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Hello Readers Happy New Year. All of us at Saathee wish you a productive, rewarding, and healthy 2010. Women run almost all art galleries in Karachi. Read about this development in a story on pg. 6. Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar will visit Charlotte for a lecture and luncheon. Get the details on pg. 8. India’s minister of higher education talks about the need for foreign universities to build campuses in India in an article on pg. 10. Read a travelogue on one of Jainism’s spiritual centers, Palitana, on pg. 14. A couple of entrepreneurs are taking plastic waste and using it as part of highway building materials. Read how this helps Indian roads last longer on pg. 32. Catch up on all the happenings in local organizations in our Community News section beginning on pg. 90.
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In this issue: Art in Pakistan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 06 Indian Ambassador in Charlotte . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Foreign Universities in India? . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Palitana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Bolly Bits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet, Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Riding Plastic Highways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Music Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Foundation of Relationship . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Astride Three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 License to Rock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 For Greater Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Mood-boosting Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 110 Who Want’s to be a Scholar . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 January 2010
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Art, Power and Single Women in Pakistan In Karachi, the men might buy the art, but it’s women - many single and young - who control the market. By H.M. Naqvi — GlobalPost.com KARACHI, PAKISTAN — Defying the global downturn in art and perhaps common sense, another gallery opened in Karachi last month, the second in three weeks. Both are run by women. More intriguing than dynamics of the market is the fact that the entire Pakistani art scene is run by women, single women. Sumbul Khan is a spritely thirtysomething of vaguely Pathan extract. She returned to Karachi several years ago after completing a masters in art history in the United States. After teaching art history and theory, she pitched a program on art in Urdu to Indus TV, the first independent channel in Pakistan. After the program was aired, the head of Indus TV, the legendary Ghazanfar Ali, asked her if she was interested in setting up a gallery in a cove of vacant rooms within the premises of MTV Pakistan (owned, in part, by Indus TV). Khan readily agreed. She named it Poppy Seed. After knocking down walls, plastering and painting the space, and installing a hardwood floor, Khan contacted seven mostly up-and-coming artists for a show entitled “Moving Image.” The pieces in the show were supposed to “critique the pervasive influence of the moving image in the lives of uncritical audiences.” Although a few pieces seemed maladroit — there was an installation featuring drips labeled with polysyllabic social ills — the theme mostly managed to fuse disparate styles of the seven artists into theoretical coherence. In any event, the show was well attended and generally well received. Khan seemed quite pleased afterwards. Art Chowk, the second gallery that opened last November, is run by a mother-daughter team who are, in ways, refugees from Dubai’s economic crisis. When the market there had been white hot, the two began a virtual gallery online, sourcing Pakistani art to the buyers with deep pockets from the Middle East to Hong Kong. “They had expensive cars,” averred Shakira Masood, “and they wanted expensive art.” After the market went south, Masood moved east. Masood, the mother in the mother-daughter team, is a divorcee and a recognized painter. She says the infrastructure of the art world was dramatically different when she was starting out. “There were no galleries, no magazines. All of us had second jobs.” In the old days, she continued, “We did it by pure will.” When asked how the Pakistani art world is run by women, she replied, “I do find it strange but then 51 percent of Pakistanis are women. My landlady is a woman.” Buyers and collectors, she noted, are mostly men. Art Chowk caters to young urban professionals January 2010
whose sensibilities have been shaped by a different milieu than those of an earlier generation. Art exhibits are now covered by TV channels, reviewed in magazines, critiqued in journals like Nukta (which, of course, is edited by a woman). There are dedicated art schools and even an art collective: run by prominent contemporary artists including Adeela Suleman and Naiza Khan, VASL funds workshops, seminars, and residencies. As a result, a cultural shift has taken place. There are, for instance, two if not three openings a week in the city. Karachi’s two major commercial galleries, Canvas and Chowkandi, hold exhibitions like clockwork. The former is owned and operated by Sameera Raja, a chic, no-nonsense single mother, while the latter is owned and operated by Zohra Hussain, a widower and veritable sari-clad institution. Both are pioneers; both have endured. But perhaps the most innovative gallery in Karachi is a not a commercial venture. Tucked away in a quiet canton of the city, V.M. is financed by the Rangoonwalla Trust and run by Riffat Alivi, an oldschool artist who often employs new-fangled techniques. Her recent work at Canvas strangely featured smoke on paper. She certainly thinks about curatorial practice in a novel way. In a recent show entitled “Size Does Matter,” she encouraged four emerging artists who don’t work with scale to work with scale. The results were spectacular. Another show inspired by Lollywood movie billboards traveled to Green Cardamom, a gallery in London. And in the first week of December, doors opened to the annual, VASL-sponsored Taza Tareen exhibition, featuring the work of five recent art school grads, including three women. Women, V.M.’s Alvi whimsically maintains, are more organized than men. Although that might be correct, does organizational acumen or “pure will” explain why women run the art scene? A critic suggests otherwise: the single women who now run things probably found refuge in art at a time when art was not considered a serious venture or vocation. Those who had persevered, propelled by pure will, serious-mindedness and by brisk business, have become influential figures, arbiters of taste, doyennes. Musing on the phenomenon, however, Raja of Canvas declaimed, “Women are prettier, smarter, have better social skills and know how to get things done.”
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ernizing the Indian economy,” Ambassador Shankar said during a speech at the Brookings Institution this past December. Ms Meera Shankar was born on October 9, 1950. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in July 1973. She has held several important assignments during her career: she served as Director in the Prime Minister’s Office from 1985 to 1991; was posted to Washington DC and served as Minister (Commerce) from 1991 to 1995. Thereafter, she headed the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi overseeing India’s cultural diplomacy. Subsequently, in the Ministry of External Affairs, she headed two important divisions dealing with the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and relations with Nepal and Bhutan. After promotion to the rank of Additional Secretary in 2002, she held the responsibility for the United Nations and International Security. Her last assignment was as Ambassador of India to Germany from December 1, 2005 to April 6, 2009. She arrived in Washington DC on April 26, 2009. Ambassador Shankar will speak at a luncheon on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at the Westin Charlotte from 12 1:30 pm. The cost to attend is $50 (WACC members) and $65 (non-members). Lunch is included. For further details call 704.687.7762 or visit www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.
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Opening the Doors to Foreign Universities? India’s education minister says the country can’t afford not to. By Shailaja Neelakantan - GlobalPost.com NEW DELHI, India — Since taking office in May 2009, Kapil Sibal, India’s minister in charge of higher education, has become the government’s most aggressive champion of opening the country’s doors to foreign universities. In an interview last month, Sibal talked about why he thinks India can no longer afford to turn its back on foreign providers. And he outlined the kinds of regulations that will most likely govern such institutions should a much-debated bill on the subject finally pass India’s parliament in the coming months. India’s current laws allow foreign colleges to offer programs in India, but only in conjunction with domestic academic institutions. Sibal stressed that there are no “preconditions” for foreign colleges that wish to enter the Indian market. “I think any proposal that benefits us and those who want to come in are welcome,” he said. “We will of course examine those proposals, and we have to make sure … that quality institutions come in. They should not be looking for quick profits and moving out.” Responding to concerns that some foreign institutions have had about the prospect of dealing with India’s notoriously difficult government bureaucracy, Sibal said that they “should not be worried about the normal trappings” involved in setting up a university here because their entrance will be governed by a separate statute that does not involve existing regulatory agencies. Any foreign higher-educational institution allowed into India — if unaided by the Indian government — will be able to determine its own tuition and curricula, he said. But it will have to seek accreditation in India, and will not be able to repatriate profits. “We are not going to sort of minutely look at these things to interfere and intervene, but we must make sure their quality is consistent with what we want,” said Sibal, who is a graduate of Harvard University’s law school and also India’s former science and technology minister. “When you set up a course in India it may be Harvard in the U.S., but it has to be accredited here.” When asked whether foreign institutions will have to comply with India’s quota laws, which set aside a percentage January 2010
of seats for students from various castes, Sibal implied that they would not, provided that they do not accept federal or state government support, like private universities in India. A new commission being set up by the Indian government at Sibal’s recommendation will replace a myriad of regulatory agencies, in hopes of increasing clarity and reducing red tape in the accreditation process. Sibal explained that this commission will review applications from foreign institutions wishing to enter India, but said it will not have the authority to approve them, implying that his ministry will have the final say. Objections to opening India to foreign educators remain strong in India. Opponents frequently point to the high tuition rates institutions abroad charge and say they do not want to see the same happen here. But Sibal dismissed such concerns, noting that that is already happening in India’s private higher-education sector. He added that if a foreign institution plans on charging what would be considered a high rate in India, he would advise it to think twice. “I think any good education provider will be sensitive to such concerns,” Sibal said. The minister did stress, though, that foreign highereducation providers allowed into India cannot repatriate any profits to their home campus. “Look, nobody is against profit,” he said, “but it should not be distributed to shareholders. The profit should be plowed back.” He suggested that 75 percent of such profits should be reinvested into the Indian campus and the remaining 25 percent should go into a reserve fund in India owned by the university. Sibal said he was optimistic that opposition within India to foreign universities will diminish. “The people of India are ready for it,” he said, adding that he expects that a long-delayed bill to allow and regulate the entry of foreign higher education institutions will be passed before next July, when the next academic year begins. Sibal framed the issue within the broader process of globalization that has affected all nations. “If you ask me, this process of a global economy moving forward started first with the services sector. Then the manufacturing sector ventured out, and I’ve been saying the time is right, the moment is right for the educational sector,” he said. “If nations want to get closer to each other and develop a strategic partnership the best way to do it is through investment in education because that’s what brings people together.” The government’s renewed interest in foreign university partnerships has garnered the attention of the Obama administration. Representatives of the two governments have begun meeting to discuss educational collaboration. Sibal noted that he had met William J. Burns, U.S. under secretary for political affairs, just that morning to discuss the creation of an India-U.S. Education Council. “We would like to collaborate with (American universities) on a whole range of issues,” he said. “I personally think that whatever proposals come our way, we are willing to consider them, whether it is vocational training, research collaborations, public-private partnerships, certification processes, diplomas, degrees, 100-percent owned universities or joint ventures.”
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Jain temples may look quite similar to those of the Hindus, but the Jain religion is far closer to Buddhism. The statues of the tirthankars dotted round India are like huge standing Buddhas (but with more obvious bodily parts), while the temples are lively and as crammed with carvings as Hindu shrines. It’s an interesting variation on the theme.) From the second I stepped into the rickshaw to my arrival at the temple complex, I’m convinced they did everything in their power to dissuade me from getting there, though perhaps they were simply demonstrating their belief that you have to put in the effort to get close to enlightenment. Whatever, as I headed out towards the hill of temples, it felt as if they were in control rather than me...
