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Theyyam dance performer, Kerala

May 2012

In this issue: Pakistani Volunteers Fight Taliban School Revolution on the Way? Dances Of India

Hello Readers! We welcome you to our 14th anniversary issue. On the occasion of an anniversary, our evergreen film song this month is the title track to the film Yaadon Ki Barat. The wonderful song is one of our favorites and is perfect for happy occasions and family gatherings. See the song on pg. 24. Read about Hungarian Ildiko Gulyas and how her interest in Indian dance bloomed into a Bharat Natyam Journey on the interview on pg. 12. Our cover image and the Dances of India column features the colorful trance dance Theyyam from Kerala. Read about it in the column on pg. 30 There are over 50,000 people living in the enclaves between the borders of India and Bangladesh. Their lives tell a story of their daily hardships living in what is essentially no man’s land. Read the story of their plight on pg. 36. Now that the tax filing season is over, how long should you save the paperwork? Read about it on pg. 66. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community organizations and events on pg. 90 and get up to the minute updates at our website:

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May 2012 – Issue # 169 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Anjana Agarwal, Shakti Subramanian, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen, Sumeet P. Shah, A.J. Shah, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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All contents © 2012 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. Is a School Revolution on the Way? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Bharat Natyam Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Pak Volunteers Fight Taliban . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Full Frame Festival 2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 India-Bangladesh Border . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Small Business, Big Risk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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- Founded 1998 Saathee Magazine P.O. Box 11468 Charlotte, NC 28220 Phone: (704) 527-7570 Fax: (704) 527-7590 E-mail: Cover: Theyyam dancer, Kerala

Theyyam is a trance dance popular in Kerala. Performers don wildly colorful costumes and perform while falling into a trance. Read about it in our Dances of India column on pg. 30. Photo: Shutterstock

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By Jason Overdorf - In a landmark judgment last month, India’s Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a law that requires almost all private schools to reserve 25 percent of their seats for poor students. The decision potentially paves the way for huge changes in primary and secondary school education in the country. In a country where a quarter of the population is illiterate and the caste system is still alive and well, the move is lauded by some as an equalizer on par with the decision to desegregate American schools in the 1960s. “I see this entire process as the beginning of a revolution,” said Ashok Agarwal, a lawyer affiliated with an organization called Social Jurists, who says previously less than one percent of private schools made a sincere effort to admit poor students. According to a recent survey conducted by Pratham, an NGO, 96.5 percent of Indian children between the ages of 6 and 14 are enrolled in schools. But with private players charging as much as $200 per month compared to less than a dollar in fees at those run by the government, there are vast differences between the schools they attend. India has more than a million government-run schools, and only around 250,000 private ones, and with rare exceptions only the very poor attend government institutions. The division reinforces a broad socio-economic gap between the haves and have-nots. And some argue that the failure to educate the poor threatens to derail India’s economic miracle before it really gets rolling. A recent survey conducted by The Program for International Student Assessment, an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) unit that tests students’ literacy reading, mathematics, and science, for instance, ranked India’s 15-year-olds second from the bottom among some 74 countries. While the 25-percent quota will be difficult to implement — and some argue that it impinges on the rights of the private schools that have previously refused government aid — the move would see some of the nation’s wealthiest students sitting side-by-side with the poorest. The Right to Education Act, passed in 2009, guarantees free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 and 14. Answering a challenge to the act, the court directed all privately run schools to admit at least 25 percent students from socially and economically depressed families beginning this academic year. Only boarding schools and minority institutions that don’t receive government aid are exempt. The right to education act places “an affirmative burden on all stakeholders in our society,” the court wrote on Thursday, in a 2:1 majority judgment upholding the provision.

Teaching poor kids about McDonalds “In India, people have the attitude of ‘How can my son sit on the same bench as my driver’s son?’ That’s what’s scaring me,” said Anouradha Bakshi of Project Why, a non-profit that runs supplementary afterschool education programs for the poor. To prove that poor children could excel, Bakshi sent eight slum kids to an elite boarding school. But it took more than the money for tuition to ensure they excelled. She first rented a flat and moved the kids in with her, going the extra mile not only to teach them English but also skills that they’d need to fit in — such as how to eat with a knife and fork and find their way around the menu at McDonalds. “In one of these uber-rich schools where the child has to go back to his slum or his little house in the evening, it’s easier said than done,” said Bakshi. “Who’s going to help that little child with homework and hold his hand?” That’s a fair point, and implementation has never been India’s strong suit. But even a bad experience at a good private school is likely to be better than the grim reality of the government-run alternative — which is why more and more of the poorest Indians already send their kids to grassroots private schools in the slums that cost a few dollars per month. “In Delhi, for instance, the schools run by muncipality are really in a bad state,” Bakshi said. “There’s practically no teaching. The classes are overcrowded. There are schools with no buildings. Those that have buildings have no bathrooms, or no bathrooms for girls, and the teachers are not interested.” continued on page 80 8

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From Budapest to Chennai to Charlotte. By Samir Shukla Bharat Natyam, an ancient Indian dance form, is enchanting and evokes tradition and spirituality. The strict discipline required in attaining graceful mastery of the dance form takes proper training over many years. The dances of Bharat Natyam have the ability to inspire. This inspiration permeated a young woman when she took Bharat Natyam classes. This may not be big news as many young Indian girls take Bharat Natyam classes. Most go on to perform their Arangetram (dance graduation). But this young woman didn’t have the benefit of an Indian mother diligently taking her young daughter to classes every week. In fact, Ildiko Gulyas didn’t have any Indian connection at all when she began taking Bharat Natyam classes in 1997 in her hometown of Budapest, Hungary. She had no idea this ancient art form would bloom her love of dance and evolve into fulltime training in Chennai, India. In 2002 she received a scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), a venture of the Indian government, to study Bharat Natyam in India. She lived in Chennai for the next four years, where she trained extensively in dance as well as Carnatic music and the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu. She adapted to the lifestyle and culture, became a vegetarian, and immersed herself in the ancient art of Bharat Natyam. She returned to Budapest in 2006, and began teaching the dance form to students in Hungary. She has also performed with the Hungarian choir Angelica Girls’ Choir for 20 years, traveling to the United States, Argentina, Japan, and all over Europe. The only time she didn’t perform with the choir was during her stay in India. Gulyas visited Charlotte in April where she conducted dance workshops and performed twice at the Hindu Center. Here is a chat with Ildiko.

Give a short history of your involvement and training in Bharat Natyam. Also how did you first go to India to train? I started learning Bharata Natyam in 1997 from a local Hungarian teacher during my college years. My interest was growing in dance and music, so I applied for a scholarship. In 2002 I was awarded the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) scholarship for advanced training in classical Indian dance and stayed in Chennai for four years. During those four years I also visited Mysore, Goa, Delhi, and most of Tamil Nadu. What did you enjoy most about living in India besides your dance training? I liked the everyday lifestyle, visiting temples and food too. I was parallel studying music at the Music Academy Madras and was busy with my practice, but evenings I attended many concerts and dance performances. Especially during the performance season in December, where there are morning lecture demonstrations and concerts all day, a very vibrant time in Chennai, the air filled with music, rhythm and movement. Describe the training and teaching methods of your guru. My guru, Padmashri Meenakshi Chitharanjan is a very nice human and a well-known and respected personality in the field of dance. Yet she is very simple and taking care personally about students. I had classes every day, morning individual classes and evening group classes. Even weekends were busy. I was always practicing the basic movements and learnt different items as well. From my second year of joining Kaladiksha I was also sitting with her and started to take classes. In her school – although following the traditional Pandanallur style – everyone’s own personality is also revealed trough dance, as we practice in pairs and small groups. How does this translate to your methods as a teacher? I’m mainly fallowing the path of my guru and alter it only till that extent to fit to local circumstances. For example in Hungary I insist more on warming up and stretching exercises, to Hungarian students explain more about Indian culture and the meaning of the song. Also teach more actively – I am also dancing and show the movements, as the student need a live example – unlike in India, where teachers are mainly sitting and controlling the beat and only suggesting the movement. In India the students have the opportunity to see more dancers and dance performances, but in a foreign culture I even have to substitute that also. I never compromise in anything, teaching in a best way, and wish to earn a good name to my gurus continued on page 86


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Volunteers Fight Taliban Militants in Pakistan With Taliban attacks on the rise, local volunteer armies step into the security void. By Suzanna Koster - PESHAWAR, Pakistan — For three years, the Taliban here has been trying to kill Haji Mutabar Khan, the leader of a volunteer, civilian militia in northwest Pakistan. Last month they almost got him, in a suicide attack at a hotel near the Afghanistan border, where Khan had been meeting with tribal elders. Khan’s son died blocking the suicide bomber from entering the hotel. Five other volunteer fighters were wounded from the shrapnel that sprays after a suicide jacket detonates. To get medical assistance, three of them were driven on a hazardous two-hour journey to a helipad. There, even though they are technically civilians, an army helicopter treated them like wounded soldiers, flying them to a military hospital in Peshawar. The Taliban attack on Khan, and the special treatment that the Pakistan military provided to his subordinates, is part of a shadow war being fought along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. In this lawless, northwest region, where Islamabad has never exercised much control, the Pakistani military has difficulty operating. So it relies on volunteer groups like Khan’s to fight the local Taliban, which has remained a formidable force, and has even regrouped in recent months, ever since the US withdrew from the Afghan side of the border. Outside the operating room at the military hospital, Khan’s allies vowed revenge. “It is their last breath,” Nizam ul-Haq, a relative and one of the volunteer fighters, said defiantly. Khan and other local residents set up their volunteer militia in the Upper Dir district in 2009, after the Taliban killed five police officers there. Soon after, Ul-Haq said he and some 500 other volunteers set fire to more than 200 Taliban houses. In a wave of violence, they destroyed Taliban caves and chased them across the border to Afghanistan. “It was the end of the game for them,” Haq recalls thinking at the time. And indeed, at the time the Taliban appeared to have suffered a serious blow, especially with military sweeps in other parts of the country — most notoriously in the idyllic former tourist magnet Swat Valley, where an iron-fisted local Taliban had effectively taken over. The Pakistani Taliban, however, appears to have found a welcome sanctuary across the border, and is now striking back. According to the Pakistani Army, an estimated 1,000 members of the Pakistani Taliban have found a new safe haven in Afghanistan. After a lull, the Islamists last year began attacking Pakistani forces and villagers across the border. The Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) in Islamabad reported that the Taliban faction that once held sway in Swat was responsible for at least 31 attacks, killing 44 soldiers and civilians in 2011. Sirajuddin Ahmad, a local spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, told a local newspaper recently that the game was far from over and that the militants would continue pursuing Khan’s militia and anyone else aiding Pakistan’s security forces.


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Ishaqzaade (Director: Habib Faisal) Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, and Gauhar Khan

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Vikas Khanna is well-known for his TV show “Masterchef India 2.” Khanna is also a filmmaker and has embarked on a series of films that showcase the relationship of food traditions and spirituality in different religions. He already has two films, part of the “Holy Kitchen” series, under his belt. The third film, The Moon of Eid, will showcase the spiritual importance of food in Islam. Apparently Khanna has roped in ShahRukh Khan to appear in the documentary. The films True Business (Sikhism) and Karma to Nirvana (Hinduism) have already been released. The Moon of Eid will be released this year. Other films in the series to follow are The Wheel of Dharma (Buddhism), The Lord’s Supper (Christianity), Celebrating Nowruz (Zoroastrianism), and The Passover (Jewish).

