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Atlanta’s Premier South Asian Newspaper October 2018 Gita Gopinath Appointed First Female Chief Economist Of IMF

United Nations: (IANS) Eminent academic and economic adviser to the Kerala government, Gita Gopinath, was appointed recently as Director of the International Monetary Fund’s Research Department. Announcing the appointment, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called her “one of the world’s outstanding economists with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership and extensive international experience”. “All this makes her exceptionally wellplaced to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist,” she said in a statement. The director of the IMF’s Research Department oversees the World Economic Outlook Report that is considered a major survey of the global economy as well as several other reports and research projects that determine the financial and economic statuses of countries. She succeeds Maurice Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of this year, making her the first woman appointed to the prestigious role. Gopinath, who received her MA degree from the Delhi School of Economics, is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She is concurrently the economic adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala and, according to her bio at Harvard, she was appointed in 2016 to the honorary position with the rank of principal secretary.

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American Hindus Plan To Celebrate 125th Anniversary Of Vivekananda Speech In 100 US Cities

Atlanta, GA: The United States Hindu Alliance (USHA), a national Hindu advocacy organization recently announced CHICAGO ADDRESS 125, a one year 100 city celebration of the 125th anniversary of the historic speech by Swami Vivekananda on September 11, 1893 at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. The parliament was a landmark event in the history of religions. More than 7,000 religious leaders representing various religions, faiths and Dharma traditions from all over the world took part in the event, including the young Swami Vivekananda from India who represented Hindu Dharma. By virtue of his message, that advanced ideas of tolerance, acceptance, harmony and co-existence, he became an instant celebrity within and outside the parliament. According to the Smithsonian Institute, he is one of the 25 most influential leaders who have ever visited the United States. The launch event took place on September 11, 2018 at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, the first Hindu temple of Chicago. Among the eminent personalities who addressed the audience included 4 senior leaders of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, the apex body of all the Heads of Hindu monastic orders (Sanyasi Paramparas) of India, representing more than 1.7 million Hindu monks. Poojya Swami Paramatmananda Saraswatiji, General Secretary

of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, Poojya Swami Vishweshwarananda Giriji Maharajji, Poojya Madhavapriya Das Swamiji and Poojya Acharya Shri Krishnamaniji Maharaj addressed the audience. In addition, Poojya Swami Vigyananandaji, Chairman of World Hindu Foundation, Neeta Bhushan, Consul General of India in Chicago, Rajiv Malhotra, author and founder of Infinity Foundation, Poojya Swami Sharananandaji of Chinmaya Mission and Gokul Kunnath, President of USHA spoke at the event. Chicago Address 125 is a yearlong celebration organized by the United States Hindu Alliance, in partnership with Hindu temples and associations nationwide to promote the message of Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda emboldened the Hindu spirit by promoting Hindu identity, Hindu unity and Hindu empowerment. He galvanized India’s Hindus to work towards the freedom of India. Apart from its outreach to the Hindu communities across the country, USHA has also decided to strengthen the interfaith movement by promoting the vision inherent in the Chicago address. To achieve this goal, USHA has developed 5 themes that will celebrate Swami Vivekananda’s message to the world. The five themes are “Inner peace leads to world peace”, “Dialogue leads to reconciliation”, “Mutual respect leads to religious harmony”, “United action leads to preservation of the planet” and “Freedom leads to diversity”.

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Resigns

United Nations: (IANS) Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American to serve on the United States cabinet and the highest profile woman and non-white in the current administration, has resigned her position as the Permanent Representative to the UN, she and President Donald Trump announced recently. In the surprise announcement, she said she will leave at the end of the year. She said that she did not know as yet what she will be doing next, but ruled out a run for president in 2020 saying she would campaign for Trump. After eight years of public service -- two as a governor and two as UN ambassador she said that she wanted a change after the stressful tenures and that government officials should limit their terms in office so that there are new people coming in. Trump praised her for her role at the UN saying that she was respected by leaders and diplomats at the UN and that the US is more respected. He called her a "special friend" and said he hoped to see her back in some capacity in the administration or politics.


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IACA Miss India GA Pageant Crowns New Winners

Atlanta, GA: The 2018 followed by a beautiful IACA Beauty Pageant was and colorful Indian attire held on August 25th, in a walk. glamorous setting at RosThe top five finalwell Cultural Arts Center, in ists participated in the front of a full house. Q/A round. IACA organizes this The winners of the popular event every year to evening were: IACA select Miss Teen India GeorMiss Teen Indian gia, Mrs. India Georgia, and Georgia - Tanvi Gujral, Miss India Georgia. The First Runner Up - Aishwinners of this pageant go warya Vallem. Second on to participate in the naRunner Up - Jiya Malbari tional Miss India USA Pag- The nine winners- Muskaan, Sparsha, Jiya, Aishwarya, Miss Teen Tanvi Gujral, IACA Miss India eant held in New York. Georgia - Rati Sarkar, Miss India Rati Sarkar, Aarti, Divya and Mrs India GA Sarika Datta. The elegant show First Runner Up - Sparwas very well organized sha Pearl Eddu, Second by the beauty pageant team, Runner Up - Muskaan Ashwini Bhukhanwala lovingly called the “Dream IACA Mrs India Georgia - Sarika DatTeam” by the contestants. ta, First Runner Up - Divya Subramanya, Second The team consisted of Kiran Runner Up - Arti Jain Agnihotri, Dr Lakshmi Rao, In addition following category were recSonjukta Halder, Shally ognized. Venkatesh and Prem RahMs. Photogenic : Teen - Jiya Malbari, Miss man, and the young volunMuskaan Bhukhanwala, Mrs - Divya Subramanya teer group of Pritika Halder, Miss Personality : Tanvi Gujral Manik Deep, Devika AgniMiss Congeniality: Teen- Tanvi Gujral, Miss hotri and Mallika Halder. Muskaan Bhukhanwala , Mrs - Sarika Datta, The effort of the team Miss Beautiful Hair : Aarya Khurana was not only to groom the Best Talent : Rati Sarkar The organizing team. girls for the pageant, but also People’s Choice Award went to Aishwarya Vallem. Murlidhar, Atin Majumdar, Rani Singh, Vicki Rama, develop their confidence, give Special guest appearance by Atlanta idol them an opportunity to showcase their talents, con- Karishma Kamdar, Susan Hunter, Ron Corbin, Grace winner Rahul Nana, with his beautiful singing nect with the Indian culture and make friends, all Puri and Sarah Ali. was another highlight of the evening, which was The program included: American Evening further enhanced by well choreographed high enin a positive and cohesive atmosphere. Dr. Suvrat Bhargave and his beautiful wife Kali Gown Walk, a talent round for the Teen and Miss ergy dance performances by Prem’s Dance Studio Bhargave were the emcees for the evening and man- Contestants. There was no talent round for the Mrs and Planet U Performing Arts. aged the event professionally and kept the contestants, who were given the opportunity to speak Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Paddy audiences interested and engaged. Music for on one of the following platforms, the #MeToo Move- Sharma, Chairperson of IACA who acknowlthe pageant was compiled and managed by Arijit ment, Health and Fitness and Women Empowerment. edged the hard work of Pageant team , all Chowdhury. Photography and videography was han- While the Teens and Miss contestants exhibited various the participants, parents , sponsors, and audience talents like singing, playing instruments, dancing and who made this event a success. Special thanks dled by Moonlight Media. The able judges for the evening were Na- monologues, the Mrs vowed the audience with their were given to Grand Sponsors for the event the 27th diya Damani, Mayumi Cole, Shermyn Malani, Uma powerful views on the topic of their choice. This was Investments, Mr &Mrs Gill and Malani Jewelers.

BAGA Hosts Premiere Cricket League Scicom Cup

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Atlanta, GA: On the fine Saturday morning of September 22nd, four high energy teams in the BAGA Premier Cricket League- Rongbaaj, Bengal

Tigers, ICC and Super Strikers took the grounds at the Fowler Park, Cumming for a whole day cricket tournament, each team eyeing on winning the trophy - Scicom Cup. Teams consisted of both ladies and men. The 12-over innings games were played following the Atlanta Cricket League (ACL) rules and under the direction of the umpires, Anoop Menon and Gaurav Dadu. Rongbaaj, ICC, Super Strikers and Bengal Tigers were led by their respective captains Dipankar Roy, Arijit Chowdhury, Subho Nath and

Arup Dhar. The final match was played between Super Strikers and Bengal Tigers. Unfortunately, the game could not proceed beyond 11th over due to very bad light on the field. Both teams were declared as the joint winner of the Scicom Cup 2018. It was a great day for the community and each game was filled with exciting cricket, cheering support, music, friendliness and snacks. The Scicom Cup was sponsored by Scicom Infrastructure Services.


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Gandhi @ 150 Celebrations Held At The Consulate & King Center

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Atlanta, GA: The Gandhi Foundation USA (GFUSA), in collaboration with the Consulate General of India, Atlanta, celebrated 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, honoring his legacy as well as the endearing memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and former Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Gandhi Statue at the M L K Jr. National Park, in Atlanta, USA on October 2. The gathering also recognized the historic and unique U N Proclamation of October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence. The momentous celebration followed by cake cutting and luncheon was attended by a diverse cross-section of communities in Georgia, leading community activists and representatives of Georgia organizations, and graced by the presence of Indian Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni, India Consulate officers/staff, Chairman of Fulton County Board of Commissioners Robb Pitts and numerous other dignitaries from the District 2, which is the home of the Statue, King Center and the officials of the National Park Service.

Homage and Lunch at the Statue:

The event started with paying floral tributes by the distinguished guests and leaders of Georgia’s legislators, administrators and the community leaders, GFUSA officials and also by the winners of a recently organized beauty pageant in Atlanta to the resplendent and majestic statue of Mahatma Gandhi adorning the entrance of the National Park. Chairman of GFUSA, Subash Razdan, was invited by fellow Executive Director Antony Thaliath to preside at the devotional service at the Gandhi Statue. Thaliath invoked the nostalgic memories and inspiration of the co-founder and former executive director Giriraj Rao. Razdan reminisced the nostalgic memories of the installation, and unveiling of the Gandhi Statue by Ambassador Andrew Young, 20 years ago on a cold blistering January morning with over a thousand in attendance. Razdan thanked the Indian Embassy, India Council for Cultural Relations and various community organizations as well as National Park Service, for making the installation of the Gandhi Statue in Atlanta possible, which serves as a beacon for non-violence and peace for a million tourists who visit the statue annually. Razdan introduced Robb Pitts as a great friend of the Indian diaspora and a frequent visitor to India. Chairman Pitts emphasized the influence Gandhi had on Dr. King and thus the virtual hand guiding the civil rights movement of USA. Pitts also welcomed Dr. Swati Kulkarni as India’s new Consul General in Atlanta and wished her a successful tenure. Dr. Kulkarni responded with her keynote remarks appreciating the good work done by the Indo-American community and phenomenal support by partners King Center and the officials of National Park Service. Dr. Kulkarni, (after a rousing introduction by Hon. Greg Pridgeon, former Councilman and Chief of Staff of City of Atlanta), recalled from her previous diplomatic assignments the extent of relevance of and reverence for Mahatma Gandhi. “Mahatma Gandhi, who propagated non-vi-

