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India’s Growing Population

Is sterilization the answer? By Jason Overdorf -

Every year in India, shantytowns mushroom in the cities, cities sprawl into farmland and the country’s population increases by the current population of Australia, a little over 21 million. Every day, every minute, on trains and buses, on sidewalks and streets, the country squeezes and shrinks and sucks in its breath to push too many people into too little space. India has fallen behind in the race to meet the Millennium Development Goals for reducing its birth rate by 2015. Only about half of India’s 26 states have reached the targeted level of two children per mother. In large, economically depressed states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, an average woman still bears four children over her lifetime. This means India will surpass China to become the world’s most populous country by 2030. The continuing swell threatens the environment and places a tremendous burden on government services. But obsession with the Millennium Development targets is pushing India back to incentive-based family planning, something the country first visited in the 1970s — where dangerous sterilization operations for women are too often presented as the first, and sometimes only, option for birth control. Critics of India’s repackaged population control program say the cure may be worse than the disease. “There’s a great hurry to again set targets from above to be followed by everyone. And that’s again creating problems,” said A.R. Nanda, executive director of NGO Population Foundation of India and the former health secretary who wrote India’s population policy in 2000. The main worry? India’s National Population Stabilization Fund has brought back controversial, incentive-based sterilization, among other initiatives aimed at reducing the birth rate. While sterilization in and of itself isn’t new to India, for the first time the country is outsourcing the work to private clinics — a move that has raised concerns about poor and illiterate women of rural India being pressured or fooled into going under the knife without fully understanding the risks, consequences and alternatives. Cash rewards threaten to turn operating theaters into veritable assembly lines. The fund’s Santushti scheme offers private sector payment of 15,000 rupees per operation and hospitals and clinics get 500 rupees extra per case if 30 cases are done on a single day in a fixed facility.

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These factors make it more likely women will be denied their right to make informed choices about their medical care and increase the chances of surgical complications, said Abhijit Das, a former fellow in Population Innovations at the MacArthur Foundation who now heads an NGO called Healthwatch Uttar Pradesh. “When you create an incentive system, it privileges one solution over the other and encourages them to cut corners,” Das said. “And we’ve had very bad experiences with that in the past.” In the 1970s, the Indira Gandhi government pursued an aggressive, target-based sterilization program that featured similar incentives for participants, as well as compulsory vasectomies for men with two or more children. Because of widespread corruption and abuses, however, many other men were tricked or forced to get the operation, and many women, too, were compelled to undergo much more dangerous sterilization procedures. According to Dr. Amarjit Singh, who heads the National Population Stabilization Fund, it is making progress in getting people to use alternative forms of birth control, like intrauterine devices — a form of birth control that uses an object inserted into the uterus to prevent fertilization — in traditional problem states like Bihar and Orissa, which now have effective and proactive governments. In Bihar, for instance, the number of women using the devices — an essential part of the population program in China, where 60 percent of women use them — climbed from around 40,000 in 2009 to around 200,000 last year. The fund has also leveraged India’s recent Right to Education legislation with innovative schemes to encourage girls to stay in school, which not only means a delayed start to their childbearing years but also increases the likelihood that they will use birth control. And private-public partnerships have helped reduce the number of home births by increasing the number of facilities available to poor women. But the general perception remains that uneducated villagers can’t be trusted to use other birth control methods and female sterilization is the only foolproof solution. “In certain states, it’s still a very male-dominated society, so there’s no certainty that women can ensure that a condom can be used. An IUD is a good alternative,” said Singh, referring to the acronym for intrauterine devices. “But until we’re able to increase use, then sterilization is the focus.” According to the latest National Family Health Survey, 37 percent of Indian women have undergone sterilization, compared with 1 percent of men, while just 3 percent are on the pill and only 5 percent use condoms. The figures can be mind-boggling. Along with the 150,000-odd women who were fitted with intrauterine devices in Bihar last year, for instance, another 150,000 went for sterilization operations. “Repeated surveys done in India say that in most cases sterilization is the first method (of birth control) people are using — which should not be the case,” said Das. “About one-fourth of the people [in a recent national health survey] did not have any information about a second method and about a third of that one-fourth did not have any information about the safety of the sterilization procedure. So there is no informed choice.” That focus on sterilization has its own dangers.

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The Dalai Lama’s not getting any younger. He turned 75 recently and by all accounts he’s in good health. But, inevitably, the question of who will succeed one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders looms large. Increasingly, the spotlight has been turned to the Karmapa Lama. He is close to the Dalai Lama and calls him “a spiritual and personal father figure.” As head of one of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, he is also an accomplished scholar in his own right. But he’s of a new generation. He plays video games and spends time after meditation listening to rap music. On a recent visit to his monastery in Sidbhari, a village near the Dalai Lama’s exile home in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala, the Karmapa Lama tossed around ideas for which team might win the World Cup — not exactly the subject that first comes to mind when you think monastery and Dalai Lama. “Some people were saying Argentina would win but now they have lost and are gone so now people are saying Germany,” said the Karmapa. There’s no doubt the Karmapa Lama is an unusual young man. His is an eclectic mix that bridges the gap between old and young. It’s also turned him into the modern icon of the Tibetan struggle against China for autonomy. Born Ogyen Trinley Dorje, he was pronounced the 17th incarnation of the Karmapa Lama as a 7-year-old boy and whisked away to a monastery near the capital Lhasa. He was quickly recognized by China which hoped it had found a potentially powerful rival to the Dalai Lama. But a 14-year-old Karmapa had other plans. “At 18 I might have had to take a position in the Chinese government hierarchy ... and turn against the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause. That was one of the reasons I decided to leave.” Leave he did, fleeing his home in rural Tibet for India, embarking on an eight-day journey by foot and horseback across the Himalayas. China was infuriated by the dramatic escape that echoed the Dalai Lama’s flight four decades earlier. The fact that many believe he is being groomed for the top is hardly a secret, but the prospect of taking on such responsibility has failed to enthrall the young man. “I’m not very excited about the possibility but His Holiness has great faith and hope in the young generation and I’m part of the young generation so I will do what I can to support his work and hope to leave behind a rich legacy like his,” said the Karmapa. He isn’t the only one downplaying the hype. The Dalai Lama’s spokesman, Tenzin Taklha, praises the young monk but said no one knows what will happen after the Dalai Lama. “[The Karmapa] is charismatic, good-looking and August 2010

has great potential. He’s a promising leader and will certainly be one of our most important spiritual leaders but I could not say he is the only next leader.” Tibetan Youth Congress President Tsewang Rigzin echoes Taklha’s caution, explaining that while the Karmapa is a “potential spiritual leader, it’s just too early to tell.” The Dalai Lama has discussed his succession although no decisions have been made. Traditionally monks in Tibet would fan out across the region to find the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation after his death, but some fear China will hijack the situation and insert its own chosen figure, as it did in 1995 with the Panchen Lama. At that time, the Dalai Lama named a competing incarnation, who promptly vanished. This time, the Dalai Lama has signaled he could break with tradition and name a spiritual leader to succeed him prior to his death. While the succession question remains unanswered, for now there’s universal agreement that losing the Dalai Lama would be a devastating blow. “When you don’t have a leader you are very lost so it’ll have huge impact on the Tibetan exiled community and Tibetans in Tibet, as well as globally ... I cannot even contemplate that in my everyday life,” said the Karmapa with a sigh, his broad shoulders slumping. For now the Karmapa’s everyday life is packed with study, meditation and meetings with people that range from community leaders to Hollywood celebrities like Richard Gere. India has granted him asylum but restricts his travel, wary of aggravating already tense relations with neighboring China. The Karmapa has been abroad only once in 11 years, when he went to the United States in 2008. It’s a source of great frustration to a young man itching to spread his wings and meet his spiritual brethren around the world. “Lots of people are waiting for me to come to their countries so it is upsetting as I can’t fulfill their wishes,” he said. He may be struggling to fulfill his followers’ wishes abroad but closer to home the Karmapa is doing just fine. “Young people love the Karmapa,” said Lobsang Rampa, a 22-year-old student who arrived in Dharamsala from Tibet five years ago. “He’s one of us, the younger generation, he’s our future.”

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4. Khatta Meetha “Aila Re Aila” Music: Pritam, URL Singers: Daler Mehndi & Kalpana Patowary 5. Lamhaa “Madno” Music: Mithoon Sharma Singers: Kshitij Tarey & Chinmayi (Note: This top five is based on the following non-scientific research: your feedback, video rental, box office from India and United States, internet opinions & our opinion)

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Ali Zafar Wants to Relocate to Mumbai

“Keep politics out of art and culture,” says Pakistan pop singer Ali Zafar who arrived in Mumbai last month and would like nothing better than to move to Mumbai and become a singing actor like Kishore Kumar. He is honest enough to admit there’s more scope for him to function in India than in Pakistan. “I’ll be honest. There are more avenues and prospects here. So if the God above and the politicians down below permit, I’d love to move to Mumbai. An artist knows no bounds and boundaries. My first home is Lahore. But I’d like to make Mumbai my second home,” Zafar said in a recent interview on Bollywood Hungama. In the last 6-7 years, he has been to Mumbai at least 20 times. However, he was unable to return recently because of the current political scenario. “Things have changed. My last visit was before 27/11 and I remember how pleasant the mood was in Mumbai. I was free to move around and roam freely on the streets of Mumbai. I cannot deny there’s tension between the two countries. Initially, we artists from Pakistan used to get multiple visas quite easily. Yes now it’s different, and sadly so. However, I feel singers and other artists should be exempt from politics,” he said in the interview.

Akshay Kumar Roped in as Brand Ambassador by Canada Tourism Commission

Superstar Akshay Kumar has been chosen as the Indian ambassador by the Canada Tourism Commission (CTC). Michele McKenzie, President and CEO of the Canada Tourism Commission said, “We’re thrilled that Akshay Kumar has agreed to be the CTC’s Ambassador for India. Having a superstar like Akshay on board to boost Canada’s profile within his country will help turn the spotlight on the extraordinary experiences that visitors can enjoy here,” she said in an interview with India Fm. Kumar said, “I am very honored and privileged to have been asked to represent the CTC as their Ambassador for India. Canada is my second home and I am truly proud to encourage and promote Canadian tourism in India. I have an extremely strong connection to this great land and its warm people.” He will be shouldering the responsibility of being Canada Tourism Commission’s ambassador till summer 2012.

