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April 2011 – Issue # 156 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Dilip Barman, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Gail Z. Martin, Anjana Agarwal, Lakshmi Challa, Swapna Krishna, Anita Kulkarni, Shriya Vohra, Deepti Sharma, Jay Cohen and Jalendu Vaidya.

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All contents © 2011 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. India’s Robber Barons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Past Life Regression Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Bollywood to Hollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Full Frame Documentary Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Mobile Internet Revolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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“We are still relatively small as an economy and we still have economic might concentrated in relatively few people’s hands,” said Pramath Sinha, a former longtime McKinsey & Co. partner who founded 9.9 Media-Worx in 2007. “If you start writing the names down, you quickly run out of names.” Since 2000 or so, when India’s “growth story” started to take off, the conventional wisdom has been that the dismantling of the so-called License-Permit Raj in 1991 had dealt a mortal blow to corruption — though it kept hanging on — and opened the field to a host of creative and dynamic entrepreneurs. But the recent wave of alleged scams and an examination of the companies that have dominated Indian business since liberalization shows that the opposite may well be true: Government influence is as important as ever, and the state’s dependence on its largest corporations to fight off global competition has given India’s big industrialists even greater political clout. Thus, as many as 15 of a recent list of India’s 25 largest business groups were also among the top 25 in 1969, when the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act came into effect, argues Surajit Mazumdar, a professor at New Delhi’s Institute for Studies in Industrial Development. “[Despite liberalization] things didn’t really change that much,” Mazumdar said. “If you had new entrants, it was essentially from within the set of large groups or international firms. So in a sense what you got was a process of competition between the big and the dominant.” To be sure, there are strong arguments for succeeding Indian governments’ support of the country’s dynamic tycoons. In the essay that coined the phrase “captains of industry,” Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle told an England increasingly concerned about the plight of its workers at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the mid 19th Century, “Government can do much, but it can in no wise do all.” And in India, that seems especially true. As graft absorbs nine out of every 10 dollars spent on government projects, India’s 10 largest business groups account for as much as a fifth of the entire economy. Ratan Tata’s Tata Group alone accounts for as much as five percent of India’s GDP, while Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries contributes another three percent and Kumar Birla’s Aditya Birla Group adds another two percent. continued on page 84 8

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By Jason Overdorf - When Sumeet Kohli’s husband was killed in a traffic accident, the 37-year-old cineplex manager was devastated. But when psychiatric medicines failed to help her, her husband’s memory inspired her to make a decision she says changed her fate: She sought out a regression therapist who helped her dredge up memories of a past life. “My life revolved around my husband, so it was very difficult for me to deal with that loss,” Kohli said. “I was quite suicidal at that time. I had two small daughters, and I couldn’t put things back together for myself. I had too many questions and no answers.” With a deep belief in reincarnation founded in Hinduism, middle-class Indians are embracing past life regression as a form of psychotherapy — once more showing how ancient traditions are fueling “new age” spiritualism even among successful, educated pragmatists. But even though the concept of past lives is a vital feature of India’s Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist religions, ironically, the therapy has boomeranged back to the subcontinent from the United States — where the new embrace of Eastern religions, yoga and “spirituality” has made regression more popular than ever. The website of a prominent new age magazine lists some 150 practitioners of the therapy across India. Practitioners in urban centers such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore say they have seen patient numbers double over the past five years. And last year a major TV channel pioneered a reality show, Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka (or The Secrets of Your Past Life), in which Mumbai-based psychologist Dr. Trupti Jayin supposedly helped ordinary people and celebrities access their past lives. But are these gurus — some of whom charge upward of $300 per session — really qualified to treat clinical psychological and physical problems ranging from claustrophobia to peanut allergies? Or are they simply exploiting Hindu tradition and India’s anxieties about the mental health profession to make a quick buck? “One can open a chamber [clinic] like a physician and practice their trade and make pots of money,” said Sumitra Padmanavan, a member of the Kolkata-based Humanists’ Association. “Since the [political] leaders themselves are not sure about what exactly is meant by ‘scientific truth,’ the laws to curb these practices are not enforced.” Believe it or not, but Kohli says past life regression worked for her. She was popping antidepressants and sleeping pills like candy — to no avail — when she recalled that at the time of his death her husband had been reading “Many Lives, Many Masters,” the bestselling book by American past life regression pioneer Brian Weiss. After a diligent search, Kohli discovered Roma Singh, a hypnotist and alternative healer based in the suburbs of Delhi, who, like Weiss, claimed she could help people overcome problems by aiding them in recalling their past lives. Within five or six sessions, Kohli recalls, she had been

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Bollywood to Hollywood A new film studio in Mumbai may attract Hollywood stars, but will it be the end of Bollywood? fire lane clear. “We want to bring in Hollywood to come and use this facility.” Reliance MediaWorks estimates that the studios will help Hollywood filmmakers cut production costs by up to 15 percent. Series like “Harry Potter” and “Mission Impossible” could save money by using these studios to film their technical shots that do not require the big-name stars, the company said. Reliance MediaWorks also hopes to attract domestic films, television shows and commercials with large budgets. In 2010, more than 50 Indian films had a production budget of more than $2.2 million. The tour continued with a stop at the different makeup rooms for the stars. The suites, which are intended for the biggest names, feel like modern hotel rooms, complete with a flat-screen TV, leather sofa set, fresh flowers and private bedroom and bathroom. There has been a mixed response from filmmakers to the new studios in Mumbai. While some welcome the new technological possibilities they will offer, others lament what they see as the commercialization of Hindi cinema. Increases in bureaucratic delays, unpredictable costs like various permits and difficulties controlling crowds have made shooting on the streets of Mumbai more expensive than in the past, said Neerja Narayanan, head of development at Fox Star Studios India. There is therefore a need for more quality studio space in Mumbai, she said, and this project will help address that. “It’s more efficient to have more options for shooting floors in a city known for film and cinema,” she said. Some writers and independent filmmakers, though, worry that while the quality of the studios might be stellar, the rise in expensive films is hurting smaller, alternative cinema. “The multiplex cinema is killing alternative cinema by charging such high prices,” said writer and filmmaker Jaideep Varma. When moviegoers must spend more than 200 rupees ($4.40) for a ticket at a multiplex cinema, they are less likely to take a risk on seeing a smaller film, he said. This forces moviemakers to only invest in commercial films with big name stars. “What’s happening in our country is only the big budget film will survive,” he said. “What India really needs is for our own voices to flourish.” Sidharth Bhatia, an Indian journalist who has recently written a book on the history of Hindi cinema, said that the studios will enhance the technological capabilities of filmmakers and provide better facilities and efficiency, but they are not likely to influence Bollywood to suddenly start making Hollywoodstyle movies. That, he said, is already happening. Bollywood has been taking inspiration from the West in terms of themes, story ideas and techniques for decades. “Bollywood is not suddenly going to wake up and say, ‘We have a studio here let’s get some ideas from Hollywood,’” Bhatia said. “Even without this studio, Bollywood’s been inspired by Hollywood for the past 60 years.”

By Hanna Ingber Win - “Take that truck,” Khushboo Benani said, pointing out the car window to one of Mumbai’s ubiquitous pickup trucks painted in bright oranges, reds and yellows. “If you want to hang it from our studio, you can do that.” It may not sound like much, but for a film studio in India, a high load-bearing capacity may be just the thing to propel it into the big time. “If you try and hang a truck from any other studio [in Mumbai], it will probably fall on your head,” said Benani, senior manager, corporate communications for Reliance MediaWorks. In fact, Benani’s company aims to go far beyond hanging cars from the ceiling. It will transform moviemaking in India, she said. In an effort to improve the production quality of Hindi films and attract Hollywood filmmakers to India, Reliance MediaWorks has embarked on an ambitious project to build the country’s first so-called Hollywood-benchmarked studios. The company, owned by Anil Ambani, is building eight stages, spread across a sevenacre plot, in accordance with Hollywood-compliant design specifications. They will be India’s most modern and wellequipped studios. India’s domestic movie industry produces about 900 films a year — nine times more than the United States — but it has lacked the infrastructure capabilities to keep up with Hollywood. “I feel we have always had the technicians and the talent in our country. Some of the infrastructure has been missing. I think it’s things like this which are going to start to bridge that gap,” said Parvan Dabas, a Mumbai-based actor who starred in “Monsoon Wedding.” “When you have a studio like this, a creative person can dream a little bigger.” During a recent tour of the studios, which are now partly opened, Ashish Chakravorty of Reliance MediaWorks showed off one stage’s 55-foot-high ceiling, huge floor space and socalled elephant doors that allow trucks and trailers to bring equipment directly onto the set. The studios will have sync-sound capabilities, and filmmakers will not need to dub their movies like they typically do in India. Chakravorty pointed to the fluorescent yellow fire lane bordering the stage and said the studios will follow the same safety and fire precautions that filmmakers in Los Angeles must adhere to. The safety measures are another feature to allure American and European producers. “In India, it’s unheard of,” he said, referring to keeping a


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Kashmira Shah to Appear in Item Number for NRI’s Film Bollywood actress Kashmira Shah has shot for an item number for NRI filmmaker, writer and director Manan Singh Katohara’s 9 Eleven, the first Hindi film shot entirely in Washington, DC. Shah will be doing a dance number for a song called “Let’s do chummaalingan.” The item song is composed by Jatin Pandit with lyrics by Sanjay Chhel. Shah has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and reality programs. 9 Eleven is made under the banner of Amar Durga Films & JMD Creations. The film portrays the life of 10 people from different walks of life thrown together in an unfamiliar place and terrorized by an unknown entity.

