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In this issue: The Pope and Climate Change Egyptians are in Love with Bollywood

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June 2015 Issue # 206 Editor Samir Shukla (saatheemag@hotmail.com)

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The Vatican has embarked on a campaign to position Pope Francis as an unifying voice on climate change as some crucial conferences begin. See pg 8. Forget Hollywood, Egyptians are in love with the colorful stories and films of Bollywood. Flip to pg. 14. Are Indians enamored with the doctor complex? It seems most families want their kid to be a doctor. Read the essay on pg. 20. The 82nd annual American Dance Festival, the oldest and largest festival dedicated to modern dance in the country, begins in June. Story on pg. 30. Catch up on what the city and regional community organizations are up to in our Community Organizations section pg. 94. Upcoming festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. The AstroScope is on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community, news and videos at saathee.com We welcome comments and suggestions.

Pope and Climate Change . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Egyptians love Bollywood . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Upcoming Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26

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manifestations of unsustainability. The continued extraction of coal, oil and gas following the “business-as-usual mode” will soon create grave existential risks for the poorest three billion, and generations yet unborn. Climate change resulting largely from unsustainable consumption by about 15 percent of the world’s population has become a dominant moral and ethical issue for society.” With the fossil fuel industries facing a financial challenge to change “business- as-usual,” critics of climate science at the conference gave their own preview of response to the pope’s long-anticipated ecology letter. “This is nothing short of an ‘Unholy Alliance’ between the Vatican and man-made climate fear promoters,” said Marc Morano, publisher of ClimateDepot, quoted in a libertarian online outlet The New American. Nevertheless, an international consensus is emerging as an unwanted future bears down. “Climate change is a hot topic in Asia because of seasonal weather changes that affected farmers everywhere, and because of the pervasive presence of smog in and around major cities, which affects global warming,” Jesuit Father Michael Kelly, executive director of Asian Catholic news service UCAN, told GroundTruth from Bangkok. “Secretary Moon is from Korea and spoke for many in Asia when he welcomed the forthcoming encyclical as a significant contribution to global understanding of something that impacts us all,” Fr. Kelly said. Congresses, parliaments and policy experts across the globe

By Jason Berry, GlobalPost.com The Vatican has embarked on a campaign to position Pope Francis as an unifying voice on climate change ahead of several major appearances in the coming months. A sign of the strategy bearing fruit came at May’s conference in Rome at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on climate change — which the pope did not attend — when UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said of Francis, “I count on his moral voice, his moral leadership.” The pope’s long-anticipated encyclical on climate change is being translated into several languages for release in June, according to press reports. An encyclical is a papal letter to the world’s bishops, a teaching document meant to filter down to dioceses and pews, fortifying Catholic thought on moral issues in lives of the faithful. The forthcoming letter will be long, deeply detailed and comprehensive in its focus on the land, air, earth and water, according to a well-placed source familiar with the document but unable to speak publicly. Another preview of Francis’s language lies in the summary report, “Climate Change and The Common Good,” posted Wednesday by the Pontifical Academy officials, drafted with the assistance of scientific consultants and using bold language: “Widening inequalities of wealth and income, the worldwide disruption of the physical climate system and the loss of millions of species that sustain life are the grossest Saathee.com


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are bracing for the impact of the encyclical. Meanwhile the pope —more popular than any other political leader in the world — is becoming a catalytic figure on the issue, using his popularity as a form of political capital. A March speech at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland by Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson cited a schedule of key events for the church on the issue in the coming months. Turkson helped draft parts of the papal encyclical as president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace. In the speech, Turkson said, “So when Pope Francis says that destroying the environment is a grave sin; when he says that it is not large families that cause poverty but an economic culture that puts money and profit ahead of people; when he says that we cannot save the environment without also addressing the profound injustices in the distribution of the good of the earth... he is not making some political comment about the relative merits of capitalism and communism. He is rather restating ancient Biblical teaching.” Turkson cast the encyclical on “integral ecology” as a touchstone of sorts for the church’s role at upcoming events: • The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Tanzania (July) • The launch of a UN General Assembly agenda for agreement on new sustainable environmental goals (September) • The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on government plans to reduce global warming (late November and early December) Pope Francis will also address both houses of the US Congress and the UN General Assembly on his mid-September trip to America. “The pope has significant impact as a moral authority because he gets the debate onto the framing it needs, a moral issue that gets us away from arguing over the science,” Joseph Romm, an authority on climate science and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, told GroundTruth. “This is a very big deal,” he said. “The Vatican has put a lot of effort into understanding climate science. It has a group of scientists advising it. How ironic that we live in a time where the Catholic Church as an institution is more knowledgeable and willing to accept evidence than these groups who simply deny climate science.” Just how much the Vatican or Francis can push the envelope in Washington is an open question. Catholics account for more than 30 percent of the US House of Representatives, the largest single faith group. Republicans hold the majority in both houses and are staunch foes of the Obama administration, particularly on environmental policies. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Catholic from the suburbs of New Orleans, uses an industry-friendly script. He said in 2011, “There is dispute over this claim that man is the cause of global warming.” Will the pope’s heightened role have any effect on Catholics in Congress? “On their votes in the short term, no,” said John Barry, author of “Rising Tide,” an acclaimed history of the 1927 Mississippi flood, and an architect of litigation against Louisiana oil companies to repair sinking wetlands. “But it could move the needle on medium-term thinking,” Barry told GroundTruth. “I doubt that we’ll see much change in legislation. They’re pretty locked into their positions. Scalise is as wedded to the oil industry as anyone in Louisiana. Plenty Saathee.com

of Catholics rationalize positions on birth control and abortion” that run counter to church teaching. But Lonnie Ellis, associate director of Catholic Climate Covenant, a Washington, DC group of 14 organizations that promote church teaching on climate change, sees a noticeable shift. “I’m not going to name any names, but strategists for both parties have contacted us saying, we want to know what’s coming our way. This is starting a new conversation with Republicans more interested than we’ve seen before, realizing that this is a place where we can engage about moral values and our families.” Ellis sees the pope’s stature “not as a scientist or politician, giving moral guidance on how we should relate to our sisters and brothers, whether in California’s drought, sea level rise in Bangladesh and southern Florida, or in Norfolk, Virginia, where sea rise has the Navy concerned about their installations... We’re getting so many more requests to talk to parishes and dioceses than we can keep up with. It picked it up around first of the year, with more media attention to the pope.” The Greek Orthodox church leader Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch and Archbishop of Constantinople, “was first to proclaim ecological degradation a sin, and now we have Pope Francis saying the same thing,” Marquette University theology professor Jame Schaefer told GroundTruth. Schaefer pointed to Francis’s early outreach to Bartholomew as an ecumenical act with a shared spiritual reference point on “an imperiled earth.” The pope’s rhetoric on the ecological threat, she said, “has an international sweep with roots in the Book of Genesis.” In a research essay just posted for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Schaefer writes, “When en route to the Philippines after visiting Sri Lanka, a reporter asked for his views on global climate change. He responded that ‘we have exploited nature too much’ and attributed changes in the global climate ‘to a large extent’ to ‘man that slaps nature’s face continually.’” Francis continued, “We have taken somewhat possession of nature, of sister earth, of Mother Earth. I remember ... what an old peasant once said to me: “God forgives always, we ... forgive sometimes, nature never forgives.” If you slap her on the face, she does so in turn.” Schaefer views the pope as “acting at many levels, organizing the world’s religions to move to their own constituencies, especially in preparation for the climate summit in France.”

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at least three channels available in Egypt show Bollywood films 24 hours a day. “If I’m walking in the streets of say, the Khan el-Khalili [Cairo’s main bazaar] people will shout out to me ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ or ‘Sharukh Khan’ [two of Bollywood’s most prominent stars],” says Rakesh Kawra, cultural attaché at the Indian Embassy. “I’m very surprised people here know a lot about Bollywood films, especially with the language barrier.” Ismail Abd el Mageed, 45, works in a shoe shop in Shubra. “We’ve followed Indian films for ages … I feel like their lives are close to the lives of Egyptians. Hollywood films have too much action in them. I like films about family relationships … I’d love to go to India,” he says. Mohamed Ali, a carpenter, says he doesn’t need to go to India to enjoy their films. “What Mohamed Ali, 55, is a carpenter and would I do there? It’s a poor has been watching Bollywood films his country, there’s no work,” he whole life. Laura Dean / GlobalPost says, “But I love Indian movies. There are great stories with a lot of drama about families that split up and come back together.” He and his friends agree that Bollywood trumps Hollywood. “American films are all shooting without any insults,” says Wael Salaam, 36, Ali’s friend, who works for a publishing house. Yet despite the widespread popularity of Indian cinema, there is a latent racism toward south Asians in the Middle East. “There’s an inherent racism in this region towards anyone who is darker skinned. Indians and Pakistanis are looked at as cheap migrant labor,” says Dalia. “Do you think I‘m an Indian?” is a widely used expression in Arabic, used to mean, do you think I’m naïve or gullible? This usage purportedly dates back to World War II when Indian conscripts of the British Empire were stationed in Egypt and were repeatedly cheated because they weren’t familiar with the

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CAIRO, Egypt — Most children watch cartoons. As a little girl growing up in Cairo, Dalia Ezzat watched Bollywood films. Her obsession with the genre began when she was four years old. Her aunt, who lived near a Cairo movie theater that showed a lot of Bollywood movies, brought home a VHS tape of a film called “Mard,” starring the titan of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan. “It was a traditional Bollywood formula movie,” she explains, “where there’s the villain and there’s a hero who saves the day and has Robin Hood-esque features, a heroine in distress, five songs and a bit of history.” “I was instantly hooked,” she says. From then on every week her parents would drive to the video store to rent a new Bollywood film. Each time her mother would record it at home so little Dalia — and the rest of the family with her — could watch it over and over. Though Egypt has long been the cinema giant of the Arab world, Bollywood films have been beloved here for decades. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, many movie houses would show the latest Bollywood hits. This came to an end when the Ministry of Culture, in an attempt to boost the local film industry, enacted restrictions that made it unprofitable for distributors to show Indian films. But while they were no longer on the big screen, they continued to beam into Egyptian homes through their television sets. A few years later after her first encounter with Bachchan on screen, when she was 10, the man himself came to Cairo and Dalia, in a new outfit with a new haircut and a bouquet of flowers was there to welcome him. When it came time to shake his hand, she fainted. By this time there were a number of satellite channels that ran Bollywood films, but many did not have subtitles. Dalia, undeterred, would mimic the words she heard the actors saying. Eventually, Dalia’s mother enrolled her in Hindi classes at the Indian cultural center to learn the basics. Now, at 32, she is fluent. Dalia is not alone in her passion. On the streets of Cairo, almost everyone knows the name Amitabh Bachchan. Today,


















