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Hello Readers! India is on a military shopping spree. what can $100 billion buy? Read the analysis on pg. 8. Indian weddings are elaborate affairs, but now wedding proposals are getting as elaborate. Read what young people are doing to propose on pg. 16. The ICC World Cup 2011 begins this month and the hosts will be India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Read all about it on pg. 32. How much sugar is too much? Just flip over to the healthwise column on pg. 52 and find out. Business insurance is essential for small businesses. Read why in the article on pg. 54. Who should manage your company's social media? Find some suggestions on pg. 60. The tax season approaches. Find informative information in Tax Matters on pg. 66. Catch up on all the local and regional community news and events on pg. 94 and keep up to the minute updates at our website: saathee.com.

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February 2011 – Issue # 154 Editor:Samir Shukla (saatheemag@hotmail.com) Publisher: Divakar Shukla (rakavid@aol.com) Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Contributors for this issue: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Wendy Wells, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Gail Z. Martin, Anjana Agarwal, A.J. Shah, Madhav Bhatt, Kalpit Desai, Dr. M.K. Das, Swapna Krishna, Anita Kulkarni, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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All contents © 2011 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. Military Shopping Spree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Ivy League in India? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Wedding Proposals Meet Bollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 ICC World Cup 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Industrial Espionage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 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 Saathee.com

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The first step will be Shiva’s job: destroying — or radically restructuring — the existing system. India’s department of atomic energy has built a nuclear bomb and its space agency has sent a rocket to the Moon. But since 1992, when APJ Abdul Kalam declared that India should aim to make 70 percent of the equipment used by its military by 2005, the DRDO has “invented” radar and sonar systems, combat rifles, an artillery gun and cold weather gear for soldiers posted on the Siachen glacier — all of which it could have bought off the shelf elsewhere (including North Face). Various ballistic missiles have failed in the testing process. Army personnel say the Arjun tank doesn’t shoot straight. And even after it gets a second-generation engine in 2014, again from General Electric, critics say the Tejas — which was jointly produced by the DRDO and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. — will not be able to compete with state-of-the-art fighters. “DRDO has not produced anything that would change India’s strategic condition in any way,” said Sunil Dasgupta, a defense expert with the Brookings Institution. “After all, that’s the entire point of military research and development.” As a result, India is preparing for a foreign shopping spree. According to a recent study by the consultancy firm KPMG, India is expected to buy $100 billion in foreign weapons by 2022. In the pipeline already are a $10 billion contract for 126 multi-role combat aircraft, a $7.6 billion tender for 12 stealth frigates, a $3.5 billion deal for seven submarines and a $3 billion contract for 197 light helicopters, among other items. But Indian industry could benefit, too, if New Delhi plays its cards right. If it succeeds in leveraging its planned big-ticket purchases and its attractiveness as a manufacturing center for global suppliers to encourage technology transfers, KPMG argues, India could become one of the world’s key sourcing destinations for defense systems and equipment, fueling technology spinoffs for a host of industries. “If you look very conservatively, over the next 20 years, India will require about 1,200-1,500 aircraft in the civil sector alone,” said Kak. “If you take the military aircraft, the military and civilian infrastructure, and you put it all together I see in the next 20 years a market of between $250 and $300 billion.” That’s not the only reason the intersection of the commercial and military aerospace industries presents exciting prospects. There’s a lesson in history, too. Prior to India’s 1991 economic liberalization, the country’s automobile sector was in much the

By Jason Overdorf - GlobalPost.com Nearly 30 years after its inception, India’s supersonic light combat aircraft was finally cleared for induction into the air force this week — four years behind schedule, $500 million over budget and still propelled by an American-made engine. Now, New Delhi is getting ready to double-down. “After the Tejas [aircraft] accomplishes a series of milestones, the country is poised for a major turning point,” Defense Minister A.K. Antony said at the test flight ceremony in Bangalore in January. With a whopping $100 billion earmarked for defense purchases this decade, India has its sights set on simultaneously modernizing its moribund military and jumpstarting its own lame duck defense industry. But there’s a long way to go. Shortly before YouTube videos surfaced of a Chinese stealth fighter, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in all seriousness unveiled a domestically designed and developed... airship. “There’s a gap between their ability and their claims,” said Anit Mukherjee, a research fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses. “They may not be able to do a Fiat, but they claim to be able to build a Ferrari.” Meanwhile, the stakes couldn’t be higher. A modern military is essential if India is to take a larger role in Asia and the Indian Ocean — where China is swiftly gaining influence. The DRDO is 40 years behind schedule and $1.6 billion over budget, the defense minister said last May. And it’s most ambitious and vital projects have by and large been failures. While that might be embarrassing for India, it’s a huge opportunity for U.S. suppliers like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. But Washington will need to cut some of the red tape associated with U.S. arms deals to leverage American industry’s cutting-edge defense prowess to reshape U.S.India relations. And New Delhi will need to defeat the rearguard resistance to private industry posed by the left to transform its domestic defense industry. “There are three gods in Hinduism: Brahma, the creator; Shiva, the destroyer, and Vishnu, the preserver. You will need all three to reform our aerospace sector,” said former Air Vice Marshal Kapil Kak, who now heads a think tank called the Center for Air Power Studies. Saathee.com

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By Hanna Ingber Win — GlobalPost.com You may not be able to take the Harvard out of Cambridge, but what are the odds India can grow its own Ivy League? In an effort to boost the country’s presence on the global stage and improve the quality of its higher education, India has announced plans to create a so-called Indian Ivy League. The government hopes to build world-class universities that compete with the likes of Yale and Princeton, according to Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. The creation of Navratna Universities also aims to satisfy some of the increasing demand in India for higher education as the pool of lower middle-class and female students in this rapidly developing country grows. Education experts in India applaud the government’s ambitions. However, they also question whether this goal will be possible in the current environment, where regulations are plentiful and funding can be scarce. “Countries around the world are setting up world class universities,” said Pawan Agarwal, author of “Indian Higher Education: Envisioning the Future.” “Why should India be left behind?” The new universities will be public non-profits but given “generous” financial support, the ability to access external funding and “total autonomy to free them from the shackles of government control,” the minister said during a speech in January. Despite some fears in the United States that its education system is falling behind and the nation is becoming less competitive, things are not rosy here either. There is a huge need in India for more access to quality higher education. As Vivek Wadhwa, The creation of Navratna a visiting scholar at UniverUniversities also aims to sity of California at Berkeley, satisfy some of the increasing wrote in Foreign Policy, demand in India for higher “India and China’s successes education as the pool of aren’t due to their education lower middle-class and systems, but despite them.” female students in this rapidly India has a select few elite developing country grows. schools that offer top quality education, such as the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management. However, the vast majority of students attend colleges and universities that offer a mediocre education at best, say education specialists. At the bulk of these schools, specialists say, classes are large, resources are few, facilities are rundown and students and even teachers have poor attendance. These colleges also face criticism for teaching solely for an end-of-year exam, rather than teaching students to value intellectual curiosity, develop their creativity or learn critical thinking. “We may have large numbers of schools and colleges and universities, but we have essentially dumbed them down over the years. We give out degrees, but we are not necessarily producing scholars,” said Rajeev Gowda, a professor of economics and social sciences at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Even the elite schools, he said, do not offer a quality of education and research facilities comparable to top institutions in the West. And only about a quarter of Indian graduates are employSaathee.com

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Yeh Saali Zindagi (Director: Sudhir Mishra) Arunoday Singh, Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Saurabh Shukla, Sushant Singh & Vipin Sharma

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Yeh Dooriyan (Director: Deepshikha) Cast: Deepshikha, Kaishav Arora, Ayub Khan, Inder Kumar, Salman Khan, Achint Kaur & Rajesh Khera Patiala House (Dir: Nikhil Advani) Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Prem Chopra, Hard Kaur, and Soni Razdan

4. No One Killed Jessica “Aali Re” Music: Amit Trivedi Singers: Aditi Singh Sharma, Anushka Manchanda, Biswajit Chakrabory... 5. Yamla Pagla Deewana “Sau Baar” Music: Sandesh Shandilya Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

Shorr (Director: Raj Nidimoru) Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Alok Chaturvedi, Sudhir Chowdhary, Pitabash Tripathy, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Nikhil Dwivedi

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The independent film Raspberry Magic is a coming-of-age story about 11-year-old Monica Shah, who thinks she must win the science fair in order to bring her father back after he runs out on the family. The film was shot in Oakdale, CA and has been screened at numerous festivals. The film is written and directed by Leena Pendharkar and stars Lily Javeherpour and Meera Simhan. The movie is now available on Amazon.com through video on demand and will travel to different places including Hulu and NetFlix. Raspberry Magic is Pendharkar’s feature film debut and has screened at over 20 festivals and won the Audience Award at the Philly Asian American film festival.

Actress Lara Dutta and Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi made an appearance on Karan Johar’s show “Koffee with Karan” recently and announced that they will be getting married in February. Their families are busy making the plans for the Bolly Tennis match-up.

IIFA Toronto The annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations are all set to make their debut in North America in 2011. It’s the 12th year of spreading the magic of Indian Cinema across the world and the destination is the ethnically diverse city of Toronto, Canada. One of the most popular destinations of cultural celebrations, Toronto embraces various facets of Western and ethnic cultures. The International Indian Film Academy promotes and represents Indian Cinema, fashion and culture globally. IIFA is a platform which builds bridges and connects with Indians and Indian Cinema fans from across the world. It gives fans a chance to experience Indian Cinema up close and personal at various events like film premieres, sporting events, fashion shows, film workshops and many others. The IIFA Awards are a grand spectacle honoring the best in Indian Cinema highlighted with colorful performances. IIFA will take place June 23 – 25, 2011.

