Anniv e Issuersary May 2009
S.V. Temple in Cary Prashant Tamang
Hello Readers Welcome to our 11th Anniversary issue. It was May 1998 when an idea to launch a magazine serving the South Asian Community came to fruition. We have since grown to reach all corners of the Carolinas and parts of Georgia and Virginia. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our families and friends for their support, to you for being a faithful reader and to the advertisers. The new S.V. Temple opens in Cary this month. Read the story on pg. 8. Also read the related article about Indian temples on pg. 66. Prashant Tamang won the Indian Idol competition a couple of years ago and remains a performing favorite. Read an interview with Tamang on pg. 14. This month’s Dentist Blog focuses on braces. Read the informative article on pg. 36. Think Twitter is an annoyance? You may want to think again if you are a business owner. Read about using Twitter as a marketing tool on pg. 54 Don’t let the recession get you down. Even if you are unemployed, there are habits that you should keep or even expand upon. Go to pg 62 for more details. 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. Flip over to pg. 116 for the classifieds.
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In this issue: Nuclear Deal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 SV Temple in Cary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Derth Hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Prashant Tamang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .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 Music Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 The Dentist Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Marketing turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Habits to Keep in Recession . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Man-Made Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 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. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 May 2009
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Story and photos by Manisha Dass If my navigation GPS didn’t say Cary, I would have thought when I made the right turn off of Chapel Hill Road onto Balaji Place that I was back in India. At first glance, though it’s still not complete, the (newly constructed) Sri Venkateshwar Balaji (S.V.) temple is truly breathtaking and unlike anything this area has ever been graced with. Volunteers have been working together for nearly the past ten years to showcase what the public will finally bear witness to. In late May, the S.V. Temple will have a grand opening ceremony celebrating the concept that began when the temple first opened. In August of 1999, the temple was just a 2-acre lot. On May 28, 2009 the lot, which is now over nine acres, will bring smiles of pride and joy to all of the volunteers that were involved in making it a reality during the past decade. “The intention has been there since the beginning, but we lacked funds,” said Ram Nagulpally, current chairman of the Board of Trustees, and one of the key people for the actual grand opening of the temple. Raghavendra Kasi, one of the current priests at the S.V. Temple, and Sunil Maruvada, current president of the Board of Directors, joined Nagulpally in unison when he stated the presence of Him (Lord Venkateshwar) could truly be felt. “Without His presence, none of this could have been accomplished,” they said. “Every day we can feel that He is here.” All three volunteers agree that none of this would be possible without the labor, love and, needless to say, the devotion of each and every devotee and volunteer. “Everyone has helped to make this temple possible in such a short time,” they said. Though there are temples similar to what will be unveiled in about a month, none have been constructed in such a short amount of time. “Most take at least 10 years,” Nagulpally said. He has been involved with the construction of previous temples, namely one in California.
The architectural aspect of the temple can be credited to a fusion of Indo-Western intelligence and creativity: Clark Nexsen and Thangam Subramanian. The mastermind architect, Thangam Subramanian, is a rather famous name to those who are familiar with Hindu temple architecture. Subramanian has done similar work with temples in Jackson, Mississippi and in Jamaica. The devotees of the SV Temple in Cary knew that Subramanian could add the magic element and make their temple stand out. Working with Subramanian certainly did that. Fourteen architects from Subramanian’s troop in India have been sponsored and working at perfecting the SV Temple in Cary since last August. “The workmanship is truly unique and intricate,” Nagulpally said. The contract between the S.V. Temple and Subramanian was signed last January, and in Mid-August of 2008, the Indian part of the temple began to take place. The architects who worked in some of the harshest (winter) weather conditions have truly designed a monumental piece of work that will continue to amaze and impress for years to come. The main building of the temple has different faces/forms of Lord Venkateshwar, and have all been made by molds that the architects from India handcrafted themselves. Subramanian, joined by the architects, will be present for the grand opening of the temple, and for the ceremonial unveiling of the eyes of the idols, which were shipped from India. The unveiling of the eyes is truly an art, and a ceremony in itself. The idols will all be adorned by jewelry handcrafted by artisans from India. The entire process leading up to the temple opening has been an exemplary of teamwork and a dream come true for many of the devotees involved. Each individual has a role in the opening of the temple. “The man designing the jewelry for all the idols is really God fearing,” Nagulpally said. He told us that he has to make sure everything for the idols is perfect since it’s for God, and if something goes wrong, something bad would happen to him or his family.” Nagulpally and other board members echoed the belief that everyone in the preparations for the temple has worked really hard to ensure its success. The jewelry coming from India, and being handcrafted for each idol represents one of the messages that Lord Venkateshwar represents. “He wants to be adorned well and for his devotees to be adorned well too,” Maruvada said. “That’s why you’ll see devotees wear their best clothes when they come to the temple.” It wasn’t always as smooth as it seems, though. As with any big project, there are always obstacles. How you overcome the obstacles is what makes the project a success or failure. The visas of the architects were rejected twice, and it took a lot of convincing and hard work to get them governmental permission to work in continued on page 78
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(Bollywood films slated to be released in the next 4-6 weeks) 1. 8x10 Tasveer Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Takia, Sharmila Tagore, Javed Jaffrey, Girish Karnad & Anant Mahadevan
99 (Director: Raj Nidimoru) Cast: Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Boman Irani, Cyrus Broacha, Simone Singh, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vinod Khanna, and Amit Mistry
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Phhir (Director: Girish Dhamija) Cast: Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, and Roshni Chopra
1. Victory: “Balla Utha...” Music: Anu Malik Singers: Sukhwinder Singh & Daler Mehndi
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2. Firaaq: “Umeed” Music: Rajak Dholakia & Piyush Kanojia Singer: Rekha Bharradwaj
3. 13B: ”Aasma Odh Kar” Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy Singers: Shankar Mahadevan & Chitra
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5. Sikandar “Dhoope Ke Sikke” Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy Singers: Anuksha Mani & Shankar M. (Note: This top five is based on the following non-scientific research: your feedback, video rental, box office from India and United States, internet opinions & our opinion) May 2009
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Film Reviews Interview with the creators of the documentary: Shooting Beauty By Dilip Barman I hope that many of you enjoyed the Full Frame Film Festival April 2-5 in Durham. As I reported in the last issue, there were, as seems to always be the case, more films about the Subcontinent than any other area outside of North America. In addition to Supermen of Malegaon (Faiza Ahmad Khan) and Hair India (Raffaele Brunetti, whom I interviewed in the last issue and met at the Festival, and Marco Leopardi), which take place in India, Unmistaken Child (Nati Baratz) has some Indian scenes. The Kinda Sutra (Jessica Yu) features Indian music and courtly animation. Burma VJ (Anders Østergaard) documents Gandhian nonviolent non-cooperation. Another film that significantly features India is The Yes Men Fix the World (Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno). Two men misrepresent themselves as being with large corporations to the US government as their form of activism. In the first of several stories, one appears on BBC television and radio to say that the company responsible for the December 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, perhaps the world’s worst industrial disaster with thousands dead, would finally properly compensate the victims and their families. Though the hoax is soon uncovered, the two visit Bhopal and find that popular sentiment is very thankful for their returning focus to this unresolved major issue. The Festival’s opening film, Shooting Beauty (George Kachadorian, 2009) had nothing explicitly to do with the Indian subcontinent, but was such a moving film of universal appeal, that I wanted to share it here. Photographer Courtney Bent inadvertently becomes involved with photographing people with disabilities. Reminding me of the film Born into Brothels (Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman, 2004; you can see my review at imdb.com/title/tt0388789/usercomments-2), Courtney arms the subjects with cameras and trains them to become the photographers to see their world through their eyes. Teaming with her husband, documentary filmmaker George Kachadorian, this turns into a ten-year project with two hundred fifty hours of footage, resulting in a heart-warming story and eminently watchable film showcasing the beauty in each of us. I met Courtney and one of the photographers, Tony Knight, at Full Frame and a few weeks later had the opportunity to talk in more detail with them, as well as with George, the co-producer, co-director, and editor.
