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favorite mobile game employ, giving software startups a competitive advantage over high-wage Western countries, Zaeem said. “If we have a million dollars in the bank ... in the US we might only be able to make one and a half games, whereas here we might be able to make 10 games,” he added. While traditional PC and console games require multimillion-dollar budgets and large teams to develop, mobile game development typically requires far less capital. This has empowered Pakistani developers like Mindstorm Studios, maker of “Whacksy Taxi,” a racing game that topped Apple’s App Store in more than 25 countries. “Prior to the iPhone … it was a very closed-door system,” said Babar Ahmed, Mindstorm’s co-founder and CEO. “So you had to apply for a developer’s license to Nintendo or Microsoft or Sony. And they’d vet your studio out, they’d look at your resumes. They’d only give their [software development kit] to, like, very select studios. That’s not the case anymore.” Brain drain, however, remains a problem. According to government figures, more than 2.3 million highly qualified, highly skilled or skilled Pakistanis left to work abroad between 2005 and 2015. Many of Pakistan’s finest computing minds head overseas to do postgraduate degrees and work for global tech names. While it’s easy for Mindstorm to find and employ competent staff, finding the best is tough. “You’re left with second-tier choices, and the people who come back to Pakistan come back to do their own business.

By Rizwan Syed, LAHORE, Pakistan — Cheers and foosball tables can be heard upstairs as staff enjoy their Silicon Valley-inspired “play” break at a mobile game development studio in Lahore. Studios like this one led by entrepreneur Saad Zaeem are producing games with global appeal that fuel Pakistan’s young but growing $2.8 billion software industry. Along with his brother Ammar, Saad founded Caramel Tech Studios in 2011 after a stint working at a mobile gaming startup. The studio has since helped code the global hit “Fruit Ninja,” which has been downloaded more than a billion times, for an Australian developer. Caramel Tech’s open spaces, games consoles and pool table are cultural imports from the offices of California’s tech giants. “Not only do [workers] get relaxed but they actually give more in output because their minds are fresher and they’re generally more motivated. So it’s directly borrowed or inspired by what you see in Silicon Valley,” Zaeem said. Pakistan’s software export industry employs some 24,000 people, according to government figures. Most companies in Pakistan’s IT sector — including mobile game studios — are growing at more than 30 percent a year, says Pakistan’s software industry trade body, P@SHA. The country’s mobile game studios are proving a small but promising source of skilled graduate employment. Graduates here are as qualified as Western ones and cost a lot less to


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Security recipients and reduced deductions for business meals. The legislation, however, was stuffed with loopholes. It covered only companies with publicly traded stock; it applied to only five (and since 2007, four) “named executive officers” who aren’t necessarily the highest-paid; and it exempted “performance-based” compensation, including stock options, A while back, Congress voted to curb soaring and huge bonuses based on easily attained goals, allowing compensation for corporate officers by limiting tax unlimited deductions for them. deductions. Here’s how it went wrong. Section 162(m) fulfilled a campaign By Allan Sloan, ProPublica promise. But, in hindsight, it’s clear that it has had little or no influence on Wealth, jobs and pay inequality are corporate behavior. Says Sen. big political issues this presidential Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), a primary season, and they’re leading congressional tax bound to become bigger once maven: “Regardless of how the parties pick their you feel about limiting nominees. In the plethora of compensation through the plans candidates tout for tax code, the current law is tackling these problems, like a gnat on an elephant one favored tool stands out: in accomplishing its goal. the federal tax code. It’s easy to swat away, But trying to legislate and that’s exactly what corporate behavior and many companies do.” economic fairness — We decided to see however you define whether that was accurate. fairness — through the tax Our study looked at the system is a lot trickier than history of executive compenit sounds. sation for the 40 members of Consider the supposed today’s “Nifty Fifty” — the 50 solution to an equality and companies in the Standard & social-justice issue debated six Poor’s 500-stock index with the elections ago — a law designed to highest stock market value — that also limit how much companies could deduct reported executive compensation inforfrom their taxable income for lush pay mation for 1992, the year before the paypackages to high-paid executives. deductibility limits took effect. In 1992, as now, key electoral issues included inequality To compare apples to apples, we eliminated the 10 members and the spectacle of American jobs moving overseas — of the Nifty Fifty, including Facebook and Alphabet (Google’s underscored by a gaping disparity between executives making parent company), that weren’t publicly traded back then or multiple millions and ordinary workers with stagnant wages. didn’t exist. The idea was to give companies a tax incentive to rein in executive pay or just shame them into it. But a new study done In 1992, only 35 percent of the people in our study — for ProPublica and The Washington Post by S&P Global Market executives whose income was reported in companies’ proxy Intelligence shows that the law has had little effect. In fact, the statements — had more than $1 million of income in the titans of American industry and commerce shrugged off the categories subject to deductibility limits. (Those are salaries, statute and moved to pay top executives way more than the bonuses and restricted stock that vests over time.) But in 2014, deductibility limit. the last year for which corporate salary income is available, the Bill Clinton, the not-yet-a-household-name Arkansas number had risen to 95 percent. governor, proposed limiting deductions for what he called Given inflation, it’s no surprise that more top execs would “excessive executive pay” during his first presidential breach the $1 million cap. But the numbers also showed campaign in the early 1990s. The concept had kicked around something completely unintuitive. Washington for several years and was one of the planks that From 1992 to 2014, compensation per executive in the helped him win the Democratic nomination and deny George limited-deductibility categories rose more rapidly — by about H.W. Bush a second term. In 1992, Bush had vetoed a budget 650 percent, to $8.2 million from $1.1 million — than bill containing a provision to limit how much companies could compensation in categories such as stock options and incentive deduct for high-paid people. pay that aren’t subject to deductibility limits. The latter rose by Clinton’s victory and a Democratic Congress resulted in a about 350 percent, to $4.4 million from $970,000. tax law change that limited companies’ deductions for “That’s powerful,” Steven Balsam, a leading academic executives’ compensation to $1 million per executive per year. expert on executive compensation practices, said when told That’s the amount that Clinton proposed for chief executives in what our study showed. Balsam is a professor at Temple “Putting People First,” a campaign book that he co-authored University’s Fox School of Business who published a 2012 study with Al Gore. The compensation deduction limit, known to tax techies as on the deduction cap for the Economic Policy Institute. “At best,


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TEATIME IN THE CITY Notes from the Editor’s Desk place finish. The rest of the cast are struggling, but moving forward. Among the Democrats Hillary Clinton is declared the winner by the narrowest of margins. Essentially she tied with PoliMosh: Bernie Sanders. Martin O’Malley dropped his bid. He never got Dancing in the american Political Mosh Pit, Vol. 2 much traction among Democrats. The Republican field is still large and unwieldy. The Democrats now have a choice of either Electioneering rolls on. While the presidential candidates on both sides duke it out, Clinton or Sanders. Let the gloves come off. the North Carolina state legislature has tossed a curve ball to the February 3, sen. Rand Paul suspends Campaign electorate. Here’s a nice recap of the congressional redistricting The brightest light among Republican candidates called it quits controversy in NC. According to Charlotte NPR affiliate WFAE: this day. Paul’s Libertarian and thoughtful conservative views “The U.S. Supreme Court on February 19 rejected North added freshness to the usual conservative talking points spewed Carolina’s request to put a new round of redistricting on hold. by the rest of the candidates and Trumpism spewed by Donald That means the state must follow a lower court order to use new Trump. Paul decided he needs to concentrate on his Senate maps in the upcoming election, which state lawmakers finalized reelection campaign. earlier that day. A federal three-judge panel ruled Republican state lawmakers put too much emphasis on racial quotas when February 4, Democrats Debate, New Hampshire Bernie Sanders attempted to paint Hillary Clinton as a Wall they redrew congressional boundaries in 2011. The judges ordered the legislature to quickly redraw the maps. Republican Street hack while Clinton tried to show that Sanders it too leftRep. David Lewis says lawmakers did not take race into account wing, and that his numbers about giving all Americans access this time. They did focus on keeping Republicans in power. ‘We to free college and universal health care don’t add up. Oh, and believe this map will produce an opportunity to elect 10 she tried darn hard to show that his is unelectable in a general Republican members of Congress,’ he says. ‘But make no election. She is right about that. Sanders would have many mistake, in that regard, this is a weaker map than the enacted obstacles in a general election as most Americans simply don’t plan.’ Lawmakers also decided to push voting for North like the word “Socialist,” even though they generally don’t understand what that word truly means. Clinton was much Carolina’s U.S. congressional representatives back to June.” So what does that mean for the voter? The NC primaries for stronger in this debate. She hammered Sanders on foreign policy President and Senate will take place on March 15 as previously while nudging herself a bit further left. Sanders cornered scheduled. The primaries for congressional seats will now take Clinton a bit on her incoming stream of money from Wall Street and her huge speaking fees at Wall Street gatherings. place on June 7. By Samir Shukla

