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July 2017 Issue # 230 Editor

Samir Shukla


page 10 Self-driving cars on Indian streets?

page 28 page 18 India turns up Can a DIY heat on Mission to renewable Mars Succeed? energy sources.

Hello ReadeRS!

Driving in some cities is a blood sport. Can self-driving cars compete? See page 10 for the story. To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution. Story on page 18. Summer movie season is in full swing, see a list of upcoming movies on page 22. Have you ever dreamed of a do-ityourself mission to Mars? This couple is working on it. Read about it on page 28. The world-renowned American Dance Festival is currently in progress in Durham. Read a review on page 36. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on page 102. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on page 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and national news, latest movie releases, analysis and videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.


"Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it." - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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Autonomous Cars in India . . . . . . . . . pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 14 India Turns to Renewable Energy . . . pg. 18 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . pg. 22 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 26 DIY Mars Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 28 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 40 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 50 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 Success Within . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 60 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . pg. 64 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 68 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 80 Eye On The Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 90 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 92 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 94 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . pg. 102 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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Driving in Some Cities is a Blood Sport.

Can Autonomous Cars Compete? By Patrick Winn, GlobalPost

the blood-sport traffic in certain tropical megacities. Holidaymakers cruise the Pacific Coast Highway for pleasure. Traffic in Jakarta? That’s a gauntlet of pain. We asked two experts — one specializing in tech, the other in policy — to speculate on autonomous cars’ future in the developing world. Jit Ray Chowdhury is the chief technology officer at Auro. It’s a California-based startup creating fully autonomous shuttles for campuses and corporate parks. He’s originally from Kolkata, India. James M. Anderson is an analyst with the RAND Corporation, a California-based think tank. He has extensively studied the policy implications of driverless cars.

If Silicon Valley’s prophecies come true, driverless cars will soon radically transform millions of lives. Google, Tesla and others promise to unleash some of the most revolutionary technology of the early 21st century: vehicles careening autonomously down highways, their digital scanners deftly identifying potential danger. Pretty neat — if you live in California. But most people don’t. The typical driver on planet Earth must contend with hazards, human and animal, that simply do not exist on most American roads. Like sprightly goats. Or 12-year-olds pushing vegetable carts down the center of your lane. Or a never-ending cavalcade of motorbikes veering so close to your car that the windows rattle. Or on a bad day, all of the above. In America and other wealthy nations, great hype surrounds the coming driverless car revolution — and much of it is warranted. But there has been little analysis of autonomous vehicles’ future (if any) in places such as India, Vietnam, Brazil or other major non-Western nations. All evidence suggests that it could be difficult to transplant driverless car technology designed for the West to many places around the globe. Driving in America just isn’t comparable to

Here are a few of their observations:

1. At present, driverless cars would fail miserably in chaotic Indian traffic “In a city like Kolkata, nobody follows [traffic] rules,” Chowdhury says. “They don’t obey lane markers. They’re constantly switching lanes … often driving within inches of the next car.” This actually describes big-city traffic in much of the developing 10

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this, my friends, is america

It’s late September in 1974. A skinny, wide-eyed 11-year-old, a fresh immigrant, is shuffling down the streets of Queens in NYC, trying to make sense of the Americans. A cool breeze swirls in between the buildings adding an air of newness to the surroundings after a long hot summer spent in India, in anticipation of arriving in New York City, in America. The mostly flat landscape and cacophony of Amdavad city in India transformed into the stacked streets of New York, the tall buildings’ tops swallowed by the clouds. The change was swift, as if like a dream. The kid rubbing his eyes in disbelief, one day nestled among family in India and the next day, after couple of long flights, tossed among strangers, the Americans. All sorts of people and modes of dress and languages crisscrossed each other around those streets in Jackson Heights, in Queens, in New York, in America. Some were soon-to-be Americans, newly arrived like me, the 11-year-old, others sons and daughters of the sons and daughters of those who arrived years or decades earlier. They were Americans or would one day become Americans. In trying to make sense of what an American is, and what America is, I strolled further down American streets on that day, in the week that followed, the month that followed, in the years and decades that followed. This journey of discovery and opportunity, my friends, is America. Year after year, a sense of Americanness dripped into to me like a warm summer drizzle, absorbed into my being, until one fine day when I felt myself an American joyfully intertwined with an Indian. It’s a duality shared by millions of other Americans, which in their case could be with any other country in the world. America has welcomed all. A confident American feels no separation from his origins while being true to his acquired Americanness. This steady state of mind, my friends, is America. The music, the traditions, the Americanized slang, the freewheeling individualities, the whack of a bat against a baseball on a hot summer afternoon, and, yeah, that sweet apple pie are just some bits of Americanness that I cherish. I breathe them every day and those feelings of slowly becoming American that I felt in the first years of arriving here are still hot to the touch. This is not a rubber stamp of love. The idea of America is always evolving and includes some horrendous things in her past. Some are obvious. Slavery. Nearly 150 years after independence before women are allowed to vote. Degradation of Native Americans and their lands. A couple of devastating wars instigated by misguided or lying politicians. Others are subtler, the occasional putdowns I experienced as a brown kid, but America is always fast to learn and eager to evolve. Become better. Social change comes quicker in America than any other part of the world. Grudgingly, sometimes, but sure as heck. It is this idea of America, always seeking to better itself, that is worth singing about. I am of the firm belief if America had not happened, the world would likely be a more fractured and darker place.

This acceptance of darker pasts while working for brighter futures, my friends, is America. I share my birth month with America’s. There was even a time in my youth I wished I was born a week earlier so I could have shared the same birthday as America. A Yankee Doodle Desi Doodle dandy, if you will. I love aging in America as much as aging with America, because I love the possible, no matter what the age, and America is always open to the possible. American politics will sway left and right and in the middle and over the top, as does Indian politics. They always have. Red is red and blue is blue. Green is green and Saffron is saffron. They are just colors. The commonalities are the purity of white in both countries’ flags, white rays of light as I see them. The rays spotlighting two confounding, incomprehensibly diverse democracies that rest of the world tries to fathom, even emulate. The young land of America, with its constant gaze forward, accepted and groomed an 11-year-old transplant from an ancient land. It has done same with countless others, folks from lands scattered across the globe. This, my friends, is America. dosti Music Project Travelers (Found Sound Nation)

The dozen compositions on Dosti Music Project’s Travelers are the result of collaborations by 20 Pakistani, Indian, and American musicians who spent a couple of residencies in 2015-2016, curated by the Brooklyn-based artist collective Found Sound Nation, working together. The musicians blend their natural talents and leanings into the Dosti (Friendship) Music Project. The 12 tracks are traditional, yet infused with varied genres and regional music that cross paths to create a musical camaraderie. Sure, it may take some time to soak in an American folk singer accompanied by sarangi and tabla, or other such combos on the recording. But as the musicians played together at these residencies they blended their natural musical bonds of the two countries. These compositions emerged during performances and jam sessions. I can imagine loose, playful interplay evolving into solid compositions. It’s where folk, Appalachian music, Sufi ghazals, Hindustani songs, even electronica, all sit next to each other and become musical friends. Traditional Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, Marwari, Sufi, and rock songs come to life, removing boundaries, with the unique sounds of fiddle, harmonium, sarod, and the human voice merging into an eclectic collaboration.

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To Slow Climate Change, India Joins the Renewable Energy Revolution By Arun Agrawal,

On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris. Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their nations’ commitments under the Paris Agreement, and Macron announced he will visit India later this year for a summit on solar power. For observers who equate India’s energy production with a reliance on coal, this exchange came as a surprise. Modi’s internationally visible pledge would put India three years ahead of schedule to achieve its “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” to the Paris climate agreement. Instead of shifting to 40 percent renewables by 2030, India now expects to surpass this goal by 2027. As the United States retreats from international action on climate with a bewildering lurch toward coal, other countries are assuming leadership in the most far-reaching energy transformation since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. China is cementing its role as a dominant producer of solar panels and wind turbines, and a number of European countries are continuing their slow move away from fossil fuels. India, meanwhile, is emerging as a major market for renewable energy, laying out aggressive plans for investments in solar and wind. This shift is not about a starry-eyed prime minister seeking to garner international goodwill. It is the result of a fundamental energy and economic transition already underway, which India’s leadership has recognized.

An energy pricing revolution Prime Minister Modi’s renewable energy agenda aims to increase India’s grid-tied renewable energy capacity from roughly 57 gigawatts in May 2017 to 175GW in 2022, with most of the increase coming through a major expansion in solar. India’s installed capacity for solar energy has tripled in the last three years to its current level of 12GW. It is expected to jump by more than 100GW over the next six years, and increase further to 175GW before 2030. Coal currently provides nearly 60 percent of India’s of total installed electricity generating capacity of 330GW, but the government projects it will decline substantially as solar power ramps up. In May 2017 alone, the states of Gujarat, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh canceled thermal energy plants – that is, those powered by coal – with a combined capacity of nearly 14GW of power. Price decline is perhaps the biggest reason India is shelving its plans for new coal-based power plants. Over the past 16 months, the cost of producing utility-scale solar electricity in India has fallen from 4.34 rupees per kilowatt-hour in January 2016 to 2.44 rupees (a little over 3 cents) in May 2017 – cheaper than coal. For the moment, large-scale solar and wind are roughly similar in price and lower than nuclear and fossil fuels. Prices this low for utility-scale renewable power in emerging economies are unprecedented but also exciting. Only last year, when the Indian state of Rajasthan held an electricity solar power auction, energy analysts deemed one company’s bid to supply solar power for 4.34 rupees per kilowatt-hour too low, and possibly leading to project failure. But solar energy continued on page 100


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Daddy is an upcoming Indian political crime drama film cowritten and directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. The film stars Arjun Rampal, who also co-wrote the film, portraying the real life story of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli. The veteran director guides the talented cast that includes Farhan Akhtar, Nishikant Kamat, and Aishwarya Rajessh. The film opens on July 21.


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MARS By Alina Simone, PRI’s The World

Until pretty recently, a trip to the planet Mars seemed less like the future than a relic of the past. Cue a sizzle reel of the space race: Leonid Brezhnev, the former Soviet leader, in his overcoat, scientists in white lab coats and rockets blasting off on a black-and-white TV. Then came Elon Musk with SpaceX, Jeff Bezos with Blue Origin and Matt Damon with “The Martian,” spawning a level of interest in space exploration not seen since the end of the Apollo era. And, for the first time ever, a grassroots movement of astropioneers — like Tom and Tina Sjogren. By the time the Sjogrens left their native Sweden for the US, they had already climbed Mount Everest, trekked across the North and South Poles and circumnavigated the globe in a 30year-old sailboat that Tina Sjogren describes as “basically a roomy bathtub.” The couple holds three Guinness World Records between them and were ready for a new adventure. “All those expeditions, combined, started to give us the idea: Wait a minute, if we can do this, what else can we do?” Tina Sjogren says. “Our next step,” Tom Sjogren says, “is going to Mars.” Pining to visit a toxic planet some 35 million miles away may sound crazy to a lot of people, but the Sjogrens aren’t

Tom and Tina Sjogren have circumnavigated the globe, walked across the North and South Poles and climbed Mount Everest. Now, they’re talking about exploring Mars. Credit: Alina Simone

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“Harnessing the power of American English” means more than just knowing the multiple meanings and idiomatic or nonliteral meanings of selected words and expressions. The “power” of any language lies in the connections with others it allows us to experience. Written language, especially emails and texts will never, in my opinion, replace spoken language in creating our web of relationships socially and in the workplace. I am a lover of books, now mostly downloaded to my Kindle. When I read silently, I still “hear” the writer or his characters’ voices in English, just as you probably do when you read text in your native language. We have internalized and linked the sound patterns with the meanings of the printed words but only in our native language. My clients tell me that when they read a text in English they understand the meaning but are not “hearing” these words. In American English (1) the sound patterns carry the meaning and (2) spelling doesn’t equal pronunciation. And most important, most fluent, non-native speakers of American English who come to me for accent reduction don’t know what they don’t know! this month we will invite you to conduct an experiment! You will need to find a native speaker of American English and it could be your own child if he or she is about 8 years old or older or it could be an American friend or co-worker. directions: Ask a native speaker of American English who is old enough to be a good reader to read the following sentences outloud slowly twice. After he or she reads each sentence, STOP and check the pronunciation guide under “Answers” including the rule. Ask yourself, “Would I have pronounced these words correctly?”

