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We have plenty of laws against assault and violence. Moral conduct and societal norms are supposed to help neutralize some of this violence. But males do it anyway. Males also assault and kill in the name of religion; this is the most offensive weakness of all. Females are no less corruptible to the seduction of power and money, but they are surely less corruptible to the seduction of violence. Women and girls around the world are coming forward with their accounts of harassment or assault, and that’s a good thing. In lands of laws, these can be worked out judiciously, in public forums and courts. Any claims can be adjudicated, and punished or rejected as judged. There are a record number of women running for office during this midterm election. That’s a good thing. Some of that is due to amoral leaders as well as aggregation of grievances. One part of a long-term solution may be in assault education, which can be taught alongside sex education or as standalone. Assault education can be taught, say, every two years as boys grow into men, starting in middle school, but maybe as early as elementary school. This can be done with properly coordinated programs by inviting assault victims to come and tell their stories, which can bring to life the emotional and physical toll of assaults. It just may add a sense of pause in young boys’, and later men’s, minds. It may increase aggression control, a tool to fetch when moments of aggression emerge, especially when unleashed with the assist of alcohol, and help them take a breath and a step back. Much future violence may be then reduced. We will never have a world 100 percent free of violence, crime, and corruption. Mothers, fathers, mentors, guardians, gurus, teachers, family members, and friends can work cohesively to minimize those destructive ills.

taming testosterone

There are no magic wands to eliminate the scourge of sexual or physical assaults. There is, though, a one-word marker associated with most violence, assaults, wars, and selfdestruction. That word is testosterone. Let’s face it, the prime instigators of violence of all sorts is the male gender. Males are responsible for 95 percent (my educated guess, but I’m sure it’s close to that figure) of the violence, assaults, and domestic abuse around the world. Period. This is not an attack on my own gender. I’m simply stating reality. The recent circus surrounding Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s alleged assault is almost beside the question. Who you believed in the “she said, he said” drama is beside the question. Maybe one day we will know the truth of that specific matter. The dilemma of assaults and harassment goes deeper. It must be dealt with from One part of a long-term this day forward. The reality solution may be in assault is that males assault girls and education, which can be women. Males also assault taught alongside sex boys and other men. Males kill children, women, and education... men at a much larger percentage then women doing the same. This is the sad truth of my gender, which is largely codified by testosterone. What can be done to tame this testosterone? Growing solid, ethical men from boys, able to restrain their testosterone-fueled aggression is the call of the time. Of course not all men and boys are violent, but even the most respected and seemingly stable males can have hidden, suppressed violence in them. I have never assaulted a female or another male, but my testosterone is an invisible devil. It tests my restraint daily. We teach our sons values and morals, but the fuel of testosterone can test even the most restrained man. It’s also a biological fact that most males remain prisoners of sexual imagination all their lives. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge to quick glances at attractive women while swirls of sensuous thoughts invade my brain, even for the briefest moment. This has been going on since the onset of puberty and will continue. I would never physically act on those, outside of consent, but the flickers of thought do appear and pass. Sexual assaults aren’t about pleasure; they are about aggression and power over a weaker individual. Many can’t contain and quarantine aggression in their minds, and, sometimes with the assistance of alcohol, aggression or violence can rear its ugly head. Fists clench so easily, but clapping them open requires an ability to channel an immediate calm. It’s not easy. We must continue to teach our sons that no means no. We must teach our daughters the steadfast power of self-worth and dignity. They must protest and speak up if harassed or assaulted. It’s that simple. This doesn’t have to mean the death of romance or the death of boy chasing girl, the death of love or even sensuality. It is simply about consent. Mutual pleasure and lifelong intimacy need not be victims of social realignments and moral improvements.

Me, myself, and I: It’s election time

Is it that difficult to think independently when it comes to elections and voting? Most people have their political clothing on tightly and will stick with their party or ideology. What’s in it for me? This is the modus operandi. If just a few more people ask instead, what’s in it for us, solvable political differences would be smaller. The partisans of political ideologies are essentially self-serving. There’s no other way to hold an ideology. If an idealist bends his thinking to a more effective, inclusive or logical end, then he is perceived to be weak, inviting harshness of his own tribe. Compromise and incremental changes are not weaknesses. They are the way things get done. This is a complex world, full of complex problems. We don’t need simpleton rhetoric. We don’t need incessant ideological blabbering. Politicians have become embroiled in progressive and conservative camps when most people are a blend of both. Ideological purity doesn’t exist. It only serves the purpose of blabbermouths in increasing chasms of divisiveness. Even in noisy democracies, eventually calmer heads prevail. Election Day is November 6.

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Community Events Verse & Vino: Charlotte, NC (November 1, 2018)

Verse & Vino is a Charlotte literary tradition. This evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors celebrates the joy of reading, writing and libraries, and brings together a community of readers in support of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. This year’s featured authors are Elliot Ackerman, Lou Berney, Casey Gerald, Paula McLain and Julia Reed. The event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2018 (6 pm) at Charlotte Convention Center. For more details, visit

Women of the World: Greenville, SC (Through November 2, 2018)

Women of the World perform original compositions and folk music in over 17 languages from across the globe. Hailing from Japan (Annette Philip), Italy (Giorgia Renosto), India (Débo Ray), and Haiti (Ayumi Ueda), the ensemble is constantly searching for new genres to explore. The group has performed Bulgarian, Cuban, Ladino, Brazilian, African, Indian, and Japanese traditional music, while incorporating their own spontaneous improvisations. The group will perform at the Gunter Theatre of the Peace Center in Greenville, SC through November 2, 2018. Tickets available now at

Charlotte Marathon: (November 3, 2018)

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Fall Festival & Holiday Market: Simpsonville, SC (November 3, 2018)

The Greenville Classical Academy presents the 9th annual Fall Festival and Holiday Market on November 3, 2018 from 10am to 3pm at 2519 Woodruff Road in Simpsonville, SC. Events include a Food court, KidZone, face painting, pony rides, and over 85 artisans & vendors. The first 150 families will receive a “Goodie Bag” filled with coupons, freebies and items donated by vendors and sponsors! Admission is free, with a $5 charge for kids to enjoy the KidZone. To learn more, check out

ISSO Diwali & New Year Celebrations: Cary, NC (November 3-17, 2018)

The International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) of North Carolina presents 2 weeks of Diwali & New Year celebrations from November 3-17, 2018. Individual events include Maruti Yagna on November 3, Annakut on November 10, Tulsi Vivah on November 17, and more. Mahaprasad served daily after Aarti. For sponsor information, call 919-964-1008. For more information, visit

Carolina Artisan Craft Market: Raleigh, NC (November 2-4, 2018)

Hosted by Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, the Carolina Artisan Craft Market gives shoppers the opportunity to invest in timeless gifts and goods ranging from glass to ceramics, wood, wearables, metal, and leather. Attendees can spend time browsing and chatting with the artists to ensure they walk away with a best-fit piece. While attendees browse the finest collection of craft and handmade art in Raleigh, they’ll also enjoy live music and artist demonstrations. This event will take place from November 2-4, 2018 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C-500. To learn more, visit

Children’s Day Celebration: Morrisville, NC (November 4, 2018)

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Duplicate Bridge Tournament: Charlotte, NC (November 4, 2018)

There will be a community duplicate bridge tournament on Sunday, November 4 at Hindu Center in Charlotte. There will be 10-12 tables this time. Space is limited to 24 pairs. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. In case of a tie, the prizes will be equally divided among the winners. Lunch, light snacks, and beverages will be provided. There will be $10/person donation. All proceeds will be donated to the temple construction project. For more details, call 817.319.3341. 18

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Community Events Cucalorus Festival: Wilmington, NC (November 7-11, 2018)

Now in its 24th year, Cucalorus is one of the largest American film festivals in the South. Moviemaker Magazine recognizes it as “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World” for three years in a row, and “One of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” for many more. Known for its gorgeous riverside setting and its laid-back, rock n’ roll atmosphere, this noncompetitive festival showcases more than 300 worldwide films, a diverse selection of Stage performances (bold, original productions in dance, music, comedy, and theater), and over 50 Connect Conference events (entrepreneurship-focused panels, speakers, and workshops). The festivities will take place from November 7-11, 2018. Various ticket packages are available to see the events. See more information including performance schedules and venues at

Southern Christmas Show: Charlotte, NC (November 8-18, 2018)

The Southern Christmas Show returns to Charlotte with “A Fashionable Christmas.” Stroll past whimsical Christmas windows filled with holiday trimmings turned into stylish decor plus a southern-chic Rockefeller-inspired tree. Other activities include Christmas Tree Lane, the miniature Enchanted Village, and the various shops of Olde Towne, a Kids Craft Corner, and plenty of Holiday Entertainment. Tickets at the door are $15 for ages 13+ and $4 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Save $2 per ticket if you buy online. Learn more at

Polar Express Train Ride: Bryson City, NC (Nov 9-Dec 31, 2018)

The 1-1/4-hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit to the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the classic motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will also be sung on the return trip. This holiday tradition will operate in the evenings between November 9 & December 31, 2018. Prices available for First, Crown, and Coach class seats. Learn more at

YALLFest Book Festival: Charleston, SC (November 9-10, 2018)

YALLFest was founded by Jonathan Sanchez in 2011, and continues to this day as a two-day festival sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books, the College of Charleston, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a host of local businesses. This year’s festival will take place between November 9 & 10 at various locations in down Charleston and feature Young Adult authors such as Soman Chainani, Roshani Chokshi, Aminah Mae Safi, Nisha Sharma, and a special appearance by James Patterson. Tickets are on sale now at For more info, visit

ISKCON Dipavali: Hillsborough, NC (November 10, 2018)

ISKCON New Goloka presents Dipavali and Govardhan Puja on Saturday, November 10 beginning at 4pm. The evening presents darshan, aratika, kirtans, annakuta offerings, ghee lamps, and a maha pradadam feast. New Goloka is located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd., Hillsborough, NC. For more details, call 919.448.5178 or visit


Diwali Program and Mela: Charlotte, NC (November 10, 2018)

The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents the annual Diwali program and mela on Sunday, November 10, 2018 from noon -6pm at the Vihar Hall. There will be many vendors, community entertainment, food stalls, and crafts. Admission is $5 / person and kids under 5 are free. For more details call 704.206.9348 or visit

Mythical & Medieval Fest: Myrtle Beach, SC (November 10-11, 2018)

The Mythical & Medieval Fest is a Renaissance themed festival to raise money for the non-profit charity, Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams. From November 10-11, 2018, journey to a whimsical realm filled with a fairy forest, medieval combat, princesses, artisan’s village area, fire show and so much more. Activities include ax throwing, Viking toss and fight circle. All shows and live music is included with your paid admission. Sit on a hay bale and listen to musicians strum their guitars or play their flutes or watch blacksmiths form a bracelet from hard steel and glass blowers melt glass into a beautiful pendant. There will be plenty of fun games and surprises that kids of all ages will love. Bring your appetite because you’ll find plenty of food options that your entire family will enjoy. Everyone is a character so don’t forget your costume, imagination, and your willingness to support a great cause. For more info, check out

Speak Samskritam (Free Workshop): Tega Cay, SC (November 17, 2018)

Samskrita Bharati is a voluntary non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Samskritam (aka Sanskrit) back to daily life. By organizing camps, courses, and other activities, Samskrita Bharati is creating Samskritam-speaking communities across the United States. Samskrita Bharati Charlotte Kendra Presents: Speak Samskritam Introductory Workshop for free from 8:30 am to 4 pm at 1040 Angelica Ln, Tega Cay, SC 29708. At the end of the workshop, adult-participants will be able to carry on simple conversations in Samskritam. The workshop is followed by weekly, live or on-line class to build on the skills. There are other options for kids. Please call Shreedhar Murthy 513-967-4775. November 2018

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Community Events TGA Diwali Dinner: Raleigh, NC (November 17, 2018)

Dasara Deepavali Sambaralu: Concord, NC (November 17, 2018)

Celebrate Diwali with the Triangle Gujarati Association. An evening filled with food, fun, music, performances and more will be presented on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Expo Center, 025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh, NC beginning at 5:30pm. Renowned stand-up comedian Dinkar Mehta will also perform. There will be assinged seating for everyone. For full details, visit

TAGCA (Telugu Association of Greather Charlotte Area) will host “Dasara Deepavali Sambaralu” on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The event presents cultural show, performances, and food. There will be a special performance by Indian Mime Kaladhar. The event will take place at Cox Mill High School, 1355 Cox Mill Rd, Concord, NC from 4 - 10pm. For more details, call 704-620-8208 or visit

Aaj Ka Dhamaka: Chapel Hill, NC (November 17, 2018)

Aaj Ka Dhamaka will take place on November 17, 2018 (7pm-11pm) at Memorial Hall at UNC Chapel Hill. This is the 20th year of AKD and is presented by Sangam, UNC Chapel Hill’s South Asian awareness organization. Aaj ka Dhamaka, a national dance competition showcasing Bhangra and Bollywood Fusion, is the primary fundraiser for the Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship. Find more info + tickets at

