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April 2010

In this issue: Superstar Sachin Tendulkar Move Forward or be Left Behind

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Sachin Tendulkar is a superstar in India. Read about his exploits on pg. 6. Is Delhi losing some of its ancient monuments to neglect and squatters? Unless a major effort is put into place, many of Delhi’s heritage monuments will be lost. Read the story on pg. 12. The annual documentary film festival Full Frame begins in April in Durham. Go to pg. 14 for details. Read a travelogue on Puri, the oceanfront pilgrimage center, beginning on pg. 36. Many Indian farmers are barely able to make ends meet. Read about an organization that is trying to implement fair trade practices for Indian farmers in the story on pg. 42. It’s crunchtime for taxes. What do you need to look for if you are a last-minute filer? Flip to pg. 68 for details. Catch up on all the happenings in local organizations in our Community News section beginning on pg. 98 or stay up to date daily at All the sizzling astroscope predictions are on pg. 22.

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At 7:30 on a sunny Saturday morning, most of the city is still fast asleep. Rush hour won’t begin until 10. But three separate cricket matches are already underway at New Delhi’s Africa Avenue sports field. There’s a chill in the air as one portly bowler runs up, windmills his throwing arm and fires the ball at the wicket. Then, thwack!, shouts erupt as the batsman swats the delivery high into the sky toward the car park. It’s a “six,” cricket’s version of the home run. “Now we play twice in a week,” said 26-year-old Sunil Kumar, who was keeping wickets. “In younger days, we used to play every single day. We come early in the morning, at 6 or 7, so we can play at least four matches before people have to go to work.” A quick glance at the players tells you everything you need to know about the reason they’re here. By turns spindly, pot-bellied, pigeon-toed and bow-legged, these are no fitness freaks. They’re not up on the sports field at the crack of dawn out of some misplaced obsession with the peak of their biceps or the cut of their abs. They’re here because, like millions upon millions of Indians, they’re mad about the one maddening sport at which this dismally unathletic country excels. And, again like millions upon millions more, they all worship the same hero: a 5-foot, 5-inch tall, curly-haired, 37-yearold cricketer with a reedy, teenager’s voice who just might be the Greatest Of All Time — and the best athlete you’ve never heard of. His name is Sachin Tendulkar. But here in India, he’s simply Sachin. “The only name that we think of when we think of cricket is Sachin,” said Kumar. “Every single record of batting is Sachin. Whatever — centuries, half centuries, sixers, fours, boundaries, runs, test matches, one days — he is the one.” As Kumar’s passion and these early morning games suggest, India’s love for cricket verges on the pathological. Walk through any neighborhood at any time of the day, and there’s bound to be a match on in an alley (or “gulley,” as it’s called here). Drive from Delhi to Agra or Lucknow, and with every sign of civilization you’ll find a tea stall and a cricket match. Everything from the schoolyard to the cemetery doubles as a “pitch,” or field, and everybody from the lowliest cowherds to the poshest scions of snooty South Delhi seems to carry a bat and ball. Maybe it’s popular because its gentlemanly style recalls the British benchmarks for native upward mobility — in its classic five-day form, after all, the game is still played in starched white uniforms. Maybe it is that it doesn’t require huge muscles or tremendous stamina. Or maybe it is simply that Indians are good at it. But everyone agrees to one thing. Cricket is the one religion that unites Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jain. And Sachin? April 2010

“They call him ‘god of cricket,’ and I think he is god of cricket,” said Vijay Lokpally, cricket correspondent for the Hindu newspaper. Last month, Sachin staked perhaps his strongest claim yet to the title of the greatest batsman of all time with a brilliant performance against South Africa. Parrying and slashing the ball all over the field, he became the first player in the 39-year history of that form of the game to score 200 runs in a one day international, or ODI. But even though it was the cricketing equivalent to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in the NBA, it was not the statistical milestone — which joins Sachin’s long and growing list — so much as the bold and seemingly effortless grace of the “knock” that converted nay-sayers. That’s because unlike baseball, which it resembles in other ways, cricket does not reward power and bat speed so much as cleverness and control. “In the history of cricket, four individuals have had a definitive impact on the game; the Englishman W. G. Grace, the Australian Don Bradman, the West Indian Garfield Sobers and the Indian Sachin Tendulkar,” said historian Ram Guha, the author of “A Corner of a Foreign Field.” “He is certainly one of the four greatest cricketers ever.” Wedge-shaped and flat on one side, the cricket bat is more like a paddle or broadsword than a club. And the gold standard of batting is the ability to wield its blade to slice and steer the ball at will to the spots in the field where there are no defenders — employing a daring and creative variety of swings, cuts, chops and blocks that commentators evocatively describe as “swashbuckling.” Sachin was arguably the first Indian player to embrace this free-flowing and aggressive style of play — emerging at a time when India was a puny, Third Worldupstart vying for respect. “India suffered from a combination of self-loathing and a feeling that it was not getting its due recognition,” said Santosh Desai, CEO of FutureBrands. Sachin changed that. India’s Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali rolled into one, Sachin’s rise prefigured and paralleled that of the country. When he first walked onto the pitch against Pakistan in hostile Karachi in 1989, Sachin was a pint-sized 16-year-old with a squeaky voice and a wild ‘fro. More Harry Potter than LeBron James, he was David facing Goliath, and a nation of mothers held their breath when Waqar Younis rushed toward him to fire a 100-kilometer fastball at his skull. Watching him beaned repeatedly and then unceremoniously bowled out for a mere 15 runs, many softhearted souls cried out that the boy batsman had been brought along too fast. “The general impression was that he was being pushed too early,” said Lokpally. But on the last day of the match, again against Younis, a legend was born. Decked by a fastball to the face, Sachin picked himself up, dusted himself off, and went on to post 57 runs with blood streaming from his nose. “That convinced everybody that this boy was different,” said Lokpally. A fan club soon followed. Then accolades, then unprecedented riches, and, finally, as the years marched on, a cascade of statistical records. Begun around the same time that India liberalized its

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Delhi’s Endangered Ancient Heritage India’s capital sits on ancient architectural wonders. Too bad nobody knows it.

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All manner of ills threaten Delhi’s history. Not long ago, Mohammed was fighting to evict religious leaders who had laid false claim to four ancient Muslim structures in the outlying neighborhood of Mehrauli. In the ruined 14th century fort of Tughlaqabad, rural migrants to the city have set up camp. But that’s not all. In recent weeks, the ASI has filed a court case against the Indian railways for beginning work on a five-story building within the protective buffer zone of Nila Gumbad, an early Mughal-era monument. It will soon issue show cause notices to 92 more properties throughout Delhi — including two Commonwealth Games projects and a stretch of the Delhi Metro — for violating the 100-meter buffer zone for other protected monuments. And even at the Red Fort itself, where the ASI’s headquarters are located, the ASI has identified for demolition 100 tin sheds and toilets built by the Indian army during the period from 1947 to 2003, in which it used the fort as a military building. The reasons for this chaos are manifold. With government coffers stretched by so many other pressing problems, the ASI doesn’t receive nearly enough funding to protect even the city’s most important monuments. Indian governments are notoriously slipshod when it comes to implementing plans for urban development, which not only leaves thousands homeless but also creates a general atmosphere of lawlessness when it comes to publicly owned property. Politicians are reluctant to alienate segments of the population they consider “vote banks” to protect ancient stones. And, overall, India’s citizens are more focused on the future’s promised prosperity than the past’s stories of lost grandeur. “This is a country where large portions of the population believe that the past is a dark place, a time of colonialism and oppression, and they look forward to an exciting and ultramodern future,” said author William Dalrymple. Perhaps that’s why Delhi has not been able to capitalize on its historical riches. Tourists flock to the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar — all three of which are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But many more sites lie anonymous and forgotten, and even at the striking and famous monuments the city has failed to develop the associated programs needed to earn Delhi a place in travelers’ minds alongside Cairo, Athens and Rome. Restricted by rules designed to eliminate graft, the contracts for promoting these monuments must be awarded by government tender to the lowest bidder, leaving little scope for a visionary revolution. Worse still, for the most part the concerned agencies are infected by the same bureaucratic malaise that paralyzes the rest of the country’s government-run institutions. The best a tourist can hope for are a few turgid signboards and a gregarious but formulaic (and sometimes misinformed) guide. “I call it architectural bones without historical flesh,” said Mohammed. “Without historical flesh it is very bare. A historian is able to visualize, but not an individual. It should be a thrilling experience.” If nothing changes, even Delhi’s ancient skeleton may soon be gone.

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From April 8-11, the thirteenth annual Full Frame Festival, the country’s largest documentary film festival, will run in Durham, NC. Over one hundred films will be shown, including some premieres. It seems that the Indian subcontinent is always very well represented. Many filmmakers attend; there are opportunities at question and answer sessions immediately after screenings, as well as at panel discussions and informally in between events to engage with them. One thing that I was happy to see about this year’s schedule is its more or less predictability. At six concurrent venues, films start approximately at 10a, 1p, 4p, 7p, and 10p, as well as at 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 minutes after these hours. There are so many good films to see that I highly recommend the purchase of a pass, though several pass categories are already sold out (check the website for details and availability). Individual film tickets are also sold. Take Thursday and Friday off or just come evenings and the weekend, but attendees will find much of interest to choose from. For each of the films here, the director’s name, length in minutes, and scheduled screening are included, but confirm details at the Full Frame website.

Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 87m, Thursday 9:30p) is a documentary film about Ahmad, a Pakistani rock singer. Ahmad has moved to America and now makes a living selling coffee and bagels from his Manhattan pushcart. Several films about India were invited to be shown again, having been screened at Full Frame a few years ago. Hammer and Flame (Vaughan Pilikian, 10m,

Saturday 4:40p) offers a poetic look at the shipbreaking yards of Gujarat where workers, using only simple tools, disassemble huge ships that have reached their useful lifespan. John & Jane (Ashim Ahluwalia, 83m, Friday 7:20p) documents a Mumbai call center, including the particular lifestyles of the employees who take on international identities. Outsourcing is explored in several films. Google Baby (Zippi Brand Frank, 70m, Friday 10:30a), made in India, Israel, and the US, describes “baby producApril 2010

tion” by finding low-cost surrogate mothers in India for western parents-to-be. The Global Assembly Line (Lorraine Gray, 58m, Thursday 4:20p), made in 1986,

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Perlo, 98m, Saturday 1:30p; world premiere). This is a story about a young nomadic Tibetan family surviving on caterpillar fungus and yak herding. Enemies of the People (Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath, 94m, Thursday 4:10p) is about a Cambodian reporter who, over many years, interviews the person who gave the order to kill millions of people during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, as well as a number of the killers in the countryside. I was able to see this in advance of the Festival – it is an impressively careful and patient documentation of an awful episode of history. In Book of Miri (Katrine Philp, 29m, Saturday 1:10p; US premiere), a Korean-Swedish librarian finds refuge in her blog, where she carefully records her fashion adventures. Full Frame Film Festival takes place April 8 – 11, 2011 at various venues in Durham, NC. Info: , 919-687-4100 Note: Full Frame logo and all pictures courtesy of the Full Frame Film Festival. All images are used with permission.

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Ajay Devgan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Satish Kaushik, and Akhilendra Mishra 2. My Name Is Khan

Shahrukh Khan, Kajol, Soniya Jehan, Jimmy Shergill, Zarina Wahab & Parvin Dabbas

Sadiyaan (Director: Raj Kanwar) Cast: Luv Sinha, Ferena Wazeir, Rekha, Shabana Azmi, Hema Malini, Rishi Kapoor, and Javed Sheikh

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Top Five Songs - April 10 1. Ishqiya “Dil To Bachcha Hai” Music: Vishal Bhardwaj Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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2. Prince “Oh Girl You’re Mine” Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy Singers: Loy Mendonca, Tarun Sagar, and Alyssa Mendonca 3. Hum Tum Aur Ghost “Kal Tum The Yahan” Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy Singers: Caralisa Monteiro & Shankar Mahadevan

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Natasha Pancholi Khatod, born in India, native of Dubai, UAE and currently based in North Carolina is a theatre, film, and TV actress and her films have been screened at Cannes International Film Festival, the LA Indian Film Festival, and the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival of New York. After receiving a business degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA in Acting from New York, she set up her own production company so she could pursue her first love: acting. She started her professional theatre work at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC under Tonyaward winner Mary Zimmerman. She is a regular television host on AVS and Sahara One for Dish Network, seen worldwide every Saturday and Sunday. Her grandfather, Damodar Pancholi was a renowned producer of several Bollywood films under the Pancholi Art Studios banner in India. Her dance training includes Bharatnatyam, Flamenco, Salsa and Bollywood dance: a fusion of classical, traditional, folk Indian styles. Currently she holds Bollywoood Workshops for those with prior dance training interested in perfecting the art of performance as well as dance technique at Natya Academy in Raleigh. She is writing her own feature film reflecting her South Asian/Middle Eastern and now American experiences. Her upcoming primetime television appearance will be as a guest star for the ABC/Lifetime show “Army Wives” on Sunday April 25, 2010 at 10pm EST. Details:

A R Rahman announces 9-city US tour

Oscar and Grammy-winning musician and composer A R Rahman is scheduled to embark on a highly-anticipated US tour in June 2010. The tour’s first concert is scheduled for June 11 at the Nassau Coliseum in New York, followed by one at the Boardwalk Arena in Atlantic City, NJ on June 12 and moving to Patriot Center in Virginia on June 13. The US tour will travel to over six major arenas and cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston. The promoters of the Northeast shows have launched a fully-functional website ( Rahman’s rise to prominence in the west came when he captured the world spotlight last year with his work on the film score for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire winning a Golden Globe, two Academy Awards and most recently two Grammy’s. “A.R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour” will be a theatrical experience that will blend new technologies with powerful dance arrangements and acrobatics. The concerts will keep in intact the heritage and traditions of India with a new modern presentation with a cast of musicians and dancers from across the globe. April 2010

Priyank Chopra is replacing Akshay Kumar, who hosted the first two seasons of Khatron Ke Khiladi, for the upcoming season. Kumar is being replaced because the format has changed. In the first two editions of the show it was 13 beauties as contestants and one hunk hosting and now it’s going to be 13 guys and one beauty, ready to rein them and put them through gruelingly tough tasks. What’s more the 13 guys are no ordinary persons but some popular National and International cricketers. KKK Season 3 was initially going to be shot in South Africa but now will be shot in Brazil and will also mark Chopra’s debut on television.

Gulzar goes international with Wayne Sharp’s version of Vande Mataram

New York-based American music composer Wayne Sharpe, best known for his award-winning background scores in Prakash’s Gangaajal and Apaharan, now doing the background for Jha’s Raajneeti, was in Mumbai recently to finalize a new version of the eternal national patriotic song “Vande Mataram.” The poet Gulzar, going international for the second time after “Jai Ho” in Slumdog Millionaire, will pen the lyrics for the new-age “Vande Mataram.” This would be the first attempt by a foreigner to modify and recreate an Indian patriotic song. Sharpe’s version will have a whole array of present day playback voices from Bollywood singing in the song.

