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In This Issue Water Inequality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Education and Inequality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Full Frame Documentary Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 NY International Film Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Indian Railways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Pakistan Sectarian Violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Pirates Caught on Tape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 REAListically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Personal finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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Water and Inequality are Intertwined The story of urban Indians, however, is a mere fraction of the larger reality of accessibility to resources that spans the country. “The 2011 census showed that of India’s 79 million urban households 18.6 percent were without a toilet while for the 168 million rural households it was 69.3 percent,” explained Juan Costain, who heads the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program in India. More than 65 percent of the country’s population resides in rural areas where sustainable access to water is an even greater challenge. There is also the issue of quality — urban water is full of pollutants that vary by city. The country’s water lifelines — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Kaveri rivers — carry waters deeply contaminated by untreated sewage. Towns and cities across India dump untreated domestic waste directly into the rivers. In rural areas, water is laced with chemicals thanks in large part to agricultural practices that are heavily dependent on pesticides. The lack of access also puts the burden of collecting water on the shoulders of women and girls, who spend countless hours walking to far-off water sources and carrying it back for cooking, sanitation and drinking needs. Many girls sacrifice their education as a result, making it far less likely that they will ever be able to climb out of poverty. According to the World Bank, India has made much progress in recent years to improve access to water from 63 percent of the rural population in 1990 to 90 percent in present day. Access to improved sanitation facilities increased to 23 percent over the same period, affecting some 150 million people. This year’s budget also allocated a significant increase in funding towards water and sanitation, reflecting recognition at government levels, that this is an issue of some importance. This, however, just isn’t enough. Despite healthy and exciting changes and projections in today’s India, and a growth rate that is the envy of many a struggling European economy, the glamorous buildings and the growth of big businesses don’t reflect the reality of basic health conditions across the country. There is not a single city across India that has 24/7 access to water, save for a World Bank project in three cities in Karnataka. Nowhere is this imbalance more visible than in India’s rapidly transforming ‘corporate cities’ – places like Gurgaon in Haryana state, which borders the city of Delhi. Here there are a growing number of luxury developments. As the DelhiGurgaon Expressway leads into Gurgaon’s main strip, glassfaçade corporate buildings line either side of the road. There are shopping malls aplenty filled with Indian and foreignbrand clothing, accessories and digital technology. There are also abundant new condominium projects offering city views, swimming pools, state-of-the-art gymnasiums and Jacuzzifitted bathrooms. Rents for three- to four-bedroom flats at the fancier buildings start at about $3,500 per month. To the naked eye, the shimmering expanse of Gurgaon is a sign of new India, of wealth and success. But this visual of wealth and economic growth is something of a mirage. Behind each glamorous building lie small, messy slums. Electricity to the area’s posh residences is guaranteed only by way of large generator systems. And water can be seen ferried back and forth in large,

Water access and quality are of grave concern to hundreds of millions of people. By Sonya Fatah - NEW DELHI — Water has always flowed through India shaping its caste system, purifying believers and offering a font of political and industrial power. In Kathputli Colony it trickles into the sprawling slum through a collection of thin pipes and hoses. They snake across potholed roads lined by open sewers, through narrow alleys where children in ragged clothes beg amid the stench of feces and urine carrying an illegal water supply to the people who live there. Not far away, water soaks the sprawling green lawns of beautiful bungalows where There is not a single city corporate elites practice across India that has 24/7 putting on well-watered golf access to water, save for a greens all to the constant World Bank project in three sound of ticking sprinklers. cities in Karnataka. It’s not uncommon for urban settlements like Kathputli to crop up right beside the golf courses, some of them legal, others on usurped land. In India, the top 10 percent of India’s wage earners make 12 times more than the country’s lowest 10 percent. Two decades ago, the top tier made six times more. As many of the world’s developing economies make progress on income inequality, Kathputli is a window into the reality of many neighborhoods across unevenly growing metros, overflowing with migrants from rural areas and poorer neighboring states as government policy lags behind. “We had no access to water,” says Mohammad Maqsud, 33, the self-appointed people’s representative of one part of Kathputli and an electrician by trade. “So we discovered the city’s main supply line, which was running alongside the railway line. We dug ourselves to an access point and developed our own supply line off it.” Prior to 2005, India had no legislation on mandatory delivery of basic services like water. Hence, those with limited or no access to water found ways to get those resources — whether building illegal lines or organizing politically to offer votes to leaders willing to make a deal. “In reality — although there was no legal framework to provide water to illegal settlements — people did get services through various platforms that they negotiated with full collusion of the authorities,” said Gautam Bhan, who teaches urban poverty, housing and planning theory at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Many parts of New Delhi suffer from water supply issues, explains Bhan. “I live in an upper-middle class neighborhood and I get water for 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the evening. Demanding 24/7 water supply in India is like flying in the air with no feet on the ground.”


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relatively ancient tankers with drippy faucets carrying 10,000 liters of water for about $40. One of the poshest offerings in Gurgaon is the Oberoi Hotel, where a single room costs about $550 a night. Interested in the Presidential Suite? For $5,500 a night, it’s yours. Catering to India’s growing corporate community and international business travelers, the hotel is built around a dramatic courtyard with reflecting pools and fountains. On one side a glass front Gucci store offers the best in luxury retail. In the early morning workers in gumboots tread carefully with long nets to fish out the day’s casual debris. A Ministry of Urban Development study on 423 cities across India with populations of over 100,000 people discovered that not a single city qualified in the top tier in water and sanitation. According to estimates generated by the World Bank, poor sanitation costs India about 6.4 percent of its GDP every year. Of the 1.1 billion people worldwide who are forced – due to lack of access – to defecate in public, over 600 million are in India. The history of access to resources like water can be tracked to certain exclusionary socio-historical forces. The Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management and the National Conference of Dalit Organizations believe that water has been used as a “weapon to control and subjugate excluded communities.” Historically, villages had a hierarchy of access based on India’s caste system. Water sources such as wells, ponds and rivers were accessible first to higher castes so that members of lower caste communities would not pollute the water sources. The Dalits, or lower castes, built the water systems but could not use them. In urban centers in India today much of this is broken down because of either state-provided resource delivery systems that don’t take caste or class into account. However, in many villages today access is still determined through hierarchy. One of the major challenges India faces in virtually every sector is scale. Its size, population and complicated political and bureaucratic system make it difficult for water projects to have large-scale impact with any speed. However, there are plenty of small and medium-scale projects under way. One example of a successful water project is Arghyam, a public charitable foundation set up by technology and publishing entrepreneur Rohini Nilekani. Nilekani set up the foundation in 2005 with an endowment channeled to “meeting India’s growing water challenges.” Arghyam is a funding agency that collaborates with government, NGOs and other institutions with the objective of achieving impact and scale. Its projects attempt to bridge the gap between rich and poor by focusing on “quantity, quality and access to domestic water in communities across the country.” Its tagline is “Safe, Sustainable Water For All.” In 2011-2012 fiscal year, Arghyam had funded a range of water projects across 19 states through 53 projects, directly impacting 500,000 people. Ninety percent of Arghyam’s funding goes into rural projects in partnership with NGOs or state players. “The hesitation for funding in the urban space for water and sanitation because urban is a political minefield,” says Priya Desai of Arghyam’s India Water Portal, referring to the complexity of the urban areas where diverse communities


compete for physical and political space. “Slums are usually not notified they don’t come under city development plans.” But there has been a gradual shift in attention towards the urban space, as well as plenty of small civil society efforts under way. Soaib Grewal started Waterwalla in 2009 with a businessschool team whose main objective was to find a solution to the urban clean water issue. In their drive for sustainability the Waterwalla folks tried to create a market-driven model to sell water filtration systems after educating slum-dwellers in Dharavi, Mumbai about the importance of clean water — some 1,600 people die every day as a result of drinking dirty water. What Grewal and his team learned was this: despite the size of India’s urban slum community, those in the business of making water filtration systems weren’t looking at that segment even as part of their corporate social responsibility programs. The filtration systems were too large for the tiny hut homes, and the literature, almost always in English, was targeted at the middle class. “Then there was also a cost issue. There aren’t enough micro-loan schemes in the urban areas for devices like this,” explained Grewal. “Unilever has been trying it out in rural areas but nothing in the urban areas.” This is changing today, with Tata introducing Swach, a fairly successful cheaper, smaller filtration system aimed at this target market. Others, like Eureka Forbes and Bajaj – all mass market companies creating filtration systems and other electronic items – are also beginning to look at slum communities as buyers and tailoring products like filtration systems to suit their needs. In some parts of the country, there have also been community-driven solutions, like the Sarvajal, an initiative launched by the Ajay Piramal Foundation, which created large central filtration systems and allowed consumers to have cheap access to clean water by way of a Water ATM. “We need to change how we approach the entire issue, says Smita Misra of the World Bank. “There needs to be a statewide action plan on urban water and sanitation which is completely missing today. The states have not designed their own policy for service delivery. The focus has been on infrastructure development but not on service delivery.” “The way forward is decentralization and the right kind of service models at the customer levels – efficient and accountable,” she continues. “There is a huge gap in infrastructure and service delivery in urban water supply and sanitation and rural water supply and sanitation and how to move towards efficient, managed service.” In the absence of a comprehensive, country-wide approach, India will continue to project embarrassing figures for sanitation. It will also continue to suffer from water leakage and theft, as in Kathputli Colony. The entire city of Bangalore is served by the Caurveri River, which lies 100 kilometers away. Along its path to Bangalore the water pipes get punctured in numerous places along the way feeding communities with no official access to water. Like folks in Kathputli, who see little government interest in their community, they take matters into their own hands. Because without water, residents say, comes a loss of dignity. “Why do you identify yourself as a laborer?” shouts out one resident in Kathputli Colony at the community leader. Everyone here recognizes him as easily the most educated man in Kathputli. “You see, these people don’t get it,” he slurs. halfhiding his magic glass bottle. “As long as they keep identifying themselves as lowly, they’ll always be seen as lowly.” April 2013

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Is Education Policy Increasing Inequality? In 2009, India guaranteed its citizens the right to education. But critics say the policy is marred by a dangerous move toward privatization. By Jason Overdorf - NEW DELHI — In the tiny, one-room shanty that she shares with her father, mother, brother and sister when she is home for the holidays, 11-year-old Babli answers questions about the private boarding school where she lives and studies for nine months of the year. “In my school, they teach English and different-different subjects,” Babli says. “We have more activities, games, football, table tennis, dancing, singing, yoga, musical instruments. There are also lots of cultural programs. My favorite subject is English.” Typical of the makeshift homes of New Delhi’s hundreds of “jhuggi (hut) clusters,” Babli’s house is an eight- by ten-foot cell, with a corrugated aluminum roof and concrete walls. There is no window. The ceiling is low enough to force an averagesized American to stoop. The law sets Against the back wall, a requirements for cot stretches from corner to schools — many of corner, where Babli’s elderly father is sleeping off a which lack basic bender. There’s a desert facilities such as toilets. cooler for the hot summer and a single, bare fluorescent bulb for light. A 21-inch television, bought on an installment plan, enjoys a place of pride atop the family’s only other piece of furniture — a battered wooden cabinet. The family’s clothes — half a dozen faded outfits — hang from a steel pipe overhead that doubles as the center roof beam. Next to the front door, which leads to the gutter, a shower caddy nailed to the concrete holds four toothbrushes and a tube of toothpaste. In another corner, plastic jars hold a dusting of flour and foodstuffs next to a two-burner stove. “I’m a casual worker at a thread factory nearby,” says Babli’s mother, Santosha, the family breadwinner. She has been forced to stay home today, without pay, because the factory where she works in violation of India’s labor laws is undergoing a government inspection. “I make 150 rupees ($3) a day,” she says, “working seven days a week, from nine in the morning to nine, ten, or sometimes eleven at night.” Santosha, the family, and everybody crowded into the tiny room hope that Babli will fight her way out of this place to a better life. As part of an experiment conceived by activist-educator Anouradha Bakshi, who runs a non-profit called Project Why, Babli attends an elite, English-language boarding school on the outskirts of the city instead of her area’s government-run, Hindi-language school. By every available measure, that gives her a much better chance at breaking out of the slum. And it

