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Bridging Bridging America America and and the the Indian Indian Subcontinent Subcontinent

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Pandit Birju Maharaj pg 48 Recipe EASY CURRY LAKSA pg 72

Hello Readers! Community events, shows, performances are coming back in full form as we approach springtime and a more normal era. See what's coming up beginning on page 18. March is national nutrition month. Read our nutrition column on page 22 to see how food and stress affect your health. Read our tribute to the legendary Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj on page 48. Getting ready for taxes? There are many benefits this year that may disappear later. Go to page 54 to read our Personal Finances column. The College Admissions Insider guides you on six steps to finding scholarships. Flip to page 60. It’s springtime. Learn how to make easy Curry Laksa in our recipe of the month on page 72. Thank you for continuing to read Saathee and please share it with family and friends. Drop us a line with any comments or suggestions. We welcome conversations.

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In This Issue

Page 22 Nutrition for Life

Page 50 Spot the Differences

Page 48 Tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj

Page 34 Increase your India Knowledge: Indian Space Research Organisation

Content The Editor’s Desk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14

Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . .pg. 46

Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84

Community Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18

Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48

Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . .pg. 86

Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22

Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50

Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88

Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . .pg. 26

Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54

Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88

Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28

Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56

AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90

Increase India Knowledge . . . . . . .pg. 34

College Admissions Insider . . . . . .pg. 60

Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92

Increase USA Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 38

News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64

Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 96

Raajeev’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40

Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72


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Let’s mingle, gather at music venues, theaters, and meeting halls, all wide open, and join others where they gather. We must. The freshness of springtime, a new era, is also just around the corner. We can touch, gaze eye to eye, sing, meet, to argue and to love. It’s a new era and we have lives to live. Most of us did our parts for months and months, isolating, worrying, sanitizing, and re-breathing our own breaths behind masks. Now it’s time to simply practice common sense risk management, much as we do for any number of bad outcomes we face on a daily basis. It’s time to move on. Lata also moved on from her physical life, leaving us a vast collection of eternal music, as she passed away a couple of weeks after my highway dream. Lata’s song in the dream may have been a personal message to me, and a parting message to humanity. I sing that song from the dream again today, “Lag jaa gale ke phir haseen raat ho na ho…” She sings that it is time to make a move, tonight, meet in a warm embrace, lest this beautiful night, in essence life, passes us by.

The Editor’s Desk by Samir Shukla Riding in a car on a snow dusted highway, in midJanuary, I gazed at the blue grey sky above, while the highway passed below. The distant hills were a mix of white and dirt brown, leafless trees mingled with a few patches of evergreens. It had snowed a day earlier, not a heavy snowfall, but one that splattered white dustings on the surroundings. I dozed off while sitting in the back seat. The moving scenery on either side of the car lulled my heavy eyes into slumber. The past, present and future all swirled in my brain while the hum of the car engine and the passing drone of the road dropped me into an instant dream. It began as a blend of semisleep and thoughts squirming around in my head, then a story unfolded, compressed into a short sleep. The car became a moving music venue accompanying the hazy dream. A classic Lata Mangeshkar song played in my mind. I had heard it and hummed it hundreds of times in the past, much like many of her songs. It suddenly emerged from memory and soundtracked this dream. The song was mellow, filled with love and longing, and made me feel warmer. While the song played and the dream unfolded, on this drive from Atlanta to Charlotte, I was transported to a city on a distant planet, one eerily like our own blue ball. It was full of madmen and wisemen, complainers and doers, a sort of genderless blend of humanoids going about their business. In this dream they were mingling in a most happy manner. They had emerged from a planetary emergency, of a biological sort, and now they were somehow messaging me through the dreamworld that their lives were returning to normal after a long spell. They were making music in their own segment, while Lata sang in mine. They conveyed their joy and their story. The car hit a pothole and bounced. I awoke to the sound of an NPR station, fuzzy because of the distance from the signal’s origin, bringing me back to groggy reality. I was back on Earth, a planet with its own global bug, now seemingly and finally coming under common sense control.

