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Paperless Office Understanding Food Allergies

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

December 2009

The Bhindi Family Wishes you & your family A very Merry Christmas!

Hello Readers Happy Holidays! Does your child need help with homework or math tutoring? Find a teacher in a box, online that is. Read about online tutoring from India on pg. 6. We’ve all eaten pizza loaded with mozzarella cheese. Now Indian dairy farmers are getting in on the buffalo milk mozzarella market. Read about it on pg. 8. The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is situated smack in the middle of Mumbai and is known as the “lungs of Mumbai.” Read how local organizations are working to preserve this unusual park on pg. 48. The tax season is creeping up on us once again. We’ve started a new series of articles to address many concerns and questions regarding taxes in the Tax Matters column on pg. 64. Catch up on all the happenings in local organizations in our Community News section beginning on pg. 88.

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December 2009 – Issue # 140 Editor:Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nigambhai” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Contributors for this issue: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Chandan Sen, Hena Sharma, Rohan Paramesh, Sardar Singh, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Wendy Wells, Narendra Dixit, Krutika Chheda, Gail Z. Martin, Anjana Agarwal, Judith L. Bergman, Ron A. Virmani M.D., Anita Kulkarni, Manzoor Cheema, Jalendu Vaidya, and Dr. Meena Chelury.

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Pashupatinath temple is one of the biggest Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

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Teacher in a Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 06 Indian Mozzarella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Paperless Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Bolly Bits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Music Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet, Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Organic Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Clarity of Perception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Astride Three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 The Lungs of Mumbai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 For Greater Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 110 Who Want’s to be a Scholar . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118

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Outsourcing homework to India Need help with that term paper, young American? Meet Saswati Patnaik. By Saritha Rai - BANGALORE, India — Six days a week in the wee hours of the morning, Saswati Patnaik logs into her home computer. The homemaker — and tutor for a Bangalore company called TutorVista — rises early to help American high school students write English term papers, prepare S.A.T. essays or finish homework assignments. Outsourcing, of course, started as a way for American companies to lower costs by shifting work to cheaper locations. After nearly two decades, that practice has become so mainstream that hundreds of U.S. businesses — from Wall Street banks to law firms, architects and others — routinely outsource to India. But now a growing number of individual Americans are following in the footsteps of businesses — and outsourcing homework. For $99 a month, American customers of TutorVista get unlimited coaching in English, math or science from Patnaik or one of her 1,500 fellow tutors. Similar personalized services in the United States charge about $40 an hour. “The economic downturn has pushed education to the top of the average American family’s monthly household budget,” said Krishnan Ganesh, CEO and founder of TutorVista. “More Americans feel that education is their only safety anchor, the only thing that can help them stay competitive in this world.” The company’s customers are overwhelmingly from the U.S., but Canadians, Koreans, British and Australians also sign up for lessons. To meet this growing demand, TutorVista is adding another 1,500 teachers across India in the next few weeks. To be sure, homework outsourcing is no longer a novelty. Several Indian companies offer the service, operating like call centers with tutors sitting in a common office. But companies like TutorVista are now extending the trend directly from the homes of Indian tutors to those of American students. Technology has already made communication seamless from anywhere-India to anywhere-United States, said CEO Ganesh. There is no stopping the trend now. On this particular morning, Patnaik is working with students from Atlanta and New Jersey. She logs into the December 2009

TutorVista portal, using webchat to greet her student. “Hello, Brittney,” she says. Her student responds back immediately. They switch to audio, and Patnaik asks, “How have you been?” A polite sentence or two later, she queries, “How may I help you today?” The ninth grader has a quiz on Stephen Crane’s “The Red Badge of Courage” the next day. The two discuss the novel and its characters. Patnaik probes Brittney on a few chapters and asks her several questions. She writes the themes in the novel on the digital pad and they discuss as the words show up on their respective computer whiteboards. Among the Indian tutors working for TutorVista are fresh graduates looking for an opening in a slack job market, stay-at-home mothers, and women with young children, retired professionals and even those confined to their homes by illness or other circumstances. Saswati Patnaik, for instance, says she made her career choice because she is homebound for health reasons. In small Indian towns such as Kasargod in the south and Faridkot in the north where career choices are limited, these outsourcing jobs have become an important new source of income. Teachers can earn from 10,000 rupees (more than $200) to twice that sum, depending on the hours and the grades they teach. American teenager Maureen Baker, a high school senior in New York, says she enrolled with TutorVista a year ago because her father felt it would give her better control over time and resources. Baker is in an advanced program in math and science. At peak times, TutorVista’s teachers coach 2,500 American students in one-to-one sessions that last between 30 minutes to an hour. On an average day, the company serves about 3,500 students. The slight communication barrier, an occasional technological problem and the quality of tutors present a challenge for the students, said Baker. But there are many advantages, she said. “I have my share of tutors who do an outstanding job and make the sessions enjoyable and productive.” Tutors like Patnaik say some of the students are outstanding but many do not focus enough. “American kids don’t face the kind of academic pressure that Indian kids have to cope with both at school and at home,” said Patnaik, who has been tutoring for more than two years. Older teachers face a culture shock when the kids they are tutoring call them by their first names or criticize them openly. In India, teachers are seldom faulted and always respectfully addressed “Ma’am” or “Sir.” There are other wrinkles as well. For instance, TutorVista has to steer its tutors away from India’s rote learning system to the more open, interactive American way. Still, that hasn’t mollified some critics (mainly teachers in the U.S.), who have raised concerns about the quality of instruction and the lack of uniform standards and testing. For its part, TutorVista says bridging cultural gaps presents its own share of challenges — like, for example, conversing with American teens. So in the next few weeks, Indian tutors will learn to use “awesome” as praise, and illustrate a math problem using donuts instead of mangoes.

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How Can 39 Million Buffalo Be Wrong? Indian farmers discover the beauty of mozzarella. By Jason Overdorf - NEW DELHI, India — A few years ago, when my Midwestern parents visited me in India, my mother provided a running commentary as we navigated our way through a long traffic jam on the famous Grand Trunk Road, which runs through Delhi on its way to Peshawar from Bangladesh. “Water buffalo,” she’d point out. “Another water buffalo ... another water buffalo.” Uh. Yep. Are we there yet? Turns out Mom was right. India — the world’s largest producer of milk — is home to 70 percent of the world’s buffalo. But until recently, the market for milk powder and ghee (clarified butter) was so huge that nobody ever thought of using the country’s millions of liters of buffalo milk to make mozzarella di bufala, the glorious cheese for which some would say it was intended. Now, though, as more Indians learn about Western cuisines and farmers explore the export market as a way to boost their incomes, your insalata caprese may soon come from the land of yoga. “The total buffalo population in Italy is 300,000 buffaloes,” said Manmohan Malik, managing director of Himachal Pradesh-based food processing company Himalaya International Ltd. India has 39 million. Three years ago, Malik sensed an opportunity for Indian producers. After discovering from the National Dairy Research Institute that India’s buffalo are the same variety as those that Italy has made famous for mozzarella di bufala, Malik pumped $2.5 million into a cheese-making project that he soon learned would require a nearly complete transformation of the processes used by local dairy farmers. “We put up a big project, but we hit roadblocks in terms of the quality of milk available, and a lack of infrastructure,” Malik said. The company had to invest in chilling systems, collection centers and training for its dairy farmer associates to ensure it got unadulterated, hygienic buffalo milk with the 4 percent-plus protein required to make top quality mozzarella. “We are crossing the major hurdles in developing the proper milk system,” said Malik. “We realized that is the reason that more companies haven’t ventured into this area — because the milk quality in India needs a big improvement.” Nevertheless, today, with the help of Italian cheese expert Raffaele Cioffi, Himalaya International produces about $1.5 million worth of buffalo mozzarella annually, or about 5 tons a week. Most of that quantity is exported to the U.S. as frozen curd, then stretched at a Pennsylvaniabased plant operated by Malik’s joint venture partner. Shipping frozen curd from India is much cheaper than flying fresh mozzarella from Italy, and once the curds are thawed and stretched the resulting cheese is almost identical in quality. So India’s export product can compete December 2009


against not only America’s domestic producers, but against the best Italy has to offer, Malik says. Top chefs (and Italians) may disagree with that claim, of course. But Himalaya’s mozzarella has found a ready market. “It is a specialty cheese used as fresh mozzarella in caprese and other salads, and by special, high-end pizzerias on the East Coast (of the U.S.),” said Malik. “A lot of Italian restaurants use it.” Since Malik started making mozzarella, India has attracted several other cheesemakers, such as 27-year-old Italian Giuseppe Mozzillo, who runs Haryana-based Exito Gourmet. Mozzillo is still using cow’s milk for his cheeses, but he is keen to switch to buffalo as soon as he can develop his supply chain, since buffalo mozzarella sells for about twice as much as cow milk cheese. Flanders Dairy, which operates a farm on the outskirts of Delhi not far from Mozzillo’s, also produces bonconcini and Italian mozzarella. Even the Gujarat-based cooperative dairy giant Amul — a milk monolith that generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue — has dipped a toe into the water, making a bargain-basement mozzarella it markets as “pizza cheese.” Their interest isn’t hard to explain. Although there are big challenges to be overcome, the potential for Indian mozzarella is enormous. India produces about 100 million tons of milk a year, of which about 55 percent comes from the country’s 40 million buffalo, according to the Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Along with the export market, there’s also a fast-growing domestic market for mozzarella and other cheeses. Over the past year or two, domestic cheesemakers like Flanders and Poshtick Foods — which operates a chain of Passion Cheese outlets — have found that their niche is expanding with the proliferation of local food boutiques and foreign specialty shops like Le Marche (a subsidiary of French retail group Geant Hypermarket) as well as the mushrooming of high-end hotels and restaurants. Meanwhile, the general shortage of buffalo milk has compelled so many of the world’s mozzarella makers to use sheep’s or cow’s milk that the Italian region most famous for its production sought and earned “Protection Designation of Origin” status — making Campania the Champagne of mozzarella — under European Union rules in 1993. India has already begun to put pressure on the EU to remove non-tariff barriers to its agricultural products in exchange for access to its own enormous, fast-growing market. But there soon may be an even more compelling reason for the world to sample India’s buffalo mozzarella. “If you go around the south of Italy, you’ll see very few buffaloes,” said Sunil Bhu, who runs Flanders Dairy. “But buffalo mozzarella seems to be sold from Italy all over the world. It’s a big question mark.” 8

