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In this issue: Gujarat Wants to Keep Endangered Lions Bangladesh Makes Strides in Child Health

Hello Readers! Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has dramatically reduced overall child mortality in recent decades. See pg. 8 for the story. Gujarat goes to Supreme Court to keep its endangered lions. Relocating India’s Asiatic lions could help spread the small population — or it might put the endangered big cats at risk. See pg. 14. After decades of rip-roaring growth, China’s money machine is off-kilter. Go to pg. 36 for the details. Nepal’s locally manufactured Sherpa Adventure Gear aims for elite status. See how the locally sourced company is taking on corporate giants in the story on pg. 62. What are the physical consequences of a poor ergonomic workstation set-up on your body? Read the column on pg. 72. Read about Swami Vivekananda, dharma's first ambassador to the West in an article on pg. 78. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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In This Issue Bangladesh Child Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Gujarat Fights to Keep Its Lions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 China in Decline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Dilemmas of an Indian Pop Singer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Sherpa Adventure Gear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 FYI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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Defying the odds: Bangladesh makes strides in child health Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has dramatically reduced overall child mortality in recent decades.

Laying the Groundwork On a hot spring afternoon three months after the dramatic birth in Dergram, the 30-year-old mother, Hashi Akhter, lifts her healthy baby, Babli, from a bed occupying most of the oneroom home. The girl yawns, eyes still shut mid-nap. Hashi eagerly welcomes the health assistant inside, and soon neighbors and children crowd under the corrugated metal roof to ogle the visitors. Shefali, the health assistant, recalls: “If I was not present, perhaps the child wouldn’t survive. The mother told me, ‘You saved my child.’ Now she loves me very much.” To keep more children like Babli alive and well, Bangladesh is focusing on programs like Helping Babies Breathe, launched in 2011. These programs aim to train more skilled birth attendants, spread prenatal and postnatal advice, and persuade women to give birth in clinics or hospitals rather than at home, where more than 70 percent of deliveries take place. Newborns are particularly at risk in Bangladesh. For children under 5, 60 percent of deaths occur in the first 28 days of life. Most of those deaths are caused by infections, asphyxia, and low-birth weight. But progress on child health has accelerated here in recent years. Kazal Begum, Hashi’s 50-something-year-old aunt, grimaces when remembering that in her day, women either had a normal birth without complications or died. A mother of four, Begum says her children were not vaccinated as infants. But things have changed dramatically within a generation. Child immunization coverage for diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus has reached 96 percent. In 2012 Bangladesh won an award for its outstanding work from Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. There have been other changes too, including better awareness of hygiene and nutrition. There is no single, simple answer to how Bangladesh has managed to come so far. Rather, a multifaceted set of factors has improved child health, and the country is trying to close in on the remaining weaknesses.

By Amy Yee – DHAKA, Bangladesh — When Hashi Akhter delivered her baby on a January morning in her thatched home in Dergram Village, she knew something was wrong right away. The baby was not crying. She couldn’t breathe. Hashi had already been in labor much of the night. As morning broke, a relative went on foot to find a health worker near this remote village more than two hours north of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital. That decision saved the baby’s life. Shefali Akhter, a 24-yearold government health assistant, is also a skilled birth attendant with special training on neonatal asphyxia, one of the largest killers of newborns in Bangladesh. (Shefali has no relation to Hashi.) Shefali quickly cleared mucus and fluids from the baby’s mouth so that she could take her first breath in the “golden minute,” the small window of time in which decisions can mean the difference between life and death. Shefali learned last year to treat asphyxia by clearing airways with a tiny plastic face mask, air bag, and suction device. She was part of a program called Helping Babies Breathe, an international collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American aid agency USAID, Save the Children, the Laerdal Foundation of Norway, and others. The program has trained 20,000 skilled birth attendants in Bangladesh alone. Counter to the common perception of Bangladesh as hopelessly impoverished, the country has made dramatic strides in reducing overall child mortality in recent decades. Bangladesh is on track to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, which aim to reduce under-5 child and maternal mortality, respectively. In fact, Bangladesh is one of only eight countries to have reduced its under-5 mortality rate by at least two-thirds since 1990. In Bangladesh, deaths of children under age 5 decreased from 139 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 46 in 2011. Compare that to 1970, when Bangladesh’s under-5 mortality rate was 239. Maternal deaths have also plummeted, from 800 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 240 in 2010. Bangladesh’s child and maternal health statistics are better than those in India, where the economy and resources far exceed those of its poorer neighbor to the East. How has Bangladesh come so far, and what are the challenges that remain? This story is part of the GlobalPost Special Report, titled “The Seven Million,” correspondents in Africa and Asia will examine the progress and challenges that developing countries face as they fight to reduce deaths of the nearly seven million children under age 5 who die every year, largely due to preventable causes. For more stories visit

The Bigger Picture Bangladesh is infamous for stories of bleak factories and industrial disasters, including the collapse of a garment factory near Dhaka that killed more than 1,100 people in April. Less in the spotlight are workplaces that provide decent jobs with steady salaries to lift people out of extreme poverty. The $19 billion garment industry accounts for 80 percent of Bangladesh’s exports and has fueled economic growth of more than 6 percent in recent years. The country’s garment industry is the world’s second largest, behind China, and employs three million people, 80 percent of whom are women. Remittances from Bangladeshis working overseas also boost the economy. 8

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The Role of NGOs While international media tends to spotlight the role of NGOs in Bangladesh, government accounts for the bulk of primary health care. In addition, private clinics and hospitals are booming, as lower income people join the middle and upper classes in paying for health care as their incomes rise. But without a doubt, strong NGOs have made a lasting impact in Bangladesh, and the people who run them are generally positive about collaborating with the government. “NGOs are given a lot of space to operate,” said Dr. Shams El Arifeen, director of the center for child and adolescent health at icddr,b. The government has limited resources, he said, but the NGO workers are aware of that. “There’s quite a bit of trust,” Arifeen said. “They have a willingness to ask for help.” Arifeen’s organization, icddr,b, made one of the biggest contributions to child health care in the 1960s, during cholera outbreaks in Bangladesh. Cholera, a bacterial infection whose main symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting can lead to rapid dehydration, was at the time fatal to every third person who contracted it. Researchers at a lab that would later become icddr,b formulated an oral rehydration solution from a simple blend of clean water, salt, and sugar. It is the standard treatment for diarrhea today and has saved the lives of more than 50 million people around the world in the past three decades.

Although grim poverty and appalling working conditions still exist in Bangladesh, overall macroeconomic conditions have improved. In turn, rising incomes have contributed to more education and better health. Poverty fell 19 percentage points in the last decade and a half, though overall poverty is still significant, with 53 million people below the poverty line. “It’s hard to disentangle health and development,” said Laura Reichenbach, director of the center for reproductive health at the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research (icddr,b), in Dhaka. “There has been broader social and development improvement. All these pieces together facilitate improvements.” The adult literacy rate is still only at 56 percent, but that is a big improvement over the 21 percent it was in 1970. UNICEF statistics show that school enrollment has increased, and now there are more girls than boys in primary and secondary school. Those girls grow up to be women who can give better care to children, said Lianne Kuppens, UNICEF’s chief of health in Dhaka. “Educated mothers have an impact on practices and behavior,” Kuppens said. One benefit of being one of the world’s most densely populated countries — 152 million Bangladeshis live in a space about the size of Iowa — is that clinics and hospitals are within six miles of most homes, according to a report from icddr,b. Roads are in surprisingly good condition, and the terrain is mostly flat, allowing people to reach health facilities.

A Safer Delivery In Korail, a slum of about 40,000 in Dhaka, cramped homes line narrow lanes with fetid open gutters. Goats wander the streets, and tinny music blasts from mobile phones, adding to the chatter and buzz in this teeming enclave. In a two-room concrete birthing house run by BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, 10 women, all eight or nine months pregnant, sit in a circle on the cement floor. They listen intently as a midwife talks about danger signs during delivery that would require a hospital visit. She uses a flipchart with illustrations an illiterate person can understand. One picture shows a woman in bed, legs propped up. A small hand reaches out from between her legs - no translation necessary. The BRAC birthing center is one of almost 400 in slums throughout Bangladesh that offer pregnant women a safe, clean place to give birth. In a country where some 70 percent of people live in rural areas and have little education, raising awareness about child health among the poor is a challenge. To warn of childbirth complications and preventable child deaths, female health workers trained by NGOs and the government have focused on antenatal and postnatal care. Vital information about hygienic deliveries and newborn care — washing hands with soap, cutting the umbilical cord with a clean blade, drying babies and keeping them warm, exclusive breastfeeding — all help reduce newborn deaths. Traditional practices such as putting soil, cow dung, coal or brick dust, or even hot oil on an infant after cutting the umbilical cord are being phased out. Now community health workers distribute clean delivery kits — a hand-size packet with soap, a sterile razor blade, and thread — to cut the umbilical cord and tie it off, and a plastic sheet to deliver on. The birthing center handles only natural births without complications in a room with two mattresses on the floor and a bamboo rod suspended from the ceiling, for women who deliver standing up. If there is any sign of complications, the woman is referred to a nearby hospital by a BRAC doctor on call. A midwife visits several birthing centers each day.

Programs with Big Impact In addition to better macroeconomic conditions, important health programs seeded decades ago are now bearing fruit. Family planning, spearheaded by the government with additional support from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) has slashed birth rates. In 1975, women in Bangladesh had an average of 6.3 children. Now the fertility rate is 2.3, compared with 2.6 in India, according to the 2011 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey. Wide availability of contraceptives through government workers and NGOs, combined with economic empowerment of women and greater health awareness, contributes to controlling population. Outside a village clinic run by the Naifa Maruf Foundation an hour from the southern city of Khulna, 22-year-old Mukta Begum spoke about her 3-year-old son, who was being treated for intestinal worms. Even with a group of men listening, Mukta said she used an IUD for birth control. Across the country, women mentioned contraceptives — from pills to injectables — without batting an eyelash. Another program with far-reaching impact is the government’s child immunization program, which started in the late 1970s and intensified in 1985. Vaccination coverage has steadily risen since then. Only trained medical personnel can administer vaccines, but both educated and uneducated workers spread the word among the poor about the importance of the vaccinations. Lower-rung government and NGO community health workers and volunteers reach the poor through home visits in villages and slums, encouraging mothers to visit vaccination camps and clinics. Dr. S.A.J. Musa, director of primary care in Bangladesh’s ministry of health, said accessibility, strong local monitoring, and community involvement have all contributed to the program’s success. “Now in the community, mothers ask, ‘When will you conduct vaccinations?’” he said.

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Gujarat goes to Supreme Court to keep its endangered lions Relocating India’s Asiatic lions could help spread the small population — or it might put the endangered big cats at risk. about 40 tigers to poachers over the five years leading up to the relocation. Moreover, the relocated tigers had various problems adjusting to the new territory — resulting in dangerous clashes between the cats. For the Asiatic lion, the stakes may be even higher. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the only surviving population of Asiatic lions has grown too large for the Gir Forest National Park, a 540-square mile preserve in southwestern Gujarat. As a result, around 100 lions live outside the preserve’s boundaries, where they risk conflict with humans as the state modernizes. Meanwhile, WWF argues, having all the remaining Asiatic lions in one location is itself dangerous, as it leaves the entire population vulnerable to an epidemic. The Supreme Court found those arguments convincing. In an April 15 judgment, the court ruled that some of Gujarat’s lions would have to be relocated to Madhya Pradesh within six months’ time. “We are of the view that the various decisions taken by the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) that the Asiatic Lion should have a second home to save it from extinction due to catastrophes like epidemic, large forest fire etc., which could result in extinction, is justified,” the court said, according to India’s Hindu newspaper. But according to the state of Gujarat and to Wildlife SOS, that decision was founded on a faulty premise. Gujarat pointed out in its petition that the presence of tigers in the location selected for the lions in Madhya Pradesh could spell disaster, for instance. Meanwhile, in its own survey of the Gir population, Wildlife SOS found that the lions were ranging far enough from one another that the threat of an epidemic is unlikely. “We found that the lions are now spread across 10,000 square kilometers [3,800 square miles], not 1,400 square kilometers [540 square miles]. So the argument that they are all in one forest and could be killed by an epidemic is not relevant,” Satyanarayan said.

By Jason Overdorf - The western state of Gujarat has appealed to India’s Supreme Court in a bid to hold on to its small pride of endangered Asiatic lions. The neighboring state of Madyha Pradesh won permission in April to relocate a limited number of the big cats from their habitat in Gujarati forests to a wildlife sanctuary across the state border — but Gujarat’s government says the move could put the animals at further risk. “Top carnivores have never been successfully translocated,” the state said in a petition filed last month, according to the Times of India. That may be overstating the case, but it’s correct in principle, Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of the India-based, non-profit conservation group Wildlife SOS, told GlobalPost. “We looked into case studies from across the world and we concluded that translocation is difficult,” Satyanarayan said in a telephone interview.

