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In this issue: Ultimate frisbee is a hit in India’s slums TV censorship in India

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Ultimate Frisbee Takes off in India’s Slums

American TV Shows Get the Censor Treatment

Film Clips and News

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You’ll never guess the sport

But the Chennai beaches, one of the city’s most popular sites, quickly became a meeting ground for the sport. Because the game was cheap—players didn’t even need to own shoes— people from all walks of life began to join. Ranjani Shanker, 29, a musician, fell in love with Ultimate when a friend told her that to play all she had to do was “show up.” The game’s hypnotic, balletic movements of the players drew the curiosity of slum kids who spent their days on the beaches hanging out. Children of ragpickers, fishermen, and shopkeepers, they watched the games, and soon enough, some asked if they could join. “It has taken off because it has very basic rules,” says Abhinav Vinayakh Shankar, an engineer and the assistant coach of the U23 team. “It has low entry barriers and no expensive equipment. Plus, I have never met anyone who hasn’t liked it.” One of the young people drawn to the game was Ganesan, 21. From a family of beach cleaners and fishermen, Ganesan could not afford to play other sports, but picked up Ultimate when someone asked if he could step in during a beach tournament. Thanks to the U23 team, he got a passport, left the country for the first time, and flew to Dubai for the World Championships of Beach Ultimate. “I was concerned that people from other countries would be very tall,” he recalls. India placed 11th out of 16 teams. When Ganesan got home, he eagerly showed his parents clips from the games on his phone. They hadn’t been able to watch because they don’t own a television. For Ganesan, life before Frisbee was dull and aimless. In the evenings, he, like most of his friends from the slums, had nothing to do but bum around the beaches, steal mangoes from trees, or get into fights and scraps. “Ultimate has taught me to be respectful to others,” he says. “To dress decently. I used to be quite unkempt before. It has given me a purpose.”

Taking Off in India’s slums

By Padmaparna Ghosh, CHENNAI, India — Amid the open drains, stinging flies and makeshift roofs, an unlikely game is taking off among impoverished residents of India’s slums: Ultimate Frisbee. Chennai, a coastal city known for its population of subsistence fishermen, has become India’s hub for the sport, with eight club teams and hundreds of players tossing discs in the city’s dry alleys and public beaches.

Diving for a pass on the beaches of Chennai. Tarunya SureshGlobalPost

Over the last seven years this sport—commonly played by co-eds on the lawns of American colleges—has spread all across India, uniting Indians of disparate backgrounds, and culminating in the creation of India’s first under-23 team. The team is an inspiring mix of people from across India’s social divide. Most sports in India have high cost barriers, particularly cricket, but Ultimate Frisbee has brought together men and women of different castes, wealth, background, religions, and languages. Crowdfunding is enabling the team, which includes teenagers from the slums as well as wealthy graduate students, to fly to London for the world championships in mid-July. The game got its start in Chennai thanks in part to Manu Karan, 35, the founder and president of Chennai Ultimate Frisbee, the biggest community of Ultimate players in India. (There are roughly 300 active players in the city, he says.) Karan fell in love with the sport in Boulder, Colorado, where he learned to play from local university students. He brought it back to Chennai’s beaches in 2007, when he returned to India to enroll in an MBA program. At first, people didn’t know what to make of Karan, asking things like “Isn’t that disc thing for dogs?”

The full squad of India’s under-23 team, who played at the world championship in London this July. Varsha Yeshwant Kumar/GlobalPost

The success of Ganesan and other Ultimate players from the slums has inspired NGOs to take note. Pudiyador, a Chennaibased NGO that teaches life skills to under-privileged children, and IndiCorps, in Ahmedabad, a city in western India, now use Ultimate as a tool to teach villagers leadership, teamwork, and gender equality. Karan, who in his non-frisbee hours heads business development in southern India for US energy firm SunEdison, says the game helps build trust across India’s stark class divides. By playing together, people from the slums “get exposed to 8

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the upper middle-class, which does change their aspirations, makes them aim higher,” he says. “Many now want to go to college and work in an office. Some also got English language lessons.” Another player of impoverished background credits the game with broadening his social ties. “Earlier, I would hang around with my friends only on the beach,” says Hariharan, 21. “Before I would not think of interacting of people from different classes of society. It would be intimidating.”

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In India, Ultimate has also helped bridge gender gaps. The rules mandate that for every 4 men on a team, there must be at least 3 women. Amid the country’s notorious struggles with gender inequalities and sexual violence, the interactions on the playing field (or beach) force players to learn comfort and respect. “Lots of these kids haven’t interacted with the opposite gender ever,” says Shanker, the musician. “They don’t talk, forget playing.” When Shanker first took the field, she remembers having to tell off men on the team who wouldn’t pass to her. “When they saw a girl, they looked away. It has been a learning curve for all of us,” she says. “Initially you will always have men not throwing to women because ‘They don’t run fast or can’t catch.’” The past year has been a whirlwind for the organizers of India’s U23 squad, who have had to run to various corners of the country for try-outs, training camps, and events to raise $2,000 per player. The team has depended on diverse kindnesses: Australian Ultimate players donated each Indian player a pair of cleats. Players have juggled studies, jobs and training. The lack of access to gyms, weights and playgrounds has required developing some low-cost training regimes, which Dan Rule, the Australian coach has devised. Some of the players are already finding ways to give back. Ganesan, for his part, has started coaching peers in the slum. Many are inspired by his success, which shows that Ultimate can open doors to a world outside their tough daily lives. “My mother initially didn’t get the sport,” he recalls. “She asked me to quit. But before I left for Dubai, she said, ‘I want you to win.’ Now she understands why frisbee is life for me.”


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American TV Shows Get the

CensoR Treatment in India By Nimisha Jaiswal, NEW DELHI, India — When American TV shows cross over to India, a few things are lost in the transition. Swear words, naturally. Mentions of homosexuality. Naked statues. But in the last year under a Hindu nationalist government, self-censorship on TV has veered into the absurd, with a notable broadening of what’s considered “naughty” to say or see. Now just about anything is at risk of being bleeped, muted, or cut. From Ashley Judd’s cheerleading in “Someone Like You” to blurred alcohol labels on MasterChef Australia to the word “beef” in a rerun of Friends, networks terrified of being taken off the air are going to extreme lengths to sanitize shows. Every third word in Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central roast was bleeped. It’s gotten to the point that when the 60-minute season finale of Game of Thrones aired in India this June, it was halved. The list of no-no words on English-language television has broadened from a list of mild curses (“damn,” “ass,” “hell”) to include “condom,” “sex,” “ballsy,” and “butt.” Subtitles say “go to inferno” or “beat the jerk out of me.” Viewers are left to scratch their heads at what words might have gone missing. Did he just say “what a harlot”? Did she just call her nemesis “my witch”? “Effin’” becomes “smokin,” and “butt,” in one memorable instance, became “boat.” India has 125 million English speakers, and many in urban India follow American shows and watch Hollywood movies. The 18 English entertainment channels offer shows currently on air as well as popular re-runs like Seinfeld and Friends. Those who have been watching these shows for the last decade would have noticed a significant tightening of “moral regulations” over time — like the word “cows” being muted when Phoebe talked about her pregnancy cravings for beef. What is baffling is that an active censor board is not even at play here. All channels airing in India choose to self-censor, to avoid the dire repercussions of over-stepping the line and receiving a complaint about the content. In the past, channels have suffered millions of rupees in losses after being taken off the air for days because of topless models, MTV reality shows or even stand-up routines on Comedy Central. Self-censorship guidelines were issued by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, a self-regulating professional organization, in 2011. It is mandatory for every channel in India to give viewers information on filing a complaint about the

content — and repeat it every 30 minutes. A 13-member Broadcasting Content Complaints Council, comprised of a retired Supreme Court judge and representatives from national commissions and the broadcasting industry, reviews the complaints before any action is taken. Ashish Sinha, the secretary general of the council, is convinced that the guidelines have done more good than harm. “I can tell you with all the authority in my command that over the years, the nature of content has changed, and changed for the good. It has become much more positive,” he said. Channels that run afoul of the guidelines are warned first, he stressed, before receiving more serious punishments, such as fines and reports to the Information and Broadcast Ministry, which has the power to take a channel off the air. Last November, Comedy Central was taken off the air for six days for content with “vulgar” language that threatened “public morality or morals.” However, there seemed to be no need to censor “cows” until last year, which also happened to be when a Hindu nationalist government came to power. Though the guidelines do have some absurd demands — the content should not “encourage the possession of wildlife as trophies,” for example — many of the restrictions seem lenient compared to the levels of censorship channels self-impose. Programs which children may or may not view, according to the time they are aired, are categorized separately; even the daytime shows are only asked not to show “highly coarse language with explicit sexual connotations” and “excessively explicit or gruesome crime or violence.” Somehow, the networks interpret this to mean you can’t say “butt.” Each channel has a standards and practices team, which assures that all guidelines are followed. They also have to keep the government’s program code in mind, issued under the government’s 1994 Cable Television Network Rules. (Because these are government rules, the punishments can be much harsher.) The mishmash of rules and an escalating climate of sensitivity in India have led to a stifling of popular culture. In the ‘90s, TV was relatively freewheeling, but under 2015’s censorious regime, there are always new offenses that the public needs to be protected from—whether it’s the human anatomy, the English language, or Ashley Judd’s split-jumps. 14

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TEATIME IN THE CITY Notes from the Editor’s Desk Even though New Horizon’s mission was just a fly-by, the thought of waving hello to a celestial body deep in our solar system has given American space exploration a massive boost. It challenges all of humanity to maybe help protect our own little fragile planet while we reach for the other planets. The stars can wait a little longer. Little planets can unleash big dreams.

