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Hello Readers Another Thanksgiving is upon us. Simple gratitudes can enrich lives. Saying thank you to someone who has helped or inspired you brings joy to both parties. At Saathee we would like to thank our families, friends, contributors, readers, and advertisers. You all help make this community resource possible. Is Bollywood growing up and taking chances on films? Read about the evolving new Bollywood on pg. 8. Car makers are looking at India as the next manufacturing hub. Read which companies are heading to India on pg. 10. Nepal’s fragile economy is further affected by their numerous bandhs (closings). Read how this once effective political tool for the masses is now detrimentally affecting them on pg. 34. Your saathees: Samir, Divakar, Raj, Nate & Himanshu

In this issue: Welcome to New Bollywood . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 India, the Next Detroit? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 CEO Pay in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Bolly Bits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Music Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Dark Side of Democracy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Isha Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Self Created Prison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride Three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 A Dentist’s Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Shaken Baby Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 For Greater Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 If Truth Were of Any Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 86 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 Who Want’s to be a Scholar . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 November 2009


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Welcome To the New Bollywood Bollywood movies are suddenly starting to make sense. Hello Hollywood? By Jason Overdorf - GlobalPost.comn NEW DELHI, India — For years, India has been trumpeting the advent of revolutionary new films that turn the clichés of Bollywood on their head — twins separated at birth, “Six Million Dollar Man”-type special effects, ludicrous fight scenes and, of course, the songs. But most of the films that the industry hailed as creative were lifted from Hollywood — like Kaante, a 2002 rip-off of Reservoir Dogs that somehow managed to be utterly terrible despite copying Tarantino almost shot for shot. But behind the much-hyped script pirating, a slowand-steady revolution has actually been underway. Thanks to the rise of multiplexes, as well as a new studio that has pushed inventive story lines, and a crop of exciting young directors, the New Bollywood may finally be here. “It’s here to stay, because the audience has accepted it,” said Ronnie Screwvala, head of UTV Motion Pictures. “These are commercially successful films, they aren’t art films.” On the strength of backing the New Bollywood, Screwvala’s UTV has become the industry’s second-largest grossing studio. Once upon a time, Bollywood movies thrived on the absurd. As stylized as Chinese opera, they played to cinema halls packed with cheering and hissing fans. But somewhere along the way, the luster began to fade. “Now the odds are pretty high against the (conventional) movies that are focused higher on entertainment than on storytelling — though I wouldn’t call them mindless,” Screwvala said. “The percentage of them bombing has been disproportionate.” Though the successful campy extravaganzas still put up the biggest box office numbers, the new form of Bollywood films featuring more realistic acting, coherent plots and tighter scripts has grown more bankable. While the extravaganzas have descended into slapstick and self-parody, the so-called “multiplex films” have become more consistent as India’s better directors have begun to crack the puzzle of how to incorporate the classic tropes of Bollywood into modern films. This year, half a dozen “multiplex films” have succeeded commercially, suggesting that a new golden age of Indian cinema could be on the horizon. That could be important news for Hollywood, too, where it’s no accident that some of the hottest directors hail from as far afield as Mexico and Taiwan. “Hollywood is coming to a stage where it desperately needs an infusion of creativity,” said Shekhar Kapur, a director who began his career in Bollywood before shifting to Hollywood and making the Oscar-nominated period film Elizabeth. “You can see it in the films. When you start to depend so much on characters that were created 40 or 50 years ago, when you start to depend so much on remakes, you know that essentially they’re running out of creative ideas.”

Three of New Bollywood’s best films — each of which grapples with the legacy of classic Bollywood in its own way — showcase the directions in which the Indian industry is headed. First, there’s Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6 (which refers to the postal code for the medieval heart of Old Delhi). It’s the story of an American-born Indian who takes his ailing grandmother back to Delhi so she can die in her homeland, and then falls in love with a “typical Delhi girl.” Mehra’s third film blends themes from classic Hindi cinema (reunification, the dying mother) with those of the glam fantasies of the ‘90s “non-resident Indian” genre (emigration and return). He modernizes the story, however, by avoiding stylized dialogue and Bollywood’s biggest melodramatic clichés, like deathbed forgiveness (accompanied by wailing and buckets of tears), and by several sly inversions, such as the revelation that the “typical Delhi girl” whom the hero pursues is actually swapping her sari for jeans and a sexy top once she leaves the house for college. That Bollywood legacy Abishek Bachchan — the son of India’s biggest film legend Amitabh Bachchan— signed on to play the hero shows how far the multiplex movie has come. “What we tried with the movie is, we had songs, but there were no lip-syncs,” Mehra said. “So nobody was singing, and nobody was dancing.” Though in some ways its story has the whiff of the art house, Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D — this year’s most popular multiplex film — marks a bolder departure from Bollywood’s conventions, even as it utilizes them to entice and repel cinema goers. The 10th remake of Devdas — arguably Bollywood’s bestknown story — renamed Dev D, plays on the expectations stemming from the previous film treatments, which were dramatic tearjerkers about doomed love, to fuel a grimy, Trainspotting-inspired exploration of the fascination-repulsion that Indian culture holds for female sexuality. Moreover, Kashyap transforms the classic film’s courtesan into a backpacker-ghetto prostitute forced into the trade after her boyfriend circulates a sex clip filmed on his mobile phone (based on a real incident at a posh Delhi school), and allows her to live happily ever after with the film’s hero in a departure from the original that some viewers hailed as a new acknowledgement of the legitimacy of women’s sexual desires. “Dev D is a breakaway from Indian cinema’s conventions because it shows the leading ladies as sexual and it’s not afraid to talk about sexuality,” Kapur said. Perhaps the clearest evidence that the “multiplex movie” directors have cracked the code, however, came with Vishal Bhardwaj’s breathlessly awaited Kaminey (“Scoundrels”). Formerly known for Maqbool and Omkara — adaptations of Shakespeare’s continued on page 80

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Nano, India’s homegrown small car produced by Mumbai’s Tata Motors. The Nano, a $2,500 air conditioned, gasoline-powered cheap wonder, hit Indian roads in March. Dr. Kanth now bumps along the rutted roads of her town in her sporty Nano. She says she is thrilled with the design and fuel efficiency of her new acquisition. Ford is only the latest in a long lineup of carmakers scrambling to build, sell and export small cars out of India. And it’s not only small, combustion engine models that are drawing attention. Last week, General Motors’ Indian subsidiary announced that it had tied up with Bangalore’s Reva Electric Car Company to jointly develop and produce electric vehicles for the Indian market.


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CEO PAY IN INDIA: “Vulgar and indecent” By Saritha Rai - BANGALORE, India — India’s politicians are arrayed against the country’s corporate class in a battle over excessive executive compensation, a subject that has recently become extremely sensitive across the globe. Two top members of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet have cautioned Indian corporations to curb what is deemed “vulgar” pay packages of their executives. Corporate Affairs minister Salman Khurshed and the Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia called on the leaders of India’s rising economy to practice austerity. “Indecent CEO salaries have become a global cause of worry,” Ahluwalia said. The call has come at a time when investors in the United States and elsewhere are outraged over the multi-million dollar bonuses and fat pay checks of corporate executives. The subject has become extra sticky since the financial carnage on Wall Street last year and the resulting global economic turmoil. A proposal to limit salaries and perks of corporate executives came up for discussion at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh last month. In India, recently buffeted by a severe drought and devastating floods in addition to the economic downturn, the Congress Party-led Manmohan Singh government has adopted austerity as its governance mantra. Ministers and bureaucrats have been directed to curtail government spending on frills such as business class travel and pricey banquets. So the government now hopes that Indian corporations will follow suit. Trade unions have jumped into the debate, demanding that the government cap huge CEO pay deals. “The government should bring a strict law to deal with this problem. Self-regulation is no remedy,” said Mohammed Amin, general secretary of the communist-party affiliated union CITU. Like their global peers, India’s CEOs have fared well despite the economic downturn. Their compensation packages have soared in the last year. Its fast-growing companies are helping India maintain its position as the second speediest economy in the world after China. Now irate corporate executives are questioning the government’s right to regulate salaries in the private sector. Leading industry trade group Assocham’s members said that India could only become an economic power by consistent high economic growth. “An essential ingredient for high growth is employing the best talent and paying them salaries matching the best across the November 2009

globe,” the chamber said in a statement. The statement resulted after a survey of its members. Assocham said only market forces could determine salaries, which it says is the only means to attract talent in a highly competitive market. Despite such reasoning, the salary debate is a delicate one in India where the contrast between the rich and poor is enormous. The highest-paid CEOs in India took home salaries touching a billion dollars in 2008. That was several thousand times the multiple of the average per capita income in the country. While the salary may not seem a big deal compared with pay in the West, that money can go a long way. Many here find the contrast downright shocking in a poor country where millions subsist on a dollar a day. The biggest paychecks are drawn by promoters themselves in India’s family-run companies such as Reliance Industries, the petrochemicals conglomerate, and Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile services provider. Ostentation has been a recent trend in corporate India and its business families, with multi-million dollar homes, extravagant weddings in exotic locales, yachts and executive aircraft. Even the usually-soft spoken Prime Minister Singh was hard put to remain silent in the face of such brazen displays. He warned two years ago that such widening inequalities could spawn social unrest in India. In the land of Gandhi, the world’s foremost ascetic, a debate over austerity and simple living is raging on with no resolution in sight.


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The film is yet untitled and stars Devgan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu and Paresh Rawal. Talking about the film, Priyan says, “I’ve turned the horrific tale of an actual incident in Bihar of an inter-caste romance into a full-on actioner. See, I wanted to keep it real. At the same time I wanted to make it riveting for the audience. So while shooting on an authentic location I’ve made my two heroes Ajay and Akshaye Khanna into full-on action heroes. This film has the kind of real stunts never seen in Hindi cinema.” Priyadarshan is using the services of old action director B. Thyagarajan and a stunt director from South Africa to devise the action scenes, which have both Devgan and Khanna locked in hand-to-hand combat along with old-school forms of physical aggression. For this, Devgan needed to get into a different shape, and so did Akshaye. “Yes we’ve a set up a terrific gym in this wilderness. It’s been set up in an underconstruction building. It has all the equipment,” says Basu. “We all work out in it. Ajay and I, of course. Paresh Rawal also works out. Akshaye Khanna only used to play squash for exercise. Now he’s started going to the gym. They need to get into a specific shape for this film.”

Director David Ellis to Make Film with Akshay Kumar After having worked with some of the biggest of directors in Bollywood, superstar Akshay Kumar is now all set to go west. Apparently, Hollywood director David Ellis, who has directed films like The Final Destination, is keen to work with Kumar after seeing portions of his latest film Blue. Ellis had a chance to see some rushes of Blue when director Anthony D’Souza was doing the final mixing of the film in Los Angeles. Ellis loved what he saw and was blown away by the sheer magnitude of the film. “David was highly impressed when he saw some portions of Blue. He was of the opinion that such stunts could not be possible in movies outside Hollywood. He simply loved Akshay’s work and truly that believes Akshay has huge potential to make it big in the West,“ D’Souza said. The buzz is that David has already chalked out the storyline of his film in which Akshay will play lead. The film is slated to appeal to both the Indian as well as international audience.