Evergreen Melodies on stage in Kingdom Of Dreams

A large number of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd Rafi’s evergreen melodies from the 1950s will be used in the Bollywood-inspired play “Kingdom Of Dreams” featuring Vivek Oberoi, Isha Sharwani and Gauhar Khan. It will be staged in May at the newly constructed theatre in Gurgaon near Delhi. The huge production will feature horses and elephants running on and off stage. Oberoi is currently in Delhi for a monthlong rehearsal with his two leading ladies Sharwani and Khan, who play the princess and the gypsy fighting for Oberoi’s attentions. “I guess I’m a very lucky guy. I got to woo three ladies in my new film Prince and now these two ladies in my play. ‘Kingdom Of Dreams’ is unlike anything we’ve seen in this country,” Oberoi said. - Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFm

Shah Rukh Khan and Leonardo DiCaprio

A major Hollywood-Bollywood collaboration is brewing with two superstars from different ends of the world all set to share screen space. The film in question is Xtrme City and the men in question are Shah Rukh Khan and Leonardo DiCaprio. Scripting is in the works and pre-production has been launched. The filming will begin by end of 2010. If that indeed happens, Shah Rukh can well be expected to be really busy all through 2010 and 2011 with Ra 1 and the sequel of Don required to be wrapped up before Xtrme City starts taking a shape. Khan met DiCaprio and director Martin Scorcese in Berlin during the premiere of My Name Is Khan, where his agenda also included the movie deal. Xtrme City will be an actionthriller set in Mumbai covering the criminal underbelly of the city.

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An introduction to Carnatic Music By Smitha K. Prasad

Hello Readers. We will present the grand classical music heritage of India for both Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) music in a continuing series of articles. We welcome comments, suggestions, and questions. Hindustani Music By Anita Kulkarni

It is with great pleasure that we begin a new column on Carnatic music- a system of classical music that is mainly practiced in South India. At a time when all forms of classical arts from almost all cultures, including Carnatic music, are facing a lack of resources (the economy is not helping much either!) and dwindling audiences, it is commendable that Saathee magazine has continued to carry columns focusing on various classical arts and is expanding its coverage of classical arts. As a practicing Carnatic classical musician, it warms my heart to see the support extended by such organizations, which ensures the continued propagation of traditional arts.

Carnatic Music or Karnatik Music is one of two styles of Indian classical music, the other being Hindustani Music. The origin of Indian music can be traced back to the Vedas (a large body of text originating in ancient India), particularly the Sama Veda. The Sama Veda consists of hymns set to musical tunes; these musical tunes initially had three notes or swaras and then later included seven swaras.

Trivat In Hindustani Classical music, Trivat means three varieties. Tirwat or Trivat is a musical composition containing sargam, tablaa bol-s and taranaa. It is a peculiar type of classical singing because the singing style is that of Pakhawaj or Tablaa bol-s in a Raga. This is an entirely different style of singing as far as compoUntil the 12th century A.D., only one form of music sition is concerned. Tirwat is difficult for beginners prevailed all through India. With the establishment of because it contains complex Varnas or bol-s of the Islamic Sultanates in Delhi, musical practice in Pakhawaj or Tabla, which are extinct today. North India came under the influence of Persian and Arabic cultures and this became known as Hindustani Sargam Geet (Uttaradi) music. In southern India, the original music Sargam Geet is the most popular form of singing in was preserved and handed down to the current generHindustani Classical Music. Sargam, or Swar Malika, ation and is known as Carnatic (Dakshinadi) music. means a composition of notes, or Swar, in a Taal. The Through the centuries, Carnatic music has underSwaras of the chosen Raga are sung just like any gone considerable changes. It has been influenced by other song in a Taal. Sargam Geet is very important historical events, cultural revolutions and also by other to understand the Chalan of a Raga. Swar Malika of streams of music such as Western music, folk music different Ragas are useful, as these are composed and of course, Hindustani music. While a number of with the proper order of Vaadi- Samvaadi. Sargam, or innovations and changes have taken place, the basic singing while naming the notes, helps to explain com- principles and tenets on which Carnatic music is based plicated patterns in music and illuminates the under- has remained largely unchanged through the years. standing of elaborate structures of a Raga. Any Raga’s In this column, I hope to take you, the readers, on Sargam adds the special feature in the singing style of a journey into the beautiful world of Carnatic classical the classical vocalist. Most of the time, audiences music. We will begin by exploring basic elements and enjoy vocalists who sing Sargam in medium/fast concepts and then progress to more complex features, tempo and in double fast tempo in various Taalas. Classical vocalists show their Sargam gayakee and which are a part of any Carnatic music concert. I also layakaari skill in Taal very beautifully. Sargam Geet is hope to bring you interviews from well-established Carnatic musicians visiting North Carolina as well as the beauty of Hindustani Classical music. update you on innovations and creative presentations that we see taking place in Carnatic music. At the Lakshan Geet A Lakshan Geet is a musical composition, which elab- same time, I would encourage you to let me know of orates the rules of a Raga. This is a geet or song, topics that you would like to see discussed as well as which explains the behavior of the Raga like Vaadi- any feedback you may have regarding the column. Till we meet next time, do listen to music- good Samvaadi, Aroh-Avroh, Jaati, Thaat, Samay or Time and other relevant information. Lakshan geet is a music, preferably classical music. descriptive composition with rhyming words in Taal. Every Raag has its own Lakshan Geet.

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own children. Bishop illustrates how Laura is able to spill her heart into the letter, as she longs to see her daughter come back home, and worries for her safety. The engaging story of Laura’s American childhood with rebellion and maturity, joy and loss, keeps the reader engaged, whether you agree with Laura’s choices or not, and curious about the outcome. The honest storytelling by Bishop pulls the reader into the emotion of the story from the parent’s perspective as well as the teenager’s. The complicated feelings between mothers and daughters, and the pain of growing up too fast is captured in a beautifully written, simple, book.

Book Reviews Letter to My Daughter Author: George Bishop (Ballantine Books)

Review by Hena Sharma

It is curious that the author was inspired to write this very tender, coming-of-age story during a camel excursion in Rajasthan. India, however, is not featured at all in the story and serves only as the catalyst for the author, George Bishop, to dream this compelling novel. The North Carolina educated author, who has spent many years teaching abroad in countries such as India, Turkey, and Japan, has written a heartfelt and honestly open story about a mother reaching out to her 15-year-old daughter. Bishop’s talent is even more evident in this story because it is about the heartbreak felt as a girl transforms into a young lady. Since the author happens to be a man, it might show that feelings during adolescence and middle-age are probably universal among males and females. Bishop has captured a believable essence of a mother who realizes that a generational divide is inevitable, even when you think you are the most understanding and open-minded. He also describes a daughter’s feelings as she navigates life during high school with simple, yet heart-breaking detail. The story begins when teenager Liz storms off with her parents’ car after an argument with her mother, Laura. As Laura worries about Liz’s whereabouts, she laments at the lack of communication between them, and begins writing all of her thoughts in a letter. The process of pouring her feelings out onto paper calms the worried mother, and helps her share details of her own teenage years that she has yet been unable to share with Liz. Laura’s own story consists of high school life during the early 1970s, in a conservative family with strict expectations, and her teenage rebellion during the era of public protests. Laura writes about her first love, her parents’ disapproval, being sent away to boarding school, getting a tattoo, and the precious years in which she left her adolescence and innocence behind to become a young adult. The story describes her feelings as she deals with social peers in a high school, gets involved with an older boy, and becomes the source of gossip. The change in Laura’s thinking and the physical changes in the world around her as she transitions from being a freshman to a senior are well written. The trials of teenage years, high school, and college days can be difficult for parents to face themselves, yet alone share their own experiences with their children. The line between sharing too many details and keeping some things private between parents and children can sometimes be very thin. Bishop walks that line very gingerly, and it seems clear that any parent would have difficulty sharing some of the details in the story with their

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One Amazing Thing Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Voice)

Review by Swapna Krishna

A group of people are at an Indian passport and visa office in a city in the United States when there is an earthquake. Nine very different people are trapped inside the building. Unable to leave or get help, they must rely on one another for survival. Passing time, each telsl a story about themselves in order to reveal one amazing thing that has happened to them. “One Amazing Thing” is a simple tale, a tribute to the different people that each of us are. There are nine characters in this book, nine stories to be told. Each is a unique story with its own lesson, but Divakaruni never hits the reader over the head with each moral. Instead, she subtly weaves them into her overall tale, conveying her messages beautifully and with grace. This book deals with a lot of heavy issues, from racism to forced marriage (and many problems in between) but in a very deft way. Divakaruni never weighs down the story with tears or depression. Instead, each of these tales serves a healing purpose. Both the teller and the listeners are changed by the stories, softened and more understanding. It’s a real testament to the power of stories. “One Amazing Thing” is a slip of a book and it would be a real ordeal for the reader to get to know each of these nine characters intimately. Instead, Divakaruni provides glimpses into each character’s life; the point isn’t to get to know these characters as much as it is to understand them and their motivations. The best part about “One Amazing Thing” is each character’s story. They aren’t earth shatteringly dramatic stories. Instead, they’re simple tales, characteristic of real life. In that way, they’re very personal. I loved reading each of these stories because they revealed something very private about the storyteller. “One Amazing Thing” was a very enjoyable novel and at its core is the humanity that each of us share, humanity that comes across through the story that each person tells. It’s a short novel and doesn’t take long to read, but it will leave you thinking long after the last pages are turned.

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Land of the rising nukes Japan’s new government has pledged some of the world’s most ambitious carbon emissions cuts. Under its center-left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, it aims to cut emissions to 75 percent of 1990 levels by 2025, provided other big powers make similar cuts. How it would actually get there is another story. In an interview in a bland meeting room in Kasumigaseki — the heart of Tokyo’s bureaucracy — nuclear energy official Katsuyuki Tada marshaled graphs and numbers to show where the cuts would come from. Out of 329 million tons of CO2 equivalent to be cut by 2020 — the “maximum improvement” under government projections last August — 61 percent will come from energy conservation. Meanwhile, 4.5 percent would come from control of chlorofluorocarbons. Just 5.4 percent of cuts are expected to come from “new energy” like wind and solar. And the rest of the cuts, almost 30 percent? You guessed it: nuclear power, based on the assumption of nine new reactors by 2020. Even those cuts only get Japan to 92 percent of 1990 emissions levels, still far away from Hatoyama’s target. “We think nuclear power plants are essential to combat climate change, because nuclear power doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide,” said Tada. The prime minister agrees. On March 7, according to the Japan Times, he told reporters: “Although nuclear power presents problems of waste and safety, it is my understanding that it is an essential energy for saving the global climate and reducing carbon dioxide,” remarks that promptly drew criticism from a staunchly antinuclear junior coalition partner. Japan wants to boost nuclear power’s proportion of total electricity generation to 40 percent in 2020, up from roughly 30 percent today, by building new nuclear plants and raising capacity at existing reactors. It wants another 10 percent of electricity to come from other zero-emissions sources such as wind and solar. Tada said nuclear power has the advantage of being far cheaper than renewables: 4.8 to 6.2 yen (about five to seven cents) per kilowatt hour, compared to 10 to 14 yen/kwh for wind power, and 46 yen/kwh for solar. Renewables are just too expensive to be a bigger part of Japan’s energy diet in the near future. Nuclear not the answer: activists Philip White, of the Tokyo-based Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, disputed those figures. “Renewable energies like wind and solar are not too expensive,” wrote White in an email. “Wind is cheaper than nuclear now. Solar will soon be cheaper when economies of scale and the associated development advances get operating.” He says energy sources should be compared based on the retail cost to the consumer, since some renewable energy can be produced on-site, for example with rooftop solar panels. By those calculations, renewables are more competitive. Activists like White cite studies pointing out nuclear power’s shaky business model, such as this report on

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Come and enjoy the drum dance and the live percussion during our stage production on Dances of India. We look forward to seeing you there. Mark your calendars to attend my “Dances of India” performance at 4 pm on April 24, 2010 at the CPCC’s Halton Theater in Charlotte. For details on the event visit and the events section.

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Drum Dances: Pung Cholam As we all know Indians love music and dance, starting from classical to folk, and Hollywood to Bollywood. One thing that is common in all these songs or dances is the presence of drums. An overwhelming majority of Indian dances are accompanied with drum music. Generally the drummer provides the percussion accompaniment with dances. There are quite a few dances in which the dancer plays the drum while dancing. Such dances come under the category of “Drum Dances.” I wanted to introduce some of the drum dances and we will perform a dance showing the use of drums during the stage production of “Dances of India” on April 24, 2010 at Halton Theater, CPCC in Charlotte beginning at 4 pm. One of the finest examples of drum dance is the fascinating Pung Cholam of Manipur. It is a highly sophisticated dance with all the elements of classical dances. Pung is a drum with two faces, almost like the Mridangam drum from Southern India. One face of the drum is much smaller than the other, usually played with the right hand. The drum is slung from the neck of the drummer for playing with both the hands. Most of the drums that are larger and two faced are usually slung from the dancers’ neck, which allows them to dance. Pung Cholam is performed as a solo dance as well as a group dance. Sometimes, during more coordinated performances, about a hundred drummers perform the dance all wearing spotlessly white dhoti and white turban. It is then a treat for the eyes, ears, and mind. The aesthetic appeal is so over-powering that it becomes an experience for the life time. While playing intricate rhythmic passages on the drums, the drummers not only dance gracefully and vigorously, but also swing the drum in incredible ways, all while playing. There are also acrobatic elements in the dance. Actually, Cholam is a generic name of percussion dances prevalent in Manipur. Cholams performed by men are vigorous having acrobatic elements. Those performed by women are delicate and lyrical. The style of dance changes as the percussion instrument changes. Men perform two other drum dances with Dhol and Daph, a frame drum. Men also perform Kartaal Cholam. Kartaal is a pair of large cymbals. The Cholams performed by women are not with the drums, but with idiophones like clappers with small cymbals. Among all the Cholams, the Pung Cholam is the best. April 2010

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My fellow traveler Eric and I rolled into Puri on the Calcutta train on the morning of Thursday 22nd January, 1998. The train journey was surprisingly tame: the Calcutta-Puri line is pretty efficient (we only arrived three hours late, not a bad trip) and the berths The Bay View Hotel in Puri, where I spent days exploring the depths of my soul while the giardia kicked in.

