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A Nepali porter gazes down at the Himalayas. See our story of Sherpas on pg. 36.

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Hello Readers! With cyber war pegged as a serious threat, NATO is prepared to respond with real force. Read about NATO's Geek Brigade on pg. 8. As India's economy grows, the country's poorly managed trash sites are overflowing. Go to pg. 14 to read the article. The annual American Dance Festival is in full swing in Durham. Get the full scoop beginning on pg. 30. Nepal's Sherpas are getting a bad rap. Many blame local guides for the influx of inexperienced climbers and the increased risk of death on the world's highest mountain. The story is on pg. 36. Hackers could annihilate U.S. utilities and unleash havoc on the infrastructure. A cyber war attack on a city’s critical infrastructure is surprisingly easy to launch. Read about the inevitable cyber wars of the future, or not so distant future, in the story on pg. 52. How a gold fetish is killing India's economy. India's obsession with gold is the finance minister's biggest headache. Read the story on pg. 62. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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NATO’s Geek Squad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Buried in Garbage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sherpas Getting a Bad Rap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Cyber War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 India’s Gold Fetish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 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

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Nepal’s Sherpas are legendary for their hardiness in the Himalayas. They work as porters and guides for mountaineers across the majestic mountains. Lately they are getting an unwarranted bad rap when inexperienced climbers get killed trying to conquer Mt. Everest. See story on pg. 36. Photo: Shutterstock

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With cyber war pegged as a serious threat, NATO is prepared to respond with real force. By Paul Ames - TALLINN, Estonia — It was a horrific scenario. The African island nation of Boolea was reeling from an attack by religiously inspired insurgents. Then a deadly cholera epidemic struck. Local authorities were quickly overwhelmed. Only an international coalition force and a handful of aid organizations held the country together. Then came the coup de grace: A sophisticated cyber-attack struck the computer systems of the aid workers and international troops, severely degrading their response capabilities. Vital food and medical supplies faced disruption. The downing of communications between the government and coalition troops risked giving the insurgents the upper hand. That’s when the coalition’s 10-member cyber defense force was called in and given two days to beat off the attack and avert disaster. In the midst of the crisis, in an army barracks built for the Russian Imperial Army on the banks of the Baltic Sea, a ponytailed young man spearheading the insurgents’ cyber strike leaves a control room filled with blinking computer screens. He brushes past a group of visiting Western diplomats and military officers — to help himself to another Diet Coke. The Boolea attack is fiction, the center-piece of operation Locked Shields, a “live fire” cyber exercise run by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in late April, to test the rapid response capabilities of allied cyber units. Among the “red team” playing the part of the villainous insurgents are volunteer geeks from the private sector. They were called away from their day jobs — “penetration-testing” the systems of financial institutions and major corporations — to spend a couple days outwitting crack NATO electronic defense teams scattered around Europe. “We use the same techniques as pen-test companies use, also the same techniques cyber criminals use,” explains Col. Artur Suzik, the Estonian infantry officer who runs the center. It may have been just a war game, but participants say the scenario realistically portrays the threats facing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as cyber defense emerges at the frontline of alliance strategic thinking. “If the bad guys are teaming up to do things better, then actually we should be teaming up as well,” says Kristiina Pennar, spokeswoman for the cyber center. “We would like to believe that the guys on the defense side are one step ahead. That’s what we are working toward.” Fending off cyber espionage or attempts to hack alliance systems has become routine, says Jamie Shea, who heads NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges department. “What NATO is experiencing is pretty much what banks and companies, scientific laboratories and pretty much

everybody else is experiencing these days,” Shea said in an interview from alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. “Most are easily parried, pretty much like putting up an umbrella in the rain.” Last year, the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability responded to more than 2,500 cases. That works out to an average of seven cases per day. Most of the online incidents were dealt with automatically, using special detection sensors, scanners and firewalls. More serious incidents crop about 10 times a month, NATO officials, say. They can include targeted emails with dangerous attachments, probes looking for vulnerabilities in NATO’s defenses or denial of service attacks. Despite the diverse nature of the threat and the increasingly sophistication of the attacks, NATO’s cyber defenders are proud that the alliance reached the end of 2012 without any major disruption to its network services. The alliance however is painfully aware of the danger of a major system-destroying attack that seeks to corrode the West’s military defenses, or trigger a disastrous real world event by, for example, interfering with air traffic control, power grids or other critical infrastructure. NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept — a roadmap for the decade — recognizes a growing cyber threat from terrorists, organized crime, foreign militaries and intelligence services. These “can reach a threshold that threatens national and Euro-Atlantic prosperity, security and stability.” The center here in Tallinn acts as a training and research center, developing strategy and identifying risks and communicating these ideas among allies. Rethinking warfare Nightmare scenarios include the prospect of enemy hackers cutting off vital fuel supplies, triggering a missile strike, or opening up dams to cause catastrophic flooding. “Let’s imagine that state A decides it is going to target state B’s water purification plant and in particular the computer mechanism that controls the purification of the domestic water supply,” suggests Prof. Bill Boothby, an expert on the legal implications of cyber war. “It’s going to introduce toxins into the water that nobody can detect,” he explains. “Parallel processes make those who are monitoring believe everything is operating normally, so the first indication you get that something’s wrong is when the kids start turning up in the hospital very ill.” 8

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How nations can respond to such an attack is a legal grey area. Boothby, who retired in 2011 as deputy legal director of Britain’s Royal Air Force, was one of a panel of international specialists commissioned by the Tallinn center to outline how the laws of war apply to cyberspace. The so-called Tallinn Manual, published in March, controversially concluded that nations would be in their rights under international law to respond with bombs or bullets against cyber attacker that caused death, destruction or damage on a significant scale. The manual triggered headlines suggesting NATO had given the all clear to kill hackers, and accusations it would lower the threshold for a military response. Although NATO officials point out that the 300-page manual is not an official alliance document, it is expected to be influential in the policies of allied nations. Shea says only the most damaging cyber-attacks would likely trigger a kinetic response. He insists the allied militaries need to have that option. “That which is not permissible in the real world, does not become permissible because it’s in cyberspace,” he contends. Hackers “can’t believe they can do terrible things in cyber space and get immunity because it is done with electrons rather than bombs.” The Tallinn experts were unable to agree on whether the 2010 Stuxnet computer worm — widely reported to have been launched by Israel and the United States to disrupt Iran’s nuclear facilities — constituted an “armed attack” that would have entitled Iran to use force in response. They also disputed whether a cyber-strike that caused only economic damage — such as taking down Wall Street — would be legal grounds for a missile strike. A smokeless gun One major problem in responding to a cyber-attack is the difficulty in determining where it is coming from. In 2007, Estonia was hit by a massive denial of service attack that tried to overwhelm the network systems of the country’s banks, media and government agencies. At the time, the country was embroiled in a dispute with Russia over its decision to relocate a Soviet-era statue. Although suspicion immediately fell on some sort of Russian involvement, conclusive evidence pointing to a Kremlinsanctioned operation has never been found. Nevertheless the Estonia attack inspired a turning point in NATO’s cyber defense approach, leading to the founding of the Center of Excellence the following year and galvanizing military preparations for future events. One of Europe’s most digitally connected countries and with real experience at the sharp end of a cyber-attack, Estonia was the logical place to locate it. After breaking away from Soviet rule in 1991, the Baltic nation of 1.3 million quickly spotted a bright future by investing in emerging digital technologies. Within six years, 97 percent of schools were connected to the internet. Skype and Kazaa were developed by Estonians, and 99 percent of bank transactions now occur online. The country’s embrace of the digital sphere led some to nickname it e-Stonia. In 2002, Estonia introduced electronic ID cards, enabling citizens to do just about everything online — from paying their taxes, to voting, signing official documents or launching new businesses. “You can establish a company legally in 15 minutes just using this ID card, or do lots of stuff that in other countries you’d have to spend time sitting in line for hours or days,” says Tarmo

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The signs of India’s garbage crisis are everywhere. In the slums of New Delhi, piles of refuse slated for recycling tower over the shanties. In the posh colonies of the wealthy, so-called ragpickers — who make a living selling scrap metal, glass and other recyclable items — pull garbage out of primitive concrete enclosures to sort it on the street. They cast aside anything they can’t sell, while stray cattle and half-wild dogs wade through plastic bags and bottles to root out kitchen scraps. On highways and city streets, potato chip packets and betel nut wrappers blow in the wind, clogging up rain gutters just in time for the monsoon. It looks like hardly any of the stuff makes it to designated dump sites. But the real emergency remains out of sight. New Delhi’s 16.75 million people make it one of the biggest cities on the planet, and their combined waste is massive. The city generates nearly 10,000 tons of garbage — equal to the US average weight of about 5,000 cars — every day. That volume is expected to double over the next decade or so. Yet the city’s four dump sites — most of which aren’t sophisticated enough to be called landfills — are already overflowing. At the Ghazipur dump site, in East Delhi, for instance, ragpickers scramble over a pile of filth that towers 100 feet or higher. And while experts estimate the city will need some 500 acres of new landfills to process the city’s mounting waste, only 100-odd acres have been targeted for waste-management projects, and even those sites have been delayed by India’s notorious problems acquiring land. “If you go to Ghazipur on a summer day, it’s unbearable as soon as you get out of your car,” said N.B. Mazumdar, senior technical adviser at IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services. “You feel a blast. You feel as if you are inside an oven. The dust, the smoke, the heat. And there inside you will find so many ragpickers, from children to old people, rummaging through waste. What is this? This is hell!” Outside the capital, the problem might be even worse. Last year, citizens across the country protested against the garbage pileup — with the villagers of Vilappisala, in Kerala, lying in the road to prevent trucks from adding to a dump site they say has dangerously polluted the local aquifer. Burning trash remains one of the largest sources of air pollution, despite mushrooming factories with little monitoring from the Central Pollution Control Board, and the overflowing garbage contaminates water sources and breeds vermin. In Mumbai, for instance, failure to collect garbage has contributed to the growth of a huge population of stray dogs, drawing leopards from Sanjay Gandhi National Park into urban areas where they maul and sometimes kill poor slum dwellers.


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Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Sequel in the Works A decade ago, David Dhawan’s film Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda became a huge hit. Producer Vashu Bhagnani is contemplating a sequel to the film, but with a different director. Bhagnani is working on bringing the original cast back into action and reportedly searching for writers to crank-up the sequel.

Bhaag Milka Bhaag Arrives in July

Uday Chopra Interested in a Biopic on Ingrid Bergman YRF Entertainment is making forays into Hollywood and has hired writer Arash Amel, of Grace of Monaco fame, and will be making a movie based on the life of Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman. She starred in many classic films including Gaslight and Casablanca. Chopra’s as yet untitled film will be based on the novel “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” by Chris Greenhaigh, which is the real life graphic love story of Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa. Chopra told IndiaFM he is interested in the project because Bergman was an icon and her romance with war photographer Robert Capa is a story that needs to be told.

Bhaag Milka Bhaag is based on the life of Indian Olympian Milkha Singh and stars British star Art Malik, Bollywood star/director/singer/producer Farhan Akhtar, and Sonam Kapoor. The film also stars Australian actress Rebecca Breeds. The film is directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (director Rang De Basanti). Olympic Athlete Milkha Singh, known as”the flying Sikh,” overcame much adversity in his life to triumph both on the track as well as off it. He represented India in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Born in 1935 in Layallpur, British India, Milkha grew up in an era of great turmoil and upheaval. His childhood came to a crashing end during the fierce Partition riots between India and Pakistan, where he lost his family. The name of the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (‘run Milkha run’) refers to the poignant last words spoken by his father to him, which saved his life. The film opens on July 12.

