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Rural Folk Musician (Story on Page 16)

In this issue: Preserving Folk Music of India Evolving Gandhi’s Simplicity

Hello Readers! Can India grow and still keep up with Gandhi’s philosophy of simplicity? It’s not possible, as the country needs to train hundreds of millions of workers. See pg. 8 for the story. A record label in India is trying to record varied folk music of India before it disappears. Go to pg. 16 for the story. Something that was unthinkable in India up till now, divorce among the elderly, maybe changing. See the article on pg. 36 for the changing marital mores in India. “My Plate” is the new food pyramid. See what it means in the article on pg. 52. In the market for a used car? Don’t hit the dealerships until you read the story on pg. 70. Some of the American weapons meant for U.S. and Afghan troops are winding up in the hands of militants. Story on pg. 76. Find several tasty summertime corn recipes on pg. 78. The updated festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community news and events on pg. 94 and keep up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website:

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In This Issue Evolving Gandhi’s Simplicity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Atheism in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Folk Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 A Place in Time Photo Essay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Elderly Divorce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 U.S. Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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For decades India’s industrial policies channeled Gandhi. Hundreds of products were reserved for small-scale companies to manufacture. Because these small-scale companies were too numerous to regulate, the policy effectively nurtured hundreds of thousands of sweatshops. Thanks to India’s ongoing economic reforms, many products — including some with a high growth potential, like apparel — are no longer reserved for small-scale industry. Still, many of the sweatshops persist. Where large companies make money through economies of scale, sweatshops increase profit margins by paying low wages and cutting corners. And the Indian workers — and Indian industrialization drive — continue to pay the price. That’s because at the same time that India inadvertently created a breeding ground for sweatshops, it also passed strict labor laws that set minimum wages, mandate safety standards and make it very difficult to fire workers. Sweatshops are only economically viable as long as they flout India’s strict rules. But large companies can’t fly under the radar and must comply. If they can’t fire workers when the going gets tough, it doesn’t make much sense to hire them in first place. What does make sense is contracting the work out to the very sweatshops that flout the rules. The upshot is that only a handful of industries — like automobile and motorcycle manufacturing — have managed to attain economies of scale and begun to compete on the global stage.

Not too long ago, a scandal of sorts hit Indian newspapers. Though millions of Indians remain unemployed or underemployed, the country’s lagging brick-and-mortar industries had imported tens of thousands of Chinese workers — on business visas, no less — to build and operate power plants, steel mills and telecommunications towers. “The Delhi airport was built by Chinese labor,” said Dilip Chenoy, chief executive of India’s National To avert a disastrous Skill Development Corporation, referring to the most prominent eximpending labor ample of India’s efforts to improve shortage, India needs its dismal infrastructure. to train 500 million But the uproar didn’t last long for skilled workers by 2022. the simple reason that India can’t afford to shut down. Despite its huge working-age population, India faces a potentially debilitating shortage of skilled workers. According to one emerging vocational education firm, only about five percent of India’s 400-million strong labor force has received any formal training, compared with 70 percent in Germany and 95 percent in Korea. Importing skilled workers from China — on or off the books — is only the most dramatic manifestation of the problem. Across the board, the shortage of skilled laborers has reduced productivity and cut into profits. Poaching workers from competitors has become a common practice that drives up wages, threatening to derail India’s manufacturing revolution before it has even begun.

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The wrong revolution The crux of the problem is that India has never really industrialized. India’s service-related businesses account for more than half of GDP, while manufacturing contributes only 15 percent. And though China’s economy is only four times larger than India’s, its manufacturing sector is 50 times larger. Meanwhile, China has some 500,000 vocational training centers, compared with India’s 10,000 obsolete Industrial Training Institutes. Blame revolutionaries. Brutal Mao Zedong killed millions with his Great Leap Forward in China, but his drive for steel and obsession with collectivization arguably kickstarted the country’s industrialization. China’s ghastly Cultural Revolution terrorized intellectuals, but it also lionized laborers and solidified the building blocks of the nation. Meanwhile, in India, there was Mohandas K. Gandhi, pacifist with a spinning wheel. Gandhi’s insistence that his followers spin their own cloth as a protest against British imperialism laid the groundwork for decades of socialist policies. While these policies provided the poor with jobs that saved them from starvation, they also discouraged technology and restricted companies from developing economies of scale. This more robust growth may have pulled India’s masses out of poverty once and for all. Gandhi’s kinder, gentler revolution also left the caste system intact, assuring that there would be no prestige in physical labor for the rest of his century.

More than 90 percent of India’s work force is still employed in the so-called “unorganized sector,” where neither safety standards nor minimum wage laws can be enforced. Where there is no money for boots and hardhats, there is surely none for technology or training. “It varies a lot by sector, but we are seeing shortages anecdotally in several areas,” said Ramya Venkataraman, head of the India education practice at the consulting firm McKinsey. “In some cases it [the skilled labor shortage] is constraining growth, and in some cases it is increasing the cost of doing business. “At the current capacity, we’ll be able to skill about 50 million people in 10 years,” said Venkataraman, “versus the 500 million we need to train. So there’s a severe shortage.” The opportunity in crisis To avert disaster, India’s normally ponderous policy makers have acted with speed and creativity. Recognizing that the country needs to train 500 million continued on page 84 8

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Lalit Mohan Chawla, a 19-year-old college student, was having doubts about God. Every classroom had a picture of the late Sathya Sai Baba and every day the teacher forced him to meditate while imagining the guru’s benevolent hand resting on his head. The school yoga instructor talked about energy in a way that contradicted everything Lalit read in his science books. “He said we had to use a [yoga] mat, to prevent our energy from flowing into the earth,” Chawla said. “I felt that was completely stupid. But if you do not bring a mat, you will be spanked. I got spanked once. Not because I refused to bring my mat, because I forgot to bring my mat. I never refused to bring the mat, I never refused to meditate. I mean, who wants a spanking — that’s all.” Lesson learned. Years later Chawla is an atheist. And he is not alone. Spurred by online social networks, atheist and “free thinker” support groups are mushrooming in India’s major cities. The groups want to help non-believers — like Chawla, who hasn’t told his parents — stick to their convictions in the face of societal pressures. Moreover, they hope to turn atheists into activists. “We aim to register as a national organization, which requires us to have a presence in a number of states in the country. So, at present we are focused on building regional groups in the major cities,” said Ajita Kamal, editor of the website,, which has spawned most of India’s atheist social networks. India — where millions throng to the spot where a statue of Ganesha is said to be drinking milk and an absolute faith in God’s will trumps every traffic law — is renowned for belief. But as a recent survey reveals, the Western perception of India’s benign, hippie spirituality is a fantasy. Despite 60 years of democracy, India remains one of the world’s most repressive societies, according to a global study published in Science last month. And even as political groups routinely use religion to stoke hatred and provoke deadly riots, the constitution and the law seem bent on intertwining — rather than separating — religion and the state. Longterm, that’s what the atheists, or free thinkers, aim to change. “We want secularism to be defined in this country,” said Aarti Tikoo Singh, a member of the Delhi Freethinkers. “So far nobody knows what it means. Everybody assumes that it means I have absolute freedom to religion, and that’s how all the communities and individuals play this game. India is now the epitome of religiosity. Globalization has just pushed it even further. It’s now a massive industry.” Just living day-to-day as an Indian atheist can be a challenge.During a chat over coffee with some members of the Delhi Freethinkers, the discussion repeatedly circled back to the risk of falling back into religion to fit in or to please parents. Even those who had openly renounced God for clean, cold logic admitted that sometimes the power that ritual and convention hold over their parents is simply too hard to break. “Many of us say that it is good to come out. It has helped the gay community. Now everyone is comfortable with gays,” Chawla said. “I know I should come out. I know it’s good. But


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Bhushan’s unwitting tribute to John Lomax didn’t go unrewarded — and neither have the musicians. After a short stint giving away music downloads for free and hoping for charitable donations, Bhushan, Sharma and another partner, Prabhat Agarwal, started the Beat of India record label to print CDs and, subsequently, sell music downloads. Individual tracks — now archived by region, style, genre and other categories — sell for just $0.69. All the artists receive an upfront payment that’s significant relative to their income, and Beat of India pays a royalty fee of 10 percent from the sales of individual tracks and custom CDs. Moreover, the publicity has helped a number of the artists get gigs playing at large venues in urban India and even abroad, Sarangi from the Children’s and several have been asked to record Museum of Indianapolis wikipedia creative commons songs for films. More recently, the musicology company has licensed 10 compilation albums to a local music distribution firm, Frankfinn, with better reach in physical stores. And Beat of India has also licensed a number of songs to an international aggregator that sells content onward to heavyweights like iTunes. Sales are modest so far, but that was never the goal. “Our focus was to try to popularize the folk music of India,” Bhushan said. “You can’t find the original sound, and there are a lot of people who are interested. We know from our own experience that it’s really phenomenal, dynamic music. So [giving it a larger profile] has been the objective from the beginning.”

