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HELLo READERS! The annual Full Frame Documentary Festival takes place in Durham in April. Read our preview of the popular fest beginning on pg. 08. Why India’s university protests don’t just matter to students. See the story on pg. 14. Read about the new film, The Man Who Knew Infinity, about the life of Indian mathematician Ramanujan starring Dev Patel in our Film Clips section on pg. 24. Read our personal finances column for investment strategy for all ages and stages of life. Pg. 50. Five things you should know about the FCC's proposed privacy rules. See the story on pg. 60. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, analysis and interesting videos at website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

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IN THIS ISSUE Full Frame Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Unfair and Lovely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Mirror, Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 FCC’s New Privacy Rules . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Noise Bliss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Co-working in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Deadly Environmental Pollution . . . .pg. 98 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 University Students Protest . . . . . . .pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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Vasarhelyi), shown at last year’s Festival, about the ascent on Mount Meru. SHERPA is also going to be airing on Discovery channel on April 23, 2016. The world is full of stories needing to be widely shared. In The Black Belt, one of three films that I’ve been able to see by press time, Margaret Brown addresses Alabama’s recent closing of dozens of Department of Motor Vehicle offices in minority areas, complicating accessibility to identification cards needed for voting. Aaron Schock’s La Laguna describes economic pressures on families in the rainforests of southern Mexico. At Home in the World (Et hjem i verden; Andreas Koefoed) portrays a teacher with the Red Cross in Denmark, helping refugee children coming from very difficult circumstances. James Demo’s The Peacemaker gives insight into the work of Padraig O’Malley, whose decades-long scholarship and activism has focused on bringing together people through dialogue in places like Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Iraq. I’m particularly interested in the philosophical and legal issues described in the invited film Unlocking the Cage (Chris Hegedus, DA Pennebaker). It shares the story of the Nonhuman Rights Project as they make the case in a lawsuit for the rights of captive chimpanzees. Gun violence is the topic of several films. The Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012 really hit home for me; I grew up in a neighboring town and have had an aunt living within a mile or so of the school since the late 1970s. Kim Snyder’s film simply named Newtown relates the aftermath of the shooting and its impact on the community. A.J. Schnack’s Speaking Is Difficult is a short film that dramatizes gun violence with recordings of 911 calls.

PREVIEW By Dilip Barman Styajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy at NC Museum of Art Hailed as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and one of my favorites, Satyajit Ray is perhaps best known for the late 1950s “Apu trilogy” of films, Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and Apur Sansar. This coming of age story based on Bibhutibhusan Banerjee’s autobiographical novels is a must see for fans of Indian cinema. A restoration, after a 1993 film warehouse fire, of the trilogy is being shown in Raleigh, NC as part of the North Carolina Museum of Art spring film series. The films are being screened on successive Friday evenings April 15, 22, and 29 at 8pm. The NCMA spring (and winter) films are preceded by a short and always fascinating introduction by curator Laura Boyes (or one of her guests). Visit for full details; I recommend reserving tickets in advance as films often sell out. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Preview The nineteenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival returns to Durham, NC from Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10. It is the country’s largest documentary film festival with over a hundred films, parties, and events. By the time this issue of Saathee becomes available, the Festival will be just days away. I hope in the next issue to have some more detailed film reviews, but want to just whet readers’ appetites with the breadth of offerings that Full Frame always has.

As far as I can remember over the past dozen or so years that I have been attending the festival, there are always at least a few films related to South Asia. In the opening film on Thursday morning at 10a, Jennifer Peedom’s SHERPA documents the tragic 2014 avalanche on Mount Everest where sixteen Sherpas lost their lives. The description brings back memories of the visually stunning Meru (Jimmy Chin, E. Chai

Patrick Shen’s film In Pursuit of Silence “conjures up innovative ways to help us hear what we’ve been missing.” The film, which I fortunately have been able to see, causes us to pause and look at the pace and intensity of modern life. The argument is made that the natural state is one that is much more silent than contemporary developed cultures typically have, and that we are able to perceive more as ambient noise 8

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decreases. The film begins with 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, in honor of minimalist musician John Cage (more on him in a moment). Composer Alex Lu used a “prepared piano” (sounds are muffled and modified by placing objects on or between the strings) for his muted soundtrack. The film includes intriguing looks into a variety of topics, such as John Cage’s famous 4’33” silent composition (I learned that when 4’33” was first performed in a small barn, Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY, townsfolk threatened to “run out of town” Cage and his pianist), a young man walking across the country in silence, a company awarding products that comply with reduced sound standards to give us more peace and quiet, the quietest place known on Earth (the anechoic chamber at Orfield Labs in Minnesota), demonstrated decreased educational achievement in a school with elevated noise, and much more. Mumbai has been rated as the loudest city in the world, and In Pursuit of Silence includes footage and discussion of some of Mumbai’s festivals. The noise levels are so high that deaths have been attributed to the clamor, and cries for help have been unheard. It is timely that there are over a dozen intriguing films in an invited thematic program about American politics, including considering the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy in 1969 (America Is Hard to See, Emile de Antonio), Barry Goldwater in 1964 (Campaign Manager, Richard Leacock and Noel E. Parmentel Jr.), eight Republicans in the 2012 Iowa caucuses (Caucus,y A.J. Schnack), and Shirley Chisolm (the first African-American woman to run for President) in 1972 (Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, Shola Lynch). Several short films promise to present artful treatments of

It’s important to keep in mind that many films do sell out. If there is a film that you really want to attend but it has “sold out,” there still may be hope. You should plan to go to that film’s “last minute line” at least 30-45 minutes before the film is scheduled to start. Often a limited number of tickets are available for $15 (cash only). Also, some of the invited films are being shown at multiple times, and some of the films chosen for awards reprise on Sunday afternoon. The crowds significantly thin after lunch on Sunday, so tickets should be readily available for those encores. Full Frame is spread through over a half dozen venues, mostly in and around the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham at 309 West Morgan Street. Theatres range in size from 53 to 975. Because films are shown in parallel, it may not be possible to see all that one may want to see. Some films are ultimately released for a theatrical run or perhaps to be shown on television, but this can be months or even a year or more later. Many films only play the festival circuit. Insightful film discussions, relaxation at parties and around the venues, and dining at the growing number of good restaurants in downtown Durham are all great draws for the Festival. Full details, including the complete schedule of events and film descriptions, are available at

natural phenomena or human activity. The Art of Flying (Jan van Ijken), for example, is about the spectacular synchrony of thousands of flying starlings. Figura (Katarzyna Gondek) is a contemplation of the creation and installation of a large sculpture. Described as a “visual poem”, Tarikat (Jasmijn Schrofer) tantalizes the viewer with Sufi spiritual rhythms. A Images are from films Sherpa, Figura, The Art of Flying, In Pursuit longer film, Topophilia (Peter Bo Rappmund), was entirely shot of Silence, and Topophilia, and are used with permission.


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PANAJI, India — India is a country obsessed with fair skin. From a young age, girls are told to stay out of the sun, taught how to use face masks with lightening properties, and instructed to avoid drinking tea because “it makes your skin darker.” The notion of beauty is heavily weighted in favor of lighter skin, and “fairness creams” like the popular Fair & Lovely are a multimillion-dollar business. And it’s not just women who whiten: fairness creams for men — rebranded Fair & Handsome — are raking in the cash, too. Commercials for fairness creams are similar to the ones for washing powder: Take something dark, use product, make it whiter and brighter. The model’s lighter skin color results in beaming smiles, job offers and happy endings all around. Some young women, though, are standing up to this colorism. A campaign called Dark is Beautiful, fronted by actor Nandita Das, helped push the Advertising Standards Council of India to ban discriminatory commercials for fairness products in 2014. More recently, Unfair & Lovely, started by three students at the University of Texas, has caught the imagination of darkskinned women around the world. It started with pictures that one of the friends, Pax Jones, took of Mirusha Yogarajah and her sister Yanusha, Mirusha told GlobalPost. “We decided to name the series Unfair and Lovely in order to address the hyphenated identities of people of color in the West, and colorism in the black and brown communities,” she says. The photo shoot featured the Yogarajah sisters confident in their contemporary clothing, juxtaposed with traditional South Asian jewelry. “Pax asked us [to take part] after noticing that even many of the advocates/activists addressing racism in the black community who had a large following had light skin,”


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PoliMosh: Dancing in the American Political Mosh Pit, Vol. 4 By Samir Shukla This unpredictable election cycle rolls on. After many establishment candidates have dropped out of the presidential race, the selection of party nominee is winding down. Among the remaining candidates on both sides, there is one in each party seeking and fomenting some type of political or populist revolution. Democrat Bernie Sanders is seeking a political revolution while Republican Donald Trump is unhinging the establishment with his quasi-populist revolution. Revolutions have a history of fizzling out, sometimes rather quickly. They overpromise and people are rarely happy with the results or the lack of results. What gets things done in the end is not revolution, but evolution, goaded by centrists. Political, social and cultural changes require evolving ethos and financial structures that slowly peel away the status quo and bring economic parity. Incremental change is natural and generally achieves a lot more in the end. Throughout the centuries, incremental social evolution has unraveled economic and social strata. In a sense both Sanders and Trump are populists, campaigning with their own grand statements and theories that have little bearing on reality and cannot be implemented with simpleton slogans. I understand both candidates, but their policy math simply doesn’t add up. Trump is a brash bully looking to get things done his way. Sanders is the alarmist grandfather genuine in his beliefs. Both are obviously tapping into sentiments on either political spectrum with the status of our union. But the status of our union is strong, this is still the land of dreams and opportunity. The problems we face are quite real and can be solved with thoughtful, long-term sustainable solutions. Greed, prejudice, corruption, polarization, distrust, these have been with us since humans have walked the Earth and unfortunately will remain so. As long as majority of people seek to find solutions and work for a better future, those crutches can be minimized. The Republicans are down to three candidates where Ted Cruz may yet sneak up on Donald Trump for the nomination while John Kasich just wants to hold out till the Republican convention. The remaining Democrats are essentially 95 percent similar, but their modus operandi are different. Hillary Clinton simply hopes to keep winning with the same margin she has racked up against Sanders and eke out the nomination, although the FBI email investigation is still looming and may make a play. Trump and Clinton are the likely candidates, barring any unforeseen flameouts, though it doesn’t look like the Democrats will finalize their candidate at least till end of April. The Republicans are headed to an open convention, unless Trump simply dominates in April. The brawls continue.

Here are the numbers of executive orders issued by each president since about the end of World War II. Harry S. Truman 896 Dwight D. Eisenhower 486 John F. Kennedy 214 Lyndon B. Johnson 324 Richard Nixon 346 Gerald R. Ford 169 Jimmy Carter 320 Ronald Reagan 381 George H. W. Bush 166 Bill Clinton 364 George W. Bush 291 Barack Obama (as of 12.31.15) 219 Source: National Archives – Updates on the ongoing election cycle In the North Carolina primaries held on March 15, Governor Pat McCrory won the Republican primary and will face Democratic primary winner Roy Cooper in the general election in November. Senator Richard Burr survived the Republican primary and will face challenger Deborah Ross, the winner of the Democratic primary. Since the state’s congressional redistricting is currently in limbo, the North Carolina congressional primary will be held on June 7. The PoliMosh Diary (these were written as dated, so things will have obviously moved forward by the time this issue hits the streets) continued on page 128

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Based on the untold story of one of the greatest minds of his generation, The Man Who Knew Infinity charts the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan (portrayed by Dev Patel), whose genius for mathematics takes him from the slums of India to Trinity College, Cambridge University during World War I. Spurred on by his mentor G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), Ramanujan overcomes racism and the rigidity of academia to revolutionize the field with his startlingly original theorems, which he attributes to divine inspiration. Driven by the engaging rapport between Patel and Irons as two vastly different men who find common ground in the world of numbers, the film is a fascinating look at how an unlikely, cross-cultural friendship changed the world. It is based on the book “The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan” by Robert Kanigel. The film opens on April 29.

Madhuri Dixit to turn judge once again for a dance show After hosting for four seasons of the celebrity dance show “Jhalak Dikh La Jaa,” Madhur Dixit will return as a judge for a dance show. The show will be a different one this time. According to reports, it will be an Indian version of the popular American show, “So You Think You Can Dance?” The Desi version will retain the American format of bringing amateur and professional dancers together. The show kicks off on TV in May and will also feature, Terence Lewis and Bollywood choreographer Bosco Martis. It will be hosted by popular TV actress Mouni Roy.

