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In this issue: Physicists are working on an NSA-proof Internet Visa restrictions turn Indian women into involuntary housewives in the U.S.

Hello Readers! Welcome to our 16th anniversary issue. Our first issue was a four-page photo copied flyer. We have evolved over the years to bring you the current issue that you hold in your hands. Let us know what you think. We always welcome comments, critiques, and suggestions. Physicists are building an NSA-proof Internet. It should be far more secure than today's web. See story on pg. 8. Scholars from across the globe convened in Durham to explore the plight of subaltern peoples in different areas of the world last month. See our coverage on pg. 14. The list of upcoming Desi movies is on pg. 18. Visa restrictions turn Indian women into involuntary housewives in the U.S. See the story on pg. 30. The U.S. government is paying to undermine internet security, not to fix it. See pg. 36 for the details. 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. The ever popular Pop’s puzzles and jokes are on pg. 116. 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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May 2014 – Issue # 193 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Ad Design / Layout: Nageshwar “Nate” Andrews Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Kirit Shukla, Judith L. Bergman, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Dilip Barman, Anjana Agarwal, Anita Kulkarni, Dipika Kohli, Balaji Prasad, Sumeet Shah, Raisa Chowdhury, Lakshmi Challa, Neal Patel and Jalendu Vaidya.

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An NSA Proof Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Subaltern Peoples Conference at Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Invountary Housewives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 U.S. Govt. Undermining Net Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Zero Emission Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 It Takes a Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Edit Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Meera Sanyal Contesting Elections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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Internet Physics at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Physicists have long struggled to come up with metaphors and analogies to describe entanglement, which is so hard to actually wrap the mind around that even Albert Einstein gave up and settled for calling it “spooky.” It involves creating two photons (particles of light) that, while independent of each other and free to travel long distances apart, are still tightly interrelated, almost as if they are not two separate photons but one indivisible photon pair. As photons travel, they spin; each part of the entangled photon pair spins in the exact opposite direction from the other. If something happens that causes either of the pair to change its spin, the other instantaneously changes its spin to compensate. Entangled photons act like a tripwire for any outside tampering — which is what makes a quantum internet so secure. In other terms, “quantum mechanics tell us that if you look at a quantum state you perturb it,” wrote Thomas Jennewein, an associate professor at the Institute for Quantum Computing and in the physics and astronomy department of Ontario’s University of Waterloo, in the institute’s 2013 annual report. (If you want to read more on the science, start by looking up the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the Schrödinger’s cat thought experiment.)

The next generation web — far more secure than today’s — is on the way. Here’s how it works. By Jeff Inglis - BOSTON — It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message had been intercepted or copied. The quest began in antiquity, with encryption and with the humble envelope — which not only kept out prying eyes but also showed if a message had been opened by someone other than its intended recipient. More recently, Edward Snowden’s revelations of spying by the National Security Agency have heightened concerns over electronic privacy, espionage and meddling. Despite centuries of innovation, today’s methods for secure communication are basically the same — and in some ways are even more vulnerable, given how easy it is to copy, store, and search electronic data. Scientists say a solution for truly private, tamper-free digital communication is underway, and should be commercially viable within a decade. For theoretical physicists, the solution has already existed for several decades, but the technology needs refining before it’s available on a mass scale across the internet. Still, the pieces of this ultra-secure, high-speed communications web are beginning to take shape in labs around the world. The system is based on quantum physics, and more specifically on the concept of “entanglement.” Entanglement is a topic that even hardened scientists discuss with a degree of wonder. “It’s quite mysterious, in fact,” said Félix Bussières, a senior researcher in the Group of Applied

The good and bad of the quantum internet So in the ideal case, wiretapping a quantum message system is impossible, Bussières said, because the wiretap will disturb the system, and the disturbance can be detected by the sender and recipient. “The principle is perfectly secure,” Bussières said. “One can use in principle the quantum properties of light ... to ultimately cipher communication ... in a way that is ... provably unbreakable.” This now works in the lab. It has even gone commercial: There is a small industry doing what is called quantum-key 8

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segments with less attenuation. But for distances (or geographic features) too large to handle usefully with optical fiber, there is another option: sending quantum signals by satellite. Jennewein, of the Institute for Quantum Computing, is on that task. He and his team have set their sights on sending entangled photons to satellites in low Earth orbit, likely somewhere around 300 to 360 miles above the ground. At present, open-air quantum transmissions have been achieved at around 100 miles, using transmitters and receivers that are very precisely aligned. (This gets harder when involving a satellite moving 15,000 miles per hour.) Jennewein’s current work covers several aspects of the puzzle, including aiming photons accurately at distant receivers that are moving, determining how much attenuation will happen in the atmosphere as it thins at higher altitudes, and improving detection of the weak signals that will arrive. One crucial challenge has not yet been undertaken: Because quantum sources need to be smaller and more energy-efficient before they are ready to fly in space, nobody has yet sent a quantum signal from a satellite back to Earth. Other efforts, which would expand bandwidth over those extended distances, are also in the works. “Quantum dots,” nanocrystals that conduct electricity, can simplify and even automate the process of emitting photons with particular entanglements on demand, which could help increase transmission rates, as would using light from LEDs instead of lasers. And repeaters capable of handling multiple quantum For nerds: solving the quantum quandary To transform quantum communications from a lab project signals simultaneously would speed things up as well. 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Bussières is working to improve quantum repeaters, which combine a photon detector, a quantum memory, and a photon source so that when a quantum signal needs to be transmitted, say 600 miles, that trip can be split by repeaters into shorter distribution — using quantum methods to generate encryption keys that are substantially more secure than more conventional ones. But the keys can only be shared across relatively small distances, no more than about 125 miles of optical fiber. The challenge is that the technology depends on photons (instead of electrons), and photons attenuate, or lose, their momentum over distance. It also means that quantum connections are quite slow (about one megabit per second, Bussières said) compared to standard internet communications speeds. That’s why the technology is being used for keys instead of entire messages. 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Hitting close to home The content of the conference struck personal chords for some in attendance. Audience members expressed that their affiliation with subaltern groups creates an identity void. Raleigh resident Khalil Briellard, for example, noted that despite many other similarities between the groups, one difference exists. Dalits can fully claim the term Indian, but American blacks must question what places they identify with. “We can’t necessarily say we’ll go back to Africa,” Briellard said. “What language do I speak? There is no attachment to a country. I don’t know what country I come from.” Story & photos by Raisa Chowdhury As a Dalit herself, Vimal Thorat, professor of Hindi at Scholars from across the globe convened in Durham to IGNOU The People’s University, has specialized in Dalit and explore the plight of subaltern peoples in different areas of the women’s literature and been engaged in activism in India. The challenges she has faced throughout her life have helped to world in early April. The Global Inequality Research Initiative at Duke University motivate her work. hosted a three-day conference titled “Subaltern Peoples: Comparative Experiences of African Americans, Dalits and Tribals.” Professors from various universities and institutes as well as several students who had taken a course at Duke on the topic discussed and shared research findings over the course of the academic gathering. “We don’t define diversity as the typical shades of brown, but diversity as how you define it,” said Rhonda Sharpe, director of GIRI and one of the main organizers of the conference. Both India’s Dalits and black people in the United States have faced discrimination and exclusion, although in different contexts, said Sukhadeo Thorat, professor of economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Blacks were denied their human rights and relegated based on their skin color and status as Sukhadeo Thorat (right) slaves. Comparably, Dalits are at the bottom of India’s social “Through your efforts you can change your class, but not hierarchy and “outcastes” of the Hindu caste system. Topics covered over the course of the three days ran the your caste,” she said. Within her department, she has struggled to garner support gamut, addressing economic and human development, the use of art in social movements, affirmative action policies in for the teaching of Dalit history and literature as part of the employment and education and strategies for utilizing data in curriculum because it would reveal the ugly history of how poorly Indians have treated other Indians. research. “One or two years I was under depression because I could not get any support from the system because they come from Affirming action The parallel histories of structural inequality have had a the same system and carry the same social divisions and they lasting impact. In general, both groups still have less access to don’t want me to push discourse,” she said. She added that the realistic and personal narratives based land, money, opportunities, employment and other resources, on lived experiences that Dalit and women writers in India Thorat said. Measures such as laws against discrimination, public publish are a part of a literary movement that is 70 years old housing and affirmative action policies in education and but is still falsely seen as a threat to mainstream literature, employment in both India and the United States have laid a particularly fiction or “kolpona.” “The realization is starting through the literature movement,” foundation for equity but are not enough alone, he added. “People seem to believe we live in a postracial America where she said. “I’m a writer. I’m a fighter, but nobody can stop me I don’t necessarily believe that’s the case,” said Duke junior because that is my aim in life. So I keep writing, writing, writing.” Sayoni Patel, who spent the semester investigating subgroup continued on page 82 inequality among U.S. blacks as a part of a GIRI research seminar.


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Aditi Rao Hydari plays Deaf and mute Character She debuted with unconventional cinema in Bollywood and recently began making a mark in the commercial film industry. Now Aditi Rao Hydari will be seen in the upcoming film Guddu Rangeela. The actress will be playing the role of a deaf and mute small town girl from Chandigarh. She told Bollywood Hungma that she has undergone intense training under a tutor for getting the nuances of the character right. She will be seen communicating with Amit Sadh in sign language in the film. The film is directed by Subhash Kapoor and also stars Arshad Warsi.