By Samir Shukla little planets and big dreams

No hitting below the belts, please The 2016 political season gets heated in early August and then it’s off to the races. It’s been stewing for a few months, as politicians of both parties have announced their run for President, but now with the impending first Republican presidential debate on the horizon in August, the candidates’ operatives are digging up dirt, gathering weapons. The weapons of persuasion, that is. They will use all means necessary – TV, radio, print, word of mouth, websites, email, social media, snail mail, and then some – to persuade a potential voter to click the name of their candidate on Election Day. This is early in the game, of course. This is prep for the primaries and caucuses that begin early in the spring of 2016. There will be 9 debates on the Republican side, and as yet unknown number of debates on the Democratic side. Fox News will host and moderate the first debate with 10 poll-leading Republican candidates on Thu, August 6. As of press time, there were sixteen Republican candidates and 4 Democratic candidates. The Libertarians are waiting down the hallway and will pick their candidate in their own independent way. The barbs are already prickly and spreading. Each candidate trying to stick his or her head above the group. The primaries attract the active partisans, so the candidates will lean further right or further left to satisfy the fringe screamers of each party. But as the weeks of politicking take its toll and the numbers dwindle as the election cycle chugs along, one thing is certain, big money will continue to flex its muscle. The deep-pocketed wannabe kingmakers will spend gobs of money, seeking to spread influence. So warm up the popcorn makers, chill the beers, sit back and watch the first arm wrestling match of the election cycle on August 6. The average American will have to squint the eyes and plug the ears as the negativity starts over a year before the elections. For lovers and operatives of the American political stage, the fun is just beginning. It’s off to the races. Here’s a simple request for the operatives. This is early in the season all ye politicians, so, no hitting below the belts, please. Yeah, I know, wishful thinking.

The New Horizons spacecraft whizzed past Pluto in July. NASA’s efforts and the spacecraft’s 10-year journey paid off with stark and beautiful images of the demoted (dwarf) planet Pluto. The news received international coverage. It was a day of happy news. In the constant stream of bad news about religious nuts wreaking havoc in the world, the dysfunctional American political systems, disasters and financial crises, the photos of a small, mysterious planet at the far end of our solar system brightened up conversations. For a few days the world gazed in wonder as humanity peeled off another thin layer from the mysteries of our little solar system and added to our increasing knowledge and discovery. New Horizons sent back images through the vast void of space, showcasing the possibilities of human ingenuity and reach. The child-like joy of discovery and exploration rekindled by a machine the size of a small car, calling home from a billion miles away. If the photos and previously unimagined features of Pluto help goad more bright-eyed kids to think about careers in science and math, to challenge themselves academically and personally, then the effort is even more worthy. Pluto is out of sight from typical, clear night stargazing and also out of sight of most earthbound telescopes. So the idea of reaching and flying by it within a few thousand miles is the stuff of dreams and science fiction fantasies. But of course, this is science fact, another intrigue a bit more solved. There are celestial objects in our solar system that are farther than Pluto. But in the classic sense of nine planets, Pluto is the most distant neighbor, the last potential outpost for future spacefaring humans to stop at before heading out into endless deep space on the road to other star systems. Of course the solar system isn’t that linear, but as science fiction becomes fact, our sense of wonder evolves. Our goals become loftier. We haven’t even fully explored our own planet. The oceans are barely explored. But we are a restless species. We must travel, explore, and discover. Our efforts have begun to scratch the surfaces of our solar system and endless possibilities beckon. A return to the moon, manned mission to Mars and its future colonization, mining asteroids, harnessing the power of the sun like never before, these are all just the tip of the proverbial planetary icebergs. All await our current and future generations.

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SUBCONTINENTAL DIVIDE An Indian Subcontinent Dialogue lGBT, Marriage, a Shooting, a Flag—How We Stereotype By Ahsen Jillani The last several weeks have challenged us in complex ways by bringing issues to the forefront that just a year ago we would have scoffed at. The media is always accused of having an agenda. The large film production companies worldwide are frequently cited for being far left of morbidly liberal. So we debated our right to change our gender. We argued, all the way to the Supreme Court, if love could exist outside of the confines of gender. We were shocked when innocent worshippers were gunned down by a madman in Charleston, SC. And, of course, we saw the media run with the news until first the Confederate flag came down from state buildings, and then defacing memorials became acceptable because the families of victims of rich Southerners were feeling angry. As of this writing, Southern states were digging up graves of Confederate leaders and moving them to secret and private locations. America has finally had enough. Or is America what a ratings-oriented media wants it to be on any given morning? For days I’ve been thinking about where these lethal missiles of stereotyping will land in this skirmish. In recent history, we united after 9/11, then we protested against the war in Iraq, then we rallied behind health care for the poor—then we went home and ate a hamburger in front of the TV. The news cycle simply switched, and newer and more exciting reality shows were on the roster. America increasingly leans toward rights for the oppressed and the legal system here seems to follow it at a snail’s pace. We graduated from “The Little Rascals” to “Amos and Andy” long after the Civil War had ended. We then tackled racism in film classics like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? and In the Heat of the Night. In TV shows ranging from “Good Times” to “The Jeffersons” to “Different Strokes,” we lived a sort of Hollywood fantasy about how exciting life could be even if we were a minority. “The Cosby Show” brought African Americans into the upper middle class and the audience across the board accepted that to be the new reality. Looking back, the white man always had a sidekick, which ranged from a quirky American Indian in “The Lone Ranger” to an oriental in “The Green Hornet.” Blacks, who always numbered less than 13% of the US (and are now outnumbered by Latinos) slowly moved into the mainstream, followed by Orientals, and now, as voter (and viewer) statistics shift, the media is encouraging more Latino participation. We can spend days arguing about how minorities were portrayed in the shifting tide of media and film. In the end, the moving image business is about money. There is a lot of science behind who is watching what, and how they perceive the characters as an extension of how they perceive themselves. Since Islamic fundamentalism swept across the Middle East starting in the late ‘70s, characters gradually shifted from the heavyset, loyal, trade anything for anything types to potential terrorists who are manic and unreliable. The only survivor in

this game of stereotyping is the Arab Sheikh, who remains rich in fantasy and reality, and the image has perhaps helped to blur the line between fact and fiction. The South Asian community has come into its own in recent years. Many shows, most notably “The Big Bang Theory,” now feature a pleasant, head shaking, smiling, nerdy, and agreeable Indian guy. Presently, we are enjoying the exposure. Few of us are arguing that scores of multinational leaders, two US governors, and even the doctor who may save your life in the ER may be of Indian descent. Again, numbers and money talk. American audiences feel better with some light and fluffy humor provided by people they don’t perceive as being threatening. Let’s just say, we provide a little “spice” in an otherwise vanilla show. Of course, this will also pass. The Bush Administration’s attempt to divide the nation to justify a trillion dollar war had a backlash. That phenomenon is called Barack Obama. We get riled up and then seem to land solidly on American soil, with new laws, new attitudes, a deeper understanding of the human condition and the way news tends to divide us so we will stay glued to shouting hosts and their well-paid guests, hand-picked to joust and jest while we yank slices off of large pizzas in our dens. A country in which the racial demographic is shifting at a stunning rate, it is hard to predict where we will end up in two or three decades. What color will we be? Who will our children marry? What will be our religion? What gender will our children be at age 30? The one fact is that if we manage to get real smart, we may pick up the remote and turn off the noise. Then we will be able to see real humans around us who love, raise children, work, cry, smile, and make the best of what hand is dealt to them.


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Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson star in the feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy Learning to Drive. The film is about a mismatched pair who helps each other overcome life’s road blocks also stars Sarita Choudhury and is directed by Isabel Coixet. Clarkson (Wendy) is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Kingsley (Darwan) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew. The film opens on August 21.

Hrithik Roshan to host TV show on real-life heroes Superstar Hrithik Roshan has so far kept his distance from doing TV shows despite several tempting offers. He has had a change of mind. Roshan will be hosting a show on real-life heroes on Discovery Channel. The series Real Heroes will focus on people who have overcome huge odds to become heroes. Roshan also overcame a speech deficiency during his childhood and growing up years, which he overcame through voice exercises and willpower. So the show’s concept and premise attracted his attention. The first show will reportedly air in the last week of September or the first week of October, depending on scheduling, and will feature wrestler Sangram Singh who dragged himself out of a wheelchair after a crippling accident to become an Olympics champ.

Welcome Back Welcome Back is an upcoming action comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee. It is a sequel to the 2007 film Welcome, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor and Paresh Rawal reprising their roles from the prequel. John Abraham and Shruti Haasan are new additions to the lead cast. The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on September 4, 2015. Debutante Sakshi Maggo from Delhi is also part of the cast. Sara Loren will perform an item song. The soundtrack is composed by Anu Malik and Anand Raj Anand. Reportedly John Abraham will be singing a song for the film.

Indian film stars part of the Global Citizen Festival 2015 Indian film stars Hrithik Roshan and music maestro A. R. Rahman are among the luminaries of the film world to be confirmed to take over radio airwaves this September as they join Radio Everyone, the lynchpin of a plan to reach 7 billion people in 7 days. Using radio, the world’s most accessible medium, Radio Everyone will shine a spotlight on the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to completely end extreme poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. Radio Everyone is on a mission to make The Global Goals famous once they are adopted by 193 world leaders at the United Nations, New York, on September 25, 2015. As part of The Global Goals campaign, Radio Everyone will reach people from India to Brazil and from Nigeria to Indonesia. Radio Everyone will also feature a special segment titled Global Superheroes where iconic figures from around the world share amazing stories from everyday people. Access will be available for Radio Everyone via an online stream on and a collection of national radio stations. Radio Everyone launches on 26th September at Global Citizen Festival, a free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. Headline acts for this year’s festival are Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Pearl Jam. Radio Everyone will take highlights from the six hour Central Park Global Citizen Festival and share them with their global partners in the week following the event. 

