Sunshine Vitamin Dharavi: a Self-Sustaining Ecosystem
Elephant Festival, Jaipur
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Hello Readers! Dharavi is one of the biggest slums in the world. It is also a selfcontained ecosystem. Learn how so many people exist with so little on pg. 8. India is on the frontline in the fight against Somali pirates. See how the Indian navy is assisting with fighting the menace in the story on pg. 16. One of the largest modern dance festivals takes place in Durham, NC this month. Read about the American Dance Festival on pg. 32. Are you running your business while unconscious? Do you make financial decisions while your brain is overloaded? Take a deep breath and find out what we mean by that on pg. 62. Most people make detailed plans before starting a new business. But how do you close a business? Find out about legal and tax implications of shutting down a business on pg. 66. The updated festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community news and events on pg. 94 and keep up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website: saathee.com.
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June 2011 – Issue # 158 Editor: Samir Shukla (firstname.lastname@example.org) Publisher: Divakar Shukla (email@example.com) Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Dilip Barman, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Gail Z. Martin, Anjana Agarwal, Yash Garg, Anita Kulkarni, Manzoor Cheema, Jay Cohen, Jai Rangappa, Ritu Bhat and Jalendu Vaidya.
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All contents © 2011 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. Dharavi, a functioning slum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 News on the cellphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 The Fight Against Pirates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .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 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Saathee.com
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Lessons from India’s Largest Slum
And yet, the government has not provided enough jobs or housing in the formal sector for these people. Dharavi and slums like it serve India’s large population of urban poor by providing them affordable housing, skilled and unskilled jobs and low-cost services and entertainment, say those who research and work in the community.
In many ways, Dharavi is a self-sustaining ecosystem that serves needs not being met elsewhere. By Hanna Ingber Win - GlobalPost.com
A place of business Barefoot children chase each other around large brick kilns While Dharavi has a reputation for having shacks of every billowing out smoke. In another area of Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, girls in oversized dresses wander onto piles of size and shape piled on top of one another, the area is also a garbage. And in a third, a boy chases a goat with a cricket bat, thriving place of business. Stroll through the winding alleyways or along one of the near an open sewer. main thoroughfares and one finds scenes of robust businesses and small enterprises. In one area, called Kumbharwada, a woman sits on a mat on the ground beating a slab of clay with her hands and then rolling it into a large ovular sphere. Barefoot men walk around her, carrying clay pots from inside their homes and placing them to dry outside in the sun. In another area, a woman with a straw basket balanced on her head walks past shops selling paan, cold drinks and metal pots as a man drives by on a Dominos delivery-motorbike. “It’s a humming, thriving place,” said Shirish Patel, a civil engineer and urban planner based in Mumbai. “Everyone’s busy, no one’s begging. They’re all up to something or the other. They live there. They work there. They build enterprises.” A study by the Center for Environmental Planning & Technology found that Dharavi has close to 5,000 informal businesses, which produce goods worth about $600 million a year, as stated in a report by the Harvard Business School. What is particularly remarkable about Dharavi is that its residents have managed to build themselves homes and find or create jobs that support them and their families with virtually no support from the state. “They don’t survive because of the state; they survive in spite of it,” said Kalpana Sharma, an independent journalist in Mumbai who wrote a book on the area, “Rediscovering Dharavi.” “Any redevelopment must appreciate the spirit of resilience and self-help and build upon it.”
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Developers and some political figures look at Dharavi, centrally located in the increasingly congested city of Mumbai, and see a goldmine. They want to tear down the eyesore, move the current population into high-rises with electricity, water and sanitation and turn the bulk of the area into profitable housing and commercial property. The architect who is behind the latest redevelopment plans, Mukesh Mehta, says the new Dharavi will benefit the current population as well as India’s economy as a whole. “If 33 percent of [the] urban population lives in slums — they may live in sub-human conditions, but still, they are a drain on the economy,” he told CNN. “Tomorrow they start becoming contributors to the economy.” Many of Dharavi’s residents along with activists, journalists and urban planners agree that the area needs redevelopment. They welcome the idea of bringing proper infrastructure like water and sanitation to the shanties and other informal homes there. But they also say that Dharavi is much more than merely an unhealthy, polluting, trash-strewn slum. It is a self-sustaining ecosystem that in many ways operates quite well and serves needs not being met elsewhere. Dharavi offers important economic, development, environmental and social lessons for Mumbai and India at large. India has a nearly nine percent growth rate a year, and the country has pulled millions out of poverty over the past two decades. But the country still has a massive population of poor people. About half of India’s children aged 5 or younger are malnourished, and the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day is expected to remain close to 300 million by 2015, according to the World Bank. India’s poor have been streaming out of rural areas and into cities like Mumbai, leading to a larger and larger concentration of the country’s poor in urban settings. India’s urban population grew from 290 million in 2001 to about 340 million in 2008. Saathee.com
A unique market The slum’s massive population — upward of 1 million people live on its 550 acres — has enabled it to be both a consumer and a producer of goods and services. “Dharavi has become a market to itself,” said Vinod Shetty, the director of ACORN Foundation India, which runs the Dharavi Project, an initiative working with 100,000 so-called ragpickers who segregate waste in and around landfills in Mumbai. An advantage of having such a large population living and working in a small area, Shetty explained, is that workers are producing goods that not only get sent out but are also consumed by the local population. This enables Dharavi to have a self-sustaining economy with manufacturing, service and food sectors that serve its residents. Dharavi’s population can thereby do everything from shop and eat to have their clothes ironed and go to the movies, all without leaving the community. On a recent public holiday, a group of men, most of whom cannot afford Mumbai’s air-conditioned multiplexes, gathered inside a local video parlor, grabbed a seat on a wooden bench or a spot on the floor up front, and watched a Tamil movie. Tickets cost 20 rupees, about 45 cents. continued on page 84 8
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Radio? Pioneering broadcasters use mobile phones and creative programming to push the limits of India’s ban on news radio. By Jason Overdorf – GlobalPost.com Even in Asia’s supposed bastion of free speech, India, news radio is illegal. Newspapers are allowed, and so are television stations. But those media reach mainly the rich. For the bulk of India’s more than 1 billion people, radio is all they have. Restricting radio, then, is a powerful way to keep information from the masses. “We call ourselves the world’s biggest democracy,” said Shubhranshu Choudhary, formerly a producer with the BBC. “[But the ban on news radio] tells a lot about our country. It’s a democracy for the rich.” Last year, Choudhary set out to change that. He launched the world’s first mobile phone-based radio news network in Chhattisgarh, a remote state in the middle of India at the center of the battle against Maoist insurgents. His network, CG Net Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh), offers audio broadcasts in the guise of “messages” to listeners who call into a central server. CG New Swara isn’t a news network in the traditional sense and operates without a broadcast license, skirting India’s strict laws banning conventional radio news broadcasts. Some say that in the age of the smart phones and the internet, those laws are becoming outdated. Until 2006, when the government began allowing commercial FM stations and community radio, state-owned All India Radio enjoyed a monopoly on the dial — its only competition coming from international shortwave broadcasts from the BBC and Voice of America. Today, pioneers like Thane Richard — a 23-year-old American from Bozeman, Mont., who hopes to turn Mumbai-based Dabba Radio into India’s NPR — are introducing internet radio to the market. Richard has developed a show made by residents of Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, designed to tell their stories to the rest of India. The station is working with Boston-based former NPR host Chris Lydon on an international chat show intended to be a meeting of the minds between the two democracies. Even though internet penetration remains low — according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India, internet penetration is just 24 percent in urban India, which accounts for about a quarter of the population, and fewer than 1 percent of rural Indians — Richard says that smart phones and technical solutions that can push voice messages out to simpler mobile phones are fast making a conventional broadcast license obsolete. “We don’t have standard FM, but I’m not worried about that,” Richard said. “Internet is growing and we’re working on getting up on cell phones. So that can be overcome.” Saathee.com
Meanwhile, along with Choudhary’s mobile phone-based CG Net Swara, community radio stations like Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik (Gurgaon’s Community Voice) and Kumaon Vaani (Kumaon Voice) are pushing the limits on the content they’re allowed to broadcast. And by harnessing the power of information to mobilize listeners these grassroots radio stations — some 111 in all, according to the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia — have already made an impact. Using call-in shows, radio plays and even folk songs to skirt the ban on outright news, local stations have exposed corrupt practices and drawn national media attention to issues that vested interests had prevented from coming to light. “The thing is that news is undefined, so the government is opposing anything in a news format, with a news reader saying this happened today or that happened today,” said 29-year-old Aaditeshwar Seth, whose free, open-source Grameen Radio Internetworking System software makes it easy to get a station up and running. So far, though, no conventional community radio station has harnessed the power of citizen journalists as effectively as Choudhary’s CG Net Swara, which allows users to call into the system and record or listen to voicemail “broadcasts.” For the last 18 months, the network has broken numerous stories of human rights violations in India’s jungle war against the Maoists, including the alleged burning of some 300 villagers’ homes by the government’s paramilitary forces in March. “Chhattisgarh was a complete black hole [as far as news],” said Choudhary, who started the network with a Knight International Journalism Fellowship. “Nothing came out of that place. Almost all the human rights violations of the last five years, this citizen journalism platform has played a big role in getting that out.” Choudhary calls the mobile phone “the most democratic tool” for gathering and disseminating news. He aims to link tribes like the Gonds, spread across three states, to a single news portal focused on issues they define themselves. That’s something he could never accomplish with a conventional community radio license — partly because a government monopoly keeps broadcasting equipment prices artificially high and partly because regulations limit the reach of community stations to a range of 15 kilometers (9 miles). But his mobile network also has limitations. It still costs users money to call in and listen to broadcasts, and even though some 70 percent of Indians now have mobile phones, many of the remote poor who are his target audience still do not. Choudhary is already plotting solutions for that problem, however. “What we are suggesting is a mixture or a linkage between internet, radio and mobile phone: a voice-based platform where news gathering happens through mobile phone,” he said. “Then in the middle the internet connects one to many on the phone, and thirdly that population without mobile phones has to be served by a short-wave radio station, because it has to have reach.” Of course, for now, despite India’s cherished freedom of speech, a station like the one Choudhary describes would have to be hosted in Nepal, perhaps, or Sri Lanka. Opening it in India would make him a criminal. June 2011
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Somali pirates pose a threat to Indian trade, which is dependent on use of the sea.
