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Mukhteshwar temple, Odisha

In this issue: Big Brother in South Asia Indian Army at Fort Bragg

Hello Readers! The armies of the world’s two greatest democracies converged in Fayetteville in May at Fort Bragg for Yudh Abhyas, a joint military training. See the story and photos on pg. 8. Must Bol is a youth-led organization working toward social improvements in India. Read about their efforts on pg. 14. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website: Congratulations on 15 years of Saathee! The peacock on the May 2013 cover is so beautiful, and I believe it was a perfect choice to grace such a milestone issue. Saathee is much like that national bird of India; it is intelligent, highly sociable, and worthy of regard. Saathee brings communities together, possesses integrity, and is highly respected. Everyone who takes part in creating Saathee should be as proud as peacocks. As former employee at Shukla Entertainment and contributor to Saathee’s Social Media column, I am very proud to have played a small part in Saathee’s history. I can’t thank you enough for how much I learned from you (Divakar) as a business person, as well as a cultural ambassador to India. I am a better employee to my company thanks to my time at Saathee. I wish you all the best in your continued success! - Wendy Wells

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Yudh Abhyas - Indian Army in NC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Must BOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Internet in India and Pakistan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 US Troops Begin Afghan Withdrawal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Nawaz Sharif Returns to Power: An analysis . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 REAListically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Personal finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Obama’s Approach to Drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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Yudh Abhyas

Indian Army Visits Fort Bragg for Annual Training exchanges on logistics, engineering, information operations and CRBNE (chemical, radiological, biological, nuclear, and highyield explosives). Last year, the USARPAC-sponsored exercise brought together the Hawaii-based 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division with the Indian Army’s 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, at Majahan and Bathinda, India. For armies involved in many of the same types of combat, counterinsurgency and peacekeeping roles, what the armies are exchanging during Yudh Abhyas has great implications, according to Indian Army Col. Prashant Kandpal, commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Gurkha Rifles, who visited Fort Bragg. The Gurkhas are mostly Nepalese infantrymen known for the long, forward-curving knives they carry and their fearlessness in combat. The 5th Gurkha Rifles are part of the combat-hardened 99th Mountain Brigade. “Tactics are ever changing,” said Kandpal, who is in his 19th year of military service. “Every day brings something new.” With the unprecedented means for the enemies of peace and freedom to share tactics, it is imperative that the U.S. and India share with each other what they have learned, he said. “We have different tactics: theirs are shaped by their experiences in Jammu and Kashmir and ours by our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Kandpal’s exercise counterpart, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Sounia. Sounia commands the hosting unit at Fort Bragg, the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, which is the reconnaissance

Story and Photos By Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Partnership is not an event but a process. Yudh Abhyas, the annual bilateral soldier training between India and the United States began its ninth year May 3, 2013 held for the first time in Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC, and the home of the U.S. Army Airborne. Yudh Abhyas literally means “training for war” in Hindi. In military language, it is a theater security cooperation exercise between the Indian Army and United States Army Pacific, executed this year by the XVIII Airborne Corps’ 82nd Airborne Division.

Practically speaking, it is an open exchange of knowledge and operating procedures between key regional partners – the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy – through field and command post exercises. Additionally, the training included expert academic


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element for the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat and to move forward with that mission whatever the cost. Freedom engenders both mutual respect and advancement by Team. A cavalry squadron is the organizational equivalent of an merit, he said. “Freedom is the force multiplier,” he said. infantry battalion. Yudh Abhyas 2013 concluded on May 17, 2013. “[In the field training] we are seeing a lot of detailed work from the Gurkhas, which is something we are rebuilding at our Article courtesy of team level,” said Sounia. While the U.S. Army might be better equipped at the Here’s a chat with SGT Dave, who worked as individual level, the Indian Army tends to keep individual warfighting knowledge longer because the initial term of a cultural liaison during Yudh Abhyas. service in the Indian Army is 15 years, he said. “The Gurkhas are a phenomenal unit,” said Sounia. “The Indian Army officers are incredible officers that any army in the world would be proud to have.” Bilateral training between professional armies is useful at all levels of soldiering, but for young leaders, it is invaluable, said Indian Army Maj. Prashant Mishra, a company commander Can you talk about Yudh Abhyas 2013 and its objectives? and eight-year veteran. Yudh Abhyas is an ongoing exercise which India and United “Tasks on the ground are accomplished by the young States conducts every year since 2004. It started semiannually leadership. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to empower and later started happening once a year. This is the first year them,” said Mishra during a day of sharing the science and craft this exercise has been this big and two great army units of the of platoon-level patrols in the forests of western Fort Bragg with history are taking part in this exercise. They are the 82nd a troop of cavalry paratroopers. Airborne Division of United States Army and Gurkha This year’s Yudh Abhyas culminated in a complex United Regiment of Indian Army. The objective of Yudh Abhyas Nations-type exercise set. Indian paratroopers with the 50 exercise is to improve India and United States collective Independent Para Brigade accompanying the Gurkhas will response to international issues anywhere in the world. jump into the objective with American paratroopers. The Gurkhas arrived What were your specific tasks? by helicopter. Being born and raised in India I very well understand Indian Artillery, mortars culture and having my education and work experience I am and other heavy very comfortable with things in the United States. My role weapons play was to work as a cultural liaison throughout this exercise. I roles in the script. worked as a bond between two armies to understand each From conception other better. I have been involved in this exercise since to execution, the beginning, once it was decided it was to be held at Fort operation is the Bragg and was a part of planning and execution. product of both You have the cultural knowledge of both countries. What armies, with the Cultural Day at Myrtle Beach are your impressions about both countries’ armed forces? focus on improving Working for the United States military, which is a volunteer the ability of both forces to respond to a wide range of force, has been great experiences for me. I have seen Indian contingencies, said Sounia. military soldiers since my childhood where I lived in a city Kandpal and Sounia were very pleased with the level of which has one of the biggest Indian army cantonments. cooperation between their soldiers, they said. United States has a very proud and great history of the “India and the United States are global partners with global soldiers who have selflessly served this free country and responsibilities, and when contingencies emerge, we can only given their lives for freedom. It is very similar with India, operate at the speed of trust,” said Sounia. “We are building which has a volunteer force and has great soldiers who are that trust right here, right now, with two of the most competent very well disciplined and ready to lay their lives for and experienced armies in the world.” motherland. Working with both armies together was Sounia said there is always a transition period when new flawless. 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But many young people want to connect more deeply with themselves and engage with social change. The space for doing this is not something that is considered very legitimate. We call this the 5th space. This is a space where young people can take leadership of their own development and come with their own agendas. Our work on action and awareness against GBV also flows from these principles where we are facilitating a deeper understanding on violence, gender and self to inspire young people to take leadership against issues that impact them the most. The Must Bol campaign was started by The Youth Collective in 2010. We work with young people to develop their leadership against gender based violence through making short films, taking public actions and online campaigning.”

An organization that celebrates and nurtures youth leadership for social change By Manisha Dass December 16, 2012. The date holds significant value even for those who were not involved. Indians all over the world hung their heads in shame hearing about the mortal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi. Following the attack, many names were given to show respect and tribute to the victim – Nirbhaya, Braveheart, Amanat, and Damini, to name a few. Gender based violence is not new to the Indian public – sadly it is something they have been dealing with for a long time. According to a report published by the United Nations in 2009, rape is the fastest growing crime in India with a 733% increase in rapes since the 1970’s. Tougher antirape laws have been promised by the government as has increasing of policing but to no avail. Following the incident, protestors flooded the streets of New Delhi stunned at how this could happen in a country where women should be worshipped. New Delhi was labeled yet again the “rape capital” of the world. But then, just like that protestors got quiet and began going about their daily lives. But one group of people remains, even today. And they were there even before the December 16 incident. Must Bol is a campaign effort for the youth of New Delhi to identify violence and speak out against it. Within Must Bol is a youth collective, Commutiny, an “organization that celebrates and nurtures youth leadership for social change.” With support from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Partners for Prevention, Must Bol works towards increasing awareness. I got the opportunity to interview a facilitator from Must Bol, Manak Matiyani who has been involved with the organization since 2009.

Have you seen an increase interest in your organization since December? “Specific to the December case, our volunteers immediately sprang into action joining many of the protests and condolence meetings that were organized across the city. We also started a leaflet campaign to talk about sexist attitudes that create violence. The leaflets highlight how we teach our young boys to be aggressive and our young girls to not to speak out against violence and urged everyone to stand against sexual harassment and act to stop it. We have also initiated a study on sexual harassment on Delhi University campus. We are talking to groups of young women in different colleges that are part of the Delhi University [perhaps the largest public university] in the country about factors that make them feels safe or unsafe and experiences of harassment on campus. The idea is to collate information to understand sexual harassment as a structural problem and find systemic solutions. We are also working with many campuses in Delhi to take up workshops and sessions with young people to talk about sexual harassment and gender based violence faced by men and women.” What inspired you to become involved with an organization

like Must Bol? “Gender and media have both been interest areas for me since I was in college. As a student, I also realized how there were Can you tell our readers a little bit about Commutiny? very limited spaces to be able to explore gender reality and how “At the Youth Collective, we are it impacted my life. While I studied gender as part of some of working to strengthen youth the courses I took, I felt a lack of spaces to apply theories and participation and leadership of social ideas to practical life and learn to deal with the many situations change. We do this by promoting youth of gender and gender based violence that I and many of my led initiatives and creating spaces for friends faced or dealt with. That has been a big motivation young people to not only take action, behind working with this campaign to create the space that I but to continuously reflect on the kind missed for other young people. Also, the campaign now brings of leadership that they offer and together both my interest areas to engage more deeply with become better leaders. We feel that for young people to become young people and I find that very meaningful.” learners for life in ways that address violence within and What’s the biggest challenge/obstacle either as a facilitator or without, it’s imperative they seek to address violence of all just in general that you or your campaigners face from the forms in different contexts. Through our work with young public? people we have realized that the four spaces of friends, family, “One of the biggest challenge that I face as a facilitator with career and leisure are considered legitimate for young people. continued on page 20


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young people and we also face it as a group when we engage with the larger public is the inability of people to acknowledge their own responsibility and recognize violence that they either face or create. In public debates on sexual harassment for example, we hear people blame everything from corrupt politicians, to no law and order enforcement, to less punishments for crimes to women wearing “certain kinds” of clothes and going out at night… broadly called “western culture” by many of the moralizing public. People are not ready to take responsibility for a problem that we all create as a society. They shy away from saying what they can do about it, or examining personal beliefs, attitudes etc. more deeply. That I think is a big challenge. As a society we continue to push problems and solutions outside and blame the “other” and don’t examine the very personal connect that we all have with a structure that is sexist and creates violence for anyone who does not conform to a patriarchal gender norm.” How do you handle those challenges? “One of the ways to work with this challenge is working with the same group in a sustained and continuous manner. So while we do take up large public outreach and awareness actions, the main work where transformation happens is within the volunteer group. Once we are able to create a personal stake and connect with an issue for the young people who are leading the campaign, they are able to translate that into a larger change on the ground.” Is there a single event that stands out to you as one where you really felt like Must Bol was making a difference? Can you describe the nature of this event and what happened, if so? “There have been a many such events where I felt that we have managed to make a difference to individuals. These may not necessarily be events, but are processes that we spark off. Some examples that I can recount most easily are: A volunteer from a prominent college in Delhi University becoming active to energize the gender forum in college and taking up discussions, film screenings and other events to bring these issues into public discussion. A workshop on relationships with a group of young women from another prominent women’s college in Delhi University transforming into a space where the women were able to share deep personal stories of facing violence that they had not felt confident to share before and activating a safe discussions space in college to support each other with these experiences and feelings. Engagement with the Must Bol campaign prompting a young boy to start off a large social media campaign to address sexual harassment and gender based violence. Young people really warmly reaching out and supporting each other on issues of violence in the family, sexuality or forming long-term friendships.”

to bring as many people as possible into such discussions and learn from each other. A big help would be to connect with us on Facebook and bring your own experience and ideas into the ongoing discussions there. If in Delhi, we are happy to connect with anyone who can volunteer time and effort to help organize the campaign and its various actions. Contributing films, posters or any other online support that we can get from your readers would be great. Anyone willing to contribute to support a specific action or initiative in the campaign through resources such as an old computer, books relevant to young people and gender, films, information material, an old camera or financially are most welcome. Although we are able to organize bringing materials etc. to the campaign only from within India.” Maitiyani, like many young adolescents in New Delhi want to see change and are working actively towards it. Dance guru and Bollywood choreographer, Terence Lewis, posted his views in December on a social media site, reflecting the need for change. “I agree that there has to be a consequence and punishment but don’t agree that capital punishment will deter the neurotic psyche of people with those tendencies! You think the offenders didn’t know that they would be apprehended and convicted! I’m sure they did! You see this was not a premeditated crime! The victim was unknown to the offenders and generally in most rape cases that are reported, this is not true! So the act was random, a situation presented itself with an opportunity and once they knew they were alone together and powerful, their mind and emotions deep seated in their psyche, took control and turned them into uncontrollable monsters going beyond their reasons and they tapped into their repressed sexual violent nature! Let’s make a change in our minds and the way we raise kids, at homes and school! Let India awake to a new tomorrow that creates an environment where sex and sexuality isn’t repressed, talked and experienced openly without fear of ostracisation and judgment! Let’s take India back to the land of spiritual freedom and wisdom. The era of Satyug where we work with nature and science to build a world that is organic yet contemporary and forward thinking! These are my two pennies after thinking it over and over again without getting unduly emotional! Let the law take a firm and quick stance but we should also make a firm resolve to create a society that allows an open dialogue on sex and sexuality, takes away guilt and shame and allows for a space and environment where there is freedom and respect for others rights and yet allows us to be who we want to be without taking away the right and dignity of others! Freedom with responsibility, respect and value for all, including Mother Nature. To this world may my country and the world at large awake in the coming year!”

