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Park rangers have been given a license to kill. Are bullets the answer to poaching? By Jason Overdorf – As dawn was breaking the week before the global tiger summit began in St. Petersburg last month, a team of forest guards in Kaziranga, Assam, in northeastern India, sent their own unmistakable message to the bigwigs debating how to save the majestic cat. After tracking four poachers through thick fog for much of the night on Nov. 15, the park rangers closed in. Suddenly, a group of guards came face to face with the poachers. The tigerand rhino-killers opened fire. The guards fired back, killing two of the poachers on the spot. The others fled into the tall grass, escaping with a harrowing story for their partners in the illegal wildlife trade: In Kaziranga, park rangers don’t run away. They shoot back. “It is a common thing,” said Surajit Dutta, director of Kaziranga National Park. “This year, seven poachers have been killed, and there have been lots of encounters.” Even before the experts in St. Petersburg sounded the alarm this month — warning that the tiger could be extinct in as little as 12 years time if countries failed to take concerted action — the front-line troops in Kaziranga had thrown down the gauntlet in India, which is home to nearly half of the world’s remaining tigers. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Kaziranga has for years been India’s most aggressive tiger reserve when it comes to fighting poachers — arming its forest guards and pushing them to match poachers bullet for bullet. And this July, Assam granted its park rangers the license to kill. “Kaziranga is the only “Kaziranga is the only protected area with shootprotected area with shoot-onon-sight orders for poachers,” sight orders for poachers,” said Belinda Wright, executive said Belinda Wright, executive director of the Wildlife director of the Wildlife ProtecProtection Society of India. tion Society of India. “There “There are shootouts freare shootouts frequently.” quently.” The results have been salutary, say park officials. Originally instituted to protect the Indian one-horned rhino — which is also highly endangered — the aggressive tactics that Kaziranga uses to fight poaching have helped give the Indian national park the highest density of tigers of any area in the world, with about 33 tigers per 100 square kilometers according to the latest population survey. “It’s not a safe place to be a poacher — or a guard,” Wright said. “Every year, some guards get killed. But that’s the price you have to pay for protection in this modern day and age because the rhino’s horn and the tiger’s body is so valuable.” Issued in July, the new notification under the criminal code

of procedure essentially gives the forest guards the same immunity to prosecution for firing their weapon on the job that’s enjoyed by the police. Instead of criminal charges, an internal investigation led by the local magistrate determines whether or not the shooting was justified. But in a country with strict (though ineffective) gun control laws, where the vast majority of police officers rely on a bamboo stick, rather than a firearm, to keep the peace, the state of Assam’s empowerment of its forest guards is unprecedented. At least partly in thanks to these tough measures, Kaziranga boasts about 2,000 one-horned rhinos and as many as 100 of the world’s 3,500 remaining tigers. But critics say the battle has just begun — and at least one wildlife advocacy group suggests that there’s a grim footnote to the “highest tiger density in the world” tag. Nature’s Beckon, a locally based nongovernmental organization, for instance, argues that the real reason that the population of tigers within the Kaziranga reserve is so dense is that the habitat outside its boundaries has been ruthlessly destroyed. That may well be the story across the country, where wildlife parks mark isolated dots on a map where villages are mushrooming into towns and cities. But with fast-growing India remaining the last best hope for maintaining a viable tiger population, the first skirmish in the fight is surely to stop the hemorrhaging at its national parks. So far this year, Wildlife Protection Society of India says that India’s reserves have lost 51 tigers, 26 of them to poachers, and in 2009 the country lost 85 of the big cats, including 32 killed by poachers. And some parks, like Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, have been forced to admit that all of the big cats under their protection have disappeared. A big part of the reason could be the plight of the poorly paid, ill-equipped forest guards. In most of the national parks, they lack radios to communicate with one another — let alone the guns they need to protect themselves against poachers. And in those few instances where a guard does carry a firearm on the job, he dare not use it. “If you are a forest guard in Panna National Park or any of India’s other parks, and you have a license to carry a gun, and they allow you to carry it inside the park for protection, if you fire that gun and kill a poacher, you will be arrested for murder,” Wright said. But not in Kaziranga. Not anymore. 8

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“The growth of China has major implications for not only oil, but [for] coal, natural gas and many, many other resources,” Luft said. As far as supply is concerned, “These are not necessarily always negative implications: the Chinese are sometimes willing to invest in places that international oil companies otherwise would not be willing to invest in because of risk. So while they are a major driver in demand, they are also a major driver in supply, particularly in high risk areas.” China has certainly not shied away from oil fields in Nigeria, Sudan, Iraq and Angola — areas where the twin shadows of corruption and conflict have proved major headaches to international oil companies. Even its foray into the United States is a gamble. Gas and oil locked in the shale of southern Texas is plentiful, but tricky to extract. Some analysts believe China’s main interest in Texas is gaining expertise in this field. Yet, said Luft, aside from the Texas venture, China’s typical modus operandi in the oil world — buying whole operations rather than part-investing in joint ventures — points to a desire to control supply. And, he said, as demand inevitably increases, this could manifest as ruthless economic policy in blithe contempt of regulatory bodies such as the World Trade Organization. “If [the Chinese] need energy to grow, they will do anything they can to get this energy, whether it is in violation of WTO provisions — whatever it takes to get their energy. They are fully committed to economic growth.” John Mitchell, an energy expert at the U.K.’s Chatham House think tank, said any move by China to corner the oil market would only take place under extreme circumstances, such as major conflict. Until then, he said, China’s energy companies would likely play the same role on the global oil market as international majors Shell, BP or ExxonMobil, being ultimately beholden to the countries in which they are operating. He said under normal circumstances, oil would “go where the market pays most.” “In the case of Chinese production in Angola and Sudan, it doesn’t all go to China. They sell it where they can get the best price and import where they can get the cheapest price,” Mitchell said. When the going gets tough, said Mitchell, it will simply come down to politics, and China will have to maintain good relations with the countries it operates in to keep the oil on tap. “The government of the producing country is sovereign, it has control over the industry, it can decide at the last resort where it wants it all to go and that’s that.” And, he said, China’s desire to get the best price possible should ensure that a scenario that defies free-market principles will remain a last-ditch option. “Economics has a way of coming out. If [the Chinese] can meet their demand more cheaply by buying oil from Iraq for example and selling ... their own oil in the United States then I’m sure that’s what they will do. They’re not fools.”

By Barry Neild — In 2005, China’s state-run CNOOC oil company triggered a storm of protest in the United States by trying to purchase America’s now-defunct Unocal Corporation. That $18.5 billion deal collapsed over U.S. security concerns. Undeterred, CNOOC returned to the U.S. this year and, with relatively little fuss, made a $1.1 billion offer for a stake in 600,000 acres of southern Texas oil and gas fields. The Texas acquisition is part of China’s staggering global fossil fuel investment spree this year, which has also seen it snap up concessions in Argentina, Canada and Africa. Just this week, Beijing-based Sinopec, Asia’s biggest refiner, agreed to buy all of Occidental Petroleum’s oil and gas assets in Argentina for $2.45 billion, bringing Chinese bids for overseas energy assets to a record $38.8 billion this year. The amount of money spent and the communist country’s quiet tenacity in seeking out new supplies, often in the face of local hostility, are a firm reminder that China is thirsty for oil, and getting thirstier by the day. Thanks to a booming economy, China is now the planet’s leading consumer of energy. The 2.25 billion tons of oil it guzzled last year easily surpassed America’s 2.17 billion tons. The Texas deal, seen as a possible precursor to further investment in the U.S., has yet to be approved. First, the Committee on Foreign Investment will decide whether CNOOC’s investments in Iran contravene U.S. sanctions laws. Reports, however, say the investment is unlikely to meet opposition. To allay concerns, the state-run China Daily recently quoted Zhang Fan, an American studies researcher, saying the deal will “benefit both sides and should not be viewed as a threat to U.S. oil security.” But at a time of uncertainty over conflicts in the South China Sea and Korean peninsula, does China’s aggressive acquisition of the world’s dwindling oil reserves pose a security threat to the United States and its allies? “It is hard to overstate the growing importance of China in global energy,” said Nobuo Tanaka, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, a key international oil security organization that China has refused to join. “How [China] responds to the threats to global energy security and climate posed by rising fossil-fuel use will have farreaching consequences for the rest of the world.” Chinese President Hu Jintao last year pledged to curb his country’s fossil fuel consumption by seeking renewable energy and nuclear alternatives. That said, China still consumes far less oil per person than the United States. Still, to fuel an economic expansion that stood at 10.3 percent in the last quarter, it must continue to secure new supplies. That means potentially siphoning off oil that otherwise would have been bound for the West. Such demand is a double-edged sword, said Gal Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a Washington-based think tank.