in their hearts and home - (Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi hung in their dining room). Tomkins read out a message of greetings from Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the King Center. Hon. Pitts and Dr. Tomkins then presented a special certificate of outstanding partnership, service and volunteerism signed by Dr. Bernice King, CEO King Center to Vice Consul Bikash Kumar of the Consulate General of India, Atlanta. Rina Gupta, Publics Relations Director of 27th Investments brought in a message of support for such noble missions and congratulated the organizers and the Consulate General of India for the wonderful gesture of an impressive joint venture. J u d y Forte, Superintendent of L to R: Amir Farokhi, Dr. Hilda Tomkins, Dr. Kulkarni, Rob National Park Service exPitts and S.M. Khan. Photos by Suresh K.Volam. pressed her handas Karamchand Gandhi but in return we gave greetings, underscoring the importance of the Mahatma to the world,” she said, and elaborated special linking of the King Center and the Gandhi on the non-cooperation movement, the Salt Sa- Foundation with the common message espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King, exemplified tyagraha’ and the ‘Quit India’ movement. “Gandhi fought against social evils like by the presence of the Gandhi Statue in the Park. Razdan then acknowledged the various consmoking, alcoholism, etc. Such men never die. They live in their accomplishments. We need to gratulatory messages of celebrations received follow their examples, reflect upon their teach- for the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhiji, inings. Many world leaders like Dr. Martin Luther cluding from Padma Bhushan Sociologist Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, etc. were influenced by Bindeshwar Pathak (India), Gandhian Tarun Surti his techniques of non-violence. We have to reded- (Tennessee, USA) and Gandhian Dr. Sriram Sonicate ourselves to his teachings and philosophy,” ty (Chicago, USA) who is also leading a drive to get a Mahatma Gandhi Stamp approved in USA. she added. GFUSA treasurer, Mohsin Bharmal, thanked After a brief introduction by John Naugle of the dedicated help and support of the speakers, GFUSA, the next speaker Atlanta City Councilman Hon. Amir R. Farokhi remarked, “Atlanta sponsor 27th investments, guests, and all present is a city of peace and social justice because of urging them to continue attending future events Mahatma Gandhi and his influence on Dr. King. organized by the GFUSA. Atlanta’s well known singers Praful Desai, Indeed, it is remarkable that a boy from a small port town in Gujarat, who simply liked to twist his wife Mukti Desai, and Dr. Rajul Gokarn along the ears of dogs as a child, went on to influence with Chitra Venkat of the Consulate led the gaththe world toward peace and equity, even today ering in rendering two of Gandhi’s favorite Bha150 years after his birth. Atlanta and Gandhi are jans, ‘Vaishnavo Jana To’ and ‘Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram’. Hon. Greg Pridgeon, Vice Chair of forever linked.” S. M. Khan, former Press Secretary to the GFUSA led the audience in singing the reverberPresident APJ Abdul Kalam and former Director ating Civil Rights Anthem ‘We shall overcome”. “Following the musical interlude of bhaGeneral – Doordarshan TV of India, referenced jans, Consul General Dr. Kulkarni was joined by some interesting anecdotes on Gandhi from his book on President Kalam “ The People’s Presi- the distinguished guests and two of the Atlanta dent” and presented the same to CG Dr. Kulkarni. community members Sunil Savili and Rita Roy Dr. Hilda Tomkins, senior director of King Dannenberg (also born on October 2) to the cake Center underscored the joint relationship between cutting ceremony for Gandhi’s Birthday! After the Indian-American community and the King the ceremonial cutting of Gandhi’s birthday cake, Center, recounting Martin Luther King’s and the congregation was served delectable snacks caCoretta Scott King’s abiding reverence for Gand- tered by Sanjeev Ade of Deliyo Inc. olence technique, and whom we affectionately call ‘Bapu’ was an icon, not only of India but the world,” she said. “He is a symbol of peace and non-violence, religious tolerance, khadi, charkha, vegetarian diet, and religious pluralism . Above all, he is a symbol of hope, courage and dignity for all.” She said, Gandhi’s 150th Birth anniversary is being celebrated to propagate his teachings, his legacy, his philosophy. “South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela used to say, India gave us Mo-

hi and his philosophy and the invaluable role of Mrs. Coretta Scott King in promoting Gandhi’s awareness by establishing the Gandhi Room in the Freedom Hall of the King Center in 1987. The spirit of Gandhi has been a constant presence

and greetings from the distinguished guests Hon. Robb Pitts, Hon Pedro Marin, Mr. S.M. Khan, members of the Gandhi Foundation and all present. She urged the audience to honor Gandhi Ji’s life by personal transformation and striving to promote global non-violence, peace, equality and justice. Representative Mr.Pedro Marin expressed

Rep. Pedro Marin presenting the Governor’s Proclamation to Consul General Dr. Kulkarni.

his joy in attending the Gandhi Birth Anniversary celebrations and read the proclamation by the GA Governor declaring October 2 as the Mahatma Gandhi Day in the State of Georgia. Hindi scholar Dr. Mridul Kirti ,expressing her tribute in Hindi said that Mahatma Gandhi was a Maha Atma because he practiced what he preached. His message was none other than his life itself. He was a steadfast seeker of Truth, a fearless leader and uncompromising practitioner of Ahimsa. Razdan who appreciated the partnership of the India Consulate, thanked Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni for the historic opening of the doors of the Consulate for the joint celebrations of Gandhi Birth Anniversary with the Gandhi Foundation. India and its Consulates have traditionally encouraged diverse young generation to learn about Gandhi and his philosophy. The ensuing brief cultural program, emceed by Vice Consul Bikash Kumar, was a testimony of the endeavor. The segment included scintillating dance performances set to India-themed Bollywood songs by Hetal Mehta and Anima Das. There was also a soulful violin performance by Pranav Swaroop and an equally mesmerizing short flute presentation by Sai Kishore. Little tots infused patriotic fervor with their performances. Anya Rathi won the hearts of all with her animated dance to Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ekla chalo re’ while Dheeraj Lunawat and Tavisha Lunawat and Prameeti Vohra recited a lyrical poem ‘Mahatma ka Bharat’. Atlanta designer Kavita Bathija showcased the upcoming Khadi themed textile show. The participants in the elegant show included Akansha Kumar, Swapna Retineni, Raji Venkat, Nidhi Vajpayee, Anima Das, Bhrushira Vyas, Hetal Mehta and Gunjan Patel. The cultural segment ended with the national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana’ played by Prameeti Vohra on her viola. Certificates were presented for outstanding service, volunteerism, promotion of Indian arts Cultural program at the Consulate: and culture to young and old with the highlight Consul General Dr. Swati Kulkarni wel- being “Feeding the Hungry” volunteers of the last comed the gathering of over 200 at the Consul- 20 years by GFUSA associates led by Leela Kaul, ate in Sandy Springs, recognized the presence of Ruth Gupta and their dedicated team.


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Glitz, Glamour And Talent Galore At Ms Bharat Pageant

The title winners Darshleen, Priyanka and Reetu. Photo by Neelamegam Subramanian.

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA: Lights, camera, runway... Hilton Atlanta glowed with glitz and glamour as contestants of the Bharat GA 2018 franchise sashayed across the stage on September 30, 2018. Presented by Kamlesh Chugh of Dream Girl Entertainment and MyDream Entertainment, the evening gleamed with the beauty, talent, confidence and poise demonstrated by the participants. Priyanka Sharma in the Miss Bharat category, Reetu Jain in the Mrs Bharat category, Darshleen Kaur in the Miss Bharat Teen category and

celebrity guest at the event. Shiva Turlapati of Shiv’s Institute of Dance served as the choreographer. “After my win as Mrs Bharat Grandmom, NJ in 2107, I was motivated to start the Atlanta chapter of the beauty pageant. My main purpose is to inspire, motivate and lead the ladies of the Indian community to come out of their shell and give true meaning to the phrase, beauty with a purpose. I want them to be an inspiration to their kids and grandkids,” said Chugh, in her address. Emcees Aishwarya Sridharan and Monty Kataria engaged the audience with their flair and humor. The night opened with dance performance by all the contestants, total of 31, choreographed by Turlapati. The judges, organizers and national organizers were recognized and awarded trophies. Voting lines were opened to the audience

The Chugh family with Sunny Leone. Photo by Vinod Devlia, Photography by Vinod. to text in their vote for their favorite contestants, followed by a song performance by Nehal Mehta. The evening also featured energetic dance performances by Georgia Bhangra Academy, a special performance by Tanuj on the drums, and Shyam Gupta’s song performances and a combined performance by Shyam Gupta and Anupama Krishnan. Chugh also recognized her core team. Two special ladies of Atlanta- Shakuntala Ahuja aged 81 and Shushila Gupta, a nonagenarian, were also honored on the stage with crowns. Following the Indian outfit round, Top 9 finalists were given 3 minutes to perform and compete against each other for the Best Talent, 1st Runner up, and 2nd Runner up awards. An evening gown round and Q&A round with the judges decided the final winners.

Neera Bahl, Dr. Vishal Sharma, Jaslin Chahl, Bhavana Vishal Anand, Veena Rao, Rashmi Bedi, Dr. Nazeera Dawood and Prabha Raghava were members of the judging panel. Chugh said her event management company, Dream Girl Entertainment, was a lifetime dream come true. “This is a unique event, not only a beauty pageant but a pageant where Indian ladies and gentlemen will present our culture and diversity. It is symbolic of how Indian culture is represented here in the United States,” she added. Recognizing Rashmi and Janak Bedi for launching the pageant in the US, Chugh went to thank Sunny Leone, Aryan Vaid, the sponsors, organizers, the contestants and the audience. She recognized her friends Shiva, Kratika, Hetal, Bandana, Neha, Minnie, Neetu, Shubra, Rashmi, Seema Saxena and others who helped with the event.

Sanjay Sehgal Wins TiE Top Entrepreneur Award

Grandmom title winner Madhulika Kumar. Photo by Neelamegam Subramanian. Madhulika Kumar in the Grandmom Bharat categories walked away with the top titles. They were crowned by Bollywood star Sunny Leone. The winners will represent Georgia in the Miss Bharat USA 2018 Pageant to be held in December. Bollywood actor and Graviera Mister India World 2000 winner Aryan Vaid was the other

Atlanta, GA: Entrepreneur and CEO of MSys Technologies Sanjay Sehgal has been honoured as the top among the six shortlisted honourees for Upper Market Entrepreneur Awards at the TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneur Awards 2018 held at the Avalon Conference Center in Alpharetta, GA on September 28, 2018. The awards recognize the enthusiasm and innovation of entrepreneurs in various business ventures in the area. It commemorates the passion and contribution of Atlanta's entrepreneurs, business owners and privately held companies. Sehgal is a proven innovator, serial entrepreneur, meditation instructor and a self-development enthusiast. He has built and managed a multitude of companies (iVivity, Scentric, Pramana and now MSys) both in the Atlanta area and abroad. He has held several senior executive positions in sales, product management and engineering at American Megatrends (Norcross, GA). Sanjay is currently the CEO of MSys Technologies, a leading product engineering services and digital transformation partner for its enterprise and Silicon Valley clientele. “Along with my own entrepreneurial jour-

ney, this TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneurs Award champions the overall local Atlanta entrepreneurial ecosystem. Their twentieth anniversary campaign “Invent. Invest. Inspire” emphasizes that TiE Atlanta will continue inventing, investing in, and inspiring the current and next generation of entrepreneurs right here in Atlanta and beyond. I

sincerely urge business leaders, emerging entrepreneurs, and industry experts to support TiE’s mission and cause,” says Sehgal. MSys Technologies is a reliable partner for product engineering services and digital transformation projects for its enterprise and Silicon Valley clientele. With its open source, proprietary, cloud native and containerised technologies, MSys Technologies designs, develops and manages modern distributed systems and complex ecosystem integrations with outcome-based pricing (more information may be found at www.msystechnologies.com) Founded in 1998, TiE Atlanta invents, invests in and inspires entrepreneurs in all industries, from ideation to exit, by providing access to funding, educational programming and mentoring by local and global leaders. TiE Atlanta has raised more than $1.5 billion in venture funding for Atlanta-based entrepreneurs and has generated more than $2 billion from acquisitions. TiE Atlanta is a top five chapter of TiE Global, the world’s largest entrepreneur organization with over 60 chapters in 14 countries, and over 10,000 members.


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Thousands Attend Ganesh Festival At Hindu Temple of Atlanta

BY MAHADEV DESAI Photos by Suresh Volam & Neelamegam Subramanian

Atlanta, GA: The Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale, Georgia, (HTA) organized its spectacular annual Ganesh Utsav celebration from September 9 to September 15, which attracted over 10,000 of devotees from Atlanta and beyond. The HTA has been hosting spectacular and well attended Ganesh Utsavs for the past five years. A majestic 10-foot eco-friendly clay idol of Ganapathi was again made in Hyderabad and installed in the specially built canopy in the forecourt between the Balaji and the Shiva temple on Wednesday September 12. A wooden stage backdrop constructed by a team of volunteers, under the canopy was an ideal setting for the dazzling idol of Lord Ganesh, resplendent with rich adornments, artistic décor, and lavish fresh vegetables, flowers, and fruit garlands. Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of a new venture or challenge. Throughout the Utsav, the elaborate rituals, archanas and chanting of shlokas and Ganesha mantras were meticulously done by priests Sri Srinivas Sarma, Sri Pawan Kumar, Sri Siva Naga Kumar, Sri Sunil Kumar, Sri Gopal Bhattar, Sri Ravisankar, Sri Veda Vyasa, and Sri Murali Krishna. Devotees also enthusiastically joined in chanting Ganesha bhajans. All the deities in the Balaji and Siva temples also wore a dazzling look in their ornate fineries and colorful

fresh flower and fruit garlands. The event started with a prayer by Hindu Temple's priest Sri Pavankumar, who chanted Vedic Ganesha shlokas. The participants sat on the floor and the volunteers Vaisheshi Jalajam, Vikas Anand and others went around guiding the parents and children in making the idols. The reception desk was manned by Hindu Temple's officers and committee members. As the day progressed, more students from BalVihar classes joined in. Vikas, who emceed the event, engaged the kids by making them recite shlokas, songs and chanting together of Jai Ganesha and Ganapati Bappa Morya'. Barnali Guha and her colleague of Mystic Fun Art kept busy face-painting a long line of children.