Dimple plays mom to Akshay Dimple Kapadia and Akshay Kumar are coming together as mother and son in Nikhil Advani’s drama Patiala House which also pairs Rishi Kapoor and Dimple for the fourth time. The couple from the trendsetting Bobby were subsequently seen in Sagar and November 2009

more recently in Pyar Mein Twist. After the failure of the pricey Akshay Kumar comedy Chandni Chowk To China, Advani is ready to shoot Patiala House which casts Rishi and Dimple as man and wife. Akshay will play their ideologically-opposed son. Says the director, “People may see the casting as gimmicky. But, after Chandni Chowk... I felt I had to be true to myself. In that film I was trying a language that wasn’t mine. In Patiala House, I return to my native tongue.” The film also stars Anushka Sharma in her first film outside the Yashraj banner. Advani sees Akshay and Anushka sharing a great chemistry on screen. “They’re both so warm and so Punjabi in their demeanor,” he says.

Salman Does it for Charity Salman Khan‘s Being Human Foundation’s debut show at last month’s HDIL India Couture Week featured Katrina Kaif, his brother Sohail and Arbaaz and industry friends including Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Govinda, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar to sport his trendy designer wear and apparel on the ramp. His mother Salma and Helen attended as well as Preity Zinta, Twinkle Khanna, Amrita Arora, Karan Johar, Avanti Birla, Kiran Rao, and Manish Malhotra. Designers who put some fine designs together for Being Human show included Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, Ashish Soni and Falguni and Shane Peacock to Rocky S, Babita Malkani, Gayatri Khanna, Kunal Rawal and Gavin Miguel.

Big B: My grandchildren were my inspiration for Paa Amitabh Bachchan, who plays a 12-year-old progeric in the upcoming film Paa, says he has taken cues from his grandchildren to adapt a child’s mannerisms for the role. “A lot of prosthetics went into making me look like a 12-year-old. I did try to watch kids and took a little bit of hints from my own kids’ childhood, but I took most from my grandchildren. They were quite an inspiration for me,” said Bachchan. The actor, who turned 67 recently, has essayed the role of a child suffering from progeria, a rare disease which causes premature ageing among children. Directed by R. Balakrishnan, the film also stars Abhishek Bachchan, who plays Amitabh’s father in the film.

Govinda: Salman, I have very deep bonding Bollywood is famous for the real and reel life bonding between actors. One such camaraderie that has surfaced between two known names is of Salman Khan and Govinda. “Salman and I have a very deep bonding so much so that we are just one call away from each other… We just completely respect and love each other like anything,” Govinda told IANS. Seen together for the first time in hit comedy Partner, the duo set the screen on fire with impeccable comic timing. Govinda recently walked the ramp at the HDIL India Couture Week for Salman’s Being Human foundation and has also appeared in the macho actor’s recent release Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna.


Top Five Movies - November 09

Upcoming Movie Releases (Bollywood films slated to be released in the next 4-6 weeks) Radio (Dir: Isshaan Trivedi) Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Shenaz Treasurywala, Sonal Sehgal, Zakir Hussain, and Rajesh Khattar

1. Blue Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Katrian Kaif, Lara Dutta, Rahul Dev, and Jayed Khan 2. London Dreams Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Om Puri, Asin, Rannvijay Singh, and Aditya Roy Kapoor

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (Director: Rajkumar Santoshi) Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Upen Patel, Darshan Jariwala, Asrani, and Govind Namde

3. All The Best Bipasha Basu, Ajay Devgan, Asrani, Fardeen Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Mugdha Godse & Mukesh Tiwari

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Aao Wish Karein (Director: Glenn Baretto) Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Aamna Shariff, and Johny Lever

Top Five Songs - November 09 1. Blue “Rehnuma” Music: A. R. Rahman Singers: Shreya Ghoshal & Sonu Nigam

Shaabash! You Can Do It (Director: Shankar Mondal) Cast: Hitesh Agrawal, Mansi Dovhal, Sudesh Berry, Nasir Khan, Vivek Shauq, and Charu Sharma Kurbaan (Dir: Rensil D’Silva) Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Dia Mirza, Kirron Kher, and Om Puri

2. London Dreams “Mann Ko Ati Bhaabe” Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy Singer: Shankar Mahadevan

3. Kurbaan “Dua” Music:Salim-Sulaiman Singers: Sukhwinder Singh & Kailash Kher

Chase (Director: Jagmohan Mundhra) Cast: Udita Goswami, Caterina Murino, Rajesh Khattar, Shweta Menon, Anuj Saxena, and Samir

4. Tum Mile Music: Pritam Singers: Javed Ali, Irfan Ashraf & Shadab

De Dana Dan (Director: Priyadarshan) Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Neha Dhupia, and Sameera ReddyKochhar

5. Wake Up Sid “Wake Up Sid” Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy Singers: Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa (Note: This top five is based on the following non-scientific research: your feedback, video rental, box office from India and United States, internet opinions & our opinion) November 2009


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Dhrupad Indian classical music history originated from the Dhrupad tradition. Dhrupad is an ancient religious and spiritual form of vocal and instrumental performing art in Hindustani Classical Music. Dhrupad style was developed and existed from 13th to the 19th century, which was later followed by the Khyaal style. The earlier Dhrupads were Sanskrit brijbhasa devotional compositions. They were the religious padas, meaning lyrics were sung in the praise of God and Goddesses or of the infinite grandeur of nature and creation. Usually the songs had four parts namely the Asthai (introductory part of the composition), Antara (expansion of the composition which is a second part), Sanchari (the third part, sung on the higher notes) and Abhog (concluding part of the composition). The Taal used for these are, ChaarTaal (12 beats), SoolTaal (10 beats), Teewra (7 beats), and Dhamar (14 beats). The Dhrupad vocalists were usually accompanied by pakhawaj or mridang and a string instrument, usually Taanpura. Dhrupad compositions were sung in various Ragas. Dhrupad is the oldest genre of Hindustani music and originally was sung in Hindu shrines, however it later emerged in Mughal courts and then to the stage. The glorious and unsullied swar sadhana of Dhrupad was a general pattern and the standard of popularity of presentation varied with the stature and voice quality of the singer and the response of the listeners. Dhrupad was dominated by men in which the singing was slow in nature and required a great control of the voice and breath to make possible often continuous rendering of various words and phrases with varying tonal or volume emphasis. The traditions followed were categorized as Gaudiva, Daguri, Nauhari and Khandari Banee or Vanee. Banee refers to sayings of the saints sung to music. Every Dhrupadiye family had one or two master Rudra Vina player. And the four Ang aalap of Vilambit, Madhya, Jod, Jhala, Meend, Gamak taan were already in a highly advanced and developed form to elaborate any raga. In Akbar’s period, there were four famous masters of Dhrupad – Tansen, Braj Chand Brahmin, Raja Sammokhan Singh (son-in-law of Tansen) and Shri Chand Rajput. Swami Haridas, the guru of Tansen was a well-known Dhrupad vocalist in the 15th century. Swamiji composed hundreds of Dhrupads. The 18th century saw a decline of Dhrupad. This is sometimes a price of change or innovation to keep alive a tradition and no one should be faulted for this. No students of Indian music deny that several angs of badhat, vistar or improvisation and laykari of the Khyaal bear the unmistakable stamp of Dhrupad style. Instruments such as tabla, sitar, and sarod accompany Dhrupad singers. Today, only few Dhrupad vocalists are active, including the well-known Dagar Brothers, Pt Rutwik Sanyal and Gundecha Brothers. November 2009


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into the most visceral manifestation of the disillusionment, anger and frustration with the result of a decade of war in Nepal. While hopes were high in the heady days following the jan andolan, or people’s movement, today the political backbiting is often dismissively referred to as a peace process with neither peace nor a process. The utopian rhetoric of the country’s leadership dramatically raised the expectations of the Nepali people, then failed to deliver. Today, those expectations have fueled rising public anger. The frequency and ferocity of these eruptions of mob violence has caught many Nepalis off guard. “Impunity has given rise to this phenomenon. There’s nothing spontaneous about it. It is lawlessness at its worst,” said Kunda Dixit, editor and publisher of the Nepali Times. “A bandh is the use of terror. It is enforced with the fear that harm will come to you if you venture out, if you open your shop, if you open your school. And that fear exists because of the nonexistence of the state and the absence of capable law enforcement.” When the rush of empowerment that followed the people’s movement was not accompanied by improvements in governance, people began to take the law into their own hands. A recent report by the Overseas Development Institute found a widespread absence of formal justice institutions across all communities regardless of caste, ethnicity or geography. In this security vacuum, bandhs become a way for the poor and marginalized to gain some control over their environment after a lifetime of powerlessness. Safety in numbers empowers a small village to extort restitution from a careless driver. There is a hidden logic to this distinctive brand of road rage. Additionally, massive rural-urban migration has pushed Kathmandu’s capacity to provide services to its inhabitants to the breaking point. Nepal’s 2001 census pegged Kathmandu’s population at 671,846. Now, the already overburdened city’s population is predicted to nearly double by 2011. Raut, like many Nepalis, said he remains hopeful against all odds. “This negative trend, it won’t change in a day,” he said. “We need peace, stability and law and order. These things take time.” With that, he turned back to the seemingly endless swarm of patients clamoring for his attention.


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Simhanandini: Simhanandini is the dance of Parashakthi or the supreme power represented in the form of a woman. This item is generally performed before starting the procession of the large vehicle called Rath, during the car festival (Rathosthavam) at the temples. Initially the dancers describe the greatness of Parashakthi and pray for her compassion upon all as Mother Goddess and then they depict the destruction of the cruel demon Mahishasura. Finally, the dancer paints the picture of a lion on the rangoly powder (colorful powders) by her dancing feet followed by Simhanandini tal (beat). This beat is ancient and very difficult. The jathi (technique) contains 128 matras, including six types of rhythmic modes. Mayura Kautham: This is another picture painting dance item. It contains 32 matras of Malika moda beat. This was mostly performed during the time of Kritttika Deepotsavam. In this, the dancer paints a peacock with her dancing feet. Navasandhi: This ritual dance was also performed during the festival celebrations to identify the nine corners of the universe. All the Andhra Bhagavathars were Brahmins. After oblation to God, the chariot of Lord moves to four main streets where the devdasis (servants of God) dance and sing in praise of God. After the abolition of the Devdasi system at temples in 1939, dancers worked diligently to keep the dance dramas alive. Many groups ended splitting and became solo dancers. People like us who are settled outside India are playing an important role in bringing these dance dramas back to life. Due to the attractiveness of these dance dramas vs. solo dances, more and more dance dramas are being choreographed. It still leaves a lot of room for these ritual dances. I hope these dances will be learned by the younger artists, before the tradition dies.