February 6, Republican Debate, New Hampshire The game got testier among the Republicans after Iowa and the debate took on a nastier spin. Marco Rubio got his clock cleaned by Chris Christie. Rubio is well spoken, but Christie clearly honed in on Rubio’s robotic lines and had a brilliant “gotcha” moment when Rubio inexplicably repeated the same memorized lines after Christie chided him about it. It hurt to watch Rubio disintegrate and looking to curl up into a fetal position. The rest of the candidates came out fighting as well. Except Kasich, who has geared his campaign with a positive message and a more grown-up way of getting his points across. Bush needed to take Rubio down, but Christi did the dirty work for him. On to the primary in 3 days.

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January 28, Republican Debate, Des Moines, Iowa Donald Trump boycotted this debate. It seems he can’t handle a female journalist tossing hard questions his way. His rather silly fight with Fox News and anchor Megyn Kelly seems to February 9, New Hampshire Primary Results endear him further among his supporters. Jeb Bush did well Well, Donald Trump won. Ted Cruz came in second with Bush, tonight, Rand Paul added Libertarian curveballs, Ted Cruz was Rubio, and Kasich essentially tied for 3rd. Chris Christie’s New on the defensive most of the evening, while Marco Rubio gets Hampshire gamble didn’t pan out. Ben Carson and Carly louder as he speaks. At this juncture, the race seems like a three- Fiorina essentially tanked. Sanders beat Clinton, making her life way between Trump, Cruz, and Rubio, but don’t count Jeb Bush much more difficult as she marches on toward the nomination. out yet. Or Christie and Kasich. Bush had a strong night at the continued on page 74 debate and even though it may feel like it’s a bit late for this former frontrunner to catchup, this debate should give him a bit Samir Shukla of a boost for the Iowa caucuses only 4 days away. is the editor of Saathee magazine. contact -

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MIRROR, MIRROR A Conversation From the Outside Looking in... with Just a Dash of Colour, we Can share Moments of Love time where everyone is celebrating something as precious as being alive and leaving behind any past concerns. By Jennifer Allen To start with, both begin with a ritual bonfire. For Holi it is a symbol for burning away evil and leaving only the good March has come upon us once again with a sense of renewal behind. For Beltane it is a means of protection from harm and as the long winter is shed and the lushness of spring is thrust a way to encourage optimism. No matter what heritage you upon us with healthy vegetation and vibrant colours come from, fire has been shown to be a symbol of everywhere. Many beliefs celebrate this rebirth and fertility in metamorphosis; destruction and renewal. It can keep us warm their own way... and one of the most well-known festivals and offer us a light in the darkness, but if used improperly it (besides Easter) is the Hindu celebration of Holi. In fact, one can consume everything in its path. Both beliefs understand this could say that if there’s anything more “Indian” than the vivid duality and use the flame as a first step towards a better future. shades of traditional South Asian clothing or mehndi tattoos, it After the initial burning away of the past, there is a gala of has to be the layers of brightly hued powder that is a huge part boisterous dancing, singing and feasting. Both celebrate the of what makes Holi so memorable. arrival of spring and the beauty of birth. While Holi is often I’ve personally never taken part in a Holi celebration, but depicted as a festival of love, Beltane is also often cited as a I’ve certainly seen presentations of it in various forms of media. celebration of fertility. Granted, in modern times it can be seen Pictures of smiling people hugging while not only as a blessing for children but also as an covered in multiple layers of rainbow dust. invocation of creative inspiration. I think Holi is Watching young and old dance harmoniously a representation of a more chaste type of love together as they toss reds, blues, greens, and between Krishna and Radha, but still a very any other shade imaginable into the air with important aspect of it. nothing but pure joy in their minds. It’s a party And then there is the grand display of of epic proportions with a simple premise... to colours in both, which are no doubt inspired by celebrate rebirth, forgiveness and love. the splendid hues of spring flowers. Holi has the Originally coming from a Christian aforementioned powder aspect, while Beltane background, I first thought of how close Easter has several elements involved. The first is the is to the traditions of Holi. The similarities are collection of yellow flowers that are picked by certainly there, for sure. A big part of Easter is children and placed in doorways in bouquets or that after 40 days of sacrifice and resistance to wreathes. Secondly there is a tradition of temptation (Lent), you can start anew with all past sins wiped dancing around the Mayday pole with bright flowers and either away. ribbons or vines. Dancers will weave the ribbons/vines around The story of Jesus on the cross and his apparent resurrection the pole clockwise (to follow the sun’s path from east to west) also leads to the thought of forgiveness for past indiscretions. as a blessing of good luck and virility. Often during the Instead of colourful powder thrown around, there are radiantly dancing, Beltane participants will also paint themselves in decorated eggs that are hidden for children to find and enjoy bright shades of red, blue or green and otherwise will (often) along with other tasty treats. be minimally clothed. However, since my college days and my expanded The changing of seasons influences many people’s lives no education of many other religions and beliefs in the world, I matter which part of the world they live in, so it’s no surprise actually find Holi much more closely related to the lesser that both cultures have mirrored festivals such as Holi and known Celtic celebration of Beltane. In fact the comparisons Beltane. Maintaining a bountiful harvest and protecting between the traditions of Holi and Beltane are quite intriguing livestock are some of the most basic parts of survival, and despite being separated by almost 8,000 kilometers and the two appreciating these accomplishments with a mixture of dance, cultures not even meeting until the Portuguese formally song and colour is frankly just a whole lot of fun. introduced India to Europe around 1500 CE. While Holi is often I do plan to participate in both festivals this year to more celebrated on the last full moon before the spring equinox, properly experience what both have to offer. In fact, I think we Beltane is observed on the full moon in-between the spring can learn a lot about human nature in general from both since equinox and summer solstice. they personify the regenerative of facets of spring and a chance Beltane came about as a Celtic tradition mostly in Ireland to start again. Most importantly, they teach us that we can and Scotland as a festivity of fertility and for the protection of simply be together and celebrate without judgement or crops and livestock. More commonly known as May Day preconception. outside of Pagan circles, Beltane itself had almost completely Perhaps with just a little dash of colour and a big dash of died out until resurgence in the 1990’s by Neopagans and hope, we can all forgive and simply be. modern Wiccans brought it back into the fold as a practice. Taking both festivals into account and list the traditions in Jennifer Allen works at Saathee and is also each, you could just about make them interchangeable. More a Podcaster, Blogger, Photographer so, there’s always something magical about being around & Graphic Artist . likeminded individuals who share in so much positive energy. You forget that the person next to you is young or old or if they have dark or light skin. You are simply sharing a moment in


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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

Manzil to rāhi dhundh lete hain raste magar kho jāte hain Dil to pāgal hai ... Surat se main nā pahachānungi nāma se bhi nā usako jānungi Dekhungi kuchh nā main sochungi dil jo kahegā vahi mānungi, Dil to pāgal hai ... Dil kā kahanā ham sab mānen dil nā kisi ki māne Jān di hamane jān gaye sab ek vo hi na jāne, dil to pāgal hai ... Rahane do chhodo ye kahāniyān divānepan ki sab nishāniyān Logon ki sāri pareshāniyān is dil ki hain ye meharabāniyān, Dil to pāgal hai …

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uttam singh (1948 – Present) Even though he may be relatively unknown among the masses as a music director and arranger, Uttam Singh has been active since the 60’s in the Indian film industry. He was born on May 25, 1948 in India. His father was musically inclined and played sitar and sang “Kirtans” at religious functions. Uttam Singh learned to play the tabla and violin in his childhood. His family moved in Mumbai in 1960. He initially played violin for music composers like Naushād, Roshan, Madan Mohan, C. Rāmchandra, S.D. Burman, and R.D. Burman in early 1960’s. Singh later teamed with musician Jagdish and formed the music directing team of Uttam - Jagdish for more than 60 films in various languages, until Jagdish passed away in 1992. Singh composed music for a few films from Jazbāt (1994) thru Honour Killing (2014). His daughter Preeti is a versatile singer. In 1996, Singh’s first private album “Om Sai Ram” was released. He also composed music for his daughter’s album “Soor” in 2002. Singh is still active as music director and has several upcoming films.