Note: Goodbye Lataji When growing up in India, and then later in the States, music on the radio, played live, on tape recorders, records, CDs, streaming, has always been there in our lives. Dad played and still plays music on keyboards and harmonium. Mom used to choreograph kids for dance performances. Indian film songs were a constant. Lata, along with Kishore, Rafi, Mukesh and all the classic Indian film singers’ songs were etched in our minds with melodies and words that stay with you like a trusted friend. Lata’s unique voice was among them. She wrote on her Twitter feed on December 16, 2021, in Hindi: “On 16 December 1941, I sang two songs for the first time in the studio for radio after seeking the blessings of my parents. It has been 80 years today. In these 80 years, I have received immense love and blessings from the people. I believe that I will always keep getting your love blessings.” Yes, you will. India’s renowned singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on February 6, 2022, at the age of 92. Samir Shukla Editor of Saathee Magazine Contact: Twitter: @ShuklaWrites // Newsletter: 14

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Oak City Revolution: Raleigh, NC (March 12, 2022) The South-Asian socio-cultural organization at North Carolina State University, Ektaa, organizes its premiere dance competition every year. Oak City Revolution is the first ever BollywoodFusion Dance Competition to be held in the city of Raleigh, NC. This year eight teams from around the country will compete. The event takes place on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at the Stewart Theater on the NC State campus. All proceeds will be donated to Pratham. For more details and tickets visit,

Basant Bahar: Cary, NC (March 13, 2022) Paracha Entertainment presents this Indian Idol 12 concert on Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. The show will feature live performances by Mohammed Danish, Arunita Kanjilal, Sayali Kamble, and season 12 winner Pawandeep Rajan. Tickets at

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Basant Bahar presents Sattva – The guna of Purity, an afternoon showcasing classical dances. It’s that time of the year again where HumSub welcomes the new year and gear up for their first event of the year. As the light of new hope punctuates the darkness of the past two years, may the Guna of sattva (or purity) inform all artistic endeavors and bring back the pure essence of India’s time-honored art forms. This event will take place at the Cary Arts Center on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Find out more at

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Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival (March 21-27, 2022) Come experience the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival during the week of March 21-27, 2022. The festival will celebrate its 37th year with many events, including local chef showcases, wine education sessions, live entertainment and of course the famed Grand and Public Tastings, all located in and around the iconic Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort. Details:

Charlotte SHOUT!: (April 1-17, 2022) Charlotte SHOUT! is an aspirational multi-week festival designed to showcase the community by celebrating Charlotte’s creativity and innovation through art, music, food, and ideas. Located primarily in Uptown Charlotte, the festival will feature exceptionally curated programming from around the corner and around the world. The 2022 edition of SHOUT! is from April 1-17, 2022. Details: 18

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iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival: Greenville, SC (April 2, 2022) The iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival benefits the community by strengthening education, workforce development, and the economic vitality of Upstate SC. Students from PreK – 12 engage in STEAM activities that directly relate to real-world careers. The festival provides a connection between industry needs and education by offering schools, businesses, and non-profits a venue to showcase opportunities in STEAM to the next generation workforce and their parents. This year’s festival will be held in downtown Greenville, SC on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Find out more at

Be fully taken by rhythm and virtuosity as kathak and tap dance collide. Four of today’s leading choreographers (acclaimed kathak dancers Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas with tap impresarios Dormeshia and NC native Michelle Dorrance) have created a triumph of tradition and possibility. These four dancers share the stage with Indian classical musicians and a jazz combo, to embrace our differences while celebrating what makes us one. The performance will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2022 starting at 8pm at NC State’s Stewart Theatre. Tickets available now at

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Regional Festival of India: Matthews, NC (April 30, 2022)

The 75th Anniversary of The North Carolina Azalea Festival takes place between April 6 & 10, 2022 with a week of garden tours, entertainment, a waterfront street fair, fun family events. The festival showcases Wilmington’s artwork, gardens, rich history and culture. The annual parade is filled with the floats, marching units, bands, clowns, horses, visiting celebrities and the Azalea Queen. Marvel at fireworks over the Cape Fear River at night. Cross the threshold into beautiful and historic homes and churches representing 250 years of architecture during the Historic Home Tour. Details:

The India Association of Charlotte in active partnership with the Town of Matthews will present a regional Festival of India on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from noon to 6pm at Stumptown Park. Performances at the event will present a snapshot of the variety of dance forms and include classical and folk dance styles of from various regions of India as well as a popular Bollywood dance style that is an evolving fusion of old and new. Come and see the Visual Art Gallery with artwork by over 40 local artists. Also be sure to try unique cuisine in a new eclectic open setting with a variety of savory Indian dishes. Admission to the event is free and parking will be available around Ram Navami: (April 10, 2022) The Radha Krishna Temple of North the venue site. For more info, visit Carolina will celebrate Ram Navami For many more events, visit our welcoming Shriram Parivar on Sunday, April 10,2022 at the temple regularly updated page at located at 23 Radhika Way, Apex NC. Join for a divine annual celebration


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Hey Sinamika (Director: Brinda) Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Kajal Aggarwal, and Aditi Rao Hydari

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Film Clips South Asian Films Nominated for Oscars

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Two South Asian films, one from India and other from Bhutan, have been nominated for the 94th Academy Awards.

