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Editorial Note Welcome to First Edition of Desi Lifestyle Magazine Desi Maxx Media is pleased to introduce and announce the launch of Desi Lifestyle Magazine, the only bilingual lifestyle publication for the Central Valley, California area. Written in both English and Punjabi, this bi-monthly publication targets the South-Asian community, a thriving and growing community which largely populates Fresno & the Central Valley of California. Our effort is to provide a platform that communicates with and connects the community. Desi Maxx Media has a proud history of catering to this target audience. Having successfully published Desi Trucking Magazine for over three years and organized a successful West American Truck Shows, rest assured that you are marketing with a professional and experienced organization. As the South-Asian community in Fresno and the Centre Valley of California is growing at a very fast pace and contributes to almost all areas of businesses, the need of a bilingual platform was felt for some time. The bilingual nature of this platform, in Punjabi and English, can connect the generations and communities by breaking the language barrier. Desi Maxx Media has taken on this challenge and decided to bring forth a professional publication that will cover all aspects of lifestyle, social & cultural activities, health & fitness, beauty, food, shopping, automotive, and business. Initially, there will be 7,000 copies of Desi Life Style Magazine distributed in the Central Valley of California, on a bi-monthly basis. The copies will be delivered at many South-Asian businesses and other high traffic areas, community locations, and can be delivered to your home or business, if requested. Our team realizes that more and more people are shifting to have an online presence. As with our other publications, we are developing a multi-featured, yet user-friendly, website where all content of the magazine will be available in both languages. Aside from the monthly magazine content, the site will be updated weekly with industry news, bulletins, and upcoming events in a variety of formats. Users can access the website via computers, tablets, and even smartphones. Clients will be able to reserve various methods online to promote their products and services. Desi Lifestyle Magazine’s inaugural issue is available at your local businesses in the Central Valley region. If you are interested in becoming involved with Desi Lifestyle Magazine, as a writer, model, or journalist, contact one of our directors. It is our sincere hope that you will appreciate the efforts of our management team for the inaugural issue of this magazine. Feel free to visit our website or follow us on Facebook by searching for Desi Lifestyle Magazine.

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Shruti Tewari Tell us a bit about yourself and about your current profession. What were you doing before you started out on your own? I thrive on creativity and express myself through my writing, acting and dance. Before branching off on my own, I was an investment banker with JP Morgan in New York. When did you start your company? Where? And what motivated you to start it? What was your initial investment? After a couple of years devoted solely to motherhood, I started nurturing my writing and performing interests through local community efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area. I turned professional in 2005 when I started getting paid as an actor. After the exciting, globe-trotting life of a banker in New York, I took a welcome break for about five years to have and raise my two children. I used this time to assess all my options for the years ahead. While there was nothing to beat the monetary success of a Wall Street career, I was quite enjoying my nameless life in a Bay Area suburb reading O’Henry to my kids. It was blissful to discover and uncover new meaning through my kids’ eyes and I decided to commit myself to creative expression. My initial investment was truly the opportunity cost of turning down a corporate career and starting afresh despite my two masters degrees and a decade long financial experience. What have been your achievements, accolades and upturns in your career? I’ve been fortunate in my career as a professional actor for having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. After only two shows, albeit with major theatre groups, I was offered a one-woman show based on Jean Cocteau’s famed La Voix Humaine. Performing that piece, and giving the French cosmopolitan character an Urdu poetry edge, was utterly challenging and incredibly rewarding. And then, quite serendipitously, I met with Imtiaz Ali for an unnamed Bollywood film to be shot in SF. I ended up shooting a nifty little scene with Saif, expected it to be completely edited out and was pleasantly surprised to see it all on the big screen, shaping up as the 2009 blockbuster Love Aajkal. It is truly gratifying to think that my satire “Bibijis and Auntyjis” has been performend in SF, LA and Chicago; my upcoming films “Bicycle Bride” and “Foreign” are flourishing in the festival circuit; my film “Adania” where I played Adania was an opportunity for me to discover the depths of human compassion. I remain grateful for the options that came my way.

