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In this issue: To Juice, or Not to Juice, That is the Question US Still Dumping E-waste Overseas

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Bhutan’s Nationwide Solution for Stray Dogs

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The United States is still dumping some of its toxic e-waste overseas. See the story on pg. 8. Bhutan carried out a nationwide program to spay and neuter its stray dogs. Story is on pg. 18. Read about our visit to Sri Somesvara Temple on pg. 98. Balle Balle Punjab! Read about bhangra in our Dances of India column on pg. 52. These Pakistani women formed a council of their own to prevent more girl killings. See the story on pg. 58. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 100. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions. Don’t forget to visit us on

US E-Waste Overseas . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Bhutan’s Stray Dogs Solution . . . . . . .pg. 18 Sri Somesvara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Mirror, Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Pakistani Women Council . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 California and Water Shortages . . . . .pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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The US is Still Dumping Some of its TOXIC E-WASTE Overseas waste watchdog group Basel Action Network — decided to put the promises to the test. “Most of the public still thinks that they’re going to recycle [that waste] right there in America,” Puckett said recently. “They have the right to know where their stuff goes.” Puckett has been investigating the afterlife of hazardous waste for nearly two decades. His organization monitors compliance with a global hazardous waste dumping treaty known as the Basel Convention. And last year his team put GPS tracking devices inside 200 old computers, printers and TVs. They dropped the items off at donation centers, recyclers and electronic take-back programs around the US — enterprises that advertise themselves as “green,” “sustainable,” “earth friendly” and “responsible” — and followed them to their final destinations. The good news from the effort is that most of the tagged items did stay in the US. But the network tracked about a third of the devices out of the country. And at least some of them ended up in dangerous, informal recycling shops and junkyards. Puckett personally tracked several items to Hong Kong using a mapping app on an iPad that led him to a remote corner of the city. As he approached the destination of one of the little orange markers on his screen he heard the sounds of power drills and shattering glass coming from behind a high metal wall made from old shipping containers. Peeking through a crack in the fence, he saw about 30

By Ken Christensen and Katie Campbell, PRI This story was reported in partnership with EarthFix Think of how many electronic gadgets and appliances you’ve gotten rid of in the last few years — everything from Fitbits to laptops to old TVs. It’s probably a lot, as the number of these things in our lives explodes and their life-cycles get shorter and shorter. In fact, electronics make up the fastest growing source of waste on the planet, and the US is the single largest producer of electronic waste. And a new investigation suggests that despite assurances from many US electronics and recycling companies, much of the e-waste we produce is not being recycled responsibly here in the US. “Whatever parts can’t be reused or refurbished will be broken down securely and recycled responsibly,” promises an ad for Dell Reconnect, one of the largest e-waste recycling programs in the country. The program was one of many set up after reports over the last decade of e-waste from the US ending up in toxic dumps and unregulated recycling shops overseas. In response to a public outcry, the industry promised a new day in recycling. Dell Reconnect established a strict no-export policy. But longtime activist Jim Puckett wasn’t convinced that manufacturers and recyclers were always making good on their pledges. And recently his organization — the Seattle-based


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Overall, the Basel Action Network’s tracking investigation found that 65 US recyclers were involved in shipping e-waste to China, Thailand, Pakistan, Taiwan, Mexico and Kenya. The tracked item that led Puckett to the Hong Kong junkyard was dropped off last year with Dell Reconnect. It’s one of the most respected recycling programs in the country, in which the computer maker Dell partners with the nonprofit thrift store chain Goodwill Industries to collect old computers of any brand for refurbishing or recycling. The BAN investigation focused on Dell’s program after whistleblowers tipped Puckett off to possible violations of its no-export policy. Of the 28 electronics BAN dropped off with Dell Reconnect, six went abroad — to Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and Thailand. Beth Johnson, head of Dell’s producer responsibility programs, said the company conducts regular audits of Goodwill and vets its downstream recycling partners. She said Dell also wants to know how the tracked electronics ended up overseas. “If there’s something that did not follow the system we would certainly want to know about it and certainly take corrective action,” she said. Dell’s partner Goodwill declined requests for an interview but issued a statement urging its locations to take steps to ensure that electronics are responsibly recycled.

workers smashing a mountain of old printers. A query at the gate about buying used electronics got his group entry into the dirt lot, where they found workers using power drills to dismantle 15-foot-high piles of old printers. The workers weren’t wearing face masks and their aprons were dusted black with toner ink, which is known to cause respiratory problems and is a possible carcinogen. Workstations were littered with broken white fluorescent tubes used to light up LCD flat-screen monitors on the printers. When they break, lights like these release dangerous mercury vapor.

Plastics and metals from dismantled electronics await their turn to enter a machine that shreds and sorts them into commodity type. Photo by Ken Christensen

“This is one of the more toxic metals known,” Puckett said. “This is a concern for the people that broke these.” When his translator Dongxia Su asked a worker if he knew about the risks, the answer was, “He has no idea.” US companies like Electronics Recyclers International, the country’s largest e-waste recycler, equip workers with protective gear when they extract toxic components. Parts containing mercury, lead and other hazardous materials are processed carefully. And ultimately, almost all of the materials get reused. “Everything that comes in the door, goes out either [as] a commodity that gets repurposed, or it gets fixed up and resold as a used piece of electronics,” says CEO John Shegerian. But that’s clearly not always true at Hong Kong’s junkyards. Not far from the dismantling operation, Puckett tracked another device to a location that was abandoned but for a few guard dogs. In a nearby field of tall grass, behind overgrown vines, he found pieces of flat-screen monitors, piles of camcorders, keyboards and old lead-filled CRT monitors. Puckett believes many of these operations are probably

A tracking device planted in a computer dropped off at a Dell Reconnect location led Puckett here, an abandoned field strewn with LCD monitors, CRT monitors, camcorders and keyboards. Photo by Ken Christensen

Whatever happened in these cases, it’s clear that the economics of electronics recycling in the US right now are creating pressure to ship e-waste offshore. Electronics Recyclers International’s Shegerian says prices for materials recovered from old electronics have plummeted. “At the height of the market, when we would go to sell our steel, plastic, gold, silver, palladium, copper, we were getting about 14 to 15 cents a pound more than we are today,” he said. Meanwhile, labor costs are still higher in the US, so it’s more profitable to ship old electronics overseas. And in most cases, even if it may be illegal elsewhere to import the goods, it’s not illegal to export them from the US. The US is the only developed country that hasn’t ratified the Basel hazardous waste treaty, and efforts to ban exports in Congress have failed. Europe, on the other hand, has some of the toughest e-waste laws in the world. Electronics manufacturers there pay a fee to EU governments to help fund domestic recycling. For his part, activist Puckett says he’ll keep pressing companies here to live up to their promises. “I’ll just keep going until we solve this,” Puckett said. “We’ve gotta keep going.”

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The tribulations and good times of those formative high school years all condensed for a moment into that live jam. The mirage ended the minute the songs ended. The forgotten classmates, the mirage, swirled away into the dust and the darkening night. It was time and space spinning, fading and reappearing, rocking along with the old and the present. It was almost exactly thirty-five years since I graduated from high school and heard Alice Cooper perform the songs live for the first time. Radio ruled in high school. It was our escape. There was no internet, of course, or cell phones or social media or digital streaming instantly playing back songs on demand. We were recipients of what the DJs would play on our favorite stations. It was a time when calling the station and requesting a song meant something when they actually played your request. Every day I would tune in to different stations listening to rock music. I absorbed Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, and Queen, among many other bands, to formulate my high school soundtrack. The Clash, Bob Marley, and the Ramones would help complete that soundtrack that segued into college years. Among those bands and rockers crept Alice Cooper. I remember riding in a friend’s beatup car in early high school when “School’s out for Summer” came blasting out of the speakers. I felt my head jerk back and forth as my friend bore down on the accelerator in sync with the guitar riffs. It was the first time I heard that song and it was instantly added to the soundtrack. Yeah, in those endless summer days of youth, you felt you were never going to get old. The 30s were way far away enough, forget thinking about your 40s and 50s. They were never going to happen. In high school you would live forever. Old age was far in the distance. Music connected the dots and lines of youth; it spoke the sound of humanness. It still does and always will. Any concert or performance I go to, I close my eyes for a few minutes and see if the music alone takes me somewhere. No flashing lights or the tightly coordinated dancers or the performers’ clothes or their hair or their antics matter. I tune out the visuals. If the music alone lifts me off the ground, it is the only thing that matters. If it takes me back to a beloved time, a crazy time, a sad time, a happy time, or further into the future of possibilities, that’s what matters. The soundtrack of high school was irreplaceable in the formative imaginings and dreams of youth. Oh, how those lyrics and warm music touched and affected the psyche, to create memories that reawaken decades later. So crank the phone or computer, the car radio or whatever that you listen to music with today. Turn it up loud. School’s out for summer. Indeed.

School’s out for summer It is summer. It’s the full sun, skin sizzling, cannonball into the pool, July time of summer. The school year has faded and kids are doing what kids have been doing during summer vacations for decades. I reminisce about my youthful summer days about this time of year every year, if for only for a moment. Sometimes it’s as long as my kids’ patience holds listening to their old man’s oft-repeated summer tales. This year, especially, after attending a recent concert, the wondrous summers of past come to mind. A couple of classic songs during that concert opened the flood gates of memory. Rocker Alice Cooper’s anthems “School’s out for Summer” and “I’m Eighteen” had faded from the musical memories of late, until I saw Cooper perform live in early May this year at the Carolina Rebellion music festival in Charlotte. The unmistakable opening guitar riff of “School’s out for Summer” immediately transported me back in time to high school days. The guitars, bass, drums and Cooper’s snarl lodged in my head and jumped back to the days of AM and FM rock radio stations. High school was, well, high school. For me it was informed, among other twists of fate, by the experience of my family arriving as immigrants just a few years earlier. My high school years were split between the last couple of years of the 1970s and the first couple of years of the 1980s. A decade ended and another began. I also spent nearly half my high school years in New Jersey and the second half in North Carolina. In the political arena, it was the time when southern peanut farmer and Governor Jimmy Carter was upended by the Cali smooth actor and former Governor Ronald Reagan in the battle for the White House. The juncture of the two decades, the juncture of the Yankee north and the mellow south, the juncture of India and America, the political discourses of the left and right, Bollywood and Hollywood, desi music and hard rock, all meshed into the mind of a skinny high school kid. We were kids as kids were, singing along to the rock anthems of the era while listening to them on the crackly radio sitting in our living rooms or cars, learning to argue politics, and for recent immigrants like me, coming to grips with our Americanness while trying to hold on to our heritage, the otherness. When Alice Cooper and his band blasted through those two songs during the concert, I felt the earth actually revolve under my feet. Maybe it was the cheap beer, but mostly it was the music, the words, and the fragments of memory coming into focus. High school days that began in New Jersey and ended in North Carolina reverberated yet again on that recent May evening with Cooper’s summer anthems pinging back and forth among the teens and the pony-tailed old geezers, all rocking and singing along. A couple of forgotten high school classmates seemed to appear for a moment in the dusty outdoor venue, as if a mirage, singing along with me about end of school and beginning of summer. About “living in the middle of doubt,” as Cooper wrote and sang in the song “I’m Eighteen.”

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“If you take away the dog population — they’re very much a part of the ecosystem there — you’re really messing with Mother Nature,” Mowatt says. “So the rats had moved in to replace the dog void and they were just inundated with rats.” But Humane Society International persisted and suggested that Bhutan try something that was unprecedented: A nationwide spay/neuter and vaccine program. “They said, ‘Look, we know this is the only thing that will work. We know it’s going to take a little time but in the long run this is the only effective solution.’” And the government agreed. Humane Society International initiated the Catch-NeuterVaccinate-Release method. Dogs are released later the same day in the same location where they were captured. When the program started in 2009, Humane Society International estimated there were about 100,000 stray dogs in Bhutan, largely in the cities. Mowatt says it took a while to get things up and running. “First, they didn’t have enough vets so Indian members of Humane Society International sent in a vet team.” Then they started creating a Bhutanese team, training vets, vet techs, even dog catchers. “They use nets, which is very humane but it’s not easy. These guys are real escape artists. They’re biggish dogs. They’re super smart. They work together.” The method of spaying and neutering they use is less invasive than the approach used in the United States. Mowatt says they’re more like MASH units. “The vets know how to make a tiny little incision and when the incision is small, everything else is easier and faster.” That makes recovery time faster. They make a tiny incision and go in. “I liken it to a crochet hook. And they just grab the stuff. They can do a spay in under ten minutes and a neuter in under five. It’s like watching an artist.” The stitches that are left are inside the dog so there’s nothing to scratch, making the chance of post-surgical infection minimal. Seven years on, the program has spayed or neutered and given rabies vaccine to 71,000 dogs in Bhutan. Twig Mowatt says there’s a tell-tale sign. “The way you can recognize a dog that’s been spayed or neutered is they take a little triangular notch out of its left ear,” she says. “And I have to say, everywhere I went, I would hike up to some monastery in the hills or trekking along the rice paddies and every single dog I saw had this triangular notch.” The spay and neuter program is ongoing and is now entirely run by the Bhutanese people, which was always the goal. Mowatt says Bhutan could be a model for other countries but it takes government buy-in. “The fact that the government was fully on board was crucial, because it enabled Humane Society International to go in and do this complete program,” she says. And they’re not done yet. “They’re going to continue checking and following up, because the real shift in the size of the population of dogs isn’t going to be noticeable for probably another five or six years,” Mowatt continues. “The adult dogs who have been spayed or neutered are going to start dying of natural deaths. And at that point, they’ll have all these statistics in place to show how effective this has been.”