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As a young girl, Shefali Bhushan studied Hindustani classical music. But in 2000, when the 39-year-old, New Delhi-based music promoter started her first record label, Beat of India — more or less by accident — it was India’s haunting, vibrant folk music that captivated her. “I had been trying to do some music-related programs for television,” Bhushan said. “But they didn’t want to commission anything. A friend of mine who’s also involved with Beat of India, NK Sharma, suggested we do something like this because it hasn’t really been done in our country in any organized way.” “Something like this” meant a six-year-long talent search in India’s small towns and villages, making field recordings in huts and fields, schools and community centers, with what might have been the last generation of genuine folk performers. “That was the most difficult part, and continues to be, because it’s very difficult to find the authentic, better artists of any practicing genre,” Bhushan said. “We found in our experience that the All India Radio stations in the local areas and some of the more knowledgeable program executives were the best sources of information, because over the years they have dealt with a lot of the artists.” Many of these musicians had never earned a living from singing and playing, and their remote houses weren’t always easy to find, Bhushan recalls.

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Karisma Kapoor, whose last film was in 2006 opposite Akshay Kumar in Suneel Darshan’s Mere Jeevan Saathi, has signed on to star in Vikram Bhatt’s next 3D thriller Dangerous Ishq. Bhatt told Bollywood Hungma, “It’s a powerful role for a 30-plus actress who is stunning and talented.” Bhatt’s last film, Haunted, has become the highest-grossing horror film of all times in India. No word yet on the filming schedule or release date for Dangerous Ishq.

Dutt, Warsi, and Oberoi Come Together for Zila Ghaziabad Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, and Vivek Oberoi will team up for the upcoming dramatic thriller Zila Ghaziabad. The film deals with politics and organized criminals in Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh). The film is set to be directed by newcomer Anand and begins shooting in July. Arshad Warsi told Bollywood Hungama, “I can’t talk much about the film as it is yet to go on floors. However, what I can say is that though I am playing a baddie for the first time in my career, I won’t say the other two are any white either. Warsi made his debut in the film Tere Mere Sapne (1996). Dutt and Oberoi last appeared together in Shootout At Lokhandwala.

Dharmendra Set to Write His Autobiography The legendary Indian film actor Dharmendra has worked 50 years in the film industry and has acted in over 250 films. He is digging through the memory lane and writing his own autobiography. The book will be written in Urdu as it is the language the superstar is most comfortable with. The book will chronicle his journey from childhood to his successes and struggles in the world of movies. Look for a release date in the near future.

International Film Festival of India The 42nd International film Festival of India is now set to take place in Goa from November 23 - December 3, 2011. The 1st edition of IFFI was organized by the Films Division, Government of India, with the patronage of the first Prime Minister of India. Held in Mumbai from 24 January to 1 February 1952, the Festival was subsequently taken to Madras, Delhi and Calcutta. In all it had about 40 features and 100 short films. In Delhi, the IFFI was inaugurated by Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 21 February 1952. Since its beginnings in 1952 the IFFI has been the biggest event of its type in India. Subsequent IFFI’s were held in New Delhi. From the 3rd edition in January 1965, IFFI’s became competitive. In 1975 the Filmotsav, non-competitive and to be held in other filmmaking cities in alternate years, was introduced. Later, Filmotsavs were merged in IFFI’s. In 2004 the IFFI was moved to Goa. Since then the IFFI has been an annual event and competitive. For full details visit

Rahman Teams up with Rockers A. R. Rahman is once again set to collaborate with international artists. He has joined hands with rock legend and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, reggae star Damian Marley and singer Joss Stone to form a band called Super Heavy. The members met a year and a half ago at a studio in Los Angeles and started jamming and writing songs. In an interview with Rahman said, “18 months ago Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Damien Marley, Joss Stone and me experimented at a studio in Los Angeles, trying to write songs which had meaning. We had a couple of more sessions after that trying to perfect every song that was written and presently we have around 16 to 18 songs and all the songs have a world sound by contributions from all of us.” No word yet on the release date for the album.

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Deols Launch Their Website Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol reconnected with moviegoers in the recent hit Yamla Pagla Deewana. The gents have stepped into the digital realm to connect with their fans via the new website Along with the website, the trio has launched a YouTube channel ( and a Facebook page ( Dharmendra told, “The website will give us a chance to connect with fans worldwide without a mediator. Though I am not very tech-savvy, I am quite kicked about the development of the site and happy with what Sunny has shown me so far.”

The actor is being recognized for his charity work towards health, education and disaster relief, by being mentioned in the prestigious Forbes Asian Heroes of Philanthropy list. Oberoi, 34, is the youngest individual and the only Bollywood actor acknowledged this year. Other Indians include Shiv Nadar of HCL Technologies, Azim Premji of Wipro and Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao of GMR Group. Oberoi has worked with many charities over the years and has donated $ 3 million to date and helped raise $ 25 million to support numerous charities dealing with civic and social issues. - Courtesy of Bollywood Hungama 22

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Meaning (Summary): Some people know, some do not know that flies are insane and these two flies (Lovers) are insane from the day our eyes met and lost their senses. O God, what kind of passion and love are these! I forgot the world when I fell mad in love with you. The soft string of love brought me here. The world heard this story, they said that we are insane. But, when will the world understand that only the heart knows the feelings of the heart? So, it is well known that we accept what we want. The day our eyes met and they lost their senses. O God, what kind of passion and love are these! We thought that the destination is easy but our hearts say that the difficulties will come. Why to look or listen (to the people) when I already gave my heart and wore the garland (of love). O sky and the earth, listen to our love story. Whatever our madness (of love) may be, we are leaving the streets of the world with great ambitions and going away. Correction: The taal of the song “Suno Chhotisi Gudiyaa Ki” from last month is Dadraa and not Kaharva. We regret the error.

Koi jaane Koina jaane ye paravaane hote hai divaane Dekho ye do paravaane hai dono hi divaane Jab se mili hai aakhen hosha hai dono hi ke gum Kaisaa khumaara hai allaah allaah Kaisaa ye pyaara hai allaah allaah Duniyaa ko hamane bhulaayaa jo tumako hai paayaa Pyaara kaa naazuk dhaagaa hame kahaan le aayaa Lekin sunaa to duniyaa me ye kyaa afasaane hai Kahate hai duniyaa vaale ke ham divaane hai Dil ki baate ye dil hi jaane kab samajhi hai ve baate duniyaa ne To phir mashahura hai jo hamako manzura hai vo Jab se mili hai aakhen hosha hai dono hi ke gum Kaisaa ye ikaraar hai allaah allaah Dekho to ye lagataa hai ke aasaan hai mazil Socho to dil kahataa hai ki aayegi mushkil Dekhanaa sochanaa kaisaa jo dil hi de daalaa Logo ne to hai pahan li prem ki ye maalaa dil ki Sun le zamin sun le aasamaan dono ke pyaar ki ye daastaan Dono me hai kaisi divaanagi dono divaane chale hai kahaan Man me umanga lekar tan me taranga lekar Chhod chale dono duniyaa ki galiyaan

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Hindustani Classical Music Raga Music and Ayurveda

Evolution of Carnatic music - a series By Smitha K. Prasad

By Anita Kulkarni Raga music has a concept of time, tone and various note patterns that assigns the raga to a time theory. Each note has certain sound, emotion and vibration. Every Raga has certain mood that has an effect on various chakras in our body. Science has confirmed that Indian classical music, an organized form of sound, can directly affect mood, brain waves, and body chemistry. When ragas are played at the correct time and occasion, they have a harmonizing effect on the listener and the surroundings. The ancient Vedic method of sound therapy, where Vedic mantras are recited for specific regions of the body, is used to promote healing. In the same way the ragas of Indian classical music can also be used for certain illnesses and problems. This knowledge already existed in texts such as the Sangita Ratnakar and has been recently rediscovered and practically researched more and more. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing rooted in the ancient Vedic culture of India. It literally means “the science of life” (Ayur- life, Veda- science or knowledge). The main objective of Ayurveda is to restore the balance, the inner centre, which it calls Svasthya (established in the Self). Vibrations play an important role in Hindustani classical music and Ayurveda. Thus in the Ayurvedic medicine the whole plant is always used and not just a filtered out active substance. The vibrations of the plant should restore the natural equilibrium in the body without overloading it. Raga theory is an important medicine in Ayurveda. Raga Madhuvanti has been chosen to balance increased Vaat and can even prevent it at first stage. It is traditionally heard in the late afternoon. People with a large amount of Pitta are animated, occasionally hot tempered, have a sharp intellect and attach importance to aesthetics. If a piece of music is to reduce increased Pitta then it has to go beyond just having a soothing, cooling effect and appeal to these strong qualities, otherwise it will not be listened to. The sitar is an excellent choice for such music because of its characteristic nasal, overtone rich sounds and great variation in the playing possibilities. Raga Ahir Bhairav and Charukeshi are the main ragas which help to cure Pitta dosh. The morning raga Bairagi, has been chosen to balance increased Kapha. You need to listen some of these Ragas like Hindol, Shree, Darbari, Bhairavi, Bageshree, Asawari, Jounpuri, Kedar, Malkans, Malhar, Marawa, Puriya, Shyam kalyaan, Ramkali on instrument or vocal to find their effects in today’s busy lifestyles.