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Any downturns, Unusual circumstances, hardships, you have had to face in your profession/business? YES! Aside from personal and familial illnesses, the economic downturn definitely made me revisit my decision to be satisfied with the limited income from a primarily theatre-based acting career. I turned down some nationally touring shows, while I took on some financial consulting assignments and mentoring opportunities in juvenile halls. How do you balance your personal and professional life? How many kids do you have? What are your usual activities with them? Being clear about my goals and priorities helps me find the balance we all seek. My family takes precedence over all else and I do not pursue opportunities that conflict with our time together. Fortunately for me, my children are extremely enthusiastic about my creative pursuits and motivate me to keep going. We enjoy discussing Shakespeare in our lofty Oxford accents, we are Lebron and Kobe shooting hoops, we are quiz masters vying to name the capital of Burkina Faso, and we are villagers from UP sitting cross-legged on the grass eating dal-bhat. My usual activities with the kids run the gamut and are always unusually festive. How do you spend your “Alone” time. Any hobbies, activities, groups you are associated with. Reading. Watching films and plays. Choreography. Working out. Hiking. Biking. Were you working before having children? Have things changed in the way you work today after having children? Yes. Having children has made me more respectful of different approaches to the same end result and I associate greater value to non-verbal communication. I recognize now that most direct conversations are at best first drafts and hence raw, real and unpolished. Written communication comes with the benefit of editing, but sometimes loses its intended emotion. Do you receive understanding from your family as a business woman? If not, how did tackle such situations. Yes. At a big picture level, my family backs me in all my decisions and I recognize that their support is a huge reason for my milestones. At a micro level, conflicts do arise and the understanding that we are all working towards the same goals with each other’s best interests at heart, makes it easier for everyone to work through and find solutions. Leaning on an extended network of friends has also been crucial in such resolutions. What would you recommend to other mothers who want to venture out on their own? Deciding to make time for your venture is half the battle won. Things do fall into place once you commit to your decision. Also helpful is being flexible and realistic with your goals. Have a timeline planned but don’t set harsh deadlines. If the first few steps take longer, the next few may go much quicker and overall it may end up working for you. What do you have in the pipeline for your company’s future development? I have several films in the pipeline and I’m itching to do a stage show. My upcoming films include “Bicycle Bride” “Two Mothers”, “Karma”, “Foreign”, “Adania”, “Sati Shaves her Head” and “Dearly Departed”. Some of these will be at the South Asian Film Festival in Goa, Appalachian International Film Festival in Tennessee, Yes India in New Zealand and Mississippi International Film Festival. Is there any person who has mentored you? Supported you? Every director and casting director I’ve met with and worked with has been instrumental in furthering my education in the business of acting. I am also grateful to the local media that has consistently given me favorable reviews through all my performances. And again, the support of my family has been immeasurable. What/Who has been your inspiration? It is hard to single out because I derive inspiration from every walk of life and every person I meet. Deep down, the desire to keep going or finding new meaning or a new form of expression, comes from my upbringing. My parents have worked tirelessly all through their lives and I’m grateful to them for my work ethic and indefatigable spirit. Did you always know that you would be doing what you are doing today? Not at all! Growing up, I wanted to be a doctor, a tennis star and eventually a politician. I went on to be a banker, an actor, a writer, a mentor and am learning the art of politically correct speech. What’s the secret to your being a SuperMomPreneur? And what’s the best compliment you have received about 8


your career or being a self-professional. SuperMomPreneur is too big a title for me to associate with but I am humbled to think that my story might impact some dreamers out there. I think self-reflection and identifying what one truly wants will help people in whatever they choose. The key is to be true to oneself. As a mainstream actor in the US, I’ve been conscious of my Indian accent that is not suitable for many roles. The best compliment I received was from a local reviewer about my accent: “...and Shruti Tewari, who endows lady-in-waiting Maria with a great sense of playfulness and a genuine Indian accent that gives Shakespeare’s words a delicious resonance.” What projects are you currently working on and what are some of your upcoming releases? 2014 has been a remarkable year for me in terms of the sheer number of projects that I’ve handled and the diversity of roles I had a chance to explore. My first booking came on Jan 1 (I sang Happy New Year to me, all day!) where for the first time I was no longer playing an ethnicity, but simply a character. I was the lead in an experimental film called “PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY”, exploring how we often replace our real memories with those captured on camera. Of course, my most significant project this year was MERA WATTAN, being made to mark the 30th anniversary of the inhumanity against the Sikh community in India. As a schoolgirl, all I could ask was why were my friends so scared and there were no responses, just steely stares. Someone kindly explained that I was too young to understand. 30 years later, I still don’t understand. Either I didn’t grow up, or there simply is no explanation. KHAZANA and WHERE WE GO FROM HERE are a couple of other highlights of my year so far. In KHAZANA (expected to release internationally in 2015), I play the quintessential

desi mother-in-law who manipulates her son to keep a tight leash on her daughter-in-law. Evil as that character was, it was an actor’s dream and I can’t wait for you all to see this incredible film dealing with the subject of abuse against women. The other film (nominated for the Spirit of Freedom award at the Bahamas International Film Festival) has me playing a Pakistani journalist interviewing Edward Snowden. This time, it was my character’s turn to be manipulated, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this international thriller. What do you do when you are not working? Oh that’s easy. I look for sources of inspiration everywhere, in everything. I always have a film narrative building in my head whether I’m cooking, cleaning or playing with my kids. The characters in my head then end up dealing with their inner conflicts through the metaphor of making rotis, wiping dishes or…well, simply laughing. I also enjoy my involvement with a non-profit Each One Reach One, which takes me behind bars to mentor juveniles and help them in a playwriting program. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Certificate of Honor by the City and County of San Francisco for impacting our at-risk youth through the creative arts. Lastly, my latest fascination is Instagram, where I love sharing my nature pictures, mostly of clouds, sunsets and flowers. Any personal ambitions yet to be attained? Many! I’d like to try my hands at directing a feature film, writing a book and setting up a creativity-centric school. Any last words for our readers? Here’s my personal mantra for your readers – Thing Amorphous! Never edit, hold back or reconfigure a thought before you’ve had a chance to express it fully. Thoughts should be free of limitations of shape or structure, hence amorphous.

