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January 2014

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New Hepatitis C Drug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Sikh Basketball Camp in L.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Building Walls in the Cloud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Solar Decathlon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 The Struggles of South Asian Men . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 It Takes a Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Tech Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 FYI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Saathee.com

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Story and Photos by Benjamin Gottlieb - GlobalPost.com LOS ANGELES — Prateek Singh could not wait to get out onto the court. With his friends and family packed tightly into a small high school gym, the basketball-obsessed, turban-wearing Prateek took the floor to warm up for his first high school game. It was 1992 and Singh was a sophomore at Burbank High School, a public school in north Los Angeles. But his first taste of high school sport was interrupted by a brand of bigotry all too familiar to adherents of the Sikh religion living in the United States, including the diasporic hub of Southern California.

Prateek Singh sits on the Portola Middle School gym floor before leading camplers in drills.

“One of the referees came up to our coach and said, ‘That kid over there — with that thing on his head — can’t play in the game,’” said Prateek, now in his mid-30s. “I still hold that to heart.” That “thing” was Prateek’s dastar, or turban, a staple amongst devout male Sikhs that represents piety and selfrespect. For the rest of the season, Prateek had to present a letter from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) each game that allowed him to play in his turban. Today Prateek is the treasurer of a top-tier mortgage company and a coach at the Singh Sensations Basketball Camp, a free, annual workshop for young Southern California Sikhs. He knows well that Sikhs living in much of the Western world are often scapegoated, sometimes confused for Muslims because of their turbans, their facial hair and the way they dress. In the US, the sight of a turban-adorned man can conjure images of Iran’s ayatollahs or more recently Al Qaeda’s deceased figurehead, Osama bin Laden. In addition to teaching basketball skills, coaches at the Singh Sensations camp — a play on an extremely common Sikh last name, derived from the world for “lion” in Sanskrit — boost players’ confidence in themselves and their Sikh identities. “We want to encourage the kids to maintain their appearance, and stress to them that you can be a full Sikh and Saathee.com

A group of Sikh children look on as older campers square off during a five-on-five scrimmage.

“Sports are that unifying device,” Bhajneet, 31, said. “Sometimes we can’t escape prejudice, or racist mentalities. But, all of a sudden, you put someone on the basketball court. Then everyone is equal because you’re after the same goal.” Standing at center court inside the Portola Middle School gym this past May, Bhajneet lectured to 100 attentive camp attendees, flanked by members of the Singh Sensations team sporting powder blue jerseys, silver wristbands and kirpans, 14

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the ceremonial Sikh dagger. He likened obstacles faced in team sports to those in real life, using metaphors to illustrate broader points about Sikhism: One’s basketball coach is like the Guru, for example, each capable of instructing.

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A volunteer hands a basketball to a camper.

The children then broke off into groups by age, accompanied by a member of the Singh Sensations basketball team leading drills, five-on-five scrimmages and shooting contests. After an impressive shooting display, Gurchit Singh, one of the older camp attendees, explained how his love for basketball mirrors that of many American youths, something he says makes him like every other American child. “Before I get on the court, people wouldn’t really consider me someone who could play basketball,” said Gurchit, 18, who grew up in the US. “And in my eyes, that’s like someone saying I’m not American.” Gurchit experienced considerable mistreatment while at school because of his turban, he said, particularly when he played sports. “That usually ended when the saw me play,” he said with a smile. But bullying is not limited to just young boys. The Sikh religion requires that both men and women refrain from cutting their hair. Due to societal pressures, young Sikh women are often chastised in school locker rooms because of visible body hair, Bhajneet said. “When girls change in locker rooms during physical education, they often get laughed at for having hair on their legs,” he added. “But it’s very important to inspire confidence in our young girls… and sports is among the best ways.” Playing in a three-on-three scrimmage, Bandanji Kaur, a high school freshman, caught a wayward pass from one of her teammates and subsequently drained a three-point shot from the right corner. “Just because I’m a girl, doesn’t mean I can’t play basketball,” Bandanji said. She added that it’s important for young girls to come to events like the Singh Sensations basketball camp because it encourages them to play in their school teams. “Normally we think team sports are just for the guys,” she added. “But it’s not.” Unlike the prejudice Prateek faced as a child, discrimination against the Sikh community today is more implicit and subtle. Sikh children in Southern California today can participate in high school sports while wearing clothing essential in their faith, like the Sikh turban, but they do so with the understanding that they may be harassed. “We never want any of our kids to feel like we did… that they are lesser or lower than anyone else, because they are not,” Prateek said. “We do the camp because we want the kids to see, with their own two eyes, that there are no barriers.” Saathee.com

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January 16 -26, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Liar’s Dice which received the world premiere at Mumbai Film Festival 2013 stars the talented newbie from Sikkim Geetanjali Thapa (of Monsoon Shootout fame) and a debutant child actor from Shilma Manya Gupta will be seen in the central roles along with Nawazuddin. The Malayalam actress Geetu Mohandas who marks her directorial debut with this film told Bollywood Hungama, “I am thrilled about Sundance. Even though we worked in the most difficult terrain, the shooting experience was very enjoyable. Sundance is an added feather in the Liar’s Dice experience for all of us!”

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North Carolina’s South Asian International Film Festival (NCISAFF) has announced its second annual film festival, which will be held on January 24 – 25, 2014 at Duke University in Durham, NC. The goal of the NCISAFF is to promote and celebrate filmmakers and actors of all backgrounds who bring forth films of South Asian Themes or South Asian Filmmakers who bring films of any themes. All forms, including documentary, drama, comedy, action, animation, and shorts, have been solicited. Duke’s Arts of the Moving Image is co-sponsoring the event. The Festival will be free to the general public. The programming can be found on the website www.ncisaff.org.

Sunny Deol to Direct Ghayal Returns Sunny Deol whose recent release Singh Saab the Great did well at the box office is set to direct the film Ghayal Returns. The project has been on hold as several directors have been approached but bowed out. This will mark Deol’s return to directing after a 14 year gap; the last film he directed was Dillagi in 1999. Confirming the development, the actor’s spokesperson says, “Yes Sunny will be directing the film as well as acting in it. While the story of Ghayal Returns traces a father-daughter relationship, it will be the second part of the Rajkumar Santoshi directed 1990 film Ghayal.

Juhi Chawla in a Spielberg Film Veteran actress Juhi Chawla has signed for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film The Hundred Foot Journey. The film, is currently shooting in Mumbai, is based on an Indian family trying to settle down in a small village in France where they own an Indian restaurant. Madame Mallory played by Helen Mirren owns a French restaurant across from them. Om Puri is the male lead and Chawla will portray his wife. The Hundred Foot Journey is based on the Richard C Morais’ novel by the same name and is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Chander Pahar The iconic 1937 Bengali adventure novel thought to be unfilmable now arrives on the big screen in the form of Chander Pahar (“Mountain of the Moon”) which opens in US theaters on January 10, 2014. With extensive shooting across harsh African terrain with wild untamed animals, this epic motion picture is one of the most ambitious Indian film productions of all time. The film is directed by Kamaleshwar Mukherjee and the cast includes Dev, Gerard Rudolf, Martin Cito Otto, Nabeel Khan, Paul Ditchfield, and David James. The film is based on the famous novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. Chander Pahar is the journey to the fabled mountain, in search of gold and diamond mines, up against varied threats and a seemingly, almost supernatural mythical horror “The Bunyip” the guardian angel of the diamond cave. It is also the story of grit and determination, a story of following one’s dream against all odds and emerging victorious, a story about a young lad called Shankar who, faced with the prospect of having to make a living as a factory worker in his impoverished village, bids farewell to his family in Keutia, rural Bengal, and through his aide Prasad Das Banopadhay, who happens to work for the Uganda railway head office, sets sail to the Dark Continent to work as the station master in Nakuru station. Shankar’s true test begins when he rescues the Portuguese explorer Diego Alvarez and he tells the story of the ultimate adventure; a journey to the fabled “Mountain of the Moon.”

Bappi Lahiri sings Bengali Song in Gunday Yash Raj Films’ upcoming Hindi movie Gunday will have a full Bengali song, composed by Sohail Sen, and music veteran Bappi Lahiri will sing it for the film. Sen told Bollywood Hungama, “I can’t reveal too much about it. But it’s a full-on masti number filmed on Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. Bappi Uncle has sung for both of them.” Sohail’s father is the veteran music composer Sameer Sen. Sohail Sen said, “Since Gunday is set in Kolkata, director Ali Abbas Zafar and I thought that Bappi Uncle would be the right choice for the Bengali track. We not only had a great time recording with him but also learnt a lot from him.”

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Song: Lārā lappā Larā lappā... Film: Ek thi ladki Year: 1949 Music: Vinod Singers: Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, G. M. Durrani Lyric: Aziz Kashmiri Based on: Traditional Punjabi “Lok Geet” (Song) Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Meena Shori, Motilal, I. S. Johar, Kuldeep Kaur Lārā lappā Larā lappā... Lyrics in English: Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadā, aditappa aditappa lāi rakhadā -3 Ho... dekar jhuthe lāre -2; Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadā 2Bābuji ki bāt nirāli -2, dil bhi khāli jeb bhi khāli -2 Ho phir bhi akad dikhāye o bābuji, phir bhi akad dikhāye, o bābuji, Samajha na āye re; Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadā -2 Bābuji se mānge paise -2, bābuji bole paise kaise -2, Jā lena dena par khāq muhabbat pāk, bade faramā gaye hain - 2, Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadā, -5, Ho... dekar jhuthe lāre -3, Ājakal ke gentlemen -2, Rahate hain hardam baichain, khāli jeba matakate nain -2, Kām kare na kāj -2, Fir bhi akada dikhāye o bābuji, Samaz na āye re; Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadā -2 Ājakal ki nāriyā, hai mufti ki bimāriyā, bimāriyā, , rātadin mardon se ladane ki tayyāriyā, tayyāriyā, kāma kuch karati nahi aur bāndhati hai sādiyā -2, Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadi, Aditappa aditappa lāi rakhadi; Ho... dekar jhuthe lāre -2 Fikra kyun karate ho sāhib -2, ye bhi kar dikha lāyenge -2, Waqta āyegā to isa kursi pe ham data jayenge data jayenge -2 Lārā lappā lārā lappā lāi rakhadā, Aditappa aditappa lāi rakhadā -2 Meaning (Summary): Lārā lappā & Aditappa are funny Punjabi words used between a man and a woman to tease each other. You are making lame excuses and fool me. A woman says: “O Babuji (Man)! I do not understand why do you try to show up, though your heart, pockets and wallets are empty! I asked for money, you didn’t have any; instead you said why do you need money? Love is (enough) pious.” Today’s gentlemen remain uset, just winking their eyes but with the empty pockets. They don’t do any work, instead they just show up. I don’t know why. The man replies: “Today’s women are just free headaches. Always getting ready, day and night, for a quarrel. She is not doing any work except tying their saris.” Woman replies: “Why do you worry? A time will come when we will sit in the chair and rule you guys!” Lārālappā Larālappā...

Vinod (1922 – 1959) Vinod, a talented Punjabi music director of the 1950s, was born on May 28, 1922 in Lahore. Vinod was a popular name given by Bombay Film Industry, but his real name was Eric Robert. He was a student of Pundit Amarnath in Lahore. In his childhood, he was fascinated by the band music played at Hindu weddings. He started composing music in 1946 and gave music for about 30 films under small banners, and he did not earn a lot money and fame, composed music with his heart and a love of the arts. To be successful in the film industry, one needs supports from the film producers. He tried to insert Hindi songs in Punjabi films and vice-versa. His spouse was Sheela Betty and they had two daughters. He died penniless on Dec. 25, 1959 in Mumbai, India. He never got his dues. Some of his films: Khāmosh Nigāhein, Kāmini, Ek thi ladki, Bhaiyāji, Anmol Rattan, Wafā, Aag kā dariyā, Lādlā, Nikki, Miss Hunterwāli, Ladki etc. to count a few. His popular song lyrics “Lārālappā, Larālappā...” (A Punjabi and Hindi mix) is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on this page.

Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.

Kirit Shukla Contact him at kiritsshukla@hotmail.com

The lyrics in Hindi are shown on the right. You can watch and hear this song along with other songs on YouTube. Our special thanks to Siddharth Shukla for always assisting in identifying the classical Raga & Tal/Rhythm of evergreen classical songs in the past. Saathee.com

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HIndustani Music: On a Spiritual Journey – Gaan Saraswati Smt Kishoriji Amonkar

Indian Classical Music Carnatic Music - Thyagaraja Aradhana By Smitha Prasad Dear readers, the New Year brings with it one of the most famous annual Carnatic music festivals, the “Thyagaraja Aradhana” held in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu. The “Thyagaraja Aradhana” festival occurs sometime during the months of January or February, depending on when the “Pushya Bahula Panchami” day occurs each year, as this is the day that the great composer saint Sri. Thyagaraja attained Samadhi (passed on). Thyagaraja (1767-1847) was one of the greatest composers in Carnatic music. Along with Sri. Muthuswami Dikshitar and Sri. Shyama Shastri, they formed the Trinity of Carnatic music. Sri. Thyagaraja was an extremely prolific composer- of the 24,000 compositions attributed to him, only about 700-800 are available to us today. Among the many great compositions by Thyagaraja, perhaps none is more famous than the set of Pancharatna krithis, which literally translates to five (pancha) gems (ratna). These krithis are composed in the Ghana ragas - Nata, Gowlai, Arabhi, Varali and Sri. Each of these compositions has both swara passages and corresponding sahithya and beautifully brings out the essence of the raga in which it has been composed. The aradhana at Thiruvaiyaru was initially started by Thyagraja’s disciples to commemorate the day that he attained Samadhi. Over time, disagreements set in and two rival factions emerged to organize the aradhana with musicians aligning themselves with either competing groups. Unfortunately, women were not allowed to perform at the aradhana. Bangalore Nagarathnamma (1878-1952), the daughter of a very successful lawyer could trace her musical lineage to the composer saint Thyagaraja. She not only performed concerts but also gave discourses in Kannada, Tamil and Sanskrit. Nagarathnamma had a dream in which she was charged with the responsibility of building a memorial to saint Thyagaraja in Thiruvaiyaru. In line with this vision, she set aside proceeds from her concerts and built a temple around the samadhi of saint Thyagaraja. She was also responsible for the unified celebration of Thyagaraja aradhana in Thiruvaiyaru. Despite Nagarathnamma’s efforts that led to the development of the shrine for Sri Thyagaraja, she was not allowed to perform during the aradhana since she was a woman! Nagarathnamma then started a women’s faction that performed its festivities separately. This continued till 1940 when women were also allowed to perform on stage at the aradhana. Today, the who’s who of Carnatic music gathers together at Thiruvaiyaru to pay homage to the great saint Thyagaraja on the aradhana day. The Pancharatna krithis are sung in unison and it is a treat to listen to hundreds of vocalists, instrumentalists and percussionists performing in unison, paying their tribute to Sri. Thyagaraja. This event is routinely broadcast on the television, radio and the Internet. Listen to the broadcast of the “Thyagaraja Aradhana” on Jan. 21, 2014 - you should be able to find a website that carries it live.

By Anita Kulkarni The words of her music - ‘To me, music is a sadhana. To me it is a dialogue with the divine, this intense focused communication with the ultimate other. Music cannot be evaluated as something which has any relative value. It is so uniquely ephemeral yet tangibly emotional that one can only say that it stirs the mind and beyond. Ultimately it should stir the soul.” Smt Kishori Amonkar has no show-biz personality. Curiously slim with a predominant nose adorning her face, she crouches over her surmandal, strumming it as if it is a prop to give her strength. She does not look like a performer, eager to display her skill. No routine formula is followed in the presentation. Learning from a guru is live learning. It is learning with a soul. It is a give and take of the souls. With her opinion, our music is the fifth Veda. The Vedas teach you Brahma Vidya. You cannot learn that from a machine. If you go on contemplating and meditating upon the divine art, I am sure you will reach the ultimate destination in your music which is brahmam. I am trying to reach that. Her music is an offering at His feet, an offering of devotion, love. Kishoriji thinks that if the audience is not fully immersed in her music, perhaps it is her own short-coming. “If you see the God Balaji standing in front of you... what will you do? You will get stuck to that place. You will not look back.” Arresting a listener’s total attention is what music is all about, if indeed it is music of that superior quality. Kishoriji sums up a truth very simply. “We have given an entertainment value to this music. Singing is different, practicing is different, and performing is different. The Raag music is attachment to HIM. Practicing yourself is a mediation called Raaggayan.” Performing yourself is a Sabhagayan or Rangmanch where you involve the listener. She always says if you’ve to stand a Raag in front whichever performing you need to connect yourself with that Raag mood. She always connects her soul deeply into the Raag when sing. She takes lots of efforts for that. Kishoriji believes formatting in performance has based both north and south Indian music of their original depth of feeling. “How can you render your feeling? If I say ‘Lakshmi, I love you,’ you must feel the vibration.” The formula of tempo, the sharing of time between singer and accompanist at set times in set patterns, all this, she feels, presents improvisation spontaneously and keep intensity in music. Formats are for students, Kishoriji says. They need to be guided, safeguarded. For me, I must plunge into the air, and follow that feel, and be that feel myself. I pray to give me strength to go there.... which is obstructed. There’s nothing to hold on to, you are support less. But you are free.” You can’t just be sentimental and devoid of intellect. You can’t be a genius without a mind. A perfect balance between intellect and heart - it is known as Saiam or control - in Indian religion. This is how we reach for Moksha. You must understand that you need control to do that. Gaan Saraswati Smt Kishori Amonkar says “I want to gain moksha with my music. I will do anything to reach there in this life. I don’t want to be born again to do that.”

Smitha Prasad

Anita Kulkarni

is a Carnatic vocalist based in Cary, NC Email: smithakprasad@outlook.com www.smithakprasad.com

is a Hindustani music vocalist and teacher based in Raleigh, NC Email:anitakul@gmail.com

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about 20 in number, mostly sleeping or resting and they totally insulted me by not taking much notice of the presence of our jeeps within about 20 feet. We encountered a herd of elephants with several cute babies and adolescents. About six lions were resting on the other side hoping to nab a baby elephant or something. But the elephants charged at the lions and ran them off in different directions. Elephants came across the puddle of water in the middle of the road and used their trunks to spray themselves with the mud. Coating of mud protects them from sun exposure and parasites. We went to the watering hole and saw the birds again. At one point, we spotted a lion who wanted to make a kill off a herd of wildebeests, but a Kudu, an antelope, saw him coming and started howling loudly so the wildebeests ran away from the scene. We saw many mounds of termites in the jungle, each about 4-5 feet tall. Most vegetation was thorny. DAY 4 – The Bushwalk Around noon on day 4, I went with the safari guide and Chris for a bushwalk. This means not sitting in a jeep but being on foot. I felt very vulnerable and scared. I knew I could not outrun any animals. The safari guide had a ready loaded gun. We set out single file in 90 degree scorching sun. We spotted elephants about 75 yards away warthogs and rhinos further down. Giraffes looked at us suspiciously. The zebras ran away. We picked up a tortoise. Luckily, the animals were not terribly bothered by us and did not bother us. In the evening, we saw buffalos. At another point, we saw two Impalas fight a duel, probably over a female. Throughout these days, we kept seeing many elephants, Impalas, waterbucks and other animals in the wild. Scrub hares would always be scurrying around in the evenings. In 3 days of safari, we learned a lot about animal, birds and plants. We learned to recognize white rhino poop from elephant poop from buffalo poop. We played with Impala poop pellets by holding a contest about who could spit them the farthest! Alas, I lost! Again, the dinner was “Boma”, ostrich as one of the meats offered. DAY 5 – Morning safari then to Joberg We spotted Klipspringers on the slopes of a mountain. In an open area, a bunch of wildebeests and baboons were roaming and feeding. We saw Springboks, which are the national animal of South Africa. Later in the tour, they were on dinner menu. We headed back to the lodge. I saw a large snake run into its hideout. Probably a Mamba! Around 11 am, we finished our memorable Safari tour and took our charter flight back to Johannesburg. Little did I know that thousands of dignitaries from different countries would soon be assembling here to pay homage to Nelson Mandela. I am reminded of an incident in May of 1893 when Mahatma Gandhi boarded a train from Pretoria to Durban with a first class ticket but was thrown out of the first class coach by an Englishman. I feel grateful that people like Mandela and Gandhi have fought against discrimination and made this world a better place. Because of this, I was able to enjoy the safari experience in the beautiful country of South Africa. I plan to write about the second part of my trip later. Ubuntu! (Which is Bantu for human kindness) Saathee.com

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By Sonya Fatah - GlobalPost.com NEW DELHI, India — “A man never begins by presenting himself as an individual of a certain sex; it goes without saying that he is a man,” wrote Simone De Beauvoir in The Second Sex. What it’s like to be male, therefore, is easy to overlook. A project called “Let’s Talk Men” addresses this vacuum, by challenging South Asian filmmakers to create works of fiction and non-fiction from a male point-of-view. Consider the life of Bunty. Indian audiences met him fourteen years ago, in “When Four Friends Meet,” a documentary examining life in a New Delhi slum from the male perspective. Back then, Bunty was sweet and shy, full of happy dreams. But his dreams have been shattered. In “When We Meet Again,” a recently released documentary that revisits the friends, we learn that his wife died after accidentally electrocuting herself at home. A younger woman is imported from a poor village to be his new wife and a substitute mother to his two children. By day, Bunty works as a salesman for Vodafone India, the nation’s third largest mobile operator. At night, he zips around on a scooter delivering “Indian and Chinese” food to the city’s better-off residents. In between meeting the needs of work and family, he is having an extra marital affair. Meet the urban Indian male. All four of the films in “Let’s Talk Men” take us into the underprivileged milieu of South Asian men struggling to survive in a fast-changing world, and left behind by a lack of education, access and experience. In “Men At Work,” for example, Nepali filmmaker, Kesang Tseten introduces us to a series of vignettes taking us into predominantly male worlds: a lonely young boy employed as a ‘servant’ in a wealthy home; young mechanics at a repair garage; children in training to be priests at an ashram; and Nepali youth getting ready to serve the British Army as part of its Gurkha regiment. In Pakistani film“Zinda Bhaag,” which released in the US this October, three friends experience an unequal challenge as they try to elevate their economic situation by “doing the dunky” — illegally immigrating to Europe to earn better salaries. By examining the embattled male, the filmmakers shed light on how the struggle to survive and succeed impacts how these men behave — and at times how they lash out at the women in their lives. Saathee.com

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Valiv also witnessed an HIV-positive friend suffer alone in silence. “Nobody supported my friend. No one was willing to visit him. He was shunned by his own friends and family before he passed away,” he told the Global Post. Valiv was inspired to launch the site. “Now I work as a match-maker,” he said. “People with HIV looking for marriage is very difficult.” Since the website’s inception, more than 5000 HIV-positive people have registered. Nearly two-thirds are from rural areas. He said it was difficult to determine how many people he had helped successfully tie the knot but said it was in the hundreds.

News Notes Jaipur Literature festival The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is the largest literary festival in Asia-Pacific, and the most prestigious celebration of national and international literature to be held in India. It encompasses a range of readings, talks, debates, performances, children’s workshops and interactive activities held in the beautiful heritage property, Diggi Palace in the Rajasthani capital of Jaipur. Entering its sixth year, JLF is now regarded as the Kumbh Mela of Indian and international writing, drawing in writers and readers from across India and the wider world: from America, Europe, Africa and from across the breadth of South Asia, the brightest, most brilliant, funny, moving and remarkable authors come to Jaipur every January. The fest will be held January 17 - 21, 2014. The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is held across multiple venues at one festival hub – Diggi Palace. The Festival is free and open to all. (Photo ID required). For more details visit ww.jaipurliteraturefestival.org.