all looked like they had very severe physical disabilities, which made me curious as to what their condition/situation was. Being interested, I approached those who were assisting this group and found out that most of the people there had cerebral palsy and were part of a United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) day program in Watertown, Massachusetts. I came to learn that cerebral palsy was a condition, not a disease, which resulted from damage to the motor control parts of the brain, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis. Many of the individuals seemed to respond to me so I wondered how many of these individuals who couldn’t talk or had limited verbal skills communicated with the outside world. After our first meeting, I was invited to come and photograph at the program. The staff at UCP thought it would be fun for their clients to have me visit. Tony, could you share a little bit about your biography and what brought you to meet Courtney? Tony: I was born in Kingston, Jamaica on May 4, 1968. I came to the U.S. at the age of six months old, so my memory of my country is based on the stories told to me by my family and parents. What brought me to meet Courtney Bent is the love of photography and its challenges. We crossed paths in the lobby of my apartment building when she came to visit a fellow photographer in the project. I have a love for Nikon cameras. What was your initial impression of Courtney and, as it evolved, her project with your clinic? Tony: First, let me say I am not, nor have I been, a part of the UCP program. My impression of Courtney is very comforting on many levels. She was and is very approachable; her conversation is filled with curiosity. This made it easy for myself and the other photographers to tell our personal stories through pictures and this film. continued on page 72
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Tulip’s double roll Tulip Joshi’s missing from the Hindi film scene of late… Apparently, she was busy with a Punjabi film - Jag Jeondeyan De Mele - with Harbhajan Mann. And the actress is most kicked that it has opened to packed theatres in Punjab. This is the first time Tulip has been featured in a Punjabi film, and that too in a double role. “One of my characters is a modern but blind girl from UK and the other is a tribal gypsy woman from Punjab. Both roles being on either end of the spectrum gave me ample scope to experiment,” she said. Talking about double roles, we are suddenly reminded of Deepika’s Meow Meow act.
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A Dentist’s Blog By Dr. Meena Chelury Why Braces? One of the commonly asked questions from parents is about braces for their kids. Most of us long for a perfect smile and for a good smile you need to have good straight teeth. Of course, not all of us are born with straight teeth. In this issue, I want to write about braces, and the wonders of modern orthodontics. Orthodontics is a dental specialty that treats mal-occlusions (which literally means a bad bite). Before I jump in, I want to cover some interesting news that caught my attention. The economic downturn has an interesting dental twist to it. A few months back, I saw an article in the Wall Street Journal about the stress-induced teeth grinding of the Wall Street bankers. Well, it has caught the main street, too. There was an article in the Chicago Tribune covering the stress-related teeth grinding by a laid-off tech worker. If you are stressed out and waking up in the morning with a sore jaw, get your teeth checked. Let’s talk about braces. Properly aligned teeth help to effectively bite, chew and speak. An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. As mentioned in my previous blogs, there is proven research indicating that people with an attractive smile have higher success in securing jobs and obtaining promotions at work. Straighter teeth are easy to keep clean thereby leading to healthy teeth and gums. An attractive smile builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment brings lips, teeth and face into proportion and tremendously improves a person’s self esteem and attitude towards life. Since straight teeth are easier to keep clean, they are less prone to decay and injury. Protruding teeth are more likely to be broken in an accident. Crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean and the result in poor oral hygiene, leading to decay and gum disease. Teeth that are misaligned can cause abnormal wear leading to inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue, bone loss and jaw joint problems leading to chronic headaches and pain in the face. Problems to watch for in growing children General dentists, typically, do a quick orthodontic evaluation as part of the routine exam. Orthodontic treatment is unusual at age five or six but occasionally preventive orthodontic treatment maybe indicated. Some of the common orthodontic problems are genetic in nature and passed on from your parents. Typically, these are teeth crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth, extra or missing teeth and jaw growth problems. A few other orthodontic problems are acquired and can be caused by thumb or finger sucking, mouth breathing, poor oral, hygiene and early or late loss of baby teeth. Trauma and certain birth defects can also cause mal-occlusion. May 2009
Some signs or habits that indicate orthodontic evaluation • Early or late loss of baby teeth • Difficulty chewing food • Mouth breathing • Thumb sucking • Crowded teeth • Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face. Most patients begin treatment between ages 9-16, but it varies from individual to individual. Because children are in growth phase this is an optimal time to correct problems and achieve excellent results. Most people have some discomfort when their braces are first put on or adjusted during treatment. Patients can manage this with an over-the-counter pain medicine. Brackets can be metal or clear depending on patient preference. In some cases, brackets maybe bonded behind the teeth. Patients with braces need to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy food. Keeping the teeth and braces clean is of utmost importance. Patients who are in contact sports must wear a mouth guard. A successful orthodontic treatment is a team effort. It is team consisting of you, your general dentist and your orthodontist working together on an integrated treatment. Patients on their part must maintain good oral hygiene. Care should be taken to wear the prescribed appliance such as rubber bands and headgear. Do avoid sticky and hard foods and do keep up with your scheduled appointments. After braces are removed most patients wear a retainer to retain teeth in their new position. Retainers are designed to hold teeth in their correct and ideal position until the bone and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Finally I also want to mention that orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult. Do not think that you are too old for orthodontic treatment. Last, but not the least, I would like to reiterate the importance of good oral hygiene and regular six month check-ups by the general dentist for successful orthodontic treatment. 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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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 25+ words = Excellent; 20 to 25 words = Good; 19 or less needs to improve. (Solution at bottom of page)
The Dog and the Pig (A folktale from the hills of Northeast India) There lived a man in the hills of Northeastern India who kept two animals, a dog and a pig. He kept them in the hope that they would help him in his work. But he was sorely disappointed. All they did was eat and eat and eat. They did nothing else. Finally, the man decided to get strict. He told the animals to go and work in his fields. His command had some effect on the pig. The next day he worked hard all day, digging up the soil with its snout. The dog was shameless; he just chose a nice shady spot for himself and slept all the time. Tired after a day’s work, the pig staggered home. The dog stayed back and started his work. He took a round of the field and rubbed out all the footprints of the pig. He made sure to leave his own footprints in their place. Then he went back home. Later that evening, the man asked both animals how hard they had worked. The pig squealed and told his owner that he had ploughed the entire field. “This dog is lazy. All he did was sleep in the shade,” the pig said excitedly. It was the cunning dog’s turn to speak and he did a fine job. “The pig is lying. I ploughed the field, not him,” he said. The man was confused. Moreover, he did not believe either of them. “I will go and look at the field tomorrow,” he said. The next day dawned bright and the man set off for his field. All he saw there were the dog’s footprints. He returned to his house and let loose his anger on the poor pig. “You liar, you did not do any work,” he yelled. Since then, the clever dog has been man’s best May 2009
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The adjectival phrase matter-of-fact describes showing no emotions when talking about something exciting or disturbing. “He was very matter-of-fact about losing his job.” Synonyms would be “detached,” “emotionless” or “cold.”1
Harnessing the Power of American English By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC “Age is a matter of mind; it doesn’t matter, if you don’t mind.” I heard this from a friend on the occasion of my March birthday in which I entered a new decade (but I won’t say which one)! This is a witty truth that includes a “play” on the words “mind” and “matter” so we will explore the many meanings of matter this month and next month look at just as many different ways the word mind is used in English. The noun matter can be used in 15 different ways including three spoken phrases. (1) As a noun, matter refers to the subject or situation. This is a serious matter, a matter of concern, a matter for the jury to decide. (2) The plural form refers to a situation you have been describing. It made matters worse. It didn’t help matters. (3) The phrase the matter is used to ask why something is wrong. What’s the matter? Is something the matter with the car? (4) When giving an unexpected reply to a question, we can say, “As a matter of fact I have indeed traveled to Paris.” (5) When correcting misinformation, we can say, “The fact of the matter is that they’ve had problems for years.” (6) In spite of everyone’s efforts, when something can’t be changed we say, “No matter how/where/what” as in “No matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t open the jar.” (7) If something will definitely happen in the future we say, “It’s only/just a matter of time. (8) A substance or material is waste matter or reading matter. (9) When you take matters in your own hands you deal with a problem yourself that others can’t handle. (10) When what happens depends on your judgment it is a matter of principle or a matter of mind, as in my friend’s quote. (11) If something has to be done in a particular way for a successful outcome, we say, “I have a place to stay. Now it’s just a matter of booking my flight.” (12) If people have different opinions we say, “It’s a matter of opinion.” (13) A dangerous situation or critical action could be a matter of life or death” (14) Only a few seconds, inches or days would be expressed as “The car missed him by a matter of inches.” (15) If what you say about one thing is also true about another, you could say, “They don’t have a t.v. yet, or even a bed, for that matter.” The verb matter has three meanings and matter can be used as an adjectival phrase! As a verb, to matter means to be important or to have an important effect, as in as in “Money is the only thing that matters to him” or the opposite as when my friend told me, “It (age) doesn’t matter.” “It doesn’t matter,” could be a response when you are offered a choice of two items and would accept either one. You might also tell someone that you are not angry or upset by saying, “It doesn’t matter.” May 2009
Overly precise articulation sounds “square.” Native speakers of English do not pronounce the “t” sound as a breathy plosive in all word positions. Correct Standard English pronunciation of “t” when it is in the unstressed position of words is not “tuh” but a light “d” almost like the trilled “r” consonant pronounced by speakers of Indian languages. So “matter” is pronounced “MAdder” with the “a” sound the same as in “hat” and not “ah” as in “pot.” Get to the root of words.2 A root is the stem or base form of many words A word can contain more than one root. For example, matrilineal contains the roots matra (which means “mother”) and lineal which means “line.” Therefore matrilineal means “determining descent through the female line.” Use context clues, dictionaries and special resources to learn idioms.3 1. When you stop trying to do something because it is too hard, you a. throw your hat in the ring b. cross the wire c. throw in the towel 2. If you get in an argument with someone, you a. cross swords b. cross the wire c. throw the book at Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: 1. Look and listen for various ways matter is used in magazine articles and conversation. 2. Pronounce these words with a light “d” instead of “t” - batter, bitter, butter better, clutter, clatter, hitter, hotter, heater, matter mutter, shatter, photo and data. 3. Define and use these words in sentences: matriarch, matriarchy, matricide. (Answers NOT provided! Use a dictionary.) 4. Listen to conversations and check the newspapers for examples of all six idioms in the quiz above.