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The Jungle Book is an upcoming fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is a live-action/CGI reimagining of Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film of the same name. The film stars and introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli and features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken. The Hindi version of the film will be voiced by Irrfan Khan, Om Puri, Priyanka Chopra, Nana Patekar, and Shefali Shah. The Jungle Book is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s adventure stories based in India and Disney’s animated version. The film opens in India on April 8 and in the United States on April 15. It will be presented in Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats.

Actor Arjun Rampal tweeted that he has joined the cast of the sequel for the hit suspense film Kahaani. His post read, “All the best @sujoy_g and the whole team of Kahaani 2, look forward to joining you guys soon. Love an luck. #kahaani2” The actor gave away that he will be a part of the second installment of this award winning suspense thriller, he didn’t divulge any juicy details about the role he will be playing. This will be the first time Rampal will be on the screen with actress Vidya Balan. Apparently Nawazuddin Siddiqui who played Khan in the original film has opted out of the sequel. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh and produced by Jayantilal Gada, Kahaani 2 is being filmed extensively in the hilly region of Kalimpong, West Bengal. 24

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This year several biopics are slated to hit the screen. Among them are Neerja, Azhar and M S Principle shooting and editing Dhoni, another in the offing is that of actor Sanjay have been completed for Spices Dutt. Ranbir Kapoor will portray Dutt and the film Of Liberty - This is our story in will be directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Filming America. First time director and begins in September. No word on yet if Dutt will do a cameo in full time IT professional in NC, the film, although Hirani did film Dutt being released from jail Gowri Goli was inspired to back in February 25. It is likely that footage will have some part make the movie because of his in the film. Hirani is of course keen on having Dutt’s input for love for “Cinema and camera.” the film and has waited until he was released from prison. The The process has taken several biopic will trace the journey of the actor’s life, from his years from conception to childhood to his debut in Bollywood to his journey as a star to completion. All the filming was done in North Carolina in the his imprisonment and will uncover some personal aspects of Triangle area, to the Outerbanks and the mountains including the actor’s life. The film is slated to release on Christmas 2017. Mt. Soma. The heroine is Suhasini Reballa. She is a TV Serial Farah Khan to Choreograph for Jackie actress and has appeared in more then 25 movies. The male Chan's Indo-China Film lead is Ajay Kathurvar and the Farah Khan and Sonu Sood are all set to come together for the film also stars vetern actress latter's upcoming Indo-China film Kung Fu Yoga where she will Jayalalitha from Tollywood and choreograph a song. It promises to be a colorful Bollywood Chandu along with many first number. Although the song wasn’t originally planned for the time and veteran NC actors. The film lead actor Sood convinced the makers of the international release date has not yet been set. project to incorporate this number when they decided to shoot The producers are canvassing in Rajasthan. A couple of newcomer actresses, Disha Patani and Film Festivals around the county Amyra Dastur, will be a part of this number. Actor Jackie Chan and looking for a destribution will also be lending his voice for the English as well as Hindi deal in the US, India and lines of the song. The song is expected to feature Khan’s worldwide. More info at signature dance style and shot in lavish sets in over 150 dancers.


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Meaning (Summary): Once again, helpless heart has brought me here, what to do! Staying away did not gave me a good feeling, what to do. Heart is saying, go complete it today. That incomplete talk which is remaining, let's complete it today, what to do! Those memories are still incomplete and today I do admit and accept them, what to do! In the past, I made a mistake, what to do! Heart is saying rectify it. The suppressed desire is still in the heart, that concealed spark is still there and the fate has accepted it, what to do! Though we kept on meeting, what to do! The heart is saying, go complete it forever. The stuck path is still there, that stuck desire is still there. Lyrics in Hindi:

Awards: Best Music director Asia Pacific Screen Award - Barfi (2012) Filmfare Awards: Winner: 2013 - Barfi (2012 film) Nominations: 2005 - Dhoom, 2007 – Dhoom 2, 2008 - Life in a Metro - Jab We Met; 2009 - Race 2010 - Love Aaj Kal - Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahāni 2011 - Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2013 - Cocktail, 2014 - Yeh Jawāni Hai Deewāni Other awards he received: from Radio Mirchi, Apsarā, People’s choice etc. His award-winning lyrics to the Hindi song “Phir le āya dil majboor kyā keeje… ” are given in the column on this page.

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Circumstances may not allow individuals to participate in traditional rituals due to their personal beliefs or inability to attend. But according to psychologists such as Romeo Vitelli, rituals don’t have to be religious to be healing. In fact, it can be a ritual that you create and carry out privately to help with the grief you are experiencing. Whether the grief comes from death, divorce or the pink slip, as human beings we try to make sense of the loss so that we can move on. Our rituals, new or old help us transition from shock to anger to resistance and eventually gain an acceptance. At the same time, I would surmise that when rituals are imposed or carried out only to conform to customs, they may lose their meaning and hurt rather than console the bereaved. Not every tradition or ritual is worth holding on to. I am glad that abhorrent old practices that were cruel to widowed women have been discarded. Last year, a close friend had arranged for a “Celebration of Life” event in honor of her departed father and to me it was a beautiful gesture of a daughter’s love. She shared memories of her father and cooked his favorite dishes, allowing her the opportunity to express her emotions and coping with them in the midst of friends and well-wishers. This was also a great example of borrowing a tradition from a different culture and adapting. Adapting is a lifelong process particularly for immigrants and it soon becomes a way of life making us stronger as we strike roots in unaccustomed earth. Beautifully quoted by Nathaniel Hawthorne and explored in depth by Jhumpa Lahiri, assimilating and growing in an unfamiliar land is a reality for many of us. Over time adjusting to foreign practices becomes second nature and we switch to big changes such as driving on the opposite side of the road or little changes like using LED flickering lamps instead of the oil lamps during Diwali with ease. Just as we find alternate ingredients to substitute in family recipes, we learn to create or modify symbolic actions that mark every rite of passage including the final one. As I pen or rather type these thoughts down, I want you the reader to know that my purpose is not to dwell on somber topics but to acknowledge their existence. Sadness and joy seem to be more closely related than we realize just as it was wisely shown in the children’s movie Inside Out. I’ve reconciled with the fact that life is short and unpredictable and perhaps because of it our most important relationships are to be cherished every day and its recognition should not to be postponed.

By Shyama Parui Over the last few months, I’ve written about the imperfect Diwalis, pujas, the challenges with names and education as well as the longing for our favorite traditions and foods, but this month I find myself ruminating over things that we don’t often focus on. As we go about our day to day business of driving to work, supervising children’s homework, drinking coffee and sharing a joke with a neighbor, we generally don’t think about our family members being sick or our closest friends being in an emergency. And yet when it happens, it catches us unaware, always unexpected and never welcome. The challenges of living in the United States away from some of our near and dear ones heightens when we get a call to tell us about our parent who has been hospitalized or a close uncle or aunt being terminally ill. The sheer distance makes it impossible to rush to their aid. Reaching our hometown within a day to hold their hand and reassure them that we will get through this can be a formidable undertaking. Costs, work schedules, school attendance and exams are only few of the many roadblocks we are likely to encounter. When crossing the seas is not a feasible option we rely on the myriad tools available to communicate. At times it seems to help though no virtual tool can make up for the warmth of an embrace or the support of a shoulder to cry on. The consolation of being present in spirit may not be the same as being there in person. When faced with such dilemmas, the tug of war between logic and emotion has no winner. Tormented by guilt and frustration, individuals may be driven to reexamine their choices and forced to face the finite nature of the time one has on this planet. The loss of a loved one is always painful but the absence of the opportunity to say last goodbye makes it excruciating. The distance that may seem to shield a family member away from the overt signs of grief somehow makes it harder to cope with the loss. I wonder why that might be the case? Years ago, when I was a graduate student in Psychology, I remember my assignment on bereavement which was coincidentally due on the death anniversary of my father. At first, I found myself confused about what to research and express in my paper but as I listlessly roamed through the library I recalled the traditional rituals our family participated in as part of my father’s last rites. Combing through papers and books, I found evidence for the conclusion I had drawn from my own experience. Rituals have a tremendous healing effect. Personally, observing a period of mourning by eating simple food, hosting a meal for other mourners in honor of my father’s memory and the traditional dip in the water at the end of the ceremonies, helped me come to terms with what had happened. The funeral or “antim sanskara” marked the return of the mortal human body to the five elements, a powerful reminder of the circle of life. Being surrounded by family members who were also facing the same grief allowed me to support them, preventing me from being consumed by my own sorrow.

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 16+ words = Excellent; 11 to 15 words = Good; 10 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

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Dadaji’s moral short stories for kids A shepherd had a large flock of sheep, which were grazing on a grass field. A wolf grabbed and stealthily stole a lamb and took it away. The lamb tried hard to get away but it could not. The wolf was about to kill the lamb, when the lamb got an idea. The lamb pleaded: “Oh wolf, I know that I am going to die now. Will you please fulfil my last wish?” The wolf said: “OK, what is your last wish?” The lamb replied: “I know that you are a very good singer and I am fond of music. I wish to hear you sing.” The wolf started singing and stopped. The lamb said: “Oh, what a beautiful voice! I want to hear it again. Will you please sing louder?” The wolf was pleased by the flattery and started singing loudly. While he was singing, the shepherd and the dogs that were searching for the missing lamb heard the sound. They came running and caught the wolf and drove it away. The lamb was saved and it happily joined the flock. Moral: Thinking smart in an emergency saves you.

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It seems that every magazine or newspaper or digital version thereof always has at least one article about healthy eating, the rising rate of obesity among Americans and the dangers of “fast food” etc. My impression is that people from India pride themselves on maintaining traditional, cooked-from-scratch cuisine, unlike many Americans. One’s lifestyle (for example, being a vegetarian) can influence one’s choice of friends and more! When I decided to escape the winters of Amherst, Massachusetts in 1994, one reason I chose to move to the Triangle area was because I knew I could buy organic fruit and vegetables and tofu! Food related idioms and figurative expressions have found their way into American English. Here are some you might overhear in conversations at your office or with your American friends. Can you match the idioms to the list of meanings that follow? 1 Note that the asterisk * indicates that the expression is appropriate only for informal use, not at office meetings or with your boss!! 1. The company uses a carrot and stick approach to motivating employees.____ 2. My friend’s three children are all carrot tops. ____ * 3. That contract is just small potatoes. ___ 4. After the budget meeting, they dropped the planned expansion idea like a hot potato. _____ 5. Our kids are turning into junior couch potatoes. We have encourage more outdoor activities. ____ 6. After any major flooding in the area, used car buyers have to watch out for lemons. _____ 7. His daughter is the apple of his eye. _____ 8. One rotten apple spoils the barrel. ____ 9. “How ‘bout them apples?” _____* 10. His behavior during the meeting upset the apple cart. _____ 11. “Your arguments in favor of the proposal give us food for thought.” _____ 12. When he earned his medical degree, his hopes and dreams came to fruition. _____ 13. “This was a fruitful meeting.”_____ 14. His successful small business was the fruit of his labor._____ 15. We will consider a merger when the time is ripe. _____ 16. I’d like to live to a ripe old age_____ 17. But I don’t want to end up a vegetable. _____ *

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PERSONAL FINANCES we can make our money grow the better off we will be. Which means we need to start early to make it grow longer. Compounding is a very powerful force. If you save at the rate of just 6%, that money will double in 12 years (taxes ignored for now) and double again in next 12 years giving us four times of our original investment in 24 years. If it can grow at 9% then the process happens in 16 years. The second stage is from 50 to 67 years of age: during this period, we have less personal responsibilities and we earn most and should save the maximum. Some major events also happen in this period like weddings, grandchildren, travels etc. Major planning also happens for retirement. The third stage of age 67 onwards is for spending the wealth we have accumulated. Enjoy friends, hobbies, the time of good health and then plan for controlling inevitable health issues. For most of us saving is the hardest part. It needs some sacrifice, determination and a lot of applied discipline. Today we cannot count on any old fashioned pension plans. There will be Social Security but that would make only a small contribution to our total needs. It is, indeed, going to be our own savings (whichever form they are done: 401k, IRAs and/or taxable saving accounts) that will be used by us to support ourselves when we retire. It will also depend on what we would project our expenses would be at the time of retirement and later but if we are not saving in the vicinity of 25% of our gross income in all stages of our life, then we are shortchanging ourselves. There are myriad ways available to invest. Of course it depends to a great extent on our risk tolerance make-up. I spend much time with my clients on this very same issue and generally I do not recommend any investments unless I know where the comfort level of my clients is. Once that is established, then a variety of investment vehicles can be suggested. Beginning with simple CDs to investments in high quality stocks for long-term and everything in between. It is critical that the thinking has to be long-term, which means 10 years and longer but never less than 5 years. If anybody wants to follow the quick-money schemes, then they would be on their own. One of the reasons we plan so far in advance is to take advantage of the long time span available which allows us to do the long-term planning. The other point that needs to be well understood, in fact needs to be permanently etched in every mind, is that investments can be risky (even when the money is sitting under the mattress). We mitigate risk by thinking long-term but it still does not completely go away. Remember that long-term perspective gives the time to recover from it too if something has to go wrong. This should not deter anybody from investing properly. It is said that when we are thinking of investment “the bigger risk is not taking any risk at all.”