Chief of Indian Army General Bikram Singh Visits uSA India’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Bikram Singh visited USA from December 2 – 5, 2013. The visit assumes special significance in the light of enhanced defense cooperation between the two countries over the last few years and rapidly increasing engagements under the framework for India-US defense relations. The Army Chief visited important defense establishments of the US military and met a number of highranking defense and civilian officials at Washington, DC. General Singh was inducted into the US Army War College (USAWC) International Fellows Hall of Fame, an honor in the international military community for “having made a significant and enduring military/humanitarian contribution to international peace and stability” while holding the highest military rank in India. He delivered a keynote speech to the USAWC graduating class of 2013-2014. General Singh is also an alumnus of the USAWC located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, having graduated with the class of 2004. During the visit, General Singh was honored with a full honors ceremony by General Ray Odierno, United States Army Chief of Staff. During their discussion, the two Chiefs reviewed the ongoing army-to-army cooperation and opportunities to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, including through joint training exercises and military exchanges. General Singh also utilized the opportunity to discuss the US-India defense relationship with other senior US military leadership and advance India`s military interests. – Courtesy Indian Embassy

Amdavad International Kite Festival The International Kite Festival will take place From January 7 – 15, 2014 in Amdavad. The festival is one of the biggest kite flying and demonstration fests in the world with kite enthusiasts from many countries converging in the city of Amdavad in the Western state of Gujarat. The festival coincides with Uttarayan, the annual Makar Sankranti festival in Gujarat where kite flying is one of the day’s highlights. Thousands of kites will soar above the city during the kite festival. This will be the 26th year of the festival, which also includes a craft bazaar, cultural performances, musical shows, and more. For details visit www.ahmedabadkiteflyers.org. Cupid for India’s HIV positive In this marriage-obsessed culture, a website helps the infected find life partners. By Sophie Cousins, GlobalPost.com

Raje Shwari Releases First Solo Song and Video Known as the Indian princess of R&B and Hip-Hop, Raje Shwari, who has collaborated with the likes of Timbaland, Jay Z and Pharrell, launches her solo career with the release of “Get Your Life,” a single that encourages people to be comfortable in their own skin and stand up for their beliefs. Released by BollyHood Records, the new single, produced by newcomer Lectriq, is now available for download and the video, directed by Paul Coy Allen (known for his work with Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Kate Perry, Drake), can be viewed on the artist’s web site. “Get Your Life” is an urban-flavored dance number that kicks off with a driving dhol (Indian drum) beat and sitar (Indian musical instrument) riff, quickly fusing with contemporary dance and pop, while summoning cultures to collide and throw a worldwide party together. Allen said, “By capturing flashes of the Indian culture, a small narrative element and some cool performance set-ups, this video is the most colorful of all my projects. With Raje’s hypnotic music as the backdrop, this entire package is really something fresh and new for the global audience.” Born and raised in America in a traditional Indian household, Raje’s identity as a global citizen drives her choices as a musician. More details available at www.rajeshwari.com.

If you ask any Indian what the most important day of their life will be, odds are they’ll say the day they get married. But imagine you were an HIV positive Indian with no prospective husband or wife in sight. What would you do? While HIV infections have decreased in the sub-continent, the stigma and discrimination against those with the virus has lingered. Some Indians have dangerously opted to not disclose their status to their partner for fear of rejection. But thousands of lonely hearts have found salvation from a free matrimonial website called PositiveSaathi.com, which unites HIV-positive men and women. Anil Valiv, 43, a transportation officer in Pune in the Indian state of Maharashtra, has played cupid since 2006. His passion for social work led him to set up the website after he, along with the help of a local hospital, began testing drivers for HIV, through his work at the Regional Transport Office. It was during this time that a doctor told him about an HIV positive man so desperate to get married that if he didn’t find someone soon, he was going to marry a healthy woman without disclosing his status. Saathee.com

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Riddles Riddles Riddles Why did the kid throw the butter out the window? To see the butter fly!

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Why was the mother firefly unhappy? Because her children weren’t that bright.

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What is a cat’s favorite color? Purr-ple. What is a cat’s favorite song? Three Blind Mice.

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 20+ words = Excellent; 14 to 19 words = Good; 13 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

What animal cheats at exams? The cheetah. Two flies are on the porch. Which one is an actor? The one on the screen. What is the biggest ant in the world? An eleph-ant.

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Why was the baby ant confused? Because all of his uncles were ants.

The Monkey and the Log A merchant had started building a temple beneath the trees on the outskirts of a town. Every day the carpenters and the workmen used to go into the town for their midday meals. One particular day, a troop of wandering monkeys arrived on the scene. One of the carpenters who was in the middle of sawing a log, put a wedge in it, to prevent the log from closing up, and then went off. The monkeys started playing on the tops of the trees and the high structures, without a care in the world. One poor monkey, not destined to live long, sat down on the half split log, put his legs in the gap, caught hold of the wedge with his hands and started pulling it out. And behold! The wedge came out all of a sudden and the log closed in. The monkey’s legs which were in the gap of the log got trapped. He was instantly killed. Moral: One, who interferes in other’s work, surely comes to grief.

What do you get when you cross a sheep and a honey bee? Bah-humbug. Why do you need a license for a dog and not for a cat? Cats can’t drive. What animals are the best pets? Cats, because they are purr-fect! What did the cat have for breakfast? Mice Crispies. What are caterpillars afraid of? Doger-pillars. Is it raining cats and dogs? It’s okay, as long as it doesn’t rein-deer!

The Jackal and the Drum There was once a jackal named Jay who was living in a jungle. One day, he was very hungry and he wandered about in search of food. At last he came to a battle field. There the fighting armies had left behind a drum lying near some creepers. Because of a strong wind, the creepers were rubbing against the drum and making noise. When the jackal heard this, he got frightened and thought to himself, “Unless I can make myself scarce before whoever is making this noise sees me, I am done for. But then, it is unwise to desert one’s home suddenly, so instead I must be brave and try to find out who is making this noise.” So he took all his courage in his hands and as he crept forward, he realized that it was only a drum which made the noise. He continued his search and nearby he found sufficient food to last him a long time. Moral: Only the brave succeed in life.

What's noisier than a whooping crane? A trumpeting swan! Did you hear the joke about the broken egg? Yes, it cracked me up.

Word World (Solution): ENOW, HOWE, KENO, KERN, KNEW, KNOWER, KORE, KRONE, NEWYORK, OWNER, OYER, REWON, RIKE, ROWEN, WOKE, WORE, WREN, YERK, YOKE, YONKER, YORE, YOWE… and so on.

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Here are four more expressions with roll as a phrasal verb: • They’re announcing a price roll back. (Reducing prices to a previous lower level) • Our teen-aged son didn’t roll out until noon on the holiday. (Get out of bed) • We plan to roll over the funds to an I.R.A. (Transfer to another account) • The taxi rolled up right on time. (Arrived.)

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Our unofficial award for the most clever headline of a news story in 2013 must go to this one that appeared in The Raleigh News and Observer on Friday, December 6, 2013: The butter industry is on a roll these days. This article, by Joe Taschler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, stated that more people are spreading butter, instead of margarine, on their dinner rolls and using “real” butter in their holiday baking with a new appreciation of natural ingredients and gourmet cooking. The industry, itself, is, therefore “on a roll” that is, showing an increasing rate of profitable growth. This month we will look at ROLL, another “small but mighty” word with multiple meanings in multiple parts of speech and one that also appears in multiple idioms. ROLL has twenty-two meanings as a verb that does not take an object (intransitive) in American English, sixteen meanings as a verb that takes an object (transitive), seventeen meanings as a noun and is part of four phrasal verbs and at several idioms (one used in the headline above and one not printable in a family magazine). That’s pretty mighty!

Can you match these idioms to their meanings that are listed just below? 16. heads will roll ___ 17. roll up your sleeves ___ 18. rolling in the aisles ___ 19. roll out the red carpet ___ 20. rolls off the tongue ___ 21. all rolled into one ___ 22. keep the ball rolling ___ 23. as easy as rolling off a log ___ 24. roll over in the grave ___ 25. Let’s rock and roll! ___ p. The audience is laughing wildly. q. To act against the wishes of a departed relative r. Combined s. Let’s get started! (Informal) t. To give an important person a special welcome. u. People will be penalized severely. v. Effortless w. A word that is very easy to say x. Keep a project moving forward y. Prepare for hard work

Can you match these sentences, using roll as a verb or a noun to their meanings that are listed just below? 1. We could hear thunder rolling in the distance. __ 2. The older one gets, the faster the years seem to roll by. __ 3. My son likes to roll his truck down the hill in the driveway.___ 4. The sand dunes roll to the sea. __ 5. Let’s get this project rolling! __ 6. My puppy likes to roll on the grass.__ 7. The auction was very successful and the money was rolling in. __ 8. The sailboat was rolling in the waves. __ 9. He rolled his eyes in disbelief. __ 10. We rolled up the poster after the meeting was over. __ 11. In most languages (but not English) the speakers roll their r’s. __ 12. The teacher read the roll. 13. Their dinner rolls are delicious. 14. Did you see that roll he pulled out of his pocket? 15. He said, “Drum roll, please” when he announced the winner.

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a. To wrap something round and round upon itself b. The passing of time c. Rocking from side to side d. A list of the names of persons in the group. e. A large wad of paper money (slang) f. Making a deep, prolonged rumbling sound. g. Coming in large amounts h. A rapid succession of short sounds. i. To get started in a sustained way j. Small round-shaped bread k. Move forward on wheels l. Pronounce with a trill m.To appear to rise and then fall n. Shifting one’s gaze quickly and continuously o. Turn over and over Saathee.com

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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich Body Movements in Classical Dances As classical Indian dance teachers in the USA, it is very seldom that we get an opportunity to teach our students in-depth theory of the classical dance forms. Most of us meet once a week for an hour with our students. We focus on the adavus (fundamental techniques), items (dances), bhava (expressions). Therefore, I decided to share the names of dance movements so students may get a chance to read this article and label the moves they already execute during dances.

Bhru-Bhedas There are six major classifications of eyebrow movements called Bhru-Bhedas. • Sahaja: Natural eye brow in a composed face. • Patita: When eyebrows are at rest and then lowered. • Utkshipta: When either one or both eyebrows are raised. • Chatura: When both brows are moved and the expression is pleasant. • Rechita: One brow is raised in a charming fashion. • Kunchita: When one or both eye brows are arched/bent. Griva-Bhedas The four major neck movements are: • Sundari: Moving the head obliquely or to and fro horizontally. • Tiraschina: An upward movement of the neck on both sides as though the face was forming the figure of horizontal 8. • Parivartita: Neck moving from right to left suggesting the half moon. • Prakampita: When the neck moves forward and backward in a thrusting motion like that of a she pigeon.