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dict is out. Sharman Joshi, one of the main players in the blockbuster 3 Idiots has been tapped by Chopra for his next film. Chopra firmly believes he has made the right choice. “We have seen the screen test of Sharman Joshi, and strongly feel that he has understood the character and done a brilliant job in the screen test,” Chopra said in an interview with Bollywood Hungama. Ferrari Ki Sawaari is a big solo project for Joshi who has until now mainly made a mark only in multi-starrers. The film, which goes on floors in February 2011, is being directed by debutant director Rajesh Mapuskar. – Courtesy of Bollywood Hungama

Abhishek Bachchan to Star in Bhansali’s Next Film

Sanjay Leela Bhansali may be coming to terms with the debacle of Guzaarish, but on the other hand he is already planning his next project. He plans to cast Abhishek Bachchan in his next film, a human drama about contemporary situations. It talks about the dilemma that a young individual faces in trying to jump across the hurdles that are placed in his life by government bureaucracy. While Bhansali has earlier worked with Bachchan Sr (Black) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Guzaarish), it’ll be interesting to see him make a film with the Junior Bachchan. – Courtesy of

John Abraham signed for Housefull sequel

In his directorial debut Heyy Babyy, Sajid Khan had Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Fardeen Khan as his leading men. In his second directorial venture, Housefull, Akshay and Riteish were joined by Arjun Rampal. Now in the sequel to Housefull, it’s John Abraham who will share the screen with Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh. Confirming the same, Sajid Khan says, “Yes John has been confirmed along with Akshay and Riteish for the sequel of Housefull. The film goes on the floors around March 2011. – Courtesy of IndiaFm

AR Rahman wins Golden Globe Nomination for 127 Hours

Dev Anand’s Classic Hum Dono to Be Re-released in 2011

Oscar winning Indian musician AR Rahman is in the race to win his second Golden Globe after being nominated in the Best Original Score category for his music in the Danny Boyle directed film 127 Hours. The 44-year-old singer-composer had won his first Golden Globe in 2009 in the same category for Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman’s music creates a haunting backdrop in 127 Hours, starring James Franco as real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who cut off his arm to escape from beneath a boulder after being trapped for more than five days. The soundtrack includes “If I Rise,” a collaboration between Rahman and American singer Dido. Rahman’s competition includes Alexandre Desplat who was nominated for The King’s Speech, Danny Elfman who was nominated for Alice in Wonderland, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross who were jointly nominated for The Social Network and Hans Zimmer who won a nod for his score in Inception. – Courtesy of Indian Express

A few years ago K. Asif’s cult classic Mughale-Azam was re-released in color. Now the evergreen superstar Dev Anand is all set to release his famous film Hum Dono in a new colorized version. The film is slated for release on January 28, 2011 in the overseas market and in the first week of February in India. Hum Dono featured Dev Anand in double roles opposite actresses Nanda and Sadhana. The new version of film has been colorized using a very advanced technology in US and is in Cinemascope with Dolby Digital Ex surround sound.

Irrfan Khan Lands a Couple of Plum Roles

Irrfan Khan and Tabu are powerhouse talents. Both worked together in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool and Mira Nair’s The Namesake. This pair will soon be seen in the Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestseller Life of Pi. Khan will be playing the role of Pi’s father. Khan has also been reportedly tapped to play one of the villains in the upcoming Spiderman film. He will play the role of a new villain called Van Atter and would clash on screen with the new Spiderman played by Andrew Garfield (of The Social Network fame). The film will also feature yet another villain Dr.Connors aka The Lizard played by Rhys Ifans. The new Spiderman film is being directed by Mark Webber and is expected to hit screens in 2012.

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Sharman Joshi to Play the Lead Role in Ferrari Ki Sawaari

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After the successful conversion of Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from 2D to stereoscopic 3D, Mumbai headquartered Prime Focus, one of the leading visual entertainment services groups has announced the launch of its new facility in Chandigarh, which will only be dedicated for the 2D to 3D stereoscopic conversion job. The company has also recently bagged multipicture deal of Rs. 200 crores, for 2D to 3D stereoscopic conversion work from a leading Hollywood studio to be executed in the next 30-36 months. With its mark in Chandigarh as tenth studio, the company has other operations in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai. The 50,000 sq ft studio, which opened in late December, will hold 3000 artists, and be dedicated to working on global projects. Merzin Tavaria, CoFounder & Chief Creative Director (India), told Bollywood Hungama, “Chandigarh is an ideal location due to its huge student population, many of whom are looking to establish a career in animation and VFX.” – Courtesy of Bollywood Hungma January 2011

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By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, at the outset, I would like to wish you all a very happy, prosperous and musical 2011! We begin in the new year by continuing our journey of the evolution of Carnatic music and studying the Bhakti movement in South India. The start of the new year provides an ideal opportunity to pay homage to one of the greatest saints of Carnatic music. Purandara Dasa. In this column we will look at the life of Purandara Dasa; next month we will look at his contributions to Carnatic music. Purandara Dasa (1484-1564) was one of the most famous proponents of the Haridasa movement. He is regarded as “Sangita Pitamaha” or the Father of Carnatic music for his invaluable contributions. Purandara Dasa was born as Srinivasa Nayaka into a wealthy merchant family. After losing his parents, Srinivasa Nayaka inherited his father’s business and became very rich; unfortunately he was also very miserly. In contrast, his wife was an extremely pious and generous lady. One of the most famous stories associated with Srinivasa Nayaka is his transformation from a person who loved material wealth to a dasa (literally a slave to the Lord). The story goes that Srinivasa Nayaka was a moneylender and a greedy one at that. The Lord appeared before him in the form of a poor Brahmin and requested money to perform his son’s thread ceremony. After ignoring the Brahmin for six months, Nayaka gave him some useless coins to get rid of him. The Brahmin went to Nayaka’s wife, recounted the incident to her and asked her to lend him some money. She gave him her diamond nose-ring which had been given to her by her parents and for which she did not require her husband’s permission. The Brahmin went back to Nayaka and sold him the nose-ring! Nayaka recognized the nose-ring as belonging to his wife; so he hurried home and asked her for it. His wife knew that Nayaka would punish her if she told him the truth; instead she decided to kill herself by drinking poison in front of the idol of Lord Krishna. At that instant, the nose-ring dropped into the bowl of poison and she took it back to her husband. Nayaka ran back to the store and found that the locked box in which he had placed the Brahmin’s nose-ring was now empty! Nayaka realized then that the Brahmin was none other than the Lord. He gave away all his riches and started the life of a wandering saint composing devotional songs. At some point of time, he became a disciple of the sage Vyasaraya who bestowed on him the name Purandara Dasa. Till next time, listen to devaranamas of the different Bhakti saints such as Purandara Dasa and Vyasaraya, among others.