makes her a kind of advanced case study for a potentially revolutionary Indian government program designed to offer millions of poor families the chance to send their kids to private schools. For the lucky ones, it’s like winning the lottery. But even Bakshi herself, who fought school authorities and dipped into her own pocket to get eight slum kids into posh boarding schools, remains deeply worried that for the majority of the population the creeping privatization of India’s education system will only increase inequality further. “The government schools today, especially the primary schools, have mostly illiterate parents,” Bakshi said. “Ten years ago, 20 years ago, you had a better social mix in government schools. Because privatization hadn’t really happened then.” “What happened is the middle class moved out,” she said. “Unless you have a school system where several social strata learn together, you’re not going to be able to rise. It’s not by buying a mobile phone or getting a TV in your house that things are going to change.” In 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s United Progressive Alliance government pushed through a new law enshrining education as a fundamental right and guaranteeing free, compulsory education for every Indian up to age 14. The law sets requirements for schools — many of which lack basic facilities such as toilets. It prohibits schools from holding back or expelling students. It requires that surveys be conducted periodically to measure the school-age population of every neighborhood and make sure every child has a school to attend. It calls for the setup of school management committees — where 50 percent of the members are parents — to ensure schools are performing. And it makes radical new demands of the country’s private schools, which already serve about a third of India’s elementary school students, although the government accounts for 80 percent of the country’s schools. Promising to reimburse schools for their fees, or at least the amount the government schools spend per student, Section 12 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 (RTE) makes it compulsory for every private, unaided school to reserve 25 percent of the seats in its entry level class for poor or disadvantaged students. Meanwhile, governmentaided private schools are required to provide free education to poor and disadvantaged children in proportion to the aid they receive from the government. This year, the first such students entered first grade, in small numbers, at private schools around the country. “It has the potential to be the world’s largest school voucher program,” says Parth Shah, director of the New Delhi-based Center for Civil Society, which has long argued that India should adopt the “school choice” concept pioneered by University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman. There are plenty of reasons to believe that the RTE policy is on the right track. By the Gini coefficient that economists use to measure inequality, India is a more egalitarian society than China, Mexico, Thailand or the US. But a walk through New Delhi is proof enough that where the gap lies is at least as important as how wide it is. Some 400 million Indians like Babli’s family are fighting to survive on less than $1.25 a day, and despite the government’s good intentions, they can’t count on the state for low-cost housing, clean water, reliable public transport or much of anything at all. continued on page 80 14

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Commando (Director: Dilip Ghosh) Cast: Vidyut Jamwal, Pooja Chopra, and Jaideep Ahlawat Shootout at Wadala (Director: Sanjay Gupta) Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Siddhant Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, and Sonu Sood

Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke (Director: Jyotin Goel) Cast: Dev Goel, Adah Sharma, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Dutt, Anupam Kher, Chunky Pandey, and Rati Agnihotri Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Director: Ayan Mukerji) Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin, and Madhuri Dixit

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Director: Mira Nair) Cast: Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Riz Ahmed, and Keifer Sutherland

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (Director: Sangeeth Sivan) Cast: Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Dharmendra, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, and Anupam Kher

Aashiqui 2 (Director: Mohit Suri) Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, and Shaad Randhawa Ankur Arora Murder Case (Director: Suhail Tatari) Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Paoli Dam, Arjun Mathur, Vishakha Singh, Harsh Chhaya, and Tisca Chopra

Bang Bang Bangkok (Director: Vikram Pradhan) Cast: Namit Khanna, Sahil Anand, and Sidhant Gupta Fukrey (Director: Mrigdeep Singh Lamba) Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Richa Chadda, Manjot Singh, Ali Fazal, and Vishakha Singh

Gippi (Director: Sonam Nair) Cast: Riya Vij and Taaha Shah Go Goa Gone (Director: Krishna DK) Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, and Suparn Verma

I Love NY (Director: Radhika Rao) Cast: Sunny Deol, Kangna Ranaut, R Madhavan, Prakash Raj, Manoj Joshi, and Tannishtha Chatterjee

Zanjeer (Director: Apoorva Lakhia) Cast: Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Mahie Gill, Prakash Raj, and Sanjay Dutt

Policegiri (Director: K. S. Ravikumar) Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Prakash Raj, Om Puri, Prachi Desai, and Manoj Joshi

Aurangzeb (Director: Atul Sabharwal) Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, Rishi Kapoor, and Sasheh Aagha

Filmistan (Director:Nitin Kakkar) Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Innamulhq, Gopal Datt, Kumud Mishra, and Saroj Sharma

Mickey Virus (Director: Saurabh Varma) Cast: Manish Paul, Elli Avram, Varun Badola, Manish Choudhary, and Puja Gupta

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By Dilip Barman The sixteenth annual Full Frame Festival, the country’s largest documentary film festival, comes to Durham, NC from April 4-7, 2013. From morning until past midnight at multiple venues, over one hundred films will be screened, including a number of world premieres. Along with invited films, there are 51 films selected from over 1200 submissions from around the world. For the first time, Full Frame is a qualifying event for consideration for nominations for both the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject and The Producers Guild of America Awards. South Asian themes always seem to be well represented. This year, films that may be of particular interest to Saathee readers include Blood Brother, described in more detail below, Outlawed in Pakistan (directors Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann; after a young woman is allegedly raped, her family faces a flawed justice system to take her case to trial), the world premiere of Menstrual Man (Amit Virmani; an entrepreneur dreams about reducing gynecological diseases among rural Indian women by teaching them to make, and sell, sanitary pads), and The Record Breaker (Brian McGinn; Sri Chimnoy devotee Ashrita Furman holds more Guinness Book of World Records than anyone else, and continues to make new records). I had a chance to preview Blood Brother (Steve Hoover) shortly before press time. Rocky Braat, the Director’s best friend, grew up with a difficult childhood and never seemed to feel connected to America. While studying art, he decided one summer to visit India, where he met a group of orphans with photo by John Pope HIV/AIDS in a village in Tamil Nadu. The visit impacted Rocky profoundly; he returned only briefly to the United States to work on fulfilling his new plans of going back to India permanently and trying to make a difference in the lives of these children. Rocky indeed moves to India and becomes part and parcel of the children’s lives, living amongst them in a small home, as they do, without running water. His love is imperfectly genuine as he takes on the role of father to a large group of appreciative and adoring children who call him “Rocky Anna.” Rocky is often filmed doing something – helping a child take medication, using tools to get a stuck item off of a finger, participating in a funeral, taking a child to get medical attention – and talking plainly and about the situations. Some of his quotes that resonated with me include, “I hate the idea of death being able to separate,” “People will always criticize – you’ll never please everyone”, and “We all need love.” Throughout, Rocky’s now exuberant and newly purposeful life spirit shines. He – and the children – often have childlike


and true laughs and smiles, while always the threat of a sudden health emergency lingers. Perhaps the part of the film that most reveals Rocky’s complete immersion into his new world is when one of the boys needs to be admitted to the hospital when that boy’s body seems to be shutting down. Nobody, even Rocky, gives the boy, eyes stuck shut, any chance of surviving more than a day or so, yet Rocky stays with the boy and actively tends to him, catching spit, dabbing open sores, and in general advocating right by his bedside for the boy’s needs. The film has a gritty, earthy feel representative both of the protagonist as we get to know him, and of people trying to live lives while dealing with life-and-death always in the balance. No pretense, intentional and accidental camera shake, muted and sometimes bright colors, and real human emotion are all parts of the film. I could not help but shed tears several times in the film. Rocky continues to live in Tamil Nadu. As the Director writes, “Rocky endures a daily diet of rice, a rat infested hut, visa problems. He suffers with the children…. He is an amateur dentist, clown, teacher, friend and father to the children…. I was inspired to tell his story because I know him. I know he isn’t a saint or a miracle worker, but every day he fights his own nature and the forces arrayed against him, and I think that maybe this story could inspire others.”

The film was made entirely with donations, and all proceeds from the film go to support the orphanage and children with HIV/AIDS in India. Almost all of the people involved in making the film contributed their time and talent with no remuneration, and established a 501c3 non-profit, LIGHT (Living to Inspire Global Healing Today). I encourage Saathee readers to come to Full Frame to see this film and support it through information on its website, I have seen just a few other films that will be presented at Full Frame. As a stay-at-home Dad, I was quite interested in By Her Side (Ik stond erbij) (Niels van Koevorden). Anticipation of the birth of a child is usually told from a woman’s perspective, but in this film, three fathers share their dreams and feelings as they wait for their partners to give birth. The film was short and moving. President Johnson (LBJ) has a reputation of being an effective politician who knew how to work to get legislation passed. Recently declassified White House tapes show him struggling with daily issues in the Oval Office, including difficulty connecting through overseas operators to the head of Pakistan, “a lack of attractive Negros in governmental positions”, including a party thrown by his daughter into his schedule, and complaints about limited dessert options. “Diplomacy, armcontinued on page 28 April 2013

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film recreates the final months of the British statesman’s stay in India. Apparently, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife invited Chadha into their home, so she could portray her Partition film truthfully. Chadha will recreate the interior in a studio for filming. Chadha has been friends with the Prime Minister’s wife Gursharan Kaur for some time now.

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Birju Maharaj to Choreograph Madhuri Dixit

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Kathak guru Pandit Birju Maharaj will choreograph Madhuri Dixit for her next film Dedh Ishqiya. Birju Maharaj, whose choreography as last seen in Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop, said that it is always a delight to work with good dancers like Dixit as they catch up with dance steps faster and their involvement in dance is tremendous.

Mira Nair’s global thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, and Shabana Azmi releases in theaters on April 26. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid. The story begins in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tells Bobby (Liev Schreiber), an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back ten years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica (Kate Hudson). But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez’s dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death.

Rajinikanth’s Next Film to Be Released in Four Languages One of the most awaited Indian films of 2013 will be released in July. The next Rajinikanth film Kochadaiyaan, will be released simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu, English and Hindi. For the first time in Indian cinema, the Motion-Capture technique in 3D was used. Dr. Manohar, the film’s producer told Bollywood Hungama, “We got Stereo D, the people who did the 3D of The Avengers to do the Motion-Capture technique in 3D for Kochadaiyaan. They came down to India to work on our film. And the results are staggering.” Even the superstar Rajinikanth was blown away by the results. The film is directed by Rajinikanth’s dauther Soundarya. There are also plans to dub the film into Japanese, French and Italian. Deepika Padukone has a sizzling dance number with Rajinikanth, the tune composed by A R Rahman.

prithviraj to star in Happy New year South India film star Prithviraj, who made his Hindi film debut opposite Rani Mukerji in Aiyyaa, has been signed to play one of the three main leads in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. This is a big project for Prithviraj considering he will be sharing screen space with Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan. Besides Happy New Year, Prithviraj will also be seen in YRF’s Aurangzeb that features Arjun Kapoor in a double role.

Ajay Devgn Signs Rs. 400 Crore Deal Ajay Devgn has inked a staggering Rs. 400 crore deal with Star India for exclusive satellite rights to all his upcoming Bollywood releases until 2017. Devgn is the only star, along with Salman Khan, to have four films in the elite Rs 100 crore-club. Among the first of the films to be released for the actor is Sajid Khan’s retro fiesta Himmatwala, produced by Ronnie Screwvala & Vashu Bhagnani. The next is Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha followed by an action film with Prabhu Dheva and a sequel to Rohit Shetty’s Singham. The deal is reportedly for a period of five years and is said to include at least ten films.

Ekta kapoor,Vishal Bhardwaj to make Acting Debut In a marketing initiative, Ekta Kapoor will promote her upcoming venture Ek Thi Daayan, through a serial on Life OK channel, Ek Thhi Naayika. This show will mark the acting debut of producers Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj. Ekta and Vishal will both do short cameos in an episode each. Talking about making her acting debut, Kapoor told Bollywood Hungama, “Don’t ever expect me to act because I will be bad at it. You might see a blink-and-miss cameo of me standing behind a tree. I don’t mind playing a tree. As long as I don’t have dialogue, I can stand in a scene.”

Subhash kapoor to Direct Munnabhai Chale Delhi It looks like the long-awaited sequel to Munnabhai films is beginning to take shape. The third installment of the Munnabhai series, Munnabhai Chale Delhi, will be directed by Subhash Kapoor instead of Rajkumar Hirani (who had directed the first two parts in the series). Hirani is busy filming P.K. and is not available for the required dates. The stars of the previous two films will return. Sanjay Dutt will portray Munnabhai while Arshad Warsi returns as the loveable Circuit. The film goes on the floors this year with a release date sometime in 2014.

