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April 2018

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April 2018 Issue # 239 Editor

Samir Shukla


page 18 page 10 Beatles in Community and India Regional Events Remembered

page 68 A Soldier Readies for Deployment

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In tHIs Issue

50 years later, India is celebrating the Beatles’ infamous trip to the country. See story on page 10. See our expanded community events section beginning on page 18. Dances of India column explores the influence of Indian martial arts on dance and around the world. See page 32. What are the differences between AP, IB and SAT subject tests as pertains to college admissions? Go to page 52 to find out. Read about how a young American soldier gets ready for deployment to Afghanistan on page 68. As environmentalists warn about water scarcity, these two companies are saving water and money. See story on page 90. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on page 106. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on page 136. Get updates about the community, local and national news, movie releases, analysis and videos at


"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono

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Beatles in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Community Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 College Admissions Insider . . . . . . .pg. 52 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 House Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Full Frame Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Soldier Deployment . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Read Watch Listen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Buy Right, Sit Tight . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 86 Water Scarcity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Rajeev’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 H. S. Entrepreneurs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 96 News News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Community Organizations . . . . . . .pg. 106 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 134 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

Cover: Rice Paddies, Tamil Nadu

India is one of the world’s largest rice growers. Here a group of farmers are working the ride paddies in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.


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50 Years Later, India is Celebrating the Beatles’ Infamous Trip to the Country London in 1967. The band attended his seminar in Wales but had to leave after the sudden death of their manager and mentor, Brian Epstein, in 1967. The Maharishi came along speaking words of wisdom and soon the Beatles came to find themselves in India. Some say the India trip marked the beginning of the end of the Beatles. Rock historian Philip Norman, who spoke about the Beatles at the Jaipur Literature Festival this year, says India probably “saved their sanity” and helped them stay together a little longer than they would have otherwise. The group was worn out by year after year of relentless hard work, touring and ego clashes. “And what they really went to with Maharishi was essentially a spa with not too much discipline,” says Norman. “There was not very much meditation. They could sit around, eat nice vegetarian food. They could drink. Things were smuggled in. Pot was smuggled in.” They also got to spend rare quality time with their wives and girlfriends, long sidelined by their music. But it wasn’t all a party. Ringo Starr’s stomach could not stand Indian food and its spices. He carried a suitcase full of Heinz baked beans. And his wife Maureen was terrified of flying insects. “Poor thing, she had a lot of problems,” says Bose. “Rishikesh, being up in the hills, was in a remote area, close to the jungle. There were a lot of insects.” The stars did not last long. The transcendental meditation did not work out that well either — the Beatles had short attention spans. The Maharishi showered special attention on his star guests. They had the best bungalows with foam mattresses, as well as special audiences with the Maharishi. He tried to impress the Beatles by taking them on helicopter rides. John Lennon insisted on being the first to go up with the Maharishi. Later Paul McCartney asked him why he’d been so adamant. “John said, ‘I thought the Maharishi would slip me the real secret mantra which would give me happiness,’” says Bose. They never found the secret to happiness, but they found something they believed was more precious. “It was the first time they had the opportunity to live out their lives as ordinary individuals,” says Bose. “They were out of London, they were out of studio. They were not even in usual holiday mode, they were not staying in luxury holiday villas. They were in a little ashram surrounded by Indian jungle.” They were just left to themselves to talk to each other, play music and think. As musicians, it was phenomenally productive. Some 30 to 48 songs came out of that brief stay in Rishikesh — many of them ending up on the White Album, some on Abbey Road. “Dear Prudence” was about Mia Farrow’s sister Prudence’s obsessive meditation. “Why Don’t We Do It In The

By Sandip Roy, PRI’s The World

In February 1968, the Beatles embarked on their famous discovery of India to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Now 50 years later India is rediscovering the Beatles — or at least the tourism potential of the world’s most famous rock band seeking salvation in the country. A yoga festival in Rishikesh is having a Beatles special this month. A tribute band from England, the Fab Four, is supposed to perform there. There are plans for a Beatles Museum and what’s left of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram, a 14-acre compound where the Beatles stayed, has been spruced up for tourists. Of course, when the Beatles actually came in 1968, the Indian government was far warier. “There was strong opposition in parliament to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram and these international celebrities coming. The Communists felt that they were CIA spies,” says Ajoy Bose, a political journalist who has just written the book Across the Universe, which is about the Beatles in India. Maharishi’s meditation compound, known as Chaurasi Kutia, was built using money given to him by the American heiress Doris Duke on land leased by the Uttar Pradesh forest department. Cultural purists were angry with sitar musician Ravi Shankar as well. They felt that by becoming George Harrison’s guru he had “sold out Indian culture and become a hippie,” says Bose. Bose believes destiny probably brought the Beatles to India. He writes that the Beatles first met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in

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Rather spoke at Queens University’s Learning Society Spring Lecture on February 20. It was an informative talk followed by Q&A discussion on the state of affairs, contemporary journalism, and other topics. Rather began his career more than 50 years ago with intrepid reporting and continues even today to uphold journalistic standards and truth seeking. He is practically a walking encyclopedia of hard and investigative journalism. He has covered everything from the Kennedy assassination to 9/11, Watergate to the wars in in Iraq and Afghanistan. He remains a symbol of quality journalism despite his resignation from CBS news in 2005 for a story that was later retracted by the network (the Killian documents controversy, sometimes known as “Memogate”). Rather maintains the story was essentially true, and apologized for his missteps, but his reputation and career were both impacted. During his appearance in Charlotte he was asked what about the state of journalism and said, that journalists should “get back to basics. Get as close to the truth as possible,” when asked about contemporary journalism and its objectives. “Get the facts, analysis based on facts, and connect the dots.” Journalistic integrity remains the prime focus while stating that “good writing is bedrock of the craft.” When asked about the future of journalism he joked, “He who lives by the crystal ball eats a lot of glass.” A few years ago he thought that newspapers were “doomed” but they’re still hanging in there, emphasizing that “Quality journalism will survive whatever form it takes.” He said the disdain for media and saturation include 24 hour news channels, which are “designed to entertain. It is cheaper to have 4 people shouting at each other than have someone go out and do news reporting and gathering.” He spoke further about news gatherers (“the ones that do [the] hard work”) and news packagers (“covering other people who gather news”), in essence saying that news gathering has shrunk. Rather reflected on his work at CBS News were the bosses and editors saw news as a public trust. He also emphasized that America’s top three priorities should be Education, Education, and Education and bemoaned that “scientific illiteracy” will hurt the US in the long run. After the recent mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, he said, “This is the first time I’ve felt that this is a turning point. Now students and children are active and involved. There is moral forcefulness of students... we’ll see how it goes.” Adding, “probably most one can hope for is basic gun control.” He said there are some similarities between Watergate and the current Russia investigations of President Trump. “Nixon acted like he had something to hide. Trump is acting like he has something to hide.”

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I’m a writer, editor, and documentarian. I’m a content generator. I’m a member of the oft-battered media. There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing. I cringe, sometimes smile, and often just laugh out loud at the all-purpose attacks on “media” wrought by limp-brained politicians. Think about it this way. When a politician’s usual response is attacking media and tagging everything critical about him or her as “fake news” rather than refuting criticism with policy ideas, well, enough said. Most people can see through that. Partisans won’t, of course, but most people, thankfully, are not hardcore partisans. Media is a generic word. There are myriad delineations of media. The problem is when news, opinions and partisan maneuverings are intermingled. This creates a dilemma for the casual consumer of news and information. Media is everywhere. Your own groups on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp…etc.…are mini medias, constantly exchanging news, photos, videos, and lively discussions. It all comes down to this. Seek the truth. Gathering and reporting news is not easy, Seek the truth. Gathering and getting the facts right is a and reporting news is not demanding and worthy easy, and getting facts right pursuit. Always find and is a demanding and worthy read multiple sources. You know in your mind when pursuit. you hear something that sounds spurious, so why not make the effort to double check with multiple, reliable news sources. And for heaven’s sake, if it sounds dubious, don’t forward it or spread it on your social media. In February I went to hear veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather speak at Queen’s University’s Learning Society spring lecture. He knows the effort involved in doing hard reporting. I have been a long admirer of his work. Here is the piece I wrote after the lecture.

Veteran Journalist dan Rather in Charlotte Attacking the “media” has become an all-purpose excuse for politicians. The news gatherers, reporters, editors, and journalists that put their reputations on the line, as well as their lives in some cases, are among the last hopes of unwrapping facts and truth remaining for the general public. Tapping and cross-referencing several sources of reliable information is the best way to stay informed about domestic and international affairs, financial workings of corporations, and spending of taxpayers’ money. That is not to say journalists don’t make mistakes and aren’t called out for making them. They are generally held accountable, sometimes suspended or even fired from their organizations, for errors or misreporting. If they own up to their mistakes, make corrections, and move forward to continue working with integrity, the spread of fact-based stories will despoil the workings of fake news spreaders. This is a good thing and helps to keep true journalism honest and reliable. Doing hard news is not easy, and getting the facts right is a demanding and worthy pursuit. Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather knows the effort involved.

election springs The elections are gearing up. North Carolina will hold primaries in May. Starting with our May issue we will kick off our Election 2018 coverage to help you stay informed. Look for “Election 2018” column on our homepage (

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Ambassador Nikki Haley: Durham, NC (April 5, 2018)

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley is the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She serves as a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and National Security Council. Ambassador Haley was elected in 2010 as the first female and first minority Governor of South Carolina. She was reelected in 2014, where she served until she was appointed to the President’s cabinet in November of 2016. She will speak as part of the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, April 5, 2018 (5:30pm) at Page Auditorium on the campus of Duke University in Durham. Tickets are available at

Full Frame Film Festival: Durham, NC (April 5-8, 2018)

The 21st annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of nonfiction cinema. Each spring, Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, NC, for a four-day, morning-to-midnight array of nearly 100 films, as well as discussions, panels, and Southern hospitality. Set within a few city blocks, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation among filmmakers, film professionals, and the public. This year it will be held between April 5 & 8, 2018. To learn more, visit

Aditi Bhagwat & Group: Morrisville, NC (April 6, 2018)

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA presents kathak & lavani dancer, Aditi Bhagwat & Group in Kaafila: A Bollywood Caravan on Friday, April 6 at the HSNC Auditorium in Morrisville, NC. The concerts are fundraisers for Ekal’s work in India ( Ekal Vidyalaya is a Movement involved in integrated & holistic development of rural & tribal India. The main activity undertaken in this movement is to run one-teacher schools (known as Ekal Vidyalayas) all over India, in the remotest rural & tribal villages to take the education to every child. To learn more visit

International Film Festival: Charlotte, NC (thru April 6, 2018)

Experience the rich world of contemporary films from China, Columbia, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Peru, Russia, Spain, Syria, Turkey, and Venezuela at the International Film Festival hosted by the UNC Charlotte Department of Languages and Culture Studies and the Chinese, French, German, Iranian, Nihon, Russian and Spanish student organizations. The festival takes place on the UNC Charlotte campus, 9201 University City Boulevard thru April 6, 2018. The screenings and related special events are free and open to the public, and all films are subtitled. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Sensoria Festival: Charlotte, NC (April 6-15, 2018)

The Central Piedmont Community College presents this festival with 10 days of arts and cultural events from April 6 to 15. Events include stage productions such as ‘The Exilir of Love’ and ‘On Golden Pond’, dance performances, author appearances, art showings from both CPCC Visual Arts students and professional artists, and much more. For more information, visit

Rock & Roll Half Marathon: Raleigh, NC (April 7-8, 2018)

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon & 5k Run will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018 & Sunday, April 8, 2018. Meet fellow runners, enthusiasts and great rock & roll music in the sophisticated and charming capital city of North Carolina to discover the hidden gem of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series! The start and finish like are both in the downtown area. To register and learn more details about the race, visit

Charlotte Jazz Fest: (April 9-15, 2018)

The Charlotte Jazz Fest returns to the Queen City from April 9-15 with a variety of performances celebrating all things Jazz. Performances include ‘The Music of Thelonious Monk’, ‘Leonard Bernstein at 100’, the ‘Saturday Morning Jazz Brew’ and much more. Special Guest for many of these performances is jazz trumpeter and composer, Wynton Marsalis. Tickets and more information are available at

Citizenship Classes: Durham, NC (April 9 - June 11, 2018)

InStepp Inc. is offering free Citizenship Classes at the Stanford L. Warren Library located at 1201 Fayettevile Street in Durham on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm from April 9 thru June 11. Call 919-680-8000 to register. This 12-week class includes both instructional time and practice sessions to optimize your chance of successfully passing the naturalization interview and citizenship test. Class size is limited so register today.

Bollywood Bling DJ Event: Charlotte, NC (April 13, 2018)

Charlotte Loves Bollywood and the Kandy Bar present Bollywood Bling, a special event with DJ Paroma on Friday, April 13, 2018. Doors open at 10pm at the Kandy Bar on the 3rd floor of Charlotte’s Epicentre. Tickets are available now at 18

April 2018

IUCA Spring Picnic: Winston Salem, NC (April 14, 2018)

The Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston Salem presents its annual Spring Picnic on Saturday, April 14 at Leinbach Park, Winston Salem, NC from 11am - 4pm. Lots of activities including art contest for all age groups, carom championship, cricket tournament, patang baazi, relay run and more. There will be plenty of food from local vendors. For more details visit

Columbia International Festival: (April 14-15, 2018)

Amit Tandon Live: Charlotte, NC (April 20, 2018)

Comedian Amit Tandon will perform live on Friday, April 20 The Columbia International Festival showcases the music, culture, beginning at 7:30pm at Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave., food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities, races Charlotte. Tickets begin at $25. For more information call and language groups represented in South Carolina. The event 409.273.1708 or 609.439.1032. brings all of the area’s international communities together to build better community relations between various ethnic and cultural Save Indian Farmers Charity Event: Morrisville, groups and with the South Carolina community at large. Learn NC (April 20, 2018) about the cultural heritages of more than 60 countries displayed by Save Indian Farmers presents RD - Beyond their foreign-born hosts through pictures, artifacts, and many other Generations, a musical extravaganza at HSNC items. Events will take place between April 14 & 15 at the South in Morrisville on Friday, April 20, 2018 starting Carolina State Fairgrounds including an International Fashion at 7:30pm. Fondly, known as Pancham Da, RD Show, Bazaar, Parade of Nations and more! Learn more about the Burman is one of the greatest music composers attractions and where to purchase tickets at of the Indian Film Industry. During his career for over 3 decades, Pancham Da composed Holi Dhuleti: Charlotte, NC (April 15, 2018) music for about 331 films. This concert will The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents the annual Holi dhuleti present his achievements and interesting facts celebrations on Sunday, April 15 beginning at 10am. The event of his journey using a blend of media anecdotes, was postponed from March 12 due to inclement weather. There music, dance, movie clips, pictures and arts. 100% of the will be food, music and lots of colors flying around. The Center proceedings will go towards supporting the farmers in India. is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. For more details call For tickets and sponsorship, contact Subobh Salwekar: 704.535.3440 or visit 919.888.2196 or Manoj Kathrani: 978.390.1187.


