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Hello Readers! The Sequester and its effects. Here’s what has developed under the sequestration that went into effect beginning of March 2013. See the story on pg. 8. Turning saving lives into a for-profit business, India's Beach King started a revolution on India’s neglected beaches. Go to pg. 14 to see what he has done. Has the ‘land of opportunity’ left the majority behind? America’s lack of economic mobility has left most income earners stuck where they are. Pg. 30 has the story. Afghan artists have enjoyed relative freedom in recent years. But with foreign troops packing up, can it last? Read about the risks Afghan artists face daily in the article on pg. 32. Leopards living in the heart of Mumbai have mauled or killed more than 100 people over the past decade. Read about the leopards of Bollywood in the story on pg. 36. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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The Sequester and its Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 India’s Beach King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 The Missing Rungs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 The Risk of Being an Afghan Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Leopards Stalk Bollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Talavya . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Personal finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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How does this fit in with the “fiscal cliff”? Sequestration was one element of the “fiscal cliff,” which also included a number of other spending cuts and tax increases. Congress passed a last-minute deal Jan. 1 to blunt the cliff’s impact, which included pushing back the effective date for sequestration to March 1. While Obama and members of Congress spoke out against the sequestration in February — Senate Democrats announced a plan to put it off for another 10 months — those efforts failed to stop the cuts.

While the White House Easter Egg Hunt was saved from sequestration, other programs haven’t been so lucky. Here’s ProPublica’s guide on what’s happened since across-the-board budget cuts took effect. When the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt faced cancellation this year due to the package of mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, the National Park Service kicked into high gear. It rescued the event — held since 1878 — with money from “corporate sponsors and the sale of commemorative wooden eggs,” according to the Washington Post. Other programs haven’t been so lucky. Children in Indiana have been cut from the federally funded Head Start preschool program. Last week, the White House announced furloughs for 480 staffers in the Office of Management and Budget. And cuts to Medicare have forced cancer clinics to turn away thousands of patients who are being treated with drugs the clinics can no longer afford. At ProPublica, we have taken a look at what’s actually happened in the nearly two months since sequestration took effect.

So what’s happened since March 1? The indiscriminate cuts span a wide range of federal programs and departments, making them difficult to track. (Even the White House struggled to explain exactly which programs they’d hit as it was denouncing them.) Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, told reporters Feb. 28 that sequestration would have “a rolling impact, an effect that will build and build and build.” Congress passed a bill, signed by Obama on March 26, to spare a few programs from cuts this year, including an infant nutrition program, the nuclear weapons program and funding for security at U.S. embassies abroad — a sensitive area since the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, last September. The bill also gave some agencies, including the Pentagon, more flexibility in carrying out the sequester. But it Remind me, what is sequestration again? didn’t reduce the total amount the government is required to Remember the clash over the debt ceiling back in 2011? When cut — $85 billion — by the end of the fiscal year in October. Republicans and President Obama struck a deal to raise it, they created a “super committee” of six Democrats and six What has all this done to the economy? Republicans and gave them three and a half months to hash out The Congressional Budget Office estimates sequestration will $1.2 trillion worth of cuts to the federal budget over the next cost around 750,000 jobs in total, and forecasters think it could decade. If they failed, a package of automatic cuts designed to reduce economic growth by half a percentage point this year. slash funding to programs dear to both parties (military But with much of the sequester only beginning taking effect, spending, in the Republicans’ case, and Medicare and other the effects have been hard to see so far. The sequester doesn’t domestic programs in the Democrats’) would go into effect on seem to be responsible for the weak March jobs report, Annie Jan. 1, 2013. Needless to say, the super committee failed, leading Lowrey writes on the New York Times’ Economix blog, and to the cuts we’re seeing now. most furloughs have yet to take effect.


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The Pentagon: Even with the bill signed by Obama in March, the Pentagon still must cut $41 billion from its budget this year, which Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described as “the steepest decline in our budget ever.” (The Pentagon has been asked to cut more before, but never halfway through the fiscal year.) Hundreds of thousands of civilian Defense Dept. employees will likely have to take 14 furlough days by October. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week that everything from weapons to the number of generals and admirals could be cut.

The White House: While the egg hunt was saved, the White House announced last month that it would stop giving tours due to sequestration. (Republicans criticized the decision, with Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma calling it “a dramatic overreaction.”) The White House has also furloughed 480 Office of Management and Budget staffers, and the president will voluntarily return 5 percent of his salary. (Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other officials have also announced that they will return a portion of their salaries.) But Roll Call has reported that the White House — which spent “more than a month of dodging questions” about the effects of sequestration on West Wing staffers —seems to have been spared from deep cuts.

Medicare: Cancer clinics last week began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford. “Legislators meant to partially shield Medicare from the automatic budget cuts triggered by the sequester, limiting the program to a 2 percent reduction — a fraction of the cuts seen by other federal programs,” the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff reported. “But oncologists say the cut is unexpectedly damaging for cancer patients because of the way those treatments are covered.” Medicare has said that it doesn’t have the power to restore funding for the drugs. (Rep. Renee Ellmers, a North Carolina Republican, introduced a bill this week that would reverse the cuts.)

Federal Agencies: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and other officials predicted in February that sequestration would cause lengthy delays at airports, but such delays don’t seem to have occurred. Flights on U.S.-based airlines came in on time with about the same frequency during the last two weeks in March as they did during the same period last year, the LA Times reported. But sequestration’s effects on other federal agencies and departments have been very real. After sequestration forced Yellowstone National Park to cut $1.75 million from its $35 million budget, the park — run by the National Park Service — trimmed its payroll and decided to cut back on snowplowing, which would delay the park’s opening. Plowing was saved only when the Cody and Jackson Hole, Wyo., chambers of commerce, fearing the economic impact of a late park opening, kicked in $170,000. In Washington, agency after agency is planning to furlough its employees. “The Department of Housing and Urban Development,” the Washington Post reported, “will shut down for seven days starting in May, after concluding that staggering furloughs for 9,000 employees would create too much paperwork.” And the Department of Labor is planning to lay off 30 of the 74 lawyers it hired to work through a backlog of mine-safety citations that are under appeals. The department had hired the lawyers after a 2010 explosion at a mine run by a company that had received many such citations but fought them, preventing regulatory action against it. The move will save the Labor Department $2.1 million. And while airline delays haven’t materialized, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it plans to close 149 airport control towers. Most of them are at rural airports, but the north tower at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is also on the list. The tower and O’Hare’s 27 Right runway opened in 2008 as part of a $450 million project that has boosted significantly the number of planes the airport can handle. But furloughs for O’Hare’s air traffic controllers mean the tower

Education: The federally funded Head Start early education program is expected to lose about 70,000 of its roughly 1 million slots due to sequestration. Those cuts have already hit children in Indiana, where Head Start programs in two towns resorted to a lottery system in March to determine which kids could remain. Other Head Start programs — such as one in Passaic County, N.J., that expects to lose about $200,000 of its roughly $4 million in federal funding — won’t have to wrestle with cuts until the fall. Sequestration is also hitting schools on Indian reservations, where federal funds can make up 60 percent of a school’s budget. The Fort Peck Indian reservation in Montana “can’t hire a reading teacher in an elementary school where more than half the students do not read or write at grade level,” according to the Washington Post. Summer school may be cancelled. And the Red Lake reservation in Minnesota — where a shooting at the high school left seven people dead in 2005 — has cut its security staff, as well as course offerings and support staff, in response to sequestration.

Scientific Research: The sequester has also hacked away at funding for scientific research. The National Science Foundation expects to make 1,000 fewer grants this year. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., will admit fewer science and engineering graduate students. And the directors of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories expect that the “drop in funding will force us to cancel all new programs and research initiatives, probably for at least two years.” More than 50 Nobel laureates have signed a letter protesting the cuts, which Hunter R. Rawlings III, the president of the Association of American Universities, has also decried. “To put it kindly, this is an irrational approach to deficit reduction,” he told a Senate committee in February. “To put it not so kindly, it is just plain stupid.” continued on page 78 10

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Ramaiya Vastavaiya (Director: Prabhu Deva) Cast: Girish Taurani, Shruti Haasan, Sonu Sood, Randhir Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Poonam Dhillon, and Govind Namdev Shortcut Romeo (Director: Susi Ganesh) Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Ameesha Patel, Puja Gupta, Rajesh Shringapure, Jatin Grewal, and Errol Marks

Aurangzeb (Director: Atul Sabharwal) Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, Rishi Kapoor, and Deepti Naval I Don’t Luv U (Amit Kasaria) Cast: Ruslaan Mumtaz, Chetna Pande, Murli Sharma, and Ragesh Asthana

Ghanchakkar (Director: Rajkumar Gupta) Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, and Namit Das

I Love New Year (Director: Radhika Rao) Cast: Sunny Deol, Kangna Ranaut, R Madhavan, Prakash Raj, Manoj Joshi, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Reema Lagoo

Filmistaan (Director: Nitin Kakkar) Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Innamulhaq, Gopal Datt, Kumud Mishra, and Saroj Sharma

Hum Hai Raahi CAR Ke (Director: Jyotin Goel) Cast: Dev Goel, Adah Sharma, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Dutt, Anupam Kher, and Chunky Pandey

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in the film and the need to tell this story.That being said, it is quite interesting telling my friends and relatives overseas about the film about half the time they say “ America? It’s in America that you’re shooting this film?” And of course that disbelief from people who do and do not live in America, reinforces that what you see in the film, and RAM clinics around the country, should not be happening.