The film Writing with Fire has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature. It is directed and produced by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. In a news landscape dominated by men, emerges India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones and tenacity, a fearless group of journalists from India’s only womenled news outlet confronts social injustice while fighting for marginalized voices in the world’s largest democracy. The journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India’s biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom from Bhutan has been nominated for International Feature Film. A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan glaciers. In a classroom with no electricity or even a blackboard, he finds himself with only a yak and a song that echoes through the mountains. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji. Watch the Oscars on Sunday, March 27.

A film based on Kashmiri Pandit Refugees. The movie tells the story of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s, bringing this horrifying event to the world. Directed by Vivek Angihotri, it stars Mithun Chakraborty and real-life Kashmiri Pandit and veteran actor Anupam Kher. Look for the film in cinemas beginning March 11.

Rama Rao on Duty

cut-off from his pension. In debt, out of options and desperate to provide for his family, Harper contracts with a private underground military force. When the very first assignment goes awry, the elite soldier finds himself hunted and on the run, caught in a dangerous conspiracy and fighting to stay alive long enough to get home and uncover the true motives of those who betrayed him. Tarik Saleh directs the film that also features Kiefer Sutherland, Ben Foster, Gillian Jacobs and Eddie Marsan. It is slated for release on April 1.

Top Gun: Maverick

Rama Rao on Duty is an upcoming Telugu-language action film written and directed by Sarath Mandava. The film, based on real events, stars Ravi Teja, Divyansha Kaushik and Rajisha Vijayan. In supporting roles, Venu Thottempudi, Nasser, Naresh, Pavitra Lokesh, and John Vijay, will appear. The film is slated for release on March 25.

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A force for global good This objective of recasting of the Quad as not just an anti-China coalition, but a force for global good began over a year ago with the no-strings-attached pledge to donate at least one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries in the region by the end of 2022. This was a direct response to Beijing’s use of COVID19 vaccine donations to cast itself as a regional savior, while simultaneously demanding political concessions from smaller countries. This time around, the Quad foreign ministers were keen to emphasize their vaccine pledge had not been derailed by India’s devastating second wave of COVID infections last year, with more than 500 million doses already delivered to the region. Such a pledge directly addresses the top priority of Southeast Asian states, whose ability to move to a postCOVID economic recovery has been hobbled by a lack of vaccines, deepening poverty and global inequality. Additionally, the Quad members signaled their intent to strengthen collaboration on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. This is a return to the group’s 2004 origins, when the four countries first came together to respond to the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Quad members have, for example, been active in supporting Tonga after its January volcano eruption.

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and ideas; it is easier yet, when our fears and desires get co-opted to do some of the building ourselves. When the ideas no longer feel like the foreign imports that they are but feel very much as if they are our own, and when the words associated with these start to roll easily off our tongues, we have boldly gone to a place where we have not gone before, and probably never should have. It’s really that easy to get hacked when you’re in the grip of emotion! The ideal state It’s worth considering that the bigger things in life are what they are, way beyond our grasp. To feel this is an act of humility: a recognition of being something like an insignificant speck in a seething hurricane that generally does its own thing. It is also worth considering that our feelings, desires, fears and ideas have no relevance whatsoever in a universe that is what it is, and will remain whatever it is, no matter how much we squirm and twist. And it doesn’t matter one whit how powerful our fears and desires are. The truth will prevail. And it will do its own thing. The best we can do is to seek to understand the truth as best as we can, realizing that we may never understand many parts of it. And to place our bets as best as we can, in line with the truth, to the extent that we are able to be in tune with it. It is also good to remember that the truth is not necessarily hostile to us; in general, nature is kinder and more capable than what our fears would cause us to imagine. Satyameva Jayate! Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, SAT/ACT Online and inperson Coach, and K-12 Math Tutor at NewCranium. 74