In fact, the NGO found that only 16 percent of animal relocations proved successful. In other cases, relocated animals were killed by locals or wildlife officials after they preyed on livestock or attacked people, they fought their way back to their original homes, or they were killed in fights for territory in their new locations, Satyanarayan said. Already, conservationists have argued that a previous attempt to relocate tigers to Panna National Park, which is also in Madhya Pradesh, put those animals in unnecessary danger. When the authorities pushed through that relocation, it was unclear that Panna had eliminated the poaching problems that may have killed off the park’s original tiger population, critics alleged. As GlobalPost reported at the time, Panna had lost

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Aishwarya-Abhishek to come together for Masoom remake Himesh Reshammiya has quietly negotiated for the remake rights of Shekhar Kapur’s 1983 classic film Masoom which starred Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. The film established Shekhar Kapur as a formidable filmmaking force. Now 30 years later, Reshammiya has bought the remake rights of Masoom from the original producers Chanda Dutt and Devi Dutt. The remake will be directed by Bedobrata Pain, whose historical drama Chittagong last year received critical acclaim. According to a very reliable source, Abhishek and Aishwarya have agreed in principle to be in the remake.

Pran Cremated in Mumbai Legendary actor Pran, who passed away last month, was cremated on July 13 at the Shivaji Park electric crematorium in Mumbai in the presence of family members and Bollywood stars. He was 93. Present at the funeral were Gulzar, Karan Johar, Shakti Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, Salim Khan, Raj Babbar, Amitabh Bachchan and many others. The late actor is survived by his wife Shukla, sons Arvind and Sunil, daughter Pinky and grandchildren. Pran was known for his wonderful performances in movies like Zanjeer, Johnny Mera Naam, Gumnaam, Kashmir Ki Kali and many more. He made over 350 films. He was also recently honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award. On his popular blog, Amitabh Bachchan reflected on the death of his friend Pran. “A gentleman of the finest order .. an admirable colleague .. a thorough professional .. a master of disguise in the characters he played .. a delightful companion after ‘office hours’ .. and a considerate human. Pran Saheb! We don’t make the likes of them anymore …”

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Doobara Releases in August Akshay Kumar, Bollywood’s favorite action star has been making waves since announcing his new Avatar in the sequel film Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobaara. Kumar has been traveling the globe talking about the film. The film depicts the gang wars of the 80’s era in Mumbai and Kumar plays a baddie in the film. Commenting on his villainous role, he said, “Bad is the New Good. I am not trying to glorify a bad lead character; it is just a character I am playing. Not many actors agree to play a negative role.” He previously played a villain in the film Ajnabee. The film is a villain’s love story. Despite the negative hue in his character, Kumar seems to be concentrating more on romance than his usual action-packed stunts in the film. Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara releases on August 15, 2013.

IIFA 2014 to be Held in Florida The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards which took place in Macau this year will be shifting to the United States next year. The Academy announced that the awards’ U.S. debut will be in Tampa Bay, Florida in 2014. The organizers recognize that Indian films are immensely popular in the States and the affluent Indian community would be very supportive of the awards ceremony. The organizers plan on hosting the event by starting off the festivities by converting a baseball stadium into a cricket stadium that will feature a match between celebrities and cricketers. Apart from this, next year’s award ceremony will also see performances from noted Hollywood personalities. The dates have yet to be finalized.

Govinda teams up with Akshay for Thupakki remake Govinda seems to have been in the shadows of late. But never fear, the star is slated to return with a slew of projects over the next couple of years. He recently signed on for Pahlaj Nihalani’s Avatar and Yash, and YRF’s Kill Dil. The actor will also be seen alongside Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the remake of the film Thupakki. The film is directed by AR Murugadoss and produced by Vipul Shah.

Sharman Joshi to play Exorcist in 1920 London

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Known for his funny guy roles, Sharman Joshi was recently seen in a simple role of a Parsi man in the movie Ferrari Ki Sawaari. Joshi now seems keen to work in the horror genre, as he will be seen as the male lead in the upcoming

Saif Ali Khan, who recently experimented with India’s first ever zom-com Go Goa Gone, will soon be doing a crazy comedy caper. The film titled Humshakals will be directed by Sajid Khan and Khan will have a triple role in it. Coproduced by Fox Star Studios and Vashu Bhagnani’s Puja Entertainment, Humshakals, will also feature two other male leads, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh, who will also have triple roles. 20

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By Kirit Shukla Song: Jahān dāla dāla par ... Film: Sikandar-e-Azam (1965) Music: Hansrāj Behl Singers: Mohammad Rafi / Lyrics: Rajender Krishna Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Yaman Kalyān Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Mumtāz, Prithvirāj kapoor, Dārāsingh

Hansrāj Behl (1916 – 1984) Hansrāj Behl, a music composer of the popular song “Mohabbat Zindā rehti Hai,” (film Changez Khan 1957), was born on November 19, 1916 in Ambala, Punjab. At a young age he began composing melodies in classically based tunes with Punjabi rhythms. He loved to play live music as an accompaniment to local dramas and stage shows. He was trained in music by Chunnilāl. When Behl arrived in Mumbai in 1944, he was introduced to Prithvirāj Kapoor and gave his first trial at the Bombay talkies. He scored music for the movie Pujāri in 1946 which was directed by Ardeshir B. Irāni, who made India’s first talkie (sound film) Alam Ara, ending the silent movie era in 1931. Behl created his own trends in music for Hindi and Punjabi films as well as non-filmy songs. He was successful and became popular for giving film music from 1947 thru 1960 and scored music for more than 60 films. Later he continued to compose music for films, but never achieved his earlier success. Singers like Shamshād Begum, Geetā Dutt, Rafi, Latā Mangeshkar, Suraiyā,Talat Mahmood, and Mukesh sang for him adding to his popularity. Behl passed away on May 20, 1984. Unfortunately, his name is mostly forgotten today.

Lyrics in English: Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, gurur devo Maheshwara, Gurur sākshāt Parabrahma, tasmai shri gurave namah. Jahān dāla dāla par sone ki chidyān karati hai baserā Vo Bharat desh hai merā Jahān satya, ahimsa aur Dharm kā pag-pag lagatā derā Vo Bharat desh hai merā Ye dharati vo jahān rishi muni japate Prabhu nāma ki mālā Jahān har bālaka eka Mohan hai aur Radha har ek bālā Jahān Suraj sabase pahale ākar dāle apanā pherā Vo Bharat desh hai merā Alabelon ki is dharati ke tyohār bhi hai alabele Kahin Diwali ki jagamag hai kahin hain Holi ke mele Jahān rāga rang aur hansi khushi kā chāro aur hai gherā Vo Bharat desh hai merā Jahān āsamān se bāte karate mandir aur Shivāle Jahān kisi nagar me kisi dvār par koi na tālā dāle Prema ki bansi jahān bajātā hai ye shām saverā Vo Bharat desh hai merā .. Meaning (Summary): The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru is Mahesh (Shiv), the Guru is the Para Brahma (The ultimate divine power); I bow down to that Guru. Where the golden sparrows dwell on every branches of the trees, that is my country India. The places where the Truth, Non-violence and religion reside on every steps, that is my country India (Bharat). This is the land where the saints recite the name of God, where every child is a Krishna and every girl is a Radha, where the Sun rises first and continues its rotations, that is my country India. The fascinating land has the fascinating festivals; may be Diwali somewhere and funfair of Holi at other places. Where all are surrounded by colors, music, happiness, that is my country India. Where the apexes of the temples and Shiva temples are talking to the sky, where no one locks doors in towns, the days and nights are playing the love tunes on the flute; that is my country India.

Some of his memorable movies: Chunariya (1948); Shaan, Khamosh Sipahi, Khiladi (1950); Rajput (1951); Moti Mahal, Apni Izzat (1952); Lal Pari, Dost (1954); Rajdhani (1956); Changez Khan (1957); Milan (1958); Bhangra, Do Lachhian (1959); Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh (1960); Sikandar E Azam, Rustom-E-Hind (1965); Do Aankhen (1974); Jatt Punjabi, Kunwara Mama (1979); Jatt Da Gandasa (1982); and so on. His last hit patriotic Hindi song (appropriate for India’s Independence Day): “Jahān dāla dāla par ...” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on this page. You can watch and listen to this song on YouTube. [Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love of Hindustani music.] Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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A Guru (teacher) in Hindustani Classical Music By Anita Kulkarni

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Guru is one who is regarded as having a great musical background knowledge, talent, wisdom, is authorized, is a master in the music field, and uses it to guide others (as the teacher). He/she uses various techniques for teaching, as well as his own intellect, and applies disciplinary rules for the disciple. Devotion, Dedication, and Determination together serve the purpose while teaching or learning this art. Music is nothing but concentration of mind. Music is God, it is better to surrender him whole-heartedly. One should know the main purpose if one wants to become a true Guru (teacher) or true Shishya (disciple). In this relationship, subtle and advanced knowledge is conveyed and received through the student’s respect, commitment, devotion, and obedience. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies. Guru should know and be able to understand and correct the weakness of his disciple; in addition, the Guru should give his best skill, take hard effort, and improve the talent level of his disciple. In olden days, the disciple had to live with and serve Guru for many years, and by Guru’s permission, he was trained and eligible for the classical knowledge. It was a difficult task to dedicate everything (family) and devote life only for music. Today, it is very hard to find a true Guru. Everyone wants to get this knowledge easily without much effort. The picture is changing dictated by lifestyles. The disciple is far from the highest pick of the art. Hindustani Classical music is a devotional and spiritual art. One should know the importance and enjoy teaching and learning. It is everyone’s duty to know whether both are on the right musical path. Today’s disciple is tomorrow’s Guru.

Carnatic Music- Mudras in Musical Compositions By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, this month we take up a new topic in Carnatic music - Mudras in musical compositions. The term mudra (in the context of music) means signatures; they are names that are introduced in the lyrics of a composition to reveal either the author of the composition, the raga, taala, etc. Mudras, while optional in a composition, are introduced in ways that maintain the beauty in the sahitya (lyrics). Mudras may be classified in many ways - those based on the signature of the composer are called Vaggeyakara mudra. In turn these mudras can be sub classified into - Svanama Mudra where the composer uses his own name in the signature. Examples include krithis by Tygaraja, Narayana Tirtha, Jayadeva, etc. In Itaranama mudra, the composer uses another name in his signature, such as the name of a Deity. For example Patna Subramanya Iyer used Venkatesha and Muthuswamy Dikshitar used Guruguha in their compositions. Mudras which incorporate the name of the raga in the sahitya of the composition are called Raga Mudras. A beautiful example of this is in the Tyagaraja krithi- “Mohana Rama” where the raga name (Mohana) is incorporated into the very first line of the composition. The composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar was a master at cleverly weaving raga names into his compositions. Perhaps, the best known example is his composition “Sree Saraswathi Namostute” where the raga name Arabhi is beautifully woven in the lyrics as-

Thaat in Hindustani Classical Music Dear Readers, you all might have familiar with the term Thaat, as explained in last essay, now continuing. Thaat is a specific set of notes, scale or swaras. According to old Indian classical music theory, the idea of mela or thaat was the same. There were 72 mela or thaat in Hindustani and Carnatic music. Around the 18th century, the new thaat theory was invented in Hindustani classical music. The maestro, Pt V N Bhatkhand dropped 72 mela or thaat into 10. It was described as mela around 1640 A.D. by the musicologist V N Bhatkhande. He visited many of the gharanas or traditions of Indian Classical music, and conducted a detailed analysis of the Indian Raga system, to come up with this set of ten thaats - this reflected a tradeoff between the degree of fit between a raga and its thaat, and the keeping the number of basic thaats small. Lat time, I’ve mentioned the name and scale of the swaras of 10 Thaats. Today, I’ll explain about a first basic thaat “Billawal.” Thaat Bilawal - Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Thaat Bilawal’s main raag is Bilawal. There are 7 shuddha/natural swaras in this thaat. The raag Bilawal is not popular, however a small variation & addition of komal Ni, in a raag called Alhaiya Bilawal is very common. This is a very melodious morning time raag. Raags in Bilawal Thaat – Durga, Bihag, Deshkar, Shankara, Hansdwani.

Samsara bhityapahe Meaning: You remove fear (“bhItya-ApahE”) of the cycle of birth and death (“samsAra”) Another such example is in the following line from the Dikshitar composition “Kamakshi” Kaumari kusuma dyuti Meaning: She is young Kumari (“kaumari”) with the lustre of flowers (“kusuma dyuti”) Here the raaga name Sumadyuti (as in the Dikshitar school of music) is woven within the fabric of the sahitya. There are instances where a raaga name occurs in the sahithya; however it is not a raaga mudra unless that name coincides with the raaga of the composition. The Shyama Shastri composition “Himadri sute” contains a reference to the raaga Kiravani; however this is not a raaga mudra since the composition is in the raaga Kalyani. Till we meet next time, do listen to the composition “Sree Saraswathi Namostute” and see if you can spot both the Vaggeyakara mudra (Guruguha) and the raaga mudra (Arabhi).