10 at a variety of prestigious New York City venues, including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to take place. “We are thrilled to be opening this year’s New York Indian Film Festival with Anurag Kashyap new film Ugly,” said festival director Aseem Chhabra. In addition, NYIFF announced this year’s centerpiece and closing films. Renowned actress and filmmaker Aparna Sen will close the festival with her latest work, Goynar Baksho. The film features the talents of her daughter, Konkona Sen Sharma. Renowned actress and first time director Geethu Mohandas with showcase her film Liar’s Dice as this year’s Centerpiece. It stars India’s leading indie film actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The New York Indian Film Festival is the oldest Indian film festival in the United States. It is dedicated to showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of Independent, art house, alternate and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent. NYIFF will run May 5 to May 10, 2014. For full details visit

Raja natwarlal Everyone knows he is huge fan of Big B, so Emraan Hashmi recently decided to change the title of his film Shaatir to Raja Natwarlal, inspired by the old title of the Amitabh - Rekha starrer Mr. Natwarlal. Hashmi plays the role of a conman Raja who is known for his notorious heists in disguise. According to director Kunal Deshmukh, Emraan represents the modern day Natwarlal like Amitabh Bachchan who duped people in the 1979 film. Hashmi believes that the new title is catchy and etches his character perfectly. Raja Natwarlal also stars Humaima Malick, Paresh Rawal, and Kay Kay Menon. It is slated for release in August.

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By Kirit Shukla Song: Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā ... Film: Non-filmy Year: 1965 Singer: Juthikā Roy Lyrics: Mira Bai Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Bhairavi Tāl/Rhythm: Teentāl Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā Lyrics in English: Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā, pānva padun main tori Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā jogi, pānva padun main tori Prema bhakti ke pantha hi nyāre, ham ko gyān batā jā Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā, pānva padun main tori... Agar chandan ki chitā rachāun, apane hāth jalā jā jalā jā jalājā Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā, pānva padun main tori... Jala jala bhai bhasma ki dheri, apane anga lagā jā Mirā kahe prabhu Giridhar nāgar, jyota men jyota milā jā Jogi mata jā mata jā mata jā, pānva padun main tori...

Tribute to Hindustani Classical Singers Juthikā Roy (1920 – 2014) Juthikā Roy, a prestigious Bhajan singer, also known as Modern Mira, was born as Renu Roy, on April 20, 1920, in Bengal. Most of her songs were non-filmy Bhajans (Devotional songs), except for songs she sang in two films: Ratnadeep and Lalkār. She was not so much into the glamour in modern society due to her avoidance singing for films and her simple, down to earth nature. She had no regrets for this. Singers in films, although it takes some time, do get popularity but not the prestige. Her first song was aired on All India Radio, Kolkata, when she was only seven, and her first Hindi Bhajan was recorded by HMV when she was about 13. People liked her songs from her very first recording due to her sweet voice. She remained unmarried all through her life and was highly influenced by the Ramakrishna Mission. Mahatma Gandhi listened to her Bhajans when he was jailed in Pune. She thought she was blessed by Gandhi for singing Bhajans. Nehru and other leaders of India also liked her Bhajans. She sang Bhajans and patriotic songs on Delhi radio on Aug. 15, 1947 on the Independence Day of India. She also sang in Bengali, Urdu, Tamil and Hindi. The decades from 1940’s to 1960’s were her golden era. Singers and music directors during her time expressed that they admired her songs. She used to visit Gujarat every year. Without any media fanfare, she passed away quietly at age 93, on February 5, 2014.

Meaning (Summary): Yogi, do not go away, I bow down humbly at your feet. Give us the knowledge regarding the path of love and devotion which is unique. Yogi, do not go away… If I make the pyre of sandalwood, put fire on it with your own hands. When it becomes ashes, rub it on your body. Yogi, do not go away ... O Krishna, Mira’s almighty God, enlighten us with your light. Awards Yogi, do not go away, I bow down humbly at your feet... 1972 - Padma Shri by Gov’t of India. 2008 - Rs. 118000 paid to her in Ahmedabad, for a book of her biography translated in Gujarati.

Some of her popular Bhajans: Darshan binā prabhuji, Ghunghat ka pat khola, Paga ghungharu bāndh Mira nāchi, Kanhaiyā pe tan man, Tore angse ang milāke kanhāi, Tulsi Mira Sur Kabir, Bādal dekh rahi, Bolre madhuban mein, ākash tale jab deep, Roti ankhiyān, Chupke chupke bol mainā, Main to wāri jāun Rama, Anjān nagar anjān dagar, Maine chākar rākhi ji, Main Rama nāma ki churiyān pahenu, Meri veenā ro rahi hai and so on. Her famous Hindi song lyrics “Jogi mata jā mata jā ...” are given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on this page. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge & love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

You can watch and hear this song along with other songs on YouTube. Our special thanks to Siddharth Shukla for always assisting in identifying the classical Raga & Tal/Rhythm of evergreen classical songs in the past.


May 2014

Hindustani Music:  The role of Ragas in Spiritual Enlightenment

Indian Classical Music Carnatic music- Swara Kalpana By Smitha K. Prasad

Dear readers, as you are well aware by now, Carnatic music offers immense opportunities for an artist to showcase his/her creativity while staying within the framework of the grammar of Carnatic music. This month, I will take a detailed look on one such aspect of creativity viz. swara kalpana (spontaneous improvisations of swaras). In previous columns, I have explained the differences between kalpita sangeetham and manodharma sangeetham. To recap briefly, kalpita sangeetham refers to preset compositionsexamples range all the way from the initial structured lessons like geethams, swarajathis and varnams and later on to krithis, which are also preset, but offer scope for creativity. Manodharama sangeetham refers to spontaneous improvisationthis improvisation usually occurs as alapana (elaboration of the raagam), neraval (spontaneous improvisation of a preset line in a krithi), kalpana swaram (spontaneous improvisation in swaras), tanam (method of raagam improvisation using rhythmic syllables) and pallavi (another method of raagam elaboration where a single line is chosen for elaboration and sung in various tempos). In swara kalpana, the musician presents aspects of raga bhava (characteristics) through the medium of swara sancharas- i.e. the notes of the raga are rendered in their sruthis with gamakas (ornamentation of notes) and intonation. Kalpana swaras are usually sung for any section of the krithi or even a relevant line of the composition; very rarely does one hear kalpana swaras for other compositional forms such as varnam. Kalpana swaras should always be viewed as a method of bringing out the raga bhava. One of the important points while performing kalpana swaras is that the swara pattern always ends on a note from where it is suitable to render the line of lyrics chosen. The rendering of the swara passages usually starts off in a slower speed (madhyama kala) and transitions to the druta kala (faster speed); however it is not unusual for musicians to render swaras in either of these speeds. Swara kalpana passages are ideal for musicians to show their command over laya (rhythm) aspects- it offers the scope to sing free-flowing swaras (sarvalaghu swaras) or create interesting rhythmic swara patterns (kanakku), changes in nadais, etc. The cardinal rule of swara kalpana is that it is composed by the artist spontaneously and not written out beforehand. Till we meet next time, do listen to examples of kalpana swarams in different ragas- you will be able to find many samples from different artists on the Internet.

By Anita Kulkarni

Raga is a musical meditation tool, being used for spiritual enlightenment. Ragas affect the various chakras in a body. Ragas are designed to help activate specific chakras, which allow the Kundalini energy to rise easily and energize and nourish the chakra. The raga also influences the chakra to maintain its optimum spin and balance, ensuring a balanced energy supply to different organs that are connected to the specific chakra. The raga Shyam Kalyan helps activate the Mooladhara chakra. Chastity, innocence and wisdom are established in the process. This raga develops the quality of the Earth Element, i.e., gravity within, and our sense of smell and direction. The raga Gurjari Todi (close to Subhapantuvarali in Carnatic Music) has a capacity to cool down the Liver. This raga and the raga Yaman help activate the Swadishthan chakra that governs our attention. Both ragas help focus wandering or wavering attention, which is crucial for effective meditation. These ragas also develop the quality of the Fire Element and make our personality creative, balanced, closely attentive and spiritual. The raga Abhogi helps activate the Nabhi chakra and stimulates the digestion process. When the Kundalini enters this Chakra, the Chakra is cleansed, bringing about a change of attitudes and inner transformation. This raga is also known to bring about de-addiction [addiction cure?] in human beings — it helps one give up vices and impulsive or compulsive habits. This raga helps develop the quality of the water element. The ragas Bhairav and Durga have a power of Divine bliss and protection. Both help activate the Anahat chakra. When the Kundalini touches the heart chakra, Raga Bhairav activates spirituality in the person. Raga Durga boosts self-confidence and helps develop the quality of the air element. These ragas also enhance the Divinity and Immunity in children.

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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich The origin of Malwai Giddha and Bhangra Recently, Bhangra dance and music is commonly associated with contemporary musicians. I thought it will be interesting to take you back to the origins of this dance and introduce you to another dance called Malwai Giddha. Bhangra is actually a harvest dance performed in Punjab, North India. More than 80 percent of Indians have been engaged in cultivation for centuries. Since the Hindu Dharma is not a religion but a way of life, various agricultural operations are associated with rituals and festivals known as utsavas. Right from the time of preparing the soil for sowing seeds to the end of harvesting, various kinds of dances are performed to thank God and to seek blessings. The main crops in Punjab are wheat and sugarcane. Bhangra is associated with wheat cultivation. This is one of the most robust dances performed only by men. After the wheat seeds are sown the Bhangra is performed during the full moon night. To describe the setting, in an open place the leading drummer plays Dhol, the drum with two faces. One face is played by the fingers and the other with a blunt stick. The rhythmic patterns played on the Dhol are very exhilarating. When the dancers hear the drum beat they gather in an open place wearing a lungi (long piece of cloth), kurtha (long shirt), waist coat and turban. The clothes are very colorful and attractive. In earlier days the primary orchestra was the drum. The Dholak player is the leader and is usually accompanied by a couple of folk singers. As the rhythm changes, the dancers shout with great zest the typical catchphrases like Bale-Bale, Oai-Oai, and Uhun-Uhun, to lift the spirits of the dancers and audiences alike. Then there is the forgotten dance called Malwai Giddha. Giddha is danced by women but this folk dance is performed by men of Malawi region of Punjab. This dance was originally performed by old men called Babey. It originated in the Village Chatha in the Malwai region of Punjab and was known as “Chathian Waley Baabeyan Da Giddha” then “Baabeyan Da Giddha” and presently it is known as Malwai Giddha. This dance style requires much more talent as the dancers have to sing, play instruments and dance. The most common instruments are Tumbi, Chimta, Kato, Sapp and Kartara. We showed a glimpse of this unique dance style during our Dances of India show in April. Both dances are very challenging and acrobatic steps are used to spice up the performance. It is very difficult to sit and watch these dance styles, as they are extremely invigorating. If you want to participate in these dances, eat a lot of carbs and have a masseur ready to attend to you the next day.

