Atlantaâ€™s Premier South Asian Newspaper November 2018
Atlantaâ€™s Premier South Asian Newspaper November 2018
All 4 Indian-American Members Of Congress Re-Elected
New York: (IANS) All the four Indian-American Democrat members of the House of Representatives were re-elected in Tuesday's election and a member of the community won the Attorney General's position in Wisconsin state. Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents a constituency near Chicago in Illinois, won about 66 percent of the votes to defeat his Indian-American challenger J.D. Diganvker of the Republican Party. The other House candidates re-elected were Pramila Jeyapal from Washington State, and Ro Khanna and Ami Bera from California. Together with the only Senator of Indian descent, Kamala Harris, they make up what they themselves jokingly call "The Samosa Caucus," Harris won from California in 2016 did not face a re-election as she has a six-year term. None of the other Indian Americans running for Congress made it. In a sign of the Indian-American community's growing political
with a margin of about 1 percent of the votes, although his victory is likely to be challenged by his Republican rival. He will be the second Indian-American Attorney General. The first is Gurbir Grewal, a turban-wearing Sikh, in New Jersey where Attorneys General are not elected but appointed by the Governor. Kaul is the fourth Indian-American to win a state-wide election, which sets the stage for him to run for other higher offices. The first involvement, Democrat Josh Kaul was elected Attorney General of Wisconsin in a tight race was Piyush Bobby Jindal, elected Louisiana governor
in 2007 who was followed by Nikki Haley, elected South Carolina governor in 2010; both are Republicans. The third is Harris. Shiva Ayyadurai, who ran as an Independent against Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, lost badly, getting only about 3.5 percent of the votes. Warren has claimed Native American or American Indian ancestry and Ayyadurai ran a controversial campaign with the headline, "Only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian'. At least seven other Indians ran for Congress on Democratic Party tickets but lost according to a database of the Indian American Impact Fund and Desis for Progress, which had endorsed them. Harry Arora, who ran for the House as a Republican from Connecticut, lost. The database also showed that six Indian-American Democrats had been elected to State legislatures for the first time.
Jewelry Thieves Targeting Indian-Americans; Checking Online Records
Atlanta, GA: Jewelry thieves are targeting Indian Americans in Georgia and the rest of the country. The community is being prayed upon because of the expensive jewelry associated with their customs and culture. Investigators said the suspects involved have been committing crimes across the country and are believed to be targeting only Indian-Americans. It appears the group may be checking online records to identify businesses owned by the Indian Americans and are likely pawning the jewelry they get. In East Cobb county alone, 25 residential burglaries targeted East Asian businesses and professional individuals this year. The Cobb County Neighbor Safety Com-
mission (NSC) and the Cobb County Police Pre-
cinct 4 Investigators recently held a public meeting to address the matter, and to educate all about what to do to protect their families and homes from being a victim and what they can do to help law enforcement to catch the perpetrators. At the forum, police said the thieves behind the crimes are members of a South American Theft Gang. Investigators say they're so-
phisticated, they know what they're doing and they live among us for a few weeks or sometimes months, reports Fox 5. "Some of them have military training and tactics, some have even been trained in our military, and they use these tactics to surveil victims, they know when they're at home or away, what their lunch schedule is like," said Lt. McCreary. In some cases, police say crooks have followed business owners to their homes. Police warned everyone to lock up their jewelry and cash and don't advertise on social media when you're going to be out of town. For business owners, or anyone else, police say if you feel like you're being followed, call 911.
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Raksha Celebrates Ek Shaam’s 20th Anniversary
Farmer, Kundan Patel and Bidisha Siddhanta was played. They all unequivocally stated their gratitude to Raksha, for the support they received to heal from the violence they experienced. Other performances included Anjali Malhotra & Mahesh Patel singing “Tumse milke”, Anand Srinivasan singing Niraj Sharma’s own composition and lyrical song: “Shukriya Zindagi”, and Indrani Danave reciting the hit number “Sun raha he tu”. The awesome acoustics were provided by sound engineer Jogi Jose and photos were memorialized by Vinod Devlia (Photography by Vinod). The event’s keynote speaker was Preeti Singh Farmer, an Atlanta based IT executive, who is also a domestic violence and Stage 3 breast cancer survivor. In a powerful, moving address, Preeti spoke about her cancer diagnosis and painful chemo treatment, which she said, made her face her fears head-on. Preeti Singh Farmer. Photos by “If I had 2 days to live on this earth, I wanted to Vinod Devlia. live in peace and not in a Atlanta, GA: Raksha Inc.’s twentieth anniversa- mellifluous voices and to the exry celebrations, aptly themed: “Celebrating the past treme delight of the audience. Right from the opening toxic environment,” she said. “If you know someand Changing the future”, was a celebration of its number ‘Shava shava’, sung by Rashmi Ahuja, Mayani one who is in an abusive relationship, do not abanincredible journey, from Attorney Sunita Iyer’s base- had people gathered on the dance floor, moving and don them. They need your support even if they do not leave right away. Victims need to have their ment to a volunteer run support group to a branded swaying to desi numbers. non-profit with significant staff today, supporting a Westin Perimeter’s very own Chef Dinesh’s din- self-esteem built up, not torn down more.” Preeti, who has since remarried, now runs whole lot more cases. ner spread was delicious. a divorce support group which has close to 900 Almost everyone was who was part of the inThe silent auction items were donated by local members. augural “Ek Shaam Raksha ke Naam” was part of businesses that support Raksha, but the crème-de-laGold level Sponsor, Romil Bahl, CEO of this noteworthy milestone held at the Westin Atlanta crème were tickets to the SNL: Saturday Night Live Kore, which is a pioneer in the Internet of Things Perimeter on October 7, 2018. production in New York, further aided by a $500 Delta (IoT) space, delivering transformative business Niraj Sharma, created a video: Walk Down the Gift Certificate. performance for its customers, while simplifying Memory Lane, which captured faces and comments Songs “Jab koi baat bigad jaaye” performed by the complexities of IoT and M2M (Machine-to-Mafrom many including the pioneers of Ek Shaam…, Pankaj Bhargava and Namrata Dewan & Chandrichine), spoke as well. He argued for support to Ramesh and Vijaya Bakshi. ka Lakshminarayan’s rendition of “Prem ratan dhan Raksha and the reasons that make him a huge RakThe entire Bakshi family has been a critical payo” not only brought tears of joy to the couple’s eyes sha fan. Apart from all the serious business that part of Ek Shaam’s growth and the couple’s gracious filled with gratitude for Raksha, but had all of the audi- Raksha imbibes, it also gets a chance to play cupid. presence at the 20th anniversary was a mixed bag of ence cheering their presence on the floor. A brief video was displayed of a chance meeting of emotions. The Bakshis did not celebrate their 50th An moving testimonial video produced by Mi- Kiran and Hema Hebbar at one of Raksha’s events, wedding anniversary this year due to the untimely chael Banks with stories from survivors: Preeti Singh which has now ended up in them crafting a blissful loss of their young son Deepak matrimony, and growing a delightful family. Bakshi, who was also a keen supThe honorees for the night included: (a) the Atporter of Raksha. And yet, they lanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. This award is were present at the event for which given to an individual or organization that goes above they had given all of their time, and beyond to ensure survivor’s healing, empowenergy, funding and support. Truly erment, and access to justice. (b) Staffers: Aparna outstanding and selfless! Bhattacharyya;, was recognized for her 20 years with Viren Mayani, who not only Raksha as well as staffer Manisha Lance for her 10th christened the name: “Ek Shaam…” anniversary working for Raksha. (c) the individubut whose band “Aawaaz” perals involved with production of the video - Michael formed in the first two Raksha Banks, Preeti Singh Farmer, Bidisha Siddhanta and fundraisers, emceed the anniversaKundan Patel with the Seeds of Change award for ry celebrations. His emceeing inplanting seeds that helps Raksha grow beyond meavolved vivid recollections from the sure by telling their stories and breaking the stigma past and he was able to engage the and isolation in our community (d) all of the music audience throughout the evening. performers, dance group Silent Killers Dance Mania, Singers performed intermitvideo creator Niraj Sharma and emcee Viren Mayani, tently between speeches, videos, Ramesh & Vijaya Bakshi with Viren Mayani (cenwere presented with the fifteenth annual Ramesh & Vijaya Bakshi Community Change Award. testimonials and awards; in their ter) and Aparna Bhattacharyya.
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Community Gets Together To Welcome Consul General Dr Kulkarni
Dr. Vasu Patel introducing the FIA team.
Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA: Dignitaries, leaders, prominent members and representatives of various communities across GA gathered together to welcome the new Consul General of India in Atlanta, Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni. The dinner reception was hosted by the Federation of Indian-American Associations of Georgia (FIA) at Ashiana Banquet Hall in Global Mall on October 6, 2018. Anchored by Anjali Tripathi, the evening kicked off with the traditional Shankhnaad (conch) followed by National Anthems of India and USA. The very graceful Samta Savla of Nritya Natya Kala Bharti opened with a Ganesh Vanadana along with semi-Bollywood and an energetic ghoomar performances spaced through the night. “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas” (When you get everyone together, everyone grows together) said Vasu Patel quoting Girsh Bhai, ex-Gujarati Samaj President. The theme resonated through the evening as Patel emphasized the need to present a united front to make Indian-American voices and concerns heard, especially in the political arena.” There are more than 180 Indian associations in GA. We have to bring everyone together. We want to present a united front and not be divided into groups. Collectively we can do anything,” urged Patel. “This is a historic evening as we welcome and showcase our diverse group of community to our new Consul General of India, Atlanta,” said Rina Gupta who introduced Dr. Kulkarni. Dr Swati Kulkarni, in her keynote address,
The Consulate Staff. Photos by Bytegraph.com. described the consulate as “Videsh main aapka dost. Bharat ka dootavaas. (Your friend on foreign land. An ambassador of India).” “We are your first point of contact. Any Indian knocking on our doors, please know that we are here for you” she said. “We want to have your power united as soft power or smart power. The Ministry of External Affairs wants to harness diaspora capital,” she said, highlighting the significance of collaborations and contributions from nonresident Indians as a single entity. She also noted that it was not all about economics. “We have 3.1 million In-
dian-Americans here in the US and 30 million Indians abroad bringing in about 70 billion remittances. But it is not all about economic prospects, but also the knowledge, culture, social ideas, practices, political leaderships that you have adopted and succeeded - we need to harness all these potentials. We can do it only
though collective power.” Quoting Indian PM Modi that every Indian abroad is a diplomat, Dr. Kulkarni urged overseas Indians to work in partnership and collaborate with the Indian and American governments. Congratulating her predecessors’ achievements in setting up the Consulate, Dr. Kulkarni said her immediate agenda included building a superstructure, along with other important goals. She also announced the opening of a regional chapter of India American Chamber of Commerce in February. “We want everyone to register at the Consul-
ate,” she said, and went on to elaborate on how it helps building a database that can be used for various purposes, be it during natural emergencies or reaching out to communities when dignitaries from India visit Atlanta. The new Consul General also talked about setting up an Advisory for students and new job seekers, which she said was crucial to newcomers who are unaware of the workings of America. She cited examples of false universities that promised seats such as Silicon Valley University where students returned home empty handed when it was declared non-credible. Dr Kulkarni also urged the community to follow the Consulate on Twitter and Facebook for live updates. Online submission of visa and passport fees was in the works she said and urged communities to give them two members who would be trained by them. She said those trained can help out the rest. “Let’s go ahead and have one Diwali. Everybody will take you seriously only when you are united. It helps your cause and makes my job easier. Our smart power should be unity in diversity. Smiling lips solve many problems,” concluded Dr. Kulkarni. As a direct result of her advice, all associations are coming together to celebrate Diwali this November. The new team at the consulate includes P.Jeya Pazham,, Bikash Kumar, L.T. Ngaihte, Shailesh Lakhtakia, Asim Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Sethulakshmi R, Deepak Kumar, and Prasad Vanpal. Rajeev Menon thanked each of the volunteers, recognizing them by name and all the advisors who extended their support and time. The FIA executive committee members include Vasu Patel, President, Rajeev Menon, General secretary, Kaushal Tripathi, Sanjay Prakash, Treasurer, Srini Lavu, Mahesh Pawar, Mandar Vengurlekar, Tejas Patwa, Rina Gupta and Pravin Patel. Dr. Kulkarni is a career diplomat who holds M.B.B.S. degrees from the Government Medical College, Nagpur in India. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995, served as Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa (2012-2014) and as Deputy Head of Mission in Muscat, Oman (2008-2012), two posts pervaded by projects. Dr. Kulkarni’s husband Mr. Vijay Jayant Kulkarni is a merchant mariner by profession. The couple has two daughters.
