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In this issue: Surat, Back from the Plague Asia’s Skyscraper Supremacy The Ancient Martial art of Kalaripayattu (page 8)

Hello Readers! Read the article on the ongoing resurrection of Kalaripayattu, the ancient Indian martial art, on pg. 8. Asia is on its way in surpassing the storied skyscrapers of America. Read the story on pg. 16. Gandhi’s homespun cloth or haute-couture? India goes upmarket. Go to pg. 32 to find out. Surat in Gujarat suffered through a nasty plague in 1994. But the town fought back and is now one of the most hygieneconscious cities in India. Read the story on pg. 36. India is flexing its economic muscle and cutting deals with Southeast Asian countries. China doesn't like it. Read the story on this development on pg. 60. Is your accounting system broken? Learn to recognize warning signs of bad accounting that could adversely affect small businesses. The article is on pg. 66. Catch up on all the cricket action around the world in our Cricket Forum column on pg. 74. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community organizations and events on pg. 92 and get up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website:

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November 2011 – Issue # 163 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Yash Gar, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Anjana Agarwal, Ranjan Mullaratt, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen, Ashima Kodali, Seher Khanna, Sadashiva Godbole, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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All contents © 2011 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. Kalaripayattu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Playing the Middleman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Asia’s Skyscraper Supremacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 India Goes Up-Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Surat, Back from the Plague . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 India Looks East . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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of his axe. Parasurama then established 42 kalari and instructed 21 masters, who later spread the art all over the state. Historically, however, the art is supposed to have developed during the 100-years-war between the Cholas, Cheras, and Pandyas in the early part of the first millennium. The warring states refined the fighting skills and techniques prevalent in the area into a martial art form. The art flourished between the 13 and 16 centuries, becoming a part of the education of youngsters. It was a social custom to send all youngsters above the age of seven to learn Kalari. The various techniques and movements in Kalari are based on animal movements. Several poses are named after animals. Thus, the art must have developed in the jungles when hunters observed the fighting techniques of various animals.

Wh en t h e Bo d y a n d M i n d Beco m e a ll E yes By Ranjan Mullaratt Leaps in mid air, the brandishing of deadly weapons and exotic animal movements are the pictures that come to mind when one thinks of Kalaripayattu. Kalaripayattu is the Orient’s treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all martial arts. Legend traces this ancient art form to Sage Parasurama- the master of all martial art forms and credited to be the reclaimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kung-fu, which was popularized by the monks of the Shaolin Temple, traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma - an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South India in the present-day state of Kerala. Crafted in ancient South India drawings, the art draws inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms – lion, tiger, elephant, wild boar, snake, and crocodile. Kalaripayattu laid down the combat code of the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pandyas. Shrouded in deep mystery and mists of secrecy, Kalaripayattu was taught by the masters in total isolation, away from prying eyes. Following the collapse of the princely states and the advent of free India – Kalaripayattu has lost its significance as a mortal combat code. In a Phoenix-like resurrection, Kalaripayattu is today emerging in a new avatar – an ancient art form – a source of inspiration for self-expression in dance forms – both traditional and contemporary, in theatre, in fitness and in movies, too.

The Art It’s when the body moves as one with the eyes, with singleminded focus seeing nothing but the nearest target, that a practitioner can attain oneness with the self. The focus is mastery of mind over body, where the body is pushed beyond tolerance levels by sheer mind power. With single-minded dedication and rigorous training spanning over a decade, a Kalaripayattu practitioner can develop intense control over his faculties and engage in gravity – defying feats.

Design of a traditional Kalari The art is practiced in a small enclosure called the kalari, which is 21 feet by 42 feet. The entrance faces the east. In the southwest corner is a seven-tiered platform called the “poothara,” which houses the guardian deity of the kalari. These seven steps symbolize seven abilities each person requires. They include Vignesu (force), Channiga (patience), Vishnu (commanding power), Vadugashcha (animal posture), Tadaguru (training), Kali (the wild expressions of the Goddess) and Vakastapurushu (sound of animals). Other deities, most of them incarnations of the Bhagavathi or Shiva, are installed in the corners. Before every session, the practitioner is required to salute the deities. The Western Wall will have images of past gurus of the kalari. The day begins with the practitioners lighting lamps at the poothara and then touching the feet of the guru.

Kalaripayattu is an intricate blend of physical skill, mindset martial techniques and indigenous medical systems. The training itself is broadly divided into three levels, ‘Meipayattu’ or physical training & preparation, ‘Kolthari’ and ‘Angathari’ which include all forms of weapons combat, and ‘Verumkai Prayogam’ which is bare handed combat – each of which consist of 18 phases of training. A befitting finale to achieving perfection in the art of Kalaripayattu is the master’s bestowal to imparting training in the use of the Urumi- the deadly double-edged flexible sword. The final training of a dedicated student includes training in Ayurveda and identifying the 64 Kula Marmas (deadly spots) in the human body.

History Kalaripayattu is perhaps the most ancient martial art in the world. Kalaripayattu is derived from the words “kalari,” which means “place, threshing floor, or battlefield,” and “payattu,” which means to “exercise in arms, or practice.” The word kalari may also have been derived from the Sanskrit words “kala,” which means the weeds growing in paddy fields, and “ari,” which means enemy. Figuratively, this means cleansing the body of impurities. Legend credits the art to Sage Parasurama, who is supposed to have reclaimed the state of Kerala from the sea with a throw

Kalari’s influence on other arts: Kalaripayattu has revolutionized the martial arts scene in India and made an impact on other countries. Kalaripayattu has strongly influenced the evolution of several of Kerala’s theatre and dance forms, most prominently kathakali and theyyam. Kathakali practitioners are required to train under Kalari masters to develop various attributes such as fitness, stamina, and martial movements enacted in their performances. Article and photos courtesy of: Kalari Academy of Performing Arts 8

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Asia’s Skyscraper Supremacy Newly rich cities are putting US skylines to shame By Patrick Winn – For Americans fretting over U.S. decline, here’s another thump to the ego: the nation’s mightiest skyscrapers will soon be bested by towers in cities you’ve probably never heard of. Consider all the hype surrounding One World Trade Center. When it’s completed in 2013, it will be America’s tallest, but only third in the world — hundreds of feet shorter than towers in Dubai and Mecca. By 2015, it will slip to seventh globally, assuming all towers currently under construction are completed. And by the end of the decade it could drop from the top ten list, according to data from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Shanghai and Seoul will soon claim higher buildings. So will lesser-known Chinese megacities Shenzhen, Wuhan and Tianjin. In a more ascendant U.S. era, America proclaimed its prosperity with steel and glass towers from New York to Houston to Los Angeles. But Asia’s ongoing skyscraper boom has put U.S. skylines to shame. Of the world’s 50 tallest buildings, half now tower over cities in Asia. The balance will tip even further once proposed or underconstruction buildings are complete. At that point, New York’s 540-meter tall One World Trade Center is likely to be the only American tower among the top 20. “Look at Chicago. It’s supposed to be the Mecca of tall buildings architecture. But there’s nothing going on here now,” said Jan Klerks with the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which monitors skyscrapers worldwide. “The U.S. just doesn’t have as much to prove anymore,” Klerks said. In China, however, it’s “not uncommon to find out some city you’re barely aware of is doing a 500-meter building.” Beginning in 1901, nine American towers took turns sharing the “world’s tallest” superlative throughout the 20th century. The best known include the Empire State Building, Chicago’s Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) and the World Trade Center. Prior to America’s skyscraper dominance, the world’s tallest building was a Gothic church in Germany. This competition has since shifted eastward. Rising Middle Eastern and Asian economies are now waging the battle to build the world’s tallest tower. The titleholder seems to change countries every to six to seven years. An Asian nation first stole the title, with Malaysia’s Petronas Towers, finished in 1998. That feat was quickly bested by Taiwan’s Taipei 101, completed in 2004, and followed by the current champion, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, completed last year, and standing 828 meters tall. The race is on to reach a new peak: the world’s first kilometerhigh tower. For now, Saudi Arabia’s proposed “Kingdom Tower” is best positioned to be erected first. “They’ve got a serious proposal and serious money,” Klerks said. From there, Klerks said, engineers will likely attempt a milehigh skyscraper. “From an engineering point of view, you could go a mile high and still stand up to earthquakes and strong


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Vivek Oberoi signed for Gyarah Challis Ki Last Metro Ek Challis Ki Last Local turned out to be a surprise hit in 2007 which also garnered the support of the critics. The film resurrected Abhay Deol’s. But director Sanjay Kandhuri has decided not to repeat the lead actor in the sequel and has finalized Vivek Oberoi. The sequel Gyarah Challis Ki Last Metro, purported to be a comical thriller, will be based in Delhi.

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Freida Pinto, whose career was launched in Slumdog Millionaire, stars in her first 3D Hollywood action epic in director Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. The ancient Greek adventure transports viewers in this tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny. As a power-hungry king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a quest as timeless as it is powerful. The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army rampage across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge his mother, who was killed in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final, desperate battle for the future of humanity. Immortals opens in theaters on November 11, 2011.

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A Qawali for Shootout at Wadala Pakistan-based band Strings has recorded their first song for director Sanjay Gupta’s directorial venture Shootout at Wadala. The song is sung by Farid Ayaz, who makes his debut in India as a playback singer has previously sung in the “Aman Ki Asha” concert as well. Ayaz also plans to visit India along with Strings later this month in order to meet other producers. Incidentally, the film was initially suppose to be without any songs but Sanjay Gupta left it to Strings to see if any song could fit into the script. The song was sent to Gupta who decided to incorporate it in the film.