By Carol Hills, PRI Bhutan is a small Buddhist kingdom tucked in the Himalayas and known best for its Gross National Happiness index. Among tourists, it’s also known for its huge stray dog population.

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“You notice it as soon as you get off the plane,” says Twig Mowatt, an animal rights activist and editor of Bark Magazine. “They’re along the highways. They’re in front of every business, in front of the gas station, the police station, hanging out by people’s houses. You’re stepping over them on the sidewalks. They’re everywhere.” But the stray dogs are precisely the reason Mowatt traveled to Bhutan. “Bhutanese people, who are largely Buddhist, believe that sentient beings should be cared for.” And the Bhutanese do care for them though not in their homes. “They’re really community dogs. There isn’t a lot of individual pet ownership the way would think of it,” says Mowatt. “But there are dogs that are loyal to a certain territory. There might be seven or eight that live on a certain block and then the people who live in that area feed the dog. So they do care for the dogs. They don’t want to hurt them. They believe that would be bad karma for them.” By the mid-2000s, the stray dogs were no longer cute. Illegal meat markets were leaving scraps that attracted packs of dogs. Tourists, who are required to spend a minimum of $250 a day to be in the country, were finding them menacing. “The population of dogs was growing and Bhutan was getting a lot of complaints about barking dogs at night that were keeping the tourists up,” says Mowatt. In 2008, Bhutan wanted to clean up the streets in advance of the coronation of a new king, so they reached out to Humane Society International for help. “Bhutan had the idea that they wanted to put the dogs into big government pounds and just keep them sheltered that way,” says Mowatt. Humane Society International told Bhutan it was bad idea. But Bhutan went ahead. Thousands of dogs died. And Mowatt says the Bhutanese learned something else: No dogs leads to more rats.


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A Visit to Mount Soma

Vaastu Shastras, began in July of 2009 and was completed in August of 2010. Construction included 46 tons of hand-carved granite from India. Vedic technology is utilized in all ceremonies at the temple by Pandit Garlapati Sai Vara Prasad. He has been Pandit since the opening of Sri Somesvara Temple. Pandit Prasad is strict in his adherence to Vedic guidelines and maintaining the purity of Vedic tradition. I found him to be genuinely caring and welcoming to all visitors. The Temple has daily Archana, Rudrabhishekam and Aarathi and hosts major events throughout the year including Mahashivratri, Diwali, Janmasthami, and Ram Navami. Sri Somesvara is the first of several temples to be built at Mount Soma and Dr Mamas’ vision is to have the temples be the foundation for an Enlightened City. Mount Soma has several parks including Sri Somesvara Temple Park, Hanuman Park, Mahanandi Park and Ganga Park with more on the way. Along with the temple and parks, there is a student union as well as a visitor center with meditation hall and dining hall. More than 20,000 visitors are expected this year. Dr. Mamas said, “Every aspect of Mount Soma, from selecting the land to constructing the homes and temples, is in full accordance with the Vaastu Shastra guidelines for building an Enlightened City.” Why build the “Enlightened City” in the Photo Courtesy: Mt Soma west? “Mount Soma creates a bridge between continents. The process begins with an alliance between India, the land of the Veda, and the U.S., the land of modern mentality. Mount Soma will serve as a reminder to the East of what has been forgotten and show the West the full potential of Vedic technology”. During our visit and two-day stay at Mount Soma, we received some basic knowledge of meditation from Dave Ehmke, one of seven Mount Soma liaisons. Dave led the group

By Divakar Shukla On a recent visit to Mount Soma, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Michael Mamas, the founder of Mount Soma and Sri Somesvara Temple in Western North Carolina. In the mid 1980’s, he came across some information about building an Enlightened City and that became his Dharmic purpose later in life. Dr. Mamas began to follow Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, famously known as the Beatles’ guru, in his early 20s. He stayed at the Maharishi’s ashram for almost a decade. He received deep insight and knowledge while experiencing the works of various teachers over the next three decades. In 2002, he founded Mount Soma, a nondenominational retreat and spiritual destination center. The 435 acre site is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Clyde, North Carolina on the outskirts of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park just 35 miles from Asheville. Dr. Mamas’ long-term vision for Mount Soma includes temples, a Vedic University, world business center, parks, and a Vedic Wellness Center. The construction of the Sri Somesvara Temple, a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma and designed according to the

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MIRROR, MIRROR A Conversation From the Outside Looking in... that different from ourselves at different points of human history. One subject that frequently came up throughout the years was that of racism. Even though the Federation had (seemingly) grown past such a concept, it still managed to appear in various ways. One prime example of this is an episode from the original Star Trek entitled, Let That be Your Last Battlefield. This pinnacle story showed two beings named Lokai & Bele. They appear identical except for one small detail: they have different colorations on their faces. One has black on the right while the other has black on the left. That tiniest of differences makes them mortal enemies, something that the Enterprise crew finds bewildering. By the end of the episode, it turns out that Lokai & Bele are the last of their kind, who then are beamed down to a world completely destroyed by global war… and also to deal their own mutual hatred. The second is the story of the 6th Star Trek film, The Undiscovered Country. Initially this film’s message was (like Star Trek: the Voyage Home) one of environmental preservation. However, the bigger message was that of conquering years of prejudice and seeing those chosen people in a new light. Despite Kirk saying for years and years that we must fight our instinct to hate and destroy, he himself becomes this with his own animosity towards the Klingon people. Eventually he realizes that “people can be very frightened of change” and tries to set things right. Even heroes like James T. Kirk are not perfect, but that is also part of what makes us human beings. We all start with preconceived notions due to our own cultures and experiences. Learning how to accept that as part of our past will help us move forward to the future and therefore create a better world for ourselves. Truthfully, if more people could experience Star Trek in it’s entirety, we would have less grief and torment in the world. Less hatred towards those who are “different” and more tolerance to accept any and all races, lifestyles and religions. We simply become better people and more like those officers who travel the galaxies searching where no one has gone before. If you haven’t seen Star Trek, you can find most of the series right now either in syndication on various television stations or find each series and film in their entirety on Netflix. Not every episode is perfect, but neither are we. As a whole, however, I feel you will learn more about yourself, each other, and society as a whole after a good handful of episodes. And as always… Live Long and Prosper.

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“Instinct can be fought. We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands, but we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers, but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes. Knowing that we’re not going to kill… today.” ~ Captain James T Kirk, excerpt from A Taste of Armageddon

Take a moment to remember a time back when we were all a bit younger. A time when we would curl up in front of the television or sit back in your movie seat… and prepare to be amazed by yet another adventure given to us by the crew of the starships, Enterprise, Voyager or aboard the space station, Deep Space Nine. Each week we would partake in a new tale and ride along with each of our favorite and iconic characters and maybe, just maybe, see a new facet of human nature in the process. In 50 years’ time, Star Trek has delved into subject matters that many others wouldn’t dare to touch. Love, war and everything in-between has been explored in this iconic television series. While some may write the show off as simply “a fad”, I can honestly say that Star Trek in all of its forms has given us reason to hope for a better future. September 8, 1966 was an evening that changed the world forever as audiences were first introduced to the crew of the Enterprise with the Star Trek episode The Man Trap. Even though the show lasted only three seasons during its original run, syndication made it possible for future generations to also enjoy the crew’s continuing mission to explore new worlds and new civilizations. I was born after the initial run, but almost every evening in my youth, my mother would put Star Trek on the TV so we could watch. To me, this was a show so different than all the cartoons I would watch after I got home from school. My youthful eyes also never once saw the show as archaic or weird. It was just cool science fiction that also had some of the most amazing storylines you just didn’t see anywhere else at the time. Fast forward to September 28, 1987 when once again we sat down and joined a new crew of the Enterprise with the next generation of Star Trek in the episode Encounter at Farpoint. My 13 year-old self was so elated by the fact that now I had my own version of Star Trek to grow up with. Indeed I grew up with Jean Luc Picard and crew, and then eventually joined by both Captains Benjamin Sisko and Kathryn Janeway on all their The epic story continues on July 22 with release of Star Trek: adventures as well. Beyond. Sadly we recently lost one of its many talented co-stars, Anton Yelchin who played the new Pavel Chekov. He will “Buried deep within you, beneath all the years of pain and always be remembered as so many other beloved Star Trek anger, there is something that has never been nurtured: the actors we’ve lost over the years... potential to make yourself a better man. And that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are.” ~ Captain Jean Luc Picard, excerpt from Star Trek: Nemesis Jennifer Allen works at Saathee and is also a Podcaster, Blogger, Photographer & Graphic Artist .

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bin bekarāri jalāye, tere bin chain mujhko nā āye, tere bin; meri nigāho mein tera chehrā rawā hain, gahre hain armān jān-e-jā pāgal samā hain, apni dāyre se main to chhutne lagi hu, tere bājuo mein āke tootne lagi hu, tere bin jeenā nahi hain gawāra, tere bin dil kā nahi hain gujārā, tere bin kaun apnā sahārā, tere bin; āshiq banāyā-3 āpne; bechainiyo kā fāslo kā silsilā hain, dard-e-jigar kā yeh sabab hamko milā hain, betābiyo ne hamko chur kar diyā hain, pāsa āne pe majboor kar diyā hain, tere bin rāt katati nahi hain, tere bin pyās mitati nahi hain, tere bin duri ghata ti nahi hain, tere bin, āshiq banāyā -3 āpne; tere bin suni suni hain bāhein, teri bin pyāsi pyāsi nigāhein, tere bin, bin asar meri āhein, tere bin; tere bin lamhā lamhā satāye, tere bin bekarāri jalāye, tere bin chain mujhko nā āye, tere bin - 2

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Himesh Reshammiyā (1973 – Present) Himesh Reshammiyā, a music director, singer, actor, TV producer, lyricist, film producer, and script writer was born on July 23, 1973, in Mumbai, in a Gujarati family. He plays various musical instruments including electric guitar, drums, tabla, dhol, harmonium, and piano. He took up a career in music as per his father’s wishes. His father, Vipinbhai Reshammiya, is also a music composer. Himesh Reshammiya initially wrote stories, lyrics, composed music for some TV serials. During this time, his friend actor Salman Khan introduced him to Bollywood as a co-music director, along with Sajid-Wajid & Jatin-Lalit in the 1998 film, Pyār kiyā to darnā kyā. His unique music style is an electronic fusion of western style with an Indian touch, simple lyrics, and nasal accents in his vocals. He made it to the upper echelons of music in films with the 2003 hit movie Tere Nām. He was one of the judges in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge TV shows and produced TV serials like Andāz, Amar Prem, Dam Damā Dam and appeared in other TV shows as well. He has set up music schools globally beginning with ones in Gujarat. When I heard his music the first time, I felt he copied tunes from Raj Kapoor’s old films as some new composers do today. But he has blossomed and become more original over time.

Meaning (Summary): You made me a lover. Without you my arms are lonely, without you, my eyes are all thirsty; without you, my breaths are unworthy; without you, every moment kills me; without you, restlessness burns me; without you, peace is not mine; without you, your face is always there in my eyes. My desires are deep & climate is crazy. I am crossing my limits now, I am all getting crushed in your arms. Without you my heart cannot continue to throb; without you, no one can support me. You made me a lover. Restlessness keep us apart; I learned a lesson for giving you my heart. Restless feelings have crushed me and made me come close to you. Without you my nights do not end and I remain thirsty. Without you distance between us does not get any less. Without you …

Awards In the past, prestigious awards like Filmfare, Government/State, lyrics in Hindi: Dada Sāheb Phālke and others were given in different categories for Hindi films. Now, many TV channels and many other organizations’ awards have cropped up. I do not like to list all. Reshammiya has won five awards for his acting, his private albums, songs and films, including āshiq banāyā āpne, Aksar, Aitrāz, Humrāz, Khilādi 786, Kick, Bodyguard, Aap kā Suroor, Prem Ratan Dhan Pāyo and so on. The lyrics to his hit Hindi song, “āshiq banāyā āpne” are given on this page.

