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March 2013

In this issue: The Love Commandos The War on Whistleblowers

Hello Readers! As inter-caste “love marriages” become increasingly common in India, a vigilante group has emerged to protect young couples. Meet the Love Commandos' fight against honor killings. Story on pg. 14. It's time for the annual Full Frame Documentary Festival. See all the details on pg. 20. Over the past five years, some 150 whistleblowers have allegedly been harassed or jailed for exposing corruption in India. Some have been killed. Read about the war on whistleblowers on pg. 32. The Taliban is embracing mafia-style tactics in Pakistan’s wayward port city of Karachi. Read about Pakistan's "terror tax" in the article on pg. 36. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

In This Issue Cowboy Junkies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 The Love Commandos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Full Frame Documentary Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Edit Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Behind Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 War on Whistleblowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Pakistan’s “Terror Tax” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 South Asian Documentary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 REAListically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Personal finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Just Being Honest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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March 2013 – Issue # 179 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Sneha Shah, Anjana Agarwal, Anita Kulkarni, Chetan Deshmukh, Ron A. Virmani MD, Balaji Prasad, Lakshmi Challa, Sumeet P. Shah, A.J. Shah, Neal Patel, Dipika Kohli, Krutika Chheda, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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So there’s also a book based on the Nomad series? “It’s already out and we’re really excited and we’ll have if for sale at our shows. It’s another way of interpreting the Nomad series, the writing, there are a couple of essays as well, photos and the four discs are also included. It’s more of an art book as well, like a coffee table book. It’s hard cover and linen wrapped, it’s really beautiful.”

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Vidya Balan will Film Biopic on Classical Singer MS Subbulakshmi

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Vidya Balan gave a couple of fine performances in 2012 in the films Kahaani and The Dirty Picture. She is now preparing for her role as Carnatic classical singer MS Subbulakshmi. Balan also is starring in Rajkumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar, followed by Shaadi Ke Side Effects. The film, directed by Rajiv Menon, is said to be a lavish musical. This year Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar are also starring in biopics. While Priyanka’s is based on the Olympic pugilist Mary Kom, Ranbir Kapoor will be working on a Kishore Kumar biopic with Anurag Basu while Farhan Akhtar takes on Indian sprinter Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Abhishek, Bobby in Do Aur Do Paanch Remake Abhishek Bachchan has so far steered cleared of acting in remakes of his father’s films. Now he has agreed to do one. Incidentally the junior Bachchan will portray the role Amitabh Bachchan played in the film Do Aur Do Paanch. The role of Shashi Kapoor in the original will be played by Bobby Deol in the remake. In the original Kapoor and Bachchan portrayed two petty thieves who are employed to abduct the son of a rich businessman. Of course things go wrong when the duo falls in love with Hema Malini and Parveen Babi. It is not yet clear contemporary actresses will reprise the roles of Malini and Babi.

Aamir, Priyanka, Sharmila to Work for Children’s Survival and Development Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sharmila Tagore featured in an AV (Audio-Visual) released by UNICEF pledging their support to work for children’s survival and development. The trio, who has been goodwill ambassadors of UNICEF, emphasized on the need to give every child a chance to live and reduce the mortality rate. In the AV, they also spoke about improving health and nutrition facilities for small children. The AV was released during the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development” 3-day Summit that took place from Feb 7 - 9.

Kamal Haasan to Team up with Sridevi Again Kamal Haasan may have many problems during the release of his last film Vishwaroopam, but now that the film has released, Haasan is off to his next project. The multi-talented actor is working on a film script for his former co-star Sridevi. Kamal and Sridevi were last seen together in 1983 hit Sadma. Though there have been multiple attempts to cast the duo together since, nothing really worked out. But now with Sridevi making a strong comeback in films with English Vinglish, Haasan has plans to team up with her again. Haasan has confirmed he is writing a script for her. The project will likely be released next year.

Rani Mukerji to Portray Journalist Rani Mukerji is set to star in Karan Johar’s short film which is part of the feature “Bombay Talkies,” a tribute to the centenary year of Indian Cinema. Mukherjee is set to play a journalist again. Earlier she had played a journalist in No One Killed Jessica, for which she got accolades. The short film is slated for release on May 3. Mukerji and Randeep Hooda play a married couple. The short film also features Saqib Saleem.

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Bhajji to do cameo in Akshay’s Punjabi film

Sonam Kapoor is having a busy year with the upcoming release Bhaag Milkha Bhaag opposite Farhan Akhtar and Ranjhanaa alongside Dhanush. She is also ready for her upcoming project with Yash Raj Films. In the film which features her alongside Ayushmann Khuranna, she will portray a lawyer. Apparently the filmmakers have scheduled Kapoor to spend time with young lawyers to learn the part as well as some Indian legalese.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh will be making his acting debut in Akshay Kumar’s Punjabi film Ba Ji In Problem. The film is produced by Akshay Kumar and Ashvini Yardi’s company Grazing Goat Productions. Full details are not available, but Singh will do an interesting cameo. Bhajji will be filming with Punjabi actors Gippy Grewal and Gurpreet Ghuggi amongst several other big names such as Om Puri in Chandigarh, just before the start of the IPL-6. Ba Ji In Problem will be Grazing Goat’s foray into Punjabi cinema after starting with Hindi cinema OMG! Oh My God and Marathi films 72 Miles and Adhantari.

Imran Khan to Portray a Tamil Character After playing a Haryanvi in his last release Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Imran Khan will now be seen playing a South Indian guy in Punit Malhotra's Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. This is the first time he will be seen playing a Tamil character on-screen. Imran is paired opposite Kareena Kapoor in this film which is set to go on floors very soon. The film will be shot in Mumbai and Bengaluru. 22

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Tribute to Hindustani Music director Song: “Jāne kaise sapanon main ...” Film: Anuradha Year: 1960 Music: Pundit Ravishankar Singer: Lata Mangeshkar Lyric: Shailandra Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Manj Khamāj Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Balraj Sahni, Leela Naidu, Abhi Bhattacharya

Pundit Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) Most of us know that Pandit Ravi Shankar was a legendary Sitar player and you may have read about him in Saathee’s January 2013 issue. This article is in continuation of that tribute. He was born in Varanasi to a Bengali Brahmin family as the youngest of seven brothers. His Bengali birth name was Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury. His father was Shyam Shankar and mother was Hemangini Devi. When he was ten years old, he went to Paris, France with the dance troupe of Uday Shankar and learned French, dancing, Western Jazz music and playing various instruments. He gave up dancing and learned Indian classical music from Ustad Allauddin Khan in Kolkata in 1938. He married Annapurna Devi, the daughter of his Guru, Allauddin Khan in 1941. They had one son, Shubhendru in 1942; then they were separated as he had affairs with other women. Shankar married Sukanya Rajan in1989 and lived with her in Encinitas, California and had a daughter Anoushka, who is also a world-class Sitar player. He had published innumerable albums of music and also composed music for the films. He had received many awards. He released numerous recordings and brought Indian music to the world in a way that cannot be fully described in mere words. You have to listen to his music. He died on December 11, 2012 in San Diego, CA. Condolences were extended by the Prime Minister and President of India, as well as many prominent people in the Indian film industry and was mourned other all over the world. His music will be globally remembered.

Jāne kaise sapanon main ... Lyrics in English: Jāne kaise sapanon main kho gayi ankhiyān Main to hun jāgi mori so gayi ankhiyān Ajaba divāni bhai, mose anjāni bhai Pal men parāi dekho ho gayi ankhiyān Main to hun jāgi mori so gayi ankhiyān Barasi ye kaisi dhārā, kānpe tanaman sārā Ranga se anga bhigo gayi ankhiyān Main to hun jāgi mori so gayi ankhiyān Mana ujiyārā chhāyā, jag ujiyārā chhāyā Jagamaga dipa sanjo gayi ankhiyān Main to hun jāgi mori so gayi ankhiyān Jāne kaise sapanon main kho gayi ankhiyān Main to hun jāgi mori so gayi ankhiyān Meaning (Summary): How did my eyes get lost in the dreams, though I woke up but my eyes slept! Surprisingly I lost my mind, became unknown momentarily and I felt I belonged to someone. My eyes shaded a kind of flow; my body & mind were shivering; my body got wet from the colorful pleasure from my eyes. My mind got enlightened and the world became bright; my eyes were sparkling like a flame. How did my eyes get lost in the dreams, though I woke up but my eyes slept! Lyrics in Hindi:

Some of his Filmography: 1946: Dharti ke lal, Neecha nagar 1960: Anuradha 1963: Godaan 1979: Meera 1983: Gandhi His hit Hindi song’s lyrics “Jāne kaise sapanon main...” are given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column to the left.

(Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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Edit Notes By Samir Shukla Amplification of tales It amazes me how human communication can take bits of information, rumors, and unconfirmed news and amplify it into believing something that isn’t factual. The amplification effect can be amusing, but also quite destructive. People sometimes accept numbers, news, and rumors tossed around in conversation and amplify them into something bigger. For example, a person talking about a particular school going down the hill may plant the seed. A rumor or tale heard elsewhere about the same school reinforces the belief that the school is going downhill. The amplification takes hold. Maybe a family had a bad experience with a particular teacher or a specific situation and they began spreading the word that the school is going downhill. In reality, if facts are checked and the whole picture is presented, the particular school maybe improving in its job to educate young minds. The amplification of rumors, personal prejudices, and aggregation of fears lead to false or semi-true information solidifying. This type of amplification can happen regarding neighborhoods, businesses, civil workers, automobiles, cities, you name it. I’m thinking of a funny, fictitious occurrence. Let’s say I live in a big neighborhood. One day I leave my garage door open and the leaf rake gets stolen. I tell my neighbor about it and we both decide to keep an eye on our little cul-de-sac. The next day the neighbor tells another neighbor. Pretty soon the amplification effect takes hold and the news becomes scarier, and, by the time the news makes it to the other end of the neighborhood, who knows, people maybe talking about a major robbery occurring. This can happen because people have a way of amplifying the bad, the scary, and the fearful. Amplification effect is where media, rumors and pre-conceived notions amplify an event or story. Listen in on any social gathering and examples of sub-conscious embellishments abound. Acts of violence are particularly ripe for the amplification of tales. Dinner table conversations may conclude that the city is exploding in violent acts, but the facts may speak otherwise. People’s own biases and levels of tolerance often add fuel to the fire. To offset the effects of amplification of falsity or rumor, there’s a simple solution. I’m reminded of the detective in a film noir dropping his line, the famous cliché, “just the facts ma’am.” Regionalism Regionalism is the undisciplined child of nationalism. Regionalism existed long before nationalism, and is again becoming more prevalent. No matter how patriotic a person maybe when it comes to the love of country, their regional loyalties almost always supersede their nationalism. We exist in complex, ever-changing, socially evolving communities. The world’s denizens are constantly embroiled in self-interests, special interests and the basic chaos of being human. In this noise, the comfort of regionalism (allegiance to a particular region somewhere on the globe) becomes amplified. People identify themselves as Americans, or Mexicans, or Indians, but the region where their allegiance lies is generally more important to them than the country they identify with.

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Whistleblowers By Jason Overdorf - Over the past five years, some 150 whistleblowers have allegedly been harassed or jailed for exposing corruption in India. As many as 20 have been killed. In India, the truth might set you free. Or it might land you behind bars. Or even dead. Take the case of Naveen Sorinjee, a TV reporter jailed in Karnataka for exposing an assault on young couples by a farright Hindu group. Sorinjee has inspired a hunger strike and a slew of editorials. But more than two months after his arrest, he’s still in the slammer. And he’s not alone. India this year plunged to its lowest ranking on Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom index since 2002, falling to 140 out of 179 countries, as governments around the country cracked down on free speech and allowed criminals, political “workers” and armed groups to attack journalists with impunity. Meanwhile, since the right to information law gave rise to the anti-corruption movement, the number of bureaucrats, activists, and even policemen who were harassed, beaten, jailed and murdered for daring to expose government and corporate malfeasance has continued to grow, according to the Asia Center for Human Rights (ACHR). Though they’re rarely considered together, India’s crackdown on free speech and its assault on muckraking activists are both part of an escalating war on whistleblowers that is intended to squash any objection to the near-absolute power of the state. Over the past five years, some 150 whistleblowers have allegedly been harassed or jailed for exposing corruption; while as many as 20 have been killed. The latest trend: State and local governments are exploiting India’s notoriously slow court system to land activists behind bars or saddle them with criminal charges that may take decades to resolve. Even the national government has joined the fray, going after aid groups that receive international funding in a smear campaign intended to discredit them as anti-national and then starve them of cash. “The government is absolutely complicit in these activities,” said ACHR’s director Suhas Chakma. “Without the cooperation of the local authorities, these cases can never be done. In some cases you will see the complicity even of the judiciary.” A reporter for a local channel called Kasturi Newz24, Sorinjee ran afoul of the authorities in Karnataka after a report on an incident in July in which members of a far-right group called the Hindu Jagarana Vedike allegedly attacked and beat up several young men and women for daring to attend a birthday party unchaperoned. Though he’d exposed the incident — one of a string of alleged assaults perpetrated by far-right groups in Mangalore in the name of moral policing — Sorinjee was charged with participating in it.


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Both statements are quite true. Both Darwin and Lincoln were born on the same day: February 12, 1809. When Darwin boarded the 10 gun brig (a sailing vessel) named Beagle to explore the world, he believed in the Bible’s story of Creation. From 1831 to 1836, Darwin traveled in very Spartan accommodations for 40,000 miles in search of evidence for the theory of Creationism, but came back with preponderance of facts to irrefutably support the theory of evolution. He put forward the theory of natural selection. In his travels, Darwin stumbled upon one of the most marvelous evolutionary laboratories on the planet: the Galapagos Islands with its huge turtles clanking along toward the sea on roads they had worn away themselves, and birds whose beaks varied according to what they had to eat. Darwin took his time to write his famous work “The Origin of Species” which sold out on the first day of its publication in 1859. Not taking Darwin’s word about Galapagos, I decided to explore Galapagos Islands myself. According to Wilkipedia: The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 926 km (500 nmi) west of continental Ecuador, of which they are a part. There are 13 main islands in the group but only five are inhabited (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Floreana, Isabella and Baltra) with a total population of 25,000.

My itinerary included an excursion to Isabela Island. I was taken to the marina from where a speedboat whisked us to Isabella Island. This was a very fast and bumpy ride on the ocean. If you didn’t hang on tight to your seat, you rolled around. Many got seasick. On Isabela Island, sea lions frolicked all over in the sand. Iguanas played. We took a short dinghy ride and saw seaturtles mating, penguins deftly diving for fish in the ocean and a blue footed booby bird perched on a volcanic rock. The boat took us to Tintoreras Island. We took a nature walk and saw hundreds of baby iguanas, sea-lions, bright red colored crabs, and sharks in volcanic channels. Then we went to another part of Isabella Island where we snorkeled with sea-lions. We went to the Flamingo lagoon - a volcanic crater which had become a lake where we spotted several flamingoes. The ride back to Santa Cruz Island was another belly churner. I spent this Xmas evening exploring this wonderful island.

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Why are teddy bears never hungry? Because they are always stuffed

A goat and a fox were walking together on a barren land. It was a very hot and sunny day. They became very thirsty and were looking for water. They saw an old well and looked inside. The water was about five feet below the ground level. They immediately jumped in the well and drank the water. Now the question was how to come out of the well? They tried to jump but could not reach the top. Finally the cunning fox said to the goat: “There is only one way to get out. If you stand on you hind legs and stand up against wall with your fore legs, I can climb up on your back and get out. Once I am out of the well, I will grab your horns and pull you out of the well in no time.” The goat believed the fox but did not think that the fox does not enough strength to pull him out. The goat stood against the wall as explained by the fox. The fox climbed up him and jumped out of the well. “Now you pull me out,” said the goat. The fox replied: “You fool, don’t you realize that you are heavier than me and I am not strong enough to grab you and pull you out? I am not stupid like you because I know that I can fall back in the well if I try to hold and pull you out. I cannot risk my life to save you. Now, if you at all come out live, just remember that you should think before you act.” The fox went away. The goat was repenting. A cow sitting nearby heard everything and said: “Before people consider me as the cunning like a fox, it is better that they consider me as dumb and foolish like a goat.” Question: What did the cow say? Why?