Governor Deal Presents Commendation To Dr Indran Indrakrishnan
Atlanta, GA: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal presented well-known gastroenterologist and Emory University School of Medicine clinical professor Dr Indran Indrakrishnan with an official commendation on September 25 for his work in the medical field. The commendation was presented to Dr Indrakrishnan on his birthday, making him the first physician and the first American of Indian descent to receive such an honor. “Dr. Indrakrishnan’s exceptional work has improved the lives of many Georgians affected by colorectal cancer and other gastroenterological diseases. Through his service, he has earned the respect of friends, family, colleagues and his fellow citizens,” the commendation says.
The Georgia Senate had also passed a resolution in 2017 honoring Dr Indrakrishnan's service to Georgia. The Georgia House of Representatives honored him with a resolution declaring February 14th 2018 as Dr Indrakrishnan day. Dr Indrakrishnan was also named among the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia twice- in 2016 & 2018. Dr. Indrakrishnan is a former president and
Photo courtesy : Governor's office
board member of the Georgia Gastroenterology and Endoscopic Society and currently sits on the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, as well as the boards for Rainbow Village, Fight Colorectal Cancer and other community groups, according to the commendation. He has also served as a “Doctor of the Day” during 10 legislative sessions. He is a Leadership Gwinnett graduate also.
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Shiv Aggarwal Hosts Meet & Greet With Republican Candidates
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Atlanta, GA: Republican candidates Karen Handel, contesting for re-election to Congress from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, Kelly Stewart, contesting for Georgia House of Representatives to represent District 50 and Matt Reeves seeking election to the Georgia State Senate to represent District 48, interacted with the Indian-American community and the press at a Meet and Greet event held at the home of Shiv Aggarwal, owner of Global Mall on October 14. The evening commenced with Shanknaad and shloka recital by Pundit Gyan Prakash Upadhyay. “Public office is not easy. Laws and lawmakers impact our lives on a daily basis,” said Aggarwal drawing from his own experience as chairman of Gwinnett Village CID (Community Improvement District) and president of American Management Systems, a corporate real estate group. “I’m in real estate and I know this personally- take the 1031 exchange, capital gain tax for example. We are still enjoying the benefits of this for the past 32 years,” he said. Recognizing Atlanta’s popular and prominent leader Narender Reddy, a staunch republican who introduced him to Kelly Stewart, Aggarwal underlined the importance of choosing the right candidates. “It is not a question of which party you belong to. It’s a matter of who is qualified to do the job. If you bring qualified people to office, you will see the difference.” Endorsing the candidates, Reddy said Handel whom he has known for 15 years, is like a sister to him. “She is very active and knows and understands our community well.” “I have known Matt for seven years now, we would’ve been rivals in the Senate race but the election did not happen. He knows the Indian community well and is a good man.” Reddy commended Stewart in her efforts in reached out to the voters personally. “I’ve never
Photos by Vinod Devlia, Photography by Vinod. seen a person running for state legislature working so hard, knocking on doors. Usually they just send out mailings,” he said. Karen Handel, a familiar face at Indian events was eager to share her experience with the community. “I have worked really hard to build my relationship with the Indian community. I had a great time at the Festival of India, the Freedom
L to R: Kelly Stewart, Matt Reeves, Aggarwal and Karen
but will always, always, work hard to earn it,” she concluded. Handel was the Republican Georgia secretary of state from 2007 until 2010. “An average family of four gets a federal tax cut of $4400,” Said Matt Reeves. Lauding Handel, Reeves added it was an honor to follow the winner of the biggest congressional race in American history. “The difference between me and my opponent is that I’m focused on local issues and my support comes from people like you and my opponent gets her support from California,” Said Reeves. Pointing out that Georgia has been leading in business for the past years, Reeves said his focus is good schools, public safety, school safety, healthcare and traffic solutions. “Don’t forget to vote yes on local referendum on your ballot to lower your Fulton county property tax,” he reminded the attendees. Reeves is a business and real estate litigation attorney and partner at Andersen, Tate & Carr, He is a past Rotary Club President, Gwinnett County Bar Association President, Duluth Business Association President, and serves on the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce board. “The Indian community is a growing, thriving community in Johns creek. And you are a big part of what makes johns creek so successful,” said Stewart. Having served at Federal level for Gov. Deal, at state level as board of directors of the department of juvenile school board and as county administrator at city level, Stewart said she had private sector experience as well. Stewart has campaigned extensively, knocking on doors and connecting to people on a personal level. “I want to make sure Johns Creek is well represented,” she said.
Mela and Global Mela.” “This election is all about turnout. We have to simply get out and vote and I saw what this community can do when I won the special run-off election.” She said the only thing on her mind going to Washington DC every week was to make the state and the nation better for everyone. Endorsing Reeves and Stewart, Handel said she needed them to win. “When Johns creek or Fulton county needs help with a federal issue, we link arm in arm and we to fight for you. That’s why I need solid partners like Kelly and Matt,” she said. (Editor’s Note: This report was filed before the midNarender Reddy, Shiv “We are ask- term elections. Handel, Stewart and Reeves lost to ing for your vote, Democratic opponents in keenly fought races.) Handel.
Sitar Maestro Sugato Nag Captivates Indian Classical Music Lovers
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Atlanta, GA: Eddie Owen Presents (EOP) at Red Clay Music Foundry in historic Duluth reverberated with melodious strains from the masterful performance by sitar virtuosi Sugato Nag accompanied by Sandip Ghosh on the tabla and Snehesh Nag on the sitar on October 4, 2018. Eddie Owen kicked off the evening welcoming the audience and, upon his request, organizer Dr. Raktim Sen introduced the artists. Nag began with an evening Raga, Tilak Kamode. A soothing and reposeful Alaap was followed by a Drut in Teentaal. The Bandish, a composition of Nag’s Guru, the late Padmabhushan Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, ended with a high speed JHALA. With Durga Puja festival in the offing, the artists presented Raga Durga. A short and sweet Alaap was followed by a an upbeat Sitarkhani, a 16-beat cycle, composition and a popular Bandish, “Jai Jai Jai Durge Mata Bhavani" in Ektaal, a cycle of 12 beats. Artists tuned into Raga Bageshree, introducing the Raga with an emotive Alaap, followed by the very evergreen and euphonious
Photo by Shankar Sengupta
Ektaal composition, "Apni Garaj Pakar Leenee". The ending, a crystal clear, high-speed Ati-Drut Teental (Super-fast Teentaal) composition was a sheer joy to the listener. The concert ended with a soulful and stirring composition in Raga Bharavi that was a fitting finale to the grand musical evening in Atlanta, the first of its kind in the exquisite Red Clay Music Foundry. “Sugato is simply brilliant. This is his fourth concert in Atlanta in the past 16 years and it is
a sublime experience listening to him,” said Dr. Sen. Nag’s skillful fingers racing the length of the sitar, spawning musical notes ranging from the subdued Alaaps to the pulsating Taans so effortlessly, and seamlessly, stand testament to his talent and love for music. One of the finest Sitar virtuosi amongst the present generation, and a worthy torchbearer of the famed Sarod Gharana of Seniah Shahjahanpur, Pandit Sugato Nag’s unique way of synthesizing two very different types of playing styles - the Gayaki style (that emulates the intricacies of a vocal singing)perfected by Ustad Vilayet Khan and the brisk strokes of the Sarod style of the Seniah Shahjahanpur Gharana creates a unique and satisfying listening experience. Snehesh Nag, in his early twenties, displayed his skill, accompanied the maestro with gusto. A gifted musician, young Snehesh Nag, currently pursuing his master’s in music technology at Georgia Tech, blends a lot of “emotion, surprise elements, and aesthetic touches” on the sitar during his recitals. He was a Junior Scholar at ITC-SRA, a premium institution that adheres to the tradition-
al way of learning from a Guru. Both, Snehesh and Sugato are pupils of the legendary Sarod artist, the late Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta. Sandip Ghosh’s animated and energetic Tabla accompaniment added vigor, enhancing the experience. A well-known name in the music fraternity of India and abroad, Sandip Ghosh’s lightning fast and powerful finger movements on the Tabla coupled with great aesthetic sense of accompaniment have made him a very much sought-after percussionist. Sandeep is a disciple of Pandit Govinda Bose and now a pupil of the legendary Tabla Maestro Pandit Anindya Chatterjee. The stage lighting by Corey Giessen created the perfect ambience for an Indian classical music concert. Shalom Aberle, the sound engineer ensured the mixing, the channel separation of the three instruments, the clarity of the instruments, the tonal quality and every aspect of music was pitch perfect. The music venue, nestled between enticing eateries and quaint little shops in historic Duluth, where the retro vibe meets contemporary provided the perfect platform for music lovers to engage and enjoy the ebb and flow of an entrancing performance.