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We all have this covert desire to create enough assets during our working lives so that not only we can live comfortably without burdening someone but also pass-on some of our estate as inheritance to our heirs. We have worked hard for it and now we wish to enjoy it. This is a perfectly good desire and it should be everybody’s goal. Now comes the hard part of making sure that we protect what we have and really reap and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Easier said than done; not only because we want to protect our hard earned money but also because we need to make sure that we also grow our estate so that we don’t fall behind the proverbial and insidious inflation curve. It is, at times, a contradicting requirement. When we are in our twenties through fifties and even early sixties, our main focus is to have some long-term aggressive growth because most of what is slated for such growth is not needed till our retirement time. In sixties and later the emphasis starts to shift towards rearranging and protecting the portfolio but at the same time still get some reasonable growth. Considering the fact that we still have at least 20/25 years left to spread our wealth over, it is still a somewhat long-term perspective and indeed that is the way it should be looked at. So here are some of the ideas that need to be considered.

General Approaching retirement, we need to get more cognizant of our expenses as well as our income stream(s). While the income level generally stays fixed, with some exceptions, expenses creep up definitely by the inflation rate, sometimes even faster depending on your lifestyle. And that is the point. We must make sure that our expenses are brought down below our income stream. I hear argument about Annuities in this regard. While Annuities are a popular product, it is largely not suitable, in my opinion, for a majority of the senior population. I strongly recommend educating oneself in this regard. One may never know everything but one must have enough knowledge to decipher which product is good for you and which one is not. When we get close to retirement the headwind forces increase. The reality is that many cannot recover fast enough from adverse situations to get back on their feet again. But take heart; there are plenty of solutions; you just have to go seek them. There is an old saying that they laugh when we plan but then we get the last laugh when they find out we survived well but others didn’t. Even then our plan may have glitches that we may not notice. Mike Tyson once said: “everyone has a plan until we get punched in the mouth.” It is our ability to get back up and keep going after getting punched is what will lead us to success. So what to do? Plan again.

diversification There was an article in the May issue Saathee which walked us through the importance and significance of diversifying our assets so that the volatility is reduced. This is one thing that is done, right from the beginning, to suit that person’s risk tolerance and it should not be a revelation when we reach the retirement age. In this regard, bringing in some preferred stock investments, corporate and/or municipal bond and even some CDs into our investment fold is a good idea. As you know all stocks and investments will fluctuate with the market and the geo-political events but these move with less volatility. Our focus is shifting from aggressive investing for maximum growth to moderate growth. There is always some need for investing in stocks and it should be done in such a way that we don’t have to cash them in the down market. This way our stock investments can ride the down and up wave with the market and we will not be affected by it. The mix of our investments, from the diversification point view certainly changes as we further advance in age.

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Next month: The four support pillars of your financial house.

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dramas were given shape with choreography of other imminent Gurus who were offered to join the center.

Manipuri, a dance of angels

dance style The traditional style of this art form incorporates graceful, gentle and lyrical movements. The fundamental dance movement of Ras dances of Manipur is Chari or Chali. Manipuri dances are performed thrice in autumn from August to November and once in spring sometime around March-April, all on full moon nights. While Vasant Ras is scheduled in spring when Holi, the festival of colors is celebrated by the Hindus, the other dances are scheduled around post-harvest festivals like Diwali. Themes of the songs and plays comprise of love and association of Radha and Krishna. One composition and dance sequence is dedicated for each of the Gopis/milkmaids while the longest sequence is emphasized on Radha and Krishna. The dance drama is performed through excellent display of expressions, hand gestures and body language. Acrobatic and vigorous dance movements are also displayed by Manipuri dancers in many other plays.

Situated on the northeastern region of India, Manipur presents a beautiful picture of nature and charm. The word “Manipur” is derived from the words “Mani” a jewel and “pur” a place. This is a very graceful and spiritual dance form and is not seen very often. For centuries, people of Manipur have expressed their emotions and faith through dance and music. This dance is counted among major classical dance forms of India, especially noted for themes based on Vaishnavism and spectacular execution of “Ras Lila,” dance dramas based on the love between Radha and Krishna. Other themes included in this art form associate with Shaktism, Shaivism and on the sylvan deities called Umang Lai during Manipuri festival “Lai Haraoba.”

Costumes & Musicians The costumes for Manipuri dancers, particularly for women are quite unique from other Indian classical dance forms. A male dancer wears a bright colored dhoti, also referred as dhora or dhotra that covers lower part of his body from waist. A crown decorated with peacock feather adorns the dancer’s head, who portrays the character of Lord Krishna. The costume of female dancers resembles that of a Manipuri bride, referred as Potloi costumes. The most distinguished of these is the Kumil costume that is an exquisitely embellished long skirt in the shape of a barrel with a stiffened bottom. The top border of Kumil adorns a wavy and translucent fine skirt tied in three places around the waist in Trikasta and opens up like a flower. A velvet choli or blouse adorns the upper part of the body and a translucent veil white in color covers the head. The dancer wears round-shaped jewelry or garlands of flowers to adorn her face, hand, neck, waist and legs that synchronize well with her costume. Unlike other Indian classical dance forms, a Manipuri dancer does not wear a ghunghroo or bells. The drummers who also dance while drumming are male artists. The musical instrument generally used in this art form includes the Pung that is a barrel drum, cymbals or kartals, harmonium, flute, pena and sembong. Accompanists include a singer.

Historic changes Traditionally the Manipuri people consider themselves to be the “‘Gandharvas” mentioned in the Vedic texts who were singers, dancers and musicians associated with devas or the deities. The region is also mentioned as “Gandharva-desa” in ancient Manipuri texts. Although texts of ancient Manipur gradually fizzled out, the oral tradition of Manipuri, records tracing back to the early 18th century, have references about the place in Asian manuscripts and archaeological findings speak volumes about the art. As mentioned many times before, British colonial rule in the 19th century saw decline of various Indian classical dance forms which were subjected to contemptuous fun and discouragement. Manipur was annexed by the British colonial government in 1891, and with this the flourishing period of Manipuri dance art came under the clutch of colonial rule like other ancient Indian classical dance forms. The Manipuri dancers somehow survived in the temples of the region like the Govindji temple of Imphal. The Christian missionaries launched anti-dance movement in 1892 and later the Madras Presidency under the British colonial government banned the custom of dancing in Hindu temples in 1910. The Indian community disapproved such ban and as the Indian freedom movement progressed steadily during the early 20th century, an effort to revive Indian culture and tradition became strong among Indians. Many classical art revivalists joined hands between 1920 and 1950 in reviving the different ancient classical dance forms.

Influence of Rabindranath tagore Rabindranath Tagore, an Indian Bengali polymath and the first non-European who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, is revered for his outstanding contribution in the field of Bengali literature and music. He rekindled the Manipuri dance art in a new way. Tagore was so fascinated by the performance of the dance composition of “Goshtha Lila” in Sylhet (now in Bangladesh) in 1919 that he offered Guru Budhimantra Singh, an ace Manipuri dancer, to join the faculty of Shantiniketan, an Indian cultural and study center. Many of Tagore’s

Through the years, the classical dance form Manipuri has retained its heavenly beauty and rich content. This dance lives through its people as a vital part of their social, religious and spiritual existence. Their deep religious faith and strict discipline in dancing has contributed to the continuation and retention of such purity in this style. I hope more people will promote this beautiful dance form here in the USA.

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When you have two points in space, you can draw a line between them. You can start at point A, and draw the line toward point B. Or, if you prefer, you can do it the other way. Either way, the line that you draw looks the same. This is all wonderful, when you have two real points. But what if one or both of these points are not real? We have infinite imagination, and can see points where there are none, and fail to see points where there are points, as we fixate on points that do not exist.

Is there a point or not? The point is that the act of thinking cannot be separated from the sensing of some “real” world that is out there. The only real world that we see, feel and hear is the one that is populated by things that we did not originate, intermixed with things that we did. And, it is quite difficult to tell them apart. If we knew which points are real and which ones are imaginary, we could live a bit closer to the reality. Things that are real seem to obey some physical laws, such as those codified by people like Newton, Einstein and such. Our lives would be so much more predictable, if we always lived on the side that seems to be somewhat independent of our imaginative minds. But since there is no line that divides sanity from insanity, perhaps we are doomed to a less-than-sane existence. We cannot live in the real world. Each of us can only live in our real world: Our very own, personal and unique “real world”.

are there only real things and imaginary things? Maybe this is a bit more complex. There are points that clearly seem to have an existence of their own, and there are points that clearly seem to spring up from inside us that seem to have little to do with anything out there. But there are also points that straddle the two worlds of reality and imagination – points that might exist, but might not. And, maybe, there are many shades of these betwixt-the-worlds points, ranging from those that are well on the side of imagination to those that are deep into real world space. When there are so many points, and you have a pencil, can you resist the temptation to draw?

drawing lines is an endless pursuit We human beings are a creative lot. We draw lines between points all the time, no matter whether the point is a real one, imaginary one, or one that is a mashup of the two flavors of the universe. Baskin Robbins has only thirty-one flavors, but we have an infinity of them. If there are indeed so many points, imagine the number of lines that can be drawn between points! Two points yield a single line. Three of them can produce three lines. Four points hold the potential for six lines to be drawn. If we had eight points to play with, we can draw twenty-eight lines between them. As the number of points increases, the number of lines increases even more.


drawing lines could be meaningless When we have so many points to choose from, not to mention that we can fabricate our own points out of thin air, when we feel the urge to do so, we can spend our lives drawing all kinds of lines. When a line is drawn between two points that do not exist, it would be fair to say that the line drawn between those points also does not exist. What about a line drawn between points that may or may not exist – the ones we talked about earlier that have one leg in the real world, and the other in the imaginary one? Does that line exist, or like the points that make it up, should it be seen as a line that might exist, but then again, might not? Why do we draw lines, when surely, we know, somewhere within us, that the lines may be meaningless? – meaningless, in the sense that it is something that exists in the mind, but not necessarily in the real world? Maybe that is the nature of the beast? That is who we are? We draw not because we must, but because we can? Maybe we are programmed by some force within us to draw, draw and draw, until death do us part.

Meaning: It’s all about me! It is an ironic twist of language that the word, “meaning”, begins with “me”. In a world with so much in it that is filled with sense and nonsense, whatever I sketch out is uniquely mine. Everything is meaningful as long as there is a “me” attached to it. It only needs to make sense to me, “sense” being a fairly arbitrary idea that enables me to unilaterally and regally declare something to be sense, and something else to be nonsense. So we draw, and draw, and draw. Life goes on. Occasionally, the artist stops and ponders what he or she drew, and where on earth all these things came from! But it doesn’t matter. Drawing is what we do. There is only one problem.

time is limited; lines are not! Our imagination is vast, but our time in this world is not. We can draw all kinds of lines. But if we could channelize our energy into things that exist, maybe we would be more in harmony with the universe that is much larger than the “me” we feel? Maybe if our art mimics life, we wouldn’t feel so distant from the birds and trees and the gentle breeze? If we took the “me” out of “meaning”, and looked for something outside, something that could even be “real”, would our lives be the better for it? Is it possible for there to be less of me, and more of it? Life can be full of points, but it is not necessary to draw lines between points that are all inside me. Those points are pointless. Any lines I draw between those are pointless too. There is a whole world out there, and it is beautiful. If I can draw outside the lines that I have allowed to define something called “me”, maybe that’s when I become a real artist. Maybe when things become pointless, that’s when the magic starts. Maybe. What do you think?