Big B and Prakash Jha Team up Again for Satyagraha After the success of Aarakshan, Prakash Jha is embarking on another film with a topical issue. Inspired by the recent anticorruption “Anna Hazare Wave,” Jha is now all set to make his next titled Satyagraha, which will address the ethos of a peaceful mass protest against corruption. And once again, Jha has signed the inimitable Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role. The film will begin production in January 2012.

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Musical Instruments in Hindustani Classical Music By Anita Kulkarni Revered Hindu religious scriptures of the Vedas speak of the use of musical instruments in worship. It was the only purpose since music was only for God. Indian musical instruments are evolution of Carnatic music - a series mentioned in such ancient religious works is indicative of the fact that music had an important role in ancient India. The By Smitha K. Prasad foundation of Indian music was rooted in three different forms Dear readers, as we continue looking at the evolution of of performance art. Instrumental music has been one of the Carnatic music through the years, this month, I will address the most popular arts since ancient times in Hindustani classical format of a Carnatic music concert and the changes that have music. occurred over time. Sarangi - The name derives from Sau The modern day Carnatic music concert format, called Rangi meaning 100 colors. Sarangi is kutcheri paddathi, was introduced by one of the stalwarts of played with a bow and has four main Carnatic music- Sri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar in the 1920’s. strings and as many as forty resonant Prior to this time, most concerts were unstructured and strings. It is generally used to extremely expansive. accompany singers but can also be a Often times, the first piece in the concert presentation would solo instrument. The instruments itself take up several hours. As concerts moved out of the royal Dilruba and Esraj have common courts and temples and more into the mainstream audience, concerts also came under a time constraint to accommodate physical characteristics that make them resemble the classical Sarangi. This bowed instrument is not too large as far as size is audience interest and constraints. Today, most of the Carnatic music concerts follow the format concerned. It is carved from a single piece of wood. Its body is hollow. At the top and bottom end it is one-inch thick. The sides pioneered by Sri Ariyakudi: Concerts usually commence with a Varnam which serves as a are barely half-an-inch in thickness. The Sarangi has a metal bar warm up for the singer and the accompanists and sets the pace placed along it. There are three main strings and one brass for the concert. This is then followed by krithis (compositions) sympathetic string tuned by four pegs in the lower part of the rendered in various ragas (melodies) and talas (rhythm cycles). instrument. The upper part has eleven pegs that tune the thirtyA combination of slow and fast tempo krithis provides variety five to forty sympathetic strings fixed there. This instrument from the listener’s perspective and keeps the audience engaged was played to the tunes of the khayal, dhrupad and thumri vocals. However, as time went by this instrument gained in the concert. The main presentation in a concert is either a krithi with prominence amongst courtesans and musicians began to look expansive improvisation or ragam-tanam-pallavi which again towards other musical instruments. This instrument, though, allows for elaborate improvisation. The main presentation also has not lost complete existence because of prominent musicians provides scope for thani avarthanam where the percussionists like Gopal Misra, Pandit Ram Narayan, Ustad Sabri Khan, and Sultan Khan who are regarded as sarangi maestros. perform a solo. Following the main presentation, the concert consists of Tanpura or Tambora - The tanpura is a “lighter” items popularly known as tukkadas. Tukkadas include stringed Indian musical instrument that slokas, bhajans, patriotic songs, compositions which are not very produces the drone, which is an essential technical in nature. The concert usually ends with a rhythmic background, required for all Indian vocal thillana and mangalam (concluding piece). The mangalam is and instrumental music genres. This usually completed in the raga Madhyamavathi as it is known to instrument is believed to have been invented impart tranquility to the listener. either in the sixteenth or seventeenth Carnatic music concerts have usually been about 2 ½ hours century. Tanpura can be tuned in different long; again these days with concerts being televised, keeping in mind the audience attention, etc. it is also quite common to scales. This is a main instrument used for Hindustani vocal find concerts that are an hour or an hour and a half in duration- music. a far cry from when concerts used to start late in the night (past Dholak – Dholak is a side 9pm) and carry on into the sunrise on the following day! rhythm instrument, mostly used Till we meet next time, do try and attend a live Carnatic for Punjabi folk, Garba and music concert. Many local organizations host Carnatic music Hindi music. It is cylindrical in kutcheris; you may actually find some concerts which are free shape, bored out of solid wood. and open to the public. This is a very popular instrument in north India.

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After the plague hit Surat in 1994, an amazing thing happened: this Gujarat city cleaned up its act.

By Jason Overdorf – When an outbreak of the pneumonic plague struck Surat in 1994, the so-called “diamond city” took an unprecedented step, as far as India goes: It cleaned up its act. Best known for its booming textile and diamond-polishing industries, Surat fell victim to the plague because it was among India’s dirtiest cities — though its lackadaisical attitude toward garbage and sewage was by no means unusual in a country one might call hygiene-challenged. But thanks to a coming together of public will and a host of reforms, Surat successfully went from one of the country’s dirtiest cities to one of its cleanest in 18 short months. Perhaps more remarkable, despite the exodus of S.R. Rao, the municipal commissioner who made it happen, Surat has more or less maintained its high standards, despite the city’s rapid expansion over the past decade. Is there a lesson here for the rest of India? Definitely. But it will take more than plagiarizing Rao’s urban planning documents to get it done elsewhere — at least without a rash of epidemics. “It’s not a question only of the model, it’s a question of the local people’s behavior,” said K.D. Yadav, a professor of civil engineering at Surat’s S.V. National Institute of Technology. There’s nothing like a dose of the plague to get a city thinking about hygiene, it turns out — especially a strain that’s more virulent than the infamous Black Death. Thus, in 1994, after 54 residents died and some 300,000 fled to escape a possible quarantine, the people who stuck around were willing to get with the program — working to eliminate the tons of garbage and overflowing sewers that had inundated the city with disease-carrying rats. But the design of the system is instructive, too. In an effort to make city officials more accountable, Rao divided the municipality into six zones, appointing a commissioner for each, so that it was crystal clear who was to blame for problem areas. Rao ordered officials responsible for solid waste management to make personal field visits every day, rather than relying on dubious reports, and he instituted a grievance-redressal system for complaints and fines for violators. It sounds like basic stuff, and it is. The trick is that Surat made it work. And there the devil is in the details. “At that time, the [Bharatiya Janata Party] BJP had won 98 out


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By Swapna Krishna The Good Muslim Author: Tahmima Anam (Harper) The year is 1984, and the Bangladeshi war for independence from Pakistan has been over for more than ten years. Bangladesh is an independent country which still hasn’t fully faced the difficult consequences of the war. Maya, a doctor, is returning home after years of being away. She finds that her brother Sohail has become a believer in a very traditional and strict version of Islam in order to atone for his crimes during the war. Sohail’s son, Zaid, is lost and confused, and it’s up to Maya to connect with the boy and try and do what is best for him. “The Good Muslim” portrays a lost and confused nation trying to rise out of the ashes of a difficult and costly war, but unable to because they are stuck. The story Anam keeps returning to over the course of the novel is that of the women raped during the war by the enemy. While they have been proclaimed heroes by the government, they are shunned by their families and friends. They can no longer live normal lives in their communities and no one will help them. This clash between what is said, as opposed to what is practiced, is a major theme through the book. Maya is an interesting character who is watching her beloved country fall apart around her. She has seen horrors as a doctor as she tries to help her people, and now she returns home and sees horrors of a different kind with her brother. He is completely lost to her, and she doesn’t know how to connect with him once again. Sohail is another casualty of war, even though he survived physically intact. I do wish I had known that “The Good Muslim” was a sequel prior to reading it. Anam’s first book, “The Golden Age,” is apparently the first in a trilogy about Maya and Sohail, and it centers around their freedom fighting during the war. I would have loved to see the establishment of their characters so I could more fully comprehend them at this point. At times, I felt like I didn’t fully understand the message Anam was trying to send, and now I know why. I’d definitely recommend reading these books in order, as there were times I felt lost during my reading. “The Good Muslim” is very bleak. Though there are the occasional moments of joy, the overall picture is a sad one. There is hope, underneath the surface, but it only breaks through momentarily before retreating again. Still, it is definitely worth reading. Anam presents a very interesting account of Bangladesh’s turbulent history, and since it’s a country most Westerners don’t know a lot about, it will teach you a lot. Additionally, through Sohail, Anam provides a glimpse into religious radicalism. I am interested in reading the next book in the trilogy when it releases, and in the meantime, I plan on going back and reading “The Golden Age” in order to fully understand the characters in this series.