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Global Mela Kicks Off Festive Season; Draws 20,000 People
BY MAHADEV DESAI
Atlanta, GA: The 17th Annual Global Mela was the largest ever attracting over 20,000 community members at the Global Mall in Norcross, Georgia on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, 2018. This epic Mela is the largest free carnival event for the South Asian community in the Southeast, with over 50 booth vendors from all over the Southeast plus 60 stores from within the Global Mall. The owner of Global Mall, Shiv Aggarwal started this event 17 years ago to bring the community together to celebrate the rich heritage of the South Asian countries. The 2-day event was kicked off with a warm welcome from Shiv Aggarwal and emcee Kiran Sethi with XtraHotDjs Entertainment. The dignitaries joined Aggarwal and his family in Lord Ganesh puja with a lamp lighting ceremony by Siddhi Vinayak Mandir’s pundit Gyan Prakash
Upadhyay and Sadhana Mandir’s Pundit Acharya Ved Joshi. The dignitary guests included the Indian Consul General in Atlanta, Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Georgia State Senate Candidate Matt Reeves, City of Norcross Mayor Craig Newton and Gwinnett County Commissioner Lynette Howard. Accompanying the dignitaries were the winners of the 2018 IACA Beauty Pageant - Miss India GA, Rati Sarkar, Miss Teen India GA, Tanvi Gujral and Mrs. India GA Sarika Datta. Dr. Kulkarni, effusively commented, “I
Georgia’s largest Indian clothing store, Ladlee
courses, slides and a bounce house were set up for the children to play on the perfectly sunny October weekend. People were enticed with the aroma of Ashiana’s delectable chat, samosa, pav bhaji, live - fusion Italian station and hakka noodle stations downstairs, while mouthwatering pani-puri and vada pavs were doing brisk business upstairs. The Global Mall food court was bustling all weekend with guests waiting in lines for the Chinese Rasoi, Sri Krishna Vilas, Dawat Express, Mumbai Masala, and Curry on the Go! 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. On the second floor inside the Impact Conference Center, The Global Bazaar Exhibition had over 20 Indian apparel, jewelry and accessory booth vendors, and along the hallways of the mall, home décor, houseware, mehndi, arts and handicrafts, travel, insurance, education-services and non-profit vendors had set up their own tables and wares to serve throngs of visitors. Every year, Global Mall & Legacy Jewels sponsors free raffle tickets and entrance gifts to all the attendees. Raffles are run every hour around the clock, and attendees get a chance to win prizes sponsored by Global Mall and Global Mall tenants. On Saturday and Sunday evening,
Global Mall tenants and management including a Kindle Fire and large flat screen TV. Lively entertainment was provided on both days by the young and talented students from Global Mall’s premier dance schools, Prem’s Dance Studio and Nritya Natya Kala Bharti along with Atlanta based local artists who performed a variety of dance, songs and music items. This year there was a special performance by one of the best bands from India, ‘Indie Routes’ brought to Atlanta by Global Mall tenant, Paracha Entertainment. From Rafi to Rahat-they enchanted the audience with their melodious voice and beats to the chartbuster Bollywood songs! In addition to dance and music, the children were in for a treat with an enchanting magic show conducted both Saturday and Sunday followed by a special kids- only raffle with fun-filled goody bags with toy and treats and stuffed animals. Global Mall Clothing and Jewelry tenant, Sushma Patel presented a magnificent glamorous fashion show with her line of internationally acclaimed designs. The fashionistas were glammed up by Blush Beauty by Nadia as they elegantly sashayed in the show curated by Prem Rahman. As each gorgeous young model took to the ramp, the crowd cheered, clapped and the cameras clicked. This year’s Global Mela’s fashion show was once again a super hit!
L to R: Shiv Aggarwal, Matt Reeves, Lynette Howard, Dr Swati trance of the mall, raffled out free outfits and the Global Mall family Kulkarni and Mayor Craig Newton. Photos by Vinod Devlia. inflatable obstacle ran the Mega Prize Raffle with prizes donated by am delighted to witness the 17th Global Mela. The Indian goods, cultural performance etc. showcased here, gives one a glimpse of 'Little India." The other dignitaries too expressed their thanks to Aggarwal and his family and delight in participating in the joyous mela. After the dignitary guests were seated, they were enthralled by two scintillating dances to the popular songs ‘Kanha’ and a medley song ‘Thade Rahiyo’ and Rash ke Qamar’ choreographed by Nritya Natya Kala Bharati’s Founder/Dir. Kumud Savla and her daughter Samta Savla. DJ Bobby from XtraHotDjs and his team heightened the mela’s ambience with feet tapping music and the latest Bollywood chartbusters! Live dhol players intensified the atmosphere playing in sync to Bollywood music and getting the crowd dancing to Bhangra.
Mona-Shah Joshi Awarded Butterfly Award By Hillside International Truth Center
Atlanta, GA: Mona Shah Joshi was awarded the Barbara Lewis King Butterfly Award as a spiritual leader in the Atlanta community at a ceremony at Hillside International Truth Center in Atlanta, GA. Mona has been a senior teacher with the Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) since 1992. Operating in 154 countries, AOLF is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned humanitarian and spiritual teacher Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Inspired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision that a stress-free, violence free society can be achieved through the reawakening of human values, Mona works tirelessly to help people find happiness through breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. She has taught everyone from inner city youth to CEOs through a variety
of programs that include youth programs, corporate workshops, advanced meditation programs and silent retreats. Mona brings together ancient Vedic philosophy and contemporary pop culture for talks that
are highly engaging and transformational. She has addressed numerous conferences including Bank of America’s LEAD Symposium for Women, CoHesion Summit, Georgia Psychologists Association, and American Bar Foundation. Last year, she gave a TEDx talk on the 5 Secrets of Abundance. This year, she serves on the Spiritual Council of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta where she speaks about self-development. In addition to writing popular articles for Huff Post, Spirituality and Health, Fulfillment Daily, and BOLD magazines, Mona is a frequent guest on radio, television and pod-
casts. In honor of her service, Mona was inducted in Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Chapel Collegium in 2010 and received the BOLD Award for Spirituality in 2015. Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King, Founder and Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center in Atlanta, GA, created the Butterfly Award in order to honor community luminaries with an exemplary commitment to service. She founded her church 47 years ago at a time in which women ministers were rare. She now has 30 ministries and auxiliaries, and outreach ministries in South Africa, Brazil and Ghana. The 2018 Butterfly Award also honored leaders such as Civil Rights Legend, Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian, Black Panther actress Dorothy Steel, Emmy-nominated Judge Glenda Hatchett, and President/CEO of Phoenix Global Corporation Alicia Ivey among others.
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Sunidhi Chauhan And Badshah Deliver Electric Performance
REPORT & PHOTOS BY GIRISH MODI
Atlanta, GA: Two years after her splendid performance for Agha Khan Foundation in Centennial Park, Sunidhi Chauhan was back in Atlanta on October 28th, a day after she performed at Long Beach California to a packed audience. It was her second stop in an eight city concert tour. The event was organized by Atlanta’s premier organizer Paracha Entertainment at Infinite Energy Center. Sunidhi was accompanied by Rapper Badshah whose real name is Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia. Badshah is an Indian rapper and music composer known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi songs and virtually unknown in America. Interestingly, Sunidhi and Badshah are co-judges on the singing reality show, “Dil Hai Hindustani 2.” They have also released a new song this summer titled “Aashiq Awaara” for Badshah’s album “O.N.E.” In the opening act, young children of Shiv’s Institute of Dance performed a couple of dances that lasted ten minutes. Then as prelude to Sunidhi’s entrance, they showed a promotional video of her. As the promotional video ended and the lights came on, Sunidhi was at center stage clad in a loose coverall that looked like a trash bag, leading off her performance with “Dhoom Machale.” From that moment the bar was set too high right from the get go, and the singing diva matched vibes with remarkable élan. She then just went on and on, belting out some eminently foot-stomping fare as Sajna Ji Vaari Vaari (Honeymoon Travels), Desi Girl (Dostana), Halka Halka (Fanney Khan) and Yeh Raat Ruk Jaye (Murder 2). It was just unbelievable. For almost every single second of those little over two hours that she held that cordless microphone in her hand,
Sunidhi had her fingers on the pulse of the audience ! She spent almost two hours on stage during which time many were dancing on the floor far away from the stage so as not to disturb her and the audience sitting in front. Sunidhi sang “Lag ja gale se” an old song from Film “Wo Koun Thi” originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar whose music was composed by Madan Mohan as a surprise item. Just like the way she took the dithering with the tuning of her voice and the instruments in the rather challenging Kyun Na Hum Tum (Barfi) to get back in complete command of her art and craft for the rest of the evening, holding court and regaling the audience with what time and again
turned out to be an impromptu session. Those pitch-perfect high notes were delivered with remarkable ease and fluency right through. Her singing of Pehla Nasha (Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander) and Jab Koi Baat (Jurm) and Mehboob Mere (Fiza) deserve special mention. But nothing could probably beat the verve, tenor and vitality of Bidi (Omkara) and Sheila Ki Jawani. And Sunidhi practically got the entire auditorium on its feet with those two chartbusters that she had rightly saved for the last. The stage was cleared of Sunidhi’s orchestra and set up for the next artist in few minutes. After they play promotional video of Badshah, he entered with his signature song. He was accompanied by a female singer and two
backup singers. Badshah spent about two hours on stage performing a wide range of songs from romantic interludes to pop jams and bhangra tracks. He was able to both energize and woo the audience with a combination of sultry interludes and upbeat numbers. I was surprised that audience was as enthusiastic about Badshah as they were for Sunidhi and more people were dancing on the floor area than for Sunidhi. Fortunately, their dancing did not bother people who were sitting in the stadium area, but I was bothered a lot since I was seated in the floor area at the back. From there it was
difficult to take photos/videos and had to get up several times. The photos are not good quality also because the mood lighting was not suitable. What separated Chauhan & Badshah from other performers is their ability to sing live in a manner no different than if they were singing solo in a studio. Their style complimented each other. Their seemingly endless energy fueled the concert hall deep into the night, leaving the estimated 2,000 people in attendance buzzing with electricity as the show came to a close just before midnight. It was indeed a night to remember and one only hopes Sunidhi will return for an encore some time soon.
Javed Akhtar Walks Atlanta Fans Through His Musical Journey
Atlanta, GA: Javed Akhtar’s “Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaoon“, held at the Rialto Center for the Arts on October 21, was a completely immersive experience even for those with only working understanding of Hindi. The master lyricist switched from Hindi to English and back as he kept the focus of his three-hour long interactive session on the often funny, sometimes emotional back stories behind some of his hit songs. The outstanding concert was brought to Atlanta by Navin Gurnaney of White Tiger Entertainment. Akhtar kept the audience hooked right from the time he walked on stage with the story of how he became a lyricist at age 32- an age when most poets retire from writing. He said even though he belonged to a lineage of seven generation of illustrious poets, he had no idea he would end up following the family tradition, especially since he had moved out of his family home and lived alone. “Like a shop-keeper’s son eventually sits in the shop, I eventually sat to write poetry,” he said. Akhtar already had a successful screenwriting career as one half of the famous Salim-Javed duo (who wrote some of the iconic hits of the 70s and 80s) when Yash Chopra convinced him to write the lyrics for his romantic film ‘Silsila’ in 1981. There was no looking back for the closet
Photos by Tracy Marshall Productions poet after that, even through the period when the quality of movies fell drastically. He said, there was a time when he rejected more offers than he accepted them because of the vulgar themes of the songs. And yet, some of his biggest hits as a lyricist came during what he described as the “dark low phase of Bollywood in the 80s” (Tezaab, Mr. India). Amongst the many anecdotes Akhtar shared
were the funny stories behind the creation of “Ek Do Teen” and his struggle to find pure gibberish words for “Hawa Hawai”. Akhtar devoted stories to some of the iconic names he has worked with- Jagjit Singh, R.D. Burman, Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, Karan Johar, A.R. Rahman etc. The last segment of the first half of the concert was a showcase of his son Farhan and daughter Zoya’s movies- and his work with the brilliant musical trio- Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do). The talented story-teller was ably supported by singers Raman Mahadevan (singer), Parthiv Gohil (singer), Jahnvi Shrimankar (singer), and an exceptional band of live musicians - Vishal Dhumal (keyboard), Dharmesh Joshi (keyboard), Hiten Prasad (tabla), Rahul Kahar (drums) and Sunil Pandya (Percussion & production). Throughout the evening, the audience could be seen dancing in the aisles to foot tapping hits. Even those who did not dance were certainly
Javed Akhtar (L) with Navin Gurnaney mesmerized with the wit and charm of Akhtar and entertained by the live music. It was certainly a musical journey to remember. Earlier in the evening, concert promoter Gurnaney talked about Project Prakash, a mission close to his heart. “The overarching mission of Project Prakash is to bring light into the lives of curably blind children and, in so doing, illuminate some fundamental scientific questions about how the brain develops and learns to see,” he said.