Dear readers, as we have seen previously, until the 12th century A.D., only one form of music prevailed all through India. Around this time, the Islamic presence was beginning to be felt in North India. The musical practice there came under the influence of Persian and Arabic cultures and came to be known as Hindustani music. In south India, the original music was preserved and handed down through the ages and is known as Carnatic music. With these two streams of music having had a common origin, it is interesting to look at the influence of Hindustani music on its Carnatic counterpart. The Carnatic composer Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar was exposed to Hindustani music during his travels in North India. That he was greatly influenced by Hindustani music is evident in a numSri Muthuswamy Dikshitar ber of his compositions, both in terms of the ragas as well as the style of the composition. Dikshitar showed his creativity and his ability to incorporate the best aspects of both systems of music in ragas like Dwijavanthi, Hamir Kalyani and Yaman Kalyani among others. Apart from Dikshitar’s compositions, we also have a number of compositions in ragas derived from Hindustani music. Popular compositions include Krishna Nee Begane Baaro (Yaman Kalyani), Rama Namame (Desh) as well as numerous compositions in raga Sindhu Bhairavi. Folk music is another form of music that is believed to have influenced the structure of Carnatic music. Even though folk music is more a spontaneous presentation as compared to Carnatic music which has strict definitions, ragas like Punnagavarali, Anita Kulkarni Anandabhairavi and Yadukulakambhoji are among those that can be correlated to folk tunes. In last month’s column, we had also looked at the influence of the British Raj on Carnatic music both in terms of development of new ragas like Kadanakutuhlam and the incorporation of western instruments such as violin, saxophone, etc. into Carnatic music. It is obvious from all these influences that Carnatic music, despite it’s strict adherence to tradition, is not immune to changes in the surroundings; rather it has the ability to incorporate the best of these influences and evolve as a traditional art form. Certified Public Accountant Till we meet next time, do listen to the Carnatic compositions Krishna Nee Begane Baaro as well as Raama Namame – they are both beautiful compositions and bring out the essence of their ·Tax Preparation and Planning: Individuals & Businesses ragas.

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Loss of a great Guru - Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna On June 7, 2011, my brother emailed me from India and shared the news that Padmashri Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna has passed away. He was 88 years old. I was very saddened by this news. I remember, when I was little, Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna used to come to my house. When I went back to India and performed, he was invited as the guest speaker. I was amazed at his memory as he remembered me as the 6-year-old dancer and all other details. Born into a noble family of Andhras in Bali in 1923, he left his family and property for the love of art since his father did not approve of it. Spending his boyhood in Ramakrishna Math at Madras and Mahatma Dr. Maha Gingrich with Dr. Nataraja Ramkrishna Gandhi’s ashram, he reached out to great gurus like Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Vedantam Laxminarayana Sastry, Smt. Naidupeta Rajamma and Pendyala Satyabhama under whom he learned various forms of art. Nataraja was not his name. He was awarded this title for his work in the field of classical dances. This noted Kuchipudi and Andhra Natyam exponent is known for his outstanding contribution to Kuchipudi dance style and Andhra Natyam in particular. He was a dancer, guru, musicologist and a research scholar. He wrote over 40 books on these dance styles. I remember watching him teach Perini Shivatandavam, a powerful militant male dance tradition of the 10th century AD. He revived Andhra Natyam, one of the most ancient classical dance forms of South India. One of my Gurus, Smt. Sumathy Kaushal was also his disciple and learned Kuchipudi under his guidance. It amazes me to see the life time of devotion these great gurus had for these unblemished dance forms. Their quest to research, teach and propogate these dances have not seized with age. They grew up with these blessed dance forms and passed away teaching them. What a gift to give to the students and establish the guru shishya parampara, the beautiful bond between the teacher and the student. He dedicated his life to dance and remained single. People always said “For him, dance is his life partner; disciples are his children; while his inheritance is his knowledge of art of dance.” My sincere salutations to such a great guru and a scholar.



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There he settled at village Modherak and performed a yagna. Thereafter he established a village and named it Sitapur. This village subsequently came to be known as Modhera. Solankis were considered to be Suryavanshis, or descendants of Sun god. The temple comprises three separate but axially-aligned and integrated elements. Surya Kund, which is an intricately carved, stepped tank named after Sun god Surya. Sabha Mandap, a hall used for religious gatherings and conferences. Guda Mandap, i.e. sanctum sanctorum, which once housed the idol of Sun God.

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In India, Divorce Among the Elderly is On the Rise Elderly couples are doing what was once considered unthinkable: saying goodbye to their spouses after decades of marriage and moving on. By Hanna Ingber Win – The profile reads like many others: Vegetarian Hindu seeks Gujarati-speaking non-smoker to be life partner. Interests include traveling and old Hindi songs. But unlike most men on Indian remarriage sites, this bachelor is 73. Another profile says the woman is a divorced Bohra Muslim. She’s 4’5”, a Gemini, and her “About me” section on reads: “Fat woman. Understanding. U can be fat or slim. No problem. Have to earn lakhs [1 lakh equals $2,200].” This candidate for love — and lakhs — is 90. Over the past couple decades India has seen divorce become more and more common among young, urban couples. Now, even elderly couples are doing what was once considered unthinkable: saying goodbye to their spouses after decades of marriage and moving on. “People are no longer willing to stay in relationships that have collapsed,” said Mumbai-based lawyer Amit Karkhanis. He said his law practice has seen a steady increase in divorce cases, which now includes elderly couples. Changing attitudes in urban India along with the growing independence of women has led to this increase in divorce among older couples, say divorce lawyers, social workers and sociologists. In the past, husbands and especially wives were expected to put up with undesirable behavior and “adjust” for the sake of the family. “It was considered a virtue to be able to adjust and forgo and give up individual desires, wants, needs and instead to be able to cater to the requirements of the other,” said sociologist G. K. Karanth with the Institute for Social and Economic Change. Couples did not divorce even in troubling or abusive situations because the act would bring shame to the person, his or her family and their entire lineage. Pratibha Gheewalla used to work as a marriage counselor at Mumbai’s Family Court and said she almost never saw elderly couples divorce in the 1970s and 1980s. Couples feared a divorce would bring stigma to their family and ruin the marriage prospects for their daughters, she said. A prospective son-in-law’s family would not want to take in the daughter of a broken home. Urban society no longer views divorce as humiliating and shameful, and people are therefore more willing to let it happen, Karanth said. This has led to couples whose marriages fell apart decades ago now ending their union. “These are the people who had a need to divorce 20 years ago but then societal pressures were such that maybe they held it back,” he said. “Now they see everyone else going ahead with it, and they say, ‘What the hell, why don’t I go for it.’ ” Karanth said children also no longer exert pressure on their parents to stay together as they may have grown up and moved away, no longer living in a joint family. Older couples even look at the young living their lives as they choose and “want to capture that youth,” divorce lawyer Srikumar Boodgur told the Indian Express.


The change in social attitudes can be attributed to the influence of outside ideas and cultures as well as the role of the media, Gheewalla said. Television series include the topic of divorce, and newspapers and magazines cover the separations and divorces of celebrities. A recent edition of Times of India included a pullout called “Divorce after a decade!” It explored the love difficulties of foreign celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver as well as Indian ones like divorced Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh. Another factor many attribute to the higher divorce rate is the change in status and education level of India’s women. As more women work and gain financial and social independence, they have the ability and mindset to end broken marriages, said marriage counselor Madhavi Desai as she sat in her office at the Family Court. Laminated posters decorate her wall with lists like, “Rules for a happy marriage.” Desai said the changes in women’s expectations and attitudes have led to a disparity with those of men, whose views on what makes a good wife remain much the same. Compared to the west, divorce in India is still rare. Experts say 11 in every 1,000 marriages in India end in divorce, whereas the rate in the United States is about 400 in every 1,000. And among the elderly, the number of divorces may be increasing but the phenomenon is just beginning. Given how rare divorce has been among the elderly, statistics from Mumbai’s Family Court group everyone “above 40” in one age bracket. And yet, many say that now that geriatric divorce is here, it will only become more prevalent. “Divorce at a later age is here to stay,” said Vandana Shah, the Mumbai-based editor of India’s divorce magazine Ex Files. “This is a phase that India will have to go through.”

