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Turning Down Free Internet

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HeLLo ReaDeRS! Why Indians are turning down Facebook's free Internet. Check pg. 08 for details. The future looks bright for solar power in India. See pg. 14. Dancing in the American political mosh pit. See the column on pg. 18. Romance in film: storytelling separated by culture...or is it? Read the column on pg. 30. Solve our latest puzzle for kids, the Brain Train on pg. 44. Read about children’s dental health as they grow on pg. 52. Test your knowledge about India and its culture in our quiz on pg. 60. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community, news, analysis and videos at our recently revamped website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

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IN THIS ISSue Turning down free Internet . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Solar power in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Mirror, Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar, Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 The Dentist Visits You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Test your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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Why Indians are turning down Facebook’s

FREE INTERNET tiny subset of the World Wide Web,” Sunil Abraham, executive director of the Bengaluru-based Centre for Internet and Society, told GlobalPost. The Free Basics app is part of Facebook’s, a “zero-rating” internet service that provides limited access for no charge to the consumer. The original was heavily criticized in India for violating net neutrality, the principle that all content on the web should be accessible to consumers at the same speed, without discrimination by providers. Last spring, as part of a homegrown “Save the Internet” movement, over 1 million people wrote to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to protest services that disrupt net neutrality by providing only a small fraction of the internet to their users. India’s Department of Telecommunications has already recommended that such platforms be disallowed. Before it makes its own recommendations this month, the TRAI asked concerned citizens for another round of input on zero-rating apps. The criticism has been so loud that, at the end of December, Free Basics’ local telecom partner was ordered to take the service down until a decision is reached. Though Free Basics does not require payment from the

By Nimisha Jaiswal, NEW DELHI, India — Imagine a billion of the world’s poorest gaining overnight access to health information, education, and professional help — for free. Add to this one rich man who wants to make that dream a reality. That’s the invitation that Facebook has sent to India. Many there, however, are rejecting such benevolence. Facebook has introduced its “Free Basics” project in 36 countries. The company claims that the app acts as a steppingstone to the internet for those who are otherwise without access, by providing them with a few essential sites — or “basics” — to get started. “We know that when people have access to the internet they also get access to jobs, education, healthcare, communication… We know that for India to make progress, more than 1 billion people need to be connected to the internet,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a recent op-ed for a major Indian newspaper. “Free Basics is a bridge to the full internet and digital equality.” However, net neutrality researchers and activists in India define it quite differently. “Free Basics is a zero-rated walled garden that gives users a


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websites it shares, Facebook’s competitors are unlikely to participate and provide user data to their rivals. And while there are currently no advertisements on Free Basics, Facebook reserves the right to introduce them in the future to garner revenue from their “walled-in” clients. According to Abraham, such a platform harms free speech, privacy, innovation and diversity by adding another layer of surveillance and “censoring” the internet. Mahesh Murthy, a venture capitalist who is part of India’s “Save the Internet” movement, puts it more bluntly. “What Facebook wants is our less fortunate brothers and sisters should be able to poke each other and play Candy Crush, but not be able to look up a fact on Google, or learn something on Khan Academy, or sell their produce on a commodity market, or even search for a job on [Indian recruitment website] Naukri,” said Murthy. Zuckerberg and Facebook’s India team have vigorously rebutted net neutrality activists in India, including Murthy, challenging their criticism of Free Basics and accusing activists of deliberately trying to prevent the masses from gaining internet access. “Critics of the program continue to spread false claims — even if that means leaving behind a billion people,” wrote Zuckerberg in his Times of India op-ed. According to Abraham, this is a misleading assertion. “They are falsely framing the debate, they are making it look like we have only two choices,” he told GlobalPost. “The choice is not between less people on the internet and unregulated [Free Basics].” Several alternatives are being proposed. Abraham does not advocate a complete ban on Free Basics, instead suggesting a “leaky” walled garden where users would be given 100 MB of full internet access for every 100 MB of Free Basics consumed. The “Save the Internet” campaign, however, wants Free Basics barred altogether. It proposes returning to previously implemented schemes like providing data on the purchase of a phone, or letting users access the full internet after watching an ad. The Universal Service Obligation Fund, set up by the Department of Telecommunications to provide affordable communication technology in rural areas, could also be used to finance free data packs. While Facebook could potentially contribute to such funds to promote its connectivity goals, the millions of dollars it has spent loudly defending “Free Basics” in India suggest that the company is deeply attached to its own scheme. Facebook has claimed that “more than four in five Indians support Free Basics,” according to a survey that it paid for. Indian users of the social network have received notifications encouraging them to send a template letter to the regulator in support of Free Basics. Even users in the US were “accidentally” notified to add their backing to the Indian campaign. Some of the company’s critics suggest that it is driven less by philanthropy, more by guaranteeing itself a stream of new users. Murthy points out that a large number of the world’s populations not yet on the internet are in India and China — and Facebook is banned in China. “So who becomes essential to Mark Zuckerberg’s balance sheet? Enter us Indians.” While Indian activists agree that connectivity is an important goal, they insist that “Free Basics” in its current form is not the solution or even the only option right now. All it does is whets the appetite of the consumer, according to Abraham. “You can compare Free Basics to when you go through the mall: You see the people selling cookies, and the aroma fills the whole mall,” he said. “That’s what Free Basics does — it gets you interested in the cookie. But it doesn’t solve the affordability question.”

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By Samir Shukla Polimosh: Dancing in the american Political Mosh Pit Welcome to my political diary. I call it Polimosh. It’s a dance in the mosh pit that is American politics. This column is geared to politically independent thinkers and is beholden to no party or candidate. All ideologies are considered and put through the ringers. Functionality of politicians and policy are applauded and dimwits are taken to task. Facts are of the essence. Here’s my motto as a political junkie: if you can go see it for yourself, go see it. If you can go hear it for yourself, go hear it. If it is allowed to touch and feel, do it. Leave no stone unturned as you ingest political propaganda. Look on the other side of the coin even if your political leanings fall on a specific side. It can’t hurt. That is the way to extract truth and facts, keep propagandists at bay, and make logical, not emotional decisions. Every political party spins the truth and twists the facts to win seats. The work of the American people by those in legislatures, congress, state capitols, and the White House could be done in a thoughtful and cooperative manner, albeit preceded by robust dialogue. That’s the hope of people who put politicians in office. There will be differences in philosophy, but negotiated deals and laws are not that difficult to achieve. That is not the case in current American politics. It has become a mosh pit; a free for all. And though enjoyable to watch on occasion, it’s not good for the country. Thinking minds and moderate politicians can resolve our problems and unravel some of the distrust between citizenry. Ideologues and political purists are hijacking conversations and creating chaos. The so-called political correctness is not the problem. It’s an irrelevancy that politicians blow out of proportions. Politicians also love to bash the media, but would get nowhere without it. The term “media” in today’s society is a muddled term. The long-established gatekeepers such as the New York Times are, of course, the media. But so is the guy writing a blog, posting signs, passing out flyers, or talking to his neighbors in order to persuade them to his way of thinking. In this over-connected world, we are all media. Every election is important, so it’s bit of a cliché to say this election is a once in a lifetime event. However, this election does feel different. There are angry outsiders in the front of the pack of candidates. The Republican nomination process may end up in a brokered convention in July if no clear winner surfaces during the caucus and primary season. The Democrats are fighting it out, but it’s really just a two-way competition between Sanders and Clinton. It will get resolved by end of March. I’m espousing a simple concept: political independence. By all means throw your support to candidates of your liking, which I hope you’ve done after logical reasoning and not via emotions, but keep your intellectual political independence. Unaffiliated and independent voters are the middle ground, the spine of the country, if you will. They are the coveted voters that will shape a candidate’s success in a general election. In this column, I will write about my thoughts on debates, primaries, and the general election, still nine months away. Any political event I attend will be noted through analysis. I will also post this on on a weekly and ongoing basis. Join me on the journey, fellow polimoshers.