Evergreen and Classic lyrics Āshiq banāyā āpne Song: āshiq banāyā āpne … Film: āshiq banāyā āpne Year: 2005 Music: Himesh Reshammiyā Singer: Himesh Reshammiyā, Shreya Ghoshal Lyricist: Sameer Starring: Emrān Hashmi, Sonu Sood, Tanushree Dutta

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

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lyrics in English: āshiq banāyā -3 āpne (2), tere bin suni suni hain bāhein teri bin pyāsi pyāsi nigāhein, tere bin bin asar meri āhein, tere bin -2, āshiq banāyā - 3 āpne, tere bin lamhā lamhā satāye, tere


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NAMASKAR Y’ALL Reflections and a few confessions as an Indian American in the Carolinas A Performance Review for Myself

health matters, how Shyama Parui was doing in her own eyes. This stems perhaps from my inability to shed the effects of the many years I spent in corporate America but the key difference being, I was both the reviewer and the reviewed. I also took the liberty of setting my own criteria, rating scales and all the other tricks of the trade that I used in my former human resources profession. Take a look: Instructions: Using the 5-point rating scale please rate the incumbent Ratings: 1 – Worst Possible, 2 – Awful, 3 – Average, 4 – OK, 5 – Simply Amazing Role: Chief Operating Officer of the Parui Household and Juggler in Chief Responsibilities: Everything under the Sun Goal: To excel at everything Filled with enthusiasm I began listing my responsibilities and neatly putting a rating that was as honest as I could be to myself. Little did I realize that this exercise would turn out to be exhausting and make me behave like the boss I hated. To be fair, I think I did alright. It would be a stretch to say I was Simply Amazing but I was not rated the Worst Possible, either. I’d like to think, we endeavor to do our best in the multiple roles we play in life as a professional, daughter, parent, spouse, friend and even as an individual trying to stay true to ourselves. Juggling all of this is hard and no one said it would be easy but it is harder when we turn into our own worst critic or we allow the judgements of others to control our actions. A common dilemma numerous women face is making the decision to pursue a career in addition to being a wife and a mother. In an ideal world this decision would be easy and free of conflict or confusion. But who lives in an ideal world? I’ve been on both sides of the fence and at times on the fence – having to choose between being a homemaker and a career woman. Honestly there are pros and cons regardless of what you choose just as Ann Marie Slaughter’s famous article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” brought to light. Financial responsibilities may make working outside the home imperative for many but if there is a choice, the decision and its outcomes can be embraced when you are convinced that it is the best course of action for you. There will always be somebody who makes snide remarks about you missing PTO meetings at school or some unsubstantiated statement that if women stayed home, their husbands would be earning three times the current salary. On the flip side, annoying individuals may not be very respectful toward women who choose to stay home. In the end after considerable rumination I concluded that what really matters is my own sense of fulfillment. Consequently, I shredded my 2016 Performance Review and decided to be a little more generous in self-praise and for now, ignore that gnawing feeling that is telling me to engage in a new self- improvement project.

By Shyama Parui Settling on the hammock in the morning with a good book, I was beginning to enjoy my post yoga calm. For once I was going to soak in the sun and feel the summer breeze but alas that was not to be. The soothing sounds of the birds were interrupted by the buzzing of the bees. Determined to proceed to the next chapter I ignored my fear of being stung until a wasp showed up and started hovering over my toes. The feeling of being hurtled out of my quasi-Zen moment is not new; in fact I’ve experienced this more often after I became a mother. My ambition to be the best mom possible to my children has proved to be a double-edged sword. On the rare occasion that I feel relaxed and in control of my life, my inner peace is disturbed. Much like a tiny pebble causes ripples in a calm pond, a little thought or concern can disrupt the normal proceedings of an ordinary day. Let’s take today as an example. The kids were I’ve been on both sides playing, enjoying their of the fence and at times freedom from school on the fence - having to routines, I had made their favorite pancakes and sitting choose between being a on the center of the table was homemaker and a career a bowl of delicious fresh woman. fruit. By the afternoon, however, I was wondering if I should look for summer camps they can be enrolled in. Maybe they can learn a new skill instead of taking apart and putting together their Lego plane for the umpteenth time. And why didn’t I remember to add some oat bran to the pancake batter. There is always something more and I am reminded of that each time I am at the pediatrician’s office, attending a teacher conference or when I speak to my mother. The doctor wants me to ensure that the kids drink more water; the teacher recommends they engage in STEM activities during summer break and Maa, of course, is waiting for the day her grandchildren will converse with her in fluent Bangla. These expectations are all well intended but the constant evaluation as a parent or as an individual is exhausting. Every year on my birth month, I schedule a visit to the doctor, optometrist and so on to get a report on my health. So far, they have mostly turned out to be good with the exception of a thing or two I could change for the better although I am not ready to give up “maach bhaja” (fried fish) or “payesh” (rice pudding) on the occasion of my birthday. Ironically, taking care of minor issues or wanting improvements can pull the veil to reveal other problems such as the one my friend discovered at the dermatologist’s office. She entered the room looking to heal dry skin but left feeling old and ugly after the revenue-hungry doctor gave her a long list of treatments that could be done to make her look young again. Her story made me cringe and it was just as annoying as the pretty young saleswoman at the local spa or beauty store does when attempting to lure you to buy the latest wrinkle eraser. So in spite of the risks involved, I thought of conducting my own performance review. I wanted to know that aside from

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YOUTH CORNER 2. Music directors of 1951 Hindi film ‘Awaara’? (a) Laxmikant Pyarelal (b) Kalyanji Anandji (c) Sonic-Omi (d) Shankar-Jaikishan

word world By Kirit Shukla




3. The approximate elevation of Mt. Everest top is (a) 23000 Ft. (b) 26000 Ft. (c) 29000 Ft. (d) 32000 Ft.


4. George Washington was U.S. President from? (a) 1789-1797 (b) 1797-1801 (c) 1801-1809 (d) 1809-1817


5. This town in India is known for “Locks”: (a) Chandigarh (b) Aligarh (c) Junagadh (d) Pavagadh

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 21+ words = Excellent; 16 to 20 words = Good; 15 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

6. A 12” diameter pizza is cut into 8 equal slices thru the center. Each slice is about: (a) 6 sq. in. (b) 10 sq. in. (c) 14 sq. in. (d) 18 sq. in.

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10. Congress enacted a law making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the US National Anthem in (a) 1776 (b) 1912 (c) 1931 (d) 1947

Once there was a big fight between the birds and animals. The bats could not decide with whom to join. The bats were selfish and thought: “We can join the birds because we can fly. We can also join the animals because we do not lay eggs. Anyway, we will wait and join with the winners.” At one time the animals were winning. The bats thought: “This is the time to join the animals.” But the time changed. The birds began to win. The bats shifted support to the birds. Finally when the battle was ended, the birds and animals came to a compromise, but they both neglected the bats. The bats were left out. As a result, bats began to live in dark caves. They come out only at dusk and roam around at night when the birds and animals would have returned home and they would usually be in their homes at night and sleeping.


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Harnessing the Power of American English By Judith L. Bergman

and “marry” sounds like “maddy.” The vocalic or vowel /r/ is also distorted so that “heard” sounds like “hood” and “core” sounds like “caw.” A speech-pathologist usually needs to work with an individual to determine how easy it is for him or her to produce this sound and whether or not oral motor exercises are necessary to help this person produce the correct “rrrrrr” sound before trying to put it into words and sentences. This is not a do-it-yourself job or something a vocal coach is trained to correct. • The most common error in spoken (and written) grammar is the omission of the articles “a,” “an” or “the.” “I am software developer from India” omits “a” before the singular, countable noun “developer.” The unfortunate effect of these errors is to give the American listener an impression that the speaker’s language usage is “primitive” and this definitely can detract from the speaker’s professional credibility. One way to reduce this error pattern is to take a newspaper story, underline all the articles and the nouns they modify and then read it out loud. Notice that no articles are used before any nouns that are NOT countable: “I love freedom” is correct. Some nouns are ambiguous. The irregular plural “children” is an example. “The children are too noisy” is correct because it refers to a specific group of children; but so is the sentence, “Children need lots of time to play” meaning the general population. Perfecting one’s English pronunciation and grammar can be a realistic, worthwhile and achievable goal for motivated individuals who can schedule time for daily practice. Investigate available resources carefully. Beware of short-term “easy” solutions and promises that you can “lose your accent in 28 days.” Look for customized, individual training if this is affordable. Your trainer may be able to help you get company sponsorship. Yes, it is difficult to do business with someone that one can’t understand. However, a mild accent that is no longer a communication barrier can actually be a “charming cultural flavor.”

“Sorry, I don’t understand you.” “Could you please spell that?” “What did you say?” Every day, brilliant professionals who were born in other countries and speak fluent English have to deal with the frustration of not being understood, frequently by shopkeepers and others with much less education. Additionally, those employed in corporations may see American colleagues being promoted while they continue to work very hard, very conscientiously and do not seem to be advancing quickly enough in their careers. All speakers of a second language filter their pronunciation through the speech sound, intonation patterns and muscle movements of their native languages. Thirty-seven of forty of the world’s languages do not have the American “r” or “th” so the speech mechanism automatically defaults to the closest sound. The speaker doesn’t notice the error and doesn’t even hear the correct sound when an American pronounces it. Also, there is what I call a “weirdness factor” or a sense of strangeness in trying to produce speech sounds that just don’t exist in your native language. When you make yourself say a word in English with the sound correctly pronounced, you may feel self-conscious but your American listeners won’t notice. Your listener will focus on your message and won’t notice your speech unless your words are very difficult or even impossible to understand. There are three very common speech sound errors made by native speakers of Hindi, Telugu or Marathi and other languages of India as well as one very common grammatical error. • The first American English sound group which is mispronounced by over 90% of native speakers of Indian languages includes voiceless “th” as in “thank” and “teeth,” and voiced “th” as in “this” and “breathe.” The error pattern for voiceless “th” is to stop the sound, even if the tongue tip is “peeking” between the front teeth correctly so that “thank” sounds like “tank” and “teeth” sounds like “teat.” The voiced stop /d/ is the error sound used instead of voiced “th” so that “this” sounds like “dis” which is a dialect pattern that doesn’t make a good impression in a corporate conference room! •The second sound error involves using /w/ instead of /v/ and vice versa, /v/ instead of /w/. Hence, “I’m the wice-president of marketing.” “Wery nice to meet you.” The key to correcting these errors includes first, really hearing, that is, noticing, the correct pronunciation in American speakers and then practicing at the isolated sound level, humming the /v/ sound so that one feels a “buzz” on one’s lower lip and then repeating key words used in business and social conversation in slow motion with an exaggerated/v/: “vvvery,” “evvvvvery,” “evvven,” “intervview,” “wavvvvving” “sevvvven,” etc. The purpose of this step is to decrease the “weirdness factor” or the strange feeling of an unfamiliar speech motor pattern. The next step is to use these words common sentences and phrases. Likewise for the /w/ sound, simply round the lips and say “ooo” before the “w” as in “ooowhere,” “ooowhat,” “ooowhen.” • The third common error is the lightly trilled /r/ which sounds to an American like a /d/ so that “red” sounds like “uhded”

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It is a medical insurance plan for the worst or, at the least, for above average medical and it is mandatory that over 65 population register for it or get expenses. an exemption from it. If not done at the right time there are penalties involved. Those who are enrolled pay a reasonable So what to Do? monthly premium for part B (part A is free); but the law There are no short cuts or any miracle tricks, just wise longrequires some to pay higher premiums, based on their income, term planning. Start planning as early as you can. Much of the for their Medicare part B and prescription drug coverage. retirement income today comes from sources that won’t be Medicare mostly works well and it is getting better and available to count on in the future, which means we are left to more efficient. But the key thing to understand is that Medicare fend for ourselves for many expenses. does not cover many expenses. This is a complex and vast area and Keeping good health sounds like a good bet. 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The Origin of Bhangra Although Bhangra has possibly existed since as long ago as 300 BC, over the past four decades it has experienced new highs in popularity and innovation. The term “Bhangra” has gradually evolved bringing all other Punjabi dances under this umbrella. Around the 14th or 15th Century, Punjabi wheat farmers danced and sang songs about village life to help pass the time while working in the fields. With time, these became part of harvest celebrations at Bhaisakhi festivals, as the sight of their crops growing invigorated the farmers. From here the dance quickly moved through all divisions of class and education, eventually becoming a part of weddings, New Year parties, and other important occasions. There are many other dances from different parts of the Punjab region, including Jhumar, Luddi, Giddha, Julli, Daankara, Dhamal, Saami, Kikli, and Gatka. Not all Bhangra dances are loud and high energy. For example, Jhumar, originally from Sandalbar, Punjab, comprises an important part of Punjab folk heritage. It is a graceful dance, based on a specific Jhumar rhythm. Dancers circle around a drum player while singing a soft chorus using gentle moves and some clapping. There is an exclusive dance style for women called Giddha. The dancers enact verses called bolis, representing a wide variety of subjects - everything from arguments with sisters-inlaw, attitudes of mothers-in-law, making fun of husbands to

politics. The rhythm of the dance is comprised of drum beats and clapping of the hands by dancers. Then there is Daankara, performed exclusively by men in the Punjabi community that constitutes people following both Sikh and Hindu religions and particularly popular among the Punjabi Diaspora from the adjoining nations of India and Pakistan. The dance is performed traditionally during the marriages in the communities and is one of the main entertaining events of the occasion. The Gatka dance is probably one of the most important performing arts of the Sikh community. The word “Gatka” may be roughly translated to the “Sword Dance”. The Gatka dance was formally established after the heroic sacrifice of the Fifth Guru of the Sikhs (Guru Arjan Dev), who emphasized the martial values and armed combat training. Since then, the Sikh people have been sought after for their martial skills in armed and unarmed combat. The Gatka dances are performed on the day of the “Hola Mohalla” festival and during various social gatherings and main festivals of the Sikh community. The Gatka dance is performed using various weapons, principally swords, sticks, or daggers or swords like the iconic Khirpan, a short sword and a symbol of faith for the Sikh. These dances often involve athletic and acrobatic feats. Typically the tempo of the music is fast and there is no singing involved. The performers are only men and each of them displays his mastery over his weapon of choice. Many breathtaking stunts are performed that are extremely dangerous and require great skill and practice. Bhangra Costumes Traditionally, men wear a lungi, which is a colorful piece of cloth wrapped around the waist. Men also wear a kurta, which is a long Punjabi-style shirt. In addition, men wear Bhugaris also known as turbans to cover their heads. Women wear the traditional Punjabi dress, composed of a long colorful shirt and baggy, vibrant pants. Women also wear duppattas, colorful pieces of cloth wrapped around the head and the neck. Many Bhangra and Bollywood songs make references to the duppatta. Bhangra Instruments Many different Punjabi instruments contribute to the sound of Bhangra. The primary and most important instrument that defines Bhangra is the dhol. The dhol is a large, high-bass drum, played by beating it with two sticks, while the drummer holds his instrument with a strap around his neck. The string instruments include the tumbi, sarangi, sapera, supp, and chimta. The dhad, dafli, dholki, and damru are the other drums.