References: 1 Longman Dictionary of American English, Pearson Education Limited, 2004, p. 558. 2 Every Day Vocabulary by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., 1998: Doubleday Direct, Inc., Chapter 3: Get To the Root of the Matter, p.40. 3 The Idioms Workbook, 2nd Edition by Myra Shulman Auslin, Pro-Ed www.proedinc.com 2003, p. 237.
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ing a joke and having a good belly laugh. No wonder that laughing clubs have flourished. The entertainment industry thrives because people want to escape from the dull realities of life. My favorite humorous screen character was the Bengali actor, Bhanu Banerjee, who was also a friend of my Dad’s. I’ve met Bhanu in person and he’s just as funny in real life as he is on screen. They say that his face is like the Bengali numeral “five” - always sour, and his humor is often deadpan. Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Jim Carey, and various stand-up comedians of all shapes and sizes do a roaring business; there’s no end to the public’s demand for humor. The renowned writer, Arthur Koestler, in his book, The Act of Creation, explores what makes something funny. He brings seriousness to the study of humor, if you’ll pardon the oxymoron, that sheds some light on what people think “funny.” Features in the Readers’ Digest like “Laughter, The Best Medicine” and “Humor in Uniform” testify to the abiding popularity of the humorous, the ludicrous and the comical. Here are two jokes that I remember: An accountant went into a bookshop and asked to see a book on accountancy. The shopkeeper showed him a book and said, “This book will do half the work for you.” The accountant was delighted and replied, “Excellent! I’ll take two.” A couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by eating at the same restaurant where he had first proposed, and she had accepted. She said, though, “Darling, I have a confession to make. When you proposed, and you thought that I was accepting, actually I was merely nodding to the band.” Finally, the story is told about Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, the pair that starred in many movies. When they first met, Katherine Hepburn remarked to Spencer Tracy, who was a short man, “Aren’t you a trifle too small for me?” He replied, “ Stick around, lady, and I’ll cut you down to size.” Change and Stability Did you know the average person spends more time with her co-workers than with her family? No wonder that the number of office romances is increasing. The typical young man now meets a typical young woman, either marries or does not marry her, but they have kids who go to daycare while both parents work. Soon the couple separate and go their own ways, while one or the other of the parents pays child support. The child goes to school and sees a counselor, who has her hands full by the time the child reaches adolescence. He or she will, of course, repeat this pattern when it comes to his or her turn at parenthood. I suppose it is no use lamenting the demise of the family at this late stage. Many couples don’t bother to tie the knot at all. The ding-dong battle between change and stability seems now to be weighted towards the former, at the expense of the latter. I don’t know who the winner is, or the loser.
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By Udai V. Singh New rules of Inter-Country Adoption Under Hague Adoption Convention The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international agreement to safeguard inter-country adoptions. Concluded on May 29, 1993 in The Hague, the Netherlands, the Convention establishes international standards of practices for inter-country adoptions. The United States signed the Convention in 1994, and the Convention entered into force for the United States in April 2008. If you adopt from a country that is party to the Convention (Convention countries), your adoption has additional protections as well as some added requirements. One of the most important protections is that your adoption agency or service provider must be accredited to conduct intercountry adoptions. An important new Convention requirement is that adoptive parents must participate in at least ten hours of pre-adoption training before traveling overseas to complete an adoption. Under the Convention, there is greater transparency in the adoption process, including written procedures on fees and transmission of medical records for the child. More than 75 other countries including India and Sri Lanka (not Pakistan and Bangladesh) have joined this treaty. To complete an inter country adoption abroad and bring a child to the United States, you must fulfill the requirements of three separate governmental authorities: • The foreign country in which the child resides; • U.S. federal immigration law; and • Your state of residence. Eligibility to Adopt Before you can bring a child home from another country, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must determine that you are able to provide a loving, stable home for that child. The most important requirement for USCIS approval is a home study that establishes your ability to care for a child based on personal, financial, and medical information. If adopting from a Hague Convention country, an accredited adoption service provider must complete your home study unless the home study preparer qualifies as an exempted provider. Once your home study is complete, it will be submitted to USCIS. Beginning the Adoption Process While the process for every inter-country adoption varies from country to country, there is a general process that the majority of inter-country adoptions follow. In part, this is because U.S. law requires that every inter-country adoption follows certain procedures. Most May 2009
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It is acknowledged that bad habits are easy to catch • Expand your network: A man is known by the comand hard to break while good habits usually take earnest pany he keeps. While it is good to have a close set of effort to cultivate and adopt. It has been postulated that friends, it is crucial to have a broader network of proit takes about three weeks to form a habit, good or bad, fessionals. The best place to begin expanding your which should come as a welcome sign for those trying to network is in your company or work environment. nurture some potential good habits. Joining a professional organization like NetIP can also help you gain exposure to a broader population With US national unemployment rates hovering at 8.5 of like-minded, career oriented professionals. NetIP percent as of March 2009 and evidence of some more holds a business card exchange regularly to provide anemic economic performance all around us, what can a a forum for professionals to interact and exchange professional do to combat the situation. Well, the best views and information on myriad topics. Connections place to improve the situation would be to improve onemade at such informal venues may lead to opportuself and it is here that picking up a few good habits may nities in the future. Online forums like LinkedIn and help. Holding onto these habits may help one not only Plaxo allow individuals to network beyond their geoweather the economic storm but also provide sustainable graphical area. advantages on a personal front over the long haul. So where does one start. Here are a few suggestions.
• Stay Positive: There is a lot to complain about these days. Job losses are rampant, economy is in doldrums and future is full of uncertainty. Talking negatively about your company, co-workers or just anything in general will probably gain you an audience, but will not help you become a beacon of hope, encouragement and confidence. By staying positive, you help others gain a constructive view on situations. Staying positive always helps tackle stress and generates a lot of goodwill around you. Goodwill that you can utilize for a long time to come. Ella Wheeler aptly wrote, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you, weep, and you weep alone.”