Film By Dilip Barman Exciting news in the film world this month is that Deepa Mehta’s long awaited film Midnight’s Children, based on Salman Rushdie’s acclaimed novel, is being released in the Unites States. In the Southeast, opening dates announced so far include Atlanta on May 10 (Tara 4 Theatre) and Charlotte on May 24 (Regal Park Terrace 6). In my column this month, I start with a brief recap of the fabulous just-past Full Frame Film Festival, then review Midnight’s Children. I was delighted to meet a number of Saathee readers at the sixteenth annual Full Frame Festival documentary film festival in Durham, NC April 4-7. As I described last month, there were many fascinating films to choose from. I described films about South Asia, including Blood Brother (Steve Hoover, Director), about a young American man who moves to India and cares for HIV/AIDS orphans; Outlawed in Pakistan (Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann) about the difficulty in getting justice after an alleged rape of a girl; the world premiere of Menstrual Man (Amit Virmani), where an entrepreneur dreams about reducing gynecological diseases among rural Indian women by teaching them to make, and sell, sanitary pads; and The Record Breaker (Brian McGinn) about Sri Chimnoy devotee Ashrita Furman holding more Guinness Book of World Records than anyone else. I enjoyed meeting Amit Virmani, Steve Hoover, and a number of other filmmakers; the insights that they give about their approaches and motivations is always enriching to me in more fully appreciating their films. I missed in last month’s review that a film, Remote Area Medical, was made by a Brooklyn-based filmmaker of Bangladeshi origin, Farihah Zaman (with Jeff Reichert). It was a sobering look at how our medical system in this country leaves many people unserved. RAM is a free clinic that sets up on a long weekend to care for people who have been neglected for years. I have had some conversations with the filmmaker; the following is a particularly interesting question and answer from an interview that I may print in a future column. Dilip: Given that you are originally from Bangaladesh, it is intriguing that you are making a film on poverty in the U.S. I imagine that Bangladeshis who haven’t left their country or aren’t from Dacca may believe that the U.S. is a land of extreme wealth; are they surprised at this film that you have made? Farihah: This was actually something I spent a lot of time pondering. … I had a bit of a crisis and called my mother to ask her opinion about the fact that while I come from one of the poorest countries in the world, I would be making a film about the problems of one of the wealthiest. My mother said that in our country there is often simply a lack of infrastructure and resources, which is upsetting, but what makes the situation here in America even more disturbing in a way is that the resources do exist. The infrastructure does exist. They simply aren’t being distributed to everyone. That thought renewed my faith


Some of the other films, beyond those already mentioned last month, that I particularly liked included The Baby (Deborah van Dam) about a woman born to a Jewish family in Nazi Germany who only had fragmented memories of her childhood and what brought her to the United States; Good Ol’ Freda and its story about the Beatles’ loyal and humble fan club secretary; Spinning Plates (Joseph Levy), a fascinating and emotional tale of three very different restaurants, each of which had much to celebrate while facing some tragedies; and The Editor and the Dragon (Martin M. Clark and Walter E. Campbell) that discussed a scary but fascinating time when a small-town North Carolina newspaper editor stands up to the Ku Klux Klan. It was quite interesting to have several CIA agents featured in Manhunt (Greg Barker) on stage with the filmmaker to answer questions about the story of the long search for Osama bin Laden. The World According to Dick Cheney (R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton) painted a detailed portrait of the previous Vice President. Our Nixon (Penny Lane) was a very well done film showing an insider’s perspective of the Nixon administration through Super 8 footage of high-ranking staff. The Fruit Hunters (Yung Chang) is a visually inviting exposition about people who are passionate about fruit. I love musicians like Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Percy Sledge, Rolling Stones, and many others who recorded on the Tennessee River at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and certainly enjoyed the Muscle Shoals (Greg Camalier) film. I saw so many unique and quality films, and had many others that the schedule didn’t permit me to see. Don’t miss Full Frame 2014 next April. In the meantime, their website,, lists a number of year-round events, many of them free, where you can see some of the films. I know that I am not along among Saathee readers in anxiously anticipating Deepa Mehta’s newest film, Midnight’s Children. Winner of numerous awards, Mehta is perhaps best known for her Elemental Trilogy, the films Fire, Earth (an adaptation of Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel about Partition, Cracking India), and Water (which I reviewed in the June 2006 issue of Saathee). Salman Rushdie, accomplished screenwriter and author, has written eleven novels, including Midnight’s Children, one of Time Magazine’s hundred best English language novels of the 20th century. This novel won him the 1981 Booker Prize and went on to be selected the “Booker of Booker” prize in 1993 in celebration of the Booker’s 25th anniversary and then, in 2008, “Best of the Bookers.” The plot is fascinating – historical fiction combined with a sprinkling of magic and rooted in the sub-continent’s independence through Indira Gandhi’s emergency, with complex twists of plot. As an independent India is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, so, too, is born Saleem Sinai, the story’s protagonist. Mary, the nurse, is encouraged continued on page 28 May 2013


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Akshay Kumar is also proficient as a producer, and together with his business partner Ashvini Yardi for Grazing Goat Pictures, has sought out and made critically acclaimed films to tap the niche regional Indian cinema genre, amongst which was the National award-winning OMG: Oh My God.

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Rakesh Roshan is Releasing Krrish 3 on a Sunday Rakesh Roshan has taken the prized Diwali release to the next level, according to Bollywood Hungama. Moving away from the traditional Friday release, Rakesh Roshan has decided to release Krrish 3 on Sunday, November 3, which is Diwali. Confirming this development, Rakesh Roshan told the online magazine, “November 3, is an auspicious day. So we’re releasing Krrish 3 on that day.” Some exhibitors are not too pleased with the decision. Roshan Singh, a prominent exhibitor of Bihar told Bollywood Hungama, “It’s a known fact that people don’t see films on Diwali day, at least not in North India. Diwali day is restricted to spending time with the family and relatives. With due respects to Rakeshji, the film will lose out completely on the crucial Friday and Saturday collections, and there will be thin attendance in Sunday when Krrish 3 opens in many parts of the country.”

Pran Honored with dada Saheb Phalke Award Veteran actor Pran was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest cinematic honor bestowed annually by the Government of India. The 93-year-old actor appeared in 350 films from the 1940s to the 1990s and skillfully portrayed both positive and negative roles with equal passion. Among Pran’s notable films include Ram Aur Shyam, Purab aur Paschim, Karz, Upkaar, Zanjeer, Don, and Amar Akbar Anthony.

Govinda to Play Baddie in Kill Dil

Priyanka Chopra Begins Training for Mary Kom Biopic

The normally funny or dancing star Govinda is playing a negative character in an upcoming YRF film for the first time. According to Bollywood Hungama, Govinda has been roped in for Aditya Chopra’s Kill Dil. Though the actor has played a grey role earlier in Shikari, the new film Kill Dil will be his first overall negative role. Apparently the role will be that of a realistic character instead of a cartoonish villain.

After scouting for the right actress, director Omung Kumar announced that Priyanka Chopra will portray the lead character in his biopic film on the award winning pugilist Mary Kom. Now that the task of finding the lead actress has been taken care or, the director wants to make the film look as genuine as possible. According to reports, Sameer Johal (who also trained Farhan Akhtar for the upcoming Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) has begun to train Chopra for the new film. The cameras will begin shooting soon.

Sardaar Daler Mehndi’s recording company DRecords is releasing the first single “Baat Ho Rahi Hai Teri Ek Sardaar Se, Baat Badh Gayi To Fir Hogi Talwaar Se” from the film Sardaar, featuring debutant actor Jeet Kalsi. Indipop and bhangra king Daler Mehndi makes a special appearance in the video of the title soundtrack of the film. The song is authored by Bhupinder Himmatpuria and Jeet Kalsi and composed by Milind Gaba who also Raps in the song. The other songs of the film will be released closer to the launch of the film.

Salman to co-produce Canadian FIlm Salman Khan will co-produce a Canadian film with his production house Salman Khan Being Human Productions. The film in question is Dr. Cabbie, which is based on the story of an Indian unemployed immigrant doctor-turned-cab driver, who becomes a local hero when he converts his taxi into a mobile clinic. The film’s director is Jean-Francois Poulliot and the cast includes Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar, Lillete Dubey, Mircea Monroe, and Rizwan Manji. SKBH Productions was launched in 2011 to produce films whose revenues contribute to Being Human charity projects. The first film produced by the banner was kids drama Chillar Party, which went on to win three National Film Awards (given by the Indian government), including best children’s film.

Akshay Kumar in Bhansali’s Gabbar The Rowdy Rathore team of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Akshay Kumar is back with yet another remake titled Gabbar. After Bhansali wraps-up the shoot of the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer Ram Leela, he will move on to producing the remake of the 2002 Tamil film Ramana. Titled Gabbar, with Akshay in the lead role, the film highlights the fight against corruption, and will mark South director Krish’s (of Gamyam, 2008, and Vedam, 2010 fame) Bollywood debut.

Bang Bang to Release in 2014 Fox Star Studios’ Bang Bang, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif will commence filming in May 2013 and will release on May 1, 2014. The film will be directed by Siddharth Anand. The film is slated to be shot across Europe, the Far East and India and will feature huge stunt sequences, chemistry and fast-paced excitement. 22

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Song: Chup-chup khade ho... Film: Badi Bahen Year: 1949 Music: Husnalāl Bhagatrām Singers: Latā Mangeshkar & Premlatā Lyric: Rajender Krishna Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Noorjahān, Suraiyā, Rehmān