Karan Johar Turns to Acting Director, producer, writer, talk show host, and reality dance show judge, Karan Johar is taking a leap into acting. Johar has done some cameos but now will do a feature role in director Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming film Bombay Velvet. Johar told an interviewer the offer “came out of the blue”. In the film, he will play an “antagonist” opposite Ranbir Kapoor. “Yes, it’s true that I’m acting in Bombay Velvet, and of course, it’s unusual for me,” Johar told Bollywood Hungama, adding, “I was blown away by the narrative. And all the cast members besides Ranbir and Anushka - have strong roles in Anurag’s film. Since I’m playing an antagonist, there are shades of grey to my character.” There is no date yet set for release.

Shuddh Desi Romance The upcoming film, Shuddh Desi Romance, is a love story about the hair-raising minefield inhabiting love, attraction and commitment. The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Parineeti Chopra, along with debutant Vaani Kapoor. The romantic comedy is directed by Maneesh Sharma, written by Jaideep Sahni, and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film releases worldwide on September 13, 2013.

Olympian Vijender Singh the Actor Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s Grazing Goat Pictures is set to make a film with an Olympian. They will be producing a film called Fugly that will be directed by Kabir Sadanand. Vijender Singh, the Olympic bronzemedalist, will be seen as the hero in this social thriller film. Sadanand told an interviewer he felt Singh was perfect for the role and will hone his skills in acting workshops. Fugly is expected to go on floor in August. No word on the release date yet.

ShahRukh and Jeetendra Make a Deal Balaji Motion Pictures’ romantic drama Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara, which was earlier slotted for an Eid release, alongside Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express will now release on August 15, 2013 (Independence Day). According to Bollywood Hungama, Shah Rukh Khan spoke to the legendary actor Jeetendra and they both decided to shuffle the films so neither competes with each other by opening on the same


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By Kirit Shukla Song: “Sainyā dil men ānā re...” Film: Bahār Year: 1951 Music: S. D. Burman Singers: Shamshad Begum Lyric: Rājendra Krishna Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Khamāj Taal/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Vyjayatimālā, Karan Diwān, Prān

Shamshād Begum (1919-2013) Shamshād Begum, the versatile playback singer and nightingale with a distinct voice, was was born on April 14, 1919. She had an ambition to sing. She was a lead prayer singer in her school days. She started singing in the religious and social functions when she was 10 years old. In spite of opposition from her family and without any training in music, her uncle took her for an audition with music composer Ghulām Haider in 1931. He contracted her to sing with him. She began singing on All India Radio in Peshawar and Lahore from 1937 and became quite famous. She started her career earning Rs.15 per song and soon became the highest paid female singer from 1940 to 1955. She sang over 5000 songs in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Tamil with music directors like O.P. Nayyar, S.D. Burman, Naushad, and Madan Mohan. Her songs from the 1940s to the early 1970s remain popular. She was modest, shy, golden hearted and a religious person. She passed away on April 23, 2013, in Mumbai after a long illness. Her daughter Usha told an interviewer, “She kept herself away from glamour of the industry despite being one of the top singers of her era as she did not like limelight. My mother used to say that artists never die. She wanted to be remembered for her songs.”

Sainyā dil men ānā re Lyrics in English: Sainyā dil men ānā re, āke phir na jānā re/2, Chham chhamā chham chham Rāja ban ke ānā re, mohe leke jānā re/2, Chham chhamā chham chham Chāndani rāta hogi tāron ki barāt hogi/2P ahali pahali pyār ki pahali pahali bāt hogi/2 Khushi khushi gāenge ham git suhānā re Sainyā dil men ānā re, āke phir na jānā re/2 Chham chhamā chham chham Thodi thodi khela hogi thodā thodā pyār hogā/2 Kabhi ikarāra hogā kabhi inakāra hogā/2 Terā mananā merā rutha jānā re Sainyā dil men ānā re, āke phir na jānā re/2 Chham chhamā chham chham Tum mere pāsa hoge gam bade dura hogā/2 Kehata hai jiyā merā hoga zarur hogā/2 Lānā re lānā lānā re Sainyā dil men ānā re, āke phir na jānā re/2 Chham chhamā chham chham Rāja ban ke ānā re, mohe leke jānā re/2 Chham chhamā chham chham

Awards: 2009— Padma Bhushan award. Govt. of India Some of her memorable hit songs: Kabhi āra kabhi pāra lagā teer-e-nazar”- Aar Paar Ek do teen ājā mausam hai rangeen – Awara Milte hi ānkhen dil hua, Chhoda babul ka ghar, Kisike dil mein rehnā thā - Babul O bachapan ke dina bhulā na denā—Deedar Leke pehlā pehlā pyār, Kahin pe nigāhen kahin pe nishānā, Boojha merā kyā nāma re - CID Kajrā mohabbatwālā, – Kismat Dharti ko ākāsh pukāre – Mela O Gādiwāle gādi dheere, Holi āyi re, Peey ke ghar āja pyāri dulhaniā chali – Mother India Teri mehfil main qismat – Mughal-E-Azam Reshami salwāra kurtā Jāli dā – Naya Daur Eka terā Sahārā – Shama

Meaning (Summary): O my beloved, come into my heart and do not go away. Arrive like a king and take me with you. It would be a moonlit night and the procession of stars; we might have first talk of first love. Happily we will sing pretty songs. We will have little play and little love; at times we may agree and at times disagree too. Your pursue may turned into my irritation. If you were near me, the misery will be far away; my heart says it will definitely be.

Her hit Hindi song’s lyrics: “Sainyā dil men ānā re...” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on the right. [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

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Carnatic Music- Classification of Ragas By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, this month, I conclude the series on classification of ragas by examining some lesser known classification criteria. By now, you would have concluded that any raga will fall into multiple categories based on the classification condition. In addition to the classification criteria that we have examined in the previous months, ragas may be classified based on the gana kala (time of singing) i.e. whether it is sung during the day or night or the seasons in which it should be sung. Some ragas can be sung at all times- sarvakalika ragas. Examples of these ragas include Bhairavi, Arabhi, Kambhoji and the like. Ragas like Bhupala, Bhowli, Revagupti are typically sung before sunrise- purva suryodaya ragas. Evening ragas include Vasantha, Natakuranji and Purvi Kalyani among others. The classification of ragas based on time is typically only a guideline and is not strictly adhered to in Carnatic music. Ragas can also be classified based on rasas i.e. the emotions invoked by the raga. It is important to note however that a raga may invoke more than one rasa (emotion) depending on the way that it is rendered. Ragas like Khamas are used to portray sringara rasa (love) while ragas like Nadanamakriya and Punnagavarali are used to portray grief or sadness. Ragas like Kalyani and Shankarabharana can portray more than one rasa since a single swara (musical note) in itself has no rasa- it is the combination with the other notes, the tempo that it is rendered in that generates the various emotions in the listener. Closely allied ragas are derived from the same melakartha (parent raga) but are still different from each other due to either the tempo in rendering, the difference that the gamakas take, the prayogas (way of rendering) of the raga, etc. Examples of closely allied ragas include Bhairavi and Manji, Arabhi and Devagandhari, Darbar and Nayaki among others. Some ragas are common to both Hindustani and Carnatic systems of music- examples of such ragas include Hindola (Carnatic) and Malkauns (Hindustani), Suddha Saveri (Carnatic) and Durga (Hindustani). These common ragas are frequently selected for Carnatic-Hindustani jugalbandhi presentations as it provides an insight into how the same raga is rendered in different styles. Again, there are many other ways to further classify ragas; however many of these are not relevant to general listeners of music while the relevance of some other classification methods no longer exists. Till we meet next time, do listen to the Carnatic raga Mohana and its Hindustani equivalent Bhoopali (Bhoop) it is indeed very interesting to listen to the same raga rendered in different styles.

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Shen Wei. Choreographer of and dancer in China’s first modern dance company that he founded in 1991, a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, and lead choreographer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he has won numerous international awards for his diverse artistic vision. I have always enjoyed his choreography, including pieces where dancers roll in paint or have markers attached to their costumes and so create a separate work of art. His interpretation By Dilip Barman of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is a visual treat and complements Stravinsky’s music – a choice of which I applaud By the time this issue of Saathee is published, the 80th annual as that single musical composition, I feel, set art free from more American Dance Festival (ADF) will be underway in Durham. classical notions of beauty and heralded the modern era of art The oldest and largest festival dedicated to modern dance in as (not necessarily attractive) interpretation or analysis. the country, it runs from June 13 - July 27, 2013 and includes nine commissioned world premieres. There will be 47 performances by 25 companies (last year there were 46 performances by 18 companies) from several countries. One expects renowned groups like Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus, and Shen Wei Dance Arts, but, as a testament to ADF’s growth, there are also 11 first time performers to ADF. New York’s Lincoln Center is commemorating ADF’s 80th anniversary by co-commissioning a new site-specific performance.

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In past years, a number of South Asian troupes have been part of ADF, such as Ragamala Dance that I wrote about in the July 2012 Saathee. Though there are no South Asian groups at the Festival this year, ADF has a strong connection to the subcontinent. A “mini-ADF” was held in India in 1990. Luise Scripps was a major supporter of Indian dance and, in 1991, established the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke award, given annually at ADF to a dance educator. There are also contemporary dance schools with over 400 students from 23 countries (including India, Cuba, Guyana, and Columbia) and 41 states in residence. The International Choreographers Residency Program brings artists together from various countries (this year from Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand) for six weeks during the Festival; 474 choreographers from 89 countries have participated. The choreographers design sometimes intricate, often abstract, sometimes funny, but always creative dances that transcend boundaries. As I described in past ADF reviews, “If you think that you might see ballet, well, you might. If you think that you might see something much more modern and theatrical, you will. If you think that you might see amazingly strong athletic performances conveyed apparently effortlessly, with grace and beauty, that you definitely will see.” There are international and internationally acclaimed dance troupes, discussions with artists, matinees especially for children, film, and more. One of the regular choreographers who perform at ADF is

Shen Wei Dance Arts, his company that he founded as an ADF student in 2000, opened ADF’s season on Thursday June 13th with two beautiful works, Near the Terrace (2000) and the ADF-commissioned world premiere of Collective Measures. Both use minimalistic costumes, slow and deliberate movements, and gripping narratives. Near the Terrace was inspired by a surrealist Belgian painter and leaves one with a primordial sense of mystery – are we watching, perhaps, an emergence and return to the “ooze” of creation, Shiva’s recurring dance of destruction and creation? A set with a lot of white on white (and the triumphant red thrown in) is the kind of visual metaphor that Shen Wei often uses, throwing conventional notions of artistic consonance on its head. Is the singular dancer in dark body paint a welcome transition to moksha? Or is he a more sinister impediment to the terrace onwards? As much as I liked the first dance, I enjoyed even more Collective Measures, continuing with such questioning of the expected. This dance is “a rigorous and striking exploration of isolation and structure that investigates the ideas of ethereality and permanence and takes the audience to a place where primal and rational converge”. Shen Wei has been focusing in recent years on how people inhabit time and space. Just as in crowded cities we sometimes have more freedom to be ourselves precisely because our numerosity conveys anonymity, so, too, dancers “crowding” a stage can experiment their own individuality vis-à-vis group synchrony. Some Saathee readers, no doubt (in fact, through personal observation on opening night!), will have seen Shen Wei during their two nights at ADF, as well as in the past. If you have not seen this troupe, I highly recommend them. As much as there is an abstract and intellectually compelling story that the movement inspires in some, their dances can be appreciated just for the movement and music, evidenced by how the two dances kept my four-year-old captivated. 30

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shy apprenticeship? When the dancers emulate the audience, the waters are further muddied – who is the observer and who is the observed? In another scene, dancers perform a duet - but they are backto-back. As technology and, supposedly, society improve, do we forget our primal physical connections, so nicely portrayed a few days earlier by Shen Wei? James Arias Carlos Furman

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Audible provides the commonality and variability that consumers of good art often implicitly seek. There is significant difference in pace of music and dance, in groundedness and abstraction, in dance-in-motion and dance-in-rest, in individual focus and group dynamics. There is humor that comes from confidence but not hubris; for example, at one point house lights come up and the dancers key in on a few audience members in turn and copy their body language (when I was photographing their dress rehearsal, they pretended to be photographing me). Later, paused spoken word surprisingly punctuates rapid dance.

