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Hello Readers Spring happy. How can Pakistan overcome the extremists in its midst trying to destroy the country? Read the informative essay on pg. 6 Sitarist Ravi Shankar is slated to perform in Charlotte in early May. Read a piece on this legendary musician on pg. 14. Teen heartthrob Nick Jonas has diabetes. Learn how he manages his diabetes and his work to raise funds and awareness about this disease on pg. 62. Will the current economic downturn affect H-1B holders and applicants? Read a couple of very informative articles beginning on pg. 58. How can folks approaching retirement deal with the current economic crisis and their dwindling retirement savings? Go to pg 56 for details. The networking sites Facebook, MySpace and several others are booming. Read about it on pg. 72 Our Community News section offers a complete guide to local and regional organizations and their activities. Keep up with all upcoming holidays and festivals with our list on pg. 112. Your suggestions and comments are always welcome.

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The Taktsang (Tiger's lair), one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan, was completed in 1692. The temple hangs on a cliff at 3,120 meters (10,200 feet). Visitors ascend the slope to the monastery on foot or on mule-back.

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Pakistan Needs Beant Singh . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Full Frame Film Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Flight Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Ravi Shankar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Sangeet, Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Bollywood Snippets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 The Dentist Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Recipes & more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Marketing turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Dog Tags for People with Diabetes . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 One Planet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Are You Happy? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Networking Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community News & Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 Who Want’s to be a Scholar . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 StarScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120

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Alas! The terrorists dismissed such peace offerings with contempt. Rajiv Gandhi struck a peace accord with the Akali Dal, enabling it to win the 1985 state election. Yet, his attempt to use the Akalis to curb extremism failed — it only emboldened the militants, whom the Akalis had no will to control. Rajiv also struck a deal with Bhindranwale’s nephew, Jaswant Singh Rode, and made him Akal Takht chief. But militancy only increased. He then tried Army rule, but that too failed. The militants became ever stronger, and soon constituted a quasi-state. They sent out hukumnamas (religious commands) ordering the closure of meat shops and cinema halls, and a terrorized populace obeyed. Policemen who tried to tackle terrorism were initially thwarted by politicians of the Congress and Akali Dal. Later, militants assassinated several police officers and their relatives. In sum, all compromises with religious terror failed. By Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar So did Army rule. What finally succeeded was democracy with an iron fist. Fresh state elections in 1992 Islamabad’s recent surrender to the Taliban in Swat is were boycotted by the Akalis, in line with terrorist terrible news. A moribund Islamabad cannot stop Islamic warnings. Beant Singh, the new Congress chief ministerrorists from attacking India even if it wants to. ter, gave his police chief KPS Gill a free hand to crush It’s another matter that Pakistan has long nurtured terrorism. Gill unleashed state terror to counter Sikh groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba to target Kashmir. It’s terror, replicating tactics that the militants themselves now learning what India learned in the 1980s — you can used. In barely one year, he crushed a decade-old be devoured by monsters you create to wound others. problem. Indira Gandhi nurtured two monsters — Jarnail Only when Sikh policemen took on Sikh militants, Singh Bhindranwale in Punjab and Prabhakaran of the with no interference from central or state politicians, Tamil Tigers. When the monsters got out of control, was terrorism curbed. Earlier attempts at a Punjabshe (and later Rajiv Gandhi) tried quelling them. The Delhi compromise or Hindu-Sikh Result: Indira Gandhi was killed by compromise failed. The solution lay disgruntled Sikhs and Rajiv Gandhi in reformulating the issue as one by disgruntled Tamil Tigers. The les- This is a battle for Pakistan’s soul. pitting Sikh liberals against Sikh son for Pakistan is clear. It must be fought by Pakistani fundamentalists. The Taliban’s rise in Pakistan This has lessons for Pakistan. liberals against Pakistani has something in common with Attempts by Islamabad to placate or Bhindranwale’s rise in Punjab. A relistrike deals with extremists will fail, extremists, without regard to gious preacher, he sought to purge emboldening militants and lowering Sikhism of modern evils and return Indian or US interests or urgings. the state’s stature. to pristine Sikhism. He was outraged In elections, Pakistanis have by reformist Sikhs like the repeatedly voted for liberal Muslim Nirankaris, and his followers killed many Nirankaris parties, not Islamic ones. Yet, these liberal parties — including the Nirankari Baba. including the Awami National Party, which won the Religion and violence make a very dangerous mix. state election in the North West Frontier Province — Yet, both Indira Gandhi and the Akali Dal sought to have no stomach to take on the Taliban. Islamabad use Bhindranwale rather than jail him. Indira Gandhi has sought compromises with militant Baitullah supported his candidates against official Akali ones in Mehsud in the tribal areas, but only succeeded in the 1979 gurdwara elections. And the Akalis sought to strengthening Mehsud. The new compromise in Swat use his inflammatory Sikh rhetoric — including a will surely fail, too. demand for an independent Khalistan — to garner To succeed, Pakistan needs a Beant Singh. Muslim votes in state elections. liberals will have to take Muslim extremists head on. The Akalis let him set up a terrorist fortress within The task has to be done by state government using the Golden Temple. This ended only when the Army police skills, not the Army. US planes or troops cannot overran the Temple and killed Bhindranwale. But this subdue terrorists. attack enraged many Sikhs, creating ever more miliThis is a battle for Pakistan’s soul. It must be fought tant groups. by Pakistani liberals against Pakistani extremists, withNo politician or analyst initially viewed the out regard to Indian or US interests or urgings. Once Bhindranwale challenge as a law-and-order one, to be Pakistani liberals grasp this hard reality, as Beant Singh put down with a firm hand. All felt that Sikh sensibili- did in Punjab, they will find that victory over extremties had to be assuaged with political compromises. ism can be surprisingly quick and complete. My editor at the time thought peace could be bought by giving Chandigarh and more river water to Punjab. Source: Times of India

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tifully photographed in Denmark and describes how until recently there were no Thai residents. A woman who comes and marries a Danish man in turn invites other Thai women, and now there are many such Thai-Danish marriages, quickly arranged. The second film deals poignantly with a Druze Arab woman living in Israel who competes in the local “Lady of the Arabs” beauty pageant. She is drawn to the bigger Miss Israel competition, but she and her family face very strong opposition, even receiving death threats, from her community who feel that her participation in the swimsuit round of competition is unacceptable to their standards. There are many other films that Saathee readers may be especially drawn to, encompassing topics such as the history of modern advertising (Art & Copy, Doug Pray, 86m, Thursday afternoon – overlapping with Hair India, unfortunately); Chinese search for a special kind of jade (China’s Wild West, Urszula Pontikos, 10m, Friday morning); curated films on sports; special programming; and much more. A final film that I wanted to mention is Burma VJ (Anders Østergaard, 85m, Saturday morning). In the Gandhian tradition of nonviolent non-cooperation, and in support of long-imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar citizens in very large numbers peacefully rally in the streets. At great personal risk, activists use camcorders to document the military regime’s brutality and smuggle the footage out of the country, successfully getting it into the hands of a shocked global public. I encourage all to take advantage of this gem of a Festival that we have in our backyard. Many travel from other states and even overseas to take advantage of it. Some of the films are screened with the filmmakers on hand for discussion afterwards. If you can take time off, the four days of Full Frame will go quickly and leave you with a new appreciation for a variety of interesting topics. Even if you can only attend some screenings, perhaps on the weekend, it should be an enriching experience. Details at or 919.687.4100 Interview with Hair India Director I had the opportunity on March 20 to talk with Raffaele Brunetti, director and producer of Hair India. The full audio of the interview can be heard at Here is a condensed transcription. Raffaele, congratulations on having the North American premiere of your thought provoking film Hair India at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival here in Durham, NC. How long did this project take you from conception through editing? It took a little more than two years. We spent a lot of time looking for locations and dealing with financial issues. The film actually encompasses parallel stories. There is the story of the small Bengali village. This family leaves the village for the first time and concontinued on page 78 Saathee



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Ravi Shankar Casting a Large Shadow over Indian Classical Music By Samir Shukla Indian classical music would likely have entered Western consciousness much later than it did in the 1960s. It probably would have arrived on its shores in the last few years along with the recent popularity of Bollywood musical fusion, if sitar master and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar had not gently opened the doors decades ago. Shankar, who will be 89 in early April, still tours every year and has been guiding his daughter Anoushka Shankar’s increasingly prolific career as a sitarist for the past few years. Shankar’s recent releases include a two-CD set of some of his best material culled into a collection called The Essential Ravi Shankar (Legacy). Daughter Anoushka’s releases include Rise (Angel), a recording that uses sitar and traditional rhythms as a base but expands and colors the sound with jazz, pop and textural vocals. She is clearly the torchbearer of the Shankar legacy, as proud papa softly boasted in a recent phone conversation. Ravi Shankar, the perfectionist performer, always tours with a handpicked group of musicians that are specifically assembled for each tour or show. Anoushka Shankar regularly performs with her father. Shankar’s nimble fingers still inspire awe and influence countless musicians. The maestro, composer, teacher and writer has been bringing Indian music to all parts of the globe, while attaining a fatherly stature as a renaissance man of traditions in his native land for most of his life. There are two schools of Indian classical music, Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian). Ravi Shankar is mostly a proponent of Hindustani music. Ragas, which in Sanskrit mean “color” or “passion,” are the essence and foundation of all Indian classical music. A raga can loosely be described as a combination of several different characteristics, but at the same time it is not a tune, melody, scale, mode or any concept associated with Western music.