Palitana: A Jain Spiritual Center Story and photos by Mark Moxon So you want to build a temple? That makes sense. So you want people to come to your temple? That makes sense, too. So you find a hill towering 600m above the dry scrubland of the Gujarat peninsula and stick your temple right on the top in the most inaccessible point of all, and then you build a 3000-step staircase for your flock to climb? On the surface, that appears to make no sense at all, but if you look at the world through the eyes of the Jains, it all starts to fall into place. Jains in India number about five million, which is relatively small when you consider that the religion originated here at about the same time as Buddhism (500 BCE). But take a trip to Palitana and you’d never know that Jainism is one of India’s minor religions, because the sheer scale of achievement on top of this hill is staggering. If you think that intentionally building your temples in the middle of nowhere is a strange thing to do, then it would appear to be bordering on the insane to build a The 863 Jain temples of Palitana are perched on the top of a 600m-high hill
whole hilltop of 863 intricate temples in such a faraway place, but that’s precisely what the Jains did at Palitana, where the Place of Victory stands atop a huge hill in the plains. They did a similar job again at Junagadh, also in Gujarat, where there are 10,000 steps and even more temples, but Palitana was on my way south from Bhavnagar to Diu, so I decided to see for myself what drove these people to create so many temples in such an inaccessible location. These were my thoughts as I dumped my bags and took a rickshaw out to the base of the steps, and whatever I was thinking about the Jains and their amazing architectural extremes, it seems their gods may have been listening. (Actually, Jainism doesn’t have deities, rather 24 prophets (known as tirthankars) who formulated a religious philosophy as opposed to a theistic system of belief. January 2010
No Pain, No Gain It started with the rain, a severe tropical downpour that flooded the streets, shot sideways into the rickshaw cab and soaked me to the skin. It stopped as I arrived, but the stone steps leading up to the temples (which are too far away to be seen from the bottom) were like a skating rink. In an attempt not to offend the Jain religion I had left all my leather items behind, so I had no sun hat and no leather boots, just my umbrella and a pair of flimsy flip-flops. My flipflops had absolutely no grip, especially on wet marble, which only helped to add to the fun. Then the wind got up and decided to have a go. I barely managed to Palitana is very peaceful put down my umbrella in time as the few hardy trees lining the staircase bent double, clouds flew across the sky like impatient commuters on the motorway, and flicks of rain stung my eyes. Five minutes up the track and I had a throbbing headache from the wind battering my undefended ears. As if these elemental displays weren’t enough, just before the halfway mark I felt a familiar stirring in my lower gut: diarrhea. It would turn out to be a mild bout, lasting for only the rest of that day, but I couldn’t quite believe the timing: things were beginning to get worryingly difficult. I idly wondered what else the tirthankars would demand. Blood, perhaps? They got blood soon after my guts had started jumping about. Turning to wave at a friendly family who were sitting on the side of the stairs taking a break, I managed to stub my big toe on a marble step. The hard stone ripped a sizable hole in the end of my toe, stinging enough to elicit the mad hopping effect more normally associated with painful bangs to the head, and when the throbbing had subsided to a bearable level I saw that it was pretty nasty: a flap of skin hung loosely over a round hole, and it really hurt... and this in flip-flops, too, where all manner of grot and grime could infect the wound. I vowed to go on: smiling through adversity is a good trait in every religion, and I decided to
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Little Krishna Going Global BIG Animation’s maiden 3D animated series Little Krishna is going places with a licensing and merchandising deal with NICK. The series has won the prestigious Best Animation Award at Asian Television Award at (ATF), Singapore on the December 3, 2009. It has also, over the past two years, won five FICCI Frames Awards, three Golden Cursor Awards, one ASIFA and one TASI Award. BIG Animation CEO Ashish S.K. said, “It’s for the first time that an Indian original IP is all set to make its presence felt in the global arena. We are looking at a 360 degree approach for the property with Broadcasting, Licensing & Merchandising, Mobile Ring Tones, Wallpapers, Home Video and every other means of presence related to Little Krishna for which we have signed deals with Hungama.com, NICK and BIG Home Video.” The 13 episodes of Little Krishna are a result of seven years of research work, handpicked from the chronicles of Krishna.
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Padmini Kolhapure returns to the silver screen. The actress, who reigned supreme in the 80s, returns to Hindi films with Bolo Raam, which co-stars Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. In fact, Kolhapure and Shah were last seen together in Woh 7 Din more than two decades ago. “But we don’t have scenes together in Bolo Raam,” she clarifies, “We feature in separate portions of the film.” Over the past few years, however, Kolhapure starred in several Marathi films. “The roles appealed to me, that’s why I took them up. I didn’t feel like accepting anything and everything that came my way in Hindi films. I wanted to accept roles that I could relate to. I took up Bolo Raam because the story really excited me,” she states. The film throws light on the mother-son relationship, portrayed by Kolhapure and newcomer Rishi Bhutani. — Bollywood Hungama
Anil Kapoor Joins the Cast of 24 Slumdog Millionare star and Bollywood legend Anil Kapoor has joined the cast of the hit TV series 24 as a series regular for season eight! The 49-year-old Indian actor will play a Middle Eastern leader who comes to the U.S. on a peacemaking mission. This will be Kapoor’s debut on international TV. Kapoor joins the elite list of actors like Kabir Bedi, Dalip Tahil, and Shilpa Shetty to make it to the international TV circuit. Guess the number twenty-four is lucky for the actor since it is also his day of birth. Season 8 follows the immortal Jack Bauer getting pulled into a fight against an assassination scheme made public during a peace conference between President Allison Taylor of the United States and President Omar Hassan (played by Anil Kapoor) of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan.
Aamir Khan says Atithi Devo Bhava Not only does he make films with perfection but Aamir Khan also takes his initiatives very seriously. For the past year, he has been working hand in hand with the Ministry for Tourism to spread the message of “Atithi Devo Bhava.” This has been an honorary commitment that Khan has made and he isn’t charging any remuneration for it. For him, it’s all about promoting India’s rich heritage and sensitizing Indians about the fact that they are hospitable people. The campaign made quite an impact the last time with Khan appealing to the public to stop defacing national monuments and to be cordial to the tourists. The new ad films that Khan is now working on with Rang De Basanti director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will be a bit different. Khan will be seen as a sutradhar (narrator) in the films. Khan puts his best foot forward in all his endeavors, now he is asking the citizens of India to put their best foot forward while playing the host. — Bollywood Hungama
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Light Classical Forms Dhamaar Although the origins of Dhamaar are not well established, it is one of the most popular light classical musical forms in Hindustani Classical Music. The rhythm to which dhamaar is set is also called the dhamaar taal or dhamaar rhythm, which has 14 beats or matras. Contemporary Khyaal singers like to sing dhamaar or hori geet songs in taal Deepchandee, 14 beats or in Teentaal, 16 beats. The words of dhamaar generally describe the divine love between Lord Krishna and his consort Radha. Dhamaar songs are based on a spring festival known as “Hori.” The theme of these songs is the color festival of Braj Bhoomi, Ras-Leela, the playful dances of the Gopis, Lord Krishna and his friends are the favorite subjects. Layakari and Gamak are the attractions of this style and it is a difficult and vigorous form of classical music, just like Dhrupad. Following some Dhrupad,
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are outside these circles, i.e. with the world at large. He said, “I don’t care much about other people. Daily I am facing so many personal problems. Where is the time to be concerned about other people? There is nothing that I can do about the wars that are going on or about the poverty in the world.” About the nature of his personal problems he said, “Everyday some business-related problems and family issues crop up.” In the business world, I have to be constantly vigilant so that I am not deceived or cheated by some selfish crook. I have to make sure that I remain ahead of my competitors. In the family, whenever someone’s expectation is not met there is a lot of hue and cry. Being the head of the family, I have to face lot of turmoil. By the end of the day, I am dead tired.” Even the children exhibit so much rivalry and feel jealous of each other. They sometime become aggressive and assertive and make me feel guilty. Everyone demands attention.” About the impact of the problems on his body and mind he said, “I realize that any tension in the mind affects my health. But I cannot help. Sometime I get very much bored and frustrated and I want to run away from this prison but I can’t. I am so much attached to the family. They all depend upon me. One time I had an argument with my wife. She threatened to leave me. I was totally devastated. There was so much anxiety and fear in my mind. Luckily she did not carry out the threat. Where would she go? She is dependent on me economically and psychologically and moreover we have to take care of the children together. So we are tied to each other forever. They say pleasure and pain are the two sides of the same coin. So life goes on.” He added, “I am telling you all this because you are my close friend. No one else knows about what is going on in my family. From the image that I project to the outside world everyone knows that I am a very happy go lucky fellow.” I asked him if he really loves the family members. He replied, “Yes, I do, otherwise I would not be working so hard to cater to their ever-increasing demands and desires.” From the above conversation it is clear that thinking is the foundation on which we have built the whole structure of our relationships. There is always a motive behind our thinking. The motive decides the action. From childhood the mind is being conditioned to think in terms of the “me” and “you.” We are trained to make self-interest and self-concern as the main focus in life. This self-enclosing and self-isolating thinking process governs life. From childhood the mind is educated to treat itself as the center of the universe. The child is made to strive, up to the limits of his capacity, to make the rest of the universe minister to his selfish purposes. When a child is born there is natural relationship between the mother and the child and then between the father and the child. He receives love, affection and care. This natural relationship gets corrupted when the parents start interfering with the natural growth and development of the child. They want the child to conform to the society. Parents, themselves being part and parcel of the society, want the child to fit into the society. Through comparison, through the system of
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By Chandan Sen The Wisdom of Crowds As I write, the climate change conference in Copenhagen is deadlocked on certain issues between the rich nations and the poor. While negotiators struggle to reach common ground, the crowd outside the conference hall jeer and say, ”If the climate had been a major failing bank the rich nations would scramble to save it.” Meanwhile on American public TV I heard a debate between the followers of the two famous economists of the past, Keynes and Hayek, who held diametrically opposite viewpoints as to the role of governments in intervening in financial crises. Briefly, Keynes said that governments should intervene to avoid huge and painful unemployment problems in a failing economy. Hayek, on the other hand favored a hands-off policy on the part of government, saying that market forces would eventually right a failing economy. Personally, I think that two opposing cultures cannot be compared, just as apples and oranges can’t. The Queen of France, two centuries ago, when told of poor people’s plight, asked in mock innocence,” If they can’t eat bread why don’t they eat cake?” Likewise, the Emperor of Ethiopia, facing large scale famine in his own country, refused to intervene. It’s all a case of “whether to be good or whether to be strong.” Granted, in the long run we’re all dead, and it is easy for some people to turn a deaf ear to the plight of those with whom they can’t relate, and who are far away. The ultimate policy followed will of course depend on who’s in charge of the government at the given moment. Thus Republicans favor Hayek and Democrats opt for Keynes, and so we have big government now that Democrats control Capitol Hill. My mother used to repeat a saying that she’d learnt in her childhood which said in effect, that “whoever goes to Lanka becomes Ravana.” So whoever is in power follows his or her way, whether it be Keynes or Hayek. Meanwhile the crowds on the streets of Copenhagen grow ever more raucous, and following the wisdom of crowds, shout, in effect, “The Emperor is wearing no clothes!” Half-confident, Half-despairing India’s strides since gaining Independence have been massive. We have increased our electricity generation enormously and rapidly enlarged our yearly tonnage of manufacturing capacity in all the core sectors - steel, cement, paper, fertilizer and the like. This increase in GDP would have had a significant impact on the per capita real income had it not been for our unbounded population growth, which has negated the growth in all other sectors. Granted, the Indian economy has grown at a rapid clip of 8-9 percent in the last few years. From all indicators the midJanuary 2010