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Every weekend, 30-year-old Vaibhav Mehta — India’s first full-fledged professional climber — hits the rocks outside Mumbai, keeping himself fit for more difficult route-setting expeditions on unexplored cliff faces. But over the past few years leading up to his sponsorship deal with France’s Petzl, Mehta has noticed a curious phenomenon. “On the weekends, the crags around Bombay are filled with climbers,” Mehta said. “This is something new. Apart from serious climbers, a lot more hobbyists are coming up.” Across India, athletes tell the same story. Indians aren’t crunchy and they aren’t known for fitness — as the pot bellies and litter on the roads will attest. But a quiet boom in adventure travel and extreme sports is nevertheless underway. This new part-time interest is thanks to rising incomes, new emphasis in Bollywood and on TV, returnees from the West and a new corporate culture spawned by the outsourcing business. Already, the number of weekend warriors taking up sports like rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and trail running is beginning to translate into a big business opportunity. Adventure sports-themed travel companies have mushroomed across the country, Outward Bound-style leadership programs are growing steadily, and equipment manufacturers say sales have increased by as much as five times over the past five years. “Disposable incomes have increased, and there’s more awareness about adventure,” said Major S.K. “Micky” Yadav, who owns an outfitter called Wanderlust Travels. “They go to Dubai, and they see dune buggies. They go to Thailand and they see bungee jumping, and they want to try that here.” That means today participation in adventure sports is snowballing, as the new interest sparks an increase in investment, generating improved infrastructure and better access to equipment — which in turn puts more focus on the emerging sports. According to Avinash Kamath, who heads Avi Industries, the company has increased its product range 20 times over the past decade, and now offers some 400 different types of equipment for trekking and mountaineering. In recent years India has added more than 20 indoor rock climbing gyms, scattered from metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai to smaller suburbs and towns like Gwalior, Pune and Thane. Homegrown pioneers like the Petzl-sponsored Mehta are mapping new climbing routes, blazing new trails and testing “first descents” down raging Himalayan rapids. And hardcore enthusiasts-turned-professionals are adding and promoting new competitive events — taking advantage of India’s diverse topography — virtually every year. In rock climbing, for instance, Girivihar, a Mumbai-based adventure club, has seen its annual rock climbing competition grow from a handful of local climbers to close to 100 participants from all over India over the past eight years. And long-distance cycling, trail running and “extreme” events like the Great Tibetan Marathon — run at an altitude of 3,500 meters (11,500 ft) have witnessed a similar boom. The eight-day, 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) Tour of Nilgiris bicycle race, for instance, started with 40 athletes in 2008; this year it will feature 100 riders — and there’s a wait list of 380. Similarly, after holding its first 100-mile ultramarathon in Delhi this year, Globeracers has lined up four new races to add to its Himalayan Xtreme and Thar Desert Storm events — in which competitors run 100 miles or more over several consecutive days.

“Events like these have a huge Indian participation and foreigners are a minority here,” said Kavitha Kanaparthi, who heads Globeracers and is also involved in organizing the 400-kilometer (250-mile) MTB India bicycle race. “If you look at the number of mountain bike brands making their debut in India this year, one would realize potential of this market. In the last two years, one can easily say that participation has grown over 150 percent in each event.” With seven major mountain ranges (including the majestic Himalayas), half a dozen mighty rivers and thousands of acres of jungle, India certainly has the terrain for challenging outdoor activities. But there’s a lot more to the growth of adventure sports than an accident of geography. Keen to exploit the potential for adventure tourism and to nurture future leaders, the government has over the past several years removed restrictions on trekking routes, opened an unprecedented number of Himalayan peaks to climbers and launched promotional programs like the Rajiv Gandhi Adventure Scheme — which sponsors 10-day adventure camps where young people can learn rock climbing, river rafting and other outdoor sports. At the same time, corporations and elite schools have embraced Outward Bound-style leadership programs to build confidence and team spirit, says Pranav Kukreti, marketing director of Treks ‘n’ Rapids. “First, there are more and more adventure tour operators in the market,” said Col. (Rtd). Ravinder Nath, director of the Indian Mountaineering Federation. “Second, the government is supporting more and more projects on adventure tourism. And thirdly, there is a general awakening among the youth that we can do this.” Not all of those youths are all that young. Many aficionados and even top competitors like Vivek Radhakrishnan — who runs an upmarket furniture design shop in Bangalore as well as the city’s best amateur cycling team — are in their 30s and 40s. And there’s a surprising number of women among the new athletes, partly because better organization has made lonely sports safer, said Malvika Jain, a long-distance cyclist. Rajesh Kalra is a typical example. A journalist with India’s Times Group, he started Pedalyatris, a Gurgaon-based cycling group, after he’d crossed 40 — and he still cycles 30 to 40 kilometers (18 to 25 miles) a day, longer on weekends. And he says that the group’s 150-odd members run the gamut from teenagers to 50-something executives. “Everybody is involved in full-time jobs,” Kalra said. “They come from different professions, some are with multinationals, there are doctors, engineers, software guys, CEOs, CFOs, all kinds of people.” 32

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In India, Anti-Corruption All The Rage Indians have had it with paying bribes, and they’re speaking out on an anti-corruption website. By Saritha Rai A man in Pune, in western India, hates himself for forking over $3 to the policeman who accused him of bad parking. In Bangalore, a young man gripes about how he repeatedly “failed” his driver’s license test until he bribed the official. A Mumbai resident complains that authorities demanded money to transfer over her dead father’s property, even though she was his undisputed heir. A traveler in New Delhi admits, sheepishly, to coughing up $30 at the airport lest the customs officials “microcheck” his bags. The list goes on. Indians have had it up to here with paying bribes, and now they’re speaking out. As anti-corruption campaigns gain momentum nationwide, a new website,, has emerged as a place where hundreds of Indians swap stories about paying bribes, discuss the going rates and get advice on how to deal with corrupt officials. Launched in August by the nonprofit Janaagraha, which works out of Bangalore to improve the quality of life in Indian cities and towns, IPaidABribe resonates with Indians who deal with a seemingly unending avalanche of scandals. There were the Commonwealth Games, which left behind a legacy of corruption on every level, from the purchase of treadmills to toilet paper. Hardly had that scandal died down, when another cropped up, this time over the illegal construction of a swank high-rise on prime Mumbai real estate. Next, the prime minister himself was implicated in a telecom scam that involved fraud to the tune of $4 billion. And that’s just the last few months. Each of these scandals has claimed the job of an Indian official and the Supreme Court is currently questioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the telecom scam. But average Indians are fed up. They want more to be done. “Take corruption out of the morning papers and we will have nothing to read,” said Bijoy Venugopal on the IPaidABribe. “Take it out of prime-time television and our anchors will have nothing to scream about, take it out of our sports and we will have nothing to play for, take it out of politics and we will have anarchy.” IPaidABribe is more than just a forum for people to vent frustration. The site seeks to challenge systemic corruption by extensively documenting it and analyzing patterns. The nature and number of corrupt acts, as well as their location and frequency, provide Janaagraha with city snapshots. It then uses the snapshots to argue for improved governance in specific locales and targeted law enforcement. Janaagraha co-founder Swati Ramanathan says that the website’s approach may be cheeky but the intent is dead serious. “We have taken a fresh approach and set up this

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The Dilli Hardcore (3.50) version, also sung by Tochi Raina, Shriram Iyer and Aditi Singh Sharma sounds rather similar to the original, except this version is two seconds shorter.

”Aitbaar” (4.41) is another stellar composition. Despite being angst-filled, it manages to abstain from being overtly brooding. The song fuses folk, rap and rock music elements and the cowbell sound, percussion arrangements, bagpipes along with Vishal Dadlani, Mame Khan and Robert Omulo (Bob)’s energetic, loud, angst felt vocals are a real winner. The song is hard to put into words…the fact that various music genres are meshed gives the track a mysterious and haunting feel along the lines of “Nayan Tarse” from Dev D. There is something in the track that just tugs at your heart, perhaps because it revolves around the universal emotion of feeling anger, sadness and disbelief all at once, while one’s trust is being betrayed. Bhattacharya simply continues to work wonders with his lyrics—”tukdde hazaar hue aitbaar…kyun taar taar hua aitbaar?…seene mei yaar chubtaah ghubaar ho ke…dil aitbaar kar ke ro rahaa hai aitbaar kar ke,” chooseh hai khoon,” “khunkhaar…gandaa mazaak hua aitbaar.” Along with “Dilli,” “Aitbaar” is bound to be on your lips for a very long time. The perfect post-break-up along with “Emosonal Attyachaar” (Dev D)!

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By Amanda Sodhi National Award winning music composer Amit Trivedi is back with the soundtrack for Rajkumar Gupta’s upcoming film No One Killed Jessica which stars Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan. Trivedi debuted as a Bollywood film music composer with Rajkumar Gupta’s previous project, Aamir. Consisting of six extremely innovative compositions, the soundtrack of No One Killed Jessica is certainly among one of the most memorable OSTs of 2010, and demonstrates the composing prowess of musical genius Amit Trivedi, who is already being compared with living legend AR Rahman so early on in his career.

