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Female Buddhist Monk Hacks the System

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Thailand’s top female Buddhist monk hacked the system to bring women into the fold. See the story on pg 08. Mainstream comic? Hari Kandabolu is changing the definition. Go to pg 18 for the story. The Carolinas Premier League is kicking off. Read about the cricket action in the article on pg 24. The American Dance Festival 2016 is reviewed on pg 30. Read our Personal Finances column on pg 50 to find out all you need to know about insurance planning. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 100. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions. Don’t forget to visit us on

Female Monk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Comic Hari Kandabolu . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Cricket, CPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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Thailand’s Top Female Monk Hacked the System to Bring Women Into the Fold

The argument against allowing women into the monkhood is shaky, she says. Roughly 2,600 years ago, Buddha explicitly stated that women can achieve enlightenment. He even ordained his own foster mom. “Enlightenment is the quality of mind that goes beyond. There is no gender there,” Dhammananda says. “When you talk about the supreme spiritual goal in Buddhism, it’s genderless.” Thailand’s monastic order, however, rests its case against female monks on a technicality. The sangha insists that female monks can only be brought into the fold by other women. But because the sangha in Thailand has never sanctioned a female monk, there are no women available to open the door to newcomers. The original lineage of female monks dating back to Buddha’s time faded out centuries ago. Thailand’s official Buddhist order “feels women are a big threat. Especially women in robes,” says Sulak Sivaraksa, one of Thailand’s best-known Buddhist scholars. “But since [the female monks] are wonderful people, more and more people recognize them,” Sulak says. “I told the Thai [female monks] ... to keep clear of scandal. Do good work. And soon the male monks will not only recognize you. They will come and worship you. They will be led by you.” Like any Buddhist monk, female monks such as Dhammananda are sworn to a dry life that forsakes romance, luxury and excess of any kind. Holding hands? Devouring an entire carton of Häagen-Dazs in one sitting? Pop music or even gossiping? All are forbidden. More than 300 rules (called precepts) dictate their behavior to ensure they do not grow attached to sensual pleasures. Nor can they work. They acquire nourishment by walking the streets and collecting free food — often soy milk, rice or curry — from everyday Buddhists.

By Patrick Winn, GlobalPost Dhammananda, a 72-year-old Thai woman, is forbidden from hugging her sons. She’s never been able to chase her giggling grandchildren around the room. Both acts are forbidden by the strict Buddhist precepts that monks must follow. Dhammananda is a self-described “rare species.” She’s a monk. She’s also a mom. And in the eyes of her homeland’s Buddhist establishment, she’s a feminist insurgent. Each day, she and her female disciples wear the same clothing: flowing robes the color of ripe mangoes. Their heads are shorn down to stubble. Their possessions are limited to flip flops and little else. In other words, their day-to-day lives are largely indistinguishable from that of any upstanding Buddhist monk in their native Thailand. But because they are women, Dhammananda and her flock of 15 female monks are shunned by the state-backed Buddhist hierarchy. This powerful all-male order, known as the “sangha,” regards them as imposters. “That’s their problem,” Dhammananda says. She’s the abbess (yes, that’s female for “abbott”) of a temple 60 kilometers west of Bangkok.“That’s their own ignorance, which they’ll have to overcome.” There are roughly 300,000 monks in Thailand, home to one of the highest concentrations of Buddhists on the planet. Yet only 100 are women. They’re scattered among small temples that the traditional order views as insolent. Before Dhammananda, there were none at all. Prohibited from ordination in Thailand, she hacked the system in 2001 by flying to Sri Lanka, which started ordaining women in the mid1990s. She then returned home as Thailand’s first female monk in modern times — at least in the old-school Theravada strain of Buddhism that dominates Southeast Asia. In Dhammananda’s view, the near absence of women in the monkhood has left Buddhism as wobbly as a three-legged chair. The faith is lopsided, she says, because it lacks feminine insight. Past experience as a mother, she says, is particularly valuable to Buddhist spiritual life. “That experience makes you whole,” she says. “You tend to understand people’s problems on a different level than men do.”