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market (November 17-18, 2018)

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive fine arts and crafts event that celebrates the holiday season in downtown Durham. The Holiday Market invites art lovers for a weekend full of art and sunshine including: examples of local artistic talent, live music, worldclass restaurants, shopping, new businesses and historic sites. Visitors can purchase fine art and crafts at many downtown Durham sites including Durham Arts Council, Vega Metals, Durham Armory and more. The Market will be all along the streets of Durham, NC on Saturday, November 17 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 18 from 1pm-5pm. For more information, visit

Carolina Renaissance Festival: Huntersville, NC (thru November 18, 2018)

Wilmington Riverfest (November 17-18, 2018)

Celebrate Wilmington NC’s Annual Riverfest On November 17 and 18, 2018 featuring a street fair with special exhibits, vendors selling art and handmade crafts, competitions, fireworks, more than 30 food vendors and more. Enjoy a car show, continuous live entertainment showcasing local musicians and bands, and more. Riverfest runs through Historic Downtown Wilmington on Water Street from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Currently drawing nearly a quarter-million people, this free, family-oriented celebration is a two-day event and has grown to be a widely anticipated annual celebration. The weather is generally cool but very comfortable. For more details, performers, vendors appearing at Wilmington River Festival as well directions and more visit,

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast: Durham, NC (November 22, 2018)

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thugs of Hindostan (Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya) Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana, and Ronit Roy

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Film Clips Tiger

The upcoming film Tiger is inspired by the true story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, a practicing Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing due to his religious beliefs. Tiger follows Nagra’s journey as he, with the support of his coach and mentor (Mickey Rourke), does what any strong American would do, fight back! The backlash is a result of racial profiling, stereotypical threats, and the daily pressure to change, even from his loved ones who are caught in the midst of the cross fire. It is within the course of these challenges, and at his weakest moment, that he discovers love (Janel Parrish). Consequently, his legacy will be forever tied to his two biggest battles; one in the courtroom, the other in the ring. Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke and actor Prem Singh join forces to tell this true story in this boxing drama. Tiger is set for release on November 2.

Mohalla Assi

A traditional priest decides to take matters into his hand when the locals of the holy town Varanasi start to lure foreign tourists with fake spiritual gurus. Based on Dr. Kashinath Singh’s Hindi novel Kashi Ka Assi, the religious satire takes a look at the commercialization of the pilgrimage city. Assi Ghat is a burning ghat on the banks of Ganga River, which flows through Varanasi. Director Chandrakprakash Dwivedi guides the cast that includes veteran actor Sunny Deol along with Seema Azmi, Ravi Kishan, Saurabh Shukla, and Saakshi Tanwar. Look for the film in theaters on November 16.

The Front Runner

Thugs of Hindostan

Director Vijay Krishna Acharya guides superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan in this period piece centered around India’s fight for freedom. Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana, and Ronit Roy are part of the cast. The film will showcase jaw-dropping action sequences stitched inside an adventure and war on the high seas around India. Thugs of Hindostan is set to open two days after Diwali on screens worldwide on November 9.

Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Alfred Molina. The Front Runner hits the theaters on November 21. 28

The Price of Free

YouTube has acquired the documentary The Price of Free, featuring Noble Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and his lifelong mission to end child labor and trafficking. The film’s team follows Satyarthi and his team around the world through secret raids and quests for missing children. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. As a young man, Satyarthi promised himself that he would end child slavery in his lifetime. He left a lucrative career as an electrical engineer and started Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) to rescue children from the shackles of slavery. In the decades since, he has rescued more than 87,000 children and built a global movement including one of the largest civil society movements, the Global March Against Child Labor that demanded an international law on the worst forms of child labor, and the 100 Million Campaign, a youthdriven call to action ensuring every child in the world is free, safe and educated. “This film shows the real scourge of child trafficking, child labor, slavery and exploitation that is ruining the childhood of millions and ruthlessly crushing their dreams,” says Satyarthi. The film will debut on November 27.


Balasaheb Thackeray is one of the most iconic political figures in India and his much-awaited biopic is now in the works. The bilingual film Thackeray is all set to release next year with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role. Veteran actress Amrita Rao returns to films after a five-year absence where she will portray Thackeray’s wife Meena. She was an embodiment of support for the family and helped Thackeray build the political party Shiv Sena. This is the first time Rao and Siddiqui have worked together. Sanjay Raut is directing the film that is expected to release on January 23, 2019. November 2018



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So unless you’ve avoided all things movies for the past 80 or so years, you know about how Disney can create some timeless classic films that tug at both our heartstrings and our wallets. Ever since Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was released in late 1937, we’ve been mesmerized at what they can come up with using story, animation, and magic. It seemed for a very long time that Disney could make anything turn to gold. Then a 1946 film, Song of the South happened. I actually got to see the film in theaters when they re-released it in 1980. The irony of the film producing not only one of the most memorable songs in Disney history (“Zip-aDee-Doo-Dah”) and the first ever African-American actor (James Baskett playing Uncle Remus) to receive Oscar recognition, it did shine a rather controversial light. It didn’t help that Walt Disney decided to premier the film in Atlanta, a city which in 1946 was still extremely segregated. It wouldn’t be Disney’s last misstep either. Regardless, Disney has managed to produce more good than bad as far as family films. We all remember classic films like Pinocchio, Alice in Unfortunately it was Wonderland, The Fox & the also the first Disney Hound, and others from the earlier part of Disney’s movie that I refused to catalog. It wasn’t until 1989 see in the theater that the studio got its mojo during its initial run. back as far as making timeless gems like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Aladdin. I was in a weird period when these films came out. Either in my late teens or 20’s when I should be acting more “grown up” and not thinking about children’s stories. I didn’t care. Beauty and the Beast (which does have its flaws, I’ll admit) is still one of my all-time favorite Disney films and it came out when I was a senior in high school. Aladdin was the 2nd film Disney produced that was based around a story set in or near the Indian subcontinent (The Jungle Book being the other). Sadly the original doesn’t have a single South Asian actor in the speaking roles, but that’s just how voice actors were chosen at the time. While most people remember the film for Robin William’s performance as the Genie, I think the entire cast did pretty well. Jafar’s voice actor, Johnathan Freeman, was a remarkably perfect fit as was Douglas Seale as the Sultan. Unfortunately it was also the first Disney movie that I refused to see in the theater during its initial run. Disney at this point was cranking out at least one film per year, and something clicked in me that Disney had turned from a studio simply making beautiful films into a purely money making machine. This mentality stuck with me for most of the 90’s. To this day I have never seen The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas, or Hercules. It was actually Toy Story and Mulan (where 90 percent of the voice actors were actually of

East Asian heritage) which helped me realize that maybe there was a little bit of that magic left. I didn’t finally see Aladdin in its entirely until it came out on Home Video. A college friend had bought it and had everyone come over to watch it. I was rolling my eyes at first due to my own stubbornness, but as soon as I heard, “Ten thousand years can give you such a crick in the neck!” with Robin William’s voice I immediately was sucked in. Now Disney has stated that the story takes place in modern day Jordan, with the scenery and characters depicted as Arabic and Muslim. Unfortunately it seems that a lot of misconceptions (similar to Song of the South decades earlier) made it into the finished product. It shows Arabs as typically violent people. It shows the wealthier (and “nicer”) people with more pale skin. Also Jasmine is an extremely oversexualized character. In a true Muslim society she would not be allowed dress like that at all. It also didn’t help that some of the original lyrics for “Arabian Nights” were offensive including, “Where they cut off your ear if they don’t like your face.” The heroes of the story all have American accents, while the villains all have British, New York (I’m looking at you Iago the Parrot), or bad Arabic accents. Really Disney? I understand Aladdin was a product of its time as it came out during Desert Storm and all of the conflicts between Middle Eastern nations due to Saddam Hussein and his attacks on Kuwait. You can even see Jafar as a bit of a caricature of Hussein with his appearance and ultimate plan to rule through any means necessary. Regardless, the stereotypes are still a problem. And now Disney has decided (thanks to the success of recent musical stage productions of The Lion King and so forth) that they want to “breathe new life” into classic Disney stories with live action versions. Coming out in 2019 will be live action versions of Dumbo and Aladdin. So far, the live action films have been hit or miss. The Jungle Book is amazing. Cinderella not so much. I have high hopes for Dumbo. With Tim Burton directing it, it’ll be a nice mix of whimsical and crazy. And honestly, only he could do the infamous hallucination scene with the dancing pink elephants justice. Aladdin will be helmed by British director Guy Ritchie. Like Burton, Ritchie started out with some great films but gradually lost his appeal and his signature style as the films got bigger budgets. Like Burton, he can either breathe new life into an old character (Robert Downey, Jr’s version of Sherlock Holmes), or do too much and make the film completely ridiculous (2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). At least this new version will have a mostly South Asian/Middle Eastern cast, granted Disney reportedly said the casting process took a really long time because they had


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either an exaggerated accent, or in the role of a sidekick. In an interesting science project, Jahnvi, a middle schooler explored if such portrayals affected an Asian child’s self-esteem. Her initial study showed that after watching clips from popular movies and TV shows, Asian girls reported the lowest self-esteem compared to Asian boys, White boys and White girls. While we can’t make media the whipping boy for pigeonholing us, they have to take some accountability. It’s time for creators of fiction to catch up with reality. The immediate association of individuals of Indian origin in the IT industry has some substance. The immigration of software engineers spiked in the late 1990s and has increased steadily. With the rise of technology and consequently the techie geeks, the image of the mostly male, highly introverted, socially inept engineer is woefully outdated. Knowing numerous and highly esteemed members of the engineer community, I can personally attest to that. If you are hesitant to wear your nerd or geek badge of honor, just look at the Forbes List of the Top 10 wealthiest individuals. I doubt that those guys (yeah, no gals yet) were the most popular kids in high school. The fashion tycoon from France maybe a possible exception, but the rest of them elucidate the maxim, “nerd today, boss tomorrow.” The corporate world, despite its best efforts, may not always be successful in making hiring and promotion decisions that are unaffected by a decision maker’s biases. Years ago, one of my former co-workers was conducting peer interviews with candidates for a position on our team. After interviewing one of the candidates, she seemed particularly impressed and remarked, “He looks like a VP.” For a brief moment, my aspirations for a VP role came crumbling down, because there was no way I could resemble a blond haired, blue eyed male. The comment was completely irrelevant to the hiring decision because there is no ideal “look” for any job. But secretly we all know that appearances influence selection, often inadvertently. Experimental psychologists have confirmed this annoying occurrence in multiple studies over the years. In fact, researchers Dion, Berschied & Walster found evidence for the “what is beautiful is good” stereotype way back in 1972. Sadly, things haven’t changed much. We are not off the hook either, as it’s hard for 99.9 percent people to claim that they are free of prejudices. The difference may be in extent and type and, yes, there are some things we can do about it as Dr. Jaya Save-Mundra, a practicing psychologist explains. If we find that we are prone to making assumptions about certain ethnicities, we can take the effort to read more and gather more information by immersing ourselves in their culture. Being open to new experiences and learning can reduce our preconceived notions that come from unfamiliarity. It is also our responsibility to share our culture with others creating a welcoming environment. Valuable advice, indeed. In that vein, I’d like to add that it is also our duty as parents to dig deep and find outstanding individuals, who share our heritage and can become exemplary role-models for our young girls and boys.

let’s Retire the Indian stereotype

It started innocently enough. I was checking out at a local department store, where the cashier offered me the opportunity to open a store credit card. Fed up of such cards, I politely declined. “Why do you want to pay full price? This will give you a 20% discount...” The efficient lady continued doing her job and asked to see an ID to match with my credit card. She looked up at me and asked, “You are Indian?” That being my heritage, I proudly answered “Yes.” Much to my surprise, I witnessed a look of disbelief. “But you don’t look Indian.” The real question on my mind was, what are we all supposed to look alike? Should I always be dressed in a saree, sporting a big bindi or resemble a doe-eyed actress, who has just stepped out of the sets of the latest Hindi soap opera? My jaw dropped in true melodramatic fashion! Imagine how individuals from the North Eastern states of India must feel when they are routinely mistaken for tourists in their own country. Coincidently, Ms. Cashier looked Indian to me and her name tag had a common Indian name. It took a great deal of effort to stay calm and with a deep breath, I reminded her that there are millions of Indians and we cannot possibly look alike. Unconvinced, she continued to insist that I don’t look Indian. What does that even mean? Desis (Indians) pay full price too, even though we take Due to my stubborn refusal pride in thriftiness as Raajeev to be typecast, the Aggerwhil pointed out in his conversation at the store article titled, “Lessons in haunted me and I Frugality.” And why not, saving money is a wise wondered what people... quality. I shrugged and left the store hoping that my fellow Indian-American cashier has the opportunity to meet (sigh!) more Indians. And I suspect, she would approve of my “typical desi” Honda Civic that I drove off in. Due to my stubborn refusal to be typecast, the conversation at the store haunted me and I wondered what people expect of an Indian in terms of appearance, attire, demeanor, or attitude? Last weekend when I was catching up on the latest season of “Quantico,” it emerged that Priyanka Chopra’s character Alex Parrish was the exact opposite of the existing stereotype – portrayed as a strong, female FBI agent of Indian descent. In one episode, she even reminds the others, “I’m Indian, and I am not a nerd.” However, the character of her colleague, Deep (played by Vandit Bhatt) sheepishly admits to being the “Indian Nerd.” The demise of the show after merely three seasons makes me wonder if it was because viewers are not yet ready to accept the new image of the Indian woman. Or was it just a weak production? On my recent trip to India, I was both astonished and disappointed by the “white-washed” selection of lead actors and actresses on prime-time TV. Not the best representation of a land where skin color has myriad shades. Regretfully, products like Fair & Lovely still dominate the market. The absence of Indian role models for young IndianAmericans is conspicuous. My kids have pointed out how hard it is to find a character that they can easily relate to. The rare Indian-American on popular channels is unappealing with