The remaining two tracks in No One Killed Jessica’s soundtrack offer a much more calm and serene ending. “Yeh Pal” (6.01) is the only solo in the OST and is given to Shilpa Rao. The viola dominates the song for 40 seconds and then enters Rao’s deep vocals. Techno sounds 3.38 into the song along with a sitar/mandolin sound marks a transition in the composition to a much more fast-paced intense orchestration, reminding one of the Ishq Bina (the Kavita Krishnamurthy version) ending from Taal. In fact, it would have been wonderful if there was a separate inclusion in the CD of just that portion. Rao struggles a bit with the higher notes, though. Bhattacharya’s lines “Yeh pal jo hai woh haadse hain yaa phir likhe yunhi they? Teh hue they pehle hi yaa phir yeh teh nahin they? Kyun ghire hain toot ke jab judde hum kabhi bhi nahin they? Iss pe naa jaane kin ghaltiyon ki hai jurmaanaa?” are meaningful.

Trivedi teams up with lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, with whom he has collaborated on several projects including Dev D and Uddaan, and the results…well, the results are simply magical. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s delve right into the soundtrack!

”Aali Re” (4.54) kicks off with a rather energetic vocal “dhinchak dhinchak dhinchak” along with steady percussion buildups. Following in Rahman’s footsteps, Trivedi also ropes in a vast array of singers for this song—Tochi Raina, Biswasjit Chakraborty, Shriram Iyer, Raja Hassan, Anushka Manchanda, Sonu Kakkar, Aditi Singh Sharma and Sonika Sharma. The entire song is oozing with attitude, energy and Amitabh Bhattacharya pens down extremely witty phrases including “thoddi si kamini…thoddi zehrili,” “baddi hi-fi…jissne mooh lagaayi shamat aayi,” “raampoori chhooraah,” “temper hai bhayankar,” “dil kaa pinjraa khaali re.” Inclusion of whistles and a techno sounding xylophone sound 1.56 into the song stands out. The attitude with which the female vocalists croon “chal hat!” is catchy, and the entire song is addictive. The use of bagpipe sounding instruments, bongos, and vocal “doom doom dhaddakka re” towards the end is along the wildness and creative madness of “Kata Kata” from Raavan.

Meenal Jain’s delicate vocals are an interesting choice for “Dua” (5.57), which is also supported by Joi Barua, Raman Mahadevan and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s vocals. There are no vocals up until 1.20 into the composition. The use of the piano is optimistic and the lines “dard mei nikle dil se duaa” maintains the song’s message of hope in tough times. The song has a serene feel until a rock feel is forced later on, serving as a jarring contrast to Jain’s vocals—however, it may be intentional and symbolic choice, maybe to represent the clash of hope amidst dire situations. In the end, it is Jain’s optimistic vocals which prevail.

”Dilli” (3.52) is an intense, hard-hitting track which is bound to warrant zillions of replays on your playlist. The techno and shehnaai sounds, the manner in which the singers sing “d-d-dd-Dilli” with energy, the loud electric guitar and fast-paced instrument arrangements all make Dilli fun to listen to. The composition blends rock and folk music elements and maintains a somber feeling. Tochi Raina (Pardesi/Dev D, Gal Mitthi Mitthi/Aisha) is an excellent choice for rendering Punjabi lines,

Amanda Sodhi is a Bollywood journalist, lyricist, screenwriter, and PR/marketing practitioner based in Washington, DC.


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me to serve you. I accept your offer.” The lion was pleased to hear such words. After the conversation, the fox went out to find an animal for the lion. On the way, he met a fat donkey. The fox went to the donkey, “Friend, where have you been all these days? I have been looking for you for many days.” The donkey asked, “Why? What happened? Is everything alright?” The fox replied, “I have got good news for you. You are very lucky. Our king, the lion has chosen you to be his chief minister. He asked me to meet you and inform you about his decision.” The donkey was scared of the lion and said, “I am afraid of the lion. He might kill me and eat me. Why has he chosen me as his chief minister? I don’t even fit enough to be a minister. “ The clever fox laughed and said, “Dear, you don’t know your great qualities. You have a special charm of your own. Our king is dying to meet you. He has chosen you because you are wise, gentle, and hard working. You must not lose your greatest chance in life. Now, come with me and meet our great king. He will be really happy to see you.” So, the poor donkey was convinced and got ready to go along with the fox. As soon as they reached the lion’s den, the donkey got scared and refused to move forward. At this, the fox said to the lion, “Your majesty, the chief minister appears to be very shy and hesitates to come near you.” The lion himself came forward and said, “I like such modesty.” He limped towards the donkey. The donkey got so scared that he ran to save his life. The lion became angry and shouted at the fox, “You have played a trick on me. I was so hungry that I wanted to eat him at once. Go and bring that donkey back. If you don’t, I will kill you.” The fox replied,” Your Majesty, you were in a hurry. You should have left it to me, to bring him near enough. But I will try again.” The fox went back to the donkey and said, “You are a funny fellow. Why did you run away like that?” The donkey replied, “I was too scared. I thought that the lion was going to kill me.” The fox said, “What a fool you are. If the king wanted to kill you, he would have done so. You could not have escaped by running away. The thing is, the king wanted to tell you a secret

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 26 words = Excellent; 20 to 25 words = Good; 19 or less needs to improve. (Solution at bottom of page)

Dadaji’s Story #6 Once, a bee fell into a stream. He was struggling to get out of the water. His wings became wet so he could not fly. A dove was sitting on a nearby tree. He saw the struggling bee. He plucked a leaf. He held the leaf in his beak and flew to the bee. He scooped the bee with a leaf and dropped the bee out on the shore. After sometime the bee flew away. A few days later, the dove was sitting on the tree and was sleeping. A naughty boy was aiming a sling at him. The bee saw the boy. When the boy was about to shoot the bird, the bee stung the boy’s hand. The boy cried loudly with the pain. The dove woke up and flew away. Question: Why should you help someone who is in trouble? Moral: If you help someone in trouble, someone will help you when you need it. One good thing leads to another. The Donkey Has No Brains A Panchatantra Story Once upon a time, there lived an old lion. The lion, the king of the forest had grown old. He became frail and due to this, he could not hunt for his food. Many a times, he didn’t get even a single animal to eat. With each passing day he became weaker. He realized that like this he could not live for long. Somehow, he had to manage for the food, otherwise he would definitely die. He thought about how he could arrange for his food. After much thought, ultimately he decided that he should have an assistant. The lion thought that a fox would be the best person to handle this position. He summoned the fox and said, “Dear friend, I have always liked you because you are intelligent and clever. I want to appoint you as my minister and advise me on all the affairs of the forest.” The old lion also told the fox that he was the king of the forest; so he should not have to hunt for his food. In respect to this, the fox’s first duty as minister was to bring him an animal to eat every day. The fox didn’t trust the lion, but he could not refuse the king. The fox said, “Your Majesty, I am happy that you have chosen

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1 - wonderful, the best

Mastering Meaning

2 - putting money away to use at a later time 3 - not very often 4 - mood

5 - not feeling well

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6 - undecided

7 - in a difficult situation

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8 - optimistic 9 - friendlier

You will never have true mastery of a second language until you understand its non-literal meanings and until you really know how and when to use idioms, metaphors and similes. Idioms are figurative expressions that occur in daily conversations and have fixed or conventional meanings. Idioms like “hold your tongue” can be transparent or easy to figure out. Opaque idioms like ”the world is her oyster” have little relationship to the literal meaning.1 Metaphors such as “thundering applause” or “killing him with kindness” are used to describe objects or actions imaginatively, often with visual or sound associations.2 Similes such as “brave as a lion” directly compare one thing to another, are easier to understand and also add color and “feeling” to speech and writing.3

10 - very happy and excited 11 - angry, agitated

12 - not much help in an emergency

13 - telling someone’s news before they can 14 - a large number 15 - to summarize

Suggestions to increase your word power this month: Keep a small notepad handy and jot down any figurative expressions, idioms, metaphors and similes that you hear or read. Pay special attention to headlines in your local newspaper. Then go to and type one of the expressions in the search field.

Read this “e-mail” and find the correct meanings for the idioms, metaphors and similes related to the weather, atmosphere and temperature, as well as a few miscellaneous themes:

References: 1 Auslin, Myra Shulman, The Idioms Workbook second edition, PRO-ED Inc., 2003, pg. xi. 2 Illustrated Oxford Dictionary, Oxford U. Press & Dorling Kindersley, London: 2003 p. 514 3 Ibid. p. 770 4 Auslin, pp. 375-385. 5

“Hope the (a) atmosphere in your office in December was (b) warmer than in my division. Our “good times” committee heard from management in late November that funding for our holiday party was (c) up in the air. Many (d) heated discussions and a (e) torrent of emails to the committee chairperson followed since the staff was very disappointed and feeling overworked and very underappreciated. “Our HR liaison person said she was (f) under the weather the first week of December and couldn’t lend any support. It seems that she was only a (g) fair weather friend.