January 8, Trump Hits Rock Hill, SC On this drizzly evening, I slogged the lines and sat through Donald Trump’s rally in Winthrop University Coliseum, Rock Hill. It was a near-capacity crowd of supporters, curious bystanders, entertainment seekers, and a few detractors. Trump is clearly surprising everyone with his staying power leading up to the primaries. I’m among those who thought he would fizzle out before the voting begins. But the story is otherwise. His supporters like to hear what he has to say. They say he speaks his mind, unlike career politicians. Overhearing conversations among those in the long line to the venue revealed that Trump’s simpleton sloganeering is working. His same lines are oftrepeated. Many people wore shirts and caps with Trump’s motto for his campaign, “Make America Great Again.” I wondered about that. Just what does that mean? What part of America is he going to make great again? Will he use some of his billions in wealth or a magic wand? Trump can excite a crowd with slogans bereft of details. His stance on immigrants, China, and Muslims has gained traction among his crowd. This evening Trump checklisted his oft-repeated mantras including that of building a border wall and making Mexico pay for it. The crowd, mostly white folks, ate it up. So it goes. The highlight of the evening? I filled up my gas tank for $1.67 per gallon in South Carolina before I hopped the border and drove back to Charlotte. Love these low gas prices. January 12, State of the union address President Obama pontificated on his presidency at this final state of the union address. It was a legacy speech that quietly taunted his opponents. He was looking inward and backward to his accomplishments. He knows the slacker congress is not going to support much of anything he wants to do in the coming months so he didn’t bother coming up with a list of things to accomplish in his final year. He made a passionate callout to the electorate and common folks on coming together to solve our problems. Maybe a few people will take that to work. At the end of the address, his call to eradicate cancer in the near future felt a little like an afterthought as an unconnected dangling statement. It’s a worthy pursuit, but it was rather anti-climactic. Bottom line: If you are a Democrat you mostly liked his speech and wish him well. If you are a Republican, you didn’t like the speech and can’t wait till he leaves office. January 12, State of the union Republican Response South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley gave the response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Haley was continued on page 32

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SUBCONTINENTAL DIVIDE An Indian Subcontinent Dialogue Mothers, Managers, and Manufacturing

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By Ahsen Jillani One of the defining moments of my life was when my mother, during my rare visit home, declared in front of senior family members and friends that I was a “typist” in America. I had been living away from family for long enough at that point that I ignored the comment and just smiled. The reaction from the high-level members of the “career police,” however, was less than comforting. My eldest uncle took me aside later and offered sage advice about returning to Pakistan and using my dad’s influence to land a decent job. I felt that others in the house that evening just looked at me with the usual distrust and disappointment that would be expected if you weren’t on the Big Three (Doctor/Lawyer/Engineer) track. I hinted to people over afterdinner tea that I was a typesetter and a graphic artist, but that only raised eyebrows in the wrong direction. My father said nothing about it that night. The next day, I was remote-connected to work sitting on a sofa on one side of his bedroom and he softly said, “These people are idiots. Work with your hands. Create something tangible. That’s the only kind of work.” His comment was especially shocking coming from a man who never even carried his briefcase to his car. He seemed to everyone a born executive who would look down upon people who did the tangible work. But the retired economist in him had made a few discoveries over 50-some years looking at Asia’s struggling economies and the even more disturbing economic disparities. This past New Year’s Eve I decided to launch an ill-timed attack on the unsuspecting family members who were posting their usual photos of eating exorbitant meals that cost more than their servants would earn in 6 months. For months, I was looking at Facebook posts and getting Skype messages from exotic locales like Rome, Geneva, London, and vacation spots like Fiji and Phuket, Thailand. I had been feeling like these people were attending those managerial business meetings (and reaping the rewards) that differentiate the cream from the rotten crop. My mother was still talking to me from the afterlife. At 55, I should be ordering lesser people to do things. I should have my necktie and suit handled by a servant. I should have my car door opened by a saluting guard at the office. After all, my father had all that at age 30. At 55, I still live like I did at 25. I’m still a typist (130wpm now); I run big copying machines, folding machines, cutting machines; I box and tape jobs for FedEx, and I haul boxes of printing back and forth between multiple offices. This is hardly managerial behavior, but I like to produce things that are tangible, and I like to look at my printed designs and shake hands with happy clients when I deliver projects to them. My employment philosophy is very simple: I work with people who want to work. If they don’t, they can find another job they enjoy. I remain puzzled about why managers constantly have to chase employees to meet goals. I feel like managers should be fired if they hired disinterested or lax employees. So on New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be great to plug the value of manufacturing for any successful economy. After all, a thousand managers can’t put together a Walmart desk

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Sanjay’s Super Team Nominated for an Academy award

Neerja is a biopic and a cinematic representation of the dramatic events that unfolded on September 5, 1986 when Pan Am Flight 73 from Bombay to New York was hijacked in transit at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi by Palestinian extremists from Abu Nidal’s terrorist outfit. This is the story of Neerja Bhanot, a 22 year old part time model, who was the head purser on the flight. She had escaped an abusive marriage at a very young age and as a life change, decided to become an air hostess, subsequently impressing everyone so much that they made her a purser. Throughout the ordeal, she didn’t succumb to her fears and instead fought her personal demons from the past and from the minute the plane was hijacked, through the terrifying 17 hours to the grueling end, she used her courage and wits to make sure that the passengers were protected, going as far as to hiding the passports of the American passengers. She managed to save the lives of 379 crew and passengers, all at the cost of her own life. Neerja is directed by Ram Madhvani and stars Sonam Kapoor and Shabana Azmi. It releases on February 19.

The animated short film Sanjay’s Super Team has been nominated for an Academy Award for Short Film (Animated). The film is made by Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle for Pixar. In the film young Sanjay, a first-generation Indian-American, is obsessed with television, cartoons and his superhero action figures. He is reluctant to spend time in daily prayers with his devout Hindu father, but a flight of imagination helps him develop a new perspective that he and his father can both embrace. The film was shown in theaters recently before animated features like The Good Dinosaur. The Academy Awards will be shown on Sunday, February 28 on ABC.

Deepika Padukone to Commence Filming with Vin Diesel Deepika Padukone has signed on to play a role in the Vin Diesel starrer XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. She will be joining the rest of the cast in February to commence her segment of shooting. Tweeting about the same, the film’s director D.J. Caruso posted, “We start in January. She starts sometime in February.” Later he added, “I have been blessed with this amazing cast and this week we will add a few more players! @deepikapadukone She is stunning and XXXtremely talented”. The film is slated to release in early 2017 and also stars Jet Li.

Eight renowned Bollywood filmmakers to come together for a film Eight filmmakers, Rajkumar Hirani, Zoya Akhtar, Shyam Benegal, Homi Adajania, Nagesh Kukunoor, Imtiaz Ali, Mira Nair and Sriram Raghavan will be coming together for a feature 8 short film compilation. The caveat is that they won’t be directing, but mentoring specially selected up and coming young directors who each direct one of the films. The directors will be chosen from a crew of technicians, assistant directors as well as executive producers, and will be provided with infrastructure, guidance and monetary help. The short films are slated to go on floor in March and the makers are looking for a June release.

Sanjay Dutt to be a free man on February 27 Actor Sanjay Dutt will be a free man on February 27. According to news reports, the Maharashtra government remitted his sentence in the Mumbai serial blasts case. Dutt was incarcerated serving a five year jail sentence for his involvement in the 1993 blasts, after it was upheld by the Supreme Court in March 2013. The release is scheduled pending all legal formalities go smoothly.

DFW South Asian Film Festival The 2nd annual DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) South Asian Film Festival kicks will take place Feb. 19 – 21 at locations in downtown Dallas and Plano. The opening night film, Miss India America, will screen on Friday, Feb. 19, followed by a red carpet and cocktail reception. The rest of the specially-curated line-up will be showcased at the Angelika Film Center in Plano, followed by panel discussions with attending filmmakers, after-parties and networking events, all taking place in Plano. The second iteration of the festival boasts more than a dozen curated shorts, documentaries and feature films that focus on issues affecting the South Asian (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) sub-continent, as well as explore the lives and stories of the South Asian Diaspora in the United States. For full details visit

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Whenever you’re in the mood for watching a film, most often you find a specific genre in order to browse through in your video queue. More often than not, you’ll catch yourself riffling through the Romance section to find that one film which offers the best “warm fuzzy feeling” after watching 2 (or more) people find each other and sharing a few brief moments of their lives and love with us. But how is “Romance” defined between American and Hindi Films? The biggest difference has to be that American cinema tends to (in most cases) create a Romantic movie and only a Romantic movie. Sure, it could be presented as a wacky comedy or a tragedy of star-crossed lovers, but the main narrative stays relatively simple. You know that The Notebook will be about an on and off again romance that will culminate in that one memorable scene of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams kissing in the rain. With the melding and You know that we will follow greater acceptance of world Woody Allen and Diane cultures in recent years, the Keaton as they decide whether or not they can typical Hollywood or remain together as a couple Bollywood style is becoming in Annie Hall. Within the less and less defined. interaction between the lovers, you rarely see them express their emotions beyond a few flirting glances, or some awkward dialogue before finally at the end they run across an airport or walk into a crowded room if only to say, “No one puts Baby in a corner.” Indian films tend to, as a rule, mix Romance into other genres and make one grand adventure filled with vibrant color, music, action and just about everything else. While in American films we’re more of a silent observer, Indian films puts you right in the scene with the characters as a participant of sorts. We watch in Veer-Zaara as Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta fall in love, and we join their adventure over many years as the social unrest between India and Pakistan threatens to keep them apart. We join Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in their whirlwind of arranged marriage, sacrifice and maintaining the ideal family dynamic in Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Often in the middle of the story there will be at least one or more lavish musical numbers with dancing, singing and beautiful costumes. Usually these involve either the lovers expressing their attraction towards each other or some grand celebration such as a wedding or holiday. Is one approach to Romance any better than the other? Well the different techniques used in the two schools of film have been shaped by their target audiences and the societal norms of each. Bollywood love stories tend to focus on a love within the restrictions of class, country or a family matter such as an