Brothers Brothers is an explosive drama starring Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jackie Shroff, and Jacqueline Fernandez. The movie is about love and fraternal rivalry. Karan Malhotra directed the film. Gary Fernandes (Jackie Shroff), a former alcoholic and street-fighter, returns home after serving a prison sentence of 10 years to find that the wounds of the past still haunt his family. His two sons, David (Akshay Kumar) and Monty (Siddharth Malhotra), who had parted ways as kids, are grown men now, but are still bitterly estranged. His elder son, David is an ex-fighter turned school teacher. He and his wife Jenny work hard to make ends meet. Troubled financial circumstances drive a desperate David to return to the world of street fighting. Meanwhile, Monty struggles with his lonely complex


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By Dilip Barman

I described the beginning of the 82nd annual American Dance Festival (ADF) in my July column; the season is now nearing its close. I hope that many of my readers have shared recent opportunities to see so much world class dance in a condensed period of time and space. I will summarize the bulk of the season, starting off with my two favorite performances of the season so far. The Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company is well known for its strong dance, often reflecting political or social justice themes particularly as relates to African-American issues. This year, they performed a single 75-minute dance Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2015). The ADF season isn’t quite over with several more troupes left to perform, but this dance is currently one of my favorites. The dance is based on a true story of Dora Armelan, Bill T. Jones’ mother-in-law. A Jewish girl who was nineteen years old in Belgium at the beginning of World War II, she survived the Holocaust and worked in French camps as a nurse and social worker to save others, but lost many loved ones of her own. I’ve always hoped for minorities of all kinds to work together to try to avoid discrimination and help correct wrongs. I enjoyed the fact that this beautiful and artful Holocaust story was conceived, directed, and choreographed by an AfricanAmerican dancer. The sparse set with sharp, cut and dried, modern puzzle pieces reminded me of the elegant geometry of the Berlin Holocaust memorial, and, to me, implied unquestioned, stark hideousness and entrapment, something that made calm, clear sense perhaps to some – but, of course, was cruelly and extremely nonsensical. A simple cot served many purposes, such as a deathbed, hotel furniture, and set for final goodbyes before the journey to a liquidation camp. Dancing (especially a long 75-minute piece like this one) does not lend itself well to dialogue, yet these dancers carried on an ongoing discussion masterfully, frequently passing the microphone amongst dancers who would pick right up in convincingly similar voices to relate the story in a matter-offact and not overly sentimental fashion. Ballet Folklórico Cutumba performed at the historic Carolina Theatre July 15th and 16th and was another favorite of mine. I can’t remember ever seeing a performance where the audience seemed to have extended non-stop smiles on their faces. It was an exuberant evening full of energy, vibrant

Ballet Folklórico Cutumba gave a full program of nine dances over almost two hours. They began with a dance of introduction and ended with Clasical Tahona (1974), a raucously joyous maypole-like weaving of colorful ribbons as they danced to a hopping rhythm. While the Cuban troupe helped to merrily build cultural bridges, Zvidance aimed to heal divides by taking a traditional Arabic dabke dance and give it contemporary and Israeli twists. The dabke is a traditional male-only circle and line dance performed at happy occasions like weddings. Artistic director Zvi Gotheiner added women, abstractions, and even an ending with a defiant female solo in his approximately one hour dance Dabke (2012), a single dance for the evening. The arts are often valuable to heal divisions but I was surprised with the discussion after the dance that the troupe has met with some controversy and protests. The issue, it seems, is one of authenticity. Those who can claim an authentic dance are de facto people of the land. But aren’t we all beneficiaries of the endless interpretation and joy that fine art forms offer? Two well-loved mainstays of ADF are Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pilobolus. Pilobolus (named after a fungus that ejects material at an astonishing human equivalent of 100 times the speed of sound) is a perennial ADF favorite. I love their Day Two (1980), which I’ve seen performed once or twice in the past, and which they presented at the evening shows as well as their children’s matinee. It begins and ends with the sounds of a thunderstorm. An ingenuous water slide allows them to take their “bows” at the end by sliding across the stage, playfully splashing a bit of water onto some in the very front. It’s a vigorous dance set to the fun music of Brian Eno, David Byrne, and the Talking Heads. Pilobolus also performed Sweet Purgatory (1991), a dark, slow, and deliberate dance set to Dimitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, Opus 110a. Wednesday Morning, 11:45 was a funny premiere using shadow puppets, including two ostriches and a man trying to make breakfast for himself in this short dance. I enjoyed another dance that they premiered,Thresh|Hold, in which dancers, personifying 30

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of Durham, NC. Being part of a dozens-small audience gave a stronger intimacy than even usual in their work, and allowed for lingering eye contact and audience interaction (she enters almost suddenly with a bright red cloth and leaves offerings of long-stemmed leaves and flowers, allowing some to accept them as they feel). Eiko’s performance left a mark of enduring pathos, separation, and sadness. She danced in an industrial warehouse, sometimes flicking off a tarp, sometimes opening a door marked for restrictive access, sometimes dancing around small water puddles. In the short discussion after the performance, she said that she very much wanted to see the audience’s faces and felt that she didn’t miss having a second dancer, having the industrial machinery serving as a partner. I very much enjoyed Company Wang Ramirez which performed one dance, Monchichi (2011). One might describe the piece as “urban contemporary” with a number of dance inspirations, including hip hop, martial arts, and ballet. The dance was conceived, choreographed, and danced by partners Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang. Mr. Ramirez is a selftaught hip hop dancer and Ms. Wang has had ballet and martial arts training. One is French of Hispanic origin and the other is German of Korean origin, which no doubt adds to their diverse and yet integrative influences. I loved their use of silhouette, Zen sensibility, and minimalistic white stage with a simple tree that is depicted differently depending on how it is lit. Dynamic Duos was an interesting performance invited by ADF where sets of two different choreographers were asked to design and perform a duet. Mark Haim & Jesse Zaritt, Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs, Claire Porter & Sara Juli, and Larry Keigwin & Rosie Herrera each had very different and engaging dances. I was lucky enough to attend on a night when the dancers afterwards discussed the work, and I gained insight into how each pair had a short time period with given constraints (such as performance length and equal contribution in choreography) to create. Awkward Magic was a low point for me at ADF this year. I am of the opinion that if I always like the art that I see, I must not be challenging myself. It’s okay not to like something, especially if I can put my finger on what it is that I don’t like. All I will say is that this rather “raw” piece was clearly full of inside jokes for dancers and didn’t appeal to me. Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca presented a clever dance, Antigona (2014). I saw the shortened version at the children’s matinee and know that I missed additional depth in the evening piece. They shared Sophocles’ famous Greek tragedy with a modern flamenco interpretation. While the idea was worthwhile and I suspect the evening-length dance was quite good, the themes and enactment of suicide, Oedipal complex, and other tragic elements were perhaps not well suited to the children’s matinee. They were apparently going to perform a tamer show in the daytime but, without telling ADF, changed to an abbreviated evening show. Note: Photographs and American Dance Festival logo courtesy of American Dance Festival and used with permission. 32

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Meaning (Summary): From the window of my eyes, when I saw, O dear one I saw you far, I saw you very far. when I closed the windows of my eyes and sat thinking I saw you smiling in my mind, I saw you smiling. I have a heart but now I am losing that. I feel uneasy after meeting you. I am sitting on my faith, ignoring everything just for you, let life just pass like that, let life pass with you. I live looking at you, I die for you as well. Wherever you are, my love, my world is only there. My heart asks for blessings for you, day and night. Let flower of our hopes not wither away. Since I am colored in color of your love, I cannot sleep and I wake up while I am asleep. Let someone not snatch my lovely dreams; my heart shudders at this very thought. Having said something, the tranquility is making me uneasy; keeping that silence reminds me of my helplessness. Just smile like me, holding the tears under the eyelids, so that leftover happiness may not flow away. The buds of love will always be smiling, the tranquility will tell you my stories. I will spend my new life, just sitting there in your memories, let the smell of the flowers remains without escaping. From the window of my eyes.

