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In this issue: Wikipedia Opens Shop In India Royal Enfield,World’s Oldest Motorcycle

Hello Readers! Royal Enfield is the oldest motorcycle maker in the world. Can the company compete with younger, more stylish motorcycles? Read the story on pg. 12. Wikipedia is opening its first foreign offices in India. See what their expansion strategy is as they present the popular online encyclopedia in several Indian languages. Diu, located on the southern coast of Gujarat, is an old Portuguese outpost liberated by the Indian army in 1961. Read the wonderful travelogue about Diu on pd. 32. Catch up on the many varieties of milks, including soy, almond, and rice in the column on pg. 52. Chinese factories are feeling the pinch of lower worldwide demand. Read about the topic on pg. 76. Find some tidbits on the ever popular veggie the onion including grilling tips and recipes on pg. 78. The updated festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community news and events on pg. 94 and keep up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website:

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Free Speech on Way Out? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 India Meets Motor City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Wikipedia’s Next Frontier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Diu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 ADF Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Slowdown at Chinese Factories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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Is Free Speech on theWay Out? India faces new threats to freedom of speech as technology advances and citizens gain more access to information. By Jason Overdorf - With a vibrant, critical press and a strong culture of dissent, India stands out as one of Asia’s strongest champions of freedom of speech. But even as new technologies give citizens greater power to exercise that freedom, the government is making efforts to the contrary. On the one hand, Indian authorities are capitulating to extremist groups and political parties that demand the banning of books and films claimed to be offensive. On the other, they are flirting with outright curbs on freedom of speech — with new laws governing Internet content and the print media. It’s a dangerous cocktail. “The risk of abuse of these laws to silence speech is going to be very, very high,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch. In recent months, India drafted new rules for the web that will allow anyone to demand that Internet sites and service providers remove supposedly objectionable content based on a sweeping list of criteria. Charges of sedition were used to try to silence author Arundhati Roy and activist Binayak Sen, two of the country’s most prominent citizens. Sen spent two years in jail before the Supreme Court freed him on bail this April. Joseph Lelyveld’s controversial biography of Gandhi joined the list of hundreds of books to be banned with little regard to their actual contents. And Maqbool Fida Husain, one of the country’s most feted artists, died in exile imposed on him by legal harassment and death threats from extremist groups that objected to some of his paintings. Even before the rules for internet speech were notified under the IT act in April, the Department of Information Technology had quietly blocked 11 websites, the Center for Internet and Society discovered through a recent Right to Information (RTI) request. Bloggers and social media activists fear that the new rules, which also regulate posts on YouTube, Facebook and similar sites, will set off a constant battle against bans. While the law requires these sites to remove so-called “objectionable content” within 36 hours of receiving a complaint, critics say there’s no mechanism for the site or initial user to defend the posting. Moreover, the definition of objectionable content — which includes anything that is “harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, blasphemous, defamatory, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, disparaging, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, relating to money laundering or gambling” — is vague enough that anything at all might meet the criteria for a ban. “It [the new list of rules] is in direct violation to the freedom of speech,” Pavan Duggal, a Supreme Court lawyer who specializes in cyber law, told the Times of India. At the same time, even as the rapid expansion of television news channels, newspapers and magazines suggest that India’s

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At the same time, the company aims to add three or four dealers a month to its present network of 180 sellers over the next three years, while boosting international sales in countries like the U.K., France, Italy, Spain and the United States. Royal Enfield sold only 2,500 bikes abroad in 2010, but wants to add another 11 markets to the 29 countries where the brand currently has a small presence by next year. It’s a big opportunity. India’s market for two-wheelers is already huge — with buyers picking up around 12 million bikes and scooters a year. Experts forecast continued double-digit growth for years to come. Foreign competitors like Harley and Triumph may pose a serious threat down the road, but for now Padmanabhan sees their entry as spurring demand for bigger, more stylish bikes and driving interest in motorcycling as a hobby and a lifestyle choice, rather than a cheap way to commute. “The fact that all these big guys are coming in just means that leisure motorcycling will become a significant interest among young men,” Padmanabhan said.

On a sweltering July afternoon, bikers roar around the tight circle drive of the Ashok Country Resort outside New Delhi. The signature thump of India’s most beloved motorcycle — the single-cylinder, Royal Enfield Bullet — multiplies, escalating to a roar. Across the hotel compound, other riders, still mud-spattered from their journey, tinker with bikes that have just returned from the 1,500-mile “Himalayan Odyssey.” The Odyssey, organized by Royal Enfield Motorcycles, goes from Delhi to a high mountain pass called Khardung La in the Ladakh region, and back again. Riders from all over India participate in the legendary ride, which started in 2003. “It was positively the greatest experience of my life,” said 27year-old Khurum, a business consultant who hails from Pune, Maharashtra, having just completed the ride. “I had a smaller bike earlier, but I always wanted to pick up an Enfield. ... When you have that kind of power between your legs, it’s a different feeling.” Royal Enfield, born in Britain and transplanted to Chennai, is the world’s oldest motorcycle company. But even though its Bullet motorcycle is perhaps the most recognized and beloved brand in India, for many years the company seemed doomed to eke out an existence as a kind of curiosity. Commuters swore by the bike, but it never quite achieved mass appeal. Then came foreign competitors like Harley-Davidson, Triumph and Ducati, revving their engines on Enfield’s home turf and threatening to leave the company in the dust. But just as Enfield’s prospects might appear at their darkest, the firm may actually be poised to turn its cult following into something it has always fallen short of: commercial success. “We’re at a very, very interesting inflexion point,” said Royal Enfield chief executive Venki Padmanabhan, who was named to the position in February, in an interview with GlobalPost. “Royal Enfield, if you track it through its 100 years of history, has been like a wannabe brand. It’s got appeal, and it’s always on the brink of commercial success, but it never gets over the hump. ... But since 2000 Siddartha [Lal], the owner, has really grappled with the demons of the brand.” Not long ago, Royal Enfield — which once made rifle parts for the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, Middlesex — sold only around 25,000 bikes a year, while the 100 cc commuter bikes of competitors like Hero Honda sold in the millions. But this year, under the guidance of Padmanabhan, schooled in Detroit’s automobile industry, Royal Enfield aims to increase output to 70,000 bikes from last year’s 52,000. A new factory capable of building 150,000 bikes a year will come online next year, and a second plant capable of building another 350,000 bikes a year is slated for three to five years down the road. Considering this year customers had to wait a whopping eight months for delivery after placing an order for a new bike, it’s about time. “I’m writing on my blog: I’m making 40 percent more bikes than I did last year,” Padmanabhan said. “If the waiting period’s not budging, don’t mistake us, we’re not insensitive to it. But obviously we’re not doing enough.”

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But is the Bullet biting off more than it can chew? Padmanabhan says that the aggressive targets may seem sudden, but Royal Enfield has been putting the pieces in place for the better part of a decade. It started when 37-year-old Siddartha Lal — scion of the family-owned group, Eicher Motors, which owns Enfield — took the helm in 2000. Enfield had been losing money, and Lal’s father, Vikram, was keen to shut it down. But Siddartha, a passionate Bullet lover, convinced Vikram to give him two years to turn the firm around — and then embarked on a crusade to reinvent the engine that had made it famous. For decades, Royal Enfield’s 350 cc and 500 cc Bullet was the only “big bike” available. Its classic British design — framed around a four-speed, singlecylinder, iron-barreled engine that harks back to the heyday of BSA, Norton and Triumph — remained essentially unchanged for 50 years. Fans forged a cult-like following that endured even as faster, cheaper and more reliable Japanese designs stormed onto the scene. But that classic character was at once Enfield’s greatest strength and its biggest weakness: It ensured that the Bullet attained an iconic status, like Levi’s 501s or Harley-Davidson’s Sportster, yet it also guaranteed that it would never sell in big enough volumes for commercial success. The 50-year-old engine also had technical difficulties, according to Padmanabhan. “The fact was it was not reliable. It seized. It leaked,” he said. In 2007, however, Royal Enfield unveiled a new design with an integrated gearbox and fuel injection. To the dismay of hardcore fans, the company also moved the gears and brake — continued on page 92 12

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Wikimedia Foundation taps India for first foray into developing world. By Jason Overdorf - With growth slowing in the United States and Europe, Wikipedia has settled on India for the beachhead of its next round of expansion — which will see the seemingly ubiquitous online encyclopedia storm into the developing world for new users, and new contributors, in a host of languages. The Wikimedia Foundation — which administers the online encyclopedia — is set to open its first foreign office in New Delhi in a matter of months. The nonprofit has already mushroomed here in its typical guerrilla style. Wikipedia is the fourth most visited website among India’s 100 million internet users. Contributors and editors to Wikipedia are few in number compared with the United States and Europe, but the quantity of entries that they produce can be remarkable. One contributor alone said he had edited more than 14,000 pages and created so many that he’s lost count. That kind of enthusiasm is vital for Wikimedia. By 2015, the foundation aims to increase the monthly visitors to its sites to a billion people from around 400 million today, while boosting the number of articles available online to 50 million from 20 million, according to its latest strategic plan. But the number of contributors — “the lifeblood of Wikimedia projects” — has plateaued around 100,000 active editors. India’s real promise, therefore, lies in its huge, young population and the rapid growth of internet penetration. Its 100 million internet users will as much as double by 2015, according to some estimates, as web-ready smart phones draw more mobile users online. And due to a dearth of libraries and the infrequent revisions of government-mandated school textbooks, the demand for Wikipedia promises to be greater here than virtually anywhere in the world. “Wikimedia is like an alternative market response to the failures of the state in India,” said Anirudh Singh Bhati, a member of the executive council for the Wikipedia India chapter. “If a student needs information which is up to date they use mainly Wikipedia to get it.” To tap that potential, Wikimedia is working to promote 40 individual encyclopedia sites in Indian languages like Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, as well as mobilizing volunteers for programs like “Campus Ambassadors,” which are designed to turn users into contributors, said Bishaka Datta, a Mumbai-based documentary filmmaker who was recently appointed to Wikimedia’s board of directors. “In India there are thousands of languages, so if you want to reach somebody who’s been to school and studied in Malayam entirely, then that person has to be reached in Malayalam,” Datta said. That presents its own challenges. Nagging software issues make it difficult to enter text in Indian languages — none of which use the English alphabet. Discussions about the accuracy and neutrality of the encyclopedia entries must often be conducted in multiple languages. And even though the non-English sites are vital for

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Chala Mussaddi - Office (Director: Rajiv Mehra) Cast: Pankaj Kapoor, Deven Bhojani, Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra, Hemant Pandey, and Asawari Joshi

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Staying Alive (Director: Anant Mahadevan) Cast: Anant Mahadevan, Saurabh Shukla, Chandan Sanyal, Sanjay Swaraj & Navni Parihar

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Phhir (Director: Girish Dhamija) Cast: Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, and Roshni Chopra

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Aarakshan (Dir: Prakash Jha) Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar, Shabana Azmi, and Tanvi Azmi

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Aarakshan (Reservation) Set to Open in August

Director Prakash Jha’s latest film Aarakshan, a look at the state of the controversial educational system in India, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, and Deepika Padukone and opens in theaters on August 12. Aarakshan is the story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), the legendary idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the state’s best. It is the story of his loyal disciple, Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) who will do anything for his professor. The story also revolves around Deepak’s love for Prabhakar’s daughter Poorbi (Deepika Padukone) and of his friendship with Sushant (Prateik). It is the story of their love, their lively friendship, their zest for life, and of their dreams for the future. Centered on one of the most controversial issues of recent years, with the Supreme Court’s order on reservation, the story suddenly becomes a rollercoaster ride of high drama, conflict, and rebellion, which tests their love and friendship for one another, and their loyalty to Prabhakar Anand.