Another example of the exploration of our (dis)connectedness is the part where the dancers use spoken word. At least to my ear, the utterances were unrelated – perhaps a Japanese word here, a quick English exclamation there, something else mixed in. In this era of the 24-hour news cycle and seemingly endless information, do we have time to be smart and analytical, or do we tweet, retweet, and miss the forest for the trees? Where is the meaning? Paul B Goode

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The dance is, if nothing else, energetic. Dancers zoom here and there, interacting in different ways or not at all, and then off they go again. The energy has a clear focus on the connectedness - of not - of modern society. Why all the zooming? Are we making meaningful relationships? We see harried, staccato movements suddenly pausing in feigned reflection. Does 21st Century reflection come with the convenience of near instantaneous understanding, or are we fooling ourselves? At one point, a dancer suspects the behind-his-back mimicry by the other dancers. Is it shameful and empty plagiarism, or

Even the best intentioned and wise artists risk condescension in portraying such themes. However, through humor, body language of audience inclusion, and, reminiscent of Pilobolus, a seriousness of purpose but yet an almost impish portrayal of not taking themselves seriously, the dancers weave this work to be inviting and delightful. The 605 Collective, as I enjoyed discussing with their manager, is just that, a collective. Many, if not most, troupes take direction from a choreographer, but some, like this troupe, create works as co-choreographers and co-dancers. Their performance of Audible was my introduction to their work – I hope to see more of them in the future. Much good dance is ahead this summer at ADF. Just to tease a bit and pick a few troupes, Pilobolus (June 20-22, including a children’s matinee) is always a special treat with their almost unimaginable and funny contortions and profoundly continued on page 78 32

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These days, as many as 200 climbers can attempt the summit on a single day. But the large numbers cause dangerous delays at bottlenecks like the Hillary Step — a 40-foot rock wall at nearly 29,000 feet that climbers must traverse one by one. When 10 people died on the mountain in spring 2012, elite mountaineers blamed overcrowding and low-budget, Sherpaguided expeditions for one of the highest death tolls since the notorious “Into Thin Air” season of 1996, when there were 12 deaths. This spring, a brawl broke out between expert mountaineers forging their own route and local guides responsible for fixing the ropes that commercial expeditions use. “People say commercialization of the mountain is bad,” said 29-year-old Dawa Steven Sherpa, who heads Asian Trekking. “They say, ‘These purist climbers who just take their support at base camp and they climb on their own, without Sherpas, without oxygen, these are the real mountaineers.’ On the other hand, when an accident happens ... suddenly Nepali operators are bad because they didn’t provide the support to these guys. We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t.” A tall, lean man with a rust-colored beard and ruddy, windburned cheeks, Dawa has a unique perspective on the problem. The son of a Sherpa father and a Belgian mother, he’s equally at home with high-altitude porters and elite Western climbers. He’s faced criticism for failing to weed out clients who are so weak or unskilled as to pose a danger to themselves — such as Jesse Easterling, who nearly died on the mountain in 2009 as the result of an overdose of the “climber’s little helper,” the steroid dexamethasone. “I have rejected numerous people because they don’t have the experience or the training,” said Dawa, who maintains that Easterling lied when he was asked if he was taking any medication. This year, Dawa and other expedition operators avoided a

KHUMJUN, Nepal — In the shadow of a sparkling white stupa, Sherpas dressed as yaks prance and spin. Wind-battered men in charcoal-colored robes and white Stetsons, the formal dress of the Sherpa clan, gather round. They have plenty to celebrate. June 2013 marked Mount Everest’s “Diamond Jubilee,” the 60th anniversary of when New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Indian Tenzing Norgay first set foot on the world’s tallest mountain in 1953. Since that time, the mountaineering industry has matured. The notoriety of the mountain draws hundreds of thousands of trekkers and tourists each year, led often by local Sherpas as well as Western guides. This spring, Everest climbing permits alone earned Nepal nearly $3 million. Last year, tourist dollars accounted for three percent of the small Himalayan country’s GDP. But despite these causes for celebration, a crisis looms. Because of an explosion of highly commercialized mountaineering, more and more inexperienced climbers flock to the mountain. Elite climbers bristle at the crowds, and some blame cut-rate, Nepalese-run expeditions for upping the risks of death. “Tourists want to buy their way onto the summit no matter what. I have witnessed people on the mountain with hardly any experience at all,” said Frits Vrijlandt, president of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation. “Mount Everest is not a place for people who have never used crampons, harnesses and ice axes before, people who only know ice from the ice cubes in their drink.” Money on the mountain The Diamond Jubilee season marked a bumper year for the mountain. Nepal issued 315 permits to foreigners, and a total of 520 summited. Seven of them died.

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Congressional Curtain By Neal Patel Energy Remains a Hot Topic as U.S.-India Discuss Strategy On June 24th, the annual U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue was held in New Delhi. Secretary of State John Kerry made his first visit to New Delhi since being named to the position earlier this year. The Strategic Dialogue serves as a forum for both the American and Indian governments to explore opportunities on big picture ideas and collaborations beneficial to both countries. India finds itself in a tough economic climate. Economic growth is the lowest it’s been in the past decade and slowed down to 5 percent. The rupee is now trades at 59 rupees against the dollar, a record low. Trade deficits continue to rise to alltime highs of $191 billion. Inflation remains a concern for the Indian economy. However, India still has not reached its true economic potential and provides a golden opportunity for the United States in the form of trade. One area of particular interest to New Delhi is finding new sources to meet rising energy demand. India’s appetite for energy is expected to grow in the coming years with all forms of power being utilized from coal, to petroleum, to natural gas, and everything in between. Fortunately, the United States can help in relieving some of that pressure. Currently, the United States has experienced a natural gas renaissance. Technological advances, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have allowed for previously unattainable reservoirs of energy to be tapped. These new resource bases are enormous with projections of a 100 year supply below the surface in the United States (assuming current consumption rates). In its annual energy report for 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected overall natural gas production to grow by 28 percent between 2010 and 2035. Natural gas producers across the country are seeking new markets to sell their product. Coupling the nation’s abundant supply with the low domestic price for natural gas, the United States now has a surplus of this energy resource. All of these factors have contributed to talks of the United States becoming a natural gas exporter by 2023. India is the world’s sixth largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). With LNG demand expected to grow between five and six percent annually in India until 2020, India provides a huge market for American energy exports. Unlike gold or oil, there is no central pricing system with natural gas. While American LNG trades at $3-4 per unit (MMbtu), purchasers in Asia can pay in upwards of $20 per unit. The price of the commodity fluctuates depending on the market one shops. The bottom line remains, as Liquefied Natural Gas continues to be utilized for the same purposes all across the world: cooking, home heating, and industrial use. Some companies, such as Cheniere Energy are already investing heavily, $5 billion this year alone, in LNG exportation. Cheniere’s facility in Louisiana will not only liquefy but will also export domestically produced natural gas. India’s largest natural gas distributor, the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), has already agreed to buy 3.5 million metric tons of natural gas per year from Cheniere’s facility for the next twenty years. Many new facilities are seeking to “come online” in order

to export LNG to India and to the rest of the world. However, current restrictions in the United States only allow natural gas to be exported to non-free trade agreement countries on a case by case basis. India does not have a free trade agreement with the United States and would like to be included as a natural gas export market without having Indian companies waiting patiently while the red tape associated with each individual case by case process is cleared. The LNG issue provides a win-win situation for both countries. India can meet some of its energy demand from a very reliable source. The United States can strengthen its bilateral relationship with a strong ally. Best of all, both countries benefit as strategic partners in times of market instability. Exporting LNG from the United States to India brings an additional source with ample supply to the market. India is able to rely less on countries like Iran and Russia while the United States is able to reduce its national trade deficit and create jobs at home. The US-India Strategic Dialogue presents an ideal opportunity for both countries to come to the negotiating table to discuss potential breakthroughs in key sectors affecting the entire population. Open discussions from top officials on both sides will play a pivotal role in these discussions. However, the LNG aspect is one where both sides can agree it is in the best interest of both countries.


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The Chai Table Saathee Readers Forum A Walk In Our Shoes By Neel Jadeja

If you’re like me and grew up in the Charlotte area, there’s nothing quite like the anticipation of spending a springtime Saturday at Carowinds Amusement Park. As my friends and I drove south on Interstate 77 in the darkness of 5 am, I was more excited about this trip than any previous wave-pooling, rollercoasting, funnel-caking excursion. This trip was a mission. On this Saturday in late April, Carowinds was hosting the 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The JDRF is the world’s largest fundraiser for type one diabetes research. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where a person’s pancreas stops making insulin, a hormone needed to get energy from food. It strikes both children and adults randomly and changes their lives forever, resulting in insulin dependency via injection or pump. The annual Walk draws teams of families and friends of diagnosed Type 1 diabetics walking with the goal of raising money for important diabetic research. This year’s Walk at Carowinds drew nearly 6,000 participants walking for the disease that affects 30,000 new cases every year. The Walk to Cure Diabetes is always a special day for me since I was asked to serve on the Walk Committee, handling the entertainment and media duties. That seemed like a natural fit for me considering my background and it was a great way for me to give back and show my appreciation. You see, in May of 2010, I was one of those 30,000 and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 35. It has been a long road to get myself to the point where I understood, comprehended, and accepted my condition. The work of the JDRF and the help of the Charlotte/Greater Western Carolina’s has helped me learn about T1D and introduced me to a community of friends that help us all understand diabetes and collectively channel our fundraising efforts. They have welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to be very involved with their many community-based fundraisers. And to see this massive undertaking, completely directed at my medical condition, and