April 2018

COMMUNITY EVENTS Cool Happiness by Swami Chidatmananda: Cary, NC (April 23-27, 2018)

Chinmaya Mission Raleigh will host a Lecture Series by Swami Chidatmananda. Join for the secret to “Cool Happiness” as Swamiji unravels the path to Bliss in this life. An inspiring speaker, radiant with joy and clarity, Swamiji has endeared himself to audiences with his lectures on vedanta philosophy and meditation sessions. The series will be at at Reedy Creek Middle School in Cary. This event is free. For more details visit,

Dances of India: Charlotte, NC (April 21, 2018)

CPCC presents the 16th annual Dances of India on Saturday, April 21, 2018 beginning at 4pm at Halton Theater on the CPCC Central campus, Charlotte. The performances are presented by Dr. Maha Gingrich and group. A large ensemble of dancers will present 3,000-year-old classical and folk dances of India. Stories will be brought to life through unique dance dramas, brilliant costumes and traditional props. The show features the signature dance, “Unity in Diversity,” which features several international dance styles set to live music. Tickets range from $5 - $10. For more details call 704.330.6534 or visit

Finding Inner Peace thru Meditation: Chapel Hill, NC (April 25, 2018)

“Finding Inner Peace through Meditation” is a free public lecture and guided meditation to be held on Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The talk is hosted by SelfRealization Fellowship (SRF), founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda. Brother Prafullananda, a long-time SRF monk who presently serves at the SRF International Headquarters in LA, will present the lecture, which will be held at The Friday Conference Center at UNC Chapel Hill, 100 Friday Center Drive. For more information, email or visit

MerleFest: N. Wilksboro (April 26-29, 2018)

For 30 years, MerleFest, presented by Window World, has been known for discovering new talent in American roots music. This year’s celebration, slated for April 26-29, will introduce many new artists as well as present diverse music veterans and legends. Many new acts will face off at this year’s MerleFest Band Competition, which will take place on the Plaza Stage on Saturday. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” Find this year’s performers and complete schedules at or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson.

Heritage India Festival: Morrisville, NC (April 28, 2018)

The Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents their annual Heritage India Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 3pm - 8:30pm at the HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville, NC. The event will showcase Indian dances, music, art and culture. There will be dance competitions featuring Bollywood, folk, classical, and fusion dances. There will also be a fashion show, a free eye camp, children’s art competition and more. Tickets range from $5 $10. For more details, email

Jugalbandhi Concert: Charlotte, NC (April 28, 2018)

The Classical Music Association of Charlotte presents the Jugalbandhi concert, Vistaar: An exploration of Indian Classical Music and Rhythm on the Flute, Sitar, Mridangam and Tabla on Saturday, April 28, 2018 starting at 3:30pm. The concert will feature Shashank Subramanyam on Flute, Purbayan Chatterjee on Sitar, Parupalli Phalgun on Mridangam, and Anubrata Chatterjee on Tabla. The concert will be held at the Hindu Center Gandhi Bhavan in Charlotte, NC. To learn more, visit

Kiran Walkathon: Morrisville, NC (April 29, 2018)


The 2018 Heroes for Hope Kiran Walkathon will take place at Lake Crabtree Park on Sunday, April 29, 2018. The funds raised will support Kiran’s work. Kiran serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence in NC by helping them rebuild their lives and ending the cycle of violence. Kiran’s core services comprise of a 24 hour free and confidential hotline, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, translation assistance, resource referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services. The registration for the walk begins at 9:30am. The cost is $15 per walker. For more details visit, April 2018

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COMMUNITY EVENTS Atif Aslam & Neha Kakkar Concert: Atlanta, GA (April 29, 2018)

See this live concert event with Atif Aslam (singer, songwriter & actor) and playback singer, Neha Kakkar (from Indian Idol season 2) on Sunday, April 29, 2018 starting at 7pm at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA. For tickets, contact 404-576-8909 or visit

Mystic India: Chapel Hill, NC (May 18, 2018)

Created by Director Amit Shah and featuring the AATMA Performing Arts dance company, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. The team of diverse dancers combine authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony. The performance will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Carolina Performing Arts Center, UNC Chapel Hill. For tickets and other info call Asia Sheikh at 310.890.5599. For details on Mystic India visit,

NC Science Festival: Statewide (Through April 30, 2018)

The North Carolina Science Festival offers an opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings. This Festival provides the opportunity to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and also encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina. In an era when recent reports indicate that the United States is losing ground as the world leader in science and technology, and fewer students than ever are pursuing careers in these fields, the North Carolina Science Festival energizes our state’s effort to respond to these challenges while building new and stronger relationships among the education, business and cultural leaders who will lead that response. Events will be held all across the state thru April 30. To find locals events and learn more about the Festival, visit

Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar Concert: Charlotte, NC (May 12, 2018)

Charlotte Asian & Dragon Boat Festival: (May 19, 2018)

This annual family-oriented event is for the Asian and non-Asian community in and around Mecklenburg County and throughout the Carolinas. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. There will be Dragon Boat races, demonstrations, exhibitions, vendors and food available throughout the day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Dragon Boat team registration begins at 7:30am with races starting at 8:45am and running until about 3:15pm. The Asian Music & Dance contest will be from 12pm to 2pm. To learn more, visit

Hasya Kavisammelan: Morrisville, NC (May 19, 2018)

Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC presents their annual Hasya Kavisammelan on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville, NC. There will be a dinner from 6:30pm - 7:30pm with performances starting at 7:40pm sharp. Featured this year are 3 Poets who offer their own unique perspectives and presentations: Gaurav Sharma, son of renowned poet Shyamsunder Sharma, and is one of the most popular young humorists in India and is known for his unique style of expressionist comedy rendered through his signature one liners. Sarvesh Asthana is a famous satirist, highly celebrated Hindi poet of ‘Hasya Vyang’ and a quick witted manch-sanchalak. Sonroopa Vishal, a gifted poet known for her melodious voice and spellbinding renditions, is a language and music graduate with a PhD in Hindi literature. For details call 919-656-5224, email, or visit

Mystic India: Charlotte, NC (May 20, 2018)

The Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) presents the vocal concert of Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the CPCC - Tate Recital Hall in Charlotte. Abhyankar, the maestro from the Mewati Gharana, is an artist of international acclaim in the field of Hindustani Classical and Devotional Music. With his magical singing, he has attracted the young generation towards the Indian Classical music. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has assumed the mantle of a role model of dedication, hard work, patience and perseverance. For more information including tickets, contact: 704.804.1275, 704.248.1515, or visit

Created by Director Amit Shah and featuring the AATMA Performing Arts dance company, Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. The team of diverse dancers combines authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony. The performance will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. For more details call 704.313.8445 or visit For details on Mystic India visit,

IUCA presents Indiafest 2018: Winston-Salem, NC (May 26, 2018)

Indo-US Cultural Association presents Indiafest 2018 which will be held at the Corpening Plaza in Winston-Salem, NC. The event will start at 11am on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Be a part of Indian Culture with various live events, entertainment and food. Admission is free. Live event entries can be submitted to For Vendor Booth information, contact or 336.456.6866. For general info about the IUCA or the event, visit 22

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Martial arts of India and the world

As I started to prepare for the annual Dances of India performance, as always I started connecting the rich Indian culture and its influence on other cultures including martial arts. If you want to see these martial arts in action, come to Dances of India on April 21, 2018 in Charlotte, NC. I have to start this article with the dynamic Kalaripayattu from southern state of Kerala. One of the oldest fighting systems in existence, it is now practiced in Kerala and contiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and among the Malayali community of Malaysia. Originally, it was practiced in northern and central parts of Kerala and the Tulunadu region of Karnataka.

It is breathtaking to see these warriors/dancers move swiftly and gracefully while performing critical stunts. In several prosperous villages, display of traditional gymnastics, acrobatics and the dance by various village groups are arranged on competitive basis. Each group participates with great enthusiasm to win. You can see the rhythmic movements of dance and discipline of Yoga clearly demonstrated by the performers. This is how the martial arts and dances are connected. South Indian classical dances and their Karanas or poses inspired Yoga poses. All ancient practitioners of martial arts always practiced Yoga. Indian culture predates the Egyptian culture by 1700 years and Chinese culture by 1500 years. Yoga Sutras taught how to meditate on chakras or main points inside one’s body, which was later used in martial arts. Hasthas or finger movements and balancing of poses in dance and Yoga were later incorporated in various martial arts like Chinese Kung fu, Japanese Karate, and Korean Tae Kwon Do. Yes! You read it right. Kung Fu, Karate and Tae Kwon Do were influenced by Indian martial arts and Yoga.


Like many other martial arts, historians theorize that Filipino Martial Arts Escrima (Spanish, Esgrima or fencing) also have roots in India! People who traveled brought this to the Philippines from Indonesia and Malaysia in the 12th and 13th centuries. One thing for sure: when the Spanish came to the Philippines in 1521, there was already developed weaponbased martial arts, with which the early Filipinos defended their land. In Orissa, two kinds of martial dances are prevalent, Paika Nacha and Paikali. In the Khurdha region of Puri district, they perform Paika Nacha. My sister lived in Puri with her family and loved the location filled with beauty and many dance forms. In Oriya, Paika means soldier. Soldiers used this dance to warmup, as well as to entertain. Paika Nacha dance style is not very popular, because it has not been refined to fit into the modernization of current dance forms. However, these are very difficult dances to perform, requiring them to showcase various kinds of physical feats rhythmically to the beats of the drums. Some of the dance movements have acrobatic elements. This challenges the dancers with the ability to be flexible and strong at the same time. This dance and martial art is very similar to a Brazilian martial art form. You just have to come to Dances of India to watch this! On the other hand, the Paikali dance in northern Orissa, especially in the districts of Mayrubhanj and Keonjhar, is a stylized form of dance. It is marked for its leg extensions and stylized jumps very much similar to those of the widely known Chhau dances and Bhangra dances. Each of the Paikali dancers holds a sword in the right and a shield in the left hand, like a warrior. While dancing they also sing in recitative style. They smear their bodies with a whitish kind of powder called Kaimati. A major segment of the dance is a mock attack-and-defense called Ruk-maar-nacha which is the foundation of the Chhau dances as well. The orchestral music that accompanies Paikali is as rich as appealing. The orchestra consists of three kinds of drum, such as Dhol, a barrel shaped drum that dominates the music, Dhumsa, a huge kettledrum made of wood and Chadchadi, somewhat like snare drum. The melodic music is provided by Mahuri, a wind instrument like Shehnai but with a sharper timber. The stamina to perform and sing at the same time is rare in today’s world of recorded music. All these dances require great athletic ability and amazing flexibility along with the dedication to keep these dance styles alive in this age of Bollywood. Only men perform these Indian martial arts. I am so excited to see women now training for some of these art forms. It takes years of practice - not a weekend of learning. It also requires inner and outer balance of the performer. It is spiritual in nature while respecting the opponents and building one’s self esteem. You will learn life lessons through such traditional and intense dance styles.

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At the beginning of each year we all do it. We see January as a time for new beginnings in our lives and decide to finally do some things we’ve been putting off for far too long. Maybe it’s a goal to quit smoking, drinking, or some other vice we’ve clung onto for years. Maybe you finally want to save money for retirement. Maybe you simply want to have hopes for a better year than last. For many of us, our goal is simply this: to finally live a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise. How many of you have stuck with it? Statistics show that most people who make this resolution will break it within 90 days. April 1st is the 90-day mark, so those of you who Another good way to keep are reading this and still that workout spark going is going at it, I congratulate to set small goals for you! You’re already past the yourself. first threshold. Often if you’ve made it through those 90 days, you’re most likely to commit this new part of your lifestyle to your daily or weekly routine barring any major issues that crop up. If you couldn’t keep up the commitment you set for yourself at the start of the year, don’t fret! There’s still plenty of time to get back on track. You still have nine more months, right? It’s never too late. And for those who didn’t make that a personal goal at the beginning of the year, you still can. Just because it’s April instead of January makes it no less important. I actually started my own goal of being more active and healthy back in July of last year. Granted, I didn’t just suddenly change my diet and grab a set of weights. I decided to make my transition into the “new me” a gradual one. First, I dropped the amount of soda I was drinking by ½ and replaced it with water. I then started gradually changing my diet by not eating as much fried foods and butter. That was a bit tougher since I love to put butter on so many things. Tried margarine as a substitute many times but just couldn’t get into it. After the diet change came the gradual exercise. I started walking twice a week around a small pond near my home. It’s approximately 3/4 of a mile around and I could walk it in about 15-20 minutes. I prefer to walk outside instead of on a treadmill if I can help it. With a treadmill you are staring at the same wall for ages. Outside, you can see so many different things each time you visit. I made it a personal endeavor to take a picture of something new each time I walk that I find interesting. That simple act gave me that little extra bit of motivation to keep doing it. Finally by September I did something many thought I’d never do. I had surgery to remove and shape some of the more

stubborn areas of my torso and upper arms. Trust me when I say that for some people, doing every exercise in the world can only fix so much. My arms were the result of them being very muscular in my teens and early 20’s due to playing sports and over time the muscles slimmed down, but my arms did not. My torso is due to genes and just about everyone on my father’s side having “barrel bodies.. I don’t suggest this method of weight loss unless, like me, you simply can find no other way to better shape certain body areas. I gave myself three months of healing time after that before hitting the next step. I had tried Tai Chi back in my 20’s but sadly couldn’t stick with it due to a mixture of reduced finances and time. I decided I was going to get back into it. With martial arts, you don’t just exercise your body but your mind as well. You also have the benefit of not exercising alone or isolated in a large room of strangers using a myriad of shiny machines to get the next five pounds off. Doing exercises within a group or at least with a workout partner is a great way to stay motivated. After a while you feel less embarrassed about how good or bad you’re doing and simply enjoy the experience. Just having that extra little bit of positive support from another person or persons can work wonders. One simple “good job” or “you did great” can galvanize your self-esteem to the point that you want to hear it more and therefore keep doing it. Another good way to keep that workout spark going is to set small goals for yourself. Once you hit that goal, set a new one. You want to start by jogging a half a mile a day, but maybe after a few weeks to increase that to one mile, and so on. My martial arts workout is perfect for that since you work on your mind and body’s flexibility and strength over time. While getting the next belt is great, it’s more about realize your own limits and eventually surpassing them to reach the next step. For some, the simple act of exercising can be a form of Zen. I don’t mean those who do martial arts like I am doing now, but even just taking a walk or lifting weights for 15 minutes can make you feel centered and peaceful. Wanting to reach this state of being can be quite intoxicating, certainly. The more you do it, the more you can experience it. Although just like anything else used in excess, too much exercise can lead to negative results. Don’t just dive into the process head first and work out 5-7 days a week while eating one salad a day. Doing so can seriously shock your system to the point that you’re more inclined to give it up later. What’s worse is that often your body will resist what it’s used to Do what I did and slowly ease your mind and body into it. After nine months I’ve lost 20 pounds, have more energy, and more mental focus than I did 10 years ago. Pay attention to what your body is telling you so you’ll when the time is right to reach that next small goal in your exercise routine. Most of all, stay positive as those good vibes can help your workout buddies to keep at it as well.


