Book by Chicago community leader Usha Kamaria released at high-profile event

from left to right: Usha Kumaria Mayor, George Van Dusen, Honorable Sumitra Mahajan, India’s Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. PHOTO: J.K

A book written by Usha Kamaria, an influential Indian-American community leader in Chicagoland, an  entrepreneur, and former politician, was launched recently at a high-profile event that featured India’s former Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, and Skokie, Illinois Mayor George Van Dusen. The event was held at the Holiday Inn in Skokie, Illinois, located on Touhy Ave.

Entitled, “The Pathfinder,” Kamaria’s book is a memoir that  traces her journey, beginning from her Indian roots and culminating in her role as a respected community activist and a beacon of empowerment, especially for women.

Sumitra Mahajan, India’s Former Speaker of the House, delivering a keynote address to the Indian American community at recent launch of ‘The Pathfinder’ by Usha Kamaria. PHOTO: J.K.

Her narrative displays her strength and resilience, commitment to community service, and the relentless pursuit of a unique path in life. And it transcends borders as it does so.

Usha Kamaria addressing the gathering at her book launch for “The Pathfinder” held recently in Skokie, Ill. PHOTO: J.K.

According to a press release, “The Pathfinder” promises to be a guiding light for readers from all walks of life, as it traces this Indian American woman’s journey as a young immigrant from India to the United States at the age of 19, coupled with her tireless community work and successful political career, and the significance of giving back to the community— “a true embodiment of the American Dream.”

The event was attended by distinguished leaders of the Indian American Community, with a special focus on the Indian Community of Niles Township. Representatives from notable  organizations such as the Federation Indians Associations Chicago, established in 1980, the Gandhi Memorial Foundation of Chicago, the Hindi Lover’s Club, and United Senior Pariwar Chicago were among the guests.

From left, Sumitra Mahajan, India’s Former Speaker of the House Iftekhar Shareef, Dr. Rashmi C Patel, Bhailal M Patel, Bhagu Patel, Jatinder Bedi at the book launch of Usha Kamaria recently in Skokie, Ill. PHOTO: J.K.

Former Speaker Mahajan, known for her commitment to women’s empowerment, delivered the keynote speech. She emphasized the tremendous potential women hold to achieve their goals when they set their minds to it. Her theme, “women can do it and win it,” resonated with the audience, emphasizing the role women play and the potential they possess to achieve greatness.

She also highlighted Kamaria’s impressive list of accomplishments as an Indian community leader, celebrating her dedication to progress and equality.

Mayor Van Dusen shared his thoughts on the importance of community involvement and leadership. He commended Kamaria’s life journey, beginning as it did in the heart of Skokie, and praised her role as the co-founder (alongside her husband) of the Gandhi Memorial Trust Fund. He underlined the enduring impact of the Gandhi statue, serving as a daily reminder of Gandhi’s message of peace and non-violence.

Kamaria expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all those present who had supported her and played a pivotal role in making her book a reality. She extended special thanks to Mayor Van Dusen, who she said, had been a constant source of support for over three decades, underscoring their enduring friendship. She thanked Mahajan, who had traveled all the way from India to inaugurate her book—a gesture that touched her deeply, she said.

For those who missed this event, the recording of the book launch celebration is available on YouTube at



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