On Wednesday, September 12, the Ganesha idol was ceremoniously installed with a lot of fanfare under the huge canopy. For the first time, 108 kids participated in Ganesha homam. On Saturday, a spectacular mela provided nonstop entertainment from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. The enthralling entertainment included Kuchipudi dances such as Ganesha pancharatnam, Ganesh Kouthvam, Bho Shambho, Dhansri Tillana, Hari Hara Gaja Mukha and Mooshika vahana dances were performed by talented students of Atlanta Dance and Music Academy's Gurus Jyothi Chintalapudi; Sasikala Penumarthi,Pushyami Lanka Gottipati,Varsha Jinka, Haritha Kulkarni, Shweta Satya, Neelima Gaddamanugu, Sridevi Ranjit and Aparna Turaga,among others. Children performed Bharata Natyam dances like Shanmuga kouthvam, Nrityavandana by students of Gayathri Subramaniam, and Vani Karra. Diya Ghosh who has just moved to Atlanta performed a scintillating Bharatanatyam dance. Carnatic and Hindustani melodious vocals were presented by students of Shweta Ravichandran, Parag Anamika Pal, Viji Murali, Poojitha Nookala, and Swapna Khumtekar.Kids donned colorful costumes and enthusiastically entertained the audience. Maya Dance Academy's students presented a Ghoomar dance, while Shruti Sreedharan's students did Krishna Leela. Team Shakti's trio performed a captivating, fast-paced dance to a devotional prayer.Garima Dance Academy's Raas-Garba was also much appreciated. Extra flavor was added by high-octane Punjabi Giddha and a rocking Bollywood Ganesha dance by Akhil Turaga team of Sri Dutt Raaga Fine Arts. The audience was treated to a pulsating authentic ancient drum-beat fromTamilnadu by Mazhangu Parai team which had come all the way from Ohio to perform at the Festival. And as in previous year, teenmaar, dand pradarshan and dancing to drums and dhols added vibrancy to the festival. Kids also enjoyed matkabreaking or Handi competition. Sri Pavankumar ji performed many poojas and bhajans. The audience were treated to a Lord Ganesha song composed by him. About 300 kids participated in the arts competition held in the Shiva Temple. Prizes were awarded to the winners of the competition, which was in three segments: Coloring, drawing and Canvas. Rangoli competition also created a buzz. The rangolis were attractive to watch. Three winners were awarded prizes. The Temple chefs Ramakrishna Garu and colleagues had prepared three big laddus for auction. On Saturday, the lively laddu auction's three top generous bidders were: Subbiah Emani and Raj Sardana (25 Lbs.); Padma Koganti (10 Lbs.) and HTA Vice President Sheela Lingam (5 Lbs.). All the money raised will be used for the temple kitchen renovations.

Daily laddu auction's generous sponsors on previous days were Bhargava Vallabhaneni and family, Madhavi Kasam family, Phani Tummala, Sandeep and family, Kirty Vaggu and family, Janardhan Pannela and Family. After watching the exciting shower of flower petals float down gently on Ganeshji from a helicopter the attendees enjoyed watching the sky lit up with magical fireworks! Finally it was time to bid farewell to muchloved Lord Ganesh. Enthusiastic young devotees in kurtas and saffron headbands, carrying saffron flags came out of the canopy, dancing and shouting “Ganapati Bappa Morya” to the pulsating beat of dhols as Lord Ganeshji’s idol was placed in a truck, and slowly carried in a procession. Two girls performed a befitting scintillating devotional dance amidst applause. Ganesh Visarjan ceremony was performed in Savannah, with joyous shouts and wishes for his return the following year. As they say, “with the immersion ceremony, the Form (physical) returned to the Formless (spiritual).” The Ganapati idol became one with the water. Ravi Chander ,Volunteer Chair of HTA and organizer of Ganesh Utsav said: “We have been hosting Ganesh Utsav at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta since 2012, with a whole hearted aim of bringing the community together and passing on our universal values of hard work, teamwork, togetherness and kindness to future generations. In a world of uncertainty Lord Ganesh has blessed us each year. It is a matter of joy to see a rise in self-less volunteers and visitors from all cultures. We are truly blessed.” The HTA President Kusuma Kotte effusively commented, “On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate our Ganesh Program coordinator Ravi Chander and his team for a very successful event. I would also like to thank our temple staff, priests, managers, cooks, security, volunteers and EC members. Without all of their commitment to this event, it would have been impossible to accomplish something of this magnitude. In addition, we would like to recognize all the people who donated generously for this program. As a result of these collective efforts, thousands of devotees were able to attend and enjoy 5 days of Ganesh celebrations.”


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‘Jagat Pavani Ganga’ Raises Funds For AIM For Seva

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: Theatrical waves of Kala Sadhanalaya’s ‘Jagat Pavani Ganga’ swept Atlanta shores to raise funds for AIM for Seva, Atlanta chapter at the Kennesaw State University Dance Theater on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018. The production, scripted and directed by Revathi Ramachandran, had music by Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan, sound production and design by Sai Shravanam and lighting by Murugan Krishnan. The production showcased ganga in all her glory, her natural landscape, the mythology, folklore, the history, the magnificent past or the current day pollution that looms over the sanctity of the sacred river. The event raised $68K for two AIM for Seva projects, Chatralayas adopted by Atlanta chapter and Krupa Home, meant for adults with disabilities. The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, initiated by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, is an integrated development program, reaching out to rural children across 15 Indian states. Addressing rural education challenges in India, such as commute to schools, domestic pressure or lack of extra-curricular activities in education, AIM for Seva offers Free Student Homes (FSH) or chatralayas. A student home empowers kids to learn by providing them a place to live close to their schools, with a clean environment, nutritious food, schooling needs, value-based education with extracurricular activities. Other initiatives of Aim for Seva include primary healthcare through hospitals, clinics and mobile medical units, rural women empowerment programs and community training across villages to help develop self-sufficient societies. The Atlanta chapter led by Eashwar Money has adopted four chatralayas in Karnataka, AP, TN and Gujarat providing for 115 students. The

fundraiser each year aims to provide for these students with a goal of 51K ($450 annually per child). The Ganga show raised $45K for the chatralayas. Additionally, Money made a pitch for Atlanta to raise funds for one of the 3 Floor building for AIM for Seva Krupa Home, that costs $60K. $23K was raised towards Krupa home at the event instantly, just as Money concluded his pledge. “I’m going to try very hard to realize this goal before the end of the year” said an earnest Money. “Transparency and impact are the driving forces of AIM for Seva,” said Nithya Narasimhan who welcomed the audience. Anusha Goda rendered the invocation composed by Swami Dayananda Saraswathi. Chandrika Chandran of Natyanjali Academy of Dance introduced the performing team. Unfolding with a group dance depicting the flora and fauna, rippling waters, the wildlife, fish, crocodile and sea creatures, the luscious trees

bordering the banks, the team of 11 dancers and a sutradhar, (narrator), led by Revathi’s daughter, Manasvini Korukkai Ramachandran, from the prestigious Kalakshetra dance academy entranced the audience, as notes ascended and descended, synching with the milieu of the scene. The portrayal of the river with blue dupatta, the river sounds washing up the shores by dancers clapping with a Tamil song, Rudram chanting, and a Hindi bhajan elevated the experience. Mythological references to the ganga, including the tale of King Shantanu, who, smitten by Ganga agrees to never question her, and eventually fails to keep up his promise when she immerses her eighth child in the river were depicted. The story of King Sagar who performed Ashwamedha yagna, the impertinence of princes to captivate the yagna horse and Sage Kapila’s wrath, the resulting repentance, Bhagirtha's penance, Brahma's advice to worship Shiva, request to Ganga to descend on earth to grant moksha,

Ganga's descent and Shiva capturing her in his matted tresses, loosening a lock to let her flow was creative choreography at its best. The production picked references from history- of Emperor Akbar preferring Ganga water, as mentioned by Abul Fazal. The quick change of costumes was remarkable. Concluding with a call to stop pollution, the show closed with vibrant visuals featuring a grand Ganga Aarti that had lamps set afloat a moving cloth that created the impression of the moving river carrying the lamps. The presentation was a fine amalgamation of Bharatanatyam and Himachal folk dances, classical Carnatic and Gadhwali music, mime, theatricals, and visuals interpreted with ancient and contemporary verses, with performers in muted clothing and terracotta jewelry. The simplicity and sanctity of Ganga was well portrayed and the message to maintain her purity got a standing ovation from the audience.

Kids Help Kids Raises Funds For CA Wildfire & Florence Victims

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: Kids help Kids, an organization initiated and run by kids organized their 6th annual fundraiser event to help the victims of California wildfires and Hurricane Florence on September 30, 2018 at the East Cobb Park, Marietta GA. All proceeds were donated to Direct Relief, a non-profit organization working with natural disasters. The event’s main attraction was their signature 3K race along with many additional activities. Kids raised $1800 at the event and continue to seek donations to meet their goal of $2500. A kids’ show all the way, beginning with creating the poster, marketing, and soliciting sponsorships, the energy and enthusiasm was palpable. Team members Sarayu Ramachandra, Vishruth Madhusudhan, Sanjana SridarMurthy, Amit Balaji, Veda Balaji, Aadi Katta, Aadya Katta, Tejas Veedhulur, Krushna Malapathi, Varsha Ramachandra, Dhanya Inamdar along with other kid volunteers fervently deployed their delegated jobs. “Kids help Kids has always come forward to help people in need. This time we have come together to help victims of California wildfires and Hurricane Florence and I’m happy that we can help people who need it,” said Vishruth Madhusudhan who opened the event with his welcome note. Kids had reached out to community establishments Panera Bread, Cold Stone, Marietta Do-

tistic face painting, and raffle ticket prizes. “It was touching to see how many people came out to volunteer and spend time with us and we are thankful to all the stores that offered their help,” said Sarayu Ramachandra. “It is very inspiring how us kids as well as the people that attended the event all came together to benefit the greater good and support the cause,“ added Sanjana SridarMurthy in her closing comments. A total of 85 runners including adults and kids participated in the race. Rohan Shirur nuts, Starbucks, Cookies by Design that supplied bagels, pastries and cookies for the event. Jewel- won first place winning a $120 gift certificate to ry, hand-made by Varsha Ramachandra brought Road Runner shoe store, followed by Amit Balaji, in over $400. The event also featured a bake sale, who won a Starbucks GC and Disha Balgodi who an Indian breakfast menu, some fun games, ar- bagged a Coldstone GC. Shobha Shivaram and

Sheetal Shankaregowda were the lucky winners of raffle-ticket-prizes taking home a gift-basket donated by 'Cookie-by-Design' and gift cards. “I am happy that we all could come together and help people in need,” smiled Amit Balaji, one of the winners. The concept of Kids help Kids was initiated by Veda Balaji in 2013 to raise funds for a cause. In the past, the organization has contributed donations from their fundraisers to Oklahoma Tornado disaster, 2013, Philippines typhoon disaster, 2013, Promoting girl education, 2014, Chennai flood disaster, 2015, and Texas and Florida Hurricane 2017.


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Srinath, Kaikini Headline NKK 45th Anniversary Celebrations

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: Scents of Sandalwood engulfed Berkmar High School this September 8th as the Kannada community in Atlanta gathered together to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nrupathunga Kannada Koota (NKK) with much fanfare. The event featured poplar movie personalities including actor Srinath, lyricist, poet and modern Kannada literature connoisseur Jayant Kaikini from India, State Rep. Mike Glanton, and writer Jayashree Deshpande as guests of honor. The all-day event also showcased Yakshagana by team Yakshamitra, dance performance by visiting artist Sneha Narayan, musical evening by Praveen D Rao and his team, magic show by Kowshik Muralidhar and an elaborate mythological production by local artists. A commemorative souvenir, Chiguru, was also released at the event. Emcees Shruti and Dakshita anchored the event with smiles and enthusiasm. A highlight of the event was a sumptuous spread of authentic Karnataka delicacies served all through the day. Founded in 1973, NKK was originally intended to provide a meeting ground for fellow community members to share the joy of festivals and occasions that bind the people of Karnataka. On the heels of its 45th anniversary, NKK certainly has come a long way, donating to charitable causes through its fundraisers and being actively involved in community services. “NKK has completed 45 successful years in upholding the glory of Kannada and Karnataka’s Culture. We will plan to work on engaging folks from all age groups that will help us to build a strong platform for the fellow Kannadigas of Greater Atlanta Area,” said Santosh Kumar, president, NKK. The festivities kicked off with the traditional invocation song presented by ensemble of Auburn Musical Team. “NKK works on numerous projects outside the Kannada community to include Habitat for Humanity. They seek to participate in efforts for betterment of the State of Georgia, local communities and people of this region and wish to grow as a model for other such organization,” said Rep. Glanton in his Inaugural address, noting that