Answers: a-4, b-9, c-6, d-11, e-14, f-5, g-12, h-15, i-7, j-13, k-3, l-10, m-1, n-8, o-2.

“Well, (h) to make a long story short, productivity started to decline and management realized that they were (i) skating on thin ice, having taken their own holiday bonuses. (j) Stealing their thunder, our HR liaison sent us an email that our three “C” level executives had donated a portion of their bonuses for a wonderful catered holiday party. This happens (k) once in a blue moon around here and we were all (l) on cloud nine.

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“Our party was open to our families and was very tastefully catered and didn’t get rowdy at all. The decorations and food were (m) out of this world. Now we are all in a (n) sunny mood and we are talking about setting up a fund for volunteer contributions to (o) save for a rainy day in case this happens next year.4 “

Match these meanings with the letters before the italicized figurative expressions above: a __ h __ b __ i __ c __ j __ d __ k __ e __ l__ f __ m __ g __ n __ o __


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Lie on your back, lock your fingers and place your palms behind your neck. Inhale and bend your left leg Sit in cross legged posture as indicated

Exhale and drop your left knee of the left side or bring it down slowly.

Place your palms on opposite knees

Inhale and push the left leg. Repeat at least 10 times on each side.

As you breathe out, lean forward, try and keep your palms as far out as possible. Stay in this posture for 10 breaths and then inhale and come back up. Repeat the whole sequence 3 times.

Asana Variation 6

Asana Variation 2

Lie on your back. Inhale and bend your right leg. Place your left palm on your right knee. Sit in cross legged posture and place your palms on respective knees.

Exhale and bring your right knee to the left side simultaneously turning your head to the right. Stay for 10 breaths and repeat 3 times on each side.

As you breathe in raise your shoulders up and straighten your arms.

Asana Variation 7

Exhale and drop your shoulders down or bring them down slowly. Repeat the steps 10 times. Asana Variation 3 Lie on your back. Inhale and bend both legs, grab hold of your knees. Exhale and lean to the left. Inhale and come back to the center, exhale and lean to the right. You want to make nice big circles with your knees as you go from right to left. Repeat 10 times clockwise, then 10 times counter-clockwise.

Sit in cross legged posture. Raise your left arm over your head and reach out toward the right shoulder blade with your left palm; use your right hand to gently pull the left elbow. Hold it for 10 breaths and repeat 3 times on each side.

Asana Variation 4 Sit in Vajrasana and place your palms next to your knees. Rotate your shoulders clockwise 10 times and then counter-clockwise 10 times; repeat 3 times.

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By Rajesh Ganatra Here are some important quotes as of 12/15/2010 Mumbai Sensex: 19,647.77 Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 11,781.79 Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 11,481.81 NASDAQ Composite (USA): 2,614.33 S & P 500 Index (USA): 1,256.22 Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 45.58 = $1.00, Pakistani Rs. 85.80 = $1.00  Gold Price: $1291/ ounce (Mumbai) Silver Price: $28.12 / ounce (Mumbai)

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By Chandan Sen Practical Training in Bangalore In the three years that I spent at the Indian Institute of Science, studying engineering during 1972-75, we were required to undergo mandatory summer training at any of the large firms, both public and private sector, that dotted the landscape in Bangalore. In 1973, in my first summer, I went to REMCO. Apart from other products, they were assembling black and white television receivers for the Bombay market. Bombay was the only city other than Delhi that had TV in those days. I remember the hall in which those receivers were getting tuned under the supervision of a smart young man who, I learned, had recently returned from training abroad. It’s instructive to reflect on the fact that in a few short years India had leapfrogged into high quality color TVs. When I wrote a letter to the Editor of The Statesman that we hadn’t yet explored all the uses of radios and transistor sets, and that going for TV was presumptuous, how wrong I’d been! In my second year at LRDE (Electronics and Radar Development Establishment), again, I was rather taken aback at what was obviously obsolete material being manufactured there. I’m sure that things have changed by now. My retrospective analysis is that, after the British left India, there was a gap during which Indian engineers, managers, technocrats and entrepreneurs were busy catching up. In 1998, if you looked at the biweekly magazine DATAQUEST, you’d find literally hundreds of joint ventures documented as happening between local Indian firms, big and small, and Western and Japanese firms. In my third year I did my training at BEL, or Bharat Electronics Limited. I was assigned to a lab where they designed and produced transistorized radio beacons for navigation and military use. It was quite an advanced setup for those days. BEL was not new to me. Professor D.N. Bose had taken our batch to see the crystal growing and chip manufacturing unit the previous year. At that time BEL produced only a single digital integrated circuit, the venerable 7400 NAND gate. And the only linear chip they produced was the LM 741 operational amplifier. I’m certain that BEL, too, has grown and is now producing sophisticated microprocessors and the like. Indeed, private firms now design such chips using know-how from such places as BITS, Pilani, CEERI, (Central Electronics Research Institute), the IITs and of course, IISc.

As Chief Engineer of Premier, my Dad oversaw all operations. As a courtesy, he invited Mr. Bly to dinner one evening at our house in Dharmadas Row. Mummy cooked chicken curry and fried rice for our guest from Spokane, Washington. Mr. Bly, a soft-spoken person, remarked that the food had similarities to Mexican food insofar as it was spicy. Later, we showed him photographs of our trip to England in 1961. This was in 1967, and what I remember about Mr. Bly was that he remarked on the compactness of our house, so unusual for a Chief Engineer’s residence. I guess was are similar to the Japanese in that good housing is difficult to get in Calcutta, as it is in Tokyo or in any of the major cities of the world. Incidentally, Mr. Bly left India after installing and commissioning the plant. Mr. Pook, on the other hand, was a different kettle of fish altogether. He was a draftsman in England, and somehow or other the Goenkas got to know him on one of their trips to England. My Dada always said that Marwari businessmen like the Goenkas had a high regard for Caucasians bordering on obsequiousness. Indeed, after Indian independence many British firms in India changed hands from Englishmen to Marwaris. The Goenkas knew that having an Englishman on the board of directors would carry weight with all the stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, regulatory agencies etc. After all, who would think of checking on Mr. Pook’s professional qualifications? And so it was that Mr. Pook was ensconced in a plush corner office of the Goenka building, Niharika, in New Alipur. I gather that Mr. Pook was one of the few Englishmen left in India in the ‘80s. He married an Anglo-Indian girl and settled there… the last of the Mohicans? The Birla Industrial and Technological Museum In my first year in college at St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, I spotted an ad in The Statesman newspaper. BITM was asking for applications from students for holiday work at the Museum. I dutifully applied, very conscious that at some point in my life I’d have to go from “learning” to “earning”. At the interview, I was asked to talk in English on any technical subject of my choice, so I waxed eloquent on how radio signals were broadcast and received. Soon, I found myself hired to work as a student guide lecturer in the Iron and Steel gallery of the museum. Thereafter, till the end of my 3-year degree course, I used to spend most of my holidays earning pocket money by taking the museum visitors around the floor housing the Iron and Steel exhibits. I remember how some of the displays depicted the extraction of iron ore, then the processing, all the way to the Bessemer converters for producing steel. The museum also had a canteen on the roof of its imposing building on Gurusaday Road, where subsidized snacks were served to employees. I made friends with a number of the regcontinued on page 86