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The world would have us believe that there are no simple and inexpensive natural beauty tips and tricks. What makes me say that? Well, did you know that the beauty industry is a nearly $300 BILLION dollar empire? And that the average woman spends about $15,00 on just makeup in her lifetime! (source) And according to a UK survey, women will spend well over a year of their life applying that makeup. (source) Ouch. That, of course, says nothing of the toxic chemicals so commonly found (with almost zero regulation) in beauty products. Yep. Seems like the world is telling us that we need to spend lots of time, lots of money, and risk our health to be beautiful. Don’t believe it. 10 Desi Lifestyle 2014

Beauty For starters, let’s get real about the idea of beauty. To me it’s about unmasking the real person, not covering it up. And there are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 10. They are easy. They are all natural. And yet, still luxurious. Enjoy. 1. Banana and Egg Hair Treatment Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it our doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends). And voila! 2. Moisturizing Nail Treatment Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands. 3. Simple Honey Face Mask Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey-awesomeness. This raw honey is awesome, by the way.

your shaving cream. Talk about a simple, natural beauty tip. 9. All Natural Black Head Removal Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. (Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside). 10. Dry Brushing for Better Skin Dry brushing is a simple detoxification process for your body. It stimulates a number of organs through a gently massage. It also helps the lymphatic system, eliminates dead skin coatings, strengthens the immune system, can eliminate cellulite, stimulates the hormones, and can help tighten skin through better circulation. Best of all, it’s cheap and easy. Learn more about dry brushing and how to do it here. Here’s a great skin brush to get you started! Take Care Remember, the best beauty secrets are not quick fixes. They require good sleep, stress management, proper nutrition, and physical exercise. While all these little “gems” above can provide some oomph to your beauty routine, remember that real beauty is a result of taking care (or “thanking”) your body on a daily basis. And by being you. Because you are beautiful. Tell me, what are your “go to” beauty tips?

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo For those who are using commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar (like this) with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner. 5. Elbow and Knee Exfoliate and Skin Brightener Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.) 6. Gentle Body Scrub Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. And this natural beauty tip is much cheaper that expensive store bought body scrubs. 7. Easy Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment Want super soft, hydrated hair? Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage coconut oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it out using shampoo (no need to condition unless you have really long hair and then maybe just the ends.) Note: For you no ‘poo-ers keep in mind that coconut oil will saturate your hair with awesome goodness… that can be really hard to get out with just baking soda and *some* natural shampoos. You may want to try just a little coconut oil on a little section of hair and see if you can get it out before you do this. Otherwise you might have really greasy (but soft!) hair for a few washes. NOT that I’m speaking from personal experience of anything (*cough*). 8. Simple Toxic-Free Shaving Cream Use coconut oil on your legs as a natural replacement for


Health Back pain is the second most common symptom-related reason for clinician related visits in the United States. Up to 80 percent of adults have low back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain has a wide spectrum in terms of presentation and course of illness. Some people get episodes that are self-limited. For others back pain is chronic, recurrent and one that interferes with their employment and quality of life. Risk factors for back pain include smoking, obesity, older age, female gender, physically strenuous work, sedentary work, and psychological factors such as anxiety, depression etc. Lower back is an intricate structure of interconnected and overlapping elements including tendons, muscles and other soft tissues, nerves and nerve roots, small and complex joints and disc spaces with gelatinous inner cores. Any problem or irritation with any of these structures can cause lower back pain that radiates to or is referred to other parts of the body. Identification of the symptoms with accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause of pain is the first step in effective pain relief. Certain causes of lower back pain occur more often in younger individuals( 30-60 year old) versus older adults. Younger adults more commonly have back pain from the disc space or from a back muscle strain or soft tissue strain. Older adults are more likely to have pain related to joint degeneration. If back pain is accompanied by fever and chills, weight loss, leg weakness and loss of control over bowel and bladder it needs immediate medical attention and may be cause by an infection, cancer or other more serious causes which should be evaluated and treated promptly by a physician. Severe or aching pain in the lower back after activity, sudden movement or lifting a heavy object accompanied sometimes by difficulty moving severe enough to prevent walking or even standing can be caused by a strain. A back muscle strain or ligament strain is one of the most common causes of back pain. Lifting a heavy object, twisting or a sudden movement can cause muscles or ligaments to stretch and sometimes develop micro tears. This kind of pain can range in severity from a mild discomfort to severe disabling pain depending on the extent of the injury. Back strain often heals on its won over a period of


6-8 weeks. Also application of heat and cold packs can alleviate the pain. If the pain is severe anti-inflammatory medication especially NSAIDs like ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin, meloxicam etc. and eventually exercise and physical therapy can help the pain. Sciatica is caused by nerve root compression in the lower spine causing pain and numbness to travel along the sciatic nerve causing pain in the legs, buttocks and feet. Sciatica can be caused by many causes including a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and isthmic spondylolisthesis. While older adults can experience pain related to any of the conditions that also affect younger adults as listed above they are more likely to suffer from pain related to degeneration of joints in the spine. Pain caused by osteoarthritis also called degenerative arthritis gradually develops over time. The pain is most pronounced in the morning and evening and can later develop into steadier pain in the lower back and may eventually cause sciatica. Pain in older adults that gets better while bending forwards and is worse on walking and accompanied by leg pain is because of a condition called spinal stenosis. 12 DESI LIFESTYLE 2014