With a tagline like “chai, charcha, and change,” Must Bol is definitely headed in the right direction to make changes and educate the public on how they can contribute to these changes. Change is being sought by many Indians, irrespective of if they are young or old. Several protestors came out following the brutal attack in December but when they didn’t see immediate results, backed down. The energy needs to continue in order to ensure that someone’s precious life wasn’t taken in vain. Is there anything else you feel our readers should know about Must Bol? How can they support your efforts? “The campaign is an attempt to highlight gender issues faced To get involved with Must BOL or learn more about how you by young people. It is working on the ground as well as online can help, visit their website at


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onboard.” Talking about Highway, Ali further adds, “This story is played out on a large and very picturesque terrain. In this kind of journey you feel certain things that can’t be expressed except through music. Most of the songs play in the background in Highway.” Highway is set in six different states and captures the journey of two completely opposite people who are thrown together by fate. Starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, the film is slated to release on December 13, 2013.

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Buddha to be Made into a TV Show

Fukrey Arrives in June

Spice Studio’s mega project Buddha which was to be made into a film is now being produced as a big-budget TV series. The project brings together Shekhar Kapur and Ashutosh Gowariker working on the research and script development. The series will be a biopic of one of the greatest Indian personalities ever, Buddha. It is based on the historical facts and will tell the story of prince Siddharth and his dramatic transition into Buddha. Each episode has been planned as a one hour film. “Spice Studios is committed to make Buddha. We know that it’s not easy to make something of this significance and scale. Now we have the benefit of years of research on the subject. We realized that the scope of television today is larger than films and we wanted Buddha to reach out to the largest number of people possible. Only TV can give us that reach. Big names have contributed to this project and finally we are able to make it happen,” BK Modi told Bollywood Hungama in an interview.

Punjabi Power comes to theaters as the much-talked-about new comedy Fukrey hits the screens on June 14. This film comes from the blockbuster producing duo of Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar who previously brought audiences groundbreaking hits like Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On!!, and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Fukrey is directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and stars Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma, Priya Anand, Vishakha Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, and Richa Chadda. The film is about college buddies and their misadventures. It’s a story of four restless and hapless souls, running after their individual desires, brought together by one dream, which turns their not so simple life upside down.

Rani to Portray a Cop in Mardaani

Abhay Deol Moves to TV

Yash Raj Films has announced its next release with director Pradeep Sarkar titled Mardaani. The studio promises a gritty film with Rani Mukerji playing the lead role of a police officer for the first time. The film will be produced by Aditya Chopra and will begin shooting later this year with a 2014 worldwide release.

Abhay Deol who was last seen in the Prakash Jha film Chakravyuh will soon be making his debut on the small screen. He will host Zee TV’s new reality show “Connected Hum Tum.” Commenting on the venture at a press conference, Deol said, “I didn’t have a plan to come on TV, so there is no point of coming late to TV. It’s just that I liked the show, so I gave the nod to it. I never thought that I will ever be doing a reality show or will host a show on television. It’s not a question of time; it’s a question of subject and project. When I came across a good project, I said yes.” The show will feature six women from different walks of life with the camera constantly following them. Deol’s next film project is Anand L. Rai’s Raanjhanaa, which also stars Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush.

India’s Lost Silent Film to Get New Sound The 1929 Indian classic A Throw Of Dice has been refurbished and restored and will be screened for the first time at the Sirifort Complex auditorium in Delhi to commemorate India’s 100 years of cinema. This film hasn’t been seen by the public for over 50 years. According to an interview with a senior member of the Minister Of Information & Broadcasting, “It wasn’t easy getting this rare print. Bollywood has no interest in the Silent Era. The stars today are completely cut off from the vintage classics. The restoration of A Throw of Dice was of no interest to Bollywood.” The film was made by Franz Osten and is a take on the classic Indian epic “Mahabharat.” Hindustani classical musician and Sitar player Ustad Nishat Khan has done a full original background score with music and songs for the newlyrestored version. He told Bollywood Hungama, “I had to create a musical score that would take the audience through a 100 years of Indian cinema and music. I’ve used Indian folk music, Hindustani classical, I’ve played the Sitar... we’ve undertaken a journey through the musical heritage of the country while staying true to the film and its theme.” Khan will also release the music as independent album.

Suniel Shetty Turns Villain The last time veteran actor Suniel Shetty played a negative role was in Farah Khan’s film Main Hoon Na. Shetty is gearing up to play a baddie in Prabhu Dheva’s next film which stars Ajay Devgn in the lead. The two actors haven’t shared the screen since the 2007 film Cash.

Imtiaz Ali and A.R. Rahman Team up Again Their last collaboration, the film Rockstar, was a success. Imtiaz Ali and A. R. Rahman have penned a deal to work together on the upcoming movie Highway. Director Ali was initially a little hesitant to ask the music maestro to compose the music for the film as Rahman has a very tight schedule. Ali told Bollywood Hungama, “We started this film in a big hurry. So, I did not want to trouble him but we stay in touch and I mentioned the story to him one day. We talked about it for a while and he was


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Saint Kabir (1398? – 1518) Saint Kabir was a mystic poet and an Indian saint. His writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement. The name Kabir comes from Arabic word, Al - Kabir which means “The Great.” He was born in at Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh. June 23, 2013 is Kabir Jayanti. It is believed that he was the son of a Brahmin woman who abandoned him and was found by Niru, a Muslim weaver, who adopted him and taught him the trade of weaving. He was the first of the medieval Indian saints of the Bhakti and Sufi movements; whose compositions are in Sikh Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. He harmonized Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Islam by saying that Rama and Rahim are same. Not much is known about what kind of spiritual training he might have received. But he did not become a sadhu, as many saints did. He chose to balance his life, working as a tradesman while heading a household. Though he was not literate, he composed many short didactic poems and couplets expressed in various language in the form of ‘Bānis’ (utterances) , Dohe, Salokā (Sanskrit Slokā), or Sākhi (Sanskrit Sākshi) meaning “witness.” Today there are meny followers of Kabir-Panth (Path of Kabir). He advocated leaving aside the Vedas and the Quran and simply following “Sahajpath,” meaning a simple and natural oneness with God. Many books about his life and poetic works are available. Legend says that he relinquished his body when he was about 120 years old. When he died in 1518, his Hindu and Muslim followers started fighting about the last rites. It is said that when they lifted the cloth covering his dead body, they found flowers instead. The Muslim followers buried their half part and the Hindus cremated their half. His tomb and the “Samadhi” still stand side by side. It is not possible to write all about the life of such genius and notable people. Every person is a volume of experience and knowledge, if we know how to read. This column is a simple tribute.

Chadariyā jhini re jhini Lyrics in English: Kabirā jab ham paidā hue, jaga hanse ham roye Aisi karani kara chalo, ham hanse jaga roye Chadariyā jhini re jhini, he rāma nāma rasa jhini Chadariyā Ashta kamalā ka charkhā banāyā, pancha tatva ki yoni Nau dasa māsa bunana ko lāge, moorakha maili kinhi Chadariyā Jaba mori chādara bana kara āyi, rangareju ko dinhi Aisā ranga rangā rangareja ne, ki lālo lāla kar dinhi, Chadariyā Chādara oḍha shankā mat kariyo, yeh do dina tumko dinhi Murakha loga bheda nahi jāne, dina dina maili kinhi Chadariyā Dhruva Prahlāda Sudāmā ne oḍhi, Shukadeva ne nirmala kinhi Dāsa kabira ne aisi odhi, jyon tyon ki dhara dinhi Chadariyā Meaning (Summary): Poet Kabir says that when we were born, the world smiled and we cried. Do such deeds that when we leave (die) we laugh and the world cries. This body is like a (Chādar) finely woven blanket and permeated by the holy name of Lord Rama. Eight-petaled lotus was used as a spinning wheel and the five elements as yarn that took 9-10 months to knit it. Fools soiled it. When I got my blanket, I gave it to a person who dyes blankets, (to Sat guru—the spiritual master). It was dyed such, totally red in color. Do not have doubts or fears while wearing this blanket. It is given to you for two days only. The foolish people do not understand the differences and they soiled it day by day. Great devotees such as Dhruva, Prahlād, Sudāmā and Shukadeva wore it, Shukdeva made it pure. The servant (Dās) Kabir, wore it such that he left it as it was.

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His famous Hindi Bhajan “Chadariyā jhini re jhini...” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on the left. [Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.]

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Hindustani Music - What is Thaat? By Anita Kulkarni

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In classical music, the artist is always trying to add something new. He conducts the new experiment, which is a creative task of offering new in the present. Hindustani music tradition is related from past. Raga theory is based on “Thaat.” All Ragas are originated from main 10 Thaats. Ragas are classified based on ascending and descending note pattern in following Thaats. According to Pt Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande (1860-1936), one of the most influential musicians in the field of North Indian classical music in the twentieth century, Thaat is what “each one of the several traditional ragas is based on, or is a variation of, ten basic Thaats, or musical scales or frameworks.”

Carnatic Music- Classification of Ragas By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, over the last few sessions we have been examining ways of classifying ragas based on different criteria. The most recent column explored janya ragas and their classification into Upanga and Bhashanga ragas depending on the absence or presence of an anya swara (foreign note), respectively. Thank you to all those who got back to me with the answer to the question in last month’s column. Raga Bhairavi is a janya raga of the mela Natabhairavi- the anya (foreign) swara is the chatusruthi dhaivata (D2). In this month’s column, we continue to explore other ways to classify ragas. Janya (child) ragas whose arohana (ascending scale) and/or avarohana (descending scale) contain a zigzag pattern of swaras are called vakra ragas. An example of a vakra raga is the raga Kadanakutuhalam (S R M D N G P S) - here the swaras are not in straight order but follow a crooked pattern. Vakra ragas in turn can either be classified as Upanga or Bhashanga. In addition to the mela-janya classification, ragas can also be classified as ghana and rakthi as well as Karnataka and Desya ragas. A ghana raga refers to a raga that is majestic in nature. It is used to evoke the bolder rasas (emotions) such as veera (valor), roudra (anger), adbhutha (surprise) and bhayanaka (fear). The traditional five ghana ragas include the ragas- Nata, Gowla, Arabhi, Varali and Sri Raga. A rakthi raga is one that draws the hearts and minds of the listeners. It evokes the emotions of sringara (beauty), karuna (pathos), hasya (laughter) and shanta (peace). Examples of these ragas include Thodi, Shankarabharanam, Natakuranji and the like. Using a geographical method of classification, Karnataka ragas are those that are indigenous to South India like Bhairavi, Ananda Bhairavi, Kedaragowla and the like. Desya ragas are those ragas that have their origin mainly in Hindusthani music but have gained popularity in Carnatic music. Examples include Yaman Kalyani, Behag, Dwijavanthi among others. There are many ways to further sub-classify ragas; however these merit separate discussions and will possibly be of interest only to students of music. Till we meet next time, do listen to the Carnatic raga Kadanakutuhalam- there is a beautiful composition in this raga “Raghuvamsha Sudha” which brings out the zigzag nature of the raga beautifully.