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THINKING ABOUT THINKING Thinking without Thinking

When we have the ability to say things that blink between sense and nonsense, maybe we are able to express things that help our minds think outside the box. Poetry is not the only way to think without thinking, maybe? Fighting stubborn words with oblique words may be one way, but there may be others, perhaps? But why do we even need ways out of this?

By Balaji Prasad “But did thee feel the earth move?” ― Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls Have you tried to sing a song that is very different from the song that is blaring out at you from a set of speakers? One can try, but it may be a stretch to call the ensuing activity singing, if being in tune and rhythm are important. But if you can plug your ears and shut the outside world off, then … then you can sing. And the songs you sing can be beautiful, soulful, and tuneful! Thinking is a bit like singing. Our thinking voice gets drowned out by the deluge of “thoughts” that pour down at us from the infinite imagination of the collective mind. So while we think we may be thinking, it is more likely that the cosmos is actually thinking through us, as we each provide the hills and valleys that allow these thoughts to bounce off and echo endlessly. It seems to be easier to find the right expression for this in the form of poetry … Cosmic Sheen

The nature lover in us If there is something out there, we should be able to sense it without our sixth sense of words! And we do. Nature seems to hold some fascination for most of the people I have come across, self-included. Why is this so? Maybe it stays our breath and makes it a bit more difficult to play with words while our mind is out grazing the greens? And when the words disappear, reality fills the space. When the space is filled, there is no movement other than the gentle sway of the trees, the rustle of the leaves and the chirp of the birds. And all that movement is outside, not inside. When the world moves, the mind becomes still. There is no time, no war, and no peace. The stillness is the peace, if you want to call it that.

When thinking stops, thinking begins, A thought I thought was thoughtful thought … Now when I see, it makes me wince, What woeful web witless wretch wrought! My thoughts are plots that came to me, from far beyond – beyond the seas, from lands that eye just cannot see, These blots came in ones, twos and threes. I fancy me in galaxy … with rocks, and spaces strewn between, My rock is just an island, see? My thoughts are spawned by cosmic sheen!

Thinking is over-rated! “Thinking” is a word. It can also be a thing. “Thinks” and things coexist and tangle together in unseemly aberrations that make the world a world of words. Sometimes words can help if the words and the world sing in tune, together. But when you sing against the world, maybe you hear neither the world nor yourself. And both would cease to exist. What do you think? Or should you think at all?

So when I think, I do not think? “What horror!?” heart sinks silently, But maybe … when, the stars, they blink … Maybe I, in that space, do think? When thoughts and “thoughts” are tangled knots, “I” am not who I think I am, This house spans not one, but two plots, And where I live is who I am! The poet in us Why has poetry had so much allure over the years? It could be that it is simply just one of the frequencies of the eternal cosmic noise that I alluded to. But it could also be a way for us to finesse our way through the noise that drowns our voice. Poetry allows us to say things that we would find it hard to say otherwise. The words get in the way. As they always do.

The noise of words Words, words, words! When we speak of things, and when we name things, we commit an act of murder. We obliterate what used to exist and replace it with something else anointed by us. Or, more correctly, anointed by the collective mind, but adopted by us without realizing that we are acting as extensions of the collective mind – one that has created lots of names, labels and nonsense that make sense and nonsense blur together into an incomprehensible glop of goop. Perhaps I am being too harsh? But it doesn’t seem so to me. Language, and the words that make it up, provide a vast palette that allows us to paint all kinds of things to create parallel universes that put whatever universe exists out there to shame. However, it may also cause us to live in comedies and tragedies of our own making that we feel trapped in. A lament that we often hear is a lack of “peace of mind”. Maybe words are our own worst enemies? What is the alternative?


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either. From her experience working with officials, she finds them biased against female victims and unable to ensure their safety. “The existing laws on the protection of women are weak,” Adnan said. “But the issue is not that we need new laws — even the existing laws are not implemented properly.” This week, an influential group of 40 Pakistani religious leaders called the Sunni Ittehad Council issued an edict against revenge killings that aim to restore a family’s honor. Such killings constitute an “unlawful, unconstitutional, undemocratic, unethical and unjustifiable act that must be stopped by the state at any cost,” the council’s Punjab general secretary, Mufti Saeed Rizvi, told the Agence France-Presse. Still, the horrific sentences will continue, analysts say, in order to keep rural villagers in line. Abdullah Khan, managing director at the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, lives a few hundred yards from where Riasat was killed. He said the murder was the way for the local jirga to frighten the community into sticking to traditions. “The local clan of Sadyal sat together at midnight and decided to teach an unprecedented lesson to those who played a role in love marriages,” Khan said. “Some of them went to Ambreen’s house and told her mother to send Ambreen with them or they would kill the rest of the family.” Meanwhile, by creating a female jirga in an exTaliban stronghold, Adnan knows that she is challenging tradition and putting herself in jeopardy: Some local men think the idea is merely crazy while others are contemptuous of it, she said. “I challenged the set norms of the society, which has put my life in danger, but I always thought that was the right thing to do,” Adnan said. “Those who raise their voices against injustice are labeled ‘agents’ in our society,” she added. According to Adnan, nearly 1,000 girls and women have sought help from the sisters’ council over the years. One of them was Tahira, a girl from Swat, an acid attack victim who later died from her injuries but the jirga made sure her case was highlighted in the media and properly documented. Another case involved a 13-year-old girl being forced into marriage. Adnan rushed to the venue to stop it from happening and filled out a police report. The girl is now resuming her education. Part of the reason Adnan is so passionate about defending women in Pakistan is because she was a child bride herself. Married off at 14 to a man two decades her senior, she divorced him after 20 years of abuse. That shocked her family and local society: Divorce goes against local traditions. Still, she said, “In the end, I stood up for myself and stopped being miserable.” Even though she bucked tradition, she said she supports the jirga system in general, just modified to reflect women’s voices. “I don’t agree with those who say that the jirga system should be dismantled because that’s not practical, people need a structure to solve their issues,” she said. “We need to reform the jirgas and if the government supports initiatives like the women’s jirga then more women will be encouraged [to participate].”

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It was a brutal killing: A dozen leaders of a remote Pakistani village grabbed a teenage girl from her home, bound her and set her on fire in a van. Her crime? Helping a couple to elope. Her judge and jury? A village council known as a jirga. In Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, jirgas are common in rural areas like Abbottabad, where Ambreen Riasat was found charred in May. Acting as the local council and court, these bodies’ word is law, and they have been completely composed of men. But not anymore. In the green hills of the Swat Valley, another remote northern Pakistan district, local resident Tabassum Adnan turned traditional Pakistani gender roles on their head by forming the first female jirga in the region. It’s the same area where the Taliban once held absolute sway and, in 2012, shot teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in the head for being insistent on girls going to school. Adnan, 39, said she set up Khwendo Jirga, or “sisters’ council,” in 2013 after witnessing the failure of the system to protect a local woman. “A young girl was attacked with acid,” Adnan recalled, referring to a common assault on women, often in apparent revenge for resisting a man’s advances. “When her case was presented to a male jirga, they promised their full support, but they didn’t help at all.” And cases like Riasat’s are exactly what her 25member women’s jirga wants to prevent. “Though killings in the name of honor have become a commonplace in our society, Riasat’s death was especially barbarous,” Adnan added. “The government and the law enforcement agencies have failed.” In fact, Pakistani courts have been outlawing jirgas and declaring their judgments illegal since 2004 — and the country’s Supreme Court in 2012 declared jirgas illegal and unconstitutional. But the rulings have not been effective in tribal parts of the country, and the government has refused to outlaw them outright. Instead, in rural areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan — out of reach for official law enforcement — these all-male councils remain the authority for settling local disputes. That often means ordering gang rapes or “honor” killings to appease a party claiming to be seriously wronged, or marrying off female children of debtors, a traditional practice called vani. Tahira Abdullah, a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a nonprofit group, said that the government has to step in to put an end to the unofficial councils and their death sentences. “Until jirgas are abolished by law, Pakistan will not see an end to honor killings and other barbaric violent crimes against women,” Abdullah said. “No matter how many gender-based violence laws are enacted.” Adnan does not have as much faith in the government Naila Inayat reported from Swat Valley, Pakistan.


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initially thought that the piece was much too long, but we both appreciated it even more in the evening (the piece was the same, except for some brief artful, but, I thought, unnecessary, nudity in the second show). The story is of a girl´s dreams. Bizarre and scary things happen to her, including being turned into a human form with a dog´s head and being pursued by people brandishing weapons. Pilobolus dancers are masters of silhouette dancing and the question and answer session afterwards helped inform the audience about some of the technical challenges. One of the highlights was the ending. Pilobolus localizes each performance to include silhouette stories of the town of the performance. The city of Durham was portrayed, including some city symbols. North Carolina´s controversial “bathroom bill” HB2 was mocked. Shadowland is not without its flaws. I thought that it could be a little shorter. Pilobolus performers’ technical and athletic prowess are indisputable, but the narrative, albeit dream-like, could have been a bit more tightly woven; there were a number of strands that, for me, led nowhere. Shadowland is slated to be performed soon in Australia and Germany, as well as other American cities. For readers of the July issue, this will be history, but online viewers can look forward to Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette. They present a jazz and tap dancing show on June 20 and 21. Kate Weare presents an ADF commissioned dance, Marksman, on the nights of June 21-23.

By Dilip Barman The 83rd annual American Dance Festival (ADF), the oldest and largest festival dedicated to modern dance in the country, began shortly before press time. It runs June 16-July 30, 2016, in Durham, NC. There will be 61 performances by 26 companies and choreographers from around the world. In addition to Duke University and Durham Performing Arts Center, shows will take place in eleven additional venues. ADF is a community gem which, admirably, makes significant effort to be affordable to all audiences. There are, for example, a number of free programs, and the ADF Go Program gives steeply discounted $10 tickets for ages 18-30. A limited number of “Kids Night Out” tickets for those ages 6-17 are available for free with the purchase of a ticket to the same performance. Students and senior citizens also can get discounted tickets. ADF brings with it not just cutting edge dance, but also top caliber dance instruction and camps. Each year, over 500 students and teachers from many countries come for programs like the Six Week School, Three Week School for PreProfessional Dancers, and Dance Professionals Workshop. One of my favorite troupes, Pilobolus, started the season with performances June 16-18. I saw their June 18th children´s matinee and the evening full-length shows immediately before Saathee´s press deadline, so my column includes a short review of their shows and a preview of the rest of the season.

Sara Juli presents an hour-long show about motherhood on June 22-24 at Motorco music club in Durham, NC. It uses humor and adult references to portray “all that is awesome and all that” is not about being a mother. Stephen Petronio Company, on Friday and Saturday June 24 and 25, will be treating audiences to three dances, including contemporary dance pioneer Merce Cunningham´s RainForest (1968), inspired by Cunningham´s childhood memories of the Pacific Northwest. “A spare and bracing foray into animal abstract motion and sound”, it includes an Andy Warhol installation Silver Clouds. The Company will also have a Saturday matinee show especially for children. June 28th-30th has 5 by 5, with five choreographers, including Mark Dendy performing a farcical overtly political piece Dystopian Distractions! (2014) that he brought in I believe a different version to ADF a few years ago. Rosie Herrera, Dafi Altabeb, Gabrielle Revlock, and Brian Brooks present dances on themes ranging from the energy of a dancer vis-à-vis a hula hoop prop, to magic and spirituality, and a consideration of our daily routines. By the time this issue becomes available, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will be presenting on July 1 and 2 an ADF commissioned world premiere of the second dance in Analogy:

Pilobolus, playfully named for a fungus that masterfully flings itself up to amazing heights, returned this year to present their work Shadowland. Dance enthusiasts may very well have seen an earlier incarnation of this dance. In 2006, the group created an advertisement for car manufacturer Hyundai, transforming one light source, a screen, and dancers into an automobile. A few months later, the Academy of Motion Pictures commissioned a performance at the Academy Awards. Pilobolus presented silhouetted dancers who formed logos or scenes from several films, as well as the Oscar statue. They created the first version of Shadowland in 2009, which has now grown to be an 80-minute performance. I saw Shadowland with my seven-year-old daughter at both the children´s matinee and evening performance on June 18. Though parts were scary, we both enjoyed the matinee. I had

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So what about smoothies? Depends on how they are made - smoothies can be a healthy choice, or they can be filled with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Restaurant smoothies are best used as a sometime treat rather than your go-to smoothie choice. Most of them are very high in calories and sugar. Planet Smoothie, Jamba Juice, Smoothie King and other such places have smoothies that can range from 250-750 calories with the average sugar amount of 40-70 grams in a small size serving! Smoothies do have one advantage over juicing; the fiber is not lost. To make a smoothie, whole fruits and vegetables are blended so the fiber is not removed. The chewing action of eating food is still missing, but a good smoothie can be part of Here are several points that show why it is important to eat a healthy balanced diet. your food instead of drinking it. 1. Our bodies were built for chewing our food. Digestion starts in the mouth. When we chew food, the mechanical action helps release digestive enzymes in the mouth. These enzymes with the help of saliva mix with the food and start breaking down the major nutrients. Chewing properly allows your stomach to work more efficiently and break down your food faster, making digestion easier on your stomach and small intestine. This also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients from the food particles as they pass through.