to be involved in the process, is both overwhelming and humbling. But there is plenty to do as we await the arrival of the day’s participants. The large stage has been built with an impressive sound system to reach the masses and we have local radio personality “Tanner” from ‘Tanner in the Morning’ who will be our master of ceremonies. I have tapped Vyzion Radio’s DJ Jojo Stubbs, who’s two year-old granddaughter was recently diagnosed with T1D, to serve as the morning’s musical entertainment, he’ll be playing the standard sports themed jams that will get everybody pumped and in walking mode. Another highlight of the Walk were the warmup exercises performed with local trainer Julie Sawyer of Tuff Girl Bootcamps assisted by the Charlotte Bobcats Ladycats dance team. What really set this year’s walk apart from previous years was a special visit by Charlotte’s Mayor pro tem, Patrick Cannon, who carried a proclamation by Mayor Anthony Foxx recognizing the day and the JDRF for it’s efforts. The event is as colorful, vibrant and full of life as the attendees and participants that fill up the park’s Palladium Plaza. Brightly colored tractors and forklifts provided by sponsor Sunbelt Rentals hold up banners and signs directing Walkers towards registration and refreshment stands. These people are energized, focused, and most definitely determined. ‘Team B-Force’ is all adorned in matching blue t-shirts showing their support of Brady Sutton, a young, energetic boy diagnosed with T1D. Brady’s mother Anne, a staunch research advocate, has been here before and appreciates the camaraderie among the volunteers and the dedication they have to finding a cure. Another large group in neon green shirts are showing their support of ‘Andrew’s Quest’, and the orange group huddled by the stage are here for ‘Madison’s Motor Patrol’. After a heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by another person who’s family has been affected by T1D, this crowd is ready to go walking! As one of the organizers, I don’t join in to walk the entire 5K route. Most of us stick around the plaza area assessing how smoothly the registration process was for folks, or how stocked the refreshment stands are for the when the walkers return. One of the tricky aspects for organizing JDRF events is remembering the special needs for all those in attendance; we are type one diabetics after all. The game of balancing blood sugar can be a gamble when combined with strenuous activity on a warm day. These prepared tables are stocked with healthy lettuce wraps, protein-filled granola bars and low sugar fruit juice, all provided by generous sponsors. Seeing all this effort; an entire amusement park at our disposal, the thousands of dollars in sponsorship donations, and not to mention the countless hours of preparation by the JDRF staff, really paints a picture of the scale these people are working on. The JDRF was founded in 1970 and to date has raised more than $1.7 billion for diabetes research. More than 200 Walks are held each year in the U.S. and the Carowinds Walk is in it’s 23rd year. I am only in the 3rd year of what will be a lifelong partnership between me, the JDRF, and my new extended family. Today, we raised more than $800,000 for research. We didn’t quite reach our goal, however you would have never known judging by the faces of each and every walker as they crossed the finished line. And everyone had a memory-filled Saturday at Carowinds in the spring. Our “Walk Season” was still not over yet. On June 18th, we gathered once again at McGlohon Theatre for our annual


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By Samir Shukla A brief pause I have crawled, walked, and run. I have achieved and slacked; loved and hated; sprinted and stumbled, spoken unfettered truth and stretched the truth on occasion. And now in the still of the dark, awaiting the light of morning, I’m restless but steady in resolve, ready for the incoming day. The morning of a number ending in a zero is ready for arrival. The day beckons the steady, confident stroll into the remainder of life. It may be the beginning of the other half or maybe it’s the third act of a play getting ready for the curtains to fly open. It’s unclear, but the day is here. If only for a few moments, on that morning of a number ending in a zero, a deep breath is taken and the pause takes hold. Let it linger for a while. It’s been a long time since a pause was taken from the rush of life, from the brain set on full alert, thinking, constantly analyzing. Five decades, 50 years, that’s not even a blip in the cosmological parameters of time, but it’s a lot for us mere humans. It’s a nice round number, 50. In my mind I feel no different than when I was a twentysomething. The same mind is now filled with experiences and is more cautious, sometimes weary, but also adventurous, clearheaded and full of optimism. This is the contentment that should come with the passing of years. Days are too valuable, you learn with the passage of years, to waste time rehashing regrets. Bad decisions and uneasy experiences strengthen the mind, but good memories should prevail. The passage of time, of many years, ages the physical being. The body feels aged. It can’t be helped. The slow erosion of the years adds up. The early days of one’s life are carefree and sometimes treated like pennies. Not in the sense of the smallest denomination of money being worthless, mind you, but in the exuberance of youth so many days are frittered away, often like a fistful of pennies that are flung into a fountain, rolled across a parking lot, or tossed into a jar and forgotten. In the folly and joys of youth, there’s one standard, one reality, and that is there’s always tomorrow. When those days of youth are lived and the trophies and setbacks add up to months and years and eventually five decades of living, a pause ensues. After nearly a decade of awkward teenage years, turning 20 is something of a coup, it’s a feeling of arrival on the stage, filled with excitement and hopes and dreams of the future. The sky is the limit, the days unending, so much to do, to learn, to see. Nothing seems unreachable. Ah, so much time, the whole of life waits. The hours, days, and months pass. A decade slips by as life is lived in a strobe light of images, treks, bravado, and missteps, flashing by oh so quickly. Then the nice round number of 30 comes about. A momentary pause ensues. Turning 30 is wonderful, steadying, feeling bit mature, wiser, but there’s still so much time. Life is in a steady sprint now. Careers are established. Children are born. Another decade passes and another nice round number, one that ends in a zero, appears on the horizon. Turning 40 is sobering for some, unnerving for others, and full of giddy joy for others. After four decades, during the brief pause set aside

for some reflection, one scans the perimeter, feels the ground for softness, hardness, and the bumps, straightens up and faces the warm sun. Continue to stride forward. Maybe I shouldn’t have tossed all those pennies over the years. Imagine how they would have added up by now. Dozens of jars of pennies. Alas, shouldn’t have tossed away so many days of youth either. Imagine digging those days up from the jar now. How they would add up. Slow moving days are now relished. Those days fueled boredom and restlessness in the years marking the 20’s. But they feel like a reprieve while living one’s life in years marked the 40’s. Careers are solidified, abandoned, rebooted. The children are now becoming young men and women. Time rolls. Hundreds of sunsets flash by one after another, like so many frames in a film. Soon the morning arrives. The end of half century knocks on the door. Fifty. The number is precise, pronounced, it is half of one hundred, a stepping stone to an elevated state of mind. Physical limitations are now more noticeable. A brief moment of doom sets in. But then the bright summer sun blankets everything, amplifying the lushness of life and living. You can clearly see the bumps on the road, the potholes, the orange cones, safety becomes more vivid, but these things seem miniscule compared to the majesty of being alive. The boredoms of youth now seem trivial. No day is dull. You realize that cold, hot, rainy, humid, freezing, dark, cloudy – these are the adjectives that color life and shouldn’t be the sighs of discomfort. Some people seem to stop enjoying the subtleties of life as they age, waiting for some perceived heaven and the outstretched hand of an imagined god to greet them as they get closer to the end. I believe in the spirituality, the totality of our physical existence and am convinced of the nothingness that will follow death. This planet, this life, it is heaven, hell, paradise, purgatory, all in one. Afterlife is a children’s tale. The soul is our mind, our thoughts, our loves, our fears, our feelings, joys and pains rolled into one. It’s a collection of lifelong memories that will pop and disappear like a soap bubble the moment our breaths and heartbeats cease. We explore the seas, the mountains and the forests, now even space, but what makes us humans is that we constantly explore, analyze and battle our own thoughts. We can’t get away from them. As one gets older, these thoughts and reflections, embedded in personal experiences, seem louder but more ordered. The pause for the nice round number of 50 is now ending. The day fades into night. The stage is set for the third act. Fifty years of life are now behind me. Hours are now treasured. Dig those pennies out of the pocket. Treat them as coins of gold, lost days of youth. Onward to the pyre, but gather the scents of the world in deep breaths; hum the music of the earth in every passing hour; catalogue the sights of the surroundings like a child. Work the guilt and disappointments of the past into acts of forward motion. The next number ending in a zero awaits.


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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Figurative language often incorporates elements from our everyday existence. In May we looked at idioms and metaphors that used “water” and in June our quiz was about non-literal expressions using “earth” (or mud or dirt). This month we will explore idioms and metaphors based on another element essential to life: the air we breathe. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use air? 1 1. Her ideas and positive attitude were like a breath of fresh air in our group with its outmoded and rigid approach to problems._____ 2. There’s a nip in the air so you’d better take your jacket. _____ 3. They were arguing at the reception and airing their dirty linen in public again. ____ 4. The new manager encouraged the team to air their grievances constructively. _____ 5. When we first arrive, we always open the windows to air out our summer cottage. _____ 6. I dislike people who are always putting on airs. _____ 7. His son is walking on air because he got admitted to an Ivy League college and won a great scholarship, too! ____ 8. Our company may be involved in a merger but it’s still up in the air. _____ 9. My friend is spending too much time building castles in the air. _____ 10. We need to meet to discuss these rumors and clear the air. _____ 11. That magician made objects vanish into thin air. _____ 12. The politician’s promises turned out to be just so much hot air. ______* 13. The injured animal appeared to be gasping for air. _____ 14. Most discoveries don’t come from thin air but are based on applying the findings of earlier research. ______ 15. My favorite program is going off the air in September. ______ 16. When she found out he was an alcoholic, she gave him the air. _____ 17. He told his son, “When you finish watching the soccer match and come up for air, I need you to go to the store. _____ 18. Her nose is always in the air but I believe she really feels inferior. _____ 19. His interview will air on CBS next Monday. _____ 20. Excitement was in the air before the surprise birthday party for our grandmother. ____ *Very informal usage; not for the office.

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• A merit-based visa would be created the fifth year after enactment and would award points to individuals based on education, employment, length of residence in the United States and other considerations. There would be 120,000 such visas available annually, with the number rising by 5 per cent per year if demand exceeds supply and the US jobless rate is below 8.5 percent. It would be capped at 250,000 visas.

Ever since the “the Gang of 8” introduced the Border Security Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (BSEOIM) to the Senate on April 16, 2013, many proponents of immigration are anxious to know how long it will take for the bill be enacted and what does the BSEOIM Act specifically entails. Since BSEOIM’s introduction, it has gone through the markup process and the Senate officially commenced voting on it beginning June 10, 2013. In order for the bill to successfully pass the Senate, the bill must receive 60 votes. If the bill passes the Senate, the BSEOIM act would then have to pass the House in order to be ratified. The House seems to be preparing for the BSEOIM Act to pass the Senate because it has created its own bipartisan “Gang of 8.” (The group has now been reduced to seven after one member; Republican Congressperson Labrador of Idaho recently left.) There are several theories as to what will happen to the BSEOIM Act in the House. Some predict that the House will ratify BSEOIM if it passes the Senate by an overwhelming margin; while others forecast that the House will divide BSEOIM into smaller pieces of legislation or create its own immigration reform bill. If either of the latter occurs, the bill would then have to be reconciled with the Senate before it became ratified. In BSEOIM’s current state, the principal goals are as follows: 1) to create a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants 2) Secure the border, and 3) increase the pool of employment based visas. Below is a summary of the most pertinent provisions of the bill.

Family based immigration • The “V visa” would be expanded to help unify families by allowing foreign relatives to live in the United States and for certain other family members to visit the United States for up to 60 days per year. • Immigrant visas for siblings and adult children of US citizens over 30 would be repealed 18 months after the date of enactment. • A backlog for family and employment-based immigrants would be eliminated. Employment provisions • About 40 per cent of employment-based visas would be allocated to professionals with advanced degrees to work in the sciences, arts and other professions, including certain people with foreign medical degrees. Those holding graduate degrees in engineering, mathematics, science and technology from US universities also would be included. • Employment visas for skilled workers and certain professionals would be increased to 40 percent of the total. And a new visa would be created for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start their own companies in the United States.