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sat Guru nanak pragat yā Theme: Guru Nanak Jayanti (Nov. 23, 2018)

ek vo bhi diwali thi Theme: Diwali: The festival of lights. (Nov. 7, 2018)

The Punjabi lyrics mean: Guru Nanak has emerged, the mist cleared, the light scattered all around as if at the sunrise, the stars Diwali generally marks the end of monsoon in India. The disappeared and the darkness dispelled. festival marks the victory of good or evil as well as welcoming wealth. All celebrate Diwali festival with lights, fireworks, and Song: Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā ... sweets. Some ill-fated people cannot do that, per the sad version Film: Nanak Shah Fakir of this song, such as those who may have lost their beloved Year: 2018 ones. There is a happy version also [Mele hain chirāgon ke Music: Uttam Singh Singers: Pundit Jasrāj rangin Diwali hai…] sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Lyricist: Bhai Gurdās ji Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Mishra Jogiyā Song: Ek vo bhi Diwali thi … Tāl/Rhythm: Classical bhajan rhythm Film: Nazrānā Starring: Arif Zakaria, Puneet Sikkā, Adil Hussain, Anurag Arora Year: 1961 & Shraddha Kaul Music: Ravi Singer: Mukesh lyrics in english: Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā Sat Guru Nanak pragat ya 2 Lyricist: : Rajendra Krishna Mite dhunda jag chānan hovā - 4 Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā Mite Starring: Raj Kapoor, Vaijayantimālā, Usha Kiran, Agha dhunda jag chānan hovā - 2 lyrics in english: Jo kar suraj nitalyā ā... Jo kar suraj nitalayā –3 Singer: Mukesh: (Sad version) Tāre chappe andhera palovā - 2 Ek vo bhi Diwali thi, ek ye bhi Diwali haiUjadā huā gulashan Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā hai, rotā huā māli hai 2 ā... Sat Guru Nanak pragat yā, Bāhar to ujālā hai magar dil men andherāSamajho nā ise rāta, Mite dhunda jag chānan hovā - 2 ye hai gam kā saverā 2 lyrics in Punjabi: Kyā dipa jalāyen ham takadir hi kāli haiUjadā huā gulashan hai, rotā huā māli haiAise na kabhi dip kisi dil kā bujhā hoMain to vo musāfir hun jo raste men lutā ho 2 Ai maut tu hi ā jā dil terā sawāli hai Ujadā huā gulashan hai, rotā huā māli hai.. 2

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4. The year (period of revolution around the Sun) planet Uranus is about (a) 64 Earth Years (b) 74 Earth Years (c) 84 Earth Years (d) 94 Earth Years

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The SAT is one of the most well-known, and perhaps one of the most dreaded, college admissions tests. A little less infamous are the SAT Subject Tests, previously called the “Scholastic Achievement Tests” or SAT II. Some colleges, especially Ivy League and other selective institutes, require or recommend that you take SAT Subject tests, especially if you are applying for particular courses or programs. The SAT Subject Tests are 20 subjects in five general subject areas, 1-hour-long, and multiple-choice. They focus on individual subjects and will test the applicant’s understanding of the overall subject material learned throughout their academic career. They are scored between 200 to 800 and the five main disciplines are English, History, Languages, Mathematics, and Sciences. Each of these categories has at least one subcategory underneath it. SAT Subject Tests can be an essential piece in your college application. SAT Subject Tests will measure a student’s readiness for college-level courses. The tests are designed to measure knowledge in specific areas, so colleges can decide if the applicant can be exempt from college requirements. However, no matter how well you do you are not able to earn college credits.

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The subcategories within each subject are as follows: • English: Literature • History: U.S. History, World History • Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Latin, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese (Some will have an option to test listening comprehension and might require additional equipment) • Mathematics: Level 1- college preparatory including one year each of algebra and geometry. Level 2 - all subjects from Level 1, plus trigonometry and pre-calculus • Science: Biology - either Ecological or Microbiological, Chemistry, Physics.

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A group of Indian islands at the juncture of Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

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Thinking About Thinking By Balaji Prasad

a doctor a day Keeps the apple away “Give thy thoughts no tongue.” William Shakespeare

We talk. A lot. Talking is not very different from thinking. Often, the things we say come from the things we think, and likewise, much of what is in our heads rests atop the things we say. We live in a world of words and things, and it is not always clear when a thing is a thing, and a word is a thing, or a thing is a word. And, as the head meets what is said, the dead can live, and the living can be dead. Words matter. Because the world scatters, as the mouth chatters.

there used to be just one thing “Here,” says the good doctor. “Take this apple.” He hands her what seems to her like a pretty good-looking fruit, as she thinks to herself that she She sees a hole, even wouldn’t mind a bit of it, though there really isn’t right now. “It’s been a long day at school, and a little quite what you would call a snack wouldn’t be so bad,” hole there at this time. she says to herself, as the man hands her a knife, signaling to her to slice the apple in half. She proceeds to cleave the fruit into two pieces of approximately the same size. She eyes the fruit eagerly and rustles restlessly in her chair, but the tone-deaf teacher rambles on, oblivious to her world, “So! there are two pieces, now. Aren’t there?” And, with the theatrical air of a magician, accompanied by a gleam in his eye, he holds up his index finger, and proclaims, “But!” He pauses weightily, and looks directly at her, hinting at suspense. “But, there used to be only one!” His eyes still gleaming, he looks indulgently at the girl, to see if she realizes the full import of the deep principle he is sharing with her. “Yes, I see that,” says the puzzled girl, “I know. I cut it into two. You told me to.” “Ah, but that’s the point of it all”, says the man, “There was one before, and there are two, after. There is a before, and there is an after. And what was before is not what is after.” He continues to slice the air with his index finger, almost as if he were slicing the world in half, with her on one side of it, and he on the other, as he emphasizes, “The apple has changed. Completely. Irreversibly. And … And, with it, the world itself has changed. Nothing will ever be the same again!” This definitely has the ring of a finale – the punch line – as the almost beatific look on the old man’s face accentuates this sense of finality. “But, it’s just an apple!” the harried student thinks. “What is he talking about!?”


How did one become two? “As you can see, an apple is not just an apple!” exclaims the philosopher-turned-wizard, as, with a flourish, he reaches out, and sweeps the two pieces of apple from the girl’s hand. “Look at this,” he beckons to her, as he holds out the left slice for the girl’s inspection. “Do you see the little hole in this slice?” The young lady peers closely, craning her neck to see it from different angles, and acknowledges somewhat hesitantly, “Yes, I see it”, not sure where all this is going next. “Do you think it could have been a little insect that made its home here at one time?” he asks, holding it further away from him, almost as if to illustrate that such a thing should be held at a safe distance. “Maybe …” mumbles the girl, feeling her appetite for this left slice of the apple wane a little bit. “Now, here is the question I have for you,” he continues, as the girl tries to bring her mind back to the present, from the grotesque image of a little creepy thing poking its head up and down from the little hole that now seems to have burned an even bigger hole in her brain. “Which half of the apple do you want? And, you know what? I’ll take the other slice – the one that you don’t want,” the man graciously offers. “I’ll take the right slice please,” says the girl hurriedly, without the slightest hesitation, shuddering slightly at the queasiness from the left slice that still lingers in her mind. “The nice thing about the apple now is that there is a choice,” says the man, in a tone laden with gravity. “And, you just made your choice, out of the two possibilities you saw.” The girl nods. She is unable to find much to disagree with what the man is saying.

two is one too many! “Now let’s check out the other side of midnight,” continues the old man, getting a little metaphorical, although it wasn’t quite clear to the girl why there was a metaphor at all. The man holds out the right slice of the apple, and points to what appears to be a little discoloration - a blemish - on its surface. “Could this really be what I think it might be?” he asks, quizzically, furrowing his brow with intensity. “Could this be the remnant of a hole that allowed the insect to flee from the apple, before it was plucked off the tree from the orchard?” He holds out the slice, once again, signaling the girl to look closer. “Doesn’t it look like what could have been a hole once upon a time, and which closed little by little over time?” he asks. And, to her horror, the possibility he suggests leaps to life in her mind. She sees a hole, even though there really isn’t quite what you would call a hole there at this time. The old man pauses, and smiles indulgently at the now clearly disturbed girl. He puts the two slices of apple down on the table next to him. “Okay, young lady,” he says, softening his voice. “Which slice would you prefer now?” The girl eyes continued on page 90

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Imagining the Future

Social media has brought people together in ways that were unimaginable just a decade or so ago, enabling us to forge or rekindle personal connections while presenting affordable possibilities to expand branding, credibility and influence on a global level. Many businesses—large and small—are still catching up with technology, looking for ways to leverage these new opportunities and develop strategies to harness social media’s potential to achieve their marketing goals. It’s a safe bet that social media platforms will continue to innovate and evolve. The companies poised to make the most of those changes will be ones with flexible strategies that can adapt as tools and user behavior shifts. Five-year plans are meaningless in the face of disruptive technology that is far from technological maturity. If you want to make the most of social media, you’re going to need to learn to go with the flow. No one can predict the next social media breakthrough. Yet it’s possible to make some The volatility of the social educated guesses based on media landscape makes it emerging trends and all the more important for technology. These shifts may have negligible impact on the you to obtain email... way some businesses use social media, and present enormous opportunities for others. It will be up to you to watch for new platforms and capabilities and see the possibilities they offer.

Mobile Matters Consumers have been shifting their online consumption from desktop computer to mobile device for a while—and that’s likely to continue. Three converging factors contribute to this: the increased computing power and capabilities of smart phones; the decreasing expense of bandwidth; and the widening availability of Wi-Fi access. Phones are now essentially small computers, and some of the larger versions blur the line between phone and mini tablet. It’s only natural for consumers to take advantage of that computing power on the go. Users may still access sites from both their computers and their phones, but they will expect the experience to be identical regardless of the device, and will demand performance to be device-agnostic. So if your website isn’t mobile compatible, you’re at a serious disadvantage. Can you offer a mobile app that makes it seamless and convenient for customers to access/use your service? Creating apps has gotten easier and less expensive. What kind of quick access to your services/information would benefit users? Whether it’s getting a daily tip or inspirational message or being able to order your product online, customers are likely to access your services more frequently if they don’t have to log in each time or type in a URL to a browser.

Vertical Integration We’re already seeing major social media sites buying up compatible competitors or absorbing sites that offer


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Impact of the Peoples’ election tsunami upon Malaysian Indians

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Malaysian Indians: Located at the tip of the Southeast Asian Peninsula, Malaysia is a multi-ethnic nation formed on September 16, 1963. The population is estimated at 32 million in 2017, comprising majority Malays (bumiputras) at 68.6 percent, Chinese at 23.4 percent, and Indians at 7 percent. The term “Malaysian Indians” is used to describe the approximately 2.3 million citizens whose ancestors originated from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. However, this excludes many who have converted to Islam, taken Muslim names and can be regarded as bumiputras. The country first achieved independence from the British as the Federation of Malaya on August 31, 1957, when a coalition of three race-based parties (United Malays National Organisation – UMNO, Malaysian Chinese Association – MCA, and Malaysian Indian Congress – I had predicted the end of MIC) won the first elections race-based parties in my in 1956 and formed the previous writings, noting government. Malaysian Indians have participated that the Malaysian... actively in the political process since the nation’s formative years, and there have been many notable leaders on both sides of the political divide. This article begins with the impact of the latest Malaysian general elections and then analyzes why race-based parties (principally MIC) fared badly. The third part of this article discusses what the elections results mean for the future of Malaysian Indians.

