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In this issue: Burma Rebooted Year-End Tax Strategies for Small Businesses

Hello Readers! The A capella group Penn Masala has become world-renowned and inspired the birth of other such combos. Read a profile of the group on pg. 8. Follow the journey of a drone and find out if it is as unmanned as believed. The story is on pg. 12. India is fast becoming, well, a fast-food paradise. Catch the story on this inevitable phenomenon on pg. 32. After being subjected to five decades of repression at the hands of the military junta, Burma is opening up. We've got a feature on this increasingly important country that sits in the middle of China and India. Read the informative story on pg. 38. Learn how to do the relaxing Chandra Namaskar in our yoga column on pg. 50. The column Marketing Turnaround looks at "ten reasons not to target mass media" on pg. 62. Find the year-end tax strategies for small businesses and professionals on pg. 66. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community organizations and events on pg. 92 and get up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website:

A features magazine for the South Asian Community of the Carolinas

Quote: “Nations are getting obsolete; we go and live where we will.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.”

December 2011 – Issue # 164 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Yash Garg, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Anjana Agarwal, Priti Amin, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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All contents © 2011 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. Penn Masala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Journey of a Drone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 India’s Chain Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 India, the Fast Food Paradise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Burma Rebooted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Self-Immolations in the Tibetan Diaspora . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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The Sri Lankan elephant population has declined by 50% over the last three generations and is now largely restricted to a few National Parks and Nature Reserves. Elephants have played an important part in Sri Lankan culture for two thousand years. Photo: Dmitry Demiyanov

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Although Penn Masala is a university-based group, and members rotate out as they graduate and move on in their careers and lives, the alumni network is so strong that “no one ever leaves Penn Masala.” Such is the case for Prashant Shankar, who was a member of Penn Masala from 2001-2005. Shankar met his wife through Penn Masala and has made some of his best friends through the group as well. The group has an annual [alumni] show in Philadelphia in the spring which allows previous members to stay connected with the group. The alumni network supports current members with academics as well. Shankar, who is a resident in the Triangle area, is a mentor for premed students. “Striking the proper balance between a pre-med course load and an extracurricular like Masala is difficult, and I try to offer whatever advice I can to them,” Shankar said. Speaking of academics - managing an Ivy League education and an extracurricular activity, especially one that can require a great deal of traveling, can definitely present challenges. Not for Penn Masala though – who once again show that through their brotherhood and providing support to one another they can overcome anything. Harshil Shukla, current president of Penn Masala and a senior at University of Pennsylvania commended the group on their support for each other. “The upperclassmen always help the younger members. We’re in it all together and learn to manage our time well,” Shukla said. “Academics come first, but we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t love it.” Deciding who sings what is also a cooperative process. The group’s current music director, Vinay Rao, works together with other group members to see which song fits whomever best. “It really depends on the song itself,” Rao said. “Some people have a stronger forte in English songs, while others have a stronger forte in Hindi.” In terms of training, no one person in the group has this role and responsibility. Rather, the upperclassmen have cultivated the A cappella style and continue to transfer the knowledge to younger members. “We all come in with diverse musical backgrounds,” Sam Levenson, vice president of the group, said. “Some of us have been trained in Hindustani, Carnatic and others in classical Italian [musical styles].” This also contributes to the variety in the songs they have written themselves. Having a wide range of previous experiences with music allows their original compositions to stand out even more. Being innovators in [South Asian] A cappella groups, the group is now the inspiration for many college campuses which have started similar groups all over the nation. Since the group was founded by four males, they have traditionally decided to continue it as a brotherhood group. The group has consistently shown their support for each other, whether it is through song selection, academically, or simply being there for one another. Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love, and speaking to current and alumnus members of Penn Masala, it’s clear to see that mantra instilled in everything they do. Zero instruments and pure hearts – clearly the key to their success as singers who have transformed the world of music for South Asians all over the world.

Indian A capella Pioneers By Manisha Dass Pioneers who have paved the way. Penn Masala is truly a group who has done that and so much more in the world of A capella music. What started at a dorm room in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania by four male South Asian students has taken the collegiate world of music on the ride of a lifetime! Fifteen years later, the group has performed all over the world, including Mumbai, London, San Francisco, New York, and who can forget their performance at the White House, during President Obama’s Diwali celebration in 2009.

Last month, Penn Masala gave a houseful show at the Hindu Society of North Carolina for the Triangle Gujarati Association and the Red and White Project’s Diwali Mela 2011. The crowd went absolutely wild for Penn Masala and it was clear to see that they were loved across all age groups. Manav Tandon was introduced to Penn Masala at their concert in Morrisville. “I came because a friend convinced me via their You Tube videos how good they were,” Tandon said. “I’m so glad that I made the decision to go – I’ve never seen a more talented group perform live!” Kinjal Patel, a recent graduate from NC State, watched them live for the first time last month. “I had heard their songs throughout college,” Patel said. “I have a sore throat from all the screaming, but every minute of being at their concert was worth it.” Their appeal to aunties and uncles and the reason they are the heartthrobs for many college females by large is attributed to their diverse song selection. Songs by Penn Masala range from old school Bollywood to current Shah Rukh Khan super hits and Kayne West to U2 and Coldplay. Their songs are primarily in Hindi and English, but there have been compositions which include Arabic, Punjabi, and Tamil. While most of their music is renditions of already existing songs, the group has five original compositions on three of their albums. Their most recent compositions are “Is Pal Mein,” and “Kaash.” Songs are selected by the group via a collaborative process. “Everyone comes from diverse musical backgrounds and has a diverse interest in music, which appeals to a wider audience,” Bharat Moudgil said. Moudgil is a law student at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a member of Penn Masala for seven years. Mixing an English song with the right Hindi song has turned into an art mastered by Penn Masala.

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Traveling from Nevada to North Waziristan, drones are anything but unmanned. By Emily Gogolak – The three people driving out of Miranshah, a small town in the northern tribal region of Pakistan, on Oct. 31, probably heard a distant buzz before the deafening explosion that sent their car tumbling off the side of the road. The passengers, later described as suspected militants by the United States and Pakistan, were incinerated, their remains left inside the charred vehicle. Their fate began more than 7,000 miles away when two pilots sitting in a pretend cockpit at an Air Force base in Nevada, spotted the car on their screens. With the push of a button, they watched as a Hellfire missile took out its target. Drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are the next big thing in contemporary warfare and are fast becoming the central pillar of the Obama administration’s ongoing war on terror. But while the world debates the legal and ethical implications of unmanned combat, there is little acknowledgment that these weapons are anything but unmanned. “At the end, it’s always about people, no matter what,” said Asaf Gilboa, a former UAV operator for the Israeli Air Force who is now the CEO of Themis, an international UAV consultant firm. The drone itself consists of five or six parts that can be dissembled, packed into a container known as “the coffin,” and deployed anywhere in the world. But inside that container is a lot more than just a vehicle: it’s an entire system, with satellite communication equipment, cameras and sensor systems, lasers, rangefinders, moving target indicators, and more. The journey of the drone, operated by either the military or the CIA, begins in the hands of civilians. “The military is like a rich kid with a trust-fund,” said Ricardo Valerdi, a professor of engineering at the University of Arizona who works with defense contractors on UAV development. “It wants to buy the finished product, and its interest is more in maintenance and operation than in actual development. So it hands over the money to the private companies.” Product development is led by contractors like Lockheed Martin, Boeing or General Dynamics — together capturing about 80 percent of the UAV market in the United States — which construct the drones from start to finish. Building the drones, however, is only the first step. Testing a drone is the hard part, and presents a whole new set of problems from, say, testing a manned fighter jet. “It is a human controlling an autonomous robot,” Valerdi said. “By the nature of this autonomy, they have a lot of divergent behaviors.” In other words, a lot can go wrong. Pilots on the ground, for example, lack the same situational awareness and physical cues they would have in the cockpit of a jet. “A bunch of sensors are trying to find each other in an environment where there may be no GPS or no radio,” Valerdi said. So, if something abnormal happens in the air, hovering over Miranshah, there’s not much the pilots sitting on the ground can do about it. Once the companies are sure that the drone, with sensors and all, is safely and soundly up and running, they can deliver the final product to their customer, usually the U.S. military. From here, the military synchs the drone with the two other key components


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Ameesha Patel to Act in Double Role Ameesha Patel is set to act in a double role. In the upcoming film Same 2 Same, the actress will don both Indian and Western modes of two different characters. The film, along with her films Short Romeo and Race 2, is set for release in 2012.

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Shah Rukh Khan returns to the world of international espionage by reteaming with director Farhan Akhtar for the upcoming action thriller DON 2 opening in theaters worldwide on December 23 in both 2D and 3D versions. Shot in Germany, Malaysia, Switzerland, and India, the sequel also features Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, and Om Puri with new music from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Don (ShahRukh Khan) has conquered the Asian underworld and now has his sights set on European domination. In his way are the bosses of the existing European underworld and all law enforcement agencies. The action shifts from Kuala Lumpur to Berlin as Don must avoid assassination or arrest, whichever comes first, in order for his plan to succeed. Official Site:

Bollywood sweethearts Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are set to take their relationship into the permanent bonds of matrimony sometime in February or March 2012. Khan confirmed the event in an interview with Bollywood Hungama. Khan’s next big film, Agent Vinod, is also set to be released around that time. After the promotion of the film is completed and it hits the screens, the couple will be headed down the aisle.

Ekta Kapoor and Farah Khan on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women list Film and TV producer Ekta Kapoor and director Farah Khan were recently voted onto Fortunes India’s 50 most powerful business women list. Kapoor, Joint Managing Director of Balaji Telefilms, ranks 31st while choreographer turned director Khan attained the 42nd rank.

Aamir Khan’s Next Film Titled Talaash

Asha Bhosle Sets New Guinness World Record

Aamir Khan’s next film, the suspense thriller Talaash, will be directed by Reema Kagti and will also feature Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. The film is being co-produced by Aamir Khan along with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.

Legendary singer Asha Bhosle has entered the Guinness World Records for having the most single studio recordings in the world. Bhosle, who has been singing since 1947, has recorded over 11,000 solo, duet and chorusbacked songs in more than 20 Indian languages. Her hits include “Dum Maaro Dum,” “Piya Tu Ab To Aaja,” “Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko,” “Yeh Mera Dil,” and “Rangeela Re” and many more. She broke her sister Lata Mangeshkar’s record.

Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom Join the Cast of Anil Kapoor Starrer Cities After Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Anil Kapoor will appear in the Hollywood flick Cities, a cautionary tale about greed and ambition that takes place in the months leading up to the Dow Jones all-time stock market high. Fortunes, both big and small are put at risk as people around the globe gamble that the financial market’s meteoric rise will continue. The film, also featuring Clive Owen along with Dunst and Bloom, is being produced by Matthew Metcalfe and Chris Curling and is directed by Roger Donaldson. In other news Anil Kapoor Films Company recently signed a Rs. 100 Crore deal with 20th Century Fox to remake the hit TV series “24.” Kapoor’s film company will adapt the series for the Indian market. Anil Kapoor had acted in the recent season of the US television series. Kapoor told Bollywood Hungama, “It will be a great honor for me to play Jack Bauer. Kiefer (Sutherland) has created an iconic character which has inspired me to bring the franchise to India. This will be my first foray to Indian television and I look forward to duplicating the standard of excellence Fox has so successfully created.”