The famous song “Bāpu ki amar kahāni” sung by the late Mohammad Rafi (who became an overnight celebrity at the age of 24 after singing this song), was composed by duo music directors Husnalāl & Bhagatrām; younger brothers and assistants of 1940’s Chup-chup khade ho... composer Pundit Amarnāth. Husnalāl was an unconventional Lyrics in English: (sobbing) style violinist and a classical singer and Bhagatrām Chup-chup khade ho zaroora koi bāt hai was a harmonium player. They were born in Jalandhar, Punjab. Pahali mulāqāt hai ji pahali mulāqā hai - 2 Chup-chup khade ho They were the most popular musicians in the 1940s and some Sājan ki bāta par, gussā jo ā gayā of the songs were instant musical hits. They made Punjabi folk Zulfon kā bādal, gālon pe chhā gayā - 2 music and rhythms popular in the films. Late singer Surinder Abhi-abhi din thā abhi-abhi rāta hai - 2 Kaur, known as the nightingale of Punjab, called Pundit Pahali mulāqāt hai ji pahali mulāqā hai - 2 Chup-chup khade ho Husnalāl as the soul of Punjab’s country-music. Husnalāl used Pahali mulāqāt men, bāta aisi ho gai to come late at home because he was very busy making tunes Rājā bhi kho gayā, rāni bhi kho gai - 2 Dono ko na patā chalā maze ki ye bāta hai - 2Pahali mulāqāt hai ji and attending rehearsals. The duo worked until 1960s with famous playback singers including Ameerbāi Karnātaki, pahali mulāqā hai - 2 Chup-chup khade ho ... Suraiyā, Shamshād Begum, Zohrābāi, Geetā Dutt, Rafi, Latā Meaning (Summary): Mangeshkar, Suman Kalyānpur, and Kishore Kumar. They also There is definitely something going on since you are standing worked with many lyricists including Rizvi, Lucknavi, quiet. May be it is our first meeting! When I got angry on my Brajendra Gaud, Sailāni, Nakshab, Qamar Jalālābadi, Asad lover’s conversation, the bunch of my hair spread on the cheeks Bhopāli, and Rajender Krishna. Duo music directors Shankarlike the clouds. It was just a day that had just (turned to) a night. Jaikishan were also playing as members in their orchestra. I May be it is our first meeting! Something unusual happened in have heard the melodious and popular songs of film Badi Bahen the first meeting, the king was lost and the queen was lost too. It in my boyhood (late 1940s). I still remember and play those is interesting that both did not know (as to what happened!). May songs today on the keyboard and harmonium. Husnalāl died be it is our first meeting! There is definitely something going on of cardiac arrest at the age 45, on Dec. 28, 1968 in New Delhi since you are standing quiet. and Bhagatrām died unsung in Nov. 1973, in Bombay. Lyrics in Hindi:

Some of their films as Music directors: Aadhi Raat, Aaj Ki Raat, Aansoo, Adle Jehangir, Afesana, Amar Kahani, Apsara, Badi Bahen, Balam, Bansaria, Chand (in 1944, their first movie as a pair), Chhoti Bhabhi, Farmaaish, Gauna, Jal Tarang, Kafila, Meean Bazaar, Mr. Chakram, Naach, Nargis, Pyaar Ki Manzil, Pyar ki jeet, Rakhi, Sanam, Sawan Bhadon, Shama Parwana, Sher Afghan, Trolly Driver etc. Their famous Hindi film song’s lyrics “Chup-chup khade ho… ” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column to the left. [Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.]

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by her radical fiancé Joe to fight for justice and “let the rich be poor and the poor be rich.” She switches two boys born at the stroke of midnight, assigning Saleem, actually the illegitimate son of a poor woman, to wealthy Ahmed and Amina. In turn, Amina’s baby gets the wrist tag of the “poor” mother, and is named Shiva. And so the journey of rich as poor and poor as rich is begun. Almost immediately, Mary, an observant Catholic, feels remorse and soon offers herself to the wealthy family to serve as Ayah, or nanny. As such, she plays a strong role in raising Saleem. As Saleem becomes a boy, he has visions of a group of children his age. They are the Midnight’s Children, those born coincident with or minutes after the birth of India. The closer they are to the actual midnight birth, such as Saleem and Shiva, the more magic that they have. For example, one can fly, another can conjure, and one can grow or shrink their body dynamically. All of their lives, especially those of Shiva and Saleem, are mysteriously intertwined with the unfolding history of India; “we were the promises of Independence and, like all promises, made to be broken.” We see war with Pakistan, the birth of Bangladesh, Indira Gandhi’s Emergency and mass arrests of 1975-1977. But we also see concomitant struggle amongst the children, love and loss, happiness and despair. “A child and a country were born at midnight, once upon a time. Great things were expected of us both. The truth has been less glorious than the dream. But we have survived and made our way. And our lives have been, in spite of everything, acts of love.” This is essentially a coming of age story both for a country and for people. For me, and no doubt for many others who may or may not have actually lived through that time, there is something deeply resonant and moving about India’s first Prime Minister Nehru’s words as the new country was born as a “tryst with destiny.” Historical footage of that speech helps to solidly ground the film contextually. That is cemented as we see how history shapes the two boys – Saleem growing up in privilege but suffering through war and ending up at times in all of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, with Shiva becoming a cold but successful Indian military leader. Salman Rushdie found a perfect partner in Deepa Mehta to bring his story to the screen. As in her Trilogy, she works with a great cast (some previously unknown and others among the biggest stars of Indian cinema, such as Shabana Azmi, Sarita Choudhury, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Ronit Roy, Charles Dance, and Rahul Bose), compelling music, and great cinematography. Director of photography Giles Nutigens has worked with Mehta on all of the Trilogy films, and the lush and beautifully composed scenes (best seen, I believe, in Water) come to life just as in the earlier films.

Bombay Talkies Official Selection at the 66th Cannes Film Festival The film Bombay Talkies has officially been selected for a Gala screening on May 19, 2013 at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. The film is directed by India’s leading filmmakers including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee. The film is a celebration of the commemoration of 100 years of Indian Cinema. The movie is a collection of four stories and hits theatres on May 3rd in India. It includes Rani Mukerji, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem; including cameos by Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif. All four directors are expected to attend the Gala Screening together. Karan Johar comments on the news, “Extremely honored that our omnibus endeavor has been officially selected at Cannes…. Can’t wait to walk the red carpet with Dibakar, Anurag and Zoya.” Zoya Akhtar says, “I have never been to Cannes and I always felt if I go it should be with a film. Things worked out even better as it’s not just a film but also 3 friends Karan, Dibakar and Anurag with me. It’s going to be a blast.” Dibakar Banerjee says, “Thrilled to walk the red carpet following Karan, Zoya and Anurag leading the way and representing Indian cinema!” Kashyap, the only director from the quartet who debuted at the Cannes back in 2011 says, “I am so happy our film is screening at Cannes. Happy to be back there.” Commenting on the announcement, Ashi Dua of Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the co-producer of the film said, “I am extremely happy that the film has received such an overwhelming response internationally. This means many more people across the globe will be celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema with us” 28

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included the assumption that anyone willing to put in the hours and keep his or her nose to the grindstone could make their way up the rungs of the income ladder to a better — or at least more economically secure life. Yet today, in study after study, the hard fact is that a child born in the past two decades in France — or in Germany, Sweden or Japan — stands a better chance of earning significantly more than their parents than a child born in America. “Only 4 percent of those raised in the bottom quintile make it all the way to the top as adults, confirming that the ‘rags-toriches’ story is more often found in Hollywood than in reality,” one report by the Pew Center for the States revealed last year. A 2010 study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development looked at social mobility in the largest European and North American economies and found that children born in the US, UK and Italy have the worst prospects for advancement. Canada, long thought of as something of a nanny state by its southern cousins, is also more mobile. Miles Corak, an economics professor at the University of Ottawa, led an intensive study of generational mobility in both the US and Canada. His 2006 study, the gold standard on the matter to date, found Canada to be as much as three times as mobile as the ‘land of opportunity,’ and concluded most of the reason is the “stickiness” of those at the very top and very bottom. Specifically, he found that those born into the bottom of the economic heap in both countries (in the US, that is the bottom 10 percent, or those earning about $12,000 a year) had very different odds of rising. In the US, the likelihood of a child being stuck there too is about 22 percent. In Canada, it’s 16 percent. On the other end of the ladder (in the US, that means the top 10 percent, or those earning over $126,000 a year) have a much better chance of remaining there. Those born in the United States have a 26 percent chance of staying at the top rung compared with 18 percent in Canada. In other words, Canada’s pool of upper income households makes more room for newcomers. How has this happened? Economists believe it is caused in part by the same tax policy changes that have over the last two decades created the surging income inequality that is at the center of this series. GlobalPost’s Special Report, “The Great Divide,” found in instance after instance that the huge spike in inequality in America beginning about the time “trickle down” economics became an article of faith in some quarters of industry and government has seen wealth trickle up instead. Indeed, the share of all US income captured by the top 10 percent of earners was as bad in 2007 as it was just before the Great Depression in 1929. The 2008 crisis pushed it down, but it has already begun climbing again.

The Missing Rungs: Has the ‘land of opportunity’ left the majority behind? America’s lack of economic mobility has left most income earners stuck where they are. By Michael Moran - HENDERSON, North Carolina — Garland Sanders came of age working the textile mills that once dotted this rural county along the border with Virginia. That is, until 10 years ago when he was laid off along with several hundred others as Harriet & Henderson downsized, part of a drastic shrinking of an industry that could not compete with lower Asian wages. “It wasn’t a lot of money, and I thought life was hard then, but it got a whole lot harder since,” said Sanders, 41, sitting at the Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q restaurant here on a recent visit. He said he and his wife eventually had to move on from their hometown in search of work, migrating to Florida where Sanders now has a job as a security guard. “My daddy never made any more than me, really, but when we were kids, there always seemed to be money for stuff — a little fishing trip, we went to Disneyland one year,” he said. “We just can’t seem to get ahead now, even with my wife working flat out too. We’d love to move back, but it would be a move down, and at my age, I can’t afford to risk that,” he added. It may be no consolation, but Sanders has a lot of company in this fate. After two centuries in which the United States was virtually a synonym for “land of opportunity,” social mobility in America has stalled. This has left a majority of the country’s workforce — those in the bottom three fifths of the American earning pyramid — facing a far steeper upward climb, and indeed a significant challenge just to hold on to what they have. Measuring social mobility is not easy. Economists generally believe the best method is to compare the inflation adjusted incomes of parents with those of their children and, if possible, grandchildren. For generations, the “American Dream”

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Artist in Afghanistan Afghan artists have enjoyed relative freedom in recent years. But with foreign troops packing up, can it last? By Chris Sands - KABUL, Afghanistan — Despite being about 90 and walking with a severe hunch, Ustad Amruddin will not let anyone else carry his dilruba — a classical stringed instrument that is rarely played in Afghanistan these days. Over the decades, he has performed concerts for monarchs, communists and warlords, been threatened with arrest and forced into exile. He has no idea what will come next when America and its allies leave. “All the people are worried and I am too. We were relaxed and comfortable, life in our homes and work was going very well. But when these [foreign troops] withdraw I am not sure if they will still support us,” he said. While much of society here has continued to suffer since the 2001 USled invasion, artists have undoubtedly benefited from an era that has witnessed significant gains in freedom of expression. Many of them now wonder if that progress is sustainable. Even in Kabul there are signs of a gradual return to the more conservative and politically fraught past when everyone from painters to poets faced grave risks simply because of their work. Amruddin first played the dilruba as a child and was soon hired as a musician by what was then Afghanistan’s only While much of society here national radio station. Unlike has continued to suffer since some of his colleagues, his the 2001 US-led invasion, career prospered during the artists have undoubtedly Soviet occupation of 1979 to benefited from an era that 1989 and the civil war that has witnessed significant gains followed. in freedom of expression. But after moving to the northern city of Sheberghan, his willingness to perform for just about anyone eventually proved his undoing. Music was banned across the country when the Taliban seized power and most of the instruments Amruddin owned were destroyed. Worse was to come when the regime discovered he used to stage regular concerts for Abdul Rashid Dostum, a notorious warlord. Fearing arrest, Amruddin tried escaping to Pakistan with a dilruba he inherited from his father. The Taliban briefly stopped him on his journey and deliberately broke the instrument.