“Spontaneous, creative ragas are created by open minds,” Ravi Shankar explained. “I have experimented for 60 years (with music) and have created many new ragas over those years. New ragas are created using permutations and combination of tones.” Shankar feels many new ragas await creation in the future, and it’s this characteristic of Indian music that has kept his creative juices flowing for years. There are also “old, forgotten and lost ragas that are recalled and re-created” by enlightened musicians, he said. The sitar sounds soothing to plain listeners, yet those that listen without preconceptions can transport to a trancelike state wrought with emotions. Those that “open their minds” absorb the distinct auras and feelings of ragas. There are numerous ragas, evolved over centuries, and each can be specific to particular times of day, moods and even locations. A disciple of Baba Allaudin Khan, Ravi Shankar first began performing at an early age with his brother Uday Shankar’s group. He honed his skills and developed an expansive view of the world through travels with Uday Shankar’s troupe. By the late 60s, Ravi Shankar was the most famous Indian musician on the planet, and even with the blossoming recognition of Bollywood music today, he still towers above the rest. A prolific composer, Ravi Shankar has worked with and influenced Philip Glass, Yehudi Menuhin, George Harrison, Zubin Mehta and other groundbreakers while inspiring jazz legend John Coltrane to name his son Ravi. He has also composed extensively for films and ballets in India, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including Charly, Gandhi and Apu Trilogy. Ravi Shankar said he has played three times in Bangladesh over the years, but has yet to perform in Pakistan. “We have tried and even confirmed playing there a few times, but something always kept us from doing the shows.” Shankar is currently touring accompanied by Anoushka Shankar (sitar), Tanmoy Bose (Tabla), Ravichandra Kulur (Flute) and Tanpura accompaniment. All those years ago, the winds from the East carried with them the subtle drone of Shankar’s sitar, creating possibilities of musical evolution, and we are better for it. The Shankar sound: A sampler of Ravi Shankar essential listening: Chants of India (EMI/Angel) Improvisations (EMI/Angel) Ragas with Ali Akbar Khan (Fantasy) West Meets East: Historic Shankar/Menuhin Sessions (EMI/Angel) Concert for Peace - Live at Royal Albert Hall (Moment Records) Homage to Mahatma Gandhi (Deutsche Grammophon) Also look for a primer on Indian music and ragas on the website: Ravi Shankar will perform in Charlotte on Monday May 4, 2009 at the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $20-$69.50. For info call 704.372.1000 or visit

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By Kirit Shukla Song: Tu Hindu banegaa Film: Dhool Ka Phool (1959) Music: N. Dutta Singer: Mohammad Rafi Lyric: Sahir Ludhiyanavi Based on Indian Classical Raga: Bhairavi Taal/Rhythm: Kaharavaa Cast: Rajendrakumar, Mala Sinha, Manmohan Krishna Tu Hindu Banegaa Tu Hindu banegaa na Musalamaana banegaa, Insaana ki aulaada hai insaana banegaa… Achhaa hai abhi tak teraa kuchha naama nahin hai, Tumako kisi majhahaba se koi kaama nahin hai, Jisa ilma ne insaana ko takseema kiyaa hai, Usa ilma kaa tujha para koi ilzaama nahin hai, Tu badale huae waqta ki pehchaana banegaa; Insaana … Maalika ne hara insaana ko insaana banaayaa, Hamane usae Hindu yaa Musalamaana banaayaa, Kudarat ne jo bakshi thi hamen eka hi dharati, Hamane kahin Bharat kahin Iran banaayaa, Jo toda de hara bandha vo tufaana banegaa; Insaana … Nafrata jo sikhaaye vo teraa dharama nahin hai, Insaana ko rounde vo kadama teraa nahin hai, Koran na ho jisamen vo mandira nahin hai, Geetaa na ho jisamen vo Haram teraa nahin hai, Tu aman kaa aur sulah kaa farmaana banegaa; Insaana.. Ye dina ke taajheera ye vatan bechane waale, Insaan ki laashon ke kafana bechane waale, Ye mahalon men baithe huae kaatila ye lutere, Kaanto ke evaja roohe-chamana bechane waale, Tu inake liye mauta kaa élaana banegaa; Insaana ki ...

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Meaning (Summary): You will not become a Hindu or a Muslim. You are a child of a human being, you will become a human being. It is good that you have no name yet and you do not have any religion yet and you have no complaints. So you will be the recognition of the future. God has made every human as a human being. We have made them either Hindu or Muslim. The nature has gifted us with one land; we have made some part as Bharat and some as Iran. You will be the One that will become a storm to break these. The one teaches you hate is not your religion. One who kills human beings is not your step. The mandir (a Hindu temple) without Koran and a Masjid (a Muslim mosque) without Geeta are not yours. You will become the commander of happiness and compromise. You will become the call of death for those who are selling the motherland and those merciless robbers sitting in palaces selling the “Kafan” (White cloth cover of a dead body.) You are a child of a human being and will become a human being. April 2009



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Drum Dances: Pung Cholam As we all know Indians love music and dance, from classical to folk, and Hollywood to Bollywood. One thing that is common in all these songs or dances is the presence of drums. An overwhelming majority of Indian dances are accompanied with drum music. Generally the drummer provides the percussion accompaniment with dances. However, there are quite a few dances in which the dancer plays the drum while dancing. Such dances come under the category of “Drum Dances.” I wanted to introduce some of the drum dances and will try to showcase a few on Nazar Television during the “Dances of India” segment. One of the finest examples of drum dance is the fascinating Pung Cholam of Manipur. It is a highly sophisticated dance with all the elements of classical dances. Pung is a drum with two faces, almost like Mridangam drum from South. One face of the drum is much smaller than the other, usually played with the right hand. The drum is slung from the neck of the drummer for playing with both the hands. Most of the drums that are larger and two faced are usually slung from the dancers’ neck, which allows them to dance. Pung Cholam is performed as a solo dance as well as a group dance. Sometimes, during more coordinated performances, about a hundred drummers perform the dance all wearing spotlessly white dhoti and white turban. It is then a treat for the eyes, ears, and mind. The aesthetic appeal is so over-powering that it becomes an experience for the lifetime. While playing intricate rhythmic passages on the drums, the drummers not only dance gracefully and vigorously, but also swing the drum in incredible ways, all while playing. There are also acrobatic elements in the dance. Actually, Cholam is a generic name of percussion dances prevalent in Manipur. Cholams performed by men are vigorous having acrobatic elements. Those performed by women are delicate and lyrical. The style of dance changes as the percussion instrument changes. Men perform two other drum dances with Dhol and Daph, a frame drum. Men also perform Kartaal Cholam. Kartaal is a pair of large cymbals. The Cholams performed by women are not with the drums, but with idiophones like clappers with small cymbals. In my opinion, among all the Cholams, the Pung Cholam is the best. During the stage production of Dances of India show on April 18, 2009 at Halton Theater in Charlotte, we April 2009

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Something About Ash's Sita Avatar The ideal Bollywood Bahu Aiwarya Rai Bachchan has always been praised for her heavenly beauty. And now to have her play Sita in Mani Ratnam's modern version of Ramayana is hardly ironic! Now, Manisir as he is hailed on the sets, is too secretive about his projects. And while most things have been kept under wraps, we have managed to stumble on some interesting pieces of news. First, Ash will be seen in a de-glam avatar in some portions of the film - without make-up and all. And the second, her clothes are being designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Let's hope this is no myth. Contributed by Guatam Buragohain and Urvashi Ashar

Bipasha's funk factor Actress Bipasha Basu has been worried about a lot of things of late. For starters, she was apprehensive about her bold look in Aa Dekhen Zara - you know those black nails, colored hair, and tattoo on her chest. It was all just too much too handle. But then her team of designers and stylists stepped in and convinced her to go along with the look. And now Bips has never been happier. "But I'll be happiest when my home is done," she tells us.

Aamir in Another Historical Film? Aamir Khan seems to be addicted to a book, of late. While on the sets of 3 Idiots, the actor has been reading up on Indian history post independence. Aamir revealed his liking for the book "India after Gandhi" by Ramchandra Guha. "It is a book on Indian history post 1947 and is extremely informative," shares the actor in his blog. But the big question is: Has it inspired Khan to plan a film with the post-independence era as backdrop? We really don't put it past him.

Sonam and Deepika: Toast To The Friends We know how these young beauties have buried the hatchet, called off their catfights, and are going about town flaunting their large hearts that let bygones be bygones. Only recently, we met up with dippy Deepika Padukone. She'll next be seen in Love Aaj Kal, but just what did she think of good friend Sonam Kapoor's Delhi-6. "I haven't watched it yet, but it's not my fault. Sonam had planned a special screening for her friends, which she keeps delaying," complains Padukone, adding, "But I've heard that she has performed brilliantly and I am looking forward to watching it." We're not sure if D-6 was such a great film, but we admire this "dosti aaj kal."

Akshay Takes Kylie for Mumbai Darshan Apna Akshay Kumar is a busy man these days. After all he played the perfect host to Aussie pop-star Kylie Minogue on her recent visit to India. So, where all have they been already? Well, Akki has made Kylie attend an Indian shaadi and is also introducing her to some desi khaana. Akki tells us, "Kylie wanted to taste Indian food so I took her to this restaurant and she loved the food. It's not surprising considering Indian food is the best." Now, as we appreciate AK's hospitality towards Minogue, we've come across some lah-didah socialites who have been gossiping about "Akshay's protective arm around Kylie's waist wherever she goes". C'mon guys! She's Kylie Minogue all right. And who wouldn't give an arm to be her bodyguard?

Abhay Deol - The Acting Tutor Well, that's not the role that Abhay is playing in his next film. Nor has he gone to New York to study acting, its just that his co-star of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye thinks of him as her tutor! She tells us, "Just watching Abhay helps you polish your acting skills. Abhay is not just a great actor but also a brilliant co-star. He has this knack of guiding you through the scene and telling if you are going wrong. He corrects you when needed without being diplomatic; with him every day seems like a classroom session." Ahem! Someone, we think has become all senti about the Deol guy, eh. Interestingly Abhay himself has become a student in the U.S. He has enrolled for some metal wielding classes there. Maybe he can teach Richa a thing or two about metal wielding when he's back. You know that way we could have some "sparks" flying around. April 2009


Sush's undignified comment!

Shahid: Pa excellence Shahid's all set to rock this year. After all, the dude had four films back-toback. And will also start shooting for daddy Pankaj Kapoor's film, too! And Shahid is going to focus his energies on dad's film alone. "Shahid first wants to finish shooting for all other movies before starting his dad's film. He will spend two months just preparing for the motion picture, and then will spend three months shooting for it. Shahid wants his dad's film to be the best, and is going to do all he can to make it rocking," we're told. Now, is that what you call a product pa excellence?

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi has been terribly upset with her Karma Aur Holi co-star Sushmita Sen of late for calling their film's subject "undignified." The actress in her blog has lashed out at Sush saying she is crying foul for nothing. "If Sushhmita found the subject undignified why did she become a part of Karma...? Nothing different was shot from what was written in the script. In fact if anybody should object to anything it's me. Some of my major scenes from the script were cut off because Sushmita would insist on re-shooting her scenes thereby wasting everybody's time, money and good energy. If Sushmita decided that she didn't want to promote the film it was totally ok but why should she belittle the movie?" Looks like Such and Sush have no "karmic" connection anymore.

Sonam, Frieda: Chic Magnets It's not that these two youngsters are at loggerheads with each other, but we've landed upon an interesting characteristic that's shared by these two actors. They both seem to be fashion slaves - you know the designer-conscious, brand conscious kinda people, who'll flaunt their labels wherever they go. Though they do it rather sweetly. So we call Frieda Pinto and Sonam Kapoor "chic magnets" - after all, they are attracted to those chic-y style statements and designer wear.

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By turning businesswoman - actress Shilpa Shetty has not only entered the cricket league but has also spun a spa business - SS is being talked about a little more highly now than when she won the Big Brother reality show eons ago! Kudos to her for having stretched that win till now. Anyway, with the responsibility of looking charming and tip-top 24/7, the giggly Shetty can't wait to be mollycoddled. "I'd love to simply sit back, relax and be pampered," she tells us. Does boyfriend Raj Kundra get the massage, oops, message, we mean!