Shammi Kapoor’s Daughter to Write a Book on Him Shammi Kapoor’s daughter Kanchan Desai is all set to write a book on her father’s life and career. This book will cover the professional and personal aspects of Shammi Kapoor’s life as a husband, a father and a national icon. Kanchan is Kapoor’s daughter from his first wife Geeta Bali. Shamsher Raj “Shammi” Kapoor passed away last month. His final film “Rockstar” is currenlty number one at the box office. -- Courtesy of IndiaFM

Government Tightens Grip on Screen Smoking Norms According to new regulations that took effect middle of last month, no TV show or film will be allowed to feature any onscreen tobacco product freely, unless it has strong requirement within the content and each of the concerned actors issues a 20second spot condoning the act. The spots are required to run before and midway through the program about the hazards of smoking. There will also have to be a strong anti-tobacco health warning as a prominent scroll at the bottom of the screen during the smoking scenes. To ensure proper enforcement of the new norm the government has decided to place a representative of the health ministry in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to monitor such scenes, while films with heavy use of tobacco products are likely to get “A” certificate. – Courtesy of Bollywood Hungama

Kim Sharma Quits Bollywood “Loot is the last of my terrible film career, actress Kim Sharma recently told India FM. Even though she debuted in the Yash Raj Film Mohabbatein, Sharma’s career never took off. And now she has put an official end to her Bollywood career. Sharma, who recently married Kenya-based businessman Ali Punjani, is being seen for the last time in the film Loot which was released last month. She said, “I am very happily married. Luckily and happily, Loot is the last of my terrible film career.” 22

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Song: Bābuji dhire chalnā... Film: Aar Paar Year: 1954 Tribute to Hindustani Classical Singers Music: O. P. Nayyar Singers: Geeta Dutt Lyric: Majrooh Sultanpuri Geeta Dutt (1930-1972), the sensual playback singer of the Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharvā famous song “Merā sundar sapanā beeta gayā” (1947 Film: Do Starring: Guru Dutt, Shyama, Shakeela Bhai, Music by S.D. Burman), was born in Bengal in a Roy family Bābuji dhire chalnā... on Nov. 23, 1930. She was famous as a singer of sad songs and Bhajans (Religious songs), although, she also sang Western-style Bābuji dhire chalanā, pyār men zarā sambhalanāHān bade songs. Her family moved to Mumbai when she was 12-yearsdhokhe hain, bade dhokhe hain isa rāhamen, Bābuji ...Kyun old. During the recording process for the film Baazi, she fell in ho khoye huye sar jhukāye, jaise jāte ho sab kuchh lutāyeYe to love with actor/director Guru Dutt and married him in 1953. She bābuji pahalā kadam hai, nazar āte hain apane parāyeHān continued to sing songs for his films. The couple had three bade dhokhe hain...Ye muhabbat hai o bholebhāle, kar na dil children. She has sung more than 1000 songs in many languages ko gamon ke havāleKāma ulafat kā nāzuk bahut hai, āke including Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Nepali, Bhojpuri, honthon pe tutenge pyāleHān bade dhokhe hain...Ho gayi hai and Punjabi. She mostly sang for music directors S. D. Burman, kisi se jo anaban, thāma le dusarā koi dāmanZindagāni ki Hemant kumar, O.P. Nayyar, and Avinash Vyas. Her marriage rāhen ajab hai, ho akelā hai to lākhon hai dushmanHān bade broke up when her husband Guru Dutt became involved with dhokhe hain... the actress Waheeda Rehman. She got divorced, neglected he music and turned to alcohol. She suffered a nervous breakdown. Meaning (Summary): Sir, (Bābuji) walk slowly, be a little She passed away on July 20, 1972 in Mumbai, India. We will cautious when in love. Yes, there are many dangers; many remember her golden voice. dangers on this road. Bābuji... Why are you lost, with your head down, like you're leaving, Some of her all time hit oldies: sacrificing everything? Sir this is just the first step where you Gujarati movie songs. see those who are your own as strangers. Yes, there are many Bhābhi tame thodā thodā thāo (Guna Sundari - 1948) dangers… Talio nā tāle, Rākha nā ramakadā (Mangalfera - 1949) O innocent, this is love so don’t make your heart miserable. It Mane kera kānto vāgyo - Lok geet) and many more. is very delicate in matters of love, like breaking the glasses near your lips. Yes, there are many dangers… Since you have Hindi movie Songs been let down by someone, you'll need to grab someone else. Mata jā mat jā jogi, Ghungat ke pat khola (Jogan -1950) The roads of life are unknown; if you’re alone, there are many Khayālo mein kisike (Bawre Nain -1950) enemies. Yes, there are many dangers... Jai Jagadish Hare (Anand Math-1951) (Lyric by Jaydev) Tadbir se bigdi hui taqdeer (Baazi -1951) Na yeh chānd hogā (Shart-1954) Yeh lo main hāri piyā (Aar Paar-1954) Thandi hawā kali ghatā, jāne kahān merā jigar, Jā jā jā jā bewafā, Preetam ān milo (Mr. & Mrs. 55 - 1955) ān milo ān milo (Devdas-1955) Aye dil hain mushkil, Jātā kahān hai (C.I.D - 1956) Mere zindagi ke humsafar (Shrimati 420 - 1956) Aye dil mujhe batā de (Bhai Bhai - 1956) āja sajan mohe anga lagā do, Jāne kyā tune kahi, Hum āpaki ānkhon mein (Pyaasa-1957) Chora, lutere, dāku(Usitad-1957 ) Merā nāma chin chin choo (Howrah Bridge-1958 ) Kaisā jādoo balam tune dārā (12 o’clock - 1958) Hawā dhire ānā (Sujata-1959) Waqt ne kiyā kyā hasin sitam (Kagaz ke Phool-1959) Na jāo saiyān chhudā ke baiyān, Piyā aiso jiyā mein, Chale āo See this song on Nazar Television in December. chale āo (Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam -1962) Visit for Nazar Television local listings. Mujhe jān nā kaho (Anubhav-1971) [Her final one] Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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Evolution of Carnatic music - a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, for this month’s column, I would like to take up the subject of patriotism and the role that Carnatic music and musicians played in India’s quest for independence. Carnatic music and its compositions are for the most part Bhakti (devotional) oriented and even though there are compositions that deal with other themes, devotion has always been the main theme of most Carnatic music compositions. Patriotism, however, emerged as a theme with composers such as Subramanaya Bharathiyar, Periyasamy Thooran among others as India fought for independence from the continuing British rule. Perhaps, the most famous of patriotic composers was the poet-composer Subramanya Bharatiyar (1882-1921). His compositions emphasized nationalism, unity of India and equality of mankind and appealed to the liberty and strength of people- he sang these compositions at Congress meetings. His writings earned him the title of Mahakavi or great poet while his patriotic songs earned him the title of Desiya Kavi or National Poet. The government wanted to arrest Bharatiyar for his writings and so he was forced to escape from Madras to Pondicherry (under French rule); there he continued to publish a weekly magazine “India.” Carnatic musicians also did their part to promote national integration and emphasized the need for freedom. Foremost among these musicians was Smt. D.K. Pattammal (1919-2009), who popularized several patriotic songs of Subramaya Bharatiyar. She was one of the earliest Carnatic musicians to sing in films and even though she received many offers to sing in films, she accepted to only sing songs that were either devotional or patriotic. Several of the films in which she sang highlighted the freedom movement and became extremely popular. As a result, both the films as well as the songs sung by Smt. Pattammal were banned by the British government. Her signature song “Shanthi Nilava Vendum” called for peace in the world, reiterating Mahatma Gandhi’s ideologies. Many people still remember the Bharatiyar songs that she sang over AIR (All India Radio) at the stroke of midnight on August 14, 1947 when India attained freedom. Till we meet next time, do listen to the song “Shanthi Nilavavendum”, in Raga Tilang, by Smt. D.K. Pattammal. You will be able to find a recording on the popular music website

Shehnai - The shehnai is a North Indian oboe, a very devotional instrument. It is actually a quadruple-reed instrument. This is because it has two upper reeds and two lower reeds. The instrument has a wooden body with a brass bell. The reed is attached to a brass tube which is wrapped in string. The shehnai has eight holes but it is common to find some of the holes partially or completely occluded with wax. The sound of the shehnai is considered particularly auspicious and creates a holy musical atmosphere. For this reason it is found in temples and is an indispensable component of any North Indian wedding. In the past, shehnai was part of the naubat or traditional ensembles of nine instruments found at royal courts. Ustad Bismillahkhan popularized this instrument in India. Jaltarang - The Jaltarang, one of the most rarely heard instruments today, is also among the oldest instruments in the world. It consists of china bowls filled with water and struck by two wooden sticks. Earlier, since china clay bowls were not available, artists used to play this instrument with metal bowls. Each bowl can be tuned to the desired frequency by varying the quantity of water in it. These bowls are placed in a semi-circle arrangement around the artist and played. The Jaltarang has a pleasant characteristic tone similar to the Feng Shui wind chimes. The player can produce classical Indian ragas on it, as well as light melodies. Jaltarang is a unique instrument in the sense that it is both a percussion, as well as non-percussion instrument.

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Burgeoning Fast-food Paradise Across Indian cities, mushrooming malls are driving a revolution in the fast-food business. By Jason Overdorf – At the DLF Place mall in the upscale South Delhi neighborhood of Saket, shoppers and employees sit more or less side-by-side in a new “desi” food court, digging into traditional Indian dishes ranging from biryani to dosas to seekh kebabs. There’s something for everybody — at many tables three generations are sitting down together. But that’s not the reason these traditional upstarts have succeeded in storming what was once the bastion of western brands like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. Some of the city’s most famous restaurants are represented here — some of them a century old — transformed by smart uniforms, cheery signage and shining show kitchens to look every bit as clean, efficient and modern as their multinational competitors. Welcome to the future of Indian fast food. “[Quick Service Restaurants or] QSRs are quite successful in India,” said Arun Chanda, founder of New Delhi-based Mint Hospitality Consultancy. “Over the last five years, a lot of Indian companies have started getting into the franchising model and expanding into different cities.” Credit marketers at DLF for inducing popular brands like Karim’s, Nizam’s, Moti Mahal, Nathu’s Sweets, Rajdhani and Sagar Ratna — which had already launched multiple sit-down restaurants around New Delhi — to experiment with nascent fastfood franchises. But the revolution is already underway across the country, as global chains seek to woo a broader cross-section of customers by incorporating traditional spices and ingredients into their menus. And local upstarts have begun to attract deep-pocketed financiers in the bid to build nationwide fast-food chains of their own. “Even people who are into the five-star hotel business are thinking of getting into the QSR concept,” said Chanda. According to Euromonitor and market-research firm RNCOS, India’s $13 billion fast-food market is already growing 25-30 percent a year, and global players like Domino’s, McDonald’s and Yum Brands (KFC and Pizza Hut) are pushing into second- and third-tier cities. Hardcastle Restaurants, development licensee for McDonald’s in India, is planning a massive expansion, doubling its India stores over the next three years with an investment of $100 million. Meanwhile, Yum Brands plans to open 1,000 outlets — half of them KFC restaurants — on its way to $1 billion in revenue from India over the next four years. Other multinationals like Burger King, Cinnabon, Dunkin Donuts, and Starbucks are not far behind — with stores already on the ground or aggressive launch plans underway. With 60 percent of the Indian population currently under 30, it’s no mystery why. Call it irrational exuberance if you want, but this summer Indian investors judged Jubilant Foodworks — which owns the franchise rights to Domino’s and Dunkin Donuts in India and sold about $150 million worth of pizzas last year — to be nearly as valuable as the U.S.-based parent company. “We’ve now been in India for over 15 years, and we’ve actually seen the change right before our eyes,” said Amit Jatia, vice chairman of McDonald’s India. “The market is changing very significantly. People are eating out far more often than before, and I think the availability of international QSR brands has brought about that change.”