S-E-L to Compose ICC Cricket World Cup 2011’s Official Theme Song The ICC Cricket World Cup, set to take place from Feb 19 – April 2, 2011, will be hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The countdown to cricket’s biggest tournament is coming down to the wire. Of course when you talk about cricket’s biggest tournament, Bollywood will come in to the picture. Especially since the World Cup is being held in South Asia this year. The musical trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy has composed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011’s official theme song. The song is titled “De Ghuma Ke,” which suggests a sense of competition and the quest for victory. The song has been composed in three different versions namely Hindi, Bangla and Sinhalese that will be featured during the tournament at respective venues in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

SRK to Host Indian Version of Popular TV Show Wipeout He has hosted “Kaun Banega Crorepati-3” and “Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Ho?” Now Shah Rukh Khan is slated to return to the small screen as a host for the Indian version of popular reality show “Wipeout.” It will be called “Zor Ka Jhatka Total Wipeout,” where contestants are given a series of water-based adventure tasks to perform. The show is likely to be shot in Argentina and aired on NDTV Imagine.

DreamWorks Animation Goes to Bollywood DreamWorks Animation recently announced that it is fasttracking the development of Monkeys of Bollywood, a Bollywood-style animated musical adventure set in modern-day Mumbai. Executive producer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Prince of Egypt, Enchanted), executive producer and composer A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, Bombay Dreams), and writers Gurinder Chadha & Paul Berges (Bride & Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham) spent time last month at DreamWorks Animation’s headquarters in Glendale, California to continue their collaboration on the feature project. “To reunite with Stephen Schwartz and work with such a celebrated team of artists on DreamWorks’ first-ever CG animated feature musical project is incredibly exciting,” said the comSaathee.com

Farhan Akhtar to Star in Baba Azmi’s Directorial Debut Farhan Akhtar has a busy 2011 lined up. First he will appear in sister Zoya’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which is set for a May release. And then he has his own directorial venture Don 2, which is one of this year’s most anticipated films. Akhtar is also working with Baba Azmi (Shabana Azmi’s brother) in his directorial debut. Baba Azmi is a well-known cinematographer in the industry. The project will star Farhan Akhtar and the film, set to begin filming in July, is being produced by Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. 22

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By Anita Kulkarni Bhendi Bazar Gharana The first generation of the Bhendi Bazar Gharana is credited to three brothers who hailed from the Bijnor Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh and settled in Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai. The three vocalists are Chajju Khan, Nazir Khan and Khadim Hussain Khan (d.1919). Ustad Aman Ali Khan, the son of Ustad Chajju Khan and later a major exponent of this gharana, dedicated a number of his own compositions to his father under the same pen-name. A great number of the compositions of this gharana are in praise of Lord Shiva. Features - Aalap based gayaki consisting of smooth meends, Gamak Taan and Sargam Pattern. Presentation of south Indian Ragas are the specialty of this gharana. Founders - Ustad Chajju Khan, Ustad Nazir Khan and Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan. Exponents - Ustad Nazir Khan, Ustad Aman Ali Khan, Shashikala Koratkar, Anjanibai Malpekar and others.

Evolution of Carnatic music- a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, this month we continue to pay homage to Purandara Dasa, one of the great saints of Carnatic music. In last month’s column, we looked at the remarkable transformation of the rich and miserly merchant Srinivasa Nayaka into the wandering bard Purandara Dasa; this month we look at the numerous contributions he made to Carnatic music as well as the various facets of his compositions. Purandara Dasa was one of the most famous exponents of the Haridasa movement, which was a part of the larger Bhakti movement. The Bhakti movement advocated doing away with the practices of caste system and ritualistic worship and instead advocated a life of devotion to God in a simple manner. In line with this thought, the Bhakti saints, including Purandara Dasa, composed verses, which were simple enough to be understood by the common man. Often in colloquial languages, the public easily understood these songs even if they had not had any formal education. Purandara Dasa composed numerous devaranamas in Kannada. While many of the krithis were devotional in nature and exuded Bhakti (devotion), other krithis exuded common sense and a philosophical approach to life. Yet other krithis were satirical in nature and commented (or lamented!) on the state of society at that point in time. One of his compositions reads:

Benaras Gharana The Benaras Gharana evolved as a result of great lilting style of khayal singing made famous by Thumri and Tappa singers of Benaras and Gaya. This gharana is Aakar-based singing. Founders - Pandit Gopal Mishra Exponents – Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Girija Devi and others. Mewati Gharana The Mewati Gharana gives importance to developing the mood or melody of the raga through the notes forming it and its style is known as Bhava Pradhan. It also gives equal importance to the meaning of the text. Exponents of this gharana are well versed in rendering bhajans. Founders - Ustad Ghagge Nazir Khan. Exponents - Pandit Jasraj, Moti Ram, Mani Ram, Sanjeev Abhyankar and others.

Nageyu baruththide yenage, Jagadoliruva manujarella hagarana maduvuda kandu (I laugh (satirical) looking at the confusion of people around me) He goes on to describe various real-life ironic situations, which give an insight into what society may have faced at that point in time. The recurring theme in all his compositions is surrender to Lord Vittala of Pandarapura. Purandara Dasa is regarded as ‘Sangeetha Pitamaha’ or Father of Carnatic music. Besides his various compositions (close to 500,000) he also systematized the way Carnatic music was taught to students with a series of exercises that are followed to this day. These exercises introduced basic concepts and showcased more advanced concepts as the students progressed. The late musician M. L. Vasanthakumari (MLV) popularized Purandara Dasa devaranamas and these were often mainstays in her concert presentations. Till we meet next time, do listen to Purandara Dasa devaranamas; you can find many beautiful renditions by MLV and other vocalists online.

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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich Drum Dances Ghumra In any dance form from any country, when you add drums to the orchestra, it sets the stage for presentation of energy. They are used to invoke spirits, create rhythmic patterns or describe the intensity of cosmic dances. During the stage production of Dances of India on Saturday, April 30, 2011, (Halton Theater, CPCC Central Campus, Charlotte, NC) I want to introduce some of the drum dances for cosmic dances and will try to show a few on Nazar Television during the “Dances of India� segment. I have written about Pung Cholam before. Another fine example of drum dance is the festive dance of Ghumra, mostly prevalent in Orissa, especially in the districts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Kalahandi. The name of the dance is derived from the pitcher that looks like a drum. Its body is made from terracotta (mud). The neck of the drum is like a hollow cylinder. On its mouth they tie the skin of Godhi, a lizard like reptile. The drum is slung from the neck of the dancers like in Pung Cholam, but they also tie it to the back so that the face of the drum is close to their chest. The dancers play on the face of the drum with both their hands while dancing. This dance is performed only by men. Unlike Pung Cholam, the dancers wear colored Dhotis and jackets. They wear beautiful turbans decorated with peacock feathers, while their belts and ankles have several bells or ghungroo. It gets complicated as one dancer without the Ghumra drum holds two bunches of long peacock feathers in both hands. He then dances with the group making funny movements and sounds that add a humorous element to the performance. In the beginning, the dancers stand in two rows and play their Ghumra drums. Then the vocalist starts his singing, while the dancers play drums softly to the music. As soon as the singing is complete, the dancers play on their drums loudly and dance vigorously. Although this dance is performed during some festive occasions, customarily it is danced on the day of Gamba Purnima that falls on the full moon day of the lunar month of Shravan which is around the months of July and August. Many African countries have drum dances as well. In my opinion, perhaps no country can surpass India in the range and variety of drums and drum dances. For questions or comments contact Dr.MahaGingrichvia e-mail at: msgingrich@juno.com

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Time really tends to go fast and it seems like the Gents just had a 50-over format World Cup Tournament (for Cricket) - but it was back in 2007! And now that 2011 has started, that means another World Cup for the gents. The ICC’s goal is to give major cricket playing nations fair turns and opportunities to host World Cups. Three World Cups have been hosted by England (1975, 1979, and 1983), India/Pakistan in 1987, Australia/New Zealand in 1992, India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka 1996, England/Netherlands 1999, South Africa/Zimbabwe/Kenya 2003, and West Indies 2007. For the 2011 World Cup, Australia/New Zealand were a strong contender since they had not hosted in nearly two decades. However, in the final voting India/Bangladesh/Sri Lanka/Pakistan (later dropped as a co-host) were awarded the tournament. Initially, Pakistan had also been awarded a position as a cohost, however, due to the tense geopolitical situation team in the country and the attack on the Sri Lanka team near Lahore in March 2009, unfortunately, a decision was taken on April 17, 2009 that none of the World Cup 2011 matches could be played in Pakistan due to safety concerns. It is estimated that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will lose in excess of US$10 million due to losing the co-hosting status. After losing the co-host status, there were also some rumors that the Pakistani team may refuse to play in India and at the current juncture, the schedule does not feature an India vs. Pakistan match and the various matches featuring Pakistan are indeed outside India.

Similar to previous World Cups, there will be fourteen nations represented by two groups of teams, A and B. Here is the lineup: Group A - Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya Group B - India, South Africa, England, West Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands

The ambassador for the 2011 World Cup is Sachin Tendulkar (India) and his position will call on him to support a variety of International Cricket Council (ICC) activities that will supplement and support the tournament. The opening ceremonies for the 2011 World Cup will be held in Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 17, 2011. All of the matches will be in 50-over ODI format and the action will commence on February 19, 2011 with Bangladesh hosting India at Dhaka. There will be 42 matches in the first portion of the tournament and points will be awarded based upon a victory, draw, etc. The top four teams in each group will proceed to the ‘Super 8’ (Quarterfinals) which will begin on March 23, 2011 or thereabouts. The Super 8 will be whittled down to two semi-final matches involving the Final Four, and the survivors of the semi-finals shall go on to play for the World Championship in Mumbai on April 2, 2011 or thereabouts. The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy was designed by Garrard & Co and is presented to the winning team since 1999 - the original trophy is kept with the ICC and the winning team is given a replica. The only difference between the two pieces is that the original trophy has the names of all of the previous winners inscribed on it. Winning the tournament is also extremely lucrative - the 2011 Cricket World Cup winning team shall be taking home a purse of nearly US$ 3 million. The broadcasting of the event is also a “megabucks deal” —- the ICC has sold the rights for broadcasting of 2011 World Cup for approximately US$ 2 Billion to ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket and the World Cup will be broadcasted all around the globe in approximately 220 countries. For a unique, interactive calendar of all of the World Cup matches - please visit http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-schedule/series/228/icc-world-cup-2011 For those of you who really like to look into the future —- the 2015 World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and the 2019 World Cup will be hosted by England!