NKK had grown beyond a cultural organization while staying non-profit. “NKK has put together a fantastic program bringing the Kannada community together,” noted actor Srinath. “It is indeed a wonderful opportunity to see such programs and presentations by local organizations and a wonderful opportunity for me to be part of it.” said Deshpande. “Nrupathunga Kannada Koota, the Kannada community, the Kannada environment that has been nurtured for 45 years is a celebration indeed! The grand celebration today stands testament to the dreams, sacrifices and patience from the older generations, the vivacity of the young men and women, families who have worked together to cultivate Kannada sensitivities blossom,

breathe and prosper beyond native shores,” said Kaikini. “The BOD/EC team really worked hard to make it a very nice and successful event. We had several artists, musicians, authors and actors from India as guests. Local talents also performed very well. Yakshagana team Yakshamitra from Canada was outstanding. We had wonderful Indian food throughout the day, including breakfast. Overall this was one of the best functions we have done for Kannada Koota in Atlanta,” said Dr. Subra Bhat, who is on the board of directors. The Souvenir Chiguru bearing congratulatory messages from various spheres- politics, spiritual and the movies, including Gov. Nathan Deal, The Consulate General of India, Atlanta, Swami Nirbhayananda Saraswati, President of Ramakrishna Matt, Lyricist, poet, author Jayant Kaikini, Popular cine actor Puneet Rajkumar was released by Jayant Kaikini and Jayashree Deshpande. Members of the souvenir committee, the sponsors, and members of NKK BOD and EC were recognized. Annapoorna Bhat, editor of Chiguru thanked everyone involved, including volunteers who clocked in countless hours to put the event together. Following a spectacular dance performance by visiting artist Sneha Narayan, Kowshik Muralidhar had kids and adults hooked with slick

tricks up his sleeve. His cleaver usage of Mankutimmana Kagga was a treat for the mind, body and soul. Energetic dance performances and engaging music by local artists entertained the audience. A grand ensemble, Lanka Dahana, a legendary chapter of Ramayana was enacted with panache by local team. “We are very grateful to all the people who have started and nurtured Kannada Koota in Atlanta for all these years, their relentless hard work and sacrifices have made all Kannada people in metro Atlanta to come together for years. Hence, we have a great responsibility to make our community stronger for 50 more years! My famly and I feel immensely happy and fortunate to be part of this great celebration,” said Pradeep Vittalamurthy, chairman. Rooted in folk tradition, with resplendent costume, intricate face painting, majestic movements and mesmerizing music, Krishna Sandhana, a Yakshagana, the traditional dance theatre presentation, with origins from the coastal region of Karnataka offered so much more than a section of Mahabharata. Team Yakshamithra’s in-depth analysis of the politics of war, moralities, with comprehensive introspection and arguments between Krishna and Duryodhana that eventually lead to the war, laced with humor, added effervescence to the event. The night ended on a high note with riveting and rhythmic music by Praveen D Rao, Ajay Warriar, Varijashri Venugopal, Manjunath N S, and Pranav Swaroop. Using the backdrop of Kodagu, the team presented awareness about the flood relief efforts in the area. Serving traditional Karnataka delicacies throughout the day with cultural and traditional performances from artists local and abroad, even as they try to raise funds for flood relief in Kodagu, the anniversary celebrations marked the beginning of many more splendid jubilations the future beholds.

Konkani Association Of Georgia Hosts 2018 Annual Picnic Atlanta, GA: Splashes of kids' laughter, generous dollops of fun games for all ages, stir with catching up in a leisurely setting, a dash of treating guests like they're your own, more than a hint of the warmth of good company and old friendships. Shake it all up, garnish with tasty casual fare at regular intervals, and there you have it: a perfect recipe for a summer group picnic. The picnic was The Konkani Association of Georgia (KAOG)'s second of three events of the year for its members and it was celebrated on August 18. After a break of a year, it returned to Fowler Park in Cumming, closer to where most members live, in the northern suburbs. The intermittent showers were perfect, not getting in the way of games outside the shelter, while providing a respite from the heat and sultriness of the typical August day.

It was probably the most attended picnic in recent memory, so say informed old-timers with pride. Proceedings began at 11 AM and the early comers, apart from the diligent organizing committee - were rewarded with fruit and snacks. As the shelter began to fill slowly, it was time to step out onto the grass for games, which involved members of all ages. They included Dodge Ball, and Lunch Game - both appropriate, working up

an appetite, and harping on the theme respectively, leading to lunch. After a delectable lunch catered partly by Madras Chettinaad, followed by ice cream and fruit, it was time for indoor games and catching up. The kids had a variety of fun activities such as face-painting, coloring, and probably a recruiting drive by inhouse playwright Banur Nageshrao for childrens' skits for the Diwali. The afternoon was rounded off by a game of Scattergories, in which team members had to make lists of items in categories per the word chosen. Through all the sledging, trash talk of other teams, naming outlandish items - not to mention intimidation of the gamesmaster - one team emerged winner - or did it? No one really knows!

The KAOG was formed in 2000, when a few families who have been meeting informally decided to form an association. There are about 60 active families in the Atlanta metro area, with more added to the flock each year. Now it's on to the next - the Diwali celebration which will be held at S Convntion Center at Cumming on November 3rd and this year’s president is Praful Shenoy.


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Devotees Celebrate Raghavendra Aaradhana At Krishna Vrundavana

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: Shree Krishna Vrundavana, SE gathered over 450 devotees at the S Convention hall in Cumming on September 15, 2018 to celebrate the 347th Aradhana Mahotsava of Sri Raghavendra Swamy with religious fervor and devotion. The rituals and prayers executed in an elaborate, traditional ceremonial style, enhanced the divine experience. Shri Raghavendra Swami is a 16th century saint and a prominent guru of the lineage of Madhwacharya. Each year, the day he entered Jeeva Samadhi (Brindavana) at Mantralayam and believed to live in a metaphysical form for 700 years, is observed as Raghavendra Aaradhana. Legend has it that Raghavendra Swami chose to enter Brindavana during Shravana Masa, Krishna paksha in 1671 A.D, amidst a congregation of disciples, followers, and doubters who had gathered to witness the miracle. He is said to have performed countless miracles with his Yoga Siddhi before and after entering Brindavana to display the greatness of God. The first miracle, after entering Brindavana is said to be the seven aksharas he provided that completed his disciple Appanacharya’s Poornabodha Guru Stotra, which were left incomplete by him, overcome by grief

ebrated these on 26, 27 and 28 of August, 2018. Priests Jaya prasad Achar and Yogendra Achar performed the Aaradhana rituals, starting with the Tarkari Shastra, which was held the evening before the day-long event. This shastra is a ritual used to predict the number of devotees that would attend the event. Even as the sacred chanting of the Vedas, Veda Ghoshas reverberated through the that he could not see Raghavendra Swami before hall, a cornucopia of Panchamrutha Abhisheka, entering the Brindavana. Generally, Aaradhana is a three-day cele- Raghavendra Ashtotara, Maha Pooja, Shloka recbration, the first day known as Purva Aradhana, itation, Ranga Pooja, Pallaki Utsava and Ashtathe second day, Madhya Aradhana and the third, Vadaana Seva added another dimension, elevatUttara Aradhana. Shree Krishna Vrundavana cel- ing the spiritual experience.

“Several devotees were heard quoting the divine vibrations created during the Maha Pooja,” said Gokul Venkatesh, a devotee and one of the organizers of the event. Devotees were served a traditional lunch and dinner prasad, all cooked by Jayaram Bhat, who single handedly managed the cooking process. Known for managing crowds in thousands, he did just that a day before he arrived in Atlanta, cooking for 2000 devotees in the Bay Area. “It was also inspiring to see the tireless efforts of several volunteers/devotees, who revere Guru Raghavendra Swamy and look forward to the Aradhana event every year,” said Venkatesh.

Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust Raises $75,000 In Atlanta

BY MADHAV DURBHA

Atlanta, GA: The Atlanta chapter of the Sankara Nethralaya Opthalmic Mission Trust (SN OM Trust), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, organized a sold out show of “Ksheera Sagara Mathanam” kuchipudi dance ballet in Atlanta. The event raised a total of US$75,000 which will provide the gift of eyesight to about a thousand needy, economically disadvantaged individuals through cataract surgeries in India. Enthusiastic donors and supporters showed up on the afternoon of the 9th of September at the Infinite Energy Center, daring incessant rain. The proceedings started with Bala Reddy Indurti, Trustee of SN OM Trust welcoming the guests and introducing the mission of the trust, which is to provide the gift of eyesight to the economically disadvantaged. He then introduced Pramod Sajja of Paramount Software as the guest of honor and spoke of Mr.Sajja’s unflinching financial support to a variety of worthy causes. The Trust Vice President Dr.Seshu Sarma paid tribute to late Vempati Ravi Shankar, a great Kuchipudi artist to whom the ballet was dedicated. Ravishankar, the youngest son of Padma Bhushan, Late Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, she said, was remembered for his unparalleled performance as Siva in Ksheera Sagara Mathanam, staged in Atlanta in 1994. He reached heavenly adobe at a young age of 49 earlier this year. Then she introduced the show ‘Ksheera Sagara Mathanam’ (Churning of the Milky Ocean) with a special emphasis on the hidden meanings and symbolisms of the story, and their application to dharmic living. For the next two and half hours, the mesmerized audience were transported into the world of devas and asuras (angels and demons). The scenes depicting the devas approaching Lord Vishnu for his guidance on being relieved of the suffering by the asuras, upon the Lord’s guidance

devas using diplomacy to team up with the asuras for churning of the milky ocean ably supported by the mighty serpent Vasuki, the emergence of poison from the ocean and its graceful acceptance by the Lord Shiva, the arrival of the divine physician Dhanvantari, Goddess Lakshmi, along with numerous other treasures, all unfolded in visual splendor. The epic portrayal concluded with the arrival of the Lord Vishnu in the form of Jaganmohini and His rescuing the devas from the asuras and giving them the nectar of eternal life. Thanking all the actors, production crew, and the volunteers who made the event possible, the producer and director of the ballet (who also

portrayed the role of Jaganmohini in a spellbinding manner) Guru Sasikala Penumarthi of the Academy of Kuchipudi dance, paid tribute to the composer of the ballet and a stalwart of this art form, Late Padmabhushan Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. Guru Sasikala was greatly supported by her husband Ravi Penumarthi who was instrumental in co-planning the event. The program concluded with the vote of thanks by Moorty Rekapalli, trustee of the SN OM Trust, who recognized many who made the event a tremendous success. Melodious orchestra support for the ballet was provided by Subhashini Krishnamurthi, Subra Viswanathan, Prasanna Venkatesh, G.S. Rajan.

Lakshminarayanan, Suresh Kothandaraman, Anjaneya Sastry, Seshu Sarma and Sastry Bhagavathula (Rochester, NY). Krishnadas Pisharodi, Srikrupa Easwaran, Rajeev Menon, Uma Narayan, Meher Lanka, Viju Chiluveru, Srini Cherukumilli, Kamal and Namrata Satuluru, Raghava and Malathi Tadavarthi put in tireless efforts to ensure smooth execution of the event. Several key roles were played by Dr. Puneet Panda (Shiva), Ashna Cheemakurthy (Vasuki), Arathi Akella (Dhanvanthari), Sridhar Potabattula (Halahalam), Akhila Takkalapalli (Lakshmi), Lasya Penumarthi (Lord Vishnu). Special credits go to the students who assisted throughout the drama - Ratika Kavuri , Sudha Somayajula , Sesha Lakkakula. Rajasekhar Reddy Aila donated US$10,000 to the mission under the Adopt-A-Village program benefiting Ilavaripalli, Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh where Sankara Nethralaya will be organizing a camp in September of 2019. Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, Distinguished Professor of Religion and an expert on world religions with a special focus on Hinduism, from University of Florida graced the occasion. Celebrity flute player Nagaraju Talluri of India, Allen Bell, Arts Education Manager, Georgia Council for the Arts, Professor Joyce Flueckiger and Senior Lecturer Tara Doyle from Emory University Religion Department were also among the attendees.


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I Have Robust Plans For Issues That Matter: Brian Kemp

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: “I’m just like any other Indian American - a small business owner, husband and father of three teenage daughters. People from the Indian community have great values, and I appreciate the community involvement,” said Brian Kemp, lifelong Georgian, and Republican candidate for Governor, when asked why Indian-Americans must vote for him. With a little over a month away from elections, Kemp candidly interacted with the Indian-American media at a press conference on September 25, 2018 in his campaign office in Atlanta. “My Indian-American friends are very hospitable, they want to help make the state better. We have robust plans for issues that matter to the Indian-American community and hardworking Georgians, be it fostering small business, focus on education, public safety plan to keep our kids and schools safe, budget conservatively, lower taxes or reduce government regulation,” he said. “I want to be a governor that supports Georgia for small business, ensure that no matter what your zip code is, you have the same opportunities as anyone else, such as have access to internet, accessible low cost healthcare options, prescription drugs, transportation initiatives, and have good placements in your community where you can provide for your family,” he said. Kemp added that while he was excited about the direction the state is headed and had the capability to carry on and build upon it, he also has a vision to move it to the next level. “I decided to run for State Senate in early 2000 because I was frustrated with the government. We need a small business personality to tackle regulations, lower taxes and bring good conservative values to the state government,” he said in his address before the Q&A with the press. “I served two terms and later ran for Secretary of State because I felt the office needed a tellit-like-it-is business person and streamline the executive branch using technology to make it more efficient and make sure we have secure elections