arranged marriage. Often the tale ends with the knowledge that the lovers will be together for many lifetimes to come. The movie’s extravagance from sets and costumes to its intricate cornucopia of plot elements is perfect for the South Asian audience who watch it to escape from mundane life. While Hollywood does have its own share of exuberance in film. The general American moviegoer, in the past few years, has preferred grandiose violence instead of a simple love story. More money is made by how many structures can be blown up or how many enemies can be taken down by a single hero. The love story is often tacked on as a tertiary element and the love interest is often there to be eye candy. There are exceptions to both rules, of course, especially with the way the cultures of the world have blended over the years. From the American standpoint, we only have to look at the films of Baz Luhrmann. The Australian born director has a vast background with ballroom dancing, theatre and most recently painting. It’s very apparent that he’s been influenced by both Hollywood and Bollywood musicals with the magnificent scope of sets, costumes and music in films like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! The love story intertwines within social struggles and musical numbers in such a way that would be perfectly at home in a Hindi production. On the opposite side of the coin we have Nikhil Advani’s Kal Ho Naa Ho which incorporates some of Hollywood’s most famous romantic clichés such as an independent female lead who falls for the boy next door, timid attraction and a tragic ending that still manages to make you smile even with all the tears rolling down your face. While some Bollywood elements are still present such as the musical numbers, it does not follow the typical love story formula that Bollywood fans are accustomed to... and yet it still works. With the melding and greater acceptance of world cultures in recent years, the typical Hollywood or Bollywood style is becoming less and less defined. Merging the two on a more consistent basis I think would make for some of the most unique and entertaining cinema in years. We’ve already seen a touch of that in a little film called Slumdog Millionaire. While it has not met with love from some Indian critics and artists, it has nonetheless helped to unveil the Bollywood film style to a much wider audience. In the end, how people fall in love is just as unique as the films that portray it. Whether you show your devotion by holding a boombox over your head or twilring around together in synchronicity with hundreds of other colorfully dressed dancers, tales of love in any form provide us with a story that transcends the typical conventions of social or geographical boundaries.

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Here’s my parting message. Change your party affiliation to Unaffiliated. Dump the parties. In North Carolina, unaffiliated voters can vote in either primary. It’s a small way to shake up the branches, make extreme partisans on both sides less important. The independent middle needs to swell and take back the nomination process, reduce the effect of massive campaign money, and moderate the election process. The two established political parties are sure as hell not going to do it.

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January 19, Sarah Palin endorses Trump I read about this momentous occasion for Trump this afternoon. Many Republicans and conservatives want to stop Trump. A Palin endorsement may do the trick. Just ask John McCain.

Democrats February 11: Milwaukee, WI (PBS) March 9: Miami, FL (Univision)

January 23, Bernie Sanders National Live Stream Bernie Sanders did a brief National Live Stream on YouTube to his supporters to fire them up before the primaries. He emphasized the individual donors making small contributions that are fueling his campaign. He repeated his campaign mantras of billionaires and the wealthy taking the country for a ride. “Almost all of the new wealth is going to the top 1 percent. Top 10 percent have more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined,” he explained. He also said a rigged, corrupt campaign finance system is eroding people’s confidence. He hit the nail on the head when talking about his candidacy that’s unnerving for Clinton, “We have formed a campaign that has the establishment shaking, they are shaking. If we win in Iowa and New Hampshire… let me tell you we are doing better and better in South Carolina.” He sounds reasonable when he genuinely talks about the broken criminal justice system, comprehensive immigration reform, and climate change. Sanders said, “the political revolution is all about… when ordinary people stand together.” This call for a revolution is laudable. The problem is he is living in la-la land when talking about big changes. Let’s say he wins the nomination, gets elected and even if the Democrats regain congress (a mighty tall order), free college education for all and single payer healthcare are not happening in this country anytime soon. That would require the mindset of at least 60 percent of Americans to think that way and then push their representatives to act. Hillary Clinton has shifted a bit further to the left in recent weeks to counter Sanders and she now talks of “incremental” changes to healthcare and economy. That is a more logical way of doing business. Most ordinary folks don’t have the capacity to do revolutions in their lives. They make incremental changes to improve their lot. But in the current divided country and congress, even incremental change is difficult. It remains to be seen if he can counter the Clinton Juggernaut after Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Meaning (Summary): Radha and Mira, both loved Krishna, but do you know the difference”! One is fond of (His) love and other is fond of (His) glance. Radha searched Him in the garden called “Madhuban” and Mira found Him in her mind. Radha who lost Him, that Krishna, Mira had glanced Him. One is the flute and other is the anklet; one is frantic and other is injured. But do you know the difference”! One is lured by his face appearance and other is lured by his idol. Mira’s God is “Giridhar Gopal” (Krishna) and for Radha, He is “Manmohan,” (one who captures the mind). Radha always does the make up (on her body) and Mira became a female monk. One is a queen and other is a reverent. But do you know the difference in their satisfaction”! One is not accepting her victory and other is not accepting her defeat. Radha and Mira, both loved Krishna... Lyrics in Hindi:

awards He received many prestigious regional awards (in different languages) for his lyrics and music. Some are: Padma Shri and the Civilian award of Govt. of India, in 2015. He won a Filmfare Award for best music director for the Raj Kapoor film Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). He was nominated for other films including Chitchor (1976), Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se (1978). His lyrics to the famous Hindi song “Eka Radha, eka Mira” from the film Ram Teri Ganga Maili are given on this page.

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By Shyama Parui An unusually warm December somehow made me less prepared for dipping temperatures and I find myself impatiently awaiting spring or “Basant Ritu.” In India, this short lived but favored season arrives early in February and “Basant Panchami” marks its traditional celebration. Although some parts of India I cannot be nostalgic about. In Mumbai, the only two seasons we experienced were hot and humid and unbearably hot and humid. Here in North Carolina, predicting the arrival of spring seems to be combination of myth, meteorology and simply chance. So with advice from our local groundhog named Queen Charlotte, weather reporters or observations from the window of my home, I could just pick a date and still have a fairly high probability of being right. That does not stop us from repeatedly checking weather apps, following the news to see if Queen Charlotte saw her shadow and frequently inserting our views on the current temperature in conversations. While we could all lose some of our bad habits, some traditions are worth holding on to. The unscientific predictions stated on Groundhog Day and the celebration of spring or Basant Panchami in the middle of February may not make any sense at a rational level, but we continue our dearest traditions for reasons far greater than logic. My favorite springtime tradition is watching kids participate in “hathe–khori” where children hold a piece of chalk and write on a small chalkboard. You may wonder what’s so special about that. Well, this is part of beautiful ritual where children seek the blessing of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning before they begin formal education. Even though we see advanced versions of the chalkboard such as Doodle Pro and a range of digital tablets, the spirit of honoring academic and artistic learning remains unchanged. Speaking of education, the Principal of my children’s school requested that I share information about schools in India. With a noticeable growth in the population moving from India there was a sense of curiosity about how the schools are and a desire to be better prepared to answer questions. They were full of questions about what the schools might look like, whether there were public or private schools and how the schools were run. Kudos to the school for making an effort to understand its student base. So I geared up for some homework. Having lived here for more than 15 years I had to call friends and family to get up to speed about today’s schools, particularly elementary schools. As I suspected, a sea of change had occurred mostly in larger cities, especially with people’s increasing spending power. My own school was no longer the humble teaching institution it had been when I was a student but had undergone a transformation. A virtual tour revealed a swanky new building with an assembly hall that reminded me of a cruise ship. Other pictures made me go, “Whoa, wait a minute! What have you done to my classrooms, my images of childhood and memories of my friends and teachers?” One big realization was that education has turned into a commodity, one that is neatly packaged and advertised to

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We actually have been designing quizzes in these articles since 2007 (or maybe earlier!) to test your knowledge of very common, very frequently used idioms and idiomatic (nonliteral) expressions you will hear used by native speakers of American English. Many of these expressions refer to items which are closest to us, such as parts of our bodies. There were over 70 different idioms and metaphors incorporating teeth and tooth in The 1 We suggest that you go through the quiz items, marking your answers on a separate sheet of paper. Use your mistakes as a guide to further practice and then retake the quiz at a later time until you score 100%! Match the idioms with teeth and tooth with the correct meaning (a,b,c) within each group of three sentences:

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1. In this town, support for that candidate is as rare as hen’s teeth. ____ 2. It was a real kick in teeth when the management transferred him out of the department he had helped to develop. ___ 3. With their elaborate gowns, jewelry and hairstyles, the Hollywood stars were armed to the teeth hoping for an award.___ a. Being treated unfairly and badly. b. Overly equipped or prepared. c. Extremely scarce

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4. He managed to pass his physics exam by the skin of his teeth. ___ 5. The baby kept us up most of the night because he is cutting teeth. ___ 6. She cut her teeth on the family business before going to work for a large corporation. ___ a. Obtained her first experience and learned the basic skills. b. Just barely, by the smallest margin. c. Has new teeth emerging from his gums.