Big B, Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpayee in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan

His last film Raajneeti turned out to be a big hit and filmmaker Prakash Jha is now at work on his next big project titled Aarakshan. The film is based on the issue of job reservations and student politics and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpayee in lead roles. While Ajay and Manoj did feature in Raajneeti, this is the first time that Jha would be working with Big B. Moreover, like Raajneeti, Jha plans to shoot Aarakshan in Bhopal.

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Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who is one of the judges of the music-based reality show “Chotte Ustaad 2,” says he is thankful to India for providing a platform to young singers from his country, which hasn’t been able to promote budding talent. “The situation in Pakistan is not good... the country is facing problem of terrorism and so we cannot provide a platform to budding talent here. We are thankful to India and the makers of this show for roping in children from Pakistan,” Khan told PTI. “Chhote Ustaad 2” will feature 10 children from India and 10 from Pakistan. Each Pakistani child will be paired with an Indian child, and the 10 pairs will compete with each other for the title. Khan, who has chartbusters like “Mann Ki Lagan” (Paap), “Jiya Dhadak Dhadak” (Kalyug), “Teri Ore” (Singh is Kinng) and “Ajj Din Chadheya” (Love Aaj Kal) to his credit, said films and cricket were the two mediums to bring India and Pakistan together. On “Chhote Ustaad 2,” Khan, who is the nephew of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, said “I liked the concept of the show. It encourages brotherhood between India and Pakistan. It is a very good step and hence I wanted to support it.” Omi Vaidya, the silencer from 3 Idiots will host the show, which will be aired on Star Plus. Khan, along with acclaimed playback singer Sonu Nigam will be seen as judges.

Omi Vaidya to Play One of the Lead Roles in The Italian Job remake

Omi Vaidya, who played the role of the nerdy Chatur Ramalingam in the blockbuster 3 Idiots, has now bagged some really plum projects. Recently Vaidya was signed by Madhur Bhandarkar to play one of the lead roles alongside Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi in Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji and even as he begins shooting for that film, director duo Abbas-Mustan has roped him in to play a pivotal role in their remake of the Hollywood hit - The Italian Job. Abhishek Bachchan, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif are also part of the cast of this big project. – Bollywood Hungama

Sonam Kapoor Gets Offer to Star in Ben Stiller’s Next Film

The globetrotting Veteran actor Anil Kapoor made quite an impression post Slumdog Millionaire and now daughter Sonam Kapoor has caught the eye of Ben Stiller. While in LA Anil kapoor met Ben Stiller to discuss ideas for a joint production company, that’s when he told Stiller about his co-production Aisha. When Stiller saw the film, he called Kapoor expressing his desire to cast Sonam for his film 30 Minutes Or Less. It may be difficult to cast her, though, due to her prior commitments. She is already in the midst of filming Mausam and Thank You while she promotes Aisha. Possibilities are still being worked out so that she can do the film.

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By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, in this month’s column, I will discuss the typical format of a Carnatic music concert. Over the years, Carnatic music concerts have undergone changes both in terms of duration and format. Previously, most Carnatic music concerts would begin later in the evening and last into the early hours of the morning, a duration of 5-6 hours. There was also no typical format that was followed by artists. The modern day kutcheri paddhathi or concert format that most musicians follow today was introduced by the legendary vocalist Sri. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. The present day concerts are mostly held in the evening hours and generally last anywhere between 1.5- 2.5 hours although it is not uncommon to have kutcheris that are 3.5-4 hours in duration. The items that you will find in a typical concert include:

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The Gwalior Gharana is the oldest among all the Khayal Gayaki (vocal) styles. The rise of the Gwalior Gharana started with the reign of the great Mughal emperor Akbar (1542–1605). The favorite singers of this patron of the arts, such as Miyan Tansen, who was the first amongst the vocalists at the court, came from the town of Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh State). Many of the gharanas in Hindustani classical music are said to Varnam- Most musicians begin concerts with a varhave its roots in Gwalior gaayaki. nam. Varnam is a composition that has both swara (notes) components and sahithya (lyrics) components. Founders – The gharana traces its ancestry to Ustad Varnams have been composed in a number of ragas Nathan Peerbaksh of the 17th century. This legend’s (melodies) and talas (rhythm cycles) and serve as a maternal grandsons were the famous Haddu, Hassu warm up for the artiste before plunging into some of and Nathu Khan. Nathu khan then trained his sister- the more demanding aspects of the concert. in-law’s son, Bade Nisar Hussain. Pt. Ramkrishnabua Vaze of Maharashtra and Pt. Shankarrao Pandit of Krithi- The krithi is the main music compositional form Gwalior were disciples of this great maestro Nisar in Carnatic music and consists of three main units. Krithis are again composed in various ragas and talas. Hussain Khan (19th century). Features – The stylistic features of the Gwalior Gharana are the use of medium laya even in Bada Khyaal, and skilfull taan, boltaan and behelawa according to the mood of the raga to make the performance interesting. The distinctive feature of this style of singing has been noted as its lucidity and simplicity. This gharana is well-known for its full repertoire as the followers of this school are taught and know a rich collection of composition-types. Bada and chota khyaal, thumri, tappa, tarana, and bhajan have been enumerated and have become very popular. For these, it is very important to sing in a clear, natural and rounded voice with gamak. Just like it is essential to sing the bandish in a clear and pinpointed voice, it is also important to keep it faithful with the taal. The bandishes that have been passed down from the guru to shishya (student) traditionally are meant to be sung in exactly the same way through the generations – both in terms of sur as well as taal. Similarly, a lot of practice in the kharja (lower octave) is recommended, so as to give the voice a certain weight and quality. Exponents - Bal Krishna Bua Karanjikar, Pt Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, Pt Omkarnath Thakur, Pt L. K. Pandit, Veena Sahasrabuddhe and Malini Rajurkar.

Sub-main presentation- A typical concert has two prominent presentations - the main presentation and a sub-main presentation; the latter is of slightly lesser importance than the main presentation. The artist brings in elements of manodharma (spontaneous improvisations) in the form of alapana (melodic improvisation of raga), neraval (improvisation of a composed line of a krithi) and swaraprasthara (improvisation of swara exposition). Main presentation- The main presentation again places great emphasis on the elements of manodharama in the form of detailed alapana, neraval and swaraprasthara. Sometimes the main piece of a concert consists of a ragam-tanam-pallavi presentation. Ragam or alapana is the melodic improvisation, tanam (improvisation with an underlying rhythm) and pallavi (improvisation similar to neraval). Tukkada- The second part of the concert consists of compositions in lighter ragas called tukkadas (tidbits), which are introduced after the main presentation. Bhajans, Devaranamas, and abhangs fall into this category. continued on page 84

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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich Spirituality and Modernity in Dance A few years ago, I choreographed the well-received Bharatha Natyam dance sequences to blend into Georges Bizet’s rarely staged opera, “The Pearl Fishers.” This 18th century French composer was obviously enchanted by India and wrote this exotic work, set on the island of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. This of course was a great challenge as the music is in French and the beats are different. I had to invoke my deep senses for an authentic choreography. I did not want to dilute the spirituality and authenticity of Bharatha Natyam in the process and sacrifice its purity to today’s modernity. I wanted my students to take pride as Indian classical dancers in an Opera Theatre. We do not know of any dancers who had ever choreographed Bharatha Natyam to French Opera Music. Our director of Opera, Becky Cook-Carter says that “this is the first.” It was such a great experience to watch 40 actors and singers, all non-Indians, dressed in traditional Indian clothes, singing the glory of Lord Brahma, (The Creator), in French. That is when I have realized that we can and must keep our tradition alive and still can incorporate it into a totally different art form. I made no compromises in dressing, movements and the story telling aspects of this unblemished dance form. Especially, as Bharatha Natyam has many vehicles of expression, such as the hastas/hand gestures, rhythm, facial expressions, beautiful costumes, that could be incorporated to tell our stories using any music. Recently, many traditional dancers like myself and great dance Historians and critics like Dr. Sunil Kothari, Rustom Bharucha, and Avanti Meduri are concerned about the origins of dance and the issue of “invented tradition.” This challenge is magnified by the Diaspora of Indian dancers who have migrated and settled in different parts of the world. During the times when Bollywood is becoming a major symbol of being an Indian for younger generation, obviously through these traditional dances, many parents are seeking ways to add to the identity development of their second-generation Indian American children. It also places additional burden on us as dance teachers to maintain the integrity of these dance forms. I see this as a spiritual struggle, in hopes August 2010

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The three of you joined talents in 1997 with “Dus,” and have been together for 13 years and have worked on over 40 OSTs in Hindi, Tamil and On behalf of Saathee Telugu. How have you seen yourself evolve as a trio Magazine, Amanda Sodhi spoke over the years? with Ehsaan Noorani from the talented, IIFA, Filmfare, Star Musically, it’s been a growth always. We have a certain Screen, and National award- maturity and have been doing different kinds of soundwinning Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy tracks. The Bollywood soundtrack is not really an easy musical trio which has brought thing. I think we’ve been very varied with our composius many memorable sound- tions and the kinds of soundtracks we’ve delivered. Each tracks including “Shool,” soundtrack has been native to the particular film. “Dillagi,” “Mission Kashmir,” “Dil Chahta Hai,” “Yeh Kya Ho Rock, Techno, Classical, Qawaali, Punjabi, Folk, Raha Hai?,” “Ek Aur Ek Sufi Music… You’ve composed music in pretty much Gyarah,” “Armaan,” “Nayee Padosan,” “Kuch Naa Kaho,” every genre. Did the three of you grow up listening “Kal H Naa Ho,” “Rudraksh,” “Kyun…! Ho Gaya Na,” to a variety of music, or do you actually do a lot of “Lakshya,” “Phir Milenge,” “Bunty Aur Babli,” “Kabhi Alvida research before starting a project? Naa Kehna,” “Don,” “Salaam-e-Ishq,” “Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom,” “Heyy Babby,” “Johnny Gaddaar,” “Taare Zameen Shankar comes from a classical Indian music backPar,” “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna,” “Thoda Pyaar Thoda ground and Indian film music background, and Loy is into Magic,” “Rock On!!,” “Chandni Chowk To China,” “Luck By R&B, and I’m into rock, blues, and electric. Shankar is Chance,” “13B,” “Sikander,” “Wake Up Sid,” “London from a classical music background but is open to all forms Dreams,” “My Name Is Khan,” and “Karthik Calling of music and he’s absorbed it all very well—his growth has Karthik.” Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy are currently touring been large. the United States with the Inspiration Aman Ki Asha tour and will perform in Atlanta on August 7, 2010. Here Do you avoid listening to other music while comEhsaan talks about the tour, his plans to visit his music posing? school in Los Angeles while touring, how the trio has evolved over the past thirteen years, their composition I listen to music all the time, but the only kind of music process, current trends in the Bollywood music scene, and I don’t listen to is Hindi film music. their upcoming projects. By Amanda Sodhi

When I spoke with you in 2007 you were supposed to be touring in the United States, but it’s three years later that you are finally actually touring with the Inspiration Aman Ki Asha Tour alongside Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Richa Sharma, Anusha Mani, and Raman Mahadevan, which began on July 17 in New Jersey and ends on August 8 in Boston. It sure has taken a while for this tour to happen! We were with another promoter who in 2007, 2008 said we’re going to do a tour and we sat down and had lots of meetings. And, then he got another project and it was like this for two years, and there were other promoters waiting in the wings to take us for a tour but we wouldn’t commit to them because we were always with one guy, whose tours never worked out, because he was a friend. So, finally this year Rakesh Kaushal came along and said, “This thing is confirmed and I want to do it,” and we said, “Okay, we’re going ahead.” Could you give us a sneak preview of the tour and how you’ve zoned in on songs? August 2010

Really? You don’t listen to film music?