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Be The Change, Says DNC Boss Seema Nanda
Seema Nanda (R) with Jyothsna Hegde.
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA: ‘Set your goals high, follow your passion, and things will happen. And you can be the change that you really want to see in your country,” said Seema Nanda, the exuberant Indian-American CEO of the Democratic National Committee, in an exclusive interview with NRI Pulse, on the sidelines of a Meet and Greet organized in Atlanta by the party’s AAPI Caucus on October 28, 2018 Nanda was in Atlanta to campaign for Stacey Abrams and other Democratic candidates ahead of the mid-term election. Nanda made history as the first Indian-American woman to reach the helm of either of America’s federal parties. A lawyer and member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Nanda’s experience includes practicing labor and employment law and serving on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. In her exclusive interview with NRI Pulse, Nanda shared her vision for the DNC, concerns for the nation, and the perspectives she brings to the table as a woman of color. “Stacey Abrams is a historic candidate, a hard worker and a person with deep integrity. It is an honor to spend even a couple of days being in the same space as her,” she said. As the new DNC CEO, one of the main strategies Nanda said she adopted was investing in infrastructure, and in communities. “I’m really proud that we have diverse candidates running and a dozen Asian American organizers on the ground working throughout the country mobilizing voters.” A President who is running on a message that we are divided as a country and that someone else gets ahead only when someone else gets behind is one of the biggest challenges facing the country, Nanda opined. “This is as anti-American as you can get and we are seeing that now as violence is playing out, in remarkable anti-immigrant sentiment throughout the country, we are seeing irresponsible fiscal responsibility and perhaps most important of all, we are seeing a Republican party that is completely unwilling to put a check on this President that is running over all of the American ideals that we hold so dear.” Nanda was quick to emphasize the value of bringing a woman’s perspective to the position. “Women have perspectives that are different, because what we have faced has been different, whether it is discrimination issues, reproductive health issues, safety issues that most men don’t face every day- we all bring those pieces of our-
gresswoman Lois Frankel (Florida) hosted at the home of Lani Wong, Chair of the National Association of Chinese Americans on October 28, 2018. The cozy setting bustled with the energy of volunteers and activists who were fired up by the presence of the leadership in the house. In a statement to NRI Pulse, Tony Patel, the Indian-American L to R: Tony Patel, Seema Nanda, Bel Leong-Hong AAPI caucus chair said Stacey Abrams and Sarand Rep. Grace Ming. ah Riggs Amico have broken through the glass selves. I think when women are in the room, the ceiling in Georgia politics in a meaningful way conversation starts to change, eventually the ideas and created opportunities for others to follow. start to change, and then we see policy change “The 2016 elections and the rhetoric that folhappen.” Responding to the Republican lure of lower lowed has awakened our AAPI community like taxes, Nanda argued that tax cuts came at a price never before. Stronger engagement, exercising for citizens including Medicare and social securi- our right to vote, and supporting candidates who ty benefits. “Tax cuts are not fiscally responsible when they are not paid for. Most people rely on programs like Medicare, Medicaid, social security. Republicans promise the American people about this big tax cut but it’s going to come in cuts on those critical programs that really support them on a daily basis.” Appealing to family values, Nanda said Indian-Americans who strive to bring families to settle in the USA along with them, must bring in the blue wave. “Republicans want to stop family based immigration. This is how we bring our parents and siblings into the country. “Immigration reform that the community needs to address, issues with healthcare and the fear that healthcare will be taken away for those with pre-existing conditions are some of the reasons Indian-Americans must vote for Democrats,” said Nanda. Addressing issues with the current immigration system, Nanda said the Democratic policy has and always will be holistic, including everything from border safety to long lines for visas. “We have always believed that immigration makes this country stronger and it used to be an American position, too.” Pointing to an unprecedented, unchecked focus, as she put it, Nanda said the President was enforcing a taskforce that is looking into naturalized citizens since 1990, expanding office to look into any errors made while issuing naturalization. “You can do anything. Don’t not see yourself in a position just because you have not seen a person who looks like you in that position. We are seeing south Asian women in particular participating in all walks of civic life. You can do anything you put your mind to,” was Nanda’s advice to women of color who are aspiring to get into civic life.
Meet & Greet:
The Meet and Greet event featured Tony Patel, Chair of AAPI Caucus, Democratic Party of Georgia; Rep. Grace Ming, Vice Chair, DNC; Bel Leong-Hong, Chair, DNC AAPI Caucus, and Con-
share a vision of America that is more welcoming has allowed us to deliver the margin of victory in close elections,” he said. “With the election of State Senator Sheikh Rahman and our continued friendship with Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, our AAPI communities have gained a voice in policy making on issues important to us including language access, fair housing, and affordable education. Nationally, we have gained a voice in Congress by helping elect candidates in Hawaii, Illinois, California, New York, and Texas and will continue to expand our reach into other states during the 2020 Presidential elections,” he added. “I’m looking forward to working with Seema and DNC which wants to cater to every zip code and not just during elections,” said Grace Ming, in her brief address at the meet and greet. Leong-Hong urged everyone to vote and make a difference. “This is an exciting time for all of us,” she said. Rep. Frankel cheered on the volunteers. “Raising money is different. But what you guys do, knocking on doors, connecting to people, makes a big difference,” she said.
CRY Atlanta Raises $4000 At Fifth Annual Walk
Photos by Anuj Jain. BY KRISHNA PATEL Atlanta, GA: Atlanta’s fifth Annual CRY Walk took place at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee on October 20, 2018. The charity walk was organized by the CRY Atlanta chapter and Northview High school CRY club. NRI Pulse editor Veena Rao flagged off the event and walked alongside the other 100+ students and parents. In her address, Rao said the young CRY
team is an example of what can be achieved when humanity and genuine intent come together. “Children are our future. It is only when their basic human rights are fulfilled, and they are given opportunities in life, can they thrive,” she said. “We still have a long way to go before all underprivileged children in India are ensured a safe, normal childhood. But thanks to CRY, thousands of children are able to go to sleep educated, healthy and safe. Thousands of parents can now have a vision for their children’s future.” The winners of ‘Miss/Mrs. Bharat GA’ competition, Ritu Jain, Abhiruchi Jain and Priyanka Sharma also joined the event to show their support and shared encouraging words with students. The event included fun activities such as henna, face painting, zumba and bollywood dances, great music and games along with great prizes. The event met the goal of raising $4000 with the help of sponsors, donors and event participants. CRY Atlanta recognized Mehak Jain, Ronit Rajani and Krishna Patel for raising the most money. CRY Atlanta’s president, Mehak Jain thanked volunteers, supporters and sponsors in making the event successful. Ria Puri was recognized with the ‘Volunteer of the year’ award.
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October Chai & Just Chat Discusses Interpersonal Relationships Atlanta, GA: The topic for the October 6th Chai & Just Chat session was “Interpersonal Relationships: Cultural Conditioning, Challenging, Conflicting and Cooperating". This session was held in collaboration with Banyan way. Moderated by Nazeera Dawood, the monthly Chai & Just Chat sessions focus on advocacy, communication, education, and action oriented honest dialogues among professionals, community advocates & experts. The October 6th Chai and Just Chat panelists discussed the impact of cultural heritage on relationships among first and second-generation immigrants. Aparna Baskar of BanyanWay, an organization that helps Indian-Americans find a match for marriage, talked about communication gap between parents and adult children, social media, technology red flags and familial cultural impact on interpersonal relationships. Sensitive and much needed dialogues followed for a couple of hours defining interpersonal relationships, and the ever-changing communication methods using wireless technology. Panelist Archith Seshadri and Neelam Kaushik dived in to the pros and cons of traditional and contemporary methods of matchmaking and the extra layer of research that is needed nowadays to find the truth. There is no single rule to internet dating or meeting people to socialize, they said. Cyberbullying and posting inappropriate videos online without permission and humiliating and blackmailing have become a more than a common occurrence. Online friendships and social media has given rise to fraudulent crimes like catfishing. Says Seshadri, "Our mindset as Indian-Americans must also evolve. We have to not equate marriage as the base line of success and respect people's privacy and space. Successful relationships involve a combination of trust, respect and kindness. We need to work together and not make people uncomfortable with difficult or awkward questions. Not everyone may want to be married. Not everyone may want to have children. We must respect people's space and boundaries. It is definitely nice to have family or friends help and introduce but again the benchmark shouldn't be marriage equals success and being single equals’ failure." Esha Ariyur spoke on the importance of parents supporting their young children on their positive contributions, open dialogues to help further alleviate any suspicion and creating a respectful space among each other. “Culture has taught us so much and sometimes we fail to question it as we evolve in new environments,” she said. Panelists defined the ways culture, media, family and friends influence the idea of perfect roommate, marriage partner or a romantic partner. While cultural identity is important, having an individual identity and partners promoting each other’s growth is as important for a healthy trustable relationship. Anitha Iyer clearly articulated the stigma that exists for women who are divorced or separated and the consequences on their respectability, status and honor. Challenging such stereotypes to promote sensitivity and inclusion and focusing on narratives that can abolish male dominance
and prevent women subordination is important, she said. While South Asian culture can influence women to stay silent and stay in abusive relationships and not to bring shame upon family,
is one of the several reasons they do not leave violent homes. Fatmeh Baidoun reiterated that there might not be a universally effective strategy for ending abuse. However, educating our daughters on getting help and to make use of the available resources for women is important. The importance of legislative policies that support women’s safety was also discussed. She encouraged the use of right to vote to bring about change. Counselor expert, Dr. Surinder Bahl explained the reasons why human relationships are challenging and difficult. Though love is the source of happiness and factors such as passion, intimacy, caring, sharing and commitment are bonds to healthy relationships, it is okay for couples to seek therapy for various reasons to strengthen their relationship, he said. Neera Bahl further proved the ways possible to immerse oneself in American culture while preserving our own cultural identity. Justifus Asir said he believes that as long as we are emphasizing the importance of not looking to others for perfect love, and realizing that the source of happiness and wellbeing is within us, we are able to achieve our dreams. Testimonials by participants provided practical solutions to a long, healthy relationships. Madhu Sheth & Neera Bahl elaborated on love being the source of joy and happiness, support and growth of each other. Romance should not die, she said. Sangeeta Rao said failure in relationship does not mean giving up on yourself but to be mature enough to know that respect and love works both ways. Newlyweds Prateek Goel and Khanjan Gandhi talked about respect and trust to make relationships successful --- and the key is to not hurt the other by talking about insecurities. Kamini Anand affirmed that compromises and understanding misunderstandings helps a long way in relationships. Viajy Bahl had the last word, the two words that ends well is, “Yes M’am”. Novelist Soniah Kamal, who attended the event with her son said, “ I thought it was a brilliant topic, one often under explored in desi communities, and it was exhilarating to see how honestly and deeply the Chai and Chat panelists dug into their experiences and shared their wisdom. I was delighted to hear though that while marriage was given its due, the panelists also emphasized the importance of a career and independent income for women and an identity other than ‘wife’ or ‘mother’. As I say in my novel ‘Unmarriageable’— marriage is a part of life and not life itself, and this Chai and Chat session really exemplified that. The after panel discussion was a particular treat as couples, long term and newly committed, related the tangled issues that come up in relationships and continuing education is needed to improve South Asian girls and women’s safety to build their con- how they dealt with misunderstandings.” Tracy Marshall, a multilingual professional fidence. For a long time women experiencing domestic violence are often doubly victimized, first said the Chai and Chat was a great platform to by the abuse and then by their community- which encourage courageous conversations.
