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A few months back recieved a major facelift and the positive feedback from our readers has been overwhelming. has become one of the most visited Southasian websites in the Carolinas. Now the Carolina’s number one Southasian Magazine, Saathee, has a new look for our special Diwali / Holiday edition. Let us know what you think. Make your comments at (click the “About” button on the top menu then click “Contact us”) or shoot us an e-mail: In this issue, read about a couple of tennis players who are trying to help reduce the India and Pakistan tensions and help them move closer to peace. Pg. 6. Why is the retail giant Wal Mart struggling in India? Flip to pg. 16 for the story. Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is trying to regain leadership of the country. Will he succeed? Read the stories on pg. 50 and pg. 90.

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In This Issue Tennis Diplomacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 06 Foreign Teachers Help India . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Kulbhushan Kharbanda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Wal Mart Struggles In India . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 A Mumbaikar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 CaryDiwali . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Musharraf Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 96 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 126 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 128 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 128

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Indo-Pak: Tennis over Diplomacy? An unlikely pair of racquet-swinging 30-year-olds tries to bridge the ancient subcontinent divide. By Saritha Rai - At sunset every evening along the India-Pakistan border, guards from the two countries stomp their feet and march around. Spectators jeer as the guards bellow their way through a 45-minute-long, choreographed routine of exaggerated hostility. This display at Wagah, the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan, is a symbol of the hostility between the antagonistic Asian neighbors. They routinely accuse one another of spying, they deny one another’s citizenry visas and they ban each other’s films. Recently, India accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist attacks on Indian soil. After many rounds of peace talks gone bad, India and Pakistan are still very much at odds. But now, an unlikely duo of sports-loving 30-year-olds is aiming to see if a tennis match can solve what diplomacy has been unable to. The tennis doubles pair — Rohan Bopanna, a Hindu Indian, and Aisam ul-haq Qureshi, a Muslim Pakistani — have proposed a friendly tennis match to take place at none other than, you guessed it, Wagah. The pair has sent a request for the match to the governments of India and Pakistan and is now awaiting a response. Bopanna wants to play on the Pakistani side of Wagah, while Qureshi would play on the Indian side. The idea would have been preposterous had it not come from Bopanna and Qureshi. But these unexpected ambassadors for peace have become the toast of the subcontinent — not just for almost clinching a recent Grand Slam victory, but also for their off-court camaraderie. Since 2007, the pair has teamed up on the ATP World Tour circuit. But since coming within a whisker of winning the U.S. Open Men’s Doubles title in August (they lost in the final), Indians and Pakistanis are hailing them as humanitarians and champions of peace. Their “Stop War, Start Tennis” and “Love India, Love Pakistan” T-shirt slogans echo a growing sentiment on the subcontinent. “Their partnership demonstrates that enmity is the loser and harmony the victor,” said die-hard sports fan Krishna Prasad, a Bangalore-based quality analyst. The two have been named peace ambassadors by the Monaco-based not-for-profit Peace and Sport. Facebook fan pages idolize the duo, dubbing them “Indo Pak Express.” There is a groundswell of mass support for the pair, and governments on both sides of the border are feting them with cash prizes. Their doubles matches have gathered an expanse of fans in the two countries where the game of cricket overwhelmingly dominates the sporting scene.

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“Tennis provides you the big picture and the rivalries seem to fade into the distance,” Bopanna told GlobalPost during an interview at the swank restaurant and bar he co-owns with three friends in Bangalore. Bopanna listed all that he and his “Pakistani brother” have in common. They were born in the same year, under the same Zodiac sign, Pisces. They are both crazy about Bollywood films. On the court and off it, they speak in Hindi, India’s national language that is quite similar to the Urdu spoken in Pakistan. During a game, they often yell “shabaash!” (well done!) and “chal” (let’s go) to each other. Such parallels have captured the collective imagination of Indians and Pakistanis and underscored their shared culture. The two countries were partitioned in 1947 at the time the British exited the subcontinent, the cleave leading to much violence and bloodshed. They have fought two wars since, and have come within brushing distance of a third. Indo-Pak politics have not cramped the tennis duo’s style on the court. “We play tennis, not politics,” said Bopanna, adding that their styles are perfectly complementary. Qureshi is stronger at the net whereas Bopanna plays hard ground strokes from the back of the court. Millions of Indians and Pakistanis turn hysterical when the two countries play cricket against each other. In India, where some Muslims back the rival cricket team, the game quickly turns divisive. However, there is also evidence that sports can help transcend the subcontinental divide. Earlier this year, Shoaib Malik, a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team wed India’s top ranking tennis player Sania Mirza in a union hailed as a cross-border love match. The Bopanna-Qureshi pairing is spontaneous, sincere and worth applauding, says Indian historian and social commentator Ramachandra Guha. “It is an endearing, large-hearted partnership,” he said. But, he said, the two may not have the large impact on the Indo-Pak relationship that some are hoping for. The politics of India and Pakistan are complicated by issues like terrorism and the dispute over the state of Kashmir that both claim as their own. That hasn’t kept fans from being optimistic. Prasad, the tennis fanatic, said he hopes the partnership will force politicians to pay attention. The sunset ritual at the Wagah border routinely ends with both sides lowering the flags and slamming the border gates, but Prasad said, “Bopanna and Qureshi offer hope that the gates could stay open in welcome.”

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Foreign Teachers Help Indian Professors Up Their Game By Shailaja Neelakantan -

When Bhushan Trivedi heard about a week-long course in which American engineering professors were going to show their Indian counterparts how to teach more effectively, he was skeptical. “I had attended several workshops of this kind in the past, and I had not learned anything new,” said Trivedi, who has taught engineering for 20 years, currently at the GLS College of Computer Technology, in Gujarat, India. Still, he decided to attend the workshop two years ago, and came away a believer. “It was the best I ever attended,” he said of the program, run by the Indo-U.S. Collaboration for Engineering Education. “My life changed after that.” A brainchild of Krishna Vedula, an engineering professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the collaboration was designed to offer practical training for engineering professors in India, who are often underprepared and overwhelmed by the demands of teaching. “Indian faculty lacks the ability to take theory and relate it to practice and application,” said Vedula, who was born in India and educated in the United States. “And American faculty lays more emphasis on that.” The collaboration was set up with the help of Lowell, the American Society for Engineering Education and the Indian Society for Technical Education, among other entities. Dozens of academics and business people in both the United States and India helped fine-tune the curriculum. The collaboration was set up in 2007 and the workshops began in earnest the following year. Since then nearly 1,200 Indian faculty members have been trained by at least 36 American professors. With their training, the Indian professors, in turn, have conducted more than 200 regional workshops, helping more than 6,000 faculty members who teach an estimated 100,000 students. Because the core engineering curriculum is virtually the same worldwide, Vedula says, there is already a common base of understanding no matter the country. And the American professors aren’t teaching engineering itself, but teaching their peers how to explain it to their students more effectively. Raised in a system that emphasizes teaching through lectures and learning through rote memorization, many Indian faculty members lack the skills to engage students, Vedula said. “A lot of professors will give a monologue for an hour. That is the worst way of teaching. After 10 minutes, students lose attention.” During the workshops, American professors train their Indian counterparts in what is called “active learning.” They introduce strategies for working with students on problems, class participation and group learning. For Trivedi, the engineering professor, the workshop itself proved that those methods work. “After seven hours on the first day,” he said, “I was as fresh as I was when the workshop started. I was so engrossed that I hadn’t looked at my watch once.” The quality of teaching in India’s 2,500 or so mostly private engineering colleges suffers, Vedula said, November 2010

because many instructors do not have doctorates. So they lack not only teaching skills but also a deep knowledge of their material. The American professors who signed up to teach the workshops say the experience has been rewarding. Sidney Burrus, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, said the training program is far superior to similar ones he has come across. “Most programs talk about the topic and not how to teach,” Burrus said. “I am not teaching electrical engineering. I am teaching how to teach.” For Trivedi, the experience has had a tangible impact on both him and his students. Before he went through the training program, he said he would feel bad when his students didn’t perform well and didn’t know how to help them. Shortly afterward, though, he started employing the workshop’s techniques. He asked students for “minute papers,” in which they spent one minute after each class specifying which concept they understood best and which was the muddiest. “In the Indian education system,” Trivedi said, “there is no mechanism to get student feedback.” Using active-learning techniques “improved my teaching,” he said, adding that the students’ attention span increased. On the final exam, 14 out of 19 students received grades of A. “Five of these students met me later and said they had been planning to leave engineering because they felt they were incapable of studying it,” said Trivedi. “But after going through my course, they said they will continue to do engineering.” Vishal Koshti is one of Trivedi’s students. “I am 25 years old, and I have never encountered this kind of teaching,” he said. “He made it very interesting.” The collaboration has received most of its financial support from Narayan Murthy, a founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd., a software-services company, and Desh Deshpande, founder of Sycamore Networks Inc. Each of them gave $330,000 in 2008 and again in 2009. Until this year the American professors were paid $10,000 for each workshop they ran. (The fee was dropped to $5,000 this year.) This year Murthy and Deshpande asked that participants pay for half of the cost of the program, in order to keep the project sustainable. This month a new series of workshops, 37 in all, will begin in 24 locations throughout India. Each will have a class of 30 Indian faculty members, whose colleges have paid $7,500 each for them to participate. Vedula says colleges are willing to pay the money because they’ve seen the results. Richard Felder, of North Carolina State, has said that the workshops in which he participated in India “have had a more visible and dramatic impact than anything else I have done in my career. An unbelievably high percentage of the nearly 200 engineering professors we addressed have reported changing their teaching practices following the workshop, with strongly positive learning outcomes.” The collaboration, he said, “has the clear potential to nucleate an engineering education revolution in India similar to the technology revolution of the 1990s, and also to establish a model for engineering-education reform that can be emulated in developing countries.”

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Interview: Kulbhushan Kharbanda By Amanda Sodhi A seasoned and critically acclaimed film, television and theatre actor, especially well-known for his portrayal of Shakal in “Shaan,” Kulbhushan Kharbanda has appeared in over 170 films, including “Khatta Meetha,“ “Aloo Chaat,” “Johdha Akbar,” “Manorama Six Feet Under,” “Umrao Jaan,” “Lage Raho Munna Bhai,” “Fire,” “Earth,” “Water,” “Pinjar,” “Bollywood/Hollywood,” “Monsoon Wedding,” “Lagaan,” “Refugee,” “Hera Pheri,” “Pukar,” “Mela,” “Hu Tu Tu,” “Gupt,” “Border,” “Maachis,” “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar,” “Ghayal,” “Ghulami,” “Shakti,” “Silsila” and “Bhumika.” On behalf of Saathee Magazine, Amanda Sodhi had a chance to talk to Kulbhushan Kharbanda after he completed shooting in Delhi for Prashant Nair’s “Delhi in a Day.” Here follows an in-depth interview with Kharbanda in which he discusses how he got his break in Bollywood, how he has evolved as an actor, changes he has seen in the industry, the importance the role of Shakal had on his career, his upcoming projects including Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children,” and much more. You have done almost 170 films thus far. Tell us a bit about your journey in Bollywood and how you got your break in the industry. How I got a break? Actually, a long time back (laughs) my friend suggested my name to Shyam Benegal and he called me for an interview. I was in Calcutta at the time and he said “ok” and he gave me work in his films and that is how I started working in films. How have you seen yourself evolve as an actor? This is very difficult to answer. The industry of course is changing and this must be affecting us also (laughs). If it is changing for betterment or worse I don’t know, but the style of working is changing and affects us as actors also. How? How it affected me? Some new people have come with new ideas. Previously there were more melodramatic stories. Of course we are still making the same stuff, but there is a change for betterment. Previously there was a lot of time to shoot a scene and slow scenes. Now the pace is fast. And, we must change accordingly and also adjust accordingly. What do you consider to be some of the major milestones in your career? Hmm. I don’t know. How about the role of Shakal in “Shaan”? Shakal…Oh yes, it brought me to the forefront in comNovember 2010