Investment strategy for all ages and stages of life By Mo Vidwans We all know the famous saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. There is also a corollary to that which says: A good map is worth thousand pictures. These days not many people use maps. We are so much into GPS that we don’t think much about the utility of maps. In this case I am thinking more of our life’s “Financial Map” that will lead and guide us to a successful financial life. Once properly created, such maps or strategies are very valuable. Our investment strategy is a financial map that reminds us constantly not only of our objectives and goals in life but also how to achieve them. Granted some goals transform, and they should, as we progress through life. Also the tactics to achieve those goals would change and hence the actual actions to follow those tactics would also change. All this is still following the same investment strategy that we set forth in the beginning. Does everyone need a strategy? The simple answer is positively yes if our future needs (as defined by us) have to be satisfied. Not doing anything at all and just keep rolling with the punches is also a strategy but it would not work too well. I notice that the very word investment creates all kinds of emotions: fear of loss of Saving is only the first principal, fraud, some trepidation, and strange step, albeit an important feelings like “scary” come to one; the next step is to mind. To top that every one make these savings grow. has an opinion about investments, nevertheless, and they generally stick to it. What basic events need to happen for our strategy to be successful? The prime event has to be that we must save; actually save much more than we do today. Over the last 50 years, most Americans have not saved much, generally somewhere between -1% to +5%. Citizens of other countries save much more. China, Korea, and Japan save about 25 to 35%; India and far-east Asia 20 to 30% and so on. I would assume that it is mostly embedded in the culture and the environment we live in. This itself can be a topic of some serious discussion. Basic fact is that we need to save more in order for our strategy to work. Saving is only the first step, albeit an important one; then the next step is to make these savings grow. Growth rate can be anywhere from 3% to as high as 15% depending on where our comfort level is for risk. And it will also depend heavily on our future needs and health conditions, starting now to the end of life. Such strategies would break down into at least three groups. First with 25 to 50, then from 51 to 67 and from 68 to the rest of our lives. For each group the planning and tactics would change. The first group implies: new job, getting married, young children and perhaps some graduations and aspirations for a new business. This time frame also suggests: max savings, not only because it is possible to do so and we need them later but also because the savings get a chance to grow for a long time (like 20 to 60 years), which suggests the power of compounding. The longer

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haven’t quite figured out how they will make a living with 2000% tariffs on plastic flip-flops from China. We have people who haven’t figured out that Walmart doesn’t love them and will shut down hundreds of stores once the flip-flops stop selling. Recession, anyone? So, yes, Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton may be back in the White House again, this time just advising his wife. True, he is a womanizer and mega-rich as well, but he presided over one of the best economies in American history. The problem is that he didn’t invent the internet (that was Al Gore, remember?). That bubble came and burst, and it is hard to give credit to Clinton for that. It may be as hard as recognizing Ronald Reagan for collapsing the Soviet Empire. Reagan may have brought us as close to nuclear war as possible, made arms-for-hostages deals with Iran, made weapons-to-kill-Iranians deals with Saddam Hussein, but he is now seen as a leader of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln by the Republicans. Somewhere along the way, we got George W. Bush, who generally didn’t know if his pants were on backwards, but he listened to Uncle Cheney and Grandpa Rumsfeld and dropped bombs on 250,000 Iraqi women and children and then just went “Oooops” and went back to Texas. That leaves us with Barack Obama. Until Trump arrived and set America straight about minorities, we just didn’t know how to treat the black, “Muslim” guy in the Oval Office. Most small businesses who were working employees for a full 40 hours (instead of 39), suddenly dropped their insurance plans and saved a bunch of money and paperwork. But they kept complaining about Obama. He killed Osama; he withdrew most of the troops out of the Middle East, but then made suspect deals with the oil sheikhs who’d been fighting for a cross-border pipeline for decades. Now we have ISIS, which seems to be partly the fired Iraqi army, and partly every other rag-tag group of terrorists that seems to have a religious agenda very close to U.S. ally Saudi Arabia. They also seem to have American weapons. So, growing economy, low oil prices, low unemployment, a few Syrian refugees from a crisis America itself financed, and here we are…ready to hand the mess to the next president. The action really plays out in my bedroom, though. At 2am recently I proclaimed that if this racist donkey Trump gets elected, I was moving to Bangkok. My wife’s response, before she jumped out of bed and gathered her organic essential oils off the nightstand, was that if that Benghazi war criminal Hillary gets elected, she was moving to Belfast. Well, I guess the our daughters, who are wise in that they know all politicians are liars, will be living here alone when Trump decides to send all colored folks to camps. I’ll miss my neighbors. Comforting to know, however, that under Trump, things like colored people and women who could actually talk will all seem like a nightmare from America’s sordid, liberal past.

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Since pretty knotted shoelaces to detangling hopelessly tangled relationships. much every activity that we do involves some level of thinking Problem solving is one kind of thinking that helps with these (except drinking and such, maybe), whatever we do has the kinds of issues. Just as with any other activity, to be effective in potential to help us grow our thinking capabilities. thinking, we need the right thinking capabilities. As I write this article, I am thinking about the structure of the article, the sequence in which I say things, the kinds of things I To be Superman, you need a cape (capability) To perform an activity effectively, we need the right would like to say, how everything fits together logically, and capabilities. Just as Superman needs his cape to fly, we need a how to communicate it in a way that is easier to understand and grasp, and so on. The more articles I write, and the more I “cape” to help us fly, whatever such “flying” entails. We are not born with capabilities. I was not born with the practice the art of writing, the more proficiency I gain as a writer. cape to read and write, or even to speak in ways that average But there is something a bit subtler that happens under the human beings could understand. Nor were you. We needed to surface: each time I write, I practice not only my writing, but also work at this, and over time, and with lots of practice, we learned certain aspects of thinking. And from that effort arises the capital to speak in a language that made sense to others. The cape of that is my thinking capability. The activity does not need to be writing. It can be anything – speech is something that we take so much for granted that we cooking, playing a musical instrument, whatever. The important become unaware of it as a capability. We trade time for capes, acquiring a variety of capes over our thing is that we engage fully with whatever we do, and use each lifetimes. For example, I write. That is a cape that I bought by activity as an opportunity to grow our thinking capabilities. But investing my time over many years, applying myself to reading to make sure of that, we need to do things in a manner that leads material from all kinds of writers, and practicing my own writing to growth. We need to be spending capex dollars rather than opex ones. in many different venues and forms. Time is limited. There is only so much of it available for us to trade for a small number of capes over our lifetimes. Doesn’t it Think about your thinking Thinking is a capital asset. To nurture and grow a capital seem reasonable then, that we devote ourselves to developing certain capes rather than certain other ones, if we can? Some asset, we need to pay attention to it and manage it as an asset. This means defining how it is used, what it is used for, and how capes seem much more important than others. much of it is allocated to different activities and pursuits. It also The motherlode of capes: The Thinking Cape means watching constantly to make sure that our thinking is “Zap! Crackle! Bzzzt!” The electrochemical signals spark and used in compliance with the definitions and objectives framed surge through our nervous systems between our interface to the for its use and growth. world and the different decision-making points in the system, To develop our thinking capabilities, we need to take a step notably the brain. These signals travel up to a few hundred feet back every now and then, and see what is going on inside our per second through a complex system of about 100 billion heads. Is the feeling right? Are we expending brainpower on the neurons and 100 trillion connections between those neurons. This right things? Maybe we need to stop thinking about this, and is what happens when we say we are “thinking.” This is also what think about that instead. Maybe we need to consider doing a bit happens when we say we “feel” things such as emotions. Is it not of mathematics and abstract thinking so that we practice certain fair to say that this capability – the capability of thinking – is the kinds of problem-solving thinking that makes us better at motherlode of all our capabilities? If we can get a handle of some problem solving in general – not just with math problems. There sort on this capability, however feeble, would it not alter our lives are many options, and many pitfalls. The important thing is that significantly? It would be almost like having a little knob to twist we watch over our minds and govern if we can. to create different thoughts and feelings within ourselves. And, Do you think that thinking about thinking is worth thinking since thinking is part of pretty much every other capability that about? 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3. The new rules would prevent Verizon from continuing to use its “zombie cookie” on behalf of its subsidiary AOL. Last week, Verizon agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle FCC charges that it violated customers’ privacy when it used a hidden unkillable (therefore “zombie”) number to track cellphone users. As part of the settlement, Verizon agreed to allow customers to opt in to any future uses of the tracking technique. But the settlement did not apply to Verizon subsidiary AOL’s use of the tracking number. Wheeler said that the proposed privacy rules “would overrule the consent decree.” The proposal only allows subsidiaries to use an Internet provider’s customer data to market “communications related services,” and so AOL’s use of the tracking number for advertising purposes would need to be opt in.

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Last week, the Federal Communications Commission proposed new privacy rules for Internet providers. The proposal was immediately praised by privacy advocates as “a major step forward” and lambasted by AT&T as an effort to place a “thumb on the scale in favor of Internet companies.” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stopped by our offices to 4. The new rules, however, would allow AT&T to keep explain the proposal, which will be voted on by the commission marketing its privacy-invading Gigapower high-speed later this year after a period of public comment. Here is what Internet service in dozens of cities. Gigapower costs $70 a you need to know about the proposed rules. month for customers who agree to let AT&T view the Web pages they visit and the queries they type into search engines. 1. The new rules would prohibit Internet providers from Those who want to protect their privacy must pay $100 a sharing information with third parties about a customer’s month for the Gigapower service. Wheeler said he was name, address, location and Internet activity, unless they concerned about privacy becoming a luxury service. But he have opted in to having their data shared. It is meant to said, “At this point in the debate, we have to deal with what provide the same level of privacy protection to Internet we can deal with today.” customers’ data that companies must, by law, apply to telephone customers’ data. 5. The proposal doesn’t cover content, only metadata. That means if a customer visits an unencrypted website, the 2. The rules also broaden the types of data that are protected, Internet provider could still view and share the contents of Wheeler said. The old rules for telephone operators covered that website without consent. “Customer Proprietary Network Information” – such as the As encryption becomes more common, that loophole will duration and frequency of calls placed by customers and where they were placed from. Wheeler said the proposal get smaller. But regardless of whether Internet traffic is includes Internet activities tied to a unique identifying encrypted, Wheeler said that it is important to protect number rather than a person’s actual name or phone number. information about what websites a person visits. “I might be getting encrypted data,” he said, “but if I visit a Under the proposed rules, Internet providers could not, without consent, track customers using a unique number tied cancer center, just the fact that I’m going to the cancer center is of interest to an insurance company.” to a customer’s Internet activity or phone location.


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NUTRITION FOR LIFE Soy and Thyroid The health concerns rise from the claim that soy contains natural chemicals known as goitrogens that interfere with thyroid function. These can cause an enlargement of the thyroid gland (a “goiter”) and symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as lethargy, dullness, coldness, and depression. The fact is that soy is not the only food that contains goitrogens. Many other foods such as cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts), sweet potatoes, lima beans, and millet also have these chemicals. However, these foods have been found only to cause problems when iodine intake is low. Soy does not cause thyroid problems in healthy, well-nourished people who are not deficient in iodine. People who do not get adequate amount of iodine in their diet could increase their risk of thyroid problems if they eat a lot of soy and/or other foods rich in goitrogens. So the answer is not to avoid soy or cruciferous vegetables, but to get enough iodine from sources such as iodized salt or supplements.