Salman’s Latest Film Ready Completed Lavishly shot in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Salman Khan starrer, Anees Bazmee-directed caper also features Asin in the female lead role. Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt have cameos in the film. “Ready is a fun-filled film for the entire family, directed with great panache by Anees Bazmee whose name has become synonymous with rib-tickling comedies. I’m sure the audience will love the film,” said producer Bhushan Kumar on Bollywood Hungama. Ready revolves around Prem (Salman Khan) and Sanjanna (Asin) who fall in love amidst a twisted tale of greedy uncles who want to snag her inheritance and Prem’s nutty family. Other filming locations include Thailand and Mumbai. Ready also features Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, and Mahesh Manjrekar. The music is by Pritam. Ready is set for release on June 3, 2011.

3 Idiots Returns on DVD with Extra Features Bollywood’s highest grossing film ever stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sharman Joshi. A fresh version of the DVD will have all-new, exclusive unreleased bonus features. 3 Idiots won six FilmFare Awards in India including Best Picture and Best Director. It also swept the International Indian Film Academy Awards with an impressive 16 wins. The special features on this DVD (US rating PG-13) include: Idiots in Ladakh, Aal Izz Well, 100% Idiots, and Making of Miss Idiot. The DVD will be released on April 26, 2011

The 80th anniversary of Alam Ara - India’s first talkie film March 14, 2011 was a special day for Indian cinema. The date marked the 80th anniversary of Alam Ara - the first Indian film to have sound. Alam Ara debuted on March 14, 1931 at the Majestic cinema in Mumbai. Alam Ara also featured the first song in Indian cinema – “De De Khuda Ke Naam Par” - sung by actor Wazir Mohammed Khan himself. The film, directed by Ardeshir Irani is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl and was based on a Parsi play. Unfortunately due to a fire that took place at National Film Archive of India at Pune in 2003, the last surviving print of Alam Ara was destroyed and the film is no longer available in its original format.

Abhishek’s Dum Maro Dum Arrives Abhishek Bachchan and director Rohan Sippy, sons of the Sholay dream team of Amitabh Bachchan and director Ramesh Sippy, present the next generation of Indian suspense thrillers with Dum Maaro Dum which opens in theaters worldwide on April 22, 2011. Released in North America by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the Goa-set crime drama co-stars Bipasha Basu. Deepika Padukone is also featured in the film

Goter Narmadda to debut in Manchali Govinda’s daughter Narmadda is being launched in the film Manchali. Apparently her debut has been in the works for three years, but the right project and script didn’t come along until now. Govinda told India FM that he is willing take even a very small role to help her daughter’s first film succeed. Director Lovely Singh is modifying the script to accommodate Govinda in the role of his own daughter’s father. The male lead in the film is India’s most famous boxer Vijender Singh. The film begins shooting in April.

AB Corp to Produce Three Animation Films Amitabh Bachchan and his production house, AB Corp will collaborate with Toonz Animation India and Turner International to create three animated films. The deal includes a superhero fantasy flick, for which Bachchan will lend his voice. The 3D feature film will revolve around twin princes and the characters are being developed keeping the superstar’s characteristics in mind. The film will also include a power hungry uncle. The company is also working on two other 3D animated features tentatively titled Gatturo and Santa Claus Movie. The release dates of the films will take a while since feature length animated films involve lengthy and tedious procedures to produce.

Abhi-Ash to Star Together in Santoshi’s rom-com Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be playing the steady woman in Abhishek's life for Raj Kumar Santoshi's Ladies & Gentleman. In the film, which starts shooting in July, Abhishek plays a guy with an insatiable roving eye. Aishwarya has sportingly agreed to let her husband play the field on screen. This will be the power couple's first romantic comedy together. 22

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By Kirit Shukla Tribute to past Hindustani Classical Singers and Instrument players Bhimsen Joshi (1922-2011) : On January 24, 2011, while we were waiting for a flight at the Mumbai airport in India, I saw breaking news on TV, that Pundit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi had passed away in Sahyadri Hospital, Pune, Maharastra. Joshi was one of India’s most famous and revered singers of Hindustani classical music. He was born on Feb. 4, 1922 in Gadag, Karnataka. He lost his mother when he was young and his stepmother raised him. From his childhood, Joshi craved music so much that instead of playing outside the house like other kids, he would sit indoors and play his grandfathers’ “Taanpuraa.” Even when he returned home from school, he stopped by the places wherever the music on Gramophone records was being played. He wanted to find a Guru desperately so he could learn music, so he left his house, in half pants and a dirty shirt, at age 11. The elders of his family lodged a police complaint that he was lost. His dad eventually found him and took him home. He traveled by trains, many times without a ticket, to towns like Bijapur, Pune, Mumbai, and Gwalior in search of a Guru. With the help of sarod player Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan of the Maharaja of Gwalior, he received admission in Madhava Music School and learned music in “Khayaal” style. Khayaals are traditionally sung in the melodic modes known as Ragas. Khayaals’ lyrics can range from religion, the seasons and love. He was not content with learning music from several musicians. After wandering, he finally learned music from his Guru Sawai Gandharva, a disciple of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. He mastered Kiraanaa Gharaana and Gayaki (singing) in many Ragas. Joshi’s effortless performances are the result of his relentless Riyaaz (practicing music) for at least 12 hours a day. His divine, powerful resonant voice, amazing breath control, stamina and fine musical sensibility made him one of the best Hindustani vocalists. Music was his passion and meditation, not a thing of commerce. Joshi could sing very fast, he had a good sense of time and singing with head, hand and bodily gestures. He first performed live at the age 19. He had dominated the Hindustani classical concert stage, in many countries, for over six decades. His music video “Mile sura meraa tumhaaraa” in Raga Bhairavi, became a national song and captured the hearts of millions of Indians. He created his own unique distinctive vocal style excelling in “Gamkaar, Meend and Tanakriya.” He performed in a concert in “Jugalbandi” (duet recital of music) with Shahanai Nawaaz Bismillah Khan, in Sawai Madhava Sangeet program in 2007. Due to ill-health, both were in wheelchairs. It was Bismillah Khan’s last public performance. Very few people know that Joshi had a passion for fast cars and football, and was an expert swimmer with a deep enthusiasm for yoga. But Joshi also had a weakness for drink, which he finally quit in 1979. A 20-minute film “Raga Miyaa Malhaar” is based on his life. The eldest in a Brahmin family of 16 siblings, he married twice; survivors include four children by his first wife and three by his second, along with many grandkids. His son Jayant is a painter and son Shrinivas is a singer.

After Joshi’s death singer Pandit Jasraj said, “His death is a great loss to Indian classical music.” “An era of Hindustani classical music has ended. One of the pillars is gone,” said singer Shankar Mahadevan. Joshi was cremated in Pune, with full honors of a state funeral, including a 21-gun salute, in presence of many lovers of his music. His music and songs will remain immortal. Awards 1972 - Padma Shri 1976 - Sangeet Natak Academy Award 1985 - Padma Bhushan 1985 - National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer (Film: Ankahee. Song: Thumak Thumak) 1986 - First platinum disc 1999 - Padma Vibhusham 2000 - Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Puraskar 2001 - Nadoja Award from Kannada University 2002 - Maharastra Bhushan 2003 - Swathi Sangeetha Puraskaram- Kerala Government 2005 - Karnataka Ratna 2008 - Bharat Ratna (Highest Civilian Award) 2008 - Swami Haridas Award 2009 - Lifetime achievement award- Government of Delhi 2010 - S V Narayanaswamy Rao National Award by Rama Seva Mandali, Banglore. Some of his film songs in Classical Ragas: 1956 - Film Basant Bahar, with Manna Dey 1958 - Film Tansen 1973 - Film Birbal my Brother, with Pundit Jasraj 1985 - Film Ankahee

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By Kirit Shukla Song: Ketaki gulaaba juhi...” Film: Basant Bahaar Year: 1956 Music: Shankar Jaikishan Singers: Bhimsen Joshi and Manna Dey Lyric: Shailendra Singh Based on Indian Classical Raga: Basant Bahaar Taal: Drut ek taal (fast beat) Starring: Bharat Bhushan, Nimmi, Kumkum, Chandrashekhar Ketaki Gulaab Juhi Ketaki gulaab juhi champakaban phule -2 Ritu basanta apano kant, godi garawaa lagaayJhulanaa men baitha aaja, pi ke sang jhule –2 Ketaki gulaab juhi champakaban phule –2 Gala-gala kunja kunja, guna-guna bhanwaron ki gunjaRaagaranga anga-anga chhedata rasiyaa anangaKuyala ki pancham sun duniyaa dukha bhule, bhule, bhuleKetaki gulaab juhi champakaban phule -2 Ritu basanta apano kanta, godi garawaa lagaayJhulanaa men baitha aaja, pi ke sang jhule –2 Ketaki gulaab juhi champakaban phule –2 Madhura-madhura thori-thori, mithi batiyon se gori –2 Chita churaaye hansat jaay -2, chori kara sira jhukaayeSisha jhukaaye chanchala lata, gaalana ko chhule -2 Ketaki gulaab juhi champakaban phule –2 Meaning (Summary): The flowers like Ketaki, Gulaab (Rose), Juhi, Champaka are blooming in the forest. Springtime is sitting and swinging on a swing with its lover. The songs of birds in the avenues provokes the lovers and the world forgets the miseries on hearing the music of the cuckoo. The sweet and pleasing talks of the beautiful girl and a strand of hair hanging on her cheek provokes the love. The spring flowers are blooming in the forest.