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o sonā tere liye ...

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april fool banaya...

Song: O Sonā tere liye ... Film: Mom Year: 2017 Music: A. R. Rahman Singers: A. R. Rahman Lyricist: Irshād Kamil Starring: Sridevi Kapoor, Akshay Khanna, Sajal Ali

Theme: April Fool’s Day

Song: April fool banayā... Film: April fool Year: 1964 Music: Shankar Jaikishan Singer: Mohammad Rafi Lyricist: : Hasrat Jaipuri Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Mishra Bhairavi Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Saira Bano, Biswajeet, Jayant, Sajjan

lyrics in english:

She was born on August 13, 1963 in Sivakashi, India and passed away on February 24, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. She was married to Boney Kapoor, actor Anil Kapoor’s older brother since 1996. She had acted in 200+ movies. She received the The general theme of this song is about two notable “Padma Shri” award from Govt. of India lovers. He makes an April Fool’s prank and in 2012 and received many awards and honors she becomes upset. The song ultimately including Best Actress award from Filmfare. melts her heart. This song says: O my dear one, I pray for you. May the sunshine flame provide you the new road and smiling may glow on your lips. As you step forward in your life let the distances vanish. Write a poem of your dreams with new ideas. The lamps of blessings are burning for your happiness. lyrics in english: Fāilai lau dhoop de, rāhe nayi ā chale ...Hontho pe ho roshni, tere kam ho khushi se fāsleO Sonā tere liye, duāon ke jalte diyeO Sonā tere liye, farishto ne sajde kiyeĀge jo badhe tere kadam, sāri duriyā ho jāye khatamTu bole jindagi ā jā ā nayi, ānkho mein likhe khwābo ki nazam.. O Sonā tere liye, mitāne hain sab hāshiyeO Sonā tere liye, duāon ke jalte diye

April fool banāyā to unako gussā āyā, to merā kyā qasur zamāne kā qasur jisane dastur banāyā -2 April fool banāyā ...Dilabar o jān-e-jānān gusse ke rup men lagati ho aur hasin -2 Teri kātil adā ne mār hi dālā kar lo tum isakā yaqin -2 April fool banāyā ...Dil se dil ki pahachān hui jāgi muhabbat gāne lagi zindagi -2 Hamane duniyā men ā kar vo rupa dharā zindā hui āshiki -2 April fool banāyā ...

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1. Arrange these districts of Gujarat State from South to North. (a) Sabarkantha (b) Surat (c) Ahmedabad (d) Vadodara


2. The music directors of 1964 Hindi film April fool were (a) Shankar Jaikishan (b) Nadeem Shravan (c) Laxmikant Pyrelel (d) Kalyanji Anandaji

3. How long is a year on Mars? (a) 687 Days (b) 365 Days (c) 420 Days (d) 88 Days

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) 12+ words = Excellent; 7 to 11 words = Good; 6 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

4. The famous “Balaji, Thirupathi” temple is located in this Indian state. (a) Tamil Nadu (b) Karnataka (c) Kerala (d) Andhra Pradesh

5. The anemometer is used by weather stations to measure the (a) Pressure (b) Wind speed (c) Humidity (d) Temperature

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8. In what country might you be offered the seaweed soup? (a) Russia (b) Japan (c) India (d) China

A star is made of two (Grey & white) equilateral triangles having each side = 9 ft. Their centroids are concentric, meaning they have the same center which lies between A & B. Find the distances in ft. between (1) A & B (2) A & C (3) B & C Hint: Find the centroid of a triangle, which is = 1/3 of the median from the base.

9. The area of Georgia state is about (a) 39430 Mile² (b) 49430 Mile² (c) 59430 Mile² (d) 69430 Mile²

10. The wife of sage Gautam “Buddha” was (a) Yasodhara (b) Amrapali (c) Maya Devi (d) Mallika

The answers given on the bottom of this page (no peeking).

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was true, of course, and he walked away with the winsome lass, along with the blessings of the impressed king. Maybe there was a point to this story; the authors of myths and legends generally tried to make some point or the other, using the story as a vehicle to do so. Maybe the insight to be drawn from the story is that things are not easily seen as they are, that they are wobbly, difficult-to-discern and fleeting. And, that we only get a murky reflection to work with as we seek to attain the thing of interest.

How you see is how you get The pool of water enabled Arjuna to see, even if only ever so dimly. If we relate to his difficult task as told in the legend, perhaps we can relate to ours as well. We have our very own fish-eye targets, and the corresponding pools of water that give us a hint of the direction needed. Being a good marksman matters. Arjuna’s secret was that he used to practice in the dark. In a more modern-day story, Mr. Miyagi trains his student, Julie, in the movie, The Next Karate Kid, by asking her to anticipate and block attacks while blindfolded. Maybe we would do well to follow suit, and look to hone our skills in the depths of darkness? Maybe we do! Most of our actions are, arguably, in the dark. We do things based on what we think we see. The world then responds back to us. We get our feedback. If we learn well, we clear our internal “pool of water” a little bit with the clarification power of the feedback. And again. And, yet again. As time goes on, maybe the pool becomes a bit clearer at least in places. Maybe we are able to see a tad bit better. And, maybe we are able to hit our fish somewhere, at least what you see is what you get Most of us may not have the time or inclination to keep enough to get us what we need, even if not quite what we want. An archer who sees well gets the fish. A diligent archer seeks doubting the veracity of our eyes and other senses. So we end up dealing with the world as we think of it as being more or less to make the pool clearer. synonymous with the world as it is, assuming, of course, that Behind your eyes there is indeed such a thing. The magical pool of water is the one that lies behind our eyes. But maybe it is helpful to stop, at least once in a while, to think about what if what we see is not what we get. What if We all have our models of the world, models shaped with or many of the things we “see” are incorrectly seen? What if our with or without our conscious awareness that we are doing so. convictions, if seen by an imaginary observer out there in the There are many models that can be created, shaped and held. real world where the real world exists, are horrendously off- The influences that shape these models often lie outside of us – track? Then many of our actions would be off-target. We would in the societies, environments and upbringing that we find be shooting in the dark, or at least working off of some faint ourselves in, often without our consent. It is very difficult, if not reflection of the reality that is not the same as the actual reality. impossible, to separate the parts of our model that are shaped on the anvil of real life experience from those that are indoctrinated and breathed into us by our circumstances. We are arjuna’s challenge In the real world, there are many challenges that come ultimately products of the world without, and the world within. between people and their goals. It is not always easy to get The genealogy of our model is only a historical footnote; the selected for a job, be chosen by a life partner, and so on. And so important thing is to realize that there is a model that is ours. Maybe seeing that there is a model behind the madness can it was, with Arjuna, in a faraway mythical land depicted in the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata. Arjuna was a famed warrior help us see that if we wish to change the world, we may be able whose prowess with the bow and arrow was legendary. The to do that by simply changing the model. Some of the change Pandava’s skill served him well in gaining him the hand of can happen incrementally, but sometimes, just sometimes … Draupadi, the daughter of the king of Panchala. In what might can’t we just flip the model on its head? 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“I used to have good teeth when I was a kid. But now that I am older, they are falling apart.” We see people all the time that come to see us after years of not seeing a dentist and hear that statement. More than likely, they had parents care enough about them and their teeth, taking them regularly to the dentist. With regular maintenance, exams, and instruction to keep things healthy, these people had relatively trouble-free dental health. After they became adults, perhaps they didn’t have that authority figure watching out for them. They went off to school, the military, or started working in their 20s. Good oral hygiene habits took a backseat to all the new responsibilities and adventures. One missed dental check-up led to two and three until eventually a couple years went by. Sometimes decades. Only a broken tooth or pain at night made them think of the dentist. Getting older ...good oral hygiene habits made it seem like their teeth took a backseat to all the got worse. However, it was the lack of excellent oral new responsibilities and hygiene and no check-ups adventures... that led to hidden conditions getting worse. It is a complete myth that teeth get worse with age on their own. How else do we have hundreds of patients over 50 that don’t have a denture?

“why do you need my medical history and medicine list? I’m just here for a cleaning.” A part of any medical office is to fill out paperwork and consent forms. Whether it is getting a physical from your general physician or completing your eye exam, filling out a thorough past health history ensures your health care provider can safely treat you. When people come in for their hygiene visit at the dental office, a health history and complete medicine list helps your hygienist and dentist determine many things. Past surgeries to your heart or bone joints determines if you need to take antibiotics prior to dental treatment. Females that are pregnant affects how we take x-rays, what numbing medicine to use, and how to plan completing dental treatment that’s safest for mother and baby. People with diabetes can start having gum disease. Those with gum disease can develop diabetes. Most medicines prescribed in America reduce the quantity or quality of your saliva. This is important because God gave us saliva to help fight off cavities and gum disease. All types of medicine can decrease the amount or quality of spit that helps your mouth stay healthy. It is a complete myth to think that your mouth and teeth work independently from the rest of your body.

“I’ve worn my denture for many years. I have no reason to see the dentist.” In one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it’s amazing that there so many Americans missing teeth. 63 percent of adults are missing at least one tooth (not including wisdom teeth) and 10 percent of American adults are missing all their teeth. That’s over 33 million people that have no teeth to help them chew, speak or smile properly.


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When most people talk about social media, they mean Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and sites like Tumblr and Instagram. Even blogs often get left off the mental checklist. Yet there’s a much larger world of social media sites waiting for you, and all of them focus on the ‘social’ part—facilitating conversations. They all have their special focus, audience and capabilities, but some are likely to be perfect for helping you extend your influence and build your brand.

Interest and Industry sites If you belong to a trade or professional association or a special-interest club, odds are high there’s a website. Especially for larger groups, it’s also very likely that the site includes some level of forum, bulletin board or discussion group capability. These are all places to meet new people, open conversations, demonstrate you credibility and gather your tribe. Many forums within membership sites work a lot like Facebook posts. Someone begins a thread with a question, and related answers nest beneath that opening post. If it’s a professional membership site, you’re assured to find either colleagues or potential clients. Make yourself accessible and useful. Answer other people’s questions, and take the initiative to open the Observe etiquette when conversation by posting you’re interacting online starter comments of interest forums. to much of the audience. Some sites have a culture of active online discussion, while others may need you to get things going. Hang in there. Even if you only attract a small audience at first, you are sharing useful information and demonstrating expertise, as well as gathering a tribe. Use the site’s member directory to seek out people who might be good contacts and invite them to join the conversation. Ask their opinions and solicit their input. Interview them. If you can invigorate on-topic discussion, you’ll become a hero to the site organizers, and you’re likely to find that you’ve become a minor celebrity at the next in-person meeting from the number of people who recognize your name from online. Observe etiquette when you’re interacting in an online forum. Keep the discussion focused on topics appropriate to the setting, and gently but firmly manage your threads to keep out blatant self-promotion, spamming, bad behavior and tangents. Be as professional online as you would be in person, treating everyone with respect, keeping a civil attitude, and not allowing louder vices to drown out other perspective. Don’t go onto the forums to get a quick sale. That will backfire. Go to be a good member and to get to know your colleagues. Mention your experience or credentials when it’s relevant, but don’t come on too strong. Make sure your member profile represents you well and includes how to contact you


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Reddit Reddit is a massive site with forums dedicated to almost any topic possible. It’s got a huge user base, and can be a great way to connect with people who share common interests. You can start your own dedicated topic page (called a ‘subReddit’) or participate in an existing page. It’s always easier to get to know how a site works by beginning as an observer on someone else’s page, so I’d recommend spending time to get to know the ‘neighborhood’ before trying to start your own subReddit. Like all online communities, Reddit has its own personality, rules and culture. In particular, Reddit users don’t like to be sold-to unless it is on a subReddit specifically for selfpromotion. (Realize that the chance anyone is going to those pages to buy is exceedingly slim. They’re really a holding area to segregate promotional posts so they don’t disrupt the real conversation. Don’t waste your time.) Reddit is a combination forum and bulletin board. You can post links to interesting on-topic information you’ve found elsewhere and invite discussion (just don’t pin your own posts unless they’re about a topic instead of about you). You’re safest sharing links to other people’s excellent articles and blog posts and then steering the conversation that ensues. There’s also nothing to stop you from having someone else (an assistant or colleague) post links to your content (so it isn’t being posted by you), but don’t overwhelm the thread. You want to be present consistently enough to be noticed but not so much that you dominate. Be on your very best behavior. The personality of Reddit users varies by subReddit, but in general it is a bit rough and tumble, and when community norms are violated, downright hostile. If LinkedIn is the white-table restaurant of the internet and Facebook is the local diner, Reddit is more like the corner continued on page 96

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“April showers bring May flowers,” goes the saying. April also brings some people the strong desire the empty out drawers and closets, sometimes called “spring cleaning.” This soon results in another familiar, somewhat exaggerated expression: “I haven’t a THING to wear!” Yes, clothing is a necessity as in “food, clothing and shelter” but simply covering one’s body vs. looking sharp and fashionable, just won’t suffice. Thus spring cleaning often leads to shopping trips. Names of articles (items) of clothing have found their way into many idioms in American English and here are some used in conversations you might overhear in your office. Listen in on the informal conversation below and match the idioms to the list of meanings that follow, using context clues. 1 Jim: “Bob, I tried (a) to collar the boss’s assistant to find out about the company’s reorganization plans but she (b) skirted the issue.” Bob: “It would be a better management strategy to be more transparent about such a (c) hot-button topic.” Jim: “Even a sincere (d) off-the-cuff announcement would be better than making us all wait for an official memo.” Bob: “Well we already know that the (e) blue-collar positions were out-sourced to vendors long ago, so will I.T. be next?” Jim: “Well we could (f) button our lips and wait and see.” Bob: “Or we could ask Mary to chat with the boss’ assistant. They are friends and Mary knows how to (g) push all the right buttons and stay very calm.” Jim: “Not a bad idea but the boss might get very (h) hot under the collar if his assistant tells him that both you and Mary were asking and couldn’t wait until the meeting next week.” Bob: “Hmm, I never thought of that! You’re (i) right on the button there!” Jim: “Speaking of buttons, maybe we should stay calm and not (j) hit the panic button.”