The Safety of Soy By Parul Kharod Soy has been the topic of many controversies and debates. There are several sources that will tell you never to eat soy as it can increase your risk of cancer and many other diseases. So what is the truth? Is soy really safe? The first thing you have to realize is that soy is not a new food that has just been discovered or invented. Soy foods have been around for centuries. Japan, China and other Asian countries have used soy products in their cuisine without causing any increased health risks. In fact, one of the healthiest, long-lived populations in the world – the Okinawan Japanese are frequent soy consumers. The traditional Okinawan diet has about two servings of soy a day. If soy foods were dangerous, its effects would be reflected in the health and longevity of these populations. Soy has been extensively researched. About 2,000 new studies on soy are released every year. Soy is a good source of nutrients that has many health benefits. Soybeans are high in protein and healthy fat. Soybeans have unsaturated fat and are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Whole soybeans are a rich source of fiber. Soybeans are high in B-vitamins and are also good sources of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and copper. There are two types of soy foods, fermented and unfermented. Fermented foods include tempeh, miso, natto, and soy sauce; unfermented foods are tofu, soymilk, edamame, soybeans, and soy nuts. These traditional natural soy foods are the healthiest and safe. It is important to avoid highly processed forms of soy. Processed soy products such as soy burgers, soy energy bars, fake meats, and products made with soy protein isolate powders are not recommended.

Soy and Brain Health Most recent studies show that soy has no effect on cognitive function, which means that while eating soy may not lower your risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s, it does not increase any risk either. Soy consumption has also been associated with lower risk of depression. Soy and Heart Health Soy may be helpful in reducing heart disease risk. The isoflavones found in soy foods help with the production of nitric oxide, which helps to dilate blood vessels, thus keeping the arteries healthy and lower blood pressure. The fiber and protein present in whole soy foods also has been known to help lower cholesterol.

Soy and Bone Health Studies indicate that women approaching menopause who eat isoflavone-rich soy protein are more likely to boost their bone mineral density and thus Soy and Breast Cancer Most of the health concerns about help prevent osteoporosis. Studies have also shown that soy soy are because of phytoestrogens, a group of natural isoflavones may reduce the risk of fractures. compounds that chemically resemble the hormone estrogen. How much soy? One to two servings a day of whole soy Soy contains a group of natural plant chemicals called isoflavones. They are found in small amounts in a number of foods can provide the benefits of the isoflavones. A serving is a legumes, grains and vegetables; however, soybeans are the cup of soymilk or one half-cup of tofu, tempeh, edamame or most concentrated source of isoflavones in our diet. Since soy nuts. GMO soy foods may contain pesticides therefore isoflavones bind to estrogen receptors, they can have similar choose non-GMO and organic products. effects as estrogen. But various studies have shown that the For all Indian dishes, it may be a healthier option to use tofu isoflavones in soy do not have the same negative effect as animal-based estrogen hormone. Studies show that eating soy instead of paneer. Paneer is milk-based and is high is saturated foods early in life decreases risk of breast cancer in adults. fat. So using tofu would make the heavy paneer based dishes Studies suggest that children and/or teens who consume as little more heart healthy. Soy milk can be used as a good protein as one serving of soy daily decrease their risk of breast cancer source to make smoothies. As a reminder, avoid processed soy later in life by 25 to 50 percent. The American Cancer Society or isoflavone supplements and eat moderate amounts of has stated that eating traditional soy foods — like tofu, miso, healthy natural soy foods for maximum benefits. tempeh and soy milk — may help lower the risk of breast, prostate and other cancers.

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NOISE BLISS Meditations in Music By Samir Shukla MerleFest: A Celebration of “Traditional Plus” Music MerleFest, the largest roots and traditional music festival in the country, is an annual gathering of outstanding musicians and music outreach on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. This year’s festival will be held from April 28 - May 1. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a blend of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and also includes Americana, country, blues, and rock. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event is the primary fundraiser for the Wilkes Community College, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. There are so many bands and activities, that time becomes fluid. It’s easy to soak in the warm sounds, as folks can stagehop around the festival and listen to an array of talent, from local banjo and guitar pickers to national acts. Some of the major performers this year include, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Wood Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jerry Douglas, Scythian, The Kruger Brothers, and Donna the Buffalo. Over 100 varied artists spanning many genres will be appearing throughout the festival. Alcohol is not served and is prohibited at MerleFest. The family-oriented festival also features a jam camp, nature walks, songwriters’ coffee house, acoustic kids showcase, little pickers’ family area, impromptu jam sessions, lots of vendors and plenty of food. For the youngsters the “Little Pickers Family Area” offers a many games and fun along with storytelling, songwriting, and of course, music. The Little Pickers Stage has been expanded and seating doubled due to its popularity. Other activities in this area include painting, sand art, mural wall, and scrap exchange. The late Doc Watson, founder of MerleFest, said, “When Merle and I started out we called our music ‘traditional plus’, meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional plus’.” The festival draws nearly 80,000 participants every year. There is plenty of free parking and shuttles haul folks directly to the festival entrance gate. Look for the signs that say “Festival Parking.” Follow the signs. A volunteer will help you find a parking space. They will also point you to a shuttle stop where you can hitch a ride on one of the local Boy Scout Troop buses. For full details, tickets and passes, list of performers and more, visit

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comes, Social’s workspaces turn into bars, offering coworkers the chance to kick back over drinks as they finish their day. Coworkers are expected to share work as well as play, which explains why some venues are picky about their members. Six months ago, entrepreneur and investor Ritesh Malik founded the Innov8 co-working space in Delhi, and received more than 1,000 applications for membership on the day of its launch. Today, despite its 150-person capacity, the space is home to just 112 coworkers. “They are the best minds in the city. We don’t care if we have empty seats — we just want the best people to work with each other and create value,” Malik told GlobalPost. “India is in big need of co-working spaces, and Indians appreciate ideas that are outside of the box.” Those chosen to be Innov8 members get a lot more than split rent and WiFi bills. Resembling a slick hotel — complete with roof terrace and nap room — the project bills itself as an incubator for new ideas and enterprises, a sort of homegrown Google Campus. (Google plans to start work this year on a campus in the Indian tech hub of Hyderabad, its first outside the US.) Through networking events, mentoring programs and talks from industry leaders, many of India’s co-working spaces aim to play a vital role in helping startups and entrepreneurs succeed. Collaborations are frequent and already bearing fruit. Food Talk India, a “social food community” that publishes reviews and organizes events, was founded by Anjali Batra and her partner at the Hauz Khas Village (HKV) Social workspace in Delhi. The social emphasis of her company meant the collaboration at the heart of co-working was a natural fit. “Our company started as a secret Facebook group with just 50 food lovers as members. We came together to talk about food and exchange recommendations, and within six months we had grown to 18,000 people,” Batra said. “The co-working scene gives you access to lots of people with different ideas and skills, especially from the creative and tech fields. The advantage of that is having anything and everything you need available through someone around you. For example, we met our graphic designer at HKV Social and we’ve been working with her for over a year now.” Batra also notes that co-working is attracting a broader demographic than it did a few years ago. “Spaces with restaurants and cafes are very different from the early venues — those were very tech-driven, very serious in format and people had to have a strong IT background to participate,” she said. For the many expats based in India, working alongside local people every day is an important way to understand cultural differences. Being able to ask very specific advice about the country’s business norms helps these coworkers navigate opportunities armed with local insight. “India has a unique mentality, and sometimes it’s difficult to explain this to Western clients if work is delayed or done differently, for example. So I like to co-work with Indians because I can ask for suggestions and get local opinions on things,” said Sarune Baubaite, a French national who runs an online travel agency called Nomaday Travel. Amongst those doing business in India’s cities, there’s little doubt that the culture of co-working will continue to thrive, handin-hand with India’s evolving workforce and enterprise scene. “Entrepreneurship is really picking up in India. Three years ago, I didn’t know a single person thinking about starting their own business. Today, almost half of my local friends are entrepreneurs,” said Batra. “There’s an adaptable market for startups in India right now. It’s not a gamble anymore. Entrepreneurship is something that’s appreciated.”

Co-working in India means sharing more than just a desk By Lauren Razavi, From taxi drivers to tech innovators, the Indian freelance economy has exploded in recent years. An estimated 15 million freelancers currently operate in the country, making India second only to the United States in terms of independent workers. As Indians break out of traditional employment, they’re breaking out of traditional workplaces, too — and in their stead, creative co-working spaces are thriving. Gone are the days when “co-working” meant simply sharing an office; now India’s work environments are being reinvented to suit a digital, globally minded age. A new wave of entrepreneurs and freelancers has created a market for places to work with each other, not just next to each other. From eco-friendly and artist-led South Delhi spot The Studio to the homey feel of Bombay Connect on the Mumbai seaside, India’s co-working spaces today are as diverse as the characters that use them. Some spaces are filled with artists, writers and activists; others are home to social entrepreneurs, web developers and graphic designers. They can choose between funky lampshades and graffitiinspired wall art, or sprawl amid bean bags and beaded curtains. Membership fees typically vary from around 2,000 to 8,000 INR — roughly $30 to $120 — per month, which is much more affordable than renting traditional office space. “More and more people are working from cafes instead of offices in today’s world, especially millennials. This observation led us to create a cafe that would encourage people to work socially, a place where there wasn’t awkwardness over having no food or drink left on your table,” said Riyaaz Amlani, the acclaimed restaurateur who founded Social, India’s biggest coworking brand. His hip chain currently consists of nine cafe-bar workspaces in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru; he’s ultimately aiming for 150 across the country, including in university cities like Pune and Amdavad where demand is growing. In India, where offices traditionally carry a reputation for chaos and bureaucracy, the co-working scene stands out. In welcome contrast, collaborative workspaces foster a culture of ease and efficiency. “The co-working concept is so much more productive than everybody sitting in their own cubicles.” Amlani says. “Communication is quicker, everybody knows what’s going on, people are on the same page. It’s a social environment so there’s no unnecessary formality. Work feels like a mission and a sport when you are part of a co-working community.” That sense of community is a crucial part of the distinctive culture found at co-working spaces in India. When evening


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MARKETING TURNAROUND Two Essential Steps to Fresh Start Success By Gail Z Martin Realize that “marketing” is actually a different way of saying “communication.” When we say marketing, we’re covering a wide range of activities that can include: social media, newsletters, in-person conversations, networking (inperson or online), speaking to groups, direct mail, traditional advertising, public relations, video, and more. What’s essential is that you find a way to do two very important things: Redefine yourself to the world; and Create a personal brand to stand out and be remembered. Creating a personal brand will take you a long way toward getting colleagues, customers and the media to see you in a new light. So how do you do it? Glad you asked!

There’s a reason for stereotypes and pigeon-holes. They are ways our brains create a filing system and know where to put people in our mental map of the me-centered universe. Bob the accountant, Jane the teacher, Bill the dentist, Anna the engineer—these are all short, easy ways we keep straight all the hundreds of people we meet and know. Stereotypes come in when we create a one-size-fits-all description of what someone who is in a certain job or profession is like. “Accountants are risk-averse and detailed-oriented” or “IT people like to solve problems and are introverts”—you probably could fill a page with your own version of professional stereotypes if you gave it some thought. Have you ever considered how the people you know have already pigeon-holed and stereotyped you? Just for fun, ask your significant other, your best friend and a former colleague to tell you how they’d introduce you professionally to someone you didn’t know. It’s usually an eyeopening experience. Odds are, if that’s the way people who know you will see you professionally, your business acquaintances, neighbors, social friends, and club buddies have an even fuzzier grasp on what you do. If that’s how people view you after years—or half a lifetime—in your prior job or career, your task is twofold: To get them to understand the change you’re making and to be able to articulate it clearly, briefly and accurately so they can tell others (correctly) what you do and thereby help you make connections to succeed. Fuzzy introductions like “Joe’s a great guy—you should talk to him sometime” aren’t as powerful as “Joe knows more about supply chain processes than anyone in the city. I bet he could help you with what you need.” Other people won’t come up with those great descriptions on their own. You have to communicate it to them. Stories are powerful teaching tools. People are hard-wired to listen to and remember stories. Stories stick. That’s why a crucial part of creating your Fresh Start Success is learning to tell your own story in a powerful way. Tell us who you were, and who you are now. Let people know what’s changed, and what you create for them in your new role. Tell us how you got where you are and what you learned, saw and overcame. Your story differentiates you, because no one else has exactly the same story you do. Because of your story, you’ll resonate more with people who are a good fit for you to work with, attracting the right kind of clients, partners and team members. Your story reinforces your expertise and is an essential part of building your brand. Use your story to communicate the change you’re making and shift the pigeon-holes others use to remember you and what you do.

