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Atlanta’s Premier South Asian Newspaper November 2017 Three-Year-Old Sherin Laid To Rest; Father Arrested

Sherin Mathews, a three-yearold Indian girl who was found dead in a ditch after being reported missing by her adopted father, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony, family attorneys said. Sherin's body was found in the culvert under a road about one mile from her home in suburban Dallas on October 22. Her parents, Sini and Wesley Mathews, adopted her in June 2016 from Bihar. The girl's mother was in attendance along with close family and friends. Sherin's 37-year-old father initially told police that she disappeared when he made her stand in a lane behind their house in Richardson city at 3 a.m. on October 7 as punishment for not drinking milk. But after the girl's body was discovered, the father admitted that the child choked while he was making her drink milk and died in their home in Texas. Wesley Mathews was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child. He is still in Dallas County jail on a $1 million bond. Sini Mathews, who told police that she was sleeping when the child was sent out, was not charged. The police took Mathews' biological fouryear-old daughter into state custody after the incident.

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Indian-American Elected NJ Town Mayor Despite Anti-Sikh Propaganda New York: (IANS) Two Indian American candidates have overcome bigoted propaganda to win local elections in New Jersey - one of them as the Mayor of Hoboken. Ravi Bhalla was elected in Tuesday's elections as the first Sikh Mayor of the town that is a suburb of New York City. A lawyer, who was a member of the city council, Bhalla was the target of an anti-Sikh campaign pamphlet that said "Don't let TERRORISM take over our town!" next to a picture of the turbaned candidate. Falguni Patel was elected to the Edison Township School Board. She and a Chinese American candidate, Jerry Shi, were targeted in mailings that said that they should both be deported and that "Chinese and Indians are taking over our town". Bhalla and Patel were born in the United States. The candidates received wide support and their election rivals condemned bigoted pamphlets.

The pamphlets against Bhalla were sent in the name of a rival candidate, who denied any involvement in it and called for a criminal investigation. The postcards targeting Patel and Shi were sent anonymously. "We won't let hate win," Bhalla tweeted after the pamphlets were circulated. Many New Jersey Indian Americans are active in politics and have emerged as an influential voting bloc sought after by candidates. The winner in the governor's race, Democrat Phil Murphy, was a favourite of Indian Americans who held a rally for him on Monday in Edison. He will succeed Chris Christie, a Republican close to President Donald Trump who could not run for re-election as governors are limited to two terms in the state. Several Indian American candidates ran for local offices like school board, local council and borough councils, which are the springboard for higher positions, and many of them won. The state has only one Indian American in the State Assembly, Raj Mukherji, who was elected in 2014 from Jersey City.

US States Pursue Indian Billionaire For Fixing Drug Prices

Atlanta, GA: Attorneys general from 45 US states recently targeted Satish Mehta, the Indian billionaire CEO of Emsure Pharmaceuticals and Rajiv Malik, the president of generic drug giant Mylan, the latest in the three-year civil investigation of price-fixing in the generic pharmaceuticals industry, reports Forbes.com. Both Mehta and Malik are the first executives at major companies to be targeted by the civil drug-pricing probe. According to the state attorneys general, Mehta "took active steps to facilitate an illegal conspiracy" by personally reaching out to Malik at Mylan to push forward discussions that involved fixing prices for antibiotic doxycycline hyclate delayed release.” The states’ price fixing litigation is being pursued in federal court in Philadelphia and led by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who claims that 18 drug manufacturers conspired to fix prices and allocate customers

as part of an “overarching industry code of con- been going on at the same time as a federal criminal duct” that divided the market for certain generic investigation, which resulted in the convictions earlidrugs through agreements that determined market er this year of former Heritage Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Glazer and former Heritage President Jason Malek. Heritage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emcure. In addition to Mylan and Heritage, the states initially sued Teva Pharmaceuticals, Citron Pharma, Mayne Pharma and Aurobindo Pharmaceuticals, claiming they illegally conspired to fix prices of two drugs, antibiotic doxycycline hyclate delayed release and oral diabetes mediRajiv Malik (left) and Satish Mehta. cation glyburide. Now, the states are share. But the drug companies have been fighting also targeting companies like Lannett, Dr. Reddy’s the allegations. Laboratories, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Sun PharMylan, in a statement issued on October 31, maceutical Industries, and units of Endo International said it has deep faith in the integrity of its presi- and Novartis, alleging illegal pricing of drugs used dent, Rajiv Malik, and stands behind him fully.” to treat glaucoma, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, lung The expanding civil price-fixing probe has problems and other conditions.

Free Copy Sikh Teen Beaten; Kin Call It Hate Crime

Washington: (IANS) A 14-year-old Sikh boy was beaten up by a classmate, with his father claiming that he victim was targeted as he is of Indian descent, the media reported. The incident happened on October 26 less than a block from Kentridge High School in Kent city, where both the boys are students, KIRO-TV reported. In the clip that was posted on mobile application Snapchat, a teenage boy followed the victim and punched him, knocking him to the ground. The victim was punched several more times as he tried to protect his head and crawl away. The victim father said he felt pain each time he looked at the video. “I am feeling so, so bad because this happened with my son. They beat him from the backside and hurt him too much. “This is a very big thing for me, here in America … I can’t explain or myself how I am feeling,” said the 14-year-old’s father, who declined to be identified. The family said the incident exposed racial divisions in the city. However, school officials said the attack was not religiously or racially motivated, but was instead a continuation of an earlier classroom dispute. The victim’s parents denied that, saying their son didn’t even know his attacker’s name. “He never interacted with this guy. He never know his name,” said the victim’s father. Calls and messages from people in the region poured in expressing outrage about the incident. The Kent area is home to many Sikhs. The family said it wants peace for them and everyone. “I don’t want to see this again happen with my son or anyone else. I don’t want to see this,” the boy’s father said. A Facebook thread about the incident generated more than 40 comments from parents and community members who said the teen who beat up the boy needs to be held accountable and people everywhere need to stand up to injustice.


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Spectacular 16th Annual Global Mela Kicks Off Festive Season

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Atlanta, GA: The 16th Annual Global Mela was hosted by Global Mall in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. The spectacular two-day fun-filled family carnival attracted over 18,000 people to the Global Mall. The Mela has become the largest free carnival event for the South Asian community in the Southeast, with 60 booth vendors from all over the Southeast and 30 retail and service stores located inside the Global Mall. It continues to grow and get bigger and better with each passing year! This year the Global Mall team introduced new attractions like a 40-foot cricket batting cage, added more activities like day-long Health and Wellness workshops and brought in 20 more booth vendors! The 2-day event was kicked off with a warm welcome from the owner of Global Mall and host of Global Mela, Shiv Aggarwal, his family members and emcee Kiran Sethi with Xtrahotdjs Entertainment and Marigold Invites. A number of community dignitaries joined Aggarwal and his family in a Lord Ganesh prayer and a lamp lighting ceremony by Sadhana Mandir’s pundit Acharya Ved Joshi. The dignitary guests included Deputy Consulate General of India in Atlanta, D.V. Singh, Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson, the Gwinnett Village CID Executive Director Marsha Bomar, Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard, Executive Director of the Lilburn CID, Emory Morsberger, Mrs. India International 2012 winner Shaveta Jain; 2017 Georgia pageant winners - Miss India Georgia, Miss Teen India Georgia, and Mrs. India Georgia and media representatives. Shiv Aggarwal warmly welcomed all. The dignitary guests also responded briefly thanking Aggarwal family for hosting the mammoth Global Mela every year and for inviting them. Atlanta’s premier Indian Dance and Music Academy, Nritya Natya Kala Bharati’s Founder/ Director Kumud Savla presented her dance students who enthralled the dignitaries and the audience with two scintillating dances, followed by a riveting classical-fusion solo dance-an invocation prayer to Lord Ganesha, by Sridevi Ranjit,Founder/Director of ‘Laasya School of Dance,Atlanta. XrtaHotDjs team heightened the mela’s ambience with throbbing, pulsating, foot tapping music and the latest Bollywood chartbusters! At the entrance of the mall, inflatable obstacle courses, slides and a bounce house were set up for the children to play on the perfectly sunny fall weekend. A 40-foot cricket batting cage, organized and managed by Atlanta Cricket Zone, attracted children and adults cricket-lovers to try their swing at India’s top sport with a live- cricket playing experience. Walking into the mall, visitors were welcomed with the aroma of Ashiana’s delectable chat, samosas and pav bhaji stall downstairs alongside cool and refreshing free ice cream served by Global Groceries. Heading upstairs, the Global Mall food court was bustling all weekend with guests waiting in lines for food at Chinese Dhaba, Sri Krishna Vilas, Dawat Express, Mumbai Masala, and Curry on the Go! After eating in the food court, people capped off their meals with sweet flavored shaved ice golas and an array of paans at Amdavadi Gola and Global Paan House, respectively.

Global Mall and Legacy Jewels sponsored a handful of free treats and activities for children and some young-at-heart adults, including free popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, and balloon artistry, which brought big smiles and excitement to children’s faces! On both the first and second floors, booth vendors had set up their tables and wares along the hallways of the mall, ranging from housewares, toys, arts and handicrafts, and services such as travel, insurance, education, health and medicine, radio and TV and non-profits. Special attraction this year was the ‘Global Bazaar’, which brought the streets of India into Global Mall with over 25 clothing, jewelry and accessory booth vendors set up inside Ashiana’s banquet hall on the 2nd floor of the mall. Throngs of visitors enjoyed the look and feel of South Asian street shopping in the Global Bazaar and through the hallways of the mall. The guests were courteously greeted by the entire Global Mall family, staff and volunteers at the welcome table. Raffles were run every hour around the clock, and attendees got a chance to win prizes sponsored by Global Mall and Global Mall tenants including Legacy Jewels, Ladlee, Basuree, Unique Touch, Marigold Invites, 5th Season, Glamour World, Kiann and others. This year the Global Mall family ran the Mega Prize Raffle on Saturday and Sunday evening giving away a free large flat screen TV on both days! Lively entertainment was provided on both days by the young and talented students from Global Mall’s dance studios, Prem’s Dance Studio and Nritya Natya Kala Bharti, and Atlanta based local artists who performed a variety of dance, songs and music items. The Gaudiya Vaishnava Association’s volunteers and children serenaded the crowd with beautiful religious medleys. The crowd was regaled more with new performances including a foot-tapping Irish dance performance by Drake Irish Dance Company and many lively dance performances by local young artists to the top Bollywood chartbusters! That was not all! There was a captivating magic show on both Saturday and Sunday fol-

lowed by a special kids-only raffle with fun-filled goody bags of toys and sweets and kids prizes. This year the Mela entertained the attendees and Facebook followers with not just one but two magnificent glamorous fashion shows by 5th Season and Kiian Jewelers. New this year, Global Mall organized a free Health and Wellness program with workshops and seminars running all day both Saturday and

Sunday. Visitors enjoyed free yoga classes conducted by Sunita Joshi, meditation workshops for adults and kids hosted by Science of Spirituality with speaker Arvind Naik, Nutrition and Body seminars focused on South Asian diets and diabetes conducted by Saira Gillani with Thrive Health Systems and Nilam Desai with Emory St. Joseph Hospital, and a Diabetic Foot Seminar with Vinay Matai from Kaiser Permanente. Co-organizer of Global Mela, Aarti Aggarwal stated “The goal of introducing a Health and Wellness component is to help focus on providing free workshops and seminars that can reduce stress in people's lives and help them learn ways to live healthier lifestyles.” Well known and respected Global Mall owner, social activist and philanthropist Shiv Aggarwal commented, “Global Mela is dear to me as I consider it as my small gesture in giving back to the South Asian and Atlanta community. To see families come together and smile and enjoy themselves during this culturally festive weekend is why Global Mall hosts Global Mela free for all every year. I want to thank my family and Global Mall’s staff and volunteers for making this event possible through their hard work for months prior to the event.” “I wish to thank the media - including India Tribune, Atlanta Dunia, NRI Pulse, Desi-Express, Rashtra Darpan, Khabar, Desh Videsh and Saathee. My special thanks to Vinod Devlia of Photography by Vinod, for his photography services in recording the entire event. I wish to thank the Norcross Police Department with well-deserved compliments for manning the parking lot and handling the large crowds. I am happy that the attendance at the Mela is increasing each year and we are able to make Global Mela the cornerstone for community events in the future!”