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Luka and the Fire of Life is the story of Luka Khalifa, younger brother to Haroun of “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.” Luka is envious of Haroun, as he got to go on an adventure to Earth’s second moon in order to save their father’s storytelling abilities. Even though this happened before he was born, Luka is frustrated - when will he get to go on an adventure? Luka gets more than he bargained for, though, when his father Rashid Khalifa falls ill and it’s up to Luka to save him. I thought Rushdie’s “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” was an adorable little novel, so it was with much anticipation and excitement that I picked up “Luka and the Fire of Life.” Once again, the reader is plunged into the World of Magic, hoping that Luka can act quickly enough to save his beloved father. Though “Luka and the Fire of Life” is a sequel, it easily stands on its own two feet. The two novels do have common elements, but reading one is not necessary to understand the other. Rushdie gives the reader a quick summary of the events of “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” and as a result, you know all you need to going into the story. Still, though, I do recommend reading both books, if only because they are both adorable and have their own quirks and strengths. That being said, it is definitely not necessary to read them in order, though if you are going to read both, I’d strike down the more conventional path in order to avoid spoilers. “Luka and the Fire of Life” actually has the feel of a video game. Luka gains and loses lives throughout his adventures, and the World of Magic has different levels he must get through before he can reach his final goal. There are even save points, so if Luka “dies,” he won’t have to repeat what he’s already done. As someone who enjoys the occasional video game, this really appealed to me. I thought it was incredibly creative to take something that is huge in popular culture and make it literary. As this book is easy to read and a lot of fun, I do wonder if that aspect will make it appeal to younger readers who are more likely to play games than read a book. If you aren’t familiar with video games or don’t enjoy them, I don’t think that will preclude you from enjoying the novel. Just like “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” “Luka and the Fire of Life” is easy to read. It’s not laden down with literary devices and heavy prose; in other words, it’s a wonderful introduction to Rushdie’s writing. While Rushdie is an amazing author, his works can be very daunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with his writing style. Luka introduces the reader to his love of magical realism, but is short and will appeal to many different age groups. The message of “Luka and the Fire of Life” is a wonderful one. The entire book is a bow to the amazing gift of storytelling and how powerful it can be. And Rushdie himself is a wonderful teller of stories, drawing the reader into a charming world. While this novel isn’t quite as hefty or deep as Rushdie’s other works, it’s a great reminder of why he’s such a celebrated author.

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By Amanda Sodhi Out of the recent music releases—Tees Maar Khan, Yamla Pagla Deewana, Impatient Vivek, Toonpur Ka Superrhero, No Problem, Turning 30—Tera Kya Hoga Johnny is one of the few Bollywood OSTs that stands out. There are seven compositions by Pankaj Awasthi, Ali Azmat and Abhishek Ray, and with the exception of one composition the rest of the songs are quite enjoyable. ”Tera Kya Hoga Johnny” (3.36) is a really peppy, feel-good, motivational number. Sukhwinder Singh sounds lively as usual. In addition to composing this song, Pankaj Awasthi also provides decent vocal backing. There are brief dialogues inserted in the song such as “chaai pilaa ek dum kaddak,” and a bizarre “la la la la la” inserted as well. The pace of the song is nice and steady, fitting in with the song’s theme of building up confidence in the lead protagonist. These particular lines by Junaid Wasi stood out—”Yeh cheentiyon ki kataar hai, Ek parde ki deewar hai. Har parde ki aadd mein, Ek dhokaa tayaar hai. Dream nagar ke beech bhanwar mein, Phas naa jaanaa tu. Chance pe kar bharosaa, Kuch tho hogaa, Sab tere favor mei hai. Sikkaa nikaal, Tu kismat ucchaal, Luck tere favor mei hai.” “Teri Parchhaiyan” (5.30) is a soft, melancholic song for the first minute of the track. Ali Azmat sings, composes and writes this song almost like a whisper, giving a haunting, soul-stirring feeling. The acoustic guitar and steady drumbeats are nice. Lyrics are average, though—”Dil kyun apnaa jalaate rahey? Sapney bhi humko dikhaate rahe…Suntaa rahaa, kuch naa kahaa, jo dil mei thaa…” It’s a decent, somber song to listen to during lonesome nights. ”Shab Ko Roz” (3.59) is an awesome Pankaj Awasthi composition sung very nicely by him as well. Awasthi approaches this ghazal in a very innovative way, and the tabla arrangements and alaas are excellent. It’s a real treat for Pankaj Awasthi fans, and the lyrics by Surender Chadurwedy are absolutely wonderful—”Shab ko roz jagaa detaa hai, Kaisi khwaab sazaa detaa hai. Mujhe bandh kamre mei rakh, Jo tu pankh lagaa detaa hai, Shab ko roz jagaa detaa hai…Rooh mei jab main dhalnaa chaahoon, Tu ek jism banaa detaa hai…Jab bhi poochoon main haal uskaa, Meri hi ghazal sunaa detaa hai.” ”Heeriye” (3.32), composed by Pankaj Awasthi and sung by Labh Janjua is a fun, yet average, techno-Punjabi dance number complete with Punjabi percussions such as the dhol and the iktaara. Lyrics by Neelesh Misra are playful but ordinary—“main Maruti teri tu petrol kuddiyeh.” Also composed and sung by Ali Azmat, “Tore Naina” (7.12) is a nice semi-classical song with rock music elements. Azmat Saathee.com

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The Desert Creature (An Aesop’s Fable) This tale happened thousands of years ago. It was a time when life was hard as people had to do all the work by themselves. A large number of people were nomads - they would travel from one place to another in search of food and shelter. While traveling one day, a man arrived at the edge of a desert. He was walking in the sand, when suddenly, he came across a frightening creature - it had extremely long, thin legs, a giant hump and a long neck. It was this neck that he extended towards the man, who, scared out of his wits, ran away from the spot. The following day, he met the creature again. It was standing near a lake, drinking water. This time, the man was fascinated at what he saw - the creature putting its long neck into the lake and drinking water continuously. Then suddenly, aware it was being watched, the giant creature looked up and stared straight into the eyes of the man standing across. But this time, an expanse of water separated the two, and the man did not run away. He stood and watched the animal, which made no effort to come closer. In the following weeks, the man saw more such creatures, again and again. It seemed they were all over the desert, aimlessly walking about for miles on end. The man began to observe the creatures very closely. He saw that they were vegetarian. Moreover, despite their huge size, they were remarkably meek and gentle. And what stamina the creatures had! They could walk the entire length of the desert without being exhausted. After observing them, the man thought - “What if I tame this creature and make it ferry all my stuff? I could then make the desert my home.” So, one day, while one of the creatures was dozing, the man went up to it and put a bridle in its mouth. Then he rode around in it, after placing an enormous amount of load on its back. After a little more time, the man even allowed his child to ride the creature all on his own. With that, the taming of the camel was complete (for that was who the creature was). And ever since that day, the camel has faithfully lived up to its title of “Ship of the Desert.”

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The Lion Cub (An Aesop’s Fable) The mama animals and birds of the forest were having an argument of sorts. Actually, it was a game of showmanship, regarding their little ones. They were trying to find out which one of them had the largest litter. “I do,” said Mama Deer, and proudly displayed her brood of four sweet little deer. “No, no...look at mine. See how sharp their teeth are!” exclaimed Mama Jackal whose six cubs bared their fangs. All the animals that had assembled backed off a little, but Mama Jackal assured everyone they were only grinning. “See how many I’ve got,” chirped Mama Sparrow, sitting high up on the branch of a pretty Oak tree. “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine...hee hee.” And the little birdies put out their heads and tweeted. “Your record is no patch on mine,” purred Mama Cat, whose litter of kittens was so large, it looked like a little army. “No one’s is,” she added. “Sure, but your babies are too insignificant to count,” drawled someone else. Then everyone joined in and there was complete chaos as everyone shouted louder to get heard. “Let’s go to Mama Lion,” said someone and everyone agreed. So, all the animals marched into the den of the Queen of the Forest. She was basking in the sun and looked very majestic as the mama animals approached her. They told her about their dispute and requested her help. “We all have so many offspring, but we can’t be sure about who has the largest brood,” they said to Mama Lion. “What about you?” they asked. “Me?” she laughed. “I have just one,” and she pointed to the frisky little cub running about her. “Only one! That’s all?” exclaimed the animals. “Yes,” said the proud mother “...and he’s going to be King of the Forest some day. So tell me friends, what use is a large brood to me?” The mama animals were forced to agree that in the long run the lion cub would matter more than all of their little ones put together.