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By Amanda Sodhi Music reviews: Miley Naa Miley Hum and Ye Stupid Pyar Okay, let’s face it; besides AR Rahman’s Rockstar most of the Bollywood soundtracks that have been released recently are extremely, extremely depressing and horrendous in terms of quality. Here’s a look at two recent soundtracks that just released—Miley Naa Miley Hum which features music by the Sajid-Wajid duo and lyrics by Javed Akhtar, and Ye Stupid Pyar which features music by Vipin Patwa, Reeky Dev and lyrics by Sanjay Mishra and Arafaat. Aright, let’s take a look and give a listen to see how the songs fare. Miley Naa Miley Hum “Haan Yahi Pyaar Hai” (4.42) offers a nice, soothing melody. It’s a breezy, romantic song with delightful, sunshine vocals by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal, but what could have really helped take the song to the next level are some decent lyrics. What is up with Javed Akhtar? Tsk, tsk. “Katto Gilehri” (4.28) brings together Daler Mehndi and Mamta Sharma. It’s a fun, tapori, folksy dance number with nonsense “chammak challo raani” lines and “oye hoyes” thrown in. But whatever, it brings back memories of Govinda days when songs like “kurtaa phaadd ke” were the rage. “Mahi Mahi” (3.38) is quite a disaster of a wannabe Punjabi number. Wajid and Richa Sharma are talented singers but the song fails miserably. There are Punjabi elements along with techno beats and sound of the shehnaayi. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics are absolutely eww—“main hoon teri heer tu hai mera ranjheyaa.” Really? Oh please! “Nazar Se Nazar Mile” (5.02) is the winner here, and SajidWajid know that, too, because it features twice in the soundtrack. While the Waji, Abhilasha Chellam and Anupama Raag version is also nice, it’s the Rahat Fateh Ali Khan version which really rocks thanks to his soulful, attention-grabbing vocals. Of course, the pace and melody is quite charming, too, and Anupama’s child-like vocals are cute. “Wake Up Now” (4.43) begins with a classical sangeet feel, tablas and ghungroos and all, but then the techno elements take over and Wajid and Suzanne D’Mello’s vocals are wasted. And the lyrics…wake up Javed! “Wake up, wake up now. Come to the party now. Aa ja re aa ja re.” Sigh. The soundtrack is only worth a listen for “Nazar Se Nazar Mile” and “Haan Yahi Pyaar Hai.” Enough said. Moving on to…

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Yeh Stupid Pyar “Lamha Lamha” (4.43) is a nice romantic song about the beauty of falling in love with lovely vocals by Nikhil D’Souza (Aisha, Kucch Luv Jaisaa). Lyrics are a bit stale, though—“hosh ho rahe hain gum…sab kuch hai badla badla lagne laga naya naya.” Lyrics toh nayaa likho!


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4.__I hate to step on the scale after the holiday banquet. 5. __The old paint has to be scaled off. 6.__The skin on his foot was very dry and scaley. 7. __This ruler is scaled in centimeters and inches. 8.__The wedding guests were entertained on a lavish scale. 9. __The actors are working for scale. 10.__The tenor was singing scales to warm up his voice. 11.__He scaled the mountain peak.

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a. Removed in thin layers b. Relative level or degree c. A minimum wage fixed by union contract d. A device to measure one’s weight e. Overlapping, platelike skin covering f. In dimensional proportion g. Ordered marks at fixed intervals h. Covered with thin flakes i. To adjust or alter j. Ascending or descending fixed interval pitches k. Climbed up or over The meaning is in the music. The “s” in measure is a “voiced fricative” which means that it is a continuous sound made with vocal cord vibrations. If you say “sh” as in “shoe” with your hand over your throat, you will feel no vibration, but if you say “sh” and add the voicing, you will feel the vibration and you will be saying the “zh” sound in “measure” and also in rhyming words such as “treasure,” “pleasure” and others such as “leisure.” The “zh” sound comes from the French language and does not appear at the beginning of English words. ESL speakers from India and many other countries usually pronounce scale with the final /l/ sound “fronted” that is, with the tongue pushing against the front teeth. In standard American English, the /l/ at the end of words not followed by a vowel in the next word is called a “dark /l/” in which the tongue tip curls up and doesn’t touch any part of the teeth or palate (roof of the mouth). The sound seems to come from deep in the throat after the vowel is prolonged. Ask a native speaker of English to say “Mel” and “meddle” and you will hear the difference.

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Full Circle I seem to have come full circle. In my childhood, my dad had fetched the 8-volume “Books of Knowledge” all the way from England for us to read. These books were a treasure trove for my sister and me. There were hundreds of articles, stories, poems and photographs, some in full color. I loved all of them, but one picture in particular aroused my dislike. It was a photograph of a Hindu religious scholar, bare-chested, with a sandalwood mark on his forehead, sitting cross-legged and studying the scriptures, which were on a wooden table in front of him. Why, oh why I asked myself in my childish anguish was this picture given place of prominence in an otherwise delightful set of books? Why, instead of a suit and tie, behind the wheels of a fancy car, was an Indian depicted in such a demeaning pose? Well, now that I’m in my sixties, that’s the only photo that I remember from those books, and the only one whose memory I treasure, not because I’ve become a saint, but because the scholar was doing no harm at all, and reading profound writings. We have put education to doubtful uses—polluting the environment with the offals of our own technology, decimating forests and depleting our natural resources. Much, much too late, we are waking up to truths that the peasants knew, and sadhus knew, many centuries ago. I can think of no more beneficial way of passing the time than to live a very simple life, as Swami Vivekananda might have done, and read the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Gita. Our elevated thoughts would have cleansed the world with their power, and reduced our consumption of natural resources to manageable and sustainable levels. We have increased the human life span, and reduced infant mortality to the point when we have over-populated Planet Earth. That harmless scholar in the “Book of Knowledge” had committed no such sins. I salute him. I have come full circle and realized that the world is round. A Compass Pointing North It is said that leadership is all about exerting influence. When that little girl wrote to President Abraham Lincoln that he would look better if he grew a beard, and when Lincoln listened, she succeeded in exerting her influence and could be considered to be a leader in her own right. One doesn’t have to be at the very top of the pyramid to exert influence. Leaders at all levels can succeed, and these people are called “linchpins” of the organization or nation. Of course, leadership does not stop at exerting influence alone. There are other qualities that a leader must possess, and the ability to “help others get ahead” is an important one. Thus, I will vote for you if and only if you will look after my interest. And so on. Leaders are remembered – long after they are gone – by the problems they solve and the problems they create. A case in point is George Bush, who as President committed feats of intelligence and folly.

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By Rajesh T. Ganatra Similar to other global markets, the Sensex had a difficult 3Q2011. The index gradually regained its footing and oscillated slightly above and below 17,000 during mid-October 2011. Infosys Technologies (NASDAQ-INFY) reported its financials for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 and some of the highlights were: 1) Revenues were $1,746 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011; QoQ growth was 4.5 percent; YoY growth was 16.7 percent. 2) Net income after tax was $411 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011; QoQ growth was 7.0 percent; YoY growth was 9.9 percent. 3) Earnings per American Depositary Share (EPADS) were $0.72 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011; QoQ growth was 7.5 percent; YoY growth was 10.8 percent. 4) 45 clients were added during the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries. 5) Net addition of 8,262 employees for the quarter by Infosys and its subsidiaries, for a total of 141,822 employees as on September 30, 2011 for Infosys and its subsidiaries. Inflationary pressures continue to persist throughout the economy and this has impacted the Indian Rupee, which has weakened significantly against the US $ since July 2011. A US$ could fetch nearly 50 Indian Rupees during mid-October 2011, compared to the INR 44-ish range to the US$ that was seen during July 2011 - this sharp drop in the Rupee is expected to be a short-term situation but is expected to help exporters of IT services such as Infosys; large IT firms garner a significant portion of the revenues in US$ so the weakening Rupee does help their financial results, because the quarterly financials are indeed reported in Rupees. India’s Industrial Production (IP) from April 2011-August 2011 dropped to a 5.6 percent growth rate, much slower than the 8.7 percent growth rate that was witnessed in the corresponding prior year period. Pakistani stocks were impacted by the global sell-off during 3Q2011 where the Pakistani stock market surrendered approximately 9 percent by falling from the 12,000s down to the 11,000 level by early September 2011. There were fears that the KSE-100 would surrender the 11,000 level as well, however, the market formed a base in that area, and regained the lost millennium - the index briefly reclaimed the 12,000 marker on 10/10/11 before selling off again to the 11,600 level. The Pakistani Rupee traded in a band of PKR 86.75-87.75 to the US$ during early to mid October. Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar indicated that Pakistan has decided in principle to grant the Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to India, citing a number of achievements in bilateral ties. Khar did not provide exact details as to when the MFN status would be finalized but said that “We want progress on not just one but a number of issues with India on permanent basis besides normalization of overall bilateral relations.” India bestowed the “MFN status” on Pakistan in 1996 and the India-Pakistan peace-process dialogues recently resumed after a gap of two years - the talks had been stalled after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai during November 2008. Pakistani commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, who led a high-level business delegation to India last month, had stated in Mumbai that there was a strong opinion in his country that India should be granted MFN status.