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Men can imagine what they were supposed to be But they are not as much men as lizards are lizards Because they are not free They have lost their freedom because their own thought Has imposed upon them a boundary Beyond which they cannot move Beyond which they cannot see Why are men not as much men as lizards are lizards? Life of a lizard is determined by innate intelligence. This intelligence maintains its existence. Man’s life is mainly controlled by thought. The domination of thought process has pushed intelligence in the background. Because of this overpowering influence of thought on the brain man remains bereft of the joy of life. If there was unconditional joy in man’s life he would not be dependent on so many different kinds of entertainments, he would not get addicted to drugs, alcohol, smoking and so many habits that make the body and the mind dull. There is lack of love, compassion and care in man’s life. If there was unconditional love in his heart he would not get attached to ideas, people and property and live in perpetual fear. There would be no wars, brutalities, terrorism and senseless killings. If man was living intelligently he would be eating the right food and living in a healthy and harmonious relationship with nature and fellow human beings. Then there would be no need to rush to the greedy experts, counselors, priests and gurus to solve the innumerable problems that get created because of his self-centered and individualistic approach to life. A lizard does not have conflicting and contradictory wants and desires. Human beings are fragmented inwardly. They have opposing desires, opposing wishes, opposing thoughts. To be humane is to be human. Where there is ambition, greed, competition, jealousy, violence and fear there cannot be love. Men know very well that hate is the root of violence and that violence perpetuates fear and antagonism, yet they continue to meet hate with have and violence with violence. They do this because of the compulsive conditioned thought that is rooted in the psychological structure created and perpetuated by thought. A lizard is conditioned to protect itself physically. Man is the only living being who has put his own physNovember 2009

ical security and physical well being at risk. In so many different ways men are harming themselves and harming the society and the environment in which they live. Instead of being used where it is needed thinking has taken upon itself an added responsibility to protect itself by creating in the mind an illusory idea of the “me,” the “self.” Being merely an idea the “self” by its very nature is not something stable, secure or certain. Thinking tries to maintain its continuity and permanency through the process of identification and attachment. Identification and attachment to ideas, beliefs, people and property has far reaching consequences. The person becomes the thing he identifies with. The “self” protects the thing it identifies with. The idea and the person become inseparable. If a person protects himself physically that is natural, but when he starts protecting ideas, beliefs, opinions, prejudices he creates all kinds of problems for himself and for the society. Identification with ideas may provide a false sense of psychological security but collectively such identification threatens the physical existence of mankind. Man moved away from his natural existence when he created in his mind an idea that he is an entity separate from nature and separate from other human beings. Instead of keeping his curiosity and sense of wonder alive he created an image of God and described in words that which is unknown and indescribable. After creating the image he started worshiping that image. Whatever knowledge man may have about God that knowledge is always limited. Knowledge is expressed in words. But the word God or any idea about God is not God. That which has a living quality cannot be expressed in words. Living quality demands awareness and experiencing from moment to moment. Psychological structure that thought has created is very complex. It is full of conflict, contradictions and confusion. Consciousness contains all the accumulated knowledge of past experiences, past pleasures, pain, suffering, despair, agony, anxiety and feelings of hurt. It contains numerous images that man has formed about himself and about other people. It contains many ideas, beliefs, and opinions, prejudices that have been formed. In this consciousness there is element of self-concern and fear of future. This preexisting condition determines man’s quality of life and the quality of his relationships. The nature of his responses and reactions to day-to-day challenges in life are determined by the content of his consciousness. If you put a lizard in a cage it will do everything possible to get out of the cage. Man has lived in the selfcreated prison for centuries. He has got used to this prison and takes it for granted. He has devised so many different ways to adjust himself to the deplorable condition. Man has, however, the ability to set himself free. This requires seriousness, interest and passion to see the facts as they are. Self-knowledge is an absolute necessity.


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Step 1: You recognize and accept that a breakdown has occurred. You know how finely tuned your ear is to your own native language and how you can instantly discern when it is being spoken by a non-native speaker, no matter how fluent. Speech is a series of acoustic waves defined by amplitude, pitch or frequency and time patterns. The auditory cortex (listening centers) of speakers of every language is finely tuned and matches the exact sound patterns of an entire “envelope” of sounds, i.e phrases and sentences, to the meaning. Accents distort the speech sounds and, even more significantly, the intonation or rhythmic patterns and the listener does not immediately grasp the meaning. It is like watching a movie when the projector is out of focus! Call the manager! While your listener is trying to make associations and use context clues to understand your first remark, you are going on “a mile a minute” (at high speed) and your listener gives up! Step 2: Give your listener permission to “request clarification” i.e. to tell you what part of your message he or she didn’t understand. This is really important if you are in the position of status and power. Step 3: Please “resend” your message with changes. Do not keep saying the same thing over and over. This is like a person who is “trying” to lose weight without changing his eating habits!! Here are some strategies • Speak much more slowly • Use a different word (“Human Resources” instead of “etcher,” as a client of mine did when he mispronounced “H.R.” and I asked him to clarify. • Elaborate on the context • Spell the word Step 4: The listener should confirm that your message had been “received” and correctly understood by repeating what he or she thought you said. (If the listener is still not correct, you should definitely and calmly spell the word that was not understood.) Bonus: If the listener repeats back what you said, i.e. “Oh, you mean orGANic bread” (when you said “orgnick”), you have heard the correct pattern and you will never mispronounce that word again! Tactfully train your coworkers, clients, customers, students, or patients to become relaxed and skilled in telling you when they don’t understand you. Be “matter of fact.” After all, your English is a lot better than your listener’s Hindi or Telugu or Tamil etc! The less “stressed out” you are, the more creatively you will be able to think of strategies for repairing the inevitable breakdowns created by a foreign accent. You will feel like a more successful communicator in English, you will be much less frustrated and you will continued on page 80 Judith L. Bergman M.A CCC is the director of Triangle Speech Services specializing in foreign accent modification. Contact: or 919-489-5464


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By Chandan Sen Creativity Creativity has been loosely defined as “the ability to create meaningful new forms.” The concept is important because it has enabled humankind to invent the wheel, discover fire, perfect the automobile and send spacecraft to the Moon, Mars and beyond. After all, if you consider that every human being is born with practically no knowledge or skills engrained, except perhaps what is transmitted through the genes - and then must learn so much of what the human race has learnt since the beginning of time, before contributing any new knowledge to our accumulated store of wisdom, you will see how much creativity has played a part in advancing the lot of mankind. In the same time that humans have gone from horse drawn chariots, say 4000 years ago, to the Space Shuttle, other animals have remained practically the same, stuck with their ant heaps, rabbit warrens or even eagles’ nests. Professor Richard Florida, who specializes in studying human creativity, has written books on the subject. Creative people, like artists, writers, doctors and nurses, engineers and teachers thrive in an open climate which encourages experimentation and diversity. They move to cities where cultural activities are fostered, and shun places where creativity is stifled. The management guru, Peter Drucker, had a name, “knowledge workers,” for people who carry their intellectual capital with them - in the space between their ears, so to say. These people have both knowledge and skills as part of their professional portfolio or repertoire of assets. Even nurses, who for some part of the day may be involved with such mundane things as making beds, may also be involved in skilled activities like drawing blood from a patient, or checking his blood pressure or pulse, skillfully, without causing discomfort or pain. Simon Singh, who has a Ph. D from Cambridge University, has written a book called “Fermat’s Enigma” wherein he traces the 300 year old history of mathematics’ most famous puzzle. It’s fascinating to read how the problem was eventually solved, after seven years of sustained effort, by Andrew Wilkes, who used the work of various people, like the Japanese mathematicians Taniyama and Shimuro, as a springboard for his own work. This creative epic, although serving no useful purpose, yet is intellectually stimulating because, as the old saw goes, “man does not live by bread alone.” Finally, writers who have at their disposal only the bare essentials - the 26 letters of the alphabet -have created beautiful masterpieces like “The Merchant of Venice“ by Shakespeare to “Gitanjali“ by Rabindranath Tagore. So it is safe to say that so long as humans remain creative we shall always have new artifacts, November 2009

Tools of the Trade In the movie Castaway, Tom Hanks finds himself on a small, uninhabited island, with few resources and even fewer chances of survival. But survive he does, using the tools that he had or those that he improvised. An ice-skating shoe is used as a multi-function tool for cutting, hammering and the like. And his persistent efforts to light a fire bring home to us viewers how dire life can be, and was, before the accumulation of our artifacts of civilization. I’ve watched our carpenter in Calcutta work miracles in wood. Using the very basic woodworking tools like the hammer, saw, manual drill, planar and an assortment of chisels, he could, in a few hours, turn some planks of wood into a chair, a table, or any other piece of furniture that he had been commissioned to produce. Here in the US carpentry is a favorite hobby of many, and a livelihood of some. Most manual tools here have given way to power tools, which make life easier and task completion quicker. But leaving aside this apples and oranges comparison, Biren in India and Brian in the US both produce artifacts that are functional, aesthetic, and of lasting value. We humans have used tools to produce successively more complex and larger, or smaller, artifacts. Machine tools are machines that make other machines possible. Robots, which are another class of tools, make anything from computers at Dell to cars at Toyota. The Space Shuttle, an engineering marvel, is a behemoth that could not have been produced without sophisticated tools. On a more down to earth level, a farmer has his tractor and a software programmer has her computer. Beyond that, Peter Drucker’s “knowledge worker” carries her most important tool in the inner space between their two ears. Yes, the brain is the most awesome tool of all. Insights Into Integrity When I was an Assistant Executive Engineer in ITI, Bangalore, I found out a salient truth within a few months of working there, and this was it: if you wanted to work, ITI provided a very good work environment, and there were reasonable avenues for promotion. But if you didn’t want to work, nobody could sack you because ITI was a public sector undertaking. Many people just coasted along, doing the bare minimum to keep their bosses happy. I certainly wasn’t one of them. Now ITI had a large, well-equipped hospital attached. All the hospital workers and staff were ITI employees, including the doctors and administrators.


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Uncommon but Severe: Physician Talks About Shaken Baby Syndrome By Bindhu Pamarthi Most people know that shaking a baby has dire consequences. Still, legislation requires that parents receive some form of education on the subject. Studies suggest that Shaken Baby Syndrome is linked to a period during infancy in which babies are prone to excessive but harmless crying. As a result of this, it is plausible and probable that parents do not shake with the intention of harming the baby but rather out of uncontrollable frustration. The following interview sheds light on this phenomenon and what all parents should understand about their babies. Dr. Adam Zolotor practices medicine at the Family Medicine Center at UNC Chapel Hill. He has been involved with research on child abuse and Shaken Baby Syndrome for over 10 years. His practice includes the evaluation of children suspected to be victims of abuse and shaken baby syndrome. What is Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)? Shaken Baby Syndrome was first described about forty years ago. It is a constellation of symptoms that we see when infants or sometimes toddlers are shaken at high frequency/velocity and sustain a potentially devastating brain injury. In addition to brain injury, it often includes bleeding into the backs of the eyes and broken bones. What are the consequences of SBS? The consequences of Shaken Baby Syndrome vary with the degree of injury. Approximately a third of infant victims die of their Shaken Baby injuries and the remaining two thirds often suffer from lifelong developmental or behavioral conditions. On average surviving infant victims of shaken baby syndrome have I.Q.’s that are two standard deviations (20-30 points) behind those of their peer group. In addition infant victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome can develop blindness, hearing impairment and can require lifelong assistance with breathing , eating, and walking. What can be done to reduce the risk of SBS? The most important thing in reducing the risk of Shaken Baby Syndrome is education. We believe that parents need to know what the risks of shaking are and look to prepare themselves for the frustrations of caring for infants during a vulnerable period. We know that most babies suffer from S.B.S in the first 2-5 months of life when infants tend to cry much more than younger and older infants and this can be frustrating to new caregivers that are tired from all the usual challenges of caring for babies.