in the second-class sleeper were comfortable. Indian trains can be a real experience, but my first exposure to the system was easy and considerably less hassle than the train in Java. One girl had her pack stolen, but we’d been warned of a racket on the Puri Express, and I held tightly on to my bags until we were well into the journey, when I had time to chain them down. Theft isn’t rife in India – not compared to places like Thailand – but it happens, especially on popular tourist routes. Puri was where I rediscovered my joie de vivre, a little something that I’d managed to mislay halfway through Indonesia and had only found again occasionally. Sitting in Raju’s Restaurant, a little roadside café frequented by the travelling community, I began to feel an unfamiliar ache round the eyes: I thought I might be getting ill, I hadn’t felt it for so long. Then I realized... my eyes were smiling again. For the first time in ages, I was thrilled to be on the trail. ‘This is India!’ I thought. As the skin formed on my super-sweet milky tea, I simply sat there, taking in the sights of rural India. Puri, some 500km south of Calcutta down the eastern coast of the mainland, is a pilgrim town, one of the holiest spots in India for Hindus. As a result it’s full of weird and wonderful characters, as well as hundreds of Indian tourists, and as the cows wander along the road, the children play cricket in the backstreets, and stoned pilgrims meander along the road, struggling through a haze of bhang. For Puri is one of those unique spots where the use of marijuana and opium is not only legal, it’s supported by the government: there are quite a few government bhang shops dotted around the town where you can buy grass and opium, as well as bhang, an edible form of marijuana which you just swill down and enjoy. This is a major draw card for western tourists, April 2010

of course, but I didn’t come across any downside to this availability: Puri is simply relaxed, and everyone seems to be silently satisfied, for some reason... Puri is not just popular because it’s a pilgrim town: it also has a beach. The beach doesn’t win any prizes though: the inhabPilgrims bathing on the beach in Puri itants of the local fishing village use it as a toilet, and go for their daily squat as the sun’s coming up, leaving a lovely smell to waft down onto anyone brave enough to sunbathe. However, for the casual tourist the beach holds some wonderful conversations: the salesmen of India know their targets are fixed when they’re soaking up the rays, and they come in all shapes and sizes. There was the man selling carvings of positions from the Kama Sutra; the massage man; the dropout selling dope, despite government regulations; the salesman for the restaurant up the road; and, of course, the stoned pilgrims. One of the latter approached us as we watched the world go by, and among the inane chatter he spouted for over twenty minutes (with no prompting from us, I might add) was this wonderful poem, which sums up Indians quite well, stoned or sober: Life is good when it’s sunny; Life is good when it’s raining. Life is good when it’s hot; Life is good when it’s cold. Life is good when it’s day; Life is good when it’s night. Life is good when it’s black; Life is good when it’s white. Life is good when it’s easy; Life is good when it’s hard. ...and so on. When we asked him what was so good about life when it was raining, he replied, ‘I sleep when it’s raining.’ Monsoon time is obviously a difficult time for poets. Non-local Locals The traveler crowd in Puri was fun, too. John the Mancunian was obsessed with the footy results and, despite extensive travel experience, managed to act true to stereotype when he described his visit to the bank. ‘So I goes into the bank, right, and hands over me twenty pound note, like, and the bloke studies it and says, “I cannot change A cow on the platform at Khurda Road train this, it’s mutilated”. station, as I finally left Puri And I says it’s not mutilated, mate, it’s just a rip, it’s how they check for counterfeits, you know, by seeing if you can rip through the watermark, it’s standard procedure that is, you ask anybody who works for a bank in England. So I says to ‘im: get the phone and I’ll ring the Bank of England and prove it, go on, they’ll tell you it’s stan-

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If you could improve one thing in this world... By Deepthi Tulasi (age 12) If I could improve one thing in this world I would get more people or the whole world to be green. I would encourage people around the world to recycle, to not waste water, and to use re-usable items instead of disposable. This can make a great difference in the world. Recycling is an important part or step when turning the world “green.” Let’s say the whole world threw away all their garbage (in the trash) and recycled all their paper, plastic, and some aluminum. All that recycled material can be made into new things like new cans or new newspaper. The cycle can go on. The world has limited recourses they won’t be there forever. So, instead of throwing everything in the trash and all the trash going to harmful landfills, try recycling so the resources in the world can be there for generations from now. Another important part in making this world green is to not waste water. Did you know 3 percent of the whole Earth’s water is fresh or drinking water? Wow! That can easily run out. People can do the simplest things to save water. I would encourage people to take shorter showers. Let’s say the whole world took a shower for 30 min. which uses six gallons of water. That would mean people or everyone in the world used over 6,000,000,000,000 gallons a day! Now let’s say everybody cut that shower in half, that would save 3,000,000,000,000 gallons of water. That may not seem much as first but I bet it could give at least 10 cups of water to everybody in Charlotte. Water is a scarce resource so people shouldn’t waste it. Another thing I would make the world do is to buy reusable items instead of disposable. Have you ever drunk out of a plastic water bottle? Or a can of coke? April 2010

My Best friend is Suvir. Let me describe him. He’s silly, fun, loco and sometimes annoying. What he thinks is funny I sometimes don’t. But our main similarity is that we both hate our moms sometimes. We have differences to though. He’s way better in art than I am. Too bad he wasn’t here. I’m too better at writing than him though. So here I am! He’s my friend because we knew each other since wore diapers. Also because he and I make a good fit. Put our brains together and we are a giant plus a huge, gigantic monster full of smartness and made up of smartness. But sometimes we don’t get along well. For example when we are playing football he complains that I’m hogging the ball. We both go to shloka class (that’s not a reason why we don’t get along well). We don’t like to argue over simple things but sometimes it just never hit our head. But I guess we get along pretty well. He has a Wii, which I regularly play at least two times when I go to his house. I have a PS2, which he is kind of interested in. Going back, I feel bad for him that he couldn’t come. I was looking forward for him coming to my house or me going to his house. Boo hoo! The only reason he’s good at art is because of the way he observes things better than me. That’s what I like about him. I may have glasses, but how he observes things amazes me! Our common favorite sports are football and basketball. I like soccer and cricket. I don’t know if he does. I’m slower than him. He’s too fast for me. Since I weigh 84 pounds though, I’m too hard for him to bring down! If I can catch him, I can bring him down. He can bring me down sometimes. We’re both also very big readers too. You can threaten to hurt us bad, but we won’t stop reading. We both think very, very hard. And now I’m thinking very hard on how to write 500 words! I’m sure he would’ve been thinking hard on how to draw a really good picture. Another thing about us is that we both think in the future, past, and present. But the thing is his jokes are so lame. Only very few make me laugh my head out or even make me laugh. That I’m surprised at because most of my friends can make me laugh. Wonder why his jokes are so lame. So I’m here thinking I’ve got 500 words, so I’m going to end my piece of writing. Word World (Solution): ERIS, MIRE, MISER, MIST, MISTER, MYSTERI, MITE, MITER, REIMS, REIS, REIT, REMIT, RIME, RISE, SEMI, SETI, SIRE, SITE, SMITE, STIR, TIES, TIME, TIRE, TRIES, TRIM, YETI



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By Pradip Bulsara Peace Within With all the battles in my head Can there be peace, can there be peace With all the conflicts in my mind Can there be peace, can there be peace Peace is in my heart you know But the battles are in my head So find Peace within, Peace within, Peace within.

Stage II As you continue your practice you may find that the breath as it ordinarily flows is irregular. Not only are the inhalation and exhalation unequal, but also each is not very uniform in itself. The outgoing and incoming breath should be made to occupy the same length of How do you find Peace? I was asked to find a quiet place where there are no time. This is best achieved by lengthening the shorter noises to sit down and meditate. No matter where I and shortening the longer. In this stage no efforts went I found noises, sometime the sound of the whis- should be made to increase the volume of the breath. tle of the pressure cooker, sound of TV, chirping of the birds, cars going by etc… As I continued to meditate, Stage III one day it dawned on me that what I was looking for As you continue your practice you feel comfortable was noises and sure enough I found it. However, I with the rhythmical breathing. Now you can try to should be looking for Peace. So that day onward I increase the volume of inhalation and exhalation by started looking for Peace, if I come across anything drawing slightly deeper breaths and letting off air prothat is not Peace I let go of it without registering it, and portionately. sure enough I found it. Peace is in my heart. When we chant “Shanti” the heart vibrates with Peace. Where To come out of Savasana, bring your focus back on your body and take few deep breaths before to sit up, there is Peace there is love and harmony. take few breaths sitting down before you stand up or get into your next activity. Observe Peace Sit in any cross leg posture, keep you back straight, eyes closed, and focus on your breath. As you breathe What takes birth has to die is the universal law. in and out observe the movement of your body Conscious practice of Savasana allows us an opportuexpanding and contracting. Now place an imaginary nity of rebirth and do things right all over again. It nose at your heart and breathe in and out through this checks our attachments and detachments, takes away imaginary heart. As you breathe in, observe the Peace the fear of death, and brings us closer to the almighty from your heart is spreading within, and as you god. breathe out, the Peace from you heart is spreading Pradip Bulsara teaches a yoga class at the without, and during the pause in-between breathing in Hindu Center in Charlotte on Sunday and out observe Love and Harmony within and withmornings. out. Continue this practice for 5 to 10 minutes then place your palms in prayer position at your heart and chant OM three times and Shanti three times, as you chant observe the vibrations produced at your heart. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Savasana: Sava = dead body, and asana = posture. The technique for Savasana is simple to understand but difficult to practice. Lie on your back keep your feet straight and close to each other, arms close to your body and palms facing up. The technique of Savasana is described in three stages. Start with stage I and after this stage is mastered add the next stage and so on: Stage I April 2010

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said, must have safe and healthy working conditions, be transparent, have an environmental management plan in place and build the capacity of the farmers to increase their productivity and reduce their production costs. The companies that buy the raw materials from the farmers pay the farmers’ organizations a 15 percent premium, which is earmarked for building the farmers’ capacity through trainings and social development through group activities and planning, said G. Venkat Raman of Agriculture and Organic Farming Group India, a network of organizations that works with farmer collectives. Shop for Change has identified cotton textiles as the first product to target because of the particular hardships cotton farmers in India, and in this particular region, have faced. Saddled with overwhelming debt from the high costs of production and exorbitant loan interest rates, some Indian farmers face such difficulty and shame they resort to suicide. The number of annual suicides varies, with estimates reaching as high as over 17,000 a year. For the first time in four years, the number of suicides in Vidarbha region, which includes Amravati, dropped below 1,000 in 2009, according to the Times of India. In general, though, the region sees some of the highest rates of suicides and is considered the epicenter of India’s agricultural problems. Kadu says he joined Zameen Organic, one of the farmers’ organization working with Shop for Change, because he can earn more money from them than from the conventional market, does not have to pay for expensive chemicals like pesticides and learns about new cost-effective technologies. Shop for Change aims to create new market opportunities for farmers who want to follow sustainable practices but would otherwise face difficulties complying with a cumbersome international certification process, according to Petchers. Plus, Indian consumers are attractive because of “the sheer numbers here,” he said. If Shop for Change reaches even 1 percent of India’s 1.1 billion people, “it could blow small European countries doing fair trade out of the water.” The biggest challenge Shop for Change faces, he says, will be convincing Indian consumers they should pay extra for these products. The trick will be how retailers position the products in the minds of the consumers, said Neelam Chhiber, the managing director of Mother Earth, which is the first chain to carry the Shop for Change label. Mother Earth is targeting a younger generation of

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC “These Are Taxing Times” a newspaper headline might say. If you were to read this would you “get” the double meaning of “taxing?” Both we and our accountants might feel burdened and tired out or taxed by income tax preparation.1 The high rate of taxation on alcohol and cigarettes are often referred to as a sin tax. This month we will explore the multiple meanings and idiomatic usage of words related to money and finance. BANK has many meanings both as a noun and as a verb!2 1. A bank is a business establishment with deposit and investment accounts that makes loans (sometimes). 2. People used to give their children a small “piggy bank,” sometimes actually a small ceramic pig with a slot in the top, to save their coins. 3. The supply or stock for future emergency use is called a bank, for example a grain bank. People donate blood to a blood bank, a supply of human tissues or other materials held in reserve for emergencies. 4. An arrangement of objects in a row or tiers is called a bank of elevators, a row of dials or a tier of oars in a ship’s galley is called a bank. Here are two I didn’t know: 5. The funds of gambling establishments or the funds held by a dealer or “banker” in some gambling games or reserve cards, chips or play money in poker are all referred to as the bank. 6. The cushion of a billiard table is called a bank. 7. “The plane went into a steep bank,” means that the pilot had to tip the plane laterally in turning (see also the verb). BANK also has several more meanings in the natural world. 8. A piled up heap of snow left by snowplows is called a snow bank and a mass of clouds is a cloud bank. 9. It’s very pleasant to sit on the bank of a river or lake, the slope of land adjoining a body of water. As a verb, TO BANK can mean: 1. To do business with a bank: “We have banked with them for years.” 2. To tip or tilt: “The pilot banked the plane sharply.” 3. To bank a fire is to cover it with ashes. 4. To have trust and confidence in: “I bank on your sound advice.” While I certainly don’t have to define MONEY, there are quite a few amusing expressions using the word. Do you really know what they mean? 3 1. ___For my money, it’s not worth the effort. 2. ___He’s in the money. April 2010

Amount vs. Number: Use amount when you are describing something that cannot be counted. Use it with “of” followed a singular noun: “There’s only a small amount of butter left.” Use number when describing something that can be counted. Use it with “of” followed by a plural noun. “There are a growing number of families who enjoy cultural activities together.” Fewer vs. Less: Use fewer for things that can be counted. “I have fewer handbags than my best friend.” Use less for things that cannot be counted. “I have less patience when I am overtired.” Suggestions to increase your word power this month: Read the financial news in the Sunday papers and financial advice columns in your favorite magazines (including Saathee) and identify various ways the words featured in this article are used. References: 1 2 3 4 Every Day Vocabulary by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., 1998: Doubleday Direct, Inc., Chap. 7 “Commonly Confused Words”, pp. 99 & 102.

Answers: 1-d, 2-g, 3-b, 4-f, 5-h, g-e, 7-a, 8-c.

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3. ___You’re on the money. 4. ___Money doesn’t grow on trees. 5.___I’ll put my money on that candidate. 6.___He comes from old money. 7.___Put your money where your mouth is. 8.___It looks like they have money to burn. a. Act according to your own advice b. Exactly, precisely correct c. Can afford very expensive purchases d. In my opinion or preference e. A family with inherited wealth f. We can’t afford that g. Affluent h. Bet on Here are some word pairs that are confusing even to native speakers of American English: 4 First it is necessary to understand the difference between countable and uncountable nouns: Jokes can be counted but humor cannot!

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By Chandan Sen Sacrifice Versus Pragmatism When I was studying Physics at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, we had an optional course called “Moral Science” taught by a smiling but passionate teacher called Father Antoine. Among other things, he told us stories from mythology, both eastern and western, to illustrate moral dilemmas, such as when kings had to choose between their kingdoms and their wives. It was from Father Antoine that I first heard of the word “pragmatism.” According to the good Father, human beings normally, and perhaps very sanely, do “cost-benefit analyses” before doing anything, saying to themselves, in effect, “if I do this, will I get that?” But the concept of “sacrifice,” being a higher, spiritual value, transcends pragmatism. There is no immediate benefit in a sacrifice—-in fact, none may result at all. Yet idealistic people routinely do it. Soldiers put their lives on the line, fighting formidable foes in far off lands; teachers stay on after school hours to tutor their students; Parents forego luxuries so that their children can go to better schools, and so on. Yet people often make sacrifices reluctantly, or not at all. I had a friend, Subrata, in Calcutta, who lived in Ballygunge, which is a relatively centralized location. We went to college together and socialized often when I visited him. But he never once visited my house, which was a bit on the outskirts of Calcutta. It was too much of an ordeal for him, I guess, and he never thought of it as a sacrifice necessary for friendship. Yet he had a brother, Debabrata, who did make the trip. It’s something I remember with gratitude, because it stamped him out as a true friend, to me at least, unlike Subrata. As the year passed, students started dropping out of Father Antoine’s moral science class. Since there was no year- round exam in that subject, and attendance was voluntary, we shrank to a small group to listen spellbound to Father Antoine talk about Ram and Sita, Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, Ulysses and Achilles. Father Antoine used to say, regarding our small and die-hard class, “Good, the wheat has been separated from the chaff,” a remark that tickled us no end. It made us feel very special indeed. Skills It takes skill to plough the land, Skill to plant and hoe, Skill to coax the land to give, Us fruit and grain and more.