Indian film superstar Aamir Khan’s maiden TV show “Satyamev Jayate” is all set to air on eight different Star TV channels as well as on India’s oldest channel Doordarshan. The series consists of 13 episodes and will also be dubbed in four southern languages. During a press conference in Mumbai to launch the theme song of the series, Khan said, “It was an enriching experience to meet all kinds of people. I cry easily, so when things touched my heart, I cried. And when I was inspired and happy, I cried.” “Satyamev Jatate” will air 11 am on Sundays beginning May 6, 2012.

Karisma Kapoor Returns to Screen with Dangerous Ishhq Making her return to the big screen, actress Karisma Kapoor plays the lead in the mystery thriller Dangerous Ishhq. The film, directed by Vikram Bhatt, also features Jimmy Shergill, Rajniesh Duggall, and Divya Dutta with music from Himesh Reshammiya. Kapoor plays a woman whose visions of the past reveal clues that could help her save the love of her life. Rohan (Rajniesh Duggal), son of a business tycoon and supermodel Sanjana (Karisma Kapoor) are a popular couple. When Rohan is kidnapped with a demand of 50 crore rupees for his return, it creates chaos in Sanjana’s life. It is in this extreme trauma that Sanjana discovers something extraordinary. She sees visions of them together - sometime in the past - in different eras. As she follows clue after clue she gets closer and sometimes further away from the love that has been eluding her through the ages. Will she unravel the past to save her future and rescue her love? The film opens May 11, 2012. – Courtesy of Bollywood Hungama

Madhuri Dixit confirmed for Dedh Ishqiya She returned to Bollywood after a long break in Aaja Nachle a few years back. Now Madhuri Dixit will appear in the sequel to Vishal Bhardwaj’s Ishqiya called Dedh Ishqiya. The sequel will be directed by Abhishek Chaubey. The two male leads Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi will return for the sequel. Dixit will portray the seedy character of Shahi Begum. The film begins shooting in May.

Mallika Sherawat Becomes Vegan Trainer Actress Mallika Sherawat, who was voted as the “Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity” of 2011 in a poll conducted by PETA India, will now be a trainer in a three-week program called “21-Day Vegan Kickstart,” which advocates a healthy lifestyle by going vegetarian. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington DC approached Sherawat to be a celebrity coach at this year’s Kickstart India program, slated to begin on June 4. Based on a research by Neal Barnard, M.D., one of America’s leading health advocates, the “21-Day Vegan Kickstart” is designed for anyone who wants to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet. The program urges participants across the world to switch to vegetarianism for a healthy lifestyle. A team of physicians and celebrities come together twice a year for the “21-Day Vegan Kickstart.” – Courtesy of India FM

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Sharman Joshi to star in Tanuja Chandra’s next project Sharman Joshi, one of the 3 Idiots and a favorite of the Vidhu Vinod Chopra will appear in Vidhu’s sister in law, writer-director Tanuja Chandra’s upcoming film. Chandra, is known for her female-centric films such as Dushman, Sangharsh and Zindaggi Rocks, has signed Joshi to star as the lead in her next directorial venture. Chandra’s last film was the Mahima Choudhary starrer Hope and A Little Sugar (2006).

Sonu Nigam’s Concert for Kashmir Many film and music celebrities are known for their acts of charity. Add singer Sonu Nigam to that list. He has performed for charity in troubled regions across the globe and will now hold a concert for the Kashmir Valley. The musical concert will be for the benefit of orphans and disabled kids in Srinagar.


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Song: Yaadon ki baaraat nikli hai... Film: Yaadon ki baaraat Year: 1973 Music: R. D. Burman Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Padmini, Shivangi, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi Lyric: Majrooh Sultanpuri Based on classical Raga: Mishra Kirwani Tāl/Rhythm: Dādarā Starring: Zeenat Aman, Dharmendra, Vijay Arora

Shobha Gurtu (1925-2004) Shobha Gurtu, the Queen of Thumri, was one of India’s most famous singers in Hindustani classical music. She was born as Bhanumati Shirodkar, in Belgaum, Karnataka, in 1925. She was first trained by her mother Menekabai Shirodkar, a professional dancer. She married Vishwanath Gurtu and took the name Shobha Gurtu. Her father-in-law, Pundit Narayan Nath Gurtu was also a sitar player. Her formal music training began with Ustad Bhurji Khan and she later trained under Ustad Natthan Khan. Beyond that Gurtu trained under Ustad Ghamman Khan, who came to stay with their family in Mumbai to teach thumri-dādrā to her mother. Shobha Gurtu specialized in semi-classical forms such as thumri, dādrā, Kajri, and Hori. She effortlessly added pure classical passages into her singing thus creating a new form reviving the magic of forms like Thumri, of which she became the greatest exponent during her career. She was particularly influenced by singer Begum Akhtar and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She also sang in Marathi and Hindi films. As a playback singer, she first worked in Kamal Amrohi’s classic film, Pakeezah (1972), followed by Phagun (1973), where she sang the evergreen song “Bedardi ban gaye koi jāo manāo more saiyyān.” Gurtu earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Female Playback Singer for the song “Saiyyān Rooth Gaye” from the Hindi film Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (1978). In Marathi cinema she sang for films like Samna and Lal Mati. Over the years, she travelled all over the world giving concerts, including one at the Carnegie Hall in New York City where she performed alongside other singers and the genius dancer Pt. Birju Maharaj. She often lent her voice to the collaborative jazz albums of her son Trilok Gurtu. In 2000, she was featured in the “Jana Gana Mana” video where sang the Indian National Anthem along with other leading classical singers and musicians. The video was released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Indian Republic. She ruled over Hindustani classical music for five decades. She passed away on September 27, 2004. She is survived by her two sons. Find her performances on YouTube and other sites to appreciate the quality of her voice.

Lyrics in English: Yādon ki bārāt nikli hai ā dil ke dwāre, Dil ke dwāre Sapnon ki shehnai beete deeno ko pukāre, Dil ke dwāre Ho o o chhedo tarāne milan ke pyāre pyāre, Sang hamāre Yādon ki bārāt nikli hai ā dil ke dwāre, Dil ke dwāre Sapnon ki shehnai beete deeno ko pukāre, Dil ke dwāre Badle nā apanā yeh ālam kabhi Jeevan me bichadenge nā hum kabhi Badle nā apanā yeh ālam kabhi Jeevan me bichadenge nā hum kabhi Yunhi jāoge ākhir kahān hoke hamāre Yādon ki bārāt nikli hai ā dil ke dwāre, Dil ke dwāre Āge bhi hogā jo usakā karam Yeh din to manāyenge har sāl hum Āge bhi hogā jo usakā karam Yeh din to manāyenge har sāl hum Apne āngan nāche gāyenge chandā sitāre Yādon ki bārāt nikli hai ā dil ke dwāre, Dil ke dwāre Meaning (Summary): The procession of memories has come to the doors of the heart. The musical instrument (Shahnai) of the dreams is calling in, of the past days. Let us sing our loving stories together. Our world will never change. We will never be separated in our lifetime. You being ours, as such, where would you go at last? Whatever happens in the future is the fate. Every year, we will remember this day and the Moon and the stars will dance in our frontporch.

Awards Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987 Padma Bhushan in 2002 Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar Shahu Maharaj Puraskar Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar (Note: The contents for this article are compiled from the news, books, internet and my knowledge & love for music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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Evolution of Carnatic music - a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, over the past few columns we looked at the role of women, mainly composers, in Carnatic music. In the next few columns, we will look at the role of women performers in the field of Carnatic music. One of the most famous Carnatic musicians of all times was the renowned vocalist Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi (1916-2004). Along with her contemporaries Smt. M.L. Vasanthakumari and Smt. D. K. Pattammal, they formed the trinity of female Carnatic vocalists; each of these women has made significant contributions to Carnatic music in general and the role of women performers in particular. M.S. Subbulakshmi was born in 1916 in the city of Madurai. Her mother was a veena player and her grandmother a violinist; thus M.S. grew up in an environment where she was constantly exposed to music and started learning both Carnatic and Hindustani music. From a very young age, M.S. Subbulakshmi performed concerts at a number of prestigious venues, including the Madras Music Academy. She was a trailblazer for women since performance at concerts was, for the most part, reserved for male vocalists. M.S. Subbulakshmi sang compositions in a number of different languages including Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Marathi. As a cultural ambassador, M.S. travelled to numerous places around the world exposing various audiences to Carnatic music. Perhaps her most prestigious concert performance was in New York for the UN General Assembly in 1966. M.S. also acted in a few movies early in her career. Her role of the bhakti saint Meera in the movie titled Meera earned her national recognition. She rendered a number of Meera bhajans in this movie; these days, Meera bhajans are popularly included in a number of Carnatic concerts as tukkadas or lighter pieces. Readers may also remember the discussion from previous columns about M.S.’s rendition of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan “Hari Tum Haro.” M.S. was awarded the Sangitha Kalanidhi award in 1968. She was the first woman recipient of this prestigious title, one of the highest awards in Carnatic music, awarded by the Madras Music Academy. Her other prestigious titles include the Magsaysay award and the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. M.S. donated most of her award money to charity and even performed a number of charity concerts. Till we meet next time, do listen to the song “Kurai Ondrum Illai” from M.S’s UN concert on the internet- this is one of the most popular songs rendered in the concert circuit.

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As the world is changing and the technologies take over our lives, I thought I would write about a trance dance called Theyyam. The dance is derived from the word Daivam, meaning God. Each of the dancers is possessed either by a God or by an exalted legendary hero. Theyyam is widely in vogue in North Kerala, particularly in Cannanore district. When the dancer wears the full makeup and costume, he is called a Theyyam. The makeup and costume, which are highly stylized, differ according to the Theyyam the dancer is required to represent. There are about 150 Theyyams in the traditional repertoire, that of I know. The face of the dancer is given a mask like makeup with different bright colors. Each wears a towering and colorful headgear. At times, the headgear may be several feet high. The skirt is usually heavily pleated silk cloth. The dancers also wear many kinds of decorations made of tender fronds of coconut. The Theyyam with all these and heavy bangles and garlands appear much larger than life.

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival has come and gone. It was another four-day weekend of superlative film, sometimes only available to be seen theatrically at the Festival, and many happy attendees. If you missed Full Frame, or if you attended but want more, some of the films will be released and shown in theatres, and some will be on public television. Also, as in the past few years, there are plans to continue to offer free screenings primarily in Durham, NC of some of the films. I expect to review several films that I saw in upcoming issues of Saathee. Two films that I had not written about in my Full Frame preview last month but which I saw at the Festival, Jesse Owens (Laurens Grant, 2012) and First Position (Bess Kargman, 2011), were compelling Note: Full Frame logo and all pictures courtesy of the Full Frame Film films about artful sports figures. Festival. All images are used with permission. Jesse Owens had a world premiere as the opening night film. It was produced by PBS’ American Experience series. Many will remember Jesse Owens as one of the rare African American athletes before the era of civil rights in the U.S. He was such a strong athlete (and, as the film shows, a softspoken gentleman who didn’t let the blatant racism of the times paint his treatment of others) that some of his track and field records held for years after he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, shocking Nazi leaders.

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Bangladesh-India: the hunger strike you haven’t heard of Much like the plight of those who live in the Bangladesh-India enclaves, their desperate act of protest has gone largely ignored.

their many unresolved border issues. Relations between the neighbors have almost always been contentious, souring immediately after a brief honeymoon period when India helped Bangladesh gain independence from Pakistan in 1971. Enclave residents have grown increasingly bereft as numerous accords to resolve border disputes have been inked, but few get implemented. The latest was a pact signed last September to simply swap ownership of the enclaves, but ratification of the land-swap deal juddered to a halt in the Indian parliament. “We want exchange of the lands,” said Moniruzzaman Monir, a resident of Dashiar Chara, an Indian enclave inside Bangladesh. “All opportunities are closed to us until then.”