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Seeing these dancers so confidently and artfully performing in mid-air liberates and expands the notion of dance by literally adding another dimension to the experience. Traditions of tango, for example, can be joyfully recast with a relaxation of gravity’s stern dictates. And yet there is tremendous creativity with each of the handful of the company’s dances that I’ve seen being unique – united by top-notch aerial technique that provides tools to create on the dance canvas varying works. Brenda Angiel exhibited a genius of not just choreography but also of multimedia that perfectly supported her stunning 2005 piece, Air Condition. The dance was presented at the children’s matinee as well as in the evening shows and seemed to captivate young and old alike. Pilobolus and Paul Taylor Dance Company are regulars each year at ADF for good reason – they each have extensive bodies of work that strongly appeal and seem to always be fresh. One of the dances, esc, that Pilobolus performed at ADF this year was a collaboration with illusionists Penn & Teller. The marriage of magic, intrigue, Houdini, and, yes, contemporary dance, was certainly not a combination that I had previously imagined, but it was consistent with Pilobolus’ stretching of what can be done in dance. Paul Taylor has created 139 dances since 1954 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest living choreographers and one of the architects of modern dance. His company has appeared on public television in ten different programs, including this year’s Paul Taylor Dance Company in Paris. They tour extensively, having performed in over 520 cities in 62 countries. They were

If I always like art that I experience, perhaps I am not challenging myself enough or trying to expand my horizons. Some may argue a virtue of great art is that it can, in fact, engender widely differing feedback. After all, art is a reflection of our own values and backgrounds and one person’s joy can be another’s tedium. Sometimes there is “group think” particularly when at a recognized festival – the performers surely must be good – superlative – just for having been invited, no? In that regard, this ADF season has been no disappointment. I had less positive views about several troupes. Kyle Abraham brought his newest dance, Pavement, to ADF in late June. Based on John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz n the Hood, the dance is a jolting reminder about inner city violence. The highlight of the dance is when one dancer screams out – to us – “Help me! Please help me!” No solace is offered in the dramatized tough streets with police sirens wailing. But, to me, the rest of the dance was uninspiring. Recognizing a problem is the first step 30

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government will have to step back and allow the private sector more power in the market. “Scientific approaches are needed to ensure this year’s social and economic goals,” Li said, reiterating the government’s target growth of 7.5 percent this year. Yet even with these lowered expectations, the latest data have disappointed. In May of this year, China’s exports, industrial production, and lending data all fell below analyst predictions. In other words, the stool is starting to look shaky, and it’s unclear what Beijing can do to fix it. Take exports. With labor costs rising nearly 20 percent every year for a decade, China is no longer a low-cost paradise. Add in an aging workforce and an appreciating Yuan, and Chinese factories have become much less competitive. Labor intensive industries have begun to shift to Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand. Then there’s investment. China has long been the land of big government projects, especially after 2008, when Beijing deployed an estimated 4 trillion Yuan ($652 billion) in spending to ward off a slump from the financial crisis. The countryside exploded with new train stations, airports, and apartment complexes. Analysts say many of these projects were ill-conceived. And now that they are built, there’s even less the government can do to spur growth without risking additional waste. “Across the board you’ve got overcapacity. Overinvestment. What that translates into is bad debt,” says Patrick Chovanec, a longtime China watcher and chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management. “You can pump more money into the economy, but it’s getting less and less of a result.” Or take consumption. China’s middle class will eventually become the engine of its economy — as in America. But that transition is happening slowly, and insanely high housing prices in cities have suppressed people’s ability to spend. At the same time, any fall in the real estate market could be catastrophic.

SHENZHEN, China — To understand China’s economy today, a local financial journalist recently told me, you need to picture a stool with three legs. We were having dinner, and he took a toothpick and one of the chopsticks from a serving dish to demonstrate. One leg is investment, he said, propping up the chopstick. One is exports, he said, standing up the toothpick. And the other is consumption. But the investment leg is too big, he continued, the export leg is broken, and the consumption leg is just a stump. “The stool is very imbalanced,” he said. Simple as it is, this illustration gets at the heart of what’s worrying many people about the future of the world’s second largest economy. After 30 years of meteoric, double-digit GDP growth, China’s economy is at a crossroads. The main drivers — exports and infrastructure investment — have lost their punch. Meanwhile, low wages and high housing costs have made it impossible for Chinese consumers to fill the gap. As a result, China’s growth in 2012 fell to its slowest pace this century, and 2013 looks like it could be even slower. Last month, the International Monetary Fund lowered its projection to 7.75 percent growth from 8 percent, and UBS, Standard Chartered, and Bank of America have likewise lowered their predictions for the year. Michael Pettis, professor of finance at Peking University, sees an even darker scenario, saying in a recent newsletter that his “expectation for long-term growth is that it shouldn’t average much above 3-4 percent annually.” “Not only will China’s real GDP growth drop as China shifts towards a different growth engine, but it will drop even more as China is forced to recognize the hidden losses buried in its debt levels,” Pettis said. China’s leaders are well aware of these challenges, and have sought to manage expectations. In a speech at the end of May, Premier Li Keqiang told senior Communist Party officials that economic “complications are increasing,” and that the

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Congressional Curtain By Neal Patel Immigration May Lead to Conference on Capitol Hill In late June, the Senate voted to pass a sweeping new immigration reform policy for the first time in a generation. This plan, crafted by a bipartisan group of Senators known as the “Gang of Eight,” passed 68-32 and provides a thirteen-year path to citizenship for the eleven million unauthorized immigrants in the country. (For scale, the 2012 U.S. Census population estimate of North Carolina is 9.75 million people and the 2012 U.S. Census population estimate of South Carolina is 4.72 million people.) In addition the Senate addressed having tougher border security provisions that must be in place before these immigrants can gain legal status. After passing the Senate, the legislation was sent to the House. However, Speaker of the House John Boehner was quoted as saying, “Through all the conversations that have occurred, with my own members, with Democrat members, it’s clear that dealing with this in bite-sized chunks that members can digest and the American people can digest is the smartest way to go. And so I’m much more concerned about doing it right than I am in meeting some deadline.” Basically, the House would not take up the comprehensive immigration reform plan the Senate sent over. The House has its own immigration priorities it wants to see addressed and will craft its own legislation to reflect them. The Speaker stated the concern of his body will be securing the border and enforcing already-existing immigration laws first. It appears both chambers of Congress are far from reaching common ground and accepting each other’s legislation. So how does Washington work through this gridlock? Enter the conference committee. For a bill to become a law, it must pass in the exact same form in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The reality of this process can lead to the ultimate game of legislative ping pong between the House and Senate. Sometimes differences are ironed out quickly via an amendment which one chamber may pass and the other may concur with on the merits. More times than not, the method for reaching agreement is known as the conference. Participants of the conference are known as conferees. These conferees are chosen by the leaders of each body. In the House, the Speaker names the conferees and relies on such factors as to whether the conferee is on the committee of jurisdiction and is a principal proponent of the legislation’s major provisions. Likewise, in the Senate, the Majority Leader names the conferees while following most of the same criteria for conferee selections. Minority parties in both chambers are also represented in the conference. When a conference agreement is reached, it is memorialized in a “conference report” which must be considered and approved by both the House and Senate. The House requires the report to be filed at least three calendar days before it is to be considered. This way all Members have ample time to read over it before casting a vote on it. Also, the

rules require a majority of the conferees to sign the report for it to be presented to the House. If, after the presentation, a Member objects to the report, it may offer a motion to recommit. If that Member’s motion is adopted, then the conference must meet again and a new report must be filed before consideration. If no Member objects to the report or if an objection fails to garner support then a vote to adopt the report occurs. Keep in mind, the report may not be amended on the floor. The conference report is a great tool to use to hammer out a compromise on big measures. Various stakeholders representing constituencies across the country can implement reform affecting the entire nation on a single issue. A single issue that is big enough to encompass the entire nation and politicians on both sides of the aisle. An issue that both sides agree needs to be fixed, but both sides propose radically different ways to do so. In today’s world, that issue is immigration. Stay tuned as the issue unfolds later this year and see if the conference is employed as a method to solve the differences our country shares.


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The Chai Table Saathee Readers Forum Moral Monday Madness Matters By Dhruv Pathak By the sound of the title you may be wondering what that even means, what is a “Moral Monday?” We in the Desi community must be wondering even harder because the last time I checked “Monday is the most moral of all the days is that not true?” True as it may be this is not the reason I’m writing this piece. Our state of North Carolina has undergone a major legislative change, in that we have elected for the first time in 100 years, where the majority of the state legislature and the Governor are both Republicans. That may be seem a little confusing to most who only pay attention to current national politics and know what the policies are in NC. For the simplicity of the message I am trying to convey, let us say that NC is a predominately conservative state, now imagine the United States voting Republican nationally. Our last ten elections, except 1976 and 2008, have gone to the republican candidates, who support limited government and individual rights. The democrats or “liberals” stand for a more regulated economy, central government with welfare benefits and unions. What is the importance of the Republican takeover of the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA)? In reality the policies of the “polar” opposite parties have been very similar in the past. One major difference this time around is the fact that the Grand Old Party, (GOP) have a majority in the NCGA so most of the legislation will get passed unimpeded. The legislation has come in the forms of budget cuts for lower and higher education, cuts in unemployment benefits and obstruction of voting rights. So what is Moral Monday? Here is a little background on what started these weekly protests in Raleigh, a few weeks after Pat McCrory’s inauguration. He, along with the rest of the NCGA, announced a proposed bill that would make it harder for college students to vote, otherwise known as Senate Bill 667. This bill makes it so that the parents cannot claim their child as an exemption if they choose not to vote where their parent lives, this according to (official site of the NCGA). This caused an outcry within the college community. Previously another bill was introduced known as Bill 666, which would not only cut down early voting days but also the number of precincts that offer early voting. On top of all of this there is a prohibition of “dependency deductions”; which simply just means if you have a kid voting with a different address you lose a $2,500 dollar exemption. The galvanizing of the constituents began at a small rally in Greensboro near the campus of NC Agricultural and Technical University (NC A & T). This action was organized by the Political Action chair of the university’s NAACP (National American Advancement of Colored People) Kyle Keith and Tyler Swanson, members of that chapter. This small but essential action was attended and led by the President of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, Dr. Reverend William J. Barber II and Wesley Morris, leader at the Beloved Community Center. Dr. Barber, a key organizer in the Historic Thousand on Jones Street Coalition, HKonJ. HKonJ is a rally of

thousands of people who are against the poverty levels in NC, against the poor funding of lower and higher education, and many other issues outlined in their 14-points. So naturally the NAACP figured it was time for change in NC and so they called for a civil rights era type of direct action in which brought fellow members of the clergy to Raleigh, NC to sing prayers and protest the legislation coming out of the NCGA. The first so called wave of these came on April 29th with around 50 people there, 10 clergy and two students participated in the Civil Disobedience and were arrested. This was the humble beginnings to a movement now known around the nation. Since then it has been; “Forward together not one step back.” The NACCP, for over two months, has organized these actions which brings light to the agenda of the NCGA. In the earlier stages of these actions everything would happen in front of the legislative building in Raleigh on Jones Street, but these gatherings have become so large that they have been moved to the Halifax Mall which is off the streets and behind the actual building. These actions are very reminiscent of the 1960’s civil rights movement in that there are claps of praise and songs of praise with a message of hope for the sacred light at the end of the tunnel. Dr. Barber, much like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., decries the disparaging of government officials such as the police, much like the message that Dr. King reiterated time and time again, which was use love not hate. I am a new organizer and find that this couldn’t have come at a better time because I tend to lose faith very easily. It is refreshing to see that the people of my state that I love so dearly are finally standing up. These actions have been orchestrated magnificently and keep my willingness to keep working for what I believe is best for North Carolina. The group I work with is the North Carolina Student Power Union, NCSPU. We launched an all-out campaign against the regressive budget cuts put out by the NCGA; for example proposing cutting $135 million from the University of North Carolina school system, cutting financial aid for 8,000 students and a huge increase in tuition for out of state students. The day we focused on for the culmination of our work was May Day known internationally as International Workers Day on May 1st. At 1:30 our rally started on the campus of NC State which was started with some speeches by various people from various groups who also opposed this legislation. From there we marched up Hillsborough Street into downtown Raleigh with intentions of reaching the Legislative building as our destination. The energy that I felt at this march, which had close to 350 people in attendance, was indescribable. I have never been so overcome by such an exterior force. I felt so empowered that I completely forgot that I had been marching for almost four hours whilst relentlessly yelling at the top of my lungs. When we came to the end of the march on Jones Street in front of the legislative building, I and four friends unraveled a banner which we had created. It simple read “We demand a future.” The significance of the five of us holding the banner was to create a clear delineation from the rest of the group because we all intended to participate in an act of civil disobedience. For weeks we all knew that we were going to participate in an act of civil disobedience. This term was coined by Henry David Thoreau and he simply defined it as a refusal to obey a law in order to convey a message of disapproval towards an entity such as a government. In our case our civil


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Dr. Sagan was a brilliant scientist grounded in growing and evolving scientific knowledge. But science fiction is or can be just as inspiring as known scientific facts. Maybe even more so.