Peoples’ tsunami: Malaysia’s 14th general elections held on May 9, 2018 and dubbed as the “people’s tsunami” has lived up to its billing. Five months later, the largely unexpected results have dramatically altered the political scenario. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition helmed by UMNO fared badly at both federal and state levels and its 61-year dominance has ended. Pakatan Harapan (PH), a loose clutch of opposition parties, has formed the new federal government and governments in the majority of the 13 states. PH leader Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed is the new prime minister. This 93 year-old veteran (jocularly known as the comeback kid and the Malaysian Jedi) is the world’s oldest elected leader, and this will be his second time as prime minister, his previous long stint being from 1981 till 2003. During the elections campaign, this nonagenarian was vilified not only for his previous track record (especially that related to human rights abuses) but also because of his ancestry (his forebears were from Kerala, India). Lending credence to the saying that “politics makes for strange bedfellows,” Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ibrahim, wife of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (himself of Indian

origin) had teamed up with Mahathir’s party and is now the nation’s first woman deputy prime minster. Anwar, once jailed by Mahathir and jailed again by former Prime Minister Najib Razak on charges of sodomy, has been pardoned and released from prison, paving the way for his own political come-back as a member of parliament and designated next prime minister. Strange bedfellows indeed!!! The PH government has also banned Najib and wife Rosmah Ali from travelling overseas and Najib is being charged in court on mounting charges of corruption and money laundering (three rounds and still counting). Rosmah’s personal possessions including 487 Birkin handbags, diamond rings and necklaces worth millions have been impounded and she is also expected to be charged.

decline of MIC: I had predicted the end of race-based parties in my previous writings, noting that the Malaysian electorate as a whole (regardless of race, creed and colour) has matured. Specifically, MIC had been steadily losing support of Malaysian Indians, especially over the previous elections (2008 and 2013). In this election, MIC was almost wiped out, having won 2 of 9 seats contested at federal level and 3 of 13 seats at state levels. This can be considered its worst election performance ever. I noticed the warning signs with the emergence of HINDRAF (Hindu Rights Action Force) prior to the 2008 elections. In fact, I had participated in its demonstrations (courting arrest once) and still continue to have discussions with its founder P. Uthayakumar. Sadly, the banning of HINDRAF, incarceration of its leaders and internal dissent, principally between Uthayakumar and his brother Wathayamoorthy, had weakened HINDRAF as a strong political force. I have also viewed previous government attempts to assist Malaysian Indians with distrust because of cronyism and favouritism among MIC leaders, who enriched themselves in the process. Here are some notable examples: When telecommunications was privatized under Dr. Mahathir’s previous administration in 1981, he had allocated 10% of shares to the Indian community, but since it was channelled through the MIC, it was misappropriated by some MIC leaders during the IPO (Initial Public Offering) stage. They formed a shell company and subsequently sold the shares at higher prices, benefitting themselves financially in the process. When former Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh visited Malaysia, the project allocation of RM40 million to beautify “Little India” in Kuala Lumpur was channelled through MIC, and there are allegations that its leaders have benefitted at the expense of truly-deserving citizens. A subsequent allocation to renovate Little India in conjuction with the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (also channelled through MIC) a few years ago is said to have benefitted some MIC leaders. continued on page 90

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Mastering Meaning Harnessing the Power of American English By Judith L. Bergman

o. Permanently affected p. Too trusting and likely victims q. A blemish of unknown origin usually present at birth or shortly after r. The recognized standard or quality s. Moving in rhythm t. A point reached or gained u. Receives a visible impression v. Destined or singled out w Characterized or distinguished by x. A symbol used for punctuation

This month we will examine your knowledge of the word mark, both as a verb and a noun and in many idioms. We will begin with a grammar quiz as many of my clients over the years have demonstrated that their spoken grammar, and often their written grammar, sounds like “primitive English” but actually reflects the rules of their native language. Select the grammatically correct form of the verb “mark” in these sentences from the choices at the end: 1. He said that his little girl _____ off every day until her vacation. 2. Don’t ____ the table with your pen. 3. I ____ their essays today after the class is dismissed. 4. They ______ their anniversary by going out to dinner. 5. Prices will be ______ down for the sale. 6. We’re just _____ time until 5:00 PM. a. mark b. marking c. will mark d. marks e. marked

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Funding the Midterms By Derek Willis, ProPublica, and Maggie Severns, Politico

Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a blind spot in campaign finance laws to undercut a candidate from their own party this year — and their fingerprints remained hidden until the primary was already over. Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited sums of money in elections, are supposed to regularly disclose their funders. But in the case of Mountain Families PAC, Republicans managed to spend $1.3 million against Don Blankenship, a mustachioed former coal baron who was a wild-card candidate for a must-win West Virginia Senate seat, in May without revealing who was supplying the cash. The move worked like this: Start a new super PAC after a deadline for reporting donors and expenses, then raise and spend money before the next report is due. Timed right, a super PAC might get a month or more undercover before being required to reveal its donors. And if a super PAC launches right before the election, voters won’t know who’s funding it until after they go to the polls. The strategy — which is legal — is proving increasingly popular among Democrats and Republicans. The amount of super PAC spending during the 2016 congressional primaries in which the first donor disclosure occurred after the primary election totaled $9 million. That figure increased to $15.6 million during the 2018 congressional primaries and special elections. Backers of Mountain Families PAC didn’t respond to a request for comment. It is one of 63 super PACs this election cycle that have managed to spend money to influence races and postpone telling voters who funded them, according to an analysis by Politico and ProPublica of Federal Election Commission data. Voters bear much of the cost when they head to the polls without information on who funded a PAC that tried to sway their votes, said Meredith McGehee, executive director at the nonpartisan watchdog group Issue One. “The whole idea behind disclosure is that one of the factors that voters can, and understandably should, take into account in judging the message is who the messenger is,” McGehee said. In total, super PACs have spent at least $21.6 million this cycle in 78 congressional races before disclosing who donated that money — $15.7 million of it during primary races. In many cases, that disclosure came after voters had gone to the polls.


Super PACs were created after the Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision ruled that people and corporations had the right to spend unlimited amounts of money on independent expenditures such as funding ads or mailers, but that they couldn’t hide that spending from the public. But while they can’t keep donors secret forever, super PACs are increasingly figuring out methods of temporarily masking donor identities that are either legal or fall into gray areas that rarely attract regulators’ attention. One tactic is the one Mountain Families PAC used, which is likely to be replicated for the general election. A new super PAC that starts between Oct. 18 and Nov. 6 could spend money right before Election Day without having to disclose its donors until after the midterm results are tallied. (There are 11 super PACs that together have spent at least $5.8 million since the primaries but should begin disclosing their donors on Oct. 15, when the next FEC filing is due.) Another involves going into debt to pay for advertising and other campaign-related activities, and fundraising later to pay off those debts. A super PAC that does this would not have to disclose donors until well after the money is spent. In the case of Mountain Families PAC, Blankenship was increasingly popular among the state’s anti-Washington set. So D.C. Republicans behind the PAC avoided disclosing they were behind ads attacking Blankenship — “Isn’t there enough toxic sludge in Washington?” asked one of them — until after the primary. Then they revealed their identity and dissolved the super PAC entirely. Here are more examples of PACs that have delayed disclosing their donors this cycle — and how they did it: As Republican Martha McSally battled two opponents in the Arizona Senate primary, a super PAC called Red and Gold spent $1.7 million attacking McSally, airing television ads that said McSally had supported an “age tax” on older people’s health insurance. But shortly after filing its initial paperwork with the FEC, Red and Gold notified the commission it was going to file on a monthly basis, which meant its first disclosure wasn’t due until Sept. 20, three weeks after the primary election. When Red and Gold finally disclosed its funders, it was revealed that Senate Majority PAC, which is aligned with Senate continued on page 84

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Although I welcome the change in season and colorful leaves, fall also marks the start of our “flu season” which begins in October and starts to ease off in March/April. Influenza, most commonly to as the “flu” is a highly infectious respiratory viral illness that often brings on sudden high fevers, body aches, chills, nasal congestion, sore throat, and cough. In some instances, the flu can cause serious complications including severe respiratory illness and neurological conditions. Last year alone, 80,000 Americans died due to the flu and its complications, making 2017-2018 flu season one of the deadliest thus far. Of those children who died due to flu complications, 80 percent were unvaccinated, implying the vaccine could have saved many of those lives. Prevention is the best way to fight the flu and the annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best first step. The flu virus is unpredictable but the flu vaccination predictably In some instances, the flu reduces flu illnesses, the can cause serious severity of flu symptoms, complications including missed work or school due to the flu, and flu-related severe respiratory illness... hospitalization. So, if you get the flu even after taking the vaccine, you and/or your child are likely to experience milder symptoms and more likely to stay out of the hospital. Studies show that flu vaccination reduces a child’s chance of dying from influenza, too. This should not be surprising as vaccines help build immunity or, more precisely, help your own body make antibodies that specifically fight the flu virus. I often tell my patients that getting your vaccine is similar to buckling your seatbelt. Neither the vaccine nor the seatbelt is perfect, but both can save your life. We may be able to keep the flu out of our homes and communities by taking precautions that protect you and your family members. This type of protection from vaccines is called herd immunity. Basically, we can better fight the flu if we all fight together. The more people in our community that get the vaccine, the less people will get sick. The elderly, pregnant women, the very young, and those with compromised immune systems or are battling other medical problems are particularly more vulnerable. It is advised that all household members aged 6 months and above get their flu vaccine as soon as possible. Choosing the right flu vaccine for yourself and your children may seem overwhelming as there are many types of flu vaccines. In general, I recommend the inactivated quadrivalent Influenza vaccine which confers protection from four different flu viruses. The dosing depends on the age and is best determined by your doctor or pediatrician. Most common side effects from the vaccine include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection sites. One cannot get the flu from the vaccine nor does it make one more susceptible to the flu – these are myths. The flu

Dr. Shefali V. Parmar

Dr. Parmar is a Duke trained Pediatrician at Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine in Cary, NC.


Mirror Mirror

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difficulty finding “a singing, dancing actor who is Middle Eastern or Indian to play the title role.” Really Disney? Have you bothered to look into the many notable performers in Bollywood and Tollywood alone? You do realize that you’ve also used playback singers in your productions, right? Why is this suddenly a problem now? While the live action The Jungle Book may be a step in the right direction for South Asian stories in Hollywood, I think Disney has a long way to go before they can truly prove that they understand the culture they’re trying to portray. I guess we’ll find out in May of 2019 if they can live up to the original… or surpass it. 68

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November 10th (Sat) Diwali Cultural Program & Mela 11 am -7 pm Diwali Dinner and Entertainment : November 17th (Sat) Cancelled in the honor of the soul of HC Vice President Ashokbhai Baranpuria.

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Nutrition for Life By Parul Kharod

nibbling or eating in your car. When we pay attention and enjoy what we eat, we actually eat less. Think about how someone sitting in front of the TV can mindlessly finish off an entire bag of potato chips. That is mindless eating. 2. Chew your food well – do not gulp things down. It’s not a race. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full. If you finish your first helping in less time, you will be tempted to take a second serving without knowing whether you actually have room for it. 3. Enjoy what you eat. Take each bite with attention. Food is our fuel. It is supposed to nourish us. Have a positive relationship with food. 4. Out of sight, out of mind – keep junk food away. Research shows that people tend to eat what is within reach. 5. Take a deep breath. Smile. Have a nice conversation around the dining table.

Mindful eating

Before we delve into the details of mindful eating, here is an interesting history behind the word “mindfulness.” This term was coined in the 19th century by Thomas William Rhys Davids, who was a British Magistrate living in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and studying Buddhism and the Pali language. He loosely translated the concept of Sati (awareness of things in relation to other things), and coined the famous word mindfulness. The word was popularized here in the US Eating healthfully is about in the 1970s by Jon Kabatmore than the food you put Zinn, a molecular biologist in your mouth, it’s about living in New England and a your relationship with your... longtime practitioner in the Zen Buddhist meditation tradition who wanted to spread the practice of meditation without its religious connotations. He came upon the word “mindfulness” in the writings of Rhys Davids, and created a new definition for it - “The awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Since then the word, and the idea behind it, has blossomed into many forms of self-help and training for personal and workplace improvement. This concept behind mindful living is extended to food and eating habits. The basic idea is to pay attention and be aware of when we eat, what we eat, where we eat, and how much we eat.

Eating healthfully is about more than the food you put in your mouth, it’s about your relationship with your food. How you think and feel about your eating habits can be as important as the food itself. Here are some other tips on how to become a mindful eater:

• Eat when you are hungry, but before becoming ravenous. Stop eating when you are satisfied or gently full. Avoid eating to the point of feeling stuffed. Don’t feel guilty when you eat a treat. Don’t feel deprived and don’t do diets that make you feel like you want to cheat. • Choose foods that nourish your mind and body. Intuitively stay close to your core healthy eating habits, making nutritious choices that still appeal to your taste buds, but not afraid to splurge on special occasions. • Don’t give food power over you. No one food has the power to make or break your overall healthy eating habits. You don’t engage in all-or-nothing thinking or make moral judgments about yourself in relation to food (“I was good today because I stuck to my diet” or “I was bad today because I had pizza and a cupcake”). • Don’t get influenced by whatever latest fad diet or food is in fashion. • Put some thought into planning and making nutritious meals but don’t obsess about food.