India is also in the process of drafting a law that will improve authorities’ ability to prosecute captured pirates. India has not had a modern and effective law by which to prosecute the 120 pirates it is holding. However, despite India’s efforts, the threat from these men in boats continues, largely because of the complex legal issues and the difficulty maritime forces have in patrolling a larger and larger segment of the sea, according to SS Parmar, a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in Delhi. “They are so less,” he said, referring to the naval ships, “and the area to cover is so vast.” Maritime experts say there needs to be better coordination between countries and better investigation into who sponsors the pirates and where the ransom money goes. Furthermore, specialists like Parmar argue that efforts to combat piracy will only be effective in the longterm once India and the international community address the root of the problem, which lies in Somalia being a failed state that does not provide sufficient education, jobs and opportunities to its people. Piracy provides a lucrative opportunity in a land with few good options. A Somali pirate can earn $20,000 to $30,000 a year in a country where the average yearly income is $600, according to a report by Ghosh. In addition to using its naval power to protect merchant vessels, some say that India is also using the issue of piracy as an arena in which to display its growing might. Whenever a country sends out ships, said Ghosh, it sends a dual message: one message is aimed at addressing the issue at hand, and the other is aimed at alerting nations about its capabilities. “Any exercise and deployment of warships is an exercise of your capacity,” he said.
By Hanna Ingber Win – GlobalPost.com Over the past few years, Somali pirates have posed a bigger and bigger challenge to India, disrupting its trade, capturing its merchants, attacking closer to its shores and — like a game of Calvinball — changing the unwritten rules as they go. But India will not give up. Faced with a growing threat from these men in boats, India is stepping up its fight with a variety of measures aimed at ending the menace. The efforts, say maritime security experts, also provide India an opportunity to flex its muscles on the world stage and show that it is willing and able to be a strong regional and global power. “It’s a very big priority for us,” said P.K. Ghosh, a senior fellow at Observer Research Foundation with an expertise in maritime security. “The Indian government is taking [piracy] very seriously.” Worldwide, pirates are posing a bigger problem to trade and security. In the first three months of 2011, there were 142 attacks around the world, up from 67 a year earlier, according to the International Maritime Bureau, a nonprofit that counters maritime crime. India’s trade is dependent on use of the sea, and Somali pirates pose a threat to the country’s booming economy. Annual Indian imports through the Gulf of Aden, which lies between Yemen and Somalia in the Arabian Sea, are valued at $50 billion, and exports are at $60 billion, states a report in the Diplomat. In addition to the 24 Indian merchant ships that travel through the Gulf of Aden a month, the pirates pose a challenge to India’s approximately 100,000 merchant mariners who serve as the crews on foreign ships. Pirates currently hold 46 Indians from various ships hostage. But freeing those Indian hostages has not been easy, especially given that the pirates recently changed their tactics after a negotiation. The pirates typically capture a ship, take its crew and the ship hostage and then demand a ransom. But after a recent negotiation, in which pirates were reportedly given $3.5 million for the entire crew of 15, the pirates reneged on the negotiations and refused to release seven of the mariners until India releases the 120 pirates it has captured. India began beefing up its anti-piracy efforts in 2008 and has since had a warship deployed in the Gulf of Aden to protect its ships there as well as foreign ones. The Indian navy has also deployed ships and aircraft for anti-piracy patrol off the Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius. The Indian government has now decided to deploy more naval ships and has formed an Inter-Ministerial Group to negotiate with hijackers and coordinate with vessel owners and other countries. The group will work on freeing captive Indians and enhancing maritime security, according to local media reports. Saathee.com
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A Strange Love Story (Director: Sahil Seth) Cast: Riya Sen, Eddie Seth, Ashutosh Rana, Yashpal Sharma, Milind Gunaji, and Raj Zutshi
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Always Kabhi Kabhi (Director: Roshan Abbas) Cast: Ali Fazal, Giselle Monteiro, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey, Satish Shah, Lilette Dubey, and Vijay Raaz
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Bin Bulaye Baarati (Director: Chandrakant Singh) Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Priyanka Kothari, Om Puri, Shakti Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, and Gulshan Grover
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3. Always Kabhi Kabhi “Jane Kyon”- Sufi Ver. Music: Aashish Rego, Shree D, Pritam Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali
Bhindi Baazaar Inc (Director: Ankush Bhatt) Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Prashant Narayanan, Piyush Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Shilpa Shukla, and Deepti Naval
4. Love U Mr. Kalakaar “Bhoore Bhoore” Music: Sandesh Shandilya Singers: Shreya Ghoshal and Kunal Ganjawala
Chitkabrey The Shades Of Grey (Director: Suneet Arora) Cast: Ravi Kissen, Rahul Singh, Rajesh Shringapure, Sanjay Swaraj, Akshay Singh, Bobby Vats, and Divya Dwivedi
5. Haunted 3D “Tum Ho Mera Pyar” Music: Chiranjan Bhaat Singers: KK and Suzane D’Mello (Note: This top five is based on the following non-scientific research: your feedback, video rental, box office from India and United states, internet opinions & our opinion) Saathee.com
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Capping off five days of Indian cinematic excellence, the 11th Annual New York Indian Film Festival came to a close on May 8, 2011 with the spectacular Closing Night red carpet premiere of Rituparno Ghosh’s powerful film Noukadubi which was attended by Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Singh Kapoor, Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey, Ambassador Prakash Shah, Consul General Prabhu Dayal, and many other notable celebrities. Following the premiere at Asia Society in Manhattan was the festival’s annual awards ceremony. Created in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York City, the film festival was started to create a better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian subcontinent by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, shorts, and documentaries from that region and its Diaspora to NYC. The 2011 winners are listed below. Best Feature Film - Sthaniya Sambaad (Spring in the Colony), directed by Arjun Gourisaria & Moinak Biswas Best Director - Aparna Sen, Iti Mrinalini Best Actor - Rishi Kapoor, Do Dooni Chaar Best Actress - Konkona Sen Sharma, Iti Mrinalini Best Screenplay - Mohan Raghavan, T.D. Dasan Std. VI B Best Documentary - Bhopali (Max Carlson) Best Short Film - Just That Sort of a Day (Abhay Kumar)
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The story ended but still it was unfinished. I had no idea of the results. Listen to the long story of a tiny doll… (Part 2) All the happiness returned on the path of love and the clouds of unhappiness had vanished with the rolling winds. The spring had bloomed in full and the stars were smiling in the lap (of the sky) and the spring had returned. Finally the dreams came true. The songs and all others became mine. In the world of unknowns, all became mine. This is the motion of the life and the heart of youth. Listen to the long story of a tiny doll….