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The Sweetness of Tears Author: Nafisa Haji (William Morrow Paperbacks) Jo March was raised an evangelical Christian by her loving parents and has never questioned her place in their world. But after taking a high school biology course, Jo realizes something shocking: her eyes, and those of her twin brother, are brown, yet both her parents’ eyes are blue. According to Mendel and genetics, two blue-eyed parents cannot produce offspring with brown eyes. Before she leaves for college, Jo works up the nerve to ask her mother about her parentage, and her mother confesses that her biological father was a Pakistani man named Sadiq. Jo begins to delve into her past, first by trying to find Sadiq, but her search for identity gets swept away in the tragic events of 9/11. Nafisa Haji approaches 9/11 and the Pakistani and Muslim identity from a very unique perspective in “The Sweetness of Tears:” that of an evangelical Christian family. While Jo isn’t a fundamentalist about her faith, she does ascribe to what her parents have taught her. As a result, it’s a world-shaking shock when she discovers that the man she has called her father all her life isn’t biologically related to her. At the same time, though, it makes her curious about her Pakistani heritage and desirous of exploring it further. Jo is a bright, capable young woman who appeals to the reader from the very beginning of the story. Her confusion, and subsequent determination, is both understanding and inspiring. Because she is the first (and arguably primary) narrator in the novel, she has the reader’s sympathy from beginning to end. The overall message of “The Sweetness of Tears” is one of peace and compassion. Haji takes all these people, from so many different backgrounds, and brings them together in a beautiful way. Though there are so many ways for the characters in this book to be divided, to turn against one another, they choose to celebrate the things that make them similar, that make them family. It’s a heartwarming theme that readers will appreciate, especially in these divisive times. At the same time, Haji highlights difficult cultural, social, and political issues within her book. The treatment of prisoners by the United States during the War on Terror is a central topic of the book, as are women’s rights in the Muslim world. Haji deftly turns portions of this novel into a social commentary without becoming overly preachy, and as a result, it’s a wonderful chance to learn and broaden your horizons. Haji accomplishes this by telling the story from multiple points of view, and here she isn’t quite as successful as the reader would hope. The stories become jumbled and muddled, and it’s easy to forget who the narrator is. The characters don’t have distinctive enough voices to be able to tell them apart just by tone or dialogue, and as a result, it can be frustrating at times. Additionally, the reader doesn’t have a real emotional connection to the characters, so the story can feel contrived,

The Immortals Author: Amit Chaudhuri (Vintage) Shyamji is a singer in 1980s Bombay who makes a living off the wealthy students to whom he gives voice lessons. The story centers on one of his pupils, Mallika, who has a beautiful voice, and her son, Nirmalaya, who forms a unique bond with Shyamji. “The Immortals” is an interesting look at classical music in 1980s India. Specifically, classical music is the framework through which Chaudhuri discusses the change in culture in India during the time period. Where classical music was once revered, during the story, the reader can see how pop music is encroaching on its status, to the point where people don’t necessarily want to learn classical music anymore. Western culture is infecting Bombay, and the wealthy residents of the city welcome it with open arms. The entire book is a commentary on cultural change, whether through art, music, or philosophy. Chaudhuri’s writing is breathtaking and readers are really in for a treat if they love gorgeous prose. His descriptions are incredibly vivid; the reader can visualize India when they close their eyes. I was very impressed with how truly Chaudhuri depicted Bombay of the 1980s, and how much he managed to convey through just his writing. His attention to detail is masterful, and as a result, this is a good pick for those interested in learning more about India in a time when its culture was transforming. Though “The Immortals” centers and Shyamji and Mallika’s family, there are a lot of secondary characters that make appearances throughout the novel. As a result, the story can be really difficult to follow at times, and it takes some perseverance to fully grasp what is happening. Additionally, Chaudhuri uses Indian terms and colloquialisms without fully defining them. Though I was able to follow because I am familiar with the language and culture, it might be frustrating for someone new to books about India. As a result, while I do recommend this book for those who love novels about India, I wouldn’t start my literary travels through India with “The Immortals.” Chaudhuri is a talented author, and I look forward to going back and reading his previous books. I did have some issues with “The Immortals,” but I was impressed by the author’s writing talent, and would love to see what else he’s done. This was an interesting look at the changing of a culture through the prism of classical music. Swapna Krishna Read more book reviews on her blog at


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By Amanda Sodhi Murder 2 Original Soundtrack After the success of Murder, Vishesh Films is back with the steamy sequel Murder 2, directed by Mohit Suri. Now, since Murder boasted a killer soundtrack, the expectations from Murder 2’s soundtrack are high, but as the wise ones say, high expectations lead to disappointment. Let’s dive right into the eight compositions composed and sung by Harshit Saxena. The track “Hale Dil” has a Pritamesque quality to it and has been used heavily in the film’s promos. Although the lyrics by Sayeed Quadri are very simple and breezy - “nazaara ho tera hi nazaara ab har din hai lagtaa,” – which are unlike his usual poetic self. The use of the accordion, however, is quite innovative, and the melody is youthful, energetic and pleasant, compensating for what lacks in the lyrics department. The “Acoustic Version” of “Hale Dil” is much, much more enjoyable than the original, and the guitar riffs are very catchy. Even Harshit’s vocals are clearer and more consistent in this particular rendition. Composed by Sangeet Haldipur and Siddharth Haldipur, “Aa Zara” is a seductive composition sung by Sunidhi Chauhan. Although her vocals suit this composition perfectly, and the acoustic guitar riffs are nice, the overall composition is ordinary. Kumaar’s lyrics are very simplistic and stale—“yeh raat ruk jaaye, baat tham jaaye, teri baahon mein…Aa zaraa kareeb se jo pal mile naseeb se.” The emphasis and focus is more on the hummable melody, so the composition is passable in that sense. The “Reloaded” version of the composition by Kiran Kamath has an interesting techno beat to it, giving the song an added groovier dimension, making it easier to maintain listeners’ attention. Mithoon Sharma (Anwar, Lamha) comes up with the two strongest compositions in Murder 2. “Aye Khuda” is not only composed by Mithoon but also has lyrics by the talented, young composer, and he sings along with Kshitij Tarey and Saim Bhat. The composition, vocals, and lyrics are soul stirring and meaningful. The balance of rock and classical elements is well-done. Listen to these really amazing lines by Sharma, touching upon spirituality, falling, realization and redemption — “Kaisi khalaa yeh dil mein basi hain? Ab tho khataayein fitrat hi si hai. Main hi hoon woh jo rehmat se ghiraa, eh khudaa ghir gayaa, ghir gayaa, main jo tujhse door huaa, lut gayaa…” The remix version by Kiran Kamath stands out as one of the best remixes this year—it’s amazing how he transforms a serious, pathos-filled composition into something more foot-tapping. Also composed by Mithoon Sharma, “Phir Mohabbat” is a mesmerizing song, and lyricist Sayeed Qadri is back in fullform for the lyrics. Mohd. Irfan, Arjit and Salm Bhat sing this composition very well with pathos. The composition takes its

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Also, why forget that repetition is a key to learning, and that different learners have different preferred methods of learning—-be it aural, visual or kinesthetic. The reason I’m urging that these fundamental concepts be kept in mind is that in a face-to-face classroom setting, a good teacher uses all these techniques to foster learning and transfer it from him or herself to the students. Can distance education through satellites achieve all this? It remains to be seen. The Edusat pilot project, conducted before the launch of Edusat using INSAT-3B, covered University in three states, Karnataka, Mahashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. In the current semi-operational phase of the Edusat program, Karnataka Primary Education Project under Sarva Shiksa Abhiyan covering 885 primary schools was made operational using the southern regional beam of Edusat. Similar networks have been set up in 850 schools in the Hindi-speaking states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Chattigarh, in 885 schools of Gulbarga in Karnataka, and in 400 schools in Mallapuram, Kerala. One hopes that interactive terminals to foster two=way communications become the norm over receive only terminals, because only in this way can learning be served, and true student-teacher dialogue and communication established. Teaching the Digital Generation According to expert Marge Scherer, effectively teaching the digital generation seems to involve two basics: embracing the tools that kids are immersed in and using these tools to engage students in core curriculum topics. The digital generation referred to starts from 1980 to the present day, although it can be further split into generation Y and the Millenials. Prior to that, of course, was generation X and the Baby Boomers. These “screenagers” live in a high-tech world filled with smartphones, iPods and the like. According to one study, the average number of text messages sent per month by a typical teen is 3,339. The average time spent looking at media content on a screen is seven hours per day, and the percentage of teens who say that their school places restrictions on their mobile phone use is 93. At the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award ceremony recently, one candidate made the point that education has to change. He said, “We can’t pull kids into learning in school if they are engaged in a different world outside school.” Another educator said that if you don’t know how to use technology in class, you’re in trouble. But, of course, technology is a double edged sword. You can use it poorly, or you can use it well. As far as students are concerned, the prevailing notion is that the most important thing for teachers is to be comfortable with what they are using. It doesn’t have to be super high-tech. Another student said, “Teachers shouldn’t be afraid of technology. Understand that it’s how we live our lives.” Will Richardson has written a book, and indeed prepared a complete kit, entitled, “Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful Tools for Classrooms.” He makes the point that students should be able to find themselves online, associating their full names with their best work for a global audience to see. Howcontinued on page 118