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Albert Einstein once said that “out of clutter find simplicity.” Perhaps that is the reason he could find seemingly simple principles out of a very complex universe that he was studying. Not bad considering that once he was a clerk at the patent office and his desk and office were thought to be most cluttered. Our financial lives also get very complicated at times and then we get lost into the financial maze and don’t quite know what to do. I have observed a few couples and families sabotage their own finances and financial success, in a way, by making things much more complicated than they need to be or doing things that are beyond their means. Clearly for most of us there is much to do. Granted some of us are very organized and keep things in order but some of us are not; and I am not sure that it is the high degree of organization that brings success or it is keeping things simple. I believe it might be the latter. There are things we can do now which will help us in our daily financial life today and which will also help our administrators/trustees after we are gone. The most imminent thing to do is to bring all the financial information and documents together in one place so that you or your administrator will not have any difficulty understanding what is involved. My father had this impression that opening different accounts in different banks is the way to keep your money safe. Perhaps, but then imagine our surprise when we got a call from a bank manager many years after his passing asking us what should be done with the bank account he had opened. Opening so many unnecessary accounts in different banks was neither more safe nor keeping it simple. With all the information in one place you will automatically begin to comprehend the redundancy of accounts, or the fact that there is not enough diversification of assets or that some documents are missing, not to mention a few of the potential problems. Gathering information together will also include information about your pension, 401Ks, IRAs, credit cards, life insurance, annuities, house deeds, wills, trusts, bank accounts, long-term investments and many such items. When it is all together you will also begin to see the holes in your planning like things that are missing or wrongly done that need to be corrected. One couple I worked with was so surprised to find that they did not have any beneficiaries mentioned on any of the investment accounts they had. Even the smallest saving account I welcome any questions on this article or the previous ones, also the needs to have a beneficiary mentioned. Most people think that suggestions for any future financial subjects of your interest that you since everything they have is in a joint account (joint accounts would like to know more about. are usually not even a good idea even between husband/wife) they are covered but usually that is not so. Imagine the surprise one husband had when he found out that he still had his divorced wife’s name as a beneficiary on his life insurance Mo Vidwans policy and on many other investment documents. It was Vidwans is an independent, board certified financial planner. For details visit probably the last name he wanted to have on such documents., call 984-888-0355 When all your financial information is together, in a big or write to folder or a binder, and you start looking at it all-together, you may begin to see holes or gaps, for example that you don’t


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THE DENTIST VISITS YOU Children’s Dental Health Month By Vatsal Suthar February is Children’s Dental Health month and I wanted to build from the pregnant patient considerations I outlined in the last article. It’s never too early to begin taking care of your young one’s teeth. The buds for your child’s baby teeth have been developing in the womb weeks leading up to delivery. In certain cases, your baby can be born with teeth! No doubt there are many health considerations for a newborn, but proper oral health care should begin well before the first teeth even begin to appear. In the daily routine of feedings, diaper changes, and minimizing risks on your new bundle of joy, consideration should strongly be given to including good early oral health practices. Babies are born without the bacteria that cause cavities. They only get it from saliva that passed on from their parent or caregiver’s mouth. Sharing spoons and testing foods before giving it to the child passes on germs, as does cleaning a pacifier by your mouth instead of rinsing with water. Other activities that can pass saliva are mouth kisses or allowing baby to suck on your finger after it has touched your mouth. In this way, the state of health (or disease) of the parent’s mouth is being passed on to your child. Simply, if you have a mouth with gum infections or active decay, your child will get infected with the same germs if you any of the above actions are taken. Before teeth erupt, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe inside your baby’s mouth twice a day. Continue doing this even after the first few teeth begin to appear. After, you should add a baby toothbrush to supplement the daily regimen. A common mistake is for parents to think that a toothbrush is not needed until all the baby teeth have come in to take care of cavities. The earlier a baby is introduced to toothbrush, or similar instrument, the better your chances to avoid their resistance in using one later in childhood. Gently brush these early teeth with a small smear of toothpaste and eventually graduating to a pea size amount when they reach two years of age. Babies can begin to have teeth come in at around 6 months of age. All 20 of their primary teeth should be out around the time they are three years old. It is imperative to never let your child be put to sleep with a bottle filled with milk, formula, juices, or any other sugary liquid. The sugars in these drinks increase the chances of your baby developing early cavities, or “baby bottle tooth decay.” You should strive for the child to finish the bottle before falling asleep. If a bottle is an absolute must at bedtime, fill it with water instead to eliminate a sugar source from bathing the teeth all night. Halfway to their first birthday, it will also be time to require fluoride to take care of the erupting teeth. Most babies get their required intake from water in our homes. Keep in mind that bottled water does not have any fluoride to help keep teeth strong. One of the most asked questions I get from parents-to-be or new parents is: “When does my baby really need to first see the dentist?” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that a child be seen when the first tooth appears or no later than the first birthday. Most general and family dentists can see kids but a child’s needs are different than adults. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry.

These specialists have two to three years specialty training following dental school and limit their practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. They have very specific knowledge and expertise in answering your questions in regards to concerns about your little one’s mouth and teeth including thumb sucking, nutrition concerns, and tricks to make tooth brushing at home easier with your child. Furthermore, when children visiting a pediatric dental office see other children there, a kid feels more comfortable. This fun environment increases the chances for a pleasant visit and reduces anxiety for each visit in the long term. In turn, this familiarity will help kids become acclimated to dental appointments in the future. To build self-confidence, encourage your child to brush his or her teeth on their own when old enough. Always monitor the child’s brushing technique thoroughly to ensure a proper practice. The best way to teach a child is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush and floss your teeth teaches them the importance of good oral hygiene. Manual or powered, the AAPD recommends that any softbristle brush can assist with keeping your child’s smile cavityfree. Choose one specifically designed for children’s smaller hands and mouths. Look for large handles that can help children control the toothbrush. Also, remember to throw out a toothbrush after 3 months or sooner if the bristles are fraying. The damaged bristles can harm the gums and are not as effective in cleaning teeth. Toothbrushes should also be replaced when your little one gets sick with a cold, cough, or fever. In regards to dental emergencies, the most common is untreated cavities on teeth that become painful due to infection. Preventing this catastrophic moment for your baby is easy with regular check ups with a general or pediatric dentist. Based on the age and amount of teeth, your doctor will give advice on when to begin taking x-rays on the child. With protection from lead aprons, digital technology and newer equipment, the amount of radiation exposure is very minimal during this exam. Another reason for dental emergencies in children is accidentally injuring the mouth playing or during daily activities. Calling your provider as soon as possible can ensure a proper assessment and treatment. There are many health considerations in the first few months and years in a baby’s life. Among them is taking care of their oral health, as a child’s dental health history is a strong predictor of their adult condition. The parents or caregivers are crucial in establishing good habits from the very start at birth. Next month, more dental insight will be provided as the child transitions into adolescence.


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I am it! Now that we have stopped making excuses, and are restraining ourselves from blaming innocent animals, we are finally getting somewhere. We shall not lie to ourselves. If I am not doing something, I don’t really care that much, regardless of how much I assert otherwise by pounding the table. Since you are making the decision, as we must surely agree by now, you can decide to free your desire from the inertia that envelops it in the form of competing desires. Or, you can at least decide to accept the current state of affairs, to avoid the false expectations that will meet with predictable disappointments. You have now decided to do something, rather than nothing! A project has been chartered, and you are clear that it will not move forward without action – constant, continuous actions that keep moving the needle. And … it is your baby. Just yours.