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The 21st annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival returns to Durham, NC on Thursday April 5 through Sunday April 8, 2018. It is the country’s largest documentary film festival with dozens of films, along with many parties and other events. To date, they have shown over 2000 documentary films. The list of films was released shortly before Saathee went to press, so I will offer here a summary of a few films whose descriptions caught my eye, though I have not yet seen any of the films. Forty-two new documentaries were selected from almost 1,800 submitted. Twenty-two additional films were invited. In addition, Jehane Noujim, documentary filmmaker of films like Control Room and, is being honored and with four of her films being shown, and filmmaker Joe Berlinger is curating eight films on the topic of “Crime and Punishment.” There usually seems to be a significant number of films related to India. This year, Jehane Noujaim’s film Rafea: Solar Mama is being shown as part of her tribute. Illiterate women from around the world are trained in India’s Barefoot College, designed with Gandhian principles. Rafea, a Jordanian Bedouin, goes to India to spend six months to learn to become a solar engineer, in the hopes of electrifying her village. Beyond her educational and skills goals, she has to fight stereotypes and discrimination.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) about “dreamers” who entered the U.S. illegally with their parents through no fault of their own has been in the news quite a bit lately. Directors Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney describe three DACA students, banned from receiving in-state tuition at Georgia’s state universities, in their film, The Unafraid. Full Frame always features a wide variety of themes in the films that it showcases. There are a number of fun films focused on education. In Laura Nix’s Inventing Tomorrow, six teenagers from around the world compete in the largest international high school science fair. I have a background in math and enjoy seeing its connections with the arts. Bending Lines: The Sculpture of Robert Wiggs (Peter DeHart and Allison Bohl DeHart) describe an artist who draws inspiration from nature’s variously exhibited geometries, from the repetition in pine cones to cracks in dried mud and beyond. In Alison McAlpine’s Cielo, the expansive starry skies as viewed from Chile’s Atacarna Desert provide the backdrop to a poetic film about a “conversation with the stars” amongst those who live in the desert and scientists, reaching out perhaps for different reasons to the cosmos. Another gorgeous location, the Italian Alps, is the setting for Chiara Campara and Lorenzo Faggi’s Tempting Promises (Le allettanti promesse). A small border village between Italy and Switzerland, Esina Lario, welcomes the international Wikipedia community for their annual conference – but does 21st century technology win the day or is it met with darker reactions in this small locale? I always look forward to four solid days of memorable and impactful films. The best way to attend Full Frame is to purchase a pass, and this year again some classes of passes sold out very quickly (they went on sale on Valentine’s Day). At press time, several classes of passes were still available. There is an intriguing new category, the Sunday Pass, for only $25. It allows one admission to four films on Sunday and access to the “last minute line” for Sunday films. Tickets for individual films are on sale now and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the Duke University Box Office. Sales end two hours before showtime and cost $16 with a $2 discount available to the Duke community, students, military, police, firefighters, and teachers. There are always free events, including some panel discussions and Friday and Saturday night outdoor film screenings of films from the previous year’s Festival. These screenings are often particularly good for families who are welcome to picnic and enjoy the showing at Durham’s Central Park just a few blocks from the Festival. 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 is 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 usually 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. The Festival features 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 50 to 1000. Because films are shown in parallel, it may very well 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 and complete schedule of events as well as film descriptions are available at April 2018

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By early-afternoon the next day, I found a café and the courage to point at items at the counter to order a strange openfaced sandwich. They returned my $10 purchase in Francs. My first and only attempt was to try to call the number Mohammed had given me, collect call, to Colorado, USA. I could prove to Mohammed he could call himself. It didn’t work. I could not work the pay phones. The operators refused to understand me or dial. I hung up, walked up and down Rue Bonaparte, Boulevard Raspail, sat along the sidewalks, got paranoid and disoriented, and then took a taxi back to Orly Airport. I didn’t see Mohammed; boarded the flight to JFK and counted my money at the gate thinking Mohammed could have benefitted from the $67 dollars I had, minus the $25 I had set aside to go from JFK to La Guardia. I would just call my roommate to pick me up in NC. I went through a range of emotions in the plane: Why is this my problem? Why is Mohammed’s sister my problem? What can I do? My roommate had purchased a brand new Pontiac Grand Prix. He and his girlfriend, Deb, picked me up from the airport on this 10:15 arrival at Charlotte. “Shining Star” by The Manhattans was playing on the radio. I stared at them from the back seat of this beautiful new car. They kissed at every stop light. They held hands as if their limbs were glued together. I went to sleep on the ride home. Things were just fine. But they were not. The next morning I woke up at a jetlagged 4am and called the Colorado number of the uncle, not realizing the time difference. “We don’t know anything,” the man said in a thick accent. “Don’t call us again.” I held the phone receiver in my hand. I felt Mohammed kissing me three times on the cheeks, the fresh smell of airport liquid soaps on his skin, a tight shave, a shave unusual for a refugee, clean clothes, and tears welling his eyes, a man with no visa. Mohammed haunts me frequently. He haunted me during times of peace and haunts me more now in times of neo-Nazi white nationalism sweeping the West. In Australia, thousands rot in cages set up at beaches because they boarded boats to escape hell. In Europe, all immigrants caught up in the West’s hunger for oil are now damaging Western culture—the same way the sub-continent invasion of migrants into Britain ultimately caused a backlash in a colonial empire now reverting to Nazi-era principles to keep their countries clean of the colored people they invaded and pillaged for 500 years. Recently, a woman from Congo who managed to land in the US with her child and dared to ask for asylum had her child taken away while her application is being “considered.” My cousin, a heart surgeon, is having a hard time getting his work visa renewed. Hundreds of thousands of Mohammeds are now waking up every morning and drinking tears for breakfast because we have no humanity left in us in the pursuit of our ignorant and racist agendas. If we are capable of hate and incapable of empathy, there is nothing in us that is human. We share the purgatory with the nationless souls who have become our enemy in our cold cold hearts.

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Monday mornings are always like Normandy landings for me. I wake up at 4:30am and start the day by pacing around for 30 minutes. So it is a reflection on how bad the upcoming Monday is going to be that I woke up at 4:30am Sunday morning and sat in bed holding my head—only it was 5:30am because the time had changed to daylight saving overnight. I had my ducks in a row as far as the busy week ahead. I woke up staring in the blackness with a decades-old echo in my head: “Make sure my sister is safe, my brother.” Late summer of 1980 I was returning to North Carolina from Bangkok aboard a KLM flight that touched down at Paris in the morning, and then an Air France connection to JFK 10 hours later. It would prove to be fateful. I walked around, ate a sandwich, smoked a few cigarettes, and then sat down on some chairs right inside the transit lounge to wait out the next nine hours. A young man appeared and sat next to me. He was Iranian. His story was harrowing. “I’ve been here in the lounge for three weeks now,” he lamented. “I can’t get a visa to exit or fly anywhere else.” This was way way before the Tom Hanks movie about a man stuck in an airport. He If we are capable of hate related the horrific story of and incapable of empathy, how the Khomeini militia chased his Shah-aligned there is nothing in us that is family like dogs. The parents human. put the sister; I will call her Noeen, on the earliest flight heading West. Mohammed was a few weeks behind. The parents? Well, nobody knew their future now. I shook hands and walked away. I didn’t want any problems. I just wanted to return to my apartment, and start my sophomore year in college like any normal young student. It wasn’t meant to be. Mohammed spotted me again three hours before the Air France out to JFK. “I have my uncle’s number in Colorado, USA,” he said, handing me a slip. “I beg you, make sure my sister is safe, my brother.” My father was so far ahead of every worst-case-scenario that it makes my head spin even now. I sat alone on seats overlooking a runway and massaged my passport—it was a diplomatic passport, thanks to my father’s foresight. At age 20, most countries would stamp a gratis visa on it and welcome you like a VIP. I avoided Mohammed sleeping on a bench at a distance and rescheduled my flight for the next day and left the airport. In my broken French I told the taxi to just take me to Saint Germain des Pres, where from college courses I knew all the literary greats supposedly hung out. I found a noisy hotel in this tourist infested neighborhood on Rue du Four with a second floor room, came back down, found a café, and drank two coffees and smoked four cigarettes because I did not know enough French (and was too shy at age 20) to really order food in French. I twisted and turned, mostly stayed seated in bed all night smoking and thinking about Mohammed. Being homeless on planet earth—being homeless on planet earth, where no one lets you enter their border because of geo-political reasons.

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First Lt. Erica MacSwan was just 7 years old when 9/11 happened. Yet, she has vivid memories of it. Her family lived in New Hampshire at the time. Her dad, who worked for IBM, commuted to New York City for work. On that morning, he was running late for a meeting. “He didn’t get far before a black blanket covered him,” MacSwan recalls, “and he just crouched down, and then he couldn’t see anything. The city went absolutely silent, which is obviously so unusual for New York City.”

First Lt. Erica MacSwan at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Credit: Autumn Parry/PRI

First Lt. Erica MacSwan is an intelligence officer with the US army. Here, she has days to go before she is deployed to Afghanistan for about a year. Credit: Autumn Parry/PRI With the help of a first responder, she says, he managed to get inside a nearby restaurant and saw on TV that there had been an attack. He was shaken but a few hours later, he managed to rent a car and drive back to New Hampshire. “All in all, it had a huge, huge impact on me. My dad could have died in that situation.” That memory was in the back of MacSwan’s mind when she was recruited to swim for West Point in her junior year of high school. She loved swimming but decided she wanted to pursue the military aspect of the academy, too. “I had a sense of purpose in protecting my family,” she says,

“also, broadly speaking, those who I knew that could also be affected by terrorism and other acts of violence.” Would she be in the Army had 9/11 never happened? “Honestly, probably not.” Today, MacSwan is a 23-year-old intelligence officer in the US Army. I meet with her at the Fort Carson Army base in Colorado Springs, Colorado; she is only a couple of days away from her first deployment to Afghanistan. Her day begins at sunrise at a frozen parking lot. She’s standing in formation along with about 50 other soldiers. She’s in her workout gear, chin up, shoulders back and hair pulled back in a tight bun. MacSwan’s tour in Afghanistan will last for about a year. She started getting ready months before. “It’s just a lot to think about,” she says. Some of it, just ordinary stuff — things you’d do before going away on any long trip — like filing taxes and paying bills. But of course, this is no vacation. MacSwan is heading to a battlefield, and she has no illusions about the risks. She adds her preparation for the worst-case scenario to her to-do list in the event she doesn’t come home.


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“For me, since I don’t have a spouse or children that I would like to will specific things to, I’ll just let it go to the next of kin, which is my mom.” But MacSwan doesn’t only have herself to worry about. The 23year-old is the leader of her platoon, which means she’s responsible for the safety and well-being of 26 other soldiers — all men. All soldiers will have to complete medical tests before they leave to make sure they are healthy and fit for the mission. Women will complete an additional pregnancy test. Later, I sit in on one of MacSwan’s training sessions. This one is not so much about combat, but more to do with the culture the soldiers are about to enter. It’s titled, “How to Handle Islamic Texts.” The soldiers range in age between 18 and 45. They sit on metal chairs, listening closely.

been in the Army for 20, 30 years,” she says. “It’s difficult to put yourself out there and say, ‘All right, well, I’m in charge and I’m going to make the rules.’ That’s why I try not be like that. But at the end of the day, I make the decisions.” Every soldier in MacSwan’s platoon gets to take a hard box full of personal items to Afghanistan. It’s kind of like a checked bag on a regular flight. The boxes go into large shipping containers that are loaded onto large cargo planes. “There’s a pillow, laundry detergent, I brought my hammock, some coffee, feminine products, books, civilian pajamas [yes, there are military pajamas], red, comfy slippers.” MacSwan has packed enough toiletries and coffee for about two months. After that, she says, she can either buy items like shampoo on base or order them online. “Amazon delivers to APO addresses — Army Post Offices.” As an intelligence officer, MacSwan won’t leave the base much. There are upsides and downsides to that. Upside: She likely won’t be dodging bullets. Downside (and she learned this when she previously deployed to Iraq for four months): “The whole stircraziness of being contained in that space. Going between your bed and your work site and the gym and where you eat. And that’s it.” In Iraq, she missed fresh fruits and the ability to drive wherever she wanted at any given time. She also missed her parents and two sisters. This time, there is also 1st Lt. Timothy Lynch, a Black Hawk pilot, who she has been dating for about a year. Sitting at the dinner table at MacSwan’s place, they discuss what her absence will mean for their relationship. “We calculated and it’s 11 1/2 hours ahead in Afghanistan,” MacSwan says, “so when he’s getting ready to go to bed, I’ll be getting up in the morning.” For them to stay in touch, MacSwan will have to purchase her own Wi-Fi, which can cost up to $80 a month, depending on the plan. As tough as this separation is for MacSwan and Lynch, they say it helps that they both serve in the military. “It helps a lot with communication and understanding what the other is going through,” Lynch says. “I’m incredibly proud of Erica. She’s a strong woman, and I know she’s going to come out of this deployment an even stronger woman.” As the time I have with MacSwan draws to an end, I want to know her thoughts on the war in Afghanistan — the war that has lasted for most of her life and has cost thousands of lives (including many innocent civilians) and displaced thousands of others. What does winning look like to her? “I think for me, if our platoon is able to assist in [...] advising the Afghan army in fighting and eradicating these violent forces, then that would definitely be successful,” she says, “even if it’s a small impact.” “Do you have confidence in the president,” I ask. “I would say so. I think that he has surrounded himself with many seasoned veterans, specifically General [James] Mattis and others and these individuals will definitely help advise him and make the correct choices.” Hours after I left Fort Carson, MacSwan boarded a plane to Afghanistan. She sent me an audio recording describing what is going through her mind as she gets on the plane. “I’m a bit nervous,” she says in the recording, “but excited, as well. I don’t think it’s really hit me that I’ve really left. I’m excited to see what’s in store and really excited to get to know the mission and understand my job better over there.” To calm her nerves, she listens to music. She has a playlist ready on her phone and her favorite is a worship song by an Australian band called Hillsong United. She promises to stay in touch.