But as the success of DLF’s “desi food court” suggest, the future of fast food in India isn’t about pizza and burgers. In deference to Indian religious sentiments, McDonald’s doesn’t even offer its signature Big Mac here, or any other beef or pork products. Instead, it offers the Chicken Maharaja Mac and items like the McAloo Tikki burger (a mashup of potatoes and peas, deep-fried and served in a bun), the McVeggie and the Paneer Salsa Wrap — along with the Filet-O-Fish, McChicken sandwich and Chicken McNuggets. Similarly, Domino’s and Pizza Hut don’t offer any beef toppings, and offer a wide range of pizzas that incorporate traditional Indian ingredients and spices, such as the Domino’s Keema Do Pyazza pizza, with onions, spicy minced goat meat and jalapenos, or Pizza Hut’s Kadai Paneer pizza, with onions, green pepper, paprika, coriander and tofu-like unaged farmer’s cheese. Food industry experts say these flavors are here to stay. “We believe that we must respect the local culture. Therefore, around the globe we do products that are relevant for the local consumer,” said Jatia. “But we want uniquely McDonald’s products. For example, we don’t anticipate making a McDosa, but we have a Spicy Paneer burger. That has resonated very well with the Indian consumer. I feel that for global brands, a blend of local and international is the way forward.” At the same time, Indian entrepreneurs are cracking the fastfood franchise model. “We wanted to get the fundamentals right before we started expanding,” said Kiran Nadkari the CEO of Kaati Zone, a Bangalore-based chain. “Once you’ve got the back-end in place, you can expand rapidly. But during those early stages there’s not much investment capital. So, for example, I bootstrapped for three years, from 2004 to 2007.” Now, though, homegrown fast-food companies are expanding rapidly, and some are beginning to attract funding from venture-capital and private-equity firms. For instance, Kaati Zone — which sells Kolkata-style kathi rolls (spiced goat, chicken or vegetarian fillings wrapped in fried flatbread) — plans to add 80-plus new outlets to its 17 existing stores by 2013, with venture capital financing from Accel India, Draper Investment Company and Erasmic Ventures. Mumbai-based Jumbo King — a 43-store franchise business that offers Maharashtra’s famous vada pav (spicy, deepfried mashed potato on a bun) — plans to open 250 outlets this year. And Sagar Ratna — a 25-year-old South Indian food chain which bridges sit-down restaurants and fast-food outlets — recently sold a controlling stake in the company to New York-based India Equity Partners for $36 million. It plans to add 200 outlets to its 70 existing restaurants over the next three or four years. “Even Jubilant took 15 years between when they started and their IPO,” said Nadkari. “Now, the valuation of Jubilant [which this summer nearly matched that of NYSE-listed Domino’s Pizza Inc.] is showing investors that anything that’s touching Indian consumers is hot, and they can get extraordinary returns from this.” That makes India a burgeoning fast-food paradise — where you can get a six-course Rajasthani “thali,” or set meal, in 5 minutes flat, and then dash up the stairs or across the street to top it off with a McFlurry. But it also means that someday soon, if all goes well, you just might be seeing some of these brands — or at least these flavors — at a shopping mall or street corner near you. “We already export some of our products to the Middle East,” said Jatia. “We’ve done a lot of innovation work in vegetarian products, and there’s a lot of interest across the McDonald’s countries.” December 2011

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By Samir Shukla The Soul of Music So what is this elusive human soul that devils and gods fight over? Numerous religious myths have evolved over the eons; they all posit numerous questions and ideologies about the human soul in one manner or another. They bicker, wage wars, seek believers, convert non-believers, spend lifetimes trying to save souls or philosophize about reincarnating the elusive, invisible human soul. Could soul be the percussive beat of the human heart? Is the life-sustaining, rhythmic beat of a heart the soul that devils are in the market for? Or is soul simply the last abstraction, the unsolvable formula keeping god myths alive. I believe the mystery of the human soul is subtler than that. The answer may be simpler. Soul is the essential goodness of humanity, its natural love of life. The physical manifestation of the human soul resides in the music we create. Music is the language common to all humanity. Music is soul. Soul is music. Humanity’s capacity to communicate via music, whether through rhythmic percussion or via voice, is the external apparition of soul. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to call music the collective soul of humanity. Music is the galactic language that transcends barriers, breaks down inhibitions and dissolves mistrust. It sings unity. People who don’t speak the same language, or aren’t part of the same culture or ethnic group, can converse through the rhythms, harmony, and melodies of music. The conversation need not be complicated. The simple progressions of three-chord punk rock can get heads swaying as much as an elaborate orchestral composition. The timeless drone of a sitar soothes and comforts, while the somber wail of a violin can dissolve the grimmest of hearts. Let the fear-mongers fight over the elusive human soul. It cannot be judged or tarnished. This is because soul is spirituality and music is true spirituality. It cannot be broken. It cannot be converted. It doesn’t hate. The lilting notes of a piano or the universal language of percussion can help bring solace to a world of chaos. The rhythmic percussion of a human heartbeat is the simplest form of percussion. It is the rhythm that the earliest humans imitated through percussive instruments. The tribal drums of distant epochs called all within earshot to gather. A mother’s heartbeat, the rhythm sustaining two beings, surely comforts a child growing restless in the womb. The same child is comforted to sleep while nursing, close to its mother’s rhythmic heartbeat. This is the true transfer of the human soul, from mother to child. Humans have always imitated nature’s music. Simple percussion instruments and the human voice are the oldest forms of musical expression. Humans learned to imitate the warbles of songbirds or the roars of predators at the earliest stages of evolution. There are countless sounds in nature that are the rhythms of the earth. A breeze dancing through the leaves, a flowing stream, or birdsong are among myriad forms of nature’s music.

Music has color. The great conductor Leopold Stokowski once mused, “A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence.” The conversations between a sitar player and the tabla player, between the saxophonist and the drummer, between the guitarist and the bass player, are musically spoken without a human word being uttered. But the stories they tell can fill volumes. A symphony can be a short story or an expansive, multi-layered novel. Folk songs carry the stories of a culture from generation to generation. In a sense they transfer the soul of a culture from one generation to the next. Music can evoke early mornings or settle a frazzled mind into subdued twilight or simply blanket its spell in the still of the night. It can hail the seasons. Spring is song. Summer the symphony. Winter is eternally in search of a warm note. Monsoons are the beats of countless drummers. The chill of winter fades to make spring sing. It is a sad soul that isn’t moved by music or has lost the ability to appreciate the subtleties of music. There’s music out there for everyone. Music calms, infuriates, seduces, incites and makes time slow down or speed up. Ever have a song get stuck in your head? It might be a jingle from a TV commercial, or an old favorite ditty, or a children’s song that suddenly appears in your head and you can’t stop humming it the rest of the day. Musicians can goad otherworldly sounds from their instruments or inspire spirituality through musical notes. A full symphonic orchestra can blanket a hall, a saxophonist can undress suppressed desire, a violinist can moisten the toughest eyes, and a tabla player can turn air into stellar dust. There are so many genres of music that one can spend a lifetime studying them, collating them or understanding them. Indian classical music, be it Hindustani or Carnatic, can take a lifetime of learning to absorb. Musicians of India spend their lives in disciplined study and performance to obtain the titles of ustad or pandit. These are lifelong quests. They take raw talent and bloom its soul. When accomplished musicians unfold their hypnotism, humanity begins to sing along. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once noted, “Without music life would be an error.” Music makes humans whole. A piece of film soundtrack can create the mood of an actor on a cold and rainy day when it maybe perfectly bright and warm outside. Or it can raise spirits on a cold and dreary day with uplifting and sunny vibrations. Music stirs the senses and awakens spirituality. Let the devils and gods bicker. Let the merchants of soul haggle over its price. Human soul is the lullaby that calms a restless child, it is a poem that binds lovers till death, it is a children’s song sung while running around in circles, and it is a folk song sung during countless harvests, or a sinewy jazz standard that brings back the forgotten feeling of a lovers’ caress. There’s an innate feeling of warmth when a few notes of a familiar musical tune fires the senses. Yes, there is a soul within us. That soul is in the music within us. That’s because music is soul.

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Editor’s note: “Burma Rebooted” is a three-part series that looks at the “Three months ago, we couldn’t imagine this,” Tin Oo said. startling reversal of Burma’s repression and isolation. Though known “It’s quite strange and different.” for the world’s longest running civil war and thousands of political prisoners, Burma is now also a place where pop singers can show a Burma’s time warp little skin, new cars will soon be seen around town and pushing back The military men propping up Burma’s pseudo-democracy against China is suddenly a possibility. The first two parts of the story have ordered protesters shot in the streets. They’ve robbed their are here. Find the third part online at under Burma people of basic freedoms and waged war on jungle-dwelling Rebooted in the News Section. ethnic groups accounting for more than half of the population. The army’s struggle with the Karen, a majority-Christian RANGOON, Burma — Want a snappy account of mankind’s armed ethnic group in Burma’s east, is considered the planet’s worst behavior? longest ongoing civil war. Punch “Burma” into Google and brace for it: child soldiers, Many of Burma’s seven main ethnicities, defended by political prisoners, state-sanctioned rape and the world’s separatist militias, have endured troops raping their women, longest-running civil war, all in one 54-million population enslaving their men as porters and forcing their children to country squished between China and India. become soldiers. Many of their villages weren’t even allowed to Burma’s military-led ruling class has cultivated a rotten vote. brand, one consistently defined as “brutal” and “Orwellian” in Still, the West’s ban on business with any Burmese company headlines. 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Sonia Gandhi, widow to Rajiv Gandhi and daughter-in-law to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has played a large role in Indian politics for the last forty years. Born and raised in Italy, she met and fell in love with Rajiv while studying at Cambridge. She adopted India as her country and has helped shape its politics since their marriage by supporting her mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and husband in their political careers. Now, she is watching her children rise to the forefront of Indian politics. Sonia Gandhi is a fascinating woman whose life has been filled with tragedy. Since her marriage to Rajiv, she has dealt with the death of her brother-in-law, Sanjay, in an airplane crash. Her mother-in-law, Indira Gandhi (daughter of one of the forefathers of modern India, Jawarhalal Nehru) died in Sonia’s arms at the hands of one of her bodyguards. Her husband, Rajiv, was assassinated just a few years later while campaigning. It would be enough to make any woman retreat into herself, but not Sonia. In this biography, Rani Singh portrays Sonia as a quiet but confident woman. Very private, it’s difficult to really get to know Sonia, but Singh does an excellent job giving the reader an extended glimpse into her personality, and how her decisions have been shaped by her history. Upon arriving in India, Sonia wasn’t sure she wanted the very public life that goes hand in hand with being a Nehru-Gandhi. But she rose to the challenge admirably, and traveled further than anyone expected, becoming a well-respected politician in her own right, destined to shape the future of India. So how did this marvelous transformation occur? Singh takes the reader back to Sonia’s early days and traces her life, talking with those who knew her the best. From her closest friends to fiercest political rivals, Singh looks at as many different sources as possible in order to create an unbiased and true picture of Sonia Gandhi. Though the end result is flattering for the most part, Singh is honest about Sonia’s flaws as well. In order to discuss Sonia Gandhi, it is necessary to scrutinize the family she married into, and here is where this biography really excels. By placing Sonia’s life into the larger context of Indian politics, Singh shows what a true force she is. Singh also has some interesting insights into difficult periods of Indian history, from the true brains behind the Emergency to Indira Gandhi’s certainty that she was signing her death warrant by taking certain actions (and indeed, she was assassinated very soon afterwards). She portrays the still-controversial Indira Gandhi as a complex and astute woman, but one with major flaws and trust issues. Whether you are looking for a biography of Sonia Gandhi or a brief and easily digestible history of the politics of modern India, “Sonia Gandhi” is a wonderful book to pick up. Swapna Krishna Read more book reviews on her blog at


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By Amanda Sodhi Ladies VS Ricky Bahl Original Soundtrack After a very successful Band Baaja Baraat, director Maneesh Sharma is back with Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh for Ladies VS Ricky Bahl. The film introduces Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Parineeti Chopra, and revolves around Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh), a charming conman who has conned over twenty-eight women, taking their money and leaving them, but has finally decided to live an honest life until Ishika (Anushka Sharma) enters into the scene, planning to con him but not realizing he has another plan in mind. Riding on the success of Band Baaja Baraat’s successful soundtrack, the Salim-Sulaiman duo is roped in this time as well for the OST, with Amitabh Bhattacharya (Azaan, Delhi Belly, Ready, Luv Ka The End, No One Killed Jessica, Band Baaja Baaraat, Udaan, Dev D, Aamir) as the lyricist. Let’s see if S-S can work their Band Baaja Baraat magic again this time in Ladies VS Ricky Bahl’s seven compositions. “Aadat Se Majboor” (4.37) is a very catchy composition honed with the saxophone, techno sounds, harmonium, and rap by Ranveer Singh. The breezy vocals are by Benny Dayal (“Pappu Can’t Dance Saala,” “Dum Dum Mast”). The lyrics do a good job of establishing Ranvir’s on-screen character as a player and con-man ready to break women’s hearts. The composition definitely is a winner and is bound to appeal to the urban youth. There happens to be a remix version (4.34) which is ordinary as most remixes are. “Jazba” (4.39) showcases Shilpa Rao and her (“Toh Se Naina,” “Dhol Yaara Dhol”) soulful vocals and has some light classical sangeet influences and lovely percussion arrangements. The lyrics incorporate some interesting phrases such as “kaante rehne de, gulaab todd le.” Salim Merchant sure has a thing for providing backing vocals since doing so in Fashion in 2008, and once again his backing vocals also add something extra to this composition. There is an average remix version (4.02) of this composition, too. The violin played Indian style offers a promising start to “Thug Le” (3.39), another fun, chilled out composition bringing together Vishal Dadlani and Shweta Pandit (“Rang Deeni”). The melody here is charming, although the lyrics, once again, revolve around warning girls about a guy ready to fool them. The words, “simple yeh funda hai kuddiyo ko bataana… kuddiyan nu thug le,” just sound stale. “Jigar Da Tukda” (4.14) is another one of those S-S compositions bringing back a killer Punjabi flavor, although the composer duo really needs to start branching out of their comfort zone before their work sounds monotonous. Nonetheless, the track is enjoyable, the iktara sounds cool, and Salim Merchant’s (“Rab Rakha”) vocals are delightful to listen

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Mastering Meaning By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Don’t ignore puzzling newspaper headlines in the Sports, Life, Opinion and front pages of your local paper. Decoding clever headlines is a “painless” way for a non-native English speaker to learn to understand and use metaphors and multiple meaning words. I collect these as I read the Raleigh News and Observer (N & O) every morning and periodically pick out and save the “best” to “decode” with readers of this column.