Health Acute back pain mostly resolves on its own. Up to 90 percent patients with back pain get better within 3- 4 weeks. For some patients however pain becomes more chronic and difficult to control. Even in patients in whom pain improves recurrences are common and these people have a course like asthma where mostly their condition is controlled but because of some triggers sometimes the pain flares up. Treatment for lower back pain depends on the type and severity of pain. The vast majority of patients get better within 6 weeks without need for surgery. In the beginning a few days rest is recommended . However resting longer than a few days leads to weakening of the muscles and weak muscles cannot support the spine adequately. Heat and ice packs can both help and patients can use either based on their preference. In general it is better to use ice initially and after 24 hours of pain onset heat may have better results. If pain is severe starting anti-inflammatory medication along with muscle relaxants will help the pain. This should be done after consulting with your physician as these have side effects and may not be advisable if you have other medical issues or problems. Exercise is a key element in the treatment plan for back pain. It is best to get guidance from a physical therapist, chiropractor and formulate a plan. Generally a good program will include stretching and strengthening. The goal of this program should be to build a stronger more flexible spine. This will eventually decrease the frequency of flare ups and help you achieve a better quality of life.

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WEIGHT LOSS We have been fooled by the food industry to believe that the way to lose weight is to eat foods that are labeled as “diet, non-fat, low-fat or sugar free.” We have been lead to believe that all it takes to lose weight is to eat foods that are low in calories and exercise more. Unfortunately none of the low fat, non fat, sugar free or diet foods that the food industry produces are beneficial. And while the real secret to permanent weight loss is a lot simpler than the food industry has lead us to believe, for some people, especially children, the struggle to lose weight is very, very real. When you strip fat from foods, you end up with something that tastes awful. So what does the food industry do? It adds sugar to those foods to enhance the flavor. The result? The obesity rate in the United States is out of control. Two out of every three adults is either overweight or obese. If the diet food industry was effective, we would not have this problem. And we would all be losing weight easily. However today, the average person is consuming 150 pounds of sugar per year. And it’s not only the adults who are suffering. Our children are also being directly affected by our poor choices and lack of education. Adult onset diabetes was renamed to “Type 2 diabetes” because many children as young as 6, are now being diagnosed with it. While this trend to lose weight has become more and more popular, our waistlines have been growing even at a faster rate. I have first-hand experience with weight loss struggles. I had been fit for most of my adult life until after I had my daughter in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, I went from having an okay weight to obese. I could blame the economy. Being an overwhelmed new mom. Or many other things for my weight gain. But the truth of the matter is that what had happened is that I had stopped doing the things that worked. Quite honestly, I was not even aware of what those things were. And it wasn’t until one day in 2010 when I decided to check my blood sugars and discovered that they were in the 220’s, that I KNEW I had to do something, but what? When I became obese, it was extremely difficult to know where to start. I thought that maybe buying foods that were labeled as diet, low-fat or non-fat was best. But all I accomplished was to gain even more weight. Then I thought, well… maybe I need exercise. But quite honestly, going to the gym was a chore in itself and one that I was not very good at. I started to do some more research on food and exercise. I bought an at-home workout program, which was produced by a company called Beachbody®. I followed their meal plan and at the end of the 90-day program, I had lost about 25 pounds. I still had 30 more pounds to lose. It took me only 3 months to get my sugars back to normal. And it took me a total of 14 Desi Lifestyle 2014

14 months to reach my goal. During that time, I learned a lot about what to eat, how often to eat and what to avoid. Things to keep in consideration: Fiber is an important nutrient for our body and an incredible tool for weight loss. Fiber controls how quickly food empties from your stomach, which in turn improves blood sugar control. Fiber prevents an excess of insulin release and aids in weight loss. The secret is to take fiber from natural food sources like vegetables and fruit, and not as a supplement. Because of this, juicing is not recommended as a healthy way to lose weight. When we juice, we remove fiber from the fruit and therefore, our sugar levels increase rapidly. Not only that, but fruit juice has about the same amount of sugar as a can of regular soda. If you want to lose weight effectively, here are a few steps you can take: 1. Keep things simple. If it grows in nature, then it’s safe to eat. If it doesn’t then stay away from it. Buy fresh produce, fish and meats. 2. Avoid everything that is processed. That means avoid foods that come in a box and that are manufactured in a factory. 3. Avoid sugar-free items. Artificial sweeteners still fool our brain into believing that we’re eating something sweet. Our pancreas then starts to produce insulin to counteract. Artificial sweeteners are also linked to type 2 diabetes and obesity. 4. Avoid all types of sugar and educate yourself on the many names of sugar: Dextrose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, date sugar, corn syrup, etc., are all names for sugar. Here is a very good list of names for sugar: 5. Juice and all types of sodas are not healthy. Eat your food and don’t drink your calories. 6. Drink more water. Thirst sometimes disguise itself as hunger. 7. Stay away from non-fat, low-fat foods. Remember that these foods have added sugars in them 8. Never skip meals. Skipping meals cause uneven sugar levels. Starving our body in order to lose weight is not a good idea. Food is fuel. 9. Eat moderately. When you eat real food, you will be less likely to eat more than what you need. 10. Eat often. I eat every 3 hours. Have 3 sensible meals and two or three snacks during the day. It takes planning but it’s doable. Veronica Dowdy is a wife, mom, nutrition researcher, weight loss coach and competitor. If you would like to consult with her, you can go to her blog at or send her a message at