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ternately on CD and record and let the listener decide which sounded better. Most people picked the record. Even with all the CDs and digitized music available today, thousands of old, classic and obscure recordings still linger on old vinyl records. Many will never be reissued on digital versions. So there is a still load of great, and of course quite a bit awful, music out there on old records. The regular customers of my shop were the ones seeking records. As fewer major chains were selling records, stores like mine picked up the slack and filled the racks for vinyl lovers. For all practical purposes, the audiocassette died long ago. You rarely find any music store still selling cassettes. But walk into an independent record store, or even some big box stores, and you will find thousands of records, and more than a few willing buyers. The CD revolution has killed the audiotape and pushed LPs into a specialized, niche market. Now, digital downloads and iPods are looking to make CDs a thing of the past. Music, although, remains as beloved and culturally pervasive as ever before. Whatever format one prefers in listening to music, it remains an international language. Every tribe, culture, and ethnic group has a tradition of music. You can speak to anyone on the planet through music. Hum an old Beatles tune somewhere in the world, and likely the person will hum along. The range of music is limitless. There’s classical and jazz, rock and pop, bossa nova and country, bluegrass, Carnatic and Hindustani, punk and opera. And they all bring folks together in one way or another. Whether its dance music or a classical recital, music helps create connections and lifelong memories. Ever been to a dull party? Put on some perky music and watch the place light up. Recorded music also gives long-term enjoyment. Even if you plunk down $18 for a CD, you can listen to it many times. Go to a sporting event or a movie or any other event and you enjoy that event just once. Before I bought the record store, I was a music fanatic. After 12 years of running the place I was a music lover with a bit more knowledge of the vast styles of music that permeates and inhabits this globe. The subtle notes of Philip Glass or John Cage can inspire, or just as easily annoy, the voice of Lata Mangeshkar or Roy Orbison can fill the air with joy, sadness or a combination of both. It made my day when someone who had just casually walked in to my shop, later walked out with a CD or record on my recommendation or because it was playing on the store’s stereo system. Most cities still have a few holdout independent record stores. Stroll into one if you happen to pass by. Look at the old records and listen to the music playing inside. You just may find a new artist to follow or an old band to get reacquainted with. And there just might be an old guy walking around, flipping through the records and complaining about the prices. The healing and revelatory power of music is universal; therefore, the cost of great music is never too much.

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By Samir Shukla Music is never too much It’s too much. He would say. Although he said it in broken English seasoned with a Greek accent, “Izzza too muchchch.” The generally pleasant and snappily dressed old man would walk into my record store on most Saturday afternoons, part of his usual rounds during his lunchtime stroll through the neighborhood. He lived within walking distance of my shop in the PlazaMidwood neighborhood of Charlotte and came into the store with a plastic bag full of breads and olives he bought at the grocery store across the street. He knew of old jazz masters - John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis - but his other musical knowledge was sketchy at best. But he said he loved old records. He did his usual routine, every week, and flipped through the jazz section in the long line of records stacked in the bins looking for the old jazz classics. He would, of course, never buy anything, but loved to haggle on the price anyway. I think he just liked to come into the store and browse. After spotting a familiar name he would look up and ask the price. Before I could tell him the price, and even though most records were already priced in the upper right hand corner, a loud “Izzza too muchchch” would come out of his whiskered mouth. He even had a habit of squinting his eyes at the clearly marked price tag while making a puzzled face before asking the price. A revolving door of such characters kept me company for the dozen or so years I ran an independent record store in what was once a rundown area and is now a bohemian enclave in central Charlotte. We sold new and used records and compact discs, so there was always a steady stream of listening material going in and out of the store on a daily basis. The joy of finding a great new artist or discovering an old one filled the airwaves of the store, with the reliable stereo always on duty. I bought the store when compact discs were still in infancy and records, even little 45 RPM ones, were still the main format of music. Although at that time the audiocassettes were also selling well due to the popularity of the Walkman and car tape players. A few years down the road compact discs began to take up more and more shelf space, squeezing the tape section into smaller area while pushing vinyl records into a corner. Most folks think records, also lovingly known as vinyl, died long ago. Not true. Sure, no musician is going to make a living selling records alone, but even as we enter the second decade of the 21st Century, the black discs with shiny grooves have become a niche market for collectors, Disc Jockeys and lovers of the analog sound. And yes, it’s true; records have a warmer, more natural sound than compact discs. And now with digitized music, even more of the warmth is lost due to compression of the songs. I used to challenge folks and played the same recording

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Napier • Thu Feb 3 - 5th ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan @ Seddon Park, Current & Upcoming Action: Hamilton • Sat Feb 5 - 6th ODI - New Zealand v Pakistan @ Eden Park, AuckIndia visits South Africa land • Sun Jan 2 - Thu Jan 6 - 3rd Test - South Africa v India @ Newlands, Cape Town As CY2010 is drawing to a close, let’s take a look at some unique • Sun Jan 9 - Only T20I - South Africa v India @ Moses Mabhida stats... 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in the United States and 22 countries abroad. This figure represents the highest number of service members naturalized in any year since 1955. This number is a 6 percent increase from the 10,505 naturalizations in fiscal year 2009 and a significant increase from the 7,865 naturalizations in fiscal year 2008. Since September 2001, USCIS has naturalized nearly 65,000 service men and women, including those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “As our nation’s immigration agency, USCIS makes every effort to provide members of the military and their families with exceptional access to our services,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “We are proud to partner with the Department of Defense in these efforts.” USCIS has implemented outreach tailored to reach members of the military and their family. Military liaison officers at USCIS field offices in the United States and abroad conduct educational seminars on nearby military installations. Military lawyers, personnel officers and spouses are invited to learn about the naturalization process and other family-based immigration services. There is often an increase in applications for naturalization from the military community after these sessions. The Naturalization at Basic Training Initiative has also contributed to an increase in the number of military personnel becoming naturalized citizens. Under this initiative, USCIS conducts all naturalization processing — including the capture of biometrics, the naturalization interview, and administration of the Oath of Allegiance — on the military base so that, in most cases, the recruit is able to be a U.S. citizen when he or she graduates from basic training. “Many of our service members have risked their lives across the globe before becoming citizens here at home. Their brave acts, and those of more than 65,000 service members who have become citizens since 2001, demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to America,” said Director Mayorkas. “We are enriched by their decision to serve our nation and to join us as United States citizens. USCIS has established several information services exclusively for members of the military and their families to find information about citizenship and other immigration benefits. They may go online to; call the USCIS toll-free help line, 1-877-CIS-4MIL 1-877-247-4645 or send an e-mail to

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Statistics and tabulations are courtesy of World Cup 2013 preview - 50 over format (Women’s Tournament) Similar to the gentlemen’s tournament, the ladies also play a World Cup tournament every four years in most cases; sometimes the gaps can be five years. The first Women’s World Cup was held in 1973, two years before the first Men’s World Cup - and here is a historical look at the tournaments: • 1973 - Hosted by England. Winner - England, Runner-up - Australia. • 1978 - Hosted by India. Winner - Australia, Runner-up - England. • 1982 - Hosted by New Zealand. Winner - Australia, Runner-up England. • 1988 - Hosted by Australia. Winner - Australia, Runner-up - England. • 1993 - Hosted by England. Winner - England, Runner-up - New Zealand. • 1997 - Hosted by India. Winner - Australia, Runner-up - New Zealand. • 2000 - Hosted by New Zealand. Winner - New Zealand, Runnerup - Australia • 2005 - Hosted by South Africa. Winner - Australia, Runner-up India • 2009 - Hosted by Australia. Winner - England, Runner-up - New Zealand The next Women’s World Cup will be hosted by India in 2013 and there are normally eight nations who participate in the tournament. Several nations pre-qualify by participating in the previous World Cup, however, several spots have to be earned by a series of qualifiers. There are regional qualifiers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia/Pacific Rim and Europe and the victorious teams

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This year’s Aaj Ka Dhamaka, the Southeast’s premiere South Asian Intercollegiate dance competition was held at Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, during Diwali weekend. The successful event featured nine different dance teams from all over the East Coast who came down to dance the night away and fight for the first prize of $1000. The annual show is hosted by the South Asian organization of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and is the major fundraiser for the first ever, student run scholarship: The Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship. This fellowship provides two UNC students the opportunity to travel to any South Asian country and implement a unique project with the basis of sustainability. Preparations started early at the end of the previous school year’s semester and continued throughout the summer under the supervision of the Executive members and AKD Co-Chairs, Nisha Patel and Neena Vasavan. Two of Chapel Hill’s own teams performed as exhibition acts, starting with a traditional bharatnatyam/fusion dance team, Ek Taal that told the story of Ganesha and closing with a fusion dance team Chapel Hill Chalkaa. The winning teams were NCSU Bhangra, in 3rd place; Penn State JaDhoom, in 2nd place and Rutgers Raga, a raas team, in first place. To end the night on a perfect note was the UK renowned producer/performer PBN and his team of a Dholi and Punjabi singers. To see pictures and video and learn more about MGF and UNC Sangam, visit their websites: and