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By Samir Shukla Stranded It was a cold February night. It turned out to be the coldest night of that winter. The ghostly streets of downtown Charlotte seemed frozen, literally, as well as in time. There was no traffic or movement on the streets. A glance at my watch showed it was around 2am as I drove home from a show at a local nightclub. There weren’t many people at the show on that Tuesday night. It was just as well because the band played as if they didn’t want to be there. They might as well have taken the night off and spent it in a warm motel room instead of loading and unloading their equipment into and out of the club on a frozen night. My route took me through some of the rough neighborhoods of Charlotte. The same areas today sparkle with shiny buildings and burgeoning businesses. But the frozen night was I drove home was the year of Orwellian doom, 1984. The classic rock radio station was playing an old favorite as I approached downtown on my way home. All of a sudden the car jerked hard and the headlights dimmed a bit. I rolled to a stop at a red light on the edge of downtown. Charlotte was the biggest city in the Carolinas then, as it is now, but it was still a relatively unknown city nationally. My old car had been acting up all during the week and when it jerked hare, I knew something was wrong. At the red light, on the edge of downtown on that coldest of nights, the old car proved me right. There was a whooshing sound, the car revved up and shut down with a metallic clang. I cranked it many times while the light shifted from red to green and back to red and now back to green again. It’s never fun when your car dies at an awkward and inconvenient time. Two o’clock in the morning on a frigid night at the edge of a deserted downtown is an awkward and inconvenient time. This was the early 1980s and of course cell phones were still many years in the future. I had driven through this area many times, but didn’t know where the nearest payphone was. It could have been just a couple of blocks away. But in which direction? To make matters worse, I didn’t have any change on me, either. I needed a quarter and brave feet for a long and cold walk through an eerily abandoned downtown. This was also a time when the Charlotte downtown was a collection of a few tall buildings and economically depressed areas scattered like patchwork on the perimeter of the buildings. The area where my car broke down was not a place you’d want to be during the day, let alone in the middle of a freezing night. I cranked the car numerous times to no avail. I popped the hood and took a look. Of course, I couldn’t fix anything to save my life, but still, I tightened the spark plug wires, twisted and caressed all other wires I could see in a vain effort to get the jalopy cranking again. I even kicked the tires. I finally gave up and scanned the perimeter for any passing cars or a warm soul to help improve my predicament. I sat in the car for a few minutes, wishing I had a hot cup of chai. I gathered my thoughts after nearly grinding down my starter and ventured out looking for a payphone. I walked a few blocks in one direction and remembered that there was a county

jailhouse just about 3-4 blocks from where I’d broken down. So I bundled up for a bone-chilling stroll. Of course the place was locked up and there was no way to ring the bell or alert a security guard of my situation. As I turned away and decided to stroll back to my car, a security guard stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and take a break from his night shift. I don’t know who would want to leave their warm building and step outside into such a frozen night, but I was ecstatic that help maybe a hand wave away. I was able to run over and flag him down before he slipped back into the building. I explained my predicament and he was kind enough to let me use the phone to call AAA. I ran back to the car, hugging myself to keep warm. The soft glow of street lights and the softer glow of lights of distant office buildings created the aura of an abandoned space station on a distant planet of some long forgotten sci-fi film. I expected a burly alien to appear behind me at any moment. I had never been stranded like that before. Right in my hometown, a few miles from my house. If the guard had not walked out of that door, I would have sat in the car waiting for a passing vehicle for help. Or I could have hiked all over downtown looking for a payphone. The frigid night added to a sense of complete isolation. I sat there while waiting for the tow truck thinking of stories one reads about stranded travelers stuck in raging snowstorms or someone lost in the woods for days. The stillness of the night was spooky, as well as meditative. You could hear the wind howl every few minutes. I was mentally prepared to sit in the car for a few more hours if the tow truck didn’t show up. It was already around 2:30 in the morning and within a few hours the downtown workers would start driving by. You get crazy thoughts in your head when you are dead tired and stranded in an isolated place, even though that place maybe just a few miles from home. Stranded in your own hometown also conjures up images of horror films where someone takes a wrong turn while driving through familiar neighborhoods and winds up in an isolated alley or deserted road. The theme from Twilight Zone would pop into my head every few minutes. In knew I would only be stranded for a short time, although it was so cold that my fingers were already numb after sitting in the car for about a half hour. There wasn’t much to do except sit motionless machine and rub my hands for warmth. There wasn’t a time before or since that I’ve felt stranded like that. That feeling of chilled isolation and of being helpless is something I’ll always remember. I was nodding off when the reassuring, blinking lights of the tow truck pulled in behind me. A grumpy old man, yawning and half-asleep, driving what seemed like an even older truck had finally appeared. He took a few minutes before hopping out of his truck. He tried to crank the car, then tried giving it a jump and gave up and began attaching the tow chains. He was kind enough to give me a ride home after dropping off the car at the repair shop. I thanked him and walked into my warm apartment just as the sun was rising. Samir Shukla is the editor of Saathee magazine. contact -


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Nokia Champions league Twenty20 2011 The Nokia Champions League Twenty20 2011 was held from Sep 23 - Oct 9, 2011. India organized this year’s international tournament. The tournament consisted of ten teams: Chennai Super Kings (India), Cape Cobras (South Africa), NSW Blues (Australia), Mumbai Indians (India), Trinidad and Tobago (WI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Warriors (South Africa), South Australian Redbacks (Australia), Kolkata Knight Riders (India), and Somerset (England). There were 23 matches - 20 matches in the Group stages, 2 semi-final matches and then the final match. Since the entire tournament was 20 over format, there was no favored team per se; anybody could beat anybody on any given day. After the Group stages were completed, the two semi final matches consisted of Bangalore Royal Challengers vs. New South Wales and the Mumbai Indians vs. Somerset. The two India-based teams were victorious in the Semis and squared off in the final match in which Mumbai emerged victorious by 31 runs.

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Saathee readers Forum bollywood Music Goes Fit By Ashima Kodali and Seher Khanna From the golden era of Madhubala to the thumkas and jhatkas of Munni and Sheila, the Indian film industry has transformed, modernized, and exploded into “Bollywood.” And along for the ride have come the costumes, dances, and the music. Today the leading musical talent from Bollywood collaborates with the likes of Akon, Snoop Dogg, and Kylie Minogue. The result is the sometimes sultry, sometimes earthy, always pumping music we love. Bollywood music pervades almost everywhere today. In India of course you can hear it blaring from chai stalls filled with autorickshaw wallas, and high-end discotheques frequented by the who’s-who. Bollywood music has gone far beyond the big screen with reality shows Just Dance and Dance India Dance capitalizing on the Bollywood craze by choreographing competitive routines using hip-hop, ballroom, Latin etc. with Bollywood music. Here in the US, shows like So You Think You Can Dance regularly feature Bollywood dance and music, and of course A.R. Rahman’s “Jai Ho” topped the music charts in five countries around the world. So what’s next for Bollywood music? Well, let’s take all that bhangra, garba, classical, and fusion music from Bollywood, throw it in a box with some high energy, easy to follow dance steps, shake it all up, and voila: an exotic new fitness routine is born! Consequently, Bollywood music has begun to play a major role in the global fitness arena. Popular dancers like Serena Jain and Hemalayaa have successfully launched dance-based fitness programs and videos, all set to the beat of catchy Bollywood tunes. Mainstream gyms are adding Bollywood-based fitness classes to their offerings as an alternative to Zumba, well aware that gym-rats are always on the lookout for the next new fitness craze to add to their workout regimen. And Bollywood fitness is just that. The combination of moves and music is unique, yet you don’t have to be on Dancing with the Stars to get the hang of it. Simplifying Farah Khan’s choreography and Hrithik Roshan’s dance moves retains the very essence of Bollywood, and combining this essence with targeted, aerobic moves yields an exciting and effective workout. And so, Bollywood fitness classes are springing up everywhere in the US as well as in India, attracting a diverse range of clients. Especially after Slumdog Millionaire’s eight Oscars, there is a growing segment of the American population interested in Indian music, food, and culture. For them, traditional and classical Indian dancing often seems complex, daunting and inaccessible. However, Bollywood, especially in a fitness domain, is much less intimidating, and non-Indians are excited to be part of this movement. Not only do they get to experience a different genre of music they also gain familiarity with certain cultural aspects related to the Indian sub-continent. Xeniya Klimova, a regular at BFit Dance in Charlotte, says, “I love the unique combination of ethnic choreography with cardio moves. I feel like I’m dancing rather than working out, it raises my mood on the rest of the day.”

Priya’s Son is Coming to Town By Sadashiva Godbole (Sung to the tune of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”) We can’t wait, we can’t sleep, We can’t do ‘most anything, Priya’s son is coming to town. Lots-of-toys are here, the bassinet is all set, So is baby’s swingo-matic, and soft-cozy blanket. We can’t wait, we can’t sleep, We can’t do ‘most anything, Prem’s son is coming to town. Nanee-is here-and-ready, Nanaji is ready too! Dadee-is waiting eagerly, for the happy happy news. We can’t wait, we can’t sleep, We can’t do ‘most anything, Our grandson, is coming to town. Dear Priya is hosting, the process of creation*, Let’s give-her-a jolly-big-hand, and-watch God in-action. We can’t wait, we can’t sleep, We can’t do ‘most anything, Priya’s son is coming to town, Prem’s son is coming to town, Our grandson, is coming to town. * The conception and child bearing process are very actively associated with God’s creative power. During this process, stem cells are created, which differentiate into specific cells to, further forming the physical structure of the body. Therefore, a pregnant lady has an especially active God’s presence in her during that time and it is an opportunity to see God in action. She is hosting, and participating in the divine creation process, which continues until the child is weaned off mother’s milk. Thus she should be specially respected, honored, and treated with tender love and care during that time. God has entrusted ladies with this exclusive capability. We welcome submissions from readers. If you have an interesting remembrance, essay, experience, travel story, or other short writings you would like to share with Saathee readers, send us an email with potential topics and samples. We will review the article get back to you if we can use anything - Send query to 76

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* Fingerlings - Small and slender, these are popular on the menus of gourmet restaurants throughout the country. A secret - they’re easy to cook at home, too. They come in a range of colors and have a firm texture that’s great for pan frying, which brings out their natural nutty or buttery tastes. Recipe to try: Pan Fried Fingerlings with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Seven days, seven ways to put a new spin on potatoes

* Purples - The vibrantly colored skin and flesh of these potatoes look like something out of your child’s favorite fantasy book, but they’re a healthy, delicious choice for everyday meals. They hold their shape well with cooking and their nutty flavor is a unique addition to salads or other side dishes. Recipe to try: Blackened Blue Potato Salad.