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Is Your Office Paperless? The advantages of going paperless are efficiency and economics. A paperless business can save time, paper and paper-related costs as well as being more efficient and environmentally responsible. According to the Journal of Accountancy, some startling facts related to handling physical paper records include: of all the pages that get handled each day in the average office, 90 percent are merely shuffled; the average document gets copied 19 times; companies spend $20 in labor to file a document, $120 in labor to find a misfiled document, and $220 in labor to reproduce a lost document; 7.5 percent of all documents get lost; three percent of the remainder get misfiled; professionals spend 5-15 percent of their time reading information, but up to 50 percent looking for it and there are over four trillion paper documents in the U.S. alone, growing at a rate of 22 percent a year. The cost of going paperless can save a business plenty of money. The cost of paper alone is reduced along with the cost of ink and the running costs of printers and photocopiers. Then there’s the cost of storage and staff for filing all the paperwork. The other cost is the man hours spent looking for misplaced paperwork. Efficiency is also increased, not just by having to look in files and track down misfiled papers, but also in multiple people being able to access a document at the same time. It is far easier to discuss problems with a document when both parties are able to look at the said document when in different cities, states or even countries. Mistakes are far easier and quicker to correct. Green is hot. From small businesses to banks, doctors to airlines, we all want to be doing our bit for the environment. From a public relations standpoint going paperless is a great start. With several different paperless document management systems available, doctors are also making the paperless move. Up to 50 percent can be saved off of a practice’s overheads just by implementing a paperless systems. The system allows a doctor to see a patient’s whole chart online. The doctor spends less time on paperwork and more time with patients. There are also electronic note pads available with some paperless systems that allow doctors to write freehand. This then gets stored electronically on their computer. For the small business owner going paperless is much more efficient. It cuts down on storage requirements and time taken up with filing and retrieving information. With a laptop, “paperwork” can be retrieved anywhere, not just at the office. This allows businesses to truly be mobile when required. Industry studies find that many companies that implement a paperless system have been able to comDecember 2009

pletely eliminate filing rooms and filing cabinets, freeing up expensive office space. Some companies have also been able to reduce payroll costs since the need for a file clerk maybe reduced or completely eliminated. Additionally, the ability to take entire files with them, allows business people to provide more timely responses to their customers or clients. Although there are many benefits to going paperless, the most noticeable (and most important to business owners) are: Space – A paperless policy definitively adds office space otherwise occupied by paper and paper-related endeavors. For instance, although there may be storage rooms devoted to keeping paper records on hand, these could be completely removed if they were scanned and archived digitally instead. Getting rid of some file cabinets is also a way to save money on office furniture. Time - When you have to search through vast amounts of paperwork, it takes up precious time that could be spent doing something else. You no longer have to do things in such an archaic way. Going paperless and searching for your information on the computer saves hours of time. The first time your computer searches through years of documents in seconds and finds exactly what you need, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice. Financial – No more wasting money on monthly storage costs or expensive office space. The old file room can easily be converted into another exam room or office. Article courtesy of Sanjay and Dipak Patel, co-owners of Paperless Digital Solutions in Charlotte, NC. 704.357.8881 or at

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Madhuri Dixit is rumored to return to the screen in the role of the iconic (late Prime Minister of India) Indira Gandhi, in the biopic that will be directed by Krishna Shah. The twopart motion picture, Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story was announced on 92nd birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi. If the market buzz is to be believed, Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones will appear in the film. On the Bollywood front, Dharmendra, Abhay Deol and Nana Patekar have been approached to play Motilal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi and Jai Prakash Narayan respectively. Director Krishna Shah, who is known for his extensive research, has left no stone unturned while doing his research on Indira Gandhi, reading books on her, doing interviews with politicians, journalists, bureaucrats, writers, military men and Indira Gandhi’s contemporaries. But before the film hits the floors, sometime in mid 2010, Dixit has to finalize her commitment. Speaking from her home in Colorado Dixit told Bollywood Hungama, “The thing is, Krishna Shah approached me for the role. He’s very keen that I do it. He came home, met me and showed me all the research that he had done. I was impressed by his preparation. But nothing has been finalized. We’re still in negotiation.” Dixit was last seen in Yash Raj Films lukewarmly received Aaja Nachle.

Tusshar Kapoor has a Plate Full of Projects Tusshar Kapoor, last seen in Life Partner, has a spate of interesting films in his kitty. Speaking exclusively to Bollywood Hungama, Tusshar said, “My next release would be Run Bhola Run directed by Neeraj Vora. My co-stars in the film are Govinda, Ameesha and Celina Jaitley. The film is releasing on 22nd January 2010.” Later this year, Kapoor starts shooting for a film with Sagar Ballary (of Bheja Fry fame) and in January next year, he also starts a new project for his home production Balaji Motion Pictures called Shor. In March, Golmaal 3 begins shooting. December 2009

After having said Heyy Babyy, the time has come for Akshay Kumar to say, “My name is Khan... Tees Maar Khan.” Farah Khan will direct Tees Maar Khan, produced by her husband Shirish Kunder. Talking to Bollywood Hungama, Shirish confirmed the news saying, “Tees Maar Khan’s story was written by me, keeping Akshay Kumar in mind. And the reason why I chose Akshay was because he suits the character to a T. Initially, I was supposed to direct the film, but since it’s our first home production (Three’s Company Production Pvt. Ltd.), Farah and I decided that the film will be produced by me and she shall direct it. We shall start shooting for this film in March next year.”

Nikhil Advani Hunts for Teen-actor to Play Akshay in Patiala House Nikhil Advani is on a quest for a teen-actor to play a teenaged Akshay Kumar in his next film Patiala House. The director, who worked with Kumar in Chandni Chowk To China, has decided to launch a national hunt to find a young boy to play the younger Akshay Kumar. The contest starts early December and will go through mid-December. Nikhil Advani and Akshay Kumar will select the finalist. Patiala House will go on floors soon after and will be shot extensively at South Hall, London. It’s a story of Gurkreeat Singh Kalon (Rishi Kapoor) who rules his family with an iron hand. Akshay Kumar plays his son. Besides Rishi and Akshay, the film also stars Anushka Sharma and Dimple Kapadia. Scheduled for a 2010 Diwali release, the film is produced by Bhushan Kumar and Mukesh Talreja.

Abbas-Mustan sign Abhishek, Neil and Katrina for Italian Job remake After pairing successfully with Ranbir Kapoor in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Katrina Kaif has now been signed for yet another big budget film. Abbas-Mustan has finished casting the main leads for the much talked about action thriller, a remake of the film Italian Job. The director duo has cast Abhishek Bachchan, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Abbas (of Abbas-Mustan jodi) confirmed the news saying, “We have just signed the trio of Abhishek, Neil and Katrina for the remake of The Italian Job, whose rights we have acquired from Paramount Pictures. As you know, The Italian Job was a cult film in Hollywood. In the remake, we will maintain that cult factor, except that we will add the Indian element. However, the rest of the cast is yet to be finalized.” Studio 18 will produce the film.

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(Bollywood films slated to be released in the next 4-6 weeks) Rocket Singh Salesman Of The Year (Director: Shimit Amin) Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Shazahn Padamsee, Sharon Prabhakar, and Gauhar Khan

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Hello...Hum Lallan Bol Rahe Hain (Director): Dileep Shukla) Cast: Rajpal Yadav, Preeti Mehra, Manoj Joshi, Ketaki Dave, and Ravi Jhankal

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Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (Director: Saurabh Shukla) Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Iravati tHarshe, Navneet Nishan, Dalip Tahil, and Anuradha Season Greetings (Director: Vicky Chopra) Cast: Sohail Khan, Tabu, Shreyas Talpade, Vatsal Sheth, Javed Jaffrey,and Shilpa Shukla

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By Kirit Shukla Tribute to Bollywood’s Past Lyricists Shailendra: (1923– 1966) Lyricist Shankardas Kesarilal Shailendra wrote one of the most famous Hindi songs of all time. The song was “Meraa jootaa hai Japani” from the Raj Kapoor film Shri 420. He was born on August 30, 1923 in Rawalpindi and his family moved to Mathura when he was an infant, after his mother Parvati Devi passed away. His job with Indian Railways brought him to Bombay in 1947, where he became fond of writing poetry. His poems were liked by the legend Raj Kapoor who bought his two poems (paid him about Rs. 500) for his 1949 film Barsaat. After that RK, music duo Shankar Jaikishan and Shailendra made many super hit films together including Anari, Mera Naam Joker, Awaara, Shri 420, Chori Chori, and Sangam. All these films have given us classic songs with wonderfully evergreen lyrics, courtesy of Shailendra. He wrote songs for more than 150 films from 1949 till his death. His morning walk on Juhu beach in Mumbai gave him inspiration to write lyrics for every walk of life and for any emotion. He considered his life a poem. He died on Dec. 14, 1966, but many of his poems were used in songs for several more years. His vibrant and versatile lyrics are still alive.

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By Kirit Shukla Song: Saba kuchha sikhaa hamane.. Film: Anari Year: 1959 Music: Shankar Jaikishan Singers: Mukesh Lyric: Shailendra Based on Indian Classical Raga: Mixed Taal/Rhythm: Kaharava Starring: Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Lalita Pawar, Motilal

Meaning (Summary): I have learned everything but did not learn cleverness. It is true, O people, that I remained naive (Anari). People kept explaining to me as to who are my own and who are others. But I have entertained your heart, hiding the sorrowful blow to my heart; because I just insisted to kill myself. I have seen the heaven of my heart being deserted and the color of love being faded. I have seen all the human beings dying for money. Those who die for loving heart will remain beggars. I have seen real and fake faces and hundreds of watchful eyes on loving hearts. Ask my painful heart how many pleasant dreams I had seen. The star that has my anticipations has fallen. It is true, O people, that I remained naive (Anari).

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Light Classical Forms It is better to say that some of the greatest of khayal singers of modern and contemporary eras, like Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Hirabai Barodekar and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi have been astounding singers of most light musical forms. Gifted instrumentalists of different persuasions including Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Rais Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Nikhil Banerjee and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia have readily integrated several modes of thumree and tappa into their styles and repertoires. It is customary for most classical singers and instrumentalists to render a thumree or a dadra as a penultimate or concluding item in their concerts. Thumree, Indian classical music form: One of the most popular light classical musical forms in Hindustani classical music is thumree. It is a lively performance of rhythm and sensuousness, enthralling the audience with its charm. Thumree evokes a sense of sensuality, with its hugely rhythmic accompaniments, rendering a recital exceedingly captivating. This form of classical music bears resemblance to the dance form

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Book Reviews Shanghai Girls Author: Lisa See (Random House) Review by Hena Sharma Lisa See is an author that can portray the sights, smells, and sounds of a story with such compelling detail that the reader is pulled instantly into the scenes she paints with her words. Her latest novel, “Shanghai Girls,” follows the story of two sisters from China whose lives take them on a journey from an upper-class, comfortable life prior to the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 China, to interrogations at the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco, then to living in Chinatown in the Hollywood area. See writes the historical novel through the eyes of Pearl, the college-educated, multilingual older sister. The story describes Chinese cultural values and customs from Pearl’s perspective as the daughter of a seemingly wealthy businessman, and later as an immigrant to America. In Shanghai, the sisters live in a household complete with servants, a cook, a gardener, and a father with a tragic problem. The belief in Chinese astrology, herbal medicines, honoring ancestors, living as an extended family, and respecting the elders in the house were some of the cultural details that See utilized to show Chinese family life throughout the entire story, regardless of the continent on which Pearl lived. Pearl’s world shatters when the Japanese attack Shanghai and she witnesses the atrocities of war first-hand. The brutality of war, its aftermath, and the events leading to their escape portray the depth of Pearl’s pain in unforgettable detail, yet is without melodrama. Throughout the story the relationship between the sisters and their lives after marriage in an extended family with their in-laws, is interesting to read and will be familiar to those from Eastern cultures, such as Indian, as both cultures share many similarities. The circumstances that lead them to America and the secrets that the sisters share will keep the reader engaged until the end of the story. The sibling rivalry with concurrent intense loyalty and love that the sisters have towards each other is very moving, and adds layers to the depth of the story. See focuses on the feelings and experiences of both of the sisters, and other Chinese immigrants, legal and illegal, that try to adjust into a very different America that existed prior to World War II, and immeDecember 2009

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Lie on your back, lock your fingers and place your palms behind your neck. Inhale and bend your left leg Sit in cross legged posture as indicated

Exhale and drop your left knee of the left side or bring it down slowly.

Place your palms on opposite knees As you breathe out, lean forward, try and keep your palms as far out as possible. Stay in this posture for 10 breaths and then inhale and come back up. Repeat the whole sequence 3 times.

Inhale and push the left leg. Repeat at least 10 times on each side. Asana Variation 6

Asana Variation 2

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Exhale and bring your right knee to the left side simultaneously turning your head to the right. Stay for 10 breaths and repeat 3 times on each side. Asana Variation 7

Exhale and drop your shoulders down or bring them down slowly. Repeat the steps 10 times. Asana Variation 3 Lie on your back. Inhale and bend both legs, grab hold of your knees. Exhale and lean to the left.