Smoothies are an easy healthy option for a breakfast or snack. Smoothies don’t have to be complicated with a ton of ingredients. The one important thing to remember is that as with any other meal, a good balance of carbohydrates and protein is necessary. If you make a smoothie with lot of fruit and use fruit juice as the liquid, the whole smoothie will just be full of sugar. Using plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, nuts, and nut butters can make the smoothie much healthier as the carbohydrates in the fruit get balanced with fat and protein.

2. When we chew our food, it takes longer to finish a meal. A Tips for making healthy smoothies: glass of juice can be gulped down fast, but eating takes 1. Choose fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Buy plain time. Research shows that the longer it takes for us to eat, fruits and veggies and don’t go for “smoothie mixes” as the better control we have at what we eat and how much they may have some other ingredients added. You can pick we eat. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to signal the just one fruit or do a combination but keep the total to one brain that it is full. So if we finish a meal too fast, the brain cup fruit per serving. may not receive the signal and this can make you go for a 2. Add greens and other vegetables if you wish. second serving. 3. Choose a protein – low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt, 1% milk, 3. When we juice fruits and vegetables, we throw away the plain Kefir, plain unsweetened soy milk, nuts or natural most important component – fiber! Fiber from food helps nut butters all work well. You don’t always need a protein bring down blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. powder to make a smoothie. If you want to add a protein Fiber-rich foods are pre-biotics. They help feed the healthy powder, choose a simple protein powder and avoid ones bacteria that live in our gut. The good bacteria feed on fiber labeled as shake mixes. Avoid whey protein and use brown and produce short chain fatty acids that have a number of rice, hemp, or pea protein powders. health promoting effects. The bacteria use fiber to balance To summarize, avoid juicing. Eat most of your food and fluid and electrolytes in the colon and improve mineral absorption. When we juice fruits and vegetables, not only chew well. Make a good balanced smoothie as part of a healthy do we lose all the fiber, we also lose all the nutrients that are breakfast or a snack and avoid restaurant smoothies. bound to the fiber. Fiber supplements and foods fortified with artificial fiber do not function in the same way. Parul Kharod, MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist and works as a Clinical Dietitian with Outpatient Nutrition Services at WakeMed Hospital in Cary and Raleigh. She can be reached at

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MARKETING TURNAROUND Jump or Pivot? By Gail Z. Martin In my upcoming book, Fresh Start Success: Reinvent Your Work, Reimagine Your Life and Re-Ignite Your Passion, I interviewed 41 amazing people who have made big, successful career changes in midlife, and share insights into their success and marketing tips that made their success possible. Making a Fresh Start Success doesn’t always mean completely leaving the old behind to make room for the new. Sometimes it’s a lateral shift, staying within a profession but changing the focus. When we come to a career/life crossroads, the idea that we have to jump instead of pivot can make us afraid to move forward. While some people embrace the idea for a complete reboot and the chance to do something completely different, pivoting allows you to keep one foot in the familiar while gaining a completely new perspective. If the fear of making a huge change is holding you back from Fresh Start Success, stop feeling like you need to make a big jump and look for an opportunity to make a strategic pivot! From Birth to Renewal Dr. Susan Sklar, MD wanted to be a doctor since she was fifteen years old. She knew she wanted a career where she could be of service, and considered being a teacher. Her mother, a survivor of the Great Depression, told her doctors never went hungry. Convinced that she had found a calling that was both secure and enabled her to be of service, Susan earned her medical degree and practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 30 years. Her relationship with patients was deeply satisfying. Susan liked helping people feel better, enabling them to become healthier, and making emotional connections. It was satisfying for her to reassure people and reduce their worry. But while the medical side of her work was satisfying, the business side was stressful. Forms, billing, insurance, and regulations meant more time focusing on paperwork and less time for patients. The overhead necessary to handle all the paperwork meant she had to see more patients to break even, reducing the time spent per patient and squeezing the relationship-building Susan valued. The frustration built up over ten years, but eventually, Susan felt like a rat on a wheel. Susan was afraid she would have to leave medicine in order to get away from the aspects of her practice that were driving her crazy. That was a frightening prospect, because after investing so much time in her education and building her practice, she wasn’t really equipped to do something outside of medicine. She wanted to be engaged with people in a helping field, and still have financial success. Then her son introduced Susan to another doctor who specialized in anti-aging medicine. This field of restoring poor health and promoting healthy longevity through prevention fit Susan’s professional interests as well as her own stage of life. Susan was intrigued. This was an emerging medical specialty that was relatively new on the market. Most people didn’t know what it was. Susan liked the emphasis on helping patients in ways they didn’t dream they could be helped. Because anti-aging medicine tends to be direct-pay, that

reduced Susan’s frustration with paperwork and insurance. Susan was sixty years old, with a lot invested in her longtime career. She weighed her options carefully. She needed to finance her education in anti-aging medication and set up her new practice. One way would be to borrow from her retirement accounts and get bank loans. Borrowing from her retirement accounts and taking on debt was scary. The other option was to work part-time for the Veterans Administration. That would keep her from needing to tap into her savings, but it would slow down her progress. Susan felt a strong desire to begin learning and growing. That need for fulfillment won out over the risks, and Susan let go of the part-time opportunity to embrace her new calling wholeheartedly. Going into anti-aging medicine meant Susan had to do new medical training. It took her a year to learn the medicine. But what was really new was the need to market her specialty and educate prospective clients that the types of services and the benefits they produced even existed. Everyone knew what an OB/GYN doctor did and what type of medicine and services obstetrics/gynecology included. But anti-aging medicine was so new, the people who needed it most didn’t know that help was even available. Susan didn’t know anything about marketing, branding, or social media because her former specialty had not required her to focus on promotion. “It took me one year to learn the medicine and five to seven years to learn marketing,” Susan says. “It was faster to learn the medicine than the marketing!” Her new practice started out slowly, but Susan was motivated by the results she saw. She was helping people feel better and turning lives around. Gradually, word of mouth spread. Susan found experts to help her with marketing, and also found a mentor who directed her training and helped her develop a workable salary. Susan was fortunate to be able to tap into savings and apply for loans to finance her switch. Her husband’s income was an additional safety net. “The first three or four years were really hard,” she says. All told, it took eight years to get what Susan considered to be very good cash flow, but she began to take a salary comparable to her old income at five years. Now she is practicing a type of medicine that she loves, helping patients and continuing to learn and grow as a person while meeting her financial goals. The Take-Away Susan loved the core aspects of what she did—helping people, seeing results, making people better. The industry infrastructure, such as insurance paperwork and regulatory demands took her away from the core aspects she found fulfilling and produced enough stress that she thought about walking away altogether. What is noteworthy is that she found


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The capital city of the northern Indian state Uttarakhand.

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The premier institution for forestry research in India is located in Dehradun.


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HEART TO HEART Heartfulness: Purity weaves destiny

another person with limited mental capacity may not grasp what is happening around them. Even if you tell them about it, their mind cannot reach there. Sometimes, when we communicate, certain concepts are not understood by the other person because of the subtle body’s inability to grasp them.

By Kamlesh D. Patel The Science of Spirituality Part 1 – The Three Bodies When we talk about weaving a destiny, a future for ourselves, what do we mean? In the worldly sense, we want a good life. From my one-bedroom apartment, I want a fivebedroom house; from owning one factory I hope to own ten factories; I dream of being promoted from the position of a clerk to that of a CEO; I want a happy and fulfilling family life, and to raise children who also have fulfilling lives. From the spiritual perspective, we are concerned with a much bigger picture. In order to explore this further, we need to first describe the human make-up. We have a physical body made of flesh and blood that is the most solid part of us. While it changes a little bit, according to how we live our lives, it doesn’t change much. Physical evolution happens over longer periods than one lifetime, so we don’t expect our physical body to evolve in this life. The physical body is associated with matter. We also have a subtle body, also known as the astral or mental body, that is associated with energy and vibration. This is what we call the heart and mind. The third body we have is our causal body, the cause of our existence, which is also known as the soul. The causal body is associated with the absolute state of nothingness, the substratum of existence. This causal body is pure, unchanging and immutable, so it is does not need to evolve. With the physical and the causal bodies, we cannot expect to find evolutionary changes. When we want to change our thinking and our patterns of behavior, during any process of self-development, be it psychological or spiritual, what evolves or transforms is the middle layer, the subtle body. Spiritual destiny has everything to do with the purification of the subtle body by removing the layers that surround it. In the mineral kingdom, all three bodies are so closely tied together that it is difficult to separate them; they don’t have much freedom. To the extent to which they can free themselves vibrationally, they have different qualities and we give them names like Gold, Lead, Osmium, etc. In the plant kingdom, the three bodies are a little looser. Look at a tree. How do you know it has a subtle body that responds? Have you seen flowers that open up when the sun comes? How do they know? They respond so nicely, turning as the sun moves. There is also a plant called Lajvanti, and when you touch it the leaves fold in. When there is a breeze, or even a storm, the leaves and branches of trees dance, but the moment someone tries to cut the branch of a tree, it becomes agitated. You can feel it. In plants, the subtle body and the causal body are very tightly tied together, and the subtle body cannot express much. In animals, there is a still greater separation, and in human beings all the three bodies are labile or loosely connected. Among different human beings, there are also differences in separation. The three gunas in Vedic philosophy – tamasic, rajasic and sattvik – are based on how loosely or how strongly the bodies are connected. In a sattvik person, the subtle body can move around, whereas a tamasic person is more stonelike. One person can think of something somewhere else, but

So at the level of the subtle body, we can choose to evolve and go beyond the animal level of existence to the human level to the divine level, by expanding our field of consciousness. How can we describe the subtle body, and how does it evolve? There are four main functions of the subtle body that we will consider and they are: Chit or consciousness, Manas or our contemplative faculty, Buddhi or intellect, and Ahankar or ego. They all have a role to play in our evolution, and in the next issue we will explore them further. which body evolves? Understanding that we have these three bodies – physical, subtle and causal – we can then ask, which of these bodies is evolving? The soul is immutable. It is pure, absolute and unchangeable, and so the causal body does not evolve. The physical body cannot change much. Its structure is fixed, although some minor changes can occur in weight, posture and fitness etc., but we cannot grow extra arms, wings to fly or a tail in this lifetime. It is the subtle body that can evolve, so that we can design our destiny. It changes according to how we purify and simplify it, so that the joy of the soul shines and radiates from within, and through this process we find the evolution of consciousness. The Subtle Body The subtle body is a vibrational field; the heart-mind field. Depending on how we manage this field, it can either be turbulent and complex, like a roaring ocean during a storm, or, at the other extreme, it can be like a still pond where even a feather landing on the surface creates ripples. This is where a spiritual practice has a vital role to play, as it gives us the techniques to regulate, purify and simplify this field, bringing clarity, stillness and peace. In yogic philosophy the heart is known as the field of action for the mind. This is a vast topic. Let’s start to explore what this means. There are four main functions of the subtle body within this vibrational field – consciousness (chit), thinking and feeling (manas), intellect (buddhi) and ego (ahankar). They work in an interactive way together to make up what we know as the continued on page 128

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As One of Its Chief Sources of Water Dries Up, California Eases Restrictions on Use Nonetheless A single relatively wet winter has led California officials to relax in a answer, California just this spring has been considering voluntary cuts in its water, along with those other southern states, in way some water experts fear is reckless. anticipation of Lake Mead’s supplies getting even worse. That is almost certain to happen. The U.S. Bureau of By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica Reclamation, which manages Lake Mead and distributes Colorado Earlier in May, California lifted its sweeping restrictions on River waters, predicts the reservoir — now 37 percent full — will how its towns and cities use their water, signaling that even reach a new record low in 2017, part of a steady decline that began though much of the state continues to face extraordinary more than a decade ago as southwestern water users continued to drought, a moderately wet winter has blunted officials’ sense of draw far more out of the Colorado each year than the river provides. By 2019, the Bureau says, there is a 64 percent chance urgency over water shortages. Seemingly overlooked, however, is the state’s enormous the water in Lake Mead will drop so low as to trigger a federal reliance on the Colorado River for its urban water supplies — emergency provision that mandates further cuts to the states. 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PANAJI, India — The Moods Planet condom store is set on one of Panaji’s busiest streets. Buffered by a motorcycle repair shop on one side and a jeweler on the other, this brightly lit store with its distinctive logo — the shapely ‘o’s of Moods intertwined — seems incongruous. I walk toward it imagining the looks I’m getting from the men hanging out waiting for their bikes to be fixed. Feeling awkward, I push open the glass doors and step into the small, air-conditioned room. There are no other customers, which brings me back to my first thought about the place: In a country like India, where sex is still a taboo topic, who would walk into a store like this? Turns out everybody does. “Our customers are college girls and boys, housewives, people above 50,” says Nitesh Kerkar, the manager of the showroom. Kerkar is an affable young man who immediately puts me at ease. It is a quality that holds him in good stead with his customers, who often want advice more than products. “Our store is not just for selling HLL [LifeCare, Moods’ parent company] products but also provides education and information,” says Kerkar. “Condoms are available at all pharmacies and supermarkets, but the locals feel more comfortable walking in here. They can browse through the products at leisure, ask us questions, compare products — all without judgment or embarrassment.” Other popular products include lubricants, mood enhancers like perfumed candles, body glitter and nipple tassels. All of these also come together in a large red gift box called Amour. “Amour is becoming a popular wedding gift,” says Kerkar. Given its assortment of condoms, lube, an “outdoor sex guide,” massage oil, candy nipple tassels and even wet wipes, it is little wonder why modern India is choosing this box of goodies over the traditional wedding present of cash or housewares. The store is also popular with honeymooners — no surprise, since Goa state is one of India’s top destinations for newlyweds and domestic tourists. “Newly married couples, especially from other parts of India, are surprised to find a store like this on the main street,” says Kerkar.

