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In this issue: Armaan Malik Interview Farmers Waiting for Immigration Reform


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Can you Spot Becoming a A chat with Farmers await US citizen in the Differences crooner immigration in these Armaan Malik an election reform images? year

Hello ReADeRS! Farmers continue to wait and wait for relief on immigration reform. See story on pg 18. An interview with Armaan Malik, a fresh musical voice in Indian films, is on pg 24. Read about what it looks like to become a US citizen in a contentious election year in the story on pg 76. How to control your food intake during the holiday season, column on pg. 62. Donald Trump speaks at a rally hosted by the Republican Hindu Coalition. See the story on pg. 80. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 100. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

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In tHIS ISSUe Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Farmers await Immigration Reform .pg. 18 Chat with Armaan Malik . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Uncertainty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Becoming a US Citizen . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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Watching the original Star Trek series after school in the mid70s helped make sense of the world, both the imagined and real, to a wide-eyed young immigrant kid like me. I loved its disdain for status quo. But even Star Trek adapted and its signature tag line, “to boldly go where no man has gone before,” evolved to become “to boldly go where no one has gone before.” This simple change marks the ascendancy of women in our societies. Star Trek was ahead of its time, with a multi-racial, multi-gendered, multialien crew. The world is becoming that, and that’s a good thing. Old Westerns, which I still love watching, showcased the America of the white male – conquering the land, subjugating the women, taming Native Americans, reinforcing the macho myth of the cowboy, that rugged and very white male. It is unrealistic to try to recreate that world in contemporary America, as Trumpism has unleashed among some white males. In this election, despite all the apocalyptic talk, tolerance and acceptance remain the bright lights. Young millennials, with lots of tick and tock left in their lives, are changing the fabric of American society in a positive manner, as did women and minority activists. The divides between urban and rural, white and black remain, and in some ways are becoming even more culturally antagonistic, but that can smooth with the passage of time and good leadership. The country is becoming more socially equal and tolerant of gender and ethnic identity. The essence of America has always been forward-gazing. The clock continues to tick and tock. The starship, filled with those who dream, is boldly going where no one has gone before. The lonesome cowboy is riding into the sunset.

tick. tock. tick. tock. tick. tock. A conversation with a friend years ago led to a discussion about privacy, technology, immigration, and the future. We are both Star Trek fans, and he argued there was no privacy for any of the characters on the TV series. I told him it was, after all, a military ship (albeit with a mission to explore not conquer) with a captain, first officer, and other officers. Generally speaking, such vessels are not known to be oases of privacy. Yeah, he said, but they know everything, they can scan everything, intercept communications with the touch of a button, they can locate anyone using their bio signature and transport them. I told him that is the world we will eventually become. That conversation took place sometime in 1982, in college, a time when many philosophical and political discussions lasted well into the night, usually fueled by cheap beer. Discussions also invariably segued into and about women and the rapidly shifting gender roles. The world is evolving socially, politically, and economically with every tick and tock of the clock, I said, pointing to the clock on the wall in the dorm room. Now, on occasion, I sit in the quiet of night, sipping good wine, pondering about the state of the world and how so many of those discussions I had in the past about the future are becoming norm. The science fiction of yesterday is science fact today. Privacy is becoming increasingly difficult in the age of social media, Internet, and smart phones. Women have entered into every strata of the workforce in increasing numbers, nudged along via social evolution as well as their own hard work. This has unhinged the maleness of many males. The futuristic world imagined by Star Trek 50 years ago is becoming reality with the passing of every year. The lines separating the roles of the sexes are blurring. I sometimes switch back and forth between my love of science fiction films and it’s imagining of possible futures, and Western movies, those dusty, testosterone-laden depictions of the formation of this country through the lenses of the frontier. The future is built by science and imagination. The frontier west of the past was built with guns, horses, perseverance, and violence. Those Westerns had certain clarity, whether you consider that bad or good, where women were women and men were men. It was clear delineation with chiseled cowboys in their classic Western wear and women dressed in flowing, modest dresses. Most of these women simply played a supporting role for their men in those days. Star Trek, on the other hand, has been cast from the beginning with strong women, many who outrank men and the men are comfortable in their evolved roles. The passage of time continually realigns a world that is better for most people. Certain segments of American white males have come into focus in this election and are being portrayed as economically shortchanged while the country seeks out new frontiers and is socially and economically evolving into something different. I know some of these guys, and their whining about this new social and economic order is essentially like the proverbial cowboy shooting blanks. The world is changing, I told such an acquaintance the other day, you are not just competing with other white males, but with women, blacks, browns, and immigrants of all shades. They have learned to evolve and adapt, I advised, so must the beleaguered white male. He shrugged his shoulders, but understood, I think.

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Farmers Continue to Wait (and wait) For Relief on Immigration Reform Back then, Barnes said he was relying mostly on Mexican workers — 650 during the harvest because he couldn’t get Americans to pick his crops. “They’ve got other opportunities, better conditions to work in. They don’t want to work bent over sweating in 90-degree temperatures out here in the field anymore.” Barnes was fed up because Congress narrowly failed to pass an immigration reform bill under President George W. Bush in 2006 and 2007. And in 2013 and into the following year, the same thing happened under President Obama’s watch. I returned to Barnes’ farm a few days ago and asked how he was feeling about things now. “Oh, we’re very frustrated. We’ve been waiting a long time for something to be done as far as immigration reform,” Barnes said. Barnes seemed, simply put, deflated. “Well, it’s just a lot of candidates are demagogue-ing the issue. They’re smart people, they know better, they know a lot of things are not going to happen if we don’t have the workers here to do it. But they have found a whipping boy, and they’re playing it up. Or they’re trying to legalize everybody so they can vote for them.” Barnes relies heavily on what’s called the H-2A visa — it allows him to temporarily bring foreign workers to his farm to handpick his sweet potatoes. First, he has to advertise locally for Americans, though. If he can’t find enough — and he never does — he turns to other countries, mostly Mexico. “I mean it costs me $1,000 per person to get them here, for all the visas, the costs and all [transportation and housing], and they have to turn around and go right back. It’s very expensive, it’s very bureaucratic.” And if Barnes’ workers show up a few weeks late, his crops can die on the vine. I hear this from farmer after farmer,

By Jason Margolis, PRI This is a story you’ve probably heard before. In fact, you may have heard nearly this exact same story. I spoke with North Carolina sweet potato farmer Johnny Barnes nine years ago about the US immigration system. He was facing a challenge many farmers were facing: Possibly 75 percent of farm workers in the US were here illegally. (That number has dropped to perhaps 50 percent today.)

A farm worker in California’s Central Valley picks fruit by hand. An estimated 98 percent of California farm workers are foreign born, the majority of them unauthorized. Credit: Jason Margolis/PRI “We’ve got to deal with this in a realistic manner,” said Barnes back in 2007. “We need the workers. The workers are only here because they’re needed because they want to work. And I get so sick and tired of people saying, ‘Well, they’re not paying taxes, they’re not pulling their weight.’ Every one of our employees, whether they’re here legal or illegal — I don’t know which are legal and which are illegal — they pay their taxes. We take it out of their check every week. They’re paying their way.”

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performing live with his band in Charlotte on Saturday, November 19. Here’s a short email chat with Malik. You have had a dreamlike beginning and blooming of your singing career. talk a little about that. As long as I remember from the age of 4 I knew I wanted to be a singer. Once decided, I moved towards that goal. My parents were with me as my guiding force. My dada Sardar Malik, who is my first guru, and my dad Dabboo Malik were constantly hearing, playing, rehearsing, and composing music. The atmosphere helped me to be connected 24 / 7 with music. So a quick background info on you. You were launched by Salman Khan? Before I met Salman Khan I had a grueling musical education and also had to complete my academic education. We did Jai Ho with Salman Khan and our journey began. The film Jai Ho did not meet the desired success but Hero and Main Ho Hero Tera got me recognition and things changed after that. Being the “Voice of Salman” and such at an early age was a blessing for me. Are you working on any acting opportunities or anything coming up in that direction? I get a lot of acting offers but my focus is just music. In india, being an actor is the zenith of stardom, but for me it’s (all about) music and singing. There is no greater high for me than that. Nothing matters more. But yes if I ever act it will be a huge and biggest musical ever. Who do you admire in the Indian music world? In both Bollywood and classical Indian music. I love Sonu Nigam, Chris Brown, Arijit Singh, Michael Bublé, and I’m amazed with the songs and voice of Rafi Sahab and Lataji. I take inspiration from all of them.

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talk about your musical family and their influence on you. Dada Sardar Malik, Anu uncle and my dad Daboo Malik all have set the legacy for us. We need to work hard to maintain Throughout their history, so many film songs have become that legacy and it’s not easy as we need to reinvent ourselves cultural parameters in India. Certain songs are sure to be heard all the time. My teachers Kadir Mustafa Khan and Rita Kaul ji at weddings, parties, and other traditional Indian functions. The have been my guiding force and helped me culture my voice. classic songs of Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi, Mukesh, among others, the later hits of Kumar Sanu, Alka What can fans in Charlotte expect at your live show? Is there Yagnik, and Udit Narayan, and contemporary singers like Sonu a full band? Nigam are beloved by vast numbers of listeners in South Asia I am coming with my full band and there is a huge technical as well as around the world. These are just some of many other staff and I am blessed to have Deepak Vohra ji giving me full iconic singers whose renditions of songs have become support to get the best team for my show. I will sing all my soundtracks to the lives of millions. super hits and of course there will be a song of my fave singers Vocalist Armaan Malik is one of the brightest young singers and lots of surprises for you all. Expect the unexpected. I write in Indian films, both Bollywood as well as other regional independent music and I want to represent India in the cinema. He already has a slew of hits under his belt and is in international market. I hear all international music and I Shall much demand to record songs for upcoming films. Not quite be singing a few English songs too in my concert. 21 yet, Malik has already sung nearly 200 commercials and hit songs in over 15 films including Rakta Charitra, Chillar Party, Anything else you want to talk about? Hero, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani, Bhootnath, Jai Ho and Junooniyat. He I am working on a fusion track which will bring in international and his music composer brother Amal Malik were also featured collaboration and want to enter the international music soon. in the beginning of Salman Khan’s film Jai Ho in the song “Love Find more details about Armaan at or You till the End.” He has also recorded pop tunes and songs for Indian films outside of Bollywood’s Hindi universe. Crooner Armaan Malik is the son of singer and music Armaam Malik will perform in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, director Daboo Malik, brother of music director Amaal Malik November 19, 2016 at 8pm at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. and nephew of music director Anu Malik. His grandfather was Independence Blvd. For tickets or other details, call 980.210.0019, the well-known music figure Sardar Malik. Armaan Malik is or visit

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John Abraham returns in the sequel to his hit action thriller Force in the film simply titled Force 2. The fastpaced spy movie is directed by Abhinay Deo and also features Sonakshi Sinha in the lead role along with supporting cast Tahir Raj Bhasin, Genelia D’Souza, Paras Arora and Narendra Jha. Work on the sequel began in late 2015 and is scheduled for a worldwide release on November 18.