I know I introduced a lot of terminology but not its utilization. It is nice to know that these are structured movements being Karanas and Angahaaras taught and practiced for centuries. The more we master these The combined and coordinated movement of the hands and feet movements, the better our storytelling ability will be as dancers. is called Karana. The hands and feet move in unison and in perfect harmony in a Karana. The limbs of the body can be moved around in innumerable movements. While codifying the Karanas, For questions or comments contact the scholars have chosen only the 108 most expressive and Dr. Maha Gingrich via e-mail at: charming movements of the limbs. There are many books written msgingrich@juno.com on Karana Prakaranam, Karana Viniyogam etc. These books are about the techniques and utilization of the poses and their sequence. The combined depiction of a group of three or more Karanas together is known as Angahaara. The identity of each of the Karanas employed is not disclosed but a coordinated movement of expression is portrayed in an Angahaara. Shiro-Bhedas The Shiro-Bhedas or head movements are classified into nine major parts. These are samam, udwahitam, adhomukham, alolitam, dhutam, kampitam, paravrttam, utkshiptam and parivahitam. • Sama Siras: When the head is kept straight and motionless in a natural way. • Udwahita Siras: When the face is raised up. • Adhomukha Siras: When the face is bent down. • Alolita Siras: When the head moves in a circle. • Dhuta Siras: When the head is turned to and fro from left to right and from right to left. • Kampita Siras: Moving the head up and down. • Paravrtta Siras: When the head is turned away. • Utkshipta Siras: When the head is turned to a side and raised. • Parivahita Siras: If the head is moved from side to side. Drishti-Bhedas There are eight classifications of glances called Drishti-Bhedas. • Saman: Gazing with eyes leveled unblinkingly. • Alokitam: Swiftly turning the eyes round. • Sachi: Looking out of the corners of the eyes obliquely without moving the head. • Pralokitam: When the glance turns from side to side. • Nimilitam: looking with eyes half open. • Ullokitam: Looking up. • Anuvruttam: Glancing quickly up and down. • Avalokitam: Looking downwards. Saathee.com

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I hesitate to think about “fromness,” ducking such questions by responding, if anyone asks, “I’m from Michigan.” Wasn’t it true that Tiger Stadium, where I sang my heart out for the seventh inning stretch, or the houses we’d gather in around Farmington Hills on Sundays, weren’t those where I felt I most belonged? I’d felt connected. That never happened in Wayne County. Someone is humming in the kitchen. Could it be our hosts? They’d resonated with my idea about writing a memoir of how it looked from the sidelines when a terrorist cell bombed Kanishka, the name of an Air India flight that happened! that day in 1985, to be carrying my best friend. We were both ten. Hindu-Sikh rivalries, said the papers, putting it in third-person. A query through the internet, some brief terms and expectation-setting, and here I am. A writing residency. I’d been looking for something near Amritsar to complete a memoir series with its last volume, Kanishka. Awestruck at just how much the Golden Temple symbolizes for the people right around here, too. So much happened here, in the 1980s. We’ve all been grieving. For thirty years, almost. It’s been going on, and on. But what’s that? Have the helpers arrived, downstairs? Sounds that way. Kush bounces over. A cadence of easy dialogue begins and we listen through the three floors between us. He starts to chuckle, half to himself. “Ha ha.” My little son grabs his tummy. He’s all smiles today. “What, Kush?” “That’s just how Indian people are.” Wait. Is he going to make a comment on an entire nation? I propped my head up on an elbow. “What is?” “Every time you say something, the other person says, ‘No!, that’s not true.’” Now it was my turn to grab my belly. He went on. “Then their voices get louder and louder!” Peals of amusement escalated, and he grinned. (If you’ve been reading along, you already know my gripes with my folks. But maybe all the drama we’ve had these last, oh, twenty years, can be disposed of with this simple idea: “No, that’s not true!”) I again studied my son, who seemed more ready for this day than any in our eight months of wandering through Asia. I put my face right in front of his, looking deep into his soft, dark eyes. When he was a newborn, I saw the whole cosmos there. That first daunting but mysterious week, we closed the internet, set the answering machine, and sat up awake in the nighttime, talking or just looking. He drank my breastmilk, and taught me wisdom, through the windows to his soul. They’ll probably update my old social studies textbook, Land and People, by the time Kush gets to middle school. But I think he’ll still know more about what it’s like in other places and how people are than the guys and ladies writing. I could be wrong. Western education might change its insistence on rightness. On “saying it like it is.” For all of our sakes, I hope so.

It Takes a Village By Dipika Kohli A little boy and a Golden Temple

Early morning. Rural Punjab. Ten kilometers from the Pakistan border. Birds are up before the sun, and so are a dozen villagers on their way to someplace I haven’t seen yet, but wonder about, murmuring their prayers along the way. Kush, my five year-old son is up, too. He hasn’t noticed me noticing him, so I get a second to just observe. Peering at the window, he’s absorbing data like he used to when he was five months old, all open-eyed and curious, taking it in. Rare to see him this way, because usually if either Akira or I are up, our son is right next to us with his eyes an inch from ours. Did you see that caterpillar? Can we go to the haystack? Do trekkers go to Everest? Yes. Yes. Sometimes. I wonder if he has any idea about the why of religions and borders. Light slips in now, slow and pink. The first rays start behind the wheat field, which got irrigated last week. I learned the word “irrigation” from a textbook, maybe about the age of seven or eight. But I’d never seen it, not until now. We’ve been reading about science in a children’s’ encyclopedia. Old school diagrams pop into my brain, as though they are placemats saved for a certain dinner party and today’s the day. Another image, now: almonds. Seventh grade social studies class. My turn to read aloud. This was Rosewood in Wayne County, the small place where kids asked if I was black or Mexican. It had been tough relocating for me, at 10, from Michigan, where there was still a thriving Punjabi expat community and kids around my age. I licked my lips and focused on the large print, set in neat, two-column justified text. “South Asian people dress in saris and light cotton clothes. They often have almond-shaped eyes.” I sucked in a breath. Dared myself to raise my eyes. A dozen pairs of blue, gray, hazel, and brown ones trained on mine. Are my eyes almond-shaped? Well, hm. Eyes are eyes, aren’t they? Looking back, I think the textbook could have done better. Could’ve talked about what people are like, in their hearts. Punjabi people, for example, from my encounters through December with a lot of villagers, put family above everything else. Mothers kiss their sons, and hug them tightly. A village operates almost like it’s on its own time and set of gears, and even if there are parts that are not exactly pretty – rivalries, thick old grudges, or something else that’s harder to pinpoint because it goes back a few generations and no one knows how Special thanks to Preetlari Magazine Editor Poonam Singh, and her family, it got that way – most of the time you can live and let live, for hosting me last month for a writer’s residency in Preetnagar, just outside of Amritsar. More about the magazine is at http://thepreetlari.com. without being bothered. Like now—-this moment. Just us. Early morning sounds begin to gain in volume. Breakfast Dipika Kohli will be ready, soon. Parantha. Dahi. Milk comes from the Contact email: buffalo right outside the house, and the combination of masala dipika@designkompany.com and cardamom in the chai is just absolutely perfect. The best chai I’ve ever tasted in my entire existence is here, in Punjab. Could I be biased? Roots, et cetera. Saathee.com

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About Thinking By Balaji Prasad Thinking about SAT Thinking The SAT and ACT tests have become the gateway to desirable colleges, and to the successes in life that lie beyond. These tests have come under some criticism for favoring students who have access to high quality coaching because they are relatively affluent. Maybe this will change in the future, but today’s reality demands that students work toward their best possible scores. The key to high performance in the SAT/ACT is preparation. This requires a commitment of time on the part of the student, and access to the right resources. One of these key resources is a good coach. This can take the form of a parent, willing and able to devote himself or herself to the task … or a professional coach. What is “coaching”? “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost The ideal level of learning occurs when concepts originate within the student’s brain, rather than being thrust from outside. As a concept evolves in a student’s brain, a coach who actively engages with the student’s thought process is an asset. The coach coaxes, questions and points, but refrains from providing cut and dried answers, to avoid eroding the potential inherent in a learning opportunity. As an SAT coach, I can attest to this. I find that my students learn best, when they experience an “aha” moment: the sound of a pleasing click as their solution pieces lock together into the answer. The student experiences what can best be termed an aesthetic pleasure – a sense of wonder that arises from the discovery of a capability that lay hidden, up until that point. This kind of learning sprouts deep roots into the student’s brain. Coaching is a two-way closed feedback loop between the coach and the student. The coach does not just teach, but teaches in context; the coach not only observes the student’s thought process, but also feeds that observation back to enable tuning.

tests demand. Most importantly, the parent or professional must have good coaching skills, and must be accepted as a coach by the student. The Reading Comprehension sections test much more than the meaning of the sentences. They test the ability to spot subtle patterns and nuances, e.g. the difference between what a character feels and the author’s opinion of that feeling. The questions themselves have clues that may be missed by an untrained eye. A good coach will not only have a strong grasp on these distinctions, but also labor with the student to embed the ability to catch these nuances each time they appear. With the vocabulary part of the reading section, it is worth noting that vocabulary is not just about vocabulary. There are “forensic” skills that are indispensable to the art of deduction needed when not every word in the dictionary can be committed to memory in a reliable way. The coach helps with these forensic skills. The Math questions are designed with multiple ways to solve each problem. Often, a brute force method is available, but valuable time would be lost with that approach. Students will benefit by deploying some “smarter” technique from the range of techniques at their disposal. It is more about employing a pattern-matching skill that can be learned through directed coaching. If the student is guided into seeing these patterns rather than being spoon-fed, he or she is more likely to recall the right technique when a situation presents itself. The Writing sections involve finding errors and making improvements in sentences. Most of this is about grammar. Grammar is about patterns. When there are long sentences, patterns are difficult to see. The key skill required is the ability to discern patterns hidden in the “noise” inherent in longer sentences. And to be able to do this quickly. The coach needs to help students understand the syntactical structure of sentences, and provide guidance as they derive the semantics with the help of the syntactic patterns. Why I coach “All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” ― Bill McCartney

Several years in the industry have provided me the opportunity to coach professionals and help them develop their careers, write professionally, present themselves strongly at interviews, and deal more effectively with difficult work situations. I continue to find reward in practicing this form of coaching. In recent years, I have extended this passion to coaching high-school children in math, reading, writing, and more specifically, to give them the edge in the SAT and ACT tests. My reward in coaching comes from seeing young students SAT/ACT Coaching discover capabilities they possess, but that are unrealized. SAT “I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by and ACT test questions are designed with care, providing an understanding, they learn by some other way — by rote or opportunity to coach children not only for excelling at these something. Their knowledge is so fragile!” tests, but also to facilitate reading, writing and math ― Richard P. Feynman competencies that will stay with them forever. My experience Middle- and high-school courses do provide the foundation as an author, corporate trainer, engineer and executive has for the SAT and ACT tests. However, as Professor Feynman helped tune me for this kind of coaching. And, of course, I enjoy laments, some of this learning can be “fragile” – especially if it watching flowers bloom! was oriented mainly towards grades. The SAT and ACT tests probe the student for something Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, deeper what high school tests do. Therefore, coaching takes on a published author, SAT/ACT Online and Offline Coach, Math instructor and essay, a specific flavor for the SAT and ACT tests. It goes without resume, & career coach at NewCranium. saying that a parent or professional coach needs to be aware of Contact:704.746.9779 the specific requirements in each section and be competent in balaji.prasad@newcranium.com the Math, Reading, Writing and Interpretation skills that these Saathee.com

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Business Matters Protecting Your Intellectual Property By Sumeet Shah For a small business owner, intellectual property protection should be a critical part of the owner’s strategy and evaluated constantly just like other pieces of the business. Of course the first step is to identify the intellectual property of a business. If you need a general understanding of the process of intellectual property protection, below is a summary of the basics. There are essentially three forms of intellectual property: patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Each has a distinct definition and relevance to the business owner looking to protect inventions, brand, or intellectual works: Patents: In the U.S., patents may be available to any person who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” There are three types of patents described as follows by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof; Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant. How to Apply for a Patent To get a patent you will need to process an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This is a complex process, and I recommend that you retain the services of a registered patent attorney or patent agent to prepare the applications. Trademarks: This protects words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods. How to Register Your Trademark Registration with the USPTO is not required, but does provide certain advantages. If you want to stake a claim on your trademark through the use of the ‘TM’ (trademark),’SM’ (servicemark) or the ‘(R)’ federal registration symbol, you’ll need to follow these steps: - Determine whether your product is eligible for a trademark - Conduct a trademark search - Register for the trademark through USPTO Copyrights: This protects original works of authorship including books, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other works, both published and unpublished. In the United States, the U.S. Copyright Office handles copyright registration that, although not required for protection, does offer advantages.