“Oil still has us over a barrel” This March 13, 2011 N & O “Other Opinion” section article by Michael J. Graetz refers to “the spike in oil prices and gasoline costs at the pump,” the unstable conditions in the Middle East and widespread complaints about the “lack of a coherent U.S. foreign policy.” We, consumers of oil, are helpless i.e. over a barrel i.e. “in an awkward position from which extrication is difficult” 2 Our gas prices are, of course based on the price of a barrel of oil.

Your process should be the same as mine! First read the headline, see the word play, figure out the meaning by reading the first few paragraphs of the article and then check with Even if you think you are sure of all of the “double meanings” and embedded humor, checking the online resource may reveal even more subtle jokes and a wider range of meaning that you suspected.

“Biscuit bakers, time to rise up.” Andrea Weigl, the N & O’s award winning food writer is calling home bakers to enter the Best Southern Biscuit contest in her “Mouthful” column in the Food section on August 3, 2011. Have you ever tasted a truly fluffy, light and delicious biscuit? The yeasted dough used in a variety of bread products has to rise or “puff up.” The expression rise up usually refers to groups who are revolting or emerging triumphantly. So, the writer was encouraging readers who are expert bakers to “emerge” and send in their favorite home recipe for making delicious, fluffy biscuits..

“Leafs blow past Canes” The Toronto Maple Leafs’ hockey team defeated our own Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 in a game described in this February 4, 2011 N & O article by Javier Serna as one of the Canes “more regrettable losses of the season.” The word play is, of course, with the expressions blow past and leaf blower, that noisy contraption that we hope our neighbors won’t start up too early on weekend mornings. The Free Dictionary 1 reveals at least forty ways “blow” is used and this will be explored in another article! In this phrasal verb, blow past means to break through a barrier which is an apt description of the “combat” that we watch in a typical professional hockey game.

Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: Every day try to find at least one newspaper headline on line or in your local paper which has a “catchy” or clever headline that you don’t quite understand, try to guess the meaning from the content and then check it out in The Free Dictionary on line. You’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know! References:

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“Army’s top brass blows into town.” This headline shows another way to “play” with the multiple meanings of “blow.” Martha Quillin reported on a special Fort Bragg army unit in the N & O on October 19, 2011. This tightly coordinated and well-rehearsed group came to the NC State Fair and “performed its mission flawlessly.” The group is the Army’s Brass Brigade, an 11-piece band of trombones, trumpets, tuba and sax players! Blow into town means to enter into town suddenly and the musicians could all blow their instruments with great expertise as they played a repertoire of “rock, rap, funk, soul and Dixieland jazz.”

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The rover, atop an Atlas V541 rocket, is when we first gazed at the stars in the firmament above. slated to land on Mars sometime in August 2012. The name, Curiosity, given to the rover, was chosen through a naming And So On To Solar and Wind Power competition which 6-year old Clara Ma from Kansas, won. In the late 1990’s I wrote a letter to Kamal Nath, Curiosity is a bit like its predecessors, but differs in Environmental Minister at New Delhi. The letter was about the important ways. It is much bigger and carries a total of 10 river Ganges, which had become very polluted. The Hon. scientific experiments with a payload of 80 kilograms, almost Minister kindly wrote back, and I still have that letter 10 times that of the earlier Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. somewhere. The 6-wheeled Curiosity is chockfull of advanced equipment In the same vein, Al Gore writes that we humans pollute the which almost reads like science fiction. The electric power, for atmosphere to the tune of 90 million tons of greenhouse gases, example, of 100-125 watts, will be delivered, not from solar daily. If that number doesn’t scare you, it should. Granted, the cells, but from an RTG unit, or Radio-isotope Thermo-electric atmosphere is huge, but it is a finite entity. There’s only so Generator. As the name suggests, Plutonium 238 is allowed to much that it can take without changing its composition and decay naturally within an onboard reactor, and the heat properties. released drives a thermo-electric unit. The coal, oil, and natural gas industry, with their huge The onboard, radiation-hardened computer is the RAD600, financial resources, even today deny that burning fossil fuels which operates at 400 MIPS, or million instructions per second. can pollute the atmosphere. According to them, believing in The computer has 256 MB of DRAM and a 2GB flash drive. If global warming is like believing in a flat earth. Ha! 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Position 8: Om Tvaritayai Namah, salutations to she who is swift. As you inhale swing the head up and back as much as possible keep the elbows locked. Position 9: Om Kulasundaryai Namah, salutations to she who is virtuous, respectable and charming. As you exhale swing the hip up and Chandra Namaskara back and assume the inverted V, feet and palms resting on the The word Chandra means moon. Just as the ground. moon, having no light of its own reflects the light of the sun, so the practice of the Chandra Position 10: Namaskara reflects that of Surya Namaskara. Om Nityayai Namah, salutations to she who is eternal. Inhale The sequence of asana is the same as Surya Namaskara except and step forward with your right leg, bring the leg where it was that ardha Chandrasana is performed after ashwa in step 4. sanchalanasana (after position 4, and 9 in Surya Namaskara). This posture develops balance and concentration, which adds Position 11: Om Nilapatakinyai Namah, salutations to she who is adorned another dimension to the practice. The twelve position of the Surya Namaskara relate to the with a blue flag. Exhale bringing palms in prayer position, inhale twelve zodiac or solar phases of the year, the fourteen positions and stretch you arms up over your head and arch back forming of the Chandra Namasakara relate to the fourteen lunar phases. a half moon like figure, from your heel to your fingertips. Exhale In the lunar calendar the fourteen days of the full moon are bringing your palms in prayer position, inhale and place your known as sukla pakshs, the bright fortnight, and the fourteen palms as in position 4. days after the full moon are known as krishna pakshs, the dark fort nights. The lunar mantras are those that glorify Devi, the Position 12: OM Vijayayai Namah, salutations to she who is ever victorious. female or lunar aspect of divinity. Exhale and step forward with left leg lock your knees and tuck Position 1: your head in-between the knees. Om Kamesvaryai Namah, salutations to she who fulfills desires. Fold the palms in front of the chest in prayer position and exhale. Position 13:

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Position 2: Om Bhagamalinyai Namaha, salutations to she who wears the garland of prosperity. Inhaling all the way, swing your arms up above your head, bending the trunk from the base gradually up the vertebrae as far back as you can (Exhaling as the end of the movement will enable to stretch little more).

Position 14: Om Jvalamalinyai Namah, salutations to she who is fenced with instant flames. Exhale and come in prayer position.

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By Rajesh T. Ganatra After reclaiming the 17,000 level in late October 2011, the Sensex managed to hold that level well into mid-November 2011 until another sell off took the index back to the 16,500 range. Inflationary pressures have continued to persist throughout the economy over the past 18-24 months and as a result, the Reserve Bank of India has embarked on a series of 13 interest rate hikes since March 2010 to try and stem the inflation problem. During mid-November 2011, a US$ could purchase over 50 Indian Rupees, compared to the INR 44-ish range to the US$ that was seen during July 2011 - this sharp drop in the Rupee is expected to be a short-term situation. Recently, Louis Vuitton launched a yacht business in India and the plans are to sell 4-5 luxury liners within the next year. The “low end” boats are expected to be at a price of INR 4 Crore (US $800,000) and the “high end” boats are expected to fetch nearly INR 30 Crore (US $6,000,000)! Coca Cola (NYSE-KO) currently employs 25,000 in India and it plans to invest an additional US $2 billion into India by 2017 - the company and its bottling partners plan to invest in consumer marketing and further development of the brand, expanding distribution channels and substantial placements of cold drink equipment. Additionally, KO plans to further develop its manufacturing capacities within India. The struggling upstart Kingfisher Airlines has been facing a lot of financial turbulence recently - the carrier reported a loss of INR 468.66 Crore for the quarter ended on September 30, 2011 and the main culprit for the substantial loss is higher energy prices. The carrier has never turned a profit and its finances are quite strained - it has a substantial debt burden and recently, it has been late in paying salaries. Its bankers are insisting that the company raise fresh equity to create some liquidity, and the carrier insists that it will not be shutting down and is “in the market” for the long haul. However, Kingfisher recently exited the low-cost segment, which was quite puzzling to analysts. Similar to other markets around the globe, Pakistani stocks staged a handsome comeback from the brutal sell-offs of 3Q2011. The Karachi KSE-100 had dipped to the 11,000 level during September 2011, and there were fears that the index would surrender that key marker and head even lower. However, the market quietly formed a base around 11,000 and reclaimed a millennium by mid-November 2011, settling at 12,038.93 on 11 November 2011. The Pakistani Rupee traded in a band of PKR 86.50-87.50 to the US$ during the first half of November 2011. During mid-November 2011, officials from India and Pakistan met in Delhi to work out agreements regarding opening up trade between the two nations – this will be a significant step in improving relations between the two neighbors. Pakistan’s Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood met with Indian counterpart Rahul Khullar and indicated that the goal was to strike a deal to double annual trade over the next three years to US $6 billion.

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“Entrepreneurs in Residence” Initiative Agency focuses on fully realizing the job-creating potential of current immigration law U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas joined the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Pittsburgh last month to announce “Entrepreneurs in Residence.” This new initiative will utilize industry expertise to strengthen USCIS policies and practices surrounding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs and workers with specialized skills, knowledge, or abilities. Mayorkas announced the initiative at the Jobs Council’s High Growth Entrepreneurship Listening and Action Session in Pittsburgh before the Council’s quarterly meeting with President Obama. “This initiative creates additional opportunities for USCIS to gain insights in areas critical to economic growth,” said Director Mayorkas. “The introduction of expert views from the private and public sector will help us to ensure that our policies and processes fully realize the immigration law’s potential to create and protect American jobs.” USCIS will launch the “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative with a series of informational summits with industry leaders to gather high-level strategic input. Informed by the summits, the agency will stand up a tactical team comprised of entrepreneurs and experts, working with USCIS personnel, to design and implement effective solutions. This initiative will strengthen USCIS’s collaboration with industries, at the policy, training, and officer level, while complying with all current Federal statutes and regulations. The initiative builds upon USCIS’s August announcement of efforts to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation, including enhancements to the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. Since August, USCIS is: - Conducting a review of the EB-5 process - Working with business analysts to enhance the EB-5 adjudication process - Implementing direct access for EB-5 Regional Center applicants to reach adjudicators quickly; and - Launching new specialized training modules for USCIS officers on the EB-2 visa classification and L-1B nonimmigrant intra-company transferees.

USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship To Enhance Security and Combat Fraud The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced last month the launch of an enhanced Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a redesigned Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) with new features to strengthen security and deter fraud. The Stateof-the-art technology will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. As part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, the state-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new documents will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. USCIS began issuing the new EADs today and will begin using the redesigned certificates on Oct. 30. The agency anticipates that more than 1 million people will receive the new documents over the next year. “These enhanced documents are more secure than ever,” said Director Mayorkas. “They advance our efforts to safeguard against fraud and protect the integrity of the immigration system.” The new features of the EAD will better equip workers, employers and law enforcement officials to recognize the card as definitive proof of authorization to work in the United States. USCIS worked closely with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory to incorporate technology and tactile features in order to deter fraud and facilitate card authentication. Additionally, USCIS employs a new and more secure printing process for its redesigned Certificate of Citizenship that renders the certificate more tamper-proof. Although the look and feel of the documents is new, the manner in which an applicant applies for and receives them will not change. USCIS will replace EADs already in circulation as individuals apply for their renewal or replacement. All previously issued EADs remain valid until the expiration date printed on the card. Previously issued Certificates of Citizenship remain valid indefinitely. These improvements demonstrate USCIS’s ongoing efforts to produce more secure documentation. In 2010, USCIS issued the new Permanent Resident Card, which added security features to the physical card and integrated technology improvements in the card production process. Additionally, USCIS launched the redesigned Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550) featuring the naturalization candidate’s digitized photo and signature embedded into the document. USCIS will continue to enhance document security features as technology improves.