Stones of the Silicon Type Dan sat staring down at the puzzle in front of him. It wasn’t a run-of-the-mill puzzle but a unique one, his own creation. The pieces of the puzzle were not cardboard cut-outs but state-of-the art integrated circuits, or “chips.” He’d ordered eight sample chips from Texas Instruments and now peered uncertainly at a multiplexer/demultiplexer, two instrumentation amplifiers, one direct current to direct current converter and several SPDT switches. His task or agenda or brief was to put together the chips to form one integrated system that did somecontinued on page 94 Chandan Sen

The difference between individuals and, indeed, nations, is often one of skill level. Of course, there are other differences, but skills which are complex and

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take years to learn can lift the entity having these skills from poverty to wealth, to comfort and preeminence. Besides, there is the joy of attaining unprecedented levels of fulfillment. Consider the succeeding waves of immigration that poured into America over the centuries. First from Europe, then from the East, mostly skilled people have enriched our knowledge base and added to our economy. The same is true for tiny Israel. Machinists, computer programmers, artists and artisans have seen to it that our products and services are the best in class. Not only is there a qualitative difference between a skilled person and a less skilled one, there is often a quantitative dimension as well. The more skilled person can do better things faster and cheaper. We have sent men into space and machines to Mars. We have satellites that magically connect us to one another across vast distances, and beam quality programs ubiquitously. We have writers with high imaginative awareness and mature technique, who enrich us with their specialized knowledge of the world, be it in human relations or pure fantasy. After all, science fiction is fiction today, science tomorrow. We now have cars that practically sip gas instead of guzzling it, and even run on renewable energy. Management skills have advanced so that we can now harness the skills of diverse individuals and groups, coordinate their activities, and synergize, synthesize and create new artifacts, gizmos, widgets and service offerings. Even our vocabulary reflects the prevailing scientific, technological and artistic milieu of our day. We download songs, burn CDs, open attachments and fast-forward movies. Our computer tomographies and magnetic resonance imaging have given us insights about how the brain works. Yes, the brain, that most complex of complex creations, is yielding its secrets and giving us novel ideas that embrace and surpass mere leftbrain/right-brain jargon and glibness.

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By Christine M. Hall Understanding financial award packages The college selection notification process is usually completed by April 1st. At this time, students are now faced with yet another decision: Which college do I choose? Like many families in these tough economic times, the first impulse it to choose the school that has awarded the most financial and merit aid. While this seems like an obvious decision, it’s important to take some time and carefully review each school’s award package, as not all aid is as good as it looks. When reviewing a financial aid award, understand that each package is different for each school. Although you may have qualified for federal student aid, each school may award that money differently. Each financial package can contain a combination of various forms of aid, including Federal Pell Grants, college-work study, Stafford loans, grants, and scholarships. You have the option of accepting all or part of the award. Within each of these categories though, certain qualifications and restrictions apply. The Pell-Grant is a federal grant that is awarded strictly on need. Schools provide this money based solely on the FAFSA. This money does not have to be repaid, however, it is only guaranteed in that particular award year. Renewal of this grant is not an option. It must be reapplied for yearly and the parent’s income must justify its need. College-work study can be school-based or federal based. For those students that qualify on need, the college-work study is provided through federal money while non-federal college-work study is provided by the college for students that don’t demonstrate need. In either case, students are offered a job on campus and guaranteed to earn up to that monetary amount per semester. When reviewing an offer of work study, look to see how many hours a week will be required. Students are usually paid minimum wage and the weeks are based on the number of weeks in the semester. A student with a heavy course load or involved in athletics may find it difficult to work the number of hours required to earn all the awarded money per semester. Stafford loans are federal awards and have annual caps based on credit classification. They can be subsidized or unsubsidized. The difference between the two is on the repayment terms. Subsidized loans have the interest paid for by the government while the student April 2010

is still in school. Interest will be assumed by the student six months after they graduate. Unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest immediately and are the responsibility of the student, however, the student does have the option of deferring that payment until six months after they graduate. Regardless of the subsidy, it is important to remember that these loans must be paid back. Take time to analyze how much loan you are taking out and what your future career earning potential may be. Grants are monies that do not have to be paid back. They can be awarded at the national, state or college level. These grants were awarded based on criteria specific to each grant. Most are based on merit. Some grants are renewable from year to year. Other grants require certain GPA’s or majors. Certain grants are awarded based on need and merit. Make sure you understand what the grant is, why you are receiving it, and whether or not it will be available each year. Scholarships are awarded first on merit, but also on need. They can come from any number of sources. Each scholarship will have its own criteria for renewal. Many scholarships are awarded over the course of four years providing certain criteria are met, but don’t assume this to be true for all scholarships. Almost all scholarships require maintaining a certain GPA as well as course load. Some scholarships are only available to students with financial need. A few scholarships, such as a teaching fellow, require you to commit to working in a particular field after you complete your degree. If you are unsure of the award criteria, don’t hesitate to call the school’s financial aid office to discuss it. After reviewing each school’s financial award, determine what the remaining out of pocket costs are. Remember that you are also responsible for your expected family contribution. Schools may suggest that you take out a family plus or private loan to pay these expenses if you don’t happen to have that money put away. Be careful about doing this, as these loans must also be repaid and are not subject to the governance of a federal loan. If your circumstances have changed since the completion of the FAFSA, you may be able eligible for additional aid. Call the school, as this will be a schoolbased decision. Once you have compared awards from each school, you can now make an educated decision on which school to attend. Assuming you did your homework and are willing to attend all the schools that you applied to, you can now weigh the costs of the education against which school to choose. When looking at costs, remember to factor in the potential costs of graduate school, should you be planning that route. Although the reputation of one school may be greater than the other, be sure that the cost of attendance doesn’t outweigh your overall earning potential. Finally, once you have made your decision, be sure to let every school know of your decision. Remember, all decisions are due by May 1st. Christine M. Hall, Ed.D. advises and assists families with all aspect of the college prep and application process. Contact: or 919.535.8833 or

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By Anjana Agarwal Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out? Take the Weight Loss Expectations Quiz There’s no doubt about it: trying to lose weight can be a stressful thing! There’s nothing like trying to stick to a “simple” weight loss plan for bringing you face-to-face with the frustrating complexities of human nature and the limits of our rationality and will power. And even when we do manage to do what we know we should, often our bodies seem to operate according to a different kind of math—where a 3500-calorie deficit doesn’t always equal one pound of weight lost. Unfortunately this constant stress can make losing weight more difficult. Research shows that chronic stress can affect your metabolism, promoting fat storage, and increasing cravings for sugary, high-fat “comfort foods.” There are lots of things you can do to manage this stress, ranging from yoga and meditation to a hot bath or a pleasant walk in the park. In this article we’ll focus on how certain (very common) expectations about weight loss can cause stress, and how you can adjust your expectations so that you’re not stressing out about your own weight loss (or lack thereof). The Weight Loss Expectations Quiz - To find out whether your expectations about weight loss may be increasing your stress levels, take the following brief quiz. Indicate whether you think the following statements are true or false. To benefit from this exercise, your answer should reflect how you honestly feel most of the time, NOT what you think the “correct” response might be. • I have taken a careful look at my eating and exercise habits, and I have a good idea of what I need to change and how I want to do it. • I have accepted the idea that I need to make permanent changes in my lifestyle to lose weight and keep it off permanently. • I will feel successful only if I reach my weight loss goal. • I know that it took time to gain weight, and I believe it is best to try to lose the weight slowly. • I am working on weight loss now because I really want to, not because someone else thinks I should. • If I can manage to lose the weight, I think many other problems in my life will be solved. • I am willing and able to do a significant amount of physical activity on a daily basis, including planned exercise. • I can lose weight successfully with no slip-ups. • I am ready, willing, and able to spend enough time each day planning and tracking my food intake and exercise activities. • If my weight loss slows down or stalls out, I usually lose my motivation and stop my program. • When I am having problems sticking to my plan, I usually get on the message boards or the phone and talk about it with other people. • I have many stressful situations in my life right now, but I’m determined to be successful at weight loss. April 2010

Each question you scored a zero for represents a misconception or unrealistic expectation that might be adding unnecessary stress to your weight loss efforts. For example, a zero on Question 11 (you don’t talk to others when you have trouble sticking to your plan) may indicate that you tend to keep problems to yourself, which can add even more stress to the difficulties you are already having. Scoring zero on Question 8 (believing you can lose weight successfully without slipping up) may mean that you are unrealistically expecting perfection. Slip-ups are inevitable, but they also help you learn. Expecting to be perfect creates more stress when things don’t turn out as desired. Plus, you will learn less about what does and does not work for you in different circumstances. Likewise, a zero on Question 12 (determination for weight loss despite high stress in other areas of your life) may indicate that you don’t fully appreciate the difficulties of trying to lose weight, or the importance of modifying your weight loss expectations when other aspects of life become difficult. Sometimes, just holding your own and not gaining (or regaining) weight is a very significant accomplishment! Finally, the most important concept—if you scored a 0 on Question 6 (believing that weight loss will solve many other problems in your life), you may be expecting more than weight loss can deliver, setting yourself up for problems both now and after you reach your goal. At least two negative things can happen when you start looking at weight loss as the “magic” solution to everything. First, this puts pressure on the daily ups and downs of your weight loss journey. Every slip-up or bad day, every weight plateau, becomes magnified in importance because, in your head, it is linked to so many other important things. You can imagine how much extra stress you generate if going over your calorie budget or skipping an exercise session has come to mean that the career or the relationship you want is that much further away. Second, the belief that you have to lose weight before you can start living the life you want only keeps you from creating that life right now. When healthy eating and exercise are just a small part of what you do to care for yourself, you’ll likely decrease stress and progress towards your weight loss goal. A big part of making a successful lifestyle change is putting your weight in meaningful perspective. For individual diet counseling, see a registered dietitian. Many insurance companies now pay for the consults.

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dard procedure, like, but he bloody wouldn’t. Amazingly John turned out to be a wonderful person after this apparently xenophobic outburst: perhaps not actually living in Manchester for over twenty years had something to do with it. And then there was Peter, the old English electronic engineer who had been coming to Puri regularly for his holidays and proved a mine of information about the town and how to catch the local buses and trains. Add in a mix of hippies, spiritual explorers and people who defied categorization, and staring at the travelers turned out to be as fun as staring at the locals. Well, almost. There are few sights more distressing, and few sights that draw the eyes more, than beggars. The beggars in India are deformed, dirty, and really pitiful: stumps are held out for a few rupees, scabby bodies shuffle themselves through the dirt, mumbling for change, and women with flesh sagging from their bones stand around, toothlessly asking for money. And every night the night watchman walks along the road, blowing his The beach road through Puri policeman’s whistle and making sure the beggars aren’t where they shouldn’t be: regular whistles mean there’s no problem, lots of short, sharp whistles mean something’s going on, and no whistles demonstrate exactly why the night watchman gets paid danger money. I only saw one bit of hassle, anyway: an explosive Italian caused a scene in Raju’s Restaurant by insulting Raju’s brother and generally being a drunken idiot. Not surprisingly the night watchman was nowhere to be seen. The humans weren’t the only activists in Puri, though. Along with the wandering cows were hundreds of dogs: in common with other Asian countries, dogs run wild, spreading rabies and turds, but in India the numbers go off the scale. They normally don’t bother humans – unless you’re carrying food, in which case they begin to take interest, a scary transition from studied apathy to vaguely menacing stalking – but they sure bother each other, chasing after unwelcome strays and arguing over food scraps and territorial rights. At night the noisy whining of the mosquitoes was only matched by the choruses of whooping and yelping dogs, a concentrated effort that made it sound like the dogs of Puri were auditioning for the next Disney flick as the pack of unsavory characters that always get their comeuppance. Between the canine wailing, the crickets’ shrill chirping, the bats’ screaming and the early morning nattering of the locals, my earplugs earned their keep. Trying to Leave Puri The downside to Indian life hit me on a Sunday. Both Eric and I woke up during the night and threw up copiously, and spent almost all of the next day in bed, April 2010

making various trips to our en suite. Obviously we had eaten or drunk something suspect, but of course it was impossible to tell exactly what. India, however, is a particularly unpleasant place to get gastric complications, because wherever you go people are spitting their pan in the street, pissing on the pavement, cooking goodness knows what in smoky barbecues, and generally not helping the situation as you stumble down the street, clutching your guts. However, by this stage I’d become pretty philosophical about illness, so when I woke up on the Monday, feeling much better, I decided to make my plans for the next few days. Those plans involved moving somewhere, so I strutted down to the railway station to make a booking. Indian railway booking offices are an education in chaos, and it’s a minor miracle that the bookings, once made, are reliable. I wanted to go from Puri to Warangal, and then on to Hyderabad; when you buy a ticket over for a journey over 500km you are entitled to a two-day break wherever you want, and I wanted my break at Warangal. I queued at the information window, and after about ten minutes I managed to find out that, yes, this was possible, and I should fill in a reservation form and queue at the other window. This queue took only 45 minutes to evaporate – a very short wait by normal standards – but the ticket guy said I couldn’t have the ticket I wanted, and I ended up buying a ticket just to Warangal. With Indian Railways, this is par for the course: as if to rub in the almost slapstick vibe of the railways, when the phone rang in the ticket booth, the man picked up one phone and said, ‘Hello,’ but the ringing kept going, so he picked up another phone and said, ‘Hello,’ and the ringing kept going, and then he picked up a third phone and said, ‘Hello,’ and the ringing kept going... and it was only when he pushed a button on the third phone that he finally got the call. If it hadn’t been for real, it would have been a comedy sketch. That night I settled down for my last night in Puri, pleased to be making a move in the morning. The move I actually made in the morning was not quite as expected: sometime during the early hours of the morning I began to feel a little nauseous, and come 6am I was back in the bathroom, losing copious quantities of variously digested foodstuffs from both ends of my body. Stomach cramps set in, I felt dizzy and weak, and I realized that there was no way I was going to be boarding a train that morning. Once again, sickness had changed my plans. By mid-morning things were no better, so I limped out into the morning light to find the manager, who was distressed to find that I had relapsed and rushed off to get me some medicine as I dashed back into the bathroom for another shot at goal. The medicine looked dubious: one sachet was of oral rehydration salts, and I was pleased to note that ORS was available in India, after the fiasco in Rantepao; the other sachet, however, contained some unmarked pills with just a brand name on the packet, and the manager said they would work wonders. I took the salts, but avoided the pills until I knew more about my condition. I could afford this luxury because our neighbor in the hotel, a very kind Swiss girl called Ruth, said it

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By Rajesh Ganatra Here are some important quotes as of 03/24/2010 Mumbai Sensex: 17,519.62 Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 10,005.83 Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 10,771.86 NASDAQ Composite (USA): 2,390.34 S & P 500 Index (USA): 1,191.45 Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 45.73 = $1.00, Pakistani Rs. 84.30 = $1.00 Gold Price: $1050/ ounce (Mumbai) Silver Price: $17.22 / ounce (Mumbai)

(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).