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surround my trunk. Who could possibly pluck me by the roots or bow my head to the ground?” And the tree turned away from the plant in a great huff. But the tree was to regret its words very soon. One evening a great hurricane arose in the region. It hurled the trees off their roots and almost completely destroyed the forest. It uprooted the big Oak tree and hurled it away with great force. When the storm had passed, the villagers living nearby surveyed the damage. Mighty trees that had once almost touched the sky were now reduced to stumps or worse. The forest was littered with their carcasses. Fallen branches and tree bark from these trees were spread all around the forest. But there was one exception. The little plant. The plant had been tossed and turned under the fury of the hurricane, and bent completely. But when the hurricane ended, it sighed and stood upright again. No trace remained of its mighty neighbor, though. Silence is Golden (An Aesop’s fable) Once upon a time, a student once went to his teacher. He asked his teacher a question: “Sir, is there any good in talking a lot?” The teacher replied: “Toads and frogs croak night and day, but no one pays any attention to them. But the rooster crows at a certain time of day and wakes up everyone.” The teacher smiled at his student and said, “This proves that no good is achieved by talking a lot. What is important is to say the right thing at the right time.”

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At the edge of an ancient forest, stood a big tree. Its branches spread out majestically and so did its roots. It shielded people from the sun under its shady leaves, and provided shelter to countless birds and other small creatures in its branches. It buzzed with activity all the time. At the foot of the tree grew a little plant. The plant was willowy and delicate, and tended to keel over at the touch of the slightest breeze. One day, the two neighbors were having a little chat. “Well, little one,” said the tree to the plant, “Why do you not plant your feet deeply in the ground, and raise your head boldly in the air as I do?” “I see no need to do so,” whispered the plant with a smile. “Actually, I think I may be safer this way.” “Safer!” sneered the tree. “Are you suggesting that you’re safer than I am? Do you know how deep my roots are buried, how thick and strong my trunk is? Even if two men hold hands they would not be able to

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Of course, with any problem, you are inclined to know the solution as well. Fortunately, the solution is simple. Maintain good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing everyday. Brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Flossing removes plaque between the teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. I have noticed that most people who have good brushing habits do not floss regularly. This is a mistake. Remember that flossing alone can remove bacteria between the teeth. In spite of regular brushing and flossing, I recommend getting a professional cleaning every six months. A preventive visit to a dentist would also help you to get a general checkup of your overall oral health. Now you know why your heart goes for your teeth. As always, should you have any question, feel free to drop me a note, or consult your friendly dentist. See you in the next issue. Till then, keep smiling!

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Man Made Mind - Part 2 By Sardar Singh When we look at the mountain from a distance, we are captivated by its grandeur, majesty, and beauty. We feel joyful and peaceful. This joy and peace is not the result of effort, will or desire. We mentioned earlier how the two-year-old twins at the lake responded when they saw the ducks. Both were dancing with joy. We can call this the dance of life. Parents of the children were part of this dance. Luckily because I was there, I was also participating in this dance. The whole cosmos, the sun, the air, the weather, the lake, the trees and the birds were making this dance possible. The joy was not the result of an achievement of a goal set by thinking. No doubt human beings are endowed with the power of thinking. But they are also endowed with abilities that are beyond the process of thinking. Human potential is beyond any limit. Human beings have the energy that is the very source of life on earth. They have the ability to enjoy the beauty of the earth and experience the mystery of life. They have the ability to see things as they actually are without the involvement of memory and thought. In this state of awareness thought completely ceases. In this state of intelligence we gain insight into different areas of life. Albert Einstein said, “I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.� Human beings have the ability to experience the mystery of life in the form of love that is unconditional and without any cause. In this state of love there is bliss and peace. Life is relationship. I am related one way or the other, intimately or remotely, to nature and to all human beings. The state of my physical, mental and spiritual health depends to a large extent on the quality of my relationships with nature and fellow human beings. Right relationship means to respond accurately, which means to respond with love and care. Now the question arises why human beings are not able to live in peace and harmony with nature and with each other? Why is there so much conflict, misery and sorrow in the world? Why there is lack of love, compassion, affection and care? Why hate, anger, fear, violence, greed and jealousy have become so much dominant factors in our lives? Why is there so much poverty, injustice and degradation? By the power of thinking human beings made tremendous progress in the field of science and technology. Same instrument of thought is being used to bring about self-destruction. Is there a way out of this mess? The quest for intelligent living and the search for a better society are perhaps as old as man himself. Saints and philosophers examined life from different angles and prescribed codes of conduct. Psychologists April 2009

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC “It’s all in your head,” your friend might say, telling you that you are imagining a situation, usually one that upsets you. Yet many entrepreneurs, as well as spiritual teachers say, “If you believe it you will see it” and “All great accomplishments begin with an idea.” Gandhi taught, “Be the change you want to see.” In these challenging times, a positive attitude might inspire creative and resourceful action. So in addition to the obvious meanings of head as a body part and as your mind as in “He has a good head for math” and “Use your head to find a solution” what other meanings are there for head? The verb head has several common meanings: (1) To go or make something go in a particular direction as “We were heading for the airport.” (2) To be in charge of a group as “John headed the committee.” (3) To be moving towards a situation, headed for something as, “He was headed for trouble.” (4) A document is headed with words at the top of the page or beginning of a paragraph. (5) A phrasal verb is to head off someone or something or to stop them from moving in a particular direction. In old cowboy movies the hero (or bandit) would say, “Let’s head them off at the pass.” Can you infer the various meanings of the noun head in these sentences: “She’s the head of the department.” “He sat at the head of the table.” “I fixed the shower head.” “I bought a head of lettuce.” The kids were covered with mud from head to toe.” “Let’s put our heads together to solve this problem.” “I didn’t understand the lecture; it was over my head.” “He got so upset, he lost his head.” “Don’t let all the praise go to your head (make you conceited).” A problem or illness comes to a head when it turns into a crisis. If someone shouts, “Heads up” you should move or duck because a falling or thrown object is headed right for you. You might laugh your head off if you hear a very funny joke. Romeo and Juliet were head over heels in love. One side of a coin is the head (the side with the head); the other is the “tail.” 1 The meaning does lie in the “music.” Here is another word pair that illustrates the importance of using the correct intonation or stress pattern. The noun “protest” with the first syllable stressed and the word pronounced “PROtest” is the name of an action expressing opposition. The verb, “proTEST” with the second syllable stressed, the “oh” in the first syllable reduced to an unstressed “uh” and pronounced “pruhTEST,” means to say or do something to show your disagreement. Remember to pronounce the stressed syllable louder, longer and with a higher pitch which then falls if it is the final syllable in the word. 2 April 2009

Use context clues, dictionaries and special resources to learn idioms. Match the idioms with the meanings 4 ___Off the top of my head ___Eyes in the back of my head ___Head in the clouds ___Put their heads together a. knowing what is happening without seeing it b. daydreaming c. without thinking hard d. work with another person Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: 1. Look and listen for various ways head is used in magazine articles and conversation. 2. Pronounce “protest” as a noun vs. a verb correctly in conversation. 3. Define and use these words in sentences: hydrostat, hydrophobia, hydroplane, hydroponics, hydropower, hydrate, hydrangea, hydrotherapy, hydrosphere. (Answers NOT provided! Use a dictionary.) 4. Listen to conversations and check the newspapers for examples of all four idioms. References and Notes:. 1 Longman Dictionary of American English, Pearson Education Limited, 2004, pp. 426-427. 2

MEEC (Mastering Effective English Communication): The Intonation Patterns of American English by Lorna Sikorski, LDS Associates, pg. 23.


Every Day Vocabulary by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., 1998: Doubleday Direct, Inc., Chapter 3: Get To the Root of the Matter, pp. 38-43.


The Idioms Workbook, 2nd Edition by Myra Shulman Auslin, Pro-Ed 2003, p.237.

Answers 1-c, 2-a, 3-b, 4-e, 5d; 6-a, 7-e, 8-b, 9-c, 10-d.

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Get to the root of words3 A root is the stem or base form of many words. Learn just a few roots to unlock the meaning of many words. Match the root to the meaning: 1___graphy a. water 2___hydro b. follow 3___sequ c. writing 4___polit d. fire 5___pyro e. citizen Now match words to their definitions: 6__calligraphy a. fancy handwriting 7__dehydrate b. something following 8__sequel c. worldly 9__cosmopolitan d. producing heat 10__pyrogenic e. dry out

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Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 6,323.89 Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 7,227.34 The Pakistani economy, currency and equity market NASDAQ Composite (USA): 1,447.69 continued to encounter significant turbulence throughS & P 500 Index (USA): 778.77 out early 2009. Due to the increasing violence and unrest in the country, investors shied away from Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 50.88 = $1.00, investing there. Compounding the tense situation was Pakistani Rs. 80.25 = $1.00 the fall of the Swat valley to elements of the Taliban during mid-February 2009 after a lengthy battle with Gold Price: $873 / ounce (Mumbai) Silver Price: $12.96 / ounce (Mumbai) the Pakistani Army. The Karachi KSE-100 index had dipped below 5,000 during late January 2009 and sub(Note —- Mumbai prices quoted in U.S. dollars were calculated using the above exchange rate and the metric factor sequently made a 15 percent recovery to the 5,750 of 28.6 grams equals 1 ounce. Generally speaking, there are level. 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Rattled Retirees Cope with a Roller Coaster Market When the AARP conducted a nationwide phone survey in October 2008, asking working Americans aged 45 and older how the turbulent U.S. economy is affecting them personally, 65 percent said they will have to delay retirement and work longer to compensate for losses. That’s grim news for a populace eager to reap the rewards for decades of keeping their nose to the grindstone. And, it’s just one more bit of proof that we are facing serious times filled with serious financial challenges. Unfortunately, retired people and those within arm’s reach of their Golden Years are experiencing a perfect storm: fuel prices have been at record highs, driving the price of everything from gas to eggs through the roof. Investment earnings are also down… way down. We’ve been financing a war, picking up the pieces from natural disasters both here and abroad, watching the housing market disintegrate, and facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Dualincome, working households are struggling, but quite probably those hit hardest are the Americans trying to get by on fixed incomes that simply do not stretch as far. For the first time in a long time, Americans are rethinking their relationship with money. Uncertain Times According to the Employment Benefit Research Institute’s 2008 Annual Retirement Confidence Survey, only 29 percent of Americans believe they’ll have a financially secure retirement, down 12 percentage points from 2007 – the largest drop since the survey began 18 years ago. Healthcare cost concerns and declining home values weigh heavily into this perception. As Americans have become almost solely responsible for their own financial independence in the absence of pension plans, and with many retirees’ money linked to Wall Street in one way or another, wild 700-point market swings are not for the meek. Reality Check So, what can you do if you’re at or near retirement age? For starters, you can rethink when you retire. Delaying retirement by a few years, or even just one year, may help you save more and offset market losses. It may not be what any soon-to-retire worker wants to hear, but keeping your job for a while longer is probably the best way to add new money into your retirement savings. Consider holding off on retirement account withdrawals as long as possible. The longer you can let them work (and hopefully grow), the better off you’ll be. If you have already retired but are able-bodied April 2009