“We need people to come into the county in the right way, through the process. That’s what makes this country great. So, I’m very supportive of legal immigration. What I’m not supportive of is illegal immigration that is causing a strain on the economy and the taxpayers, including Indian-Americans.” in the state.” Listing streamlining state legislature with technology with an improved, efficient voter registration system equipped with private cyber network security monitored 24/7 and web-based data center as one of his achievements as Secretary of State, Kemp said he would carry on the legacy as governor to improvise the office using technology. Responding to NRI Pulse’s question seeking his views on legal immigration and the H1-B visa, Kemp said ,“we cannot have a legal immigration system without secure borders.” “We need people to come into the county in the right way, through the process. That’s what makes this country great. So, I’m very supportive of legal immigration. What I’m not supportive of is illegal immigration that is causing a strain on the economy and the taxpayers, including Indian-Americans.” He said while he supported different guest workers programs at the federal level, he believed that they need to be reformed. “I don’t support my opponent’s view of HUD grants to people that are here illegally and bankrupt the system for those that are here legally and our citizens of the state. Most Georgians are in line with that including Indian-Americans.” “I never said I was going to round up illegal immigrants, only criminal illegal immigrants. I will most certainly go after illegal drug cartels, sex-trafficking and address the opium epidemic

Brian Kemp with Jyothsna Hegde. issues,” Kemp said, citing a recent drug bust of over 400K. The Gubernatorial candidate said he very much supports trade between India and Georgia. “We are an international state. There is a lot of traffic coming into the port of Savannah. If there a good reason for governor Brian Kemp to do a trade mission to India, I would definitely look forward to it.” “These crimes are committed by gang that are being recruited at a very young age even at schools which is outrageous! We are going to work with local prosecutors and local law enforcement to give them the tools and resources to go after this kind of crime. “said Kemp when a member of the press asked about burglaries targeting Indian-American homes. On diversity in the party, he had this to say: “The Republican party is as diverse as it gets. We had a diversity coalition press conference recently with Indian-Americans, A Latino mayor, an Af-

rican-American businessman and representation from many other cultures. It was one of the most electric moments of the campaign, but the mainstream media failed to cover it.” He went on to add that his office has always had the best people, irrespective of race. “It will continue whether it is the executive branch or appointing board members like CB (C.B. Yadav) and others that are serving our state very well. It is good for our state boards to be represented by a diverse fraction of people, geographically, economically and otherwise,” he added. C.B. Yadav is CEO and President of Gope group of companies and a staunch supporter of Kemp. Kemp said he has various plans to address congestion issues including rapid bus transit, innovative solutions such as expanding inland ports to get truck containers off the interstates through downtown Atlanta and the metro areas, and the potential of hyper loop high speed rail with public private partnership.

Atlanta’s Navin Gurnaney Appointed Tata Starbucks CEO

Atlanta, GA: Atlanta’s Navin Gurnaney will assume the role and responsibilities of chief executive officer, Tata Starbucks beginning January 1, 2019, when the current CEO, Sumitro Ghosh returns to U.S. for a role within the Starbucks organization. Speaking on the announcement, Ajoy Misra, MD & CEO, Tata Global Beverages Limited said “Sumitro has created a strong foundation for Tata Starbucks in India and Navin is the right person to build on the momentum we are seeing in the market” “We are pleased to bring on a seasoned leader like Navin, who is focused on operations excellence, relevant innovation and developing high-performing teams, and look forward to continued brand and business growth for Tata Starbucks in India.” The Atlanta resident who grew up in Mumbai, is excited to return to India where he will be responsible for driving Tata Starbucks over-

“I’m honored to return to India as CEO of Tata Starbucks to continue building upon the incredible momentum the company has experienced in its first six years,” said Gurnaney. all strategic direction and vision and further strengthening Starbucks business growth. Gurnaney comes with deep experience in leading and managing businesses across several functions and industries in India, Europe and the U.S, the company said through a statement. With this role, Gurnaney is returning to Starbucks after first joining in 2004 where

he was a leader on U.S. business for eight years in Operations, Drive Thru Optimization and Partner Resources. “I’m honored to return to India as CEO of Tata Starbucks to continue building upon the incredible momentum the company has experienced in its first six years,” said Gurnaney, through a statement. “I look forward to elevating the mission and values of the company through delivering the iconic Starbucks Experience for our Indian partners and customers.” “We are pleased to welcome Navin Gurnaney, who has a proven track record of success within Starbucks and is a business leader with the ability to bring people together, as Tata Starbucks continues to innovate and position itself for long-term growth in the India market,” said John Culver, group president, International, Channel Development and Global Coffee & Tea at Starbucks Coffee Company.


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Discovering The Mother Of Martial Arts In God’s Own Country

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: When martial arts is the topic of conversation, people tend to gravitate to the east; Karate from Japan, Kung-Fu from China, or just maybe Jackie Chan, in recent times. Not many are aware that Kalaripayattu (Kalari), one of the most ancient forms of martial arts with its history dating back to 3rd century BC, originated from God’s own country, Kerala, in India. Legend has it, that around the 5th century, Bud-

Dr. C.P Satheesh dhist monk Bodhi Dharma took Kalari to the east where he taught the technique to Chinese monks. East Asian adaptations of Kalari led to the creation of the modern martial arts of Karate, Kung Fu, Judo etc. Atlanta’s Seema Jay, on a recent trip to India traced her immediate roots to the ancient art form and decided to be part of an effort to popularize it. Dr. C.P Satheesh, Seema’s cousin, a professor with a PhD in American sports fiction, with keen interest in Kalari, launched an Indian martial arts study, research and performance group with special

emphasis on Kalarippayatt, named Kadathanad Kalari Vidya Peetamat Vadakara, in Kozhikkode District in Kerala. For this, he received a major research grant from the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi. Suresh Gurukkal, a renowned Kalarippayatt teacher, Prabhath Menon, a famous Kalari, Thai and Balineses masseur, an Ayurvedic doctor, a renowned yoga teacher and several expert gurus of other Indian martial arts like Silambam, Mardani Khel, Thang Tha etc. serve as associates at the organization. “Kalarippayatt is a combination of two Malayalam words Kalari—which means the arena for learning the martial art or a marked off dug space six to eight feet below the ground level. Payatt literally means a duel or fight with swords; metaphorically it signifies or encompasses all the exercise regimen and the martial techniques employed (including fight with staff, sword and spear),” explains Dr. Satheesh. Dr. Satheesh refers to the origins of Kalari from the book Keralolpathi which states that Lord Parasurama, who created the land of Kerala constructed 108 Kalaris across the land. “This oral, mythological (hi)story has been put into a book form by Dr. Herman Gundert, a missionary from Germany and the first Malayalam lexicographer.” “Many attribute Chinese perfection of Kung Fu to a visiting South Indian Buddhist mendicant, Bodhidharma. A few other historians and scholars ascribe the rise of Kalarippayattu to the distinct Dravidian (South Indian) culture and tradition of combat and wars,” he adds. There are three distinct variants of this martial art. Southern Kalari, founded by Sage Agasthyar practiced in the southern districts of Kerala and the districts of Kanyakumari and Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu, Northern Kalari inducted by Sage

Not many are aware that Kalaripayattu (Kalari), one of the most ancient forms of martial arts with its history dating back to 3rd century BC, originated from God’s own country, Kerala.

Parasurama is believed to have originated in the North part of Kerala, especially in Kozhikkode, Wayanad, Malappuram and Kannur districts, Tulunadan Kalari, an almost extinct form, existed in the South Canara districts of Karnataka, such as Udupi, Kasaragod district of Kerala. “It can be safely assumed with historical and anecdotal evidences that the culture and influence of Kalarippayatt extended from Gokarna to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India and then to Kanchi near Chennai and without any doubt in Sri Lanka too,” Dr Satheesh says. The training is scientific and meticulous. It begins with the onset of South Western Monsoon in Kerala on June 1, and never conducted in summer months. It includes Meyppayatt or physical training- loosening exercises, flexibility enhancing body postures, Kolpayatt or combat techniques with a long or short staff, Angkathari or Ayudhappayatt that means battle with dagger,

sword, club, spear and long curvy sword and Verumkai involves combat techniques without any staff or weapon, hands-free fighting techniques. “This is the highest degree that one can obtain in Kalari training. The Guru imparts lessons from fourth module only to those disciples he has confidence in and only to the most accomplished ones in the other three.” In the last module, Gurus tutor their wards the 108 vital spots in the body, mentioned in Ayurveda. This advanced stage of Kalari learning involves learning striking the opponent at the vital spots using certain deft and highly skilled combat techniques which is fatal to the receiver. “After completing this training, the learner reaches a certain level of spiritual and philosophical state wherein he or she will not be provoked into thoughtless retaliatory action, needless to say that he is expected to stay away from unwanted altercation where he can display his combat skills,” says Dr. Satheesh. Ideally it takes six years to master the art, since it is only taught during the rainy season. “Indian martial arts in particular and Asian martial arts in general are body-mind disciplines which train the learner to be a philosopher-fighter rather than a street fighter,” he adds.

Chai & Chaat Fires Enthusiasm For GA Progressive Candidates

Anjali Enjeti Atlanta, GA: Writer, professor, and Georgia Democratic AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Leadership Council member Anjali Enjeti hosted an open house and panel discussion with South and East Asian American Democratic staffers at her home in Johns Creek. Featured speakers included Grace Choi, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Con-

stituency Director for the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Coordinated Campaign; Pallavi Purkayastha, Chief of Staff to State Representative David Dreyer and Campaign Manager to Georgia House 50 candidate, Angelika Kausche; Felix Wu, Deputy Campaign Manager for Georgia Senate District 48 candidate Zahra Karinshak; Priyanka Mantha, Communications Director for Stacey Abrams for Governor; Vasu Abhiraman, Writer and Content Creator for the Strategic Communications Team for Stacey Abrams; Namrata Kolachalam, Deputy Director of Strategic Communications at the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Coordinated Campaign, and Savith Sampath, the Field Organizer in Gwinnett County for Stacey Abrams. Asian Americans make up over 4 percent of the population of Georgia, but have the lowest voter turnout of any other racial demographic. Over chai, samosas and chaat, panelists discussed the importance of getting out the vote in the AAPI

community. “Our vote is our power,” said Mantha. Several panelists, including Purkayastha, talked about the importance of canvassing – knocking on AAPI doors to encourage them to get out the vote. Attendee Feroza Syed, an activist, experienced canvasser, and local real estate agent, assured attendees that having conversations with other like-minded voters is a rewarding experience.

The almost 40 people who filled the room asked questions about the benefits of Medicaid expansion for the state of Georgia and the logistics of early voting, which begins on October 15. (Election Day is November 6.) Feedback from the event was very positive. A second Chai and Chaat event is planned for Saturday, October 13, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs.


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My Writing Navigates Me: Author-Lyricist Kaikini

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: It was hard to spot the most popular, reigning writer who pens lyrics, poems, stories for chartbusters in Kannada movies among the crowd. Modest to a fault, mingling with random people, wearing simplicity and smile in equal measure, Jayanth Kaikini seemed at home, unperturbed by fans or fame. Assertive yet empathetic, restless yet restrained, it was refreshing to catch up with the Kannada literature connoisseur Kaikini, at the Nrupathunga Kannada Koota 45th Anniversary celebrations, where he presided as one of the chief guests. In an exclusive with NRI Pulse, Kaikini talked about his works, worldviews and much more. “Writing is a mode of thought for me. My writing navigates me, I don’t navigate my writing, just surrender,” says Kaikini about writing. Having grown up with a stalwart journalist dad, Gourish Kaikini, who introduced Kannada readers to Karl Marx, Kaikini still did not instantly take to literature. While he admits to his father being an inspiration, along with Yashwant Chittal, whom he considers his guru, his first writing was about “Fever”. What? “I had a bout of fever when I was about 15 and after I got better decided to write about it. Then I wrote about Basale soppu ( kind of greens),” he laughs. Kaikini says he found himself drawn to poetry when he moved to Kumta to study. The Gokarna-born Kaikini, went to Dharwad to complete his Masters in Bio-chemistry, and Mumbai to look for a job. While he went on to work in phar-

ma, literary magazines, TV channels and finally films, his love for literature eventually brought him back to Bangalore, where he currently resides with his wife and two kids. Kaikini has six short-story and five poetry anthologies, three collections of non-fictions, and three plays to his credit. He is also a much sought-after lyricist, script and dialogue writer in Sandalwood. “Poetry is the smile of life. It should be a journey and not a destination,” says Kaikini and his poems bear testament to his view. Blending spoken language to his lyrics seamlessly, sautéed with unblemished, uncontaminated usage of Kannada, tempered with metaphors, similes, images and idioms that even youth can relate to, Kaikini simmers his work to tasteful poetic perfection, Haage summane..(just like that). “When I write for movies, it is not my worldview, it is roleplay,” says Kaikini about the difference between his own writing and writing for movies. Kaikini forayed into the movies as a script writer for Chigurida Kanasu but his uncanny chemistry for words in his first song Anisuthide for Mungaru Male shot him to fame, altering lyrical landscape in Sandalwood forever. Kaikini has been awarded Karnataka Sahitya Academy award four times, starting at age 19, for his short story collections, Karnataka State Award for best dialogue and lyrics, and the Filmfare Award for best lyrics in Kannada four times. He was honored as Zee Kannadiga of the Decade in 2016 and first recipient of Kusumagraj Rashtriya Bhasha Sahitya Puraskar in 2010. Kaikini was

conferred with an honorary doctorate from the Tumkur University in 2011 for his contribution to Kannada literature, film and television. His latest book is an anthology of essays on cinema, and his latest short story collection, translated to English is titled No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories. “Arts is a science and science is an art,” states Kaikini, citing examples of Yashwant Chittal, a polymer scientist, Nissar Ahmed, a geologist. “We have leaders with no scientific temperament planning thermal power plant in Western Ghats totally oblivious to its dangerous effects on its flora and fauna. And then are the scientists who, before launching satellites look for Rahu kaala. This happens because of the gap in arts and science,” Kaikini, a biochemist by training, ruminates. “We need good translators such as A.K. Ramanuja, who translated Vachanagalu to showcase Kannada literature to the world,” opines Kaikini pointing to Latin, German and Italian works translated to well written English, like original writings. “It requires a lot of selflessness, since you can write your own novel in the time you spend translating someone else’s work,” he adds. And he should know, having translated My fair lady to Sevanthi Prasanga, Fiddler On the Roof to Jathegiruvanu Chandira, Javed Siddiqui's play 'Tumhari Amrita' to Iti Ninna Amrutha. “It’s my dream to write a novel. But I’m restless. I write about 20 pages and turn it into a short story. To write a novel you have to spend at least two years with your characters and situations, without sharing them with anyone. That’s hard for me,” admits Kaikini. “Most people refine

their own writing over and over. I’m not good at chiseling. Except for one or two stories, all my stories are first drafts.” What is the hardest thing about writing, for someone like him? “Assigning a title to my work or, even naming my kids,” he smiles, his sense of dry humor on full display. `Remember, it is your story that has won a prize, not you,’ Kaikini recalls Chittal’s words when he had won his first prize. And it resonates in his unfettered conversation, as he ventures into territories uncharted, led by where his mind meanders, oblivious to fame and recognition that endow him. “I think only when I write. I evolve only when I am writing.” He chose the road less traveled and it has made all the difference.