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The Karachi KSE-100 started CY2009 at 5,753 and plunged to the 4,900s during Mumbai Sensex: 17,119.62 Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 9,025.83 1Q2009 (this represented a shave-off of nearly 10,000 Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 10,471.86 points off its records in the 15,000s that were reached NASDAQ Composite (USA): 2,190.34 during April 2008), however, the index consolidated S & P 500 Index (USA): 1,106.93 and managed to recover quite handsomely. The KSE100 managed to re-claim the 10,000 level during Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 46.70 = $1.00, October 2009 before some profit taking and concerns Pakistani Rs. 84.30 = $1.00 about general unrest dragged the index back down to the 9,000 range. Gold Price: $983/ ounce (Mumbai) Silver Price: $17.08 / ounce (Mumbai) The Pakistani Rupee began 2008 at PKR 62.10 to the US Dollar and ended the year at PKR 79.00 to the (Note —- Mumbai prices quoted in U.S. dollars were calculated using the above exchange rate and the metric factor US Dollar (a decline of 22 percent) and the currency of 28.6 grams equals 1 ounce. Generally speaking, there are has slipped even further to PKR 84.15 to the US Dollar slight variances in prices of precious metals between India (which represents an additional 5.5 percent decline & U.S.A. due to market conditions / exchange rates). during CY2009). The fact that overseas Pakistanis Despite many economic challenges and the Satyam have been sending money back home has helped the implosion during the beginning of the year, the Indian equity markets show gains and has helped the equity markets have had a very decent 2009 and at Pakistani Rupee from declining even further. During 4Q2009, Wall Street continued its strong the time of writing this column, the Sensex was in the tone and the Dow moved into the 10,400 range - this 17,000 range which represents a nearly 70 percent gain for CY2009. Real Estate in Mumbai, Delhi and the represents a 4,000 point recovery from the March larger metros collapsed during the peak of the finan- 2009 lows. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite concial crisis, however, they have started to recover as tinued their aggressive upward movements as well. more NRIs (non-resident Indians) purchase second Many companies are starting to report better results, homes and investment properties in India, and many especially in the financial sectors. Several leading ecoNRIs have become Reverse-NRIs (NRIs who have nomic indicators have shown moderate improvements as well and monthly job losses continue, albeit at a moved back to India). The Indian Rupee was fairly steady against the US declining pace - the latest reading on unemployment Dollar during CY2009, trading in a range of INR44-49 stood at 10 percent. The last time we saw double-digit to the Dollar. Many technology companies have also unemployment was in 1983 and even though the reported improving financial pictures and several economy may be recovering technically, it is expected major investment houses have expressed long-term to be several years before Main Street feels the comebullishness on India. Although the Indian economy back and therefore, unemployment is expected to had its share of setbacks during late 2008-early 2009 remain elevated for a significant period of time: this along with everyone else around the globe, India has time, it will be a much more difficult, different and started to recover faster because of its technology longer comeback than was witnessed in the early to hubs, relatively young workforce and the still-expand- mid 1980s. Every year, the Federal Reserve Board meets eight ing middle-class consumer sector - this has indeed times to review economic data, monetary policy, and been reflected in the rapid comeback within the equimake appropriate adjustments to interest rates as ty markets. Global aviation major Boeing today indicated that deemed appropriate. The current remarkably low rates have certainly over the next decade, it is pursuing a 30 percent share benefited consumers who have mortgages and other in the US $100 billion Indian defense market. “Looking types of loan products, however, savers have certainat the growing Indian defense market, Boeing currently sees a 10-year business potential of USD 31 bil- ly felt the pinch of low rates as well. The Fed is conlion for our company, which includes potential sales of tinuously monitoring the economy and economic data. fighter aircraft, maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters “Cheap Money” in the USA and around the world has and strategic lift aircraft,” Boeing Integrated Defense certainly helped the markets recover from the “panic System India head Vivek Lall indicated at a conference lows” that were seen during March and April 2009. in New Delhi. Boeing’s offerings to Indian defense With the interest rates being remarkably low, returns forces include its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, on traditionally conservative instruments such as savChinook heavy-lift choppers, Apache AH-64D attack continued on page 112 January 2010
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Choosing the Right Program for Tax Return Preparation and Filing In recent years every aspect of our lives has been transformed by technology. Just as Google and Online Shopping have become part of our lives, preparing and filing tax returns is no exception to the internet revolution. Almost 75 percent of individual tax returns are paperless and received by the IRS through the electronic filing (E-file) service and $180 Billion in tax refunds is paid electronically through direct deposit. Paper returns are quickly becoming a thing of the past, but there is still the difficulty of choosing the right tax program and getting maximum tax refund from the IRS with peace of mind. Can I self-file my Tax Return using Online Tax Program? Most individual tax payers can self-file their tax return using an online tax program. However as per the data released by the IRS, close to two-thirds of the tax payers still find comfort in having their tax returns prepared by a tax professional. Individual preferences and complexity of tax situations continue to drive individual and small business tax payers to work with tax professionals. There are advantages in filing the tax return using online programs: 1) Working at your own pace. 2) Convenience of filing taxes while watching a football game at home. 3) Saving money with lower tax filing costs. 4) Simulating different financial scenarios and tax situations. 5) Quick and easy access to tax refund money. How to Choose the Right Tax Program Key factors to consider while selecting a good do-ityourself tax software program: • Phone Support: Select a company that offers phone support in case of an issue while preparing the return. • Tax Law updates: Make sure the software is updated with the most recent changes in tax laws. • Data Protection: Make sure the online E-file provider uses secure technology to transmit data. Identity theft is a real issue and tax returns contain your confidential data. • Tax Deductions: Good tax software will have a stepby-step guide asking questions and dig up tax deductions. • Accuracy and Guarantee: Check if the company offers guarantee for accuracy of the program. In most cases the guarantee may be limited only to the extent of the fees paid for the program. You may be out of luck, if an error results in IRS penalty of $1000. January 2010
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Taking the Media out of Social Media I’ve heard older business owners look at Twitter and Facebook as something their kids and grandkids are “playing at” with their friends. Apparently, they’re not alone. More than 80 percent of internet users in the United States are still not on Twitter, however, one in four page views in the U.S. goes to Facebook. Those are huge numbers when you consider how many other sites are vying for our attention: news sites, blogs, eBay, Youtube, Amazon, Myspace...the list goes on. So, how do we propose a Social Media campaign for the client who throws up the Great Wall of China when we bring up “Social Media” in its basic form? “An internet and new media based program that begins a Word of Mouth conversation.” Simple…we take the media out of the Social Media. Some clients need older methods before we can bring them forward to the new way of doing business marketing today. If we try to force it on them too soon, they’re going to resist, continue doing business as is, until it fails, or they retire and they either sell the business, or a younger family member takes over. (One who will most likely adopt a Social Media campaign.) But for the current curmudgeon or stubborn but sweet business owner, shoving Social Media down their throats is not going to work. Like Seth Godin teaches us in “The Dip” sometimes you have to know when to quit. A Social Media campaign from which the Media has been removed starts at the floor of their business. It’s back to the basics of customer service. Is their staff properly trained and empowered to handle a customer complaint, crisis, and to rectify a problem if the owner isn’t around? If not, what they have is an employee standing around saying, “Um, I dunno what to do…the owner’s not here….” All this does is anger the customer, make the business look unprofessional, and spread a bad image of the business throughout the community. An employee who has been properly trained to handle a crisis or has been empowered to rectify a situation on the spot looks confident, and makes the establishment appear well organized. When an irate customer comes in with an issue and the employee is calm and listens to the complaint, the situation is diffused. If the employee has the power and authority to immediately right the wrong with a refund or replacement, the problem has been solved successfully and in the best interest of the customer. A patron who will return leaves the establishment prepared to tell at least three friends about the satisfactory experience. Naturally, their staff needs to handle more than just customer complaints properly, they need to be happy about their work. Either their attitude and desire to do a good job are genuine while they’re on the clock, or they need to be replaced. Keeping an employee on board who is not measuring up to standards makes no sense when there are so many applicants in the market today who will eagerly fill a post and perform tasks with January 2010
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Palitana continued from page 14 show the tirthankars that I was worthy. On the way I passed plenty of other struggling pilgrims, but they all seemed to be going downhill. (And plenty of pilgrims being carried down in pure comfort, sitting in dooli swing chairs lugged around by wiry men. Interestingly most of the people in doolis were fat, and I idly wondered whether the merit gained by a visit to the temples would be cancelled out if you paid someone else to carry you there and back. I rather hoped so, as I sweated my way up the marble slide.) Most sensible people make the ascent in the morning before the heat of the midday sun, but my schedule had seen me on a bus all morning, and I’d set off just after lunch. Those coming down, apart from saying, “You too late, very hot,” all the time, were delightful, and most of them were only too happy to say hello and pass the time of day. One guy pressed Rs1.25 into my hand as he passed and said, “For the temple, give to temple,” (which, of course, I did) and another waved me down for a rest and a pidgin chat. His English was as limited as his enthusiasm was unbounded. ‘Nem?’ he inquired. ‘My name’s Mark. What’s yours?’ ‘Uh,’ he grunted. ‘Oh. Have you been visiting the temple?’ ‘Uh.’ ‘So, is it worth the climb?’ ‘Uh.’ ‘Ah.’ ‘Uh.’ ‘Um, I think I think I’ll be going up, then.’ ‘Uh.’ ‘Bye-bye.’ ‘Bye-bye.’ His fluency was comparatively good. Most of the kids greeted me with an enthusiastic “Bye-bye,” much as they’d done in Mandu, while one came out with the wonderful “Hello-bye” and others struggled through to ask, “Country name?” But the friendliness of the Gujarati Jains shone through, and eventually I reached the top, intrigued to see what it was these kind people were worshipping.