“I am [still] angry but because they can kill me now I have pushed my anger into a corner,” he said. Public concerts have become common again in recent years, though not without controversy. One show planned for the southern province of Ghazni was banned last month after local officials reportedly described music as “forbidden.” Threats are also a fact of life for people who appear on Afghan Star, a TV talent contest for aspiring singers. Mohammad Qasem Ramishgar, a judge on the program, admitted to being scared by some of the intimidating messages he receives over the phone and internet. But he told GlobalPost in an interview that mainstream “fundamentalism” is the real problem, rather than particular insurgent groups. “In our nation we easily accept the word of a mullah compared to another man,” he said. Although a conservative interpretation of Islam is regarded as the primary challenge to the arts in Afghanistan today, that has not always been the case. Throughout the last three decades of turmoil, a cultural war has been waged alongside the fighting on the battlefield, with all sides in the various power struggles getting involved. Art was only encouraged during the communist period if it toed the government line; otherwise it was also clamped down upon. Abdul Wasi Rahraw Omarzad, director of the Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, told GlobalPost that was when the current problems truly began. “The visual arts movement was slow but it could develop. When the Russians came they stopped the movement and said ‘make posters and social realism,’” he explained. “From that time we lost freedom of expression or [the right] to be an individual artist.” Omarzad was jailed for a month in the 1980s for drawing anti-government cartoons. He describes the years since the USled invasion as the best for the arts that he has known. He admits he has been receiving threats but is reluctant to talk about them in case it frightens others. “We don’t want to think negatively about the situation,” he said. “We hope the future will be better.” Just as in previous eras, women with pubic profiles inevitably face the biggest difficulties. In many cases even relatives are unhappy with their fame. In June 2012, Ghazala Javed, a hugely popular Pashtun singer, was shot dead in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar alongside her father. A second female Pashtun singer, Yasmin Gul, died in mysterious circumstances in Quetta, Pakistan, in 2010. A third, Ayman Udas, was killed in Peshawar in 2009 — allegedly by her brothers. For Sonia Sarwari, an Afghan film and TV actress in her 20s, the risks are worth taking. She was assaulted in Kabul last year by a man who threw a kind of powder in her eyes in an apparent effort to blind her. She did not even report the attack to the police because she was sure they could not help. “We know if the Taliban come back they will kill all of us — the famous people who are on TV — first. Therefore we are worried; not only people working in cinema but all of Afghan society,” she said. Asked if she would carry on acting regardless, she added: “Naturally. I am an Afghan girl and I will not accept failure, so I will continue until my death.”

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Leopards Stalk Bollywood Leopards living in the heart of Mumbai have mauled or killed more than 100 people over the past decade. By Jason Overdorf - MUMBAI, India — Swetha Paghe, 50 years old, was crouching in the pitch dark when the leopard came for her this November. The beast swiftly silenced her screams and dragged her from her slum colony on the outskirts of Mumbai into the scrub forest along the borders of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Her fellow villagers quickly formed a search party and set off for the hills. But by the time they found her, she was dead. “Every day of your life, whether you’re eating, drinking, or going outside, you’re always wondering [if the leopard is going to come],” said Dilip Navsha Paghe, Swetha’s 30-year-old son. “Now we don’t let the kids out of our sight at night,” said Paghe, who has three small boys. Residents of Aarey Milk Colony and other communities that border the national park have good reason to be afraid of the dark. Over the past decade, the leopards that stalk Bollywood have mauled or killed more than 100 people — even straying onto the studio lots of nearby Film City. But local news stories of bloodthirsty maneaters obscure an all too familiar reality: India’s notorious civic failures, not Mumbai’s leopards, are to blame for the killings. And, until recently, forest officials’ response to the problem was actually making it worse.

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The Chai Table Saathee Readers Forum Lessons Learned in Mithapur By Ananya Mallavarapu When you first hear of Mithapur, you wonder what the place is like. When I heard of it, I wondered what rural Gujarat was like and imagined a village complete with small houses and hardly any vehicles except for the occasional two-wheeler. Mithapur does personify that except in a different manner and in a way I found that there was a lot more that a small rural community could teach a city girl like me. Mithapur is really a small township created by Tata Chemicals Limited on the western edge of India, off the Saurashtra Peninsula and right by Okha-which some say is the westernmost point of India. The environment is beautiful there – friendly locals, good food, and nice flora and fauna at your fingertips. It also was nice to know that from anywhere in Mithapur the sea was no more than a fifteen minute walk away. It was actually an ideal place for a college student to spend a summer doing an internship at a place called TCSRD.

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TCSRD stands for Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development and it was the area I was chosen to be in for my internship this past summer. It has three units around India – one in Babrala, Uttar Pradesh, one in Haldia, West Bengal, and one in Mithapur, Gujarat. The aim of the organization is simple. Instead of just taking from the resources of the area, TCSRD

aims to contribute to the rural environment by offering empowerment schemes, youth employment partnerships, natural resource management for farmers, and teaching local villagers about sustainable environmental practices. In Mithapur, TCSRD runs a large number of women’s empowerment groups in the nearby villages, partners with at least five different organizations for youth employment schemes, and works on saving the nearby coral reefs, whale sharks, and farming land. Over the seven weeks that I spent in Mithapur I learned a lot about rural India and the projects taking place there that could easily benefit the local populations and make them self-sufficient. My project centered on making an impact assessment of a few projects that TCSRD had undertaken and as a result, I had the opportunity to see and experience first-hand all the changes that were taking place in the surrounding area and see how the villagers were benefitting from the programs. I visited self-help groups (SHG) run by women taught to save money, saw youth who went to Ahmedabad and Baroda (two nearby cities) for training and then returning to Mithapur to find jobs, and met farmers who nearly sent me home with fresh produce. It was an enriching experience and one I feel that the world needs to know. While rural India still has a long way to go, they still need a voice. I can only do so much but, still, I feel that chronicling the life of some of these villagers is needed. Someone needs to tell their story or at least show something about the places I visited. I remember visiting a school once where I was set to interview students who had received a scholarship called “Desh ko Arpan.” The scholarship is designed to help hard working students of salt-workers in the Tata Chemicals Plant. These workers are only employed for certain portions of the year and their families struggle to send their children to school while seeking other employment options after the salt season has ended. One of the recipients I interviewed was named Sunil Hathiya who spoke quietly as he told me he had just begun the tenth grade a week earlier. The scholarship, he explained, paid his school fees, a fee that his father would have paid anyway to make sure his son succeeded. Considering that Sunil’s father makes ₹5,000 a month and annual school fees are ₹4,500, I was amazed at how a family of twelve not only made ends meet but sent a son to school. Sunil wasn’t the only recipient of the scholarship but his story made me suddenly grateful for the amount of college tuition my parents pay. But Sunil brushed off any questioning glances sent his way and assured me that his family was well off. His resolve and resilience made me wonder if I’d read about him someday in a newspaper- a young man from rural Gujarat making it big as an innovative businessman. He wasn’t the only one to make a lasting impact on me. Of the ten case studies I had to do for my project, there are three that I will never forget. Sunil was one of them; Kimi Bein and Godar Bhai’s family are the other two. I remember that upon my first meeting with Kimi Bein I thought of her as a kind lady. She told us stories of how her father built the machinery that is still used in the factory today. She also told us about what it was like to live in a household where the only income-earners were female. Unable to stand not being a great help; she sought out the training run by TCSRD and a partner organization the Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK). She was far too old for the age requirements but her perseverance managed to woo the members of the acceptance committee and she now works from her home, helping her sister-in-law and niece. Her story made me think long and hard about what it was to be an entrepreneur and a successful


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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC “Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day,” were the first connected words I said as a very little child, according to my late parents. Does this predict a positive, optimistic attitude or perhaps a desire to give orders! Maybe this simply shows that I had a slightly precocious memory for the sound patterns of the English language, which, of course comes in handy today as I analyze the accented speech of my clients. In any case, water is one of the basic elements of life, along with earth, air and fire and, like the others, is found in many idioms and metaphors. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use water, rain, shower? 1 1. She felt like a fish out of water among all the debutants at the ivy-league college._____ 2. One advantage of the internship is that you can test the water to see if you really want to commit to that line of work. _____ 3. He was quite rude at their wedding several years ago but that’s water under the bridge now and they’re good friends.___ 4. The sight of her wonderful cake just made my mouth water! _____ 5. The new procedural guidelines water down the power of the department heads.___ 6. Even though he hadn’t been to preschool, my little boy took to kindergarten like a duck to water. _____ 7. I’m afraid that your excuse for being late to the meeting won’t hold water._____ 8. I hate to pour cold water on your suggestions but we just can’t afford these improvements right now._____ 9. Don’t forget your wife’s birthday or you’ll be in hot water! _____* 10. Business was so slow last year that it was really hard to keep our head above water. _____ 11. I can’t go to the conference with you because my sister’s wedding is that weekend and blood is thicker than water. _____ 12. The company is out of funding and dead in the water._____ 13. Her singing blew me out of the water._______ 14. I’ll be at your concert, come rain or shine!_____ 15. She had a flat tire and then a pebble flew up and cracked the windshield! It never rains but it pours!______ 16. Take your umbrella! It’s raining cats and dogs!_____ 17. I wouldn’t ask him to organize that trip. He doesn’t know enough to come in out of the rain. _____ 18. The play was a big hit and the audience rained down complements on the actors. _____ 19. My son’s Little League soccer game was rained out._____ 20. I’m shopping for a gift to bring to the baby shower. ______