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Not to Fix It One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that the U.S. needs to stop running Internet security like a Wikipedia volunteer project. By Julia Angwin, The Heartbleed computer security bug is many things: a catastrophic tech failure, an open invitation to criminal hackers and yet another reason to upgrade our passwords on dozens of websites. But more than anything else, Heartbleed reveals our neglect of Internet security. The United States spends more than $50 billion a year on spying and intelligence, while the folks who build important defense software — in this case a program called OpenSSL that ensures that your connection to a website is encrypted — are four core programmers, only one of whom calls it a full-time job. In a typical year, the foundation that supports OpenSSL receives just $2,000 in donations. The programmers have to rely on consulting gigs to pay for their work. “There should be at least a half dozen full time OpenSSL team members, not just one, able to concentrate on the care and feeding of OpenSSL without having to hustle commercial work,” says Steve Marquess, who raises money for the project. Is it any wonder that this Heartbleed bug slipped through the cracks? Dan Kaminsky, a security researcher who saved the Internet from a similarly fundamental flaw back in 2008, says that Heartbleed shows that it’s time to get “serious about figuring out what software has become Critical Infrastructure to the global economy, and dedicating genuine resources to supporting that code.” The Obama Administration has said it is doing just that with its national cybersecurity initiative, which establishes guidelines for strengthening the defense of our technological infrastructure — but it does not provide funding for the implementation of those guidelines. Instead, the National Security Agency, which has responsibility to protect U.S. infrastructure, has worked to weaken encryption standards. And so private websites — such as Facebook and Google, which were affected by Heartbleed — often use open-source tools such as OpenSSL, where the code is publicly available and can be verified to be free of NSA backdoors. The federal government spent at least $65 billion between 2006 and 2012 to secure its own networks, according to a February report from the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. And

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The commercialization of hydrogen-fueled cars would allow them instead to use excess wind energy for producing hydrogen — which is made by splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen — and tap a lucrative new market. That’s where hydrogen’s infrastructure hurdle may turn out to be a surprise advantage. It’s still unclear how businesses can make a profit from plug-in car charging stations, which take six hours to charge a car. Hydrogen stations, in contrast, would operate on much the same model as existing conventional pumps, making the windto-hydrogen business not so different from today’s petroleumto-gasoline supply chain. That, Bonhoff says, would enable the industry to “get to those viable business cases” much faster. 40

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There’s a saying, “Go big or go home.” It can loosely be translated into fully committing to seeing a project through or not undertaking it at all. In the case of Indian politicians, it’s the perfect way to describe the recent elections conducted in India. With 814 million eligible voters, the sheer number of India’s populace easily trumps any of the world’s other democracies. Actually, India has 300 million more eligible voters than the world’s next three largest democracies combined. Let’s put it in perspective. The United States has 193 million eligible voters, Indonesia has 186 million, and Brazil has 136 million. As you can see, the comparison isn’t even close. In the five years since the last election, India has added 100 million new voters. In another five years, the total number of eligible voters in India will approach 1 billion. Let’s discuss the schematics of India’s election. Unlike a single election day held in the United States, India’s voters have nine election days spread out over the course of an entire month to head to the polls. There are 10 million polling officials to keep things moving in an orderly fashion and to review the results. With over 1.4 million voting machines in 930,000 polling stations, it takes some time for results to be tallied. This year, polls opened in April with the winner slated to be announced on May 16. With more than 20 million first time voters aged 18-19 years old, this will be India’s first “social media” election. As we know here in the States, social media is the newest battleground for political campaigns. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google, and YouTube are being utilized to drive voter turnout, organize events for candidates, and to run political ads aimed at spreading messaging on important topics. So how does the election work? India is a parliamentary democracy where voters choose 543 of the 545 representatives to the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha, also known as the House of the People. Sound familiar? This body in turn chooses the Prime Minister and rules for a five-year term. You need a 272 vote majority to gain control of the Lok Sabha as the president is allowed to appoint two seats to the body. This year’s candidates for Prime Minister represent India’s two main parties, the Indian National Congress (Congress) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Led by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress party represents the incumbent party. With Narendra Modi as its leader, the BJP represents the opposition party. Both represent their respective parties’ choices for candidates to become the next Prime Minister of India. Formed in 1885, the Congress Party was instrumental in the movement toward India’s independence from British colonial rule. Leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were members of the Congress party. The BJP represents the other wellknown national party in Indian politics. The BJP platform revolves around a pro-business and Hindu nationalist feeling. Modi also served as the chief minister of Gujarat at a time when the state experienced unprecedented economic growth for a decade. As a result, he’s incorporated a message into the BJP platform focusing on job growth and anti-corruption matters. The third and lesser known party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), was born out of street protests against corruption in 2010 and 2011. It strives to speak for the Common Man and is led by Arvind Kejriwal.


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On March 22, 2014, the Triad Hindu Temple at Greensboro organized its 5th annual Sangeetha Aradhana (worship through music). As part of this service, many activities were planned ranging from quiz and essay writing contests along with community members presenting their musical talent. The essay competition was organized for children in two categories. Juniors (8-12 years) had to write on the topic of ‘What is your favorite type of Indian Traditional Music and why?” while the senior category students (13-18 years) had to write about Music Therapy. The essay topic was announced ahead of time and children had to do their research before had. On the day of the contest, they wrote the essays anonymously, and educators graded their essay for content, grammar and handwriting. Junior Category – First Place winning essay written by Sonia Akkiangadi – Age 10 Yakshagana Music Indian classical music is based on the ragas which are the scales and melodies that provide a foundation for a performance. Classical music’s origins can be found in the vedas which are the oldest scriptures in the Hindu tradition. It has also been influenced by Indian folk music and Persian music. Today it is classified into two main genres, Hindustani classical music found throughout North India and the other being Carnatic music the classical tradition of south India. Apart from these two main genres there are other genres of music. Some of them are Qawwali, Ghazal, Yakshagana etc. I have listened to some of this music and each of them stands out appealing in their form. I like the Yakshagana form of music because the way it is presented is very different and outstanding. Yakshagana is a musical theatre art popular in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka. It consists of music, dance and dialogue by performers in colorful costumes, makeup and masks with a unique style and form combined together. Bayalata and Dashaavatarada ata are the other terms used to denote Yakshagana.


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I Can’t Get No SATisfaction A good way to start is to let the student “meet the test” and observe the chemical reaction that results; we will, at least, get About fifty years ago, The Rolling Stones belted out one of a sense of where things are today. the all-time greatest songs: “I can’t get no satisfaction, But, today should not be mistaken for tomorrow ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try … Parents and teachers are sometimes guilty of bracketing ― Mick Jagger and Keith Richards children into levels of performance based on where they appear to be, at a given point in time. If the child accepts this The song is a lament about the gap between what the “typing”, we perpetuate the issues of the present into the imagination paints and what reality produces. Jagger and child’s future. We lock the child into a level of performance, company’s frustration may express things that rock stars and a self-image that will become a permanent glass ceiling consider important, but frustration is not unique to rock stars. that limits performance. We all have things that we care about – things that sometimes One of the students I worked with was below a 600-level in seem to be just out of reach, even though our imagination his SAT Math performance. We observed “today”, but refused screams out “Yes, we can!” to accept that “tomorrow” would have the same flavor as At specific points in life, certain goals appear and station today. With an open mind, and directed effort, my student themselves front and center in our consciousness. For many soared close to a perfect score in the Math section. high-school students and their parents, one such goal is high What the example illustrates is that while initial “meet the performance on the SAT (or the ACT) tests. test” calibration can characterize the current state, we need to be careful not to get biased and bogged down by what is really SATisfaction is important! the starting point for the journey toward what can be. In a previous article, we discussed how the relevance of these college-admission tests extends far beyond college. Move the targets, not the emotions Specifically, elite employers, rightly or wrongly, use SAT scores I have seen some students get anxious, and take the whole as criteria in selecting new employees for their companies. So, thing a little too personally. This is not too hard to understand. a student’s SAT score can live on, for many, many years. We Many of us adults do this all the time too. We set goals, fall also considered how it could be beneficial to see these tests as short and give ourselves a hundred lashes for “failing.” proxies for building solid skills in critical thinking, reading, Conversely, we can get too full of ourselves when we perform writing and math – skills that will last a lifetime. better than some others, and limit ourselves, through such Unquestionably, acing the SAT, and honing the associated “gloat bloat”, from realizing our true potential. Either way, the skills are important objectives for high-school students. But it extravagant emotion and an inflated sense of self are is important, too, to set the right level of performance targets distractions. for these tests. But before satisfying performance targets, we What we need is the ability to see our performance shift need to satisfy ourselves that our targets are appropriate. when it does, and the openness to modify our targets based on the feedback loop. 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If we progress, and to set targets based on the art of the possible, set them too low, we face the prospect of unrealized potential rather than a start that just happened to be possible. Listen to and the possibility that certain paths in life become Mick Jagger’s music, but don’t listen to him. We can get unavailable. What is “high” for someone may be “low” for SATisfaction if we try … with the right mind-set! someone else. So, how do we figure out the right goal for a specific student?