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Where Are The Great Gurus? I recently received a book on dances as a gift. I saw pictures of all my Gurus in that book. After going through it, I felt a sense of sadness. I had to soul search the cause of this sense of loss. The question that came to my mind was, “Where are the Great Gurus?” By no means am I questioning the ability of current teachers. We are fortunate to have many dance teachers at different levels making an effort to propagate all dance forms. There are dance teachers in every corner of Indian cities and now even in the U.S. So why am I questioning about gurus? Have you noticed in some performances how everyone on stage seems to have been cast in the same mould? Each physical movement, glance and step is a replica of their teacher’s moves. I am not saying that is wrong. However, I do not want to end up with a production of clones. I do not want to see the individual identity getting submerged in an urge to develop uniformity. I was blessed with opportunities to learn both Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi under great gurus. Among them is Bharathacharya, Guru Sri.C.R.Acharyulu. The book took me back to the days of my learning, yearning, connecting and striving to be a little like him. He had a treasure of knowledge. He had a special and rare repertoire of temple dances and has written several books on ancient dances that are no longer performed in today’s modern world. Guru Acharyulu has inspired me to learn and share our history with others. So why am I not saying my teacher Acharyulu? We come back to the crucial queries. Where are the great gurus? What is the difference between the gurus and the teachers? Ask the dancers themselves and they will say it starts with the Gurus being treasure troves of knowledge, not just book learned or theoretical. They had the heritage of a practical methodology and wisdom. They had the ability to be intuitive in their teachings. They were deeply connected with the inner beings of their disciples. They taught more than dancing. They helped us to recognize our inner and outer selves. They taught their students as much by what they said as by what they did not say. They allowed us to nurture and develop our own epistemologies. It is this harmonious blend of relationship between guru and the disciple that renders the transcendent experience in dancing. Perhaps, we as teachers can strive to become gurus and replace the sameness of today with the individuality of past. Connect with our disciples at a deeper level to help them find their identities in this multi-cultural environment. We may not be able to replace those great gurus, but we can at least reincarnate the spirit of those Great Gurus.

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By Dilip Barman The fourteenth annual Full Frame Festival, the country’s largest documentary film festival, takes place in Durham, NC from April 14-17, 2011. Over one hundred films will be shown, including some premieres. It is always well-attended with an international audience; last year, for example, there were over 27,000 film tickets with a record number of sold-out screenings. Film selections were finalized just a few days before press time. I did have the opportunity to preview two films that may be of interest to Saathee readers, Buriganga (Michelle Coomber, Director and Producer; 2010, 12m) and The Bengali Detective (Philip Cox, Director; 2011, 90m), both of which I highly recommend. The Buriganga (“Old Ganges”) River is of commercial importance to Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital. Producer/Director Michelle Coomber’s documentary short Buriganga in its almost 12 minute length shares a nicely lyrical and rhythmic quality that transcends the problems that the river and, in turn, Dhaka dwellers face, revealing a timeless human dependence on the river. That the river has problems is certain. It is polluted with much litter and is the main destination of Dhaka’s sewage, most of which is untreated. Many industries dump chemical waste. Nevertheless, the film portrays many people who continue to derive their livelihoods from it. An optimistic dignity is seen in the thoughtful and focused efforts of people who work in areas such as repairing river vessels, transporting industrial tires on the river, recycling river waste plastic and paper into small toys, and washing clothes. Rhythmic chanting and to-the-point short interview clips contribute to an industrious and proud exposi-

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Access Even without web access, Indians already spend nearly five to individual screens and custom content will transform the hours a day watching and listening to digital content, and threemedia business, new decision-making processes will require quarters of urban residents spend at least $1 a month to buy it companies to adopt innovative new marketing strategies, and in- — often from “gray market” shops that will transfer downternet banking and e-commerce will explode — increasing loaded content to your phone by cable or bluetooth for a nomIndia’s market for digital services fourfold, to $20 billion, by 2015. inal fee. “The frustration with the lack of development of infrastrucA number of companies have already made a splash with inture, and the lowering of the cost of access devices could lead ternet- or mobile-enabled businesses, such as Thompson Reuters to a leapfrog in the way some of these services are delivered,” India’s Reuters Market Light, which provides weather and cropNarasimhan said in a phone interview with GlobalPost. pricing information to farmers by SMS. 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“Picking the perfect pillow is not a fluff job.” In the February 12 N& O Home & Garden section, Marni Jameson wrote about her surprise at how hard it was to select the perfect decorative “throw” pillows for her home. “Good throw pillows are hard to find because many factors must click,” she writes with paragraphs headed “Color,” “Pattern,” Texture,” “Number and placement,” “Scale,” and “Test Drive.” Whew! Cathy Miller, a business consultant, in her blog in Business Communication on March 11 defines a “fluff job” as a job without substance, not a real job. So, home decorating is a “real,” serious job,” not a “fluff job” to be taken lightly!

Mastering Meaning By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC The reporters, staff writers and editors of the Raleigh News and Observer collaborating with staff photographers created some wonderful headlines this February and March on their front page and in the Life, Home and Garden and Editorial sections. We’ll look at the play of meaning and metaphor in the best ones.

“Tata takes assignments by the horns” In this front page article in the February 16, 2011 N & O, T. Keung Hui and Thomas Goldsmith describe how the new Wake school superintendent, Tony Tata is taking control of a fractious (full of arguments and disagreement) process of developing a long term student assignment plan by forming a task force to consider various proposals and working to “speed a process that had been mired in political gridlock.” “Taking the bull by the horns” means “to confront a problem head on and deal with it openly”1

“Mettle To The Petals” “NCSU horticulturists work on making roses last” is Sarah Avery’s secondary headline in this N & O front page story on February 14 (Valentine’s day). A large, full-colored photograph shows two professors who have spent years developing a disease-resistant rose. This clever headline is a “double play” on the expression, put the pedal to the metal meaning to press a car’s accelerator to the floor and drive very fast. Mettle is defined in as courage, fortitude and spirit, hardiness and strength of character. The petals in the headline refer of course, to rose petals. So the headline creates two sets of homonyms (words that sound the same but have different meanings) to tell us that these rose petals are strong, hardy and lasting. “Mettle to The Petals” echoes “Put the Pedal to the Metal” and grabs the reader’s attention.

“Do lenders make mistakes? Bank on it.” Dana Milbank wrote this column that appeared in the March 8 N & O “Other Opinion” editorial section with a Washington by-line. He describes the personal difficulties he and his wife had dealing with the mistakes made by a large bank when they tried to refinance their home mortgage. His wife has “a brand name MBA” and he is a former business reporter for the Wall Street Journal and they still haven’t been able to resolve all of the bank’s mistakes, nearly all of them in the bank’s favor. “Bank on it” means “to be so sure of something that one can trust it as one might trust a bank with one’s money,”2 which is especially ironic in the light of this specific article.

“HOT UNDER THE COLLAR” This bold headline (all in caps) is placed under two photos showing the suited “necklines” of two men wearing colorful plaid bow ties and a much larger picture below the article shows two fashionably dressed young men sporting bow ties. Cristina Bolling’s article in the N & O “Life, etc.” section on March 3 writes about how the younger generation of men, including members of the “celebrity culture” have made bow ties a popular, “trendy,” “hot” new look, hence “Hot under the collar.” This metaphor usually means that someone has become angry but this article gives it a whole new twist!

Suggestions: This past month, many clever, metaphorical headlines seemed to leap out of the pages as I scanned the newspaper while I ate breakfast. I tucked at least 15 newspaper articles in a drawer to use as possible material for this column and, this time, I didn’t select a single one from the Sports section! Your language “teachers” are all around you, as close as your daily newspaper headlines and articles. We encourage you to send us an email with any headlines and article excerpts you feel make clever and skillful use of American English metaphors and idioms and we’ll try to include some in future columns along with an in-depth discussion to help you master their meaning.

“Worthy of framing” The photograph above this headline for David Bracken’s front page March 8 N&O story shows a carpenter taking measurements inside the “frame” of a house being constructed. The building frame has an opening that will be a window and it “frames” a view of completed homes in the subdivision. The article goes on to say that Raleigh-Cary has just been ranked as having American’s healthiest housing market. We all know proud parents (perhaps including ourselves) who have taken their child’s painting, put it in a picture frame and moved it from the refrigerator to a wall! “Frame” has multiple meanings: To frame a house means to construct it; to frame a painting means to encase it in a decorative structure; to frame an opinion means to formulate it and, perhaps, put it into words; to frame a person or event means to falsely incriminate or prearrange a fraudulent outcome. This headline and photo “play” with the first three meanings.

1 2 Ibid.

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Talking money with teens empowers them for a strong financial future (ARA) - Parenting is a challenge, but parenting a teen can be downright difficult. As their homework and decision-making gets more complex, so do the conversations parents need to have with their growing kids. Topics like sex, drugs and alcohol are among the toughest for parents and teens to discuss, but surprisingly, money also makes the list of dreaded subjects for many parents. In fact, they often avoid the discussion and rarely get beyond negotiating an allowance or arguing over spending. However, you can’t afford not having the conversation. Many of life’s best opportunities and most challenging responsibilities, such as paying for college, buying a car or home, budgeting, saving and using credit cards, require good money management skills. Without some knowledge of personal finance, these can also lead to some of life’s biggest stressors. Teaching teens about personal finances can set them on the right path for a strong financial future and help them minimize stress. Dr. Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist who works with H&R Block Dollars & Sense to help increase teens’ financial fitness, says parents don’t need to be experts to teach their teens important financial lessons. “Kids learn more from what they see their parents do than what their parents say,” Klontz says. “Even if parents have made financial mistakes - and who hasn’t - it shouldn’t stop them from equipping their kids with guidance to avoid making similar mistakes.”