Few things say “fall” like the crispness in the air, the bright colors of changing leaves and the warm, comforting foods that come with the season’s harvest. While the classic recipes that you rely on year after year will always have a place on your menus, simple twists on a beloved vegetable will keep everyone clamoring for a prime spot at the dinner table. Seven unique potato types mean you can try a new one every day of the week for a fun and varied menu plan. Not only that, but potatoes are a healthy addition to your menu. At just 110 calories per serving, they’re packed with essential vitamins and minerals and are a good source of potassium. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato has almost half your daily value of vitamin C, and no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Try these recipes to give your family new ways to enjoy a perennial favorite.

* Reds - Preparing roasted meals is much more appealing in fall’s cool temperatures, and red potatoes are ideal for that cooking method. They stay moist and flavorful even after roasting. They retain their color, making a visually appealing addition to your table. Recipe to try: Roasted Pesto Potato Salad. recipes Cheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients: 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes) 1/2 chopped onion 4 ounces sauteed mushrooms salt 1 (10.5 ounces) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup 1 cup diced tomatoes 1 cup herb-seasoned croutons

Method: Lightly butter a good sized baking dish. Layer half the potatoes, onion, and mushrooms. Sprinkle with a little salt. In a medium bowl, combine soup and chopped tomatoes. Pour half the soup mixture over vegetables in baking dish. Repeat layers, ending with cheese soup. Cover the baking dish with * Yellow potatoes - These buttery delights have smooth, foil. Bake at 350° for about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover, top with golden flesh under a thin golden skin. They’re dense enough to croutons, and bake 5 minutes longer. Let scalloped potatoes stand up to grilling, and using that method will give you crispy stand 10 minutes before serving. Scalloped potatoes serves 8. skins and a hint of sweet, caramelized flavor. Recipe to try: Grilled Potato Planks. easy Fluffy Mashed Potatoes Ingredients: * White potatoes - Varieties with light tan skin and creamy 2 1/2 pounds Russet, or baking potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks, white flesh are a great choice for making classic mashed about 8 cups of cut up potatoes potatoes. Because their flesh is dense, it becomes thick and rich 1/4 cup milk or half-and-half, or more to taste when mashed. Because the skin is thin, there’s no need to peel 1/4 cup butter before mashing. Spice up your favorite mashed dish with new 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste flavor additions. Recipe to try: Chipotle Mashed Potatoes. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper * Russet potatoes - They’ve likely been a fixture on the dinner table since you were young, but russets have more to offer than just the basics. Indeed, they’re great for baking, because their flesh comes out light and fluffy, and the skin stays tasty and crisp. Recipe to try: Baked Potato Nachos.

Method: Place potatoes in a 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes thoroughly. Transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl. With an electric hand-held mixer, beat potato mixture until light and creamy. Serves 4 to 6.

* Petite potatoes - Kids love the mix of colors and adults love them for their concentrated flavor and quick cooking times. Prep is simple for potato salads - cook whole and unpeeled potatoes your preferred method until they’re fork-tender, toss with your favorite potato salad ingredients, and you’ll have a dish that tastes as good as it looks. Recipe to try: Red, White and Blue Potato Salad.

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2nd ODI: South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth - Oct 23, 2011 Mon Oct 17 - 2nd ODI - India v England - Feroz Shah Kotla, 3rd ODI: South Africa v Australia at Durban - Oct 28, 2011 1st Test: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town - Nov 9-13, 2011 Delhi Result: IND won by eight [8] wickets with 80 balls remaining 2nd Test: South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg - Nov 17-21, 2011 ENG 237/all out, 48.2 overs IND 238/2, 36.4 overs Pakistan vs. Sri lanka at uAe Thu Oct 20 - 3rd ODI - India v England - Punjab Cricket Tue Oct 18 - Sat Oct 22 - 1st Test - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Sheikh Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh Sun Oct 23 - 4th ODI - India v England - Wankhede Stadium, Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi Wed Oct 26 - Sun Oct 30 - 2nd Test - Pakistan v Sri Lanka Mumbai Tue Oct 25 - 5th ODI - India v England - Eden Gardens, Kolkata Dubai International Cricket Stadium Sat Oct 29 - 20 over match - India v England - Eden Gardens, Thu Nov 3 - Mon Nov 7 - 3rd Test - Pakistan v Sri Lanka Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium Kolkata Fri Nov 11 - 1st ODI - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Dubai International Cricket Stadium west Indies visit bangladesh Tue Oct 11 - 20 over match - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Mon Nov 14 - 2nd ODI - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Dubai International Cricket Stadium Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Result: BAN won by three [3] wickets - with 1 ball remaining Fri Nov 18 - 3rd ODI - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Dubai International Cricket Stadium WIN 132/8, 20/20 overs Sun Nov 20 - 4th ODI - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Sharjah Cricket BAN 135/7, 19.5/20 overs Association Stadium Thu Oct 13 - 1st ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Bangla Wed Nov 23 - 5th ODI - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi National Stadium, Mirpur Fri Nov 25 - 20 over match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Sheikh Zayed Result: WIN won by 40 runs Stadium, Abu Dhabi WIN 298/4, 50/50 overs BAN 258/7, 50/50 overs continued from page 74

Sangeet Sat Oct 15 - 2nd ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Bangla continued from page 24 National Stadium, Mirpur Result: WIN won by 8 wickets with 44 balls remaining 1994 (Khudai) “Din ā gaye,” “Ulfat kā jab,” “Ye sheeshe” BAN 220/all out, 48.5/50 overs 1998 (Dushman) “Chitthi na koi sandesh” WIN 221/2, 42.4 overs 2001 (Tum Bin) “Koi fariyād” 2002 (Vadh) “Bahut khoobasurat” Tue Oct 18 - 3rd ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Zahur 2003 (Dhoop) “Benām sā,” “Hat ek ghar,” “Teri ānkhon se” Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong 2006 (Umar) “Khumari chadhake utar gayi” Result: BAN won by 8 wickets with 180 balls remaining 2011 (Dear Friend Hitler) “Har aur tabāhi ka manzar” WIN 61/all out, 22/50 overs BAN 62/2, 20/50 overs Fri Oct 21 - Tue Oct 25 - 1st Test - Bangladesh v West Indies Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong Sat Oct 29 - Wed Nov 2 - 2nd Test - Bangladesh v West Indies Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Australia visits South Africa 1st 20 over match: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town - Oct 13, 2011 Result: AUS won by five [5] wickets with 3 balls remaining SA 146/7, 20/20 overs AUS 147/5, 19.3 0vers 2nd 20 over match: South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg Oct 16, 2011 Result: SA won by three [3] wickets with 5 balls remaining One of his popular classic song’s lyrics: “Hosh vālon ko khabar AUS 147/8, 20/20 overs kyā ...“ from the film Sarfarosh is given in this issue of Saathee SA 148/7, 19.1/20 overs magazine in Evergreen Classic Film Lyrics on page 26. 1st ODI: South Africa v Australia at Centurion - Oct 19, 2011 Result: AUS won by 93 runs (D/L method) AUS 183/4, 29/29 overs SA 129/all out, 22/29 overs

(Note: The contents for this article are compiled from books, internet and my knowledge & love for Indian music. Same is applicable for the past articles I have written.)


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Shiva Ganga by Shantala Shivalingappa Dancer/choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa shares a mastery of the highly rhythmic 2,000-yearold Indian classical dance form Kuchipudi with a passion for contemporary dance. Her performance will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill. The show begins at 7:30pm. Influenced by modern dance maven Pina Bausch, for whom she has appeared in many works, she has collaborated with major figures including theater director Peter Brook and choreographer Maurice Béjart. Born in India and raised in Paris, Shantala bridges East and West in her devoted exploration of dance, music, and theater, melding dazzling technique with ethereal sensitivity. Tickets range from $15-$39. For further details about this performance visit the UNC website

Charmee Mehta Awarded National Merit Scholarship Charmee Mehta, daughter of Haresh Mehta and Dr. Urvashi Mehta, was awarded the National Merit Scholarship this summer. She graduated as a Valedictorian from Fort Mill High School with an outstanding GPA of 5.0. She is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship, which is a national recognition of her scholarly and community achievements. She was also a semifinalist for the Presidential Scholarship, which is also national recognition of highly motivated high school students who excel in numerous arenas of their lives and is awarded annually by the US Government. There were only 500 semifinalists awarded out of 3.2 million graduating students for the last school year. She began her undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. Dr. Mohammed Khan Appointed library Director Dr. Mohammed Abdul Shaheed Khan, born in Hyderabad, India, was recently appointed Library Director at Spangdahlem U.S. Air Base in Germany. Khan has worked as Chief Librarian, U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, Columbia, SC, and U.S. Air Base in South Korea. He also worked as Librarian at U.S. Army Allen Library, Fort Polk, Louisiana, as well as Librarian at Sheppard Air Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a Senior Information Specialist, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait, and has served as Lecturer/Librarian at the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He received his master’s degree in Library Science from Long Island University, New York and a doctoral degree in Information Systems.