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USCIS Launches Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced in June the launch of a federal initiative to raise awareness about the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship. The Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative will provide new opportunities for immigrants to learn about USCIS’s free citizenship education resources available to eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and immigrant-serving organizations. “Citizenship is the common thread that connects us all as Americans. This initiative emphasizes the importance of citizenship—not only to immigrants and their families but also to our nation as a whole,” said Director Mayorkas. “This effort marks a new milestone in USCIS’s outreach to lawful permanent residents.” Approximately 7.9 million of the estimated 12.5 million LPRs living in the United States are eligible to apply for naturalization, according to the most recent Department of Homeland Security analysis. USCIS will employ digital media, a video public service announcement, and print and radio messages in a variety of languages. The initiative will direct individuals to citizenship preparation materials and other training and educational resources available on the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center at Messages will run through Sept. 5, 2011, in the first phase of a planned multiyear effort. Since the early 1900s, the federal government has promoted an awareness of citizenship and prepared immigrants for successful citizenship. This current initiative builds upon those historic efforts and supports the mission of the USCIS Office of Citizenship, which was created by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to promote instruction and training on citizenship rights and responsibilities. Since July 2009, USCIS has reached more than 32,000 LPRs and potential citizenship applicants at approximately 560 naturalization information sessions through partnerships between USCIS field offices, local community groups and immigrant-serving organizations. To view the video public service announcement, visit the USCIS YouTube channel at To learn more about the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative and how organizations can support it, visit National Initiative to Combat Immigration Services Scams The U.S. government unveiled last month a multi-agency, nationwide initiative to combat immigration services scams. The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are leading this historic effort. This initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL), which occurs when legal advice and/or representation regarding immigration matters is provided by an individual who is not an attorney or accredited representative. “We are dedicated to protecting vulnerable immigrants from

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By Gail Z. Martin Sing it till You’re Nuts No doubt about it, small business has had a rough ride over the last couple of years. Between the credit constriction and the lack of consumer confidence, the dip in personal disposable income and the belt-tightening of most Americans, small businesses have worked harder than ever to prosper. Not only that, but as large corporations hoard their near-record profits, the hard work of getting the country back to work appears to have been delegated to small businesses. Hey, we’re miracle workers, right? Maybe so. According to the Small Business Authority (SBA), U.S. small businesses: - Employ more than half of the U.S. private-sector payroll - Generated 64% of new jobs since 2006 - Pay 44% of the private-sector payroll - Employ 40% of technology workers Many small businesses are the fruit of reinvention. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement firm, nearly 10 percent of those who found jobs since 2008 did so by starting their own businesses. Most small business owners I know had a prior life in Corporate America. Whether they were laid off, retired early, or lost enthusiasm for the corporate grind, they reinvented themselves as a small business owner. Another form of reinvention comes through America’s immigrants, who left everything behind to start over and get a shot at the American Dream. We’re a unique place, where even the Native Americans at one time, long ago, emigrated from somewhere else. Many immigrants over the years came looking for jobs, and a significant percentage parlayed those jobs eventually into companies of their own, family businesses that became pillars of the community. In fact, according to an SBA study, immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start a company than non-immigrants. Those new to the U.S. own nearly 17 percent of all new U.S. businesses, and generate $67 billion in income. Of course, that income provides jobs and promotes spending in the community. In an era when large companies are increasingly either globally based or far-removed from the communities in which their outlets reside, small businesses are an essential part of the community fabric. We employ local people, give to local charities, support local schools and youth activities, and lend a hand, serving on everything from non-profit boards to school boards to City Council. Most of us care deeply about our communities and have a strong sense of connection, something often missing with the mega-conglomerates. The small business owners I coach on marketing take this trend even further. For many companies, marketing has a very strong sense of place and community. Many products are rooted in local or fresh ingredients or which convey a strong sense of geographic location. Services provided in person are intrinsically local. Companies in the recreation and hospitality industries are also intertwined inseparably with their communities. One of the most frequent questions I get is how an intentionally local company can best use social media to reach their neighbors on a strongly personal basis. In fact, marketing itself frequently gives back to the local community. Print, radio and outdoor advertising for small business

is quintessentially local. Social media for intentionally local companies works best when it focuses on the neighborhood, the community, the people and events close to home. Marketing in the form of Little League sponsorships, fund-raising events, underwriting for community activities, and volunteer drives is also highly local. For most companies, word of mouth begins locally. Which brings me to the “sing” part. Every time you promote your business, you sing about the value you offer to those who most need the product or service you offer. When you network and introduce yourself, you sing out about the talents you bring to solve problems for other people. Work itself, when you enjoy what you’re doing and feel called to give your best, can be a form of song. We’ve all heard about “whistle while you work,” but when you’re really excited about what you do, there’s truly a song in your heart. Can other people hear you sing? Small businesses, (of which 52 percent are home-based according to the SBA), are run by creative, talented and driven people with a vision for success. We’re hard working. We’re generally well-educated, whether formally or self-taught. We care about our families and communities. And….we’re tired. I see worry and concern on the faces of many of the small business owners I meet. Even those who are most upbeat look exhausted from trying to stay afloat, expand, create new products and manage the budget. That exhaustion makes it hard to remember to sing. Yet now is when we need your song the most. Research shows that companies that cut back on advertising and marketing during a downturn (singing your song for the world), do less well at the end of a recession than those firms that maintained high marketing visibility throughout the recession. Markets do bounce back (in fact, the Dow is once again near pre-recession heights). Remember that downturns eventually tick upwards. No matter how tired you are, keep singing. Keep singing when it seems like no one is listening. Keep singing when everyone thinks you’re nuts. Sing louder when people predict doom and gloom, or when naysayers tell you something can’t be done. Sing to sustain yourself, and you’ll sustain those around you, too. If the best you can do is whistle in the dark, that in itself is a feat of monumental human defiance against the odds. It’s our best quality as a species. Sing about your products and services, about the benefits you bring to the consumer, about the results that you produce for your customers. Sing about how you change the lives of the people who use your products. Sing about the value in the talent and expertise you offer. Sing—even when you’re tired. I’ve adopted an unlikely anthem for the summer of 2011. “Sing” by My Chemical Romance might not be what you’d expect a business owner to hum, but every time it comes on, I crank the volume. Why? It’s a song that reminds me that no matter what challenges I face, an attitude of cheerful defiance goes a long way toward accomplishing my dreams. You can find the lyrics here: if you’re not familiar with the song. Maybe it won’t hit you the same way it did me, and that’s OK. Find your own defiant anthem. The only thing that matters is that you sing, and keep on singing. Just sing. Gail Z. Martin owns DreamSpinner Communications. Contact her at


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mulated clear goals and have a detail plan as part of your annual budget, you can track the success or failure by comparing the actual performance of the business against the budget. The difference between the two is the “Variance.” Officials in charge of government agencies and Executives running large corporations dread negative variances during their mid-year reviews. Negative variance suggests that you are not meeting your plan and are likely to miss the stated goals. The variance between your budgeted sales and expenses to your actual mid-year results will show you how far you are off your plan. Good news is you still have half the year to correct the course. Sometimes you may need to adjust your plan and restate your goals. Sometimes you may need to focus on areas of your business that are not producing the desired results as per your plan. In either case, you will have valuable insights into your business. It’s like navigating a ship. You are off-course most of the time; but having a clear goal and comparing your actual position against the projected path allows you to take corrective action and helps you reach the destination. Most Small Business Owners simply run their business on “gut” feel. The idea of creating a budget and then comparing mid-year results with budget plan seems overwhelming. You can seek professional help from your accountant to help you get started with the process. There are several professional business consultants that can assist you as well. They can guide you through the budgeting process. Ask relevant questions that help drive clarity in your goals. You can also use the Mid-year review to prepare for tax planning and save on taxes.

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Hello cricket fans. The action around the world continues. Here are some match-ups coming up. Below there’s another table of historical stats. India visits West Indies: *** India won the five ODI series 3-2 *** June 20-24, 2011 — 1st Test @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 28-July 2, 2011 — 2nd Test @ Kensington Oval, Barbados July 6-10, 2011 — 3rd Test @ Windsor Park, Dominica Sri Lanka visits England: May 26-30, 2011 — 1st Test @ Cardiff Result: England won by an Innings and 14 runs 1st Inn - SL 400/all out, 118.4 overs 1st Inn - ENG 496/5 [d], 155.0 overs 2nd Inn - SL 82/all out, 24.4 overs

Team Opposition Ground South Africa v Bangladesh Chittagong Australia v Pakistan Peshawar New Zealand v England Christchurch Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Kandy West Indies v Sri Lanka Galle England v India The Oval England v Australia Sydney West Indies v England Lord’s Australia v England Nottingham England v Australia Lord’s West Indies v England Georgetown Australia v South Africa Adelaide West Indies v Pakistan Kingston England v New Zealand The Oval Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Colombo Australia v England The Oval Pakistan v England Manchester West Indies v Australia Kingston Australia v South Africa Johannesburg West Indies v India Kolkata Sri Lanka v New Zealand Wellington South Africa v Zimbabwe Harare West Indies v Australia Adelaide Australia v India Adelaide Australia v South Africa Brisbane West Indies v England The Oval England v New Zealand Christchurch South Africa v Bangladesh East London

Match Date 29 Feb 2008 15 Oct 1998 13 Mar 2002 11 Jul 2007 15 Nov 2010 15 Aug 1936 11 Dec 1903 28 Jun 1984 10 Jun 1938 24 Jun 1938 21 Feb 1930 7 Jan 1911 26 Feb 1958 13 Aug 1949 21 Jul 2002 18 Aug 1934 2 Jul 1992 13 Mar 1999 12 Nov 1921 31 Dec 1958 31 Jan 1991 7 Sep 2001 25 Nov 2005 23 Jan 1948 27 Nov 1931 12 Aug 1976 13 Mar 2002 18 Oct 2002