Gurinder Chadha visits Rashtrapati Bhavan The Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha recently visited New Delhi to research her next project which will be based on the months before the partition of India into two countries in 1947. The film’s central character is Lord Mountbatten and the


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By Kirit Shukla

Rājkumāri (1924–2000) Rājkumāri Dubey was a playback singer with a soft voice. She was born in 1924. She never had the opportunity to learn to sing, but was always supported by her family. She was just 10 years old when she recorded her first song for HMV in 1934 and she started her career as a stage artist. She sang many Gujarati and Punjabi as well as Hindi songs. Her first film witch was a Hindi-Gujarati bilingual project called Sansar Leela Nayi Duniya. Though she was not trained to sing, she was very good at picking up whatever her composers taught her. She sang for many leading music directors like Anil Biswas, O.P. Nayyar, Gyan Dutt, Shyam Sunder, S.D. Burman, Naushad and Roshan. She was married to V.K. Dubey late in life. She played important roles in many films produced by Prakash Pictures. She was paired with Jayant, father of famous villain Amjad Khan, in the films Bombay Mail (1935), Bombay ke Sethani (1935), Azad Veer (1936), and Snehlata (1936).

Song: Ghabarā ke jo ham ... Film: Mahal Year: 1949 Music: Khemchand Prakāsh Singers: Rājkumāri Lyric: Nakshab Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Mishra Khamāj Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Madhubālā, Ashokkumār, Vijaylaxmi Ghabarā ke jo ham

Following are a few other films: 1937 - Insaaf, Knwab Ki Duniya, Kulvadhu; 1938 - Toofan Express, Chhote Sarkar, Gorakh Aaya; 1940 - Jaadoo Nagari, Anjam, Pyar, Suhag; 1941 - Anjan, Manthan, Naya Sansar, Sasural, Swami; 1942 - Apna paraya, Barat, Bhakta Surdas, Chudiyan; 1943 - Ishara, Naukar, Panghat, School Master; 1944 - Dr. Kumar, Kadambari, Panna, Pollice; 1945 - Naseeb, Ratnavali, Yateem, Village Girl; 1947 - Chalte Chalte, Bhakta ke Bhagvan, Hatimtai; 1948 - Aap Biti, Toote Tare, Hua Savera, Suhag Raat; 1949 - Dhoom Dham, Jigar, Mahal, Neki aur Badi; 1950 - Bawre Nain, Dolti Duniya, Hanste Aansu; 1951 - Badi Bahu, Sagar, Bhola Shankar, Saudagar; 1952 - Anandmath, Naubahar, Tarang, Raagrang; 1953 - Firdaus, Gunah, Jalianwala Baag Ki Jyoti; 1954 - Aurat Teri Yahi Kahani; 1971 - Pakeezah 1977 - Kitaab (Last Song: Bhajan; Music: R.D. Burman)

Lyrics in English: Ghabarā ke jo ham sar ko Takarāyen to achchhā ho Isa jine men sau dukh hain mar jāen to achchhā ho Dil Dubane kā manzar vo bhi to zarā dekhen Ānsu meri ānkhon men bhar āen to achchhā ho Jo ham pe guzarani hai ika bāra guzar jāe Vo kitane sitamagar hai khul jāe to achchhā ho Meaning (Summary): It is better that I hit my head when frightened. There are hundred miseries in life, so it is better to die. Let me just see the view of a drowning heart. It would be better that the tears fill in my eyes. Let me have that pain once and for all, if it would come anyway. It will be better to know how much of a torturer he is. Lyrics in Hindi:

She had a hard time getting playback singing opportunities when Asha and Lata Mangeshkar entered in films as playback singers in late 40s. Rajkumari died in poverty in early 2000. Awards: Aashirwad Navratna award in 1996. Her famous Hindi song lyrics “Ghabarā ke jo ham ...” are given in this issue of Saathee in the column to the left. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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twisting, and gastronomy as lifted from LBJ’s daily diaries and recorded phone conversations and animated by archival photographs” are presented in a delightful short film (8 minutes 46 seconds running time) by Scott Calonico, You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Our Nixon (Penny Lane), sources hundreds of reels of found footage of Super 8 home movie footage obsessively made by three top White House aides. H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin all ended up in prison and these films were seized by the F.B.I. during the Watergate investigation. Four decades later, is a completely archival documentary showing these films and giving a new and unique look at the Nixon presidency. Several films are on environmental issues. In the world premiere for A Will for the Woods (Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, and Brian Wilson), the green burial movement is explored through the perspective of a man searching for his final resting place with minimal harm to the planet. The North American premiere of True-Life Adventure (Erin Espelie) describes a tiny patch of a Rocky Mountain stream on a beautiful June afternoon. Pandora's Promise (Robert Stone) is a story of how environmentalists reflect on their changing stances on nuclear energy. Films on political issues include Citizen Koch (Carl Deal and Tia Lessin) about the Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision as seen through the Wisconsin 2011 election standoff; Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch) about the 1970 arrest and trial of activist and free speech champion Angela Davis; and The World According to Dick Cheney (R.J. Cutler and Greg Finton). Several films from past years will be shown, some for free and some outdoors. One such film that I wrote about last year and which subsequently has been theatrically released is Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski). It covers a National Geographic photographer who uses “revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record” illustrating climate change. As a professional photographer, I particularly relished this film and would highly recommend it for all ages. There are so many other films that promise great appeal. Several films from past years will be shown, some for free and some outdoors. One such film that I wrote about last year and which subsequently has been theatrically released is Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski). It covers a National Geographic photographer who uses “revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record” illustrating climate change. As a professional photographer, I particularly relished this film and would highly recommend it for all ages. Many filmmakers attend Full Frame; there are opportunities at question and answer sessions immediately after screenings, as well as at panel discussions and informally in between events to engage with them. The Festival website,, gives details about the films and events, including the schedule and ticketing information. Many travel from other states and even overseas to take advantage of this world class Festival that we have in our region. Beware that many films sell out; if you can, I highly recommend enjoying the Festival by purchasing a pass, rather than buying individual tickets. Even if you can only attend some screenings, you may become hooked and start looking forward to Full Frame 2014 as Sunday of the Festival comes and goes.

The 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival is scheduled to take place from April 30 – May 4, 2013. The fest will feature films, documentaries, and shorts from and about the Indian subcontinent. NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience the rich and diverse film cultures of the Indian subcontinent through a mix of film screenings, , industry panels, nightly parties, an awards ceremony, and gala red carpet events. The New York Indian Film Festival will kick off its week-long festivities with a star-studded Opening Night red carpet premiere, which will take place at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Festival screenings will take place throughout the week at Tribeca Cinemas, with the Closing Night selection to be followed by the annual awards ceremony and after-party at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. In addition, this year marks the launch of a new award at the 2013 Festival that will honor student-created short films (five minute or less). In conjunction with their cinematic line-up, NYIFF also presents informative networking events in the form of industry panels. These panels explore in depth such topics as financing, distribution, and production in an increasingly global market, and are helmed by esteemed experts in the film industry. The New York Indian Film Festival started in 2001 following the devastation of the September 11 attacks on New York City. This festival creates awareness and better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian Diaspora by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, documentaries, and shorts from that region. Some of the artists who have lent their support to the festival include Nair, Mehta, Salman Rushdie, Madhur Jaffrey, Padma Lakshmi, Shabana Azmi, Rishi Kapoor & Neetu Singh Kapoor, Shashi Tharoor, and the late Ismail Merchant. “I am thrilled to entertain, educate and challenge audiences with yet another year of fantastic Independent films from every country in the Indian subcontinent as well as the global Indian diaspora,” says Indo-American Arts Council Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani. Film Festival Director Aseem Chhabra adds, “We are particularly excited about this year’s festival since it marks 100 years of Indian cinema. As such, we are curating a series of recently restored classics from India, never seen before in this condition. There is no better place for these films to be showcased than at this year’s New York Indian Film Festival.” The Fest will bigin with an exclusive kick-off screening of Midnight’s Children followed by a special Q&A on April 10, 2013. In attendance will be the film’s acclaimed director Deepa Mehta, awardwinning writer of the novel Salman Rushdie who also adapted the screenplay, producer David Hamilton, cast members Sarita Choudhury and Samrat Chakrabarti. The film officially releases on April 26.

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Travel through India on the railways is an adventure that seekers of adventure should seek. Put it on the bucket list. Take the plunge. If travel through India is on the list, buy a rail ticket. You won’t be disappointed. Yes, a mass of humanity will greet you at all major stations, where the sea of people and hills of freight may seem daunting, chaotic, unnerving. But to experience the sensory stimulation that is India, get on the train. A colorful swath of humanity rides on the trains of India. Myriad languages, colors, and cultural diversity ride the railways of India. From the over-packed, non-air conditioned coaches for the masses to the luxurious Palace on Wheels; Indian trains offer an otherworldly experience for every budget. Sure, for millions of Indians trains are a way to get from point A to point B. But if a traveler has the luxury of time, then the denizens of trains and the passing scenery will make even novices into storytellers. Take a train from one city to another and see the countryside. Open the rickety window, if possible. Stand in the open doorway, at your own peril, and peek out over the passing rural India. The farms, many still tilled in the old and ancient manner with bullock carts, are ever present. Scattered villages, endless plots of farms, cacophonous cities, all drift by and seem to be woven by the rail tracks. Tiny houses, mud huts, brick homes that seem in need of constant repair, massive mansions, all appear and fade along with the click and clack of the metal wheels. The heavy city air slowly unshackles itself as the train enters into the countryside, the city fading in the back. The vast, ancient lands of India pass and fade into the distance. When a train pulls into a station, the hawkers immediately get to work. Newspaper and magazine sellers, Sources: Indian Railways (, Times of snacks peddlers, tea stalls, sweets and other food sellers are India, National Geographic always present, adding to the story of India. Many decades have passed since the first train tracks were laid down by the British. This month, April 2013, marks the 160th year of the launching of India’s trains. The first trip made by the first train in India happened on April 16, 1853 when the train went from Mumbai (known as Bombay back then) to Thane covering a distance of about 20 km (12 miles). Since then railways have been marching forward across the subcontinent serving millions and now hundreds of millions of people. On March 7, 1870, a route was opened linking several rail networks and it became possible to travel across the country, from Mumbai to Kolkata by train. It is said this route was one of the inspirations of Jules Verne’s famed book “Around the


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Lashkar e Jhangvi took responsibility for the last two largescale attacks on Shiites in Pakistan, both of which took place in the southwestern city of Quetta. After the first attack in January killed almost 100 people, thousands of Shiites took to the streets to demand government action. The president disbanded the provincial civilian government and put the entire province of Balochistan under federal jurisdiction. Despite these moves, Lashkar e Jhangvi managed a second major attack in February, which killed 86 people. After more public protests, the central government ordered the military into the province. Tthe military quickly rounded up 170 suspects. Two days later, the leader of Lashkar e Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq, was also arrested. But security analysts in Pakistan say that the government’s response has been superficial at best. They say this most recent attack in Karachi actually shows an unwillingness by the government to take on Lashkar e Jhangvi, and other terrorist organizations in Pakistan. “The security establishment thinks that these organizations are proxies and can be used against Afghanistan and against India,” said Raza Rumi, an Islamabad-based analyst. “That’s why there’s a high tolerance for these groups.” Local activists worry the attacks may force Shiite groups to take up arms themselves, operating as militias in tit-for-tat killings. That kind of escalation in sectarian violence could further destabilize Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and financial capital. Some analysts said the attacks are thinly veiled messages to the country’s politicians, who have traditionally used militant groups to help form electoral alliances and for vote buying. Pakistan’s current administration is scheduled to dissolve in two weeks, allowing a caretaker government to step in before general elections take place in mid-May. One expert at a prominent Pakistani university, who wished to remain anonymous, said Pakistan’s politicians are unlikely to tackle militancy head-on at a time when they’re expected to appear at public rallies for campaign events. Their fears aren’t unfounded. Many senior Pakistani politicians have been assassinated or attacked for their policies. Benazir Bhutto, who returned to Pakistan in 2007, was assassinated during a rally in Rawalpindi. Another former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in 1999. The Taliban, which has a strategic alliance with Lashkar e Jhangvi, offered the Pakistan government a ceasefire if it adopts Islamic law and cut ties with the United States. While Pakistan’s leaders have requested immediate negotiations with the Taliban, hoping to stem the violence and pave the way for elections, it’s unlikely to meet the Taliban’s demands. Tabassum, and the many victims of the Abbas Town blast, said military law might be the best solution. “In the 1990s, when sectarian violence was really bad, Musharraf’s martial law solved the problem,” said one man. “At least when the military was in control, we didn’t worry about our lives.”