A grand Indian tradition Delhi and Dhaka theoretically settled a host of disputes last September, from finally agreeing on a demarcation of the land DHAKA, Bangladesh — By the eighth day of the hunger border to pledging to stop extrajudicial killings of Bangladeshi strike, Mijanur Rahaman had lost 15 pounds of bodyweight, citizens by Indian border forces. and his blood pressure had plummeted. “I’m feeling very weak,” he said, stating the obvious. But little has changed on the ground. This has driven people Rahaman and a hundred others like him — including women like Rahaman, who daily live the consequences of these political and children — are 10 days into what they say is a fast-unto- differences, to extreme steps such as the indefinite hunger death, a desperate call for release from a permanent state of strike. limbo for the residents of the India-Bangladesh enclaves. The fast-unto-death is a grand Indian tradition. During Officially known as India’s struggle for independence, Mahatma Gandhi frequently “adverse possessions” employed the tactic to extract concessions from British colonial — and colloquially rulers, prompting an aggravated Winston Churchill to send a known as “chitmahals,” telegram inquiring “why Gandhi hadn’t died yet.” They are unable to leave or paper palaces — are a Most recently, septuagenarian anti-corruption crusader Anna their villages without illegally collection of Indian and Hazare’s hunger strike in April 2011 led to nationwide protests trespassing on foreign soil. Bangladeshi villages in his support, ending with the government agreeing to form a home to 51,000 people, committee to appoint an anti-corruption ombudsman. where for generations, With little other leverage, impoverished enclave dwellers citizens have been stuck resorted to the hunger strike, hoping that this drastic measure on the wrong side of the border, with minimal opportunities. will finally get their suffering heard. The residents of the 102 enclaves inside Bangladesh are At least five have been admitted to hospitals since the strike technically citizens of India. Those in the 71 enclaves inside began on March 18. But in stark contrast to the Hazare media India are technically citizens of Bangladesh. In reality, they are storm, their action has received minimal coverage and has stateless and virtually prisoners in their homes, cut off from failed to elicit a peep from the officials whose attention they are public services such as electricity, schools, and hospitals. seeking. They are unable to leave their villages without illegally Rahaman, who lives inside the Indian side of the border, is trespassing on foreign soil. Residents of the Bangladesh-India understandably bitter. enclaves are able to get electricity only by bribing local officials. “There is no human in the government. They are all stupid,” For access to schools, jobs, and hospitals, they must pretend to he said. be someone else. Attracting the bulk of the ire of those instigating for a “If we take someone to the hospital, they now ask for resolution is chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, national ID cards,” complained Mokul Hossain, a resident of Mamata Banerjee. Dashiar Chara enclave. “If we can’t show them then they leave West Bengal, where all the Bangladeshi enclaves are located, us to suffer outside the hospital. Our only choice then is to take is suspected to oppose the land exchange because of worry over them to a witch doctor.” how the subsequent change in electorate might impact local As desperate as a hunger strike is, this one hasn’t received elections. the press that others have in the past. Like the plight of the Banerjee has a history of scuppering landmark deals between stateless enclave residents themselves, this extreme act of Dhaka and Delhi. Last September the Indian Prime Minister protest has been largely gone unnoticed abroad. Manmohan Singh landed in Bangladesh ready to sign a crucial The situation enclave residents find themselves in would be water-sharing treaty, only to pull out due to Banerjee’s last similar to that of Liberty Island — which belongs to the New minute opposition. York State but is located inside New Jersey — if the Statue of India considers itself to be a kind of big brother figure to the Liberty was housing 50,000 people who had been trapped there younger nation, but most Bangladeshis view the South Asian for more than six decades. giant as the neighborhood bully. Without citizenship, enclave residents feel that they will Similarly many Indians distrust Bangladeshis, viewing them never have the chance to improve their lot. They have been mostly as a source of unwanted large-scale illegal immigration. fighting for their rights since 1947. The ongoing struggle of the enclave residents highlights the continued on page 80 dysfunctional relationship between India and Bangladesh, and By Maher Sattar -


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The current generation has the power to unleash change as never before seen. They must activate generational sacrifice to root out and minimize corruption. They must project a blinding spotlight on every corrupt practice, but more importantly they must not participate in it. No matter how difficult their lives become. This is the only way to untangle the barbed wires of corruption. Slowly. One strand at a time. It may take several generations to accomplish this, but there must be a catalyst. This generation, with its unprecedented access to technology and communication, is that catalyst. This is their chance. Unless, people “act” anti-corrupt, which involves not participating in anything corrupt – in essence requiring the strength to handle hassles, discomforts, slower economic gain, event the threat of violence from corruption enablers – then there is no chance of this generation becoming a catalyst for change. The buck will be passed to the next generation, to someone else willing to make necessary sacrifices. It’s about non-participatory sacrifice. In the case of corruption, non-participation is the best solution. Of course this requires a respect for the laws of the land. It means if one is clearly in violation of traffic laws, then don’t resort to bribing the cop to get off with a slap on the hand. For business people nonparticipatory sacrifice may mean more headaches and longer time to establish business. But for every “under the table” open hand that is exposed and slapped away, a small scratch is made in the walls of corruption. It won’t be easy. But it would be a start. Realizing that there are no short cuts to quick profits, which when chased in a corrupt environment generally mean a transfer of funds from one person or taxpayer to another, without actually creating long-term, viable and sustainable commerce. This type of generational sacrifice begins with a few individuals. The civil rights movement and women’s liberation movements are two contemporary examples in the United States. Both required sacrifices that were tough and initiated by a few brave individuals, but the movements snowballed and became more effective, not just with the help of new laws, but with people’s long-held ideas and perceptions changing, the status quo actually changing. The sacrifices softened as the goals were achieved over a generation or two. This continuing process creates a more just society with each subsequent generation. The Indian freedom fighters defied the imperialists, even dealt with imprisonment. The current generation needs to defy corruption enablers. It needs simply to not participate in corrupted practices. This may seem like a naïve solution, but nothing else seems to be working. Seizing on the current anger against corruption, with the help of stronger laws, a few brave souls can become catalysts. Corruption will never be eliminated in any society or country on the planet, but it can be diminished, mitigated and made small, it can be made tolerable, reducing its pervasiveness in society into manageable levels. The time is ripe for generational sacrifice in India. The ancient land is brimming with new ideas; it is interconnected and internet-connected like never before. By pointing a bright light on the shadowy corruption practices in every aspect, whenever it rears its head, the participants will wither, will give sway, and will be driven from participation. Samir Shukla is the editor of Saathee magazine. contact -

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By Swapna Krishna Lovetorn Author: Kavita Daswani (HarperTeen) Shalini is a teenager whose life has been upended: her father received a great job offer in the United States, and now she and her family are leaving India to settle in a new country. Shalini doesn’t know what to expect in America, but she knows things will be very different. In India, she lives in a house with all her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents; she doesn’t know what it is like to be alone. What’s more, she has been promised since her third birthday to Vikram, the son of a family friend. She has known she is going to marry him her entire life and finds comfort in that stability. But now she has been torn away from the boy she loves, will Shalini be able to settle in America and enjoy her new experiences, or will her heart always be in India? Despite its “ripped from the headlines”-esque title, “Lovetorn” is actually a cute little book. Needless to say, she isn’t thrilled about leaving everything she knows. She has a good life in India - friends, family, and a boyfriend she knows she will marry one day. Why would she want to leave all that behind? As Shalini experiences growing pains and adjusts to life in the US, readers will really feel for her. I cringed at times on her behalf, with full knowledge what would happen when Shalini wore her best “frock” for her first day at school. Her introduction to America teenage society certainly isn’t easy, nor isn’t it a positive experience. But soon, Shalini begins to adjust to her new life. She finds a best friends and a group with which to belong. All of a sudden, she begins to wonder about what she has taken for granted her entire life - should she marry Vikram? Is that the correct path for her? It’s heartbreaking to see such a young girl having to deal with such serious issues as marriage. While the certainty of how her future was going to turn out might have been a comfort to Shalini, it also means that she was denied the right to make such an important decision for herself. It’s not about the “right” path so much, but just that Shalini has the freedom to experience life and then decide for herself what is in her own best interest. Daswani adds layers to “Lovetorn” through Shalini’s mother. To put it mildly, she doesn’t adjust to life in the US well, putting an even larger burden on her daughter’s shoulders. I have no doubt that many immigrants must deal with this difficult situation, so it’s gratifying that Daswani chose to include it. Depression is by no means an easy issue, and it’s only natural that being away from home and your support network would exacerbate it. All in all, “Lovetorn” is a sweet, quick read about an appealing teenage girl. What I appreciated about Daswani’s treatment of the issues in this novel is that she doesn’t ram an agenda down the readers’ throat. She doesn’t try to say that

Akash Kapur was born in India, but has spent much of his life in the United States. In 2003, he decided to move his family back to India for good, excited about the transformation the country was undergoing. But what he found over the course of his years back in India weren’t what he expected: the modernity that India is pursuing comes at a high cost, and he wonders if the price was too much. There have been many books and memoirs written about India’s changing state, its societal inequalities, and the potential the country has for growth. Many have examined the difficult social issues that India is facing, as well as its extreme poverty juxtaposed against the glittering cities it holds. The subject isn’t new, but it certainly is fascinating, and Akash Kapur gives it his own unique spin in “India Becoming.” Kapur’s memoir/travelogue/social and cultural commentary sets itself apart from other books because of his circumstances. Not only was he born in India, and thus had some sort of true frame of reference for the changes he was witnessing, but he settled in a smaller town, rather than in one of the bigger cities like Mumbai or Bangalore. As a result, it’s easier for him to see the difficult changes that India’s people, especially its rural workers and farmers, are facing. It’s a refreshing difference that he doesn’t focus on the cities, where it seems like everything is happening. “India Becoming” is structured as a series of anecdotes about the people Kapur meets during his time in India. It’s through this prism that he analyzes the benefits and costs of modernday India. His voice is steady, guiding the reader through the pages, so though the book’s overarching narrative thread is weak, he never loses the reader’s attention. His depiction of India is startling, though he doesn’t go for cheap shock value. Instead, he presents an honest, true depiction of India, with many weaknesses, but also some encouraging strengths. There is so much talk about the promise of India and its bright future on the world stage, but it’s important to remember that potential for growth comes with costs. Kapur reminds the reader of this with his graceful prose. He is a wonderful storyteller and his depiction of “ordinary” Indians in a changing society is fascinating. Here’s hoping he follows up this book with another, as there is so much more story to tell.