law, not Federal law. For example, the formula for Coca-Cola is a trade secret. Trade secret protection is very limited. A trade secret holder is only protected from unauthorized disclosure and use of the trade secret by others and from another person obtaining the trade secret by some improper means. How long does patent, trademark or copyright protection last? A U.S. utility patent is generally granted for 20 years from the date the patent application is filed; however, periodic fees are required to maintain the enforceability of the patent. A design patent is generally granted protection for 14 years measured from the date the design patent is granted. A U.S. trademark generally lasts as long as the trademark is used in commerce and defended against trademark infringement. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s stopfakes.gov website, copyright protection is for a limited term. For works created after January 1, 1978, copyrights last for 70 years after the death of the author. For works “made for hire” (covering the usual type of work owned by a small business), the copyright lasts for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first. A trade secret can be protected indefinitely as long as the secret is commercially valuable, its value derives from the fact that it is secret, and the owner takes reasonable precautions to maintain its secrecy. Is my Intellectual Property protected overseas? According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), only 15 percent of small businesses that do business overseas realize that a U.S. patent only provides protection in the U.S. Below are the basics about intellectual property protection in overseas markets: Overseas Patents - Almost every country has its own patent law and you’ll need to follow the patent application process within the country in which you wish to protect your invention. International Trademarks - You can file for trademark registration, via a single application, in certain countries only if you are already a qualified owner of a trademark application pending before the U.S. Patent Office. If you want to protect your trademark overseas you’ll need to file for international trademark protection. According to the stopfakes.gov website, companies that protect their intellectual property drive more economic growth in the U.S. than any other single sector. The unfortunate flip side of this fact is that small businesses are more vulnerable than any other sector to piracy, counterfeiting, and the overall theft of their intellectual property. This is likely for small business owners because they do not have access to the intellectual property protection know-how that larger corporations do. Therefore, it’s important that small business owners learn more about their intellectual property and protect it.

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Tax Matters By Krutika Chheda Taxes may be your biggest expense this year As difficult as it is to keep pace with the business and professional challenges, you may be required to stay up to date on all the changes in the tax laws and the health care law. We will cover some interesting Tax Tidbits here in a series of articles this year as we embark upon the next tax season. Hopefully we will answer any questions you may have about the recent tax changes. In case you have any specific questions feel free to write to me and if it is in the benefit of the larger audience, I will address them in this column. Small Businesses and Individual Professionals can reduce their Taxes Taxes are the biggest expense for most Small Businesses and Individual Professionals. And yet most of us provide minimal time for planning and reducing this expense, except perhaps an annual visit to the accountant’s office during tax season! Is it any surprise then that Small Businesses and Professionals contribute the most to Tax Revenues? Large Corporations with help from expert tax professionals pay at a much lower effective tax rate. Independent studies over the years suggest that Small Businesses pay up to $160 Billion in excess taxes each year. This is money you can save through proper tax planning. As with everything else in your business, it takes careful planning and professional execution. There are over 350 Tax Deductions and Credits for Small Businesses and Individual Professionals. Although it is almost impossible to say how many of these may be applicable to your specific business without considering your particular scenario, here are some Deductions that may apply to most Small Businesses and Professionals.

If your business is a partnership, a limited liability company, or an S corporation, your business can make a charitable contribution and pass the deduction through to you, to claim on your individual tax return. In case of regular C corporations charitable contributions are deducted on the corporation’s tax return. There are some important rules for charitable contribution deductions: • Only contributions to charities listed as “qualified organizations” by the IRS are deductible and contributions more than $250 require a written acknowledgement from the qualified charitable organization. • You can deduct donations of assets such as property or equipment at their fair market value. Although a fully depreciated (written off) asset cannot be deducted as a contribution even if it works well. • You cannot deduct the value of time or services that you volunteer. • You cannot deduct the part of a contribution that benefits you. If you receive a gift in exchange for a charitable donation or if the contribution made is in lieu of certain benefits, you can deduct only the amount of the contribution that exceeds the value of the gift. If you are making a large donation, make sure you check with your tax accountant first. 4. Bad Debts- Bad Debts hurt the most. Especially when you have worked so hard to satisfy all of the customer’s requirements and they do not pay you. The good news is that certain bad debts are tax deductible. If your business sells goods, you can deduct the costs of any goods sold, but not paid for, as an ordinary business expense. However, you cannot deduct any lost profits you would have collected from the sale. If your business provides services, no deduction is allowed for the time you devoted to the customer who doesn’t pay. For example if you provide medical services and the patient does not pay, you cannot deduct the cost of the time you spent in treating the patient. The rationale is that if businesses were able to deduct unpaid services, it would be quiet easy to inflate the unpaid bills and claim large bad debt deductions making it hard for IRS to catch the fraud.

5. Home Office Deduction- For years taking a Home Office Top 5 Tax Deductions for Small Businesses and Professionals Deduction was considered a red flag, inviting an IRS Audit. But 1. Start-up Expenses- As you get your business started, there that may no longer be the case, with more and more businesses are several costs such as furniture, equipment, computer, fax etc and individuals taking advantage of working from home and that may be deducted 100%. Section 179 of the Internal Revenue maintaining a healthy work-life balance. IRS is well aware of the Code allows you to deduct the cost of new equipment or other rising trend in working from home office. As long as you use assets. Off the shelf Software costs can also be now deducted in the “Home Office” as IRS defines it. This one deduction alone the same year. Although if you know that your business is going can save you several thousand dollars in tax. We will cover more to take a couple of years to break even and generate profit, you about this in later articles. may want to depreciate these expenses over the years to offset the profits in later years. 2. Business Travel, Meals and Entertainment- If you make a trip for business purposes, travel costs including airline ticket, hotel, taxi, meals, shipping business materials, laundry, telephone calls, etc are fully deductible expenses. How about combining business travel with pleasure? It is allowed, as long as the primary purpose of the trip is for business, although there are strict guidelines on this. 3. Charitable Contributions- This is a great deduction as you can feel good about donating to your favorite cause and save on taxes at the same time. Charitable contributions are treated slightly different depending on the type of your business entity. Saathee.com

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Keep in mind this column and the articles published here are only meant to provide you with high level information about taxes and in no way should you consider this as tax advice. Hopefully I have got you started thinking about saving more of your hard earned money and paying less to the IRS as you brave through the economic head winds in a recession. Consult your Tax Advisor regarding your individual situation. This Article provides only an overview to the complex Tax Laws. It is not exhaustive nor a substitute for Independent Tax Advice provided by a Tax Accountant or a Tax Attorney familiar with your case.

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Marketing Turnaround By Gail Martin 3 Essential Steps to Fresh Start Success Are you at a turning point? “Turning Point” moments happen when you make a decision to take one path and not another. Choosing a college, selecting the person you marry, picking a career…all of those decisions open one door and close others. Some Turning Points only come once in a lifetime for most people, like choosing a college. On the other hand, research shows that today, people are likely to have seven to thirteen different career “changes” in a lifetime…a lot of Turning Points and open doors! Sometimes, career changes are made for us. Mergers, layoffs, company closures, or mandatory retirement, these are big changes that aren’t entirely voluntary. Other changes are a choice, like the decision to explore a new vocation, go back to school to train for a different line of work, or start a business. Life changes can be Turning Points as well. Marriage, divorce, the birth of children or reaching the Empty Nest phase, caregiving, relocation, health challenges—all of these situations make us stop, evaluate, and decide where to go next. I learned about the power of reinvention when I left a Fortune 10 company as part of a large downsizing ten years ago. I realized a couple of things. First, that every aptitude test I’d ever taken had said I should be an entrepreneur and I ignored it. And secondly, that I had the skills I needed to make that leap. In fact, it didn’t take long before my corporate colleagues were calling me to hire me back for projects, and pretty soon, I had a profitable consulting practice. But there was something missing. I wanted to write fantasy adventure novels. So I decided that part of taking control of my career would be making that dream come true. The book was written. I found an agent, and the agent landed the book with a publisher in London. A year later, my first novel came out internationally and sold so well, it went back for a reprint in just two months. I used social media to reach out to readers, reviewers and bloggers all over the world. Fast-forward six years later, and my seventh fiction book, Ice Forged, hit number 1 on Amazon in the US and Canada in October of this year. That success led to contracts to write six marketing books. And those marketing books, based on my experience with my coaching clients, are the reason I’m writing this article today. Career success is all about reinvention, which creates your personal branding and expert platform. If you’re considering making a Fresh Start, here are three essential steps to reinventing yourself successfully.

branding. A brand is much easier to remember than a title, and a lot more meaningful. Use a combination of your expertise and outcomes to create a one-line, results-oriented personal tagline, and use it whenever you introduce yourself after you give your name and before you give your actual title. You want people to remember what you do and what the outcomes you produce more than where you’re currently working. This is your personal brand, not your current employer’s. Remember—your current job is just a project assignment of undefined duration. You’re really an independent consultant. Make sure people remember you. 2. Manage your online reputation. This step goes much farther than avoiding social media mistakes. It starts with creating a “Google trail” that enables people to find you, learn about you, see your accomplishments, easily connect with you and keep a warm relationship going through social media. 3. Establish yourself as an expert. The content that you share in your blog, on your website, in articles, books and research papers, and through social media shapes how people see you. This is where you demonstrate your expertise and share your outcomes. That’s why I recommend clients have a personal web page in addition to a LinkedIn or Facebook profile. Then link this personal web page to your LinkedIn page and blog. Why not just be on LinkedIn? Because you don’t own LinkedIn. You don’t own Facebook. They could change at any moment—or go away entirely. You own your personal web page. Think of it as your personal piece of Cyberspace where people can always find you if they know your name (and tagline). Here’s one of the best-kept secrets about social media. Nearly all professional association sites today have social media features for members. If you’re a member, you can post a profile—just like on LinkedIn and Facebook. It’s a membersonly privilege. These sites have forums and discussion groups—just like LinkedIn and Facebook. And these sites have blogs that may welcome guest posts from knowledgeable members—like you. Or that welcome having members post photos from recent events, maybe even video clips—just like on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you’re thinking about making a Fresh Start in 2014 but aren’t sure how to tackle these three steps, please join me for a free webinar, Rock Your Reinvention, On January 21. We’ll talk about how to create a personal brand to make sure you’re memorable for all the right reasons. I’ll share the secret strategies to manage your online reputation and avoid four common mistakes. We’ll talk about how to establish yourself as an expert online to reach an audience of your ideal customers. And I’ll share five simple steps to Fresh Start Success. Send me an email for registration link. Here’s to Fresh Start Success! Make 2014 your best year ever.

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They will share approximately $7.7 million in grants through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC). The organizations are located across the U.S. and include six museums and four NASA visitor centers. They will create interactive exhibits, virtual worlds, professional development activities, and community-based programs to engage students, teachers and the public in STEM. The selected projects have performance periods from one to five years and range in value from approximately $500,000 to $1 million. Final funding is contingent upon NASA’s approval of each organization’s final business plan. “Informal education providers play a key role in NASA Education’s effort to make interactive STEM experiences available to students and the general public,” said Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for education in Washington. “Using compelling NASA content, they create fun, hands-on learning activities that help us stimulate greater interest in STEM. Increasing STEM literacy in students today is crucial to having the talent NASA will require for future missions of science and discovery.” The 2013 selected organizations are: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala; AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif.; Miami Science Museum; Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul; St. Louis Science Center; Science South Inc., Florence, S.C.; Space Center Houston Project; Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Va.; and Pacific Science Center Foundation, Seattle. Projects selected in this year’s program will produce NASA-inspired educational opportunities to increase awareness of and engagement in the agency’s space exploration achievements and how these benefit life on Earth, as well as educational pathways to careers in space exploration and other STEM fields. For more information about this year’s CP4SMPVC winners, including project descriptions, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/18U8PAO

Tech Ahead SmartCharge LED Bulb Technology innovator iFi Systems recently announced a new LED Light Bulb Kickstarter crowdfunding project with a goal of $50,000 to fund production of the SmartCharge LED Bulb, a first-of-its-kind innovation that keeps the light on when power goes out. The SmartCharge Bulb, which looks like a normal light bulb from the outside, has technology built-in to enable wall switch control of the lights even when the power is off. Built with proprietary SwitchSensor technology and a backup rechargeable battery, the SmartCharge Bulb keeps the light on for four hours when the rest of the neighborhood is left in the dark. What sets the SmartCharge Bulb apart from other LED or safety bulbs starts with the motivation to develop it. There is a battery, control technology, intelligence, a central processing unit, memory, inverter, and a printed circuit board all inside the light bulb assembly to make it smart and efficient.