Not at all. You can’t get into your own music. I’ve heard so much of older composers—Hemant Kumar, R.D. Burman, and the whole lot. You can’t be influenced by the industry you work in. As a creative person I should be inspired by all the music that’s out there and not by what’s in the industry, otherwise you start sounding like everybody else. Do you prefer to have lyrics ready first or do you compose first? How do you adapt to different lyricists working styles, such as Prasoon Joshi versus Gulzar or Javed Akhtar? 95% of the times music is first. We compose a melody with freehand and no commitment to a particular meter. Sometimes the lyricist might be there and go to the other room and write something. But, usually like with Javed Akhtar, Sameer, Gulzar sahib, they take the melody home, work on it and bring it back.

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Aisha Original Soundtrack By Amanda Sodhi The music of the much awaited film “Aisha”—an adaptation of Jane Austin’s “Emma”—starring Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol, is finally out, and it’s quite an exciting moment for music fans as the soundtrack marks the transition of the much sought after, talented, young composer Amit Trivedi (“Aamir,” “Dev D,” “Striker,” “Wake Up Sid,” “Admissions Open,” “Udaan”) into mainstream cinema projects. Here’s a breakdown of the songs appearing in the film and in the soundtrack. “Suno Aisha,” sung by Amit Trivedi, Ash King and Nakash Aziz is upbeat and breezy. Trivedi’s use of lively trumpets and the saxophone is innovative; however, one does get a bit bored with Javed Akhtar’s simplistic lyrics. “Gal Mitthi Mitthi” is an outstanding, energetic Punjabi bhangra track that cleverly uses the shehnai. Tochi Raina’s rustic and enthusiastic vocals are superb. Even the lyrics are unique—“Aa sohni tenu chaand ki main chuddi pehnaavaan.” There is an average remix version by DJ Lloyd and Discreet. Sung calmly by Nikhil D’ Souza with backing vocals by Neuman Pinto and Amit Trivedi, “Sham” (4.44) is a soothing track rich on melody with nice use of the acoustic guitar. Akhtar’s lyrics are romantic—“Sham bhi koi jaise hai nadhi, lehr lehr jaise beh rahi hai,” and there are plenty of references to “khamoshi,” “fizaayein,” and use of soft phonetics. The addition of “boom boom paaraa paaraa” chorus backing is catchy. “Behke Behke” (4.43) immediately grabs your attention with the flamenco guitar followed by Anushka Manchanda’s Spanish flavored seductive vocals. This is one colorful, zesty fusion track in which one forgets to pay attention to the lyrics, which is a good thing as the lyrics aren’t that special anyway. Backing vocals by Samrat Kaushal and Raman Mahadevan and rap by Robert Omulo are decent. “Lehrein” (4.50) is a melancholic, soft-rock number which incorporates the viola and violin. It’s sung soulfully by Anusha Mani with backing by Neuman Pinto and Nikhil D’Souza. Lyrics build upon a darker mood— “Saare gharondeh reith ke…Lehrein aayi, lehron mein beh gaye.” The remix version by DJ Lloyd and Discreet is disappointing. Anushka Manchanda’s energetic vocals and the electric guitar in “By the Way” (3.31) will remind you of “Aye Bachchu” from the film “Ghajini.” Neuman Pinto’s supporting vocals are adequate. However, Akhtar’s August 2010

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By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC My recent trip to London in June included a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum devoted to fine and applied art. Our program director recommended that we not miss the “Cast Courts.” After spending time with the special Quilt exhibition and looking at the galleries of Sacred Silver and Stained Glass and a dramatically darkened and back-lit Jewelry collection, I ventured to the “Cast Courts” with no idea of what I would find. I realized that “cast” has many different meanings.1 There amidst replications of ornate statues, ornamented doors, altars, pedestals and monuments was an exact copy of Michelangelo’s “David” from the Sistine Chapel in Rome. I then realized that I was in the middle of two huge rooms of very intricate models which were plaster casts made by pouring a liquid into a mold also called a cast, by means of a process which is also called casting. When the substance hardened, the mold was removed. In the field of Fine Arts, other words for cast, that is the container into which liquid is poured to create an intended shape after the liquid hardens, include: mold, container and form. In the world of performing arts including the theatre, movies and television, the cast refers to the performers or actors in the play, movie or show. Used as a verb, “casting” refers to the process of assigning a performer to a specific role, as in “He was cast as the mysterious stranger.” Other words that mean the same as the “cast” or actors in a play include: troupe, cast of characters, dramatis personae, troupe, (theatrical) company, assemblage and the supporting actors may be called the “ensemble.” If the actor really doesn’t fit the part, we might say he or she was miscast. Some actors are always given the same type of role and complain about being typecast. Cast also refers to the visual appearance of something or someone. We noticed “the delicate cast of her features.” If someone has a downcast look, he may be depressed. If someone’s eyes are downcast, she may be shy. When someone has a broken bone, a cast may be used to immobilize it while it heals. There are many other meanings of cast as a verb. We cast our votes in an election and a fisherman casts (throws) his fishing line into the water. In old England, individuals whose views were not “politically correct” or who fell out of favor with the King might be August 2010

If someone rejects or dismisses an idea, he is said to cast it from his mind. To direct your attention or glance, someone might suggest that you “cast your eye on that lovely painting.” If you agree with a particular group or faction you might say, “I cast my lot with that party.” In the world of wizardry popularized by the Harry Potter books and movies, the “good” and “evil” characters could cast spells using a variety of wands and incantations. In the world of weather and communication we have forecasts, broadcasts and podcasts, whose meanings contain the core ideas of prediction or sending forth information to a wide audience. Likewise, the setting sun might cause an object to cast a long shadow. Old clothes and other discarded household items used to be called castoff but now may be recycled at a local reuse center. An individual who is searching for a reason to justify a decision may say, “I am casting around for a good reason (or excuse) to take this trip. Suggestions to increase your word power this month: Try composing your own sentence for each example of the way “cast” is used in our article, both as a verb and as a noun. References: 1 Judith L. Bergman M.A CCC is the director of Triangle Speech Services specializing in foreign accent modification. Contact: or 919-489-5464



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A city faces, among other problems, the issues of sanitation and water supply. Planned cities in particular, are those in which various stakeholders’ needs are satisfied, be they esthetics or functionality or both. Indians have a head start because the ancient cities of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro were planned cities. In more recent times we take pride in three cities in particular—-Auroville, Bhubaneshwar and Chandigarh. Auroville has a unique, central Matri Mandir which is a delightful structure in which sunlight streams in from the top and sides to create a pleasing ambience to meditate and mull things over. Besides this, structured roads and sectors are designed to facilitate living both at present and in the future. Auroville was designed by the ashramites of Aurobindo ashram and especially by the Mother. Bhubaneshwar is called the City of Temples. About 600 ancient and modern temples dot the landscape, while wide roads and many well-designed institutions make life worth living. There are major Indian and foreign companies like Satyam, Infosys and Nethawk (Finnish). Contemporary Bhubaneshwar was designed in 1946 by the German architect Otto Konigsberger. Chandigarh is the capital of two Indian States, Haryana and Punjab, and boasts a University, Punjab University, which I had the honor of visiting in 1972 when I attended a one-month summer school in Physics during my BSc, having won the NSTS or National Science Talent Search Scholarship of the NCERT, or National Council of Educational Research and Training, under UGC, or University Grants Commission. Chandigarh was designed by three architects: The French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, the American architect-planner Albert Mayer and the Polish architect Matthew Nowicki. As people migrate from villages to cities, the need for planned cities increases. But we must also improve our rural infrastructure and living conditions because obviously everyone cannot live in cities. Zoning of cities, which I had first-hand experience of as a Century 21 real estate agent, does help to reduce unwanted effects such as bad residential conditions, while pedestrian-only city centers can reduce clutter and help to bring down noise and other pollution. Ultimately, planned cities must grow to optimize a number of different factors, including the modern concept of sustainability. They must draw on the surrounding countryside without encroaching on it in an undesirable fashion. We owe it to future generations to plan

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Arms and the Man I recently watched the fascinating movie, “Lord of War,” on Hulu, starring Nicholas Cage as the UkrainianAmerican gun runner Olarov. Private gun dealers to this day ply a lucrative “trade” second only to national arms suppliers which, in decreasing order of magnitude, are : US, UK, Russia, France and China. In the movie, Olarov repeatedly justifies his “profession” by saying, successively, that his arms were used by people for self-defense, that if he stopped supplying arms, someone else would quickly take his place, that governments sometimes turned a blind-eye to his operations and indeed, encouraged him, covertly or overtly, to step in when their hands were tied. Payment for the arms was made in various ways. Cash was preferred by the arms dealer but was not always preferred. Diamonds, drugs and even timber were sometimes used to pay for the arms. The cold war of the sixties through eighties saw the largest arms build-up in history, and when the cold war ended a huge stockpile of Soviet arms appeared on the market. People like Olarov profited by becoming middle-men to supply arms to conflict-ridden regions like Liberia, Monrovia and Sierra Leone. It was further shown how American soldiers often left behind their arms after fighting a war, since it was cheaper to buy new arms than to transport the old ones back to America. These abandoned munitions were also a great source of wealth for people like Olarov. The question arises as to the moral propriety of gunrunning. Many governments in the world at present are not democracies. Of those that are, very few have free and fair elections. Thus the strong arm of governments, be they so-called democracies or one-man dictatorships or military juntas, is used to keep people terrorized and in-check. It’s a moot point whether arms given to freedomfighters solve any problem or not. In the movie, Olarov’s rival, a seasoned gun-runner, admits to supplying both Iraq and Iran with arms during their brutal war in the mid-eighties. He says he normally “takes sides” but in this particular conflict, hoped that neither side won. Indeed, the longer that a war rages, the more money these gun-runners stand to make and, in the same vein, peace is anathema to them. When Olarov’s brother is killed and his wife deserts him, he finds himself in custody with a variety of charges against him. But he confidently asserts to his captor, the law-enforcer Valentine, that he would soon be released—-and indeed, this does happen. Apparently, he had friends in high places. As the saying goes, killing one person is murder but aiding in the massacre of thousands of innocent people is war, or patriotism, or any one of the many euphemisms that are applied to present-day barbarism.