The first quarter of CY2010 was a rather quiet one for the Sensex - however, after rising over 70 percent in CY2009 it was expected that the market would “take a breather.” The Sensex started the year at 17,464 and dipped into the 15,000s during February 2010 but then recovered the lost ground to be virtually unchanged for the year thus far - the Sensex has yet to challenge 18,000 during CY2010. The Indian Rupee appreciated mildly against the US Dollar during the initial months of CY2010 - on 1/1/2010 US$1 equaled INR46.60 and as of 3/17/2010 the rate was INR45.50. Inflation has been a problem in India over the past year: India’s Wholesale Price Index (WPI) rose 9.89 percent on an annual basis in February 2010, faster than the 8.56 percent increase in January 2010. A year ago, the WPI readings were in the neighborhood of 3.50 percent so the current readings are indeed a substantial increase over the year ago period. The Food price index rose to 17.79 percent on an annual basis in January 2010 from the 9.37 percent increase recorded a year ago, while prices of fuel, power, light & lubricants climbed 10.19 percent, compared to the 3.40 percent decline in the previous year. The Indian Premier League (IPL) commenced its third season on 3/12/2010 and that has brought joy to Cricket loves in India and around the world - and the IPL has also brought joy to the Government of India, because the tournament is expected to garner INR200 Crore in taxes for the Government. Approximately half of the tax revenue would come as tax deducted at source (TDS) from the monies paid to the players, coaches, umpires, grounds staff, broadcasters, etc and the remainder is expected as “service tax” revenue from advertising, marketing and consulting expenditures. April 2010

The Karachi KSE-100 index attained an 18-month high of 10,088 in early March 2010 and subsequently stepped back a bit - the Index had a brilliant CY2009 and the bullishness continued into the first quarter of CY2010. The Pakistani Rupee also held steady against the US Dollar - the unit traded in between 84-85 Rupees to the $, where the range has been over the past few months. During the first eight months of the current Fiscal Year (July 2009-February 2010), Foreign Direct Invesment (FDI) in Pakistan has decreased 53 percent from $2.79 billion (July 2008-February 2009) to $1.319 billion due to the overall tense situation in the country. There were pockets of strength - portfolio investment registered gains on a year-over-year basis due to the rising equity markets. Pakistanis will likely pay more for less electricity during the upcoming hot summer months - the Pakistan Electric Power Company has indicated to the Federal Government that the power shortages may reach 3000 mw during May, June and July. Analysts are indicating that the shortages will be much more somewhere in between 4000 mw-4500 mw due to the delay in various power sector projects. In addition, power rates are being increased by 6 percent as of April 1, 2010 as per the agreement between the Pakistani Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The U.S. Equity Markets started CY2010 on a quiet note - the Dow Jones Industrial Average had exhibited a rally of nearly 4,000 points off the March 2009 lows and several signs seemed to be pointing to a comeback in the economy. Financial and technology stocks rebounded the most but the ever-standing question is that “is the recovery real and sustainable?” The economy is still losing jobs each month but at a much ‘slower rate’ than in CY2009. Projections are that as the spring season arrives, businesses may conduct some seasonal hiring - and that may result in some overall job growth in the economy. The U.S. Dollar continued to be under pressure due to the soaring budget deficits and national debt, and in nominal terms, precious metals have appreciated sharply over the past 18-24 months, but are off their “peaks.” However, Crude Oil has remained in a fairly steady trading range recently, hovering between $75-$85 per barrel. It is also interesting to note that a full decade has passed since “NASDAQ 5,000” - the Nasdaq Composite had its best close at 5,048 on 3/10/2000 and it was all downhill from there - it hit the 1,100s during October 2002 and has since rebounded to the 2,300s - but the index is still far, far away from its glory levels. Every year, the Federal Reserve Board meets eight times to review economic data, monetary policy, and make appropriate adjustments to interest rates as deemed appropriate and in extreme circumstances, the Fed has taken action in between meetings as well. Interest rates were kept at historically low levels for CY2009 and the low rates in the USA and also abroad certainly helped global markets and economies come back from the brink. With economies around the world showing signs of expanding, monetary policy around the world may change later this year if inflationary

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When Good Leadership is Tainted Nearly every major corporation in America is going through, or has been through some sort of shift within its structure. We saw internet providers and technology advance into the twenty-first century well before the twentieth was over. Then, the bubble burst and many folks lost jobs and investment funds. Next, the lending business exploded after an artificially induced high-speed rate of growth that was touted as mirroring the “excessive ‘80s”, but it wasn’t real. The funds weren’t really there, so investors who were ripped off in the millions and the whole nation is trying to sew the holes in their pockets because of the actions of certain banking and lending institutions. Think about some of the leadership from those companies and what they went through after losing their jobs. Pretty much the same hardships as the rest of us, only their humiliation and guilt may have been tenfold because it was more high-profile. See, not all of those leaders and managers were bad people; they worked at a company with a board of directors that made some bad decisions. Some of these men and women are very talented, highly educated and experienced executives who are back on the open market. Now, they’re ready to sell their skills and knowledge to help build another company and turn it into a successful machine of production. Yet, too many of them are either still unemployed or are only finding jobs that are way beneath their value. There is a cynical but realist adage that says, too often in life, we are forgotten for the many good works we do and only remembered, by the one, last failure we committed. When an accomplished executive runs the engine of a well-oiled company, there is no daily praise; they’re just doing their job. But when the machine breaks down and profits collapse, that’s when the executive is dropped without the golden parachute, and sent out to land on their own. The executive’s name is cursed and everything good they’ve ever done is forgotten. On their way out the door, the only thing anyone remembers is how the entire crash was their fault. Everyone makes mistakes but what happens when the slap is undeserved? Mid-level leaders know, when machinations are beyond their control, they can either stay quiet and have a job, or take a stand and be unemployed. So, how will “the good guys” in the group that do find work again regain/retain the respect and trust of their employees after negative publicity or a work history at a “tainted” company? Striking up a conversation via a Social Media outlet is one of the first ways to begin regaining the credibility that may have been lost in the mire that came before. Whether you’re a mid-level manager or the executive who wants workers to understand that you were April 2010

not one of the few who had a golden parachute to land with when the crash occurred, you can discuss these things openly in a blog. Or you can simply talk about anything else that proves what a regular person you are, things that let the employees know you’re aware of their economic plights. Prove to them that a common pain was felt when things went wrong. Respond to their comments and let your employees know you are listening to them. Find your allies among the rank and file and call on them as a source of credibility. State the fact that you are one of the good guys and be sure to point out the others that went down with the ship who were also good leaders but were led by a bad board of directors. For those fortunate leaders who are able to find jobs once again, over time you will prove your mettle to your employees because you honestly are one of the good guys. Those who work for you will come to realize that your leadership skills and principles are sound; just keep talking to them through your blog and listen to them when they comment. Don’t expect praise, after all you’re just doing your job. But, you can count on being respected and trusted. That’s all any leader really needs, the key ingredients of loyalty.

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April 15 Tax Deadline – Last Minute Tax Deduction Check List We are in the final lap of this year’s tax season and the April 15th Tax Deadline is approaching fast. I hope the articles from the past few months have been helpful. We’ve discussed different tax deductions for small businesses, special tax situations for individuals and audit proofing your tax returns. This has been one of the best years for tax payers to get their biggest tax refund. The tax cuts and incentives combined from Bush and Obama administrations have reduced the effective tax rate of US tax payers to the lowest levels seen in many years. If you are among those that wait until the very last minute to file their taxes, there is still enough time to collect all your tax related papers and file your tax return in time. And if you haven’t been able to do much tax planning in 2009, we also have some last minute tax deduction check list that may help reduce your 2009 tax liability and get you a bigger tax refund.

Here is a last minute check list for some of the new and changed tax deductions and tax credits that you may be eligible to claim in tax year 2009. Education Credit: More parents and students can use a $2500 federal education tax credit under the new American Opportunity Credit for at least $4000 paid in qualified college tuition in 2009. Home Buyer’s Credit: First time home buyers can claim up to $8000 in tax credit in 2009. If you claim this credit, you cannot file the tax return online. Be ready to make the last minute rush to the post office to file the paper return.

Home Energy Credit: You may be able to claim up to $1500 in tax credits if you weatherized your home or bought energy efficient heating and air-conditioning systems, water heaters and stoves. If you installed alternative energy equipment such as solar electric systems you may be able to claim tax credit up to 30 percent of the cost with no upper cap on the amount. Retirement Savings, IRA Tax Breaks For those that want to go green the government is willing to foot up to 30 percent of the costs under this tax If eligible you may be able to contribute to your credit (depending on your income and tax liability). Retirement Savings under an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) and claim up to $5000 in tax New Vehicle Purchase: You may be able to deduct deductions. If by the end of 2009 you are 50 years or the state and local taxes paid on your new vehicle purolder, you may be able to deduct up to $6000 con- chased in 2009. tributed in an IRA account. You have until April 15th to make the contribution for the year 2009 and claim it File an Extension, if you are not able to file the as a deduction on your 2009 tax return. Tax Return by April 15th This is perhaps the best tax incentive that the government offers to the tax payers so they may conIf you are not able to file your return by April 15th, tribute towards their retirement savings. Say for at least check in with your Tax Consultant and find out example you fall under 20 percent tax bracket. By conif you may be able to file an extension with the IRS tributing $5000 to a traditional IRA account for the that gives you until October to file the actual tax year 2009, you can get as much as $1000 in tax refund. You have already earned a 20 percent return return. Not filing a return and an extension with the IRS is not a very good scenario. Filing an extension on your investment through tax savings! Not everyone may be eligible to take this tax deduc- however is not enough if you owe the IRS tax. If you tion. The IRS limits the contribution to IRAs that are owe IRS any tax you may be charged a penalty and tax deductible based on your AGI (adjusted gross interest on the amount owed. You are better off payth income) and if you are already covered by retirement ing the IRS an estimated tax before April 15 and then plan at work. In 2009, the AGI contribution limits for filing the detailed tax return by October. traditional IRAs were raised. If you are covered by retirement plan at work, then your tax-deductible contribution to a traditional IRA is phased-out if your filing status is married filing jointly and your AGI is more than $89,000; your filing status is single, head of household and your AGI is more than $55,000. If your filing status is married filing separate returns your deductible phase out starts at under $10,000. If this is the first time you are opening an IRA April 2010

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looked once more for the vision that exhilarated me just a moment before, but, this blue canvas was moving now. When I realized I was falling, all I could do was wait. —I discovered, six months later, that the impact of the rope that snapped off the boat and whipped my face resulted in a damaged retina. After the wounds on Saathee Readers’ Forum my face healed, I was left with only that scar, never to regain vision in my left eye. This was permanent, yet Summer Descent at Baga Beach I never regretted the experience. I got a glance at a By Cecilia Gomes beautiful eternity of blue, and I will never see the In the summer of 2007 I was strapped to a harness world the same way again. on a boat resting on the waters of the Arabian Sea. The day’s heat stung until the coastal breeze swept the skin. The Goan afternoon sky was a motionless reflec- My first Marathon tion of the vast, blue water. My parachute was multi- By Dilip Jumani colored, but I barely remember the colors. I was tied to ropes that held me to this world, but eventually I raised my tired arms up in the air, as I ran through physically disabled me for the rest of my life here. the Tobacco Road Marathon finish line with every I had not left the United States since our permanent ounce of juice I had left. Breathing heavily and hearmove from Bangladesh in 1994. My dad was com- ing the slowing of my pulse as my heart started to pletely opposed to the idea of his first born leaving his ease, as my pride soared above this blue planet. sight, let alone his residing country. I wanted to see Looking back I remember how last year I was amazed the world. I wanted an adventure! And, when the to see my manager, Nemie Celemen, run a full opportunity to visit my newly-wedded, newly-relocat- marathon and the joy on his face for his terrific ed cousin in India presented itself after my sophomore achievement. I decided right there, that if he can do it year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while raising five kids, I can certainly do it with three I took it up. While in Goa, I took it up to the heavens. kids. Inspired and fascinated by my manager’s victory, A stranger approached us on our second day at I decided I could and wanted to accomplish this titanBaga Beach. We all wanted to go parasailing. It was ic self-challenge. Now in front of me is a river of 700 rupees—only 20 US Dollars. achievers wrapped in metallic, silver blankets, and I His boat drove us far from shore. I bubbled with am very happy to be a part of it this year. disbelief and anticipation. My friends let me share my story of my first “I wanna go first!” I announced, overzealously, to marathon with you. The night before the big run, I lay the passengers, five of my cousins also visiting from in bed thinking of what a good friend, and fellow runthe States. They stopped chattering as the boatmen ner, stated about the big day: “The difficult part (trainslackened the ropes to release me. We all held our ing) is over; this is the victory run.” What a terrific breaths. The parachute lifted me. statement, for it is true. Putting in at least 20 long Then, it was silent. miles a week and continually icing aching joints and I cannot recall my ascension, but at some point I muscles, makes a person eager to finish the race, but felt like I was awakened mid dream. Even though my the training has definitely improved my mental and eyes were open the whole time, I felt like I had them physical discipline. I fell asleep tingling with nervousclosed until that moment. I awoke to see eternity— ness and excitement. silent and ever-extending eternity. It was blue sky. The brilliance of the cheerful sun perfected this bold Beyond some dispersed clouds, I saw that sky meeting day. When 3300 participants heard the boom of the blue ocean. My brain could not focus on one point of cannon, a roar of liveliness filled the small town of the vibrant monochromatic scene it was experiencing. Cary. I started with full enthusiasm and continued my I felt the rush of soundless adrenaline. journey step-by-step, mile–by-mile. By mile 20 my My mind was excited, yet my body was still and smile faded, and I was moving on determination alone. cozy in a constricting harness. I searched for the boat. The last three miles felt like a marathon in itself. My It seemed miles away below me and so small. It was body was in pain and I needed more than Gatorade, a toy boat in the distance, and I didn’t care to look at Power Gels and Powerbars; even the crowd’s cheers it for long. My focus was the consuming blue that was were a fog to me. feeding my high. As I looked toward the sky again for I had heard about “The Marathon Moment;” that it is the image ahead, above and surrounding me, the a very special instant during the race that inspires you silence broke without warning. And, quite nearly, it in such a way that at that moment, you know that you broke my face. will make it… I felt a sudden pressure on my left cheek. While I was running exhausted, my mind wandered. Then, a sharp sting. My thoughts led me past my present pain, the past of “What just happened?” I was startled and confused. my training, and into the events of my upcoming It didn’t feel like the sweet sting of the Goan sun, but week. Suddenly I realized I had my citizenship intera painful one. was yards away from my boat. Around view tomorrow. That means I would be a US citizen me there was endless space and no one. within a week - but today I am an Indian citizen. An What just happened? Again, I asked myself. I Indian runner in the Cary Marathon. Since I was the