What did the chewing gum say to the shoe? I’m stuck on you Why was the belt arrested? For holding up the pants What do you call a funny book about eggs? Yolk book What does an invisible man drink at snack time? Evaporated milk What did the beach say when the tide came in? Long time no sea What did one potato chip say to the other? Shall we go for a dip? Why couldn’t the sailors play cards? The Captain was standing on the deck. What is the best thing to do if a bull charges you? Pay the bull. Why can’t you play basketball with pigs? Because they hog the ball Which football player wears the biggest helmet? The one with the biggest head In which month do monkeys play baseball? Ape-ril

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Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, but no atmosphere

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Cars, driving and even the very popular NPR radio show “Car Talk” permeate the American culture. Many words related to “cars” and “driving” have multiple meanings and are also used in popular idioms about topics totally unrelated to cars. In the Business section of the February 3, 2013 Raleigh News & Observer, the lead sentence after the headline, Stocks plunge after Dow’s rally to 14,000 was, “Stocks hit a big milestone, then promptly spun off the road.” The original meaning of milestone, probably was “a stone marker at the side of the road showing the distance in miles.” 1 On interstate highways these distances usually begin at a state line and signs are no longer stones. Another meaning that applies to the stock market would be “a significant event in life or history.” The Friday before, a surge had pushed the Dow index over 14,000 for the first time since 2007. “Spun” is the irregular past tense of “spin” and, unfortunately, some readers may have spun off the road while driving during an ice storm this past winter. Perhaps, like the stock market, they did NOT reach their destination as quickly and easily as they had hoped. Can you interpret the correct meaning of these words and idioms related to cars and driving? 2 1. If Tom gave me a bum steer in recommending that car dealership, he (a) gave me false guidance (b) gave me a defective steering wheel. _____ 2. If you are warned to steer clear of the boss, he might be (a) looking for you (b) in a bad mood. ____ 3. If your friend is driving you to distraction is he (a) taking you to a movie to distract you from your worries or (b) irritating you so much that you can’t think, concentrate or work? ____ 4. If it’s ok to drive a hard bargain at a yard sale, should you (a) try to argue for a reduced price or (b) always agree to pay the posted price? _____ 5. If all her charts and statistics drove her message home (a) did she give out a lot of information to take home or (b) was her presentation very convincing? ____ 6. If that persistent car salesman drives everyone away, does he (a) repel potential customers or (b) always take them for test drives? _____ 7. Does “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” mean (a) foolish people may ignore dangers OR (b) be careful when walking in dangerous areas? ____

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Hindustani Music - Easy steps to learn a Raga By Anita Kulkarni

Indian Classical Music

To get the maximum benefit of learning and understand a Raga, please follow the guidelines given closely. Before you start learning a Raga, it is important to listen to Carnatic Music- Readers Questions Answered famous renditions of the Raga to familiarize yourself with its melody. It is also useful to read as much information that is By Smitha K. Prasad available on the Raga, understand its uniqueness, and listen to Dear readers, in my final installment of answering questions popular film songs that have been set to its scale. There are certain steps to follow when learning a Raga. for this session, I will address the topic that those of you who have moved to a new city have encountered i.e. how do I find a suitable Carnatic music teacher for my child in a new city • Understand the structure of the Raga by looking at the where I do not know anybody, or in general how to choose a swaras. What are the aroha and avaroha scales, and the pakkad teacher for my child. While I am addressing this topic in the phrase that defines the raga? Pay attention to the Vadi and realm of Carnatic music, it could very well be applied to any of Samvadi Swaras, the notes that are the anchors of the Raga. What is the raga’s challan, or the way it moves? our classical art forms in general. If your child has been learning Carnatic music previously, • Begin with the Sargamgeet, the composition that will outline consult your current teacher for teachers he or she may know the structure of the Raga and bring forth all the technical in your new city. If you have friends whose children are aspects, while integrating it with taal. learning Carnatic music in your new area, they could possible • Proceed to the Lakshangeet, to strengthen the grasp of the provide you with a list of names of teachers in the local area. Raga along with the words of the text. Every big city will more than likely have a classical music and • When the above areas have been mastered, begin with the dance society; they will also be a good resource for you to bandish as an entryway into exploring the raga further. • Learn slowly the whole structure of the Raga including alap contact and obtain a list of teachers. Attend performances of musicians in the area so that you get and taana. Practice the same in taal with bandish. a feel for the style of singing. Keep in mind, however, that good • The most important step is improvisation or creation of a performers do not necessarily make the best teachers and vice- Raga melody in slow and fast. Practice well and try your versa. Some of the best teachers are not necessarily very prolific improvisation skill. Every Raga has its own flavor or mood. Understand each step and practice. performers. Once you have obtained a list of teachers, provide the teacher A good resource for the study of Ragas is with information on how long your child has been learning, the The Raga Guide. It’s a 4-CD collection what his/her current lessons are, as this will give the teacher a with an informative book explaining the background to assess your child. Most teachers will ask you to intricacies of 74 ragas. The CDs have bring your child for an evaluation. In my evaluation, one of the sample performances of each raga. It first questions that I ask a student is if they know what sruthi should be available at better music stores (pitch) they sing in. If your child does not, do find out from or online retailers. your guru. If your child has never learned previously, then this is not an issue as the teacher will determine the pitch best suited for the student’s voice quality. I then typically ask the student to sing anything that they are comfortable with and then move on to other pieces to gauge what a good starting point for Anita Kulkarni lessons is. is a Hindustani music vocalist and teacher As a note to the parents, the guru-shishya (teacher-student) based in Raleigh, NC relationship is a special relationship- take some time before enrolling your children with a teacher. Once you have enrolled your child, I encourage you to be patient and let the guru determine the pace of teaching. Switching teachers because someone else’s child is learning faster is not beneficial in the long run. Finally, a word on practice - any teacher can teach only as much as the student practices. Most children have music lessons once or twice a week. Regular practice is a must if a Certified Public Accountant student (or for that matter any artist) aims to progress well. Doing business in the Carolinas since 2001. Your teacher can guide you on the methods of practice but (s)/he cannot practice for you! • Year round accounting and book-keeping services.

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Ritual Dance: Lai-Haraoba Lai-Haraoba literally means “festival of Gods.” This festival is inspired by a local legend. It is celebrated through highly symbolic rituals, processions and dances to create and demolish the cosmos. Several forms of dances are performed during the festival that lasts from seven to thirteen days. I can write a book on this ritual alone, if I describe each day. Hence, I will give you a general description of the festival. Lai-Haraoba of Manipur is conducted by a special kind of priestess called Maibi and priest called Maiba. According to the legend, nine gods brought Earth from heaven. Seven goddesses took the Earth from the gods and threw it into the primordial ocean. On the first day of Lai-Haraoba, these gods and goddesses are not only invoked but they take their symbolic birth from water, like Goddess Maha Lakshmi in Indian mythology. Two maibis along with villagers go in a procession to a nearby stream wearing spotless white costumes. Taking two new and empty earthen pots, the maibis get into waist deep of water. Two leaves, symbolizing the male and female principles, are put in the water, one facing upwards and the other downward. It is imagined that the seed of creation is within the two leaves. Then the pairs of leaves are kept in each of the two earthen pitchers filled with water. The maibis take the pitchers in procession to a makeshift temple. The deities and the temple are made with wood, cane, bamboo, and such other materials, which can be burnt to ashes signifying the dissolution of the cosmos. The earthen pitchers are placed near the improvised temple. Symbolically, the creation begins and a human being is born. Through dance movements and processions the life cycle and growth of human beings, agricultural operations are depicted in a stylized manner. There are sixty four important khuttheks (hand gestures) for making the human body. All are shown with very fine, attractive and meaningful dances representing the development of the human body in twelve months in the mother’s womb. Then the building of houses, starting of agriculture and other stages of human development are played. The last part of the dance confines with the songs, paosha isheis, for the welfare of all the individuals. Music for the various rituals and dances is provided by a simple stringed instrument called pena, which is peculiar to the region. The festival, as said before, signifies the dissolution of the creation. In my opinion, it is important to have these rituals to signify practical learning, rather than just reading about these important messages in books. It has a greater impact on the learning and understanding of these meanings.