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every Indian temple. My lonely trek through the temples on the Place of Victory was really quite spooky at times. However, the worst part about any temple is the everpresent charge-for-camera-and-shoes scam, and unfortunately Palitana is no exception. I have no objection to paying for entry into a temple, and I have no objection to paying someone to guard my shoes while I’m inside and barefoot, but at Palitana the people in charge of payment were such shifty characters that it felt wrong to hand over the money to them rather than into a locked donations box. I strolled up to pay for a ticket and you could tell they were going to try for more than just the Rs25 entrance fee: four fat men sat behind protective desks, exuding an attitude of ‘I’m in charge and if I can’t be bothered to let you in there’s nothing you can do about it’, and they instantly tried to squeeze things out of me. “You smoke?” said the man with the shiniest moustache. “No,” I said, knowing full well he was after a cigarette and knowing full well that even if I had some, which I didn’t, he wasn’t going to get one. “Smoking is injurious to health,” I continued, quoting the Indian government health warning stamped on every packet. “Do you smoke?” “Yes,” he said. “Then you will die young,” I said, smiling facetiously. “Can I have a camera permit, please?” “You have coins?” he tried. “It’s 25 rupees for the permit,” I said, “and I’ll give you one hundred. You give me 75 rupees change. No coins necessary. Here you go, 100 rupees.” Seeing this, he uttered the war cry of every shop owner in India, irrespective of the status of their top pockets: “No change.” “Then I guess there is no money for you,” I said and turned for the door, which immediately produced the expected result and the expected change. “Thanks,” I said. “Where is the donations box?” I asked, and they produced it for me to put the kind pilgrim’s coins in, grumbling at me as if it was a major effort to reach behind the desk for the box. “Honestly,” I muttered to myself as I stomped out of the office, “so much for a friendly welcome.” Though perhaps this criticism of the impious placated the Jain prophets because the sun broke through the clouds long enough for me to explore the main enclosure and get my money’s worth. It was amazing.
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that on a clear day you can see the sea from Palitana, but all I could see were puddles reflecting. It wasn’t unpleasant though, and I took a slow horse cart back to the hotel for Rs20, handing over a pretty tatty Rs20 note at the end and wandering off. “No good,” tapped a voice on my shoulder, and turning round I saw a young man holding out my battered Rs20 note; the old man who owned the tonga had obviously sent his young sidekick after me to get a better note. It’s a common problem in India: notes become disgusting fairly quickly and hardly ever see the inside of a bank to get replaced, and if a note’s particularly lacerated you’ll have grave problems getting rid of it. Funnily enough you can have the most leprous note that nobody will accept, but put it inside a clear plastic sheath and staple it shut, and it’s fine. My Rs20 note was having more problems holding itself together than Michael Jackson, but I wasn’t in the mood for an argument, so I just said, “OK then,” grabbed my note back with a smile, ducked under a horse’s head and sauntered off into the bus station to check some bus times.
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That worked. Seeing your hard-earned cash disappearing into the crowd is enough to motivate even the most relaxed rickshaw driver, and sure enough the man came running after me shouting, “OK, OK, OK,” and accepted the money. It felt great to win for once, especially in a place like Palitana, which, the Place of Victory aside, is a depressing place that deserves no more mention in this travelogue. I’ll also gloss over the journey from Palitana to Diu because this is supposed to be a family show and unnecessary swearing simply isn’t required. Unlike on the journey itself...
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West Indies visit Australia By Rajesh Ganatra The Indian Premier League will include two more teams from the 2011 season and will auction the franchise rights at a base price of $225 million, the league's commissioner Lalit Modi announced late last month. That figure - double of what the most expensive franchise was sold for in 2008 and more than four times the base price in that first auction - is, in an uncertain market, a sign of the league's confidence in itself and the Twenty20 format. That valuation is all the more surprising given that the franchises will almost certainly be based in relatively small markets the metros and bigger cities already have teams. The favourites to be host cities for the two teams are Ahmedabad and Lucknow. However, signs of the IPL's growing net worth were evident in February when Rajasthan Royals, the then IPL champions, sold a 11.7 percent stake in their franchise for approximately US$15.4 million. That put the valuation of the franchise at around $140m, more than double the $67m paid for it a year previously.
1st Test: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane Nov 26-30, 2009 Result: AUS won by an Innings and 65 runs 1st Inn - AUS 480/8 [d], 135.0 overs 1st Inn - WI 228/all out, 63.0 overs 2nd Inn - WI 187/all out, 52.1 overs 2nd Test: Australia v West Indies at Adelaide Dec 4-8, 2009 Result: Match Drawn 1st Inn - WI 451/all out, 124.1 overs 1st Inn - AUS 439/all out, 131.1 overs 2nd Inn - WI 317/all out, 99.5 overs 2nd Inn - AUS 212/5, 76.0 overs
3rd Test: Australia v West Indies at Perth Dec 16-20, 2009 1st ODI: Australia v West Indies at Melbourne Feb 7, 2010 2nd ODI: Australia v West Indies at Adelaide Feb 9, 2010 3rd ODI: Australia v West Indies at Sydney Feb 12, 2010 4th ODI: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane Here is a recap of ongoing cricket action. Feb 14, 2010 5th ODI: Australia v West Indies at Melbourne Sri Lanka visits India Feb 19, 2010 3rd Test: India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai - Dec 2-6, 2009 1st T20I: Australia v West Indies at Hobart Result: IND won by an Innings and 24 runs Feb 21, 2010 1st Inn - SL 393/all out, 94.4 overs 2nd T20I: Australia v West Indies at Sydney 1st Inn - IND 726/9 [d], 163.3 overs Feb 23, 2010 2nd Inn - SL 309/all out, 100.4 overs Pakistan visits New Zealand 1st T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur - Dec 9, 2009 1st Test: New Zealand vs. Pakistan - Nov 24-28, Result: SL won by 29 runs 2009 @ University Oval, Dunedin SL 215/5, 20.0 overs Result: NZ won by 32 runs IND 186/9, 20.0 overs 1st Inn - NZ 429/all out, 131.5 overs 1st Inn - PAK 332/all out, 96.5 overs 2nd T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Mohali - Dec 12, 2009 2nd Inn - NZ 153/all out, 67.0 overs Result: IND won by six  wickets 2nd Inn - PAK 218/all out, 76.0 overs SL 206/7, 20.0 overs IND 211/4, 19.1 overs 2nd Test: New Zealand vs. Pakistan - Dec 3-7, 2009 @ Basin Reserve, Wellington 1st ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Rajkot - Dec 15, 2009 Result: PAK won by 141 runs 2nd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam - Dec 1st Inn - PAK 264/all out, 88.2 overs 18, 2009 1st Inn - NZ 99/all out, 36.5 overs 3rd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack - Dec 21, 2009 2nd Inn - PAK 239/all out, 86.3 overs 4th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata - Dec 24, 2009 2nd Inn - NZ 263/all out, 82.5 overs 5th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Delhi - Dec 27, 2009 3rd Test: New Zealand v Pakistan - Dec 11-15, 2009 @ McLean Park, Napier 5th ODI: South Africa v England at Durban - Dec Match in progress - Stumps Day 3 1st Inn - PAK 223/all out, 64.3 overs 4, 2009 1st Inn - NZ 471/all out, 139.0 overs Result: Match abandoned without a ball bowled 2nd Inn - PAK 128/no loss, 56.0 overs 1st Test: South Africa v England at Centurion For updates on cricket matches visit saathee.com Dec 16-20, 2009 England visits South Africa
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Method: First the spicy tomato sauce: Warm the oil in a small saucepan. Sizzle the garlic in the oil for a few seconds. Add the pepper flakes, salt, caraway, and coriander and cook briefly, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the omelet. For the omelet: Warm the oil in a large well-seasoned or nonstick skillet, add the onions, and cook on mediumhigh heat for about 3 minutes, until they soften and begin to turn translucent. Stir in the salt, caraway, coriander, and potatoes and cook for about a minute. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover, and cook on medium-low heat until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often and check for sticking; add more water if necessary. While the potatoes cook, in a bowl, beat the eggs with 2 tablespoons of water. When the potatoes are tender, pour the eggs over them and cook on medium-low heat. When the eggs begin to set, lift the cooked edges while you tilt the pan so the uncooked egg slips under, onto the hot skillet. Sprinkle on cheese, cover, and cook on low heat until the eggs are set and the cheese is melted. Divide the omelet into quarters. Serve topped with the spicy tomato sauce. - Recipe courtesy of the Moosewood Collective Fontina Polenta & Wild Mushrooms Ingredients: 4 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 pound fresh wild mushrooms such as shiitake, crimini, or portabella, thinly sliced 2 cups vegetable stock 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 3 ounces Fontina cheese, diced 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Method: Combine the water and salt in a saucepan that and bring to a boil. Add the cornmeal in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until the mixture starts to thicken, about two minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Heat the oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until lightly toasted, 3 min. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 5 min. Add the stock, salt, pepper, thyme, and rosemary and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 min. Stir in the parsley and set aside. Remove the cooked polenta from the heat and stir in the Fontina cheese and milk. Continue stirring until the cheese is melted. Spoon one cup of the polenta into each of four bowls and top each serving with 1/2 cup of the sauce. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese over each one.