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By Amanda Sodhi Jannat 2 Original Soundtrack The music of Kunal Deshmukh’s Jannat 2 starring Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta and Randeep Hooda is out and of course the Bhatt camp’s favorite composer Pritam has been roped in, along with lyricists Sayeed Quadri, Sanjay Masoomm, and Mayur Puri. The songs “Zara Sa” and “Lambi Judai” were chartbusters in the original Jannat, and showcased diversity in terms of composition range. Let’s see if the film’s sequel Jannat 2 has the same variety in compositions. It’s very rare that something being backed by the Bhatt camp has poor music, and it’s even rarer something starring Emraan Hashmi has songs lacking melody, so obviously one expects Jannat 2’s soundtrack to be enjoyable. So, sit back. Here’s taking a listen at all nine tracks. “Tu Hi Mera” (4.33) is a good way to begin this musical outing. Breezy melody. Check. Shafqat Amanat Ali. Check. Memorable lyrics. Check. Ok, we have another chartbuster here. The tabla, drums, piano, bluesy guitar feel all sound wonderful. Although, one has to admit it has that “heard it somewhere” before feel, in particular, it brings back memories of “Pee Loon” from Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Leave this song on loop for hours and just experience the heavenly vocals of Shafqat—his vocals work wonders in any composition—which is why we are hearing more and more of him in Bollywood—and same holds true for “Tu Hi Mera.” It’s a perfect way to kick off soundtrack! “Tera Deedar Hua” (5.48) is another winner of a composition. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocals are very uplifting. Even the acoustic guitar riffs are upbeat. The “haaye” “a-ha” interception build upon the mehfil mood of this semi-qawwali song. “Tera Deedar Hua” is another superb romantic song. While Rahat’s vocals are always a joy to listen to, this time around it does sound a bit overbearing and lacks some mithaas. And, that brings me to “Tera Deedar Hua—From the Heart” (5.46)—Javed Ali’s vocals take the romance in this song up a few notches. Javed is one of the few vocalists who can take a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song and leave an even longer lasting impression than the original version. A very filmy composition indeed this is. “Tujhe Sochta Hoon” (5.14) is a bit darker in its feel. KK’s haunting vocals are lovely to hear after quite some time. Sadly, we don’t hear much of him these days. Sigh. The piano is the predominant instrument in this track and has a very chilled out feel despite being dark and mysterious. It’s a simple composition that remains in your mind even hours after the song is over. KK’s diction is very clear, something lyricists would be proud of. “Rab Ka Shukrana” (5.00) is another catchy composition with beautiful vocals by one of Bollywood’s top singers, Mohit “Rockstar” Chauhan. The song has some techno elements helping to maintain an interesting beat. The song has a Sufi feel to it with references to “azaan,” “deen,” “imaan,” “kalma.” The song thanks God for bringing a beloved into one’s life and how the beloved has become one’s new God. This is good stuff. There is the “Rab Ka Shukrana—Reprise” (4.38) version, too, however

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Mastering Meaning By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Three words in English that can be “loaded” with emotions both positive and negative or can be simply neutral terms are: line, boundary and mark. These terms are used to describe political, physical, mathematical, as well as personal relationship dynamics. They are used in music, sports and theatre. Line as a noun has over 30 meanings and can be used in 9 ways as a verb or phrasal verb and in several idioms. Match these expressions with line with their meaning: 1. The pavement changes at the county line. ___ 2. The students formed a line at the cafeteria door.___ 3. When the boat docked, the sailor threw a line to his mate on the pier.___ 4. Our Homeowner’s Association by-laws do not permit the use of clotheslines. ___ 5. The newest line of Spring fashions features tangerine and melon colors.___ 6. After the disaster, all the cell phone lines were jammed. ___ 7. Be careful not to tangle the fishing line.___ 8. They used to take the Boston & Maine Line to their vacation home.___ 9. The private school takes a hard line on dress code violations.___ 10. They are not paying wages that are in line with the cost of living.___ 11. He comes from a long line of business owners. ___ 12. The altos have the melodic line in that section. ____ 13. The wounded were evacuated from the front line by helicopters. ___ 14. Many small shops line the narrow streets in Florence, Italy. ___ 15. Be more organized and punctual because your career might be on the line.___ 16. She is in line for a promotion.___ 17. The behavior of those teens is definitely out of line.___ 18. What is your line of work?___ 19. He handed me a line but I didn’t fall for it. ___ 20. I’ll drop you a line. ___ 21. The actor was learning his lines. ___

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Gross National (UN)happiness The secret to humor is surprise. Would it surprise you to know that Bhutan is the only country, with a low GDP – or Gross Domestic Product – that is also within the top eight countries with the highest Subjective Well Being, as measured by A. G. White of the University of Leicester in 2007? Happiness, some say, is a state of mind. Indeed, according to the medical profession, happiness hormones – or endorphins – are largely responsible for psychological well-being. The assessment of GNH, or Gross National Happiness, was designed in an attempt to define an indicator that measures the quality of life, or social progress, in more holistic or psychological terms, than only the economic indicator of GDP. The term “gross national happiness” was coined in 1972 by Bhutan’s then King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who has opened Bhutan to the age of modernization, soon after the demise of his father, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The new king’s commitment to Buddhist spiritual values served as a unifying vision for Bhutan’s five-year planning process. Proposed policies in Bhutan must pass a GNH review based on a GNH impact statement that is similar in nature to the Environmental Impact Statement required for development in the US. Beneficial development of human society takes place according to the Bhutanese/Buddhist view, when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other. The four pillars of GNH are the promotion of sustainable development, the preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and the establishment of good governance. As an aside, I may mention a comment made by my friend Mohanty many years ago. He said, “As long as I am with my family, and doing my job, I feel OK, but as soon as I see my neighbor’s life, and what he has that I don’t, my happiness vanishes!” Happiness is “something to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.” Happiness is also the absence of pain. My spiritual training, especially the Upanishad, urges an attitude of stoicism, or dhrirata, in the face of life’s vicissitudes. Indeed, Gautama Buddha, after seeing unhappiness in every household due to death and disease, urged the elimination of “desire” as a means to obtain happiness. Along with desire are, of course, the seven deadly sins – lust, laziness, anger, jealousy, greed, and so on. Sri Aurobindo urged a mental attitude of peace, while the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram put a high value on cheerfulness. According to Daniel Kahneman, a Princeton University psychologist, happiness can be measured using the day reconstruction method, which consists in recollecting memories of previous working day by writing a short diary. Finally, the Dean of the International Institute of Technology, where I worked in 1999, gave a revealing sentence on happiness, and this is what he said: Happiness is wanting what you have and not having what you want. So look around you and see if you like what you already have. You should, because your happiness depends on it.

The Importance of (Free) Samples The idea of giving away free samples to customers is astonishingly simple, but very often effective. I’m sure that you know what I mean. All the stores like Food Lion, Harris Teeter and others have small portions of pie, cookies or fruit to try and tempt, among other goodies. My first encounter with the beguiling nature of engineering free samples was at ITI, Bangalore, during 1975-78. We were designing sophisticated telecommunications test equipment and needed small parts such as integrated circuits, the latest versions of which were advertised in magazines like Electronics and Electronic Design, to which we subscribed and read in our departmental library in the Research unit. Well, the ads offered free samples and we invariably asked for them, through the laborious process of writing to the manufacturers, as this was in the pre-internet days. I remember getting a chip, XR 2206, from EXAR, among others. The samples came by air-freight and were quickly incorporated in our latest designs. Meanwhile, we raised a purchase order for 25 units through the even more timeconsuming method of going through our purchase department. The order itself took three to six months to materialize; by then our preliminary designs were more or less ready, at least in breadboard form. Now that I’m in the USA, I’m exploring the possibility of sending some free samples to my contacts back in India. My hope and strategy is to create enough professional goodwill so that a firm order for 25 or more units materializes. International business is tricky, to say the least. Culture barriers have to be overcome and one should always be ready to give the benefit of the doubt to one’s trading partner. In my Marketing diploma from IGNOU, acquired in 1998 in India, there was a course in International Marketing. This certainly helps, but I sometimes feel that I’m playing a mysterious game of chess in which I’m not quite sure who’s my partner and who’s my competitor. For example, by trying to sell American engineering goods to India, are my customers on my side or are they opponents in the world arena? Are the Japanese on our side or are they on the opposing side? My personal loyalties tend to be biased towards the West because of my positive childhood experiences in England, though my experience in America has been rather more nuanced. Let’s see if I can maintain my “sanmati,” create a favorable business climate, and bring in a win-win result in what appears at first sight to be a zero-sum game. Free samples anyone? The Eagle in Retrospect When we were in England in 1960-61, my Dad’s friend and colleague, Mr. Appleby’s son, Ian, a lad in his mid-teens, gave us four volumes of Eagle Annuals of the 1950’s.The Eagle comics had been started circa 1950, as I later found out, by Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson. Those four books were our treasure for many years, and now in the early 21st century, I ordered a couple of Eagle Annuals from Amazon. On perusing these “ancient” books of the 1950s, continued on page 118

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The Benefits of an LLC Operating Agreement By Sumeet P. Shah While many states do not legally require your limited liability company (LLC) to have an operating agreement, it’s a foolish mistake to run an LLC without one, even if you’re the only owner or member of your LLC. An operating agreement will help you protect your limited liability status, stave off financial and management issues and misunderstandings, and make sure your business is governed by its members’ rules and not default rules created by your state. An LLC operating agreement allows you to structure your financial and working relationships with your co-owners in a way that suits your business. In your operating agreement, you and your co-owners establish each owner’s percentage of ownership in the LLC, his or her share of profits (or losses), his or her rights and responsibilities, and what will happen to the business if one of you sells your interest, dies, or becomes disabled. The main reason to make an operating agreement is to help ensure that courts will respect your limited personal liability to the business. This is especially important in a one-person LLC where, without the formality of an operating agreement, the LLC will look a lot like a sole proprietorship. Unless the appropriate formalities are followed, the limited liability protection of an LLC can be avoided or “pierced” by a creditor or plaintiff in a lawsuit against the LLC (often referred to as “piercing the corporate veil”). If the corporate veil is pierced, the individual members of the LLC may be held personally liable for the LLC’s debts and liabilities. Having a formal agreement will lend credibility to your LLC’s separate existence. Multi-member LLC’s need to document their profit-sharing and decision-making processes as well as their procedures for handling the departure and addition of members. Without an operating agreement, you and your co-owners will be illequipped to settle arguments over finances and management. What’s more, your LLC will be subject to the default operating rules created by your state law. By writing an operating agreement, you can choose the rules that will govern your LLC’s inner workings, rather than having to follow default rules that may or may not be right for your particular business. There are a multitude of business points you should cover in your LLC operating agreement, some of which will depend on your business’s particular situation and needs.

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By Gail Z. Martin Fear of Facebook: Three Steps to Fear-Free Social Media I’ll never forget the time a lady came up to me at a luncheon and said, “I’ve gotten on Facebook for business and someone I don’t know wants to be my friend. What do I do?” She was truly terrified of talking to “strangers” on social media, and yet, isn’t meeting new people at the very heart of business success? I asked the woman, “If someone came up to you at this luncheon and smiled and introduced herself, would you dive under the table?” “Of course not,” she replied. “Well, Facebook is like a big networking luncheon that never stops,” I told her. And when she thought about it that way, she was suddenly able to make sense of it and it wasn’t nearly so scary. As I travel and speak to groups, I’m saddened and amazed at how many people are hanging back from utilizing social media because of fear. So here are three steps you can use to get past your Fear of Facebook and start using social media fear-free.

Does your marketing spread “results envy”? If not, you’re missing out on sales. “Results envy” is the feeling a reader gets from a case study, example or testimonial that prompts the reader to say, “I’ve got to get some of that for myself.” Take a look at the master marketers on infomercials, the weight loss wizards and the gurus of direct mail, and you’ll see that results envy plays a prominent part in their success. How many times have you see an ad or infomercial for a home gym featuring a perfectly tone and ripped man or woman testifying that “30 minutes, three times a week was all it took” to go from flabby to fantastic? How about those weight loss ads with their before and after photos as the voice-over testifies to how yummy the food is, how dieters never have to go hungry, how pounds just melt away? Those are perfect examples of creating results envy. Ever get a direct mail letter (or see an online squeeze page) filled with testimonial after testimonial? These marketers use results envy because it works. Human beings are programmed to keep one eye on what our neighbors continued on page 80

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1. If you don’t put personal information on Facebook, no one can get it. This one’s pretty simple. If you don’t want to take a chance that the world might see certain photos or certain comments, don’t post them. Period. If it’s not there, it can’t be copied, forwarded or accidentally leaked.