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Florida Doctor Pleads Guilty To Healthcare Fraud

Washington: (IANS) An Indian-origin doctor has pleaded guilty to a healthcare fraud in the US, the Justice Department said. Jayam Krishna Iyer, 66, from Clearwater, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of the healthcare fraud earlier this week and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, or 20 years, if her offence involves serious bodily injury, the Department said in a press release. As part of the plea on Tuesday, Iyer agreed to surrender both her Drug Enforcement Administration registration number that she used to prescribe controlled substances, her Florida medical licence, and to a permanent exclusion from the Medicare and Medicaid programmes. According to officials, Iyer owned and operated Creative Medical Centre in Clearwater that functioned as a pain management clinic. She billed Medicare and Medicaid for office visits, tests and services provided to patients using her National Provider Identification number, as well as wrote prescriptions for controlled substances. Beginning as early as July 2011 and con-

tinuing through December 2017, Iyer executed and carried out a scheme to defraud Medicare by billing for face-to-face office visits with Medicare beneficiaries, when, in fact, certain patients did not go to her centre and were not examined by her on the claimed dates. Instead, family members of the patients went

October 2018

Motel Owners Lose Life Savings After Hurricane Florence

to her with notes requesting her to issue and provide prescriptions. Officials said that she thereby violated a law requiring doctors to perform an in-person office visit and examination of each patient before issuing controlled substance prescriptions. Iyer also falsified her electronic medical records to make it appear that the patient was present in her office. She submitted at least $51,500 in these types of false and fraudulent Medicare claims, the release said. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Atlanta, GA: An Indian-American motel Control Unit. owner in Spring Lake, North Carolina and his It is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attor- family are among those bearing the brunt of Hurney Kelley Howard-Allen. ricane Florence. Half of Starlite Motel owned by Kishor Depani, 50, and two brothers was gone with the hurricane, reports Associated Press. The flood waters privacy, anticompetitive behavior and also swept away all his family’s personal belongbusiness dealings with repressive regimes ings, including his father’s wheelchair. Depani told AP that all his family’s life savlike China,” McCarthy earlier tweeted. ings was swept away. The family moved to the The news about Google’s plan to US in 2007 and worked small jobs until they build a censored search engine in China broke in August when The Intercept could save up enough to open the motel. The motel did not have flood insurance. Dereported that the search platform would pani hopes the state government or FEMA can blacklist “sensitive queries” about topics including politics, free speech, democracy, help. Depani sent his family to stay with relatives human rights and peaceful protest, triggerin Fayetteville while he remained back, as the ing internal protests among some Google hurricane approached. When an evacuation was employees. Two weeks after that report, Pichai ordered by Governor Roy Moore, he went doortold the company’s employees that the Chi- to-door telling the occupants of his motel to find na plan was in its “early stages” and “exploratory”. shelter elsewhere. Renters left in a hurry, some leaving their beEarlier in September, Google was given “the empty chair treatment” at a Senate Intelligence longings behind. Depani left for Fayetteville too. Committee hearing as neither Pichai nor Lar- It was only when they returned on Wednesday ry Page, Chairman of Google’s parent company that they realized their worst fears had come true. The Depani brothers had made a down payAlphabet, showed up at the event on election inment of about $100,000 and still owe as much as terference, attended by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey $500,000 on the mortgage, reports AP. and Facebook COO Shreyl Sandberg.

Sundar Pichai To Testify Before US House

Washington: (IANS) Google CEO Sundar Pichai met Republican lawmakers here on recently and agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in November to allay concerns over privacy issues and the tech giant’s entry into the Chinese market. According to a report in USA Today, Pichai confirmed to testify in November during a private meeting with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “Pichai has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in November to address concerns over the Internet giant’s business practices,” said the report. “As big tech’s business grows, we have not had enough transparency and that has led to an erosion of trust and perhaps worse — harm to consumers,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was quoted as saying. Pichai also met US President Donald Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow and reportedly told the White House that he would attend an upcoming Trump roundtable with tech executives.

“We remain committed to continuing an active dialogue with members from both sides of the aisle, working proactively with Congress on a variety of issues, explaining how our products help millions of American consumers and businesses, and answering questions as they arise,” Pichai said in a statement. “Google has a lot of questions to answer about bias in its search results, violations of user

I Was Raped At 16, Kept Silent: TV Host Padma Lakshmi

New York: (IANS) US television host Padma Lakshmi has said she was raped at the age of 16, but kept silent as she feared fingers would point at her for bringing it upon herself. The 48-year-old Top Chef host, wrote a piece for the New York Times published recently, where she made the revelation. The article was prompted by allegations surrounding the choice of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women, the BBC reported. Lakshmi wrote: “President Trump tweeted that if what Ford said was true, she would have filed a police report years ago. “But I understand why both women would keep this information to themselves for so many

years without involving the police. For years, I did the same thing.” Lakshmi said she was raped on New Year’s Eve by her boyfriend in the 1980s. She had met him, who was then 23, while working in Los Angeles. After attending a couple of New Year’s Eve parties, she said they went to his apartment where she fell asleep, and woke up with him on top of her. “I asked, ‘What are you doing?’…’Please don’t do this,’ I screamed. I didn’t report it. Not to my mother, not to my friends and certainly not to the police,” she wrote.

She said she began to feel the attack was her fault. She explained: “We had no language in the 1980s for date rape. I imagined that adults would say: ‘What the hell were you doing in his apartment?’” She said she understood why women might not disclose sexual assaults. Thirty-two years on, she says: “I have nothing to gain by talking about this.” But she added, alluding to Trump’s implication that allegations not made immediately are less true or less severe: “We all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault.” Her account won praise on social media. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, which he has repeatedly denied, date back to the 1980s.


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October 2018

AI Start-Ups Blossom In India, Need Big Dollars To Grow

BY NISHANT ARORA

A decade ago, Artificial Intelligence (AI) was unknown to many of us mortals. Lately, however, AI and related buzzwords like Machine Learning (ML) or Big Data Analytics are more visible -- staring at us from clumsy signage boards hanging at the entrance of private IT training institutes. The bare fact is that this new category of intelligence is undoubtedly diversifying human thinking rather than replacing it as some of us fear. The technology, especially the conversational one, has shown tremendous potential -- the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector being the early adopter. Sensing the immense opportunity ahead, nearly 200 AI start-ups in India are today innovating and creating AI-based solutions for various industries. Chatbots are slowly becoming the default customer support solution for most services and Mumbai-based Haptik is one such AI-based platform -- building applications for consumers, publishers and enterprises. Having grown 10 times in revenue in just one year, its partners and clients include Coca-Cola, HDFC Life, Samsung, Edelweiss Tokio, Goibibo, Amazon Pay, ClubMahindra, ICICI Bank and Tata Docomo, among others. According to Kartik Poddar, Business Head, Haptik, they are amazed as well as encouraged by industry's response and awareness regarding AI technologies in the country.

"The days of concept-selling are over and organizations are deploying AI tech for real use-cases within their businesses, with substantial knowledge regarding its general capabilities and purpose-oriented utility," Poddar told IANS. More than 50 per cent of Indian retail companies will be operating on AI by 2020, said Peo-

pleStrong, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) HR technology and solutions company. According to an Accenture analysis, AI has the potential to add $957 billion to India's economy in 2035. "We are just scratching the surface of the possibilities and applications of AI in business. There is huge demand and a lot of open source tools are available for start-ups to use and build interesting applications on," informed Poddar. For Arun Gupta, Chief Executive Officer at MoMagic Technologies -- an AI and Big Data-driven mobile tech firm -- India is currently witnessing an all-time high and growing online user base, especially the millennials.

The abundance of data and increased need of its error-free analysis has forced companies to turn towards technologies like AI, resulting in more and more start-ups diving into AI-driven business offerings. According to Gupta, the digital wave is bringing in a behavioral change and technologies like AI and ML play a key role in analysing that change via the data captured "In a country like India, with its huge population and vastly diverse demographic spread and customers available on multiple connected devices, AI today presents a big opportunity for businesses across sectors," Gupta told IANS. The cost of building AI-powered experiences has been reduced with disruptive technologies being democratized. Poddar said that companies are mandated to work with innovative start-ups to develop and implement AI-driven solutions to meet specific business challenges. "We have seen some really interesting AI applications in retail, e-commerce, healthcare, travel and banking, etc. Even the government sector has warmed up to incorporating AI-driven solutions in various public sector initiatives," the Haptik executive told IANS. Pune-headquartered digital entertainment firm JetSynthesys is not only developing in-house technology for AI in gaming but also scouting

opportunities for new AI start-ups which can address various problems in India. "Adoption of AI is definitely on the rise so there is space for the right start-up. Also, start-ups in India need to benchmark against global activity in this space which has also heated up significantly in the past two years," noted Rajan Navani, MD and CEO, JetSynthesys. According to him, manufacturing, media and entertainment, logistics, urbanization and smart cities -- along with education and healthcare -- will benefit significantly from adoption of AI in the country. A new Tata Communications study says AI is now being viewed as a new category of intelligence that can complement existing categories of emotional, social, spatial and creative intelligence. "What is transformational about multiplicity is that it can enhance cognitive diversity, combining categories of intelligence in new ways to benefit all workers and businesses," said study co-author Vinod Kumar, CEO and Managing Director at Tata Communications. The seeds of AI are being sown in India and start-ups await big financing deals and dollars from venture capitalists which helped neighboring China harbor one of the biggest clusters of AI start-ups in the world, after the US. "Big industry players that have the financial strength and business experience to invest in AI research and development typically lead the strategic charge on global competitiveness for their country," the Accenture analysis noted.