Khanna and Ayesha Takia in Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai Ayesha Takia is returning to the world of movies after getting married a few years back. She just wrapped-up work on Nagesh Kukunoor’s Mod, and is now all set to shoot for Rumi Jaffery’s Gali Gali Mein Chor Hai that will feature Akshaye Khanna in the lead role. The film is a satire on the contemporary hot button issue of corruption. The filming begins in August and will last almost two months on location in Bhopal. Anu Malik has been tapped to compose the music for the film.

Uday Chopra Will Quit Acting after Dhoom 3 Uday Chopra, the younger son of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra recently tweeted that he will quit acting after filming the hugely popular third installment of Dhoom, which is titled Dhoom 3. Although he never became a superstar, Uday Chopra has starred in many films including his most successful the Dhoom franchise. According to his tweet, “Ok confession time...Dhoom 3 is my swan last I’m not giving up acting...quite the opposite, acting is giving up on me!” Chopra will be seen in Dhoom 3 along with Aamir Khan and Abhishek Bachchan.

Mukta Arts Launches Multiplex Chain of Cinemas in Baroda

Disney World Cinema Releases Three Films from India

Subhash Ghai’s company Mukta Arts has launched its first multiplex Mukta A2 Cinemas in Baroda. The multiplex is equipped with a 3-D digital screen and velvet recliner seats. Tolu Bajaj, who heads the Distribution and Exhibition business of Mukta Arts, told Bollywood Hungama, “Mukta Arts is proud to launch its chain of multiplexes Mukta A2 Cinemas with the first multiplex being launched in Baroda. Around September we will be launching our second multiplex in Ahmedabad and by the end of the year we have plans to launch two more multiplexes in Bhopal and Vishakapatnam.”

The Walt Disney Studios released three films from India, Do Dooni Chaar, Once Upon A Warrior and Zokkomon, in late July. The movies were released simultaneously on DVD, video-ondemand, and digital download. Designed to expand the entertainment options of diverse cultural groups in North America, the movies feature some of the most recognizable local talent from India. Disney was involved in production of each film, released in their local language and subtitled in English. Do Dooni Chaar is a heart-warming comedy about the dreams and challenges of a middle-class family who take a chaotic journey to fulfill their dream of owning a car and discover the true meaning of family along the way. The film features Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Aditi Vasudev, Archit Krishna, and Akhilendra Mishra. As the first ever Disney Telugu fantasy adventure, Once Upon a Warrior is about a swashbuckling warrior on an epic quest to save a mystical young girl from a wicked Queen in the ultimate battle between good and evil. The film features Siddharth, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Manchu. Zokkomon is a Hindi action adventure film about an ordinary boy who overcomes extraordinary challenges to become a magical hero. The film features Darsheel Safary and Anupam Kher.

Hrithik and Katrina dub for animation film Main Krishna Hoon Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif set aside time to dub for the upcoming film Main Krishna Hoon. Mahato, who has produced a few Bhojpuri films, is making his Hindi film debut with Main Krishna Hoon, a 3-D animation plus live action film. Mahato has been working with Roshan for almost a decade starting from the film Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. Promila Hunter, Kaif’s longtime hairdresser, co-produced the film.

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Tribute to past Hindustani Classical Singers, poets, and Instrument players Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) The Nobel Prize winner in literature (for his verses of “Geetanjali”) in 1913, Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was born in a Brahmin family, on May 7, 1861, in Calcutta, Bengal. He was the youngest of thirteen children of his father Debendranath and mother Sarada Devi. Tagore did not like schooling and was mostly home educated in Sanskrit, history, astronomy, and modern science. He also gained much knowledge via his travels and reading. In 1879 he went to England to study law and discovered the writing of Shakespeare. He returned to India in 1880 without a degree. He married Mrinalini Devi in 1883 and the couple had five children. Between 1901 and 1932, he spent time at his father’s estate “Shantiniketan” (Abode of Peace), where he founded an “Ashram,” a school in the natural environment. Tagore was a poet, novelist, philosopher, painter, orator, composer, singer, spiritualist, writer and a born artist. I have no words to portray him. He wrote many poems, essays, dramas, stories, and songs, mostly in Bengali. He wrote his first drama “Valmiki Pratibha” when he was 20. “Valmiki” was a saint who wrote the epic “Ramayana.” Tagore’s poems and writing contained science, odes to the common people, as well as thoughts on freedom, religion, love, and nature. He wrote more than 2000 songs, known as “Rabindra Sangeet,” which have become a part of Bengali culture in both India and Bangladesh. His travels took him to many countries between 1878 thru 1932 where he met with many dignitaries and became famous. In 1912, he went to England where he met Irish poet William Yeats, along with other writers and philosophers such as Thomas Moore, Ezra Pound, and Charles Andrews. They were impressed by his writings and translations. He visited the United States and Japan in 1916 and 1917, and also traveled to Bali, Malaysia, and Singapore. He toured UK and USA and addressed gatherings and interacted with genius people like George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Robert Frost, Thomas Mann, and Albert Einstein. Tagore hosted Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba at Shantiniketan in 1940. Tagore’s works have been translated into numerous languages. He believed in the true meeting of the East and the West. The Bengali films like Charulata, Apur Sansar, Chokher Bali, and Ghare Baire were made from his books. Some of his immortal writings are listed below. Rabindranath Tagore died on August 7, 1941, in Calcutta.

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Hindustani Classical Music By Anita Kulkarni Haveli Sangeet Evolution of Carnatic music - a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, let’s continue our fascinating journey exploring the evolution of Carnatic music as a result of changes in the social and political landscape in various parts of India. This month I will discuss how royal patronage influenced Carnatic music. In the pre-independence era, Carnatic music was almost always patronized in the royal courts in south India. The Thanjavur royal rulers, the Mysore Maharajas and Maharaja Sri Swathi Tirunal were among those royals who supported Carnatic music, patronized musicians and encouraged exchanges of thoughts and ideas, often in the form of lively debates in their courts. Many of these rulers also had resident court musicians or “ashtana vidwans.” Apart from being patrons of music, a number of kings were also prolific composers. Perhaps the most famous of the composer kings was Maharaja Swathi Tirunal of the Travancore kingdom, who is credited with over 400 compositions. The Mysore Maharaja Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar also has a number of beautiful compositions to his credit. In the coming issues, I will discuss more about these royal composers and their contributions to Carnatic music. The kings by virtue of their wealth and position also unwittingly led to a number of beautiful compositions on this subject. Perhaps the most famous composition that refers to wealth is the Thygaraja krithi “Nidhi Chala Sukhama.” Sri Thyagaraja (1767-1847) is one of the Trinity of Carnatic music composers – his compositions mainly extol devotion to Lord Sri Rama. Upon learning of Thyagaraja’s genius, the king of Thanjavur sent an invitation, along with numerous gifts, to Thyagaraja to attend the royal court. Thyagaraja rejected the invitation and composed the masterpiece in Raga Kalyani-

Haveli Sangeet is Vaishnava or Vishnu temple music practiced by the “Pushti Margi Sampradaya.” Nathadwara in Rajasthan was the main seat of the Vaishnava devotional cult which created a rich historical tradition of temple-based music. Haveli here is referred to a palace that the deity chooses to live in. In comparison to Dhrupad, Haveli Sangeet, as it is known in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh claimed superior resilience as it claimed that Lord Krishna himself was the very audience for its performances. In this music practice every activity revolves around Krishna Bhakti and is sung in the form of Kirtans, Bhajans, Samaj Gayan and Bhava Nirtya. Known to incorporate a fusion of Hindustani classical and folk music, the dominant style of singing is still Dhrupad and Dhammar. The temples of Radha Vallabh at Vrindaban, Krishna at Nandgaon, Shri Radha Rani at Barsana, and Sri Nathji at Nathdwara are all known to reverberate with Haveli Sangeet. Haveli Sangeet is almost extinct but can be revived. Known to be more vulnerable than classical Dhrupad, this is mainly due to the fact of the audience discernment. While an art-music audience can appreciate Dhrupad as well as Haveli Sangeet as more sophisticated musical genres, the Vaishnava devotee would merely consider Haveli Sangeet to be a devotional song. In Vaishnava temples Haveli Sangeet is known to be a part of their daily ritual, however, they do continue without it. In some places, Haveli Sangeet has commercial recordings of Bhajans playing as ambient music. With the commitment of the clergy playing a major role, Haveli Sangeet is almost on the brink of extinction. I was pleased when I heard the Haveli Sangeet in Vraj Temple in New Jersey recently. It was a very pleasant musical atmosphere after the Krishna Pooja. The vocalist likes to sing Haveli Sangeet in many Ragas. Mrudang is a main accompanying instrument in this music. Today, Pt Jasraaj and many others have sung, and popularized Haveli Sangeet in India.

Nidhi Chaala Sukhama Ramuni Sannidhi Seva Sukhama Does wealth bring happiness or is it service to Sri Rama that brings happiness?

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Similarly Sri Purandara Dasa, the Sangita Pitamaha (Father of Carnatic music), was not enamored by the wealth of the Vijayanagar rulers and in his krithi “Antarangadalli Hariya Kaanadava,” he says:

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Mohiniyattam – A South Indian Classical Dance Style When I was little, I watched Mohiniyattam dance style performed by a few well-known artists. I loved the graceful movements and the white costume. So, years later I made an attempt to learn Mohiniyattam with an instructor in Baroda, India. I finished the fundamentals and the first sloka (Prayer song), but the teacher had to relocate. There are not many dance teachers to promote this dance style outside Kerala. So the probabilities of finding them elsewhere became too slim. Let me share some information about this graceful dance style. This dance form is said to have originated in Kerala. It is closely related to Bharatha Natyam of Tamil Nadu, which was originally called “Dasiyattam.” Originated as the temple dance performed by Devadasis, it portrays feminine love in its myriad forms - carnal, devotional and maternal- with accent more on Lasya and Bhava (expressions). In the main items Cholkettu, Padavarnam and Padam, mudras (hand gestures) and facial expressions are more important than the rhythmic steps. Costumes and ornaments of Mohiniyattam have much in common with female characters of Koodiyattam and Kathakali. Originally Mohiniyattam was performed only in a temple’s premises and royal courts. The first reference to Mohiniyattam is found in ‘Vyavaharamala’ composed by Mazhamangalam Narayanan Namboodiri, of 16th century AD. Major contributions to this art form were given by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, Irayimman Thampi and Kuttikunju Thankachi. Most of the dances of Mohiniyattam are similar to Bharatha Natyam and Kuchipudi, though subtle differences of style are obvious. The language used in the lyrics is a pleasant mixture of Malayalam and Sanskrit, known as Manipravalam. Formerly, the Padams were especially composed to include only Sringararasa (expressions of love). Now days, artists are using any classical or semi-classical compositions, even from other languages within India. The real beauty of Mohiniyattam comes through when mature ladies enact the romantic Padams specially written to present the Ashta Nayikas (eight heroines): Swadheena Bharthruka, Khanditha, Abhisarika, Vipralabdha, Kalahandtharitha, Vasakasajja, Proshithabharthruka, and Viraholkhanditha. The accompaniments for Mohiniyattam are vocal, veena, venu, maddalam and Idakka. Other instruments are also not unusual. Primary emphasis is placed on gestures and facial expressions. The mudras (hand gestures) are almost always same as those employed in Kathakali. The artists try to enact the lyrics almost in its entirety, like in Kathakali. I hope someday this beautiful style would be propagated as other dance styles.