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Let’s say you are contemplating the ownership of a fourplex. Before you buy, here’s how the cash flow analysis would look, in order to see if this is a profitable proposition: Some base facts: 1. Purchase price of the fourplex is $325,000. 2. Buyer places 20 percent down, or $65,000, financing $260,000. 3. 30 year loan is at 6.5 percent, with Principle/Interest payment of $ 1643 per month. 4. Taxes and insurance at purchase are $3600/year. 5. Operating Income: * Find your gross operating income by adding the full year’s maximum rent. If you charge $900 / month rent, for example, the gross operating income is $900 X 4 X 12 months, or $43,200 per year. * Compute your loss from vacancy. Let’s say the vacancy rate is 6 percent, of the possible $43,200 maximum. Multiply .06 (the decimal for 6.0 percent) by $43,200 to arrive at a $ 2592 loss due to vacancy. * Compute the net operating income by subtracting the vacancy loss from the gross rent. $ 43,200 minus $ 2592 equals $ 40,608. 6. Operating Expenses * Calculate the interest on your mortgage loan. Multiply the annual interest rate by your total loan amount — the amount you borrowed, not the amount you paid for the fourplex. For a $260,000 loan at 6.5 percent interest, the annual interest cost is $19,716 or $1643 per month. Add property tax, and insurance premiums of $3600 per annum or $300 per month. Total Payments = $ 1643 + $ 300 = $1943 / month or $ 23,316 per year. * Total your other operating costs. Include maintenance and repairs, and other expenses associated with operating the property as a rental. Assume these to total 2,100 ($ 1,700 for repairs and $400 for advertising and marketing) per year for this example, or $ 275 per month. * Add the mortgage interest payments and other operating costs to find your gross operating expenses. The $1,943 for mortgage interest and other operating costs is $ 275 per month = $ 2118 per year. 7. Computing Cash Flow: Rent income - Vacancy Loss Payments - Expenses = Cash Flow $43,200 - $2592 - $23,316 - $2100 = $15,192 / 12 = $1266 per month in positive cash flow.

REAListically... By Sneha Shah Real Estate Investing The New Year enters its third month and continues to whiz through on wings or some strong waves! As we fly through and navigate the sometimes choppy, most times, placid waters of the real world, we are inevitably, peripherally aware of the flux in the real estate world. Whether it is consciously, or by accident, it’s not but a small wonder how much we tend to be influenced by the changes in the real estate world. The last group is the one we began our focus on last month. This breed of investors has, from the plethora of investment options available to them, chosen investing in real estate. With this choice, they are following and hoping to achieve the same results as the 98 percent of the world’s millionaires, who have made their wealth from real estate. To dig in a little deeper, this is the second of a multi-part series that focuses on the reasoning and logic of real estate investing. Whether it is the abatement of risk, the ownership of a local, tangible asset, or the realization of an innate passion in each of us, to own a part of the earth, this much is true, this is the chosen path for so many investors. Five Reasons for Real Estate Property Investing: 1. It’s, at least, a double whammy. A real estate investment earns you money in two ways. Appreciation is the increase in the property’s value over time, so that you can eventually sell it for more than you paid. Cash flow is income your property generates month to month. 2. Its owning a piece of history. Each piece of land is unique and there is not another one like that anywhere else. Through a long period of holding there is a rich history and story to be told of how it once was. 3. Its investing in a soon-to-become premium commodity. “They ain’t making any more land!” What’s rare is premium, right? Think natural oil and gas, minerals, gold…. 4. Its owning a part of who we are. The property we choose to buy is a small reflection of who we are. From dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 5. it’s an investment you can show off, touch and feel. A tangible, real asset to hold till it appreciates its value.

Analyzing your return as “cash on cash invested,” and divide your actual cash investment of $65,000 down into the annual return of cash or $15,192. This is a yield of 23 percent real return on your cash invested! How many other investments out there can boast such a glorified return? Of course this is an illustration and doesn’t necessarily mean investors will see The importance of cash flow similar returns. Cash flow is of vital importance to the wealth of an individual In conclusion, Real Estate can provide real control - of the or the health of a business. One saying is: “revenue is vanity, investment, by the investors, for the long-term and short-term cash flow is sanity, but cash is king.” There are four possible investment gain. Other advantages which we will cover in the financial benefits to investing in real estate: following months are the understanding of capital gains • Appreciation deferrals, depreciation, leverage, re-amortization and the dream • Positive Cash Flow world of tax free refinancing. • Tax Savings • Amortization of the Mortgage Sneha Shah is an architect by education, pursuing a real estate career. Contact her at

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About Thinking By Balaji Prasad Thinking Mathematically Colleges and Employers Prize Mathematical Aptitude Mathematics is making a comeback. Employers and colleges are increasingly stressing analytical and mathematical ability as key selection criteria. The generation making its way into colleges and careers will be scrupulously assessed for math competence. The Math sections of the SAT and the ACT are already being used in college admissions decisions; the emphasis will only increase as mathematics pervades every aspect of life. Why the Hoopla - Isn’t Mathematics Just another Subject? Not really. Not anymore. Everything is rapidly getting digitized – including our communication. Think of the Web as a giant book being authored in real-time by millions of people. Mobile devices and social media are pushing the pedal harder. Also, as the Internet of Things – sensors, embedded computers and pervasive computing chips – takes shape, even more data is being captured and made available. And, as the volume of transactions increases, businesses are creating mega-databases to make sense of a complex world. The tech industry has given this emergent phenomenon a name: Big Data. Data, merely a representation of what goes on in the real world, includes a significant amount of quantitative information that begs to be analyzed, understood and responded to. These challenges have spawned a new profession: Data Science. Data Science is a largely quantitative discipline based on statistics and computer science applied to business problems – in the life-sciences, Wall Street, digital marketing, and even neuroscience. Analysts estimate that demand for data scientists will far outstrip the supply emerging from colleges in the next couple of decades. Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist said in the New York Times: “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” It is also worth noting that several organizations from over a hundred countries have joined together and are celebrating 2013 as the International Year of Statistics. Mathematics will rule in this new and rapidly emerging world of quantitative analysis. Math is clearly good for one’s career. High-school Versus College Mathematics: The Need to Think Mathematically One can get good grades in high-school math by applying formula-based math “recipes.” However, this capability may not scale up to what is needed for the SAT and for college-level math. Thinking mathematically is a competence that goes well beyond the application of memorized procedures. The ability to grasp real-world concepts underlying the math is critical, as is the ability to recognize, frame and solve new problems; it won’t be about just dealing with the old, well understood problems. The math sections of the SAT and the ACT tests exemplify the kind of mathematical skills that colleges value. Speed is critical, since these tests are timed. The questions are sometimes tricky – they test the ability to see patterns, rather than simple formula recall.

Excelling in Mathematics: A Two-pronged Approach So, how does one go about preparing for such aptitude tests and for the college math that will follow? If becoming a “genius” is the goal, only practice will make for perfection. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book, Outliers, says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in some field! However, not everyone needs to become a genius. Just being “good enough” at math can make a difference to our lives and to the world we live in. And, that is all that is needed to ace the aptitude tests that make such a difference in college admissions. Genius-building can proceed alongside. I find a two-pronged approach helpful in building a robust math foundation. The first is to develop an auto-pilot capability for problems that are well defined, and which yield to speedy recall. Besides that, a deeper, conceptual grasp helps students relate the math to the real world and make it “come alive.” An example of the auto-pilot at work is the Pythagorean triplet. If we know that 3-4-5 is a Pythagorean triplet, when we are given two sides of a right-angled triangle, we are immediately able to recall the third side. Why is this kind of recall important? Many problems can be seen as a set of subproblems. If one sub-problem yields to the auto-pilot, there is one less thing for the conscious brain to juggle. And, as any good juggler knows, the fewer the objects, the less the probability that something will fall onto the floor. It makes things a lot faster too. Speed can make the crucial difference in getting a perfect 800 on the SAT, if that is the goal. However, the auto-pilot can only do so much. Trickier problems need the ability to think differently, drawing on internalized patterns and combining them – much as how a jazz musician would. There are techniques to develop this kind of thinking. One approach is to get into the habit of visualizing patterns that go deeper than symbols, and into the concepts. The graphic, alongside, is a representative example that illustrates how the algebraic identity, (a + b)2 = a2 + 2ab + b2, can be visualized as squares and rectangles. Besides the deeper understanding that is gained, this kind of visualization fosters a love for the aesthetics that mathematics holds. It is important to nurture this kind of passion in young minds, to serve as a driving force that builds deeper competence in math. Each student is different, and has unique strengths … and weaknesses. The middle-school and high-school years are the time to investigate these and to develop a customized approach for each child – one that will build a strong foundation, and position him or her for success in the SAT/ACT tests and for college.