You’ve done so many films and tried out so many roles. Nonetheless, are there any roles you wish to try out? It is difficult to say I want a particular type of role. When a role comes in front of you and the role is challenging, of course you want to do it. But, there are very few challenges I come across now (laughs). What do you consider to be one of the most challenging roles in your career? I can’t say challenging, but, I was lucky enough to do different kinds of roles from the very beginning. If you see the roles I did for Shyam Benegal—I did 13-14 films for him at least—there each role was different from one role to the other. Same in commercial cinema—I didn’t stick to villainous roles only. I did different roles in this kind of industry where they put you into a slot. I did it intentionally and it also happened by chance. You can’t slot me into a particular category. I think this is a little achievement that I got (laughs). Is there any particular role you enjoyed doing the most? Well I never did main roles. I have been a character artist. I never carried the film. You understand? Yes. Yeah, the hero and heroine carry the film. But, I’m hearing from you that I did 170 films! (laughs) (Laughs) Yes, you’ve done a lot of films. Yet, you’ve stayed away from the media limelight and haven’t given many interviews. I don’t know why. Actually, I didn’t realize that. Yes, that’s very true that you have done both off-beat and commercial films. How exactly do you decide which projects to take on? For example, you accepted the role in “Manorama 6 Feet Under” which a lot of actors turned down because they were afraid of doing such a negative role. I don’t know. Actors refused…you think so? Yeah, the director Navdeep Singh mentioned that in a blog post on PassionForCinema. He narrated the role and I said ok. Such a simple thing it was. You’ve done theatre work, television shows and, of course, films. Tell us a bit about your experience working in these three mediums. I started as a theatre actor and would love to carry that on. But…you can call it dishonesty but the last play I did was in 1995. I have not done it after then. Television of course started in Delhi—at the time it was 2 hours a week, then 2 hours a day and we started making a little bit money as side extra pocket money kind of the thing (laughs). But, of course film is a dif-

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Why Walmart Struggles in India Fears of big retail are strangling growth. By Jason Overdorf - The timing for Walmart’s first buyer-seller summit in India earlier this month couldn’t have been better. As Indian firms keen to tap the retailing giant’s global network prepared their pitches, the Indian government gave the first concrete sign that it may be ready to open up its potentially huge retail market to foreign investors — an opportunity that America’s largest retailer has been chasing for as many as 20 years. It’s not just big for Walmart, the company argues. “For India, the opening of retail would be a game changer,” said Rajan Mittal, vice chairman of the firm’s joint venture partner here. Barred from opening retail stores in India, Walmart had been sourcing millions of dollars worth of textiles and other products here since 2001. Then, finally, after years of waiting for the world’s next largest market to open its doors, the Arkansas-based company went around back — forming a joint venture with billionaire Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises, best known as the operator of India’s largest telecommunications network, Airtel. That gave Walmart the right to open wholesale stores in India and lay some groundwork through the Indian-owned Bharti Retail chain. But it wasn’t exactly a sweetheart deal. After opening its first retail store in China in 1996, Walmart swiftly ramped up to nearly 300 retail outlets, as well as 180 larger “supercenters.” But in India, the company’s Bharti-Walmart joint venture has due to restrictions managed only to open three so-called cashand-carry stores — which sell in bulk to other retailers. While Walmart’s claim to fame is its supply chain, its best suppliers in India could only manage a score of 60 out of 100 by the company’s standard, so it has to keep more inventory in India than anywhere else in the world. So, too, India’s tiny grassroots retailers — the bread and butter of the retail sector — find that it’s not worth their trouble to schlep out to the hyperstore. Worse, it was barred from selling to the retail outlets of its joint venture partner, Bharti Retail. Until now. On Sept. 29, India moved to allow foreign-funded wholesalers like Bharti-Walmart to sell as much as 25 percent of their goods directly to consumers through retailers that are part of the same corporate group. Though Mittal called the job “half-done,” it gave Walmart a small opening through which to explore India’s retail market. More significantly, the change in regulations provided the strongest hint yet that India’s government may finally be ready to talk business on FDI in retail. “Our intelligence is that there will definitely be some policy relaxation [soon] in terms of allowing multi-brand retailing to come in,” said NV Siva Kumar, leader of retail and consumer industries for PricewaterhouseCoopers India. “There will definitely be some conditions attached, but some kind of calibrated opening is what we expect to happen.” There was a gold rush air at Walmart’s first panIndia buyer-seller summit, held at New Delhi’s Taj Palace hotel on Sept. 30. A host of Indian agricultural companies — including November 2010

biggies like ITC Ltd. Kohinoor Foods and Amul — had taken booths to woo Walmart and associated buyers from 13 different countries, including the United States and United Kingdom. Many firms, like South India-based Nani Agro, which recently gained a spot on Walmart’s approved list as a supplier of turmeric, were pitching the rest of their product portfolio. Despite India’s position as the world’s secondlargest producer of fruits and vegetables, the country’s total agricultural exports amounted to just $8 billion last year, compared with China’s $40 billion. Help from Walmart and its associated firms to meet international standards and make global connections could change that, India’s farm and food companies hope.

For retailers like Walmart, as well as French competitor Carrefour and U.K.-based Tesco, the stakes are almost as high, and they are hoping that the first calibration in India’s retail FDI policy could come as early as November, when U.S. President Barack Obama is slated to visit. Last month, Francisco Sanchez, U.S. under-secretary of commerce for international trade, told the Financial Times that opening up India’s retail market is high on the agenda for Obama’s delegation. And, so far, most signs appear to be positive. The Indian commerce ministry’s department of industrial policy and promotion recently issued a discussion paper that outlined the positive effects that FDI in retail could have on India’s economy. “We believe that it is an opportunity to multiply jobs,” a junior trade minister told Bloomberg. However, India’s Business Standard newspaper, citing unnamed sources in the finance ministry, has reported that no change is likely now. Opening retail is perhaps the only big ticket item left on India’s agenda of economic reforms, and the very idea of India lies at the issue’s heart. For the first six decades of India’s independence, tiny cottage industries enjoyed various advantages due to regulations inspired by the philosophies of Mohandas K. Gandhi (better known as Mahatma). Small was good, subsistence was in and scale was out. Opening up retail to bigger-is-better players like Walmart would be a radical departure, and small trader organizations and India’s communist parties are fighting it tooth and nail. Experts from consultancies and economic think tanks, however, argue that opening up retail to FDI would benefit Indian consumers, farmers and workers in

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A Flat (Director: Hemant Madhukar) Cast: Sanjay Suri, Jimmy Sheirgill, Kaveri Jha, Aindrita Ray, Hazel, and Sachin Khedekar

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Allah Ke Banday (Director: Faruk Kabir) Cast: Sharman Joshi, Faruk Kabir, Naseruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Anjana Sukhani, Rukhsar, and Zakir Hussain

4. Break Ke Baad “Adhoore” Music: Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani 5. Crook “Challa” Music: Pritam Singers: Suzanne D’Mello & Babbu Mann (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)

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Veteran actor Anil Kapoor is making further inroads into Hollywood. After his riveting performance as the game show host in Slumdog Millionaire and landing a juicy role in the prime time hit TV series “24” with Kiefer Sutherland, it seems now Kapoor will be in the fourth installment of the Tom Cruise action film series Mission Impossible. The film will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles).

MIACC Marks 10th Anniversary in November

The Tenth Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival is scheduled for November 10-14, 2010 at venues all over New York City. The MIAAC Film Festival has been a destination for feature films, documentaries, and shorts from and about the Indian subcontinent. Previous years’ festivals have included the New York premiere of Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth and many others. The MIAAC Film Festival will feature a mix of film screenings, discussions on Indian cinema, industry panels geared specifically to film production in India, special events, nightly networking parties, an award ceremony and gala red-carpet opening and closing night events. The Mahindra Group makes significant contributions in the fields of art and culture and has partnered with IAAC for the fourth year in a row. Together they aim to provide filmmakers from the Indian subcontinent a global platform in which to showcase their work and celebrate the art of filmmaking. Conceived in 1998, the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating artists of Indian origin in North America. “This year’s festival promises once again to be a heady mix of terrific films, stimulating conversations, and fabulous events,” says Aroon Shivdasani, IAAC’s Executive Director. The festival’s gala opening night event will take place at the Paris Theatre (4 W. 58th St.) on November 10. Festival screenings and panel discussions will take place over the next few days at the SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St.) in the heart of Chelsea. A special gala closing night party and awards ceremony event will be held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center on November 14. The year’s Festival Sidebar is a retrospective on the late Indian actress Smita Patil titled: “Bhumika – The Roles of Smita Patil,” which is co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information about the entire festival, visit November 2010

R Madhavan Speaks Up for Chickens

Bollywood heartthrob R Madhavan may have reached superstar status with the box-office smash 3 Idiots, but the long-time vegetarian still has time to worry about the plight of animals. A veteran of PETA’s public service announcements, Maddy recently penned a letter to David Novak, CEO of KFC’s parent company, Yum! Brands US, urging him to implement PETA US’ recommended basic animal welfare standards, which would stop the worst abuses of the millions of chickens raised and killed each year for KFC’s restaurants around the world. KFC’s suppliers cram birds into huge waste-filled factories, breed and drug them to grow so large that they can’t even walk and often break their wings and legs. A PETA India undercover investigation at Venkateshwara Hatcheries, a factory farm that supplies KFC in India, revealed conditions that were so crowded that birds had to push and shove each other to reach food. “I am sure you’re a compassionate person who agrees that animals – whether they are dogs, cats or chickens – should not be abused and that working to stop this unnecessary cruelty should be a top priority”, writes Maddy in his letter to Novak. “Please use your unique position to stop the worst abuses of these sensitive birds by making the improvements suggested by PETA US and KFC’s own former animal welfare advisors.” – Courtesy of PETA India.

Yash Chopra Honored with National Kishore Kumar Award

The prestigious “National Kishore Kumar Award” for the year 2009-10, given by the Madhya Pradesh Government, was conferred on Yash Chopra, on October 14, 2010. This ceremony took place at Khandwa, MP, which is the birthplace of the late singer and actor Kishore Kumar. With this award, Yash Chopra, a legend in Bollywood, has added yet another accolade to his long list of achievements. Yash Chopra fondly recalled his association with the late Kishore Kumar, while appreciating the work done by the Madhya Pradesh government in Kishore Kumar’s honor. The National Kishore Kumar award, instituted by the Madhya Pradesh government in 1997, is given away for direction, acting, script writing and lyrics every year. Past recipients of the prestigious award have been the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gulzar, Shyam Benegal and Amitabh Bachchan. – Courtesy of Bollywood Hungama

Peepli [Live] to be India’s official Entry at Oscars

Aamir Khan’s latest production Peepli [Live] has been selected as 2010’s India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. After Lagaan and Taare Zameen Par, this is the third time that an Aamir Khan Productions’ film has been selected to compete at the prestigious Academy Awards. Now the film has to make the cut to compete in the final films selection. The list of final contending films will be announced shortly. Peepli [Live] is written and directed by Anusha Rizvi.

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Hindustani... Let us make hard work to be our ethics. Let us make the God with our own hands. Let us make India, the land of Rama and Gautam Buddha, our better dreamland. Now we have new blood, new hopes and new youthfulness. We are Hindustani... We have washed the dirty spots of slavery with our sacrifices. We have lighted the lamps after extinguishing some of our lamps. We got freedom and we will have to save it from our enemies. Now we have new blood, new hopes and new youthfulness. We are Hindustani... Every piece of sand is a pearl, just open the eyes and see. There is gold in the dirt, extend your hand a little bit and see. The river Ganga is of gold and the river Yamuna is of silver. We can grow the crop in the stones if we desire so. Now we have new blood, new hopes and new youthfulness. We are Hindustani...