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The Day the Music Died Taliban inmates assert control over Pakistan’s jails, shut down music classes. By Aamir Latif —

KARACHI, Pakistan — Sardar Khan has been languishing for years in Karachi’s central prison. A crowded and dangerous place, the only happiness he ever felt was in the guitar he was learning to play — part of a music course that had been the first of its kind in Pakistan’s broken prison system. Khan, 32, is three years into a sevenyear sentence for armed robbery. Wearied by the harsh prison life, he jumped at the chance to learn the guitar, part of a program the Pakistani government started ten months ago to keep inmates out of trouble. But just three months into the class, about 200 Taliban detainees newly transferred to Khan’s wing, declared the course haram, or sinful, and demanded he and everyone else put down their instruments. “First they warned us of dire consequences if we continued to attend the music classes,” said Khan, who was later severely beaten by the Taliban militants for refusing to give up the guitar. “They said it is haram for a Muslim to hear or sing music.” Khan, his newfound optimism shattered, said that learning to play music had brought a significant and positive change to his life, both mentally and physically. “This was like fresh air for me and my colleagues who did not want to be involved in prison fights or future criminal plans,” he said, adding that the music helped him to quit smoking as well. “It really brought a difference to the life of prison.” The classes were organized on the recommendation of a Jail Reforms Committee set up by the government to find ways of encouraging prisoners, especially younger prisoners, to stay away from religious extremism and other criminal activity. Similar classes were planned for other jails in the country as well, including the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, which borders war-wracked Afghanistan and the heartland of militancy. But those too were suspended following pressure from the thousands of Taliban inmates that now crowd prisons throughout Pakistan. The Karachi jail hired a music teacher to introduce a mixture of local and Western instruments to the first batch of prisoners last year. But the Taliban quickly ransacked the class and destroyed all the guitars, keyboards, sitars and other instruments. Fearing for his safety, the teacher left the job soon after the attack. “When we did not listen to their threats and continued to attend classes, they beat us up and destroyed August 2010

the instruments before the security staff arrived to save us,” said Sabir Ali, 26, who had cuts and bruises across his face. Ali is in prison for larceny. “We lodged complaints against this vandalism but the jail authorities appeared to be helpless.” Taliban inmates have successfully asserted their authority over many prisons in Pakistan, turning some jails into de-facto Taliban strongholds. Jail authorities said they fear that mingling the Taliban with other prisoners could be a major security risk as the former are sure to influence the latter by preaching their rigid ideology. “There should be a separate jail for such prisoners,” said Nusrat Mangan, warden for Karachi central prison, one of the largest prisons in Pakistan. “If we keep them together with common prisoners, it will be troublesome in many ways.” Although Mangan said the Taliban inmates at Karachi are theoretically separated from other inmates, the prison is so overcrowded it is nearly impossible to enforce the Taliban’s isolation. Karachi prison houses 3,800 people, well over its capacity of 1,800. Many Taliban prisoners are able to operate from their cells freely, officials and inmates said. Omar Saeed Sheikh, a militant with close links to the Taliban who was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, was caught by Pakistani intelligence authorities devising a campaign from his cell on death row to bring about tension between Pakistan and India using a smuggled mobile phone. Intelligence officials, in fact, said poor security and corruption within the prison system allows jailed Taliban militants the freedom to be fully in touch with their aides on the outside. Authorities occasionally launch sweeps to confiscate mobile phones but to get a new one is not difficult for a prisoner with a few thousand rupees to spend. Mangan said the scrapped music program is just one example of the kind of influence the Taliban wields inside Pakistan’s prison system. “It was the first-ever music learning program introduced in a prison in Pakistan. It really went well for four or five months and we were expecting more and more enrollment,” he said. “It was not only the violence that crippled our plans but the Taliban prisoners destroyed almost all the musical instruments, which were donated by some philanthropists.” There is no money to buy new instruments, he said, and finding a donor can be a lengthy process. “The government is fully supporting us in arranging such programs but there is no allocation of funds,” he said. Still, Mangan has no intention of giving up and plans to resume the classes as soon as he can find a new set of instruments. The warden at the provincial prison in Sindh, Muzaffer Shujra, said he also planned to resume music classes in August. “We will not bow to the extremists,” he said. “Extremists will not be allowed to establish a state within a state. Whoever wants to learn music, he will have the freedom to do that.”

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2010, an important milestone for a program that offers immigration protection to victims of crime while also strengthening law enforcement efforts to combat those crimes. This marks the first time that USCIS, through extensive outreach and collaboration, has reached the statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas per fiscal year since it began issuing U visas in 2008. “Through the U visa, USCIS is able to provide crime victims with critical immigration protection, allowing law enforcement officials to protect victims and bring the perpetrators of crimes to justice,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “Through our partnership with both law enforcement and service providers, and through the dedicated work of our staff, we were able to reach – and provide this vital benefit to – thousands of deserving individuals.” USCIS will resume issuing U visas on October 1, 2010, the first day of fiscal year 2011. Until then, USCIS will continue to accept new petitions for U visas and will place conditionally approved petitioners on a waiting list. Conditionally approved petitioners and qualifying family members will be able to legally remain in the United States and request work authorization. This protection also applies to conditionally approved petitioners or any qualifying family members who are in removal proceedings or have a final order of removal. The U visa was created in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, legislation intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes while, at the same time, offering protection to victims of such crimes. U visas are set aside for victims who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the criminal activity and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. In fiscal year 2009, USCIS approved approximately 6,000 U visa petitions for victims of crime. For additional information about the U visa waiting list, see the accompanying Questions & Answers. For more information about the U visa, see the Victims of Criminal Activity Web page at

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The Sensex spent the initial part of July 2010 in the mid 17000s and on July 14, 2010 the index crossed above 18,000 in intra-day trading but it could not hold there. The index closed out the trading week of 7/16/2010 at 17,955 and it appears that another attempt to reclaim 18,000 is a certainty - the U.S. Dollar strengthened against the Indian Rupee, reaching 47.50 to the dollar by 7/16/2010. The central and state governments are expected to spend between Rs. 20,000-30,000 Crore over the next several years in order to make government services more readily available and accessible to the general population via Information Technology. The target date for completion of these endeavors is 2014 and Nearly Rs 10,000 crore has already been spent on creating “digital versions” of government records and placing them online. Any citizen would be able to visit the Internet and utilize various services such as passport issuance/renewal, income tax payments, pensions, land/title records, registration of births, etc. Thus far, 23 out of the 31 states in India have completed their state-wide network (SWAN) and the remaining states are expected to complete their centralized databases by the end of 2011 - among the states that are behind schedule are Rajasthan, Karnataka and some of the North Eastern states. However, it is notable and commendable that Maharashtra is one of the few states to have completely “digitized” its land records and placed them on the state website. The major currencies of the world have unique symbols: the U.S. Dollar (and many other ‘Dollars’ around the world) use $. The British Pound is represented by £, the Euro is represented by € and the Japanese Yen is denoted using ¥. It has been more than a full year since the Government of India

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announced a competition for designing a symbol for the Rupee. References to the Indian Rupee have always been made by ‘INR’ or ‘Rs.’ Now India finally has a unique design and symbol for its currency. On 7/15/2010, the Union cabinet on Thursday approved a design which is a combination of the Roman ‘R’ without the vertical stroke and the Devnagri letter ‘ra’. The winning design was put together by Bombay IIT postgraduate D. Udaya Kumar, who had the opportunity to meet finance minister Pranab Mukherjee after the cabinet decision was announced. It will take up to six months for the symbol to be incorporated in commerce within India, and between 18-24 months for International transactions. At this time, the government is not planning to utilize the symbol on currency notes and in addition, most of the major currency symbols mentioned can be generated on keyboards using the ALT key plus four digits - however, it will be some time before the Rupee symbol can be generated because the appropriate coding, programming, etc. still has to be carried out. During mid-July 2010, the Karachi KSE-100 index had a strong rebound from the June 2010 sell-off. The index had reached into the 10,600s during April 2010 and subsequently stepped back into the 9200s by June 2010. However, the market tone improved notably and the KSE-100 recaptured the 10,000 level in the week ending 7/16/2010, settling at 10,153. The Pakistani Rupee remained fairly stable against the U.S. Dollar, trading in a range of 84.50-85.50. The Pakistani business community wants to enhance business relations with Saudi Arabia and further develop trade between the two countries. The Pakistani consulate recently visited Dr. Hani Abu Rass, who is the new secretary general of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Loading. A number of issues were discussed and reviewed regarding economics, investment and trade in addition to methods in order to increase the business ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia over the next several months. A delegation of Saudi businesspeople who are involved in agriculture were also invited to Pakistan and after the observance of Ramadan, a delegation from the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce representing virtually all sectors of business in Pakistan will visit Saudi Arabia to discuss business and explore potential investments for the development and enhancement of the relationship between our countries. The delegation will represent all sectors of business in Pakistan,” Ahmed explained. According to a report from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia there are currently 24 companies working in Pakistan-Saudi joint ventures of which 11 are industrial and 13 non-industrial. The total amount invested in these companies is 3.33 billion Saudi Riyals (US $880 million) of which 70.9 percent is provided by Saudi businessmen, 8.19 percent by Pakistani businessmen with the remaining 20.91 percent invested by other partners. The U.S. equity markets have had a roller-coaster ride during June and July 2010 in which the Dow lost the 10,000 level twice and subsequently managed to

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one-third of American adults are overweight and another one-third are obese. Think about that: two-thirds of the adults in America are unhealthy due to the fact that their weight exceeds a healthy limit. When an affliction reaches these types of numbers, it’s called an epidemic. We’re eating too much, sitting around a computer too much, and living overall sedentary lifestyles.