Doctor Strange Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the universe. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film’s cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams. It hits cinema houses on November 4.

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pressures of the war. The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, opens in theaters on November 23.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2001 book written by author J. K. Rowling about the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. It purports to be Harry Potter’s copy of the textbook of the same name mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first novel of the Harry Potter series. It includes several notes inside it supposedly handwritten by Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger,

Vidya Balan bagged several accolades for her portrayal in the hit film Kahaani a few years ago. She returns in a different role, Durga Rani Singh, in the film Kahaani 2. In the new Sujoh Ghosh directed film Balan plays the role of a “wanted criminal” running away after being charged with kidnapping and murder. Arjun Rampal plays a cop tasked with finding her. The film, like the first one, is filmed in West Bengal but Ghosh says it is a completely different story. The movie will hit screens on December 2.

detailing their own experiences with some of the beasts described. David Yates directed the film that includes Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, and Zoë Kravitz. Look for it in theaters on November 18.

Nocturnal Animals

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A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. After 25 years, he sets out to find his lost family in India. Director Garth Davis worked with actors Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and the lead player Dev Patel. Lion releases on November 25.

Kaabil According to Bollywood Hungama, director Sanjay Gupta has completed the shooting of Rakesh Roshan’s Kaabil, starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in just 77 days, ahead of schedule. Rakesh Roshan told Bollywood Hungama, “I wasn’t sure about the date schedule when we started the film. We had planned for an 88 day schedule but I told Sanjay not to hurry up. While I am not very strict about the days of shooting, I insist that everybody should be on the sets on time so they can concentrate and work becomes easier. For Kaabil, Hrithik as well as the rest of the cast, used to reach an hour before shooting and we would be ready for the first shoot by 9:30 am. That way, we reduced the number of days and everything happened on time. I am very happy that we sailed through everything smoothly and managed to make a good film with strong content.” The film is slated to release on January 26, 2017.

Tadka Director Prakash Raj’s debut film Tadka, which is a remake of the Malayalam hit film Salt N’ Pepper, will feature veteran actor Nana Patekar in the lead role. Reportedly Patekar will be seen in a never-before avatar and sporting a contemporary look in Tadka, which is primarily set in Goa. Shriya Saran will be seen in the role of Patekar’s love interest. The film traces the journey of two individuals whose passion for cooking brings them closer as they eventually fall in love. Tadka also stars Ali Fazal and Taapsee Pannu and is expected to be released by the end of this year.

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Doctor Strange (Director: Scott Derrickson) Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams

tum Bin 2 (Director: Anubhav Sinha) Cast: Aashim Gulati, Aditya Seal, and Neha Sharma Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (Director: David Yates) Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, and Zoë Kravitz

Hacksaw Ridge (Director: Mel Gibson) Cast: Teresa Palmer, Andrew Garfield, and Hugo Weaving

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Saansein – the last Breath (Director: Rajiv S. Ruia) Cast: Arjniesh Duggal and Sonarika Bhadori

Dear Zindagi (Director: Gauri Shinde) Cast: Alia Bhatt and Ali Zafar

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lion (Director: Garth Davis) Stars: Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, and David Wenham

Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur (Director: Harry Baweja) Cast: Jyoti Deshpande

Kahaani 2 (Director: Sujoy Ghosh) Cast: Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal Allied (Director: Robert Zemeckis) Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, and Daniel Betts

Dongri Ka Raja (Director: Hadi Ali Abrar) Cast: Bashmeer Mahajani and Reecha Sinha

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Arrival (Director: Denis Billeneuve) Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker

Wajah tum Ho (Director: Bhushan Kumar) Cast: Sana Khan, Gurmeet Choudhary, and Sharman Joshi

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Yeh Hai lollipop (Director: Manoj Sharma) Cast: Om Puri and Himani Shivpuri

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December 23 Dangal (Director: Nitesh Tiwari) Cast: Aamir Khan and Sakshi Tiwari

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constituents as they prance along in your local mall or shopping center. Many times it’s about buying that one item that either is the largest, most expensive, or hardest to find. Then once they’ve made this purchase, often with credit cards to pay off for many months down the road, you watch them strut out the shop door like a peacock with tail feathers in full view. Whether said new shiny purchase is for them or someone else, the bragging rights are still there. I’ve been one of the (un)lucky few who have experienced the other side of the coin. . . as a retail seller in both store and internet mediums. You’d think it would be the one time of the year where we’d rejoice at making sales higher than the rest of the year, right? Well unfortunately this often entails larger sales goals, longer hours, and having to deal with the aforementioned peacocks and their often rude behavior. Sometimes they would even bring along their kiddos who would then proceed to not only “test” all the toys in each aisle, but also leave the items in various states of disarray. Online retail wasn’t without its issues either. The office being locked out of any and all vacation (outside of the usual holiday time off) from October to January was standard. Trying to post as many products as possible as quickly as possible so that the consumers on their computers or tablets can snag that perfect item and have it shipped just in time. The sales quotas are still there as are the longer hours. The peacocks send rude emails instead, and the kiddos are caught buying things with their parents’ credit cards when they’re not looking. In more recent memory, the whole Black Friday trend has met with even more drastic ways to purchase. Stores open either the night of Thanksgiving or very early Friday morning so that you can get that extra 10% off that won’t be available if you try to get some decent rest after eating all that food. Even worse is when you see those doors open and the sheer flood of people rushing in. The peacocks dramatically shapeshift into vultures as they clamor through aisle after aisle to snag whatever items they can. There have been cases of major injuries and even death to both patrons and staff due to this extreme pecking frenzy, and there’s no chance of it getting any better soon. Is it all worth it? I like to go shopping as much as the next girl, but after witnessing fellow human beings turning into such hostile creatures for the sole purpose of consumerism, I have since taken a step back and let the peacock and vultures duke it out between themselves. Getting a great deal is nice, but saving a few extra bucks is not worth losing perfect good sleep or ending up in either the hospital or being arrested. This year, I suggest that we all take a few more hours away from standing in line. Take time to embrace more memorable moments with friends and family. Take a breather and sit back to let all that holiday food digest. Whatever you do, don’t let yourself become the peacock or the vulture. Wait for the mobs to clear, and then you can always swoop in like a falcon later on.

peacocks and Vultures: the American psyche of Holiday Commercialism We live in an era of consumerism and it’s all about desire-based consumerism and it has nothing to do with things we actually need. ~ Aloe Blacc After the whimsical time of ghosts, goblins and gobstoppers we have the next two months of colder temperatures, holiday decorations for various faiths, and with them comes an almost subconscious desire to spend, spend, spend. Whether that act of spending is for others or for ourselves . . . it still becomes a time that retail executives rub their sweaty palms together with glee and that most retail workers absolutely dread. The day after Thanksgiving actually started as a happy accident. Well more like a happy traffic accident. The early 1960’s in Philadelphia were noted for having a lot of dangerous traffic on the 2 days after Thanksgiving. Traffic was due to many folks having the day off and wanting to get out of the house after a Thursday of family and turkey. Indeed, as if folks actually wanted to avoid the turkey and mashed potato sandwiches, they instead chose to get out of the house and do things. Retailers obviously took to this concept like a duck to water and started offering special sales on those days, which in turn attracted even more to walk away from actually interacting with family members you barely visit with otherwise and instead rush into stores to get the hot new gimmick for up to 50% off. The moniker of “Black Friday” wasn’t always called that, but the name has stuck for over 50 years… and is in no way planning to go away anytime soon. While the Saturday shopping day has gone in and out of fashion over the decades (now known as “Small Business Saturday”), the Capitalist society we live in just can’t seem to contain all that consumerism into just one day anymore. Now we also have “Cyber Monday” when many internet retailers have their own special moment to shine with online only discounts, and even more recently we’ve added “Giving Tuesday” which is where many large corporations take some of that cold hard cash earned over the long weekend and offers some of it back to charities. Most of us born after 1950 have had at least one experience as a child of wanting that -one toy- as a gift during the holidays. Whether it was a Tickle Me Elmo, 8-inch GI Joe Action Figure, Cabbage Patch Doll or the Official Daisy Red Ryder Range Model 1938 Air Rifle. . . we all wanted one and would beg ‘til our faces turned blue to our parents to get one. As a kid, you don’t really get the full grasp of all that goes into getting that one great toy. Heck it wasn’t until years later that I learned how much strife my mother had to go through to get me that Cabbage Patch Doll. She was no doubt very happy that I didn’t want the creepy talking teddy bear or the game system. Regardless, our child brains and hearts have come to the conclusion that we know that we must have it, by whatever means necessary. As we get older, I don’t think we completely grow out of this particular mentality. The toy simply changes to things such as the latest electronic gadget. Even more so, holiday shopping has become more of another “status symbol” used by fellow

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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

Pyāra karanā jurma hai to, jurm hamase ho gayā Kābil-e-māfi huā karate nahin aise gunāha Sangadila hai ye jahān aur sangadila merā sanama Kyā karen josh-e-zunun aur haunsalā phira kyā kare Manzilen apani jagaha hain rāste apani jagaha

tribute to living legends of Bollywood Bappi lahiri (1952– present) Bappi Lahiri, the “disco king” and music director, a singer, actor and stage performer, was born on November 27, 1952 in Kolkata. He popularized the use of the vibrant Western disco beats with Eastern flavor in Bollywood films. His parents, Aparesh and Bansari, were famous Bengali singers and classical musicians who also trained him in music. He began to play tabla at an early age and at 19 he moved to Mumbai to work in the music industry. The legendary singer Kishore Kumar was his maternal uncle. Bappi Lahiri has composed music for several thousand songs in over 400 movies and many Indian languages. He has produced many private albums and original pop songs. It seems that he is fond of jewelry. I have seen him wearing lots of jewelry and dark glasses on TV shows, as he was one of the judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa TV show in 2006 - 07. Many prominent singers have sung songs under his music direction and he has also introduced some pop singers in films. He has performed internationally on stage and is still making music. Visit his official website for more information.