Dr. Sivananda Nyayapathi’s Fine Portraits Win Art Awards

Atlanta, GA: Dr. Sivananda Nyayapathi of the 2017 Juried competition of the 28th Georhas been having a very successful year so far gia National Fair, Perry, GA. It won the thirdin his artistic pursuits. place award. Further, His portrait titled Dr. Nyayapathi’s 'Morning Walk', won painting titled 'Damon the first place award Carter', a portrait of in the 2017 Fall Juried his artist friend, won a Competition of the merit award. His charPortrait Society of Atcoal sketch of 'Mother lanta. This painting Theresa' also hangs at was inspired by the the exhibition. beautiful early mornThis exhibition is ing sunlight playing open from October 5th on his friend on the to 15th, at Georgia Nahighway of the Mextional Fairgrounds and ico Beach city. The Agricenter, Perry, GA. exhibition is currently At the recent running in the Mar'Face-Off' event, conietta Cobb Museum ducted by Portrait of Art. It will be on Society of Atlanta, he display here, till Dedid a charcoal sketch cember 17th. of his artist friend, His portrait ti'Mark Chatov', during tled 'Keertana #3' ena 3-hour live demo thralled artists during session. the opening reception


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USPAACC-SE Hosts First Annual Diversity in Action Awards Gala sponsored and presented by Shakuntla Ahuja, who also expressed her heartfelt thanks to her own doctors at Kennestone Hospital who had saved her life. Here is the complete list of honorees: The three Most Outstanding Corporate Awards to Ingersoll Rand (Corporate Investment Award), Accenture (Corporate Mentorship Award), and UPS (Corporate Supplier Diversity of L to R: Neera Bahl, Ravi Chander and Estrella Cramer. the Year). als, and have a laser focus on service to others.” The three OutHonorees included several members of the standing Corporate Individuals Awards to John Narendra and Sonal Patel of Madras Chettinaad/Madras Mantra with Indian American community. Narendra Patel of Healy of SunTrust Bank (Chief Procurement OfShiv Aggarwal (R). Photos by Bytegraph.com. the popular Madras Chettinaad/Madras Mantra ficer of the Year), Estrella Cramer of UPS (SupAtlanta, GA: The US Pan Asian-Ameri- la Cramer. “There are three keys to success for restaurants, Ritesh Desai of Vanitywala.com, plier Diversity Advocate of the Year), as well as can Chamber of Commerce- Southeast Chapter us- supporting incredibly talented people through Sandeep Gauba of Metasys Technologies, Varun Memen Varghis of Prudential and Terrez Thomp(USPAACC) hosted the first annual Diversity in scholarships, reinforcing businesses to be inclu- Jhanjee of Stellar Consulting Solutions, Ravin- son of The Coca-Cola Company (both receiving Action (DiA) Awards gala on October 12, 2017 sive of Asian-American vendors and profession- dra Bhave of Concept Software & Services, Sidd The Pioneer Award). at Flourish Atlanta in Buckhead. The glittering The President’s Lifetime Achievement event was well attended by corporate executives, Award to Gary Kallenbach of UPS and the government officials and Asian-American busiRegional Advisory Council’s Awards for Enness Leaders. Awards were presented for corduring Commitment to Diversity to Barbette porate excellence and Asian American business Hill of Georgia Power and to William Haley success. Youth scholarships were also presented of AFLAC. during the evening. Richard K. Lee, an accomplished interUSPAACC Southeast Chapter President national business executive and community Ravi Chander said the awards were a tribute to leader received a Special Acknowledgement. individuals and organizations that exemplify the The Top 10 Asian American awardees chamber’s theme, “Lighting pathways to sucwere Ampcus Inc, Concept Software & Sercess”. vices, Eshco International, GRI Group, Meta“Our Chamber takes great pride in our culsys, Madras Chettinaad, Softpath System, Steltural unity, historic interconnections, racial kinlar Consulting, VDart and Zillion Technologies. ship and appreciation of unity in terms of our valThe evening’s entertainment program inues and spiritual character,” he said. “The awards cluded Indian dances, Korean drummers, Chiare presented to those who foster similar ideals nese fan dancing and more. Neera Bahl, chair and manifest them in their decisions and daily of Regional Advisory Council, sang a mellifactivities.” luous Ganesh vandana and played the harmo“THE USPAACC-SE is synonymous with nium during the lamp lighting ceremony. L to R: Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt, Ritesh and Sheetal Desai with others. business excellence,” said chairperson, EstrelSophia Choi of Channel 2 Action News was a competent mistress of ceremonies. Ahmed of VDart, Anjali Ramakumar of Ampcus and Mariya Anthony Irudhayanathan of Zillion Technologies were among the Top 10 Asian American Businesses awardees. Mammen G. Verghis, VP, Multicultural Consumer Marketing, Prudential Financial took home the Pioneer Award. Dr Jagdish Sheth, Professor of Marketing, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and Dr Jamin Brahmbhatt were among the five Outstanding Asian Americans awardees. Sravanthi, a young student on an F1 visa and a thyroid cancer survivor, was among the scholarship awardees. Her poignant letter, read out by Dr Seshu Sarma, said the doctors at Northside Hospital in Forsyth had treated Sravanthi at no charge and the hospital had written off her entire Prof. Jagdish Sheth with his award. L to R: Dr Seshu Sarma, Shakuntla Ahuja and her daughter Neera Bahl. hospital bill. Sravanthi’s scholarship was


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Dhoop Chaoon Performs At Hindi Divas Hosted By Consulate

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Atlanta, GA: Dhoop Chaoon, an Atlanta-based Hindi theatre group, performed during the 2nd Hindi Divas celebration at Gujarati Samaj on September 15. The event was organized by the Consulate General of India in Atlanta. The stage took its grand opening with Bikash Kumar’s introduction, followed by the entrance of the two gorgeous emcees Nidhi Pipal and Akanksha Rajpal. They soon requested Consul D. V. Singh to come up on the stage and talk about the program. Sandhya Bhagat, the founder of the group talked about the mission and purpose of Dhoop Chaaon. Shaliesh Lakhtakiya recited a story in Hindi. The emcees invited on stage Dr. Mridul Kirti, a specialist in Hindi language and literature. Dr. Kriti explained why Hindi is a language of the soul and the event’s purposes of glorifying the language for a better cause. Her enchanting speech captivated the audience and as soon as she finished her speech, the audience broke into appreciation. More entertainment followed with tiny cherubs. Anya Rathi and Dheeraj Lunawat mesmerized the audience with their Bihu dance. Lavanyaa Bhatia mo-

no-acted on the stage. The next enchanting moment came when Charithra Julapally, Presha Jain, Raina Jain, Ayana Vij presented their spectacular Bollywood dance and Poorvi Mathur sang a melodious Bollywood song. A new segment was Sandhya Bhagat and Sayed Hafeez’s invention- Chai Pe Charcha - Sandhya ke sang. This funny act brought the house down with

laughter. Tarana Malik and Isha Jain set the stage on fire with their Bollywood pop dance. Alok Sharma, a budding poet, recited a beautiful poem. By the time the stage prepared itself for the day’s main event- the play

Baap Re Baap, originally written by K. P. Saxena and directed by Sandhya Saxena Bhagat. Vijay Tandon, Mohammad, Shree Vora, Sarfraz Khan, Moiez Hussain, Satish Dhramrajan, Shobha Shivam and Nidhi Mishra Vajpayee were the fabulous actors. The contradiction of two generations and their dilemmas, conflicts and ultimate reunion are portrayed significantly by the actors through rich dialogues, spectacular performances, stage setting and superb direction. While Anil Kanwal Bhagat and Aloke Sharma maintained the background music, Abhinav Deharia and Ekta jain were responsible for the stage setting. Now the program came to its final stage with the award ceremony presented by Consul D. V. Singh and Sandhya Saxena Bhagat. The organizers later thanked Anjali Chhabria from TV Asia for covering the event, Puneet Bhatnagar, Ekta Nirula Sethi and Tracy Marshall for still photography and Gujarati Samaj of Atlanta for providing the venue.

Dream Mile 2017: 19th Year of Fun, Fiesta And Celebration

Atlanta, GA: The Dream Mile is not just a running and walking fundraiser to realize the dreams of thousands of underprivileged children around the world, It is a celebration, the jubilation and joy to celebrate a day in life where a group of enthusiastic and elated individuals and families come together to run, walk and have fun. This year was no different for The Dream Mile, presented by Paramount Software solutions, with a whopping 3000 Participants at the Collection Mall at Forsyth, Cumming. The Dream Mile was efficiently organized by the volunteers of Vibha Atlanta with 300 Volunteers on the field divided into various teams like Registration Team, Course Monitoring Team, Food Team, T-shirts Team, Race Start and Finish, Publicity and Sponsorships. The relentless efforts put in by all the volunteers resulted in an easy flow of the event. The warm up session was conducted by the high-powered team of Jazzercise and soon the 10K, 5K and 1K walkers and runners made their strides towards the course with the cause close to their hearts. Started in 1998 in Georgia Tech, and brought to the northern suburbs of Atlanta six years ago, the Vibha Dream Mile, with its 5K Run declared as one of the qualifier race for the Peachtree Road race, is quickly becoming one of the top ten races in Atlanta. Many corporate teams participated in the event with their teams. Every year the Dream creates a buzz in the town

with vogue and fervor along with creativity and innovation by adopting new ways to engage patrons on the social media. With the introduction of 1K Walk to encourage participation from all age groups, and Phantom Runner option for participants to be connected to the

event even from other cities the participation increased significantly. A billboard flashed at various parts of the city to create the buzz about event and Facebook fundraising campaigns were flawlessly led by Tripura Vadlamani. The total revenue from registrations, sponsorship and donations reached a record $300,000 this year. 10% of the net proceedings will be given to Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, another 10% will be given to the rehabilitation of Houston by assisting public schools affected by hurricane Harvey. The rest of the proceeds go to child development projects supported by Vibha. For a full list of projects, please visit www. vibha.org/projects

Flash mob has been a tradition from the preceding years but this year’s saw the theme of Child empowerment, reflecting on the cause of Vibha. The Newest and the most exciting addition to the cultural aestheticism was the Musical band presented by Atlanta Music studio which filled the atmosphere with serenity and delight. DreamMile is also a time when the spirit of volunteerism is recognized. Sravan Chivukula, who led two big fundraisers of Vibha – Cricket and DreamMile - this year, was awarded the Volunteer of the Year. Shiva Nimmagadda and Venkat Vudithyala received the Star Volunteer awards. Nikita Savant, Sneha Kadiyala and Lalitya Danda were recognized among the Youth volunteers. Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It is about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivating them to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine and this reflects the culture in Vibha. Sravan Chivukula and Pravin Chavda stood out as the overall event leads. They thanked all the participants, sponsors, volunteers and their families for their support and dedication towards making this event a huge success!


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GVA Hosts Shrimad Bhagavatam Discourses With Shrila Maharaj Atlanta, GA: Gaudiya Vaishnava Association (GVA), is a non profit spiritual organization founded by Shrila Bhakti Swarup Tirtha Goswami Maharaj with the sole objective of spreading spiritual awareness all over the world, and to propagate, preach and promote the only means of deliverance - the chanting of the Holy Names of God, Shri Krishna. In order to bring this awareness to citizens of Atlanta, GVA conducted a month long Sublime Summer – Shrimad Bhagavatam Discourses between August 24 and September 16 at three locations- Alpharetta, Cumming and Johns Creek. Shrila Maharaj, one of the foremost speakers of Bhakti Yoga and preacher of Vedic scriptures, gave discourses from the 11th Canto of the Shrimad Bhagavatam. This section is also called Shri Uddhava Gita where Lord Shri Krishna instructs Shri Uddhava, a friend and an ardent devotee of the Lord on the science of Self Realization. Shrila Maharaj presented this great philosophical treatise with indepth explanations. When Brahma and other demigods, after offering prayers to Lord Shri Krishna, requested the Lord to return to His own abode, Uddhava, anticipating separation from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, was very distressed and prayed to Shri Krishna that he might accompany the Lord on His return. After hearing Uddhava’s prayerful request to be taken back to the spiritual world, Lord Shri Krishna informed him that He was indeed desirous of returning to His own personal abode because the purpose of His descent had been successfully fulfilled and the misfortunes of Kali-yuga would soon beset the earth. The Blessed Lord thus advised Uddhava to take up sannya-

sa by fixing his mind upon Him. Explaining the creation and the different species, Shrila Maharaj described how the Lord explains that the human form is most dear to Him :- "In this world there are many kinds of created bodies — some with one leg, others with two,

one has to take shelter of a pure devotee and serve the devotee without hypocrisy. In order to explain this, Shrila Maharaj said that the Lord cites a historical narration concerning the conversation between the greatly powerful King Yadu and a mendicant. Generally human be-

three, four or more legs, and still others with no legs — but of all these, the human form is actually dear to Me." The human life is especially meant for the revival of our relationship with the Supreme Lord, and to this end, all kinds of austerities and penances should be accepted. By austere activities, one’s heart can be cleansed of material contamination, and as a result one can be situated on the spiritual platform. To attain this perfection,

ings work hard to cultivate religiosity, economic development, sense gratification and also knowledge of the soul, and their usual motive is to increase the duration of their lives, acquire fame and enjoy material opulence. After many, many births and deaths one achieves the rare human form of life, which, although temporary, affords one the opportunity to attain the highest perfection. Thus a sober human being should quickly endeavor for the ultimate perfection of life as long as his body,

which is always subject to death, has not fallen down and died. In the chapter where the nature of fruitive activity is described, Shrila Maharaj explained how Lord Shri Krishna refutes the philosophy of the followers of Jaimini and describes to Uddhava how the spirit soul bound within the material body can develop pure transcendental knowledge. It is also said that the vaisnava, or one who has taken shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vishnu, should observe the rules and regulations found in the Pancaratra and other revealed scriptures. Other topics covered by Shrila Maharaj were: (1)The glories of holy association and the superexcellence of the pure love of the residents of Vrindavana, (2)Lord Shri Krishna's explanation to Uddhava on how human beings, become bound by the three modes of nature, and how to renounce these modes, (3)How He appeared in His form of Hamsa (Swan) before Brahma and the four sages headed by Sanaka revealing to them various confidential truths. On the final day of the discourse, Shrila Maharaj held a group kirtana session that enthralled the devotees and guests. Genuine spiritual seekers and devotees from Missouri, Washington DC, Arizona and Texas travelled to Atlanta and attended the sessions. On September 16, for the pleasure of Shrila Maharaj, Gurukul students from the congregation staged a play depicting the past times of Lord Shri Krishna, one of which is the appearance of Lord Narasimha Deva. The Dasavatara as written by the great vaishnava poet Shri Jayadeva goswami, was nicely portrayed by the young boys and girls. All the participants were appreciated and awarded with certificates.