Meaning (Summary): The heart is crazy, the heart is mad. At first, it makes you meet, then it sets fire in your being. Slowly it teaches love, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry; The heart is crazy, the heart is mad. The whole night it keeps you up, it steals sleep from the eyes. It shows you true and false dreams, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry. The heart is crazy, the heart is mad. One who believes in what the heart says, he also becomes crazy. One finds the destination, but loses the paths. The heart is crazy, the heart is mad. I will not recognize him by his face, even by name, I will not know him. Though I will see him I will not think anything of him but I will follow whatever the heart says. The heart is crazy, the heart is mad. We all follow what heart says, the heart does not follow anyone's words. Everyone knew that we have given our lives, only it does not care. The heart is crazy, the heart is mad. Leave it and leave the stories; all are the signs of insanity. All of the worries of mankind are due to the obligations of the heart. Oh, the heart is crazy, the heart is mad.

Awards: Best music director: Filmfare Award – 1997 (Dil to Pāgal Hai)

Nominations: International Indian Film Academy Award – 2002 and Screen Lyrics in Hindi: Weekly Award 2002 (Gadar: Ek Prem Kathā) Zee Cine Award – 2003 (Pinjar) Screen Weekly Award -2004 (Pinjar) His famous Hindi lyrics to the song “Dil to pāgal hai ...” are given in the column on this page.

Evergreen and Classic Lyrics Dil to Pagal Hai Song: Dil to pāgal hai … Film: Dil to pāgal hai Year: 1997 Music: Uttam Singh Singer: Latā Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan Lyricist: Ānand Bakshi Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Mādhuri Dixit, Karishmā Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan

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

Lyrics in English:Dil to pāgal hai dil divānā hai Pahali pahali bār milātā hai yahi sine men phir āga lagātā hai Dhire dhire pyār sikhātā hai yahi hansātā hai yahi yahi rulātā hai Dil to pāgal hai ... Sāri sāri rāt jagātā hai yahi ankhiyon se nind churātā hai Sachche jhuthe khwāb dikhātā hai yahi hansātā hai yahi yahi rulātā hai, Dil to pāgal hai ... Is dil ki bāton men jo āte hain vo bhi divāne ho jāte hain

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NAMASKAR, Y’ALL Reflections and a few confessions as an Indian American in the Carolinas In search of a “good Name”

unsolicited advice, we had a short list. The next step was to have our trusted coworkers read the names out loud so we could delete the ones they butchered or got tongue tied with. We discovered that it isn’t uncommon for parents to agonize over the names of their children especially when they know that their children can potentially be the target of bullies waiting to ridicule anyone who is different. One of my friends spent so much time searching for names on Google that she ended up naming her son Google, temporarily, of course, until it was time to fill out the Birth Certificate form. The criteria for a good name can be tough to meet as profound meaning and ease of pronunciation is often mutually exclusive. Then there’s the question of whether you want your child to stand out or be lost in a sea of Joes and Janes. Browsing through a bookstore, I recently came across a book titled “An Abundance of Katherines” immediately reminding me of my former workplace where there was such abundance. Katherines only differed in how their shortened versions were spelled. They either started with C or K and ended with y or ie. Picking out an easy and familiar first name is understandably a popular choice given that many little girls would love to be a fairy tale Ella, a glamorous Priyanka or dreamy Nisha. The probability of having more “friends” on social media may end up being greater for boys with names of movie characters and stars such as Prem, Raj or Ranbir. Although, having a long and unusual name and last name may actually rescue you from a sticky situation. Imagine a fictitious woman, Sharmila MukhopadhyayChattopadhyay getting pulled over for driving at say 40 mph in a 35 zone. The cop walks up to the car and after a close inspection of the Driver’s License tries to write up the name on the ticket. After fumbling and misspelling numerous times, the exhausted officer gives up and lets her go simply saying, “Ma’am please stay within the speed limit.” Isn’t it possible? My suspicion is that some names are plain lucky as they seem to convey a sense of importance that is unspoken and unexplained. A case in point is the name Robert. Lamenting the glass ceiling, my friend once remarked that the key requirement for entry into the C-suite of her employer was the name Robert. The chief executives were Robert, Bob or Rob and for diversity future candidates might include a Bert or Bertie. Perhaps the company is deeply influenced by the popular TV show Downton Abbey where the chief patriarch is Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham. Jokes apart, as parents there is no favored way for us to select the best name for our child or know all the consequences of our selection, so why not risk choosing the name we love most.

By Shyama Parui Shakespeare was right when he asked, “What’s in a name?” I can say with confidence that a brinjal cooked any way or called by any other name will be my least favorite vegetable. Eggplant always makes me wonder what kind of eggs they were named after, certainly not the kind available at the local grocery store. The fancy sounding aubergine will be just as unappealing to me when served on the finest china. My favorite name for brinjal is the Bengali “be-gun” meaning lacking good qualities. Strangely, this vegetable may have the honor of having the most names as it is also known as garden egg, guinea squash, and melongene. Ever heard of that? Spellcheck hasn’t either. When it comes to our own name or the names of our progeny, it is impossible to dismiss the topic casually by saying “what’s in a name?” There is evidently a lot as I discovered in my own journey called life that began with a name selected by my parents. As much as I loved its uniqueness, I secretly rolled my eyes when teachers struggled with getting Shyamashree right. They seemed relieved that my last name, Das was short and recognizable. Carrying on the Bengali tradition of having a “daak naam” which is a pet or nick name affectionately reserved for family and close friends, I owned one that may have sounded adorable when I was little but today it is far from being print worthy. I prefer to forget how embarrassed I used to feel, when my mother called out to me in the presence of my classmates. However, there was little chance that my classmates would give me a hard time because we all had our lives complicated by names, surnames and the like providing enough ammunition that could be used against each other. Eventually I learned to gracefully embrace my name and nick names as part of my identity but good things don’t last forever. It should come as no surprise that after I moved to Charlotte, my name was in the forefront of my life with the additional challenge of a new last name to which I had no idea how people would react. Even though I go by Shyama, which I assumed would be easy because of its uncomplicated two syllable nature I realized it was just as hard for locals to pronounce. After all these years, I have resorted to reward friends with coffee if they get the pronunciation right or occasionally threaten to quiz them about my full name. My husband also had a similar experience with a weighty Bengali name and a rather contrasting pet name. A lot has been written about how families pick deep and meaningful good names for their children and then cruelly albeit unknowingly offset it by a silly pet name, so all I will say is that it is mostly true. And because of that every Madhusudan or Pradeep Kumar is doomed to coexist with a Khoka or Laltu. With our history, you can imagine why my husband and I took great care in picking out the names for our children. After weeks of gleaning through options on the internet, books and

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YOUTH CORNER When is it very bad luck to see a black cat? When you’re a mouse.

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Where do hamsters come from? Hamsterdam.


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Why couldn’t the snake talk? It had a frog in its throat. Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland? He couldn’t afford plane fare.

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 16+ words = Excellent; 11 to 15 words = Good; 10 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

What do you call a snake with a great personality? A snake charmer. What do most people do when they see a python? They re-coil.

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What do you get if you cross a serpent and a trumpet? A snake in the brass.