KARACHI, Pakistan — An armless doll, its hair singed with soot, lies next to a bloodstain in Abbas Town, a Shiite district of Karachi where a 150-kilogram bomb exploded last month. Standing next to the doll, and among the twisted steel rods of two gutted buildings, is Tabassum. The edge of her scarf is in her hands, she dabs the tears running down her face. “Last November, when a bomb went off in this area, my apartment walls cracked apart,” said Tabassum, who used a false name for safety. “My husband said that it would come back to haunt us, so we paid for someone to re-plaster it. What was the point? We should have known then that the area had become too dangerous.” At least 45 people were killed in the attack, which Pakistan’s politicians are took place as worshippers returned home from evening unlikely to tackle militancy prayer at a nearby Shiite head-on at a time when mosque. Among them was they’re expected to appear Tabassum’s 11-year-old at public rallies... daughter, who died in the attack. Tabassum said that when the walls splintered apart, her daughter was flung into the street below. Tabassum and her family, along with most of the residents in Abbas Town, belong to Pakistan’s Shiite minority. Approximately 20 percent of the country’s 180 million residents are Shiite. Though conflict between Sunni and Shiite in Pakistan has a long history, the violence has become more vicious in the last two years. In 2012, close to 400 Shiites were killed in Pakistan — the highest number in memory, experts said. This year, three large-scale attacks have killed about 200 people already. Analysts said the situation is only getting worse as the country heads into elections. Though no group has taken responsibility for last month’s attack, authorities suspect Lashkar e Jhangvi, one of several Sunni militant organizations fighting for the expulsion of Shiite Islam from Pakistan. Lashkar e Jhangvi, which many Pakistanis fear more than the Taliban, is the most notorious of these groups. It was founded in 1996 as a militant offshoot of Sipah e Sahaba, a religious political party that emerged in the 1980s — after the Islamic Revolution in neighboring Iran brought Shiites to power there — to counter Shiite influence. The group was funded in part by Saudi Arabia, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. It also initially had the support of the Pakistani government. But in 2002 the general-turned-president, Pervez Musharaff, formally banned the organization, succumbing to international pressure. The move did little to stop Lashkar e Jhangvi. The group went underground, becoming more militant and strengthening its ties with the Pakistani Taliban. In the last two years it has resurfaced in a major way, carrying out massive attacks.


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Caught on tape! Legitimate traders at India’s largest IT hub ran their own sting to catch software pirates in the act. The only problem is that nobody cares. By Jason Overdorf - NEW DELHI, India — In an alcove underneath signs for Dell computers, Sandisk storage media and placards advertising printer cartridge repair and refilling, half a dozen boys between 14 and 18 years old have set up shop. They hold typewritten sheets in their hands, pages and pages long, listing the pirated software they have for sale. And they’re not shy about it. “Hello, software, software, Adobe, Microsoft Office, Windows 7, Autocad, any name software,” a boy in a blue Tshirt shouts. “Microsoft, Mac, software, games. Hundred rupees ($2) any software.” Welcome to Nehru Place, India’s largest market for software and computers — and one of the top 30 most notorious hubs of piracy in the world, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative. According to the Association of Indian Software Companies, this filthy and chaotic cluster of office buildings — each one housing a warren of tiny shops — accounts for as much as half of the $2.5 billion worth of legal software sold in India every year. But the real volume is in the fake stuff, where the sprawling hub is also responsible for almost 60 percent of the pirated market, including high-end software, operating systems and movies. That’s why a traders’ association recently took matters into its own hands. “Our market gets a bad name because of piracy while not one shop owner is involved,” said Mahinder Aggarwal, president of the All Delhi Computer Traders’ Association (ADCTA). “Those hawkers down on the pavement, those 13-, 14-year-old kids, are the ones involved in piracy.” Earlier this month, members of the ADCTA broke out cellphones and video cameras to catch pirates on tape, posting the evidence onYouTube and providing detailed footage to police that allegedly depicts pirates hawking illegal software, harassing women and abusing drugs. But they say the police has refused to act, even though their evidence reveals the kingpin of one of the world’s largest piracy markets. Maybe that’s because the tapes allegedly show cops taking money from the pirates, too. “[We got] no response,” said ADCTA President Mahinder Aggarwal. “Police only responds, ‘Money, money, money.’ Otherwise, no response.” The Delhi police reportedly never received the complaint, and a spokesman told the Times of India that the police will investigate and “pirates will not be spared.” But the trade is so open that video evidence is hardly required. A few hours picking through the outdoor stalls selling

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It seems that every magazine or newspaper or digital version thereof always has at least one article about healthy eating, the rising rate of obesity among Americans and the dangers of “fast food” etc. My impression is that people from India pride themselves on maintaining traditional, cookedfrom-scratch cuisine, unlike many Americans. One’s lifestyle (for example, being a vegetarian) can influence one’s choice of friends and more! When I decided to escape the winters of Amherst, Massachusetts in 1994, one reason I chose to move to the Triangle area was because I knew I could buy organic fruit and vegetables and tofu! Food related idioms and figurative expressions have found their way into American English. Here are some you might overhear in conversations at your office or with your friends. Can you match the idioms to the list of meanings that follow? 1 Note that the asterisk * indicates that the expression is appropriate only for informal use, not at office meetings or with your boss!! 1. The company uses a carrot and stick approach to motivating employees.____ 2. My friend’s three children are all carrot tops.____ * 3. That contract is just small potatoes.___ 4. After the budget meeting, they dropped the planned expansion idea like a hot potato. _____ 5. Our kids are turning into junior couch potatoes. We have encourage more outdoor activities.____ 6. After the floods of Hurricane Sandy, used car buyers have to watch out for lemons. _____ 7. His daughter is the apple of his eye._____ 8. One rotten apple spoils the barrel._____ 9. “How ‘bout them apples?” _____* 10. His behavior during the meeting upset the apple cart. _____ 11. “Your arguments in favor of the proposal give us food for thought.” _____ 12. When he earned his medical degree, his hopes and dreams came to fruition._____ 13. “This was a fruitful meeting.”_____ 14. His successful small business was the fruit of his labor._____ 15. We will consider a merger when the time is ripe._____ 16. I’d like to live to a ripe old age_____ 17. But I don’t want to end up a vegetable._____ *

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Hindustani Music - Gangubai Hangal By Anita Kulkarni

Indian Classical Music Carnatic Music- Classification of Ragas By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, beginning this month, I will be spending a few segments on the various ways that ragas may be classified in Carnatic music. Before we delve further into the classification criterion, a brief recap of ragas, in general, follows. Readers may remember from initial columns that a basic musical note is called a swara. Similar to other classical music systems, Carnatic music also has seven musical notes or swaras; however the position of these swaras is on a relative scale rather an absolute scale. The saptaswaras (seven notes) of Carnatic music are sa ri ga ma pa da ni. For a given sruthi (pitch), the sa and pa notes are a constant. The other swaras (ri ga ma da ni) all have variations, which results in the expansion of seven notes into twelve on the musical scale. A combination of swaras strung together in a pattern capable of pleasing the ear constitutes a raga (melody). Depending on the pattern and the swara combinations in the pattern, the resulting raga is different and has a different name. Perhaps, the most commonly heard classification of ragas is that of melakartha or janaka (parent) ragas and janya (child) ragas. A raga is considered to be a melakartha raga only when it has all the seven notes in its scale and in order, in both the arohanam (ascending scale) and avarohanam (descending scale) and with the same frequency. The combination of the various swarams thus arranged gives rise to a total of 72 melakartha ragas. Examples of melakartha ragas include Mayamalavagowla, Kalyani, Shankarabharana and Kharaharapriya among others. The raga Bhairavi is not considered as a mela raga, even though it has all seven notes, since it takes one kind of dhaivata (da) swaram in the arohanam and another kind of dhaivatha (da) swaram in the avarohanam. Any raga which does not conform to the melakartha structure is considered as a janya raga. While the number of melakartha ragas is fixed at 72, given the rules that it has to adhere to, numerous janya ragas are born by varying the ascending and descending scales and by adding or subtracting one or more notes in the ascending or descending scale. Examples of janya ragas include Hamsadhwani, Bilahari, Mohana and Arabhi among others. Each janya raga is ascribed to a melakartha ragathe process of associating a janya raga with a specific melakartha raga merits a separate discussion, which I shall address at a later date. Till we meet next time, do try and listen to some of the mela ragas and janya ragas that I have mentioned- audio samples for these can easily be found on the Internet.

A recipient of more than fifty awards including Padmavibhushan, Padmabhushan and Central Sangeet Natak Academy Award, four honorary doctoral degrees and twenty four titles, Gangubai had the rare opportunity of being honored by nine Prime Ministers and five Presidents of India. The female vocalist, who had studied only up to class V, went on to serve as honorary music professor and then as senate member of Karnataka University, Dharwad. Apart from her several performances in and outside the country, she had performed in more than 200 schools and colleges across India to promote Indian classical music among younger generation. Born in Dharwar, in 1913, into a family of Gangamats, or a class of simple boatmen, the social milieu in which Gangubai was brought up was by no means conducive to music. Hangal’s mother’s family was considered to be of low social status and for women of her generation singing was not considered appropriate employment; Hangal struggled against this prejudice and made a career. She performed all over India. Other than her mother, Gangubai owes her musical training to Shri Krishnacharya, Shri Dattopant Desai and most significantly, to Pt. Rambhau Kundgolkar, better known as Sawai Gandharva – guru and teacher to many eminent musicians including Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and Firoze Dastur. She once spoke about her training with her guru Sawai Gandharva, on the actual technique of training, and she said, “Guruji did not teach me more than four Ragas. He often drew an analogy between swaras and money and said that one must spend only as much as is required of both. My practice would follow this method. I was given a certain ‘palta’ and would have to keep repeating it for days on end. It seemed boring and monotonous then, but later I thanked him for this rigorous training. The entire relationship with a guru was different in those days. Our respect for him was so great that there was no question of us asking him to teach us something particular, not because of our blind devotion, but because of our innate belief that he knew what was best for us”. The famous vocalist from Kirana Gharana died at the age of 96, on July 21, 2009, in Hubli, Karnataka.

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3. A taxpayer has 45 days after the date that the relinquished property is transferred to properly identify potential replacement properties. The exchange must be completed by the date that is 180 days after the transfer of the relinquished property, or the due date of the taxpayer’s federal tax return for the year in which the relinquished property was transferred, whichever is earlier.

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4. The 1031 Exchange must occur under the auspices of a Qualified Intermediary (QI), who is an independent party that facilitates tax-deferred exchanges pursuant to Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. The use of a QI is a safe harbor established by the Treasury Regulations, to ensure that taxpayer, in no event, is in receipt of the funds.

In the past few months, we have embarked upon a journey through the always familiar, somewhat intriguing and largely multi-dimensional world of real estate investing. We’ve charted varied waters – encountered real estate as a personal territorial acquisition, waded through the diorama of short sales and foreclosures and compared and contrasted real estate with other investment options, namely stocks. We’ve seen how real estate is the chosen investment option for millionaires and millionaires-on-their way, alike, studied the short term cash flow gain on this magical investment, and how it facilitates a constant stream of monthly cash flow. In this article, we will see how we can diversify and expand our investments, multiplying our portfolio, all while deferring capital taxation. In the USA, one of the biggest advantages of investing in real estate is that it receives very favorable tax treatment. It is a magical investment, much like the proverbial hen, that can continue laying golden eggs, of one or the other kind. Let me explain what I mean by this. Let’s say you owned that fourplex we spoke about in the previous article - and that you bought it for $ 325,000. After five years (your ward has finished college and does not live there anymore!), you decide you want to diversify and buy another bigger real asset, and say, you are able to sell the fourplex for $ 500,000. Now, instead of paying tax on this capital gain through the sale of an investment property, you are savvy and have read this article. What would be your best bet? To take that money (not literally!) and use it to buy a “like-kind” real asset, safely reinvesting the profit, deferring capital gain tax, and continuing on your path to growing your wealth like a maverick real estate mogul. This is called a 1031 Exchange, also called a “like-kind” exchange.