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Hemlatā, a playback singer, was born on August 16, 1954 in Hyderabad, India, into a Marwari Brahmin family. Her father, late Pundit Jaichand Bhatt, was a renowned Hindustani classical Khayāl singer, musician and a music teacher. He was against the idea of his daughter becoming a singer. But she had a passion for the voice and slowly began singing in public. Ravindra Jain, an accomplished music director and one of her father’s disciples, mentored her to sing in films. She was impressed and influenced by the performances of renowned artists like Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand. She sang with many singers including Kishore Kumar and Kavita Krishnamurthy. She has recorded songs in many languages in her velvety voice. Lately, she has been doing a lot of charity shows in India and abroad. She believes that music is “Sadhanā” (a disciplined and dedicated lyrics in Hindi: practice or learning) and not a mere business or career. Awards 1977– Filmfare award for best singer, (Film - Chitchor) for song: “Tu jo mere sur me”. Music by Ravindra Jain. The lyrics to one of her famous Hindi songs, “Akhiyon ke jharokhon se...” are given in the column on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics Ankhiyonke jharokhon se Song: Akhiyonke jharokhon se… Film: Akhiyonke jharokhon se (Year: 1978) Music and Lyrics: Ravindra Jain Singer: Hemlatā Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Mishra Dhanāshri Tāl/Rhythm: Dādrā Starring: Ranjeetā, Sachin Lyrics in English: Akhiyonke jharokhon se, maine dekhā jo sānvare Tum dura nazar āe, badi dura nazar āe Band karake jharokhon ko, zarā baithi jo sochane Man men tumhin muskāe, Man men tumhin muskāeAkhiyonke jharokhon se ...Ika man thā mere pāsa vo ab khone lagā hai Pākar tujhe hāe mujhe kuchh hone lagā haiIka tere bharose pe sab baithi hun bhula keYunhi umra guzar jāe, tere sātha guzar jāe, Akhiyonke jharokhon se ...Jiti hun tumhen dekha ke, marati hun tumhin pe Tum ho jahān sājan meri duniyā hai vahin peDina rāta duā mānge merā man tere vāste, Kahin apni ummidon ka, koi fula na murzaye, Ahiyonke jharokhon se ...Main jab se tere pyār ke rangon men rangi hunJagate hue soi rahi nindon men jagi hunMere pyār bhare sapane kahin koi na chhina leMan soch ke ghabarāe, yahi socha ke ghabarāeAkhiyonke jharokhon se ...Kuchha bolake Khāmoshiyā, tadapāne lagi hainChup rahane se majaburiyān yād āne lagi hainTu bhi meri tarah hans le, ānsu palakon pe thām le,Jitani hai Khushi yahbhi ashkon men nā baha jāeAnkhiyonke jharokhon se ...Kaliyān ye sadā pyār ki musakāti rahengiKhāmoshiyān tujhase mere afasāne kahengiJi lungi nayā jivan, teri yādon men baithake Khushabu jaise phulon men udane se bhi raha jāe, Akhiyonke jharokhon se ...

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By Lawrence Pintak, KARACHI, Pakistan — “We live in a kingdom of fear, fortified by religious extremism and intolerance,” columnist Ghazi Salahiddin recently wrote in The News on Sunday, one of Pakistan’s leading English-language newspapers. Such hyperbole reinforces stereotypes about Pakistan. But sometimes, stereotypes contain more than a grain of truth. This port city is Pakistan’s business and media capital. It is also one of the most violent cities in the world. To give you some sense: a recent crime log in The Express Tribune newspaper was headlined “grenade attacks and encounters.” These are the kinds of “encounters” you don’t want to have. They included the ambush of a convoy carrying the city’s chief of counterterrorism; the attempted assassination of another government official; nine other targeted killings; a grenade attack on a bus stop; and a shoot-out that killed four armed militants. Oh, and a guy was burned alive by an angry crowd after he shot a policeman. Just another day in paradise. With America’s impending withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistanis are shifting their focus from the US military presence to their own internal problems, much of them fueled by regional geopolitics. At the top of the list: homegrown violence that continues to wrack the nation, epitomized by a massacre of 42 Ismaili Muslims in a Karachi bus attack this month. Some of the violence involves crime gangs; some battles between political factions or, as in the case of the murders of the Ismailis, religious sects. But the motive behind a portion of the violence reaches beyond those boundaries. And that’s where things get complicated. A wave of targeted assassinations in Karachi in recent weeks has shaken Pakistan’s intelligentsia. Among those killed were a university professor, the owner of a bookshop that hosted frequent free speech events, and the marketing manager of one of the largest media groups. An American medical school administrator was also shot and wounded. Among the educated elite, conversations inevitably include speculation about who was behind the killings. As columnist Saroop Ijaz wrote in The Express Tribune, “Public and private conversations in Pakistan have been reduced to obituaries.” Conspiracy theories abound; the more Machiavellian, the better. They can make your head spin. A dominant line of speculation involves the rebellious province of Baluchistan, where the military has used brutal tactics to put down an insurgency. China is building a major port there, which threatens the efficacy of rival ports in Iran, India and the Arabian Gulf, and gives the Chinese Navy a base less than 200 miles from the strategic Straits of Hormuz — not something very attractive to US military strategists. All of those governments are alleged to be stirring the pot. The bookstore owner, Sabeen Mahmud, had hosted a controversial talk on Baluchi human rights just hours before her assassination. Many liberal activists immediately pointed fingers toward the military’s notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) arm, frequently blamed for attacks on, and threats against, activists and journalists treading where they should not.

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23. Thanks. You are ___ kind. 24. Farmers ___ their seeds in the Spring. 25. Can you ____ the button back on this shirt? a. SEW b. SOW c. SO

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Social Media and PR By Gail Z. Martin Social media has blurred the lines between public relations (PR) and online marketing. It also created a powerful tool for business owners, professionals and authors to reach global audiences and create “viral” buzz in ways that could only be dreamed about by the large advertising agencies of past decades. While there are some ways in which PR and social media can reinforce each other, there are also distinct differences, and a wise self-promoter will respect the distinctions. A quick PR primer Public relations is the art of getting free publicity, usually through coverage in traditional media such as newspapers/magazines, TV and radio. With the growth of the Internet, that field of possibilities has expanded to include the online versions of newspapers and magazines, video sites like YouTube, and both podcasts and online radio shows like those offered by Blog Talk Radio. The workhorse of traditional PR is the press release, which even in the Internet age remains much the same. The standard format looks like this:

Is it news or social media? The answer is: both. Social media is just a new vehicle for the oldest form of news—word of mouth. The difference lies in the style of the communication and the relationship with the audience. Although their influence has waned, traditional news outlets remain important for publicity-seekers. But where it used to require mailing, emailing or calling a reporter, now it’s possible to find a reporter’s social media sites and strike up a conversation in a less formal and more accessible setting. Reporters and TV/radio hosts now blog, Tweet and post Facebook pages, all of which make it possible to comment or connect outside of traditional channels. The key difference is that connections made via social media should be conversational, while the real pitch should be made via traditional channels such as email or phone. Today’s corporate press pages often include blogs, Twitter feeds, YouTube videos and web audio, and offer reporters the chance to subscribe via an RSS feed. You can create a similar one-stop media (and consumer) page on your web site and incorporate your social media sites to provide a content-rich introduction to you and your products or services. Online press distribution sites (whether they are pay-forplacement or free posting) are a great way to increase traffic to both your web site and your social media sites. The last paragraph of a press release is called the “boilerplate;” it’s copy that stays the same from release to release and it includes a brief company description and your contact information. When you write releases that are designed to catch the interest of both reporters and consumers, you can steer them to visit your other sites for more information or for immediate sales. Press releases that you post online do two very valuable things: they increase

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Brushing with toothpaste for two minutes twice a day is an easily accomplishable task. This is evidenced by a 2014 survey by Delta Dental that showed that nearly 70% of Americans are complying with the American Dental Association’s recommendations. However, this is only one part of the dental health maintenance program. If you were given a Thaali at an Indian restaurant and the roti, daal, or sabzi was missing, would it not be considered a partial meal? In the same way, oral care is incomplete without flossing. It can be annoying but it has to be done in your daily regimen like taking a shower, making your morning chai, or sitting through the commercials as you watch your favorite nightly TV serial. The cheap piece of string will save your hundreds and maybe thousands of real dollars by preventing cavities that are treated by fillings, crowns, or root canals. Dental devices with handles make it easier to remove leftover food and bacteria if the string makes it difficult. New electric devices blow puffs of air or water in between teeth to clean in an easier fashion as well. The action of flossing alone will be a great dental health advantage by reducing cavities and bleeding from gums whether you are using 99-cent Walmart floss or the $100 electric version. There are other home dental devices to use to keep your mouth and teeth healthy away from the dental office. A famous Indian oral appliance is the tongue scraper, which has proven to have many benefits. It removes the bacteria, viral and fungal deposits our bodies clean out while we sleep, opens up our taste buds on our tongue to enjoy our food and allows us to maintain fresh breath. Mouth rinses are also a nice tool to use after brushing and flossing are complete. It does not replace either of those two actions. This is like if you passed your dirty pots and pans under water without using soap and scrubbing pad to remove the debris and bacteria. The many varieties of mouth rinses can target your teeth, gums, or having dry mouth. But like your paste and brush, select one that fits your taste so you are more likely to continue using it regularly. Today, with good dietary habits, regular checkups to the dental office, and using the right toothpaste, brush and floss for you, there is a reduced chance to lose any of your teeth than when compared to your father or grandfather. Older adults have many aids to help them maintain healthy mouths as they make up the fastest growing segment of the population in America. The variety of options of flavors, instrument styles, and price points can ensure that my Indian uncle and aunties can have the healthiest mouth going forward.