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Immigration Matters Layoffs Around the Corner (or Behind the Bend)? Immigration Concerns from an H-1B Employee’s Perspective By Emily Sumner, Challa Law Offices In today’s turbulent economy, layoffs are increasingly common. This clearly causes tremendous stress for the laid-off employee: aside from the loss of the job itself, the person affected much search for new work, re-arrange finances to make ends meet while he or she is out of work, arrange for health insurance coverage, etc. However when the person laid-off is a foreign national, he or she must deal with another layer of issues, namely, maintaining valid non-immigrant status. The following questions outline some of the most common issues for laid-off H-1B employees. For simplicity’s sake, we will use questions from Sam, a fictional H-1B employee who has recently been laidoff. Sam’s Question: Isn’t there a 30-day grace period in which I can file a change of status request, or in which a new employer can file a new H-1B petition on my behalf so that I maintain status? Challa Law Answer: There is no official grace period. Technically speaking, an H-1B employee is no longer in valid status starting immediately when he or she is terminated. In practice, if you file a change of status request, or a new H-1B petition relatively soon after the termination of employment, USCIS frequently approves the change of status or H-1B transfer/extension request. However, USCIS does not have to approve such request if you are not in valid status at the time of filing. Remember, if you are not currently in valid non-immigrant status, there is no guarantee that the change of status will be approved. Sam’s Question: How does USCIS know that I have been laid-off when I file a change of status or a new H-1B petition? Challa Law Answer: When you file a change of status or extension (H-1B or otherwise), you should always include a copy of your most recent pay stubs to show that you are still in valid H-1B status. If you do not include them, USCIS will likely issue a request for evidence asking for the copies of the pay stubs. If you do not or cannot provide them, USCIS would then determine that you are no longer in valid status. Sam’s Question: Once I have been laid-off from my job, can I change employers? How soon after the termination do I have to file the new H-1B petition? Challa Law Answer: See the response to question one April 2009

above. Further, in this instance, USCIS may approve the H-1B petition itself, but not the H-1B transfer or extension part of the request. In that case, the USCIS approval notice would not have the I-94 card at the bottom of the approval notice. You would need to leave the US and re-enter to obtain the I-94 card. If your H-1B visa stamp in your passport is still valid (even if it is for a different employer), you would not have to have the visa re-stamped. Sam’s Question: I don’t have immediate employment opportunities in the US, but I know I don’t want to return to my home country right now. Can’t I just stay in the US for a while until I figure out what to do next? Challa Law Answer: Your H-1B status terminates as of the date the employment is stopped. Further, if you are unlawfully present in the US for more than 180 days, you would then face a three year bar to re-enter the US. If you accrue one year or more of unlawful presence, you would face a ten-year bar to re-enter the US. Moreover, if you overstay your period of authorized stay, your visa is void and you must return to your home country to obtain a new visa. Sam’s Question: I want to change status now to visitor’s status (B) or to H-4 (because my spouse is in valid H-1B status) to maintain valid non-immigrant status. Then when I find a new job in a few months, can I go right back to H-1B status? Will I be subject to the H-1B cap? Challa Law Answer: Yes, this is a viable strategy. You probably will not be counted against the H-1B when you file the new petition. If you have been counted against the cap in the past six years, you would not be counted against the cap again. If you were counted against the H-1B cap more than six years ago, or if you were working for a cap-exempt employer and now want to work for a cap-subject employer, you would be subject to the H-1B cap. Conclusion These are some of the frequently asked questions regarding H-1B status following termination of employment from the H-1B employee’s perspective. Every situation is unique, and it is critical to meet with an experienced immigration attorney who can create the best strategy for your situation. Contact Lakshmi Challa at 804.360.8482 Extending H-1B Status Beyond the Six-Year Limitation Period By Udai V. Singh Established by the Immigration Act of 1990, the H1B visa category allows U.S. employers to augment the existing labor force with highly skilled temporary Saathee

workers, who are admitted to the United States for an initial period of three years and extendable for an additional three years. Typical H-1B occupations include architects, engineers, computer programmers, accountants, doctors and college professors. Congress has limited the number of H-1B requests that USCIS may approve at 65,000 for fiscal year 2010, i.e. from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. H-1B extensions or modifications, or persons working for cap-exempt employers like institutions of higher education, or nonprofit research organizations are not counted against the 65,000 cap. However, the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21) and related legislation, regulations and memos have provided that H-1B aliens for whom permanent immigration process is underway may extend their H-1B status in the United States beyond the sixth year in certain circumstances. USCIS’ Vermont Service Center noted that only one of the following conditions need to be met as of the date of filing of the H-1B extension request: 1) 365 or more days have passed since the filing of any application for labor certification; and, the labor certification, if approved, has not been revoked, is unexpired, or has been timely filed with an EB petition within the labor certification’s validity period; or 2) 365 or more days have passed since the filing of an Employment based immigrant petition that is still pending; or 3) The alien is the beneficiary of an approved Employment based immigrant petition and is not able to file an adjustment of status application or, if such application has already been filed, is unable to adjust status due to the unavailability of an immigrant visa number. With respect to the first two conditions, the VSC has confirmed eligibility for an extension beyond the 6th year as long as one of these criteria are met prior to the alien’s requested start date, regardless of whether the H-1B extension application is filed prior to the passage of such period of time. For an alien who has already reached the six-year maximum, they are eligible to extend H-1B status beyond the six-year “cap” if the labor certification application or I-140 petition has been pending for at least 365 days prior to the alien’s requested start date on the petition. If an employee has H-1B time remaining under the regulatory six-year limitation period, the employer may file an H-1B extension petition requesting the amount of H-1B time remaining, plus a one-year extension pursuant to AC21 §106. USCIS will first make a determination on the amount of time that may be granted to reach the six-year limitation of stay, then make a determination as to whether a labor certification application or I-140 petition will have been pending at least 365 days at the conclusion of the initial six-year limitation period. The one-year extension will be granted provided that: 1) A labor certification is unexpired at the time of filing the extension petition, and 2) The labor certification or the I-140 petition was filed at least 365 days prior to the date the alien will exhaust 6 years of H-1B status pursuant to 8 CFR § 214(g)(4); and 3) The extension petition is otherwise approvable. April 2009

Vermont Service Center has confirmed that aliens remain eligible for a three-year H-1B extension beyond the 6th year pursuant to AC21 section 104 as long as the alien is the beneficiary of an approved I140 petition and is ineligible to adjust status or apply for an immigrant visa abroad because no visa numbers are available at the time the H-1B extension petition is filed. If the priority date becomes current while the extension petition is pending, the beneficiary should still be eligible for a three-year extension of H1B status. Question for USCIS: Confirm that the 10 day stay authorized prior to commencement of H-1 authorization and the 10 days of stay permitted after expiration of an H-1 petition are not counted towards the calculation of six years of presence in the United States in H-1 classification. Our understanding is that this is not actual H-1 stay authorized through an approved petition, but an administrative accommodation to the needs of individuals who are traveling in and out of the United States. Is this consistent with VSC’s understanding? Answer: When calculating the six-year limitation, VSC takes into consideration all time in which the beneficiary was physically present in the United States in H status. This includes any time within the 10 days preceding the original beginning validity date granted by CIS in which CBP may have admitted the beneficiary as an H-1 under 214.2(h)(13)(i). VSC will only grant to the end of the six-year period, although we recognize that CBP may admit the beneficiary for an additional 10 days beyond our validity date pursuant to 214.2(h)(13)(i). Courtesy: American Immigration Lawyers Association

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Dog Tags Unite People Touched by Diabetes (ARA) - Nick Jonas, the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers, knows first hand that being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes is life changing. He also knows, however, that a diabetes diagnosis does not necessarily need to be life restricting. Through carefully monitoring his diet, exercise and blood sugar levels, Nick has been able to simplify life with diabetes while also achieving his dreams. Nick, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 13, is passionate about sharing his personal experiences with diabetes because he knows so many young people, like him, can feel alone when diagnosed with the disease. As one way of sharing his story, Nick has teamed up with Bayer Diabetes Care to provide young people and their families with the motivation and support they need to help simplify life with diabetes. Bayer and Nick share a common goal of helping people with diabetes simplify their lives by achieving “Simple Wins:” small, everyday victories for managing the disease that can lead to big differences over time. For Nick, a Simple Win is about making other kids with diabetes feel like they can live their dreams. As part of their latest effort, Nick and Bayer have created limited edition dog tags — modeled after the one Nick wears — to be worn as a symbol of hope and solidarity to unite anyone whose life is touched by diabetes. Two versions of the dog tags are available: one for people who would like to support the cause and another specifically as a medical alert in case of emergency for people with diabetes. Both dog tags feature a lyric from “A Little Bit Longer,” the song Nick wrote about his diabetes. The dog tags can be purchased at, and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will benefit the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation, which provides support to programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed. Nick hopes that sharing his story will raise awareness for the disease among all kids and teens, and he is passionate about helping kids like him with diabetes find ways to manage the disease so they can make their own dreams come true. For Nick, the following four steps are crucial in helping maintain control of his disease: • Staying educated. Knowing all you can about your diabetes will help you manage it properly. It is important to read, talk with your family and ask questions. Education empowers a young person April 2009

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The Cricket Forum By Rajesh Ganatra Cricket in Pakistan - does it have a future? Recently, Sri Lanka toured Pakistan for a pair of Tests and several ODIs. The first Test was played in peace, however, on the 3rd day of the 2nd Test at Lahore, tragedy struck. As the Sri Lankan team was heading towards Gaddafi stadium for the match, terrorists attacked their bus and several members of the team were injured - luckily, none of the team members lost their lives and the injuries were not life-threatening. Eight Pakistani policemen were not so lucky - they lost their lives in the line of duty trying to protect the cricketers. Pakistan has experienced escalating violence over the past 18 months, especially after the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during late December 2007. However, cricket had never been targeted by terrorists, until this dastardly act. This terror attack shook the cricket world and Pakistani cricket has and will continue to be tarnished by this attack. After the 11/26 tragedy in Mumbai, the Indian team elected not to visit Pakistan during January 2009-February 2009. However, the Sri Lankan team still decided to go ahead with their tour due to promises of a strong security detail - however, the “security” provided had gaping holes in it and the terrorists did not hesitate to exploit the gaps. Pakistanis have a strong love and passion of Cricket and despite the country’s fragile condition cricket had been a bridge to thaw relations with neighboring India beginning spring of 2004. The cricket world fondly remembers the Indian team’s tour to many venues in Pakistan and the cricketers and fans were greeted with friendship, hospitality and wonderful matches - the ODIs were especially high scoring and both sides played extremely well. Soon after India visited Pakistan, the Pakistanis visited India for a series in which the signs of friendship emerged even more. Trade along the Wagah border crossing, the only land crossing between the two nations, blossomed after the cricket exchange. On a side note, Pakistan’s financial markets started to perform extremely well during Spring of 2004 as well - the rallies continued into 2005, 2006, 2007 and early 2008 as well and it seemed like Pakistan was coming along very well in terms of developing itself. However, the violence and unrest gradually expanded from the tribal areas near the Afghanistan border and enveloped many areas of the country, heading progressively east. Many innocent people lost their lives when they simply went to the neighborhood Masjid to offer prayers - suicide bombers did not spare those holy sites. Recently, the Swat Valley (which was a major tourist attraction and was labeled Switzerland in Pakistan) fell to various elements of the Taliban during February 2009.