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Starting a Business? Don’t forget these legal matters before opening the doors By Sumeet Shah As the beginning of the year is always a time many new business ventures are in the midst of opening, I felt it appropriate to republish this article that I previously wrote. As a fellow entrepreneur, I understand the excitement of turning a dream or vision into reality and starting that business you’ve always wanted to! You are overflowing with energy, optimism and ideas but may not have totally Your legal obligations as an mapped out the course of employer begin as soon as actions it takes to begin your you hire your first business. In the flurry of dreaming up ways to attract employee. Comply with customers, mastering your employment laws. sales speech, and building your website; it’s all too easy to put off some of the less exciting, administrative aspects of running a company including the legal aspects that must be implemented before your doors open. Yes, registering your company and thinking of the best legal structure for your business are not the most exciting parts of your startup venture; however, they are crucial to the health of your business.

obtain the Necessary Business Permits and Licenses Depending on your business type and physical location, you may be required to have one or more business licenses or permits from the state, local or even federal level. Such licenses may include: a general business operation license, zoning and land use permits, sales tax license, health department permits, and occupational or professional licenses. Comply with Employment Laws Your legal obligations as an employer begin as soon as you hire your first employee. You should spend time with an employment law professional to fully understand your obligations for the following: federal and state payroll and withholding taxes, self-employment taxes, anti-discrimination laws, OSHA regulations, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation rules, wage and hour requirements, differences between employee and independent contractor, and employment agreements. Creating Non-Disclosure Agreements If you will be setting up financing for your business or entering into contracts with employees, independent contractors, suppliers, etc. you should consider confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. These individuals or companies will have access to information about your new business venture that you may want to keep private, so you should consider having them sign these agreements.

Here is a quick rundown of some legal aspects you need to consider for your new business venture. Make Sure You Can Use the Name You’ve Selected for Your Business Make sure the great new name you thought of isn’t infringing on the rights of an already existing business. You can perform a free search online that looks at business names registered with the Secretary of State — that will tell you if the name is available in your state. Then, you may want to take your search to the national level and conduct a search to see if your name is available for use in all 50 states and make sure you are not infringing on someone else’s trademark.

In sum, no matter how excited, stressed or busy you are with setting up your new business, set aside some time to address these legal matters before you open the doors. As with a lot of things, hiring an attorney or accountant to help guide you through all of this can go a long way toward helping you steer clear of trouble. This will help you avoid any hiccups down the road, and will set you up for a successful run at growing your business!

Setup the Legal Structure of Your Business Forming an LLC or corporation such as an S Corporation or C Corporation is an essential step to protect your personal assets from any liabilities of the company. Every business structure has its own advantages and disadvantages; therefore, speaking to an accountant is advised before choosing a legal structure for your business.

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Treatment The goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent further joint damage. The underlying cause cannot usually be cured.

The word Arthritis literally means Joint Inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage, which normally protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling and irritation (inflammation), and stiffness.

Lifestyle changes Lifestyle changes are the preferred treatment for osteoarthritis and other types of joint inflammation. Exercise can help relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength. Your health care team can help you design an exercise program that is best for you. Joints can get affected (due to inflammation) from: • Exercise programs may include: • an autoimmune disease (the body’s immune system • Low-impact aerobic activity (also called endurance exercise) mistakenly attacks healthy tissue) • Range of motion exercises for flexibility • a broken bone • Strength training for muscle tone • general “wear and tear” on joints • infection, usually by bacteria or virus

Medications Medications may be prescribed along with lifestyle changes. All medications have risks, some more than others. It is important that you are closely monitored by a doctor when taking arthritis medications. Generally, over-the-counter medications are recommended first. You should always consult with your Primary Care Physician even when taking some Over-the-counter (OTC) medications as it can react with other prescription medications you may be taking. Some OTC medications have many potential risks, especially if used for a long time. Potential side effects include heart attack, stroke, stomach ulcers, bleeding from the digestive tract, and kidney damage. Prescription medicines include: Biologics are used for the treatment of autoimmune arthritis. These drugs can improve the quality of life for many patients, but can have serious side effects. Corticosteroids (“steroids”) help reduce inflammation. They may be injected into painful joints or given by mouth. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to treat autoimmune arthritis. Immunosuppressant’s are used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis when other medications have not worked. It is very important to take your medications as directed by your doctor. If you are experiencing difficulty doing so (because of side effects), you should speak to your doctor. Also make sure your doctor knows about all the medicines you are taking, including vitamins and supplements bought without a prescription.

Joint inflammation usually goes away after the cause is treated. Sometimes this inflammation stays for a long time causing changes in joints. Joints that undergo inflammation for an extended period of time may end up with Chronic Arthritis. “Chronic” means over an extended duration. Arthritis may occur in men or women. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of joint disorder. Some of the other more common types of arthritic conditions include: • Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) • Fibromyalgia (FMS) • Gout • Juvenile Arthritis • Lyme Disease • Myositis • Psoriatic Arthritis • Raynaud’s Phenomenon • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS) • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Tendinitis Symptoms Arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. Symptoms can include: • Joint pain • Joint swelling • Reduced ability to move the joint • Redness of the skin around a joint • Stiffness, especially in the morning • Warmth around a joint

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Signs and tests Your health care provider (Primary Care Physician, Specialist or Hand Therapist) will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. The physical exam may show: • Fluid around a joint

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But when I got off the bus, my uncle and my brothers were standing there with him waiting for me, because he had called them.” Tied to the bed and tortured once more, Archana plotted another attempt. “I thought, ‘Now they already made a fake police report, they don’t let me out of the house, they keep beating me, someday they may do something really wrong [a euphemism for rape]. If I can get just one chance to escape, even if I die trying, I have to get out of here.” Finally, she sustained injuries from her daily beatings that were serious enough that she was able to convince her mother to take her to the hospital — where she walked in the front door and out the back. Then she called the Love Commandos, whose local Agra network spirited her to New Delhi, where she and Sachdeva are pursuing her case with the NCW. “If they ever find me, they won’t ask why I ran away a second time,” said Archana, who claims that one of her brothers has powerful police connections. “They will kill me. They can pay someone any amount to have me killed.”

The documentary and educational video – Remarkable Journey: The Voices of South Asian Indian – will also be shown in theaters and museums, in temples, mosques, churches and community centers across North Carolina and beyond, and will also be available on DVD. The story of Indian Americans in NC includes thousands of unique tales spanning more than three generations, not just in the urban areas but in many rural communities across the state. Success and effort come in many forms, from world-class computer engineers, scientist and doctors to motel owners, gas station operators, all working hard to bring more opportunities to their family and children. Here is an opportunity to share your story with friends, family, neighbors, and the community. Each Indian-American has a unique story. You can contribute yours by sending it to A panel will review every story, and yours could make it to the documentary. Other stories will be catalogued and made accessible on the web and blog sites. Remarkable Journey will be on statewide television broadcast and the educational video and guide will be distributed to schools throughout North Carolina.