Do most people intend to harm the baby when shaking the infant? We think that perhaps most of the time it is when a caregiver simply loses control. We don’t believe that most shaken baby syndrome is due to a caregiver intentionally trying to hurt an infant. Infants can be frustrating to care for when they’ve been crying for hours on end and parents are having trouble understanding what they need. Parents may need to have to quiet an infant because they live in an apartment and the neighbors are getting tired of listening to the baby cry. So we think that often caregivers lose control when they shake a baby without intention to hurt. Are there certain people that are at a higher risk with this issue? We have some preliminary evidence to suggest that babies that are born premature as well as twins and triplets are at higher risk of SBS. We have also found that children of parents under age 24 are more likely to be victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome. We’ve had conflicting reports about whether or not parents in the military are at high risk for perpetrating Shaken Baby Syndrome. Concluding remarks? The take home message when thinking about Shaken Baby Syndrome should be that although this isn’t a common problem, it is a devastating problem that can kill as many as 15 or 20 babies in NC each year and devastate the remaining 30-40 babies that are victims of severe SBS. There are a number of steps that you can take. I always remind parents that increasing walking, talking, caring and comforting your baby can decrease some crying however some crying is unsoothable and it is important for parents to keep in mind that unsoothable crying is not a problem of care giving. It is always appropriate to take your baby to the physician or nurse to be assured that the baby is healthy and that the baby is growing normally when your baby is experiencing this kind of excessive crying. And never, ever, shake a baby.

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Mumbai (Bombay) Sensex: 16,810.62 Additionally, the Ambani family MoU on sharing gas Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 9,128.83 was rejected due to the stance that gas is a national Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 9,979.86 resource and family pacts cannot determine how, NASDAQ Composite (USA): 2,196.34 where and at what price it should be distributed. After S & P 500 Index (USA): 1,079.94 going through the Mumbai High Courts during June 2009, the legal battle has reached the Supreme Court Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 46.23 = $1.00, and the first hearing on the dispute began on Pakistani Rs. 83.11 = $1.00 10/20/2009. Gold Price: $982/ ounce (Mumbai) Pakistan as a nation continues to face tremendous Silver Price: $17.08 / ounce (Mumbai) unrest and intense battles with the Taliban, especially (Note —- Mumbai prices quoted in U.S. dollars were calcu- in the North-West Frontier Area. Despite all of the lated using the above exchange rate and the metric factor troubles that the country has to grapple with, the of 28.6 grams equals 1 ounce. Generally speaking, there are Karachi KSE-100 has made decent strides from the slight variances in prices of precious metals between India January 2009 lows in the 4900s. During mid-October & U.S.A. due to market conditions / exchange rates). 2009, the index nearly reclaimed the 10,000 level and The Indian equity markets celebrated the Diwali subsequently, stepped back to the 9400s due to profholidays (October 17-18) with a move into the it taking in energy stocks by International Investors 17,000s. The markets have certainly come a long way and the overall decline of law and order within the since the beginning of the year and also since the nation. The Pakistani Rupee has depreciated substanpanic lows that were hit in the 7600s during the fall of tially against the U.S. Dollar during CY2009 - at the 2008. 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Many companies are starting to show improved INR 15 Crore for FY2008-2009 - his compensation for FY2007-2008 was approximately INR 44.02 Crore. profitability and the economic indicators seem to be Brother Anil Ambani, chairman of the Reliance Anil quietly improving as well. Although the economy may Dhirubhai Ambani Group, has altogether declined any be recovering, it is still not at the extent of the recovcompensation for FY2008-2009. The two Ambani ery on Wall Street. Job losses are still happening and brothers are locked in a bitter dispute over Natural worrisome, but at a much slower pace than earlier in Gas - RIL is producing gas from its D6 gas block in the the year. When CY2009 started, the economy was Krishna Godavari basin. Anil wants the gas to be sold losing nearly 600,000 jobs per month and the current to him at $2.34 (Rs 108) per unit, however, Mukesh figures show losses of approximately 200,000 per wants to stick to the government-approved price of month. 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If Truth Were of Any Use By Rushir Shah In a career spanning four decades, the Sri Lankaborn writer Michael Ondaatje has penned more than 11 volumes on poetry, but only five novels. Yet, it is the novels that have commanded critical attention and reader’s applause, also providing Hollywood an opportunity to make a multiple Oscar-winning movie from his novel The English Patient. With the civil war in Sri Lanka coming to an end after three decades it was a perfect time, this October, for The Subcontinentalist (a book club dedicated to South Asian Literature) to revisit a Michael Ondaatje classic, Anil’s Ghost, which, like the rest of Michael Ondaatje’s oeuvre, backgrounds social reality to portray individuals obsessed with their work, dis-oriented by the violence, struggling with their private lives as they try to survive circumstances beyond their control. Anil’s Ghost is story about Anil Tissera’s pursuit for truth, truth about the violence that tore Sri Lanka at its northern and southern edges, a Tamil insurgency and leftist rebellion. Anil is a single-minded independent woman, a forensic pathologist, commissioned by the UN and the Sri Lankan government, to investigate the civilian complaints about violence. She returns to her homeland after 15 years abroad, “with a long-distance gaze,” to find a country where “truth bounced between gossip and vengeance.“ In her pursuit for clear evidence of violence committed by government Anil is assigned a brilliant, but suspicious, archaeologist Sarath Diyasena, who refuses to take sides in the war, who “would have given his life for the truth, if the truth were of any use.” Just like Anil, Sarath has a complicated private life, which unfolds slowly, in fragments and asides, as the novel progresses. The true magnitude of their personal losses and histories comes into focus only in the latter stages of the novel. Among the four different skeletons dug-out from an archaeological cave, Anil finds one skeleton that is of a recent origin, not more than 6 years old. Both Anil and Sarath discover that the skeleton was of a man killed brutally, buried, then dug-out and reburied in an ancient site to hide evidence. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to reconstruct the evidence. Their search aided by three extraordinary characters, whose lives have acquired a tragic dimension, fashioned by the violence that besieges them. They visit Palipana—teacher of Sarath, a towering archaeologist, who, late in his brilliant career, has been abandoned by the establishment for his unfounded theories—in a secluded forest, where he lives with his niece. Palipana has lost his ascetic bother, and his sister’s family, to violence. November 2009

He lives a life partially blind, aided by his niece who refuses to speak. He advises Sarath and Anil to have the skeleton’s skull reconstructed by a drunk but meticulous artisan, Ananda. On their way to secure Ananda, they encounter Sarath’s brother Gamini—an obsessive surgeon, who has worked his entire professional life in the killing fields of Sri Lanka, who has abandoned his home for the hospital, who has only loved one woman: his brother’s wife, and who is more comfortable with strangers than with his family. The story unfolds with memories of the past and we glimpse, intermittently, the fury and the agony that afflict these five characters. Their love for their work, their loose grip on their private lives, their unattended personal tragedies, their unconsummated desires. Ananda reconstructs the skull, and Anil and Sarath are able to identify the victim, but the discovery of truth is not without consequences. Not without Oedipal and noirish consequences, without an enactment of pieta between the two brothers—Sarath and Gamini Diyasena. Anil’s Ghost is a novel about the war in Sri Lanka that barely utters the word Tamil. The scenes of war that tore Sri Lanka apart for the last three decades are rarely found in the novel. But the symptoms of war, the victims, are everywhere. The essay on violence and truth is sublimated in the intersecting stories and passions of its characters. The sentiment is earned not overdone. The ceremony of painting Buddha’s eye (Netra Mangala), serves as an allegory of Michael Ondaatje’s art, which paints and reveals the politics, the violence of a society in the mirror of an individual. It would be limiting, perhaps unfair, to say that Anil’s Ghost is a novel about war, or a novel about work-obsessed truth-diggers, or a novel about medical (diagnosis of the present) and archeological (discovery of the past) professions, or about characters who cannot discern their obsessions of work from the demands of life. It is all that and more. It is a novel that grows in the deep, dark, inaccessible places of mind and memory. Interiority is its locomotive, the lonely inner voice and perception its engine, the external world a train-wreck, a disorderly bin of rags. Even the minor characters of the novel are illuminated on the page with a generous and soulful intimacy. Slivers of their thoughts, aspects of their being, carefully culled and melodically recorded. You come across characters like Sirissa (wife of the drunk-artisan Ananda), to hear the whispers of her inner-most chamber, you feel it like a breath on your skin. “She would have preferred to walk into the streets after dinner, for she loved the closing of the stores. The streets dark, the fall of electric light of the shops. It was her favorite time, like putting away the senses one by one. This shop of drinks, this cassette store, these potatoes packed away, and the streets growing darker and darker as she walked on….So Sirissa loved the calm of the night streets that no longer had commerce in them, like a theatre after the performance was over.”


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Watching films on the big screen, with bigger-thanlife characters and cinematic scope, or at home on the small or big TVs, is a great means of escape. But with the advent of DVDs, and the voluminous extras added to help sell more copies, the fictional or not so fictional worlds created by filmmakers suffer unnecessary exposure. This is what I mean by too much information in the movies, or more specifically in the bonus sections of DVD releases. Most people may want to know how the illusions are created. Count me out. I know the volcano erupting in the middle of Chicago is fake, but if it’s done right, it is a treat to watch. I don’t want to see the behind-thescenes segment exposing that illusion. Do you really want to know how the dreamlike fight scenes were filmed for the Matrix series? Or how the light sabers used in the climactic battles of Star Wars work? May be you do, but I don’t. Don’t ruin my childhood fantasies of roaming the galaxy in spaceships by telling me how the transporter scenes are filmed for Star Trek or how the vastness of space is created on a set in the studio. Don’t elaborate on the technical details and reduce my sense of wonder. I know I’ll never make it off this planet in a ship headed for the stars, so I want to keep my fantasy safe and tucked away on a glowing movie screen. Even something as repugnant as cigarette smoke adds a mood-setting element to films, especially old B&W movies. The swirl of smoke dancing around the actor’s face adds to the mystery. It’s pure sizzle. I’ve vowed to never watch the extra stuff added on DVDs. Why ruin the mood of a good film by lifting the veil. Keep the beauty of a starlet on the screen, tucked away in dreamy sensuality. I don’t want to ruin that framed fantasy by watching her off screen, as a mere mortal in her dressing room in the bonus or behindthe-scenes footage. The actors, the props, and explanations of the special effects shown in the bonus DVDs kill the aura of the film. I don’t want to know the actor outside of his character. I want to remember a memorable character untainted on the screen. The edited scenes shown on bonus footage were originally edited out for a reason. I want the director’s final vision. I want the finished illusion. Leave the edits on the cutting room floor. The fantasy, the illusion of movies may only last a couple of hours, but we come out of the theater with a sense of wonder. Even if the movie was awful, you may still appreciate its special effects or cinematography or a scene-stealing minor character. As kids, most of us wanted to peak under the bed for that elusive, mysterious monster we all thought existed. There came a point when we gathered enough courage to actually look under the bed, or in the closet, and the monster myth died. It was never there. In this age of information overload and continuous stimulation of brain cells, I prefer to leave the magic of movies alone. I feel safe in knowing Spiderman will enthrall me time and again crawling up and down the walls. But, you know, I can just press this button on the remote and find out how they filmed that scene…ooops, never mind.