Suno chhotisi gudiyaa ki ... (Part 1): Suno chhoti si gudiyaa ki lambi kahaani -2Jaise taaron ki baata sune raata suhaani; Suno chhoti si ...O, jisaki qismata men gam ke bichhaune the, Aansu hi khilaune theDarda ki Kushiyaa thi, dukh bhari ankhiyaan thi,Ghar bhi na thaa koi aur dar bhi na thaa koi, –2 hoBhare aanchala men gam chhipaaye aankhon men paaniSuno chhoti si ...Dil men ye aramaana the ik chhotaasaa bangalaa hoChaandi ki dharati pe sone kaa jangalaa hoKhela ho jivan ke yahaan mela ho jivana ke -2 hoGayaa bachapan to aansu bhari aai javaani; Suno chhoti si ...Chaand kaa dolaa ho aur bijali kaa baajaa hoDole men raani ho aur ghode pe raajaa hoPyaara ke raste ho aur phula barasate hon -2 hoBananaa chaahati thi ik din vo taaron ki raani; Suno chhoti si ...O, Tute pal bhar men sapanon ke moti bhi, Lut gayi jyoti bhi Rah gaye andhere ujade huye savereBaata yah puri thi aur phir bhi adhuri thi -2 hoHogaa anjaama kyaa Khabar kuchha bhi na jaani; Suno chhoti si .. (Part 2): Aai Kushiyaan bhi pyaara ki raaton parIthalaati havaaon par, Gam ke hate baadal chaand bani paayalJam ke bahaaren aain aur jhuma ke laharaayin -2 hoHanse aanchal men taare rut aayi suhaani; Suno chhoti si ...Sach huey aakhir aramaan bhare sapaneGita bani aahen aur ban gaye sab apaneGaira ki duniyaa aur ban gaye sab apaneYeh hai jivana ki gati aur dil ki javaani; Suno chhoti si ...Suno chhoti si gudiyaa ki kahaani Meaning (Summary): (Part 1) Listen to the long story of a tiny doll, as if the beautiful night hears the conversation of the stars. In some ones luck, there were beds of miseries, tears were the toys, miseries also were the happiness, the eyes were full of sadness, there was no one in the house and had no fear; hiding the unhappiness and there were tears in the eyes. I had desires in my heart that I might have a small house on the land of silver in the forest of gold where I can play the drama of life and reunion of lives. The childhood had gone and came the tearful youth. There may be a “Dola (Palanqin; Doli)” of the Moon and the musical instruments of the lightning; I , the queen, be on the “Doli” & a king be on the horse; The roads be of love and the showers be of the flowers! I wanted to be the queen of the stars for a day. All the pearls of these dreams were broken and the flame was looted. The darkness remained and the morning was deserted.
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Evolution of Carnatic music - a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, last month, we took a look at one of the most important contributions bequeathed to India by the British viz. the violin and its role in assuming a prominent position in the field of Carnatic music. While Carnatic music has retained its pristine nature over the ages, at the same time, it has also imbibed the influence of cultures from all over the country as well as other parts of the world. This month we take a look at some of the other influences of the British Raj on Carnatic music. Instruments such as the piano and saxophone were among others popularized by the British though none of these instruments became as ubiquitous as the violin in Carnatic music. The famous Carnatic composers Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar as well as Sri Thyagaraja were both inspired by music of the western orchestra. Dikshitar was requested by the collector of Madras to compose Sanskrit texts for the famous European Airs. These compositions include “Santatam Pahimam” based on the tune of the British National anthem God Save the Queen and “Shakti Sahitha Gaapathim.” Dikshitar also composed several other verses in the Western C-major scale, which corresponds to the Carnatic raga Shankarabharana. These compositions all clearly have a western feel to the notes. Similarly Thyagaraja also has compositions like “Vara Leela Gana Lola” that were clearly inspired by Western brass band tunes. Patnam Subramaya Iyer, a composer who lived in Madras (now Chennai) created the raga Kadanakutuhalam also inspired by British marching bands. His composition “Raghuvamsa Sudha” in this raga is a favorite among instrumentalists as well as audiences for its lively and upbeat notes. Several other Carnatic composers also have compositions that praised King George V as well as the Queen Mary. Till we meet next time, do listen to the composition “Raghuvamsa Sudha” on the Internet. You will hear the Western influence in this composition as well as realize why this composition is so popular with instrumentalists. The veteran vocalist Sri Maharajapuram Santhanam has also rendered this composition in all its majestic beauty. Search for some of these compositions on YouTube or other streaming websites.
The tradition of Jugalbandi in the Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music is an age old one, where two skilled musicians perform together. This duet could be instrumental or vocal. Partnership in vocal or instrumental music has been in vogue since the day of Dhrupad. At Emperor Akbar’s court and historian Faqirullah at Emperor Aurangzeb’s court have written that Baiju defeated Tansen in a singing competition at the court of Akbar. Khayal is usually sung as a solo, but there have also been numerous cases of male duo singers, usually family members who learned music together. Even when two soloists perform together, they divide the improvisation between them so that there is still only one vocal part. Their music making is co-operative, not competitive and it takes considerable skill and intimacy to create a performance to which each contributes equally. What defines Jugalbandi is that the performance of two instrumentalists or vocalist be on an equal level of skill. While any Indian music performance may feature two musicians, whether vocalists or instrumentalists, a performance can only be deemed a Jugalbandi if neither is clearly the soloist and neither clearly an accompanist. In Jugalbandi, both musicians act as lead players, and a playful competition often ensues between the two performers. It is common knowledge that the popularity of Jugalbandi concerts owes much to virtuosos Pt Ravi Shankar and the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Indian concert stages, which had been dominated by only soloists, assumed a new dimension around the sixties when the great musical pairs started playing Jugalbandi. However, this form was very much in existence in the decades preceding the sixties. Jugalbandi performances are available online (free) like Pt Bhimsen Joshi and Dr Balmurali Krishnan, Smt Kishori Amonkar and Dr Balmurali Krishnan, Zakir Hussain Alla Rakha Tabla Jugalbandi, Mridangam/Tabla Jugalbandhi and many others.
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First, I want to thank the community for an outstanding support during the stage production of Dances of India show we presented in Charlotte on April 30. Because of the community support we were sold out, 10th year in a row. As that excitement settles, it is also time for arangetrams or Rangapravesha or as we call it here, dance graduation. Every few years I write about this topic, as it is time for graduation from high schools as well as from dance classes. Children are being challenged to perform in front of their family and friends during the Arangetram. Sometimes, they rather perform before the people they do not know than their close acquaintances. It is also time for the parents to get nervous about their children going away to colleges and at the same time preparing for arangetrams. Therefore, this is the appropriate time to give you some background on the history of what is this all about. It was only after ten to twelve years of training that the dancer gave her first performance, which was called as it is today, the “arangetram.” On this occasion the dancer was presented with a bamboo stick, this gave her the title of “Thalaikol.” There is a charming story about the origin of the “Thalaikol”. Urvashi, a beautiful angel in heaven was dancing in God Indra’s court. She saw Jayanta, the son of Indra, and was enchanted by his beauty. This attraction made her to stop dancing for a moment. The interruption rouses the anger of Sage Agatsya, who was watching the performance. He cursed Urvashi to be born as a dancing girl (Devar Kannigai) on earth and Jayanta in Vindhya Mountains. However, when they both begged for forgiveness, the sage said that the curse would seize when Urvashi completes her arangetram and only then she will be presented with the “Thalaikol,” which was Jayanta himself. Madhavi, the dancing heroin in the “Seelapadikaram” is a descendant of Urvashi, the divine dancer, and her first performance is described in detail. The “Thalaikol” was first bathed in the scared waters and then taken in a procession through the city to the dance hall in the temple car. Madhavi was presented after her arangetram with a green leaf garland and one thousand and eight Kalanjus of gold (dear students, please do not expect this! You may get an iPad!!). It was customary to present “Thalaikol” to the dancers who exhibited their talents for the first time. Starting at a young age, the dancers would study in a small room in the Nattuvanar’s (Guru’s) house. The floor was made of mud, which is still the best surface for dancing. In the beginning, a ceremony called Thandiam Pidital, literally meaning
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By Dilip Barman The seventy-eighth annual American Dance Festival (ADF) takes place this summer in Durham. After a June 9th gala that includes works by five choreographers and companies, over a dozen dance troupes will perform, including eight world premiere dances. There is a performance most nights from June 9July 23, along with some daytime matinees and an international screendance festival of dance films. If you have not experienced a modern dance performance, consider taking advantage of ADF, one of the country’s largest modern dance festivals and, luckily for Saathee readers here in the Southeast United States, held in the Carolinas. If you think that you might see ballet, well, you might. If you think that you might see something much more modern and theatrical, you will. If you think that you might see amazingly strong athletic performances conveyed apparently effortlessly, with grace and beauty, that you definitely will see. Perhaps the easiest troupe to initially see to get a flavor of modern dance is Pilobolus (performing Thursday-Saturday June 30-July 2; children’s matinee July 2). You may very well have seen their seemingly impossible configurations of bodies on a commercial or performing at the 2007 Oscar Award ceremony. Their dance is full of humor and excitement, and they always have an afternoon matinee specifically for children. Another great company is Paul Taylor Dance Company (Thursday-Saturday July 21-23; children’s matinee July 23). You may have seen them on television (e.g., the Oscar-nominated documentary Dancemaker about founder Paul Taylor) or at one of their performances over the past 55 years in 500 cities in 62 countries. Flawless choreography often with strong ballet influence makes for classic performances. For those who savor thought-provoking and strong dance, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company (ThursdaySaturday June 16-18) should be considered. Jones, 1994 MacArthur Genius award recipient, has choreographed compelling pieces about topics such as the life of Abraham Lincoln (A Good Man was a film about Jones which appeared at the Full Frame Film Festival this year), Latin American cultural influences on the United States, and a 1989 piece with ADF-supported reconstruction that will be presented this Saathee.com