You can see inside 1st Lt. Erica MacSwan’s box — sort of like a checked bag. She says she has packed enough toiletries and coffee for about two months. After that, she can either purchase them on base or order from Amazon. Credit: Autumn Parry/PRI

“Does anybody know what percentage of Afghanistan is Muslim?” MacSwan asks, holding an orange Post-it with her notes scribbled on it. “Ninety percent,” one soldier calls out. “Eighty,” shouts another. “Higher,” says MacSwan, coming back with, “99.7 percent.” She continues to say, “going to Afghanistan, where our mission is to advise and assist, we want to be considerate of their culture and their religion.” Here’s what she wants her soldiers to take away: The Quran is Islam’s holy book. Don’t touch it if you’re not Muslim. If you are in a situation where you absolutely have to, inform your superior and use a clean cloth. It’s no accident that MacSwan is talking about this. In 2012, American soldiers were accused of burning copies of the Quran that they claimed Taliban prisoners used to write messages in. Word got out and hundreds of Afghans poured into the streets to protest. The demonstrations lasted for five days and left 30 people dead, including four Americans. This is not a scenario MacSwan — or the Army — wants to be repeated. Back at MacSwan’s office, a New England Patriots calendar hangs on the wall next to her desk. It’s a clue to her roots. She was born in Boston and grew up in New England. Her parents are devout Christians, she says, and they passed their faith onto her. She’s the first in her family to join the military. I ask her what it’s like to be in charge of 26 soldiers, some of whom are twice her age? “It is a lot when you think about the leadership that has


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Choose the Real thing Herbs and spices are sold as supplements. Research is increasingly showing that supplements do not have all the same beneficial effects as the original source. It is best to eat the herb or spice instead of taking it in a pill form. The supplement industry is not as regulated as pharmaceuticals. Therefore, there is no oversight. Labels and claims can be misleading and it is difficult to obtain a supplement that is pure and without adulteration or contamination.

the spices of life

The masala dabba is one of those utensils present in every Indian kitchen. It is an item that is unique to Indian cuisine, but we take it for granted. This humble non-descript container holds an impressive group of plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. The various spices that we use daily are composed of an impressive list of phytonutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are vital for good health.

This was general information about spices. Let’s look at health benefits of some spices that we use on a daily basis.

turmeric (Haldi): Turmeric has the longest list of benefits. Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric. Research suggests that for better bioavailability or curcumin, it is best to consume black pepper with turmeric. • Helps lower blood glucose, triglyceride, fatty acid, cholesterol and liver fat

Health Benefits of spices

• Help heal the pain, swelling and inflammation associated with ligament injuries

• anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties: Herbs and spices can help fight inflammation and reduce damage to cells as they all have phytochemicals that act as anti-oxidants. For example, turmeric has been used for thousands of years to help lower inflammation as well as treat congestion, wounds, bruises and other skin conditions, including smallpox and shingles.

• Aid in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections

• Cleanses and nourishes the skin to retain its elasticity

• Helps to aid the digestive tract to absorb nutrients and normalize metabolism

• anti-clotting: The components in spices such as turmeric act as a blood thinner and help prevent clogging of platelets in the blood vessels, and thus help to ease blood flow, preventing stroke episode, and coronary artery disease.

• Helps with wound healing

• Guards your stomach by destroying fungus, viruses and bacteria that can cause food poisoning, diarrhea and other diseases

• digestive properties: The active compounds in spices such as ginger and peppermint may improve digestion by helping food move easily through the gut and stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes.

• Remedy for inflammatory conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis - studies show that the highly bioavailable form of curcumin in fresh, raw turmeric is more effective than the anti-inflammatory drugs available for rheumatoid arthritis.

• antiseptic: Turmeric is said to have antiseptic properties, and can be used for sore throats, tonsillitis, and as a poultice for wounds. Gargling with warm water with thyme can help relieve sore throats and bronchitis symptoms. Thyme is also being used as an antiseptic mouthwash in the treatment of caries and gingivitis. Spices have been used to treat worm infestation in the gut.

• A source of iron

• May protect against and slow down progression of multiple sclerosis • May help fight off Alzheimer’s.

• Help relieve chronic digestive issues such as ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, food poisoning; also reduces the itching and inflammation from hemorrhoids

• Rubefacient: Massaging with certain essential volatile oils in spices (cloves, peppers, etc.) may help by increasing local blood circulation. They can be used for arthritis and sore muscles and used either as a poultice or in hot baths.

• Helps remove bad (ldl)cholesterol from the body

• aromatherapy: Spice essential oils are being used in the aromatherapy as well as deodorants in the perfume industry.

• Prevents cancer cells from spreading and growing into tumors

• Good source of minerals: Spices contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.

• Relieves inflammation of the air ways and prevents asthma.

Cayenne Pepper (Lal Mirch): • Capsaicin, the active ingredient found in cayenne peppers, helps lower inflammation and pain in joints and muscles

spices Come In Many Forms: Spices can come from different parts of a plant. Here are a few examples: • Leaves of aromatic plants: bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, basil, mint

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• Helps with weight loss by increasing metabolism and suppressing cravings for salt and sugar • Opens airways and acts as a decongestant • May help balance blood sugars • Improves blood flow (circulation), and help lower blood pressure

Mustard seeds (Rai/Sarson): • Contain phytonutrients that protect against stomach, intestinal, and colorectal cancer • Excellent source of minerals such as selenium, magnesium, and other micronutrients • Helps with migraine intensity and recurrence • Helps fight infections

Cumin (Jeera): • Aids in digestion • Boosts the immune system • Treats skin disorders • Fights cancer • Treats respiratory problems

Fenugreek (Methi): • Lowers Cholesterol • Balances blood sugars • Heals mouth ulcers • Eliminates dandruff • Heals stomach disorders • Relieves sore throat • Eases menstrual discomfort • Increases breast milk

Black Pepper (Mari/Kali Mirch): • Improved oral health • Relief from indigestion and constipation • Treatment of respiratory disorders • Treatment for ear aches, gangrene, hernias, and tooth decay

Ginger (Sonth): • High in gingerol, a substance with powerful antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties • Relieves nausea • Reduces muscle pain • Lowers blood sugar & cholesterol • Prevents cancer & Alzheimer’s

Cloves (Laving/Long): • Treats tooth decay and halitosis • Improvse digestion • Strengthens the immune system • Prevents headaches

Cinnamon (Taj/Dalchini): • Reduces Insulin Resistance • Lowers LDL cholesterol • Antifungal, Anti-viral Antibacterial, and Anti-inflammatory properties • Prevents cancer & Alzheimer’s

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A metal band from India? Most would not think of such a concept but in truth there are a few bands such as Pentagram, Bhayanak Maut, Escher’s Knot, Devoid and others who have taken metal music in their own direction with a Desi twist. Newer to the Indian metal scene is Bloodywood from New Delhi. Made up of guitarist & producer Karan Katiyar and vocalist Jayant Bhadula, these two started their YouTube channel in mid-2012 doing some Bollywood song covers with a hard core metal twist. Starting with metal cover songs such as Lucky All’s “Ek Pal Ka Jena” and Raftaar’s “Swag Mera Desi”, they eventually grew such a fan base that they started covering English language pop songs such as Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, Michael Jackson’s “Bad” and yes, even Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” In February of 2017 Bhadula mentioned that they were heavily influenced by the Nu-Metal band, Linkin Park and also that they were not happy with the band’s more pop sound on their latest album. In response they did their own version of LP’s “Heavy” and put as the title card for the YouTube vid, “If Linkin Park were Still Metal”. Most fans loved the cover, but when the late Chester Bennington heard about it, he was not pleased. Sadly I don’t think Chester realized that the cover was meant as both a joke and a homage to the original style of music that Linkin Park was initially recognized for. More recently, Bloodywood has gone back to their roots by covering two popular Punjabi pop songs: Daler Mendhi’s “Tunak Tunak Tun” and Panjabi MC’s “Mundian To Bach Ke”. They also celebrated Holi with a rendition of the title song from Rang De Basanti. In each you can tell that they still appreciate the original versions, but simply amped them up to 11 with heavy guitar riffs and growly vocals. These guys do seem to have a lot of fun with every song they do and as they often say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I know that Heavy Metal is not for everyone, but do check them out if you’re curious. Katiyar’s guitar work is outstanding and Bhadula’s vocals can switch from rough to soft in an instant just like more well-known vocalists like Corey Taylor of Slipknot or Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch. Bloodywood have released an EP of their pop covers available for download on called Anti-Pop Vol . 1 for $12. Visit, Their Facebook page is pretty active with not only posts about their new singles but also interactions with fans and their continued admiration of the Heavy Metal scene. And of course don’t miss their YouTube channel with every single amazing (and fun) cover song in their growing library. April 2018

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Remember this is your plan, your desire and they are just executing it. So your focus has to be to answer the questions if they don’t understand your wishes, not necessarily change your wishes. Let us just think about this: if this would not happen while you are alive and of sane mind and it will all come to light only after you are gone (and after a lot of scrambling to look for the paperwork) or let us say when you are not in a position to respond or be able to explain, then there is a lot of head scratching, double guessing and confusion just to figure out from the documents what “uncle Anand” or “aunt Anita” really wanted to happen. And I would think that you do not want to be in that precarious position. If all of this is discussed before and explained then there is very little of that confusion and all that is left is execution of your wishes at that point. If I have to guess from my experience, a very large percentage of people do not have any intentions of doing this or definitely not contemplating and I have always wondered why. There could be many reasons and just about all of them relate to us as humans and to our behavioral follies. Here are some explanations.

Have you discussed your Financial Planning with your Family?

On many occasions, in this column, I have emphasized the importance and significance of proper financial planning for all aspects of your life, starting with what to do after you get your first job or when you get married or have children or some major event like a wedding or even retirement. It could be a myriad of things and the list is long. But the real point is that you need to be aware of it, seek help and do something about it. This month I wish to discuss another subject which is equally important, if not more, but rarely gets discussed or accomplished; and the consequences are dire. I am specifically thinking about discussing your financial planning thoughts not only just with your trustees, guardians and other key people but also with the rest of your family, especially those who will be affected by it. So what is this all about? Let’s assume for now that your financial and estate ...if this would not happen planning documents are in while you are alive and of place and complete (6 out of 10 in the US don’t have this) sane mind and it will all and you and your spouse feel come to light only after... great and happy about it. So what is the problem?

Good communication ensures your plan works as intended. Let me start by asking some questions: does anybody else know what your thoughts are that you just put down on paper with the help of your financial planner and your attorney? Do your trustees, guardians for your children or caretakers know about what you are asking them to do in the future? Have you taken their consensus and agreement? Are they willing, able and ready? Assuming the circumstances that they are not, do you have a second string or a third sting of friends or relatives who can step in and do the job for you? My suspicion would be that the answer is a resounding no. At a minimum, I would recommend that you gather your trustees for a meaningful meeting and explain to them what your plans are, get them to understand how it is going to work for you and what their specific responsibilities would be. Assuming that you have put down on a piece of paper all your financial details, like bank accounts, investments, retirement and pension accounts and many such details, explain to them what you wish to get done with them (like whom to call, what accounts to close etc.). This task list can be really long if you have reasonable wealth that needs to be disposed or handled. Once they understand it, have a good handle on it and are willing, then you can sit back and have a sigh of relief. It will take you much longer than you think for you to get all these documents mentioned above prepared to your satisfaction. For that to happen you have to have these ideas firmly ensconced in your mind, mulled over a long time and put down on a piece of paper. When it is all in the open and you have spoken your mind then it is open for discussion. There could be some objections which you have to answer or explain.

I am not comfortable exposing my finances. Let’s face it, who is? It is natural and very human. But unfortunately it has to be done. Just keep thinking about the consequences if we don’t as explained above. We have to overcome this emotional barrier, practice in your mind as many times as you have to, muster the gumption to talk about it in the open.

talking about it puts my family in an uncomfortable situation; its best left unsaid: This may be true, but it is not an option. Your family eventually will thank you because it also makes their job much easier and pits you at ease because your plan will be followed. It is emotionally challenging for me: Yes, indeed. And you are not alone; we all are in the same boat. Just keep thinking about the good that will come out of such talk and the fact that your own plan will be followed.

It recognizes an inevitable transformation that I don’t want to face: Yes, it’s a fact that you are depending on somebody else to do your work now where as you have done it yourself all your life.

I wanted to maintain the existing parent-child relationship: This is a strong thought in every parent’s mind. Until now there has been a bit of an authoritarian relationship, certainly when your child was little or very young but now the sides have flipped and children become the caretaker. That is hard to digest. Acknowledging that fact makes it easier to accept and let go.

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EYE ON THE MARKETS Trends and Commentary By Ketu Desai

Markets Roll on despite Increased Volatility

The equity markets are off to an excellent start this year, in a continuation of 2017. Large caps continued to outperform small caps, despite the tax cuts, the weaker dollar, and global growth likely the cause. Tech and healthcare continued their momentum from last year. Tech and the market were able to perform, with Apple, the largest market cap company, down for the year. As rates continued to climb upwards, the clear underperformers were rate-sensitive sectors such as utilities, real estate, and telecom. The move in rates, combined with investors taking profit/rebalancing, caused minor losses toward the end of the month for the broader index. According to JPM, $125 billion in rebalancing came from pension funds towards the end of the month. Oil also rallied during the month, which caused some inflation concerns, and those concerns were one of the reasons for the rally in gold. The economic and earnings data that came out during the month continued to be favorable. Consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of GDP, was alive and well in the fourth quarter, increasing Many economists believe 3.8 percent, the fastest growth that first quarter growth rate since the first quarter of 2015. Moreover, business will be 3 percent, a very spending also increased, with early read from the... spending on equipment increasing 11.4 percent, the strongest since the third quarter of 2014. It appears that with tax reform, we may be in the midst of a new capital expenditures cycle, which could help further drive the economy. Many economists believe that first quarter growth will be 3 percent, a very early read from the Atlanta Fed indicates north of 4 percent growth. At the same time, inflation data continued to come in muted, core PCE was up only 1.5 percent. With stronger growth and limited wage pressure, corporate earnings have been strong; approximately 80 percent of S&P companies have beat revenue and earnings estimates, according to Factset. They are also beating revenue estimates by a wider margin of 1.1 percent, which is nearly double the historical average. The dollar, which got weaker during the month, also served as a tailwind for domestic companies. The dollar will be an important story, as it has wide ranging implications across asset classes. For equities, the dollar’s decline will continue to help multinational and large cap companies outperform this year. UBS expects that the dollar weakness should add another 1 percent to earnings. The dollar’s decline, I think was also a factor in the continued dovish tone from the European Central Bank and BoJ this month. For instance, the ECB’s inflation outlook is based on a 1.17 EURUSD, and with the Euro now stronger, it will dampen inflation pressure, and reduce ECB urgency to become hawkish. The latest Eurozone inflation number actually fell to 1.3 percent. A similar argument can be made for the BoJ. If these central banks remain dovish, and the fundamentals continue as they have, it will continue to favor risk assets.