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By Gail Z. Martin Ten reasons not to target mass media (and where you can focus instead) Every business owner dreams of seeing his or her press release on the front page of The New York Times. But did you ever stop to realize that as ego-gratifying as an above-the-fold placement in a major newspaper might be, it might completely miss your target audience? Thirty years ago, consumers received their information differently than they do today. Back when there were only three major TV networks, all an advertiser or publicist had to do was get onto the major networks to reach most viewers. When a daily newspaper and weekly magazines were the only choice for news, the strategy was simple—get in the paper and magazines. But times have changed. The proliferation of cable channels, satellite radio choices, online news magazines, and mobile phone applications, as well as the demise of many long-running newspapers and magazines has completely changed how consumers consume information. “Mass media” is now not nearly as “mass” as it used to be. So making the front page of a major newspaper won’t help you sell products or services if your target audience doesn’t read that newspaper. Welcome to a whole new world of niche marketing. Niche Marketing Gets Results Does the shift in consumers’ media preference mean the end of mass media? No—or at least, not yet. However, that shift has dramatically reduced the effectiveness of mass media to reach the same kind of broad audience they once dominated. Believe it or not, “mass media” vehicles such as The New York Times, CBS and FM radio stations have become niches themselves. Since they can’t promise to reach everyone, even such longlived media vehicles now emphasize the profile of the consumer they do reach (in other words, their niche). Am I saying that mass media no longer plays a valuable role in promotion? No—but its role isn’t what it used to be. The big newspapers, the three major broadcast networks and big city FM radio stations can help a major advertiser saturate a market, but they reach a shrinking audience base at a very high cost per person compared with New Media alternatives. If you’ve got a couple of million dollars to round out your promotional campaign, go ahead and spend it with the traditional media. If you’re looking for a better, more focused and less expensive alternative, keep reading. Refocus your idea of PR to take a broader look at the opportunities that exist for you to reach your target audience. Many people are so obsessed with having their press release picked up by a big newspaper, a major magazine or a network TV show that they have not bothered to study those media vehicles audience profiles to assure that the message is reaching the right consumer. Sure, you get bragging rights if a big paper picks up your release, but will you get sales? It won’t hurt—but how much will it help? Not only that, but what’s the value of a one-shot media mention versus developing relationships with more targeted venues that provide the potential for you to reach your ideal customer over and over again?

Here’s something else to consider: how often can your company generate news that is truly worthy of national attention? For most mid-sized companies, having nationalcaliber news might happen once or twice a year—a new product launch, an IPO, landing a huge company as a client. For solo professionals and small companies, even a once-a-year national news item might be a stretch. Publishing a new book with a major publisher would qualify, as would winning a national award or being named to a national board of directors, but beyond that, it is difficult to imagine too many opportunities that would tempt a national reporter to cover your news. Now re-think that question, with your focus on regional/local news as well as the information sources that reach your profession or industry. Picture your ideal client and think about the blogs, Websites, podcasts, Internet radio shows, online/offline specialty magazines, newsletters and member organization publications that speak directly to their interests and needs. I bet your mental wheels are turning, helping you envision all kinds of news that would be interesting and valuable to the audience most likely to buy your products or engage your services. Why not focus the majority of your effort where it is likely to make you the most sales? Go Where Your Customers are Already Getting Their News If you haven’t already surveyed your best customers to see what they are reading, watching and listening to, now is the time! Online survey tools are inexpensive and easy to use. If you use Constant Contact for your email newsletters, look into their survey tool to include a survey in your newsletter. Or, try out sites like that provide basic survey capabilities for free. When you target your PR to the sites and publications your best customers are already reading, you create several advantages for your PR campaign. First, you remove the clutter of sending releases to a huge mailing list of publications that are largely not interested in your news. You can invest your time better elsewhere. Next, by shrinking the number of media outlets you’re targeting, you can invest the time to get to know which reporters are covering subjects relevant to your news, so that your pitches can be pitch-perfect. Finally, and very importantly, these niche publications have already won the trust and loyalty of your best customers. They have become trusted advisors. When your news appeara in these niche publications, readers are likely to accept it as a referral from a friend. It’s useful to have an idea of the nationwide size of your total target audience. Do they number in the millions (for example, small business owners or participants in multi-level marketing programs), or in the thousands (yacht owners, shipwreck enthusiasts, etc.)? Don’t stop with a broad catch-all category like “small business owners.” In the U.S., a company is officially a “small business” up to 500 employees. Is your target audience a “big” small business or a “small” small business? You’ll have the best results if you can get specific. For example, do you specialize in helping start-up companies, specifically those that have been in business less than three years and have sales under $1 million? Or do you only prefer to work with continued on page 76

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clearly time for the Chinese government to fundamentally rethink its approach by listening to and addressing Tibetans’ grievances.” Unfortunately, Beijing is doing just the opposite. “For a long time, we have been following His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice of nonviolence,” said Pema Tsering, a 65year-old India resident who escaped Tibet in 1959. “Since 1979, the Dalai Lama has proposed a middle path whereby we go back to Tibet with an autonomous government under the People’s Republic of China. But the communist government has not shown any recognition or willingness to talk.” Since the mid-1990s — when the United States abandoned efforts to make China’s most-favored-nation trading status contingent on its human rights record — Beijing has rebuffed every effort of the Dalai Lama to open negotiations for increasing religious freedom in Tibet. Moreover, as its economic might has continued to increase, China has taken the battle further, successfully exporting its repression of dissent to its neighbors in South and Southeast Asia, where Vietnam recently cracked down on members of the Falun Gong religious sect. Despite pledging to improve its track record on human rights in its bid to host the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, for example, in the leadup to the games China stepped up the crackdown.

Chinese authorities crushed protests in Tibet — allegedly killing more than 150 people, according to the Tibetan government-in-exile. As calls for a boycott of the opening ceremony faded, Beijing prevailed upon neighboring Nepal to arrest hundreds of Tibetan exiles to prevent them from demonstrating in solidarity. And when the protests cost them nothing, the Chinese sought to up the ante. In June 2010, Nepal sent at least three escaping Tibetan refugees back to China, violating a United Nations-brokered “gentleman’s agreement” under which Kathmandu pledged in 1989 to allow fleeing Tibetans safe passage to India. Similarly, in June of this year, Washington was compelled to urge Kathmandu to register Tibetan exiles born after 1990 — the last time a census of Nepal’s Tibetan refugees was conducted. “Since some time ago, the Nepal government has stopped renewing or issuing fresh refugee cards, so the community is facing very, very tough times in Kathmandu,” a Tibetan exile in Nepal told GlobalPost. continued on page 76 December 2011

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“A lot has changed. Not too long ago, it was damn scary,” said a British woman I’ll call Margie. Margie has lived in Burma, off and on, for two decades. She now holds a senior position with a well-known international charity. Her ties to the pro-democracy movement, paired with her status as a foreigner, have long drawn the gaze of Burma’s surveillance network. “You learn to whisper and use coded language. No names,” she said. “We know every restaurant in town with a back door. You need your escape routes lined up. Even on the phone, they’ve got full control and can listen at will.” But in recent months, Margie said, much of the surveillance appears to have fizzled away. Previously forbidden subjects are discussed openly in tea shops. “Everyone’s still a little scared,” she said. “But I’m daring to hope. The external narrative says we must have 100 percent human rights overnight. In what country do you have that?” A 27-year-old Burmese news addict and diehard Suu Kyi supporter, nicknamed Jimmy, was equally spun by recent changes. Clad in a black T-shirt and a forest green “longyi,” the Burmese sarong, Jimmy was excited by the blunt talk now swirling around Rangoon’s tea shops. His news fix relies both on the Democratic Voice of Burma’s website and old-fashioned gossip. “This is not a democracy. But it’s more free now,” he said. “Look at your country, America. Look at how long you had your black-white problems.” Did he vote last year? “No,” Jimmy said. “Maybe I should have.”

Economic openings Burma’s government doesn’t just stifle liberty. It imposes bizarre restraints on commerce. But some of these economic restrictions are also melting away. First, look at how destitute Burma has become. Here’s a whirlwind tour through the poverty stats: - Average monthly salary: $27, according to the United Nations. - Percentage of population without electricity: 70 percent, according to the US State Department. - Percentage of Burmese without clean drinking water: 40-60 percent, according to the European Commission. - And if that wasn’t bad enough, a 1988 Toyota Corolla costs more than $28,000. But it’s looking up.

Consider Burma’s Cuba-esque restrictions on vehicles. Regardless of high demand, the government only allows the import of a few thousand cars per year. The supply is so meager that Reagan-era junkers sell for more than $30,000. Traffic in Rangoon is like a procession of zombies on wheels, all resurrected from an auto graveyard. Unlike Havana, blessed with pre-revolution Chevys, the Burmese are more likely to squeeze life out of a Japanese fourdoor with floorboard gashes that offer passengers a view of the street underfoot. But this too is set to change: a cash-for-clunkers scheme will soon benefit drivers of extremely old cars (40 years or older) willing to let the government melt down their vehicle. In return, they’ll be allowed to import one used car worth $3,500 or less. Future phases will extend the deal to progressively younger cars. Eventually, Burma’s car market could start to resemble reality. Cell phones are another anomaly. Until recently, SIM cards, the microchips that provide phones with a distinct number, cost $1,500. (Phone sold separately.) The regime-set rate meant only the extremely wealthy could afford mobile phones. That was the point. With phones limited to the highest income bracket, spies had a smaller network to keep tabs on. But as of this year, the SIM card price is $625. And according to the Myanmar Times newspaper, prices are set to fall even further. But perhaps Burma’s currency, the kyat, is the mess crying loudest for a fix. The government contends that six of their kyat are worth $1. No other institution agrees. The real rate, set on the black market, is roughly 13,000 percent higher. There are no ATMs in Rangoon. Visitors are advised to bring US$100 bills for a black-market exchange. The Benjamins must be pristine: crisp, unblemished and issued after 2006, ideally bearing serial codes beginning with the letter H. Rangoon’s fastidious dollar swappers conduct business in back alleys and beneath staircases. They examine visitors’ $100 bills as a jeweler would diamonds. An infinitesimal smudge, the mere suggestion of a crease, and the bill is declared unworthy — or at least worth substantially less. But there is hope yet for a cash-swap method less akin to scoring pot. Burma’s government has already invited teams from the International Monetary Fund to untangle its its currency chaos. The next visit is set for early 2012. In the meantime, according to China’s Xinhua outlet, six private banks will be permitted to open exchange windows offering a legit rate. But Burma’s government is obliged to move quickly. According to the IMF, Burma’s tangle of official and unofficial exchanges can wreak efficiency losses worth 14-17 percent of annual GDP. Censorship abates Along with economic shifts, the media is also breathing easier. Over coffee at a cafe inside one of Rangoon’s few high-rise buildings, a Burmese reporter (I’ll refer to him as Zaw) agreed to explain the constantly evolving restrictions. You still can’t write about Than Shwe, the untouchable dictator general who was Burma’s head of state from 1992 until last year’s election. You cannot allude to a power struggle between hardliners and the ascendant reformers led by the general-turned-president Thein Sein. “However, you can praise the president and say his reforms are an improvement on the past military government,” Zaw said. “It’s amazing!” 78

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prison. He went on to help Suu Kyi found her party in 1988. While Burma seems on the cusp of great change, there have been similar times of openness in its history that have failed to turn into lasting reform. Burma experienced a period of relative respite from repressive policies in the summer of 1998, which directly preceded its deadliest crackdown in recent history. Like most, Tin Oo doesn’t think the ruling party has suddenly discovered ethics. “They probably just want to save their skin,” he said. But he is convinced that, like it or not, cooperating with the men who’ve oppressed Burma is the key to helping it rise. “The government understands that people desire peace at any cost,” Tin Oo said. “They cannot retreat now.”