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By Rajesh Ganatra Due to the tragedy in Japan, a special feature on the Japanese stock market is being included in this column. The country’s main stock index is the “Nikkei 225” which is commonly called the Nikkei, the Nikkei index, or the Nikkei Stock Average and it is a stock market index based on listings for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). It has been calculated daily by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) newspaper since 1950. It is a priceweighted average (the unit is the Japanese Yen), and the components are reviewed once a year. Currently, the Nikkei is the most widely quoted average of Japanese equities, similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In fact, it was known as the “Nikkei Dow Jones Stock Average” from 1975 to 1985. The Nikkei 225 began to be calculated on September 7, 1950, retroactively back to May 16, 1949. Since January 2010 the index is updated every 15 seconds during trading sessions and the Nikkei average has deviated sharply from the textbook model of stock averages, which grow at a steady exponential rate. The average hit its all-time high on December 29, 1989, during the peak of the Japanese asset price bubble, when it reached an intra-day high of 38,957.44 before closing at 38,915.87, having grown six-fold during the 1980’s. Immediately upon commencement of the 1990s, the air started coming out of the bubble and the Japanese economy stagnated for years. Amidst the financial crisis, the Nikkei touched down at 7,054.98 on March 10, 2009 — 81.9 percent below its peak twenty years earlier. On March 15, 2011, the second working day after the massive earthquake in the northeast part of Japan, the index dropped over 10 percent to finish at 8605.15, a loss of 1,015 points and this put it at its lowest close since April 1, 2009 - the index regained some ground the following day, but started to retreat in the subsequent trading days when the nuclear crisis continued to get more serious and for the week ending March 18, 2011, the Nikkei managed to reclaim the 9,200 level. During March 2011, the Mumbai Sensex continued to oscillate in the low to mid 18,000s —- the index has dropped nearly 14 percent from its best close ever of 21,004 on 11/5/2010 - the index had an exceptional run during 2009 and 2010 and perhaps a breather was in order. However, over the past few months, there has been more than simple profit-taking at play: there have been several Government scandals unearthed, the most notable one pertaining to telecom licenses and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has been investigating the possibility that “bear cartels” have been pushing down stock prices down over the past few months, and prime Indian companies apparently have been targets of the bear raids. In addition, inflation continues to be a concern and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has already taken significant action last year to try and curb the inflation, by raising the interest rates and also increasing Cash Reserve Ratios (CRRs) for banks - and the markets do not want to see additional activity of this nature by the RBI. Over the past few months, the Karachi KSE-100 index had steadily moving upwards from the 9,500 level to the 12,400 level, however, the index faced some headwinds at the mid 12,500s and could not advance beyond that level - the index

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(WO) Conv. Store / Branded Gas Station, near Oxford, NC - Cash Flow: $5,780/month net. Asking: $59,000 + Inv., In: $37,000/mo. Out: 55,000 gal./mo. Rent: $4,000/mo. Lottery: $1,330/month net. Mfr.s Rebates: $700 /mo. net (KG) Gas Station / C-Store, near Gaffney, SC Asking: $70,000 + Inv., In: $38,000/mo. Out: 11,000 gal./mo. Rent: $3,150/mo. Cash Flow: $11,400/month net Lottery, Check-Cashing, ATM, MO: $7,300 /mo. net. (NL) Gas Station / C-Store, near Nebo, NC – Cash Flow: $7,470/month net - Asking: $50,000 + Inv., In: $40,000/mo. Out: 30,000 gal./mo. Rent: $2,000/mo. Lottery, Phone cards: $2,000/mo. net. (KK) Conv. Store / Gas / Deli, near Apex, NC. Cash Flow: $4,171/month. Asking: $49,000 + Inv, In: $15,000/mo. Gross Margin: 40%. Out: 15,000 gal/mo. Lottery, ATM: $800/ mo. net, Check-Cashing: $800 / mo. net. Rent: $1,500. Includes Deli which can be run for additional profit (EH) Conv. Store / Branded Gas near Claremont, NC –Asking: $30,000 + Inv. In: $23,000/mo. Gross Margin: 30%. Out: 10,000 gal/mo. margin: 10c/ gall. Rent: $1,000/mo. (FS) Conv. Store, near Spindale, NC– Cash Flow: $3,942/month Asking: $30,000 + Inv. In: $27,000/mo. Gross Margin: 35%. Lottery: $400/ mo. net. Rent: $650/mo. Cash flow after wages: $4,088/mo. Will finance partially. (HS) Tobacco / Mini Super Market, near Statesville, NC – Cash Flow: $3,046 after wages of $3,464 Tobacco/Cigar: 30,000/mo., Gross margin: 22%. Grocery: $18,000/mo. Gross Margin: 30%. Lottery: $630/mo. Net. 8,500 Sq. Ft. Rural Area. Sales down 50% with absentee owner. Asking: $20,000 + Inv., Rent: $2,700/mo. (LM) Laundromat/Coin-Laundry, near Charlotte, NC - absentee owned. Gross: $50,000 / year. Potential drop store for dry cleaning. Asking: $199,000 with Real Estate -owner finan., 30% down. Asking: $59,000 leased. Lease: $1,350/mo. (PQ) Used Car Lot, Raleigh, NC – Cash Flow: $10,000/month Asking: $159,000 plus inventory. Annual Sales: app. $2 mln, Rent: $1,600/month. High Visibility / High Traffic. (GZ) Auto Garage / U-Haul / C-store, Raleigh, NC – Proj. Cash Flow: $10,000/month – Asking: $85,000 plus inventory. Annual Sales: projected. $460,000, Rent: $4,000/month. High Visibility / High Traffic. Possible to add Used-Car lot.

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Strategically Speaking There is a student at my school who plays games, all by himself, in his spare time on his mobile hand-held device, PlayStation 2 I believe. He also has a huge album of game cards. In order to get him interested in the serious side of games – pardon the oxymoron – I googled “game theory” and came up with an interesting Wikipedia article, which I read and subsequently printed and gave to my student, Ryan. I also came to know that Professor Nash, who features in the movie, A Beautiful Mind, won the Nobel Prize for his work on game theory. Another famous professor in the field is Avinash Dixit, of Princeton University, who has co-authored the fascinating book, “The Art of Strategy,” which promises to bring the reader and practitioner success in business and life. Briefly, game theory deals with the myriad of strategic interactions that we have to deal with every day. It may help you negotiate with your child about when to go to bed, or to decide how your firm should react to a rival’s price-cutting measures, or even with yourself in sticking to a New Year’s Resolution. As the blurb on the book says, you can either muddle through these interactions and hope for good luck, or you can become better at recognizing, even anticipating, strategic situations and knowing how to respond. I must hurriedly add that game theory is not by any means competition only. In fact, Dr. Dixit has written another book called “Co-opetition” which addresses the important field of cooperation, mixed with competition. In many simple games, players have perfect knowledge of the other player or players’ objectives, but that is not necessarily the case in games people play in business, politics, and social interactions. Motives in such games are complex combinations of selfishness and altruism, concern for justice and fairness, short run and long run considerations and so on. I checked out “The Art of Strategy” from the library and also viewed the 42 min video clip on YouTube. Dr. Dixit gives a very entertaining lecture in the latter, using clips from movies to illustrate game-theoretic points. Your strategic thinking depends on how well you can put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Should cave dwellers Barney and Fred, from The Flintstones, go rabbit hunting on their own, or stag hunting together? Should Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef, in the film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, draw first…and whom should they aim at in the three-party gun duel? Should the penalty shooter in a game of soccer kick to the left or to the right in order to score a goal? The book answers all these questions and more. The children’s game, Rock Paper Scissors points out the strategic advantage of being unpredictable. This is technically called a mixed strategy. Other technical terms are minimax strategy, payoffs, Nash equilibrium, and squaring the circle. The game table or payoff table, invented by Thomas Schelling, portrays possible combinations in a spreadsheet like table with rows and columns. Although Schelling developed many of the most important concepts of game theory—-focal point, credibility, commitment, threats and promises, he himself modestly wrote that he should be best remembered as the inventor of the staggered payoff table.

The payoff table, if properly filled in after some simple calculations, yields a dominant strategy for each player, in which he gets max payoff irrespective of what his opponent does. But who is your opponent? Humorously enough, it could be you! Your night-self, for example, seeking to have a productive day tomorrow, sets the alarm clock optimistically at 5 am. Your morning-self, on the other hand, drowsily reaches for the snooze button when the alarm rings. Read Dr. Dixit’s intriguing exposition of how the night-self can win—-say by putting the alarm clock out of reach of the morning-self on a bookshelf far away. This is called a commitment. Game theory has been used in the Cold War in brinkmanship, and at auctions, biddings, and contests. It can be used to study and impact voting, bargaining and the giving of incentives. The case studies range from Ali Baba to America’s Cup, and the lessons learned can help you outmaneuver rivals, find avenues for cooperation, and become more successful in all your pursuits. And if you want to be fair to your adversaries, share your knowledge with them! Jean Piaget’s Magnificent Obsession The famous Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget (1896-1980) is a giant in the field of developmental psychology. We owe to him the present field of children’s cognitive development. It was Piaget, along with William James and John Dewey, who envisioned children as active, constructive thinkers. In my career as a teacher, I have found intense satisfaction in helping children think through things and make sense of the world around them. Piaget observed his own three children – indeed, he was a genius when it came to observing children. He came up with terms like schemas, preoperational stage, formal operational stage, etc, and gave meaning to these terms. Technically, Piaget is considered to be a cognitive constructivist. From birth to two years of age, infants are considered, in Piaget’s theory, to be in the sensori motor stage. The infant constructs an understanding of the world by coordinating sensory experiences with physical actions. An infant progresses from instinctive, reflexive actions at birth to the beginning of symbolic thought towards the end of the stage. Similarly, Piaget has divided the rest of childhood, from two years through early adulthood, into three more stages: the preoperational stage, concrete operational stage, and formal operational stage. Renowned educationist, Dr. John Santrock, advises teachers to ask children to justify their answers when they draw conclusions, especially when they are preoperational thinkers. Similarly, concrete operational thinkers should be encouraged to discover concepts and principles, by asking them relevant questions about what is being studied to help them focus on some aspect of their learning. For the adolescents considered to be formal operational thinkers, Dr. Santrock suggests that the teachers encourage students to create hierarchical outlines when asking them to write papers. Piaget’s theories have been challenged in a number of areas: estimates of children’s competence at different development continued on page 70

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If you are enrolled at a school that closes unexpectedly, immediately transfer to another SEVP-certified school or depart the United States. If you are currently enrolled at a school that plans to close or loses SEVP certification and you elect to transfer to another SEVP-certified school: a. Identify a new school (the transfer-in school). Consult the list of SEVP-certified schools at and apply to a school on that list. b. Provide the transfer-in school all the same information that was required for acceptance by your current school (the transfer-out school), including verification of finances. Discuss your situation fully with the DSO at the transfer-in school. Include the following topics, at a minimum, in your conversation:

The Tri-Valley University Case The “Iceman” freezes SEVIS for foreign students enrolled in academic institutions that are primarily online. (Part II) By Lakshmi Challa It is most appropriate that I am submitting the second installment of the Tri Valley University article on St. Patrick’s Day, the day Tri Valley was founded in 2008. The government has not made substantial progress with the adjudication of the Tri Valley cases. The SEVIS record is locked and therefore limits the student’s options. Currently, the options to the students are two-fold: a) depart the US or b) seek to reinstate or change status in the US. Those seeking relief in the US may find difficulty obtaining a resolution because ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) provides minimal guidance. Former Tri Valley students may have to wait to appear in Immigration Court to obtain any such relief in the US. Each of the options listed above have their own risks and although the Services public announcements have been sympathetic, the SEVP through the auspices of Department of Homeland Security, even offers a dedicated phone line to provide former Tri Valley students the opportunity to affirmatively take action, rather than remaining out of status and waiting for an ICE officer to come knocking on their door. In this article we will address what a student should do if a school loses SEVP certification.