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Community Focus Events of Note

Nuv Yug Cultural Organization organizes this popular weekend that features dazzling performances, arts, crafts, vendors, and of course delicious food. It is an exposition of Ekal Vidyalaya Charity Concerts 2013 India’s ancient and colorful culture. The festival will include A musical evening of Bollywood hits will various performances by local dance groups, vocalists and be presented by Carolinas’ Ekal chapters musicians of all ages as well as professional performances. For during shows in Morrisville, Columbia, and more details visit Charlotte. Sanjeevani Bhelande (Sa Re Ga Ma Winner and Playback Singer) and Holistic Development using Hanuman Chalisa Chiraag Panchal (Sa Re Ga Ma Winner and Lecture Series in English by Acharya Vivek of Chinmaya the voice of Mohd. Rafi) will be the main Mission, Niagara. Learn how to deal skillfully with worldly singers. The back-up musicians include affairs studying Hanumanji in Hanuman chalisa. Vivekji's only Mohit Shastry (Flute and Keyboard), Amit purpose of life is to make others aware of what is the purpose Mehta (Tabla and dholak player and vocalist), and Rupesh Rane of life – to be unconditionally happy. The schedule: (Percussion). The Shows are as follows: Wednesday March 27, 2013 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Friday March 8, 2013: Dinner at 6:30 pm, Program at 7:30 pm. The Thursday March 28, 2013 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm venue is Hindu Bhavan, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. Friday March 29, 2013 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Tickets range from $20 and $40 before March 6 and $25 and $50 Saturday March 30, 2013 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm after that. For more details write to: or call Presented by Chinmaya Mission of Raleigh-Durham, the talks Pooja Advani (919-677-8458) or Bina Thakkar (919-995-4999). are free and open to the public. Reedy Creek Middle School, Saturday, March 9, 2013: The show will take place at the Vihar 930 Reedy Creek Rd, Cary NC 27513. For further details contact:  Hall, Hindu Center in Charlotte beginning at 6pm. Tickets Nita Bhave 919-434-5439; Venkat Mandavilli 919-523-9926 (including dinner) are $25, students $10, and children under 12 admitted free. For more details call Neena (704-962-4367) or Sunidhi Chauhan in Concert Prashant (980-254-0730). Live Spectrum Entertainment presents a fundraiser for NCIAP Sunday, March 10, 2013: The show will take place at Lexington Middle School, 702 North Lake Dr., Lexington, SC. The show featuring Sunidhi Chauhan on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 pm in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Chauhan is an Indian begins at 4pm and tickets range from $15 - $40. For more details call Parul Dalal (803-261-0595) or Baiju BK playback singer, best known for her Hindi film songs in Bollywood. She has recorded songs for Oriya, Punjabi, Marathi, (803-873-5010). Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati and Basant Bahar 2013 Nepali films as well. She won The annual Basant Bahar celebration, presented by Hum Sub, recognition through the televised will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Cary Arts Center, 100 Dry Ave., Cary NC 27511. The event features singing contest Meri Awaz Suno, cultural shows, arts, performances, and food. This year’s theme which she won, and made her is “Kalakriti – Creative Collaboration of Visual and Performing entrance into playback singing Arts.” Admission is free. More details on the event are available with the Hindi film Shastra. Her breakthrough was Ram Gopal at Varma’s film Mast, in which she sang the hit song “Ruki Ruki C.I.P.S. Convention Si Zindagi.” She has been nominated for fourteen Filmfare The C.I.P.S. (Carolinas Indian Physicians Society) convention Awards, winning it on two occasions as well as a Filmfare RD 2013 and AAPI Governing Body meeting will take place on Burman Award for New Music Talent. She has won two Star March 22-24, 2013 at the Renaissance Suites Hotel, 2800 Screen Awards, two IIFA Awards and one Zee Cine Award. Coliseum Centre Dr. Charlotte, NC. C.I.P.S. convention 2013 is Tickets for the concert range from $49 - $129. For further details a meeting of the minds and a celebration of medical excellence, call 919-323-4024 or visit the website professional achievements, business successes and cultural heritage. The three-day gathering will present CME sessions, Aag Ki Raat - Night of Fire women’s forum, networking, cultural programs, meditation, The Indian Cultural Exchange at the University of South Carolina exhibits, fashion show, as well as appearances by Bollywood is hosting its eighth annual dance competition, Aag Ki Raat actresses Asha Parekh and Swaroop Sampat Rawal, among Night of Fire. The competition will be held in Columbia, SC on others. For further details visit Sat, March 30, 2013 at the Ira and Nancy Koger Center for the Arts. Aag Ki Raat will feature three different styles of dance: India Fest 2013 Bhangra, Raas/Garba, and Fusion. Nine teams will have the Nuv Yug’s annual cultural celebration “India Fest” will take opportunity to compete for at least $1500 overall best grand prize place on Sat-Sun, March 23 – 24, and at least $750 best category prizes. This year the proceeds will 2013 at the Dorton Arena, State go towards Ekal Vidyalya. It is a non-profit organization Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC. The dedicated to bringing education to underprivileged children


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between ages 5 and 14 in rural parts of India. Ekal Vidyalaya solicits complete involvement of the local community and aims at making the school self-reliant in a period of five to seven years. For further details visit North Carolina Science Festival 2013 The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in the state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations. The North Carolina Science Festival and others like it offer an opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings. This Festival provides the opportunity to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina. The festival takes place April 5 – 21, 2013 through the state at many venues. All types of activities, lectures, presentations, science challenges, and educational events will be presented. The festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. For full details visit

mutual admiration. Sharma is considered India’s greatest living santoor (hundred-stringed Kashmiri folk instrument) player. He has garnered prestigious awards and is a dedicated teacher. Zakir Hussain is one of India’s most renowned cultural ambassadors and a chief architect of the world music movement by way of his historic collaborations, which include The Diga Rhythm Band, Masters of Percussion, George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Béla Fleck, Billy Cobham, Rennie Harris, and his compositions for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. For more details visit: Grand Prathisthapana of Utsava Murtis The Trimurti Temple Devasthanam will host their grand Prathisthapana of utsava murtis on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28208. There will be installation of the deities Lord Murugan Valli Deivanai, Lord Shiva and Lord Ayyappa. Trimurti Temple Devasthanam is a charitable foundation with tax–exempt status. The Foundation’s mission is to build a temple in a traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Shasthras. For more details call 980.219.7556 write or visit www.

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Heritage India Festival 2013 An annual celebration of Indian Heritage will be presented by North Carolina Youths attend Presidential Inaugural Heritage India Association of NC on Sat, April 6, 2013 from 5 Conference 9 pm, showcasing regional Indian dances, arts, vendors, culture, By Neil Patel and Ronak Bhagia and food. The event will take place at the HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC. Admission: $10. All participants, choreographers, This is Neil Patel, a freshman at Ardrey Kell High School volunteers and kids under 6 are admitted at no charge. Catered dinner will be available at a nominal cost. Other special features and Ronak Bhagia, an eighth grader at Metrolina Regional include an Eye Camp for free eye exams. Pre- registration Scholars Academy. We were honored to be invited by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), to attend the required. For further details email: Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington DC and to see President Barack Obama give his inaugural address. CYLC Hasya Kavi Sammelan 2013 is an organization which recruits scholars from Middle and A fun-filled evening of humor and laughter along with recitals High Schools and colleges from all United States and the World and songs will be presented on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, and encourages and instills leadership qualities in them. The NC 27560. The event begins at 6:30 pm with dinner and is conference in Washington DC was a five-day program followed by the program at 8 pm. Tickets: $50, $25, $10 ($15 at involving discussions of the process of presidential campaigns the door). Indian dinner will be available at nominal cost. and elections, the history of the inaugural ceremony, the Babysitting will be available (Free). The event features Hindi functioning of the Cabinet and White House, life of the writers and poets including Dr. Suresh Awashi, Dr. Kunwar Presidents and the presidential role in history. Also during this Bachain, and Dipak Gupta. For further details contact: Saroj conference, we were fortunate to Sharma 919.656.5224, Sushma Maheshwari 919.363.2759, or be addressed by distinguished speakers who came to talk about Sudha Om Dhingra 919.678.9056. the Presidency, leadership skills Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain in Concert required to be successful, and Hindustani music maestros Pandit Shivkumar Sharma about following and achieving (santoor) and Ustad Zakir Hussain (table) will perform on your dreams. Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Rialto Center on the campus of The keynote speakers for the Georgia State University, Atlanta. Touring together since the High School delegates included early 1980s, Pandit Shivkumar Condoleezza Rice, who served as Sharma and Zakir Hussain’s the Secretary of State of the United performances are some of the States, the second woman and the most highly anticipated musical first African-American woman to events in India and beyond. hold this post. Dr. Rice enthralled us with her experiences as the Each a living legend, their Secretary Of State and as the National Security Advisor to President collaboration stems from a George W. Bush. She also inspired us to follow our dreams and longtime personal friendship and find our true inner passion so that we can excel in the future.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GRAND PRATHISTHAPANA oF UTSAVA MURTIS Please join with your family and friends in the installation celebration of the deities