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the bars, you’re greeted by pairs of blurred brown eyes, tinged deep yellow by blood and hooded by sinking eyelids. At night the sound of drunken Indians singing is only matched by the sound of mangy dogs baying, often because they’ve been woken from their slumber by a pissed up Gujarati taking out his drunken frustrations on the local wildlife. Restaurants open for breakfast are also open to Indians cracking into the local wine at 9am, while packs of westerners sit in the corner, marveling at the alcoholic tendencies of the Gujaratis while nursing savage hangovers of their own. I even saw a man pass out in his seat at around midday and proceed to piss himself – and this in a fairly respectable place – as well as all manner of alcohol-induced fights, embarrassing displays of a total lack of control and a desire to get paralytic that I’d seen in Pondicherry, French Polynesia and anywhere else there are Asians and booze. Westerners aren’t much better, but it still seems that although westerners drink more, they don’t typically behave like this, whereas most Indians I saw drinking couldn’t resist acting the fool. Exploring Diu I arrived in this outpost of colonialism and clandestine consumption during the most god-awful storm I’d encountered in India. The rain drove into the bus, pouring through windows without glass and leaking through rivets in the bus roof, and even my umbrella proved scant protection inside the rattle-trap. Chai shops were flooded out, the whole state suffered from a power cut, and when I arrived in Diu late in the evening I couldn’t see a thing. I wondered what I’d stumbled into. I was to discover later that a cyclone had been approaching Gujarat from the south in the Arabian Sea for two or three days, and had decided to hit the mainland on the day I was traveling to Diu. It smashed the west coast of Gujarat, causing severe damage to roads, power lines, water supplies and life expectancy: in total over 1500 people would die, not as much as the official heat wave death toll of 2383, but still sizable. The cyclone would also cancel my plans to visit western Gujarat, the worst-hit area, which is fairly out of the way and challenging Camels relaxing on Nagoa Beach to travel even without the after-effects of screaming winds and flooding. It was a blessing that I was ignorant of the weather conditions when I left Palitana, or I might have not bothered with Diu at all. Indeed, the cyclone in Gujarat was still turning up dead bodies a week after its departure, and although I wouldn’t be sick enough to equate the corresponding physical deterioration of my travel possessions with an ecological and financial disaster, the temporal correlation can’t be ignored. As winds battered the west coast of Gujarat, they also battered

Operation Vijay: The 1961 Indian annexation of Goa (also referred to as Invasion of Goa, the Liberation of Goa), was an action by India’s armed forces that ended Portuguese rule in its Indian enclaves in 1961. The armed action, codenamed Operation Vijay by the Indian government, involved air, sea and land strikes for over 36 hours (December 18-19, 1961), and was a decisive victory for India, ending 451 years of Portuguese colonial rule in Goa. Thirty-four Indians and thirty-one Portuguese were killed in the fighting. The brief conflict drew a mixture of worldwide praise and condemnation. In India, the action was seen as liberation of historically Indian territory, while Portugal viewed it as an aggression against national soil. The operation resulted in the liberation of all Portuguese colonies in India – Goa, Daman, Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. An interesting historical perspective on Operation Vijay can be found at:


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land, most of the others being (of course) imposing houses of God. Three huge churches tower over the town’s skyline, but only one of them is still used as a place of worship, and that sparingly. Once again, it smacks of frontier colonialism. This church, St Paul’s, is monstrous, and its state of decay is almost endearing. Still decorated lovingly with lights and statues of Christ, Mary and various members of the heavenly host, the church is attached to the local school. I wandered in and deposited some change in the donation box (something I tend to do in foreign Christian churches, though I don’t really know why) and took a Photo courtesy of Wikipedia look around, and out the back I discovered one of the most interesting notices I’ve ever seen in a church: the local price list for services. Check out some of the following fees as set by ArchbishopPatriarch Raul Nicholau Gonsalves on 1 April 1994. Church marriage: Rs50 Church Baptism: Rs20 Blessing of a new house: Rs50 Blessing of a foundation stone, small chapels or crosses, vehicles, wells, nets, stakes: Rs20 Blessing of fields, new plants, corn, invocation against noxious animals etc.: Rs10 Pealing of bells (each): Re1 Assistance at funeral service: Rs20 Any religious service at the grave: Rs5

And tucked away at the end is this particularly Christian attitude: “The poor will always be exempted partially or fully from the stipulated offerings/fees.” Upstairs in the church was the school, deserted in the late afternoon heat. At one end of a corridor was a classroom scene so perfectly colonial you could be forgiven for believing it was set up specially for tourists, as the blackboard pronounced its algebraic message over a collection of tidy wooden school desks. To find an active Christian church in a windswept corner of such a remote Indian state was completely unexpected, but isn’t that the clichéd image of colonial education? It felt as archaic and obsolete as Calcutta’s Victoria Memorial or Melaka’s Stadhuys, and just as magical. More churches were waiting to be discovered as I headed off on a bicycle ride into the heart of the island, accompanied by a friendly Frenchman called Michel. Diu island is long and thin, stretching west to east for about 14km, bloating to about 4km at its waist, and managing to rise to a maximum height of 29m above sea level; it’s perfect for cycling. This is quite unlike the inhabitants. Tourists and locals alike, everyone in Diu when I was there was fat. Beer bellies pushed shirt buttons to physical limits, sweat broke out quickly on even the most inactive brow, and fat middle-class bastards ploughed through bottles of whisky, Diu’s Churches The cliffs are also home to a number of large caves dug into wine and beer at a rate that only the obese or the dedicated can the ground; they’re the remains of mines where the Portuguese manage. People don’t come to Diu to get fat; they come here to cut out blocks of limestone with which to build their edifices. get fatter. The fortress is just one of the colonial constructions on the iscontinued on page 84


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Happy mid-summer! As this issue of “Saathee” goes to press, I am about to enjoy the last performance of American Dance Festival (ADF) of this season, the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Paul Taylor, All photos Courtesy along with Martha GraPaul Taylor Dance Company ham and Merce Cunningham, is often hailed as one of the key choreographers to define modern dance. As the troupe’s website describes, “Paul Taylor and five friends performed Mr. Taylor’s Jack and the Beanstalk on May 30, 1954, marking the debut performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Since that time, just over 150 dancers have

been part of the Taylor Family....Guest artists have included Mikhail Baryshnikov ... and Rudolf Nureyev.” Paul Taylor dancers have performed in over 500 cities and 62countries, including in many venues in India in 1997 to celebrate India’s 50 years of independence. We are very lucky that we have the American Dance Festival here in the Southeast US and I hope that many “Saathee” readers were able to enjoy the diverse dance companies that performed almost daily through June and July. I regret that I had to miss Eiko & Koma this year, particularly because they celebrated their 40th anniversary with one of their best known pieces, “River” (1995). It was performed in the evening after 9 pm in a pond at Duke Gardens. Their very slow pieces convey, perhaps

most appreciated by those with more experience in enjoying modern dance, emotional depth through subtlety and deliberation, and are always a favorite of my mine. I also missed the season opening gala. It featured five troupes honoring the final season for Charles Reinhart as ADF Director. He has been President of ADF since 1968 and, in 1978, brought ADF to Durham. Rosas presented a compelling dance, “Rosas danst Rosas” (1983). It begins with four women standing, looking away from the audience, and then falling and rolling over, the sounds of their bodies eerily substituting for the initial lack of music. As a photographer, I found their beautifully rhythmic choreography to be interesting in their delightful weaving of even and odd parities of dancers on stage and use of props like chairs. I enjoyed less two other troupes, Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, and Rosie Herrera, who presented shows that, for me, were somewhat challenging to digest. Most troupes stay after the show on one night of their performance run to answer questions, and I try to attend these Q&A sessions. The session with Rosie Herrera helped me to come away with a much stronger appreciation of the choreographer’s clever designs and intentions (she often designs her dances based on dreams that she has), and helped me to better frame the performance. I enjoyed all of the other performances that I saw at ADF this year. Pilobolus’ playful dances are always fun and leave me wanting more (some years they present an “A” and a “B” program, so one can see different performances on different nights). Shen Wei and Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane are two companies with distinctive styles, yet their dances appear fresh and inviting. Perhaps my favorite performance was by the two troupes Evidence, A Dance Company, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. DCDC opened with a heart breaking “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” (1959) about the dreadful life on a chain gang. The fourth and last dance, Evidence’s “On Earth Together” (2011) was beautiful in form and suggestion of working toward a better world. Stevie Wonder’s music added to the joy of this dance. I encourage “Saathee” readers to review the ADF website (, including a 5-minute video highlight of the season and programs of each performance. Consider blocking time next summer to enjoy as many American Dance Festival performances as possible. If you want to whet your appetite, you may want to keep an awareness out for the occasional performances throughout the year of individual modern dance troupes.