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC It is true that in business and social situations it is usually wise to be tactful and to “speak the truth which is sweet,” to quote my former yoga teacher. We also value honest feedback when it comes from a trusted teacher or friend who we know respects us. Last October when listening to WUNC, I was surprised to hear this wisdom from a 19 year-old Israeli female rap artist who chose to make up songs about painful topics for youth including suicide and bullying and who refused to sign a contract with a record company that wanted her to “change her tune.” She said, “How can we deal with a problem if we refuse to talk about it?” She also talked about the importance of staying with frustration and pain long enough to deal with it. So this article will deal with “the painful truth” that if you want to harness the power of American English, as a non-native speaker residing here, you have to speak it clearly enough to be readily understood. This is a “hot button” topic that arouses very strong feelings so I’ll clearly state my own view that an accent can be a very charming cultural flavor, a vital part of someone’s personality IF it is not a communication barrier. “Listener friendly speech” does not have to sound like “broadcast quality Standard English.” After all, the mild accent of the CEO of Citibank, a native of India, hasn’t impaired his effectiveness! A report on the October 27, 2010 MSN Homepage created a “firestorm” of comments within 24 hours of its publication. It featured a summary of a controlled research study by Boaz Keysar Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at the U. of Chicago and his post-doctoral researcher, Shiri Lev-Ari which showed that “foreign accents make speakers seem less truthful to listeners.” American participants were asked to listen to a set of recorded statements like, “A giraffe can go without water longer than a camel” read by native and non-native speakers. Even though the listeners knew that the speakers were reading from a script, they gave higher ratings of truthfulness to native speakers, lower ratings to people with mild accents and the lowest ratings to people with heavy accents. Dr. Keysar concluded, “The accent makes it harder for people to understand what the non-native speaker is saying. They misattribute the difficulty of understanding the speech to the truthfulness of the statements.” Here are some of the comments that were posted within the next 24 hours: “The findings from the University of Chicago really show how ethnocentric the US can be. It is sad to see how a country founded on immigrants from many nations perceives others with an accent as less trustworthy. I think it is a reflection of lack of education, travel opportunities and exposure to other countries.” “I don’t think that an accent makes someone more or less trustworthy; however, how can I do business with someone I can’t understand?” “So if you have an accent and/or if you deal with people with accents, be a little more open minded and try to listen a bit harder. An accent is not a reflection on a person’s education. Stereotyping is Saathee.com

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Utthanasana Stand straight keeping your feet shoulder width apart. Place your palms on your waist. Slowly bend the knees and lower the buttocks about half a foot. The knees should bend outward over the toes and the spine should be straight. Straighten the knees and return to the upright position. Repeat at least 6 times.

the arms sideways to shoulder level. Slowly bend forward twisting the trunk so the left, bringing the right hand to the left foot then twist to the right, bringing the left hand to the right foot. Repeat at least 6 times on each side as fast and freely as possible. After finishing the movements stay in forward bend for few breaths before returning to the standing position.

Triyanka Tadasana Stand straight keeping your feet shoulder width apart. Interlock the fingers turn the palms outward and raise the arms over the head. Slowly bend to the left side from the waist. Do not bend forward or backward or twist the trunk. Slowly come to upright position and then bend to the right. Repeat at least 6 times on each side.

Kati Chakrasana Stand straight keeping your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly twist the body to the left bringing the right hand to the left shoulder, wrapping the left arm around the back and looking over the left shoulder as far as possible. Repeat on the other side to complete one round. Repeat at least 6 times.

KandhaUtthanasana Stand straight keeping your feet shoulder width apart. As you breathe in slowly raise both shoulders up to the ears together with raising the toes up so that the body weight is on the heels. Breathe out dropping the shoulders and toes down. In the beginning it may be difficult to maintain balance but with practice it becomes easier. Repeat at least 6 times.

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By rajesh ganatra The Mumbai Sensex had a bearish start, losing over 1700 points in the first two weeks of 2011 - the Sensex surrendered the 20,000 level on its way down to the 18,800s. The index had a stellar 2009 (gain of 70 percent) and followed that up with a very respectable 2010 (gain of 15 percent) so perhaps investors were waiting for the first of the year to book some profits. Additionally, there have been rising concerns about the level of inflation - the RBI has already increased interest rates and Cash Reserve Ratios (CRRs) of banks several times during CY2010 and investors do not want to see interest rates rising further. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has designed a method for Indian investors to participate and invest in the large indices of 24 global exchanges, including the USA, Europe and Asian neighbors. Indian stock exchanges will be able to make a market in derivatives contracts of these global indices. The prerequisites are that the index on which the derivative is being issued should have a market capitalization of at least US $100 billion and it should comprise a minimum of 10 individual stocks so that each issue does not skew the index too much and another caveat is that trading in derivatives on foreign indices would be restricted to Indian residents only. Infosys Technologies (NASDAQ-INFY) has been one of India’s largest software companies for many years and it has always enjoyed very healthy margins - however, in the 4Q2010 results that were announced on 1/13/2011, the company’s results came in below expectations due to two major reasons — - more competitors entering the marketplace and offering services and products for lower prices, and the appreciating Rupee. The Philippines are emerging as a very attractive nation for outsourcing and therefore, India is feeling pressure in that area. IGate Corp (NASDAQ-IGTE) is a major outsourcing solutions provider and on January 10, 2011, it announced a $1.22 billion offer to buy larger Indian rival Patni Computer Systems Ltd. IGTE stock was hit hard on NASDAQ, falling nearly 20 percent within two trading days due to concerns that the company is expanding beyond its means. Because IGTE said that it may take on as much as $700 million in debt and sell as many as 10 million new common shares to fund the purchase of Patni. If the transaction is indeed completed, it would be the first time that IGate has taken on debt since 2001 after offering the equivalent of four times its total assets to buy Patni. The takeover would help IGate triple sales and add more than 15,000 workers in the world’s largest technology-outsourcing market as companies worldwide resume spending on computers and technology services, however, it is going to take a long time to digest such a large investment. In mid-January 2011, the Karachi KSE-100 continued its bullish trend and re-claimed the 12,500 level —- this represented the best level for the Index since June 2008. The Pakistani Rupee continued in a narrow range against the US $, trading in a band of PKR 85.50-86.50 to the dollar. Net foreign investment in Pakistan fell 15.4 percent to $1.05 billion between July 2010-December 2010, compared with $1.24 billion in the same Saathee.com

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Chess grand- wage, his motto being, “A full day’s pay for a full day’s work.” masters like Vishwanath Anand and Bobby Fisher have conElder Fraud or a Form of Symbiosis? siderable skills. One would perhaps agree that luck has very The other day there was a program on TV on what is comlittle to do with winning or losing at chess. Likewise, there is no risk except that of meeting up with a more skillful opponent monly called Elder Fraud. As people age, they can gradually lose the ability to look after themselves. This makes them deor one with an unfamiliar bag of tricks. Next, think of the fact that Americans as a whole spend $100 pendent on other people and also makes them vulnerable to all billion annually on playing the lottery. This method of shooting sorts of financial abuse. This, in a nutshell, is what elder fraud for monetary gain has abysmal chances of success, depending is all about. As my parents aged, I felt the need to be with them, espeas it does entirely on luck alone, yet so many people routinely cially as my mother felt vulnerable in old age. I was able to do waste money on it. Finally, there is the risk factor. Soldiers, astronauts and min- my filial duty by her, by the grace of God, and she passed away ers, to name a few, put their lives in danger in pursuit of a liv- in Calcutta in 1998. This left me free to return to the US, because ing. One would expect them all to hedge their bets, so to say, my dad felt quite capable of looking after himself. But around by carrying some shamrock, horseshoe or other lucky charm 2003 or so he began to show signs of senility, and my sister and to ward off the stray danger inherent in their chosen profes- brother in law, who were subsidizing him, asked a neighborhood young woman to keep an eye on him, in exchange for an sion. I find that in America especially these things are clearly de- agreed monthly stipend. Initially things worked out quite well. The woman, whom I lineated. Nothing in life is a given – not education, not good looks, not even inherited wealth. Of course there are aphorisms shall call Champa, came for a few hours every evening to put galore like: If one plays by the rules and works hard one is up his mosquito net, set the table in preparation for his dinner, bound to succeed. But somewhere along the way, the social and keep him company. He greatly appreciated this, and became rather attached to Champa. But as luck would have it, she contract has degenerated into something like: - Either you score a goal or I score a goal. (I.e. a zero sum game). started taking extra money from him. Starting with small - Just another sucker! (From the title of a James Hadley Chase amounts, the amount she took from him gradually increased till he used to fall short by the month’s end. book). 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Yet not only did the field of music and science have the evidences of hard work as the key to success, but also there are innumerable sources that substantiate uphill struggle into triumph in business. One such example is Dhirajlal Ambani. He is the founder of Reliance Industries, one of the biggest industrial groups in the world, involved in various sectors such as petrochemicals, textiles, and polymer products. Ambani started as a worker with Arab merchants and later moved to Mumbai to start his own spice business. After long years of struggle, he was able to make modest profits and was capable to break through the catacombs of poverty. He moved into textiles and opened his first mill and slowly expanded his business and founded Reliance Industries. Though he had proclivity for business strategies, he had to confront many pressures and unexpected hindrance to his progress from the other competent business tycoons. However, he made it through with excellence and fortitude. He has been the inspiring foundation of willpower and strength for the young generation and exemplifies the benefits of hard work and its emphasis on victory. In addition to this, Helen Keller, an American author and political activist, also showed a remarkable spirit of diligence. She was an extraordinary child with a treasure of immense desire to study and become literate. A disastrous event took place when she was nineteen months old, which altered her normal living. She suffered from a high fever, which caused her to become blind and deaf. These circumstances made her realize her inability to accomplish her aspiration of graduation. After being supported by her teacher, Anne Sullivan, she regained that essence of executing her dreams into reality. After a long period of perseverance and assiduousness, she became the first blind person to read regular books and finally, the first blind woman to graduate from college and achieve Bachelor of Arts degree. Thus, she was an inspiring source depicting the essence of hard work and accentuates on the inner strength of overcoming inabilities and accomplishing goals. In conclusion, history keeps giving illustrations of people who have overcome the imminent fear of incapability to tackle problems and achieve their dreams. It is high time people must realize that being meticulous and determined is the only medicine to the interminable pain of facing failures and not achieving goals rather than searching for other insignificant reasons that precludes victory. Hence, people must remember that triumph without industriousness is like a boat on a dry land.