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By Samir Shukla Rejoice. Fatherhood. I’m running a marathon. It’s an event I have never participated in. I am running with all available energy to make it to the finish line. For someone averse to even short walks, this seems an impossible challenge. I’m not out to win, but would like to finish standing up and with pride. The finish line is a mirage, though. It appears in the distance and moves further away upon approach. My pace slows, but I keep running. I am now pulling the heaviest thing I have ever pulled in my life. I wonder where the energy required in moving such an object comes from. I drag it and then push it, sometimes kneeling on my knees, and run with it as fast as possible for brief moments. Feeling the burn in my arms and legs, I know I need to take the object further down the road but don’t know where it is to be left. A juncture appears. It’s a place where the road splits off into several directions. I sit down, catch my breath and deliberate which road to take. One path will likely be easier than another. Either path will change the story, the journey, and the destination. Which one to take? In the next scene I fade and reappear at the bottom of a giant rock. The top of the massive stone wall is not visible. With a burst of energy I begin climbing. I’ve never climbed such sharp, jagged rocks before. There are endless edges and cracks to maneuver over and around. With careful steps and fingertip grips, I continue on my way to the top. I climb higher and higher and reach for the next ledge while wondering what waits at the summit. It is apparently an unreachable summit but I’m determined to keep going. I have arrived at these scenarios with free will and a feeling of preparation. I wonder how those who are unprepared and thrust into the ultimate test cope. Millions toil away in their functions, I only hope to rise above and beyond basic requirements. I want to not only keep my head above the water, but also glide valiantly on its surface, if not as a hero, then as a firmstanding guide, as a friend. I once soared as free as an eagle, roamed the lands with carefree abandon, arriving and departing with the mood of the moment. Now I am as single-minded as a worker ant. Is this a gift, an option, a choice? It is undeniably a test of will and endurance. There are moments and days of unsure footing. The nights can be quiet, but also restless. Deep sleep rarely comes. The heat is unbearable. The cold chills to the bone. The land is lush and barren at once. Despite all odds, a worker ant roams tirelessly, almost invisible, completing its unending tasks. I try to emulate its instinctive resolve. I wake every morning and a sip of water becomes an ocean of patience. I must be strong and unerring. I must control anger and push away frustrations. If a day is bad, there is always tomorrow. Setbacks are dealt with and successes must be kept into perspective. I build the blocks ever so carefully and try to keep the foundation from crumbling. Saathee.com
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Bijou Roy Author: Ronica Dhar (St. Martin’s Press) After the death of her father, Bijoya Roy (nicknamed “Bijou”) must fulfill his last rites and place his ashes on the Ganges River in India. Though this is usually performed by the eldest son, because her father had only daughters, the duty falls to Bijou. She leaves her boyfriend in Washington, DC and travels with her family to India, feeling all the pressure and responsibility of being a dutiful daughter. Once there, Bijou meets some old friends of her father’s and realizes how much she didn’t even know him. “Bijou Roy” is the story of a woman caught between two worlds - the comfort of her home in the United States, and this foreign world in India that her father belonged to. When she first arrives in India, she fights with everything she has against accepting what is around her. All she wants to do is hide in her grief, yet so much is being asked of her and expected of her. When she learns that there is more to her father than she knew, it makes Bijou feel even worse, that there was such an important part of him hidden from her. However, as she explores her father’s past through Naveen, the son of her father’s close friend, she begins to understand her father more than she ever did while he was alive. A constant theme running through “Bijou Roy” is that of pressure. Bijou feels pressure from all sides - her boyfriend wanting to be there for her during this difficult time, but Bijou wanting space, her mother expecting her to complete the last rites of her father even though they aren’t traditional and she has no idea what to do, questions about her future, especially marriage - and she doesn’t know how to cope with all these people asking something of her. In some ways, she finds peace in her father’s past, even though what she uncovers disturbs her. There, she can just be herself, her father’s daughter, as she tries to understand the man she thought she knew and try to come to terms with his death. By doing so, she begins to understand crucial things about herself and about the clash between tradition and modernity going on around her. Much of Bijou Roy and Bijou’s father’s past has to do with the Naxalite movement in India. I know next to nothing about this movement going into the book, so it was nice to learn something about Indian history while reading this novel. Dhar does a solid job giving the reader a brief Indian history lesson, so it’s not necessary to have an intimate knowledge of the region before reading this book. “Bijou Roy” was a beautiful story about the search for an identity in the midst of grief and loss. It’s wonderfully written; Dhar’s luminous prose really brings the character of Bijou to Saathee.com
In this book, Sam Miller, a BBC correspondent based in Delhi, walks around his beloved adopted city and relates stories and history, giving the reader a sense of the unique personality of this vast metropolis. I absolutely love travel books, so when I first heard about “Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity,” I immediately knew I wanted to read it. I’ve visited Delhi just once, but it left a striking impression upon my brain, so I was eager to see whether what I remembered actually was the truth. Delhi is a travelogue of the best kind. Miller’s passion is to walk, so he tackles the city by walking in circles, in order to ensure he doesn’t miss anything. He takes the reader by such famous landmarks as the Qutb Minar and the place where Mahatma Gandhi was killed, but also stops at the nameless ruins that have been forgotten by history. Each section in the book includes a map so the reader can see exactly where different buildings and temples that Miller discusses are. What I really enjoyed about “Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity,” though, is that Miller takes those beautiful, incredible ruins and structures and juxtaposes them against everyday life in the city. While he’s walking from one landmark to another, he might stop and have a conversation with a photographer trying to make a living by selling silly pictures. As a result, the reader gets a real sense of the dual nature of this city. Delhi is beautiful and majestic at the same time it is poor and its people are struggling. Miller also gives the reader the modern history of the city and visits places that are rarely touched by tourism. Some of his experiences are funny, others are stomach wrenching. All are honest and told with a deft hand and experienced eye. Miller’s love for Delhi is clear on every page, even when he’s discussing difficult subjects that are usually swept under the rug. I cannot recommend “Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity” highly enough. It’s well-written, fascinating, and Miller’s descriptions are such that the reader can hear the sounds of the bustling city. It’s a must for any armchair traveler, or anyone interested in learning more about India.
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By Amanda Sodhi Kucch Luv Jaisaa Original Soundtrack Starring Rahul Bose and Shefali Shah, Kucch Luv Jaisaa tells the interesting story of a housewife who meets a criminal on the run. The compositions are by Pritam Chakraborty and the lyricist is Pritam’s favorite wordsmith Irshad Kamil. Bringing back memories of another Pritam OST Raajneeti, ”Naina” (5.31) presents Mohit Chauhan and Monali Thakur, reminding us of “Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si” again. The composition is romantic, the vocals are sweet, the whistling is upbeat, and the lyrics reflect on the initial stages of falling in love. However, it is a bit weird that even though there is a female vocalist Mohit also sings the female version of the lyrics, too! “Thoda Sa Pyaar” (4.53) features in the soundtrack not one, not two, but three times! Although Anupam Amod, Mannan Shah, Naresh Iyer, Shefali Alvaris all take turns behind the mic, it is Sunidhi Chauhan who stands out the most by giving a restrained performance. There are techno and rock music elements working here, and, overall, the chilled out pace of the composition works rather well and Sunidhi shines! There happen to be two more versions of this song—the “Thoda Sa Pyaar—Raghav’s Search For Love” (5.13) version which is a bit more melancholic than the Sunidhi version, and the “Thoda Sa Pyaar—Madhu’s Search For Love” (5.31) version which is a bit more upbeat. “Baadlon Pe Paon” (4.19) is an upbeat song with the electric guitar adding in more energy. The lyrics are optimistic and refer to joyful ideas such as that of walking on the clouds and touching the sky, desires being fulfilled, and doing what one hasn’t done before. Mannan Shah’s vocals are pleasant to listen to. “Khwab—Rock” (4.41) is a really strong composition full of pathos. Nikhil D’Souza sings this song amazingly well with a lot of emotion and his voice captures a variety of feelings ranging from confusion and bewilderment to angst. There is a buildup of tension in the song and the electric guitar further contributes to this. There is also the “Khwab—Raghav’s Confession” (5.52) version of the track, which is more upbeat and longer and has a different feel from the original. While the Kucch Luv Jaisaa soundtrack doesn’t really boast of any chartbuster material, the compositions are still pleasant and make for great light time-pass listening.