People around the world are living longer today than at any point in world history. This is especially true for Americans due to advances in medicine with research and technology. Combined with the “baby boom” generation during the middle of the 20th century, the number of older people will continue to increase in the coming years. According to the 2010 Census, there were 40.3 million people 65 and older on April 1, 2010, increasing by 5.3 million since the 2000 Census when this population numbered 35.0 million. It is essential that all older adults practice and maintain optimal oral hygiene because there is a significant correlation with oral health and general well being. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is the common habits most adults should have. As we all age, begin taking medicines, adjust diets, and maybe slow down physically, older adults must strive to maintain good dental habits. Doing so increases your chances to prevent any cavities or gum infections so that you keep your beautiful smile into retirement. Making sure that your toothpaste has fluoride is optimal to preventing cavities. Most major commercial brands have adequate fluoride levels. It can be confusing to encounter the dozens of varieties at the store but choose the toothpaste flavor, texture, or gel that suits you. Many older Indians are keen on natural and Ayurveda remedies. Good news is that the majority of holistic pastes contain elements that are made from nature, 100% vegetarian and are used the same way as commercial toothpaste. Some even have ingredients like xylitol, a natural sweetener that has shown to prevent cavities, and calcium phosphate, that can help repair early damage to teeth. The downside is that most are also fluoride free. Although there is no correct toothpaste to use for everyone, find a regimen that suits you. My mother chooses to use her commercial paste in the morning and her Indian toothpaste at night; it works for her so its perfect. Once you are comfortable with a practice, this will be easy to follow through with and to maintain your healthy teeth and mouth. The options for a brush that you are using with that toothpaste can also get confusing. There are round, rectangular, angled, and other shaped brushes. Then there is the manual versus electric dilemma: is a $200 brush the only way to have great, healthy teeth? Simply, the answer is no. Many research articles in the United States and abroad have reviewed the information to see which is better and there has been conflicting Readers, if you have any questions or suggestions for this column, data. If manual brushes were inadequate, they would not be sold and I would not be using one myself. On the other hand, send them to us at We will forward them there is no denying that a motorized version makes tooth to Dr. Suthar for a potential future article. brushing easier especially if it has a set timer while in use. Whether you get a five-dollar battery operated brush or an ultrasonic one with Bluetooth technology, the greatly increased Vatsal Suthar amount of rotations and sweeps on your teeth to remove plaque is a private practice general dentist in will ensure a healthier result. The brush doing the work for you Columbia, SC aiming to increase dental is especially a great benefit for older individuals that have awareness for the South Asian Community. limited hand dexterity from arthritis, stroke, early Parkinson’s disease, or any other handicap.


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THINKING ABOUT THINKING Also, as we suggested in the previous article, if we see the future as just an extension of the present, rather than as a cleanly separated thing that stands independent of the present, we would see the self spanning both the present and the future – and its evolution over time.

By Balaji Prasad Read the Me-leaves, and Predict your Future “Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.” ― Khalil Gibran

Over the centuries, various kinds of fortunetellers have flourished, because of people’s eagerness to peel open the future. Obviously, the belief, that it is indeed possible to predict the future, is a prerequisite for attempting this task. So, can we predict the future … or not? Clean Questions lead to clean, but incorrect answers In a previous article, “Yin Today, Yang Tomorrow”, we spoke about a tendency to split things into neat buckets and categories, with the implicit but mistaken assumption that such classifications lead rather than mislead us. So we would do well to pause a bit, and see whether the starting question of “can we predict the future … or not?” can be answered in a binary yes/no manner. We should question the question itself, to make sure that we do not oversimplify and get to the wrong place in a hurry with the utmost confidence. If we break things down a bit, we might see that some things can be predicted, but others cannot be. Specifically, certain aspects of the future that have more predictability. For example, it would likely be easier to predict what will happen fifteen minutes from now, versus fifteen years from now. Also, by drilling deeper into the question, we may see that “predict” is not a binary concept, where we either can predict something or we cannot. There are different degrees of predictability that may be acceptable depending on the purpose. For example, it may be sufficient to say that there is a 70% chance of high winds if you are planning to be in and around your house, but an airline, on the other hand, may need to know this kind of information with a higher degree of accuracy and with more specificity about the likelihood. There is one particularly important aspect of the future. When someone obsesses about the future, he or she is not talking about some general future – it is about a future that includes the person himself or herself. And therein lies a deep irony … There is no future without the self! The irony about fortunetelling is that it is usually about everything that happens around oneself, and seemingly to oneself, rather than about the self itself! If I take my self out of the future, there is no future, whatsoever! At least, not in any practical way. If we put back the self into the future, then we would want to understand not just how the world around the self will change, but we will also seek to explore how the self itself will change and operate in such a future. If we see that the need to predict the future is self-centered, we will see the self as the biggest part of the future – bigger than everything else. And this raises an interesting point of view: we have identified an aspect of the future that we are much closer to than anything else that may exist in the future.


Read the “Me-leaves” There are people who read the tealeaves, and there are people who seek to read the “me-leaves.” The former focus on the “other” aspects of the future, while the latter devote their attention to the “self,” its shenanigans and idiosyncrasies. After all, there is a solid database of statistical information about the self, if one has been paying attention to oneself over time. Could it be a mistake to spend too much time fantasizing about things we have no control over or possibility of ever knowing, and spend too little on the thing that is right under our noses … literally? It is easy enough if we look within, to see, for example, that we always tend to behave in certain ways in certain situations, that we deal with certain kinds of people and situations in certain ways. That becomes a basis for at least part of the prediction puzzle since we will, of course, be a part of the future that we seek to predict. It is interesting to observe that the tendency is to want to read tea leaves and hope that they will point to parts of the future that neither tea nor we have a clue about. And to also see that this takes attention away from the thing that we can actually read – the self – and which can actually predict a key element of the future: our behavior and actions. Predictions are only a means to an end A thing that predicts itself is an interesting thing, since the thing can change its behavior if warranted, thereby changing the future and invalidating the original prediction. That does not sound like a bad thing. We simulate the thing that we understand (our self) in a future scenario and make some educated projections on how it will behave, and predict possible outcomes based on that. These predictions then feed back into our thought process, enabling us to tune what we do now, and determine what to do in the future, changing the outcomes, and aligning them better with what we desire. While all this sounds nice on paper, prediction is not really a science. The value in prediction may lie less in the predictions that result than in the insight that is fostered, and any changes in behavior that result. We gain a better understanding of what we have some power to control, and what lies beyond us. Insight is possible; But predictions?? For those of us, for whom tea is only a soothing beverage and tealeaves only the raw material that yields that, we may pay more attention to reading the me-leaves and think about how we can change. For those who believe that tealeaves can be read, you may want to consider reading the me-leaves also. Insight is a sure thing. But Predictions? I am not sure about that. What do you think?

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Good says that knowing how much water plants release or transpire is important “so we can have an understanding of how productive ecosystems and agriculture are. How much water plants use determines how much food we get and how many leaves are on the trees.” Earth’s water cycle is changing as climate warms, “so with shifts in future water availability, we also will see shifts in ecosystems and agriculture,” Good says. “Understanding the connection between the water cycle and plant growth is India’s top university demands your 100 percent. important.” When leaves release water, they consume carbon dioxide, Literally the major climate-warming gas. Soil doesn’t do that. Knowing By Nimisha Jaiswal, how much water plants transpire, Bowen says, “helps us understand how plants contribute to reducing global warming.” NEW DELHI — This year, the highest scorer in the national Article and image courtesy of the National Science Foundation high school examinations in India secured a shocking 99.75 percent. ( More shocking is that this was just barely enough to get him into the University of Delhi. Bangkok is sinking into the Earth In 2015, the highest cutoff for studying English at Lady Shri By Patrick Winn, Ram College, one of the best schools in the University of Delhi system, was 99.75 percent. For students with certain backgrounds the cutoff was even higher: a ridiculous 100 percent to get into the best Economics courses, and a 100 percent to study Psychology. Since test scores are the only way to get into these top schools, if you’re a little less than perfect, you’re out of luck. No reference letters, college essays, or hours spent volunteering at a dog shelter will get you in. India’s national exams, called the “Board” exams, consist of six tests. Students have their top four scores averaged to see if they make the cut. Students like Kajal Bawa, who got a disappointing 95.75 on her exams, short of the minimum required at her top-choice school, St. Stephen’s College, have to consider other options. BANGKOK — Thailand’s capital is both glitzy and gritty, a She said she was considering taking a year off, or applying city of glass towers and cement hovels teeming with nearly 10 abroad, where the requirements are a little less draconian. million people. According to a senior professor at St. Stephen’s, the problem All that steel and concrete and humanity sits on what was is simply one of capacity. once marshland. The ground beneath is spongy and moist. “St. Stephen’s has 400 Imagine a brick resting on top of a birthday cake. That’s seats,” he said. “We get Bangkok — and it’s sinking into the Earth at an alarming rate. 20,000 applications every Thailand’s disaster specialists have been warning of this year.” The problem is coming calamity for years. One expert has said he’s “worried replicated across the about Bangkok resembling Atlantis.” Another previously told country, as hundreds of GlobalPost that the city will be under five feet of water by 2030. thousands who graduate The latest estimates suggest that Bangkok is now sinking as high school compete for a fast as 2 centimeters per year in parts of the city. tiny number of places. This year alone, 370,000 students applied The predictions for 2100 are even direr. By then, Bangkok to the University of Delhi. will be fully submerged and unlivable. Even in the humanities, which are traditionally seen as less Like global warming, which will accelerate the city’s desirable compared to medicine and engineering, the demand submersion by raising the sea level, Bangkok’s sinking woes are hugely outstrips supply. Under the Constitution of India, half repeatedly shrugged off. Thailand’s military and civilian rulers the seats are set aside for so-called lower castes and other alike tend to obsess over immediate concerns (namely power, disadvantaged groups, reducing the “general” pool further. prestige and money) and keep punting the problem along. With so many applicants, some believe that ridiculously high But the monsoon season, currently underway, tends to bring test-score cutoffs may be the only fair way to choose a class. this crisis to mind. “We cannot trust a subjective system,” said the Stephen’s A nasty storm can suddenly turn Bangkok’s streets into professor. “Colleges are known to have faced pressure from gushing streams. Sewers overflow, taxis churn through fetid politicians and government officers to admit their children. At water and, occasionally, kids can scoop up displaced fish least this way, you can say the student does not clear the cutoff wriggling above the asphalt. Four years ago, during a and there is nothing you can do.” In a system riddled with particularly severe flood, GlobalPost found families in neck- bribery and corruption, it would be difficult to ensure that a deep waters on their second-story balconies. subjective process remained free of influence.