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Community Focus Events of Note Sundara Kanda with Chinmaya Mission, Raleigh The Chinmaya Mission of Raleigh-Durham will present Sundara Kanda by Swami Prakashananda of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad and Tobago. Sundara Kanda is a moving exposition of Hanuman, and his Upasana Shakti for Lord Rama. Through his actions and words, Hanuman demonstrates his intense devotion for Lord Rama in various ways and different episodes that are captured by this poem. Swamiji’s lectures will enlighten the audience with the suggestive spiritual meaning captured by this poem. The 3-day Sundara Kanda lecture series will be held at the Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium (930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary, NC) from Tue Mar 1, 2011 through Thu Mar 3, 2011 (7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day). As young youth Swami Prakashananda went to Canada for higher studies, and met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda during the jnana yajna held at the university in Toronto. He eagerly approached Gurudev to join the mission and, in 1991, traveled to Mumbai, India to study the scriptures before taking the vows of a brahmachari. After studying Vedanta and Sanskrit for several years, and completing his studies in 1994, Brahmachari Prem Chaitanya was assigned to give discourses at various mission centers in India and Nepal. Leaving aside his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from York University in Toronto, and his law degree from Benares Hindu University, Prem Chaitanya returned to Trinidad in 1997 to start Chinmaya Mission. Thereafter, he began his satsangs and yajnas in Trinidad, the Caribbean, the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda initiated Premji into sanyasa as Swami Prakashananda on Mahashivaratri, in 2005. Info: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434, Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444. Website: www.chinmaya-rdu.org. Ekal Charity Concert 2011 The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA will present Ekal Charity Concert 2011 at three locations in the Carolinas. The show is a musical evening of nostalgic and new film songs, ghazals, and devotionals by Manoj Mishra (Bollywood Playback Singer, Group Leader and Lead Singer) singing songs of Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Anup Jalota, Hariharan, Ghulam Ali, and more. Also performing will be Nirupama Dey (SA RE GA MA 2007 Finalist) singing songs of Lata Mangeshgar, Asha Bhosle, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, and more. Top musicians will accompany the singers. The shows are as follows: Friday March 11, 2011 in Raleigh at the HSNC Main Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville NC. Separately sold dinner at 6pm and show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets: $50, $25, $10. Details: ekalrtp.info@gmail.com. Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Columbia, SC at the White Knoll High School Auditorium, 5643 Platt Springs Road Lexington, SC 29073. Dinner (sold separately): 6:30 pm-7:45 pm. Show begins at 8 pm. Tickets: $30 (VIP), $15 (general admission), $10 (students & children under 10). Details: Janak Dalal (803-6654050), Nitin Shah (803-960-2252), Indian grocery (803-750-9751),

Varsha Parikh (803-951-9173) Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Charlotte at a venue to be announced. Program begins at 5:30 pm. Tickets: $15 (general admission), $10(students), children under 10 admitted free. For details: ekal.charlotte@gmail.com, Neena Narumanchi (704-9624367), Yesha Shukla (704-274-9204), Prashant Gupta (980-2540730). Ekal’s Mission: To eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India with holistic empowerment. The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara Asia Society Museum, New York presents an exhibition of spectacular Buddhist sculptures, architectural reliefs and works of gold and bronze from the Gandhara region of Pakistan, most never exhibited before in the United States. The exhibition will take place from March 1, 2011 through May 29, 2011. These artworks show the rich artistic heritage of Gandhara as a geographical and historic region and as a particular style of art. “The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara” reveals the complex cultural influences—from ScythoVision of a Buddha Paradise. Pakistan. 4th century. Parthian to Greco-Roman tradiSchist. H. 46.9 x W. 38.2 x D. 11 in. (119 x 97 x 28 cm). tions—that fed the artistic Central Museum, Lahore, G-155. production of this region from the first century B.C.E. through the fifth century C.E. “Despite today’s images of Pakistan as a place of violent extremism, the region has an ancient tradition of tolerance and pluralism as evidenced by the survival of these spectacular examples of Gandharan art,” says Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Museum Director and Vice President, Global Art Programs. “Through this exhibition, Asia Society aims to provide new contexts for looking at the arts, culture and society of Pakistan today, in keeping with our long history of programming about and engagement with Pakistan. At its height, Gandhara—whose center was situated in present-day Peshawar in northwest Pakistan—encompassed Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Bactria, the Hindu Kush, and the Punjab region of northwest India. The majority of Gandharan art known today is Buddhist in origin. Buddhism reached Gandhara as early as the third century B.C.E., and began to flourish in the first century C.E. as Silk Road trade and cross-cultural connections from the Mediterranean to China fostered its spread. The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara is the first exhibition to bring works of Gandharan art from Pakistan to the United States since Asia Society’s groundbreaking exhibition of Gandharan sculpture in 1960. The majority of works in the exhibition are on loan from the National Museum in Karachi and Central Museum in Lahore. In addition to loans from Pakistan, comparative works, both eastern and western, that illuminate the Greco-Roman and Scytho-Parthian influences on Gandharan art are included from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asia Society Museum, and private collections in the United States. Details: www.asiasociety.org.


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ligion. The membership to this organization is open to everyone, irrespective of whether they have Punjabi heritage or not. The grand opening of Punjabi Unlimited took place on December 25, 2010, at Seasons at Tandoor banquet hall, Durham, NC. Parminder Singh Soch gave the keynote speech, emphasizing Punjabi language and culture’s ability to unite people of different faiths and nationalities. The grand opening also included games for children, Punjabi songs sung by local talents and dance performances, including Bhangra. Punjabi Unlimited has a mission to celebrate Punjabi cultural events like Baisakhi Mela, organize Sufi/Qawwali concerts, Punjabi poetry session, sports and other events. More details at www.PunjabiUnlimited.org.

Surya Namaskar Yagna 2011 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), a non-profit cultural organization, conducted the 2011 annual Surya Namaskar Yagna from January 15 – 30, 2011. The event kicked off on Jan 15 throughout the nation with an expectation of more than 10,000 participants with the intention of performing 1 million surya namaskars. Surya Namaskar is a combination of yoga postures, called “asana(s)”, performed in a pre-determined sequence, in appreciation of the extremely valuable solar energy. This Yagna was organized by HSS as part of their “Yoga for health; Health for humanity” goal. This was the fifth Surya Namaskar Yajna (SNY) since it was first launched in 2007. Enthusiasts of all ages, gender, and races participated in this event. Participation in this event was free. This year in the Carolinas, about 160 participants participated in this yagna with the collective target of performing more than 20,000 Surya Namaskars. The Mayor of Morrisville, NC gave proclamation for this event. For more details about this event visit the official HSS SNY website at www.hssus.org/sny. To contact the local Carolina representatives, send an email to hss.rtp@hssus.org.

Manipuri Dance Expert Sanjib Bhattacharya Visits NC By Dr. M. K. Das Internationally acclaimed Manipuri and contemporary dance exponent and President’s Award Winner from India, Sri Sanjib Bhattacharya, has been driven in his professional career to tranSanjib and Rinku in Traditional Manipuri Dance Costumes scend physical, political, and cultural boundaries using the common yet powerful methods in music, dance, and spirituality. He has traveled throughout the world delivering a message of peace, hope and happiness through his entertaining dance performances, collaborative work with various academies, and instructional workshops with aspiring children and adult students. He focuses on increasing the exposure of the relatively obscure Manipuri classical dance form while building proper contemporary dance using the foundation of classical Indian dance. His underlying goal is to continue the work set forth by his Manipuri mentors, especially Guru Bipin Singh and Padmashree Guru Darshana Jhaveri. Locally, Rinku Bhattacharya Das has endeavored to promote Indian culture through classical Indian dance. Originally trained in Manipuri alongside Sanjib in Guru Bipin Singh’s Dance Academy, she has spent the last ten years honing her classical Kathak skills under the tutelage of Guru Laxminaryanji, Srimati Bela Arnab, and her mother Srimati Mallika Bhattacharya. Since her arrival in Durham in 2009, she has performed throughout North Car-

Haley Sworn in as first female Governor of South Carolina Nikki Randhawa Haley is the first woman and the first IndianAmerican to be elected Governor of South Carolina. She was elected the 116th Governor of South Carolina on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. She was inaugurated on January 12, 2011 on the steps of the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia. Haley was born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants. Her first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store –

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at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in accounting and, following her graduation, worked as Accounting Supervisor for the Charlotte, N.C. based corporation FCR, Inc. Haley then went back to the family business where she helped oversee its growth into a multi-million dollar operation. Haley and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, have two children, Rena, 12, and Nalin, 9. Punjabi Unlimited Launched North Carolina’s first Punjabi social and cultural organization “Punjabi Unlimited” has been launched in the Triangle Area. As its name indicates, Punjabi Unlimited endeavors to celebrate Punjabi art and culture beyond the divides of nationality or reSaathee.com