The birth of passion As we have asserted, all accomplishments require energy and action. Some of us are fortunate, and are relatively selfdriven. We are able to apply our energy toward certain things that we feel a passion for. And when our passions match what we desire at a more practical level (things such as fame and fortune), it all just seem to click into place. But this is not always true. We are not born with the passion for the things that lead the way to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In fact, passion is born from engagement with something repeatedly. You get to know the thing, the thing gets to know you, and you and it become one. Then it is a dance that you enjoy; others enjoy The dog ate my homework! The evidence shows that it is not simple to get the right watching you dance too. things done. People want to lose weight, but don’t do what is Passion’s mother needed to make that happen. You want to complete that home The trouble is that you cannot wave a magic wand and make project you have been putting off for so long, but Facebook passion happen. The baby needs to go through a gestation happens. In fact, lots of other things happen besides the thing you say you want. If we look a little deeper into this, we can see period, before it is born. Action! We can do all the wishing and that it is not that nothing gets accomplished; it is just that the hand-waving we want, but it is only when we apply ourselves over and over again to something does the passion begin to right things do not get done. But therein lies the secret to this whole thing. If you decide show signs of arising. And when it does, a baby is born. But that there is a particular thing that is “more right” than others, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that you then that is what gets done. Clearly, you are doing the deciding. are now a proud parent bonding with a beautiful baby; the bad You are the judge, jury and executioner. There is no one else to news is that you are not done. You need to go through all that is involved in bringing up baby. appeal to – no one to say “the dog ate my homework” to. Honesty is the best policy … especially toward yourself This may not be so obvious, but when we keep saying one thing and keep doing something else, we may need to do a timeout, and play referee between the mouth and the rest of the body. Which one are you going to trust? I suggest that our bodies and behavior do not lie – which is why polygraph tests work at least some of the time. You say you want to do well on the SAT test, because you are convinced that it will make a huge difference in how colleges view your application. If so, pause for a second to check whether you are, in fact, taking some action in that direction – to position yourself for the best score you can achieve. If you are doing that, then you are on your way. If not, then you should at least stop saying that you think the SAT test is important to you. Trust that if your desire does not show up in your fingers and your toes, that the desire is weaker than other desires that you simultaneously have within you.


Postpartum depression? While it may appear that your life changes, and the baby consumes all your time – what, no more Facebook? – it’s not really that bad. Life goes on, along with a myriad other things and interests, you just have a new passion that brings value and joy to your life. If you need some bootstrapping for the SAT/ACT to develop passion for reading, writing, math, I can help. If you are already self-driven, disciplined and putting your energy with passion into preparing for these tests, I may be able to help tune your technique, and give you the edge. In any case, I wish you much action, and all the best with that baby!

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In Hindi, there is an idiom, ‘Ghar ki murgi, daal barabar’. Somehow, this phrase demotes the humble daal (pulses and lentils) as being inferior to the chicken. However, all recent research shows that animal proteins are harmful for our health, and we should all be eating more whole grains and beans. The benefits of beans and pulses are not just limited to individual health. Pulses not only sustain and nourish people with their high nutritional content, but they also sustain the land by regenerating the soil, and save water by requiring little water input. Thus, daal sustains the life and energy of the farmer, the land, and the water. The 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to heighten public awareness of the nutritional, economic, and environmental benefits of pulses and legumes.

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Different governments that have held power in India may also have something to do with the animosity. “We have a deeply felt, inherent Pakistan bias, both in the Indian middle class and Indian media,” said Happymon Jacob, a professor of disarmament at Jawaharlal Nehru University who has participated in informal diplomacy between the two countries. “[For decades] the state has been telling the Indian people and media that Pakistan is evil, that Pakistan has done this that and the other.” Looking at India’s loud public rhetoric against Pakistan this month, the state’s narrative seems to have taken hold. “I can give you an endless list of reasons as to why you are responsible,” Arnab Goswami, a popular Indian news anchor, told his Pakistani guests at a televised debate he hosted after the attack. Similar anger was visible across Indian news channels, and on the streets. “We shouldn’t go to the talks. India is a big country and Pakistan can never attack us, but they are habituated to carrying out these attacks and they will never listen to us. What is the point?” Pramod Kumar Pal, an auto-rickshaw driver in New Delhi, told GlobalPost. Much of this anger is now directed at Modi, who won many of his nationalist supporters with a hawkish stance on Pakistan. His visit to Sharif last month was seen as a betrayal, an unwillingness to “teach India’s neighbor a lesson.” According to Jacob, Modi’s Hindu nationalist party the BJP is disappointed and confused by his peace efforts. “Modi thought that given his popularity, he would be able to carry the day in reaching out to Pakistan,” said Jacob. “[But] we have a 24/7, [TV rating] seeking, very virulent Indian media that is completely anti-Pakistan. Some of the parties that were promoting dialogue with Pakistan are completely opposed now to Pakistan simply because they want to give the BJP a taste of its own medicine.” Despite many canceled talks over the years, however, relations have never been permanently severed. Raghavan attributes this to an equally large but silent group of Indians who are open-minded about Pakistan. “It’s always better to go for talks, without them we cannot reach a solution,” said Praveen Gupta, a footwear store owner in New Delhi. “There is no advantage in war. We cannot let terrorists who oppose our prime minister’s efforts succeed.” It is similar pragmatism on the government’s part, and its belief that at least a part of the population shares it too, that has made politicians who were once as anti-Pakistan as Modi come around, says Raghavan. “At the end of the day, eventually, somebody has to talk to somebody else [and that] is recognized across the political spectrum in both India and Pakistan,” said Raghavan. “[The outreach] was pragmatic recognition that there has to be dialogue with the country across the boundary. There is no other option, really.”

NEW DELHI, India — This month, the strained ties between India and Pakistan are being tested yet again. Back in December, a surprise visit to Pakistan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s birthday, was seen as a strong gesture of goodwill. Talks between their foreign ministers were scheduled for Jan. 15. Then, almost predictably, everything went wrong. At least six gunmen attacked the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab, killing seven soldiers and a civilian. The Indian army’s counter-offensive went on for four days. Links to Pakistan were assumed, and evidence that implicated Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad was quickly found. The talks, after much speculation, have been “deferred.” The residents of Pathankot burned effigies of Nawaz Sharif, blaming the neighboring country for betraying India once again. Opposition politicians and news media angrily accused Modi of being naïve enough to believe that Pakistan, hand-inglove with terror outfits, would ever agree to peace. The outpouring of vitriol against Pakistan is not new. It has occurred after every terror attack in the 69 years since the two countries were carved out of British India in 1947, and sometimes in between. “Obviously there is a very troubled relationship in the past and there is no getting away from it,” said Pallavi Raghavan, a historian of India-Pakistan relations at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. “There was a very traumatic partition in 1947. Many families that became influential in India and Pakistan came from refugee families who had traumatic experiences during the partition.” Why Myanmar’s massive jade industry is so deadly Four wars, a nearly impermeable border and poor travel By Patrick Winn, and communication links have added to the alienation and prejudice, according to Raghavan. Even children learn a BANGKOK, Thailand — They died in a deluge of worthless nationalist version of history in each country that teaches them stones flecked, perhaps, with green pebbles worth tiny fortunes. a longstanding rivalry with the other.


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In Myanmar’s far north, more than 100 people were killed on Nov. 21 in a jade mine landslide. The next morning, bodies were still being pulled from beneath the rocks. On Dec. 26, another large landslide was feared to have killed dozens in Kachin state. The catastrophes have drawn attention to Myanmar’s brutal and corrupt jade industry. Myanmar’s jade mines are among the bleakest places in all of Asia. In these zones, death is so common and lawlessness so obscene that the government forbids almost all outsiders from coming to take a look. The landslide happened in a dusty and isolated outpost called Hpakant, in Kachin state. Its once-green hills have been ground down into yawning pits — big as football stadiums — that resemble craters on the moon. Each day, men descend in hopes of digging out a chunk of quality jade. This jade extraction industry is dominated by Myanmar’s military figures and their associates, whose firms plunder jade with heavy machinery. Their profits are staggering. The jade industry was worth up to $31 billion in 2014 alone, according to the investigative non-profit Global Witness — which calls Hpakant a “dystopian wasteland.” Though jade is Myanmar’s natural bounty, its profits are hoarded by a few. Only a sliver of this wealth is steered toward repairing the nation’s crumbling roads, hospitals and schools. Even less is used to preserve the safety of miners who scramble into pits in flip-flops and ragged shirts. While army-linked firms devour jade’s profits, their lucrative business also lures desperate men and women to the mines’ fringes. They are known as “yemase”: freelance scavengers picking through rubble unearthed by the big machines. They appear to have comprised most of the landslide’s victims. Their work is technically illegal. After all, army-backed firms own the rights to the land and the rubble they dig up. But in a nation where many survive on less than $2 per day, some believe that risking landslides (and a beating by security guards) is worth it — particularly if they hit the lottery and spy a valuable jade stone overlooked by the big mining companies. “The stone that makes you a millionaire and the stone that makes you nothing can look the same from the outside,” one jade miner, Myo Aung, told GlobalPost in 2013. “Think of it as a badly dressed girl. She’s unpolished and unwashed.” If a freelance miner can “fix her up” and sell the stone, he said, the payout can be life-altering. This dream of finding a stone worth upwards of $30,000 brings droves to the mines’ outskirts. They often set up tents near their prime scavenging spots. It was this sort of camp, spread out in the shadow of an abandoned 5,000-foot rubble pile, that got buried when the huge mound of rocks collapsed before dawn last Saturday. Many miners were killed as they slept. The encampment was “just a slum,” according to a local administrator contacted by Reuters. A state-backed newspaper claimed the miners had been previously warned to vacate the area. Precise details are difficult to grasp since the military considers Hpakant to be a no-go zone forbidden to almost all foreigners. (A notable exception: dealers from China, the world’s biggest buyer of jade.) But this disaster is still a reminder that Myanmar’s military