• Exercise and Stay Fit: While the avenues for improvement are potentially limitless, one should perhaps start with something that will last a lifetime. This might seem like an odd advice coming via an article on professional development, but it is the most pertinent. Good health is one such benefit that allows us to not only perform at our very best when our workload requires us to put in extra hours but also helps us to combat stress that comes with the territory of working long hours and meeting deadlines. Picking up a regular exercise regimen doesn’t have to be a Herculean task and getting a There is no dearth of good habits that you can pick up. good cardio does not take hours. Setting aside 20 minThe above are just a few examples that came to my mind utes, 3-4 days a week should get one started towards a as I sat down to pen this article. Use your judgment when road to healthy personal and professional life. embarking upon your journey to choose and form a habit. • Read a book: Well, another peculiar advice you may Starting a vegetable garden can be equally satisfying as think. In this day and age when a DVR allows instant helping a charity in your local community. The former gratification and every conceivable topic is a movie, habit contributes to a lower carbon footprint and helps the soap or a reality show, reading a book may seem like an earth while the latter helps those in need around you. I old-fashioned habit to form. However, besides being firmly believe that self-preservation and growth is essenentertaining and educating, reading has innumerable tial and should lead to the greater good of all. Our world other benefits. For one, reading improves vocabulary is replete with opportunities to grow one’s self while and builds creativity. For another, folks who have a improving the world we live in at the same time. As charhealthy appetite for reading will vouch for the fact that ity should begin at home, so should the endeavor to reading allows for more interesting conversations. So change the world and the first step in this direction should turn the page in you life to be more informed, educated be to change oneself. So go ahead, pick a good habit and and entertained and utilize the taxes you pay by check- see the world around you change for the better. ing out a book from your local library. To feed your professional development needs, to craft • Take Professional Development Courses: Having com- your leadership skills, to enlarge your professional netpleted two Bachelor degrees, a Masters in International work and to succeed in your career, read through the artiBusiness and several diplomas, I am pursuing an cles or attend events and become a NetIP member. Learn advanced certification course in management account- more about all these at www.netIPCharlotte.org ing. So why bother you may ask. For one, constantly updating your credentials helps elevate your candidacy Amit Arya for future roles in the organization you work for by making your qualifications stand out compared to your is the NetIP CO-Chair for Professional Development. NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas peers. Constant learning is perhaps the best use of your Chapter of the North America’s Largest Network time since the qualifications that you gain on the way of Indian Professionals. will be with you for the rest of your life. These days Contact: email@example.com www.NetIPCharlotte.org there are a lot of professional development programs that you can take at your own pace without attending May 2009
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Indian Temples Rich Architecture and History By Prasad Kommaraju On the remarkable event of Sri Venkateswara Temple’s opening ceremony happening this month in Cary, NC, here is a brief recollection of the significance of Hindu Temples in India. In general, many Indian temples blend their architectural elegance and divine sanctity. It is believed that the structures of the Hindu temples were initiated in India more than two thousand years ago. The architectural advancement took place gradually over a period of time, under the influence of several dynasties and emperors who ruled sacred India for generations. It is also interesting to note that even after the passage of those generations in the rulers’ families - religious contemplations were put as underlying thoughts in constructing temples for several decades. Therefore, the families of temple constructors (sthapathis), sculptors and architects, were also strict in adapting the ancient Hindu designs. They followed some rigid forms and rules that were preserved over several centuries in temple construction. The kings granted the sthapathis enormous amount of wealth to achieve the expected outcome, the beautiful and unparalleled temples. It is also believed that some sculptors were killed by the rulers so those structures could not be replicated elsewhere. As a result, today we have gargantuan and lavish sculptures developed in the form of temples across several parts of India with a variety of structural values that are difficult to find anywhere in the entire world. We can see the wealth of architectural rudiments, sculptural designs, decorative liveliness and minuscule details that are so unique in Indian temples. We can proudly say that these countless temples are very artistic in their expressions and are true representations of Indian heritage and culture to the world. If we look at some of the ancient temples, we observe that the architectural elements and decorative details are from thatch, timber, wood and stone constructions that persisted for centuries. Some of the simple building techniques like posting, beaming and vaulting were also included in some parts - to be compliant with the traditions prevailing in those days. If we observe some of the stone constructions and carvings on hills, it is needless to mention, how deeply and meaningfully the sculpture techniques were embedded in designing the tiny details on the huge statues, walls, roofs and pillars. It’s amazing when we imagine some of the huge monolithic structures that were lifted to such heights in times when human and animal energy was the only source and machines were not even invented! For example, Ajantha and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, huge Bahubali statue in Karnataka, and Shiva’s temple by Man Singh Maharaja in Jaipur are good illustrations of artistic and sculptural standards. May 2009
We can see a variety of distinctive architectural styles in temple construction that have evolved in Northern and Southern India due to factors such as historical rulings, linguistic backgrounds and geographical lifestyles that were existing and transitioning during those times. When we go through the history of Indian temple architecture formations, we understand the broad classification done by Sastras and ancient texts mainly followed in three styles: 1) The Northern temple constructions, known as Naagara, 2) The Southern style called as Draavida, and 3) The Deccan forms and orders classification called as Veysara (these forms are typically seen in Himalayan mountain regions and also in some parts of the West Bengal and Kerala states). While comparing the styles of Northern and Southern temple designs, there are a few strikingly noticeable differences found in the shapes, super-structures, and gateways (gopurams). The barrel shaped roofs are very different and visually distinctive between the North and South Indian styles. In Northern India, the temple roofs (shikharas) are the most prominent part of the temple and the gopurams are usually the modest. In South India, compound walls (praahaarams) are commonly found around temple complex together with a large pillar known as Dhwaja Sthambha. As per Vaasthu Shasthra, the praahaarams for the temples were set along in East and West (or) in North and South directions. In some temples of South India, particularly those in Madurai and Sri Rangam, the tall, elaborate and magnificent gateways were constructed as main entrances (simha dwaram) to lead the devotees into the temple’s sacred super structure and to the premises inside where we see a big pond (Aalaya Koneru) for the sacred bathing of devotees. In some temples, the roofs are very tall and dominate the whole structure, narrowing the inner part of the temple into which devotees proceed for the Holy visit (Darshan) of the Sanctum Sanctorum. If we look back in history, right from the period of Vijayanagara Emperors from 14th century onwards, we find highly embroidered and brightly painted structures on temple roofs, walls and in the entire premises as well. The width of the pavilions and other architectural details were carefully adjusted to create a bowl-shaped outline, which is a distinctive characteristic of the Dravidian architecture. These temples are found largely in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. For example, the Sriranga temple near Madurai has the tallest temple tower in India. It is an ancient center of worship, vibrant with several traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year. The Srirangam temple is the largest Vishnu temple in India, and is considered a treasure house of art and the greatest center for Sri Vaishnavas. Let us look at the second richest temple in the world, the Tirumala Tirupathi temple located in Andhra