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More than 1500 musicians and artists performed over those days, playing anywhere from about 15 minute showcases to full concerts. They played in every bar, club, gin joint, theater, and arena in the downtown area. And of course there were plenty of street musicians. SXSW is a massive music festival and conference. It has become essential for those involved with the music industry, or anyone who loves listening to live music, to By Samir Shukla attend SXSW sometime in the near future. The event has landed on many bucket lists. Read my coverage of SXSW along with The Intrigue of Democracies images at my music blog Navigate to the Middle of May. India’s Election Commission will announce March archives. the results of the massive ongoing 2014 Lok Sabha elections on May 16. India has 814 million eligible voters. If about 60 percent of them vote (the same number as did in the 2009 elections), worth Reading: then nearly 500 million votes will be cast. The world’s largest Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United democracy will have a new Prime Minister, as well as a slew of States, and an epic history of misunderstanding new MPs (members of parliament). (Public Affairs; Author Husain Haqqani). Young Indians are engaged in this election with the help of social media and a general hunger in the country for change. Husain Haqqani was Pakistan’s ambassador India is a colorful, noisy, chaotic democracy. Its festering to the United States from 2008 to 2011. He was problems of corruption and government lethargy will only be a trusted advisor to the late Pakistani Prime changed by bold leaders and the involvement of its mass of Minister Benazir Bhutto for many years. In this young citizens. book he details the story of US and Pakistan It will be very interesting to see what vision emerges post- governmental dealings and maneuverings over the past 60 election. India is unfathomably diverse, so overnight changes years. How each has tried to gain advantage with the other. will not happen. But a giant ship can navigate to a better future Haqqani states, quite frankly and eloquently, how Pakistan’s with strong leaders and a vigilant citizenry. There is also a need single-minded antagonism toward India has kept it from for people to change their own habits and ways of doing becoming a stable country. business. Change is slow. The status quo likes to remain He delves into the past, from the Eisenhower administration entrenched. through his ambassadorship ending in 2011, and unpacks Change in an ancient country like India takes time. People are Pakistan’s political and military dealings with the United States. set in their ways. But there’s synergy, desire and enthusiasm to Haqqani notes that over the past six decades, the US has given rein in corruption and move the country in a positive, forward Pakistan military and economic aid that adds up to about $40 motion. billion. By walking the reader through historical meetings and While India winds down its elections, the mid-term US dealings, Haqqani concludes that the self-serving politicians elections are heating up. Many states will hold primaries in the and its powerful army and intelligence agency are adding to next couple of months. North Carolina holds primaries in May the country’s woes, especially by feeding Islamic and South Carolina in June. As the United States inches toward fundamentalism, either accidently or purposefully. His its own elections in November, the trenches are being fortified. indictments of Pakistan’s dilemmas are highlighted by facts and Even though the presidential election is two years away, the historical observations. It’s interesting to note this book is partisans and kingmakers are piping huge amounts of money written by a Pakistani, an insider of the country’s politics who into local, regional and state races they feel they can influence. has the country’s pulse, making his account and analysis more The Republicans want to keep the House and gain majority in compelling. It’s a damning yet eye-opening analysis of the the Senate. shortsighted dealings between the American and Pakistani The democrats clearly want things to go the other way, or, at governments. least keep the numbers the same. Once the primaries are over, His essential conclusion is that the Pakistani government candidates will emerge and the battle lines will be drawn. Both needs to create long-term economic and peace initiatives with India and the United States are continuously evolving their its neighbors, mainly India and Afghanistan, and once and for unique experiments in people power. What an intriguing ride all root out Jihadi elements from Pakistani soil. The country also it is. Onward. needs to develop a new understanding and policy in dealing

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with the United States. Ambassador Haqqani is as a professor at Boston University SXSw 2014 and co-chair of the Hudson Institute’s Project on the Future of The words South by Southwest may the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal Current mean nothing more than a directional Trends in Islamist Ideology. marker for most people. But for a couple of weeks every March, in Austin, Texas, the letters SXSW mark the center of the musical universe. This year’s SXSW Samir Shukla Music festival was a feast for music lovers. Of course SXSW has is the editor of Saathee magazine. become more than a music festival. It is a film festival and of contact - late also an interactive festival. I attended the music portion of the gathering, which ran from Tues, March 11 through Sat, March 15.


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Marketing Turnaround Great Marketing Stories Start with “Miracles” By Gail Z. Martin People are wired to listen to stories. The best marketing starts with a story. But sometimes, we overlook the most powerful stories that are right under our noses. I was reminded of the power of storytelling the hard way. I’m an author as well as an international speaker on social media marketing, and I was spending weeks of my life on the road, traveling all over North America, talking to audiences about social media. Getting the speaking engagements wasn’t a problem—people loved my message about mastering social media in 30 days. I loved seeing people “get it” when they found out social media could be simple. The problem was, after they thanked me for speaking and said how much they loved my energy and enthusiasm, they just went home. They didn’t stop by the table in the back of the room to buy a book or sign up for a coaching program. I had a winning message, but I was losing money each time I went out. Air fare, hotel rooms, meals, cabs—it all added up. I was putting my all into the presentations that people loved, but it wasn’t enough. I knew that my books and coaching could make all the difference for people in the audience who felt lost and overwhelmed about social media. I was certain that if they would only take the next step, I could change their lives, help them build a business to would make their dreams come true. So I sat on my bed and I thought about what I knew I could do well. Most of those skills I was already using in my presentations. And then I realized that I had left out the most important thing. I was sharing information, but I wasn’t telling stories. See, telling stories is at the heart of what I do. When I’m not talking or writing about social media, I write several series of bestselling fantasy adventure novels. Those books have hit the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic time after time. They’ve sold nearly five hundred thousand copies worldwide—that’s nearly 3 million dollars’ worth of books. I knew how to tell stories….I just wasn’t telling them in my presentations. And when I changed that one thing….when I added stories my listeners could relate to …. My sales went up 3000 percent. So let’s talk about the first secret. It’s one that so many people overlook….and you are leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table when you forget this piece. When you leave this out, it’s like forgetting to plug in your power cord and wondering why the computer won’t work. Don’t feel bad when you realize what it is…so many people completely overlook this secret even though it’s right under their noses.

It was my job to tell the hospital’s story, and I knew we did amazing work…miraculous work. I would see patients be wheeled in on stretchers, on body boards, and I would hear about the horrific car accidents or factory accidents that caused the damage….broken backs….broken necks….skull fractures… .or I would see elderly patients wheeled in looking so frail and unable to do anything for themselves. And in a few months, I would see many of those same patients walk back out on their own, go back to work, to raising families, to playing the sports they loved. I knew we had stories to tell. But when I went to talk to the therapists, they told me they didn’t have any stories because they couldn’t think of anything unusual. See….the miraculous had become commonplace, so they didn’t even think it was special anymore. So….what are your miracles? Do you help people get out of the kind of debt that made them think they would never be financial sound again? Do you help people buy the home of their dreams, a home they never thought they’d be able to afford? Maybe you’re a light worker. Do you help people find inner peace and transformation when they are held back by their past mistakes? Maybe you do image makeovers, helping women find the beauty underneath outdated clothing and bad haircuts and unflattering old makeup. Or maybe you’re a health professional, helping people live happier, healthier, longer lives by making changes to their diet, exercise and habits. Have you ever thought that what you do is miraculous? It is….to the people whose lives you’ve changed. Are you taking miracles for granted and missing out on the amazing, heart-centered stories that could bring a flood of new clients to your business? Clients who desperately need what you do, who are looking for someone with your skills, but who won’t realize that you’re the one who can help them until you tell a story that lets them put themselves in the picture. Miracles are precious….don’t ever take your miracles for granted.

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‘Idealistic banker’ represents anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party Meera Sanyal, former CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland, is contesting for parliament as part of the Aam Aadmi Party, a rising but unproven contender. By Melissah Yang - MUMBAI — Meera Sanyal came looking for a fight. A parliamentary candidate for the Mumbai South constituency and former bank CEO, Sanyal said she hoped to square off in a debate with her opponent, incumbent Milind Deora from the ruling Indian National Congress. So she dropped her campaign plans and rushed to Mumbai’s iconic Express Towers where Deora was scheduled to appear as part of a debate hosted by the Indian Express newspaper. “He has not accepted a single debate with me this time because every debate we had last time, he got so badly beaten,” she said in March. “But we’ll get him. Don’t worry.” Articulate and vivacious, 52-year-old Sanyal is running an unusual campaign for India’s 2014 parliamentary elections as a member of the newcomer Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). She lost to Deora as an independent in 2009 and now challenges him again as part of the “Common Man Party.” The AAP promises a grassroots operation that will end corruption in India, though its reach is paltry compared to that of political heavyweights the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The odds of an AAP majority are slim. But in a political scene rife with parties, family dynasties and elitist attitudes, the AAP has emerged as a viable alternative with a huge target on its back. Sanyal puts urban “The Aam Aadmi Party is development high on her a phenomena which is priority list, pointing to against Indians – ‘Judiciary is metropolises such as New bad, the police is bad, York City and Bogotá as politicians are bad, all parties are bad, media is bad,’” said examples. Ashish Shelar, the BJP city’s chief in Mumbai. “The Aam Aadmi Party is trying to kill all the pillars of this country.” Sanyal’s decision to join AAP might appear to be an unlikely choice. The former banking executive has more than three decades of corporate experience. Sanyal began at British bank Grindlays and eventually joined ABN Amro, which was later acquired by Royal Bank of Scotland. But Sanyal doesn’t see her successful career and the party’s populist platform as contradictory. “My reputation in this country and in many parts of the world is a very idealistic banker,” she said. Sanyal resigned in April 2013 as CEO and chairperson of RBS India to focus on her political career. Besides ending corruption, Sanyal puts urban development high on her priority list, pointing to metropolises such as New York City and Bogotá as examples on how to build thriving cities. She said mixed-income communities with proper infrastructure and amenities would


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cure the opposite problem- high blood pressure. Some prominent Carnatic ragas used in music therapy are Bowli, Nalinakanti, Kanada, Sindu Bhairavi, Sahana, Dwijavanti, and Ranjani. Bowli reduces tension and prevents the effects of chronic stress. Both Nalinakanti and Kanada are used to soothe the nerves and cure sleeping disorders. A raga used to cure many conditions, including Tuberculosis, Cancer, Severe Colds, Sinus Infections, headaches, and toothaches is Sindu Bhairavi. Sahana controls anger and the need for violence. Dwijavanti mainly works on the nervous system- it cures mental illnesses and paralysis. Ranjani helps to cure kidney disorders. Additionally, many Hindu mantras/shlokas can be used in music therapy. In a study conducted at NYU, it was proven that Buddhist monks were so healthy in ancient times because of all the chanting that they did. There are many other Indian Classical ragas used in music therapy that help a variety of conditions. Music therapy has been used for over 4000 years. Music therapy is a viable alternative to many modern medications and is safer. It is manifest that music therapy can help so many people if used more. We should take advantages of all of the wonderful opportunities we have with music. Music therapy should be used by everyone, because it can help everyone.