Over 200 Benefit From Free Medical Services At SAI Health Fair

REPORT & PHOTOS BY MAHADEV DESAI

by GINA President Vidya Kanagaraj. Stroke is a Sujatha Reddy. These bone density tests helped leading cause of death in the U.S.Also called a the participants about osteopenia and osteoporobrain attack, a stroke occurs when a clot blocks sis. Atlanta, GA: American Telugu Association the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vesOver 155 cost –effective, basic quality com(ATA) and SAI Health Fair in coordination with Georgia Indian Nurses Association (GINA) hosted the 38th SAI Health Fair at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, Georgia, on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The Health Fair, organized by Dr Sujatha Reddy, elicited a good response with an attendance of over 200 participants. The event was sponsored by ATA. People of diverse nationalities and cultures from all over Atlanta availed themselves of the free consultancy by over 15 dedicated physicians representing nine specialties, supported by nurses and service-oriented volunteers. The registration, triage, bloodwork, stroke risk factor education, and information and advice on mammogram was provided in the banquet Hall of the temple, whereas bone dentistry tests, sel in the brain bursts. Time is critical in prevent- prehensive Chemistry profile of blood tests with yoga session, EKGs, audio screening, medication ing long term damage so the patient must be taken HBA1c were carried out at a nominal fee of $30 education, and free consultations in cardiology, to the hospital immediately. per test. The lab work was provided by Symed internal medicine, orthopedics, ENT, dentistry, Over 95 EKGs were carried out by Dr. Sub- LLC, in Tucker. It is noteworthy that the results of pulmonary, dermatology and rheumatology were ramanyam Bhat’s office and Emory Southern the blood work were mailed within a week! The provided in the upstairs hall and rooms. Heart Specialists. test results helped identify some life threatening GINA’s past President Ms. Mary Jose, JigiOver 40 audio screenings were done by Dr. results which were immediately notified to the sha Patel and GINA nurses helped with triage. Sridhar Krishnamurthy, Girish Enterprises, and participants. Southern Regional Medical Center's Radiol- Auburn, Alabama. Dedicated, committed and widely respected ogy Manager Elizabeth King and mammographer Bone Mineral Density screening tests were medical specialists Dr. Subramanyam Bhat and Pam Garner gave out informational material and in big demand. More than 37 bone-density tests, Dr.Annapurna Bhat, Dr.Raju Vanapalli, Dr.Tulasi advice on breast cancer and mammograms. were performed by a team of Madhusudhana Vanapalli, Dr.Syamala Erramilli, Dr.Jay Sampat, Stroke Risk Factor education was provided Reddy and Akash, under the supervision of Dr. Dr.Hymavati Mikkilineni, Dr.Supriti Balyan, Dr.

Sridhar Krishnamurthy, Dr. Raja Reddy, Dr. Devendra Koganti, Dr. Rao Nadig to name a few, interacted with the patients through free consultations. ENT Surgeon Dr.Trushna Rao Nadig enthusiastically conducted yoga sessions for the visitors. Dr. Sundak Ganesan, a Health Scientist at Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave out informative material on healthcare related issues and concerns in different languages like Hindi, Gujarati, English to the patients. Pharmacist Dr.Sabina Kurian educated patients about medication safety, smoking cessation, nutrition, proper antibiotic use, diabetes, allergies, etc. Life South’s blood mobile in the temple’s parking lot collected 16 units of blood and thanked Dr. Reddy and ATA President Karunakar Asireddy for facilitating the blood drive. Asireddy, along with Kiran Pasham, Anil Boddireddy and Venu Pisike thanked Dr. Sujatha Reddy, GINA team, ATA regional coordinators, Prashanth, P, Sriram S, ATA health committee co-chair Ramana Reddy, Siva Kumar Ramadugu, Sridhar T and other doctors who volunteered for such a noble cause, and said: “ATA has organized many successful health fairs in various cities in the U.S. Furthermore, physicians from U.S. ATA president -elect Parmesh Bheemreddy, various ATA standing committee chairs, co-chairs and ATA volunteers Continued on Pg 18...


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Gandhi Remembered At His Statue On Birth Anniversary

BY JOHN NAUGLE

Atlanta, GA: The Gandhi Foundation of USA (GFUSA) and the Consulate General of India (CGI)-Atlanta jointly hosted a magnificent community celebration for the Mahatma’s 148th birth anniversary, which is also ‘The United Nations International Day of Nonviolence.’ Special observation was also made for the 90th birthday of Dr. Christine King Farris, the big sister to Dr. King. The event was at the pilgrimage site of the historic Gandhi Statue located on the grounds of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site, which adorns the King Center. The day was clear, sunny, beautiful, memorable and historic. Antony Thaliath, GFUSA-Executive Director, opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone. The Gandhi statue in Atlanta is proving to be a big magnet as more than a million visitors come to the King Historic site annually to marvel and pay homage to the invaluable bond between MLK Jr. and the Mahatma. Subash Razdan, GFUSA-Chairman then recognized and thanked all dignitaries, community leaders and supporters for gathering in reverence for the Mahatma. He gave a brief background of GFUSA’s service goals and its partnerships with Embassy of India, the Consulate General of India-Atlanta, the King Center, the US National Park Service and numerous communities and their respective organizations. Razdan also led a solemn moment of silence for the victims & survivors of the USA’s worst mass-shooting and senseless violence which happened in Las Vegas on the evening before, plus in support of all those displaced by recent Category-5 Hurricanes; Harvey, Irma & Maria. Razdan then called Rev Younis Farhat of the First Asian Indian Baptist Church Of Metro Atlanta (FAIBC) to lead the invocation. Following that, the talented Lakshmi Rao & Neera Bahl sang two beautiful prayer songs, leading the chorus with Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram followed by Vaishnava Jana To. Then the traditional floral homage of garlands and bouquets to the Gandhiji Statue were offered by the dignitaries/VIPs. Esteemed guests of the event included Isaac Newton Farris, the son to Christine King Farris, plus former CEO of the King Center. As Mr. Farris placed flower garlands upon Gandhi’s Sculpture someone proclaimed “look, it’s Gandhi & King standing together.” After garlanding, he then led everyone in the beautiful song “We Shall Overcome” and boldly called everyone to always remember the Mahatma’s example by quoting the powerful words of Dr. King, his uncle: “Gandhi was inevitable. If humanity is to progress, Gandhi is inescapable. He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony. We may ignore Gandhi at our own risk.” Honorable Nagesh Singh, the Consul General of India in Atlanta, who was joined by Hon Consuls DV Singh and Shailesh Lakhtakia, placed garlands in homage at the life-size bronze statue of Gandhiji. While speaking on the occasion, Mr. Singh also expressed rich tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri, India’s 2nd Prime Minister, whose birthdate directly coincides with that of Mahatma Gandhi, plus he graciously expounded upon his goals of new support for GFUSA by stating…

“Let’s make the Oct 2nd Gandhi Birth Celebration & UN International Day of Nonviolence a permanent joint-venture event with GFUSA in the CGI-Atlanta Calendar. I will assure you that whoever my successor is, I will leave instructions that this event is a permanent fixture in the Consulate’s calendar, and what we will do is expand this Gandhi Homage and step beyond to talk

about the philosophies and ideologies of Gandhiji and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and how we can implement their strategies in our daily lives and make people’s lives better around us. The second point I want to make is to Subash Razdan and how the India-Atlanta Consulate can help the Gandhi Foundation of USA. I invite you to come and meet with us. I need a formal Proposal

on what the GFUSA is doing and what kind of help you would like from us, and we will then take it up with the India Government’s Cultural Relations Department.” Earlier former Ambassador Nirupama Rao and recently current Ambassador Navtej Sarna had also expounded the idea of a possible Gandhi Center in Atlanta.

Subash Razdan, GFUSA Chairman, was thrilled to hear this because their plans for the future Gandhi Center-Atlanta continue to develop, plus next year is the exact 20th Anniversary of the dedication of the Gandhi Sculpture (1998-2018). This great gift to Dr. King’s birthplace was accomplished with the concerted effort of many, including the late Giriraj Rao, GFUSA’s co-founder whose 10th memorial anniversary is also next year (20082018). In 2007, on the occasion of the 9th anniversary of the dedication of the historic Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Mr. Rao spoke about the commitment of all the GFUSA family in making the installation of the glorious Gandhi Statue a reality at the revered Historic site. At the time, Mr. Rao stated: “The installation and dedication of L to R: Subash Razdan, John Nauthe Gandhi Statgle and Consul General Nagesh ue in the M.L.K. Singh. National Historic

Site is significant because it is the first time that the U S Department of the Interior, which administers the National Park Service and historic sites, has permitted such a memorial on Federal lands. The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) – the largest grassroots national umbrella organization in the USA, with the support of the Embassy of India, the Government of India, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Christine King Farris, Andrew Young, the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, the King Center and the Georgia Human Relations Commission, along with a number of Indian-American, Asian-American, African-American and other mainstream community organizations all came together in harmony for this to fructify. The project received support by commercial and private Sponsors including the principal sponsors The Coca-Cola Company and Home Depot.” Greg Pridgeon, Vice Chair GFUSA-and former Chief of Staff to Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, reiterated that Dr. King’s philosophy was significantly influenced by the great Mahatma, and both have helped in bringing different races together worldwide. They are revered today for their legacies, causes and convictions. Subash Razdan envisions significant restoration and growth for the Gandhi Foundation of USA and his team is busy planning for the Oct. 2, 2019 national event in Atlanta — which is the Sesquicentennial (the 150th) Birth Anniversary for Gandhi. GFUSA welcomes participation from everyone, especially Hon. Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India-Atlanta, plus philanthropists, civic, government and business leaders from around the USA & world. Razdan states, “With GFUSA’s supporters, we can soon have a brighter future for our organization and the envisioned Gandhi Center-Atlanta as we all join efforts to better celebrate the great legacies of Gandhiji and Dr. King.” Many GFUSA supporters including media and community organizations, especially Sewa International and Indian Friends of Atlanta (IFA) were mentioned in admiration for their community and relief service during the recent Hurricane disaster. The Gandhi Jayanti Celebration finished with several beautiful Birthday Cakes for Gandhi and other dignitaries also observing Birth Anniversaries; Dr. Christine King Farris and community members Sunil Savili of Indian Friends of Atlanta, and Rita Lodh Roy Dannenberg. Delicious refreshments were graciously catered; courtesy Manoj Bhatia. At the close, some attendees “Walked in Peace” (a tradition of GFUSA) to the King (Dr. M.L. King Jr and Mrs. Coretta Scott King) crypts, where bouquets were placed as homage to Dr. King and his wife Coretta Scott King, champions of Civil & Voting Rights. After that some of the attendees also took the optional tour of the Gandhi Room (Museum) on the second floor of the Freedom Hall, KING Center.