Mindful eating is defined as: • Eating with awareness • Being present for each sensation of the experience of eating • Being aware of the chewing, tasting and swallowing of food, moment by moment

The five steps of mindful eating: 1. Being aware: tasting and enjoying your food instead of munching mindlessly 2. Savoring your food: paying attention to the aroma, flavor, and texture of the food 3. Observing if you are really hungry, how hungry, and how full your stomach is getting 4. Being present in the moment – eating without distraction of TV, phone, or other tech devices 5. Being nonjudgmental – not feeling guilty or having any negative feelings towards whatever you are eating

Mindful eating is a step towards mindful living. Acknowledge the origins of food and the processes needed to have food for our meals. Eat each meal with mindfulness and gratitude. Make sustainable plant-based food choices for our health and the health of our planet. Let each meal nourish you so that you can continue to do good work and serve others.

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3 percent interest today. Even Government 10-year treasuries have exceeded that just recently. And of course, the preferred stock option is available which can give up to 4 percent return with very little downside since it is considered a hybrid between stocks and bonds.

Retirees, Break Free from low Yields

Since the past few years, beginning 2009 to be exact, most of us feel hamstrung by the bond market or low interest CDs or any fixed interest instruments, for that matter, that we may depend on for our monthly income. Those who have been living through it know that it has not been easy. Even the Social Security payments were not going up that much because there was no sizeable inflation, which can raise the SSA payments. It becomes doubly hard if we are of a mindset where we do not wish to take due risks for higher yields. I have heard many people say how absolutely ridiculous it was to generate income. Many baby boomers and older retirees were caught in this dilemma. They have spent a better part of a decade waiting for higher return rates, yet high quality bond rates or interests paid on CDs remained stubbornly low. The recent Federal Reserve interest rate increases have spurred a modest rise in short-term bond yields, but The maturities you focus longer-term yields have barely budged. Besides, those on, however, will depend rate changes have been slow partly or greatly on your to affect any changes to the time horizon. CD interest rates. With the tax reforms and impending need for servicing the new budget debt and Federal Reserve’s massive bond holding being unleashed slowly, many analysts have concluded that bond yields would not surge higher any time soon. So what’s an income-focused retiree to do? There are many things that are not under our control but we need to control what we can control. You can’t vote on Fed’s next rate move (even though you can write to the President of your local Federal Reserve office) but for a starter, you can minimize your fund fees which take a bite directly out of your fund yield. You can avoid risks that you are not paid to take and get real about Bonds’ role in your portfolio – reducing overall volatility and producing some predictable income. While govt. bonds and mortgages remain key parts of a bond portfolio, funds that blend these bonds with high-quality corporate debt and other holdings may form a solid core for your bond allocation. Corporate profits have been healthy and many companies have ample cash on their balance sheets. To safeguard against long-term risks, I would suggest staying with short and intermediate-term bond funds. The maturities you focus on, however, will depend partly or greatly on your time horizon. Obviously, money you would need in the next year or two should be in cash like vehicles such as money market funds or short or intermediate term CDs. If you have a two to five-year time horizon consider low cost, high quality ultra short and short-term bond funds. One option is Vanguard Short term Corporate Bond exchange traded fund (VCSH) which yields 2.2% and charges fees of just 0.07%. If your time horizon is five years or more then there are many other options. There are callable bonds, just like Goldman Sachs had offered a few months ago, that can earn up to 3.5 percent interest. There are long term CDs which will earn near

low-Cost Mutual Funds and etFs There are plenty of “not so healthy” ways to boost your yield including taking on outsize interest rates risks and snapping up low quality debts. But here is a better way: choose lower cost funds. Mutual fund fees come straight out of your returns and with high quality bond funds yielding about 3 percent you can’t afford to cough up fees of over 1 percent to the fund company. Many times, to maintain a competitive yield a higher cost fund is forced to take on more risks than its peers.

tax-free Income is still Possible Our first thought might be that with the new tax laws and its reduced income tax rates is it still worth considering the taxfree income from, say, Muni bonds. The tax rates have not really changed that much and because much of itemized deductions taken away from us (as well as personal exemptions) our taxable income may not change that much for most of us. Tax-free income is still a viable option for many middle-income families.

High Quality Corporate Bonds, ReIts, utility stocks Since we don’t quite have the case of too much money chasing too few issues any longer, it is easier now to get what we are looking for in corporate or treasury bonds. Also they are giving reasonable returns for medium to short period. Loomis Sayles Bond (LSBRX), Pimco corporate & income strategy (PCN) and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) are some of the ones to look at.

Preferred stock Funds With much less volatility but still good returns, preferred stocks are a good way to go. There is much less variability but they give good returns. iShares S&P’s US Preferred stock (PFF) yields close to 6 percent. High dividend stock Funds If you can stand a little more volatility then high dividend stock funds are something to look at. They vary as the market varies, but probably not as much, and give good dividends.

Good old Bank Cds While we can always bank on CDs from our local banks, it is better if you feel comfortable banking online where you do get much better returns.

Warning: the mutual funds, ETFs and other instruments mentioned in this article are just suggestions. Readers should do their own research to determine what is best for their situation considering their own risk tolerance and other variables.

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Bangalore Water continued from page 26

The Bangalore water board does supply a range of tanker water services. However, tanker water is typically used for washing, cleaning, and other household purposes, but not for cooking and drinking. Residents feel that this tanker water is “dirty” and complain that it causes sore throats and gastrointestinal problems when consumed directly. To access drinkable water, some of the more fortunate areas have access to pipe connections where water flows once a week for an hour or so. However, the bore wells connected to these pipes are continually at risk of being depleted. The “lineman” of a given neighborhood is the one who decides which area will get water from these pipes, and at what hours. However, such decisions are limited by the availability of groundwater, which has to remain untouched periodically to create sufficient “recharge” of groundwater for adequate discharge. This limited supply forces the households to look for elsewhere for drinking and cooking water. Some places have access to water kiosks or water “ATMs”. These water kiosks are also connected to groundwater sources and water filters. A household pays 5 Indian rupees (INR) for 20 liters of water.

If kiosk water is limited or absent, residents have to depend on “canned” water for drinking and cooking purposes. One such plastic can of 20 liters costs between 25 to 35 INR depending on locality and frequency of purchase. The more reputable brands cost as much as 70 INR, which is far beyond the reach of the poor. An average household of five members needs about three to five cans a week. If a “can” delivery service refuses to deliver to households

in one of these remote neighborhoods, entrepreneurs arise to fill in the supply gap. Geetamma, who runs a small eatery in one such neighborhood, buys 20-litre cans in bulk and resells these to households with a small profit margin of 2 INR per can. When municipally supplied or purchased tanker water is insufficient, households purchase water from private tankers. It is priced at 300-500 INR per tanker for 4,000-5,000 liters. Households collect the water in underground concrete tanks or in 200 liter plastic drums. In some neighborhoods, residents collectively buy tanker water by pooling resources. The poorest migrants often resort to the collective option, or even to buying in smaller per-bucket quantities of 15 liters for 2 INR. The range of ways that people access water in peri-urban Bangalore demonstrates that some transactions are formal, some are informal, and that others are a peculiar combination of both.

a huge cost: To secure water supplies from all these varied sources, people must spend a huge proportion of their income. A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that the monthly spend on water for a low-income household is between 5-8% of total income. Despite this relatively high rate of expenditure, such households are still far below the minimum target supply of 70 liters per person per day. This water supply also comes at the cost of time. Based on our sampling of experiences in seven neighborhoods of southeast Bangalore, adult women such as Manjula typically spend about 4 a week working to secure water supplies – time that could be used to supplement household income. The water markets in Bangalore rely heavily on interpersonal relationships and collective action. These communities have so far been resilient and resourceful, but the formal and informal systems are in a delicate balance. One big supply-side shock can at any time distort this equilibrium. Courtesy of

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September, historically the worst performing month of the year, was a positive month for equities, despite certain events during the month that could have easily caused a significant negative move. Most notably, the market was resilient after a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese imports was put in place. China’s retaliatory response was less severe than expected, and the staggered structure of the latest US tariffs, with a 25 percent rate coming into place in 2019, allows time for adjustment and opportunity for negotiation. China has also taken steps to stimulate their economy to mitigate the impact of the tariffs. Premier Li Keqiang said that there is no intention to devalue the yuan directly, which further alleviated market concern. The US dollar weakened on the news, and investors rotated into industrials, materials, and certain commodities. Bellwether cyclical names such as Caterpillar and Boeing staged a rally, while the market sold certain rate-sensitive sectors such as utilities, home-builders, and REITs. Rate sensitive sectors were particularly hurt as the Fed raised rates during the month and the 10-year hit its highs of the year. Even with the yield curve steepening slightly, and rates moving back above 3 percent, financials continued The fourth and final to underperform. Financials have been particularly weak quarter of 2018 promises this year, despite a strong to be quite eventful. economy, earnings, and favorable market conditions, names such as Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo, are down more than 10 percent since their January highs. Financials are trading at a discount to the market at 13.4x forward earnings; many are trading at book value, and have RSIs that indicate they are oversold. They begin to report earnings in early October, and with tempered expectations, could be the sector that further supports the S&P. The Fed will likely raise rates one more time this year in December, and is expected to raise rates three times in 2019. Despite rising rates, leveraged credit markets remain strong. Perhaps a good data point of the health of the credit markets is a deal Blackstone brought to the market in its LBO of Refinitiv. This deal is the second largest debt package for a buyout postcrisis, and the fifth largest in history. The deal is highly levered at 7x EBITDA, and has covenants and protections that are reminiscent of pre-crisis deals. The state of the leveraged credit markets is an indicator of the liquidity in the marketplace, the strength of the economy, and perhaps investor complacency. Historically, an important warning sign can come from the credit markets, as conditions become tighter, and spreads start to widen. While high-yield spreads may not be attractive at

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Bonds: In bond investments there are two components of losses that an investor faces when interest rates move up: interest component and capital component. I will discuss interest component first. Assume investor A has an option to invest $1000 in a 10Year US Treasury bond at 3 percent that pays fixed annual interest. You lend $1000 as principal on Day 1 to US Treasury and on Day 365 investor gets $30 as interest. Investor will get $30 interest at end of every year. At the end of 10 years, US Treasury will pay $1000 principal back to investor along with last and final interest payment of $30. Now our investor A is approached by a childhood friend asking for $1000 loan for 10 years. Investor wants to help out the friend and is confident in friend’s credibility for paying back the loan with interest. Investor provides $1000 loan for 10 years at 3 percent with annual interest payment. Investor A charges the same rate as on-going 10 Year US Treasury Bond rate. The very next day US Federal Bank decides to increase the interest rates by 0.5%. The new ongoing 10-Year US Treasury Bonds are quoting at 3.5% interest rate, which means investor would get $35 as annual interest payments instead of $30. If our investor A was to lend $1000 to childhood friend the next day, quoted interest rate would have been 3.5 percent. But the deal happened a day before when reference rate was 3 percent. Our unlucky investor A is stuck with lower interest payment at rate of 3 percent.

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(For even more security, export a copy of your mailing list to a the two slices on the table with a mix of wariness, and what can spreadsheet and store it on your computer as a back-up in case only be described as disgust, and finds herself muttering, “I’m your email platform were to suddenly change.) actually not very hungry right now, thank you, but I really wouldn’t mind a glass of cold water. I can get it myself, if you Vicarious experience tell me where it is.” Virtual reality, drone cameras, personal action cameras, smart glasses and RFID tracking all suggest that as these Can’t we just let apples be apples? Maybe the doctor (not a real doc – he is an academic one) technologies mature and align, we’ll see social media evolve as a way to share our experiences in ways that go far beyond was trying to point the young lady toward something? Maybe it would be good to see things more simply? Maybe an apple words, photos and video clips. We’ve had a taste of what location tracking can offer when would stay an apple, and we would not go hungry, if we don’t apps suggest restaurants, hotels, discounts and entertainment talk too much, and think too much? options based on where we’re standing at the moment. While My Voice some might find that to be intrusive, others will gladly tradecontinued from page 62 off anonymity for convenience and bargains. Now imagine apps and social media sites that serve up a full travelogue of The management of the world-famous Batu Caves Murugan your experience for your followers with street-level video from Temple is tainted with accusations of corruption, cronyism and an integrated action camera, smart glasses or Periscope coupled nepotism. Management of other MIC-controlled temples has also been similarly viewed. with personal drone camera clips. Even at state and local levels, it was common knowledge that experience enhancement allocations, scholarships, places in universities, licences, tenders, Smart companies will find ways to augment the social etc. meant for Malaysians of Indian origin had to be channelled media experience as well as the in-person experience, to create through MIC officials, who demanded their “pound of flesh.” a personal documentary that is more than the sum of its parts. Hence, these and corruption issues associated with BN Just like Wi-Fi access has become a drawing card for hospitality businesses, we may find that this “meta” enhancement of the leaders (including money-laundering during the campaign) virtual/social media experience also becomes a differentiating became fodder for Malaysian Indian candidates from opposition feature, particularly with demographics with high technology parties, who campaigned under the PH promise to rid the country of kleptocracy, corruption and cronyism, and toppled and social media usage. How can you make your customer’s social media seasoned politicians from race-based parties, principally interactions more fun and individualized, and where does the UMNO, MIC and MCA. I am heartened to note the unprecedented appointment of opportunity arise to incorporate your branding? Offering cool digital enhancements that customers can incorporate into their many Malaysian Indians to high-ranking positions in social media stream can increase your visibility, cement your government, including four ministers of Indian origin (Gobind Singh Deo, M. Kulasegaran, HINDRAF founder P. branding, and increase customer engagement. How can you use social media to enhance your customers’ Wathayamoorthy and Dr. Xavier Jayakumar) and the attorneyexperience with your services? Mobile apps that enable online general (Tommy Thomas). Gobind is the only Sikh outside of buying, placing an order for take-out or securing a reservation India and Canada to serve as a minister at federal government are already commonplace. A growing number of events have level. Many Malaysian Indians have also been appointed as free apps that replace a bulky paper program and enable ministers in PH-held states.