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ity or books and computer/office supplies to the local library or school. So now that you have your invitations, decide on party decorations, activities and favors. Decorate the house and the yard with fruits and vegetables, flowers from the yard. Wrap those plastic takeout containers in the cabinet and turn them into utensil holders. Set up an activity table for friends. Start saving toilet tissue and paper towel rolls. These can be turned into really pretty flower vases. Or make a Savaran from Sri Lanka. Dancers shake Savarans to the beat of a drum. Make a drum by using old coffee containers. When you’re done, you’ll have your very own musical dance party, too! Check out for more craft ideas. Another thing you and your guests can do, not just for the sake of your party, but also for the greater good of your family and for the Earth, is to plant flowers, trees, or a vegetable garden. There’s nothing more tantalizing than a fresh ripe tomato or a sweet succulent strawberry taken from your own yard. I’m not a great cook, but people are always in awe of the fresh picked herbs and vegetables I use in my dishes. Freshness can really make even a mediocre dish come to life! Whether you actually have your own Earth Day Celebration or not, there are activities that you can do that will continue to help our environment. I’ve always had large dogs in my family. One sunny, breezy day, I took my Akitas to the park. They were in the midst of shedding their undercoats, and some of that fur was jutting through their top layer of hair. This soft, thick cottony undercoat was then caught in the wind and flew across the park. Just then, almost on cue, several birds came swooping down, picking up the fur and away they went back to their nests. Whether it’s your pet’s fur, hair from your own brush, feathers from your comforters, dried grass, or pieces of string lying around the house, these are all items that our feathered friends can use toward building their nests. You can leave them outside, hanging from a tree or, like my breezy day in the park, let them get caught in the wind. And going back to the party theme of filling the bags, you can do this on your own. Think of it as motivation for spring-cleaning, too. Just this past week, I finally got around to cleaning out all the clothing closets. It was a chore to get started, but by the time I was done, nine large bags of clothing and shoes for kids and adults, as well as two boxes of children’s videos and books, went to the Good Will. There was actually space for things, I’ll get a tax deduction for the donation, and I feel really good that other people will be able to use the items that my kids outgrew so quickly. April 22 is Earth Day. Let’s not only acknowledge it then, but make our efforts a way of life. Every day, most of us get up with the sense to give their all to their families, put in their time and energies to their jobs. So many actions we take are second nature to us, such as locking the doors, turning off the lights, grabbing our wallets and cell phones, kissing the kids. Let’s make saving the Earth second nature today, tomorrow, and every day. Saathee

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Community Focus Events of note Aag Ki Raat: Night of Fire Dance Competition 2009 The Indian Cultural Exchange at the University of South Carolina will present “Aag Ki Raat: Night of Fire Dance Competition 2009” on Saturday, April 11, 2009 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Ira and Nancy Koger Center on the campus of The University of South Carolina, Columbia. Tickets are $10. Contributions will be donated to Ekal Vidyalaya, to further education efforts in rural India. For details call 803.251.2222. A humor filled Hasya Kavi Sammelan is scheduled on Sunday, April 12, 2009 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville, NC. Tickets are $10. Indian Food will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for free. The featured poets include: Manjit Singh (Haryana), Surendra Dubey (Chhattisgarh), and Rajendra Rajan (Uttar Pradesh). They have each participated in national and international Kavi Sammelans including at India’s prestigious Red Fort, and have enthralled audiences in around the globe. They have recited in many radio and TV programs including Door-Darshan and All India Radio, and are widely published in major newspapers and literary journals. Details: Sudha Om Dhingra (919.678.9056), Mrs. Saroj Sharma (919.460.7830). National sponsor is International Hindi Association Get to Know Indian Classical Music The Blumenthal Center’s Education Institute and Friends of Music at Queens are partnering for a Get to Know the Show highlighting Indian classical music in support of the upcoming performance of Ravi Shankar in the Belk Theater on May 4, 2009. Viswas Chitnis, featured sitar artist, and tabla accompanist, Chris Johnson, will introduce attendees to Indian music known as Raga Sangeet which can be traced back nearly two thousand years to its origin in the hymns of the Hindu temples. Learn about the sitar through an educational presentation, listen to Indian classical music based on melody and rhythm, and learn the similarities and differences between classical Indian music and Western classical music. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A, so that by the end of the event, attendees will have some new insights that will help them better appreciate and enjoy Ravi Shankar’s performance. One lucky person will win a raffle for two free tickets to the show. All participants will receive a voucher to redeem for the purchase of a discounted ticket to the public show. Offer valid as long as tickets are available. The event takes place on Saturday April 18, 2009 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte. The event is free but participants must RSVP by calling 704.348.5784 or visiting online at April 2009

"I am an Indian Woman" art exhibit “I am an Indian Woman” exhibit will feature art from artists around the region. The juried art exhibit is presented by India Center and India Association of Charlotte, NC. The opening reception will take place at Loch Walker Gallery and Skyway Gallery in Spirit Square, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte on April 18, 2009, 11am - 1pm. The exhibit will be displayed through June 30, 2009. A New Abode for Sri Venkateswara The construction of temples and other houses of worship by Hindus across this vast nation are almost always preceded by a technological and population boom that sows the seeds of spiritual awakening. It is fulfilling experience, as many have left their homeland behind and seek to establish roots amidst the cultural crosscurrents of the melting pot called the United States. In many respects the emergence of Sri Venkateswara Temple of NC in Cary is an embodiment of that entrepreneurial, religious and nationalistic aspiration. The burgeoning subculture has fueled a renaissance in all things Hindu, furthering the ancient traditions in a pioneering zeal that has created an abode for a revered deity. If recent history is a reliable harbinger, the temple will lay the foundation for an accelerated establishment of centers of excellence in performing arts, language and spiritual learning programs for new generations of Hindus. Above all, it should become the magnet that draws people together to introspect and seek release from the worldly distractions. The S.V. Temple of NC was conceived over 10 years ago has quickly garnered huge patronage and goodwill of the greater Carolinas and southern Virginia communities. The rituals at the institution represent the best of the broad Vaishnava Agama Shastra in the Pancharathra tradition. The temple will boast the only sannidhi for Lord Viswaksena in North America and another rarity is the twin abode for Sri Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha. The consecration ceremonies for the temple will take place amid the elaborately designed and ornate construction at the campus in Cary, NC. The event will draw the top priests and scholars from across the country and the globe. The mukhya acharya for the event will be Pandit Sri Komanduri Vardaramanujan. Sri Komanduri is a



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past principal of T.T.D Veda Patashala in Tirupathi and an eminent scholar and priest who has led many consecrations over the past 40 years. His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji will also attend. The mobilization for this monumental task has been underway for over a year. Hundreds of devotees are engaged in putting together the fundraising, logistics, infrastructure, facilities and human resources. The pranpratistha will take place May 23-28, 2009. Additional information about the event is available at or write to The temple can be reached during business hours at 919-468-0040. Look for a feature story on the temple in the May issue of Saathee.

Community Reports: Correction: Last month we incorrectly place the photo of dancers Nirupama and Rajendra with the Bhangra article in the Community Focus section. The couple performed at an Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) event and should have been placed with the IPAAC write-up. Classes at NCSU: Dr. Pankaj Jain, Lecturer, Dept. of Foreign Languages at North Carolina State University is offering Sanskrit and Jain Traditions (non-violence) classes during Fall 2009 semester. For more details write to or visit

HSNC Om Squad Om Squad is the moniker for the Youth Group of Hindu Society of North Carolina (HSNC) and was started last year as an effort to unite the Hindu youth of the triangle area and get them to actively participate in cultural and religious activities at HSNC. Although the activities of Om Squad will be targeted for High School and College Students, the organization is open to all and there are no formalities to join. Visit the HSNC Om Squad group on Facebook or send email to to subscribe to the Yahoo Group HSNCOmSquad. On February 27, 2009 Om Squad held a Garba and Bhangra Night at HSNC Main Hall. The aim of this program was to introduce Om Squad to the high school and college c o m m u n i t y. Formal planning on the event started on in early January and from that day until the very day of the event things were constantly being planned, and since the planning team was all students (most were 9th and 10th graders, with two 12th graders) the group could not meet on a daily basis. Nonetheless the vital element of communication was present. During the last week before the event the planning team started April 2009

to heavily publicize at schools. Meanwhile Geet Bazaar Desi Radio assisted with publicizing to a wider audience in the Triangle area. The Garba and Bhangra Night was a success. Garba music was by sargam group and DJ Rang provided the music for Bhangra. Over a 100 people attended the event. The participation and the constant surge of energy were incredible and those who were not familiar with steps from garba or dandiya got some quick lessons from those that did. Food and drinks kep the energy levels high. The response from those who came has been to do it again, and not annually but quarterly. If this event was to judge the success of Om Squad then this group has a bright future in this growing community. The group thanks all the student volunteers who came out to help set up and manage everything on the night of the event.