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You people do the good, into attracting more clients and see yourself cannot control circumstances from the outside, so instead of thrive up the ladder of success. resisting pain or failure, you can embrace and encompass your 6. Law of Silence: We are conditioned to believe that when pain and your failures, fully accepting them so that they become part of you. Trusting self enables me to see the positive the person you are speaking to suddenly falls silent it may aspect both in myself and in fate. Trust makes me free from reflect disinterest, a breakdown of communication or even worry and a mind that doesn’t worry is a mind that is powerful. rejection by the other person. To break our discomfort, and the I can then surely bring solutions even in the biggest problem. silence, we quickly continue the conversation. The “sounds of silence” are very powerful. The successful leader is intuitively 2. 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Focus your thoughts, past and the future, that is awake to the now, to the present, feelings and actions on exactly what you want. Be specific about experiences the highest success. It is alert, it is watchful, it is what it looks like when it’s achieved and how it will make you inspired. feel having reached that goal. And the Law of Attraction will Plan out your work, then work out your plan. The former bring these outcomes to you. Simply put, the law of attraction without the latter is a sheer waste. The latter without the former is, “To believe what you do not see,” the reward of which is, is mere unproductive confusion. “you see what you believed.”

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The largest city in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Visakhapatnam is the headquarters of this section of the Indian navy.



Visakhapatnam is home to the oldest ___ and the only natural harbor on the east coast of India.

Visakhapatnam’s history stretches back to the 6th century BCE, when it was a part of the ___ Kingdom

There are many ancient ____ sites in and around Visakhapatnam.



Which major body of water is Visakhapatnam situated at?


Someone from Visakhapatnam is known as?


What mountains mark the western side of Visakhapatnam?

___ is a hilltop park in the city of Visakhapatnam

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3. How many calories do you burn while watching TV, if your weight is 65kgs? (a) 60 Calorie/hr. (b) 90 Calorie/hr. (c) 120 Calorie/hr. (d) 150 Calorie/hr.

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) 11+ words = Excellent; 6 to 10 words = Good; 5 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

4. The 2017 NBA champions. (a) Hornets (b) Warriors (c) Cavaliers (d) Bulls

Brain train

5. The diameter of our moon is about __ miles. (a) 2160 (b) 3230 (c) 2320 (d) 1620

Hi Kids. Here is a simple quiz. See if you can solve it.

Match the name of the beautiful waterfalls on the left column with the country where it is located on the right column. 1. ZIMBABWE 2. NEW ZEALAND 3. U.S.A./CANADA 4. VENEZUALA 5. NORWAY 6. SWITZERLAND 7. ICELAND 8. GUYANA 9. SOUTH AFRICA 10. INDIA

7. What is the next number in the series: 9,10,12,15,19,24,30,? (a) 34 (b) 35 (c) 36 (d) 37

8. The U.S President in the year 1917 was (a) Wilson (b) Harding (c) Taft (d) Coolidge 9. The ISD (country) code of U. K. is (a) 43 (b) 44 (c) 45 (d) 46

The answer given on the bottom of this page (no peeking). dadaji’s moral short stories

Answers are below. No Peeking.

Scholar: All correct; 1st Class: 9 Correct; 2nd Class: 8 Correct 3rd Class: 7 Correct; Need to improve: 6 or less


Answer for brain train: 1=4. 2=10, 3=9, 4=7, 5=8, 6=5, 7=3, 8=1, 9=2, 10=6

An emperor had a dream that he lost all his teeth except one. So, the next day, he called the renowned astrologer and asked him the meaning of his dream. The astrologer said: “O great king, your dream predicts that all your relatives will die before you.” The king was very displeased with the interpretation. He sent the astrologer away without paying him the reward. At this moment a wise and clever guy entered into the hall and the king asked that guy about his dream’s meaning. The guy thought over the problem and said: “O great king, Your dream shows that you alone will enjoy the longest life among your relatives.” Hearing the clever answer the emperor was so pleased that he showered many gifts to that wise and clever man.

10. Calling a person “a donkey” means he is (a) Handsome (b) Tall (c) Clever (d) Stupid

Moral: Think and weigh the situation before you reply and then give the suitable smart answer.




6. Shintoism is the native religion of (a) China (b) Iraq (c) Japan (d) Sri Lanka




2. Music director of 2004 Hindi film “Khākee.” (a) Pritam (b) A. R. Rahman (c) Anu Malik (d) Ram Sampath







1. Arrange the following rivers of Nepal from East to West. (a) Gandaki (b) Karnali (c) Bheri (d) Kamala

Scholar Answers: 1.b, a, d, c 2.d 7.d 8.a 9.b 10.d


Who wants to be a Scholar?! Answer the ones you know and research to answer the rest. There is only one correct answer.

July 2017


By Gail Z. Martin

twitter—Short and Sweet

Twitter confounds a lot of people. It’s a micro-blogging site that limits your post to 140 characters, or about one long sentence. That’s not too different from most conversational replies, so I’m amused to find so many folks struggling with what to say. Twitter is great for sharing quotes, one-liners and observations about trends, topics, and news events. It’s perfect for sharing a link to an interesting article, cool photo, or your latest blog post or video. Ask a question, and get your followers involved in a conversation. Share a survey or poll link, and discuss the results with your tribe. You can live tweet when you travel or attend a presentation, sharing the highlights of what a speaker says or interesting landmarks you see. When you’re speaking, have an assistant or someone in the audience live tweet your best comments. Or, give your assistant good oneliners from your speech in advance and pre-schedule the tweets to run while you’re speaking. Tweet the Amazon link to your latest book, or to a good book you’ve just read. Share a link to your newsletter, or give a signal boost to a colleague who has tweeted something interesting. The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination. The news feed on Twitter moves much faster than the wall on Facebook. So while posting more than one or two times a day on Facebook might annoy your online friends, you can post about once an hour on Twitter without wearing out your welcome. As with all your social media platforms, vary what you post. Try to post 5-10 times about something not salesrelated before you post a link to something you’re trying to sell. Note: content rich articles, videos, and blog posts that you’ve written don’t count as “sales-related” if the information is helpful and it’s not the wind-up to selling something. The law of reciprocity thrives on social media. Sharing quality content by people you admire helps your tribe and establishes you as a giver, winning points with both your audience and the people whose content you are forwarding. Your sources, in turn, will be likely to return the favor by forwarding helpful content that you have created to their tribes, increasing your visibility and extending your credibility. Realize that when you retweet content by someone less well known than you are, you are giving someone a hand up, and when someone more famous than you are retweets your content, they have done you a solid. Even sharing content between two people of equal status is a win, since your tribes are unlikely to completely overlap. When you share valuable content that is not all self-generated, you gain influence because others see you as confident and generous. You also demonstrate that you are well-connected to information and to other experts, and your followers begin to rely on you to vet the most valuable content and serve it up on your newsfeed, enhancing your value to them. When you share your own content along with the other information, its credibility is heightened. Using hashtags (#) are another way to enhance the visibility of your posts. Hashtags denote words or phrases that are popular, so when you incorporate a hashtag in your tweet, you assure that your tweet will show up with other tweets that

include the same tag. So if you tweet “Send your loved one a card for #Thanksgiving”, your tweet will show up when anyone searches on #Thanksgiving or grouped with similarly tagged tweets for #Thanksgiving under the Trending column. Likewise, you can watch the Trending column for popular hashtags and use those that relate to your content to raise visibility. Using hashtags can gain your tweets visibility when the tagged word is trending in popularity. But be careful not to bait and switch—readers take a dim view of thinking they’re getting a post on one subject only to find content that has no connection to the tag. In other words, don’t tag your posts with the names of famous celebrities if it’s not relevant to your topic! When you share content mentioning someone else, be sure to use their Twitter “handle” which is the name the use on Twitter with @ in front. So on Twitter, my non-fiction handle is @GailMartinPR. Why should you use it if you retweet me or mention me? That way, I see your post in my feed. I can thank you, return the favor, and retweet you. We all win! Don’t begin a tweet with the @ symbol, or the only people who follow both of us will be able to see the tweet. You’ll unnecessarily limit your reach. Likewise, don’t tag people (especially famous people) who have no interest or connection to the subject of your tweet. It’s the Twitter equivalent of name-dropping, or worse, bragging about being besties with a celebrity you’ve never met. It’s okay to tag a famous expert if you have a legitimate reason to think there is interest or mutual benefit, but don’t do it often. Since you only have 140 characters, save space when you tweet a link by using a shortened URL. Use a site like to shorten a long web address into fewer characters. Always give your followers an idea of what a link contains, since no one wants to click through blindly. Photos increase engagement and stand out on the rapidly-updating news feed. Use photos in your tweets whenever possible. Twitter also lets you create lists of specific Twitter followers to help you better manage your newsfeed. When you create a list, you are grouping people with similar interests or content together. When you click on that list later, you’ll see the latest posts from everyone on that list. It’s a great way to get a news digest of information by topic or by group. You can create lists and share the lists with others, or keep your lists private. It’s an honor when other people add you to their lists, because it’s a way of making sure they catch all your news. Twitter has begun offering paid advertising. Much like with Facebook, Twitter ads allow you to choose a target audience for your message, and your ad will show up in the news feed of people who fit your target. The ad will note that it is “promoted.” You can promote a tweet, your account (to get more visibility and followers) or a trend (a hashtagged word or continued on page 132

Gail Z. Martin

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July 2017

SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

listen to everyone's call, you do Mercy on everyone. O my Lord, let there be your Mercy on us. Have Mercy, O Lord… The oppressed find support, and the drowning find the shore, tribute to living legends of Bollywood every storm goes away in a moment, if an eye signal comes Richā Sharma (1980 – Present) from You. When You have Mercy, every sorrow is gone. O my Born: August 29, 1980. Faridabad, Haryana. Lord, let there be your Mercy on us. where can we go, from Father: Pt. Dayā Shankar Upādhyāy, Classical Your Door, O Lord, where can we find peace, away from Your singer. Door! O Lord, on this world, there is shade of Your Mercy, O Mother: Manoramā Devi. Lord, where can we beg, other than Your Door, O Lord... let Music Guru: Her parents, Pt. Askaran Sharma. there be your mercy on us. She began singing Bhajans in her childhood. Years active as a singer: (1990 - Present) lyrics in Hindi: She began her career in films with “Salma pe dil ā gayā” (1994) and has sung in over 75 since then. She has also appeared on Indian TV shows and recorded non-filmy light songs. Some of her hit songs are: “Māhi ve,” “Mere Maulā,” “Kal ho nā ho,” title song from Bāghbān and many more. She has worked hard to make her name in the competitive film markets. Visit her web site for more information.