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the Future: As a third-generation Malaysian Indian, I feel we should stop emphasizing racial origins (as evidenced during the 2018 elections campaign) and seek to promote a truly Malaysian identity and a more egalitarian civil society that is free from corruption and cronyism. I feel that cash handouts are not the answers to the endemic poverty affecting lower-income Malaysian Indians. A good start is that the minimum monthly wage for all Malaysians has been raised (from RM1000 to RM1050) by the PH government, with a promise of more increases and benefits for the poor. This is certainly the dawn of a new beginning for Malaysia, however, there is a long, long way ahead in previously uncharted and potentially treacherous waters. But now there is HOPE (as in the Bahasa Malaysia term - Harapan), which is the slogan of the PH government. The nation and the world are watching to see if this Alliance of Hope will eliminate corruption, restore democracy and the rule of law, and promote equal opportunities for all racial groups in Malaysia. acknowledgement:  Parts of this article were derived from a talk on “Return of the Malaysian Jedi” to journalism students at the University of NC, Chapel Hill on August 27, 2018.


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On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at approximately 10:59p.m., the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) responded to the 6300 block of South Boulevard in reference to a fire at Payal Indian Grocery and Spices located at 6233 South Blvd. in Charlotte. Upon arrival members with CFD conducted fire suppression operations, ultimately extinguishing the fire. A CFD Fire Investigator and an ATF Special Agent collaborated in a fire origin and cause investigation and determined the fire was incendiary in nature. The Union County Fire Marshal also responded to the scene to assist by using an Accelerant Detection Canine to process the scene. A CMPD Arson Detective responded to the scene and interviewed the suspect. After evaluating evidence and interviewing a witness, 60year-old Devendrak Patel was identified as a suspect and arrested. The custody of the suspect has been transferred to the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office and he has been charged with burning of a building of trade. The fire caused $1 million in damages. Anyone with information concerning this case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. To learn more about the Crime Stoppers visit For additional information about this case, please refer to CMPD report 20181009225900.

Celebration of 2018 Gandhi Jayanti in Raleigh

By Yash Garg Photo by M. Palani The Heritage India Association of North Carolina celebrated 149th Gandhi Jayanti at the Marbles Kids Museum on October 7, 2018. The celebration began with garlanding of the Gandhi Statue by Harihar Nath, UNC Board of Trustees member and Liz Johnson, Morrisville Council member. It was followed by singing one of Gandhi’s favorite bhajans “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram,” led by Vinita Kochar and her group from Sur Sangam Academy. At this time, Dr. Harish Chander announced that Heritage India Association of North Carolina is launching a video project to get people’s viewpoints on Mahatma Gandhi, under the title “What Mahatma Gandhi Means to North Carolinians,” which will be played next year in the 150th Birth Anniversary celebration. Audience members were invited men and women to get their views recorded. The project is ongoing and others invited to contact HIANC to get appointments for recording their views during Children’s Day on November 4, 2018 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the HSNC Cultural Hall. After Garlanding ceremony, the assembly moved to Venture Hall for the Cultural program, which began with opening remarks by Yash Garg, HIANC President. Guests included TJ Cawley, Mayor of Morrisville, Steve Rao and Liz Johnson, Morrisville Council Members, Dr. Arvind Shah, Gandhi Statue

Project Planner and Fundraiser, and Ron Sanyal did the lamp lighting. TJ Cawley, in his keynote speech, spoke about the relevance of Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth and nonviolence. Emcees Naresh Giri and Praveen Puviindran presented the program. Some of the highlights: a guest artist and a classical dance exponent Meera performed the “Pushpanjali” and a Ganesh Shloka. She also gave a popular kriti by Saint Purandaradasaru “Tamboori” Meetidava.” The kids’ dance medley “One India Mashup” was presented by Triangle Group “Mystic Tare” and choreographed by Vaishnavi Narayanan. Sur Sangam Academy students and musicians presented Gandhi’s favorite Bhajan Recital.

RNC Announces Dates of 2020 Convention in Charlotte

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has announced that the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. will be held from August 24-27, 2020. The convention will take place in uptown Charlotte, with the Republican Party meeting in the Spectrum Center for all the festivities and speeches. Other events tied to the convention are expected to be held throughout the region, as organizers attempt to showcase Charlotte. “This gets to be an opportunity to brag,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said last month. “There will be a lot more folks here with cameras, and to write stories, and we hope it will bring in many of the corporations that participate in that process as well.” She was instrumental in bringing the RNC to Charlotte. The Charlotte City Council earlier in July approved the Convention by a vote of 6-5. Charlotte 2020 Host Committee CEO John Lassiter: “We are excited the RNC has officially announced the convention dates. The Charlotte 2020 Host Committee can now aggressively plan our efforts and prepare to showcase our community across the country and the world. We appreciate the continuing confidence of the RNC and our partners who have worked diligently to bring the Republican National Convention to Charlotte.” The Democratic National Convention is scheduled for July 13 - 16, 2020. Final selection from remaining three bidders, Houston, Miami, and Milwaukee, will be announced soon.

Gita Gopinath Appointed as IMF Chief Economist

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Shradha Sahani, a 2016 graduate from the University of Maryland was looking to spend her summer volunteering before starting her PhD program. She spent weeks researching different organizations around the world but one name jumped out, Vatsalya Gram. The institution’s unique concept of creating families by grouping abandoned children with destitute women, providing housing, food supplies and other necessities to live as a unit piqued her interest. Shradha’s cousin Shaanti accompanied her to Vatsalya Gram where the girls spent two weeks in service or sewa. It was “a life changing experience” for both. Vatsalya Gram, which means a Village of Maternal Love, is a sprawling, 50-acre foundation in Vrindavan, two hours from New Delhi. It was started under the Param Shakti Peeth Trust by Sadhvi Ritambhara when she found an abandoned baby on the front steps of the ashram where she was staying. The Gram houses three schools, a hospital for the poor, a prosthetic center and a dairy and vegetable farm. Several families live on its premises. Each family has five children, a mother, an aunt and a grandmother, all biologically unrelated. The children receive a mother’s love and care while the women find refuge and a purpose in life. When the Superintendent of Newtown High School, Dr. Eradi learned about Shradha’s experience at Vatsalya Gram and its innovative configuration of families, he was intrigued enough to extend an invitation to Sadhvi Ritambhara or Didi Maa as she is affectionately called, to visit the school. Months later, Reena Sahani, Shradha’s mother picked Didi Maa from


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The ABDCs’ (American Born Desi Comics) tour made a stop in Raleigh at Goodnights Comedy club on October 3, 2018. The show was part of a 9-day tour on the east coast. The show featured very funny New York-based comics and friends Akaash Singh, Alingon Mitra, Kunal Arora, and Tushar Singh. The four met in NYC and began as a writing group of funny South Asian comedians, which led to doing a couple of sold out shows in NY/NJ. The group decided to take the show on the road and test their material. The near capacity audience in Raleigh comprised a 50 / 50 mix of South Asians and others. Local comic, also an NC State University student Vishal Krishnasami, opened the show. More details on each comic is available at their websites:;;; and

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Navaratri marks the return of cooler weather, colorful clothes and of course endless garba and dandiya nights. This year a team of local organizers brought Dandiya queen Falguni Pathak to Concord, NC for one night of dancing and music. The crowd, with people from the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, was estimated to be around 5000. A select group of nonprofit organizations, that sold tickets for the show, received donations from the organizers.


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

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Charlotte Hindu Center table tennis The Charlotte Hindu Center Table Tennis group meets every Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. All levels and types of play. Takes place at Vihar Hall, Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 704.607.8412

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

Charlotte Marathi Mandal The Mandal adds to the vibrancy of Charlotte with various events including the Ganapati Festival which are designed to keep the cultural values and traditions alive. The community is encouraged to participate. For Further Details: 704.565.9237

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dada Bhagwan Foundation (Charlotte) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suering. This search ends only when the source of eternal happiness is found. It can be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by Gnani Purush A. M. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan and it was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. This spiritual science is based on the foundation of Self Realization. Weekly & monthly satsang held Every Sunday 13pm & once a month Saturday 2-7pm, at Hindu Temple, which includes watching DVD Satsang or Question/Answer Sessions Satsang, Aarti & Mahaprasad.Venue: Hindu Temple, 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212 For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1027

Gurdwara sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: 704.509.2828

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Upcoming Events: Nov 6: Kali Chaudas Nov 7: Diwali and Mahavir Nirvana day Nov 10: Diwali cultural program Nov 17: Diwali dinner fundraiser For Further Details:

India association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte.

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Indian Performing arts association of Charlotte (IPaaC) IPAAC promotes Classical Hindustani music in and around the Queen City. IPAAC is the result of a shared dream of a small group of music enthusiasts to bring the rich world of Classical music and dance from the Indian subcontinent. For Further Details: Jyoti Kulkarni - 704.804.1275 Chaula Jain - 704.248.1515

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Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) Serving the spiritual, cultural, and community needs of Jain families. Dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals. JCGC organizes numerous religious activities year-round - including celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Pujas and children’s Pathshaala. Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262.Regular events: Weekdays: 9:30am - Prakshal & Puja; 7:30pm - Aarti & Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal & Puja 7:30pm - Aarti & Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President: Saumya Kothari: 858.382.351

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Community Organizations personality development and spiritual activities like discourses / puja / homam etc. ( VTSeva (Volunteering Together for Service) focusing on various service activities ( For Further Details: 704-981-1JET

Kriya Yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - 704.814.7476

shri Rang avadhut Parivar (Parspar devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thurs from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut.” Info about 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

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 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation. Sessions are conducted weekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte. For Further Details:

sangamithra Foundation A charity organization formed to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support

shanti niketan senior Center of Carolinas The Center values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). Efforts are made to support a population with the understanding that a vibrant diverse population adds to the strength and well-being of the whole community. Located at 7701 Wallace Ln., Charlotte. For Further Details: / 704.491.1186

shree swaminarayan satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 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. For Further Details: Divyesh Chauhan - 704.965.9735 Sanjay Savaliya - 704.779.7574

Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education and has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326

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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

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Community Organizations sparsh of Greater Charlotte Sparsh seeks to build community, preserve our heritage, and showcase the culture of the states of Bihar and Jharkand through cultural, charitable, and social events. For Further Details: 980-221-9641

srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, and backgrounds who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu Sarkar - 704. 541.3451

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

trimurti temple devasthanam 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’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details:

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission

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art of living (Greensboro) 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; low-impact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Sonal Chhawchharia - Puja Verma -

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir Greensboro The temple 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: 336.355.9798

Gujarati Cultural association of Piedmont (GCaP) Serving the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Janak Patel - 919.799.1603

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:

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Community Organizations 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 the IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American communities residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school-based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - - 336.292.9462

Indo-us Cultural association of Winston-salem The 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 crosscultural understanding. For Further Details: President: Aanchal Chopra - 336.575.5348

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

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 Hindu temple of north Carolina The temple strives to meet the community’s Religious, Spiritual, Cultural, Artistic and Literary Needs. Panchayatana Puja is the system of worship in the Smarta Sampradaya of Hinduism. It consists of the worship of five deities: Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha. The Temple is located at 8535 Lasater Road, Clemmons, NC 27012 Regular Events: Weekdays: 6:30 - 7:30pm Sat & Sun: 10:30am - 12:30pm For Further Details

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sri sathya sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150

Winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (WGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in NC, including Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details:


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

assamese association of north Carolina AANC is a Socio-cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese culture and language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assamese culture is welcome. For Further Details: Nilaskhi Phukan - 919.949.1618 - 919.200.4020

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 7am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha 110

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shree swaminarayan Hindu Temple (isso) 500 se maynard Road, cary, nc 27511