Dancer Becomes the Dance By Jayanthi (“Jay”) Balachandran Dance enthusiasts witnessed a breath-taking performance by one of India’s leading Odissi dancers Sujata Mohapatra on Saturday, March 6, 2009 at North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM) in Durham, North Carolina. A superlative orchestra of professional, live musicians from India accompanied her. The troupe included a vocalist, a percussionist, a flautist and a violinist. The program was presented through collaboration with the Indian Classical Music and Dance Society (ICMDS), Triangle Oriya Association and Pani Dance Academy. Odissi is one of seven classical styles of dance that exist in India today. It originates from the East Indian state of Orissa. It is a highly lyrical dance style, with codified body movements, hand gestures and facial expressions. Its grace and fluidity mark the hallmark of the style and bring to life the awe-inspiring sculptures that are carved in the ancient temples of Orissa. Dance was considered a mode of worship and the temples became the seat of devotion. Odissi is a judicious combination of grace, sculpturesque poses, spirituality and mellifluous music. Its distinct features are (a) Tribhangi – poses formed by three “bends” in the body and (b) the Chauka – a square-like stance with the feet and hands. Pure and emotive dance are learned and mastered over many years of arduous training and discipline. As Sujata put it succinctly in her own words: “Learning Odissi requires dedication, discipline and determination.” The enchanting costumes of vibrant colors and rich textures, coupled with ornate jewelry and facial make-up, provide a captivating visual spectacle all of its own. Sujata is not only an exquisite dancer in her own right, but is also the daughter-in-law of one of India’s legendary figures in the field of Odissi – Kelucharan Mohapatra. His name is synonymous with the East Indian classical dance style and has been responsible for carving a niche for Odissi in the annals of not just classical dance in India, Saathee

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Aradhna Performance in Raleigh

It is always interesting to see the crowd’s reaction to Aradhna when they perform live. First of all they have to get over the hurdle that these are Yeshu bhajans sung in Hindi by people with white skin. Chris Hale, who plays sitar and sings lead vocals, may look white on the outside, but after growing up in Nepal and India and living there for 25 years is really an Indian on the inside. After competing in Battle of Band shows in India for many years in front of thousands of people with his electric guitar, he switched to more intimate shows like those in Raleigh by playing his sitar. For the last 10 years he has been accompanied by Pete Hicks, who was born in India and returned to play with Chris on his band competitions. While touring together they came up with the idea to sing Indian style bhajans instead of western style rock music. They found lyrics written by several Indians expressing their devotion to Yeshu and set forth on composing and arranging music in the bhajan style. For them it was the best way to express their own devotion through music. They still struggle to this day with how to market themselves. Are they a fusion band? Are

they just entertaining others? Are they teaching easy to learn kirtans? After traveling all over the world in such places as India, South Africa, Dubai, and England, they have steadily built up a group of faithful followers. Aradhna performed in March in Raleigh. The first night was a perfect illustration of the confusion over what Aradhna is all about. The performance was initially scheduled for the Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville, but with five days to go before the concert, the booking was canceled. Since they already had the E.S. King Commons building reserved for the following night, the NC State authorities allowed the concert to be held at the same location on Friday night. Because of the venue change or short notice there were only around 30 people present. In speaking to the tabla player, Jim Feist, after the dismal turnout – he mentioned that he had a feeling it would be a packed house the next night. The passion and enthusiasm that Jim showed on tabla was amazing as he played with all his heart as if it was thousands watching him. The band played to a big crowd on Saturday night. The first evening was mostly Caucasians, but the second night was clearly dominated by Indians most of which were young students. They performed “Jaya Dev,” a song written in Sanskrit by Brahmabandhab Upadhyay over 100 years ago. Chris and Pete set the words to music. Another crowd pleaser was “Yeshu Muktinath.” Besides Chris on sitar, Pete on guitar and Jim on tabla, Travis McAfee played electric bass and Pete’s wife Fiona played classical Indian viola. After the show some people wanted to see Chris’ sitar as the best sitar maker in the world made it in New Delhi. Saathee

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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. Upcoming Events: April 17-20: Sri Sri Ayurveda Vegetarian Cooking Course In Charlotte. Learn the principles of Ayurveda and discover fascinating knowledge about living a healthy, lively and balanced lifestyle through this eye-opening course. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am8:30 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 invites members from Indian community living at Lake Norman and the surrounding areas to join the organization and be a part of the ongoing fun activities. Info: 704.807.4485 (Mitesh Parikh) 704.450.6130 (Ajay Patel) 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) April 2009

Charlotte Gita Study Group Charlotte Gita Study Group cordially invites folks to listen to Swami Pratyagbodhananda. Swamiji will speak (in English) on Bhagavad Gita: Important Concepts. Sri Swami Pratyagbodhananda, a disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, is a traditional teacher of Vedanta. He has been teaching for the past two decades in Surat, India and at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Saylorsburg, PA. Swamiji teaches texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagatavam. With his love and understanding, he has endeared himself to all those with whom he has come in touch. Venue: 3001 Stanbury Drive, Matthews, NC 28104 (Brookhaven) Dates/Timing: Fri Apr 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. & Sat Apr 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info: Rajesh Venky & Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567,

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),

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), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod),

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)

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 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. Info: 704.544.0790, 704.563.5440, Saathee

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

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India Association of Charlotte Call for Entries for a Juried Art Exhibit —- Dates: April 15 - May 26, 2009 at Spirit Square, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC. The theme for this exhibition will be “I Am An Indian Woman.” Info: 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 programs: 1. Smt. Padma Talwakar, Vocal Concert, Saturday, May 2, 2009 at CPCC, Tate Hall 2. Shri Anand Bhate Gandharva, Vocal Concert, Saturday, June 20, 2009 at CPCC, Tate Hall. 3. Dr. Rajeeb and Reena Chakraborty, Sarod & Sitar Jugalbandi, Saturday, September 19, 2009 at CPCC, Tate Hall. 4. Smt. Yogini Gandhi and her troupe, dance Odissi and Kathak Style, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at CPCC, Pease Auditorium. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 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) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. We promote the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and Saathee

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Community News & Events 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 successful professionals in many fields. Info: (Hardik Shah) Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham Charlotte chapter is looking for volunteers and someone to lead the Charlotte Chapter. Info: M. Ramesh 919.678.0109 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 for the greater community. Info: Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every 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 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh and Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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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 Road, Charlotte, NC. The 2008 season has recently concluded SPCC encourages new players to join the club for the upcoming 2009 season. Info: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), 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 people 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: 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. TAGCA in association with Hindu Center is organizing Telugu Saathee

Classes at Hindu Center, which will be conducted alternate Sundays. Info: Sreedhar Manjigani 704.965.6704 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. Join the fun. Info: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

Greensboro Greensboro Center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, Barsana Dham A satsang (devotional meeting) is regularly held on Saturdays from 3:30 - 5 pm at the home of Ashwatthama and Madhu Sharma, which includes prayer, chanting, meditation and lectures of Shree Kripalu Maharajji on the philosophy of Shrimad Bhagwatam. The lectures of Jagatguru Shree Kripalu Maharajji are shown on the “International Channel Network” —weekdays at 7:30 am and Saturdays at 12:30 pm and also on TV Asia weekdays at 8 am and 10 am on weekends. Info: 336.643.0578, 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 Hare Krishna Temple Sandy Ridge This rural Hare Krishna community is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The community is based upon the teachings of Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the philosophy of the BhagavadGita, becoming God conscious. Come and join in the kirtan, mantra meditation, and discourses on the top

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Community News & Events most yoga system. There are lots of regular festivities and events. Treat yourself to a free, hot and delicious vegetarian meal on Sundays at 1 pm. Venue: 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. Info: 336.871.9738 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 & community service. Info: 336.621.5848 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) Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter, offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Over 500 videos are available at 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, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Dr. Greensboro, NC 27407 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm, 3090 Diaz Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai April 2009

Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4 6 pm, all other Sundays 10 am 12:15 pm. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro)

Raleigh Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. Info: Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. Info:

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: (Charlotte region) 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 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), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen),

Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Info: 919.309.1045 Bhai Dyal Singh 919.467.4856 - Mrs. Raj Dhillon

Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens of Indian origin who are of age 60 and over - the organization meets on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center, which is located on High house Road in Cary, NC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An election for Board of Directors for 2009 is in the works.

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Community News & Events table 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. CRYRDU invites people to join the enthusiastic volunteer base to contribute ideas or any relevant skills. Info: 919.362.9591 (Sarav Arunachalam) Chinmaya Mission The group hosts study groups/satsangs in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, and Chapel Hill and all are welcome to attend. Chinmaya Mission offers an avenue for adults to acquire spiritual knowledge that can be applied to lead a successful and happy life. Study groups follows three disciplines - self-study, enlightened discussion, and finally, reflection on the knowledge gained in class. Info: 919.544.2815 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 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 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote April 2009

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. The group is currently seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) 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: 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) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Hasya Kavisammelan “Hasya Kavisammelan” on Sun Apr 12 @ 6:30 p.m. Venue: Hindu Bhavan (Temple Hall) 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, North Carolina. Tickets: $10. Indian Food will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for free. Manjit Singh of Haryana is a talented Haasya Kavi. Writer of six books and 2 CDs to his credit, Manjit Saathee

Singh is a recognized star in India. From the podium, he will make you laugh and laugh and deliver the serious message that will be remembered for a long time to come. This is his second trip to the US. Surendra Dubey of Chhattisgarh is a leading satirist in India who has entertained and awakened the conscience of millions of people with his humor containing a deep penetrating satire. Writer of 6 books and 3 CDs to his credit, Dr. Dubey is a maestro of haasya-vyang. This is his second trip to the US as well. Rajendra Rajan of Uttar Pradesh is a gifted poet. Rajan’s forceful voice with an equally effective message leaves the audience spellbound willing to listen to him more. He has two books to his credit. This is his first trip to the US. The featured poets have each participated in over 1500 national and international Kavi Sammelns including at India’s prestigious Red Fort, and have enthralled the audiences globally. Info: Sudha Om Dhingra, 919.678.9056 Mrs. Saroj Sharma, 919.460.7830 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.” It organizes three colorful events annually and the 2009 celebrations are as follows: - Gandhi Jayanti on October 4 at the Marbles Kids Museum - Children’s Day on November 14 at the HSNC Cultural Hall. Group performances by youth, children and adult artists from the Triangle community are welcomed for all three events. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520 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. Sun Apr 12 - “Hasya Kavisammelan” at Hindu Bhavan (Temple Hall) 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, North Carolina. Tickets: $10. (See lisiting

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Community News & Events for “Hasya Kavisammelan” in this section for more details). Info: 919.851.0225 (Saroj Sharma) 919.461.0001 (Vinod Goel) 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, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Info: Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. Info: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United April 2009

States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. Info: - Triangle area - Charlotte Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Info: 919.468.3332 (Mamta Bisarya) 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi) 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. Sat Apr 18 - Carnatic Flute & Violin Concert by V.K. Raman (Flute) & Mysore Srikanth (Violin) with Shri. Vijay Ganesh (Mridangam) - 6 p.m. @ West Cary Middle School, 1000 Evans Road, Cary, NC. Fri May 8 - Carnatic Vocal Concert by S. Sowmya accompanied on violin by Shri R. K. Shriramkumar. 7 p.m. @ Green Hope High School, Cary, NC. Info: 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 cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim 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) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the Saathee

community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any 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 ongoing project or launch a new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow for all. Info: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church CC 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 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) 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 Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad.