5. The QI acquires the relinquished property and transfers it to the buyer, holds the sales proceeds, to prevent the taxpayer from having actual or constructive receipt of the funds, and finally, the QI acquires the replacement property and transfers it to the taxpayer to complete the exchange within the appropriate time limits. 6. The replacement property can, eventually be converted to the taxpayer’s primary residence or a vacation home, after the taxpayer has held on to the replacement property for a proper use for a period of at least one year. If the owner later on wants to take advantage of the home owner’s exemption (up to $250,000 or $500,000 for a couple), there is now a five year holding period requirement. 7. The different types of Exchange that can occur are: • Simultaneous Exchange: The exchange of the relinquished property for the replacement property occurs at the same time. • Delayed Exchange: This is the most common type of exchange. A Delayed Exchange occurs when there is a time gap between the transfer of the Relinquished Property and the acquisition of the Replacement Property. A Delayed Exchange is subject to strict time limits, which are set forth in the Treasury Regulations. • Build-to-Suit (Improvement or Construction) Exchange: This technique allows the taxpayer to build on, or make improvements to, the replacement property, using the exchange proceeds. • Reverse Exchange: A situation where the replacement property is acquired prior to transferring the relinquished property. The IRS has offered a safe harbor for reverse exchanges, as outlined in Rev. Proc. 2000-37, effective September 15, 2000. These transactions are sometimes referred to as “parking arrangements” and may also be structured in ways which are outside the safe harbor. • Personal Property Exchange: Exchanges are not limited to real property. Personal property can also be exchanged for other personal property of like-kind or like-class.

So, what exactly is a Section 1031 Exchange? The theory behind Section 1031 Exchange is that when a property owner has reinvested the sale proceeds into another property, the economic gain has not been realized in a way that generates funds to pay any tax. The Section 1031 refers to the section of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code that governs it. For tax purposes, “like-kind” simply means investment property. You can exchange a rental fourplex for a commercial building, a farm, or even a mine. In this way, you can acquire and dispose of properties to reallocate your investment portfolio without paying tax on any gains, while still exponentially growing the size of your portfolio. Top 10 things to know of a 1031 Exchange: 1. The purchase price on the new property must at least equal the net proceeds from the sale of the old property. The value, debt and equity of the replacement property must be equal to or greater than the value, debt and equity of the relinquished property.

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About Thinking By Balaji Prasad Thinking Critically Critical Alert! S.O.S!! We are choking. Our computers and devices deluge us with unimaginable volumes of data. Our very language reflects it: an average person in the sixties would not have known a byte from a bite, but today’s conversations are filled with such digital arcana. If the last three decades ratcheted up an info-storm, current climactic conditions portend an impending tsunami. Both the surge of data and our ability to amass it have ramped up in recent days. What has lagged, though, is human ability to interpret and make sense of the data. As biological beings caught in the tyrannical, slow-motion cycle of evolution, our cognitive abilities have stayed frozen. Critical Thinking is Critical Although we have been bested by our computers in many areas, our cognitive capabilities tower over our machines in certain respects: we can distinguish between a dog and a cat, consistently, effortlessly, and with a sub-second response time. Yes, the IBM Watson technology, of Jeopardy fame, epitomizes the thrust toward this final bastion of human dominance – making sense out of nonsense – but technology has some ways to go before it catches up with biology. So, while we may not be able to reengineer our genetic makeup yet, we may want to focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, so that we may stay upright and graceful in the frantic, volatile dance we are engaged in with our technologies. The time has come to get back to the basics. We need to disentangle ourselves from our technological fabrications, examine our innate capabilities more closely, assess whether we have stagnated – or, perhaps, even veered from a progressive evolutionary path – and surface some ‘tune-up’ opportunities. Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am”, but did he think critically? Do we? Critical Thinking about Critical Thinking There have been varied definitions of critical thinking, some so expansive that they define thinking itself, rather than the subset of interest: critical thinking. One helpful way to understand critical thinking is by imagining a questioning, diligent and demanding critic inside one’s head, inspecting every thought that arises, whether generated internally or pushed from outside. The critic’s eye also fixates on the thinking process itself, seeking to tune the thinking process over time, by paying attention to errors: a kind of meta-thinking. When we examine thinking, we can see that we do not think about reality at all. Most of the time, we are caught in syntactical tangles of words, language-based logic, and other symbolic representations that are stand-ins for the real thing. Mathematics is an example of the power of symbols. We ferret out powerful concoctions of symbols by scrubbing away any traces of understandable reality, leaving us with a pure, sparkling collection of numbers, symbols, and an implicit

symbolic logic. The initiated can finesse reality, while reasoning about it in an abstract manner. Without doubt, our understanding has advanced because of mathematics, however, we will want to consider that, in some ways symbolic manipulation has also distanced us from reality. The means, all too often, becomes an end unto itself, leaving our original intent behind in the dust. A Critical Chasm: Symbols and Reality Comprehending the difference between symbol manipulation and the real world is one crucial aspect of critical thinking. When we hear statistics-based reasoning that indicates no correlation between cell-phone usage and brain tumors, we breathe easier, even though we do not know the statisticians involved, their motives, or even the details of the black art that they practice. Then we hear a lone, plaintive voice on PBS, daring to take on the cell phone behemoths and explaining how the numbers can be sliced differently, if only we would use a different statistical scalpel. He makes a categorical distinction between superficial brain tumors and deeper ones. He assures us, earnestly, that if we shift our perspective, ever so slightly, that there is, indeed, a strong correlation between cell phone usage and superficial brain tumors. So, whom do we believe? What the example highlights is the need for deeper thinking about issues clouded by the mathematical symbols and the looser language-based logic that forms the rhetoric around the numbers. Critical thinking is our weapon against the unwieldy, ambiguous mash of symbols and reality that confront us every day in endless streams. Critical thinking can help us make sense of, and act upon information that is grayer than the reality that it purports to describe. Critical Measures: The SAT/ACT Tests Employers and colleges place high value on critical thinking. The SAT and ACT tests are used as reliable indicators with built-in nuances to assess critical thinking. The Reading Comprehension Section of the SAT teases out a test-taker’s ability to discern that what is in a character’s mind is distinct from what he or she is saying. The grading rubric for the Writing Section emphasizes “demonstration of critical thinking” – the ability to reason at different levels of abstraction, analyze analytically, and synthesize coherently. The questions in the Math Section can be solved faster without a calculator and with more confidence, if a critical-thinking-based approach is employed. The ACT’s Science Section assesses ability to critically analyze data, to see underlying assumptions, and to make the right decisions. A Critical Time for High-schoolers Critical thinking is a habit of mind – a habit that does not come about accidentally. To suppress old habits that can get in the way, it is important to revisit the way one thinks about language and mathematics. The SAT and ACT tests provide both a mandate and the opportunity to master critical thinking for high-schoolers gearing up for their best performance on the SAT and ACT tests. Take the opportunity! Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, and an experienced SAT Coach and Math instructor at NewCranium. He can be reached at or 704-746-9779. 54

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Personal Finance Business Umbrella Insurance By A.J. Shah These days, lawsuits are everywhere. All it takes is one lawsuit against your business to erase years of hard work. Think you’re protected? Why take the risk? It’s impossible to predict whether your business might be involved in a lawsuit resulting from a claim or accident. Nor is it possible to predict the insurance claim amount that your business might be responsible for paying. Whether a medical practice or a motel, a restaurant or a travel agency, it is important to protect your business. Consider a Business umbrella policy. What is a business umbrella policy? An umbrella policy, also known as an excess policy, pays claim amounts that are higher than the available limits on your company’s business liability coverage, which may include general liability, business automobile or employer’s liability coverage. The umbrella policy picks up when your primary policy limits are exhausted. For example, let’s say your general liability policy provides $1 million worth of coverage. However, an accident at your business exposes you to $1.25 million worth of liability and a separate lawsuit throws another $1.5 million worth of liability at your business. The additional $250,000 and $500,000 beyond the $1 million mark would be covered by business umbrella policy.

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What is the purpose of a business umbrella policy? An umbrella policy fulfills two major purposes. The first is to provide “excess coverage” above the policy limits of your company’s general liability, auto liability, and workers compensation/employers liability Similar to the previous example, if a general liability claim is filed for $2 million, the additional $1 million not covered by your general liability policy will be covered and paid by the umbrella policy. The second is to provide “drop down coverage.” Drop down coverage comes into play when prior claims have eliminated the general liability, auto liability, or workers compensation limits. However, drop down coverage is being phased out on some umbrella policies in favor of the previously mentioned simple excess coverage.

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EB-5 Visa requirements: ● Applicants must invest $1,000,000, or $500,000 in some targeted employment areas (high unemployment or rural area), into new or struggling businesses in the U.S. ● Applicants must be involved, in some way, in the management of the business.

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reduce the changes in the nerve. Patients who avoid therapy and treatment in general may result in permanent changes in the nerve. As pressure on the nerve increases the nerve can narrow and become thin causing constant burning, pain and discomfort. Most patients visit their physicians after these signs and symptoms are not bearable. When nerves and tendons have long standing changes the opportunity to reverse symptoms continues to decrease. Most surgeons agree that surgery is not the only answer and certainly should not be the first choice of action. Your physician (surgeon) may avoid recommending surgery for more than one reason; here are some of the reasons why: Surgery (even Carpal Tunnel Surgery) is an invasive procedure. It does require a surgeon to cut through a tough band or ligament in the wrist. The risks are low compared to other major surgeries but there is no guarantee that your recovery after surgery will be back to normal. Surgery can cause post-surgical pain and complications after surgery can involve surgical scars if the surgery is done as an open technique (described below)

Healthwise Managing Pain and Discomfort from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome By Chetan Deshmukh The stress and strain of life takes a toll on the human body. Whether you work in an office environment or are a homemaker, the activities you perform every day can be repetitive and stressful. This constant grind of using the muscles in your hands and forearms can result in increased bulk and pressure on delicate structures. Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel syndrome What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is not always related to a work-related injury. While CTS is most commonly identified with individuals that work on assembly lines and keyboarding on computers, it is also seen in individuals that use their wrists and fingers for activities for arts and crafts. Musicians that play the Violin, Sitar, Veena and Tabla place their wrists and fingers in positions that can result in stress and strain on the tendons of the wrist. A syndrome is a complex presentation of signs and symptoms. Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome generally complain of a range of symptoms such as tingling and numbness, sensation of burning, pins and needles and patchy loss of sensation in the thumb, index finger and middle finger. Additionally, patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may experience pain and numbness in the hands after falling asleep. At night, our wrists and fingers have a natural flexed (forward bend) posture. This posture tends to place increased pressure on the nerve that is just below the wrist crease. This increased pressure on the nerve (from the swelling in the tendons around the nerve) causes the fingers to become cold and numb.

Surgery is required and indicated if your physician determines that the nerve has permanent damage or conservative management through hand therapy has not resulted in improvements. Will my insurance cover therapy services? Hand Therapy (provided by Occupational Therapists specialized in the management of hand and upper extremity injuries) is non-invasive and highly cost-effective. Insurance companies are willing to cover the cost of non-invasive therapy and prefer that patients first try to recover using non-surgical techniques. . Treatment in therapy may involve several Physical Agent Modalities (PAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s). Therapy may include all or some of the techniques listed below: Deep Heat/ Cold Therapy Warm Paraffin Wax (this is a medicated wax to help relieve pain and relax the muscles) Ultrasound (to relieve inflammation of tendons and reduce swelling) Iontophoresis (delivery of pain medications and anesthetics with a patch on the surface of the skin) Splinting and bracing to support the wrist at night and during activities Therapeutic stretching exercises and home exercise programs

Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome same as tendonitis? Most individuals that complain of CTS visit their primary care or orthopedic surgeon complaining of pain along the forearm. By the time they come for therapy the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has classic signs and symptoms as described above. There are more than 16 tendons that attach to the bones in the wrist and hand. With eight small bones (the size of small marbles) in the wrist and two arteries and three nerves, the wrist forms a delicate yet crucial junction. The wrist is a joint that has to play a critical role in balancing strength, movement and function. Tendons of large muscles in the forearm end at the wrist. When we carry large, bulky and heavy items we increase the load on these tendons in narrow spaces. Activities such as carrying grocery bags, large and heavy bags of rice, a gallon(s) of milk, oil and other day to day objects can over time increase the load and cause irritation of tendons. This pain is different from that of CTS. Pain and discomfort from tendonitis tends to increase with a specific task or activity. While it is common to have CTS and tendonitis coexist, the diagnosis will determine the course of treatment and therapy.

