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In this issue: India’s Massive Election Full Frame Preview

Hello Readers! 100 Million New Voters are About to Transform India. They’re social media savvy, and they don’t vote like their parents. Story on pg. 8. Full Frame Documentary Festival 2014 preview. Pg. 14. Indian Hustle. How fraudsters prey on would-be US tech workers. pg. 30. Could MH370 really blow straight through Asian air defenses? Maybe, say experts. Or maybe the militaries are hiding something. pg. 36. Meet nine hot Indian innovators. pg. 40. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. The ever popular Pop’s puzzles and jokes are on pg. 116. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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Yet it is the older Modi, 63, who appears to have captured young people’s attention. “Opinion polling shows younger voters do prefer Narendra Modi to Rahul Gandhi more strongly than older voters,” Amitabh Dubey, the director of India research at Trusted Sources, an emerging markets research firm, told GlobalPost. “Whether that translates into actual votes remains to be seen.” Modi’s energetic campaigning, along with his story of economic development in the western state of Gujarat where he has been chief minister since 2001, seem to appeal to India’s youth. He has been an enthusiastic user of social media. With around 80 million Indians using Facebook, many of them young and urban, some studies say social media may prove a decisive factor in marginal constituencies. The white-bearded candidate, whose jibes at Gandhi as ‘shehzada’ or ‘crown prince’ — drawing attention to his family’s dynasty — go down well at election rallies, divides opinion among Indians over his role in anti-Muslim riots in 2002 in Gujarat. Some accuse him of turning a blind eye to the bloodshed in which about 2,000 people died. Yet the youngest of India’s new electors were only six years old when the riots happened. They seem to be more interested in his plans to create jobs and revive India’s economic growth. “India’s youth are much more aspirational and increasingly they realize that their aspirations are not going to be met,” said Professor Jayati Ghosh, who lectures in political economics at Delhi’s prestigious Jawalal Nehru University. “They are much less satisfied with the idea that they should vote along the same

With only a few weeks until India elects its next prime minister, the country’s “demographic dividend” — the young people who provide its best hope of becoming a major economic power — is about to become its democratic dividend. About 100 million Indians will be able to vote for the first time when the polling stations open on April 7. That’s almost as many as the 132 million Americans who voted in the last presidential elections. Most of those new voters will be aged 18 to 23 years old, too young for the last elections to the Lok Sabha, India’s Westminster-style parliament, in 2009. But the easy comparison with Western democracies hides the gargantuan task facing India’s Election Commission, tasked with giving the country’s 814 million registered voters their say. Although polls open on April 7, they don’t close until May 12, five weeks later. The election officials need another four days just to get the votes together, then start counting ballots to announce the results on May 16. So what impact could India’s youth have in this granddaddy of all elections? First, the candidates. The election is cast as a fight between Narendra Modi, the charismatic Hindu nationalist candidate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, and Rahul Gandhi, whose family has led the ruling Congress party since independence in 1947. Gandhi would seem an obvious favorite for India’s youth. He is 42, has involved himself in Congress’s youth wing for much of his political career and says he want to include young people in the political process.


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Sanu accepted the role without knowing whether it is a long or a short performance. Sanu will fly to Haridwar in the near future to shoot for the film. He will not only sing in the film but also collaborate with music director Anu Malik as the duo plan to re-create the magic of the 90s music. Directed by Sharat Katariya, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is produced by Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma.

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IAAC’s 14th Annual NY Indian Film Festival

Actor Hooda has always loved horses. He owns five horses as well as a polo team. At the National Equestrian Championship, held in Delhi in March, Hooda won 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals. He told an interviewer that many years of training had finally paid off as he bagged the medals. On the acting front Hooda is currently at work on Salman Khan’s film Kick.

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) continues its annual tradition with the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, which will be held May 5 - May 10, 2014 in New York City. This year the spotlight is on filmmaker Gurinder Chadha and a retrospective of her documentaries. NYIFF will kick off its six day long festivities with a star-studded opening night red carpet premiere at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Festival screenings, centerpiece, retrospectives and special events will take place throughout the week at the Village East Cinemas (2nd Ave @12th St NYC), with the Closing Night selection to be followed by the annual awards ceremony and after-party at Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Final film selections will be announced by early April with tickets going on sale on April 15. The New York Indian Film Festival is the oldest South Asian film festival in the United States. It is dedicated to showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of Independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent. For further details visit

Farhan Akhtar’s Band Goes International Actor, director, producer Farhan Akhtar also wears another hat. A singer. He fronts his band Farhan Live, and the boys are hitting the international tour circuit in April. The filmmaker has been working on his band for the past two and a half years and the actor recently took a break from his shooting schedule to perform in the multi-city promotional tour of the band in India. And now they will tour the world. Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai are all on the schedule as well as the United States. The band is slated to play on April 25 at IIFA Rocks in Tampa, Florida.

Prem Ratan dhan Payo Salman Khan and Sooraj Barjatya are coming together after a span of 15 years and the film will be called Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The film also stars Sonam Kapoor, while Neil Nitin Mukesh will play his younger brother, Anupam Kher too has been roped in to play a pivotal role along with Swara Bhaskara, Deepak Dobriyal and Samaira Rao. The spokesperson of the film confirmed the news to Bollywood Hungama, “We have locked the title to be Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. We have largely finalized the other cast and crew too, Salman and Sonam being the lead pair. The film will go on floor this June for a 2015 Diwali release.” Himesh Reshamiya will compose the music for Irshad Kamil’s lyrics.

British Journalist James Crabtree Kicking in Bollywood If you read financial dailies, the byline of James Crabtree will sound familiar. He is the Mumbai Bureau Chief of the London-based newspaper Financial Times. It seems Crabtree is slated to appear in the Salman Khan movie Kick, portraying a British diplomat. Writer Chetan Bhagat recommended Crabtree to the film’s producer Sajid Nadiadwala. His role will be a small one, but Crabtree jumped at the chance as he is a Bollywood film buff, and living in Mumbai, he is surrounded by the glitz of films.

Taaha Shah jumps to Action Actor Taaha Shah, who had earlier starred in Yash Raj Films’ Luv Ka The End opposite Shraddha Kapoor and then in Dharma Productions Gippi as a heartthrob is now set to surprise his fans with his upcoming role in Tina and Lolo. Shah reportedly underwent rigorous training in martial arts and acrobatics for the film and has put in his heart and soul in preparing for his part as the character Mario. When asked to reveal something about his character, the young actor quips, “My character in ‘Tina and Lolo’ is going to be a complete surprise for the audiences. Not only am I going to showcase a lot of the skills that I have been working towards in the action arena, but am also going to be sporting a whole new look which I have worked very hard towards and hope the audiences like.”

Suzanne and Gauri Launch Real Estate Project Longtime friend Suzanne Roshan (Hrithik’s estranged wife) and Gauri Khan are collaborating for a real estate project in Goa, reports Bollywood Hungama. The development, called Naira, will feature a dozen lush mansions and villas. In late March a party was held in Dubai to announce the ambitious project at socialite Rekha Tourani’s Emirates Hills residence. Prospective buyers take note.

Kumar Sanu to debut as Actor The most famous voice of the 80’s and 90’s, Kumar Sanu, will be featured in the upcoming Yash Raj film Dum Laga Ke Haisha.


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Song: Satyam Shivam Sundaram ... Film: Satyam Shivam Sundaram Year: 1978 Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal Singers: Lata Mangeshkar Lyric: Narendra Sharmā Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Mishra Kānadā Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Shashi Kapoor, Zeenat Aman