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into her own. This is a character-driven novel, rather than one driven forward by plot, and if you come into it expecting an onthe-edge-of-your-seat murder mystery, you may be disappointed. Instead, if you hope for a character driven book with a mystery twist (as I did), you’ll really enjoy and appreciate it. Currimbhoy is a talented author, and has accomplished a By Swapna Krishna great feat with her first novel. The characters are memorable, and she really brings India to life with her prose. I really enMiss Timmins’ School for Girls joyed this book; I read it slowly, savoring it, rather than rushing Author: Nayana Currimbhoy through it, and that was the perfect way to experience it. It was (Harper Paperbacks) a beautiful novel, and I know that Miss Charulata Apte will stay with me for a very long time, as she is a woman close to my Charulata Apte is the newest teacher at heart. Miss Timmins’ School for Girls in Panchgani, a remote hill station in India. Shy, The Way Things Look To Me uncertain, and completely sheltered, Author: Roopa Farooki Charu has always felt insecure because of (St. Martin’s Press) the blot - a red birthmark that mars her face and has ruined her marriage After Asif’s mother dies, he moves prospects. Charu slowly begins to settle home in order to take care of his sister, in at Miss Timmins and becomes friends Yasmin. She has Asperger’s Syndrome, with Moira Prince, a fellow teacher who and even now at 19, she is unable to take introduces Charu to the many pleasures care of herself. Asif is just 24, and he sees of life. As Charu spends more time with Moira, she begins to his life unfolding before him in a bleak, open up and accept herself as she is. But when Moira is found unending stretch, dominated by Yasmin’s dead at the bottom of a cliff, Charu is forced to reevaluate her routines and need for order. Meanwhile, perceptions as she becomes determined to find out what hapLila, the middle child, acts out, unable to pened to her friend. feel comfortable in her own skin. When a “Miss Timmins’ School for Girls” is a book that wears many documentary filmmaker asks to make a different hats. It’s a murder mystery and a portrait of India in movie about Yasmin, it brings forth deeply held resentments the 1970’s, which was dealing with the same hippie, pot-smok- and heartfelt anger, but will it also uncover love and hope? ing craze that the United States was. It’s a look inside a girl’s Resentment is part of childhood and growing up. It’s part of boarding school and a commentary on the caste/class/religious being a sibling - you always think the grass is greener on the difference that plague India to this day. But most of all, it’s the other side, that your sibling has it better. But what happens coming of age story of Charulata Apte. when that resentment is bottled inside, when you are responsiCharu captured my heart from the very first page of this ble for your younger sibling and required to face it every novel. Just twenty years old, Charu is leaving home for the first minute of every day? time, and isn’t sure of herself or anything around her. All she That’s the situation the reader finds Asif in at the beginning does know is that she is ugly. Her perception of herself is cen- of “The Way Things Look To Me.” He has no hope for his life; tered on the blot and she can’t see past it, so she assumes that he is held captive by Yasmin’ rigidity, by her inability to cope no one around her can either. When Moira, the glamorous with change. At the same time, though, he doesn’t really blame rebel, seeks her out, Charu is overwhelmed by her attentions. Yasmin - while frustrating, her difficulty is a result of her conMoira leads Charu into a life she never thought possible, one dition. with love and happiness, where people see her for what she is, No, Asif blames his mother for dying, for leaving him to care rather than the marks on her body. for Yasmin, for making him put his life aside for his youngest But Charu is never completely certain of herself, even with sister. Moira’s support. Her self-doubt threatens to overwhelm her, Lila, on the other hand, is the complete opposite end of the and it’s only after Moira’s death that Charu begins to see the spectrum. Her resentment for Yasmin threatens to consume her. strength within her. I absolutely loved this coming-of-age, the Growing up, she saw Yasmin stealing her mother’s attention tension between Charu’s traditional, Brahmin upbringing and away from her and Asif, so demanding and unrelenting. Yasher desire to find love, from whomever is offering it. 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By Amanda Sodhi Aarakshan Original Soundtrack The music of the highly anticipated Prakash Jha film Aarakshan has been released, and the news that lyricist Prasoon Joshi has also composed a song for the film, in addition to the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, definitely sparks some curiosity. The soundtrack consists of six compositions out of which one is a solo version and the other is a remix. Sung by Mohit Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, “Acha Lagta Hai” is a very upbeat number with amazing lyrics rich in happy imagery—“Jhatak kar zulf jab tum tauliye se baarishein aazaad karti ho acchaa lagtaa hai.” Both singers definitely get into the mood of the song and sound carefree and playful. It’s a very cute song, with a catchy beat and cheerful melody. The only problem is that the words “Acha lagta hai” will remind many listeners of the song “Acchi Lagti Ho” from Kuch Naa Kaho. Unfortunately, “Mauka” is a bit too loud and more of a situational song, I guess. Mahalaxmi Iyer, Raman Mahadevan, Tarun Sagar, Gaurav Gupta and Rehan are roped in for this composition. There’s really not much to say about this composition, except that it tries a bit too hard to establish a playful mood. There is also a “Remix” version of “Mauka” as if the original version wasn’t bad enough. Wow, Prasoon Joshi sure is a powerhouse of talent. Not only can the man write really gorgeous lyrics, but he also knows a thing or two about composing as demonstrated in the classical composition “Kaun Si Dor” which also has another version titled “Saans Albeli.” Pandit Channulal Mishra and Shreya Ghoshal shine. Pandit Channulal Mishra sounds amazing even at the age of 75! The song has a melancholic and serious feel to it, the strings offering additional dramatic impact. “Roshanee” is an enjoyable Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy track with the trademark youthful S-E-L stamp all over it. Shankar Mahadevan sings the composition very well. The song is quite melodious, although not too earth-shattering. It’s more of an enjoy-it-while-it-lasts song. Well, while there are not too many compositions in Aarkashan’s OST, “Acha Lagta Hai,” and “Kaunsi Dor”/“Saans Albeli,” definitely do stand out, with “Roshanee” also sounding fairly decent.

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The Laborer and the Snake A snake, having made his hole close to the porch of a laborer’s cottage, inflicted a mortal bite on the laborer’s infant son. Grieving over his loss, the laborer resolved to kill the snake. The next day, when it came out of its hole for food, he took up his axe, but by swinging too hastily, missed its head and cut off only the end of its tail. After some time the laborer, afraid that the snake would bite him also, endeavored to make peace, and placed some bread and salt in the hole. The snake, slightly hissing, said: “There can henceforth be no peace between us; for whenever I see you I shall remember the loss of my tail, and whenever you see me you will be thinking of the death of your son.” No one truly forgets injuries in the presence of the one who caused the injury.

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Mastering Meaning By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC “I have a receptionist who is really wonderful and a hard worker and also speaks English with a strong accent,” a small business owner told me recently at a networking event. “She makes ‘charming’ mistakes. Once, she said, ‘Just a minute. I’m concentrated.’ ” I thought about how tricky the English language is and how a mistake in usage made by a receptionist, might not seem so “charming” if spoken by an I.T. team leader, a physician or a senior engineer. Concentrate, concentrating and concentration. “Concentration” comes from the Latin com or “same” + centrum center.1 Concentrate as a verb has several different but related meanings and at least one of them, to focus your attention on, be engrossed in or apply yourself to cannot be used in the past tense (ED) without a prepositional phrase beginning with on. “The classroom was very quiet as the students concentrated on finishing the exam.” The receptionist was describing an ongoing, current activity so she should have said, “I’m concentrating.” When she said, “I’m concentrated” she was using an adjective that means boiled down, distilled or compressed so she was actually saying, “I’m boiled down.” The correct pronunciation and intonation of the verb is: “CAHNsntrate” with the stress on the first syllable and practically no vowel (a quiet, brief unstressed “uh”) in the second syllable. The correct pronunciation of the noun is: “cahnsnTRAYshn” because in American English the syllable before “tion” is always stressed, meaning that the vowel is very clear, the syllable is longer. louder and higher pitched and in the second and fourth syllable of “concentration” the vowel is almost absent. Remember that speech recognition is acoustic pattern recognition. If you distort the sound patterns (which includes the vowels, rhythm and stress patterns) your listeners who are native speakers of English might have to struggle to understand you. Here are the several meanings of the root word, concentrate: 1. To concentrate (verb) is to direct one’s thoughts and attention 2. Concentration (noun) can mean the state of being mentally focused. 3. To concentrate (verb) is to make a solution denser, less dilute or purer. 4. A concentrate (noun) is a liquid which has been made stronger. 5. Concentrated (verb, past tense) means gathered, collected or brought together in one place. 6. In political or organizational usage, concentrate means to make central, or centralize. 7. Referring to a report or speech, to concentrate can mean to condense and make more concise.

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Youthful Malawi Genius William Kamkwamba A 14-year old boy, William Kamkwamba, dropped out of school because his parents ran out of scholarship money. Undaunted, the boy frequented the local library and taught himself the basics of electricity. Then he became fascinated with windmills, read up on them, and ended up building his own working windmill, from parts salvaged from old equipment. William managed to generate 12 watts of electricity at 12 volts, by coupling the windmill to an electric generator—-again designed by him. His parents and neighbors thought that he had gone crazy, until the windmill started turning and the electric bulb in William’s hand started glowing. Soon he was busy recharging cellphones for his community. The local press ran an article on William, and he wrote a bestselling book, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” Kamkwamba is now studying at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, having won a TED or Technology, Entertainment, Design, Fellowship. He says that one day he would like to have his own windmill-producing factory, and supply electricity to all Malawis, a challenging task, considering that only 2 percent of Malawis currently have electricity. The March 11, 2010 issue of the Nyasa Times carried an article on William Kamkwamba. He has been named one of four winners of the GIA (Go Ingenuity Award), a global prize to celebrate innovation and to inspire youth ingenuity in developing countries. Launched in August in Ghana, the prize is awarded to inventors, artists, and makers, enabling them to share their unique skills with marginalized youth in developing nations. The newspaper noted that Kamkwamba was currently in London, and would be visiting the University of Florida shortly during the New Student Convocation. Incidentally, for those who are technologically-minded, William’s windmill was made from the following items: spare bicycle parts, a tractor fan blade, an old shock absorber, and blades from plastic pipes flattened by being held over a fire. Not content with the windmill, William installed a solarpowered mechanical pump, donated by well-wishers, above a borehole, added water-storage tanks, and thus brought the first piped, potable water to the villagers of his village. As an encore, he upgraded his original windmill to 48 volts and anchored it in concrete after its wooden base was chewed away by termites.

perience in teaching students I have found that both group and individual learning foster the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. I have seen children discuss the content matter, argue among themselves, and help each other get a better academic understanding. Vygotsky’s concept of the zone of proximal development enables teachers to provide the necessary support, or “scaffolding” during a child’s learning, and to progressively reduce the help till the child functions independently. In other words the ZPD represents a range of tasks that are too difficult for children to master alone but that can be learned with guidance and assistance from adults or more skilled children. A brief comparison of Piaget and Vygotsky reveals that while the former placed strong emphasis on stages of development, the latter did not. Instead, Vygotsky focused on the major role that language plays in shaping children’s thoughts. There are other differences between the theories of the two men, such as Vygotsky’s belief that education plays a central role, helping children learn the tools of the culture, while Piaget thought that education merely refines the child’s cognitive skills that already have emerged. Dr. John Santrock’s advice to teachers wishing to apply Vygotsky’s theories in the classroom is to use the zone of proximal development, beginning with the zone’s upper limit, where the student is able to reach the goal only through close collaboration with the instructor. Then, gradually reduce the level of help till the child can function independently. Other advice given is to use peer teaching, because children learn through their more skilled peers, as well as from adults. Learning involves a community of learners; peers, teachers, students, parents and other adults can work together to engage in learning activities in a more collaborative way. Finally, be aware of the developmental changes—-inner speech, for example—which should not be viewed in isolation but as a step in the gradual developmental process.