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For your average person who isn’t a huge cinephile like me, it’s more cost efficient these days to wait for when that film or TV show eventually pops up on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any other streaming service that’s available at the touch of your fingertips. Because of this, studios initially were earning less money… at least until folks like Disney, Paramount, and Apple finally upped the streaming game with their own original content to draw audiences back in. Remember when movie rental stores were a thing? Those rentals and sales were like a second opening for entertainment companies where they could see a new round of profits for their product. That extra money would then be used to take risks on creating more original concepts. I still find it amusing when some people completely freaked out at films being released to streaming for an extra $20+ dollar price. It’s not that much different than buying a regular movie ticket for 2 people these days… and those studios had to make that money back somehow. Nowadays you see films that either cost $1-10 million or it’s an $80+ million-dollar juggernaut that’s either part of an existing franchise or intended to start one. There’s no middle ground anymore. Some people tend to think about movies and serial shows as this disposable medium that they can just ‘put on’ and don’t really realize that these films must make their money back. The only way we will see a greater variety of films other than what we currently see is to go out and show your support for those movies that don’t neatly fit into a ‘safe’ category. As a more familiar example… for every historical drama or gritty biography film released in Desi cinema, there will be least 3-4 romance movies out around the same time. Those are the films that make movie studios profit, unless it’s an action film with a huge megastar like John Abraham or Chiranjeevi. While I do enjoy a good romance now and again, there are so many more good stories out there that get lost in the shuffle. So, for the remainder of 2022, what films and TV shows should we support? I challenge you to look for just one creative property that is not from a well-known IP. Find that one little oddball film, mini-series, or serial show that doesn’t fit into a nice, neat little mold. Go to the theater and don’t feel embarrassed to be one of only 10 people in the room. Watch it, support it, and tell your friends about it. It can be a vicious cycle… but one that we as paying consumers can change for the better.


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I’ll be the first to admit that I have fallen prey to this due to an obsession to fully experience a story I’m invested into its completion. I’ll watch something even if I’m fully aware it’s horrible just because it’ll include references to other works. Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and the more recent Star Wars shows have me firmly in their gloved mouse clutches as I actively seek out all sorts of callbacks and Easter eggs from character camos to shared objects & scenes between all attainable forms of media. Still… Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and the like have discovered that the most profitable way to line their pockets these days is by dangling the carrot of familiarity in front of our doe-eyed faces. Admit it. When you saw a character reappear from an older property in a newer one, especially if they’re portrayed by the original actor, a special tingle of wistful intimacy further invested you into the story. Most of us have been there at some point, and the entertainment companies are well aware of it. It may be surprising to learn, then, that this concept isn’t as recent as originally thought. In fact, the very idea of a ‘remake’ goes as far back as the 1950’s with directors like Cecil B. DeMille and Alfred Hitchcock remaking their own films. Sequels and serials, originally acquainted solely with printed works, became much more common in film during the 1980’s and 90’s. Stephen Prince mentions the book, American Cinema of the 1980’s: Themes and Variations: “The imperative to sequelize a successful picture became so all-powerful in the period that the industry viewed the late appearance of Ghostbusters II (1989, five years after the success of the original film, as a major failure by the studio, Columbia Pictures, to capitalize on its momentum. The widespread embrace of sequels in the eighties showcased the status of film as pure product merchandising. Sequels were like brand labels, and the studios sought to brand audience loyalty by developing characters and film properties that could be manufactured in perpetuity.” Comparatively, a sequel is created to continue or expand an overarching narrative, such as The Godfather, Part II or the Mad Max films is one thing. Cranking out movie after movie solely for profit like the seemingly never ending The Fast and The Furious franchise is another thing entirely. It’s such a shame that many original concepts for film and television these days are simply either made as low budget ‘artsy’ projects or shoved into the winter film schedule as a way to pick up a few shiny statues come awards season. The pandemic and our changing preferences to stream content as opposed to either visit a brick & mortar theater or buy a DVD or Blu-Ray has been one of the more obvious factors.