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raised India’s solar capacity goal to 100,000 megawatts by 2022. The target is an ambitious 20 times current production. If India can meet it, it will become one of the biggest solar powerhouses in the world. “With about 300 clear, sunny days in a year … the solar energy available exceeds the possible energy output of all fossil fuel energy reserves in India,” a senior official in the Ministry of Power, who asked not to be named, told GlobalPost. Competitive bidding on India’s solar projects have allowed companies like the US-based SunEdison to offer the lowest-ever price per unit for solar energy in India, at 7 cents per kilowatthour. And a rising number of start-ups, encouraged by the government’s support, are stepping in to India’s solar market. “Given the scale at which the Indian government wants to promote solar, making it reach every household, the timing to switch to solar has never been more conducive than it is right now,” said Samarth Wadhwa, the founder of Sun Bazaar. “Now solar has penetrated into the customers’ minds.” Wadhwa believes that solar power can be more reliable than the government’s current coal-dependent power supply. His company reaches out directly to urban customers online, allowing consumers to choose how much they want to invest in solar energy, suggesting products that match those prices and installing them in their houses. “The cost of thermal power is also appreciating, and if we take that into account the cost of a solar system for a household will repay itself within five years,” said Wadhwa. It isn’t just urban, middle- or upper-class India that can reap these long-term benefits. Infrastructure, ranging from roads to power plants, is poor in rural India — but that is exactly why “off-grid” solar projects are finding success in remote villages. “To find solar street lights or roof-top mounted solar panel, with battery and associated wiring in the home or shops for lighting and other appliances is a common sight in rural areas now,” said Shyam Patra, the founder of Naturetech Infra. The company provides solar energy directly to rural homes and small and micro enterprises in India’s poorest states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. “Even petrol pumps and mobile towers operating in rural areas are going for solar power,” he added. The government is trying to help, too. According to the government official, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy offers a 30 to 40 percent subsidy for the cost of solar lanterns, home lights and small systems. “Around 20 million solar lamps are expected by 2022,” the official said. “These typically replace kerosene lamps and can be purchased for the cost of a few months’ worth of kerosene through a small loan.” Despite support from the public and private sectors, solar power still has a few hurdles to cross before it really takes off in India. Both Sun Bazaar’s Wadhwa and Naturetech’s Patra point to the lack of quality control on solar products as one. “There are a lot of cheap and low-quality products coming in from China,” said Wadhwa. “That erodes consumer confidence in solar, because these systems are known to fail.” According to the power ministry official, strengthening transmission lines and improving grid infrastructure will also be crucial. Patra added that costs are pushed up because providing services to small rural projects is currently expensive. India’s massive population may actually be an advantage in bringing costs down. “If we look at what SolarCity is trying to do in the US, if it is economical for them at their limited scale, it will obviously be economical to India at the scale we have.” For now, it looks like no chutney will be necessary.

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

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BaPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805

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

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Charlotte Malayalee association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850 Charlotte Marathi Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi

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Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Mon, Mar 7: Maha Shivratri Wed, Mar 23: Holika Dahan Sun, Mar 27: Dhuleti, color, food, music For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager)

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

Classical Music association of Charlotte (CMaC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Upcoming Events: Sun, April 3: Veena Concert by Rajhesh Vaidhya and party Sun, May 22: Vocal concert by Aishwarya (Great granddaughter of M.S) and party For Further Details: Lakshmi Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 - Jayashree Panduranga - 704.541.3361 -

India association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. The Festival of India is held annually in September. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727

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Indian Performing arts association of Charlotte (IPaaC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details:

ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North & South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte: Kameswar Tulasi - Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal -

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and 94

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Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Events: March 12-13: India Fest, the Park Expo Center, Charlotte. Auditions are on Sat, Feb. 20. For Further Details:

Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488

Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. It has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education.

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

Sindhi association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte and has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club home base is at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details:

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Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu Sarkar - 704.541.3451

BaPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details:

Telugu association of Greater Charlotte area (TaGCa) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA organizes regular events and programs. For Further Details: Trimurti Temple Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10am) and evening puja (7pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play Cricket in the Greensboro area. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00am - 9:00pm, S&S) Dev (Greensboro Warriors) - Venky (Triad Tigers) -

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104.

Gujarati Cultural association of Piedmont (GCaP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182 98

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS India association of the Triad (IaTNC) Greensboro The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Indo-american Society of NC (IaSNC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. Upcoming Events: Sat, Feb. 13: Valentine’s Day Celebration, 6pm, Meridian Convention Center, Greensboro, NC. The program includes formal dinner, live DJ dance party, Family event and fun games for kids and adults. Call 336684-5833. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462 - Indo-uS Cultural association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427 Life Mission, uSa This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 / 336.793.7138


Quan am Buddhist Temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45 am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150

Raleigh art of Living Foundation Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. Art of Living center holds follow-up sessions on Thur, Sat, Sun and Kirtan Satsang every Friday evening. The Art of Living Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.793.8490 atlantic Coast Sikh association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30am to 1:30pm at its Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Gurdwara located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh - 919.309.1045 Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Sessions are free for all and held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Raleigh) (Charlotte) BaPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation February 2016

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali association of North Carolina (BaNC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: Ratan Ray - 919.461.2386 - Swaty Sen - 919.510.7943 - Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC BSCNC is an organization for Senior Citizens of Indian Origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10am to 4pm. The next meeting will be on February 13. The group will celebrate Valentine Day on this day and all members are requested to dress up appropriately for the event For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (President) - 919.677.8513 Natver Parikh (Vice President) - 336.266.5209 Upmanyu Shukla (Director) - 321.696.1474 Carolina Rajasthani association The Carolina Rajasthani Association organizes several events throughout the year and works to promote Rajasthani culture to the greater community. For Further Details: Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth as started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from kids on Sun from 10am to 11:30am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Curriculum includes learning to chant the BhagavadGita verses, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like picnics and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. Parents can enroll their children in Balavihar through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings. For Further Details: Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2-hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal

lectures, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Held every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 - 7pm followed by Prasad. Located at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend. For Further Details: Srinivas Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - 919.461.0843 Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Ekal/RTP - eKTaa Student organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unity within diversity.â&#x20AC;? EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12om 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: Dr. Afroz Taj - 919.851.1119


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Gem Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or weekly Sunday school. Located at 316 Watchet Place, Wake Forest, NC 27587 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Multimedia assisted programs every Friday 7 to 9pm at HSNC, Morrisville, NC. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536 Grihastha Family Institute Grihastha Family Institute offers parenting workshops for the parents of 6 to 16 old in Cary, NC. These workshops are free and conducted in collaboration with AID-INDIA, a non-profit organization. There are three workshops: Essentials of Parenting; Rate your Parenting; Know your Child. For Further Details: Heritage India association of NC (HIaNC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, the association presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: 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 special focus on the youth from the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing Kavi-Sammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 Hindu Society of North Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7:00am 9:00pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10:00am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8:00pm, Sat-Sun 6:00pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi

classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) - 919.599.6597 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts 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 has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: (click Chapter Locations on the Top Left, then select North Carolina) HumSub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: Sun, Mar 20: Basant Bahar, Fusion of colors. Cary Arts Center. For Further Details: Immanuel assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and RTP area of North Carolina. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF 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: Indian american Forum for Political education (IaFPe) IAFPE is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and is 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 the chapter grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details:


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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: Saroj Sharma - 919.656.5224 Sudha Om Dhingra - 919.678.9056 International Swaminarayan Satsang organization (ISSo) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO RaleighDurham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC-27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 ISKCoN New Goloka Temple of NC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4:00pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5:00am, 7:15am - 1:00pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7:00 - 8:00pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8:00pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827 Kiran Kiran is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.839.6203 106

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County. 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 Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the NC community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00pm, and each Saturday from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Located at 8136 NC Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Maitri A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Events: March 19-20: India Fest, NC State Fairgrounds. Auditions Sat, Feb. 27. For Further Details: Pakistani american association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ association PIA is a meetup 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 like-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. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 - 6:00pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4:00 - 5:00pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Rakesh Huria (President) - 919.244.1263 Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC The Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Mohana Dighe - 919.378.1947 Sameer Mohile - 919.851.8799 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a 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 Sunday and Wednesday. For Further Details: Raj Solanki - 919.303.7447, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30pm. 108