Narendra Sharmā (1913 – 1989) Pundit Narendra Sharmā, born on February 28, 1913 in Jahāngirpur, Uttar Pradesh was a writer, poet and lyricist. He was also a scholar ofn Hindi and Urdu literature and philosophy, along with Ayurveda and astrology. He received his higher education degree in literature from Allahabad University. He published “Abyudhay” newspaper in 1934. He joined the All India Congress Committee at Allahabad as Hindi Secretary to Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru in February 1955. Satyam Shivam Sundaram Sharma’s father passed away during early childhood and he was raised by his uncle. He married a young Gujarati woman Lyrics in English: in 1947 in Mumbai. The city has always been a hub for artistic Ishvar Satya hai, Satya hi shiv hai, Shiv hi sundar hai, jāgo.. Utha kar dekho, jivan jot ujāgar hai, Satyam Shivam Sundaram 2 activities and films. He was patriotic and was also jailed in Pune and other detention camps by the British rulers during the fight Ā.. Satyam Shivam Sundaram 2 for independence. He was 20 when his first book of poetry was Rāma avadh men –2, Kāshi men Shiv Kānhā brindāvan men released. His poetries and film song lyrics were patriotic, with Dayā karo prabhu dekhu inako –2, hara ghar ke āngan men, Indian philosophy and humanity values. Regular radio listeners Rādhā-Mohan sharanam, Satyam Shivam Sundaram 2 of 1950s used to hear contemporary Hindi film songs on Radio Eka Surya hai, -2, eka gagan hai eka hi dharati-mātā Dayā karo prabhu ek bane sab –2, sabakā eka se nātā Ceylon, particularly the popular show Rādhā-Mohan sharanam, Satyam Shivam Sundaram 2 Binācā Geetmālā. On the other hand All Ā.. Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Satyam Shivam Sundaram 2 India Radio (AIR) and its Ākashvani generally played classical music and no Meaning (Summary): film songs, losing listeners and revenue This song has a deep philosophical meaning. to Radio Ceylon. AIR started Vividh Satyam means Truth, Shivam can refer to either Lord Shiva or Bhārati (a name given by Sharma) with welfare or eternal and Sundaram means Beauty. God is Truth, a variety of Bollywood music and Truth is Shiva, the one who bestows welfare and Shiva is Sugam Sangeet which brought back the beautiful. Wake up, rise and see; the flame of life is glowing. listeners and increased revenue for AIR. Lord Rama in Ayodhyā, Lord Shiva in (Kāshi) Benares and Sharma passed away on Feb. 11, 1989. Lord Krishna in Brindāban (Mathurā): I would like to see you all in the courtyard of every home, so Lord be kind. O Some of the films for which he wrote the lyrics: Krishna, the beloved of Radha, I surrender to you. There is 1943 - Hamāri bāt, 1944 - Jwār bhātā, 1948 - Banvāsi, one Sun, one sky and only one Mother Earth. Have mercy, 1949 - Uddhār, 1950 -Afsar, 1951- Mālti Mādhav, Lord, that all of us become united, (since) all are related to 1952- Ādhiān, 1954 - Mahatma Kabir, 1956 - Sajni, one race of human being. Radha - Mohan (Krishna), I 1961- Bhābhi ki Chudiān, 1971 - Phir bhi, surrender unto you. Thou art the truth; happiness and beauty. 1978- Satyam Shivam Sundaram, 1982 - Prem Rog Awards: 1979 - Filmfare awards for best lyricist: film: Satyam Shivam Sundaram for the title song. His famous Hindi song lyric “Satyam Shivam Sundaram ...” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on this page. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge & love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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How long will it take before I (my child) can perform Carnatic music concerts? Like other classical art forms, Carnatic music has to be practiced for a number of years before a student can competently perform in public. The Guru (teacher) is the best judge of when a student is ready to perform in public.

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Till we meet next time, please do not hesitate to ask more questions about Carnatic music- answering rasikas’s questions is something that I enjoy very much.

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Dear readers, I would like to address some commonly asked questions about Carnatic music. It is indeed heartening to see the HIndustani music: Raga music and Ayurveda number of children interested in learning Carnatic music and with a passion that goes beyond a passing interest. By Anita Kulkarni I want (my child) to learn Indian classical music- is that Carnatic music? - There are two main forms of Indian classical musicHindustani music (originating from North India) and Carnatic music, which is mainly practiced in South India. Both these styles of music have many similarities and many differences with each other. The decision to learn Hindustani or Carnatic music is one of personal choice. The best way to decide is to spend some time listening to various artistes in both these genres and seeing which appeals more to your musical sense. Is Carnatic music played on an instrument or is it vocal? Carnatic music is a style of Indian classical music that can be vocal or instrumental. Common instruments that you will see used for Carnatic music are violin, flute and veena; however instruments such as the guitar, mandolin and saxophone are more recent adaptations. Carnatic music also utilizes percussive instruments, the most common instruments being the mridangam (double headed drum), ghatam (an earthenware pot made specifically to be played as an instrument), khanjira (frame drum) and morsing (a metallic instrument). In what language is Carnatic music taught? - Carnatic music compositions are typically in Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages. The language of instruction can be any language that both student and teacher are comfortable with and can communicate with each other; these days with students from all parts of the world aspiring to learn Carnatic music, English is commonly used as the language of instruction. How much time am I (is my child) expected to commit to learn Carnatic music? - While the actual instruction classes may take place once or twice a week, learning Carnatic music also involves practice at home on a regular basis. Apart from this, it is imperative to listen to Carnatic music by attending concerts, lecture demonstrations or listening to recordings. The Internet is a great resource and a number of websites allow you to listen to streaming music for free. In fact, listening to Carnatic music and attending concerts is one of the best ways to rapidly advance in ones learning. Unfortunately, the general tendency is for students to attend presentations only if they are performing. Many local organizations organize concerts and lecture demonstrations, which are free and accessible to the public- I would encourage you all to attend as many as possible even if your child is not a participant.

Raga music has a concept of time, tone and various note patterns that assigns the raga to a time theory. Each note has certain sound, emotion and vibration. Every Raga has certain mood that has an effect on various chakras in our body. Science has confirmed that Indian classical music, an organized form of sound, can directly affect mood, brain waves, and body chemistry. When ragas are played at the correct time and occasion, they have a harmonizing effect on the listener and the surroundings. The ancient Vedic method of sound therapy, where Vedic mantras are recited for specific regions of the body, is used to promote healing. In the same way the ragas of Indian classical music can also be used for certain illnesses and problems. This knowledge already existed in texts such as the Sangita Ratnakar and has been recently rediscovered and practically researched more and more. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing rooted in the ancient Vedic culture of India. It literally means “the science of life” (Ayur- life, Veda- science or knowledge). The main objective of Ayurveda is to restore the balance, the inner centre, which it calls Svasthya (established in the Self). Vibrations play an important role in Hindustani classical music and Ayurveda. Thus in the Ayurvedic medicine the whole plant is always used and not just a filtered out active substance. The vibrations of the plant should restore the natural equilibrium in the body without overloading it. Raga theory is an important medicine in Ayurveda. Raga Madhuvanti has been chosen to balance increased Vaat and can even prevent it at first stage. It is traditionally heard in the late afternoon. People with a large amount of Pitta are animated, occasionally hot tempered, have a sharp intellect and attach importance to aesthetics. If a piece of music is to reduce increased Pitta then it has to go beyond just having a soothing, cooling effect and appeal to these strong qualities, otherwise it will not be listened to. The sitar is an excellent choice for such music because of its characteristic nasal, overtone rich sounds and great variation in the playing possibilities. Raga Ahir Bhairav and Charukeshi are the main ragas which help to cure Pitta dosh. The morning raga Bairagi, has been chosen to balance increased Kapha. You need to listen some of these Ragas like Hindol, Shree, Darbari, Bhairavi, Bageshree, Asawari, Jounpuri, Kedar, Malkans, Malhar, Marawa, Puriya, Shyam kalyaan, Ramkali on instrument or vocal to find their effects in today’s busy lifestyles.

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they spotted MH370 flying off route in the wrong direction. “But they didn’t do anything. Why? Because that’s not what they were looking for,” said Carlyle Thayer of the Australian Defense Force Academy. Radar operators are trained to detect fast-moving fighter aircraft from rival militaries. Not civilian planes, which fill the skies at all hours. Like the Sept. 11 attacks, the MH370 mystery is so “outside the box” Thayer said, that it defies typical surveillance conventions. “Just look at 9/11,” said Ian Storey, a security expert at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. “Nobody knew the aircraft were headed towards those targets. And that was in the most technologically powerful country on earth.” The theorized northern route sends the jet through nations with rudimentary militaries (Myanmar and Laos), moderately advanced forces (Thailand) and sophisticated air defenses (China and Afghanistan). China’s military has fortified radar positions along its urbanized east coast, a vitally important stretch facing US military bases in Korea and Japan. There is less cause for vigilance in its western hinterlands — which fall along the northern route. Still, blowing through that region’s air defenses would he extremely difficult. As one expert told the New York Times: “Everything would have to go your way.” Aviation expert Jay Carmel of the Avascent aerospace consulting firm told GlobalPost that piercing China’s defenses would be wildly unlikely. Nearing Afghanistan — protected by American air defenses — would be even harder.