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Muslim domination. The movement was spontaneous and consisted of a loose group of saints whose main ideals were devotion of God in a simple way. Saints like Surdas, Meerabai, Namdev and others spearheaded the Bhakti movement in the North while saints like Purandara Dasa led the movement in the South. Meera (16th century), a Rajput princess, was one of

the foremost exponents of the Bhakti movement. She was born into a royal family in Rajasthan and from a very young age professed deep love for Lord Krishna. Married at a young age of 14, Meera continued her worship and sought the company of saints and poor bhaktas, dancing and singing the praises of Krishna with abandon. She is said to have been ill treated by her in-laws after the death of her husband but each time, Krishna intervened and protected Meera. She seems to have spent her last days as a devotee in Dwarka- a version of her life history describes her as merging with the idol of Krishna inside a temple. Meera’s poetry is in simple verse form- they are composed in Braj, a dialect of Hindi, spoken at that point of time. Her poetry is a form of Prema Bhakti and exudes complete surrender to Lord Krishna. The legendary musician M.S. Subbalakshmi popularized Meera bhajans in Carnatic music- her name is almost synonymous with these bhajans. She also essayed the role of Meera in the 1945 movie “Meera.” Meera bhajans are now popularly included in Carnatic concerts in the tukkadas section because of their beauty and simplicity. Mahatma Gandhi once requested M.S. Subbalakshmi to render his favorite Meera bhajanHari Tum Haro. M.S., who did not know the bhajan,

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A Day in the Life of a Mumbaikar By Hanna Ingber Win – Swati Karan prefers to wear one of her many colorful salwar kameezes, the traditional Indian tunic and loose pants. She says they’re comfortable, and her mother tells her she looks best in them. But six days a week Swati, 26, pulls on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt or button-down and begins the two-and-a-half-hour journey to work. Though born in a small village and now living on the outskirts of Mumbai, Swati has arguably one of the most modern jobs in all of India — though it may not be the most glamorous. Swati works at a beauty salon giving young women Brazilian bikini waxes. Swati lives in a one-bedroom apartment with nine family members in Dombivli, a suburb northeast of Mumbai that is only slightly calmer than the city itself. Every morning, she walks 15 minutes to the train station, past women on mats selling fresh vegetables and busy stalls offering everything from fried samosas to plastic buckets. Swati waits with the other women on the train platform to secure her space in the ladies’ compartment of the train, standing room only. She takes the train for an hour to Dadar, where she transfers to another train on to Bandra. There, she waits another 30 minutes for a bus to Pali Hill, a posh Bandra West suburb known for its tree-lined streets and Bollywood mansions. And finally, Swati arrives at work: an upscale beauty salon where men in designer jeans get manicures and women in three-inch heels have their hair straightened. It’s a far cry from her home back in Dombivli, but in her black eyeliner and kitten-toe heels, Swati fits right in. In a place as dynamic as Mumbai, sometimes old and new, Western and Indian, coexist in parallel universes. Other times they occur within the same person at the same time. On a daily basis, Swati lives amid these layers of modernity and tradition. As a child, she lived in a small village in Maharashtra State. When she was 7, her mother moved the children to Mumbai, where her father worked. As a little girl, Swati enjoyed doing makeup and hair for herself and her cousins, she says as she sits in the Bandra salon, pretending to apply brush to her cheeks. After graduating from high school, she attended a junior college and then took a one-year beautician course. Swati’s three older siblings, like her parents, had arranged marriages. But she has had a boyfriend for the past four years, a friend from her old neighborhood, and plans on having a so-called love marriage (as opposed to an arranged marriage) with him. While her siblings and parents knew very little about their future spouses, Swati has spent years getting to know the man she will wed. On their days off, they go shopping together in Thane, another suburb of Mumbai, or on Linking Road in Bandra. Depending on what Swati wears that day, she says the shopkeepers treat her differently. If she wears a November 2010

Western outfit, they act like she has money to spend and bombard her with shopping options. If she wears traditional Indian clothes, the salespeople are less friendly. Some couples go to Bandra to have alone time, snuggling up close together as they look out at the Arabian Sea from Carter Road or Bandstand. Swati has no interest in public displays of affection. Swati’s and her boyfriend’s wedding, most likely to take place next year, will cost about 200,000 rupees ($4,350). Unlike in the past, when the bride’s family covered everything, both families will contribute to the cost. She says there will be no dowry. Once they get married, Swati will move in with her husband and in-laws, she says as she sits in her living room in Dombivli. Her niece and nephew, each with black smudges on their faces to ward off the evil eye, play nearby. Swati says she will continue working after she gets married. She enjoys her work, which includes giving facials, applying makeup and threading eyebrows. She says she was first reluctant when a salon asked her to give women bikini waxes as she found the procedure strange, and her Indian clients were initially nervous to undress in front of her. But she — and her clients — have gotten used to it, and she now feels good that people trust her to do something so personal. She earns 9,000 rupees ($195) a month plus tips, more than double what she thinks she could make working at a shop in Dombivli. But just because she will continue as a career woman does not mean that she will leave traditional housewife roles behind — she says she’ll work as well as do all the cooking, cleaning and childcare. She says she does not resent her boyfriend or think the strict gender roles are unfair. Instead, she accepts the expectations for what they are. “Nowadays, the women mostly do both,” she said. “It’s OK. Just busy.” After work every day, Swati shuffles through the crowds as she commutes back to Dombivli. Before going home, she makes a five-minute stop at a Hindu temple in her neighborhood to pray to a statue of Lord Ganesh. She says it’s calming. This is not a family tradition; none of her siblings or parents do it. It’s a daily ritual she has begun, a way to stay rooted as life speeds by.

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Story and photos by Manisha Dass In the simplest of terms we celebrate Diwali to commemorate Lord Ram coming home after 14 years of exile in the forest, after good triumphed evil. Who would’ve thought thousands of years later, though this epic tale is still believed and told to people all around the world, that in the small shaer of Cary, North Carolina, we would go through a forest to celebrate for a decade now, Hum Sub’s Cary Diwali. Walking through the forest at Regency Park, it’s difficult not to dance along to the filmi songs and Mumbai beats on stage at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Entering the main gate, it’s easy to lose yourself and forget that you’re not in India. That was the common message for all the guests who came and many of the Hum Sub board members and volunteers echoed the view that it really felt like even just for the day, we’re celebrating the Jashn in India. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of Hum Sub and what better way to celebrate a decade than to have a Jashn. This year, aside from their main event, Hum Sub had several events leading up Cary Diwali, including Jharoka – an art exhibition, Dandiya night, and a Bollywood movie night. All the events were extremely successful and brought out a huge crowd where people thoroughly enjoyed themselves. At Cary Diwali there were over 12,000 people celebrating, dancing, shopping and of course eating. Many vendors even ran out of food and had to close shop early due to the high volume of people. Sharnaz Sheikh, the secretary of Hum Sub for the past year, and an active volunteer for the past four years, has seen a great increase in the number of people involved. “…be it through activities, dancing programs, or volunteers – somehow or the other the community stays involved,” Sheikh said. “This year there are 600 participants in the dance program and with plenty of dance schools opening in the RTP and Cary area there’s so much talent – it’s like we are getting the cream of the crop.” Sheikh said the easiest part of being a board member is getting local artists wanting to perform and so many people wanting to be a part of the show. “The most difficult, on the flip side of that though, is the day of jitters. Even though we go through rehearsals, we can never plan for what may go wrong,” she said. Ejaz Syed, an active volunteer for the past seven years, is so proud to be associated with an event like Cary Diwali. “It promotes Indian Diaspora, and is filled with music, fun and colors,” he said. “People who are November 2010

not from India get to experience it first hand.” Syed has seen a great change over the years but the year that stands out the most to him is 2006. “That was the first year where such a great number of people came out and we saw a shift in the people that were participating in the cultural program,” he said. “We have experienced a tremendous change in our audience thereafter.” Syed also expressed his gratitude to the Town of Cary. “We are so lucky that they are so cooperative in promoting this event and making this event possible and so successful.” Dipak Prasad, a member of the Board of Directors, has been involved executively for seven months, but prior to that as a volunteer. “It takes a huge undertaking to make this event possible,” Prasad said. “It takes a village to make it happen and cooperation from board members and of course the community. This is an event by the community for the community. We are also very fortunate to have are ex board members and founding members still involved in the entire process of making our event a grand success.” Sonali Luniya, president of the Board of Directors for nearly the past two years, commented on how much this event stands out. “This is the only free event, in an open air venue, and the only [Indian] event that starts and ends on time.” Luniya has been involved with Hum Sub for the past seven years and served as the treasurer prior to being the president. “I’m so excited to be a part of the 10 year celebration,” Luniya said. “All the events we had preceding Cary Diwali were all very successful and very well received.” Komal Dhanani, a Cary resident, has been attending Cary Diwali for the past six years. “I never miss it,” Dhanani said. “I have seen so much change over the years, and every year it gets better and better.” Jamie Kocher, a resident of Garner, attended at the recommendation of a friend. “It’s like traveling to India on a budget,” Kocher said. “I can’t believe I have missed out all these years – I’ll make up for it in the years to come. Everything is so vibrant and beautiful.” Anshoo Mehra attended with his family and brought his parents who are visiting from India. “I have been coming to Cary Diwali for many years and it’s always a different experience. It’s not something you can go to one year and shraddha and shweta pandit skip after because you know it’s going to be different,” Mehra said. “It’s the closest to India that we can get being so far away. We are so lucky to have something like Cary Diwali.” The grand finale this year featured Shraddha and Shweta Pandit and Indian Idol 3 fame Parleen Singh Gill. Shweta Pandit just completed her tour with A.R. Rahman and for the first time is composing the music for Mallika Sherawat’s next movie Hisss. Shweta Pandit was very impressed with Hum Sub’s

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Book Reviews Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health (Simon and Schuster) Cookbooks are everywhere. Browse any bookstore or online booksellers and you’ll find cookbooks and recipe books galore. They cover all possible aspects of food and its preparation. Cookbooks geared toward a “healthy” lifestyle are also everywhere. Sometimes it is difficult to find cohesive volumes that give useable information that also includes nutrition info and recipe variety. The folks at the Moosewood Restaurant (Ithaca, NY) and its collective of chefs have been publishing cooking books for many years. The chefs at the restaurant have been creating meat-free, organic-focused meals for many years. “Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health” is their 12th cookbook and it includes over 200 interesting, tasty and nutritious recipes. Nutrition info included with each recipe is very useful and there are many sidebars talking about the ingredients. You’ll find appetizers, soups, dessert, main dishes, and fusion meals in easy to browse sections. For flavor lovers, there are many unusual combinations that may seem odd but work nicely when the dish is popped out of the oven or off the stove. Recipes include, an apricot orange twist smoothie; pineapple salsa with blueberries; sweet potato soup; apple and chipotle soup; vegetables in spicy lemongrass-tamarind sauce; and savory asparagus and mushroom bread pudding. Keep this book handy for family nights, quick weeknight meals or for those elaborate gatherings on the weekend or during the holidays. – Samir Shukla The Unexpected Son Author: Shobhan Bantwal (Kensington) Vinita Patil has been living in New Jersey with her husband Girish for the last 25 years. One day, she receives an anonymous letter in the mail saying that her son is dying of leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. She is puzzled by this letter, as the only child she has is her daughter with Girish. But as she reflects on the letter, she realizes its implications if it’s true, and is caught in a tangled web of lies as she fights to save her son. I enjoy Bantwal’s talent at incorporating a suspenseful story with serious issues in today’s India, and this book was no exception. Vinita Patil is a wonderfully smart and strong woman. She often follows her heart rather than her head, but she’s not overly impulsive and really cares for the people November 2010

around her. When she learns about her son, all she can think of is caring for him, trying to heal him. Her guilt at abandoning him and anger at those who lied to her are overwhelming – she couldn’t believe what had happened, even as she comes to realize he ended up with a much better life than she could have provided at such a young age. The treatment of young, unmarried pregnant women in India is shocking. It is still an incredibly taboo subject in society and enough to ruin not only the girl’s prospects at ever having a good life, but often also her family’s. Additionally, I appreciated Bantwal’s take on the regional, cultural violence in India. She portrays the clash between Kannada and Marathi in Vinita’s hometown in India. The desire for cultural and linguistic supremacy has led to physical clashes between the groups. Since India is still a young country, these violent movements are issues that Indians must face every day. “The Unexpected Son” was a suspenseful read that also illuminated aspects of Indian culture and society for the reader. Bantwal consistently writes entertaining cultural novels with unexpected twists, and this novel was no different. – Swapna Krishna ( The Pleasure Seekers Author: Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury USA) It’s 1968, and Babo Patel has decided to leave his home city of Madras for London. He soon sheds the hallmarks of his Jain heritage, choosing to eat meat and drink alcohol, and generally becomes Westernized. He meets Sian, a Welsh woman, and falls hopelessly in love with her. When Babo’s parents hear of this, they immediately summon Babo back home. Eventually they reconcile to the idea of a Welsh daughter-in-law, with the caveat that Babo and Sian must live in Madras for two years after their marriage. I’m always looking for new South Asian literature, so when I saw The Pleasure Seekers in Bloomsbury USA’s catalog, my curiosity was immediately piqued. Then I saw the endorsement quote on the cover – a blurb from Salman Rushdie. I didn’t even need to know what it was about. The South Asian setting and Salman Rushdie, my favorite author, were enough for me. I was completely mesmerized by Tishani Doshi’s ability to manipulate language. This book was beautifully written. I can’t tell you how many passages I marked, hoping to share with you in my review, in the end deciding I couldn’t choose among them. Doshi’s descriptions are lush and beautiful. Whether she’s discussing a place, a person, or an emotion, she has the ability to convey so much through her prose. The reader can feel the emotions pulsing through her words and “The Pleasure Seekers” is worth reading simply for the sheer beauty of Doshi’s writing. A common theme running through the book is being away from your own country, in a foreign country with alien people and cultures. Doshi captures these feelings wonderfully, really showing the reader how strange the entire experience is. Even if you have

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background. The composition is enjoyable, and Sarim Momin’s lyrics are thought-provoking—“Kyun koi hai rotaa, jaise khudaa nahin? Kyun koi zindaa hai hotaa, jeenaa yahaan jab hai sazaa?,” “Mayoos dil hai yahaan, seene mei jaise zakhm koi,” “Maa teraa woh aanchal hum dhoondengey kal yaadon mein…,” “They hum Allah ke bandey, ab naa rahe insaan bhi.” Composed and sung by Ishq Bector, “Kaala Jaadu” (3.10) is a catchy, laid-back, comical number with satirical and funny lines by Sarim Momin such as “laathi khaa ke, jail mei jaa ke, Gandhi-ghiri karengey. Duniyaan ko bhi do tukaddo mei aadhaa-aadhaa karengey” and “bhaayigiri ka license le lo.” The repetition of English lines—“It’s black magic” does bear resemblance to the technique used in the Mehengaayi Daayan Remix from “Peepli Live.” There is also a full version of “Kya Hawa Kya Baadal” (7.07). The slightly slower pace and inclusion of the sound of wind blowing towards the beginning is a welcome addition. With compositions such as the catchy, Sufi rock number Maula, the thought-provoking Mayoos, and two versions of the soulful Kya Hawa Kya Baadal, the music from Allah Ke Banday makes it into the small list of memorable OSTs from 2010. Amanda Sodhi is a Bollywood journalist, lyricist, screenwriter, and PR/marketing practitioner based in Washington, DC.