Towards the end of the month, we saw the US 10YR breach 2.7 percent, and those were the worst couple of days of the year for equities. It was a reminder that if rates move up quickly, it will hurt the equity market, especially, high-yield stocks, high multiple stocks, growth stocks, momentum stocks, and emerging markets. The question is at what level do rates become a serious issue. For the first time since 2008, the two-year yields more than the dividend yield of the S&P. If one uses the equity risk premium to judge the relative attractiveness of bonds versus equites, it is not until approximately 3.5 percent on the 10YR do bonds start to look as or more attractive, at current equity multiples. It is quite possible that the market reacts before such levels due the velocity of the move, inflation, economic fundamentals, policy shifts, or sentiment. As we saw this month, where top performing sectors outperformed rate-sensitive sectors by nearly 15 percent, rates are going to create equity market dispersion.


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“Stock market is a casino. No one wins at a casino. Investing in the stock market is just like gambling at a casino. ” I am sure most of you have heard these lines from your parents, relatives, friends or a well wisher. Let’s try to understand the difference between a casino and the stock market, and how you can lose your shirt if you try to mix both of them. A casino has a pre-defined business model with a clear goal to ensure profitability. Its business model is very simple – take in more than what you give out. The expected return (derived by probability math) is negative for most games where one is playing against the house. The longer you play, the greater the odds are that you will lose against the house. Even in the game of Poker where the house is just facilitating the game for players – the house cut is generally 5 pecent of each pot. My point is that all games in a casino are designed in a way that odds are stacked in favor of the house. It is a place where one can go only broke if your goal is to make it big. In the stock market, the stock exchange is just a platform for a buyer and seller to determine fair value of the security. The stock exchange is “the house” guaranteeing clearance for all transactions. A stock broker acts as a dealer and takes a cut every time you buy or sell. All participants collectively make the market and are playing versus each other. For every buyer there has to be a seller. Here odds are equal for everyone participating. You don’t have to be first to win this game. Just “play by the rules.” It is a place where investors get an opportunity to buy ownership stake in finest businesses and get rich slowly. Some brave souls treat stock market as a casino and think of it as a place where they can become multi-millionaires overnight. Their wild leverage, over-confidence, and excessive trading helps stock brokers to make a lot of money through commissions and fees. They bet blindly with the hope that they will get another fool to purchase their shares at higher price than what they paid for. At some time, brave souls run out of fools and the only fool left on the floor are themselves. No wonder why they lose their shirts as they break the stock market rules by mixing the stock market with a casino. So the stock market can be both a casino for a brave soul or a paradise for an investor. It all boils down to which side of the street you come from. I come from the investor’s side. Below I will cover how you can play by the rules to succeed in the market. The table may look intimidating, but even an eighth grader can understand above numbers. The table shows performance of the BSE Sensex index from April 1979 till March 31, 2017. The index grew from 100 to 29620.5 in the last 38 years at 15.07% compounded annual growth rate. I will walk you through column titled “1 Year” which should help you understand rest of the columns. This column shows the annual return of the index for any given year. There were 12 years out of 38 when index gave negative annual return which is marked in red. Highest single year return is highlighted green as you can see 266.88% in year 13. The range between highest and lowest return for 1 Year column is 266.88% to -46.78% (which is huge). The bottom rows show that the probability of loss as 31.58% for any given single year; as market gave negative annual return 12 times out of 38 years.


Pay close attention to the bottom rows. Notice that the probability of loss decreases as your time horizon in the market increases. A brave soul with the intention of becoming quick millionaire had a high probability of 31.58% to lose in any given single year. The probability of loss for the patient investor with horizon of 10 years went down to 3.45% and further went down to 0% for 10+ years. So you were almost certain to not lose your money if your investment horizon in equities was 10+ years. So here are the rules of the stock market: As investment time horizon increases: The return volatility decreases, return range decreases, and probability of loss decreases. Now next time if anyone tells you that investing in the stock market is just like gambling at a casino, tell them that today one would be sitting on Rs. 2.07crores (without even considering annual dividends) if Rs. 1lakh was invested in the BSE Sensex index 38 years back. Explain them that equities asset class is not risky in the longer run; you come from an investor’s side of the street and will play by the rules. Happy investing!

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Here’s a sobering thought: “Studies have shown that as we look out to 2030, global demand for water is expected to outstrip supply by 40 percent,” says Brooke Barton with CERES, a Bostonbased non-profit that helps businesses build sustainability into their work, including water conservation. Right now, that’s a challenge that’s just not on the radar of a lot of companies. “It’s surprising how many companies and manufacturing facilities around the world aren’t even measuring how much water they use,” Barton says, especially given that population growth and climate change are putting unprecedented pressure on freshwater resources. CERES is trying to change this dynamic by tracking food companies’ progress using less water and by appealing to their self-interest — monitoring and cutting water use can save corporations lot of money. Barton says that message is getting through. “What we’re seeing [is] a growing cadre of companies who are shifting direction and elevating this as a priority in their business,” says Barton, who highlighted Levi’s and PepsiCo as two examples of emerging corporate leaders in water conservation. PepsiCo produces many types of beverages — including Gatorade — as well as several kinds of chips like Cheetos, Ruffles and Tostitos. At a massive Gatorade facility in the city of Tolleson, Arizona, which is just outside of Phoenix, bottling lines fill up 600 containers per minute. “We’re doing grape, we’re doing fruit punch, we’re doing lemon-lime,” says Tim Carey, who directs sustainability programs for PepsiCo Beverages in North America. Carey says the company started investing in water efficiency four years ago in water-scarce Arizona. Since then, they’ve seen a 24 percent improvement at the facility. “That’s about a hundred million gallons of water every year that we do not use this year,” says Carey. That translates into $1.5 million saved annually, music to the ears of Carey’s corporate bosses. So, how did Pepsi do it? It starts with cleaning all those empty bottles. Water is out, air is in. Pulses of air remove dust particles from sterilized bottles. “Think of it the way you would think of an air pressure device at a service station when you’re filling your tires,” Carey says. Another water-saving step: more efficient filtering of the water used in Gatorade. “Originally, we would just do a single pass through, reverse osmosis,” Carey says. “We’d use the clean water in our operation and the rest would go to drain.” That water is now recaptured and cleaned again. Previously, Pepsi recovered 80 percent of the water here. Now they recover 87 percent. Pepsi’s next trick can be found on the rooftop. Carey opens a hatch and emerges into the bright Arizona sun. “On top of this roof we have a field of solar panels that covers about 700,000 square feet,” says Carey. That’s like 12 football fields.

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PepsiCo’s massive rooftop solar field, atop its Gatorade processing facility and warehouse in Tolleson, Arizona. Credit: Jason Margolis/PRI

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It seems like so many men in powerful positions are falling like a deck of cards. It started with Harvey Weinstein. It was such a disappointment because I come from a merchant community in India, and Jewish people are our role models. How, I ask, could a smart, successful Jewish businessman not know the most important rule of business? There is a saying in our community that goes back hundreds of years. A young man entering a business world (they were all men at that time) will be successful anywhere in the world, if he is true to his word and keeps his zipper up. If Weinstein had been inculcated into this practice, he would still be ruling Hollywood. Following Weinstein, a lot of white men in powerful positions have been exposed for their sexual misconduct. Frankly, for a brown man born and brought up in India, it has been a blessing. I have faced my own share of stereotypical remarks. Some of them are innocuous. Recently while waiting for my order at an empty small takeout Indian restaurant in Gaithersburg, Maryland, an African-American woman in military uniform walked in Now the newly shed light and asked if we were still on the misconduct of open. I told her that I was a powerful white men is a customer. She apologized and then I joked that her big neutralizer. question was based on stereotype. She apologized again and I explained that I was a stand-up comic trying new material. Another time, dressed in a suit, I drove my black Buick rental car to the front of the Marriott Hotel check-in. An old lady got in the back seat of my car thinking I was her limo driver! The more serious biases based on stereotypes are non-verbal and you have to read the cues in the body language. There was one instance where such assumptions were obvious. I had hired a business development consultant, an attractive white lady who was in the National Guard reserve. We had to go meet a customer in Crystal City, Virginia. She insisted on driving her own car so I asked her to pick me up from my house in Fairfax, Virginia, not too far from where she was staying. However, she refused to do that and insisted that I meet her on the emergency parking area of a busy road, follow her to a strip mall where I would leave my car and then I could ride with her. The house I lived in was in a community of 400 houses in an affluent neighborhood and it would have been perfectly safe for her to pick me up. It was humiliating but I let it go. Eventually, I let her go, too. Indian men are generally viewed as chauvinistic. The stereotypical view of Arab men and the similarity of skin tone does not help. I wish I could tell people that I am a Hindu and we treat our women differently than stereotypical Muslim men. But we don’t. We treat them differently but still pretty badly.

This is despite a quote from Sanskrit scripture written over two thousand years ago that, “Where women are treated with respect, Gods reside in that country.” Maybe that’s why they have millions of Gods in India—women were treated with respect at one time, so the country was flooded with Gods. The respect didn’t last, but the Gods remained. Maybe they are also waiting for the right moment, to restore balance between the sexes, watching Hollywood’s #MeToo movement as an example. Now the newly shed light on the misconduct of powerful white men is a big neutralizer. When American women look at Indian men, they can be assured that we are not any worse than white men, Jewish men or African-American men. That is a big relief because after decades of stereotyping and discrimination, brown men can be viewed and treated the same way as men of any other race. Potential pigs!

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Road” was inspired by seeing monkeys having sex on the road. Even Ringo Starr wrote his first song for the Beatles, “Don’t Pass Me By,” in Rishikesh. But it all came to an abrupt and ugly end within six weeks. Lennon accused the Maharishi of making a pass at Mia Farrow, or some say her sister Prudence. That became the song “Sexy Sadie.” Norman says that was “complete rubbish.” Lennon was in love with Yoko Ono and missed her. The story of the pass was just an excuse to leave India. Only George Harrison persevered and held onto his Hindu spirituality for the rest of his life, even reading from the Bhagavad Gita to his mother on her deathbed. “What India really did was give George a raison d’etre,” says Norman. Soon the Maharishi ran into trouble with Indian tax authorities. The ashram was abandoned and reclaimed by the jungle and psychedelic graffiti from Beatles fans from across the world. When Bose went there he only found the ruins of the Maharishi’s grand bungalow overlooking the river and the remnants of the igloo-like meditation chambers, which were meant to evoke mountain caves. But the memories remain. He found an old man who owned a music shop in nearby Dehra Dun and had repaired John Lennon’s guitar. At Lennon’s request, he made him a pedal harmonium and his niece had painted it in psychedelic colors. “That’s somewhere with Yoko Ono now,” says Bose. “This man is now 85. And the last thing he wants to see in his life is this harmonium.”

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Last summer we had the opportunity to attend MIT Launch, a selective and unique summer program bringing the realm of business and entrepreneurship to the reach of high school students. It is where students build teams and leverage Launch resources and mentors to develop their own startups. At the beginning of the program, the two of us were originally placed on different teams, with Navami’s focused on applications to make medicine intake more appealing for kids, while Zhong’s on a smart hearing aid. We entered the start-up world excited, proud, and confident. Neither of us were suspecting of the wild journey we were about to embark on. By week three of the program, teammates of both teams were downright sick of each other. We were spending nearly the entire day together, making our level of For nearly two weeks we progress more embarrassing. After pivoting our idea thrice seemed to be stuck in the yet still facing skepticism doldrums... from mock board members, and growing increasingly frustrated with members who didn’t pull their weight, we all felt defeated and began losing faith in the team: perhaps we weren’t the right people to execute a business idea. I (Navami) remember once, after a long but ultimately fruitless argument with one of my teammates, I left the Launch classroom to take a break. As I walked in the halls of MIT’s Sloan building, occasionally peeking into the other classrooms and eyeing the impressive, certainly complicated, work of Sloan employees, I became even more scared that I was too young and inexperienced to become an entrepreneur. For nearly two weeks we seemed to be stuck in the doldrums. Yes, we were certainly making progress, but we kept having doubts about whether we were in the right place. Did we, immature seventeen year olds, really have what it takes to start a company? On top of that, we each realized that after leaving the Launch bubble, all of us would have other commitments to worry about — like SAT prep, achieving a high GPA, sports, and more. This was just one challenge we faced. We can think of so many more. First, there weren’t too many resources out there tailored for student entrepreneurs. Second, three of our team members attend boarding school, which makes marketing a more burdensome task than it already is. The most frustrating however, is the fact that the members of one of the teams are spread across four continents, making face-to-face meetings next to impossible for us high schoolers running on a tight budget. Now, in March of 2018, reflecting on our fears, doubts, and frustrations, we realize and appreciate just how much we have exceeded our own expectations after MIT Launch, gaining tractions in sales, media exposure and even mass manufacturing. We can think of several pieces of advice we


don’t think of entrepreneurship as an academic Pursuit Contrary to what I entered Launch thinking, your success as an entrepreneur doesn’t depend on your smarts; knowledge, which students think is their main pitfall, will only take you so far. Indeed, in this field, your achievements aren’t dependent on how much you know upon entering the battlefield. Rather, they’re dependent on your ability to learn from the battlefield —in this case, your industry’s competitive market. Keep in mind that each experience in entrepreneurship, no matter its outcome, allows you to view your startup from another perspective and enables you to make meaningful changes. In my opinion, this process of entrepreneurship resembles a team sport, like soccer. It’s about resilience: the moment you think of giving into exhaustion, into failure, think about why you held on so long and how far you’ve already come. As I mentioned, likely the most formidable period of my startup journey is when your initial assumptions are shuttered by the overwhelming reality. Know however, that if and once you survive the hardest budding period of your startup, success becomes more within your reach.

utilize your school Resources As a high school student, don’t be afraid to use your school’s resources to help you start and run your business. Since many teachers have experiences in technology, business, or the field that you intend to start in, they can provide invaluable advice for your startup. If your school has entrepreneurship clubs such as LaunchX, take advantage of the resources as an opportunity to fine tune the different sets of skills such as pitching and marketing. Further, keep in mind that the connections from your school, such as your teachers, friends, parents or alums, may very likely be your first customers. Think about it. If you approach your best friend, or perhaps their parent, and ask if they would buy your own company’s product, they’d be not only willing, but proud. When literally no one else has enough faith in your company to invest their money, your friends, family, and school will always be your number one fans. Generally speaking, your own network is extremely consequential to the success of your startup. A lot of potential opportunities for further sales and investment come from your network. Therefore, don’t be afraid to use your school events, clubs and societies to grow your interpersonal connections.

