallas, but it merely focused on Mushaeray and not on sit-down exchanges nor did it have membership as an expression of belonging.

The tishinagi (thirst) finally saw fulfillment when I joined Urdu Ghar in Dallas, started and run by Dr. Amer Suleman. What is greater is, it is an inclusive informal organization where Urdu Speaking Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and others come together to speak, read, write and listen to in Urdu, more will be joining as we go further.

It’s a social gathering with Urdu as a common denominator. Thanks to Yasmeen’s friends in Louisville, Kentucky.  About 12 of us started our first gathering on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, and we hope to carry this once a month at different homes or at our home.

Dr. Amer Suleman has set a few good standards, and we will follow the same culture– it is all about freedom,  and started by reading the same Rahnuma Usools (guiding principles).  We request an RSVP in advance so that the host (take turns) can plan on arranging tea, snacks, fruits or veggies and refreshments or it can be shared.  No dinner and no mehman-pleasing-cooking, as it is not viable in the long haul. The simpler the gatherings, the sustainable they become.

Let’s plan on meeting on Wednesday, August 27 at our house in Jeffersonville or its open to be hosted by any one. You can text me your RSVP to (214) 325-1916 and let's be sensitive to our hosts. We will meet on time at 7:00 PM and close the meeting on time at 9:30 PM (less than desi movie).  Let this social gathering be a joy and respectful of every one's time, otherwise it becomes  a burden.  







Monday, June 2, 2014

Urdu Hindi Mushaera on Saturday, June 21, 2014

II ANNUAL MUSHAERA  
Urdu-Hindi Poetry Session (Mushaera/ Kavi Sammelan)
Website: www.UrduHindi.Net
30 PICTURES AT - https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeghouse/sets/72157645331079895/
Saturday June 21  
Dinner buffet 7:30-8:30 & Program follows dinner
Shamiana Restaurant, 1301 Custer Road, Plano, TX 75075
$15/person Entrance, includes Dinner 
Website: www.UrduHindi.Net
RSVP to: UrduHindiNet@gmail.com
Text RSVP to (214) 325-1916
Exclusive Media - Fun Asia Radio


PROGRAM


Sadr –e- Mehfil – Dr. Amer Suleman
Muntazim - Shazia Khan
Panelists - O S Modgil and Mike Ghouse
Guest Speakers - AG Chini 
Organized  by Foundation for Pluralism

THANK YOU
Javed & Irum Gill - for taking care of all the arrangements
Bakhtavear Gill - for taking care of perfect sound system
Irfan Ali Saheb - for the encouragement
FunAsia – Shabnam Modgil for the announcements on the radio

Thanks to all our poets and friends, we started the program right on time at 9:00 and finished it by 12:00.

ENCOURAGEMENT
            
 Besides the will, it is money that is important to do any program. Thanks for Dr. Amer Suleman, Javed Rashid and Javed Samuel Gill and myself for contributing the initial funding.  We actually collected $735 and paid out $850.00 with a deficit of $115.00. We hope someone will make it up.
 
          
PROGRAM  
07:30  Dinner

09:00 Program Opens  

            Mike shares thoughts about Pluralism
            Dr. Amer Suleman shares adab-e-mushaera
            Os Modgil shares about the program in general
 
09:30  Shazia Khan opens the Mushaera
             Senior Most Poet recites his poetry at the very end.
             All the Dallas Poets were invited, due to conflicts 13 of us made it.
  1. Mike Ghouse 
  2. Rehmat Raza 
  3. Esther Williams 
  4. Javed Rashid 
  5. Shah Alam Siddiqi 
  6. Zohra Chisti 
  7. Naheed Shad 
  8. Farhan Syed 
  9. Syed Umar Khalid 
  10. Dr.Qaisar Abbas 
  11. Saeed Qureshi 
  12. Tariq Hashmi 
  13. Yunus Ijaz

12:00 Session ends

PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE BY CREDIT CARD
Tax deductible -
http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/



OUR CULTURE: We have to take pride in our culture, and we have a great culture. Please respect every one’s time and be there on time – Dinner is from 7:30-8:30 PM and the program begins right after that. We will improve in a few more events.
BONUS POETRY:  if you could write a poem on pluralism – that is respecting the otherness of others be it other faiths, culture, cuisine, festivities, politics, nationality, politics, gender etc – where you acknowledge the difference with dignity and respect. You get to recite a bonus poem in the first session in addition to your regular poem.  We need to review the poem before 14th; you can call me or OS Modgil about the guidelines.

COMMUNICATIONS: If you wish to be informed about the future events, please register your name to receive emails at the top right corner of this site.


OUR MISSION:  Our Mission is to educate, entertain and invoke critical thinking in creating a cohesive environment to work, socialize and function effectively through the medium of Poetry. Our purpose is to establish a new stream of Pluralism poetry in Urdu and Hindi languages that is understood by nearly a billion people


Thank you.
Contact:

Irfan Ali (940) 565-1723
Javed Samuell Gill (214) 315-5253
Anand Amarnani (214) 499-2663
Yunus Ijaz (469) 348-4353
Saeed Qureshi (214) 493-3359
Shazia Khan (972) 948-1965
OS Modgil (214) 934-3438
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916

Sponsorships and donations are tax deductible. 501 (3) (c)
Checks to be made to America together Foundation

Mike Ghouse
America Together foundation
2665 Villa Creek Dr, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75234

Friday, May 30, 2014

Urdu Hindi Mushaera in Dallas on June 21, 2014

((((((((((((((( MUSHAERA WILL START ON TIME ))))))))))))))
Dinner buffet 7:30-8:30 & Program begins right after that
This site is www.UrduHindi.Net

Urdu-Hindi Poetry Session (Mushaera/ Kavi Sammelan)
Saturday June 21 7:30 PM -1:00 AM  Mushaera

Shamiana Restaurant
1301 Custer Road, Plano, Tx 75075
$15/person - Dinner Buffet ends at 9 PM

It would be usual Mushaera. One poem per poet in the first session.
Must register before 6/14 to schedule on this list.
email to Urduhindinet@gmail.com

However, if you can write a poem focusing on Pluralism, i.e., respect for other faiths, cultures, races, gender and nationalities, acknowledging the differences respectfully and making pathways to live in harmony, you will get to read two poems, at this time, OS Modgil and I will review the poems, please submit by 6/14 be included.

Contact:
Irfan Ali (940) 565-1723
Javed Gill (214) 315-5253
Yunus Ijaz (469) 348-4353
Saeed Qureshi (214) 493-3359
Shazia Khan (972) 948-1965
Anand Punjabi (214) 499-2663
OS Modgil (214) 934-3438
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916

Sponsorships and donations are tax deductible. 501 (3) (c)
Checks to be made to America together Foundation

Mike Ghouse
America Together foundation
2665 Villa Creek Dr, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75234