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Yoga Let Health be your Wealth By Swami Satyanand Perfection of health is outlined in the ancient heritage of yoga and Ayurveda. Health may not be everything; but without health, everything is nothing. Yoga is the subtle spiritual discipline that purifies the body and mind, while Ayurveda is a practical physical discipline that focuses on diet and lifestyle to heal and purify the body. Real progress towards finding a peaceful, prosperous and stress-free life is not possible without Yoga and Ayurveda, which are based upon truth, health and life. So let health be your wealth. These days neurological disorders such as anxiety, depression, neurosis, psychosis, and emotional confusion, when accompanied by the attendant hurry and worry, self-repression, rebelliousness, addictions – especially to technological devices – are a part of the everyday landscape. But many people still ask, “What’s in it for me? What benefit will I get out of this?” How can we make this body happy? Give it what it really wants, not what your taste buds want. Instead, let your body’s innate wisdom reveal symptoms of comfort and discomfort and allow them to guide you. This natural process will make your body immune to disease. Today’s youth are mentally sound but physically weak because they give too much exercise to the mind and too little to the body. This is because they lack the knowledge and practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. These ancient sciences guide us and establish us in true and lasting health that is not just the absence of disease, but a state of well-being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Your coronary arteries need fresh air, fresh fruits and vegetables; not fast, fatty and fried food. Your body should be luminous, not voluminous. What is yoga? The word yoga means union, the union of individual soul with cosmic soul. It also means control: control of mind and senses. Thus yoga is the practice of controlling mind and realizing the self. The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is the masterpiece of yoga. This spiritual science has eight essential practices: 1) Yam, the five rules of moral restraint; 2) Niyam, the five rules of observance; 3) Asana, the practice of Yoga postures: 4) Pranayam, the practice of breath control; 5) Pratyahar, the withdrawal of mind from senses: 6) Dharana, the practice of mental focus; 7) Dhyan, the practice of meditation, and 8) Samadhi, the state of super consciousness and perfect equanimity. The primary goal of yoga is the realization of the spirit within. An undisciplined and unrighteous way of life inevitably leads to unhappiness and suffering. November 2010

Therefore Yam and Niyam serve as practical commandments. They inspire peace, mental steadiness, good deeds and spiritual growth. Yam and Niyam enable one to control the emotions and passions that normally disturb one’s peace of mind. In order to know God, one must faithfully practice yam and niyam. The five Yam are: 1) Ahimsa: non-violence, or dynamic love for all living beings; 2) Asteya: nonstealing or honesty; 3) Aparigrah: non-possession, or the adoption of a simple lifestyle; 4) Satya: truth, or purity and harmony in one’s thought, speech and actions; 5) Brahmacharya: continence or celibacy. The five Niyam are: 1) Sauch: purity; 2) Santosh: contentment; 3) Tapas: austerity; 4) Swadhyay: study of the self; and 5) Ishvarpranidhan: devotion to God. Asana are the physical postures of yoga. The practice of asana brings steadiness, health and lightness of body. These exercises focus on one’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being. They bring harmony to the body, mind and spirit. The benefits of asana include: 1) Increased energy, strength, stamina and endurance; 2) Increased flexibility, adaptability and alertness which enhances memory, confidence, and determination; 3) Improved respiration, circulation, elimination, metabolism and endocrine gland function. Thus the practice of Asana increases energy by relaxing the muscles and releasing tension. Pranayam: Breathing is life. The continuous process of breathing exhausts our life. The life-span of each living being is fixed by a specific number of breaths. If our breath is shallow and rapid, our life will be short. Slow breathing animals such as tortoises, snakes, elephants and whales live for a very long time, while animals that breathe more rapidly like cats, rats, dogs and rabbits have much shorter life span. Normal breathing is a two-stage process that includes inhalation and exhalation. The Yogic method of breathing introduces “retention of the breath.” In the practice of Pranayam, each phase of the process- inhalation, exhalation and retention is strictly regulated. Pran is the vital force within us. “Ayam” means control. Thus Pranayam means control of Pran. Pranayam encompasses a variety of different breathing exercises. For example, if you feel tired, you should practice Suryabhedan Pranayam: Breathe deeply through the right nostril, retain your breath, and then exhale through the left nostril. Continue this practice until you feel energized. Again, if your mind is restless, you should practice Chandrabhedan Pranayam in which you breathe through left nostril, hold the breath as long as is comfortable, and finally exhale through right nostril. If, you feel hot, you can practice Chandrabhedan Pranayam. Again, if you feel cold, practice Suryabhedan Pranayam. The practice of Pranayam purifies the channels of body, makes mind calm, quiet and focused, and increases the life span. The basic principle of Ayurveda (the science of living) is that the body is composed of five elements (ether, air, fire, earth and water) which form the three forces that operate within the body: Vata (vayu/wind),

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Dadaji’s Story #4 There was a narrow and deep river in a small village. It had a narrow bridge without railing so that only one person can pass at one time. During the heavy rains, a lot of floodwater was going through the river. One afternoon, when there was no one using the bridge, two dogs came on the bridge from both the sides. Water was rushing underneath the bridge. Both dogs could not pass at the same time, so they started barking and fighting. Neither would back off. Both fell in the river and were swept away in the flood. After some time two lambs came on the same bridge from each side. Both of them were wise and understanding. They did not fight like the dogs. One of the lambs sat down on the narrow bridge and let the other lamb go over him. The other lamb passed very carefully over him. The lamb who was sitting then got up and walked across the bridge safely. Question: Should we fight in case of emergency? Moral: In case of emergency, we have to understand each other and adjust ourselves, without fighting.


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herded the sheep and headed home with his flock, the wolf quietly followed them at a distance. This continued for a while. The shepherd would find the wolf waiting at the edge of the field every morning. But it made not the slightest effort to seize the sheep and would just watch. So, by and by, the shepherd let down his guard a bit. A few days later, he began to actually look forward to the wolf’s presence. The wolf, who generally sat on a large piece of rock, looked like a big sheep dog from afar. The shepherd thought that other wild animals or mischief-makers would be scared of the its presence and not harm his flock while it was around. Now, he began to look upon the wolf as a guardian of his flock. One day, in the middle of grazing his sheep, the shepherd was called back to home urgently. Leaving the sheep entirely in charge of the wolf, he left. When he came back, what did he find? The wolf had eaten most of his flock, with only a few sheep wandering about. The shepherd sat down in shock after witnessing the slaughter. “Serves me right,” he moaned to himself, “after all, I entrusted the welfare of my flock to a wolf.”

The Shepherd’s Mistake (An Aesop’s Fables) Early every morning, a shepherd took his flock of sheep out in the fields to graze. He would sit by watching - as the sheep lazily munched on fresh grass. After they had eaten he would round them up and walk back home. Sometimes while watching his flock, he would curl up in a quiet corner and go off to sleep. One day, the shepherd caught a wolf which had strayed into the field, eyeing his sheep. However, it was some distance away and it made no effort to come nearer. The shepherd at first stood on guard against the wolf, as against an enemy, and kept a strict watch over its movements. But the wolf did not do anything. When the shepherd November 2010

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC My accent modification clients usually look puzzled when I say, “I’m so glad I didn’t have to learn English! But we did not have to learn to speak and understand our native language as normally developing infants and children. We all absorbed the sound patterns and meanings of our native language. Just as important, we did this automatically, unconsciously and what we absorbed were not just the sounds we heard coming out of our caregivers’ and teachers’ mouths and the meanings we inferred by watching what they were doing or what was happening. We also absorbed the RULES for pronouncing and using words and expressions in our native language. All languages are RULE based, the rules are absorbed or “learned” unconsciously, used automatically and these rules are different in each language. My clients who are married to native born speakers of English do not get much useful help from their spouses who can hear their speech differences but don’t know exactly what RULES are not being used correctly. During a conversational speech sampling, a former client told me how he arrived at RDU for a job interview with a prestigious corporation but his suitcase carrying his business clothes did not make the trip with him! He said, “I called the company and the Etchahduh person said to come anyway.” I stopped him because I never ignore “conversational breakdowns” and I said, “What was the job title of that person?” He said, slowly, “Etch - ah - duh.” I knew from earlier testing that “ahduh” was his best attempt (before training) at saying “are,” but I still couldn’t understand “Etchare.” Eventually I figured out that “etch” was his pronunciation of the letter “H” which Americans (as opposed to the British) pronounce as “aytch”). But what really was confusing was that he was fluently blending the initials “H” “R” together and stressing the “H.” The American English pronunciation rule for initializations is that each letter is spoken separately, is NOT vocally linked and the last letter is stressed, as in “H- R,” the initialization for “Human Resources.” So when speaking we say, “I watch C- B- S,” “My accountant is a C - P - A,” and “I earned an M - B - A.” These would be written as CBS, CPA and MBA. In formal usage, periods are used after each letter as in M.D. and Ph.D. Also some abbreviations may have different meanings to individuals in different professions. For example, PI may mean Personal Injury if you are a lawyer, Private Investigator if you are a policemen or Principal Investigator if you are doing research.1 If you are a non-native speaker, you have two challenges related to abbreviations or initializations: First to pronounce them correctly in order to be understood by a native speaker and secondly to continually expand your knowledge of these abbreviations. November 2010

Can you pronounce these initializations correctly and match them to their meaning:5 1.___ MO “Bob is dishonest. I don’t like his MO. 2. ___aka (Usually spelled in lower case.) “Bob’s new company is called “Book$ise” aka “Bob Enterprises. 3. __OBO “Used car for sale. $5,000 OBO.” 4. ___DBA “He is the sole proprietor, DBA “Star Tutoring Services.” 5. ___QA “She’s the new QA manager.” Meanings: a. “Doing Business As” b. “Quality Assurance” c. “modus operandi” from the Latin. The way a person works. d. “Or Best Offer” e. “also known as”

Finally, there are two more pronunciation variations of alphabetized abbreviations:5 (1) Some initializations are pronounced as a complete word. These include SPAM (Short Pointless Annoying Messages), iPOD (Internet Phone Over Data) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). (2) Some are pronounced by saying the first letter separately and then pronouncing the rest as a complete word. For example: ASAP, pronounced “Ay - sap” meaning, of course, “As soon as possible” and AWOL, pronounced “Ay-wall” meaning “Absent Without Leave.” Suggestions to increase your word power this month: Look for acronyms and initializations in your business memos and in news headlines and lead sentences. Look at the T.V. listings and practice pronouncing the stations correctly, separating each letter and stressing the last letter. References: 1



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Feinstein-Whittaker, Marjorie & Lynda Katz Wilner, RULES: Rules for Using the Linguistic Elements of Speech: 2nd Ed. 2007, Successfully Speaking, Owings Mills, MD 21117, p. 69. Burke, David, Guide to Biz Speak 1: Slang, Idioms and Jargon Used in Business English: 2001, Slangman Publishing, Studio City, CA 91604, ( pp. 67-82. Feinstein-Whittaker and Katz-Wilner, Healthcare EditionMedically Speaking RULES, 2007. Burke, Ibid. 67-82 Whittaker & Wilner, RULES, pp. 73-79.