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Marketing Turnaround By Gail Z. Martin Online Reputation Protection: Reasons to Care What Google Says About Your Business Productivity takes a hit if you have to spend time cleaning up a mess. The bigger the mess, the more time gets wasted on clean-up. Needless to say, preventing or containing messes can boost productivity and give you peace of mind, which enables you to keep your focus on your top priorities. That’s why it’s so important to know what’s being said about you and your company online, and who’s saying it. “Reputation management” refers to being aware of what is being said about you online so that you can work to remove inaccurate or defamatory content, respond to legitimate complaints, and capture positive comments and testimonials. The term can also refer to techniques to reduce the impact of unfavorable content via search engine optimization techniques. Let’s be clear: If you’ve done something unethical or have shoddy business practices, you’re better off cleaning up your act and making restitution than trying to suppress legitimate negative comments. And as discussed in the chapter on online directories, other people have a right to their opinions and to speaking those opinions online. They aren’t required to like your products and they may say so publicly. Reputation management should never be seen as a way to cover up bad business practices. That said it is important to understand how you and your company are viewed in the marketplace so that you can make course corrections as needed or reap the benefits of glowing reviews. And, inevitably, incorrect information will make its way online, so it’s also important to have a way to become aware of erroneous content and straighten out misunderstandings. We perform all of these tasks daily in the real world, without really thinking about it. Reputation management is just the online equivalent of staying plugged into the grapevine to see what others are saying. Online Reputation Basics: Manage Your Brand and Reputation in a Google World You’ve created an online presence for yourself via your Website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, blog, Twitter feed and other Internet activity. This presence becomes part of your personal and professional branding, which is why it’s so important that everything you post online is consistent with the professional image you want to project. Yet at the same time, other people are free to tag you in photos, mention you in their blogs and Facebook posts, refer to your company and products in articles and reviews, or re-tweet your Twitter content. You control what you post yourself, but how can you possibly track everything posted by others, including people you’ve never met? Google Alerts is a first line of defense. It’s a free tool that enables you to track keywords any time they show up on the Internet, and those keywords should include your name, company name and product names. Any time your keywords

are used, Google Alerts sends you a report which includes a link so you can see for yourself. It’s not perfect; I’ve found it to work well for content on blogs and Websites and less so for content on Facebook and other social media sites, but it still snags a tremendous amount of information and is useful as a basic reputation management tool. is also valuable as a reputation management tool. Social Mention fills the holes left by Google Alerts by focusing specifically on social media, and covers an impressive variety of site types. While no program will capture everything, Google Alerts and Social Mention used together should give you a very comprehensive picture of what the market is saying about you (and how much they’re talking about you). If you’ve been online very long, you’ve discovered that lots of people have a name that is the same or very similar to yours (and perhaps to your company or products). One way inaccurate information finds its way into the Internet data stream is via mistaken or confused identity. Most of the time, these mistakes are honestly made, and can be cleared up with an email or a clarifying post. If you find that you’re frequently being confused with a particular person or company, you may want to add a note in your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) stating who you’re not. People in the public eye (which includes prominent business people as well as writers, speakers, and educators) may sometimes be the victim of pranksters who set up unauthorized sites to detour legitimate Web traffic, make a negative statement, or just cause havoc. This is especially easy to do in social media, and the result can be a site purporting to be written by you that is making statements you would never make, statements that could be damaging to your brand and reputation. One way to assure that people are finding the real you is to use a site like provides a landing page that shares all your sites: social media, Web sites, blogs, etc. Using a landing page like Zoolit enables you to give readers a way to verify whether or not a site that purports to be from you is really yours. Protect Your Brand: Easy Hands-On Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation I’ve talked about the networking value of recommendations on LinkedIn. Gathering online recommendations via LinkedIn is also a way to solidify your online branding and actively manage your reputation. Don’t be shy about asking former coworkers, bosses, colleagues and clients to provide a recommendation if you had a positive working experience with them. That’s part of the LinkedIn culture. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of recommendations for your current role, but you may want to also actively seek out recommendations for prior roles to bolster your credibility and show the depth of your expertise. continued on page 86

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The post-holiday lull gave some relief to the central bank, which on a Tuesday last month was forced to intervene in currency markets to bring the rupee back from its lowest level against the dollar in history (58.98 rupees to the greenback). But the rupee resumed its fall after the finance minister’s speech Thursday. And the dip in gold demand is likely only to be temporary — because for Indians gold is more than an investment. Gold is synonymous with savings and security for many of India’s 1.24 billion people, for a variety of reasons. Only about 36,000 of India’s 650,000 villages have a bank branch. And minimum balances and other requirements mean that house maids, security guards and construction workers hold much of their assets in gold coins and jewelry as a hedge against bad times, when they can be sold or used as collateral with the local moneylender. Moreover, the metal’s cultural importance makes it essential for weddings and various other ceremonies. Even bankers and lawyers still think of buying gold jewelry as a foolproof financial strategy. And with both the capital markets and real estate losing luster lately, India’s wealthy have emerged as a new class of gold buyers. “Traditionally, there’s always been a demand for gold. But what has added to that in the last four years or so is a different kind of demand. That is a demand for gold that I would call investment,” said Debroy. “There is quite a bit of investment in gold now that is actually in bullion.” Consider this: Even though gold prices have plunged from more than $1800 in November to around $1400 an ounce last month, the World Gold Council has forecast that India’s gold imports for April-June would amount to almost half the total imported in 2012. Bad investment? Probably. Experts say a rise in gold prices is unlikely without a big slump in the US stock market or in the value of the dollar, neither of which seems likely. And even long term, gold prices tend to skyrocket and plunge because there’s paltry “real” business demand for the yellow metal, with investors who buy gold and sit on it as an investment accounting for more than half of the volume purchased every year. For the Indian economy, however, the gold obsession is worse than a poor investment. Unlike buying stocks or bonds, parking money in gold slows, rather than stimulates, economic growth by sucking cash out of the system. (In contrast, even oil imports, while bad for the trade deficit, literally fuel industry and thus help create jobs and growth). Meanwhile, a growing trade deficit forces the country to devalue its currency – for India, about 10 percent a year for the past two decades. Those plunging values scare people out of rupees, and foreign funds out of India. That, in turn, means less investment and slower growth, and thus a further weakening rupee. In other words: India’s obsession with buying and storing gold creates a vicious cycle.

By Jason Overdorf - Across global markets, gold has lost its glimmer. Investors are fleeing the yellow metal, whose price has slumped more than 10 percent over the past three months. But Indians are so gold crazy they’re sacrificing their currency and their country’s economy in the bargain. By buying up billions of dollars worth of foreign gold, they are sending Indian cash overseas, disrupting the balance money entering and leaving the country, and thus driving down the value of the rupee. That in turn makes key imports “more costly,” and makes it harder for business to pay international loans. “If for one year there are no gold imports, it will change the current account deficit story of the country,” said Finance Minister P. Chidambaram in June. “Indians think they are buying gold in rupees. Actually they are buying gold in dollars.” India is the world’s biggest gold importer, soaking up a “If for one year there are no third of the world’s supply every year. Gold is the gold imports, it will change country’s biggest foreign the current account deficit purchase after oil. The story of the country, said impact? The current account India’s Finance Minister P. deficit (the net outflow of Chidambaram last month.. money) is 5.4 percent of GDP, about double what economists recommend. “I once again appeal to everyone to resist the temptation to buy gold,” Chidambaram said. “This will show positive impact on every aspect of the Indian economy.” While India’s current account deficit is too high, the real concern is whether enough money is flowing into the country to make up the difference, Bibek Debroy, an economist affiliated with the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research, told GlobalPost. And there things get extra tricky. “The worry for the government really is that whatever capital inflows we have are in the nature of portfolio investments” — such as stock purchases — “which tend to come and go,” Debroy said. In contrast, direct investment in factories and in other ventures tend to carry long-term benefits, and the capital remains regardless of short term market fluctuations. “So we should really be asking, ‘Why aren’t investments coming in?’ — Rather than picking on people who are buying gold.” According to Chidambaram, India’s gold imports fell from an average of $135 million in the first half of May to $36 million in the second half of the month, but he neglected to mention the reason: This year the Akshaya Tritiya festival, the secondbiggest holiday for buying gold, fell on May 13.


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As an infant one What can cause loss of balance and coordination? tries to keep shifting positions by first turning our head and Diseases and other disorders affecting the brain and the neck, then turning over and onto our abdomen and then middle part of our ear can cause us to lose this control. As we pushing up on our arms to get ourselves into a crawling get older we start losing this vital function which can result in position. This is then followed by a sitting, standing and then a fall or injury. We can also lose our balance if we work on walking posture which is upright. uneven surfaces, are flying in an airplane or on a ship for an The process is long and difficult but we don’t remember extended period of time. Irrespective of how we lose our how we learned all these postures and body positions. We balance, we may end up with a fall that can result in other develop a rather sophisticated way of reaching, grasping and problems such as a bad bruise, fracture or other trauma. carrying position while also being upright. We run, jump, play Preventing a fall is far better than managing care after a fall. and do many activities without even realizing the challenges that the body has to face to keep us stable. When we have an Is this preventable? injury or illness we are limited significantly and are not able to Many health conditions can affect the balance and keep this posture very well. We start favoring the injured arm, equilibrium centers in the brain. Additionally, some disorders leg or part of our back and then start losing balance. such as infections of the middle ear can result in poor balance Balance is not really controlled by joints, muscles or and equilibrium. ligaments. Balance and equilibrium are controlled by the Brain. Our normal aging process also slows down the function of More specifically, that part of the brain which controls the body these small but important centers in our brain. If we are active movement and posture also controls coordination. This is called and fit we can extend the life of our balance and equilibrium the Cerebellum. In partnership with the Cerebellum there is a centers. Ancient art of yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Qong are all based part of the ear that controls movement with coordination. This on centering the human body. This is done through focus on is part of the middle ear. The Vestibular Cochlear part of the the center of gravity within us. middle ear helps us know where we are in relation to the rest While some conditions are preventable, other conditions can of our environment. Are we standing up or are we upside be managed more effectively through therapy and professional down. It also helps us correct our position such as in a intervention. swimming pool or when we are swinging from a rope. Medicare has recently required that all beneficiaries receive a complete “Falls Risk Assessment.” This assessment can be Why is this important? carried out by a Primary Care Provider or a Qualified Health Balance and equilibrium are essential to our ability to Care Provider such as an Occupational Therapist. function without limitations. Balance helps us maintain a stable body in relationship to our environment. Sitting up from bed, I know someone who may need help. Where do I start? standing up from a sitting position and walking require normal Therapy such as Occupational Therapy can help restore this function of our balance and equilibrium. balance and equilibrium through exercises. Contact your When we are stable and balanced we are better oriented to Primary Care Provider and ask for a referral to see an our surroundings. We function and interact at a much higher Occupational Therapist. Activities such as yoga, Tai Chi and level of cognition (“conscious level of understanding”). If we other therapy exercises that can be monitored by an lose our balance we also become disoriented and the parts of Occupational Therapist can help you or your family member. the brain that normally focus on higher level learning become Make an appointment if you observe that you are experiencing less active and the nervous system constantly focuses on basic difficulty with your balance and equilibrium. Remember skills of maintaining equilibrium. chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis can also cause Our activities of daily living - such as Feeding, Grooming, you to lose your balance. Stay fit and healthy. We see a number Dressing and Bathing all require this Balance and Equilibrium of patients who can get better and recover before they have a for normal function. fall and hurt themselves.