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Film Reviews continued from page 24 Courtney, your background is in philosophy and photography, isn’t it? Weren’t your parents fashion photographers? Courtney: Yes, they were. I graduated from Colgate University with a major in Philosophy and Religion. I felt this was the one major that allowed me to explore other worlds and beliefs. Once I graduated, my photography allowed me to do the same. What led to your interest in film? Courtney: I’ve always loved films but my interest in creating films really started after meeting my husband. When I first met him he had just returned from filming his first documentary. After watching his film, I realized that what I was trying to say in my photographs was limited by the medium. I realized that my photos were limited in their ability to say what I truly felt and limited in the scope of an audience. I also saw that George was an incredibly deep and astute storyteller. Why have you focused your interest, at least in Shooting Beauty on cerebral palsy? Courtney: I just fell into it. I didn’t go into it planning on doing a documentary about people with cerebral palsy. I just happened to come across a group of people from a program run by United Cerebral Palsy. In fact, many of the people at the program did not have CP. As I got to know these people, their disabilities became secondary and I became interested in them as people and completely uninterested in what their medical disability was. George, were there any restrictions from the clinic or photographers that you had to be respectful of, such as ensuring certain material didn’t make the final cut? George: By and large the clinic and clients were very happy that we were taking the time to tell their story. The real questions arose when we were finishing the film and wondering what our main characters and their families would think of the way they were portrayed. There was no legal obligation to make any changes, but after ten years our characters had become our friends — and we were showing some rather personal, sometimes raw stuff. The one we were most concerned about was Cheryl, who goes through some hard times searching for a companion in the movie. We were nervous when we sent her and her family the DVD to watch. To our relief, they were completely thrilled by the film and its portrayal of Cheryl, and left us one of my favorite voicemail messages I have ever received. Could you describe Courtney’s first film, Divining Mom, which you produced and directed? George: Divining Mom is a story about the other major woman in my life, my mother. The film is an investigation into her purported paranormal abilities and my father’s stubborn refusal to believe even after more than thirty years of marriage. My mother is a dowser, also known as a “diviner,” who uses plastic or wooden rods to locate underground water, lost keys, lost pets, and even missing bodies. Over the course of the film, we talk with skeptics, physicists, priests, top secret government researchers — May 2009
anybody who can give us some insight into who, sitting at my dining room table, it right and who is wrong. The question rapidly becomes much deeper than I originally expected and viewers will come away with a deeper understanding of perception, marriage, and a water well in the hills of Vermont. The movie is about to be released on DVD at everyonedeservesashot.com in May 2009. Would any of you like to address how Shooting Beauty changed you or what new perspectives it gave you? George: When I started work on Shooting Beauty, I had no real experience producing or editing anything. In the process of making this film, I had to teach myself the necessary skills. I am now an Emmy-nominated producer and editor. But more importantly, the real transition has to do with my understanding of the humanity that exists in all people, even those whom we might have an unspoken tendency to think of as an “other,” people so different from us that we tend to belittle their humanity somewhere in the back of our heads. We all do it and this movie, and Courtney’s heart, have opened my eyes to a more human view of the world. This is a lesson that doesn’t not only apply to people with disabilities; it applies to those with different religions, ethnicities, and worldviews. Courtney: The biggest thing the film did for me was to show me that the most beautiful things are usually right in front of you. And most importantly beauty comes from your character and how you view and deal with your world. How would you like audiences to be touched by the film? Courtney: I started my journey seeing a person’s disability first and through my experiences came to see the person first. I would like the audience to be open to going on the same journey I went on in the film. George: I would like audiences to laugh, cry and love the film, with the hope that they will not only treat those with significant disabilities as equals, but hopefully be inspired to, as Courtney did, roll up their sleeves and see what they can do to make their communities better places for all. Can you describe the kinds of audiences who have seen the film and your impression of what they thought? I know that you had an enthusiastic standing ovation at Full Frame! George: The Full Frame Festival response was surreal. When the cheering stopped, a lot of people rushed the stage and security literally had to hold them back. The festival director said she’d never seen anything like it. Meanwhile in Phoenix, where we were in our first competition environment, Shooting Beauty went up against every film, fiction and non-fiction, and walked away with the Audience Choice Award based on viewer ballots. It was a great honor and an incredible experience. Many people came up to me with tears in their eyes after that Festival and asked me to be sure to thank my wife Courtney, who was at Full Frame at the time. What do the other photographers who were fea-
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tured in the film think of the finished film? George: They love the film, love the fact that they’re in the newspaper and on TV, and love the attention this brings to their often-unseen corner of the population. I would describe it as a win- win situation. Photographer E.J. James made the statement in the film, “When people don’t know you they assume that you can’t do very much because they see the wheelchair. They don’t see the person.” Everybody faces challenges of some kind or another, and I view this film as one addressing not just physical challenges, but also diversity. What are your thoughts? Courtney: I hope that people don’t see this as just a film about people with disabilities. I hope audiences see it as a film about diversity and about accepting and appreciating people’s differences. We’re all unique in our own way and I see Shooting Beauty as a celebration of this. George: There is a very real tendency to “not see the person” in many instances — including relations between the U.S. and Iraq for example, or between Christians and Muslims. The world of the significantly disabled and Courtney’s experience offer an exaggerated metaphor for the journey we will all have to make if we are to work together to tackle the problems facing our nations and our species. As difficult as life must sometimes be for those with, say, cerebral palsy, life can be much more difficult in some countries that don’t have the equivalent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Do you think that your film can make a positive impact in such countries? Courtney: We hope so. We’re hoping to tour internationally with the film. Actually we’ve heard that there are many countries that are in fact more accessible that the US! George: I hope that Shooting Beauty will make an impact on communities around the world where people live with significant disabilities (which, by the way, is everywhere). The first step to dealing with this issue is to understand that we’re all people with loves, fears, hopes and dreams. Once you understand that, the question of “what to do” with people living with disabilities takes on a new focus. That is how our film can help. If Saathee readers or others in the U.S. or even in other countries want to see Shooting Beauty, how can they do that? George: We are currently looking for opportunities to show the film in India and other countries around the globe. But in the short term, we will soon be selling DVDs (and soundtrack CDs) at EveryoneDeservesaShot.com. Courtney: People can also check the site for upcoming screenings. Where has the film been shown? George: We premiered the film two weeks ago and so far it has already screened at two film festivals. We are just starting to roll this boulder down the hill, not exactly sure where it will end up but after ten years of getting it to this point, it certainly is exciting!
Courtney: That is the name of the project when I started it - the photography part of it. What are your plans for this film? Will it be used by any charitable organizations? Courtney: We are transitioning from a local project into a national outreach initiative which includes a national tour of the original Shooting Beauty exhibit - the launching of a national educational curriculum - as well as an international online interactive gallery where anyone can upload their own photos and be part of our exciting online exhibit. The gallery will allow our viewers and audiences to share their unique perspectives with us (and win prizes too)! We are currently working on partnering with United Cerebral Palsy and Creative Visions Foundation. What are your plans for future films? George: We are developing a children’s television series (for grown-ups too) and have a couple of other film ideas waiting in the wings. George, I understand that you are the editor for a number of upcoming episodes of PBS’ The American Experience. Can you tell us about these episodes and any other plans that you can share? George: I actually had only a limited involvement with the We Shall Remain series, however I have produced and edited many hours with the ABC News documentary unit. Most recently we did a two-hour special called Last Days on Earth which explored the seven deadliest threats to humanity. I have a proposal in to do another two-hour special focusing on the problems facing the international food production/delivery system. Tony, I so enjoyed meeting you at Full Frame and hearing your thoughts about the film. Is there a speaking tour and/or photography exhibition in your future? Tony: Full Frame was a great opportunity, and I owe it all to everyone involved with the Picture This photography project. I’m sure I speak for all the photographers when I say we all learned a lot, and I’d be glad to do a speaking tour and more exhibitions. I am currently working on putting up another exhibition in the near future. It’s useful to inform audiences and remove stereotypes, but few have the gift to relate a story like Shooting Beauty with sensitivity and humor as you have done, Courtney and George. Thank you for making this film. Tony, you and the other photographers have so kindly shared so much about your lives, and you continue to contribute your articulate talents and photography to promoting the film. Thank you! Courtney and George: Thank you! Tony: Thank you for your questions. The full audio of the interview can be heard at www.dilip.info/audio/shootingbeauty; the film’s website is EveryoneDeservesaShot.com. Note: All pictures copyright ©2009 by Courtney Bent and are used with permission.