The fast-paced lifestyle is having a toll on quality of life world over. As per the American Medical Association, stress is a factor in more than 75 percent of sickness in USA. More than 58 million Americans are over-weight, and 40 million are obese. People are suffering from all these health problems despite huge advances in science and medicine. A US based Hindu cultural organization is doing organizing an event to address the problem of stress. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) USA has been organizing Surya Namaskar Yagna (SNY) since 2007. “Yagna” in Sanskrit means sacrifice. The goal of SNY is to encourage the community to make a sacrifice of daily practice of Surya Namaskar (SN) for healthful and happy living. SN is an ancient innovation for stretching and oxygenating almost all organs of the body for deep relaxation with minimum effort and time. Recent scientific studies support its positive effects on the cardiovascular system, muscle strength, and endurance. As per Dr. Pavan Kohli, one can lose as much calorie by doing 25 minutes of SN (108) as by running 25 minutes (5 kilometers)! HSS is organizing the SNY again in 2011 from January 15 (Makar Sankranti) to January 30 (Ratha Saptami). Participation in the Yagma is free and simple. All you need to do is learn and do Surya Namaskars daily at your home at your time. The HSS website has valuable information about the Yagna, including self-learning videos: Shekhar Joshi, a local volunteer with HSS said, “The success of the Yagna depends on community participation. The goal is to offer one million Surya Namaskars US wide during this 2-week period.” HSS is requesting individuals, Yoga centers, and community groups to participate in the Yagna and adopt a healthy life style. NC Yagna coordinator:

Dr. Dhasmana Leads Industry Conference Dr. Bindu Dhasmana, President & CEO, B&B BioChem Energy Inc. recently led a Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry VA-CA conference at The Umstead Hotel, Cary, NC. Research papers were presented from across the nation. The main focus of the conference was “Global Innovation in Energy, Biofuel, and Packaging.” Dr. Dhasmana, chairwoman of TAPPI 90

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Dinner with Mahatma Gandhi By Jay Desai “Hi. I’m Lilly. And if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?” President Obama was asked this question by Lilly - one of 40 freshmen students at an Arlington, VA High School. “Dinner with anyone, dead or alive? Well, you know, dead or alive, that’s a pretty big list,” There was laughter in the audience at Obama’s response. The next moment he was serious, with indeed, very long pause before a firm answer. “You know, I think that it might be Gandhi, who is a real hero of mine,” Obama said. “Now, it would probably be a really small meal because he didn’t eat a lot,” he said amidst laughter. “But Mahatma Gandhi is someone who has inspired people across the world for the past several generations,” he said. Yes, it would be small meal, very simple too, no wine, no curry, no fancy preparation. Obama added, “He’s somebody I find a lot of inspiration in. He inspired Martin Luther King (MLK) with his message of nonviolence. He ended up doing so much and changed the world just by the power of his ethics.” Obama seems to be a longtime Gandhi admirer. He had mentioned about Gandhi’s picture in his senate office. The connection is simple and sensible, as we can draw from his explanation to his student audience. We know he could not be President at this time without influence of Gandhi’s work - the non-violence and civil-disobedience movement that was effectively practiced by MLK in America for the black rights and civil liberty. Now, this January, 62 years after Gandhi’s death, it is dramatic to see how the president of the most powerful nation can emulate Ghandian principles. Interestingly just within 11 years after Gandhi’s death, MLK, in Feb., 1959 visited Gandhi’s installations in India. That also included Mani Bhavan in Mumbai – Gandhi Museum. Following the same path, just recently Obama visited the same place and spent considerable time at the museum and even bought a 6 ½ inch bronze bust of Gandhi for the White House. Gandhi always talked about change; although it was about “you be a change to bring change.” That’s a touch message, since it is about practicing a change before preaching. He did prove it. Obama’s theme stands at the center of change and got him elected. Yet to practice that change should it be his approach toward the economy, where he is accused of being a socialist, or his efforts toward a more peaceful world. Be mindful that many of Gandhian principals are not easy to practice, mainly within powerful politics, certainly in modern materialistic systems and within framework of capitalist society. While Gandhi remains a hero to other political figures in India as well as elsewhere, as he is to Obama, Gandhi is probably being used for personal advantage than anything else, by many. Obama’s claim may seem cleaner than others who have put Gandhi just on pedestals than in practice. As hard as it is to follow his footsteps, they have not even tried to understand Gandhian philosophy and try to apply just his basics of justice, equality and respect for all. Well, the larger question remains in many minds is how the bronze bust of Gandhi will shine a guiding light on the approaches the White House takes; or will it just prove to be a piece of iconic ornament in the President’s house? 92

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Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For further details contact: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

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. Info: Hema at 704.841.7060 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. For further details contact: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), 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: 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 94

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 contact: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Dada Bhagwan Group Satsang is conducted every Sunday at 7 pm at the Hindu Center in Charlotte and there is also a Satsang every Thursday. In addition, watch Satsang from Friday to Tuesday at 7 am on TV Asia. The present topics are “Pati-Patni ka Divya Vyahvar” and “Chovis Tirthankar.” The group has recently opened a library for spiritual books, audios and videos. Info: 704.287.3133 Datta Yoga Center - Charlotte The group is dedicated to the service of SadGuru Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji through SadGuru Seva, yoga and satsang (singing the glory of god). Regular Activities: Satsang January 2011

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every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 4 - 7pm. Bhajans composed by Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji are chanted and occasionally video programs produced by Avadhoota Datta Peetham are viewed, including Sri Swamiji’s visit to Manasa Sarovaram, Music for Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. For further details contact: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi)

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, selfsustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For further details contact: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Yesha Shukla / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / 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 contact: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey) ,, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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 other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held 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) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Info:

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Look for the shows upcoming in 2011 on the organization’s website. For further details contact: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 96

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. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) 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: • 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: January 2011

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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: 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. Info: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). 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 increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: 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

tegrates 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 contact: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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 contact: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani 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 contact: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in 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 contact: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s 98

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 contact: 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 8:00 am to 11:00 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. IFor further details contact: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For further details contact: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

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mary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. Info: Milan Arora – 336.765.3379 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, Compact Discs, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Over 500 videos are available on Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 PM. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) 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 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 100

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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. For further details contact: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For further details contact: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh 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,

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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 contact: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens of Indian Origin that are age 60 years and over. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, North Carolina from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Our next monthly meeting will be on Sat Jan 8 2011 at which there will be a Satyanarayan Katha performed by Harshad Joshi of Siler City, NC. Members are requested to bring Prasad as an offering to God. For CY2011, the Nomination Committee declared the following members elected uncontested: Harish Shah, Bharati Patel, Mulchand Patel and Raojibhai Patel. Mahendrabhai Patel, Nataver Parikh and Dhirubhai Desai will continue for the 102

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Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). All are invited to attend the satsang with family and friends. For further details contact: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC. Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. Info: 732.865.3173

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, selfsustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. For further details contact: Ekal RTP Chapter: Ragini Murarka Ekal Carolinas Region (includes NC and SC): Ramesh Khatri 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. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj)

GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For further details contact: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” It organizes colorful events annually. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Info: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weeklend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m.and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For further details contact: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 104

Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community at large. For further details contact: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) 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 contact: - Triangle area Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For further details contact: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. January 2011

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International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900

Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Info:

International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details contact: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra)

Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch a new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For further details contact: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President)

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 contact: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCON of North Carolina The Sri-Sri Radha Golokananda Temple - Iskcon of NC is situated on 16 acres of field and forest with the historic Eno River flowing behind the temple property. The temple is just a few miles off of Routes I-40 & I-85 and located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Daily aarti- 4:30 am, 7:15 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7 pm. Darsana: Monday through Friday 7:30-11:30 am and 4:155:45 pm, Saturday all day until 5:45 pm, Sunday all day until 7:30 pm. Sunday Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and it includes kirtan, aarti, Bhagavad Gita dis106

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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 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Upcoming Event: 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 Info: 336.421.0690 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 in Raleigh, NC. Info: 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 contact: 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: 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 politics in general. For further details contact: 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: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve 108

RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For further details contact: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details contact: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For further details contact: Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a January 2011

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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 fifteen years. For further details contact: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath)

Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. Info: 919.773.1580

Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For further details contact:

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) 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 contact: 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 contact: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin)

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, NC. Info: 919.461.1773

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:

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.