What role does medication play in Balance and Equilibrium? Medications and prescription drugs are closely monitored by your Primary Care Provider or your Specialist. Medications are necessary to maintain and help you with your health condition. However, some medications can cause you to lose your balance and equilibrium. You should speak with your

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Recipes & More Cooking with yogurt Yogurt doesn’t need introduction. Various forms and varieties of yogurt are essentially eaten all over the world. Yogurt is a fermented milk product produced by bacterial fermentation of milk. Cow’s milk, the protein of which mainly comprises casein, is most commonly used to make yogurt, but milk from water buffalo, goats, ewes, mares, camels, and yaks is also used in various parts of the world. There are countless uses for yogurt in cooking. Here are some simple yet tasty recipes.

Mango Lassi Ingredients: 1 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup milk 1 cup chopped mango (peeled and stone removed) 4 teaspoons sugar, to taste A dash of ground cardamom (optional) Method: Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a blender and blend for two minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve. Sprinkle a little cardamom on top if desired. On hot days, chill the lassi for a couple of hours and then serve. Makes about two cups. Cucumber Mint Raita Ingredients: One large (or two medium) cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and seeded, then grated 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt 10 large mint leaves, thinly sliced* (can sub cilantro) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin** Pinch of cayenne Pinch of paprika Salt and pepper

4 cups confectioners’ sugar, or to taste 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts 2 drops yellow food coloring (optional) Method: Tie a sheet of cheesecloth over a large bowl. Pour the yogurt onto the cheesecloth and place in refrigerator for 5-6 hours to drain. Press the yogurt firmly with a spoon to release any excess liquid. The remaining yogurt should be thick. Transfer the yogurt to a clean bowl. Soak the saffron threads in the warm milk for 10 minutes; stir into the yogurt. Add the sugar, pistachio nuts, and cardamom and mix well. Stir the food coloring into the mixture until you get the color you like. Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 1 hour. Makes about four servings. Cucumber Yogurt Salad Ingredients: 2 cucumbers, peeled, quartered lengthwise, then sliced Plain yogurt, about 1 cup 1 teaspoon dried dill, or a couple of teaspoons of fresh dill Sprinkling of salt and pepper Method: First taste the cucumbers to make sure that they are not bitter. To make the salad, simply gently mix together the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4. Swiss Chard Tzatziki (Yogurt Dip)

Ingredients: 1 cup finely chopped Swiss chard leaves (ribs removed) 1 garlic clove 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup plain yogurt 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice Method: Slice the mint leaves by stacking them on top of each A dash of cayenne other, rolling them up like a cigar, and taking thin slices off the end. If whole cumin seeds are available, take one teaspoon 3 (9-inch diameter) pita breads, cut like a pie into triangles Olive oil for drizzling on to the pita bread and toast the seeds first in a small skillet until just fragrant. Then grind with a mortar and pestle. Place grated cucumber in a sieve and press with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as Method: Bring a two quart saucepan, half filled with water, to a boil. Add the chopped chard leaves. Cook until tender, much moisture as you can. Alternatively, you can place the about 3-5 minutes. While the chard is cooking, prepare a bowl grated cucumber in the middle of a clean tea towel, wrap the with ice water for an ice bath. When the chard is cooked, towel around the cucumber and wring out the excess moisture. Stir spices and mint into yogurt in a medium bowl. strain through a fine mesh strainer and put into the ice bath to Stir in the grated cucumber. Chill until ready to serve. Makes stop the cooking. Drain and set aside. Using mortar and pestle, grind the garlic and salt into a paste. In a medium2 1/2 cups. sized bowl, stir in the yogurt, chard, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Set aside. Cut the pita bread into Shrikhand triangles and layout in one layer in a broiling pan (use a sturdy broiling pan, not a cookie sheet or your cookie sheet Ingredient: will warp). Drizzle olive oil on one side of the pita wedges. 6 cups plain yogurt 2 large pinches saffron threads 2 tablespoons warm milk

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Method: Preheat oven to 350°. Wash, sliced and cook mushrooms in skillet until tender, drain and set mushrooms aside. In the same skillet melt 1/4 stick of butter and add water, then combine with stuffing mix, celery and onion. In a separate bowl, combine cheddar cheese and yogurt. In a greased 13x9 inch casserole dish, layer mushrooms, yogurt mixture, then stuffing. Repeat, ending with stuffing. Cut remaining 1/4 stick of butter into small pads and scattered on top. Casserole may be made ahead and refrigerated. Before cooking, sprinkle with 1/4 cup of parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes. Yields 8 servings.

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The above mentioned provisions are only applicable as of the date of this article; since it is difficult to predict which provisions will remain if the BSEOIM Act enters the House.

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potentially deadly “traffic jam” by planning ahead. The Sherpa team, called the “Icefall Doctors,” responsible for setting ropes through the Khumbu Icefall on the route between Base Camp and Camp One, started a month earlier than usual to ensure that the climbers would have the longest possible weather window to try for the summit. On the Hillary Step, Sherpas fixed two ropes, so that climbers going up would not have to wait for climbers coming down. And before the weather window opened, expedition leaders walked from camp to camp to find out when the various teams were planning to attempt the summit, and then radioed around to hammer out a feasible schedule. But their success only deepened the controversy at the Diamond Jubilee. Purists greeted with derision calls to make things even safer, and easier, by installing a ladder down the back of the Hillary Step. Others suggested revising the permit system to force climbers to scale one of Nepal’s many other, smaller mountains before they can attempt Everest. And still others lobbied for stiffer regulations for expedition operators. “That [requiring mountaineers to climb a smaller mountain before Everest] is a very good idea,” said Sushil Ghimire, secretary of Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. “We do not want any climbers, any members in our team, in bad condition. We need very competent and devoted and American Dance Festival skilled mountaineers. They can [first] try small mountains so continued from page 32 that they can get skill and knowledge and we will have very imaginative dance. I regret that I will have to miss the Irish few casualties and few incidents in the high mountains.” group ponydance (July 17-21), performing at a Durham musical club in what promises to be audience-intimate laughBeyond the brawl The word “Sherpa” has become synonymous with the word out-loud dance theatre. Paul Taylor Dance Company (July 12-13, including a “guide” or “porter” on the mountain, though it refers to an Indo-Tibetan ethnic group numbering around 150,000 in Nepal. children’s matinee) always impresses me with their strong And despite the fact that Sherpas have led countless connection to ballet and sheer beauty of performance. I am climbers to the summit of Everest, everybody in the business delighted that Buenos Aires-based Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance still makes a distinction between expeditions captained by Company (July 5-6, including a children’s matinee) returns this Western and Sherpa guides. Some persist in referring to Sherpa- year, after an ADF absence of a few years, with their modern interpretations of tango and other art forms, enacted often led climbs as “unguided.” After last year’s deadly season, critics blamed the Sherpas’ while suspended from the ceiling. I encourage Saathee readers to take in American Dance reluctance to disagree with Westerners — not their clients’ weakness or incompetence — for the deaths on the mountain. Festival. If in doubt, look online for sample video clips of “I wouldn’t confuse a Sherpa-guided trip with a low-budget performances to give you an idea of what you might expect. trip,” said Will Cross, a 46-year-old diabetic who has trekked My family is not the only one who comes with children, and to the South Pole and climbed the “Seven Summits,” the highest there always are multiple levels that these performances can be enjoyed at. mountains on seven continents. As in past years, performances will be held in Durham, NC “They can be the same. But they are generally different. The Sherpas on Everest have worked years to get to that position. at the Durham Performing Arts Center and on the Duke And there’s a hierarchy. They [the Sherpa expedition leaders] University campus; a few additional sites will also be used. will generally speak the language of their client, be that English Most performances are at 8p, with a few children’s matinees at 1p, and ticket prices range from $15-54. There are also some free or Japanese. They’ll be strong as hell,” Cross said. “Where I think everyone gets into trouble is when you try workshops and events. For full details about the American Dance Festival, please to climb a huge mountain and spend very little money. If you come spending cheap, you’re gonna get cheap, and you’re visit Sample video clips, ticketing information, schedule (including select performances that gonna die,” he added. In some respects, the mountaineering status of the Sherpas include a post-performance discussion with the dancers – highly recommended!), and more are readily available in an reflects their economic reality. A permit for a Western climber runs $10,000-$25,000 and the easily navigable website. American Dance Festival is a treat for total cost of an expedition to the client can top $70,000. But the eyes, mind, and soul. while elite Western guides can make $20,000 for taking a group to the top, the high-altitude Sherpas who perform some of the Note: American Dance Festival logo and photographs courtesy of most dangerous work take home only a third of that amount. American Dance Festival. All images are used with permission.


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Krishna Madhuram Sathwaro Shri Radhe Shyamno Dhwitiya. A dazzling devotional musical play based on the life of Lord Krishna and Radha will be presented by 35 performers on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:30pm at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Queens University. Tickets will range from $35 - $75. For further details on this performance call Rajni Patel (704.547.8588), Kenny Mahtani (704.524.4194) or Kshitish Mehta (704.560.5459). Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza will be rendering a pravachan at Hindu Center of Charlotte on Wed, July 10, 2013 from 7:30-9pm. For more details on the event call 704.535.3440 or visit Pujya Mahant Swami and other senior Swamis will enhance the planned programs. Planning for the event commenced over a Om Squad Summer Camp year ago. Every detail, including logistics, transportation, meals The annual Om Squad Summer Camp, for children aged 5 – 12, as well as program, has been considered by the hundreds of will take place throughout summer 2013 until August 23. Om volunteers involved. Mukesh Swaroop, one of the lead Squad is the youth group of the Hindu Society of NC. The volunteers of the organizing committee, shares his experience. camps provide games, yoga, arts, crafts, music, shlokas, study “When I went to my first convention in 2004, I knew very little of Indian mythology and more. Online registration is available about my own religion. I am a Hindu by birth but did not know at For more details call 919.539.5471 or how to practice it. What I’ve learned cannot be expressed in 919.801.2600. words. When so many other people with the same yearning come together in one place, the feeling is really lifeHindu Center Anniversary and Health Fair transforming.” The BAPS National Youth Convention 2013 is The Hindu Center of Charlotte celebrates its 31st anniversary on an 11-day convention organized in Atlanta for Hindu youths of Saturday, July 27, 2013 with daylong events featuring Anand different ages. The first convention will gather 3,000 children, Bazaar (12 – 4 pm), cultural program (2 – 5pm), general body the second will gather 3,000 college and high school students, meeting (noon – 1pm), and a health fair (11 am – 4pm). The and the third will gather 2,000 young professionals. Attendees health fair will feature one-on-one wellness, medical, and will learn how to balance their lives with various aspects of dental consultations. Get many medical questions answered Dharma, Bhakti, Gnān and Vairāgra. Each convention will with attending physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and dentists. include cultural programs, spiritual discourses, multimedia For more details on all the events call 704.535.3440 or visit presentations and workshops. A grand maha-arti will be held at the reflection pond in front of the intricately carved stone mandir. Each convention will provide delegates with tools to Harmony in Life Seminar strengthen their Hindu roots and become better citizens. The “Harmony in Life” seminar will be held from July 9 - 11, Sadguru Pujya Mahant Swami (Pujya Keshavjivan Swami) and 2013 at the Vihar Hall of Hindu Center, Charlotte. The seminar Head Swami of Akshardham Gandhinagar, Pujya is given by Atmagnani Pujya Deepakbhai Desai, disciple of Anandswarup Swami along with some of the most learned “Dada Bhagwan.” Atma Gnan is the knowledge of the self. The Swamis of BAPS from USA, UK, India and Far East will address three-day seminar will feature satsang, ghanvidhi and lunch the convention. The convention is organized at BAPS Shri and dinner. For more details call 1.877.505.3232 ext 1027. To Swaminarayan Mandir, Lilburn (Atlanta), Georgia from July 4th RSVP or register visit -14th, 2013. BAPS has been organizing such conventions in the United States from 1984. The convention in Atlanta is the 16th BAPS National Youth Convention in Atlanta National Youth convention being organized by BAPS. For more Over 8,000 Hindu youths from all parts of North America have details visit registered and are preparing for the National Youth Convention Bele Chere Music and Arts Festival being organized by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in Atlanta, GA from July 4 to July 14, 2013. Themed around the The 35th Annual Bele Chere music and arts central concept of “Ekāntik,” these youth will learn how festival takes place the last full weekend in spiritual concepts given by Hindu scriptures and emphasized July in Asheville. “Bele Chere” means by Bhagwan Swaminarayan can anchor their spiritual self and beautiful living. That’s what you’ll find at enhance their day-to-day life. Blessings from India from HH the largest free arts and music street festival Pramukh Swami Maharaj, as well as discourses from Sadguru in the Southeast. The fest features art,