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Carnatic Music- Classification of Ragas By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, last month, we looked at the most basic way of classifying ragas as either mela ragas or janya ragas. This month, we look at further ways to classify ragas based on certain characteristics. While readers may wonder whether such exercises are relevant only from a theoretical perspective, in reality, it is helpful to anybody- a student or a lay listener of Carnatic music as it not only familiarizes you with terms used in Carnatic music, but also helps explain why ragas are sung in a particular way. As we discussed last time, a janya (child) raga is a raga said to be derived from a melakartha (parent) raga. For the most part, a janya raga will have the same swaras as the parent raga; however janya ragas may also include one or two “foreign” swaras primarily to enhance the melodic beauty of the raga. Janya ragas which take only the notes present in their parent raga are called Upanga Ragas. Examples of these ragas include Malahari, Arabhi, Mohana among others. Janya ragas which, in addition to the notes present in the parent raga, use “foreign” notes are called Bhashanga Ragas. These anya swaras (foreign notes) occur in certain characteristic phrases (sancharas) of the raga and bring out the raga svarupa (embodiment of the raga). Examples of Bhashanga ragas include Bhairavi and Bilahari among others. Janya ragas can also be classified based on the number of swaras present in the arohana (ascending scale) and avarohana (descending scale). The terms sampurna (all seven swaras present), shadava (six swaras present) and audava (five swaras present) are used to describe the araohana and avarohana. Thus the raga Arabhi is an example of an Audava-Sampurna (5 notes in arahona, 7 notes in avarohana) raga while the ragam Sriranjini is an example of a shadava-shadava (6 notes in arohana, 6 notes in avarohana) raga. Till we meet next time, do listen to the Carnatic raga Bhairaviyou will find multiple samples of this raga on the Internet. Since Bhairavi is a janya raga, look up the parent raga (and its scale) and then find the anya swara in the raga Bhairavi. Do email me your answers- I look forward to hearing from you!

What is meant by Shruti? Swar is the main important element in Hindustani classical music. There are 12 notes in one scale. Indian music originates from swar, or note. Swar is an offering of the self through sound. The seven swar or notes of the scales are: Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, and Ni. These notes have a few note variations in sharps and flats; there are four komal or flat note variations, and one tiwra, or sharp variation. Shudha Swar – 7 (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni), Komal – 4 (Re, Ga, Dha, Ni), Tiwra – 1 (Ma) The 7 Swar or notes originated from 22 Shrutis. Shruti is a sound vibration or frequency. There are 12 Swar or notes and 22 Shrutis in Indian Classical. According to the Ancient Shruti’s theory – The following shows the division of notes in 22 shrutis. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa – on 4th Shruti, Re – 7th Shruti, Ga – 9th Shruti, Ma – 13th Shruti, Pa – 17th Shruti, Dha – 20th Shruti, Ni – 22nd Shruti. Sa, Ma and Pa have 4 Shrutis, Re and Dha have 3 Shrutis, Ga and Ni have 2 Shrutis. The ancient Shruti’s theory is not in use now. The Modern Shruti’s theory – The following shows the division of notes in 22 shrutis. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa – on 1st Shruti, Re – 5th Shruti, Ga – 8th Shruti, Ma – 10th Shruti, Pa – 14th Shruti, Dha – 18th Shruti, Ni – 21st Shruti. The Modern Shruti theory is in use now, because the notes are evenly distributed and can be easily sung.

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The tabla evokes and invokes. It can playfully mimic a cricket bowler’s moves or capture the sensual arc of deer’s leap. Now a familiar sound in the West thanks to lightning-fast masters like Zakir Hussain and innovators like Talvin Singh, the essential Indian classical instrument was traditionally on the sidelines, its emotional power harnessed to support other performers. That’s no longer the case. Tabla comes center stage in the hands of the young, highly trained players of Talavya, a quartet that revels in the tabla’s hidden potency as a rhythmic and melodic instrument capable of expressing just about anything. The ensemble distills the age-old spirit and practice of tabla into a high-energy, highly accessible evening that reveals the instrument’s true joys. “Our goal is to present Indian classical music in a contemporary language that can be enjoyed by more people,” explains Rushi Vakil, performer and group leader. “The language of tabla is really graceful, full of different tempos, energies, and emotions. All the shades of music can be found in it.” Talavya is the brainchild of Pandit Divyang Vakil, a tabla maestro and master teacher who gave up a successful performance career to dedicate himself to guiding students and composing music. “Over the years, I have seen the audiences for pure classical music shrinking. I wanted to breathe new life into the art and expand its reach,” explains Vakil. In order to do so, he changed the presentation style and “worked to make this drum’s language accessible to all.” The son of a philosopher and a Montessori-influenced teacher, Vakil, affectionately and respectfully known as “Guruji,” began playing tabla at age three and takes an unorthodox approach to his tradition and his teaching. In an unusual move, he studied with masters from three different gharana, or lineages, drawing on each in shaping his own direction. Though tabla ensembles are a relatively new development, Talavya applies the same rigor to their performance as they would to a solo piece, insisting on split-second perfection and pitch-perfect tuning of their drums. Though they can play with the spark and passion of a rock drum solo, the accompanying harmonium and their honed rhythmic sense keeps their playing grounded in the cycle of beats their forbearers played in for millennia. Yet within this technical excellence, Guruji also encourages each student to find a distinctive voice. This touch means the performers of Talavya let their personalities shine in concert. Mop-topped Sahil Patel rarely stops smiling and looks for the

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Personal Finance Personal Umbrella Policies By A.J. Shah As some of you may remember, in the last issue of Saathee, we touched on the importance of having an umbrella policy – especially for small business owners. This prompted many of you to call our office wanting to know more about personal umbrella policies. We enjoyed talking to many of you personally, but for those of you we didn’t have a chance to connect with yet, we thought it would be a good idea to spend a few minutes this month focusing on personal umbrella policies. Some basics worth knowing include: What is a Personal Umbrella Liability policy? A personal umbrella policy is liability coverage above and beyond the coverage afforded by a regular policy, and it is sold in coverage increments of $1 million. The term “umbrella” is used because it covers liability claims from all policies underneath it, such as automobile insurance and homeowners insurance. For example, if one carries an auto insurance policy with liability limits of $250,000 and a homeowner’s insurance policy with a personal liability limit of $300,000, then with a $1 million umbrella policy, the auto liability claim limit becomes $1,500,000 and the homeowners personal liability claim limit becomes $1,300,000. What does it cover? In addition to paying for claims and lawsuits over your current liability limit, an umbrella policy also provides added coverage for defense costs and covers some lawsuits that may not be covered by your current underlying home or auto insurance. This includes liability incidents that may happen on vacation, while playing sports, or serving on a non-profit board of directors, just to name a few.

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To better explain it, let’s look at a few examples: You own investment real estate and someone gets hurt at the property. The insurance for the rental property may respond up to the liability limit, but your umbrella policy will respond after those limits are exhausted. You have an auto policy with $250,000 in bodily injury coverage. After an at-fault auto accident, you’re found liable for a $1,250,000 judgment for injuries and property damage. Your auto coverage “runs out” at $250,000. You can now be held responsible for the remaining $1,000,000. If you don’t have the money, you can be required to sell your assets and have a lien against your future earnings –but if you had a personal umbrella policy, it would cover the additional $1,000,000. Your neighbor dives into your swimming pool and breaks his neck. Your homeowners would pay up to the personal liability limit, usually about $300,000. The umbrella liability coverage would be available to pay the rest up to the umbrella policy limit. You host a party, someone else brings alcohol, and someone underage gets hurt or liability from a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge.

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Itemized Deduction expense documents: In case you itemized your deductions you will have to maintain all the expense receipts, mileage logs and other documentation that help substantiate your expenses. Remember, with IRS the rule during an audit is you prove it or lose it! It is recommended to maintain a scanned backup of documents in case you misplace or lose the originals. Business records: Business records can become a nightmare to maintain. Since your income is not directly reported to the IRS as in the case of a salaried W2 income, the IRS is even more stringent when it comes to checking business records. If you have a sole proprietorship and have filed business loss on your personal return along with Schedule C, make sure you maintain all possible income and expense records. Keep in mind there is an unusual number of IRS audits on small businesses that file Schedule C along with Individual 1040 return. At K&M Accounting and Tax Services we recommend our self-employed clients to manage their business in a separate entity such as an LLC, S-Corporation or C-Corporation. 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. Hold on to the tax returns for at least three years after the immigration case is completed. In case you plan to sponsor any relatives for Green Card, you may be required to provide your tax returns as proof of income to support the relatives.

Social Security Records: Check with the Social Security Administration each year to confirm that your payments have been appropriately credited. If the Social Security Administration records are wrong, you IRS Statute of Limitations - Three Year Rule will need the W-2 or copy of your Schedule C (if you are self employed) to prove the correct amounts. Don’t dump those This rule limits the number of years that IRS can audit your records until after you’ve validated those contributions. tax returns. For assessment of additional taxes, the statute of limitation runs generally three years from the date you file your Several financial documents are required at the time of return. The idea behind this is that after a period of years, applying for home mortgage. Typically for the self employed, records are lost or misplaced and memory isn’t as accurate as banks will ask for past three years of business tax return along well. Once the statute of limitations has expired, generally with personal tax return. speaking the IRS can’t go after you for additional taxes. There are exceptions to this general three year rule: • Failure to report all income (Remember IRS expects you Keep in mind this column and the articles published here are only report your global income) and the unreported amount being meant to provide you with high level information about tax and more than 25 percent of the income shown on the return, business matters and in no way should you consider this as tax advice. increases the limitation period to six years. Consult your tax advisor regarding your individual tax situation. • Claiming loss from a worthless security increases the This Article provides only an overview to the complex Tax Laws. It is limitation period to seven years. not exhaustive nor a substitute for Independent Tax Advice provided • If you file a “fraudulent” return, or don’t file at all, the by a Tax Accountant or a Tax Attorney familiar with your case. 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. Krutika Chheda

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Marketing Turnaround By Gail Z. Martin

Time Management: Gain New Customers in Less Time on Twitter, Facebook The biggest key to productivity on social media is keeping your top goal firmly in mind and approaching your online time with an action-list. Go onto Facebook or Twitter with one to three tasks that can be accomplished in 10 to 30 minutes, and keep your mind on business while you’re there. By using this “power surge” process, you accomplish more in less time and avoid distractions during working hours. What can you do in such a short time? You can invite people to become your friend or “like” your page, ask a question or make a comment to someone who is already a friend or who has liked your page, post a quote or short tip, or check out what top speakers and experts are posting on their sites. You can post a link to a helpful article, or set up a Facebook ad. Shoot a quick video with your smartphone and post it to YouTube. Take a photo and add it to Pinterest. You’ll be amazed what you can get done in a short period of time when you keep your activity focused on achieving your top goal and reaching your ideal audience.