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Families Of Toddlers With Rare Disease On Quest For Cure
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
“But you said your favorite color was blue yesterday,” says her mom. The quintessential toddler smiles naughtily as she manages to say “llloooo” (yellow). The first thing that strikes you about Aadya Kiran are her entrancing eyes that speak so much more than words ever could. That’s a blessing for the almost three-year-old, since words, which she was able to mouth before are now fewer and far between. Her movements are restricted, and feeding is mostly though the tube. Life has never been the same for parents Kiran and Anju since the onset and eventual diagnosis of a rare neurodegenerative mitochondrial disease, leigh syndrome, characterized by severely progressive loss of mental and movement abilities (psychomotor regression) and often, terminal. Leigh’s syndrome has no known cure. “At 28 months, Aadya had an elaborate vocabulary with well over 100 words and would even form sentences of 6-7 words. She had started to lift herself with some support,” says Kavitha Ramachandran, her Atlanta based aunt. After a bout of flu earlier this year, she cannot stand, walk or sit unsupported or crawl. Head tremors make routine tasks like using a straw to drink fraught with difficulty. Running on lower energy than what she needs to get through her day, even a simple cold can be disastrous for her. She recently had a surgery to place a feeding tube to help meet her heightened need for energy. She has braces for her feet, compression vest for her torso and a gait trainer on the way to help her be mobile. Two-year old Kshiti and her family are facing a similar battle. “Kshiti loved spicy food. She ate all by herself at 8 months without fussing about the kind of food,” says Divya, her mom. Kshiti was even younger, a little over a year, when she was diagnosed with leigh syndrome. Like Aadya, Kshiti too has been robbed of her abilities to eat, talk, walk and play, within weeks of her diagnosis. Despite parents Divya and Karthik’s growing concerns, pediatricians in New Jersey categorized Kshiti as a child that failed to thrive. But her parents knew better and the quest to answers led them to Chennai in Jan 2018. After an exhausting array of tests at Apollo Hospitals, then 15-month old Kshiti was diagnosed with leigh’s. The distress continued when they were told at the geneticist’s office, that this was their very first case and that they knew as much about this disease as the parents. Aadya and Kshiti’s condition is rare. To be precise, 1 in 40,000 rare. What that means is that of the 4 million newborns in the United States in 2015, the number of kids who have the same disorder as them is approximately 100. Leigh syndrome is one of 7000 conditions under the category of rare diseases (RD). What exactly is a rare disease? ‘There is no single universal definition of a rare disease. There are three elements to the definition as used in various countries – the total number of persons having the disease, its prevalence and non-availability of treatment for the disorder,” says Dr. Harsha Rajasimha, President, Jeeva Informatics Solutions LLC, Co-Director, Rare Diseases Systems Biology Initiative, George Mason University VA and Co-Founder and Board
Embarking on a journey with destinations unknown, families with rare diseases answer to a higher purpose, holding on to hope that the foundation they are trying to fund reaches monetary and clinical goals. Director, Organization for Rare Diseases India. ‘In the United States, any disease that affects fewer than 200,000 people is defined as rare. This definition was adopted in the year 1983, when Orphan Drug Act (ODA) was adopted for the first time to offer incentives for Biopharmaceutical and medical device companies to invest
are also environmental factors, chemical exposure, behavior and lifestyle issues that in some complex combination can cause the disease or its severity,” says Dr. Rajasimha. RDs include inherited cancers, autoimmune disorders, congenital malformations, and infectious diseases amongst others include Hemangiomas, Hirschsprung dis-
Aadya, her mom Anju and dad Kiran.
Kshiti, sister Dhiti, mom Divya & dad Karthik.
in research and development of products to help patients with rare diseases. Specifically, the ODA offers tax incentives on 50% of the R&D spend on orphan products, receive 7 years of market exclusivity for their products to help recover the cost of R&D and other incentives. This has spurred enormous interest and ensured progress over the last 35+ years with over 600 orphan drugs approved by FDA during this period,” says Dr. Rajasimha Of the 350 million people world-wide affected by these 7000 RDs, approximately 30 million have received this diagnosis in the US. Aadya and Kshiti’s condition is caused by a mutation in their SURF1 gene. “About 80% of RDs are genetic in origin many of them being caused by single gene mutations. 50% of RDs are onset at birth and the rest are late onset. There
ease, Gaucher disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophies and Lysosomal Storage Disorders. As seen with both Aadya and Kshiti, not cure, even diagnosis of an RD is a complex process, for which the medical and healthcare ecosystem are not geared to tackle. “The average time to diagnose a rare disease in the US and EU is about 7 years. Once diagnosed, only ~7% of these diseases have any FDA approved therapies and most of them are unaffordable to the patients. Majority of the RDs remain without any cures or treatments. About 1000 drugs currently undergoing clinical trials are targeting the rare diseases.” Says Dr. Rajasimha With no cure for most, it is often required for patient families to turn advocates for the cause, engage, and take an active role as participants in
clinical trials and help guide the drug developers with their priorities. “The best thing one can do is to look for existing patient advocacy groups or other support groups on social media and get connected with them. The National Institutes of Health, website has a lot of useful information about most known rare diseases. The www.clinicaltrials.gov website has a comprehensive list of all past, currently ongoing and upcoming clinical trials in the US and globally. If there is one that the patient matches criteria for, that’s the best hope. If there is no existing patient advocacy group, then, you may want to connect with umbrella rare diseases organizations in the US such as National Organization for rare diseases (NORD), Global Genes, and Genetic Alliance. They offer plenty of toolkits and support to help form newer patient advocacy group for your disease, help connect you with policy makers, other patients and families with that disease, setup a patient registry, advance research by connecting with the expert scientists working on that disease, connect with companies who might invest in finding a cure for your disease,” advices Dr. Rajasimha Aadya and Kshiti are members of curesurf1 foundation. In fact, Kshiti’s family was one of the three founding members. The foundation is built on a mission to fund SURF1 gene therapy research at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. The hope is that this research project will lead to an FDA approved clinical trial, which would be the first step in finding a cure for this devastating disease. Are there any success stories with rare diseases? Dr. Rajasimha lists Cystic Fibrosis, where the patient advocacy group CF Foundation teamed up with Vertex pharma to develop a treatment which is helping millions of people, Batten disease, which received recent FDA approval for a treatment developed by efforts of the Taylor King family to work with Abeona therapeutic. “Between 1983 and 2018, there are about 600 orphan products that were approved by the FDA. All of them are success stories,” he adds. “People shy away as soon as we talk about funding for research. They don’t understand that this is the ONLY hope we have,” says Divya. One of the hardest aspects of dealing with RDs is the lack of awareness. Friends, even families cannot comprehend the daily struggles and the uphill battles these families face, not only deal with specialized physicians visits each day of the week, but to turn advocates and bear the burden of finding a cure. “Rare disease can happen to anybody. Be considerate to someone suffering from rare disease. Early diagnosis is critical, it is important to track milestones. The best way to help a family member or friends with RDs is take a lead, learn, engage, and participate in clinical research or trials,” says Dr. Rajasimha Rare Disease Day is observed the last day in February. “Take one day out of your busy life to honor the struggles of patients with rare diseases globally, show that you #CareforRare – participate in events such as #Racefor7 (www.racefor7usa.com),” he adds. “While it is an everyday fight to keep her stable, the hope and promise of a cure is what keeps us going, even on the toughest days,” appeals Divya. You may watch Kshiti’s story on YouTube. Aadya’s story is available at https:// aadyakiran.com/
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Where Differently Abled Girls Are Worshipped After Corrective Surgery
BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Atlanta, GA: At the core of the nine-day festival, Navaratri, lies the celebration of a specific aspect of God - the feminine. Nine forms of Goddess Durga, each form representative of a specific trait is worshiped by the Indian diaspora across the world. Embracing the women’s empowerment aspect of the festival in the most meaningful way, charitable organization Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS) in Udaipur provides corrective surgeries, free of cost, to divyang (differently abled) girls and then worships them as goddesses in the Kanya Pujan ritual. In 2016, 701 girls, in 2017, 501 girls and in 2018 a total of 601 girls were provided free corrective surgeries during Navaratri. “Underprivileged and differently abled are part of our society, and no different than my loved ones. They deserve the same respect and dedication from me that I show to my God. It’s my honor and privilege to associate with NSS and I am very proud to represent the community of underprivileged and differently abled around the globe,” says Manoj Barot, the Atlanta based Executive Director of NSS in the US. The NSS grounds house 1000-2500 people, welcoming differently abled girls and their families to avail surgical treatment, medicines, physiotherapy, aids/appliances, artificial limbs, post-surgical rehabilitation and free lodging and boarding on the hospital campus, all free of cost, including free transportation from the railway station. Vijayadashami/Dusshera, celebrated at the
end of Navaratri is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of India. In the south, it marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. In the north, it is a celebration of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. At the NSS, the nine-day treatment camp culminates to a grand finale turning the atmosphere truly festive. The differently abled girls treated for corrective surgeries are now dressed in traditional Navaratri and goddess costumes. Covered with bandages and plasters, they are worshipped with the same rituals as goddesses
are, during Navaratri. The girls are presented gifts to take home. Vandana Agarwal, Director of Navaratri, NSS Style event personally takes care of these girls and ritually worships them at the traditional Kanya Pujan. “Since more than 15 years we have been celebrating Navratri and Kanya Pujan NSS Style which is very unique. Each year I feel further encouraged to continue and expand unique Navaratri NSS Style for many years to come,” says Agarwal. “Corrective surgeries have resulted in free-
dom from disabilities,” says a passionate and dedicated Prashant Agarwal, President of NSS. “NSS is lucky to have Manoj on their side representing NSS in USA and representing the whole underprivileged community of differently abled. We are now convinced that our association with him will connect us with mainstream USA and many other countries,” he adds. Founded by Padma Shri Kailash ‘Manav’ Agarwal in 1985, NSS is located at Badi Village near Lake City Udaipur, nestled in the picturesque Aravali Hill ranges. A smart campus for differently abled, NSS is equipped with all facilities for the physically impaired. The Sansthan has 1100 bed hospital, a team of 125 doctors and other medical staff, performs 85-100 corrective surgeries, diagnosing 300-400 patients in the out-patient clinic almost daily. The organization has a complete physiotherapy center, prosthetic and orthotic lab and provides free meals to 3000 to 5000 patients and attendants daily. With a core mission to turn disability into ability and empower girls and women, NSS has performed 370,000 (and counting) corrective surgeries for the past 30 years. It has also developed and provided several skills and vocational training for the differently abled offering socio-economic support along with best of the medical services, medicines, aids and appliances. “NSS takes this opportunity to invite you to Udaipur to be their guest and promise you warm hospitality. The organization also welcomes volunteers who would like to utilize their talent,” says Barot. For more information about the organization please visit website www.narayanseva.org.