The lyrics for her song “Mere maulā karam ho karam…” which is also one of my favorites, are given on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics

Mere maulā karam ho karam …

Song: Mere maulā karam ho karam … Film: Khākee Year: 2004 Music: Ram Sampath Singer: Richā Sharma (Chorus with Kailash Kher) Lyricist: Sameer Starring: Amitabh Bacchan, Aishwarya Rāi, Ajay Devgan

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

lyrics in english: Maulā maulā mere maulā maulā mere maulā maulā - 3 Mere maulā karam ho karam, mere maulā karam ho karam. 2 Tumse fariyāda karte hain hum - 2Mere maulā karam ho karam - 3 Ye zameen aur ye āsmān, tere kabze mein hai do jahānSab pe tu hi to hai meherbān , hum tere dar se jāyein kahānTu hi suntā hai sabki sadā, tu hi rakhtā hai sab kā karamMere maulā karam ho karam -2 karam kijiye maulā – 4 Bekason ko sahārā miley, Doobaton ko kinārā mileySar se toofān pal mein taley, jo tera ik ishārā mileyTu kare jo meharbāniyān, door ho jāye har ik ghamMere maulā karam ho karam, mere maulā karam ho karam - 2 Jāyein to kahān jāyein tere dar ke sivā maulāTaskeen kahān pāyein tere ghar ke sivā maulāIs duniyā pe hai tere karam kā sāyā maulāDāman kahān phailāyen tere dar ke sivā maulā Maulā maulā mere .. Mere maulā karam ho karam. mere maulā karam ho karam…

Meaning (Summary): Lord, O my Lord., O my Lord, let there be your mercy on us. 2 We pray to you, O my Lord, let there be your Mercy on us. This earth and this sky, both the worlds (this one and the one after death) are in your possession, you are the One merciful to everyone, where else can we go other than Your door. You

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Upcoming Hindu Center Events & Activities: Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Gyan Yagna: July 23 - July 29 (Sun to Sat)

Hindu Center’s 35th Anniversary: Katha/General Body Meeting / Mela / Health fair July 23rd Sunday to July 29th Saturday Independence Day: August 19 (Sat) Balaji’s Brahmotatsava: August 11 - 13 (Fri to Sun) Janmastami: August 15 (Tues) Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: August 25 - 31 (Fri - Thurs) Navratri: September 21 - 29 (Thurs - Fri) HINDU CENTER OF CHARLOTTE

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Sunder Mirchandani: 704-691-2974 or 828-327-7766 Loku Hemnani: 704-231-3056 Surendra Patel: 704-564-9436 Dinesh Shah: 704-502-9094 Ashok Shah: 704-460-5569

Cultural Program 3 PM - 6 PM Vihar Hall Participate in the cultural program or come enjoy the show!! To participate in the cultural program contact:

Rashmikaben: 704-596-7188 Minal Jajoo: 321-689-1789 Sarika Milhoutra: 201-696-1877 Anitha Gowtam: 704-206-9348

General Body Meeting 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Health Fair Noon - 4 PM Gandhi Bhavan

Learn about your health and how to improve it.

For more information contact: Rajeev Puri: 704-649-2165 Vipul Mistry: 704-392-8789 Dr. Anoop Kalia: 704-674-3632

35th Anniversary celebration week July 23 - July 29

For donations / sponsors contact: Pujari, Bal Gupta, Ravi Patel or Hemant Amin. To Volunteer Please contact Ashok Shah Hemant Amin, or anyone above.

HINDU CENTER July 23 (Sun) to July 29 (Sat)

OF CHARLOTTE Janamashtmi thursday, aug 15 7 PM to 11 PM

Abhisekham, Bhajans, Aarti, Prayers and Birth Celebrations.

Ganesh Festival: August 25 - 31

August 25 (5 pm): Ganesh Sthapana

Aug 26th: Commercial Entertainment program after dinner

Aug 27th (3 pm): Local Artist program Live Artist Singers & Kids Dances! August 31 (5 pm): Ganesh Visarjan

Mahaprasad in the evening every day.

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HC Scholarships

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OF CHARLOTTE 35th Anniversary Navratri Celebrations – 2017

NAVRATRI: Thurs., Sept. 21st to fri., Sept 29th DASHERA: Sat., Sept 30th SHARAD PURNIMA: fri., oct. 6th & Sat., oct. 7th KIDS GARBA: Sun, oct. 15th

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Grady Cole Center 9:30pm - 1:30am (Indian Group)

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8 - 9:30 pm


Sept 21, Thurs

STHAPNA: 6-7:30 pm

Sept 24-28, Sun-Thurs PUJA: 7-8 pm

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Temple followed by Visarjan then Garba at Grady Cole Center 9:30pm - 1:30am (Local Group) Ravan Dahan: 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm

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types of Fats Fats belong to a group of substances called lipids, and come in liquid or solid form. All fats are a mix of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Fats: the Good, the Bad and the ugly

We have talked about calories, carbohydrates and protein. Now let’s tackle the other most important macronutrient – fat. The word fat can mean different things to different people. For cooks, it is an indispensable ingredient. For people battling overweight and obesity, it is an ugly adjective and a thing to be shunned. For nutritionists, it is a whole another ballgame. Every day there is new research contradicting a previous study about the health benefits or dangers of fat. Fat in itself is not bad. In fact, it is extremely important for the normal functioning of our bodies. Then why and how did fat get such a bad rap? The problem is that the fat has not changed over the years, we have. Our lifestyles have changed bringing on health concerns not previously known. A sedentary lifestyle, change in food habits, less home cooked meals, and increased stress levels all have contributed to the obesity and diabetes epidemic, and who gets all the blame? Fat, of course! Here we will try to correct some of the myths associated with fats, and hopefully create awareness about this misunderstood component of food.

the Good: unsaturated Fats Unsaturated fats are considered healthy fats because they play many beneficial roles. They can improve blood cholesterol levels and help lower inflammation. Unsaturated fats are found in plant foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados and olives. The oils are liquid at room temperature. There are two types of unsaturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats are found in high concentrations in olive, peanut, and canola oils, avocados, nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans, seeds such as pumpkin and sesame seeds. Polyunsaturated fats are found in high concentrations in sunflower, corn, soybean, and flaxseed oils, walnuts, and flax seeds. Omega-3 fats are an important type of polyunsaturated fat. The body can’t make these, so they must come from food. Omega-6 fatty acids are found mostly in liquid vegetable oils like soybean oil, corn oil, and safflower oil. A healthy diet should contain a balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Some studies have suggested that too many omega 6 fats in the diet may increase inflammation. That is why we should limit use of oils and get small amounts of healthy fats from nuts and seeds. There is a misconception that foods fried in olive oil are healthier than foods fried in other oils. For long term health, it is better to avoid all fried foods – it really does not matter which oil the food is fried in. Limiting the total amount of oil is important.

Functions of Fat Fats are organic compounds that are made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. The primary function of fat is storage for energy. Fat is a macronutrient. There are three macronutrients: protein, fats and carbohydrates. Macronutrients provide calories or energy. Fat has 9 calories per gram, more than twice the number of calories in carbs and protein, which have 4 calories per gram. All fats have the same number of calories regardless of the type of fat. the Bad: Saturated Fats Saturated fats are mainly found in animal foods such as Fat is also needed for growth and development. Certain specific meat, eggs, and dairy. Saturated fat is solid at room temperature such as ghee, butter, lard, and animal fats. A few dietary fats have other essential functions. • A source of energy: Fat is used to provide energy for most plant foods are also high in saturated fats, such as coconut, coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil. Saturated fats raise functions in our body to survive. • As energy reserves: The extra calories that we consume, the LDL cholesterol. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans but do not need to use immediately, are stored for future recommends getting less than 10 percent of calories each day from saturated fat. The American Heart Association goes even use in special fat cells (adipose tissue) further, recommending limiting saturated fat to no more than • Essential fatty acids: Dietary fats essential for growth development and cell functions. Essential fatty acids 7 percent of calories. contribute to brain development; help with blood clotting and help control inflammation. • Proper functioning of nerves and brain: Fats are part of myelin, a fatty material which wraps around our nerve cells so that they can send electrical messages. Our brains contain large amounts of essential fats. • Maintaining healthy skin and other tissues: All our body cells need to contain some fats as essential parts of cell membranes, controlling what goes in and out of our cells • Transporting fat: Soluble vitamins A, D, E and K through the bloodstream to where they are needed • Production of hormones: Needed to regulate many bodily processes • Insulation: Fat surrounds vital organs and helps act as a protective cushion. A thin layer of fat also insulates the skin and helps maintain proper body temperature.

the ugly: trans Fats Trans fats are called the ugly fats and are worse for cholesterol levels than saturated fats because they raise bad LDL and lower good HDL cholesterol. They increase inflammation which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Trans fats also contribute to insulin resistance and increase risk of diabetes. continued on page 132

Parul Kharod, MS, RD, LDN

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Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of South Carolina Shrimad Krishna Katha Saptah (Brajleela)

By: Shri gahwarvan Vasini

Devi Swarupa Murlika Ji (Bal Vyas)

Author of the world famous book

“Rasili Braj Yatra” - An authentic encyclopedia of Braj

She has exceptional knowledge and understanding of our most revered scared scriptures including Bhagwat Gita, Shrimad Bhagwat Maha Puran, other Puranas, Ramayana, upanishads, various Sahintas and numerous other literature of Braj. her holy presence and oration leaves everyone with jaw-dropping experience as she explains the most complex devotional (Bhakti oriented) philosophies from the scriptures in a very simple way so that a common person can easily understand.

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No farm workers? How about a robot. By Valerie Hamilton, PRI’s The World

At Lakeside Organic Gardens, a vegetable farm on California’s central coast, field-workers bundled up against the sun are thinning lettuce crops, chopping out some plants to make room for others. The farm’s owner, Dick Peixoto, walks

“Swinging that hoe from that distance, being able to pick out one plant and not the other, they’re really experts at what they do,” he says. “They’re artists, you know what I mean?” That’s why I’m surprised at his answer when I ask him if he would replace these workers with a robot doing the same job. “Not if,” he says, “the question is when.” Immigrants do the majority of California’s field labor. But as demand grows, workers are becoming scarce. It’s hard for field-workers to come to the US legally. It’s dangerous for them to come illegally. The people working the fields now are getting older, and younger workers want different jobs.

Blue River Technology’s LettuceBot uses sensors and cameras similar to those in self-driving cars to thin lettuce. Engineer Ken Hickman says the machine is “doing its own thinking” as it thins lettuce, about three times faster than a human crew. Credit: Valerie Hamilton

“The handwriting is already up and down the wall that we’ll never have the labor force that we had before,” Peixoto says. “Anyone who’s not adapting to that today has got their head in the sand.” Enter the LettuceBot. Just a few miles away in Hollister, engineer Ken Hickman hikes across a vast field, planted with thousands of tiny lettuce sprouts. This field needs thinning, too, but instead of a crew of workers with hoes, a tractor is towing what looks like a sideways stack of desktop computers over the rows. It may not resemble the animated Wall-E, but the LettuceBots are using a kind of artificial intelligence, along with cameras and sensors, to choose which plants to keep and which to zap. “Every single LettuceBot is doing its own thinking,” Hickman says. And it’s fast. Hickman says the machine can thin up to 40 acres of lettuce plantings in a day, the same amount of time it takes Peixoto’s crew of 15 people to cover 12 acres. There are six LettuceBot units currently in operation in California and Arizona, the two states which produce nearly all of America’s lettuce crop. Hickman says the machines are a picture of farming’s future. “Agriculture is changing, and we need to change along with it,” he says. Instead of hiring crews by the hour, growers pay by the acre for LettuceBot thinning. Ben Chostner, vice president of business development at


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LettuceBot maker Blue River Technology, based in Sunnyvale, California, says the robot service is more expensive, but that the LettuceBot’s computer brain and light touch can do the job better than human crews — increasing yields by up to 10 percent. More to the point, human crews are getting harder and harder to come by. For labor-intensive crops like strawberries and lettuce, the availability of workers is as fundamental as water and sun. The Western Growers Association, an agricultural industry group for growers in California, Arizona and Colorado, says labor shortages have reached a “critical stage.” The group founded a tech startup incubator in Salinas, California, to look for tech solutions to agriculture’s most pressing problems — among them, labor. WGA Center for Innovation and Technology head Dennis Donohue sees mechanization and automation as key to the future of agriculture, allowing growers to reassign scarce human crews to places they’re most needed and leave repetitive, less-skilled tasks to robots. “I do think we will see some functions like weeding where, you know, R2-D2 is going to be doing the weeding,” he says. But there’s another side to the story. Farm labor organizer Lauro Barajas of United Farm Workers says the answer isn’t less humanity in the fields, but more. The labor shortage is caused in part by broken immigration policies and poor conditions for farm workers, he says — fix those, and growers might find more people want to work for them. Barajas says while robots aren’t necessarily bad for workers — machines need operators, and those jobs pay more — the idea to replace humans with machines could have effects beyond company balance sheets. “The machine is not paying rent, it’s not buying food for their kids, it’s not sending kids to school,” he says. “It’s just a machine.” Back at Lakeside Organic Gardens, Jose Ayala is finishing up a day of lettuce thinning. He uses a hoe to rapidly scrape lettuce plants from the sandy soil, leaving a tidy, even row in his wake. Ayala has been working these fields since he immigrated from Mexico 25 years ago and, he says, he’s not worried about robots stealing his job. Help from machines might actually make it easier — he’d like to have robots do the backbreaking work for him, so he can move on to something easier. But he remembers when people would line up alongside the fields at sunrise, looking for a day’s work. Between deportations and tougher immigration laws discouraging new migrants, now, he says, “there’s no one.” If farms can’t find more people to work the fields, maybe robots will have to do it, instead. The truth is, they already do. According to Blue River Technology, LettuceBots thinned 10 percent of the country’s lettuce last year.