Your therapist will be able to determine the best approach to your care in consultation with you and your physician. How can I find a therapist that specializes in management of hand injuries? I have heard of friends and colleagues being treated by continued on page 86 Chetan Deshmukh, MBA, OTR/L, CPC, CHDA is a Hand Rehabilitation Specialist based in Cary, NC Email: Website: Twitter: #theraccess

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Recipes & More Cauliflower Casserole Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower 1 large green bell pepper, chopped 1 large onion, chopped Sauce: 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 1/2 cup buttered bread crumbs or French fried onion crumbs Method: Trim cauliflower and separate into flowerets. In a saucepan combine cauliflower with peppers and onion; cover with water and salt. Bring to a boil; cover and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until tender. In another saucepan; melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour and stir until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Pour sauce over cauliflower and transfer to a lightly buttered 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Top with buttered bread crumbs or French fried onions. Bake at 350° for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese the last 5 minutes of baking time. Serves 4. Cauliflower, Potato and Cheddar Soup Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped celery 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small flowerets 3 medium yellow or gold potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic 4 to 6 cups vegetarian broth, divided 1 cup light cream or heavy cream 12 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or a combination of sharp and mild Cheddars 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Salt, to taste Method: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, chopped celery, cauliflower, potatoes, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 8 to 10 minutes. Add 4 to 5 cups of broth, or enough to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 25 to 35 minutes, until vegetables are very tender. Stir in the cream, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, nutmeg, cayenne, and pepper. Using a blender, purée the soup in about 4 batches until smooth. You could also use a handheld blender right in the pan. Return the puréed soup to the stovetop and heat through, adding more broth if a thinner soup is desired. Taste and add salt, as needed. Garnish the soup with a drizzling of extra virgin olive oil, or a chili or garlic infused olive oil. Makes about 10 1-cup servings.

Method: Toast crumbs in a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat until lightly browned. Remove crumbs from skillet and set aside. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in the skillet on medium low heat. Add the onions, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, until the onions are soft. Remove from heat. While cooking the onions, put a large pot of salted water for the pasta on the stove to boil. Heat 4 tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower, stir infrequently, allowing the cauliflower edges to brown. Cook until the cauliflower florets are lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Add red pepper flakes to the pan, and salt and pepper to taste. Dissolve tomato paste in 1/2 cup of water. Lower the heat to low. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, onion, and garlic, stir to combine well. Cook, uncovered, on low heat, until the cauliflower is tender. Cook the pasta, uncovered, in salted boiling water until just al dente. Drain the pasta from the cooking water and add the cooked pasta to the cauliflower mixture. Stir in about half of the parsley, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan (leave the rest for garnish on top). Aloo Gobi Masala (Potatoes and Cauliflower masala) Ingredients: 1 head Cauliflower (cut into 1-inch florets) 3 Potatoes (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks) 1 tbsp Olive Oil 1 tsp Cumin Seeds 2 Tomatoes (diced) 1 Onion (chopped) 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Curry Powder Method: Cook the cauliflower in a microwave on high for 3 minutes. Then cook the potatoes in a microwave on high for 4 minutes. In a large skillet heat the olive oil and then add the cumin seeds. When the cumin turns to golden brown add the onions and stir for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir for another 4 minutes. Now add the cauliflower and potatoes and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle curry powder and salt and cook for 5 minutes. Cauliflower Fritters Ingredients: 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves (chopped) 3 Large Eggs (beaten to blend) 1 tbsp All-Purpose Flour 2 cloves Garlic (minced) 1 tsp Baking Powder


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1 Large Cauliflower 1/2 tsp Paprika 1/4 tsp Pepper 2 tsp Olive Oil 1 tbsp Salt Method: Wash the cauliflower properly under running water. Break the cauliflower into florets and slice large florets in half. Take a bowl and whisk together eggs, flour, salt, pepper and butter well with a blender. Dip cauliflower florets into the prepared batter. Heat oil in a pan and fry the florets until golden. Drain excess oil on paper towels. Cauliflower Fritters are ready. Serve immediately with green chutney.

Chili Cauliflower Ingredients: 3 Green Chili (sliced) 4 tsp Tomato Sauce 2 tbsp Oil USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual Salt (to taste) 1 Cauliflower (chopped) WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 5 Onions (sliced) (USCIS) earlier this year began the agency’s transition toward 2 Tomatoes (finely chopped) an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by 4 Capsicum (sliced) releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual— the Citizenship and Naturalization volume. This release follows Method: Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Add sliced cauliflower and an unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies that fry it for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer in a plate. incorporates feedback from thousands of agency employees, Keep aside. Put the remaining oil in the pan and fry onions for customers and stakeholders. Resource designed to enhance 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Stir in tomato sauce, green consistency and efficiency of immigration adjudications. chili, capsicum, cauliflower, and salt and cook for 2 minutes. “With the introduction of the Policy Manual, we take a Pour in 1/2 cup of water and make it to boil for 10 minutes, or further step to provide our customers, stakeholders and until tender. Serve hot.


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Meanwhile, across town from Babli’s slum, at the DLF Emporio luxury mall, every minute or so a Mercedes-Benz Eclass sedan glides to a stop in front of the massive hoardings for Louis Vuitton and Dior. Valet parking runs 200 rupees ($4, a third more than Babli’s mother, Santosha, earns in a day). At the busy atrium cafe inside, a cappuccino costs 310 rupees ($6). In the Gucci store, one of Delhi’s top earners picks up a belt for 16,000 rupees ($300). “Our constitution says that the income gap should be reduced, but it has not happened and it is not happening,” said Delhi High Court advocate Ashok Agarwal, whose organization, Social Jurists, has fought harder than anybody to get poor children into the country’s private schools. On the contrary, the gulf between rich and poor is getting wider. The gap between the incomes of the top and bottom tenths of India’s population has doubled over the past 20 years, since India liberalized its economy in 1991. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) 2011 study, “Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising,” India’s top 10 percent of wage earners now make 12 times more than the bottom 10 percent, up from a ratio of six in the 1990s. “It is one country, practically divided into two countries,” said Agarwal. “It’s a very alarming situation.” One of the biggest reasons may be growing inequality in education. India has made vast strides increasing access to primary and secondary education over the past 60 years, and in recent years it has succeeded in boosting the literacy rate to 74 percent in 2011 from 65 percent in 2001. But the country’s government-run schools are failing, and Indians, including all but the poorest of the poor, are spending an ever-greater amount to send their kids to private schools. According to government data compiled by researchers Rajesh Shukla and Mridusmita Bordoloi, spending on education was one of the fastest growing household expenditures over the past 20 years. And as that spending increases, the gap between the education that the rich and poor receive widens in proportion. In the latest nationwide survey of household spending, the bottom 10 percent of wage earners spent 1.9 percent, or about $15, on education, while the top 10 percent spent 13.5 percent of their much higher household expenditure — or about $550. It’s a thorny issue. Public education was intended to be India’s great leveler. But the country’s government-run schools are in such a shambles that only a quarter of the teachers actually show up and only half of them do any real teaching. According to the New Delhi-based Center for Civil Society, a third of India’s primary schools don’t have permanent school buildings and one out of ten are so lacking in materials that there is not even a chalkboard. More than 1.4 million teaching posts are vacant in government schools. And less than one percent of the graduates leaving India’s universities with a bachelor’s degree in education were able to pass a Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) introduced last year. Most likely as a direct result, half of the Indian children who attend first grade drop out before reaching the fifth, and twothirds drop out before the eighth. And that’s despite knowing, in a vague way, that earning power grows dramatically here with even a basic education. A primary school graduate earns 21 percent more than an illiterate person, while a high school grad nets more than double and a college grad pulls in nearly


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collaboration stems from a longtime personal friendship and mutual admiration. Sharma is considered India’s greatest living santoor (hundred-stringed Kashmiri folk instrument) player. He has garnered prestigious awards and is a dedicated teacher. Zakir Hussain is one of India’s most renowned cultural ambassadors and a chief architect of the world music movement by way of his historic collaborations, which include The Diga Rhythm Band, Masters of Percussion, George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Béla Fleck, Billy Cobham, Rennie Harris, and his compositions for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. For more details visit: Classical vocal concerts Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) will present two vocal concerts in the upcoming months. There will be a vocal concert by Malladi Brothers on Sunday, April 14, 2013 and a concert by Sikkil Gurucharan on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Both shows begin at 3:30 pm and will be held at Tate Hall CPCC, Charlotte. For further details contact 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Or write /

Devotion – The Greatest Power and Highest Ideal Heritage India Festival 2013 JJKYog and HSNC present enlightening An annual celebration of Indian Heritage will be presented by talks in English, Yoga and Meditation by Heritage India Association of NC on Sat, April 6, 2013 from 5 Swami Mukundananda. He is a world9 pm, showcasing regional Indian dances, arts, vendors, renowned teacher of Spirituality, Yoga, and culture, and food. The event will take place at the HSNC Meditation. He is the founder of the unique Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC. Admission: $10. All participants, yogic system JKYog, also known as Yoga for choreographers, volunteers and kids under 6 are admitted at the Body, Mind, and Soul. He received his no charge. Catered dinner will be available at a nominal cost. degrees in Engineering and Management Other special features include an Eye Camp for free eye exams. from two world famous Institutes in India, IIT and IIM. Pre- registration required. For further details email: However, he entered the renounced order of sanyas and dedicated his life in the service of the Lord. Swamiji is the senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Swamiji’s Hasya Kavi Sammelan 2013 discourses clarify the deepest concepts of the Vedic scriptures A fun-filled evening of humor and laughter along with recitals with wit, humor, and perfect logic. Along with his discourses, and songs will be presented on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the he teaches the comprehensive system “Yoga for the body, Mind Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, and Soul.” The event will take place from Sat, April 13 – 19, 2013 NC 27560. The event begins at 6:30 pm with dinner and is at Hindu Bhawan (HSNC Main Hall) 309 Aviation Parkway, followed by the program at 8 pm. Tickets: $50, $25, $10 ($15 at Morrisville, NC 27560. The admission is free. For further details the door). Indian dinner will be available at nominal cost. contact Saroj Sharma 919.659.5224 or Jayesh Patel 434.229.6873. Babysitting will be available (Free). The event features Hindi Other details available at or writers and poets including Dr. Suresh Awashi, Dr. Kunwar Bachain, and Dipak Gupta. For further details contact: Saroj Grand Prathisthapana of Utsava Murtis Sharma 919.656.5224, Sushma Maheshwari 919.363.2759, or The Trimurti Temple Devasthanam will host their grand Sudha Om Dhingra 919.678.9056. Prathisthapana of utsava murtis on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28208. There will be installation of the deities Lord Murugan Valli Deivanai, Lord Shiva and Lord Ayyappa. Trimurti Temple Devasthanam is a charitable foundation with tax–exempt status. The Foundation’s mission is to build a temple in a traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Shasthras. For more details on the evnents call 980.219.7556 write or visit www.