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reward and punishment, the parents and the society encourage the child to compete and become successful in order to serve mainly his interests and the interests of the family members. Education is concerned with the cultivation of intellect and not of intelligence. No learning takes place about the totality and wholeness of life. Attachment and possessiveness form the basis of family relationships. Attachment is mistaken as an indication of love. The pursuit of personal pleasure and personal gain become the norm of life. Even the physical health is neglected. From early childhood habits are formed to eat food that caters to the taste buds with little care given to its nutritional value. No opportunity is given to the child to explore if there is something beyond thought based materialistic existence. Appreciation of beauty, sensitivity to nature, and responsibility toward environment and fellow human beings is given very little significance. Living in the vast world we create these small circles of relationship that are very limited. This very limitation becomes the cause of strife and suffering in the world. Conflicting desires, demands and expectations inevitably create tension and stress. We want to solve the problems arising out of conflicting interests without touching the root cause of human predicament. Need for psychological security forms the basis of self-interest and self-interest forms the basis of relationship. Psychologically, thinking is rooted in the idea of the “me” being separate from “you.” This naturally creates division between “me” and “you.” We take these divisions for granted because these divisions exist all over the world. Our own thinking creates these divisions and we treat these divisions as part of our “human nature.” The fact is that the “self” by its very nature is not secure. It is based on an idea. The idea about who “I” am. Idea is not the reality. But thinking treats the “self” as real. Because of this illusion, thinking is all the time trying to provide a sense of security, certainty, stability and permanency to the “self.” This motive is ingrained in our thinking process. For example, thinking creates the feeling of certainty through the process of attachment with people, property, and with ideas and beliefs. Because of our own need for psychological security, we get attached to certain people and we call that attachment – love. But in the process we get isolated from other people to whom we are not attached. Unfortunately, attachment does not provide the certainty we seek because it is dependent on the whims, requirements, desires and demands of people on whom we depend. An individual can never feel secure as long as he is isolating himself from the rest of the world. There is no way that an individual can be free from fear, loneliness and anxiety so long as the cause of the problem is not deeply understood. The understanding of the cause is the ending of the cause. Truth can come into being only when the false is seen as the false. Your comments and questions are most welcome.
sufficient in the modern world. As a Japanese entrepreneur has said succinctly, one makes, one sells and one counts. Thus a businessman must wear at least three hats, the producer, the marketer and the accountant. The East, it is said, is a huge market. If you step inside a typical market you’ll see all the above principles at work. In the services sector also, we see that India has become a specialized call-center hub. Why indeed India has become an IT paradise while China is a manufacturing power is mysterious, and involves historical and linguistic reasons, at the very least. While mass markets are here to stay, most small businesses and individuals wishing to sell their products and services keenly feel the need of niche markets. Until recently, these businesses had to identify their customers, target their offerings and find a way to reach their audiences. The Internet has changed all that. Especially, Google words has made it easy to link potential buyers with eager sellers. By providing a huge “switchboard” which magically connects buyers and sellers, Google words has made it eerily possible for matchmaking to occur. The next best thing to telepathy has arrived, and the entire globe has become one vast marketplace.
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Community Focus Events of Note Nuv Yug’s India Fest 2010 Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage, striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Nuv Yug’s online system for India Fest 2010 is open now. Visit the website and review various guidelines. Once you have registered a userid, you will be provided your very own dashboard to keep track of your activities on the website. The deadline for most submissions ranges from December 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010. Review the appropriate guideline from the sign in page. India Fest 2010 Auditions are on Sat. Feb. 13, 2010 at the Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. India Fest 2010 Main Event will be held on Sat and Sun, March 20-21, 2010, Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Info: email@example.com. www.nuvyug.org. Boogie Woogie North Carolina The acclaimed Indian dance competition to be held in Raleigh area on the February 28, 2010. Junior and Senior finalists will represent North Carolina at the nationals to be held in Chicago. For more detial contact Latha Pamarthi at 919.624.1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org. / www.boogiewoogienc.com. Boogie Woogie India Website: www.boogiewoogieindia.com Suryanamaskar Yagna 2010 The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) announces its fourth year Surya Namaskar Yajna to create awareness among the people about Yoga and its advantages in achieving a healthy body, mind and spirit. Each year Hindus worldwide celebrate January 14 as Makar Sankranti – a day that marks a change of season as the sun enters the sign of Capricorn or Makar. Makar Sankranti ushers in longer days; thus the festivity symbolizes sunshine in life. Therefore, to mark this occasion, HSS will conduct a collective Surya Namaskar Yajna from January 16 31, 2010. This year the HSS also invites community groups, Yoga centers and students of all ages to participate and learn, this unique Yoga and continue practicing beyond the Health for Humanity Marathon. This will be the third Surya Namaskar Yajna (SNY) since it was first launched in 2007. The sun is the source of energy for all life on earth. Surya Namaskar is a combination of yoga postures, called “asana(s)”, performed in a pre-determined sequence, in appreciation January 2010
of this extremely valuable solar energy. They are a set of well-balanced movements that will stretch and exercise all the muscles in the body, thus keeping the body and mind healthy. HSS conducts a collective Surya Namaskar Yajna every year. The collective goal is to do one million Surya Namaskars in the sixteenday span. Last year, over 6,500 people from 32 states participated in this marathon and offered 700,000 Surya Namaskar. This program is open to people of all ages, gender, and races. It is free and includes weekly workshops in Shaka/Balagokulam conducted every Sunday from 4:15 - 5:45pm at the Cary-Morrisville Hindu Bhavan, Sai Baba mandir hall, Morrisville, NC. For more information about this event contact in the Triangle area contact Venu Rao at 919.324.2958 or email@example.com / www.hssus.org/sny. TAGCA Maha Sankranthi Celebrations TAGCA is celebrating Maha Sankranthi Celebrations at Providence High School in Charlotte on January 23, 2010 beginning at 4 pm. The event includes, music, dances, cooking competition, Muggulu (Rangoli), Bhogi Pallu for kids. The program is open and free to public. Providence High School, 1800 PinevilleMatthews Road. Visit www.tagca.org for more information or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704.786.9644.
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(GA) Patel from the current AAHOA board of directors. The event featured over 70 vendors. An educational seminar focused on the current bank and financing issues that are affecting the membership. Representatives from the SBA, CDC, HFS Financing, and BBT were part of a panel discussion that was focused on the financing options that are still available in the current economic climate. This session had almost 100 attendees. Karen Hoskins of the SBA presented the current SBA financing options that hoteliers have along with other supporting programs offered by the SBA. This was supplemented with discussion from Richard Vitolo of Centralina Development (CDC), Scott Corrigan of Hospitality Finance and Ranjit Rawley of BB&T. During the regional there was also an AAHOA Women’s meeting. In many cases the women are significantly involved with the day to day operations of the hotels and the association. In North Carolina there are two women ambassadors who have been quite involved in the association. The focus of the regional has always been the business meeting, which this year included guest speakers the Charlotte Mayor-Elect Anthony Foxx, representing Governor Bev. Purdue’s office Peter Reichard, and former Chairman of AAHOA Ravi Patel. Members were updated on the current issues that the board has been discussing over the last six months and were given the opportunity to ask the officers any questions that they may have regarding AAHOA. During the business meeting, there was also a session involving legal discussion with attorneys. The panel discussion was moderated by Samir Patel (Kumar-Pathak) who asked the questions to Kirtan Patel (Kumar-Pathak), Anshu Pathak (Kumar-Pathak) and Mahesh Patel (Patel and Associates). Attendees were given pointers and direction on what steps and procedures to follow to protect themselves during this e c o n o m i c downturn. This portion of the meeting was extremely significant and will likely be part of one of the educational breakout sessions at the AAHOA national meeting to be held June 16-19, 2010 in Chicago. The evening was capped with food and then entertainment provided by the group Black. This group is comprised of all blind entertainers who are exceptional singers. CROP SEVA Day On November 8, 2009 over 200 members from the Children’s Religious Oriented Program (CROP) family spent their Saturday afternoon for someone else. January 2010
Spread throughout the Charlotte area, these Hindu Center youth made a powerful impact through community outreach for the first CROP Seva Day. The concept of “seva” goes beyond the simple translation of “service,” rather seva is service with deep heartfelt care - a sincere act performed for the upliftment and benefit of a fellow human being. Reflections on SEVA Day revealed the students and adult volunteers had a wonderful experience through their respective service activities. Many youth shared how they became more aware of the society around them and how they developed an appreciation for all they have been blessed with. Additionally, a common theme was acknowledging the ability to give something unconditionally and having the opportunity to make a direct positive impact in another person’s life. Some of the activities and focus of the groups are highlighted below. Nourishment: Children from the kindergarten to third grade classes assembled at the Hindu Center to put together food packages for children at Thomasboro Elementary School. These youngsters put together about 50 packages of peanut butter, jelly, cereal, granola bars, juice boxes, apple sauce, rice, beans and canned goods. To add a festive element, the youngest children created leaf rubbings and put them on the boxes while older students wrote a kind note. Clothes and toiletries were also collected for donation. Compassion: The residents of Brighton Garden Nursing Home were treated as honorary grandparents for a day by a group of second and third grade CROP students. Indian culture was the focus of the afternoon. Children performed dances, shared artifacts, and displayed photos and projects. The next round was dedicated purely to fun. Everyone participated in games and the highlight was an intense session of Bingo. Devotion: The fourth and fifth graders had the earlier morning as they gathered at 9:15am at Loaves and Fishes Food Center. Before they began their tasks, a member of the staff explained to the children the purpose of the center and how it assists families in need by proving them with food during emergency situations. The morning was spent sorting through five huge cartons of food. Consideration: Middle school students of CROP spent their afternoon at Charlotte Emergency Housing, a homeless shelter for working families. They were present on a special day as the organization was hosting an Alumni party for residents who were able to move forward with their lives. The students brought desserts and volunteered with the children of the families. Humanity: A group of sixth to twelfth graders did a range of activities at St. Peter’s Catholic Samaritan House. The residents of this non-profit home dedicated to providing recuperative care for the homeless had an entirely Indian vegetarian lunch provided by CROP. The afternoon continued with yardwork and cleaning assistance. Affection: The oldest CROP members, high school students, spent their afternoon at the Salvation Army Center of Hope with several activities planned for the mothers and children who lived there. A table was set up with various Indian snacks and sweets and residents had the opportunity to taste and learn about Indian food. Indian board games were hosted inside while cricket and bowling were played outdoors.