The Problem and its Solution Almost everyone on planet Earth is now cognizant of the fact that global warming is a reality and wide scale climate changes are becoming an ever-looming threat. Then why is there this complacency and refusal to coordinate our counter measures? Tom Friedman, in his book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded,” likens our situation to that of a person falling off a 100-story skyscraper. Sure, for the first 99 stories the fall would be beatific – one can enjoy the scenery from up there, and experience the joys of weightlessness – up until the very end when the falling person smashes onto the sidewalk. Show over. Al Gore, who has probably done more than any other person to popularize the threats of global warming, has written a sequel, “Our Choice,” to his first book, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Gore says we can survive if and only if we put in place certain measures – choices that we need to make. But the climate conference in Copenhagen in 2008 has shown Youthful Genius Lev Vygotsky that nations, and heads of state, cannot agree on the steps to While both Piaget and Vygotsky are considered to be con- take. structivists, Vygotsky is known to favor the idea of social conCould the UN help? Possibly, but would the UN send troops structivism, while Piaget is a cognitive constructivist. Both men continued on page 118 were born in the same year, 1896, but Vygotsky, after coming up with some brilliant ideas, died at the young age of 37. Chandan Sen We owe to Vygotsky many ideas that shape our thinking of Contact: how a child learns and develops. Vygotsky emphasized dren’s use of words, language, inner speech and the like. He thought that cognitive skills have their origin in social relations and are embedded in a socio-cultural backdrop. In my own


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By Rajesh Ganatra During mid-July 2011, the Sensex briefly reclaimed the 19,000s and subsequently, settled back into the 18,500-18,600 range. During June-July 2011, the readings on food inflation moderated considerably, registering readings of 7 – 8 percent; much lower than the 20 percent readings that had been witnessed in the same year-ago period. Inflation throughout many sectors of the economy has been a significant problem for the past couple of years, and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has enacted a series of interest rate increases from 2010-2011 to try to counter the inflation; the latest one was issued on June 16, 2011 and additional rate increases are expected before the end of the year. Infosys Technologies (NASDAQ-INFY) released its quarterly financial results on July 12, 2011 and the numbers were a bit disappointing: Revenues for the three months of April-June came in at $1.67 billion, which represents a rise of 4.3 percent from the prior quarter and an increase of 23 percent over the year ago period. However, that was approximately $100 million less than the $1.768 billion that analysts had expected. Earnings Per Share (EPS) came in at $0.67, below the $0.71 per share expected by analysts. For the current quarter (July-September), revenues are projected at $1.73 billion to $1.755 billion, well below the $1.868 billion expected by analysts. Additionally, EPS for the current quarter is seen at $0.67$0.68, well below the consensus estimate of $0.76. For the full year, INFY forecast revenue in a range of $7.13 billion - $7.25 billion, and EPS of $2.88 - $2.92. Both figures are below analysts’ estimates - revenues were expected to be $7.26 billion and EPS was expected to come in at $2.92 - INFY’s American Depository Receipts (ADRs) fell nearly 6 percent on the NASDAQ after the release of the results. As the economy perks back up, Indian banks are pushing credit cards again, albeit much more selectively. Indian banks cancelled millions of cards when customer defaults surged at the height of the financial crisis; however, they are ready to issue plastic again to a targeted group of consumers. ICICI bank currently has a credit card portfolio of 48 billion rupees ($1.08 billion) at the end of March 2011, and this is approximately 1/2 of what it was in 2008. Currently, private lender HDFC bank, Citigroup and Standard Chartered are the most active credit card issuers in India. For the fiscal year concluded 3/31/2011, total spending on credit cards was 755 billion Rupees ($17 billion) - this represents only 4 percent of total retail sales in an economy where nearly 90 percent of purchases takes place in “Mom & Pop Stores.” Overall, Indian consumers have not taken on to credit cards very aggressively; only about 30 percent of credit card users carry balances over from month to month. Indian consumers tend to prefer debit cards, where there is no debt accumulated - the money for the purchases is deducted directly from their bank accounts - nearly 230 million debit cards are in circulation in India. During the first half of July 2011, the Karachi KSE-100 held the key 12,000 level and fluctuated between the levels 12,30012,450. The Pakistani Rupee was in a steady trading band

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USCIS Launches Web Page with New Data Reports U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last month the availability of new data reports covering agency performance in a broad range of data and operational areas. The reports, prepared at the request of agency stakeholders, advance agency efforts to enhance transparency and improve customer service. Initial posting includes naturalization and adjustment of status performance data. “We are proud to announce that, for the first time, we are able to share performance data in critical areas of this agency’s work,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “We remain committed to continuing our efforts to be responsive, open and transparent.” USCIS’ Office of Performance and Quality has now made 10 data sets available to the public on the website at the following address: Four of the data sets will be updated monthly; they include processing times and performance data for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization; performance data for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; and statistics on Form I-914, Application for T Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status. Forms I-914(T) and I-918(U) are used for victims of trafficking and victims of crime. Additionally, the following data sets have been published and will be updated quarterly:

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By Gail Z. Martin Going Global with Social Media First, let me challenge the idea of a “local” business in the age of Internet commerce and a knowledge-based economy. Every company in the world began as a “local” business. If you think there are reasons why your company is intrinsically “local,” I want you to reexamine those factors. Is it because your business model has relied on face-to-face service? Do you provide a perishable product, such as food? Is your service fundamentally hands-on, such as massage, organization or dog training? Are there licensing restrictions or laws governing the provision of your service, such as those in law or medicine? I want you to brainstorm about what elements of your current product or service could be repackaged to reach a broader audience. If you run a restaurant, you might not be able to mail your barbecue ribs across the country, but you could bottle and ship the sauce. You can’t ship a hot cup of coffee, but you can sell the beans, flavorings, and logo mugs via ecommerce. Licensing restrictions may dictate where you can physically practice law or medicine, but a book on your subject can reach readers around the world. Massage, fitness, organization and other hands-on specialties can go far beyond a local audience through video and how-to books. Low-cost global phone service also makes it easier than ever before to offer coaching or consulting via phone calls, teleseminars or even group coaching webinars. Take a few moments and think about how you might be able to package your products and services to reach the world. Make sure you haven’t prematurely closed off options for growth by thinking too small. Can your company “productize” what it offers to reach a larger audience? You might be able to increase your sales both at home and abroad with an expanded and easily shipped product line. Reaching a broader audience also helps to “recession proof” your business because even difficult economic times rarely hit all areas equally. By working with a national or global audience, you stand a better chance of bringing in a steady flow of new business even if your local area is experiencing a slow period. It used to be that “global sourcing” was something only the largest companies could consider. Now, anyone with an Internet connection can shop for the best deal from online stores all over the world. Amazon, eBay and other online retailers have made it unimportant where an item is physically stored, and enable buyers to compare prices and purchase items almost without geographic constraints. Customers have become accustomed to buying products and services without face-to-face interaction. Buyers have also learned to shop for pricing, features and qualifications online. At the same time, companies have grown more confident about “telecommuting,” whether their employees are working from home or based in another country. Companies have also become savvier about recognizing that talent does not have an even geographic distribution, and that specially qualified individuals can make a valuable contribution without physically coming into the office. Social media sites like Facebook offer another opportunity to meet prospective clients from all over the world. By utilizing

their networking capabilities to engage prospects in conversation before focusing on making a sale, you have the opportunity to tap markets that would have been geographically prohibitive. Alumni, club and association sites also present opportunities for global networking. Most colleges and universities retain ties with alumni who are working or living out of the country. These expatriates might be receptive to working with someone who shares familiar ties and perspectives. Clubs and associations with international memberships offer the chance for you to get to know fellow members around the world with the immediate connection of a shared affiliation. Online profiles and membership directories plus forum or chat areas within the club/association web site make connecting easy. LinkedIn is a great way to reclaim connections with colleagues who are now living abroad. You can also leverage the connections of your own network of colleagues to ask for introductions to their foreign colleagues or to the overseas branch of their organization. It’s never been easier to see the web of personal connections, and that network makes the world a very small neighborhood. Social media also makes it easy to share your information without geographic boundaries. By sharing tips, uploading case studies or providing links to videos on your Facebook or Twitter sites, you are reaching a worldwide audience of prospects with a built-in mechanism for two-way interaction. Always review your content for unintentional language that might limit your perceived willingness to work with companies or individuals outside of the country. For example, unless the content is specific to the laws or conditions of a particular place, use more inclusive words like “customers” instead of nationality-limited words such as “American,” “Canadian,” etc. You can also make it clear on your website and in your profile and social media bio that you work with clients worldwide or at least beyond your own national borders. If you’re already selling products worldwide, make a conscious effort to include the customers you might never meet faceto-face through your social media strategy. For example, my fiction books sell to an international readership. I can’t visit everyone’s local bookstore, but I wanted to make more personal connections. So in addition to my social media outreach, I’ve created two annual online blog tour events and make an effort to invite bloggers and websites based around the world to participate. Making the effort to be inclusive definitely gets noticed. If you’re interested in reaching a particular part of the world, be sure to look at which social media sites are most popular in those countries. The list of sites and their popularity changes constantly, but doing a Google search on “social media in Europe” or “social media in South America” should give you a good idea of which sites are local favorites. Remember that not all sites use English as their primary language, so if you’re bilingual you may be able to participate in a broader variety of non-U.S. sites. Social media is a great way to expand your company’s horizons. By productizing your existing services, participating in global marketplaces like eBay or Elance or by adding new services such as teleclasses, phone coaching or online group coaching, you can serve a broader audience and satisfy a global need for the expertise you provide. Excerpted from 30 Days to Social Media Success Gail Z. Martin owns DreamSpinner Communications. Contact her at


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Glory Days are over For Chinese Factories By Kathleen E. McLaughlin - Guangzhou, China — Only a few years ago, the Haizhu district’s garment factories worked around-the-clock, spilling out of apartment blocks, storefronts and any other available space, cranking out clothes for the world. These days, the thousands of garment and shoe factories of Haizhu, and many other parts of China’s Pearl River Delta, have slowed to an uneasy hum. Orders are fewer and farther between and many of the workshops shut down for weeks at a time. Many companies say they’ve let big portions of their workforces go, keeping on just the bare minimum needed to get by when sporadic orders come in. While work is still busy in some sectors like electronics, lower-end manufacturing in China is changing fast. Inside a converted five-story walk up that once held apartments and now contains factories that have seen busier days, migrant workers from Sichuan province sew away on skirts bound for the Middle East. It’s their only big order right now and once they’re finished, they aren’t sure when they’ll have work again. Li Kaigan, a 20-year-old factory supervisor from Sichuan, came here when he was just 14 and started making clothes for export. He laughs when prodded about the obvious violation of China’s child labor laws, saying that’s how everyone here does it. But after investing six years in sewing clothes, mostly for people in other countries, Li can see his future is changing quickly. “This year has been especially bad for business,” he says, brushing some loose threads away from his sewing machine. “A few factories have orders, but not very many. Lots of small factories around here have just given up and closed.” The factories here are not unique, given the numbers. Data released June 30 showed China’s manufacturing sector grew by the slowest rate in 28 months, still expanding but barely. China’s manufacturing slump appears to be the result of several dynamics coming together at once. Labor prices have risen in recent years, thanks to increases in minimum wages and continuing inflation. On top of that, costs are going up quickly for raw materials. At the same time, investment in the rural countryside in infrastructure that was intended to buoy China through the global economic downturn has changed the equation. Migrant workers are no longer desperate for work and struggling to raise their incomes by traveling across the country and sacrificing their families. Many say they can make almost as much