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Dalia says that the coexistence in a very diverse country is inspiring to her. “It’s a society that is so rich and so diverse yet they’re tolerant somewhat and they coexist, which is very hard to find here. Even though we’re somewhat of a homogeneous kind of society, our differences are kind of always highlighted.” Bollywood has long been a force that bridges political and societal differences, as evidenced by its popularity in Pakistan, India’s longtime rival. A mainstream genre, it also at times reflects prejudices in the society and there are some Bollywood films that reflect discriminatory attitudes in the society such as unflattering portrayals of the country’s minority Muslim population. Undeniably, though, here is universality to Bollywood’s appeal. Many of the films are about everyday Indians who face similar challenges and problems to Egyptians. And as they do in India, Bollywood films provide viewers with escapism and a world in which good triumphs over evil. “It seems like their lives are simpler,” says Um Yousef. Traditionally, Bollywood films have happy endings. “The hero dies six or seven times, and then at the end, he’s still alive,” says Karim Youssef, a young man from the Nile Delta region who grew up watching Bollywood films. After Dalia visited India the first time she said, “a lot of people come back from India and say ‘it’s amazing but it’s overwhelming to the senses and there’s so much poverty’ but I thought all those things, the poverty the garbage … it’s all very much like Egypt.” “I felt like I was home this is where I belong,” she adds. Now when Dalia’s mother misses her daughter, she watches Bollywood films in television. Saathee.com

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TEATIME IN THE CITY Notes from the Editor’s Desk country first, then any changes or policies the government implements are amplified. I will go on a limb here and say that Modi is a visionary leader. He genuinely wants to do something for the country, in a big way. He is either loved or loathed, but there’s no question that Modi has stirred the pot called India for the past year in a manner not seen before and one that is entirely necessary. This is a globalized, fast-paced world that needs active leaders. When the status quo is undone or unsettled, the participants of that status quo will not like it and will resist. But countries, people, ideas, religions, need to evolve with the times. Respect the traditions, yes, but evolve. Undo traditions that perpetuate human indignity. Modi also travels, a lot. He has visited 18 countries in the past year, cutting deals, making connections, so it seems. This is needed. A country cannot remain in a cocoon and thrive. One thing is certain about Modi. He is a tireless promoter of India and even though the label “Hindu nationalist” is tagged every time someone writes about him, it’s apparent he understands India can only lift itself if all citizens’ lives improve. He maybe a nationalist, but he is no fool. Modi’s predecessor, Manmohan Singh, was instrumental in opening India’s economy as Finance Minister in the early 90’s. He set the stage for Modi to stir the pot further and continue unshackling India’s bureaucratic chains. It is best to move the country away from the quasi-socialism that may have served it well in the past but is clearly ill-fitting for the fast moving 21st Century. Modi needs to be and should be judged, his failures noted, his successes lauded, but, it needs to be done after he completes a full term. India’s noisy parliamentary system and robust media will check his moves and temper any overreaching. A foundation for resurgence and reformation is being built in a more globally-connected manner. Countries are not speed boats, they are giant ships that take time to guide and navigate around similarly giant ships. Time reveals the real story.

By Samir Shukla leaders and expectations - Modi’s first year The world is always in need of effective, forward thinking leaders. Not the so-called great leaders, mind you. As I have written in the past, there are no great leaders. There are only effective leaders. Crowning someone as “great” serves no purpose and makes no sense. Great marks finality. Effectiveness in the throes of conflict, crisis, unforeseen emergencies, and long-term economic vision marks the true value of a leader. The world seeks leaders, chosen by the people, able to deal with what they have inherited and effectively resolve problems, either already existing or emerging. Leadership is about forming a compelling narrative for the future, inspiring synergy in the masses, managing existing political apparatus and working with the inevitable opponents, and then taking necessary decisions. It’s been a year since Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister of India in May 2014. The assessments of his efficacy at this juncture are flying about left and right. He won a large mandate and came into the office with a lot of political capital. So the analyses and critiques are inevitable as Modi wraps his first full year in office. Has he been an effective leader so far? Has he done what he promised? Elected officials land into office tethered to preconceptions and expectations. Their promised words during elections are solidified and come under scrutiny after taking office. This is especially true for high-profile leaders like the United States President, the Prime Minister of India and the leaders of other major democracies. China, of course, is a different beast altogether. The President of China is an internally groomed, propped-up puppet, not beholden to the masses. China’s rise has to be analyzed with whole bunch of different parameters. But the discussion at hand is leadership in democracies, however chaotic they maybe, and the leaders of such countries are held to special scrutiny. Voters will expect action and results, while critics will constantly point blinding lights in search of mistakes and missteps. When the elected leader is an erudite and charismatic speaker, the critics scream even louder if the leader doesn’t deliver results. Words are easy, action is difficult. India is a diverse, ancient behemoth. Change comes slow. Time will tell on the long-term results of Narendra Modi’s actions during his first year. Certainly he has worked to untangle Indian status quos, realigned political strangleholds, and even challenged entrenched ways of thinking. Rethinking preset perceptions and unraveling corruption while unfolding lethargic ways of doing things are badly needed actions in India. There are times the status quo needs a swift kick in the ass. An effective leader can deliver that. The promise of India is in its people, especially the youth. If the people are inspired to help alleviate corruption and put their cities, states and the Saathee.com

seeking writers I’m seeking fresh voices to add to Saathee’s regular stable of columnists and contributors. Academicians, college students, travelers, professionals, homemakers, all are welcome. You must have a passion for writing and knowledge or expertise in specific areas. Send a short bio along with a brief pitch about what you want to write, a writing sample (300-400 words), and contact number for consideration. If interested, I will contact you and chat about writing a one-off piece, occasional contributions, or a column. Send the materials to saatheemag@hotmail.com and put “Write” in the subject line.

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The Doctor Complex By Sagar Shukla I’ve experienced this feeling numerous times: my grandmother’s expectation, my mother’s excitement, and the subtle smile that arises in an aunt, uncle, or family friend. These moments all occurred when I told these individuals that “what I wanted to do” was to go to medical school and become a doctor. In my experience, the Indian community’s obsession with their children becoming doctors is deeply pervasive. I have always been fascinated, albeit a bit annoyed, by this phenomenon and I hope to explain my hypothesis for why this may be the case. As members of the diaspora, my parents and grandparents grew up in a pre-1991 India with a scarcity of job security and a surplus of status-seekers; having prestige, wealth, and long-term security was coveted, which often came in the form of being doctor, engineer, or holding a government job. The departure from India, motivated by a desire for more opportunity, led my family to pack this mentality into checkin bags and tote it to America with a steadfast hope for the future. My grandfather left his wife and four young children at home as he ventured to New York City in the mid-1970s to find opportunity as a nuclear engineer. Soon after, my grandmother, father, and his younger siblings made the journey to carve out a new life in a world where being of brown skin put you in the ultra-minority. A world where saying you were Indian on the first day of school begged the question which tribe you were from. It is because of these and many other sacrifices, I believe, that the “doctor complex” had become manifest in my educational trajectory. I felt that I owed it to my family to go to medical school and become a doctor because of the opportunity and allure of prosperity it maintained. As I continued to think about this potentially contrived pressure to become a doctor, I began to truly understand my family’s underlying interest. The ability to sustain my family, to build a name for myself, and to be happy were the driving forces of my family’s desire, and becoming a doctor provided a tried and tested path of achieving this dream. I realized that a deviation from medical school did not necessarily mean a rebellion against my family; rather, a deviation represented a greater empathy for my family and what they had hoped to achieve in coming to the U.S. The first step of continuing the legacy my grandfather started was not asking what my family wanted of me, but what I wanted of myself. During my first year, I was talking to an incredibly intelligent and confident friend of mine who was debating whether or not medical school was for her. She told me that even having second thoughts about this path made her feel like she was betraying herself and her family’s expectations. However, as difficult as it may be for those who are goaloriented high achievers, going through a period of uncertainty and a process of directed self-examination can be extremely healthy. Saathee.com

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Marking the 60th anniversary of the release of Satyajit Ray’s iconic classic Pather Panchali, the fully 4k restored films of The Apu Trilogy (with English subtitles) are in theaters for a limited time. The restoration was long thought to be impossible, after a fire severely damaged the original negatives in 1993. Whatever was left of them was salvaged by the Academy Film Archive, and it wasn’t until the technology improved that this restoration was possible. Close to a thousand hours of meticulous hand labor were spent to rehydrate the brittle film, rebuild sprocket perforations on the sides of the film and remove melted tape, glue and wax, and suitable replacements were found for the non-usable or missing sections of the original negatives. These masterworks - Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road), Aparajito (The Unvanquished), and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) - based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, were shot over the course of five years. For more details visit www.janusfilms.com/aputrilogy/

Hamari Adhuri Kahani Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi and Rajkumar Rao come together for the epic love story Hamari Adhuri Kahani, an emotional drama featuring a love triangle that opens in theaters across North America on June 12. The film is directed by Mohit Suri, who helmed last year’s hit film Ek Villain. Balan gives a somber performance in this film that focuses on the travails of a harrowed wife.

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Theatrical-On-Demand crowd sourced distribution empowers audiences to pull films to their local theaters by aggregating their interest and pre-ordering tickets in advance. The arranged marriage feature documentary, What’s Love Got to do with it?, is currently playing in theaters on-demand. The film is an unscripted micro-budget documentary that uses humor to expose subtle insidious conflicts at play in Indian society. What makes well-travelled urban Indians, who have freedom and privilege, choose arranged marriages over love? The film is an amusing portrayal of young urban upper class Indians coming to terms

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Waheeda Rehman Returns to Bengali cinema Over 50 years ago veteran actress Rehman starred in a Bengali film directed by the legendary Satyajit Ray. She will be now feature in the upcoming Bengali film Arshinagar, directed by Aparna Sen. She recalls the experience of the Ray film in an interview in Bollywood Hungama, “When I was offered Abhijaan I didn’t know any Bengali at all. But Satyajit Ray insisted, saying my character spoke a mixture of Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. I agreed only because he had faith in me. I’ve shot many films in Hindi and some in Bangla in Kolkata. It’s always a pleasure to be part of the city. I really enjoyed my short stint with Aparna in Kolkata.” She also thinks the time is right for Aparna Sen to do another Hindi film. “There are so many fabulous heroine-oriented projects happening in Mumbai, whether it’s Kahaani, Bobby Jasoos, Queen or Mardaani. Women never had it so good in Hindi cinema. Reputed producers like Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are backing reasonably budgeted sensible films. Bhansali produced Mary Kom recently. I think the time is right for Aparna to do another Hindi film.” Saathee.com

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Saathee: It’s always exciting to see well-known groups like Shen Wei Dance Arts, Pilobolus, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. For the past few years since you have become the ADF Director, you have also tried to showcase more new artists. Could you please share a few snippets of some less established but strong artists that are part of ADF this summer? Jodee: ADF is very interested in promoting emerging choreographers. Two programs that will highlight that this By Dilip Barman season are Awkward Magic, a work created by 3 choreographers who are all making their ADF debuts; and The 82nd annual American Dance Festival (ADF), the oldest Footprints, featuring ADF commissioned works by and largest festival dedicated to modern dance in the country, choreographers who are in residence for the full season, runs June 11-July 25, 2015, in Durham, NC. There will be over creating dances on ADF students. 60 performances by 31 companies and choreographers from around the world. This is even more than in the last few years Saathee: Can you tell us about some of the works that you have with 50 performances by 24 companies in 2014, 47 commissioned this season? performances by 25 companies in 2013, and 46 performances by 18 companies in 2012. In mid-May, I had an opportunity to talk with Jodee Nimerichter. Jodee was Co-Director of ADF from 2007 until 2012, and has been its Director since then. Saathee: Jodee, thank you for taking time to share with our readers about another exciting season of American Dance Festival with our readers. Jodee: I am delighted to have an opportunity to talk about our 82nd season with you! Saathee: Please describe ADF in general terms. What kind of dance does it showcase and what draws people to your shows?