Answers: 1-c, 2-e, 3-d, 4-a, 5-b

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For business terms, I highly recommend you check out Slangman Guide to Biz Speak 1: Slang, Idioms and Jargon Used in Business English ( Medical professionals should investigate a resource and interactive workbook (with CD-ROMs) titled Healthcare Edition-Medically Speaking RULES: Rules for Using the Linguistic Elements of Speech) by my speech-pathology colleagues Marjorie FeinsteinWhittaker and Lynda Katz Wilner.3 These authors have also published the general, comprehensive resource, RULES: Rules for Using the Linguistic Elements of Speech.4

Judith L. Bergman M.A CCC is the director of Triangle Speech Services specializing in foreign accent modification. Contact: or 919-489-5464

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Former Pakistan President Attempts a Comeback Pervez Musharraf, the wily general and old irksome US ally, has sights on 2013 elections. By Nicolas Brulliard - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — In keeping with a time-tested tradition of Pakistani exiles attempting political comebacks, former President Pervez Musharraf is launching a new political party and plans to return to Pakistan within the next three years. The timing of Musharraf’s move suggests that he intends to take advantage of the growing unpopularity of the current civilian government, which has been dogged by corruption allegations and harshly criticized for mismanagement of the recent flood crisis.

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Of late, Musharraf has sought to increase his public exposure by appearing on television shows, raising funds for flood victims and staging news conferences. He is expected to reveal details of his political platform during the official launch of his All Pakistan Muslim League party in London today and said he plans to take part in general elections scheduled for 2013. The popular appeal of the man who ruled Pakistan for nine years before being forced to resign in 2008 is hard to determine, but Musharraf himself claims he has large support among young Pakistanis, pointing to his more than 300,000 friends on Facebook. “Musharraf has genuine support among urban, middle-class, young people who don’t vote,” said Cyril Almeida, an independent political analyst in Islamabad. Pakistan’s recent history is littered with former political leaders returning from exile to try to reignite their political careers. Former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif both came back to Pakistan in the fall of 2007 after years spent abroad. Bhutto’s renewed political ambitions, however, met an abrupt end with her assassination in December 2007. While Sharif hasn’t been able to run in recent elections because of past criminal convictions, he remains a powerful figure in national politics. Asif Ali Zardari — Bhutto’s widower — spent more November 2010

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(Note —- Mumbai prices quoted in U.S. dollars were calculated using the above exchange rate and the metric factor of 28.6 grams equals 1 ounce. Generally speaking, there are slight variances in prices of precious metals between India & U.S.A. due to market conditions / exchange rates).

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Where there is a will there is a way. Maybe my only role is to keep pointing towards all that is good and great in humanity. Let us be cognizant of the fact that the year 2015 is almost upon us, and we’ve made significant progress, to a greater or lesser extent, in our Millennium Development Goals. Yes, we have to build a city, or cities, and reach for the stars. For the stars beckon us as they have always done. The challenge is to be able to integrate our activities in a delightful, yet daring way that meets the needs of humanity and obviates the need for drastic, draconian remedies. Surely we can control pollution and population growth at the same time? Surely we can feed all and sundry and yet not devastate planet earth? Our needs, trite though it seems, is to think of every aspect of our existence and satisfy multiple objectives simultaneously. Here’s the need of the hour: A space parasol to provide shade. A concentrated solar power unit to produce electricity from the sun’s rays. A recycling program to provide “cradle to cradle” utilization of earth’s resources. A forestation program to plant a billion trees. A law of the sea conference to share the waters equitably. A revitalized UN that calls for the exchange of words and not bullets. A move to make more butter and fewer guns. A spiritual overarching consciousness, involving the important principle of sacrifice, to give substance to our material and mental world.

Barbarism and Planet Earth Paradoxically, poor people don’t pollute – or at least, pollute much less than their more well-heeled counterparts. This is because poor people don’t use that much technology, and it is technology that pollutes. Each TV set, cell phone and refrigerator that you use was created through unsustainable technology like mining, smelting, machine forming and chemical processes. Each battery that you use and discard effectively trashes the wealth of the planet. We have to turn our technologies on their heads, so to say, and adopt practices that mimic nature, called bio-mimicry and/or use alternative technologies and alternative energy sources. Of course, the debate has been going on for quite some time on the need for sustainable development. I merely wish to point out that willy-nilly, the havenots of this planet are actually much less to blame for the sorry ecological plight that we find ourselves in, than the haves. “They” use bicycles while “we” use automobiles and airplanes. They conserve and we lay Two Fallacies Regarding “Green” Expectations waste. We, the haves, are the actual barbarians of this I just checked out a book, “The Greening of IT,” from day and age, given the definition: A barbarian is one the NCSU library. The student manning the checkout who destroys what he doesn’t understand. counter told me, “This green is a buzzword put on the book cover to increase sales.” I said something nonThe City and the Stars committal in return – something about IBM spending The essence of yoga is to try difficult things, and one one billion dollars on their green initiative. He replied, of the opportunities facing our generation is the chal- somewhat skeptically I thought, that IBM would probalenge of transportation in India, specifically Kolkata and bly make two billion dollars over it. its surroundings. A few hours later I happened to show the same book If a city and its hinterland is built from scratch, the to my friend, Abraham, at his shop, Computer Space problem is not too difficult because we have a clean and Games, at Avent Ferry Shopping Center. His immeslate to start with and because we’ve accumulated a lot diate reaction was almost the same as the guy at the of knowledge and experience in city design. The chal- library. He said, “I hate it when people use that word lenge is to improve the infrastructure of an existing city simply to garner more market share.” in such a way as to preserve the built-up wealth, I replied that it’s not wise to throw out the baby with respect the historical monuments and yet take into the bathwater. For example, just because some doctors account the sanitation, sewage, and water supply are quacks it doesn’t necessarily mean that the entire requirements. medical community should be vilified. We have some I bring attention to how the communication problem good energy saving regulations and standards – like all over India was solved, firstly by robust electronic Energy Star – which are important first steps in the ecoexchanges and secondly through the magic of mobile logical imperative to go “green.” telephones. If you doubt how bad the situation was, I told Abraham that we have two illusions. One is that just download comedian Bhanu Banerjee’s “Telephone everything must happen within our own lifetimes, the Bibhrat” from iTunes and laugh till you get a stitch in Biblical three score years and ten. And secondly, that we your sides. are all powerful and can make things happen magically. But seriously, how long can one put up with the colos- But the Universe has been here for fourteen billion sal traffic jams of Kolkata? The commuter trains that years or so, and the green initiative is merely in its bulge and overflow and reek with passengers? My own infancy. Let it grow, friends, let it grow, till it becomes humble opinion is that the Metro system has to be rad- ubiquitous and universal. ically expanded, augmented with bypasses and flyovers. Chandan Sen I know that I’m not being very original here but sysContact: tematic investment of any sort can provide large dends. Let us not forget what was achieved with the Berlin Airlift, the Marshall Plan and the like. Let us remember how Japan was transformed through systematic investment after the Second World War.

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Social Media by Wendy D. Wells

Paying it Forward with Social Media I’ve been so busy talking about what Social Media can do for your business that I’ve bypassed an opportunity to talk about something even more important than money. Fortunately, the story of Elizabeth Fallon reminded me that when it comes to Social Media, giving to others, giving to our communities and just plain GIVING are easier than ever. All it takes is the click of a mouse or the tap of a mobile phone, and suddenly, you’re paying it forward. Elizabeth Fallon is a breast cancer survivor from Wales in the UK. (She now lives just outside of Portsmouth.) This young lady has the brightest smile and friendliest voice I’ve ever heard in someone who has every right to not smile or sound happy. Naturally, she has an adorable British accent, a chipper personality, and she’s just filled with hopeful light. I met Liz at a friend’s birthday party a few weeks ago. She was here in the US visiting a childhood friend of hers who lives in Virginia. She also was able to take advantage of the opportunity to finally meet in person, her friends from Facebook. Liz had become friends on Facebook with a woman (also named Wendy) who saw a picture that Liz had taken of herself in a silly-but-cute magenta (some call it purple) colored wig. Apparently, Wendy had been searching for a friend with a similar name and she saw Liz then noticed that she was a cancer survivor…like herself. See, Wendy had battled and beat lung cancer, so she reached out to Liz and said hello, and a friendship was forged. From this friendship, Wendy’s son Scott friended Liz, then Mike Gibbons “the button guy” also became Liz’s friend. This is how Social Media works, it’s a web that connects people to one another, and that’s what happened here. When Mike read about Liz’s second fight with breast cancer, he was “saddened and inspired” by her story. So when Scott came up with the idea to cheer Liz up with some buttons of her face in that magenta wig, Mike was on board. Wendy helped get the Buttons of Hope to Liz and now, they’ve gone viral. At first, Liz thought she would sell the buttons to family and friends and raise a couple of hundred pounds for the local cancer support center. Within months, she was astonished to find that she had raised over £2,500 (over $3,000), and it didn’t stop there. The positive energy that she got from the people who kept passing along the buttons helped to lift her spirits, and the darkness that had returned with her second diagnosis of breast cancer slipped away. She recorded a thank you to Mike for the Buttons of Hope, and her short video has become a beacon reminding us all “how powerful small things can be.” People started posting their pictures on Liz’s Facebook page with the buttons as they literally travNovember 2010

eled across the globe. Celebrities have had their photographs taken with Liz’s button; billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Olympian Triple Jumper Jonathan Edwards and Theresa May the Homeland Secretary of England, are just a few who have had their picture taken with the button. I have a package of buttons on their way to an auction for the Ronnie James Dio cancer fund to be worn by several rock bands from the ‘80’s and today. Buttons of Hope have made their way to Mount Kilimanjaro, Las Vegas, the Carolinas, Spain, Australia, and many more places. In fact, when Liz got on the plane to make her trip across the Atlantic, all of the flight crew and the 300+ passengers were wearing them! The buttons are still on the go! When it comes to “paying it forward”, everyone who posts pictures with the buttons to Facebook is doing their part in passing along Liz’s story. Buttons of Hope offer more than decoration; the buttons have helped inspire cancer victims and their loved ones, because they point the way to Liz. Elizabeth Fallon is such a bright character and her energy is contagious; she truly lights the way for those who are in the darkness of their fight with cancer.

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#4: Go back to basic products. What core product or service got your business started? Is there still a need for it? If so, consider emphasizing that core product/service front and center in everything you do. As businesses grow, they often add layers and levels to bundle their products with extra goodies, and in strong economic times, people are willing to pay for bells and whistles. When consumers are watching pennies, offering a value-priced core product/service may be the difference between making a sale and having someone walk away. #5: Go back to your basic mindset. When you started your business, you were constantly focused on selling, connecting, forging partnerships and getting visibility. In good times, companies grow their infrastructures, and business owners often get bogged down in internal meetings that have little to do with revenue growth. Start acting like an entrepreneur again and ditch the meetings. #6: Go back to your basic market. Your original product/service met a need for a specific target market, and that success helped your company grow. Maybe you grew enough that you expanded into many different markets. In lean times, that multimarket approach may be too expensive to maintain. Re-examine your original market and if the need for your product is as strong as ever, consider a return to your roots! #7: Go back to basic advertising. In good times, companies can get away with highly creative branding campaigns that are focused on name recognition instead of sales generation. In tight times, marketing expenditures need to feed the bottom line by generating sales. Ditch the image campaign and go back to explaining how your product solves a problem and meets a need to provide a valuable user benefit. Use coupons and offer free samples and trial periods. Make it as risk-free as possible to purchase. Provide payment plans and value pricing. Get all you can out of free publicity through PR and social media. As difficult as lean economic times can be for business, there’s something exciting about the challenge to see if you can start all over again by going back to the basics that launched your company. A return to basics can also give you a clean start unencumbered by expensive and unnecessary extras that were accumulated in boom times. You can emerge from the recession stronger, better focused, better positioned in the market and ahead of the pack by making a back to basics approach your secret weapon!

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Year End Tax Strategies for Small Businesses and Professionals Many small business owners and professionals underestimate the savings potential when it comes to taxes. It is surprising how many small business owners and individual professionals come during the tax season to figure out how to reduce their tax liability, not realizing that it is too late by then and the books have already closed for the tax year. And it is shocking how often the same mistake is repeated each year! As difficult as it is to keep pace with all the business and professional challenges, one way to handle economic slow down is to continue to reduce your business expenses. Reviewing your business performance and planning for taxes may not only help you reduce the tax liability but also help assess your business profitability and uncover other hidden expenses. The best time to plan for your taxes is before the year end. Last quarter is also a good time for your accountant to spend quality time with you going over your business performance and planning for taxes in advance. Year-end tax planning is complicated this year due to the fact that there are several changes being put in place for the tax rules in 2011. As we discussed in this column last month, the Small Business Jobs Act would also make significant changes in the tax rules. There may be additional clarification forthcoming about tax rules after 2010, so stay tuned to this space and consult with your tax adviser to learn which strategies are best for your companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation in light of any tax changes. Advance Tax Planning Strategies for Small Businesses and Individual Professionals The first step in your tax planning effort is to determine whether you expect this year to be a profitable or losing year. This will help determine tax strategies before the end of the year to optimize your tax liability. Here are some tax-planning strategies that you may want to consider prior to the end of the year.