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Senior Category – First Place winning Essay written by Sharanya Ananth, Age-13 Music Therapy Music. When you hear that word, you probably think of many things. You may think of listening to soaring notes or making music yourself. Music is an essential part of our lives and we use it in many ways. For example, we listen to music for pleasure and also to help us. The use of music to improve one’s health condition is known as music therapy. Music therapy can be used to improve the function of the ear, the brain, and the overall body. Music therapy treats physical, emotional, cognitive, and social impairments. Also, music therapy is scientifically proven to cure many diseases. Music therapy treatment helps many people, including those who suffer from mental illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer. Music therapy also influences the internal secretions, metabolic activities, and Central Nervous and Circulatory system of the listener. However, music therapy in Indian Classical music is somewhat different. It is mainly used to cure diseases and improve function. Music therapy mainly improves the function of the ear and brain, as it exercises the brain to process it and the ear to hear it. It helps the brain by recharging the cerebral cortex. Out of the 12 cranial nerves, 10 are linked to the ears. Therefore, it helps most of the lobes of the brain, as different nerves go to different parts of the brain. Due to the fact that it is simply a listening program, there are no negative chemical side effects to music therapy. However, if the wrong music is used, the desired effect will not occur. The therapy itself is conducted in a format of sessions. The patient will either listen to prerecorded music or music played/sung by their therapist. It is best to have a therapist, because they know what is best for their patient, what music to use, and when to change the music. Music therapy should be conducted in the early morning, evening, or night. A music session should not be conducted on an empty stomach. A music session should contain 2 or 3 short sessions with breaks. Music therapists, particularly Indian Classical Music therapists, have found that in addition to traditional instruments, temple bells and conch shells can be used in music therapy. Temple bells and conch shells are proven to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. Also, the speed of the music used in music therapy should be around the same speed as the beating of the heart. Scientific studies have shown that different Indian Classical Ragas have different healing effects. This is due to the way the notes are placed and the way they are sung/played. A raga is made up of a sequence of specific notes (swaras). The techniques used to sing/play a raga, such as emphasis, placing of notes, tempo, and timbre can make a raga soothing or stimulating. That is why those ragas are used in music therapy. Some prominent examples of Hindustani ragas used in music therapy are Kafi, Puriya Dhanashri, Darbari Kanada, Bageshri, Malkauns, Asavari, Bhupali, and Todi. Kafi is a soothing and calming raga which is used to cure sleeping disorders. Puriya Dhanashri acts against stress and acidity. One of the most common ragas used in music therapy is Darbari Kanada, as it eases tension. A raga used to prevent diabetes and hypertension is Bageshri. Malkauns and Asavari are both used to cure low blood pressure. It can be noticed that Malkauns and Asavari are very similar ragas. In fact, they are both in Asavari thaat. They are also very different from Bhupali and Todi, which help to

Senior Category – Second Place winning Essay written by Gayathri Ramanathan, Age 13 Music Therapy I know music therapy works. I am an “M.D.” in the making, but that is not the only reason why. I am what you called “plugged-in”. I listen to music when I am studying. I listen to music when I am happy. I listen to music when I am sad. I listen to music when my parents drive me nuts, and it works every time. Music reduces my tension/stress, elevates my mood, and makes me feel happier no matter what I am doing. That is how I know music therapy works. Jokes apart, music therapy is a science. Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individual goals within a therapeutic relationship by a professional and a client. Historically, music has been used in ancient Indian, Chinese, Native American, and Greek cultures. In India, Raga Chikitsa, or the therapy based on ragas, is well-documented in the library at Thanjavur. Living systems show sensitivity to specific radiant energies- be it acoustical, magnetic, or electro-magnetic. According to an ancient Indian text, Swara Sastra, the 72 melakartha ragas (parent ragas) control the 72 important nerves in the body. It is believed that if one sings with due devotion, the raga could affect the particular nerve in the body in a favorable manner. Some ragas like Durbari Kanada, Kamaj, and Pooriya are found to help in defusing mental tension. For those who suffer from hypertension, ragas such as Ahirbhairav, Pooriya, and Todi are prescribed. To control anger and bring the violence within, Carnatic ragas like Punnagavarali, Sahana, etc. do come in handy. Stomach-related disorders are said to be cured with some Hindustani ragas such as Deepak (acidity), Gunkali and Jaunpuri (constipation), and Malkauns or Hindolam (intestinal gas and controlling fevers). Fevers like malaria are also said to be controlled by the ragas like Marva. For headaches, relaxing with ragas like Durbari Kanada, Jayjaywanti, and Sohni is said to be beneficial. Music therapy is part of Chinese medicine, and the two have continued on page 78 74

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an interwoven, continuous relationship. Music, the theory of yin and yang, and the five elements are interconnected. The ancient thought that the essence of music was the Tao- the changes of yin and yang, the regulating force of life, the tone and mood of the universe. According to ancient Chinese medicine, the five sounds affect different organs. This theory is used in clinical diagnosis and treatment. The theory of the five tones forms the holistic basis of music therapy in Chinese medicine. The yin and yang of heaven and Earth are related to the human body’s yin and yang. Native Americans used drumming during healing ceremonies that enforced the concept of guided imagery to produce an altered state of consciousness. In the 1940’s, the use of music for therapeutic purposes was first used in a health care setting for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. This occurs as a result of a shift in health care implementation from a mechanic approach to a more holistic approach. The profession emerged in 1950 from rehab done via music with patients at Veteran’s hospital after WWII. In Greek culture, Apollo is the god of music AND medicine. During Ancient Greece, the Greek Priest used music to evoke specific emotions, build character, and restore order between the body and soul. There existed in Greece a common belief that music had a fundamental power to either uplift or degrade, and thus enhance or corrupt entire civilizations. In the U.S., the earliest known reference to music therapy appeared in 1789 in an unsigned article in Columbian Magazine titled ‘Music Physically Considered”. In the early 1800’s, writings in the therapeutic value of music appeared in two medical dissertations. The 1880’s also saw the first recorded music therapy intervention in an institutional setting as well as the first recorded systematic experiment in music therapy. After that, interest in music therapy continued to gain support during the early 1900’s leading to the formation of several short-lived associations. Researchers have found that music therapy, when used with anti-nausea drugs for patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy, can help ease nausea and vomiting. A number of clinical trials have shown the benefit of music therapy for short-term pain. Some studies have suggested the music therapy may help decrease the overall intensity of the patient’s experience of pain when used with pain-relieving drugs. Music therapy can also result in a decreased need for pain medicine in some patients. In hospice patients, one study found that music therapy improved comfort, relaxation, and pain control. Another study found that quality of life improved in cancer patients who received music therapy. Other clinical trials have revealed a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, insomnia, depression, and anxiety with music therapy. No one knows all the ways music can benefit the body, but studies have shown that music can affect brain waves, brain circulation, and stress hormones. Studies have also shown that students who take music lessons have improved IQ levels and show improvement in nonmusical abilities as well. Music therapy values the power of the mind over the body. People are understanding the value of music and it is becoming mainstream. Research into the historical significance of music therapy and using it as part of other modern treatment will open new horizons in alleviating pain, stress, and side effects of medication.