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Some additional factors to be concerned about are the budget deficit (projected to be at least $1.42 trillion for CY2009) and overall national debt (currently in excess of $11.9 trillion). The economic stimulus plan along with the bailout of several industries has been extremely costly to the Government and many nations around the globe are also increasingly wary of the USA’s financial position. The greenback had rallied earlier in the year, but has lost significant ground against major world currencies in the past several months. China continues to rattle its sabers about creating an alternative Reserve Currency instead of the US Dollar and there were even some rumors that at some point, Crude Oil may be traded in a currency other than the US Dollar. Nothing substantive has come of the rumors as of yet, but it is evident that some changes already have taken place on the global currency stage, and more are yet in store. Every year, the Federal Reserve Board meets eight times to review economic data, monetary policy, and make appropriate adjustments to interest rates as deemed appropriate. Interest rates were lowered to historically low levels during 4Q2008 - the Fed Funds rate is .25 percent. This means that banks can lend money to other banks essentially free of cost. These remarkably low rates have certainly benefited consumers who have mortgages and other types of loan products, however, savers have certainly felt the pinch of low rates as well. The Fed is continuously monitoring the economy and economic data, and the remaining meetings for 2009 are slated for November 3-4 and December 15.

“Macbeth” and “Othello” — with Kaminey, Bhardwaj shed all vestiges of the festival filmmaker and embraced the most outrageous clichés of classic Bollywood with admiral panache. And he nailed it. Kaminey is the story of (you guessed it) twin brothers estranged when one of them turns to a life of petty crime. One has a stutter, the other a lisp. Both are played by up-and-comer Shahid Kapoor in a “double role,” another Hindi-film standby. Turning on a lost guitar case filled with 50 million rupees in crooked money, the ensuing plot features mistaken identity and even a film forgiveness scene when one twin convinces the other that he shouldn’t blame himself for their father’s suicide. Even if you’ve never seen a Bollywood movie, you get the idea: This is like shooting the moon. But the most amazing thing — and testament to Bhardwaj’s mastery of both the Indian and the Hollywood idiom — is that it works. With “looks ma, no hands” hubris, Bhardwaj has already proven he can do Guy Ritchie in India. The question for the future is: Can he do Ang Lee in America? For more stories and updates on what’s happening in Bollywood visit

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Mastering Meaning continued from page 46 have understood and overcome your fear of making mistakes. These are strategies that you can use whether or not you decide that this is the right time to see a professional to give you extra help in making your excellent English more “listener friendly.” (There are no literature references this month. My “references” are the more than 80 international clients I have worked with since 2005 who have tried these strategies and found them helpful! And for 35+ years before, I think of my speech therapy students, the American school children whose language and/or speech impairments challenged their adult listeners.)

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hernia operation done in Bangalore or not, naturally I thought of ITI hospital, since our employment benefits allowed for parents’ health care. But some of my colleagues advised against it, saying that the hospital was no good, and that they themselves did all their medical work outside. (Our employment benefits allowed us the choice of going to other hospitals.) Looking back, in hindsight, I realize two things. Firstly, I was right in getting my dad’s operation done in the ITI hospital. The surgeon, Dr. Lila Manikoth, did an excellent job and my dad never had a twinge of pain or discomfort for more than 35 years after the operation. Secondly, I realize now that it was precisely those slackers and malingerers who wasted their time, and the company’s money, that were doubting Thomases when it came to evaluating ITI hospital. For the record, Dr. Manikoth performed the operation in 1977. I sent her a thank you card from the US in 1985. You are what you are and a knave thinks that the entire world is full of knaves. Thank God that I had worthy colleagues too who set a good example and a boss, Mr. D.K. Sachdev, who was a role model for all of us.

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If Truth Were of Any Use continued from page 66 The brevity of the sentence, the simplicity of their rhythm, their unencumbered flow, the minimal use of adjectives, the quiet style that seduces our attention and empathy: this, and one would be hard-pressed to escape this, is vintage Ondaatje. We will never know any more about Sirissa but not even the most stubborn excuse would allow us to forget her deep oneness with the falling hours of the evening. This is also because Michael Ondaatje is a novelist of the fragmented and the strewn. His novels and Anil’s Ghost is no exception, are like forest paths: stories that wildly diverge, abruptly end, and unexpectedly submerge. The anarchic narrative resembles the chaos, which the characters of his novels desperately feel, fight, hide, and sometimes avoid. But events occur at a calm pace against the gentle wind of his sentences, the change of gears is not a violent jolt but an aid to enhance mystery and provoke curiosity. Michael Ondaatje shows himself as a maestro of the sotto voce prose, as if the entire novel is an ode and an elegy to the search for meaning. There is also a sense in the novel that our only hope in this violent world is the overworked, detached, semi-alienated protagonist(s). What could be more important than to have that cynical optimism of Gamini Diyasena, who “stopped believing in man’s rule on earth. He turned away from every person who

stood up for a war. Or the principle of one’s land, or pride of ownership, or even personal rights. All of those motives ended up somehow in the arms of careless power….He believed only in the mothers sleeping against their children, the great sexuality of spirit in them, the sexuality of care, so the children would be confident and safe during the night.” How can characters so obsessed with their work but so distant from their life ignite optimism? Why do Sarath and Gamini work so hard and yet do not believe that truth will be remedial and redemptive. Is their cynicism and detachment a disguise, is it a strategy to preemptively soften the possible tragedies of future, a way to declaw the regrets for a lost past? Is this unique cynicism an antidote, an anesthetic, a drug to keep the future alive, the past at bay, the present comatose? Perhaps. Perhaps, the denial of characters to live the everpresent turmoil, to sublimate, exhaust and neutralize it, incorporates not just a neurosis of a violent era, it displays—in the deepest sense—the heroic will necessary to overcome violence, to expose the truth about tyranny, to cure and purify it. They are one character and one hope with three different histories. Anil Tissera, Sarath and Gamini Diyasena serve as Sri Lanka’s, as our, bridges to a better future. -Rushir Shah is the Communications Chair of NetIP North Carolina and organizer of The Subcontitnentalist, a book club dedicated to South Asian literature. Contact:

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Community Focus Events of Note George Harrison Festival The George Harrison Festival will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2009 between 11 am - 6 pm at the Hare Krishna Temple Grounds located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC (about one Hour North of Greensboro). The guest speaker is Gurudas, a close friend to George Harrison from 1969 to the end. The fest features local musicians performing Harrison’s songs, a sitar performance and workshop, exploration of Harrison’s spiritual quest through yoga, classes, mantra meditation and kirtan. The final event will be a sing-a-long of “My Sweet Lord“ accompanied by 100 acoustic guitars. Bring your guitar to play along and get $5 off admission. The general admission of $20 includes an elegant vegetarian dinner. This is a family-friendly event so no drugs or drinking will be allowed. Info:, 336.871.9606 or Pratham NC Gala 2009 “Keeping Our Promise to the Children” is the theme of this year’s Pratham, NC Gala. The event will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 6 pm at the Events at Newton Square located at 230 Newton Rd., Raleigh 27615. The keynote speaker this year is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, an award-winning author and poet. Two of her popular novels, Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. Entertainers for the evening include the theme “Sureele Sapne” featuring vocalists Sanjeev and Armeen Ramabhadran, accompanied by Prasad Joshi (table), Sachin Ramabhadran (drums), and Rohan Prabhudesai (keyboards). For tickets and further information, contact 919.488.8975, 919.380.9569, or 919.678.0109. Aaj Ka Dhamaka 2009 Aaj Ka Dhamaka (AKD) is hosted by Sangam, the leading South Asian awareness organization at the University of NC at Chapel Hill. AKD is a South Asian intercollegiate dance competition featuring groups from all across the United States. This cultural show showcases three South Asian dance styles: Bhangra, Raas, and Fusion and accordingly invites talented teams from each of these dance genres from across the country to compete for prize money valued at $2400. The official teams this year are Drexel Jhalak, Southern Raaspitality, North Carolina State Raas Leela, Delaware Kamaal, Virginia Commonwealth University Bhangra, Duke Dhamaka, New York University Pandemonium, the University of Virginia Sharaara, and North Carolina State Bhangra. AKD 2009 will also feature two exhibition acts from UNCCH: Bhangra Elite and Ek Taal and the internationally renowned U.K. Bhangra singer H-Dhami. All proceeds from Aaj Ka Dhamaka 2009 will directly benefit the November 2009

Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship (MGF), the first student run scholarship at UNC-CH. The Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship annually awards two Carolina students up to $3000 each to implement a service project that benefits the South Asian community at home or abroad. With the help of AKD, Sangam has sponsored twenty-three fellows; each has employed distinct service projects that address various social, economic, and political issues affecting South Asians. Aaj Ka Dhamaka raises the necessary $6,000 to send two fellows abroad each year and additional money to put towards the $125,000 endowment. When this endowment is reached, MGF will become self-sustaining, guaranteeing all future UNC-CH students the opportunity to serve the South Asian community through this prestigious Fellowship. AKD 2009 will begin at 7 pm on November 7, 2009 in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. Visit for more details. Tickets are on sale through and Memorial’s Box office (919.843.3333). General admission tickets are $16 while VIP tickets are $30. Children’s Day 2009 Heritage India Association of NC and HSNC will present 2009 Children’s Day tribute and celebration on November 14, 2009 beginning at 3pm at the HSNC Cultural Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. The event will feature folk dances, music by children, cultural art sessions, and youth talent and recognition award ceremony. General admission is $5, seniors and college students $3. Kids up to 12th grade can attend for free. Info: 919.460.7830 or 919.362.0520. K. Sridhar in Concert Internationally acclaimed sarod master K. Sridhar will perform in Durham in November. “I like to give my audience an experience of sound,” he says. Whether the audience is familiar or not with the improvised art of Indian Classical Music, note by note he leads them into the exotic sound of his native culture. “If you go to a temple in India you leave your shoes at the door. With my concerts you leave the intellect and ego outside, just come with an open heart. There is an art to listening.” Patanjali’s Place, a community yoga center, and Naada Yoga Productions have teamed up to bring this sarod maestro to downtown Durham on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm. This concert is part of an ongoing series of musical events planned by Patanjali’s Place to share the cultural heritage of India to a larger, diverse audience in Durham. K. Sridhar’s music is a unique blend of both the sacred structure and rhythmic complexity of South Indian temple music as well as the improvisational styling and tonal magic of North Indian Classical Music. As a descendent of fourteen generations of musicians, including the saintly composer Narasimha Bhagavater of Tanjore, his training in South Indian (Carnatic) music began in childhood under the influence of his renowned vocalist