• Any breaks or travel you plan to take, and what documents you must have for travel • Authorized employment benefits from your current school, if any, and how the records release date of the transfer will affect them Note: All current employment authorization is cancelled upon completion of transfer to a new school; see FAQ Transfers for F1 Students, sections 6.7 and 6.8, at • When your classes will start, and when you must report to the school (within 15 days before the transfer-in program start date) What courses are available, registration requirements, and procedures for transfer of academic records What credits will be accepted by the transfer-in school from the transfer-out school • The impact of your transfer on the length of your program c. When you are assured that this is an acceptable transfer for you and the transfer-in school accepts you, in writing, have the transfer-in DSO contact the DSO at the transfer-out school to coordinate the transfer of your SEVIS record, including assignment of a record release date to the transferin school. d. Your transfer-out school will coordinate with SEVP to determine the last day you can be enrolled at that school. The transfer-out DSO will advise you of that date, your responsibilities to complete the transfer, and the sequence of events.

If you have arrived in the United States, but have not yet reported to your school, and discover that your school will cease operations or lose SEVP certification at the end of the current session, do one of the following: a. If the school is still enrolling students for the current session, you may enroll and attend that school for that session only. Report to the school and enroll by the program start date, and then follow the requirements for currently enrolled students. See section below that discusses options when a school closes or loses certification. b. You may transfer to another SEVP-certified school instead of enrolling in the affected school. First, identify a new school in which you can be enrolled from the list at The new school (transfer-in school) must have a program start date that is within 30 days of your date of entry. Notify your current school (transferout school) of your intent to transfer prior to the intended program start date there. As soon as the new school confirms that they will accept you, report to the transfer-in school by its program start date and enroll. The designated school officials (DSOs) of the two schools will coordinate the transfer of your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record, including assignment of a record release date to the transfer-in school. Your record must be released to the transfer-in school prior to you beginning classes at that school. Again, see section below that discusses options when a school closes or loses certification. c. If you do not enroll in the affected school for its last session, gain acceptance at another SEVP-certified school and do not have your SEVIS record transferred within 30 days of your entry date, or if you choose to delay studies, depart the United States immediately.

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ter and Facebook to feature pets that are available for adoption, ask for volunteers and solicit donations of food or money when money gets tight. Most people have no idea of the variety of things that go on in their community every day. Few Americans read a daily newspaper, and many formerly local news stations now only run nationally syndicated programming. When you become the conduit to connect busy people to their community, you gain stature as a leader and visibility for your business. By featuring local events, local people and local businesses in your social media conversation, you will create a “voice” that can resonate within your community and that raises your profile in a positive way. Put your social media sites on your business card, and invite everyone you meet to friend or follow you. At the same time that you’re cultivating your neighborhood audience, don’t automatically close the door to growing regional or national clientele. You’ll need to create a separate social media campaign to offer your products and services outside of your community, since local happenings won’t usually be a draw for long-distance clients. On the other hand, if you live in an area that is a tourist resort, a college town or a city or region that has seen an exodus of residents due to economic circumstances, you may find that for those who have left, there’s no place like home. For example, a favorite sports bar in a college town could retain connections with alumni, who may have left the area, through social media. Restaurants have found gold in shipping favorite comfort foods, sauces and dips to regular diners who moved away, and a Facebook or Twitter site can allow your expatriate audience to get a taste of home. If you operate a store, entertainment venue or business that sees repeat business from vacationing clients, use your social media to stay in touch all year long, keeping them updated on what’s new, and finding out what they’d like to see when they return to your business. Using social media for “local” businesses pays off in many ways. It can build business and strengthen community ties, which can win loyal clients. By staying in touch with event participants and “alumni” who periodically return, you can improve the odds of repeat sales. And by extending your reach to clients beyond your area, you also buffer your cash flow from the ups and downs of the local economy. Gail Z. Martin owns DreamSpinner Communications. Contact her at


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But it’s not only the TV hypnotist whose business is booming. Regression therapists with a grounding in alternative or spiritual therapies such as reiki as well as those with degrees in psychology and psychiatry report that they’re similarly overwhelmed — despite charging 10 to 20 times the cost of an average psychologist’s counseling session for a past life regression. And they’re growing swiftly in number, according to Dr. Kondaveti Newton, a medical doctor who co-founded the Life Research Academy with his wife, Laxmi, in 2000. Over the past eight years, Newton said, the school has trained as many as 400 people to be past life regression therapists — while the country’s entire roster of psychiatrists numbers only about 4,000. Regression therapists who are already psychiatrists or clinical psychologists — such as Delhi’s Dr. Chugh, who studied with Brian Weiss, or Mumbai’s Dr. Jayin, who attended Newton’s Hyderabad-based academy — have extensive training in counseling, psychological theory and the workings of the brain. Moreover, their practices (though not past life therapy, specifically) are also subject to oversight by regulatory boards like the Indian Medical Council. But schools such as Newton’s Life Research Academy, Andy Tomlinson’s Past Life Regression Academy and Weiss’s Omega Institute for Holistic Studies teach regression therapy in programs as brief as five days. And a quick scan of the past life regression therapists listed on Indian web portals suggests that qualified mental health professionals account for only a tiny minority of the people practicing the technique in India. Most of the others offer past life regression as part of a package of services that includes treatments that have even less scientific acceptance, such as reiki — a Japanese meditative technique that purports to heal illnesses through the power of thought. Minal Arora, a 34-year-old IT executive, is one example. Talking fluently of reiki, Doreen Virtue’s Angel Therapy and something called Serenity Surrender, Arora said she sought out a past life regression course in Singapore when she was experiencing some personal problems. A math major without any formal training in psychology, she attended Tomlinson’s Past Life Regression Academy to help herself, but now she has a weekend past life regression therapy practice that’s booked solid months in advance. “Initially, I did it just out of curiosity,” she said. “But then I saw the kind of difference I could make in people’s lives.” Akshay Dwivedi, a 32-year-old specialist in risk management, went to Arora for help when he was suffering from vague feelings of inertia and depression, and trouble in his relationships with various people in his life. Again, the catalyst was Brian Weiss, whom Dwivedi was reading when he discovered on a trip to Haridwar — one of Hinduism’s holy sites — that he had a pathological fear of water. Under hypnosis, he believes that he discovered he was a farmer in a past life, and he drowned trying to save one of his family members from a flood. That failed rescue and his own grim fate, he says, lay at the root of his fear of water and his anxiety about close relationships. But Arora’s therapy helped cure him. “She invoked the archangel Michael to cut the karmic cords between me and the person I could not save,” Dwivedi said. “That’s why I was inviting insecure relationships around me. She said archangel Michael will cut the karmic cords with his sword, and I could see it happening.”

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IPL4 as the tournament develops. Readers can also look forward to an analysis of the World Cup 2011 tournament after its Apr 22 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kolkat conclusion in early April 2011. and Mumbai Indians vs. Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. Apr 23 - Delhi Daredevils vs. Kings XI Punjab in Delhi. Future International Action Apr 24 - Deccan Chargers vs. Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad and Rajasthan Pakistan visits West Indies: Royals vs. Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Jaipur. April 23, 2011 - 1st ODI @ St. Lucia April 25, 2011 - 2nd ODI @ St. Lucia Apr 25 - Chennai Super Kings vs. Pune Warriors in Chennai. Apr 26 - Delhi Daredevils vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore in Delhi.

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came merely part of the decorations. Actually they got noticed. I quickly found out what it must feel like to be completely invisible. I was wiser than Mandy though. I made excuses and escaped within an hour. I arrived in the USA from Africa, in search of a better life and of course the American Dream. How then could I not speak a little English? Surely this is the smallest gesture of thanks I could give to a country that has done so much for me? Speaking English here has not made me any less Indian, or Gujarati or less African or less anything. Speaking English the American way complete with colloquial has given my brain a much need workout. It’s opened up a whole new world for me and the best part is I’ve gotten to know some amazing people, like Mandy. I’m not opposed to people speaking in their own languages; in fact I am one to cringe when I hear of even a dialect in danger of extinction. Languages are art that make the world a richer and more fascinating place. So much so, that these same people are ever so proud when their child attends a school that offers various languages. Being fluent in many languages is such a respected ability, that people eagerly highlight this on their resumes and job interviews. What makes it so wrong then to speak it at a party, or outside of an academic or career environment? How important was it for those three ladies to speak in Gujarati that night? Doesn’t the non violent principle of Hinduism translate into compassion for all living things? Specifically, not causing suffering to all living things no matter how minor that pain, like feeling excluded as Mandy did. Did any of the women at the party think about what it would be like to be in Mandy’s shoes? Nobody likes the feeling of being left out in the cold, especially not at a party. My guess is that the content of the Gujarati conversation was not much different to one conducted in any other language by 30 something housewives at any party, anywhere. (Unless it was about Mandy and that is a whole other story.) As my mother always says, in the end, we’re all the same on the inside and we all have the same goals and problems in life, regardless of what language we speak. The notion of “let’s bond by talking in the same language” is so passé, if you’ll excuse my French!