The International Consumer Electronics Show International CES, more commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is an internationally renowned electronics and technology trade show, attracting major companies and industry professionals worldwide. The annual show is held each January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Not open to the public, the Consumer Electronics Association-sponsored show typically hosts previews of products and new product announcements. CES rose to prominence after a rival show, COMDEX, was canceled. The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. The International CES features products—and the companies that create them—from 15 consumer technology markets. CES showcases more than 3,200 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 sessions; and more than 152,000 attendees from more than 150 countries. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $203 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. This year the show will be held from January 7 – 10, 2014 in Las Vegas. For further details visit www.cesweb.org.

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Evaluation and Assessment of Trigger Pain • So how do you know if what you are experiencing is “Trigger Pain”? • You should keep track of some important facts about your pain. • When does the pain start? • How long does it last? • Are there certain movements that “trigger” the pain? • What seems to help relieve the pain?

Trigger Points and Muscle Disorders By Chetan Deshmukh There are three types of muscles in the human body: (a) muscles that help us move and stand in one position (b) muscles of the stomach and internal organs and (c) heart muscles. Each of these behaves very differently. In this issue we will review the muscles that help us move and those that help our posture. When we exercise we build muscle mass. This muscle mass helps us tighten our muscles (contract) or relax our muscles (relaxation). This cycle of contraction and relaxation of the muscle helps us with movement. For example: if we are standing in one place and we decide to run, we will need some muscles to tighten-up while others will need to relax. This contraction and relaxation is done at the right time so that we can still remain upright. If we miss a step or forget to relax our muscles we may end up tripping or falling. Timing of muscle contraction is very important. Muscle movements are also “triggered” by chemical responses. Muscle contractions are stimulated by certain nerve and chemical signals. When certain chemicals are released the muscle and nerve endings are activated.

A good assessment will include a comprehensive history and a comprehensive exam to support the clinical decision. Your Occupational Therapist will likely spend approximately one hour with you to evaluate these symptoms and do a complete exam of muscle pain. As a first step, you may want to schedule a visit with a qualified health professional who can evaluate your signs and symptoms. Start with your family physician, who can check your symptoms and do a more extensive examination to confirm that there are no other problems such as high blood pressure, migraine, or other generalized problems with your nervous system. Once these are tests are done, he or she may recommend that you receive conservative treatment such as Rest, Ice, Correct Posture and Exercise (RICE).

What are Trigger Points? Trigger points are small nodules and lumps in the muscles. They develop over a period of time and are often related to increased muscle tightness or tension. When we do a lot of work around the house, yard or as part of our employment (such as typing, keyboarding, operating machines etc…) we end up with increased tightness of the muscle. We refer to this as tension. Tension in the muscle comes from these small lumps that eventually form large “clumps” in the muscle. This then presents itself as “Trigger Points”.

Early Treatment of Trigger Pain Treatment for trigger pain depends on the level of pain and discomfort. There are several methods of reducing the pain. This can range from trigger point injections, dry needles (that are invasive) to trigger point manipulation (non-invasive). People who perform certain activities constantly should consider rotating their jobs tasks. However, when symptoms get to a point beyond what they can tolerate it may be too late. It is very important to consider taking time to take care of themselves and seeking help from a qualified professional.

Causes of Pain We often complain of body ache, neck pain, tension headaches, and arm pain. This develops from constant sitting in one place such as for work, working for hours on your computer or with constant use of smartphones, tablets and other devices. We see several patients who complain of pain in the forearm, hand, wrist and thumbs from constant movement. Muscle pain can limit motion and available range over a period of time.

Occupational Therapy for Trigger Pain Occupational Therapy for Pain may include but is not limited to Hot and Cold Therapy, Pain Management, Ultrasound, Exercises and Postural Corrections. Controlled and monitored exercises will help prevent further deterioration of the condition. Myofascial therapy, neuromuscular therapy, nerve stimulation and trigger point massage have also demonstrated excellent response and recovery. Routine exercises and reminders to improve posture is critical to this process.

Symptoms of Trigger Points Symptoms of trigger points can be varied depending on where these points are located. Typically, there is a zone of “Active” trigger points and a zone of “Referred” pain. Trigger pain cannot be diagnosed easily. It takes excellent skills on part of the treating healthcare professional to identify and manage these trigger points. Patients with trigger points often complain of generalized weakness and constant aches and pain in their body. These symptoms are not specific enough to muscle disorders and trigger points. We may ignore some early symptoms only to aggravate the problem. If you experience recurrent or chronic pain and stiffness you should consider getting it checked by a qualified healthcare professional. Do not wait to seek help if you find that your symptoms are worse and become more frequent over time, and the pain may spread down Saathee.com

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Community Organizations various Indian languages are used in the sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980-216-8732 charlotte@us.artofliving.org www.artofliving.org or www.artofliving.org/charlotte

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

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

Charlotte Hindu Center Table Tennis The group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. New players come after 7.30 pm for orientation. The TT action takes place at the Vihar Hall of Charlotte’s Hindu Center, 7400 City View Drive , Charlotte, NC 28134. All levels and types of play. Free coaching and lessons. For further details: s_jan@yahoo.com or visit www.ttclt.com.

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

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

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) .Sunday School Time - 11:15 - 11:45 am; Sunday Worship Service time : 11:45 - 1:15 pm. Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For further details: 803.792.7223; pastorofbcf@gmail.com (Pastor: Rajan Samuel). Carolina Sanskrutik Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde, sangeet_k@yahoo.com, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane, sonali_tamhane21@yahoo.com, 704.364.8605 www.charlottemarathimandal.com

Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation practices as taught by lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization- even in one lifetime. The Center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Agupta1@Carolina.rr.com www.kriya.org

Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and

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Community Organizations economic wellbeing and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi neena.narumanchi@gmail.com Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / jaydalalcolumbia@gmail.com

Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: Sunu Sebastian (sunu@email.com) or www.cltma.org. Charlotte Tamil Sangam Charlotte Tamil Sangam works to bring together the vibrant Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. For Further Details: Lakshmanan Krishnan (lakshmanank@hotmail.com) or visit www.cltts.org

Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For Further Details: Gurdwara: 704.509.2828 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), sajjan@carolina.rr.com, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), irajpal@aol.com

Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Assoc was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. For Further Details: www.charlottetelangana.com Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit www.patapa.dhamma.org For Further Details: 704.277.5013, rbddesai@gmail.com 704.563.5440, dspranger@gmail.com www.dhamma.org

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sat, Jan 18: Sankranti, Lohri, Pongal Sun, Jan 26: Republic Day Celebrations Thu, Feb 27: Maha Shivratri For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) admin@hcclt.org or www.hcclt.org

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan) lakshmi7778@yahoo.com cmacmusic@yahoo.com www.onlinecmac.com

IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) Charlotte Chapter 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 dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in Charlotte to join efforts to promote Peace and Social Justice for all, and to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103 iamc-charlotte@yahoogroups.com

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

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

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, Saathee.com

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Community Organizations Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Richa Pathak 704-921-4276 contact@ipaac.org www.ipaac.org

America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. For Further Details: www.netIPnc.org

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Thursday, Jan 2 (Ekam): Snatra Puja @ 10:30 am Sunday, Jan 12: Paathshala for children @ 10:30 am Wednesday, Jan 15 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sunday, Jan 26: Regular Monthly Meeting, Paathshala @ 4 pm Wednesday, Jan 29 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 PpmM All Other Weekdays: 9:30 am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481 info@jaincenter.us www.jaincenter.us

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai (ajdesai66@gmail.com or 980622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty (shubhra.chakraborty1@gmail.com) or 704-942-4798). www.prathamusa.org. Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: www.probasi.org Sahaj Marg Meditation Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 naturalpath.nc@gmail.com www.srcm.org

Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org http://www.kiraninc.org

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who thrive to make a difference in the society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. Sangamithra has made its presence known in the Charlotte community by its participation in the 2013 Festival of India, as part of its fund raising activity. In addition, with liaisons in both the UK and the UAE, Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realising its vision. If you would like to be a part of this noble cause, please touch base with

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Community Organizations 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: www.tagca.org

Sangamithra Foundation. For Futher Details: www.sangamithra.org; www.facebook.com/SangamithraFoundation email: info@sangamithra.org; twitter: @sangamithraUSA. Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani admin@issvcharlotte.org

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

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

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC has announced Shrinathji Haveli – “Shrinath Dham” in Charlotte with support of all Vaishnav families of Carolinas. VPSC is starting construction in the near future of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. On December 8th, Vaishnav families gathered to celebrate Shree Gokulnathji Mahotsav at ‘Shrinath Dham Haveli”. All recited paath and Mangal Vadhai welcoming Shree Gokulnathji (Shree Vallabh). Celebration was accomplished with presence of very large Vaishnav group. Upcoming Events: January 12, 2014 (Sunday): Vaishnav Paath 4 to 6pm (Mahaprashad will be served after mahotsav) For Further Details: vsccarolinas@gmail.com Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) is organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps in India. For Further Details: contact, soniahassani1@gmail.com or 704.779.2396. SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), baseer_11@yahoo.com www.southparkcc.org

Greensboro Art of Living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Nirupama Shankar @ shankar.nirupama@gmail.com Puja Verma @ puja_usa@yahoo.com http://us.artofliving.org/greensboro

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar: 704-541-3451 http://srishticharlotte.org/

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Community Organizations For Further Details about Life Mission USA see below: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) lifemissionusa@gmail.com www.lifemissionusa.com

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

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors, happy4mehta@yahoo.com; Venky, Triad Tigers, venkyhot@hotmail.com.