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 contact: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 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 potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details contact: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) 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 January session will be Fri Jan 21, 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, 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: 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: January 2011


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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. Info: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable 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 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 contact: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) 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 contact: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

Regional Barsana Dham satsang (Greenville, NC) Info: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 Email: Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details contact: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bilateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. For further details contact: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, 112

Fayetteville, NC 28302. Info: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) January 9, 2011 Bal Gokulum with Rajesh, Gita Jayanti, Bal Vihar with Sudha Srivatsa (10am-12pm). Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani)

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 - (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: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 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 January 2011

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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 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 contact: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. Info: 864.430.4973 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 - 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 contact: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number)

to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. For further details contact: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a non-profit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. Info: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: 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

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prove to be very rewarding. Your siblings may prove to be very helpful in enjoying the time and earning extra income. Old health issue may start bothering you during last week of the month. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Slow start of the New Year and legal problems may build frustration for you. You may end up in wasting your energy in useless pursuits. Uncertainty of income may also affect you adversely. However, you should be able to keep your bank savings and enjoy family support. Minor health problems may constantly bother you. You want to take help from your friends, but they won’t be able to support you.

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ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) After a slow start, life may turn very busy. Heavy workload and a fast track schedule may make time fly. Rise in income is clearly indicated; however the return may not be in hard cash, but rise in equity should be there. Use your energy and knowledge to the best. Your partner and associates may prove to be very good help for you. No new health problem is indicated.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Fun and happiness along with confidence should make this month very positive for you. Steady rise in income and a busy schedule at work may make the time fly for you. Love and support from your spouse is benefit you will enjoy. Be prepared to travel during the second half of the month. You may have to manage unwanted expenses. Your partners may behave strange, hence keep them away.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) You may focus on converting your love relations into social commitment this month. Unexpected financial benefit may delight you. Expansion in business may keep you very busy. However, you can take a break during the last week of the month. You may end up making some mistakes due to an active schedule. Try to avoid misunderstandings with family members and partner. Enjoy good health this month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) The beginning of the month may lead you towards making mistakes. Use your education and follow the protocol to avoid any further damages. A very powerful boost from your family may help you in developing your career or business. You may work on business-related wrong doings. It is better to learn about the real estate market and invest in properties. But avoid making independent decisions.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) It is very important that you focus on your health. Drive carefully and avoid any risk taking tendency. New job-related opportunity may come your way, although an issue related to your spouse may force you to let it go. Take advice from your friends before making any final decision. Travel to far off place may prove very beneficial for you. Don’t lose your self confidence. Last days of the month may bring good news for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) A hectic schedule and heavy workload may break you down. Try to slow down to avoid any mistakes, because it may end up in a legal battle. Seriously curb your expenses and avoid speculation this month. It may eat up all your hard earned money. Health related issue might also end up being expensive. Religious beliefs may protect you from any heavy financial losses. Instant long distance journey is also possible.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) After a minor setback due to health-related issues, time should fly this month. Take enough rest to recover fast. This month may prove to be very positive financially. Misunderstanding with your friends could damage your reputation. Avoid discussing personal matters with people other than parents. You may participate in a well-planned event during second half of the month. Don’t forget to use your sixth sense.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Avoid borrowing money this month. You may waste your energy in useless pursuits and end up in wasting money. Only a smart move may earn extra income for you. Excellent state of health is clearly indicated. Listen to your partner, but make your own decisions. You may also end up paying for your spouse’s mistake. Avoid spending more time with your friends for now.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Dispute with family members may adversely affect your health during this month. You must avoid aggressive attitude. Your partner may come forward to rescue you. Also avoid affinity towards making quick and easy money. You may end up witnessing war between your enemies and well-wishers. Try not to involve your kids in your business related activities. Focus on art to relax from stress. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) If you keep working hard and can ignore troublemakers, the time may pass smooth. Focus on your family life and avoid taking risks. Dispute with partner is also possible. Business-related short distance travel may

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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. Refulgent Technologies Inc.: is an IT staffing company, currently recruiting candidates on OPT status or in the process of getting one. We do Training & Placement.(.Net / Java / Informatica / Hyperion / QA / Microstrategy) Contact Anu @ 704.405.4238 or e-mail:

Urgent Need For ANanny: Live-in / Live-out. Child care & cooking for Indian family. One 7 year-old daughter. Good compensation. Vegetarian prefferred. Call 910-674-3546. Nanny Wanted: Looking for help to take care of our 9 month-old boy. Also help with some household work. Open to both Live-In & Full-Time. Call 847-722-1359 or email

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Hotel Help Wanted: Night-auditor & Housekeeping positions available in Raleigh, NC. Must speak English. Couple or Single. Experience preferred but will train. Accomodations provided. Please call after 6pm to 919-231-3000.

Nanny Needed In South Charlotte: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00 to take care of one year old and also help with cooking. Please call 7045413363 or 7042998720. Excellent pay. Front Desk Clerk Wanted: Franchise hotel in Durham, NC. Must be legal. Single or Couple with good computer skills & good English. Call Ken Patel at 919-452-3131. Hotel Help Wanted: Night-Auditor needed for Hotel in Anderson, SC. Must speak English. Must be legal. Couple or single. Experience preferred but will train. Accomodations provided. Please call 864-752-7192

Nanny Needed in Cary NC: Looking for live in/out Indian Nanny to take care of 11 months baby in Cary NC with light house hold work. Willing to provide one way ride. PH: 919-651-9187 or PH:718-887-6716 or email:

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. Email resume: Eyebrow Threaders & Cosmetologists Wanted: for locations in NC. Excellent pay and great tips. Call 202.664.9080 or toll free 866-303-0777 or 773430-9786.

Gas Station Help Wanted: Part-Time Weekends. Off exit 82 in Rock Hill, SC (Cherry Rd.) Call Hasmukh Patel @ 704-907-5884 MATRIMONIAL: Seeking Hindu Male: for my daughter (Goswami) age 24. Currently Green Card holder. Call 919-251-8524. 122


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House For Sale or Rent: 3 bedroom house with 2.5 bathrooms & 2 car garage. Located in University area of Charlotte, NC. Less than 2.5 miles from I-85. Call 704-421-1408 or 334-5965096. Call between 8am & 8pm. Townhome For Rent: in North Charlotte. 3 bedrooms, 3 bath rooms, loft & 1 car garage. Near UNCC. Rent $899 + HOA fees. Call 248797-9378 SERVICES:

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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. 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:

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Universal Movers Inc: Fully Insured & Registered. Residential, Commercial, Local & Long Distance. Full Service, packing, unpacking, etc. Mention Saathee Magazine to receive a 20% discount! Free Estimate: 919-594-3453. website: 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 704-449-9418

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Art Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .47 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Alvi Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Ankusha Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Anokha Dance Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Art Of Living (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Arya Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Atlanta Liquidation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Auto Max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Autotech (Car Repair) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Beautiful Home For Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Bfit Dance Bollywood Fitness (Nrityangan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Bollywood Bites (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Bombay Bazaar (North Charleston, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Bombay Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Camden Pinehurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Carolina Digestive Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Carolina Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Charlotte Music School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Charlotte Prep School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Chingari Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Delhi Palace (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . . .99 Desai, Raj (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Dick James Law Firm (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Dimpal's Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Direct TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Five Star Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Internal Med Clinic & Med Spine Ctr (Shah-Khan, MD) . . .107 International Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Khandekar, Shobana (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Mint Indian Cuisine (Moorseville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Namaste India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 New South Auto Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Nilgiris Indian Bazaar (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26

Niti's Beauty Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Patel, Kiran (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Patel, Mrunal (Beautician) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64\65 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Piedmont GYN/OB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Queeniee Indian Couture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Quiznos At Arbors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Quiznos Weddington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .17 Rapid Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Ravindra Dave Pandit (Religious Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Royal Kabab Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Royal Pakistan Grocery Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Saffron Restaurant & Sangeeta's Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Sai Speed Math Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Salasar Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Sangam Indian Cuisine (Cornelius) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Select Auto Sales (Vehicle Locator Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36/37 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Shah, Mehul (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Shiv Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Situl Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Spice Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Township Pediatrics of Matthews (Dr. Varsha Pherwani) . . .48 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 V. Sagar Sethi, MD, PhD, M.Pharm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Virsa Punjab Da 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59











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January 2011



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