I was awestruck by watching episodes of Star Trek on our little 19” TV in the mid-70s. I’ve been a lover of sci-fi ever since. What magical worlds must exist in other parts of the galaxy? Star Trek was an evolutionary gem. Then of course there was Star Wars, but Trek remains a favorite. Amidst the rotating cast of aliens and adventures in far flung places in Star Trek, the underlying theme was about exploring, about philosophy, about what makes us human and the quest to become better humans. As Capt. Picard once noted, we work to better ourselves.

By Samir Shukla It’s all a trek

A recent hike, let’s call it a trek, through the North Carolina woods revealed some of the odd life forms that inhabit our world. Exotic bugs and plants, trees that spread their gnarled branches in all directions were scattered around the trail. Even the darting birds seemed strange on that day, acting like illustrated creatures We wander in the mountains, on sidewalks in our in a comic book, flying and diving back and forth among the branches and the vegetation. The alien-like bugs and crawlers neighborhoods, on beaches and deserts, we also seek ways to get off the planet, en masse, and head out to the cosmos. evoked miniature images of aliens in science fiction films. Later, gazing at the star-littered sky on a warm summer night, I felt like a kid who could have leapt really high with a single, full-bodied thrust upward and wound up floating among the celestial objects. Up there. Beyond the boundaries of our planet. Well, it felt that way for a moment. It was a moment that I’ve experienced and relished countless times on countless starry nights. Whether on frigid winter nights or humid summer nights, when the clouds are sparse and the vastness of the cosmos is unfurled above, one can’t help wonder and dream of making a trek to the stars.

Even the most jaded landlubbers would love to take a hike in space, a trek into the unknown. It’s known that Mars will support human colonies someday. So will the moon.

Science has taught us of the mysteries and the curiosities – black holes, giant gaseous planets, nebulae, dwarf stars – it’s a growing list. Science fiction delivers even more. We learn, evolve, search, and strive, making science fiction science fact. The gadgets invented in films and novels are becoming items used on a daily basis. What are cell phones and microwaves but The first space frontier to conquer is of course our own solar gadgets dreamed up by sci-fi writers of the past? system, which is so close in celestial measures yet so What seemed like fantasy while watching Star Trek inaccessible for all but a tiny handful who may board starships episodes is becoming reality. Yeah, it’s only a matter of time in the near future and visit our close neighbors. No child on the before some genius figures out how to build a warp drive. Such planet escapes the wonder of a starry night. No human with any sense of curiosity remains disinterested at the mysteries of are the imaginations and yearnings of humans. what lays outside our comfortable, wet planet. There’s always In the realm of science fiction revelatory shows like Star the moon playing hide and seek within the clouds. On nights Trek and films like Star Wars, Avatar, and myriad others beckon when it is full, daring us to grab it and play ball with it. us to dream. But it’s not only about dreaming. It’s about going Constellations reward persistent skygazers. The jewels of the there, out there. night sky have inspired common folks to become poets, A steady stream of imaginative science fiction films wonderers. The glow of a midnight moon has rekindled continue to inspire minds, while space vehicles sent hurtling countless lovers’ passions gone stale. into space and little rovers sent to the moon and mars increase It’s not a question of how can we get out there. It’s a matter of when. Up there. Beyond the boundaries of our planet. How can we, the restless explorers, wanderers and seekers of the planet bounce off the surface of our known world into the other worlds, out there, in the cosmos? The possibilities have inspired scientists and science fiction writers alike. The naked eye can see just a fraction of a fraction of the solar system and stars in the universe. We’ve only recently begun to send into space machines and rockets to visit nearby neighbors in our little solar system, a world tucked away in an unfathomably large galaxy.

the knowledge. We understand our limitations but our capabilities are open ended. The sky is the limit, as the cliché goes. Each life is a trek, whether hiking through our own emotions, or exploring unknown realms. Through the unknowns of the cosmos, through our own emotions, turmoil and life’s ups and downs, we hurtle through space on our little blue spaceship, on a constant galactic trek.

Both Dr. Carl Sagan and Capt. Jean Luc Picard inspire people in their own unique manners, but they are philosophical We are learning so much more about our own existence brethren, always searching for the truth, and looking for a trek, among the myriad worlds in the galaxy from scientists. out there, somewhere. An early inspirer for me was Dr. Carl Sagan and his book and TV show “Cosmos.” His simple yet elegant explanations of our current understanding of the universe made me aware of our infinitesimal existence. What inconsequential creatures we are. Samir Shukla We try to conquer the Earth, ravage our own lands and resources, is the editor of Saathee magazine. contact - but we can be so easily extinguished if a giant rock hurtling through space crashes into our world. We are constantly bombarded by space dust, and as Dr. Sagan so succinctly put it on his show, we are made of star stuff.


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What is the longest word in the English language? Smiles (there’s a mile between the first and last letter)

Word World

What is the center of gravity? V

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What has to be broken before it can be used? An egg


What is in the middle of nowhere? H


What has a foot on each side and one in the middle? A yardstick What happened in the middle of the 20th Century that will not happen again for 4,000 years? A year like the year of 1961, which reads the same upside down.This will not happen again until the year 6009.

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once. Use all letters for the subject word Krishna 16 words = Excellent; 6 to 15 words = Good; 5 or less needs to improve.

What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks? Fire What grows up while growing down? Agoose

Riddles Riddles Riddles A boy buys a fishing pole that is 6’ 3” long. As he goes to get on the bus, the bus driver tells him that he can’t take anything on the bus longer than 6’. The boy goes back to town, buys one more thing and the bus driver allows him on the bus. What did he buy and what did he do with it? He bought a 6’ long box. He put the fishing pole in diagonally and the entire package was only 6’!

What goes up and down without moving? Stairs What gets whiter the dirtier it gets? A blackboard or chalkboard What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don’t want to use it? An ancho.

What weighs more—a ton of feathers or a ton of gold? They weigh exactly the same, one ton each, when you use the same weight standard; however, gold is traditionally measured in Troy weight, which is 13 ounces to the pound instead of 16, so a ton of feathers, weighing 16 ounces, would actually be heavier!

What do you serve that you cannot eat? A tennis ball

Scientists have proven that cats have more hair on one side then their other side. Some people believe that this is because when cats lay on their side they need insulation from the cold on the floor or ground. Which side of a cat has more hair? The outside, of course!

What do the numbers 11, 69, and 88 all have in common? They read the same right side up and upside down.

At railroad crossing, look for the cars. Can you spell all that without any R’s? Yes, “all that!”

What can pass before the sun without making a shadow? The wind

What can you catch but not throw? A cold

What can go up a chimney down, but can’t go down a chimney? An umbrella.

What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour? The letter M

What can burn the eyes, sting the mouth, yet be eaten? Salt

What kind of rocks are on the bottom of the Mississippi River? Wet rocks


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Ancient traditions of many cultures incorporate four basic “building blocks” of life: earth, air, water and fire and these words appear in many metaphors and other nonliteral expressions. Our last three columns have featured idioms and metaphors using three of these and, fittingly enough for August, we will look at ways that fire (and related terms such as heat, sparks and flame are used in American English.

g. Send information out immediately h. Go ahead and ask a lot of questions i. A very difficult first experience. j. If the pressure is too much for you, you should leave the situation. k. Being intensely criticized

Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use fire, heat, sparks and flame? 1

l. Intense and hostile. m. To stir up negative feelings and actions.

1. He fired off an email to his grandparents as soon as he received his college admission letter._____

n. Created a strong attaction. o. Makes a bad situation worse.

2. Their debating team practices all year so we’ll fight fire with fire and so the same. _____

p. With great energy and determination. q. In a tie; exactly together.

3. Their proposals are coming under fire from many citizen groups. ____

r. Doing too many things at once. s. To be extremely successful, famous or exciting.

4. If you make risky investments, remember that those who play with fire get burned! _____

t. Rapidly and with force.

5. He is approaching the job interview with fire in his belly. _____

Suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: Read political columns, editorials and news reports about government and legislative activities and listen to your favorite news commentators. How many of these expressions can you find?

6. You don’t have to set the world on fire here. Just do a good job. _____ 7. After the announced reorganization many people began actively job hunting because where there’s smoke, there’s fire. ____

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8. No wonder we’re losing good teachers! Not giving raises and then cutting out teacher aides just adds fuel to the fire! _____ 9. His first teaching job at an inner city high school was a baptism by fire. _____

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Immigration Matters USCIS Redesigns Replacement Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in July began issuing redesigned certificates for citizenship and naturalization for individuals who request replacement certificates (Form N-561, Replacement Certificate of Citizenship, and Form N-570, Replacement Certificate of Naturalization). The replacement certificates incorporate stateof-the-art technology to help deter counterfeiting, prevent tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. Additionally, USCIS employs a new and more secure printing process for the certificates to further prevent tampering. These improvements are part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to produce secure documents and enhance the integrity of the immigration system. Since 2010, USCIS has redesigned the Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550), Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) and Employment Authorization Document (Form I-765) with enhanced security features. USCIS will continue to make enhancements as technology improves. Although the look and feel of the documents is new, the process of applying for and receiving them will not change. Previously issued certificates will remain valid.

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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich

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As I started to think about some dances for Dances of India 2014 show, it was obvious to me the beautiful way dance, sculpture and yoga are interwoven. The deep and abiding ideals of philosophy and aesthetics on which the classical dances have been built have also profoundly influenced the allied arts of sculpture, metal casting, and painting, and of course Yoga in India. The temples very naturally became the centers not only of religious worship but also of art and learning. Sanskrit language was studied by the few, who gained knowledge of the high philosophical precepts by learning the Vedas, Puranas and other sacred books. But art was meant for all, and through it, Hindu religious thought and philosophy were conveyed to all classes of society. To make these abstract theological teachings simpler to be understood by the average person, symbols were created which clarified the inner meaning of these teachings. And there developed a great art and culture wherein the perplexing, highly ethical philosophies were put into concrete explicit form, thus reaching everyone at all levels of caste system and all levels of philosophical intellectuality. Hindu religion and the epics also played its part in inspiring the craftsmen, who meditated on these symbolic stories of God’s divine perfection and revelations and incorporated these concepts into their marvelous sculptures. It followed then that the art of the dance with its expressive forms of rhythmic movement and dramatic content, as well as the mystic symbolic divine dances representing the various aspects of God, became the subject of some of the most beautiful sculptures. Few years ago we visited the “Thousand Pillared Temple” in Hanumakonda, Andra Pradesh. We could not believe the unparalleled excellence of the architect. One can literally see in the many pillared halls of the temples throughout India, hundreds of examples of the magnificence of the mental images that sculptors of old must have drawn upon for the many dance sculptures they created. As I thought it will be interesting to substantiate this with some representative examples, I had to read some books on sculptures in India to gather some dates from Indian history. During the Buddhist period (500 B.C. to about A.D. 6), and in what is called the Classic Age (2nd century A.D. to about the 8th century A.D.), in spite of injunctions against family members studying, performing or encouraging the dance, both the sculptures and frescoes bear witness to the popularity of the art. We find fine examples of dance sculptures at several places such as Bharhut, Amaravati, Aurangabad, Ajanta, Ellora, Khandagiri and Udayagiri rock-cut cave temples. Many sculptures on the pillars show dance figures and the Karanas (dance poses). My most favorite place of all is the Chidambaram Temple in Chennai. At the age five, this is where my innermost desire to start dancing has begun. When I saw the majestic and famed