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Similar to previous World Cups, there will be fourteen nations represented by two groups of teams, A and B. Here is the line-up: Group A - Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya Group B - India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands All of the matches will be in 50-over ODI format and the action will commence on February 19, 2011 with Bangladesh hosting India at Dhaka. There will be 42 matches in the first portion of the tournament and points will be awarded based upon a victory, draw, etc. The top four teams in each group will proceed to the ‘Super 8’ (Quarterfinals) which will begin on March 23, 2011 or thereabouts. The Super 8 will be whittled down to two semi-final matches involving the Final Four, and the survivors of the semi-finals shall go on to play for the World Championship in Mumbai on April 2, 2011 or thereabouts. After losing the co-host status, there were also some rumors that the Pakistani team may refuse to play in India and at the current juncture, the schedule does not feature an India vs. Pakistan match and the various matches featuring Pakistan are indeed outside India! Readers may recall that I wrote about how a country qualifies for the World Cup Tournament around the time of the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament that was hosted by South Africa during June-July 2010. Please feel free to review that piece to re-acquaint yourselves! Similar to the Gents, the Ladies also play a World Cup tournament every four years and I’ll tell you more about that in a future piece. For those of you who really like to look into the future —- the 2015 World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and the 2019 World Cup will be hosted by England.

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Sharing My Heritage: Indian Participation in the Raleigh International Festival By Yash Garg It was the year 1986. I had just moved to Raleigh with my family when one day I received a call from Mrs. Saroj Sharma, the then President of Hindu Society of North Carolina, asking for help at the International Festival. I said yes and participated in the Raleigh International Festival as a volunteer to coordinate the Indian Cultural Booth. Participation in the festival meant that we could showcase our culture through dance, cuisine, bazaar, and cultural exhibit. We had a large number of volunteers and participated in all areas of the festival. It encouraged camaraderie as well as gave us an opportunity to raise some funds for our organization by selling Indian ethnic food and merchandise in the bazaar. This year the festival marked its 25th anniversary. I feel that just as the 1st festival celebration 25 years ago gave birth to a quiet resolution of its continuity in the minds of the administrators, we expect over the next 25 years and beyond the International Festival will help transform our world, making a meaningful difference in the lives of NC’s Triangle area residents, corporations, communities and cultures. I was amazed at how much I learned that weekend about different cultures, history, and about countries I had never visited. The festival brought together a large number of people to eat, dance and celebrate diverse cultures. While storytelling, arts and crafts keep children absorbed, ethnic cuisine demonstrations – from Baklava to egg rolls and from Indian Curry to sausage – enrich culinary experiences. Those were the beginning years when Mrs. Sharma coordinated and cooked Indian delicacies all three days with many volunteers, which work is now replaced by restaurant-cooked delicacies. I have come to realize that this event brings all of the area’s international communities together to build better community relations between various ethnic groups and the community at large. I love the opportunity to visit cultural exhibits, buy imported gifts and souvenirs in our international bazaars and taste the culinary richness of far off places. This year I decided to give a true taste of Indian cuisine during the two-hour demonstration session featuring Baingan Bhartha, stuffed green peppers, and cauliflower rice pilaf. The audience greeted these preparations and took home recipes. This year’s cultural exhibit was presented by Mala Kasthurirangan on the theme of the celebration of Navratri as observed in South India. Her decorated dolls stole the show and Geetha and Bhaskar Rao’s presence at the exhibit acquainted many visitors with the theme. November 2010

The setting of the main stage was spectacular under the skillful direction of Karen Edwards, who had been organizing the center stage dances since 1986. The audience could watch the steps and movements of the dancers on an un-curtained stage. Indian dancers participated in almost all categories – children, teens and adult dances. A total of 150 performers presented a variety of Indian dances ranging from traditional folk dances of Gujarat to Punjabi Bhangra, from Ganesha Aarti to classical kathak and Bharatnatyam. Whereas Indian bazaar attracted many patrons with clothes, custom jewelry, art & crafts, and shawls. Ramesh Patel offered henna designs. International Festival celebration has encouraged many of us to organize our own ethnic organizations for showcasing our culture to acquaint our children about their heritage and traditions. I can say about myself that as an indirect result of this experience of being associated with International Festival, I along with my husband Dr. Harish Chander, community leader Harsha Shah, and other like-minded people founded Heritage India Association of North Carolina. I have not missed attending the festival since I joined in 1986, and I find that my enthusiasm for the festival is stronger than it has ever been. Like most of the other ethnic group coordinators, I enjoy coordinating participation of Indian community in all areas now. I spend almost three days at the Festival. At the 25th anniversary of the International Festival, which was held from Oct. 1-3, 2010 with this year’s theme of “Global Celebrations,” local collaborators and emphasized the need to come together as a community, it inspires the audiences to discover the surprising connections we have with one another. To me, International Festival of the City of Raleigh beautifully illustrates the motto of the United States, E. Pluribus Unum (out of many, one), as it brings together diverse ethnicities in a spirit of amity, friendliness, and common purpose. My Reasons to Donate and Help Raise Money for Pratham By Jay Chakraborty For a long time I wished I could help the poor masses of India but I could help just a few. This did not satisfy me. I, like other NRI’s, visit India often, and the poverty all around is very depressing. Having lived in USA for over 30 years makes us more sensitive to the sight of begging children living in poor conditions. I would look away and bear the pain silently because I saw no way out. One day, my wife attended a Pratham meeting and came home excited about what she heard. From her I understood what Pratham is trying to do and it gave me hope. I went to hear it firsthand. It convinced my intellect that an India-wide solution to poverty is possible in a decade or two. I visited their operations in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh and then decided to do volunteer work in US to help support this initiative by raising funds. India has plenty of government schools but they are poorly performing. Illiterate parents are unable to help their children at home. As a result, illiterate parents are breeding large number of illiterate children and the cycle repeats itself causing

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ferent cup of tea. Film is big—a big career in India. I several ways. India’s retail market is already worth some got a chance and I made it my career and I’m still $400 billion, according to Business Monitor International. But the so-called “unorganized sector” of tiny mom-anddoing a little bit of work here and there. pop stores accounts for perhaps 97 percent of the marAre there any directors you would like to work ket. And while outfits like the Confederation of All India Traders say that absorbing those tiny stores into larger, with? Well there are a lot of youngsters…we keep seeing organized chains will result in massive unemployment, their work and admire their work, but I have not had the Indian Council for Research on International a chance to work with them but would love to work Economic Relations (ICRIER), which was tasked by the with them. There are a very talented lot of young government to study the issue, found no evidence to directors and we have hope from them. Apart from support that claim. According to the ICRIER study, big retail has little Shyam Benegal I have also done 6 out of Deepa Mehta’s 7-8 films. People keep repeating me, and net effect on employment numbers. Moreover, large retail chains pay 25 percent higher prices for produce that’s a good thing (laughs). than farmers are able to get from the traditional marYou’ve worked with many directors. What are ket, and farmers selling directly to large retailers earn some qualities in a director that make it easier 60 percent higher profits — a remarkable fact considfor an actor to give his/her best performance? ering that agriculture still employs two-thirds of India’s Director is the main thing. They inspire you. Main toh 1.1 billion population. wohi log hai. You can tell kitnaa dum hai. With so many But foreign funds could have an even larger impact. years of experience you can gauge this sort of thing as According to the Retailers Association of India, opena disciplined actor. Sometimes you come across direc- ing the retail sector to FDI would generate $20 billion tors who are really talented and inspire you, and then in investment over the next five years. Much of that you enjoy working with them and on their project. investment would go to improving transport linkages and developing the food processing industry, which Do you do any research when you take on a role? could be a large employer and help cut the $12 billion Now you at least get the script in advance. We didn’t a year’s worth of agricultural produce that spoils have that tradition earlier and would get the dialogues before it ever reaches the market. According to on the sets. Now we are getting a bound script. Things ICRIER, small and medium sized companies in the texare changing for the betterment. tiles and clothing businesses would also get a huge boost. You recently completed a Punjabi film titled PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Kumar concluded: “It “Khushiyaan” shot in New York. would be a terrific catalyst for trade.” Yes, we finished the film and it should be ready to release. I don’t know exactly what is happening, though. My work is finished for that film and I am not in much contact with them. It is a different kind of Punjabi film. Let’s see how it works. Book Reviews continued from page 38 What is it about? It’s about the relationship between a father and son mostly….different conflicts between ideas. It is not rev- never traveled to or lived in a foreign country, Doshi olutionary but it is made differently and a little bit of can make you understand the bereft excitement, those honesty is there in the film. dueling forces that make you feel lost and found at the same time. The following quote describes Sian in Tell us about your upcoming films. Madras as she writes a letter home to her family. “I’m I did one German film shot in Germany. I am going to always a beginner here,” she wrote, trying to get to the do Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children” and next heart of the melancholy that had set in ever since month we are going for that. I came back from Delhi they’d taken up residence in Sylvan Lodge. “I am for the film “Delhi in a Day.” So there is a little bit here always beginning because I cannot surrender a part of and there. “Khatta Meetha” also we did earlier. There myself. It’s difficult to explain. Everyone has been is one really good comedy ready to release…”Rajdhaani more than generous, more than patient, and yet, it’s a Express.” But, they might have changed the film’s title. feeling of being marooned, of not having quite reached my final destination.” “The Pleasure Seekers” was a Do you have any advice for aspiring actors? wonderfully written look at one family over decades, What can I say? 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Shri Vrajrajkumarji. The Katha began on October 01, 2010 and ended on October 07, 2010. The Hindu Center provided arrangements for the Katha that was enjoyed by an average of about 400 people every day. Maha Prasad was served after the katha. On the Purnahuti day with the divine blessing of Shrinathji and the cooperation of the Hindu Center committee, Param Pujya Goswami 108 Jay Jay Shri Vrajrajkumarji announced the news for building Shrinathji Temple on the Hindu Center premises. At this auspicious occasion Param Pujya Goswami 108 Jay Jay Shri Vrajrajkumarji lit a Deepak. Over $380,000 were pledged for the project. Temple construction is slated to begin soon. Pratham Raleigh Gala 2010 Pratham NC’s 5th annual sold out gala was held on Sept. 26, 2010 at Sheraton Chapel Hill. The highlight of the evening was the keynote speech by Pratham Ambassador, Padmashri Anupam Kher. The speech

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Global Mall Mela Atlanta Several thousand people attended the two-day Global Mela held at the Global Mall in Atlanta on October 2 – 3, 2010. Over 35 vendors were present during the largest mela Global Mall has held in eight years. The goal of instilling the rich Indian culture in the attendees was achieved through the many culturally enriching activities and programs planned based around the November 2010

theme “Roadtrip through South Asia.” The event had fun planned out in every corner of the Global Mall, inside and out. The parking lot was set up with giant inflatable rides where the kids bounced around. Food sellers, retail organizations, non-profits, crafts vendors, all participated and presented something for everyone. Other activities included face painting, balloon artists, magicians, creation stations with sand art & spin art, cotton candy, mehndi, popcorn and snow cones. DJ Bobby and his team made the mall come alive with “dhamake-dar” music and beats all weekend. The combination of DJ Bobby and Live Dhol Player Sameet brought the crowds together in the center of mall, dancing and doing bhangra. Special events included a magic show and later that evening, GarbaRaas hosted by Gujarati Samaj. Shiv Aggarwal established the Global Mall in 2001 in order to bring the Southeast South Asian community together under one roof in a unique community center. For more details visit, Former Pakistani President Musharraf at Elon University Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was the keynote speaker at Elon University’s convocation during a two-day campus visit on October 12-13, 2010. On Tuesday, October 12 he gave a speech to the students and community of Elon, which is located just north of Greensboro. Musharraf recently announced his intention to return to Pakistani politics and possibly lead the country again after the slated 2013 elections. He has formed a new political party called the All Pakistan Muslim League. During his speech Musharraf pointed out the problems affecting Pakistan, the perception of Muslims around the world, the American drone attack in West Pakistan, and his ideas for possible solutions if he returns to power. Here are some quotes from his speech. “Taliban and Al Qaeda are hated in Pakistan. You may be thinking otherwise, but let me tell you with full authority and full confidence, they are hated in Pakistan. The American drone attacks, Photo courtesy cross border attacks, even if of Elon University they are targeting Taliban, are not acceptable to Pakistani people. The dilemma in Muslim countries is they dislike the United States, but