Burma Rebooted: Part 2 Reformists dare to push back against Beijing The new reformist government seeks to shift alliances. RANGOON, Burma — For centuries, Burma was an impenetrable badlands rife with malaria, headhunters and, according to 13th-century explorer Marco Polo, the occasional unicorn. These days, we can subtract the unicorn (which was probably just a rhino) and swap headhunters for ethnic militias defending their hills against Burma’s brutal military. The nation is still among the world’s most isolated, and doubly so thanks to Western sanctions. But Burma, officially known as Myanmar, finally appears destined for the spotlight. It is rich in natural gas, bigger than France and wedged between China and India, Asia’s twin rising powers. If only it weren’t run aground by despots over the last 50 years. Since 1997, the United States, the European Union and others have outlawed most business dealings with the pariah state. Their goal: forcing better behavior from a government guilty of locking up dissidents and waging ruthless war on ethnic minorities. But none of these misdeeds have scared off China, which has swooped in to shower Burma’s rulers with pay-offs, military hardware and mega-projects. For 2010-2011, official data shows 70 percent of Burma’s $20 billion in foreign investments coming from China. Lacking friends in the West, Burma has allowed China to become its powerful protector. But this has forced a new dilemma stirring anxiety among autocrats and pro-democracy forces alike. Should Burma protect itself from China? “In every faraway place, there are quite a lot of Chinese projects. They employ not with labor from here ... but with Chinese people coming in,” said Tin Oo, vice-chairman of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party. “All these places will be infested with Chinese people,” Tin Oo said. “Burma will not be an independent state. Burma will become the vassal of the People’s Republic of China.” “All these places will be infested with Chinese people,” said Tin Oo, growing visibly agitated during an interview at his Rangoon party headquarters. His party, banned by the government, is known for resisting the Burmese government’s tyranny. But he speaks of Chinese dominance as a threat to the nation itself. “Burma will not be an independent state,” Tin Oo said. “Burma will become the vassal of the People’s Republic of China.” 80

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which has since become the world’s largest rice exporter. “They did it in 1945. They showed the world they were No. 1,” Vichai said. “They could come back to being No. 1 again.” Burma is not Afghanistan, barren and rubbly, or Somalia, cursed with drought. That the nation is so fertile and rich in gems, gas and timber makes its poverty all the more regrettable. What it shares with those two countries, however, is unbridled corruption. In its index of the world’s most corrupt nations, Transparency International gives Somalia the top spot with Burma and Afghanistan sharing second place. However, in November of 2010, Burma technically ended decades of dictatorship. An election, clearly rigged, shifted power to a civilian party flush with ex-generals and cronies. Whether the new regime will ever allow real democracy, or continue as a dictatorship lite, remains to be seen. But new economic reforms, paired with a slow rollback of repressive laws, appear partially motivated by fears of Chinese supremacy. As it stands, most Western investments in Burma are banned. So are loans from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the major life-support lenders to destitute nations. As China fills this investment void, there are signs that Burma’s rulers are open to the reforms that could bring in Western funds to balance out China’s influence. Exhibit A: Burma’s new president, an ex-general named Thein Sein, recently suspended construction of a $3.6 billion Chinese hydro-power dam. It would have flooded an area equal in size to New York’s five boroughs. The mega-project would have displaced tens of thousands and offered little benefit to poor villagers. There were rare public protests against the dam, and it was condemned by Aung San Suu Kyi, a long-time government foe considered a voice of the oppressed. As China’s state-run Global Times warned, this “whimsical change will inevitably send troubling signals to potential investors.” But Burma’s president insisted in a speech that the dam ran “against the will of the people.” Acknowledging the people’s will is rare for a Burmese ruler. In doing so, Thein Sein appears to be positioning himself as the public face of Burma’s reform movement. “It seems like his internal power struggle [with old-guard hardliners] has been resolved for the time being,” said Jim DellaGiacoma of the International Crisis Group, which has closely monitored Burma’s reforms. “They’re acutely aware that they’ve been left behind compared to their peers in the region.” According to a Burmese journalist based in Rangoon, the president hopes to go down in history as the man who pulled his country out of the darkness. “We all think Thein Sein is trying to show us he’s the good guy,” he said. “All the top generals have $3 million houses and 10 cars. But he appears to live a simpler life.” Thein Sein seeks to proclaim Burma’s rise by chairing ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a 10-country bloc that includes Thailand and Vietnam. Burma’s next shot at the rotating chairmanship is in 2014. ASEAN will make the decision in coming weeks and, according to Della-Giacoma, Burma may well get its wish. “The message other members have given is that you’ll have to allow hundreds of journalists in the country,” he said. “They will want to speak to Aung San Suu Kyi. And after a certain amount of time, that will become ordinary and we’ll forget what an extraordinary thing it used to be.”

Beijing’s bi-coastal ambition For nearly 15 years, Western diplomats have watched with frustration as Chinese cash subverted their Burma sanctions. Still, the two nations’ cozying up cannot be interpreted as a romance. In addition to greed, Burma’s rulers have also been driven into China’s arms by necessity and fear, said Thant Myint-U, an American-born Burmese scholar and former Cambridge University lecturer. “It may sound ludicrous to some,” Thant Myint-U said. “But coming at the same time as tightening sanctions, covert funding of opposition groups and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, a US-backed overthrow didn’t sound too ludicrous to the generals in charge.” Among Burmese generals’ greatest fears is a United Nations “commission of inquiry” into war crimes that could land them in prison. China has so far sheltered the generals from this fate with its UN influence. Beijing’s compensation? Advancing its “Two Oceans” policy. Unlike America, blessed with dual coasts, China fronts only the Pacific. To its southwest lies the Indian Ocean through which 80 percent of its crude oil and other essential commodities are shipped. The dilemma: China’s nearest western coastline belongs to Burma. At present, ships approaching from the west must ply the narrow Straits of Malacca near Malaysia and push ahead to Chinese shores. Not only does this route waste time and fuel, it’s vulnerable: a rival navy such as America’s could easily choke off the channel and grind China’s economy to a halt. China’s solution is to transform Burma into its own California, a long western coastline built up with ports and pipelines. Just as Egypt’s Suez Canal created a maritime highway between Europe and Asia, China could alter the map in an equally radical fashion, said Thant Myint-U, whose book “Where China Meets India” explores both powers’ potential to remake Burma. This transformation is already underway. Of China’s $14 billion in pledged investments to Burma in 2010-2011, most are designed to feed China’s soaring energy demands. A planned port project in Kyaukpyu, western Burma, will take shipped-in foreign oil and shoot it up a 600-mile pipeline into China’s interior. Yet another pipeline will pump Burma’s natural gas into landlocked Southwest China. New Chinese-built highways will further link the two nations and a series of hydro-power dams will zap electricity to China via long cables. Neighboring India, a democracy itself, also has designs on Burma. Under its “Look East” policy, India plans to build ports, roads and rail links to its far-flung northeastern provinces. But its promised projects, for now, lag far behind China’s. Land of the lost Burma shook off Britain’s colonial yoke in 1948. In the decades before, few would have imagined it could become one of Asia’s poorest nations. From 1936-39, Burma was Southeast Asia’s wealthiest country with the per capita value of exports six times greater than that of India and 25 times that of China, according to the University of Singapore. It was also the world’s biggest exporter of rice, a crop eaten by half the world’s people. “Burma, prior to the second World War, used to export 4 million tons. Today they export 100,000 tons,” said Vichai Sriprasert, CEO of exporter Riceland International in Thailand,

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is only when we see instances of people who have gone ahead and taken that extra step to help others are we assured that yes making a difference in other people’s lives is possible. The new foundation Sangamithra is working toward this end. This past summer, during my trip to India along with my family, I visited the SNM Government Lower Primary School in Ernakulam, Kerala, where the Sangamithra foundation, recently, provided a clean drinking water facility for the students. Each sip of water those children drank was safe, clean and filtered and each sip lessened the worry of parents and teachers. This demonstrated that simple ideas or projects can go a long way. This is part of the vision of the Sangamithra Foundation, an organization born out of the collective thoughts of a group of like-minded people. The root word in Sangamithra “sangam” itself means a group, and this organization clearly teaches the magic of helping the needy. The first project of providing clean drinking water to the students of the SNM School in Kerala was successfully completed within just months of the founding of the organization. Furthermore, Sangamithra has made its presence known in the Charlotte community by its participation in the 2011 Festival of India with a food stall. Other fundraising initiatives have included participation in a local 5k race as well as promoting more member recruitment. In addition, with liaisons in both the UK and the UAE, Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale to bring positive change to underprivileged communities in India. While the message is spread around, for the members and supporters of Sangamithra, the journey has indeed begun. Sangamithra is currently working on its second project which is to provide supplies to the Abhaya Bhavan Charity in India. For more details about the Sangamithra Foundation, visit or email:

Sitar Performance Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte presents a wonderful year-end concert with sitar maestro Pandit Indrajit Banerjee accompanied on tabla by Salar Nader. The performance will take place at Tate Conference Hall, Overcash Performing Arts Center, 1200 Elizabeth Ave., CPCC, Central Campus, Charlotte, NC 28232 on Saturday, December 17, 2011 beginning at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for non-members and free for IPAAC members. Free parking will be available in designated areas. For further details on the concert, visit First Night Charlotte The annual New Year’s Eve celebrations in Charlotte will take place on Saturday, December 31, 2011 in the downtown area of Charlotte. The family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration will feature many activities, bands, performances, food, and fireworks at midnight. Another feature of the celebration is First Night Kids where children of all ages can enjoy the music, dance, theater, history, science and more. First Night Kids is scheduled between 3 – 7 pm with events and performances at ImaginOn, Levine Museum of the New South, City Market (Former Reid’s store on 7th street) and Discovery Place. For further details on all the festivities and programs, visit First Night Raleigh The annual New Year’s Eve celebrations in Raleigh will take place on Saturday, December 31, 2011 in the downtown area of Raleigh, NC. The family-friendly celebration will feature many activities, arts, crafts, performances, music, food, and fireworks at midnight. For details visit

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“Project No One Hungry” on Christmas On Christmas Day 2011, Spice South of Charlotte is sponsoring a charity project to feed 2000 needy people hot meals. There will be vegetarian as well as a non-vegetarian platters prepared and delivered to needy folks and organizations that serve those in need. The platters will consist of tasty Indian food. This is a donation driven endeavor. Those interested in participating call Raj (704.246.6538) or Joel (678.914.5476) for further details.

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The Children’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, because of his deep commitment to children. This year in celebration of Children’s Day in India, Google used a special doodle where the users could see the word Google designed in the shapes of various Indian musical instruments like Tabla, Shehnai and Veena. But what makes it more interesting is the fact that

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Varsha Gupta, a 3rd grade student won the “Doodle 4 Google competition.” Here in the Triangle area, the Heritage India Association of NC celebrated its fifth anniversary of the children’s Day on November 12, 2011 as a day to honor and celebrate all children. The group organized various activities and a cultural program to make the day special for the children. There were 130 kids who participated in the stage performances. The program began with “Deep Prakashan Ceremony” by Dr. Arvind Shah and “Jan Gan Man” song, choreographed by Vinita Kochar. This was followed by a Bharatnatyam dance “Jai Ganesha,” choreographed by Chanchal Hari. Four more Bharatnatyam dances were presented by children of ages 5-8 and 9-12 years, all students of the Kalanjali School of Arts and Kalasrishti School of Performing Arts, respectively. Also, a selected group of folk and Bollywood dances were choreographed by Triangle area’s prominent choreographers — Amol Pise, Shanti Pise, Jashi Abhirajan, weta Bhatnagar, Nivedita Kakaar, Anushka Sukhramani, Ayaon Yadav, and Althea Sukhramani. Two musical presentations were choreographed by Vinita Kochar and Mrs. Ranganayaki Rajan of the Laasya School of Dance and Music. Veda Rajagopal and Vybhav Jagannath served as Emcees. A group of 18 teen performers presented Bhangra, choreographed by Lavesh Pritmani, which won the first prize of $100. A Bollywood dance group of 8 teens, choreographed by Shanti Pise, won the consolation prize of $50. The day also featured face painting and greeting card painting for the kids. The event concluded with a recognition ceremony and a magic show as a grand finale. Two teen honorees were Shaunak Turaga, for winning the “Academic Excellence Heritage Award” and Amber Gautam for winning the “Community Ambassador Heritage Award.” — Submitted by Yash Garg

The first ever Eid Gala Event was held at the Omni Hotel Charlotte on November 6, 2011. The event was organized and hosted by Ayesha Mian of A&A Events. The evening brought together the Charlotte Muslim community in a festive and intimate setting to celebrate Eid. The event also showcased Charlotte-area vendors and local, talented performers. The chef of the Omni prepared a selection of appetizers for the guests.