BANGKOK, Thailand — For the conspiracy minded, the idea that missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 could have veered over mainland Asia is tantalizing. Satellite data suggests two potential routes for the missing jet, which appears to have gone rogue during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. One trajectory sends the plane southward past Indonesia and over an ocean abyss adjacent to Australia. This scenario is deeply unsettling: The aircraft and its 239 passengers could be submerged miles below the water’s surface. Recovery from deep waters can take years. The other trajectory is more intriguing: a northern arc over Thailand, Myanmar, China and potentially as far as the Central Asian hinterlands. Given that Malaysian authorities deem the plane’s disappearance “deliberate,” this theory offers a flicker of hope that the jet landed somewhere — or at least crashed into land instead of difficult-to-probe ocean depths. But this theory begs the question: Wouldn’t these countries’ air defenses spot and intercept a 770,000-pound jet careening into their military-protected skies? Probably. But maybe not. Violating a developing country’s airspace is easier than you might imagine, experts on Asian military capabilities say. militaries fear attack aircraft, not commuter jets Military radar operators in both Malaysia and Thailand believe


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No nation wants to admit its airspace was invaded Blowing through a nation’s air defenses without permission sends a message to all its potential adversaries: This nation’s skies can be violated. This is more than a national security risk. It’s also a huge loss of face. “It would be hugely embarrassing,” Storey said. “Especially in a post-9/11 era when countries are supposed to have tightened surveillance of air space. The US has provided developing countries with a lot of assistance in this area. But there’s a limit to what they can actually cover.” Militaries are inherently proud and secretive. Most would be inclined to conceal or at least downplay an invasion of their sovereignty if they could get away with it — especially if the intruding aircraft came and went without doing harm. “It wouldn’t surprise me,” Storey said, “if aircraft regularly pass through countries’ airspace without permission and nothing happens.” But Thayer doesn’t believe any Asian military would be cagey or callous enough to hide information about an MH370 landed or crashed on its turf. Officials would probably only conceal this in bizarre circumstances. Example: The jet lands in Taliban territory and special forces want to throw its captors off their scent. “For operational reasons,” he said, “you’d want strategic deception. You’d want to look bumbling, stupid and disorganized” to pacify the enemy before retrieving passengers.


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engage audiences. Abhishek Chatterjee, based in Pune, Maharashtra, aims to let advertisers target people at the right time by scanning social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find out what they’re talking about. “We feel this is a high potential company,” Tandon said. “They really seem to know what they are doing.”

2. SignEasy Naturally, most of the big purchases focus on the tech heavy This mobile app was born from frustration by the owner, Sunil hubs of Silicon Valley, New York and Boston. But startups with Patro, at trying to find a printer and a fax to sign vital documents ties to India are also attracting a lot of attention. while on vacation. “I thought it would be awesome if I could sign and send documents straight from my phone,” he said. Users can Consider these examples from the past three months: insert a picture of their hand-written signature on a document, date it, and send it back. The digital signature company was • In December, Apple bought Topsy, a firm that analyzes founded in 2010 in Bangalore and San Francisco. The app has Twitter conversations, for $200 million. The company was become a popular business download for Android and iOS. started in 2007 by New Delhi-born Vipul Ved Prakash and Rishab Aiyer Ghosh with two San Francisco colleagues. 3. Indix Founder Sanjay Parthasarathy moved back to India after two • Facebook picked up Little Eye Labs, for an estimated $10m to decades in the US to set up Indix. The former Microsoft exec $15m in January. The Bangalore-based company builds tools aims to build the world’s biggest database of products, with that analyze mobile apps to measure their performance. more than one billion items. It already tracks more than 200 million online. The idea is for brands and retailers to compare • A few weeks later Google announced it had bought sales figures for both their own products and their competitors’, Impermium, a cybersecurity company with offices in and also for social media and e-commerce sites to have access Bangalore and California which has been taking on to up-to-date information about each product. “We’re very spammers and online fraud. excited about this one,” Tandon said. “It’s very ambitious.” As GlobalPost reported last year, India’s tech community is undertaking a serious effort to boost its startup scene, with help from investors, entrepreneurs and multinationals like Microsoft.

4. madStreetDen Google Glass is trying to translate the real world into the digital world for its users. Mad Street Den’s founder Anand Chandrasekaran hopes to take the opposite path: making machines more human. The idea is to incorporate artificial And it’s paying off. intelligence into mobile apps so that they can learn from their users and anticipate commands; to “learn and change with you “There were 450 tech startups in 2013,” Rajat Tandon, senior as they grow older,” Chandrasekaran said. director for startups at NASSCOM, India’s tech industry trade body, told GlobalPost. He wants to get thousands of companies 5. Bookpad up and running over the next ten years with NASSCOM’s Cloud computing — where content is stored remotely so it can 10,000 startups. “We have to continue to build the ecosystem be accessed from multiple devices — has become increasingly for startups, but it’s certainly already pretty healthy.” popular. But often people struggle to access their documents because they don’t have the right software to read the files. So which companies are next on the shopping list? Well, it’s hard Bookpad aims to solve that problem by allowing users to read to say, given that the titans aren’t in the habit of tipping their hands. and edit any document online. “It’s an important issue,” said But here are nine that may catch the eye of the big US tech firms: Tandon. “We’re pretty confident they can solve it.” 1. tookitaki Marketers often complain that internet advertising fails to


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k. Makes me very hungry. l. Said something that he would regret. m. From the person most directly involved or best informed. n. I felt very, very nervous. o. To talk too much; tell secrets p. To keep asking about or interfering with someone else’s personal affairs q. Remind someone of his failure or mistake. r. Was exactly right. s. To feel upset because you think you have not been treated fairly. t. Moved out quietly and cautiously. u. Feeling very anxious v. Exactly even or very close (from horse racing) w. Couldn’t believe the news. x. Don’t get discouraged; act brave and confident. y. Keeping a very close watch on someone’s every move. z. Just barely, by a short distance.

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Tax Matters IRS Encourages Small Employers to Check Out Small Business Health Care tax Credit WASHINGTON — With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service today encouraged small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page on is packed with information and resources designed to help small employers see if they qualify for the credit and then figure it correctly. These include a 2013 tax credit estimator, examples of typical tax savings under various scenarios and answers to frequently-asked questions. Additionally, the IRS has Health Care Tax Tips, designed to provide useful information to employers, families and individuals. These tips include a new Small Business Health Care Tax Credit tip as well as tips covering other Affordable Care Act topics. The small business health care tax credit was included in the Affordable Care Act enacted in 2010. Under the ACA, eligible small employers can claim the credit for 2010 through 2013 and for two additional years beginning in 2014. For 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit is 35 percent of premiums paid by eligible small businesses and 25 percent of premiums paid by eligible tax-exempt organizations. In 2014, the maximum credit rate rises to 50 percent for small businesses and 35 percent for tax-exempt organizations. Small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement may be eligible for this credit. The credit is specifically targeted to help small businesses and tax-exempt organizations provide health insurance for their employees. Depending upon how they are structured, eligible small employers are likely subject to one of the following three taxfiling deadlines, which fall in coming weeks: March 17: Corporations and S Corporations that file on a calendar year basis can figure the credit on Form 8941 attached to the income tax return. April 15: Partnerships and individuals have until April 15 to complete and file their income tax returns (partnerships on Form 1065 and individuals on Form 1040). Sole proprietors can figure the credit on Form 8941 attached to the individual income tax return. Individuals who have business income and credits reported to them on Schedules K-1—partners in partnerships, S corporation shareholders and beneficiaries of estates and trusts—will report the credit amount directly on Form 3800– no Form 8941 required. The resulting credit is entered on Form 1040, Line 53. May 15: Tax-exempt organizations that file on a calendar year basis can use Form 8941 and then claim the credit on Form 990-T, Line 44f. Taxpayers needing more time to determine eligibility should consider obtaining an automatic tax-filing extension, usually


Businesses that have already filed and later find that they qualified in 2013 or an earlier year can still claim the credit by filing an amended return for the affected years. Corporations use Form 1120X, individuals use Form 1040X and tax-exempt organizations use Form 990-T. A three-year statute of limitations normally applies to these refund claims. See the instructions to these forms for details. Some businesses and tax-exempt organizations that already locked into health insurance plan structures and contributions may not have had the opportunity to make any needed adjustments to qualify for the credit for 2013 or earlier years. These employers can still make changes so they qualify to claim the credit on future returns. To learn more about the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit and view tips about other ACA topics, visit the Health Care Tax Tip page on Newly added tips include: Small Business Health Care Tax Credit - Employers can find out if they qualify and how much they can get. What You Need to Know about the Amount of Health Insurance Reported on Form W-2 - Learn about the amount of health insurance reported on Form W-2. What do I need to know about the Health Care Law for my 2013 Tax Return? – Provides tips that help with filing the 2013 income tax return, including information about filing requirements and Form W-2.