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Tax returns: Keep copies of your tax returns for at least three years. Those of you that are in the midst of the immigration process may want to hold on to the tax returns at least until after your immigration case is completed. I recommend clients to hold on to the tax returns for at least three years after the immigration case is completed. By Krutika Chheda Tax Documents You Must Maintain Another tax deadline is behind us. Most people filed on time. Some folks filed extensions and will have to hunker down and file within their extension periods. This election year brings much uncertainty, but one thing is certain. The paperwork for 2011 taxes is now awaiting storage. Now that the tax returns have been filed, what to do with all the paperwork, receipts and documents? This may be a good time to clean out the growing pile of tax and financial papers that clutters your home and office. Here’s a list of what you need to keep and what can be safely recycled (make sure to shred any documents with personal information) without fearing IRS’s audit and queries. IRS Statute of Limitations - Three Year Rule This rule limits the number of years that IRS can audit your tax returns. For assessment of additional taxes, the statute of limitation runs generally three years from the date you file your return. The idea behind this is that after a period of years, records are lost or misplaced and memory isn’t as accurate as well. Once the statute of limitations has expired, the IRS can’t go after you for additional taxes.

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There are, however, exceptions to this general three year rule: - Failure to report all income (Remember IRS expects you report your global income) and the unreported amount being more than 25 percent of the income shown on the return, increases the limitation period to six years. - Claiming loss from a worthless security increases the limitation period to seven years. If you file a “fraudulent” return, or don’t file at all, the limitations period never begins to run. The IRS can get you at any time. - Assuming that you’ve filed on time and paid what you should, you only need to keep your tax records for three years, but some records have to be kept longer than that. Here’s a checklist of documents you must maintain:

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Saathee Readers Forum Hinduism: There’s more to Idol Worship than meets the eye. By Anonymous Ten years ago, as a new bride I unpacked my boxes in our newly rented townhouse. My new husband was away at work, but his mother and mother’s brother were there to “help.” I pulled out my shiny new Shiva Linga that was handcrafted and a gift from my parents. I had found the perfect spot and couldn’t wait for it to grace and bless my new home. Then suddenly from over my shoulder I heard the sarcastic tone of my mother-in-law; “Oh my, quite the Bhagat (devotee) aren’t you!” This and other sarcastic comments that followed shocked me and left me speechless. Never in my religious and loving upbringing had I ever heard an Indian person poke fun at their own religious idols. And never would I have imagined a respected elder to be the ill-sayer. With the enormous exposure to western society, there are many amongst us who have doubts and skepticism of idol worship. Those who scorn and question this worship of idols prove to me their enormous ignorance and understanding of Hinduism, specifically, and anything profound in general. No religion on earth is without a symbol or idol today. The Catholics have their many saints and the Cross. The Muslims their Crescent moon, Buddhists their beautiful statues of Buddha. Hinduism, as laid out in the Veda, claims only one god who is omnipresent. None amongst us who pray to idols truly believes the idol we stand before is actually this omnipresent god. But we are mere mortals. And this idea of the omnipresent god is big and difficult concept for mere mortals to grasp. The mental image or the physical idol we pray to help us to focus and make it easier. It also clears our mind of other baggage. It helps to bring ones heart and mind fully to the task at hand, which is to worship God and nothing else. Then how can idol worship be a sin? If your eyes are fixed on Krishna and your are chanting prayers with your hands together, there is just not a whole lot of your being left available to harm oneself or another being. There’s not much of your mind left for harmful thoughts and feelings. In short, you are mentally and physically non-violent to yourself and others. Isn’t this what Hinduism calls for? That’s not to say that the help of the idols and symbols is necessary to everyone. Hinduism is not dogmatic. But it is a vast, complex spiritual truth that not every mind can grasp easily. Nobody can deny that there are only a handful of enlightened souls amongst us. The rest of us are still grappling to attain mukti. The idols are our middle men. You wouldn’t dream of going all the way to a Coca Cola manufacturing plant to buy a can of coke. There are several middle men we encounter before we


can feel that cool, sweet, refreshing stuff trickle down our throats. The bottlers deliver it to several warehouses, after which it goes to our grocery stores or vending machines. We have to look out for the Coca Cola sign and finally we can reach out and take the can or bottle and finally experience that wonderful pop, sizzle and sweetness. The idols are a necessary stage of life. “Would it be right for an old man to say that childhood is a sin, or youth a sin?” Childhood was the necessary stage to progress to adolescence, which in turn is a necessary stage to adulthood, which is a necessary stage to old age. This progression is necessary and completely unavoidable. I admit unashamedly to being in the childhood phase. Initially I did not. In fact I’m ashamed to say that I packed the boxes up again and they remained so for many years. In my quest to please my new family, I disrupted the natural progression of my spirituality. But they are back. The idols. My children are their newest fans. Ganesh, Krishna with his flute, Hanuman and his strong body. These are my Santa Claus, my tooth fairies. I will never stop believing in them. They will always have a special place in my heart and home.

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Welcome to another installment of our monthly columns concerning all things political. Here we will bring you news, events, political movements, candidates, activists of all persuasions. This forum serves as in informational tool as the election season of 2012 becomes more active. We welcome suggestions, comments and communiques from candidates, organizations or political parties. Political Movements and Trends: Americans Elect A group called Americans Elect is attempting to nominate a nonpartisan candidate for the President outside of the party system. The movement is using the Internet to break the gridlock in Washington, open up the political process and give every single voter—Democrat, Republican or independent— the power to nominate a presidential ticket in 2012. According to their mission, the voter decides the issues and chooses the candidate. The culmination of online votes will result in an online convention in June, where the participants will put the “Americans Elect” ticket on the ballot in every state. Americans Elect is a “2nd way” to nominate a President, not a traditional 3rd party. The process is open to any qualified candidate and any registered voter—no matter their party or affiliation. The movement claims to have no ties to any political group—left, right, or center. Americans Elect doesn’t promote any issues, ideology or candidates. No funding comes from special interests or lobbyists. Their goal is to put a directly-nominated ticket on the ballot in 2012. Americans Elect is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any political party, ideology or candidate. It is funded exclusively by individual contributions—and not from corporate, labor, special interest, foreign, or lobbyist sources. Americans Elect is the first nominating process that will be led directly by voters. For further details visit Indian American Progressives of Carolinas (IAPC) A new Charlotte-based group has formed to bring progressive ideas and activism into Carolina politics. The Indian American Progressives of Carolinas (IAPC) is a local group of Americans of Indian origin working together to encourage greater political participation by the community and also to work on influencing adoption of progressive public policies. IAPC states that its goal is to increase awareness of progressive ideas within the Indian American community and to help elect candidates who advocate and pursue those ideas. According to the group’s mission statement and vision: “We envision an effective and politically engaged team that can help educate the larger community on progressive policy alternatives and influence those at local, state and national levels over time. We recognize that ordinary but passionate people are critical to changing the political narrative, and reorienting public policy towards more progressive choices. We can only be effective in that endeavor if we leverage our collective voice, talent and resources. By being informed and active citizens, we seek to empower one another to make positive change possible. Anchored as we are in our varying experiences with the political system, we amplify our individual voices by working together in a more structured

manner, with a better chance to enhance the political discourse and influence public policy options within the political system. We are a grassroots organization from Charlotte and surrounding areas. Our members draw from a range of backgrounds spanning across a broad range of professions and backgrounds with one common trait - a passion for progressive causes. We have come together with a desire to see our community get actively involved in the political system, to give voice to the silent segment within the community who subscribe to the political agenda of the Democratic Party. We intend to use the strength of our diverse skills, backgrounds and a common vision to build a sustainable movement over time.” For further details on IAPC and its activities, call 704.779.9250 or email North Carolina Primary The North Carolina Primary will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 throughout the state. Among choices to pick the candidates for state or national offices, the state’s voters will vote on the controversial Amendment One. Also known as the North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, it will appear on the ballot in the state of North Carolina as a legislativelyreferred constitutional amendment. The controversial measure, if passed, would define marriage in the state as between one man and one woman. Same-sex marriage is already banned in the state of North Carolina. The proposed measure, however, would add the ban to the state constitution. Debated in the state legislature during the Spring 2011 legislative session, the amendment failed to receive sufficient votes to qualify for the ballot. However, the measure was debated during the Fall session which began September 12, 2011. That very day, the House voted 75-42 in favor of referring the proposed amendment to the statewide ballot. The State Senate echoed the House with a 30-16 approval vote a day later on September 13, 2011. The text of the measure reads: Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. If approved, the proposed measure would amend Article 14 of the North Carolina Constitution by adding a new section: Sec. 6. Marriage. Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts. For further details on the North Carolina primary and voting information visit or Upcoming Primaries and Caucuses Indiana May 8, 2012 North Carolina May 8, 2012 West Virginia May 8, 2012 Nebraska May 15, 2012 Oregon May 15, 2012 Pennsylvania May 17, 2012 Kentucky May 22, 2012 Texas May 29, 2012 California June 5, 2012 New Jersey June 5, 2012 South Dakota June 5, 2012 New Jersey June 7, 2012 Utah June 26, 2012 Mississippi August 2, 2012 Washington August 7, 2012


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In rural areas, students at government schools are lucky if the teacher even shows up. Yet with private schools already receiving as many as 1,500 applicants for 25 seats in a class, there’s also a chance that desegregating the posh institutions will allow the government to continue to shirk its responsibility to the vast majority of parents and children. “As usual, laws are made without thinking,” said Bakshi. “It’s time that we started thinking about these children long term, not just jumping up and down and saying now these poor children are going to go to these rich schools. Why is the government putting so much money into private schools?” School choice advocates like the Center for Civil Society’s Shah say that the answer is to empower parents and facilitate the building of more private schools. Through a school voucher system, for instance, the government could help to identify qualifying students and give them power to choose the school Some of the triggers for results envy include: where they send their kids — creating a financial incentive for •tangible/quantifiable results schools to teach the poor. •visible effects And by streamlining a system that requires some 36 different •demonstrable/repeatable outcomes licenses to open a school in Delhi and creating incentives for •achieving a goal, sustaining that achieved goal banks to finance education startups, the government can help •creating admiration in others private players bridge the gap between supply and demand. • making a successful life change. “All the things we are talking about how to make businesses Closely linked to results envy is a sense of results satisfaction. easier to open and operate can be applied to schools,” Shah said. Here are the six key aspects to satisfaction: Maybe. But if private schools emerge as the backbone of India’s education system, this will be the first country where • What do you have now that you lacked? that has happened. • What has happened since you achieved your goal? • How has your life changed? • What extra benefits occurred? (For example, if your prospect lost 50 pounds and then got a promotion and found the love of his/her life, those are ‘extra benefits’ to the weight loss.) • How are you a different person because of the results? India-Bangladesh Border continued from page 36 • What long-lasting change have you achieved? are doing. When the people around us get something good, we want some of that bounty too. It’s basic human nature. If your company has stayed in business, then you must have success stories. Too often, we think about our clients’ success in terms of what we did for them, not how their world changed because of what we did. But from a prospect’s perspective, the question is: What’s in it for me? Let’s take a look at the results your prospects want: Wealth, fitness, health, peace, happiness, success, admiration, fame, visibility, position, healing, friends/popularity, beauty, youth, and power. The list hasn’t changed much since the times of the Greek myths. To the extent that your product or service can deliver one or more of the above results, your prospect should be encouraged to feel results envy for the clients who already have gotten what the prospect wants.