Jodee: Audiences will have the chance to see eleven new works this season, all commissioned by ADF. Ten of them will have their premieres at ADF - this means that I will be seeing the works for the first time along with the audiences. One that I am particularly excited to share with audiences is a new work by Doug Varone, ReComposed. It is being co-commissioned by ADF and the Nasher Museum of Art, and is dance inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell’s pastel drawings. Saathee: An important part of ADF is the educational aspect. Can you tell us more about this year’s ADF School? How many students do you expect, what ages are they, and where are they coming from? Jodee: ADF is dedicated to promoting, presenting, and preserving modern dance, an indigenous American art form that is based on individual creativity. The breath and range of modern dance is so vast that it is difficult to provide an all-inclusive description. I do think this is one of the exciting features of the art form and what is appealing to so many that come to enjoy it. Throughout our six and a half week season, audiences have the chance to see work by more than 30 companies and choreographers. One night you might see a beautiful lyrical work, the next night a highly physical and athletic work, and so on. You can also laugh one minute, be brought to tears the next, or get goose bumps because of the power of what you are seeing expressed through movement and ideas.

Jodee: We look forward to welcoming over three hundred dancers from around the world. We don't have a final count yet, but in most years participants come from over forty states and twenty countries. So far this year, we have students coming from India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Israel, Spain, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Canada. The students are primarily between the ages of 18 and 22, but we do have 12-16 year olds coming for our three-week program, and we also have dancers in their 60s coming for classes. It’s very inspiring to see them in the classroom all season long! We offer tours of the school - it is a great opportunity to see art in the making and I would encourage the community to take a tour. I’m glad that you asked as the school is a whole other side of the Festival that most people don't know much about.

Saathee: How do you define “dance”?

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Jodee: Dance to me is movement. Saathee.com


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DANCES OF INDIA second generation Indians face in this country. They wonder how these students are able to beautifully express the stories told through dancing. This language barrier is not unique to the second generation. As India has so many spoken languages, it is almost impossible to learn them all. As teachers/gurus we explain the stories to the students to bring out the inner emotions of storytelling using dance as a medium. These classical dances have written instructions on the ways you can use your body to tell a story, or express an emotion. Many teachers, who now call USA their home, have a great opportunity to take these traditions out of India and spread the seeds of culture. Many of the Indian dance teachers in the USA teach these dances to support themselves financially. Some teachers like me may want more out of it, such as reintroducing our culture to our own Indian community, introducing the culture to the non-Indian community and building recognition, appreciation, interest and respect for our culture. As we are learning Western culture, we should also teach Indian culture in exchange. We all have to learn to grow. Traditional dances have already gained popularity in the USA, thanks to many great musicians and performers who continue to contribute to this popularity. Each person’s contribution to these arts becomes an integral part of the overall vision to share these beautiful dance forms with the world. In my opinion, with the widely growing interest and popularity of Indian classical dances, the need and search for authentic exposition is pressing and dance shows of this dimension and character is indeed the need of the hour. Indian art is a science, a discipline, an art and an exposition at the same time. With the co-operation, philanthropy and good will of the art lovers of the USA, I am confident of promoting and fostering an appreciable understanding of the ancient cultural heritage of India among the aesthetic public. Arts are not to be restrained from sharing with others. They are suitable for all cultures. Dances of India production gives me this opportunity to share with pride my Indian heritage.

A Reflection on Dances of India Performance By Dr. Maha Gingrich The 13th anniversary performance of Dances of India was once again a sellout, as it has been every year since it began. This community outreach initiative of Central Piedmont Community College receives great support from the local and international community of the Carolinas.

Audience members have travelled from as far away as Raleigh-Durham, South Carolina, Ohio, New York, Michigan and many other states to see this show. This year we had 64 participants and showcased temple dances and storytelling through folk traditions. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the continued success of this show. People often ask me why I stick with only traditional dance styles and don’t incorporate Bollywood in my show. In my opinion, everything has its own place. It all depends on individual teacher’s own vision and passion. My passion is the traditional dance styles that include classical dances and traditional folk dances. I love to research and learn about the influences of Indian dances on world cultures. I want to visually show people our similarities and differences. Our signature dance “Unity in Diversity” has been acclaimed by many for its uniqueness and the beauty of inclusion. I believe when you know where you are coming from, it is easier to understand where you are going. Since the age of 5, I had a strong desire to dance. My father nourished my wishes. I discovered that dancing was not predicated upon the movements of legs and arms, but that it grew from an inner urge for prayer in motion. I see many of my students in the same light. Either the parents are fulfilling their own unmet dreams through their children or the students want to experience the energy of dancing, my students’ enthusiasm, motivation, energy and happiness while dancing is totally contagious. Their hard work and my creativity is a fine blend of success. Irrespective of the general opinion, there is a huge demand for classical dances. These dances not only teach discipline, but also stories from the Hindu religion. They require long-term commitment to an art form that is very difficult to learn and are a perfect balance of right and left brains. The stories told through dances are not known even to some of the new generation of Indians coming to the USA. Many of my students have been admitted into prestigious colleges due to their long-term commitment to these classical dance forms and training. When these students commit to the traditional dance forms for 7 to 10 years, their commitment to achieve their other goals is apparent. Several people also ask me about the language barrier these Saathee.com

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S. P. Bālasubrahmanyam Sripathi Panditaradhyulā Bālasubrahmanyam, born into a Telugu Brahmin family on June 4, 1946 is a film producer, singer, actor and music director. He pursued his love of singing rom childhood and won many prizes in singing during his formative years. He had a natural gift for music and learned to play the harmonium and flute on his own, inspired by listening to his father play S. P. Sambamurthy play. Bālasubrahmanyam began on a course to become and engineer, but abandoned the path due to his illness. He married and sired a daughter and a son. He began his career as a film singer in 1966 and has since sung in over 170 films and over 40,000 songs in many Indian languages including Tamil, Kannada, Oriya, Telugu, Punjabi, Assamese, Sanskrit, Hindi, and Malayalam. He is renowned as a TV host for a Carnatic music show in South India. Bālasubrahmanyam has a deep, rich voice with an incredible range and control. In his prime he was known to record as many as 15 – 20 songs in single day, camping out in studios hours at a time. He has sung for many lyrics in Hindi: music directors ranging from the classic O.P. Nayyar to the contemporary A.R. Rahman and gave his voice to myriad film actors including Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Salman Khan, and Akshay Kumar. His has a methodical approach to singing; he prefers to understand the full meaning of the songs that he sings and the settings in which these songs are to be filmed to most effectively match their requirements. He has also composed music for over 40 films and acted in more than 50 South Indian films. He also records many devotional, classical and folk songs. Words cannot describe his achievements and contribution to the music world. Awards as a Best Singer: 1978 to Present - Many awards from National film, Film fare, Nandi etc. for singing in several languages. 2001 - Padmashri, Govt. of India 2011 - Padma Bhushan, Govt. of India The lyrics to one of his famous Hindi songs, “Pahalā pahalā pyār hai...” is given in the column on this page.

Evergreen and Classic lyrics Pahalā pahalā pyār hai…

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Song: Pahalā pahalā pyār hai… Film: Hum āpke hai kaun Year: 1994 Music: Rām Laxman Singer: S. P. Bālasubrahmanyam Lyric: Dev Kohli Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Mādhuri Dixit, Salman Khan. Anupam Kher Saathee.com

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 9+ words = Excellent; 5 to 8 words = Good; 4 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

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There lived four friends in a small town at the edge of a forest. Although, all four of them were young Brahmins, one of them was a complete ignorant in matters of learning but had good common-sense. The other three were very learned in matters of the Holy Scriptures, but lacked common-sense. One day, as the four friends were assembled together, they decided, “The scholarship that we have over the Holy Scriptures is no good, if we cannot use it to impress the king, or otherwise to earn money!” They decided to travel, in order to earn money using their learnings. But the fourth friend was not learned, so they thought of leaving him behind. They agreed, “What good is common-sense? His talents would not help in earning money, let only three of us travel.” After much pleading by the fourth Brahmin, they decide, “It will not be correct to behave like this to a friend. Let us take him along with us! We should also share a part of our earnings with him.” As decided, the four of them started the journey. As they were travelling through a jungle, they noticed the bones of a dead lion, lying on their way. One of them said, “Let us start using our scholarship! We have a dead lion in front of us. Let us test our scholarship, and try to bring life into it!” While the three Brahmins agreed, the fourth Brahmin did not like the idea. But his preference was ignored by the other three Brahmins, and they started holy rituals. One of the Brahmins collected the bones of the lion and using his scholarship, created a skeleton of the lion. Another Brahmin used his scholarship to cover the skeleton with flesh and skin. As the lifeless lion stood in front of them, the third Brahmin initiated the rituals to put life into the lion. The fourth Brahmin was alarmed, “Friends, if the lion comes to life, he will kill all of us! Please stop what you are doing!”

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June will have arrived when you read this, but it’s midSpring as I’m writing and I’m thinking of words associated with the season including season, spring, stem and plant. Just as with words like “head” and “hand” for parts of our bodies, that we’ve written about in previous columns, these words have multiple meanings both literal and figurative. Some are both nouns and verbs. We can start with “season” which is correctly pronounced “SEEzn” with the stress on the first syllable, the middle “s” pronounced as /z/ and the second syllable unstressed with no real vowel. Remember, the sound carries the meaning. If you say “sea-sun” your listener won’t understand you. Match these sentences with season, spring, stem and plant with the correct meaning (a, b, c) within each group of three sentences: 1

16. Watch out! The roses have thorns in their stems. ___ 17. Her success stems from hard work. ___ 18. The antique watch was wound with a stem. ___ a. Comes from, has its origins in b. The stalk of a flower c. Projecting shaft with a small crown or wheel. 19. When the auto plant shut down, the city went into an economic decline. ___ 20. Plain clothes detectives are planted in department stores to catch people shoplifting. ___ 21. Who planted that idea in your head? ____ a. Group of buildings used in manufacturing. b. Influenced your thinking. c. Placed secretly in a crowded place to monitor people’s behavior.

1. I’m looking forward to the 2015/16 Metropolitan Opera live in HD season. _____ 2.The growing season begins early in North Carolina compared to New England. ___ 3. She seasons her food with interesting herbs and spices. ___ a. The natural and suitable time. b. The schedule of performances for the Fall of 2015 and the Winter and Spring of 2016. c. Adds flavor.

suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: See how many uses of season, spring, stem and plant you can find in your local newspaper and in articles in your favorite magazines (including Saathee). References: 1, http://www.thefreedictionary.com/season, spring, stem, plant

4. He is a seasoned actor and I always enjoy attending his performances. ___ 5. Make sure your builder uses seasoned lumber when he rebuilds your deck. ___ 6. His classes are interesting because he seasons his lecture with jokes. ___ a. Adds interest and zest. b. Cured or treated so that it will not warp when exposed to the weather. c. Very experienced, having gone through both successes and failures.