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the governments have to be friendly with the US for their own economic and political reasons. There’s a dilemma with the people’s feelings and the government’s compulsions.” At a news conference for media held on Wednesday morning, he acknowledged that “Pakistan is on a nosedive downward, Pakistan has a crisis of leadership” and that “we have to first put our house in order.” Musharraf feels this is the reason he needs to return to Pakistani politics. “Everything has been tried,” Musharraf said during the news conference. But he also hinted that the country likely needs much sterner measures, “Democracy is the answer. But don’t let democracy bring the country down, because the country is more important than democracy.” And the former general answered questions like a politician. He said, “There’s a bigger cause than myself involved here. There is a call that is bigger than the self. That is Pakistan itself. And I personally feel that during the 7-8 years I have been able to deliver to Pakistan in each and every social sector.” He pointedly criticized the government’s response to the devastating floods that recently hit much of the country. Musharraf also discussed the need for economic development in the greater Muslim world as well as Pakistan to discourage extremism. The two-day visit also included a Q&A sessions with students the University’s Whitley Auditorium. Assistant professor Jason Kirk moderated the session. Visit and scroll under the video section to see clips of Musharraf’s speech and news conference. Chopra, Zakaria, Murthy, and Nohria Join Akshaya Patra Board The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA recently announced the formation of an Advisory Board to help the organization achieve its next goal of feeding freshly prepared nutritious midday meals daily to 5 million deserving school children by 2020. Akshaya Patra reached its first milestone of serving one million children daily in 2009, ahead of schedule. Luminaries Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, N. R. Narayana Murthy, FounderChairman of Infosys Technologies, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School and Fareed Zakaria, author, journalist and host of CNN’s GPS are the first four to join the Advisory Board. With their global reputations and unique insights, they will be valuable resource as Akshaya Patra strengthens and expands its operations and becomes a “Global Model” that is a catalyst for innovation. “Magic happens when accomplished leaders come together and challenge each other to raise the aspirations of the organization,” said Desh Deshpande, chairman of the Akshaya Patra Board. The members of this newly created Advisory Board will provide strategic input, endorse the approach, and attract distinguished leaders to be a part of the organization and take it to the next level. “Akshaya Patra is a perfect example of what happens when creativity and compassion come together,” said Deepak Chopra. A public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra simultaneously addresses two of the most pressing challenges –hunger and access to eduNovember 2010

cation for children in India. One of the world’s largest NGO run midday meal programs, it has scaled its operations exponentially in the last ten years and expanded its reach from 1,500 children in 5 schools to 1.2 million children daily in over 7000 schools from 19 kitchens in eight states. These meals serve as an incentive for children to come to school, stay in school and provide them with the necessary nutrients to focus on learning. “Akshaya Patra is a success story of hope, fairness, justice and opportunity for all children. A healthy and educated populace is the real strength of any country,” said Narayana Murthy Akshaya Patra, one of the largest NGO run mid day meal program is a public-private partnership. Launched modestly in Bangalore in 2000 feeding 1500 children, it has scaled its operations by designing the most innovative centralized kitchens that beckon imagination, combine good management with smart engineering, forge collaborations with government, corporations and individuals, and have brought together all those who share its vision – no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger. Technology and supply chains are leveraged with maximum efficiency to deliver freshly prepared nutritious meals to children at a fraction of the cost of other similar programs worldwide. With government support, $23 feeds two children for an entire school year. “Akshaya Patra is a success story of scale, efficiency and effectiveness,” said Nitin Nohria. “The debilitating effects of lack of schooling and illiteracy need to be addressed immediately. I applaud this public-private partnership that is aggressively addressing this important challenge facing India. ” The meals provide an incentive for children to come to school, stay in school and provide them with the necessary nutrients they need to develop cognitive abilities and focus on learning. Akshaya Patra is a groundbreaking model that exemplifies how outstanding results can be achieved when the public sector, private sector and civil society work collaboratively. “Akshay Patra model is a global solution to reverse child hunger trends worldwide,” said Fareed Zakaria. Madhu Sridhar, President and CEO of Akshaya Patra USA noted, “We will continue to add members with a stellar record of accomplishments as well as the compassion to help those who are marginalized in the world.” More info: visit

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Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. Info: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), 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 Sun 1-5 PM. Info: Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a non-profit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring Saathee 96

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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. For complete details: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi) 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 self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For all the details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Yesha Shukla / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. November 2010

The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) 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 above the age of five 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 Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Upcoming Events: Wed Nov 3 - Dhanteras/Laxmi Puja at 7 pm. Fri Nov 5 - Diwali-Chopra Pujya at 6 pm. Bhajans @ 7:30 p.m. Fireworks @ 8:15 p.m. Sat Nov 6 - Annakut - all day, cultural progam 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sun Nov 7 - New Year’s Day - temple opens 6:00 a.m. Morning Aarti @ 7:00 a.m. Noon Aarti. Bhajans @ 6:30 p.m. followed by Aarti @ 7:30 p.m. Sat Nov 20 - Diwali Dinner for fundraising @ 6:00 p.m. Info: Saathee 98

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. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate.

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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: Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. Info: Anju Desai ( or 980-6220125) and Shubhra Chakraborty or 704-942-4798). November 2010

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:

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. For complete details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 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 Saathee 100

“Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Information: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar For further details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC. Information: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, 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, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians

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from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. Information: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar: 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-8449505

Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. For further details: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact 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)

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tions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathingbased technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For details: Nirupama Shankar @ Puja Verma @ _details.aspx?course_id=7910 Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. Info: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, 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 For further details: Hirabhai Zaver 336-375-5350 Paresh Patel 336-609-3014 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. Upcoming Events: Diwali 2010 will be celebrated on Saturday, November 13 from 6 – 10 pm at Fanta City Community Center, 4925 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27407. Tickets range from $10-$15. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Saathee 102

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 crosscultural understanding. Info: Milan Arora 336-765.3379 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. 500 videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4 – 6 pm, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 PM. Information: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday at 1 p.m. —- featuring chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888

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Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. 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 and community service. Info:

Raleigh AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. Info: 919.200.4020 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: Art of Living (Raleigh-DurhamChapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers “Art of Living” Course that teaches you practical tools to better handle November 2010

the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. Info: Phone: 919-275-0443 (Priti Manmode) E-Mail: /

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. Information: (Charlotte region)

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. Information:

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. Information: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen),

Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Information: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh 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 Saathee 104

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

Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens of Indian Origin that are age 60 years and over and the BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, North Carolina from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The next monthly meeting will be on Sat Nov 13 - ANNAKUT event will be

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Community News & Events brated and members are requested to bring PRASAD as an offering to GOD. Seniors will be joined by live Bhajans by the Sargam Group of Raleigh, North Carolina. Info: Bharati Patel: 252.236.4391 Harish Shah: 919.387.1629 Dhirubhai Desai 919.677.8513 Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization committed to encouraging and facilitating individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged children since 1979. CRY America’s RDU Action Center has been active since 2001. CRY-RDU invites people to join the enthusiastic volunteer base to contribute ideas or any relevant skills. Info: 919.362.9591(Sarav Arunachalam) Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide non-profit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. The classes are conducted by trained teachers. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register at A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. November 2010

For further details: Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. Info: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC. Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. Info: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. For further details: Ekal RTP Chapter: Ragini Murarka / Ekal Carolinas Region (includes NC and SC): Ramesh Khatri / Saathee 106

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. Information: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” It organizes colorful events annually. Upcoming Events: Sunday, November 14, 2010 Children’s Day at the HSNC Cultural Hall. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC: Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Information: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 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 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan,

Community News & Events 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. Upcoming Events: Fri Nov 5 - Diwali Celebration at HSNC Temple. (Diwali @ Temple and Cultural Program in Main Hall) Sun Nov 7 - Diwali Annkuth by Vaishnav Group for HSNC in Main Hall. Sat Dec 4 - HSNC Annual Gala Dinner Night and Year End Celebration. Information: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021

Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide â&#x20AC;&#x153;sevaâ&#x20AC;? (service) to the community. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters

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(shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. Information: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. 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. For further details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) 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 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Info: 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 Saathee 108

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. Information: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the 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 on-going 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) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 w w w. i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o m m u n i t y International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details contact:

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International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Information: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCON of North Carolina The Sri-Sri Radha Golokananda Temple - Iskcon of NC is situated on 16 acres of field and forest with the historic Eno River flowing behind the temple property. The temple is just a few miles off of Routes I-40 & I-85 and located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Daily aarti- 4:30 am, 7:15 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7 pm. Darsana: Monday through Friday 7:30-11:30 am and 4:15-5:45 pm, Saturday all day until 5:45 pm, Sunday all day until 7:30 pm. Sunday Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and it includes kirtan, aarti, Bhagavad Gita discourse, vegetarian feast, and Sunday school for children. Information: 919.593.6827, Yoga classes - Krishna Priya at Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness

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of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • 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. For further details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of true natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts anyone who visits here. Offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 – 8 pm., and each Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Oct 22 through Nov 13 Transformative Teacher Certification Course: Lakulish will be hosting a 200-hour Certified Teacher’s Training Course and this residential course will be taught by Swami Satyanand, who will guide and inspire the participants on the path Saathee 110

of true Yoga - the course will indeed be a transformative experience, the by-product of which will be a Teacher Certification from the revered Lakulish Institute of Yoga. Nov 25 through Nov 28 - Health Retreat: There will be a health retreat featuring Yoga and Ayurveda (the ancient science of life and health). The guide will be Swami Satyanandji. Participants will be guided in the practice of various yogic breathings techniques and cleansing exercises that bring peace and health of both the body and mind. In addition, participants will also learn how to create a personal diet according to Ayurvedic principles that will bring good health and well-being. The focus will be cooking healthful and healing vegetarian meals according to the constitution of the body and mind. Info: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Information: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. Info: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively

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aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” Info:

Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor 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. For further details: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC 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 the organization welcomes participants. Info: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. Info: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) November 2010

S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 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. Information: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>,

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. Information at: 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 Saathee 112

headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. Information: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 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. Info: 919.773.1580 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. Information: 919.461.1773 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

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TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For further details: 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) milsangamofcarolina Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For further details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindispeaking music fans all around the globe. Contact for information: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: November 2010

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a non-profit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Diwali Function: Nov 6, 2010 Information: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Karaoke Group Triangle Karaoke Group meets once a month, on a Friday evening, for the South East Asian community to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through songs. November session will be held on Friday November 19, from 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM at Tandoor Restaurant, Greenway Commons, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham NC 27713, phone 919 484 2102. We have a choice of 13,000 Hindi, South Indian, Punjabi, Bengali, English, Gujrati, Kannada, Koli Songs, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim Songs, Marathi, Oriya, plus Ghazals. Events are open to the entire music loving community for singing, or listening to your friends sing. For details call Shafi Parekh 919 413 3924, Manzoor Cheema 919 412 7008, Satish Babu 919414-9646, Kubi 919 342 5337; or e-mail:, Saathee 114

Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the United States. Info: 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 and topics. Sat Nov 13 - 7:00 pm: Vegan Potluck Dinner: Home of Jenny and Guy Finn, 101 Boland Way, Knightdale, NC 27545. Info: 919389-7393 or 919-217-5767. Thu Nov 25 - Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Café Parizade. Sat Dec 11 - 7:00 pm: Annual TVS Holiday Party potluck and white elephant gift exchange - Barry Nakell’s home, 149 Dixie Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. 919-967-7325. Please bring something wrapped from around the house that you no longer use that others may find valuable; one present per person. For further details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events

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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. Information: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. The group enjoyed having a discourse on Shreenathji Charitramrut by Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji and was very well organized and well received. Attendees were very lucky to get a very good understanding of the origin and development of Pushti marg from Shri Je Je essentially right at our door steps. Regular Bhajan recitations for 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm. Info: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

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ture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965)

Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. Info: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Info: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Sat. Nov 6 Diwali Puja 5 – 8 pm by Mr. Shukla 11/7/2010 Bal Gokulum with Rajesh, Bhajans 11/14/2010 Sw: Yogatmananda 11/21/2010 Bal Gokulum with Rajesh, Geeta Study with B.Srivatsa, Bal Vihar with Roopa Gandhi 11/28/2010 Bal Gokulum with Rajesh, Geeta Study with B.Srivatsa, Bal Vihar with Sudha Srivatsa Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani) Saathee 116

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The organization’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly dinner will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 6 to 9 pm. There will be $10.00 Per Person charge for dinner at India Palace, 110-A Columbia Northeast Drive, Columbia. Information: evenings 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: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. Info: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to

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Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a non-profit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. For further details: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: 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. For furthter details: 336.299.9683 Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. 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. Infornation: 864.967.2852 Send your organization’s news and events to us by the 20th of the month for inclusion in following month’s issue. Write to us at or visit: Saathee 118