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“Padharo Mhare Des” was this year’s theme of Cary Diawli. On October 10, 2009 several thousand people attended the celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC. HumSub, a cultural group based in Cary organized the 9th annual festival, one of the largest open-air festivals of its kind in the south-eastern United States. This year’s theme focused on the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The festival featured classical as well as Bollywood dances and inspiring musical performances. Kids and adults shared the stage to display and embrace the spirit of Diwali, most in Rajasthani style. More than 600 performers presented a variety of items. The celebration opened with a proclamation. Also in attendance were U.S. Congressman David Price, Mayor of Cary Harold Weinbrecht and Town of Cary Council Members Julie Robison, Erv Portman, Jack Smith and Dan Frantz. The highlight of the festival was an evening program featuring Indian Idol 2006 Sandeep Acharya and runnerup Aditi Paul. Both filled the open air venue with pop and classical tunes. As Acharya finished his act, fireworks leapt into the night’s sky, providing a wondrous ending to the day. Aside from the day-long cultural program on the main-stage, the celebration included a unique exhibition on India, a handicrafts bazaar, and a variety of Indian cuisine. About 80 photographs of Rajasthan’s people, palaces, and landscape by noted Indian photo artist Prof. Shivnarayan Joshi were on display. People from both near and far and of all sorts of different ethnic background came together to enjoy the festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil.


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Popular garba and pop singer Falguni Pathak performed in Charlotte, NC on October 9, 2009. A crowd estimated at around 3,500 attended the show. The floor of the arena was filled with colorful dancers twirling and swirling while doing garba and raas. The show was promoted by Friends of Charlotte to benefit the Hindu Center of Charlotte.

A garba and raas event for children 12 and under took place on October 10, 2009 at the Hindu Center in Charlotte. Many youngsters showed up in their favorite Indian dress and enjoyed the garba and music provided by Kirit Shukla and company.

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Community News & Events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am12:30 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 pm. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd Charlotte. Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Bhartiya Association of Lake Norman (BALKN) BALKN organizes several community programs every year. For details about the organization and upcoming events visit Carolina Sanskritk Maharashta 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. Info: Medha Tannu,, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik,, 704.904.3636 Carolinas Prayer Fellowship Rev. Dr. Samuel Prabodh Talluri invites everyone living in the North and South Carolina to participate in “Fellowship” Every Sunday Morning in Gastonia, N.C. Info: 704.865.1428 (Jay) 704.824-8698 (Joe) 704.545.1465 (Dayakar) November 2009

Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, / Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. Info: 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 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. Info: 704.544.0790, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Info: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Saathee

Dada Bhagwan Group Satsang is conducted every Sunday at 7 pm at the Hindu Center in Charlotte and there is also a Satsang every Thursday. In addition, watch Satsang from Friday to Tuesday at 7 am on TV Asia. The present topics are “Pati-Patni ka Divya Vyahvar” and “Chovis Tirthankar.” The group has recently opened a library for spiritual books, audios and videos. Info: 704.287.3133 Datta Yoga Center - Charlotte The group is dedicated to the service of SadGuru Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji through SadGuru Seva, yoga and satsang (singing the glory of god). Regular Activities: Satsang every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 4 7pm. Bhajans composed by Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji are chanted and occasionally video programs produced by Avadhoota Datta Peetham are viewed, including Sri Swamiji’s visit to Manasa Sarovaram, Music for Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. Info: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi) Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Info: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on

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Community News & Events 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. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children between the ages of 4 and 13 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 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to November 2009

promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, 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 MaGaReSa Club The MaGaReSa Club is a music outlet for those who want to develop their musical abilities through reguSaathee

lar Bollywood music sessions. , or or Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. 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 980-6220125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: Sahaj Marg MeditationCharlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include


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Community News & Events 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. Info: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. Info: 704.392.4488 Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 – 8 pm. for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “GuruLilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. Info: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed),

month from 10:30 - 11:30 am and are free for member and non-members alike. Telugu Classes: TAGCA in association with Hindu Center is organizing Telugu Classes at Hindu Center, which will be conducted alternate Sundays. Info: Sreedhar Manjigani 704.965.6704

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti has emerged to fulfill the community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts. The word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Info: 704.321.1964 (Samiksha Bose) 704.541.3451 (Santanu Sarkar) 704.882.6115 (Manmatha Chakrovorty)

United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. Info: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629 (Vice Captain- Mohsan)

Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. Info: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA and Hindu Center of Charlotte are conducting Telugu Classes. They are on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Saathee

Greensboro Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. Info: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Info: 336.420.7290 336.327.1235 Hare Krishna Temple Sandy Ridge This rural Hare Krishna community is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The community is based upon the teachings of Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the philosophy of the BhagavadGita, becoming God conscious. Come and join in the kirtan, mantra

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Community News & Events meditation, and discourses on the top most yoga system. There are lots of regular festivities and events. Treat yourself to a free, hot and delicious vegetarian meal on Sundays at 1 pm. Venue: 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. Info: 336.593.9888 Hindu Society of North Carolina at Greensboro The HSNC at Greensboro is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Road. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays & community service. Info: 336.621.5848 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. 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. Phone : 336-760-5885 Info: Madan Rangabasyam Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter, offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. 500 videos are at LifeBlissFoundation Satsangs in the Greensboro/ Winston-Salem area include Life Bliss Meditation, video discourse, Q&A, and Nithya Spiritual Healing November 2009

Prayer, a method of energy healing. Satsang Locations: Weekly Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Weekly (starting June 5, 2009) - Fridays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 1143 Sequoia Drive, Lewisville, NC 27023. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle , Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4 – 6 pm, all other Sundays 10 am - 12:15 pm. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran - Greensboro) Triad Hindu Temple Many who attended the Pratistha Mahotsav filled a survey indicating interest in various programs such as recitals (Soundarya Lahari, Vishnu/ Lalitha Sahasranamam, Gita Path,) Bhajans, Balvihar/Teen programs, Yoga, etc. Those interested in leading such events email One of the committee members will contact you to confirm or provide alternate options in case of conflicts. Balvihar has been ongoing for over a year now, and if your child is interested visit and click on Balvihar to get details. ‘Veda class’ is also being considered for adults and kids starting in November. Srikanth Ghante, Murali Sastry and Manjunath Shamanna have indicated an interest to teach the Vedas, email Mini Ranganathan at if interested. A teen community outreach committee has been formed to develop temple based program that provide opportunities for middle school and high school students to participate in community service activities, develop leadership/planning skills, foster fellowship between Indian youth, and strengthen youth commitment to the temple. Info:


Raleigh Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. Info: Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. Info: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Info: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community.

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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

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

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 INDOAmerican community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. Info: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens of Indian origin who are of the age of 60 years and over. The members of the organization meets on the second Saturday of each month. Next meeting: Sat November 14. Info: President: Chandubhai Patel 919.467.7282 Secretary: Bhupendra Patel 919.647.9029 Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization committed to encouraging and facilitating individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged children since 1979. CRY America’s RDU Action Center has been active since 2001. CRYRDU invites people to join the enthuNovember 2009

Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. Info: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC. Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. Info: 732.865.3173


Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. Info: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of NC (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian


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Community News & Events cultural experience through performing arts, fine arts, cultural arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” It organizes three colorful events annually, and the 2009 celebrations are as follows: Children’s Day on November 14 at the HSNC Cultural Hall. Group performances by youth, children and adult artists from the Triangle community are welcomed for all events. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520 Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Info: 919.851.0225 (Saroj Sharma) 919.461.0001 (Vinod Goel) 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. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weeklend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Info: Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU November 2009

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. Info: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal)

services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, selfconfidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. Info: Triangle area Charlotte region.

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 vicitim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra)

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. Info: 919.468.3332 (Mamta Bisarya) 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant Saathee

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 Triangle area. Info:

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. Info: 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.

Community News & Events Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 w w w. i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o m m u n i t y International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. Info: 919.851.0225 (Sarojben Sharma) 919.362.5244 (Sudha Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Info: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCON of North Carolina The Sri-Sri Radha Golokananda Temple - Iskcon of NC is situated on 16 acres of field and forest with the historic Eno River flowing behind the temple property. The temple is just a few miles off of Routes I-40 & I-85 and located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Daily aarti- 4:30 am, 7:15 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7 pm. Darsana: Monday through Friday 7:30-11:30 am and 4:15-5:45 pm, Saturday all day until 5:45 pm, Sunday all day until 7:30 pm. Sunday Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and it includes kirtan, aarti, Bhagavad Gita discourse, vegetarian feast, and Sunday school for children. Info: 919.593.6827, Yoga classes - Krishna Priya at November 2009

Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, 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 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Info: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Saathee

Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. Info: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” Info: Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is 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 & politics. Info: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. Info: HOME BUYER *REBATE* 1% - 1.5% - 2% PRICE

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

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Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. Info: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. Visit website for info. Info: 919.773.1580 St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Info: 919.461.1773


Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. Info: 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) milsangamofcarolina Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Info: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindispeaking music fans all around the globe. Info: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info:

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Community News & Events Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA serves the Gujarati community in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas; TGA sponsors musical programs, dramas and other cultural activities to help maintain Gujarati culture & heritage. Info: Arvind Shah 919.233.7677 Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Ravi Parikh 919.387.8808 Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. Info: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. Sat Nov 7 - 7:00 pm: Potluck Dinner at the home of Jenny and Guy Finn, 101 Boland Way, Knightdale, NC 27545. Vegan food only. Info: 919389-7393 or 919-217-5767. Thu Nov 26 - Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Café Parizäde For the eleventh year in a row, the Thanksgiving Feast will be held at Café Parizäde in Durham, NC. Info: Dilip Barman at November 2009

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. Other sources of funding include fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email - Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi)

Regional 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. Info: 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) Santosh Sheth, Music Director (910.392.1929). Saathee

Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. Info: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming programs: Sat Nov 7 - 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Sw. Yogatmananda ji (Lunch will be served) Sun Nov 8 - 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Sw. Yogatmananda ji (Lunch will be served) Sun Nov 15 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma Sun Nov 22 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Sudha Srivatsa, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Nov 29 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma Sun Dec 6 – 10 am Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11 am Children’s Program by Roopa Gandhi, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Dec 13 - 11:00 AM Satya Narayan Katha by Sri Baldev Patel Sun Dec 20 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Sudha Srivatsa, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani)

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The organization’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly dinner will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 6 to 9 PM. There will be

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Community News & Events $10.00 Per Person charge for dinner at India Palace, 110-A Columbia Northeast Drive, Columbia. Info: evenings 803.233.7042 or 803.233.3996

Sunday morning and the annual picnic will take place on the morning of Sat Aug 29. Info: 864.430.4973

Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. Info:

Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 – 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. Info: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number)

Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Info: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. Info: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. Info: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other November 2009

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. Sat Nov 21 - Kuchipudi Mahotsav by Vempati Ravishankar and Troupe. Tickets available through Info: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada is the Kannada Association of South Carolina (based in Columbia) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. A voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. President: Dr. H.N. Narayanaswamy Nadig. Vice President: Mrs. Radha Rajagopal. Secretary: Mrs. Usha Bilgi. Treasurer: Mrs. Malathi Nagaraj. Info: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville,SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: Saathee

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 Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located on the Corner of Bethel Road and Bethel Drive in Mauldin, S.C. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Info: 864.967.2852 Send your organization’s news and events to us by the 15th of the month for inclusion in following month’s issue. Write to us at We welcome comments and suggestions.