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Recipes: Asian Plum-Onion Chutney Ingredients: 3 cups chopped yellow onion (2 to 3 medium onions) 3 cups chopped red onion (2 to 3 medium onions) 8 cups fresh plums (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup candied ginger, chopped 1-1/2 cups brown sugar, packed 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1-1/2 cups cider vinegar 3/4 cup hoisin sauce (7 ounces) 1 tablespoon mustard seed 2 teaspoons salt

Onions vary in color, size, the time of year harvested, and flavor. These differences make onions very versatile. Bulb onions can be yellow, red, or white. Approximately 87 percent of the U.S. onion crop is devoted to yellow onion production, with about eight percent red onions, and five percent white onions. Yellow Onions are full-flavored and are a reliable standby for cooking almost anything. Yellow onions turn a rich, dark brown when cooked and give French Onion Soup its tangy flavor. Red Onions, with their rich color, are a good choice for lots of fresh uses or for grilling, charbroiling, and roasting. White Onions are often used in prepared salads, white sauces, and is the traditional onion for classic Mexican cuisine. They have a golden color and sweet flavor when sautéed. Onion slices and wedges are perfect for all grilling occasions. When char grilled until tender, onions can be wonderful accompaniments to a variety of dishes including burgers and sandwiches. With the addition of your favorite sauce, seasoning, or fresh chopped herbs, grilled onions also make an easy, satisfying side dish to compliment any meal.

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Grilling Tips for Onions: - For slices, cut onions at least a half-inch thick for best results. A large onion will yield 4-6 slices. - When cutting wedges, do not cut completely through the root end, or the onions will fall apart. Wedges should be at least 1inch wide. A large onion will yield 4-6 wedges. - Lightly spray or brush grates with oil before heating up the grill to prevent sticking. Then, brush both sides of the onion slices/wedges with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, a favorite seasoning blend, or fresh chopped herbs. - Grill, covered with a foil pan over medium heat 15-20 minutes or until tender. Use tongs and turn onions only 1 or 2 times. Covering the onions will help them cook more evenly through the center. - Worried about onions falling apart or having trouble turning them? Try these ideas: - Cover the grill grates with tinfoil and poke small holes in the foil to allow heat through. - Run wooden or metal skewers through each slice or wedge. Be sure to soak wooden skewers (or toothpicks) in water first, to prevent them from burning. - Onions can also be placed in grill baskets, trays, or tented in tinfoil. - When using baskets or tinfoil, figure one large onion cut into pieces will yield about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup grilled onion or one serving. - Preparing for a large crowd or have a small grill? Grill onions first, cover and set aside. Reheat prior to serving. This also works great for camping and tailgating. - Instead of butter or oil, coat onions with honey mustard, balsamic vinegar, BBQ sauce, or another dressing to compliment other grilled foods. - Cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder make great seasoning alternatives to salt and pepper. - Grilled onions add a smoky flavor to salsas, relishes, and baked beans.

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Triangle Gujarati Association Anand Mela The NCTGA Anand Mela will take place on August 21, 2011 from 3 - 8 pm at the Bond Park in Cary, NC at the Kiwanis Shelter. The event replaces the traditional summertime picnic with a more fun-filled event for all age groups. There is no entrance fee for this event. Attendees can purchase tickets for all the activities including food booths. There will also be a talent show at the Sertoma Amphitheater. For info send an email to or visit the website

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte Pratishtha Mahotsav Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) will celebrate Prathista mashotsav of the newly built Jain Temple in Charlotte, NC. The auspicious Prathishta Mahotsav will commence on Sep 9, 2011 and will continue until Sep 12, 2011. The Jain temple is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte NC 28262. For further details contact Suresh Shah at 704.717.8481 or The website is

Shree Laxmi-Narayan Maha-Yaag, New Jersey The Maha-yaag will present the divine environment in the resounding of Vedic changing. Become a part of this grand worship of the Goddess of Wealth. The event takes place on Sunday, August 21, 2011 beginning at 1 pm at the Maha-amrut dhara on 116 Buffalo Hollow Rd., Glen Gardner, NJ 08826. The program is as follows: Welcoming host (Yajamaan) 1 – 1:30pm, Ganesh and Matruka Pooja 1:30 – 2:30pm, Navgrah and Kuber Pooja 2:30 – 3 pm, Shree Laxmi – Narayan Pooja 3 – 5:30pm, Purnahuti – Aarti 5:30 – 6:30pm. Mahaprasad will follow. The Maha-Yaag is organized by Jalendu Vaidya (President, Indus Astrological Research Association). For further details call 908.638.6388, write to or visit

Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat The retreat takes place on September 3 – 5, 2011 at 8136 NC hwy 119, Mebane, NC 27302. The curative and preventive health retreat is organized by Swami Satyanandji and J. K. Patel, the senior Yoga and Ayurveda teacher at Life Mission India. Learn the science of Yogic breathing using sound energy, diet combined with relaxation exercises and simple meditation that will act as curative and preventive treatment. The focus is on diseases of the heart as well as diabetes and obesity. Learn how to integrate diet, natural medicines and lifestyles based on the science of Ayurveda. Together these disciplines will bring health to your body and peace to your mind. Receive at the end a specific program of practice for one hour everyday at home with regimen of diet and life style conducive for your health. For registration or information call 336.421.0690, or visit the website www.lifeIndia Independence Day Celebrations, Virginia The India Cultural Coordination Committee (ICCC) presents, India’s Independence Day celebration on Sunday, August 21, Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations, Atlanta 2011 at Centerville High School, VA. Several artists and dance schools from the Washington DC and Mid-Atlantic region will The Pakistani American Community of Atlanta is organizing participate in the cultural program. The event will showcase a “Pakistan Independence Day” event on Sept 24, 2011 at the combination of the performing arts from diverse categories, in- Arena Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. Legendary Pakistani cluding Bollywood, Hip Hop, Bhangra, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Pop Singer Mohammad Ali Shyhaki will perform along with and Kathak. The program includes flag hoisting and parade, local singers. The program begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for mela, and Indian food and shopping. For further details call adults, $5 for children between 5-10 years, and free for kids under 5 years. There will be a “Visa Camp” conducted by the 571.451.5309. Pakistan Embassy as well as a free Medical Camp. For more Information; contact the following: M. Qadeer Siddiqui Triad Hindu Temple 2nd Anniversary Celebration A two day celebration of the temple’s anniversary will be held (678.558.8858), Tahir Syal (770.873.6908), or Muhammad on August 27-28, 2011 at the Hindu Society of NC on 2424 Rizwan (678.482.6334). Huffine Mill Rd, McLeansville 27301. The event will present several pujas, special bhajans and maha Prasad on both days. For details visit

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Bhaishri Shri Rameshbhai Oza Lays Foundation Stone for New Vedanta Hall Param Pujya Bhaishri Shri Rameshbhai Oza graced the visit to Hindu Center in Charlotte by Laying the Foundation Stone for the New Vedanta Hall. The Ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 14th 2011 at 7 pm followed by Parvachan and Mahaprasad. There was a three-phased event in which Param Pujya Bhaishri performed a divine Aarti at the Vedant Hall of the Hindu Center. Following the Aarti here was a Shilanyas ceremony performed by Pujya Bhaishri for the impending construction of the new Hindu Center complex, which is a multi-million dollar undertaking and will be completed within the next two years. The new Hindu Center will be built adjacent to the existing Vedant Hall and the approximate size of this undertaking will be in the vicinity of 20,000 square feet at an estimated costs of $3.5 million dollars. The new Center will meet the existing needs and will also serve the future emerging generations of the community. After this ceremony, Pujya Bhaishri conducted a divine Pravachan in Hindi pertaining to three temples. The three temples that Pujya Bhaishri eluded to were the entire universe, which is the temple built by the Lord Almighty and within the universe in a place called Charlotte, NC where the human beings built the temple. The third temple that Pujya Bhaishri referenced are all of us human beings created by the Almighty with the unique aspect that Almighty resides in all of us. The ceremonies ended at approximately 8:45 p.m. and about 700 devotees enjoyed all of the events of the evening and the session was followed by Mahaprasad. 90

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which had always been “backwards” — so that the gear pedal was now on the conventional left-hand side of the bike. Designers worked long hours to make sure that the new engine still looked old, so that when the company launched the Bullet Classic 500 in 2009, it would appeal to the faithful as well as new converts. But there was one crucial problem: You can make a modern engine look old, but you can’t make it sound old. Aluminum just won’t thump like cast-iron. A quick internet scan suggests that the reviews were mixed. Some called the muffling of the classic thump “blasphemy” and “complete suicide” for the brand. Others said the modern features are a good trade. And sales numbers for the Classic — a retro-looking Bullet with the new engine and electronic fuel injection — suggest that even if Enfield has lost a few die-hards, it’s gaining a foothold among young riders looking for a stylish bike that spends as much time on the road as it does at the mechanic. Perhaps it’s time for Royal Enfield to finally live up to the swagger of its old-school slogan: “Made like a gun ... goes like a Bullet.”

These two perspectives on Yasmin’s Asperger’s were really fascinating. I’ll admit, though Lila’s attitude was atrocious and made me cringe at times, I also found her honesty refreshing. Lila was crass, yes, but she also made some very good points it’s difficult to live with someone who is physically or mentally disabled. But I think what I found the most interesting was that it wasn’t Yasmin that Lila hated, but herself. She despised the horrible things that came out of her own mouth, and hated herself once she said them. It takes a lot for Lila to begin to realize that just because her mother paid more attention to Yasmin, didn’t mean she loved Yasmin more. Once Lila begins to understand this, she begins to come to terms with her own issues. “The Way Things Look To Me” does have its share of challenges: the plot is murky at times and doesn’t seem to be heading in a clear direction. The “power of love” message is a little overwhelming, and it happens all too easily, especially for Lila. However, these issues didn’t prevent me from enjoying the story that Roopa Farooki had to tell, especially because these characters spoke to me on such a deep level. Additionally, the depiction of Asperger’s is very interesting, as Farooki gets the reader inside Yasmin’s head. Just as in her previous novel, “Half Life,” The Way Things Look To Me’s strength lies in its characters. They are each so real, their pain so raw and edges so sharp, that readers will be drawn into each of their stories and will ache for them to find some sort of happiness.