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Pradesh, India. With millions of devotees visiting every year, this is considered as Heaven on Earth (Kaliyuga Vaikuntham). Interestingly the main God of Tirupathi temple is also in the main God in SV Temple being opened in Cary this month! The Tirupathi Balaji temple is believed to have existed from several hundreds of years, with a history of great myths and variety of transitions taking place since the ancient times. The presiding deity is Lord Sri Balaji with Padmavathi Devi and Andal Devi on the top of Sacred Seven Hills in Tirumala. Dynasties like Pandya’s of Madurai, Chola’s of Tanjore, Pallava’s of Kanchipuram, and the Emperors of Vijayanagara, contended with one another in endowing the shrine and offering the worship to Lord Sri Venkateswara Swami. We can say that Tirupathi Temple with its “Gaali Gopuram” and “Golden Plate” around the top of the shrine is one of the finest and the richest examples of Dravidian temple architecture in the world. With the blessings of Lord Sri Balaji, all devotees in our triangle and beyond worked together in the direction of materializing this beautiful construction of Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina located in Cary. This SV Temple, like many other temples in USA and India represents Indian’s rich culture, heritage and values to the rest of the world. Among the thousands of small and large temples across India, it is very hard to say that one particular temple is the best for constructional brilliance. This is because each temple has its own connotation and great history. Here are some of the divine and historic temples (in random sequence) that are rich in their architectural and sculptural values, brilliant structural designs and details. This is not a complete listing, but these temples stand out as excellent examples for their engineering excellence in India:
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Community Focus Events of note Sanskrit and Jain Studies Classes at NC State In the fall 2009 semester (Aug – Dec 2009), Dr. Pankaj Jain will teach two courses on Jainism and Sanskrit at NC State University, where he teaches. Jain, who earlier taught Indian cultural subjects at Rutgers and other universities in New Jersey, recently moved to North Carolina to take up a full-time teaching position at the university. Currently he teaches Indic traditions and ecology, Hindi films, Hindi language and literature; about half of the students are of South Asian heritage. “India and China have aroused much interest among the people. India’s rise is always in the news,” he said, explaining a sharp increase in the interest to study about India. However, despite its long and influential history and contemporary relevance, Jainism is one of the least studied Indian academic phenomena in the West. To help fulfill this gap, he is launching the first ever online course on Jainism in August 2009. Any student can enroll from any part of the world and the local students can also attend the course like a regular classroom course. The course on Jainism is titled “From Mahavira to Mahatma Gandhi: The Nonviolent Jain Traditions of India.” The topics include the origin and history of Jainism, Jain theology and philosophy, contemporary Jains, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and nonviolence today. The Sanskrit course’s topics include Sanskrit alphabet, grammar and vocabulary. Sanskrit, Greek, and Latin have many common features as the oldest IndoEuropean Languages and a comparative study of them will be of great benefit, he said. Jain, originally from Rajasthan, arrived in the USA as a software engineer. He changed track to pursue a master’s degree at Columbia University and a PhD at the University of Iowa. Info: www.IndicUniversity.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Reach – A Performing Arts Extravaganza Pratham USA’s NC chapter will present “REACH - A Performing Arts Extravaganza” on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at Green Hope High School in Cary, NC from 4 – 7 pm. The event will take the audience on a journey through a town of talented residents who wish to tell a story of their passion for arts, which transcends to a means for “reaching” out and supporting a cause. The story is told by two narrators - one a local resident and the other a visitor from another town - in a dialogue as to how the folks of the town were inspired by a cause and decided to use their artistic ability to raise funds for that cause. The narrators will then take the audience through dances, singing, fusion music and lively story-telling. The town takes pride in not only showcasing its talent but also for its solidarity in garnering support for a cause and raising funds. Tickets range from $15-$50. Contact: Krishna Rajagopal (919.388.9751), Chithra Ramesh (919.678.0109), May 2009
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The audience had a challenge on their hands to pick their personal favorites. In the “Tollywood” segment of the program, there were some classical pieces; quite a few were popular film numbers and some folk dance numbers that were choreographed by a team of dedicated choreographers. As a tribute to the teachers of “Telugu Badi” – the Sunday Telugu school started by TAGG a year ago – the students presented the number “Tenala Tetala” in Telugu. This year’s variety item was the “Indian sari fashion show” – presented by about 18 models draped in saris from different regions of India. The reverse concentric circle pattern routine on stage by colorful sari clad ladies produced a good visual effect. “Telugu Tejaalu” paid tributes to all “The Heroes of the Telugu Land” from yesteryear. Ladies performed a semi classical number with well-coordinated costumes and the men did their “masala” act to cheers and whistles from the crowd. Anita Budidi, Ram Garipalli and Ranjeeta Mote carried the roles of anchors with poise. They had a trio of teenagers (Samyukta Kappagantula, Shravya Budidi and Sravya Durba) as interns rendering a helping hand. Info: www.taggsc.org. Dhoom Machaale Hearts thumping out of resonance from the Dhol beats in the background, a scream of “Kaise ho Pajji” right behind your back, a bunch of high-on-life youngsters trying to get their Bhangra steps right. Sounds like a festive night in India? That’s exactly how it was the night of “Dhoom Machaale” in Dhol player Arpan uptown Charlotte on April 5, 2009. Bhandari “Dhoom Machaale” was organized by “DISHA,” an organization aiming to take service to humanity in a whole new direction. The funds raised from this event will go towards improving the impoverished conditions of a small village in South Gujarat called Dharampur. The event started at 10 pm Saturday night with Bhangra lessons from Deepa and Meeta Chadha accompanied by live Dhol by Arpan Bhandari and went on till the wee hours with DJ Desi belting out various hit Bollywood numbers. The crowd was a good mix of students, working professionals from various firms and locals. Four hours of unlimited frolic and yet the crowd seemed to want this night to be eternal. If you had not missed this one you would agree when I describe it as “A night when fun is an understatement.” ~Contributed by Aishwarya Ramaswamy Jagjit Singh performs in Raleigh It was a flying start for the USA Farewell Tour of Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh when he performed in Raleigh-Durham, NC on Friday, April 10, 2009. For all those who soaked themselves in the emotions that the enchanting voice stirred, it was time to relive those moments again. The man who left music lovers mistyeyed with his soulful renditions, performed at a Durham Performance Arts Center packed with 1400 people. The show started with an explanation of Ghazals and how Jagjit Singh has influenced the world of Ghazals. Singh began with “Hoshwalon ko Khabar
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aries, clean non-curvy strokes and clear symmetry are some of the highlights of this award-winning painting. While that was highly representational, the other award-winning entry was under the genre of abstract painting by Ashima Kodali. “Being a fulltime landscape artist and having a family to take care of hardly leaves time for hobbies and other interests,” says Kodali. Yet, she decided to grace the canvas with her swirly strokes. Kodali had two entries, while one was more subtle and only highlighted the bindi on a woman’s forehead the other was a bright mix of orange and red. While these two were the highlights of the exhibit, there were many other noteworthy entries embellished with decorative stones and photographs, each representing some unique aspects of Indian women. This themed collection of art, organized by Amit Shah and curated by Veda Saravanan and Varsha Pradhan, is sure a feast of colors and expressions. So, visit the Spirit Square Center of the Arts in downtown Charlotte and catch of glimpse of this enigmatic exhibit before June 30, 2009. ~Contributed by Aishwarya Ramaswamy Nuv Yug’s annual India Fest took place in Raleigh on March 28 - 29, 2009. The fest featured performances, arts, crafts, and of course food. Photo James Bengel
I Am An Indian Woman Opening and Exhibit Well braided hair adorned with fresh white jasmine flowers, a distinct red mark of vermilion on the forehead and elegant decorative pieces of jewelry were just three of the numerous attributes of a typical Indian Woman displayed in the art exhibit- “I am an Indian Woman” juried by Ms. Evie Chang Henderson. Through this exhibit, India Association of First Prize winner Shefali Patel Charlotte brought into Spirit Square in downtown Charlotte the charisma and the factual grace of an Indian woman through vibrant paintings and photographs. In this effort to promote artists in North Carolina and bring out in open the enigmatic Indian culture, entries were called in a couple of months back for paintings for this particular theme. Out of the many entries, two paintings were awarded accolades for their remarkable representation. The winner of the first prize, Shefali Patel - a multitasking homemaker, decided to rekindle the artist in her through this opportunity. Patel’s painting termed “Shringar” represented the beauty in all the embellishments as per Indian tradition. The acrylic painting of a woman dressed in earrings, bracelet, bindi and Mehendi with well-defined eyes clad in a Ghoonghat won first place. The well-defined boundMay 2009
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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. Info: 704.248.2647 email@example.com www.artofliving.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 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) www.balkn.org
standing of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. Info: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), firstname.lastname@example.org 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), email@example.com Charlotte Table-Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. Info: www.charlottetabletennis.org Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 704.563.5440, email@example.com www.dhamma.org
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Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. CMAC presents a unique Carnatic Music Concert on Keyboard by 13year-old musician on Sunday May 17, 2009, 3:30 pm at Tate Hall on the Campus of CPCC in Charlotte. Info: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.onlinecmac.com
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Carolinas Prayer Fellowship Rev. Dr. Samuel Prabodh Talluri invites everyone living in the North and South Carolina to participate in “Fellowship” Every Sunday Morning in Gastonia, N.C. Info: 704.865.1428 (Jay) 704.824-8698 (Joe) 704.545.1465 (Dayakar)
Charlotte and there is also a Satsang every Thursday. In addition, watch Satsang from Friday to Tuesday at 7 am on TV Asia. The present topics are “Pati-Patni ka Divya Vyahvar” and “Chovis Tirthankar.” The group has recently opened a library for spiritual books, audios and videos. Info: 704.287.3133 www.dadabhagwan.org Datta Yoga Center - Charlotte The group is dedicated to the service of SadGuru Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji through SadGuru Seva, yoga and satsang (singing the glory of god). Regular Activities: Satsang every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 4 7pm. Bhajans composed by Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji are chanted and occasionally video programs produced by Avadhoota Datta Peetham are viewed. including Sri Swamiji’s visit to Manasa Sarovaram, Music for Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. Info: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi) www.dattapeetham.com www.dycusa.org Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well-being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. www.ekalvidya.org Info: firstname.lastname@example.org Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Info: 704.535.3440. www.hcclt.org The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. saathee.com
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Community News & Events Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) firstname.lastname@example.org. The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children between the ages of 4 and 13 different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) email@example.com. Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 firstname.lastname@example.org. India Association of Charlotte The exhibition “I Am An Indian Woman” will be on exhibit through May 26, 2009 at Spirit Square, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC. Info: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Shri Anand Bhate Gandharva, Vocal Concert, Saturday, June 20, 2009 at CPCC, Tate Hall. Dr. Rajeeb and Reena Chakraborty, Sarod & Sitar Jugalbandi, Saturday, September 19, 2009 at CPCC, Tate Hall. Smt. Yogini Gandhi and her troupe, May 2009