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The first of the ten Sikh Gurus. It is black metal band from Helsinki. Finland. Utah (*) The annual US Holiday falls on 4th Thursday in the month of November. 5. “__ Kapda aur Makan.” (Indian Chapati) 6. Not injured; not hurt. 7. Holy city of Islam in Saudi Arabia. 9. Ontario. (*) 10. Free from defects; perfect. 13. Young Adult. (*) 16. To lament or grieve. 17. The condition of owing money. 19. The Asian country also known as Burma. 21. Wealthy. 24. Shelf like layers of rocks. 26. Heavily adorn. 28. A courtesan, in ancient Greece. 29. Georgia. (*) 31. A snakelike fish that gives electric current. 34. A protective body covering against weapons. 35. Porous limestone region containing deep fissures with underground caves and streams. 36. To allow, permit. 38. Symbol for Silicon. (*) (Chemical Element) 39. Nine plus one. 40. Finish; completion. 44. “__-BZ,” Saathee’s Feature to test your IQ. (Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

Clues Across: 1. The currency of Bhutan. 8. “__’s Puzzles and Jokes”, Saathee’s this article. 11. Skill; Craftsmanship. 12. Sweet, thick syrup made by bees from flowers. 14. The 13th letter of Greek alphabet. 15. Not applicable. (*) 16. A desktop software used for solving engineering mathematical calculations which can be re-used. 18. Gum resin of certain plants, used in perfumes. 20. Before. 22. An Eskimo canoe. 23. The spiritual head of Jews congregation. 25. The redeeming of a captive by paying money. 27. To make (a design) on glass by the corrosive action of acid. 29. Gynecologist. (*) 30. Color of the bottom strip of India’s flag. 32. Symbol for Helium. (*) (Chemical element) 33. The principal deck of a ship. 36. The early, immature form of an animal. (e.g. The tadpole is the __ of a frog.) 37. The capital of Tibet. 39. The insect destructive to wooden structures. 41. One of the three great lakes of USA. 42. Eastern Time. (*) 43. Unity of mind, feeling or purpose. 45. The basic unit of work in CGS system. 46. Dozen. (*) 47. The refreshing drink of India, like coffee. November 2009

Hee Hee (Booddhoo is foolish. Mafatlal is a freeloader.)

A passenger travelling in a train was reading the obituary section in a newspaper. He sighed and said: “O God, death rate is so high! It seems every time I breath out, a person dies!” Booddhoo: “That is very bad. Why don’t you try to use a good quality toothpaste?” ********* Science Teacher: “What is the difference between a fly and an elephant?” First grader: “A fly can sit on the elephant but the elephant cannot sit on the fly.” ********* A man was carrying a grandfather clock down the crowded street to a repair shop. Because of the limited vision due to a big clock, he collided unintentionally with Booddhoo, knocking him down. Booddhoo got up and said indignantly: “Why don’t you wear a wrist watch like everybody else?” ********* A reporter: “How many people work here?” Employer: “About one in every twenty five.”






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(The common letters are “UR” - Fill in the blanks)

(Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Surfing safari”).


1. A radioactive metallic chemical element, used to produce plutonium. UR _ _ _ _ _ 2. The time that is to come. _ _ _ UR _ 3. A person assisting a surgeon. _ UR _ _ 4. Force per unit area. _ _ _ _ _ UR _ 5. A poor, ragged and undisciplined. UR _ _ _ _ 6. Three plus one. _ _ UR 7. A criterion; a procedure. _ _ _ _ UR _ 8. The continent between Asia and the Atlantic Ocean. _ UR _ _ _ 9. A thighbone. _ _ _ UR 10. A vase with a pedestal. UR_ 11. Making of the goods on a large scale. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ UR _ 12. Now going on. _ UR _ _ _ _ 13. A roundabout way. _ _ _ _ UR 14. A short street with dead end. _ _ UR _ 15. The movable things like sofa, table. Bed etc. in a room. _ UR _ _ _ UR _ 16. The official language of Pakistan. UR _ _ 17. A day before Sunday. _ _ _ UR _ _ _ 18. A spiritual adviser, in Hinduism. _ UR _ 19. Make uneasy or anxious. _ _ _ _ UR _ 20. The second sign of the zodiac. _ _ UR _ _ 21. The thick hair of animal body. _ UR 22. Something built. _ _ _ _ _ _ UR _ 23. Precise; Exact. _ _ _ UR _ _ _ 24. A waste product secreted by kidneys. UR _ _ _ 25. The day before Friday. _ _ UR _ _ _ _


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Festivals & Holidays Compiled by Kirit Shukla

By Kirit Shukla There is only one correct answer. 1. Arrange these countries in Asia from largest area to smallest area. (a) Pakistan (b) Iran (c) India (d) China 2. The music director of 1966 Bollywood Hindi film Baharen phir bhi aayegi was (a) Naushad (b) Ravi (c) Madan Mohan (d) O. P. Nayyar 3. “Shillong–Agartala” distance by N.H.#44 is about (a) 500 Kms. (b) 600 Kms. (c) 700 Kms. (d) 800 Kms.

November 09 Nov 2 - Guru Nanak Jayanti Nov 2 - Dev Diwali/Kartik Poornima (Full Moon) Nov 3 - Election Day Nov 11 - Veteran’s Day Nov 12 - Utpatti Ekadasi

4. The “Frozen food” was invented in 1924 in (a) England (b) United States (c) Japan (d) Germany

Nov 14 - Nehru Children’s Day Nov 16 - Darsha/Somavati Amas (No Moon)

5. “Chester Arthur” was US President for the period (a) 1869-1877 (b) 1877-1881 (c) 1881-1885 (d) 1885-1889

Nov 24 - Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day Nov 25-28 - Hajj Nov 27 - Eid al Adha

6. The word “ANOMALOUS” means (a) Similar (b) Abnormal (c) Shapeless (d) Unwilling

Nov 28 - Gita Jayanti/ Mokshada Ekadasi December 09

7. The river “Ganga” of India is about __ Km. long. (a) 2500 (b) 2600 (c) 2700 (d) 2800

Dec 1 - Dattatreya Jayanti/Purnima (Full Moon)

8. The nickname of “Magnolia State” in USA is (a) Florida (b) Illinois (c) Hawaii (d) Mississippi

Dec 16 - Darsha Amas (No Moon)

9. The melting point of the element Platinum is (a) 1672˚C (b) 1772˚C (c) 1872˚C (d) 1972˚C

Dec 24 - Guru Govindsingh Jayanti

10 Sachin Tendulkar, has made ___ (Most) Centuries in ODI cricket matches. (Dec. 1999 to Mar. 2009) (a) 31 (b) 35 (c) 39 (d) 43

Dec 27 - Ashura

Dec 11 - Parshvanath Jayanti Dec 12 - Safala Ekadasi Dec 18 - First of Muharram (Muslim New Year) Dec 21 - First Day of Winter Dec 25 - Christmas Dec 26 - Zarathost Diso (Parsi) Dec 28 - Putrada Ekadasi Dec 31 - Poshi Purnima (Full Moon) - New Year Eve (Year 2009 ends)

11. Medicare only covers about ? of Part B expenses. (a) 80% (b) 70% (c) 60% (d) 50% 12. If you weigh 65 kg. the calorie consumption per hour, just for eating, is about (a) 40 (b)90 (c) 140 (d) 180

Holidays & Festivals of Jan. - Feb. 10 Jan 1

- New Year, 2010 begins

Jan 14 - Makarsankranti/Uttarayana - Darsha ASmas (No Moon) Jan 20 - Vasant Panchami Jan 26 - Republic Day (India) - Jaya Ekadasi

Scholar: All correct First Class: 11 correct Second Class: 10 correct Third Class: 9 correct Needs Improvement: 8 or less correct. You be the judge for yourself.

Jan 30 - Gandhi Nirvana Day Feb 12 - Maha Shivaratri Feb 14 - Valentine Day

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Feb 28 - Holi



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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Brewster’s Chicken & Carla’s Sandwiches and Burgers: Franchise Fees only $8,500! Contact: or call (919)815-3026. Expanding Business: Looking for people willing to take up the challenge in expanding Indian Bakery and Fast food resturant in Raleigh and South Carolina. Please call 704-688-7100. Available in the Triangle Area: Cstore w/3 acres ($400K), 2 self storage facilities, autobody shop ($1.9M). Contact: or Olga at 919.881.9997. Quiznos Sub For Sale: Quiznos Sub priced to sell at $125,000 in Wilmington, NC. Established in-store, catering & delivery sales. Manage yourself or let existing staff operate. Contact or call 910620-2852. Franchise Restaurant For Sale: Franchise Sub, Salad & Soup shop near Concord Mills Mall For Sale. Financing available. Great location! Next to Indoor Water Park & Speedway in Concord, NC. Profit around $75k. Call Nil (704) 305-6449 or email: Indian Restaurant for sale in Cary. Prime Location. Biggest in the Triangle. Seat 150. Big potential. $79k. 919.691.1177. Drycleaners For Sale: A well established Drycleaners has a main plant & pick-up store for Sale. Excellent Charlotte locations. Call 704-277-5013 Indian Grocery Store for Sale: in Triangle area. Open 5 years. Excellent location and lease terms. 2500 sq ft. Serious inquiries only 919.469.0665. Leave message. Large Gas Station/C-Store For Sale: All fuels, 6 tanks, C-Store, Deli, Produce, Hardware, Pet-food, Seed, Fertilizer & full service Meat Dept. Situated on Hwy 127 South in Hickory, NC. 2.75 Acres of land w/ 3 bedroom apt. Contact Paul 914-320-8254 Liquor Store For Sale: in Inman, SC. Low rent, nice location & good future potential! Price reduced. Call 864-472-6960. Texaco For Sale: In York, SC. Highly profitable business. Inside monthly $50k, Gas 35k, Lotto $25k. For lease asking price $125k + inv & monthly rent $4500. Call 704-219-1992 or 704-578-4470 For Information. November 2009

Franchise Motel For Sale: Franchise Motel in Spartanburg, SC. 2008 Appraisal: $1.5M. For sale at $1.4M. 82 Units. Excellent location across from Wofford College. Call 864431-1127 or email:

Franchise Motel Help Wanted: Night Auditor needed for Franchise Motel in Syracuse, NY. Must be efficient, hardworking, fluent in English, computer knowledge & have some experience. Please contact 215-8404633 for more details.