Dances with Diyas – Diwali Fest 2011 The India Association of the Triad is organizing the annual Diwali program: Dances with Diyas - Diwali Fest 2011 on Saturday, November 12, 2011 beginning at 6pm at the Greensboro Day School, 5401 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455. General admission is $25 (includes show, dinner, and party); Free for members. For further details call Dr. Krishna Balu at 336.292.9462 or visit Poetry of the Gita Mani Rao is the author of eight poetry books and a translation of the Bhagavad Gita. She has given talks and performed at literary festivals around the world. Rao will present a talk and reading on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Patanjali’s Place, 700 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701 from 4-5pm. She will talk about her new, critically acclaimed “The 21st century Bhagavad Gita: A new translation for a new millennium.” A reviewer said, “In this bold, new translation of the Gita, poet Mani Rao cuts past conventions and uses space and language innovatively to deliver an experience of immediacy for the reader. At the same time, she adheres strictly to the meaning of the original and is sensitive to the nuances of the Sanskrit original with all its word-play and texture. Mani Rao’s Bhagavad Gita sets a new standard for the translation of canonical spiritual texts.” For more details call 919.475.1355 or visit For details on Rao visit

Nitin Shah Named to Two university Advisory boards Nitin Shah has been selected to serve as an advisor at two Georgia universities, joining the Asian Studies Advisory Board at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw as well as the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business Advisory Board at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, where he earned his master’s degree in business administration. Shah serves simultaneously as chairman and CEO of Embassy National Bank in Lawrenceville and as president of Imperial Investments Group, which owns hotels and commercial real estate properties. Shah was among the founders of Atlanta-based Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), one of the world’s most influential and respected hospitality groups. He continues to be actively involved in leadership roles, serving for the past four years as co-chair of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee as well as the Banking Committee for AAJOA. 84

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Global Mela The Global Mall of Atlanta hosted the 10th annual Global Mela on Oct 8 and 9, 2011. Over 15,000 people attended the event that featured food, performances, a children’s area with pony rides, vendors and various non-profit groups. For more details and photos visit Charlotte-based Vithaldas Patel releases book Subtitled “How an immigrant transformed the fortune of his family,” Vithaldas H. Patel tells his inspiring life tale in the newly published book “Marshall Plan versus The Great Society.” The book presents the story of the Patel family, a rural farming family in pre-independence India and its migration, halfway around the world, to the United States for a better life. The author, Vithaldas H. Patel, came to the US in 1960 for postgraduate studies in engineering at the University of Michigan. When he returned to India, with his wife and two small children, his parents asked him to help his siblings. Patel and his wife reasoned that any amount of direct financial help would be never enough and never ending. It would also make

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from Indian Curry to Greek pastry, enriched culinary experiences. Vidya Arvapalli presented this year’s cultural exhibit on the 2011 theme of the Myths and Legends. Her dolls decoration told the story of Ganesha and how he became the elephant-headed God. Cultural exhibits offered a chance to visitors to ask questions. Geetha and Bhaskar Rao and Dr. Harish Chander’s presence at the exhibit acquainted many visitors with the story and significance of Ganesha. The setting of the main stage was spectacular under the skillful direction of Karen Edwards, who has been organizing the center stage dances since the very beginning of the festival. The audience could watch the steps and movements of the dancers on an uncurtained stage. More than 200 Indian dancers participated in almost all categories – children, teens and Adult dances, ranging from Bollywood dances to Punjabi Bhangra, Bengali folk to Rajasthani folk, and from classical kathak to Bharatnatyam. Many vendors were also on hand. 2011 Gandhi Jayanti By Yash Garg Celebrating Gandhi Jayanti is always an important as well as a happy occasion as it brings out cultural sentiments of Indian Americans living in the Triangle area to the fore through artistic presentations made by children and adults as well as speeches emphasizing Gandhi’s message. October 2, 2011 marked what would have been the 142nd birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the revered father of India (affectionately called Bapu) who taught the world the language of non-violence. It is also the UN International day of non-violence. Gandhi Jayanti celebration was presented by Heritage India Association of North Carolina on October 2, 2011 at the Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh. A Gandhi statue is also located there. The Program began with garlanding the Gandhi Statue by Dr. Jagdish Narayan and Mr. Steve Rao. People gathered to pay their tribute to Gandhi ji and the entire assembly sang his favorite bhajan Raghupati Raghav Rajaram….” After garlanding ceremony, the celebration was held inside at the Venture hall beginning with the “Lamp Lighting Ceremony” by Saroj Sharma and a short address by Dr. Arvind Shah, who gave an overview of the Gandhi Project. A patriotic group dance performed children 5-8 years of age followed. The program’s emcee, Nandita Garg, introduced the items, which included bhajans, dances, speeches, and awards ceremony for the Gandhi Essay Contest. Dancing with the Carolina Stars 2011

A three-day long International Festival was held from Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2011 at the Raleigh Convention Center, with the laudable aim of bringing together the ethnic groups of the Triangle area and building better community relations. I was amazed at how much I learned that weekend about different cultures, history, and about countries I had never visited. The festival brought together a large number of people from all over the world to eat, dance, and celebrate diverse cultures. While storytelling, arts and crafts kept children quite absorbed, ethnic cuisine demonstrations, ranging from Baklava to Egg Rolls, and


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Composting Classes in Charlotte Learn to reduce waste the natural way. Fall is almost here, and there’s no better time for the residents of Mecklenburg County to go natural and learn to make rich fertilizer for spring gardening. In their ongoing effort to reduce waste, experts from Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management have announced a series of workshops in composting and other methods of residential organic waste control. Anyone can compost almost anything organic – from vegetable peelings to yard waste. Instead of relegating all that organic matter to the garbage can, learn how to put it to good use. The workshops are held the following Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and the cost is free. November 5, 2011: St. Albans Community Garden, Davidson; November 12, 2011: Reedy Creek Nature Center; November 12, 2011: McDowell Nature Center, Charlotte. Register at, under the Home Composting tab, or call 704.336.4304 to sign up.

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Last year, as the U.S. economy languished, around 70 percent of India’s gem and jewelry exports went to diamond traders Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. “Essentially, illicit diamonds that bypass the early stages of the Kimberley Process (such as those from Gabon and Cameroon, or those smuggled from Cote d’Ivoire, Venezuela, or Zimbabwe) can be laundered through willing companies in the cutting and polishing industry,” Ian Smillie, chairman of the Diamond Development Initiative, wrote in a recent report. “Arrests and the seizure of uncertified rough diamonds in the United States, the European Union, India and elsewhere demonstrate what may be the tip on an iceberg, one that the [Kimberly Process] has been unwilling to acknowledge or deal with.” Non-governmental organizations like Diamond Development Initiative, Amnesty International and Global Witness have repeatedly criticized the Kimberley Process for failing to plug loopholes in the system, and, worse, for failing to crack down on offenders like Venezuela, Guinea, Lebanon and Zimbabwe. But faith in the Kimberely Process has recently fallen to a new low. Activists walked out of a key meeting in June in what Global Witness termed a “vote of no confidence” triggered by a deal to allow Zimbabwe to sell diamonds from its violenceplagued Marange fields that “does not contain sufficient checks and balances to prevent substantial volumes of illicit diamonds from entering the global diamond supply chain.” According to India Today, the deal allowed the Surat Rough Diamond Sourcing India Limited, a consortium of 1,500 diamond traders, to directly source rough diamonds from miners in Zimbabwe, making it more difficult for the Kimberley Process to track the stones. Last year, Surat Rough Diamond Sourcing India Limited and the Zimbabwe government signed an agreement for the regular supply of diamonds worth $1.2 billion a year in exchange for training Zimbabweans in Surat’s diamond-processing units, the magazine reported in May. Many of those stones will doubtless wind up in Surat’s “Mini Bazaar” — a small outpost compared to the main market in Mahidharpura, where there are some 50,000 traders, according to a local broker. On a typical weekday afternoon here, hundreds of diamond brokers line the street. Clad in the standard cheap polyblend slacks, button-down shirt and rubber sandals, they sit on the back of motorcycles and on stoops, lean against shopfronts or squat on their heels, farmer-style, on the curb. Behind them, in open-air shops, dozens of traders sit crosslegged behind rows of tiny desks, examining sachets of glittering stones with tiny jeweler’s loupes. If the roughs they came from once had blood on them, nobody would be the wiser, judging from the way polished stones change hands. “Hello, hello, gentleman,” a local trader calls out from behind a tiny desk. Keen to make a sale, he spills a sparkling pile of half-carat diamonds onto the table from a paper sachet. “All the documents are in Mumbai only, so there is no need to look at them,” he says when asked whether they are legal. “We buy the diamonds on trust.”


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Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. For Further Details: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For Further Details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod),

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Charlotte Kriya yoga Group Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation practices as taught by lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Selfrealization. Center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details:

Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Manish Khot,, 215.380.8722 Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279

Charlotte Table Tennis Club Charlotte Table Tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204. Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm Sunday 1-5 pm. For Further Details:

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surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For Further Details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a non-profit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across telangana region. For further details:

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and three other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker ( Upcoming Events: Sat Nov 5 - Diwali Dinner - Vihar Hall @ 6:00 p.m. For further details:

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. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit the website For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, 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. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

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committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join our efforts as we are dedicated to promote Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora and to build alliances and relationships with individuals and groups who share our basic values. The IAMC-Charlotte chapter is supported by donations from its members. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

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 professionals. For Further Details:

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. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

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 not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-9424798).

Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For Further Details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal)

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. For Further Details:

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. Call the crisis phone line Monday- Friday (9am – 9pm). For info 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

Sahaj Marg Meditation- Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 96

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Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani

Greensboro Art of living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathingbased technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Nirupama Shankar @ Puja Verma @

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 Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers,

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

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Narendra Patel: 336.601.1978 (Pres.) Dipak Patel: 919.478.4759 (Vice Pres.)