LoRD MURUGAN VALLI DEIVANAI, LoRD SHIVA AND LoRD AYYAPPA On Sunday, the 14th of April, 2013 Many pujas and rituals are part of the Prathisthapana Utsavam. Please come and participate and get your blessings. For event & sponsorship details, please visit: Contacts: Purusothama Gude: 704-649-4440 Raj Kulgod: 704-281-8732 Suhanthi Kamesh: 704-807-9806 B. Ganesh: 704-576-4749 M. Prabhakaran: 858-254-6222

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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. Upcoming Events: Sun, March 10: Maha Shivratri Tue, March 26: Holika Dahan The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. For Further Details: 704.607.8412 or

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

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

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Vocal Concert by Malladi Brothers on April 14th and Vocal Concert by Sikkil Gurucharan on May 12th. Both show at 3:30 at Tate Hall CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

India Association of Charlotte (Festival of India) The organization works to foster fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will is held in September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

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

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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 local and regional area. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation- Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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

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

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:

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

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Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers,

SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed),

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

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar: 704-541-3451

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

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:

Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090

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

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

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


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Community Organizations Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj)

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

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

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

Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00 am every day. Every Sunday at 3 pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.9888 or 336.593.9888

Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers “Art of Living” Course that teaches you practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. For Further Details:

Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details: Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to: Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community. For further details:

Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details: 98

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Community Organizations Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age of 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, March 9 where members will celebrate Shivratri and Holi festivals. For Further Details: Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588 Raojibhai Patel 252.236.4391

Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide non-profit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on 100

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Community Organizations the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota)

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

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:

Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365

EKTAA South Asian Student organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs

Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings: Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30 am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities include: Yoga Classes (twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage 102

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Community Organizations through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: March 17, 2013: Basant Bahar will be held at the Cary Arts Center, Cary. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a

doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang organization (ISSo) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For Further Details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCoN New Goloka Temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a sumptuous prasadam feast. From 4:30-5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas, enacting dramas and other fun activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, 104

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Community Organizations seminars and programs for adults. To be added to the New Goloka email list, write to: New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827, JK Yog It is a non-profit started by Swami Mukundanand. He renounced his materialistic life and now works to elevate the welfare of the underprivileged. Visit the group at their fundraising table at India Fest in Raleigh in March 23-24. Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 / Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Event: March 24-25, 2013: India Fest, Dorton Arena, Raleigh. For Further Details:


Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month for the South Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends sing so bring your fans along if you wish and pass the word. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs including holiday favorites. Sessions are held at Zayka March 2013

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Community Organizations Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh (919.361.5370) on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM but please call or e-mail for a confirmed date. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924 Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: March 8 - 9: Maha Shivratri celebrations For Further Details: 919.468.0040

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

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For Further Details on the Tamil Sangma of Carolina: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’ s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Holi Program - March 23rd @ HSNC Hall For Further Details: Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and

Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Vipassana which means to see things as they are. Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students. (Those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N.Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers) Ten day courses are available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi)


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Community Organizations Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. Upcoming Event: March 21: Wine Walk fundraiser event from 6 - 8pm at Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615. For Further Details:

Regional Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. For further details: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Sat, Mar 9: Maha Shivratri celebrations Wed, Apr 10: Ugadi Festival For Further Details:

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and 112

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Community Organizations celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde)

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

Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973

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1. Top of anything; Summit. 2. Hindu religious spring festival of colors. (Mar. 26, 2013) 3. Not completely grown or developed. 4. Symbol of the chemical element: Sodium. (*) 5. A black, brown or red hymenopterans insect. 6. A branch of biology which deals with its data statically and by mathematical analysis. 7. A male participant or performer in a drama. 8. Idaho. (*) 9. The study of Chinese language, literature, art or customs. 10. The protrusion of part of the intestine thru the muscles. 12. A narrow ornamental band following a contour, somewhat inside the edge, of a shield. 16. Height. (*) 19. Past tense of “meet.” 21. Iowa. (*) 23. Legendary Greek author of fables. 25. A path over which an electric current may flow. 26. The sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. (π). 28. to splash or sprinkle. 30. A soft, ribbed, plainly woven fabric of silk or rayon. 31. “— Mandela,” Ex-president of South Africa (1994-1999). 33. Technical Sergeant. (*) 35. The city & county seat of White Pine County, Nevada. 38. American Automobile Association. (*) 40. To let the head fall forward involuntarily when sleepy. 42. Hawaiian Standard Time. (*) 44. Transformational Grammar. (*) 45. Oregon. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee Man: “I want to live a longer life. What should I do?“ Guru: “Get married.” Man: “Do I live a longer life, if I get married?” Guru: “No. But you will have no desire for that.” •••••••••••••• Beggar: “Sir, can you give me five Dollars?” Mafatlal: “I have $100. Do you have change of $95?” Beggar (happily): “Yes sir. I have it.” Mafatlal: “Then use that first! “ •••••••••••••• Wife: “Today is our anniversary. What are we going to do?” Husband: “Let us stand in silence for two minutes.” •••••••••••••• Desi boy: “Dad, what is a person called who brings you in contact with the spirit world?” Desi dad: “A bartender, son.” ••••••••••••••


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Word World

(Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “In a hotel” )





Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 48 + words = Excellent; 37 to 47 words = Good; 36 or less needs to improve. (Solution below) Word World (Solution): ENGIRT, ESTRIN, GINS, GIRN, GIRT, GIST, GITE, GRIN, GRIT, INERT, INGEST, INSERT, INTER, IRES, ITER, NEIST, NITE, NITER, NITRE, REIGN, REIN, RENIG, RESIGN, RESIN, RIGS, RING, RISE, RITE, SERIN, SERING, SIGN, SIGNET, SINE, SING, SINGE, SINGER, SINTER, SNIT, STEIN, STRING, STINGER, TIER, TIGER, TINE, TING, TINGE, TIRE, TRIEN, TRIES, TRIG



All letters are used.


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “EQ” - Fill in the blanks 1. Sufficient; suitable. _ _ EQ _ _ _ _ 2. Evenly proportioned. EQ _ _ _ 3. A model of a human body used by tailors. _ _ _ _ EQ _ _ _ 4. A Mexican alcoholic liquor made from agave. _ EQ _ _ _ _ 5. The front half of a side of beef. _ _ _ EQ _ _ _ _ _ _ 6. A latitude whose value = 0. EQ _ _ _ _ _ 7. Occurring often. _ _ EQ _ _ _ _ 8. A portable outdoor grill for roasting. _ _ _ _ EQ _ _ 9. An act of giving (property) by last will. _ EQ _ _ _ _ 10. The fiber (like sisal) used to make rope. _ _ _ EQ _ _ _ 11. Provides with what is needed. EQ _ _ _ _ 12. A film or novel about the events that preceded the story of the film or novel that was produced earlier. _ _ EQ _ _ _ 13. A fabric covering for a knight’s helmet. _ _ _ _ _ EQ _ _ _ 14. To express a wish or desire for. _ EQ _ _ _ _ 15. Different; unalike. _ _ _ EQ _ _ _ 16. Net worth; Assets minus liabilities. EQ _ _ _ _ 17. A funeral or burial rite. _ _ _ EQ _ _ 18. A national forest in southern Sierra Nevada. _ EQ _ _ _ _ 19. Anything that follows. _ _ _ _ EQ _ _ _ _ 20. British spelling of ‘Check’. _ _ EQ _ _ 21. A statement of equality in Math. EQ _ _ _ _ _ _ 22. Something that follows; continuation. _ EQ _ _ _ 23. An irrigation canal in Southwest. _ _ EQ _ _ _ 24. To make fit beforehand for, as required conditions for a position for a certain job. _ _ EQ _ _ _ _ _ _ 25. Not provided with what is needed. _ _ EQ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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March 2013 March 4 - Shrināthaji Pātotsav March 7 - Vijayā Ekādasi March 10 - Mahāshivarātri March 10 - Daylight saving Time begins March 11 - Darsh/ Somavati Amās (No Moon) March 13 - Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day March 23 - Āmalaki Ekādasi March 26 - Holi (Full Moon) March 27 - Dhuleti March 29 - Good Friday March 31 - Rang Panchami March 31 - Easter Sunday April - June 2013 April 1 - April Fool’s Day April 6 - Pāpamochini Ekādasi April 9 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) April 11 - Gudi Padvo April 11 - Chetichānd April 15 - File Income Tax April 20 - Rāma Navami April 20 - Sahajānand Swāminārāyan Jayanti April 22 - Kāmadā Ekādasi April 23 - Mahāvir Jayanti April 25 - Hanumān Jayanti April 25 - Chaitri Purnimā (Full Moon) May - June 2013 May 1 - Gujarat/Maharashtra Day May 5 - Varuthini Ekādasi May 9 - Tagore Jayanti May 9 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) May 12 - Mother’s Day May 27 - Memorial Day June 8 - Vat Savitri Vrat/ Darsha Amās (No Moon) June 16 - Father’s Day June 23 - Vat Sāvitri Purnimā (Full Moon) June 23 - Kabir Jayanti