Some customers, though, hesitate to walk right in. “Some men will wait until other customers have left before they will say anything. Others are less inhibited — they will ask you anything,” Kerkar says. Groups of “housewives” come to the shop together. “For moral support?” I ask. “No,” Kerkar laughs. “They have so many detailed questions that all I can do is just sit back and listen, and wait for them to finish their questions.” This sexual awakening of India’s middle-class is long overdue. The National Family Planning Program first introduced condoms as a contraception method in the 1960s, importing hundreds of millions of condoms and selling them at a massively subsidized price. Using condoms, however, has taken a while to become popular. For decades the burden of contraception has fallen on women in India, where most of the government’s family planning budget is spent on female sterilization. But health authorities have an urgent reason to push the use of condoms: HIV. With India home to the third-highest number in the world of people living with the virus, the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) set the goal that no one should ever be more than 15 minutes’ walk away from somewhere to get protection. To this end, NACO installed more than 19,000 condom vending machines across the country from 2005-11. They sold far fewer condoms than predicted, however. By 2013, more than 10,000 machines had gone missing, and many of those remaining didn’t work. Just as crucial as making condoms available is changing people’s attitudes toward them. Here condoms carry connotations of casual or non-marital sex, so successive advertising campaigns have aimed to tackle embarrassment and promote condoms as a normal part of sexual health. With the launch of a brand called “KamaSutra” in the 1990s, Indian condoms also got sexy: Now companies like HLL LifeCare — which is fully owned by the Indian government — produce flavored, textured and “climax-delay” condoms where the emphasis is firmly on pleasure. Outside of advertising, though, opportunities for young Indians to hear about sex are limited. The last time a progressive government attempted to introduce nationwide sex education in schools, in 2007, 12 of India’s 29 states rejected the program on the grounds that it was too explicit for “Indian culture.” In 2014, the health minister suggested that the program be banned and replaced with compulsory yoga sessions. Today, sex education courses remain a rarity in Indian schools. Given this squeamish approach to sex, young people are getting their information instead from the internet and from Bollywood films, which are often relatively explicit. “Movies play a big role in creating awareness,” according to Kerkar. “Sex is no longer a dirty word in urban India.” The Moods Planet store he manages is one of three in the country; there is one in Trivandrum, opened in 2009, and since 2014 another in Kochi, both in the southern Indian state of Kerala. They are the only standalone condom stores in the country, and a novelty for a population starved of matter-offact information on sex. (To circumvent the residual embarrassment of purchasing a sex-related product in India, you can also buy Moods condoms online, delivered in “concealed” packaging.) 80

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Hindu Center Anniversary The Hindu Center of Charlotte will celebrate its 34th anniversary on Saturday, July 30 with lunch, an anand bazaar featuring vendors, games and food, a cultural program of dances and performances, a health fair featuring local physicians and a Celebrate the fourth of July with family, friends and neighbors general body meeting. The festivities begin around noon. The in uptown Charlotte. Join WBT and 107.9 the Link for the Center is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. For more largest fireworks show in the southeast. The annual Charlotte details call 704-535-3440 or visit SkyShow will feature live music from Jennifer B and the Groove among others along with a baseball game with the Charlotte Principles of Pushti Marg Knights and a Street Fair. It all starts Monday, July 4 afternoon. The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents discourses on Learn more information at Teachings of Pushti Marg by Pujya Yogeshbhai Shastriji on July 29, July 31 and August 1 (Fri, Sun and Mon) from 5 - 8pm daily NC Blackberry Festival at Vihar Hall of Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. One of the largest events in Historic Downtown Lenoir, the NC Mahaprasad will be served daily. For more information call Blackberry Festival brought estimated 15,000 - 17,000 visitors 704-460-5569 or 704-560-5459 or visit to Caldwell County last year. On Friday night there will be a Pre-Heat Party African world Peace Festival while Saturday brings you everything from Front Porch Pickin’ and Recipe contests to the Princess Pageants and Blackberry brews. Also on Saturday you can come see all the Art & Craft vendors, live music, and children’s area. The festival takes place on July 8-9. Learn more about the event at Amma, the Hugging Saint She is called Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss, or many people just know her as Amma, or Mother. Although she was born and raised in India, Amma doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion. She says that her religion is Love. This summer will be Amma’s 21st visit to the Washington D.C. area. Her programs are free and will be held July 8th and 9th. She dedicates her life to serving others with a pure selfless attitude. Amma works tirelessly to nourish and comfort people with her many humanitarian activities, including hospitals, orphanages, disaster relief, food for the poor and needy, schools, pensions for the elderly and disadvantaged, housing for the homeless and more. Thousands of people attend Amma’s programs around the world to receive her blessings and listen to her words of wisdom as she shares her divine inspiration. Referred to as the hugging saint, Amma spends hours on end giving darshan (spiritual blessings) in the form of a hug. The programs will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington,

The African World Peace Festival & 5k is a fundraiser for Loving Hands International. Proceeds from the African World Peace Festival benefits Africa’s Humanitarian Needs and local community needs as well. Head over to Downtown Fayetteville to experience a parade highlighting the different cultures, fashions, music, drumming and dancing performers, arts/craft displays, special African cuisine, and health and wellness including a free screening, as well as family-oriented activities and education. Help bring together participants of every culture as the fest fills Downtown with a variety of African music, dance groups, and African bands, and help honor American soldiers of African descent. The morning kicks off with a 5K Run, and the festival kicks off at 2pm and ends at 10pm with lots of music and cultural dancers as well as a small ceremony honoring our American soldiers of African descent. It all takes place on Sat, July 16 in downtown Fayetteville, NC. For more details visit 92

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COMMUNITY FOCUS HSNC youth Development Camp The Hindu SwayamSevak Sangh (HSS) and Hindu Society of NC (HSNC) are conducting four day “Youth development Camp” at HSNC Temple main hall in Morrisville, NC on July 10, 16, 24 and 31 from 10am - 2:30pm. This is an opportunity teens to learn, collaborate, and strengthen their personality with physical, intellectual, and spiritual knowledge. The program is carefully designed for rising 8th to 12th graders, for their overall personality development. The camp activities include: - Team Building; Presentation Skills; Intellectual Discussions; Public Speaking skills; Projects and Workshops; and Cultural Characteristics. For registration visit, Fee: $60 (lunch included) or write to: Phone contacts: 919.802.4097 or 919.274.1680.

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Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Saptah Gyan yagya Shri Murlika ji, author of “Rasili Braj Yatra” - an encyclopedia of Braj, will present a weeklong katha in Hindi at the Hindu Center of Charlotte from August 7 - 13. Mahaprasad will be served daily. For full details on being a yajmaan, aarti, prasaad sponsors, timings and more, call 704-365-4561 or 704-543-1981. Jurassic Quest brings a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, lifesize animatronic dinosaurs; Over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs’ bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more! It all takes place from July 8 - 10 at the Crown Complex, Fayetteville, NC. For more details, visit

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Om Squad Summer Camp Om Squad, the youth group of the Hindu Center of NC, presents their Summer Camp 2016. The sessions are as follows: June 27 - July 1; July 18 - 22; August 8 - 12. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be served and there will be a performance for parents and families on the last day of camp. Activities include yoga,

Vir Das live Comedy Performance The Comedy Zone in Charlotte presents actor, musician, and comedian Vir Das in live performances from July 14 – 16. Born and raised in India and educated in the US, Das transforms the western image of the typical Kwik-E-Mart humor into a show that is raw and edgy. Das brings his “Unbelievable” tour back

Indian Music Therapy workshop An Indian music therapy workshop will take place on Wed, July 27 from 4:30-6:15pm. The workshop is Free. Learn from NC Regional South Asian Spelling Bee renowned sound healer Dr. Hariharan, how this ancient South Asians have excelled at regional and national spelling bees therapy works on the body to assist in healing a variety of for years. This year is no ailments and support well-being. A link is established between exception. The 2016 the sounds we hear and our overall functioning, energy and MetLife South Asian stress levels. This will be followed by the Chakra healing Spelling Bee North concert by Dr. Hariharan at 7pm. Experience 90 minutes of Carolina Regionals will musical therapy and chakra balancing. Participants remain in take place on Sunday, relaxed posture (sitting or lying down). For more details call July 10 at West Charlotte 704-360-8889,, Integra High School starting at 10:30am. For registration, other regionals Wellness Center, 1040 Edgewater Corporate Parkway, Indian and more information visit, Land, SC 29707,


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COMMUNITY FOCUS to the US by popular demand. The second leg of the tour kicks off in Charlotte with stops in Irvine & Dallas. His show is a blend of theater and comedy. The “Unbelievable” tour with it’s tall tales and truths of love, life and politics has become a global success with performances in over 40 cities in India and abroad in Dubai, Singapore and North America. In addition to his long list of accomplishments, Das introduced the first ever Indian Comedy Festival, Pajama Festival in 2014, attracting record-breaking numbers in Indian comedy festival history. In 2006, Das made his successful Bollywood debut and has since appeared in over 10 movies. He started his film career with Badmash Compa followed by his most recognized film, Delhi Belly, which has cemented its place as a cult film in India. He was seen in the commercially and critically acclaimed movies, "Go Goa Gone," which was India’s first zombie film and "Revolver Rani" opposite Kangana Ranaut. Das is a comedic triple threat, having started the first ever Indian Comedy Rock Band, Alien Chutney. Headlining the band with his vocals, Das and his three band mates tour across India performing original comedy songs, parodies on current pop culture, socio-political hot topics and punch lines that meet catchy riffs. He will perform at the Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. Suite B3 Charlotte, from July 14 – 16. For more details, visit

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through the basics of meditation. We also hiked to the various parks on campus and attended Aarti and Rudrabhishekam at the Temple. One visitor described Mount Soma as “a piece of heaven on Earth” and I tend to agree with that sentiment or as Dr. Mamas puts it “contained within the Veda is the knowledge of how to construct an Enlightened City that will radiate coherence and harmony to our entire world. Mount Soma is that place.” They offer daily m e d i t a t i o n , meditation retreats, Ashram program and work study program. Accommodations are available at the private cottage and more modest accommodations at the student union with dormitory style rooms, private rooms and family rooms. Vegetarian meals are served three times a day and group meditation is offered at least twice a day. To plan your trip or learn more about the various programs and festivals at Mt Soma, visit More info on the temple can be found at

A Trilogy. Most of their dances take on an unashamedly direct critique on issues in modern society, such as the Holocaust, racism, war, and poverty. I again expect this year´s performance to be powerfully resonant and, perhaps, best enjoyed without children. John Jasperse Projects presents from July 5-7 a piece that echoes an Eastern spirituality, exploring the illusory notion of self. Is there a firm boundary between ourselves and the world around us or is there some mutually influencing karmic interaction? I have always loved the energy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which returns on Friday and Saturday July 8 and 9, including a Saturday children´s matinee. The program includes One Flat Thing, reproduced that I´m looking forward to. Echoing a dynamic score, dancers range from quiet to “razorlike in perilous waves”. Perhaps not for everybody, Eiko & Koma have a long history of presenting evocative slow dances. My wife and I are fans and enjoy the contemplative artistry of this couple and how their deliberative dance causes one to slow down and just feel. Separately this time, they are presenting. Eiko gave some free performances before ADF began and Koma comes to the beautiful 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, NC on July 12 through 14. In his first multi-disciplinary solo project, Koma Otake presents The Ghost Festival. It is sure to be a remarkable experience.