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only Indian of the 900 full-marathon runners, this run now became a matter of pride for my country. It was at that instant that I knew I was going to make it or rather, I had to make it! I stopped running and was speechless for a moment. After that wonderful split second, I never forgot again why I was there and whom I was running for. I knew I had to do it for my country and my family. Other runners may have been a driving force behind my running initially, but my end drive was for my country. What has always been motivating me though was my family. I had to finish because I knew my family was at the finish line, eagerly waiting for me to arrive. Not only would they be at the finish line, but they would also be in my life the next day, and the next, and the next. That’s worth running for. I stopped at the 26-mile-marker to take a final picture of what I saw; a sea of faces, a mixture of pain and pleasure, people reaching out to their final destination, the finish line. I rounded the final corner of the 26.2-mile and glanced at the crowds of families and friends, searching for my family. Regardless of the hundred of spectators cheering the runners on the sidelines, it took only a few seconds to find them. As I raised my arms high over my head and crossed the finish line victoriously, it was as much their triumph as it was mine. Although the blisters had worn through three layers of skin and my toes were raw, my back, shoulders, knees and thighs hurt, as I finished, I didn’t cry out of pain. Instead, I cried out from joy - the joy that filled my heart and my mind, the joy that I had completed my first marathon. Friends asked me “Are you OK”? I realized in that moment that not only I was OK but also I was more OK than I had ever been before. What an indescribable experience! Events like this change your life forever. I had run for a long 4 hours and 49 minutes straight, but time melted the day quickly. This awesome act rewarded my body with soreness and blisters, which will last for few days; but it has tattooed my pride with an unforgettable memory of self-accomplishment. There is a deep satisfaction in setting a stretch goal, figuring out how to accomplish it, challenging myself to dig deep within, then going about the business of making it happen. I learned a lot about perseverance and how to be flexible. Completing a marathon is a confidencebuilder. I found out what I am made of, and the result is comforting. The finisher medal is a worthy reminder of achieving something difficult, something that few people try and fewer complete. Now I possess a new confidence that has altered my way of thinking. I have learned so much from the process of training for the marathon, that I can say with certainty that anything is possible. In the end, I have to say thank you to the volunteers and the spectators. So many times along the way I wanted to quit. I was out of gas and just plain beat. It was at those times when a stranger on the sidewalk or a volunteer at a fluid station would say something, and I would get a little burst of energy. I made sure to thank each person who handed me something. I tried to high five as many kids as I could along the way. Their delight with my high-five was probably as great April 2010

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from installing three new nuclear reactors at existing plants. Even then, emissions would only be reduced to 98.7 million metric tons, still far above 2000 levels. Energy conservation will have to kick in to get the rest of the way. Tu notes that Taiwan has an independent electric grid and can’t buy supply from any neighboring country, reducing its options. Meanwhile, wind and solar power are far more expensive than nuclear. And if you hope to store electricity generated from wind or solar power, that will double those costs, said Tu. “In Taiwan, wind power is much more expensive than nuclear power,” said Tu. “Solar will get more and more cheap, true, but there’s not much land for solar panels, and most people in Taiwan live in condominiums, so there’s not much roof space.” “So if you don’t use nuclear, what are you going to do?” she said. Save energy, don’t produce more Kao Cheng-yan has some ideas about that. He was studying computer science at the University of Madison, Wisconsin when the 1979 Three Mile Island accident happened. Like many of his generation, that accident — and even worse, the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 — set him against nuclear power. Like many anti-nuclear activists, he says the key to curbing emissions is cutting energy use, not planning ways to meet ever-increasing energy demand. “Taiwan’s energy is too cheap,” he says (it’s about NT$2.67 per kilowatt hour for the consumer, according to Taipower). “Our biggest problem is the need to cut energy consumption.” He points out that many nuclear plants are in lowlying coastal areas that could be inundated by rising sea levels. And in terms of the power that is used, he still thinks nuclear is too risky, particularly in earthquake-prone Taiwan, which experiences a magnitude 6 or greater quake every 100 days. He and other Taiwan activists have long opposed any expansion of nuclear power, especially the longdelayed fourth nuclear power plant. When an anti-nuclear party came to power in 2000, it immediately made good on campaign promises and halted construction of that plant. But after the ensuing political crisis, that government was forced to compromise. Construction of the plant resumed in line with a Supreme Court ruling, but lawmakers passed a resolution supporting an eventual “nuclear-free homeland.” That may have disappointed Kao and other activists. But it was far more than the anti-nuclear movement has achieved elsewhere. Asked why Taiwan was more ambivalent about nuclear power, Kao speculated, “Taiwan is smaller, and when earthquakes happen, everyone feels them.” For now, anti-nuclear forces are focused on opposing any plans for a nuclear dumping ground. Like the U.S. and Japan, Taiwan has not found a final resting place for its nuclear waste, another reason not to expand nuclear power, say activists. Activists also want a referendum on the fourth nuclear plant. Kao insists nuclear power can only hurt, not help, the battle against climate change. “There’s no way to solve global warming with nuclear power,” he says. “Only renewable energy can solve the problem.”

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economy and allowed the introduction of private television channels (in 1991), Sachin’s career drove an “economic renaissance” in a sport that had never been lucrative, according to Desai. When Sachin first signed an endorsement deal worth about $5 million at today’s exchange rate, he changed the scale of cricketing — and Indian — economics by several orders of magnitude. Before long, he was selling everything from laundry detergent to Pepsi, and on the way to an estimated net worth of about $60 million today, he’d help make the celebrity endorsement a vital part of the marketing strategy for any brand that wanted to compete. The key to his appeal was simple. To Indians, he showed that the fearless underdog — no matter how small — was not only capable of standing up to the larger players from swaggering England, South Africa and Australia, but was also able to dominate them. “What Sachin did was for the first time he gave India a sense of domination. Sunil Gavaskar played a defensive role. He proved that Indians could face up to the fastest bowlers in the world. But it was about facing up, navigating and negotiating, rather than dominating,” said Desai. “In Sachin’s case, he was this cherubic 16-, 18-year-old boy with a reedy voice, and that only made it more distinctive and more magical. When you had very little to back and look up to, Sachin became something that everyone could feed off.” For a long time, he was virtually India’s only hero. And his career suffered as a result. Through his long innings he has amassed more than 12,000 runs in Test (or five-day) cricket and more than 30,000 runs in international cricket — thousands more than any player in history. He holds the record for the highest number of “centuries” (100-run games) in both Test and One Day cricket, and his tally is still rising. As of March, he’s the only man to score 200 runs in a single one-day match. And he did it all despite adverse conditions. In the ‘80s and ‘90s Sachin labored like the proverbial Casey at the Bat. India’s batting lineup was compared disparagingly to a bicycle stand: When one falls, they all fall. Sachin carried the heavy burden of the hopes and dreams of a billion Indians on his shoulders. And as he grew and became one of the team’s senior players, sometimes he could not help but temper his naturally aggressive, inventive style of play. That’s why last month’s performance was especially exhilarating for so many Indians. Over the past five years, Sachin’s team has been transformed by an infusion of brash, young players from the new, booming India. The pressure is as great as ever. But their level of confidence is unprecedented. Today India’s giant, growing consumer market provides the advertising dollars that fund the game — giving India more muscle than England or Australia when it comes to the business of the sport. And just as India’s entrepreneurs are now acquiring companies like Jaguar and Land Rover and threatening to overtake the biggest markets in the world, India’s cricketers no longer play “not to lose.” That means that even at 37 years old, with his best days as an athlete behind him, Sachin has been freed to play like he was meant to do since he was 17. And India can’t get enough.

sounded as if I had giardia, a nasty little parasite that she had managed to pick up some six months before. Earning canonization in the process, she offered to take one of my stool samples up to the testing station, and after I’d found a use for an empty film canister that I’m sure Kodak didn’t have in mind when they invented it, off she went, tepid package in hand. The results confirmed it: I had giardia. Eric saved the day for the second time by going into town to collect some Secnil to kill the parasite, and at the same time he cancelled my train reservation. Meanwhile I sat in bed cursing my luck and altering my plans. Luckily my plans were designed to be alterable, so I spent a profitable convalescence studying maps of India, weather patterns, railway timetables and my guidebook. I rather enjoyed it: sometimes I wonder if organizing a large trip isn’t half the fun. The extra days spent recuperating in Puri slowed me down, made me simplify my itinerary, and reminded me of my mortality, as if I needed more hints. In retrospect, this wasn’t a bad thing: I got better, very slowly, got some letters written, and met a fellow music lover, Danny from Israel, with whom I whiled away the hours talking music. Things could have been much, much worse, and I still managed to get to Hyderabad in the end.

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Aaja Naachle – Dance to Make a Difference East Chapel Hill High School’s NAACH presents an exciting evening where six local high school dance teams will battle in a dance competition. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Smile Foundation of India, a non-profit organization that provides education and healthcare to underprivileged children. This event will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 7 – 10 pm at Hanes Theatre (1709 High School Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516). Tickets are $7 per person. Come and support the youth of the community and the thousands of children in India who need help. Info: Aarti Asrani 919.265.7272 or

Charlotte Walks Together 2010 Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice (CCSJ) in celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion and social justice in the community on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Gateway Village Atrium, 800 West Trade St., Charlotte from 8 am – 11 am. Come out and represent the Indian community here in Charlotte by joining the team: “Indians for Inclusion!” Go to: Now in its 9th year, Charlotte Walks Together is the primary fundraising event for CCSJ. The funds raised directly benefit our Youth Leadership Programs by providing scholarships for young people who would otherwise not have the means to attend programs such as Anytown, Bring it On, Civil Rights Conference, and the Diversity Kick-off Weekend. Dances of India at CPCC Acclaimed performer and choreographer Dr. Maha Gingrich will present “Dances of India,” at Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Dale F. Halton Theater, located on the Central Campus, on Saturday, April 24, at 4 p.m. She and more than 40 dancers will perform a series of dances designed to promote unity and celebrate the diversity and festivals of India through their steps and movements. In its 9th year at CPCC, “Dances of India” includes numerous distinct dance styles performed to live music. During the performance, Dr. Gingrich will showcase the 2000-year-old traditional Indian classical dances from South and North regions of India, namely Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak, along with folk dances of India. Dr. Gingrich, who danced professionally in her native India, has been teaching dance in Charlotte since 1986. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 School Age Children. Details: 704.330.6534. Free parking is available in the faculty/staff parking deck on Fourth St.

Hasya Kavi Sammelan The International Hindi Association and Hindi Vikas Mandal proudly present Hasya Kavi Sammelan, an evening of non-stop laughter, humor, and heart-warming recitals from three well known poets of India: Arun Gemini - the King of Laughter, Mahendra Ajnabi - the King of Humor, Dr. Suman Dube - melodious songs. The April 2010

show is on Friday, April 30, 2010, dinner from 6:30-7:30 pm. Program will start at 8 pm. Venue: Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall. Tickets (dinner included) - $12 and $10 (Senior Citizens). Info: Mrs. Saroj Sharma (919.656.5244) Dr. Sudha Dhingra (919.678.9056) Sudha Rathie (919.481.4451) Sunil Jain (919.468.4318) Deepesh Tiwari (919.367.8880) Santosh Gangwal (919.623.7807) Suman Batra (919.782.4450) Sanjay Satsangi (919.239.0050) Shubhra Abrol (919.782.4089).

Vijay Siva Carnatic Vocalist Vijay Siva is one of the foremost vocalists today in Classical Carnatic Music. A child prodigy, at the age of four, he exhibited a rare intuitive capacity to identify ragas. Vijay Siva had his initial tutelage in Carnatic music from his mother, Akhila Siva, a vocal musician from Chennai. Vijay Siva later became the disciple of the legendary vocalist, Sangita Kalanidhi late Shri D. K. Jayaraman. He later received guidance from the legendary Sangita kalanidhi late Smt. D. K. Pattammal. Vijay Siva is also an accomplished percussionist (mridangam), and received his training from Kumbakonam Shri Rajappa Iyer. A recipient of numerous awards and titles, Vijay Siva has received recognition for both vocal and percussion (mridangam), including awards for devotional music in 1974 and the coveted “Rajaji Tamboora” in 1981 from Tamil Isai Sangam, Chennai. He is the recipient of prestigious titles: “Isai Peroli” (1995) from Karthik Fine Arts, the “Youth Award for Exellence” by Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer Trust in 1995. Date: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Tate Hall - CPCC Charlotte 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), lakshmi7778@ or Sufi Qawwali Evening Amjad Sabri (son of Ghulam Farid Sabri) and Ensemble will present an evening of mystical Sufi music, with invigorating rhythms, soaring harmonies, and transcendent lyrics. Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM FedEx Global Education Center Auditorium, UNC - Chapel Hill, 301 Pittsboro St. Chapel Hill, NC 27599 General Admission: $20 if purchased in advance; $25 at the door. VIP Seating available: $50 / $75 / $100. Tahir Kakar 919-757-3131

The Blue Mug Arvind Mahajan of AKM Realty and Live Spectrum Entertainment Present “The Blue Mug,” a comedy play featuring Konkona Sen Sharma (Actress of Omkara, Athiti Tum Kab Jaoge, Mr & Mrs Iyer, Wake up Sid, and others) Vinay Pathak (Bheja Fry, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Khosla Ka Ghosla and others), Rajat Kapoor (Monsoon Wedding, Corporate, Bheja Fry, Dil Chahta Hai and others), Ranvir Shorey (Singh is King, Bheja Fry, Khosla Ka Ghosla and others) on May 16, 2010 beginning at 6:30 pm at the Stewart Theater, on the campus of NCSU, Raleigh. Tickets and info at or 919.655.5123, 919.323.4024.