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Let a relaxed mind travel extensively over human affairs, from his own troubles to international issues he will find that the problems are inextricably interwoven. It will become immediately clear that the remedies which are being applied from different angles are really of no avail. A clear of view of the panorama of human misery as a living process will evoke genuine concern. The ways of degradation will then be perceived with a fresh sense of responsibility and one will not casually reinforce these through his own participation. Such individuals will set in motion a new trend, paving the way for a different culture. The crux of the matter is the individual’s own involvement in deep and wide-ranging perception. One can find the right response only when one is passionately concerned about it. In clarity one is no longer part of the prevailing culture. With clarity of perception a person can see things as they actually are. He can see the total picture. When one realizes the value of clarity one naturally shares with others. The ultimate source of our problems is in thought. Our thinking determines our actions and our actions determine the quality of our relationship with each other. Society is the result of relationships. Problems arising out of human relationship appear to be intractable. There is conflict at all levels of human relationship. There is conflict between husband and wife, between parent and child, between one group and another, between nations, religions and within the same political and religious organizations. There is enormous confusion, violence, brutalities, the wars, terrorism and endless division of religion and nationality. Roots of disorder lie in the state of human mind. Unfortunately we use the same thinking ability to find solutions to the numerous complex and intricate problems that thought has created. Past history clearly demonstrates that despite all the knowledge and experience accumulated throughout centuries, man has not been able to produce a harmonious and healthy society. We do make some improvements here and there but the overall situation remains grim. The momentum at which the problems are being created is quite overwhelming. It is obvious that there must be a serious flaw in the way we think. It is amazing that two distinct systems of thought operate within the framework of human consciousness, one that creates the problem and the other that tries to find solution to the problem. Both arise out of the same source: self-centeredness. Thinking arising out of self-interest, self-concern creates numerous problems. Problems like greed, jealousy, anxiety, anger, hate and violence arise out of the conditioned state of mind. Any problem that arises in the mind poses a challenge and there is an automatic response to meet the challenge. This response generates thought process that has no clue how the problem got created. December 2009

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2. ___ BRILLiance

b. hard working

3. ___ eFFULgent

c. nervousness

4. ___TRUculent

d. unsure

5. ___Adamant

e. definite

6. ___DIligent

f. elastic

7. ___hyPOthesis

g. flowing

8. ___amBIvalent

h. assumption

9. ___reSILient

i. offensive

10. __rePELLent

j. brightness

Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: 1. Practice saying each of the words above out loud with correct stress patterns and your voice falling in pitch at the end of each word. 2. Define and use these words in sentences, speaking out loud: purification, sedentary, converse, allege, indemnify, repellent, adamant (Answers NOT provided! Use the Longman Dictionary referenced in past articles.) References and Notes:. 1 Every Day Vocabulary by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., 1998: Doubleday Direct, Inc., Chapter 4: “Bring Up the Rear,” pp. 49. 2

Rozakis, pg. 59


Rozakis, pg. 58


Medically Speaking: Accent Modification for the Medical Profession, by Lynda Katz Wilner, M.S. CCCSLP, 2005: Successfully Speaking, Appendix 1: Eleven Rules for Syllable Stress in Words, pg. 80.


Rozakis, pg. 53.

Answers: 4-a, 6-b, 1-c, 8-d, 5-e, 9-f, 3-g, 7-h, 10-i, 2-j.

The suffix -tion indicates action.3 iDENtify identifiCAtion inDEMnify indemnifiCAtion GRAduate graduAtion PURify purifiCAtion EStimate estiMAtion conVERSE converSAtion TERminate termiNAtion aLLEGE alleGAtion

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By Chandan Sen Bengali and English Proverbs and Sayings Being bilingual, with Hindi as a distant third language, I find it relaxing to read Bengali when I tire of English. In this vein I find the similarities and differences between the proverbs and sayings in the two languages to be interesting, if not downright entertaining. Let me start with the Bengali proverb which says, in effect: While living happily the evil ghost prods one. The English equivalents to this are, firstly, to leave well alone and secondly, to let sleeping dogs lie. There is a third English saying: Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you, which is germane to the issue. So, if the above homilies urge you to be “reactive” rather than “proactive,” the next ones do the exact opposite. “Fortune favors the brave” has its quixotic Bengali counterpart: If you sleep, your fortune sleeps also. This exhortation to action is further amplified in the English saying: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Next come what I call the Trojan Horse warnings. In Bengali we say: Don’t cut a canal to let in the crocodile! In English the nearest equivalent, or at least the one that springs to mind, is: setting the cat among the pigeons (is not a good idea). To an engineer like myself, the wooden Trojan Horse is a marvel of workmanship, and this leads me to the English saying: A bad workman blames his tools. The Bengali equivalent is: He who dances badly blames the courtyard. But that’s enough of negativism. The English saying: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise, may have its roots in agrarian societies, and the Bengali exhortation to students is: Early at dawn if you put your mind to study, in the evening of your life you will be magically rewarded. As a final word let me say that Bengalis, despite their volatile nature and love of the humanities, are like the Greeks - well aware of the sharp stings of life, and of its tragic brevity. The Song of Hiawatha The American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote an epic poem on the legendary Indian chief, Hiawatha. I first read the poem when I was about eight. Now that I am in the land of Hiawatha, so to speak, one thought leads to another, and I lament the decimation of the American Indian tribes at the hands of European colonizers. Maybe “manifest destiny” played a part in colonial times. How else can you explain the invention of the six-shooter and the repeating rifle that tipped the scale in favor of the Caucasians? Be that as it may, I see a great role for the present December 2009

generation of Caucasians. They can, if they will, become the salt of the earth. Where there is darkness, bring light. Where ignorance, bring knowledge. Bear The White Man’s burden in an elevated and evolved form. Dr. Phil’s show recently had a man who said, “What is not white is not right.” I know people in India who think that all the world’s ills are due to white people. So who is right? Maybe neither. Hiawatha united the Indian tribes into a single nation of five tribes, which later became six. It is now time to unite the five continents of the world into one. The world has always been one, only our ignorance prevents us from seeing it to be so. Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha departs from the actual historical evidence, but still there is a great deal to be learnt from people who, in those days, were conveniently considered to be savages. This attitude blunted the conscience of the oppressors and made it less uncomfortable to decimate them. The great Indian chief departs in a blaze of glory, undefeated, and a great white American poet, Longfellow, pays a tribute to him that immortalizes them both. “Solaris” and Its Creator Recently, Apple Computers sent me a marketing email stating that their 1GB iPod Shuffle was now available for $49. This was within my purchasing power, so I got one, and for the last month have been experimenting with my iPod and iTunes—-downloading songs, audio books, topical podcasts and yes, movies. I rented the movie Solaris because George Clooney is the hero, but also because it promised to be a science-fiction movie with a dash of romance in it. The cover photo shows George Clooney passionately kissing Natascha McElhoen, the heroine. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. The story line, slight though it is, is very intense. Briefly, Chris Kelvin (Clooney), a widowed psychiatrist, is called to troubleshoot the space station Prometheus near planet Solaris, because strange events have occurred there. Kelvin arrives at the station and, in a dream on his first night, sees his dead wife Rhea. On waking, he is startled to find Rhea with him, seemingly well and alive. But events soon show that Rhea is not quite human! (I’m not telling why). The other scientists abroad Prometheus all have had similar experiences, notably, visitations from their dead relatives, not only in their dreams but also in their waking moments. The principal scientist, Snow, surmises that a parallel universe exists where the dead go to, and whence, apparently they return to those living near Solaris. The movie explores a haunting theme for anyone who has lost a loved one. I remember a famous writer,

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Can the “Lungs of Mumbai” Be Given Space to Breathe? Called upon to plant trees, Mumbaikars join the historic fight to preserve Sanjay Gandhi National Park. By Sara Stefanini — MUMBAI — For a long time, the leopards of Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park faced not only poachers, but also encroachment by some 165,000 slumdwellers as India’s bustling financial capital spilled over into the endangered forest’s borders. The battle to conserve the park, which is one of the only national parks in the world located inside a city’s borders, has raged for years. It has landed several times before the Mumbai High Court, but court orders have brought few effective responses. Taking a new approach, a local non-profit is appealing directly to the city’s residents, in the hopes that they will apply the pressure necessary to yield changes from the government. By inviting people to help plant 50,000 new trees and shrubs on a degraded piece of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Gaia Conservation Foundation, a group started by three 20-something Mumbaikars, hopes that more city dwellers will be inspired to enjoy, and, more importantly, fight for their green space. “The cumulative benefit of the park is huge, but people just don’t know about it,” said Agastya Chopra, a Gaia co-founder. Tree planting schemes are neither high-tech nor innovative, but may receive renewed attention when December’s Copenhagen Climate Change Conference discusses schemes to pay developing countries to restore their forests and reduce emissions from deforestation. In a sign that it is boosting efforts to slow deforestation, India announced in September that it had more than doubled the forestry budget to $1.79 billion to promote tree-planting and strengthen its forestry departments. A fifth of the subcontinent is covered in woodlands, and city parks are deemed crucial to air quality. In Mumbai, a city of almost 20 million hemmed in by water on three sides, the protection of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, a forest often nicknamed “The Lungs of Bombay,” has historically butted up against the need for space. The 104-square-kilometer park, which takes up nearly a fourth of the city, houses two lakes that provide a bulk of Mumbai’s water supply, as well as a population of leopards that has dwindled to between 10 and 20, and hundreds of different birds and plants. “The park is like an oxygen factory for Mumbai,” said Debi Goenka, leader of the non-profit Conservation Action Trust (CAT), which sued the state government in 1995 for failing to protect the park. At the time, slumlords typically leased governmentDecember 2009

protected parkland to slum-dwellers and paid police to look the other way, CAT claimed. When the group sued, it found some 33,000 slum structures, each housing about five people, behind forest boundaries. The group won two court orders directing the state to clear the park of squatters and businesses, which included a pig slaughterhouse. Since then, the forest department says, the park has largely rehabilitated itself. “The reforestation happened automatically when it was left alone,” said P. N. Munde, the park director, noting that nowadays encroachers only trespass on one percent of the parkland. Conservationists, however, remain skeptical about the extent of improvements and point out that the park is still tightly surrounded by urban life, including slums and a Bollywood film studio. “The forest department is caught in the middle of implementing court rules and political pressure,” Goenka said. By publicizing the park’s plight, Gaia now hopes to subject the government to a new type of pressure. “You have to get the people of Mumbai out there, make Sanjay Gandhi National Park so big that the government can’t ignore it,” Chopra said. While she hadn’t heard of Gaia, Priya Choudhury, 35, said she would be entirely supportive of any effort to conserve and enhance the park she visits weekly with her two children. “I bring my boys here all the time, there’s no noise and traffic,” Choudhury said. “It’s so nice to walk 15 minutes from home and you don’t feel like you’re in the city anymore. They love to play in the forest.” Ultimately, however, tangible changes can’t come without government participation, added Gaia cofounder Vikram Gupta. The state could, for instance, advertise the park as a tourism destination for treks and safaris. A program that rewards India to plant more trees, known as reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), could also encourage the government to begin its own tree-planting project, he said. “You don’t see any kind of conservation initiative in the park, while in Brazil they’ve really promoted the Amazon,” Gupta said. “I’m quite hopeful that REDD will come into play, maybe the government could get paid to protect Sanjay Gandhi National Park.”