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BAPS Charities Hosts Community Walk Dhrashti Golakia from Morrisville, NC woke up early on Sunday, June 2, 2013. She was thrilled knowing that her efforts were going to make a profound impact in the community. For the last four months, Dhrashti took up the cause of raising funds to support the local BAPS Charities Walk and raised over $1,500. She went to over 150 houses in the area to raise awareness for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and BAPS Charities. The 2013 BAPS Charities walk in Cary, NC will help support Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and various activities supported by BAPS Charities. Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center is involved in providing care for the patients and families they serve today and discovering treatments that will enhance the health care of future generations. BAPS Charities Walk 2013 will help support their commitment to patient and family centered care. This year’s walkathon brought together over 350 people from all ages. The walk was launched with an opening speech by the Mayor of Morrisville, the Honorable Jackie Holcombe. Mayor Holcombe told everyone about her struggle as a mother with a child of special need and how Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center played a role in caring for her child. Mayor Holcombe also thanked BAPS Charities for supporting Morrisville’s Theme this year, “Year of Community.” With all of the walkers and runners at the starting line, the 5K run kicked off and shortly after the 5K walk followed. Both the run and walk took place along the shady and scenic trails of Bond Park. All of the participants who finished the 5K run/5K walk were then given wristbands as a sign of achievement of what they had accomplished. With 350 total participants, a collective 2.8 million steps were taken to help the community; however, it will not stop there as the goal for next year increases to 3 million steps. Upon the return of all participants, the event concluded by thanking and recognizing the people without whom the event would not have been possible. Numerous volunteers were also there early to help make the events of the day possible. Mr. Hiteshkumar Patel said, “Participating in events like this walkathon allows me to give back to my community in a meaningful way. The walkathon was a wonderful opportunity for my entire family to come together and contribute to something that would create a positive impact in our community”. It was a successful event that truly exemplified the message that was proudly stated on the t-shirts – giving is greater than getting. Similar walks took place in over 40 cities throughout North America wherein over 13,000 participants walked over 45,000 miles. In addition to annual walkathons, BAPS Charities hosts health fairs, Children’s health 82

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Community Organizations 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).

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Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 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,, 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave,, 704.844.9567 Naras and Beena Eechambadi,

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: or visit

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 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

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; (Pastor: Rajan Samuel).

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. Center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: /

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,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605

Charlotte Malayalee Association The purpose of this association is to promote and facilitate the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: Sunu Sebastian ( or

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 various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services.


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Community Organizations 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),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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 ( or visit Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

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. Upcoming Events: Wed, July 10: Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza (Pravachan) Sat, July 27: Anniversary Celebration with anand bazaar, health fair, cultural program and more. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

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),

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

Dada Bhagwan Group There will be satsang at Charlotte on July 9, 10 and 11. Do not miss Gnan Vidhi by Pujyashree Deepak Desai. 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).

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 is held in September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

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, 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 Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

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. Several concerts, performances, and workshops are held every year. Membership forms and event

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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 ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

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: Sun, July 7 Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikaman @ 7 pm Tues, July 9 (Ekum): Snatra Pooja @ 9:30 am Sun, July 14 (Chhath): Paathshala for children @ 10:30 am Sunday, July 21 (Chaumasi Chaudas): Prakshal, Puja, Dev Vandan from 10:30 am onwards Sun, July 21 (Chaumasi Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikaman @ 7 pm Sat, July 27 (Pancham): Family fun fair from 4 pm onwards 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

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service. For Further Details: 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

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 collaborates 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. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. For Futher Details: email: Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Sat 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 every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani

Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective and networking


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Community Organizations Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For Further Details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

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

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 @ Puja Verma @

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), 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

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,; Venky, Triad Tigers,

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:

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

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. Upcoming Events: Friday, July 5 – 6.30 pm Pradosham (Shiva Abishekam) Saturday, July 13 – 6.30 pm Shasti Murugan Abishekam Friday, August 16 – 6.30 pm Varalakshmi Viradham Tuesday, August 20 – Aavani Avitam/Jamdhyala Purnima All Sundays at 11 am - Venkateswara Abishekam For Further Details: 980-219-7556

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, Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462, Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community

United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm).


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Community Organizations within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090

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

Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. For Further Details: 336.644.1111 /

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Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) 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 — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers courses that teach practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. For Further Details:

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

Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details:

Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details:

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Community Organizations USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, 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 - 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. 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: Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 | Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural 100

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Community Organizations villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: EKTAA 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: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Traingle 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: 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: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes


study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings: Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30 am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga Classes(twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: July 22: Guru Purnima For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, July 2013

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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: 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 - Monica Awasthi - 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: 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; Arvinder Singh 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. 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. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. July 2013

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Community Organizations 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: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: 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) 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: 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. Upcoming Events: Sat, Oct 19: Sharad Purnima Sat, Nov 23: Diwali For Further Details: Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 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 United States. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Vipassana means to see things as they are. Vipassana is one of 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 For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. For Further Details: Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi)


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Community Organizations 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:

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 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. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: July 20 - July 28: Summer Sutra course For Further Details:

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 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 @ 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: 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 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 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 112

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Community Organizations 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)

Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852

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

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Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number)

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Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a nonprofit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. For Further Details: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC 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: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683


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Math Magic Solve this math puzzle. Use these numbers only once: [2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 9] in empty squares To get the final = Given Answers (solution on next page) CAIRO CALDWELL CALLAWAY CALUMET CAMBRIDGE CAMDEN CAMERON CASCADE CASTLETON CATAWBA CATO CENTER CHARLOTTE


The unused 6 letters is “A city West of Ashville, NC and more than 20 other US states.”


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “GL” - Fill in the blanks 1. A brief, quick view. GL _ _ _ _ _ 2. To detach as if by dissolving adhesive. _ _ GL _ _ 3. Red blood cells. _ _ _ _ GL _ _ _ _ 4. Make eyes; to keep looking boldly with desire. _ GL _ 5. Formerly, East Pakistan. _ _ _ GL _ _ _ _ _ 6. Sphere; any round ball-shaped thing. GL _ _ _ 7. A forest; any confused, tangled growth. _ _ _ GL _ 8. Of or having a picture, sign or symbol used to represent a word instead of alphabets. _ _ _ _ _GL _ _ _ 9. Unattractiveness; repulsiveness. _ GL _ _ _ _ _ 10. Trademark for a coloring agent added to pigments, dyes, etc. to produce fluorescent colors. _ _ _ GL _ _ 11. Elegance, luxury etc. around a person. GL _ _ _ _ _ 12. To ignore or discard. _ _ GL _ _ _ 13. Swampland; marshy land. _ _ _ _ GL _ _ _ 14. An Eskimo house built by snow blocks. _ GL _ _ 15. The breaking into a house for stealing. _ _ _ GL _ _ _ 16. The opening between the vocal chords. GL _ _ _ _ _ 17. The national emblem (bird) of the US. _ _ GL _ 18. Blend; intermix. _ _ _ _ _ _ GL _ 19. A European yellow rose; sweetbrier. _ GL _ _ _ _ _ _ 20. Alone; one only; solitary. _ _ _ GL _ 21. The disorder due to increase in pressure within the eye, which impairs the vision or loss of vision. GL _ _ _ _ _ _ 22. The language spoken in US & the world. _ _ GL _ _ _ 23. To kill by chocking or suffocating. _ _ _ _ _ GL _ 24. Happy; pleased. GL _ _ 25. A metal tip at the end of a cord or lace. _ GL _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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Festivals & Holidays

July 2013 July 3 - Yogini Ekādasi July 4 - Independence Day (USA) July 8 - Darsha/Somavati Amās (No Moon) July 10 - Rathayātrā July 11 - Ramazān July 13 - Dwārkādhish Pātotsava July 19 - Devashayani Ekādasi July 20 - Jāyā Pārvati Vrat begins July 22 - Guru Purnimā (Full Moon) August 2013 Aug. 2 - Kāmikā Ekādasi Aug. 6 - Darsha/Hariyāli Amās (No Moon) Aug. 9 - Ramazān Eid Aug. 13 - Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 17 - Putradā/Pavitrā Ekādasi Aug. 18 - Pavitrā Bāras Aug. 18 - Pateti/Pārsi New Year (1383 begins) Aug. 20 - Rakshā Bandhan Day Aug. 20 - Nārieli Purnimā (Full Moon) Aug. 25 - Nāg Panchami Aug. 26 - Rāndhan Chhat Aug. 27 - Shitalā Saptami Aug. 28 - Janmāstami

Puzzle Solutions

Ratha yātrā, the Festival of Chariots, a spectacular Hindu festival is held at Lord Jagannāth temple at Puri in Orissa, India. Puri is a sacred place of pilgrimage in India and is popular for handicrafts and beaches. This annual festival is celebrated on Ashād Shukla Dwitiyā (second day in bright fortnight of Ashād month). In 2013 it falls on the 10th of July. In Ratha Yātrā, the idols of Lord Jagannāth (identified with Krishna), his brother Balbhadra and his sister Subhadrā are taken thru the streets in three richly decorated chariots, resembling the temple structures, to Gundichā Temple, two kilometers away and remain there for nine days. Then the idols or Ratha Yātrā returns to Jagannāth temple. This is the only day when devotees who are not allowed in the temple premises such as non-Hindus and foreigners can get their glimpses. A glimpse of Lord Jagannāth on the chariot is considered to be very auspicious and scriptures have glorified the sanctity of this special festival. The concept of the chariot is explained in the Hindu scripture “Kathopanishada” as follows:

आत्मानम् रथिनम् विद्धि शरीरम् रथमॆवतु| बुद्धिम् तु सारथिम् विद्धि मन: प्रग्रहमॆव च| “ātmānam rathinam viddhi shareeram rathamevatu; Buddhim tu sārathim viddhi manah pragrahameva cha”. It means that the body is the Chariot and the soul is the deity installed in the chariot. The wisdom acts as the charioteer to control the mind and thoughts. Chariots were used in the wars in past as written in Mahabharata and Ramayana. The Ratha Yātrā festival is also now celebrated annually in major cities of the world: Belfast, Birmingham, Budapest, Dublin, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Paris, Singapore, Toronto etc.