Meaning (Summary): Caravan of the hearts robs (us) just on arrival at the destination, boats of love often sink just before reaching the shore. Destinations are at its own place, paths are at its place. What can a traveler do when the legs itself do not cooperate! In a way, I have a partner and a sympathizer with me but even they don't extend hand of help, then what can a heart do? To a drowning man, support of a grass blade itself is something that heart may find solace; such indication itself would be enough. Even then owner of sky (God) would strike the lightning (showers of misfortune) on me. Then let someone tell me, what can this drowning person do? If to love someone is a crime, then I am a criminal. Apparently such crimes are not pardonable. When both, the entire world & my beloved, are merciless on me; what can courage and the passion do (help)? Destinations are at its own place, paths are at its place. lyrics in Hindi:

Some Awards: 1985 - Film fare award: Film Sharābi 1997 - Golden Lotus national award His lyrics to the popular song "Manzilen Apani Jagaha Hain..." are given on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics Manzilen Apani Jagaha Hain Song: Manzilen apani jagaha hain … Film: Sharābi Year: 1984 Music: Bappi Lahiri Singer: Kishore Kumar Lyricist: Anjān Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Prada, Prān lyrics in english: Manzilon pe āke lutate hain dilon ke kāravān Kashtiyān sāhila pe aksara, dubati hain pyāra ki Manzilen apani jagaha hain rāste apani jagaha - 2 Jaba kadama hi sātha nā den, to musāfir kyā kare Yun to hai hamadard bhi aur hamasafar bhi hai merā - 2 Badhake koi hātha nā de, dila bhalā phira kyā kare Manzilen apani jagaha hain rāste apani jagaha Dubane vāle ko tinake kā sahārā hi bahut Dil bahala jāe fakata, itanā ishārā hi bahut Itane para bhi āsamān vālā girā de bijaliyān Koi batalāde zarā ye dubatā phira kyā kare Manzilen apani jagaha hain rāste apani jagaha

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By Shyama Parui “Why don’t we celebrate Children’s Day?” A simple question posed by my kids when they heard about the November 14th celebration of Children’s Day in India. If Apple Pies, Mothers in Law, Chocolate Cupcakes and Administrative Assistants can make the list of designated holidays, I decided to weigh in the reasons and see if my children’s request for celebrating Children’s Day was justified. Trust me, in my opinion every day is Children’s Day. When they wake up, breakfast is waiting for them, they get to relax in the car while being chauffeured around in Mommy Cab, a vast array of entertainment is available at the click of a button and if you add up all the responsible things they have to do, it can be done in one hour. That is one out of 24 unlike the never ending list of todos that parents have. I’m probably not the only one who finds to-do lists everywhere I look, on sticky notes and the back of old receipts, bookmarks and ....Kids exemplify so many calendars. There’s also their virtual presence on every of the qualities that we electronic device. Alas, we have perhaps forgotten or can hide them, but can’t run abandoned as we trudge from the tentacles of through adulthood. monstrous checklists that sadly, we create. Recently my kids and their friends came up to me and asked to participate in a play to be performed at the annual Durga Puja festival. Their sweet and eager faces did not allow me to say “no” even if it meant writing and directing a play within a month. For a novice like me, it was like running a marathon with no training. Nevertheless, I agreed and I’m so glad I did. In fact, my experience with this group of nine kids including two of my own, led me to come up with ten good reasons to celebrate Children’s Day in the US. Parents, you may cry foul but kids exemplify so many of the wonderful qualities that we have perhaps forgotten or abandoned as we trudge through adulthood. 1. Inspiration – For the play, I had initially suggested that we do a theater version of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by Brothers Grimm but on reading the story, my daughter’s review was a thumbs down and with a puzzled look, she said “this doesn’t make any sense.” But that seemingly negative reaction was an inspiration to rewrite an outdated fairy tale. The young kids sparked my imagination and I found myself furiously typing away a new adaptation called, “The Dancing Princesses of Megha.” 2. Motivation – My troupe of actors included one who lived 30 miles away but her motivation to participate was immense. She did not miss a single practice and I don’t recall her whining about anything. I can’t remember the last time I spent a day without complaining. 3. Creativity – If you want to direct kids - especially the smart, free spirited and fiercely independent children of today, you quickly realize that scripting each and every detail is not the most effective. When you give them some space to freely express their personality and unique sense of creativity, they will surprise you.

There it is, my humble attempt to persuade you to observe Children’s Day in your own way. Chances are you will make a child happy with a small gesture and that’s priceless.

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1. Arrange these animals from fast to slow speed. (a) Giraffe (b) Zebra (c) Lion (d) Cheetah


2. Music director of 1984 Hindi film Sharabi? (a) Bappi Lahiri (b) R. D. Burman (c) Anu Malik (d) S. N. Tripāthi


3. India largest imported product (a) Clothing (b) Leather goods (c) Crude oil (d) Cotton yarn

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 11+ words = Excellent; 6 to 10 words = Good; 5 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

4. The length of alley of the tennis court is (a) 108 ft. (b) 98 ft. (c) 88 ft. (d) 78 ft. 5. “Jhansi ki Rani” Laxmibai, Revolutionist in the year 1857, in India was born in the year (a) 1828 (b) 1832 (c) 1836 (d) 1840

Brain train Hi Kids. Here is a simple quiz. See if you can solve it. The table with seven squares is given below. Find the letter in each square to spell the word. Follow the clues for a letter in each numbered square, in sequence. Can you?







6. The "Vijayasthambha" in Chitorgarh, Rajasthan was built around (a) 12th Century (b) 13th Century (c) 14th Century (d) 15th Century


7. A substance called “Bile” is stored in (a) Gallbladder (b) Duodenum (c) Liver (d) Intestine

Letters 1,6,7 put in sequence means “Look.” Letters 7,2,1,4 put in sequence means “Sunrise direction.” Letters 5,3,4 put in sequence means “A protective cap.” Letters 5,3,1,4,6 put in sequence means “Rapidity.” All letters 1 thru 7 in sequence means “Companion.” No peeking for the answer given on this page.

8. The period of revolution of Mars is about (a) 365 days (b) 687 days (c) 860 days (d) 999 days 9. “Hornet’s nest” is a situation which is (a) Happy (b) Troublesome (c) Amusing (d) Risk-free

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It was winter. A dove and a hen had built a nest on a tree and were living there in comfort. They laid their eggs in the nest. On a very cold winter evening, a shivering monkey took refuge under that tree. Every time a gust of cold wind blew, the teeth of the monkey chattered aloud, so very cold did he feel. The wise dove felt sad to see this and said: “Why don’t you build a cozy, nice house for yourself. It will always protect you from the cold weather?” The proud monkey was humiliated by the advice of the dove, thinking that how a small creature like a bird is trying to advise him! The monkey got angry and said: “Keep quiet or I will break up your nest.” The hen cautioned the dove but the dove did not become quiet and continued giving advice, which was not at all welcomed by the monkey. The disgusted monkey got angry, climbed up the tree and broke the nest to the bits. The dove was repenting. Moral: Never give unwanted advice.

Scholar: All correct; 1st Class: 9 Correct; 2nd Class: 8 Correct 3rd Class: 7 Correct; Need to improve: 6 or less

Scholar Answers: 1. d, c, b, a. 2. a 3. c 4. d 5. a 6. d 7. a 8. b 9. b 10. d Answer for brain train: SAATHEE Word World (Solution):ENVY, EVEN, EVENT, EYES, NEST, NEVE, SEEN, SENT, SEVEN, SEVENTY, SYNE, TEEN, TENSE, VENT, VEST, YENTE

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a. Expected or supposed to be. b. Something that makes me feel better and more alert c. Confront or accept an unpleasant or difficult situation. d. To study something thoroughly, especially for a test. e. Extremely busy and deeply involved. f. Laughed so hard that we bent over. g. Punishing yourself with guilt and remorse over past actions. h. Ended up looking good and respectable after being accused of doing something notorious. i. Bake a large amount of something with great vigor and enthusiasm. j. Feel well enough or prepared.

k. Apply himself seriously and work hard l. To move slowly and in small amounts to lower levels m. Scold or punish severely n. A person who is comfortable to be with and whose ideas are practical and work well. o. Will be won at the very last moment. p. To remember the pleasures of past events q. Watching or supervising too closely and not showing confidence in your performance. r. To summarize and reduce to its essential points s. Unhappy and depressed t. Would be wasted or lost. Suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: Read the business, sports and political news articles in your daily and Sunday newspaper or in digital format and look for the many ways up and down are used. Notice whether any or the expressions in this article are used by your colleagues and pay attention to the setting and the context. References: 1, Answers: 1-e, 2-b, 3-i, 4-g, 5-d, 6-h 7-a 8-f 9-j 10-c 11-s, 12-m, 13-p 14-l 15t 16-n, 17-q, 18-r, 19-o, 20-k.

Ancient philosophies all provide guidance as to how to find a way to be calm and centered in the midst of the vicissitudes (pronounce “vuh SIH suh toodz”) or changes of fortune in life. One philosophy teaches “non-attachment” to both the “highs” and “lows” by reminding oneself that everything changes. This enables one to “enjoy” good fortune and also to know that difficult times will also pass. In The Free I found well over 100 ways that up and down are each used in idioms (non-literal expressions). Can you match the meanings (“a” to “j”) below to these expressions that use up and the meanings (“k” to “t”) below for the expressions that use down? 1 UP 1. I’d love to join you but I’m in up to my elbows with a work project. _____ 2. By mid-afternoon I usually have a cup of tea and a piece of fruit for a pick-me-up. _____ 3. My mom always likes to bake-up a storm for the holidays. ____ 4. It was just poor judgment. We all make mistakes. Don’t keep beating yourself up about it. ____ 5. I have to bone up on changes in the tax law because my CPA exam is next month. ____ 6. Even though there was a congressional investigation, he came up smelling like a rose. _____ 7. He’s really not the great manager and problem solver that he was cracked up to be. ____ 8. The comedian was so funny that we all just doubled up with laughter. _____ 9. I really don’t feel up to going to that gathering. _____ 10. He will really have to face up to the possibility that his job will be outsourced. _____

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is at least one staircase, sometimes more, to be climbed so many times every day just doing regular chores. There are many other safety issues also that need to be looked at. A good example is the handlebars to hold on to in the bathroom tub or shower or slippery floors. You only have to anticipate what kind of problems one must face when the body does not co-operate with the desires (there are literally many organizations who can help you with that). In other words, what was a wonderful home for so long and one that has so many memories associated with it has to be either modified to suit the current needs of an aging couple or move out into a safer environment which is specially designed for elderly people. Also there is the feeling that the house is too big for empty nesters to take care of. The maintenance expenses are a consideration when we are on a limited income stream in retirement. And yet, leaving a house where we have lived for so long is the hardest thing to do for most.