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Despite all of the challenges that Pakistan has faced and continues to face as a nation both geopolitically and economically, the country’s equity market has performed extremely well during CY2009, gaining nearly 60 percent. The Karachi KSE-100 experienced dramatic lows in the 4900s during 1Q2009 but regrouped and recovered handsomely and the index nearly re-claimed the 10,000 level during October 2009 before some profit taking and concerns about By Rajesh Ganatra general unrest dragged the index back down to the 9100-9200 range. Here are some important quotes as of 11/21/2009 The Pakistani Rupee began 2008 at PKR 62.10 to the US Dollar and ended the year at PKR 79.00 to the US Mumbai (Bombay) Sensex: 17,810.62 Dollar (a decline of 22 percent) and the currency has Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 9,125.83 slipped even further to PKR 83.5 to the US Dollar Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 10,479.86 (which represents an additional 5.5 percent decline NASDAQ Composite (USA): 2,197.34 during CY2009). The currency and equity markets S & P 500 Index (USA): 1,179.94 have been supported substantially, however, by overseas Pakistanis sending money back home. Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 46.26 = $1.00, During November 2009, Wall Street continued its Pakistani Rs. 83.30 = $1.00 strong tone and the Dow moved into the 10,400 range Gold Price: $982/ ounce (Mumbai) - this represents a 4,000 point recovery from the Silver Price: $18.08 / ounce (Mumbai) March 2009 lows. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ (Note —- Mumbai prices quoted in U.S. dollars were calcu- Composite continued their aggressive upward movelated using the above exchange rate and the metric factor ments as well. Many companies are starting to report of 28.6 grams equals 1 ounce. Generally speaking, there are better results, especially in the financial sectors. slight variances in prices of precious metals between India Several leading economic indicators have shown mod& U.S.A. due to market conditions / exchange rates). erate improvements as well. The monthly job losses, Despite many economic challenges and the Satyam although, continue to be in the 190,000-200,000 fiasco, the Indian equity markets have had a very range and during October, the unemployment rate decent 2009 and at the time of writing this column, reached 10.2 percent - this represented the first readthe Sensex was in the 17,000 range which represents ing over 10 percent since 1983. The “current 10 pera nearly 70 percent upward move for the calendar cent” is a very different situation than the “1983 10 year and a nearly 10,000 point recovery from the percent” - when the economy turned around in the panic lows of autumn 2008 when the brunt of the sell- mid 1980s, many of the lost jobs were quickly recovoff hit global equity markets. Real Estate prices in ered and the unemployment rate declined rather Mumbai and Delhi have started to recover as more quickly after the economy recovered. Although the NRIs (non-resident Indians) purchase second homes economy may be recovering technically, it is expected and investment properties in India, and many NRIs to be several years before Main Street feels the comehave become Reverse-NRIs (NRIs who have moved back and therefore - unemployment is expected to back to India). The Indian Rupee was fairly steady remain elevated for a significant period of time. Every year, the Federal Reserve Board meets eight against the US Dollar during CY2009, trading in a range of INR44-49 to the Dollar. The Rupee did come times to review economic data, monetary policy, and off its lows when the U.S. budget deficit continued to make appropriate adjustments to interest rates as deemed appropriate. Interest rates were lowered to increase during the latter part of the year. The top 15 energy companies within Asia contain historically low levels during 4Q2008 - the Fed Funds five Indian companies - Reliance Industries Ltd, Oil rate is 0.00 - 0.25 percent. These remarkably low and Natural Gas Corporation, Indian Oil Corporation, rates have certainly benefited consumers who have NTPC Ltd. and Bharat Petroleum Ltd. Although energy mortgages and other types of loan products, however, prices are off their peaks, there was plenty of money savers have certainly felt the pinch of low rates as to be made in the sector during CY2009 and the well. The Fed is continuously monitoring the economy Indian companies invested in their own infrastructure and economic data, and the last meeting for 2009 is to solidify themselves and get set up for years to scheduled for December 15. “Cheap Money” in the USA and around the world has come. This differed from the strategy by fellow Asian certainly helped the markets come back - with rates Tiger China, which was on an acquisition spree. Several technology companies have also reported so low, returns on traditionally conservative instruimproving financial pictures and several major invest- ments such as savings accounts, CDs and even ment houses have expressed long-term bullishness on Treasury Bills have been very unattractive and hence India. Although the Indian economy had its share of investors shied away from them and put monies into setbacks along with everyone else around the globe, the market with so many perceived “good buys” out India is poised to recover faster because of its tech- there. Yet with economies around the world coming nology hubs, relatively young workforce and the still- back, money will not remain “cheap” forever. Although expanding middle-class consumer sector. This has the Fed is expected to keep rates low for still some indeed been reflected in the rapid comeback within time to come, monetary policy may change later in the equity markets. continued on page 80 December 2009

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anyone chose to turn back after this point, the cancelation of the summit attempt would be seriously considered. We pressed on. After a short break at the top of the Cleaver (which took about an hour to climb), we crossed the Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the Lower 48 States, and travelled east on a long traverse. At some sections, we had to clutch a frozen rope and mince our way around narrow ice ledges, carefully placing one foot in front of the other and taking care not to tumble down the steep slopes. At other points, bottomless crevasses up to three or four feet wide crossed the beaten path, and we were forced, on no less than three occasions, to calmly and carefully jump over the gaping cracks. After this traverse, there was nothing but about two hours of continuous, steep switchbacks up the face of the Emmons Glacier to the top. It was here that I felt true exhaustion envelope me, as the endless walking, the altitude, and cold wind became my close companions. I could feel my muscles move more slowly, my actions be more sluggish, and the altitude taking a toll on my body. It took almost all my willpower and mental strength to block out the fatigue, the soreness, and the cold, and to concentrate solely on taking one step at a time, in a sort of rhythm. During a second short break about 900 feet from the summit, I began flirting with some second thoughts about continuing, particularly when Devin, one of the guides, instructed us to really think about how much strength we had left. If we were at about 60-70 percent, we were in great shape, he said. Quite frankly, I had no idea as to where I was physically. Devin must have seen some doubt on our faces, for the next thing he told us was that it didn’t matter if someone was just tired; this close to the summit, everyone would be forced to the top. My choice essentially made, I shook myself warm, tightened my helmet, and brushed aside any existing pain or tiredness or flecks of anxiety. With 900 vertical feet of these switchbacks left, the three of us continued straight up the Emmons Glacier. These last 900 vertical feet simply flew by. I was very surprised to see, seemingly so quick, two black boulders standing as sentinels at the entrance of the crater rim. As you know, Mount Rainier is a volcanic peak, and its top is characterized by a wide crater. Climbing down to the crater, which was about one football field across and covered in ice (save for the rock walls), we all dropped our bags and happily congratulated each other. It had taken us a bit more than four hours to climb to the summit, though it had seemed much longer in certain places. We ascended the top after 5:00 that same morning, just as the red sun was peeking over the horizon. In the picture here, I am standing on the summit with Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, a guide. He holds the record for fastest ascent of Mount Everest. We walked slowly across the crater to the actual summit, a small hill called Columbia Crest that stood above everything else in sight. After taking a few pictures, we proudly signed our names in the Visitors’ Log, a notebook continued on page 108

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FTC Guidelines for Bloggers The Federal Trade Commission has revised Endorsement Guidelines to include bloggers who receive compensation for endorsing a product, so that they will have to disclose in their writing, that they have either received cash or inkind payment. The FTC states that, “bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service.” Personally, I’ve got no problem with this. If anything, I think the added protection to consumers is beneficial. I only wonder why anyone needs it. Do people honestly believe everything they read on the web? We don’t believe everything we see on TV. I am skeptical that with the generous income Christie Brinkley earns, that she actually uses a folding home gym. Does Paris Hilton truly eat Hardy’s burgers? Or perhaps, did she only pretend to in the commercial? Sure, I understand that sometimes what we read online is not clearly defined as an endorsement or an unpaid product review. Like Mary Engle from the FTC says, they’re applying the same guidelines that have been around since the 1980’s to the realm of Social Media because you can’t always recognize an advertisement online just by looking at it. Only bloggers who are trying to pass themselves off as genuinely unattached to a company are going to have a problem with this. I used to blog for a satellite TV company. My posts were almost always about what had been on TV the night before, soccer, and movies. At the end of my posts, I placed a disclosure with links to XYZ’s satellite dish company which made it clear that they were either paying me in cash or in-kind. I know of “Mommy bloggers” that receive free products in order to write about them. Some of these bloggers are very popular, so they’re using their online celebrity status to spread the word. A good review from one of them can go a long way in promoting a product or service. What does this mean to you? As a consumer, it means you will be better able to tell when someone has been paid to review a product, or if it is a genuine opinion about a product they have purchased and wrote about. I recently made this comment on Twitter, “I’m not getting paid to say this but (dish washing soap) just made my dishes and glasses the cleanest EVER!” I was thrilled with the results of this soap because I’d been having problems with the condition December 2009

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Immigration Matters Temporary Acceptance of H-1B Petitions Without Department of Labor Certified Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) Washington—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a 120-day period in which it will temporarily accept H-1B petitions filed without Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) that have been certified by the Department of Labor (DOL). USCIS has received requests from the public to accept H-1B petition filings that include LCAs that have been filed with DOL but that DOL has not yet certified. Processing delays arising from DOL’s recently implemented “iCERT” system have resulted in increased processing times (beyond seven days) for certain LCA certifications. Affected employers and beneficiaries have reported being negatively impacted by DOL’s increased processing times which currently delays their ability to file H-1B petitions with USCIS. DOL expects that the current increase in LCA processing times is temporary. As a public accommodation, USCIS is accepting H-1B petitions filed with uncertified LCAs for a 120-day period, now through March 4, 2010. However, USCIS will only accept such H-1B petitions if they are filed at least seven calendar days after the LCAs were filed with DOL and include evidence of these filings. The only acceptable evidence of filing is a copy of DOL’s email giving notice of receipt of the LCA. Petitioners who seek to take advantage of this temporary flexibility in the normal filing procedures for H-1B petitions must wait until they receive a request for evidence (RFE) before they submit the DOL-certified LCA to USCIS in support of the H-1B petition. USCIS will give petitioners a period of 30 calendar days within which they must send in a DOL certified LCA in response to the RFE. USCIS will only approve H-1B petitions that include certified LCAs. 133 Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Become U.S. Citizens in Afghanistan Bagram AirBase, Afghanistan – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers traveled here to naturalize 133 Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines during a special Veterans week commemoration ceremony on Nov. 12. Leading the team was USCIS Bangkok District Director Robert Looney, who recognized his own name on a document in a Soldier’s immigration records (A-file). It was a pleasant surprise to reunite with Army Spec. Veha Vaene, who came to the United States when she was two years old after Looney interviewed her family in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1987. Among the applicants were six soldiers, who choose to make the United States their home, arriving on special immigrant visas after working for the U.S. government as civilian Afghan translators and interDecember 2009

preters. All six joined the U.S. Army and returned to Afghanistan as translators. During the naturalization ceremony, Looney commented that the service members reflect the same values of our nation’s founding fathers, choosing to volunteer as patriots before becoming citizens of their adopted country. Guest speakers were Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and Army Maj. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-82 in Afghanistan. In October 2004, USCIS hosted the first naturalization ceremony overseas since the Korean War. During this time and since, USCIS has naturalized more than 7,740 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines during ceremonies in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and aboard Navy flagships in the Pacific Ocean. USCIS Welcomes 157 New U.S. Citizens during Ceremony in Iraq CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - USCIS joined U.S. service men and women to celebrate Veterans Day by naturalizing 157 Soldiers and Marines from 60 different countries during a ceremony on Nov. 11, 2009, here in al Faw Palace. Presiding during the ceremony was USCIS Rome Deputy District Director Lori Pietropaoli, who thanked the servicemen and women for their service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pietropaoli highlighted the dedicated service of all the military, especially that of the new citizens, “On this Veterans Day, we honor our own heritage as a nation as we honor these 157 new citizens.” Among the new citizens was a Soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2003, he assisted with the liberation of the area that is now Camp Victory. Six years later, he celebrated as a citizen of the United States in that same area. Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of Multi-National CorpsIraq, delivered the keynote address. Also attending the ceremony were Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill. One of the strengths of the partnership with the U.S. armed forces is the commitment of USCIS officers who bring immigration services to members of the military wherever they serve. Courtesy of USCIS.Gov