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Some enlightning Tagore quotes: 1. To enjoy something, it’s essential to guard it with the fence of leisure. 2. I do not put my faith in institutions, but in individuals all over the world who think clearly, feel nobly and act rightly. They are the channels of moral truth. 3. The danger inherent in all force grows stronger when it is likely to gain success, for then it becomes temptation. 4. I say again and again that I am a poet, that I am not a fighter by nature. I would give everything to be one with my surroundings. I love my fellow beings and I prize their love. 5. Our fight is a spiritual fight, it is for Man. 6. Creation is an endless activity of God’s freedom; it is an end in itself. “Jana Gana Mana,” the first stanza of total five stanzas of this poem, first sung in 1911, was officially adopted as the Indian National Anthem by the Constituent Assembly on January 24, 1950. Every independence day, the people of India join together and sing this beautifully composed anthem. Its poetic verses are one of best anthems in the world. The lyrics to “Jana Gana Mana” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in Evergreen Classic Film Lyrics on page 26.


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Community News & Events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For further details: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Bethel Christian Fellowship (Fort Mill Church Of God) Serving North & South Carolina. Come and worship in various languages of India with members of the India Community on Saturday and Sunday plus Sunday school program. Sunday meeting is held at 216 Academy St. Suite # 102, Fort Mill SC 29715. Saturday Meetings are held at various locations. Just minutes from Downtown Charlotte. If you are new to or visiting the Charlotte area, please come and worship with us. For further details: Pastor O. Samuel: 803-792-7223 Mohan: 803-792-7223 E-mail: Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For further details:

contact: Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Manish Khot,, 215.380.8722 Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279. Visit CSMM on Facebook. Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549). Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. Info: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama performances. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), Charlotte Table Tennis Club Charlotte Table Tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm Sunday 1-5 pm. Info: Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a non94

profit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across telangana region. Info & Pictures: Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit the website For further details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For further details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along August 2011



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Community News & Events with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, selfsustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Look for fundraising events in the near future. For further details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For further details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. For further details: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and three other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker ( Upcoming Events: Fri Aug 19 - Thu Aug 25: Krishna Katha by Pujya Pad Yogeshbhai Shastriji Info: India Association of Charlotte (Festival of India) IAC is a nonprofit organization with the goal of fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture, by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key upcoming activity is the annual Festival of India that will be held this year on September 3-4, 2011 uptown at Knight Theater. Info: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727


Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Sat Oct 8 at 6 pm at CPCC Central Campus in Tate Hall - Sitar and Veena Jugalbandi concert by Gaurav Majumdar and Nirmala Rajasekar. Sitar: Gaurav Majumdar. Vina: Nirmala Rajasekar. Tabla: Vishal Nagar Mringdarm: Thanjavaur K. Murugaboopathi. For further details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For further details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Jain Center of Greater Charlotte Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) will celebrate Prathista mashotsav of the newly built Jain Temple in Charlotte, NC. The auspcious Prathishta Mahotsav will commence on Sep 9, 2011 and will continue until Sep 12, 2011. The Jain temple is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte NC 28262. Info: Suresh Shah 704-717-8481 Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential August 2011

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Community News & Events manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 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 ongoing Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning

technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For further details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and also Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: Sahaj Marg Meditation Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 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


Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 - 8 pm. for recital of Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available at contacts below. For further details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For further details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For further details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505 Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8 - 11 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or August 2011

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Community News & Events would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. For further details: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For further details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

Greensboro Art of Living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For further details: Nirupama Shankar @ Puja Verma @ Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For further details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For further details: Narendra Patel: 336.601.1978 (Pres.) Dipak Patel: 919.478.4759 (Vice Pres.) India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For further details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 8 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. 100

Info: 336.644.1111 Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. Upcoming Programs: Aug 27: Nandotsav 3- 8 pm Sept 3-5: Lokulish Yoga & Health Retreat (curative and preventive Health Retreat) Oct 4: Durgashtami 5 – 9 pm Oct 11: Sharad Purnima 5 – 8 pm Oct 26: Diwali Annakut/Laxmi Poojan 5 – 8 pm. Weekend of Nov 24: Health Retreat Info: 336.421.0690 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am - 12:15 pm For further details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150 Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday @ 3 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888 Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. Info: Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and August 2011

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Community News & Events friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of NC. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to- Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community, our new-found home; Collaborate closely with local organizations and agencies to fulfill our mission to address any challenges of our community. Info:

Raleigh AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For further details: 919.200.4020 Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students

the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For further details: Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers “Art of Living” Course that teaches you practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. Info: Phone: 919-275-0443 (Priti Manmode) E-Mail: / Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For further details: 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, 102

songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For further details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am - 3 pm. The next meeting will be on Sat Aug 13 where Independence Day and Rakshabandhan will be celebrated. All members are encouraged to update and/or provide their contact details with any Board member. Info: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891

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Community News & Events Carolina Rajasthani Association Tue Aug 16 - celebration of “Teej” at the HSNC, Morrisville from 6 – 7 pm. Puja will start at 6 pm sharp. Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For further details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 Dada Bhagwan Satsang Don’t miss on the lifetime event of “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Visit and watch

Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For further details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina 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.” It organizes colorful events annually. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For further details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study 104

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Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For further details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in har106

mony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of deAugust 2011

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promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For further details: Varshana - hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics in general. For further details: Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month, on the first Friday, for the South Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. August session will be held on Friday August 5, from 7:00 PM til 11:30 PM at Zayka Indian Cuisine, 10410 Moncreiffe Rd Ste 103, Raleigh in the Brier Creek area phone: (919) 361-5370. Choose from 13,000 Hindi Film, Non-Film, Ghazals, Devotional - Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Gujrati, Punjabi Kannada, Koli , Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim Songs, Marathi, Oriya, and English songs. Events are open to the entire music loving community for singing, or listening to your friends sing. For further details: Shafi Parekh at 919.413.3924, or e-mail at: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center has several service activities as 108

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Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 South Indian Fine Arts Academy [SIFAA] SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. Info: 919.773.1580 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir NC SSMNC promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in ShirdiIndia. This Organization is dedicated to sponsor and support religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. Mandir Timings: Monday - Friday 9 - 10 am, 12 noon - 1pm, 6 - 9 pm. Sat - Sun 9 am - 9pm. Details at or call 919.386.1085. St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Holy Qurbana and Sunday School are held in Malayalam/English, led by Reverend Dr. M. K. Thomas at 225 Bashford Road, Raleigh, NC. Info: 919.461.1773 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For further details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President) 110

Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) TCFNC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC(82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For further details: Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. Info: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. August 2011

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youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm. There are two discourses scheduled this month. Recitation of “Gopi Geet” from Shrimad Bhagwat (in Hindi) by HH Pujya Shri Indira Betiji and next one will be by Pujyapad Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji and Pujya Kishorchandra Shastriji on ”Dashama Skanda” per the following schedule. All Events are at Hindu Bhavan (309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560). Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in activities. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808 112

Regional Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] Info: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 email: Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bilateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. For further details: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Info: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming Events: Aug 7, 14, 28 - Balagokulam 10 – 11 am Aug 7 - Bhajan – 11 am – 12 noon Aug 14, 28 - Balavihar 11 am – 12 noon

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Community News & Events Aug 14, 28 - Geeta Study - 10:30 am to 12 noon Aug 21 - Srikrishna Janmashtami Puja – 11 am - 12:30 pm Info: 508.654.0360, B.S. Srivastva Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 For details visit:

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 2333995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For further details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7

pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. Info: 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, S.C. 29303. Info: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For further details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For further details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For further details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) 114

Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. Info: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a non-profit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. Info: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. Info: 336.299.9683

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Aug. 1 - Ramadan begins Aug. 4 - Nag Panchami Aug. 5 - Saint Tulsidas Jayanti Aug. 9 - Putrada/Pavitra Ekadasi Aug. 10 - Pavitra Baras Aug. 13 - Raksha Babdhan Aug. 13 - Naliery Purnima (Full Moon) Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 19 - Pateti (Parsi New Year: 1381 begins) Aug. 21 - Shitala Saptami Aug. 22 - Janmasthami Aug. 25 - Aja Ekadasi Aug. 29 - Somavati Amas (No moon) Aug. 31 - Eid-Ul-Fitr Ramadan ends. Ramzan Eid Aug. 31 - Varah Jayanti September 2011 Sep. 1 - Ganesh Chaturthi Sep. 2 - Rishi Panchami Sep. 5 - Labor Day (US) Sep. 8 - Parivartini Ekadasi Sep. 9 - Onam Sep. 11 - Anant Chaturdasi/Ganesh Visarjan Sep. 11 - Prostapadi OPurnimā (Full Moon) Sep. 18 thru Sep. 27- Pitru Shrāddha Paksha Sep. 28 - Navarātri begins (Sep. 28—Oct. 5 Navarātri) October - November 2011 Oct. 2 - Mahātmā Gandhi Birthday Oct. 5 - Navarātri ends Oct. 6 - Dusserā/Vijaya Dashami Oct. 11 - Sharad Purnima (Full Moon) Oct. 15 - Karvā Choth/Sankast Choth Oct. 26 - Diwali (No Moon) Oct. 27 - Gujarāti New Year (Vikram Samvat 2068) Oct. 28 - Bhāi Duj Oct. 31 - Halloween Nov. 2 - Jalāram Jayanti Nov. 10 - Dev Diwali/Tripurāri Purnimā (Full Moon) Nov. 14 - Nehru Jayanti/ Children Day Nov. 16 - Sabarimala Mandala Kalam begins Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Day Nov. 25 - Dev Oothi/Prabodhini Ekādasi Nov. 27 - Muharram /Hizri San: 1433 begins.

to nations not abiding by internationally-agreed rules, assuming that such rules do exist? No; UN troops cannot fight the Chinese military. Period. In fact, China, with its command economy, can probably – more so than other nations – quickly implement climate control guidelines and laws. Communism does have its merits! Germany, I think, has done the right thing by announcing plans to get a quarter of its energy from renewable sources, by the year 2020. As far as India is concerned, I really don’t see any way of reducing greenhouse gases. Coal and oil-fired power stations continue to be built and the number of automobiles on the road continues to increase. I think it was Albert Einstein who said that a problem cannot be solved at the same level that it was created. So humans, presumably, cannot solve this problem, and we will have to look at the Creator. As Hindus are aware, the Trinity of Creator, Preserver and Destroyer are the forces shaping our universe. One hopes and prays that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva know what they are doing! Design Elegance The simple stone axe was once the Swiss Army Knife of humans for a million years. Yes, that versatile tool - which looks so crude to us today - served humans of the stoneage exceedingly well. They used it to slice up their meat, clear the gristle, remove the bark of trees, and so on. The stone axe was functional but hardly aesthetic. Nowadays, most if not all artifacts must meet many design criteria---functionality, looks, disposability, resale and now more and more, bio-degradability. There was a time when Americans, being mostly farmers, preferred trucks over cars because they needed to transport agricultural produce, fertilizers and pesticides. Nowadays, with widescale industrialization and urbanization, the ubiquitous passenger car has gained popularity. A modern car must be safe, easy to use, be frugal in the use of gas, and must pollute less and less. It’s instructive to think of our earth’s atmosphere as being a finite entity. Just as we don’t pollute ponds, lakes, streams and rivers, because we know better, so also must we have respect and consideration for our finite atmosphere. It has been calculated that for every mile that a car travels, we put one pound of carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere. This is nothing less than shockin, considering the millions of vehicles in use all over the world. Design elegance for a power station, likewise, must include quiet operation, safety, and cleanliness. Whether we use coal, oil or natural gas, or one of the newer fuels like bio-fuels, we must ensure that the plant produces electricity with minimal adverse effects on the environment. The ecological imperative for designers concerned with designing elegant products means that reuse of materials, recycling, bio-degradability, and bio-mimicry factor into their thinking. Finally, that stone axe which served our forefathers so well was an elegant tool by any yardstick. It was found in nature, and needed minimal hand operations to manufacture. It did not pollute the environment, either during manufacture or during use. And it could be disposed of, when blunted or damaged, to join the innumerable other stone pieces lying all around. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if a favorite stone axe was passed down from father to son as a priceless family heirloom. 118

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partnership deal. Don’t wait till the last week of the month for starting any new venture. Good state of health is also clearly indicated. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) Problems at work may intensify this month. Don’t lose your self confidence and keep working intelligently. More work may lead you towards making mistakes. It is advisable to listen to your spouse in making financial decisions. Misunderstanding with extended family members may disturb your peace of mind. Do not get involved in new ventures and avoid making investment-related decisions during this month.