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vited to perform at two local venues. The first was a special New Year celebration at the ISKCON New Goloka Temple in Hillsborough. The performance began with a Manipuri duet dance entitled Yugal Nartan where the crowd was dazzled by the unique costumes and mesmerized by the grace and power of the Lasya (represented by Radha) and the Tandava (represented by Lord Krishna). The audience was then treated to a classical Kathak solo where Rinku displayed the intricate techniques, mathematically sophisticated footwork, and complex usage of rhythm and time management inherent to the Kathak dance style. Sanjib concluded the performance with an electrifying Manipuri piece Geet Govinda based on the writings of Jaydev. Rinku joined Sanjib in the last moments of the dance to provide a spectacular finish to the spiritual performance. The diverse audience consisting of devotees and dance enthusiasts were visibly moved. Temple founder and spiritual leader Srila Gurudeva Bir Krishna das Goswami stated: “I was amazed at their expertise and overwhelmed with the intricacies and bringing out of the different models of the dance. It was inspiring.” Adult workshop participant Karuna Shakti summarized the experience on behalf of the devotees: “It was as if The Lord Himself was dancing through the performance of the artists.” At the invitation of Guru Asha Bala and Dr. Kalpana Krishna, Sanjib and Rinku performed an hour-long Manipuri dance recital entitled Samarpan for the Fayetteville Hindu Temple’s Sankranthi/Pongal/Lohri celebration. The show consisted of three main parts—tradition, collaboration, and innovation. Performing before a captive and attentive audience numbering in the hundreds, the duo initiated the program with Yugal Nartan as the traditional Manipuri dance duet followed by a collaborative ManiKatha routine that was conceptualized with palace Manipuri and Jaipur Gharana Kathak styles. As a brief respite from the dancing, Sanjib performed a live Mridang instrumental routine entitled Pung Rachana that displayed the power of the sacred Manipuri percussion instrument and timekeeper. The night’s finale was an innovative piece, Dash Avataar, which depicted an improvisation of Guru Bipin Singh’s depiction of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu upon the Earth. A two minute dance drama coupled with audio visual effects depicted prominent moments for each incarnation resulting in a 20 minute long finale that was physically demanding for the performers. The complete efforts of the performers using dance movements, facial expressions, props, video, and music resulted in a moving spiritual masterpiece that drew a standing ovation from the audience. All of the hard work invested into Samarpan paid off as Sanjib and Rinku received well-deserved praise, appreciation and commendation. After three very productive weeks in NC, Sanjib made a somber yet satisfied departure. He found great potential for Manipuri classical dance in North Carolina that would certainly be realized through continued collaborations and Rinku’s efforts to promote and maintain local interest. Guru Bipin Singh would be proud.

olina and several locations in the US. She has received the India Heritage Award for Excellence in Kathak as well as being crowned the 2010 NC Boogie Woogie Adult Champion. As an instructor at Natya Academy in Cary, Rinku has always strived to maintain dance interest by introducing new styles and forms to the area. In this regard, Rinku reached out to Sanjib in an effort to introduce North Carolina to the wonders of Manipuri dance. Despite the rigors of travel exacerbated by the recent snowstorm, Sanjib conducted an energetic workshop at Natya Academy for thirteen local children varying in age from 8 to 16 and for seven adults of diverse backgrounds. Sanjib, with the assistance of Rinku, introduced the workshop participants to the grace and beauty of Manipuri classical dance as well as the novelty and physical challenges of contemporary Indian dance. The children were very engaged and eager to learn the new dance forms thanks to Sanjib’s gentle yet demanding guidance. Ten year-old Pranika of Cary captured the children’s feelings on the workshop: “We loved the camp and learning all the unique steps from Sanjib Uncle and Rinku Auntie.” The adult participants were even more impressed, especially with the novel artistic techniques that were conceptually simple but very challenging to execute properly. Sanjib exhibited his mastery of choreography as he blended the respective styles and strengths of the adult participants without compromising the standards of his art form. Proper posture and balance were coupled with contemporary movements derived from different classical styles. The underlying message of happiness was maintained with the ever-present positive facial expressions. Maitri Acharya of Durham commented: “Sanjib-ji was an inspiration. His down-to-earth approach and gentle critiques allowed us to give him even more.” Two weeks of instruction, practice, and rehearsal culminated with a presentation at Natya Academy that was packed to capacity. The audience was treated to an exciting Mridang drum solo by Sanjib, which was followed by demonstration of Manipuri poses and techniques. Sanjib guided the students through the entire demonstration where his presence on stage provided strength and re-assurance for his students. Informative documentaries were also presented to give the audience and the students an appreciation of Manipuri dance as well as a glimpse of Sanjib’s accomplished career. The presentation ended with a beautiful contemporary piece that merged both youth and adult groups into one performing troupe. Guru Asha Bala gave an eloquent speech on the evolution of contemporary dance and commended Sanjib for his care in utilizing classically based movements and proper music selection that resulted in such a beautiful presentation. Natya Director Arvin Maniktala was impressed by how quickly the students were able to learn the new techniques and perform cohesively on stage. Motivated by the success of the workshop, Arvin announced plans to provide Manipuri and Contemporary Dance programs in the upcoming sixth year of Natya Academy operations. Adult student and workshop veteran Dhanya Sandeep of Raleigh proclaimed: “This was the best workshop I’ve attended in terms of the amount learned and having the opportunity to present at the end.” During the course of the workshop, Sanjib and Rinku were inSaathee.com

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Community News & events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 charlotte@us.artofliving.org www.artofliving.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Carolina Sanskritk Maharashta Mandal CSMM Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and many events. For further details: Medha Tannu, mantannu@yahoo.com, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore, terasahara2000@yahoo.com 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik, psnaik@yahoo.com, 704.904.3636 Carolinas Christian Assembly Charlotte Everyone is coordially invited to join for Sunday worship - 9:30 to 10:30 English, 10:45 am-12:00 Malayalam. Address: 3046 Senna Drive, Matthews, N.C 28105 Prayer and Spiritual guidance: 803.322.9549 704.756.4969 CCAprayerline@gmail.com Saathee.com

Charlotte Gita Study Group For further details: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, rvenky@aol.com Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, skdave@hotmail.com Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. For further details: Hema at 704.841.7060 hadhopper@hotmail.com. Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama presentations. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), agm_patil@hotmail.com 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), kraj7@yahoo.com Charlotte Table-Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours:-Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm. Info: www.charlottetabletennis.org Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a nonprofit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across telangana region. Info & Pictures: www.charlottetelangana.com 94

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 www.patapa.dhamma.org www.dhamma.org 704.277.5013, rbddesai@gmail.com 704.563.5440, dspranger@gmail.com 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), lakshmi7778@yahoo.com cmacmusic@yahoo.com www.onlinecmac.com 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: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 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: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey), rattrey@aol.com, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), sajjan@carolina.rr.com, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), irajpal@aol.com www.gurdwaracharlotte.com Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone:704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and February 2011


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Community News & events 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) patel4260@bellsouth.net. 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 for kids above five 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 Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) pranayamclt@aol.com. Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 pradip_bulsara@hotmail.com. Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families. The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wed in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. Coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and other certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). Visit www.TTCLT.com or contact SJ (s_jan@yahoo.com), Hemant Amin (hvamin@hotmail.com) or Chetan Thakker (chetanthakker@yahoo.com). Upcoming Events: Sunday, February, 27, 2011: Tyagaraja Aradhana and All Composers’ Day beginning at 9 am. Contact: Rama Rachakonda - r_rama2000@yahoo.com Jayashree Panduranga jshree.pandu@gmail.com Info: www.hcclt.org Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts AssociSaathee.com

ation of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Mar 26 @ 6:00 PM - Pt. Shaunak Abhisheki, vocal recital, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. May 21 @ 6:00 PM - Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, vocal recital, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. For further details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 contact@ipaac.org www.ipaac.org 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) www.ivaac.org 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, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: 96

• Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org 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 ongoing 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. Info: www.netIPnc.org 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 which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For further details: Anju Desai (ajdesai66@gmail.com or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty (shubhra.chakraborty1@gmail.com) or 704-942-4798). www.prathamusa.org. Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to inFebruary 2011


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Community News & events crease Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: www.probasi.org 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 naturalpath.nc@gmail.com www.srcm.org Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For further details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani admin@issvcharlotte.org 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 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “GuruLilamrut”. 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 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Saathee.com

Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For further details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), baseer_11@yahoo.com www.southparkcc.org 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 Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8 – 11 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. For further details: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/st eelecreekcricketclub/ Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact pravben@gmail.com. United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic 98

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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 @ shankar.nirupama@gmail.com Puja Verma @ puja_usa@yahoo.com http://us.artofliving.org/greensboro 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, happy4mehta@yahoo.com; Venky, Triad Tigers, venkyhot@hotmail.com. 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: Hirabhai Zaver 336-375-5350 Paresh Patel 336-609-3014 www.gcap.us India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to proFebruary 2011


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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 @ 1 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888 www.nckrishnas.com 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. Saturday, March 5, 2011 Sangeetha Aaradhana - Nadopasana through Classical/ Devotional Singing, begins at 1:30pm. Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham will present Sundara Kanda Lecture series in Greensboro with Swami Prakashananda of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad and Tobago. Sundara Kanda is a moving exposition of Hanuman, and his Upasana Shakti for Lord Rama. Through his actions and words, Hanuman demonstrates his intense devotion for Lord Rama in various ways and different episodes that are captured by this poem. Swamiji’s inspiring lectures will enlighten the audience with the suggestive spiritual meaning captured by this poem. The 2-days Sundara Kanda lecture series will be held at Greensboro - Triad Hindu Temple, 2424 Huffine Mill Road, McLeansville, NC - 27301 from 7:00 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday, Mar 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2011. For details about Sundara Kanda call or visit Somu Lakshmanan 305.527.4871 or Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 www.chinmaya-rdu.org/. Info: www.triadhindutemple.org

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Community News & events tional health. Info: Phone: 919-275-0443 (Priti Manmode) E-Mail: RDUArtofLiving@gmail.com / priti.manmode@artofliving.org http://us.artofliving.org Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. Info: www.duke.edu/web/aid/ Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: balagokulam.rtp@gmail.com hss.charlotte@hssus.org (Charlotte region) www.balagokulam.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For further details: Saathee.com

919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), ratanray@hotmail.com 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), swaty_sen@yahoo.com banc_members@googlegroups.com www.banc-online.org Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The next meeting will be on Sat Feb 12 at which there will be a Valentine’s Day celebration and other activities as well. The Officer group for 2011 is: Harish Shah-President, Mahendra PatelVice President & Treasuer, Bhartiben Patel & Natverbhai Parikh-Entertainment Directors, Raojibhai Patel-Secretary and Mulchand Patel-Food Director. For further details: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, bhavin_shah@hotmail.com Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, mahenlata@gmail.com Bhartiben Patel/ Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, familyinn@yahoo.com Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891, mpatel393@hotmail.com Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide nonprofit 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 102