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Janmotsav 2013 Vadtal Swaminarayan Sanstha of Charlotte presents Janmotsav (232nd birthday of Bhagwan Swaminarayan) and Ram Navami to be celebrated on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 4 – 7pm at the Hindu Center of Charlotte. The event will feature kirtan, speeches, janmotasav, and maha prasad. For further details contact 704.701.3603 or 704.277.7942. Visit Charlotte World Parade & Festival Many countries and cultures come together at this annual event featuring arts, crafts, food, and more. The event will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 11am to 6pm at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC. The event is free. For further details visit Baisakhi Mela 2013 Punjabi Unlimited and the town of Cary present Baisakhi Mela 2013 on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC. The event will feature live performances, Punjabi food, bazaar, arts and crafts. For further details call 919.257.7724, 919.760.0759 or send an email to Visit the website at Vocal Recital and Fusion Concert The Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) presents a vocal recital by Anand Bhate on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 6 pm in the Tate Recital Hall, CPCC, Charlotte. There will also be a fusion concert by the famed group Talavya on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7pm in the Dana Auditorium, Queens University, Charlotte. For further details visit Ishq – the Saga of Unrequited Love Nrityangan Cultural Academy presents a performance of dances on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm at Elevation Church, 8835 Blakeney Professional Dr., Charlotte. All proceeds from the event will be donated to “Maiti Nepal” charitable trust. Tickets are $10 - $15. For further details call 704.840.5495 or write to

Community Reports Charlottean Hemant Vallabhapuram Awarded Eagle Scout Hemant Vallabhapuram, a senior at Lake Norman Charter High School in Huntersville, NC has become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Less than four percent of Boy Scouts reach this rank. Hemant is the son of Aruna and Ravi Vallabhapuram of Charlotte. He was following the dream of his parents who migrated from Nellore, India. Hemant joined Troop 148 affiliated to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church. His brother Omtej also in the same troop is aspiring to become Eagle Scout. Ravi Vallabhapuram said Hemant has “made the whole family proud. He has fulfilled my dream of furthering my scouting journey which I started during my elementary schooling but never finished to the highest boy scouts rank in India.” In the final stage of long process a Boy Scout must go through to become an Eagle – including earning at least 21 merit and skill badges in subjects ranging from camping to communications to robotics – the candidate must plan and execute an Eagle Scout Service Project beneficial to the community, school, a non-profit organization or religious institution. For his Eagle Service Project Hemant created and executed a plan to help the Ronald McDonald House at Charlotte. The house provides a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment for families that have children receive medical treatment in nearby facilities. The House needed more benches, storage for toys, and a creative way to collect pop tabs. Hemant built four wooden benches for the playground and front porch, one outdoor toy box for the playground, and one pop-tabs house that are fun for the kids to save pop-tabs collected for the non-profit organization. Hemant’s other activities include serving as the Senior Class President for the school’s student body, volunteering in various service organizations such as Interact club, Exploring, and Key club.

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Day 7 – Quito and Equatorial Monument (Jan 1) Juan took us in the van took to a typical farmers’ market located in Tumbaco where fresh fruit and vegetables were sold. On the way, we saw an animal being slaughtered on the roadside. By the way, guinea pigs are quite a delicacy in Ecuador. My stomach was too weak for this. “Ecuador” is the Spanish for “equator,” as the country is situated on equator. We visited this area called the Middle of the World (La Mitad del Mundo). The French built a 30-meter tall massive monument here marking the equator. But that was before GPS came along. They found out that the real equator passes 600 feet north of it. This place is known as Intinan solar museum. The new “real” equator is marked by a red line on the ground. Like countless other tourists, I straddled the red line and was able to get my picture taken with one foot in the Northern hemisphere and one in the Southern. Several scientific phenomena are demonstrated at this place. One is to balance an egg on the head of a nail. The other is: The guide filled water in a pail which had a hole at the bottom. He threw a few small leaves in the pale of water. On the equator, the water simply fell out of the hole without forming a vortex. When he took the pail a few of feet to Southern side, the leaves showed formation of a clockwise vortex. When he took the pail a few feet to the Northern side, the vortex was anti-clockwise. Whether it is due to Coriolis Effect or not, is debatable. We did get to see the “shrunken head” of an Inca chief. This is accomplished by processing the head after killing the person. I wondered if the modern day psychiatrists (shrinks) do something similar!

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Community organizations Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980-216-8732 or

Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 5 pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with a meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English, supplemented by discussion among the group. For further details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar,, 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave,, 704.844.9567 Naras and Beena Eechambadi,

Association for India’s Development - Charlotte A volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just-development. AID Charlotte supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice. For further details: Kiran Uppalapati 704.307.6450; Venkata Ramana Duddu 662.231.2350.

Charlotte Hindu Center Table Tennis The group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. New players come after 7.30 pm for orientation. The TT action takes place at the Vihar Hall of Charlotte’s Hindu Center, 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28134. All levels and types of play. Free coaching and lessons. For further details: or visit

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax)

Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship We meet on the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Prayer, Bible Study and Fellowship. Anyone who is interested to spend an evening with us is welcome to come with your family and friends. For Further Details: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Indian Karaoke Group CIKG invites karaoke lovers to come and sing Hindi songs on karaoke. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or experienced. The most important thing is to get together and have fun. The event is held once a month, usually on Friday or Saturday. Entry and participation is free. For Further Details: Dinesh Patel at

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) .Sunday School Time - 11:15 - 11:45 am; Sunday Worship Service time : 11:45 - 1:15 pm. Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For further details: 803.792.7223; (Pastor: Rajan Samuel).

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

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Charlotte Tamil Sangam Charlotte Tamil Sangam works to bring together the vibrant Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. For Further Details: Lakshmanan Krishnan ( or visit

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. For Further Details: 704.607.8412 or

Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

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

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Upcoming Events: Sun, April 14: Vocal Concert by Malladi Brothers Sun, May 12: Vocal Concert by Sikkil Gurucharan Both show at 3:30 at Tate Hall CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan)

India Association of Charlotte (Festival of India) The organization works to foster fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will is held in September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well-being and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 4: Vocal recital by Anand Bhate at 4pm, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Sat, May 11: Fusion concert with Taalavya, 7pm, Dana Auditorium, Queens University For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984

Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar.


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Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. The members of JCGC meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262 and will coordinate and carry out numerous religious activities year-round. All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja,7:30 pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

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

Kiran KIRAN is a 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 cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. For Futher Details: email:

Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. For Further Details:

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

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information 94

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Community organizations about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For further details about the parivar Call the following numbers. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

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

SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451

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,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA organizes regular events and programs. For Further Details: Trimurti Temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10AM) and evening puja (7PM). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6441/6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216 Upcoming Events: Sun, April 14: Grand Prathisthapana of Utsava Murtis For Further Details: 980-219-7556

India Association of the Triad (IATNC) Greensboro 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. For Further Details: Ruby Singh - 336.430.9068, Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462,

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)

Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090 96

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

Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to: Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well-being of the Triad community. For further details:

Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj)

Raleigh AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For Further Details:

Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00 am every day. Every Sunday at 3 pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 or 336.793.7138 Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details:

Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers courses that teach practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level.

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Community organizations Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya and its accompanying practices can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. For Further Details: Association for India’s Development (AID)Duke University Chapter: AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray),

919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age of 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 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, April 13 where members will celebrate Ram Navami. A lecture on yoga, asanas, and pranayam will be given at this meeting. For Further Details: Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588 Raojibhai Patel 252.236.4391 Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 / / 100

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Community organizations Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well-being and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details:


919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajan and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Triangle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. Upcoming Events: Sat, April 6: Heritage India Festival, a showcase of arts, culture, and food. At HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC from 5 - 9 pm. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings: Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: •Yoga Classes (twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes, • Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes • Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. April 2013

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Community organizations Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home or the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Sun, May 12: Sri Sita Swayamvaram, a colorful dance ballet by Sri Pasumarthi Venkateswara Sarma at 6pm. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) 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 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361

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Community organizations ISKCON New Goloka Temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a sumptuous prasadam feast. From 4:30-5:30pm, there is a Sunday school program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas, enacting dramas and other activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, seminars & programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827, Kiran KIRAN is a 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 cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wed from 6 - 8 pm, and each Sat from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690


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Community organizations and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends sing so bring your fans along if you wish and pass the word. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs including holiday favorites. Sessions are held at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh (919.361.5370) on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM but please call or e-mail for a confirmed date. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924, Email at Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail 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. For Further Details:

with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: April 19: Ram Navami celebrations For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self-realization. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh,NC,27613 More information: http:/// For Further Details: 919.757.3135

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)

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. For Further Details: 919.220.9917 /

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

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


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Community organizations Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) 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: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental 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. For Further Details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. The association sponsors events throughout the year. For Further Details:

Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30 pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Vipassana means to see things as they are. Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students. (Those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N.Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers) Ten day courses are available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh 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. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected


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Community organizations literary figure in an interesting and intellectual manner. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Regional 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 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm.

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South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 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 @ Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 112

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Community organizations Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde)

Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darshanâ&#x20AC;? on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683 Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852

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1. The seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. (Hinduism). 2. Defenseless; having no weapons. 3. A public road in a town, with sidewalks. 4. A short for sister. 5. Third person singular present form of verb “Be.” 6. The fourth month of a calendar year. 7. Any of small poisonous snakes such as the viper. 8. Nose Tackle. (*) (Football) 9. Another term to ‘Videotex’; was used by British Post office. 10. Frozen water. 12. To point (a weapon) so as to hit. 16. Tied together with the strings, as of a shoe. 18. A Hindu mighty monkey deity & devotee of Lord Rama. 19. Lasting in spite of hard wear and frequent use. 21. Firm; not slack or loose. 22. The basic monetary unit of Turkey. 23. Inspector General. (*) 24. ‘ __ the Sailor’, a merchant in The Arabian Nights, who makes seven adventurous voyages. 25. Largest Portuguese island in the Atlantic, near Morocco. 28. A metal disk/counter, used for operating a pay telephone. 29. A male performer in a play or a movie. 30. Jefferson ___, (1808 - 89) U.S. statesman; President of Confederacy (1861-1865). 32. The ninth letter of Greek alphabet. (Ι) 34. A delicate or pale color or hue. 37. To rest the body upon the buttocks with cross legs. 40. Professional Engineer. (*) 42. Washington. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

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Word World

(Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Desert Details” )




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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 34 + words = Excellent; 26 to 33 words = Good; 25 or less needs to improve. (Solution below)




The unused 6 letters spell “ One of the largest deserts in Africa.”


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “RR” - Fill in the blanks 1. Wedlock; Matrimony. _ _ RR _ _ _ _ 2. Bring back to life. _ _ _ _ RR _ _ _ 3. An orderly arrangement, esp. of troops. _ RR _ _ 4. Anything being hunted or pursued. _ _ _ RR _ 5. Mistake. _ RR _ _ 6. The day after today. _ _ _ _ RR _ _ 7. To bear the weight of. _ _ RR _ 8. E.T. for short. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ RR _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 9. To fly, revolve, vibrate or otherwise move quickly with a buzzing or whizzing sound. _ _ _ RR 10. Uneven; variable; lawless. _ RR _ _ _ _ _ _ 11. To cause to feel self-conscious and ill. _ _ _ _ RR _ _ _ 12. The tube of a gun thru which bullet is fired. _ _ RR _ _ 13. A dark purplish red; the edible fruit. _ _ _ _ _ RR _ 14. To overflow; to spread throughout. _ _ _ RR _ _ 15. To burst suddenly or violently. _ RR _ _ _ 16. A person acting as ruler during an interval. _ _ _ _ RR _ _ 17. To tell (a story) in writing or speech. _ _ RR _ _ _ 18. Odd or unmatched; Occasional. _ RR _ 19. A shrill, trilled sound, as of some insects. _ _ _ RR 20. An ornament passing thru the lobe or the ear. _ _ RR _ _ _ 21. Excessive, frequent loose bowl movement. _ _ _ RR _ _ _ 22. Taking into custody by authority of the law. _ RR _ _ _ 23. Dreadful; frightful. _ _ RR _ _ _ _ 24. A gust of rain or snow. _ _ _ RR _ 25. To make right; remove errors from. _ _ RR _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) You must try to control your feelings. Your expenses may exceed your limits. Listen to your elder siblings. Time is not good if you are an artist or a celebrity, but medical professionals may achieve an excellent goal this month. The time will move fast and be full of new events. To avoid problems, control your sentiments. Don’t try to fly, just move with a steady pace.