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Majestic Mount Fuji By Ron A. Virmani, M.D. In July 2009, I signed up for a two-week Japan trip with GAP adventures. I wanted to see the land of the rising sun and the country of Shinkansen (bullet trains). I had trained for high-altitude climbing and climbed Mt. Elbert (14,400 feet) in Colorado in early July and wanted to use this training to climb Mt. Fuji as well. I landed in the Shinagawa suburb of Tokyo on July 20. There were a total of 14 of us, a couple from Germany , a couple from Canada , a few from U.K. , a lady from Belgium and another lady from Australia. By and large most, including our guide, spoke English. For about 11 days, we toured Takayama, Hiroshima , Nagasaki , Himeji and Kyoto. On July 30, we headed 62 miles west of Tokyo by train to Kawaguchiko, at the foot of Mt. Fuji . Fujisan (san=mountain) is Japan’s highest mountain, rising to 12,388 feet. It is a stunningly impressive cone of almost perfect symmetrical proportions. Poets and pilgrims have revered it since ancient times. Painters and photographers, including me, have been mesmerized by it. It is the icon and pride of Japan. Mt. Fuji is actually a volcano. Geologists estimate that it was created 600,000 years ago in Pleistocene era. It last erupted in 1707. The mountain was sacred to Ainu, the original inhabitants of Japan. It is also sacred in Shinto (religion in Japan before Buddhism) and Buddhist religions. The mountain is named after Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi. The shrine of Shinto goddess Sengen-Sama is found on top of the mountain. Surrounded by five lakes, the spectacular mountain is impressive in its dimensions. Not only does it rise more than two miles into the sky, but also it is 25-30 miles in diameter, topped with a crater spanning 1600 feet in diameter. As a rare occurrence, the mountain may be visible on a clear winter day from 100 miles away. In general, Fujisan is shrouded in clouds. When I was able to get some clear pictures of the awesome mountain from our hotel in Kawaguchiko, I knew that I was one of the lucky ones. Climbing Mt. Fuji Even though it is the holiest of the three holy mountains in Japan, it is not considered sacrilegious to climb it. Japanese have climbed it forever, but women were considered impure and not allowed to climb it until 1871. How they became pure after that, beats me. The official climbing season lasts only two months, July and August. In other months, snow cover and weather conditions make for a hazardous and even perilous climb and people have died on the mountain. Mount Fuji is divided into 10 stations. The first staDecember 2009

tion being at the foot of the mountain and the tenth being the summit. Paved roads go as far as the fifth station, after that, you are on your own. On July 31, we took a bus from Kawaguchiko station to the fifth station in the morning and got there at about 11 am. We were at 2300 meters altitude now. It was a foggy morning with drizzle, temperature around 70 degrees. We were facing a climb of 1470 meters or about 4800 feet, approximately a vertical mile. A mother daughter pair said they were not going to climb, so the twelve of us joined the throngs of people starting off on Yoshidaguchi trail. The trails are like I have never seen before. Because 3000 people, including children and grandmothers, climb every day, the trails are very wide. They narrow to some degree as ascent continues. It started raining. The possibility was that this could be a miserable hike. One of the girls turned back after an hour and decided to visit Tokyo. The rest of us pressed on. Fortunately, the rain was not terribly heavy or sustained. There were periods of clearing between rains. The terrain was firm to start and then became full of gravel. There were stretches of volcanic rocky climbs and a seemingly infinite number of switchbacks. As we climbed up, the air got thinner. Some faces became pale, some people started having headaches and nausea. Some vomited. Some lay by the wayside clutching their oxygen tanks. Surely, it was altitude sickness. Many mountain huts have been constructed along the way to the top. As we passed each one by, we hoped that one would be ours. Finally, we made it our hut Tomoe Kan at 3400 meters. I got to this hut around 4 pm, having hiked for four and a half hours. Boy, that was a hard hike! Some made it to this hut before me, some after. In the two-story hut, there were several rooms or small halls. In each hall, there were futons on the floor and blankets. The hut accommodates, which is not the right word, about 250 people. We were packed like sardines in a can. Some of us were quite finished by this point. The holy mountain had taken its toll and drained them. I do not think that they had realized the seriousness of the climb before they undertook it. Anyway, the supper came at about 5 pm. Rice is always a part of every meal in Japan. In addition, there was Miso (soy) soup and a hamburger patty. Buying a coke could set you back 500 yens (five and a half dollars) The view from the hut was spectacular. The sun was setting. Darkness grew and the mercury fell rapidly. Going to the outside primitive toilets was an act of bravery because of narrow passage and cold weather. The use of toilet cost 100 yens. We could see a constant stream of hikers making their way both below and above the hut on the switchbacks of the mountain. Their headlamps and flashlights made for a captivating sight. We lay down, hoping to get rest, maybe sleep. But sleep was hard to come by. I am sure that CO2 level was high from having so many people in such a small enclosed space. We got up around 2 am. The plan was to be at the top of Mt Fuji to witness the sunrise. The temperature was freezing by now. Six of us started up, the rest

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Reaching near the summit, I saw the Torii gate. It is a traditional religious gate in front of Shinto and Buddhist shrines. By 4 am, about an hour before the sunrise, I was on top of Mt. Fuji, the first one from our group. It was not only freezing on top but also very windy. I would say the wind chill was about zero degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands of

people were at the top, dozens more pouring every minute, all awaiting the big spectacle of sunrise. The clouds were below us, the east was aglow and the sky was getting lighter with time. A few minutes before 5 am, the first rays of sun reached us. The miracle was happening. Just then, clouds rolled in to partially block the sun. Fortunately for us, they cleared up in a couple of minutes. We were now witnessing the breathtaking sunrise we came to see. I had long dreamt about this moment. It came true on the first day of August. We savored the sunrise to our heart’s content. Not many people are lucky enough to see a clear sunrise because of the ever encroaching clouds. We saw the crater on top of Mt. Fuji. One could hike the perimeter in about 90 minutes. There are eight peaks surrounding the crater, the highest being Kengamine. This truly is the highest point (3776 meters) in Japan. But the collective will of the tired group was bereft of any desire to hike the perimeter in bitter cold and howling winds. We started back down around 5:30 am. Again, treacherous trails of volcanic ash greeted our feet and made short work of our shoes. Some of us fell but did not get hurt. Sun, clouds and rain kept us guessing about the kind of weather we were going to have for the next five minutes. Libby, the British girl and I were the first ones to get down by 8 am. It was beginning to rain. But that did nothing to hide the glow on our faces of conquering the highest mountain in Japan. Would I do it again? As they say in Japan, one is a fool not to climb Mt. Fuji once, but a fool climbs it twice! However, only one percent of Japanese people actually climb Mt. Fuji.


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By Rajesh Ganatra Hello Cricket fans! Here’s a list of some of the cricket action coming up over the next several weeks and also read the Interesting Stats section below for a unique historical perspective. Sri Lanka visits India 3rd Test: India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai - Dec 2-6, 2009 1st T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur - Dec 9, 2009 2nd T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Mohali - Dec 12, 2009 1st ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Rajkot - Dec 15, 2009 2nd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam - Dec 18, 2009 3rd ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack - Dec 21, 2009 4th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata - Dec 24, 2009 5th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Delhi - Dec 27, 2009

Interesting Stats: There has been many legends of Cricket whose careers in One-Day International matches (ODIs) have spanned over many years ... here is a table that shows “the cream of the crop” in terms of country represented, span of career and matches played: Player (Country)




Javed Miandad (Pak)

11 Jun 1975

9 Mar 1996

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SR Tendulkar (India)

18 Dec 1989

ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 26 Dec 1989

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PA de Silva (SL)

31 Mar 1984

18 Mar 2003

18y 352d


GA Gooch (Eng)

26 Aug 1976

10 Jan 1995

18y 137d


Wasim Akram (Pak)

23 Nov 1984

4 Mar 2003

18y 101d


Imran Khan (Pak)

31 Aug 1974

25 Mar 1992

17y 207d

175 England visits South Africa Saleem Malik (Pak) 12 Jan 1982 8 Jun 1999 17y 147d 283 1st T20I: South Africa v England at Johannesburg A Ranatunga (SL) 14 Feb 1982 30 May 1999 17y 105d 269 Nov 13, 2009 Result: England won by 1 run (D/L method) RJ Hadlee (NZ) 11 Feb 1973 25 May 1990 17y 103d 115 England 202/6 (20/20 ov); South Africa 127/3 (13/13 ov) For updates on cricket matches visit 2nd T20I: South Africa v England at Centurion Nov 15, 2009 Result: South Africa won by 84 runs South Africa 241/6 (20/20 ov); England 157/8 (20/20 ov)

1st ODI: South Africa v England at Johannesburg - Nov 20, 2009 2nd ODI: South Africa v England at Centurion - Nov 22, 2009 3rd ODI: South Africa v England at Cape Town - Nov 27, 2009 4th ODI: South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth - Nov 29, 2009 5th ODI: South Africa v England at Durban - Dec 4, 2009 1st Test: South Africa v England at Centurion - Dec 16-20, 2009 2nd Test: South Africa v England at Durban - Dec 26-30, 2009 3rd Test: South Africa v England at Cape Town - Jan 3-7, 2010 4th Test: South Africa v England at Johannesburg - Jan 14-18, 2010 West Indies visit Australia

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Navel oranges join an elite collection of Chilean citrus that also includes lemons, mandarin oranges, Clementines and grapefruit. They ripen to sweet per(ARA) - Has your snacking and cooking become bor- fection in Chilean valleys that provide just the right ing? It’s easy to fall into a flavorless rut. If this sounds conditions: warm sunny days and cool nights. like you, take note from top chefs and health enthusiasts alike and look to citrus for the flavors and nutri- The cool vibe of citrus can’t be beat - and the concept ents we love. just got better with the arrival of Chilean navel Nothing tastes more refreshing than the sweet tang oranges. of fresh citrus. And now you can enjoy the seedless pleasures of navel oranges - fresh from Chile, where Chilean Navel Orange and Radish Salad their winter harvest is in full swing. Ingredients: One juicy segment after another - that’s one of the 3 Chilean navel oranges, peeled best ways to enjoy easily peeled navel oranges. Keep 4 cups mixed baby greens (about 5 ounces) a bowlful of wedges front and center in the fridge for 1 small green apple, cut into matchsticks (about 1-1/2 healthy refreshing snacks, or cut into segments for cups) fruit plates or garnishes. 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes (about 4 radishes) Think oranges are too much trouble? Think again. 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallion (green onion) For painless peeling trim slices from the top and bot- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar tom. Place one end down on a cutting board. Cut or 1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard peel strips from top to bottom, removing the white 1 1/2 teaspoon honey pith. Separate segments by pulling or cutting between 1/8 teaspoon salt surrounding membranes and enjoy. Pinch of ground black pepper Fresh navel oranges are terrific in healthful salads, but also think Method: Into large bowl, cut oranges into segments, of them in cold soups and fruity reserving membranes. Add greens, apple, radishes drinks. Who wouldn’t love a and scallion; toss gently. In small bowl, squeeze two sprightly Chilean Navel Orange tablespoons orange juice from membranes; stir in and Radish Salad with Citrus-Dijon vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and black pepper. Divide dressing? Another day, dip into orange salad mixture equally among four salad plates; Chilean Navel Orange and Tomato top with dressing. Serves four. Gazpacho, a delightfully different twist on a beloved cold soup. Or, Chilean Navel Orange and Tomato Gazpacho how about a smoothie made by Ingredients: whirling in a blender a combo of navel segments, 3 Chilean navel oranges vanilla yogurt and mango sorbet? 3 plum tomatoes Other navel orange inspirations include: 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar On the grill 1 tablespoon olive oil • Skewer orange pieces with pork or chicken cubes. 1/2 teaspoon salt Brush with teriyaki sauce or another marinade. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper • Sprinkle thick, peeled orange slices with ground gin- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallion (green onion) ger. Grill until lightly caramelized. • Use as a bed for fish or cut up and add to salads. Method: Grate one teaspoon zest from one orange; set aside. Peel all oranges. Into a small bowl cut one of the Salads and such oranges into segments; cut into small pieces; set • Add navel orange segments, zest and toasted aside. Cut remaining two oranges into two-inch almonds to a couscous or mixed grain salad. chunks; place in a food processor. Quarter two of the • Cut orange segments into halves for chicken salad tomatoes; add to the food processor along with red dressed with a tangy yogurt-dill dressing. Serve in a pepper, vinegar, oil, salt, black pepper and reserved Boston lettuce cup or on a sandwich. orange zest. Pulse until orange mixture is very finely • For a refreshing salsa, coarsely chop orange or chopped but not pureed, about 10 to 12 times. Chop Clementine segments, cucumber and red onion. remaining tomato; add to orange in the small bowl Season with chipotle pepper, cilantro and lime juice. along with scallion. Divide gazpacho among four soup • Send your salad in a Mediterranean direction with plates; top with chopped orange, tomato and scallion sliced oranges, sweet onions, oil-cured olives and a mixture. Serves four. pesto dressing. Fresh citrus makes cooking come alive