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Bullying: The Menace Faced by Our Children in Schools bulIieMg jW D`kySwhI

by Sudarshan Kapoor, PhD. 18 DESI LIFESTYLE 2014

Social We are celebrating India’s 68th Independence Day in Fresno. It is a time for joyful celebration but it is also a time for all of us to address the challenges that we and our children face in the United States. One of those challenges is the problem of bullying experienced by our children in schools. Hence, this article for your perusal. Bullying is apparently an age old problem. It has been rampant in all societies and cultures. Its presence in our schools is a growing concern for parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders. With all the media coverage about school violence and educational emphasis on safe schools, addressing the problem of bullying in schools deserves our attention, resources and commitment. According to one study 86% of the students said that they turn to lethal violence because of being bullied. Almost the same percentage said that the school shootings are motivated by a desire to get back at those who have hurt them. Some authorities feel that bullying can be categorized as an epidemic in our society. What is Bullying? According to Wikipedia, bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Behavioral Characteristics: Researchers have identified four major behavioral characteristics associated with bullying. These are: • Intentional - Children can hurt other children by accident. Bullying, however, is always intentional and meant to cause some sort of harm, whether it is physical or verbal. This behavior may persist even after the victim has asked the bully to stop. • Repetitive - In most cases, bullying happens repeatedly. Bullies often target children who they know will not do anything about the behavior, so they can continue bullying as long as they like. • Hurtful - Bullying is a negative behavior that may include physical or verbal harm. The types of hurtful behavior that qualify as bullying are varied, but they all cause harm of some sort to the victim. • Imbalance of power - If two children hold an equal amount of power, one cannot bully the other. This imbalance of power can come from different sources, including age, size, strength, and social status. Bullying and Indian children: From time to time, many Indian parents and their children have shared stories of children being bullied in schools, but we do not have a systematic and authentic study on the nature and extent of bullying problem faced by Indian children in schools until recently when the national Sikh Coalition came out with a report on bullying being experienced by Sikh children. Based on the findings of this report and the coverage about the problem in the local press, I wrote an article which appeared in Fresno Bee on April 17, 2014. Below is the article which i would like to share with members of our community. We all must fight bullying of Sikh children, Fresno Bee, April 17, 2014 Recent media coverage (Fresno Bee, 3/13/2014 and 3/30/2014) of bullying of Sikh children in schools has brought the issue under spotlight. Bullying of Sikh children

has been known in the community for quite sometime, but the report released by the Sikh Coalition has heightened the much needed awareness about the harassment, discrimination and prejudice experienced by the Sikh children in our schools. Sikh children who look different because of their attire particularly the male children who wear turban become victims of harassment and ridicule. They wear turban as mandated by their faith. Incidents of violence (bullying) against Sikh children have increased over the years. According to the recent survey conducted by Sikh Coalition, majority of the Sikh children, just over 50% endure school bullying. Over 67% of turbaned Sikh children reported being bullied in schools nationally. To our great chagrin, Fresno came second highest (54.5%) after Indianapolis (55.8%) in terms of Sikh students being bullied in schools. This is quite serious. It reflects sorry state of affairs in our schools. Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are largely responsible for the violence, hate crimes and discrimination against the Sikhs and their children who wear turbans. It is the total ignorance and the mistaken identity about the Sikhs that contribute to misunderstanding, violence and stereotypes experienced by the Sikhs. Sikhs who hail from Punjab, India have lived in the United State more than a century and have contributed significantly to the social, cultural and economic life of our communities. It is the time to acknowledge their contribution and reverse the cycle of discrimination and prejudice. Though some school districts have policies and programs in place for the prevention and reduction of bullying, it is felt that these are not adequate particularly to address the harassment experienced by the Sikh children. We know that bullying is a very complex phenomenon. We also know from our experience what a damage bullying does to the emotional, mental and physical health of the child. It devastates the life of some children. It is estimated that 160,000 children skip school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by bullies. 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied in our schools. It is the time to adopt constructive measures, if not already taken, by our school boards, administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders to address this problem. Here are a few suggestions for consideration: 1. School boards, administrators and teachers in our valley should study the report ‘ GO HOME TERRORIST’- A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American Children. Seven recommendations should be examined carefully for implementation. 2. Anti-bullying policies, programs and procedures, if not developed, be spelled out carefully and shared with parents during the orientation and with advocacy groups. 3. Sikh awareness day celebration should be encouraged on the campuses in the month of November, officially designated month in California. Such celebrations should be part of the diversity celebration plan and will be very appropriate where there is significant Sikh population. 4. In addition, empathy building activities and prejudice reduction workshops and exercises should be considered. This will help in building a culture of peace and acceptance on our school campuses. 5. School boards and administrators should consider recruiting Sikh personnel on their staff. This will help in building bridges of understanding and cooperation with the community. Desi Lifestyle 2014 19