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EVENTS Sai Health Fair in OCT 13 coordination with GINA When: Saturday October 13 , 2018 Blood Work: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Consultation 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Free Consultations with Various Physicians Will Be Provided Blood Test-cost $30.00 cash/Credit Card (Fasting after mid night) Where: Hindu Temple of Atlanta, 5851 GA HWY 85, Riverdale, GA Contact: Dr. Sujatha Reddy, MD/Coordinator @ 478-320-5136, Dr. Sreeni Gangasani @ 770962-0399, Dr. Tulasi Vanapalli @ 770-603-8585, Vidyakanagaraj GINA president @ 678-779-4942 Purbasha: Durga Puja OCT 19-21 (Also Lakshmi Puja on Saturday 27 Oct 2018 and “Kali Puja” on Saturday 10 Nov 2018 ) When: Friday - Sunday, October 19-21, 2018 (Durga Puja) Where: Brandywine Elementary School, Alpharetta GA 30004. Contact: Rupan Saha, 770.877.1952 Durga Puja hosted by OCT 19-21 Pujari Atlanta When: October 19 – October 21, 2018 Where: Berkmar High School, 405 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lilburn, Georgia 30047 Contact: Check Facebook Main Koi Aisa Geet OCT 21 Gaoon - A Show By Javed Akhtar A live interactive session of poetry, songs, and story telling! The team will consist of Javed Akhatar, Raman Mahadevan (singer), Parthiv Gohil (singer), Jahnvi Shrimankar (singer), 5 musicians - Vishal Dhumal (keyboard), Dharmesh Joshi (keyboard), Hiten Prasad (tabla), Rahul Kahar (drums) and Sunil Pandya (Percussion & production). When: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM Where: Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 Tickets: hungamacity.com/javedatlanta Contact: Navin Gurnaney, whitetigernetwork@ gmail.com

Gokuldham: 1st OCT 27 Patotsav When: Saturday, October 27, Time: 10am, cultural program 11:30am, Diwali mela 3pm-11pm Where: Gokuldham New Haveli, 2397 Satellite Blvd., Buford, GA 30518. Haveli entrance is on Horizon Parkway Contact: 770) 492-4346, www.gokuldham.org Dhoop Chaoon OCT 28 presents “Aadhe Adhoore” or "Half Incomplete" by the famous play writer Mohan Rakesh in Hindi When: Sunday, October 28 Time: 5pm-7pm Where: Georgia Tech Student Center, 350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 Tickets: $ 10, Call and reserve your ticket: 404585-7247, 404-384-8277, • Use PayPal to dhoop. chaoon@gmail.com • In Global Mall, at the Paan Shop, with Ali Asani (770-334-1898) • At the table, on the day of the show. Contact: dhoop.chaoon@gmail.com, 404-5139926, 404-584-7247 Mirza Ghalib - A theNOV 2 atrical Tribute hosted by Paracha Entertainment A Theatrical Tribute by Salim Arif, Lubna Salim accompanied by GHazal Maestros Datta Prasad , Anjali Marathe with live musicians. When: Friday, November 2 from 8 PM – 11 PM Where: Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328 Contact: 404-576-8909, parachaentertainment. com Ambaji USA: DhanNOV 5-8 teras, Kali Chaudas, Diwali When: 11/5-8, 2018 Where: Shree Shakti Mandir, 1450 Huie Rd., Lake City, GA Contact: 770-968-3490, ambajiusa.org

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October 2018

5 Things All Parents Need To Know About The FAFSA

BY KRISTEN MOON*

College is a huge investment for many families and most need a little bit of financial help. If you are looking for ways to pay for college, one of the first resources you may turn to is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Every student qualifies for some form of student aid, so make sure you are not skipping this step during your application process. Over the past couple of decades, the Department of Education has streamlined the application process, but questions can still arise. If you or your child are applying to a college, here are five essential things you need to know about the FAFSA.

fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, miscellaneous expenses, childcare, disability or any reasonable costs for study-abroad programs.

3. Does everyone need to complete the FAFSA? The short answer is, yes, you do. By not filling out the FAFSA, you are missing out on a good deal provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Students could be eligible for federal and state grants that do not to be repaid. Or they could be eligible for low-interest student loans and work-study programs, helping them to fund their education and build their resumes. Every student qualifies for some form of student aid. EDUCATION

1. What is FAFSA? The FAFSA is an annual form filled out by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student aid. It can be filled out by undergraduate and graduate students. The FAFSA can determine your eligibility for grants such as the Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEC), federal work-study programs, loans, and scholarships.

4. How do I complete the FAFSA? The FAFSA website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students will need their social security number, alien registration number (for non-U.S. citizens), federal income tax returns, W2s, and other records of money earned. These include bank statements and investment records, untaxed income records, and the student and parent’s FSA 2. What information does the FAFSA provide ID to sign the document electronically. you with? The FAFSA provides you with two critical 5. What is the deadline? The deadline for the FAFSA is June 30th. pieces of information. The first is Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is an index num- The application opens October 1st, and you ber that the financial aid department uses to de- should complete it as soon as possible because termine how much financial aid a student would many grants and scholarships are on a firstreceive if you attend that particular school. The come-first-serve basis. Most schools have funds information you report on the FAFSA is used to that are limited, so students have a better chance calculate the EFC. The EFC is then calculated of receiving those funds, if eligible, when their FAFSA is submitted early. according to a formula established by law. The second piece of information is the Cost of Attendance (COA) which is the amount it will cost a student to go to school. Most colleges and universities will calculate a student’s COA to show the total costs of attending the school. Typically, the COA is an estimate of tuition and

About the author: Kristen Moon is an independent college counselor and founder of MoonPrep.com. Moon Prep provides one-on-one coaching services catered to university admissions.


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..... Tribute to Atlanta Naari .....

October 2018

Bhavana Anand: Dream & Dedication Are A Powerful Combination

‘Tribute to Atlanta Naari’ is DIVYA DESAI’S photographic ode to Atlanta women. They are mothers and wives, sisters and daughters. They are successful professionals and strong role models. They lead with their hearts and give back to the community. Let us salute the ‘heroes’ of our community! Photography and Concept: Divya Desai Make up & hair: Kripa Bhatt

Bhavana Anand is the shining new star in the booming concert promotion and event management business. In less than a year, her company Anand Entertainment went from organizing a dance competition with TV judge Geeta Kapur to the recent mammoth A.R. Rahman concert (which she co-promoted with Time Starz Entertaiment). What does it take for a woman to succeed in a male-dominated entertainment space? We decided to find out through this Q&A. Tell us a little about your background. I came to the United States in 2003 after getting married to Vishal Anand. In 2004 and 2008, I had my beautiful children Krish and Parvi. My husband used to work at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street. Then he got a business opportunity in Alabama. Now he is a successful entrepreneur. We entered the entertainment business with a dance competition with Geeta Kapur as the judge. When the students who came from different dance schools participated and won prizes, more and more people reached out to these schools for admission. So, after receiving an immense amount of love from the audience, I was encouraged to promote more events. Soon, we organized a dance workshop with Dharmesh Sir to enable people to discover more outside the box dance moves. Then, I organized concerts with Shaan and AR Rahman, both sold out shows! You have no background in concert promotion. Why did you decide to get into this field? Entertainment was always my thing. Even as a child, I loved Bollywood, dance and music. It gave me joy to see people win competitions and fame, which invariably would change their lives. That’s why, my first show was a dance competition. There was no looking back after that.

In less than a year, you have gone from one successful event to the next. What do you attribute your success to? As they say, dream and dedication are a powerful combination. My dreams became a reality because of my dedication and hard work. My family has been my biggest supporter and encourager. My husband Vishal always says, “Never think of losing”. He has been my biggest supporter. My mother has been my greatest teacher. She taught me to be fearless and to live with confidence. My kids Krish and Parvi, my sweet angels, support me unconditionally. All I can say is, I am blessed. What have you learned along the way? I believe we learn something new every day if we meet different people from different cultural backgrounds. Every person thinks differently. We can’t change their thinking according to our desire. So, most importantly, I have learned patience and to always hear the other person out. Also, organizing these events can be stressful, so time management is most important to make things work smoothly. Concert promotion is a ton of work. Hundreds of tasks to get done, thousands of details to attend to, and a lot of egos to manage. Can you describe some of the work that is involved in the weeks leading up to a big concert? Yes, a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. You have to stay energetic all the time. It is difficult to make everyone happy. You have to be good at communicating with others and develop necessary leadership skills to make things work out. My focus is to put the audience first. It is the love received from the audience that determines the success of a concert. Their satisfaction is our first priority. And yes, nothing can be taken for granted

while organizing events. Everything is in a state take care of the logistics? of flux and things can change at the drop of a We had our local partner in Houston for hat. Hence, you need to be ready to face any sort ground work. My phone is a big help while manof situation and be able to think on your feet. aging events in distant cities. Social platforms have always helped me reach people from difYou don’t live in Atlanta. Does that make it ferent areas. Also, I travel a lot, it has become a harder for you? habit. Event softwares are a big help. Yes, it was difficult, but not any more. Technology makes my work easier. I can manage Does being a woman make any difference in a lot through my phone. This has helped me to your field? get things done faster and has also made me more Yes, it is different as it is male-dominated efficient and productive as an event manager. To- industry. I have received a huge amount of apday, we have access to a wide range of event man- preciation because even in a male-dominated inagement softwares that make work easier. dustry, as a woman, I work with confidence and dignity. I have to meet different people, that’s How different is it to promote an event in a far why interpersonal skills are a must. These skills away city like Houston, Texas? How do you can only be achieved if we have confidence. The reason I have the confidence is my family’s support. I strongly believe in women’s empowerment. Women can do whatever they want, even if the industry is male-dominated. They shouldn’t worry about what society says. They should follow their hearts. What kind of personality and traits do you need to put a successful concert together? You have to realize that there is something special within you. I have discovered my strengths and weaknesses and developed leadership skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills. I keep in mind to always be creative and to think about others. Confidence is the most important trait! What is the next big event from Vishal Entertainment? My creative cap is on! There are many events to come. I’m not going to stop entertaining my audience so easily. Stay tuned.


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I Create Positive Vibes Around Sonali: Anupam Kher

New Delhi: (IANS) As actress Sonali Bendre Behl is undergoing metastatic cancer treatment in New York, where Anupam Kher is shooting for his new show "New Amsterdam", the veteran actor says he often tries to talk to her, meet her and create a positive vibe around her. The two actors have featured in movies like "Keemat" and "Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai". "I spoke to Sonali a few days ago and she is getting her treatment done. As she knows that I am also in New York for four-five months, we both talk about who will be able to return back home first. I always tell her, 'I don't know about me, but I really want you to go back home'," Anupam told IANS over phone from New York. He is stumped by how brave the "Sarfarosh" actress is. "Sonali is a courageous and brave person. By brave, I do not mean strong in terms of physical strength. How you deal with life in difficult situation determines your true strength and the way Sonali is fighting is highly applaudable. "I pray to God every morning to give Sonali immense strength. And I always try my best to meet her and be in touch with her because I know when somebody is not well, at that time person feels good to be surrounded with loved ones. So, I make sure I talk to her and create positive vibes around her always." Sonali has remained positive in her outlook as she battles the serious ailment, with support from her family and friends.

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#MeToo Movement Gets A Voice In Bollywood

Mumbai: (IANS) Silence is no more an option. Several powerful Bollywood voices have spoken about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, and many more voices are likely to come forward in the near future with their own tales of sexual violation that they were so far afraid to reveal. Actress Tanushree Dutta's claim about being sexually harassed by actor Nana Patekar a decade ago has got Hindi film celebrities talking more than ever about the #MeToo movement. Actress-filmmaker Nandita Das said: "The more women speak up, the more it will give confidence to others who have been abused and will also serve as a deterrent to those who have felt they can get away with it. For me, #TimesUp is a better movement as it doesn't solely put the onus on the victims and instead invokes a sense of shared responsibility in all of us - both men and women. "As an afterthought, maybe 'better' is not the right word. For me, #TimesUp is a movement that resonates more than the others because it has a sense of shared responsibility." Filmmaker Onir agrees with Nandita. "I hope voices like Tanushree's are heard and heeded. When one person speaks up, it gives courage to others, and the support of the industry is equally vital to make people who speak have faith in the industry. Also, it will make people who harass much more hesitant and not feel like they get away with any untoward behaviour," he said. Producer Prernaa Arora says women need to be respected. "When I started my career as a producer, I worked with lovely, decorous people like Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharna and her brother Karnesh. After that, it has been hell for me. The biggest mistake of my life is to believe everyone is good when you are good to them.

People have been mean to me just because film production is considered a male domain. "I've been cheated and abused. No, I am not playing the feminine card. I am talking about basic decency towards all human beings. I don't even see that happening in this industry. I had two choices: quit or fight. I decided to fight. My suggestion to women: don't let anyone bully you into submission. I've met and handled one

of the most corrupt and vicious male producers on the planet. If I can deal with him, then ladies, you can deal with anyone." Has Tanushree opened up a pandora's box? "I hope and wish so. That's going to best way to receive her situation of opening up," says "Pink" star Taapsee Pannu. As for Tanushree coming out ten years late, Taapsee protests: "I am not going to judge anyone for speaking up late or speaking up at all, because the cynics will have an issue either way whether she spoke or didn't speak." The outspoken Pooja Bhatt can't understand the current obsession with the ‘#MeToo' movement. "Why are we so obsessed with the

term ‘me too'? Is sexual harassment and abuse new to India? Sexual misconduct, harassment and abuse is a reality In India. Women and even men across India have had to endure this for decades. I am glad that we are finally discussing this openly but it is not exclusive to the film industry. "In fact we have access to the media which the average person doesn't even have. Women get raped and are told to keep quiet and get on with life as it will bring dishonor to the family. Maximum cases of sexual misconduct and abuse occur within the family home," she said. Veteran actress Neena Gupta agrees with Pooja. "To hell with the '#MeToo' movement in India. Who cares about whether it reaches us or not? We in the entertainment industry need to learn to respect everyone's space. Whether it is a big name or a small name, first learn to respect humans." The fact that many important voices in Bollywood choose to keep silent over the prickly issue is no surprise to Pooja. "It's naive to expect Bollywood or anyone for that matter to stand by you when you walk through the fires of life. If you believe in your truth then you must speak it without hesitation." Tamil cinema's formidable voice Khushboo feels, "We women need to speak. We eed to speak on time and not much later, and not be afraid of consequences... People (the society) has to stop judging a woman. A man is never judged... Women have to be strong and speak up."