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Flood of US Weapons in Afghanistan and Pakistan Fueling Militant Groups, Experts Say Some US weapons meant for US and Afghan troops are ending up in the hands of the Taliban and other militants. The M-4 rifle typically sells for about $12,000 on the black market when it is fitted with night vision equipment, a silencer and a light, while small pistols fitted with silencers are generally available for between $800 and $900. Although buying such weapons requires contacts that are not available to most average citizens, other U.S.-made accessories like communication devices, night vision goggles, boots and flak jackets can all be easily bought in the open markets of Quetta and Peshawar, the two major supply routes to southern and northeastern Afghanistan. Pakistani intelligence sources say that small local Taliban groups buy U.S.-made weapons from local arms dealers at much lesser prices, while the powerful Haqqani Network, based in North Waziristan, buys weapons directly from Afghan arms smugglers. The high rate of desertion among Afghan forces being trained by the United States to assume security operations as the United States and NATO prepare to draw down troops in the country has been well documented. By the Pentagon’s own numbers, somewhere between 30 and 60 percent of Afghan soldiers desert the army during or after their training. Some of those soldiers have found that selling the weapons issued to them by the United States is an easy way to make some extra money on their way out. Rahimullah Yusufzai, a Peshawar-based expert on Afghan affairs, said he believed the problem has reached alarming proportions. “The desertion rate (in the Afghan National Army) is hovering around 25 to 30 percent, which is alarming. This is a general trend that when they need money, they sell their weapons to either arms smugglers or directly to the Taliban, blaming the loss of the weapon on ambushes,” he said. In Pakistan’s tribal areas, he said, the weapons are reaching a thriving market. Yusufzau said the availability of U.S. weapons in Pakistan have increased the capability of Taliban fighters here, where they have in the past typically relied on Chinese and Russianmade arms. “Many U.S. soldiers have been killed by those weapons, which were actually meant to be used by them against their enemy,” he added. Pakistani arms dealers who buy and sell U.S. weapons told GlobalPost that not only local Taliban militants, but also antiTaliban militias purchase the weapons from them. “We buy these weapons through Afghan and Pakistani middle-men,” an arms dealer from the town of Darra Adamkhel in Pakistan’s western frontier, told GlobalPost, asking not to be named. Darra Adamkhel, located 20 miles west of Peshawar, is known as a hub of locally-made and smuggled arms. The arms dealer said that although business had previously taken a hit as a result of Pakistani military operations in the region, sales have begun to slowly pick up again. The arms dealer said that both the Taliban and the anti-Taliban militias in Darra Adamkhel like to buy U.S. arms because they are more reliable than other models. “We have to place an order (to middlemen) at least three months ahead of time because the shipments take so long to reach the local markets,” he said.

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Finding God in Unexpected Places By J. Dana Trent India has an age-old system of monkey versus human. Monkeys perched on market street rooftops, poised to steal eyeglasses as ransom for snacks. Not far behind these thieves are angry shopkeepers, shooing away the rascals for fear their spectacle-wearing customers will neglect their purchases. India’s other ancient tradition is Hinduism. Touted as one of the world’s oldest religions (circa 2500 BCE), India’s rich Hindu history is foundational to its daily life. Although monkeys are seemingly everywhere in India—God is even more so. Temples, shops, schools, and even cars are adorned with representations of the Divine. Men, women, and children wear outward signs of their inward faith preferences, carry japa (prayer) beads, and offer religious greetings to one another in the street. Last January, when my husband and I returned back to the US from our two-week honeymoon in Vrindavan, India, I missed God. On most American days, I don’t see God. The divine is not obvious in my workplace, my car, on the street, in the grocery store, or at the mall. There was a time when God felt more present. During my Clinical Pastoral Education Residency (2006-07), at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I saw God in most hospital moments. Someone was invariably having their worst day, and as patients and families asked, “Why?” God was ostensibly nowhere and everywhere—all at once. While patients and families felt that God’s comforting presence had been exchanged for disease, trauma, and bad news, the chaplain—focusing on being open and unassuming—was willing to hold their suffering for the moment, hour, or night. India was not unlike this chaplain experience. In India, you relinquish control. Patience is a must; days are spent praying, waiting, and moving (slowly) through life’s chaos. Temples keep time and rituals mark the hours. Your minutes are not your own—they belong to God for worship, bhakti (devotion), and service. The country’s landscape is imbued with a constant hum of chanting Hindus. The hospital felt similar. Patients’ time was not their own. They were at the mercy of their circumstances and caregivers. Endlessly waiting, they surrendered control and slipped into the institutional rhythm, and prayed. In India, I struggled with God just as I did as a chaplain. Questions of suffering, purpose, war, evil, joy, and sadness bruised my time. I abided by schedules not of my own making, walked with suffering people, breathed stale smells, and washed off the despair at the end of the day. I adjusted, let go of control, and accepted India as a place for healing and surrender. It seemed familiar. While white coats save lives in one time-keeping house, saffron robes save souls in another. I miss India. In my American life, I rush through my day, barely whispering a quick prayer before dinner and bed. I neglect Scripture study. I don’t carry prayer beads to work or to run errands. When I shop, there is no sweet smell of incense or an altar to remind me that God, too, looks over this place. I’m blissfully unaware of the depth of human suffering. I’m grumpy and I lose patience with others. I skip church, snarl at traffic, and indulge in far too many large meals.

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skilled laborers by 2022 if its current economic growth is to continue, the government has mobilized private industry to solve its own impending crisis. A new corporation has emerged to identify and fund vocational education businesses, much like a development bank. Economic planners may well have turned India’s biggest headache into its most lucrative business opportunity — estimated at more than $20 billion. Designed to help create large-scale, for-profit vocational training companies and funded with around $300 million in seed capital, India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has already lured companies like Global Talent Track, TeamLease Services and Manipal Education’s IndiaSkills into the sector. The hook: NSDC offers low interest-rate loans and support in developing certification standards, providing financial aid for students and promoting vocational education. Among the largest players, Centum Learning, an associate company of telecom billionaire Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Group, has partnered with NSDC to form Centum Workskills India, a joint venture that aims to train 12 million people across 11 states by 2022. Similarly, Everonn Education has teamed up with NSDC to train another 15 million. And Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services has inked a joint-venture deal with NSDC to build 100 skill development centers over the next five years. In all, NSDC has so far approved $150 million in funding for 29 ventures that will train 40 million youth in diverse trades over the next 10 years. But this isn’t by-the-numbers government work — with companies looking to get their front feet in the trough. And it’s not charity work, either. With 51 percent private sector funding and eight out of 12 of its board members representing private industry, NSDC offers better terms than commercial banks, but it takes a hefty 27 percent stake in exchange. It also demands that its partners guarantee job placement for 70 percent of their trainees. Meanwhile, the big guns aren’t getting into the business out of so-called “corporate social responsibility.” They’re in it to make money. “It’s not easy to monetize this space, so the motivation cannot be only revenue and profit,” said Sanjeev Duggal, chief executive of Centum Learning Ltd. “But definitely our objective is by our fourth year to be crossing 500 crores [$110 million] in revenue.” The most needed job skills indicate how high the stakes are for India’s economy. According to estimates by ICRA Management Consulting Services, by 2020 India’s construction industry will need 33 million more skilled crane operators, electricians, welders, masons and so on; the textiles and clothing industry will need 26 million loom and sewing machine operators; and the automobile and autoparts manufacturing industries will need 35 million machinists, mechanics, salesmen, etc. In short, India’s aspirations of boosting manufacturing output to 25 percent of GDP by 2025 — creating 100 million jobs and bringing hundreds of millions more people out of poverty in the process — may well hang in the balance. “We have to build in skill-training capacity now,” said NSDC’s Chenoy. “We can’t wait. In the next two to three years we have to put in place a skill-training capacity of at least 40 million people a year.” By connecting training programs more closely to employers, India hopes to ensure that courses are designed to meet industry’s needs and to introduce an effective certification system so


Changing the image of skilled labor But those in the vocational education market say there are many more challenges to overcome, starting with convincing young people that a marketable skill can be more valuable than a college degree — at least when industry considers three out of four engineering graduates unemployable. “Over the years vocational training has always been looked down upon and thought of something that’s meant for losers,” said IndiaSkills’ chief executive Hari Menon, who expects his business to grow tenfold in its second year of operations. “Everybody chases a Bachelor’s of Commerce or Bachelor’s of Arts, however unemployable that makes them.” The trouble is that India can’t afford to rely on supply and demand in the labor market to drive young people into vocational education — that would mean the full impact of the crisis had already hit. That’s why NSDC plans to blanket the country with ads designed to put the pride back in blue collar work, said Chenoy. But it will take more than slogans. The private sector needs to overhaul vocational education, starting with knocking down the artificial wall between academic degrees and skills certifications, said Neeti Sharma, an executive at TeamLease, India’s largest staffing company. Currently, there are no community colleges in India, so there’s no such thing as a vocational “degree.” Moreover, once a student enters the vocational track there’s virtually no way for him to get back into the university stream — and vice versa. That’s why TeamLease is working in Gujarat to set up the country’s first vocational university. Similarly, Global Talent Track, which has partnered with multinational computer networking firm Cisco Systems Inc. and some 900 colleges across 15 states, recently tied up with the University of Kashmir to train degree students with the job skills that employers are looking for. “In this country, traditionally, skills and education have always followed two different paths,” said Global Talent Track chief executive Uma Ganesh. Without question, skilled workers get paid more than unskilled ones, and vocational training can mean the difference between work in the unorganized sector — without benefits or job security — and a future with a growing national firm. But even though training firms say their graduates earn 10 to 50 percent more as a result of their training, recruiting isn’t easy. Employers pay more for skills, but so far they haven’t started paying extra for workers with training certifications, and students are still reluctant to pay for training outside of “glamour programs” like computer programming and flight attendant schools. Moreover, the companies and nonprofits that offer vocational education programs say that government-funded programs that are free for students are only partly effective: It helps them get students through the door, but doesn’t ensure that they graduate. According to the head of one vocational program, the dropout rate for students on complete scholarships is as high as 70 to 80 percent. It falls to 10 to 20 percent among students paying all or part of the fee themselves. “Today, the biggest challenge is that industry is not mandating certification,” said IndiaSkills’ Menon. “So the prospective learners feel that I can always walk into a company and get a continued on page 92 July 2011