Hi Kids, Here is a simple quiz. See if you can solve it. EAST is to 5786 as SEAT is to: (a) 5678 (b) 6785 (c) 8576 (d) 7856

What do you give a sick snake? Asp-irin.

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What do you call a snake who works for the government? A civil serpent. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? At the bottom.

The answer given on the bottom of this page (no peeking).

Which side of a turkey has the most feathers? The outside.

Dadaji’s moral short stories for kids There was a boy who was very fond of sweets. His mother gave him very few candies or chocolates. It was controlled by his mother. The boy always wanted more sweet things. He always asked his mother: “Mom, please give me some more sweet.” But his mother always replied, “Too much sweet is not good, my son. If you eat too many candies or any other sweet things at a time you will get stomach pain. You may lose your teeth in the future. And remember, God sees everything you do.” One day his mother had gone out and he was home alone. He went in the kitchen and took the jar of candies. He thought, even if God sees, He is not going to tell my mother. He ate and ate up to the last piece of candy. The next day he was sick and had stomach pain. He realized that his mom was right. He decided to control sweet things and listen to his parents. Moral: The parents are your well-wishers. Obey them.


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16. Remember to get your ____ shot. 17. Her talk was so interesting that the time just _____ by. a. flu b. flew

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18. Okay I will _____ the point. You’re correct. 19. He is developing some drought resistant ______. a. seed b. cede 20. That research is important and has been _____ many times in new studies. 21. The bird watchers _______ a rare species. a. cited b. sighted

However there is an important exception to this rule and that is with respect to homophones. Homophones are words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. In these cases, the context rules! You have to match the meaning to the context. Fill in the blanks of these groups of sentences with the correct homophone. If you make a correct guess by the process of elimination, you’ve increased your knowledge of English vocabulary!

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By Balaji Prasad “An approximate answer to the right problem is worth more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.” ― John Tukey

If we are good with what we have, and where we are, clearly there is no problem. There would be no need to “solve” anything. Problems are a part of life. My SAT/ACT students, who sit down to write the test, face well-defined problems with guaranteed solutions. But there are many less clearly defined problems we deal with in the course of our lives. Some of these problems are critical because of their impact on the things that matter to us. And their lack of clear definition makes them more complicated to deal with. Would it not be nice if we could hit our solutions to problems out of the park? Would it not be even better if we could fire antiDefine the problem – clearly and vaguely problem missiles at our problems so that they never even touch In the corporate world, managers work with employees to us? Even if we cannot address those two questions to the degree set goals. The accepted wisdom is that you set “SMART” goals, that we would wish to, maybe we can stop and take a look at an acronym that reminds us that goals should be specific, how to think about problem solving in general. Perhaps that will measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. The objective take us a step closer to a better existence. behind this principle is that goals are more likely to be achieved if everyone is clear about what is expected and what is not. This Problems are like art: with positive and negative space is good advice, but it has its dark side too in a world that shifts “If you don’t know where you are going, and changes constantly: it can be too rigid, causing us to get too any road will get you there.” fixated and therefore less flexible. There can be a more subtle ― Lewis Carroll downside to making our goals too specific – it presumes that we can be clear before we know enough. The fact is that goals often If we don’t understand the end that we are looking to need to change as things change, and as we discover more. achieve, we can end up somewhere other than where we would It can be more productive to define a goal with a bit of like. A lack of clear goals is a symptom of a lack of desire. This fuzziness. Visualize a dartboard with a bullseye along with its is a completely acceptable state of affairs, indicating some level surrounding circles, and a game in which you don’t get a of contentment with the current state. The trouble is that there disproportionate reward for hitting the bullseye. This kind of is often a vague sense of wanting that makes it look like there is dartboard is a more appropriate metaphor for life’s messier a problem, when there really isn’t one. If we pay attention to our problems. Such problems are not only less fully under our lack of motivation, we may persuade ourselves to call off the control, but also more amenable to steering as we progress in search. There is just not enough pain. So, there is no problem. our quest to achieve these. If there is something that looks like a real goal, then we do Dissolve and diffuse before you do have a real problem. But we will want to consider that a goal is Not all our problems can be dissolved away by examining not an island; it is not the only thing in life. The fact is that we all have multiple goals at the same time. And some of these goals their context, and seeing how “achievement” at a micro-level don’t play well together. You want that shiny new car with all can be a drawback at a macro-level. But in those instances where its cool features, but you also want to keep your money in the we can, we free up considerable bandwidth and relieve bank. We want to be sure that our minds aren’t so wrapped up ourselves of unnecessary stress. Similarly, not all goals can be in one specific goal that we end up compromising on conflicting diffused to something like the dartboard described above. For goals that could be even more important to us. It is clearly example, it is important to get the best SAT/ACT score that you important to understand that there is a broader context for any can. However, for many other things, we can make life easier specific goal. We need to see both the positive space and the for ourselves if we build in a little more flexibility into our negative space of the painting that we are attempting to create. expectations. Of course, there are many problems that do need to be solved, and we should apply ourselves diligently to spare “innocent bystander” problems solving those. “Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.” ― Norman Vincent Peale

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Myth: You need a protein shake after a workout. Truth: You don’t! It is not beneficial to consume large amounts of extra protein. Protein shakes and amino acid supplements are not necessary to build muscle. Athletes training for Iron Man challenges or triathlons do need a little extra protein. For the average person who goes to the gym 3 days a week, protein supplements are not necessary. What happens when we consume more protein than we need? When protein is digested, there are waste products in the form of nitrogen and ammonia. The liver and the kidneys have to get rid of this excess nitrogen and ammonia from our body. Protein digestion results in acidic ash which can cause the bones to lose calcium. High protein diets tend to be low in fiber and have been proven to increase risk of heart attacks.

Myth: People with diabetes cannot eat bananas/fruit Truth: It’s true that fruit has naturally occurring sugar, but it is also chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber that are important for good health. It is possible to enjoy all fruits if eaten in a small portion. Myth: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want Truth: Research is showing that exercise is important, but your diet is more important. If you eat two donuts and walk 2 miles, you are not going to “burn off” those two donuts. The damage done by junk food cannot be reversed. So have some regular physical activity in your routine but give more importance to what you put in your mouth.

Myth: Fat is bad for your health. Truth: Not all fats are created equal. Some fats can actually help promote good health, while others increase the risk for heart disease. The key is to replace bad fats (saturated fats and trans fats) with good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats). Saturated fats are usually found in dairy and meat products and packaged foods, and trans fats are found in packaged snack foods, fried foods and baked goods made with hydrogenated oil. The healthy fats are present in nuts and seeds. Try to limit the amount of oil used in cooking and limit fried foods.

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February 10, the field narrows Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina suspended their campaigns. Ben Carson is going on, though it’s essentially over for him. The outsiders are winning, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the country hasn’t voted yet.

At press time, the Nevada Republican caucuses and the South Carolina Democratic primaries still loom in February. Then the real fun begins on Super Tuesday on March 1, and throughout March a bunch of other primaries and caucuses around the country will bring the nominees closer to coronation.

February 11, Democrats Debate, Milwaukee, wI The next battleground is South Carolina, but Clinton and Sanders debated in Milwaukee. Clinton came out stronger in this debate and further tried to show voters that Sanders cannot win a general election. Sanders continued to pound Clinton and had a zinger of the night when Clinton said when I’m president. Sanders coached her that she wasn’t in the white house yet. South Carolina, what is your verdict?

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February 13, Republican Debate, greenville, sC and Death of antonin scalia Whoa. This day the fight for the White House turned upside down and inside out. Shortly before the debate it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away. Senate leaders immediately announced they would halt any nominee President Obama offers as replacement. Republican candidates jumped on the bandwagon to not even entertain an Obama nominee let alone bring the candidate up for a vote. The Republican race is already rather profane and unhinged. Now, the possible replacement for Scalia has become an election year issue. The Republicans are arguably messing with a dual-edged sword. They have done their calculations, but saying that Obama should pass on nominating someone and let the next president choose a nominee is preposterous. Obama has every right and is constitutionally required to nominate a candidate. The Senate has the full right to reject any candidate and wait to approve a nominee after the election. This is a more of a loselose proposition for the Republicans than Democrats. Republicans barely control the Senate and by stalling approving a justice they not only ensure judicial chaos for the next year but the potential wrath of voters. All this under the assumption that a Republican will win the White House in November. If Clinton or Sanders wins, all bets are off. And the voters may punish the Republicans by handing the majority of the Senate back to the Democrats. There are several competitive Senate seats up for reelection. If Democrats take the White House and take back the Senate, they can potentially nominate 2-3 more justices over the next four years. The ball is in GOP’s court.