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Community Organizations held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. Location: 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560 For Further Details:

Bengali association of north Carolina (BanC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of Indian-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) The organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on 2nd Saturday of each month at Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary NC from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The next meeting will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Members will celebrate Navratri and other musical programs. Flu shots will be given to members. For Further Details:

Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-durham (CM Rdu) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. He pursued the spiritual path under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. Dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). For Further Details:

dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search ends only when the source of eternal happiness is found. It can be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by Gnani Purush A. M.. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan and it was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. This spiritual science is based on the foundation of Self Realization. All are invited to the regular satsang events at HSNC, Saturdays 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003

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: Suresh and Madhavi Kota - 919.434.1604

duke diya A student organization committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and all interested in South Asian culture. 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 enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details:

eKtaa student organization (nCsu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details:

Geet Bazaar Radio (nCsu) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. You can listen to Geet Bazaar worldwide using the NC State Student Media App or live streaming on For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119

GeM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 112

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Community Organizations 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, presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for the 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 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. Located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Yadvinder Singh - 919.477.7035

Heartfulness Meditation (triangle) A heart-based meditation system of meditation centered on the supremacy of heart that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Heartfulness meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday at 8:30am & Wednesday at 7pm. For Further Details: Raj Solanki -

Heritage India association of nC (HIanC) The Association provides Indian cultural experience through performing and cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, HIANC presents several annual events such as Heritage India Festival in April, Gandhi Jayanti in October, Children’s Day in November, and also participates in the International Festival of Raleigh in October. For Further Details:

Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC The Mandal, based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of the 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 organizes Kavisammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function, Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Saturdays) 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 7pm, 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:

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

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:

Instepp Located in Durham, the organization has served women residing in the Triangle area and offers long-term support and training to women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking; women who are transitioning back into the workforce following separation or divorce; women transitioning from prison or jail, and immigrant women, including women from South Asian cultures, who are victims of crimes. For Further Details: 919.680.8000

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Community Organizations countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason

International Hindi association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919.656.5224

IsKCon of nC (Hillsborough) New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for children and adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am - 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. Located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492

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 serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence in NC by helping them rebuild their lives and ending the cycle of violence. Although domestic violence is rarely talked about in South Asian communities, it is a rampant and preventable public health problem. Kiran promotes healthy family relationships and raises awareness on the prevalence of domestic violence through outreach and advocacy. Kiran’s core services comprise of a 24 hour free and confidential hotline, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, translation assistance, resource referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services needed to meet the unique challenges of South Asian victims.

For Further Details: 24 hours Crisis line: 877-NC-KIRAN (877-625-4726) Office: 919.831.4203

Krishnadham usa The mission is to foster richness of Hindu cultural heritage in children and to provide learning experiences on cultural values to visitors and residents alike under the guidance of Vaishnavacharya Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahoday. Krishnadham will be established on a 16 acre sized tract located at 795 Beaver Creek Road in Apex, North Carolina (in Chatham County) not far from Jordan Lake. Krishnadham USA is having weekly Satsangs and Monthly manoraths to celebrate various Pushtimargiya festivals. They meet at 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102 in Morrisville, NC 27560 on Saturdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for Satsang. Everyone is invited. For Further Details: Hemant Sura - 919.608.2412

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:

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. 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: Sri Rajgopalan - Ravi Sundarajan- Radha Krishna temple of nC Opening Phase 1 on April 29, 2018 in Apex, NC with


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Community Organizations keertans/chantings, havan, pooja, abshik, bhog, aratis, and all day festivities. The Temple is located at 635 Hollands Chapel Road, Apex NC, 27523. For Further Info: 919.685.0447 or 919.306.3175 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:

Raleigh Won Buddhism Meditation Center Won Buddhism is a modern and simplified expression of Buddhism that stresses equality between the sexes, between the ordained and laity and teaches practical spirituality of both mind and body. Sundays from 5-6:30pm, the center cultivates a deeply calm and peaceful state of mind with various forms of meditation. Also contemplate and discuss practical dharma teachings. Thursdays from 7-8:15pm is the opportunity to rest and restore. Meditations include Qi-gong, deep silent sitting, and lying down relaxation. Located at 2816 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh, NC. For More Details: 919.933.6946

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 organization welcomes participants. The address is 3109 Globe Road Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 919.412.8304

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 such as Makar Sankrant, Shiv Jayanti, Gudi Padwa, Picnic, Ganesh Festival and Diwali. For Further Details:

sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never a charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135

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 International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian service organization. For Further Details:

shree swaminarayan Hindu temple (Isso) ISSO’s primary objective 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. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Temple is now open daily 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm; Daily Sandhya Aarti: 7pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha: Saturday 5pm to 8pm. The Mandir is located at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 For Further Details:

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 Triangle area. SKY Meditation initiation and SKY 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:

sri shirdi saibaba Mandir of nC Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mandir of North Carolina (SSMNC) promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in Shirdi-India. This 118

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Community Organizations organization is dedicated to sponsoring and supporting religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. The temple is located at 1150 NW Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27513. For Further Details: 919.386.1085

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:

tamil Cultural association of north Carolina (tCa nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

triangle area telugu association (tata) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:

triangle Bangladesh society (tBsnC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details:

triangle Gujarati association (tGa) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details:

triangle Vegetarian society (tVs) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. TVS was formed promote the nutritional, ethical, environmental, and other aspects of vegetarianism. Open to all, they aim to

build a sense of community among people of varying interests in plant-based diets, encouraging healthy, sustainable, and peaceful lifestyle choices. For Further Details:

triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. We holds weekly group sittings in Cary on every Saturday. These sittings are only meant for old students who have completed 10 day Vipassana course as taught by S N Goenka in tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555

urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - 919.596.4792

Vaishnav samaj of triangle area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027

Vraj education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: for timing and location information.

Won Buddhism Meditation temple Won Buddhism is a more modern and simplified expression of Buddhism that stresses equality between the sexes, between the ordained and laity and teaches practical spirituality of both 120

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nithyananda sangha north Carolina (Inner awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha NC is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114

nuv Yug A cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Ekal was established to help in the overall development of the For Further Details: remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key Prabhupada Village to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The A rural, ISKCON, devotional community, nestled in the Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspiration and guidance awareness programs in Raleigh & Columbia. is derived from the books, letters, lectures, and example of His For Further Details: Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal Founder-Acharya of ISKCON. Sppiritual values in order to - 407.454.3739 achieve true happiness, prosperity and spiritual fulfillment are Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal taught. Serving communities, visiting homes for fellowship, - 803.665.4050 worship, scriptural study, and kirtan. Also facilitate spiritual festivals, Bhagavad-gita discussions, and vegetarian cooking. Grihastha Family Institute For Further Details: The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing 336.593.8108 or 336.593.3031 everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. sri somesvara temple (asheville) For Further Details: The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred Hindu society of eastern nC (Greenville, nC) to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound seesions and Geeta study. silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day For Further Details: from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarti is at 6pm. Temple - 252.752.2670 For Further Details: B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360 828.476.4073 /

IsKCon temple of the Holy name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in a very peaceful, rural area, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). All are welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am-7:30pm, 7 days a week and invite you to their special program held every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita, As It Is, and a pure vegetarian feast - all free! Located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge, NC. For Further Details: 336.593.2322

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Community Organizations 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. The meditation is on Monday, & Thursday from 6- 8pm & for women only on Friday 9- 10am. Sutta discussion on Saturday from 2-4pm. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961

dada Bhagwan Foundation (Columbia) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search ends only when the source of eternal happiness is found. It can be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by Gnani Purush A. M.. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan and it was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. This spiritual science is based on the foundation of Self Realization. Weekly satsang held Every Saturday 5- 7pm at Regency Inn, 1335 Garner Ln, Columbia,SC 29210 which includes watching DVD Satsang or Question/Answer Sessions Satsang, Aarti & Mahaprasad. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1035

Hindu society of Greater spartanburg The Society holds Satsang from 5-7pm on the second Sunday of each month. There are usually around ten families present. The Society also celebrates many religious and social festivals based on the Hindu calendar. Recent celebrations have included Navariti, Diwali, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Geeta Jayanti, and many others. Though the Balvihar does not meet on a regular basis, the temple is quite active in sponsoring children’s programs, such as Rangoli classes and classical and contemporary dance classes. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Spartanburg, 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 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12 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

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 organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973

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 discussions. Located at 770 Bryant Road, Spartanburg, SC. 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. Temple is open from 9 to noon and from 5 to 9 PM daily. Various religious services are offered by Priest Bhattarji. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Janak Desai - 864.884.5183


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Pop’s Puzzles & Jokes By Kirit Shukla

Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase

Clues across: 1. The official language of Netherland. 6. Grabs. (British) 11. Existing or varied on within a group. 13. Being in accordance with the actual state of affairs. 14. A person in charge of horses or the live stock on a ranch. 15. A priest who acted as a teacher to the prophet Samuel. 16. Like brass in color or luster; greenish gold. 17. Puts (food) in the mouth and chew and swallow it. 18. Of the color of the pigment called lake. 19. Come face to face. 21. Instant Messaging. (*) 22. International Space Station. (*) 23. Space. (*) 24. A member of the South African Republic Police. 26. Having a double continuous S-shaped curve. 28. Pound. (*) (Weight) 29. Skill acquired by experience, study or observation. 31. To represent in animal form. 33. English Heritage. (*) 35. The soft palate. (Anatomy) 36. A large semicircular recess in a church in arched roof. 38. Move a spoon in a liquid to mix it thoroughly. 40. The article on ‘Music of India’, in Saathee magazine. 42. The measurement of something from end to end. 44. Separated from others. 45. Wanted to do something very much; anxious. 46. Persons who act on behalf of another person or group.

Clues down: 1. The Hindu festival of lights. (Nov. 7, 2018) 2. The absence of sanity. 3. A harvest festival celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in USA. 4. A black-spotted reddish-finned fish of the Atlantic 5. A name given to the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets mascot. 6. The group of the waterfowl of the family Anatidae. 7. A monetary unit of Laos = 1/100 Kip . 8. A soluble, crystalline solid found in the urine. 9. Able to be present in several places simultaneously. 10. Earthquake. 12. To fall or sink suddenly. 17. The 7th letter of the Greek alphabet. (η) 20. Saathee feature to test your own IQ. 23. Apply a nonporous coating to make it impervious. 25. Rheumatoid Arthritis. (*) 27. Become apparent, important, or prominent. 28. The capital and the largest city of Peru. 30. Lowest class of citizens under Solon constitution of Athenians in early 6th century BC, in Greece. 31. A passage between shelves of goods in a supermarket. 32. Growing vigorously especially with luxuriant foliage. 33. The national bird of USA. 37. A person held in service to a master in India. 39. An aromatic hot drink made from tea leaves. 41. To irritate by constant scolding or urging. 43. Translation. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 128. NO peeking!)

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Father: “Beta, don’t call me Daddy. I don’t like to see open mouth when you say Daddy! So, always call me Papa.” Daughter: “I will always call you Daddy. Because, I mess up my lipstick if I call you Papa!” ••••••••••••••


November 2018

Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla)

Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Cards”)

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



The unused 4 letters spell is ”Répondez s'il vous plaît” or literally means "Please reply". (Answer on page 128)

(solution on page 128)


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “LM” - Fill in the blanks)

1. Pertaining to lungs. _ _ LM _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Master of Law. (*) _ LM 3. The prominent actor of a movie. _ _ LM _ _ _ _ 4. To remove the steering part of the boat. _ _ _ _ LM 5. Inundate. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LM 6. A ray-finned fish. (trout!) _ _ LM _ _ 7. Multi-Level Marketing. (*) _ LM 8. One who plows the earth. _ _ _ LM _ _ 9. The part of the inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers. _ _ LM 10. “Al ___”, (1914–86), An American politician. _ _ LM _ _ 11. A person for whom one has a deep love. _ _ _ LM _ _ _ 12. A stuffed grape leaf or vegetable shell . _ _ LM _ 13. Left Mouse Button. (*) LM _ 14. The edible nut of a tree of Amygdalus family. _ LM _ _ _ 15. A protective head-covering of hard material. _ _ LM _ _ 16. The Biblical sacred hymn used in worship. _ _ _ LM 17. Low Mass White Dwarf. (*) LM _ _ 18. Nick name of South Carolina state. _ _ LM _ _ _ _ 19. The capital of Sweden. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ LM 20. A city west of Binghamton, NY State. _ _ LM _ _ _ 21. The island of Denmark in the Baltic Sea. _ _ _ _ _ _ LM 22. Large Magellan Cloud. LM _ 23. Muslin; a plain-woven cotton fabric. _ _ LM _ _ 24. A lawn flowering plant of genus ‘Ulmus’. _ LM 25. The lead actor of Film Dabaang. _ _ LM _ _ _ _ _ _