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As most of the first quarter data related to corporate and economic health has now been released, it is a good time to evaluate where we stand. In this article, we will review recent market activity, review recent data, risks to the market, and look forward to upcoming market-related events. While in recent months the market has hit multiple all-time highs, leadership has been narrow. In other words, the S&P has been largely driven by a few large capitalization tech stocks. The tech-focused Nasdaq has nearly doubled the performance yearto-date of the S&P. Outside of technology, performance has rotated among the various sectors. For instance, more recently, less risky, higher yielding sectors such as utilities and consumer discretionary have outperformed. Earlier in the year, the financial sector and industrials did well. Earlier in the year, Retail is a sector going interest rates were increasing, through secular and the expectation was that change,...there are clearly we would get significant fiscal stimulus. More recently, some winners and losers. interest rates have been getting lower, due to the lower future growth expectations, as the prospect for simulative fiscal policies have diminished. In other asset classes, gold has staged an impressive rally, as interest rates or Treasury yields have been coming lower. The lowering of domestic growth expectations and Treasury yields, combined with strong data from non-domestic economies has caused a decline in the US dollar. Accordingly, emerging market and European stock markets have staged impressive rallies. Oil prices have been volatile and range-bound. Despite an extension of OPEC cuts, the supply and demand dynamics remain unfavorable for oil prices to stage a significant rally. Corporate earnings have been a key driver of the market hitting all-time highs. With 98% of S&P 500 companies reporting earnings, 75% beat earnings expectations, and 64% beat revenue estimates. Earnings grew 13.9% during the quarter, the fastest pace since 2011. One of the key themes has been the improvement of foreign economies. The Commerce department estimates that in the first quarter, rest-of-the-world profits grew 25%. The weaker dollar should provide further support to earnings growth. Full-year 2017 earnings growth is expected to be 10%. Such growth would be positive for markets, as earnings growth is a key determinant of market performance. One of the other key drivers of market performance is the state of the economy. Early readings of the domestic economy were generally weak. Many suggest the weak first quarter numbers are seasonal. However, revised numbers for the domestic economy weren’t as bad as early GDP reports indicated. First quarter (Q1) GDP got revised up to 1.2% from 0.7%. Second quarter GDP is tracking 3.4%, according the Atlanta Federal Reserve GDPNow. Full-year growth is expected to be around 2% or so. While earnings, global economic growth, and global monetary policy are providing support to this market, there

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This view shows part of an area on Mars with narrow rock ridges, some as tall witness the Curiosity rover landing at NASA’s Jet Propulsion as a 16-story building. Credit: Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Laboratory in Pasadena, that she fell in love with Mars — and Arizona the idea of traveling there herself. Watching the Rover land

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dada Bhagwan Self Realization Seminar & Sastang: July 29-30 (Raleigh) Dada Bhagwan will be conducting a series of workshops with Deepakbhai Desai (a disciple of Param Pujya) between July 2930. Events include Dada Darbar at the Fred G. Bond Metro Park’s Kiwanis Center in Cary and Satsangs at HSNC in Morrisville, NC. RSVP at or email

taGCa Summer Picnic: July 9 (Concord) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) will hold its annual Summer picnic on Sunday, July 9 from 11am 4pm at Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Rd., Concord, NC. Enjoy a full day of fun, food and games with family and friends. For more details, visit

Shrinath dham Haveli Grand opening: July 7-10 (Matthews) The Vallabpushti Samaj of North Carolina presents the Shrinath Dham Haveli grand opening celebrations on July 7 - 10 at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC. There are multiple events planned over the four-day celebration. For more details, call 704-7633059, 704-236-4004 or visit

Folkmoot Festival: July 20-30 (Waynesville, nC) With dozens of performances held during two weeks by hundreds of world dancers, including musicians from India, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Argentina, Israel, CanadianWelsh and even a special US-African collaboration. Folkmoot brings the world’s diverse cultures together. Sharing traditions and learning about people around the world has never been South Carolina Festival of discovery: more exciting and entertaining. Enjoy performances, July 6-9 (Greenwood, SC) workshops, the Parade of Nations, and meet the performers Discover what rural America is all about during the award- from July 20-30 all along Main Street in Waynesville, NC. To winning South Carolina Festival of Discovery in beautiful learn more visit Uptown Greenwood. Enjoy the weekend rubbin’ elbows with some of the best barbecue cookers from across the country! The Gurumaa amrit Varsha: aug 4-6 (Florence, SC) Barbeque & Hash Cook-off, a SC State Championship and a Anandmurti Gurumaa is a profound mystic and a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, and was recently contemporary master with a synthesis of love and wisdom with featured on the Food Network Challenge “Great American BBQ pragmatic teachings which reach all over the world. She will be Showdown”. The Greenwood Blues Cruise kicks off the festival conducting a 3-day Amrit Varsha from August 4-6, 2017 at the on Thursday July 6 with a free Live After 5 Concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center in Florence, Countybank Plaza and run through Sunday, July 9. For more SC. Admission is free, although children under the age of 12 are information, check out not permitted. For more information, contact Dipali: 843.617.8863 Amish: 803.566.1223 or visit

american dance Festival 2017: through July 19 (durham) The world’s greatest dance festival, according to the New York Post, celebrating influential modern dance since 1934. Featuring public performances, classes, and seminars from more than two dozen companies and hundreds of choreographers, writers, and students. ADF has played a critical role in increasing the repertoires of our country’s modern dance companies, having been the site of more than 650 premieres, more than 350 commissions, and more than 50 reconstructions. Performance venues include Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Reynolds Industries Theater, Sheafer Theater, Baldwin Auditorium and more now through Wed, July 19. Check out for ticket info, special events and performance schedules.

Hindu Center anniversary Celebration: July 29 (Charlotte) The Hindu Center of Charlotte will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Saturday, July 29 with an anand bazaar, a cultural program, health fair, and a general body meeting. It all happens between noon - 6pm at the center located at 7400 City View Drive. For more details, call 704-231-3056 or visit

Isha Inner engineering Workshop: July 27-30 (Raleigh) Isha Yoga presents an Inner Engineering Workshop from July 27-30, 2017 at the Junior League of Raleigh. Inner Engineering gives you the opportunity to intellectually explore the basics of life using methods from the distilled essence of yogic sciences. The 4-day program includes all aspects of Inner Engineering and Shambhavi Mahamudra. For more information, call 919.339.1512 or email

art in the Park: July 15 (Blowing Rock, nC) Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent. Today, Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. The festival will take place on Saturday, July 15 along Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock, NC from 10am - 5pm. Call 828295-7851 or contact for questions.

Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair: aug 4-5 (Burnsville, nC) The 61st Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair will take place August 4-5, 2017 in downtown Burnsville, NC. Over 200 juried crafters will be on hand with handmade pottery, jewelry, rustic furniture, blacksmiths, candles, and artwork of all mediums. Have lunch and listen to live music on the shaded square as well. To learn more visit or call 828.682.7413.

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Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Saptah: July 23-29 (Charlotte) Shri Murlika ji of Maan Mandir and Braj Baalika will present the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Saptah from July 23 - 29 at the Hindu Center of Charlotte, 7400 City View Drive. She has exceptional knowledge and understanding of some of the most revered scriptures and will recite in Hindi. For more details, call 704-365-4561 or 704-321-0740. The center website is

Sri lakshmi Venkateswara Brahmotsavam: aug 11-13 (Charlotte) The Hindu Center of Charlotte will be celebrating their annual Sri Lakshmi Venkateswara Brahmotsavam between August 11 & 13, 2017. Included in the festivities are Dwajarohanam, Garuda Vahanam, Chandra Prabhotsavam and more. Please contact Reena Roy & Lakshmikanth or Baljali Temple Preists at 704.535.3440 for more information.

north Carolina Peach Festival: July 14-15 (Candor, nC) The Peach Festival begins on Friday, July 14 with the 7th annual Peachy Feet 5K. On Saturday, July 15 the festival continues with events including a cooking contest, parade, live music, helicopter rides, camel rides, karaoke, introduction of the 2017 Peach Queen, Peachy Feet 5K winners and Peach Cooking Contest winners. Kids activities often include: bungee trampoline, rock wall, bounce houses, bungee jump, miniature train rides, gyro ride, camel ride, petting zoo, zipline, and more. Admission is free. To learn more contact 910.974.4221,, or visit

Sukhwinder in Concert: aug 3 (unC-Chapel Hill) Live Spectrum, Arvind & Neha Mahajan, and AKM Realty present Sukhwinder Live in Concert. Sukhwinder has been a successful Bollywood playback singer since 1991 working with A.R. Rahman, Salim–Sulaiman and Gulzar among others. He is most notable as the vocalist for “Chhaiyya-Chhaiyya” from DilSe and “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire which won both an Academy Award and Critics Choice Award. The concert will begin at 7pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the UNC Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill. For more information, including ticket prices, visit

om Squad Summer Camps: July-aug (Morrisville, nC) The youth group of the Hindu Society of North Carolina presents its annual summer camp program. There are four sessions: June 12 - June 16; June 26 - June 30; July 17 - 21; August 14 - 18. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. There are many activities lined-up for these summer camps. Prices range from $250/session for members and $300/session for non-members. Festival of India, Sept 9-10 (Charlotte) HSNC is located at 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For The 23rd annual Festival of India will be held in downtown more details, write to: or visit Charlotte on September 9 (noon - 8pm) and September 10 (noon - 7pm). The festival is organized by the India Association of Charlotte and is filled with food, performances, vendors, arts, Gujarati natak Rang Rangila Gujjubhai: crafts, exhibits and more. Performers or vendors interested in aug 13 (Charlotte), aug 17 (Morrisville) participating can get more details at NC Indian Events and the Charlotte Gujarati Samaj presents Rang Rangila. This play in Gujarati stars Siddharth Randeria, acclaimed actor of stage and film. Community News The play will be on Sunday, August 13 at 5:30pm and proceeded with an Independence Day Celebration with the kids at 4:30pm. The venue will be the Dale F Halton Theater at the CPCC Campus in Charlotte. For more information, call 704.313.8445 or email Tickets are also available online through The play will also be performed on Thursday, August 17 at HSNC Hall, Morrisville, NC. Details:

Shiv yog Workshops: aug 12-21 (orlando, Fl) Shiv Yog will be conducting a series of workshops at the Rosen Jewish Community Center in Orlando, FL between August 12 & 21, 2017. These workshops include Durga Saptashati, Cosmic Healing, and Intensive Advait Sri Vidya Sadhana. To learn more about each event, visit, email, or call 407.906.3944.