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MARKETING TURNAROUND Where do social media come in? Social media offers a conversational, low-pressure way to remain in the forefront of a prospect’s awareness with “touches” on a subject where there’s interest but no trigger for an immediate purchase. It can also keep your company in touch with current customers so that when add-ons or upgrades become necessary, you’re first in line for the business. The key here is not to view social media as a way to provide a barrage of “buy now” messages. Instead, think of how you can engage the prospect in a conversation about whatever product or service you sell, with the immediate focus on offering helpful information related to the Problem/Pain/Fear. Some great examples of this are tips, how-to videos, short audios, links to interesting resources like articles, white papers, blog posts or longer videos, interviews and Question/Answer sessions. Social media sites like Facebook make it easy for you to share multi-media content and have a two-way conversation about the topic in a format that reveals your company’s personality and lets you share your Real Story in a no-pressure environment. Twitter is a great way to provide tips, ask questions, share links to related resources, comment on headlines related to your product or service and even do surveys. While you usually can’t close a sale before the customer has experienced a trigger point, once you’ve established a relationship, you have the chance to educate the prospect about that trigger point. Perhaps the best time to buy a new piece of equipment isn’t when the old equipment falls apart. Perhaps there are trade-in advantages or depreciation advantages to buying on a shorter purchase cycle. Maybe you can point out benefits that deal so much better with the Problem/Pain/Fear than the old product that the prospect decides to buy sooner rather than later. You’ve altered the trigger point through education, and because your company provided the information in an ongoing relationship, you’re likely to be first in line to get the sale. When someone subscribes to your blog, Facebook page update, Twitter feed, they’re agreeing to get updates (information) from you on a regular basis. If you share information that speaks to his or her needs, every update does double duty; it reminds the prospect about you (a touch) while it provides useful information (deepening your relationship). Social media makes it easier and less expensive (and less intrusive) than ever before to stay in contact as touches prepare for a trigger. Using a “touch” strategy keeps you visible by providing useful information your targeted audience wants and needs without sales pressure. What content can you offer to provide 30 valuable touches?

By Gail Z. Martin Touches to Transactions Modern marketing wisdom holds that in today’s advertising-saturated world, it takes at least seven to 30 “touches” or reminders before a consumer takes action. Although that may seem like a lot when you first hear it, if you think about how you act when you’re the consumer, it begins to make sense. Your social media sites can account for several of those 30 touches. But to be effective, you need to think about how touches become transactions. Touches and trigger points We manage to ignore tens of thousands of advertising messages every day, mostly because they promote products we aren’t currently interested in buying. The key phrase there is “currently.” When you realize you need a product or service, all of a sudden, you tune into the messages related to the product/service that you had been screening out. The situation that changes everything is a trigger point. It’s an event that moves you from someone who hasn’t thought about making a purchase or who has been casually window shopping to someone who needs to buy right now. The seller usually can’t change the trigger point (although they try to influence it with sales and specials), but you can make sure you’re making enough touches so that when a triggering event moves a prospect from looker to buyer, he or she thinks about your company. Let’s use a car purchase as an example. If your car is reasonably new and in good working order, you may not be thinking at all about buying a new car. You probably tune out car ads, emails from dealerships, or radio commercials about great specials. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about buying a new car—sometime. You might be casually reading car ads, going out to dealer web sites, paying some attention to commercials, even slowing down when you pass the dealer’s lot for a good look. But for now, it’s all still window shopping. Then a triggering event occurs. Your existing car is in an accident or needs a major repair, and it will cost more to fix it than it’s worth. All of a sudden, you’re in the market for a new car, and you need it right now. Until that triggering event happened, there wasn’t much the car dealers could do to hurry up your purchase. You bought the car based on your schedule of when you needed one, not on the dealer’s schedule of when he wanted to sell one. Business owners often forget that it’s the customers’ need that drives the purchase cycle more than it is driven by sales and specials. But there’s a very important thing to remember: When a customer moves from shopper to buyer, the company that has made the most marketing touches is first in line to get his business. Go back to the car example. When that prospect was window shopping, the dealership with the best website or the showroom that was polite about a test drive without a commitment is likely to be the first place that prospect goes when he or she moves from shopper to buyer. Those “touches” pay off in top of mind awareness. Saathee.com

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perfect, and that our nervous systems compute with unerring accuracy without any biases and predispositions. On top of that, as we discussed, we add lots of our own creative fabrications that have no counterparts in the real world. Imagine if you consider the result of this to the “truth” and act as if it were so! And yet that is exactly what many of us do quite often. It’s a bit like looking in a warped mirror and using that as your guide to throw a dart at a dartboard that is reflected rather poorly and incorrectly by the mirror. The notion we have just discussed may appear to lie in the realm of theoretical philosophy, but it has some real practical applications. For example, when my SAT/ACT students understand that there is a definite difference between what they know, and what they think they know, they become open to alternative explanations and positions, one of which may point them to the right answer in their tests. It’s a way of thinking about their thinking that I work toward instilling in my students, with the intent to help them not only in their test, but also well beyond that into their career and life, fostering in them this key aspect of critical thinking. Acting based on what one thinks one knows is a trap. But there is an even bigger force to reckon with: unconscious thought.

A Mind with a Mind of its own

The universe exists only inside our nervous systems. It could, of course, exist beyond that, but we have no way of knowing for sure. There have been many versions of the “brain in a vat” thought experiment, which explore this line of thinking. Thoughts can essentially be seen simply as a state of neurons in our nervous system. These neurons fire when our senses capture things from the real world and send them in the form of electrical signals to the nervous system. However, electrical signals can be directly input to our neurons, producing the same state change as would have been caused by real world things. So a brain that gets its input from a computer that is connected to it could get into the same state as one that gets signals indirectly through sense-based interaction with real world things. So, is there a real world out there, or are our brains in vats receiving signals from computers. How do we know the difference? This thought experiment is designed to consider that possibility that we don’t. In any case, the point is that we hold our personal universes inside our heads. If there is, in fact, an external world out there, our internal worlds are only indirectly tied to it through the translation performed by our senses. Of course, there is much unseen Thought: The 800-pound Gorilla that can be lost in translation. We may see ourselves consciously applying patterns of logic to some current situation, relying on positions that we have The Expanding universe in the Mind derived from past experiences. It’s a pleasing story, but it is unlikely to be true if we believe some of the people who spend “Some individuals have become so skilled at interpreting musical their time researching and understanding neuroscience. notation that they no longer need to listen to the actual notes to The latest research based on brain scans suggests that we enjoy a piece of music, and prefer reading the score of a symphony to make our decisions several seconds before we become hearing it.” consciously aware of it. When we do become aware of the fact ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in “Flow” (Published 1990 that we are making a decision, we get the illusion that that is Harper and Row) the point where the decision is being made. This notion is contradicted by neuroscientists. They claim they can figure out And who says that we have to be limited by what might exist in a real world that we are only loosely coupled with your choice even before you know that you have made it, through our senses? We don’t, and we aren’t. Our creative because the brain scan reveals your unconscious intent to them! minds are never still. We use the thoughts that float around in Unconscious, unseen thought is the 800-pound gorilla. This indicates that not only are our thoughts merely dim our minds to create more thoughts that float around in our minds – thoughts that have no parallels in what we think of as and corrupt counterparts of real world things, but our thoughts the real world of people, things and time. This both vexes us about our thinking are also off base. We don’t even know how and excites us. We sometimes alarm ourselves with the things we arrive at answers. we fabricate, shrinking in horror as our imagination spawns A Mind That Dances With Itself monstrosities. And sometimes, we derive great pleasure from It’s a delicate and intricate dance that the human mind does. moving our neurons to a state that produces sensations that It dances with the real world, stretching and pirouetting with cannot be experienced through sensory perceptions and grace, trying not to fall, trying not to get overwhelmed by the interactions with the world – things such as feelings of love. speed and intensity of it all. And then it turns around, and And when we combine the products of our senses with the dances with parts of itself, observing its own moves, attempting fabrications of our minds, we have the potential to keep to follow the dancing mind as it dances with a mind of its own. generating new things and continuously expanding our private Do you think you know what you think, and do you think universes. you know when you think? What do you think? Why does it matter that our universe is rather large, and that it extends beyond what we normally think of as the boundaries Balaji Prasad of the mind? is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, Don’t Get Carried Away By What you know What we grasp about the real world is somewhat deficient to start with, unless we assume that our sensory systems are Saathee.com


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IMMIGRATION MATTERS accepting applications on May 26, 2015. Once USCIS approves the Form I-765 and the H-4 dependent spouse receives an EAD, he or she may begin working in the United States. USCIS estimates the number of individuals eligible to apply WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration for employment authorization under this rule could be as high as Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez has announced that, 179,600 in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years. effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to usCIs Partners with City of Atlanta to support Citizenship Education and Awareness certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident ATLANTA – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States. (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Finalizing the H-4 employment eligibility was an important Reed signed a letter of agreement last month to begin a element of the immigration executive actions President Obama partnership to strengthen citizenship education and awareness announced in November 2014. Extending eligibility for efforts. The agreement will remain in effect until December 2017. “Our partnership with Atlanta will strengthen local efforts employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants is one of several initiatives underway to help aspiring citizens find the information and resources to modernize, improve and clarify visa programs to grow the needed to succeed during the naturalization process,” said Rodríguez. “USCIS is proud to join forces with Mayor Reed to U.S. economy and create jobs. “Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work expand citizenship education and awareness efforts and to in the United States makes perfect sense,” Rodríguez said. “It support permanent residents as they consider the rights and helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.” During the signing at City Hall, Rodríguez and Reed increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the transition from temporary workers to highlighted the need to incorporate all sectors of society in a permanent residents. It also provides more economic stability determined effort to support aspiring citizens and create more welcoming communities. They discussed plans to establish and better quality of life for the affected families.” Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses “Citizenship Corners” at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library branches to make official USCIS citizenship preparation of H-1B nonimmigrants who: materials more easily accessible to newcomers. 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Despite their proven value to our city, thousands of our eligible residents have not their H-1B status. yet completed the naturalization process. That’s why I’m DHS expects this change will reduce the economic burdens thrilled to announce a joint commitment with USCIS to expand and personal stresses H-1B nonimmigrants and their families access to citizenship in Atlanta, with all its privileges and may experience during the transition from nonimmigrant to responsibilities.” lawful permanent resident status, and facilitate their integration into American society. 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Kerala’s state capital is?


The main language spoken in Kerala.

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The largest lake in Kerala.