General Predictions for April 2013 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) This is going to be one of the most relaxing months. You will enjoy love and happiness. Your income is going to go up. A rise in status is clearly indicated. You may have a minor dispute with friends, which could tear down your mood during second half of the month. The time is very good for making positive decisions and starting new business. You may celebrate a religious or social event this month.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) This is the time when you will waste money on luxury. The expenses will be out of control. Unexpected travel is also possible this month. Don’t follow any advice from your friends and spouse, instead listen to your parents and take safe action. As far as possible, postpone any major decision for next month. Try to avoid speculation in the stock market. Minor health ailment could be there.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) A sudden positive change in life could take place this month. It is very important to go for the change. Your associates will grant full support. You may get an opportunity to achieve your dream, but because of a thoughtless act, you may face serious health trouble. Try to control your ego as well as temper. Your mother’s health may deteriorate and worry you. You will be able to maintain normal flow of income.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Be prepared to enjoy the good news on the family front. A little change in your ideology will bring excellent reward. Try to be more happy and active. Long distance travel can also be fruitful. If involved in family business, you must avoid any misunderstanding. Your spouse will also get benefit of your good luck. Move fast and make positive decision to enjoy the period. Try to take full advantage of the period.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Your intelligence will be at par. You will enjoy status in the society. You may be able to publish your creative writing. Don’t wait till last week of the month. A very co-operative support from your spouse and kids will be there. Bad news from a far-off place regarding your sibling may disturb you. A very important familyrelated decision may be in jeopardy. Use your knowledge to solve any problems.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You must avoid any major change or deal this month. Just focus on your current activities and flow of money will intensify. In the last week of the month, you will experience mental relief due to encouragement by good thoughts. The work will lessen and will make you feel relaxed. The period is good for spending on social gathering with your friends. Minor dispute with partner is possible this month.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You may start journey towards fulfilling your dreams. Quick decisions and fast actions are very important. Follow advice from your siblings. You may have to work hard to regain confidence. It is advisable to follow somebody else’s decisions. A sudden benefit will delight you this month. Try to be positive and enjoy the blessings of the super power. The second and third weeks of the month are more positive.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) A major financial loss is possible this month. It could be related to spouse or health. Try to focus in your career and don’t lose your self confidence. Try to be stubborn and strong. Also don’t compromise. You will perform excellent at your place of work. Your income may increase but saving won’t. You may enjoy unexpected favor from your mother or daughter. Traveling could prove relaxing but expensive.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Now is the time to slow down and look inwardly. Try to focus on earning extra money. Unexpected expenses are on the way and at the same time your health may also deteriorate. Stay with your old friends and avoid any major changes in life. The second half of the month is more critical. Your kid could also be very good support this month. You may benefit from your sibling.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) A long cherished dream may be fulfilled this month. The destiny may play a very important role in life, so simply surrender to it. A family member’s attitude may develop disturbance. Try not to travel with family. Your enemy may take revenge of you and attain considerable success. Your sibling may delight you with good news in the beginning of the month. Listen to your mother, it may bring good luck.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may see many positive changes this month. Your own action will bring in big income for you. Don’t wait till last week for any major decision. The only possible enemy is your own ego. Try to be nice and friendly with

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Motel for Sale: Augusta, GA. 45 Units independent with Mgr. Apt. Busy Hwy, serious inquiry only. Call 678-665-8376. Convenience Store & Gas Station for Sale/Lease: Reidsville, near Greensboro, North Carolina. Great location. For more information, please call 336-856-9593. Tobacco store for sale in busy and visible area in South Carolina. 32k + Lotto. Asking 40K plus inv. Pl call 864-529-2646. Citgo Gas Station For Sale: In Charlotte. Great location. For Details call Mr. Song at 704-806-0425. Motel for Sale: Blue Ridge motel, Burnsville, NC (12 Rooms). Gross $60,000. Contact: Jay or Nick 704-778-7210 or 828-682-9100 (Ext: 0) Franchise Motel For Sale: North of Charlotte, NC. Highway location. 41 rooms + 4 bedroom house. Contact PM at 704.584.9309 (10 am - 5 pm) or e-mail

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Convenience Store & Gas Station for Sale: Florence, SC Great Location, heart of city with Major busy Hwy. Extra incentives: Bill payment, check cashing, Lottery, Hot food. Call 843-610-3137.

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Profitable Florist and Gift Store for sale in Morrisville (new Walmart shopping center), also more room for your own ideas. Owner will train. Preferred Florist for FTD, 800Flowers. Please call 858-663-3452.

Manager Couple Wanted: Motel in Charlotte NC. Energetic, fluent in English, computer skills & have legal status. Accommodations provided. E-mail:

Motels For Sale: Rock Hill, SC (60 Rooms) and (39 Rooms). Motel for sale in Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Call: Nick Patel 704-905-7945.

Help Wanted: Franchise Hotel in Huntersville, NC. Laundry helper and housekeeping. Two couples needed. Accommodations available. 828.308.4488.

Dry Cleaner For Sale: Excellent profit making business in Triangle. Free standing building with drive-through facility option. Asking $465,000. Huge plant facility also for sale. Broker : Latesh Patel: 919-342-9625.

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Convenience Store for Rent in Virginia $2000 per month with 2 bedroom appt. Asking price $10,000. Long lease Call Ashwin 757-927-3882 anytime.

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Nanny needed for infant son in Raleigh. Gujarati, English and Hindi speaking preferable however any caring, gentle qualified person may apply. Please call 919376-5503.

OPPORTUNITIES: Help Wanted: Need a South/North Indian Cook in South Charlotte asap. Contact with rates & expertise. Help Wanted: Franchised Motel, Charlotte, NC. (part-time) Experienced front desk/night auditor needed. Must be honest / reliable / fluent in English. Call Nina 704299-3364

C-Store for Lease: Mocksville, NC. Highway location. Potential to grow. Inside sale is $20k-$30k, gas $50k-$60k. Pizza-Deli. Asking $25k plus inv. Rent is $2500/month. Call Mike 704-682-8841.

Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM).

Convenience store for sale in Burlington, N.C. Volume : $22K/mo, Rent : $1,500 / mo, Lotto, Atm & porker comm : $3200/month, Price : $20K + Inv. Please call 336-380-6884.

Live-in nanny needed for help with newborn twins and toddler in Charlotte, NC. Light house-keeping and cooking. Please call 301-928-7071 or email

Looking for Dynamic Sales oriented dedicated store manager for well established Furniture retail store in Asheville North Carolina area Good communication & leadership skill require. Excellent pay plus sales incentive. Offer Health & Dental benefits. email your resume to


Front desk help wanted: Franchised hotel in Raleigh area need couple. Must speak English. Accommodation provided. Call 919208-3513. Nanny Needed: Need a nanny/babysitter for my daughter. Prefer live-in. Please call on 510-565-6604. Couple Needed: to run a gas station in rock hill SC. Must have legal status in the U.S. and have experience. Contact Dhiren at 803.366.3116. Need Single/Couple For Front Desk Help: Must be of legal status. Must have computer and hotel experience. Accommodations provided. Call Ken Patel 919-452-3131. April 2013

Help Wanted: Leading manufacturer of bedding and drapery company in high point needs sales person. Must have sales background. Fluency in English, Computers, familiarity with fabric matching and some designing background is preferred. Full time position with perks & paid vacations offered. Contact Raj@ 336-558-3410 or email Resume at Nanny Needed: For infant and after school care for 5 year old in N.Charlotte. Responsibilities include child care, kids laundry, walks and light cooking. Please call 704-266-0880. Sewing Production Supervisor for Drapery & Bedding Manufacturing company in High Point. Experience needed in Cut/Sew fabrics. Supervising, Organizational and computer skills a must. Full time Job yearly salary offered and perks offered. Send resume via email to : or Fax: 336-8829011. Nanny/babysitter needed in Indian trail area for 10-15hrs/week for 2 kids. Must have own transportation. Please call 813-8171358. Franchise Motel in Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, MN: Experienced Couple / Single Front Desk Clerk, Night Auditor, Maintenance and housekeeping. Call 540303-1518. Now Hiring: Full/Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store. Located in Columbia & Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Contact Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681. Nanny Needed for twin boys in Charlotte. Must have own transportation. Hindi / Marathi / English. Light cooking & infant care. Call Harsh Desai 704-778-7911 Help Wanted: sales person M/F for PT/FT men’s clothing store in Gastonia, NC Contact or 704-865-6699. Help Wanted for C-Store: single or couple. Accommodations provided, must have legal status. Call Ravi 908.510.9125. MATRIMONIAL: Seeking correspondence for niece. 30, 5'6" Hindu, Gujarati, UK graduate in forensic science.. Vegetarian, loves movies & music. Looking for active, educated, strong minded and family oriented man. 704-877-0622. Very pretty, muslim, well-traveled female anesthesiologist. Age 30. Height 5’5. Looking for a lifelong companion who is smart, family oriented and caring. Please email

PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Home for rent or sale in Charlotte (Ballantyne). 1730 sq. ft., excellent schools & close to shopping. $198,000 SP; rent $1,550/month for 12 month; $1475/month for longer lease. No pets. 281-809-7968. Town home for Sale in Charlotte near South Park and Myers Park. 2 br & 1.5 bath. Fire place and two parking spaces. $130k. For info e-mail SERVICES: Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 22 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-8467912. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270 Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist from Jaipur, India specializes in mehandi (henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi 919-8247734 e-mail: website: South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. E-mail: Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Tutor Available: Experienced Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor for middle, high school, IB, AP courses (including AP Statistics). Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. Call 704-497-2639. Ami's Beauty in Matthews near I-485 exit 49 (Idlewild Rd). Eyebrows, Full Face, Waxing. 20 years experience. Call for Appointment. 704-882-3300 (H) or 704-877-9021 (C). Tax Returns: Federal & State Tax Preparation with e-filing, Forms 1040-NR & FW-7 for Individuals, Self-employed, Partnerships and S-corporations. Call Mahesh Patel, EA at (704) 799-6377, email: Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: 123

Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-7803563. God Blessings to All. Music Classes: Masters in Music from Rabindra Bharati University and 8+ years of teaching/ performance experience. Classes in North Indian Basic Classical Music and Bengali Rabindra Sangeet for kids through adult. Please call 704-818-6327. Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. Nanny available in the university area, Charlotte NC. Experience from 1 month old through 6 year old. Fluent in Hindi and Gujarati, beginner in English. Please contact 704-886-8177. Day care services available for children aged between one thru ten in Ballantyne area. Full time, part time & hourly services with educational activities. 508-342-5279. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Tutoring Available: Private Indian tutor in Charlotte for the Basic Core Subjects as well as All Formalized Testing. Contact Mr. Singh at 646-261-4887. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072.

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N-Digilabs Videography & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Nikhil Patel CPA PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Palika Bazaar presents Paresh Rawal Natak . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Paramount Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Patel, Akshat (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Poornima S. Mathur, CPA, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Prana Place at Durham Rehab & Nursing Center . . . . . . . . .71 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Punjabi Unlimited (Baishaki Mela) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .39 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) . . . . . . .121 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Shamim Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Shree Jewelers (Sale in Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Singh CPA PLLC (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 State Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 SV Temple (Sri Sita Swayamvarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 TherAccess (Hand Rahablitation Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Triangle Eye Institute (Formerly Eye Care Center Apex) . . .95 Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati) . . . . . . . . . . .113 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 93 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Vedic Gardens and Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Zi Zi's Vegan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Aapka Realty (Emmanuel Varghese) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .25 Aggarwal Group (Morgan Stanley) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Al Kareem (Indo-Pak & Mediterranean Grocery) . . . . . . . . . .43 Allstate (Ravi Reddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .51 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Apna Desi Mart (Formerly VGS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Art Of Living Course Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bay Leaf Restaurant (New Bern, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bhindi Plaza (Lease Space Available) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Blue Sky Services (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Carolina Heart Center (Dr. Pankaj Parikh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .64 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Chokshi, Umesh (Real Estate & Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .95 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Curry and Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .31 Dave & Dave Inc. (Accounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Dawat Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Energy Therapy & Spiritual Healing By Sima . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Fantastic Sams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Fayad Law P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Five Hot Chillies (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . . . . .105 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Hindu Center Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66/67 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 International Center for Meditation and Well Being . . . . . . . .9 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Jariwala, Bina (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kashish Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Legacy Jewels / Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Live Spectrum Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Lucky Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .34 Matemu Law Office P.C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Montessori Children's House of Durham (Summer Program)93 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Naach Masala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70

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Saathee Magazine April 2013 Raleigh  

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