Step one: Identify the Change Who do you want to be, now that you’ve grown up? Do you want to keep working in your area of expertise, but for a different industry? For yourself? For a not-for-profit? Or do you want to build on your skills and experience and do something entirely different? If you aren’t clear about who you are becoming as you reinvent yourself, no one else will know, either. They’ll either continue to see you as “Joe, who used to do such-and-such” or “Joanna, who is thinking about her options.” Maybe you left your old job with a long-desired change of direction already clear in your mind. Perhaps you’ve been saying no for a long time to an internal voice that’s been trying to lead you in a particular direction, and now you’re starting to listen and consider alternatives. Or you might have a clearer idea of what you don’t want to do than what you’re passionate about doing. That’s okay—thinking things through is a natural part of the Fresh Start process. But before you can more forward, you need to have an inkling about the direction you want to go. Think about it this way: An international airport has flights to hundreds of cities all over the world. You could get on any plane and end up in any one of those places. But odds are, some destinations will suit you better than others, and all destinations are not created equal. You’ve been to some places before, and don’t need to go back. You might like to revisit others, or find new places with similar charms. And some don’t attract you at all. But you can’t go anywhere until you pick a destination and buy your ticket. So… where is your reinvention ticket going to take you? Once you have a destination in mind (in other words, a fairly clear idea of what kind of work you want to do and the type of structure—corporate, not-for-profit, self-employed— Excerpted from Fresh Start Success you want to do it in), you can start moving toward it. As long as you have a clear destination in mind, don’t worry yet if you aren’t sure exactly how to get there.

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NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), illustrated here, will carry a Wide Field Instrument to capture Hubble-quality images covering large swaths of sky, enabling cosmic evolution studies. Its Coronagraph Instrument will directly image exoplanets and study their atmospheres.

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NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe — the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). With a view 100 times bigger than that of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, WFIRST will aid researchers in their efforts to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and explore the evolution of the cosmos. It also will discover new worlds outside our solar system and advance the search for worlds that could be suitable for life. NASA’s Agency Program Management Council, which evaluates the agency’s programs and projects on content, risk management, and performance, made the decision to move forward with the mission on Wednesday. “WFIRST has the potential to open our eyes to the wonders of the universe, much the same way Hubble has,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington. “This mission uniquely combines the ability to discover and characterize planets beyond our own solar system with the sensitivity and optics to look wide and deep into the universe in a quest to unravel the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter.” WFIRST is the agency’s next major astrophysics observatory, following the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018. The observatory will survey large regions of the sky in near-infrared light to answer fundamental questions

about the structure and evolution of the universe, and expand our knowledge of planets beyond our solar system – known as exoplanets. It will carry a Wide Field Instrument for surveys, and a Coronagraph Instrument designed to block the glare of individual stars and reveal the faint light of planets orbiting around them. By blocking the light of the host star, the Coronagraph Instrument will enable detailed measurements of the chemical makeup of planetary atmospheres. Comparing these data across many worlds will allow scientists to better understand the origin and physics of these atmospheres, and search for chemical signs of environments suitable for life. “WFIRST is designed to address science areas identified as top priorities by the astronomical community,” said Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division in Washington. “The Wide-Field Instrument will give the telescope the ability to capture a single image with the depth and quality of Hubble, but covering 100 times the area. The coronagraph will provide revolutionary science, capturing the faint, but direct images of distant gaseous worlds and super-Earths.” The telescope’s sensitivity and wide view will enable a large-scale search for exoplanets by monitoring the brightness of millions of stars in the crowded central region of our galaxy. The survey will net thousands of new exoplanets similar in size and distance from their star as those in our own solar system, complementing the work started by NASA’s Kepler mission and the upcoming work of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Employing multiple techniques, astronomers also will use WFIRST to track how dark energy and dark matter have affected the evolution of our universe. Dark energy is a mysterious, negative pressure that has been speeding up the expansion of the universe. Dark matter is invisible material that makes up most of the matter in our universe. By measuring the distances of thousands of supernovae, astronomers can map in detail how cosmic expansion has increased with time. WFIRST also can precisely measure the shapes, positions and distances of millions of galaxies to track the distribution and growth of cosmic structures, including galaxy clusters and the dark matter accompanying them. “In addition to its exciting capabilities for dark energy and exoplanets, WFIRST will provide a treasure trove of exquisite data for all astronomers,” said Neil Gehrels, WFIRST project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “This mission will survey the universe to find the most interesting objects out there.” WFIRST is slated to launch in the mid-2020s. The observatory will begin operations after travelling to a gravitational balance point known as Earth-Sun L2, which is located about one million miles from Earth in a direction directly opposite the Sun. WFIRST is managed at Goddard, with participation by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, also in Pasadena, and a science team comprised of members from U.S. research institutions across the country. For more information about NASA’s WFIRST mission, visit: 80

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Animal rights activists, unsurprisingly, characterize bulltaming differently. “A bull is a docile animal, they are draught and pack animals — anatomically they are not suited for running,” said Nikunj Sharma from PETA India. According to Sharma, PETA’s investigations at multiple Jallikattu events have found evidence of a long tradition of cruelty. “Bulls are poked in their anus, their tails are broken and bitten. They are beaten and jabbed with sticks and knives just to make them run in a frenzy.” Chinny Krishna, the vice chairman of India’s Animal Welfare Board, added to the list. Videos and photographs show bulls being terrorized so they become violent, he told GlobalPost. Irritants are rubbed on their genitals, chilli powder in their eyes, and they are screamed at and even forced to drink alcohol to intoxicate them, he said. “It’s a gross violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” said Krishna. “Of course indigenous breeds should be protected, but not by torturing them.” Several villages defied the ban this year. Others protested what they call the Supreme Court’s imposition on their culture and traditions. Some threatened to surrender their voter ID cards, vowing to boycott upcoming elections if Jallikattu remained canceled. The symbolic move may prove crucial. Tamil Nadu, the state that is home to Jallikattu, heads to the polls in April this year. Usually regional parties dominate the state’s politics, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national party, the BJP, earned itself many new supporters there by moving to reverse the bulltaming ban. The BJP revoked the ban in the name of protecting India’s rich cultural heritage. But in other instances the party has vowed emphatically to ban the ill-treatment and slaughter of cows, which are considered holy by secular India’s Hindu majority. Numerous cow protection groups exist across the country, and riots and lynchings have occurred over allegations of cow killing. The bulls, however, haven’t been that lucky. Some in Tamil Nadu, like bull breeder Sivasenapathy, believe that steps can be taken to prevent cruelty — such as inspections before and after the event. According to him, some regulations were introduced in 2009, after which only a few bulls out of 500 faced cruelty. “Let’s say in a domestic violence case a man hits a woman. Do we ban marriage or do we enforce the law?” he asked. In 2014, however, the Supreme Court ruled that Jallikattu was inherently cruel to bulls, whatever measures are taken to prevent additional danger to their welfare. And the animals aren’t the only ones at risk, opponents of the practice point out. “Thousands of bulls were killed… many more thousands of people were injured, a few lucky ones died, probably,” said Krishna. “You know the kind of a life a poor Dalit who takes part in these events has to undergo if he’s mutilated? Do the bull owners ever send their children into the bull ring? This is a status symbol of rich landlords.” According to Krishna, the first legal petition against Jallikattu was not filed by animal rights activists, but by a man whose son was killed in the event. The practice caused an estimated 17 deaths and 1,100 injuries between 2010 and 2014. “We were able to ban child marriages, we were able to ban sati (a Hindu rite where widows burn themselves on their husband’s funeral pyre). Both are traditions,” said Krishna. “I come from a farmers’ background and I am a proud Tamilian. My culture does not include cruelty.”

Why cow-loving India wants to keep bullfighting By Nimisha Jaiswal, NEW DELHI, India — Last month, people across India celebrated the coming of spring and the year’s harvest. In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, however, celebrations of Pongal — the harvest festival — were tainted with disappointment. Their bulls were banned from participating. Every Pongal, thousands of men from Tamil Nadu’s villages gather outside a small enclosure called the vadi vassal. From inside the pen, a temple bull is allowed to run through the crowds uninterrupted. Every bull that charges out after that, however, must try to break free from hundreds of men attempting to tame it by grabbing the hump behind its head. The event, known as Jallikattu, is a no-holds-barred celebration of the taming skills of Tamil Nadu’s farmers, and the strength and virility of its bulls. The previous government restricted bull-taming in 2011 and in 2014 the Supreme Court banned it altogether. The current government sought to lift the ban just days before this year’s festival. However, following appeals by the Animal Welfare Board of India and PETA India, the Supreme Court ordered a stay to keep the ban in place. Defenders of Jallikattu allege a disconnect between urban activists and policymakers and the traditions of Tamil Nadu’s villages.

“The PETA, AWBI, Blue Cross, all of these are rich, elitist, business-class people,” said Karthikeya Sivasenapathy, the managing trustee of the Senaapathy Kangayam Cattle Research Foundation, which breeds and sells cows. “The bulls from the village are worshipped and celebrated by the people.” According to Sivasenapathy, the festival is an important part of in-situ conservation of indigenous cattle breeds. “Jallikattu is a breeding activity, as small and landless farmers cannot afford to have breeding bulls,” said Sivasenapathy, who explains that the event dates back thousands of years to the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Each village has a temple bull that mates with all 80 to 200 cows in the village. This bull is the one that “wins” Jallikattu, by getting away from all the men who try to tame it. The victory is a sign of its power and spirit, attributes that make it a prime sire for the next generation of the species.


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IMMIGRATION MATTERS • Students participating in OPT based on a non-STEM degree may use a prior eligible STEM degree to apply for a STEM OPT extension that provides practical training directly related to the previously obtained STEM degree.

Final Rule allows 24 Month oPT extensions for Eligible F-1 Nonimmigrant Students By Lakshmi Challa

Cap Gap The new rule retains the Cap-Gap Extension. Under this rule, an F-1 student’s status and work authorization can be extended based on the timely filing of an H-1B petition and change-ofstatus request. The Cap-Gap extension extends the OPT period until the beginning of the new fiscal year (October 1 of the fiscal year for which the H-1B status is being requested).

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued its enhanced, final rule covering the STEM extension to optional practical training (OPT) entitled “Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students.” The rule amends the prior visa regulations for OPT for eligible students with degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from US colleges and universities.

Employer Requirements Prospective employer responsibilities have increased under the new rule in efforts to better ensure educational benefits, protect US workers and improve oversight of the OPT program to include: • STEM OPT employers must enroll in and remain in good standing with E-Verify. • A formal training plan must be executed with the student on Form I-983. As part of completing the Training Plan, employers must attest that: (1) It has sufficient resources and trained personnel available to provide appropriate training in connection with the specified opportunity; (2) the student will not replace a full- or part-time, temporary or permanent U.S. worker; and (3) the opportunity will help the student attain his or her training objectives. • Employers in conjunction with the student must report to the college or university any material changes or deviations from the formal training plan as well as any changes in employment status, including the student’s termination or departure from the employer. • DHS site visits to employer locations will be conducted generally with notice but may be without notice if there is evidence of noncompliance

What Does this Mean for F-1 Students? The final rule allows eligible F-1 students in STEM fields who have been granted 12 months of OPT in the US to extend that period of time by an additional 24 months. The new rule will go into effect on May 10, 2016. The 17-month STEM OPT regulations remain in effect through May 9, 2016. Applications under this rule will continue to be accepted and adjudicated under the 2008 interim final rule. The 24-month STEM extension requirements will be applied to pending 17-month STEM applications. Starting on May 10, 2016, USCIS will issue Requests for Evidence (RFEs) to students whose applications are still pending on that date. The RFEs will allow students to amend their application in order to demonstrate eligibility for a 24-month extension without having to refile their EAD application. The RFEs may also request additional documentation that will allow for a determination as to whether the student is eligible for a 24-month STEM OPT extension. Student with current 17-month oPT Extensions For students with a 17-month STEM OPT EAD issued on or before May 9, 2016, the OPT will remain valid until expiration. However, these students may be eligible to apply for an additional seven months of OPT that will allow them to benefit from a 24-month period of STEM OPT. To qualify for the additional seven-months, students must meet all the requirements for the 24-month STEM OPT extension and file a new Form I-765 with applicable fees and documentation on or before August 8, 2016.