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they need to make informed choices when seeking legal advice and representation on immigration matters, and reminding them that The Wrong Help Can Hurt. USCIS has unveiled a brochure, a poster, public service announcements for use on radio and in print publications, billboard and transit ads, and a new Web resource center that includes a video. All printed materials are available in English and Spanish, and materials in 12 additional languages are available online. To bolster this outreach effort, DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and FTC will produce and distribute educational materials for different populations that may be affected by immigration services scams. As part of the initiative’s emphasis on providing qualified legal assistance to this vulnerable population, EOIR’s Recognition and Accreditation program, DOJ, USCIS, and FTC are working together to increase the number of EOIR-recognized organizations and accredited representatives, particularly in underserved areas. Organizations and representatives seeking to provide lawful immigration services must be recognized by EOIR. “EOIR is hard at work to increase access for our government partners, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in immigration proceedings,” said EOIR Director Juan P. Osuna. “Through a combination of efforts, including reporting fraud, educating the public and dedicated outreach, we are bolstering our efforts toward growing a force of legitimate legal services providers and getting rid of fraudsters.” EOIR is improving its Recognition and Accreditation Program by increasing communication with the public, providing easier application processing, and giving timely, accurate information to the public regarding which organizations have representatives available to represent individuals in proceedings. DOJ’s Civil Division and Access to Justice Initiative are involved in an effort to train more attorneys to handle the cases of immigration fraud victims. As a result of these efforts, DOJ announced that nongovernmental organizations, working with local partners, will organize a pro bono legal clinic in Baltimore later this summer to assist victims of an enforcement action announced by the FTC today. Driven by a continuing dialogue with DOJ, the City Bar of New York, the New York State Bar Association, the New York Office of the Attorney General, the Katzmann Study Group, and nongovernmental organizations, a legal training program will be launched this summer in New York City to expand the pool of lawyers who can assist in immigration matters. For more information about USCIS’s education initiative, visit or follow us on Twitter, YouTube and the USCIS blog, The Beacon. A list of federal, state and local immigration services cases and additional information regarding EOIR’s Recognition and Accreditation Program are available on DOJ’s website. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-3824357).

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Community News & Events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For further details: 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 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For further details: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For further details: Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Manish Khot,, 215.380.8722 Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279 Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for

further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549). Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. Info: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, drama, and other events. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), Charlotte Table Tennis Club Charlotte Table Tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm Sunday 1-5 pm. Info: Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a nonprofit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana 94

reason, and the need for non-profit across Telangana region. Info & Pictures: Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit the website For further details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For further details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, selfsustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For further details: July 2011










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Community News & Events Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For further details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of

every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and three other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker ( Upcoming Events: Sat Jul 23: Hindu Center anniversary celebrations and health fair. Fri Jul 29 - Mon Aug 2: Vachnamrut Katha by Vrajraj Mahoday with 108 Purusotam Yagna. Fri Aug 19 - Thu Aug 25: Krishna Katha by Pujya Pad Yogeshbhai Shastriji Info: Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Sat Oct 8 (6 pm) at CPCC Central Campus in Tate Hall - Sitar and Veena Jugalbandi concert. Sitar: Gaurav Majumdar. Vina: Nirmala Rajasekar. Tabla: Vishal Nagar Mringdarm: Thanjavaur K. Murugaboopathi. 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 96

vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For further details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726

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Community News & Events Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for ongoing Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. Info: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: Sahaj Marg Meditation - Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the

Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For further details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thur evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 - 8 pm. for recital of Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For further details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For further details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, 98

Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For further details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505 Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For further details: 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. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For further details: Nirupama Shankar at Puja Verma @ 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 lo-

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Community News & Events cation contact below players. For further details: 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 For further details: Hirabhai Zaver 336-375-5350 Paresh Patel 336-609-3014 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. 2011 committee members: Anu Sharma, President; Punita Ahuja, Vice President; Ruby Singh, Secretary; Krishna Balu, Treasurer; Indu Kaur, Youth Representative; Kumar Vansh Bhardwaj is the Webmaster Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. Info: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment fromthe living enlightened master Paramahamsa

Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First 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 Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. Upcoming Programs: Jul 9 through Jul 17: Ram Katha Jul 16 : Guru Purnima Jul 17: Patotsav/Annakut Jul 17 through Jul 24: Youth Camp-kids above age 8 can participate with their parents. Participant and volunteer will receive certificate upon completion of youth camp Aug 27: 3 - 8 pm Nandotsav Sep 2 through 5:  Health Retreat Info: 336.421.0690 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. First Sunday of the month from 4 - 6 pm, all other Sundays 10 am - 12:15 pm. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday @ 3 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888


Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. Info: Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to- Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community, our new-found home; Collaborate closely with local organizations and agencies to fulfill our mission to address any challenges of our community. 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 culJuly 2011

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Community News & Events tures 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:

Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: (Charlotte region)

Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers “Art of Living” Course that teaches you practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; 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. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. Info: Phone: 919-275-0443 (Priti Manmode) E-Mail: /

Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For further details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen),

Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For further details:

Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am - 3 pm. The next meeting will be on Satur-

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


day, July 9 where Independence Day will be celebrated, and there will be a lecture on Physical Therapy by Mr. Prashant Sonkar. All members are encouraged to update and/or provide their contact details with any Board member. For further details: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891 Carolina Rajasthani Association Info: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For further details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 Dada Bhagwan Satsang Don’t miss on the lifetime event of “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at July 2011

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Community News & Events their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For further details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. 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.” It organizes colorful events annually. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For further details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian

community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Summer camps: July 11 - 15; July 18 – 22; August 15 - . Registration: For further details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community at large. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities 104

are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For further details: - Triangle area Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For further details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For further details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Upcoming Events: 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 July 2011

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Community News & Events education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch a new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For further details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For further details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree

Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 106

Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sanyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For further details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For further details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. For further details: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit July 2011

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Community News & Events Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. Info: Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For further details: Varshana at hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For further details: Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month where the South Asian community of the Triangle area can showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through songs. Next session will be held on Friday July 8, from 7:00 PM till 11:30 PM at Zayka Indian Cuisine, 10410 Moncreiffe Rd Ste 103, Raleigh in the Brier Creek area - phone: (919) 3615370. Future meetings are planned monthly on the first Friday of each month at Zayka. Choose from 13,000 Hindi Film, Non-Film, Ghazals, Devotional - Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Gujrati, Punjabi Kannada, Koli , Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim Songs, Marathi, Oriya, and English songs. Events are open to the entire music loving community for singing, or listening to your friends sing. For further details: Shafi Parekh at 919.413.3924, or e-mail at:

Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. Info: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. Info: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For further details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 108

Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, SAMPIGE Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For further details: Share and Care Foundation (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 fifteen years. For further details: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for July 2011

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Community News & Events 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. For further details: 919.773.1580 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir NC SSMNC promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in ShirdiIndia. This Organization is dedicated to sponsor and support religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. Mandir Timings: Monday - Friday 9 - 10 am, 12 noon - 1pm, 6 - 9 pm. Sat - Sun 9 am - 9pm. Details at or call 919.386.1085. St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Holy Qurbana and Sunday school are held in Malayalam/English, led by Reverend Dr. M. K. Thomas at 225 Bashford Road, Raleigh, NC. For further details: 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 of North Carolina. For further details: 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) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) TCFNC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) 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 Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For further details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women em110

powerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Sun Aug 21 @ 3:00 p.m. - Anand Mela @ Bond Park, Cary. Sat Oct 15 – Sharad Purnima @ HSNC Main Hall. Sat Nov 5 – Diwali President: Viral Chokshi; Vice President: Mukesh Shah; Treasurer: Yogesh Patel; Cultural Secretary: Nimiksha Patel; General Secretary: Vandana Naik. Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details: 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 - 10:30 pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For further details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discusJuly 2011

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Community News & Events sion of issues. For further details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm. There are two discourses scheduled this month. Recitation of “Gopi Geet” from Shrimad Bhagwat (in Hindi) by HH Pujya Shri Indira Betiji and next one will be by Pujyapad Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji and Pujya Kishorchandra Shastriji on ”Dashama