First Encounter with My Granddaughter By Deepti Sharma Shivering in the cold I longed for little warmth Then you appeared like a spot of sunlight Patter of tiny feet, swish of skirt I looked at you and filled with affection kept on looking and looking The long look of love lightened the dusky room Your sweet face, curly flowing hair Smile as fresh as dew, almond eyes filled with curiosity Divine diminutive enchantress, you Entrapped me in the halo of innocence around you With outstretched arms I welcomed you, Come Aadrika come You looked at me shyly and hid behind the door Covering your eyes with your fingers, you peeped at me And then suddenly you started running around the room jumping and laughing Infected with your joy I started running after you Meow, meow, I became a cat and then neigh, neigh a horse for you to ride The boundary of age disappeared and I was a child like you Your giggles echoed throughout the house And then, and then you tripped and fell with a loud thud Worried I rushed to pick you up and caress you But you stood up immediately, dusted your dress, smiled at me and asked sweetly, Are you okay? I picked you up and kissed your little hands and asked mischievously, Are you okay? You laughed loudly and slipped from my arms Singing, dancing you ran around the house Mesmerized, my misty eyes followed you, my heart filled with heavenly joy A moment turned into everlasting memory

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Place Yourself in Others’ Shoes By Nina P. Oh no, not again! I had recently met Mandy at a baby shower and felt an instant bonding. We decided to meet for tennis on a Monday morning. She was describing the awful time she’d had at a Superbowl party the night before. “What was so awful about it?” I asked, recalling the rather ordinary night we’d had of getting the kids to bed by eight. “I was one of four women there, the only white American.” The other three were of Indian origin, like her husband. “They spent the entire evening conversing in Gujarati, their native tongue, even though they were all fluent in English and spoke it well. Since I don’t understand it, I spent the entire evening feeling out of place and bored, since I don’t follow football very well either.” The evening dragged on like this for Mandy for four solitary hours. Where have I heard this before? Or should I say how many times have I heard this before? I had a similar experience. I was once invited to my daughter’s South Indian friend’s birthday party. Once it was ascertained that I did not speak Tamil, I

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It’s therefore easy to see why state planners might turn the responsibility for providing the country’s essential services to companies like Tata, which in Jamshedpur, the headquarters of its flagship Tata Steel, provides roads, utilities, health care and sanitation infrastructure superior to most Indian cities. After all, the land grants that built America’s railroads in the Gilded Age not only helped create great fortunes for eight of the 40 richest Americans of all time, but also helped to quadruple U.S. gross national product and nearly double the per capita income of average Americans between 1865 and 1900, according to Northeastern University professor Ballard C. Campbell. For most part workers’ wages also increased over the same period. But critics of the business-friendly policies of India’s own golden era say that under the auspices of stimulating industrialization and the building of houses, roads, bridges and ports, the country’s leaders seems to have forgotten that government can do anything except give public land and resources to big capitalists — even as spending dwindles for the social programs intended to deliver “inclusive growth.” Given India’s huge population, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where industrialization creates a tight enough labor market to result in the kind of wage increases that America saw in its Gilded Age. And deals aren’t only being cut to increase the wealth of the nation, they say; in the back room, the country’s elected leaders are signing a raft of policies and contracts with the express purpose of lining their own pockets. “Collusive arrangements exist in all the areas where the government maintains control over limited resources, whether it’s minerals, forests, airwaves, frequencies, spectrum, water or land,” said Praful Bidwai, a writer and activist who is among the most trenchant critics of the India’s recent economic policy. “The land grab is extraordinary. It’s never happened on this scale.” Perhaps that’s why India’s recent policies in areas like telecom, real estate and mining have seemed so flexible when it comes to accommodating the new robber barons. The so-called 2G spectrum scam captivates India today. But the CBI allegations that billionaire industrialists used shell companies to violate regulations and engineered payoffs to former telecom minister Andimuthu Raja are only the tip of the iceberg. And while one might argue that the people have benefited from those allegedly corrupt deals with a rapidly growing mobile market and low airtime charges, that kind of justification is much more difficult when it comes to other government policies like the allocation of Special Economic Zones and mining rights. Since 2005, India’s SEZ policy has allowed corporate developers to acquire hundreds of thousands of acres of land, running roughshod over the protests of small landowners with the aid of the state. Supposedly to encourage employment-generating industries, India granted developers and zone-based businesses exemptions from import and export duties, excise and sales taxes, and up to 15 years of tax holidays on profits. Yet most of the SEZs mushroomed in desirable areas where no incentives were needed, and many turned into residential real estate plays or IT sector office complexes. Moreover, few of the 400,000-odd jobs resulting from the scheme are of the type that could absorb the farmers that the zones displaced, and their net effect actually appears to have exacerbated, rather than reduced, inequality, argues Loraine Kennedy, deputy director of the Centre for South Asian Studies (CEIAS) in Paris. Similarly, in the mining sector, various state governments have required forest dwellers and indigenous tribal groups to turn over mineral resources to industrialists like Vedanta Resources’ Anil Agarwal. And while the industry displaced some 2.6 million people


between 1959 and 1991 — most of them from indigenous tribes — the pace of mining clearances has accelerated dramatically in recent years according to a recent Times of India report that synthesized government data. Between 1998 and 2005, 216 mining projects a year were granted clearance to extract minerals from India’s forests, compared with only 19 per year from 1980 to 1997, the paper found. The resulting concentration of wealth is stunning. Going by the Forbes list, the combined wealth of the 10 richest Indians, at around $150 billion, accounted for 12 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2010 — the annual income of some 150 million average people. But it’s the influence and sheer power of the new robber barons and the changing character of the Indian political system that’s most disturbing. According to an analysis of mandatory filings conducted by India’s Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the number of Indians in the parliament with more than 10 million rupees in assets — known here as crorepatis — doubled from 2004 to 2009. While it’s true that America’s Congress is also stacked with millionaires, the amount of wealth amassed by India’s leaders over the past five years alone is remarkable: The assets of the average MP increased from around $400,000 in 2004 to around $1.2 million in 2009. Meanwhile, the composition of the committees that steer government policy has also changed. “Money has been playing such a huge role [that] it’s obvious,” said ADR’s national coordinator, Anil Bairwal. “If you look at the committee on finance, mostly industrialists are sitting on it. If you look at policy making, in the Lok Sabha [lower house] or Rajya Sabha [upper house] most people represent industry one way or the other.” Conflicts of interest go unmonitored or ignored. MPs in the lower house do not have to declare their interests in corporations, and the declarations of MPs in the upper house have not been made public — though a Right to Information request from ADR is pending. A similar RTI request revealed that no objections to the inclusion of an MP on any parliamentary committee on the grounds that he or she had a personal or financial interest in its affairs over the past five years, according to PRS Legislative Research, another civil society group. And there were only two instances during the 2004-2009 session when upper house MPs voluntarily declared their personal stakes in the proceedings before speaking before the parliament, while no such declaration was made by lower house representatives. Perhaps they didn’t bother, thinking that the conflict of interest was glaringly obvious — with flamboyant Kingfisher Airlines promoter Vijay Mallya sitting on the civil aviation committee and enjoying day-to-day interactions with the minister. But consider some of the cases illustrated by muckraking journalist Shafi Rahman in India Today magazine. During the 20042009 session, for instance, MP Nageswara Rao asked for details about the government’s plans to build eight-lane expressways without mentioning that he also happened to be the non-executive chairman of the Madhucon Group — a company involved in a dozen-odd projects with the National Highways Authority of India. Meanwhile, although the composition of parliamentary standing committees often changes during a government’s five-year term, Rahman pointed out at the time that the standing committees on finance, industry, public accounts and health included tycoons with massive holdings in IT, media and cement, hotels and shipping and medical colleges — though on the parliament’s website they ticked industrialist along with a laundry list of other professions, calling themselves agriculturalists, educationists and social workers. Since then, little has changed but the names of the players. “They are writing policies more or less,” said Bidwai. “This is something that perhaps not even Rockefeller or Morgan was able to do as successfully.” April 2011

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Passport to the World Cultural Extravaganza Johnson C. Smith University will host the Third Annual Passport to the World Cultural Extravaganza on April 15, 2011. This multicultural event is designed to connect the community to experience world flair through international food, entertainment, and goods. Admission is free and the event takes place from 6 – 9pm on the JCSU campus University Plaza. JCSU is located at 100 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216. Held in conjunction with the 144th Founders’ Day Celebration. (Details:

Sitayana – An Epic Tale of the Earth Born Sangam, UNC Chapel Hill’s South Asian Awareness Organization presents “Sitayana-An Epic Tale of the Earth Born” on Friday, April 8, 2011. Sitayana is the story of Sita, the ideal woman, the princess of Mithila and wife of the Kosala Prince Rama. Through Sita’s eyes, we journey through the events in her life that shaped her psyche, and also get a glimpse of womankind in that era. Her story will be presented as a classical Bharatnatyam dance drama performed to a live orchestra. Sitayana will be held at Sonya Hanes Stone Center, 150 South Road, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Doors open at 5pm show starts at 6pm. Tickets can be pre-ordered and will also be sold at the door. Students: $7. General Admission: $10, ticket will include dinner. Details:

Community Health Fair A multi-cultural Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Method Road Community Center, Raleigh NC from 10 am – 3 pm. The event features free health screenings, testing, equipment, as well as doctor and physician services. Details at

Hasya Kavi Sammelan The International Hindi Association and Hindi Vikas Mandal present Hasya Kavi Sammelan on Sunday April 10, 2011 at the Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall. The evening features humorous and heart-warming recitals by three well known poets of India: Dr. Pravin Shukla, Sarvesh Asthana, and Dr. Vishnu Saxena. The evening begins with a dinner from 6 – 6:45 pm (nominal charge) and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10. For details contact: Saroj Sharma 919.656.5244, Dr. Sudha Om Dhingra 919.678.9056, or Madhu Gangwal 919.467.4336.