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February 17, Nikki Haley Endorses Marco Rubio The final coffin on Jeb Bush’s candidacy? South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley endorsed Senator Marco Rubio today. She shoved aside all other candidates who were seeking her endorsement. As Bush fights for his candidacy, this was a huge blow. He is putting vast amounts of money in South Carolina and has brought in his brother and mother to help get votes. Haley’s endorsement would have been a much needed boost. Bush has SC Senator Lindsey Graham’s support, but that may not be enough. The primary is in three days.

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DANCES OF INDIA Whether, the Kathaks were also known as the Sailusas and the Silalins or Sailalis, is open to interpretation and speculation. All these discussions are primarily to prove that Kathak dance form is not a recent evolution. The Kathak, Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi dance forms all have the same three distinct parts to define their presentation. They all have the Nritta consisting of pure technics, Nrityam for expressions and Natyam to bring the other two together into a drama form. All these three dance forms are around two to three thousand years old. What makes Kathak stand on its own is its ability to have extreme speeds. It can have the slowest speed called ati vilambit or the fastest speed called ati drut, allowing the dancers to choreograph to almost any music. As we speculated and learned a unique part of this history, we cannot ignore the evolution of Kathak in this 21st century. Some of the most significant developments are the entry of educated women dancers propagating this dance form, people having access to research, access to global dance styles, travelling, and emigrating to other countries. In terms of presentation, what stands out is refinement and professionalism of performances today, using emerging technologies, modern and unique costumes influenced by international dance forms. Inherently a solo art form, Kathak has led itself to group compositions and dance dramas. The contemporary interpretations of the traditional literature and new works that are abstract are only possible due to the art form itself. Due to globalization, many artists are working with international dance styles such as flamenco, classical ballet, and western music compositions. Many dancers have enriched Kathak traditions, keeping intact the spirit and flavor of this two-thousand years old dance form. During Dances of India production on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at CPCC’s Halton Theater in Charlotte, NC, you can experience few glimpses of this dance form. Come and check it out.

Kathak – a timeless art form By Dr. Maha Gingrich When we envision Kathak, a North Indian classical dance form, we can almost hear hundreds of ghunghuroos or brass bells, we can envision the subtle expressions, graceful hand movements, the suggestive lift of an eyebrow, flowing costumes with wide span skirts, and the beautiful sound of North Indian Tabla drum that matches your heartbeat and so on. Originally, only Brahmins had the responsibility of acquiring the knowledge and the privilege of disseminating that knowledge. From among them emerged a group of specialized practitioners who came to be known as Kathaks as they were the storytellers narrating philosophical and religious stories. Their act of story-telling developed into a full-fledged art form, which came to be known by their function namely Pandit Birju Maharaj Kathak. For these priests, it was believed that attainment of spiritual bliss or Ananda was the ultimate goal. They practiced yoga and keeping that framework, the practice of dance was also considered to be one of the highest forms of practicing yoga. Especially, as dance involved all the eight stages of Yoga-, such as sadhana involving Yama (abstention), Niyama (regulation), asana (body postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), pratyahara (shutting out external impressions), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (state of realization when subject and object become one). I have written many articles about dance being derived from Yoga. This reading makes sense. We as dancers, always practice all these elements of Yoga especially during performances. You have to master breathing, practice dance with dedication, increase your stamina, shut the audience out while performing, meditate and stabilize your emotions and nervousness and soon. That is why I always recommend every dancer to learn Yoga at some point in his or her life. I found this following information in a book I was reading by Shovana Narayan. She states that this community of Kathaks seems to have been in existence right from the Vedic times. However, one of the direct early references to this dance form was in the Mahabharata. One of the verses in the Adiparva, quoted below, indirectly gives information on the profession of the Kathaks, stating that there was a group of Brahmins, who used mime to recite the tales for the lord using music and songs. “O King, the entourage that went to see off the Pandavas in exile in the surrounding forests, also included the Kathaks whose proficiency in telling divine tales most expressively and sweetly, provided sweet music to the ears and succor to the eyes, winning the hearts of all.” Shovana mentions that the records also mention the male gurus of dance as Sailusas or Silalins. The Sailusas of Valmiki’s Ramayana as well as of the Yajurveda, bear close relation to the Silalins of Panini and Bharata’s Natyashastra and the Sailali of the Harshacharita. All this information basically reiterates the fact that the teachers were usually males, the court dancers were women.

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Dil Dhoondta Hai Musical Concert Sewa International RTP chapter and Hindu Society of NC are launching a project called “Family Services” for people - by people. To mark this occasion, a musical concert – “Dil Dhoondta Hai” is organized on March 4 at HSNC Main Hall Morrisville NC. Family Services is a free program with the mission to all in the community. Sewa International RTP Chapter is launching the program to assist community members seeking immediate help and expert guidance in general and especially in an emergency situation, in collaboration with Hindu Society of NC. Immediate goals of the Family Services Program: Educate by arranging workshops and seminars for example – will making and emergency management; Creating an information repository; Providing a helpline and building local volunteer base with expertise to advice community members in need. For more details on the show, visit or call Kiran Krishna at 919-523-2653.

asha for Education - Holi 2016 Let this year’s Holi Celebration spread the colors of education in the life of under privilege children. ASHA for Education – RTP chapter invites all to celebrate Holi and support the mission to provide basic education to underprivileged children in India. Dance along to Bollywood music as you play with colors and water balloons. Enjoy this fun filled event with your whole family and friends without any pre-preparations, as the organization will provide colors and food. The event takes place on Sunday, March 27, Morrisville Community Park, Raleigh, NC from 10am - 1pm. For more details write to: Basant Bahar Hum Sub presents the annual Basant Bahar celebration on Sunday, March 20 at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC. The 2016 theme is “Rang De - Fusion of Colors.” The spring fest celebrates colors of Holi, colors of unity, colors of joy and more. Admission is free. For full details visit

Vishal & shekhar Live in Charlotte Vishal and Shekhar are music directors and composers working for Bollywood films. They have had a number of successes including Salaam Namaste and Dus. They rose in prominence when they composed the score for the film Kaante, which included the hit song “Ishq Samander.” There efforts paid off when they won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats. Their other hits include the soundtrack to the film Musafir. They combine dance music, techno with Indian sounds. The duo will perform live in Charlotte on Sat, April 9 at 7pm at Ovens Auditorium. Neeti Mohan is the guest performer. Tickets start at $49. For more information call 704-524-4191, write to or visit

Conquering Time Meditation workshop This is a 2-day meditation workshop from H.H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Learn the secrets and unlock the illusion of time, so you create time for everything. The workshop takes place Fri-Sat, March 4-5 from 9:30pm to 2am at NHT Charlotte, Highland Creek, Charlotte NC. For full details call 734.218.2929 or write to or visit India Visa Camp HSNC presents an India Visa Camp on Sat, March 5, 9am - 3pm. Appointments are required as well as all the necessary documents and photos. The camp takes place at HSNC Mini Hall; 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. For further details visit Nuv Yug India Fest The Nuv Yug organization will present the annual India Fest in Charlotte and Raleigh. The multi-hued cultural fest will be presented in Charlotte on Sat-Sun, March 12-13 at the Park Expo Center. The long-running Raleigh festival will be held on Sat-Sun, March 19-20 at the NC State Fairgrounds. The festival features dance performances, visual arts, crafts, food, vendors, fashion, and exhibits of India’s culture. Auditions for dance performances will be held in Charlotte on Sat, February 20 and Raleigh on Sat, February 27. For further details visit