Online Review Sites: The Power of Word Of Mouth with Yelp and Citysearch Productivity is all about getting more results from the time or money invested. Promotion is one of the areas where businesses look to increase their productivity; in other words, to get more bang for their buck. Online reviews and directories are yet another tool businesses can use to get their name out in front of more potential consumers and reach them during their decision process, when prospects are actively planning a purchase. Many people remember when there was only one directory: the phone book. As a growing number of consumers migrate to cell phones instead of land lines, phone books have become less valuable, both to businesses looking to be found in their pages, and to telemarketers using them as a way to cold call. But with the rise of the Internet, a new breed of directory has taken hold, a hybrid of the old phone book category listing crossed with a dynamic, interactive social media tool where consumers can provide feedback to merchants and communicate among themselves. Yelp, Yahoo! Local, and Citysearch are three of the most popular online directories. They include a wide variety of business types, ranging from products to services to hospitality/entertainment, combining basic information such as company name, address and phone number with the option for customers to add comments. The company information may have been added by a consumer, or by the company itself. Categories are rarely exhaustive listings of every business in that service type (but then again, the old phone directories only included companies willing to pay for an ad).

Most directory sites create their basic content in two ways: collecting publicly available information from other published sources, and allowing users to add sites live online. This means that your business may already be out there, so it’s a good reason to Google your company on a regular basis to see where you’re showing up and to make sure that your basic information (address, contact information, category) is correct. You may have also been added by a recent customer, or by a helpful bystander who knew about your firm and wanted to make the listing more complete. You can also add your own company, and there are some strong reasons why you should consider doing so, if you’re not already out there. The first reason for making sure you’re represented in online directories has to do with consumers’ preferences. Today’s consumers turn to online sources for information gathering far more often than they pick up a printed directory of any kind. Online information is believed to be more accurate because it can be frequently updated than a printed document. Obviously, this isn’t always the case (incorrect information can be posted just as easily as accurate information, and sites don’t always get updated as frequently as they should be). In general, though, consumers have had good luck finding the information they’re looking for online, so they come back again when they need to search for something else. Most directories for the general public (i.e. not a membership directory for an organization) list companies for free, because they want users to add content. If your company isn’t in the directory, consumers in a hurry may not bother to look further, and you lose out. The second reason for being in online directories is word of mouth. Consumers have always trusted what other “real” people say about a business more than they trust paid advertising. Before the Internet, those conversations took place over the back yard fence, in the line at the grocery store, or at social events. Now, consumers like to read reviews posted by other customers before making a choice to buy. They’re not only interested in the quality of the product; they also want to know about the quality of the customer service provided by the merchant. The third reason for being in online directories is searchability. Every time your company appears online, it helps to boost your search engine results. The more people are talking about your company and the more places it appears online, the higher the search engines place it in their results pages. Being present online pays off, not just in being visible on an individual directory site, but also through the secondary boost every online mention gives to your Google results.

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Healthwise By Chetan Deshmukh STROKE: Taking Pulse of Your Cardiovascular System The brain is a complex organ that functions every minute of the day and night without our conscious knowledge. To a large extent the brain is constantly renewing itself through new connections and interaction with the outside world. It can even heal itself to some degree. The Brain and Spinal Cord are considered to be the seat of knowledge and movement. These two structures make up our Central Nervous System. This Central Nervous System works very closely with our Heart and Lungs (also known as the Cardio-Respiratory System). The Brain, through it numerous connections also controls our breathing, heart beat and basic bodily functions. The brain, however, cannot function without the help of the Cardiovascular System or the Respiratory System. Blood supply is absolutely critical to the normal healthy function of the brain and nervous system. Oxygen from our lungs passes onto the blood cells to form hemoglobin. This oxygen, from our lungs, attaches itself to the red blood cells (RBC’s) and then goes to the heart. The heart then pumps the blood to the rest of the body (including the nervous system). In ancient days, health practitioners were able to use their skill and knowledge related to the quality, intensity and quantity of pulse (heart beat) to determine the type of disease or ailment. Through modern technology and research we have made substantial gains in understanding the onset of diseases in children and adults. Stroke (aka. Paralysis) or Cerebro-Vascular Accident (CVA) is an acute condition that arises from one of many reasons related to high blood pressure, blockage of blood supply to the brain or from hemorrhage. Among the causes listed above, high blood pressure (hypertension) and blockage of blood supply are most commonly seen as the reason for developing a stroke. Hemorrhage from a ruptured blood vessel that surrounds the brain can occur due to high blood pressure or from direct injury (such as in a motor vehicle accident or from a serious fall resulting in a head injury). Another related reason for a stroke may include increased pressure in the brain from a tumor that places direct pressure on the delicate structures of the brain.

Therapy (Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation) Ask your physician about a stroke rehabilitation (rehab) program. This is usually covered by your insurance company and you should ask for it. Ask your physician to recommend Occupational Therapy which can help you improve the function of your hand and upper extremity. You need therapy to help you manage bathing, dressing, eating, and other basics of daily living. Stroke rehabilitation is training and therapy to help you learn to do everyday things you can no longer do since your stroke. The focus will depend on how the stroke has affected your ability to do the things you want and need to do. Rehab begins in the hospital, as soon as possible after the stroke. You will have a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists to help you relearn daily activities, such as eating, bathing, and dressing. You may need help to learn how to walk or talk again. If the stroke damaged your memory, you will learn ways to improve it. You will recover faster if you begin rehab soon after the stroke and do a little every day. Most rehab programs offer at least 3 hours of therapy a day, 5 or 6 days a week. But even with rehabilitation, you may not be able to do everything you could before the stroke. Contact an occupational therapist to learn more. Medicines • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor if you think you are having a problem with your medicine. You may be taking several medicines. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines for depression, pain, sleep problems, anxiety, or agitation. Additionally, your doctor may have given you medicine that prevents blood clots to prevent another stroke. • Do not take any over-the-counter medicines or herbal products without talking to your doctor first.

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Court System: Sequestration has cut the federal judiciary’s budget by almost $350 million for the 2013 fiscal year, which is already half over. In Massachusetts, public defenders will have to take 16½ furlough days — which could lead to a backlog in the court system — and funding for drug and mental health services will be cut by 20 percent. In Dallas, the public defender’s office will close every Friday for next six months. And in New York, public defenders representing Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a former Al Qaeda spokesman and a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden charged with conspiring to kill Americans, requested this week that a federal judge push back the trial date because of furloughs in their office. “It’s extremely troublesome to contemplate the possibility of a case of this nature being delayed because of sequestration,” Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday. “Let me say only that — stunning.” Wow. Has anybody beaten sequestration? Yes. Weeks before the sequester hit, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack started describing how his department would have to furlough meat inspectors if the cuts went through, forcing meat-processing plants to shut down on furlough days. His talk convinced the meat inspectors’ union and other industry heavyweights to start lobbying. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Chicken Council, the National Turkey Federation went to work, and the Senate ended up moving $55 million from other Agriculture Department programs to the inspectors.

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But there’s more to the equation than taxes. The failure of those fiscal policies that assumed wealth would “trickle down” has greased the rungs of the American ladder to success. That has meant important changes in social policy, in access to education and health care. And the changes have coincided with enormous global historical shifts. And, economists point out, this multitude of factors has conspired to remove many of the rungs on the ladder altogether. Global trends have exacerbated the stagnation in the middle and lower rungs of society. The waning of trade union power, particularly in the US, removed some of the leverage working class people once had to keep wages growing. The collapse of Soviet communism freed millions but also added millions of low-wage workers to the global economy, placing downward pressure on middle and lower tier incomes, and giving


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Ishq – the Saga of Unrequited Love Nrityangan Cultural Academy presents a performance of dances on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm at Elevation Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race Church, 8835 Blakeney Professional Dr., Charlotte. All proceeds Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce presents the from the event will be donated to “Maiti Nepal” charitable 14th Annual Charlotte Asian Festival, 8th Annual Dragon Boat trust. Tickets are $10 - $15. For further details call 704.840.5495 Festival Race and 10th Annual Miss Asia Carolinas. The festival or write to will celebrate Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. It takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Ramsey Char Dhaam Trip Creek Park, Cornelius, NC. The festival is free to attend. For Charlotte’s Hindu Center Senior Citizens Group presents a char further details visit dhaam trip visiting temples and tourist attractions in Fusion Concert The Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) presents a fusion concert by the famed percussion group Talavya on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7pm in the Dana Auditorium, Queens University, Charlotte. For further details visit Sunderkand Path Shri Ashwinkumar Pathak, the founder of Jai shri Ram Sunderkand Parivar in Amdavad, will perform Sangeetmai Sunderkand Path at HSNC in Morrisville, NC on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7pm. Guruji Shri Ashwin Kumar Pathak has only one mission in his life that is to distribute the essence of Sunderkand the 5th chapter of Shri Ram charitmanas among the commonest person in the society. He has preached Sunderkand in entire India and in various parts of the world. For further details visit Sri Sita Swayamvaram Sri Venkateswara Temple will present a dance ballet by Kuchipudi legend Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sharma Garu and his troupe on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 6 pm at the HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville, NC. The troupe will perform scenes from the Ramayana. The performance is part of Ram Navami celebrations. Tickets range from $15 - $100. For details call 919.468.0040 or visit Shankar Ehsaan Loy