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Many of the comics that I perform with, whether they are Americans or Indians, tend to do a lot of dirty material. I also have seen that some of the newer comics tend to be even dirtier. I think they tend to rely on the shock value to get laughs. My wife and I attended a show a couple of years back that featured a line-up of mostly Indian American female comics. As comics, I have heard a lot of blue material but this one was over the top. It reminded me when I would take my younger kids to open mike nights at comedy clubs in Los Angeles, I would have them put on their earphone when other dirty comics were performing. My kids would look at me for clues when it was safe to take down their earphones. First, I wished I had my earphones then I realized it would have been awkward to put on the earphones when these young Indian females had already picked on my wife and I calling us uncles and aunties. When we looked around the room, we realized that we were the only Indian American people in the audience. Even though we are both comics, it was still awkward to be picked on by these comics as uncles and aunties. Their jokes felt flat because most of the American audience didn’t really get the joke related to ageism. I laughed it off and felt pity for these female comics thinking that they might have a hostile relationship with their own fathers, how they might have rebelled and chosen the path of creative arts rather than becoming a doctor, an engineer, or a lawyer. Once I was performing at an open mike in Los Angeles and this younger Indian American comic started picking on me. He referred me as uncle several times in his routine. When I got on, I looked at him and said, “Sure. Since you are calling me uncle, I’ll be happy to go out with your mother.” The audience roared with laughter. A couple of years ago, before the pandemic, I was auditioning for another famous comedy club in Hollywood. He liked my material a lot but said it was too clean for Hollywood. He wanted more edgy material. I just smiled and thanked him for his opinion. On the way back I was thinking about his comments. I disagreed with his assessment. Several years ago, I had produced comedy shows in Boston, Virginia, and Los Angeles at private upscale venues over catered dinner and had line-ups of clean comics. In each event, we had over 100 people and we got a lot of compliments from couples saying that they forgot what it was like to laugh. They also said we stopped going to comedy clubs because the material was too dirty. Another successful business executive in his 40’s said, “My wife and I have no interest in listening to some 18-year old’s wild fantasies and mindless cursing.” This booker was

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Make words using 5 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Plural words are not allowed. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below)

7. Country with the highest number of lakes? (a) USA (b) India (F) Russia (d) Canada

8+ words = Excellent; 5 to 7 words = Good; 4 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

8. Australian Open Men’s singles winner of 2022. (a) Medvedev (b) Nadal (c) Sampras (d) Federer


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Clues Down: 1. Crispy corn or wheat tortillas, rolled and stuffed with a mixture of beans or meat, cheese, & lettuce. 2. Small unit of matter or chemical element. 3. To nominate for an honor, award, etc. 4. A body posture often associated with yoga. 5. A city in Gujarat (aka Baroda). 6. Law Enforcement. (*). 7. Plural of ‘is’. 8. A gullible inhabitant of a rural area or small town. 9. First man and progenitor of the human race (Biblical). 12. The second month of the year. 15. Rupees. (*) 17. A member of peoples of the Jaintia hills of Assam. 20. Small Inventory Top Tier Site. (*) (UK). 22. More white than. 24. A granular crystalline rock consisting of a triclinic feldspar (as labradorite) and hypersthene. 25. Female person or animal previously mentioned. 26. Kept away from responsibility through cleverness. 28. The official residence and offices of an ambassador. 29. Spreads over a surface. 30. Achieve. 32. A clear savory jelly (as of fish or meat stock) used as a garnish or to make a meat, fish or vegetable mold. 35. Capital of Switzerland. 37. Real Estate Investing. (*) 38. Royal Australian Artillery. (*) 39. New York City. (*) 42. Large Scale. (*)

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. A divine vigorous dance performed by Nataraja, (Shiva). 6. The graceful dance performed by Goddess Parvati in response to the cosmic dance of Tandav by the God Shiva. 10. Authority To Operate. (*) 11. More secure from threat of danger, harm or loss. 13. Outer Diameter. (*) 14. A fellow socialist or communist (form of address). 16. The annual agricultural show of Queensland, Australia. 18. A mantra used in contemplation of ultimate reality. 19. One who avoids or ignores those regarded as inferior. 21. A border of a cloth doubled back and stitched down. 23. Endocrine glands above the kidneys, produce hormones. 25. Female person or animal previously mentioned. 27. Cars. 29. A festival of convergence of Shiva and Shakti. (3/1/22) 31. The part of foot between the ankle and toes. 32. An abdominal muscle. 33. Eastern Daylight Time. (*) 34. Total Body Surface Area. (*) 36. An unpaid and overdue debt. 39. Turnips. (Scotland). 40. Sa, __ ,Ga, Ma...; Do, __. Mi, Fa... (A musical notation) 41. Everyday. 43. Research Information Systems. (*) 44. Square root of thirty-six. 45. Birth; Origin.