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Inaugural Charlotte asian Film Festival The Memorial Day weekend saw a novel addition to Charlotte’s cultural landscape with the first-ever film festival with an Asian theme. Creative Yatra and the Charlotte Asian Heritage Association (CAHA) organized the new film festival on May 26-27. Charlotte Asian Film Festival (CAFF) was a joint effort of different local Asian-American community

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organizations in partnership with UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture and local businesses and organizations. The Festival took place at UNC Charlotte Center City in Uptown as part of Asian/Pacific Heritage Month celebration. Among selected guests, the event hosted NC House Representative John Autry, County Commissioner Fuller, Councilwoman Mayfield, and Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera. During the opening speech, Representative Autry reaffirmed the significance of such events in promoting Charlotte as a world-class city. He shared the sentiment that cultural diversity and opportunities for all ethnic communities is what the city of Charlotte and the great of state North Carolina can be proud of. There were nine movies of varied genres screened during the festival. This included full-length feature films, shorts and documentaries, with the goal to provide a window on various facets of Asian society, culture and history both in the native lands and in the diaspora. There were several filmmakers and movie critics who shared the spotlight during post-movie panel discussions. The opening night documentary Holy (un)Holy River on the river Ganges generated a lot of interest and left the audience with the appreciation of man-made challenges to the fresh water crisis. The viewers admired the spectacular cinematography in the Tibetan film Soul on a String while uncovered a complex terrorism plot in a yet-to-be-released Hindi movie, Sameer. Prof. Eddy Souffrant of UNC Charlotte and Prof. Henry Schwarz of Georgetown University were among the panelists who took part in the Q&A sessions. CoChair Phin Xaypangna attributed the success of the first Asian Film Festival to the partnership with Charlotte Film Society, Light Factory, the City of Charlotte Economic Development, and Saathee magazine among others who provided support.


As part of this auspicious occasion, Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah (7-day) Parayan Katha was performed from May 20 - 27 by Shastri Shree Yogendrabhai Bhatt. Shree Maha Vishnu Yaag (Yagna) was performed for three days in preparation of the Murti Praan Pratishtha. Respected Saints and spiritual leaders of various Shree Swaminarayan temples across USA and India visited and graced this event. The inauguration ceremony was graced by community leaders: Mayor of Morrisville Mark Stohlman, Mayor Pro tempore Steve Rao, HSNC President Girish Amin and TAHTS leaders Jaylan Parikh and Prasad Vanguri. More than 1000 people of Indian American diaspora attended this occasion. Shastri Shree Vishwaviharidasji Swami has been appointed as the new “Mahant Swami” in residence. ISSO Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple is now open, seven days a week 8am-12pm and 4pm-8pm. Daily Sandhya Aarti is at 7pm followed by Vachanamrut Katha by Shree Mahant Swami-ji. Every Saturday there is a “Satsang Sabha” from 5pm to 8pm, which includes Kirtan Bhakti, Katha, and Mahaprasad (dinner). July 2017


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Solar diplomacy Renewable power offers a relatively low-cost solution to Parabolic dishes at the India One solar thermal power plant, energy security challenges, conserves scarce foreign exchange Rajasthan. Brahma Kumaris/Flickr, CC BY-NC and reduces fossil-fuel-based pollution. These benefits led India and France to propose an International Solar Alliance for Power are jumping into this highly competitive market. And “sunshine” countries in the tropics at the Marrakech climate the shift is not just happening in India. Solar prices in Chile and change conference in November 2016. These countries receive the United Arab Emirates fell below 3 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2016. Indeed, where emerging economies are installing new power generation capacity, the economic argument in favor of renewables is strong and getting stronger. Additional drivers of this revolution include the local and global pollution costs of extracting, transporting, refining and

Smog obscures the Taj Mahal on Jan. 26, 2017. Air pollution, mainly from fossil fuel combustion, is discoloring the building’s white marble. Kathleen/Flickr, CC BY

Meenakshi Dewan tends to maintenance work on the solar street lighting in her village of Tinginaput, India. Solar power is bringing electricity to rural areas in India that are not connected to the national power grid. Abbie Trayler-Smith / Panos Pictures / Department for International Development/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

consuming fossil fuels. In opting for renewables, India and China are responding to widespread local protests against air and water pollution and the human health impacts of continued reliance on fossil fuels. For poor countries, domestic solar power generation has another side benefit. It saves them foreign exchange by substituting solar energy for imports of oil, gas and coal.

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strong solar radiation that fluctuates very little throughout the year, thereby providing favorable conditions for low-cost solar power generation. ISA is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization that already counts 123 countries as members. It is committed to increasing adoption of solar power production by sharing technological knowledge and by mobilizing $US1 trillion in financing from international development banks and the private sector by 2030. The Modi-Macron embrace extends far beyond France and India. Broader adoption of renewable power production in emerging economies is not the only solution to climate change challenges. But it is a central plank in global strategies to manage climate change-related problems. Countries such as India, China, France and ISA members are demonstrating that a failure of U.S. leadership need not stand in the way of a renewables revolution.


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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

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Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded to “Raise Up the Next Generation for Jesus Christ.” The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel -

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Carolinas Christian assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 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 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 For Further Details: - 513.518.5300 - 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 Marathi Mandal The Mandal adds to the vibrancy of Charlotte with various events including the Ganapati Festival which are designed to keep the cultural values and traditions alive. The community is encouraged to participate. For Further Details:

Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja 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 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. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411


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

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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

Shri Rang avadhut Parivar (Parspar devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thurs from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut.” Info about 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

Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education and has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools 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 to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326

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

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 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation. Sessions are conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte. For Further Details:

Sangamithra Foundation A Charlotte-based charity organization 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 works towards realizing its vision. For Further Details:

Sindhi association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396

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, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Srishti welcomes and brings


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telugu association of Greater Charlotte area (taGCa) TAGCA was formed with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details:

trimurti temple devasthanam 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’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to engage in humanitarian and educational activities. 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. Upcoming Events: July 7 - 10: Haveli grand opening ceremonies For Further Details:

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. 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:


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; lowimpact 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)


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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

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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:


art of living (Raleigh) Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. The Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939

assamese association of north Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: Nilaskhi Phukan - 919.949.1618 - 919.200.4020

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

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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) The Organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on June 10. Members will enjoy a musical program. For Further Details: 919.793.6588

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) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations, he pursued the spiritual path under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. Dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). For Further Details:

dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search only ends when the source of eternal happiness is found. This can only be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by A. M. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan, and was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. It is based on the foundation of Self Realization. This unique science provides practical day-to-day solutions that lead to harmony and happiness in life. Dada Bhagwan Satsang, Raleigh center invites everyone to the regular events at HSNC, Saturdays 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003

datta yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). 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

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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. Gokulam 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 the poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

Hindu Society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Upcoming Events: June 12 - Aug 18: Om Squad Summer camps For Further Details:

Gurdwara atlantic Coast Sikh association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh Rangila - 919.309.1045

Heritage India association of nC (HIanC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, HIANC presents several annual events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details:

Hindi naatak Group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. Explore your dream to act on stage in a professional 2/3 act Hindi play. You must meet following criteria: You are male or female of 20 to 50 years of age. You can read and speak Hindi fluently. You have some experience in working on or off stage. You can make 3-4 months of weekend commitment for the project. Also need a team who can work behind the scenes to manage rehearsals, publicity, sales of tickets, and other arrangements. For Further Details:

Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing KaviSammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. 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. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville and 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

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Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. 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, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706

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. Upcoming Events: Sat, Aug 12: Sangeet Symphony 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

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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. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. 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

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: 116

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Krishnadham uSa Krishnadham USA’s mission is to foster richness of Hindu cultural heritage in our children and to provide learning experiences on our cultural values to visitors and residents alike under the guidance of Vaishnavacharya Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahoday. Krishnadham will be established on a 16-acre sized tract located at 795 Beaver Creek Road in Apex, North Carolina (in Chatham County) not far from Jordan Lake.Krishnadham USA is having weekly Satsangs and Monthly manoraths to celebrate various Pushtimargiya festivals. They meet at 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102 in Morrisville, NC 27560 on Saturdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for Satsang. Everyone is invited to attend. For Further Details: Hemant Sura 919.608.2412

Maitri (nCSu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details:

Pakistani american anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details:

Pratham - triangle area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi -

Professional Indians’ association PIA is a meetup 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


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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 spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki -

Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never a charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135

Sewa RtP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian service organization. For Further Details:

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu temple (ISSo) ISSO’s 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. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Temple is now open daily 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm; Daily Sandhya Aarti: 7pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha: Saturday 5pm to 8pm. The Mandir is located at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 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: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429

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

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:

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:

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:


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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:

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 3-hour 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.


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, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh & 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: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360 122

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ISKCon 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. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 For Further Details: 336.593.2322

netIP NetIP is North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals, which provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the South Asian Community. For Further Details:

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

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:

Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is an ISKCON friendly, rural devotional community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The group gathers inspiration and guidance from the books, letters, lectures, and example of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Following Srila Prabhupada’s personal example, they strive to educate society in order to achieve a life of happiness, prosperity and spiritual fulfillment. Dedicated to selflessly serving the North Carolina and southern Virginia Hindu communities, visiting homes for fellowship, worship, scriptural study, and kirtan. Also facilitate spiritual festivals,

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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. Aarti is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

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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 2:30pm at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 / 512.547.7077

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), 7pm (meditation), and 8pm (“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


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Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7pm, Balvihar classes are from 10-11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5-7pm. 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 open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. For Further Details: 803.772.6940

India assoc. of Greater Charleston (IaGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was 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

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

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 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quran 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 Center’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 6pm 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 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:

Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852

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5. Developing countries might plan cities with robot cars in mind Because developing countries are still, well, developing, they can give rise to nascent megacities in short order. Consider China’s Shenzhen: a tiny trading post in the 1980s, now a sprawling megacity with more inhabitants than Sweden. In coming decades, some other foreign metropolis could adapt itself to a population that no longer clogs its cities with humanpiloted cars. Anderson speculates that these cities might have narrower streets. After all, future robot cars will presumably drive with tight precision. It’s also widely predicted that robot cars will kill the era of privately owned cars. Instead, they’ll be shared commodities that zip around, transporting many customers, instead of remaining parked all day while a single owner is at work. These cities might also have denser downtowns that are rid of spacehogging parking lots.

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A team of little animals and a team of big animals decided to play football. During the first half of the game, the big animals were winning. But during the second half, a centipede scored so many touchdowns that the little animals won the game. When the game was over, the chipmunk asked the centipede, "Where were you during the first half?" He replied, "Putting on my shoes!" •••••••••••••• Teacher: “Students, Here is a test question for you guys. ‘I killed a person.’ Convert the sentence into future tense.” One student: “The future tense is ‘You will go to jail’.” ••••••••••••••

At a wedding party, one woman said to another: “Aren’t you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?” The other replied: “Yes, I am. I married the wrong person.” 130


July 2017

Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla)

Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Supports”)

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: ( 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction.



The unused 7 letters spell ”The subject of this puzzle.”