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What Qatar’s Migrant Workers Have to Say About Building the 2022 World Cup criticize kafala, which is also used in other Gulf countries, for exploiting foreign workers. Qatar in particular has come under scrutiny as it builds stadiums, high-rise hotels and other massive construction projects for the 2022 soccer World Cup in Doha. One year ago the government announced a series of labor reforms, including banning the practice of companies keeping workers’ passports in order to prevent them from changing jobs or leaving the country when working conditions get bad. The new rules increased sanctions for passport confiscation five-fold. But in Sailiya and Doha, GlobalPost interviewed a dozen workers at random who all said employers still hold their passports. “I keep hearing the new law is coming; the new law is coming, that you can keep your passport,” said the Sri Lankan worker. “I don’t know when it will be implemented.” Nick McGheehan, Qatar researcher at Human Rights Watch, says “the confiscation of passports remains customary and widespread. Qatar government reforms do not go far enough.” The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs didn’t return numerous phone calls requesting comment. But a Qatari former diplomat familiar with the controversy says human rights complaints are “a broken record. Of course some companies, mostly Western, don’t follow the rules. We’re doing all we can. We don’t want our country built on exploited labor.” Indeed, workers continue to flock to Qatar and other Gulf countries because they earn much more there than in their hometowns in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka or other developing countries. Their wages often allow them to build houses back home and pay for their children’s education. One Kenyan worker helping build Doha’s new light rail system says his pay is good, and praises the fairness of his immediate supervisors. But the labor contractor who hired him consistently pays wages 2-3 weeks late, he says, making it difficult to buy food and other necessities. “It comes to the point we are starving,” he said. “But we don’t have any other option. We cannot strike.” Strikes, or even organizing trade unions, are illegal in Qatar

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Migrant workers from South Asia work the toughest blue collar jobs in Qatar. Reese Erlich/GlobalPost

Four Sri Lankans emerge from a wooden shack that they share for housing. They work as construction laborers in the city center for 8-12 hours a day in 105 degree heat. One says he earns the equivalent of $330 per month, typical pay for unskilled workers. “It’s hard work,” he said, “really hard.” He and an estimated 1 million expatriate laborers in Qatar are part of the kafala employment system, under which employers sponsor workers from abroad and can easily deport them. International unions and human rights groups strongly Saathee.com

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Since 1992, the DEA has amassed the phone records of tens of millions of Americans, looking for calls made to drug traffickers in countries like Mexico, according to the suit filed by Human Rights Watch. Your own phone calls to foreign countries may have been swept up in that dragnet. “This type of mass surveillance of innocent people does not fit in with rights under our constitutional democracy,” HRW General Counsel Dinah PoKempner tells GlobalPost. The program also influenced the later anti-terror spying by the National Security Agency (NSA), says the Washingtonbased watchdog NGO. The suit, filed in a California court last month, follows an investigation by USA Today into the DEA’s surveillance. It reported the program was suspended in 2013 but may have been restarted in some form since. So what does this all mean? Here’s a breakdown of the case and where it could lead.

What does the us government say? The Justice Department, which oversees the DEA, has withheld comment on the case since the suit. “We decline to comment as the case is pending litigation,” a Justice Department spokesperson told GlobalPost in an email. A DEA agent first acknowledged the program in a January court case related to electrical equipment contraband. The former DEA administrator, Thomas Constantine, then told USA Today that the information gave “a treasure trove of very important information on trafficking.” But another former senior DEA agent told GlobalPost that the program was not a major part of investigations. In most cases, agents acquired phone numbers of suspects through confidential informants or undercover agents rather than supercomputers.

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Meet Mata Amritanandamayi in Atlanta Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma, one of the world’s most accessible humanitarian and spiritual leaders. Free programs are held daily and include inspirational music, meditation, spiritual discourse and personal blessings. She is known as India’s Hugging Saint and is revered throughout the world for transforming the lives of millions of people one embrace at a time. The event is on June 28 and 29 and programs start at 9am and evening programs start at 7pm. All are welcome at Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA. Details at www.amma.org/meeting-amma/north-america/atlanta or write to ammagatour@gmail.com.

International yoga Day 2015 June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.” In the Carolinas the day will be celebrated on Sun, June 21 (8am – 1pm) at HSNC Auditorium, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. Admission is free. Join with family and meet experts, learn simple techniques and health benefits of Yoga. The event is organized by HSNC, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Art of Living, Gayatri Pariwar, Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC, Gurukulam of SV Temple, JK Yog and other organizations from Triangle area. For more details write to yogaday.rtp@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/yogaday.rtp.

om squad summer Camps 2015 Om Squad, the youth group of HSNC, presents the annual summer camps. Breakfast, lunch, and snack will be served. There will be performance for parents on the last day of camp. Some activities include yoga, music, arts & crafts, dance, shlokas, Indian mythology, and more. Session Dates: June 15– June 19; July 6– July 10; July 27– July 31 August 17– August 21. General information contact: summer.camp@hsnconline.org. Online Registration: http://www.hsnconline.org/hsnc-summer-camp. Camps are at Hindu Society of North Carolina, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC.

Rang De Rangoli In celebration of Mother’s Day, there will be a rangoli competition on Sat, June 6 at Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mandir, 1150 SW Maynard Rd., Cary, NC. Registration starts at 1pm and the competition runs from 2 – 4pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. The themes for adults are freestyle, education, and festivals. The themes for children are freestyle, superheroes, mother’s day. For more details call 919-609-9656 or 252-227-8006.

k. sridhar sarod Concert Internationally acclaimed sarod maestro K. Sridhar returns to the Triangle to continue a twenty-year legacy of using his musical genius at the altar of fundraising with an afternoon recital of Indian Classical Music. Krishna Ramdas will accompany on tabla for the performance on Sunday, June 14 at 4pm. Tickets are $20 (cash only) at the door for first-come, first-served seating at the Barn at Valhalla (www.vallhallabarn.com) in Chapel Hill, NC. There will be chai and samosas sold to raise funds for a charity. K. Sridhar has been performing for many years at the venue and has helped raise funds for numerous charitable organizations. For more details call or write: 919-260-3496 or naadayoga@gmail.com.

Charlotte squaks The hilarious Charlotte Squawks returns with The 11th Glower, playing at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for 17 performances June 5-28, 2015. This musical parody pokes fun at Charlotte and the nation with uproarious performances featuring original lyrics set to well-known songs. Produced by Blumenthal Performing Arts, Brian Kahn, and Mike Collins, host of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, this is Broadway meets “Saturday Night Live” meets Charlotte. Tickets can be purchased online at BlumenthalArts.org, by phone at 704-372-1000, or at the Health Fair 2015 Belk Theater Box Office located at 130 N. Tryon St. Triangle area Hindu temples and Triangle Indian-American Physicians Society (TIPS) present their annual health fair and TGA summer Picnic consultations on Saturday, June 20 from 9am-1pm at HSNC, 309 The Triangle Gujarati Association will hold its annual summer Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. There will be check-ups, eye picnic on Sat, June 13 at Apex Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Rd, examinations, and consultations in allergies, asthma, obesity, Apex, NC from 8:30am - 2pm. The event will feature kite flying, diabetes, pain management, physical therapy, stress bounce house, food, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, games, management, and many more. Blood draws for lab work will be a lunch and more. Admission is $5. RSVP for food count by June taken on Sat, June 6 from 8 – 11am. A $10 donation is suggested 7 by email or call Jaynita Shah @ 919 889 2782. Visit the to help towards offsetting expenses. Food will also be available at association’s website at www.nctga.org. a nominal price. For more details visit www.tahts.org. Saathee.com


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sri Aurobindo Integral yoga Retreat The Sri Aurobindo integral yoga retreat for 2015 will take place on June 24-28 on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC. For more details, timings and activities, visit www.integralyogaretreat.com.

Mukherjee Honored With Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Accolade Distinguished cancer researcher Pinku Mukherjee was honored with the O. Max Gardner Award – the highest faculty accolade given by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. She was presented the honor formally Friday, April 10. The award, established by a provision in the will of Gov. O. Max Gardner, recognizes UNC system faculty members who have “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human race.” It is the only award for which all faculty members on the 17 UNC campuses are eligible. The honor, given annually since 1949, carries a $20,000 cash prize. As the Irwin Belk Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at UNC Charlotte, Mukherjee is transforming the ways in which cancer is diagnosed and treated. She has designed innovative approaches to more accurately detect breast cancer early and is developing targeted therapy and imaging for pancreatic, ovarian and colon cancers. Her appointment is in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. To date, Mukherjee has published 65-plus peerreviewed journal articles that have been cited or referenced more than 11,000 times. Her groundbreaking cancer research has produced one U.S. patent and has resulted in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation totaling more than $3.5 million as principal investigator and more than $500,000 as co-investigator. Prior to joining UNC Charlotte in 2008, Mukherjee was with the Mayo Clinic. She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Bombay University, India, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of London. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, the Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials at North Carolina State University, also was named an O. Max Gardner Award recipient for 2015. Traditionally only one winner of the award is named per year, but committee members were equally impressed with the work of Mukherjee and Pourdeyhimi, said Gardner Award Committee Chair Ann Maxwell. In addition to being world-class scientists and leaders in their fields, she said, the two are “outstanding teachers, unique mentors and tireless ambassadors for our state and our universities.”

A new Dawn kathak Recital The Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy presents a dance recital and fundraiser featuring the school’s students on Saturday, June 13 (4pm) at Pease Auditorium, CPCC main campus in Charlotte. Tickets are $10 and $25 for VIP. Proceeds will be donated to Ekal Vidyalaya. For more details call 859-806-4173. TAGCA summer picnic The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area will hold its annual summer picnic on Sunday, June 21 at Frank Liske Park, 4001 Stough Road, Concord, NC from 11 am – 4 pm. Join for a full day of family fun, games, music, and food. For more details visit www.tagca.org. India Fest 2015 The India Association of the Triad presents India Fest on Saturday, June 6 ( 11am – 5pm) at Gujarati Samaj Hall, 127 Landmark Dr., Greensboro, NC. Food, performances, arts and crafts will be offered along with a singing competition. For more details visit www.iatnc.org or www.facebook.com/iatnc.greensboro. shri Ram kathamrit HSNC and JKYog will present yoga, meditation, and enlightening talks in English on Shri Ram Kathamrit by Swami Mukundananda from Sat, June 20 – Fri, June 26. The venue is HSNC Main Hall, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. Registration is required for admission. Bring your own Yoga Mat. Dinner will be served every day after the program and complimentary kids care available for 5-12 yrs old. H.H. Swami Mukundananda is a world-renowned teacher of Spirituality, Yoga, and Meditation. He is the founder of the unique yogic system, JKYog, also known as Yoga for Body, Mind and Soul. He received his degrees in Engineering and Management from two world famous Institutes in India, IIT and IIM. Swamiji is the senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Swamiji’s enlightening discourses clarify the deepest concepts of the Vedic scriptures, with wit, humor, and logic. For the youth, Swamiji has conducted programs at prestigious universities such as Princeton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT, and Duke University. For full details on the program as well as registration information, contact Jayesh Patel (919-6591063) or Neela Moorjani (919-650-3394). Saathee.com