Seva Day also marked the beginning of the Hindu Center Go Green Initiative. As a culture and religion that values nature highly, a group of students and adults gathered to start off the initial planning stages to ensure that beliefs are reflected within organizational activities. Ideas of recycling, cutting wasteful products and conserving energy were all discussed. Children’s Day 2009 India’s first Prime Minister, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 14 and his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day in India. He loved children and enjoyed interacting with them. Children
called him Chacha Nehru. The Heritage India Association celebrated Children’s Day from 11 am 3 pm on November 14, 2009 at the Hindu Society Cultural Hall in Morrisville. Three children – Jaisal Amin (“Youth Role Model Heritage Award”), Priyanka Reddi (“Youth Excellence in Indian Classical Dance –Bharatnatyam Heritage Award”) and Roshni Verma (“Youth Excellence In Community Services Heritage Award”) were recognized for their merits, accomplishments and unique talents. Prakash Devalapalli presented them with a profusely illustrated hardbound volume on India as an appreciation while Harsha Shah and Mrs. Sharma adorned them in Indian tradition by putting an Indian shawl around their shoulders. Mrs. Sharma also addressed the audience with her remarks on the importance of children and Children’s Day. The event is organized by Heritage India Association of N.C. in collaboration with Hindu Society of N. C. to teach children the value of art, traditions, heritage and culture of India. The first Children’s Day was celebrated at the Marbles Kids Museum in 2007. This celebration aims to bring children from all parts of India together to perform in a fun-filled setting and experience a mosaic of Indian cultural arts and traditions. The children were completely involved in planning, organizing, and presenting the program items. While Vidya Bhat and Sonali Sethi presented the program segments creatively as Emcees — Nafisa Shaikh kept the show going smoothly as stage manager. There were three musical performances and as many as 18 dances – folk as well as classical - performed by more than 130 children ranging from 4 years to 15 years of age. Ramesh Patel, a Triangle area Mehandi artist, did face-painting and mehandi for the children at no charge and five UNC students offered Art workshop for the children. the musical and dance performances, presented by the students of prominent musicians and choreographers showcased the balance and quality of the performers. — Yash Garg
Hearing Nepal in North Carolina by Kubacka Sometimes fantastic things can come together at the last minute. Such was the case with Shringara Nepal’s classical music concert at the Tandoor Indian Restaurant in Durham, NC on November 25, 2009. Composed of Parashuram Bhandari on the sarangi, his cousin Achyut Ram Bhandari on tabla, and Parashuram’s student Babette Ackin providing the background drone of the tamboura, Shringara Nepal is in the midst of a U.S. tour that began in October 2009. Shringara Nepal opened their performance with Raga Jog, typically performed in the night. Parashuram began by unfolding the melodic structure of the raag with an abbreviated alap, introducing the audience to the rich resonances of the sarangi’s strings, accompanied only by Babette’s gentle playing of the tamboura. The artists concluded the raag with a sawal jawab, where Achyut Ram repeated Parashuram’s phrases back to him through the tabla. After a short intermission, the artists performed a light classical thumri in Raag Mishra Kafi. To me, pieces of this sort are really the essence of the sarangi. With the instrument’s his- (From left) Babette Ackin, Parashuram Bhandari and Achyut Ram Bhandari. Photo By Daniel J Pesta torical association as the melodic instrument of choice to accompany courtesan singers in performance, one cannot help but to let the mind drift off, recollecting scenes from classic Hindi films such as Pakeezah or Umrao Jaan, where classy courtesan dancers sang poetic songs of love, pain, separation, and profound wonder… all while the sarangi played along in the background. However, the real highlight of the performance was what followed - an extremely rare sight outside of Nepal. Parashuram set down the Indian sarangi to take up the Nepali folk sarangi, a smaller, less developed version of the former. But don’t let “smaller” or “less developed” mislead you; his folk sarangi is a true pleasure to behold – both for the ear as well as the eye. Achyut Ram also gave his tabla a rest and brought out a small double-sided Nepali folk drum known as the madal, on which he gave a basic beat to a series of immensely enjoyable folk songs, including the most popular “Resham Firiri.” After discussions with a few audience members, I learned that these songs celebrated trekking through the beautiful landscape of Nepal, and of course, the ever perennial themes of love and friendship. While Parashurmam’s main intent might be as a classical musician, I must say that it was here in these folk pieces that he really seemed to shine and win the hearts of the audience. The crowd sang and clapped along, and yelled out requests for the next folk tune. This wonderful musical evening was organized by the Nepal Center of North Carolina.
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Community News & Events Charlotte Art Of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 firstname.lastname@example.org www.artofliving.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Road in Charlotte, N.C. Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Bhartiya Association of Lake Norman (BALKN) BALKN organizes several community programs every year. For details about the organization and upcoming events visit www.balkn.org Carolina Sanskritk Maharashta Mandal CSMM - The Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Info: Medha Tannu, email@example.com, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik, email@example.com, 704.904.3636 Carolinas Christian Assembly Charlotte Everyone is coordially invited to join January 2010
for Sunday worship - 9:30 to 10:30 English, 10:45 am-12:00 Malayalam. Address: 3046 Senna Drive, Matthews, N.C 28105 Prayer and Spiritual guidance: 704.323.5834 803.322.9549 704.756.4969 CCAprayerline@gmail.com Carolinas Prayer Fellowship Rev. Dr. Samuel Prabodh Talluri invites everyone living in the North and South Carolina to participate in “Fellowship” Every Sunday Morning in Gastonia, N.C. Info: 704.865.1428 (Jay) 704.824-8698 (Joe) 704.545.1465 (Dayakar) Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, firstname.lastname@example.org Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, email@example.com Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. Info: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), firstname.lastname@example.org 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), email@example.com Charlotte Table-Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours:-Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 PM, Sat. 2-6 PM Sunday 1-5 PM. Info: www.charlottetabletennis.org Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at Saathee 90
least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. Info: 704.277.5013, firstname.lastname@example.org 704.563.5440, email@example.com www.patapa.dhamma.org Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Info: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.onlinecmac.com Dada Bhagwan Group Satsang is conducted every Sunday at 7 pm at the Hindu Center in Charlotte and there is also a Satsang every Thursday. In addition, watch Satsang from Friday to Tuesday at 7 am on TV Asia. The present topics are “Pati-Patni ka Divya Vyahvar” and “Chovis Tirthankar.” The group has recently opened a library for spiritual books, audios and videos. Info: 704.287.3133 www.dadabhagwan.org Datta Yoga Center - Charlotte The group is dedicated to the service of SadGuru Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji through SadGuru Seva, yoga and satsang (singing the glory of god). Regular Activities: Satsang every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 4 7pm. Bhajans composed by Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji are chanted and occasionally video programs produced by Avadhoota Datta Peetham are viewed. including Sri Swamiji’s visit to Manasa Sarovaram, Music for Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. Info: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi) www.dattapeetham.com www.dycusa.org Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in saathee.com
Community News & Events the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ekalvidya.org Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Info: 704.535.3440. www.hcclt.org The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) email@example.com. The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children between the ages of 4 and 13 different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from January 2010
9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 email@example.com. Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Upcoming Events: Fri Apr 23, 2010 (8 pm) - Sitar player Pt. Kushal Das accompanied by Kumar Bose on Tabla. Venue: Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. Sat May 22, 2010 (6 pm) - Vocal Recital by Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande. Venue: Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ipaac.org Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) www.ivaac.org Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in Saathee 92
the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org MaGaReSa Club The MaGaReSa Club is a music outlet for SouthEast Asians who want to develop their musical abilities through regular Bollywood music sessions. Info: www.yahoogroups.com/group/magaresa-indianmusic , or http://magaresa.ning.com or http://www.meetup.com/Bollywood-Music-MeetupGroup/ Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: www.NetIPCharlotte.org saathee.com
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Community News & Events Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. Info: Anju Desai (email@example.com or 980-6220125) and Shubhra Chakraborty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 704-942-4798). www.prathamusa.org. Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: www.probasi.org Sahaj Marg MeditationCharlotte Area Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 email@example.com www.srcm.org Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every January 2010
month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. Info: 704.392.4488 Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 - 8 pm for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “GuruLilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey), firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), email@example.com, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), firstname.lastname@example.org www.gurdwaracharlotte.com SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC. Info: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), email@example.com www.southparkcc.org Srishti of Charlotte Srishti has emerged to fulfill the community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts. The word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together peoSaathee 94
ple of varied cultures, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Info: 704.321.1964 (Samiksha Bose) 704.541.3451 (Santanu Sarkar) 704.882.6115 (Manmatha Chakrovorty) Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. Info: www.geocities.com/steelecreekcricketclub Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA and Hindu Center of Charlotte are conducting Telugu Classes. They are on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 10:30 - 11:30 am and are free for member and non-members alike. Telugu Classes: TAGCA in association with Hindu Center is organizing Telugu Classes at Hindu Center, which will be conducted alternate Sundays. Info: Sreedhar Manjigani 704.965.6704 / www.tagca.org email@example.com United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Info: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629 (Vice Captain-Mohsan) saathee.com
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Community News & Events Greensboro Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. Info: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors, firstname.lastname@example.org; Venky, Triad Tigers, email@example.com. Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Info: 336.420.7290 336.327.1235 www.gujaratisamajoftriad.org Hindu Society of North Carolina at Greensboro The HSNC at Greensboro is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Road. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays & service. Info: 336.621.5848 www.hsnc-triad.org India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) www.iatnc.org Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in January 2010
its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote crosscultural understanding. Info: Madan Rangabasyam Phone : 336-760-5885 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter, offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. 500 videos are available on You Tube. Satsangs in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area include Life Bliss Meditation, video discourse, Q&A, and Nithya Spiritual Healing Prayer, a method of energy healing. Satsang Locations: Weekly Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Weekly - Fridays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 1143 Sequoia Drive, Lewisville, NC 27023. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 www.lifebliss.org Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle , Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 PM. Information: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) Triad Hindu Temple Many who attended the Pratistha Mahotsav filled a survey indicating interest in various programs such as recitals (Soundarya Lahari, Vishnu/Lalitha Sahasranamam, Gita Path,) Bhajans, Balvihar/Teen programs, Yoga, etc. Whoever is interested to lead such events, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details such as event info, contact name/ email/ phone, day and time you would like to schedule the event. One of the committee members will contact Saathee 96