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The Dog and the Pig A folktale from the hills of the Northeast India
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A man kept two animals near his house, a dog and a pig. He kept them in the hope that they would help him in his work. But he was sorely disappointed. All they did was eat, sleep, eat, sleep, and eat again. They did nothing else. Finally, the man decided to get strict. He told the animals to go and work on his fields. His command had some affect on the pig. The next day he worked hard all day, digging up the soil with its snout. The dog was shameless; he just chose a nice shady spot for himself and slept all the time. Tired after a day’s work, the pig staggered home. The dog stayed back and started his work. He took a round of the field and rubbed out all the footprints of the pig. He made sure to leave his own footprints in their place. Then he went back home. Later that evening, the man asked both animals how hard they had worked. The pig squealed and told his owner that he had ploughed the entire field. “This dog is lazy. All he did was sleep in the shade,” the pig said excitedly. It was the cunning dog’s turn to speak and he did a fine job. “The pig is lying. I ploughed the field, not him,” he said. The man was confused. Moreover, he did not believe either of them. “I will go and look at the field tomorrow,” he said. The next day dawned bright and the man set off for his field. All he saw there were the dog’s footprints. He returned to his house and let loose his anger on the poor pig. “You liar, you did not do any work,” he yelled. Since then, the clever dog has been man’s best friend, and has stayed inside the house ever since. He is addressed as “Koko,” which means, “Yes, you did work.” But the unfortunate pig has had to live outside the house. And, whenever he is called for food, he is addressed as “‘Momo.” It means, “No, you did not do any work.” He is still waiting for the day when man realizes that he did work.
(Leaf) 12___He’s turned over a new leaf.2 13___Maybe I should take a leaf out of Mary’s book. 14___I leafed through a magazine while I waited. 15___She shook like a leaf. l. Was very, very nervous m. Started behaving in a better way. n. Copy someone’s behavior to your advantage o. Turned pages, briefly looking at them.
Mastering Meaning By Judith Bergman I have never tried to do my own car maintenance or repair (and neither have most of my clients) and yet I love to listen to “Car Talk” on NPR with Tom and Ray Magliocci, better known as “Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers.” They actually are very smart and have degrees from M.I.T. (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology). I enjoy hearing their wit, sense of humor and brotherly teasing as they advise listeners who call in with car problems. They feature a segment called “Stump the Chump” in which a caller poses a question which they try to answer and then get a call back a few weeks later to see if their solution was correct. “Stump” in this context clearly means “to puzzle” and a “chump” is a silly fool, someone who is easy to “trick.”
Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: (1) Look for the idioms that were in this quiz when you read the newspaper or read news articles on line. (2) Compose your own remarks using one of the idioms and ask a native speaker of English if your usage was appropriate. Some expressions are very informal and should not be used at the office. References: 1 http://www.idioms.thefreedictionary.com/home 2 The Idioms Workbook, 2nd Edition by Myra Shulman Auslin, Pro-Ed www.proedinc.com 2003, pp. 91, 147, 369.
Trees got you stumped? This was a News & Observer headline on Saturday May 7. The article, in the Home and Garden section is a guide to “what, when and where to plant” especially “tough trees” that could possibly replace those toppled by the recent tornados. Do you understand the double meaning of “stump?” This month we will explore the multiple meanings and/or idioms related to “stump” “tree”, “branch” and “leaf.” 1 In the N & O article, the pun referred to a tree stump which is the part of the trunk left standing in the ground after a tree has fallen or been cut down. Stump is also an active verb that describes a political candidate’s travels through an area with frequent stops to make speeches. The candidate stumped the West. Those readers who are familiar with cricket will know that a stump is any of three upright wooden posts that form the wicket.
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Player JHB Waite (SA) GO Jones (Eng) Rashid Latif (Pak) KS More (India) WAS Oldfield (Aus) D Ramdin (WI) BJ Haddin (Aus) MJ Prior (Eng) RS Kaluwitharana (SL) JM Parks (Eng) NR Mongia (India) Saleem Yousuf (Pak) JR Murray (WI)
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Hello cricket fans. IPL 4 has ended and the league is already making preparations for IPL 5. The cricket action around the world continues. Here are some match-ups coming up. Below there’s a table of historical stats about some top-notch wicket keepers. India visits West Indies: June 4, 2011 - 20 over match @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 6, 2011 - 1st ODI @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 8, 2011 - 2nd ODI @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 11, 2011 - 3rd ODI @ Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua June 13, 2011 - 4th ODI @ Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua June 16, 2011 - 5th ODI @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 20-24, 2011 - 1st Test @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 28-July 2, 2011 - 2nd Test @ Kensington Oval, Barbados July 6-10, 2011 - 3rd Test @ Windsor Park, Dominica
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Historical Stats Let’s take a look at some great wicketkeepers who had the most dismissals in Test action (tabulation is minimum 100 dismissals): Span 1997-2011 1999-2008 1988-1999 1970-1984 1981-1991 1967-1981 1990-2003 1967-1984 1998-2004 1946-1959 2002-2010 1990-2002 1976-1986 1963-1980 1957-1966 1980-1992 1971-1984 2005-2011 2004-2011 1988-1998 1992-1998 2000-2010 1992-2002 1990-2004
Mat 50 34 37 49 54 42 32 40 49 46 44 32 33
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Span 1951-1965 2004-2006 1992-2003 1986-1993 1920-1937 2005-2010 2008-2011 2007-2011 1992-2004 1954-1968 1994-2001 1982-1990 1993-2002
Inns 265 191 224 182 150 174 141 146 122 175 99 121 151 119 98 109 106 101 93 96 77 90 96 118
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How the Delhi Metro Tamed India On Delhi’s subway system, which will be larger than London’s Underground by 2021, there is no shoving or shouting. By Jason Overdorf – GlobalPost.com At the tail end of rush hour on a typical Monday morning, commuters stream out of the Delhi Metro station at Nehru Place, a teeming shopping district. The station is a gleaming, mirror-finish high-rise, and the commuters in their office garb and ladies in saris stride out of it in brisk, orderly fashion; no shoving, no shouting, and no spitting. In any other Asian city — Hong Kong, maybe, or Singapore — the rush-hour scene at the Metro would be nothing remarkable. But this is Delhi, where the few things that work the way they’re supposed to — the mobile phone networks, pizza delivery and the five star hotels — stand out as exceptions. And the Metro, a government-run project, has been, since the first line opened for business in 2006 under budget and three years ahead of schedule, something of a miracle. Five years later, with the third phase of a four-stage construction schedule, the system has upheld that high standard — and promises to be bigger than the London Underground when it’s finished in 2021. “When the new stations were built, I just went there to see how they looked,” said Sajjad Mohammad, a 26-year-old aspiring screenwriter who uses the Metro to commute to Delhi from the satellite city, Noida, across the Yamuna River. “It’s good to see public property that’s nicely designed — not like the regular trash that Delhi has.” In a city where nothing is ever finished, and everything is under repair — broken concrete and rebar flung haphazardly on the roadside rather than carted away when a job is “finished” — the Metro is just about the only public facility where the label “world class” reflects reality. But the achievement is bigger than that. From punctuality to cleanliness to civility to rule enforcement, the governmentowned Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is rapidly transforming a city that most foreign visitors, frankly, dismiss as a rude, aggressive basket case. To be sure, the problem isn’t licked yet. Despite better safety standards than are typical for India’s construction industry — a Metro project is one of the few sites where workers wear hard hats — more than 100 people, including 93 workers, have been killed by accidents since the project began in 1998. At least one study has shown that the Metro’s impact on non-riders — especially the very poor — has been negative. Construction has displaced people and the more costly train system has in some places caused the government to reduce the number of buses. There is still a big gulf between the showpiece stations at upscale destinations like Khan Market — a shopping area popular with the elite — and less glamorous stops in lower middle-class Saathee.com
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The First Spaceman Yuri Gagarin 50 Years later By Jai Rangappa A Russian pilot became 1st man in space, 27-year-old cosmonaut’s 108 minutes trace, As he circled in space once round the earth, Parachuted down into the country of his birth.