Heritage India Festival 2015 Review By Yash Garg The Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) celebrated the annual Heritage India Festival on April 19, 2015 at the HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville. Sangeeta Nayak, Susmita Patnaik and Arpita Das were the Emcees. The program began with lamp lighting by Saroj Sharma followed by beautiful invocatory classical dances. Yash Garg, HIANC President, gave opening welcome address. Chief Guest Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, Cary, Morrisville Mayor Pro-tem Liz Johnson and Morrisville Councilman Steve Rao were 88

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and read the Proclamations brought with them. This annual celebration offers an opportunity for the participant artists to showcase a variety of dances from folk to Bollywood and from modern to classical dances presented by teams of vibrant and highly skilled youngsters, teens and adults, as well as musical performances by children. Group dances develop creativity, build team spirit, boost confidence, enhance social skills, and introduce universal language of love, peace and harmony. Indian fashions show by children and adults enthralled the audience. An Eye Camp by physicians of Duke Eye Center, coordinated by Dr. Pratap Challa, provided free eye check-ups to a large number of visitors. Bollywood Dance competition was conducted in four categories. Winning teams received Heritage Award Trophies: these are 5-8 Age group dance

On Sunday, April 19 2015, the organization Kiran held its first ever Awareness Walk at Bond Park in Cary NC. Kiran came into existence in 2000. It was created to provide crisis counseling, promote self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. Kiran serves victims from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Kiran’s services are free of cost and confidential. The services provided include a 24hour crisis hotline, client services, resource referrals, language assistance and emergency shelter options. The Walk on April 19th was well attended. There was an outpouring of support and participation by the community in spite of heavy rains that preceded the event. The Walk was officially kicked off by Gale Adcock, a well-respected leader in the community. I am Asian Essay Contest The Charlotte Asian Heritage Association (CAHA) is a Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) initiative with the mission to promote Asian heritage in Carolinas by planning, organizing and sponsoring traditional cultural events to enhance the visibility of Asian ethnic groups as an active and integral part of culturally vibrant community. CAHA represents community members with roots to more than fifteen South Asian countries. CAHA and CAACC are taking the mission even further this year by presenting a unique opportunity for all high-school students of Asian descent. This contest is to encourage and unleash the creativity and originality of young Asian-Americans through an essay writing contest titled “I am Asian.” The contest is open to any current high-school student in the Mecklenburg and surrounding six counties (Cabarrus, Union, York, Lincoln, Iredell, and Gaston).

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Everyone is invited to partake in a joyous Bhoomi Puja for the Trimurti Temple Devasthanam on Saturday, June 6th, 2015. 6519 Beatties Ford Rd. Charlotte, NC. The schedule for the event is listed below: Beginning at 8:30am: Bhagavath Anugnai, Ganesha , Vasudeva Punyahavachanam 9:00 am Thiruppavai Sevakalam 9:30 am Mangala Vadhyam (Nadaswaram) 10:00 am Procession to Temple Construction Site from the Temple House 10:30 am Bhoo Suktha and Vasthu Shanthi Homam 11:30 am Bhoomi Puja and Rathnanyaasam 12.15 am Mangalaharathi 12.30 am Prasada Viniyogam For more information on the bhoomi puja, Email: Contact@trimurtitemple.org, Blog: www.trimurtitemple.org/blog, Telephone: 980-219-7556

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

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sat, July 25: mela and health fair Sat, Aug 15: India Independence Day celebrations Sat, Sept 5: Janmastami For Further Details: 704.607.8412 (facility manager) admin@hcclt.org or www.hcclt.org

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

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

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. For Further Details: 704.442.1186 (Jayashree Panduranga) cmacmusic@yahoo.com www.onlinecmac.org

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

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

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details: contact@ipaac.org www.ipaac.org

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. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte: Kameswar Tulasi / himadeeps@yahoo.com Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / jaydalalcolumbia@gmail.com

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President – Vibhakar Modi: 704-258-4507 info@jaincenter.us www.jaincenter.us

Gurdwara sahib The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. It is located at 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: www.charlottegurdwara.org Saathee.com


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: www.sangamithra.org www.facebook.com/SangamithraFoundation info@sangamithra.org

life Bliss Charlotte Meditation Center The Center works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Life Bliss Foundation is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: LifeBlissClt@gmail.com 704-766-1420 or 704-992-6114 www.innerawakening.org

shantiniketan senior Center of Carolinas The Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas (SSCC) is located at Melange Health Solutions, 145 Scaleybark Rd., Charlotte, NC. The Center is open from 10am - 3pm and presents members with activities, outings, access to physical care and mental wellbeing and care. For More Details: Nimish Bhatt 704-560-4910 / 704-491-1186 nimishbhatt@bellsouth.net

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: www.netIPnc.org

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

Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai (ajdesai66@gmail.com or 980-622-0125) Shubhra Chakraborty (shubhra.chakraborty1@gmail.com or 704942-4798) www.prathamusa.org.

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

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

sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps. For Further Details: soniahassani1@gmail.com 704.779.2396.

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. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 naturalpath.nc@gmail.com www.srcm.org

southPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte and 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: anishtr@hotmail.com www.southparkcc.org srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness



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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Dairy Road, High Point, NC. Activities include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5 pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30 pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30 pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6 pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45 pm and Arti at 6 pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. For Further Details: bapsgreensboro@gmail.com

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: Santanu Sarkar: 704-541-3451 www.srishticharlotte.org

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in the Greensboro area. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors, happy4mehta@yahoo.com; Venky, Triad Tigers, venkyhot@hotmail.com.

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

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

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 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC. All Sundays at 11 am Venkateswara Abishekam. For Further Details: 980-219-7556 contact@trimurtitemple.org www.trimurtitemple.org

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: committee@iatnc.org www.iatnc.org

vallabh Pushti samaj of Carolinas (vPsC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. For Further Details: vsccarolinas@gmail.com Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

Greensboro Art of living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Nirupama Shankar @ shankar.nirupama@gmail.com Puja Verma @ puja_usa@yahoo.com http://us.artofliving.org/greensboro BAPs Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located at 922 Gallimore Saathee.com

Indo-American society of nC (IAsnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes IndoAmerican cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu336-292-9462, balu4428@infionline.net www.iasofnc.org 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: Aparna Shivram, President, 336.528.8584 ramanathanaparna@hotmail.com www.indouswinston.org life Mission, usA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits


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Raleigh Art of living Foundation Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. Art of Living center holds follow-up sessions on Thur, Sat, Sun and Kirtan Satsang every Friday evening. Art of Living Center 4000 Bear Cat Way Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560 For Further Details: 919-793-8490 rdu@us.artofliving.org www.behappytriangle.org Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details: http://www.duke.edu/web/aid/


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 www.acsagurdwara.org 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. Sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: balagokulam.rtp@gmail.com (Raleigh) hss.charlotte@hssus.org (Charlotte) www.balagokulam.org 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 conducted 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 www.swaminarayan.org Bengali Association of north Carolina (BAnC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), ratanray@hotmail.com 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), swaty_sen@yahoo.com banc_members@googlegroups.com www.banc-online.org Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year and works to promote Rajasthani culture to the greater community. For Further Details: carolinarajasthanis@gmail.com www.carolinarajasthanis.org Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth as started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from kids on Sun 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 102

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Balavihar. Curriculum includes learning to chant the BhagavadGita verses, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like picnics and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. Parents can enroll their children in Balavihar through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings. For Further Details: www.chinmaya-RDU.org Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the 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. 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 rabhatt@yahoo.com www.dadabhagwan.org 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. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Sat of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 www.dukediya.com Ekal vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: raginiusa@yahoo.com EkTAA 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 Saathee.com


strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: www.ektaa.org 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. Afroz Taj) taj@unc.edu GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or weekly Sunday school. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) globalem@gmail.com Gokul Bhajan and vedic studies Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. There are multimedia assisted programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm at HSNC, Morrisville, NC. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: bkdasa@gmail.com / 919-491-9536 www.gokulbhajan.com Grihastha Family Institute Grihastha Family Institute offers parenting workshops for the parents of 6 to 16 old in Cary, NC. These workshops are free and conducted in collaboration with AID-INDIA, a non-profit organization. There are three workshops: 1. Essentials of Parenting; 2. Rate your Parenting; 3. Know your Child. For Further Details: www.grihastha.org Heritage India Association of nC (HIAnC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, the association presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: yashcgarg@gmail.com Hindi vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 June 2015



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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Hindu society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. The temple is open day from 7 am - 9 pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919-654-5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) 919-599-6597 hsnc@hsnconline.org www.hsnconline.org Hindu swayamsevak sangh (Hss) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: www.hssus.org (click on chapter locations for NC locations) 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: Cary Diwali 2015 will take place on Sat, Oct 10. Auditions will take place on Sat, Aug 29. For Further Details: www.humsub.net Immanuel Assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and RTP area of North Carolina. The church is located in Morrisville. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 thechurch@immanuelassembly.org www.immanuelassembly.org India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: www.idrf.org.


Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and is 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 the chapter grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: www.forum-nc.org 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 top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: www.icmds.org Indian Talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: contactus@itdfoundation.org www.itdfoundation.org Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. For Further Details: iaff10@yahoo.com www.iaff1.org 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. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, 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 South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 pmanhas@instepp.org www.instepp.org International Buddhist Progress society - nC Temple All are invited to the temple, which is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with Sunday services at 10am followed by free vegetarian lunch. The temple is located at 2529 Prince Drive, Raleigh NC 27606. For Further Details: 919-816-9866 www.blianc.org 106

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: http://www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/ Raleigh sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 45 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6 pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Rakesh Huria, President, Raleigh Sai Center at 919-244-1263 rsc.president@yahoo.com. Ramakrishna vedanta society of nC The Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: www.vedantanc.org RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Mohana Dighe: 919.378.1947 Sameer Mohile: 919.851.8799 www.rtpmm.org s. v. Temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 comm@svtemplenc.org www.svtemplenc.org Saathee.com

sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday and Wednesday. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) raleigh.center@gmail.com www.srcm.org, www.sahajmarg.org sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: balaram.krishna@gmail.com 919.757.3135 www.sahajamediation.com sky Meditation and kaya kalpa yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: 919-830-9764 vikram.renganathan@gmail.com www.vethathiri.edu.in south Indian Fine Arts Academy (sIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org Tamil Cultural Association of north Carolina (TCA nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: tca_nc@yahoo.com www.tcanc.org Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: committee@tataonline.org www.tataonline.org 110

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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: Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details: nctga00@gmail.com www.nctga.org Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30 pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: rangmandal@gmail.com Triangle vegetarian society (Tvs) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: barman@cs.unc.edu www.trianglevegsociety.org Triangle vipassana Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday 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). There is no charge for the course. For Further Details: 732-213-9660 carync.sittings@gmail.com www.dhamma.org urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj (taj@unc.edu or 919-851-1119) Ashraf Faruqi (pasbaan@hotmail.com or 919-596-4792) Saathee.com

vaishnav samaj of Triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 vibha Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: raleigh@vibha.org http://raleigh.vibha.org.