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General Predictions for July 2013 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) After a negative start, the time will take a positive turn. It is advisable to make any moves during the second week of the month. You may enjoy a row of success this month. Your own efforts will help you in earning more income. Your confidence will be at par. You will enjoy good help from friends and partners. Drive carefully and run cautiously to avoid any mishap.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) This is the period of achievement and celebration. Your friends and seniors will be with you to enjoy the success. You will enjoy love and respect from your higher authorities. You will invest money in business or home affairs. For students, the time will turn a bit negative. Your enemies won’t dare to harm you. You will use your self-confidence and achieve success.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Time is very favorable to make any long-term decisions. You may take important family or career-related action this month. But be prepared for healthy competition. Also, watch your health and live with discipline. Try to work out partnership disputes, if there are any. A small cheat or lie may help you earn big money. Student may have to work hard to achieve desired grade. Try to avoid shady politics.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) After a positive start, you will experience a minor downfall this month. You may lose your confidence and make wrong decisions. Try to maintain easy temperament and keep working hard. Don’t try to be over smart. Don’t take any loan or debt this month. A strong para-psychic experience may bring major a negative change among your friend circle and relations with your family.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You may experience two very distinct lives during first half and second half of the month. Even though you are protected well, you may experience a sudden setback. Try not to lose your self confidence under the influence of excitement or anger. Watch your health seriously this month. Discipline could also be very helpful. Avoid driving during last week of the month. Your spouse may prove to be a good help.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will experience minor positive change in the beginning of the month. You may feel relaxed, too. Your workload will increase but will prove to be rewarding. Support from the family and partners will bring good results in business or trade. You should continue watching your health carefully and avoid enmity with anybody. Also don’t plan any outing, as you might have to change your program.

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Established Candy Kiosk for sale (including inventory) in an upscale mall in Durham NC, convenient to RTP. Please contact 919-744-4634 for additional information. Boost Mobile Phone store for sale in Charlotte, NC. Open 4 years, good business can be run by one person. Income 4500 to 5000 per month. Rent $800 inc utilities and internet. Call: 704400-0528. Motel for Sale: Augusta, GA. 45 Units independent with manager apartment. Busy Hwy, serious inquiry only. Call 678-665-8376. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

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Sales & Marketing position for leading textile manufacturer in High Point, NC. Background in sales and college degree preferred. Must be fluent in English and Applicants must be C-Stores: Lyman, SC $749K + Inv, GR computers. $2.45M; Cheraw, SC $95K + Inv, GR motivated, able to multi-task, hard $724K, No Beer; Mebane, NC $125K + working and willing to travel. Inv, GR $540K, No Gas; . 704-821-8888 or Generating sales opportunities through cold-calling, networking, client referrals… Send Resumes to: Retail Space available immediately near or Chatham Square shopping area in Cary. Excellent location. 1275 square feet. For Hair Threading Help Wanted: rent or sale. Call 919-649-1485. Permanent Full/Part Time IMMEDIATE Convenience store for lease in SC. Hiring for Hair Threading Job In Hanes Neighborhood AM PM store. Call 864Mall, Winston-Salem, NC. Contact on 554-4846. 336-745-6808 or 336-692-3200. Motels For Sale: Rock Hill, SC (60 Help Wanted: Full or part-time. Good Rooms) and (39 Rooms). Motel for sale in pay for threading practitioners and Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Call: Nick Patel esthetician with experience & good 704-905-7945. English skills. Charlotte, Raleigh, & Liquor and conv. stores for Sale: Clover, Richmond areas. Please call 980-322-1110. SC. Gross sales $380,000-$400,000 from both stores, monthly expenses only Convenience store / Gas Station Help $1,000 + $1600 rent; Asking $90,000 plus Wanted: Looking for Couples/Single; inv ($70k-$80K). Not negotiable. Call Must have legal status; Locations in NC & SC; Opportunity to advance and grow! Rocky 803-810-5105. Please Call 803-789-3133. Motel for sale: Forest City / Spindale, NC 28160. 32 Rooms and apartment. Asking Looking for a Nanny to manage my six $370,000. For details call Anil Desai 828- month old twins in South Charlotte (near Pineville/Fort Mill). Own transportation 286-3646 or Pankaj Desai 678-416-9668. required. Please call 704-323-7187. Cricket Cell Phone store for Sale in Sanford, NC. Only Cricket Store in Restaurant Cook and kitchen helper Sanford. Monthly income $4000 to $6000. needed. Good pay and good company to Store can be operated without owner. work for. Greenville, NC. Food & lodging provided. 252-258-5777. Call 919-842-1048.


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: or 704-405-4238. Full time help wanted: Convenience store / gas station in Kannapolis, NC. 15 minutes north of Charlotte. Must speak English. Call 704-467-6891. 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 OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Energetic Couple Needed: For multiple hotel properties, need couple with ability to do light maintenance and room inspection/laundry, fluent in English, some computer skills required. Accommodations provided. E-mail: or call 919-7577462. Energetic Part Time Sales Rep Needed for Suits In Style Located in Spartanburg SC 29301. Must speak fluent english and be very energetic. Call 864-595-2551. Raleigh Area 60 room hotel is looking for front desk clerk and manager. Send email to or call 919-2778485 and ask for General Manager. Couple needed for Front desk / housekeeping / maintenance for franchised hotel near Durham on I85. Hotel Experience and references needed. Fluent English, Computer Savvy. Resume to or call 980-875-1944. Start immediately. Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a couple or single. Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, Accommodations Provided! 704-7019975. Threading job in Winston Salem. Hair Threading female position open for IMMEDIATE HIRE. Full-time or PartTime, for long term. Call 980-622-4386. Live In Nanny Needed for Newborn starting in September in Cary, NC. We also have a 3 year old who is in school full time. References required. Call 919744-9369. Help Wanted: Indian Restaurant in Charlotte, NC is looking for a waiter, curry chef and tandoori chef. Please contact 704-512-9177. July 2013

Now Hiring: Full or part time Retail Sales Associate in Columbia SC. Opportunity to advance quickly into management. Contact 706-877-0315. Nanny Needed: Reliable and compassionate live-in/out nanny needed in lumberton. (some cooking and light household work) please call 631-873-5260. Now Hiring: Full/Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store. Located in Columbia & Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Contact Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681. Nanny Needed: Reliable full time live in/live out help needed in Raleigh, NC. (Cooking and light house work) Please call 704-458-6142. Help Wanted: Franchised Motel, Charlotte, NC. Experienced front desk/night auditor needed. Must be honest / reliable / fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364.

SERVICES: Home Daycare in South Charlotte. Nurturing, loving, safe environment. Enriching & fun learning activities. Spanish Lessons. Timings 7 am -6 pm. Newborns Welcome. Excellent recommendations. Contact 704-541-9235. Astrology services available: For financial, work, marriage or personal issues, please contact S.K. Narula at 919414-8496. Natural Health Consultant & Relaxation Therapist: I educate people who are looking for alternative health sources (Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Chiropractic, Relaxation & Massage) through lifestyle modifications & diet. For health issues, Contact Dilip Patel 803810-5371 Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803328-2266 or

Help Wanted: Individual or couple is needed to perform front desk duties and look after a motel located on sugar creek road. Please email with resumes. Apartment will be provided for free to live. Please email

Alyssa’s Garlands: Unique fresh flower garlands, boutonnieres, bouquets and exotic flowers available on special request. We ship nationwide. 803.661.0030 or 803-627-4239.

Babysitter Needed: Looking for a parttime babysitter, to watch two children overnight. Must own a car and a valid drivers license. For details please call 865-806-9400.

Babysitter / Nanny Available: In Mooresville near Lowes. Exit 33 on I-77. At your home or drop off at our home. Experienced. References available. Please call 704-763-9156 or 704-340-3891.

Nanny Needed: To care for two toddlers and one on the way. Must have own transportation. Preferably gujarati and english speaking. Please call 919619-2180 or email

Hypnosis and Reiki are very powerful to impact your mind & life. Manage Stress, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, performance, time regression etc. Visit our site for more info and contact us. Our Certified Consulting Hypnotists & Reiki Practitioners can help you. 100% of donations go to Charity. E-mail:;; 518-649-6018.

Help Needed: Reliable person to drop off and pick-up 19 month old son 3-5 days a week at daycare in Ballantyne area. The daycare is located within 3 miles from our home. Please call 630639-1669. Help Wanted: Light domestic help needed for Vegeterian Cooking, Cleaning and household work. Part time or full time, University Area in Charlotte, NC. Call 980-225-0692. PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: For Rent: 3 BR, 2 BA Condo for rent in Ballantyne (Charlotte). 1484 sq ft. Walking distance to Ballantyne Village. Call 407-616-0934 or E-mail:

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. 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. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270. 123

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: Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072. Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist from Jaipur, India specializes in mehandi (henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi 919-8247734 e-mail: website: Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: 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 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: Ami's Beauty in Matthews near I-485 exit 49 (Idlewild Rd). Eyebrows, Upper lips, Chin, Full Face by Thread. 20 years experience. Call for Appointment. 704882-3300 (H) or 704-877-9021 (C). Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area. Full service. Please call for appointment. 843-465-6048.

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index of Advertisers

Jag Insurance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Jeeyar Educational Trust, NC (JET USA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Financial & KMD Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Krishna Madhuram Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Krut Systems LLC (LED lighting & Security Systems) .109 Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Modern Wholesale and Tobacco World . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 N-Digilabs Videography & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 NetIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 New Goloka Temple (Janmastami) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 OM Tech Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate - . .45 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Patel Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Patel, Tony (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Persis Indian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . .39 Rapid Car Care (Formerly Ali & Sons Car Care) . . . . . .105 Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . .97 Ritu Selects - An Elegant Fashion Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) . . . .113 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 S S Photography Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72-73 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Shah, Sneha (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 South Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD) . .76 Spice South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Yafa Market & Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Yogi Indian Food & Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Zaika (Moorseville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . .61 Aggarwal Group (Morgan Stanley) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . .61 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Asian Divas (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . .55 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Basic Infotech and Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Bombay Grille (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 C2 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Café Nirvana (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) . . . . . . .61 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . .109 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Charlotte Solar Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Curry and Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Curry N Kabab (Cornelius) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Darpan Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Delhi Palace / Spices Of India (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . .55 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . .103 Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) . . . . .97 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Desi Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Eye Level (Formerly E-nopi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Flower Accent (Wedding Planning and Décor) . . . . . . . . .33 Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Global Mall / Legacy Jewels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . .84 H2 Laser & Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Help Wanted (Threading) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63-66 Hues Designs Party Planning (Sapna Shah) . . . . . . . . . . .83 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 International Center for Meditation and Well Being . . . .15 ISSO (Int. Swaminarayan Satsang Organization) . . . . . . .69


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A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Carolinas and beyond.