By Mo Vidwans Last month, in Part I, I had discussed some of the items that retirees get surprised about; most of these were physical surprises where we just had to correct our wrong impressions and tweak some attitudes. Now I will go through some more of those where there is some emotional involvement in dealing with the issues. Adjustment to retirement takes time We have these dreams about how easy, carefree and “do what you like” life is going to be after retirement. But just imagine: you have been working at least 40 hours a week, usually more, all your life. You have friends at work, with whom you chat about variety of things starting with office rumors to sports to TV shows to clothing to shoes and purses, well, you got the picture. You had a routine set-up for the entire day and you were following it all your life. Now all that is gone. There is a sudden vacuum in your life after the initial euphoria is over. No more power meetings, frequent chats and consultations, no more group lunches with colleagues; not everyday for sure. You are sitting in that lazy-boy staring at the blue sky and contemplating what to do next. This sudden change gets unbearable for many. It is not easy to get used to such drastic change of pace and life in general. Plan on this and find ways to counter. There are many ideas as to how you can overcome this malaise and they are all unique for each individual. Generally, planning for what to do during the first few years of retirement should start long before the retirement. Part-time work, starting a brand new hobby, volunteer work through church or other organizations, especially where your experience can be used, are just a few of the avenues.

time is the most precious currency It is not uncommon for the sudden realization to creep in that our time is very limited on the face of this earth; which was a fact from day one but we never gave it a thought until now. So our own time becomes valuable and a precious currency. Sudden burst of thoughts like “what can I do now while I still have reasonable health and energy” become prominent in a retiree’s mind. And it is all for good. Make the most of it but don’t overdo it. Many retirees find fulfillment in retirement after having gone through a life changing experience such as a premature death, long struggle with illness or totally unexpected calamities. The fulfillment comes from devoting one’s life and time to worthy causes. Regrets harbored by retirees According to a survey of more than 1000 adults by fully 75% admit that they have financial regrets. Their biggest regret is “not saving for retirement early enough.” Indeed, those who understand the compounding effect of time, will know that it is very costly to wait or start saving later in life. A person who starts saving $300 per month for retirement at age 25 will have $450,000 at age 65 assuming a 5% return. If the person waits till age 35 (start saving just 10 years later) then he will have only $250,000 at 65 under the same conditions.

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DANCES OF INDIA By Dr. Maha Gingrich exploring guru-Shishya parampara When you search for the meaning of Guru-Shishya Parampara, this is what we find: The guru–shishya tradition, or parampara (“lineage”), denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture and religions such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism (Tibetan and Zen tradition). If it is a succession plan, then all the classical dance teachers are in trouble in the USA. Most of our students graduate and complete their arangetrams (dance graduations) before they graduate from high school. Then they leave for college eliminating any chances of succession. In my opinion, this is not the only reason this system of Guru-Shishya Parampara exists. Let us look a little more deeply into this system.

Guru C. V. Chandrasekhar with his Shishya

Thousands of years ago in India, the Gurukul system laid out norms for the complex and fascinating relationship between the teacher and student. Because the fine arts are a spiritually uplifting experience, the guru came second only to god. Thus the sloka, Guru Bramha, Guru Visnu, Guru deva Maheshwara, Guru sakshat Parabramha tasmayee shri gurave namaha. Here the sloka compares the guru to the greatest undivided power or energy that forms the base of creation itself and combines the forces of the Creator, the Destroyer and the Preserver according to the Vedic beliefs. Thus it was not for the disciple to question why he/she would have to accept unconditionally the statement handed down by the guru. The guru was omniscient and his/her word was never to be doubted. There have been progressive changes in the system, as time has passed. I still remember I had to show my worthiness to learn Kuchipudi, from my guru’s guru. After showing our dances to the level we have learned, he chose to teach me and said no to others. This transmission of privileged knowledge required the student’s demonstration of uniqueness, ability to learn, and potential to carry on the teachings of the Guru. Students spent an extensive amount of time every day with the gurus aspiring to be like them. They even learned other art forms such as music to enhance their understanding and practice of dance. Guru not only taught dancing, but also taught life lessons. As we all agree, the role of a teacher, mentor or guru is crucial in any field. The teacher-student relationship is a

revered one all through the world. In recent times, due to the institutionalization of dance education, it took away the role of the traditional gurus and the Guru-Shishya Parampara in most parts of India. This also eliminated one-on-one coaching and the Guru has been replaced with teacher. However, due to the inconsistent transition from tradition to modernity, there is still a lot of confusion in this field. In many parts of India and the US, disciples are still expected to follow the regulations of the guru and the guru’s institution. Even though many students started to learn under different gurus as they move from place to place, the crucial question of “who is your guru” always comes up. Students are judged by the name and reputation of their guru to either be praised or ignored. On the other hand, some parents raised with traditions know the value and quality of a dance form. They go to any lengths to ensure their children learn the traditions of these classical dance forms in their purest form possible. I still long to gain knowledge from gurus who are an authority on the subject matter. Even today, many students have dedicated their lives to dancing while balancing their school, work, and family. All of us at some point in our career or life looked for mentors or individuals who have accomplished a lot in life. Many aspire to be like them. As stated in ancient scriptures, guru is the beacon of light that dispels the gloom of ignorance. On one hand this system maintained a certain authenticity of the art form as far as stylistic ground rules were observed and followed down through generations. Considering the rigorous training over a large number of years and a meticulous technique of codified movements that are required to be a good Indian classical dancer, it seemed necessary for this kind of relationship to exist for traditional experience. Tradition has a timeless quality, which is thought to be due to the fact that it encompasses and fuses the past and the present. We can see the Guru-Shishya Parampara, any way we wish to see. You can call it an ancient and old practice that is not relevant to modernity or you can say it is essential for the betterment of our community and culture. Dance and Veda place a high value on cognition, intellectual knowing and comprehension. A successful dancer has gone through a regimented learning process creating a trained body and allowing the dancer to grasp knowledge, retain the facts and develop the power of discipline using right and left brains. This concept is now being implemented in the modern world. Every organization seeks mentoring opportunities to better our community and the youth. May it be work, Yoga or dance, I hope we continue to be inspired by a guru’s teachings or a mentor’s advice. And as Gurus and mentors, I hope we will continue to impart our knowledge to develop the next generation of learners and leaders.

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of what someone else says, you assume that person has followed certain principles. Maxims, he called them, and there are four, which are there to make sure it’s a cooperative activity. Participating, I mean. I remember them, too. The four things are this. First, quality. Don’t say stuff unless you believe it has high quality. Then, there’s quantity, which I’m sure you can imagine what that means. You want to keep it relevant, too, that’s the third one. And then, manner.” “Manner?” “Uh-huh. I really like this idea. Manner.” “Wait. Let me understand this. You’re saying one of the four central principles of great conversation-making has to do with manner? Like, if you’re too brusque you’ll put people off. Or too arrogant, or distant, or insecure-seeming, or trying-too-hard, or…” “Yes.” Wait. Or, what, though? Keeping a calm and easygoing manner… I can see that. Why that’s pretty huge, sure. I get that. But one-fourth of the maxims? Just to say, Hey. Be aware of how you carry yourself and leave space for others. Be polite. To tell you, If you just go around saying whatever you want, without thinking about how people will respond, or worse, if you do it in a way that irritates, then that’s not communication. “You know, so many people can’t look you in the eye these days. They keep averting them, like it’s too intense. Am I the only one noticing that, though? I wonder.” Silence. The comfortable kind. “It’s certainly not artful, is it?” I said. “To do that, I mean. Artfulness and life and eloquence and elegance sure do have a lot to do with one another. Uncertainty is there, for sure. We have no idea how we’re being received or if anyone gets us. Of course not. How could we? We can’t see ourselves from the outside. I was early today so I wandered around upstairs, and found this book talking about how you can study yourself in a mirror and see how you appear to others. Okay, sure. Confidence is important, but you don’t have to push out other things to make it front and center. Things like learning. Openness. Discovering new and different others.” “Now you’re talking like a physicist,” she said. As she flipped her notebook to a page with something about Kepler, I couldn’t help feeling it; the rush, a blush.


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HEART TO HEART Heartfulness: Purity weaves destiny

and the heights of the superconscious! In this I could never be misled, for had I not seen Ramakrishna Paramahamsa gather in ten minutes, from a man’s subconscious mind, the whole of his past, and determine from that his future and his powers?”3 These days, scientists measure brainwave frequencies and electro-magnetic frequencies of the heart in order to try to describe and understand various states of consciousness, e.g. normal waking consciousness, various stages of sleep, a relaxed mind, and a meditating mind, just to name a few. They have already realized that the electromagnetic field of the heart is much stronger than that of the brain.4 This is in-line with the findings of those yogis of caliber, who have considered the heart as the center of our being.5 Yogis have also told us that the heart and mind are not two separate entities, but instead there is a heart-mind field, known as the subtle body or sookshma sharir.6 This vibrational field spreads outwards from the center of our existence, the heart, into every aspect of our spiritual and worldly life. The field of the heart and mind can extend across the full spectrum of consciousness, from the depths of subconsciousness all the way to the heights of superconsciousness. In the middle sits our conscious mind, affected at every moment by what is happening along the full spectrum, from both the subconscious and superconscious states. There is always a dynamic interplay. For example, even when we are fully aware and alert to the present moment, our fears, likes and dislikes from past experiences affect the way we feel. We may fear a specific situation that stops us from embracing an opportunity, or our desires pull us towards other activities. So at no time is the conscious mind unaffected by our subconscious past. Similarly, inspiration from our superconscious can come at any moment. We may have some unexpected insight or inspiration that drives a decision that we would not normally consider. All three levels are always operating at any moment in time. This interplay is known in Yoga as the interplay of the subtle bodies – chit, manas, buddhi and ahankar. We have explored these four subtle bodies in Part 2. Chit is consciousness, manas is our contemplative mind, buddhi is intellect and ahankar is ego. As they become refined and purified, through the process of yogic cleaning, our awareness expands to encompass more and more of the spectrum of consciousness. When you meditate intensely with Yogic Transmission, your heart opens and you develop the ability to experience the spectrum of consciousness as an integrated field. This is what “Yoga” actually means – integrating, unifying the field. You become aware of all dimensions at the same time. Your consciousness expands. The mind is capable of being fully awake and in the world, and yet deeply absorbed in the Absolute at the same time. This is the state known as sahaj samadhi, where everything can be known