Social 6. Where there is a significant Sikh population, the community should seriously consider electing members to the school Beauty boards and committees in order to influence policies and procedures. 7. A concerted effort by the leaders of the Sikh community along with other community groups and supporters should be

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launched to reach out the MEDIA which plays a major role in shaping up the image of an ethnic group or community and its leaders. Over all, we all have a responsibility in creating safe schools for our children so that they could learn and pursue their dreams to the best of their abilities and without fear and violence

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WHY SO MANY CHINESE CHILDREN WEAR GLASSES? SPARKLY, spotted or Hello Kitty: every colour, theme, shape and size of frame is available at Eyeglass City in Beijing, a four-storey mall crammed only with spectacle shops. Within half an hour a pair of prescription eyeglasses is ready. That is impressive, but then the number of Chinese wearing glasses is rising. Most new adoptees are children. In 1970 fewer than a third of 16- to 18-year-olds were deemed to be short-sighted (meaning that distant objects are blurred). Now nearly four-fifths are, and even more in some urban areas. A fifth of these have “high” myopia, that is, anything beyond 16 centimetres (just over six inches) is unclear. The fastest increase is among primary school children, over 40% of whom are short-sighted, double the rate in 2000. That compares with less than 10% of this age group in America or Germany. The incidence of myopia is high across East Asia, afflicting 80-90% of urban 18-year-olds in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The problem is social rather than genetic. A 2012 study of 15,000 children in the Beijing area found that poor sight was significantly associated with more time spent studying, reading or using electronic devices—along with less time spent outdoors. These habits were more frequently found in higher-income families, says Guo Yin of Beijing Tongren Hospital, that is, those more likely to make their children study intensively. Across East Asia worsening eyesight has taken place alongside a rise in incomes and educational standards. The biggest factor in short-sightedness is a lack of time spent outdoors. Exposure to daylight helps the retina to release a chemical that slows down an increase in the eye’s axial length, which is what most often causes myopia. A combination of not being outdoors and doing lots of work focusing up close (like writing characters or reading) wors22 Desi Lifestyle 2014

cInI BweIcwry dy bhuqy b`cy AYnkW ikauN lwauNdy hn? ens the problem. But if a child has enough time in the open, they can study all they like and their eyesight should not suffer, says Ian Morgan of Australian National University. Yet China and many other East Asian countries do not prize time outdoors. At the age of six, children in China and Australia have similar rates of myopia. Once they start school, Chinese children spend about an hour a day outside, compared with three or four hours for Australian ones. Schoolchildren in China are often made to take a nap after lunch rather than play outside; they then go home to do far more homework than anywhere outside East Asia. The older children in China are, the more they stay indoors—and not because of the country’s notorious pollution. Since poor sight is associated with higher incomes and more schooling, it is less prevalent in rural areas of China. In the countryside a third of primary-school students are myopic, compared with nearly half of urban children, according to the health ministry. But eyesight problems there are somewhat different. Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Programme found that one in six rural children with poor sight do not wear glasses—thanks to a combination of cost, poor eye care in schools and a mistaken belief that wearing glasses weakens eyes further. When Stanford gave thousands of students free glasses, it found being able to see clearly had a higher impact on educational attainment than improving nutrition or the quality of teaching, says the programme’s co-director, Scott Rozelle. Another study reported that giving students free glasses improved test scores by the equivalent of nearly a year’s extra education. Daylight and free glasses are both cheap remedies for a growing national problem. All that is required now is a bit of vision. Courtesy of The Economist

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Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. Change in education was imperative. Education is no longer defined in terms of what a teacher will teach, but rather in terms of what a student will be able to demonstrate. We have moved from an instruction paradigm, in which an instructor transfers knowledge to students, to a learning paradigm, in which a teacher’s role is that of coach. This is “The Common Core,” focusing on developing the critical-thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.

To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the standards.

The Common Core emphasizes: 1. Fewer standards to teach at each grade level in favor of greater depth 2. Literacy skills taught across subject areas 3. Providing content-rich non-fiction and academic language 4. Math standards as an extension of prior learning 5. The integration of math in science and technical subject areas 6. Writing across subjects The slogan of the Common Core is “fewer, higher, deeper” — a smaller number of more rigorous standards with a focus on both understanding and application. Common Core Math is different Arithmetic has usually been taught like it’s a recipe: series of steps, and end up with a result (the that math was some kind of magical black math teacher studying math education enough.” One goal of the Common Core math students better at applying math in science and technology jobs, but one ticularly weak compared with peers The theory is that if students underdo, they’ll be able to apply their skills

Take the raw ingredients (the numbers), follow a answer). In the past, “students had this sense box,” says Dan Meyer, a former high school at Stanford University. “That wasn’t good standards is to make American real life — a skill that’s crucial for at which American students are pararound the world. stand why they do math the way they more flexibly.