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Tax Matters continued from page 64 ments and they do not pay you. The good news is that certain bad debts are tax deductible. If your business sells goods, you can deduct the costs of any goods sold, but not paid for, as an ordinary business expense. However, you cannot deduct any lost profits you would have collected from the sale. If your business provides services, no deduction is allowed for the time you devoted to the customer who doesn’t pay. For example if you provide medical services and the patient does not pay, you cannot deduct the cost of the time you spent in treating the patient. The rationale is that if businesses were able to deduct unpaid services, it would be easy to inflate the unpaid bills and claim large bad debt deductions making it hard for IRS to catch the fraud. 5. Home Office Deduction For several years taking a Home Office Deduction was considered a red flag, inviting the IRS to Audit your tax return. But that may no longer be the case, with more and more businesses and individuals taking advantage of working from home and maintaining a healthy worklife balance. IRS is well aware of the rising trend in working from home office. As long as you use the Home Office as IRS defines it. This one deduction alone can save you several thousand dollars in tax. For example if you are an independent Information Technology contractor and mostly work out of your client’s office, but you use part of your home to manage the administrative aspects of your profession or business, you may qualify to take the Home Office deduction. IRS has specific rules to qualify to deduct expenses for home office. I want to share the two most basic qualifiers. Trade or Business Use: First of all you must be engaged in a trade or business to take advantage of this deduction. Employees can also take Home Office Deduction in certain situations. We will cover more on individual deductions next month. You cannot take a deduction if you are only using it for a profit seeking activity that is not your trade or business. For example, you use part of your home to review investment journals and carry out your personal investments. You are not a broker or a dealer, so your activities may not be considered part of a trade or business and hence you cannot take home office deduction. Regular and Exclusive Use: Specific area of your home must be used exclusively and regularly for your business or trade. You don’t need a permanent partition to mark the space. For example you use part of your basement exclusively to perform administrative and management tasks of your business, review business paperwork, teleconference or meet with clients etc on a regular basis and not just once in a while. Your family does not use the same space for recreation or other non-business purposes. You may be able to claim costs associated with part of the basement as a deduction for use as home office, provided you qualify on other rules. There are other rules and definitions that IRS uses to qualify the Home office deductions. If you are planning to take advantage of this deduction, I strongly recommend you take help from an expert tax accountant. The money you will save on the taxes will be well worth the professional fees. Keep in mind this column and the December 2009

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’m hoping I have got you started thinking about saving more of your hard earned money and paying less to the IRS as you brave through the economic head winds in a recession. Consult your Tax Advisor regarding your individual 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.

Stock Tickers continued from page 54 CY2010 if the recovery takes a foothold. The Bank of England and European Central Bank have also kept rates low - however, they are on the watch for inflation as commodity prices (namely oil and precious metals) have risen significantly recently. The Reserve Bank of India has already raised the deposit reserve ratios for individual banks and is also on inflation watch. The major question is that when interest rates inevitably do rise, how will the markets react? Perhaps the markets already understand that rising rates will be a part of the recovery? If the interest rate changes are small and gradual, the markets may not be spooked too much. If there is an aggressive series of interest rate increases (such as the one seen in 1Q1994/2Q1994, the markets may take it pretty hard. Only time will tell. 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:

Astride Three Continents continued from page 46 whose name I forget, who practiced séances in an effort to communicate with his dead wife. After some dramatic moments, the story ends with Kelvin apparently “dying,” finding himself back in his apartment on earth, and living blissfully with Rhea in a parallel universe - one where wounds heal magically and where everyone lives happily ever after. The movie intrigued me so much that I ordered the book on Amazon, and even researched the Polish writer, Stanislaw Lem. Lem, a secular Jew, wrote in his native Polish language and experimented with science fiction stories like “Fiasco,” “His Masters Voice,” and of course, “Solaris.” Later he renounced SF and concentrated on philosophical writings that dwelt on future technological advancements. But for anyone interested in a brilliant, though enigmatic, science fiction romance, I recommend the film Solaris, with its talented cast including the heroine Rhea, hauntingly played by Natascha McElhoen. Without her the film would undoubtedly have been a fiasco!

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Community Focus Events of Note Nuv Yug’s India Fest 2010 Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage, striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Nuv Yug’s online system for India Fest 2010 is open now. Visit the website and review various guidelines. Once you have registered a userid, you will be provided your very own dashboard to keep track of your activities on the website. The deadline for most submissions ranges from December 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010. Review the appropriate guideline from the sign in page. India Fest 2010 Auditions are on Sat. Feb. 13, 2010 at the Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. India Fest 2010 Main Event will be held on Sat and Sun, March 20-21, 2010, Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Info: Boogie Woogie North Carolina Applications are now being accepted for the internationally acclaimed Indian dance competition to be held in Raleigh area on the 28th of February! We will be selecting one Junior (ages 6 - 13) one Senior (ages 14 - 21) and one NC Champ (ages 22-50). Junior and Senior finalists will represent North Carolina at the nationals to be held in Chicago. Click on Applications button to print your application. There is no entry fee if you apply by December 31st. Mail your applications to: Boogie Woogie NC, 311 Capistrane Dr., Cary, NC 27519. Deadline: December 31, 2009. Contact: Latha Pamarthi at 919.624.1012 or / Boogie Woogie India Website:

Community Reports An evening with “Indian Expressions” If there was one evening in Charlotte where some of the diehard music fans of Hindi music had a treat it was on November 8, 2009, a musical evening held at the Providence High School in South Charlotte. The event was organized by “Indian Expressions” and lasted over three hours. The performers for the evening included music director and playback singer Nihal Konduri, accompanied by the playback singer Sudha Krishna, her sister Jagathi, and Charlotte’s local talent Rajiv Saddy, Seshu Akula, Shashi Hariharan and December 2009

Maina. Konduri left the audience spell-bound and clamoring for more with his fantastic voice and repertoire. He sang a variety of songs ranging from the classic Mohammed Rafi songs (“Yeh Mera Prem Patra”) to latest hits like “Mitwa” from KANK, to heavy dance numbers like “Soni De Nakhre” and “Dus Bahane.” The show started off in style with a fashion show, leading to the introduction of the singers along with their ramp-walk. Sudha Krishna started off with a scintillating rendition of “Yeh Mera Dil” from the classic film Don, while Konduri began with the hit Sufi song “Yeh Honsla” from Dor. Jagathi received tremendous applause for the ever popular Lata number “Ishwar Satya Hai,” the title track from Satyam Shivam Sundaram and her duet with Nihal “Hai Raama Yeh Kya Hua.” Rajiv stole the hearts of all Mukesh fans with the classic “O Mehbooba” and “Dil Ki Nazar Se” duet with Sudha. Seshu rocked with his version of “Chand Sifarish” from Fanaa and then sang “Chura Liya” to perfection with Jagathi. Maina, the 12-year-old, sang “Yeh Ishq Haaye.” The young desi girls received an enthusiastic “once more” from the audience. Sudha and her brother Kumar sand “Khuda Jaane” from Bachna Ae Haseeno. Then came Shashi along with Nihal, singing the evergreen melody from CID, “Ankhon Hi Ankhon Mein.” That got the audience up on their feet dancing. Nihal praised the sound management that was engineered by Seshu. Sudha stole the hearts of many with not only her lovely voice, but also with her lively MC skills, trying to get the audience involved every minute. The program concluded with the 10-minute song by Nihal, “Vande Maataram,” as composed by AR Rehman and followed it up by the national anthem “Jana Gana Mana.” “Indian Expressions” group (managed by Rajiv, Seshu, Murali and Satish) launched in August 2009. Their first show, a fundraiser for the Hindu Center of Charlotte, was also a success. “Indian Expressions” is a group launched with a focus on music.

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The drumbeat for Bela Modi’s debut concert in Durham grew slowly and then reached a crescendo on the night of November 6, 2009. The modest estimate of 150 people quickly Nikhil Tikkekar, Bela Modi, Prajesh Patel and Jittenderjit burst as 250 Singh are performing at the Seasons at Tandoor on attendees filled Friday November 6th the “Seasons at Tandoor” hall eager to see Bela perform live. But readers may be eager to know, “Who is Bela Modi?” Born in Canada and raised in the Eastern USA, Bela Modi is a budding Indian American artist with stunning musical talents. She has received Indian classical music training and has sung with famous South Asian artists like Ustaad Ghulam Ali, Runa Laila, Falguni Pathak, Shehzad Roy, Munni Begum and Ustaad Hamid Ali Khan. Her musical repertoire includes Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi songs, including popular Bollywood songs. Bela Modi started the concert with the famous ghazal “Aaj Janay Kee Zidd Na Karo,” immortalized in the voice of Habib Wali Mohammad and Farida Khanum. As the concert progressed, Bela displayed the rich diversity by singing Participants are dancing during the Bela Modi concert Punjabi songs like Mussarat Nazeer’s “Mera Long Gawacha” and Hindi film Omkara’s song “Beedi Jalai Lay,” at which time participants simply hit the dance floor. Her songs were accompanied by tabla played by Nikhil Tikkekar, live Dhol by Jittender Jit Singh and bongo drums played by Prajesh Patel (popularly known as PJ). The concert also served as a successful inaugural event for the brand new banquet hall “Seasons at Tandoor” owned by the Tandoor Indian Restaurant in Durham, NC. The concert was a microcosm of Some of the members of the Bela Modi concert audience South Asian American participants with Sindhi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali and other South Asian American ethnicities gathered under one roof, captivated by Bela Modi’s performance. You can learn more about this event at Disclaimer: This article was written by the organizer of the Bela Modi concert. December 2009

“It’s difficult to give Raj too much credit, because he loves to take it anyhow,” said Smilley, chuckling. “You’d never use the word humble for Rajah, but basically the guy walks his talk.” Banerjee’s next step may be taking the organic movement off the plantation. Through Organic Ekta (or “Organic Union”), a joint project with U.S.-based Mercy Corps, Makaibari supports around 200 small organic farmers from local communities. Banerjee believes this could be the seed for something much bigger, and plans to branch out from tea and small farms to organic cotton fields and then on to pulses, rice and other Indian staple crops. He doesn’t think it will take much. Some 80 percent of India’s 800 million marginal farmers practice rain-fed agriculture — which means they have too little water to use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In a sense, they’re already organic, but they’re too poor to capitalize. “If we get networked strongly to enable the certification of these 640 million people and market their produce at a fair price,” says Banerjee, “then I think we’re done: India will be the organic fruit bowl of the world.” Now let that steep for a few moments.