You can evoke results envy in many ways. Testimonials, case studies, infomercials and squeeze pages are a few of the ways. Don’t forget before/after photos, demonstrations, makeovers, “man in the street” interviews at an event when emotion is high, and referrals. “Journey” stories are also persuasive. A “journey” story is a narrative written in the first person from one of your happy clients that takes the reader through the internal and external process related to the change and result. These journey stories can be very effective for “invisible” changes related to coaching, counseling or other processes related to achieving peace of mind, happiness or shift in perspective. Don’t forget to follow up with your success stories to create “where are they now” stories. While short-term success is enviable, we all know that many people succeed only to backslide and lose what they have gained. It’s particularly inspiring (and credibility-building) to show clients who succeeded and sustained that success. You’ll have fewer of these stories, but they have a powerful impact. These stories also demonstrate staying power, long-term rewards and permanent change, all of which are very persuasive to prospects and can serve as motivators to clients. If you need a sales boost, re-think your success stories to provoke results envy, and watch your prospects turn into clients.

The trouble the two countries have in reconciling border issues and executing the land swap raises questions about their ability to tackle more complex disputes over trade and natural resources, and bodes poorly for the future of regional cooperation in South Asia. A worst-case scenario The Bangladesh-India enclaves are by no means unique. Enclaves can be found on almost every continent. In November 2011 a New York Times blog compared the Bangladesh-India setup to the enclave complex of Baarle, a town split between the Netherlands and Belgium on the Dutch side of the border. Baarle is “a money-spinning tourist attraction,” where houses on the border move their main entrance to face whichever country has the cheaper taxes because taxes are paid to the country where the front door is located. Baarle, the blogger opined, was a best-case scenario. The Bangladesh-India complex, on the other hand, was the worst. On March 26, people in Indian enclaves inside Bangladesh hoisted the Bangladeshi flag in celebration of the nation’s day of independence. It was their way of asserting their claim of citizenship of the country they have spent their entire lives in. Meanwhile, Rahaman and his neighbors continued their fast, determined to call attention to their cause. 80

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Events of Note Events of Note: Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival The 13th Annual Charlotte Asian Festival is a family-oriented event for the Asian and non-Asian community in the Charlotte area. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. The Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race is an exciting team competition that has become a part of the Asian Festival. An important part of the traditional Chinese calendar, the colorful dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older. The Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival Race are organized by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, and the Charlotte Dragon Boat Association. This year’s festivities will happen on Saturday, May 5, 2012. For further details visit

Spring Festival India Association of Triad is organizing their annual Spring Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Fanta City Community Center, 4925 West market St., Greensboro, NC 27407, from 11 am – 6 pm. The program includes cultural programs, shopping booths, Indian cuisine, singing and dance competition, beauty contest, DJ music, door prizes and more. The admission is free for members, $5 and $3 for family and single nonmembers. For further details: Ruby Singh 336-4309068, or Krishna balu 336-292-9462, Sonu Nigam Live in Concert Sonu Nigam returns to the Carolinas for a performance that is also a fundraiser for the NCIAP “People’s Medical Care” fund, which provides medical services for the uninsured and underinsured. The performance is on Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at 8:30pm. Child care will be available for a fee. For further details on tickets or the show, visit

The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) Community News: This twice-annual LEAF returns on May 10-13, 2012 in hills surrounding Black Mountain, Ravi Patel Selected as Father of the year NC with an assortment of The Father’s Day Council of the Carolinas music acts, acrobats, artists, and has selected long-time Charlotte resident arts & crafts. The familyRavi Patel as a 2012 Father of the Year. Patel friendly festival’s 34th annual and several other fathers will be honored on event this spring features June 15, 2012 at a Father of the Year award performers ranging from Taj dinner. The celebration is also a fundraiser Mahal, Sean Kuti & Egypt 80, for the American Diabetes Association. the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Wood Brothers, David Diabetes, with its many complications, is Bromberg and the bhangra-funk band Red Baraat. There’s one of the leading causes of death by camping available and a slew of activities for children of all disease in this country. Ravi Patel is the President and CEO of ages. For further details visit SREE Hotels, a Charlotte-based company that owns and operates hotel properties in several states. The awards dinner NetIP Picnic in the Park will take place at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. For further Enjoy the day in the park with some desi music, fun games and details about the event, tickets or table reservations, call Dianne delicious food. The Charlotte chapter of NetIP (Network of Roth at 704.373.9111 ext. 3261 or email Indian Professionals) will hold its 2nd annual picnic in the park Dr. Dhingra Receives Literary Award on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 11 am - 4 pm at Freedom Park Dr. Sudha Om Dhingra, a noted Hindi writer, (Shelter #2). The park is located at 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte, poet and editor of Hindi Chetna, the only Hindi NC. NetIP NC Members and childre are free. Non-members quarterly published in North America, was pay $5. For further details about the picnic write to awarded the well-known National literary or visit Ambikaprasad Divya Samriti Prathastha Puruskar for 2012 for her story book “Kaun Si Friday Fever with DJ Suketu Zamin Apni” published in 2011. She is the only Rhythm presents an evening with US-based Hindi writer selected for this award. Bollywood DJ and music producer DJ The Sahitya Sadan selection committee Suketu on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Phoenix announced the award in Bhopal on April 20, (300 N. College St., Charlotte NC) beginning 2012. The selection committee also awarded the at 10 pm. Dance the night away to the Divya Rajat Alankaran literary magazine award sounds of Bollywood and beyond. For to “Hindi Chetna.” Last October, Dr. Sudha Om further details call 651.343.9796, 704.807.8277 Dhingra was selected by the Sunday Indian News or visit


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Community Reports: My Indian Wedding Charlotte-area catering and event professionals gathered at Hyatt House Center city in April to learn about the colors, traditions, and tastes of an Indian wedding. Ayesha Mian, wedding planner and coordinator was the speaker and decorator of the event. Naval Sethi owner of Bombay Grille spoke about the Indian catering market in the Carolinas. Guests enjoyed authentic Indian cuisine provided by Bombay Grille along with a live music performance by Kirit Shukla and Ravi Venkata. Charlotte dance teacher Ritu Mukherjee’s dance team also performed at the gathering.

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How many students do you currently teach in Hungary? I have both Indian and Hungarian students. I teach four Indian girls aged from 6-12, and have some 10-12 Hungarian students from the age of 25 and above. They are very good; two of them also stayed in Chennai and learnt under my guru. We regularly give group performances in Hungary. Where have you performed around the world? In India had the opportunity to dance in many places, festivals, one of them the famous Natyanjali Festival in Chidambaram. In Hungary I have danced in all the major cities and have travelled to Bratislava (Slovakia) for workshop and performances. And now I can add Charlotte to the list.

What continues to draw you to Bharat Natyam as well as Indian culture? I’m dancing for the past 15 years, many changes happened in my life but dance was always there, it became my blood and breath. It is a wonderful, complex and sophisticated art form, which makes a woman complete and all rounded. It gives equal exercise to mind body and soul, enriched my life in so many ways. Dance opened a door to be close and understand Hindu mythology and philosophy. I have a wide interest in almost everything which is Indian, especially ancient sciences like Astrology, Vastu, and Ayurveda. I love cooking, I am a vegetarian and enjoy discovering and trying out new recipes and when proved good, sharing with my students and family. For more details on Ildiko and her work visit

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Indian Karaoke Group CIKG invites karaoke lovers to come and sing Hindi songs on karaoke. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or experienced. The most important thing is to get together and have fun. The event is held once a month, usually on Friday or Saturday. Entry and participation is free. For Further Details: Dinesh Patel at Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For Further Details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod),

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) .Sunday School Time - 11:15 - 11:45 am; Sunday Worship Service time : 11:45 - 1:15 pm. Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For further details call: 803.792.7223; (Pastor: Rajan Samuel). Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605 Rajendra Desai,, 704.451.4578

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

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

Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. Upcoming Event: Fri, May 11: Crazy Mohan’s Chocolate Krishna (comedy play) For Further Details contact: Lakshmanan Krishnan ( or visit Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Assoc was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason. For Further Details:

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and three other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker ( Upcoming Events: Sun, May 13: super seniors day, 9 am - 2 pm. Sat, June 2: Gayatri Jayanti Havan Sat, July 28: Anniv celebration and Health Fair For Further Details:

Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Sun May 6 - Vocal Concert by Ranjani Gayatri @ CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan) / Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /


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Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. The members of JCGC meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. JCGC constructed and opened the doors to its Jain Temple in September 2011 in North Charlotte. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262 and will coordinate and carry out numerous religious activities year-round. These activities included celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. Upcoming Events: Sat May 5: 6:30 p.m. - Aarti, 7:00 p.m. - Pakkhi Pratikraman Sun May 13: 10:30 a.m. - Pathshaala, Prakshal and Puja Sat May 19: (Vaishakh Vad Chaudas): 6:30 p.m. - Aarti, 7:00 p.m. - Pakkhi Pratikraman Mon May 21: 10:30 a.m. – Snatra Puja, 7:30 p.m. - Aarti and Mangal Divo Sun May 27: 10:30 a.m. – Snatra Puja, 4:00 p.m. - Regular monthly meeting. Swadhyay, Pathshaala, Aarti and Mangal Divo 6:00 p.m. - Swamivatsalya All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30 pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) Charlotte Chapter IAMC formerly known as IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council – USA) is an Independent not for profit, tax exempt organization committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join our efforts as we are dedicated to promote Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora and to build alliances and relationships with individuals and groups who share our basic values. The IAMC-Charlotte chapter is supported by donations from its members. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103 India Association of Charlotte (Festival of India) Is a nonprofit organization with the goal of fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture, by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will be held on the weekend of September 22-23, 2012 in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 5, 2012 - Vocal Recital by Ms. Manjusha Kulkarni Patil For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Mon- Fri from 9am – 9pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by the clients. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 /

Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For Further Details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal)


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Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. For Further Details: Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots 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 which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-9424798).

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505

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

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

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. The first project of providing a water filtering system to a school in India was successfully completed within just months of the founding of the organization. The foundation is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Futher Details:; email:; twitter: @sangamithraUSA.