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The Festival continues with several other troupes through late July, ending with one of my favorites, Paul Taylor Dance Company. I am excited that they are performing their rich Bachorchestrated Promethean Fire (2002) that I have enjoyed seeing performed at least twice in the past. Claude Debussy´s music sets the choreography for Images (1977). As if that is not enough, two other dances are also planned, Profiles (1979) and a unique version of the classic Snow White (1983). ADF tickets are on sale. Full details on tickets, as well as all things ADF, are available at

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Charlotte Agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704.456.9881 Art of living (Charlotte) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980.216.8732 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 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded with a singular vision / mission to “Raise Up the Next Generation for Jesus Christ”. The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Bethel Christian Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road,

Waxhaw, North Carolina. Contact info below. For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel - Carolina Khadayata Samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740 Carolina Sanskritik Marathi 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: Carolinas Christian Assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 704-771-1414 (Church) 404-840-6745 (Mobile) Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion among the group. For Further Details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar - - 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave - - 704.844.9567 Charlotte Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850 Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja 100

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays and also the group meets for breakfast at Panera Bread near Whitehall most Sundays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411 Charlotte Telangana Association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355 Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 tenday course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - 704.807.3933 - Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 - Vocal concert by Trichur Brothers and Party @CPCC Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 - Flute Concert by Mr. Raman and Party (TBD) For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186 Gurdwara Sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12

1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For Further Details: Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: July 29, 31, Aug 1: Shree Yogeshbhai Shastriji Sat, July 30: Mela, health fair, and general body meeting Sun, Aug 14: Celebration of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independence Day For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager) India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. Upcoming Events: Sat-Sun, Sept 17-18: Festival of India, downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727 Indian American Muslim Council (IMAC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details: Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and 102

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: Prakshal & Puja - 9:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo - 7:30pm Weekends: Prakshal & Puja - 10:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo - 7:30pm Upcoming Events: Sun, July 3 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman 6:30pm Tues, July 5 (Ekam): Snatra Puja 10am Mon, July 18 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman 6:30pm Sun, July 24 (Pancham): Samirbhai Shah’s Swadhyay and Monthly Meeting 4pm For Further Details: JCGC President: Vipul H Shah - 704.705.0314 704.921.1454 JET USA (Charlotte) Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Charlotte chapter is pleased to announce that Sri Devanatha Jeeyar Swamiji from India is coming to Charlotte and JET USA Charlotte chapter is going to organize Sri Rama Pattabhisekam under the guidance of Sri Jeeyar Swamiji on Saturday, May 28 for the health, wealth, peace and prosperity of all the devotees in Charlotte area. They invite all to participate and to receive blessings from the divine parents. Program details: (1) Discourse on How to get Sri Rama’s Grace (2) Free admission and Prasadam (3) Sri Rama Paduka’s Pooja. For Further Details: 704.847.1574 / 248.495.4590 Kriya yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - - 704.814.7476 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 also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with

regional businesses and the community in general. For Further Details: Nuv yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. It has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798 Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and provide community service. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326 Sahaja yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation This is a Charlotte based charity formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: 104

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and well-being of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte. For More Details: Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396 South Park Cricket Club (SPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details:

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar - Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: Trimurti Temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556 Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform seva and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004


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Greensboro Art of living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro which cover breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Sonal Chhawchharia - Puja Verma - BAPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details: Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410. For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182

India Association of the Triad (IATNC) The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Indian Association of the Carolinas (IAC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help) Indo-American Society of NC (IASNC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462 - Indo-US Cultural Association of winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427 life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community 108

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 / 336.793.7138 / Quan Am Buddhist Temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details: Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of NC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150 winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (wGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details:

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Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: Bhartiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, July 9 and Dr. Janakbhai Chokshi will speak on cancer. For Further Details: Bharati Patel (President) - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi (Vice-President) - 910.391.1809 Carolina Rajasthani Association (CRA) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details: Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDU) Swami Chidatmananda is the regional head of Chinmaya Mission Andhrapradesh. Swamiji brings out variety of creative and scientific presentations by unearthing the ancient philosophies that appeal to the modern and rational minds thereby transforming them for the better. An element of 110

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS humor is seen in his style that smoothens and simplifies the subject delivered and also has a healing effect on the audience. Swamiji is a law graduate from Osmania University. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayandaji, he joined SandeepanySadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1989 under the tutelage of Swami Purushottamanandaji. In 1993 he was initiated into brahmacharya deeksha by Pujya Gurudev and posted as the Acharya of the mission center at Hyderabad. In 1999 he was initiated into sanyasa deeksha by Swami Tejomayanandaji. “Essential values of Mahatma Gandhi”, Free talks in English by Swami Chidatmananda ji based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Geeta are presented by Chinmaya Mission Raleigh. For Further Details: Contact: Venkat Mandavilli - 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) The Dada Bhagwan Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2-hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Local Satsangs are held Every Sunday 5-7 pm followed by Prasad at Country Inn & Suites, 201 Airgate Dr, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 Mayank Trivedi - 919.740.6198 - Babubhai Patel - 919.521.3105 Rahul Bhatt Datta yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843 Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke

cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: EKTAA Student Organization (NCSU) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio (NCSU) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119 GEM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 Gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. iGokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536 Gurdwara Atlantic Coast Sikh Association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with 112

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self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. They will be conducting a Youth Camp for 4 Sundays in July. Learn more here. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville & Chapel Hill. For Further Details: HumSub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: Immanuel Assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9 pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706 July 2016

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details: Indian Talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653 InStepp InStepp’s mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asian cultures and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 919.680.8282 International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason International Hindi Association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. They are open to those interested in listening to poetry or in


reciting poetry. Hindi is India’s national language. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919-851-0225 ISKCON New Goloka Temple of NC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am - 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492 ISSO Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. A new SHREE SWAMINARAYAN HINDU MANDIR will be opening soon at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Bhoomidaan and Murtipratishtha yajman opportunities are available for a limited time. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 Jain Study Center of North Carolina (JSCNC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details: Kiran Inc Kiran Inc is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian July 2016

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For Further Details on Pratham: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: 919.806.5928 RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation (Triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular 118

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SV Temple of North Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details:

Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: 919.824.8429 (Rajendran Kailasam)

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

South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580

Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details:


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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 Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - - 919.596.4792 Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Vibha Raleigh Vibha is 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 resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: for timing and location information.

Regional Dada Bhagwan Foundation What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the 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: attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877.505.DADA (3232) Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, selfsustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh and Columbia. For Further Details: Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal - 803.665.4050 Grihastha Family Institute The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details: Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details on the Hindu Society: 122

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The general temple phone nujber is - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360 ISKCON of Sandy Ridge - Temple of the Holy Name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in Prabhupada Village, a rural community, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Prabhupada Village is also home to the Bhaktivedanta Archives and the Festival of India. Everyone is welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am - 7:30pm, 7 days a week. Special program every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and a pure, vegetarian feast. Festivals celebrated year round. For Further Details: 336-593-2322 Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina (Inner Awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114 Sri Somesvara Temple (Asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarthi is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

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 South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person.


Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 Hanahan Table-Tennis Training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the sport of table tennis in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. 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 8:30am to 12:00 noon and between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was July 2016

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661

association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. For Further Details:

Indian Upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda 864-561-1016

Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8:00pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road in Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 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 SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 Masjid Noor-Ul-Huda (MNH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6-8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes for children are also conducted daily. The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. For Further Details: Masjid main number - 803.754.2632 Spartanburg Buddhist Center of SC The Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the center opened in 2010, a regular English-speaking group meets at 6 pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road., Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.327.8726 Telugu Association of Greater Greenville Telugu Association of Greater Greenville (TAGG) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The


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Bhangra lyrics Bhangra lyrics, always sung in the Punjabi language, generally cover social issues such as love, relationships, alcohol, dancing, and marriage. Bhangra singers do not sing in the same tone of voice as other Indian singers. They employ a high, energetic tone of voice. Singing fiercely, and with great pride, they typically yell phrases such as “Hey hey hey,” “Balle balle,” or “Hey aripa” to the music. Bhangra Today Beginning as a form of lively folk music performed at harvests in the Punjab, Bhangra has come a long way in the 21st Century and has recently taken the entertainment industry by storm. Modern Bhangra artists, in addition to recording and performing traditional Bhangra, have also fused Bhangra with other music genres, such as hip-hop, reggae, house, and drumand-bass. Thanks to this diversification, Bhangra now reaches a larger audience than ever, all over the world. Bhangra competitions at universities in England, Canada, and the US, as well as Southeast Asia, help to further the dance`s popularity with the next generation. This dance form attracts many young men and women from all cultures, races and nationalities bringing down barriers that may exist in other dance forms.

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The husband of one’s aunt. 5. A streetcar running on tracks. 10. The round, edible seed of a legume plant. 11. A double chair or small sofa seating two persons. 14. The capital of England, UK and the Commonwealth. 16. Separated, not together. 17. Freedom. 19. Blaze. 20. Office of Special Counsel. (*) 21. His Majesty (*) 22. Teaching Assistant. (*) 23. Likelihood; advantage. 25. A short course of travel. 27. A heavy cup of earthenware or metal with a handle. 29. Et cetera. (*) 31. Emergency Medical Technician. (*)32. Suitable, proper. 35. The capital of Vietnam. 36. Children. (Informal). 38. International House of Pancakes. (*) 40. Tender, Loving Care. (*) 42. After all considerations, final. 43. The capital of India. 45. A small pastry turnover, origin of India, filled with spicy meat or vegetable mixture, as of potato and peas. 47. The basic unit of force in CGS system. 48. Nothing; zero.

1. To elevate. 2. A tube containing one of the noble gases: (Symbol. Ne) 3. A country North of America.(-A missing). Cap.: Ottawa. 4. Ran away secretly, esp. in order to get married. 5. Television. (*) 6. Accesses data or a file from a disk, tape etc. (Computer) 7. The way a person appears; looks. 8. To have in mind; intend. 9. A try; endeavor. 12. Being a single thing or unit; not two or more. 13. The great mathematician & inventor; (3rd centaury B.C.) 15. The statistical science dealing with the distribution, density, vital statistics etc. of human population. 18. The external openings of the nose. 24. A railroad or bus station. 26. Vitamin A. 28. To keep it from falling; support. 30. Channel Islands. (*) 32. To stand fast; remain. 33. Ontario. (*) 34. Alaska. (*) 37. A prominent actor or an actress in a leading role. 39. His (or Her) Excellency. (*) 41. A tinned iron container used for food. 44. Indiana. (*) 46. Michigan. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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The unused 11 letters spell ”A deep maroon colored fruit, a cross between a European Raspberry, a Common Blackberry, an American Dewberry and a Loganberry.”


(The common letters are “AV” - Fill in the blanks) 1. Liked; preferred. _ AV _ _ _ _ _ 2. Hollow & curved like inside of a bowl. _ _ _ _ AV _ 3. Having an intense craving; greedy. AV _ _ 4. Untamed; fierce. _ AV _ _ _ 5. A lower projecting edge of a roof. _ AV _ _ 6. Radio waves 60 meters or less in length. _ _ _ _ _ _ AV _ 7. Affirm; to declare openly. AV _ _ _ _ 8. A thin slice of wood or metal. _ _ AV _ _ _ 9. Being concerned with the social environment or with practical realities than with the feelings. _ _ _ _ AV _ _ _ 10. To cover over the surface of; overlay _ AV _ 11. Number of vehicles travelling together. _ _ _ AV _ _ 12. To be of use, help, worth (to). AV _ _ _ 13. A Greek thin layered flaky pastry filled with butter, nuts, cinnamon & soaked with honey or syrup . _ _ _ _ AV_ 14. A ring-shaped cake raised with yeast & rum. _ AV _ _ _ _ 15. Any group of eight. _ _ _ AV _ 16. An airplane pilot; flier. AV _ _ _ _ _ 17. Aroma; smell. (Archaic) _ _ AV _ _ 18. A hollow horizontal opening in a hillside. _ AV _ 19. An intense dislike; antipathy. AV _ _ _ _ _ _ 20. Desire strongly; beg. _ _ AV _ 21. Sport Activity Vehicle.(*) _ AV 22. To make clear of confusion; solve. _ _ _ AV _ _ 23. Prodigal; spending extravagantly. _ AV _ _ _ 24. Hail; farewell. AV _ 25. Toilet. _ AV _ _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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July 2016 July 1 - Canada Day July 2 - Laylat-e-Kadr July 4 - Independence Day (U.S.A.) July 4 - Darsha/Somavati Amās (No Moon) July 6 - Ratha Yātrā July 6 - Eid-Al-Fitr July 15 - Devashavani Ekādasi (Chāturmās starts) July 17 - Jayā Pārvati Vrat starts July 19 - Guru Purnima (Full Moon) July 21 - Jayā Pārvati Vrat ends (Jāgaran) July 24 - Parents Day July 30 - Kāmikā Ekādasi

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August 2016 Aug. 1 - Lughnasadh / Lammas Aug. 2 - Hariāli Amās/Divāso (No Moon) Aug. 8 - Kalki Jayanti Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan.) Aug. 14 - Pavitrā/Putradā Ekādasi Aug. 14 - Tisha B’av Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 17 - Pateti (Pārsi New Year 1386) Aug. 18 - Rakshābandhan/ Balev /Shrāvani (Full Moon) Aug. 21 - Senior Citizens Day Aug. 22 - Nāg Panchami Aug. 23 - Rāndhan Chhath Aug. 24 - Shitalā Saptami Aug. 25 - Krishna Janmāshtami Aug. 28 - Ajā Ekādasi