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When your Passions Aren’t Socially Acceptable: By a US-Born Indian Pop Singer By Rimi Basu In 2005, I dropped out of medical school in the Unites States and ran away to India to pursue a career in Indian music, using whatever contacts I could gather and trusting in God. My goal was to be an Indian pop star, an Indian version of Britney Spears. I told my highly conservative parents that I would go to India for just one month, “to explore.” I ended up living there for three years, working on a music album that seemed to never end. On the other side of the world, my parents, who had immigrated to the US 30 years before, were in a state of disbelief at the fact that I was “living alone in India”, calling me every day to make sure I was alive and asking me when I would come home and re-join medical school like a normal Indian kid. I had received admission into a prestigious MD/PhD program, an offer that seemed like the best thing on Earth for them – and which seemed like a 12-year imprisonment for me. My parents were justified in their worries about me living in India– In the less-than-wholesome world I had found myself in, it was commonplace to be approached by industry professionals who promised “they would help in whatever way they could” before they strung you along for months. I saw firsthand how the media industry norm was to use sex as a form of currency, for those women who did not have enough money (which was most Indian women). It was a world where a non-resident Indian girl coming to India to do music was like a gold mine for the greedy, money-minded industry. It was a world that was extremely slow and languorous, because Indians love to take their time and don’t always believe in honoring appointments. I faced many ups and downs along the journey, needless to say - but I finally completed my first album, as well as cofounded a music company and worked with an array of renowned Indian musicians and composer, touring and performing in cities throughout the Indian subcontinent. All this wasn’t cutting it for my parents, though – I came from a family of PhDs who were strongly devoted to academia and higher education. My mother had ranked 1st in her school 44 times in a row in her childhood, among other accomplishments – it would be a travesty for her daughter to have anything less than a Master’s degree! We finally made a compromise – I would pursue a graduate degree, but in business), instead of medicine. Studying for the GMAT in India in tandem with working on my next album, I gained admission to one of the world’s top business programs, INSEAD, and spent the next year traveling and studying between France, Singapore, and the US, visiting countries almost everywhere in between. Throughout, I found ways to market and perform my music in different cities in concurrence with my rigorous academic studies. Somehow or another, I found a balance between what my family wanted and what I wanted. One thing that is not encouraged in the Indian family/society is adventure or uncertainty of any sort. First generation Indian


parents immigrated to the US years ago with the sole purpose of obtaining a secure financial situation, which could not be guaranteed in the perilous and unpredictable Indian economy. Then, for their children to undo all of those years of hard work in building a life in the States by going back to India and pursuing a career in the most unsecure, unstable industry in the world was like a crime. Instilled in most Indian-American children is their parents’ life story. Factored into all our life decisions is much more than just our own passions – we must take into account a complex set of factors – the sacrifices our parents made to raise us in the US; the sacrifices they made to please their own parents; the fear of failure and dishonor to our family’s reputations; the compulsion to follow in the footsteps of our ancestry and build upon the family wealth; the obligation to support our families and parents financially, etc. If our parents’ lives can be summed up in one word, it is sacrifice, and if ours can be summed up in one word, it is guilt. From choosing who we want to marry to choosing our career path, each step we take is intrinsically lined with guilt to some degree. I am an advocate for taking the less-traveled path, but not because it is easy by any means. That path is eventful. It taught me to live alone and depend on myself – as well as provided me with hundreds of crazy and funny stories that I can now share and remember with fondness. More importantly, it helped me discover the esoteric truth and meaning for my life, a truth that is unique to each one of us. In the last five years I have been straddling between life in the USA and life in India, and straddling between the pressures of the legacy/expectations of my family and my own urge to be something different. At times that legacy has kept an otherwise impulsive woman stable, and at other times it has made me feel stifled. If I could go back in time, there are many things I would have done differently, many decisions that would have been different. But one decision I never regretted was leaving medical school to make that first trip to India, which changed the entire direction of my life and made me discover a new part of myself. Am I the same person I was when I first went to India to become a “pop star”? No, not at all. The meaning of “pop star” has evolved and matured. The journey has forced me to tear through labels and find out what that really means to me. I’ve discovered that on the path to your passion, there are no shortcuts and no one who can tell you what your passion is more than yourself. I’ve discovered that as long as you don’t lose yourself in the advice and pressures you get all around you, the rest will fall into place. Remember, finding yourself is the lifelong journey and the end goal. It occurs to me that some people can’t relate to my story. They feel passionate about IT or engineering or consulting, which also falls in line with society’s and family’s expectations, and it all works out. While in medical school, I saw people like this myself, who genuinely loved medicine and were there because they were fascinated with learning every single bone and morsel of the human body and its mechanism. For them, perhaps this story is not as relevant, because they found and followed their passions relatively easily. But for those who are craving something more than the status quo - whose minds travel to faraway places and love to weave dreams – let this story inspire you in some way; if nothing else, to give those dreams a small place in your reality and then see where in the world they can take you. August 2013


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Otherwise, this birthing center is staffed by Asiyah Begum, a petite woman in her 40s with a sixth-grade education. A traditional birth attendant for 20 years before joining the BRAC center five years ago, she estimates she has delivered 300 babies over the years. Tariqul Alam Khan, the doctor who oversees the center, says traditional birth attendants are trained in what not to do. Superstition and misinformation is common among traditional birth attendants, and practices used to include inducing retained placentas by gagging a woman with hair or pushing her belly with a rope. With support from UNICEF, almost 200 health facilities in Bangladesh have received better training in emergency obstetric care since 2000. However, that is still not enough. There is still a dearth of hospitals and trained doctors, nurses, paramedics, and midwives. It is very hard to retain personnel in rural areas. More poor women in Bangladesh are giving birth at health facilities, but more than 70 percent still deliver at home. Of those, only 3 percent have trained assistance during childbirth. Smiling Sun, a chain of 23 affordable clinics in Bangladesh focusing on maternal and child health, is trying to change that statistic. Even in cities, it is an uphill battle to get poor women to give birth in professional facilities. But more women are coming to Smiling Sun, especially for childbirth complications. At one Smiling Sun clinic in a bright, modern three-story building in Dhaka, deliveries have doubled in the last five years, says I.F.M. Mostaque, Smiling Sun’s project director. Last year, Mostaque said, 300 babies were delivered here by Caesarean section, and nearly 200 were delivered by natural birth. The Last Mile Challenges to reduce child deaths increase in hard-to-reach parts of Bangladesh, especially in the east, which lags behind in a range of health indicators, from birth control to immunization, said Arifeen, the doctor at icddr,b. In northeast Bangladesh, in the wetland villages of Sylhet District, farmers are busy harvesting rice from lush green paddies. Although the monsoon season is still months away, canals are expanding. In a couple of months these fields will be covered with water, and thatched huts built on elevated mounds of land will be accessible only by boat. Inaccessibility means contraception is also less frequently used in this area. In remote villages across the wetlands, women have as many as 10 children, notes Abdul Mannan, a manager with Save the Children. Maternal and child mortality rates are also higher here. The fertility rate in Sylhet District is 3.1, compared with the national average of 2.3. But water ambulances deployed by Save the Children and funded by USAID are helping health workers and paramedics work around geographic barriers. Rayhen Uddin drives a boat that serves as a water ambulance, commanding a blue wooden vessel whose simple cabin holds two examination tables for babies and expectant mothers. Uddin, 29, can drive the boat as far as 15 kilometers during the rainy season to take a mother to health facilities on the mainland. One morning last year, Uddin got a call on his mobile phone about a woman in Shirpur Village who was hemorrhaging. Mobile phone usage has exploded across Bangladesh. Nearly half of the population now has access to fixed and mobile phones, improving access to medical care across the country.


By the time Uddin arrived in Shirpur, the woman had lost so much blood she looked blue, he recalled. But he managed to get her to the hospital, and both mother and baby survived. In spite of weak spots, change continues across Bangladesh. This change is evident in expectant mothers like Maskora Khaton, who lives in Siriganj Village, in Sylhet. The 20 year-old is eight months pregnant, and her mother-in-law and a young female friend are sitting together on a large bed, getting antenatal care advice from Tripti Deb, a community health worker. Deb sits cross-legged and holds a clean delivery kit as she explains how to use its contents. Khaton, who has a fifth-grade education, welcomes the advice and says the clean delivery kit will be useful. She plans to use a skilled birth attendant, not a traditional one. When asked why, she simply replies, “Everybody has a choice.” Jahara Khaton, her 55-year-old mother-in-law, remembers that when she was young, expectant mothers had no such counseling. “It is all new,” the mother of five says. “When we were young, it was difficult to discuss such things.” Back in Dhaka, Dr. Mohammed Quaiyum finishes a threehour overview of Bangladesh’s progress on child health. The pieces of the puzzle are coming together.Quaiyum, a medical doctor and research scientist, has devised a simple birth mat of cotton and tissue paper to help women identify postpartum hemorrhage in home deliveries. The 20- by 20-inch square costs 50 cents and could save more babies by getting mothers to medical care sooner, before they bleed to death after childbirth. Bangladesh has come a long way in the last three decades, and a host of new measures, from birth mats to infant-size breathing masks, could help close the remaining gaps. Quaiyum succinctly sums up the challenge facing Bangladesh: “The last mile is the toughest.”

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I am now halfway through this essay, and I can tell you this: I have enjoyed writing it so far, and it has been easier than it There is a song that never fails to reach deep inside me and might have been. It has been easier because it came straight touch me. It’s Bryan Adams’ “Straight from the heart” If you from the heart. would like to listen to a live recording of this song, go on over to Do Bryan’s throaty voice and the I write for you, not for me While you must enjoy writing whatever it is you are writing, straining, rasping notes of his harp tug your heartstrings as they it is important to understand the real reason for your writing: do mine? I would love to hear from you - my contact It is usually for someone else. information is at the bottom of this piece. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” as many have said over the years. As you create anything, you need to be aware It’s the heart that speaks … of who the “beholder” of what you create will be. Even large If you are a parent, and would like your teenager to know corporations realize this, as they try desperately to focus on what matters most about writing, it is this one thing: That great customer experience as the differentiator. If they fail to writing is a mere by-product of thought. And, that a thought keep this principle in mind, their design and manufacturing from the heart wails through human consciousness and prowess will be for nought. This is true for a writer, too. You have to understand your connects with other hearts like nothing else. If you are a audience, what is important to them, and how to deliver teenager or anyone else contemplating a writing task, I ask you to consider the above as a guiding star as you write, as you something that not only delivers value, but does so in a way produce something that shines as brilliantly as the star that held that resonates with the way they think and feel. Sometimes, if your audience is like you, you can use your gaze as you wrote. yourself as a good frame of reference. What works for you will I started a sentence with “and”. An annoyed English teacher might throw her Strunk and White at me for muddling matters work for your audience. But this won’t always be true. If you by saying “thing.” “There is so much of the passive voice in are writing to appeal to consumers’ emotions to get them to buy what you wrote,” she might nag, as she wags her finger at me. a product, you may fail to resonate with them if your way of But I trust you will look beyond those blasphemies, and see that writing is clinical and scientific. Sometimes, there may be I write from my heart, without a façade, without posturing, similarities as well as differences between yourself and your without grandstanding. I speak to you simply, purely, with audience. For example, when I invoke Bryan Adams’ song, it may passion, and with conviction: straight from the heart. resonate with you, because it engages some deep-seated humanness that we both share. However, if you look for a more … But it’s the hand that writes scholarly style and citations in a topic of this sort, you may find I didn’t mean to belittle correct grammar, tense, idiom and this article lacking. As with other things, different strokes work for different all the other things that good English language tutelage folks when you write. You just have to know the folk that you provides. Technique is important, theory illuminates, and a write for, and apply yourself to satisfying that specific audience. facility with words is the bedrock. But none of it will matter, if Write Straight from the Heart

there is a disconnect between the heart that emotes, the brain that creates and the hand that paints. Yes, hard work is undeniably involved in writing something that touches other minds and hearts. Language constructs and styles matter. There are different structures that people are used to, in different writing contexts. For example, a research paper is written very differently from a college application essay. There is less room for “heart” in research papers, whereas college application essays often demand expression that shows you in your vulnerable, real, visceral glory. There is also the challenge of bringing it all together: the conventions, your message, the substance and the emotion. This challenge can be seen, for example, in college application essays, There is research to be done, there are countless incidents to be recalled, the endless hours of deciding what to weave in and what to leave out, and more. It is hard work, but you have to do it!

Did I reach you? The acid test is whether you reach your audience … or not. Did you get my message about what is the most important aspect of writing? Did it reach you in a way that resonates with you? Among other things, I coach students on their college essays and help them prepare for their SAT/ACT essays (a whole different game). So, do let me know if I reached you. It will help me help my students better. And, do write from the heart!