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ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Your luck may give a great opportunity in the beginning of the month. Your spouse may also be a good support for you. Be brave and make bold, positive decisions. You will regret it if you miss this opportunity. During the second half of the month, you may want to get involved in social or religious events and spend some money on it. You may enjoy good health this month. Happy family life is clearly indicated. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) After a slow start, life will take a positive turn during the third week of the month. Once the luck starts favoring you, don’t stop. Don’t plan any long distance journey this month. Your partner may come up with a new proposal, consider it, but don’t put blind trust on any one. Unfortunately, minor health ailment may bother you throughout. Your spouse may prove to be boosting power for you this month. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a good start of the month, very fast and busy schedule may make you tired and exhausted. Your luck may do a big favor during the second week of the month. Too much work may adversely affect your health. Time is good for investing in real estate. You should listen to your spouse during the last week of the month. Long distance journey may prove successful, but tiring. Keep up with the pace, but be cautious. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) An unexpected opportunity through your associate or friend may change your career. Accept this change and move forward in life. Your income is going to rise and status will also go up. Improvement in your health may also make you feel good this month. Your parents may prove to be good support this month. Your enemy may try to hurt you during the last week of the month; handle them politely. LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You may make a big mistake during the first half of the month. Any risk-taking tendency must be curbed at work place. Frustration from your child is also possible during this period. You may have to count on your friends to rescue you. The second half of the month may turn very positive. You may enjoy good health and happy family life this month. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Sincere and hard work is the story of the month. It will take time to be rewarded for your laborious hard work. Don’t compromise with your ideology. Your family may not be able to help you this time. Your

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LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Lack of confidence and failure in attempts may develop frustration during first half of the month. You must wait till the third week to make any major moves. You must also watch your health carefully. Business-related travel may bring some benefit for you this month. Don’t count on your friends. They may cheat with you. Your spouse may come forward to help you during the last week of the month. SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) You may enjoy full control of your life. Your confidence will be at par and you will feel energetic. Your income may rise and savings will go up. However, don’t count on your family this month. Quick and smart decisions are the key for success this month. Be prepared to travel. It will earn good return for you. Dispute with your spouse during the first half of the month is the only negative thing this month. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Change in your relation with your sibling or friend may bring good luck for you this month. Life is taking a turn, but don’t rush into anything. You may end up spending large amount of money. You should take extra care of your health. Take immediate medical advice. The real effect of the change will be felt during the last week of the month. Time is good for relocation, too. Take smart and calculated steps. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You may not see any significant changes or any major events this month. Life will move at a steady pace and money will continue coming in regularly. Avoid making unnecessary expenses and avoid greed during this period. Happy family life is clearly indicated. You must keep in mind to work hard and sincerely. You may enjoy new relations during second week of the month. Keep watching your health. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) You may be very busy at your place of work. Your brilliant move during second week of the month may bring great return for you. Life will move fast but you may not feel relaxed till the last week. Avoid making any career or business-related changes. Watch your speech and don’t behave arrogantly during the second week of the month. You may end up paying for your spouse’s mistake this month. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Life may take a major positive turn this month. You will regain your confidence and start moving forward in the right direction. If employed, promotion with good raise is possible. You must work honestly and avoid making easy money. Stock market may also bring luck the last week of the month. Watch your health very carefully during first half of the month. By Jalendu Vaidya Contact: 973-365-1766 /

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Restaurant Help Wanted: No cooking required. Good English speaker. Legal to work. University area of Charlotte, NC. Contact Anjali or Sonia at Cakes & Flakes 704-688-7100 Hotel Help Wanted: Night-auditor needed for motel in Raleigh, NC. Must speak English. Couple or Single. Experience preferred but will train. Accomodations provided. Please call after 6pm to 919-231-3000 Now Hiring Eyebrow Threaders: Glamour Eye at Concord Mills Mall in Concord, NC NOW HIRING for eyebrow threading. Contact 630-935-9335.

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Gas Station/Convenience Store Help Wanted: Exxon Gas Station in Kannapolis, NC is looking for full-time/part-time help. Good communication skills required & experience preffered. Call Paresh at 704490-9074 Perfect Long Term Job For Mature Lady: Live in Nanny wanted for 1yr. baby in Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC. Cooking & light housework. Call 704-246-8660 or 703598-6589 for details. Full-Time Help Wanted: for Convenience store / gas station in Gaffney SC. Good pay. Looking for 2 people. Call 864.838.1831. Gas Station Help In South Carolina: Full-time cashier needed in Rock Hill, SC. 20 minutes from Charlotte. Minimum 40hrs./week. Shift 3pm 11pm. Experience is preferred. Must speak English. Call Chander at 803-517-0477

Refulgent Technologies Inc.: is an IT staffing company, currently recruiting candidates on OPT status or in the process of getting one. We do Training & Placement.(.Net / Java / Informatica / Hyperion / QA / Microstrategy) Contact Anu @ 704.405.4238 or e-mail:

Nanny Needed: Female live-out Nanny to take care of newborn in Fort Mill, SC (5 miles from Charlotte, NC). Please call 216502-7017

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We are hiring females who know Eyebrow Threading or henna tattoo. We will give you training. Fulltime, part-time or weekends. (MUST SPEAK ENGLISH). Our locations: 1 Cary, NC 2 Fayetteville, NC If you live around these areas please call: (773) 507-8848 (773) 981-8848 Email: If you wish to move out of state, we offer a great salary + commission + tips + living allowance .

Help Wanted: Need couple for house keeping in franchise motel in NC. Accomodation provided. Call 919-208-3513 Babysitter Wanted: Looking babysitter starting in November for hours per day. Should be able to Location in Huntersville, NC Charlotte, NC). Call 704-215-4161

for a 3 to 4 drive. (Near

Cell-Phone Store Associate: Cell-phone kiosk in Statesville,NC is looking for fulltime employees. Spanish preferred not needed, easy job, good pay. Call Sam at 980-254-4795 or email: Babysitting / Household Help Needed: Durham, NC (South Square / Duke University Area). Flexible hours. Call 347489-9416 or 917-498-2081. Email:

Live-In Nanny Needed: for sweet 1 yearold boy. Start Jan or Feb 2011. Durham, NC. Contact: 650.386.3862. Immediate Openings for Threading Practitioners: New Stores in Charlotte & Raleigh. Full or Part Time, weekdays and weekends. Great pay and Tips. Experience required. Please call 980-3221110 or email: Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a Couple Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, NC. Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975

Nanny/Babysitter Needed: Reliable live-out nanny for 7 month old girl . Near Brier Creek area of Raleigh, NC . Please call 919-358-4876 C-Store/Gas Station Help Wanted: Part-time or Full-time Male person needed for C-Store/Gas Station at University City area of Charlotte, NC. Experience preferred. Call Sunny 704-904-5613 Cook Needed: for Pure Vegetarian North Indian restaurant in Raleigh area. Knowledge of vegetarian Indo-Chinese and South Indian a plus. Good salary and accomodation. Leave a message 919-889-8352.

Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a Single or Couple. Full-Time for convenience store /gas station / near Greensboro, NC. Call Bailey Patel at 704-737-1555. Household Help/Babysitting: needed in Greensboro, NC. Please call 336-202-6097.

Nanny Wanted: Gujarati speaking live-in nanny needed in Chapel Hill, NC. Cooking & light housekeeping. Call 919-444-1597

Looking For A Live-in/Live-out Nanny: for an infant in South Charlotte (Matthews Area). Light house work required. Must speak Hindi or English, driving a plus. Call (704)321-7059 or email:

Restaurant Help Needed: Want Experienced watiers in Columbia SC. Good pay & free accomodation. Please call 803730-4664


Seeking A Hindu Punjabi Girl: Professional between the ages of 26 -30, residing in North Carolina & surrounding states. Pleaes contact for details / more information. Seeking Hindu Male: Between ages 2731 for sister living in Pune, India. She has B. com, is employed & currently working towards MBA. 704-619-0251


House For Sale or Rent: 2 bedroom house with 1.5 bathrooms & 2 car garage. Located in University area of Charlotte, NC. Less than 2.5 miles from I-85. Call 704-421-1408 or 334-333-7546. Call between 8am & 8pm.

Townhome For Rent: in North Charlotte. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath rooms, loft & 1 car garage. Near UNCC. Rent $899 + HOA fees. Call 248-797-9378


Learn Indian Ragas: in Violin from Souren Banerjee Sangeet Visharad, Bishnupur Gharanas. Charlotte 28273, weekly till early March 2011, Call 7049 7 1 1 2 1 0 . A-1 Driving School: is offering a 15% discount until Christmas! Learn to drive a car in Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu or English by a Certified Driving Instructor. 919.323.3241.

Stressed? In Pain?: Relax with a Massage by Jasu Bhojani. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, & Head Massage. NC licensed & Board Certified. Phone: 704685-1523 or 704-362-5659.

Math Tutoring : Real-time tutoring using virtual whiteboard technology with professional tutors based in India. Free 30 min trial. As low as $7 for a 45 minute session. State-aligned curriculum & assessments. Call Ritu Thakur 704-443-7054 or toll-free 888-757-8377 Beauty Parlour near Arboretum area (Charlotte, NC). Pineville-Matthews Rd. Call 980-422-0035 Home / 704-313-8131 or 858-342-1591 Cell

Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-8247734 E-Mail:

Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All.

Gujarati Priest: havan, randal, satyanarayan katha, vastu, weddings, baby showers, navaratri, diwali's laxmi & sharda pujas, navgrah puja, nam karan vidhi. Cary / Morrisville / Raleigh area. Call Suresh Joshi:919-924-4927(cell) or 919341-4703(home) South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 or 704.231.0751. Email: Balaji Priest: All kinds of puja, havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. 704.877.6320 or 704.545.7220.

Universal Movers Inc: Fully Insured & Registered. Residential, Commercial, Local & Long Distance. Full Service, packing, unpacking, etc. Mention Saathee Magazine to receive a 20% discount! Free Estimate: 9 1 9 - 5 9 4 - 3 4 5 3 . website:

Sunflower Kids Care: Licensed Home Daycare (In Cary, NC) is a warm, nurturing & safe environment for your little ones. Licensed by the State of NC. Daily routines & schedules are followed. To schedule a tour call 919-677-8718 or e-mail Limited Spot Availability. Need A WEBSITE?: 10+ years experience in custom WEB Development. Attract new clients. Reasonable price. or (980) 622-4387 Web & Graphic Design services.

Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty - Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704-846-7912 Shree Beauty: Licensed Cosmetologist in the Mooresville / Lake Norman area for Eyebrow Threading, Facials, Waxing, Chemical Peel, Etc. For appointments call Jagruti 704-500-2724 or 704-658-7747.

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Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919463-5180 Foreign Accent Modification: Your speech is your "vocal resume." Speak English clearly and with confidence. Individual tutorials with certified speech specialists at Triangle Speech Services.

Bollywood, Bhangra, Fusion, & Hip Hop Dance Lessons: Dance instructor/choreographer with 10+ years of experience in various dance styles including Bollywood, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Fusion and Reggae. Private and group lessons are available for males and females of all ages! Cary/Morrisville, NC area. Call 919-395-2679 or email Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum), for any occasion, barat, doli, graduation, birthdays, baby showers and any other festivity. Affordable rate. Arpan Bhandari at 704-843-7202. email:


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Index of Advertisers

Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . .125 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Alvi Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Amberly Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . .9 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Aphale, Sheri (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Arya Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Atlanta Liquidation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Ballantyne Tech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . .83 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Bombay Bejing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Cafe Curry Leaves (Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . .37 Cambria Suites (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . .80 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Cary Children's Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA .66 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . .39 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . . .85 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . .95 Contemporary Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . .76 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . .113 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services)77 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Easy 96 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Eyebrow Designer 21 (Help Wanted) . . . . . . . . . .10 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . .61 Haveli Restaurant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Henna By Niki & Vaida's Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Heritage India Association (Children's Day) . . . . . .67 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . .41 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . .29 Little Caesars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Mahabazar Imports (Ruchi Lime Pickle) . . . . . . . .75 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . .48 Maya Beauty Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 McCuiston Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . .14 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . .35 November 2010

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Pami Construction Co., Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Patel, Amrita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Patel, Shital (Sam) (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . .91 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Pickles Catering & Tiffins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Property Net Realty (Suku Pandiyattu) . . . . . . . . .21 Pushpam Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Queeniee Indian Coutour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . .47 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . .95 Rama Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 RCI Electrical Contracting Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . .73 Regional Cancer Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . .122 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Roti Fresh (HS Distributors / Franco Whole Foods) .43 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Saathee Subscription Coupon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Shah, Mihir (Health & Life Insurance) . . . . . . . . . .14 Shiv Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Smart Properties (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)62 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . .83 USPS Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Weldone Beauti Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Zaina Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

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Saathee Digital Raleigh Nov 2010  

A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Carolinas and beyond.