• The professional site LinkedIn, has groups that you can join devoted to exercise and working out. In these discussions, members will often include links to websites that have been helpful in their experiences. Some provide information such as the benefits of low or high impact aerobics, where to order equipment that has received the best reviews, how to heal various sports related injuries, motivational tips, and more. Starting a program of health and fitness is easier to do with the support of family and friends. But for those times when immediate help isn’t available or when privacy about a weight program is more important than discussing it with family members is, there are plenty of Social Media communities that can make a huge difference in the success of stepping out of the statistic that two-thirds of Americans sit in.

Taking the first step in changing lifestyles such as these is difficult when where to begin is unclear. Social Media offers not only a jumping off point but an entire universe of communities to join for maintenance of a healthy way to live. There are literally hundreds of places on Facebook alone that can serve as a starting point. My Twitter stream usually has at least four tweets every fifteen minutes devoted to health and fitness. Take a look at a small sampling of Social Media’s road to health: • Facebook has pages that are devoted to exchanging ideas, offering tips, demonstrating yoga and weight lifting techniques, and providing moral support. When the temptations of special events and holidays come around, there are forums and walls that give immediate comfort and encouragement; someone is always on Facebook which means you’re never alone. Plus, the benefit of Facebook is that many pages offer links to websites with even more information for diet and exercise.

• Youtube is a great place to professionally produced as well as amateur videos of individuals sharing their entire transformation experience. They’ll show you their before, during and after physical appearance as they record and broadcast their diet and workout regime.

• iPhones, Blackberrys, and other smart phones have programs that can be downloaded to help you keep track of your caloric, fat, and carbohydrate intake throughout the day. You can also find applications (or simply look up) the nutritional value of various foods while you’re dining out if the place that is serving you does not have it available. Staying on track of your diet and reaching daily targets when eating out has never been easier.

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Back-to-School – Tax Savings with a 529 Plan Summer is almost over and as August winds down parents and kids prepare for going back to school. And with the back-to-school season comes the heavy expenses of college tuition, fees and school supplies. Parents always wonder about the cost of their children’s college education and how they will pay for it. Higher education in the US is not only very competitive, but also very expensive. Based on a 2009 survey for the trends in college pricing, the average cost for undergraduate college tuition, fee and boarding was about $15,300 per year for 4-year public in-state college and $35,700 per year for 4-year private college. Not all of the money needs to come from the parents or students. Many full time students manage to get financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and tax benefits on average up to $14,400 per year in a private college and $5,400 per year in a public college. Saving for children’s education requires a long term plan. And like saving for retirement, the earlier one begins to plan the better! Use this calculator on K&M Accounting and Tax Services website to help develop and fine tune your education savings plan: 529 College Savings Plan One of the most popular vehicles for college savings is the 529 Plan. Most states have a 529 program allowing parents to save for future higher education with tax benefits. Parents can make regular contributions to the 529 account. Each state has different rules on the nature of the account and beneficiaries, however in general the account owner (contributor to the fund) controls the funds and the beneficiary (student) gets to use the funds for qualified higher education. States also vary in the limits to the extent of the annual contributions and tax deductions allowed on the state income tax return. Here’s a site that provides a list of different state rules:

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In a country where marriage is widely considered sacred, the traditional is bumping up against the modern. More urban Indian couples are using state-of the art forensics to settle marital tiffs. Whether it’s determining a spouse’s loyalty or resolving the paternity of a child, even baring all before the nuptials, lie detectors, or polygraphs, and paternity tests are coming in handy. Such intrusive use of forensics seems a bold step for India, where arranged marriages and self-designed ones are considered sacrosanct life rituals, and rarely tampered with. But, daring couples feel that venting their suspicions and working toward setting them to rest with the use of forensics is a better option than a lifelong dysfunctional relationship, said Kumaraswamy Thangaraj, scientist at Hyderabad’s Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology — a government-run center that offers a DNA profiling service. A Chennai-based man’s suspicions about the paternity of his second child were found to be baseless after a DNA test at the center, ending years of friction with his wife. A traditional family from Mumbai asked their young daughter-in-law to go through a polygraph after she accused the father-in-law of making overtures toward her. Both these cases resulted in a happy endings, though it is not always so. Regardless of outcome though, couples are flocking to forensics labs, both private and government-run, to solve their marital tiffs. Most are lured by the relatively low cost of the tests, as well as the guarantee of a quick and confidential resolution. The number of those seeking lie-detector tests to resolve marital disputes at the privately run Truth Labs has doubled from the initial 20 cases a year when it was set up in 2007. Initially, Truth Labs was set up to deal mainly with white-collar crimes such as forgery, embezzlement, cheating and cyber fraud. Now, based on demand, Truth Labs has expanded from its headquarters in Hyderabad to New Delhi and Chennai in less than two years, and will launch its operations in Bangalore soon. A major contributing factor to the increased popularity of forensics in settling marital disputes is the overburdened legal system. Were a married couple to approach the court, or go to the police for that matter, with a complaint, there is no assurance of a quick or competent solution. India’s legal system is clogged and resolutions are sometimes a generation away. Police complaints, on the other hand, often result in long-winded, inept investigations. “Studies show that over 80 percent of Indians do not want to go to the police or the court; we offer an inexpensive, scientific alternative,” said Gandhi Kaza, founder of Truth Labs. Another contributing factor to the spike in forensics being used to settle husband-wife tiffs is its affordability. Truth Labs charges 5,000 rupees (a little over $100) for a polygraph and the results are available in August 2010

less than a week. The government’s Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology charges 3,800 rupees (about $80) for DNA profiling. The services are within reach of India’s middle class. Dozens of cases arrive at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, as well as several other government-run labs, for DNA profiling. But the lab stringently insists on providing paternity tests only if the husband and wife give full consent and arrive with the child to provide blood for the profiling. The lab rejects hair and other material for the test. “On the one hand, people are more aware that science can help tell the truth,” said Thangaraj, explaining the uptick in DNA profiling in paternity dispute cases. “On the other, you could say that people are losing trust in relationships.”

Children’s Corner continued from page 42 son could be a successful businessman without the benefit of higher education, surely the younger one, who was more gifted, would do much better. Within a few years, the results of his decision became evident. Uninterested in business, the younger son kept up his spending spree and thus went bankrupt. But, the elder son’s far smaller share of business had expanded and he had proved himself to be a good decision maker. Ashamed at the turn of events the father met the elder son and ranted against the younger one. “What a scoundrel that boy has turned out to be. I gave him everything he wanted, and he ruined it all! How could I have possibly known that he would turn out like this? A pleasure-loving, incompetent wastrel,” he wailed. The elder son, who was listening to all this quietly, suddenly announced his plan to set up an independent venture. “I want to strike out on my own,” he said. “Why?” asked the dumbfounded father who was hoping to start afresh with the elder son at the helm of affairs. “I blame one person for the way my brother has turned out, and it’s not him. You can’t blame children for the faults of their parents, can you?” asked the elder son. And then he left his father’s house.

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The precious memento rested on the mantelpiece at the Bligh family home which was located at Cobham Hall, near Rochester in Kent until Bligh died 43 years later. At his request, Florence gifted the urn to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Today, over 75 years later, the unique piece is housed at the MCC Museum at Lord’s together with a red and gold velvet bag that was made especially for it along with the scorecard of the famous 1882 “upset” match and each year, these marvelous masterpieces of cricket history are seen by tens of thousands of visitors from all parts of the world - cricket lore has it that the urn does indeed contain the remains (ashes) of a cricket ball or a bail. It is interesting to note that the MCC was founded in 1787 as a private members’ club dedicated to the development of cricket and it owns and is also based at the Lord’s Cricket Ground near St. John’s Wood in North London. MCC used to be the governing body of cricket in England and across the world and most of its global functions were transferred to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1993 and its English governance was passed to the England and Wales Cricket Board at the same juncture. Since the original “ashes” urn and the related items are permanently housed at a museum, they obviously cannot be exchanged between England and Australia and as would be natural and expected, the two nations wanted to contest for a “real trophy” instead of a symbolic contest. Therefore, during the early to mid1990s, the MCC commissioned - after discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia - an urn-shaped Waterford Crystal trophy. This was first presented to Mark Taylor after his Australian side emerged triumphant in the 1998-99 Test series against England. Since then, the trophy has been presented to the winning captain at the end of each Test series between Australia and England. Most recently, it was presented to Andrew Strauss after England’s 2-1 victory over Australia in the 2009 Ashes Series.

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Although activists pushed the Supreme Court to manas the Taiwan Strait and the Korean peninsula,” said date minimum safety and quality standards for sterilizaDing. “So this [Ma’s remarks] really surprised me.” tion in 2005, there is no real monitoring mechanism to 4) What are the most plausible conflict scenarios? ensure that facilities adhere to the norms. Surgeries are One worry is an incident at sea — say, a collision no longer performed in cattle sheds. But Das said that between a U.S. surveillance ship and a People’s infections and other complications are still common. All Liberation Army ship leading to loss of life — that could too often women die under the knife as tired surgeons escalate due to miscalculation and lack of communica- rush through operations in hastily erected rural camps. Although international figures suggest that about one tion. One such incident took place in 2001 between a U.S. spy-plane and a Chinese fighter jet. The U.S. and in 200 female sterilization operations fail — resulting in Chinese militaries established a hotline in 2008, but unwanted pregnancies and other difficulties — in India China often simply refuses to pick up the phone out of that number is likely much higher. Moreover, the focus on sterilization for birth control pique, according to a recent Defense News report. But the nations most likely to come to blows in the South pushes women to have children early and then go for China Sea may be China and Vietnam. Hanoi was sterilization operations at 22 or 23 years old, which studincensed by Beijing’s treatment of its fishing boats last ies show makes them more vulnerable to various gyneyear and lodged a formal protest. It continues to see the cological problems — and four times more likely to underParacels as its territory, illegally occupied by the Chinese. go a hysterectomy later in life. As the world takes fearful stock of India’s growing Anti-China nationalism runs strong in Vietnam and is easily inflamed. The two nations’ militaries have twice numbers, it should remember that those figures represent human beings, says the Population Foundation’s skirmished in the South China Sea, in 1974 and 1988. China’s moves appear to have already started a Nanda. And focus on the progress that has been made regional arms race, analysts say. “Some southeast Asian and why it has been made, rather than putting the counnations are starting to beef up their armed forces to try in the cross-hairs again. “No such scare mongering should be done,” he said. hedge growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea,” wrote Ian Storey, fellow of the Institute of “The fertility rate has come down. When we started, it Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, in a recent com- was around six. It has come down to 2.5 or 2.4, and it mentary. Defense News’ Minnick said that Singapore, will reach 2.1 in another five or 10 years, maximum. In Malaysia and Vietnam had “gotten into the submarine some states it may go a little later, but that should not game,” and that “there are more concerns of an under- lead us to do things that will cause problems for women.”

water collision than an accidental war” in the South China Sea. “Many of the countries now deploying submarines are not familiar with underwater rules of right of way,” Minnick said. “There are clear demarcations for direction and depth that are not being followed by some of the more inexperienced countries. And then there’s Chinese submarines roaming around as well. So it’s getting crowded underwater.” Meanwhile, one side effect of China’s new claim may be to strengthen the U.S.’ budding ties with Vietnam. “The U.S. is moving closer to Vietnam, and better military-to-military relations are expected to improve this year as China rattles the saber more,” said Minnick.