1. Bilawal:  Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni ( All natural/shuddha notes) 2. Khamaj: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Ni komal/ flat in descending) 3. Kafi: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Ga and Ni Komal in both ways) 4. Asavari: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Ga, Dha and Ni komal) 5. Bhairavi: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Re, Ga, Dha and Ni komal) 6. Bhairav: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni ( Re and Dha komal) 7. Kalyan: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Ma tiwra/sharp) 8.  Marwa: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni ( Re komal and Ma tiwra) 9. Poorvi: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Re, Dha komal and Ma tiwra) 10. Todi: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni (Re, Ga, Dha komal and Ma tiwra) Thaat’s Rules: 1. There are only 10 Thaats. A Thaat’s scale must have 7 notes out of 12 notes. 2. Thaat is a scale defined and has only ascend or aaroh. 3. There are more than 300 ragas and all are based on one of the 10 Thaats. A raga produced from a Thaat can be sung but Thaat can’t be sung. 4. The Thaat’s name is given to the Raga. Like Raga Bhairav is from Bhairav Thaat. A Thaat has its own main Raga. All 10 main Thaats Ragas are very popular.

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Blogging in Pakistan ain’t like Blogging in America Internet censorship in Pakistan teeters atop a confusing, politically-fraught seesaw. By Mariya Karimjee - KARACHI, Pakistan — At first, it was just Buzzfeed. I had moved back to Pakistan, where I intended to continue my full time work in online media, after almost 13 years in the United States. But the internet in Karachi did not appear to be the same internet I’d known and loved in America. I wasn’t prepared for the censorship. The last thing I expected to be blocked from viewing was a photo gallery of “14 Of the Most Fabulous Animals in The Kingdom.” People had mentioned, offhandedly, that web browsing in Karachi — although sometimes stunningly fast — came with its own variety of censorship surprises. “And I’m not just talking about the fact that certain things are inaccessible,” one friend had said, with a wink. I would quickly learn that internet censorship in Pakistan teeters atop a confusing, politically-fraught seesaw. While content that is presumed to contain pornography is blocked immediately by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s computer robots (perhaps it was Buzzfeed’s use of the word “seduction” that triggered the censor?), in the last year the government has experimented with more targeted forms of censorship that restrict political, religious as well as social discourse. For eight hours in May of last year, for example, the PTA blocked the entirety of Twitter, explaining that the social media website was, unacceptably, displaying active links to a Facebook competition involving cartoon drawings of the


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computers. Their access mystified me, since most free proxy sites don’t have the bandwidth to support things like streaming video. But they wouldn’t answer when I asked them how they managed it. So I hung up the phone. I’m not expecting that my internet situation will get better anytime soon. Last week, the newest music video by popular Pakistani band The Beygairat Brigade was also blocked. Although the PTA gave no explanation, the song does heavily criticize Pakistan’s army generals. But I’m a journalist in Pakistan, and the web is my way to reach all of you. So, readers, come censors or high water (monsoon season is coming), I’ll be doing my best every week to bring you fresh stories about life inside Pakistan. Luckily, most of the news happens away from my keyboard, anyway.

Internet freedom activists and privacy experts worry the project offers far too much access to citizens’ communications. They say official agencies allegedly misused and leaked tapped phone conversations, while the government has sought to quash dissent and silence critics on the internet under the guise of preventing hate speech. “In the absence of a strong privacy law that promotes transparency about surveillance and thus allows us to judge the utility of the surveillance, this kind of development is very worrisome,” Pranesh Prakash, the director of policy at the Center for Internet and Society, told the Times of India. “Further, this has been done with neither public nor parliamentary dialog, making the government unaccountable to its citizens,” he added. The government last year blocked mobile phones and shut down social media sites ostensibly to prevent communal riots, but in the process blocked some 16 Twitter handles known to be critical of the government. Critics of the CMS movement wrote a blog post arguing that the Indian government wants to use the law to censor “hate speeches and government criticism.” “We know the government today hates public criticizing it,” the group Stop ICMS wrote on their blog. “The recent arrests of people for tweeting or posting on Facebook has India’s new Central Monitoring System will give officials proved that. Govt. does not like criticism that can be seen unprecedented access to calls, texts, and online activity. by everyone on the Internet.” The CMS program is in place in a “preliminary state” By Talia Ralph and Jason Overdorf - right now, with the full version expected to be in place by August 2014. NEW DELHI, India — The government has quietly started putting into place its new Central Monitoring System (CMS), a project that will give it access to its citizens’ telephone calls, texts, and online activities. The system, in development since 2009, will enable state agencies to monitor all digital interactions, the Times of India reported. Work on CMS has been kept quiet for the past few years; although the newspaper reported that several government agencies ordered specialized equipment and systems for monitoring telecommunications. India’s government has steadily been increasing its access to telecommunications Internet freedom activists since the 2008 Mumbai and privacy experts worry the bombings to help track project offers far too much militants and illegal access to the citizens’ activities. communications. The country — one of the world’s fastest-growing internet markets — enacted its information technology law in 2000, and amended it twice, in 2008 and again in 2011.

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The bases are being renamed as they are handed over. FOB Lagman was originally named for Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, a soldier from Yonkers, N.Y. who was killed in action in 2004. The base’s new Dari name roughly means “Sniper Striker Camp,” but it may have lost something in the translation. Of course, with a new mission comes new watch words. “Right-sizing” is the military jargon of the moment; it describes leaving Afghans with equipment and facilities that will meet their needs, without overburdening them with complex maintenance and training requirements. “Retrograde” is how one says “draw down operations” in Army-ese. When a soldier is seen standing idly, officers might yell, “Hey, go retrograde something!” Right-sizing a base sometimes means moving the walls to make it smaller or larger, and it almost always means removing generators, air conditioners, surveillance cameras, weather stations — anything that would take more fuel than the Afghans can afford or more training than they will get. Some scanning equipment used at checkpoints has to be removed because its internal components are classified, and there are concerns that they could be reverse-engineered. At FOB Pasab, soldiers are right-sizing the base by building a smaller base inside of it. When the building is complete and the US troops are ready to leave next year, they will demolish the outer walls and leave what remains for the Afghan soldiers and district officials. Truly retrograding a base is a huge undertaking for US forces, so they prefer to hand bases over to Afghan troops whenever possible. A base the Afghans can’t use has to be completely dismantled and bulldozed to the ground to prevent the Taliban from occupying it or making a propaganda film amid the ruins and claiming victory over a surge operating in retrograde.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The impending drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan is readily visible at the larger bases. Two years ago, Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar was home to barely 800 soldiers. Now closer to 5,000 Americans and Afghan troops make do inside its perimeter, brought in from outposts that have been closed or turned over to Afghan security forces. The burgeoning Kandahar Airfield is plagued by long lines at the chow halls, laundry machines and shops. The internet, never fast in Afghanistan to begin with, slows down more with every wave of soldiers that arrives; many have little work to do other than packing up. Some bases recently turned over to the Afghans look abandoned—haunted, even. Forward Operating Base Lagman in Zabul, once the major American-Romanian base in the province, is now home to just a few companies of Afghan soldiers. Dozens of dark, empty tents where US soldiers once slept now flap in the breeze, doors open to the spring dust storms. Air conditioners with crushed radiators, not worth hauling away, line the alleys between the tents, next to broken bedframes. A rutted gravel plain lies on the former site of Lagman’s bazaar — a collection of about ten small shops selling souvenirs, jewelry, cheap knives, Pashtun clothes, rugs, pirated DVDs and local drinks. Not a trace of the bazaar remains — the few Afghan soldiers there now don’t have enough disposable income to keep the shops open. “We hauled away a lot of the scrap metal and junk from Lagman before we did the handover, but the [Afghan soldiers] got upset with us,” said Col. James Crider, commander of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. “They said, ‘scrap to you is cash to us.’ Now we’ll leave the scrap behind.”


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about his past transgressions. She attacked him for leaving the helm of state government to commit adultery and then forced taxpayers to foot the bill for it. She reminded voters of this behavior and questioned why he deserved anyone’s trust. Best of all, Sanford complicated matters by violating a family court order and trespassing onto his ex-wife’s property…in the middle of the election. Yet, despite all of this, Election Day came and Sanford won handily: 54-45%. In this day and age, that’s a political landslide. So how’d he do it? Well first of all, the District itself was so conservative even Mitt Romney won it by 18 points. That’s a tough thing to overcome for any Democrat. Second, Sanford is no rookie. While many of his negatives were self-inflicted; his team did a wonderful job running a disciplined campaign down the stretch and turning out high propensity Republican voters. Sanford was able to convince voters his views aligned with theirs more closely than Colbert-Busch’s. Combining these moves with the campaign’s ability to tie Colbert-Busch to former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the recipe for success was set. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a fire (it was responsible for setting in the first place), Mark Sanford is back in political office. This proves yet again, in politics, you can never count anyone out.


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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Those of us who are plant lovers and for whom plants thrive say we “have a green thumb” but in the spring we may be found with dirt under our fingernails. This is because we often prefer to garden without gardening gloves, our hands touching the plants and the earth. Our column in May was about water, one of the basic elements of life, along with earth, air and fire. This month we will explore idioms and metaphors based on another basic element: the earth. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use earth, dirt and mud? 1 1. She is very down-to-earth and easy to work with on the team. _____ 2. I don’t know where on earth our daughter gets her fashion ideas! _____ 3. We checked on all the social networking and people search sites but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. ____ 4. Some parents would go to the ends of the earth to get their children into good colleges. _____ 5. His sister is an earth mother type. _____ 6. You can trust him; he’s the salt of the earth. _____ 7. You have very creative ideas but you are out of touch and need to come down to earth. ____ 8. No matter how high-tech we become we will never wipe roaches off the face of the earth. _____ 9. That spa is simply heaven on earth! _____ 10. Pieces of the meteor plummeted to earth in Russia. _____ 11. Their announcement of the company’s merging was not exactly earth-shattering news. _____ 12. The fruit and vegetables are dirt cheap at the farmers’ market right now. ______ 13. I predict that they will hit pay dirt with their new technology. _____ 14. Watch out! The opposing party will try to dig up some dirt on our candidate! ______ 15. Most of the third world population is dirt poor. ______* 16. If your clerks treat your customers like dirt, they won’t return. . _____ 17. You need to include graphics; your report is as clear as mud. _____* 18. Come on out dancing with us; don’t be such a stick-in-themud! _____ 19. His name is mud every since he crashed the car while texting!______* 20. Check out your sources; you don’t want to be accused of mud slinging. ____ *Very informal usage; not for the office. a. Do everything possible to achieve something b. Become more realistic and aware of the real situation c. Wonderful! d. Exactly; an intense form of “where” e. A good and honest person f. Completely vanished g. Demolish, destroy every trace h. Very nurturing, maternal and natural i. Find out something bad about someone j. Practical and pragmatic. k Fell rapidly from a great height. l. Discover something of great value

Bergman’s book, Mastering Meaning: Harnessing the Power of American English, a collection of her best Saathee articles, is now available at Answers: 1-j, 2-d, 3-f, 4-a, 5-h, 6-e, 7-b, 8-g, 9-c, 10-k, 11-m, 12-o, 13-l, 14i, 15-n, 16-p 17-s, 18-r, 19-q, 20-t.

Suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: Read the Life, Home and Garden and News sections in your daily and Sunday newspaper or in digital format and look for idiomatic uses of earth, dirt and mud. Notice whether any of the expressions in this article are used by your colleagues and pay attention to the setting and the context. References: 1,

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Immigration Matters Immigration Reforms in the Works By Lakshmi Challa Early in 2013, a bipartisan group of eight Senators: Marco Rubio of Florida (R); Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R); John McCain of Arizona (R); Jeff Flake of Arizona (R); Robert Menendez of New Jersey (D); Charles Schumer of New York (D); Richard Durbin of Illinois (D); and Michael Bennet of Colorado (D) formed a committee tackle the issue of immigration reform. On April 16, 2013 the committee, known as “the Gang of 8”, introduced the Border Security Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act to the Senate. Of note, the Gang of 8 has proposed reforming the employment-based categories, which lead to lawful permanent status (green card.) There are five immigrant visas in employment-based categories, EB-1 through EB-5. Most noncitizens who are eligible for lawful permanent status through an employment-based categories fall under the EB-2 category, for advance degree recipients, or the EB-3 category, for skilled workers. Currently, employment-based categories are subject to annual limitations. Each year, only a certain number of immigrant visas are made available to the employment-based categories; those visas are divided up among the various categories. However since most individuals fall into the EB-2 and EB-3 categories, more people apply for those categories than visas are available every year. Non-citizens who apply for those categories but don’t receive their visa before the annual limit is reached are placed in a queue based on the date of their application. As the years have gone by, the queues have grown so long that many people are forced to wait five to ten years in order to even apply for their green card. This is especially true for nationals of high-demand countries like India and China. The Committee proposes to remedy these backlogs within the next ten years by implementing the following measures. First, the bill proposes increasing the annual limits in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories by 40%. With close to double the annual slots, those who are currently backlogged can be processed more quickly, and in the future, there will be more slots available which will reduce backlog. Additionally, the annual numerical limits will exclude immigrants with doctoral degrees; immigrants with extraordinary ability in arts, science, education, business, and athletics (EB-1 category); certain physicians; and derivatives (children and spouses) in the immigrant visa employment-based categories. These exclusions from the annual numerical limitations will result in more available slots in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Finally, the Gang of 8 proposes creating a new EB category for individuals who have earned a U.S. Master’s degree in a STEM field as long as they have been in the U.S. for at least five years and have an offer of employment in the U.S. This proposed reform is not only beneficial for the immigrants and their families who are currently in limbo due to the existing backlogs, but also it is beneficial for the US economy as a whole. A large percentage of the EB-2 and EB-3 work visas are sponsored by employers unable to fill positions in the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) with American workers. In 2006, The United States National


Academies expressed its concern about the steady decline of STEM education in the United States. Since those findings were published, organizations such as Nation Research Council and government officials have made concerted efforts to address the decline of STEM education. The government has implemented several measures to remedy this issue including encouraging Americans to enter these areas of employment; strengthening STEM education in primary and secondary school as well as encouraging foreign nationals educated in these fields to remain in the United States for longer periods of time. Prior to 2012, F1 student visa holders who graduated from US universities, regardless of area of study, were only able to work in the United States on their F-1 visa for 12 months through the Optional Practical Training extension (OPT.) As of 2012, F-1 student visa holders who graduate from STEM designated degree programs can remain in OPT status an additional 17 months after the 12 month period on an OPT STEM extension. Thus far during the mark-up period in the Senate for the Border Security Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (BSEOIM), the period in which Congresspersons review bills which are introduced and propose amendments, there have not been any significant changes to the employment-based categories of the bill which were proposed in mid-April. Therefore, it is highly likely that this portion of the legislation will remain if the BSEOIM is enacted. We applaud the Gang of 8’s proposal in the immigrant visa employment-based category and hope that this portion of the bill remains throughout the revision process.

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If you want to see any of the folk dances, including Gypsy dance, Koya dance, Peacock dance, Bhangra, Raas etc., check out some old Indian movies. They usually depict traditional folk dances. Even the songs had the traditional music using original folk instruments. It sure is a treat to watch these folk dances in their traditional forms.

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I hope most of us have had the pleasure of watching some classical and traditional folk dances at some point in our lives. Even though, traditional dances are not seen so often, it is totally scintillating to watch them when given the opportunity. I would like to describe the nature of folk dances in contrast to the classical dances, strictly from the choreographer perspective. Classical dances tend to be subject to a defined order, pre-set form, specific hand gestures, and explicit footwork. Many of the Indian classical dances have to follow the rules and regulations established by the Natya Shastra tradition. On the other hand, folk dances are very spontaneous, less orderly, and allow much more flexibility in choreography. Displaying no inclination towards a rigid form, the whole depiction of folk art is guided more by the subject of the songs that either glorifies nature and its seasons, or expresses traditional occupations or they are in praise of deities. This untutored quality is very refreshing and charming. In folk dances we find the true urge of the people in general that has come down through the ages by way of actual performance and remembrance of song and motif. Unlike classical dances, its survival was unsupported by the written word, and was stabilized because of its tremendous sociological impact and basis. Through these arts, customs and traditions have been established. Oral tradition has been in practice to keep these folk dances alive. Classical dances, however, have followed the Guru parampara where the dances are best taught under the guidance of a guru due to the complexities as well as the subtleties of the dance forms. With national consciousness of the arts growing from day to day, many of these beautiful expressive dances are coming to urban and international audiences and being received with enthusiasm and success they deserve. Now they are taking their place along with the classical dances in the furtherance of our cultural heritage.


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SATURDAY JUNE 8TH, 2013 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm At CPCC Pease Auditorium 1200 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28232 Tickets: $10 per person Indian snacks & refreshments will be available for purchase Please join us with your family and friends to enjoy this wonderful program For tickets and event sponsorship, please contact: Suhanthi Kamesh: 704-807-9806 Beena Menon: 704-264-6592 Beena Naras: 704-562-6701 Asha Santanam: 704-516-4369 Kalyani Thatavarthi: 480-240-0487 About Trimurti Temple Trimurti Temple Devasthanam is a registered Charitable Foundation with tax-exempt status. The Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthras. In the initial phase of the temple, fourteen sannathis with traditional Mandapams will be built as a place of worship for Balaji, Brahma, Siva, Durga, Hanuman, Padmavathi, Parvathi, Rama, Seetha, Lakshmana, Lakshmi Hayagreva, Sarasvathi, Ganapathi, Bala Ganapathi, Bala Murugan and Navagrahas. Trimurti temple is currently open for worship everyday with Utsava Murthis located at the temple house on site. Phase 1A: Site preparation to be completed by July 2013. Design of the Temple is well underway. Phase 1B: Construction of the main temple to commence in August 2013. Phase 2: Construction of a Hall for cultural and community activities. This will start after completion of the main temple. Phase 3: Future expansion to include Guruvayurappan and Ayyappan sannathis.

The real estate income property investor is also allowed to depreciate capital improvements such as a new roof or an addition to a building, such as a new kitchen. In 2012, to help spur investors buying capital equipment, in hopes of helping the economy, the government had a program of bonus depreciation. What this means is that you can write off a larger amount of depreciation per year than the amount you would calculate over the useful life of the asset. In 2012, it was 50 percent of the cost could be written off in the first year, with the remaining balance deducted over the useful life of the asset. So you might be able to write off $15,000 of that $30,000 kitchen in year one, and $1,000 per year after that. Note that land improvements can be depreciated over a 15 year period. Land improvements include walking paths and trails, fences, landscaping, sprinkler systems, retaining walls, fountains, etc. For all ye real estate investors out there, taking the depreciation deduction now, reduces current taxable income from rents. And later, much later when you sell the property because you have deducted for depreciation, you’ll wind up, saving on long-term capital gain, which is calculated thus: the difference between the sales price and the original purchase price reduced by depreciation allowed or allowable. Anyone come up with the 2 birds and one stone analogy, yet? But, wait a minute….All depreciation amounts that you write-off in each year for the building and capital improvements reduce your adjusted basis for the property thus increasing the taxable profit you must declare when you sell. This is called - Depreciation Recapture. What this means is that upon the disposition of an income property, one is required to recapture all depreciation taken over the holding period. Basically, since the IRS allows the taxpayer to deduct depreciation from an individual’s ordinary income, all depreciation taken is subject to recapture at a maximum rate of 25 percent. Of course, you can perform a like-kind 1031 tax deferred exchange, which you read about here, and avoid paying the capital gains tax. If you hold the property outside of an IRA, you must generally recognize the gain immediately – it generates capital gains tax liability in the year of the sale. On the other hand, tax on gains earned within an IRA would generally not be taxable to the IRA, and income tax would only be incurred when distributions are made from the IRA. However, if the property is debt financed, the IRA could incur a tax on a portion of the gain based on the portion of the property subject to debt financing. As a footnote: While the calculations and write-offs are pretty straightforward, the actual tax savings amount gets a little more complicated. Many people erroneously compute these, so it’s best to find a licensed tax professional and start saving some money going forward. Using a knowledgeable real estate agent is always the icing on the quest to find that dream home or the dream investment, or portfolio, so fearlessly dare out, and transform those dreams to realty.

REAListically... By Sneha Shah Real Estate: Appreciating the Capital. Depreciating the Investment

Let’s continue our ongoing discussion on real estate investing. The changing diorama of our discussion has afforded closer encounters with short sales and foreclosures, real estate and how it trumps most other investment options, short-term cash flow gain on this magical investment, as well as the longterm diversification of a 1041 Exchange while deferring capital taxation. No time to lean back yet, lean in, dig deep and let’s continue onward and forward, the discussion of real estate as an investment. Another advantage of investing in real estate is the depreciation that this investment allows. So, what is depreciation, how exactly does it help an investor offset longterm capital gains, and short-term tax savings? Here then, is the long and short of it. Depreciation is the loss in value of an asset / building over time due to wear and tear, physical deterioration and age. In other words, depreciation is when you buy a capital asset, including real estate rental properties for a business entity –– and you carry the full cost of that item as an asset on your books, and write off a certain percentage per year. Depreciation is treated as an expense, and can only be applied to the building and not the land, since land does not wear out over time. Residential income property must be depreciated over a 27.5 year period using straight line depreciation. Commercial income property must be depreciated over 39 years using straight line depreciation. Straight line depreciation stipulates that an asset must be depreciated by equal amounts each year over its useful life. Let’s go back to the fourplex you bought for $ 325,000, back in the article in the March issue of Saathee. Let’s say the land value is $ 75,000 and the building itself is: $250,000. Your depreciation deduction for the first year is based on the mid month convention – that is, you can only deduct half of the first months depreciation. If you rented the fourplex on June 1, you are allowed to deduct 6 and 1/2 months of depreciation for the first year. 250,000 / 27.5 = 9091 First Year Depreciation = 6.5 X ( 9091 /12 ) = $ 4,824.30 Accountants calculate a full year of depreciation for residential income by multiplying 3.64 percent times the building basis. i.e $250,000, which equals $9,100. A full year of depreciation for commercial properties would be calculated by REAListically covers topical interests on investing and understanding multiplying 2.56 percent times the building basis. the environment of real estate, both for personal acquisition and longSo thanks to that depreciation expense, you are saving term investing. (assuming you can use passive activity losses) $9,100 multiplied by your marginal tax rate (which is a topic for another day). Sneha Shah is an architect by education, This could be tax savings from $2,000 to $3,000 per year, just for pursuing a real estate career. Contact her at the depreciation amount. Thus, the depreciation deductions that you write-off in any year, reduce your taxable income, thus increasing your inpocket profit for that year. Sweet, you say, and not without depreciable admiration!