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How A Woman Amputee Created History At The Top Of The World

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national-level volleyball player, Arunima Sinha was thrown off a moving train by a bunch of goons in 2011. Overcoming unbearable pain as she lay on the tracks through the night, she lost one of her legs and had a metal rod inserted in the other. While most people take four to five years just to walk on a prosthetic limb, Arunima stood on top of Mount Everest just two years after the incident, becoming the first female amputee to climb the world's highest peak. Arunima's is not just a story of conquering the world's highest peak but one of her undying spirit -- of rising from hopelessness to conquer insurmountable odds and turning her handicap into her biggest strength. Defying insufferable pain as well as her detractors, she did not stop just at Everest and went on to climb five more peaks in five different continents and now has eyes set on her toughest challenge since Everest: Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica. "I met with an accident in 2011 when I was travelling in the general compartment of a train from Lucknow to Delhi. Some goons tried to snatch the gold chain I was wearing and when I resisted, they threw me off the train in Bareilly district," Arunima, now 29, told IANS in an interview. She collided with a passing train on the adjoining track before falling to the ground. While she doesn't remember what happened immediately afterwards, when she came to her senses she felt unbearable pain and realised that one of her legs had been crushed while the other was also severely injured.

"I shouted for help with all my might, but before the accident and who I still am," she said. there was no one around who could help me. "You cannot imagine the pain I suffered There were rats eating my injured leg as I counted when I tried to walk. But when a person has com49 trains passing by me during the night," Arun- mitted 100 per cent to a task, the pain, suffering ima said. It was in the morning that some villagers found her and took her to a nearby hospital where they had to amputate one of her legs while a rod was inserted in the other.

Arunima's is not just a story of conquering the world's highest peak but one of her undying spirit -- of rising from hopelessness to conquer insurmountable odds and turning her handicap into her biggest strength. "They did not have anaesthesia, and I told them to operate my injured leg without it. I had endured unbearable pain throughout the night by the railway track and I knew I could bear some more for my well-being," she said. She was later shifted to premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi where she spent close to four months. It was there that she resolved she would climb Everest. "When I got a little better, I came to know there were some rumors floating around in the media that I did not have a ticket and that's why I jumped off the train. When this was proved wrong, some people said I jumped off to commit suicide." "My family and I were shouting at the top of our voices that this was not true, but no one was listening. So I decided the best way to answer was through action. I decided to prove who I was

While people take years to be able to walk on a prosthetic leg, Arunima did it in four months. And in just over two years, she trained under the guidance of Bachendri Pal (the first Indian woman to climb Everest), got sponsorship for climbing the summit, started her journey to the top and conquered it. "I used to bleed from my amputated leg, had blisters. Many times, the prosthetic leg came off on the mountain and I often fell. People called me crazy. They said I couldn't do it. "But they looked at my physical self and made the judgement. They could not see what was going on inside me. Without caring about anything, I told myself that it's my leg and I know how it will walk," Arunima said. "I got used to it, and the leg started to understand me as I started to understand it." With that same prosthetic leg, Arunima climbed three more summits before she got a new one. In her journey, she has so far conquered Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Kosciuszko (Australia), Mount Aconcagua (South America), Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia) and Mount Elbrus (Euorpe), apart from Mount Everest. "I am going to Antarctica in December to climb Vinson Massif. This is the seventh continent and the toughest since the Everest." She will undergo mountain training in Ladakh before flying to Antarctica. and all the obstacles cannot stop her." "When I was on top of Everest, I wanted to While the whole world doubted her, Arun- scream to the world: See, I am on the top of the ima's family, especially her brother-in-law Om world when no one believed I could do that. I wantPrakash, supported her. Om Prakash, 42, quit his ed to scream this to everyone who doubted me, who job in the Central Reserve Police Force after the thought I was a cripple, and also to those who give accident and motivated Arunima towards her goals. up fighting after falling the first time," she said.

Disability Motivated Me To Take Up Running: India’s First Blade Runner

BY MAYABHUSHAN NAGVENKAR

can convey the message that having legs or having mobility of body parts does not lead to disFor India's first blade-runner Major Devinability or ability. der Pal Singh (retd), legendary Canadian athlete "It is the mind which helps you to do that. So Terry Fox was a greater inspiration than world's to answer that if I go for a long distance run withmost well-known prosthetics-enabled athlete, South African Oscar Pistorious, who is currently in prison for murdering his girlfriend. "I was not aware about Oscar Pistorious when I started running. Rather, Terry Fox is a much bigger figure than Oscar. Of course, nobody can match what Oscar has done. But I can't say that I started running because of him," Singh told IANS on the sidelines of the JK Cement Swachh Ability Run here over the weekend. The loss of a limb and a return from the verge of the afterlife during the 1999 Kargil War with Pakistan, in fact, spurred Singh on to a new ambition -- running the marathon. out a leg, you know I do not have to speak. Au"Disability somehow motivated me to take tomatically my actions will speak," he explained. up running because disabled people are not conThe JK Cement Swachh Ability Run itself is sidered good for anything. So I picked up running Singh's brainchild, who by now has 25 marathons because I don't have one leg. This was so that I to his credit.

Singh, who last year made it to the Limca Book of Records for running a series of marathons with a prosthetic leg, said that marathon-running is more of a psychological war, rather than a physical one. Singh lost one of his legs while in combat during the Kargil war, where his compartiots almost gave him up for dead due to excessive bleeding and a cardiac arrest that he suffered. "It was not a big deal. I was deployed on the Line of Control with my men. We had to face action every day. On one such day, a mortar landed next to me and disintegrated, with the shrapnel piercing my body. There are still 50-odd bits embedded in my body," he said. "Much of the shrapnel had cut through me and I was lying there profusely bleeding. That is when my team picked me up and took me to the hospital. I was initially declared dead because there was heavy blood loss and because of a cardiac arrest. But I was somehow revived by senior specialists and that was the beginning of my second life," Singh said.

The "second" life was, in a way, inspired by Terence Stanley Fox alias Terry Fox, a marathon runner and cancer awareness campaigner who lost one of his legs in a car accident. The former soldier now wants more and more amputees to take up marathon running in order to encourage them and instil confidence in their abilities. Singh's group, 'The Challenging Ones', which was a started in 2011, uses sports as a medium to empower disabled people. In six years, the group has built up a membership of 1,400 amputees, more than 500 of whom have already participated in various marathons across India. "Someone asked me: 'Don't you feel pain when you run?' The answer is that a normal person also feels pain in both legs. In my case, it is one leg less to feel the pain. It is all a mind game. You need to train your mind more about which is your biggest enemy and which is your strongest strength," he said. However, in the Indian circumstances, it is still not cheap to get a customised prosthetic limb, he said, adding that there needs to be a support system to reduce their cost and make them more accessible. "State-of-the-art limbs are available nowadays, but they are very costly and not accessible to humble people. The one which I use for running costs around Rs 7-8 lakh," he said. In the end, as Singh has often proved, it's the spirit and not the money that matters.


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Antaram- An Opulent Amalgamation Of Classical Dance Forms

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Photos by Hima Design Photography

Atlanta, GA: Some tales are simply timeless. Surpassing boundaries, the contexts of these tales become pertinent to ancient or modern times. On a quest to explore divinity in women, Patel Brothers Antaram warmed up the cold Atlanta weather at Mountain View High School on October 27 with a whimsical night of storytelling, with the supremely talented Suhasini Maniratnam taking center stage as the narrator. Organized by Idealogy Media Solutions and co-organized by Maitri Community, Inc for Visiting Parents and Seniors, the sold-out show attracted 520 art lovers across Atlanta. Program coordinators Viju Chiluveru and Praveen Puram, and emcees for the evening, Kuchipudi Dancer and Guru Neelima Gaddamanugu, and Ram Durvasula a well-known singer efficiently engaged the audience. Dennis Brown and Stacey Guy, Commissioner and Planning commission member from Forsyth county District 2 preceded the show as special invitees of the event. Antaram is an opulent amalgamation of various classical dance forms including Kuchpudi by Yamini Reddy, Monhiniyattam by Gopika Varma, Bharatanatyam by Krithika Subramaniam woven together with persuasive narratives by Suhasini Maniratnam, and accompanied by visual graphics, sand art, tolu-bomalaata and air-suspension acts. The thematic dance theatre production follows the stories of four characters - Rhamba,

Vasavi, Kannagi and Andal, depicting divinity of women derived from within. Antaram is conceived by Gopika Varma, co-produced by Krithika and Suhasini Maniratnam, supervised by Jayendra of Real Image, Kala master's dance skills, and the music for the first three acts is composed by S. Arun. The portions of Suhasini have music by maestro A.R. Rahman. Suhasini kick starts the show as a flight attendant who encounters a young girl Amina from Hyderabad being taken off to Dubai as a child bride for an aged Arab. The airhostess gets the Arab arrested, but Amina is sold off again. "This has to stop," says Suhasini, as the scene shifts to ancient Penugonda. Relating the current scenario of exploitation of women across ages, Yamini

Reddy’s Kuchipudi act encapsulates the story of Vasavi, a young girl from Penugonda, who attracts the attention of the evil king Vishnuvardhan, but resists his advances. Combined with Tolu Bomaalata, Yamini Reddy effortlessly portrays the innocence of Vasavi and the lust of Vishnuvardhan soaring to the climax as she transforms from a mortal to Goddess, burning within the agnigundam. A housewife in the second act, Suhasini is a grandmother who keeps her IAS officer husband's life in order. The husband for his part thinks of her as just the housewife who does nothing but stay home. Reflecting upon this reality, Suhanini transports the audience to ancient Tamil Nadu, to narrate the story of Andal — a woman who did everything she wanted, including marrying Lord Vishnu. Kritika Subramaniyam portrays the playful Kodhai, who perceives Lord Vishnu to be her soulmate. Krithika as the joyful young woman in love is gracious and gregarious as she dances her heart away to the Lord himself. Even her earnest father fails to stop her from entering the temple after learning the truth, as Lord Vishnu forbids him from stopping Andal. Suhasini is Attukal Bhagavathy in act 3, a wronged woman raging fire in the city of Madurai after being widowed because the king unjustly put her husband to death. Gopika Varma as Kannagi carries the legend forward in an evocative Mohiniyattam performance. Kannagi’s metamorphosis from a wife to a despairing widow, to an angry woman who curses the king, tearing her breasts, thrusting upon the city and turning it into ashes even as she swims across the river to Attukul Kerala thereby discovering divinity within herself is riveting. Suhasini plays the role of Rambha in the final act, a woman who captured the heart of emperor Adil Shah. Scholar-dancer Rambha travels from Sri Lanka to Bijapur only to find herself in love with the emperor. She however refuses to accept status as the twelfth wife of the emperor. When she learns that Adil Shah did not build a place for her in Gol Gumbuz, the hearbroken Rambha leaps to her death from the balcony. Suhasini embraces Rambha in this final act like no other as she literally flies in the air, lost in love, leaving the audience to a breathless climax as she comes crashing down to prove her love. The suspended air act, a true theatrical extravaganza made for a visual treat to be cherished. “Our goal is to pass on a good message to our

next generation living in India and abroad,” said Suhasini in her address to the audience, pointing out that their team has spent a lot of money, effort and time in perfecting the show with the help of several highly talented and experienced professionals from different fields. Thanking event sponsors, volunteers, and everyone involved in the project, Viju Chiluveru later said, “The most important component of any event is seriously interested and encouraging audience and good volunteers”. “This event is just the beginning. The best is yet to come” said Praveen Puram as he launched the company's logo and spoke about Idealogy Media Solutions. Before Antaram enraptured the crowd, students from Laasya School of Dance, Kalaivani Dance & Music Academy, Atlanta Nritya Academy and Nataraja Natyanjali Kuchipudi Dance Academy showcased their dance performances while team Sobiya & Geethu presented a dance piece with artists singing live. Ram Durvasula and Bhanu Vavilakolanu entertained the audience with songs from movies featuring Suhasini while Srinivas Durgam, a well-known Telugu-speaking singer, presented a Tamil Song. Special invitees Dennis Brown and Stacey Guy along with Rakesh Patel (on behalf of Kalpesh Patel -Patel Brothers), Hanuman Nandanampati, Vijay- GVR Realty, Paddy Sharma, Narender Reddy and Kiran Pasham handed out certificates to participants. Ayshwarya Sridharan welcomed the audience in Tamil to add native flavor. “Aravind Katta, BalaKrisha Guddeti, Ganesh Kasam, Jagannadha Beesam, Lakshmi Vallabhaneni, Manju Puram, Maruti Rayala, Neelima Gaddamanugu, Niranjan Podduturi, Prashant Podduturi, Radhika Beesam, Rajeev Menon, Sindhu Ramya, Siva Gaddamanugu, Sreeram Royyala, Swapna Katta, Udaya Etoori, Unnati Pa-

tel, Vrutti Patel and Sandhya Chiluveru have put together their best efforts for the logistics needed” said Viju Chiluveru. “Patel Brothers were the Event Sponsors and big supporters of the show. SVK Systems, Paramount and Jhalak.com were the Platinum Sponsors. Others include GVR Realty, Dr. Piyush, Cigniti, Donthula Realty, Dr. Srinivas Gangasani, eis Splash BI, Softpath, Amma Kitchen, Nilgiris Bakery, TV5, Aparna Turaga, Garudavega, RapidIT, Infosmart Technologies, My Tax Filer, Paddy Sharma and Malani Jewelers provided financial support,” he added. Hima Design Photography facilitated photography and video and Jogy of Divinity Audio Visuals provided audio and lighting support. Media sponsors for this event included TV5, ManaTV, NRI Pulse, Telugu Patrika. Food sponsors included Biryani Point and Cafe Bahar and Marco’s Pizza - DJ Patel. Several school children were awarded ‘Young Achievers’ award by Guest Artists. Sai Karthik Maddali, Disha Rachur, Aditya Narayanan, Akhil Turaga, Anuhya Kasam, Nikita Savant, Vihan Karnala, Sagarika Manoj Kumar and Saanvi Kankipati were identified as the recipients of this year’s award. A day before Antaram on Thursday, a ‘Meet and Greet’ was organized for facilitating sponsors, volunteers, and VIP ticket holders to spend time with the guest artists at Chennai Express, Alpharetta. Venkat Chennubhotla, Ram Durvasula, Srivalli Sridhar and Bhanu Vavilakolanu presented several songs mostly from the films acted by Suhasini. The guest artists spoke about their segments while Suhasini gave a sneak preview of the show, and joined the other singers. In their closing remarks, Viju Chiluveru and Praveen Puram thanked everyone involved in the Antaram project and promised to bring more innovative and unique events to the US in the near future.