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3046 Senna Dr., Matthews, NC 28105. Info, see below. Prayer and Spiritual guidance: 704.323.5834 803.322.9549 704.756.4969 Carolinas Prayer Fellowship Rev. Dr. Samuel Prabodh Talluri invites everyone living in the North and South Carolina to participate in “Fellowship” Every Sunday Morning in Gastonia, N.C. Info: 704.865.1428 (Jay) 704.824-8698 (Joe) 704.545.1465 (Dayakar) Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, 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, family fun 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 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: -Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 PM, Saturday 2-6 PM and Sundays between 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. Saathee 88

Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. Info: 704.544.0790, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Info: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), 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 various 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

Community News & Events remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Info: 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 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 December 2009

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 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Saathee 90

Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Information: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 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: aresa-indianmusic, or 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: (Hardik Shah)


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Community News & Events Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. Info: Anju Desai ( 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 Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 December 2009

Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. Info: 704.392.4488 Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 - 8 pm for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “GuruLilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 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, in Charlotte, NC. Info: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti has emerged to fulfill the community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali Saathee 92

literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts. The word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in Indian traditions. Info: 704.321.1964 (Samiksha Bose) 704.541.3451 (Santanu Sarkar) 704.882.6115 (Manmatha Chakrovorty) Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8 - 11 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. Info: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA and Hindu Center of Charlotte are conducting Telugu Classes. They are on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 10:30 - 11:30 am and are free for member and non-members alike. Telugu Classes: TAGCA in association with Hindu Center is organizing Telugu Classes at Hindu Center, which will be conducted on alternate Sundays. Info: Sreedhar Manjigani 704.965.6704

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Community News & Events United Cricket Club Forming a team this coming 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. Come and 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, Satruday and Sunday) 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 Hare Krishna Temple Sandy Ridge This rural Hare Krishna community is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The community is based upon the teachings of Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, becoming God conscious. Come and join in the kirtan, mantra meditation, and discourses on the top most yoga system. There are lots of regular festivities and events. Treat yourself to a free, hot and delicious vegetarian meal on Sundays at 1 pm. Venue: 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. Info: 336.593.9888 December 2009

Hindu Society of North Carolina at Greensboro The HSNC at Greensboro is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Road. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays & community service. Info: 336.621.5848 India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote crosscultural understanding. Info: Madan Rangabasyam 336-760-5885 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. 500 videos are available on YouTube. Satsangs in the Greensboro/ Winston-Salem area include Life Bliss Meditation, video discourse, Q&A, and Nithya Spiritual Healing Prayer, a method of energy healing. Satsang Locations: Weekly Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Weekly on - Fridays, 7 Saathee 94

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 - 6 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) Triad Hindu Temple Many who attended the Pratistha Mahotsav filled a survey indicating interest in various programs such as recitals (Soundarya Lahari, Vishnu/Lalitha Sahasranamam, Gita Path,) Bhajans, Balvihar/Teen programs, Yoga, etc. Whoever is interested to lead such events, email with details such as event info, contact name/email/phone, day and time you would like to schedule the event. One of the committee members will contact you to confirm or provide alternate options in case of conflicts. Balvihar has been ongoing for over a year now, and if your child is interested. Upcoming Events: Fri. Dec. 4, 2009 Bhajans from 6pm to 7 pm. Sun. Dec. 6th 2009 - Venkateswara Suprabhatam and Vishnu Sahasranamam at 7 am; Sri Satya Narayana Puja at 10.30 am. Sun. Dec. 13th 2009 Venkateswara Suprabhatam and Vishnu Sahasranamam at 7 am; Sundarkand recital at 10 am and Hanuman Abhishekam Sun. Dec. 20th 2009 Venkateswara Suprabhatam and Vishnu Sahasranamam at 7 am; Devi Abhishekam at 10.30 am. Sun Dec. 27 2009 - Venkateswara Suprabhatam along with Vishnu Sahasranamam at 9.30am, Venkateswara Abhishekam

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Community News & Events Raleigh Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community learn the culture. 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 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 December 2009

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 of the age of 60 years and over. The members of the organization meet on the second Saturday of each month. Info: President: Chandubhai Patel 919.467.7282 Secretary: Bhupendra Patel 919.647.9029 Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization committed to encouraging and facilitating individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the lives Saathee 96

of underprivileged children since 1979. CRY America’s RDU Action Center has been active since 2001. CRY-RDU invites people to join the enthusiastic volunteer base to contribute ideas or any relevant skills. Info: 919.362.9591 (Sarav Arunachalam) Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission 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. Info: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC. Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed

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Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath)

Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, fine arts, cultural arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520

EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. Info: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj)

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Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Info: 919.851.0225 (Saroj Sharma) 919.461.0001 (Vinod Goel) Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, 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: December 5, 2009, annual gala Saathee 98

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Community News & Events oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Info: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender. Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall vicitim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) 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 December 2009

Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tommorrow for everyone. Info: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 w w w. i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o m m u n i t y International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. Info: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Info: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Saathee 100

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 4:155:45 pm, Saturday all day until 5:45 pm, Sunday all day until 7:30 pm. Sunday Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and it includes kirtan, aarti, Bhagavad Gita discourse, vegetarian feast, and Sunday school for children. Info: 919.593.6827, Yoga classes - Krishna Priya at Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological December 2009

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Community News & Events ing, and temporary shelter and housing as needed. • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NCKIRAN or 1-877-625-4726

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:

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. Nuv Yug’s online system for India Fest 2010 is open now! Please visit the website and review various guidelines. Once you have registered a userid, you will be provided your very own dashboard to keep track of your activities on the website. The deadline for most submissions ranges from December 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010. Review the appropriate guideline from the sign in page. India Fest 2010 Auditions Sat. Feb. 13, 2010 at the Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. India Fest 2010 Main Event - Sat.-Sun., March 20-21, 2010, Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. 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:

Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. Info: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the December 2009

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. Info: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Info: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) Saathee 102

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: 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

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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:

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

Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 Ravi Shanmugam (President) milsangamofcarolina

South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. Info: 919.773.1580 St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. 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 December 2009

Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. 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. Info: 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: Saathee 104

Triangle Gujarati Association TGA serves the Gujarati community in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas, TGA sponsors musical programs, dramas and other cultural activities to help maintain the Gujarati culture and heritage. Info: Arvind Shah 919.233.7677 Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Ravi Parikh 919.387.8808 Kanak Purohit 919.465.9856 Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. Info: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: 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 Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm - Annual TVS Holiday Party potluck and white elephant gift exchange Ron Verbruggen’s home, 227 Shalimar Drive, Durham, NC - 919616-8256 Info:

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

Regional Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. Info: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) December 2009

Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Santosh Sheth, Music Director (910.392.1929). Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. Info: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming programs: Sun Dec 13 - 11:00 AM Satya Narayan Katha by Sri Baldev Patel (Lunch will be served) Sun Dec 20 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Sudha Srivatsa, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Dec 27 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma 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

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Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. Info: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg Temple is located on Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. Our 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 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Upcoming Programs: Talk by SC dept. of Health and Human services on Sun Dec 6 at 5 p.m. 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. Info: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. Info: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. Info: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of

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Community News & Events 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. Info: 864.430.4973 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)

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Sirigannada Sirigannada is the Kannada Association of South Carolina (based in Columbia) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. A voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. President: Dr. H.N. Narayanaswamy Nadig. Vice President: Mrs. Radha Rajagopal. Secretary: Mrs. Usha Bilgi. Treasurer: Mrs. Malathi Nagaraj. Info: 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:

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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a short hike down to Paradise, the parking lot. All told, leaving high camp, summiting, and traveling down the mountain to Paradise required about 13 hours of climbing on that single day. The climb was tough, but ultimately one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. I was forced to push myself even farther than I thought in the face of steep slopes, driving wind, and icy, thin mountain air. I held my own with older members of my group both physically and mentally, and never let them down. Despite my age (there was one other boy, one year older than me, who was unable to summit) and my curtailed training schedule (six weeks instead of 3-4 months), I managed to power through the difficult parts and summit the mountain on my first try. To return from the work on the mountain to the work on the ground: about $7,800 for Seattle Children’s and about $9,100 for AID India for needy children and families in the US and in India have been raised. This is about 70 percent of the required funds, so I am continuing to work hard at this. Even though the climb is over, I know that my drive to reach the fundraising goals has not waned. The donation sites are still up and running for those interested in helping. Visit my Facebook page at w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / p a g e s / M o u n t- Ra i n i e r - f o r Childrens-Hospital/113211573536 for more pictures and details. The donation links are: AID: and Seattle Children’s:

locked in a steel box reserved solely for the select few that reach the top. Below us, the vast expanse of the lower sides of the mountain, the forests, and anything beyond was draped in clouds; however, the weather around us was perfectly clear. It was amazing to watch the rising sun brighten the orange, cloudless sky, changing color from red to pink to orange and finally to its characteristic golden-yellow. The ice and snow all around us reflected this golden light, bringing a pretty shine to the surrounding land. In the pictures here, you can see my name written in the Visitor’s Log, fourth from the bottom; Lhakpa Gelu’s is just above mine. Also, to the right, is the steel box that contains the notebook. The box itself is chained to a rock at the summit. I happily admired the shining ice and the remote silence of Mount Rainier, until the cold wind gusted again, reminding me of where I was. After a quick food and drink break, we climbed the crater wall, right in between the two black boulders, and took up our long trek back down the mountain, walking not through darkness this time, but through the early morning sunshine. In about 2.5 hours, at 8:30 am, we reached high camp. From there, after packing up our things, we rejoined our companions down at Camp Muir. From Muir, it took us a four-hour slide down the Muir Snowfield and Contact: December 2009

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Clues Across: 1. The currency of Germany. 5. This magazine. 11. The Eastern region of the world. 13. To go up; climb. 14. “Carmine __”, Bobby Fischer’s first chess coach. 15. Erode. 16. “__-BZ,” Saathee’s Feature to test your IQ. 17. A fresh water lake between Zambia & Congo. 19. Correction. (*) 20. “__- A Path of Life,” a Saathee feature. 22. For fear that. 24. Registered Nurse. (*) 25. Not any; No one. 27. Non-violence. (Hindi word; Gandhi’s principle.) 29. Father. (Informal) 30. Republic Of China. (*) 32. To strip the bark, skin etc. 33. The largest river of the World. (S. America) 36. Road. (*) 37. To keep safe, intact or unhurt. 39. The quantity of medicine to be taken once. 42. Bra. (For short) 45. Hawaii. (*) 46. Transverse to the length. 47. The official language of Tamil Nadu, India. 49. One of the longest European rivers (820 Miles). 50. “Jesus ___.” December 2009

1. Wealth; a particular form of currency. 2. The SW state of US; Capital: Phoenix. 3. “__ Veda”; One of the four Vedas of Hinduism. 4. A city in central south Iran, known for rugs. 5. Street. (*) 6. The act of attacking from a concealed position. 7. The Onion Router. (*) (Anonymity Network). 8. House Un-American Activities Committee. (*) 9. Approved, sustained or supported. 10. Lasting forever. 12. At this time or moment. 15. Prefix 3-digit number of telephone area system. 18. Electroluminescence. (*) 21. A river (Dakshin Ganga - 910 miles), flowing from Western Ghats to the Bay of Bengal. 23. A gratuity paid to the server. 26. A major division of geological time. 28. Fully as much as what is specified. 29. To expel from the legal profession. 31. Ounce. (*) 34. A subatomic particle composed of the division of a quark. 35. The direction left to the East. 38. Any bowlike part; something curved. 40. To burn the surface of. 41. A fine soil deposited as a sediment by water. 43. South South-East. (*) 44. The singular form of the verb “Are”. 45.The possessive form of “He”. 48. Michigan. (*) (Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee (Booddhoo is foolish. Mafatlal is a freeloader.)

Mafatlal gave his wife a pair of diamond earrings and a necklace on their wedding anniversary. Wife: “But you promised me a new car!” Mafatlal: “Yes, but I can’t find an imitation car!” ********* Girl: “When we get married, I want to share all your troubles and worries and lighten your burden.” Boy: “It is very nice of you to say that dear, but I don’t have any troubles and worries.” Girl: “Well, that is because we are not married yet!” ********* Tiger: “Junior, what are you doing?” Cub: “I am chasing this hunter around a tree.” Tiger: “How many times have I told you not to play with your food?” ********* Teacher: “You little boy, spell elephant.” Little Boy: “E-L-E-P-H-A-N.” Teacher: “That is almost right. Now, tell me what is at the end?” Little Boy: “A tail.” *********

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(Created By Kirit Shukla)

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

(Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Friends”).