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Step one: Review and re-tune your top three business goals. Do they still make sense given what today’s consumers want? Are they chock full of value and priced attractively? Make Studies show that we worry most about things that are least adjustments if required. likely to occur. Many people are frightened of flying, but the Step two: Create a small group of positive-minded business danger of car accidents far outweighs the likelihood of airline owners with similar goals in complementary but nonmishaps. competing fields. Get together on a weekly or monthly basis to After 9/11, our fear of being killed by terrorists skyrocketed, encourage each other, share tips and make referrals. yet for those who do not live in a war zone, you’re still more Step three: Get out and talk to your ideal prospects and best likely to die in your own bathroom or in your own home from customers about what support they need right now to keep a fall or household accident. Be honest: How many times have you worried yourself sick their businesses and goals on track, and then adjust your service and lost sleep over something that never happened? Or that and product offerings to give them what they perceive a desperate need to have. turned out to be a non-event if it did happen? So here’s a path to sanity. If you can’t fix it, don’t worry Step four: Support your community. People are hurting about it. Get busy doing what you CAN do and “outsource” right now. There are five job seekers for every available the rest to those whose job it is to take care of it. position, and many people have exhausted their resources. The oldest part of our brains is hard-wired to constantly Tune out the blame-placers and be part of the solution. scan for threat. It’s how our cavemen ancestors survived when Remember that businesses flourish most when all members of there were large, hungry predators. 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As Nepal celebrates the 60-year “Diamond Jubilee” of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 this year, Tashi Sherpa is celebrating an anniversary of his own. Ten years ago, he was in the import-export business, when, as he was walking down the street in Manhattan, a magazine cover honoring Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Staring back at him from the cover was his uncle, Ang Gyalzen Sherpa, whom Tashi soon learned had been one of the porters on the historic expedition. Soon after, Sherpa Adventure Gear was born. “When I started this brand it was a tribute to all the unsung heroes of Everest, the ones who have sacrificed years and their lives making it easier for people to climb and supporting them,” Tashi said. “Essentially, we are the story.” The word “Sherpa” has become synonymous with the word “guide” or “porter” on Mt. Everest, though it refers to an IndoTibetan ethnic group numbering around 150,000 in Nepal. Today, Sherpa Adventure Gear is Nepal’s own answer to world famous mountaineering apparel brands like Patagonia and The North Face. And even in Kathmandu, the brand competes successfully against the Chinese knockoffs sold in the backpacker ghetto of Thamel – where a Gore-Tex shell with The North Face label costs less than a third of Tashi’s made-in-Nepal originals. “Made in Nepal – because we make 80 percent of our production in Nepal – has been one of our big assets,” said Tashi. “People love the fact that we make our stuff in Nepal. We’re very original, we’re very authentic.” That hasn’t been easy. Getting materials to landlocked, mountainous Nepal is costly. With poor roads and chronic electricity shortages, the infrastructure is not geared for manufacturers. And to make the high-tech apparel favored by international trekkers and climbers, Tashi spent two years just training a team of cutters and stitchers. “At the drop of a hat, I could easily move all my allocations to Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, but having done that, I wouldn’t be true to what I’m trying to do,” Tashi said. “We try to be profitable, so that we can be more useful to more and more people. At any given time, there’s more than 1000 people who are depending on us to be successful.” Accolades have steadily rolled in. This year, Outside Magazine featured SAG’s Imja ultralight shell among the 10

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Sweet Potato Hash Browns with Vidalia Onions & Pecans Ingredients: 2 teaspoons light olive oil or canola oil 1 cup chopped Vidalia onions 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/2 cup chopped Georgia pecans 2 tablespoons butter 3 cups peeled and cubed (1/2-inch pieces) sweet potato 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Method: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add Vidalia onion and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is very tender and translucent—about seven minutes. Transfer onions to a plate and set aside. Add pecans to skillet and toast, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and crisp—about four minutes. Remove pecans to plate with onions. Melt butter in skillet. Add sweet potato, brown sugar, and salt, mixing well. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until sweet potato is almost tender—about eight minutes. Remove cover, increase heat to high and cook 2-3 minutes, without stirring, to brown and caramelize the underside of sweet potato pieces. When browned, add the reserved onion and pecan mixture. Cook, stirring, just to heat through and serve.

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Swami Vivekananda: Dharma’s First Ambassador to the West Dasharath Lohar (Cary, NC) History was made in the morning of June 4, 2013. The birth sesquicentennial of Swami Vivekananda was marked in the Congressional record of the United States of America in Washington DC. This was possible largely due to continued efforts of Hindu American Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington DC. A lot has been documented on Swami Vivekananda in different media including movies, documentaries, books, articles, and so on. So this article is not to repeat what is already there but to focus on lessons that we can learn from Swamiji’s legacy, and how we can spread his message of universal peace far and wide. Swami Vivekananda was a true karma yogi. That is why instead of escaping to jungle after his Sanyasa, he continued his work to educate the masses on selfless service to humanity inside as well as outside India for peace and well-being of all. His slogan of “Nar Seva Narayan Seva” (Service to humankind is service to God) inspired many including famous philanthropist John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), and will continue to inspire many more in the future. An estimated 16 million Americans practice Yoga today sustaining an annual $6 billion industry that ranges from corporations to small mom and pop Yoga studios in the neighborhood. To top it all, practice of Yoga must be contributing to an unaccounted amount of saving of health care cost. It has been all possible due to Swami Vivekananda, a humble monk from India, who addressed the Parliament of World Religions 120 years ago. Swami Vivekananda’s short speech in Chicago on September 11, 1893 opened the door of America to the concepts of Yoga and Dharma. Swami Vivekanda was accepted in the West not because he was cool or exotic but because he was fearless and was a repository of ancient wisdom, who could interpret it in modern times. “Here is a man who is more learned than all our learned professors put together” wrote none less than a professor of Harvard University, John Henry Wright, in a letter to the organizers of Parliament of World Religions in 1893. He was so impressed by the wisdom of Swamiji that he further said, “To ask you, Swami, for your credentials is like asking the sun about its right to shine.” Four types of Yoga, viz. Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jana Yoga were explained by Swami Vivekananda in a way that was well received by the people in this material world. Simply put, Karma Yoga is about doing your duty without worrying about the fruit of the work. Swamiji took it further and explained in terms of selfless service to humanity. He said, “Karma-Yoga is the attaining through unselfish work of that freedom which is the goal of all human nature.” Raja Yoga on the other hand as explained by Maharishi Patanjali has eight folds, and includes the most popular aspect of Yoga today in the west, i.e., Asanas (Hatha Yoga). Devotion to the personal deity is the Bhakti Yoga. Jana Yoga on the other hand is the knowing of the truth (Brahman) through knowledge (Jana). Emphasizing the same goal for all four types of Yoga, Swami Vivekananda

explained “You must remember that freedom of the soul is the goal of all Yogas, and each one equally leads to the same result.” This year marks the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. To commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, several organizations such as Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Hindu American Foundation, Vedanta Society, Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, and Parliament of World Religions, are organizing various events all over the world including the United States. The marking in the Congressional record of the birth sesquicentennial of Swami Vivekananda was a part of this commemoration. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh in particular had many streams of activities all year long in the US, starting with the launch program in January, nationwide DharmaBee for children, exhibits and speakers on university campuses, travels in the United States; and local social service projects by children and adults alike. DharmaBee, in which over 3000 children from kindergarten to 8th grade participated, concluded on June 15th and 16th in Chicago with congresswoman from Hawaii, Tulasi Gabbard as the chief guest. However, the grand finale of the commemoration will be through nationwide Dharma & Yoga Fest! Needless to say festivals are fun to be part of. What about a Dharma and Yoga Festival? Many would think that these are too serious stuff to have fun with. Not so think hundreds of volunteers engaged in organizing Dharma & Yoga Fest all over the country this year. According to a release posted on, “Dharma & Yoga Fest event will commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary in 2013 by celebrating his vision of ‘Universal Peace through Dharma and Yoga’.” Dharma & Yoga Fest is being planned in such a way that everyone can benefit from it, and at the same time have plenty of fun. Each city is planning it in a unique way. However, the key features of the festival remain the same; introduction to the four types of Yoga popularized by Swamiji, education on Dharma for Hindus and non-Hindus, cultural activities with Dharma and Yoga theme, fun activities for children, and delicious food for everyone. Three big cities plan to hold Dharma & Yoga Fest in the South East, Raleigh-Durham/North Carolina, Atlanta/Georgia, and Orlando/Florida. The program will include a keynote speech, kirtan performance, cultural dance and drama, skit on Sri Krishna, discussion and booths on different types of Yoga, exhibitions on Swami Vivekananda and Dharmic Traditions from India, face painting, henna tattooing, modern games with Dharmic themes (such as striker!), and onthe-spot quiz contest with prizes for middle and high school children, and more. The event will be free to the public. A volunteer of the planning committee explained, “We are trying to showcase Yoga and Dharma as envisaged and explained by Swami Vivekananda. It is for everyone irrespective of cultural affinity and religion. For example, who would not want to practice truth, charity, compassion and honesty, the four pillars of Dharma?” Furthermore, as Swamiji said, “All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.” The focus of all these celebrations is not Swami Vivekananda but his message of peace and prosperity for all. Hopefully, everyone can learn something from Swami Vivekananda’s teachings, and contributes to the universal peace that Swami Vivekananda hoped for in his first speech in Chicago 120 years ago. You can learn more about Dharma & Yoga Fest in NC at or email to It will be held at Hindu Society of North Carolina site (309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560) on September 29, 2013 from 3 – 8 pm. 78

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Community Focus Events of Note Om Squad Summer Camp The annual Om Squad Summer Camp, for children aged 5 – 12, will take place throughout summer 2013 until August 23. Om Squad is the youth group of the Hindu Society of NC. The camps provide games, yoga, arts, crafts, music, shlokas, study of Indian mythology and more. Online registration is available at For more details call 919.539.5471 or 919.801.2600. Yaadein Over 20 singers and performers will pay a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar during the “Yaadein” program on Sat, August 3, 2013 beginning at 7pm at HSNC, Morrisville, NC. Enjoy songs and music from the golden era of Indian films. Child care services will be available as well as a dinner. Tickets range from $10-VIP. For details visit or call 919.342.8678.

Krishna Janmashtami and Radhastami Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies cordially invite the community to the celebration of Krishna Janmashtami and Radhashtami on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Hindu Bhavan Main Hall, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. The event features free entry and free dinner. Dances, bhajans, drama, children’s program and other activities are planned. For more info: or call 919-491-9536 or visit Festival of India - Charlotte

Sri Sita Rama Kalyana Mahotsavam Jeeyar Educational Trust, NC presents a Kalyanam with Sri Swamiji on August 10, 2013 beginning at 9am in Charlotte. Participants will receive the Vigraha (Deity) form of Sri Rama Parivaram from Sri Swamiji himself, and take the deities home for everyday archana (pooja). Sri Swamiji will also be explaining the inner meaning of the procedure and prominence of the divine wedding performed for world peace and prosperity (Loka Kalyanam). Admission and Mahaprasadam is free for all. For location and sign up details, visit or email:, The 19th Annual Festival of India returns to downtown 704.847.1574, 248.495.4590, 312.404.5943. Charlotte on Sept 14 - 15, 2013. India is a country of diverse Badtameez Bash cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. These cultures are The Network of Indian Professionals of NC (NetIPNC) presents connected by a common thread of history, social, and political “Badtameez Bash” – an evening of dance and camaraderie on norms that bind it as a nation, as it marches into the 21st century. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Phoenix, 301 S. College St., Charlotte Festival of India is organized to showcase that diversity of beginning at 10 pm. The dance tunes for the night will be culture and heritage to the larger community in the Carolinas provided by DJ Lalit. Tickets are $10 (online) or $15 (at the and provides an opportunity for cultural exchange. It exposes door) and open for all 21 and over. All proceeds will be donated people to the rich mosaic of different art, crafts, languages, to charity. For further details visit couture and cuisine from the various regions of India in a festive Music Festival for Vibha setting. The result is to enhance the education of fellow citizens The North Carolina Youth Classical Arts for Charity (NCYCAC) about the rich heritage of an ancient civilization with the is a group of talented youth Carnatic music artists who want to expectation of bringing different people together. The Festival make a difference. For the fourth year in a row, the group is brings the best talent within the community to highlight a fusion hosting an annual music festival and raising money for an of popular modern (Bollywood) and classical Indian dance organization. This year, the beneficiary organization is Vibha, forms. The festival is organized by the India Association of a group that strives to “educate, empower and enable every Charlotte. A large Food Court on the street offers a range of individual who wishes to make a positive difference in the life popular Indian delicacies. In addition, various Indian souvenirs, of the underprivileged child” ( Over the past three costumes, jewelry and literary works are displayed. Activities music festivals, the group has raised over 34,000 dollars for for children include free Moon Bounce, Kids Art Competition. three charity organizations: Sankara Nethralaya, Akshaya The festival also features Yoga demo, a Henna tattoo, Sari demo Trust, and AIM for Seva. This year’s music festival is featuring and dancing on the street to pulsating Indian music beats. The top youth artists from all across the country. Everyone is invited location is the Belk Theater, 130 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC for two days of music and the admission is free. The venue for 28202. The dates are September 14 and 15, 2013 (Noon to 7 pm). this year’s festival is Seasons at Tandoor Banquet Hall, 5410 NC Admission: $7 at the Festival entrance. $5 (when purchased Hwy 55, Durham, NC. The fest will take place from August 31 online through the website. Free for kids under Age 10. Full - September 1, 2013 from 10:30 am - 6 pm (both days). For details are available at further details or or call Sudarshan Mohan 919.943.3356.