Common Core ELA is different The ELA standards emphasize using evidence from texts in writing, and answering text-dependent questions in reading. Students are expected to be fluent in argumentative, explanatory and narrative writing. The biggest difference between a Common Core English classroom and English classes of old may be a shift toward nonfiction and informational texts at increasing levels of complexity. This leads to acquiring “academic” and technical vocabulary. New Assessment With the new standards come new tests. The Common Core-aligned tests for math and English language arts were “field-tested” by around 4 million students in the spring of 2014 in preparation for release in the spring of 2015. The Smarter Balanced test (replacing CST) will be administered by computer. This means results are available more quickly. It also allows for the inclusion of more items that go beyond the standard multiple-choice, such as explaining your thinking. These tests will also be “computer adaptive,” meaning the exact combination of questions varies based on students’ responses. This is supposed to allow the test to give a more precise idea of each student’s strengths and weaknesses. So, our role as teachers is to be a “guide on the side” instead of a “sage on the stage.” The result is a student learning how to learn and discovering knowledge with the coaching guidance of a teacher. Implementing the common standards will help improve classroom practices. So, the collaboration between parents and teachers is needed to ensure that CCSS becomes a vital force for change in the lives of our children. To best support their child’s learning, parents need to be aware of what is being asked of their students and learn strategies to work with them at home. 24 DESI LIFESTYLE 2014


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Pet Corner

KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON With Thanksgiving in the rearview, that means that Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are right around the corner! Keeping your pets safe during the holiday season will likely mean taking a few extra precautions, but you can help keep them happy and healthy by following these basic tips: • Keep foods such as chocolate, bones, and certain nuts out of reach, as they can be dangerous to your dog or cat. • Ribbons and strings and other gift-wrapping supplies might seem like wonderful toys in the eye of your pet, but be sure to keep a close eye so that your pet doesn’t swallow them. Eating items like these can cause serious intestinal problems. Yikes! • Bringing home a Christmas tree and adorning it with decorations is a fun way to get the whole family involved in the holiday festivities. Just be sure that the tree is properly secured in place. This way, if your kitty decides that it’s an intriguing new piece of furniture to climb on, the tree won’t topple over. Glass or plastic ornaments should be kept out of reach, as they can easily become new favorite toys.

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• Tinsel is beautiful, but can be a particular hazard for pets. Sometimes this decoration is just too much to resist and, when eaten, can cause blockages in your pet’s intestine. • Holiday lights and other wiring should be kept out of your pet’s reach, as the cords are easily tangled around a playful pet’s paw or body - and are sometimes used as chew toys... Never leave these lights plugged in with your pet unattended. • Some seasonal plants may do your pet some harm. Fallen pine needles from the Christmas tree in your living room can cause intestinal perforations or blockages if swallowed. Avoid having Mistletoe, Pointsettias, Holly, or Lillies around your pet as well. These plants are toxic to pets and have mild to severe side-effects, including death. • Expecting guests? Make sure all guests understand your pet’s needs. Ask them to keep all medications out of reach of your pets, and to make sure that your pet doesn’t escape through an open door. Gatherings and out-of-the-ordinary commotion can cause your pet to react differently than you would normally expect, so be sure to give him a place to securely retreat (Ex.: a “safe zone” crate, a guest bedroom, etc.), and make sure that they are always wearing a collar and ID tag, in case they do happen to take a long walk around the block.

Whether two- or four-legged, holidays are meant to be enjoyed by ALL! Stay safe and Be Merry!

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Indian Butter Chicken

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons peanut oil 1 kg boneless skinless chicken breast,

Directions: 1. Heat a wok until really hot, add 1 Tbsp oil.

50 g butter

2. Add half the chicken and stir-fry for about 4 minutes or until chicken is a nice colour.

2 teaspoons garam masala

3. Remove to plate.

2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 teaspoons ground coriander

4. Add extra oil and cook remaining chicken.

1 tablespoon grated fresh green ginger

5. Remove from wok.

1/2 teaspoon chili powder (more or less to taste)

6. Reduce heat and add the butter.

cut in large chunks

1 cinnamon stick 6 cardamom pods, bruised 1 (400 g) can tomato puree 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup cream 1 tablespoon lemon juice

7. When melted add all of the spices and stir-fry until fragrant- about 1 minute. 8. Return chicken to wok and stir to coat with the spices. 9. Add the tomato and sugar and simmer for 15 minutes- stir occasionally. 10. Add the yogurt, cream and lem on juice and simmer for 5 min utes or until the sauce thickens a bit. 11. Serve over rice. 12. **This dish can be frozen. After step nine cool completely then store in a zip-lock bag in the freezer. To reheat, thaw in bag in fridge overnight then add contents to saucepan. Reheat gently, then simmer for 8 minutes - add the yoghurt, cream and lemon juice and simmer for 5 more minutes.



10 Top Tourist Attractions in California Redwood National Park The Redwood National Park is much more than tall trees. In this vast parkland of woodlands, rivers and miles of spectacular coastline, visitors can enjoy a wide range of fun outdoor activities. There are several interesting exhibits, guided walks and nature programs on offer at the various visitor centers. Activities include horse riding and mountain biking along well-maintained trails, fishing for salmon and rainbow trout and kayaking down the trickling rivers. Scenic routes through the forest allow visitors to admire the amazing redwood trees, wildlife and waterfalls while a drive along the coastline offers breathtaking views of the ocean and glimpses of gray whales and seabirds.