By Kamlesh D. Patel the evolution of Consciousness Part 5 – Spectrum of Consciousness Last month, in Part 4, Kamlesh D. Patel explored in some detail the impressions caused by our emotions, where they form knots in the spiritual anatomy of a human being, and what we can do to remove these impressions. In this issue, he shares some more thoughts on the spectrum of consciousness. “Consciousness” is a popular word these days in the field of mind-body medicine, and also at the cutting edge of research in science and spirituality and the quantum field. The idea of a spectrum of consciousness is not new. Yogis and mystics have written about it since time immemorial, and more recently also western psychoanalysts and psychologists like Carl Jung and Ken Wilbur1. What do we learn from this literature? It tells us there is a vast spectrum of consciousness in a human being, spanning the subconscious mind through consciousness and all the way to the superconscious realm, most of which we don’t understand. As we discussed in Part 2, the great Swami Vivekananda once said, “Consciousness is a mere film between two oceans, the subconscious and the superconscious.” He understood the infinite, limitless nature of this spectrum, because his own state had expanded across that spectrum. He could observe and describe exactly what he found. This was also the case with Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, who researched and described the states of consciousness and superconsciousness of the various chakras in the Heart Region, the Mind Region and the Central Region of a human being. In the light of these findings, science still lags a long way behind Yoga in describing the spectrum of consciousness2 Modern psychologists are also generally studying the mind that is compromised, with very little research done on a healthy mind. Even less has been done researching higher consciousness, as found in personalities like Buddha, Jesus and Swami Vivekananda. And how will we study such higher individuals who we can count on the fingers of one hand when the scientific approach requires a large amount of data to verify observations in order to conclude? From a scientific perspective, we are also limited in another way: when we observe and record results, we can only analyze the outcome from our own level of consciousness. Persons with a higher, more evolved consciousness see from their perspective. Both are right, from their level of observation and understanding. Because a person can observe the world from the peak of the mountain, the people in the valley should not decry and criticize his wider vision. Similarly, astronomers who view the heavens through a mile-wide, gazing at the beauty of the stars and galaxies, have a greater advantage over our normal eyesight. So scientists and their logic are also correct, but this correctness is from a limited level of understanding and vision. If you meditate with Yogic Transmission or Pranahuti, you will experience more and more deeply and broadly this spectrum of consciousness, and go beyond experience into the realm of direct perception and knowledge. Gradually more and more of this vast field of consciousness will open up to you. Swami Vivekananda once said: “What does consciousness matter? Why, it is nothing compared with the unfathomable depths of the subconscious

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The H-1B is subject to an annual cap limited to 65,000 visa received in the first five days are all considered in the random with an additional 20,000 set aside for workers who earned a selection process, and are not issued receipt notices, they are master’s or higher degree from a qualified United States not being processed “in the order in which petitions are filed.” institution. The USCIS begins accepting H1B petitions for the The Plaintiffs claim “that the random selection process is new fiscal year on April 1st. The cap has been reached each year arbitrary and capricious and contrary to the statutory since 2004 with the number of applications steadily increasing. requirement that petitions be processed in the order received.” The last 4 years the number has been reached within days. In Plaintiffs are asking that the lottery be eliminated in favor of a 2016, USCIS received over 236,000 petitions during the first five priority date system based on the date of receipt of the H1B days of filing in April. As a result, the USCIS has used a application. The Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, computer generated selection process or the “lottery” to select the number of H1B petitions to satisfy the regulatory limited. challenging the ability of the Plaintiffs to bring the lawsuit. The Defendants claimed that the employees do not have standing to challenge the process as they are not those petitioning for the lawsuit to Require transparency This lottery has been subject to public scrutiny by visas. Further the Defendants maintain that as the Plaintiffs are employers, foreign workers, and immigration advocates. In seeking nonimmigrant employment status they are not May, the American Immigration Council (Council) and the protected by the INA “because the statute is designed to protect American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) brought a American workers and employers, not foreign workers.” The Judge Michael H. Simon denied the defendants’ motion lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act against USCIS, seeking information about the administration of the H-1B to dismiss the case and addressed some important issues in the lottery. The suit was filed upon USCIS’s failure to response to majority opinion of the United States District Court for the a FOIA request on the H-1B lottery by withholding records that District of Oregon. He looked to other case law on the issue of describe how the USCIS tracks and counts H1B petitions and the employees standing that has recognized the right of those seeking an immigrant visa to challenge the decision in court. visas each year. After the April 1st opening of the filing period, if the USCIS As such, he stated that “The Court does not find the difference determines during the first five business days that more than between immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to be a persuasive enough petitions have been received to meet the cap, a distinction on the question of Article III standing” that would computer-generated random selection process (or “lottery”) is justify finding that the visa petition beneficiary has standing. Further, an H-1B visa recipient can eventually become a used to choose the number of H-1B petitions to satisfy the limits. Petitions not selected are returned to the petitioning permanent legal resident through subsequent petitions, and “[e]ven if the Individual Plaintiffs could not parlay their employers and immigration lawyers. USCIS has shared very little about the selection process and nonimmigrant work visa into permanent residency, they are how the system works from start to finish. AILA’s lawsuit was still ‘more than just a mere onlooker’ because it is their ‘status intended to bring transparency to the process and allow greater that is at stake’ when USCIS takes action on an H-1B petition.” understanding of how the “lottery” works, including how The majority opinion continues: “Additionally, the Individual many petitions are ultimately selected to account for denied or Plaintiffs lose the “significant opportunity” to obtain unused petitions so that the numerical limit is reached. The authorization to live and work in the United States, earning organizations also hope to gain a better understanding of how United States wages, and enjoying life in the United States.” The Defendants also challenged the standing of the USCIS keeps track of the visa numbers to ensure that the full employers on the basis of not demonstrating injury as a result number of available visas is actually allocated each year. of the existing lottery process, but the ruling found that there is a “concrete and particularized injury-namely that the lawsuit to Require new protocols In the case of Tenrec, Inc. v U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Employer Plaintiffs wanted to hire the individual Plaintiffs and Services Recently, two employers and two employees have filed were unable to do so because of USCIS’s action.” The District Court’s ruling will allow the lawsuit to continue a lawsuit questioning the methodology of selecting H-1B petitions, claiming that the current random selection process forward so that the court can make a determination on whether designed to conform to the cap limitations is in violation of USCIS has failed to follow regulations for H-1B CAP petition federal law. The plaintiffs claim that the random statistical processing. Ultimately, the courts will decide whether the selection of petitions is out of compliance with the governing lottery system will continue or if a new system will replace it to comply with the existing rules. statute: H1B lottery Facing legal Challenges

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Somewhere between “bad hombre” and “nasty woman,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made another statement on October 19 during the final presidential debate that turned heads. “So I just left some high representatives of India,” he said. “They’re growing at 8 percent. China is growing at 7 percent. And that for them is a catastrophically low number.” He was nominally making a point about US economic growth, but many debate-watchers were wondering: Who exactly were these Indian representatives? It’s not immediately clear which “high representatives” he was referring to. But one theory picked up on in social media is that Trump was referring to an appearance he made on October 15 in Edison, New Jersey. He spoke to about 5,000 people at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center — an audience of mostly Indians and Indian Americans. The event was sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition, a new lobby on Capitol Hill, and was advertised as a

Humanity United Against Terror Charity event. The proceeds were to benefit Hindu refugees and victims of terror in Bangladesh and Kashmir. Before Trump’s appearance, there were performances by Bollywood stars like Malaika Arora Khan, as well as a skit in which dancing couples were attacked by “terrorists” wielding weapons of lightsabers. And when Trump finally appeared, he gave the crowd words to cheer for. “Under a Trump administration, we are going to become even better friends,” he said. “In fact, I’ll take the word ‘even’ out, because we are going to be best friends. There won’t be any relationship more important to us.” The implication was that he would strengthen the alliance between the US and India. But he also may have very well been referring to the special relationship the Republican Party has established with the Hindus in India and America — a relationship which provided the backbone for Saturday night’s Bollywood/Tollywood concert. Shalabh Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition told NDTV that the organization has donated about $1.5 million to Trump’s campaign. It’s the only explicitly political organization with “Hindu” in its name, and it’s modeled after the Republican Jewish Coalition. He told reporters last fall that he was impressed with the way the Republican Jewish Coalition was able to influence a “conservative policy toward Israel” in US politics and that he wanted to do the same for India. Just as most Jewish people in the US are liberal, Indian Americans, too, lean left. The 2016 National Asian American Survey shows that 53 percent of Asian Indians identify with the Democratic Party, whereas only 7 percent think of themselves as Republican. A Pew Research study shows that the views of Americans who are Hindus follow similar patterns: Only 13 percent identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, while 61 percent align with the Democratic Party. Given the context, the Republican Hindu Coalition doesn’t necessarily represent the views of most Indian or Hindu Americans. In his pitch to the crowd, though, Kumar insisted that conservative values are Hindu values. “I urge my fellow Hindus to think about these values, and ask yourselves, who truly represents you in Washington? Is it a president who celebrates Diwali in White House, and next day wants to give a nuclear-capable F-16, worth $658 million to Pakistan?” The crowd booed at Kumar’s statements. “Or is it a party that wants to cut aid to Pakistan,” he continued, “declare them a terrorist state and prevent them from acquiring nuclear-capable F-16s?” The crowd cheered mildly. That Kumar capitalized on the tense relationship between India and Pakistan — and by extension, between Hindus and Muslims — is why many critics say the Republican Hindu Coalition and groups like Hindus for Trump ignite nationalist feelings. In India, Hindu nationalism refers to the political ideology that all Indians were once Hindu, and that the ancient civilization of the Indian subcontinent — which includes modern-day countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan — was always a Hindu civilization. continued on page 84 80

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The near universal substitution of “Hindu” for “Indian” and vice versa during the event also pushes this ideology, even if it was a matter of convenience or laziness. India is a Hindumajority country, but only about half of Indian Americans identify as Hindu, according to the Pew Research Center. “There is a very small, but very, very vocal fringe among Hindu Americans that are quite conservative and ally with more of the Hindu nationalism we see in India,” says Sunita Vishwanath, a human rights activist and founder of Sadhana, a nonprofit coalition of progressive Hindus. “And their drivers, the motivations, tend to be, in my opinion, Islamophobia, and ... you know, economic interests. And I think those two interests dovetail into their support for Donald Trump in this moment.” Right-wing political leaders in India are often accused of polarizing communities with fiery rhetoric during election seasons. But most of the attendees at the Bollywood-themed concert in New Jersey didn’t read too much into the parallels: South Indian dancing star Prabhu Deva’s wicked moves took center stage.

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Muslim women in India are in a Supreme Court fight for equal divorce rights By Nimisha Jaiswal, GlobalPost Last year, a 35-year-old woman from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh received an unusual letter from her husband. He accused her of stealing jewelry and money, and of asking him to live with her relatives instead of his own. This is why, he wrote, he didn’t want to “keep” his wife of 13 years. The letter closed with a single sentence, repeated three times: “I divorce you. I divorce you. I divorce you.” Shayara Bano is among the countless Muslim women in India who have been abandoned by their husbands, often without any notice, through Talaq-ul-Bidat, or “triple talaq.” Permitted under Muslim family law, the practice allows a married man to instantaneously divorce his wife. However, Bano set herself apart from many victims by suing her husband in India’s Supreme Court. (A person can go directly to the Supreme Court in India when they are seeking enforcement of a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution — in this case, the right to equality.) After declaring the divorce, Bano’s husband gave her $225 to refund her bride price. He hasn’t allowed her to see their children. “Men have all the power to play with women’s lives, even though the Quran doesn’t endorse it,” she said. Change has been hard for many women in Bano’s position to imagine, but finally, there may be a reason to hope for it. In an unprecedented move, India’s central government recently filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing triple talaq, a practice it has until now protected. “It is noteworthy that even theocratic states have undergone reforms in this area of the law and therefore in a secular republic like India, there is no reason to deny women the right available under the constitution,” the statement read. At least 22 Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have stopped recognizing triple talaq. But it continues in India, where Hinduism dominates, and Muslim family law exists to safeguard the minority community’s religious freedom.