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Why They Do What They Do; and We Can Bring Home the Dough and Roll Out the Rotis. A discussion on “Indo-US Relations: The Past, Present, & Future,” was moderated by Toni Sawhney. During a special session organized by the Women’s Forum, Asha Parekh shared with the audience her enchanting experiences of being a female star in the Bollywood world. “We are proud to be women. From the beginning of humanity we have been at par with men, but in recent centuries we became dependent on men,” she said. “Let us get together and empower ourselves and make this world a better place for everyone to live.” Dr. Ameesha Pandya Kansupada, moderator of the Women’s Forum, spoke on worklife balance, while focusing on empowerment and optimism for women. In her address on “Using drama to enhance life skills in children with learning disabilities,” Swaroop Sampat Rawal, a social activist and UN Ambassador, shared with the audience her life’s journey to be a social activist. Rawal, an honored guest at the Forum, spoke on empathy, community service and relationships. Vani Hari, a management consultant and food activist writer, spoke passionately about the need to spread information about what additives are really being used in the American food supply. CIPS Woman of the Year 2013 Award went to Rekha Rajani of Wells Fargo for her works for the poor and the homeless both here in the US and India. Shivani Takkar, an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, danced to the tune of a medley of hit Bollywood numbers showcasing her talents. Posh Pari, a New York-based group that takes the glamour of Bollywood, blending it with the attitude and practicality of New York City, presented a Fashion Show that displayed a touch of modernism and a reflection of their era. AAPI has earned recognition among its nearly 100, 000 physicians and fellows, governments of India and the United States, and industry leaders around the world as a prestigious ethnic organization that facilitates and enables Indian American Physicians, serving its members helping them to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs. For more details, visit:

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“The density of large cats is totally dependent on prey. The more prey you have, the more [predator] animals you have.” Until city and forest officials find a way to collect garbage and cull the area’s stray dogs, the hope for local residents and conservationists is that a greater density of leopards doesn’t necessarily mean more leopard attacks. Athreya argues that leopard attacks spiked between 2000 and 2004 (including 84 attacks in two years alone) primarily because widespread panic forced forest officials to trap and relocate supposed problem animals — mostly by dropping them deeper into the park itself. “Any leopard seen anywhere, its home was Sanjay Gandhi National Park, by our definition,” Athreya said. “That was what used to happen until 2005. Leopards rescued in Nashik, leopards rescued in Pune ... were all sent into Sanjay Gandhi National Park. We thought that was the right thing to do.” Instead of removing a threat, however, the relocations opened up a territorial vacuum for new leopards to move in. So attacks continued wherever a leopard was removed. Meanwhile, the relocated leopards grew more aggressive in targeting human habitations since they were thrown into ranges already occupied by hostile rivals. Or they just made their way back home, sometimes traversing hundreds of kilometers to get there. “Everybody thinks trapping is the solution,” Athreya said. “But it actually worsens the problem.” Since the forest department realized that relocation should only be used as a last resort — removing animals that have actually attacked people — the frequency of attacks has gone down dramatically. At the height of the relocation craze, between 2002 and 2004, there were some 84 leopard attacks in the area, an average of 28 a year. Between 2005 and 2010, the average number of attacks plunged to two per year. But a dramatic increase in the human population has resulted in another spike in attacks — including seven fatal maulings in 2012 and several more this year. The number of people living inside the park has ballooned from a few hundred to at least 10,000 over the past five years, according to Jalpesh Mehta, whose non-profit Empower Foundation works with these communities. And with every attack, the forest department faces more pressure from local residents and the politicians who represent them to set traps and relocate animals. Understandably, tempers run hot. On the night forest officials captured the leopard believed to have dragged away 50-year-old Swetha Paghe, angry villagers armed themselves with iron rods, knives and cleavers to try to prevent the wildlife rescue team from taking the animal away. Only with the help of police, and after a long negotiation, could forest officials and volunteers get the leopard out. “People feel that we care more about the animals than we do about the people,” said Pawan S. Sharma, a volunteer who helped with the rescue. “Sometimes people say, ‘You are waiting for something to happen, and only then you will act.’”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: Sunu Sebastian ( or Charlotte Tamil Sangam Charlotte Tamil Sangam works to bring together the vibrant Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. For Further Details: Lakshmanan Krishnan ( or visit

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

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 4: Mahaprabhuji Patotsav The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Upcoming Events: Sunday, May 12: Vocal Concert by Sikkil Gurucharan at 3:30pm at Tate Hall CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan)

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

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

India Association of Charlotte (Festival Of India) The organization works to foster fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will is held in September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details on India Association of 92

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Charlotte’s activities or the Festival of India call: 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 4: Vocal recital by Anand Bhate at 4pm, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Sat, May 11: Fusion concert with Taalavya, 7pm, Dana Aud, Queens University For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

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 organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Wedesday, May 8, 2013 (Chaitra Vad Chaudas) Friday, May 10, 2013 (Vaishakh Sud Ekum) Sunday, May 12, 2013 (Vaishakh Sud Bij) Friday, May 24, 2013 (Vaishakh Sud Chaudas) Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Vaishakh Vad Bij) All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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

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who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. For Futher Details:; email: 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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Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

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 @

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

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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Organizations Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605

origin that are age of 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, April 13 where members will celebrate Ram Navami. A lecture on yoga, asanas, and pranayam will be given at this meeting. For Further Details: Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588 Raojibhai Patel 252.236.4391 Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission promotes spiritual growth; it was started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. For Further Details: Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926

Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen),

Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 |

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Community Organizations Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.)

Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajan and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Traingle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote 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 NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings: Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open). Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am; Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events are held and all major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga Classes(twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Sun, May 12: Sri Sita Swayamvaram, a colorful dance ballet by Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma at 6pm. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious


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Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. If you need assistance transitioning into the workforce after losing your primary source of income from a significant other due to divorce, separation, death or disability, ask about eligibility to participate in New Choices, an economic self-sufficiency program for women. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, employability skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across South Asia and can provide services in many different South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree 104

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Community Organizations 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)

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Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details:

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


Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movies, potlucks, Indian concerts, performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. An opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: May 2013

Community Organizations Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month for the South Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends sing so bring your fans along if you wish and pass the word. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs including holiday favorites. Sessions are held at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh (919.361.5370) on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM but please call or e-mail for a confirmed date. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924, or Email at Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events.

For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self-realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613 More information: For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner 108

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Community Organizations 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:

Street in Durham, North Carolina 27704. For Further Details: 919.220.9917 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. 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

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


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Community Organizations - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) 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 Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Regional Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360

Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Sat, May 18: Second annual Day Cultural Program Sun, June 2: Hanuman Jayanti For Further Details:

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

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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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darshanâ&#x20AC;? on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683 / Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852

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Clues Down: 1. A person confined in a jail, as for some crime. 2. A county seat on the big island of Hawaii, on East coast. 3. The religion of Muslims. 4. A dense, white opacity of the cornea of the eye. 5. Internal Revenue Service. (*) 6. The soldiers who perform the construction/demolitions. 7. A motel along a highway. 8. The places used by turtles, hornets, fish etc. for breeding. 9. Edition. (*) 10. Compatible or congenial; that gets well with others. 13. A playing card with three spots. 15. The scientific study of fossil footprints. 20. Delightful; charming. (Informal) 22. The largest of the known satellites of Saturn. 23. Railroad. (*) 25. Impartially, uniformly, etc. 29. To heave up all anchors of and free (a ship). 31. Imaginary sea creature with the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish; a boy who swims well. 34. A Mediterranean tree with yellow flowers, leathery leaves and edible yellowish green color unripe fruits. 37. The Midwestern state of U.S. Cap: Des Moines. 39. Leeward; on or toward the lee side of a ship. 40. A wild donkey; stupid or fool (in Fables). 43. Left hand. (*) 45. Refusal or denial; nay. (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 23 + words = Excellent; 16 to 22 words = Good; 15 or less needs to improve. (Solution below) Word World (Solution): FLOE, FLOW, FLOWERS, FOES, FORE, FOWL, FOWLER, FROE, LOSE, LOSER, LOWER, LOWSE, ORLE, OWLS, REFLOW, RESOW, ROLE, ROWEL, SEROW, SLOW, SLOWER, SOLE, SWORE, WOLF, WOLFER, WORSE



The unused 14 letters spell that means NFL: National “ — —.”


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taking tendencies should be curbed. Your friends and associates will not come forward to help. The time will improve significantly in the last week of the month. Some para-psychic power will help you a lot during this phase of life. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) The time will fly for you. You will have tremendous energy to carry out day-to-day pursuits. You will dream and will try to materialize it. You may lose control over your spending. Even though the time is very good and relaxing, do not make any career or business-related major changes during this month. Also watch and don’t use lies to achieve success.