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Burma Rebooted

An uncertain future Burma’s rulers have a long way to go in satisfying the West. The White House takes its cues from Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate whose 1990 election to the prime minister’s seat was voided by the military. Considered Burma’s rightful leader, she has helped dictate the West’s demands: release all political prisoners, end authoritarian laws and offer the people a greater say in Burma’s future. Would these reforms kickstart a Burma renaissance? The end of US sanctions could bring Starbucks and KFC franchises to Burma’s decaying cities. It could give British Petroleum and Exxon Mobil a shot at its gas reserves. But there is still no guarantee that a freer Burma would bring great prosperity to the masses. “There could be more media freedom, much greater economic growth, perhaps even another round of elections that are freer and fairer,” Thant Myint-U said. “But at the same time, there could be more corruption, cronyism, criminality,” he added. “We could see the end of dictatorship but also a return to the sort of gangster politics we had back in the 1950s, with the army hovering in the background.”In other words, Thant Myint-U said, “Burma could become a lot like many other countries in the region.”

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Arm them all As in many Southeast Asian nations, including those run by communists, Burma’s fear of Chinese power runs deep. Many of Burma’s contemporary generals rose through the ranks fighting the China-supplied Communist Party of Burma, which controlled a vast stretch of hills through much of 20thcentury’s latter half. Even today, Burma’s most powerful armed ethnic group, the Wa, is led by ethnic Chinese who control an estimated 30,000

fighters. Rich from manufacturing most of Southeast Asia’s meth pills, the Wa maintain anti-aircraft weaponry and close ties to Chinese officials across the border. Ironically, China has long financed Burma’s ethnic militias as well as the army battalions deployed to kill them. Between 2000 and 2008, Burma’s military soaked up more than 60 percent of China’s arms sales to Southeast Asia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. That’s roughly $164 million in assault rifles, armored vehicles and warships. China’s interests in Burma are starkly pragmatic. It seeks stability with militants on the border, which is longer than the continental US Pacific coastline. And it wants freedom to extract timber and gems from rebel-held territories. It also seeks goodwill with generals in charge of approving billion-dollar investments that will feed its energy needs. With few revenue sources to turn to, Burma’s rulers have been forced to tolerate China’s interference in the hills. But the idea that Burma’s reform drive is solely designed to back off China and end Western sanctions is “completely off base,” Thant Myint-U said. Burma’s ruling class appears to enjoy Chinese money just fine. But they would prefer to make China compete more with investors from India, Russia, rising Asian economies and the offlimits West. “That the old system was unsustainable was plain to see,” Thant Myint-U said. “It’s hardly surprising that some at the top understood the need for real reform.”


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

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Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. The center is open every day. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and three other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker ( Upcoming Events: Sat Dec 3 - Fundraiser event featuring performers from the Nrityangan Cultural Academy, 5-7 pm. For Further Details:

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


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IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) - Charlotte Chapter IAMC formerly known as IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council – USA) is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India, as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join efforts to promote Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora and to build alliances and relationships with individuals and groups who share the basic values. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103 India Association of Charlotte (Festival Of India) Is a non-profit organization with the goal of fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture, by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India that is traditionally held during early September in Uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. For Further Details:

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Upcoming Events: Sat, Dec 17, 2011 - Sitar performance by Pt. Indrajeet Banerjee, accompanied on Tabla by Salar Nader at 6 pm. Venue: Tate Conference Hall, Overcash Performing Arts Center, 1200 Elizabeth Avenue, CPCC, Central Campus. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign, which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique that helps children to read & write in two months. 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 ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

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

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cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation- Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization started less than a year ago. The foundation, formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society, have taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. The first project of providing a water filtering system to a school in India was successfully completed within just months of the founding of the organization. Sangamithra has made its presence known in the Charlotte community by its participation in the 2011 Festival of India, as part of its fund raising activity. In addition, with liaisons in both the UK and the UAE, Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details:

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

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

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

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 - 8 pm. for recital of Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 / Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805


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Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers,

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

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Narendra Patel: 336.601.1978 (Pres.) Dipak Patel: 919.478.4759 (Vice Pres.)

Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday @ 3 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 For Further Details: 336.593.9888

India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462

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

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

Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to: Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community; Collaborate closely with local organizations and agencies to fulfill our mission to address any challenges of the community. For further details:

Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wed of the month, 6:30 - 8 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. For Further Details: 336.644.1111 Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302.

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Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide non-profit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 Dada Bhagwan Satsang Don’t miss on the lifetime event of “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well-being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj)

GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of NC (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple for a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and 102

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leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of

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

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movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-341-8894. For Further Details: Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For Further Details: Varshana at Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month, normally on the first Friday, for the South East Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. However due to a conflict with a concert by the son of one of our regular participants, the December session will be on Friday 9 December from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleighphone 919.361.5370. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals including Jagjit Singh and Chitra favorites, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924, or Email at Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from December 2011


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3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: Mon, Dec 5 – Gita Jayanti Fri, Dec 9 – Satyanarayan Vrat For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>,

SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For Further Details: Share and Care Foundation Carolina Chapter Share and Care Foundation Carolina Chapter is part of Share and Care Foundation based in New Jersey. It is a Charitable organization focused their work in Rural India and their main goal is to empower children and women by providing funding to NGOs for their education, vocational training and microloans. More than 90% of donations reach the empowered people with the least administration and marketing cost. For further details: 919.237.2816 (Manu Patel), 919.481.4618 (Piyush Patel) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. For Further Details: 919.220.9917 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 the present. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir NC SSMNC promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in ShirdiIndia. This Organization is dedicated to sponsor and support religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. Mandir Timings: Monday - Friday 9 - 10 am, 12 noon - 1pm, 6 - 9 pm. Sat - Sun 9 am - 9pm. Details at or call 919.386.1085. St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Holy Qurbana and Sunday School are held in Malayalam and 108

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Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30 pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details:

Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that

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. Upcoming Events: Sat Dec 10: Annual TVS Holiday Party potluck and white elephant gift exchange at Barry Nakell’s home, 149 Dixie Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. 919-967-7325. After dinner there will be a low cost or no cost gift exchange. Bring one present per person. (Do not exceed $10.) For Further Details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable


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Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a non-profit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Upcoming Events: Dec 6 - Geeta Jayanti For further details: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming Events: Sundays - Dec 11, 18 & 25 - Balagokulam - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Sundays - Dec 18 & 25 - Balavihar - 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Sundays - Dec 18 & 25 - Geeta Study - 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon Sun Dec 4 - Geeta Jayanthi & Akhanda Geeta Parayanam - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sun Dec 11 - Bhajans by devotees - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon For Further Details: B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 For Further Details:

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Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Location: 1130 Fairview Church Rd., Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 – 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number)


Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. For Further Details: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a nonprofit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. For Further Details: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The chemical element, Symbol: Hg. Atomic No. 80. 7. “Bhagavad- __” - Dialogue between Arjuna and Lord Krishna, found in Mahabharata, the ancient epic. 11. The Beehive state in west USA. (UT*) 12. A marine bony fish that resembles eel. 14. A short love poem sung without accompaniment. 16. Trinitrotoluene. (*) 17. British Prime minister, Tony ___. 18. Deadly harm; Ruin. 19. Rupees. (*) 21. Senior. (*) 22. Youth Specialties. (*) 23. A college teacher ranking below an assistant professor. 28. The highest point; Peak. 29. Lift; Move to a higher level. 31. A bird with wide beak. 33. South Carolina. (*) 35. An enclosed cosmetic paste to color lips. 36. The flat wood/metal runners for gliding over the snow. 37. Being a single thing or unit.38. To put a question to. 39. Food etc. put on a hook to lure a fish. 40. The plural of I. 41. The protein component of an enzyme, to which the coenzymes attaches to form an active enzyme. 43. Enough or more than enough. 44. Secretary of State. (*)

1. Bombay in Hindi. 2. And others. [L et alibi]. (*) 3. An oscilloscope that virtually displays the reflected radio beams picked up by a radar receiver. 4. A holiday on Dec. 25 celebrating the birth of Jesus. 5. A large desert area covered with coarse gravel. 6. The twelve months makes one ___. 7. General Practitioner. (*) 8. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet. (ι) 9. An alternative name for the tuna fish. 10. To certify by oath or signature. 13. Late Latin. (*) 15. Infrared. (*) 18. To cook by exposing to a flame. 20. The thirteen letter of the Greek alphabet. (ν) 21. To walk or move along stealthily or furtively. 24. Of or pertaining to the nostrils. 25. Rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant, hindering action or decision-making. 26. A metal toy that makes a clicking sound when pressed. 27. Rupees. (*). 30. The people living near North Pole area. 31. Forces air into, onto or thru. 32. The American buffalo or the wisent. 34. Summons to appear before a court of law. 36. Tells; States. 39. “EZ-__,” Saathee’s Feature to test your own IQ. 41. Alabama. (*) 42. New York. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee Teacher: “Name the animals that have mustaches.” Tina: “A rabbit.” Mina: “A cat.” Chiki: “My papa and grandpa have mustaches, too!” •••••••••••••• Nurse: “Your wife has delivered a healthy baby.” Booddhoo: “Tell me. Is it going to use a razor or a lipstick?” •••••••••••••• Teacher: “What is farther away from here? India or Moon?” Chiki: “Sir, India.” Teacher: “How?” Chiki: “ I can see the Moon from here but I can’t see India.” •••••••••••••• Husband: “I look ten years younger after my haircut!” Wife: “You would look like a kid if you had clean shaved.” •••••••••••••• A Chinese, a Mexican and an Indian made an agreement to manufacture airplanes. The Chinese made all the parts of the plane. The Mexican assembled a strong plane from the parts. The Indian wrote on the plane: “Air India.” 116

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



The unused 5 letters spell “NEW _____ .” It is the second largest city in Connecticut.

TEST YOUR OWN IQ The common letters are “PU” - Fill in the blanks 1. Famous. _ _ PU _ _ _ 2. A student. PU_ _ _ 3. A hill station in Dang district forest area of Sahyadri mountain range, in Gujarat, India. _ _ PU _ _ _ _ 4. The red/purple discoloration of the skin. PU _ PU _ _ 5. The capital (Pink city) of Rajasthan, India. _ _ _ PU _ 6. “Pop’s__ and Jokes,” Saathee’s Feature. PU _ _ _ _ _ 7. January 26, is “The __ Day” of India . _ _PU _ _ _ _ 8. A land inhabited by tiny 6” tall people. _ _ _ _ _ PU _ 9. A state in NW India. Capital: Chandigarh. PU _ _ _ _ 10. Data entered in the computer for processing. _ _ PU _ 11. A sudden gushing forth; Jet. _ PU _ _ 12. The electronic machine that computes. _ _ _ PU _ _ _ 13. A cougar. PU _ _ 14. A sealed glass or plastic container for one dose of a sterile medicine to be injected . _ _ PU _ 15. The first dance piece of Bharat Natyam dancers learn and perform. _ _ _ _ _ _ PU 16. A long-necked plucked lute, like a sitar. _ _ _ PU _ _ 17. Any of the musical work composition. _ PU _ 18. Leaf like parts at the base of leaf petiole. _ _ _ PU _ _ 19. Prompt; On time. PU _ _ _ _ _ _ 20. Father in Gujarati. e.g. “Gandhi __; Morari __”. _ _ PU 21. The wrist or the wrist bones. _ _ _ PU _ 22. To cause to be in certain position; Place. PU _ 23. A S constellation near the celestial pole. _ PU _ 24. To drive back; Repel as an attack. _ _ PU _ _ _ 25. “ __ Sultan,” ruler and Tiger of Mysore, India. _ _ PU (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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December 2011 Dec. 2 - Pramukh Swāmi Mahārāj Birthday Dec. 6 - Gitā Jayanti Dec. 6 - Mokshadā Ekādasi Dec. 6 - Tazia Dec. 10 - Dattātreya Jayanti Dec. 10 - Akshar Purnimā (Full Moon) Dec. 20 - Jain Pārshwanāth Jayanti Dec. 21 -Safalā Ekādasi Dec. 21 - Hanukkah Dec. 24 -Darsha Amās (No Moon) Dec. 25 -Christmas Dec. 31 -Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Dec. 31 -New Years Eve. (2011 ends) January 2012 Jan. 1 - New Years Day. (2012 begins) Jan. 5 - Putradā Ekādasi Jan. 9 - Poshi Purnimā (Full Moon) Jan. 12 - Swāmi Vivekānand Jayanti Jan. 14 - Makarsankrānti/Uttarāyan Jan. 19 - Shatatilā Ekādasi Jan. 23 - Somavati/Darsha Amās (No Moon) Jan. 26 - Republic Day (India) Jan. 28 - Vasant Panchami Jan. 30 - Mahātmā Gāndhi Punyatithi February - March 2012 Feb. 3 - Jayā Ekādasi Feb. 14 - Valentines Day Feb. 17 - Vijayā Ekādasi Feb. 20 - Mahāshivarātri Mar. 7 - Holi Mar. 8 - Dhuleti Mar. 12 - Rang Panchami