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pruning does not stop after adolescence; it continues well into the third decade of life. ThINkINg Besides timing, this “synaptic pruning”, the weeding out of neurons with weak connections with other neurons, is strongly influenced by environmental factors that help tune the teen brain. Educators and parents can exploit the understanding that a By Balaji Prasad re-architecture of the brain occurs during adolescence, by being supportive and enabling. Specifically, caring adults would do Tuning Teen Thinking well to facilitate an environment rich with the right learning opportunities – opportunities that foster development of the Opening the Black-box of Thought young mind, and spur learning in areas that will be meaningful The brain has been a black box for centuries. Philosophers and valuable in the years to come. and psychologists have speculated wildly, sometimes productively, about the mysterious heaving inside our heads – Use it … or Lose it the mechanics of which could be inferred only through behavior How important is it that we pay attention to these under-theobserved in contrived settings. surface developmental brain processes? However, things have changed. The story of Michael May is instructive. May lost his eyesight Brain research has advanced rapidly in recent years, thanks in a chemical explosion when he was three. Forty-three years to Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology (MRI). Researchers later, a miraculous surgery restored what one would call can now see both static snapshots of grey matter formation in “eyesight,” for lack of a better word. Technically, his eyes the brain as well as “movies” that present intricate, functioned like everyone else’s, but parts of his brain that used choreographed dances of neurons and blood flow aligning and to process visual signals atrophied. Those neurons were pruned realigning in graceful cadence. out, as competitive brain cells usurped the real estate reserved for the visual system. Forty-plus years later, the invading Rethinking Thinking neurons refuse to give back the territory to the rightful owner. Thanks to these new technological miracles, we know much, May can see, in a manner of speaking, but he does not have much more about how the brain develops over a human vision in the same sense that many of us do: as a synthesis of lifespan. Some insights have been startlingly revealing. For eye and brain that forms a meaningful representation of the real example, researchers now accept that brain cells continue to world. He can see his wife’s face as a pattern of light, but he generate well into adulthood, a view that would have been cannot always tell that it is his wife that he’s looking at. heresy in neuroscience just a few years back. From the research and from stories such as May’s, we can This discovery of sustained neuroplasticity is just one of many see that unused skills are put on the chopping block of synaptic such epiphanies. Continued explorations and experiments are pruning. generating insights that call for us to reexamine the very fundamentals of how we think, and thereby, how we live, work, Tuning the Three R’s play … and learn. Is there something that we should especially guard within the teen brain, as the unforgiving scalpel of synaptic pruning Teen Brains are Pruned … and Tuned does its work? The period of adolescence is an especially tumultuous one, The Three R’s is a term that dates back to the early 1800’s, affecting how our brains develop and how we learn. and it is a sign of its durability that we still, at some level, use it One researcher, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Professor of as a framework for thinking about learning. Though debates Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, in a TED rage about whether the Three R’s are the be-all and end-all of speech, observed that there is a significant decline, during learning, they provide the foundation for representing adolescence, of grey matter in the prefrontal cortex, a brain knowledge, reasoning and expression. In addition, we can see region more pronounced in humans vis-à-vis other species. that standardized tests such as the SAT take a sharp focus on the “Decline” may sound a bit alarming, but what really occurs three R’s. Tactically, it is important to achieve high performance under the surface is natural, productive and foundational. It is in such tests. simply a process of pruning – a process that weeds out unused Reading, writing and arithmetic (more generally, math) are, parts and makes space for those neurons that need nurturing. thus, both short-term necessities and long-term foundational There are crosscurrents in the brain too, during the teen elements of a learning-enriched life. Parents need to nurture years. The Limbic system, the emotionally charged sibling of the these foundational elements during their children’s’ wonder more well-mannered prefrontal cortex, tends to be in higher years by proving the right opportunities. gear in teens, leading to potentially riskier and less “adjusted” Neurons that support the Three R’s need to be wired behavior than that of full-grown adults. strongly. Doing so in the right way and with the right techniques The teen years are an important formative period for brain is important. This will form the scaffolding that enables brain development. Changes during this period will leave a lasting construction to proceed and position the young mind … for a impact not only on the physiological structure of the brain but bright future. also on the future of the individual.

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A Tune in Time Saves Mind Clearly, timing is critical, as the young brain launches eagerly into its spring-cleaning process. Blakemore’s research indicates that this point starts around the age of 12 for girls and 14 for boys. Other researchers have found that the process of


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Also, EEOC statistics show that 81 percent of claims settle for an average of $22,400 to $40,500. If the case goes to court, the average award is $218,000, with nearly 10% of these cases result in an award of more than $1 million. Legal fees are also quite expensive in these cases, averaging about $45,000. Often, business owners believe that employment-related claims will be covered by their general liability or workers Small Business, Big Risk compensation policies. However, since these employment Employment Practices Liability claims are not “bodily injury”, “personal injury”, the general liability policy does not cover such claims. A workers By A.J. Shah compensation policy also specifically states that employment Employment practices liability insurance, also known in the legal issues are excluded under its coverage. trade as EPL insurance or EPLI, provides coverage to employers Third Party Coverage: It wasn’t until recently that EPLI against from claims such as employees alleging discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other employment- offered third-party coverage. That’s why it’s important to review your EPLI policy to determine if you have this important related issues, such as breach of contract. While most of the EPLI claims we hear about are from larger coverage. Third-party EPLI protects a business and its corporations, it’s mostly small or new businesses are often the employees from allegations of wrongful acts committed against most vulnerable to employment claims. This is the case their customers, clients, suppliers, vendors and visitors, primarily because they usually lack a legal dept. or company including hotel guests. Potential claimants can also include handbook detailing the policies and procedures that guide medical patients, volunteers and other non-employees. Some hiring, disciplining or terminating employees. Also, many of the EPLI policies also provide coverage for wrongful acts committed businesses do not have the resources to properly train decision by such third-parties against the insured company’s employees. 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In my experience, companies worry far too much about the possibility of negative comments. Does your company operate in an ethical manner? Do you offer a quality product that lives up to your claims? Do you strive for good customer service and follow through on your promises? If so, there should be few reasons for your customers to say anything bad, and lots of cause for them to sing your praises. Here’s something else to By Gail Z. Martin consider: consumers have talked about businesses to their friends and neighbors since the beginning of commerce. With Online Reputation Management: 5 Ways to Protect Your today’s online directories, you now have a chance to hear what Personal Brand and Manage Your Reputation they’re saying, and if the comments do reveal areas for improvement, you can make the changes necessary to avoid The idea of customers posting reviews for the world to see future problems. View comments as feedback, and recognize makes a lot of business owners nervous. While they believe in that it’s impossible to make everyone happy. The positives of the quality of their product and service, they fear that visibility and good user comments far outweigh the negatives. competitors or mean-spirited people may post unfair or inaccurate information online that could damage their Online Customer Reviews: Harness the Power of Yelp and business. It’s certainly possible that, despite sterling quality, a Amazon to Grow Your Business disgruntled person might post a negative review. However, according to Yelp’s own analytics, the vast majority of reviews While directories like Yelp permit customers to add posted are very positive. Most people posting reviews want to comments, there are also plenty of other sites that specialize in alert readers to their favorites, not trash companies. reviews. These include dedicated review sites like What if someone does post a negative review? If you find a, which covers a wide array of consumer negative post online, take a deep breath and let yourself calm products, and more specialized sites reviewing movies, books, down, then read it again to see if there is any truth to the camera equipment and other niche interests. As newspapers customer’s disappointment. Business owners can post replies and magazines have cut “soft” news, such as reviews, online to reviews, but you should do so carefully and strategically to sites have sprung up to fill the gap. Some of these sites, such avoid making a bad situation worse. If the customer had a bad as, are from a well-known expert (in this case, experience, you can make a public apology, offer them a Chicago Sun Times long-time movie reviewer the late Roger replacement, and try to make it right. You may not sway the Ebert), but many are written by citizen-journalists out of a unhappy person’s opinion, but you’ve publicly demonstrated passion for the subject. that you heard, you listened, and that you attempted to correct Love reading? You can start with reviews posted by readers the situation. on, and even read best-of lists compiled by other Most consumers realize that mistakes happen; they just want Amazon users. But if you want to go deeper, you’ll find to know that you care enough to fix it. You may not win back dozens—perhaps hundreds—of blogs and review sites in your the disgruntled consumer, but you’ll go a long way toward favorite genre or non-fiction topic dedicated to book reviews. preventing one comment from souring the opinions of others. In many cases, the reviews are the opinion of the site owner and If the comment is minor, saying nothing may be the best way will be colored by their personal likes and dislikes (which is to handle it. If the customer didn’t like the seasoning in your part of the charm for readers). In other cases, the review site soup, for example, you probably can’t change their opinion will recruit reviewers who agree to submit reviews according without changing your recipe. People are entitled to their to the site’s guidelines. opinions, so if it’s a matter of taste and not quality, readers will You’ll find review sites for cameras, camping equipment, probably take it for what it’s worth and make their own board games, computer peripherals, video games, luggage, judgment. By replying or trying to argue with the consumer, sound equipment—just about every hobby under the sun. you just draw attention to the post, turning a minor comment Some sites have only a few hundred readers, but more into a major argument and making yourself look established sites can get millions of hits from a legion of argumentative. dedicated readers who turn there first for information. So, how What if someone posts a really bad comment? If the do you get included? comment is abusive, uses vulgarities, racist language or Begin by reading the site carefully. Many sites explain how profanity, it’s likely that you can appeal to the site owners to they acquire the items they review. In some cases, reviewers have the comment removed. Many sites include internal filters speak solely from their own experience with items they buy and to remove over-the-top comments or to push them far down in use themselves (you’ll find this true for many book review sites, the results, making it less likely that an outrageous comment for example). is seen. It is also possible to contact the user who posted the Other sites have a policy for receiving free samples from comment and politely ask them to remove it. 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Is Obama Delivering on His Promise of a “21st Century” Approach to Drugs? By Christie Thompson - ProPublica When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug policy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. The latest plan builds on Obama’s initial strategy outlined in 2010. Obama said then the U.S. needed “a new direction in drug policy,” and that “a well-crafted strategy is only as successful as its implementation.” Many reform advocates were hopeful the appointment of former Seattle Police Chief Kerlikowske as head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy signaled a shift in the long-lasting “war on drugs.” But a government report released a day after the latest proposal questioned the office’s impact so far. “As of March 2013, GAO’s analysis showed that of the five goals for which primary data on results are available, one shows progress and four show no progress,” the report by the Government Accountability Office found. For instance, the GAO noted that there’s actually been an increase in HIV transmissions among drug users and drug-related deaths, as well as no difference in the prevalence of drug use among teens. Many public health experts say the administration deserves credit for increasing access to drug treatment. But others say despite an increase in funding for rehab, the administration has continued to push programs and policies built to punish drug users. As the administration lays out its latest plan on a new approach to drugs, here’s look at what’s in it, and what they’ve done so far. “Break the cycle of drug use, crime, delinquency and incarceration” “While smart law enforcement efforts will always play a vital role in protecting communities from drug-related crime and violence,” the latest strategy says, “we cannot arrest our way out of the drug problem.” FBI records indeed show a drop in drug arrests, from 1.8 million in 2007 to 1.5 million in 2011. But overall, the government spends roughly the same proportion of the drug policy budget on law enforcement now as was spent during Bush’s final years in office. In Obama’s 2014 budget proposal, 38 percent is allocated for domestic drug law enforcement, while another 20 percent would be spent to crack down on drugs along U.S. borders and abroad. The Obama administration has also renewed funding for

controversial programs like the Justice Assistance Grant program, formerly known as Byrne Grants, which had been cut under President Bush. The funding created local drug task forces, which critics say were quota-driven and increased corruption and misconduct. Budget-minded conservatives like the Heritage Foundation also argued the grants hadn’t led to a decrease in crime. States like California and New York have used some funding from the program for treatment instead of enforcement. The administration has made progress when it comes to overcrowding in prisons: One Department of Justice program gives states money to support research toward policymaking that reduces recidivism. Several state legislatures have independently lessened mandatory minimums, reformed parole policies, and passed other laws aimed at cutting the high cost of incarceration. Obama also signed the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, which ended a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for crack possession at the federal level, and lessened the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of inmates in state prisons dropped roughly two percent from 2010 to 2011. Seventy percent of that is from a decrease in California’s prison population, after the Supreme Court upheld an order for the state to reduce overcrowding. But as a recent Congressional Research report highlights, the number of inmates in federal prisons continues to rise, increasing over three percent from 2010 to 2011. Over half the current federal prison population is drug offenders. “Support alternatives to incarceration” In his latest budget, the president is requesting $85 million to go toward drug courts, which some have pushed as an alternative to criminal trials. Since 1999, the number of drug courts has grown from just under 500 to 2,734 today. Drug courts allow for non-violent offenders to avoid being charged, or to have their convictions expunged and sentences waived after completion of a rehab program and passing regular drug tests. Proponents of the system say it allows non-violent drug offenders to serve their time in treatment, instead of in prison. A 2011 GAO report found statistics suggest drug courts reduce recidivism, but there’s not enough data to fully assess their effectiveness. Some critics argue drug courts still fall short, by taking a criminal justice approach to a public health problem. “Increase addiction treatment services” Obama has indeed repeatedly increased funding for addiction treatment. He proposed $9 billion in his latest budget, up 18 percent from 2012. Despite that, only 1 in 10 of the 21.6 million Americans in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment received it in 2011. The number of people receiving treatment has stayed roughly the same since 2002. The treatment gap should narrow as Obamacare goes into effect: Roughly five million more Americans currently facing drug addictions will soon have insurance coverage for treatment. “That’s the biggest expansion of treatment in 40 years, and maybe in the history of the U.S.,” said public health professor Keith Humphreys, who has served as a policy advisor to the ONDCP. But a recent Associated Press analysis said current clinics continued on page 86