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Rooted in the past, looking to the future The event drew approximately 50 people and was sponsored by several institutions outside of Duke including the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at University of Minnesota, Bennett College, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, IGNOU The People’s University, Delhi School of Economics and National Law School of India University. This was the first year of the Global Inequality Research Initiative, which is intended to promote undergraduate research. It will continue next semester with a focus on global blackness. “This was supposed to be a nurturing space for everyone,” Sharpe said. “Truth be told, I want the students who are in our class to become PhDs and so I figure having them in this environment might actually get them excited about going to graduate school....and I think for the Indian scholars it lets them know that we were serious about the comparison by the quality of the work the students did.” The first semester’s emphasis on researching subaltern peoples grew out of 15 years of collaborations around researching discrimination between William Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy at Duke, and several Indian scholars including Ashwini Desphande of the Delhi School of Economics and Sukhadeo Thorat. “My hope was that the conference would produce an even deeper and more substantive conversation about the comparative conditions of the subaltern communities of Indian with the subaltern communities of the United States and to bring scholars from those communities in conversation with one another and also scholars who are not necessarily part of those communities,” Darity said. Other future topics may include human development indices and the relationship between

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‘Meanings are us’ The importance of reconstructing history and documenting silenced voices to account for past exclusion was a recurring theme throughout the conference. “Though in India, Dalits are being off-played, talked about as descendants of the original candid people of the country, indigenous people, I don’t think there is so much in terms of their culture or history being documented—it’s all being destroyed,” said Japhet Shantappa, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy and the National Law School at India University. “What we know of today is just the history of humiliation and oppression.” Positive elements of Dalit culture are being coopted by mainstream narratives, he noted. Conversely, it is difficult to measure the impact of popular media and figures in the industries such as hip-hop and Bollywood on minority groups. Briellard noted that artists, and particularly those representative of a subaltern group, might provide inspiration to minority youth to have higher ambitions and get educated. Amit Thorat, a researcher at the National Council of Applied Economics noted that the most prominent role models in India are actors such as ShahRukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. “We don’t know how to read that,” he said. In addition, documented narratives glaze over realities of history. While conceptions of African slaves are common, it is widely forgotten that the glorified Greek and Roman empires, for example, were also based on slavery, said Gary Michael Tartakov, professor emeritus of art and design at Iowa State University who has done research on Dalit art and imagery. “Everyone has been slaves,” he said. “We weren’t all kings and queens, although kings and queens have a lot to do with this. They were taking advantage of everybody.” Tartakov displayed a series of images to the audience that related to various elements of the black experience in the United States and Dalit and broader political life in India. He explained the visual connections between the different narratives over the course of his talk. “Images show things we share back and forth and how important some of these things are,” Tartakov said. An image incorporating the swastika symbol drew greater discussion from audience members on the ways symbols can be used for vastly different purposes through time. The traditionally auspicious Hindu symbol gained infamy upon being incorporated into the Nazi flag in Germany. Tartakov posited that a painting depicting a swastika and a Brahmin was likening the hierarchy of the caste system to the fascism that adopted the symbol in the 20th century. At the same time, he related an anecdote about a pious friend who runs four Baptist choirs and uses the holy symbol on his business card. The swastika was also used by a club of upper middle-class black women in the United States in the 1920s as a way to signify their broader global vision, noted Valerie Ann Johnson, the Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College. “Things don’t have meaning—meanings are us,” Vimal Thorat said. “Black is beautiful and Dalit is dignified.”

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Call to Artists Avant Garde Center for the Arts will be hosting the Red Rose Sculpture Exhibition and Competition in downtown Lancaster, SC on Saturday, May 17, 2-14 from 10am – 4pm. The event will be held at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main Street during the fifth annual Red Rose Festival. The sculpture show is juried and prizes and honorariums will be awarded to all participants. Applications can be found at or by contacting Cherry Doster at or 803289-1492. Deadline for application is May 11, 2014. Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts opportunities in partnership with existing arts and other agencies.

Qawwali Concert Atlanta An evening of Sufi music will take place at a concert on Friday, May 23, 2014 beginning at 7:30pm. The concert features Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad performing the mystic music of the Sufis. The ensemble will perform qawwalis in Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Brij, Punjabi, and Sindhi. The event is a fundraising concert for “The Global Peace Museum.” The venue is Berkmar High School Auditorium, 405 Pleasant Hill Rd., Lilburn, GA. Tickets range from $25 and up. For more details call 678-4636613 or 404-513-7464.

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Sri Hanuman Installation Sri Somvesvara Temple, located at Mount Soma near the town of Clyde in the mountains of Western North Carolina, will install a 14-foot Hanuman statue during ceremonies to be held from May 29 – June 2, 2014. For full details on the events, call 828-476-4073 or visit Live Sunderkand A sunderkand will be performed by Guruji Ashwinkumar Pathak on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 7pm at Hindu Society of NC, Morrisville NC. He will also perform Live sunderkand on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7pm at Lakulish and Health retreat -Life Mission, 8136 N.C Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. Guruji Ashwinkumar Pathak is performing Sageetami sunderkand among various masses worldwide. He is founder of Jayshreeram Sunderkand parivar. Guruji has one mission in life to distribute the essence of sunderkand the 5th chapter of Shree Ramcharitmanas among the common persons in society. Since last 14 years he has been performing Sunderkand without any cost. Sunderkand is the heart of the Ramayana because it shows the chemistry between Shri Ram and Veer Hanuman. For more details on Guruji’s work visit

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Rhythm of Life Dance Show Sangamithra Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Charlotte, NC, is hosting its annual fundraising event, the Rhythm of Life multi-cultural dance show. This year’s event will be held at the Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, NC on June 14, 2014 from 5 - 8pm. As with previous Rhythm of Life events, this will be a multicultural dance show with performances that include traditional Indian dances, Bollywood, hip-hop, jazz, Irish step and much more. Help make the motto “giving with a purpose” a reality. For Tickets to the show visit website at Tickets will also be available at the venue - Cuthbertson High School, 1400 Cuthbertson Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173. For the first time this year, Sangamithra Foundation will be opening its doors to vendors who would like to set up stalls at the show. It could be an arts & crafts stall, jewelry, mehendi (henna) designs or anything else. Contact for more details.

Community Reports Dr. Maha Gingrich from Central Piedmont Community College has been named a 2014 Women of Distinction Award recipient for her Significant Achievement in Community Building/Social Capital by the Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council. The award recognizes individuals who have been involved in philanthropic and community service activities throughout the community, and demonstrate an ability to build social capital, connectivity Photographs by Chris Harris of the scenic beauty and the people and trust among communities. Dr. Gingrich received her award of Kashmir will be exhibited at during a special ceremony on April 10, 2014. the Village Art Circle, in Ashworth Village, 200 South North Carolina Governor Academy Street, Cary, NC. The Pat McCrory, along with opening reception will take many NC dignitaries, place on Friday, May 30, 2014, attended the wedding of from 6 – 9 pm. The exhibit will Dr. Kamal Kolappa and Shraddha Patel continue through the month of Dr. Kolappa on April 19, 2014 June. All are invited to enjoy in Durham, NC. It was this rare window into one of the one of the largest Indian most breathtaking regions of the world. For more details visit weddings hosted in the Triangle in recent history. Kamal and Shraddha both grew up in North Carolina; He attended Duke University while she attended UNC Chapel Hill. BAPS Hosts 7th Annual women’s Conference: Lead from within In an effort to recognize and encourage leaders in the community, BAPS hosted a Women’s Conference themed “Lead from Within” at 10 centers across North America on March 22, 2014. Over 430 women gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Flushing, NY to participate in this annual event, now observing its seventh year. The conference is inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan,


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Heritage India Festival 2014 By Yash Garg The Heritage India Association of NC hosted its annual Heritage India Festival on April 12, 2014 at the HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville, NC from 5 to 9:30 p.m. This year’s theme was “Colors of India.” The Indian community showcased India’s rich cultural heritage through vibrant cultural performances, including folk and classical dances, music, Bollywood and folk-fusion dance competitions, a fashion show and a children’s art session. The fashion show was presented by Gunjan Laad’s “Fashion Passion Boutique” and Priti Bohra’s “Boutique-9.” The event also included a recognition ceremony honoring Dr. Ritu K. Chandak as a Community Ambassador, Shiva Raghunannan for Excellence in Media Services, and Chaya Rao for her community leadership. Another activity at the event was a free eye camp, which provided examinations. The Program began with a lamp lighting ceremony

Arohan Annual Recital Arohan, a music school run by Amrita Biswas presented its 4th annual recital in March at Cutberthson High School. It was a unique endeavor where there were over 50 students between the age of 6 and 50 performing both Indian Classical and Fusion music with live musicians, who hailed from Indi as well as the western world. The funds raised from the event were contributed to Pratham, an NGO dedicated to promoting children’s education. by Morrisville Council members, Steve Rao, Vicki Johnson, and Morrisville Mayor Pro Tem Liz Johnson. Yash Garg, HIANC President, in her welcome address, emphasized the importance of the festival in promoting the understanding and appreciation of Indian culture. Aruna Bhatnagar and Shiva Raghunanan compiled the music for the program. Five dance groups participated in the Dance Competition’s categories: 8-12 age group and teens. Whereas Sangeeta Nayak’s choreographed piece won the 1st place in the 8-12 age competition, Amandeep Kaur’s choreographed dance won the 1st place in Teens’ Dance Competition. Each winning team received a Heritage Trophy and a cash award. Judges for the dance competitions were Sudha Rathie and Poonam Patel. Indian clothing and Jewelry vendors participated. The Royal India Restaurant served an Indian dinner.

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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.

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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).

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

Carolina Sanskrutik Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605

Charlotte Malayalee Association The purpose of this association is to promote and facilitate the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: Sunu Sebastian ( or

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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 Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Assoc. was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. For Further Details:

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

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. 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. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 3: Ugadi, Gudi Padva, Baisakhi celebrations 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: Sun, May 4: Vocal Concert by Trichur Brothers, 3:30 pm, Tate Hall, CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan),

IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) Charlotte Chapter IAMC is an independent 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 efforts to promote Peace and Social Justice for all, and to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

Dada Bhagwan Group 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).