Many of India’s Muslim clerics insist that because of this law, the Indian judiciary has no right to interpret their religious texts. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a powerful organization that dictates family law, filed a 69-page affidavit in September countering Bano’s case. “A husband who does not fear God may do anything against his wife whom he hates, for only he is with her in the darkness of night,” the affidavit read, explaining that the expensive and time-consuming nature of court divorces could be discouraging to men. It went on to describe what could happen under these circumstances: “In such instances, he may resort to illegal, criminal ways of murdering or burning her alive.” The board suggested that if Muslim women are also granted the right to initiate divorce, there will be too much of it. “As a result of gender parity and securing divorce through court alone, the divorce rate has shot up in the West,” it said. Despite the power the board wields, advocate Farah Faiz argues that their opinion has no legal or religious standing. “All disputes regarding personal matters like divorce, [alimony] and marriage are supposed to be governed by Sharia, but nobody knows what that is,” she said. In fact, Faiz explains, the Quran’s teachings on triple talaq require months of reconciliation attempts before the marriage can be dissolved. But these days religious leaders don’t adhere to that guidance. “Mullahs say that if you say talaq thrice, the separation is immediate,” said Faiz. “They say the woman has to leave the house, and then they misbehave about [alimony].” For close to two decades, Faiz has worked with Muslim families in poor communities where she has seen many women abandoned by their husbands through triple talaq. She petitioned the Supreme Court to ban the practice. Her filing has been bundled with others, including Bano’s, to be heard together by the Supreme Court. Faiz says exposing the misinterpretations of ultraconservative clerics and reducing the community’s dependence on them will be crucial to improving the rights of Muslim women in India. “Our women are trapped in cages with their men guarding the gates, and the maulvis [Muslim scholars] stand ahead of the men,” she said. “This is why people cannot openly support me, but I hope our struggle will expose these clerics.” More Muslim women are speaking out, however, joining Bano in the fight for equal rights within a marriage. In April 2015, Ishrat Jahan was unceremoniously divorced over the phone. Her husband called her from Dubai, repeated “I divorce you” three times, and hung up. They had been married for 15 years — since Jahan was just 14 years old — and have four children, whom Jahan is not allowed to see. This year, 30-year-old Jahan approached the Supreme Court. “I want my children, I want [alimony], and I want my home that my parents paid for,” she said in a television interview. “I want justice because divorce over the phone doesn’t exist.” Afreen Rehman was divorced with even more indifference. Her husband express-mailed the 25-year-old a letter informing her the marriage was over. They had found each other through a popular online matrimonial service and were married for less than two years. Petitions from both of these women are included in the case before the Supreme Court. However, their opponents are a considerable force. “Though I have hopes with the Supreme Court, I fear things won’t change because the Muslim Board is adamant,” said Bano. “They don’t want men to lose power.” 84

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epicFest Family Festival Armaan Malik Concert The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation presents this Bollywood singer Armaan Malik will extraordinary, free literary festival which connects families, perform live on Saturday, November 19 children, and teens to the library, while also strengthening and (8pm) at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. instilling a love of reading. Nationally recognized children’s Independence Blvd., Charlotte. He is the and young adult authors and nephew of music director Anu Malik and illustrators will visit Charlotte to among the new crop of hit makers participate as featured guests. This currently working in the Indian film year’s festival includes robotics, early world. Tickets range from $49 - $250. For learning stations, family cooking, tickets or more information, contact 980-210-0019. Tickets can origami, journal making, puppetry, a be bought online at free book for each child attending, and book signings. Books by featured authors and illustrators will be available for purchase Artisan’s Holiday Boutique onsite through Black Forest Books. Come on by ImaginOn at The Artisans Holiday Boutique on November 11 - 12 will be held 300 E Seventh Street in Charlotte on Saturday, November 5 at Marker 614 (614 W. West Street in Southport) will be offering an from 10am - 4pm. For more info, visit abundant selection of fine art to make your holiday home a warm and festive place. Every item, from whimsical Santas and hand Hindu Center Diwali Dinner painted ornaments to original oils and watercolors, is an award- The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents the annual Diwali winning example of artistry and craftsmanship. There will also be dinner and entertainment on Saturday, November 12 from 6 adorable baby clothes, American doll outfits, and original 11pm. Performers include Indian TV stars and singers children’s books; jewelry, baskets and pottery, festive note cards, Vishwajeet Borwanker, Shivranjini Pandit, and Govind Mishra. invitations, framed calligraphy, floral wreaths and holiday Enjoy music, dancing, comedy, and delicious vegetarian food. arrangements, and fragrant soaps and candles. Many items can be Tickets start at $35. For more details, call 704.996.1418, custom crafted for the ultimate in personal gifts. Open from 9am 704.488.8145 or visit - 4pm both days. To learn more, visit preeti tamhankar Vocal Concert Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) presents a Vocal Concert by Preeti Tamhankar on Saturday, November 19 starting at 9pm. At 16, Preeti has already earned much praise for her talents and has been learning Kathak from Smt. Anuradha Nag for last 9 years. She will be performing with Nitin Phatak on Tabla and Manoj Tamhankar on Children’s Day Celebration Harmonium. The concert will be at The Heritage India Association of North CPCC’s Central Campus. General Carolina presents the 2016 Children’s Admission is $10 or free for IPAAC Day Celebration on Saturday, Members. Learn more at November 12, from 3:30 - 8:30 pm at the Red Rose Film Festival HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC. The event features dance competition, Lancaster Performing Arts will hold the Red Rose Film Festival art competition, kids’ fashion show, free in the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy dental checkup for kids, musical performances and much more. Auditorium on Friday, November 18. Filmmakers of all ages It is a celebration of children and their talents, showcasing are encouraged to submit entries by Friday, October 28. All Indian dances, art, and culture. Children ranging from 5 - 12 scenes must be filmed in Lancaster County and incorporate at are invited to perform. Tickets range from $5 - $10. For full least one red rose. Family-friendly films in DVD format must be no longer than 10 minutes, and a $15 application fee should details, write to or Bollywood Queen party Bollywood Queen Party is an event featuring a fashion show by local designers, DJs spinning fabulous music, drinks and good times. The party is on Friday, November 18, starting at 9pm, at Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. Fashion show is at 10pm and dance party onwards. Tickets range from $20 - $30 and dress code is stricly enforced. Call 704.457.0321 for more details or write to


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tAgCA Dasara Deepavali Sambaralu The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) will present the Dasara Deepavali Sambaralu on Sunday, November 13 at Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, 415 E 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC from 11am - 6pm. It will be a cultural event show with dances, musicians, skits and much more. For more details, call 980-939-5602, write to or visit the website

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cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the Charlotte area. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326 Sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: Shanti niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and wellbeing of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details: Shri Rang Avadhut parivar (parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 104

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396 South park Cricket Club (SpCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar - telugu Association of greater Charlotte Area (tAgCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: trimurti temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple

in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556 Vallabh pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VpSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform seva and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. Upcoming Events: Sat, Nov 5: Annakut and fireworks For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004 Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. Charlotte Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

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, and Greensboro which cover breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; lowimpact yoga and the breathing-based technique called 106

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BApS greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details:

Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427

greensboro Cricket Club (gCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - 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. Located at 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) 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 area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Indian Association of the Carolinas (IAC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help) Indo-American Society of nC (IASnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes

life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 / 336.793.7138 / Quan Am Buddhist temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details: Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of nC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details: 108

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Raleigh Art of living (Raleigh) Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. The Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939 BApS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of north Carolina (BAnC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for

charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: Bhartiya Senior Citizens of nC (BSCnC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, November 8. The group will celebrate Diwali annkut and Tulsi vivah. For Further Details: Bharati Patel (President) - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi (Vice-President) - 910.391.1809 Carolina Rajasthani Association (CRA) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details: Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDU) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations, he pursued the spiritual path in the Himalayas under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. The mission is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). Upcoming Events: Nov 27 - 28: Free lectures by Swamini Vimalananda, Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. For Further Details: Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) The Dada Bhagwan Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2-hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Local Satsangs are held Every Sunday 5-7 pm followed by Prasad at Country Inn & Suites, 201 Airgate Dr, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 Mayank Trivedi - 919.740.6198 - Babubhai Patel - 919.521.3105 110

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Rahul Bhatt Datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843 Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: eKtAA Student organization (nCSU) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details:

have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. Gokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536 gurdwara Atlantic Coast Sikh Association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Gurdwara located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh Rangila - 919.309.1045 Heritage India Association of nC (HIAnC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, the association presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details:

geet Bazaar Radio (nCSU) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119

Hindi naatak group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. So if you have an Actor hidden in you, contact the group. Come explore your dream to act on stage in a professional 2/3 act Hindi play. You must meet following criteria: You are male or female of 20 to 50 years of age. You can read and speak Hindi fluently. You have some experience in working on or off stage. You can make 3-4 months of weekend commitment for the project. You live in RTP or surrounding area. We also need a team who can work behind the scenes to manage rehearsals, publicity, sales of tickets, booking venue, and other arrangements. For further details:

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing KaviSammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: Hindu Society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, 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. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. For Further Details: 919.481.2674 (Temple Office) President: Neeraj Agarwal - 919.484.0489 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. They will be conducting a Youth Camp for 4 Sundays in July. Learn more here. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville & Chapel Hill. For Further Details: HumSub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: Immanuel Assembly of god A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian


community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Indian Christian prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details: Indian talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 November 2016

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is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. A new Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir will be opening soon at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Bhoomidaan and Murtipratishtha yajman opportunities are available for a limited time. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 Jain Study Center of north Carolina (JSCnC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details: Kiran Inc. Kiran Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.831.4203 Krishnadham USA Krishnadham USA’s mission is to foster the richness of Hindu cultural heritage by imparting the values of love, wisdom and devotion in future generations. They provide a platform for learning and for sharing our experiences and values with the society at large. The time is coming when a new Vedanta inspired sanctuary will manifest. This inspirational experience will be expressed in buildings, pathways, water flows, and connections with the surrounding natural setting at a location not far from Lake Jordan in Chatham County of North Carolina and will be recognized as Krishnadham USA. Their current November 2016

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS address is at 795 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502 Upcoming Events: Annakut Manorath and Adhyatmik Satsang on Sat, November 12 at Integral Yoga Studio, 4000 Bearcat Way, Ste 201, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: Maitri (nCSU) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: pakistani American Anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: pratham - triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants,

Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts and performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of nC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: 919.806.5928 / Rtp Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation (triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki - Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in 118

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Sewa Rtp Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. The vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering. For Further Details:

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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 Further Details: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429 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 SV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040

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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 South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 2:30pm at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 or 512.547.7077 Carolina Buddhist Vihara (greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961


Hanahan table-tennis training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 Hindu Society of greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. 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 open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12:00 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 India Assoc. of greater Charleston (IAgC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661 Indian Upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda - 864.561.1016 Kannada Association of greater greenville (KAgg) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the November 2016

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 Masjid noor-Ul-Huda (MnH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes for children are also conducted daily. The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. For Further Details: Masjid main number - 803.754.2632 Spartanburg Buddhist Center of SC 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, a regular English-speaking group meets at 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.327.8726 telugu Association of greater greenville Telugu Association of Greater Greenville (TAGG) is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. For Further Details: Vedic Center of greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852

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through superconscious perception – the direct perception of Nature. Traditional samadhi is often defined as a stone-like consciousness where you don’t feel anything, but that is not as subtle as sahaj samadhi, where we develop a three-hundredand-sixty-degree consciousness all around. In sahaj samadhi we see everything to the extent possible – front, back, past, present, future – everything can be in our view. The extent to which one can expand in consciousness is nothing but the reflection of evolution. So while we are working, we are focused on work, on the surroundings, on the TV if it is on in the room, on something happening outside the office, and also on the Source. We are focused on the transmission that is happening inside, and the condition that is prevailing within, on something that is about to come into our system, on the thoughts that are arising, and on the next step we should be taking; and yet we remain peaceful seeing all these things at the same moment. Automatically, this consciousness becomes three-hundred-and-sixty-degree consciousness. We are not focusing on any particular thing. The moment we focus on a particular thing, it is no longer meditation, but concentration instead. So in this state we see how our consciousness can expand and we are able to utilize our minds in such a dynamic way. There is also another way of looking at the spectrum of consciousness, and that is from personal, or individual, to collective. This is the spectrum of mind to heart. Our mind gives us our individual identity through the ego, ahankar, whereas the heart is collective. In the words of Ram Chandra Fatehgarh, “What is this ‘we’ of ours? It is our heart.”7 It is through the heart that we are all connected. This is the hope of our future and Yoga is the key to unlocking this whole spectrum of consciousness 1 Wilbur, Ken. 1974. Psychologia Perennis, The Spectrum of Consciousness, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Vol. 7, No. 2. 2 Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur. 1989. Complete Works of Ram Chandra, Volume 1. 3 Swami Vivekananda. 1947. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. 8, ‘Saying and Utterances’ 4 McCraty, Rollin. 2015. Science of the Heart, Vol. 2. 5 Patanjali, Yoga Sutras 6 Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, 1973. Truth Eternal, ‘Karma’. 7 Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, 1973. Truth Eternal, ‘Brahman’.

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1. To give or present as a gift: often with on or upon. 2. The price or cost per unit of some commodity or service. 3. A tube-like covering around some stems, formed of the united stipules: found esp. in the buckwheat family. 4. The US holiday on the 4th Thur. in November to commemorate the Pilgrims’ celebration of good harvest. 5. “ ___ BZ”, Saathee’s feature to test your own IQ. 6. To get up after sleeping or resting. 7. Mutual agreement,; harmony. 8. A river in SE Europe flowing from the Carpathian mountains southeast into the Danube river: 280 miles. 9. An article; unit. 10. The color of the blood. 13. Sodium. (*) (A symbol for the chemical element.) 15. Remains in readiness in anticipation of. 18. An African antelope with an ox like head; wildebeest. 21. A hinged flight control surface usually forming part of the trailing edge of each wing of a fixed-wing aircraft. 22. Of a Central American Indian language family. 24. A small toucan of the genus Pteroglossus having serrate bills & yellow underparts marked with red and black. 26. An arboretum of pine trees, etc. 27. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. (*). 29. Indian Railways. (*) 31. Cartoon Network. (*) 32. “Guru __”, The founder of Sikhism & first Sikh guru. 33. Initial teaching alphabet. (*) 34. Past tense of ‘Rare’. 37. Used as mild oath like “O God”. (Archaic) 39. Venerable. (*) 40. Objective form of “She”. 43. Virginia. (*) 44. Nebraska. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Neuroanatomy”)

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The unused 9 letters spell that means ”Power of thought.”

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(The common letters are “ZI” - Fill in the blanks) 1. The most idle; the most sluggish. _ _ ZI _ _ _ 2. A bluish metallic chemical element: Symbol Zn. ZI _ _ 3. Giddiness; lightheadedness. _ _ _ ZI _ _ _ _ 4. The tassels worn by orthodox Jewish men. ZIZI _ _ 5. Seeping; leaking out slowly thru an aperture . _ _ ZI _ _ 6. Drove mad; wildly excited. _ _ _ _ ZI _ _ 7. A Muslim hero, who wars against infidels. _ _ _ ZI 8. A clever, witty remark. (Slang) ZI _ _ _ _ 9. Sleeping lightly; napping. _ _ ZI _ _ 10. A publication, like Saathee. _ _ _ _ ZI _ _ 11. Any sharp turn away from a straight course. ZI _ 12. A minister of state in the Ottoman Empire. _ _ ZI _ _ 13. An angular measurement to locate a star. _ ZI _ _ _ _ 14. A country in central & NE South America. _ _ _ ZI _ 15. Nothing or zero. (Slang) ZI _ _ _ 16. Snuggly warmer. _ _ ZI _ _ 17. Astonishing. _ _ _ ZI _ _ 18. A compound containing the group N₃. _ ZI _ _ 19. Legal possession of a freehold state. (Law) _ _ _ ZI _ 20. Pasta in the shape of tubes of medium width. ZI _ _ 21. To open (a zipper). _ _ ZI _ 22. Unpredictable, eccentric persons. _ _ _ ZI _ _ 23. Breathing hard with hissing, as in asthma. _ _ _ _ ZI _ _ 24. Designating the German fascist political party. _ _ ZI 25. Glass set or to be set in frames. _ _ _ ZI _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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ARIeS (Mar 20 - Apr 20) This is a period of great achievement and celebration. Your friends and seniors will be with you to enjoy your tremendous success. You will enjoy love and respect from higher authorities. You may invest some money in business or home affairs. The time is changing to be more positive for students. Your enemies won’t even dare to harm you. Don’t lose your self-confidence.

lIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) Don’t get involved in new things during this month. This period is good for family happiness. Otherwise, your workload and outside activities will develop frustration. Your subordinates will also extend their full support towards you. You will see a steady rise in your income. Hard work will reward you with a bonus sometime this month. Your spouse will achieve success in the second half of the month.

tAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Try to be practical during this month. It is better to concentrate in enjoying family and social life. A longterm career decision might be made in this month. This time is also good for students. If you're working, chances for a promotion are there. In either case, there will be a rise in income. Be aware of surreptitious enemies. They could destroy your plans and take away your happiness.

SCoRpIo (oct 23 - nov 22) This period will make you very comfortable. You will come in contact with some very influential people. A rise in status as well as income is possible. You could come across some profitable deals. Travel will prove to be very relaxing. Others will appreciate your social and religious work.

geMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a positive start, you will experience a minor setback this month. You may lose your confidence and make bad decisions. Try to maintain an easy temperament and keep working hard. Try not to be too smart. Travel could be the best activity and bring some income during this month. A strong para-psychic experience may bring major change in your friend circle and relations with your subordinates. CAnCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Your income and expenses will balance each other during this month. You may experience a delay in pursuits as well as ups and downs in education or business. Wise decisions may protect you from spending too much money. Investments in long-term savings will prove beneficial. The time is good for changing your workplace or field of study. A dispute with family is likely possible. leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Now is the time your plans regarding investment in property will materialize. You will be successful due to your active life and aggressive actions. Friends and siblings will offer whatever assistance you need. Your opponents will dare not to face you. Don’t get involved in any love affairs. Students will receive unexpected positive results. Try to control your speech and egoistic thoughts. VIRgo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) During the month you will feel spent due to lack of vitality. A family member’s ill health might disturb your peace of mind. You may have to live in an undesirable place. It is better to keep yourself busy and working very hard. You may act hyper during this month, so try to control what you say. There will be no big change as far as income is concerned. Traveling may prove to be rewarding.

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C-Stores with gas Available: Multiple locations in NC and SC with an average investment of $160k. Call Brian 864-300-4889. Indian grocery store for sale in RaleighDurham area. Motivated Seller! 105K + inventory. Call 919-225-2518. For Sale or lease: Gas Station w/ C-Store. Three bedroom mobile home and Restaurant (rented) plus ATM, pool table, jukebox & video games all included. Pollocksville, NC. 252-521-5656. C-Store/gas Station for lease/Sale in Gastonia, NC. Great Opportunity with high potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill/ inventory. Please call 980-250-4995.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Full-time night Auditor and Housekeepers needed for brand new Franchise Hotel near Savannah, GA. Fluent English required for auditor. Accommodations provided. Call Ketal at 843-540-3733. Babysitter needed for 3 month-old boy in Charlotte area home. Weekdays from 8am - 5pm. Pay negotiable. Contact 203-9420980 or 804-502-9438. Convenience Store Help Wanted: All 3 shifts in north Charlotte / University area. Retail experience preferred. Fluent English & legal status a must. Part-time or full-time. Call 856-266-5059. Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or e-mail Manager needed for Franchise hotel in Charlotte to oversee operations. Front desk also needed. Fluent English & computer literacy a must for both. Email or call 561-460-4488. live-in Caregiver needed for elderly parents with light housekeeping for a few months. If interested and able please call 704-907-6001. Seeking a "Mother's Helper" in Durham, NC. Some childcare, light housekeeping and cooking assistance. Hours are flexible, but usually between 10:30am - 2:30pm, Mon-Fri. Contact Navin at 201-626-0841. Motel Housekeepers needed in Charlotte, NC and Wytheville, VA. Good salary with accommodations provided. Call Tarun at 704-968-1731. C-store/ gas Station Help Wanted: multiple positions available in the Greensboro vicinity. Must have experience and be willing to work flexible hours. Great Pay! Call 336-509-4054. 138