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The problem boils down to choosing between a catastrophe and a difficult option. The latter wins hands down. According to one estimate, a solar “field” of 96 miles by 96 miles can collect enough sunlight to power the entire United States. Interesting? You bet! Doable? Why not! The Romance of Satellite Communications Professor D.K. Sachdev, of George Mason University, was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame in 2009 for his stellar contributions to satellite communications. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Science and one-time General Manager of the Indian Telephone Industries, Bangalore. Earlier, in 2003, Professor Sachdev got the Arthur Clarke prize for his work at INTELSAT and WorldSpace in general and

satellite communications throughout the world. Arthur Clarke, recently knighted, wrote a seminal paper in Wireless World in 1945 regarding the possibility of world-wide communications using three strategically placed geostationary satellites. Sir Clarke’s prophecy came true when, in 1963, the world’s first GEO was launched in time to televise the 1964 Olympic Games held in Tokyo. This was the Syncom satellite which, at its inauguration, saw President Kennedy speaking to the Prime Minister of Nigeria over the satellite link. Incidentally, Syncom saw a full five years of service with the U.S. Government. Bell Labe had earlier, in 1962-63, launched Telstar I and Telstar II, but these were LEOs, or Low Earth Orbit satellites. Also, as every schoolboy knows, the very first satellite was the Russian Sputnik, launched in 1957. Sputnik was a wake-up call to the West, and competition in space had truly begun. To digress a bit, the Russians even won the race to put a man in orbit. This was Yuri Gagarin, but America won the race to put a man on the moon.(Neil Armstrong). In India the space age was started by the legendary and charismatic founder of space technology efforts, Vikram Sarabhai, called the “Father of Indian Space”. The other pioneer is U.R.Rao, who worked with Vikram Sarabhai and had the responsibility to start the development of satellite systems in India. INSAT started in the early 1980’s as an operational system. Initially, a NASA satellite, ATS-6, was moved over India for the SITE experiment in 1976.The second experiment was with the world’s very first three-axis spacecraft, Symphonie, developed in Europe. Professor Sachdev spent 18 years at INTELSAT, which started off as an IGO, or Inter Governmental Organization, under the UN. Until 1979, INTELSAT was largely run by Comsat. INTELSAT was literally born via the Early Bird, and for over two decades it had the implicit responsibility of helping the satellite industry grow. This was achieved through two overlapping methods: funding of near-term and long-term R and D around the world and through the development and procurement of larger and larger generations of spacecraft. The competition to INTELSAT came slowly but surely and from several directions—-regional and domestic organizations, optical fiber cables, and from “separate systems” like Panamsat, founded by the one and only Rene Anselmo. Other notable satellite systems worth mentioning are JSAT of Japan, Eutelsat of Europe, and Telesat of Canada. It is worth pointing out that whenever we make a long-distance phone call, send an email, or chat over the INTERNET, we are using GEO satellites in one form or another. I remember the days when I first came to the USA in 1984, when a letter to India and back took a month, and making phone calls was difficult and expensive, or rather, just beginning to improve. Finally, for all its glamour, the use of rockets to launch satellite payloads is firstly, very inefficient – of the order of 1% efficiency – and secondly, the rockets themselves let off toxic gases that pollute the atmosphere. Once again, it was Sir Arthur Clarke who came up with the idea of the space elevator to put objects into orbit. The science fiction of today becomes the science of tomorrow and the technology of the day after tomorrow. One hopes that by 2045, exactly a century after Sir Arthur’s groundbreaking paper, a space elevator is deployed, perhaps with its anchor near Sri Lanka, where the fictional space elevator in his best-selling science novel, “Fountains of Paradise,” is located. Only then will the inconvenient truth of satellite communications be revealed, analyzed, and rectified.


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you from any long-term disaster. Traveling must be avoided this month. You may enjoy benefit of inheritance during third week of the month. It should bring great relief for you. Enjoy good health. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) New relations and change in approach towards life should make you very relaxed and excited this month. Time is very positive for developing or changing status of relations. Your creative activity should reach new horizon and earn name and fame for you. It may boost your confidence and build courage to adopt challenges. It is very important that you take risks and catch opportunities coming your way.

General Predictions for December 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Life should be moving very fast; welcome all changes with courage and confidence. If there is any confusion, take help from your partner or your child. You need to control negative comments and egoist speech, as it may damage your image in society. Avoid signing any legal documents this month. If you face any health problems, check for a second opinion. Heavy workload and positive changes in life should make you happy.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) You may risk your reputation and break the law or traditions to achieve success during beginning of the month. It is going to be a very hectic period. Life should move fast and you have to take instant brave decisions. Go for it with confidence. Your luck may not support you all the time, but you need to move forward. Improvement in health and family support will boost your confidence. Avoid making egoistic comments.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Some kind of fear may block your progress this month. It may lead towards major dispute with your spouse during first half of the month. Students may not perform well in their study. Renovation or decorating of the property and related expenses are possible this month. Avoid travel. You may have to change your plans to accommodate other priorities. Improvement in health should make you comfortable.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Time may go very slow for you, but be prepared to gear up after the last week of this month. Destiny is under process of bringing positive changes and life will speed up. It is important that you curb your expenses and play safe to avoid unnecessary disturbances in coming positive period. Keep an eye on your health, too. Uncertainty may still be there; you have to make the right choice. You want to take a vacation this month.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You may face a major downfall during beginning of the month. Your own mistakes may lead you towards depression. Your competitor may lead you towards success after middle of the month. Unexpected travel is possible during second week of the month. Your child may guide you towards major changes in your approach towards life. Happy family life and raise in income during second half are clearly indicated.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Destiny is going to favor you now. You may need to move fast and take quick positive steps. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose the opportunity only because you are not prepared for it. You may need to play smart, dirty game to achieve short-term success. Your partner may prove to be good help this time. Your own people may try to damage your reputation, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust anyone blindly. Minor health problem may keep bothering you.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You may start looking for major changes in your career during this month. It may also lead you towards taking some foolish actions. You may also plan to start further career-related study. Second half of the month may bring some real good news regarding your career. Unexpected financial gain is possible anytime during this month. It is also possible that you take investmentrelated risks and enjoy gain.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Make a team with your spouse and enjoy life. Success should flow to you from more than one direction. Also remember to protect your spouse from false allegation in his or her career. The second half of the month is going to be more productive than the first half. Business-related travel is also possible this month. A good state of health is clearly indicated. Be prepared to move fast and work hard to enjoy the luck.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You may be blamed and face serious consequences during first half of the month. It may change the course of your life. Try not to sign any documents and do not lie. Start acting aggressively but with positive attitude to solve the issues. Business-related travel should bring very good results for you. Your friends and spouse may cooperate with you. Financial gain is clearly indicated during last week of the month.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Your enemies may put you in a situation where you may be forced to do something wrong. Control your self during first half the month by avoiding doing anything against your morals. The time will take a big positive turn during second half of the month and life will start moving smoothly. Minor health problem may bother you this month. Travel plans may get changed. Wait and watch before making any move.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Major problems with your sibling and friend may put you in hot water. Unexpected expenses are possible this month. You may lose your self-confidence and make mistakes. Family tradition and culture should protect

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Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Please contact Anu:  e-mail: recruiter or 704-405-4238 Help Wanted: Indian Restaurant in Charlotte, NC is looking for a waiter. Please call 704-512-9177 Hotel Help: Need person with smiling face & fluent English for front desk, night audit at franchise hotel, located north of Charlotte. Accommodation provided. Please call 704-502-2444 or Gas Station Help: Looking for full-time or part-time help for a gas station in Mooresville, NC (Lake Norman Area, Near Charlotte, NC). Experience preferred but not needed. Call 704-2228998 or leave a message. Indian Restaurant in Morrisville, NC needs kitchen help full time. Please call 919.244.9550 Convenience Store Help Wanted in Winston Salem. Full-Time. Couple or Single. Experience preferred but not required. Must speak fluent English, be people friendly, and have legal status. Contact Ashwin (336)-782-3388 Live In or Live Out Nanny Needed: University area for a 15 month old baby girl. Vegetarian cooking and household work also. Please call 704-900-9134 or email at Single or Couple Needed: For front desk and laundry at franchise motel in Martinsburg,WV. Must have some experience and computer skill. We will train. Please contact us at 304-267-2211 or 304-886-6433 Looking for live-in help to cook and be an adult companion for older wife while husband is at work. Light housework is required. We are looking for a woman over 55 who is compassionate and willing to adapt. Please call 910-737-2521. Seeking long-term (3-5 years) commitment of a full-time nanny for infant baby. In Ballantyne area. Job includes light housework and cooking. Please call 704-752-9370. Excellent pay and possible other benefits. MATRIMONIAL: Seeking A Hindu Indian Female: For a divorced male age 37 for marriage, working in NC on h1b. For info call: 704957-9005 Hindu Male seeking Hindu Female age 25-30. Must be family friendly. He is IT professional in NC. 31 years old. Love to travel. Caste no bar. e-mail to receive biodata.

PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Condo for rent in RTP. Very convenient location to Duke, UNC, 15/501, close to bus line. Fully furnished, W/D included in unit. Call Avani Parekh Bhatt 704.608.2511. Townhome for sale near Park Rd Shopping Center Charlotte. Great Location and Myers Park High School zone. 2 br; 1.5 bath, fireplace. 135k. For details e-mail: SERVICES: Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or 919-7982598 Tuition Available: Experienced Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor for middle, high school, IB, AP courses (including AP Statistics). Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. Call 704-497-2639 Priest available for Shri Satyanarayan Katha, Lakshmi Havan, Vastu Puja, wedding, baby shower, engagement and all other types of puja. 704-500-2210 (h) & 704.450.6447 (c). Catering & Tiffin Service: Including Gujarati, Panjabi, Indo-Chinese, South Indian & more. for details call Shyam 919-961-0482. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-2358 Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 20 years of experience with Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912 Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 E-Mail: Foreign Accent Modification: Your speech is your "vocal resume." Speak English clearly and with confidence. Individual tutorials with certified speech specialists at Triangle Speech Services. South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. Email:


Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Carolina Prayer Tower: Great things happen in prayer, especially when we do it in unity! Carolina prayer tower is dedicated to pray in unity, with people just like you, who desire to see the Holy Spirit's miracle-working power at work. Send your prayer requests, they are instantly sent to our prayer warriors; and its our prayer right now that you see God's supernatural power at work in your life! E-mail to '' with your name, telephone number and a good time to pray with you, so that we can join with you and intercede for your specific need confidentially.

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A features magazine for the South Asian Community of the Carolinas

December 2011

index of advertisers

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Neeta Puri's Expressions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Pulte Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Raj D Batra (Kamera Art Photo & Video) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .12 Rajesh Jyotishi (Shalin Financial Services Inc.) . . . . . . . . . . .125 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Rohini's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Singh CPA PLLC (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Suvidha Indo-Pak Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Tamarind (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 87 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Vonage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .33 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . .101 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Art Of Living Course Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Ashton Woods Homes (Glenlake) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .34 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Chakras Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .64 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .47 Dave & Dave Inc. (Accounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Dish Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 & 7 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Eco-Bidet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Henna By Niki & Vaida's Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 India Super Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Kalashri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Koolz Enterprises (Apartments in Banglore) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Lucky Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Mantra Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .99 Mongolian Grill (Iron Grill & Pizza) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Naach 2 Fit (Fitness Class) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Naach Masala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57


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