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Triangle Gujarati association (TGa) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details: Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and Triangle Rang Mandal simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. 14 years and above. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti For Further Details: and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit 919.830.9764 to the US. For Further Details: South Indian Fine arts academy (SIFaa) Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: For Further Details: 919.773.1580 SV Temple of North Carolina Triangle Vipassana The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day For Further Details: 919.468.0040 course). There is no charge for the course. For Further Details: 732.213.9660 Tamil Cultural association of North Carolina (TCa NC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with urdu Majlis exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC Triangle area. Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of For Further Details: major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or Triangle area Telugu association (TaTa) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and religious affiliations. promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 North Carolina. Ashraf Faruqi - - 919.596.4792) For Further Details: Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4:00-6:00pm and captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135


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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues across: 1. Female spouse in a marriage. 5. Chhatrapati ___, Maratha warrior king, battled the Mughal empire. 11. Any person of great knowledge or wisdom. 13. Parlor; a large social room. 14. Tree-climbing, American carnivores, active at night, with yellowish-grey fur and a long, black-ringed tail. 16. Similar; equal. 17. An anthology, picture book or the like. 18. Always.; at all the times 19. Severe trial; any painful, difficult or trying experience. 21. Being a single thing or unit; not two or more. 22. An elementary school, in honor of Bernice, in Houston. 23. Scholastic Assessment Tests. (*) (Trademark) 24. The sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. (π) 25. Mississippi. (*) 26. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (*) 28. A notion; a thought. 30. Gumbo ingredient; Ladies’ finger; Bhindi (Hindi). 32. A session to communicate with the spirit of the dead. 34. The mayor of a Spanish or Spanish American town. 36. Rhode Island. (*). 38. A unit of weight = 2000 Pounds in U.S. and Canada. 40. Gold (*) (A symbol of the chemical element). 41. Combined into a sum. 43. A slave of Abraham’s wife Sarah. (Bible) 46. Besides; in addition. 47. Done or emerged freshly. 48. Standard Length. (*)

Clues Down: 1. Informal conversation between persons. 2. Individual Retirement Account. (*) 3. The front part of a building facing a street. 4. Of or pertaining to a church. 5. Capital of South Korea. 6. Isles. (*) 7. Lovers’ festival day, (Feb. 14th). 8. Having life; in existence. 9. Anything said or done to arouse laughter. (HeeHee!) 10. The tendency to remain in a fixed condition. (Physics) 12. Having or formed into a rounded projecting part. 15. New Mexico. (*) 20. Hazard; the chance of injury, damage or loss. 21. Osteoarthritis. (*) 23. To sew the eyelids of (a young hawk). (Falconry) 24. A woman having the rank of equal before the law. 27. The son of Isaac and Rebecca. (Bible) 29. District of Columbia. (*) 31. An electric or gas stove with an oven & heating surface. 33. American Dental Association. (*) 35. Something to watch over and attend to. 37. A deity of God used as an object to worship. 39. To row. 42. Defensive Lineman. (*) (Football) 44. Alternating Current. (*) 45. Connecticut. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Some religious leaders of the world”)

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The unused 5 letters spell, ”A mystical poet, weaver and saint in 15th century who was critical of both Hinduism and Islam.”


(The common letters are “RS” - Fill in the blanks) 1. The crime of purposely setting fire to own building or someone’s property. _ RS _ _ 2. A person who signs at the back of his check. _ _ _ _ RS _ _ 3. A city in SE Russia, on the Ural river. _ RS _ 4. The date on which some event occurred in the earlier year. (for example: marriage) _ _ _ _ _ _ RS _ _ _ 5. A self-propelled, steerable, light aircraft. _ _ RS _ _ _ 6. Please reply. (Repondez S’il Vous Plait. (*) RS _ _ 7. Different; varied. _ _ _ _ RS _ 8. Bearlike. _ RS _ _ _ 9. A stallion. _ _ RS _ 10. “Carolina ___”, Charlotte’s football team. _ _ _ _ _ _ RS 11. The buttocks. _ RS _ 12. Abroad; foreign. _ _ _ RS _ _ _ 13. Relative Strength Index. (*) RS _ 14. To refuse to give up. _ _ RS _ _ _ 15. The modern Iranian language. (Persian). _ _ RS _ 16. An aircraft runway without airport facilities. _ _ RS_ _ _ _ 17. Internal Revenue Service. (*) _ RS 18. Least good. (Opposite of Best) _ _ RS _ 19. The flights of steps. _ _ _ _ RS 20. Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic. (*) RS _ _ _ 21. Not dense or crowded. _ _ _ RS _ 22. Of an earlier time; former. _ RS _ _ _ _ _ _ 23. The seventh largest planet of the Solar system. _ _ RS 24. Substitute or synthetic. (Artificial) _ RS _ _ _ 25. Plunged into or as if into a liquid. _ _ _ _ RS _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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Festivals & Holidays

FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS February 2016 Feb. 2 - Groundhog Day Feb. 2 - Imbolc Feb. 4 - Shattilā Ekādasi Feb. 8 - Chinese New Year Feb. 9 - Mardi Gras Feb. 10 - Ash Wednesday Feb. 8 - Darsh Mauni/ Somavati (No Moon) Feb. 12 - Vasant Panchami Feb. 14 - St. Valentine’s Day Feb. 15 - Presidents’ Day Feb. 18 - Jayā Ekādasi Feb. 19 - Chhatrapati Shivāji Jayanti Feb. 20 - Vishvakarmā Jayanti Feb. 20 - Desert Day (Jaisalmer) Feb. 22 - Māghi Purnima (Full Moon) Feb. 22 - Guru Ravidās Jayanti

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aRIeS (Mar 20 - apr 20) -

This is the period of great achievement and celebration. Your friends and elders will be with you to enjoy the tremendous success. You will enjoy love and respect from your higher authorities. You will be able to invest some money in business or home affairs. The time is changing to be more positive for students. Your enemies won’t even dare to harm you, so don’t lose your self-confidence.

Don’t get involved in new things during this month. The period is good for family happiness, but your workload and outside activities will develop frustration. Your subordinates will extend their full support to you. You will see a steady rise in your income. Hard work is going to reward you with a bonus during this month. Your spouse will achieve success in the second half of the month.

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Try to be practical this month. It is a better time to concentrate on enjoying family and social life. A long range career-related decision might take shape. The time is good for students. If working, chances of a promotion are there. In either case, there will be a rise in income. Be aware of your surreptitious enemies as they could destroy your plans and take away any happiness.

This period will make you very comfortable. You will come in contact with some influential people. A rise in status as well as rise in income is possible and you might enter into profitable deals. Travel will prove to be very relaxing. Others will appreciate your social, religious work. There are chances of getting a promotion. Overall this month will be good. SaGITTaRIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) -

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After a positive start, you will experience a minor downfall this month. You may lose your confidence and make wrong decisions. Try to maintain an easy temperament and keep working hard. Don’t overthink things. Travel could be the best activity and could also bring some income. A strong para-psychic experience may bring major change in your circle of friends and relations with your subordinates.

You will be very active and busy during this month. You may gain a lot of success in your business as it will be an actionoriented period. Your friends and family will offer whatever assistance you need. You will be relieved from financial worries. Attraction and new relations with a member of opposite sex will make you feel relaxed. A change in residence or investment in business is indicated, so make quick decisions. CaPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) -

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Your income and expenses will balance each other during this month. You may experience delay in pursuits and ups & downs in education or business. Wise decisions may harbor you from wastefully spending money. Investment in long-term savings will prove beneficial. The time is good for changing your employment or field of study. A minor dispute with family is likely possible. Leo (Jul 22 - aug 23) -

Now is the time when your plans regarding investments in property will materialize. You will be successful due to your active life and aggressive actions. Friends and siblings will offer whatever assistance you need. Your opponents will dare not to face you. Don’t get involved in any love affair. Students will get unexpected positive results. Try to control what you say and any egoistic thoughts. VIRGo (aug 23 - Sep 23) -

During this month you will feel spent due to lack of vitality. A family member’s ill health might disturb your peace of mind. You may have to live in an undesirable place. It is better to keep yourself busy with hard work. You may act a little hyper during this month. Try to control the things you may say to friends & family. As far as income is concerned, there no big change. Traveling may prove to be rewarding.