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During the weekend of March 17-18, the Nuv Yug Cultural Organization hosted its 15th annual Nuv Yug India Fest at the Exposition Center in Raleigh. India Fest is held annually to promote awareness about Indian culture via dance, song, food and fashions. An estimated half of the 150 groups performed to a variety of Bollywood, classical and American songs on Saturday. Each dance group was an awarded a trophy at the end for their participation. While the dances were happening, attendees could browse the Bazaar-like market that consisted of Indian clothes, art, jewelry and furniture. Indian food was catered by two local Triangle area restaurants. After all the dances for Saturday, the Nuv Yug Idol moved into its final round with the winner receiving a cash prize at the end.

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A new exhibit at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta unites artwork and classwork in a hands-on way, allowing Emory students to curate a first-of-its-kind show about the Ramayana in Indian painting. The exhibit “Tell the Whole Story, from Beginning to End:” The Ramayana in Indian Painting, is on exhibit through May 20, 2018. Throughout South and Southeast Asia, the ancient Indian poem the Ramayana is revered as a cultural touchstone, a classical narrative interpreted and re-told in a myriad of forms, from fine art and film to comic books and even contemporary advertising. The exhibit is curated by students in the class “The Art of an Hindu Epic,” taught by professors Ellen Gough and Marko Geslani from Emory’s Department of Religion. For more details visit,

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Gurdwara sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: 704.509.2828

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Upcoming Events: April 15: Dhuleti colors For Further Details:

India association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. Upcoming Events: August 11 - 12: Festival of India. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727

Indian american Muslim Council (IMaC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMCCharlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in Charlotte to strive for Inter-Community understanding with focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778

Indian Performing arts association of Charlotte (IPaaC) IPAAC is created to promote Classical Hindustani music in and around the Queen City. IPAAC is the result of a shared dream of a small group of music enthusiasts to bring the rich world of Classical music and dance from the Indian subcontinent. Upcoming Concerts: Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar - Saturday, May 12, 2018 - CPCC Tate Recital Hall, Charlotte, NC For Further Details:

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IskCon (Charlotte) Weekly meetings to learn and practice bhakti-yoga - for all ages. Celebration of festivals, delicious prasadam, heartfelt kirtan, spiritual discourses, class for kids, association with visiting monks and teachers, make friends and be spiritually happy! Bhagavad-Gita class on every Friday at multiple locations in Charlotte as per your convenience. For Further Details: 980-277-GITA (4482)

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, and social needs of Jain families around metro Charlotte area. It is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. These activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. Located at 7631 Malliard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Sun, April 01 (Ekam): Mahavir Janma Kalyanak & Cultural Program, 8:30am Sun, April 08 (Aatham): Paathshala for children, 10:30am Sun, April 15 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman, 6:30pm Tues, April 17 (Bij): Snatra Puja, 10am Sun, April 22 (Satam): Monthly Meeting, Volunteer Appreciation & Paathshala for Children, 4pm Sun, April 29 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman, 6:30pm Regular events: Weekdays: 9:30am - Prakshal and Puja; — 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Puja — 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President Vipul Shah - 704.705.0314

Jet usa (Charlotte, north Carolina) These organizations are operated across the world to empower the communities across the world. Personality development and spiritual activities like discourses / puja / homam etc. ( VTSeva (Volunteering Together for Service) focusing on various service activities ( For Further Details: 704-981-1JET

kriya yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly 108

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Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education and has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools 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. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326

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 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation. Sessions are conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte. For Further Details:

sangamithra Foundation A Charlotte-based 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 works towards realizing its vision. For Further Details:

shanti niketan senior Center of Carolinas The Center values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). Efforts are made to support a rapidly diversifying population with the understanding that a vibrant diverse population adds to the strength and well-being of the whole community. Located at 7701 Wallace Ln., Charlotte. For Further Details: / 704.491.1186

shree swaminarayan satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 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: Divyesh Chauhan - 704.965.9735 Sanjay Savaliya - 704.779.7574

shri Rang avadhut Parivar (Parspar devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thurs from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut.” Info about 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

sindhi association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. 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. For Further Details:

srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, and backgrounds who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu Sarkar - 704. 541.3451

telugu association of Greater Charlotte area (taGCa) TAGCA was formed with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: 110

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trimurti temple devasthanam 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’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to engage in humanitarian and educational activities. 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:

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. 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:

Greensboro 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 shri swaminarayan Mandir 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.

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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: Janak Patel - 919.799.1603

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 Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: President: Aanchal Chopra - 336.575.5348 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


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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 Hindu temple of north Carolina The Temple strives to meet the community’s Religious, Spiritual, Cultural, and Literary needs. Panchayatana Puja is the system of worship in the Smarta Sampradaya of Hinduism. It consists of the worship of five deities: Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha. One of these deities is kept in the center and the other four surround it. This Temple is going to be Shakhi Panchayatana model where Sri Sri Lalithaambika is the presiding deity at the Center and the 4 intercardinal (ordinal) directions will have the shrines for Sri Ganapathy, Sri Aditya, Sri Maha Vishnu (Balaji) and Sri Maha Kaameshwara (shivalingam). Located at 8535 Lasater Road, Clemmons, NC Regular Events: Weekdays: 6:30 - 7:30pm / Sat & Sun: 10:30am - 12:30pm For Further Details 336.LOK.MATA (565.6282)

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:


art of living (Raleigh) Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once

every few months. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. The Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939

assamese association of north Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: Nilaskhi Phukan - 919.949.1618 - 919.200.4020

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 7am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. Location: 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560 For Further Details:

Bengali association of north Carolina (BanC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details:

Bhartiya senior Citizens of nC (BsCnC) The Organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 14. The group will celebrate Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti. 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 under the 114

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dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search ends only when the source of eternal happiness is found. It can be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by Gnani Purush A. M.. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan and it was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. This spiritual science is based on the foundation of Self Realization. This unique knowledge bestows a new vision which helps us bring solutions in practical day-to-day circumstances that leads to harmony and happiness in life. Dada Bhagwan Satsang, Raleigh Center invites everyone to the regular satsang events at HSNC, Saturdays 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 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: Suresh and Madhavi Kota - 919.434.1604

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 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. You can listen to Geet Bazaar worldwide using the NC State Student Media App or live streaming on Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119

GeM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208

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. Gokulam 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 the poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

Gurdwara atlantic Coast sikh association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Yadvinder Singh - 919.477.7035

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Heritage India association of nC (HIanC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, HIANC presents several annual events such as Heritage India Festival in April, Gandhi Jayanti in October, Children’s Day in November, and also participates in the International Festival of Raleigh in October. For Further Details: Upcoming Event April 28: Heritage India Festival - HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville

Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC (HVM) based in the RaleighTriangle area, promotes study and appreciation of the Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM organizes Kavisammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function, Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Saturdays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: Upcoming Event: May 19: Hasya Kavisammelan - HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville

Hindu society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 7pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. 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. For Further Details:

Humsub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: Mar 11: Basant Bahar For Further Details:

Immanuel assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537

Indian Classical Music & dance society (ICMds) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details:

Indo-american Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653

Instepp InStepp Inc. is a community-based, nonprofit organization located in Durham. The organization has served women residing in the Triangle area since 2007. InStepp offers longterm support and training to women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking; women who are transitioning back into the workforce following separation or divorce; women transitioning from prison or jail, and immigrant women, including women from South Asian cultures, who are victims of crimes. For Further Details: 919.680.8000

International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason

International Hindi association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested to listening or reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919.656.5224


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IskCon new Goloka temple of nC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for children and adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am - 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492

Jain study Center of north Carolina (JsCnC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details:

kiran, Inc Kiran serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence in NC by helping them rebuild their lives and ending the cycle of violence. Although domestic violence is rarely talked about in South Asian communities, it is a rampant and preventable public health problem. Kiran is passionate about promoting healthy family relationships in South Asian communities and raising awareness on the prevalence of domestic violence in South Asian homes through outreach and advocacy. Kiran’s core services comprise of a 24 hour free and confidential hotline, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, translation assistance, resource referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services needed to meet the unique challenges of South Asian victims. For Further Details: 24 hours Crisis line: 877-NC-KIRAN (877-625-4726) Office: 919.831.4203

krishnadham usa Krishnadham USA’s mission is to foster richness of Hindu cultural heritage in our children and to provide learning experiences on our cultural values to visitors and residents alike under the guidance of Vaishnavacharya Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahoday. Krishnadham will be established on a 16 acre sized tract located at 795 Beaver Creek Road in Apex, North Carolina (in Chatham County) not far from Jordan Lake. Krishnadham USA is having weekly Satsangs and Monthly manoraths to celebrate various Pushtimargiya festivals. They meet at 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102 in Morrisville, NC 27560

on Saturdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for Satsang. Everyone is invited to attend. For Further Details: Hemant Sura - 919.608.2412

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:

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. 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: Sri Rajgopalan - Ravi Sundarajan- Rajeev Thalla -

Raleigh sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Ramakrishna Vedanta society of nC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. The address is 3109 Globe


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RtP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events such as Makar Sankrant, Shiv Jayanti, Gudi Padwa, Picnic, Ganesh Festival and Diwali. For Further Details: sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never a charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135

sewa RtP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian service organization. For Further Details:

shree swaminarayan Hindu temple (Isso) ISSO’s primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Temple is now open daily 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm; Daily Sandhya Aarti: 7pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha: Saturday 5pm to 8pm. The Mandir is located at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 For Further Details: sky Meditation and kaya kalpa yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and Simplified Physical Exercises every Friday in Triangle area. SKY Meditation initiation and SKY Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details:

south Indian Fine arts academy (sIFaa) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details:

sV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details:

tamil Cultural association of north Carolina (tCa nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

triangle area telugu association (tata) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:

triangle Bangladesh society (tBsnC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details:

triangle Gujarati association (tGa) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details:

triangle Vegetarian society (tVs) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. The Triangle Vegetarian Society was founded in 1986 in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) area of North Carolina to promote the nutritional, ethical, environmental, and other 122

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Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal - 803.665.4050

Grihastha Family Institute The Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details:

triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. We holds weekly group sittings in Cary every Saturday. These sittings are only meant for old students who have completed 10 day Vipassana course. For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555

Hindu society of eastern nC (Greenville, nC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan sessions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360

urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly on the campus of UNC. 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 co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept 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

IskCon temple of the Holy name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in a very peaceful, rural area, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). They welcome you, your friends and family to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am-7:30pm, 7 days a week and invite you to their special program held every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita, As It Is, and a pure vegetarian feast - all free! Festivals are celebrated year round. Located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge, NC For Further Details: 336.593.2322 /

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

nithyananda sangha north Carolina (Inner awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114 /

Vraj education Raleigh kendra The Kendra conducts 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 Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: for timing and location information.


ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and programs in Raleigh & Columbia. 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: Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is a rural, ISKCON, devotional community, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Following


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India assoc. of Greater Charleston (IaGC) IAGC was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year. sri somesvara temple (asheville) For Further Details: The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661 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 kannada association of Greater Greenville (kaGG) silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarti is at 6pm. Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is For Further Details: 828.476.4073 a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 south Carolina american south asian Cultural association of Columbia, sC spartanburg Buddhist Center of sC The association’s goal is to increase cultural awareness and The Center’s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 - 2:30pm at center opened in 2010, a regular English-speaking group meets Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia at 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and For Further Details: short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road, Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 / 512.547.7077 Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, sC) 864.327.8726 The Vihara offers teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism. telugu association of Greater Greenville The meditation is on Monday, & Thursday from 6- 8pm & for Telugu Association of Greater Greenville (TAGG) is a non-profit women only on Friday 9- 10am. Sutta discussion on Saturday organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of from 2-4pm. Located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The association For Further Details: 864.329.9961 caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens Hindu society of Greater spartanburg choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and The Society holds Satsang from 5-7pm on the second Sunday organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually of each month. There are usually around ten families present. performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. The Society also celebrates many religious and social festivals For Further Details: based on the Hindu calendar. The temple is quite active in sponsoring children’s programs. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Spartanburg, SC 29303. Vedic Center of Greenville For Further Details: Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8pm. Bal Vihar 864.599.7048 classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, sC) Mauldin, SC 29662. The temple is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12 noon For Further Details: and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 open between 8:30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam 864.967.2852 / (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am


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Clues across: 1. One of the official languages of New Zealand. 6. “Gautama ___”, the Shakyamuni. 12. Attach, to add as a supplement. 14. A hand tool with a pair of pivoted jaws, used for holding. 15. The daughter of a monarch. 17. To seize suddenly. 18. Recite with little rise or fall of the pitch of the voice. 19. One who shows great courage. 20. A beveled cutting edge of a saw tooth. 21. Attach or fasten. 23. Indian Railway. (*) 24. In the event that. 25. Each of the supports of a table. 27. Drift; the general course or prevailing tendency. 29. A distinct portion or piece of land. 31. Domesticate. ( An animal). 33. American Gas Association. (*) 34. A state in the NW region in the USA. Cap. Helena. 36. Bromine. (*) (A chemical element symbol) 37. Florida. (*) 38. Regular workout to develop physical fitness. 41. Abstract Data Distribution Environment. (*) 43. A person credited with extraordinary spiritual insight. 44. Yom Kippur. (*) 46. Untidiness. 48. A long fixed or vacant look. 50. The organ of sight of humans and animals. 51. A day dedicated to this planet (April 22).