Indian ambassador to us Visiting Charlotte The World Affairs Council of Charlotte presents Arun K. Singh, India’s ambassador to the United States on Friday, April 8. The luncheon, part of Ambassadors Circle Series, takes place at the Westin Charlotte from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Ambassador Singh will share his perspectives about the significant progress that’s been made in bilateral cooperation and international partnership between both India and the United States. The cost ranges from $35 - $65 and includes lunch. For more details visit or call 704-687-7762.

saraswati Vandana The Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte presents “Saraswati Vandana” on Sat, March 5 (4-7pm) at the Gandhi Bhavan, Hindu Center 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. This is an annual event where local artists come together to share their artistic talents related to Hindustani classical music and Indian classical dance. Individuals or groups can present either vocal, instrumental or dance in classical or semi classical style. For full details visit


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COMMUNITY FOCUS Pankaj udhas in Concert Legendary singer Pankaj Udhas will perform in Raleigh on Sunday, March 6 beginning at 5:45pm at the Stewart Theater. He returns to the US celebrating 35 years of his musical journey. The show is presented by Live Spectrum. Ticket prices begin at $49 and child care will be available on site. For more details call 877.222.9324 or visit

soorya Festival 2016 The Universal Institute for Successful Aging of Carolina’s (UISAC) presents the Soorya Festival program featuring the power of Indian culture via dance, music and performances. The performance is called “Bharat Darshan” and will feature numerous renowned dancers and musicians. It takes place on Friday, April 8 beginning at 7pm at Elevation Blakeney Auditorium, 8835 Blakeney Professional Dr., Charlotte. UISAC is actively involved in many projects in and around Charlotte, and one of the main projects is the Sathiniketan for our seniors. UISAC is actively developing innovative and highly effective programs for the empowerment of the community’s diverse populations. For more information on the show call 704-491-1186, 980-428-4148 or write to Tickets begin at $20. Also visit

Bhagvad Katha with Chitralekha Deviji Hindu temple and Cultural Center of Orangeburg presents the Bhagvad Katha with Chitralekha Deviji on March 21 – 27 from 3 – 7pm daily, followed by aarti and mahaprasad. The temple is located at 1035 Five Chop Rd., Orangeburg, SC. For more details call Bharat Patel 803-707-3126 or Rasik Patel 803-7078044. Charlotte Dance Festival The 10th anniversary edition of Charlotte Dance Festival takes place from March 18 – 20. The festival is comprised of youth classes and performances, and professional classes and performances from both local and regional companies. The goal is to bring together the dance community and present engaging shows during the festival weekend. Performances, classes, and workshops take place at various venues through the weekend. For details on all the activities visit the website


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162(m) has had a marginal effect,” he said. “It hasn’t had a major impact.” Some of the companies with the most notable increases in compensation subject to the limit include Allergan (to $77.4 million from $378,000), Cisco (to $75.2 million from $1.1 million), Oracle (to $119.4 million from $4.9 million) and Walmart (to $55.4 million from $2.9 million). What happened? It turns out that losing deductibility isn’t all that big a deal to companies — we estimated the effect of lost deductibility on corporate profits at only about 0.2 percent in 2010 for the companies in Balsam’s study. And there’s no reason to think those numbers have changed much. (The 0.2 percent figure is based on Balsam’s estimate that the 7,248 companies in his study paid an extra $2.5 billion of federal tax because of lost deductibility in 2010, and on S&P Global Market Intelligence’s calculation that the 7,722 firms in its slightly larger database had $1.153 trillion in after-tax profits that year.) “Decisions on the pay mix are not guided by the deductibility factor,” said Steven Seelig, executive compensation counsel for Willis Towers Watson, a big consulting firm. “Compensation committees are certainly mindful of the tax rules and meet the deductibility rules when they can. But the decision on the pay mix that’s appropriate is guided by their companies’ unique circumstances.” One of the reasons that the deductibility limit has been so ineffectual is that it was watered down from what was originally proposed. According to coverage by Tax Notes, which tracked the progress of 162(m) in great detail, the intellectual godfather of the legislation was then-Rep. Martin Sabo, a Minnesota Democrat. Sabo, who represented Minneapolis and some of its suburbs, said in an interview that his goal had been to reduce economic inequality. “My proposal was trying to send a message,” he said. “This was a sort of symbolic thing because I felt that those at the top should care about the bottom.” He had pushed for deductibility limits in the 1992 tax bill that Bush vetoed. But what became Section 162(m) a year later wasn’t Sabo’s original concept. “What I proposed was that you couldn’t take a tax deduction if the compensation exceeded 25 times the compensation of the lowest-paid employees,” he said. That idea began life as the Income Disparities Act of 1991. Because it applied to all employees, not just top officers, the legislation would have had a sweeping impact across corporate America. How did it morph into something that affected only a few executives at publicly traded companies? “I don’t know,” Sabo said. A hint of what happened comes from former congressman Tom Downey. The New York Democrat was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and was involved with Sabo’s 1991 legislation, but he left Congress before 162(m) became law. “There are all sorts of things I did to try to get rich people to pay more in taxes, and none of it worked,” Downey said. All sorts of people were upset by Sabo’s proposal, Downey said, and major attacks “came from my friends in Hollywood.” It’s doubtful that anything resembling Sabo’s proposal would have been adopted. What Clinton proposed in “Putting People First” — a $1 million cap — was a simpler and easier sell.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Carolina Khadayata samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740

Charlotte agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704.456.9881

Carolina sanskritik Marathi Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details:

art of Living (Charlotte) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980.216.8732

Carolinas Christian assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 704-771-1414 (Church) 404-840-6745 (Mobile)

association for Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empowerment and social justice. For Further Details: Kiran Uppalapati - 704.307.6450 Venkata Ramana Duddu - 662.231.2350

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

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805

Charlotte Malayalee association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various South Asian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.). They also have various weekly meetings. Sunday School (9:15am - 10am); Sunday Worship Service (10am - 12pm) at Bethel Christian Fellowship, 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw NC 28173. For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor: Rajan Samuel

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS around Charlotte. The Festival of India is held annually in September. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727

working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays and also the group meets for breakfast at Panera Bread near Whitehall most Sundays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411

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

Charlotte Telangana association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355 Classical Music association of Charlotte (CMaC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186

Indian Performing arts association of Charlotte (IPaaC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details:

gurdwara sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For Further Details:

Jain Center of greater Charlotte (JCgC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: Prakshal & Puja - 9:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo - 7:30pm Weekends: Prakshal & Puja - 10:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo - 7:30pm Upcoming Events: Tues, March 8 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman, 6:30 pm Wed, March 9 (Ekam): Snatra Puja, 10 am Sun, March 13 (Pancham): Paathshala for children, 10:30am Tue, March 22 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman, 6:30pm Sun, March 27 (Choth): Monthly Meeting & Paathshala for Children, 2pm For Further Details: JCGC President: Vipul H Shah - 704.705.0314

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212. There are many regular programs and pujas held throughout the week. Upcoming Events: Mon, Mar 7: Maha Shivratri Wed, Mar 23: Holika Dahan Sun, Mar 27: Dhuleti, color, food, music For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager)

Kriya Yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details:

follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - - 704.814.7476

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

Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with businesses and the community. For Further Details:

shanti Niketan senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for underserved populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Mmetro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and wellbeing of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details:

Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Events: March 12-13: India Fest, the Park Expo Center, Charlotte. For Further Details: Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. It has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798

shri Rang avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

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

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

sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Vallabh Pushti samaj of Carolinas (VPsC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform seva and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059

religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396 south Park Cricket Club (sPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar -

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. Charlotte Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Telugu association of greater Charlotte area (TagCa) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details:

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Trimurti Temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 98

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Bengali association of North Carolina (BaNC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: Bhartiya senior Citizens of NC (BsCNC) BSCNC is an organization for Senior Citizens of Indian Origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10am - 4pm. The next meeting will be on March 12, where the group will celebrate Shivratri and Holi. For Further Details: Bharati Patel - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi - 910.391.1809 Carolina Rajasthani association (CRa) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details:

Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semi formals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: EKTaa student organization (NCsu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: geet Bazaar Radio (NCsu) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119

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

gem Raleigh Church of god Attend worship services, prayer meetings or weekly Sunday school. Located at 316 Watchet Place, Wake Forest, NC 27587 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208

Datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843

gokul Bhajan & Vedic studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. iGokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536


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Hindu swayamsevak sangh (Hss) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville & Chapel Hill. For Further Details: Humsub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: Sun, Mar 20: Basant Bahar, Rang De - Fusion of colors. Cary Arts Center. For Further Details: Immanuel assembly of god A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: / Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9 pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706 102

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

For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919-851-0225 International swaminarayan satsang organization (Isso) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC 27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 IsKCoN New goloka Temple of NC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492 Kiran Inc Kiran Inc is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.831.4203


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Maitri (NCsu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: 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 South Asian Upcoming Events: March 19-20: India Fest, NC State Fairgrounds. For Further Details: Pakistani american anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ association PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details:

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General Predictions for March 2016

aRIEs (Mar 20 - apr 20) Life will move pretty fast. Welcome all changes with courage and confidence. If there is any confusion, take bold and aggressive actions. You need to control negative comments and egotistical speech, as it may affect your public image. Avoid signing any legal documents this month. Enjoy an unexpected turn of your destiny. Heavy workload and positive changes in life should make you happy. Don’t be influenced by your enemies. Crush your enemies with power. TauRus (apr 20 - May 21) A fear inducing action by an authority figure may block your progress this month. It may lead to major dispute at work during first half of the month. Students may not perform well in their studies. Renovation or decorating of property-related expenses are possible this month. Avoid travel. You may have to change your plans to accommodate other priorities. Improvement in your health should make you more comfortable. Great news may delight you during the last week of month. gEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You may enjoy major financial gain at beginning of the month. Your own mistakes may lead you towards success. Your competitor may also lead you towards further success after middle of the month. Unexpected travel is possible during second week of the month. Your child may guide you to major changes in your approach towards life. A happy family and supernatural experience may give you peace of mind. Avoid making comments in public. Be nice with others to enjoy financial success and happiness. CaNCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You may start looking for major changes in your career during this month, but they may lead you towards taking some foolish actions, as well. Don’t plan to start further careerrelated study. Second half of the month may bring some really good news regarding your career. Unexpected financial gain is possible at any time during this month. It’s also possible that you could take investment-related risks & enjoy their rewards. Wait until the last week of month for any dream ventures. LEo (Jul 22 - aug 23) You may be blamed and face serious consequences during first half of the month, and may change the course of your life. Try not to sign any documents or lie. Start acting aggressively but with positive attitude to solve these issues. Business-related travel should bring very good results for you. Your friends and spouse may cooperate with you. Financial gain is clearly indicated during last week of the month. You may be forced to compromise with your morals and ideology. VIRgo (aug 23 - sep 23) Major problems with your siblings and friends may put you in hot water. Unexpected expenses are possible this month. You may lose your self-confidence and make mistakes. Family tradition and culture should protect you from any longterm disaster. Travel must be avoided this month. You may,

however, enjoy the benefits of inheritance during third week of the month and bring you great relief. Enjoy good health. LIBRa (sep 23 - oct 23) New relations and changes in approach towards life should make you very relaxed and excited this month. Time is very positive for developing or changing the status of relations. Your creative activity should reach new horizons and earn name and fame for you. It may boost your confidence and build courage to adopt challenges. It is very important that you take risks and catch all opportunities coming your way. sCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) You may risk your reputation and either break the law or traditions to achieve success during beginning of the month. It will be a very hectic period. Life should move fast and you have to take a moment to make brave decisions. Go for it with confidence. Your luck may not support you all the time, but you should still move forward. Avoid stress. Improvement in health and family support will boost your confidence. Avoid making egoistic comments. sagITTaRIus (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Time may go very slow for you, but be prepared to gear up after the last week of the month. Destiny is in the process of bringing positive changes as well as speed up your life. It is important to curb your expenses and play it safe to avoid unnecessary disturbances in coming weeks. Keep an eye on your health. Uncertainty may still be there, but you have to make the right choice. You should take a vacation. CaPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Destiny is going to favor you now. You may need to move fast and make quick steps to stay positive. Don’t lose an opportunity by thinking you’re not prepared for it. You may need to play a smart game to achieve short-term success. Your partner may prove to be a great help at this time. Your own people may try to damage your reputation, so don’t trust anyone blindly. A minor health problem may bother you. aQuaRIus (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Make a team with your spouse and enjoy life. Success should flow to you from more than one direction. Also remember to protect your spouse from a false allegation in his or her career. The second half of the month will be more productive. Business-related travel is also possible this month. A good state of health is clearly indicated. Be prepared to move fast and work hard to enjoy luck. PIsCEs (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Your enemies may put you in a situation where you may be forced to do something wrong. Control your self during first half the month by avoiding anything against your morals. Things will take a positive turn during second half of the month and life will start moving smoothly. Minor health problem may bother you. Travel plans may get changed.


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CLASSIFIEDS Convenience store/gas station for sale in Burlington, NC. Excellent margins Liquor store Closeout sale: Two and unbranded gas. Serious inquiries counter, Wine racks and gondolas, only. Must have capital goodwill. Three Dots big sign. Pos Computer Contact 336-221-9311. system. Call 803-479-2913. C-store/gas station for lease. Great Convenience stores/gas stations for location next to college with excellent Lease or sale in NC. Great margins & branded gas. Must sell. opportunities with upside potential. Make an offer. Call Guru Patel at 503Only serious inquiries; must have 330-8723. capital for goodwill / inventory. Please Convenient store for rent in Cherryville, call 803-789-3133. NC. Store is currently closed. Call 803Franchise Motel for Lease: 68 rooms. 235-6672 or 803-235-6671. Well maintained. Hotel experience Businesses for sale in the Ohio area. required. Contact 252-721-0775 or 949- Call Atul Shah for details: 614.216.9094 502-6396. Dry Cleaners for sale in Charlotte, NC. 21 Room Motel for sale in Troy, NC. Good Location with potential to Price $595K/ $200K down payment for expand. Priced to sell. Call 704-451-4452. owner finance. Call 336-267-9826. 16 Room Independent Motel for sale Convenience store / gas station for in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. sale in Greenville, SC. $40k inside sales Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974. / $50k lotto sale + gas / ATM / check cash. Contact 704.975.2688 or EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: 864.836.8262. Retail / C-stores: C-Store: Myrtle Front Desk Personnel Needed for an Beach, SC $289K + Inv, GR $1.7M; C- Independent Motel in Charlotte, NC. Store: York, SC $99K + Inv, GR $870K; Fluent in English. Experience Preferred. C-Store: Western NC $120K + Inv, GR Salary Negotiable. Call 201-232-9562 $700K+; Call 704-821-8888 or visit between 9 AM and 5 PM.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: 115 Room Franchise Hotel for lease in Greensboro, NC. Call 336-558-6289 for details. Highly profitable C-store with Gas for sale in Charlotte area 680K inside, 420K gas, 600K lotto, major through way. Asking $299.000 plus inv. make offer. 704-604-4506. Non-franchise 61 room motel for immediate sale in Gastonia,NC. Excellent location. Concrete building. 20 rooms have kitchenettes. Good revenue. Contact Sam Patel 919-395-0710.