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July 2016

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Spreading my father’s ashes on the Ganges felt like a link across the globe, generations

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change in how it was enforced. Hoang attributes the change to the work of grassroots organizations, such as VAYLA New Orleans where he is a board member, to register naturalized citizens to vote. In post-Katrina New Orleans, he says, community organizing has taken newfound urgency and seen much success. Carolina Hernandez, executive director of the nonprofit Latino advocacy group Puentes New Orleans, has worked on voter registration drives in New Orlean’s Latino community since 2007. She estimates that nine out of 10 potential voters who are non-native-born declined to register when they learned the process. She found that many people were unable to make it to the registrar’s office during working hours, or were simply deterred by the cumbersome process. “It’s inconvenient and democracy shouldn’t have to be that hard,” she said. And now, it won’t have to be. This week, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill that repeals the 142year-old law. The change came just four weeks after civil rights groups filed a federal suit demanding the law be repealed. Lawyers who filed the suit were surprised — and relieved — that the case didn’t need to go to court, says Naomi Tsu of the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the groups who filed the suit. “It’s a better use of taxpayer money than fighting a lawsuit that I’m pretty confident we would have won,” Tsu says. “But I kind of wish they had passed the bill before we had filed.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three naturalized citizens who had collectively attempted to register to vote eight times but failed because of this requirement, and VAYLA. Minh Nguyen, executive director or VAYLA, is the son of two Vietnamese refugees who are now both American citizens. “Myself and other young folks, we saw it as our role that our parents and grandparents had [to have] the right to vote,” he said. Over 72,000 naturalized citizens live in Louisiana. The lawsuit says singling out this group for scrutiny to vote amounts to a violation the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, Title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the National Voter Registration Act. Nationally, as in Louisiana, studies show that naturalized citizens vote at lower rates than those born here. But, a 2012 University of California study suggests that registering to vote is an equalizer: Of registered voters, naturalized citizens and native-born citizens cast ballots at roughly equal rates. Louisiana was the only state that required only foreign-born citizens to provide proof of citizenship, but four others — Alabama, Arizona, Georgia and Kansas — require all voters to do so. Thirty-three states require state-issued ID to vote, more than double the number that did in 2000, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). In Louisiana, ID is suggested but not required. Proponents of tightening requirements say it prevents voter fraud. Critics say that poor, elderly and non-native citizens are less likely to have the required identification. Hernandez is hopeful that voter registration drives leading up to the presidential elections will now be much smoother. But, she says, another part of her job is to see that the repeal is enacted in local registrars’ offices. “The next step is making sure that there is some accountability, making sure that the registrar’s office is aware of this and that they’re operating in a way that they weren’t before,” she says. “That could take some time.”

By Atul Gawande, GlobalPost EDITOR’S NOTE: In his new book, surgeon and writer Atul Gawande talks about the biggest checklist that relatives and an aging family have to make — what conditions should occur in which a family member should be allowed to die. Here, in an interview, he reveals his own family’s travails in his father’s last days, and the moment that brought together generations and traditions. He cried, mom cried, I cried. We talked. Those are hard conversations. Talking to people about death. You know, what is the understanding of your prognosis from this? What are the fears that you have? What are the goals that you have? What is more important to you than anything — besides living longer? And … he told us that, for him, what he loved was interaction with people. He wanted to be able to be social. He did not want a situation where if you’re quadriplegic you could end up on a ventilator. Needing total care. He said let me die — if that should happen. He underwent surgery for the tumor. Which helped him for awhile. For awhile. I remember … my mother called, and said my father had become unresponsive. She had called an ambulance and they were at hospital, and they were reviving him. He wakes up, he’s on antibiotics, he was on IVs. And he’s increasingly furious. That night he says, we’re going home. So that’s what we did. On the last day, my mother was drinking tea, reading the Athens Messenger [newspaper,] my sister was working on her computer. And his breathing stopped. There was one beat … and then another … and then another … Each time after 30 seconds you think this might be the moment he’ll breathe again. But then a minute passed and he didn’t. I turned to mother and my sister and said I think this is it. And it was. People talk about wanting to have a good death. I don’t know if I believe in a good death. There’s lots of things that aren’t dignified about dying. He soiled his bed. We had to put a urinary catheter in him when he became so paralyzed he couldn’t pee anymore. He was almost shrinking in front of us. How is dying ever at all acceptable? How is it ever anything other than this awful terrible thing? The only way it is … is because we, as human beings, live for something bigger than ourselves. My dad had made wishes very clear to us. He wanted to be cremated in the traditional Indian way, and he wanted his ashes spread in three places in the world: in our hometown of Athens Ohio, in his village, and then on the Ganges river. And there’s this idea that if the ashes of your loved one are spread on Ganges, they’re freed from the cycle of birth and rebirth, and they ascend to what’s called Moksha, which is Nirvana. So we took him. We took his ashes — my sister and mother and I — to the ancient city of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges. And it was an amazing thing. It’s a funny thing. My parents tried very hard to raise me as a traditional Hindu in rural Ohio and that didn’t work so well. But there was something about the ritual of the same thing that families have been going through for thousands of years and we were doing it. And you could almost feel the links of hands across generations. What I felt on the Ganges was he had brought us there and connected himself to all that was important to him, but he was connecting us as well. There was a kind of handoff occurring. That we are a link in a chain and making a contribution that goes well beyond our own life. And that’s part of what makes dying tolerable. That’s what makes being a mortal creature tolerable.


July 2016


General Predictions for JULY 2016

ARIES (Mar 20 - Apr 20) After a very busy and successful start of the month, the last week may bring in some turbulence. You may be able to solve some family-related issues this month. You should be moving very fast and aggressively, but try to be practical. Be prepared for your enemies, as they may strike back soon. You may also face health problems due to heavy workload. Don’t plan any long distance journey this month. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) The month may start with problems and misunderstanding. You won’t be able to manage your routine properly. Time shall start improving after middle of the month, but problems may not go away till the end of month. Don’t dispute with your spouse. Avoid taking any type of risks this month. You may make mistakes under influence of powerful people around you. Your mother will prove to be your best support. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Unexpected financial losses and expenses may build stress in the beginning of the month, but the situation should take dramatic turn during second week of the month. Life may run faster than anticipated. You may be able to accomplish a lot this month; particularly some old pending projects may start. React strongly and aggressively with your competitors. Be prepared to make quick decisions. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Destiny is going to favor you a lot in the start of the month. Try to make all major decisions during first half of the month. Uncertainty at work place and problems with your associates may start. Avoid short trips and plans with friends this month. You will enjoy good health and peace of mind. You may want to restart and finish on-hold projects during last week. Curb expenses and watch health. lEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Don’t wait till end of the month to make any major decisions. You may feel very active and busy, but you may also face family-related issues during the last week. Temporary yet major problems with spouse are also possible. Avoid reacting aggressively, instead wait and watch. You can also focus on your work and hold off on dealing with family matters for now. Watch your health seriously. Business-related travel may bring good rewards for you. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may enjoy good luck this month, but your own mistakes may create disputes. A very busy schedule may also lead you towards making mistakes. Unexpected expenses and frustration may disturb your peace of mind. Your health may not support your livelihood. Try to focus on creative activities and control your temperament. Reading or writing should make you feel relaxed.

Don’t take any major risks this month nor should you blindly trust your partners. Time may not be very bad in the beginning of the month, but situation may deteriorate towards the end of July. Time is also not favorable for students; you may develop tendency of not listening to advice.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) A very busy period is shaping up for you. You may benefit through your competitors. A minor misunderstanding with your spouse is also possible this month. You may have to make some smart yet contradicting decisions to enjoy success. Luck may not help during last week of the month. A practical approach to earning money may bring good results for you. You may enjoy good health, but may have to stay away from your own people. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Your health could be the major concern this month. Your enemies may try to take advantage of the situation. You may make many mistakes at your workplace. Try to slow down and only focus on routine work. Any risktaking tendency must be curbed. You may try to take help of spiritual powers as the feeling of being lost and lonely may overwhelm you this July. Analyze the situation and make a safe move. Don’t get involved in legal matters. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Life is taking a major turn now. You may have to pass through an unexpected situation. Misfortune may strike you this month. Financial risks must be avoided. A major upset may temporarily tear down your confidence. Drive very carefully and watch your health seriously, but you may count on big positive changes soon. Control yourself and pass the time peacefully. Your spouse may provide good support. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) A dispute with your partner or associates may force you to change your business plans and strategy. You may not feel happy and comfortable this month. It is very likely that due to stress, you will react aggressively and create more problems for yourself. Spend some time to understand the situation before making any move. Don’t compromise with your ideology, but don’t take any immediate actions either. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Disputes with loved ones may create major problems during the last week of the month. Involvement of family members may make it even worse. Try to avoid travel this month. Uncertainty may build some kind of fear. Time is not favorable for students. It is very important that you meditate and try to strengthen your self-confidence. The second half of the month could be little better than first.

lIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) You need to be very careful during this month. Your own people and ideology may lead you towards major losses.


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July 2016

Advertisers Index Bhindi Jewellers ................................................2

Embassy National Bank .........................................3

Patel, Tony (Real Estate).................................................79

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)81

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................69

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate)...............................................23

Aero LED Signs (Aero Distributors) .......................69

Fashion and Jewelery..........................................86

Payal Groceries...........................................................115

Ali & Sons Car Care ...........................................86

Fresh Dental ............................................43 & 113

Peacock Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)..............................115

All Car Care.........................................................42

Friends Travel ................................................................81

Piece Of India, Inc..........................................................83

Allure Brow..........................................................31

Future Prep (SAT & ACT Prep, College Adm Coaching).29

Piedmont Health Care (Gastroenterologis Trivedi, MD) 125

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ................................85

Gandhi International Market ..........................................22

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................39

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....25

Geological Resources, Inc. ..........................................107

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................103

Apna Travels (Morrisville)....................................141

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels .......................................143

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...25

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........................11

H2 Laser & Skin..........................................................119

Regal Oaks Dental ............................................133

Around The World Market (Charlotte)....................20

Hindu Center of Charlotte (Events)...........................72-77


Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC) ...............32

Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of South Carolina ........93

Ribald Floral and Events.....................................103

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................45

Hunstad / Kortesis (Plastic Surgery & Med Spa)............41

Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture.....................19

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............89

Idolize Brows & Beauty ................................................23

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..89

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................21

India Grocers (Charlotte)................................................34

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) ....................................15

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......97

Insurance Shopping (Sonal Patel - Independent)...........29

Rug & Home.............................................45 & 137

Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat) ...........129

Integra Wellness Ctr (Free Music Therapy Workshop)....29

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video)105

Ballantyne School Of Music..................................29

International Community Church ..................................95

Saathee Subscription coupon...............................96

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)........65

IPAAC (Zakir Hussain concert).......................................51

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ........................117

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................97

ISKCON - Ratha Yatra Chariot Procession & Festival ..12

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................48-49

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)...99

iSolar, LLC (Solar Energy)...............................................15

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................107

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................33

K & M Accounting .........................................................53

Shining Star Academy .......................................123

Blakeney Dental ...............................................119

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).........35

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ..................125

Blooming Buds....................................................95

Kaur, Karamjit (New York Life Insurance) .......................57

Shyama Beauty Parlour .....................................115

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) ...................................109

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

Singh King Transportation ...................................53

British International School of Charlotte ................47

Khanna & Sons Jewelers..............................................13

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

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .......................87

Kirti Shah CPA...............................................................46

SJ Iyer Realty.......................................................15

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....71

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar)...................................17

Skyzone (Indoor Trampoline Park).........................39

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)..........127

Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate)..........................31

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................37

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................61

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions- Hari Bol Inc).......142

South Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD)117

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................31

Maadhurya Photography...............................................71

Southern Oncology Specialists (Dr. Swetha Gujja) .27

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................90

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

Sweta Bhardwaj 8 Spa ........................................59

Charlotte Music School........................................43

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

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You) ............135

Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)........85

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ..........................................119

The Blue Taj ......................................................111



Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors).............................19

Travel Universe ..................................................101

Chugh Attorneys at Law.....................................105

Matthews Family Dentistry .........................................125

Travelinks ............................................................35

Concha, David (Immigration Attorney)...................91

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

Ttravel Guru ......................................................107

Copper Restaurant (Charlotte)............................111

Mishra Architecture PLLC ...........................................126

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)........................................59

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............97

MyTripFare (Travel agent) ..............................................95

Uni World Travel...................................................69

Crown Cab Charlotte ...........................................38

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan).................................105

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) .......66-67

Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte)..................................137

Neeta's Beauty Parlor .................................................127

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).......................................63

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao-Cedar Walk Dentistry).129

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

Vyas Travels.........................................................53

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White Horse Weddings ......................................103

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Woodlands Vegetarian Cuisine (Charlotte).............54

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

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Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine ..........................16

Yafa Halal Market & CafĂŠ .....................................53

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Yogiraj Swami (Hindu Religious Ceremonies) ........25

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Saathee Charlotte July 2016  

A monthly features magazine bridging the Indian Subcontinent and America

Saathee Charlotte July 2016  

A monthly features magazine bridging the Indian Subcontinent and America