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Dharma and Yoga Fest Several Hindu and cultural organizations including Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh have teamed up to celebrate the first ever grand festival in the Triangle area of North Carolina. There will be something for everyone and all ages in the festival including kirtans, bhajans, talks, discussions, food stalls, fun games for children, and face painting, Hindu historical look-alikes, and lots of traditional dance and skits. The festival is planned for September 29, 2013 at HSNC 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC from 3 – 8pm. For more details on the festival or to participate visit

Following are winners in four categories: • Group 1 Winners (KG-1st grade): First Place – Dhruti Kulkarni (CA), Second Place – Abhiram Kapaganty (GA) Third Place – Haindavi Veldanda(CA) • Group 2 Winners (2nd-3rd): First Place – Nikitha Kota (TX), Second Place – Balan Selva (NJ), Third Place -Shashwat Srivatsan (NH) • Group 3 Winners (4th-5th): First Place – Anuj Kothari (CA), Second Place – Medha Boddu (CA), Third Place – Bhavna Ravichandran (NC) • Group 4 Winners (6th-8th): First Place – Natasha Patel (TX), Second Place – Harshavardhan Nalam (IL), Third Place – Anshul Kale (CA) The competition organizer – Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh (HSS) of USA conducts a structured values education program through its 150 chapters nationwide to develop strong character and teamwork and leadership skills and to organize a dynamic and flourishing Hindu-American community. For more information, visit

Cary Diwali 2013 Gears Up Hum Sub presents Cary Diwali 2013 - “Darpan - Refliections of India” on Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at the Koka Booth Amphitheater, Regency Park, NC. In addition to Cultural, Vendor and Sponsorship, registration for the Photography/ Exhibition Contest is currently open. Visit for more information and online forms. Here are some deadlines: Vendor: Handicraft and Information booth forms NASA Chief Visits ISRO Centre at Amdavad August 20, 2013; Advertisement and Sponsorship forms: September 15, 2013; Photography/Exhibition contest entry Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of United States, visited forms: September 2, 2013. Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at Amdavad on June 25, 2013. The NASA Administrator had a meeting with Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Community News Chairman, ISRO/ Secretary, Department of Space along with senior officials of ISRO to discuss the on-going cooperative NC Girl Among Dharmabee National Winners activities between ISRO and NASA and also the potential areas Bhavna T Ravichandran of Greensboro, NC won third place in of future cooperation. Bolden delivered a talk on “NASA’s the “DharmaBee Sri Krishna-Vivekananda” challenge conducted Space Program” highlighting the current work at NASA as well by the Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh (HSS) to commemorate the as future plans to advance space exploration and reach new 150th birth centenary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. The destinations such as an asteroid and Mars. In his talk, he made competition was inaugurated on Jan 12, 2013 to coincide with a special mention of NASA’s new asteroid initiative, which Swamiji’s birthday and concluded successfully on June 15, 2013 includes work to identify and characterize asteroids of all types in Chicago. It was conducted at various levels over a period of and a mission to capture and redirect an asteroid into an orbit four months and more than 3,000 children from K-8th grade closer to Earth so that astronauts can visit it. The talk was took part in the “Bee” that tested their knowledge of Swami delivered in SAC Auditorium and transmitted to all ISRO Vivekananda and Sri Krishna. The finals were held in Chicago, Centres and Units.. Bolden also visited some of the technical the land where Swami Vivekananda took the world by storm by facilities of SAC pertaining to the development of satellite calling for Universal tolerance and acceptance at the World’s sensors and antennas. India and United States pursue active Parliament of Religions civil space cooperation mainly in the areas of earth sciences, on Sep 11, 1893. Hindu space exploration, satellite navigation and professional Swayamsevak Sangh of exchange. This is the first visit by Charles F. Bolden Jr. to any USA successfully ISRO Centre after he took over as NASA Administrator in July organized this all-day 2009. He is the third NASA chief to visit ISRO in the past four final round on June 15, decades. For more details visit 2013. The event was broadcast worldwide at About 135 finalists Community Reports from various states competed in four Shivali Patel Crowned National American different age group Miss North Carolina Teen 2013 categories that not only tested their knowledge but also their Shivali Patel (age 16) from Raleigh N.C. oratorical, team work and presentation skills. The competition (and a senior at Athens Drive High provided a fun opportunity to the contestants to learn about School) has earned the prestigious title of their heritage. The prize distribution ceremony was held at “National American Miss North Carolina Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago on June 16. Teen 2013” at the pageant held on July 7, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Swami Ishatmananadji of 2013 in Winston Salem at the Benton Vedanta Society Chicago were chief guests for the event. The Convention Center. She competed awards function included an hour long stage play of “The life against 109 total contestants from all over of Swami Vivekananda” enacted by the students of the various North Carolina and won not only the Shakhas from Chicago. main title, but also placed in multiple


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of 2,950 children, primarily in grade school, at the second convention. Finally, over 1,900 young professionals and families attended the third convention. The theme of the convention centered on the true meaning of becoming “Ekantik”, a spiritual concept originally conceived in the Hindu scriptures and further elaborated upon by Bhagwan Swaminarayan over 200 years ago. Ekantik Dharma is comprised of four pillars – Dharma (righteousness), Gnan (spiritual knowledge), Vairagya (detachment from the world) and Bhakti (devotion to God and Guru). Achieving balance among these pillars leads to true progress and fulfillment of one’s ultimate goal in life. “It gives a new perspective on how to live a life true to your roots, culture, and heritage, but at the same time be able to succeed in this environment,” said participant Dhawal Tank of Toronto, Canada, speaking of his experience at the convention. Revolving around the theme of “Ekantik” were group activities, games, and cultural programs that gave the attendees engaging ways to learn more about Hindu values. Attendees were also given the opportunity to learn from discourses delivered by Swamis of BAPS from around the world. They shared their knowledge on how to maintain Hindu-centric values while maintaining a balanced life. Sadguru Pujya Mahant Swami (Pujya Keshavjivandas Swami), the keynote speaker of each convention, explained to delegates that the path to Ekantik Dharma is a lifelong journey with fruitful benefits. While the ideals of Ekantik Dharma are derived from ancient scriptures, they are still equally applicable to today’s generation. Pujya Anandswarupdas Swami, mahant of Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, India, explained it in simple terms: “Ekantik Dharma is not just something to be talked about, it is something to be lived. To live it, the Satpurush (guru) should be the center point of our lives, nothing else. That is the only

July 14, 2013, Atlanta, GA – When asked about their favorite time of year, the immediate response for a majority of youth is summer. Summer not only brings a break from school and work, but also brings an abundance of pool time, theme parks, vacations, and the simple joy of spending more time with friends and family. This year, for more than 8,000 Hindu youths, summertime also included a dose of spiritual enrichment at the

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way to be Ekantik.” In order to make the multi-day convention a reality, volunteers put forth a tremendous amount of effort. Planning and execution started nearly three years ago and included the dedication and hard work of over 700 volunteers across North America. Akhil Patel, a volunteer and one of the event planners, said, “These conventions take many years of effort and planning to be successful. We actually started thinking of the content for this convention in 2010 after our last summer convention.” This is 16th such convention. The first North American convention was held in 1984 in Chicago, IL. His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and inspirer of such conventions, encourages today’s youth to understand and embrace their roots, helping them preserve their identities and remain grounded in their faith and culture. Through a live video feed, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj gave blessings from India to reiterate ideas conveyed in the convention as well as encouraged participants to become stronger Ekantik devotees. For more details visit 84

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Community Organizations various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) .Sunday School Time - 11:15 - 11:45 am; Sunday Worship Service time : 11:45 - 1:15 pm. Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For further details: 803.792.7223; (Pastor: Rajan Samuel). Carolina Sanskrutik 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: Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605

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

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

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It is a unique opportunity for all the sponsoring participants of Kalyanam to receive the Vigraha (Deity) form of Sri Rama Parivaram from Sri Swamiji himself, perform the kalyanam and take the deities home for everyday archana (pooja) Sri Swamiji will also be explaining in English, the inner meaning of the procedure and prominence of the divine wedding performed for world peace and prosperity (Loka Kalyanam)

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Community Organizations Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For Further Details: Gurdwara: 704.509.2828 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Wed, Aug 28: Janmastami For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) Charlotte Chapter IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Dada Bhagwan Group There will be satsang at Charlotte on July 9, 10 and 11. Do not miss Gnan Vidhi by Pujyashree Deepak Desai. What is Gnan Vidhi? It is scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many like attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For further details contact 877 505 Dada (3232).

India Association of Charlotte (Festival Of India) The organization works to foster fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will be held Sept 14 - 15, 2013 in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

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

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 / 92

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Community Organizations Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Monday, Aug 5, 2013 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikaman @ 7 pm Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 (Ekum): Snatra Pooja @ 9:30 am Sun, Aug 11, 2013 (Choth): Paathshala for children @ 10:30 am Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikaman @ 7 pm Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 (Pancham): Monthly Meeting, Paathshala for children @ 4 pm All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja,7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep 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: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. For Futher Details:, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA organizes regular events and programs. For Further Details:

India Association of the Triad (IATNC) Greensboro The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Ruby Singh - 336.430.9068, Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462,

Trimurti Temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10am) and evening puja (7pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6441/6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. Upcoming Events: Friday, August 16 – 6.30 pm Varalakshmi Viradham Tuesday, August 20 – Aavani Avitam/Jamdhyala Purnima All Sundays at 11 am Venkateswara Abishekam For Further Details: 980-219-7556

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

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

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, 96

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Community Organizations to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. For Further Details: 336.644.1111

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:

Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

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

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

Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details:


Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh

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


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Community Organizations Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja â&#x20AC;&#x201C; every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. 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. All festivals

are celebrated. 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: Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 / | Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: 100

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Community Organizations EKTAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at NC State University (NCSU). The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajan and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Traingle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway,


Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings: Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga Classes(twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Sun, Aug 18: Independence Day Celebrations, 10 am - 2pm Wed, Aug 28: Janmastami For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. August 2013

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Community Organizations Upcoming Events for Hum Sub: Sat, October 19: Annual Cary Diwali celebrations, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary NC For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. If you need assistance transitioning into the workforce after losing your primary source of income from a significant other due to divorce, separation, death or disability, ask about eligibility to participate in New Choices, an economic self-sufficiency program for women. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, employability skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across

South Asia and can provide services in many different South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 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. For Further Details: 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) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Devotees come together to practice their religious duties in harmony. All are welcome. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 ISKCON New Goloka Temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC 27278. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavadgita discourse, and a sumptuous prasadam feast. From 4:305:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas, enacting dramas and other fun activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, seminars and programs for adults. 104

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Community Organizations New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827, Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the


year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Rakesh Huria, President, Raleigh Sai Center at 919-244-1263 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration August 2013

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Community Organizations from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage as well as the wellendowed language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, events and get-togethers. All aficionados are warmly invited to join. For Further Details: Mohana Dighe: 919.378.1947 Sameer Mohile: 919.851.8799 Deepa Kardekar: 201.673.6193 S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self realization which is the

birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh,NC,27613 More information: http:/// For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga benefits include Longevity, Wellness and Stress Management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For more details about the course visit For Further Details: 919-830-9764 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area.. For Further Details: / Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC(82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: / 108

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Community Organizations Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details:

Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details:

Triangle Vipassana Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students. (Those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N.Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers) Ten day courses are available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit

Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’ s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. The association sponsors events throughout the year. Upcoming Events: Sat, Oct 19: Sharad Purnima Sat, Nov 23: Diwali For Further Details:

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Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. Raleigh Druham Vibha Musical Concert is a free event will be held at Seasons Tandoor Hall on August 31 & September 1 from 10:30am to 6pm with 100 registered talented performers. Second Event is the Dream Mile onOctober 26th at NCSU Centennial Campus at 9am. Details on for early bird prices. Want to be part of Vibha? contact them at or check them out on FB Raleigh-Durham Vibha. For Further Details:

Regional Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 or 110

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Community Organizations 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. Location: 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: July 20 - July 28: Summer Sutra course For Further Details:

Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940

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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:

American South Asian Cultural Assoc. iation of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: Hanahan TableTennis Training Center There are no membership fees of any kind to play at HTTTC. Free open play and training . Free USATT league. Informal free coaching as time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. Located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Yeamans Hall Road, (Off Remount Road Exit 211-B of I26) Hanahan , SC-29410 (Adjacent to Hanahan City Hall & Police Station) For more details visit Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048

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) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 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)


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Community Organizations Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a nonprofit 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. For Further Details:

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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. For Further Details: 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. For Further Details: 336.299.9683

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. An Asian country. Capital: Islamabad. 8. Islamic religious holiday/festival of prayers. (Aug. 9, 2013) 11. A derivative of ammonia in which hydrogen atoms are replaced by alkyl groups. 12. Incise; to make opening with sharp-edged instrument. 14. Royal Academy. (*). 15. Of soft quality delicate tone. 17. To relish; to get pleasure from. 19. A specialist in planning & directing technical operations. 21. Any black, brown, red insect of (Formicidae) family. 21. Pennsylvania. (*) 23. Arizona. (*) 24. Minnesota. (*) 25. Done in a fixed style: said of certain status and bust. 28. A sweetheart (man or woman) esp. a mistress. 30. Rupees. (*). 31. Like a star, as in a shape; outstanding. 33. A cry or call, as of a bird; also a tone of definite pitch. 35. To embrace; cherish.37. European Currency. (*) 38. Produced artificially; contrived. 40. National Transportation Safety Board. (*) 41. Water vehicles for sailing in deep waters. 43. Rhode Island. (*) 44. American Enterprise Institute. (*) 45. Examining to prove value or nature of something. 46. New Mexico. (*) 47. Articles to play with, esp. for children. 48. A live oak of the South West U.S.