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Dr. Subramanian Swamy Portrays Positive Outlook For Indian Economy Atlanta, GA: Eminent economist, statesman and member of the Rajya Sabha, India’s Upper House of Parliament), Dr. Subramanian Swamy held an audience of about 200 in thrall with a superb exposition of India’s economics and potential. The October 2,2017 seminar was hosted by the Global Indian Business Council (GIBC) at the Tadka conference center in Johns Creek, GA. Dr. Swamy’s presentation spanned a wide range of issues. He gave a brief history of his own long record of standing up for democracy and freedom since his days as a young assistant professor and new author, at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. He was recognized as a significant enough person for his book to be held up for comment by the then Prime Minister, and viewed as a threat to the then-prevailing economic and governance models. He was illegally fired from the IIT for his economic views on the orders from the top of the government, but after a 22-year legal battle he has been vindicated and awarded back pay with interest. In between he was posted to the governing board of the IITs. He emphasized that the fight against high-level corruption, nepotism and fraud is a long struggle, but his example shows that a determined fighter can win in India’s justice system. This is exemplified in Supreme implemented the Green Revolution, and in a short time turned India into a net exporter of food. Even today, India has the potential to increase agricultural output by a large factor, and dominate food exports. Dr Swamy with Dr Jag & Madhu Sheth and Dhiru Shah. He argued for the long-proposed set of Water Grids to irrigate reCourt decisions related to the erstwhile leadergions such as RayalaSeema, while ending the curse of ship in Tamil Nadu, and is coming to fruition in annual floods. Swami argued that such projects will the National Herald Case against the leadership of offer opportunities for labor, infrastructure developthe Indian National Congress Party. He predicted ment as well as innovation. to loud applause and cheers, that present efforts Drawing on such lessons, Dr. Swamy spoke to reach a sensible settlement of the nearly-centuat length of an economic model where the income ry-old Ayodhya case would lead to a rebuilding of tax and inter-state goods and services tax regime the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya within the next few could be replaced by income from other sources. years. Across the political spectrum in India, this One source would be free-market auctioning of is clearly an emotional issue and ardent desire of the spectrum bandwidth for successively higher the population as exemplified by the Johns Creek frequencies of telecommunications, going from audience of Indian-Americans. 2G to 4G and beyond. Similarly, auctioning of Dr. Swamy traced the evolution of the Indian Coal Blocks would be highly lucrative if handled economy from the ancient times when India acwith the national interest in focus. Efforts to bring counted for over 50 percent of global GDP, through back illegally held wealth from outside India the 1200 years of invasions and colonial exploitacould dwarf both the above sources. tion that reduced India to a famine nation by 1947. To rousing applause, Dr. Swamy cited growThe Soviet model of centralized planning adopted ing US-India friendship and cooperation, particby early governments had the effect of hobbling ularly in the area of combating terrorism. It is development and enterprise, while imposing a now well-accepted that most terrorism emanates complex bureaucratic system beset by corruption. from Pakistan, All the regions under Pakistani Neglecting agriculture in favor of centralized inarmy control except for their central power base dustrialization had disastrous effects. Back in the of Pakistani West Punjab, are restive and eager 1950s US State Department experts classified the for freedom. He predicted that in time, Pakistan world into those regions that could be saved from would break up into four pieces, with Balochthe coming Malthusian collapse, but India was istan, Sindh, Pakhtoonistan breaking free of West regarded as too hopeless to save. Indian scientists Punjab. On the other hand, Afghans regard India

Dr Subramanian Swamy with the GIBC team. Photos by Sandeep Savla as a friendly and sympathetic nation that has always tried to protect innocent Afghans from Pakistani aggression. Dr. Swamy is in the USA partially to raise awareness and support for his vision of a Naveen Hindustan Foundation that is built on the ancient precept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (World is One Family). He sees tremendous potential in India’s young population (26 years average age). India’s population growth is leveling off now, but this young population provides an immense resource that will drive Indian enterprise and Indian culture forward around the world. Earlier, in his welcoming address, GIBC VP Ashwin Patel, called Dr. Swamy a visionary economist and politician and Consul General Nagesh Singh, a friendly diplomat wining the hearts of the Atlanta Indian American community in a short period of time. President-elect, Dhiru Shah said GIBC was formed in 2014 with a mission to facilitate global economic development with particular emphasis on India. GIBC has held three conferences in India and Atlanta including the March 2017 Smart Village Roadmap conference for energy independence in rural India. A standardized template has been developed and tested in 5 villages, 45 more on the way, as the first step towards building rural-based enterprise. This is aimed at eventually reversing urban migration and developing the economic base of India’s 700 million strong rural population, as a prelude to applying the same template around the world. In order to facilitate small and medium size American and foreign companies looking to set up manufacturing/business entities in India, GIBC has opened a small office in Ahmedabad to navigate the legal and financial rules relating to joint ventures in the country. In his introductory remarks, Dhiru Shah described Consul General Nagesh Singh like a conductor of well-tuned orchestra under whose guidance the CGI office in Atlanta has become a friendly ‘India house’ for all NRIs. He noted that Singh is a seasoned Indian Foreign Service diplo-

mat who has held several diplomatic positions in many countries and travels extensively in the six southeastern states to promote India’s economic and political interests. Consul General Singh welcomed Dr. Subramanian Swamy on his second seminar in Atlanta since 2015 and called him his ‘guru’ from whom he has learnt some of the most challenging international economic and political issues including about China. Introducing Dr. Swamy, Dhiru Shah briefly listed a few major achievements of his commendable work which includes agreement with the Chinese government for pilgrims to visit the Mt. Kailash / Mansarovar holy lands north of the Himalayas, spearheading the movement to free Hindu temples from the government control and fighting a legal and moral campaign against political corruption in India. Shah further stated that Dr. Swamy’s charitable organization, Naveen Hindustan Foundation wants every Indian to achieve the ‘Indian Way of Life’ aimed to empower realization in all dimensions: emotional, spiritual and career. His ‘Virat Hindustan Sangam’ wants to educate young Indians on their heritage and culture of ancient India. Prof. Narayanan Komerath, VP GIBC offered vote of thanks to sponsors of the event including Professor Jagdish Sheth, Ravi Chander of Softpath-Systems, Shiv Agarwal of Global Mall, Dr. Prasad Garimela, Manjula, Dr. S. Khakharia, Malla Reddy, Ram Siddhaye, Nagesh Kasam, Sewa International, and Global Hind Heritage Foundation. He mentioned that the event brought an outpouring of united effort from many volunteers and their organizations, including Shobha Swamy and Easwar Money of AIM-for-Seva, Swadesh Katoch of Sewa International, Sneha and Vasav Mehta of VHP, Rajeev Menon and Gokul Kunnath of USHA, Vinay Bopana, Srinivas Koteti and Nawal Parwal. Tadka restaurant provided the conference facilities as well as an extensive and delicious buffet menu.


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November 2017

Knowledge Is The Greatest Protector Of Man: Swami Nirbhayananda Saraswati BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA: “Deepavali signifies that we must be fortified with light always. Light or knowledge is the greatest protector of man,” says Swami Nirbhayananda Saraswati, President of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Ashrama, Gadag and Bijapur. Swamiji was visiting Atlanta this Deepavali as part of his US visit across the US including California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey. Swamiji has represented India and Hinduism at the 4th World Parliament of Religions held in Barcelona, Spain, 2004. “As a follower of Sri Vivekananda, I want to spread the message of Vedanta all over the world and in the process seek help for my work in India. I run four ashrams and one school for the poor and destitute back in my motherland. Although my disciples in all these centers for conducting Youth Conventions, Teachers’ Conferences and Mata Sammelanas ably assist me, financial stability is yet to be achieved and my trips to the US help me a little in this direction” says Swamiji about the purpose of his visits to US and abroad. Swamiji’s school houses 500 students and about 100 who reside in hostel. The school provides education from grades one through ten. Hostilities mostly come from educationally and economically backward sections and many of them are first time school goers. Their research wing, RRAITACE - Ramakrishna Research Academy for the implementation of total and comprehensive education simplifies teaching and students are put into original thinking as a result

of which a 6th grade student can solve 8th grade Mathematics and invent problems for exercises. Yoga, Veda chanting, Computer classes, Bhajans constitute routine. “On an average out of every 40 students that appear at a board exam, 30 students pass with first class results and the rest second class. “ he proudly states. Speaking of memorable moments at school that serve as life lessons to all, Swamiji recalls the predicament of an eight-year-old girl who lost her 5 Rupees. Afraid that her parents may be upset she had been crying. When a sympathetic passerby offered her the money she refused saying her teachers taught her not steal or accept gifts unless it is inevitable. She would rather tell her parents the truth and bear their wrath but did want to commit another mistake of violating what her teachers have instructed. “The passerby happened to be my friend and I was filled with joy when he told me about this,” smiles Swamiji. Swamiji spoke about “Educative Initiatives of India” and participated in a panel discussion with religious representatives and delegates from different countries at the World Parliament. He has delivered lectures in Universities of France & Italy pertaining to the Philosophy of Vedanta. Swamiji accepted invitation from the Government of Italy for inaugurating its National Cultural Festival – “Turin Spirituality” in the city of Turin, Italy. Swamiji undertook a Spiritual tour “Liberation of 16000 maidens excruciated to Italy, Switzerland and France where he spoke by Narakasura when they appealed to Krishna about “Indian Religion & World Peace”, “Vedanwholeheartedly is a reflection of wisdom that by ta & Human Upliftment” among others. taking refuge to the Lord unconditionally, one

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Magazine Pitches For Rajan To Head Federal Reserve

Washington: (IANS) Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan will be an apt pick to head the US Federal Reserve, global financial magazine Barron’s has said. “If sports teams can recruit the best talent

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from around the globe, why not central banks?” an article in Barron’s magazine asked, as it pitched for Rajan as the next chairman of the American central bank. US President Donald Trump is expected to soon announce a successor to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, whose term will end early next year. “Nowhere on the short list of potential candidates to lead the Federal Reserve is the current star among the world’s central bankers — someone who oversaw a sharp drop in inflation, the

stabilization of a currency and a 50 per cent jump in stock prices,” the article stated. “Perhaps more important, his was a lonely but prescient voice warning of a financial crisis resulting from excessive risk-taking in credit derivatives-years before it hit.” There are precedents for central banks to be headed by non-citizens such as Canadian-born Mark Carney at the Bank of England, the article said. It said “nobody is touting Rajan for a Fed post although he had been mentioned as possible Nobel laureate in economics”. In 2013, Rajan became the RBI head at a time when the rupee was sliding and prices were soaring. Despite his success in crushing the double-digit inflation, he did not get a second term. He also warned against Modi’s demonetization plan late last year when much of the nation’s currency was withdrawn from circulation as an anti-corruption measure. Now Rajan is back at the Booth School of the University of Chicago where he had taught until 2003, when he became the youngest chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund and the first non-Westerner to hold the post.