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1. A representation of the celestial sphere or part of it. 2. April first is a “ ___ ___ ___ “, for making fun of friends. 3. To hold as one’s judgement or advice on something. 4. Relating to tenant’s payment for use of property. 5. Tax imposed on the earnings by Gov’t. (April 17, 2018)! 7. United Parcel Service. (*) 8. Drivers License. (*) 9. Eat main meal of the day. 10. The faculty of perceiving sounds. 11. A holiday to plant trees in the USA. (April 27, 2018) 13. A wild animals’ habitation. 16. Put in a specified place or position. 19. Objective form of ‘she’. 20. An English language magazine about Bollywood films. 22. Institute of Transportation Engineers. (*) 26. The elephant headed Hindu God “Binayak”. 28. The human organs of hearing. 30. Tennessee. (*) 32. A female horse. 35. A juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity. 36. The emergence of a baby from the body of its mother. 39. Central European Summer Time. (*) 40. A reddish-brown form of the jaguarondi. 42. Expected at a certain time. 45. A thing providing a means to gain access to something 47. Civil Engineer. (*) 49. Advertisement. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!)

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla)

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

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.



The unused 9 letters spell means ”ghaghra.”

(solution on page 134)


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “NI” - Fill in the blanks) 1. An overwhelming flood.

NI _ _ _ _ _ _

3. Something larger than any number.(Sym.∞)

_ _ _ _ NI _ _

2. A cutter with sharp-edged blade and a handle. 4. A black cuckoo of the warmer parts of America.

5. A native or inhabitant of Iran.

6. A daughter of one’s brother.

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7. A spirit of Arabian folklore, hidden in a lamp.

_ _ NI _

8. A sandwich made with Italian bread, toasted.

9. A number which is one plus eight.

10. The basic monetary unit of Afghanistan.

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11. The abnormal exit of an organ, like bowel thru the wall of its cavity and is removed by surgery.

_ _ _ NI _

12. Any living creature like lion, dog etc.

_ NI _ _ _

13. A two-piece swimsuit for women.

_ _ _ _ NI

14. To form by interlacing yarn or thread in a series of connected loops with needles.

_ NI _

15. Of, for, or pertaining to younger people.

_ _ NI _ _

17. Of large group of people of common culture.

_ _ _ NI _

16. Nothing, zero.

NI _

18. Existing at the beginning.

_ NI _ _ _ _

20. A country in W Africa; Cap. Abuja.

NI _ _ _ _ _

19. Relating to an atom or molecule.

21. A chemical metal element, Sym.U; At. # 92. 22. A five-cent coin. (North American).

23. The largest two digit cardinal number.

24. Persons graduated from a particular school. 25. To come to the end of a task.

_ _ NI _

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(Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!)

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Water scarcity

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The challenges will be different for just about every plant, in just about every industry, but more companies are at least asking the questions. Consider Levi’s, where water is a main ingredient in blue jeans. “This team is charged with coming up with new techniques every day,” says Bart Sights, who runs Levi’s Eureka lab near downtown San Francisco. “It’s time, temperature, pressure, mixture.” The lab is a miniature factory at the forefront of jeans technology. Hundreds of pairs of prototypes are stacked along the walls. “Each jean has a recipe,” he says. “It’s very similar to cooking.” Jeans all start out with the same basic ingredient: dark denim fabric. “Up until 40 years or so ago, jeans were sold like this,” Sights says. “They were stiff and scratchy.” Today, consumers choose from a huge variety: light, dark, faded, pre-shrunk, stone-washed. And those variations are created with water. The lab has several rows of washing machines, but at a full-scale Levi’s factory, the machines wash 300 pairs of jeans each. To get the right color and softness, some jeans are washed over and over, which uses a lot of water. So, a few years ago, the company created machines that use ozone gas instead. “It reduces the color from something dark to something light without using very much water at all,” he says. Levi’s has developed about a dozen other waterless techniques with the goal to use them in 80 percent of its products by 2020. That means rolling them out to factories around the world, from Egypt to Mexico. The company hasn’t quantified how much water it plans to save but so far, said it has saved more than 200 million gallons. “To use less water is usually less expensive,” Sights says. “Especially in some areas where we produce, water is a challenge, water is a premium.” Of course, most of the water used for jeans comes from growing the cotton itself, which is a notoriously thirsty crop. Levi’s doesn’t grow it, but they’re working on ways to cut that water demand too, including sourcing some of their fabric from the Better Cotton Initiative, which works with farmers to reduce water use. Then there’s all the water that jeans use after we buy them, which makes up about one-quarter of their total water footprint. Levi’s has found that Americans use more water to wash our jeans than consumers in Europe or China. Among hard-core lovers of 501s, there is a movement to never wash your jeans, to develop a personalized patina. “True connoisseurs and aficionados, it’s the ultimate form of self-expression for people,” Sights says. “I never wash my jeans. Ever.” But for everyone else, there is an easier option. “If we could just convince people in America to wash their jeans only every five times they wear them, that would move the needle,” he says. Brooke Barton with CERES is optimistic that the trends at Levi’s and PepsiCo will catch on and transform how businesses approach water usage. “Traditionally, corporations have viewed water as an abundant, cheap, limitless input and that’s rapidly changing,” Barton says. “There is a strong competitive dynamic when it comes to water-resource management. And we are seeing that as certain companies — whether it’s PepsiCo or Coca-Cola — are increasing their investments in their water efficiency, others in their sector are following.”

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own. She went to our website ( and found us on LinkedIn. The next day, we found an email from the young lady showering us with praise. She congratulated us on our creativity and accomplishments as teenagers; she was so impressed that she said she would refer us to all her friends, family, and co-workers. This was a real turning point for all of us. Since then, we’ve added a new touch to our marketing strategy. We no longer hid, but embraced our identity as high schoolers. The way we saw it, our choice to balance responsibilities as both a student and an entrepreneur was proof that we possessed equally, or perhaps more, motivation than the middle-aged entrepreneur. Ultimately, I would suggest to any student entrepreneur to use your status to your advantage as it certainly emphasizes your “WOW” factor.

use a project management system or a calendar For a high school student with what seems like hundreds of commitments, building a startup is undeniably arduous, albeit far from impossible. Building a simple task list can go a long way in maintaining a balance between school and career. Dividing both the commitments from school and those from the startup into small chunks of manageable tasks makes planning much easier. You can set a goal of say, completing 3 sections of SAT practice, while distributing 10 surveys in one day. This way you are giving yourself a clear plan and more importantly, a deadline. You can use software such as Asana, Monday, or Omniplans to further structure your commitments and organize your tasks in a much more convenient manner.

We hope that these 5 tips can go a long way in helping you start your own business during high school. In the end, entrepreneurship is unquestionably a fantastic opportunity to grow your real world skills in so many fields and it certainly provides many excitements along the way. Without even tasting entrepreneurship, a student misses out on a new learning approach that simply can’t be found in a standard school education. So, to any student who can speak and stand on his or her feet: if you have a half-baked idea that you’ve even the slightest interest in, high school is the safest time to pursue it. So what are you waiting for? Go for it! Navami Jain is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina who currently attends the residential school North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) in Durham. She’s interested in working at the intersection of STEM and entrepreneurship. Peter Zhong is a high school graduate from the Illawarra Grammar School in Wollongong, Australia. He is proficient in both software and hardware development and is passionate in applying these computer technologies to entrepreneurship.

Both are co-founders of Ami, a startup founded at an entrepreneurship incubator program known as MIT Launch in the summer of 2017. Ami’s pilot product is Penny the Penguin, a smart plush that can speak parent-crafted messages through an appcontrollable bluetooth speaker.

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aRIes (March 20 – april 20) The month will move slowly. Your friends and associates will come forward to help you during the second half of the month. The time is good for starting a new side business for extra income. Welcome a change in your lifestyle. Even though everything will be well, the last week of the month will make you feel uneasy. Try to control your temperament and avoid any hurtful act in the last week of the month.

tauRus (april 20 – May 21) A very fast moving month may end with some good news. You will soon realize that a positive change is on the way. Projects that have been held up for a while will start moving forward. A small trick can help you resolve any dispute with your partner. You may have to temporarily ignore family issues. The time is not good for students, so they may have to wait longer. Don’t be stubborn if you want to finalize a property-related deal. GeMInI (May 21 – June 21) A major turning point is on the way this month. You must accept these changes to reap the benefits. Listen to your friends and follow their advice. Some changes in family life are also on the way. Be careful in setting up any new family traditions. Your spouse could be a better decision maker for this. You may also get an opportunity to enter into a new business venture, but don’t get involved in any new partnership deal.

CanCeR (June 21 – July 22) Finalize any outstanding decisions this month; don’t wait any longer. Don’t take any financial debt. Your income may experience a negative impact. You will also see a family dispute ending this month and this may also bring better control over money. Your work will be appreciated and additional responsibilities will be allocated to you. You should avoid any long distance journeys this month.

leo (July 22 – august 23) Try to be very calm in the first half of the month. In the second half, you may get some help to survive. It is better to wait this month and pass the time peacefully. Avoid making any decision under the influence of any fears. If you don’t make any major actions, don’t worry. You will be able to maintain good health, income and family life. A long distance journey could bring good results.

VIRGo (august 23 – september 23) During this month, clarity of thought will be missing. You will feel a lack of confidence and may not be able to keep perfect tuning with friends and family. Any risk-taking tendencies should be curbed. A child-related problem might take away some happiness and ruin your peace of mind. You may have a para-psychic experience in the last week of the month. lIBRa (september 23 – october 23) Now is the time to act and make quick decisions. You

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sCoRPIo (october 23 – november 22) You will experience a slow downward trend in your personal life during this month. Even though you will do very well in trade or business, a lack of vitality could be there. Your relationship with your spouse will show some sign of improvement. Unexpected problems are possible at your workplace. The period is good for getting involved in any new partnership deals. Friends and family could be a great help.

saGIttaRIus (november 22 – december 21) Your expenditures will be on par and you will make more wrong decisions. Try to control your ambitions and restrict your speed. Don’t act haphazardly and try to avoid confusion. Major family-related problems are clearly indicated. A sudden change in your job is also possible this month, and it may bring feelings of relief. Don’t expect any help from your spouse.

CaPRICoRn (december 21 – January 20) Uncertainties and sudden setbacks may disturb your peace of mind. A health problem is also possible. Take immediate action and follow advice of medical experts. Avoid any confusion on the family front. Everything should be normal at work and you should be able to maintain sufficient income. You must slow down and wait for making any major decisions. Also, avoid any abrupt changes if involved in partnership.

aQuaRIus (January 20 – February 19) You will get mixed results during this month. There will be a lot of opportunities coming your way but you may not be able to utilize them. A dispute with your spouse may disturb you. The time is not good for diabetes patients. You may see be a rise in status and position with big financial benefits on the way, but don’t rush to grab them. Just wait and watch as they will come to you very soon.

PIsCes (February 19 – March 20) Your hard work and labor will provide dividends. Good news from far-off places is possible. You will enjoy the power of artistic expression and interpretation. Your emotional actions will give very good rewards. A pleasant journey or change in workplace may take place. A relaxed state of mind is also indicated. You must watch your health carefully this month.


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Bombay Grille (Charlotte)........................................133

Kaur, Karamjit (New York Life Insurance)...................61

Sahil Trivedi (Real Estate) .......................................109

Brijal Shah (Keller Williams - Real Estate)................105

KB Zaveree.................................................................4

Shah & Trivedi CPA, PLLC.........................................37

British International School of Charlotte ..................107

KD Financial & KMD Realty.......................................31

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

Cannon School ........................................................47

Khanna & Sons Jewelers .........................................11

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) .........................45

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai)............................93

KMD Realty (Divyesh Chauhan) ................................23

Shining Stars Academy ............................................99

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor)......141

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar)...............................16

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ......................119

Carolinas Entertainment LLC (Mystic India)...............12

Kumon Math and Reading Center (Fort Mill, SC).......51

Singh Tutoring ..........................................................52

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) .............121

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions).......................142

Sithara (South Indian Restaurant - Charlotte)............23

Charlotte Chess Center ............................................49

Maadhurya Photography........................................135

SJ Iyer Realty............................................................53

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat ............................125

Maharani Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)........................113

Skyvision Events.......................................................33

Charlotte Music School.............................................47

Malak Jewelers........................................................25

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta) ...........................................30


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

S. Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD) ....115

Cindy Barnes Broker / Realtor (Allen Tate).................55

Malaya Kitchen.........................................................84

SouthEast Family Care (Hiren Italia, MD & Vijay Jarsania, MD)113

CMAC (Jugalbhandhi)...............................................23

Master Gardner......................................................121

Southern Oncology Specialists (Dr. Swetha Gujja)...117


Concha, David (Immigration Attorney).......................95

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) ........................65

Thakkar, Beena (Realty) ............................................61

Concord Children's Clinic ......................................47

Matthews Family Dentistry ....................................109

The Blue Taj..............................................................71

Copper Restaurant (Charlotte)...................................71

Meenakshi Creations LLC.........................................27

Travel Passion ..........................................................45

County South Realty & Business Brokers..................43

MKS (Where Beauty Comes To Live) ......................109

Travel Today..............................................................57

Cruise Planners (Raghu Mothukuri) ..........................85

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..............................83


Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte).........................................29

Neeta's Beauty Parlor.............................................121

Ttravel Guru..............................................................62

Da-Bangg - Salman Khan Tour (Paracha Ent).............8

New York Life Insurance (Rasheed Ulhaq).................21

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)...........................................115

Dances of India (Dr. Maha Gingrich)..........................29

North American Bancard ........................................13

Uni World Travel........................................................37

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao-Cedar Walk Dentistry).....121

Nrityangan Cultural Academy (Ritu Mukherjeel) ........19

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

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS).....127

OM Tech Training ...................................................119

Veeru Ganne (Real Estate - Parkside Realty)...........128

Desai & Desai LLP (CPA & Financial Services)..........59

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine......................41

Villexo Realty (Villa Plots: Bengaluru, Karnataka) .....137

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC)....................................127

Patel Brothers (Charlotte)..........................................28

Vyas Travels..............................................................58

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

Patel, Champa (Real Estate) ...................................119

Worldwide Travels ....................................................17

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ...................................................85

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)....................................87

Yafa Halal Market & CafĂŠ..........................................27

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani)...........................................135

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

Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville)................49


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