This month will relieve you from tension and anxiety. On the domestic front you will be happy, as your long cherished desires will be fulfilled. You will travel during this month and it will bring good results. You may receive good news about benefits or monetary gains. You will defeat your enemy. Watch your health and don’t dispute with your spouse. aQuaRIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) -

Your hard work and labor will give dividends. Good news from far-off places is possible. You will enjoy the power of artistic expression and interpretation. Your emotional actions will provide great rewards. A pleasant journey or change in the workplace may take place. A relaxed state of mind is also indicated. You will gain an edge over your competitors. A change in internal relations with your spouse is possible. PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) -

You will get mixed results during this month. There would be a lot of opportunities coming your way, but you may not be able to utilize them. A health problem may disturb you. The time is not good for heart patients. There may be a rise in status and position, but without much financial benefits. A very positive change in life is possible in the final days of the month, although you may have to make a huge compromise. By Jalendu Vaidya • Contact: 973-223-5047


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$10/hr. Must be able to drive. Experience needed. Call 704-654-5361. Part-time / Full-time Cashier needed for C-store off I-77 in Rock Hill, SC. Please call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Full time Babysitter needed for 9 month old. Should be able to drive. Experience needed. Contact 405-589-4233 for details. Night auditor/Front Desk Needed: All shifts for franchise hotel in Fort Mill, SC. Part-time/full- time. Must have experience, legal status, fluent English and computer skills. For couple we will provide accommodations. E-mail Help Wanted: Need single or couple for front desk at franchise hotel in Raleigh, NC. Must speak English & have legal status. Accommodations provided. Please call 919-208-3513 or Email Gas Station Help Wanted: Full-time Single or Couple in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Call 803-466-5861.

16 Room Independent Motel for Sale Gas Station Help Wanted: Single or Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Front in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. Couple full-time in Albemarle, NC. Must desk all shifts. Must have experience, speak fluent English & have legal status. legal status, fluent English and Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974. Experience a plus. Call 704-915-1026. computer skills. For couple we will Nanny Needed to look after 2 girls provide accommodations. E-mail between 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM, Monday thru Friday in Matthews. Domestic help needed for Gujarati Email or family in Rock Hill SC. Excellent cooking Learn about land in the Call 704-340-8206. & cleaning skills required. Competitive

LaND FoR SaLe: apex, NC area (named the #1 place to live by Money Magazine). The Landman, Bob atkinson can help! Call 919-362-6999 or visit

Housekeeping couple needed for 40 room motel in Rock Hill, SC. Independent. Legal status preferred. Call 803-487-3303.

salary & allowance for rent. Must be legal US resident & drive. Call 803-448-4820.

experienced Threading Practitioners or Licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Gas station & Subway help wanted: Raleigh. New locations now open. Full Full/ Part-time in Richburg near Rock or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Hill, SC. Must speak English & have Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). legal status. Please call 704-737-7230. 122

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CNas / PCas Wanted: Always Best Care is hiring CNAs / PCAs to care for Seniors. Call 919-449-8138 or apply online


Live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206.

360 Media Solutions uSa: Web designing; e-commerce’s Portals; Web solutions; Search Engine optimization; PPC marketing; web analytics; Social Media; web contents writing; Graphic design; software solutions, etc. Call:

Priest available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334.

Night audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Full-time / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, and fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Gas Station Help Wanted: Couple, full-time in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta) & Lincolnton, GA. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Call 704-299-8535. Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-765-1447 or e-mail Subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to or call 704649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM).

PROPERTY FOR SALE S. Charlotte home for sale in highly desirable J.M. Robinson/Providence school zone. Huge bonus/5th BR with large walk in closet could be 2nd MBR. 3600sf. MLS# 3124099. Email allison.melissa@gmail or 704-942-7534. Motel Furniture For Sale: approximately 75 rooms. Plus 32” LG TV sets. Great value for small motel owners. Call 704-889-7095, Ext 1121.

MATRIMONIAL Indian parents seeking correspondence for daughter 29 years old, 52, working as management at retail store for 2 years. Contact Florida based family seeks proposals for daughter, 24/5’3”, slim, light complexion, and very pretty. Associate degree in medical services, on hospital support staff. Suitors from US or Canada preferred. Please call 407-3093587 for exchange of details.

704-953-9313; email

or Garland Design Studio By: GP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704-548-2852 | 704-779-0277. udioByGp/

astrologer With Gold Medals Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-4635180 or

Feng Shui is an ancient Art of creating Abundance and Harmony in your life. Contact Abha Thakore for a Business / Personal Consultation. 864-360-1237 or

Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928.

Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail:

Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-8247734;; Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. To all Gujarati families: Interested in learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member, call Nik 803-579-1405. 123

Professional Editing and Writing Services Press releases, marketing materials, proofreading, brochures, newsletters, and special event programs for corporations, small businesses, and motels. - Reasonable Rates - Quick turnaround -


Saathee Classifieds Business ads are $25 Personal ads are $15 Upgrade to color or add a box for additional $10 ads posted daily (call for rates) We accept all credit cards and checks. Ads up to 25 words. Deadline for print is the 20th. Web ads daily.

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

February 2016

Advertisers Index A. S. Art Studio (Fundraiser for A Child's Place).....89

Digital Room Photography ...................................69

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................69

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....33

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................53

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

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)15

DJ Hangama .....................................................33

Patel, Tony (Real Estate) .......................................91

Ali & Sons Car Care ...........................................45

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................61

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) .....................................16

All Car Care.........................................................82

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................15

Payal Groceries ...................................................57

Allure Brow..........................................................85

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................12

Peacock Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) .......................19

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ...............................103

Fashion and Jewelery..........................................45

Piece Of India, Inc................................................49

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....75

Fresh Dental .......................................................70

Piedmont Health Care (Gastroenterologist V. Trivedi, MD) 99

Anova Groups (Clinical SAS Training & Placement).103

Friends Travel ......................................................47

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................25

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........................67

Gandhi International Market...............................111

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

Around The World Market (Charlotte)....................42

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................75

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...37

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............37

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................127

Regal Oaks Dental ............................................107

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................83

Global Weight Loss ..............................................22

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................63

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).....114

Goehring & Strang PLLC (Immigration Law)

Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture.....................97


Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat) ...........109

H2 Laser & Skin ..................................................21

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..10

Ayesh Mian (Wedding Planning and DĂŠcor) ..........87

Hindu Center of Charlotte (Events) ..................64-65

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) ....................................91

Ballantyne Tech Academy ....................................57

Idolize Brows & Beauty ......................................43

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video) .125

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)........51

India Grocers (Charlotte) ......................................93

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ........................109

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................12

Indian Expressions (Vishal & Shekhar in Concert)..13

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

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law) 101

International Community Church .........................66

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................46

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

Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte)......................79

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

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................41

K & M Accounting................................................69

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ....................97

Blakeney Dental ..................................................38

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).41

Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................57

Blooming Buds....................................................10

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

Singh Tutoring .....................................................21

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................81

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................80

SJ Iyer Realty ......................................................25

British International School of Charlotte ................71

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar) ..........................23

Skyzone (Indoor Trampoline Park).........................99

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .......................39

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions- Hari Bol Inc) ..126

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) ..........................................113

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....53

Liberty Tax (Mruthy Aduri).....................................27

South Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD) 58

Carolinas Christian Assembly ...............................79

Live Spectrum Ent (Pankaj Udhas in Concert) .........3

Surgical Specialist of Charlotte.............................19

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)............87

Maadhurya Photography......................................47

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You)...............28

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)................121

Maharani Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)......................87

Thakkar, Beena (Realty)..................................54-55

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................33

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

The Blue Taj.........................................................39

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................48

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ...................................85

Travel Universe ..................................................119

Charlotte Music School........................................85

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................27

Travelinks ............................................................37

Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)........77

Matthews Family Dentistry ..................................72

Triangle Table Tennis ..........................................91



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

Trivedi, Madhusudan (Priest - "Bapu")..................89

Chugh Attorneys at Law.......................................31

MyShadi Bridal Expo............................................17

Ttravel Guru ......................................................114

Concha, David (Immigration Attorney)...................87

MyTripFare (Travel agent)...................................125

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)......................................103

Concord Children's Clinic ..................................83

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................63

Uni World Travel...................................................12

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

Neeta's Beauty Parlor ..........................................89

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC).............59

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............66

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

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).......................................43

Crown Cab Charlotte...............................19/78/109

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

Vyas Travels.........................................................44

Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte)....................................69

Nuv Yug India Fest .................................................6

White Horse Weddings.........................................61

Dances Of India (Charlotte) ................................113

OM Tech Training ................................................99

Woodlands Vegetarian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........105

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao-Cedar Walk Dentistry)...83

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................61

Worldwide Travels .............................................121

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...58

Parekh, Smita (NY Life) ........................................38

Young Engineers Of Today....................................63

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) .................................71

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine ...............115

Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville) ...........25

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

Patel Brothers (Charlotte) .....................................95


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Saathee Charlotte February 2016  

Bridging the Indian Subcontinent with America

Saathee Charlotte February 2016  

Bridging the Indian Subcontinent with America