dance Odissi and Kathak Style, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at CPCC, Pease Auditorium. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 email@example.com www.ipaac.org Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) www.ivaac.org Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s mission is to increase awareness of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India and its 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. firstname.lastname@example.org Ananda Mitra 336.682.5727 www.indouswinston.org 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 referrals in a confidential manner. We spread awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historSaathee
ical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. If you need help or are in search of information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org McColl Center for Visual Art The McColl Center for Visual Art has selected Veda Saravanan and Varsha Pradhan to display their paintings in the 6th and 7th Street windows in Charlotte downtown. Veda will be displaying in the 2 windows of the Hearst Tower on 6th street, and Varsha in the 6 windows of the TransAmerica building on 7th Street in downtown Charlotte now through July 11, 2009. Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: email@example.com www.NetIPCharlotte.org Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham Charlotte chapter is looking for volunteers and someone to lead the Charlotte Chapter. Info: M. Ramesh 919.678.0109 firstname.lastname@example.org www.PrathamUSA.org
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Community News & Events Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: www.probasi.org Sahaj Marg MeditationCharlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 email@example.com www.srcm.org Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. Info: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “GuruLilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 May 2009
Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Gurdwara address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey), firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), email@example.com, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), firstname.lastname@example.org www.gurdwaracharlotte.com SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River 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), email@example.com www.southparkcc.org Srishti of Charlotte Srishti has emerged to fulfill the community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts. The word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together 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 info on current hours of play, location & contacts. Info: www.geocities.com/steelecreekcricketclub Saathee
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 Classes at Hindu Center, which will be conducted alternate Sundays. Info: Sreedhar Manjigani 704.965.6704 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tagca.org 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 Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Info: 336.420.7290 336.327.1235 www.gujaratisamajoftriad.org
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 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 www.prabhupadavillage.com saathee.com
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Community News & Events 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 www.hsnc-triad.org India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) www.iatnc.org Life Bliss Foundation Life Bliss Foundation - NC Chapter, offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available at youtube.com/LifeBlissFoundation 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 www.lifebliss.org Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle , Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 PM. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) May 2009
Raleigh Swadhyaya Parivar Swadhyaya Parivar meets every Sunday 10.30am to 11.30am to conduct cultural classes for children of four different age levels and the adults watch the Hindi discourses on Rig Veda and Bhagvad Gita. Info: www.Swadhyaya.org 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: email@example.com www.afice.org 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: http://www.duke.edu/web/aid/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Charlotte region) www.balagokulam.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDOAmerican community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. Info: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), firstname.lastname@example.org 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.banc-online.org
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 www.acsagurdwara.org
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.
Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that
Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization committed to encouraging and facilitating
Community News & Events 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. 919.362.9591 (Sarav Arunachalam) email@example.com www.cryrdu.org 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 CMRDU1@gmail.com www.chinmaya-rdu.org 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 www.dukediya.com Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause May 2009
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 SC. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) firstname.lastname@example.org www.ekalvidya.org EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. Info: www.ektaa.org 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) email@example.com GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” It organizes colorful events annually. Upcoming Events: Gandhi Jayanti on October 4 at the Marbles Kids Museum Children’s Day on November 14 at Saathee
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 email@example.com 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 youth for the preservation of Indian Culture & heritage. Info: 919.851.0225 (Saroj Sharma) 919.461.0001 (Vinod Goel) firstname.lastname@example.org Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weeklend Language and Spiritual Knowledge 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: email@example.com www.hsncweb.org 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 & projects & is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. Info: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) firstname.lastname@example.org www.hsc-ncsu.org saathee.com
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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) email@example.com www.humsub.net
Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any 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. Info: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) www.indusfoundation.info
Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 www.forum-nc.org Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Fri May 8 - Carnatic Vocal Concert by S.Sowmya accompanied on violin by Shri R. K. Shriramkumar. 7 p.m. @ May 2009
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) www.iaff1.org
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 church.org International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter Saathee
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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: www.prathamnc.org 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 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: www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/ Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina (www.vedantanc.org) is a relatively young organization in the Triangle area, but it draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge, you will be warmly welcomed to our organization. The society is very active and having your name in the distribution list will ensure receipt of updates regarding all the current and future activities. Info: www.vedantanc.org RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Saathee
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) www.rtpmm.org 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 theses unique celebrations. Info: 919.468.0040 email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org www.svtemplenc.org Sahaj Marg Meditation Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: 919.841.0035 (Alexey Lef) 919.757.2732 (Jenna Boyd) email@example.com www.srcm.org, www.sahajmarg.org saathee.com
Community News & Events SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sampige.org Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangleâ€™s Indian community for more than 15 years. Info: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) www.shareandcare.org South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. Upcoming events: Fri May 8 at 7:00 p.m. - S. Sowmya (Vocal), R. K. Shriramkumar (Violin), Neyveli Narayanan (Mrudangam) Venue: Green Hope High School, Morrisville, NC (Jointly with ICMDS) Sat May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Sathyanarayana (keyboard), Embar Kannan (violin), Poongulam Subramaniam (mrudangam) Venue: Hindu Bhavan (Temple Hall) Info: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj - Darshan and Meditation Programs Sri Swamiji teaches Dhyan Yoga, an ancient meditation technique that helps in dealing with stress, worry and physical illness. From the age of 14, for the next 12 years, Sri Shivabalayogi meditated 23 hours a day for 8 years, and then 12 hours a day for another 4 years, to become a God-Realized Yogi. Sri Swamiji embodies the physical and spiritual presence of Sri Shivabalayogi, who left his body in 1994, and continues his mission to bring people into the line of meditation to help create a May 2009
more peaceful world. Free meditation programs include one hour of silent meditation followed by kirtan, prasad, and an opportunity to speak with Sri Swamiji individually and receive his blessings and guidance. Free meditation programs: May 6, 7 pm at Ganesh Place Ashram, Durham; May 7, 7 pm at The Barn at Valhalla, Chapel Hill. Meditation Retreat, May 9-16 (day and half-day registration available). Info: Marty 919.929.0462 Carol 919.878.4663 www.shivabalayogiguru.org St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Info: 919.461.1773 email@example.com www.stgregoriosnc.org Swadhyaya Parivar Swadhyaya Parivar which meets every Sunday 10.30am to 11.30am to conduct cultural classes for children of four different age levels and the adults watch the Hindi discourses on Rig Veda and Bhagvad Gita. Info: www.Swadhyaya.org Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tcanc.org Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: 919.465.1606 Ravi Shanmugam (President) http://members.fortunecity.com/tam ilsangamofcarolina Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to buildSaathee
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Community News & Events Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: email@example.com Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org www.trianglevegsociety.org 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) email@example.com
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. Info: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) 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. May 2009
Info: 678.762.7589 AniThirdM@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. 770.840.1925 - email@example.com. www.giacc.org Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) All programs are from 11 am - 12 pm (noon), followed by Aarti & Prasad unless specified otherwise. Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani) VasnaniD@aol.com Hindutempleenc@gmail.com 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. Sat May 9 - fourth annual India Fest. Info: Madan Rangabasyam Phone 336.354.6199 firstname.lastname@example.org
South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American Southeast Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly dinner will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. There will be a $10.00 per person charge for the dinner at India Palace, 110-A Columbia Northeast Drive, Columbia, SC. Info: 803.233.7042 803.233.3996 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) www.internationalfellowshipchurch.org 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 volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to join the organization. KAGG will celebrate “Ugadi” on Sat Mar 28 - the event will include cultural and social activities followed by a catered dinner. Info: 864.430.4973 www.kagg-sc.org Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. Info: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main #) Sirigannada Sirigannada is the Kannada Association of South Carolina (based in Columbia) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. A voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. President: Dr. H.N. Narayanaswamy Nadig. Vice President: Mrs. Radha Rajagopal. Secretary: Mrs. Usha Bilgi. Treasurer: Mrs. Malathi Nagaraj. Info: www.sirigannada.org saathee.com
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Community News & Events Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC (TAGGSC) Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville / Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events througout the year. The organisation held the Ugadi-2009 celebrations in Greenville on Saturday, April 09. Info: www.taggsc.org
Mauldin, S.C. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Info: 864.967.2852
Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. Info: 336.299.9683 email@example.com www.avatarmeherbaba.org
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Festivals & Holidays
By Kirit Shukla There is only one correct answer.