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• 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 1877-625-4726 Nuv Yug 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. Info: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. Info: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” Info: Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor Saathee

activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. Info: Rasik Ranga Mancha Rasik Ranga Mancha is presenting their 2009 annual production, “Mohini” - 3-act play, written by Vasant Kanetkar, directed by Dr. Vijaya Bapat. It will be held as usual at the Durham Arts Center, in Durham NC on Sat Apr 25 and Sun Apr 26 - 1.30 p.m. each day. Free baby-sitting is available on Sat Apr 25. Info: Nitin Rane 919.303.0845 Gauri Joshi 919.386.0195 RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Info: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina Incorporated over ten years ago by a small group of devoted members of the community, it is now racing towards the grand opening and Pranapratistha on May 28, 2009. Built on over 9 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. The temple encourages devotees to frequently visit the premises, its website and subscribe to the newsletters to get updates about the progress of construction activity and preparations for the elaborate consecration ceremonies starting on May 23 and ending with the sanctification, Kumbhaprokshana and Pranapratistha on May 28. Religious pundits, scholars and spiritual leaders from across the globe to grace this unique celebrations. So don’t miss this unique and once in a life time opportunity to witness this rare

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573 Woodbury in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC. 545-0494, Info: Dilip Barman at Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) /

Regional Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together and mingle. Info: 910.799.0948 (President & Communication Director: Anil Shah) 910.791.4686 (Cultural Program Director: Suvarna Karve) 910.762.4903 (Treasury Director: Purnima Khajanchi) 910.392.1929 (Music Director: Santosh Sheth) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. Info: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) All programs are from 11 am - 12 pm (noon), followed by Aarti and Prasad Saathee

unless specified otherwise. Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani) 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 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 cross-cultural understanding between communities. Info: Madan Rangabasyam 336.354.6199

South Carolina Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. Info: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. Info: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. Info: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by

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Little Cuts Equal Big Savings Living on less means finding more places to cut costs. Consider turning the heat down a degree or two, going without air conditioning if possible, clipping coupons, and cooking at home rather than eating out. Insurance deductibles can be increased to lower premiums, and you can trade in a gas-guzzler for a fuelefficient automobile. Vacations may need to be postponed (or kept closer to home) and movie nights may involve a rental rather than going to the theater. There are usually places to cut back thousands of dollars a year if you are willing to make some sacrifices. Don’t Panic You may be scared. But, the one thing you should not do right now is pull all your money out of the market. Diversification is still a prudent investment strategy for the long term. If the ups and downs are too much to handle, consider moving some, not all, of your money into lower risk investments such as bonds, CD’s, or annuities, but do not opt for safety at the expense of losing out on significant growth should the markets steady themselves. Even if you are 65, you do not need all of your retirement savings immediately. Some will not be accessed for a decade, which is why a big picture investment mix is best, helping protect what’s there & make gains down the road. Going forward keep your long-term strategy and your timeline in mind: small portfolio shifts can loosen the knot in your stomach, but major pull-outs, especially when the market is down, are not a good idea. For help understanding the current market and how it impacts your investment plan and retirement horizon, be sure to contact your financial professional. GE – 46998B This article is not intended as legal or tax advice. Accordingly, any tax information provided here is not intended to be used and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the tax payer. Seek advice based on your particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

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1. “__ Corner,” Saathee’s feature of word puzzle. 2. Pertaining to a nature of a node. 3. Formally “Vadodara,” a city in Gujarat, India. 4. Alabama. (*) 5. “Hee Hee,” Saathee’s feature of “__” (Laughter.) 6. Above in place or position. 7. Any intoxicating fermented liquor. 8. “ ___ Rafi,” was a versatile singer of Hindi films. 10. Professional Engineer. (*) 12. Old Testament. (*) 14. A newborn infant. 15. Bashfulness; Timidity. 18. Sharp to the taste; Sour or acid. 21. A thought, conception or notion. 22. Inflammation of the ear. (Pathology) 24. Sitting down position of Yoga. (Sanskrit word) 25. To attach securely in place. 26. Mentally bright. 28. A pointed steel instrument used in sewing. 30. A compound, Sodium Chloride used in food. 34. To get more drugs, when running low. 35. The lower extremity of the face, below mouth. 37. Whatever or whichever it may be. 39. Nevertheless; in the time remaining. 41. Virginia. (*) 42. Arkansas. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)


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(Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (They are pertain to “Chocolate”).


(The common letters are “DR” - Fill in the blanks)

1. The Hindu Holy town in “Char Dham Pilgrimage” in Himalayas, Uttaranchal, India. _ _ DR _ _ _ _ _ 2. Castings. _ _ _ _ DR _ 3. A play. DR _ _ _ 4. The driving spindle of a lathe. _ _ _ DR _ _ 5. The lightest element. (H) _ _ DR _ _ _ _ 6. Frank D. Roosevelt. (*) _ DR 7. The Airport. _ _ _ _ DR _ _ _ 8. The person who draws the order. DR _ _ _ _ 9. Ten times ten. _ _ _ DR _ _ 10. The king of the Heaven. (Hinduism) _ _ DR _ 11. Take back; Remove. _ _ _ _ DR _ _ 12. Formerly “Chennai”. _ _ DR _ _ 13. The principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop’s throne. _ _ _ _ _ DR _ _ 14. Not moist or wet. DR _ 15. A group of symptoms that together are characteristics of a disease or alike. _ _ _ DR _ _ _ 16. Operated by pressurized water. _ _ DR _ _ _ _ _ 17. Situated near kidneys. _ DR _ _ _ _ 18. To flow off gradually. DR _ _ _ 19. Fourfold. _ _ _ DR _ _ _ _ 20. To direct a speech to. _ _ DR _ _ _ 21. A panel like area between the head of a window and a sill of a window above. _ _ _ _ DR _ _ 22. A liquid globule. DR _ _ 23. Various or diverse. _ _ _ DR _ 24. A mallet for shaping sheet metal. DR _ _ _ _ _ 25. The bottom layer; Lowest level. _ _ DR _ _ _


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Who wants to be a scholar?

Festivals & Holidays

By Kirit Shukla There is only one correct answer.

Compiled by Kirit Shukla

1. Arrange these cities of the world from the larger to smaller by population per census of year 2000. (a) Charlotte, NC (b) Karachi (Pakistan) (c) Mumbai (India) (d) Dhaka (Bangladesh) 2. The Music director of 1957 Hindi film Mr. X was (a) O.P. Nayyar (b) C. Ramachandra (c) Chitragupta (d) N. Dutta 3. “Amdavad–Rajkot” distance by NH#8A is about (a) 150 Kms. (b) 225 Kms. (c) 300 Kms. (d) 375 Kms.

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4. The cricket sport is believed to be originated in (a) India (b) Australia (c) England (d) Africa

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5. “Franklin Pierce” was US President for the period (a) 1850-1883 (b) 1853-1857 (c) 1857-1861 (d) 1861-1868 6. To “Go Red” is to (a) Blush (c) Irritate

(b) Be angry (d) Become bankrupt

7. Find “?” number in the series: 3,2,6,4,12,?,24,16 (a) 10 (b) 9 (c) 8 (d) 7 8. The state nickname “Bluegrass State” is (a) Maine (b) Illinois (c) New Jersey (d) Kentucky

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10. The highest number of vegetarians reside in this state in India (a) Bengal (b) Kerala (c) Punjab (d) Gujarat 11. “Shri Sahajanand Swami,” the founder of the Swaminarayana Sampradaya was born in (a) 1780 (b) 1781 (c) 1782 (d) 1783

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Major Holidays & Festivals of Jun. 09/Jul. 09

If you weigh 65 kg. the calorie consumption for the activity/per hour of walking 5km/hr. is (a) 100 (b) 200 (c) 300 (d) 400

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Scholar: All correct First Class: 11 correct Second Class: 10 correct Third Class: 9 correct Needs Improvement: 8 or less correct. You be the judge for yourself.

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9. The area of Canada is approximately — Sq. Kms. (a) 9986000 (b) 9976000 (c) 9966000 (d) 9956000


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VIRGO AUG 23 - SEP 23 After a rocky start, the month will start improving, although it may seem impossible at the time. Don’t make a random decision. Speculation just might bring some good luck. Don’t expect a major gain, though. A health improvement will bring hope and happiness for the sick. Drive safe. The last days of the month will offer an opportunity to make some extra money. Wait for right time to make a move.

General Predictions for April 2009

LIBRA SEP 23 - OCT 23 A major health problem might take away your peace of mind this month. Watch your health and enemies closely. Very closely. Your people may create your problems, this time. Now is not a good time for students, either. You might miss a very valuable opportunity and regret the loss. The best thing in the month is that you won’t lose confidence, which might actually help. It’ll help you fight bad consequences. This spirit will lead you to victory.

ARIES MAR 20 - APR 20 You’ll start out lucky, but of course destiny will be as rude as always. It’s like you’re asleep, having the best dream ever, and suddenly you hear a knock on the door. It’s fate, coming out of the blue with a wake-up call as usual. You’ll probably start spending to earn name and fame, but expenses and losses will cross all limits. Your spouse and kids will push you that way. Only the last couple of days will actually turn out good. Don’t think big this month. Try not to spend for luxury and fun. No matter how tempting it is. Don’t. And by the way, don’t buy a vehicle or invest in business this month.

SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOV 22 You’ll go head on with confidence. Your stars will guide you towards confident actions and victory during the second half of the month. You’ll enjoy not only success, but the ride towards it, too. Keep moving forward, but remember: take baby steps. Perfect teamwork will fill you with a sense of relaxation. A last minute decision will bring in some extra income for you during the last days of the month. Just keep on going with power and confidence.

TAURUS APR 20 - MAY 21 After a major hit, the second half of the month will bring plenty of success for you. It may not seem like it, but it will happen. You should probably wait for the right time to make your move, though. An unexpected opportunity will probably come by, so grab it or you’ll regret it. Your mother’s health or a propertyrelated problem might force you to change some plans. You really need to watch your language, or some narcissistic comment will probably cost you. This is a period of major ups and downs, so take the challenge. It might turn out to be fun, and anyway, life’s a roller coaster as it is.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 22 - DEC 21 You might go against your morals and traditions to support new ideas. It might create friction in the house, but the success that results will shut them up temporarily. You’ll have to go back to your old traditions to avoid any major arguments. You’ll also enjoy a promotion coming your way, but it won’t come to you right away. Avoid any business-related travel this month. A wrong decision might mess up your investments.

GEMINI MAY 21 - JUN 21 Time is going to fly so you better make quick and bold decisions. Your luck will be on your side, for once. Well, most of the time, at least. Your associates might try to trick you, so watch them. Good news about your wealth will lighten your mood. You’ll do great at your work and get a major victory. Again, though, you must take immediate action. Ignore the fact that making a move gets tiring after a while. Get used to it! Being addicted to an unhealthy product may cause a health or family problem this month. Control yourself.

CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20 You may experience the loss of moral support. A lie or a cheat will control your thoughts and drive you crazy until you make a mistake. Even though a silver lining is visible, don’t rush to reach out and grab it. Just watch yourself and avoid compromising your ideas. The golden slogan of the month is “Wait and watch.” Just relax and hang out with your friends. AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 19 Something good is going to happen this month, unless you are strongly fighting to enhance your ego. Learn to compromise and just be happy. Powerful support from your family will delight you during the second half of the month. Your actions will decide whether you’ll get success or a failure, happiness or problems. Of course you should pass up unnecessary expenses this month, as always.