Once upon a time By Ritu Bhat Once upon a time, I looked into your eyes, Those dreamy dark eyes, Eyes deep with passion, Eyes that took my breath away, And left me speechless.
April 12, 1961 Gagarin’s rocket left, At 9.07 am, Moscow time in secret, As United States peacefully slept, Rest of the world in peace dreamt. Yuri Gagarin circled in the spacecraft Vostok, As a stunned America & the world took stock, Russian was the first weightless man in space, He returned to earth smiling with simple grace.
Once Upon a time, We started meeting each other, Under the beautiful blue sky, And our feelings became everlasting, Just like the love within you and me.
This handsome man became a poster boy, For communist Russia’s intrigues and ploy, He has remained a national hero till late, After a great historic feat of man to date.
Once upon a time, We sat by the pond, We held hands, And gazed into each other’s eyes. We felt a bond so strong and magical, As if our souls were connected. And then I knew, I knew I had lost my heart to you.
Yuri Gagarin was a simple man & kind, With Valentina, his wife always in mind, With a loving older daughter Yelena, And an adorable younger one Galina. He told loving wife Valentina to remarry, If mission was fatal or was lost in space, But she was never for him to feel sorry, He carried himself with concern & grace.
We met everyday, And with time fought the weeping willow, Suddenly my perfect fairytale was on fire, Sunlight shone on my eyes, Shattering my fantasy. The sun ascended, And reality settled in.
Writing to Valentina, he did to her ask, To raise daughters “not as princess But as real people”, fulfilling his task, Opened space, to adventure limitless.
And then finally the day came when we overcame the tragic, And under the dreamy light of the moon, Our love lived that moment with it’s magic!
A handsome Hero of the Soviet Union, To city of Moscow was next day flown, Greeted by premier Nikita Khrushchev, By all adoring Russians & Brezhnev.
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LikeAnother signature aspect of Dharavi that enables residents wise, the residents of Dharavi do not want to buy those goods to make money off small margins — and could be jeopardized because they are too expensive and because they live and work by the redevelopment plans — is that many homes double as in Dharavi and therefore would rather shop there as well. workspaces. “What has happened,” Shetty said, “is that a unique market In the Kumbharwada pottery community, Dhansukh Bhimji has been created which depends on its own population, which Rathod finishes his lunch in his 200-square-foot room and then buys the services and also works in those manufacturing sec- sits on a wooden bench spinning a clay pot on a wheel. As his tors. So, by depending on their own consumption, they are now hands wrap around the clay, crafting the material into the perbecoming a self-sufficient township.” fect shape, his brother squats on the floor in the back, pounding away at hardened pieces. Rathod’s aunt sleeps on a makeshift Cost efficiency bed nearby, and his children play outside. Dharavi’s high level of congestion — it is one of the most After Rathod spins each pot, he steps outside his home and densely populated settlements in the world — helps businesses places it to dry in the sun. He will then cook the pots in the large because they can sell in volume. kilns outside his door. This also enables individual entrepreneurs to make profits Rathod, 33, wearing a clay-splattered T-shirt and shorts, says using a small contribution of capital and a large use of labor. A his father and grandfather were born in this same house and vendor sitting on the pavement in a Dharavi alley may only be also worked as potters. If his neighborhood is redeveloped, selling slices of watermelon, but the high foot traffic enables Rathod and his family would likely be moved into a 300- to 400him to earn at least a little money. square-foot high-rise apartment. Furthermore, the congestion enables businesses to quickly “This is where I live. This is my grandfather’s land, I’m not and easily find anything they need, whether it is raw materials ready to leave it,” he said through a translator. or skilled or unskilled labor, said Shaikh Mobin, who was born He also says he has been working as a potter since he was 14 and raised in Dharavi and now runs his family’s successful re- and has no other skills. If he is moved to a high-rise, he won’t cycling business. Dharavi’s recycling industry collectively em- be able to continue his work, which requires both indoor and ploys about 200,000 people, mostly day laborers, women and outdoor space. children, according to a 2009 report by the Harvard Business “If we get a building, how will we eat?” he said. “We can’t School. work; we can’t get money. Then how will we eat? There won’t However, there is also a fear among some urban planners be work, so only sleeping in the building.” that the plan to redevelop Dharavi would push what is already Other residents earn income by renting out their bottom a congested area over the edge. floor. This extra money would also be lost by the redevelopThe redevelopment that is expected would squeeze Dharavi’s ment plans. residents onto less than half of the land in order to free up the Only giving someone a free apartment in a high rise will not rest of the area for commercial property and housing. Such a be enough to address their needs and will in effect destroy the high density of people would not leave enough circulating area system they have created to survive, said Sharma. The redevelon the ground to accommodate the community, said Patel the opment plan must take into consideration the fact that housing urban planner. and livelihood in Dharavi is interlinked, she said. “It’s physically unworkable,” he said. Being able to sell in volume and easily find labor and mateDiversity of jobs rials are some of the many ways entrepreneurs can cut costs by Another aspect of Dharavi’s economy that works well is the doing business in Dharavi. great diversity in industries and the kind of jobs available. This Businesses have low overhead because rent is cheaper than enables people with varying education levels and skill sets to in more formal areas of Mumbai. Its central location within the find employment, gain training and work up the ladder. city keeps transportation costs down. Deals can be processed Razing Dharavi and replacing it with a few large companies and businesses opened and closed quickly because there is less would not be as socially sustainable because it would eliminate bureaucracy than what comes with doing formal business in the rich diversity of jobs and only provide employment for a India. certain type of person, said Paul, who has worked on a book Employers can pay laborers less because the workers’ have that provides an alternative possibility for redeveloping Dharlower living costs thanks to residing in Dharavi. The workers avi. do not have to pay to commute and have cheaper housing, food The current system also enables many to be entrepreneurs, and services. which leads to a higher level of security, satisfaction and stabilAnd while one could argue it is unethical, businesses can also ity than working for someone else, Paul said. pay their workers less because labor laws are difficult to enforce “In a city where the government has not fulfilled the responfor informal jobs. This has led to much of Mumbai’s manufac- sibility of giving people jobs, [entrepreneurialism] is a very imturing industry moving to slums like Dharavi and becoming portant aspect to maintaining that stability,” he said. informal, said Aneerudha Paul, the director of the Kamla Raheja And while many of the jobs done in Dharavi may entail danVidyanidhi Institute of Architecture and Environmental Studies gerous and unsanitary working conditions, the very nature of in Mumbai. them means they could not be done in other parts of the city. Affordable housing and cheap services in slums also enables continued on page 92 wealthier Indians living in other parts of the city to employ
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Health Fair 2011 Triangle area Hindu temples (BAPS, HSNC, and SV Temple) and the Triangle Indian American Physician Society will jointly present a Health Fair on June 18, 2011 from 9 am – 1pm at the HSNC, located at 309 Aviation Parkway in Morrisville, NC. The joint effort features health awareness. Blood draw for lab will take place on June 11, 2011 from 8 – 11 am. The lab report will be available at the health fair. For proper results for the blood test, do not drink (except water) or eat after midnight. A $10 donation or more per person will help offset expenses. A team of volunteer physicians and staff will answer questions for the following areas: asthma, allergies, colorectal cancer, cardiac wellbeing, drug addiction, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, pain and stress management, women’s health and more. There will also be eye check-ups. Other highlights include learning about living wills and getting CPR certified. For further details call Dr. Jaylan Parikh (919.745.7070), Dr. Vandana Devalapalli (919.413.1318), Kanu patel (919.247.9820) or visit www.tahts.org.
Free Medical Clinic Builds Interfaith Bridge By Dr. Manzoor Cheema What started as an effort to address medical needs of Muslim women in the North Carolina’s Triangle Area, quickly transformed into an interfaith free medical clinic catering to both genders. Founded by Muslim physicians and volunteers in 2007, Mariam Clinic has offered its services to the medically uninsured people in Wake and Durham Counties. In the process, Mariam Clinic has broken many negative stereotypes associated with Muslims and portrayed a balanced and accurate depiction of many Muslim community members. This is especially significant in the context of rising Islamophobia in the nation, which is not helped by the fact that a large number of people, up to 69 percent Americans according to Pew Research Center, have never met a Muslim. The Mariam Clinic achieves the objective of interfaith understanding in two ways. Mariam Clinic provides fee medical services to patients of all faith, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, whose experience at the clinic also enriches their understanding about Muslims. Secondly, Mariam Clinic has recruited physicians and volunteers exhibiting similar diversity. Mariam Clinic also provides interpreting services in multiple languages, and their staff of physicians and volunteers has served approximately one thousand patients to date. This interfaith clinic was featured by local media organizations. Learn more at www.MariamClinic.org.