5) Are there any efforts to resolve South China Sea disputes? In 2002 the concerned nations signed a “code of conduct” agreement on the South China Sea. But the deal hasn’t yet been fully implemented, largely due to China, analysts say. “China perceives the South China Sea as its territory, so it thinks ‘Why do I have to implement the code of conduct?’” said Ding, the Taiwanese expert. Last year, Vietnam and Malaysia submitted their formal claims to territory in the South China Sea. China immediately protested, rendering the claims invalid, a move that further ratcheted up ill will. The issue has quieted down in recent months, but the underlying territorial disagreements are far from being resolved. “Somehow, ways must be found to prevent emotive nationalism and militarism from upsetting the uneasy status quo in the South China Sea,” wrote the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies’ Richardson. August 2010

Indian Classical Music continued from page 26 Thillana- The thillana is a rhythmic composition sung typically towards the end of a Carnatic music kutcheri. The incorporation of rhythmic syllables makes it extremely suitable for dance presentations also. Mangalam- The kutcheri typically concludes with a mangalam - an auspicious prayer. Till we meet next time, do try and listen to some Carnatic kutcheris (many concerts are available online) and see if you can identify the various items in a concert presentation.

Chai Table continued from page 76 Hinduism in particular and for humanity in general. If today’s Hindus can take inspiration from their own teachings, they can ensure a healthy and prosperous future for themselves, their diverse neighborhoods, and their natural resources.

(Originally published at: Pankaj Jain is an Asst. Professor at the Univ. of N. Texas where he teaches on South Asian Religions and Ecology. He is interested to connect ancient traditions with contemporary issues and has been published in the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Numen, Religion Compass, Religious Studies Review, Visual Anthropology, and Worldviews.

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Now, while OSTs such as “Dil Chahta Hai,” “Kal Ho Na Ho,” “Rudraksh,” “Lakshya,” “Phir Milenge,” You studied music in Los Angeles. Does it feel “Bunty Aur Bali,” “Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom,” “Johnny exciting to be performing in California finally? Gaddaar,” “Taare Zameen Par,” “Rock On!!,” got a great response, OSTs such as “Short Kut,” Yes, I’ll be in California for a few days and am going to “Marigold,” and “Hum Tum Aur Ghost” got a mixed visit my school there, so that should be fun! response. Do you really feel satisfied with your work for those projects? You do have a forum on your official Website to interact with audiences directly, but how important No, a couple of projects you end up doing and it does- is media feedback and monitoring for you? n’t turn out right. You see, it’s mainly about relationships with people—you like the producer. Like with “Short Kut,” I do check reviews but now I’ve stopped checking when it started out it was supposed to be a completely because I get very upset since they’re not good (laughs). different film and directed by the person who directed I do interact with a lot of people online on the forum, the original Malayalam film which won a national award. Facebook, Twitter. And, I like that. Replying to someone’s The Hindi version got screwed and everything we did comment makes them happy and that’s nice. I read a few went down the drain and sinks with the film. With ‘“Hum reviews on, they are end-user reviews. Tum Aur Ghost,” Arshad was genuine about the project and we do support him on that, but the film unfortuWhat are some of your favorite voices from the nately was not good. But, I think the songs were good. newer lot of singers? So what? You can’t do everything that is perfect all the time. We look for new voices constantly. We like Shreya Ghoshal’s voice and Kay Kay’s voice. But you have to look A lot of OSTs only have 1-2 great songs and the at the kind of song and the end result you want. rest are mediocre or remixes. Do you think this has Sometimes you don’t need a famous voice and sometimes to do with music being used simply for marketing you can’t use your favorite voice for a song. It depends on now? the end result you want for a song. You have to fill up a CD and as a result remixes are put What has been the most challenging project and in for people who want to use it or listen to a tune. “My which one are you most proud of? Name Is Khan” had a bunch of Karan Johar songs as an addition, a value addition, since physical sales are going “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Kal Ho Na Ho” are two landmarks down now and you try to get it moving. for us. They brought us into the scene with our kind of music. “Dil Chahta Hai” was what we are all about—not Why do you think that multiple music composers too filmy—and was a big hit for us. are being brought in for one project, such as with “Wake Up Sid”? Could you tell us about your upcoming projects? It’s not a very good thing to do. It makes the soundtrack sound inconsistent. There are a lot of new directors with different views and people like to try new things. With “Wake Up Sid” it happened to be the background song— ‘Iktaara’ was done for the background.

There is Zoya Akhtar’s “Zindagi Milege Na Dobara,” the new “Don,” Nikhil Advani’s “Patiala House,” the “Stepmom” remake that’s now titled “We Are Family” by Karan Johar and directed by Sid Malhotra, and we’re working on art house work, too, like “West is West” which is a sequel to “East is East.” So there are a bunch of projects, which is Are you going to stay away from remaking exist- fun. ing songs like you did in “Don”? We’ve composed for the new “Don” and it doesn’t have anything from the original “Don.” If the rights to an original song are purchased and if the script requires it, then it requires it. So, it’s okay. In Hollywood you’ll find Frank Sinatara songs used. When they [Hollywood] do it it’s cool and when we do it here everybody says, “oh the golden age” of music is being tampered with.

Any advice for NRI artists and anything you’d like to tell our readers?

Well, NRIs are a big part of our fan base and we hope to see them at the tour. And, for NRI artists to be a part of Bollywood, you need to be here. There are a few singers who came from there and are successful. But, you have to be in Bombay—that’s the bottom line.

Do you think it is unfortunate that in India not much importance is given to creative fields?

Amanda Sodhi is a Bollywood journalist, lyricist, So much importance is given to Indian classical music screenwriter, and PR/marketing practitioner based in in India. But, in India survival is a big thing…to earn Washington, DC. money to keep it going at home. So, a lot of people go for August 2010

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Events of Note Rang De Basanti – An Evening of Dance The Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) Charlotte will present “Rang De Basanti” - an evening of dance on Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 beginning at 10 pm at Amos’ Southend Bar and Bistro located at 1423 S. Tryon ST. Charlotte, NC. Dance the night away to the rhythm and tunes of DJ Don. Proceed from the event will benefit the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI). 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 selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. For details on the work conducted by the organization visit The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Tickets for “Rand De Basanti” are available in various grocery stores and Indian restaurants in the Charlotte Metro area. Tickets are $10 and $15 at the door. The event is free for NetIP members. For details on the dance send an email to or visit An evening of “Taal” Presented by Nrityam Support two great causes and enjoy a cultural dance show consisting of Indian Classical dancing followed by Indian Folk dances. Taal will be presented by Radhika Unnithan and her students on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 from 4 - 6:30 pm at Cox Mill High School, 1355 Cox Mill Rd. Concord, NC 28027. The program will feature classical and folk dance performance by Nrityam. Donations to the charities will be appreciated and proceeds from this dance show will be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Ekal Vidyalaya. English Tutoring Program The International House of Charlotte is looking for volunteers to help teach English to those of different nationalities. There will be four, three hour training sessions in August (17, 19, 24, and 26) from 6-9 pm. For more information, send an email at Kid’s Art Competition, Charlotte A children’s art competition conducted and organized specifically for the Festival of India 2010 will take place on Saturday, August, 21, 2010 (10 am – 12 noon) at the Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr. August 2010

Charlotte NC 28212. The competition is for age groups 5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years. Entry is free to all participants and all nationalities are welcome. The topic for the competition will be given on the spot and will be age group appropriate. Participants can use the medium of their choice. Only drawing sheet (11”x14”) will be provided by organizers. No outside drawing sheet is allowed. All participants need to bring all other art materials (example: pencils, erasers, water color paints, acrylic paints, pastels, crayons, color pencils, brushes, palettes, water cups, drawing board etc.). Judging will be based on the following criteria: originality, creativity, best interpretation of given topic. Parents should drop off participants at the venue at 9:45 am for registration. Participants shall be picked up at 12 noon. No parents will be allowed inside the venue during the competition. Winning entries will be notified via phone or email. Prizes shall be awarded at the Festival of India at Knight Theatre. Final date for Entry Form Submission is Tuesday August 10, 2010. For details on the competition, registration forms as well as information for the Festival of India 2010 visit 2010 Charlotte Shootout The second annual 2010 Charlotte Shootout will be held on August 28-29, 2010, at the Tradition Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C. For $185 per player, enjoy two days of golf on a beautiful and challenging course, along with admission to this year’s Dinner Night event — featuring mouth-watering Indo-Caribbean food and music by D.J. Mukesh. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to indulge in golf, delicious food, and the opportunity to network with a diverse group of friends, family, and professionals spanning many industries. All proceeds will benefit the Hindu Center, Festival of India, BAPS - Charlotte, LPA, and the Caribbean Association of Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, go to:

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Community reports Miss Harnett County Named Fourth Runner-Up to Miss NC 2010 My summer as Miss Harnett County has been unforgettable thus far. I travelled to Laurinburg, NC on an appearance recently to jump out of a plane with the US Army’s Golden Knights. I jumped the day before I would check-in to compete at the Miss North Carolina pageant. After arriving at the combat training grounds in Laurinburg, I got a crash course on tandem skydiving and was asked to sign a waiver. I was getting a little tense at that point but it went too fast to really start second guessing my decision to jump. I then met two Golden Knights. One was my skydiving instructor who would be strapped to my back through the fall, and the other was a photographer and videographer who would jump out of the plane right behind me to capture the entire experience. I donned a yellow, Golden Knights suit and stepped into the harness that would attach me to my instructor. Joe (my instructor) was August 2010

such a great guy. I’d nervously ask him a question about his experience or the likelihood of something going wrong and he’d respond sarcastically to make me feel like I’d have to be crazy to go through with the jump. After hugging my mother tightly, it was off to board the plane. Joe decided he would sit next to me and read Tandem Skydiving for Dummies on the way up. At around 7,000 feet, I was asked to give a brief interview on camera. We kept climbing and some while later, when all I could see out of my window were clouds, Joe started attaching my harness to his. He was, after all, the one wearing the parachute. At 13,500 feet, my instructor and I made our way over to the door. I had been told in the crash course that we would swing back and forth three times before exit, “Ready, Set…”. “It was the most peculiar feeling. On one hand, I felt totally safe with Joe. They were Golden Knights. This was the division of the army that takes the president and big celebrities like Tiger Woods out for jumps. On the other hand, however, I was completely resigned to the fact that anything could happen, and I was okay with that… “GO!” The next thing I knew, I was getting sucked down towards the face of the earth, through the clouds at 120mph. It took a couple of seconds to get my orientation but when I looked out, I was staring into a camera. I smiled, waved, and tried to take every second of the free fall in before Joe pulled out the parachute and we went flying upwards. After that, it seemed like we were suspended, thousands of feet above the earth. Joe turned us so I could enjoy the horizon and the five minute descent back to land. I’ll never, ever forget the view or the feeling…both of which are indescribable. After landing swiftly, I was greeted by the cheers of my committee, mother and friends. Now it was time to get my game on for the competition. We spent the night packing up all that I would need for the following week. I spent the first few days of the pageant week in day-long rehearsals and then preliminary competitions began. At the finale on Saturday night, I made the top eleven and then the Top Five and was awarded fourth runner-up to Miss North Carolina. I will receive a $1,500 scholarship for my placement and I also won a $500 scholarship for my brother through the Miss NC Fraternal scholarship award. I was very contented with my first experience competing for Miss NC. I learned very much and look forward to putting into practice all that I have learned for next time. As for now, I am busy getting packed up again to head back to India to complete my undergraduate research project! – Bindhu Pamarthi

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#1 - MaGaReSa Club Bollywood Film music is an integral part of the South East Asian culture and provides easy access of complicated raagas and swars to those music lovers, who have not learnt or have been exposed to traditional classical Indian music. This community is all inclusive and does not distinguish between languages members speak, country of origin, social status or age. If you are genuine about your love for hindi songs, you will be welcome. Additional details: • The meetings are on the first Fridays of every month around Charlotte area. • New members are always welcomed. • Ideas and opinions are shared — - and the group sings the latest songs as well as classical songs • Some sessions include food or beverages. Do bring your own food items if you have dietary restrictions. Learn more at: garesa-indianmusic, or Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at August 2010

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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 Info: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Info: 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 “PatiPatni 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 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 August 2010

Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. Info: 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, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Here are two upcoming events in Charlotte where proceeds will be donated to Ekal Vidyalay. Rang De Basanti an evening of dance presented by NetIP on Saturday, Aug 21, 201 beginning at 10 pm at Amos’ Southend Bar and Bistro. Dance the night away with DJ Don. Taal will be presented by Radhika Unnithan and her students on Sunday, Aug 29, 2010 from 4 6:30 pm at Cox Mill High School, 1355 Cox Mill Rd. Concord, NC 28027. The program will feature classical and folk dance performance by Nrityam. Info: English Tutoring Program The International House of Charlotte is looking for volunteers to help teach English to those of different nationalities. There will be 4, three hour training sessions in August (17, 19, 24, 26) from 6-9 pm. For more information, send an email at Festival of India Charlotte, NC FOI, a bright spot in the North Carolina Cultural calendar, will feature talented Indian members of Saathee 96

the community performing on stage, scrumptious food, exhibits. It a an opportunity to absorb the sights, smells and taste of India. New this year will be Bhangra on the street with live music, lectures by noted specialist in India culture and politics and “Indian Idol” a chance to see and hear some talented musicians. Labor Day Weekend. Sept 4th and 5th at the new Knight Theatre in downtown Charlotte. 12 Pm to 7 Pm Saturday and 12 to 6 pm on Sunday. Admission: $5 for both days. Info: 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

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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 Thu Aug 26 - Sun Aug 29 - 3rd Annual Shri Lakshmi Venkateswara Brahmotsavam. Info: Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Sat Sep 18 @ 5:30 p.m. —Lecture/demonstration and Hindustani Vocal Recital by Ms.Shubhangi Sakhalkar. Venue: Tate Recital Hall, CPCC. Sat Oct 2 @ 7:00 p.m. —- Dr. Mallika Sarabhai and group to perform “Bhajan Sampradayam” (Bharat Nayam style). Venue: Halton Theater, CPCC. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

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) August 2010

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 context-sensitive 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, shortterm child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 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 Saathee 98

Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest nonprofit 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 980622-0125) 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 MeditationCharlotte Area Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on



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Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: 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. Info: 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 “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society 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 Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), August 2010

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. Info: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), 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. Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. Info: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629 (Vice Captain-Mohsan)

Greensboro Art of Living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte and now Greensboro. Saathee 100

In the Part I course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques to eliminiate stress & tension; Skills for improving relationships at home & at work; Practical wisdom to get the most out of life; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. Contact: Nirupama Shankar or Puja Verma for more details about upcoming courses and follow-up kriya sessions. Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. Info: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Info: 336.420.7290 336.327.1235 India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi.


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Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote crosscultural understanding. Info: Milan Arora 336.765.3379 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Over 500 videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First 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 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM. For details: 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, philosophy. August 2010

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 through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays & community service. Info:

Raleigh AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. Info: 919.200.4020. - Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. Info: Saathee 102

Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. Info: 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. Info: 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, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. Info: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605

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Community News & Events 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. Info: 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 and the next meeting will be on Sat Aug 14 there will also be a celebration of India’s Independence Day (August 15) at this meeting. During September, a journey of 6 days/5 nights is being planned to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park in Utah, the Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas, Nevada. There are 52 seats available on the Luxury Coach and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis so if you desire to go - sign up early to avoid disappointment. Info: Bharati Patel: 252.236.4391 Harish Shah: 919.387.1629 Dhirubhai Desai 919.677.8513 Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization committed to encouraging and facilitating individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged children since 1979. CRY America’s RDU Action Center has been active since 2001. CRY-RDU invites people to join the enthusiastic volunteer base to contribute ideas or any relevant skills. Info: 919.362.9591 - contact perAugust 2010

son is Sarav Arunachalam. Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham conducts Balavihar classes for children and youth (preschool to 12th grade) regularly every Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. In addition to classes that are tailored to each age group, lessons include chanting of Bhagavad Gita verses, and singing bhajans. With the theme of Krishna – My Friend, all students this year are learning about Bhakti or devotion to God. All festivals are celebrated along with Prasad for families. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can download registration form from A regular adult study group/satsang is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as, other locations in the Triangle. All are welcome to attend. Info:

Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamijitrained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. 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 Saathee 104

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Carolinas. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) 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. Info: 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.” Upcoming Events: October 3, 2010 - Gandhi Jayanti at the Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh, NC November 13, 2010 - Children’s Day at the HSNC Cultural Hall. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email:

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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. Info: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal)

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. Upcoming Events: Mon Aug 16 through Fri Aug 20 —Summer Camp Session #3 Sat, Aug 7, 2010 - Wed, Aug 11, 2010 - Shreenathji Charitramrut Katha will be presented and Narrated by Yuva Vaishnavacharya Pujyapad Goswami 108Shri Vrajrajkumarji Mahodayshri. Presented by Hindu Society of North Carolina & Vaishnav Bhajan Group. Info: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021

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, selfconfidence 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. - Triangle area Charlotte region.

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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. Information and details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to Saathee 106

educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Info: 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 ongoing project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For complete information call

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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, North Carolina 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. Info: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Info: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCON of North Carolina The Sri-Sri Radha Golokananda August 2010

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 4:15-5:45 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 discourse, vegetarian feast, and Sunday school for children. Info: 919.593.6827, Yoga classes - Krishna Priya at 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 context-sensitive 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, shortterm child care, psychological Saathee 108

counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 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. 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. Info: 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.” Info: Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is

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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.

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 all participants. Info: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Info: 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 August 2010

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. Info: (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. Info: Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. Info: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Saathee 110

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 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 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. Info:

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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) amilsangamofcarolina 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. Info:

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 Hindispeaking music fans all around the globe. Info: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit 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: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a non-profit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughAugust 2010

out the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Pre Navaratri Program: October 2, 2010 Sharad Purnima Program/Raas Garba: Oct 23, 2010 Diwali Function: November 6, 2010 Info: 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. Info: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) 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 Datta-Bavani 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: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. TVS holds the country’s biggest vegetarian thanksgiving feast every year. For details on that and other upcoming events visit the Saathee 112

website or send an email. 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. Info: 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 like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. There will be a discourse on

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Shreenathji Charitramrut by Pujyapad Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji on Sat Aug 7 and Sun Aug 8 (4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day) and Mon Aug 9 to Wed Aug 11 (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day) at Mandir Hall of the Hindu Bhavan at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. Regular Bhajan recitations for 2nd Sunday of the month will resume during October 2010. Info: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

enjoy nature and family time together. Camp Registration Cost: $125 – Adult, $100 – Child, Children under 5 years – Free Registration fee includes: Indian vegetarian breakfast/ lunch/ dinner, snacks, coffee/tea, dorm style accommodation for 3 nights. Special children friendly menu is available. Info: Dr. G. V. Raghu: (678) 615-7088 Seema Jani: (770) 664-5055 Anu Nathan (404) 315-1129 Anu Swaminathan ( 678) 580 3094


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 bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. Info: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 -

Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] Barsanadham is organizing a monthly devotional bhajans and kirtans program at the Vedic Center of Greenville, NC. This program is on every third Saturday of the month from 11-1pm and followed by lunch prasad. Info: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 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. 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) Chinmaya Family Camp Indian Springs, GA Dates: September 3rd through 6th at Indian Springs, Georgia. Camp Benefits: Satsang with Swamijis, Simultaneous and separate children’s programs, bringing families together, developing and strengthening faith and spiritual values, August 2010

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, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Info: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) For upcoming details about festivals and events, call or email. Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani)

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South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The organization’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly dinner will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 6 to 9 PM. There will be $10.00 Per Person charge for dinner at India Palace, 110-A Columbia Northeast Drive, Columbia. Info: evenings 803.233.7042 or 803.233.3996 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 Sun Aug 8 @ 4:45 p.m. - Satsang with Divakari Devi of Barsana Dham followed by Aarti. On Sat Aug 21 and Sun Aug 22, Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of temple formation and 4th anniversary of Murti Pratishtha. This represents a remarkable milestone for the temple and everyone is invited to join in this joyous and festive occasion. On Saturday, the celebration be from 5:00 p.m. onwards and will include a cultural program with “Sanskriti Darshan” as a theme followed by dinner. On Sunday from 8:30 a.m. onwards, there will be poojan/havan, talk by spiritual leader and a light lunch. There will be lots of displays and a slide show presentation showing our journey. 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.