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 be held from September 13 -14, 2014 at the Belk Theater in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 / Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

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,


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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. IPAAC is offering music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For details send an email to Upcoming Events: Fri, May 2: Vocal concert by Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, 8pm, at Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus, Charlotte. For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Jyoti Kulkarni 704.804.1275

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. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Sun, May 11, 2014 (Baras): Paathshala for children @ 10:30 am Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sunday, May 25, 2014 (Baras): Monthly Meeting, Paathshala for children @ 4 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Thursday, May 29, 2014 (Ekam): Snatra Puja @ 10:30 am All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President – Vibhakar Modi: 704.258.4507

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 and the region. 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, Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Kiran operates a 24/7 hotline service. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details call or visit website: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Phone: 919-839-6203 Email:

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

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

Trimurti Temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10am) and evening puja (7pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6441/6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. All Sundays at 11 am Venkateswara Abishekam For Further Details: 980-219-7556 Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC has announced Shrinathji Haveli – “Shrinath Dham” in Charlotte with support of all Vaishnav families of Carolinas. VPSC is starting construction in the near future of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. For Further Details: Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

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

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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Quan Am Buddhist Temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27407. For Further Details:

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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 India Association of the Triad (IATNC) Greensboro The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Kumar Bhardwaj: 336-601-0567, Ruby Singh: 336.430.9068,

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

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Community Organizations of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 | Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on 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 wellbeing 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:


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Community Organizations Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: 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: Sat, May 28: Sunderkand with Guruji Ashwinkumar Pathak, 7pm For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State university HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana)

Immanuel Assembly of God Immanuel Assembly of God is a Full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and RTP area of North Carolina. The church is located in Morrisville. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) 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, 104

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Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga benefits include Longevity, Wellness and Stress Management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For more details about the course visit For Further Details: 919-830-9764

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South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: 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)

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Community Organizations 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, 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 atleast 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 urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. All meetings are free and open to the public. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj ( or 919-851-1119) Ashraf Faruqi ( or 919-596-4792) 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

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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: May 29 - June 2: Hanuman installation 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 112

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Community Organizations 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: Hanahan TableTennis Training Center There are no membership fees of any kind to play at HTTTC. Free open play and training. Free USATT league. Informal free coaching as time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Yeamans Hall Rd., Hanahan, SC 29410 (Adjacent to Police Station). For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details:

Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 Masjid Noor-uL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Dr., Columbia, S.C. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Spartanburg Buddhist Center The center’s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the center opened in 2010, the regular English group meets at 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief dhamma talk, and short discussion. The center is located at 770 Bryant Rd., Spartanburg SC 29303. For Further Details: 864-279-7546 Telugu Association of Greater Greenville The Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details:

India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859

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

International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde)

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 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852


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Pop’s Puzzles & Jokes By Kirit Shukla

Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. NFL Super Bowl winner: 1973, 1974. 8. Consume; expend. 11. Opposes and defies. 12.The main artery of the body, carrying blood from heart. 14. A legal holiday in U.S. last Monday in May. (5-26-2014) 16. Happenings or occurring, esp. when important. 17. Bachelor of Laws. (*) 19. A thin rectangular piece of stone used for flooring. 21. A large mass of snow or ice moving down a mountain. 23. A heavy barge; a cry used to get attention, to drive hogs. 24. A wing like structure, as a lobe of the ear. 25. Office of the Chief Technology Officer. (*) (DC) 26. Eastern Time. (*) 27. A device of rubber used to remove ink or pencil marks. 29. Name of the 11 kings who ruled Egypt: Pharaohs! 31. The basic monetary unit of Sierra Leone. 34. A lake in NW Minnesota, a source of river Mississippi. 36. Japan Air Line. (*)37. A small restaurant. 39. Office of Management and Budget. (*) 41. Falkland Islands. (*) 42. The amount added periodically as an increase. 44. American National Theatre and Academy. (*) 46. An expression of excitement, positive response or an agreement, (based on the words Yes, or Yeah) . 47. Father’s father.

Clues Down: 2. A dignified style, elaborate poem written to be sung. 3. Weakly, unconvincingly. 4. To establish a truth; demonstrate to be a fact. 5. At this place or point; on earth. 6. Mica in the form of thin, transparent sheets of muscovite; form of gelatin made from the membrane of fish bladder. 7. A kind of fast tempo Latin American dance music. 8. A Finno-Ugric language of N and E Europe and N Asia. 9. A slender, pointed probe inserted in to a soft catheter. 10. Electronic Arts. (*) (Digital interactive entertainment) 13. Outside Diameter. (*) 14. A day set aside (in U.S.) to honor moms. (May 11, 2014) 15. A book of maps. 18. A pineapple family plant having stiff leathery leaves and spikes of bright flowers, as the Spanish Moss. 20. The ninth letter of Greek alphabet. (Ι) 22. The hard central part of a pear that contains the seeds. 24. A carpet piece intended to cover the part of a floor. 27. A compound formed by condensing acid & an alcohol. 28. Ancient kingdom of SW Asia, near the Persian Gulf. 30. To chop into very small pieces; to subdivide minutely. 32. Orange Juice. (*) 33. North American Free Trade Agreement. (*) 35. A sweet, flavored, carbonated soft drink. 38. Frozen water. 40. Not good. 43. Arkansas. (*) 45. North Dakota. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee Husband: “Uhhh... I can’t sleep tonight!” Wife: “Go and do the dishes.” Husband: “I was just talking in my sleep!” •••••••••••••• Girl: “Guru, if a person says ‘sorry’ even though he is not at fault, who could be the one?” Guru: “That person is either your lover or your husband.” •••••••••••••• The Carolina Panthers won the football game against Saints. A Panther fan threw a cocktail party and told the waiter to give drinks to anyone wearing Panther’s shirt, except one guy who was wearing a Saints shirt, who just gave a smile. The fan ordered another round to all except the guy with Saint’s shirt, who was still smiling and looked happy. When this happened repeatedly, the Panther fan was surprised and asked the waiter: “By the way, why is that guy still looking so happy?” Waiter: “Sir, he is the owner of this bar.” 116

May 2014

YOUTH CORNER (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Electrical Repairs”)

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on next page)



The unused 4 letters spell that means: “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (*)“

EZ-BZ TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “YE” - Fill in the blanks 1. Of the color of gold or ripe lemon. YE _ _ _ _ 2. An entrance hall; a vestibule. _ _ YE _ 3. Subject to color or tint too dark (to fabric). _ _ _ _ _YE 4. The organs of sight. _ YE _ 5. Scream, to cry out loudly. YE _ _ 6. A round, flat wood block with 3 holes for a lanyard, used on a ship to hold the shrouds, stays taut. _ _ _ _ _ YE 7. The day before today. YE _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8. Cowardly, wolf like carnivore having shrill cry. _ YE _ _ 9. A person having positive attitude for life. YE _ - _ _ YE _ 10. A purchasing agent. _ _ YE _ 11. Infection (pus) of bone marrow. _ _ _ _ _ _ YE _ _ _ _ _ 12. Further, still, even, in addition. YE _ 13. Attorney. (British equivalent) _ _ _ YE _ 14. One who irritates or bothers. _ _ _ _ YE _ 15. An affirmative vote, used in respond to a command. _ YE 16. Any spiritual communion, as with God. _ _ _ YE _ 17. Something that causes ferment, leaven. YE _ _ _ 18. The work of coloring fabrics. _ YE _ _ _ 19. A hot condiment made from hot peppers. _ _ YE _ _ _ 20. A firm that hires persons to work for wages. _ _ _ _ _ YE _ 21. A period of 12 calendar months. YE _ _ 22. Resided beyond the time or duration. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ YE _ 23. A greyish igneous rock containing feldspar. _ YE _ _ _ _ 24. An island off W coast of Scotland. _ _ YE 25. Farewell. (Interjection used at parting) _ _ _ _ _ YE (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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May 2014 May 1 - Parshurām Jayanti May 1 - Gujarat/Mahārāstra Day May 2 - Akshay Trutiā (Akhā Trij) May 4 - Ādya Shankarāchārya Jayanti May 9 - Tagore Jayanti May 10 - Mohini Ekādasi May 11 - Mother’s Day May 13 - Narasimhā Jayanti May 14 - Akshar Purnimā (Full Moon) May 14 - Buddha Jayanti/Koorma Jayanti May 24 - Aparā Ekādasi May 26 - Memorial Day May 28 - Darsh Bhāvukā Amās (No Moon) May 31 - Mahārānā Pratāp Jayanti June 2014 Jun. 1 - Guru Arjundev Shahid Day Jun. 9 - Nirjalā/Bhim Ekādasi Jun. 10 - Vat Sāvitri Vrat Starts Jun. 13 - Vrat Purnimā (Full Moon) Jun. 13 - Kabir Jayanti Jun. 14 - Flag Day Jun. 15 - Father's Day Jun. 21 - First day of summer Jun. 23 - Yogini Ekādasi Jun. 27 - Darsh Amās (No Moon) Jun. 29 - Ramadan (Starts) Jun. 29 - Ratha Yatrā

This is the 16th anniversary of Saathee magazine, so let us see some significance of number 16! Number 16 is the fourth power of 2 and it is easy to split in equal parts. So, it was used in: 1. Weighing light objects. (I Lb. = 16 Oz). 2. 16 Beats are commonly used in music for rhythms. 3. Extensively used in the computer science, 16 is the base of the hexadecimal number system. 5. There are 16 pawns/pieces in a chess set for each player. 6. 16 mm film was the original movie format. 7. Many bank card numbers are 16 digits long. 8. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has 16 teams each in four brackets. 9. “There are 16 religious ceremonies called “Samskār” (Sacraments) from “Garbhādhān” (Conception) through “Vivāh” (Wedding), in the Hindu culture.” 10. The number of regular-season games each NFL team plays. 11. “16 Candles” is a 1958 song performed by The Crests. 12. The Sixteenth Amendment (Amendment XVI) to the United States Constitution allows the Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states or basing it on the USA. In some states in US, Canada and many other countries across the globe, 16 is the minimum age:  To get an official driver’s license or the learning permit, with parental consent.  For getting a fulltime job.  That one can drop out of school in most states of the US.  To donate blood with parental consent.  To join the Armed Forces in UK. (Note: Readers can also add other significations for No. 16).

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Actually the period is not negative, but your sick mind won’t allow you to enjoy the time. Insecurity will prevail and will ruin so many things. Your family and friends could be the best help this month. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Even though you will lose opportunity to get higher status, a marked increase in your income is indicated. You will feel more humorous and easy. 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. Save some money for last week.