Front Desk Manager needed (single or couple) for 50 room Franchise Motel on Covington, VA. Honest, dedicated & reliable. Hotel experience, fluent English and legal status a must. Email nanny needed immediately in University area of Charlotte for 2½ year-old & 3 month-old. Full-time preferred, part-time w/own transportation considered. Also some light housework. Call/text 704-7498152 or 984-729-1097. Hotel Management Firm now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Household Help needed: Part-time help with cooking and light work around the house (approx 6-8 hours per week) in Ballantyne area. Should manage own transportation. Contact 980-621-8436. Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel in Durham, NC. Must have front desk experience, computer literate, fluent in English, and legal status. Email or call 919-452-3131. C-Store Help Wanted in Charlotte, NC. Full-time or part-time. Call 704-724-9342. Hotel Help needed: Looking for couples for Housekeeping, Manager or Front Desk at motels in SC & NC. Call Umesh at 803361-1013. Help Wanted for Sub Shop near Carowinds. Legal status and fluent English required. Call 704-995-5160. looking for Housekeeping Couple for Franchise Motel in Charlotte, NC. Accommodations w/ kitchenette and competitive pay will be provided. Call Harshal Majmudar at 443-655-8159. gas station help needed in Kannpolis, NC. Part-time or full-time. Good pay. Call 704-467-0496. Hotel Help Wanted: Front Desk, Laundry & Maintenance for franchise motel near Charlotte. Fluent English required. Experienced preferred. Couples welcome. Accommodations provided. Please call 704-705-8913. licensed esthetician needed for Eyebrow Threading in Greensboro, NC. Contact Jill at 336-478-6638. Cashier needed: Part-time / Full-time for C-store off 1-77 in Rock Hill, SC. Please call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Front Desk help wanted at Charlotte Hotel. 9am-9pm. Accommodations provided. Monthly salary. Come by Lamplighter Inn or call 803-554-6377 between 10am-2pm for an appointment. November 2016

live-in nanny needed from late December onwards to look after 4 year old and expected second child. North Raleigh, near Crabtree Mall. Call/text 919-995-4130. Front Desk Help needed for Hotel in Mooresville (Exit 36 I-77). Ideal for couple. Opportunity for management. Fluent English & legal status required. Salary negotiable. Contact night Audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Fulltime / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, & fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Front Desk and Housekeeping needed for Motel in Charlotte (Exit 41 off I-85). Legal Status & fluent English required. Accommodations provided. Contact or 704-374-5064. Vegetarian Cook needed for Household in Charlotte. Weekday evenings and/or weekend days preferred. Must have own transportation. Call 314-223-8801. Retail Sales Associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706877-0315 or 803-387-6715. Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Raleigh, NC. Accommodations provided. Good salary. No English necessary. Call Kevin 646-353-3461 / 919721-5798 (9am-10pm). threaders, esthetician, and Cosmetologists needed for new Seva Salon in Mebane, NC. Full/Part-time positions available. Call 919-452-7613

gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC (exit 77). Good pay for experienced person. Full or part-time. Call 803-792-4452. Sales person Wanted for Aqua & Fisheries sales, based at our US Office of GWRL, one of the world leaders in Synthetic Netting & Cordage and in Technical Textiles. Graduate/Post Graduate in English or Sciences. Minimum 5 yrs work experience in sales & marketing. Fluent in English and ability to converse in Hindi or Marathi preferred. Willingness to travel and self-motivated. Please email resume to experienced threading practitioners or licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Cleveland / Akron, Ohio. Accommodations provided. No English necessary. Call 919-673-7623 or Email

nanny needed to take care of 16 monthold & cooking near Concord Mills in Charlotte.. Live-in/Live out. Call or text 814-431-3442. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Accommodations provided. Call 803-387-6715. House Help Wanted in Huntersville, NC. Cooking, housework and help keep parents company. Gujarati speaking preferred. Live in / live out. Please call 704-906-9170.


leARn ABoUt lAnD We Help High networth Cash Buyers in the Raleigh Metro Area. Contact Bob Atkinson “the land Man” 919-362-6999 or visit MATRIMONIAL looking for match for 34 year-old gujarati Vaishnav woman (divorcee, has 6 year-old daughter, Australian Citizen.) Willing to move to USA or stay in Australia. Please contact 919-667-6500 or looking for a suitable match for sister. 42 but looks younger. Athletic and family oriented person. Well qualified, well settled professional in Carolinas. One child. Punjabi family background. Contact family at 980.322.9124

SERVICES nC licensed Attorney offering legal consultations on immigration law, criminal law, and other areas. Also offering SAT tutoring, ESL classes, college counseling & essay help. Call 704-685-1525. Certified Henna/Mehndi Artist available in North Carolina and other states if needed. For all the occasions (corporate, birthday parties, weddings, etc). Call for free consultation: 832-290-0059. a r p n a 0 0 1 @ g m a i l . c o m . Will work closely with you to meet your needs. pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for newborn and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. 139

looking for a multilingual priest to perform Hindu Rituals at your home? Contact Sastriji 704-231-0751 or 704-6257578; Email: Affordable transportation (Sedan & SUV) in Charlotte region for airport, corporate events, sightseeing, special events. Ride the Maharaja (King) style. For rates & availability call / text 980-888-5298 or visit: pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing, etc conveniently located in the Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Call for appointment 704-726-8928. priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc .If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-641-4761 or email: Beauty parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna & Makeup, Facials. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707. 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. live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. garland Design Studio By: gp. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704-548-2852 / 704-779-0277. w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / GarlandDesignStudioByGp/ neeta’s Beauty parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270.

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How do I Submit classifieds? 1. on-line: (classified section) 2. e-mail: 3. Fax: 704.527.7590 4. For more info call 704.527.7570 November 2016

Advertisers Index A to Z Wholesale .................................................71

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................51

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................47

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)....95

DJ Hangama .....................................................53

Patel, Tony (Real Estate) .......................................77

Aero LED Signs (Aero Distributors) .....................141

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................45

Payal Groceries ...................................................77

Ali & Sons Car Care ...........................................54

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Peacock Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) .....................133

All Car Care.........................................................64

Embassy National Bank .........................................5

Piedmont Health Care (Gastroenterologist V Trivedi, MD) .127

Allure Brow..........................................................31

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................59

Puja Boutique (Charlotte) .....................................34

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ..............................133

Fashion and Jewelery..........................................54

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................141

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....89

Friends Travel ......................................................99

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...93

Armaan Malik Concert Charlotte (D & A LLC)..........8

Gandhi International Market...............................109

Raj's Photography ...............................................43

Aroma Indian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........................38

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................95

Ram Realty (Ram Kalagara)..................................29

Around The World Market (Charlotte)....................85

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................143

Regal Oaks Dental ............................................105

Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy..........................79

H2 Laser & Skin ................................................129

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) ..........45

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............93 Asiana Fusion.Sushi ............................................55 Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).....141 Austin Village Eye Care (Dr. Keshav Bhat) ...........129 Ballantyne School Of Music..................................27 Ballantyne Tech Academy ....................................61 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte)........67 Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................71 Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)...65 Beyond Bollywood (City Of Raleigh Museum)........32 Bhindi Jewellers ................................................4 Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................86 Blakeney Dental ...............................................125 Blooming Buds....................................................53 Bollywood Redefined (Party at Label - Charlotte).111 Bombay Grille (Charlotte) .....................................81 British International School of Charlotte ................17 CareFirst Medical Associates, PC .........................21 Carolina Horse & Carriage....................................31 Carolina Law Group (Monty Desai) .....................123 Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....71 Carolinas Christian Assembly ...............................51 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel)..........117 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................53 Charlotte Chess Club .........................................49 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat .........................90

HDFS (Financial Agency) ......................................11 Hindu Center of Charlotte (Events) ..................72-75 India Grocers (Charlotte) ....................................101 Insurance Shopping (Sonal Patel - Independent Agent)63

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................97 Ritu Selects - India Inspired Couture.....................37 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..51 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel)..................................119 S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).59 Saathee Classifieds ...........................................138 Saffron Restaurant and Catering ..........................91 Saint Mary's School.............................................45 SAT Group Classes South Charlotte......................29 Shah, Anish (Real Estate)...............................83-83 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................121 Shears Salon & Beauty (Concord).......................119 Shining Star Academy .......................................135 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) ..................113 Shyama Beauty Parlour .......................................77 Singh Tutoring .....................................................31 SJ Iyer Realty.......................................................39 Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................35 South Charlotte Endocrinology (K. Narasimhan, MD).....91 Southern Oncology Specialists (Dr. Swetha Gujja)113 Sweta Bhardwaj 8 Spa ........................................39 Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You)...............20 The Blue Taj ......................................................137 Travel Universe ....................................................12 Travelinks ............................................................22 Trimurti Temple Devasthanam (Charlotte) .............33 Trinity Episcopal School (Charlotte) .......................49 Ttravel Guru ......................................................128 Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate)......................................119 UBS (Mehta Consulting Group - Manish Mehta, CFA, CFP)....................................................................57 Uni World Travel...................................................59 Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC).............69 Vyas Travels ......................................................121 Woodlands Vegetarian Cuisine (Charlotte) ..........107 Worldwide Travels ...............................................93 Yafa Halal Market & CafĂŠ .....................................29 Yogiraj Swami (Hindu Religious Ceremonies) ........29 Zafran Kabab Palace (Charlotte / Pineville) ...........41

Charlotte Music School........................................39 Chaupatti (Casual Indina Kitchen - Charlotte)........37 Chiro-Carolina .............................................129 Concha, David (Immigration Attorney)...................63 Copper Restaurant (Charlotte)............................137 County South Realty & Business Brokers..............99 Crossroads Brokers (Sara Cartee - County South).47 Curry n' Cakes (Charlotte)....................................79 Delhi Palace / Spices of India (Columbia)..............61 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao-Cedar Walk Dentistry).117 Dentist (Pineville Dentistry - Lina V. Mistry, DDS) ...34 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) ...............................125 Devam Jewelers....................................................7

International Community Church .......................113 Isha Inner Engineering .........................................42 JET USA (Jeeyar Educational Trust) Charlotte........10 K & M Accounting..............................................121 Kabab-Je ............................................................63 Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).87 Kaur, Karamjit (New York Life Insurance)...............16 KB Zaveree..........................................................15 Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................25 Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................46 Krut Systems (LED, Signs, Solar) ..........................19 Kumar, Kokila (Real Estate - Allen Tate)...............127 LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions) ..................142 Maadhurya Photography......................................89 Madhuram Ghee - Orange Muslin LLC.................23 Maharani Indian Cuisine (Charlotte)......................43 Malani Jewelers ................................................144 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors)....................55 Matthews Family Dentistry ................................117 Meena Jewelers (Zaveri Bazaar).............................9 Meritage Homes..................................................48 Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................66 MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................47 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................22 Neeta's Beauty Parlor ........................................113 North American Bancard ....................................13 Ntriya School Of India Dance & Performing Arts....41 OM Tech Training ................................................43 Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................97 Panache by Jia....................................................41 Parekh, Smita (NY Life) ........................................87 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine ...............103 Patel Brothers (Charlotte)...................................115 Patel, Champa (Real Estate)...............................117 Patel, Kiran (Real Estate)..............................21 & 97 140

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