Kings Drive Art Walk Organizers of Charlotte’s annual fall arts event “Festival in the Park” are adding a new event for spring, hoping to make it an annual event. The “Kings Drive Art Walk” will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 (11 am- 6pm) and Sunday, April 17, 2011 (11 am – 5 pm) in Charlotte, NC. The event will feature many artists displaying their works for sale, as well as art-related activities for children and their families. Details: Heritage India Festival 2011 The Heritage India Association of NC will present the 2011 Heritage India Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 2 – 8 pm. The event will showcase regional Indian dances and a Baisakhi Celebration at the HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC. The admission is $5 and kids under 6 get in free. The event will also feature an eye camp (free eye screenings), musical presentations by local artists, as well as folk and classical dances. The Heritage Award Ceremony will follow the performances. Many vendors and food stalls will be on the premises as well. For details call Yash Garg (919.870.5222), Harsha Shah (919.362.0520), and Mrs. Saroj Sharma (919.460.7830) or email to or The Duke Eye Center Specialist Physicians will conduct the eye screenings.

Priya Sisters to Perform Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya, the renowned musical duo, popularly known as the “Priya Sisters” have created impressive waves in the sphere of Carnatic music. The Priya sisters gave their first performance in 1990 in the “Spirit of Freedom Concerts” at New Delhi and have since toured the world performing. They have twice been the recipients of the “Best Female Vocalists” awards of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai. They have also received the M.L.V. memorial award. The duo has several recordings available. The Priya Sisters will perform on Sunday, April 10, 2011 (2 – 5pm) at the Green Hope High School, Cary NC (details at and Friday, May 6, 2011 (7:30pm) at the Tate Hall, CPCC, Charlotte, NC (details

Spring Mela The India Association of Triad, Greensboro will celebrate their annual Spring Mela on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Fanta City Community Center, 4925 W. Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27407. The event runs from 11 am – 6 pm and will feature a DJ, performances, vendors, magic show, bingo and plenty of food. For details: contact Punita Ahuja 336.298.7082 or

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Oneness: A Cross-Culture Celebration Story and photos by Suzie Tanis This year’s Oneness Celebration was held on March 5, 2011 at The Hindu Center of Charlotte, in Vihar Hall, and hosted by Rashmi Pandey-Eddins and Michael Bond. The event celebrated the diversity of the rich heritage of humanity, enjoying the visual and musical feasts of creative self-expression from across the globe. Based on their motto “All cultures are branches of the same roots of humanity” artists from Charlotte performed a variety of cultural dances and songs for an audience of about 300. Dressed as a true Native American, the night began with Aztec Legend Alejandro Galvez, who performed an inspirational Native American Dance called “The Shaman Salutation.” Through beating drums and a ceremonial blessing of the four directions, it was a dance not soon forgotten. Next to perform was The Nitryangam Group, with a Kathak Tarana Dance consisting of Rhea, Angelica, Aishwarya, Tanvee, Shaine, Nimisha, and Himaja. Tarana is a vocal style of Indian music in which syllables without any literal meaning are used in a very fast rendition. Following The Nitryangam Group were children from the Carolina International School in Harrisburg. The youngsters sang the Beatles song “All You Need is Love” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The performers included Gutherie, Matt, and Cameron. Latin dancers from The Carolina Latin Dance Company performed a dance from Colombia, South America called Cumbia. The original dance and music for this piece were from the northern coast of the Caribbean region. It began as a courtship dance in which women hold a candle to defend themselves from the advances of men. It was practiced amongst the slaves at night on the beach. Later on, the music was mixed with European instruments and the influence became known today as Cumbia rhythm. After a very colorful and entertaining dance children from the Carolina International School Harrisburg returned to sing two Chinese songs called “Little Monkey” and “Where’s my Friend.” Tailing off the end of the night was performer Anitha Deshmundre who performed a violin solo to a South Indian Carnatic piece. Deshmundre performed Kriti, a traditional form of song titled “Vaasudevayani” in a Raag (Tune/Scale) Kalyani and Taal (Beat Cycle Name) Adi. One of the last performances of the night was given by co-host, Rashmi Pandey-Eddins performing a North Indian Dance to a Sufi song called “O Re Piya” sung by Pakistani Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. To end the night on a perfect note the final piece was performed by Kirit Shukla (harmonium) and Nimish Bhatt (table).

Marathi Play A three-act Marathi play directed by Dr. Vijaya Bapat featuring regional artists will be presented on Saturday, April 23, 2011 beginning at 2 pm at the Durham Arts Council, Durham NC. This is the annual production of Rasik Rang Manch. For further details contact: Nitin Rane at or 919.303.0845. Śrī Someśvara Temple Consecration Ceremonies The Śrī Someśvara Temple will be performing it’s consecration ceremonies (Kumbhābhiśekam) from May 12 – 16, 2011. Śrī Someśvara, a Shiva temple upholding the purity of the Vedas, sits atop the eastern facing slopes of the oldest mountain range in the world. Built from 50 tons of granite hand-carved in South India, Śrī Someśvara Temple is an exemplary application of Vedic craftsmanship. The commission for the design, carving and assembly was given to Master Temple Architect, S. Santhana Krishnan Sthapati from the lineage of the great Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati. Seven shilpis from Tamil Nadu, led by Sthapati Shiva Kumar, have worked diligently on this project, producing a Vedic treasure. The founders of this temple are committed to creating the most pure and authentic Vedic temple possible. The temple is structured to function according to mathematically precise formulas. Each meticulous carving in the granite represents an aspect of the Veda in its personified form of God. Consequently, the entire structure creates communion with God. During this five-day consecration, yagnas and pujas will occur from dawn until dusk. Ten classically trained pundits will be present to perform these ceremonies, guided by their own expertise and as dictated by the Shastras to uphold the purity of the Veda. Big tents across the lawns will provide gathering places for friends, families, and children to play. Indian food prepared with Ayurvedic expertise will be served. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the company of highly respected pundits and sthapatis from India and a number of renowned Vedic scholars and dignitaries. Celebrated Vedic dancer, Ramya S. Kapedia, is scheduled to perform a special musical piece dedicated to Lord Shiva on May 16. The uniqueness of its pristine mountain setting, within an authentic Vedic community, magnifies the resplendent influence of the temple’s activities. For further details call 828.476.4073 or visit www.ŚrīSomeś


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Aarohan 2011 Holi Celebrations 2011 Despite the cool and cloudy conditions, a big crowd showed up to celebrate holi colors at the Hindu Center, Charlotte on Sunday, March 20, 2011. -- Photos by Samir Shukla

Aarohan 2011, which took place on March 21, 2011, was an evening filled with melodious vocal music celebrating the success of an institution that is devoted to the cultivation of this form of art. The performances included compositions of Indian classical masters, Sufi poets, and Bollywood music directors that also included songs from Sikh and Muslim cultures of India. As many as 50 students ranging in age from 4 to 40 took part in the event. The accompanying musical was performed by Nimish Bhatt (dholak), Sadruddin Roy (keyboards), Kirit Shukla (harmonium), Ragavan Lutchmidat (table), Protik Maitra and Kirk Fernandez (guitars), all compiled by Subhra Chakraborty. Many distinguished community leaders were in the audience including Dr. Chen, President of Asian American Chamber of Commerce who made an appeal on behalf of the victims of Tsunami disaster in Japan. Ms. Biswas started learning Indian classical music at an early age completed her first formal level, a Bachelors degree i.e. Sangeet Visharad in vocal Music from Khairagarh University MP India, at age 14. She also earned a Master’s degree in Music in India. She started “Aarohan” (a music school in Charlotte, NC) in 2009 primarily for Indian vocal classical music and also introduces students to musical instruments and other forms of vocals.

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Community News & Events Charlotte Art 0f Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. Sat Apr 19 - SwamiNarayan Jayanti & Ram Navmi For further details: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For further details: Medha Tannu,, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik,, 704.904.3636 Carolinas Christian Assembly Charlotte All are cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. Info: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), Charlotte Table Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm Sunday 1-5 pm. Info: Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a nonprofit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across telangana region. Info & Pictures:


Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For further details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Fri May 6 @ 7:30 p.m. - A Vocal Concert by the Priya Sisters - Tate Hall, CPCC For further details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Vaisakhi Gurpurab: Fri Apr 15 - 9:00 a.m. - Arambh Shri Akhand Paath Sun Apr 17 - 10:00 a.m. - Bhog Shri Akhand Paath, 10:30 a.m. - Nishan Sahib Cholla ceremony For further details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), April 2011

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Community News & Events, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. For further details: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. We have 5 good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and 3 other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte

Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker ( Upcoming Events: Sat Apr 9 - Ugadi/ Gudi Padva Baisakhi/Puthandu/Vazthukal/Vishu/Na vreh celebration at 4 pm. Sun Apr 10 - Chetti Chand Celebration Thu Apr 28 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Mahaprabhuji Patotsav - Part I Sat Apr 30 - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Mahaprabhuji Patotsav - Part II Tue Jun 14 - “Pravachan” by Param Pujya Shri Rameshbhai V. Oza (“Pujya BhaishrI”) @ Vihar Hall, 7 pm. Info: Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Sat May 21 @ 6:00 PM - Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, vocal recital, Tate Recital Hall, Central Piedmont Community College. For further details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For further details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women 96