College and University Requirements New reporting requirements for colleges and universities in conjunction with the F-1 students also aim to increase accountability to include: • A six-month validation requirement to confirm the validity of student’s biographical, residential and employment information. • An annual self-evaluation requirement in which the student must report to the school on his or her progress with the practical training. The student’s employer must sign the selfevaluation prior to its submission. • Monitoring and gathering reported changes from the employer and student as to material changes or deviations from the formal training plan as well as any changes in employment status, including the student’s termination or departure from the employer.

Students not covered by the Rule Change Students whose 17-month STEM OPT extension expires prior to May 10, 2016, or who have less than 150 days remaining on their 17-month STEM OPT extension EADs on May 10, 2016 are not eligible to benefit from the 24-month STEM extension. Eligibility Criteria While the eligibility criteria are largely the same as that specified in the interim rule, key changes are noted below: • The practical experience training the student will be pursuing must be directly related to the student’s major area of study. • The student must be pursuing a STEM degree awarded by an accredited US college or university. The new rule defines the fields of study through the Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) categories that may serve as the basis for a STEM OPT extension. Additions or changes to the list will be made through notice in the federal register.

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Cheti Chand 2016 The Hindu Center of Charlotte will celebrate the Sindhi New Year on Sun, April 10 starting at 5pm. Events include Lord Jhulelal Puja, New Year Dhamaka and a traditional Sindhi Dinner. The festivities will be held at the Vihar Hall of the Hindu Center on City View Dr. For more information see Colleton County Rice Festival The Colleton County Rice Festival in Walterboro, SC is an annual event featuring arts and crafts, food, fireworks, music and other entertainment. Come enjoy a fun-filled week of family activities in the warm Carolina sun from April 22-23. The Rice Festival has all the elements that make it fun for the entire family. Central to the festival is an arts and crafts area with a wide array of handcrafted items. Learn more at Indian Ambassador to US Visiting Charlotte The World Affairs Council of Charlotte presents Arun K. Singh, India’s ambassador to the United States on Friday, April 8. The luncheon, part of Ambassadors Circle Series, takes place at the Westin Charlotte from 11:30am – 1:30pm. The topic of the discussion is “India and the US: A 21st Century Global Partnership.” Ambassador Singh will share his perspectives about the significant progress that’s been made in bilateral cooperation and international partnership between both India and the United States. President Obama has called India one of the “defining partnerships” of the 21st century, one which will be vital to U.S. strategic interests in Asia-Pacific and across the globe. Today, the Indian-U.S. relationship is rooted in common values, including rule of law and democratic government. Both countries have a shared purpose in promoting global security and stability and economic growth through free flow of global trade and commerce in the region. Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to Israel from April 2005 to September, 2008; and then as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C from October 2008 to April 2013. Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to France from April, 2013 to April, 2015. He assumed his new assignment as Ambassador of India to United States on April 30, 2015. The cost ranges from $35-$65 and includes lunch. For more details visit or call 704-687-7762.

Amity, Live Sarod Concert Sarod master Gaurang Doshi presents “Amity,” a live sarod and tabla performance featuring Doshi on sarod, Ragavan and Rajen Sukhadia on tabla. It will be a pure Indian classical performance on Saturday, April 9 (7:30pm) at UNCG Music Recital Hall 100 Mclver St, Greensboro, NC. Several other artists and students will also perform on sarod, sitar, and tabal. Tickets range from $3 - $7. For further details visit Bollywood Night Dance the night away during Bollywood Night with Charlotte’s fab DJ Lalit spinning hot tunes from Bollywood films and more. The event will take place on Sat, April 16 (10pm - 2am) at King of Spicy restaurant on 5546 Albemarle Rd., Charlotte. Entry is only $10. For more details call 980-312-2992 or visit Charlotte Jazz Festival The Charlotte Jazz Festival, the multi-day jazz festival featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis, will take place from April


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Veena Concert by Rajhesh Vaidya The Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) presents a Veena concert by Rajhesh Vaidya to be held in the Overcash Arts Building of the CPCC Tate Hall in Charlotte. Tickets are $30 for adults and free for students and CMAC 2016 members. The concert will begin at 3:30pm on Sunday, April 3. You can learn more by calling 704.814.9355 or at Vishal & Shekhar Concert Vishal and Shekhar are music directors and composers working for Bollywood films. They have had a number of successes including with the films Salaam Namaste and Dus. They rose in prominence when they composed the score for the film Kaante, which included the hit song “Ishq Samander.” There efforts paid off when they won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. Their other hits include the soundtrack to the film Musafir. They combine dance music, techno with Indian sounds. The duo will perform live in Charlotte on Sat, April 9 at 7pm at Ovens Auditorium. Neeti Mohan is the guest performer. Tickets start at $49. For more information call 704-524-4191, write to or visit

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The very young and the very old were the most vulnerable members of the global population: 1.7 million children under the age of 5 and 4.9 million adults aged between 50 and 75 years old lost their lives because of environmental factors. Fortunately, there were some bright spots in the report. The total number of deaths worldwide in 2012 fell by 1.4 million over the preceding decade as the number of deaths attributable to the environment decreased from 13.3 million to 12.6 million. Deaths from infectious, parasitic and nutritional diseases, such as malaria and diarrhea, also fell due to more people having access to safe water and sanitation and because a smaller share of households used solid fuels, such as coal, for cooking. The category accounted for 20 percent of deaths attributable to the environment in 2012, compared with 31 percent a decade earlier. (At the same time, though, deaths from noncommunicable diseases trended upwards to 22 percent of environmental-related deaths in 2012 from 17 percent in 2002.) Another bit of good news was the action being taken by many cities around the world to clean up the environment. The WHO highlighted the example of the Brazilian city of Curitiba, where authorities are investing heavily in slum improvements, waste recycling, public transport and pedestrian walkways to encourage people to walk and cycle more. “Despite a five-fold population increase in the past 50 years, air pollution levels are comparatively lower than in many other rapidly growing cities and life expectancy is two years longer than the national average,” the WHO said. That’s a good start, but a lot more needs to be done.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - - 704.814.7476 Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the Community. For Further Details: Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pratham - Charlotte 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. It 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 - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798 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: Sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd,

Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and wellbeing of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details: Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. 104

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004

SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396 South Park Cricket Club (SPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: 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, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar -

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. Charlotte Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details:


Trimurti Temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556 Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional

Art of Living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro which cover breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; lowimpact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Sonal Chhawchharia - Puja Verma - BAPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details:


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - 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. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182 India Association of the Triad (IATNC) 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 area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Indian Association of the Carolinas (IAC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help) Indo-American Society of NC (IASNC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462 - Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427

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. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 Prabhupada Village 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 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm 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 / 336.793.7138 / Quan Am Buddhist Temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details: Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of NC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150 Winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (WGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details: 108

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and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details: Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDU) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations, he pursued the spiritual path in the Himalayas under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. The Mission is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). For Further Details: Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) The Dada Bhagwan 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, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Local Satsangs are held Every Sunday 5-7 pm followed by Prasad at Country Inn & Suites, 201 Airgate Dr, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 FREE x 1003 Mayank Trivedi - 919.740.6198 - Babubhai Patel - 919.521.3105 Rahul Bhatt Datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843 Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian 110

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: EKTAA Student organization (NCSU) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio (NCSU) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119

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Gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. iGokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

Hindu Society of North Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7:00am 9:00pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10:00am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8:00pm, Sat-Sun 6:00pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Activities: Yoga, 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. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Upcoming Events: Thu, April 21: Gujarati natak, Umar chhe antique, pan dil chhe romantic For Further Details: 919.481.2674 (Temple Office) President: Neeraj Agarwal - 919.484.0489

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and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.831.4203 Maitri (NCSU) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pakistani American Anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/ April 2016

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every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - 919.596.4792 Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: for timing and location information.


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For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114 Sri Somesvara Temple (Asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarthi is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

South Carolina Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 Hanahan Table-Tennis Training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the sport of table-tennis in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 122

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at 6 pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road., Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.327.8726 Telugu Association of Greater Greenville TAGG is devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greenville. It organizes events to celebrate major festivals and a picnic during the summer. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. For Further Details: Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8:00pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road in Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852 /


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February 23, Nevada Republican Caucuses Donald Trump won big. He received votes from across the political and social spectrums. The five remaining Republican candidates carry onward. February 25, Republican Debate Cruz and Rubio sharpened their knives and went on a full-scale attack against Trump. Ben Carson got in a few words edgewise but essentially proved that he has no chance for a nomination. Ohio Governor John Kasich continued his role as the grownup in the debates. He is counting on upcoming primaries and caucuses to notch a couple wins and maybe reach strong showing in a couple of others. His road to nomination is very slim, if at all possible. His hope is to last until a contested convention. He would make a worthy V.P. running mate, as the Republicans will need Ohio to win in November. February 27, South Carolina Democratic Primary Clinton trounced Sanders by nearly 50 points. This could be the beginning of the end of Sanders’ campaign. If he can’t grab more African-American votes, he is toast. March 1, Super Tuesday Trump and Clinton won big. Cruz survived with four wins and Rubio managed one win. March 3, Mitt Romney Savages Trump Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave about a 20minute speech in Utah savaging Donald Trump and warning Republicans and Conservatives that if Trump isn’t stopped, America could be on the road to decline. Will his analysis help topple Trump? Time will tell. I believe Trump’s momentum is too strong for this type of latecomer attempts to build an antiTrump firewall. Carson announced that he won’t participate in the next debate and is expected to suspend his campaign. March 3, Republican Debate Then there were four. The nastiest debate so far touched on manhood, hands, and provoked insults and personal attacks. It’s apparent Cruz and Rubio have no choice but to go after Trump’s jugular at this point. The primaries and caucuses are approaching fast and furious. If they don’t start winning, they will have to pack up and head home.

the attendees and TV cameras. This day I attended two rallies. Bernie Sanders spoke outdoor at PNC Pavilion. It was a lovely spring afternoon as about 6000 people attended the rally. He spoke of grand progressive plans, and is clearly quite genuine in his belief of a political revolution. But he has served in congress and now the Senate, and fully knows that with Republicans controlling both, there’s no way any of his grand plans will come to fruition. He is inspiring young Americans to get involved in the political process, and that is Sanders’ prime contribution. Sanders showcased the differences between his campaign and Clinton’s with a few pointed criticisms. Tomorrow’s Super Duper Tuesday will reveal if he can keep his momentum going. Hillary Clinton spoke at Grady Cole Center in the evening to a crowd of about 1200 people (The numbers for both rallies are my guestimates, based on attending numerous events at both venues in the past). It was obviously a calculated, intimate setting where she stood in the middle of the crowd that surrounded her on the floor and in the balconies. She had warm moments, a lack of such moments is something critics hound her about, and she delivered her appeal to North Carolina voters without attacking Sanders much. She senses a win in North Carolina. The state is an open primary state, so unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary. I feel, as likely happened in Michigan, more than a few Clinton voters will vote for one of the candidates running against Trump, as a stopgap measure. Clinton is about 20 points ahead in the polls against Sanders, but her win will be smaller if some of her potential independent voters put in an anti-Trump vote for one of the Republicans. March 15, Mega Tuesday Simply said, Marco Rubio lost big by losing Florida. Trump ran the field except Ohio, which was won by its current Governor John Kasich. Hillary Clinton essentially won all five primaries, even though Missouri was a tie with Clinton getting a few extra votes. Sanders’ work has become harder. He can still eke out enough delegates, but it’s not looking good. The general election nears ever so quickly. Rubio drops his bid. Three Republicans and two Democrats keep sparring. Upcoming Primaries and Caucuses April 5: Wisconsin April 9: Wyoming April 19: New York April 26: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island May 3: Indiana May 7: Guam Democratic caucus May 10: Nebraska Republican Primary and West Virginia May 17: Kentucky Democratic Primary and Oregon May 24: Washington State Republican Primary June 4: Virgin Islands Democratic caucus June 5: Puerto Rico Democratic Caucus June 7: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota Democratic Caucus, and South Dakota

March 8, More states vote Trump wins 3 out of 4 states. Clinton and Sanders split two states. The big news of the night, Sanders defeats Clinton in Michigan. It’s a setback for Clinton and a huge emotional win for Sanders. His campaign is renewed while his team is now plotting wins in other states. The Democrats’ nomination battle will last a little longer. Clinton will still likely win the nomination in the end, but her work is cut out for her. My guess here is in open primary states like Michigan, and later North Party National Conventions Carolina, some potential independent Clinton voters maybe Libertarian National Convention voting Republican against Trump, and therefore giving Clinton May 27 – 30, Orlando ( smaller numbers. It’s a theory, but a sensible one.