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Nayika: exploring the Woman in Indian Classical Dance The North Indian dance form of Kathak has seen an interesting evolution in terms of gender politics. This event will discuss and reflect upon that history, as well as explore how one can use a traditional art to create compelling stories of empowered women – like the many women that perform Indian classical dance today. The event will feature a performance by Ibanca Anand and her summer students. Anand, a disciple of Guru Pandita Archana Joglekar in New Jersey, received her Visharad Purna (bachelor’s degree) in Kathak last year, and is currently a third-year student at Duke University, where she has received support from many avenues to spread the knowledge of Indian culture and art. The event is on Sunday, August 2 from 1 - 3pm at Ark Dance Studio, 14 Epworth Lane, Durham NC. Light snacks will be provided. There is no ticket or fee. For more details call Ibanca Anand at 732-910-8030.

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Art Sale to benefit UNC Children’s Sudha Soora of Cary will showcase a Solo Art Show & Sale at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Ave. in Raleigh. Original watercolor and acrylic artwork will be for sale in the Founders Hall located in the lower level from August 25 to October 11, Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sun: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet the Artist Receptions are on Sun, Aug 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Sun, Sep 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to UNC Children’s benefiting the hospital. Contact:

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NAVIkA World kannada Summit 2015 NAVIKA Raleigh 2015 is the grand 3rd World Kannada Summit and will be held on September 4 – 6, 2015 in downtown Raleigh. The Summit brings together the quality art, literature, education, business, healthcare and technology under one roof. The prime time programs involve popular film actors from Kannada film land, performances by well-known celebrities, artists and discourses from literary personalities. The event will showcase varied talents with energetic participation from all spectrums of global community along with local talents in the US. The cultural events will include traditional dance, drama, music, comedy, talent competition, game show, fashion show and pageant. In addition, participants will be able to avail themselves of the much anticipated Youth Forum, Singles meet and Sports events. In the business and professional segment, various forums like Business Forum, Continued Medical Education (CME) and Project Management Institute (PMI) events are being organized in collaboration with several successful international organizations to enrich the community with latest knowledge and provide networking opportunities. Additionally, a high level delegation from Govt. of Karnataka will be visiting to harness the vision of promoting Kannada by establishing a collaborative initiative in culture, commerce and trade. The venue, Raleigh Convention Center, will accommodate the several thousand expected attendees. Authentic Karnataka regional meals will be served during the summit. For more details and registration visit

outer Banks Pirate Festival Ahoy Mateys! Get ready for a swashbucklin’ good time as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirates of the Outer Banks and their friends will be camped out at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. Come learn the vast history of pirates on the OBX, and participate in Scalawag school for the little ones to see if they have what it take to be a part of Blackbeards’ Crew. The festival will take place from August 12 – 14. For more information visit Run 4 Nepal Earlier this year two major earthquakes (7.8 and 7.3 magnitudes) hit Nepal, killing over 9,000 people, affecting 5.6 million people, and leaving more than 2.8 million people displaced. Thousands of schools were destroyed during earthquakes and the aftershocks. According to UNICEF, almost one million children have now no school to return to after these devastating quakes. Further, 26 hospitals and 1,100 healthcare facilities were damaged. In the aftermath of these massive earthquakes in the space of three weeks and countless aftershocks, Nepal is a country coming to terms with loss and devastation. There are growing fears of flooding, landslides and the spread of diseases as the monsoon season has started. The future of millions of people remains uncertain. Hence, in a hope of spreading awareness and raising fund to support areas in Nepal affected by this calamity, the Nepal Center of North Carolina (NCNC) is hosting Run4Nepal on Sunday, August 30, 2015. This is 5K Run/Walk event and all the proceeds from this event will directly support rebuilding elementary schools and healthcare centers, and possibly supporting water/sanitation issues in the regions with serious property damage and loss of lives in Nepal. The event takes place at Cedar Fork Community Center, 1050 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville, NC beginning at 7:30 am. Registration fee is $25. For more information contact Dipendra Lamichhane at 919.397.1897 or visit or

lake lure olympiad Celebrating its 11th year, the Lake Lure Olympiad is a nonprofit organization that has given back more than $250,000 to community charities. It is hosted by Rumbling Bald Resort and Chimney Rock State Park, with support from Rutherford Regional Health System. Make the most of every event day by taking the “3 Races in 3 Days Challenge.” Kick it off with the 10K Dam Run on Friday night, wake up right with the Lake Lure Triathlon on Saturday morning, and then shut down your vigorous weekend on top of the world – Sunday’s Race to the Rock is 25-mile bike or 5K run that ends with a 7% grade incline straight up to victory on the summit of Chimney Rock. Or, go the extra mile(s) and add in the open water swim race. Head on down to Lake Lure and Chimney State Park in Lake Lure, NC between August 14 & 16 to join in the fun. For more information:

Carnatic Music Festival The 6th annual Youth Carnatic Music Festival organized by NC Youth Classical Arts for Charity will be presented on Sept 5-6 from 10 am - 8:30pm. It is hosted by NCSU Delta Sigma Iota. The event is at NCSU’s Thompson Hall, 2214 Dunn Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607. Admission is free. Dedicated to raise funds for Meals on Wheels, who deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives. For more details visit

US National Airborne Day The 2015 National Airborne Day will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Airborne. This event, hosted by the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander and the Mayor of the City of Fayetteville, will have military static displays and much more on Saturday, August 15. Head on down to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum to join in the fun. The event is free, but donations for the Museum are accepted. For more information:

Splash Days at Memorial Waterfront Park Giant water inflatables fill Memorial Waterfront Park during Marathi ekankika by Abhivaktyi Town of Mount Pleasant Splash Days. Local camps, residents Two Marathi Ekankika by Abhivaktyi, Veshantar (based on true and visitors are treated to a host of inflatable attractions story) and Dhobipacchad (comedy) will be presented on including a 27-foot Tropical Plunge. A special area is set up for


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to serve once again as the title sponsor of the South Asian Spelling Bee competition,” said Laurel Daring, assistant VP, Communications, MetLife Premier Client Group. “This event allows youth from across the country to test their spelling skills in a national forum and helps them gain a better understanding of how much they can achieve through hard work and dedication.” Sony Entertainment Television Asia is the exclusive broadcast partner for the MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee and will be airing the series across 120 countries. The winners received cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively. Children up to 14 years of age are eligible to participate and the contest saw spellers as young as 6 compete and make it past a few rounds. The top two winners plus one parent each from every city will be given an all-expenses paid trip to NJ on August 14 for the finals. To reserve your free passes to the Finals, log on to and fill in your details.

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Continuing its quest for the best speller in the community, the 2015 MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee traveled to Atlanta and Charlotte in mid-July. Atlanta was abuzz once again this year with a number of spellers participating for a shot at the finals. The former President of India and world-renowned scientist, This year marked the first time for the platform in Charlotte Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam arrived at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Sarangpur, Gujarat, India last June to offer his new book, Transcendence, to His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The book describes his experiences with Pramukh Swami Maharaj over a period of 14 years. Dr. Kalam expressed that he had studied Pramukh Swami’s life and worked for 2 years in writing the book along with the co-author Professor Arun Tiwari. During the dedication ceremony Dr. Kalam presented an autographed copy to Pramukh Swami Maharaj and said, “You are a great teacher. I’ve learnt to eradicate I-ness and Myness in life.” Thereafter Dr. Kalam read some passages from his book before Swamiji and asked him to bless all those who have helped him in making the book possible. After the meeting Dr. Kalam was welcomed in an assembly of 3000 youths. Pujya Brahmavihari Swami talked briefly about the mutual bonds of where an 8 year old ended up qualifying for the finals. “In friendship, spirituality and respect between Dr. Kalam and almost every city we are seeing a majority of new talent and Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Dr. Kalam then addressed the fresh faces which is testimony to the fact that this brain sport is youths, “Where there is righteousness in the heart there is close to the community. This year I’m delighted to see two 8 beauty in character. Where there is beauty in character there is year olds already in the finals.” said Rahul Walia, Founder - harmony in the home. Where there is harmony in the home South Asian Spelling Bee. In the Atlanta Regional, Dev Jaiswal there is an order in the nation. Where there is order in the nation was the regional champ, Vishal Thakwani, was the first runners there is peace in the world. In Pramukh Swami I saw up and Lipika Narisetti, was the second runner up. Thakwani righteousness and therefore peace in him.” Dr. Kalam also resides in the country of Ghana and flew in specially to exhorted the youths to become unique by having a high participate at the regionals. In Charlotte, Siyona Mishra, was aim, by increasing their knowledge, by working hard and by the regional champ and Adrija Rukmini, was first runner up not allowing problems to overwhelm them. Dr. Kalam’s book while Aryan Sreshta, was second runner up. “MetLife is pleased is available at all major book stores and online.