Regional Clean Water saves lives Clean Water Saves Lives is organized by a group of determined people who want to make a difference in India by providing sustainable water projects to rural villages that suffer from access to clean water and proper sanitation. A project has been funded in Jharkhand. The organization is currently working with partner at Wells for Life on another project to set up a micro finance network in November 2015 In UP, which will also incorporate dialogue with women who are facing severe hardships and abuse. The goal is to empower women to discuss and take action on key factors that affect their safety and health. For Further Details: www.cleanwatersaveslives.org facebook.com/sumeraine Hindu society of Eastern nC (Greenville, nC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Hindutemplenc@gmail.com sri Mata shakthipeetham of nC The mission of this organization is to establish Sri Mata Shakthipeetham for the Hindu community of North Carolina, offer worship, and conduct pujas. Lewisville, NC. For Further Details: www.aumsrimata.org sri somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721. There are regular pujas, aarti, and special events. Major festivals are celebrated. For Further Details: 828.476.4073 / www.srisomesvara.org. 112

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Telugu Association of Greater Greenville The Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: www.taggsc.org 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 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852 send your organization’s events and happenings to saathee by the 15th of the month and we will publish them here in the Community organizations section in the following month’s issue as well as online. send to: saatheemag@hotmail.com



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Hee Hee A wife and husband were having a quarrel as usual. Husband: “Let’s not fight, my dear, let’s discuss it sensibly.” Angry wife: “No, every time I discuss sensibly, I lose.” •••••••••••••• Booddhoo: “If you sell your watches below your cost price, how can you a make profit?” Mafatlal: “I make my profit repairing them.” •••••••••••••• Mafatlal: “Can you spare a dollar for a cup of coffee?” Booddhoo: “Why don’t you do something useful for a living? You need a brain more than money.” Mafatlal: ”I asked for what I thought you had the most of.” •••••••••••••• A 76-year-old man applied for a job as a factory night guard. “I don’t know if we could use you,” said the boss. “What we need is a tough character. One who is always suspicious, snooping, looking, ready to battle, bad-tempered, large and aggressive and really fiendish if excited.” Man: “The job is not for me. But I‘ll send my wife around.” 116

June 2015

Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Some Words that Start with the Letter S”)



The unused 3 letters spell ”The open space around Earth.”

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on next page)

EZ-BZ TEST YOUR IQ (The common letters are “IF” - Fill in the blanks)

1. One half of one hundred. _ IF _ _ 2. Explicit; precise. _ _ _ _ IF _ _ 3. A sharp edged cutting instrument with a handle. _ _ IF _ 4. Integrated File System. (*) IF _ 5. To exalt and honor (God), as in worship. _ _ _ _ IF _ 6. A homeless child; a stray animal. _ _ IF 7. A person who brings a suit in a court. _ _ _ _ _ _ IF _ 8. Something of little value or importance. _ _ IF _ _ 9. To transport by an aircraft. _ _ _ _ IF _ 10. A metal lunch box. (British term for lunch). _ IF _ _ _ 11. A class of corn bearing, evergreen tree. (Pine!) _ _ _ IF _ _ 12. The title of the religious head of Islam. _ _ _ IF 13. Not definite; containing doubtful elements. IF_ _ 14. The initial vertical takeoff of a rocket. _ IF _ _ _ _ 15. The chief law-enforcement officer of a county. _ _ _ _ IF _ 16. A married woman in her relation to her husband. _ IF _ 17. The attester of the truth of (something). (law) _ _ _IF _ _ _ 18. Instrument Flight Rule. (*) IF _ 19. Contemptuous; disdainful. _ _ IF _ _ 20. To enclose a present in a decorative paper. _ IF _ _ _ _ _ 21. Reduction In Force. (*) (Of Government employees). _ IF 22. To make void; annul. _ _ _ _ IF _ 23. A mythical monster with the body and hind legs of a lion and the head, wings and claws of an eagle . _ _ IF _ _ _ 24. A region of SW Morocco: (Spanish province). IF _ _ 25. The act of raising to a higher level. _ _ _ IF _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at kiritsshukla@hotmail.com



June 2015

Festivals & Holidays


June 2015 Jun. 2 - Vat Sāvitri Vrata ends Jun. 2 - Kabir Jayanti Jun. 2 - Vrata Purnima (Full Moon) Jun. 3 - Shabb-e-Barāt Jun. 3 - Guru Govindsingh Jayanti Jun. 11 - Yogini Ekādasi Jun. 14 - Flag Day Jun. 16 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) Jun. 17 - Adhik Purushottam Mās (month) starts Jun. 18 - Ramadan starts Jun. 21 - Fathers Day Jun. 28 - Kamalā Ekādasi

Puzzle Solutions

July 2015 Jul. 2 - Adhik Mās (Month) Vrata Purnima (Full Moon) Jul. 4 - Independence Day (USA) Jul. 9 - Shahādate Hazrat Ali Jul. 12 - Kamalā Ekādasi Jul. 13 - Lailat-al-Qadar Jul. 16 - Adhik Purushottam Mās ends/Amās (No Moon) Jul. 18 - Eid-al-fitar/Ramzān Eid/Ramadan ends Jul. 18 - Ratha Yātrā Jul. 27 - Devapodhi Ekādasi (Chaturmās starts) Jul. 29 - Jayā Pārvati Vrata starts Jul. 31 - Guru Purnima (Full Moon)

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General Predictions for June 2015

ARIEs (Mar 20- Apr 20) - This month’s focus: take care of your health. You may see minor ups and downs this month due to unexpected changes in the circumstances. Dispute with your partner is also possible. June should start with success, but obstacles in the middle of the month may disturb your project. If you make intelligent decisions, the month should end with great achievements. You will regain your confidence and your sixth sense will start working again during last week of the month. Try to control your sentiments and anger to avoid social problems.

lIBRA (sep 23 - oct 23) - Life should fly this month. It is very important that you keep pace with it and make quick decisions. Your creativity may be at par this. You may enjoy a very happy marriage life. Traveling should be very enjoyable. Sixth sense should guide your money-making activities. You may see a minor setback during last days of the month. Avoid involvement of your family in your venture. Rise in status or change in career is clearly indicated. It is strongly recommended to look for changes and accept them.

TAuRus (Apr 20 - May 21) - If you can compromise with your dreams and focus on your education, you may enjoy both achievement and success this month. You may need to move aggressively. Ignore other minor issues and focus on your long-term goal. Try to take maximum benefit of favors from the stars. Do not wait till last week of the month, as the time is taking turn during last days of the month. Be prepared for businessrelated travel. Gambling and risk taking in business may bring unbelievable good results for you, but they may damage your relations with loved ones.

sCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) - You must avoid making any major move this month. Act very cautiously as any mistake may end up in big disaster. You may survive through, but life may turn tough on you. Your workload may go up during second half of the month. Keep working smartly and sincerely. You may enjoy good health and comfortable family life. Time is good for working on selling investment properties. You may get involved in religious activities. Your faith may bring good luck for you. Don’t rush for result.

GEMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) - You may need to control yourself this month. Responsibilities and entertainment both should make you very busy this, although you should finish your work assignment during first half of the month, so that second half is open for fun and celebration. If health is not the issue, the stars are very positive for success and celebration. Major changes in your religious belief is on the way, get ready for it. Rise in income and good cooperation from family members may make you comfortable and happy. CAnCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) - Life may start moving forward with new approach. You should get a lifetime opportunity this month and you must grab it. Unexpected financial gain or new opportunity may come your way. Keep moving with morals and self-confidence. Don’t wait or look for any support or help. Beware of same age group people, for no reason they may lead you in wrong direction. Try to curb your expenses and focus on earning extra revenue. Avoid making any investment in the stock market. Don’t forget to take care of your health. Egoistical comment may put you in hot water. lEo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) - Unexpected heavy work load during first half of the month may cause disappointment. Try to work slow and ask for help immediately. Try to avoid taking on the work load as much as you can. Though filter intelligently, you may lose a very important opportunity during last week of the month. You may damage your eye sight by putting too many hours in front of the computer. Your sincerity may receive good appreciation during middle of the month. Dispute with family member may build unnecessary stress. Avoid spending money on real estate this month. vIRGo (Aug 23 - sep 23) - You may witness a mixed life style this month. Time should move at average slow speed. Uncertainty at workplace may affect your confidence. Your associates may not cooperate with you. Keep working hard to achieve desired results. Don’t rush for success. Unexpected major financial returns are possible during last week of the month. Significant improvement in health may make your feel better this month. You may need some moral support in the beginning of the month. Avoid cheating. Saathee.com

sAGITTARIus (nov 22 - Dec 21) - Now is the time to relax and enjoy family life. Your spouse may achieve good success this month. You should be able to control the situation with confidence. Your partner may also perform very well. Money may flow your way from multiple directions, though you may compromise with your morals for easy money. Period is perfect for a dream vacation. It is advisable to check your diet. You may gain some weight this month. Keep away from water areas. Get ready to spend money and enjoy life this month. CAPRICoRn (Dec 21 - Jan 20) - Life may start moving forward with a new approach. Unexpected financial gain or new opportunity may come your way. Keep moving with self-confidence. Don’t wait or look for any support or help, but you must work hard this month. Try to curb your expenses and focus on earning extra revenue. Avoid making any investment in real estate. Don’t forget to take care of your health. Your stubborn attitude may put you in hot water, learn to compromise for now. AQuARIus (Jan 20 - Feb 19) - You need to clear misunderstandings at place of work to protect your career. Long distance journey with family may bring results for you. Watch your health for stomach virus. Income may keep rising slowly throughout this month. Your stars should protect you through your errors. Don’t forget to keep working hard. Don’t expect any major reward this month. Time is not good for love and romance. Avoid making any major decisions. PIsCEs (Feb 19 - Mar 20) - Love is in the air. This month is full of joy and success. Plan enough outings and parties this month. Rise in saving is clearly indicated. You should enjoy very comfortable family life. Students may get desired results this month. Change in your status at workplace is also possible. Your spouse may create minor problems by making rough comments. Good state of health is clearly indicated. Your child may bring good news for you. Be prepared for surprising news.


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CLASSIFIEDS C-stores: York, SC $149K + Inv, GR $1.3M; Catawba, NC $149K + Inv, Closed; Indian Restaurant for sale in nC. Well Chester, SC $30K + Inv, GR $500K+; Truck furnished, good location & good Stop / Travel Ctr: Blacksburg, SC $225K + customer base. Selling price is $175,000. Inv, GR $4.4M. 704-821-8888 or www.Countysouth.biz. Call for details. 910-308-6665.