General Predictions for May 2013 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) This is neither a good or bad period. You will not see any significant happenings this month. Watch your health. Don’t dispute with your friends or associates. Don’t get involved in new business deals. Try to maintain the situation. The best thing you can do is “wait and watch.” Your luck won’t favor you at the same time there is not much destructiveness possible this month. Travel for family matters will bring good result.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) This is the time to slow down in life. You may want to throw a party, but is not advisable. Don’t get involved in new ventures and try to maintain your reputation. You will get reward in the coming period. Travel also should be avoided. It is advisable to spend some time for yourself. This will help you in rebuilding your reputation and personality. Income will be on the rise.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) An unexpected positive turn in social life will bring lots of luck for you. Your income is definitely going to rise due to your own efforts. Don’t forget to be easy and delighted. An increase in family member is also possible. You main gain a lot of success in business or job and will earn favor of your senior officers and authorities. It will be an action-oriented period for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Your hopes and aspiration will be realized in this month. You can enter into new enterprises. There will be lot of support from the well wishers. This month will bring substantial gains in your business, trade, and job. Avoid travel as far as possible. The period is not good for love life. You will see dramatic change in behavior of the relatives and family members.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) In the first half of the month, you might face difficulties in your day-to-day pursuits. Your competitors will try to tarnish your image. A dispute with partner and spouse is strongly indicated. But the month will end with some good advantage and a relaxed state of mind. Substantial financial gain is possible in last week of the month. Your friends or associates will bring good news for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You may have to change your plans due to unavoidable circumstances. You will see a change is on the way, and is happening for the sake of good. You may have to wait and remain patient. Remember that something is happening, you may feel losing something, but you wouldn’t be able to change it. Keep working on the project, you will start seeing good result after second week of the month.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) During this month however much you may try, you will not be able to maintain peaceful and good relations with your friends and siblings. Businessrelated travel could bring you good revenue in the second half of the month. Try to curb your expenses. Time is good for artists and politicians. Time is not good for buying a new vehicle. Also drive carefully.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Even though you will lose opportunity to get higher status, a marked increase in your income is indicated. You will feel more courageous. The journeys undertaken shall be fruitful. You would like to support your brothers and sisters. Your relations with your clients, associates and other concerned persons will definitely improve as the period rolls on. Speculation or inheritance can bring money for you.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Now is the time to act and make quick decisions. You will be very active and busy during this month. Don’t try to avoid or skip from your responsibilities. You main gain a lot of success in business or job and will earn favor of your senior officers and authorities. But watch your partners. Handle any problem with daring and confidence. You will enjoy love life. Brave always wins in love.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) This period will give you mental anxiety. Try to develop resistance towards odds. Your spouse’s health problem may disturb you more. Your friends, siblings or associates will help you. Family atmosphere will also be quite happy. Take advice from experienced but young people before making any decisions. You may develop eye or throat-related problem. Don’t increase your debt.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) During this month, clarity of thought will be missing. You will feel lack of confidence. You may not be able to keep perfect tuning with your own people.

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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Gas Station for sale in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Great Location with Busy traffic on Bus. 220. Good Cash Flow. Great Opportunity for Owner/Operator Call Mr. Green @ 336-314-0496. Motel for Sale: Augusta, GA. 45 Units independent with manager apartment. Busy Hwy, serious inquiry only. Call 678-665-8376. Branded Gas-Station / C-Store for sale near Charlotte. Inside sale 40,000. Gallons 35,000 plus lottery commission & ATM. rent only $3500. Call 704-724-9342 C-Stores: Gresham, SC, $425K + Inv., GR $1.3M; Statesville, NC, $120K + Inv., GR $2.2M; Denver/Lake Norman, NC 110K+ Inv, GR 1.2M. 704-821-8888 or

Indian Restaurant for sale in Raleigh / Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for Durham area. Fine dining , established, a couple or single. Full-Time for 100 seating. leave mess 919.749.0707 convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, Dry Cleaner For Sale: Excellent profit Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975. making business in Triangle. Free standing building with drive-through Help Wanted: Full or part-time. Good facility option. Asking $465,000. Huge pay for threading practitioners and plant facility also for sale. Broker : esthetician with experience & good Latesh Patel: 919-342-9625. English skills. Charlotte, Raleigh, & Richmond areas. Please call 980-322-1110. Convenience store for sale: Located on IT busy highway near Shelby, NC. Gross Refulgent Technologies Inc.: staffing company is currently recruiting volume monthly $35000. Lottery, ATM, phone cards Commission separate. No Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA beer. Asking Good will $80000 plus candidates. We also do Training & inventory. Monthly rent $2500. Contact Placement. Contact Anu:  e-mail: or 704-405Dipak @ 864-590-7792 4238. Profitable Florist and Gift Store for sale in Morrisville (new Walmart Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: shopping center), also more room for House keepers, front desk (must speak your own ideas. Owner will train. fluent English), and General Manager/s Preferred Florist for FTD, 800Flowers. of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to Please call 858-663-3452. OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). EMPLOYMENT Now Hiring: Full or part time Retail OPPORTUNITIES: Sales Associate in Columbia SC. Babysitter Needed in Cary, NC for 2 Opportunity to advance quickly into management. Contact 706-877-0315. year old boy. Please call 347-489-9416.

Motel for Sale: Blue Ridge motel, Burnsville, NC (12 Rooms). Gross $60,000. Contact: Jay or Nick 704-778Help Wanted: For restaurant in 7210 or 828-682-9100 (Ext: 0) Charlotte area. No cooking required. Tobacco store for sale in busy and Contact at 704-964-2490. visible area in South Carolina. 32k + Nanny Needed: For 3 month old boy Lotto. Asking 40K plus inv. Pl call 864near Concord Mills mall Area. Mon - Fri. 529-2646. Please call 203-727-9540. Motels For Sale: Rock Hill, SC (60 Nanny / Babysitter Needed in Charlotte Rooms) and (39 Rooms). Motel for sale area for 1 year old. Please call 732-874-0108. in Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Call: Nick Help Wanted: Manager/couple for Patel 704-905-7945. franchised hotel 30 minutes from Liquor and conv. stores for Sale: Durham, NC. Must have legal status, Clover, SC. Gross sales $380,000fluent in english. TLC/maintenance $400,000 from both stores, monthly knowledge preferred. Start ASAP. expenses only $1,000 + $1600 rent; Please call 980-875-1944. Asking $95,000 plus inv ($45-$60k). Not Couple in Western NC seeking Indian negotiable. Call Rocky 803-810-5105. nanny preferably punjabi for 2 children. Two liquors stores for sale in Light household work/cooking. Able to Greenville, SC. Low rent. Asking 60k for drive. Start date end of June. Flexible both plus inventory. Please call 864-879hours, time off, references needed. 7657 or 864-270-3158. Please call 516-456-4487. C-Store for sale in Hickory, NC. Annual Nanny needed for 3 month old in sales inside $650K, 365K Gallons + Morrisville, Mon – Fri (8 – 6). Preferred: Lotto, Rent $3650 per month. Asking Gujarati, willing to cook and commute $198K. Call Dee 828-638-1040. herself. Please call: 919-449-8040. Retail Space available immediately Help Wanted: Full time for convenience near Chatham Square shopping area in store in McCormick, SC (near Augusta & Cary. Excellent location. 1275 square Greenwood). Good Pay. Call 704-299-8535 feet. For rent or sale. Call 919-649-1485. Boost Mobile Phone store for sale in Hotel Help wanted. Full time for all Charlotte, NC. Open 3 years, good shifts in North Carolina. Front desk and business. Call for more information 704- housekeeping. For more info call 910536-4508. 494-9244 or 704-400-0528.


Nanny Needed in N.Charlotte, NC for help with child care, cooking and light house keeping. M-F. Call 704-837-7271 or email Manager Couple Wanted: Motel in Charlotte NC. Energetic, fluent in English, computer skills & have legal status. Accommodations provided. Email: Threading job in Winston Salem. Hair Threading female position open for IMMEDIATE HIRE. Full-time or PartTime, for long term. Call 980-622-4386. Nanny Needed: Gujarati speaking live in Nanny needed in Cary, NC. Cooking and light housekeeping. Excellent pay and accommodation. (919) 444-1597. Help Wanted: Franchised Motel, Charlotte, NC. (part-time) Experienced front desk/night auditor needed. Must be honest / reliable / fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. House Keeper Needed for Franchise Hotel in Charlotte area. single or couple. Must have legal status. Accommodations provided. Please Call 704-730-7040. Front desk help wanted: Franchised hotel in Raleigh area need couple. Must speak English. Accommodation provided. Call 919-208-3513. May 2013

Now Hiring: Full/Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store. Located in Columbia & Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Contact Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681. Need Single/Couple For Front Desk Help: Must be of legal status. Must have computer and hotel experience. Accommodations provided. Call Ken Patel 919-452-3131. PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Seeking short term (May-June) rental or paying guest arrangement for mother/son visiting from India. Close to uptown & public transportation. Contact 980-297-4855 or For Rent: 3 BR, 2 BA Condo for rent in Ballantyne (Charlotte). 1484 sq ft. Walking distance to Ballantyne Village. Call 407.616.0934 or E-mail: or SERVICES: Bridal Makeup & Hair By Naima in Charlotte. More info search Facebook for “bridal makeup Charlotte by Naima” or call 704-877-3537. Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 22 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270 Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist from Jaipur, India specializes in mehandi (henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 e-mail: website:

South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multilingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704231-0751. E-mail: Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Ami's Beauty in Matthews near I-485 exit 49 (Idlewild Rd). Eyebrows, Full Face, Waxing. 20 years experience. Call for Appointment. 704-882-3300 (H) or 704-877-9021 (C). Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704438-6334. Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area. Full service. Please call for appointment. 843-465-6048. Nanny available in the charlotte/preferred university area, Charlotte NC. Experience from 2 month old through 3 years old. Fluent in Hindi and Gujarati, beginner in English. Please contact 704-965-0763. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072.


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Index of Advertisers

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Matemu Law Office P.C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Neighborhood Clearners (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 OM Tech Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate - . . . . .57 Paresh Rawal Natak (Dear Father) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Patel, Kiran (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Patel, Tony (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Persis Indian Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .29 Rapid Car Care (Formerly Ali & Sons Car Care) . . . . . . . . . . .66 Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Ritu Selects - An Elegant Fashion Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) . . . . . . . .40 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 S S Photography Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34/35 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Shah, Sneha (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Sneha Creations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Spice South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Wells Fargo Advisors (Mark Markanda) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Yafa Market & Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Zaika (Moorseville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Zi Zi's Vegan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .93 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .75 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Asian Divas (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bhindi Plaza (Lease Space Available) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bombay Grill (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Bombay Grille (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 C2 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Café Nirvana (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) . . . . . . . . . .45 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Charlotte Solar Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Curry and Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Curry N Kabab (Cornelius) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Darpan Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Delhi Palace / Spices Of India (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . .103 Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) . . . . . . . .99 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Dimpal's Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Dione Infotech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Flower Accent (Wedding Planning and Décor) . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . . . . . .40 H2 Laser & Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64/65 HSNC (Pujya Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaishri) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Hues Designs Party Planning (Sapna Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 International Center for Meditation and Well Being . . . . . .126 ISKCON New Goloka (Hillsborough, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Jag Insurance Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Legacy Jewels / Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Live Spectrum Entertainment (SEL Show) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128

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Saathee Magazine May 2013 Charlotte  

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

Saathee Magazine May 2013 Charlotte  

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