Ekta Divas: Sardar Patel’s Birth Anniversary Commemorated
REPORT & PHOTO BY MAHADEV DESAI
Atlanta, GA: The Consulate General of India, Atlanta in collaboration with the Sardar Patel Foundation of North America and Gujarati Samaj of Atlanta celebrated the 143rd Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Tuesday, October 31, 2018. The joyous event was graced by Consul General in Atlanta, Dr. Swati Kulkarni, Consulate Officers/staff; former President of Gujarati Samaj and President of Sardar Patel Foundation for 2018 and 2019, Vasudev Patel, current President Bakul Patel, Sardar Patel Foundation of America’s Founder President Vinodbhai Patel and Founder member Chandler Sharma , leading members of the Indian community and media representatives. The Consulate’s Head of Chancery, Shailesh Lakhtakia warmly welcomed all and spoke briefly about Sardar Patel. He said that Sardar Patel, a great patriot, a statesman, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and a founding father of the Republic of India, who played a leading role in the country's struggle for independence and its integration into a united, independent nation will not be forgotten. He is often compared to Germany’s Chancellor and Prime Minister Otto Von Bismarck, but whereas Bismarck unified Germany involving 39 states, Sardar Patel did a much bigger task involving 562 states, hence Patel’s contribution is worthy of most recognition and respect. Consul General Dr Kulkarni welcomed and thanked all for attending the Bhartiya Ekta Day
Head of Chancery Shailesh Lakhtakia (4th from left), Consul General Dr Swati Kulkarni (5th from left) with community members. celebrations. We want to celebrate the unity of India, to which immense contribution has been made by Sardar Patel. We all know that he is known as the ‘Iron Man of India’ and he ensured that India was eternal, is eternal and will be eternal. Dr Kulkarni led the gathering in reciting the Rashtriya Ekta Divas pledge, first in Hindi and then in English. “I solemnly pledge that I dedicate myself to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation and also to strive hard to spread this message among my fellow countrymen. I take this pledge in the spirit of unification of my country which was made possible by the vision and actions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. I also solemnly resolve to make my own contribution to ensure internal security of my country.” The attendees then offered floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Vice Consul Bikash Kumar read an uplifting poem in Hindi composed
by him to mark the occasion. His recitation of the poem in praise of Sardar received wide applause. Vinod Patel gave a brief history of the Sardar Patel Foundation. Lauding Sardar Patel, he said, “Sardar Patel is known as a Lion man but I may add that he was also an Iron man. Hitler was afraid of Churchill. Churchill was afraid of Gandhi. Gandhi was afraid of God. But Sardar Patel was afraid of only his conscience. Vinodbhai then referred to a Hindi movie ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’. Sardar Patel used to say ‘Mera Desh mera Gaon’ because he had the welfare of whole India in his heart. He also advised the youth to be innovators and job-givers rather than job-seekers. Speaking of the statue, he said that it is not merely a statue but a symbol of oneness. He also recognized attorney Chandler Sharma. Vasudev Patel shared that Vallabhbhai Patel was born on 31st October 1875, in a farming
family in a small village in Nadiad, Gujarat. He wanted to study law in England. When the pass and ticket arrived, it was addressed as V. Patel. His elder brother’s name was Vithalbhai so both had the same initial, V. His brother also wanted to study law so Vallbhbhai let him go first. Later on, he went to England, and became a Barrister and had a very flourishing law practice in Ahmedabad. He used to wear suits and tie and, in the evening, go to the Club, play bridge and smoke cigars. But he gave it all up and joined Gandhi in India's Independence struggle. He threw his British clothes in the bonfire and started wearing dhoti and kurta. He galvanized farmers in Gujarat in a non-violent revolt in getting the harsh taxes repealed. He was imprisoned several times. In prison, he and Gandhi bonded together like brothers. He played an active role in the Quit India movement. He led the monumental feat of integrating into the newly independent nation approximately 565 self-governing princely states. As the first Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Home Affairs, he unified the country earning him the sobriquet ‘Iron Man of India’. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world’s tallest and imposing 182 meter landmark Statue of Sardar Patel to coincide with his 143rd Birth anniversary as a befitting tribute to the visionary leader for his pivotal role in India’s independence and unity. The attendees exchanged Happy Diwali greetings and then enjoyed the delicious dinner offered by the ever hospitable Consulate.
Telugu Fastest Growing Language In The US
Washington: (IANS) Telugu is the fastest growing language in the US, says a study by an American think tank. The number of US residents speaking Telugu rose by 86 per cent between 2010 and 2017, according to an online video by the World Economic Forum. But Telugu, the fourth most spoken language in India, is still outside the top 20 of the most widely-spoken languages other than English in the US, reports the BBC. The study on languages spoken in the US used data from the American Community Survey and compared the number of people who said they spoke a language other than English at home in 2010 and 2017, the BBC said. Last year there were more than 400,000 Telugu speakers in the US – nearly double the number in 2010. Out of the top 10 fastest-growing languages in America, seven are from South Asia. Down the years, Telugu-speaking Americans have continued to hire software engineers from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the BBC said. Notable US-based Telugu speakers include the first Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri and the current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
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Staffing Specialist Charged With H-1B Visa, Mail Fraud
Washington: (IANS) An Indian-origin man has been charged in the US with H-1B visa and mail fraud, officials said. Kishore Kumar Kavuru, 46, was arrested and was presented before US Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen, the US Department of Justice said in a press release. He was charged with 10 counts of visa fraud and 10 counts of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to maintain a pool of foreign workers for the clients of Kavuru's consulting companies. If convicted, Kavuru faces the sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 for each count of visa fraud. The defendant also faces up to 20 years in jail and $250,000 for each count of mail fraud, federal prosecutors said. According to the indictment, Kavuru, a resident of Sunnyvale, California, held himself out as a staffing specialist for technology firms based in Santa Clara County and elsewhere seeking to fill temporary positions with foreign workers. Since at least as early as 2007, Kavuru was the owner and Chief Executive Officer of four consulting companies -- Scopus Consulting Group, Inc.; ITECH Analyst Corp; Infinity Methods Corp; and Orian Engineers Incorporated. The indictment described how Kavuru used the consulting companies to process and submit fraudu-
lent applications for foreign workers to obtain permission to work in the US under the H-1B visa program. He was accused of submitting fraudulent documents to both the Department of Labour and the Department of Homeland Security, containing details of bogus work projects awaiting the foreign workers. Because many of the applications were ultimately approved, Kavuru had a pool of unemployed H-1B beneficiaries that were immediately available for legitimate work projects, giving him a competitive advantage over other law-abiding staffing companies that followed the sometimes lengthy visa application process for petitioning foreign workers, according to federal prosecutors. As part of the scheme, Kavuru required some prospective workers to pay thousands of dollars in cash before he would prepare and submit the visa applications. Kavuru also required some workers to wait unpaid, sometimes for months, to be placed at an end-client's workplace. Through his consulting companies, Kavuru submitted and mailed approximately 43 petitions for H-1B software engineers, the statement said. "In fact, there were no software engineer positions available at the benefits company," federal prosecutors said.
NPR Journalist Alleges Rape By Akbar, He Says It Was Consensual
New Delhi: (IANS) Journalist-turned-politician M.J. Akbar, who quit as Union Minister after charges of sexual harassment by many journalists, has now been accused of rape by US journalist Pallavi Gogoi. Akbar said they had a "consensual relationship" even as his wife accused Gogoi of lying. In a first person account in The Washington Post published, Gogoi, now the Chief Business Editor at National Public Radio, gave a detailed account of how she was allegedly raped by Akbar and narrated her ordeal of working under him when he was the Editor of The Asian Age years ago. After two incidents in Delhi and Mumbai where Akbar "molested and sexually assaulted her", Gogoi, now a US citizen, narrated how she was raped in a hotel in Jaipur. "In his hotel room, even though I fought him (Akbar), he was physically more powerful. He ripped off my clothes and raped me. Instead of reporting him to the police, I was filled with shame," wrote Gogoi. "For a few months, he continued to defile me sexually, verbally, emotionally. With over a dozen journalists accusing him of sexual harassment and assault, Akbar quit as Minister of State for External Affairs on Octo-
ber 17. Denying the charges, he filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani who was the first to accuse him. Later, when Gogoi was posted in London, she felt the abuse would stop because she would be far away from Delhi. But "the truth was that he was sending me away so I could have no defenses and he could prey on me whenever he visited the city where I would be posted". "But I am writing this because I know what it is like to be victimized by powerful men like Akbar. I am writing this to support the many women who have come out to tell their truth," she added. Both Akbar and his wife Mallika trashed Gogoi's allegations. Akbar claimed his relationship with Gogoi was "consensual".
"Somewhere around 1994, Gogoi and I entered into consensual relationship that spanned several months. This relationship gave rise to talk and would later cause strife in my home life as well. This consensual relationship ended, perhaps not on best note," he said in a statement. He said that "at no stage did the behavior of Pallavi Gogoi give any one of them impression that she was working under duress". Coming out in his defence, Mallika, who has been silent so far on the charges against her husband, said: "More than 20 years ago, Gogoi caused unhappiness and discord in our home. I learned of her and my husband's involvement through her late night phone calls and her public display of affection in my presence. In her flaunting the relationship, she caused anguish and hurt to my entire family. "At an Asian Age party at our home, crowded with young journalists, I have watched with mortification and pain as they danced close. I had confronted my husband at the time and he decided to prioritize his family." She said Gogoi would "happily drink and dine at our home with us and did not carry the haunted look of victim of sexual assault... I don't know Pallavi's reasons for telling this lie but a lie it is."
Indian Techie Couple Falls To Death
New York: (IANS) An Indian couple, who had gushed in a travel blog about how much they loved “daredevilry” or standing on the edge of cliffs, died after falling 800 feet in an area with very steep terrain in California’s Yosemite National Park this week, the media reported. Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were identified on Monday as the married couple who fell to their deaths from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Viswanath and Moorthy, both software engineers, were from India and were living in the US. They had recently moved from New York after Viswanath took a job as a systems engineer at Cisco Systems Inc., based in San Jose. Rangers recovered their bodies on steep terrain on Thursday below Taft Point, an area known for its spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan, said park spokesman Jamie Richards. Visitors spotted the couple’s bodies on Wednesday. According to the National Park Service, Taft Point is an area with very steep terrain. It is also a popular spot for tourists trying to take scenic and memorable photos. It was not clear how the couple fell or what they were doing when the accident occurred, the report said. A friend of the couple said they were on a driving trip from New York and were seeing the sights in California at the time. The couple also ran a blog called Holidays and Happily Ever Afters, chronicling their adventures around the world. They shared their photos in beautiful places, along with a warning of travel dangers. “A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapers,” they wrote in an Instagram post in March from the rim of the Grand Canyon, “but did you know that wind gusts can be fatal??? Is our life just worth one photo?” “We still do not know what caused them to fall. We’re trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall,” said the park spokesman. Raj Katta, 24, of New York, said he got to know the couple while attending Bradley University in Illinois. “They liked to travel and take pictures… They were really into this stuff,” Katta said, adding that he was “certain it was a tragic accident, not a suicide”. The park spokesman said 10 people died in the park this year. Six of those park visitors fell to their deaths. “Yosemite is a wild and scenic place. If you are not paying attention to your footing, it is very easy to have a slip and fall.”