Skanda” per the following schedule. Saturday, July 16, 2011: 10 am - 1 pm Gopi Geet, 1 pm Prasad, 3 - 6 pm Gopi Geet continued. Sunday, July 17, 2011: 1 - 4 pm Gopi Geet Friday, July 22, 2011: 6 - 7 pm Prasad, 7 10 pm Nand Mahotsav Saturday July 23, 2011: 10 am - 1 pm Shri Govardhanlila, 1 - 3 pm Prasad, 3 - 6 pm Rukshmani Vivah Sunday, July 24, 2011: 10 am - 1 pm Yagna (followed by Prasad) All Events will be at Hindu Bhavan (309 Aviation Parkway,Morrisville, NC 27560). Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in such activities. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

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

112 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Info: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming Events: Sun July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Balagokulam 10 - 11 am Sun July 10, 24, 31: Geeta Study 10:30 am12 noon Sun July 10, 24: Balavihar 11 am -12 noon Sun July 17: Sri Sathyanarayan Katha 11 am - 12:30pm For further details on upcoming events write or call. For further details: 508.654.0360, B.S. Srivastva

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 2333995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715

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Community News & Events For further details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For further details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. For further details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For further details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. 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. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde)

Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For further details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. For further details: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a non-profit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. Info: 336.299.9683 114

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ever, it’s not just about creating and sharing with the intention of impressing people or building a brand. The work needs to convey a passion for learning, participating, and being part of the conversation. Mr. Richardson’s first advice to teachers is to become “googleable” yourself. To fully understand the implications for students, teachers need to have some personal context for sharing and interacting online. Secondly, the teacher must “model connections” which means sharing your own online interactions with students. When relevant and appropriate, talk about how you’re learning from others and how and why you chose to participate online. Last but not least, share student work and practice and teach “reputation management.” Social media afford the opportunity for all children with online access to contribute to the world in meaningful ways, do real work for real audiences for real purposes, find great teachers and collaborators from around the world, and become great teachers in their own right. An article such as this, on technology applied to learning, would not be complete without mentioning online courses. Nick Kremer is a language arts teacher whose skepticism about online education turned into belief when he taught his own online course. His initial objections were as follows: Objection 1: Online courses require less work. Objection 2: Online courses lack meaningful interaction. Objection 3: Cheating runs rampant online. Objection 4: Online courses are discriminatory. But by carefully designing his first online course, Nick found ways to overcome his objections, and thus did not compromise his professional ethics for the convenience of online learning. When he planned lessons and activities, he tried to ensure that students had to spend as much time “engaged” online as they would have spent in an in-person class. He also was concerned about adopting a writing workshop model online. He found that students, free of classroom distractions, were in fact extremely interested in reading and responding to one another’s work on the peer revision board, a class blog where they published their drafts and received feedback from classmates. The National Technology Goals of 2010 put forward eight key guiding principles which I reproduce here: • Use technology to help raise the percentage of young people with two- and four-year college degrees from 39% to 60% by 2020. • Provide “broadband everywhere” to serve learners inside and outside schools. • Put a computing device in the hands of every student. • Make connectedness the hallmark of effective learning. • Create an online learning registry of content developed by federal government agencies. • Fund the research and development of open-source educational resources. • Fund research about how online communities of practice can improve teaching and learning. • Create a national initiative that defines productivity in education and establishes metrics for measuring it. Finally, in the words of Karen Cator, director of the office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education: We need to get beyond calling teachers digital immigrants, as if technology holds a certain code only young people can decipher. 118

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complain. There is a possibility of getting inheritance or unexpected financial gain this month. Try finalizing major decisions in the first half of the month. Drive very carefully. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Due to lack of confidence and influence of your superiors, you may not be able to perform to your satisfaction. Give first preference to safety to avoid any disaster. The period is not bad financially, but you may not be able work independently. If involved in legal dispute, delay may damage your case. Unexpected family problems are also possible. Do not speculate this month.

General Predictions for July 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Now is the time to start looking for extra income through a side business. The first half of the month may be useless due to non-production activities. You may also start studying in a completely new subject; be prepared to diversify your career. Improvement in health is clearly indicated. You may also enjoy a long distance journey during the second half of the month. Your spouse may not be able to help you this month.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) The month may start with fun, but immediately after the end of first week uncertainty may strike on you. A major problem in personal life and misunderstanding with people around you may make you paranoid and suspicious. It may badly damage your health. Try not to let fear and confusion influence you. Traveling could be very helpful in avoiding problems. Your partner may guide you in the right direction.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Lack of confidence and small mistakes may bother you throughout the month. Any risk-taking tendency should be curbed. You may also face issues with your spouse. Your partner may lead you in the wrong direction. Financial losses are also possible. If you are a student, you may not be able to focus in your study. Try to avoid frustration and spend some time to meditate and to rebuild your confidence. Move slowly this month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Income and expense may balance each other out resulting into no savings. A very busy work schedule may drive you crazy. Sudden health problem may strike during the middle of the month. Try to control your temper and enthusiasm; also try to avoid driving. Last week of the month may make you feel relieved and relaxed. Your reading and knowledge may rescue you from major problems. Act safely.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You may feel more energetic and confident this month. Don’t take any kind of debt during the first half of the month. Slow but steady progress is clearly indicated. You should watch your health this month and drive very carefully. Also try to control your temper. Last week of the month may bring good news for you. Your creative work may earn a good name for you. Be prepared for a business-related trip.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You have entered into a very busy and rewarding time period. You may enjoy financial success through real estate and speculation. Try to take calculated risks and make timely moves. You may benefit through your enemies during the second half of the month. Avoid making random moves. Time is very positive for people involved in research, however, watch your health carefully.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Your friends and associates may work very positively with you during this month. You should be able to analyze the situation logically to solve it. Financially this could be a very positive month. Change in job or higher status at current job may delight you. However, don’t expect things to go your way. Your destiny will play a major role in deciding your life. Learn to accept the decisions to enjoy the period.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Uncertainty at place of work may lead you towards a side business. An accident at work may hurt you. You may want to find a partner and start making extra income. Dispute with your teacher may affect your performance in education. Unexpected property-related expenses may also disturb your budget this month. You should enjoy good health and will power. But avoid business-related travel.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) After a very busy first half of the month, you may want to become more methodological during the last week of the month. You may want to slow down and analyze the situation before making any move. Also you want to wait for your friend to help you during this tough period. If you are a student, you may perform well. Improvement in health is clearly indicated, but avoid taking financial risks.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Work on family projects as a team and enjoy the rewards. A very happy family life is clearly indicated. Your income will rise and status will go up. You should enjoy good health, too. Avoid traveling and spending time with your friends. Time is perfect to start a new venture. Try to keep away from parties and focus on your work. Major ups and downs in your investment portfolio are possible this month.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Hard work may not produce desired results this month. You may get rewarded, but not per your expectations. Destiny will rule your life. Travel may be very entertaining and successful. Time is not negative so don’t

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MATRIMONIAL: Seeking Sindhi Male for 33 yr old female Indian resident, suffering from cretinism (hypothyroidism). Please call 714-326-9530.

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Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 20 years of experience with Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912 Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or 919-798-2598 Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Stressed? In Pain?: Relax with a Massage by Jasu Bhojani. Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy, Hot Stones,Reflexology,& Head Massage. NC licensed & Board Certified. Phone: 704-685-1523 or 704-362-5659. Henna artist, specialist in Bridal, Arabic,Traditional and all types of Mehendi for all occasions. Eyebrow Threading Available. Call : 320-322-3341 / 980-333-8560 or e-mail: ART / DRAWING CLASS: Ages 4 to 15. Learn sketches, charcoal painting, modern art , oil on canvas etc. Age appropriate curriculum. FREE TRIAL CLASS. For more details call Karli @ 704.965.3550 or email: Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 E-Mail: MEHANDI & SAREES: Specialist in Bridal mehandi and henna for all occasions (20 Yrs of experience). We carry designer sarees, 1-2 gram jewelery, Kurtis and accessories. Contact Neena Jain (Trendz) 919-367-0746 or email: Foreign Accent Modification: Your speech is your "vocal resume." Speak English clearly and with confidence. Individual tutorials with certified speech specialists at Triangle Speech Services.

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NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Nucell Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Nuv Yug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Paracha Entertainment (Atif Aslam & Sunidhi Chauhan) . . . .3 Paradise Restuarant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Patel, Shital (Sam) (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .56 RBC Bank (Shikha Panjwani) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Rex Primary Care of Cary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Select Auto Sales (Vehicle Locator Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Shirdi Saibaba Mandir (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Sri Somesvara Temple (Calender of Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Tamarind (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)113 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 A Thompson Driving School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .53 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . . .6 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Bombay Bejing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Cambria Suites (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .86 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Chakras Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 City Furniture (Contemporary Concepts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .42 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .61 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Encore Amusement LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Festival of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Hindi & Music Classes (Poonam Sirohi - ETCI) . . . . . . . . . . .93 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Life Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .83 Maya Beauty Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Mongolian Grill (Iron Grill & Pizza) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . .87 & 113 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68


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