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Help wanted: Full-time employees to manage Mall retail stores in Jacksonville, FL & Myrtle Beach, SC. Good salary. Contact 828-962-1245. Hotel Help wanted: Housekeeping /Laundry Couple needed for motel in Wytheville, VA. Will provide apartment at the hotel. Must have Legal Status. Call 276-614-8477. Help wanted: Hiring Experienced Eyebrow threading artist. Offering great pay and benefits. Near Winston Salem, NC. Willing to help relocate. Contact 704-699-8397. gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC (exit 77). Single or Couple. Full or part-time. Call 803-981-4352. Housekeeping Couple wanted for Econo Lodge in Bluefield, WV. Please call 508-243-3127. Full-Time Nanny needed to take care of 2 year old child in Morrisville, NC. Call 484-459-0684 for details. Looking for a Couple to run small 15 Room Motel in Richlands, NC. Accommodations provided. Contact 910-545-4201.

gas station Help wanted: Single or Help wanted for Indian restaurant in Couple full-time in Albemarle, NC. Must Charlotte, NC. No cooking required. speak fluent English & have legal status. Experience a plus. Call 704-915-1026. Contact 704-964-2490. Looking for FT or PT Eyebrow Threader @ Amazing Eyebrows (Greenville Mall) for 2-3 Months. Monthly or hourly salary. Can continue after 2 months if you like it. Contact Shweta at 252-361-8609/252-378-7362.

subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555.

Night audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Full-time / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, and fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Housekeeping couple needed for 40 room independent motel in Rock Hill, SC. Legal status preferred. Call 803487-3303.

Help wanted: Sandwich maker needed for full-time or part-time in Housekeeping couple needed for Carowinds area. Must have legal status Motel 6 in High Point, NC. & speak fluent English. Will train. Call Accommodations provided. Contact Anil 704-995-5160. Nick Patel at 336-885-6000. Hotel Help wanted in Charlotte. Looking for Child Care Help for a 20 month old toddler on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Weekends in the Ballantyne area. Gujarati speaking preferred. Contact 617-835-0909.

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

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Full-Time Nanny needed to take care of new born baby in Fort Mill, SC (Near Carowinds amusement park). Email: or Call 704-408-3425.


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Hotel Help wanted: Housekeeping Couples needed for motel in Raleigh, NC. Will provide accommodations. Must have Legal Status. Call 919-208-3513 or email info at Motel Help Needed: Desk /supervisor /some maintenance. Full or part-time. Includes weekends & nights. Lamplighter inn in Charlotte. Contact 803-554-6377. gas station & subway help wanted: Full/ Part-time in Richburg near Rock Hill, SC. Must speak English & have legal status. Please call 704-737-7230. Help wanted: Need single or couple for front desk at franchise hotel in Raleigh, NC. Must speak English & have legal status. Accommodations provided. Please call 919-208-3513 or Email Domestic help needed for Gujarati family in Rock Hill SC. Excellent cooking & cleaning skills required. Competitive salary & allowance for rent. Must be legal US resident & drive. Call 803-448-4820. Experienced Threading Practitioners or Licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). gas station Help wanted: Couple, fulltime in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta) & Lincolnton, GA. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Call 704-299-8535. Part-time / Full-time Cashier needed for C-store off I-77 in Rock Hill, SC. Please call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM).

MATRIMONIAL Florida based family seeks proposals for daughter, 24/5’3”, slim, light complexion, and very pretty. Associate degree in medical services, on hospital support staff. Suitors from US or Canada preferred. Please call 407-3093587 for exchange of details. Indian parents seeking correspondence for daughter 29 years old, 5’2”, working as management at retail store for 2 years. Contact

SERVICES Vedic astrology - Charts prepared in North/ South Indian Styles. Predictions on all aspects of life matching horoscopes. Simple Shanthis for problems. Contact Raghavan Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. TV wall Mounting services: Experienced data hardware & general electrical tech offering TV wall mounting - basic & hidden cables; also light fixtures and ceiling fan installations. Please call Carson at 919-369-8205. garland Design studio By: gP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704-548-2852/704-779-0277. w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / GarlandDesignStudioByGp/ Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-8247734;; Feng shui is an ancient Art of creating Abundance and Harmony in your life. Contact Abha Thakore for a Business / Personal Consultation. 864-360-1237 or Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: 360 Media solutions usa: Web designing; e-commerce’s Portals; Web solutions; Search Engine optimization; PPC marketing; web analytics; Social Media; web contents writing; Graphic design; software solutions, etc. Call: 704953-9313; email or 123

gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Henna/Mehndi artist available in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill & other areas in NC. Service for every occasion (Corporate, birthday parties, weddings, etc). Call 832-290-0059. Live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. Priest available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. astrologer with gold Medals Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-4635180 or To all gujarati families: Interested in learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member, call Nik 803-579-1405. gujarati Priest in NC & sC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail:

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Advertisers Index A. S. Art Studio (Fundraiser for A Child's Place).....19

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................81

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................76

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)121

Ekal Vidyalaya (Ek Shaam Ekal Ke Naam) .............12

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) .............................121

Ali & Sons Car Care ...........................................89

Embassy National Bank .........................................4

Patel, Tony (Real Estate) .......................................39

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

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................25

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) .....................................85

Allure Brow..........................................................19

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................61

Payal Groceries ...................................................73

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ................................45

Fashion and Jewelery..........................................89

Peacock Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) .....................103

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....21

Fresh Dental .......................................................83

Piece Of India, Inc..............................................125

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................21

Friends Travel ....................................................101

Piedmont Health Care (Gastroenterologist V. Trivedi, MD) 48

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) ........................107

Gandhi International Market.................................49

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................91

Around The World Market (Charlotte)....................87

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................86

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

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................63

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

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...10

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............61

Goehring & Strang PLLC (Immigration Law)

Regal Oaks Dental ..............................................22


Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................91

H2 Laser & Skin ................................................103

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................25

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).....118

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

Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture.....................31

Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat) ...........111

Hindu Temple Orangeburg SC..............................58

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) 119

Ballantyne Tech Academy ....................................63

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................101

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) ....................................37

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)........51

India Grocers (Charlotte) ......................................54

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).53

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................90

Indian Expressions (Vishal & Shekhar in Concert)....3

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ..........................34

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)...71

International Community Church .........................97

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).................15

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

iSolar, LLC (Solar Energy) .....................................47

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................78-79

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................75

Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) ...................109

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................105

Blakeney Dental ..................................................70

K & M Accounting................................................31

Shining Star Academy..........................................38

Blooming Buds..................................................113

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).75

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ....................48

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................88

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................27

Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................73

British International School of Charlotte ................43

King Of Spicy.......................................................41

Singh Tutoring .....................................................45

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .......................77

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................44

SJ Iyer Realty ....................................................105

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....81

Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar) ..........................35

Skyzone (Indoor Trampoline Park).........................17

Carolinas Christian Assembly ...............................34

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

S. Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD).114

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

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

SRF Charlotte Meditation (Self-Realization Fellowship) 58

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................33

Liberty Tax (Mruthy Aduri).....................................43

Stay Mobile .........................................................39

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................83

Maadhurya Photography......................................81

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You) ............115

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................82

Maharani Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)......................17

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

Charlotte Music School........................................69

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

The Blue Taj.........................................................55

Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)........23

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ...................................45

The SQL Academy...............................................53



Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................69

Travel Universe ....................................................32

Chugh Attorneys at Law.......................................57

Matthews Family Dentistry ................................114

Travelinks ............................................................95

Concha, David (Immigration Attorney).................111

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

Ttravel Guru ........................................................46

Copper Restaurant (Charlotte) ..............................55

MyShadi Bridal Expo............................................13

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)........................................19

County South Realty & Business Brokers............113

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................25

UISAC (Soorya Festival)........................................16

Crown Cab Charlotte ...........................................20

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................95

Uni World Travel.................................................119

Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte)..................................111

Neeta's Beauty Parlor ........................................103

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

Dances Of India (Charlotte) ..................................97

New York Life Insurance (Rasheed Ulhaq).............37

Vyas Travels ......................................................105

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao-Cedar Walk Dentistry).109

North American Bancard ......................................7

White Horse Weddings ......................................113

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...48

Nuv Yug India Fest ...............................................11

Woodlands Vegetarian Cuisine (Charlotte).............42

Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) ...............................105

OM Tech Training ................................................37

Worldwide Travels ...............................................15

Devam Jewelers ...........................................5 & 33

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................53

Young Engineers Of Today....................................33

Digital Room Photography .................................109

Parekh, Smita (NY Life) ........................................73

Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville) ...........31

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................10

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine..................93

DJ Hangama .....................................................61

Patel Brothers (Charlotte) .....................................99


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