(solution on page 134)



The common letters are “KE” - Fill in the blanks) 1. The Japanese art of cut flower arrangement. _ KE _ _ _ _ 2. A shaking or tremor. _ _ _ KE 3. A person keeping score at a game. _ _ _ _ _ KE _ _ _ _ 4. A unit of weight for nails, equal to 100 pounds. KE _ 5. Renovation by an expert. _ _ KE _ _ _ _ 6. To hit with hand or tool, weapon etc. _ _ _ _ KE 7. To move (a ship) by hauling on a rope fastened to an anchor that has been drooped some distance from it. KE _ _ _ 8. Informal variation of OK. _ KE _ _ _ KE _ 9. Oblique; a slant or twist. _ KE _ 10. “ __ Mouse,” Disney’s cartoon character. _ _ _ KE _ 11. Sound of something heavy landed. KE _ _ _ _ _ KE _ 12. Sharp-witted; shrewd; mentally acute. KE _ _ 13. To hurry along; hustle. _ KE _ _ 14. Error. _ _ _ _ _ KE 15. A simple rough, outline drawing. _ KE _ _ _ 16. A person with the same name as another. _ _ _ _ _ _ KE 17. A pot for boiling tea. KE _ _ _ _ 18. A person who makes a speech in public. _ _ _ _ KE _ 19. A stroke made on the operating keyboard. KE_ _ _ _ _ KE 20. Anything said to arouse laughter. (Hee Hee!) _ _ KE 21. Vicious; cruel. _ _ _ KE _ 22. A tomato sauce flavored with spices. KE _ _ _ _ _ 23. To make larger or longer; increase. _ KE 24. To quench or satisfy (one’s thirst). _ _ _ KE 25. Trickery; hocus-pocus. _ _ KE _ _ _ KE _

(Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


July 2017

News Notes

American Dance Festival

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we should be able to clean up about 50 percent of this great Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years’ time,” he says. But the bottom line is this: Ocean Cleanup hasn’t yet been actually deployed. It’s still in development and could come online sometime in the coming year. So stay tuned. In the meantime, other marine scientists including Marcus Eriksen, founder of the 5 Gyres Institute in California, are working on an entirely different and global approach to ridding the world’s oceans of plastic litter. Eriksen believes in a prevention model and changing the systems that create the problems in the first place are the best way forward. “That’s where a lot of the hard work is happening,” says Eriksen. “It’s far upstream trying to stop this flow of trash to sea. If you pick up what’s out there, you’re not stopping the problem continuing far into the future. You’ve got to stop the source.” Eriksen points to what he calls a “rising tide of activism to fight plastic pollution.” Many cities around the world, for example, are installing booms in their rivers and estuaries to capture plastic trash before it washes to sea. Plastic recovery centers are starting to appear in South East Asia which Eriksen says are “getting really good at sourcing where plastic trash is coming from and separating what can be recycled and composted. Any plastic trash left over, they’re working with local companies to deal with it and to redesign excessive plastic packaging.” That’s the kind of hard work that is required, Eriksen says, to stop the flow of plastic into the ocean. He insists, “That’s where it’s happening.” As for Slat’s big floating screens to be installed in the Pacific Ocean to be serviced by “ocean garbage trucks”? Eriksen responds: “I’m sorry to say, but I think these downstream mitigations out in the middle of the ocean are a distraction from the work that almost all environmental organizations are focused on.”


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ignorant perch above the fray. What does it mean to be progressive and want to do good without really understanding the situation or the peoples that one presumes equality with? The buffoonery served both child-like perception and a deeper social angst. I’m sorry to have missed what promises to have been fun and very energetic, Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s Museum Workout. I should have realized that all of the shows, restricted to very small audiences, would sell out quickly. It was a combined tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art along with participatory movement by the audience as the entourage moved amongst works of art. I greatly regret that I could not attend the opening night gala performance of the African American Dance Ensemble, local to Durham, NC. Many who follow dance will know the Ensemble’s founder, Dr. Chuck Davis, belovedly known as “Baba Chuck.” A towering man in physical and spiritual stature, nobody could meet him without being changed for the positive. Unfortunately, he passed away on May 14, 2017 at the age of 80. I look forward to sharing the season ahead with Saathee readers. Highlights for July include Pilobolus’ always exciting inventive dances; the beautiful and often classically-inspired programs of Paul Taylor Dance Company; Mark Morris Dance Group’s dances Gloria and Excersions, including live music of Vivaldi performed by the Durham Symphony and NC Master Chorale. ADF tickets are on sale. Full details on tickets, as well as all things ADF, are available at .

Note: Photographs and American Dance Festival logo and schedule courtesy of American Dance Festival and used with permission (except photograph of Dr. Chuck Davis, from Top photograph of Lucinda Childs (Footprints), taken by Sally Cohn. Hillel Kogan photograph by Gadi Dagon. Cherdonna photograph by Lou Daprile.

Marketing Turnaround

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Trans fats have harmful health effects even in small amounts – for each additional 2 percent of calories from trans fat consumed daily, the risk of coronary heart disease increases by 23 percent. Trans fats are found in ready to eat packaged foods, baked goods and fast food. Trans fats increase shelf life so all packaged and processed foods have trans fats. To identify trans fats, look for the words “hydrogenated fat” on the ingredient list. A 2006 labeling law has required food companies to list trans fats on food labels.

triglycerides Triglycerides are the end product of digesting and breaking down fats in food. High triglycerides are linked to insulin resistance, increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Higher triglycerides are usually the result of too many simple sugars and starches in the diet.

We will continue the fats conversation and how to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in next month’s article.

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phrase). Twitter also offers analytics to see how well your page is interacting with other users. Your analytics page gives you a snapshot of how many profile visits, mentions, tweet impressions, new followers you’ve gotten in a 28 day period, and keeps several months of data visible so you can see how your effectiveness changes over time. Other helpful data includes identifying your most popular tweet (measured my impressions or how many people saw it), your top mention (when someone else mentioned you) and your top follower (the person who follows you and has the most followers themselves). Think of Twitter as the tickertape for the Twenty-first Century, the modern AP newswire where we are all generating the news. If you’re still unsure about how you want to use Twitter, go check out the pages of top experts you admire. See which types of posts attract you and which don’t. Watch how they engage with followers. Get ideas of what works and what doesn’t. See if you can tell which accounts have a PR professional managing them (and not the account owner) and which feel more authentic. Then wade in and try it for yourself!

Excerpted from The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook


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1. Dome Added 2. Building Removed 3. Tires Added 4. Color Changed 5. Building Shortened

6. Door Removed 7. Flag Added 8. Color Changed 9. Door Removed 10. Tire Added

July 2017

Jul. 4 - Independence Day (USA) Jul. 4 - Devashayani Ekādashi Jul. 9 - Guru Purnima (Full Moon) Jul. 20 - Kāmikā Ekādashi Jul. 23 - Hariāli Amās (No Moon) Jul. 23 - Parents Day Jul. 28 - Kalki Jayanti Jul. 29 - Goswāmi Tulsidās Jayanti





august 2017 Aug. 1 - Tisha B'av / Lughnasadh Aug. 3 - Putradā / Pavitrā Ekādashi Aug. 7 - Nārieli Purnima (Full Moon) (Moon Eclipse) Aug. 7 - Rakshā Bandhan / Gāyatri Jayanti Aug. 10 - Bol Choth Aug. 12 - Nāg Panchami Aug. 13 - Rāndhan Chhatha Aug. 14 - Shitalā Sapyami Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 15 - Shree Krishna Janmāsthami Aug. 17 - Pateti (Pārsi New Year 1387) Aug. 19 - Paryushana Parvarambha Aug. 18 - Ajā Ekādashi / Paryushan starts Aug. 21 - Pithori Amās (No Moon) (Sun Eclipse) Aug. 21 - Senior Citizens Day Aug. 24 - Haritālikā Teej / Varāh Jayanti Aug. 25 - Ganesh Chaturthi Aug. 26 - Rishi Panchami Aug. 26 - Women's Equality Day







Puzzle Solutions

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Math Magic

from page 130


July 2017

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aRIeS (Mar 20 - apr 20) After a negative start, the month will take a positive turn. It is advisable to make any moves during second week of the month. You may enjoy a great deal of success, and your efforts will help in some increased income. Your confidence will be on par as well. You will have some help from friends and partners. Drive carefully and run cautiously to avoid any mishaps. Avoid any major changes this month.

tauRuS (apr 20 - May 21) The time is very favorable to make long-term decisions. You may take important family or career-related actions this month, but be prepared for healthy competition. Also, watch your health and live with discipline. Try to work out partnership disputes, if there are any. A small cheat or lie may mess up an opportunity. Students may have to work harder to achieve their desired grades. Try to avoid shady politics. Good news from a far off place may delight you at the end of the month.

GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) You may experience two very distinct lives during first and second half of the month. Great opportunities may come your way so grab as many you can, as destiny is favoring you. Try not to lose your self confidence under the influence of excitement or anger. Watch your health seriously during the month. Discipline could also be very helpful. Avoid driving during last week of the month. Your partner or spouse may prove to be good support.

CanCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You will perform excellent at your place of work, but will see no immediate benefit. You are at the verge of a great change during last days of the month. Don’t wait for the next month for any decisions. The turning point may bring feeling of big relief. A friendly discussion with parents may help you in making that big decision, so don’t try to make one on your own. Some financial losses are also possible this month.

leo (Jul 22 - aug 23) After a negative start, the month will take a sudden positive turn. You may experience life as a roller coaster ride. Carelessness may become the cause of a health problem. Try to move fast and adopt a flexible attitude during second half of the month. Support from your friends and associates will delight you. You may enter into a new venture. Don’t hesitate to make a bold decision, instead listen to your children first.

VIRGo (aug 23 - Sep 23) Your life will be controlled by circumstances this month. You may struggle at your place of work. The third week of the month is open for you to make decisions, so try to act very cautiously. A family gathering during the last days of the month may bring good luck for you. A steady state of health is clearly indicated. Avoid any aggression and don’t make any decisions under the influence of friends’ advice. Avoid short distance travel.

General Predictions for JulY 2017

lIBRa (Sep 23 - oct 23) You may enjoy steady progress this month. You will enjoy success with great help from your family, more specifically your sibling. Try not to move very fast. You may feel happy during middle of the month. You will see a rise in your bank balance. The stock market may bring some relief during third week of the month. If you are a student, now is the time to focus on study. The time is good for a long drive.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) This is the period of great achievement and celebration. Your friends and seniors will be with you to share in your tremendous success. You will enjoy love and respect from your higher authorities. You may invest some money in business or home affairs. Time is changing to be a bit negative for students. Your enemies won’t even dare to harm you. Use your self-confidence to achieve success, but be prepared to work hard.

SaGIttaRIuS (nov 22 - dec 21) After a positive start, you will experience a minor setback this month. You may lose your confidence and make bad decisions. Try to maintain an easy temperament and keep working hard. Don’t overthink things. Don’t take any loan or debt this month. A strong para-psychic experience may bring a major negative change among your friends’ circle and relations with your family. Try to focus on studying and reading.

CaPRICoRn (dec 21 - Jan 20) You will experience a minor positive change at the beginning of the month. You may also feel relaxed. Your workload will increase but will prove to be rewarding. Support from family and partners will bring good results in business or trade. You should continue watching your health carefully and avoiding enmity with anybody. Also, don’t plan any outing, as you might have to change your program. aQuaRIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Try to be practical during this month. It is better to concentrate on enjoying your family and social life. The time is not good for students. If working, one last chance for getting a promotion is present. In either case, there will be a rise in income. Be aware of your surreptitious enemies as they could destroy your plans and happiness. If involved in a legal dispute, the time is on an uphill swing.

PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Even though you feel that time is improving, some new problems will turn up during the final week of the month. A minor health issue could turn into a prime concern this month. You must act very carefully and avoid taking any kind of risks. Old family problems will continue to bother you. Your performance at work could be poor, but your luck will protect you. Long-term planning is essential now.


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Convenience Store/Gas Station for Sale or lease. Very low rent or no rent offer! Lancaster county (45 mi from Charlotte). With or without property. Guaranteed return. Call 803-577-7008 or 973-207-6798. C-Stores with Gas available: Multiple locations in NC & SC with an average investment of $160k. Call Brian 864-300-4889.

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Retail Sales associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706-877-0315.

Cook needed for home in Pineville (Charlotte area) to cook Gujarati food 2-3 times a week or on weekends. Drop off/pick up provided if nearby. Call 732-874-0108.

Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Cleveland / Akron, Ohio. Accommodations provided. No English necessary. Call 919-6737623 or

Housekeeping Couple needed for Independent motel in SC. Legal status required. Accommodations provided. Call 864-270-8253. Gujarati nanny needed for home in Greenville, NC. Also cooking and housekeeping help. Contact 252-565-3563 or Housekeeping Couple needed for independant motel near Charlotte, NC. Accommodations provided. Legal status required. Call 864-384-6900 between 9am & 5pm. experienced Housekeepers and laundry Help needed for franchised Hotel in Apex, NC. Contact Anita at 919-387-4600. Gas Station assistant Manager wanted in Rock Hill, SC. Full-time. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Call 704-737-7230. experienced threading Practitioners or licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay & flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5) Front desk Manager needed (single or couple) for 50 room Franchise Motel in Covington, VA. Honest, dedicated & reliable. Hotel experience, fluent English and legal status a must. Email Part-time Paralegal needed to help with Immigration Paperwork (H-1B visas, etc) in Charlotte. Call 704-236-2731.