Dhoom Machaale IV IAC-Disha presents the Bollywood dance night Dhoom Machaale IV on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 9:30 pm – 2 am at the Dharma Lounge located on 1440 S. Tryon St. # 105, Charlotte. The booming beats will be presented by DJ Rang (Masala Beat Club, Raleigh). Admission is $12 (advance) or $15 (at the door). Must be 18 or older to enter. All ticket proceeds go towards charity. For details call 704.350.5281 or visit www.disha.iacofcarolinas.org. Tickets are available for sale at Rajbhog and Cakes n Flakes in Charlotte. Youth Camp and Summer Retreat Presented by Life Mission USA, a youth camp and summer retreat will take place from July 17 – 24, 2011 at the Lakulish yoga center in Mebane NC. The camp is for children aged 9 – 18 and this year’s theme is “Harmony with Nature.” The camp offers activities including, learning about Sanatan Dharma and culture, field trips, outdoor and indoor sports, vegetarian meals, learning to cook, volunteerism, group discussions, arts and crafts. The camp will be conducted by Swami Satyanand. For more details visit www.lifemissionusa.org or call 336.421.0690.
2011 Heritage India Festival By Yash Garg The annual Heritage India Festival showcased rich cultural heritage of Indian Americans on April 23, 2011 via folk and classical dances, music, cuisine, and art sessions at the HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville, NC. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Baisakhi through folk dances, music and cuisine.” The Bhangra presented by the dancers of the Natya Academy truly brought out the spirit and sentiments of the Punjabi people who celebrate Baisakhi with much enthusiasm and fanfare. Morrisville Mayor Pro-tem Pete Martin read out the city council resolution proclaiming April 23, 2011 as India Heritage Day. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker sent a similar proclamation. The program began with “Deep Prakashan” and prayer by Dr. G.D. Sharma, followed by a brief address by Mrs. Saroj Sharma. The
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The BAPS Charities Health Fair took place at the BAPS temple in Charlotte on May 21, 2011. Patrick Cannon, At-Large City Council member attended the event, which presented health screening for general health as well as specific treatments for all the attendees. Photos courtesy of BAPS.
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ADF is active in the community, including hosting free workshops at public schools. It has a strong international program, including, for example, ADF/India in 1990. Historically, iconic modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham and others established the Bennington Festival in Vermont in 1934 for dance instruction and performance. It became the American Dance Festival and moved to Connecticut College in New London in 1948. In 1978, ADF moved to Duke University’s campus in Durham, NC. Partially designed with the needs of ADF in mind, The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) opened in 2009 as one of the largest regional theatres, boasting 2700 seats. Since then, ADF has split its shows with some companies performing at Duke and some at DPAC. For full details about the American Dance Festival call 919684-6402 or visit www.americandancefestival.org. Sample video clips, ticketing information, schedule (including select performances that include a post-performance discussion with the dancers – highly recommended!), and more are readily available in an easily navigable website. American Dance Festival is a treat for the eyes, mind, and soul.
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ordinated 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 Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8 - 11 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. For further details: http://www.geocities.com/steelecreekcricketclub Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact email@example.com. 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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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 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors, firstname.lastname@example.org; Venky, Triad Tigers, email@example.com.
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. Info: 336.644.1111 www.lifebliss.org
Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday @ 1 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888 www.nckrishnas.com
Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410. For further details: Hirabhai Zaver 336-375-5350 Paresh Patel 336-609-3014 www.gcap.us India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. 2011 committee members: Anu Sharma, President Punita Ahuja, Vice President Ruby Singh, Secretary Krishna Balu, Treasurer Indu Kaur, Youth Representative Kumar Vansh Bhardwaj, Webmaster Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) www.iatnc.org Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s priSaathee.com
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: Jun 12 —- Gayatri Yagna [Ekadashi Gayatri Jayanti] Jul 9 through Jul 17 —- Ram Katha Jul 16 —- Guru Purnima Jul 17 —- Patotsav/Annakut Jul 17 through Jul 24 —- Youth Campkids above age 8 can participate with their parents, fee is $350, participant and volunteer will receive certificate upon completion of youth camp Aug 27 —— 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. —Nandotsav Sep 2 through 5 —- Health Retreat Oct 4 —- 5 - 9 p.m. —- Durgashtami Oct 11 —- 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—Sharad Purnima Oct 26 —- 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. —- Diwali Annakut/Laxmi Poojan Info: 336.421.0690 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lifemissionusa.com 100
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Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am - 4 pm. Sat Jun 11 - Picnic at North Cary Park at 10 am – 4 pm. For further details: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, email@example.com Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, firstname.lastname@example.org Bhartiben Patel / Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, email@example.com Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891, firstname.lastname@example.org
Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlotte region) www.balagokulam.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org 102
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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 greater community. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) email@example.com www.hsc-ncsu.org 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: firstname.lastname@example.org - Triangle area email@example.com 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) firstname.lastname@example.org www.humsub.net 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 eduJune 2011
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International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 internationalcommunitychurch.org
Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Upcoming Events: Info: www.icmds.org
International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) www.hindi.org
Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) www.iaff1.org Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For further details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) www.indusfoundation.info Saathee.com
International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) email@example.com www.swaminarayan.info 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 106
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Community News & Events 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: firstname.lastname@example.org http://ncpaa.org Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. Info: www.prathamusa.org 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 email@example.com http://www.youtube.com/user/Priyadars hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, economy and politics. For further details: http://www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/ Saathee.com
Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. Info: www.vedantanc.org RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For further details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) www.rtpmm.org S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 firstname.lastname@example.org www.svtemplenc.org Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. 108
For further details contact: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar) email@example.com> www.srcm.org, www.sahajmarg.org SAMPIGE Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sampige.org Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. For further details: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) www.shareandcare.org Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 www.sgncweb.org South Indian Fine Arts Academy [SIFAA] SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts June 2011
Community News & Events and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. For further details: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org 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. Info: 919.461.1773 email@example.com www.stgregoriosnc.org Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area of NC. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tcanc.org Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President) http://members.fortunecity.com/tamilsangamofcarolina
Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For further details: email@example.com www.tataonline.org Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. Saathee.com
For further details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: www.idrf.org. Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Sat Jun 11 – Picnic Sat Oct 8 – Sharad Purnima Sat Nov 5 – Diwali For further details: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 www.nctga.org Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) firstname.lastname@example.org
Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing 110
devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For further details: email@example.com Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org www.trianglevegsociety.org Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email email@example.com. www.twocentsofhope.com Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) firstname.lastname@example.org June 2011
By Sri SaiBaba’s grace, Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of North Carolina (SSMNC) is at the final stage of pursuing a property in Cary, NC. SSMNC is seeking moral and financial support from the community to make the dream of opening Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir a reality. Location: 1150 SW Maynard Rd Cary, NC 27513
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• SSMNC is pursuing a lease to own agreement for this property with a downpayment of 10% property value. Proposed closing is by 11th June, 2011.The fundraising target is $350K to meet downpayment and operating expenses for the first year. • The proposed property is comprised of 3.5 acres land with a 4000 sqft, 5 year old Class A commercial building(previously used for wedding celebrations), O&I zoning, ready to move in with religious assembly permit. • The proposed mandir building has a large hall for Sanctum sanctorum, lobby area, four offices, three meeting rooms, four restrooms, kitchenette, gallery, and storage rooms. Steeple is removable and Shikhar construction is possible. • Currently 100 car parking ability, adjacent 1.54 acres land is being pursued for additional (70-80) parking. • The donations, given exclusively for buying the property, will be kept undeposited until the closing formalities are completed. • The donors will be informed prior to depositing the check.
The following are suggested amounts for having donor's name on the Donor Wall inside the Mandir. Donations of a smaller amount would also help us achieve the goal. Every dollar counts. Donor Category Diamond Emerald Ruby Sapphire
Suggested Donation $5,000 or more $2,500 or more $1,000 or more $500 or more
Mailing Address for donations: Sri Shirdi Saibaba Mandir of North Carolina Box # 365, 1251 NW Maynard Rd Cary, NC 27513 Phone: (919) 386-1085 Fax: (619) 924-7895 Web: www.ShirdiSaiMandirNC.org Email: info@ShirdiSaiMandirNC.org
Please join us in the fundraising efforts and if you would like to volunteer, please contact Mayura Sevala at (919)481-0640 or Ramakrishna Boggarapu at (919)244-9425 or send email to email@example.com.