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

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

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

India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Sat May 19 - Spring Festival. Venue: Fanta City Community Center, 4925 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27407. Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Program will include Indian cultural programs, shopping booths, Indian cuisine, singing and dance competition, beauty contest, DJ music, door prizes and many more. Admission free for members, $5 and $3 for family and single non-members. For Further Details: Ruby Singh - 336.430.9068 Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462,

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

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

Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details:

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

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GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m.and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal)


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Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Sat May 26 @ 6:00 p.m. —- A Classical Evening of Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty - The Versatile Vocalist of India. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra)

Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For Further Details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For Further Details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with 104

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Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Natural Path.â&#x20AC;? It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well

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Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area.. For Further Details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC(82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details:

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’ s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: For Further Details: Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For Further Details: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope please email


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Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

Regional Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For Further Details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. For Further Details: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Upcoming Events: May 2012: temple anniversary For further details: 910.485.4626 / 910.484.8956


Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming Events: May 6, May 20, May 27: Balagokulam takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. May 20, May 27: Geeta Study with B.S. Srivastava from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. May 20, May 27: Bala Vihar with Roopa Gandhi from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Aarti/Prasad at 12 noon. Sun May 6: Bhajans by Devotees from 11 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Sun May 13: Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For Further Details: B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Tue, May 15: Hanuman Jayanthi Wed, May 16: Anniversary celebrations Thu, May 17: Maasa Shivrathri - Pradosham Satu, May 19: Cultural Day Program For details visit:

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @

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Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. Temple Info: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a nonprofit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. For Further Details:


Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The official state bird of Minnesota. 5. A noxious mixture of fog and smoke. 8. Michigan. (*) 10. A province of Canada between the Great lakes and the Hudson bay. (Capital: Toronto) 12. A mineral, hydrous silicon oxide, often used as a gem. 14. Total assets minus total outside liabilities of a company. 16. Ribonucleic acid. (*) An essential component of all cells. 17. Overactive bladder. (*) 18. Cheated; deceived; tricked. (Slang) 20. A metrical foot in verse consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. 22. Scrutiny or survey. 23. National Basketball Association. (*) 24. A low wall or railing, as along balcony, at the open end. 25. The first book of the Bible, giving account of the Creation. 27. A town in Berkshire, near London on Thames river. 29. A pantry or cupboard used to store food. 31. Recreational vehicle. (*) e.g. a camper. a motor home. 32. A legal holiday in the U.S. (Last Monday in May). 35. Ohio. (*) 36. A strong yarn made of synthetic polymeric amides. 38. Jump or leap forward. 41. A mental picture of something; conception. 43. Any stalks or parts supporting leaves, flowers or fruits. 44. An identifier for the Internet.

1. Strong desire; yearning. 2. Being a single unit or thing. 3. A low, cushioned seat without a back or arms. 4. A very rich or important man. (Urdu word). 5. A man of rank, lord. 6. The 2nd Sunday in May, in U.S. set aside to honor mom. 7. To move along; proceed. 8. Obligatory. 9. International Longshoremen’s Association. (*) 11. To steal something by using force, as by burglary. 13. To become activated at a designated time. 15. A lively Romanian folk dance performed in a circle. 19. A sports arena: the home of NFL New Orleans Saints. 21. A white poplar which is widely cultivated in the US. 22. A thin piece trimmed away (ex: the skin of a potato.) 24. Primary Safety Analysis Report. (*) (For Nuclear Plants.) 26. God: name used in parts of the Jewish scriptures. 28. Nevada. (*) 30. “___ Island”, in New York harbor was a gateway for immigrants to the United States from 1892 until 1954. 32. To fail to hit or land on (something). 33. In or to a greater degree or extent. 34. A Persian word for pomegranate. 37. The color of the blood. 39. Physical Therapy. (*) 40. Nova Scotia. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

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YOUTH CORNER (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Starts and Ends with E” )



The unused 5 letters spell means “To wear away.”

EZ-BZ TEST YOUR OWN IQ The common letters are “FR” - Fill in the blanks 1. A highway without toll. FR _ _ _ _ _ 2. Feeling fear. _ FR _ _ _ 3. A noisy quarrel or fight. FR _ _ 4. A seaport in the central California. _ _ _ FR _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 5. The second largest continent, south of Europe. _ FR _ _ _ 6. Designating or of those invisible rays just beyond the red end of the visible spectrum. _ _ FR _ _ _ _ 7. Fried strips of potato. FR _ _ _ _ FR _ _ _ 8. Code of Federal Regulations. (*) _ FR 9. The rail around the stern of a ship. _ _ _ FR _ _ _ 10. Intentional deceiving; artifice. FR _ _ _ 11. Cook in a deep pan of boiling oil or fat. _ _ _ _ FR _ 12. Ultra Fast Rendering. (*) _ FR 13.The part of a town facing on the sea. _ _ _ FR _ _ _ 14. Congealed by cold. FR _ _ _ _ 15. A box in which food is kept cool. _ _ FR _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 16. In Chinese cooking, to cook very quickly in a wok with a little oil, while agitating constantly. _ _ _ _ FR _ 17. To remove ice from by thawing. _ _ FR _ _ _ 18. Trademark for Fluorine Refrigerant + on. (*) FR _ _ _ 19. “Oprah __ “, a famous TV talk show host. _ _ _ FR _ _ 20. Hedge Fund Research, Inc. (*) _ FR _ 21. A perennial Old World plant of the iris family, with funnel-shaped aromatic purplish flowers. _ _ _ FR _ _ 22. A strong, evil demon or jinni. (Arabian Myth). _ FR _ _ _ 23. To deprive of the rank of the priest. _ _ FR _ _ _ 24. To cook in oil or fat over direct heat. FR _ 25. To hold back; forbear. _ _ FR _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!) Correction: Last month’s Youth Corner had some errors. The word “townsquare” should have been replaced by “theater” and the word “mall” should have been deleted. We regret the errors. Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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not only do I travel down memory lane but understand how the world was shaping up in the aftermath of the world wars and the post-colonial era coming just five years after the end of the Second World War, the Eagle landed in a United Kingdom still struggling with rationing and trying to cope with wideranging social changes. For the adults who had come through the war, life was, in the main, still looking pretty grim. The economy was suffering, trying to recover from the large spending required for warfare, jobs were sparse, and the shops could not provide all that was required. Much of this though was outside the thoughts of the average child. The war brought stories of heroism and derring-do, and while a bombed-out housing estate was just that to an adult, to a child it was an adventure playground. With a blast of color, Eagle shone amidst the grime and while war has its devastating effects, it is also a time when invention and technology thrives, and this spirit of discovery and limitless possibilities underpins every page of the comic. To me it is fascinating that every so often there is a reference to India. Occasionally there is a turbaned Sikh or a sari-clad woman adorning the pages in right-royal oriental fashion… .even if simply gazing up at an itinerant flying saucer. For people of my generation, and subsequent ones, there is a wonderful paradigm shift into what it means to be politically correct in these modern times. In the comic strip episode Dan Dare – The Red Moon Mystery, the picture shows a Gandhicap clad gentleman saying, “Dekko! Chand lal hai!” Beside him is a Russian, presumably, saying, “Smotre! Krafmaja luna!” And the clipping from the depicted news article says, “these self-governing people have been engaged in a mighty drive to end poverty and squalor. Individual liberty and equality is secure regardless of race, color or creed, under the elected World Federal Government, and the protection of the incorruptible UN Police.” The year of publication..? 1955. The year they are referring to…? 1999. Why was the Eagle so successful? Vibrant colors, great stories, incredible detail all went into the mix, but maybe it was the very simple title of the first story, on the first page, of the first issue: Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future. He and Eagle represented the unwritten future and the reader was part of it, right in the middle of it. As the editor writes in retrospect, fifty years later, “It’s almost impossible to recreate the raw excitement of running down to the newsagent to grab the new issue off the shelves to see where Dan Dare and his crew were heading next.”

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General Predictions for May 2012 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Major positive changes are on the way this month. Your luck may favor you repeatedly. Enjoy a good return on your investment. Make your own, brave decisions this month. Don’t count on your associates or friends. You may need to watch your health after the middle of the month. You should be able to resolve family issues during the last week of the month. Stars are favoring you this month, take maximum benefit of it.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Your confidence may be at par this month. It may help you in destroying your competitors. Good support from your spouse may also make your life comfortable. Be quick and smart, and you will come out as a winner. Avoid arguing with people, just take action. Last week of the month can help you in making new friends. It is very important that you take maximum benefit of the situation and enjoy big financial gain.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) This month may bring major ups and downs in your life. The beginning of the month could be very favorable and the circumstances may help you a lot. Although after the second week of the month, your own mistakes may lead you towards misery. Try to listen to your seniors and supervisors. Minor improvement in health is possible during last week of the month. Keep taking health issues seriously.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Your children can bring good luck for you this month. You may take pride in their achievement. This may lead you towards changes in life. Rise in responsibilities at workplace may force you to work extended hours. This may negatively affect your health. Your enemies may also try to harm you. Don’t fight with your enemies, but at the same time avoid compromising with them. Wait and watch for now.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Life may fly this month. You will be very busy and continuous flow of new opportunities may bury you during middle of the month. You may benefit through your friends. It is very important that you take advantage of the situation and make instant decisions, which should follow immediately with aggressive action. Your income should rise, as will your expenses. Try to curb your expenses during the last week of the month.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) After a negative start, changes in your attitude may bring good luck for you. Now is the time to make childrelated decisions. You may have to work with the situation temporarily to avoid conflicts. Don’t bring in your religious beliefs while making any decision. Circumstances may force you to do some laborious work to enjoy financial gain. Your partner may come forward to support you.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Continue working with your family as a team. It can build a long-term career for you. Rise in income is clearly indicated. Money may flow from more than one direction during second half of the month. Take full advantage of the situation; keep away from your friends after second half of the month. You can’t blame destiny this month for any loss or failure. Enjoy good health and family life.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your relations with your friends may take a major turn while travelling in the second week of the month. Your spouse’s health may create some worries for you. Try to share your spouse’s workload to maintain steady flow of income. Lack of confidence and dispute with partner may force you to compromise in life. Avoid making any major personal decisions this month. You may make a major mistake last week of the month.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You may feel very energetic and confident this month. You will be able to take major, brave decisions during first half of the month and get very busy during the second half. Life should move very fast and success will come your way. It is very important that you make quick moves and act courageously. You should get cooperation from your friends and associates. Minor dispute with family is possible during last week of the month; ignore it.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Numerous businesses-related trips may widen your friend circle. New contacts may change your strategy of making money. You should act aggressively against your competitors to win the deal. Don’t expect any cooperation from your spouse; however, other family members may strongly support you. Improvement in health could be there. Circumstances may force you to adjust with your religious belief to earn extra income.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) After a negative start, life may fly and turn the table in your favor by the end of the month. Rise in income is clearly indicated. You may become very busy after the

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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: 18 Room Motel with Brand New Convenient Store For Sale: In Macon, GA. Serious Buyers Only. Call Peter Patel 478-755-8794 86 Room Days Inn for SALE in Raleigh, NC. Gross $830K. New Price $2.6M. Call Akshat Patel, Broker/Owner 919-455-5949.

BP gas station/convenience and separate liquor store for sale/lease: Excellent running business, college town, high volume, owner financing available. Clinton (SC). Call Gordon: 864-923-4213. Tobacco Store For Sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 30K and Lotto. Asking price only $85K plus Inventory. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719.


Independent Motel For Sale: 60+ rooms, on I-95 in NC. $325k/yr gross last 3 years. Owner Finance, $175k down. Price $850k. Please call 910-644-4844 for more info.

Franchised motel seeking EXPERIENCED couple for night audit/laundry. Must be honest/reliable/fluent in english. Accommodations provided.Call 704-299-3364

C-Stores: Mocksville, NC, $89K+Inv., GR $1.8M; Richlands, NC, $949K + Inv., GR $2.8M; Lenoir, NC, $415K + Inv., GR $1.2M ; Denver, NC, $1.8M, + Inv., GR $4.8M; Forest City, NC, $199K, + Inv., GR $1.9M; 704-814-9435

Hiring Immediately: Energetic Sales Person. Opportunity for advancement. For part/full time position in men’s clothing store. Must speak fluent English and people friendly. Stores located in Camden, Columbia, & Orangeburg, SC. Good Pay+Commissions. Contact 803-427-1681.