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505

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. Diwali Program - Dances with Diyas - Diwali Fest 2011. Sat Nov 12 6pm to midnight. Venue: Greensboro Day School, 5401 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455. Tickets: $25.00 (show, dinner and party), free for members. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462

Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact

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. For further details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090

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


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life bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. For further details: 336.644.1111

established with a view to: Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community; Collaborate closely with local organizations and agencies to fulfill our mission to address any challenges of the community. For further details:

life Mission, uSA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. Upcoming Programs: Nov 24: Health Retreat For further details: 336.421.0690


Sri Sathya Sai baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 AM to 12:15 PM For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150 Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday at 3 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 For Further Details: 336.593.9888 Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details: Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was

AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020 Academic Foundation for International Cultural exchange (AFICe) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For Further Details: Art of living (raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers “Art of Living” Course that teaches you practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathingbased technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing


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ekal Vidyalaya Foundation rTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising & awareness programs in the Triangle. For further details: Ekal/RTP: Geet bazaar radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GeM - raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) HIANC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For further details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and


Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State university HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political education (IAFPe) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community to help grow and provide services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 November 2011

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Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-341-8894. For Further Details: Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For Further Details: Varshana at 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 like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month, normally on the first Friday, for the South East Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. The November session will be a tribute to Jagjit Singh who left a big vacuum in the music world and in our hearts with his sudden, untimely, and sad demise, and will be held on Friday 4 November from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh-phone 919.361.5370. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, Non-Film, Ghazals including Jagjit Singh and Chitra favorites, Gujrati,


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Sun Nov 12 (4pm) - Gayathri Venkatraghavan (Vocal), Mysore Srikanth (Violin) and Neyveli Skandasubramanian (Mridangam). Venue: West Cary Middle School, 1000 Evans Rd., Cary, NC For further details: 919.773.1580 Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mandir NC SSMNC promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in ShirdiIndia. This Organization is dedicated to sponsor and support religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. Mandir Timings: Monday Friday 9 - 10 am, 12 noon - 1pm, 6 - 9 pm. Sat - Sun 9 am - 9pm. For further details: 919.386.1085. St. Gregorios Malankara orthodox Syrian Church Holy Qurbana and Sunday School are held in Malayalam/English, led by Reverend Dr. M. K. Thomas at 225 Bashford Road, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.461.1773 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) 110

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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. 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. For further details:

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The chemical element, Symbol: Pb, Atomic No. 82. 4. Of a particular place; Local. 10. Pertaining to the principles of applied science. 12. A medium-sized reddish antelope of S. Africa. 14. Calling to God to send evil down on some person. 16. The thirteenth letter of Greek alphabet. (Ν) 17. “Guru ___”, the founder of Sikhism. 19. To propel (a boat) on water by using oars. 20. Gross National Product. (*) 22. The expanse of the heavens and the open space above. 23. The symbol for the element Didymium. (*) 24. Secret and available only to authorized persons. 28. “The _Table” Saathee’s Feature of readers’ forum. 29. Snarled or growled. (Echoic. Now rare) 31. The people of Sind, (now Pakistan.) 33. Nebraska. (*) 34. Virginia. (*) 35. Cable News Network. (*) 36. University of Virginia. (*) 38. To talk in light, easy, informal manner. 40. To sprout, as from a spore, seed or bud. 43. Laughing; Smiling; Cheerful. 44. Sixth largest city in North Central Utah, home of UVU. 46. “_ BZ,” Saathee’s Feature to test your own IQ. 47. One hundred-millionth of a centimeter; A unit in measuring the length of light waves.

1. False; Not truthful. (Adjective) 2. Adenocine Tri Phosphate. (*) [Formula: C10H16P3O13N5] 3. The presiding official of a cathedral church. 4. A U.S. holiday observed on 4th Thursday of November. 5. Ontario. (*) 6. To pluck or gather (Flowers, berries etc.) 7. Intensive Care Unit. (*) 8. A messenger or porter. 9. In addition; Besides. 11. The division of society into ranks or castes. 13. Eating with enjoyment; Chewing with a crunchy sound. 15. A female sheep. 18. The sixteenth letter of Hebrew alphabet. 21. A small calendar used for scheduling. 23. The supervisor who instructs as to how to act in a film. 25. Help. 26. A person enthusiastic about a specified sport or game. 27. A Sanskrit word for God in Hinduism. 28. Cancer Stem Cells. (*) 30. A fixed level from which the elevations are measured. 32. Of, belonging to or a typical of man. 37. Formicidae, black or red insects living in colonies. 39. Any central male character in a novel, play or film. 41. A long, narrow inlet which widens towards the sea. 42. Delaware. (*) 45. Electromagnetic. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

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YOUTH CORNER (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Hindu Festivals” )



The unused 12 letters spell “The full Moon day in the Indian calendar month of “Ashwin.”

TEST YOUR OWN IQ The common letters are “Fo” - Fill in the blanks 1. Situated outside one’s own country. FO _ _ _ _ _ 2. To open and spread out. _ _ FO _ _ 3. Either of the front feet of an animal. FO _ _ FO _ _ 4. The large yellow flower of the lily family. _ _ _FO_ _ _ 5. A mass of mist, smoke, dust etc. FO _ 6. A lens of eyeglasses with one part ground for close focus and the other ground for distance. _ _ FO_ _ _ 7. Of many sorts; Multifarious. _ _ _ _ FO _ _ 8. Unidentified Flying Objects. (*) _ FO 9. Twenty two multiply by two. FO_ _ _ FO _ _ 10. To compel observance of (a law). _ _ FO _ _ _ 11. A state of the SW US. (CA*) _ _ _ _ FO _ _ _ _ 12. Last In First Out. (*) [Inventory valuation]. _ _ FO 13. A leaf or flower with three lobes. _ _ _ FO _ _ 14. A page of a ledger. FO _ _ _ 15. To make better by removing faults. _ _ FO _ _ 16. An enemy. FO _ 17. A mount in SE Alaska.(@ 16200’ high) _ _ _ FO _ _ 18. Walking; In motion. _ FO _ _ 19. Information. (*) _ _ FO 20. Preceded by three others in a series. FO _ _ _ _ 21. An opera singer who plays a comic roll. _ _ _ FO 22. Luck; Fate. FO _ _ _ _ _ 23. A sleeveless apron worn over a blouse. _ _ _ _ FO _ _ 24. A young horse or a mule. FO _ _ 25. To carry out; Execute. _ _ _ FO _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

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November 2011 Nov. 2 - Jalāram Jayanti Nov. 6 - Dev Oothi Nov. 6 - Prabodhini Ekādasi Nov. 6 - Chaturmās ends Nov. 10 - Dev Diwāli Nov. 10 - Tripurāri Purnimā (Full Moon) Nov. 10 - Guru Nānak Jayanti Nov. 10 - Tulsi Vivāh Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Nov. 14 - Nehru Jayanti/ Children Day (India) Nov. 16 - Sabarimala Mandala Kalam begins Nov. 21 - Utpatti Ekādasi Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Day Nov. 24 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) Nov. 27 - Muharram /Hizri San: 1433 begins. December 2011 Dec. 2 - Pramukh Swāmi Mahārāj Birthday Dec. 6 - Gitā Jayanti/Mokshadā Ekādasi/ Tazia Dec. 10 - Dattātreya Jayanti Dec. 10 - Akshar Purnimā (Full Moon) Dec. 20 - Jain Pārshwanāth Jayanti Dec. 21 -Safalā Ekādasi Dec. 21 - Hanukkah Dec. 24 -Darsha Amās (No Moon) Dec. 25 -Christmas Dec. 31 -Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Dec. 31 -New Years Eve. (2011 ends)

to do, in the true way, whatever special work directly for the Divine, one may be given to do. Sri Aurobindo further says that your chosen work should be performed with psychic zeal. In these difficult times when many people are not able to truly do the work that they were trained for and apply their skill sets, Sri Aurobindo gives a way out to avoid frustration and achieve inner spiritual growth. Sri Aurobindo further states that the only work that spiritually purifies is that which is done without personal motives, without desire for fame or public recognition or worldly greatness, without insistence on one’s own mental motives or vital lusts and demands or physical preferences, without vanity or crude self assertion or claim for position or prestige, done for the sake of the Divine alone and at the command of the Divine. All work done in an egoistic spirit, however good for people in the world of the Ignorance, is of no avail to the seeker of the yoga. Moreover, the Gita’s yoga consists in the offering of one’s work as a sacrifice to the Divine, the conquest of desire, egoless and desireless action, bhakti for the Divine, an entering into the cosmic consciousness, the sense of unity with all creatures, oneness with the Divine. Finally, at the risk of some repetition of ideas, Sri Aurobindo writes that men usually work and carry on their affairs from the ordinary motives of the vital being, need, desire of wealth, or success or position or power or fame or the push to activity and the pleasure of manifesting their capability, power of work and the good or bad fortune which is the result of their nature and their Karma. When one takes up the yoga and wishes to consecrate one’s life to the Divine, these ordinary motives of the vital being have no longer their full and free play; they have to be replaced by another, a mainly psychic and spiritual motive, which will enable the sadhak to work with the same force as before, no longer for himself, but for the Divine. If the ordinary vital motives or vital force can no longer act freely and yet are not replaced by something else, then the push or force put into the work may decline or the power to command success may no longer be there. For the sincere sadhak the difficulty can only be temporary; but he has to see the defect in his consciousness or his attitude and to remove it. Then the Divine power will act through him and use his capacity and vital force for its ends. Such is the nature of Divine Work.

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debt this month. Your investment is going to bring good return in the near future. Traveling can be fun during this month; however, long distance journey may not bring desired results. Good state of health is also clearly indicated. Try to relax and wait. lIbrA (Sep 23 - oct 23) You may take everything very light and focus on enjoying your time. Be prepared to start harvesting products of your luck during second half of the month. Try not to be greedy. It is advisable to involve your spouse in any financial matters. You may experience major changes in your ideology and routine lifestyle beginning last week of the month. Avoid businessrelated travel this month.