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ner up prize was won by Shivali Patel of Raleigh. In the Senior division, Shivani Pandya of Charlotte delivered a Community Reports: beautiful routine to claim her ticket to Chicago over defending champion Meera Patel of Cary. The Adult catBoogie Woogie Dance Competition egory consisted of performers over the age of 21. This Photos by IWP Photography division was entitled “NC Champ” to honor the state’s The 2010 North Carolina Boogie Woogie Dance best adult Indian dancer. Although a variety of talents Competition was a gala event of artists from the entire state. Held at the Seby Jones Auditorium of St. Augustine’s College, the competition featured the

dance achievements of more than 20 performers across a broad age range and dance styles. The Boogie Woogie competition strives to promote Indian culture abroad by recognizing the excellence in dance for the Indians in America. The passion and dedication inherent in each of the competitors clearly showed as they provided the city of Raleigh a small taste of the rich variety of disciplines present in Indian classical dance. A select group of classical dancers demonstrated that their talent was in no way lesser than their counterparts in India. There were three categories in the competition (Junior, Senior and Adult) out of which the Junior (age 6 -13) and Senior (age 14 – 21) divisions competed for the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National Boogie Woogie Dance Competition in Chicago, Illinois. Propelled by their

teacher’s training and their parents’ support, the children performed with poise and enthusiasm, undaunted by the high-level of competition and the challenge of public performance being recorded by Sony Entertainment television. Although the competition was tough, Shriya Vallamkondu of Cary set herself apart from the Junior field with her clean, expressive performance on the song “Jhumka Gira Re.” First runApril 2010

and skills were on display, the audience was enthralled and excited when they saw the performance of Rinku Bhattacharya of Durham whose dancing skill clearly exhibited her expertise in the classical dance form of Kathak as performed to the Devdas song “Kaahe Chhed Mohe.” Her perfection showed in every aspect of the dance, especially body movements, footwork, agility, speed, grace, and expression. Her unique choreography and interpretation of the famous song resulted in a unanimous selection of her as the champion of the show. First Runner up was Prathima Chintala from Morrisville. A tremendous amount of effort was put forth by the organizers (especially Latha Pamarthi and the St. Augustine support staff), sponsors (Royal India and Cambria Suites RDU), and judges (Dr. Maha Gingrich, Mr. Mehul Shah, and Mrs. Usha Bajpai) in order to make the event a grand success. Good luck to the Junior and Senior champions as they compete against the other state champions at the National Boogie Woogie Competition in April. — Contributed by Dr. M. K. Das Garba for Haiti in Raleigh, NC The island nation of Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude (Richter Scale) earthquake on January 12, 2010. The quake caused tremendous disaster in Haiti, leaving 3 million people homeless and in need of emergency services. The Triangle Gujarati Association Youth Group (TGAYG), based in Raleigh, NC, organized a fundraiser “Garba for Haiti” in efforts to relieve some of the hardship being felt by the Haitian government and its people. The fundraiser was conducted like a regular garba night, but with all proceeds from the entrance fee, food and drinks being

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The Charlotte chapter of Ekal Vidyalaya held its first Art and Essay Competition on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Gandhi Bhavan, Hindu Center in Charlotte. Children between 5 - 18 yrs were invited to express their creativity in art and words. The enthusiastic participants were divided into groups and given several themes for both art and essay competitions. The children (participants numbered at 25), produced colorful art and creative, sometimes quite funny essays. Several volunteers assisted and monitored the activities while the kids let their creative juices flow. Volunteer judges compared and criApril 2010

and Hinduism alive for generations to come. The children and their parents who participated in the Art & Essay competition also learned about the Ekal organization and its work. Many parents expressed further interest in helping the organization. The winners of each category are: Art - (5-7 yrs) 1st Gargi Wadokar, 2nd Shann Haldar, 3rd Shrinidhi Muthukumar. (8-10 yrs) 1st Neeharika Verma, 2nd Maansi Bulusu, 3rd Mithi Shukla and Shreya Samant. (11-13 yrs) 1st Deepti Tulasi, 2nd Samhita Sunkara. Essay – (8 -10 yrs) 1st Sanjit Tatvarthy, 2nd Mukta Santosh, and 3rd Anusha Chandra. (11-13 yrs) 1st Deepthi Tulasi and 2nd Neeharika Verma. The Charlotte chapter plans more fundraising and awareness activities, including a tennis tournament, walkathon and a talent show featuring local and regional talent later in the summer. For details send an email to or visit

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urban Indians who might pay the equivalent of $9 for a stylish, fitted Shop for Change shirt because they perceive buying fair trade products as cool, according to Chhiber. “We want to make doing good become fashionable,” she said. Shop for Change has also enlisted Bollywood actor Parvin Dabas, who starred in Monsoon Wedding, to promote the label. Dabas, who was born in a farming village outside New Delhi, says he will use photographs he took of cotton farmers to raise awareness about fair trade products. Critics of fair trade argue that the system does not help farmers because it encourages them to continue growing low-priced crops and because the inflated prices leads to overproduction, which causes the prices to fall even further. Another criticism is that some of the premium spent on fair trade products goes to the retailer — or even the certification agency — rather than the farmer. “Retailers add their own enormous mark-ups to Fairtrade products and mislead consumers into thinking that all of the premium they are paying is passed on,” states a 2006 Economist article on food politics. Citing an interview with Tim Harford, author of “The Undercover Economist,” the Economist says: “Fairtrade coffee, like the organic produce sold in supermarkets, is used by retailers as a means of identifying priceinsensitive consumers who will pay more.” Petchers argues that fair trade is not trying to be a silver bullet to solving the plight of farmers, but that it Bollwyood singer Shreya Ghoshal performed as part of is “one piece in a much larger puzzle of what needs to Nuvyug’s India Fest in Raleigh on March 19. The festihappen to help these farmers.” val took place on March 20-21. April 2010

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Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Road in Charlotte, N.C. Upcoming Events: Sat Apr 25 - Blood Testing/Screening from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fasting required prior to bloodwork and results will be provided on Sat May 8 at the Health Fair. Info: Jimmy Patel 704.649.1021 Sat May 8 - Annual Health Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Info: Jimmy Patel 704.649.1021 Info: 704.573.0805 Bhartiya Association of Lake Norman (BALKN) BALKN organizes several community programs every year. For details about the organization and upcoming events visit

Carolina Sanskritk Maharashta Mandal CSMM Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Info: Medha Tannu,, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik,, 704.904.3636

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Carolinas Christian Assembly Charlotte Everyone is coordially invited to join for Sunday worship - 9:30 to 10:30 English, 10:45 am-12:00 Malayalam. Address: 3046 Senna Drive, Matthews, N.C 28105 Prayer and Spiritual guidance: 704.323.5834 803.322.9549 704.756.4969 Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. Info: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), Charlotte Table-Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 Hours:-Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 PM, Saturday 2-6 PM Sunday 1-5 PM. Info: Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat and details visit Info: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Saathee 98

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Fri Apr 30 @ 7:30 p.m. - vocalist Vijay Siva. Venue: Central Piedmont Community College, Tate Hall Info: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Dada Bhagwan Group Satsang is conducted every Sunday at 7 pm at the Hindu Center in Charlotte and there is also a Satsang every Thursday. In addition, watch Satsang from Friday to Tuesday at 7 am on TV Asia. The present topics are “Pati-Patni ka Divya Vyahvar” and “Chovis Tirthankar.” The group has recently opened a library for spiritual books, audios and videos. Info: 704.287.3133 Datta Yoga Center - Charlotte The group is dedicated to the service of SadGuru Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji through SadGuru Seva, yoga and satsang (singing the glory of god). Regular Activities: Satsang every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 4 7pm. Bhajans composed by Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji are chanted and occasionally video programs produced by Avadhoota Datta Peetham are viewed. including Sri Swamiji’s visit to Manasa Sarovaram, Music for Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. Info: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi) Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by

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Festival of India - Charlotte, NC FOI, a bright spot in the North Carolina Cultural calendar, will feature talented Indian members of the community performing on stage, scrumptious food, exhibits. It a an opportunity to absorb the sights, smells and taste of India. New this year will be Bhangra on the street with live music, lectures by noted specialist in India culture and politics and “Indian Idol” a chance to see and hear some talented musicians. Labor Day Weekend. Sept 4th and 5th at the new Knight Theatre in downtown Charlotte. 12 Pm to 7 Pm Saturday and 12 to 6 Pm on Sunday. Admission: $5 for both days. Info: Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. 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 April 2010

children between the ages of 4 and 13 different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Info:

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Upcoming Events: Fri Apr 23, 2010 (8 pm) - Sitar player Pt. Kushal Das accompanied by Kumar Bose on Tabla. Venue: Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. Sat May 22, 2010 (6 pm) - Vocal Recital by Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande. Venue: Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 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) Saathee 100

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 MondayFriday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. 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 Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 / MaGaReSa Club The MaGaReSa Club is a music outlet for SouthEast Asians who want to develop their musical abilities through regular Bollywood music sessions. Info: , or 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:

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Community News & Events Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. Anju Desai: or 980-622-0125 and Shubhra Chakraborty or 704-942-4798. 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 Sun and Wednesdays. Info: 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, April 2010

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 “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 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 Road, Charlotte, NC. Information: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), 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 Saathee 102

information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. Info: 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)

Greensboro Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. Info: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors ,; 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 Info: 336.420.7290 336.327.1235 India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar)

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Community News & Events Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. Info: Madan Rangabasyam Phone : 336-760-5885

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 & community service. Upcoming Events: Sun Apr 18 - Venkateshwara Suprab Info:

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 at Satsangs in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area include Life Bliss Meditation, video discourse, Q&A, and Nithya Spiritual Healing Prayer, a method of energy healing. Satsang Locations: Weekly Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Weekly - Fridays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 1143 Sequoia Drive, Lewisville, NC 27023. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111


Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 PM. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) 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 @ 1 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888 April 2010

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. Info: Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. Info: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Info: 919.309.1045 Bhai Dyal Singh Saathee 104

Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. Info: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDOAmerican community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. Info: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), 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. Normally, the BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park, Cary, North Carolina from 10.00am to 4.00pm. In spring and summer, there are many outdoor activities like picnics, day trips and long and short tours.

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Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham conducts Balavihar classes for children and youth (preschool to 12th grade) regularly every Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. In addition to classes that are tailored to each age group, lessons include chanting of Bhagavad Gita verses, and singing bhajans. With the theme of Krishna – My Friend, all students this year are learning about Bhakti or devotion to God. All festivals are celebrated along with Prasad for families. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can download registration form from A regular adult study group/satsang is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as, other locations in the Triangle. All are welcome to attend. Info:

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.

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Info: YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) . 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 selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North & South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) 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 three colorful events annually: 2010 celebrations are: Saathee 106

1. Heritage India Festival on APRIL 10th, 2009 at the Hindu Society Cultural Hall — a gala cultural event which includes Indian vegetarian Dinner. A free “Eye Camp” is presented by the eye specialists for the community. Please register at the address given below. 2. Gandhi Jayanti on OCTOBER 3rd at the Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh; 3. Children’s Day on NOVEMBER 13th at the HSNC Cultural Hall. HIANC seeks group performances by youth, children and adult artists from Triangle community and professionals for participation in the 2010 Heritage India Festival. Please contact one of us for participation: 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. Info: 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. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weeklend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m.and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Fri Apr 9 @ 8:00 p.m. - A fun Bhangra Night Info:

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Community News & Events Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. Info: - Triangle - Charlotte Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Info: 919.468.3332 (Mamta Bisarya) 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi) Indian 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 April 2010

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 Triangle area. Sun Apr 11 @ 3:00 p.m. - Sri. P. Unnikrishnan (Vocal), Embar Kannan (Violin), Satish Kumar (Mridangam) (co-sponsored with SIFAA) Info: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an ongoing project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. Info: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) Saathee 108

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 ty 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 wonderful poetry or in reciting poetry. Info: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Info: 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


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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 MondayFriday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For details on upcoming events visit the website. Info: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organiza-

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tion that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. Info: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” Info: Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. Info: angle/ 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 Saathee 110

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) 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. Info: (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. Info:

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Community News & Events Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. Info: 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 Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj Meditate with a Master. Whether you’re already a serious meditator or would like to learn, you are invited to receive Sri Swamiji’s gift of Dhyan Yoga. Sri Swamiji comes to North America every year to teach this ancient technique of silent meditation which has been practiced by the saints and seers of India for centuries. Daily meditation practice helps one achieve peace of mind and increased capacity to deal with stress, worry and physical illness. It helps to clarify one’s inner search, and leads to an understanding of

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one’s true purpose in life. Sri Swamiji embodies the physical and spiritual presence of Sri Shivabalayogi, who completed 12 years of intense spiritual austerity—meditating up to 23 hours a day for 8 years, and 12 hours a day for another 4 years—emerging as a God-Realized Yogi. His worldwide Mission is to bring people of all faiths into the line of meditation, to spiritually elevate our consciousness so that we all can actively contribute to creating a more peaceful world. All programs are free. They include one hour of silent meditation followed by kirtan, the singing of devotional songs, and an opportunity to speak with Sri Swamiji individually and receive his blessings and guidance. Swamiji will be in the Triangle area from April 9th to May 25th. To learn more about Sri Swamiji’s mission and Tour, visit the website St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Info: 919.461.1773 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. Info: 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) ilsangamofcarolina Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to buildSaathee 112

ing a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of NC. Info: 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. 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: 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 throughtout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Pre Navaratri Program- Oct 2, 2010 Sharad Purnima Program/Raas Garba- Oct 23, 2010 Diwali Function- Nov 6, 2010 Info: 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

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Community News & Events cation, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. Info: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: 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. Sat Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm: Potluck Dinner - Jodi & Bill O’Neill’s home 118 Turquoise Creek Dr, Cary, NC. 462-0672, Info: 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 (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email April 2010

Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf & Seema Faruqi)


Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] Barsanadham is organizing a monthly devotional bhajans and kirtans program at the Vedic Center of Greenville, NC. This program is on every third Saturday of the month from 11-1pm and followed by lunch prasad. Info: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 email: Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. Info: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) 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 - Saathee 114

Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming programs (adults): Sun Apr 11 @ 11:00 AM - Geeta Study with Mr. Bangalore Srivatsa Sun Apr 18 @ 10:30 AM - Geeta Study with Mr. Bangalore Srivatsa Sat Apr 24 @ 10:00 AM - Swami Brahmarupanandaji Topic: Seeing and Serving God in All Sun Apr 25 @ 10:00 AM - Swami Brahmarupanandaji Topic: Practical hints in meditation Sat May 1 @ 10:00 AM - Swami Atmarupanandaji –Topic: Vipasana and Meditation Sun May 2 @ 10:00 AM - Swami Atmarupanandaji –Topic: Vipasana and Meditation (continued) Sun May 9 @ 10:30 AM - Geeta Study with Mr. Bangalore Srivatsa Sun May 16 @ 10:30 AM - Geeta Study with Mr. Bangalore Srivatsa Upcoming programs (children): Sun Apr 11, Sun Apr 18, Sun Apr 25, Sun May 2, Sun May 9, Sun May 16, Sun May 23, Sun May 30: “Balgokulum” at 10:00 a.m. Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani)

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. Info: evenings 803.233.7042 or 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:

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Community News & Events Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. The daily Aarati is at 7:00 p.m.. Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays. Satsang is on second Sunday from 5 - 7 pm. 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 provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. Info: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. Info: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. The annual UGADI cultural and social function will be held on April 10, 2010 at 5 pm.Tickets are on sale now. Info: 864.430.4973

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Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. Info: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. Info: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a nonprofit 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. Info: 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. Info: 336.299.9683 Saathee 116

Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located on the Corner of Bethel Road and Bethel Drive in Mauldin, S.C. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Info: 864.967.2852

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continued from page 54 pressures come to the surface. The wildcard is that when interest rates inevitably and finally do rise, how will the markets react to that situation? Maybe the markets already understand that higher interest rates will be a part of the economic formula but if there is a string of interest rate increases (ala 1994) then that may hamper the markets. The first scheduled meeting for CY2010 was on January 26-27 at which the interest rates were left unchanged and on February 18, 2010, the Fed raised the “Discount Rate” to 0.75 percent - the Fed indicated that this was merely to reverse one of the ‘extreme measures’ taken at the height of the financial crisis and the move was not signaling a long trend. Interest rates were also kept unchanged at the March 16 meeting and the remaining six meetings for CY2010 are scheduled for: 1) April 27-28, 2) June 22-23, 3) August 10, 4) September 21, 5) November 2-3 and 6) December 14 Special Note: This article contains the ideas and thoughts of its author and it does not necessarily imply the viewpoints of Saathee magazine, this website or its principals. Rajesh Ganatra is also the Community News Editor for Saathee and writes the “The Cricket Forum” column. Contact:

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continued from page 68 Keep in mind this column and the articles published here are only meant to provide you with information about taxes and in no way should you consider this as tax advice. I hope you have started thinking about saving more of your hard earned money, paying less to the IRS and at the same time reduce your audit risks as you brave through the economic head winds in a recession. Consult your tax advisor regarding your individual tax situation and your financial advisor for any financial investments related situation. This Article provides only an overview to the complex Tax Laws. It is not exhaustive nor a substitute for Independent Tax Advice provided by a Tax Accountant or a Tax Attorney familiar with your case.