IRS Releases fy 2013 Data Book The Internal Revenue Service has released the 2013 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year. The report describes activities conducted by the IRS from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, and includes information about returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement, taxpayer assistance and the IRS budget and workforce, among others. During fiscal year 2013, the IRS collected almost $2.9 trillion in federal revenue and processed 240 million returns, of which 151 million were filed electronically. Out of the 146 million individual income tax returns filed, almost 83 percent were efiled. More than 118 million individual income tax return filers received a tax refund, which totaled almost $312.8 billion. On average, the IRS spent 41 cents to collect $100 in tax revenue during the fiscal year, matching low-cost results for 2008 and 2001. The IRS examined just under one percent of all tax returns filed and about one percent of all individual income tax returns during fiscal year 2013. Of the 1.4 million individual tax returns examined, over 39,000 resulted in additional refunds. The IRS provided taxpayer assistance through 456 million visits to and assisted almost 91 million taxpayers through its toll-free telephone helpline or at walk-in sites. An electronic version of the 2013 Data Book can be found on the Tax Stats page of Printed copies of the IRS Data Book, Publication 55B, will be available by mid-April 2014 from the U.S. Government Printing Office. To obtain a copy, write to the Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, or call (202) 512-1800 for voicemail. For more details visit April 2014

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Marketing Turnaround By Gail Z. Martin marketing Stories that Improve your Sales Case studies are marketing stories intended to help your prospect understand the value your product or solution brings by giving an in-depth example of the benefit your company brought to another client. Many companies write case studies, but few create compelling stories that make the emotional connection necessary to move a window-shopper to become a customer. The first step is to have the reader, listener or viewer identify with the problem the person in the case study is having. If you don’t get identification, you won’t get Results Envy. Your prospect has to say, “Wow, that could be me.” Even better, “Wow, that IS me. I’m just like that person.” Your prospect is going to want to look for reasons why he/she isn’t just like the person in the story, because the person in your story has admitted failure in order to ask for help. So your prospect is going to look for differences—older, younger, male/female, different educational or work background, whatever they can find to say—“that’s not me.” This is why you want to have case studies with as much client diversity as you can so your prospect will see someone just like them. Once your prospects see someone just like them dealing with a problem just like theirs, it’s time to go deeper. Suppose your business is helping people plan for retirement. The PROBLEM is that your prospect may not know much about investment options or how they work. So they have to admit not being able to figure it all out on their own to make an appointment. That’s the PROBLEM. But beneath the PROBLEM is a PAIN. Now usually, it takes some digging to get a prospect to admit to the PAIN. The PAIN is a bigger issue looming in the background. So in this case, the PROBLEM is not knowing much about investment options. The PAIN might be not wanting to find out that they don’t have enough set aside for retirement. Or maybe the PAIN is that they’ve tried to invest on their own and lost money or been caught in a scam. It’s not going to be the reason the prospect gives you for making the call, but it’s looming in the background, and it’s going to affect the decision-making, because it’s an unspoken criteria you and your product or service are being measured against. He won’t tell you it’s the yardstick, but it matters more than the PROBLEM he’s willing to talk about. Now underneath the PAIN is something deeper. It’s something the prospect may not be willing to put into words even for himself. It’s the FEAR associated with the PROBLEM and the PAIN. So in this example, maybe it’s not just not knowing much about how to invest or not wanting to get scammed, it’s the FEAR that they might end up penniless, under a bridge, with no resources at all when they’re old. Most of the time, your prospect will not put the FEAR into words because it cuts too deep. They’re afraid to speak of it aloud. But it’s always there. It’s even more of a yardstick than

the PAIN. It’s what keeps your prospect up at 4 in the morning and won’t let him get back to sleep. To create Results Envy, your case study has to speak to more than just the PROBLEM. It has to bring the PAIN out into the light for the person in the case study and address it, and it has to show that not only are things better than they were (the PROBLEM is solved), but the PAIN is gone too, and that means that there is not more FEAR. Speak to the FEAR without putting the prospect on the spot, show them the FEAR can go away, and you’ve got Results Envy. Now another piece that’s very important in creating compelling case studies is helping the prospect visualize the outcome. And this is where most would-be case studies lose it. See, we get so excited about the features and benefits, the laundry list of dimensions and techno babble and delivery details that we don’t focus on the outcome. Lisa Sasevitch calls it selling the plane instead of the destination. Are you selling the plane? Or the destination? The destination is the outcome. And you want to make that outcome so real the prospect can feel it, taste it, touch it, try it on for size and see how it fits. You want to make that outcome so real, that when the prospect realizes he/she doesn’t have it yet, won’t have it unless they buy, it’s almost like taking it away from them. This is why most retail stores want you to handle the merchandise. Because when they take it back from you to put it back in the case or back on the shelf, once you’ve fallen in love with it, it’s like taking it away from you. You want to yell ‘Mine’ and grab it back, hold onto it, take it home with you. And to do that, you’ve got to pay for it. You don’t create that kind of attachment by leaving the product in the showcase. So if you’re not in a brick and mortar store with a tangible product, what do you do? You help the prospect visualize the outcome. You make it real with an appeal to the senses, and by helping the prospect try it on for size mentally by putting himself in that place where the PROBLEM, PAIN and FEAR are vanquished. We do this with words. “Imagine if….” “Can you see yourself ….” “What if….” “What would it be like if…” “How would it feel if….” “What you do if ….” These phrases all invite the prospect to sell himself by visualizing the outcome. Listen closely, and the prospect will say things that clue you in on the PAIN and FEAR. The deeper you take the prospect into trying on the solution, taking it for a test drive, having the mental equivalent of a free sample or an in-home trial, the harder it will be for that prospect to walk away and “give up” what they’ve already mostly talked themselves into. Now to do that, the outcome becomes tangible. It becomes real. The prospect has put himself into the outcome and visualized a future with its benefits, and now it would be disappointing not to get that outcome, rather than frightening to take the first step.

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top with a serrated knife. Set in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400°F and bake for another 30 minutes, or until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from the oven and serve slices warm with butter, jam or jelly. Makes 1 loaf.

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Ingredients: Active dry yeast 1 (1/4-ounce) package Lukewarm (110°F) water 1/4 cup All-purpose flour 3 1/2 to 4 cups Sea salt 1 1/2 teaspoons Water 1 to 1 1/2 cups Honey 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup Sea salt 2 teaspoons Fresh rosemary (optional) 1 or 2 tablespoons Method: Add the yeast and lukewarm water to a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. In a large bowl, mix together 3 1/2 cups of the flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the yeast mixture, 1 cup of the water, honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon to bring the ingredients together. Add more flour or water as needed to form soft, pliable, somewhat sticky dough. Remove to a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, around 8 to 10 minutes. Set the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl and lightly oil the top of the dough. Cover with a clean towel and set aside to rise for about 2 to 3 hours. Remove the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Punch down the dough and lightly knead it 3 or 4 times. Form into a rough rectangle. Oil a medium-sized baking pan and place the dough in the pan. Use your hands to push the dough out to the sides of the pan so that it fully and evenly covers the bottom. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for another 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Use your fingers to press dimpled indentations all over the dough. Brush the dough all over with the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Sprinkle with the remaining sea salt and the fresh rosemary. Preheat oven to 450°F. Set the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 400°F and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for about 10 minutes. Cut in to squares and serve immediately. Makes 9 to 12 servings Irish Soda Bread Ingredients: Cake flour 3 cups All-purpose flour 1 cup Baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt 1 teaspoon Buttermilk 1 1/2 cups Method: Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir the buttermilk into the flour with a wooden spoon to form dough. Remove the dough to a floured work surface and knead gently just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky. Do not overknead or your bread will be tough. Form the dough into a domed loaf and place it on a lightly floured baking sheet. Cut an X in the

Method: Boil and cook the potatoes. Remove the potatoes and drain well. Mash them until smooth with a potato masher. It should make about 4 cups. Stir in the cream or milk, butter, sugar and salt. Cover and cool completely in the refrigerator. Using a wooden spoon, stir enough flour into the potatoes to make dough that is only slightly sticky but not too dry. Remove the dough to a well-floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth. Pinch off egg-sized portions of the dough and roll into balls. Press each ball lightly to form a patty. Using a floured rolling pin, roll each patty out into a thin round about 8 to 10 inches in diameter and about 1/8-inch thick. Lightly flour each round as you complete it and stack them together. Preheat large dry griddle or skillet over medium-high flame. Add a lefse round to the griddle and cook for about 1 minute, or until light brown spots appear on the bottom. Flip the lefse and cook on the other side another minute or so. Remove to a platter, cover with a soft towel and repeat with the remaining lefse rounds. Spread a piece of lefse with soft butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, roll it up and serve with hot coffee. Makes about 12 to 15 lefse. American Cornbread Ingredients: Cornmeal, preferably white 1 3/4 cup Baking powder 1 teaspoon Baking soda 1 teaspoon Sugar (optional) 1 tablespoon Salt 1 teaspoon Eggs, beaten 2 Buttermilk 2 cups Butter 2 tablespoons Method: Preheat oven to 450ºF and place a cast-iron skillet into the oven. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Beat the eggs and buttermilk together in another bowl. Stir the wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until the whole mass comes together. Do not overmix; a few dry spots and lumps are fine. Remove the hot cast-iron skillet from the oven, add the butter or bacon fat and distribute it evenly around the bottom of the skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet and spread it out evenly. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Turn cornbread out onto serving platter, cut wedges and serve. Makes 6 to 8 servings. continued on page 82 70