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. A boy or man as he is related to either or both parents. 4. Having to do with sound as it is heard. 11. Sufficient. 13. A domesticated pig or hog. 14. A telephone system for business in which outside calls can be made directly to or from, any extension. 15. May it be so; used after a prayer or to express approval. 16. A Jacket. 17. A one-celled, microscopic organism, indefinite in shape. 18. A turnip. (British dialect). 20. The cultural capital of Romania, a city in NE Romania. 22. Red Cross. (*) 23. Top Secret. (*) 24. A unit of measurement = 1/12 foot. 26. A thin, horny covering at the tip of a finger or a toe. 28. To collide with force and with a loud, smashing noise. 30. The queen; the wife of Rajah. (In India). (Hindi word)31. Monoamine oxidase. (*) 32. A floorshow of dancing, at a nightclub. 34. A plant with a basal, hood like leaves, as cuckoopint . 36. The capital of Comarca in NW Spain, on Tambre river. 37. Year. (*) 39. A penname. 43. To be wrong or mistaken. 44. A kind of packsack consisting of two sack like containers swung on either side of a packsaddle. 46. Notches or cuts in the edge. 47. The cardinal number between eight and ten.

Clues Down: 1. The reciprocal of cosine (Trigonometry). 2. A lowest cardinal number designating a single unit. 3. The present use, occasion, or time; time being. 4. A city on Jumna river, UP India, site of Taj Mahal. 5. Birthday of Jhulelāl, Sindhi’s New Year festival. (4/8/16) 6. United States. (*) 7. “Sahajānand Swami” (1781-1830).[BAPS for one] 8. The finite duration of event. (measured in seconds) 9. Drunkenness; intoxication. 10. The room in which Jesus ate the Last Supper. 12. Any idealized place, state or situation of perfection. 17. To the same amount or degree; equally. 19. The inner slope of the ditch surrounding a rampart. 21. Ampere-hour. (*) 25. National Security Council. (*) 27. Advanced Network Engineering. (*) 29. Stirred up, as to action; Excited. 30. Characterized by much showers. 31. Massachusetts. (*) 33. Bound tablets having written works; business records. 35. Only; nothing more or other than. 38. Rhode Island. (*) 40. A vase used to hold the ashes of a cremated body. 41. Kansas City International Airport. (*) 42. Hawaii. (*) 45. Knot (s). (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “South Carolina State Parks”)

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] 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. (solution on next page)



The unused 8 letters spell ”A branch state park located on Strom Thurmond Lake in South Carolina”


(The common letters are “KA” - Fill in the blanks) 1. At a later time. AF _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. To rub so as to stimulate or make warm. _ _ AF _ 3. A baked loaf made of beef & breadcrumbs. _ _ _ _ _ _ AF 4. A secret society hostile to law and government. _ AF _ _ 5. Tallest African ruminant with long neck & legs. _ _ _ AF_ _ 6. Frightened. AF _ _ _ _ 7. A raised platform on which criminals are executed, as by hanging. _ _ AF _ _ _ _ 8. Extremely small or delicate. _ _ _ _ AF _ _ _ 9. “ ___ Franz”, Austrian-Czech writer. (1883-1924) _ AF _ _ 10. A soft, waxy, substance obtained from the distillation of petroleum and used for making candles. _ _ _ AF _ _ _ 11. To fasten; attach. AF _ _ _ 12. Totally or partially unable to hear. _ _ AF 13. A machine designed to travel thru the air. _ _ _ _ _ AF _ 14. A means of raising money by selling lottery. _ AF _ _ _ 15. A dish made of boiled rice or wheat and meat. _ _ _ AF 16. A person born and living in Africa. AF _ _ _ _ _ 17. A special skill, art or dexterity. _ _ AF _ 18. A rod for winding flex before making thread. _ _ _ _AF_ 19. A coffeehouse; a barroom. _ AF _ 20. To attack with gunfire from low-flying aircraft. _ _ _ AF _ 21. Near stern of a ship or the rear of the aircraft. AF _ 22. A separate sheet of printed matter. _ _ AF _ _ _ 23. The amount withdrawn in excess. _ _ _ _ _ _ AF _ 24. The most costly spice, orange colored dried stigmas of Crocus sativus flowers, for food flavoring. _ AF _ _ _ _ 25. At or to a distance. AF _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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By Nimisha Jaiswal, NEW DELHI, India — What started as sloganeering at a Delhi university is polarizing people across India. Amid the country’s biggest student protests in 25 years, many are being forced to pick a side, often further left or right than they would usually lean. The face-off began last month when a small far-left student group at India’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University gathered to commemorate the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri militant controversially hanged in 2013 for involvement in a 2001 attack on the Indian parliament. The Feb. 9 event attracted opposition from the student wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, who accused organizers of “anti-India” sentiment. The rally was swarmed by protesters and counter-protesters, decrying everything from the government’s perceived crackdown on dissent to India’s control over Kashmir. Videos of angry students allegedly calling for India’s destruction circulated widely online and on TV. Though analysts subsequently found at least two of the clips to have been doctored, it triggered a wave of condemnation for the university, a public institution with a longstanding reputation for left-wing politics. Before long #ShutDownJNU was trending on social media, along with accusations that the campus was a hotbed of revolutionary communists. Two days after the event, police arrested the president of the student union, Kanhaiya Kumar, on charges of sedition — inciting “disaffection towards the government,” a criminal offense in India. Five other students were accused of the same charge; two have been taken into custody. The move was widely condemned by JNU students and staff as excessive. Their protests gained support from students from other universities as well as members of the public who claimed the government was using the police to suppress free speech. Those on the other side of the debate, meanwhile, questioned their patriotism. The government’s supporters branded protesters “anti-national,” while slurs like “sickular,” “presstitute” and simply “intellectual” became commonplace on social media.

The controversy soon extended well beyond words. JNU professors, students and journalists were physically attacked in a courtroom where they were waiting for the hearing of Kumar’s case. Kumar himself, who was released on bail this week after three weeks in custody, was beaten up by a group of lawyers who later bragged to a reporter: “We beat up that boy for three hours… Three hours.” Outside the university’s gates, media vans lined up, hoping to capture fresh confrontations. Sometimes crowds joined the press, calling for the university’s closure. Some JNU students told GlobalPost that the “protesters” were in fact local domestic workers, who they said right-wing groups were paying to swell the numbers. Whether or not that’s true, plenty of people think the JNU students crossed a line. “Whatever has happened in JNU, I don’t think this is good for the country,” commented Gourav Agarwal, a marketing manager in nearby Noida, outside Delhi. “People talk about freedom of expression, but they never [realize] freedom brings a lot of responsibility also.” Others, however, believe that the incident raises very different questions. “Our education is at stake. If we aren’t here today, they will come for us tomorrow,” said Monika Pareek, an undergraduate at St. Stephen’s College who aspires to study at JNU. Pareek was one of hundreds, maybe thousands, who were present two weeks ago at the administrative block on the JNU campus, a political center stage where the original rally took place and where students have been protesting ever since. Amidst murals of nationalist icon Jawaharlal Nehru and posters demanding #JusticeForRohith, students sang while JNU security formed a human chain in front of the students wanted for sedition. They had resurfaced the night before, having gone into hiding citing fears they might be lynched. Despite the vitriol directed at the university, the scenes inside were peaceful. JNU, which has been called “India’s Berkeley,” responded to Kumar’s arrest by arranging open classes on nationalism by some of India’s best known names in political thought. On the day that GlobalPost visited, noted feminist scholar Nivedita Menon was delivering a lecture on who gets to define nationalism. “It is evident that nationalism isn’t as powerful as we thought if the sloganeering of four boys caused this kind of a reaction,” she said. One faction was notably absent: the ABVP, a right-wing student organization associated with the ruling BJP. The group led efforts to cancel the February gathering that led to the student arrests, and turned out to disrupt it when they couldn’t stop it taking place. “These are not slogans that we are hearing for the first time on campus, these are happening every year,” said Gaurav Jha, a JNU student and ABVP member. “We will not allow anti-India activities on campus. After proper investigation… those involved need to be identified and acted upon according to the law of the land, not through JNU rules.” Back at the nationalism class, students were asking questions on how to deal with right-wing attacks. As the last questions were being fielded, a woman in her 50s pushed to the front of the students, and started shouting unintelligibly at Menon. When the professor asked her if she had a question, the woman, in tears, called out abuse. Before she was led away gently but firmly, the students clapped loudly to drown her shouting out. The moment was telling — two sides, both making a lot of noise, and not much being heard.


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ARIES (Mar 20 - Apr 20) You have entered into a difficult phase of time. You may face tough competition at your place of work or business. Luck may not be in your favor at a critical time. Thankfully, there may be some support from your friends leading to relief during second half of the month. A minor health ailment is also possible. Try to control your aggression and act wisely to avoid losses. Any risk-taking tendencies should be avoided. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Life should fly by this month, though you may still experience major ups and downs. You can come out with great success at the end, only if you strictly watch your morals. Wrongdoing must be curbed sincerely. You can count on your partners, but don’t trust them blindly. Minor family problems may also frustrate you. A heavy workload may keep you on your toes most of the time. Overall, avoid taking risks. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a very active start, you may get lost during last week of the month. Try to slow down or enjoy a vacation to avoid mistakes. Major ups and downs are possible if involved in real estate or construction-related career. A constant flow of new ideas and opportunities may make your schedule very hectic. This time is not good for heart patients. Good news from your siblings may come your way during second half of the month. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) The month may start very active but then time may slow down for you. A dispute with friends and associates may disturb your peace of mind. Don’t make mistakes just to maintain relations with your friends. You should enjoy steady flow of income. Time is good for visiting nature and spending money for spiritual activities. You may spend most of the second half of the month traveling. LEo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Avoid moving fast during first half of the month. Major family-related problems may disturb your schedule. You will be back in control during second half of the month. Don’t rely much on your intelligence. Your partner may prove to be a great help this month. Don’t try to cheat in order to make easy money. Also stay cool and avoid arguments at your place of work. It’s better to avoid aggression and act wisely. VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) A very hectic month is shaping up for you. You may get stuck between busy schedule and enjoying time with family. Added responsibilities and a very hectic schedule may cause you to commit mistakes. An aggressive tendency to take action must be curbed this month. Listen to your spouse before making any commitment. You may not enjoy good health. Just slow down and control your anger.

LIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) An important and large move will be delayed. You may lose a very important opportunity. Your own mistake will put you in hot water. You may need some form of spiritual help throughout the month. Financial loss is unavoidable, but protect your morals. All risk-taking tendencies must be avoided, but your regular income should remain undisturbed. SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) A very nasty period is going to throw you up and down. Don’t rush or flow with the events, but try to act mature and slow dwn. Uncertainty may prevail to frustrate you. Misunderstanding amongst family members may disturb you. Your children may prove to be your best advisor. Avoid competing with your enemies, instead ignore them. This may help you in earning a good reputation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) A very busy schedule and unexpected travel may change your daily plans. Time is good for making a deal to buy real estate. Go against your nature and work very practically. Misunderstanding at the place of work may lead to aggressive arguments. It may not be possible to avoid them, hence try remain calm. Improvement in health is clearly indicated. Bad news from your partner is possible in the second week of the month. CAPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Even though there won’t be any financial problems, your hyper personality and fear will rule you this month. Try to develop mental strength. If you feel it necessary, spend some time to do meditation. The period is not negative, but your aggressive actions won’t allow you to enjoy the time. At the same time, watch your health. Avoid taking risks. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) The labor that you put in the first half of the month will produce results in the second half of the month. The results won’t be promising, but will be satisfactory. You will experience delay and disturbance in your day-to-day pursuits. Don’t get involved in too many things at the same time. The time is good for vacation travel. A religious or social ceremony is also possible in the family. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) This is the month of travel, filled with relaxation and enjoyment of life. Celebrate the success and achievements. A long-cherished wish is going to be fulfilled this month. Keep an eye on your health. Don’t dispute with your spouse. Do something different to achieve success. Don’t think about profit or loss, but be ready to walk a few steps on an unknown path.