EVENTS Diwali is back at ShaNOV 11 ron Forks Library When: November 11, 2018 Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming GA 30041 Doors will open at 1:30 p.m, with performances beginning at 2:00 p.m. Free admission. All ages and cultures welcome. 1:30 p.m. - -4:00 p.m. Food, henna tattoos, and crafts in the library. 2:00 p.m. Dance performance by Darshini Natyalaya School of Dance 3:00 p.m. Dance performance by Dance performance by Atlanta Nritya Academy 4:00 p.m. Dance performance by NG's Dance Diwali Fest NOV 17 Harmonious celebration of Diwali by Metro Atlanta Indian-American communities in association with Consulate General of India-Atlanta When: Nov 17, 2018 from 3 pm-8pm Where: Sumant Center, 1450 Huie Rd., Lake City, GA 30260, 770-968-3490, ambajiusa.org Contact: 678-203-5454 Greater Atlanta NOV 17 Telugu Association (GATA), Celebrating Deepavali Sambaralu Please come and celebrate Deepavali Vedukalu in Indian Traditional way. Art Kid Friendly When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4 PM – 11:55 PM Contact: Shankar Reddy Gandra: 678-9384058, Venkat Ram Reddy: 678-642-8508
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* Statement choker: If you're a minimalist at heart, this is the only accessory you'll ever need! Forgo the other jewellery to avoid any distraction. Also, try and wear an open neckline while pairing up your choker; This helps to draw major focus on the jewelry. * Cocktail rings: Both bold and beautiful, a cocktail ring comes in all manner of shapes, sizes, color of stones and designs, but it is always a conversation starter. It can be effectively used to communicate by the mere use of your hands. * Earrings that frame your face: Earrings have a big impact on your outfit as they are in the lineof-vision of your direct company. They should compliment your face structure as they can make or break an outfit. For example, an oval face can pull off a round stud, but a round face should try and avoid this style and go for a longer, drop earring which would help sculpt the face efficiently.
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Microsoft Is Leading Quantum Computer Race To Unlock Mysteries
Seattle (Washington state), (IANS) For Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, quantum computing is among three technologies -- the other two being Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Mixed Reality -that will soon disrupt the status quo, impacting our lives, communities and economies. Believed to be a lot faster and more capable than the existing computing systems, quantum computing is set to herald the next wave of the digital revolution. Researchers at Microsoft are busy writing the software to build a scalable computer that will help humanity unlock solutions to problems in areas such as clean energy, global warming, materials design and much more -- including solving the mysteries of our universe. If all goes well, Microsoft is confident about having one such scalable super machine within the next five years. Based on quantum bits, the computer will not use classical bits but qubits which are not limited to binary and can have properties of 0 and 1 simultaneously, thus trying every possible number and sequence simultaneously to unlock vast amounts of data. The current bits in computers store information as either 1 or 0, thus limiting the potential to make sense when faced with gigantic volumes of data. "We are looking at a five-year time-frame to build a quantum computer and what we need are roughly 100-200 good qubits with a low-error rate," Krysta Svore, Principal Research Manager, Microsoft Quantum Computing, told IANS here.
Microsoft has also partnered with various stakeholders, including universities and governments, to realise the dream. "We need a global effort for quantum research. There are quantum computers but they are small-scale ones and we are trying to push into finding better qubits," added Svore, who leads the Microsoft Quantum-Redmond (QuArC) group. Not just Microsoft but several other tech giants like IBM, Google and Intel have joined the race to build a scalable quantum computer. Google has unveiled "Bristlecone" -- a quantum computing chip with 72 qubits. IBM announced a 50-qubit processor last year. A quantum computer can solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today's computers to solve. This has massive implications for research in health care, energy,
environmental systems, smart materials and more. Microsoft, however, has an added advantage: Its quantum system can integrate seamlessly with its highly-secure Azure Cloud. O v e r a period of time, Microsoft has built a team comprising some of the best minds in quantum physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. To achieve its goal of creating a scalable quantum computer, the company first started by creating the raw materials necessary to make "topological" quantum devices. Microsoft is the only major tech company attempting to build "topological" qubits which aim to significantly reduce any interference at a sub-atomic level that might affect the machine. With this approach, the computational qubits will be "corrected" by other qubits. The team then grew specialised nanowires that can be used to make qubits. The researchers created atomically thin conducting layers with exotic topological properties to realise a fully scal-
able quantum computer. Microsoft today runs several labs around the world that specialise in the fabrication of quantum devices. According to the company, the infrastructure allows for the efficient mounting, wiring and cooling of these devices which, in turn, supports rapid prototyping, characterisation and exploration. These devices operate at temperatures almost 200 times colder than the farthest reaches of outer space. To help quantum developers build applications and algorithms, the company has also released the Quantum Development Kit -- a set of enterprise-grade tools to write, debug and optimise quantum code. The company is also building a community of quantum developers. "Nature computes using quantum, such as protein folding and several other complex mechanisms, and it does it quickly. If nature can do this, why can't we?," said Svore. In his book "Hit Refresh", Nadella has shed light on the ongoing activities and future plans to build new computational methods for programming the quantum computer, because a problem that would take today's machines billions of years to solve could be completed by a quantum computer in minutes, hours or days. "At Microsoft, we're on the cusp of empowering a quantum revolution with our unique, topological approach," Nadella says, hoping that "quantum computing will make AI even more intelligent".
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SRK@53: Time Again Sexual Exploitation Rampant To Reinvent Himself In Fashion World: Male Models
Dharamsala: (IANS) From being a romantic hero who made women weak in the knees to playing his own fanatic fan, a bootlegger, a psychologist and now a vertically challenged man in "Zero" and an astronaut in the Rakesh Sharma biopic -- Shah Rukh Khan, who turned 53 in November -- has been experimenting and reinventing himself by taking risks, say experts. The risks may have not always reaped praises, especially with films like "Dilwale" and "Jab Harry Met Sejal", but that hasn't deterred the actor from trying something new. While "Zero" will release on December 21, according to filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who directed Shah Rukh in the gritty "Raees", the actor's energy and appetite to experiment is still like that of a 23-year-old. "At 53, he is hungry. Still very hungry. And he has so much to offer that I am not surprised as to why he is trying different roles, and I am really glad he is open to that. "He can play intense scenes as easily as he could charm and romance. He has the biggest, widest and most convincing range than any other actor in the industry," Dholakia told IANS over phone. Asked about the impact of the rise of actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao and Vicky Kaushal, who are scoring big with offbeat films, Dholakia said: "I don't think Shah Rukh's work will be affected. If at all, he will reinvent himself to suit, match and excel at new scripts and narratives that are emerging and getting popular. "For actors like Shah Rukh, it's going to be about picking different parts and right scripts. He is very smart and hardworking. He has got the passion and drive of a newcomer." Trade expert Vinod Mirani feels Shah Rukh should take a career break. "Instead of doing same romantic roles again and again, Shah Rukh should do something different. Like Rishi Kapoor took a break in his career and then rediscovered himself, SRK should also do the same," Mirani said, adding that mediocre scripts are responsible for the actors' films which have not performed well. He said: "It has been more than 25 years since SRK is a part of this industry. With each of his projects, his fans expect something new from him. He should do stories which are different and don characters which people could relate with." Shah Rukh himself wants no mediocrity -- so suggested one of his latest tweets in which he wrote: "I am okay to die of excess... I welcome starving because of want... just don't let me succumb to an accident with mediocrity."
New Delhi: (IANS) A decade ago, Madhur Bhandarkar's "Fashion" showed the dark side of the fashion industry, an aspect of it highlighting the exchange of sexual favours for work. It's rampant in the fashion world, say Indian male models, admitting that in many cases people "compromise" to get work as emerging models seek "instant success".
Model Kawaljit Singh Anand's open accusation aimed at designer Vijay Arora opened up the #MeToo discussion about harassment that male models face. Kabir Duhan Singh, now a popular actor in the southern film industry and who is soon going to make his Bollywood debut, says nobody can touch anyone without permission. He said during his time, he did not get work for almost a year because he was not open to socialise with designers at their places. "I think it is on us how we present ourselves in front of others. I used to see models getting drunk with designers and dancing with them with their hands going everywhere. So, if you are giving them such liberty, they will take advantage of it, and the same goes for Bollywood," Kabir told IANS over phone from Mauritius. He says one has to create a boundary. "The current crop in the modelling industry is very open and they want to achieve success in a short period," he added. Amit Ranjan, another established name in the industry, now has a production house by the name of A.R. Productions that
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organises fashion events. He says he always knew about how the fashion industry works even before he entered it in 2007. "I think in the fashion industry, male models are exploited a lot because they get less money compared to female models. They are moulded by designers who groom them. They function on the concept of 'I will take care of you, if you take care of me'.” "There are many leading designers," he said, "who get messages from boys who are ready to do everything. So obviously, the other person will take advantage of that. These boys seek instant success so I won't blame one party," Amit said, adding that he wanted to tell the boys that they should believe in themselves, be honest and follow their dreams. Designer Varija Bajaj says that she has been sitting back and observing everything that is happening. "Yes, it does exist in the fashion industry and it is not just about men against women, but also about men against men, especially in designing fraternity, and women against women," she told IANS. She said it has been going on and has been accepted also because people think 'Yeh toh hota rehta hai, why make a big deal about it?'. Senior designer Manish Malhotra declined to comment. Designer Samant Chauhan says models should always carefully chose whom they are contacting and where they are going for casting. If they go through an agency, they should know what kind of people they are meeting. "I get many calls that they (models) want to meet me. I tell them to send pictures. Maybe I can keep or I can connect them to people whom I know. There is no requirement to come and meet. I simply ignore when someone wants to meet to handover the portfolio. So it's not that only designers are taking advantage," Chauhan told IANS.
Mumbai: (IANS) From "Lagaan" to "Rang De Basanti", from "Taare Zameen Par" to "PK", Dangal" and now "Thugs Of Hindostan" -- actor Aamir Khan, who has experimented with genres and looks galore in his movies, says he is scared about not trying something new. On "Aamir ki Paathshala" on Tata Sky Acting Adda, Aamir spoke about his motto of success, his responsibility as a film producer and more, read a statement. "I don't feel fear of failing, I fear not trying. As a producer or a director, when a story grips the audience, that's when I feel, I have achieved something out of my art," he said. Starting from an early age, Aamir had been heavily influenced by his director father Tahir Hussain, who always asked him, "How will you describe the story in one line? What's the premise of your story?" These questions helped establish a base in Aamir's life for the selection of scripts of his movies. As an actor, Aamir said: "I don't charge a single rupee for my films. It is my responsibility to take care that the cost is recovered and the whole crew has been paid. And when this is done, I get my share in profit. This gives me a sense of responsibility, of which you all can see the results." The actor was recently seen in "Thugs Of Hindostan", Yash Raj Films' mega project which features Aamir for the first time with megastar Amitabh Bachchan. They are joined on-screen by Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in what promises to be a high-octane action drama.
them... It is really easy to call successful, self-made woman names in a patriarchal society." Directed by Indrajit Lankesh, the logo of "Shakeela" was launched a few days ago. The film's tagline reads 'Not A Porn Star'. So, is it a way of conveying to the audience a perspective on the story of Shakeela? "See, there is no point of fighting
about what people said about her at the peak of her career. People watched her films and called her a porn star, which she was not. In the film, we are unveiling the story of an actress and the unexplored side of her journey. Then let the people decide if she really deserved the tag she had to bear," Richa said. "As for "Shakeela", Richa was happy about being able to give select media a glimpse into the set of the movie. A fragment of Kerala has been recreated for the film set here to shoot a marriage sequence with utmost detailing to capture the nuances of Malayali culture. Richa said she is soaking in the environment, which is getting translated into her performance.