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News Notes IRS Warns about Pervasive telephone Scams by fraudsters Pretending to be IRS Agents The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has seen a recent increase in local phone scams across the country, with callers pretending to be from the IRS in hopes of stealing money or identities from victims. These phone scams include many variations, ranging from instances from where callers say the victims owe money or are entitled to a huge refund. Some calls can threaten arrest and threaten a driver’s license revocation. Sometimes these calls are paired with follow-up calls from people saying they are from the local police department or the state motor vehicle department. Characteristics of these scams can include: - Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. - Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security Number. - Scammers “spoof” or imitate the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. - Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls. - Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site. After threatening victims with jail time or a driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim. In another variation, one sophisticated phone scam has targeted taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. If you’ve been targeted by these scams, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

As war on corruption mounts, China’s rich flee to America The US grants far more green cards to wealthy Chinese as president Xi Jinping cracks down. By Benjamin Carlson, HONG KONG — It’s a favorite pastime: Americans worried about their country’s direction love threatening to move abroad. “That’s it, I’m going to Canada!” they say. Of course, they almost never do. In China, however, that’s now no idle threat, especially for the rich. Amid a widening crackdown on corruption, China’s wealthiest citizens are increasingly seeking a better life abroad. The United States is their favored destination. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new Hurun Report survey of 393 Chinese millionaires. According to the report, 64 percent of wealthy Chinese (those with $1.6 million or more) have emigrated or are planning to do so. Hurun also found that a third of the super-rich (those with $16 million or more) have established homes elsewhere. A higher percentage of the wealthy favor sending their offspring overseas. Eighty percent want their children educated abroad. The US is the top choice for university, and the second choice (behind the UK) for high school. The reason? China’s elite are not big fans of the country’s rigid education system. Even more striking is the surge in wealthy Chinese getting green cards. In 2010, 772 Chinese received investor green cards (given to people who invest at least $1 million in businesses in the US). In 2012, that figure leapt nearly eightfold to 6,124. Why the exodus among families who have benefited most from China’s rise? Aside from education, another obvious motivator is pollution. China’s toxic air and poisonous water are regular topics of complaint among the wealthy (as well as ordinary Chinese). A less obvious factor is the crackdown on corruption. Over the last year, Chairman Xi Jinping has overseen investigations into some of China’s wealthiest and most powerful party figures, including those who have profited massively from the state-owned oil industry. He has vowed to take down both “tigers” (top bosses) and “flies” (local officials). In January, Xi stepped up his campaign by forbidding the promotion of officials who have spouses or children living abroad. These so-called “naked” officials are seen as especially prone to corruption. “They belong to a high-risk group for corruption,” a party official told the state-run Xinhua news agency. “Around 40 percent of economic cases and nearly 80 percent of corruption and embezzlement cases involve naked officials.” In China, crimes like fraud, bribery, and embezzlement are referred to as economic cases. This designation covers a large group. According to a report by the Hong Kong newspaper Oriental Daily, a majority of members of China’s 2013 National People’s Congress were “naked officials.” In fact, Xi himself was one, too. His daughter attended Harvard under an assumed name, and the chairman’s extended family has allegedly amassed assets worth several hundred million dollars. Of course, it’s not just wealthy Chinese who are leaving the country in droves. According to a report by the Center for continued on page 82 74

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Healthwise By Anjana Agarwal Skipping Stones: How to prevent kidney stones A kidney stone is a solid mass that forms in the kidneys from the substances normally found in the urine, typically calcium combined with oxalate or phosphate. If the crystals remain small enough, they can pass out in the urine without causing discomfort. But some stones become as large as pearls, or even golf balls and some have jagged surfaces. If they get stuck somewhere along the urinary tract, they can cause serious pain. Gender: Men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with kidney stones as women. Family history also matters. Where you live may also count. In one study, resident of the southeastern United States had roughly a 20 percent greater likelihood of being diagnosed with kidney stones than people in other part of the countries. One hypothesis is that warm weather makes you sweat, which makes urine more concentrated, if you don’t drink more fluid to compensate losses.

oxalate in the GI tract. The bound oxalate is excreted in stool, which leaves less oxalate to be absorbed in the blood and later excreted in the urine. Getting more calcium may not help as much if you consume more salt. The more salt you eat, more calcium you lose in the urine. Coffee: The epidemiological studies consistently shows that coffee drinkers have fewer stones. Citrus juices also help (with the exception of grapefruit juice), because they increase the citrate content and reduce the acidity of the urine, both of which lessen the chances of stones forming. Soft drinks don’t seem to have an impact, but cranberry juice is not recommended, because it has oxalate in it, the most common type of kidney stones are calcium bound to oxalic acid. Other high oxalate foods include spinach, rhubarb, and baked potato with skin, bulgur, beets and navy beans. Vitamin C: Don’t overdo vitamin C - some of the vitamin is metabolized to oxalic acid in the body. Studies have shown people who take 1000-2000 mg vitamin C daily had higher oxalate levels in their urine, whether or not they had a history of kidney stones. For individual diet counseling, see a registered dietitian. Many insurance companies now pay for the consults. Anjana Agarwal, mS, RD, LDn, CDE Registered Dietitian Phone: 704-890-3162 Carolina Nutrition (Adult & Pediatric)

Overweight: The effect of weight on kidney stones is compelling. The more people weighed, the greater their risk of kidney stones. In fact, the women who gained more than 35 pounds since young adulthood were 75 percent more likely to get kidney stones than women who did not gain weight while men who gained more than 35 pounds were 40 percent more likely. Researchers know that overweight people excrete more calcium and oxalate in their urine, which increase the risk of stones.


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Just on Monday Morgan Stanley, which has been very high on Freeport McMoran’s prospects, issued a note restating confidence based on the giant firm’s other metals businesses, especially gold. Gold is where investors tend to put their money when things get rough. That’s no solace to copper-producing nations, however, particularly in emerging countries like Chile. Chilean monopoly Codelco, the world’s largest producer, which controls about 20 percent of all known reserves, also represents about 10 percent of that country’s GDP. Any continued collapse could make it very difficult for Michelle Bachelet, re-elected to a new term as Chile’s president, to do much more than hold the line against an economic downturn. Codelco had already delivered unwelcome news to Bachelet, announcing it needs a $1-billion injection of cash from the government to upgrade its facilities. The trend would also hurt Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, Zambia and Peru — though their economies are not nearly as dependent on the red metal. Whether or not Dr. Copper is trying to tell us something deeper remains to be seen. Most likely, the good physician is warning once again: Those who believe markets are infallible aren’t accounting for the folly of the humans who buy and sell in them.

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China and Globalization, a total of more than 9 million Chinese had emigrated through the end of last year,* most of them middle-income earners between 35 and 55 years old. In 2012, the US was the top destination, with 81,784 Chinese receiving permanent residency in 2012. For Americans who feel insecure about their country in light of China’s impressive achievements, it may be reassuring to know that, when given the means, many Chinese would rather move to the United States than stay at home. Why the world is worrying about this not-so-precious metal Trading near historic lows, copper augers more trouble for emerging markets. By Michael Moran, NEW YORK — For those of you not checking how copper’s trading on your Bloomberg terminal (and that includes this writer), the fall in price of the red metal has probably left no impression. For most of us, copper is what US pennies are made of. But even that’s not quite right: Since 1982, pennies have been almost all zinc, and a measly 2.5 percent copper. But economists know better, and their blogs are burning red. Measured by the classic gold standard — how much copper one can buy for an ounce of gold — the current copper price of $2.94 per pound looks something like the Great Depression. And it’s getting dangerously close to its most recent dips, which coincided with serious trouble: the downgrade of United States credit by Moody’s ratings service in 2010 and the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008. So, is a new crash in the offing? Probably not. But there’s good reason economists call the red metal “Dr. Copper”: it exists in almost every important modern manufactured good and touches almost every part of the world economy. This commodity therefore has a remarkable ability to signal the direction of global markets. A short list of its uses include power generation, construction, wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, telecommunications cables, computer motherboards, bearings and motors. Not to mention the Statue of Liberty, the largest single use of copper ever, at 80 tons. Copper’s recent downtrend has puzzled economists and market professionals. Some point to weak economic data in China this month, a sign the world’s limited appetite for copper means the huge stores of the commodities in China’s warehouses will sit idle for some time, depressing global prices. But it’s also a classic bubble. Big investors purchase a lot of the metal so they can make money on the difference between copper bond interest rates and the relatively low cost of borrowing dollars in these times of zero interest. In practice, that means mountains of copper are mined just to sit in warehouses rather than head for factories (in effect, a glut and an inflated market value for the metal). Either way, right now investors are turning against it. This has had a number of important side effects. First, for those who mine the stuff — giant firms like Glencore Extrata, BHP Billiton and Freeport McMoran — the commodity’s collapse has brought their share prices down, too. Plans for new mining operations could be re-evaluated, and layoffs could follow.