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CLASSIFIEDS Non-franchise 61 room motel for immediate sale in Gastonia,NC. Excellent location. Concrete building. 20 18 room Independent Motel for Sale in rooms have kitchenettes. Good revenue. Murphy, NC. Excellent location. Newly Contact Sam Patel 919-395-0710. remodeled. Everything brand new. Convenient store for rent in Cherryville, Asking 365k. Call Sam 828-644-3650. NC. Store is currently closed. Call 803Liquor Store Closeout Sale: Two 235-6672 or 803-235-6671. counters. Wine racks and gondolas. Three Dots big sign. POS Computer Businesses for Sale in the Ohio area. Call Atul Shah for details: 614.216.9094 system. Call 803-479-2913. Jillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iBrow Salon for Lease in EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Greensboro, NC. call 336-478-6638 or Email: Help wanted: Opening for employment Four Properties for Sale: 3 Motels and 1 at C-Store/ Gas Station in Matthews. Full Store w/ 4 Apartments above. Good or part-time. Good working conditions. location. Renovated & well maintained. Good pay. Please call 704-491 4156. Call for details 336-244-4199. For Sale: 23 room independent Motel Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping needed for motel in plus 2 bedroom house in Sumter, SC. Couple Raleigh/Durham, NC. Will provide For inquiries call 803-464-5736. accommodations. Must have Legal C-store for Lease in Gastonia, NC. No Status. Call 828-507-2079 or 828-421-2378. gas. Per month: 75k inside, Lottery 1100, ATM 650, and rent 3900. 15 year lease. Full Time Nanny needed in North Growth potential. Asking 250K. Call Charlotte (Malliard area) to take care of 626-241-2902. 2 year-old twin boys. Please call 425-753Highly Motivated Seller. Priced to sell 6878 or 425-647-3345. $65k. Turn-key, Shipping, Packaging & Full-time Night Auditor Needed at Gift Store for Sale. Fantastic opportunity Franchised Hotel in Hardeeville, SC. in prime Raleigh location. Contact Fluent in English & Front Desk Fathema Matcheswala: 919-538-4308 or Experience in Hospitality preferred. Located 20 minutes from nearest Convenience Stores/Gas Stations for Temple. Call Hardik Pate 843-226-8899. Lease or Sale in NC. Great opportunities Nanny Needed in Concord area to take with upside potential. Only serious care of 1 month old Boy and cooking. inquiries; must have capital for goodwill Full time nanny preferred. Pick up and / inventory. Please call 803-789-3133. drop off is also fine. Call 425-420-7286. 21 Room Motel for sale in Troy, NC. Gas Station Help Wanted near Price $595K/ $200K down payment for Statesboro, GA. Full-Time. Couple or owner finance. Call 336-267-9826. single. Accommodations provided. Retail / C-Stores: C-Store: Wingate, NC Experience a plus. Call 847-505-6892. $1.95M + Inv, GR $4.7M; C-Store: Hemingway, SC $245,900 + Inv, GR $1.8; Help Wanted: Basic home vegetarian C-Store: Myrtle Beach, SC $229K + Inv, cooking in South Charlotte (near GR $1.7M+; Call 704-821-8888 or visit Arboretum). 6-10hrs a week (no pickups). Weekdays and weekends ok. Please call 517-974-0627. Highly profitable C-Store with Gas for sale in Charlotte area 680K inside, 420K Driver Wanted for commercial cargo gas, 600K lotto. Major throughway. Asking van 6 days/week. Average work day 10 299K plus inv. Make offer. 704-604-4506. hours w/ 4-6 hrs of driving. Valid Liquor store for Sale or Lease in South driver's license & work authorization a Georgia. Owner retiring after 40 years. must. Salary negotiable. Call Raj 404Established clientele. High gross profit 694-0640. margin. Financing available. Contact Live-in Nanny needed: M-F in Denver, Ronnie 229-423-2433. NC (near Lake Norman) for 6 month 16 Room Independent Motel for Sale in old. Includes light household duties. McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. Price References required & able to drive $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974. (optional). Call or text 315-350-9627.



Full-time Nanny needed ASAP in South Charlotte/Ballantyne area to help care for newborn twins. Gujarati preferred. Call 704-502-1480. Gas Station Help Wanted: Full-time Single or Couple in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Call 803-466-5861. Help Needed: Household and childcare for Vegetarian family in Cary, NC. Livein possible. Good pay. Call 703-901-0439. Assistant Manager needed for MidScale Franchise Hotel near Statesville, NC. Previous Hotel Management experience (at least 1 year) required. Legal status required. Send resume to or call Desai 704-902-4885 10am- 5pm. Nanny needed to take care of 8 month old infant & cooking near Concord Mills. Can pick up and drop off. Live-in nanny also fine. Please call 814-431-3442. Housekeepers Needed for motels in SC and NC. Accommodations provided. Contact Umesh at 803-361-1013. Looking for live-in Nanny for 1.5 year old daughter near Concord Mills area. Competitive pay. Call 203-727-9540. Help wanted for Indian restaurant in Charlotte, NC. No cooking required. Contact 704-964-2490. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Live-In Nanny needed in Cary, NC. Gujarati speaking. Vegetarian cooking and light housekeeping. Excellent accommodations & pay. Call 919-444-1597. Subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555. Hotel Help Wanted: Housekeeping /Laundry Couple needed for motel in Wytheville, VA. Will provide apartment at the hotel. Must have Legal Status. Call 276-614-8477. Help Wanted: Hiring Experienced Eyebrow threading artist. Offering great pay and benefits. Near Winston Salem, NC. Willing to help relocate. Contact 704-699-8397. April 2016

Gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC (exit 77). Single or Couple. Full or part-time. Call 803-981-4352. Night Audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Full-time / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, and fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Housekeeping couple needed for 40 room independent motel in Rock Hill, SC. Legal status preferred. Call 803487-3303. Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or e-mail Motel Help Needed: Desk /supervisor /some maintenance. Full or part-time. Includes weekends & nights. Lamplighter inn in Charlotte. Contact 803-554-6377. Experienced Threading Practitioners or Licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). Gas Station Help Wanted: Couple, fulltime in Greenville, SC. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Call 704-299-8535. Part-time / Full-time Cashier needed for C-store off I-77 in Rock Hill, SC. Please call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884.

MATRIMONIAL Florida based family seeks proposals for daughter, 24/5’3”, slim, light complexion, and very pretty. Associate degree in medical services, on hospital support staff. Suitors from US or Canada preferred. Please call 407-3093587 for exchange of details. Indian parents seeking correspondence for daughter 29 years old, 5’2”, working as management at retail store for 2 years. Contact Hindu Khatri parents invite matrimonial proposals to find a suitable match for daughter born and raised here. 24 1/2 years old, slim, fair, and very pretty, college graduate, early marriage preferred. Email bio data with photos to:

SERVICES Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. 360 Media Solutions USA: Web designing; e-commerce’s Portals; Web solutions; Search Engine optimization; PPC marketing; web analytics; Social Media; web contents writing; Graphic design; software solutions, etc. Call: 704953-9313; email or Garland Design Studio By: GP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704-548-2852/704-779-0277. w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / GarlandDesignStudioByGp/ Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-8247734;; Feng Shui is an ancient Art of creating Abundance and Harmony in your life. Contact Abha Thakore for a Business / Personal Consultation. 864-360-1237 or Vedic Astrology - Charts prepared in North/ South Indian Styles. Predictions on all aspects of life matching horoscopes. Simple Shanthis for problems. Contact Raghavan Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. 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: To all Gujarati families: Interested in learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member, call Nick 803579-1405. 139

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. Live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. Priest Available for the following services: 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 704438-6334. 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 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:

LAND FoR SALE: Learn about land in the Apex, NC area (named the #1 place to live by Money Magazine). The Landman, Bob Atkinson can help! Call 919-362-6999 or visit

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April 2016

Advertisers Index Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....61

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................47

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) .....................................38

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan).....61

Embassy National Bank .........................................3

Payal Groceries ...................................................13

Ali & Sons Car Care ...........................................49

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................37

Peacock Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) .......................89

All Car Care.........................................................58

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................137

Piece Of India, Inc................................................28

Allure Brow..........................................................69

Fashion and Jewelery..........................................49

Piedmont Health (Gastroenterologist V.Trivedi, MD) .111

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ................................71

Fresh Dental .......................................................42

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................97

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ..113

Friends Travel ......................................................25

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................93

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................93

Gandhi International Market.................................87

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) 141

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........................20

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................16

Regal Oaks Dental ............................................123

Around The World Market (Charlotte)....................53

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................143

Ribald Floral and Events.....................................141

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon) .........124

Goehring & Strang PLLC (Immigration Law)


Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture ..................103

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................59

H2 Laser & Skin ..................................................85

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..41

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......63

Hindu Center of Charlotte (Events) ..................72-77

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel)..................................107

Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat) ...........105

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................113

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video)115

Ballantyne Tech Academy ....................................71

India Grocers (Charlotte) ....................................133

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)...64/65

Indian Expressions (Vishal & Shekhar in Concert)....4

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ........................107

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)..................................137

International Community Church .......................129

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).................47

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)...43

iSolar, LLC (Solar Energy) .....................................79

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................54-55

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

K & M Accounting................................................79

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................115

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................31

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).31

Shining Star Academy .......................................121

Blakeney Dental ..................................................97

Kaur, Karamjit (New York Life Insurance)...............35

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ....................79

Blooming Buds....................................................47

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................15

Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................13

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................48

King Of Spicy (Charlotte) ......................................12

Singh Tutoring ...................................................111

British International School of Charlotte ................57

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................27

SJ Iyer Realty.......................................................69

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .....................101

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar) ..........................22

Skyzone (Indoor Trampoline Park).......................119

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....45

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions- Hari Bol Inc)142

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) ..........................................109

Carolinas Christian Assembly.............................115

Liberty Tax (Murthy Aduri).....................................23

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................11

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)............44

Maadhurya Photography......................................17

S. Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD).119

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................19

Maharani Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)......................85

Stay Mobile .........................................................13

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................39

Malani Jewelers ................................................144

Surgical Specialist of Charlotte.............................23

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................86

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ...................................33

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You) ............117

Charlotte Gastroenterology & Hepatology .............32

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................33

Thakkar, Beena (Realty)..................................90-91

Charlotte Music School........................................27

Matthews Family Dentistry ................................105

The Blue Taj.........................................................29

Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)......135

Meena Jewelers (Zaveri Bazaar).............................9

The SQL Academy...............................................41


Meghna Jewelers (Sale &Exhibition in Carolinas) ..51

Travel Universe ....................................................81

Chugh Attorneys at Law.......................................83


MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................46

Travelinks ............................................................16

Concha, David (Immigration Attorney).................107

Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife).........................................37

Triangle Table Tennis ..........................................95

Concord Children's Clinic ................................105

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................41

Ttravel Guru ......................................................115

Copper Restaurant (Charlotte) ..............................29

Neeta's Beauty Parlor ........................................109

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)........................................95

County South Realty & Business Brokers............129

North American Bancard ......................................5

Uni World Travel...................................................45

Crown Cab Charlotte ...........................................69

Nrityangan Cultural Academy (Recital)..................21

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC).............67

Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte)....................................39

OM Tech Training ................................................85

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).......................................45

Dances Of India (Charlotte) ..................................17

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................63

Vyas Travels.........................................................27

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

Parekh, Smita (NY Life) ........................................59

White Horse Weddings ......................................137

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) .103

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine..................34

Woodlands Vegetarian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........125

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) ...............................111

Patel Brothers (Charlotte)...................................127

Worldwide Travels .............................................141

Devam Jewelers....................................................7

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................23

Yafa Halal Market & CafĂŠ .....................................21

Digital Room Photography ...................................23

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................62

Young Engineers Of Today....................................27

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................61

Patel, Tony (Real Estate) .......................................89

Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville) ...........95


April 2016


Ribald Floral & Events Specializing in South Asian Weddings


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We do any occasion at very affor dable rates


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April 2016


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704.835.1054 Mr. Amit Patel: 980.254.4200 Mr. Rupal Patel: 704.287.3426

527 N. Polk St. • Pineville, NC

Serving all of NC & SC

Open: M-F 9am to 6pm, Sat 10 to 5 (1/2 Mile from Patel Brothers & same shopping center as India Grocers) Rebates Available with Duke Energy and other small utility companies in small towns. Call for details

Saathee Charlotte April 2016  

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