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 Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham is delighted to host Sundara Kanda by Swami Prakashananda of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad and Tobago. Sundara Kanda is a moving exposition of Hanuman, and his Upasana Shakti for Lord Rama. Through his actions and words, Hanuman demonstrates his intense devotion for Lord Rama in various ways and different episodes that are captured by this poem. Swamiji’s inspiring lectures will enlighten the audience with the suggestive spiritual meaning captured by this poem. The 3-day Sundara Kanda lecture series will be held at the Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium (930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary, NC) from Tue Mar 1 through Thu Mar 3 (from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day). For further details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 http://www.chinmaya-rdu.org 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, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit www.dadabhagwan.org and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit www.kids.dadabhagwan.org 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) taj@unity.ncsu.edu GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. February 2011


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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 greater community. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) msanyal@ncsu.edu www.hsc-ncsu.org Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For further details: hss.rtp@hssus.org - Triangle area hss.charlotte@hssus.org 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) contactus@humsub.net www.humsub.net 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 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and 104

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Community News & events India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 internationalcommunitychurch.org 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. Info: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra) www.hindi.org 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) niraj_joshi@yahoo.com www.swaminarayan.info 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, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and hisSaathee.com

torical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 – 8 pm and each Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm. Mar 19 through Apr 9 —- “Certified 200 Hour Teacher Training Course” —- this course is certified by the Yoga Alliance and is designed for those who wish to teach true Yoga. Therefore this course will include both theory and practice of the spiritual science of Yoga, as well as the healing science of Ayurveda, nutrition, anatomy of yoga, yoga therapy. Yoga is the subtle spiritual discipline that purifies the body and mind, while Ayurved is a practical physical discipline that focuses on diet and life-style to heal and purify the body. Note: If a participant has time constraints, he/she may choose to take only the first two weeks of the course and defer the remaining week to a mutually agreeable time 106

Info: 336.421.0690 lifemisionusa@gmail.com www.lifemissionusa.org Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. The India Fest 2011 online registration for stage performers, crafts, cuisine vendors, and volunteers in now open. The fest will be held on March 25 – 27, 2011. Info: www.nuvyug.net Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. For further details: payamber@ncpaa.org http://ncpaa.org Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. Info: www.prathamusa.org 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 priyadarshini.arts@gmail.com http://www.youtube.com/user/Priyadars hiniArts February 2011


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Community News & events 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 likeminded 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 politcal issues. For further details: http://www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/ 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. Info: www.vedantanc.org 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) www.rtpmm.org 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 Saathee.com

performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 comm@svtemplenc.org www.svtemplenc.org 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) raleigh.center@gmail.com> www.srcm.org, www.sahajmarg.org 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. Info: sampigeeditor@yahoo.com www.sampige.org Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. For further details: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) www.shareandcare.org 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 bless108

ings 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. Info: 919.220.9917 www.sgncweb.org 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. Info: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. Info: 919.461.1773 sec@stgregoriosnc.org www.stgregoriosnc.org Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the greater Triangle area. Info: tca_nc@yahoo.com www.tcanc.org Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President) http://members.fortunecity.com/tamilsangamofcarolina

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Community News & events 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: committee@tataonline.org www.tataonline.org 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) Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: www.idrf.org. Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For further details: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 www.nctga.org Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potenSaathee.com

tial. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) triangleindianyouth@yahoo.com Triangle Karaoke Group Triangle Karaoke Group meets once a month, on a Friday evening, for the South East Asian community to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through songs. Triangle Karaoke Group’s February session will be Fri Feb 18, from 7:30 PM till 11:30 PM at Tandoor Restaurant, Greenway Commons, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham NC 27713, phone 919 484 2102. Choose from 10,000 Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Gujrati, Punjabi Kannada, Koli , Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim Songs, Marathi, Oriya, and English songs. Events are open to the entire music loving community for singing, or listening to your friends sing. For details call Shafi Parekh 919 413 3924, Manzoor Cheema 919 412 7008, Satish Babu 919-414-9646, Kubi 919 342 5337; or e-mail Shafi Parekh at: shafi@pdiagnostics.com Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: rangmandal@gmail.com 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. Sat Feb 5 - 7:00 pm: Potluck and Discussion of Dr. Fuhrman & Plant-Strong Diets - Durham Friends Meetinghouse, 404 Alexander Avenue, Durham, NC. Sat Mar 12 - 7:00 pm: Potluck and Music Night - Carmen Chasteen’s home, 747 Buck Branch Rd, Pittsboro, NC. 542-1970 Info: barman@cs.unc.edu www.trianglevegsociety.org Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a 110

group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email coordinator@nc.twocentsofhope.com. www.twocentsofhope.com Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) taj@unity.ncsu.edu Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. The group enjoyed having a discourse on Shreenathji Charitramrut by Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji and was very well organized and well received. Attendees were very lucky to get a very good understanding of the origin and development of Pushti marg from Shri Je Je essentially right at our door steps. Regular Bhajan recitations for 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm will resume in October 2010. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808 February 2011


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Sun Feb 20 - Balagokulam 10.00 AM to 11.00 Noon, Balavihar 11.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, Geeta Study from 10.30 AM to 12.00 Noon Sun Feb 27 - Balagokulam 10.00 AM to 11.00 Noon, Balavihar 11.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, from Geeta Study 10.30 AM to 12.00 Noon Sun Mar 6 - Maha Shivarathri 11.00 AM to 12.30 Noon Sun Mar 13 - Balagokulam 10.00 AM to 11.00 Noon, Balavihar 11.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, Geeta Study from 10.30 AM to 12.00 Noon Sun Mar 20 - Holi celebrations from 11.00 AM to 12.30 Noon Sun Mar 27 - Balagokulam 10.00 AM to 11.00 Noon, Balavihar 11.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, Geeta Study from 10.30 AM to 12.00 Noon For further details on upcoming events write or call. Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani) VasnaniD@aol.com Hindutempleenc@gmail.com

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 / (803) 233-3995. 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. Info: dhammasc@hotmail.com Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 112

11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. Info: 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: www.hindutemplesc.org/index.php 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. Info: 803.884.0859 iagcfolks@yahoo.com International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for all people of Indian origin. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) www.internationalfellowshipchurch.org Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 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 February 2011


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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. Info: 336.299.9683 runderwood@webtv.net www.avatarmeherbaba.org

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General Predictions for February 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) This month may start with full confidence and power. You should be very busy with your project at work place. Try not to be overactive. You may need some help or support during second half. A kidney-related health problem may bother you this month. Consider donating some money or services for religious activities. Don’t count on your siblings for any kind of help.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) You may see major ups and downs this month. Major changes in your relation with your siblings and friends may develop problems for you during second half of the month. You can learn more from your competitors than your friends. Try to accomplish all your projects during first half and then take a vacation during second half of the month. Also be careful about your health, particularly heart patients.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) You may have to wait till the last week to see positive results. Don’t try to bring changes in life. You may have to go through major ups and down during this month. Your assistant may prove to be a great support for you. Time is not favorable for diabetic people. Don’t take chances, follow the education and knowledge you have to solve any problems. Your spouse may do well this month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You may work against your nature this month. You want to travel to far off places and lose some contracts. But you will have confidence to get back in the system. You may accomplish major family-related project. Even though it may bring major changes in your life, you will love it and enjoy it. Minor health issues are possible; you want to ignore them for now. Your family member’s involvement in your work may increase.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) After slow progress, the time may change and improve dramatically for you during second half of the month. It is very important to act safe and drive slow and cautiously during second week of the month. Help from your spouse should always be there this month. Destiny is playing with your karma and you should accept it as a part of life. You may do very well at workplace, but financial progress may not be to your expectation.

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Gas Station & C-Store For Sale: in beautiful country-side of Mebane, NC, 27302. Inside business $45K/Mo, Gas 25K/Mo, Lotto 2K/Mo. Asking price $475,000 with property. Call (336) 684-1152

Gujarati Nanny Wanted: Need a Gujarati Live-In or Live-Out Nanny for a 3 year-old child. Also Cooking & Housekeeping. In Gastonia, NC. Call 704-974-3501 or 704-9743839.

C-Stores For Sale: Salisbury, $1.8M + Inv., GR $3.2M; Archdale, NC, $825K + Inv., GR $1.7M; Mooresville, NC, $4.6M + Inv., GR $8.5M; Mills River, NC, $1.1M + Inv., GR $3M; Troutman, NC, $2.7M + Inv., GR $6M. 704-814-9435 www.countysouth.biz

Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a Couple or single. Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, NC. Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975

Businesses For Sale: Café, restaurants, deli, coin laundry, dry cleaners, and more plus residential listings. Call for the best discounts when you buy or sell. Guaranteed Excellent Service! 704-649-9095. Broker. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Threading Practitioners Wanted: Full or Part Time. In Charlotte & Raleigh Areas. Experience & Good English Skills Needed. Please call 980-322-1110 Hindu Priest needed for Triad Hindu Temple to perform daily poojas (rituals) at the temple and at the devotee’s residences. Applications are accepted from priests only not from agencies. Details available at www.triadhindutemple.org Front Desk Clerk: Needed: for a Franchise Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Single Resident - can provide 1 room apartment. Must be legal status. Fluent English & good computer skills. E-mail resume: bwhospitality78@gmail.com Hotel Help Wanted: Night-auditor & Housekeeping positions available in Raleigh, NC. Must speak English. Couple or Single. Experience preferred but will train. Accommodations provided. Please call after 6pm to 919-231-3000. Hotel Help: Need a Young Couple for front desk, housekeeping & maintenance for a mid-size franchise hotel near Columbia, SC. Excellent pay with free accommodations. Send detailed resume with salary expectations to: hotelhelpsc@gmail.com