SeaWorld San Diego Situated in sunny San Diego, SeaWorld is characterized by its theme of marine mammals, daring rides and live shows. Through shows, displays and enclosures people can learn about the world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabit them such as dolphins, killer whales, walruses, penguins and Polar bears. Rides include a flume roller coaster, rafting through the Shipwreck Rapids and a simulated helicopter ride to experience the Wild Arctic. The main attraction however is the Shamu Show, which involves dancing fountains and talented performances by killer whales.

General Sherman General Sherman is a Giant Sequoia located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California. The trees of the Giant Forest are among the largest trees in the world. In fact, if measured by volume, five of the ten largest trees on the planet are located within this forest. With a height of 275 feet the General Sherman tree is the largest of them all. The tree is believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.

Venice Beach Venice Beach is one of Los Angeles, most popular beaches. The sandy three-mile beach here is just one of the attractions. During the summer season and on weekends, the Ocean Front Walk fills up with street performers and people just doing their thing: biking, rollerskating, swimming, sunbathing, and people watching. Muscle Beach is a special area where fanatic bodybuilders pump iron in a public show of strength.

Redwood National Park Set high on top of the Black Mountains, Dante’s View is a terrace that offers stunning views of Death Valley. This unique valley is home to the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin, as well as to the hottest and driest areas in North America. How hot is Death Valley? Well, temperatures in Death Valley’s Furnace Creek once reached a sizzling 134 degrees °F (57 °C). Because temperatures can be so extreme in Death Valley, travelers are advised visit Dante’s View early in the morning, especially during the hottest months of the year.Travelers who visit Dante’s View on a clear day may be able to see Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the contiguous United States, and Mt. Whitney, the highest point. 28 Desi Lifestyle 2014

Travel Disneyland Located in Anaheim, Disneyland is a world-famous amusement park where Walt Disney movies and characters all come to life in a magical, makebelieve kingdom. Featuring thrilling rides, roller coasters, dazzling shows and colorful districts packed with restaurants and shops, Disneyland offers adventure for the whole family. In themed neighborhoods like Main Street, USA, visitors can step back into the early 1900s, visit Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland or meet Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck in Mickey’s Toontown.

Big Sur Coastline Stretching about 90 miles along the Central Coast of California is one of the most scenic driving routes in the world. Known as Big Sur, this stunning coastline covers an area between Carmel and the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Most of the 3 million drivers who visit Big Sur every year travel the popular Highway 1 to admire and photograph some of the country’s most dramatic scenery. Attractions along the route include the historic 40-foot Point Sur Lighthouse, Bixby Bridge, which is one of the world’s tallest single-span bridges, and the splendid, 80-foot McWay Falls plunge directly into the ocean.

Lake Tahoe Created about 2 million years ago during the Ice Age, Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the world. The lake is located along the border between California and Nevada. Surrounded by majestic mountains, this popular tourist attraction offers exciting events and activities all year around. In the winter, the main activities are snow skiing, snowmobile riding, snow-tubing and snowshoeing at one of the ski resorts. From spring to fall, visitors can enjoy a host of water sports and other activities like sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, paddle boating and swimming.

Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in California and the US. Spanning over the San Francisco Bay for more than a mile, this famous landmark is one of the world’s most photographed bridges. The famous red-orange color of the bridge was specifically chosen to make the bridge more easily visible through the thick fog that frequently shrouds the bridge. The splendor of this bridge can be experienced by driving, walking, cycling or participating in a walking tour to learn about the rich history of the bridge.

Tunnel View - Yosemite National Park Located in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central eastern California, Tunnel View is an overlook where visitors can enjoy amazing views of El Capital, Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome and the gorgeous Yosemite Valley. The overlook, which was first built in 1993, was renovated in 2008. Tunnel View is very popular with park visitors, and it attracts between 5,000 and 7,000 visitors a day during the tourist high season. Travelers can find Tunnel View at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel off of Wawona Road.

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Top 5 Personality Traits WOMEN WANT IN A MAN 1. Sense of Humor Being able to laugh at the stresses of this world is a must, according to the women on our panel. You get bonus points if you can make them laugh. Humor tells a woman that you can laugh at—read, handle easily—the many difficulties that life throws at you. 2. Intelligence A worldy, interesting man is a man she likes to show off. Men who are take-charge problem solvers make women feel secure, and men who are always improving are never boring.

3. Passion Why have women always melted for musicians? Because rock stars are passionate in public. Women like displays of passion because they’re not accustomed to seeing them from men. Get passionate about something: kayaking, impressionistic art, barbecuing, or Habitat for Humanity. It’s proof that you care for and about something beyond yourself. 4. Confidence A man who feels secure in his own skin makes the woman he’s with feel secure. By showing you can handle unfamiliar people or situations, you tell the woman in your life that she need not fear, either. 5. Generosity This is more important to women over 35 than it is to those under that age. Generosity, however, doesn’t just mean springing for dinner at a four-star. Your willingness to give your time and lend your ear is what women crave.

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