BP Gas Station For Sale near Shelby, NC, Low Rent/pm, Good Running Business, same hands 20 years So Must Be SEEN. Please call between 10am to 5pm 864-384-6900 for details Indian Restaurant For Sale: Well established and profitable in North Charlotte prime location. Serious buyers only. Contact: Commercial Property w/ Laundromat and Retail Space: 5200 Sq. ft. space in Gastonia, NC. Includes full laundromat plus two retail spaces. $2,000 monthly rent for both retail spaces; 919-749-5810 / 704-868-3718 (8 to noon) Gas Station / Conv Store For Sale with car wash. Lake Norman Area. Excellent neighborhood with major busy Hwy. exit. Good revenue potential. Serious Inquiries only. Call 704-222-8998 . Citgo Gas Station for Sale: In Charlotte. Great location. For details call Mr. Song at 704806-0425. Indian Restaurant For Sale: Durham/RTP Area North Carolina. Great location. For more information call 919-260-8588. Numerous commercial pads in South Hill, Virginia. Adjacent to new I-85, exit 15, Love’s Travel Plaza, McDonald’s, Subway etc. Ideal for hotel, restaurant, or c-store. Possible lease, build to suit, or owner finance. Utilities and zoning in place. Call John 434-953-8794 or e-mai:l Virginia Motel For Sale: 14 rooms plus a 3 BR house. $275,000. Owner financing, no credit check, $50,000 down and monthly payments of $2,150. Call John at 434-953-8794 or e-mail Other commercial properties available. Shell Gas Station For Sale or lease in Red Springs N.C. Between Fayetteville and Lumberton. On Highway 211. Please Call at 910-843-5950

Help Wanted: Looking for a couple for convenience store and liquor store in Spartanburg, SC - 29301. Must speak English. Will train. Call 864-381-1533 or 864-384-3054. Store Attendant: Raleigh, NC area experience req’d, must be trainable, reliable, good communicator. E-mail resume to: or call Kay 919-454-1474. Need Single person for Front Desk: Accommodations provided. Must have computer skills and only those fluent in English need to apply. Please email: Caregiver Needed in Fort Mill: 3-4 days per week to take care of female adult, lite cooking and housework, driving a plus. Please call 704287-5169 Gujarati speaking cook needed in Oxford, NC. Vegetarian cooking and light housekeeping. Accommodations Provided. Please call 919-939-5733. Female Domestic Help is Needed: Duties include caring for my wife, household chores, cooking, laundry, and ironing. Live in person to be considered. Driving ability is welcomed. Please call 910-608-3281 or 910-774-3189 or 910-737-2521. Couple needed to operate internet sweepstakes in the Triangle area of NC. 703627-3259 Help Wanted: Experienced Sales Person needed immediately for part/full time position in men’s clothing store in Gastonia, NC and SC. Must speak fluent English. Call 704-8656699 or e-mail Help Wanted for Subway and Store (Greensboro & Burlington Area): Must speak fluent English have legal status. Call Bailey 704-737-1555 or e-mail 122

Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Various positions available for House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED for all positions. Serious inquiries only. E-mail resumes to OR call ( 704-649-6833 m-f , 9:00 am- 5:00pm) Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a Couple or single. Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975 Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu:  e-mail: recruiter or 704-405-4238 Threading job in Winston Salem. Hair Threading female position open for IMMEDIATE HIRE. Full-time or Part-Time, for long term. Call 980-622-4386. Help Wanted: Full or part-time. Good pay for threading practitioners with experience & good English skills. Charlotte, Raleigh, & Richmond areas. . Please call 980-322-1110 Help Needed(High Point/Greensboro Area): Couple needed for a wife at home while husband is at work. Valid DL required / 9-5 hrs. For information please call 336-471-1901. Domestic help is needed: Duties include caring for my wife, household chores, cooking, laundry. Live in person preferred. Please call 508-577-7448 Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: ANDERSON SC AREA Various positions available for House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED. Serious inquiries only. E-mail resumes to OR call 864-752-7192 m-f , 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) Part-time Nanny Needed: Seeking a loving and energetic part time nanny(Tues, Wed, Thur 8-5) for 9 month old. Matthews, NC. Prefer English and Gujarati speaking. Must have transportation. Call 407-488-5334 or email Help Wanted: Full Time Employee for CSTORE / GAS STATION near Wadesboro, NC. Accommodations provided, call: 704-695-7553 or 704-465-8089. e-mail: Hiring Immediately: Energetic male or female needed for retail clothing stores in South Carolina. Must speak fluent English. CONTACT 706-877-0314 or e-mail Help Wanted Sandwich shop: Fortmill, Near Carowinds. Must speak good english and Legal. Call Anil 704-995-5160 Help Wanted: Franchise Motel in Raleigh, NC need couple for Housekeeping. Must have Legal status. Accommodation will be provided. Please Call: 919-208-3514 May 2012



Software Engineer: Perform Architecting, integrating, design, develop & enterprise systems. Expert in .Net Technologies, web services, SharePoint, Inmagic, SSIS, SSRS, ACORD XML & SQL Server & ORACLE with Unix OS. Req. MS in Comp. Scien. Or Engr. Or related &1 yr exp. OR Bachelor in Comp. Science or Engr. Or related & 5 yrs of exp. Send resume to: HR, MSYS, Inc., 140 Iowa Ln., Ste 201, Cary, NC 27511. Will involve working in unanticipated locations.

Hindu North Karnataka parents looking for a suitable match for their son, age 33 yrs. Ht. 5’7” Dentist. Contact with self details.

Help Wanted: Franchise Motel in Raleigh, NC needs couple for front desk. Must have Legal status. Must Speak English, Accommodation will be provided. Please Call: 919-208-3513 Help Wanted: Looking for Full Time couple for Housekeeping Position. hotel in Charlotte. Please contact Seeking Manager and Assistant Manager: For Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins in Statesville/Morresville, NC. Applicants with management experience are preferred, but a people person with great organizational skills and a willingness to learn would be considered. Call 704-763-5873 Opportunity available at multiple locations, Looking for couple for house keeping and supervise/maintain property, must know English, prior hotel experience preferred, accommodation provided, good salary, call: 919-757-7462 or Nanny Needed (Charlotte Tyvola Area) for 4 month old from June 2012. Light housework expected. Fluent in English/Gujarati/Hindi Must have transportation. M-F 8-5. Contact Pinank 704-340-7647 Customer Service position available: Flexible 30 hour Monday thru Friday work week Proficient in Quick books, Excel and Word .Duties Include but not limited to: A/R, A/P, Posting Deposits, Data Entry, Filing, Creating spreadsheets Please email resume with salary history and work references to email: Looking for someone for either live in when I travel out of town or come in morning and evening to pick and drop 4 years old to day care and school. 2-3 hours in evening and 1 hour in morning else live in. Please call 952594-1554 or email Need help for Front Desk and Housekeeping positions for a franchised hotel in Duncan, SC. Must be authorized to work in US. Accommodation will be provided. Please Call: 774-249-5377. Front Desk applicants must be fluent in English. Nanny Needed: Looking for a live-in or liveout nanny for a 3 mon. old in Cary, NC. Duties include to help out in house-hold work. Preference to Gujarati and live-out. Ride can be shared in close-by area. Please call 919-244-1662 or e-mail Looking for a senior manager For an INDIAN GROCERY store at winston Salem, NC ph. 336-899-0345

Seeking A Hindu Indian Female: For a divorced male age 37 for marriage, working in NC on h1b. For info call: 704-957-9005

PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Rental property for sale in Georgia. 6 onebedroom individual houses included on 2.25 acres of land. Asking $250,000. Call 912-4967767 ex 0 for more details. House For Rent: 5 BR, 3 Full Bath, University Area (I-85 N Exit 46B Near TIAA-CREF) Hardwood floors, Granite Counter Tops & Fenced back yard. Only minutes to Uptown Charlotte. Please call 336-406-8317. Beautiful House in safe neighborhood for rent: 4 bed, 2.5 bath, office formals, open plan, lots of sunlight. Very near I-84/485, Concord Mills. Please call 704-510-1443. Townhome for sale near Park Rd Shopping Center Charlotte. Great Location and Myers Park High School zone. 2 br; 1.5 bath, fireplace. 135k. For details e-mail: Seeking female roommate to rent/sublet fully upgraded townhouse in Raleigh, NC. Will have own bedroom, closet, and full bathroom. Please contact for details.

SERVICES: 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: Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, backup, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-2358 Do you need a NEW HOUSE to be built on your land? Or just need roofing, hardwood, or any other HOME IMPROVEMENT call Pramod Bhandari 704-942-6455. CCC. Easy pay plan. 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. Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Software Testing (QA) and Business System Analysis: Training Classes and Placement Assistance in Charlotte. Please Contact 704806-8907 for details. 123

Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 E-Mail: South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. E-mail: Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 20 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912 Priest Services: Astrology: Pass down from generation to generations. Specialized in all Poojas, Perform Wedding, Vratha, Homa, Japa, Navagraha Pooja… Call 704-564-2615 or 256-337-6458 Independent Balaji Priest: All kinds of puja, havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. 704.877.6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Tutor Available: Experienced Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor for middle, high school, IB, AP courses (including AP Statistics). Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. Call 704-497-2639 Fusion Brushes / Painting Class: Age 4 & up. Learn to draw & paint with oil pastels / water / acrylic colors. Advance training for 15+. ( Contact Rutika ( | 704-780-1546). Babysitting Available at our place: In South Charlotte area for all ages, Homely environment. Fluent in English /Hindi/Gujarati. Please contact 704-469-2216. Daycare Available: In-Home Daycare providing evening and weekend care. Ages 2+ Call for pricing 704-464-8853. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270

Saathee Classifieds: Business ads are $25 & personal ads are $15 up to 25 words. Ask about upgrades to color and box. Submit classifieds on-line at Deadline is the 20th. We accept credit cards and checks. Ads are posted on at no extra charge with paid print listing. Feel free to call us with any questions. 704.527.7570 Fax: 704.527.7590 PO Box 11468, Charlotte, NC 28220 May 2012

Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Motel For Sale (Patel, Akshat) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Norwood-Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Nrityangan (Aheli - Dance Drama) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Pakistan Community of Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate - . . . . .35 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Persis Indian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Pushtibhakti Vachnamrut Katha Parva (Hindu Center) . . . .67 Raj D Batra (Rose Production Photo & Video) . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .76 Ramana Coaching Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Rhythm Party with DJ Suketu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Ritu Selects - An Elegant Fashion Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 S S Photography Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 & 59 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 South Char. Endocrinology (Kanakasabai Narasimhan, MD)101 Spice South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Summit Plastic & Hand Surgery (Dr. Mohan Pillai) . . . . . . . .49 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Tactical Wealth Management Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Triangle Speech Services (Judith L. Bergman) . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Vedic Gardens and Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Weldone Beauti Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 William Viviano Agency (Nationwide Insurance) . . . . . . . .105 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Yogi Cash & Carry (Indian Food & Spices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Index of Advertisers Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Sonu Nigam Concert Raleigh (NCIAP Medical Care) . . . . . . .3 A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .75 Ali & Sons Car Care (Formerly Rapid Car Care) . . . . . . . . . . .70 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .31 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Art Of Living (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Artistic Eyebrows by Sejal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Bhambhani, Shalu (Watermark Real Estate Group) . . . . . . . .47 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Bollywood Bites (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Brow Bar (henna, hair, make up, threading...) . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 CMC Pineville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Cricket Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Dada Bhagwan Seminar Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Dadabhagwan Satsang (Aptapurta Satsang Charlotte) . . . . .69 Delhi Palace / Spices Of India (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . .114 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Eneez Studio Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 First Data (Credit Card Processing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Gaming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 H2 Laser & Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Henna Mehendi Artists (Bhavini Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Indian American Progressives Of Charlotte (IAPC) . . . . . . . .71 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Indian Spice Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Inspirience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Jag Insurance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Jay Swaminarayan Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 K.B. 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Saathee Magazine May 2012 Charlotte  

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

Saathee Magazine May 2012 Charlotte  

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