General Predictions for November 2011 ArIeS (Mar 20- Apr 20) Time is turning positive for you now. Even if you make a mistake, destiny is going to bring good results for you. Be prepared for a major change through your partner or friend during the second half of the month. Take brave decision, and make a move. You should enjoy improvements in health by the last week of the month. Avoid dispute with your spouse as it may lead you towards wasting energy, and losing opportunity.

SCorPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) You may feel very romantic this month, and may go out of your way to enjoy life. Very high confidence and energy to execute the project may lead you towards making mistakes. You may aggressively look for changes to hide your mistakes and protect your reputation. Second half of the month may be very hectic and full of challenges. Don’t rush for anything to avoid problems in life. Avoid disputes with your spouse.

TAuruS (Apr 20 - May 21) You may try to cheat with your closest people and face health consequences during first half of the month. Your friends may teach you new ideas to handle the situation. Later on a sense of fear may bother you during the last week of the month. Try to avoid this situation and watch your health and reputation. You may think of relocating to another place. Major property-related expenses are also possible this month.

SAGITTArIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Due to constant health problems and difficulty in proper diagnosis, you may slow down in life. You should be able to maintain a steady flow of income. Major changes in your career are possible during last days of the month. Avoid telling lies or cheating; it may lead you towards major financial problems. It is advisable to play safe and pass the time by going with the flow. Focus on your health.

GeMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Victory becomes a matter of prime importance for you. You may use bad tactics to achieve success. If you can’t win by third week of the month, your own ideas may backfire on you. Try to play safe tricks. More than one health problem may bother you this month. Any risktaking tendency must be curbed. Business-related travel is possible this month. Be prepared to change your schedule.

CAPrICorN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Life is taking a major positive turn now, but don’t plan any permanent action, as you may have to change your plans again in the near future. Don’t forget to take care of your health. The month is very positive as far as financial gains are concerned. Benefit through business partner is possible during second half of the month. Be prepared for a hectic schedule during that time period. Study the situation before making a move.

CANCer (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Try to slow down in the beginning of the month, but don’t compromise with your enemies. Major careerrelated changes are possible during second half of the month. Avoid listening to your friends and focus on family business. Destiny may put you in a position where you may make a mistake and be forced to adopt changes in your routine life. Second half of the month could be much better than first half. Enjoy good health.

AQuArIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Benefit through your spouse or family business may delight you during last week of the month. Money may come your way from more than one direction. Avoid travel and drive carefully. Throat or hearing problem may bother you this month. Family happiness may not be there, but your friends may come forward to help you. Avoid any wrongdoing to make easy money.

leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) After a negative start of the month, major changes in personal life during second half of the month shall place you on top. Be careful of your enemies, as they will try to damage your reputation. Travel plans should be postponed till beginning of next month to avoid careerrelated disturbances. Improvement in health during last days of the month should make you feel relaxed and comfortable.

PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Disturbances in relation with your spouse may ruin your month. Your health may also not be good during second week. You may be able to handle your enemies but will end up paying for it. The most possible impact could be losing a good moneymaking opportunity. You may lose faith with God and start criticizing Him. However, relaxing news during the last days of the month will give you some peace of mind. Take it easy.

VIrGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Life is on the way for major ups and downs. You may change your strategy next month. Hence it is better not to make any major decisions this month. Avoid taking

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Hiring Immediately: Young & Energetic Sales Person. Needed for part/full time position in men’s clothing store. Must speak fluent English and be people friendly. Stores located in Camden, Columbia, & Orangeburg, SC. Good Pay+Commissions. Contact Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681. refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Please contact Anu:  e-mail: recruiter or 704-405-4238 Gas Station Help: Looking for full-time or part-time help for a gas station in Mooresville, NC (Lake Norman Area, Near Charlotte, NC). Experience preferred but not needed. Call 704-2228998 or leave a message. Hotel Help Needed: Single energetic resident person. Accommodation provided must have computer skills, Fluent in English, guest friendly. Will consider couple. E-mail Vaishnav Cook Needed: for Ambaji Mandir in Tampa-Bay Florida area. Full time position. Please e-mail or call for more details. 630-202-8008 Vaishnav Hindu Priest: Needed for Ambaji Mandir in Tampa-Bay Florida area. Must be familiar with performing Ambaji Aarati. Must be totally vegetarian and should be fluent in Hindi and Gujarati. Full time position. 630-202-8008 live-in/ live-out Nanny: Needed to take care of 1 year old baby. House located in Ballantyne area (Zip code 28277) in Charlotte. Please call 972-261-8659 or email live In or live out Nanny Needed: University area for a 15 month old baby girl. Vegetarian cooking and household work also. Please call 704-900-9134 or email at Help wanted: Young Experienced Sales Person. Needed for part/full time position in men’s clothing store in NC. Must speak fluent English and be people friendly. Contact at Gas Station Cashier Needed: Looking for a couple or single full-time for gas station near Rock Hill, SC. Must Speak English and have legal status. For details call @ 803-981-2242. Need Household Help: Live out. Light clean,laundry, ironing,etc. Driving Licence is a plus. Call 980-328-4251 Gas Station Help wanted: Looking for a Couple or single. Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, NC. Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975

MATrIMoNIAl: Seeking A Hindu Indian Female: For a divorced male age 37 for marriage, working in NC on h1b. For info call: 704957-9005 SerVICeS: Priest available for Shri Satyanarayan Katha, Lakshmi Havan, Vastu Puja, wedding, baby shower, engagement and all other types of puja. 704.500.2210 (h) & 704.450.6447 (c). Catering & Tiffin Service: Including Gujarati, Panjabi, Indo-Chinese, South Indian & more. for details call Shyam 919-961-0482. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-2358 Neeta’s beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pari beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 20 years of experience with Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912 Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 E-Mail: Foreign Accent Modification: Your speech is your "vocal resume." Speak English clearly and with confidence. Individual tutorials with certified speech specialists at Triangle Speech Services. South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. Email: Indian bridal Make-up Artist + IndoChristian bollywood Dancer: For weddings and other special events. Discounted Rates! Flexible to travel. Contact Natasha at 704-706-2402 or Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: 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. 123

Henna artist, specialist in Bridal, Arabic,Traditional and all types of Mehendi for all occasions. Eyebrow Threading Available. Call : 320-322-3341 / 980-333-8560 or e-mail: ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Tuition Available: Experienced Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor for middle, high school, IB, AP courses (including AP Statistics). Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. Call 704-497-2639 Astrologer with Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or 919-7982598 MeHANDI & SAreeS: Specialist in Bridal mehandi and henna for all occasions (20 Yrs of experience). We carry designer sarees, 1-2 gram jewelery, Kurtis and accessories. Contact Neena Jain (Trendz) 919-367-0746 or e-mail: experienced, dedicated teacher in ballantyne area: For Preschool/Elementary kids. CMS curriculum, homework help, daycare available. Please call 704-264-7422. Dance Classes in South Charlotte: Bollywood, Latin, Contemporary, Fusion dance lessons being offered for kids of all ages and teens. Email or call 704-576-2225 for details.

Saathee Classifieds: Business ads are $25 & personal ads are $15 up to 25 words. Ask about upgrades to color and box. Submit classifieds on-line at Deadline is the 20th. We accept credit cards and checks. Ads are posted on at no extra charge with paid print listing. Feel free to call us with any questions.

704.527.7570 Fax: 704.527.7590 Po box 11468, Charlotte, NC 28220

A features magazine for the South Asian Community of the Carolinas

November 2011

Index of Advertisers

MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Neeta's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Premier Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 & 35 Raj D Batra (Kamera Art Photo & Video) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . .113 Rajesh Jyotishi (Shalin Financial Services Inc.) . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Rapid Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Ravindra Dave Pandit (Religious Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Roop Beauty (Pooja Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Saffron Restaurant and Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 & 41 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Shining Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Shukla, Kirit (Music Lession & Band) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Situl Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Soni Family Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Spice South . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Sri Somesvara Temple (Calender of Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 State Farm Ins (Matt Woodford) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Tandoori Grill & Dream Of Bombay (Columbia SC) . . . . . . .93 Thakkar, Beena (Realty) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 The Blue Taj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Toyota Of Concord (Rajan Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Weldone Beauti Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Wide Screen TV (TV repair and more) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Yogi Cash & Carry (Indian Food & Spices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 A2Z Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Abacus Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .51 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Anjana's Kitchen (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Ankusha Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Ashwini Kathak Dance Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Asiana Fusion.Sushi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Aura And More... Boutique (Ladies Fashions) . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Belladev Hair Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Bethel Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Bollywood Bites (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 British American School of Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Brow Bar (henna, hair, make up, threading...) . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Carolina Christian Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Chiro-Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Country Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Delhi Palace (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) . . . . . . . .83 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Desai, Rajarshi (CPA, PLLC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Dish Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Eco-Bidet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 E-Nopi of Charlotte (Math, Reading & Writing) . . . . . . . . . . .19 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Five Star Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Flavors Of India (Uptown Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 H2 Laser & Skin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Handyman Services (Rapid Richard) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Henna Mehendi Artists (Bhavini Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Hindu Center Charlotte (Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 India Cash & Carry (Mooresville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 India Super Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Indian Grocery (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Khandekar, Shobana (Coldwell Banker Realtors) . . . . . . . . . .81 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Koolz Enterprises (Apartments in Banglore) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Legacy Jewelers (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Malaya Kitchen (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Marriott Executive Park (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27


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Saathee Magazine November 2011 Charlotte  

A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Carolinas and beyond.

Saathee Magazine November 2011 Charlotte  

A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Carolinas and beyond.