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Jaswant Mehta 704.839.1965 Rita Shah 704.321.0740

Charlotte Agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704.456.9881

Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is 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. For Further Details: Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414) Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969) Jose Varughese (704.453.6177)

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

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 meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion among the group. For Further Details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar,, 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave,, 704.844.9567

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 Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. There are all levels and types of play. The venue is the Vihar Hall, Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 704.607.8412 Charlotte kriya yoga Group The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the 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. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details:

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) – 4 pm, Teenagers - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805

Charlotte Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850

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

Charlotte Marathi Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details:

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Charlotte Telangana Association The association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details:

communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11 am 12 pm, Keertan by Children, 12 pm - 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For Further Details:

Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

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 temple is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sat, Aug 15: India Independence Day celebrations Aug 21 - 25: Balaji Brahmotatsava Aug 22 - 28: Mahavir Paryushan Parv Sat, Sept 5: Janmastami For Further Details: 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Upcoming Events: Sun, Sept. 27: Violin duo concert by Ganesh & Kumersh Party at Davidson College, Tyler-Tallman Hall (3:30 pm) Sun, Oct.25: Vocal concert by Ramakrishnamurthy and Party at CPCC Tate Hall (3:30 pm) For Further Details: 704.814.9355 Lakshmi Muthukrishnan / 704.541.3361, 704.442.1186 / Jayashree Panduranga

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 and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103 India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster 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 is held every September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin 704.545.3727

Dada Bhagwan Group What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many - attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877-505-3232 FREE

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details:

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, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte: Kameswar Tulasi / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. All other weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President - Vibhakar Modi: 704.258.4507

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details:

life Bliss Charlotte Meditation Center The Center works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Life Bliss Foundation is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 704-766-1420 or 704-992-6114

Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas (SSCC) is located at 1817 Central Ave., Room # 208, Charlotte, NC. The Center is open from 10 am - 3 pm and presents members with activities, outings, access to physical care and mental well being and care. For More Details: Nimish Bhatt 704.560.4910 / 704.491.1186

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 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 which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980.622.0125) Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704.942.4798)

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

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 area. For Further Details:

Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396.

Sahaj Marg Meditation 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

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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: 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: Santanu Sarkar: 704.541.3451 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:

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. For Further Details: Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

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, and Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and 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 breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details:

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in the Greensboro area. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. 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 Assoc of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs.GCAP, 127 Landmark Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

Trimurti Temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10 am) and evening puja (7 pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11 am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 980.219.7556


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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: Indo-American Society of NC (IASNC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and events and also volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu: 336.292.9462 / 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: Aparna Shivram, President, 336.528.8584


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) Quan Am Buddhist Temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27407. For Further Details: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran: 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah: 336.851.9150 Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 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

Raleigh Art of living Foundation Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. Art of Living center holds follow-up sessions on Thur, Sat, Sun and Kirtan Satsang every Friday evening. Art of Living Center 4000 Bear Cat Way Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.793.8490 Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke 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. Sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Raleigh) (Charlotte) 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 conducted 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: Ratan Ray: 919.461.2386 / Swaty Sen: 919.510.7943 / Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC The Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) is organized for folks of Indian origin aged 60 and above. Normally, the BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10:00am to 4:00pm. BSCNC has completed 25 years since it was formed. There will be a celebration of the 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary on Fri, August 7, 2015 in HSNC Cultural Hall, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Therefore, the regular meeting on Aug. 8 in Cary Senior Center is cancelled. Please note this change. For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (919-677-8513) Natver Parikh (Vice President) 336-266-5209 Upmanyu Shukla (Director) 321-696-1474


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ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Ekal/RTP: ekTAA 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: Dr. Afroz Taj: 919.851.1119 GeM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or weekly Sunday school. For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan 919.395.6208 Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. There are multimedia assisted programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm at HSNC, Morrisville, NC. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: Phone: 919.491.9536 Grihastha Family Institute Grihastha Family Institute offers parenting workshops for the parents of 6 to 16 old in Cary, NC. These workshops are free and conducted in collaboration with AID-INDIA, a non-profit organization. There are three workshops: 1. Essentials of Parenting; 2. Rate your Parenting; 3. Know your Child For Further Details: . August 2015

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Heritage India Association of NC (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, the association presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing Kavi-Sammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function (Aug 15, 2015) with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival (Ramleela along with building effigy of Ravan and Ravan dahan are a part of this celebration) and a members picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30 am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. Currently over 30 students (5+ years in age and a few adults) are enrolled in these classes. For further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.460.7830 Hindu Society of North Carolina The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. The temple is open day from 7 am - 9 pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, 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. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) 919.599.6597 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts 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 has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: (click Chapter Locations on the Top Left, then select North Carolina) 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. Upcoming Events: Cary Diwali 2015 will take place on Sat, Oct 10. Auditions will take place on Sat, Aug 29. For Further Details: Immanuel Assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and RTP area of North Carolina. The church is located in Morrisville. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Indian American Forum for Political education (IAFPe) IAFPE is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and is 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 the chapter grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indian Talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. For Further Details: 106

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across South Asia and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International Buddhist Progress Society - NC Temple All are invited to the temple, which is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with Sunday services at 10am followed by free vegetarian lunch. The temple is located at 2529 Prince Drive, Raleigh NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.816.9866 International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma: 919.656.5224 Sudha Om Dhingra: 919.678.9056 International Swaminarayan Satsang organization (ISSo) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO RaleighDurham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC-27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008

ISkCoN New Goloka Temple of NC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. 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 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. New Goloka also provides educational classes and 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 self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.839.6203 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. 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 Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the NC 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 Maitri This is a student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details:


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Nuv yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asia. For Further Details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6 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 - 6 pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Rakesh Huria, President, Raleigh Sai Center at 919-244-1263 Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC The Society 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. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details:

RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Mohana Dighe: 919.378.1947 Sameer Mohile: 919.851.8799 S. V. Temple of North Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a 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 Sunday and Wednesday. For Further Details: Raj Solanki: 919.303.7447, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sky Meditation and kaya kalpa yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: 919.830.9764


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.803.9027

Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) TATA is 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:

Vibha Vibha is 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 resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. 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 and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. 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 are 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, which means to see things as they are, 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 and 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). There is no charge for the course. For Further Details: 732.213.9660 email:

Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj ( or 919.851.1119) Ashraf Faruqi ( or 919.596.4792)

Regional Clean Water Saves lives Clean Water Saves Lives is organized by a group of determined people who want to make a difference in India by providing sustainable water projects to rural villages that suffer from access to clean water and proper sanitation. A project has been funded in Jharkhand. The organization is currently working with partner at Wells for Life on another project to set up a micro finance network in November 2015 In UP, which will also incorporate dialogue with women who are facing severe hardships and abuse. The goal is to empower women to discuss and take action on key factors that affect their safety and health. For Further Details: Hindu Society of eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa: 508.654.0360 Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of NC The mission of this organization is to establish Sri Mata Shakthipeetham for the Hindu community of North Carolina, offer worship, and conduct pujas. Lewisville, NC. For Further Details:


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721. There are regular pujas, aarti, and special events. Major festivals are celebrated. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC The church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly and occasional activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde)

kannada Association of Greater Greenville (kAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a American South Asian Cultural Assoc. of Columbia, SC primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and The Association’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada awareness and develop cultural understanding among American classes for children are also conducted. South Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch For Further Details: 864.430.4973 meeting is held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm ($9 per person charge). Masjid Noor-Ul-Huda For Further Details: The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Dr., Columbia, S.C. On the Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 or 512.547.7077 first and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading Bethel Christian Fellowship classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. their children to these sessions. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) services are at 11:30 a.m. Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, SC. For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Telugu Association of Greater Greenville Pastor Rajan Samuel @ The Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) For Further Details: Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Vedic Center of Greenville evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar For Further Details: classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Hanahan TableTennis Training Center For Further Details: 864.967.2852 There are no membership fees of any kind to play at HTTTC. Free open play and training, USATT league. Informal free coaching as Send your organization’s events and happenings to time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Saathee by the 15th of the month and we will publish Yeamans Hall Rd., Hanahan, SC (Adjacent to Police Station). them here in the Community organizations section in For Further Details:

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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 classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 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:


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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Geometrical shapes”)

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction.



The unused 5 letters spell that means a “Dot.”

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1. A person working in a railroad yard. YA _ _ _ _ _ 2. A monetary unit of Myanmar=1/100 Kyat. _ YA 3. Chatter continuously. YA _ _ _ _ 4. Violation of trust or confidence. _ _ _ _ _ YA _ 5. Iron Chrysolite. (Fe2SiO4 ). _ _ YA _ _ _ _ 6. A widespread, tropical fig tree, native to India: shoots grow from branches take root & form new trunks. _ _ _ YA _ 7. A bluish coloration of the skin caused by lack of oxygen or abnormal hemoglobin in the blood. _ YA _ _ _ _ _ 8. A desert basin that becomes a shallow lake. _ _ _ YA 9. A joke that evokes a loud laugh. YA _ 10. Faithfulness. _ _ YA _ _ _ 11. A large, oblong, yellowish-orange fruit. _ _ _ _ YA 12. A fiberglass canoe designed for one paddler. _ _ YA _ 13. A spicy rice dish mixed with meat or veggies. _ _ _YA _ _ 14. A small ship used for pleasure. YA _ _ _ 15. The basic monetary unit of Saudi Arabia. _ _YA _ 16. A seaport in SW Turkey, on Mediterranean. _ _ _ _ _YA 17. A city in NE Puerto Rico, near San Juan. _ _ YA _ _ _ 18. The wife of sage Gautama Maharishi . _ _ _ _YA 19. Gape; to be wide open. YA _ _ 20. A three mast sailing ship built in 1964. _ _ YA _ _ 21. An area of open water in sea ice. _ _ _ _ _ YA 22. A greenish blue color. _ YA _ 23. A mountain range in S Asia: (Mt. Everest!) _ _ _ _ _ _ YA 24. The capital of Myanmar. YA _ _ _ _ 25. The illusory world of senses. (Hinduism) _ _ YA (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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ARIeS (Mar 20- Apr 20) - You may lose confidence this month. Mistakes and expenses will lead you towards religious activities. Your action may create problems at your workplace. You may focus on further study and learn interesting things. Avoid spending on real estate. Your mother’s health may create worries. Luck will help you maintain income. Your spouse may do something wrong and add to your misery. Your religious belief will help you during this month to pass through the tough time.

lIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) - Negligence towards responsibilities may create problem at place of work. Stay away from unethical activities. You will enjoy good luck this month, but your own actions will put you in shameful situation. Watch yourself inwardly. Improvement in relation with family members may start, but don’t make emotional decisions. Memory loss types of incidents may puzzle you this month. Last week of the month is very crucial, be extra careful and try to stay away from any risk-taking tendency.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) - Stay away from love and friends this month. You may face major impact in last week of the month from that direction. Listen to your mother and follow her ideology. A dispute with your spouse may come to an end. Financial condition may get better now. Avoid wasting time for unfruitful activities this month. Time is good for students, but they need to focus on career-related education. Try avoiding travel or picnicking this month. By being more sincere and responsible, you may avoid many problems this month.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) - If you didn’t make decisions last month, now is the time to regret that. You will realize your mistake and will make more to avoid frustration. Try to focus on your long-term goals and avoid focusing on immediate financial gain. Do your karma without thinking of fruits. Slow down in making decisions. Your enemies may try to create hurdles, be alert. You have to change your ideology, it will protect you. Your friend may help this month.

GeMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) - Now is the time to prove yourself in new fields. You will meet old friends and build strong bond with new people. Life is giving you opportunities, so grab wisely. Do not react instantly or bring emotions in while making any moves, instead use your knowledge and morals. Major financial gain is possible during second half of the month. Don’t borrow money this month. Stay away from spending on luxury and parties. It is time to fly to new horizons, enjoy it. CANCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) - Stay away from fantasy this month. You may get opportunities, but unnecessary rush may lead you towards making mistakes. Family values and culture must be considered in making any decisions this month. You will enjoy great success in middle of the month, but with the help of family involvement. Short distance trips and traveling may happen unexpectedly. Rise in income is possible, but at the same time non-productive work may build frustration. Slow down and live with reality this month. Follow intelligence not emotions. leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) - After a negative start, the second half of the month will turn the table in your favor. You must control your expenses this month. Improvement in physical health as well as self-confidence will lead you towards success. Make your own decisions and wait for now to put it in action. Time is positive to start looking for investment in real estate, but be careful of family politics for now. You may earn respect through religious and cultural activities this month. VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) - Wrong calculations and bad luck may lead you towards wrong decisions and actions. Avoid any major changes this month. Your friends may cheat with you. You may realize reality by the last week of the month. Financial problems may give you stress. Avoid businessrelated travel during first half of the month. Time may fly so fast that you may not be able to understand what is going on. Activities like reading and spending time with nature may give you some relief.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) - Now is the time to enjoy success in life. You will earn name and fame this month. You may gain because of change in government policy. But drive very carefully and don’t take risks to have fun. You may be able to find ways to restrict your expenses and resolve misunderstanding with family and friends. Life is taking positive turn, enjoy it. Your religious knowledge and activities may help you. Minor dispute with your spouse is possible, but temporary, take it easy this time. Watch your health. CAPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) - You will feel big relief this month. Destiny will start favoring you. Improvement in health will rebuild self-confidence. If involved in business, your partner will bring good news for you. Your spouse may make a mistake and you will end up paying for it. Don’t expect major rise in income, but your expenses should go down significantly. Improvement in your relations with siblings should make you feel comfortable. New work opportunity may lead you towards relocation. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) - Your workload will come down. Your spouse will be excellent support in many ways. You still need to behave more responsibly. Drive carefully and watch your health. Stay away from alcohol or other similar products. Avoid traveling, as you may face unexpected problems. A rise in saving should make you comfortable now. If involved in legal dispute, you may misinterpret the language and make the problem worse. Your business partner may try to cheat you. Don’t sign any document without expert advice. PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) - Change in career is clearly indicated. Watch your weight and diet now. Don’t compromise with your morals to avoid major personal problems. Don’t trust anyone blindly. Try to focus on health and career-related issues. Destiny may become cruel with you in social life. Avoid traveling or spending time with friends. If you give priority to work and career, you will automatically enjoy protection. Time is not bad, but your own mistake may create problems. Be careful.


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Weekly dinner for Gujarati/Punjabi meals (Roti/Chapati, Subji) for students & singles in Raleigh and Cary, NC for pickup only. When calling please speak Gujarati or Hindi. 386-295-9584. Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna, Facial. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707. Alyssas Garlands: Unique fresh flower garlands. Boutonnieres, bouquets, flower ornaments, Exotic Flowers available on special Request. We ship nationwide. Ila Amin. email:; 803-627-4239. Beauty parlor services near Ballantyne, Mckee, Weddington 485 Exit 57 Providence Rd area. Call for appointment: 510-936-3334. To all Gujarati families: I am student interested learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member Call Nik 803-579-1405. 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 in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-8247734;;; Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi 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: Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment 843-465-6048. Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. live band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans... Call 704-568-8206. 123

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 704438-6334. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Tabla Classes for all ages in Charlotte on weekends and evenings by professional tabla player with 20 years experience. Call: 704-232-4463. Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 25 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

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How do I Submit classifieds? 1. on-line: (classified section) 2. e-mail: 3. Fax: 704.527.7590 4. For more info call 704.527.7570 Saathee Magazine PO Box 11468 Charlotte, NC 28220 August 2015

Advertisers Index Accela Range Hood (Apex RH Inc.).......................59

Farmah, Sukhdev (Mortgage Consultant)..............97

Property Net Reatly (Suku Pandiyattu) ................113

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....41

Festival of India (Charlotte) ...................................11

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC).......................91

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan) ...81

Friends Travel ....................................................125

Rajbhog CafĂŠ (Morrisville) ....................................95

Advanced Placement Academy............................93

Garam Chai Etc (Chai Machines)..........................97

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................125

AIM for Seva North Carolina.................................63

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................63

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...85

Allstate (Ravi Reddy) ..........................................126

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................127

Ramada Raleigh (Blue Ridge Rd)..........................16

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) ...............................119

Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center.........47

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) ...............................59

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....33

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................61

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................22

Anova Groups (Clinical SAS Training & Placement) ...19

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) ...............103

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ..............109

Apex Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.........48

Highborn LED Lights & Signs .............................121

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..10

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................43

Hindi Vikas Mandal (Independence Day) ...............64

Run For Nepal .....................................................92

Apna Sabji Mandi (Indo-Pak Grocery Greensboro) 49

Inchin's Bamboo Garden ...................................103

Rupa's Spa & Threading Morrisville


Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................47

Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville)........................83

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).16

Aroma Indian Chinese Cuisine (Cary, NC) ............69

Indu Convenient Stroe (Greensboro) .....................77

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................73

Around The World Market .................................111

International Community Church .........................82

Saathee Advertising Info ....................................107

Art Of Living Retreat.............................................57

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................79

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................45

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............41

Kangaroo Contractors (Remodeling - Raj Mann) .101

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................76

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......75

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).29

Shah, Mihir (NY Life) ............................................58

Attada, Lakshmi (Dance Classes) .........................45

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................31

Shah, Suvas (Home Loans - Angel Oak) ...............21

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................16

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................84

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................25

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............87

Kumon Cary-West ...............................................83

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................37

BB&T Home Mortgage.........................................92

Laziz Biryani (Raleigh) ..........................................89

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) ...........................................82

Bhindi Jewellers ................................................2

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions- Hari Bol Inc).115

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)........83

Bhogal CPA, PC...................................................59

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian)...................81

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ........................39

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................29

Live Spectrum Ent (Anupam Kher Play) ................17

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC).........105

Blooming Buds....................................................75

Lonestar Video Production & Photography............44

Sukhadia's Indian Cuisine....................................61

Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro).......................107

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................79

Sunidhi Chauhan Concert Charlotte (GCAPI) .........15

Building Blocks Pediatrics, PLLC ..........................68

Maadhurya Photography......................................21

Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro .................................105

Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab....................38

Malani Jewelers ................................................128

Teknosys (IT Training)...........................................89

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor)..118

Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi).......72

Time Warner Cable .......................................12&13

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......80

MC Construction Co. ...........................................66

Tower Restauant (Morrisville)................................35

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................68

Meena Jewelers Jewelers (Zaveri Bazaar) .............9

Travel Universe ....................................................71

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............38

Montessori Children's House of Durham .............37

Travelinks ............................................................85

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................19

MyTripFare (Travel agent)...................................119

Triangle Gujarati Association ................................56

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................99

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................53

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................55

Chhabria Law LLC (Immigration Law)...................69

Navika World Kannada Summit ..............................3

Tri Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)73

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............80

Nazaare Dance Team (NC State University)...........72

Ttravel Guru ........................................................84

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................56

NC Dermatology Associates .................................78

Tutoring (A+ Tutoring - Nirmala Koripella) .............42

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) 25

NCYCAC - Youth Music Festival............................92

UBS (Manish Mehta, CFA, CFP)............................51

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................99

New Goloka Temple ISKCON (Janmastami) ..........23

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................55

Devam Jewelers .............................................6 & 7

North American Bancard ......................................5

Uni World Travel...................................................19

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................21

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................89

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).....................................114

DJ Entertainment Services (D2D Entertainment)...85

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................33

Vyas Travels.........................................................20

DJ Lalit ...............................................................46

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................65

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................97

Elite Smiles (Cosmetic & General Dentistry) ..........48

Patel Brothers (Cary)............................................34

White Horse Weddings.........................................10

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................41

Patel, Akshat (Real Estate)....................................73

Worldwide travels ...............................................53

Event Decor by Ghazala .....................................81

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................75

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................67

Evershine Properties............................................28

Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................93

Zagmag Presents Asha Bhosle & Tatal Aziz Concert27

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................119

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........35

Zayka Restaurant ............................................101


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A monthly features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Southeast.