History of Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Although standard time in time zones was instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads in 1883, it was not established in U.S. law until the Act of March 19, 1918, sometimes called the Standard Time Act. The act also established daylight saving time, a contentious idea then. Daylight saving time was repealed in 1919, but standard time in time zones remained in law. Daylight time became a local matter. It was re-established nationally early in World War II, and was continuously observed from 9 February 1942 to 30 September 1945. After the war its use varied among states and localities. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided standardization in the dates of beginning and end of daylight time in the U.S. but allowed for local exemptions from its observance. The act provided that daylight time begin on the last Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October, with the changeover to occur at 2 a.m. local time. During the "energy crisis" years, Congress enacted earlier starting dates for daylight time. In 1974, daylight time began on 6 January and in 1975 it began on 23 February. After those two years the starting date reverted to the last Sunday in April. In 1986, a law was passed that shifted the starting date of daylight time to the first Sunday in April, beginning in 1987. The ending date of daylight time was not subject to such changes, and remained the last Sunday in October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed both the starting and ending dates. Beginning in 2007, daylight time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Daylight Saving Time begins March 10, 2013. - Source United States Naval Observatory

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General Predictions for March 2013 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of the first week of the month, as a very positive change is possible. Take quick decision and move forward in life. The luck is favoring you, so don’t miss the opportunity. Ignore the morality and ideology and move forward. Your dream may come true during this month. Confusion may try to disturb your state of mind, simply ignore it. Avoid short distance journey.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) Even though there won’t be any financial problems, the hyper personality and fear will rule you during this month. Try to develop mental strength. If you feel it necessary, spend some time and do meditation. Actually the period is not negative, but your stressed mind won’t allow you to enjoy it. Insecurity will prevail and will ruin many things. Watch your health.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) This is going to be a very fast and busy month. Try to keep up with the pace of life. You will enter into a new venture and will experience a big turning point in your life. You must realize that there is no alternate to hard work. If involved in legal matter, compromise would be better for you. Speculation may bring in money. You must watch your health very carefully.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You could be subjected to false charges, where your involvement is negligible. Take care of health. If already suffering from chronic ailment then preventive measures should be taken immediately. You will feel a lack of peace of mind. This month is not good as far as worldly comforts are concerned. Conflict with spouse is also possible. There won’t be any significant loss in your income.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Success will be yours in whatever you undertake during this month. You will defeat your enemies and they will not be able to harm you. There will be a rise in status and position. Try to control your ego and continue working hard. Your partner will prove to be very helpful during this month. You may spend for luxury or beautiful things. On the whole this is a very successful month.

CAPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Every action seems to be acceptable, except traveling. Try to concentrate in your education or profession. Negligence could prove very costly. The time will improve rapidly and by the end of the month you will be in the position to control the situation. Also remember to avoid driving. Your competitors won’t succeed in damaging your reputation. Experience the changes and welcome them.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You will come in contact with influential people. A rise in income is indicated. You might also enter into a new venture. Family life will be very happy. You will be heroic in strife and win your enemies. Income through speculation is possible, but try to avoid the stock market. You will be involved in spiritual activities. Try to make the best use of this time.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your hard work and labor will give dividends. Good news from far off places is possible. You will enjoy power of artistic expression and interpretation. Your emotional actions will give very good reward. A pleasant journey or change in workplace is also possible. A relaxed state of mind is also indicated. Leadership and confident speech will bring success for you.

LEo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) The time looks favorable for moving to a new place, maybe to a happy home. You will feel very confident and energetic during this month. Money may flow toward you from more than one direction. You may spend some money on social or religious activities. This month is going to be a boon for love and romance. Friends and siblings will provide their best support.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will get mixed results during this month. There will be a lot of opportunities coming your way but you may not be able to utilize them. Health problem may disturb you. The time is not good for family happiness, but is favorable for students and teenagers. There may be a rise in status and position, but without much financial benefits. There is possibility of increase in family member.

VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Your own decisions and mistakes will be the cause for financial losses during this month. Don’t get involved in new projects. Try to control the egoistic mentality. It is very important that you curb your expenses. Any risk-taking tendencies should be totally curbed. Your

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Live-in nanny needed in N.Charlotte, NC for help with child care, cooking and light house keeping. M-F. Call 704-8377271 or email Help Wanted: For eyebrow threading practitioner parttime or full time position available. Please call 336-745-6808. Indian Nanny Needed: Full time live in / out Wilmington area to take care of five month old boy. Light cooking and house work is expected. 910-465-2000 Sales and Marketing position for Desi Media company in Charlotte. Must have experience. send resume to

MATRIMoNIAL: Seeking correspondence for niece. 30, 5'6" Hindu, Gujarati, UK graduate in forensic science.. Vegetarian, loves movies & music. Looking for active, educated, strong minded and family oriented man. 704-877-0622

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Music Classes: Masters in Music from Rabindra Bharati University and 8+ years of teaching/ performance experience. Classes in North Indian Basic Classical Music and Bengali Rabindra Sangeet for kids through adult. Please call 704-818-6327. 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. Tutor Available: Experienced Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor for middle, high school, IB, AP courses (including AP Statistics). Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. Call 704-497-2639 Fresh Food Available: In South Charlotte area. Pure Gujarati style vegetarian food. Everyday meals for tiffin like subji, roti, Dal, rice, pickle and farsan. Please call 704-607-7806. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072. Computer Expert: Website Development, Custom software development, computer setup, software installation, upgrades, backups. Reasonable rates 704-729-4430 Full scale “Hotel Renovations” for all major Franchises. Services include Design, Labor & FF/E Installations. Crews can travel anywhere in the Country. Please call 704-906-9899.

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Index of advertisers

Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 N-Digilabs Videography & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Neighborhood Clearners (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Nikhil Patel CPA PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 OM Tech Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate - . . . . .33 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Patel, Tony (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Persis Indian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 PP Tax & Accounting Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . .101 Rapid Car Care (Formerly Ali & Sons Car Care) . . . . . . . . . . .34 Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Ritu Selects - An Elegant Fashion Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 S S Photography Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-27 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Shah, Sneha (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 South Char. Endocrinology (Kanakasabai Narasimhan, MD)95 Spice South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Triangle Speech Services (Judith L. Bergman) . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Trimurthi Temple Devasthanam (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Wells Fargo Advisors (Mark Markanda) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Yafa Market & CafĂŠ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Zaika (Moorseville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Zi Zi's Vegan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 A2Z Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .50 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .75 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bhindi Plaza (Lease Space Available) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bombay Grill (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Bombay Grille (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 C2 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Carolinas Indian Physicians Society (C.I.P.S.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Curry and Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Darpan Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Delhi Palace / Spices Of India (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . . .73 Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) . . . . . . . .58 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Dimpal's Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Dione Infotech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Eye Level (Formerly E-nopi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Flower Accent (Wedding Planning and DĂŠcor) . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . . . . .107 H2 Laser & Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64&65 Hues Designs Party Planning (Sapna Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Indian Spice Land (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 International Center for Meditation and Well Being . . . . . . .70 Jag Insurance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Legacy Jewels / Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Live Spectrum (Sunidhi Chauhan Concert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Matemu Law Office P.C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Puzzle Solutions


March 2013

• Fixed rates for loans < $417k are at all time lows • Jumbo ARMs (> $417k) APR’s in the mid 3% range • Competitive and transparent pricing

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March 2013

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Saathee Magazine March 2013 Charlotte  

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