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Community News & Events Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. Info: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Info: 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 people of Indian origin. Info: 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 August 2010

Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. Info: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. Info: 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 wonderful 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. Saathee 116

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 Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Sun Aug 29 through Thu Sep 2 Sushree Diwakari Deviji, President of JKP Barsana Dham, Austin, Texas, will be giving a 5-Day Lecture Series in Hindi entitled “Bhagwan Kaise Milenge”. Info: 864.967.2852 Send your organization’s news and events to us by the 20th of the month for inclusion in following month’s issue. Write to us at or visit:

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Festivals & Holidays Festivals & Holidays Compiled by Kirit Shukla August 2010 Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug. Aug.

1 - Lokamanya Tilak Punyatithi 6 - Kamika Ekadasi 9 - Divaso/Hariyali Amas (No Moon) 12 - Ramadan/Rojha 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) 15 - Independence Day (India) 16 - Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti 19 - Pateti (Parsi New Year) 20 - Putrada Ekadasi 21 - Pavitra Baras 24 - Rakshabandhan (Raakhi) Day - Nariyeli Purnima (Full Moon) Aug. 29 - Naag Panchami Aug. 31 - Randhan Chhath Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep. Sep.

September 2010 1 - Shitala Saptami 2 - Janmastami 4 - Ajaa Ekadasi 6 - Labor Day 8 - Darsha Amas (No Moon) 10 - Haritalika Vrat/ Kewada Trij - Ramajhan Eid 11 - Ganesh Chaturthi 12 - Jain Paryushan starts - Sama Pancham - grandparents day 18 - Parivartini Ekadasi 22 - Anant Chaturdashi - Prosthapadi Purnima (Full Moon) 23 - Jain Paryushan Ends 24 - Shraadhha Paksha starts

Oct./Nov. - 2010 Oct. 7 - Shraadhha Paksha ends - Darsha Amas (No Moon) Oct. 8 - Navaratri starts Oct. 16 - Navaratri ends Oct. 17 - Dussera Oct. 22 - Sharad Purnima (Full Moon) Oct. 26 - Karawa Chaturthi Nov. 3 - Wagh Baras - Dhan Teras Nov. 5 - Diwali - Mahavir Nirvana Day Nov. 7 - Hindu New Year - Vikram Samvat 2067 starts - Bhai Dooj/ Yama Dwitiya Nov. 10 - Labha Panchami Nov. 16. - Eid Al Adha Nov. 17 - Deva Oothi Ekadasi - Bakri Eid Nov. 21 - Deva Diwali (Full Moon) - Tulsi Vivaha August 2010

Stocks continued from page 54 re-claim it. Concerns about the rebound of the economy loomed constantly in the background because the U.S. economy lost 125,000 non-farm payrolls during June 2010 and this was indeed very disappointing since there had been job gains during the previous few months - an important caveat is that some of the job ‘gains’ that were registered during April-June could be attributed to temporary jobs for the 2010 Census, however, even while understanding that fact it was still very disappointing to swing from job gains to job losses. Additionally, the unemployment rate continued to be stubbornly above 9.5 percent and the stark reality is that it shall take many years to recoup all of the jobs that have been decimated by the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, and some of the lost jobs will never come back. The U.S. deficits and national debts continue to expand - according to current projects, if the government keeps its current spending patterns, the interest alone on the national debt will exceed $1 trillion by 2020. As a consequence, the U.S. Dollar will remain under pressure in the long term even though it has had a reasonable performance during CY2010. During July 2010, Crude Oil hovered in a trading range of $70$78 per barrel and from a nominal standpoint, precious metals continue to perform well. The saga of the BP (NYSE-BP) disaster continued during July 2010 and BP’s stock fell from a peak in the low 60s to $26.75 on 6/28/2010 - however, during mid-July 2010 when it appeared that the spewage from the busted well might be finally brought under control, the stock rallied and nearly touched 40 before stepping back to 37-38. Another company in the headlines on 7/16/2010 for financial reasons was Google (NASDAQ-GOOG), which disappointed on the revenue side in its 2Q2010 financial report and that stock fell from 494 to 459. Every year, the Federal Reserve Board meets eight times to review economic data, monetary policy, and make appropriate adjustments to interest rates as deemed appropriate and in extreme circumstances, the Fed has taken action in between meetings as well. Interest rates have been kept at historically low levels for an extended period of time to help the economy recover. The target ‘Fed Funds’ Rate (the rate at which banks lend money to fellow banks) was kept at 0.00%0.25 percent during the aforesaid meetings, and the discount rate (the rate at which the Fed lends to banks) stood at 0.75 percent. The remaining four meetings for CY2010 are scheduled for: August 10, September 21, November 2-3 and December 14. Special Note: This article contains the ideas and thoughts of its author and it does not necessarily imply the viewpoints of “Saathee” magazine, this website or its principals. Rajesh Ganatra is also the Community News Editor for Saathee and writes the “The Cricket Forum” column. Contact: Saathee 120

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ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) You have entered a difficult phase of time. You may face tough competition at your place of work or in business. Your luck may not favor you at a critical time. You may get some support from your friends and see relief during second half of the month. Minor health ailment is also possible. Try to control your aggression and act wisely to avoid losses. Also a risk taking tendency must be avoided. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Life should fly this month; you may experience major ups and downs this month. You can come out with great success at the end, only if you watch your morals very strictly. Wrong doing must be sincerely curbed. You can count on your partners, but don’t trust them blindly. Minor family problems may also drive you crazy. Heavy workload may also keep you on your toes most of the time. Don’t take risks. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a very active start, you may get lost during last week of the month. Try to slow down or enjoy a vacation to avoid mistakes. Major ups and downs are possible if involved in real estate or construction-related career. A constant flow of new ideas and opportunities, however, may make your schedule very hectic. Time is not good for heart patients. Good news from your siblings may come your way during second half of the month.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) The month may start very active but then the time may slow down for you. Dispute with your friends and associates may disturb your peace of mind. Don’t make mistake just for mainlining relations with your friends. You should, however, enjoy steady flow of income. Time is good for visiting nature and spending money for spiritual activities. You may spend the second half of the month mostly in traveling. LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Avoid moving fast during first half of the month. Major family-related problems may disturb your schedule this month. You will be back in control during second half of the month. Don’t rely much on your intelligence. Your partner may prove to be a great help this month. Don’t try to cheat to make easy money. Also, stay cool and avoid arguments at place of work. It is better to avoid aggression and act wisely. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) A very hectic month is shaping up for you. You may get stuck between busy schedule and enjoying your time with family. Added responsibilities and very aggressive schedule may make you to

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LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) An important and big move will be delayed. You may lose a very important opportunity. Your own mistake will put you in hot water. You may need some kind of spiritual help throughout the month. Financial loss is unavoidable. Try to protect your morals. Any risk-taking tendency must be avoided. Your regular income should remain undisturbed.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) A very nasty period is going to throw you up and down. Don’t rush or flow with the water, but try to act mature and slowly. Uncertainty may prevail to drive you crazy. Misunderstanding amongst family members may disturb you. Your child may prove to be the best advisor. Avoid competing with your enemies, instead ignore them. This may help you in earning good reputation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) A very busy schedule and unexpected travel may change your plan every day. Time is good for making a deal to buy real estate. Go against your nature and work very practically. Misunderstanding at the place of work may end up in hot arguments. It may not be possible to avoid it, hence try to act calmly. Improvement in health is clearly indicated. Bad news from your partner is possible in the second week of the month. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Even though there won’t be any financial problems, the hyper personality and fear will rule you during this month. Try to develop mental strength. If you feel necessary, then spend some time and do meditation. Actually the period is not negative, but your aggressive actions won’t allow you to enjoy the time. At the same time watch your health. Risk-taking tendency must be avoided. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) The labor that you put in the first half of the month will produce result in the second half of the month. The results won’t be promising, but satisfactory. You will experience delay and disturbance in your day-to-day pursuits. Don’t get involved in many things at the same time. Time is good for traveling for vacation. A religious or social ceremony is also possible in the family. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) This is the month of traveling, period of relaxing and enjoying the life, celebrating the success and achievements. Your long cherished wish is going to be fulfilled during this month. Just watch your health seriously. Don’t dispute with your spouse. Do something different to achieve success. Don’t even think about profit or loss and just walk few steps on any unknown path. By Jalendu Vaidya Contact: 973-365-1766 /

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Pani Construction Co., Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Parekh, Smita (Bank Of America Mortgage) . . . . . .62 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Patel, Amrita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Patel, Shital (Sam) (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . .12 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Property Net Realty (Suku Pandiyattu) . . . . . . . . .95 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Rajdeep Video (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Rama Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Rani's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . .57 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Royal Dhaba (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Saathee Subscription Coupon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Shamim Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Shiv Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Smart Properties (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Sodha, Sandeep (Book: The Cultural Stimulus) . . .14 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Taj Mahal Restaurant (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Triangle Area Hindu Temples (Kids Summit) . . . . .67 Triangle Eyebrow Threading By Chandni's . . . . . . .37 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Triangle Physicians Group (Dr. Varadarajan) . . . .101 Triangle Women's Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 United Central Bank (Mehul Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . .115 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Weldone Beauti Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Wiii Bounce (Birthday & Wiii Party Headquarters) . .29 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Zaina Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . .55 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Alvi Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Amberly Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . .85 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Atlanta Liquidation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Aura Bullions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Avalon Internal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . .59 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Cafe Curry Leaves (Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . .81 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . .60 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Cary Insurance Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA 105 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . .45 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . . .47 CHIP-IN (Clean & Healthy India Promotion ? Int) .113 CJ Tax & Accounting Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . .117 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . .82 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . .73 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Serv.) .27 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Easy 96 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Eye Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . .17 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . .51 Hindi Vikas Mandal (Independence Day Celebration)69 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Hum Sub (10th Anniversary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 I-Capture (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . .18 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 ISKON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . .93 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Kashish Food Mart (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Kimono Pao Lim (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Live Spectrum (A.R. Rahman Concert) . . . . . . . . . .1 Mahabazar Imports (Ruchi Lime Pickle) . . . . . . . .127 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . .89 Maya Beauty Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 McCuiston Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . .15 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . .115 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . .31 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 NetIP (Rang De Basanti Dance Party) . . . . . . . . .111 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . .113 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 August 2010 Saathee 126

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