Community News & Events Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808
Regional Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] Info: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.barsanadham.org Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bilateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. For further details: 678.762.7589 AniThirdM@aol.com, email@example.com. 770.840.1925 - firstname.lastname@example.org. www.giacc.org Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. For further details:
910.485.4626 910.484.8956 email@example.com www.hindubhavan.org Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Sun Jun 5 - Balagokulam 10 am-11 am, Bhajans 11 am-12 noon, Balavihar 11 am12 noon, Geeta Study 10:30 am-12 noon Sun Jun 12 - Balagokulam 10 am-11 am, Balavihar 11 am-12 noon, Geeta Study 10:30 am-12 noon Sun Jun 19 - Balagokulam 10 am-11 am, Balavihar 11 am-12 noon, Geeta Study 10:30 am-12 noon Sat Jun 25 and Sun Jun 26 - Talks by Swami Brahnarupananda (from Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC) Info: 252.830.5177 (Dharam Vasnani), VasnaniD@aol.com 910.990.1091, B.S. Srivastva Hindutempleenc@gmail.com
South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Rd, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 or (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For further details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel firstname.lastname@example.org www.bethelchristianfellowship.org Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program 112
conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For further details: email@example.com Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. For further details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For further details: www.hindutemplesc.org/index.php India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. Info: 803.884.0859 firstname.lastname@example.org International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for all people of Indian origin. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) www.internationalfellowshipchurch.org Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 – 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their June 2011
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Tomato and Tortellini Toss Ingredients: 2 to 3 cups fresh broccoli flowerets 1 9-ounce package (about 2-1/2 to 3 cups) cheese tortellini 1/2 cup pesto 2 large tomatoes, cored, quartered, and cut into large bite-size chunks Freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese for garnish Method: In a small saucepan, steam the broccoli for about 5 to 6 minutes, until it is just tender-crisp. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the tortellini and cook until done according to the package instructions. Drain and toss with the broccoli and pesto until thoroughly coated. Add the tomatoes and toss briefly. Pepper the dish and serve at once, garnish with the feta cheese. Serves 4. Tomato and Garlic Baked Stuffed Potatoes Ingredients: 8 extra-large baking potatoes, scrubbed 1 T. olive oil 2 T. unsalted butter 1 large onion, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced Saathee.com
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2 large fresh tomatoes, cored, seeded, and cut into bite-size chunks 1 T. red wine vinegar 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Method: Bake the potatoes until the flesh is tender. Slice the potatoes lengthwise and cool briefly. When they’re cool enough to handle, spoon the flesh into a bowl, leaving a thick enough casing to support the filling. Reserve the 6 best casings. Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium-size skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat, stirring, for 10 to 12 minutes, until the onion is golden brown. Stir in the garlic, sauté for another minute, then remove from the heat and scrape into a bowl. Put the skillet back on the heat. Add the tomatoes and sauté them for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat, just until they start to soften. Stir in the vinegar, cook for a few more seconds, then transfer to the bowl with the onions. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Using a potato masher, mash the potato flesh with the sour cream, leaving it a little on the chunky side. Add the Parmesan cheese, and then fold in the reserved tomato mixture. Salt and pepper the stuffing to taste, then pack it into the reserved skins, dividing it equally. Bake the tomatoes for about 25 to 30 minutes, until heated through. Serve hot. Serves 6. All Recipes courtesy of Floridatomatoes.org We welcome recipes and suggestions for inclusion in this column every month. Send query to email@example.com
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June 2011 June 1 - Darsh Amas (No Moon) June 5 - Guru Arjundev Shahid Day Jun. 12 - Nirjala/Bhim Ekadasi Jun. 15 - Vat-Savitri Purnima (Full Moon) Jun. 15 - Kabir Jayanti Jun. 16 - Hazrat Ali Birthday Jun. 19 - Father’s Day Jun. 21 - First day of summer Jun. 27 - Yogini Ekadasi Jun. 30 - Darsh Amas (No Moon) Jun. 30 - Shabb-e-Miraj. July 2011 Jul. 3 - Ratha Yatra Jul. 4 - Independence Day (US) Jul. 5 - Dwarkadhish Patotsav Jul. 11 - Deva Shayani Ekadasi Jul. 13 - Jul. 18 - Jaya-Parvati Vrata Jul. 15 - Guru Purnima (Full Moon) (Chaturmas begins) Jul. 26 - Kamika Ekadasi Jul. 30 - Divaso/Hariyali Amas (No Moon) Aug./Sep. 2011 Aug. 1 - Ramadan begins Aug. 5 - Saint Tulsidas Jayanti Aug. 9 - Putrada/Pavitra Ekadasi Aug. 13 - Raksha Babdhan Aug. 13 - Naliery Purnima (Full Moon) Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 19 - Pateti (Parsi New Year: 1381 begins) Aug. 19 - Naag panchami Aug. 21 - Shitala Saptami Aug. 22 - Janmasthami Aug. 25 - Aja Ekadasi Aug. 31 - Eid-Ul-Fitr Ramadan ends. Ramzan Eid Sep. 1 - Ganesh Chaturthi Sep. 5 - Labor Day (US) Sep. 11 - Anant Chaturdasi/Ganesh Visarjan Sep. 18 thru Sep. 27 - Shraaddha Paksha Sep. 28 - Navaratri begins Oct. 5 - Navaratri ends
Till the very end, Sen Babu maintained that he was following a plan, and perhaps he was right. As the machine got slowly built, it looked impressive, with huge steel rollers and shining new electric motors, and everyone thought that Sen Babu would soon become a celebrity businessman. One evening, just before leaving INTEC for his drive home, Sen Babu gave instructions which were specific but were misunderstood by Hara. Next morning, when Sen Babu came to INTEC, the twenty-four feet roller lay cut in half. Sen Babu was shocked, angry and disappointed. Hara had blundered. “I do not remember ordering you to cut the roller in half,” thundered Sen Babu. “How could you do such a thing?” Hara was ashamed. He stood dejectedly as the storm raged all around him. Sen Babu’s neighbor in the industrial estate, Naresh Kaku, said, “Iron can always be cut and welded. With an oxy-acetylene torch iron can be sculpted.” And so it was that Hari, Hara’s elder brother, expertly undid his brother’s mistake by welding the severed parts of the roller together. When a bright coat of paint had been applied, the roller looked as good as new. As the days turned into months, a few odd jobs came in, and the machines started turning. But it became clear that INTEC was going into the red. The overheads were too high, so Sen Babu decided to relocate to a smaller shed. The entire factory was shifted to its new home at Picnic Gardens, picturesquely so named in British times by a whimsical official. Through good times and bad times, Sen Babu never lost his courage or his fortitude. And yes, the rolling up machine was indeed sold, but as scrap—-to a scrap metal dealer. The good thing was that the colossal mistake of making a gigantic machine without a firm order served to temper Sen Babu and mature him quickly into a seasoned businessman. He learned to buckle down and work things out, give marketing talks and balance his books. He learned where to buy his raw materials cheap, and how much to pay his workers. His hard-won business skills served him in good stead through the good and lean years, and all the in-between years, till he eventually paid off his loan, recovered the deed to his land, and sold it all to make a tidy profit. Sen Babu had finally arrived, and so had Hari and Hara.
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“holding the stick” was performed. The young people were initiated into dancing by holding the stick. On this day, as on all celebrations, presents were offered to the guru/teacher as a “Guru Dakshana.” In the modern world, arangetram is like achieving a milestone in Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi or other classical dance forms. Sometimes, we take many aspects of our lives for granted. Completing arangetram is a great challenge. Majority of dancers hope to complete this goal. Very few are fortunate and determined enough to achieve it. Those of you who aspire to complete arangetram in the near future, I wish you good luck. I congratulate those who have already completed their arangetrams. For more articles and analyses on the numerous dances of India, visit www.saathee.com and go to the articles tab and scroll down to the dances of India tab. 118
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Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Nucell Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Nuv Yug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Olive Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Paracha Entertainment (Atif Aslam & Sunidhi Chauhan) . . . .3 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Patel, Shital (Sam) (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . .9 RBC Bank (Shikha Panjwani) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Saathee.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Select Auto Sales (Vehicle Locator Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Shirdi Saibaba Mandir (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Tamarind (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Tandoor India Restaurant - Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Telugu Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 58 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Vedic Center Of Greenville, SC (Bhaishri) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 A Thompson Driving School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .57 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .85 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bombay Bejing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Cambria Suites (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .80 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Chakras Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . . . . . . . . . .101 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 City Furniture (Contemporary Concepts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .97 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .73 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Editing and Writing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Encore Amusement LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 EZ Grow Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Festival of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Hindi & Music Classes (Poonam Sirohi - ETCI) . . . . . . . . . . .24 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Life Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Mahabazar.com Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. 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