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Hempseeds can be eaten raw, added to smoothies, cereals and other recipes, and used in baked goods like muffins, breads and granola bars. You can find shelled/hulled hempseeds in the bulk foods section of natural foods stores, online, and sometimes packaged in the baking aisle of the supermarket. Because they contain primarily unsaturated fat, hemp seeds should be stored away from light and heat, and refrigerated. Hemp Oil is used mainly as a supplement and has a fairly strong nutty flavor. It’s nutritionally superior to both olive and flaxseed oils and can be used in salad dressings, smoothies and other recipes but shouldn’t be heated or cooked. You’ll find it in opaque bottles, in the section of refrigerated supplements in natural foods stores. When buying, look for an organic, coldpressed and raw variety, and always store hemp oil in darkcolored bottles in the refrigerator to maintain its chemical stability and freshness. Hemp Milk is a dairy-free alternative to milk that is widely available in natural food stores, and comes in original (plain), vanilla, and chocolate flavors. You’ll find it on the grocery shelf with other shelf-stable milk alternatives (like soy milk, rice milk, etc.). Hemp Granola is a tasty and nutritious breakfast. It has a nutty flavor, crunchy texture and a boost of nutrition, thanks to the hemp: omega-3’s, omega-6’s, fiber, and protein. The same brand also makes tasty hemp-enhanced instant oatmeal, granola bars and more. You’ll find such products in the breakfast aisle of your natural foods store. Hemp Protein Powder can make a quick, high-protein meal on the go. Just add it a scoop to your favorite smoothie combination, or mix it into juice, milk, yogurt or other liquids. You’ll find hemp protein powder in the protein supplement section of natural foods stores. Unlike the whole hempseeds and oils, the protein has been isolated, so these powders are fat-free. An example is Nutiva’s Organic Hemp Protein Powder, to which no flavors or sweeteners have been added. Just two scoops add 11 grams of high-quality protein and 3 grams of fiber for 120 calories. Hemp Seed Butter can be used like peanut butter. Spread it on crackers or bread; use it as a dip for apple slices; or replace it for any nut butter a recipe might call for. It’s a rich source of healthy fatty acids and protein, too. Like natural peanut butter, which has no additives, you should stir it to mix the oils and store it in the refrigerator to prolong shelf life and prevent oil separation. Hemp Nuts are a deliciously crunchy snack when eaten plain but can also be added to your favorite trail mix, cereals or salads. You might also find Hemp Nuts in the bulk foods or natural snacks sections.

It requires little to no pesticides while cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily-sprayed crops in the world. Hemp also replenishes the soil with nutrients, controls erosion, and produces oxygen. Just as growing hemp is a boon to the environment, eating it is a boon to your health. Although the leaves of the hemp plant can be eaten, the part of the plant best known for nutritional value is the seeds. These small seeds are highly nutritious, containing essential fatty acids, amino acids, and minerals. About a third of the weight of the seed is made up of oil, and most of that oil is the healthy variety: ALA (alpha-linoleic acid, a type of Omega-3 fat) and linoleic acid. These essential fatty acids (EFA’s for short) can benefit your health in many ways. Hemp seeds also contain complete, high-quality protein and all eight essential amino acids. Because of U.S. regulations, you won’t be able to grow your See a registered dietitian for nutrition counseling. Many insurance own hemp plants or buy them at your local farmers market, but companies now pay for the nutrition consults. you can still reap the benefits of this amazing plant thanks to a growing number of food products at your local grocery store and online. Hempseed and its oil have a unique, nutty flavor, similar to flaxseed. A continually expanding variety of other hemp food products, like granola, snack bars, protein powders, waffles, and even hemp milk, hemp tofu, and hemp butter are available these days, anjana agarwal, Ms, rd, Ldn, cdE usually at natural foods stores and online retailers. Keep in mind Registered Dietitian Phone: 704-890-3162 that the least processed products will be the most affordable, so Carolina Nutrition (Adult & Pediatric) if you’re itching to add the healthfulness of hemp to your diet, try plain hemp seeds and create your own recipes. Here are just a few examples of what you’ll find at the grocery these days.

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Method: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup water, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar, and honey. Bring to a boil, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature, cover, and chill. In a large pitcher, mix together Method: In a large punch bowl, combine raspberry lemonade water, lemon juice, and orange slices. Stir in cooled syrup and concentrate, water and lime juice. Stir in lemon-lime soda and crushed ice. Garnish each glass with a fresh raspberry and a chill. Serve in a tall glass over ice. Makes about 10 servings. mint leaf. Makes about 8 servings. Purple Lemonade Ingredients: Ginger Lemonade 1 tray ice cubes Ingredients: 1/4 cup dried lavender 3 cups white sugar 2 cups boiling water 4 quarts water 3/4 cup white sugar 14 slices fresh ginger root 8 lemons 4 cups fresh lemon juice 5 cups cold water, or as needed 2 lemons, sliced Method: In an 8-quart saucepan combine sugar, water and ginger root. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Cool 15 minutes. Remove ginger. Refrigerate lemonade at least 1 hour, or until chilled. Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon slices. Makes about 20 servings. Hot Pink Lemonade Ingredients: 1 cup water 2 cups white sugar 2 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice 7 cups cool water 2 cups ice 3/4 cup blueberries

Method: Place ice cubes into a 2 quart pitcher. Place the lavender into a bowl, and pour boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for about 10 minutes and then strain out the lavender and discard. Mix the sugar into the hot lavender water, then pour into the pitcher with the ice. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into the pitcher, getting as much juice as you can. Top off the pitcher with cold water, and stir. Taste, and adjust lemon juice or sugar if desired. Best served in tall glasses over ice. Makes about six servings. Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade Ingredients: 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup white sugar 2 cups water

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1 cup water

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some of their recruits. But Brahma Chellaney of the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research said it’s too early to tell whether Sharif will be able to facilitate a better relationship between the two prickly neighbors. “It is too early to conclude that the recent election marks the advent of a mature, stable Pakistani democracy,” Chellaney wrote by email. “Sharif faces a major challenge to make the army and the [Inter-services Intelligence agency] (ISI) more accountable. Unless he achieves some tangible progress on that front, he will find it difficult to achieve structural economic or foreign-policy reforms.” And it takes two to tango. Despite Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s apparent willingness to sacrifice whatever tiny amount of political capital he commands to establish a lasting peace with Pakistan, India itself is due to go to the polls in 2014. Even if Singh’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government opts, bravely or foolishly, to seek some kind of historic agreement with Islamabad in a last-ditch bid to win votes, Sharif will have to evaluate the wisdom of striking a deal with a lame duck with two broken wings. For that reason, more than any other, Sharif’s engagement with India will probably be limited to fine sounding words and perhaps a spontaneous jaunt across the border to watch a cricket match or visit a shrine. At least until 2014.

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producers, musicians and multi-instrumentalists, they have composed music for over fifty soundtracks across four languages. Among the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, the trio has won over 20 awards, including one National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, three IIFA Awards among several other awards and nominations. They are often referred to as “Amar Akbar Anthony” of Hindi film music. They will be accompanied by two female and male singers along with 33 other performers. The show is a fundraiser for NCIAP, which provides medical care services for the uninsured. For further details on the show call 855.660.5483 or visit TGA Anand Mela The annual Triangle Gujarati Association Anand Mela will take place on Sat, June 8 at the Green Hope Elementary School Park located at 2750 Louis Stephens Dr., Cary, NC from 10 am - 4 pm. Join TGA for a day of fun, food, games, and parent and kids soccer. For further details visit

Kathak & Beyond Enjoy an evening of Kathak dance performances to benefit “Live Beyond Foundation.” This charity supports education and recruitment of blood and bone marrow donors. The event is being sponsored by Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy in partnership with Live Beyond Foundation. The event will feature performances by Ashwini Gogate, her students and her guru Maneesha Sathe from Pune, India. The date is June 9, 2013 from 4-6pm at CPCC Pease Auditorium. Admission is $10. All proceeds benefit Live Beyond Foundation. For further details: call 704.705.1357 or write to Shrimad Bhagwat Satsang with Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza will be at the HSNC Morrisville, NC for a Shrimad Bhagwat Satsang from June 27, 28 and 29, 2013. The timings are June 27 – 28 from 7 – 10 pm; June 27 from 9:30 am to 12:30pm and 3 – 6 pm. Mahaprasad will be served from 6 – 7 pm on Thursday and Friday and 1 – 2 pm and 6 – 7 pm on Saturday. He will give his talks in Hindi. For further details contact Saroj Sharma 919.460.7830, Arvind Shah 919.233.7677) or Dipak Tailor 919.412.5289. Bhaishri will also be rendering a pravachan at Hindu Center of Charlotte on Wed, July 10, 2013 from 7:30-9pm.

Om Squad Summer Camp The annual Om Squad Summer Camp, for children aged 5 – 12, will take place throughout summer 2013 from June 17 – August 23. Om Squad is the youth group of the Hindu Society of NC. The camps provide games, yoga, arts, crafts, music, shlokas, study of Indian mythology and more. Online registration is Go Red Night with the Carolina RailHawks available at or for more details call The Carolina RailHawks will be donating a portion of all tickets 919.539.5471 or 919.801.2600. sales using the coupon code “GORED” for the upcoming fundraising event supporting the Triangle Go Red for Women. Health Fair 2013 The event takes place at Sat, June 8, 2013 beginning at 7pm at The Triangle Area Hindu Temples and WakeMed Soccer Park-101 Soccer Park Drive, Cary. The game Triangle Indian-American Physicians will feature Carolina RailHawks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies. Go Society (TIPS) are jointly organizing the to the website below and enter the code “GORED”. Health Fair 2013. The event includes free The Go Red campaign’s health check-ups and a blood drive. The mission is to fight heart disease in women. The event is hosted fair and consultations take place on Sat, by Challa Immigration Law Offices, Morrisville 919-380-4044. June 22, 2013 from 9am - 1pm at the For details or questions write to HSNC, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. Consultations will be Srivari Chaturtha Brahmothsavam provided in asthma, allergies, drug Daily events and puja from June 7 - 12, 2013 at the SV Temple addiction, women’s health, orthopedics, in Cary, NC. For further details visit or stress management, and much more. There will also be a bone call 919.468.0040. marrow drive. A $10 donation is suggested but not required to


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sexually trafficked girls in the India-Nepal area. Maiti Nepal, started by Anuradha Koirala, one of CNN’s “100 Influential People,” aim is to provide services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering. “Ishq – the saga of unrequited Love” drew images of Rajasthan in magical story-telling approach unfolding each dance within the drama with love or themes of love in some way. Dances in the musical Community Reports drama featured songs from Lamhe as well as hits such as modern and classical favorites such as Kamal Khan’s Ishq Sufiana, Shreya Ghosal’s Teri Meri Meri Teri and more. For further details on Recyclable Fashion Show Nrityangan Cultural Academy, contact Ritu Mukherjee at Varsha Pradhan and Veda or visit Saravanan participated in the Passport for Fashion’s BAPS Charites Walk 2013 Recyclable Fashion show. The 2013 BAPS Charities walk on May 11, 2013 in Matthews, Charlotte Seen organized NC, helped support the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation. this event benefiting the This foundation is involved in raising awareness and funding charity Kid’s Rein. The to enhance the ability to deliver remarkable medicine and Recyclable Designer compassionate care. Specifically, this walk will help support Evening took place at Silver Hammer Studios at the NC Music Factory on April 20, 2013. Varsha and Veda designed the dress for the sponsor Dillards who provided them with plastic shopping bags, plastic hangers and packaging material. Their model Hilda showcased the dress. Varsha and Veda are the first women in the Indian community to be a part of this show, and this is their second year to participate in this charity event. They also collaborate on several art-related projects and have shown their work in galleries in Charlotte. help offset costs. Food will be available at a nominal price. The blood draw for the consultations will take place a week early on Sat, June 15, 2013 from 8am - 11am at HSNC. For further details visit