Motel For Lease: Near Greensboro. Call 919-481-2565 or inquiries to

Help Wanted: Looking for weekly Nanny/Mothers Helper. Mainly need help with new born and light daily housework. Cooking an asset. Located in North Raleigh in the Brier Creek Area. If interested, please call 919 475-3105 or email

Holiday Inn Express—65+ Units For Sale: close to Raleigh NC. Perfect for an Owner-Operator. Priced at $3.7M with “Seller Financing” & “Lease” options available. Brand New 70 Unit Franchise Property—Atlanta Airport for $5M. Call 704-906-9899 EVOS: Successful Franchisor of America’s First Healthier Fast Food. Burgers, fries, and shakes that are 50-70% less fat, 100% full of flavor! Franchise opportunities now available in NC. 919-815-3026 Businesses For Sale: 24 Unit Motel. High Volume C-store/Gas station. 30 Unit Motel. Two Laundromats. For details & appoint call 704.488.3434. Broker. Three convenience stores for sale in Durham, NC. $499K, + Inv., GR $1.9M, $310K + Inv., GR $1.2M, $310K + Inv., GR $1.5M. Owner Financing. High volume locations with little competition. Don't miss opportunity. 704-814-9435 Businesses For Sale: Café, restaurants, deli, coin laundry, dry cleaners, and more plus residential listings. Call for the best discounts when you buy or sell. Guaranteed Excellent Service! 704.649.9095. Broker. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Now Hiring: Fast growing private music school in University Area looking for extra teachers to teach Piano, Voice, Music from India, Harmonium, Keyboard and Sitar. Great pay and great environment to work. Professional staff. For an opportunity to interview email resume to or call 704.295.7677 Hotel Help Wanted: Front Desk Energetic couple only with fluent english, computer skills & guest friendly. Will provide 1 bedroom furnished apartment in Charlotte, NC. Email: Gas Station Help Wanted: Need help for a Gas Station in RTP area (Raleigh/Durham). Flexible hours & good working conditions. Call 9194154-5154. Cook Wanted: Looking for a parttime cook for 3 to 4 times a week near Charlotte area. Call 412-608-0060. Saathee

Cook / Baker Wanted: Raleigh / Durham area for an upcoming Indian street food cafe. Please call Niraj at 630.217.2768. Full Time Managers Needed Immediately: for clothing stores in Malls located in Charlotte, Charleston & Atlanta. Experience is preferred but not necessary. Call Rajesh at 704277-3233 or send resume to Help Wanted: Energetic sales person for retail clothing store in COLUMBIA, SC and CAMDEN, SC. Part-Time & FullTime. Handsome salary plus commissions / bonuses. Must speak Fluent English. Call Manoj at (803)427-1681 Threading Practitioners Needed: in North Charlotte. The Brow Bar (Northlake Mall-Charlotte). Full and part time. Must speak English. Work weekends and evenings. Experience required. Call 980-322-1110 or email: Need Cooking Help: for a few days a week in a South Charlotte home. Vegetarian cooking. Call 980-297-4860. Full-Time Help: for convenience store gas station near Charlotte, NC. Short or Long-Term positions available. Accommodations Provided! 704.701.9975 Nanny Needed: Full-Time Nanny required for a 10 month-old for 8-9 hours on weekdays. Some cooking & cleaning expected also. Located in Uptown Charlotte. Please call 973206-9478. Nanny Needed: To take care of a 3 month-old. Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. Additional duties include some help with cooking. Please call 704-541-3363 Nanny Wanted: Looking for a Live In/ Live Out Nanny to take care of a two year-old boy. Duties include cooking & house cleaning. Knowing English & having some experience babysitting a plus. Gastonia, NC Area. Call 704974-3839 or 704-691-7499

Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Various positions available for house keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED for all positions. Serious inquiries only. E-mail resumes to or 704.649.6833. Seeking Full-time & Part-time Eyebrow Threading Practitioners: for mall locations in North Carolina (Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro, Winston-Salem) and Virginia (Danville, Virginia Beach, Newport News). Willing to train the right person. E-mail to or call 248-721-3255 Eyebrow Threding Artist Wanted: Need experienced eyebrows threading artist in Cary NC. Call 919-244-4425 MATRIMONIAL: Gujarati Patel Family Invite Correspondence: Boy Feb’83 / 5’4”. Network engineer (Durham, NC) having H1 Visa seeking Gujarati educated US Citizen or GC Girl. Email: Seeking Brahmin Boy: 25 years old , well educated girl. Fair complexion. Looking for brahmin hindi speaking boy. Age betwen 26-30. contact at or call 704-9871307. Father Seeking Alliance For Son: US Citizen, 29, Gujarati, IT professional, residing in Raleigh area. Please contact for details: Parents Seeking Alliance For Son: in Charlotte, NC. MBA in marketing from UNC-Greensboro. Parents settled in New Delhi & originally from Punjab. Please e-mail: for details. Looking for Brahmin Gujarati Girl: 27 yr Gujarati Brahmin boy. Ht. 5’10’’. Masters in Computer Science. Software Professional working in New York. Family in Carolinas. E-mail: Seeking Partner: Female 34, never married, 5’ 5” (Optometrist practicing in Charlotte) looking for Gursikh male with a good heart. e-mail: PRODUCTS: Portable Tandoor Ovens For Sale: Ideal for residential or restaurant use. Use for parties & more! For details 919-949-1156 Outfits for Sale: excellent selection of : Salwaarkameez, Indian Sarees, Kurtis, Readymade Sarees and Punjabi Outfits. 2 piece Kurta Pajama Sets for men. R D CREATIONSContact: Ms.Deena 336 782 0588 November 2009

PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Condo for Rent: Near waterfront and swimming pool. Walking distance to bus. Perfect for small family, H-1 workers or students. 704.619.1603 SERVICES: Couple Looking For Motel Work: One Gujarati speaking couple & One Male looking for work as Motel housekeeper in North or South Carolina. They are willing to work individually or together. If you have positions available please call 704-728-8234 DreamGirl Beauty: Eyebrow, Threading, Facials, Waxing, Henna Designs & More! Located in Gastonia, NC. Please call for appointment. Dhara Shah 704-678-7578. Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India is specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction is guaranteed regarding design, color and price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919.824.7734 EMail: Eyebrow Threading & More: In Charlotte, NC University Area. For threading, waxing, facials, henna(mehndi) & more! For appointment call Dhruvi at 704.971.7378. MONDAY & TUESDAY ONLY Best Taxi Service: Day or Night. Local & Long Distance. Airport Transportation (advance reservations). Speak Hindi, Urdu & English. Very Reliable Service! Call 704-957-3017 Balaji Priest: All kinds of puja, havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. 704.877.6320 or 704.545.7220. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting & more. Very reasonable rates. 704.619.2358 Accent Reduction Training: Threemonth tutorial with certified speechlanguage pathologist. Transform accents from career obstacles to charming cultural flavors. Invest in your future! Astrologer With Gold Medals Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-4635180 Babysitter Available: Several years of experience in the Charlotte area. Fluent in Gujarati, Hindi & English. Call 704.619.1603 Eyebrow Threading with a light touch. Charlotte area. 704.968.0270. Math Tutoring : Real-time tutoring using virtual whiteboard technology with professional tutors based in India. Free Saathee

30 min trial. As low as $7 for a 45 minute session. State-aligned curriculum & assessments. WWW.TCYONLINE.COM. Call Ritu Thakur 704-443-7054 or tollfree 888-757-8377 Henna Designs: Experienced henna artist for weddings, parties, arangetrams & more. Reasonable rates. Charlotte area. Call 704.619.0251 South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 704.231.0751. Email: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704.780.3563. God Blessings to All. Harmonium/Keyboard Player: For any occasion/party, Garba-raas, traditional Indian wedding songs, programs & lessons. Kirit 704.568.8206. Tutoring: for 5th to 10th grades mathematics. Get ahead during the summer for next year’s classes! Also tutoring & lessons in Hindi. Charlotte Area. Call 704.619.0251 Nivee Beauty Care: In Charlotte, NC University Area. For threading, waxing, facials, make-up, henna, mehndi & more! NC Certified. For appointment call Nivethika at 704.756.2817. Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty - Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704.846.7912 Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum), for any occasion, barat, doli, graduation, birthdays, baby showers and any other festivity. Affordable rate. Instructional classes also available. Call Ritu Bhandari at 704-843-7202. email:

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Index of Advertisers Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . .53 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Allergy Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Amaan Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Amberly Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . .23 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Asad Enterprises (International Calling) . . . . . . . .77 Atlanta Liquidation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Bashyam, Spiro & Edgerton LLP (Immigration Law)111 Bhalodia, Sanjay (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Care Pediatrics (Dr. Sarath Dommaraju) . . . . . . .109 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . .28 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Cary Children's Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA .84 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . . .23 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . .68 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . .76 Dale's & Tandoor Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Dish Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 DNJ Mortgage (Chanravadan Shah, MBA) . . . . . . .97 Dream World Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Elements of the Wedding (The Main Event) . . . . . .89 Encore Amusement LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 & 93 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Global Electronics (Wholesale of Hotel LCD TV) . . .21 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . .47 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . .55 Hindi & Music Classes (Poonam Sirohi) . . . . . . . .115 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 India Association of the Triad (Fall Festival) . . . . .103 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Indus Fashions (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Isaac, S (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Jain, Sampat (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . .17 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Kalashri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Khatri, Yogesh MBA (New York Life) . . . . . . . . . . .55 Kimono Pao Lim (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Lehar Indian Basamati Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Lightning Minds (Training In Oracle Tech) . . . . . . .89 Limon Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . .79 McCuiston Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . .87 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . .60 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . .75 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 NC Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat (Pankaj Gupta, MD, FACS)87 Neeta Puri's Expressions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 November 2009 Saathee

Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Parekh , Bipin & Smita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Parmar, Raj (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Patel, Amrita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Patel, Shital (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Pot Of Gold Amusement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Pristine Fashion Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Property Net Realty (Suku Pandiyattu) . . . . . . . . .47 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Rajdeep Video (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Rajeev Devgon (Certified Public Accountant) . . . . .58 Rama Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . .7 & 35 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Royal Dhaba (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Sangeet World (Magic Sing Karaoke) . . . . . . . . . .43 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Sheraton (Chapel Hill) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Taj Mahal Restaurant (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Taj Mahal Restaurant (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Triangle Physicians Group (Dr. Varadarajan) . . . . .54 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . .32 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Write More Education Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Zaina Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Zamana Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101







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