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Community News & Events Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. Info: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlotte region) www.balagokulam.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDOAmerican community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. Info: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), email@example.com 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.banc-online.org Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. The members of the organization meet on the second Saturday of each January 2010
month. On December 12, 2009 Seniors enjoyed the music and songs sung by Amrishbhai Vyas. New Board Members have been elected for the year 2010. In January, a program of Satyanarayan Katha has been announced. Info: Pramila Domadia at 919.387.9171 Bhartiben Patel at 252.236.4391 Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization committed to encouraging and facilitating individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged children since 1979. CRY America’s RDU Action Center has been active since 2001. CRY-RDU invites people to join the enthusiastic volunteer base to contribute ideas or any relevant skills. Info: 919.362.9591(Sarav Arunachalam) firstname.lastname@example.org www.cryrdu.org Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham conducts Balavihar classes for children and youth (preschool to 12th grade) regularly every Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. In addition to classes that are tailored to each age group, lessons include chanting of Bhagavad Gita verses, and singing bhajans. With the theme of Krishna – My Friend, all students this year are learning about Bhakti or devotion to God. All festivals are celebrated along with Prasad for families. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can download registration form from www.chinmaya-rdu.org A regular adult study group/satsang is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as, other locations in the Triangle. All are welcome to attend. Info: www.chinmaya-rdu.org email@example.com Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Saathee 98
Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. Info: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC. Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. Info: 732.865.3173 www.dukediya.com Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) firstname.lastname@example.org www.ekalvidya.org EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. Info: www.ektaa.org saathee.com
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Community News & Events Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) firstname.lastname@example.org GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) email@example.com Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, fine arts, cultural arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520 firstname.lastname@example.org Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Info: 919.851.0225 (Saroj Sharma) 919.423.0365 (V.P. Tiwari) Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat. Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weeklend Language and Spiritual Knowledge January 2010
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919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi) email@example.com www.humsub.net Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 www.forum-nc.org Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Info: www.icmds.org Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender. Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they can not live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall vicitim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) www.iaff1.org Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any saathee.com
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Community News & Events overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. Info: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) www.indusfoundation.info International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 w w w. i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o m m u n i t y church.org International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. Info: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra) www.hindi.org International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The RaleighDurham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan January 2010
bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Info: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) firstname.lastname@example.org www.swaminarayan.info ISKCON of North Carolina The Sri-Sri Radha Golokananda Temple - Iskcon of NC is situated on 16 acres of field and forest with the historic Eno River flowing behind the temple property. The temple is just a few miles off of Routes I-40 & I-85 and located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Daily aarti- 4:30 am, 7:15 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7 pm. Darsana: Monday through Friday 7:30-11:30 am and 4:15-5:45 pm, Saturday all day until 5:45 pm, Sunday all day until 7:30 pm. Sunday Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and it includes kirtan, aarti, Bhagavad Gita discourse, vegetarian feast, and Sunday school for children. Info: 919.593.6827, email@example.com Yoga classes - Krishna Priya at firstname.lastname@example.org Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support Saathee 102
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S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 email@example.com www.svtemplenc.org Sahaj Marg Meditation Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar) firstname.lastname@example.org> www.srcm.org, www.sahajmarg.org SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. Info: email@example.com www.sampige.org Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been Saathee 104
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Info:Arvind Shah 919.233.7677 Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Ravi Parikh 919.387.8808 Kanak Purohit 919.465.9856 Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 www.nctga.org Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. Info: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) email@example.com Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. email@example.com www.trianglevegsociety.org Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose Saathee 106
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their children to these sessions. Info: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. Info: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 firstname.lastname@example.org Sirigannada Sirigannada is the Kannada Association of South Carolina (based in Columbia) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. A voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. President: Dr. H.N. Narayanaswamy Nadig. Vice President: Mrs. Radha Rajagopal. Secretary: Mrs. Usha Bilgi. Treasurer: Mrs. Malathi Nagaraj. Info: www.sirigannada.org Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: www.taggsc.org Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located on the Corner of Bethel Road and Bethel Drive in Mauldin, S.C. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Info: 864.967.2852 Send your organization’s news and events to us by the 15th of the month for inclusion in following month’s issue. Write to us at www.saathee.com. saathee.com
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(Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)
Clues Across: 1. The capital of India. 8. Request For Information. (*) 11. A malt beverage containing about 6% alcohol. 12. The pope’s crown, with a cross and orb on top. 14. Rupees. (*) 15. Cipher; nothing. 17. Pertaining a new era, as in human history. 19. To ward off; prevent. 21. The vital spirit, The God. 22. Right ascension. (*) (Astronomy). 23. Open to free current of air. 25. A trunk of a tree. 26. A line touching an arc at a single point. (Geom.) 29. To burn superficially or slightly; scorch. 30. One or the other of two. 34. A facial cleanser, usually containing alcohol. 35. The armed battle between the countries. 36. General Electric. (*) 37. In a new form; once more. 38. Any of the metal sulfides, as a copper, tin etc. 40. America On Line. (*) 42. The overhanging lower edge of a roof. 43. An athlete, a boxer, lacking ability. (Slang) 46. To the inside of. 48. South Carolina. (*) 49. A Hindu pilgrimage coastal town, in Gujarat. 50. Arizona. (*) January 2010
1. Carolinas’ most watched Bollywood TV show. 2. The altitude of a place above sea level. 3. The plural of the verb “Was.” 4. Extra Terrestrial. (*). 5. To be buried in a in a particular spot. 6. We wish a “ _ _ _”, on the first day of the year. 7. A metal used to make tools and machinery. 9. An open case to enclose a picture, mirror etc. 10. The Muslim religion. 13. American Copy Editors Society. (*) 16. The yellowish hard wood of orange tree. 18. A chest, bin etc. For storage. 20. Asian large carnivorous feline with stripes. 24. Rupee. (*) 27. To free (glass, earthenware, metals) from internal stress by heating and gradual cooling. 28. See clue no. 12 across. 29. Walks with forcible or heavy resounding steps. 31. Matters that are very unimportant. 32. Matter discharged from the body as excrement. 33. Resident. (*) 39. The lowest two digit whole number. 41. Not high or tall. 44. Alternating Current.(*) 45. A spiritual entity believed to live in the body during life & remain after death. (Egypt) 47. Ounce. (*)
Hee Hee (Booddhoo is foolish. Mafatlal is a freeloader.)
A man was smoking a cigarette in the movie during the interval. Someone complained to the manager. Manager: “Sir, you are not allowed to smoke in the cinema. Did you not see the slide on the screen that clearly instructs smoking is strictly prohibited?” The young man looked at him and replied: “I am not blind. Did you not see the next slide with big letters ‘Marlboro is the best. Smoke Marlboro cigarette’?” ********* “My wife and I are getting along much better now.” “That is almost improbable. What is the trick?” “We outsource our arguments to a couple overseas.” ********* Booddhoo was writing something very slowly. A friend asked: “Why are you writing slowly?” Booddhoo: “I am writing to my 5-year-old son. He can’t read very fast.” ********* Doctor: “The check you gave me has come back for insufficient funds.” Patient: “That’s funny, doctor. So has my complaint.” *********
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1. “__-Music of India,” Saathee’s feature for the articles pertaining to music. _ _ _ GE _ _ 2. Moderate; Mild. GE _ _ _ _ 3. Asian large carnivore with black stripes. _ _ GE _ 4. Norm; Mean. _ _ _ _ _ GE 5. A plan of things to be done. _ GE _ _ _ 6. A platform for public performance. _ _ _ GE 7. A cut precious stone used in jewelry. GE _ 8. Having good understanding. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ GE _ _ 9. Alteration; Modification. _ _ _ _ GE 10. A spy; Law enforcement officer. _ GE _ _ 11. “__ Bush,” Former US President. GE _ _ GE 12. Acrid; Biting. _ _ _ GE _ _ 13. Teethed wheel to transfer force. GE _ _ 14. To place in proper order. _ _ _ _ _ GE 15. Edible product of a plant. _ _ GE _ _ _ _ _ 16. A powerful machine that removes the earth as from the bottom of a river. _ _ _ _ GE _ 17. Requiring immediate attention. _ _ GE _ _ 18. A textbook of mathematics that deals with the properties of shapes and figures. GE _ _ _ _ _ _ 19. A branch of mathematics dealing with equations, using the letters for the numbers. _ _ GE _ _ _ 20. Anything to be struck with missiles. _ _ _ GE _ 21. The time passed from the birth. _ GE 22. @ 80% of atmosphere gas. (N) _ _ _ _ _ GE _ 23. The thin, sharp side of a blade. _ _ GE 24. “Empire State of the South”. GE _ _ _ _ _ 25. A small, loose-skinned variety of the mandarin orange. _ _ _ GE _ _ _ _
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January 2010 New Year, 2010 begins Shattila Ekadasi Swami Vivekanand Jayanti Makarsankranti/Uttarayana Darsha Amas (No Moon) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Vasant Panchami Republic Day (India) Jaya Ekadasi Maghi Purnima (Full Moon) Gandhi Nirvana Day February 2010 Groundhog Day Shrinathaji Patotsav Vijaya Ekadasi Maha Shivaratri Lincoln’s Birthday Darsha Amas (No Moon) Valentine’s Day Presidents’ Day Buddha Nirvana Day Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti Aamalaki Ekadasi Holi Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti
Holidays & Festivals of Mar. 10/Apr. 10 Mar 1 - Dhuleti - Hola Mohalla Mar 11 - Paapamochini Ekadasi Mar 14 - Daylight Saving Time begins Mar 16 - Gudi Padvo Mar 17 - Cheti Chand - St. Patrick’s Day Mar 24 - Rama Navami - Swaminarayan Jayanti Mar 28 - Mahavir Jayanti Mar 30 - Chaitri Purnila, (Full Moon) - Shri Hanuman Jayanti Apr 1 - April Fool Day Apr 2 - Good Friday Apr 4 - Easter Sunday Apr 10 - Vallabhacharya Jayanti Apr 14 - Baishakhi Apr 15 - Adhik/Purushottam Maas begins - Last day to File Tax Returns Apr 22 - Earth Day
continued from page 48 of the film business are beginning to look to the indies for source music instead of purpose-built studio tracks. Director Anurag Kashyap, for instance, tapped Indian Ocean for the soundtrack to his 2004 film Black Friday, about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts. Though Anurag Basu selected Bollywood veterans Pritam Chakraborty and Sayeed Quadri for the soundtrack to his 2007 Life in a Metro, for the first time instead of lip-syncers Pritam himself appeared in music video-style interludes within the film as the front man to a real-life rock band. And then last year Bollywood insider Farhan Akhtar created a real, though fictional, band for the surprise hit Rock On! “People are getting bored of Bollywood, to be frank,” said Ravi. “Over the next four or five years, or maybe the next 10 years, we’re going to get into a mindset where we’re open to far more entertainment options.” And indie music will be a driving force through that transition, Ravi believes. For OML, one day that could mean big bucks. The company has already begun to get nibbles from international players in the music business. But for now Nair is looking to take it slow and build a domestic music scene organically. That’s why in November OML organized a conference for independent musicians in Mumbai called Unconvention — not for the artists they promote, but for the whole industry. “They know that for them to grow as a company, the scene needs to grow, so it’s not just about the bands that are there on their roster,” said Nair. “And I think people recognize that. Vijay [Nair] got a standing ovation at the end of Unconvention, and it wasn’t one of those standing ovations that you’re almost forced to give. It was a very genuine feeling.”