Nrityangan’s Fundraiser and Dance Recital At its annual fundraiser and dance recital, Nrityangan Cultural Academy mesmerized over 1,000 attendees on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC. Over a hundred Nrityangan dancers performed “Ishq – the saga of unrequited Love,” a musical dance drama loosely based on Yash Chopra’s

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their “Precious Steps in Time” division supporting premature babies. This year’s walkathon brought together over 300 people from all ages. The Mayor of Matthews, NC, Jim Taylor, was actively involved in this year’s walkathon. “I am proud to be a part of this year’s walkathon and think it’s amazing how this has brought our community together in a charitable spirit,” he said. Similar walks took place in over 40 cities throughout North America wherein over 13,000 participants walked over 45,000 miles. In addition to annual walkathons, BAPS Charities hosts health fairs, Children’s health and safety day programs, education and career development seminars, disaster relief operations, blood drives and much more. BAPS Charities sincerely serves the community, by improving the quality of life of individuals and families.

film Lamhe. Each year audiences have come to expect Soorya Festival showpieces from Nrityangan’s artistic director and teacher, Ritu A wonderful performance Mukherjee and Ishq transcended even the loftiest of of Indian dances and expectations. Nrityangan’s beginner students as well as music were presented at seasoned experts partake in the production in custom the Soorya Festival in ensembles and the drama is meticulously choreographed by Charlotte on Sunday, May Mukherjee with her skills in Kathak, Bollywood and modern 12, 2013. A mix of kathak fusion styles. Mukherjee said, “It’s the support of the larger and Bharatnatyam dances community and student and parent involvement that has were presented along with shaped the studios’ events year-over-year.” The academy Manipuri drummers, raised more than $15,000 for the Maiti Nepal Charitable Trust, percussionists, and a vocalist presented some of the cultural a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of girl diversity and performing arts of India. The show was conceived trafficking and missioned to rescuing and rehabilitating and directed by Soorya Krishnamoorthy and features over 20


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professional performers. The show was a fundraiser for UISAC (The Universal Institute for Successful Aging of Carolinas). It is an organization that is committed to helping all individuals move successfully through varying stages of life. Certain life changes such as rehabilitation due to medical and social trauma, marriage, divorce, moving to a new community/country, becoming a teen, menopause and aging create stressors in one’s life. UISAC recognizes this and is committed to easing the transitions from child to senior (all Ages) by providing the necessary learning, resources and skills to our members that allow them to be productive as an individual, family member and member of the local community. UISAC programs are open to all regardless of country of birth;

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thanked everyone for participating in this event. The event was hosted with the support of Mehta Family at Embassy Suites in Fayetteville, NC. (See story about the Yudh Abhyas on pg. 8) Fundraiser for Razia’s Ray of Hope With one of the strongest schooling systems in the country, we here in Charlotte take for granted that our children will get a quality education, topped off with healthy doses of Kumon, music, tennis etc. But buried in the minutiae of our lives, we rarely consider what would happen if our children were denied their basic right to an education – generation after generation. What would happen to our grandchildren, and great grandchildren, to our communities? How much would the existing order of society devolve in a few decades, or a century? Yet this very situation exists across the globe. For example, it is a reality for families in Afghanistan, especially families with daughters. Although the Taliban ousting in 2001 gave women the “freedom” to attend schools, they are still left with an often crippling Talibanentrenched mindset of keeping girls at home. Not surprising considering girls’ schools are threatened almost daily with terrorism, and a systemic lack of facilities. 2008 alone saw 300 violent attacks on schools, leaving 92 dead and 169 injured. Despite these hostilities, Afghan girls are hungry for change. Through organizations like Razia’s Ray of Hope, and inspiring role-models like Malala Yousafzai more girls than ever are fighting for their right to an education. “Razia’s is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education.” Founded by Afghani native Razia Jan, one of CNN’s 2012 Top 10 Heroes, the organization “strives to provide opportunities to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment, empowering girls and women through education and resources so that they may work toward brighter futures.” Recently, BFit Dance, a Bollywood dance fitness company started by Ashima Kodali and Seher Khanna held a fundraiser to support Razia’s. Through dance, music, cheers, and laughter, a diverse crowd of over 40 people, young and old, men and women, raised over $1000. That’s enough to educate three girls for a year at Razia’s Zabuli Education Center. For more information about Razia’s Ray of Hope visit or

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however, they do provide special focus on Refugees/immigrants/minorities (RIM) communities. Classes and events are designed to help with acclimation to living in the United States without losing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the native countries the members come from. Most programs are free or require only a very small fee The Institute is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave, Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205. For more details visit An Evening with SENCAIA The Indian soldiers ended the Yudh Abhyas by visiting Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville after the closing ceremony. They participated in the Aarti and spent some time with volunteers. Later in the evening the soldiers were the guests at a gala. The SENCAIA (South Asian North Carolina Asian Indian Association) is a non-profit serving the South Asian and Asian community of Fayetteville, NC. They organized a gala event followed by dinner for approximately 200 Indian soldiers (who were in Fort Bragg during Yudh Abhyas) and around 100 local community members who contributed to the event. The event started with US and Indian national anthems followed by the patriotic Indian song “ae mere watan ke logo” and a dance performance. Vice President Mr. Dave hosted the event for the guests from Indian army. Mr. Dave expressed his gratitude by mentioning that the Indian army has supporters not only in India but across the world and always appreciate their fight against terror. Mr. Arun who is the president of SENCAIA


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13. The traverse wall – It is basically a 20 foot long wall with 6 inch long, canted, zig-zagging pieces of 2X4 at eye and foot level. One has to hold on, traverse the entire distance without falling off and ring the bell at the end. Mission impossible! 14. Slippery wall – we went under a barbed wire into a mud pool. From there, we had to climb a slippery wall using a rope. We came down on a grid of wood on the other side. 15. Flipping tires – these huge tractor tires must have weighed 100 lbs. each. We had to flip them two times forward and two times backward. 16. Spear throwing – we had one shot to throw a spear and make it stick on a stack of hay. Fortunately, I was able to do this as required. 17. Jumping over fire – the fire pit was only 4 feet wide, so this was not a big problem. 18. The gladiators – we had to fight off the pugil-stick wielding gladiators to reach the finish line. Needless to say that this was a grueling event. There were mile markers through the entire trail but I lost track of any sense of time. I was just glad it was not raining on top of being freezing 40 degrees. Being drenched in mud, I got very chilled by the last mile of the race. Many of the obstacles were placed towards the end so the spectators could watch the athletes from up close. I probably do not remember some of the obstacles or their accurate order. Two hours and 18 minutes from when I started my run, I got what I came for - my Spartan Race t-shirt and medal. I was completely covered in mud at this point and was shivering to boot. I spotted an open area where all finishers were hosing themselves off with bone chilling cold water. Having no other choice and feeling the mud lodged in my most intimate parts of body, I did the same. It took more than 10 minutes. After drying myself in a poorly lit tent for men (there was a separate tent for women), I changed into fresh dry clothes and felt like a human being again. I celebrated with my free beer. I was scratched, bruised on both arms and feet. My fingernails had dirt under them and nailbeds on a couple of toes had turned blue. But my spirits were high. This was indeed an experience of a lifetime. Fortunately, the Indian physician convention was being held that night at Renaissance hotel so I got a very nice dinner and entertainment as a reward. I have now signed up for the Warrior dash, which is a similar event held in June. I invite all adrenaline junkies to join me! For those with a harder core, there are other level of races known as the Super Spartan, the Spartan Beast and the Spartan Death Race, which takes 48 plus hours to complete. So there, now you can start training for your favorite event! If you have an interesting remembrance, essay, experience, travel story, or other short writings you would like to share with Saathee readers, send us an email with potential topics and samples. We will review the article get back to you if we can use it. - Send query to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Upcoming Events: Wed, July 10: Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza (Pravachan) The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

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

IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) - Charlotte Chapter IAMC formerly known as IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council – USA) is an Independent not for profit, tax exempt organization committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join our efforts as we are dedicated to promote Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora and to build alliances and relationships with individuals and groups who share our basic values. The IAMC-Charlotte chapter is supported by donations from its members. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

Dada Bhagwan Group There will be satsang at Charlotte on July 9, 10 and 11. Do not miss Gnan Vidhi by Pujyashree Deepak Desai. What is Gnan Vidhi? It is scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many like attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For further details contact 877 505 Dada (3232). Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

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


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srishti's FOUrTh Annual Kids Talent Contest presents Little Achievers Felicitation program We believe every child is unique. Their success in school or life begins with strong words of affirmation, encouragement & appreciation in every little thing they do or can do. if your child has a talent, this is the time to show. Contest is open to kids ages 3 – 13 & is divided into three age groups in the following categories: DAnCinG | sinGinG | pOETry/shOrT pOEm/mAnTrA rECiTATiOn | On spOT EssAy WriTinG & ArTs

Contest date is August 31, 2013 at Gandhi bhavan – hindu Center from 12-4pm.

Official entry form available at Email completed application to: The deadline for receipt of this application is Aug 20th,2013. For more info call manisha singh 704-778-3158 or Join us on Facebook page Lafp Lp; e-mail: media partners - saathee magazine,

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

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Friday, June 7, 2013 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sunday, June 9, 2013 (Ekum): Snatra Puja, Paathshala for kids @ 10:30 am Saturday, June 22, 2013 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sunday, June 23, 2013 (Poonam): Annual Picnic 10am All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo JCGC Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980622-0125) and 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: Sahaj Marg Meditation Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. For Futher Details:; email:


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Community Organizations United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For Further Details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

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


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

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

SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers. There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA organizes regular events and programs. For Further Details:

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

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


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Community Organizations promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details:

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: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090

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

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

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

Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

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

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

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Community Organizations India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819,

Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is an organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. For Further Details: Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through 100

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Community Organizations political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajan and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Triangle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote


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Community Organizations Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: Sat, October 19: Cary Diwali, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary NC For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Upcoming Programs: Fri, June 7: An evening of ragas with Pandit Tejendra Majumdar at 6pm, at the West Cary Middle School, Cary, NC For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help

qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. If you need assistance transitioning into the workforce after losing your primary source of income from a significant other due to divorce, separation, death or disability, ask about eligibility to participate in New Choices, an economic self-sufficiency program for women. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, employability skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across South Asia and can provide services in many different South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Amdavad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter of North Carolina organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further 104

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Community Organizations details on ISSO and its activities see details below. Phone: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCON New Goloka Temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a sumptuous prasadam feast. From 4:30-5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas, enacting dramas and other fun activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, seminars and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827,

Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes


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Community Organizations public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who is “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040

Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self-realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613 More information: http:/// For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. For Further Details: 919.220.9917 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, as well as celebration of 108

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Community Organizations festivals andother regular events. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. The association sponsors events throughout the year. Upcoming Events: Sat, June 8: Anand mela at Green Hope Park Elementary School, 10am - 4pm. Sat, Oct 19: Sharad Purnima Sat, Nov 23: Diwali For Further Details:

Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Vipassana means to see things as they are. It is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students. (Those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N.Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers) Ten day courses are available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. Email - Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure.