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1. Arrange these US lakes from the larger to smaller per their areas. (a) Great Bear Lake (b) Lake Michigan (c) Lake Huron (d) Lake Superior 2. The Music director of 1954 Hindi film Mirza Ghalib (a) O.P. Nayyar (b) C. Ramachandra (c) Chitragupta (d) Ghulam Mohammed 3 . “Jammu–Srinagar” distance by NH#1A is about (a) 200 Kms. (b) 300 Kms. (c) 400 Kms. (d) 500 Kms. 4. The largest armed forces of World War I was of (a) United States (b) Japan (c) Russia (d) France
5. William McKinley was US President for the period (a) 1893-1897 (b) 1897-1901 (c) 1901-1909 (d) 1909-1913 6. A “Nomad” person is (a) A wanderer (c) Not mad
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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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General Predictions for May 2009 ARIES MAR 20 - APR 20 Now is the time to feel good. Your luck will bring in some money, but you’ll use it up for pointless comforts. By the end of the month you’ll realize that you’re spending too much, and you’ll change your strategy and start controlling your expenses. Even though you’ll be in better control of the situation, you’ll make bad choices for your health. TAURUS APR 20 - MAY 21 Luck is going to help out your love life. If you’re working on your dream project, you’ll achieve plenty. Make sure you save enough money for future expenses. You may get popular and become famous. Don’t count on your associates. An argument with your friends is also possible. Slow down in the last week of the month to avoid big expenses. If you work, there’s a chance of promotion. GEMINI MAY 21 - JUN 21 You might start off the month with high expenses. Luckily, you’ll earn enough to afford the expenses, but curbing needless spending is always good. You’ll see that your income is rising. Strangely, your mistakes will earn you money. You’ll find relief in family-related issues. Outstanding invoices will be paid, and your bank balance will start moving into positive territory. Don’t make egotistic comments. CANCER JUN 21 - JUL 22 After some confusion, you will see long-term solution of family problems and a good return of your investment. Your partner will do well; you will see recovery in health and rise in status with benefit of increased income. Some fear might still be there and affect your peace of mind negatively. You may feel that you have lost your cover. This could be temporary, but could also prove to have a significant impact on your thinking. LEO JUL 22 - AUG 23 You’ll get a chance to compromise and enjoy a happy marriage life. If you start working sincerely, the stars will bring memorable blessings for you. You will see an increase in your workload and responsibility at your work. Don’t spend too much energy in enjoying life, but rather start working instead. Some health issue may create discomfort. If involved in politics or a war for power, you could be the winner. VIRGO AUG 23 - SEP 23 You may face consequences for wrong decisions. Try to be very slow and avoid making any major decisions. You should check your diet to avoid stomach related health problems. Your stars will push you in doing something wrong; avoid enjoying quick and easy benefits and pleasure. You May 2009
LIBRA SEP 23 - OCT 23 Even if you work hard, you won’t be rewarded. You may experience setback in income. You and your spouse both will struggle to uphold morals, but it won’t be that easy this time. This may negatively affect your reputation. The last week of the month could be better compared to other weeks. Don’t do anything that can make you regret in future. You must also watch your health. Student may see good result and feel relaxed. SCORPIO OCT 23 - NOV 22 You may pay for your spouse and/or partner’s mistake. Try to curb your expenses. Avoid long distance travel or spending on luxury items. A positive family atmosphere will give you some relief. However, you may see change in your responsibilities at the place of work. This will also help you in making more money. It could be a result of somebody fulfilling past commitment. You may feel proud of your kid’s achievement. SAGITTARIUS NOV 22 - DEC 21 A business or entertainment-related trip can bring unexpected good luck for you. Try to open up and make quick positive decisions. The second half of the month could be better than first half. Minor family dispute may bother you in the beginning of the month. An old issue or outstanding invoice may get resolved and give peace of mind. Try to be generous and nice with people surrounding you. CAPRICORN DEC 21 - JAN 20 Life may start taking a major positive turn. Change your attitude and approach towards your ideology. It may take a while to reach taking actual action, but be prepared for a change. Time is will turn positive for senior citizens. They will get love and respect from the family. Period is very good for planning a short vacation with friends. Rise in income may be slow, but will come your way very soon. AQUARIUS JAN 20 - FEB 19 You will start commanding the situation. Frustration and failure will disappear. Your saving is going to go up. New job or business opportunity may knock at your door. Don’t miss it. Family happiness will delight you. You may plan and enjoy a social gathering or family event. You may resolve misunderstanding with spouse and start happy family life. Good state of health is clearly indicated. Avoid or delay legal issues. PISCES FEB 19 - MAR 20 You will get very good news to enjoy and celebrate. Don’t forget to donate a portion of it. This is the time to earn and share with others. You may take risk also. Time is good for people suffering from a long time health problem. Avoid investing in real estate property. Move fast to take maximum advantage and enjoy the time. Life will start to slow down by the last week of the month. By Jalendu Vaidya Contact: 973-365-1766 / hindusvision.com saathee.com
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SERVICES: (continued) Art / Drawing Classes: Enjoy the fun of painting & enhance your skill of fine modern art. Enroll in summer classes for your children! From an experienced art teacher. Please call Karli Bose at 704-541-9439 or 704-965-3550 Hyderabadi Biryani House Catering in Charlotte, NC: Authentic taste for big & small parties. Affordable prices on the best Biryani & More . (veg and non-veg ) . For booking & menu call 704-806-8907 or 704-573-3053 email: email@example.com. Child Care Service: Child care for infants / toddlers in my home in Cary, NC. Speak Tamil, Telugu, Hindi & English. Call 919-677-8718 for rates & references. Part or Full Time. Harmonium/Keyboard Player: For any occasion/party, Garba-raas, traditional Indian wedding songs, programs & lessons. Kirit 704.568.8206.
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Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwaliâ€™s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704.780.3563. God Blessings to All.
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Index of Advertisers Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . .115 Agie Photography (Agie Sundaram) . . . . . . . . . . .77 Al Falah Pediatrics (Dr. Kamal Khan) . . . . . . . . . . .68 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Ankusha Travels (Sahana Ghantasala) . . . . . . . . .91 Asad Enterprises (International Calling) . . . . . . . .47 Ashirvad Tours & Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Asian Grocery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Bashyam, Spiro & Edgerton LLP (Immigration Law)117 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bhojwani, Pinky Patel (New York Life) . . . . . . . . . .79 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Bombay Cuisine Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Bright Mart Music & Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Cakes and Flakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . .95 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Charlotte Chiropractic Clinic (Carlisle Chiropractic) .82 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Charlotte Primary Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 CJ Tax & Accounting Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . .26 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . .111 Countywide Sealcoating & Striping . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Dale's & Tandoor Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Delhi Palace (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) .80 Desai, Raj (Accountant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Dhamaaka (Live Music, DJ & More) . . . . . . . . . . .63 Dick James Law Firm (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . .87 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 EQ3 Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Fast Flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Five Star Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Gayatri Pariwar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Hindu Center - Ram Katha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Hindu Priest Services (Balaji) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 India Fest 2009 (Winston-Salem) . . . . . . . . . . . .105 India Grocers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 India Palace (Columbia SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 International Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Isha Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Jagjit Singh in Concert (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Jaipur Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 JM Emporium (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Khandekar, Shobana (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . .27 La Bella Studio (Photography & Cinematography) .20 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Lightning Minds (Training In Oracle Tech) . . . . . . .81 Limon Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Mahabazar.com Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Make My Trip.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 & 35 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Mandap World (Nita Govan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . .21 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . .107 Namaste India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Parekh , Bipin & Smita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . .15 May 2009
Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Pretty Inspirations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Pro-Learners IT Training (Provish Consulting) . . . . .7 Punjabi Dhaba (Indian Restaurant Columbia, SC) . .95 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Rajbhog Foods (Shree Kailash) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Rajdeep Video (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Rajeshree Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Rama Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 Rapid Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . . .85 Ritu Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Royal Kabab Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Royal Pakistan Grocery Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Saathee.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Saffron Restaurant & Sangeeta's Catering . . . . .119 SAT Tutoring (The Hitchhiker's Guide to College) . .69 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 & 41 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Situl Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Sonal Furniture & Custom Draperies . . . . . . . . . . .61 Spice 9 Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Spice Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 SV Temple (Srivari Pranapratistha) . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Taj Fine Jewlery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Taste Of India (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Tulika's Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . .63 Vocal Music Lessons (Amrita Biswas) . . . . . . . . .107 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Zamana Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
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