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Festivals & Holidays

spot the differences solutions from page 50

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Nov. 1 - All Saints Day Nov. 2 - Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Nov. 3 - Ramā Ekadashi Nov. 4 - Vāgh Bāras Nov. 4 - Daylight Saving Time ends (US & Canada) Nov. 5 - Dhan Teras Nov. 6 - Kāli Chaudas Nov. 6 - Election Day Nov. 7 - Diwali (No Moon) Nov. 8 - New Year (Vikram Samvat 2075 starts) Nov. 9 - Bhāi Bij Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Nov. 12 - Lābh Panchami Nov. 14 - Nehru Jayanti Nov. 18 - Dev Uthani Ekadashi Nov. 21 - Eid-e-Milad Nov. 22 - Dev Diwali/Kartika Purnima (Full Moon) Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Day Nov. 23 - Guru Nanak Jayanti Nov. 23 - Black Friday Nov. 26 - Kanakadasa Jayanti

1. Changed turban color

6. Graffiti Removed

3. Bird Added

8. Sunglasses Added

5. Extra Leg Added

10. Soda Can Added

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4. Pants Color Changed



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december 2018 Dec. 1 - World AIDS Day Dec. 2 - Utpatti Ekadashi Dec. 3 - Hanukkah Begins Dec. 7 - Darsha Amas (No Moon) Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Dec. 10. - Hanukkah Ends Dec. 15 - Pramukh Swami Maharaj Birthday Dec. 19 - Gita Jayanti Dec. 19 - Mokshadā Ekadashi Dec. 21 - Dattātreya Jayanti / Winter Solstice / Yule Dec. 22 - Margashirsha Purnima (Full Moon) Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Dec. 25 - Christmas Day Dec. 26 - Kwanzaa Begins Dec. 31 - New Years Eve

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9. Blanket Color Changed







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Astroscope aRIes (March 20 – april 20) A lack of confidence and frustration may lead you to make mistakes. Things will not improve until the third week of the month. Try to control your temper and avoid disputes. You may lose a source of extra income, but maintain your regular income. You may behave arrogantly and create problems with your partner as well. Try to avoid any changes to your lifestyle until next month.

tauRus (april 20 – May 21) You will enjoy the fast track and happy times this month. If unemployed, you may receive a job opportunity or chance to raise your status. You will benefit through your partner. Times are very good to start a new business. Minor problems due to your children could bother you. If involved in legal dispute, you may benefit through judgment. You must avoid traveling or relying on your subordinates. GeMInI (May 21 – June 21) You will face the consequences of your egoistical attitude during first week of the month. By accepting advice from a comrade, you may convert the situation into a beneficial deal during second half of the month. Your income will definitely increase. Avoid any kind of dispute with your family, as the issue may elevate beyond your control. Your kids could prove to be a very good guide for you. Think twice before taking any aggressive steps.

CanCeR (June 21 – July 22) Even though you will do very well in the field, money issues and a lack of peace of mind may bother you throughout the month. Try to slow down and take a trip or two to relax. Drive very carefully. Things will improve towards end of the month, but aggression may easily turn into frustration. Improvement in an old problem will delight you, but won’t last long as a new problem will take its place.

leo (July 22 – august 23) Financial losses may take away happiness from you. After a negative start, the time will improve dramatically in the second half of the month, so wait until then before making any decisions. Don’t take on any debt to cover those losses. Relations with your partner will take a positive turn and prove to be an asset in the near future. Improvement in a health-related problem is also on the way.

VIRGo (august 23 – september 23) You may experience numerous changes in your life this month. If you’re not careful, you may lose a very important opportunity. Try to remain relaxed and be sure to expect the unexpected; don’t try to analyze the offer too much. Prepare to work hard and sincerely in the upcoming years. Your luck will favor you through your partner in the last days of the month. A mild attitude towards your enemy may hurt you.

this month and making wise decisions may harbor you from losing an important opportunity. An investment in real estate and partnership will prove beneficial. The time is good for a change in your work place or field of study. You will feel happier and more confident this month. Good state of health is clearly indicated. Stay happy to enjoy the success.

sCoRPIo (october 23 – november 22) You could be overoptimistic about the results, but business prospects will still be good for you. Contact with influential people will increase this month. Conjugal happiness will also be there. Your friends and associates will support you. Be very careful or avoid driving during this month. The time is not appropriate to get involved in new business deals. Don’t lose self-confidence and try to control your temper.

saGIttaRIus (november 22 – december 21) You will experience a slow, positive turn this month. Improvement in your personality and change in way of thinking will bring lots of happiness and relaxation in your life. Welcome these changes. Trust your intelligence to make confident decisions. Minor family problems could be there. You may count on your friends or assistants during this turning period. Drive very carefully.

CaPRICoRn (december 21 – January 20) Your destiny will help you to make the right decision this month. Profit in business/trade will be more than expected. Your bank balance should increase during the month. Students will get disappointing results. Don’t react with your partner aggressively. Your main focus should be towards earning more money. The time is good for developing new relations. Welcome these changes with confidence.

aQuaRIus (January 20 – February 19) Now is the time when plans regarding a property investment will materialize. You will be successful due to your creative intelligence. This is a favorable time for love and romance. Your friends and siblings will offer whatever assistance you need. Your opponents will not dare to face you. The only thing you have to seriously take care of is your health. Travel during the month could be troublesome.

PIsCes (February 19 – March 20) Try to focus internally, as you will lose your moral power. If you are not careful, this may hurt your reputation. Don’t make any major money-related decisions this month. The time is good for spending on a religious celebration. Dishonesty may cost you a lot, so you should avoid it. You may benefit through your business partner. Accept changes with caution.

lIBRa (september 23 – october 23) Your income and expenses will balance each other out


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Part-time household help needed for cooking Indian food and housekeeping in Charlotte (Ballantyne area). Between 4:30pm & 6:30pm weekdays. Text or call 973-987-7242 or 917-741-3299. laundry Couples wanted for Comfort Inn and Sleep Inn located in Wytheville, VA. Hotel experience & legal status required. Accommodations provided. Contact CJ at 276-733-9511 or nanny needed (Live-in for 3 years) in Lumberton, NC. Daycare for children, cooking, and light housekeeping. Contact Vanesh at 516-690-1730 Front desk clerk needed for hotel on Carowinds Blvd (Charlotte). Fluent English and computer skills a must. Email resume to Full-time nanny needed for 4 monthold baby girl in Concord. 9 am to 5 pm. Monday to Friday. No transportation or accommodations provided. CPR certified a plus. Call/text 248-719-0928. Housekeeping couple needed immediately for 36-Room franchise motel in North Carolina. Accommodations with Indian TV channels provided. Call Bipin Patel at 910-916-3288. live-out nanny needed for 6 monthold infant in East Charlotte area. Fulltime, Monday-Friday. Contact 980-225-3002. Housekeeping couple needed for hotel near Greenville, SC. Legal status required. Accommodations provided. Contact Nick at 864-270-8253. C-store/Gas station help wanted. Full-time or part-time. Multiple Locations within 30 mins from Greensboro. Experience required. Call 336-509-4054 November 2018

nanny needed (full-time/live-in) for infant in University Area of Charlotte. Also some basic household chores & cooking. Contact 704-287-5508. Front desk help wanted (single or couple) for hotel in off I-85, Exit 41 (next to Wendy’s). Fluent English, and basic computer skills required. Accommodations can be provided. Email or call 704-302-3318. Part-time household help needed for cooking Indian food and housekeeping in Charlotte (Waxhaw area). Call or text 980-622-6131 Hotel Help needed: Front desk (Single/Couple) and Housekeeping (Couple) needed for Independent Hotel. Accommodations provided. Legal status, Experience & English required. Contact 301-338-4035 Hotel Help needed: Housekeeping couple and Front desk for Franchise Hotel in Hickory/Conover, NC. Accommodations provided. Legal status & fluent English required. Call Rick 919-724-6772. experienced manager needed for franchise motel. Accommodations provided. Call 704-737-0363 or 704-365-8089 or email resume to both and nanny needed for 1 year-old girl in Charlotte (Arboretum area). 7:30am 4pm (30-35 hours/week). Includes baby food preparation. No accommodation or transport. Call 309-339-7640. Couple needed for Front desk Manager at Franchise Motel in Fort Mill, SC (near Charlotte). Previous hotel experience, fluent English, and basic computer skills required. Accommodations provided. Email resume to threaders, estheticians & Cosmetologists wanted in Charlotte & Raleigh. Great pay & flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Call 704-612-2255 (M-F, 9-5) Convenience store help needed immediately in Charlotte, NC. Fulltime & part-time including weekends. Call Vimal at 704-299-2580. Hotel Help Wanted: Front Desk/Manager, Night Auditor and Housekeeper (Single/Couple) for franchise hotel in Charlotte/Gastonia. Accommodations provided. Call 704460-0379 between 6 to 9pm.

Kitchen Help & Cashiers needed (full-time and part-time) for Indian Fast food Restaurant in Charlotte (University area) Call 704-909-7783. Front desk couple needed for Franchise Hotel in Concord, NC. Experience, fluent English and legal status a must. Accommodations provided. Call Rusab 704-772-5554. C-store / Gas station Help Wanted in Gaffney, SC. Part-time or Fulltime. Single, Couple or Family. Legal status required. Fluent English & previous experience preferred. Call 704-726-7544 nanny needed to take care of newborn in Concord, NC. Also some light cleaning, Nanny should be completely dedicated towards their work. Call 717-440-5434. Hotel Help needed immediately for Motel in Winston Salem, NC. Security, Housekeeping, Night Auditor, and Maintenance Staff. Experience, Legal status, & fluent English required. Good pay! Contact 336-999-8576 ext 302 or Housekeeping couple needed for 40 room independent motel in Rock Hill, SC. Legal status preferred. Call 803487-3303. nanny needed (live-in) in Goldsboro, NC (1 hour south of Raleigh). Gujarati vegetarian cooking, light housekeeping and laundry. Accommodations provided. Call 919-394-6224. Hotel Management Firm Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to or call 704-6496833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Front desk Clerk needed for franchise motel in Charlotte. Full-time or part-time. Experience & fluent English required. Must be honest & reliable. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Hotel Help Wanted: Front Desk, Laundry & Maintenance for franchise motel near Hickory, NC. Fluent English required. Experienced preferred. Couples welcome. Please call 919-6598897. Gas station Help Wanted: Full-time Single or couple in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Accommodations provided. Call 803-466-5861 or 803-319-9878. 133


Hotel equipment for sale: 95 rooms of Hotel furniture in mint condition. Onity T-24 Locks in working condition. Call Rusab at 704-772-5554. used Hotel locks and RFId keys. Onity, Kaba-Ilco, Saflok and Vingcard. Also selling RFID keys for all major hotel brands. Contact Neal 410-3491967 or Beautiful spanish Villa for sale in the heart of Kodaikanal. Perfect for B&B or multi-family. Vastu compliant. For video tour, pictures, and details, lease email


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Rajeshree Beauty - Available 7 days a week for Eyebrows, Facial, Waxing, Hair Massage, Henna art, Henna hair, and Body Massage. Please call 704995-5230 or 704-547-0317. Indian Vedic astrologer in NC. Get accurate horoscope readings for love, job, family, children, and business advice. Get advice for gemstone and spiritual remedies. Contact 336-9861402 or Wedding doli Rental: Elegant design. Customizable, excellent "no worries" service in Chapel Hill. Visit website for more info:, call 919-408-3029 or text 919-824-5144. need an affordable dJ for Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity? Look no further! Contact DJ Rahul at 980-319-7389 or Property Management services: STRealty of the Carolinas is happy to offer management services for commercial-retail (motel, gas station, convenience store) and residential properties. Contact 704-763-8667 or Classified Continued on next Page

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Priest specializing in all kinds of Hindu Ceremonies. Poojas, Vrathas & Homams/Havan, Satyanarayan Pooja, Rudraabhishegam, Gruhapravesam & Japam, Baby Showers and Weddings. Self- Transportation to Pooja site anywhere. Call Pralad Joshi: 704-5002210 (home), 704-450-6447 (cell)

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.

Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Massage for newborn and mom & other services. 28 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

ladies Fashions: Sadagi Styles offers a great selection Cholis, Lehnghas, Kurtis, Leggings, Palazzo, Tunics, Dresses and more. Call for an appointment 704.775.8823

Gujarati Priest in nC & sC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: Carolina software testing Hub: QA / Mobile / ETL Testing / Business Analyst Training in Charlotte and Fort Mill. Hands on Technology, Live Projects and training on Testing Tools. Resume & Interview Guidance with Job Placement assistance. Call: 704552-4010 / 704-806-8907 / 803-228-0468 saree draping: specializing in draping sarees, dupattas and jewelry for any event. Weddings, Engagements, Baby showers, Birthdays, etc. Contact Rital Patel at or Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All.


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: neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270.

To Submit a Classified visit: or email: or call 704.527.7570 Business ads are $25 Personal ads are $15 Upgrade to color for an additional $10 or add a box for $15 ads posted daily Ads up to 25 words. Deadline for print is the 20th. Web ads daily.

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