romoting peace and harmony through his passion for food and poetry

Assistant District Governor 2014-17 
President, Rotary Club of Hicksville South 2013-14
Charter President, Hyderabadi Cultural Association
Board Member, One World Under God
Advisor, INOC Telangana Chapter
Co-Chair District Literacy 2014-16
Chair, Humanitarian Projects
Chair, Food for Hunger Program
Cook Book Author



Raza Mir grew up in Hyderabad, Prof. Raza Mir grew up in Hyderabad, India, is a graduate of  Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a PhD from University of Massachusetts. He teaches management at William Paterson University, USA.   He is the author of two books -The Taste of Words: An Introduction to Urdu Poetry and Ghalib: A Thousand Desires. In addition, he co-authored with Prof Hussain Mir “Anthems of Resistance: A Celebration of Progressive Urdu Poetry and 


Aleya Jung who grew up in Bombay, India,  is from a long line of artists and writers
His Grandfather Hoshyar Jung was a well known writer and was employed in the royal court of the last Nizam of Hyderabad. Aleya's father, Madhosh Bilgrami was also a well known Urdu poet and wrote for many Hindi Films, while his aunt Anees Jung worked at the Times Of India and is a published author - Unveiling India, Penguin. Aleya writes in English and dabbles in Acting. 

Aleya's short films include:
  • Ms. Marvel Crushed (8 minute short available on YOUTUBE) 
  • "Aloo" 30  minute short- coming of age teenage angst, first generation immigrant -Lead role
  • "Happy"  Short - Iranian immigrants coming to America and dealing with  their clinically  depressed child - Lead role 
  • 2 add films, Soylent energy drink and the other immigration Lawyer