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

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

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

India Association of the Triad (IATNC) Greensboro The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Ruby Singh - 336.430.9068, rs7227@gmail.com Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462, balu3103@triad.rr.com www.iatnc.org

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For Further Details: lathapamarthi@earthlink.net www.afice.org

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Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), ratanray@hotmail.com 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), swaty_sen@yahoo.com banc_members@googlegroups.com www.banc-online.org Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC The Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) is organized for folks of Indian origin aged 60 and above. The BSCNC members meet second Saturday of every month from 10am - 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, Oct 12 at Cary Senior Center at Bond Park, Cary, NC. On this day flu shots will be given by pharmacists of Harris Teeter. For Further Details: Mahendra Patel (919.793.6588) Raojibhai Patel (252.236.4391) Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, sushmaofnc@yahoo.com Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, mshruti@yahoo.com www.carolinarajasthanis.org Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. All festivals are celebrated. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: www.chinmaya-RDU.org 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 100

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Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) taj@unity.ncsu.edu GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) globalem@gmail.com Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajan and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Triangle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: www.gokulbhajan.com

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 www.dukediya.com

Heritage India Association of North Carolina (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, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: yashcgarg@gmail.com

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: raginiusa@yahoo.com

Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365

EKTAA South Asian 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 “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: www.ektaa.org

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Community Organizations International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 www.internationalcommunitychurch.org International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) www.hindi.org 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 Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Devotees come together to practice their religious duties in harmony. All are welcome. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 isso.nc@gmail.com http://issonc.org ISKCON New Goloka Temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a sumptuous 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, enacting dramas and other fun activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, seminars and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827, golokanandapriya@hotmail.com www.newgoloka.com Saathee.com

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Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 lifemisionusa@gmail.com www.lifemissionusa.org 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 Event: March 22 - 23, 2014: India Fest For Further Details: www.nuvyug.net Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that 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: payamber@ncpaa.org http://ncpaa.org January 2014


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Community Organizations Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - rajeev.thalla@gmail.com Monica Awasthi - awasthimonica@yahoo.com www.prathamusa.org Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with 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. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: http://www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/ Punjabi unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh vicepresident@punjabiunlimited.org www.punjabiunlimited.org Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Rakesh Huria, President, Raleigh Sai Center at 919-244-1263 E-mail rsc.president@yahoo.com. Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence Saathee.com

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Community Organizations http:///www.coolcheck.org For Further Details: balaram.krishna@gmail.com 919.757.3135 Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga benefits include Longevity, Wellness and Stress Management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For more details about the course visit www.vethathiri.edu.in For Further Details: 919-830-9764 vikram.renganathan@gmail.com South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: tca_nc@yahoo.com www.tcanc.org Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) www.tamilsangamofcarolina.org

organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: committee@tataonline.org www.tataonline.org Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental 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: www.idrf.org. Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’ s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. The association sponsors events throughout the year. TGA would like to welcome the new president, Manisha Patel and her committee for CY2014. The first event for 2014 is a Gujarati Play, Two Idiots. It is planned for Feb 9th, at HSNC hall. TGA’s famous Holi Festival is planned for March 15th at the HSNC hall. For Further Details: nctga00@gmail.com www.nctga.org Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: rangmandal@gmail.com

Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: www.tcfnc.org Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362)

Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: barman@cs.unc.edu www.trianglevegsociety.org

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Community Organizations India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N. Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers). Ten day courses are available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit www.patapa.dhamma.org. For Further Details: 732-213-9660 carync.sittings@gmail.com Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh www.dhamma.org Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808 Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: raleigh@vibha.org http://raleigh.vibha.org.

Regional Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Hindutemplenc@gmail.com Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. Saathee.com

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South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ pastorofbcf@gmail.com www.bethelchristianfellowship.org Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: dhammasc@hotmail.com Hanahan TableTennis Training Center There are no membership fees of any kind to play at HTTTC. Free open play and training. Free USATT league. Informal free coaching as time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Yeamans Hall Rd., Hanahan, SC 29410 (Adjacent to Police Station). For Further Details: www.ttHanahan.com Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 112

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Community Organizations Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 www.hindutemplesc.org Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: hindutemplesc.org/index.php India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 iagcfolks@yahoo.com International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) www.internationalfellowshipchurch.org Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 www.kagg-sc.org Masjid Noor-uL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Dr., Columbia, S.C. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Telugu Association of Greater Greenville The Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: www.taggsc.org Saathee.com

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

AKBAR ALFATIHAH ALI ALLAH ARABIC BASRA BISMILLAH BURKHA DAMASCUS DUA EID HAJI HIZRI ILAHI JIHAD

MADINA MASJID MECCA MONOTHEISM MOSQUE MUHAMMAD MUSLIM NAMAZ PROPHET RAHIM RAHMAN RAMADAN SHIA SUNNI

The unused 13 letters spell that means: “Peace to you” A traditional greetings among Muslims in Arabic language.

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on next page)

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TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “JA” - Fill in the blanks 1. The first month of the calendar year. JA _ _ _ _ _ 2. One who forcibly seizes a plane’s control. _ _ JA _ _ _ _ 3. The bones holdings the teeth in the mouth. JA _ _ 4. A feudal Japanese warrior working as a spy. _ _ _ JA 5. Slightly open. (as a door!). _ JA _ 6. A pancake or griddlecake. _ _ _ _ JA _ _ 7. “ ___ and Kashmir”, a state in N India. JA _ _ _ 8. A loosely fitting sleeping wear. _ _ JA _ _ _ 9. A kind of whirlpool bath. JA _ _ _ _ _ 10. A deadlock or impasse. _ _ _ JA _ 11. Airport code for Jasper, Canada. (*) _ JA 12. A state in NW India; Cap. Jaipur. _ _ JA _ _ _ _ _ 13. To squeeze into or through a confined space. JA _ 14. A passerine blue bird in Corvidae family. _ _ _ _ JA _ 15. A brave Greek warrior in the Trojan war. _ JA _ 16. An ancient city in Madhya Pradesh, India, (Avantika); home of “Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga”. _ _ JA _ _ 17. An island nation in East Asia. Cap. Tokyo . JA _ _ _ 18. To hijack (an aircraft.) _ _ _ JA _ _ 19. American Journal of Archaeology. (*) _ JA 20. To free up; to remove a blockage from. _ _ JA _ 21. Small, dark green & very hot pepper. JA _ _ _ _ _ _ 22. In S Africa, a whip made of rhino’s hide. _ JA _ _ _ _ 23. An Asian grey wild dog, smaller than a wolf. JA _ _ _ _ 24. A king in India. (Hindi word) _ _ JA 25. A mountain in West Irian, W New Guinea. _ JAJA _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at kiritsshukla@hotmail.com

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Islamic holy days and festivals. The first year was the year during which the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as the Hijri, occurred. Being a purely lunar calendar, it is not synchronized with the seasons. With an annual drift of 11 or 12 days, the seasonal relation is repeated approximately each 33 Islamic years.

Festivals & Holidays January 2014 Jan. 1 - New Year 2014 begins Jan. 2 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) Jan. 7 - Guru Govindsingh Jayanti Jan. 11 - Putradā Ekādasi Jan. 12 - Swāmi Vivekānand Jayanti Jan. 14 - Uttarāyan/ Makarsankrānti Jan. 14 - Eid-E-Milād Jan. 15 - Poshi Purnimā (Full Moon) Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 24 - Swāmi Ramānandāchārya Jayanti Jan. 26 - Republic Day (India) Jan. 27 - Shattilā Ekādasi Jan. 30 - Mauni Amās (No Moon) Jan. 30 - Gandhi Nirvana Day Jan. 31 - Chinese New Year (Horse)

Hindu calendar: The Lunisolarrld. The names of the twelve months are in Sanskrit [Kārtik, Mārgashirsh, Paush, Mahā, Fālgun, Chaitra, Baishākh, Jyestha, Ashādha, Shrāvan, Bhādrapad & Āshvin]. They are same in most parts of India, though the spelling and pronunciation vary slightly and the first month of the year varies from one region to another depending upon the past traditions. The standardized Indian national calendar based on Saka era with 78 CE as the start of the calendar is a lunar Hindu calendar used by the government together with Gregorian calendar. However, it is not used by the general public. They mostly use the lunar calendar as Vikram Samvat with 56 BCE as the start of the calendar for religious activities and festivals. Vikram Samvat is the official calendar in Nepal also. A lunar month may have 29 or 30 days. Hindu calendars have about 360 days in a year, an extra month as needed to synchronize with solar calendar. The extra 13th month is added, every 32 or 33 Lunar months, by repeating a month called Adhik (extra) month in a year. A “Kshayamas” which means subtracting a month in the year, occurs once in 19 or 122 or 141 years to synchronize Lunar-Solar cycle. All the adjustments in the manmade calendars are determined by nature.

FYI: Calendars - Part 2

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Gregorian calendar: Calendars used today almost everywhere in the world for civil and trade purposes is the Georgian Calendar. It is the international standard. However, alternative calendars are also used as follows. Solar calendar: In a this calendar, a year approximates the time Earth takes for a complete cycle around the Sun. Solar calendars assign a date to each solar day. A day may consist of the period between sunrise and sunset, with a following period of night or it may be a period between successive events such as two sunsets. The length of the interval between two such successive events may vary a bit during the year. Other types of calendars may also use a solar day. Because the no. of days in a year is not a whole number, a this calendar must have a different number of days in different years. An extra day is added in Feb. in a leap year. Lunar calendar: All calendars do not use the solar year. A lunar calendar is one in which days are numbered within each lunar phase cycle. The length of the lunar month is not an even fraction of the length of the year, so some adjustments are necessary in the calendar year. Fiscal Calendar: A fiscal calendar generally means the accounting year of a government or a business. It is used for budgeting, keeping accounts and taxation. It is a set of 12 months that may start at any date in a year. The US government’s fiscal year starts on October 1 and ends on September 30. The government of India’s fiscal year starts on April 1 and ends on March 31. Small traditional businesses in India start the fiscal year on Diwali festival and the next day a new year. Traditionally, the New Year day is on a different day in different parts of India.

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Legal calendar: For lawyers and Judges, the calendar is the docket used by the courts in some countries. Islamic calendar: The Islamic calendar or Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to date events in most of the Muslim countries everywhere to determine the proper day on which to celebrate Saathee.com

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health problem is also possible. It is better to devote some time in religious and social activities or make journey to scared places. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Your speech and ideology will help you in delighting and acting with confidence. Your associates and siblings will also flourish. You might receive good news through communication. Sudden travel will also bring good luck. There are chances of getting promotion if employed. The change of place or profession is not ruled out. Success is assured in your ventures. Try to get best out of the month.

General Predictions for January 2014 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Clash in the family and hyper aggressive attitude may harm you during this month. Harsh speech must be avoided. Try to spend more time at work but also compromise at work, as you may have to work below your status. As an impact, your income will increase a little. Remember that you can avoid all negative consequences by concentrating on your work and controlling your speech.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) During this month you will feel spent due to lack of vitality. You will waste your energy in useless pursuits. Disturbance in marriage life is also possible. Mental anxiety will disturb daily life. Don’t act haphazardly and aggressively. You will be able to maintain your steady income, however. Drive very carefully or avoid driving. Travel must be avoided.

TAuRuS (Apr 20 - May 21) You are entering into a new era. The turning point will bring actions in the life. You will be successful due to your creative intelligence. The time is good for love and romance. Your income as well as expenses will increase. Some kind of fear will prevail and will not let you enjoy. Be very careful while driving. Family atmosphere will also be happy.

SAGITTARIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will get involved in unwanted issues. There may be some bad news regarding business. Heavy losses are also indicated due to indulgence in unnecessary expenses. Maintain good relations with superiors. Speculation must be avoided. Family atmosphere may not be harmonious. Depression or lack of self confidence may cause major problems. Don’t take risks.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You will be able to control your opponents. After a slow start, the flow of income will rapidly increase. Try to control unnecessary expenses. Watch for forgery or cheating. The improvement in health and income will give you a peace of mind. Others will appreciate your written work in the last week of the month. You must watch for accidents. Don’t dispute with your partner.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Your own people may act as your competitor. You may face several awkward situations and as a result of this your health might give some problems. Your opponents will be in command. The flow of money will not be normal. You may not be able to keep a perfect tuning with your own people. Please do not sign any important documents without going through it thoroughly.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You will feel quite happy and relaxed during this month. Service condition will improve. Substantial gains are also possible. You will get involved in family matters. Check the morals and values of the principals and avoid breaking them. Don’t get involved in new ventures. You are prone to certain diseases during this month. A child-related problem is also possible.

AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Take time over decisions as you may suffer on account of wrong decisions. Control your diet to protect your health. Speculation or your co-worker proves to be helpful in making some money. Sudden travel may bring unexpected problems. Some kind of fear will prevail. Accept to work hard and welcome new systems. Avoid cheating or dishonesty in your profession.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You will experience unexpected ups and downs in your business or trade. If employed, service/working condition will not be satisfactory. Involvement in family-related issues will make you spend money on social activities. Your mind will feel confused and blank. Practice meditation to maintain your confidence. Watch your mother’s health. If you or your spouse is expecting, then safe delivery is also indicated.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will look forward to life with a great deal of zeal and enthusiasm during this month. At the same time you will be bold and courageous but violent in temper. Business-related short distance travel might prove to be fruitful. This travel may also bring you in midst of famous people. Minor health ailment is also possible in the last week of the month. Unexpected family problem might adversely affect your project.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) During this month, clarity of thoughts will be missing. At times, you will be totally confused about what to do. General happiness will not be there. If employed, service / working condition will deteriorate. Your business or trade will go through a lean phase. Serious Saathee.com

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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Motels For Sale: Rock Hill, SC (60 Rooms) and (39 Rooms). Motel for sale in Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Nick Patel 704905-7945. Gas Station/C- Store for Sale: On I-85 North Reduced to $200,000 due to family Reasons. Great store location with very good income. call 252-676-1635. Tobacco shop for sale: Kannapolis, NC. 75k + inv. or best offer. Tobacco products, smoking accessories, pipes, lottery, chew, beer,drinks, snacks, incense & more. Room for expansion. 336-997-6542 C-Stores: Nebo, NC $215K w/property, Closed, Owner Fin; Denver/Lake Norman, NC $110K + Inv, GR $1.2MO; Richfield, NC $699K + Inv, GR $612K w/RE; 704-821-8888 or www.Countysouth.biz For Sale: Conv store with gas and auto workshop. Prime I-85 location in Charlotte. All EPA in full compliance. $675,000 includes prop and equipment. Call 704-641-5902. Convenience Store for sale: busy highway near Clemson, SC. Inside 35k, gas 15k, 800/month lottery. Potential to add food, EBT, check cashing. Rent 1900/month. 65k +inv. 803-410-0185. For Sale: Fully equipped day-care available in Clover, SC. 3,000SqFt brick building with full classrooms, bathrooms, large hall, office, and full kitchen. New roofing & new water heater. Dual heat and A/C system. 2.69 Acres on corner lot. $475K. Please call 704-641-5902. Business for Sale: Established franchised digital printing, Charlotte. Located near I-77. Repeat business customers . Potential to grow online business. Computer literate person can run the business. Owner retiring. Call 704-619-4023. Motel and Gas station for sale in Rowland, NC. Call: 910-536-4508 For Sale: Well established retail specialized in Benjamin Paints & associated painting supplies in Raleigh. Conveniently located at Holly Park Shopping Center ( Wake Forest & Belt line intersection, near Trader Joes).Business has positive cash flow and attractive chances for future expansion to improve cash flow even more when Nation's economy returns to prerecession levels. Please contact CJ Surti 919-758-5287. Saathee.com

Liquor and c-store for Sale: Clover, SC. Gross sales yearly $380,000-$400,000 from both stores, monthly expenses only $1,000 (or less)+ $1600 rent; Asking $85,000 + inv. ($70k-$90K). Owner finance available. Call Rocky 803-8105105. Motel For Sale: in NC. 50 rooms. Interstate location. Owner retiring. For info call Harry 336-314-4101. Tobacco Store For Sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 25K. Asking price only $40K Plus Inv. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719. Indian Restaurant for Sale in NC. Established customers. Selling due to family issues. Call 910-262-8379. Convenience store / gas station for sale or run, very low rent or no rent offer! Lancaster, SC. 45 miles from charlotte. Guaranteed return. Call: 803-577-7008 or 973-207-6798. Convenience Store for lease: close to Cowpens,SC. $35,000 inside. Two options for lease: 1) with goodwill 2) no goodwill. For more info call 704-813-2462. Gas/C-Store/Liquor Store for Sale: 40k gal/month gas. 50k/month c-store. 22k liquor store. Clinton, SC. Serious buyers only. Call 864-923-4824 or 864-923-4213. Running C-Store w / Property For Sale / Lease in Ga. (Operator deceased). Inside 35K, 10K Gal Gas, 5K Diesel + other income. Video Game Machine allowed. Call 912-481-3773.

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Help Wanted: Franchised Motel, Charlotte, NC. Experienced front desk/night auditor needed. Part-time /Full-time. Must be honest / reliable / fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Help wanted: Cooking and light housekeeping work. Person should be able to drive/commute on their own. North Charlotte. Please call 704-549-1180. Nanny needed for 15 month old in Durham, NC. Live in or live out, flexible hours a must. Would require light cooking and housework. Competitive monthly salary. 919-433-6021 or soniablayd@gmail.com 3rd shift night auditor needed w/previous hotel experience. Must be fluent in English, have computer skills and legal status. Hotel in Fort Mill, SC area. Email resume: bwhospitality78@gmail.com Convenience store / Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for Couples/Single; Must have legal status; Locations in NC & SC; Opportunity to advance and grow! Please Call 803-789-3133. Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu:  e-mail: recruiter@refulgenttech.com or 704-405-4238. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to abcone@abcinns.com OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Looking for Experienced Threading Practitioners and Licensed Esthetician in Charlotte, Raleigh and Richmond areas. Full or part-time with great pay and flexibility. Experience required with good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110. Gas Station Help Wanted: full-time in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta). Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704-299-8535. Part-time/Full-time Single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English and previous experience preferred. Call 704726-7544 or 864-487-4939. Nanny Needed in Raleigh, NC: Reliable full time live in/live out nanny. 3 month and 6 year old. (Cooking and light house work) Please call 704-458-6142. Must have reliable transportation! January 2014


Nanny Needed: In North Charlotte. Indian nanny for 5 month old baby plus light housekeeping and cooking. Please call 704-458-0363. Help needed for Cooking: Help needed at Charlotte University area home (at Vinoy Apartments) for Cooking. Person should be able to drive/commute on their own. Please call 201-577-6614. Now Hiring: Full or part time Retail Sales Associate in Columbia SC. Male/Female/Couple. Opportunity to advance quickly into management. Contact 706-877-0315. Hiring- Realtors/Brokers: -Listing Agents for Homes (leads); -Buyers Agents (Leads); - Only $400 / Transaction Fee; -No Monthly Fee; profit / Sharing coming soon. Call 704608-8469. Hotel Help Wanted: Charlotte, NC. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Experienced front desk & night auditor needed. Full-time positions available. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-765-1447. Nanny needed partime weekdays for 34 hours from 3:30 PM Charlotte (Arboretum 28226) for 5 Yrs. old girl, Light housekeeping and cooking required. Please call 980-248-9579 Nanny needed for baby and preschooler in Cary, NC ( Gujarati Family) . Live in or live out . Would require light cooking and housework. Excellent monthly salary and accommodation. 919-439-0410 or Krish_hitesh@yahoo.com

SERVICES Drum Lessons! Professional drummer and teacher, 30+ years performance & teaching experience. Beginner to advanced. Drum set, snare, percussion. Convenient to Hindu Center. Contact Scott 704-451-8908 or martin.scott.brower@gmail.com Vedic Astrologer, acupuncturist and Healer: For advice on Career, Finance, Marriage, Health and Healing services "Ask Dr.Ajay", Wellness Guru. visit www.astrouniverse.com. or E-mail: astrouniverseindia@yahoo.com 919-3427169 (6 to 9 PM) or (+91) 9444052660 Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or email: priestbalaji@gmail.com Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour :Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803328-2266 or www.rockhillflowers.com

NC Driver’s License? Obtain your license in record time; learn safely with certified, experienced instructors. Teenagers and adults. Charlotte area. 704-891-0114. 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 Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072. Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704438-6334. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Jayantinlad@yahoo.com Beauty parlor near South Charlotte/Ballantyne Area. 28277. Home: 980-225-0656 or 510-936-3334 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: kishor7@juno.com Blanca’s House Cleaning Service: Let us give you the best house cleaning experience. Contact me for free estimate. Blanca Rey E-mail: susana5866@hotmail.com Phone 704541-1154

Franchised Hotel (COLuMBIA, SC) seeks couple. Competitive compensation and accommodations, if necessary. Legal status and English fluency required. Email resume and contact information to columbiahotels@gmail.com

Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 22 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912. Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi (Henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi Phone: 919-824-7734 E-mail: krsnapriyad96@gmail.com Web: www.lotuslyrics.com/henna.html Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. Email: sastrigal2003@yahoo.com

Chef Wanted: Indian restaurant in Charlotte NC is looking for Tandoori chef. Please contact 704-512-9177

Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270.

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Advertisers Index A & V Satellites ....................................................25

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................21

Patel Brothers (Charlotte)...................................113

Abacus Math.......................................................84

DJ Don (David Pandoria) .....................................50

Patel Travels ........................................................79

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....38

DJ Lalit ...............................................................10

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................40

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)31

Elegant Designz...................................................21

Patel, Mike (Coastal Funding Corporation) ............41

All Car Care.........................................................86

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

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................49

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ...............................119

Eye Level Learning Centers..................................45

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

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....81

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................81

Payal Groceries ...................................................95

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................31

Family Fare Convenience Stores ..........................69

Persis Indian Grill...............................................103

Around The World Market Charlotte......................75

Friends Travel ......................................................63

Premji Valji Jewellers ...........................................39

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................57

Fu Lin..................................................................55

Queen City Ballroom ...........................................97

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................57

Fyvelement (24 Mantra Organic Food)..................63

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................77

Augment Technologies.........................................15

Gandhi International Market.................................17

Rajdeep Mandap .............................................119

Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions)........83

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................47

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) 115

BallantyneTech Academy .....................................61

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

Rapid Car Care (Formerly Ali & Sons Car Care).....72

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

Global Weight Loss Program .........................12&13

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) ..........85

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................71

H2 Laser & Skin ................................................105

Ritu Selects - An Elegant Fashion Boutique ........111

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............53

Help Wanted (Threading)......................................46

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..33

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

Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) ......................64-67

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel)..................................109

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................27

Hindu Priest (Balaji)............................................107

RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel)........................109

Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental................................34

Holy Joes Meats and More ..................................35

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).11

Blooming Buds....................................................38

India Grocers (Charlotte).........................................6

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

Blue Mango Indian Cuisine ...............................125

International Community Church .........................80

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................58-59

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................91

IT Max Solutions, Inc.

...................................33

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................71

British American School of Charlotte ....................85

Jag Insurance Group ........................................111

Shining Star Academy..........................................89

Café Nirvana (Charlotte).......................................43

Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) ...................105

Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................95

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .......................99

K & M Accountant .............................................107

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) .........................................115

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) ....49

K. Hovnanian Homes ...........................................33

Smart Charge LED Bulb (Kickstarter) ......................9

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)............10

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

S. Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD)...88

Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) ....................79

Kabab Je Rotisserie & Grille .................................23

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

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................21

KD Financial & KMD Realty ..................................32

Spiceland Indian Groceries (Columbia, SC) ..........23

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................22

KD Photographics................................................71

Sunita R Lall Ruch (Real Estate)............................37

Charlotte Music School........................................83

Kirit Shah CPA .....................................................49

Surreal Body Solutions (Personal Training) ............95

Chiro-Carolina

...............................................34

Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate).................55

Thakkar, Beena (Realty)..................................28-29

Concha, David - Immigration Attorney ..................83

Mahabazar.com Travels Maha Travel ..................119

The Blue Taj.........................................................73

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

Maharani Restaurant .........................................109

Transportation (Diamond Cab)..............................88

Copper................................................................73

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

Travel Universe ..................................................121

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............79

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ...................................41

Travelinks ............................................................77

Cuisine Malaya (Charlotte) ...................................93

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................41

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

Curry and Cakes (Charlotte) .................................87

Matthews Family Dentistry ..................................80

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

Curry N Kabab (Cornelius)....................................87

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................71

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

Delhi Palace / Spices Of India (Columbia, SC).......37

MONTBLANC (Bhindi) ............................................3

Vyas Travels ......................................................114

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry).78

Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife).........................................15

WebProDot (Web Design, Chandresh Shah) .........97

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...93

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................69

White Horse Weddings.........................................16

Desai Desai Accounting ....................................115

Neeta's Beauty Parlor ..........................................85

Woodlands .......................................................101

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

OM Tech Training ................................................55

Worldwide travels .............................................125

Digital Room Photography ...................................85

Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Est, CharlotteArea.com)19

Yafa Market & Café..............................................97

DJ Hangama ....................................................16

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine ...............126

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