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Flying Drones To Soon Be Legal In India

New Delhi: (IANS) The Indian government recently issued draft regulations on the civil use of drones, which will also enable commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for photography, doorstep delivery, and even passenger transport. The draft regulations -- arrived at after discussions with stakeholders -- would be placed in the public domain for a month to seek comments and suggestions, after which the rules would be finalised, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju otld the media here. "By December 31, we will be in a position to come up with the final regulatory framework for the use of drones," Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey added. Under the draft rules issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), drones have been classified into five categories based on maximum take-off weight: nano (up to 250 gm), micro (251 gm to two kg), mini (2 kg to 25 kg), small (25 kg to 150 kg) and large (over 150 kg). A Civil Aviation Ministry statement said that mini and above categories will require Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit while model aircraft up to 2 kg flown below 200 feet inside educational institution premises will not require permit or identification number. Remote pilots of the drones will have to undergo requisite training, except in case of nano and micro categories, the statement added. The draft rules also imposed restrictions on the use of drones in terms of no-fly zones, including area within 5 km radius from an airport, within 50 km from international border, beyond 500 metres of the coastline, within 5 km radius of Vijay Chowk in Delhi, and from moving vehicles, ships or aircraft.

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Whatsapp's 'Delete For Everyone' Feature Finally Rolled Out

San Francisco: (IANS) WhatsApp has finally rolled out its most anticipated feature 'Delete for Everyone' that allows its over one billion users revoke their messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group. You can only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending. "Once seven minutes have passed, there is no way to delete messages for everyone," Facebook-owned WhatsApp said in its updated FAQ. "In order for messages to be successfully deleted for everyone, both you and your recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone," the micro-blogging platform said. WhatsApp was working on this feature for almost a year. You can now delete messages for everyone or just for yourself. "Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake," WhatsApp noted. Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with "This message was deleted" in your recipients' chats. Similarly, if you see "This message was deleted" in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone. This is how it works: Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.

Tap and hold the message and choose Delete from the menu. Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once. Then tap "Delete for Everyone". "If you or your recipient are not using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone, this feature will not be supported," WhatsApp said. Recipients may see your message before it's deleted or if deletion was not successful. According to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp, this feature works for messages in text, videos, GIFs, pictures, voice messages, quoted messages and status replies. The second part is to delete messages only for yourself. Deleting messages for yourself allows you to delete your copy of messages you've sent or received from your phone. "This has no effect on your recipients' chats. Your recipients will still see the messages in their chat screen," WhatsApp said. For this, open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete. Tap and hold the message and choose Delete from the menu. Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once. Then tap "Delete for Me". "The feature is being slowly rolled out and users can reinstall WhatsApp in order to download from the server the latest configuration," WABetaInfo said.

Facebook Group Admins Can Now Ban Members From Commenting San Francisco: (IANS) Facebook has introduced a new tool that empowers group admins to temporarily turn off a member's ability to comment and post. Admins can also remove members who violate their community's rules from multiple groups they manage in a single click, Facebook said. These are among a slew of new tools that the social media giant announced recently for group admins to help them grow and manage their communities with ease. To help members easily identify group leaders and other members, the social media giant also introduced badges for group admins, moderators and new members. To introduced new members to existing members of the group, admins can now write a welcome post that will automatically tag new joiners, Facebook said. A new feature called member profiles was also unveiled. Now, when group members click

on another person's name they will be directed to a group-specific profile, based on publicly-available information like things they may share in common and a feed of that person's activity in the group. The social media giant also expanded the alized tips, like scheduling posts at times when Group Insights tool to include helpful person- members are most engaged.

November 2017

Whatsapp Confirms Group Voice Calls

San Francisco: (IANS) Giving its over one billion users more power to connect, WhatsApp has confirmed group voice calls in its latest beta version of Android. According to WaBetaInfo, a popular website that tests new WhatsApp features early, the 2.17.70 beta WhatsApp update has confirmed group calls. "The 2.17.70 iOS update has very hidden references to group calls! Before it was an internal news, now it's all confirmed. "There are a lot of hidden references about group voice calls, but there is only one reference about group video calls. So group video calls are partially confirmed at the moment," WaBetaInfo tweete. It was earlier reported that the Facebook-owned messaging app was working on a group voice calls and could release the feature next year. Facebook already has a similar feature on Messenger. "WhatsApp 2.17.70 sends a request to the server to ask if the user you are calling is in another group call!" WaBetaInfo tweeted. "Note that these references we found are very strong (but they aren't visible for you at present) and they have allowed us to understand what WhatsApp is going to add in the application, as we did for WhatsApp for iPad," it added. The newest beta version of WhatsApp for Android has several updates, including a smaller app size and a feature that would notify your friends when you change your number. According to technology website Teknepolis, one major update is that when you change your phone number in WhatsApp, your contacts would receive notification of the update. The feature would work every time you change your phone number. WhatsApp has also announced advanced features for improved group management, including a tool that will prevent the group creator to be deleted from the group by other administrators.

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Ittefaq: A formulaic Whodunit Sans Intrigue

Film: "Ittefaq"; Director: Abhay Chopra; Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha, Akshaye Khanna, Kimberley Louisa McBeath, Mir Sarwar, Parul Gulati and Shankar Yadav; Rating: **1/2 BY TROY RIBEIRO

salvages the weak plot and adds an element of interest although the manner of execution is replete Director Abhay Chopra's thriller "Ittefaq" with loopholes. It is the clever dialogues laced is purportedly a whodunit mystery centering on with humor that add to the charm of the characdouble murders. ters. A celebrated UKOn the performance based writer named front, all the actors de-

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An Indispensable Accessory For The Modern Working Woman Title: Little Black Book; Author: Otegha Uwagba; Publisher: 4thEstate/ Harper Collins; Pages: 128; Price: Rs 299 BY HIMANI KOTHARI Imagine being told that you would have to work till April next year (as per Equal Pay Day) at least to earn the same amount the male colleague sitting next to you did last year. Why? Because you're a woman. But if the wage gap persists and equality remains a distant goal, doesn't mean you have to lose hope. We can get smarter. Yes, it's as simple as that. And smart is as smart does, with simple things such as learning to begin work an hour earlier to plan the day ahead; getting verbal assurances and agreements into a tangible form; and avoiding distractions of social media are among the measures that can propel women in their chosen field, says Otegha Uwagba in this small but vital book. Uwagba, who was born in Nigeria and has worked in some of London's top ad agencies before setting up Women Who, a platform that connects and supports creative working women worldwide, packs her debut

negotiating a salary. It tells you to find your voice to get ahead of others. To be yourself and build on it. And perhaps it comes from personal experiences. When Uwagba wanted to write this book she went ahead and self-published it. She was later approached by 4th Estate. Honestly, the book doesn't have anything we already don't know, but in the busy schedule of our eight-hour shifts, we tend to lose sight of who we are and what we set out to achieve. And that's why we need books like these -to remind us who we really are and how important it is to retain this sentiment. Take social media for instance. The temptation to look at your phone every time a notification pops up isn't just a distraction but actually affects your productivity. "Frequently interrupting your work to check or respond to messages stops you from getting properly immersed in it, as it takes the average person around 25 minutes to get back into the swing of things after a distraction," warns Uwagba. Or that "perfectionism is very often the enemy of progress". We all strive for it, but as the book tells you, "Recognise where to draw the line and put your work out into the world. After all, if no one ever sees your work, then it doesn't really exist, does it"? The book is also important because unlike career guides by Indian writers -- which usually dwell upon the stories of successful women, how they became what they became and how to replicate their success -- this book doesn't take this well-trodden path. Because no two women have similar lives and similar sets of problems, one woman's fight to the top hardly means anything to a reader sitting a million miles away. When we pick up a book like this, we need real, relatable tips that will actually help us in day-to-day life. And this little book has them all.

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Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) who is in Mumbai for his book launch, is accused of his wife Catherine's murder. Catherine is found dead by him in their hotel room one night. Escaping from the police to prove his innocence, he seeks shelter in the house of a lady Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), whose husband, lawyer Shekhar Sinha, has also been murdered. How investigating officer Dev (Akshaye Khanna) steps in to take charge and investigate the case in the three-day deadline and how the truth unfurls, forms the crux of this film. With the two accused, Vikram Sethi and Maya, both sharing their points of view of the night of the murder, the non-linear narrative appears confusing and repetitive for the viewer. The pace of the first half of the film is excruciatingly slow for a thriller and the characters fail to involve you, even though the subject is supposedly gripping -- that of murders. The manner in which the investigation progresses is mundane and fails to engage you. Director Abhay Chopra makes abundant and somewhat clever use of lighting and background score to create the right mood and setting of a murder mystery. The plot is layered, but the screenplay does not do justice to it, making it seem tedious. Nowhere does the audience get riveted to the screen, waiting to know who the culprit is. One can sit back, let one's concentration waver and yet, you have missed nothing. It is only the end, where the unexpected twist

liver, but the film strangely belongs to Akshaye Khanna, who, as the police officer on this case, in his inimitable lazy style entertains you as well as delivers a strong performance. He has witty lines to support him, but his essaying of his character who displays a myriad emotions ranging from anger to confusion and even sympathy, is commendable. Sidharth as the aggrieved husband who is shattered at his wife's sudden death, trying hard to prove his innocence, is a treat to watch as well. There are parts in the film where it appears he has seemingly nothing much to do, but he conveys his state of mind through his silence, eyes and sudden outbursts. His transformation in the last scene is praisew orthy too. Sonakshi as Maya, a rich lawyer's lonely wife, is competent but does not really stand out vis-a-vis her other co-actors. All the other supporting actors portray their characters with sincerity and are natural. The police constable particularly stood out with his realistic portrayal of his character. The film strangely has no song, perhaps in keeping with the sombre subject, but the background score is effective. The production values of the film are expectedly superior and set the right tone. Overall, "Ittefaq" had the potential to be a great murder mystery but unfortunately, the convoluted screenplay and pace of the film prove to be its undoing.

“Honestly, the book doesn't have anything we already don't know, but in the busy schedule of our eight-hour shifts, we tend to lose sight of who we are and what we set out to achieve. And that's why we need books like these -- to remind us who we really are and how important it is to retain this sentiment...� book with many more tips, tricks and motivation for women in creative fields at all levels. From practical suggestions on how to write the perfect email to why dressing up for the job is important -- without reading like a lookist rant -- the "Little Black Book" has it all. It also touches upon the importance of networking, using social media to build your personal brand and, most importantly, knowing your worth -- mostly in the ticklish business of


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Risk Factors For Breast Cancer

BY DR. PANCHAJANYA PAUL

According to the Center of Disease control, cancer is the second leading cause of death after heart diseases. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer afflicting women worldwide and accounts for 25 percent of all cancers. Every year around 40,000 women die of breast cancer in the US. Our modern life style puts us at high risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer has a genetic component and BRCA genes has been linked. Woman with family history of breast cancer or BRCA positive gene are at a higher risk. The good news is- the role of genes in breast cancer is only 6 percent, the rest being environmental, which can be modified. Breast cancer is unheard of, or very rare in traditional and hunter gatherer societies. Breast cancer is a systemic disease, it affects multiple organ systems. Many times, by the time the diagnosis is made, it is too late. The best hope to fight breast cancer to avoid its risks. One important fact about life style risks is that no single factor alone contributes to the cancer. There are multiple risks that are cumulative, and, when a certain threshold is crossed, cancer is triggered. But the threshold may differ among people depending on our genes and environment. Here are some of the important risks factors related to the lifestyle and environment all should know 1. Smoking & Alcohol: Tobacco is a mammary carcinogen. Woman who smoke tobacco, or exposed to second hand smoke has a higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who do not. Exposure to tobacco smoke at a younger age s even more harmful. Alcohol is also bad news for breast cancer. Alcohol increases estrogen level and may lead to breast cancer. Even one or two drinks a day raises the relative risk of breast cancer. The more alcohol one drinks alcohol the higher the risk. It is thus prudent to limit the alcohol drink to a minimum, and only reserved for social occasions.

inflammations, and tumors. Fortunately, it is easy to measure the level in the blood through lab test, and one can take vitamin D supplements to boost their level. Low vitamin D levels carries a high risk for breast cancer. Nest time, you visit your doctor, ask for the D level checked, and if low, spend more time in sun, and take vitamin D supplements.