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Community Focus Events of Note

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Heritage India festival 2014 The annual Heritage India Festival, showcasing regional Indian dances, arts, and culture, will be presented on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 5 – 9pm at HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC. There will be varied folk and classical dance performances, musical performances, costume fashion show, food, and more. For more details call 919.362.0520, 919.371.2800 or write to

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On February 23, 2014, UNC Bhangra Elite hosted Bhangra Sutra 2014, an annual showcase of Bhangra, dance, and a cappella talent from UNC-Chapel Hill and beyond. This year UNC hosted 10 other teams including NCSU Nazaare, Duke Dhamaka, and UNCC Adaa. Teams from diverse backgrounds such as hip-hop and Filipino folk joined in the fun and got a taste of what Bhangra is like, as every performance group incorporates certain elements of Bhangra into their routines. This event presents an opportunity to share the passion for Bhangra with the wider UNC community and develops strong relationships with dance teams from around the state. UNC Bhangra Elite hosts this event each year. For more details contact

Dances of India The 12th anniversary Dances of India, featuring Dr. Maha Gingrich and group, will take place on Sat, April 26, 2014 at 4pm at the Halton Theater, Charlotte. Experience traditional Indian classical and folk dances, rhythmic movements that tell the story of ancient India through costumes, dance dramas, and music. The event features the signature dance “University in Diversity,” which will be set to a live international orchestra and features an array of international dances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For further details call 704.330.6534 or visit Holistic Habits Based on Bhagavat Geeta, Holistic Habits to act efficiently and peacefully is presented by Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham. Lecture series will be presented in English by Acharya Vivek of Chinmaya Mission, Niagara on April 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th from 7:00 - 8:30pm, in the Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium located at 930 Reedy Creek Rd, Cary NC 27513. For more information go to Contact Sowmya Gopalakrishnan at 603-233-5678 or Srinivas Andhavarapu at 603-759-3047 or email


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Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 5 pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with a meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English, supplemented by discussion among the group. For further details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar,, 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave,, 704.844.9567 Naras and Beena Eechambadi,

Association for India’s Development - Charlotte A volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just-development. AID Charlotte supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice. For further details: Kiran Uppalapati 704.307.6450; Venkata Ramana Duddu 662.231.2350.

Charlotte Hindu Center table tennis The group meets every Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. New players come after 7.30 pm for orientation. The TT action takes place at the Vihar Hall of Charlotte’s Hindu Center, 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28134. All levels and types of play. Free coaching and lessons. For further details: 704.607.8412.

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax)

Charlotte Indian Christian fellowship We meet on the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Prayer, Bible Study and Fellowship. Anyone who is interested to spend an evening with us is welcome to come with your family and friends. For Further Details: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Indian karaoke Group CIKG invites karaoke lovers to come and sing Hindi songs on karaoke. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or experienced. The most important thing is to get together and have fun. The event is held once a month, usually on Friday or Saturday. Entry and participation is free. For Further Details: Dinesh Patel at

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Charlotte kriya yoga Group Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation practices as taught by lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization- even in one lifetime. Center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: /

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Community Organizations EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Kameswar Tulasi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

Charlotte tamil Sangam Charlotte Tamil Sangam works to bring together the vibrant Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. For Further Details: Lakshmanan Krishnan ( or visit Charlotte telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Assoc was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. For Further Details:

Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Upcoming Events: Sat, April 5: Vaisakhi Mela (outdoors) at 2pm. With evening rehraas and kids’ keertan program April 12 - 13: Akhand Paath and Sun Vaisakhi program. Sun, April 27: Kids’ speech competition. For Further Details: Gurdwara: 704.509.2828 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

Charlotte vipassana meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sat, Apr 5: Swaminarayan Jayanti Tue, Apr 8: Ram Navami Tue, Apr 15: Hanuman Jayanti Sun, Apr 20: Mahavir Jayanti Sat, Apr 26: Mahaprabhuji Patotsav For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

Classical music Association of Charlotte (CmAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Upcoming Events: Sun, April 13: Vocal Concert by Sangita Kalanidhi T. V. Sankaranarayanan, 3:30 pm, Tate Hall, CPCC Sun, May 4: Vocal Concert by Trichur Brothers, 3:30 pm, Tate Hall, CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan),

IAmC (Indian American muslim Council) - Charlotte Chapter IAMC is an independent organization committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join efforts to promote Peace and Social Justice for all, and to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 / Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

Dada Bhagwan Group What is Gnan Vidhi? It is scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many like attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For further details contact 877 505 Dada (3232). 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


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India Association of Charlotte (festival of India) The organization works to foster fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will be held every September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

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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. IPAAC is offering music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For details send an email to Upcoming Events: Friday, May 2: Vocal concert by Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, 8pm, at Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus, Charlotte NC. For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Jyoti Kulkarni 704.804.1275

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots 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. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and 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. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja,7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Sahaj marg meditation Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

kiran Kiran, Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Kiran operates a 24/7 hotline service. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, shortterm child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing.

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identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra has made its presence known in the Charlotte community by its participation in the 2013 Festival of India, as part of its fund raising activity. In addition, with liaisons in both the UK and the UAE, Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Futher Details:;;

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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. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani

trimurti temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10am) and evening puja (7pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6441/6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. All Sundays at 11 am Venkateswara Abishekam For Further Details: 980-219-7556

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (vPSC) VPSC has announced Shrinathji Haveli – “Shrinath Dham” in Charlotte with support of all Vaishnav families of Carolinas. VPSC is starting construction in the near future of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. For Further Details: Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) is organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps in India. For Further Details: contact, or 704.779.2396.


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Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions.


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BAPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC 27265. Every Sunday sabha times: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 pm to 5 pm Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm Kishore sabha: 2 pm to 3:30 pm Main sabha: 4 pm to 6 pm Gujarati classes: 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Arti at 6 pm followed by Mahaprasad Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. For Further Details:

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temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00 am every day. Every Sunday at 3 pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 or 336.793.7138

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

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India Association of the triad (IAtNC) Greensboro 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. For Further Details: Kumar Bhardwaj: 336-601-0567, Ruby Singh: 336.430.9068,

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Indo-uS Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090 Life mission, uSA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302.

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Community Organizations deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. For Further Details: 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. For Further Details: 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. For Further Details: 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 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. For Further Details: (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. For Further Details: 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 INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC The Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) is organized for folks of Indian origin aged 60 and above. The BSCNC members meet second Saturday of every month from 10am - 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, April 12 at Cary Senior Center at Bond Park, Cary, NC. For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (919.677.8513) Raojibhai Patel (252.236.4391) Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. All festivals are celebrated. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Dada Bhagwan foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format 100

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Community Organizations Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings : Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30 am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga Classes(twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Tue, Apr 8: Ram Navami For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State university HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details:

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Community Organizations Sahaja meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self-realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613 More information: http:/// For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sky meditation and kaya kalpa yoga Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga benefits include Longevity, Wellness and Stress Management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For more details about the course visit For Further Details: 919-830-9764 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 Further Details: 919.773.1580 tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (tCA NC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) telugu Christian fellowship of NC (tCfNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the

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Regional Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Tue, Apr 8: Ram Navami For Further Details:

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Community Organizations coaching as time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Yeamans Hall Rd., Hanahan, SC 29410 (Adjacent to Police Station). For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 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. For Further Details: 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. For Further Details: 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. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) kannada Association of Greater Greenville (kAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973


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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. NFL Super Bowl winner: 2014. 8. Take action. 11. A slender candle. 12. Indo-Aryan people living in Indus (Sindhu) river valley. 14. Respect and admire. 16. A nest or brood, esp. of young pheasants. 17. Expressing the time when an event tales place. 18. A furniture cover woven from horse or camel’s hair. 21. Nothing more or other than, only. 23. To stop living; end. 24. To steal or pilfer. (Archaic) 25. A ridge of rock, coral or sand lying at the water surface. 27. A natural mineral from which metals can be extracted. 29. Colorado. (*). 30. United States of America. (*) 31. Running back. (*) (Football). 33. Every one of two or more considered separately. 35. The fourth book of the Pentateuch in the Bible, containing the census of the Hebrews after the Exodus.38. Rhythm. (Hindi); A Hindi movie: Music -A.R. Rahman. 40. Indiana. (*) 41. A city, tourists’ attraction, in Tuscany, central Italy. 43. National Notary Association. (*) 44. Not even: said of numbers. (e.g. Nos. 1,3,5,7 etc.) 46. Wreaths of woven chain of flowers, leaves etc. 48. Nothing; worthless or useless ( Now obsolete). 50. Society for Integrative Oncology. (*) 51. Saathee’s feature: Find & circle the words in the puzzle