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Math Magic Fill in the empty squares to get = the final given answers. Use the remaining numbers from 2 to 9 only once: Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on page 88)

Find & circle the words in the puzzle.




The unused 7 letters spell name of ”Founder of Maratha Kingdom.” (answer on page 88)

TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “ARC” - Fill in the blanks)

1. 287 BC scientist of Sicily who is considered the father of modern calculus and analysis. ARC _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Of an ecological: developing in a dry place. _ _ _ ARC _ 3. The 3rd month of the Gregorian calendar year. _ ARC _ 4. One of a group of civil and priestly officials in the Roman province of Asia. _ _ _ ARC _ 5. A wrapped bundle. _ ARC _ _ 6. To try to find someone or something. _ _ ARC _ 7. Relating to the regions around the North Pole. ARC _ _ _ 8. Ruled by a woman or women. _ _ _ ARC _ _ 9. Insensibility induced by a narcotic. _ ARC _ _ _ 10. Doorway or gateway with an overhead curvature. ARC _ 11. Intentionally absent; Hard to find. _ _ ARC _ 12. The semifluid, granular interior of certain unicellular organisms. _ _ _ _ _ ARC 13. A dense, horizontal, roll-shaped cloud. ARC _ _ 14. Ironic words intended for ridicule. _ ARC _ _ _ 15. Having six radiating vascular strands. _ _ _ ARC _ _ 16. A person who investigates narcotics violations. _ ARC 17. Someone who collects teddy bears. ARC _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 18. The unlawful taking of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently. _ ARC _ _ _ 19. Very old or old-fashioned. ARC _ _ _ _ 20. A white odorless tasteless granular or powdery complex carbohydrate (C6H10O5)x _ _ ARC _ 21. Covered walkway with shops on both sides. ARC _ _ _ 22. A person who reigns over a kingdom. _ _ _ ARC _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 88. NO peeking!) Saathee Puzzle Master Kirit Shukla


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Libra (September 22 – October 20) It is time to spend money on fixing and decorating your home. You may visit extended family and enjoy their company. Avoid taking financial risks. Be sure to ignore rivalry and compromise. Remain disciplined and take up some exercise to avoid health problems. Also become more sociable in order to widen your communal circle. The stars should help as you work on your dream project.

Destiny is on your side with an accommodative environment to work on your dream project. Unexpected financial gains will delight you. Make positive decisions and begin a new venture with confidence. You may have to take an immediate financial risk but do it quickly. Your loved ones can support you, so be sure to accept their advice and support. You will enjoy good health. Any family misunderstandings should be resolved quickly.

Scorpio (October 21 – November 20)

Taurus (April 21 – May 20)

After a confusing start, you will build confidence by the end of month. A great, positive change is happening now. Enjoy some fun and travel with friends or siblings. You may broaden your education this month. Don’t trust people blindly, as someone could create misunderstandings and problems during the last week. Destiny will support you.

You may experience a clarity of mind as new ideas start popping up. You will feel energetic, and a happy love life should boost your confidence. You could spend money on unnecessary luxury items, perhaps for a special hobby, but you will maintain your income. A happy family life is clearly indicated. Avoid trips and focus on saving money for the future.

Sagittarius (November 21 – December 21)

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

This is the perfect time to relocate or change your career as you will receive good opportunities for both, so be sure to make bold and quick decisions. You may encounter new people and feel an intimate connection with someone. Enjoy life and ignore any sort of fear. Unexpected financial gain is also possible during the last week. Your health should improve and help you feel confident. Connecting with seniors should provide positive support.

After the first week of the month, you should experience a positive change. An active lifestyle and rise in income will delight you by the third week. Don’t expect family to help you. You must forge ahead on your own to achieve desired success, but overconfidence could be a hinderance. If you remain focused on your job and move fast, then income will surely follow. Destiny may lead you toward unexpected places.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 21) Try to relax and enjoy yourself as this should be a very eventful month. You will be able to defeat your enemies, perhaps by immoral ways. Your friends and family will offer assistance, so don’t turn them away. Watch your health and drive carefully. A moderate increase in income is possible after second week of the month, however expenses will also be on the rise.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) An increase in income and multiple opportunities to start a new venture should create excitement. It’s time to make a major move, so be sure to research any and all opportunities before any decisions. You may also find financial investors or business partner for your project. You will enjoy a happy love life. Ignore your enemies this month. A successful longdistance journey is also possible.