4. Delaying Family Planning: Many females, as they strive to reach their full educational, earning, and creative potential- are delaying having children. This is good for population control, good for women empowerment, good for the economy; but bad for individual health. Women delaying having children are at a higher risk for breast cancer. Also, women who do not breast feed their children increase their odds for breast cancer. Most breast cancers begin at the cells lining the milk ducts. Breast feeding is protective factor for breast cancer. The longer the lactation is done, more the protection it provides. 2. Night light: Human are designed to be ex- In traditional societies, where women give birth to posed to light during day and dark at night. But multiple children, and then breast feeding them with the advent of artificial light, especially the use of computers and smart phones has increased our exposure to night light. Night light exposure A novel iPhone-based portable ultrasound inhibits the release of melatonin the powerful antioxidants, and disrupt the circadian rhythm in the machine that can help detect cancer easily at body. In one study nurses working at night shift home has been developed by US researchers. The device called Butterfly IQ is a scanner had a much higher rate of breast cancer than those working day shift. Shift work and night work in of the size of an electric razor that can display general is hazardous to the health. Follow good black-and-white imagery of sleep habits, and stay away from all screen light the body, when paired with an iPhone. Developed by two hours before going to bed. Connecticut-based start-up Butterfly Network, the pocket 3. Low vitamin D levels: Vitamin D deficiency sized device works by shootis becoming rampant worldwide. We spend most ing sound into the body and of our time indoors, working with our comput- capturing the echoes. Usually, the sound waves ers. Even when people are outdoors, they put sunscreen which blocks the UV-B lights essential are generated by a vibrating for vitamin D formation. We can get vitamin D crystal. But Butterfly's machine instead uses from the diet, but it is more difficult and one must 9,000 tiny drums etched onto a semiconductor have a high intake of animal derived saturated chip, reported the MIT Technology Review. Earfats. Vitamin D also acts as a hormone in the body lier this year, John Martin, a US-based vascular and can kill cancer cells. Low levels of vitamin surgeon and chief medical officer at Butterfly D has been found in breast cancer patients. Lack Network, discovered a cancerous mass in his own of vitamin D also increases the risk of infection, throat while testing the device.

for multiple years, breast cancer is rarely seen. Conceiving children early may not be a practical option, but much of the risk can be reduced by breast feeding your baby for at least one full year. 5. Sleep, Diet & Exercise: Sleep is a great healer, and body does bulk of its repair mechanisms like killing carcinogens, infections during sleep. Try to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Tea is protective against cancer. Green tea has been linked to a decreased risk of breast cancer. Vegetables from the brassica family like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage lowers the risk. Exercise is beneficial for all aspects of health. Lack of exercise and obesity show a higher incidence of breast cancer. 6. Environmental toxins: In general, most of the preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, food colors, additives, cleaning products are harmful to human health. Contact with them should be minimal. Most of the food sold in grocery stores are full of hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. Try to get your food local and seasonal. Choose organic whenever available and affordable. Cosmetic products are another problem as chemicals applied directly to the skin tends to get absorbed in the body. Unfortunately, many of the harmful chemicals banned in Europe, continues to be used in American products. Some of these chemicals work like estrogen in the body and disrupt the endocrinal functions. Another danger is the increasing use of plastic in all products from drinking water to food to packages. Bisphosphonate A found in plastics products tends to accumulate in the body, and is a potential risk factor for breast cancer. Fortunately, awareness against the dangers of chemicals is rising, and more natural and organic substitutes are coming to the market. In the end, our health is in our hands. All diseases have a genetic and environmental role. For breast cancer, environment plays a bigger role than the genes. Even if you have genetic risks, your DNA is not your destiny. Follow a healthy lifestyle and reduce your exposure from environmental toxins. Mammogram, early screening, and treatment are helpful.

This iPhone-Based Device Can Detect Cancer Martin felt an uncomfortable feeling of thickness on his throat, thus he oozed out some gel and ran the probe along his neck. On his smartphone, to which the device is connected, black-and gray images quickly appeared. He found a 3 cm mass that was diagnosed as squamous-cell cancer -- a form of skin cancer that develops in the cells of the outer layer of the skin. Instead of vibrating crystals, Butterfly IQ uses "capacitive micro-machined ultrasound transducers", or CMUTs, tiny ultrasonic emitters layered on a semiconductor chip. "The device gives you the ability to do everything at the bedside: you can pull it out of your pocket and scan the whole body," Martin said. By 2018, its software will let users automatically calculate how much blood a heart is pumping, or detect problems like aortic aneurisms, the report said.

November 2017

Indian Doctors Advise Restraint On Prescribing Acid Reflux Drugs

New Delhi/Hong Kong: (IANS) Taking strong cognizance of the latest study claiming that common Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) like pantoprazole and rabeprazole may double the risk of developing stomach cancer, Indian doctors advised the fraternity to be cautious while prescribing such pills to patients. The study by University of Hong Kong researchers, published in the journal Gut, showed that taking PPIs was associated with a more than doubling (2.44) of the risk of developing stomach cancer, while taking H2 blockers like ranitidine was not associated with any such heightened risk. PPIs reduce the production of acid by blocking the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces the acid. "We know that due to significant acid suppression, PPIs can exacerbate atrophic gastritis which may lead to gastric cancer," Sudeep Khanna, Senior Consultant (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Therapeutic Endoscopy) at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in New Delhi, told IANS. "Yes definitely, doctors should take a second call before prescribing PPIs to patients," Khanna added. Commonly used PPIs in India include Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, DEXlansoprazole, Pantoprazole, Esmoprezole, Rabeprazole. In the study, the researchers led by Ka Shing Cheung from the Department of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong compared the use of PPIs with another type of drug used to dampen down acid production called H2 blockers (like ranitidine) in 63,397 adults treated with triple therapy -- a combination of a PPI and two antibiotics to kill off "H pylori" over seven days -- between 2003 and 2012. They were subsequently monitored until they either developed stomach cancer, died or the study ended (end of December 2015), whichever came first. The average monitoring period lasted 7.5 years. During this time, 3,271 (5 per cent) people took PPIs for an average of nearly three years and 21,729 took H2 blockers. In all, 153 (0.24 per cent) people developed stomach cancer after triple therapy. None tested positive for H pylori at the time, but all had long-standing gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). However, the health experts stressed the need for more data as the study was an observational, which cannot prove cause and effect. "The researchers lacked information on some risk factors such as diet, family history and socio-economic status. Despite the large sample of more than 63,000 H pylori-infected patients, the small number of gastric cancer cases did not allow for any 'meaningful evaluation of the dosage effect and role of different PPIs'," Khanna informed. In the latest study, the average time between triple therapy and the development of stomach cancer was just under 5 years. Recent research has also linked long term use of PPIs to various unwanted effects, including pneumonia, heart attack and bone fracture.


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Free Citizenship ClinNOV 11 ic Please bring the following documents: Green Card , Driver's license, All your passports Social Security Card Most recent tax return List of home addresses for the past 5 years List of employer names and addresses for the past 5 years Proof of public benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, etc. Dates you have been outside the U.S. since getting your green card, and the countries you visited during each trip Marriage certificate and divorce decrees or proof of death for previous spouses. Also, if married to a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder), bring spouse's US passport or green card. Certified final court disposition for any traffic tickets For each of your children: his/her green card, complete name, date of birth, and address When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10 am-1 pm Where: Atlanta's New Americans Campaign collaborative hosts at 2309 Parklake Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30345 Contact: 404-890-5655 Kannada RajyothsaNOV 11 va & Deepavali Nrupathunga Kannada Koota NKK cultural event. When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5 pm. Where: Berkmar High School, 405 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lilburn GA 30047. Contact: atlantakannada.org. Gokuldham presents NOV 11 "Sneh Sammelan" A Passage through the Golden Hits of Bollywood Show by Dhwani When: November 11 at 6 PM Dinner Time: 6PM to 7:45PM. Show: 8pm Where: Gokuldham New Haveli, 2397 Satellite Blvd., Buford, GA 30518. Haveli entrance is on Horizon Parkway . Tickets: $20, $50, $100 - Available at Gokuldham Haveli only. Kids - 5 & Under free. Contact: 770-492-4346, 770-329-8508, 404435-9548

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Shaam-E-Sangeet NOV 11 Program Sponsor: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation- Atlanta Chapter When: Saturday, November 11 at 6:30 PM Where: Global Mall, Impact Center, 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071 Ticket Price (includes Dinner): $20 in advance; $25 on the day of program Tickets @: Ekal website: https://www.ekal.org/ us/ticket/shaam--e--sangeet Contact: Ajay Upadhyaya 678-770-1115; ajayup@hotmail.com www.ekal.org Second annual India NOV 12 vs UK Cricket Cup between GIACC and the British American Business Council After the match we will have a reception with award presentations. Bring family and friends for a fun day of cricket and networking. When: Sunday, November 12 at 12:30 pm Where: Oglethorpe University Soccer Field, 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30319 Contact: Email amber.mehta@knavcpa.com 5K Run-Walk NOV 12 Hosted by TANA Foundation : Telugu Association of North America Foundation When: Sunday, November 12 from 8 AM - 1 PM Where: Newtown Park 3150 Old Alabama Rd Johns Creek, GA 30022 Contact: Bharath Maddineni: 678-772-1681; Srinivas Lavu: 770-329-5642; Anjiah Chowdary Lavu: 770-235-2709

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What Shall We Be Angry About Today?

BY NURY VITTACHI

When you see the shocking, outrageous things people do just to get attention on the internet, its impossible not to shake your head and think: Why didn’t I think of that? So this columnist bought a KitKat, a snack consisting of four thin sticks of chocolate. Instead of snapping the individual sticks apart, I left it as a single unit and took a big bite out of the top. As soon as pix were posted, outraged reactions poured in. "That's not how you eat a KitKat!!!" said the first. "Man, that is just so wrong," said the next. "U R one sick dude" said the third. "What is wrong with u," said another. This experiment, which I did some time ago, confirmed that a) people love being outraged, and b) the most trivial things create a much bigger reaction than serious but uninteresting things such as the imminent end of the world, the coming nuclear disaster, global Armageddon, etc. Case in point: In August, police officers reported that a man wearing jean shorts robbed several shops in St Louis County in the US state of Missouri. The public reaction? I found precisely zero comments about the wrongness of robbing stores but vast numbers of angry posts about the wrongness of a male wearing jean shorts. Police investigators joined in. "His disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends," said officer Ben Granda. His team circulated a photo of the man and asked the public (I am not making this up) to report him to law enforcement officers and "the

fashion police". Last month, the internet glowed red hot with a report entitled "That's not how you eat chicken nuggets". Clicking on the headline led you to a secretly filmed video of someone eating the McDonald's, er, "foodstuff" with a knife and fork instead of fingers. "It's so weird," said one comment. "People who do things like that might be serial killers." Reddit and Twitter, meanwhile, were outraged over people who buy hot pizzas and then carry them vertically. "Who carries pizza like that?" said one Tweeter. "I think I am witnessing a drug deal." Modern, liberal Internet society HATES non-conformity and loves exposing misfits. Why? "Historically, humans have always gathered to discuss behavioral morality in religious and cultural gatherings," a psychologist who did not want her name printed told this columnist via email. "Now many are missing such forums." Professor Ryan Martin, who studies anger, told the New York Times that people are angry on the internet because they are hungry for group validation. When others share their shock, "they feel they're vindicated and a little less lonely and isolated in their belief". The bad thing is that evil, unscrupulous media people can exploit this to get clicks on their own posts. Mwa ha ha ha ha. Speaking of which, more responses had arrived under my image of eating a KitKat the wrong way. "That's chocolate abuse!!!" said one. "You need help," said another. I need to stop here. I feel the need to go buy jean shorts. Pix coming.

Try Some Muted Shades This Autumn Akshay Narvekar, Founder of Bombay Shirt Company, Ishaan Sachdeva, Director of Alberto Torresi and Tabby Bhatia, Director of Voganow. com dole out tips on how to remain fashionable with muted shades this season.

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in classic tones of tan, blue, black, wine and burgundy are quite in vogue and look on top of the fashion when teamed with slim fit denims and mock layered zippers. * Bryce Chelsea boots in suede leather in tones of earthy brown is yet another promising style which replenishes iconic style statement when teamed with denims and biker jackets crafted in premium leather. * Also, when it comes to boots, ankle boots in classic hues of blacks and dark browns add an absolute panache and boasts street style look if paired with ribbed jeans and baggy knitted pullover. * White sneakers or slip-ons in plimsolls are one of the hot trending styles noticed among young generation.