Clues Down: 1. Vaporized water. 2. The day of annual Christian festival of church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. (April 20, 2014) . 3. Appropriate; suited to its purpose. 4. Saathee’s feature for jokes. 5. A level surface or piece of ground; region. 6. Kansas. (*) 7. Truthful; straightforward; honest. 8. Something joined to something else to enhance the effect. 9. Sindhi New Year. (Birth of Jhulelal: Apr. 1, 2014) 10. Symbol for Titanium. (*) (A Chemical element). 13. Zero; nothing. 15. Middle. (*) 19. “ __ de Janeiro”, the second largest city of Brazil. 20. Health Maintenance Organization. (*) 22. To enlarge the bore of (a gun); to taper (a hole). 26. The cost of transportation of bulky goods; cargo. 28. To put (food) in mouth, chew and swallow. 30. Combining or joining together. 32. Air taken into the lungs and then let out. 34. An automatic gun, mounted on the aircraft. 36. Bachelor of Science. (*) 37. Signal-to-noise Ratio. (*) 39. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. (*) (Emit light in an intense, narrow beam.) 42. In addition; besides 45. Any two musicians playing together; a pair. 47. Atmosphere; breeze. 49. Gastric Ulcer. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

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YOUTH CORNER (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Luggage”)

math magic Use these numbers only once: [2, 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction.



The unused 9 letters spell that means “Synthetic polymer.” The yarn used as material from which bags are made.

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TEST YOUR IQ the common letters are “OW” - fill in the blanks 1. A brief fall of rain or hail. _ _ OW _ _ 2. Proprietorship; lawful title. OW _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. The outer part of the angle made by a bent arm. _ _ _ OW 4. In the direction of. _ OW _ _ _ 5. A disciple. _ _ _ _ OW _ _ 6. Be incandescent or red hot. _ _ OW 7. Of or belonging to oneself or itself. OW _ _ _ _ 8. A sign used to show direction. _ _ _ OW 9. From a higher to a lower place. _ OW _ 10. A machine used to clear snow of a road. _ _ OW _ _ OW 11. The property that a woman brings to her husband at their marriage. (Now historical!) _ OW _ _ 12. To come together in a large group. _ _ OW _ 13. Streamlined; wind around a moving car. _ _ _ _ _ OW 14. On a level below another. _ OW _ _ 15. An opening in a pane before a bank teller. _ _ _ _ OW 16. A small hand tool used for smoothing plaster . _ _ OW _ _ 17. To have an obligation to pay. OW _ 18. A devise constructed to blow strong air . _ _ _ _ OW _ 19. A female (bull) domestic cattle valued for its milk. _OW 20. A central area of a city or a metropolis. _ _ _ _ OW _ 21. The bark of a dog. (Echoic) _ OW _ OW 22. A young owl. OW _ _ _ 23. To the upper, residential part of a city. _ _ _ OW _ 24. At this moment; at a present time. _ OW 25. To behave in a manner intended to attract attention; to make a display of. _ _ OW _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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make any major financial deal during this month. However, the period is good for making love and marriage-related decisions. If married, marital happiness will be there. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Your contact with new people will increase by dint of good luck and money will start coming your way. You may also count on promotion. Good news from abroad or far off place is possible. Family atmosphere will be very good. Travels are likely to bring positive results for you. In general you will get on very well with family, friends and associates. Time is good to start new venture.

General Predictions for April 2014 ARIES (mar 20- Apr 20) You will have tremendous confidence to carry out pursuits. If you miss the opportunity in the second half of this month, then you will regret it for rest of your life. You will enjoy a big amount of success and reputation. This is the time to move fast and make instant decisions. Don’t bring your status or ego in the picture. The family life may not be comfortable.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) During this month, your confidence will be par excellence. You will be fearless and fond of adventure. You will also be able to overcome competition and will prevail over opponents. There will be rise in income. Your siblings and associates will do extremely good in their prospective field, eventually it will benefit you. An increase in family member is also possible.

tAuRuS (Apr 20 - may 21) You will get mixed results during this month and find sudden stroke of luck. Your income will be on the rise. Business-related travel would produce big success. But the time is not good for love and romance. Quarrel or enmity with sweetheart is possible. At times, a sense of insecurity will be predominant in you. Try to live with facts and not on memories.

SAGIttARIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will command respect and receive favors from higher ups. Your relations with parents and seniors will be harmonious. You may visit far off places in this month. Family life will remain very much in your favor. Your mind will bend towards religious activity or higher philosophy of life. Speculation must be avoided or else it may cause financial losses.

GEmINI (may 21 - Jun 21) You will experience minor positive change in the beginning of the month. Your workload will increase but will prove to be rewarding. Support from the family and partners will bring good results in business / trade. Promotion or increase in status is also possible in the second half of the month. However don’t plan any outing, as you might have to change your program.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will feel relaxed and relieved during this month. You will regain your confidence. A dramatic positive change will bring happiness in life. Your working condition will improve. However, try to control your speed and anger. Respect the opinion of your spouse. Take time to make any move. A pleasant trip is almost certain to take place in the second half of the month. Minor health ailment could be possible.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You can’t expect better than this from the destiny. Try to take maximum advantage of this month. Success in all endeavors is assured in this month. Long cherished hopes and desires will also materialize. You will bend towards meditation and yoga and will achieve great success in eternal life. A rise in income as well as status will occur during this month. Improvement in health is also indicated.

AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - feb 19) You may see minor improvement, but will prove very important for you. Upsetting results for the student will become cause of depression. Don’t take any loan or debt in the second half of the month. Your mind will bend towards eternal power and you will open new chapter in your life. Even though you won’t feel any major change, your life is taking a big turn now.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) During this month, you will be courageous. Your love lives will flourish. Your opponent will not dare to face you. You will spend on religious / social activities. Your confidence will be at par and will bring heavenly happiness. Your research and creativity will get recognition and you will gain good fame in the society. Acquisition of material things is also indicated.

PISCES (feb 19 - mar 20) This month will make you very successful in your ventures. Money will flow rapidly towards you. New sources of income are likely to become available. You will feel confident and delighted. Pleasant journey is also possible. Time is also good for relocation. Your deals with government and authority will get through. Your view towards life and society will change. Try to make best use of this time.

vIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) There could be delay and obstacles in general pursuits. You will have considerable workload pressure and you will also be involved in unrewarding jobs. Your own people will deceive you at so many occasions. Don’t

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Housekeeping couple needed for independent motel in Greenville SC. 864270-8253.

Elder Care needed for 81 year old female. Live in, light cooking and driving. Female preferred or student. Call for details on Sat or Sun only. 704-763-4203.

Experienced threading Practitioners or Licensed Esthetician in Charlottea & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time with great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110.

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Convenience Store with 2 BHK house & Big Game Room for sale in Winnsboro, SC Neighborhood store. Inside & other income, lottery, EBT. Contact: Dilip Patel 803-810-5371 motel for Sale: in NC. 50 rooms. Interstate location. Owner retiring. For info call Harry 336-314-4101. for Sale or lease: Almost new Convenience store in Winston Salem, NC on with deli and Gas & diesel. Only serious inquiry. Owner finance Available. Please call 704-965-1342. Convenience Store for sale: busy highway near Clemson, SC. Inside 35k, gas 15k, 800/month lottery. Potential to add food, EBT, check cashing. Rent 1900/month. 65k +inv. 803-410-0185. tobacco Store for Sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 25K. Asking price only $40K Plus Inv. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719.


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Help Wanted: Looking for couple for Housekeeping for franchise motel in Raleigh NC. Accommodations provided. Legal status required. Call 919-208-3513. motel Help wanted: Need couple for front desk. Accommodations provided. Experience preferred but will train. Fluent in English and computer skill and has legal status. call 919-208-3513. Gas Station Help Wanted - full time in convenience store in the Concord NC area. Please call 704-737-9696. Gujarati Speaking live-in Nanny needed for family in Cary, NC. Vegetarian cooking and Light housekeeping. Call 919-444-1597. Live-in nanny needed to take care of newborn and some household work. Cary NC. email: or call 484-459-0684 Part-time/full-time Single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English and previous experience preferred. Call 704726-7544 or 864-487-4939. Gas Station Help Wanted: full-time in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta). Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704-299-8535. full-time Individual or Couple needed ASAP for a managerial position for a gas station in Charleston, SC. Must speak English and previous experience preferred but not needed. Please call 704877-3358 or email Need an auditor. Must have 2 years of accounting / audit exp. Good knowledge of MS Office. Good communication skills. Office located in University Area. Hours: Monday - Friday 9am till 6pm. Please call 704-877-6449. Live in Nanny needed for twins and preschooler in Cary, NC (Gujarati Family) . Would require light housework and cooking. Excellent monthly salary and accommodation. 919-439-0410 or Baby sitter available in Ballantyne area. For further details contact 980-263-7262. manager needed full time for a franchised sandwich restuarant in Charlotte. reliable and flexible. Single or couple must be fluent in English. Good pay. Call 704-604-2391. franchised Hotel (Columbia, SC) seeks couple. Competitive compensation and accommodations, if necessary. Legal status and English fluency required. Email resume and contact information to

MATRIMONIAL Hindu Punjabi khatri parents invite alliance for U.S. citizen daughter, slim, beautiful, 5'4" working in N. Carolina. E-mail information including recent photograph to Class/caste no bar.