Sales Person Needed: Full-time position in men’s suit business. Must be fluent in English and provide great customer service. Please call at 864-595-2551. Located in Westgate Mall Spartanburg, SC 29301. #91221 Hotel Help Wanted: Experienced (3-5 years) in front desk, maintenance and housekeeping. Single preferred. References required. Accommodations provided. Call 336.625.1880 or 336.328.6018. Experienced Accountant Needed: Looking for a Full-Time experienced Accountant. Quick books / HR experience as plus. Salary DOE. references & legal status required. Contact: 704-907-4776 or email: ashwin_ywca@yahoo.com Gas Station Help Needed: Wanted help to run gas station near Charlotte, NC. Would prefer husband/wife team who can run business on their own. Profit sharing possible. Call 704-517-5825 Hotel Help Wanted: Front Desk Clerk needed for a Franchise Hotel in Hickory, NC. Legal status. Single or couple. Good computer skills & good English required. Call Rick Patel: 919-724-6772 Need Full-Time Nanny: To take care of new born baby girl in March 2011. Prefer indian vegetarian female. May include light house work. Located in Ballantyne area of Charlotte, NC. Please contact at 704-763-4011 Looking For Help: in fast food cafe and bakery, must speak English and be a legal resident.Contact Anjali or Sonia at 704-688-7100. ITEMS FOR SALE:

Motel General Manager Needed: for two franchised motels. For more information call Raj at 828-712-4306 or email: rajpatel750@hotmail.com

Glass Pipes For Sale: Attention stores and tobacco shop owners, we have quality glass pipes at lowest prices. Sample package for only $49.99. For details call 919.744.9764.

Pizza Shop & Retail shop for sale or lease: Downtown Cary. Call for details 919.649.1484.

Nanny Needed For Family In Durham, NC: Help with cooking starting from Feb'11 and also taking care of the baby (expected in March ’11). Call 201.210.8895.

Household Items For Sale: Sofa & Mattress for sale. Good condition. Email for more information: rakavid@aol.com

Cash Business For Sale: coin-operated car wash and coin-operated laundry with real estate ($750K) in Person County, Contact: info@entrustassociates.com or Anne at 919.803.4216.

C-Store/Gas Station Hiring: In Charlotte, NC. Looking for a full-time employee. Good pay. Good hours. Must be legal. Call Vimal: 704-299-2580

Motel for Sale: in MONTGOMERY,AL 36105. Asking price $1.5M Call for details. (336)684-1152 4 Blimpie Sub Shops For Sale: located inside of Walmarts in Columbia, SC area. Low rent & overhead! Also C-Store For Rent in Abbeville, SC. Call Mahesh Patel 864-205-8777. Saathee.com

INTERNET SWEEPSTAKES NOW HIRING: Roxboro, NC. Accommodations provided with good salary. Computer knowledge preferred but willing to train. Couple or single resident. Serious inquiries only. Must speak fluent English. Call Ketan Desai (336) 599-3151 extension 0. 122

Entertainment Center For Sale: includes 57” Widescreen Toshiba HD Rear-projection TV. Great condition & awesome picture! Perfect for bonus room or Home Theater space. Call 704-451-0457 MATRIMONIAL: Seeking Hindu Male: for my daughter (Goswami) age 24. Currently Green Card holder. Call 919-251-8524. Looking For Indian Bride: Caste & Religion No Bar. Green Card Holder & Living in NC. Graduate Degree Holder. Call 919-638-9648 February 2011


PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Townhome For Rent or Sale: Beautiful Ranch style 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom. 3 private courtyards and security system. 5 minutes from Swaminarayan Mandir & Hindu Center. 15 minutes from UNCC or Downtown Charlotte. Call 704-277-8242 or apbaps@yahoo.com.

Beautiful Home For Sale A custom built, 6000 sq. ft., transitional home with most beautiful vista of golf course and lakes in front and back in Bermuda Run Country Club, located off I-40, 10 miles west of Winston Salem, 25 miles north of lake Norman. Priced to sell. Please Contact:: Saroj Panchal

office: 336-785-1235 Residence: 336-760-0776 E-Mail: bartshah@gmail.com Need Paying Guest: Accommodations available for a single person in South Charlotte / Ballantyne area. Private bedroom, private kitchen & bathroom. Also: Treadmill For Sale. Contact: 704-236-7326 or 704345-7869 Land for Sale: 2 acres, 10 minutes from Durham / Chapel Hill, NC. Some owner financing. $75,000. Call 919.220.2488 for details. 3300 SF Town home in Myers Park for sale: Simonini built. 4bd/4 ½ ba. In-law suite. $650k. www.525queens.com. Vivian Munson, Dickens-Mitchener 704-661-7551 SERVICES: 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: krsnapriyad@hotmail.com MEHANDI & SAREES: Specialist in Bridal mehandi and henna for all occasions (20Yrs of experience). We carry designer sarees, 12 gram jewelery, Kurtis and accessories. Contact Neena Jain (Trendz) 919-367-0746 or e-mail: Trendz02@hotmail.com Rita Beauty Parlor: Fort Mill, SC - Near Charlotte. Open 7 days a week. Please call for appointment:: 704-906-9505 JadooTV Now Available: Watch all channels from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, & Arabic Countries. Live Cricket Games & More! We also offer auto alarm with auto start installation. Call 704-598-8388 or 704449-9418 Saathee.com

Avon Independent Representative: Love Avon Products? Look no further! Call me for all your Avon needs @704-787-9391 or Visit me online: www.youravon.com/hpatel

Balaji Priest: All kinds of puja, havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. 704.877.6320 or 704.545.7220.

Shree Beauty: Licensed Cosmetologist in the Mooresville / Lake Norman area for Eyebrow Threading, Facials, Waxing, Chemical Peel, Etc. For appointments call Jagruti 704-500-2724 or 704-658-7747. 137 Troter Ridge Dr. Mooresville, NC 28117

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: sastrigal2003@yahoo.com

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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.

Experienced Tutor Available for Middle School & High School students at my home near UNCC. Also preparation for SAT & ACT. Subjects: Math, Physics & Chemistry. Contact: Chandan Saha Phd. (248) 895-9978 Tax & Accounting Services for Individual & Business, Bookkeeping, Sales Tax, Payroll, ITIN application & Financial statement analysis. Call: Kirti Parmar 980-355-5218, email: info@JaySwaminarayanTax.com, www.JaySwaminarayanTax.com 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. www.trianglespeech.com. Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704-846-7912 Home Daycare In S. Charlotte: large playroom & backyard. Teacher with 10 years of experience. NC credentials, CPR & First Aid certified. Age appropriate activities & Spanish lessons. Newborns welcome. Gladys 704-541-9235 Tax Returns: Federal and State Tax Preparation with e-filing, Accounting and Bookkeeping Services to Individuals, Self-employed, Small Partnerships and Scorp. Mahesh Patel, EA 704-799-6377, masupatel4@yahoo.com WEB DESIGN: Want a new or redesign Website? Attract new clients & more money. Internet Marketing. Reasonable price. Quality Design. www.define-web.com (980) 6224387 - Web & Graphic Design services. Babysitting Available At Our Place: In South Charlotte area for all ages. Homely environment. Fluent in English/Hindi/Gujarati. Please contact 704-469-2216. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Stressed? In Pain?: Relax with a Massage by Jasu Bhojani. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Hot Stones,Reflexology,& Head Massage. NC licensed & Board Certified. Phone: 704-685-1523 or 704-362-5659

Gujarati Priest: havan, randal, satyanarayan katha, vastu, weddings, baby showers, navaratri, diwali's laxmi & sharda pujas, navgrah puja, nam karan vidhi. Cary / Morrisville / Raleigh area. Call Suresh Joshi: 919-924-4927(cell) or 919341-4703 (home) Math Tutoring : Real-time tutoring using virtual whiteboard technology with professional tutors based in India. Free 30 min trial. As low as $7 for a 45 minute session. State-aligned curriculum & assessments. Call Ritu Thakur 704-443-7054 or toll-free 888-757-8377 www.TCYONLINE.com. TaxforLess & Accounting- offers individual & business Income tax preparation, fast refund(RAL), multistate, e-Filing, ITIN, Notary, bookkeeping, free Refund estimates, tax advice, voluntary or minimum fees. 919.400TAXX (8299), 919.261.6663 email: ustax4less@gmail.com Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 Jayantinlad@yahoo.com Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum), for any occasion, barat, doli, graduation, birthdays, baby showers and any other festivity. Affordable rate. Arpan Bhandari at 704-8437202. email: arpandholi@yahoo.com

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(Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Nilgiris Indian Bazaar (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Niti's Beauty Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Patel, Mrunal (Beautician) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Piedmont GYN/OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Premier Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . .118 Rapid Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Ravindra Dave Pandit (Religious Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Royal Kabab Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Royal Pakistan Grocery Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Saathee Subscription Coupon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Saathee.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Sai Speed Math Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Sangam Indian Cuisine (Cornelius) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Select Auto Sales (Vehicle Locator Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Situl Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Spice Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Township Pediatrics of Matthews (Dr. Varsha Pherwani) . . .36 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 V. Sagar Sethi, MD, PhD, M.Pharm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Way 2 Save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95

A.S. Art Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .67 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Alvi Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Ankusha Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Arya Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Autotech (Car Repair) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Beautiful Home For Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Bfit Dance Bollywood Fitness (Nrityangan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Bollywood Bites (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Bombay Bazaar (North Charleston, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Bombay Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Bridal Expo (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Camden Pinehurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Carolina Digestive Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Carolina Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Charlotte Prep School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Chingari Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Dances Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Deccan Dental Lab, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Delhi Palace (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . . .89 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Dick James Law Firm (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Dimpal's Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Five Star Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Hindu Center (Mahashivratri) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Internal Med Clinic & Medical Spine Ctr (S.M. Shah-Khan, MD)76 International Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Jay Swaminarayan Tax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 K.B. 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