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Community News & Events million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For further details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: Sahaj Marg Meditation Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For further details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 – 8 pm. for recital of “DattaBavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For further details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For further details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed),

would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. For further details: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For further details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)


Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For further details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505

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, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For further details: Nirupama Shankar @ Puja Verma @

Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8 - 11 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or

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dren (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For further details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The next meeting will be on Sat Apr 9 at which there will be a “RamNavmi” celebration and a one-hour yoga class. A picnic at North Cary Park is being planned for June and a one-day tour is also being considered for June/July. All members are encouraged 102

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Community News & Events Dada Bhagwan Satsang Don’t miss on the lifetime event of “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For further details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For further details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina 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.” It organizes colorful events annually. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For further details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365

Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Wed Apr 6 - Carolina Rajasthani Association is celebrating “Gangaur” @ HSNC at 10:30 a.m. sharp. For further details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the greater community. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS 104

started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For further details: - Triangle area Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: Basant Bahar 2011 - Nav Tarang - A wave of new beginnings will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Athens Drive High School Auditorium, Raleigh. Enjoy classical, semi-classical and folk spring based performances from different states of India. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Admission is free. For further details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Upcoming Events: Sun Apr 10: Carnatic Vocal Concert by April 2011


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Community News & Events Priya Sisters at Green Hope High School, Cary, NC from 2 - 5 pm. Sat Apr 23: Hindustani Vocal Concert by Pt. Sanjeev Abhayankar at Green Hope High School, Cary, NC from 6 - 9 pm. Sun May 7: Classical Vocal concert with Monica Shah at West Regional Library Hall, Cary, NC from 2 - 5 pm. Info: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch a new project under specific guidelines. For further details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For further details: 919.233.2900

International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: 106

• Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm., and each Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. For further details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Nuv Yug strives to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For further details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. April 2011


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Community News & Events Upcoming Events: Pakistan American Anjuman Ladies’ Night will take place on Saturday, April, 16, 2011 from 6 - 11 pm. For performances contact Assiya Azam (919.434.9865), For food stalls Nasreen Ali (919.468.3769), For other details Nayyer Khan (828.506.2994) or Monazza Malik (919.367.9400). Tickets: Members $5, non Members $7, Students $4, Kids under 5 Free. Location:Cary Community Center 101 Wilkinson Ave, Cary, NC 27512. For further details: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. For further details: Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For further details: Varshana at hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with

minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, economy and politics. For further details: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For further details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For further details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: Tuesday, April 12: Sri Ram Navami Wed, April 20: Sankatahara Chaturthi Info: 919.468.0040 108

Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For further details: Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. For further details: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for April 2011

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Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. 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 the present. For further details: 919.773.1580

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: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin)

St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. For further details: 919.461.1773

Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For further details:

Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For further details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President)

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the greater Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Sat Jun 11 – Picnic Sat Oct 8 – Sharad Purnima Sat Nov 5 – Diwali For further details: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of In110

dian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. 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. For further details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at April 2011

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Regional Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] For further details: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 email: Website: Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and

motes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bilateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. For further details: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. For further details: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) For further details on upcoming events write or call. For further details: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani)

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 2333995. Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 112

pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For further details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. For further details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For further details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For further details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For further details: April 2011

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April 28, 2011 - 3rd ODI @ Barbados May 1, 2011 —- 4th ODI @ Barbados May 5, 2011 - 5th ODI @ Guyana May 12-16, 2011 - 1st Test @ Guyana May 20-24, 2011 - 2nd Test @ St. Kitts India visits West Indies: June 4, 2011 - 20 over match @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 6, 2011 - 1st ODI @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 8, 2011 - 2nd ODI @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 11, 2011 - 3rd ODI @ Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua June 13, 2011 - 4th ODI @ Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua June 16, 2011 - 5th ODI @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 20-24, 2011 - 1st Test @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 28-July 2, 2011 - 2nd Test @ Kensington Oval, Barbados July 6-10, 2011 - 3rd Test @ Windsor Park, Dominica

Apr. 1 - April Fool’s Day Apr. 2 - Darsha Amas (No Moon) Apr. 4 - Gudi Padvo Apr. 4 - Ugadi Apr. 4 - Chaitra Navratri begins Apr. 5 - Cheti Chand Apr. 12 - Rama Navami Apr. 12 - Swami Narayan Jayanti Apr. 14 - Baishakhi Apr. 14 - Chitirai (Tamil New Year) Apr. 14 - Vishu Apr. 14 - Kamala Ekadasi Apr. 15 - New Year in Bengal and Assam Apr. 16 - Mahavir Jayanti Apr. 18 - Hanuman Jayanti Apr. 22 - Good Friday Apr. 22 - Earth Day Apr. 24 - Easter Apr. 28 - Varuthini Ekadasi Apr. 28 - Vallabhacharya Jayanti

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General Predictions for April 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Your hard work, even with good morals, may not help you this month. Your friends may not be able to help you till middle of the month. Your health may not stay good and you must sincerely focus on health-related issues. Try to avoid any kind of risk taking. Keep away from speculation. You may regain your confidence during the last days of the month with the support of your family.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) You should focus on your health this month. Destiny may have a better hold on your life. Your own efforts or ideas may not work your way. It is advisable to surrender to destiny otherwise you may end up developing enmity with your own people. You may feel more confident and strong by the end of the month. Travel should be avoided this month. Respect elders and get their blessing.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) The first half of the month could be very positive for you. Your creative work may get recognized. Good health and cooperation of family may boost your confidence. You may witness a downfall during the last week of the month. Your partner may teach you tactics to handle an adverse situation. You can count on help from your partner. If involved in legal matters, time is not favorable.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Now is the time to get back into a routine life. You may enjoy good news at your place of work; however, your workload is going to go up along with your status. Your child may achieve respect in society. Take pride in it. If involved in business, time is good for expansion. Do not invest in land property. Your family reputation may help you enjoy status in society.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Even without confidence and proper views, you should be able to do well. Your reputation and education may come forward to help you out. Don’t compromise with the circumstances. Follow your knowledge and move fast in life. You may make mistakes and feel lost this month, but your luck should protect you on every step. Appreciation of your skill may bring extra income for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) An important and big move will be delayed. You may lose a very important opportunity. Your own mistake will put you in hot water. You may need some kind of spiritual help throughout the month. Financial loss is unavoidable. Try to protect your morals. Any risktaking tendency must be avoided. Your regular income should remain undisturbed.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) This is going to be a very easy period. Life should run very smooth, without any major events. A minor health ailment can bother you this month. You should be able to maintain a steady flow of income. Spiritual power may constantly boost your confidence and guide you in the right direction in life. You may enjoy respect at place of work during second half of the month. Enjoy the good time and have fun.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) A very hectic month is shaping up for you. You may get stuck between busy schedule and enjoying your time with family. Added responsibilities and very aggressive schedule may make you commit mistakes. Any decision and a tendency for aggressive action must be curbed this month. Listen to your spouse before making any commitment. You may not enjoy good health. Just slow down and control your anger.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) After a slow start life should take a powerful, positive turn. Be prepared to make quick decisions and make an immediate move. A partnership is also possible. You may have to take financial risk. Don’t involve your spouse in your career or business-related deals. A minor family problem could be there. Try to ignore it by avoiding it for the time being. Good health and self-confidence should help you win.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) The month may start very active but then the time may slow down for you. Dispute with your friends and associates may disturb your peace of mind. Don’t make mistakes just to maintain relations with your friends. You should enjoy a steady flow of income. Time is good for visiting nature and spending money for spiritual activities. You may spend the second half of the month mostly traveling.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may have to work against your own theory and listen to your competitors. Minor ups and downs are also possible. Your spouse could be the only support

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Gujarati LIVE-IN NANNY Needed: in Gastonia, NC to take care of a 3 year old child plus household duties like cooking, cleaning, laundry etc. Please call 704-974-3501.

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Opening For A Live-In Manager: Independent hotel in Charlotte area. Experience and good communication skills required. Accommodations, good salary plus bonus program. Please send resume:

4 Blimpie Sub Shops For Sale: located inside of Walmarts in Columbia, SC area. Low rent & overhead! Also C-Store For Rent in Abbeville, SC. Call Mahesh Patel 864-205-8777.

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South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 or 704.231.0751. Email:

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Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Fresh Flower Designs: for all occasions. We specialize in custom Garlands, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, etc. Serving the Carolinas. Call: 704817-7565 or 704-968-4788 or E-mail:

Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 E-Mail:


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Mint Indian Cuisine (Moorseville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Music Lessons / live music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Nilgiris Indian Bazaar (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Niti's Beauty Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Piedmont GYN/OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Premier Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . .119 Rapid Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Ravindra Dave Pandit (Religious Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Royal Kabab Hut and Grocery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Sangam Indian Cuisine (Cornelius) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 SAT Tutoring (The Hitchhiker's Guide to College) . . . . . . . .121 Select Auto Sales (Vehicle Locator Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48/49 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Situl Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Sonal Furniture & Custom Draperies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Spice Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Subh Laxmi Indian Groc. (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Trini Tours (Jay Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Vedic Ctr Of Greenville, SC (Shrimad Bhagavat Katha) . . . .67 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Yogi Cash & Carry (Indian Food & Spices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 A.S. Art Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .57 Aim Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Become Ultra Beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Bfit Dance Bollywood Fitness (Nrityangan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Bollywood Bites (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bridal Expo (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Camden Pinehurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Charlotte Prep School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Chingari Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Country Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 CR Communications Inc (Dish Network) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Dances Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Deccan Dental Lab, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Delhi Palace (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . . .77 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Dimpal's Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Festival of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Five Star Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Flower Accent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Grand Asia Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 India Cash & Carry (Mooresville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Jay Swaminarayan Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Khandekar, Shobana (Coldwell Banker Realtors) . . . . . . . . . .79 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Maha Laxmi Temple (Srinathji Charitramrut Katha) . . . . . . .69 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Mediterranean Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Meghna Jewelers (Sale & Exhibition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59


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