SERVICES New to America? Get Social & Career guidance. 30 mins free session. Certified Life Coach to help you maximize “LIfE”. English, Hindi or Gujarati . Email: D&R Pressure Wash: $200 Exterior House Wash; Driveway $50; Gazebo $30; One side of House $50; Contact Ryan: 704-804-9081. Pretty face - Indian beauty parlour :Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Pari Beauty In matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 23 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912. Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: Astrologer With Gold medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Priest Available for: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270 South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. E-mail: 123

mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi (Henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi Phone: 919-824-7734 E-mail: Web: Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi Ribald farms Nursery & florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803-3282266 or Dholi for Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: tax Returns: Federal and state Taxes with e-filing, and Form 1040-NR and W-7 Services to Individuals, Self-employed, Small Partnerships and S-corporations. Call Mahesh Patel, EA at (704) 799-6377, email: New music School in Charlotte! Tabla, dhol, guitar, harmonium, keyboard, and voice lessons. Classically trained teachers; Manan Mehta – tabla Visharad degree and Shriraj Mehta – professional artist. 704-6096370. Professional group available for performances. Beauty parlor near South Charlotte/ Ballantyne Area. 28277. Home: 980-2250656 or 510-936-3334. vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment at 843465-6048. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072.

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How do I Submit classifieds? 1. on-line: (classified section) 2. e-mail: 3. Fax: 704.527.7590 4. For more info call 704.527.7570 Saathee Magazine PO Box 11468 Charlotte, NC 28220

April 2014

Advertisers Index 7M Tours ............................................................27

Elegant Designz.................................................109

Patel Brothers (Charlotte) .......................................6

A & V Satellites ....................................................21

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................27

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................99

A to Z Pharmacy & Accouting ..............................63

Eye Level Learning Centers..................................77

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) .............................125

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....43

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................125

Patel, Sheena (Realtor, Broker Berkshire Hathaway)97

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)49

Family Fare Convenience Stores ........................119

Patel, Tony (Real Estate) .......................................95

Aggarwal Group (Morgan Stanley)..........................9

Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent)...............................93

Payal Groceries ...................................................85

All Car Care.........................................................28

Friends Travel ......................................................87

Persis Indian Grill.................................................12

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .................................49

Fu Lin..................................................................23

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................75

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....43

Gandhi International Market.................................16

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................53

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................41

Gem Avenue........................................................45

Rajdeep Mandap .............................................111

Around The World Market Charlotte......................69

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................31

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...49

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................63

Legacy Jewels ..................................................127

Rapid Car Care .................................................105

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................99

H2 Laser & Skin ..................................................79

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) ..........95

Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions)........97

Help Wanted (Threading)......................................58

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..38

BallantyneTech Academy .....................................39

Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) ......................64-66

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel)..................................101

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)25 & 33

Hindu Priest (Balaji)..............................................91

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video)103

Bar B Q Cabana...................................................15

Holy Joes Meats and More ..................................79

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ..........................95

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................43

India Grocers (Charlotte) ......................................89

SAT Tutoring (The Hitchhiker's Guide to College)...32

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)............121

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte.....61

Scott Clark Honda (Muhammad Idrees - Sales) ....61

Bhangra Elite ....................................................101

International Community Church .......................113

Shaadi House (Wedding Planning and Décor).......15

Bhindi Jewellers ................................................2

IT Max Solutions, Inc.

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................34-35


Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................83

Jag Insurance Group ..........................................99

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................38

Bipin M Gandhi Accouting....................................63

Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte)......................85

Shining Star Academy..........................................73

Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental................................72

K & M Accountant................................................97

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ..................103

Blooming Buds....................................................53

K.B. Zaveree..........................................................5

Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................85

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................47

Kabab Je Rotisserie & Grille...............................103

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) .........................................111

British American School of Charlotte ....................71

KD Financial & KMD Realty................................115

South Char. Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD)...72

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .......................51

KD Photographics..............................................107

South Charlotte Pediatrics....................................56

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) ....10

Kicklighter, Aleeza Khan (Real Estate) ...................71

Spice South...........................................................7

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)............91

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................41

Spiceland Indian Groceries (Columbia, SC) ..........13

Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) ....................93

Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate)...............101

Suravali Music Group.........................................113

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................77

MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery .....................17

Thakkar, Beena (Realty)..................................80-81

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................17 Travels Maha Travel ....................83

The Blue Taj.........................................................59

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................84

Maharani Restaurant ...........................................91

The One Stop Locksmith (Vijay Nagpal) ...............17



Malani Jewelers ................................................128

Travel Universe ....................................................57

Concha, David - Immigration Attorney ..................79

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) .................................107



Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................23

Triangle Business Law .........................................37

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............87

Matthews Family Dentistry ..................................76

Ttravel Guru ......................................................111

Dances Of India...................................................19

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................42

Tulips Multi Cuisine Restaurant ............................11

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry)109

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................39

Uni World Travel...................................................53

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...56

Nazaare at NCSU (Bollywood Dance Team)...........67

Urogender .........................................................114

Desai Desai Accounting ......................................93

Neeta's Beauty Parlor ..........................................99

VILO Global, Ltd. Co...........................................111

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) .................................61

NRI Collections ....................................................22

Vyas Travels ......................................................113

Digital Room Photography ...................................91

Nrityangan Cultural Academy (Mayeri Performance).....67

White Horse Weddings.........................................32

DJ Hangama ....................................................41

OM Tech Training ..............................................107

Woodlands .......................................................126

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................10

Paracha Entertainment (Sonu Nigam Concert)........3

Worldwide travels ...............................................19

DJ Don (David Pandoria)...................................113

Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate) .........................13

Yafa Market & Café..............................................75

DJ Lalit ...............................................................50

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine..................55



April 2014

• Fixed rates for loans < $417k are at all time lows • Jumbo ARMs (> $417k) APR’s in the mid 3% range • Competitive and transparent pricing

Maneesh Pathak (Loan Officer NMLS # 69811)

Work: 704-644-3697 Mobile: 704-661-4904 521 East Blvd., Ste.100, Charlotte, NC 28203 (Fairview Home Mortgage NMLS # 40551)

Law Offices of

MRUGES H S . PAT EL Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association

(888)549-0030 Family Petition Fiance Visa H-1, L-1, & Student Visa Visitor Visa Labor Certification North Carolina Office:* 1913-204 J. N. Pease Place University Ridge Office Center Charlotte, NC 28262

Citizenship Removal/Deportation Re-entry Permit Adoption Consular Processing New Jersey Office: 1941 Oak Tree Road Suite 101 Edison, NJ 08820

* Practice in North Carolina limited to immigration only (Office visit by appointment only)


April 2014

Catering for all occasions  Birthday Parties, Weddings, House ceremony,  private parties & more!  Fresh Dosa made on site for your parties! Call Leslie Lobo 704.264.6525

Organic & Vegan Menu available Never frozen • No preservatives No artificial additives • Zero Transfat

Pure Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

A wide range of South Indian, North Indian, Indo Chinese, Chaats, Jain, and more 

Tel: 704-569-9193  · Fax: 704-569-9188 7128-A Albemarle Rd.    Charlotte, NC 28227

Visit our website for the menu, coupons, directions etc.

Open 6 Days a week:  11:30 am to 10 pm (Closed on Tuesday) Taste Of Charlotte 2013 Winner “Most Unique Taste” Taste Of Charlotte 2012 Winner “Best Appetizer” Talk of the Town 2012 “Excellence in Customer Satisfaction” 2009 Winner Best Indian Restaurant

Woodlands Specials

Special Weekend Lunch Buffet 

Saturday & Sunday 11:30 am to 3 pm! Over 30 items & hot dosa served at table

Weekday Special Lunch Menu Monday to Friday Wine & Beer (Including Indian Beer)


Saathee Carlotte April 2014  

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

Saathee Carlotte April 2014  

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