1. Pārsi New Year (1383 begins; Aug. 18, 2013) 2. May it be so; used after a prayer or to express approval. 3. A tie beam between the base & apex of a triangular truss. 4. A person born and living in India. 5. Past participle of “see.” 6. Alternating Current. (*) 7. A pastoral people living along the Nile in S Sudan. 9. The white, most common metallic element. (Symbol: Fe) 10. A city in SW Ohio. 13. Tennessee. (*) 16. Responded to stimulus. 18. The birthday of Lord Krishna. (Aug. 28, 2013) (Hindi) 20. “ __- BZ”, Saathee’s feature to test your own IQ. 24. A large, juicy, thick-skinned fruit of gourd family. 26. A kind of needlework in which loops of the thread or yarn are interwoven by means of a single needle. 27. Third person singular present indicative of verb “Be.” 28. Bachelor of Laws. (*) 29. Got up, as from sleeping or sitting; ascended. 32. Become visible; to come forth into view. 33. The structure/shelter made by the bird to lay eggs. 34. Unoccupied; vacant. 36. A hand-held African musical instrument made of metal or wooden strips mounted on a soundboard. 39. American Society for Information Science. (*) 42. International Organization for Standardization. (*) 46. North Carolina. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

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



The unused one letter is the first letter of the “ALPHABET.”

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


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “OS” - Fill in the blanks 1. Capital of Massachusetts. _ OS _ _ _ 2. Of or near the ribs. _ OS _ _ _ 3. ___ Bin Laden. OS _ _ _ 4. A writing without a rhyme that is not a poetry. _ _ OS _ 5. A bone disorder characterized by reduction in bone density, making it porous and brittle. OS _ _ _ _ _ _ OS _ _ 6. Expensive; dear. _ OS _ _ _ 7. A small peninsula at Alexandria, Egypt. _ _ _ _ OS 8. A swift running large bird with long neck, two toed long legs, small useless wings anda white tail. OS _ _ _ _ _ 9. Exactly contrary. _ _ _ OS _ _ _ 10. A person in authority over employees. _ OS _ 11. The fluid diffusion thru a cell membrane. OS _ _ _ _ _ 12. Having a smooth and shiny finish. _ _ OS _ _ 13. Greek sandwiches wrapped in pitas. _ _ _ OS 14. Capable of existence; that can be. _ OS _ _ _ _ _ 15. Farthest away; most remote. _ _ _ _ OS _ 16. Academy award. (Trademark) OS _ _ _ 17. The top part of a pillar supporting an arch. _ _ _ OS _ 18. One of the openings of the nose. _ OS _ _ _ _ 19. The universe considered as an orderly system. _ OS _ _ _ 20. The organ of smell. _ OS _ 21. A faint, shadowy semblance; inkling. _ _ OS _ 22. Occupational Safety & Health Administration. (*) OS _ _ 23. A back door or gate. _ OS _ _ _ _ 24. The sugar made from the evaporated milk. _ _ _ _ OS _ 25. Shut; not open. _ _ OS _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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FYI: Hurricane names for 2013

Festivals & Holidays August 2013 Aug. 2 - Kāmikā Ekādasi Aug. 6 - Darsha/Hariyāli Amās (No Moon) Aug. 9 - Ramazān Eid Aug. 13 - Goswami Tulsidas Jayanti Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 17 - Putradā/Pavitrā Ekādasi Aug. 18 - Pavitrā Bāras Aug. 18 - Pateti/Pārsi New Year (1383 begins) Aug. 20 - Rakshā Bandhan Day Aug. 20 - Nārieli Purnimā (Full Moon) Aug. 25 - Nāg Panchami Aug. 26 - Rāndhan Chhat Aug. 27 - Shitalā Saptami Aug. 28 - Janmāstami September 2013 Sep. 1 - Ajā Ekādasi Sep. 2 - Labor Day Sep. 5 - Darsha/Kushagrāhini Amās (No Moon) Sep. 8 - Grandparents Day Sep. 8 - Haritāliā/Kevadā Trij Sep. 9 - Ganesh Chaturthi Sep. 10 - Rishi Panchami/Sāmā Pāncham Sep. 15 - Parivartini Ekādasi Sep. 16 - Vāman Jayanti Sep. 18 - Anant Chadurdashi/ Ganesh Visarjan Sep. 19 - Praushtapadi Shrāddha Purmimā (Full Moon) Sep. 20 - Shrāddha Paksha starts. Sep. 22 - Fall begins Sep. 30 - Indira Ekādasi

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The hurricane season is now in full swing in the United States. The Tropical cyclones usually generated in the oceans are classified as Tropical Storms and given names when wind speed reaches 39 miles/hour. They become Hurricanes when wind speed reaches 74 miles/hour. The season officially began on June 1, 2013 and will end on November 30, 2013. The storms get their names from an alphabetical list of 21 names selected by the World Meteorological Organization. The purpose of naming storms is for identification during the season. There are actually six lists of names in use for storms in the Atlantic and Pacific. These lists rotate, one each year; the list of this year’s names will not be reused for next six years. Atlantic Hurricane names for 2013: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy. Pacific Hurricane names for 2013: Alvin, Barbara, Cosme, Dalila, Erick, Flossie, Gil, Henriette, Ivo, Juliette, Kiko, Lorena, Manuel, Narda, Octave, Priscilla, Raymond, Sonia, Tico, Velma, Wallis, Xina, York and Zelda. If all 21 names are assigned before the season ends and if additional names are needed, the Greek Alphabets will be used: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, and Lambda. The names of strong, devastating and destructive storms that have caused major economic impacts are taken off the list and other names are used to replace them. This is to avoid confusion in future years with storms having the same name. Solution to Math Magic


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General Predictions for August 2013 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) It is very important that you pass the first week of the month quietly. Family life won’t be so happy. Try to control your speech and avoid any kind of dispute with the competitors. The time will start improving gradually after the middle of the month. And will end with some good news. The last week of the month will bring financial gains and mental peace.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Even though there won’t be any financial problems, the hyper personality and fear will rule you during this month. Try to develop mental strength. If you feel necessary spare some time and do meditation. Actually the period is not negative, but your sick mind won’t allow you to enjoy the time. Insecurity will prevail and will ruin so many things. At the same time watch your health.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Confusion and an indecisive state of mind could be major concerns during this month. Fruitless travel will prove depressing. Dispute with spouse is also possible. Your parents, however, will help you in controlling the situation, if you listen to them. By the end of the month, the associates or partners will bring good profitable proposal for you. Accept it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Worthless aggression and egoistic acts may become the cause to destruct the possible success. Your relation with your spouse / partner may deteriorate during this month. Your enemy may try to hurt you. The values of life and morality will protect your from possible disaster. Try to curb your expenses. Time is not good to buy new vehicle. A minor health ailment could be there.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Your self-confidence, principles and hard work will bring very good results for you during this month. A religious or social ceremony may be celebrated in the family. Your saving is going to rise and you will get relief from any health-related problems. Try to avoid any unnecessary expenses. You will get negative results if involved in legal matters.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) An old health-related problem might start again during this month. The situation won’t be under your control. Your relation with your partner may deteriorate during the last week of the month. However, a steady flow of income will be maintained. It may be necessary to compromise with your ideology. Don’t forget to work hard to get good results.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) A para-psychic experience may bring major change in the thinking in approach towards life and the understandings. Time is very good for making any kind of move in job, business, relations and general activities. A definite increase in income is clearly indicated. Your reputation and popularity will be on the rise and your social circle is going to widen.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) The health-related problems will still bother you in the first half of the month. You may lose a very good moneymaking opportunity. Your mother may have to face insulting situation, which will again disturb your peace of mind. Your destiny will play a game with you. You could do nothing but surrender to the situation. Loss of status is also possible.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You are stepping firmly towards a stronger and superior situation in life. The time will favor you and your confidence will be at par by the end of the month. You will be involved in more than one activity at the same time. Most of them will be fruitless, although they will build a strong base for future achievements. You may spend on religious activities and then face tight financial condition.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Every action seems to be acceptable, except traveling. Try to concentrate in your education or profession. Negligence could prove very costly. The time will improve rapidly and by the end of the month you will be in the position to control the situation. Also remember to avoid driving. Your competitors won’t succeed in damaging your reputation.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Even though in the beginning of the month you may experience financial loss, the overall peace of mind will be still there. A sense of relaxed state of mind will delight you. A pleasant journey is also possible. The month will end with a possibility of better future and

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Full time/part time nanny needed in Dilworth area of Charlotte, NC. Some help with housework/cooking desirable. Please call at 734-604-1235. MATRIMONIAL: Seeking correspondence for brother, 28, 5'10" Hindu, North-Indian, PhD (Astrophysics) -SISSA-Italy, MScIntegrated (Physics)-IIT-Kanpur. Currently working as Research Associate in India. Seeking active, well- educated girl. Contact us at PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Physicians office for rent in Southern Pines NC with 5 examination rooms. For details: 919.986.2547 or SERVICES: Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area. Full service. Please call for appointment. 843-465-6048. Handyman Services: 30+ years experience in home building, remodeling, repairs, natural gas services, general maintenance, home cleaning, deck building / repair, etc. Free estimates. 704-302-4606. Catering: any quantity including home made fresh Roti's & fresh food available on a daily or weekly basis. Veg or Non Veg. Serving Raleigh & Triangle.. Contact Jyoti: or 919-610-3615 Couple looking for job. legal status. hard working and motel house keeping experience. ready to move out. Call 910.922.8656. Alyssa’s Garlands: Unique fresh flower garlands, boutonnieres, bouquets and exotic flowers available on special request. We ship nationwide. 803.661.0030 or 803627-4239. Hypnosis and Reiki are very powerful to impact your mind & life. Manage Stress, depression, anxiety, anger, addiction, performance, time regression etc. Visit our site for more info and contact us. Our Certified Consulting Hypnotists & Reiki Practitioners can help you. 100% of donations go to Charity. E-mail:;; 518-649-6018. Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 22 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704846-7912. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270.

Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-4867925 E-Mail: Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi (Henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi Phone: 919-824-7734 E-mail: Web: Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072. Babysitter & Home Made Food: At home drop off babysitting in Morrisville. Home made fresh roti & food. Daily & weekly. Call 239-849-4703. Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or 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: Ami's Beauty in Matthews near I-485 exit 49 (Idlewild Rd). Eyebrows, Upper lips, Chin, Full Face by Thread. 20 years experience. Call for Appointment. 704-8823300 (H) or 704-877-9021 (C). Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. 123

Babysitter / Nanny Available: In Mooresville near Lowes. Exit 33 on I-77. At your home or drop off at our home. Experienced. References available. Please call 704-763-9156 or 704-340-3891. Professional Childcare available in South Charlotte: 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. NC Credentials CPR -First Aid Certified. Learning Environment-Spanish Lessons. M-F 7am to 6pm. Newborns Welcome. Excellent references. Call 704-541-9235. Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Mantra Therapy Consultation: Provides Self-Protection against negative energies, Success in education and relationships, Spiritual Counseling, and Fulfillment of physical, emotional or spiritual desires. Contact Dr. Shivani @ & 480-332-9646.

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Laziz Biryani (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . .76 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Modern Wholesale and Tobacco World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Nagpal, Sunil (BCBSNC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . .113 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 N-Digilabs Videography & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 New Goloka Temple (Janmastami) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Paramount Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Patel Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Patel, Akshat (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Poornima S. Mathur, CPA, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . .34 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . .119 Ravi K. Sawhney, DDS, MSD, PhD (Happy Tooth Orthodontist)97 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Rinku Bhattacharya Das (Dance Instructor/Choreographer)19 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) . . . . .41 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 SaReGaMaPa Concert (Festival of India Charlotte) . . . . .29 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Shivam Indian Spices (Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . .97 Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . .99 State Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 SV Temple (Raffle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Swad Restaurant (North Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 TherAccess (Hand Rahablitation Center) . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Triangle Eye Institute (Formerly Eye Care Center Apex) 34 Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati) . . . . . . . .88 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)95 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Wisdom Home Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 YuppTV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

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