CANCER JUN 21 - JUL 22 An increase in your income and status is clear this month, but you really should follow traditions. A very important career opportunity can make you seriously happy in the second half of the month. You might also get an opportunity to start your own business. However, a lack of confidence will be your main rival. Believe in yourself. Go with your gut! During the last week of the month, a major personal choice is going to be crucial. New ideas will pop into your head, and you should try some of them out.

PISCES FEB 19 - MAR 20 Be like a teen. Your luck is going to bring plenty of success and benefits. Expenses for a social gathering will also relax you. You’ll actually like spending, for once. You’ll bask in healthiness. Family happiness must be the main thing if you really want to have fun. You’ll meet new friends during the last week of the month. Bring them closer and plan to spend time with them. You’ll feel good. Don’t forget that quick actions are a serious must.

LEO JUL 22 - AUG 23 You might miss the benefits of a very powerful spiritual indication during last week of the month. If you keep working hard and honestly, you might see a huge opportunity coming your way. On the downside, you might suffer a serious health problem. If you’re looking for somebody, then now would be a good time to pick out a life partner. Your friend can help you in making the right choice. April 2009

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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Gas Station For Sale. Siler City $845K - everything included.Gross $1.2M 100Kgal. outside Very Profitable.Won't last long Financing arranged for qualified buyer 919-454-6076 Liquor Store & C-Store for Sale on Lease: Reduced Price! In Clover, SC (Near Gastonia): Asking $115 k + Inventory (Negotiable) on lease .Gross for both $385k. Call Rocky 803.810.5105 EVOS. Successful Franchisor of America’s First Healthier Fast Food. Burgers, fries, and shakes that are 5070% less fat, 100% full of flavor! Franchise opportunities now available in NC. 919-815-3026 Liquor Store For Sale: Seneca, SC. 10 Year Lease. Rent $1050. Gross $375k. Call Harry 864-882-2523 For Sale: New UPS STORE, near the airport. Will take best offer!!! Contact Kamlesh at 704-299-1790 ASAP. Location is 3120 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208 Quizno’s Sub Store For Sale: Near Concord Mills Mall & Lowes Motor Speedway. Contact Nil Patel: 704-979-8600 Convenience Store With Gas Station For Sale: In South Carolina, absentee owner, excellent opportunity for owneroperator. $50,000 + inventory, living accommodations on property. Return to your investment in one year. Call 704649-5138 or 704-258-2281. C-Store / Gas & Auto-Workshop For Sale: Charlotte, NC - Great Interstate Location, 4-5 minutes to Downtown. Lease $4500/month. 3 month deposit, no royalty fees. Purchase $550K. All EPA requirements current. Only Experienced & Financially able Call 704.641.5902 Complete Hotel Renovations: for Existing and New Construction Properties. Motels for sale in NC, SC, GA & TN. Call 704-906-9899 Businesses For Sale: CC Stores: Charlotte, NC, $195K + Inv.; Greenville, SC, $699K + Inv., GR $1.6M; Statesville, NC, $1.9M, + Inv., GR $4M; Hudson, NC, $95K + Inv., GR $1M; Peachtree, GA, $1.7M + Inv., GR $3.5M; Many Locations and Opportunities Available!! 704-8149435 Businesses For Sale: Café, restaurants, deli, coin laundry, dry clearers, and more plus residential listings. Call for best discounts when you buy or sell. 704.649.9095. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Immediate Need: looking for an Indian maid who can babysit a baby as well. Please call 917-400-8011. April 2009

EyeBrows Threading: Need Eyebrows threading help for established beauty salon in Cary area. 919-244-4425 Kitchen help needed for the Leading Franchise fast food restaurant at UNCC area. Please contact 704-909-7783 . Eyebrow & Facial Threading Practitioner Wanted: For Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, NC. Full and/or parttime. Call Bill 248-721-3255 (cell) or email resume to Eyebrow Threading Artist Needed: for location in Columbiana Center, Columbia, South Carolina. Licence preffered. Please call 980-875-1246 or E-mail to Quiznos Now Hiring: Couple or Single needed for Quiznos in Durham, NC. Good Salary & opportunity for growth. Call Ketan Patel 919-423-4380 Hiring for Quiznos. Need Manager in Charlotte area with or without restaurant experience. Anyone can apply housewifes, professionals, students, etc. Manage store and few young employees. Contact or 704.728.3135 Help Wanted: Quiznos Restaurant in Raleigh, NC area. Couple or single person needed for full time or part time. Opportunity to grow, will train. Excellent Pay. Please Call Vinit at 919358-4876. Restaurant Help Wanted: Part-time waiter needed 10 to 15 hours per week for an Indian Restaurant in South Charlotte area. Talented and English speaking. Please call 704.724.5555. Gas Station / Convenience Store Help Wanted: 30 minutes from Greensboro area & 40 minutes from Triangle area. Looking For A Full Time Employee. Preferre a married couple. Experience is a plus. Willing to relocate. Good salary. Call 336-324-1837 Hotel Help Wanted: Looking for a couple for housekeeping. Franchise motel experience preferred but not necessary. Accommodations provided. Call 919-208-3514 Motel Help Wanted: Franchise Motel in Raleigh, NC. Couple needed for night audit & housekeeping. May consider single for night audit. Experience preferred but not required, will train. Accommodations provided. 919.395.0710. 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 MUST for all positions. E-mail resumes: or call 704-649-6833. Hotel Help: Manager, Front Desk, Housekeeping & Maintenance for franchise motel in NC. Experience preferred. Couples welcome. Accommodations provided. Call 252-623-9115 Saathee

Housekeeper/ Mother's Helper Desired: Help required for cooking and housekeeping. Assistance to mother needed for 1 yr old twins and newborn. Position in (North) Raleigh, NC. Call 917-319-0093. Part Time Help Needed: in South Charlotte. Baby on the way. Light housekeeping and cooking. Must drive. May become full time after summer. Call 704.845.0665 or 704.756.3275 Full / Part Time Nanny Needed: For 1-2 months from mid-April in Greensboro, NC. Baby onthe way. Cooking & post-partum help. Call 336-617-3944 Nanny Needed: in Charlotte, NC for a newborn starting Mid/End of May 2009. Light housework & cooking assistance preferable. Call 732-372-3490 or email: Gas Station Help Wanted: Full time help for convenince store near Charlotte, NC. Short or Long-Term positions available. Accommodations Provided! Call 704.701.9975 PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: For Rent: 2 Bedroom Furnished Townhome in South Charlotte. Near I77, I-485, Movies, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Medical Offices etc. Bus stop outside the community. 704-644-8015 or House for Rent or Rent to Own: in University area, safe neighbourhood near I-85, 485, Concord Mills. 4 bed 2.5 bath, office, lots of sunlight. Call 704.510.1443 Home For Sale: Morrisville / Cary, NC. 3392 sf, 4 br, 3-1/ 2 Ba. Open floor plan. Great Schools. Near Davis Dr. & High House Rd. Asking $425,000. Call Mary Kim 919.454.8039 Pat Hensley Realty Group @ RE/MAX United. Condo for Rent: Near waterfront and swimming pool. Walking distance to bus. Perfect for small family, H-1 workers or students. 704.619.1603 Townhome For Sale or rent: Close to downtown Charlotte, Airport, South Park Mall. Great Schools (Myers Park High & AG Middle). Near Light Rail. 2br & 1.5 bath. $139,000. Rent $850/mo Call 704.641.9336. Home for Sale: Idlewild Rd area, near Hindu Center & BAPS Mandir. 3 Brs & 3 bonus rooms & Sun Room. All upgrades. 2000 sf. Asking $130K. 704.563.2455 or 704.516.2631. House for Rent: Close to UNCC in Charlotte. 4 br & 2.5 ba. Nice home with huge backyard. Rent $1250 / mo. for details call 704.957.5010 PRODUCTS: American Mattresses Too Soft? Try a Duroflex mattress from Aleppy! Rubberized coir with 3’ latex foam cushion. Limited quantities. BilliBeds, 919.321.1284,

SERVICES: Harmonium/Keyboard Player: For any occasion/party, Garba-raas, traditional Indian wedding songs, programs & lessons. Kirit 704.568.8206. Olive Beauty Parlor: Threading, facials, waxing, hair cut, massages, pedicure, manicure, etc. Call for appointments & AVON @ 704-5416324. Time: 4pm to 8pm everyday. MUSIC CAMP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS DURING SPRING & SUMMER BREAK: for 4+ ages. Regular personal/group classes once/twice a week. Also Provide Home Classes. Lessons for beginner, intermediate & advanced level. Charlotte Area / Triangle Area / Triad Area. Contact: Krupesh @ 817-683-5850. Bollywood, Bhangra, Fusion, & Hip Hop Dance Lessons In Charlotte: Dance instructor/choreographer with 10+ years of experience in various dance styles (Bollywood, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Fusion, Reggae). Private & group lessons for males and females of all ages! Dance Group & Choreography for special performances for weddings & other events. Call 919.395.2679 Email: Nivee Beauty Care: in Charlotte Univ. area. For your threading, waxing, facials, make-ups, henna & more Nivethika: 704.756.2817 for appointment.

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Beautician: In Cary, Apex, Holly Springs area. Threading, Waxing, Bleaching, Facials Pedicure manicure. Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l diploma from Mumbai with 20 years of experience Appointments Call Anita: 919-557-7998 Tax Returns: Tax Preparation with e-filing; Sales/Payroll Taxes and other realted services for Individuals and Small Businesses. Ten years experience. Call Mahesh Patel, EA, MBA, (704) 799-6377 Accent Reduction Training: Threemonth tutorial with certified speechlanguage pathologist. Transform accents from career obstacles to charming cultural flavors. Invest in your future! South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. 704.625.7578 704.231.0751. Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty - Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704.846.7912 Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India is specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction is guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Krishna Priya Dasi 919.824.7734 E-Mail:


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: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704.780.3563. God Blessings to All. Babysitter Available full-time or parttime. Experienced. Speaks Hindi, Gujarati and English. Call 704.619-1603. SAATHEE CLASSIFIEDS: Business ads are $25 & personal ads are $15 up to 25 words. Type or clearly write the ad & include a check along with your home/work phone numbers. Classified posted on at no extra charge. We accept Credit Cards. Ad Submission Deadline is the 20th. Saathee Classified PO Box 11468, Charlotte, NC 28220 E-mail: 704.527.7570 Fax: 704.527.7590

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Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Khandekar, Shobana (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . .25 La Bella Studio (Photography & Cinematography) .38 Lightning Minds (Training in Oracle Tech) . . . . . . .82 Limon Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Make My . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Mandap World (Nita Govan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . .41 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . .61 Namaste India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Nationwide Ins. 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