“Calling An Adult Film Star A Porn Star Sign Of Patriarchy”
Actress Richa Chadha, who essays south Indian film actress Shakeela in a biopic of that name, says being disrespectful towards any successful adult film star and tagging her as a "porn star" is a sign of a hypocritical and patriarchal society. "Calling an adult (film) star a porn star is a sign of patriarchy. You are disrespecting an actress (Shakeela in this case) who is part of films that are adult in theme. And then you are watching them so much that those films are making huge money. What kind of hypocrisy is that," Richa told IANS in an interview on the set of the biopic "Shakeela" here. Highlighting the "duplicity of the morality of our society", she said: "Adult films are made because there is a market for
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HEALTH PULSE High Calorie Meal For Dinner May Up Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk
Eating a meal rich in calories for dinner can increase the risk of diabetes as well as lead to poorer cardiovascular health, researchers have warned. The findings showed that eating the majority of a person's daily calories in the evening, post 6 p.m. may lead to an increased risk of developing pre-diabetes and high blood pressure, which can lead to diabetes and affect the heart. Every one per cent increase in the number of calories eaten after 6 p.m. -- about 20 calories in a 2,000-calorie daily diet -- was associated with higher fasting glucose, insulin and insulin resistance, all of which are associated with an increased risk of diabetes. Eating 30 per cent or more of a day's calories after 6 p.m. was associated with a 23 per cent higher risk of developing high blood pressure and a 19 per cent higher risk of becoming pre-diabetic. "There is increasing evidence that when we eat is important, in addition to what we eat and how much we eat," said lead author Nour Makarem, a postdoctoral student at the Columbia University in New York. "In our study we show that if you eat most of your calories before 6 p.m., you may have better cardiovascular health. "Your meal timing matters and eating earlier in the day may be an important strategy to help lower the risk for heart disease," Makarem said. However, night-time eating was not associated with being overweight and obese or having central adiposity (fat). For the study, the team analyzed the meal timing of 12,708 participants, aged 18 to 76, from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.
Natural Coping Skills To Improve Physical & Mental Health BY MAHADEV DESAI
Stress Rescue by Panchajanya Paul, MD & Bob Kamath, MD Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2018) The Stress Rescue book, co-authored by Dr. Paul and Dr. Kamath, is an engaging and concise book, written in a simple, lucid, and easy to implement style with interesting quotes, and case studies based on real encounters that Dr. Kamath had with patients in over 30 years of clinical practice. The book also provides many useful resources and links to Mindfulness Meditation Courses and books on stress and general health. In the book, which deals mainly with psychological stress, the authors draw upon their academic
Increasing Protein Intake Can Reduce Disability Risk In Elderly
) Increasing the daily amount of protein intake -- known to slow the loss of muscle mass -- can help older adults preserve the ability to perform daily activities as well as prevent their risks of disability, showed a research. The study found that eating more protein can delay the risk of disability that can obstruct them in performing basic daily and housekeeping activities independently including self feeding, bathing, dressing and participating in social activities. "Our findings support current thinking about increasing the recommended daily intake of protein to maintain active and healthy ageing," said Nuno Mendonca, lead researcher from Newcastle University in the UK. For the study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers examined 722 participants in North-East England, of whom 60 per cent were women. They provided researchers with information about their daily diet, body weight, height measurements, overall health assessment (including any level of disability), and medical records. Older adults tend to have a lower protein intake than younger adults due to poorer health, reduced physical activity, and changes in the mouth and teeth. The results showed that those who ate more protein were less likely to become disabled when compared to people who ate less protein.
Lack Of Proper Sleep Linked To Dehydration Adults who sleep just six hours per night instead of eight may have a higher chance of suffering from dehydration, according to a study. The study highlighted that those who do not feel well after a night of poor sleep are likely to feel dehydrated and may want to consider drinking more water. Dehydration negatively affects many of the body's systems and functions, including cognition, mood, physical performance and others. Long term or chronic dehydration can lead to more serious problems, such as higher risk of urinary tract infections and kidney stones. "If you are only getting six hours of sleep a night, it can affect your hydration status. This study suggests that if you are not getting enough sleep, and you feel bad or tired the next day, drink extra water," said Asher Rosinger, Assistant Professor from the University of Pennsylvania in the US. For the study, published in the journal SLEEP, the team included more than 20,000 adults and studied how sleep affected their hydration status and the risk of dehydration. Participants were surveyed about their sleeping habits, and their urine samples were collected. Results showed that adults who reported sleeping six hours had significantly more concentrated urine and 16 to 59 per cent higher odds of being inadequately hydrated compared to adults who slept eight hours on a regular basis at night.
accomplishments, vast experience in psychiatry, in-depth research and writing skills. Stress levels are at an all-time high with the current global trends. In the introduction, the authors state that ‘Stress is an inevitable part of being alive. There is no way to obliterate all stress from life. The best we can do is to learn how to manage stress. The book is divided into three parts. The first part provides a detailed outlook on the origin of stress and its various types. The second part teaches the readers the tools of stress reduction. And the third part explains healthy living activities to promote mental and physical wellbeing. The authors use the model of a balloon to the conscious mind. When there are too many stressful emotions, they will inflate the conscious mind as air inflates a balloon. When these painful emotions disappear, it is like releasing air from the balloon, and the mind resumes its normal state. Stressors are of two types: Bad events and bad problems. One must learn how to cope with these stressors healthily by managing time, money and people. The authors recommend that instead of bottling up one’s painful emotions it is better to express them by talking with loved ones or by journaling and diary keeping or channelizing into positive action by initiating or joining a crusade and volunteering for a worthy outreach project. One should also consider seeking the professional help of a psychiatrist. This informative and enlightening guide has garnered glowing reviews. “Psychiatry has long been awaiting a practical manual to assist those unduly affected by stress. Dr. Paul’s incor-
poration of exercise, nutrition, and good sleep hygiene techniques is essential to the well-being of all adequately functioning persons,” writes Atlanta’s top psychiatrist Todd Antin. “A handy guide to stress management for the layperson wanting tools to understand and cope with stress naturally as well as for psychotherapists to recommend to their clients,” comments Berry Hensel, Ph.D ., Vice President, Clinical Services, Circles of Care, Florida. According to Dr. Adolf Casal, the medical director of Children’s Health Care of Atlanta- Stress Rescue is the best book for learning natural coping skills. Panchajanya Paul is a double Board certified-Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). He holds faculty positions at Emory University School of Medicine; University of Georgia & Georgia Regents University; and University of Central Florida School of Medicine. Dr. Paul has contributed many insightful articles on health-related topics. He lives and practices in Atlanta, Georgia. Prabhakar’Bob’ Kamath, MD, Author of multiple books, trained at Yale University, and has 30 years’ experience of treating thousands of patients. He retired in 2010 and lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Stress Rescue is a must-read for anyone seeking a pragmatic way to overcome stress in one's life. Many do not bother to understand the cause of stress and resort to drugs, alcohol, overeating, promiscuous sex, gambling, and other unhealthy habits to relieve stress. They end up creating even more significant problems like becoming an addict, broke, imprisoned and ruin their lives. But If one understands what causes stress, and takes steps to cope with stress and build stress resilience through a combination of proper balanced diet, exercise, sports, sleep, yoga, meditation, music, socializing, reading, traveling, hobbies, keeping a pet etc., then he or she will experience an inner transformation, feel, empowered, and will be able to live life to the fullest. Although various other books are available on stress, this book is unique in that it is written for ordinary people who can apply the coping skills themselves without the need of any medical knowledge or medical professional. Stress Rescue is a self-help book for preventive health. In this era, when everyone is looking for quick fixes in the form of more and more prescription pills, this book brings a fresh perspective on the importance and utility of natural stress management strategies. This book will help not only those who have stress but also to others who wish to protect themselves from any future stress.
..... Whatâ€™s Cooking? ..... Green Jackfruit (Kathal) Kofta To make kofta
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1/2 teaspoon red chili powder(Kashmiri chili powder) 14.10 ounces fro- 1/2 teaspoon tamarind paste(do not use black zen fresh tender paste) green jackfruit or 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar or jaggery (optional) 400 grams or .88 1 1/2 cups water lbs. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3/4 cup gram flour (besan) 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 green chili chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste Enough oil for deep frying koftas (may be one cup depending on the size of the pan.) 1 tablespoons fresh chopped coriander leaves Gravy 4 medium ripe tomatoes 1 green chili 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste Spices 2 tablespoons oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 medium chopped onion 1/8 teaspoon hing 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon coriander powder
Thaw jack fruit pieces slightly and coarsely chop in a greased food processor. Cook chopped jack fruit with one cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and turmeric until it is soft. Drain and squeeze the water completely and let it cool. Mix jack fruit, gram flour, cumin seeds, ginger paste, green chilies, coriander leaves and salt. Make small lime size balls. (About 36 or 40).Heat oil in a frying pan on medium low heat and fry them few at a time until they become light brown on all sides. Remove them onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb extra oil. Gravy Blend tomatoes, green chili, ginger and salt in a blender. Keep it aside.
Add tomato, green chili paste. Fry until oil starts to come out on the edges. In a large saucepan heat oil on medium Add tamarind juice, brown sugar or jaggery high. Add cumin seeds and fry them for 30 sec- and 1 1/2 cups water. Mix. onds. Add onions and fry until they are transluAdd fried koftas and mix gently being carecent. ful not to break koftas. Add some more water if Add hing, turmeric, coriander powder and the gravy is too thick. Cook until all the flavors chili powder. Fry them for 30 seconds. are blended.
Transfer koftas into a serving dish and sprinkle fresh coriander on top. Note: Chili powder and red pepper can be adjusted to taste. Don't cook jack fruit in a pressure cooker. If the kofta dough is too soft, add more gram flour.
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The Sheer Elegance Of Organza
Organza is a lightweight fabric that was originally made from silk. The modernized version of the fabric however can be created not only with silk, but also polyester or nylon.
BY RANI SHARMA Organza makes its wearer look ethereal. Silk organza is popularly used in the creation of bridal wear. It is used to embellish the gown by adding frills and laces. It is usually placed as the outer- most layers on the gown or skirt with a more solid textile as the under-layers, as the translucence of organza is perfect for the overall vibe of a wedding. As the fabric is so fine and thin, it can snag very easily. Therefore, it essential to make very careful, measured movements when wearing the fabric. On the other hand, since an organza ball gown has so many layers, it will be almost impossible to see any small rips or tears. When in the closet, organza should be wrapped in muslin along with moth balls, to protect from insect damage. It should be hand washed in gentle suds.
Organza is also used in A-line or princess wedding dresses which have a slimmer skirt and sometimes do not have a defined break between the bodice and the skirt materials.
An organza dress can be accessorized with jewelry in precious metal and precious stones.
For more info, contact Rani Sharma of Raneez Boutique at 404-386-2062.
Diamonds and platinum are especially ideal for the kind of exquisite garments that use organza prominently. Wear high heel sandals and carry a matching clutch.