Anushka Has Not Completely Embraced Fame

New Delhi: (IANS) Anushka Sharma is awkward with fame, and hasn’t completely embraced her stardom. The actress-producer says she still lives in denial, and yearns to lead a normal life. From taking risks early on in her career to getting into the filmmaking business as a producer, Anushka has come a long way since her modelling days. She is one of Indian film industry's highest paid actresses, and also got featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list. But how has her fame shaped up her life? "I have never answered this question. Not even thought about it. I have always been very awkward with fame. I am not an actor who has embraced fame completely," Anushka told IANS in a sit-down interview here. "There are actors who embrace fame... Like Salman Khan is a star, and he embraces his fame. Like Varun Dhawan when he is

"I still stay in denial about it, and reluctant as well. "I want to do normal things. I want to go to a grocery store and all. I want to be able to do simple things and normal things." "I get real satisfaction when my films are watched. I want more people to go and watch it. It is a double-edged sword like that. When people support me, like I have seen how in my worst times they (my fans) have stood by out there, he embraces his stardom. If he me... I want to give them my everything." will go out to the crowd, he will be comShe had a dream debut in Bollywood opfortable. If I will go to a crowd, I will be uncomfortable," added the actress, who is posite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in "Rab Ne confident about her forthcoming film "Sui Bana Di Jodi", but her ride in showbiz has been Dhaaga - Made in India" -- a Yash Raj bumpy with several highs and lows. As a producer, Anushka has made films like "NH10", Films production. Anushka asserts that she is not "some- "Phillauri" and "Pari" under her banner Clean Slate Films. She starred in all three films herself. one who embraces her stardom".


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..... Health Pulse .....

Is Your Office Making You Sick?

BY DR. PANCHAJANYA PAUL, MD*

depression, malaise and can lower immunity. You can keep the air fresh by using indoor plants. Good indoor plants for air purification are Garden Mum, Boston Fern, Dracaena, Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, Ficus Fig, Rubber plant, Aloe Vera, Dwarf Date Palm, and Lady Palm. Another option is to use the Himalayan salt lamp. When the lamp burns, it emits salty air mist which acts as an air purifier. Then there are commercial air purifiers available, albeit costly, but worth trying. Schedule frequent fresh air breaks.

People are spending too much time indoor in an office space as most work requires the use of computers. This is not a normal human behaviour. Humans have throughout history, spent most of work hours outdoors either in the form of hunting and gathering, or in agriculture, or in other related arts and trade. But the workspace and environment have irrevocably altered for most. Spending time indoors under artificial lights sitting on a table and chair with eyes glued to a computer screen is a Allergy from the carpet: Most office spaces have carpets that are vacnovel human experience that our bodies have not uumed once a week and in some offices, once a yet evolved to. month. Rarely every day. I see patients from all Let us see the health risks of our office space walks of life. They bring dirt and debris off the ground through their shoes, which accumulate , and how we can manage them. on the carpet. It is a healthy habit to get a small portable vacuum cleaner, HEPA filter, and vacSitting in Cubicle : uum your workspace at least 2-3 times a week. In the last few decades there have been in- Talk with your manager and see if the carpet can novations in design to increase the office space be professionally cleaned or shampooed once a and squeeze in maximum workers in a minimum month. area. The use of a cubicle has become the norm. But for most workers, cubicle even though gives privacy, is not a pleasant workspace. The lack Sitting at Work: of windows and lack of access to natural light is Sitting is as bad as smoking for your health. Stand stressful. Studies have shown that access to win- and move. Consider getting a standing desk. Hold dows and outside view is healthy for our mental standing minutes. Move. Sitting on a table and and physical health. In one study, a patient with chair is an unnatural posture for the human spine. a window room facing out recovered much faster Natural positions are standing, squatting, lying than the patients with no view from the window. flat, sitting cross-legged on the floor. I use a standing desk for my work. When I get tired, I sit If you have a cubicle, then put some pictures on the chair for a while. Then I bring the laptop on of nature like mountains, waterfall, ocean on the the floor and sit cross-legged. Prolonged standwall. Photos of family and friends are good too. ing and sitting both are unhealthy. The key is to Make sure to go and walk out of the cubicle pe- change the posture, to stimulate blood and lymph riodically. Stand outside the building to soak in circulation. I try to change my posture throughout some natural light. It helped in reducing eye fa- the day. This mobility has got rid of my back pain, tigue, and stress. neck pain, wrist pain.

Indoor Air pollution:

Dehydration:

All professional offices stay at a constant Modern buildings are designed in such a way that we cannot open windows. The United artificially regulated temperature. At all times, States has one of the purest air among nations. Yet either the air conditioning or the heating is on. The artificial temperature control continually is people are breathing stale indoor air. unhealthy for the body but good for work effiStale office air breeds harmful bacteria ciency. Constant thermoregulation increases the which pose serious health hazards. These dan- risk of weight gain, as the body cannot use the gerous pathogens have been linked to allergy, stored fat to generate the heat. Also, it causes de-

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mode or increase the display to more towards reddish spectrum. There is a software called f.lux which will do this for me at scheduled hours. It is free to download, and I recommend it for many. Another step will be to use blue light blocking glasses. These are glasses with an orange or red hue, are inexpensive, and readily available online. Another way will be to use a red or infrahydration and dryness of the skin. Keep on drinkred lamb in the room ing water, fluids all day. Remain hydrated. Many which will give out light in the red spectrum and times, stress, anxiety, tiredness, and fatigue are neutralize the blue. merely due to lack of water. Stay away from soda and commercial juices. Drink filtered water with Sleep problems: a pinch of sea salt for better hydration. Herbal Spending time indoors sitting on a desk in tea, yogurt, homemade juices, shakes, probiotics front of a computer is a risk factor for insomnia. drinks are good choices. It is important that when you come home, go out

Nutrition:

When we spend 8 to 10 hours at a place, we have to eat there too. Most people have their lunch and snacks at work. The food served in most cafeterias are unhealthy. Although laborious, the best practice is to bring your lunch from home. Try to pack meals from home if possible. But with a busy schedule, it is not always feasible. One way to solve this is to cook in bulk during the weekend and free small portions in zip lock bags. You can use them for meals during lunch. Try to stay away from frozen ready to eat meals sold at the stores. They are laden with preservatives and devoid of nutrients. I frequently make smoothies the previous night with nuts, yogurt, fruits, in a blender and bring them to work the next day.

Blue Light Toxicity:

Most of the work is done on the computers, laptop, use Microsoft PowerPoint, excel, etc. this all involves staring at the screen. The screen emits light which is different from the full spectrum light out eyes are used to like the natural daylight. The blue light is injurious to the eyes and t the retina. It Can cause ocular atrophy and macular degeneration. Since work on screen is inevitable for most, there are ways to balance the blue light. One easy way is to turn the computer into night

for a walk or jogging. Spend some time outdoors as long as weather permits. Keep your room temperature lower than that of office temperature for better sleep. Many companies permit their workers to work from home. It can solve some of the above problems but can create new ones. The space between workspace and home space gets blurred. Unless one draws boundaries, you remain connected 24 x 7 with your work with no breaks. Besides, work from home is also associated with travelling out of state. Travel for vacation is fun and healthy; a trip for work can be stressful. But work is indispensable. Try to work efficiently and become more skilled at your task so that you do not have to spend any more time than you need to at work. Also look for ways to enjoy your work and follow healthy practices to mitigate some of the work related stressors. To learn more about how to manage stress at work and home, read Dr.Paul’s book Stress Rescue.

*Dr. Panchajanya Paul, MD, ABIHM, ABPN, FAPA - is an American Board certified - Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist. He is the author of 2 books- Stress Rescue & Sleep Coaching available at Amazon. He practices Psychiatry in Atlanta, GA.

Diabetes May Be Detected 20 Years Before Diagnosis: Study

Early signs of Type-2 diabetes can be detectis diagnosed with the issue. ed 20 years before diagnosis, according to a new In the beginresearch. Researchers from Aizawa Hospital in Japan ning of the study, found that increased fasting glucose, higher body 27,392 non-diabetmass index (BMI) and impaired insulin sensitivic individuals had ity were detectable 10 years before the diagnosis a fasting glucose of diabetes as well as prediabetes. and average blood As the vast majority of people with Type-2 glucose (HbA1c) diabetes go through the stage of prediabetes, our measured and were findings suggest that elevated metabolic markers followed until a difor diabetes are detectable more than 20 years beagnosis of Type-2 fore its diagnosis, said Hiroyuki Sagesaka, lead diabetes or prediaresearcher from the varsity. betes. According to present studies, diabetes can Over the be detected 20 years before its diagnosis unlike factors like obesity and elevated fasting glucose study period, 1,067 new Type-2 diabetes cases the previous research which suggested that risk may be present up to 10 years before someone were identified. Of the 15,778 individuals with

normal blood glucose at the initial health exam, 4,781 developed prediabetes and the same abnormalities, although to a milder degree, that were present at least 10 years before diagnosis of prediabetes, the findings revealed. Because trials of prevention in people with prediabetes seem to be less successful over longterm follow up, we may need to intervene much earlier than the prediabetes stage to prevent progression to full blown diabetes, Sagesaka said. The research has important implications given that an estimated 425 million adults (aged 2079 years) were living with diabetes in 2017, and this is predicted to rise to 629 million by 2045. The study was presented at European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Berlin in Germany.


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Sweet & Hot Diamonds

..... What’s Cooking? ..... are not broken. Hot (spicy) diamonds Mix second half of the fried diamonds, ground red pepper, cumin powder, salt, and also the fried curry leaves. Add more salt and red pepper according to your taste. Keep the diamonds in separate containers with tight lids. If you pack them in decorative jars, you can give them as holiday gifts.

2 Cups all purflour

P.S. LAKSHMI RAO pose

(maida) 1-Tablespoon rice flour 1-Tablespoon hot oil ½ Cup water 1 Pinch of salt 1 1/2 Cups oil for frying (depending upon the size of the frying pan) 2 Stems curry leaves

Sweet Chaklies

Place 1/8 inch diameter holes disc in the chakli maker, fill it with chakli dough and press the dough in to hot oil. Fry both sides until crisp. Remove from the oil and place chakli on a paper 1 cup rice flour towel to drain any excessive oil. Repeat with the 1/2 cup besab (chick pea flour) rest of the dough. A pinch of salt Break chaklies into two and half to three1 table spoon butter inch pieces and set aside on a paper towel. 1 cup boiling water In a large sauce pan, mix brown sugar and 2 cups vegetable oil water. Place the pan on the stove and make sugar 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar syrup on high temperature mixing continuously 1/2 cup water until the syrup starts to boil and bubble. Place a 1 teaspoon crushed elaichi (cardamom) small drop of the syrup on a small plate to see if it 1 teaspoon ghee (optional) becomes a soft ball. you can also touch it in between your thumb and index finger and stretch. It In a mixing bowl mix rice flour, besab, salt should form strings. This process should be very and butter. Add 1 cup boiling water, mix well with quick, Otherwise syrup will become too thick. a spoon. When the mixture gets cold enough, mix Remove the syrup from heat and add ghee, thoroughly with hand to prepare the chakli dough. crushed elaichi and chakli pieces. Mix quickly Heat 2 cups oil in a frying pan to medium and add the chakli pieces gently, making sure that high temperature. sugar syrup coats all the pieces and crystallizes.

(Mitayi Kommulu)

For Hot Diamonds 1 Teaspoon red pepper (ground) ½ Teaspoon crushed cumin seeds ¾ Teaspoon salt or to taste

Heat 1½ cups oil in a frying pan over low heat and fry a handful of diamonds until they turn light brown and crispy. Remove them to a paper towel to absorb oil. After all the diamonds are fried, separate half the diamonds for sweet and half the diamonds for a hot or spicy snack. Turn the heat off and add curry leaves and fry. Remove leaves from the oil. Blot with paper towel and save them.

Dough Mix all purpose flour, rice flour and salt with hot oil. Add water, and mix until it becomes a stiff dough. Knead the dough for three minutes with oily hands. Make 8 balls. Roll each ball in to six- inch diameter circles. Cut them into one-inch diamonds.

Sweet diamonds In a large pan, mix brown sugar and water. Boil for three minutes to make sugar syrup. Put a drop of syrup in a little water. When the drop becomes a hard ball, the syrup is done. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the diamonds and cardamom powder. Mix gently so that the diamonds

For Sweet Diamonds 1 1/2 Cups brown sugar 1/ 2 Cup water ½ Teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds

..... InVogue .....

Fashion Gowns For Weddings & Parties

The wedding day is one of the most important occasions in a Jewelry: Carry yourself with élan with big chanwoman’s life, and so is the bridal trousseau. With the fashion industry delier earrings or a layered long necklace. exploding, many brides are ditching the traditional look and experimenting with attractive bridal gowns, floor length dresses etc. Footwear: Embellished pumps or platforms. Trending are gowns in peach, blue, red, green, pink etc.

Hair: Open curly hair with small crystal pins.

Layered gowns are the latest picks of contemporary brides and Make-up: Bright makeup with smoky eyes bridesmaids. This type of gown is the refined form of Anarkali gowns. They showcase amazing thread works over net, and silk, with embroi- Purse: Matching clutch. dery work on the front and back.

BY RANI SHARMA

October 2018

Chicken work, thread work or any type of hand-crafted work is admired.

For more info, contact Rani Sharma of Raneez Boutique at 404386-2062.


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