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Regional Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Sun, June 2: Hanuman Jayanti June 15 - 16: Family Weekend For Further Details:

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Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683 Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852

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Puzzle Solutions

ZERO The number 0 [Zero] and the numerical system were devised in India by mathematicians like āryabhatt, Bhāskarāchārya, and Mahāvira. Math is an exact science, in which the numbers were assigned to the existing things and symbol 0 was assigned to zero for “non-existing ones.” It was used to denote an empty or void place in an old place-value system. Primarily, the mathematical conception of zero was present in the spiritual form thousands of years back in Indian civilization. The Indian ideas spread to the Islamic countries, China, Europe and all over the world. Zero is written as 0 in all languages of the world. Zero in Sanskrit is “Shunya,” meaning void. Zero is the origin and a natural (neutral) number; neither plus (+) nor minus (-). We know that if n is any number: n ± 0 = n; n × 0 = 0; n ÷ 0 is indeterminate or ∞ (infinity). The use of the calculator also reveals this. The infinity is defined as a number greater than you can imagine. The sky is nothing but void or empty and infinite space. Is the sky zero or infinite? It is everything and nothing at the same time. The significance of zero is critical to math as well as life. It is the point from which all other numbers spring forth. The number zero visually resembles an elliptical circle. The symbol of the circle deals with the meanings of cycles, evolution and time. It is the symbol of the seed from which the life emerges and the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth continues and also of eternity, evolution and infinity. The circle or a wheel has no ends. The sun, Moon and the stars far away in the sky have their orbits that look like 0. The symbolic meaning of number zero has many possibilities: the lowest point, freezing point of water (in Celsius), mystery, void, absolute nothingness, infinity, eternity, reflection, totality, origin etc. Zero and one are the basis of the computer science programming. There are other words also used with zero: zerobase, zero-coupon, zero gravity, zero hour, zero (population) growth, zero-sum, zero in, etc.

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people. Take full advantage of these new contacts. Time is also favorable to invest some money in real estate; it could be a piece of land or building. Rise in status at place of work will also delight you. Act wisely to enjoy desired results. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) During this month, you will be courageous. Your love life will flourish. Your opponent will not dare to face you. You will spend on luxury and travel activities. Your confidence will be at par and bring heavenly happiness. You surrender to your karmic rewards and break social and ethical rules. Business-related short distance travel will bring extra income. Follow advice from loved ones.

General Predictions for June 2013 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) After a slow start, time will start moving fast during the second half of the month. It will be tough to control the competitor this month. A big financial gain may delight you in the last week of the month. You will need support from your loved one. A rise in status can also be predicted this month. Try to take the advantage of the favorable situation developing during last week of the month.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) After a negative start the time will improve during second half of the month. Don’t waste your time and money for luxury and romance. You may feel tired and out of touch, but only hard working will reward you. Act very cautiously and try to be sincere towards your project. Your saving is going to go up. Stock market may bring good luck for you. You may need help from your friends.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) This is the time for love and romance. Go beyond the limit to enjoy the love life to a full extent. A very positive response is possible. Time is also good for getting unexpected financial benefits. Stock market may also bring good luck this month. You may spend big money on luxury. A minor dispute with a sibling may upset you. Take positive approach to avoid any negative consequences.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) This month will make you very successful in your ventures. Your service working conditions will improve. Money will start flowing quite normally. Your deals with government and authorities will get through. You will compromise with your morals and principles to enjoy the time. Try to curb your expenses, as the time will fly and you may lose control over the situation.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Support from your spouse and blessing from your mother may bring lots of success for you. You will enjoy high status due to your work in literature; however, an increasing risk of financial loss may be there. Hint from your friends will click a great idea in your mind. You must take immediate action in this matter. Dispute with the business partner because of misunderstanding is also possible this month. Watch your health.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will be back in control of the situation by the end of this month. Meanwhile just wait and watch. Misunderstanding leading to dispute with spouse will be always there. Follow your ideology and morals to avoid any major problem. Social issue will use up most of your time this month. Best thing to do during such time is to move very slowly and steadily. Don’t go with the flow.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You may face minor problems with the spouse during the first half of the month. Just ignore them otherwise they may develop into major issues. A great support from your sibling may bring success and happiness. Follow his/her ideology in regards to long-term financial benefits. Time is very good for short distance travel. Stomach virus could create health problem this month. You will feel more comfortable during the second half of the month.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your relation with your spouse and in-laws is going to change and will become more cordial. Your income will rise. Don’t forget to be very cautious to avoid any mishap or accident. Sudden health problem may destroy everything. Your sibling will prove to be the best support this month. Avoid taking any career related major decisions. You will regain your confidence during the last week.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You will feel very energetic in the beginning of the month. Your friends will be with you to bring family happiness in the later part of the month. You will enjoy substantial financial gain in the last week. Your luck is favoring you a lot. A very strong para-psychic experience is also possible during that time. You should follow the intuition and work on it. It may change the path of your life.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will feel relaxed and relieved during this month. You will regain your confidence. A dramatic positive change will bring happiness in life. Your working condition will improve. You will get opportunity to change your career/job. Respect the opinion of your spouse. A pleasant trip is almost certain to take place in the second half of the month. This is the time to make positive moves.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may accomplish many pending issues during this month. Time is good for quick decisions and for making new friends. You will come in contact with influential

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Motels for Sale in NC. Great locations with 76 & 62 rooms. Excellent Opp. Franchise and non-franchise. Serious inquiries only. Financing available to qualified buyers. Contact 828-305-3056. Motel for sale: Forest City / Spindale, NC 28160. 32 Rooms and apartment. Asking $370,000. For details call Anil Desai 828.286.3646 or Pankaj Desai 678-416-9668. Retail Space available immediately near Chatham Square shopping area in Cary. Excellent location. 1275 square feet. For rent or sale. Call 919-649-1485. Gas Station & Convenience Store with Laundromat in Lancaster, SC (one hour from Charlotte) with Property. Asking $360K. Inside $24K. Lotto Commission $1500 / Month. ATM & Kerosene. Lease/Rent $2700/month, Owner retiring. Call Rishi: 803-807-8875 Liquor and conv. stores for Sale: Clover, SC. Gross sales $380,000-$400,000 from both stores, monthly expenses only $1,000 + $1600 rent; Asking $95,000 plus inv ($70k). Not negotiable. Call Rocky 803-810-5105. Motel for Sale: Blue Ridge motel, Burnsville, NC (12 Rooms). Gross $60,000. Contact: Jay or Nick 704-778-7210 or 828682-9100 (Ext: 0) Motels For Sale: Rock Hill, SC (60 Rooms) and (39 Rooms). Motel for sale in Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Call: Nick Patel 704-9057945. Tobacco store for sale in busy and visible area in South Carolina. 32k + Lotto. Asking 40K plus inv. Pl call 864-529-2646. Liquor Store for Sale: York, SC next to Walmart. Asking 90K + Inventory (120K). Please contact Pankaj Patel for more details 980-297-3640. Boost Mobile Phone store for sale in Charlotte, NC. Open 4 years, good business can be run by one person. Income 4500 to 5000 per month. Rent $800 inc utilities and internet. Call: 704-400-0528. Indian Restaurant for sale in Raleigh / Durham area. Fine dining , established, 100 seating. leave mess 919-749-0707. C-Stores: Camden, SC $899K + Inv, GR $2.8M; Yemassee, SC $900K + Inv, GR $2.3M; 5 C-Stores Pkg, Eastern, NC $1.2M w/RE+Equip. 704-821-8888 or


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Hotel Help wanted: Reliable housekeepers with legal status for hotel near Raleighn North Carolina. Couple preferred or single. Please call Ketan Desai 919-451-0271 from 10am to 9pm. Restaurant Help Wanted: Experienced waiters & dishwasher. Columbia, SC. Good salary & free accommodation provided. Please call 803-730-4664. Nanny / Help wanted: Live-out nanny in North Charlotte (near Concord Mills Mall). Own transportation preferred. Please call 803-233-3741 or 408-781-1882. Hotel Help Wanted: Full time consisting of Front desk / housekeeping / maintenance. Experience and references needed. Call 336625-1880. Motel Front Desk Clerk needed: Kinston, NC. Fluent English, Computer Savvy. Accommodations provided. E-mail resume to or call. 919-6255460. Help Wanted: Indian Restaurant in Charlotte, NC is looking for a waiter, curry chef and tandoori chef. Please contact 704512-9177 Front Desk Couple For Motel Needed: In Charlotte, NC area. Both must have computer skills, fluent in English, legal status as resident. Accommodations provided. Please email Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a couple or single. Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975. Help Wanted: Full or part-time. Good pay for threading practitioners and esthetician with experience & good English skills. Charlotte, Raleigh, & Richmond areas. Please call 980-322-1110. Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu:  email: or 704405-4238. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). 122

Gujarati speaking Nanny needed for 7 month old baby in Wilmington NC. Excellent pay and accommodation provided. 910-465-2000 Threading job in Winston Salem. Hair Threading female position open for IMMEDIATE HIRE. Full-time or Part-Time, for long term. Call 980-622-4386. Nanny Needed: Gujarati speaking live in Nanny needed in Cary, NC. Cooking and light housekeeping. Excellent pay and accommodation. 919-444-1597. Now Hiring: Full/Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store. Located in Columbia & Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Contact Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681. Nanny Needed: Reliable full time live in/live out help needed in Raleigh, NC. (Cooking and light house work) Please call (704) 458-6142. Help Wanted: For restaurant in Charlotte area. No cooking required. Contact at 704964-2490. Help Wanted: Full time for convenience store in McCormick, SC (near Augusta & Greenwood). Good Pay. Call 704-299-8535. Front Desk help needed: 3rd shift. Exit 41 on HWY 85. Reliable, computer skill, fluent in English and have legal status. E-mail: Gas Station Help Wanted: Shelby, N. C. (45 miles form Charlotte). Experience with Ruby and NC Lotto must. Contact Haresh Patel @ 704-472-1572. Nanny Needed: Looking for a Nanny. Please let me know if you are interested. I have a 7 month old son. I live in Fort Mill area. Please call 803-738-6437. Now Hiring: Full or part time Retail Sales Associate in Columbia SC. Opportunity to advance quickly into management. Contact 706-877-0315. PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT:

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SERVICES: Home made fresh Roti's & fresh food available on a daily or weekly basis. Catering any quantity. Veg or Non Veg. Serving entire Triangle area. Contact Jyoti: or 919-610-3615 Hypnosis and Reiki are very powerful to impact your mind & life. Manage Stress, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, performance, time regression etc. Visit our site for more info and contact us. Our Certified Consulting Hypnotists & Reiki Practitioners can help you. 100% of donations go to Charity. E-mail:;; 518-649-6018 Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 22 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704846-7912. 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: 336-4867925 E-Mail: Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072.

Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist from Jaipur, India specializes in mehandi (henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi 919-8247734 e-mail: website: Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. E-mail: Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270 Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803328-2266 or Ami's Beauty in Matthews near I-485 exit 49 (Idlewild Rd). Eyebrows, Upper lips, Chin, Full Face by Thread. 20 years experience. Call for Appointment. 704-8823300 (H) or 704-877-9021 (C).

Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All.

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Index of Advertisers A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .29 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .11 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Asian Divas (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bhindi Plaza (Lease Space Available) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Bombay Grille (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 C2 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Café Nirvana (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) . . . . . . . . . .23 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Charlotte Gita Study Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Charlotte Solar Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Curry and Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Curry N Kabab (Cornelius) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Dadabhagwan Satsang (Satsang Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Darpan Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Delhi Palace / Spices Of India (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . .115 Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) . . . . . . . .34 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Eye Level (Formerly E-nopi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Flower Accent (Wedding Planning and Décor) . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Gayatri Pariwar Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . . . . . .50 H2 Laser & Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64/65 HSNC (Pujya Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaishri) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Hues Designs Party Planning (Sapna Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101


Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 International Center for Meditation and Well Being . . . . . . . .9 Jag Insurance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 K.V.K. Sundaramv (Financial Advisor - Morgan Stanley) . . .15 KD Financial & KMD Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Krut Systems LLC (LED lighting and Security Systems) . . . .38 Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Legacy Jewels / Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Matemu Law Office P.C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Modern Wholesale and Tobacco World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 N-Digilabs Videography & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 OM Tech Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate - . . . .105 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Patel, Tony (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Persis Indian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .53 Rapid Car Care (Formerly Ali & Sons Car Care) . . . . . . . . . . .26 Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Ritu Selects - An Elegant Fashion Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) . . . . . . . .46 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 S S Photography Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58/59 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Shah, Sneha (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Shankar Ehsaan Loy Concert Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 South Clt Endocrinology (Kanakasabai Narasimhan, MD) . .93 Spice South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Srishti (Little Achievers Felicitation Program) . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Trimurthi Temple Devasthanam (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Yafa Market & Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Zaika (Moorseville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Zi Zi's Vegan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 June 2013

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