1. A tank for heating water and store. _ OI _ _ _ 2. Ornamental needlework. _ _ _ _ OI _ _ _ _ 3. To keep away from. _ _ OI _ 4. Salve; unguent. OI _ _ _ _ _ _ 5. Capital of Vietnam. _ _ _ OI 6. To linger aimlessly. _ OI _ _ _ 7. Greasy, combustible mineral substance. OI _ 8. A dot. _ OI _ _ 9. Planetoids. _ _ _ _ _ OI _ _ 10. Capital of Idaho. _ OI _ _ 11. Capital of Iowa. _ _ _ _ OI _ _ _ 12. Destroy. _ _ OI _ 13. A rose family tree yielding hard, heavy wood and large seeds. OI _ _ _ _ _ _ 14. The main actress of a film. _ _ _ OI _ _ 15. Money made of metal. _ OI _ 16. A city in Michigan, for making cars. _ _ _ _ OI _ 17. Center of Mass. _ _ _ _ _ OI _ 18. A river in S. Belgium & France. (300Km) OI _ _ 19. An open flame grill. _ _ OI _ _ _ 20. Uproar; confusion. _ _ _ _ OI _ 21. The surface layer of Earth. _ OI _ 22. Conceit; selfishness. _ _ OI _ _ 23. On India Government Service. (*) OI _ _ 24. Selection. _ _ OI _ _ 25. A drug with sterols. (Prednisone!) _ _ _ _ OI _


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The unused 8 letters spell that means “Involving warm friendship.”

















































































































































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Who wants to be a scholar?

Festivals & Holidays Compiled by Kirit Shukla

By Kirit Shukla There is only one correct answer.

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1. Arrange the zodiac signs chronologically.(1-Aries) (a) Pisces (b) Libra (c) Leo (d) Gemini

Dec 01 - Dattatreya Jayanti/Purnima (Full Moon)

2. The music directors of 1960 Bollywood Hindi film Ek Phool Char Kante were (a) Laxmikant Pyarelel (b) Kalyanji Anandaji (c) Sonik Omi (d) Shankar Jaikishan

Dec 16 - Darsha Amas (No Moon)

3. “Pune–Vijayawada” distance by N.H.#9 is about (a) 590 Kms. (b) 690 Kms. (c) 790 Kms. (d) 890 Kms.

Dec 25 - Christmas

4. The “Portland Cement” was invented in 1724 in (a) England (b) United States (c) Japan (d) Germany

Dec 28 - Putrada Ekadasi

5. “Herbert Hoover” was US President for the period (a) 1921-1923 (b) 1923-1929 (c) 1929-1933 (d) 1933-1945

Dec 11 - Parshvanath Jayanti Dec 12 - Safala Ekadasi Dec 18 - First of Muharram (Muslim New Year) Dec 21 - First Day of Winter Dec 24 - Guru Govindsingh Jayanti Dec 26 - Zarathost Diso (Parsi) Dec 27 - Ashura Dec 31 - Poshi Purnima (Full Moon) Dec 31 - New Year Eve (Year 2009 ends) January 2010 Jan 01 - New Year, 2010 begins

6. The meaning of word “abdicate” is to (a) kidnap (b) Relinquish (c) Murder (d) Take by force

Jan 10 - Shattila Ekadasi

7. Gujarat State produces about __ of India’s total cotton production. (a) 30 % (b) 45 % (c) 60 % (d) 75 %

Jan 14 - Darsha Amas (No Moon)

8. The nickname “The Aloha State” is for (a) Arizona (b) Idaho (c) Alaska (d) Hawaii

Jan 26 - Jaya Ekadasi

Jan 12 - Swami Vivekanand Jayanti Jan 14 - Makarsankranti/Uttarayana Jan 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 20 - Vasant Panchami Jan 26 - Republic Day (India) Jan 29 - Maghi Purnima (Full Moon) Jan 30 - Gandhi Nirvana Day

9. The melting point of the element Boron is about (a) 2000˚C (b) 2300˚C (c) 2600˚C (d) 2900˚C

Holidays & Festivals of Feb. 10/Mar. 10 Feb 02 - Groundhog Day

10. The volume of a cube (one side is 4 ft. long) is (a) 12 Cu. Ft. (b) 16 Cu. Ft. (c) 48 Cu. Ft. (d) 64 Cu. Ft.

Feb 09 - Vijaya Ekadasi

11. Jupiter takes about __ to rotate around its axis. (a) 10 Hours (b) 20 Hours (c) 30 Hours (d) 40 Hours

Feb 15 - Buddha Nirvana Day

12. If you weigh 95 kg. the calorie consumption per hour, doing Yoga, is about (a) 100 (b) 200 (c) 300 (d) 400

Mar 01 - Dhuleti

Feb 12 - Maha Shivaratri Feb 14 - Valentine Day Feb 15 - Presidents Day Feb 28 - Holi Mar 01 - Hola Mohalla Mar 14 - Daylight Saving Time begins Mar 16 - Gudi Padvo Mar 17 - Cheti Chand

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

Mar 24 - Rama Navami Mar 24 - Swaminarayan Jayanti Mar 28 - Mahavir Jayanti Mar 30 - Chaitri Purnima, (Full Moon)

Puzzle Solutions are on page 118 (No peeking!) December 2009

Mar 30 - Shri Hanuman Jayanti

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may temporarily block or delay your good luck. Avoid action under the effect of over confidence. Move slowly but steadily.

General Predictions for December 2009 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) You will see good things happening around you, but all are not for you. Your stress may still continue. Try to focus on working and, if possible, earning through your hobbies. Your luck will favor you and you will do well in financially, but peace of mind may still be missing. Don’t make any decision under influence of frustration. Don’t ignore health issues during last week of the month. Wait and watch. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) After a good start, you will experience a slowdown in life. Your competition will enjoy the upper hand. Try not to dispute with them. It may end well. You will, however, perform very well at your place of work. This will turn into rise in income. Your luck has started favoring you, hence surrender to it. This will prove to be slow but a very powerful and positive change in life. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Even though your status will not change, your responsibilities and income both may rise during this month. Some kind of spiritual power will help you in getting success now. Your spouse may bring good luck for you. You must take any blood or eye-related health problem seriously. You may start working on your new venture but the tide is not favorable to take quick actions. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Don’t waste your energy on useless pursuits. Avoid aggression and act smart. This is the time to get involved in a partnership deal. A compromise with your spouse may bring good luck for you. Start moving positively to enjoy success in life. Study and use your knowledge to make big move now. Don’t rush into anything, a real positive approach could be the right thing to adopt. LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) This is the time to begin with new projects. Your stars will help you in achieving new horizon. Make quick decisions bravely. Ignore the fear of problem with your reputation. Your associates are ready to support you in your new venture. Avoid involving your family members in your project. You will enjoy good state of health. Your enemy may try to create problems, but just go ahead with confidence. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Your life is entering into a more stable phase. You may see minor ups and downs before reaching any long term track. Try to act smart and work sincerely to achieve your goals. Improvement in health and at place of work will be there. Problems from your siblings or friends, however, December 2009

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LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) You may benefit due to progress of your competitors. Happy family life and rise in savings is clearly indicated. Try to be happy and sporty to enjoy the positive time. Avoid dispute or argument with your spouse during the first week of the month. It may reach to destruction. The sick people will see improvement in health. Your dream may come true during the middle part of this month. SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Many good things may be happening around you, but you may not have time to enjoy them. You may spend time and energy on worthless issues. Now is the time to look for a new home or career. Major changes are on the way. Get prepared with enough data and information for the upcoming changes. Just don’t rush to make move. You should also consider your health in deciding your next action. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You may feel relaxed and confident now. The time is taking a positive turn. Try to make positive decisions. Don’t get influenced by your enemies. Listen to your friends or siblings. A little hard work with a smart attitude will help you a lot. Business-related traveling can prove helpful. Dispute with spouse due to ego may create minor problems in personal life. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Now is the time to move ahead with confidence and sincerity. Happy family life and work-related activities will keep you busy. You will see steady and slow but confident progress. You should, however, focus on your health and habits. Get health insurance if you don’t have any. Try to curb your expenses. Unexpected expenses may wash away your income. Use your knowledge and calculations to protect yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Ventures that you may undertake during this month may be fruitful, if it is linked with government agencies. There may be a rise in status and position. Time is very positive for long distance journey or traveling during this month. Your enemy will try to tarnish your image but will fail. You might get very good piece of news through communication. Be careful in the last week of the month for your health. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will be able to convince others by your keen perception about situation and plans. This will make you popular and quite famous. Old dues or debt may also be released. Travel in the first half of the month will be very useful and fruitful. You may enjoy positive and upward trend during the second half of the month. You may get an important opportunity in the last week of the month. This is the time to make quick, positive decisions. By Jalendu Vaidya Contact: 973-365-1766 /


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Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Kimono Pao Lim (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Lehar Indian Basamati Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Lightning Minds (Training In Oracle Tech) . . . . . . .65 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Marriott at RTP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . .57 McCuiston Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . .77 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . .24 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 December 2009

NC Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat (Pankaj Gupta, MD, FACS)85 New Year Party at Goels Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Nuv Yug (India Fest 2010) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Palloo's Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Parekh , Bipin & Smita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Parmar, Raj (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Patel, Amrita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Patel, Shital (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Property Net Realty (Suku Pandiyattu) . . . . . . . .107 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Rajbhog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Rajdeep Video (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Rajeev Devgon (Certified Public Accountant) . . . .107 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . .53 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Royal Dhaba (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Sangeet World (Magic Sing Karaoke) . . . . . . . . .103 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Sheraton (Chapel Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Taj Mahal Restaurant (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Taj Mahal Restaurant (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Tots N Teens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Triangle Physicians Group (Dr. Varadarajan) . . . .109 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . .18 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Write More Education Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Zaina Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

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Americas & AFRICA

Austria 2.4¢ Belgium 2.2¢ Denmark 2.0 Finland 4.6 France 2.2¢ Germany 2.2¢ Greece Athens 2.8¢ Ireland 2.3¢ Italy 2.2¢ Netherlands 2.4¢ Norway 2.5¢ Poland 2.5¢ Portugal 3.7¢ Spain 2.5¢ Sweden 2.5¢ Switzerland 2.5¢

Afghanistan 25.0¢ Bangladesh 6.7¢ Bangladesh Cell 5.6¢

Bahamas 10.8¢ Barbados 27.5¢ Canada 1.3¢ Dominican Rep. 5.0¢ Egypt 12.5¢ Ghana 8.3¢ Guyana 29.4¢ Jamaica 9.3¢ Kenya 14.3¢ Mozambique 19.3¢ Nigeria 13.2¢ South Africa 6.9¢ Tanzania 14.3¢ Trinidad 7.7¢

United Kingdom 1.7¢

Bangladesh Dhaka 5.6¢ Bangladesh Shylet 3.3¢

India 3.1¢ India mobile 2.1¢ Iran 9.1¢ Iran Cell 9.1¢ Iran Tehran 5.6¢ Japan 3.7¢ Malaysia 3.6¢ Nepal 27.8¢

Pakistan 10.0¢ Philippines 15.6¢ Singapore 1.7¢ Sri Lanka 9.3¢

U.S.A 1.7¢ Zambia 5.3¢ Zimbabwe 9.1¢

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Grizzly Case: $8.19 Guzzler Juice: $8.49 Big Hug Juice: $6.49 EZ Rolls: $7.49 White Owl New Yorker: $27.99 White Owl Extra Tubes (pvgs): $19.99 Vim 25: $38.99 Monster Blue: $26.99 Twister Juices: $8.99 Bic Lighters: $31.99

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Saathee Digital Raleigh December 09  

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