General Predictions for May 2014 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) If you can control your expenses, and are not sick, everything is very positive. Avoid legal disputes with partners and curb expenses. Steady and slow rise in income is indicated. Good news related to your spouse will bring real happiness. Travel and fun trip will bring full Joy. Watch your health, particularly in the last few days of the month. Don’t dispute with spouse.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Even though the period is taking downward trend, you will still feel confident. Speculation may pay off more than you expected. Be careful of wicked people as your reputation could suffer on their account. Stay away from legal issues. You may spend money for religious event during this month. You can count on your partners.

TAuRuS (Apr 20 - May 21) You are entering in to a new era. The turning point will bring actions in life. You will be successful due to your creative intelligence. The time is good for love and romance. The beginning of the month is good for making extra money, then the phase will change and you will enjoy the dream life. Watch your health. Don’t get involved in political issues.

SAGITTARIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Financially this is going to be very positive period. You will also get benefit from profitable deals. Some unknown person will help you in achieving success in your venture. There is danger of an over romantic act. This attitude can lead you towards unpopularity. It is advisable to focus on religious or cultural activities. Use your education to achieve success.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You will experience power of artistic expression and interpretation. Journey with friends and sibling will bring happiness for you. You will achieve commendable status and will enjoy respect in society. You will make more money than you expect, it will flow from more than one direction. It is advisable to slow down in the last days of the month. Don’t surrender to destiny.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Worthless aggression and egoistic acts may become the cause to destruct the possible success. Your relation with your seniors may deteriorate during this month. The values of life and morality will protect your from possible disaster. Time is not good to buy new vehicle. Your status is going to go one step up either at work or in the society. Business-related travel may benefit you.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) This is going to be an eventful period. You will see actions and immediate reactions. Try to be in a relaxed mood. Avoid family issues and enjoy the company of new friends. If you are on the verge of promotion, you will get it. Try to keep away from unnecessary disputes and arguments. You will enjoy good health this month. Students will perform excellent in their study. The second half of the month will be better than the first half.

AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) The health-related problems would still bother you during this month. Avoid driving in the second half of the month. You may lose a very good moneymaking opportunity. Your destiny will play a game with you. You could do nothing but surrender to the situation. As far as love life is concerned, your spouse will successfully please you. Sudden income through spouse is also possible.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) It is very important that you pass the first half of the month quietly. Family life won’t be so happy. Try to control your speech and avoid any kind of dispute with the family. The time will improve dramatically after the middle of the month. Don’t trust your friends blindly. The last week of the month will bring financial gains and mental peace. Time is good for journey.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Don’t try to act on your instincts during this month; otherwise you may be in dire trouble. Sickness will make you lose against your enemies. Heart related health problem might become a serious issue. However you may see indulging in some type of occultism. Don’t get involved in new venture. Your partner could be your best support this month. Don’t dispute with your spouse.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Even though there won’t be any financial problems, the hyper personality and fear will rule you during this month. The last week is more critical in this sense.

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Convenience Store / Gas Station with 1 BHK apartment for lease in Mullins, SC Very very low rent, With highly profitable deli & drive thru'. Owner wants to move Immediately Call Anish Patel 843-464-2414.

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Motel for Sale in Jonesville, NC. 41 Units and apartment. National Franchise. Asking price $850k. For more info call RK at 704224-6130.

Tobacco Store For Sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 25K. Asking price only $40K Plus Inv. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719.

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Indian restaurant in Charlotte looking for waiter/Server. Driving license must. Please contact 704 -512-9177.

Alterations person needed on weekends for retail Indian clothing store in Charlotte. In store. Must speak English. Call 704-340-4361.

Nanny Needed: Need full time (Live in or Live out) for 6 month old in Cary, NC. Excellent pay and accommodations. Please call 347-489-9416.

Full / Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store in Columbia, Camden or Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Call Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681.

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MATRIMONIAL Hindu Punjabi Khatri parents invite alliance for U.S. citizen daughter, 29, slim, beautiful, 5'4" working in N. Carolina. Email information including recent photograph to: Class / caste no bar. Hindu North Indian family seeking alliance for daughter in late 30's, US Citizen, never married, tall slim, IT professional, residing in North Carolina. Respond with bio-data to

PROPERTY FOR RENT / SALE Paying Guest in Charlotte: Elderly couple looking for a female paying guest. One or two bedrooms available with attach bathroom and option for food. Please call 704-906-3388.

SERVICES New to America? Get Social & Career guidance. 30 mins free session. Certified Life Coach to help you maximize “LIFE”. English, Hindi or Gujarati . Email: Nanny available in the University Area, Charlotte NC. Experience from 1 month old through 6 year old. Fluent in Hindi and Gujarati, beginner in English. Please contact 704-886-8177. Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 23 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912. 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: 336-4867925 E-Mail: Astrologer with Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919463-5180 or 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 Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270 South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. Email: Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi (Henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi Phone: 919-824-7734 E-mail: Web: Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or


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: Beauty parlor near South Charlotte/ Ballantyne Area. 28277. Home: 980-2250656 or 510-936-3334. D&R Pressure wash: $200 Exterior House Wash; Driveway $50; Gazebo $30; One side of House $50; Contact Ryan: 704-804-9081. Vedic Astrologer, acupuncturist and Healer: For advice on Career, Finance, Marriage, Health and Healing services "Ask Dr.Ajay", Wellness Guru. visit or E-mail: 919-3427169 (6 to 9 PM) or (+91) 9444052660 Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment at 843465-6048. Licensed Cosmetologist offering facial, hair and nail services at StatesvilleMooresville area. Offering great deals on all services. Call for an appointment 704682-0105.Email at Priest Available for: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928.

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May 2014

Advertisers Index Bhindi Jewellers ................................................2

Elegant Designz...................................................32

Patel Brothers (Charlotte) .....................................93

7M Tours ............................................................61

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................31

Patel, Champa (Real Estate).................................88

A & V Satellites ....................................................13

Eye Level Learning Centers................................125

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................45

Abacus Math.......................................................19

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

Patel, Mrunal (Beautician) ....................................53

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....69

Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent)...............................45

Patel, Sheena (Realtor, Broker Berkshire Hathaway) ..59

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)69

Friends Travel ....................................................121

Patel, Tony (Real Estate) .......................................55

Ali and Sons Car Care (formerly Rapid Car Care) .34

Fu Lin..................................................................85

Payal Groceries ...................................................15

All Car Care.........................................................80

Gandhi International Market.................................51

Persis Indian Grill...............................................105

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ...............................111

Gem Avenue........................................................37

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................15

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ..121

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................67

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................97

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................79

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

Rajdeep Mandap ...............................................79

Around The World Market Charlotte......................29

H2 Laser & Skin ..................................................35

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...97

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................21

Hadoop training / Provish Consulting....................19

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) ..........23

Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................17

Help Wanted (Threading)......................................45

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..78

Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions)........17

Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) ......................62-65

Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) ....................................43

BallantyneTech Academy .....................................53

Hindu Priest (Balaji)..............................................59

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).23

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)........41

Holy Joes Meats and More ..................................83

Saffron Restaurant and Catering ..........................75

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................10

India Grocers (Charlotte) ......................................16

SAT Tutoring (The Hitchhiker's Guide to College)...79

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)................7

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte...107

Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................56-57

Bhangra Elite ....................................................109

International Community Church .........................95

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................89

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................31

IT Max Solutions, Inc.


Shining Star Academy............................................6

Blakeney & Steelcroft Dental................................38

Jag Insurance Group ..........................................46

Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ..................107

Blooming Buds....................................................95

Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte)......................55

Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................15

Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................12

K & M Accountant................................................53

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) .........................................115

British American School of Charlotte ....................83

K.B. Zaveree..........................................................5

South Char. Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD)...76

Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .....................119

Kabab Je Rotisserie & Grille .................................19

South Charlotte Pediatrics....................................38

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....69

Kamal Sharma Music & Comedy Show ................25

Spice South.........................................................39

CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)..........107

KD Financial & KMD Realty ..................................27

Spiceland Indian Groceries (Columbia, SC) ..........81

Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) ..................111

KD Photographics................................................99

Sri Somesvara Temple (Calender of Events)..........87

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)................111

Kicklighter, Aleeza Khan (Real Estate) .................103

Sur Madhur (Live band and Music Lessons) .......103

Charlotte Chess Club .........................................59

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................79

Suravali Music Group...........................................42

Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................28

MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery .....................43

Taj Tours..............................................................47

Charlotte Music School........................................23 Travels Maha Travel ..................101

Thakkar, Beena (Realty)..................................48-49


Maharani Restaurant ...........................................73

The Blue Taj.........................................................33

Concha, David - Immigration Attorney ..................89

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

Travel Universe ....................................................11

Concord Children's Clinic ................................109

Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) ...................................35

Travelinks ............................................................89


Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................73

Triangle Business Law .........................................77

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

Matthews Family Dentistry ..................................76

Ttravel Guru ........................................................26

Cuisine Malaya (Charlotte) ...................................43

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................89

Tulips Multi Cuisine Restaurant ............................71

Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry)103

MyTripFare (Travel agent)...................................115

Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)........................................75

Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...72

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ........................113

Uni World Travel...................................................97

Desai Desai Accounting ......................................52

Nazaare at NCSU (Bollywood Dance Team).........107

Urogender .........................................................115


Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) .................................81

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

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC).............91

Digital Room Photography ...................................53

NewCranium (SAT & ACT Coaching).....................45

VILO Global, Ltd. Co.............................................46

DJ Hangama ....................................................78

North American Bancard ......................................9

Vyas Travels.........................................................42

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................58

OM Tech Training ................................................55

White Horse Weddings.........................................99

DJ Don (David Pandoria) .....................................32

Paracha Entertainment (Sonu Nigam Concert)........3

Woodlands .........................................................22

DJ Lalit ...............................................................95

Pardasani, Kamlesh (Real Estate) .........................35

Worldwide travels .............................................125

Dulhan Doli Rental...............................................99

Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine ...............126

Yafa Market & CafĂŠ..............................................85


May 2014


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