Aquarius (January 22 – February 18) You may spend money on luxuries and extracurricular activities. Your personal philosophy about life will change in the second half of month. Your savings will rise, and family happiness should keep you feeling comfortable. However, an increase in responsibilities and workload could keep you busy. Your partner may coordinate with your work / project and help you earn extra income.

Leo (July 23 – August 22) You will enjoy a comfortable and cordial family life. Your partner should bring you good luck. A minor financial setback could upset you. Change your attitude towards your competitors to avoid more problems and don’t take any risk without asking for help. Take a short trip to spend time with a friend as it will provide minor stress relief. Drive carefully and watch your health this month.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20) After a negative start, things should take on a more positive turn by the end of this month. You may face competition with your associates. This is a good time to change up your strategy at your place of business. New ideas will materialize in your mind, so be sure to implement these changes to gain financial benefits. Some minor health relief could be there. A strong family bond should help in defeating any common enemies. An increase in savings is also possible.

Virgo (August 23 – September 21) You will receive mixed results this month. Your health and bad decisions will become major issues. Worthless pursuits can disrupt your tranquility, so take things slow and wait for the right time to take action. This will also avoid financial loss. Unfortunately you won’t realize your mistake until the second half of the month. Try to correct this mistake as soon as possible as it will boost your overall confidence and peace of mind.

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The Quad


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Stress can cause: • Spasms in your esophagus • Increased acid production; heartburn • Stomach cramps • Nausea, constipation or diarrhea • Appetite changes • Indigestion

influence built on a foundation of investment and development aid to quasi-democratic and authoritarian countries alike. India is the most reluctant of all, having deep historical ties and a strong defense relationship with both the former Soviet Union and now Russia. India diverged from the other members on the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, instead preferring the Quad focus on Indo-Pacific issues and avoid any agenda that might damage its relationship with Moscow. At the same time, India would not want to legitimize a Russian invasion of Ukraine, as this might offer Pakistan cover to do the same against Indian-controlled Kashmir. Nevertheless, the schisms between democratic and authoritarian great powers are widening and will be increasingly difficult to manage. The good news is the declaration of a Sino-Russian “no-limits” partnership has given even more momentum to the Quad and further strengthened the resolve of the four members to advance a “free and open Indo-Pacific”. The bad news is we are a few steps closer to outright division between the democratic Quad members and China and Russia, with less room to maneuver to find common ground.

In more serious cases, stress may cause a decrease in blood flow and oxygen to the stomach, which could lead to cramping, inflammation, or an imbalance of gut bacteria. It can also exacerbate gastrointestinal disorders, including: • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) • Peptic ulcers • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Say No to Dieting! Food should never make you feel guilty or feel deprived. Food is our fuel, and we need to nourish our body with the right kind of fuel. When we are on a “diet”, we are not happy when we eat. Then when we eat something that’s not allowed on that diet, we feel guilty; we want to have “cheat days”. All these negative emotions Lavina Lee is a Senior lecturer, Macquarie University. impact our digestive system in a negative way. Article courtesy of The Conversation: Food & Mood – Eat a Happy Meal (Not the McDonalds’ kind!) The same part of our brain that turns on stress turns off digestion. Similarly, the part of the brain that turns on the relaxation response can stimulate digestive processes. These two functions of the nervous system are aspects of the sympathetic response, which activates in times of stress, and the parasympathetic response, sometimes called the “rest and digest” phase. The brain and gut are directly connected via the Vagus nerve and signals flow both ways. What you feel affects your gut. Similarly, what you eat (or don’t eat), can affect your mood. When we are happy when we eat, our digestion is optimal. Research has shown using all five senses to enjoy a meal significantly improves digestion and absorption. This is why cooking your own meals is encouraged. When you see and touch the ingredients, smell and hear the food cooking, and then taste the food, you are engaging all your senses. Your senses are not activated when you just eat a microwaved meal or eat packaged processed foods. So, celebrate the world of flavors and enjoy what you eat. Have a variety in the foods you eat. Don’t eat the same thing every day. Cook and serve different foods. Involve the whole family! This is one way to avoid your kids becoming picky eaters. Try different cuisines and recipes! Eat well, feel good, and stay healthy.



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