Stock Tickers continued from page 54 ings accounts, CDs and even Treasury Bills have been negligible and therefore, investors shied away from fixed income instruments and deployed money into the market with so many perceived ‘good buys’ to be had. However, with economies around the world showing a gradual rebound, monetary policy may change later in CY2010 if inflationary pressures surface. The mystery is that when interest rates inevitably do rise, how will the markets react to that situation? Perhaps the markets already understand that rising rates will be a part of the recovery? If the interest rate changes are small and gradual, the markets may not be spooked too much. Special Note: This article contains the ideas and thoughts of its author and it does not necessarily imply the viewpoints of Saathee magazine, this website or its principals. Rajesh Ganatra is also the Community News Editor for Saathee and writes the “The Cricket Forum” column. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Saathee 112
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General Predictions for January 2010 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Frustration may lead you towards unproductive ventures. You may feel depressed and disappointed. Time may slow down for you. Try to focus on religious activities. If so, your luck will favor you and it may bring unexpected monetary benefits. Your action may not work, but your luck will help you in maintaining a good life. Your stubborn attitude may create health-related problems. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) You will work to build for the future. Your karma will not bring fruits for you immediately. Listen to your superiors to gain benefits. You are stuck in a long-term assignment, therefore have patience. Traveling may prove to be a waste of time and money, so avoid it. Also avoid family linked legal issues. Students may get very good results in their study. Change in career is also possible this month. Focus on karma and reward will follow. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a negative start, time will start improving at a slow pace during the second half of the month. Start spending to earn popularity. Your income may rise unexpectedly. You may make investment in land property and, as a result, your bank balance may go down. Happy marriage life may indirectly help you in achieving success. You should also work on changing your way of action to achieve better results. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Even though your luck will bring substantial financial benefits, your health won’t let you enjoy it. You may continue wasting time and energy on non-productive activities. You should start to work with dignity. Don’t pity your competitors. Slow improvement is clearly indicated. Your destiny may again play a game with your life; try to delay any major career-related decision. Think long term effect before taking any action. LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You will get mixed results this month. The time will slowly turn negative during the last week of the month. Watch your health and move carefully. Unexpected expenses can also put you in hot water, although help from your spouse may rescue you. Comfort your relation with your friends. Try not to travel abroad. You may meet your old childhood friends and enjoy fond memories with them. Stay pleasant and cool to avoid problems. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Nothing significant may happen this month. Relax, take it easy and enjoy. This is the time when you can sit and collect details for your January 2010
LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) You may lose your hold at your work place. You may have to pay for your mistakes. It may not affect your income, but your status may suffer damage. Business-related travel can bring extra income this month. You will enjoy good health, but business stress may take away peace of mind. Additional expenses related to your house may trouble you this month. Listen to your parents to avoid losses. SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) The time is good to invest some of your savings into real estate. Don’t plan any journey this month as your health may deteriorate and force you to cancel the plan. You may also experience cash flow problems this month. A slowing pace of life may push you towards destructive activities. If you act wisely, you may enjoy a promotion at your place of work, however, don’t insist for it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will be quite happy during this month. Your efforts will start giving good results. Long distance travel shall be rewarding. Time is also good for family happiness. Increase in family is possible. Some business-related travel may prove rewarding. Your elder brother can be a very good support this month. Drive very carefully to avoid possible accident. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Your peace of mind and steady flow of income will be there, but unexpected expenses or legal problems may disturb everything. Try to curb your expenses. Risk taking tendencies must be controlled. You must watch your health as well. A minor improvement will be there after the middle of the month. An important turning point is on the way, so wait for it. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your religious and spiritual inclination will intensify during this month. A sense of relaxation will prevail in the second half of the month. Rise in income is clearly indicated. Journey to abroad may bring good luck and will be very rewarding and pleasant. You might get involved in new business deals, however, you may experience some health problem. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Try to digest your achievements and enjoy a happy family life. It is time to experience rewards of your hard work and add some money to your savings account. The problems regarding your child, however, could come up in the second half of the month. Otherwise, good health, rising income and relaxed state of mind are the major stories of the month. You may also plan for a successful long distance journey. By Jalendu Vaidya Contact: 973-365-1766 / hindusvision.com saathee.com
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Now Hiring Eyebrow Threading Practitioners: Full & Part-time for Mall Locations in North Carolina (Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham) and Virginia ( Virginia Beach, Newport News). Willing to train the right person. E-mail to email@example.com or call 248-721-3255 Live-In Nanny Wanted: Looking for a Live-In Nanny for household duties & care of two children (after-school). In the Charlotte, NC area. For enquiries call 704.299.2007 Looking for Nanny: Looking for live-in or live-out nanny in the Huntersville, NC area (outside Charlotte). Call 704-215-4161 Nanny Wanted: Live In/ Live Out Nanny to take care of 2 year-old boy. Duties include cooking & house cleaning. Knowing English & having experience babysitting a plus. Gastonia, NC Area. Call 704-974-3839 or 704-974.3501 Household Help Wanted: Accomodation provided. Charlotte, NC. Please call Cell: 704-941-0694. Cakes n Flakes: Indian Bakery and Cafe is looking for help in kitchen and prep. Also looking for Owner/Operators for Ballantyne, Downtown, Colombia, Raleigh areas. Please contact 704-688-7100. Hotel Help Wanted: Positions available for Night auditor & housekeeping for franchise hotel in Raleigh, NC. Must speak English,couple preferred, experience preferred (will train). Accomodations provided. Please call after 6pm. 919.395.0710. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: housekeepers, General Manager/s, Front Desk (must speak English) of franchise hotels. Experience is must for all possitions. E-Mail resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803.606.9994 Franchise Motel Help Wanted: Need a couple for housekeeping & light janitorial work. Accomadations provided. Experience of franchise hotel is necessary. Call 919208-3513 Full Time Managers Needed Immediately: for clothing stores in Malls located in Aiken & Charleston, SC. Durham, NC. & Atlanta, GA. Experience is preferred but not necessary. Call Rajesh at 704-277-3233 or send resume to email@example.com Full-Time Help Wanted: For convenience store/gas station near Charlotte, NC. Looking for couples. Accommodations Provided! Call 704.701.9975 Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Various positions available for house keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED for all positions. Serious inquiries only. E-mail resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com PRODUCTS: Portable Tandoor Ovens For Sale: Ideal for residential or restaurant use. Use for parties & more! Call 919-949-1156
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MATRIMONIAL: Gujarati Patel Family Invite Correspondence: Boy Feb’83 / 5’4”. Network engineer (Durham, NC) having H1 Visa seeking Gujarati educated US Citizen or GC Girl. Email: email@example.com Seeking Guajarati Brahmin Male: age 28 - 31 for sister currently residing in India. She has an MBA from Australia and is currently working and residing in Amdavad. Call 704.274.9204 or (+91) 9726647544 for details. Correspondence Invited: For our daughter, Panjabi Khatri, 25 years old, college graduate, slim, pretty, fair complexion, US citizen, living in Charlotte, NC, firstname.lastname@example.org Father Seeking Alliance For Son: US Citizen, 29, Gujarati, IT professional, Raleigh area. email@example.com Looking for Brahmin Gujarati Girl: 27 yr Gujarati Brahmin boy. Ht. 5’10’’. Masters in Computer Science. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Correspondence Invited For : Female 34, never married, 5’ 5” (Optometrist practicing in Charlotte) Looking for Gursikh male with a good heart. email@example.com PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Lakeview Condo: Lakeview condo at University Place (Charlotte, NC). 2 bedroom, 2bath with Washer & Dryer. $895/month. Walk to shops, restaurants, bank & bus-stop. Near Downtown & Highways! Call 704-753-5081 Room To Let: For H-1 Students or Couple. In Charlotte, NC area. Call 704302-6218 Home For Sale: A One-Of-A-Kind plan in subdivision! Minutes from Indian Grocers & restaurants, shopping & RTP! 4 bedroom, 3.5 Bath, Office, Bonus, Rec Room / 3,525 sq.ft. $399,900. Call Gina Miller (919) 363-4200
For Sale or Rent: Ready To Move In - 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhouse in convenient loaction to 485 & South-East Charlotte. Spacious master on main level with his & her closets. 2 bedrooms on 2nd floor. A loft big enough for a office! 1 car garage & plenty of parking. This is a must see! Call 704-438-6943
Math Tutoring : Real-time tutoring using virtual whiteboard technology with professional tutors based in India. Free 30 min trial. As low as $7 for a 45 minute session. State-aligned curriculum & assessments. WWW.TCYONLINE.COM. Call Ritu Thakur 704-443-7054 or tollfree 888-757-8377
For Rent: Spacious and affordable 1 & 2 bedroom condo's available immediately in the Charlotte & Gastonia, NC areas. For Details call 704.334.8404 or e-mail Mckinleyreg@gmail.com.
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For Rent or Sale: Condo/ranch 3BR, 2B, glass in porch, 2 car garage, gas fireplace, large kitchen w/ built in desk, laundry room, near I-77 & I-85, close to IBM, fountain in the front of condo, pool, rent $1090 (inc. water & lawn maintenance) selling for $154,900k (appraised 169K). 1800 Sq. Ft. Call 704-890-3162
ART / DRAWING CLASS: For Kids & Above - Learn sketches, charcoal painting, modern art, oil on canvas, etc. From an experienced Teacher & Artist. Ages from 4 to 15. For Details Call Karli: 704541-9439 / 704-965-3550 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Condo for Rent: Near waterfront and swimming pool. Walking distance to bus. Perfect for small family, H-1 workers or students. 704.619.1603
Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704.846.7912
SERVICES: Nanny Available: In Charlotte. Experience with 3 month to 6 year old kids. Flexible with kids and parents. Fluent in Hindi and Gujarati. Beginner English. Call her at 704.208.6253. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum), for any occasion, barat, doli, graduation, birthdays, baby showers and any other festivity. Affordable rate. Instructional classes also available. Call Ritu Bhandari at 704-843-7202. email: email@example.com Tuition Available: An Experienced Math, Physics, Chemistry Tutor for middle school, high school, IB & AP Courses. Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC. (704) 497-2639 Salon/Spa Services: Beauty Parlour near Arboretum area (Charlotte, NC). Pineville-Matthews Rd. Call (980) 4220035 Home / (858) 342-1591 Cell Tax Returns: Federal & State Tax Preparation with e-filing, Accounting and Bookkeeping Services to Individuals, Self-employed, Small Partnerships and Scorps. Call Mahesh Patel, EA (704) 7996377, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919.824.7734 E-Mail: email@example.com Balaji Priest: All kinds of puja, havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. 704.877.6320 or 704.545.7220. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting & more. Very reasonable rates. 704.619.2358 Accent Reduction Training: Three-month tutorial with certified speech-language pathologist. Transform accents from career obstacles to charming cultural flavors. Invest in your future!www.trianglespeech.com Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704.968.0270. Get Paid To Shop Online: 2% cash back on your purchases. 1/2 % cash back on referral purchases. Get a Mastercard that rewards you no matter where you shop. Get paid to click! www.InnRoomMall.com
Henna Designs: Experienced henna artist for weddings, parties, arangetrams & more. Reasonable rates. Charlotte area. Call 704.619.0251 South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 704.231.0751. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704.780.3563. God Blessings to All. Babysitter Available: Several years of experience in the Charlotte area. Fluent in Gujarati, Hindi & English. Call 704.619.1603 Tutoring: for 5th to 10th grades mathematics. Also tutoring & lessons in Hindi. Charlotte Area. Call 704.619.0251 SAATHEE CLASSIFIEDS:
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