Convenience store / Gas station for sale in Marion, NC. Great opportunity. Lottery comm. 12-15k per month. Inside sales 35k to 45k Gas 35k to 40k Rent 800; 65k / plus inventory. Call 828-559-2059. Convenience store for sale near Burlington NC. Ideal for couple. Nonfranchise, low rent, ATM and pizza on site. Space for deli. Gross 25K/mo, Net 5K/mo. Asking 55K + inv (25K). 919-358-3018. subway for sale (gross sale approximately 500,000) & other national food franchise stores for sale: Very profitable. Busy locations in Greensboro, NC. Call 336-577-5762. Convenience store for sale in Greensboro, NC. Good location. Asking price $55000 with inventory. Please call: 919-879-9842. Motel operator needed: investment company looking for an experienced motel operator. required fluent English, knowledge of accounting, MS Office & hotel management software. Relocation required. Competitive salary and benefits. Invest in the property and be a partner. send resume: Email: 3945.dnm@gmail.com 16 room independent motel for sale in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA, Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974. Convenience store / Gas station with property for sale or lease in Columbia, SC. Good business. Call 803-397-3104. Convenience store with Deli / Gas Station for Lease or Sale in Hiddenite, NC. Call or text for info: 917-892-3929. Businesses for sale in Ohio area. Call Atul Shah for details: 614-216-9094. Convenience stores/Gas stations for lease or sale in NC. Great opportunities with upside potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill / inventory. Please call 803-789-3133. C-store & Gas station for sale: very busy through way in Matthews NC. High margin & very profitable, good terms call 704-604-4506. Independent motel for sale or lease in Albany, GA. Owner retiring. Call 803230-4900. Saathee.com

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Housekeeping couple needed for Motel in Rocky Mount, NC. Accommodation provided. Call 321794-0950. Motel Help Wanted: Couple needed for housekeeping for independent motel in Greenville, South Carolina. Contact 864517-9587. Help wanted: Gas Station in Thomasville, NC (High Point / Greensboro area). Full or part-time. Contact Manoj 704-222-8998. Tandoor / Appetizer cook needed in Fayetteville, NC. Start immediately, accommodations provided. Salary based on evaluation of skill level. For job description call 910-308-6665. Hotel help in Greensboro nC. Single or couple for front desk or front desk/laundry. Fluent English and legal status required. Call JR 336-558-8195. Household help needed: Looking for couple in Greensboro area to help clean and cook. Great salary plus accommodation. Call 336-392-4771 or Email khan1889@yahoo.com. nanny needed in Charlotte (Southpark) for 3 & 5 year olds. 1pm-8pm, Mon -Fri. Must drive, cook, & do light housekeeping. Competitive pay. 408833-8820. Motel Job needed for front desk & management for experienced mature couple in NC with accommodation. Fluent in English. Computer literacy. Contact Subash 908-456-1059. nanny Required full-time (Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) to take care of our 3 month old at our house near Arboretum. Please call to discuss further details 919-412-9954. Pharmacist needed for an Independent Pharmacy in SC, must be licensed in SC, H1B transfer eligible, Salary + profit sharing incentive, email resume: rxcareer3@gmail.com. Housekeeping couple needed for independent motel, Gastonia, NC. Accommodations provided. Call 626274-7828. 122

Help wanted for Subway in Easley, SC. Must speak English & have legal status. Single or couple. Call 864-908-8479. Convenience store Help Wanted: North Charlotte / University area. Retail Experience Preferred. Speak English & have legal status. Part time or full time. Please Call 856-266-5059. Part-time/Full-time single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store / gas station in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English & have legal status & previous experience preferred. Call 704-726-7544 or 864-487-4939. Experienced nanny needed full time or live-in, Cary, NC for 2 small children. Excellent pay & accommodation. Need immediately, driving required. 919-371-2649. Cashier Wanted: Part time or full time for C-store/gas station in Rockhill, SC. Call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Hotel Help Wanted: Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. General / property manager (experience required), night auditor (experience preferred but will train). Must be fluent in English. Email 123nash@gmail.com Gas station Help Wanted: Couple, fulltime in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta) & Lincolnton, GA. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704299-8535. subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555. Hotel Management Firm now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to abcone@abcinns.com or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Eyebrow threader needed for Brow Studio 7 at Concord Mills Mall (Charlotte area). Please Call: 630-935-9335. Baby-sitter needed full-time Mon-Fri in South Charlotte at our home or yours for 7 month old. Call 704-458-4607. Dance Instructors wanted for Indian dance from Classical to energetic Bollywood (BollyFit). Red Bow is a boutique studio in Charlotte (University area). Contact: info@RedBowFitness.com or 704-246-5434. June 2015

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES CONT: Domestic help needed for Gujarati family in Rock Hill SC. Excellent cooking & cleaning skills required. Benefits include competitive salary & allowance for rent. Must be legal US resident & able to drive. Call 803-448-4820. Experienced live-in or full time nanny wanted in Cary, NC for 2 small children. Excellent pay & accommodation. Need immediately, driving required. 919-371-2649. Housekeeping couple needed for independent motel in Troy, NC. At least one should speak little English. Call 336-267-9826. nanny needed near Fort Mill, SC (29707). Please call between 9AM & 6PM. 704-550-1845. Gas station help wanted: Full time in Kannapolis NC. Ten minutes north to Charlotte. Must speak English. Call Sam 704-467-6891. Experienced Threading Practitioners or licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). night Audit / Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel, Charlotte. Full-time / Part-time. Must have experience, be honest, reliable & fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Housekeeping couple needed for franchise motel in Richburg, SC call 803-230-3000. Energetic Couple needed: For multiple hotel properties, need couple with ability to do light maintenance and room inspection/laundry, fluent in English, some computer skills required. Accommodations provided. E-mail: hotel.raleigh@gmail.com. Help needed for cooking and household chores 2-3 hrs. a day, 5 times a week in Huntersville area (Eastfield rd.). Contact 704-968-5571.

PROPERTY FOR SALE For sale or lease. Medical Building in Gastonia 10000 sq ft. Great investment opportunity close to Gaston Memorial Hospital. Call 704-467-3632. Saathee.com

SERVICES Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna, Facial. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707. Beauty parlor services near Ballantyne, Mckee, Weddington 485 Exit 57 Providence Rd area. Call for appointment: 510-936-3334. Homemade Gujarati style vegetarian food available in the Charlotte university area. Everyday meals for tiffin like roti. Pani Puri order accepted. Call 980-875-7289. Gujarati speaking couple available to work as motel house keeper around Charlotte area. Permanent resident. Please call 704-755-5860. To all Guajarati families: I am student interested learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member Call Nik 803-579-1405. Gujarati Priest in nC & sC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: kishor7@juno.com Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-8247734; krsnapriyad96@gmail.com; www.lotuslyrics.com/henna.html; Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi 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: arpandholi@yahoo.com vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment 843-465-6048. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Jayantinlad@yahoo.com 123

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. Makeup Artist in Cary, NC. Specializing in Bridal / Wedding / Proms / Photo Shoot / Arabian / Indian & Pakistani. Call: 563-495-3789 or email: egbineleso@gmail.com Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704438-6334. Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: priestbalaji@gmail.com Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. live band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans... Call 704-568-8206. neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 25 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

Saathee Classifieds Business ads are $25 Personal ads are $15 Upgrade to color or add a box for additional $10 Saathee.com ads posted daily (call for rates) We accept all credit cards and checks. Ads up to 25 words. Deadline for print is the 20th. Web ads daily.

How do I Submit classifieds? 1. on-line: saathee.com (classified section) 2. e-mail: Saatheemag@hotmail.com 3. Fax: 704.527.7590 4. For more info call 704.527.7570 Saathee Magazine PO Box 11468 Charlotte, NC 28220 June 2015

Advertisers Index 2015 MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee..................3

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) .................................85

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine..................79

Aayan Creations ..................................................53

Devam Jewelers ...............................................6&7

Patel Brothers (Charlotte)...................................115

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....53

Digital Room Photography ...................................99

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................84

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan) .87

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................63

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................41

All Car Care.........................................................72

DJ Lalit .............................................................119

Patel, Tony (Real Estate).....................................113

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .................................41

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

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

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....37

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................125

Payal Groceries .................................................105

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................61

Friends Travel ......................................................93

Peacock Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) .....................101

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte area) ..................95

Gandhi International Market.................................91

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

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

Geological Resources, Inc..................................113

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) ...................................121

Art Of Living Retreat.............................................57

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

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................119

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................17

H2 Laser & Skin ..................................................19

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...51

Asian Divas ( Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)...........69

Halal Yafa Market & Café .....................................19

Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture.....................23

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................77

Highborn LED Lights & Signs ...............................45

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..118

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......69

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

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel)..................................111

Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat)..............97

Idolize Brows & Beauty ......................................51

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).85

AY Datamatics (Hadoop Training).........................63

India Grocers (Charlotte) ......................................22

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ........................105

Ayesh Mian (Wedding Planning and Décor) ........109

International Community Church .........................56

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

BallantyneTech Academy .....................................21

Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte)......................43

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................32

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)........55

K & M Accountant................................................85

Shah, Suvas (Home Loans - Angel Oak) ...............61

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) ...................................125

Kapur, Meetika (Real Estate - Allen Tate)...............43

Shining Star Academy..........................................42

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............81

KD Financial & KMD Realty ..................................89

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ....................99

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

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................11

Shyama Beauty Parlour .....................................105

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................87

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................10

Simple Pinless.....................................................25

Blakeney Dental ...............................................111

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar) ..........................31

Singh Tutoring .....................................................16

Blooming Buds..................................................125

Kumon Charlotte (University City) .......................121

SJ Iyer Reatly ...................................................111

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................38

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions-Hari Bol Inc)126

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) ...........................................56

British International School of Charlotte ................21

Lonestar Video Production & Photography............61

S. Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD)...82

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .......................47

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

Sri Aurobindo Center SE (Integral Yoga Retreat) ....15

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor)..114

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

Sukhadia's Indian Cuisine....................................82

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)..........109

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

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

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................63

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ...................................16

The Blue Taj.........................................................35

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................77

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................33

Travel Universe ....................................................39

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................80

Matthews Family Dentistry ..................................78

Travelinks ............................................................69

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

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

Trimurti Temple Devasthanam (Charlotte).......12&13

Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)........83

Merrill Lynch (Monica Vadhear) ..........................99

Ttravel Guru ........................................................76



MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................51

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)........................................15

Concha, David (Immigration Attorney)...................97

Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife).........................................54

Uni World Travel...................................................41

Concord Children's Clinic ................................101

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................71

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC).............59


Neeta's Beauty Parlor ........................................109

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).......................................61

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............93

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

Vyas Travels.........................................................46

Crown Cab Charlotte...............................19,97,101

OM Tech Training ................................................92

White Horse Weddings ......................................119

Curry and Cakes (Charlotte) .................................73

OnCall Mobile Medical and Wellness .................33

Woodlands .......................................................107

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry).99

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................37

Worldwide travels ...............................................53

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...73

Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate) .........................34

Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville) ...........33



June 2015

Blooming Buds 18 Exclusive Mandaps to offer!! Decorations and Flowers for All Occasions

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919-629-6199 704-302-1215

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• Mandaps, domes, backdrops, torans & entrance gates • Ganesh murtis & elaborate hand-carved furniture • Bridal chairs & chair covers • Decorations for stages, garbas, weddings and all other occasions! • Masala DJs Entertainment professional sound & LED lighting

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Wall Packs

PAR 20 - 8w PAR 30 - 11w PAR 38 - 20w & 26w

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Saathee Charlotte June 2015  

A features magazine geared to the South Asian communities of the Southeast.

Saathee Charlotte June 2015  

A features magazine geared to the South Asian communities of the Southeast.

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