Hotel Help Wanted: Laundry Couple & Housekeeping Couple needed for Hotels in SW Virginia. Hotel experience& legal status required. Contact Sanjay at 276-733-9511 or Part-time Indian nanny needed for 3 year-old son in South Charlotte. Responsibilities include 1pm pick-up from school & taking care of him until 6pm. Also some light cooking. Driving a must. Permanent position. Call 980-269-5487. Housekeeping (single or couple) & night auditor needed for Franchise motel in Winston Salem. Accommodations provided. Legal status required. Call Jay 423-544-6834.

night Shift Front desk help needed for hotel in Gastonia, NC. Full-time. Single or couple. Legal status & fluent English required. Accommodations provided. For detials call Jay 626-290-9322. Multiple positions available for Convenience/Gas Station, Liquor Stores, & Fast Food Restaurants in Lexington County, SC. Single/Couple, Full-time or Part-time & good pay. Fluent English & Legal Status required. Call 803-414-4883.

In-home caregiver needed in North Durham for elderly female stroke patient. Fluent Punjabi/Hindi or English. In-home accommodation may be considered. Call 919523-0516 or email 138

Front desk Clerk needed for franchise motel in Charlotte. Full-time or part-time. Experience & fluent English required. Must be honest and reliable. Call Nina 704-299-3364. experienced live-in Manager needed immediately for 50-room independent motel in Charlotte, NC. Accommodations and excellent salary provided with bonus program and possible lease option. Send resumes to Front desk Clerk needed for Motel in Durham, NC. Must have front desk experience, computer literate, fluent in English, and legal status. Call 919-452-3131 or Email

Convenience store/gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC. Single or Couple. Full-time or part-time. Good pay. Legal status required. Call 803-792-4452.

Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary & accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or e-mail

Front desk Help needed for hotel in Burlington, NC. Single or couple. Full-time. Accommodations provided. Fluent English and computer literacy required. Call Ashwin Pathak for salary info 336-693-9057. Manager needed to run 55 room Hotel in SC. Legal status, fluent English & 2 years of hotel experience required. Accommodations possible. Call 843-222-0158 between 9am-3pm or email Help Wanted for Gas stations in Augusta, GA Area. Will help with housing & transportation. Must have work permit. Call 864-554-4846. Part-time nanny needed to take care of 17 month-old in Dilworth area of Charlotte, NC. Daytime hours, 1-2 half-days per week. Active and energetic. Fluent English & Gujarati preferred. Must have own transportation. Call or text 318-550-7305. Gas Station Help Wanted: Full-time Single or couple in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Call 803-466-5861 or 803319-9878. Front desk help needed (mix shift) for franchise hotel in Fort Mill, SC. Must have hotel experience, good computer skills and fluent English. Email resume to Housekeeping Couple needed for Franchise motel in west Columbia, SC. Legal status required. Accommodations provided. Please call Umesh Patel 803-361-1013.

experienced Housekeeping Help needed (single or couple) for a franchise motel in Ladson (Charleston), SC. Excellent pay. Accommodations provided. Contact Priya at 843-425-2840. Front desk help needed for Hotel in Concord, NC. Approximately 20-30 hours per week. Fluent English & legal status required. Call 704-236-4679 Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm.

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Convenience store help needed. Good, faithful family wanted to run store in Cherokee county. Legal status required. Good pay! Contact Charles Shah 704-763-3058 or Hotel Management Firm now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM).

live-out nanny/Babysitter needed starting in August 2017 for up to 1 year. Arboretum area of Charlotte. Kannada/English/Hindi speaker preferred. Full-time M-F, 8am-5pm. Contact 309-339-7640 or Hotel Help Wanted: Front Desk, Laundry & Maintenance for franchise motel near Charlotte. Fluent English required. Experienced preferred. Couples welcome. Accommodations provided. Please call 704-705-8913.

Help Wanted: Franchise Motel in Spring Lake/Fort Bragg, NC for Front Desk and Housekeeping. Accommodations possible. Good salary. Fluent English a must. Contact Dev 630-253-8860 or Housekeeping Couple needed for motel in North Carolina. Excellent pay. Accommodations provided. Call 910-817-4313 or 910-995-1707.

live-in nanny needed for Hindi speaking family in Charlotte, NC starting September 2017. Taking care of baby and cooking. Food & accommodations provided. Call 704-724-1330. Housekeeping couple wanted for Hotel in Rocky Mount, NC. Accommodations provided. Contact 443-538-3997. Restaurant Help wanted in Cary/Morrisville, NC. Chef, Assistant Manager, & Servers for full-service restaurant. Excellent Pay. Email resume to or call 919523-6670. Housekeeping needed for 55 room Hotel in SC. Legal status & work experience required. Accommodations possible. Call 843-222-0158 between 9am-3pm or email Motel Help Wanted: Front Desk, Housekeeping, Minor Maintenance, and Supervision of Charlotte Motel. 9am-9pm. Accommodations provided. Monthly salary. Come by Lamplighter Inn or call 803-554-6377 10am-2pm for an appointment.

experienced Housekeeping & Front desk Help needed for a franchise motels in Fredericksburg, VA. (Single or Couple) Excellent pay. Accommodations provided. Contact Jay at 804-263-7593.

Help Wanted for NC & SC franchise Hotels/Motels. Couple or Single for Front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, manager, supervisor & office work. Accommodations provided if needed. Please contact PM at 704502-2444 or

Gas Station Help Wanted Immediately: Multiple stores in Greensboro area with fulltime & part-time positions. Must have prior experience and be able to work flexible hours. Great pay! 336-509-4054.

live-in nanny needed for 6-month old in Charlotte. Also some vegetarian cooking. Call 704-900-9134. Couple needed to manage Motel in Charlotte (University area). Computer skills and fluent English a must. Email resume to looking for work? Check daily for additional help wanted classified ads visit


Gujarati Brahmin girl, Md Physician, 29 working in NC looking for alliance from a boy (US citizen or PR) in the field of Medicine / IT / Management. Email with biodata to

30 year-old athiest, Gujarati boy in India looking for alliance with girl in the United States with PR / Green Card. Running businesses in India. BE in Computer Engineering. Email w/ bio-data.


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Gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc .If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405.

Gujarati Priest in nC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-641-4761 or email:

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

Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All.

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

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Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)....................................85

Akruti Collections......................................................29

Fashion and Jewelery...............................................92

Patel, Tony (Real Estate)............................................62

Ali & Sons Car Care ................................................92

Fresh Dental ..........................................................125

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate)..........................................65

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .....................................55

Gandhi International Market......................................34

Payal Groceries........................................................ 49

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants)........ 39

Geological Resources, Inc.........................................39

Piedmont Health Care (Gastroenterologist V Trivedi, MD) 117

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)...............................16

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

PNC Bank (Commercial Financing - Reena Ruwala).83

Around The World Market (Charlotte)......................133

Go Satellite City (Dish Network).................................23

Pramukh Mandapam.............................................135

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..............................29

Godavari (Truly South Indian - Charlotte)...................95

Puja Boutique (Charlotte)..........................................42

Asiana Fusion.Sushi................................................. 25

Great Smiles Dental Group (Matthews, NC).............. 99

Raghu Mothukuri Allstate Agent................................85

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar)........128

Gurumaa (Param Pujya Anandmurti Gurumaa).........71

Rajbhog Foods....................................................... 135

Aureus University School Of Medicine (Aruba).......... 41

H2 Laser & Skin....................................................... 49

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)....141

Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat)............... 121

Health Markets (Medicare, Health, Life, Supplemental).84

Raj's Photography.................................................... 37

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)............61

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

Ram Realty (Ram Kalagara)......................................27

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)......................................135

Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of South Carolina....79

Regal Oaks Dental .................................................115

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)......24

Hull & Chandler, P.A. (Ketan Soni - Legal)..................17

Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture.........................33

Battineni, Sekhar (Real Estate)..................................31

Idolize Brows & Beauty ...........................................53

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law)....141

Bhindi Jewelers ......................................................2

Illume MD (Laser Hair Removal)............................. 111

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).....51

Bhowmik Dave Photography.................................... 91

India Grocers (Charlotte).........................................113

Saffron Restaurant and Catering...............................21

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC...........................................81

Indian Association of Carolinas (Atul Purohit, Sept 2017)12

Shah & Trivedi CPA, PLLC.........................................65

Blooming Buds.........................................................57

International Community Church ...........................127

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)................................... 86-87

Bombay Grille (Charlotte)........................................129

K & M Accounting.................................................... 29

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) .........................51

Brijal Shah (Keller Williams - Real Estate)..................59

Kabab-Je................................................................. 47

Shining Stars Academy.......................................... 101

British International School of Charlotte.................. 123

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).....43

Shreya Ghoshal Concert Atlanta (Paracha Ent)..........11

Carolina Horse & Carriage......................................105

Kaur, Karamjit (New York Life Insurance).................117

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band).........................70

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai)......................... 107

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

Shyama Beauty Parlour............................................49

Carolina NeuroSurgery & Spine Associates.............. 97

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

Singh Tutoring.......................................................... 31

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor)......103

Khanna & Sons Jewelers......................................... 15

Sithara (South Indian Restaurant - Charlotte)............43

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)............. 117

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar)...............................20

SJ Iyer Realty............................................................37

Charlotte Chess Club ..............................................59

Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate).....................47

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta)........................................... 30

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat ..............................54

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions).......................142

South Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD) 109

Charlotte Music School.............................................91

Live Spectrum (Sukhwinder Concert)..........................3

Southern Oncology Specialists (Dr. Swetha Gujja)...111

Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)............33

Maadhurya Photography..........................................35

Sri Somesvara Temple (Mt. Soma, North Carolina)..137



Maharani Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)........................109

Tang Lin (Gastonia)...................................................55

Concha, David (Immigration Attorney).....................105

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

Thakkar, Beena (Realty)............................................ 21

Copper Restaurant (Charlotte)...................................93

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)........................ 25

The Blue Taj..............................................................93

County South Realty & Business Brokers............... 127

Matthews Family Dentistry .................................... 121

Travel Universe......................................................... 38

Cruise Planners (Raghu Mothukuri).......................... 53

Meenakshi Creations LLC.........................................97


Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte).........................................37

Meetika Kapur (Realtor / Broker)...............................83

Ttravel Guru..............................................................88

Dada Bhagwan (Self Realization Seminar)................ 69

MyShadi Bridal Expo.................................................45

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate).............................................17

Delhi Palace / Spices of India (Columbia)..................99

MyTripFare (Travel agent)..........................................65

Uni World Travel........................................................44

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao-Cedar Walk Dentistry).......47

Nagpal, Sunil MassMutual Financial Group)..............89

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC)............... 8-9

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS)....... 62

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan).............................. 51

Vedic Center Greenville, SC (Devi Chitralekha Deviji).67

Desai & Desai LLP (CPA & Financial Services)..........35

NC Indian Events (Gujarati Natak: Rang Rangila).........5

Vyas Travels..............................................................51

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC)....................................103

Neeta's Beauty Parlor.............................................117

Woodlands Vegetarian Cuisine (Charlotte).................48

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

North American Bancard ........................................ 13

Worldwide Travels ....................................................83

Devi S. Laskar - Poetry (Gas & Food, No Lodging).... 57

OM Tech Training ...................................................121

Yogiraj Swami (Hindu Religious Ceremonies)............49

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi)................................................... 46

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine......................58

Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville)................27

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani).............................................53

Patel Brothers (Charlotte)........................................119


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