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Nida Shariff: The Woman Behind Diwali Mela Photography & Concept: Divya Desai Make-up: Kripa Bhatt

Very seldom are people endowed with beauty, brains, talents and humility. Nida Shariff is one of them. Nida, who has exemplified herself in various community activities, is a recipient of the Award for Excellent and Continued contribution to the Community by Gov. Nathan Deal in the year 2014. Born in India, Nida moved to the US at a very young age. She credits her father as a true inspirer and husband subsequently for unflinching support. Nida has been very active in the community since her high school days in NJ, where she organized many fashion shows and art exhibitions as early as at the age of 16. She cherished her passion in fine arts/fashion design throughout her college career and was also one of the two students who received art scholarship for the prestigious Moore college of Arts during her senior year. Nida moved to Georgia in 1997 and be-

November 2017 came very active in the South Asian community by volunteering to organize local events. She was the secretary for India American Cultural Association (2015) and has been part of the organizing committee in events such as Indian Idol, beauty pageants and Festival of India. Nida was the pageant director for Miss/Teen pageants (2014/2015) and was also chosen to judge the prelims in the Miss/Teen/Mrs pageant. She was also recognized for supporting and as acting Public Relations for Mrs. India International Pageant (2016). Nida is also an event organizer and promotes several Bollywood events for local communities. Nida has acted in few plays and was recognized for an outstanding dedication and performance. She is also a part of Atlanta theater group, Dhoop Chaon. Nida has organized and choreographed many Fashion shows, mentored many young girls over the years and helped them build self-confidence and poise. Professionally, Nida pursues a career in the healthcare industry as a clinical research coordinator. In 2016 Nida organized and managed the first annual Zee TV &TV Diwali Mela in Atlanta, which was a huge success. She followed it up this year with another successful Diwali mela. “I have been part of many community events here in Atlanta which motivated me to start the Atlanta Diwali Mela. I wanted to do something good and exciting for the community, and what's better then Diwali,” she said in an email conversation with NRI Pulse. “This is an annual event and we will continue to bring bigger entertainment for the community as long as we get the support needed. There will be other events coming soon as well.”


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“If You Smelt A Rat, You'd Rather Keep Away”

Mumbai: (IANS) Actress Vidya Balan says she protected herself against "sleazy predators" and "casting couch" in the industry. During an interview on the CNNNews 18 show "Straight Talk with Vidya Balan", Vidya opened up about the clamour around sexual harassment in showbiz after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was named by multiple actresses and models for rape and assault. The question about why the women remained silent has been put up multiple times. According to Vidya, "You can't judge when women should speak about it or why they didn't speak about it earlier", read a statement on excerpts from her conversation. Asked if the "culture of silence" has existed in the Indian film fraternity as in the west where the casting couch and sleazy predators are an open secret, she said: "I'm a living example of the fact that not everyone is a predator". "I come from a privileged background, so I always gave the vibe that I don't need this, I'm only doing this as a passion, I'm very serious about this... But I won't react

with people in a way that was personal. It seems like if you speak about it, people Almost err on the side of caution. Maybe won't want to work with you. it's also a middle-class thing. If you smelt "I always thought that at that level with that kind of success, female actors in Hollywood would not keep quiet and tolerate sexual harassment. But maybe at that level you have more to lose or as much to lose," Vidya added. The "Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh" actress, who has portrayed strong women-oriented roles on screen, says she has not faced the casting couch herself, but said it is so because she delibera rat, you'd rather keep away. That was my ately walked away before anyone could say way of protecting myself. anything. "But I have heard of people who "You get a vibe and I would walk away had been absolutely fine with me, go- because I wanted to be safe. Having said ing and threatening, propositioning oth- that, whatever you want to do for the sake er women and I would tell some of them of your career or your life, no one should you shouldn't keep quiet about it and they be judging you either way. You would be would say, 'I don't want to be known for blamed previously, so people wouldn't talk this controversy'. And there's also fear about it because fingers would be pointed at that other producers won't give you work. you," said the 38-year-old actress.

I Don't Have A Dream, I Believe In Destiny: Zaira Wasim

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The budding star of "Secret Superstar", actress Zaira Wasim, who turned 17 on Monday, says she does not have a dream to achieve. Instead, she believes that destiny will guide her way. Zaira, who hails from Kashmir, caught the attention of Bollywood buffs first with "Dangal". With "Secret Superstar", she has upped the ante with her performance as a teenage girl Insiya, who chases her dream of becoming a singing superstar under the confinement of anonymity. During her birthday celebrations at her co-star Aamir Khan's residence here, Zaira was asked about the dream she wants to achieve. She said: "I do not have dreams. I will go with the flow and I believe in destiny. I know if things are meant to happen, they will happen. Your destiny will take you where you belong." In the movie, directed by first-timer Advait Chandan, Zaira's character goes through a lot of struggle to fulfil her dream. Has she ever fought with her parents to achieve anything of her desire in real life? "No, the last time I fought with my parents that I remember was for adopting a cat. Actually, I have two, and I adopted

a golden brown kitten without taking their permission. "What is her secret talent that the world does not know about? "I can bore you with my super boring PJs (poor jokes)," she quipped. Adding to that, Chandan said: "Yes, I tolerated that for 55 days during our shooting. I mean I am good at PJs, but she is brilliant at it... She can compete with me." How does she stay grounded? She promptly said: "I lay down on the ground, sit down on the ground…You see, that's the best way to stay grounded." After a bout of laughter, Zaira added: "Honestly, I have no answer to that. Maybe it's because I am not taking the pressure of my success. I am happy that people love the film. It is our film, we all put our effort to make it the best film. "So, it is not just mine, we all worked hard. I mean we all are happy, that it was a Diwali release and people have had a good time with our film." For her special day, Zaira was sent a special wish by Aamir. He tweeted: "Happy Birthday Zaira! Wish you happiness always! May you always shine as the superstar that you are! God bless. Love. a."

Actor Nawazuddin Withdraws Memoir

Nawazuddin Siddiqui apologized and announced that he is withdrawing his book "An Ordinary Life" after a complaint was reportedly filed against him for outraging the modesty of his "Miss Lovely" co-star Niharika Singh. According to reports, the complaint was filed by Delhi advocate Gautam Gulati at the National Commission for Women (NCW). Recently, Niharika slammed Nawazuddin for not taking her consent before sharing their personal equation with the world in his memoir. She said the way he has "painted" her image, it appears he doesn't mind disrespecting a woman to boost the sales of his book. "Nawaz and I had a brief relationship in 2009 during the making of 'Miss Lovely' that lasted less than a few months. So today, when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him and mailing other women on his behalf, I can only laugh. "He obviously wants to sell his book and it would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so," Niharika said.


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I Am Able To Instill Values That Students Can Use Through Their Lives: Padmaja Kelam “In 1994, I had the opportunity to come to the US through a student. This student used to come to India every summer, and learn dance from me. I was then sponsored to come to the States to teach her, and also to perform with several different organizations. In the initial years, the biggest struggle was not having my family with me. I came to the US by myself leaving my whole life behind in India. Being a Indian woman alone in a completely new country was tough. While I was teaching the student, I decided to then pursue my career in teaching by enrolling into a Montessori program. I had to work odd jobs to be able to pay for my schooling here in Atlanta. Teaching dance wasn’t enough at that time. When I first started Kalaivani Dance Academy, I only had 6 students. It was supposed to be a means of survival to pay for bills and other student expenses. As the months passed, it was amazing to see how interested and intrigued the students were, while learning Bharata Natyam. This interest in students motivated me to grow the school into what it is today. I enjoy the fact that I’m able to share my love for this art-form with today’s young gener-

ation. Through my teachings, I am able to instill values that students can use and carry on through their lives. For me, teaching isn’t just about dance; it is also about helping students through obstacles in their lives. I incorporate a lot of my Montessori teachings in my dance classes. This helps me reach students on another level with dancing and also in achieving a state of mind that helps them grow into humble human beings. A majority of the students that attend Kalaivani Dance Academy love coming to dance classes on their own interest. This is what drives me to keep going every day!” – Padmaja Kelam

Padmaja Kelam is the founder/director of Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy. She is a multifaceted artist- acclaimed as a great dancer, an inspiring teacher, skilled nattuvannar and an innovative choreographer. Originally from Secunderabad, Telangana, she first started learning dance from Guru Rajeshwari Sainath for three years. She then switched to Guru Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastry. Currently, she is under the guidance of Guru Madurai R. Muralidharan. She has been teaching dance for the past 30 years, 20 of them in the USA.

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Apple Crisp

..... What’s Cooking? ..... under the apple crisp dish to catch if any juice drips down. You can bake this apple crisp in small stainless steel bowls or in small Pyrex bowls for individual servings. Tastes good when eaten warm in winter and refreshing in summer when eaten cold. You can serve with ice cream or whipping cream.

6- Apples (golden delicious, gala P.S. LAKSHMI RAO apples, granny smith apples peeled and cut into two inch pieces (remove center parts). You can mix these one of a kind or 2 each of what ever you have on hand. 1-Cup sugar Juice from one orange 1 Tablespoon finely chopped orange peel 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional) ¼ Teaspoon ground clove (optional) 1/4Teaspoon ground ginger (optional) 2 Teaspoons all purpose flour ½ Teaspoon cornstarch (optional) 1Tablespoon unsalted butter cut into pieces Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer them in to one 8x8 or 8x12 Pyrex dish greased. Topping 1 Cup all purpose flour or Bisquick

Nut & Sesame Seed Truffles ½ Stick cold butter cut in to small pieces (4 tablespoons) ¼ Teaspoon salt (don’t use salt if you are using Bisquick) 1 Teaspoon sugar ¼ Teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Exquisite Banarasi Brocade

Banarasi weaves. In an effort towards their revival, designs have been inspired by vintage fabrics and unique collections and have used looms and the talents of the designers of this unique ancient city. Brocade Skirt With Velvet Top: This skirt is decorated with multi-thread colored embroidery work. The sari skirt is decorated with three colors, so it is called 3-D designer skirt. The dupatta is decorated with lace border work. The blouse is embellished with light embroidery work.

A legacy of Indian world-renowned textile revival work, the project 'Varanasi weaves' was undertaken to re-create the aesthetics of the weaves once hand loomed in Kashi, which is perhaps the world's last and only surviving hand brocading center. The new revivalist collection reinvigorates the colorcast drape and the subtle gold embellishments handcrafted on exquisite hand-woven fabrics; saris and lehengas of the royal Indian era. Unfortunately, in the last 100 years the designs and sensation of the gold and silver brocading of Banaras have gone through a change, diminishing the heritage of the exclusive

light brown on medium low heat. Let them cool completely. Blend together sesame seeds, cashews and almonds into coarse powder in a blender. Add brown sugar and dates and blend again. Transfer the nut mixture into a bowl. Mix thoroughly with condensed milk and make 3 ½ to 4 inches diameter size balls (Truffles). Roll Truffles in the coconut or almond powder if using. Makes 15 balls.

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es ½ Cup almonds ½ Cup chopped dates ½ Cup fresh or frozen shredded coconut ½ Cup brown sugar or jaggery ½ Cup sweetened condensed milk Mix all the above ingredients and sprinkle ¼ Cup dry fine coconut powder or althis flour mixture on top of apples evenly. Bake mond powder (optional) for 45 minutes to 50 minutes or until the topping Roast sesame seeds, cashews, algets light brown. Keep checking after 30 minutes. Keep a sheet of aluminum foil or a cookie sheet monds, each separately in a dry pan until

..... InVogue .....

BY RANI SHARMA RANEEZ FINE BOUTIQUE

November 2017

Brocade jacket: This stunning green-black-gold jacket is perfect for any party. It is hand woven in pure silk and cut to flatter. It is perfect for both summer and winter. Makeup with silk brocade fabric: Go bright with the bronzer and light on eye makeup. Finish with plum medium lipstick. Jewelry: Pair with kundan and polki earrings and necklace. Purse- silk solid color clutch. Sandals- gold colored pencil heels.

Flaunt Your Lehenga With A Twist

Ditch the mundane lehenga for the upcoming wedding season. Wear a georgette belt with a flowy drape, sport cigarette pants underneath embellished sheer lehenga of soft net, experts suggest. * Wear a georgette belt with a flowy drape and embellishments with your wedding lehenga. You can choose any colour that compliments your lehenga skirt and opt for heavy embroidery on the drape or even make it pleated as you may like it. * Color blocking can be done with a nice stitched plain cotton silk shirt with flared lehenga of the same fabric with embellished motifs at the bottom or the border with heavy statement jewellery. * Make a very traditional outfit like a lehenga choli look trendy by adding a brocade or embellished collar, incorporating the flary or large sleeves trend for a Medieval look. Cold shoulder blouses have emerged as a staple in bridal wear collection. Add oodles of drama by sporting a sleeveless jacket over your cold-shoulder choli , embellish the cold-shoulder detail with multiple pearl strands to evoke a by-gone era. * Change the cut of the lehenga skirt. Make it like a wrap-around or an extra flary palazzo. Look bold and sassy by re-inventing the Indian lehenga. For an indo-western gown illusion, use the flamenco inspiration for the one-piece lehenga and use a knee-high slit with ruffles. * A well fitted brocade cigarette pants can be worn underneath a beautifully embellished sheer lehenga of soft net along with a hand embroidered princess-line silk blouse.


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