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Health problem could be another issue. Don’t rush or act under influence of frustration. Wait and watch is the best option for now. You may count on your spouse to help you during this month. Students may see good result this time. Best of all, you will be able to retain your selfconfidence.

General Predictions for April 2010 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Time will move very slowly and this will make you feel lazy. It may also make you feel relaxed and easy-going. Even though you are not busy at your work, try to stay active in your family life and other activities. Financial situation may see a slow positive turn. On the other hand, you may develop some major health problem. You may have to act to solve the problems related to mother or mother-in-law during this month. Act mature. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) This is the time to relax and enjoy. You will feel the upward trend in your life. You can take risks and make major, positive decisions this month. This is the best time to take advantage of positive stars. Benefit due to a political decision may delight you. Worry due to your child-related issue could be the major possible negative thing. If involved in business, don’t put blind trust on your partner. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) It is your destiny that will rule your decisions. Your involvement in religious activities might guide you in deciding your new action plan. You will also get an opportunity to get involved in political or social events. You can earn good name and money through extra activities. Try to curb your expenses during second half of the month. Some kind of fear can lead to health problem. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You will see many career-related opportunities this month. A positive decision will lead you towards big financial gain. Improvement in health and travel may bring fresh energy for you. Spiritual power will grow and will drive you in the right direction. An aggressive attitude and action may end in wasteful acts. Work smart and tack fully to gain better results. Work on a big plan and act on it for a better future. LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Now the time will turn positive. Start making career-related decisions. You may feel risk, but second half of the month will give you peace of mind. Make smart move and also listen to your partner. Don’t take risk, however, by borrowing money. Spouse’s health problem could become a minor obstruction in your new venture. You may have to wait to get support from your friend, but in the meantime remain ready for action. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) The time is moving very slow for you. Hardship is not going to end till last week of the month.

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LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Now is the time for travel and romance. You may see reduction in your workload. But don’t forget to check your diet; otherwise some serious health problem may start bothering you. If involved in partnership deal, your partner may bring good luck for you. Minor misunderstanding with your siblings is also possible this month. The last week of the month will bring extra money for you. SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Even though time is improving, it will take a while to come back on track. The period is very good for financial gains. Your expenses will be under control and bank balance will go up, yet a sense of insecurity and fear won’t let you enjoy it. Family problems may take a turn. It is better to wait and watch. Try to avoid long distance travel this month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) This month will relieve you of your tensions and anxiety. On the domestic front you will feel happy. Don’t plan any travel during this month. If currently employed, there are chances of delay in promotion opportunity. Your mind will bend towards romantic and realistic higher philosophy. Even though your stars will start favoring you, your own mistakes could block the luck. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Don’t try to act on your instincts during this month, otherwise you may be in dire trouble. There are chances of indulging in wrong or sinful acts. Dispute with spouse may disturb your peace of mind. You may see yourself indulging in some type of occultism. A memorable journey is also possible. Your siblings and associates will help you in making favorable financial deal.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Unexpected rise in income will delight you. It will cover your expenses. You will feel relaxed in the middle of the month. Health problems may take serious turn, if you ignore health-related issues. Avoid any kind of speculation during middle of the month. You may get good news regarding your siblings. You should control stubborn attitude. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Ventures that you may undertake during this month may be fruitful, if they links with government agencies. There may be a rise in status and position. Enjoy journey or travel during this month. Your enemy will try to tarnish your image, but will fail. You might get very good news through communication. Minor dispute with spouse may disturb peace of mind. By Jalendu Vaidya Contact: 973-365-1766 /

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Quiznos Sub For Sale: Great downtown Greenville, SC location. Average cash flow $372K/Yr. Firm asking price $50K. Perfect opportunity for right individual. Greenville was voted one of the best places to live in the USA. 5 year lease remaining with two 5 year options. Call 864.205.3560 16 Unit Independent Motel For Sale: in Marion, NC with 2 bedroom house. Good condition & location. Call 843271-0147

India Restaurant for Sale: 3000 sq ft, good atmostphere. New carpet, tables and equipment. Making $45,000 per month. Reason for selling moving back to the country. Taj Mahal (910) 578-4901 (919) 793-8173. 6228 Yadkin Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303 Need Help Selling Your Business?: Confidential professional seller representation. Contact Olga at 919.881.9997 or email: Business/Store For Sale: A well established cigarette & tobacco store for sale in Charlotte, NC area. Excellent opportunity for beginners with minimum investment. Low Rent. Serious Inquiries Only Call: 704-291-9373.

Gas Station For Sale: in Mocksville, N.C. Excellent location. Absentee Owner. $125K Plus Inventory. Rent $3500/mnth. Call Mitesh (704) 807-4485 Businesses For Sale: CafĂŠ, restaurants, deli, coin laundry, dry cleaners, and more plus residential listings. Call for the best discounts when you buy or sell. Guaranteed Excellent Service! 704.649.9095. Broker.

Extreme Pita: Over 200 locations! The healthy alternative to traditional fast food. Investments starting at $140,500! (Financing Available). or call 706-414-5440 Convenience Store / Indian Grocery Store For Sale: Greensboro, NC. Excellent location with high traffic! Very good opportunity! Call 336-508-2540 April 2010

Convenience Store For Sale: Troutman, NC. Interstate Location. Seller owns everything, except some vendor owned equipment. Excellent condition! Carwash and vacant lease space with equipped kitchen. A great store with potential to grow. $2.9M + Inv., GR $6M! 704-814-9435


Immediate Positions Available: for retail clothing store located in a Mall. Both Management & Sales Positions available. Handsome salary plus commissions. Full Time or Part Time. Columbia, SC vicinity area. Call Manoj at (803) 427-1681

Currently Seeking Cashiers: to accurately and efficiently operate cash register while providing prompt & friendly customer service. Responsiblities include cleaning & stocking product. Minimum Age: 21. Hours: 10-40 Location: Streets at Southpoint Mall (food Court) Durham NC. Call 704.737.1384

Nanny wanted Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00 to take care of 4 month old baby and also help with cooking. Please call 704.541.3363 or 704.299.8720.

Babysitter Needed: Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm. Two boys (1 yr. & 3yr.) Care for 3 yr. old between 1pm to 4pm only. Contact: 704-688-2919 Nanny Needed in Belmont, NC: for 2 children (2 & 3 years old). Will accommodate live in/live out, part time or full time. Very competitive rates! Please call Malini at 704 578 5548.

Hotel Help Wanted: Night auditor and house keeping. Raleigh, NC. Must speak English, couple preferred, experience preferred (but will train). Accomodations provided. Please call after 6pm. 919.395.0710.

Nanny Needed: Live-out & Full-time. Near Charlotte (Fort Mill area). Part-time maybe considered. Call 803-746-7211 Quiznos Manager Position: Hiring for full-time in Charlotte/Statesville area. Anyone with good restaurant skills can apply. Contact or 704.728.3135

Help wanted: Rajbhog Cafe, Morrisville. Full or part time Cashier / Helper. Assist with deliveries, catering events, and other tasks. Competitive salary. Call 919-585-5333 or E-Mail:

Nanny Needed: Looking for a Full-Time Live-In Nanny to take care of a 18 monthold baby. University area of Charlotte, NC. Call 704-756-0780 Gas Station/C-Store Help Wanted: Part-Time hellp needed in the University City area of Charlotte, NC. (Near Highland Creek). Experience preferred but not required. Call Sunny (704) 904-5613 Nanny Wanted: Gujarati speaking live-in nanny needed in Chapel Hill, NC. Cooking & light housekeeping. Call 919-444-1597

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Cook & Staff wanted immediately. Need experienced chefs and retail staff for Indian restaurant in South Charlotte. Call 704-408-1535 or 980-297-4860 LOOKING FOR COUPLE: Full-Time for convenience store/gas station/restaurant near Charlotte, NC. Accommodations Provided! Call 704.701.9975

Now Hiring For Below Listed Positions: for Men Apparel stores in malls throughout NC,SC & GA. (1) Accounting & Book-keeping position (Rock Hill, SC.) (2) Full Time & Part Time sales(ALL AREAS) (3) Store Managers (ALL AREAS) (4) Inventory Control (Charlotte, NC). Contact Rajesh at (704)277-3233. Resume to Hiring Eyebrow Threading Practitioners: Full & Part-time for Mall Locations in North Carolina (Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham) and Virginia ( Virginia Beach, Newport News). Willing to train. E-mail to or please call 248-721-3255

Threading Practitioners Needed: in locations in Virginia & North Carolina. The Brow Bar. Full and part time. Must speak English. Work weekends and evenings. Experience required. Call 980-322-1110 or email: Nanny Needed: Reliable full time live in/live out help needed for a two-year old in Raleigh, NC. (Cooking and light house work) Please call (919) 380-8751

Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Various positions available for house keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED for all positions. Serious inquiries only. E-mail resumes to or


Days Inn Signs For Sale: New. Highway sign, Front side office sign & Entrance Sign. Also couple needed for front desk, laundry & housekeeping. Call Geeta 347.466.2622.

Home For Sale: Providence Plantation (Charlotte, NC) - 2849 Redfield Dr. $245,789. Best Price! +/- 2,400 sq.ft. 4/5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, security system, fenced yard & playground. Original owner. Homeowner warranty. Great schools! Near I-485. Broker fee or will match eligible tax credit for qualified buyers for 4/30/2010 closing. Call 704845-8018. Townhome for Rent in Charlotte: $700 per month. 2 large bedrooms, fire place, 1.5 baths, 2 reserved parking spaces. Scaleybark @ Woodlawn. Myers Park High school. Within five miles of the Airport, Downtown, Major Highways, South Park Mall. 704.641.9336.

MATRIMONIAL: Correspondence Invited: for our Daughter. Hindu, 25 plus years, BS Biology, working at Duke, US Citizen, living with parents in North Carolina. Contact: Correspondence Invited: Seeking Professional Girl For Our Son. Dentist. 31 years. 6 ft. tall. Handsome & athletic. Hindu North Indian family. No Restrictions. Contact:

Seeking Guajarati Brahmin Male: age 28 - 31 for sister currently residing in India. She has an MBA from Australia and is currently working and residing in Amdavad. Call 704.274.9204 or (+91) 9726647544 for details.

SERVICES: South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 704.231.0751. Email: 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.

Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704.780.3563. God Blessings to All. Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919.824.7734 E-Mail:

DANCE CLASSES IN TRIANGLE AREA: Rinku Bhattacharya - Indian Classical Kathak Dancer (Boogie Woogie NC Champ 2010) is starting her dance class! Durham, NC. Join from April 15th. Contact: 919-493-5552

Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty - Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704.846.7912 Help Your Child Excel at Math!: Affordable tutoring for middle and high school students in the Triangle. Contact Chandan Sen at INTEC Tutoring today! or call 919.834.9227. Need A Party Planner: for birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, gradutions, anniversaries, mehndi or sangeet? Call Mehar @ 704-641-4717 or 704-843-7202

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Beauty Parlour: Beauty Parlour near Arboretum area (Charlotte, NC). PinevilleMatthews Rd. Henna design services avaliable for bridal & any occassion. Call (980) 422-0035 Home / (858) 342-1591 Cell

Tax Returns: Federal & State Tax Preparation with e-filing, Accounting and Bookkeeping Services to Individuals, Self-employed, Small Partnerships and Scorps. Call Mahesh Patel, EA (704) 7996377, Email:

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Art / Drawing Class: For Ages 4 to 15. Learn sketches, charcoal painting, modern art, oil on canvas, etc. From an experienced Teacher & Artist. For Details Call Karli: 704-541-9439 / 704965-3550 or email:

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 888-7578377 Babysitter Available: In Huntersville (Charlotte, NC) area. Experience with 8 months to 4 years old. Fluent in Gujarati. Please call 704519-9303

Weldone Beauti Parlour: Eyebrow threading, Facial, Body Massage, Waxing, Henna Designs, Skincare, Haircare treatment. Latest Indian technique and more. visit or call (704) 699-8397.

Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704.968.0270.

Home Improvement & Fix-It Services: Specialize in Decks, Porches, Tiling, Painting, Trim, HVAC, Electricals, Landscaping, Pressure Wash, Basement completion & More! Call 704.827.1109 or 704-737-3608. 10% OFF first service. Computer & Network Services: Virus removal, memory upgrade, add hard drives, rebuild computer & home network setup & security. No Job Is Too Small! Call 704-749-0469 or email at Deepti Beauty Parlor: (Concord, NC near Highland Creek/Skybrook): Threading, waxing, facial, bleach, manicure, pedicure & much more. For appointment call 704.405.5574

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: Saathee 125

Tutoring: for 5th to 10th grades mathematics. Also tutoring & lessons in Hindi. Charlotte Area. Call 704.619.0251

Henna Designs: Experienced henna artist for weddings, parties, arangetrams & more. Reasonable rates. Charlotte area. Call 704.619.0251 Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting & more. Very reasonable rates. 704.619.2358

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Index of Advertisers

Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Patel, Amrita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Patel, Shital (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Perfect Impact Salon & Spa (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . .5 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Property Net Realty (Suku Pandiyattu) . . . . . . . . .49 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Rajdeep Video (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Rama Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Ravindra Dave (Religion Ceremonies) . . . . . . . . . .66 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . .26 & 27 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Royal Dhaba (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Saathee Subscription Coupon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Shama Patel (Artist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Shiv Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Shivabala Mahayogi (Ganesh Place Dhyan Mandir) .66 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Smart Properties (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 SV Temple (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63, 64, 65 Taj Mahal Restaurant (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Tim Wilkinson Signature Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Tots N Teens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Triangle Physicians Group (Dr. Varadarajan) . . . . .97 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 United Central Bank (Mehul Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . .18 Varghese, Emmanuel (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Vase & Vine (Florist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Vemma & Verve! Energy Drinks . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 VGS India Mart (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Zaina Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . .71 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Allergy Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Alvi Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Amberly Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Amjad Sabir Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . .11 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Atlanta Liquidation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Aura Bullions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . .57 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Biryani House (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Cafe Curry Leaves (Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . .35 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . .85 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Cary Children's Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Cary Insurance Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA .70 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . .107 CHIP-IN (Clean & Healthy India Promotion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Intl) 123 CJ Tax & Accounting Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . .76 Cool Breeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . .84 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . .89 Crown International Shipping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Dances Of India with Dr. Maha Gingrich . . . . . . . .47 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) 53 Dave & Dave Inc. (Accounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Eye Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96 Eye Institue of NC, P.C. (Anupama Horne, MD) . . .70 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 GCANA (Matrimonial Conv. Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Global Electronics (Wholesale of Hotel LCD TV) . . .83 Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . .35 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . .23 Health Mela (Triangle Area Hindu Temples) . . . . . .61 Hindi Vikas Manda (Kavi Sammelan) . . . . . . . . . .67 Hindu Center (Shri Mahaprabhuji Patotsav) . . . . . .78 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 I-Capture (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . .34 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 India Association of Triad (Spring Mela) . . . . . . . .17 India Fresh Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Kalashri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Lightning Minds (Training In Oracle Tech) . . . . . . .99 Live Spectrum (The Blue Mug) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Mahabazar Imports (Ruchi Lime Pickle) . . . . . . . .69 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . .77 McCuiston Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Mitchell Chiropractic Healing Center . . . . . . . . . . .51 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . .77 & 95 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . .25 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 April 2010 Saathee 126





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Saathee Digital April 2010 Raleigh  
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