General Predictions for August 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) This may pass as an uneventful period. Best thing to do during this month is to study and/or travel for fun. Time is not good if you are expecting; take extra care of your health. Minor dispute with your partner is also possible. Financially it is going to be a good period. Keep away from vices to avoid any major health issues. Also avoid planning any religious or social ceremony during this month.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Try to focus and work sincerely. Avoid driving this month. Your creative work may be appreciated during the second half of the month. Luck may favor you financially, but you may not feel confident and comfortable. It is important to get involved in sports or physical activities just for fun. Check your diet to avoid hospitalization. Dispute with spouse is also possible during this month. Don’t take any risks.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) You may face a major downfall this month. Be careful, this may lead you towards depression. Start meditation immediately or contact experts. Don’t count on your spouse for any support. Spend a few hours every week for charity work and avoid fighting your enemies for now. Your siblings or friends may come forward to your rescue.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You may be busy doing your work and enjoying a happy social life. Some unexpected expenses may occur, but overall happy life is clearly indicated. Your spouse should be very supportive this month. Last days of the month may bring setback for you. To avoid frustration, spend some time reading or start further study. A long distance journey may prove to be very successful.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You may have to move fast this month. Your first priority should be increasing your savings. You may also have to spend some time to plan family integrity. Second half of the month may force you towards some nonproductive travel. Work on your ideology sincerely - it may become very important for you to enjoy long-term benefits. An unexpected health problem is slowly developing, so be careful.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) This is going to be the best period of the year. Your hard work may be rewarded and your ideology will be appreciated. You may enjoy financial gain, social status and mental peace. Time is also good for students. Traveling for fun and success in extra activities should also delight you. Make sure to continue working hard with sincerity and morals. Time is also perfect for long-term investment.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) War between love and ego may become the main story of the month. Try to control yourself and act normally. Ego may create problems at your workplace during first half of the month. It is better to study the rules and regulations and act intelligently. Financially, it is going to be a positive month, but unwanted expenses could also be there. Destiny may lead you towards new contacts; it could also lead you towards more expenses.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Vacation and fun is the story of the month. Enjoy the memorable family vacation and turn your experience in earning extra income. Avoid any sort of legal dispute this month. Your spouse may perform better than expected. It may build better respect and love for both of you. Maturity in your love life and opportunity to start new activities should make your life more prosperous. Keep moving ahead with confidence.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You may lose a very important opportunity during the first half of the month. Love and affection may lead you to make mistakes. Time should turn very positive during the last week of the month. Unexpected financial gain and involvement in religious activities should lead you towards a peace of mind. You may also come in contact with artists and other creative people. Wait till the second half of the month to enjoy your success.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You may face trouble in raising enough income this month. Expenses related to family responsibilities and health problems may force you to spend some money from your savings. You may feel life is slowing down and you are losing energy. Lack of love may also become an issue this month. You should start further study or work on your hobby to keep life active. Use your family contacts this month.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may enjoy rewards for your hard work and sincerity during the first week of the month. Plan to spend some money to develop your business. Business-related travel should bring very positive results for you. There is a possibility of getting financial benefits through a

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MATRIMONIAL: Seeking A Hindu Indian Female: For a divorced male age 37 for marriage, working in NC on h1b. For info call: 704.957.9005 Seeking MS/Phd Female: For My Brother: Age 26, 5'8", Fair complexion, MSc (PhysicsIIT K a n p u r ,In di a ) ,P h d( Ast r op a r t i cl e P h y s i c s - S I S S A , I t a l y ) . Cast no bar. Contact at Seeking Hindu male: Correspondence invited for family oriented, loving, caring female 41 living in Ahmedabad. Please call 828 572 2555

SERVICES: World In Motion Dance, Movement & Music Center: Specializing in world dance and fitness classes for children and adultsBelly dance, Zumba, Bollywood, Hip Hop, African dance, Yoga, Nia, BodyWork and more! Morrisville (919) 465-4440 Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270.

Time To Shine in Preschool is a new academic half-day preschool for three, four, and five year olds in Apex. Please visit for more information or call (919) 291-3802. Alyssa’s Garlands: Unique Fresh Flower Garlands. Services include: Boutonnieres, bouquet, and exotic flowers available on special request. We ship nationwide. Please contact Ila Amin at 803-548-5656 MEHANDI & SAREES: Specialist in Bridal mehandi and henna for all occasions (20 Yrs of experience). We carry designer sarees, 1-2 gram jewelery, Kurtis and accessories. Contact Neena Jain (Trendz) 919-367-0746 or email: Harmony / Music Class: Age 4 and up. Vocal training in Hindustani classical music including ragas & alankars. Learn to sing & play (keyboard) devotional, patriotic & Bollywood songs. Contact – Rutika 704 780 1546 Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanti, Wedding ceremonies, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, All types of karmakand. Please call Viral 704-438-6334. Fusion Brushes / Painting Class: Age 4 and up. Learn to draw and paint with oil pastels / water / acrylic colors. Advance training for 15+. ( Contact Rutika ( 704 780 1546). Foreign Accent Modification: Your speech is your "vocal resume." Speak English clearly and with confidence. Individual tutorials with certified speech specialists at Triangle Speech Services. Charlotte SAT/ACT Prep. $799 for 30 hour group lessons. Taught by a University Professor, NOT by Undergraduates on Summer Vacation or Inexperienced Temps. 704-840-5485 Catering & Tiffin Service: Including Gujarati, Panjabi, Indo-Chinese, South Indian & more. for details call Shyam 919-961-0482. Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Henna artist, specialist in Bridal, Arabic,Traditional and all types of Mehendi for all occasions. Eyebrow Threading Available. Call : 320-322-3341 / 980-333-8560 or e-mail: Gold Medalist and scholar tutors in Math, and also accepts writing assignments. Scratch paper provided! Contact: / 919-834-9227 Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, backup, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-2358 Henna Artist: Fascinating Arabic, Rajasthani, Gujarati and fusion henna designs. Available for weddings, festivals, and parties. Reasonable charges. Contact: 704-587-4547 or email: Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 20 years of experience with Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912


Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. 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: Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or 919-798-2598 ART / DRAWING CLASS: Ages 4 to 15. Learn sketches, charcoal painting, modern art , oil on canvas etc. Age appropriate curriculum. For more details call Karli @ 704-965-3550 or email: Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction guaranteed regarding design, color & price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919-824-7734 E-Mail: South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 or 704.231.0751. E-mail:

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Writers Wanted We are always looking for contributors to our monthly forum The Chai Table. If you have an interesting tale to tell, an opinionated opinion or a humorous remembrance of youth, write to us. We may publish your piece in a future issue of Saathee. Also, encourage your children to submit poems, short stories or other original writings for inclusion in our Children’s Corner section.

August 2011

index of advertisers

NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 New Goloka Temple (Janmastami 2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Nucell Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Nuv Yug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Pakistani American Community Of Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Paracha Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Paradise Restuarant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pratham Gala (Charlotte & Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Pratham Golf Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .70 RBC Bank (Shikha Panjwani) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Rohini's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Shree Laxmi-Narayan Maha-Yaag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Sri Somesvara Temple (Calender of Events) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Supriya's Payal Dance Academy (Aladdin The Musical) . . . .91 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Tamarind (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)103 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .41 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .79 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Around The World Market (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Cambria Suites (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .58 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Chakras Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .81 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .33 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Festival of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Gujarati Cultural Assoc. of Piedmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Hindi & Music Classes (Poonam Sirohi - ETCI) . . . . . . . . . . .24 Hindi Vikas Mandal (Independence Day Celebration) . . . . .63 Hum Sub (Events & Cary Diwali) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Kalashri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .64 Mataji Jagran (11th Annual with Narinder Chanchal) . . . . . .55 Maya Beauty Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 McCuiston Law Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Mongolian Grill (Iron Grill & Pizza) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31


August 2011

IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY LAW OFFICES OF DAVID A. CONCHA 725 East Trade St., Suite 215(Court Arcade Building) Charlotte, NC 28202 Tel: 704-525-8824  Fax: 704-525-8820 IMMIGRATION SERVICES: -Residency (green cards) -Citizenship -Fiancé visas(K) -Labor Certification -H1-B L-1 O-1

- Removal & Deportation Defense

-General Immigration Matters SERVING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY My parents are IMMIGRANTS therefore I can understand your situation. You will be treated with the utmost integrity and respect. Saturday and telephone consultations available

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We can also serve your needs in the following areas:

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Auto Accidents Workman’s Compensation DWI, Speeding Revoked Licence and Similiar Traffic Infractions and Simple Divorce

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Offering Exclusive Full Services

Yogini or Dilip Purohit: 704.847.3917 Panna or Raju Patel: 704.542.7627

Member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)


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Videos and Photos for Most Occasions • Weddings • Cultural Events • Concerts • Dance Performances • Birthday Parties • Baby Showers • Graduation Parties • Sports Events • Corporate Events • Various Parties/Receptions

Highlights of Experience • Specialized in Arangetrams (Experience with over 10 Dance Schools) • “Lynyrd Skynyrd” (Hall of Fame Rock Band) Reunion Concert • Concerts of Asha Bhosle, Usha Uthup, Sunidhi Chauhan • Video footage televised on TV channels in the U.S. and abroad

Other Services

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• Converting VHS tape to DVD & Cassette tape to CD • Serving your audio needs For further information, Please call: K.P. Sandeep, 919-247-3989


August 2011

Challa Immigration Law Office I MMIGRATION L AW

To better serve the immigration needs of the Carolinas, Challa Immigration Law Offices of Richmond, VA announces a

NEW OFFICE NOW OPEN IN MORRISVILLE, NC Challa Immigration Law 5105 Grace Park Drive Morrisville, NC 27560

919.380.4044 Lakshmi Challa

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401, Flora Building, road No. 3, Banjara Hills Hyderabad, India 500 034 91.40.23352295/p 91.40.23352297/f

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Saathee Magazine August 2011 Raleigh  

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

Saathee Magazine August 2011 Raleigh  

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