Here are Dhammananda’s thoughts on rebellion, moms in the monkhood, and the decadent treats she misses from her life before the temple. Her comments have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Do you think of yourself as a rebel? I never thought of myself as a rebel. Even though I might be one. My intention is not to provoke. My intention is to insist that we return to the right path. Would you call yourself a feminist? Yes. Not that I ever studied feminism. But my understanding of feminism is you should bring out your potentiality to the fullest. Anything obstructing your path, you should work against it. That’s my feminist attitude. When your sons come to visit, are you allowed to hug them? No. That is a very hard part. Particularly for my oldest son. He really misses that. He once said to the [other female monks], “You don’t know how much I miss my mother.” He’s kind of making an offering to the Buddha by giving up his own mother to do this job. But he still misses the hugs. continued on page 126 8

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She is a formidable candidate but with Trump pummeling the GOP and conservatives into submission, the democrats Clinton and obama in Charlotte underestimate him at their own peril. Clinton’s challenge Tuesday, July 5 remains in the obvious historical nature of her candidacy to become the first female president. Can she define herself, tout We arrived in the blazing afternoon heat, noticed the two her own experience and her talents to rise above Trump, and long lines snaking around buildings to the Charlotte not rely too much on the boys – Obama, Sanders, and her Convention Center entrance and knew there was going to be a husband Bill – to help her get to the finish line? Time will tell. long, hot wait to get inside. Hillary Clinton was holding a rally and this time she was bringing along President Obama. A Tinkle in an HB2 Hurricane Several friendly volunteers attempted to steer people into So you may have heard. Charlotte’s Democratic mayor, different lines with different information, and I realized this Jennifer Roberts and the city council passed an antiwas a very hastily organized event. It became chaotic likely discrimination ordinance a few months back that, among other because of President Obama’s attendance. The volunteers and LGBT protections, made it illegal for businesses with public organizers simply didn’t expect such a massive crowd for bathrooms to discriminate against transgendered people who Clinton’s rally in Charlotte. She was in town a couple months want to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. It earlier for a rally and spoke to a much smaller crowd. seemed like a thoughtful gesture for this multi-identifier world This event was for the history books. It has been decades we live in. Although, arguably, it was also a bit of the old since a sitting president joined an election rally for his possible solution looking for a problem, as there wasn’t any evidence of successor to get the crowds buzzing and ready for the coming mass discrimination of transgendered folks looking to use the months of intense campaigning. President Obama has been bathroom of their choice. The total number of transgendered itching to campaign for Hillary Clinton but waited until it was people in this country is miniscule and only a small percentage pretty much a sure thing she would be the Democratic nominee of those live in North Carolina. Even smaller amounts live in after a drawn-out primary battle with the insurgent Bernie Charlotte. Any discrimination on any level must be fought, but Sanders campaign. it could be argued that the ordinance was rather unnecessary. We sweated, bought a couple of overpriced water bottles Enter North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory from an entrepreneurial seller and finally made it into the and the Republican-led State legislature sitting in the state Convention center after being “signed” in by volunteers, a capitol of Raleigh. They would not have it. No sireee. How dare simple process of loosely checking email confirmations and Charlotte, that liberal bastion, poke a stick in the eye of the Godhanding attendees a green or orange sticker. Some attendees fearing North Carolinians around the state with such a left-ofsimply got an X marked on their fists with a black magic left ordinance? Within a blink of an eye the Raleigh posse marker. passed House Bill 2, or more affectionately known as HB2, a After getting through the disarray in the heat, we strolled sweeping bill to overturn Charlotte’s ordinance and, just for into the cooled halls of the center. At the entrance to the main good measure, they peppered the bill with a few more hall, the security guards were stopping people as the hall had belligerent additives. already filled to capacity. Our option now was to go upstairs. The infamous “North Carolina bathroom bill” was born. We made our way to the second floor hall with a large screen Their argument? We can’t have dudes in dainty dresses TV on the wall. We would watch the rally on the screen. entering the ladies’ room lest they decide to molest Clinton is not a naturally intriguing speaker, but she knows unsuspecting women or girls using the same restroom. the game and tries to work the crowd in her own manner. She Now, of course, the President has chimed in. 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From now on, if anyone is searching for mainstream American comedians on Google, Hari Kondabolu wants his name, his face and his new stand-up album “Mainstream American Comic” to dominate the search results. “All three words are things I’ve had to fight for,” says Kondabolu. He may not be a household name, but he has developed a passionate following for his work. In some ways, he has broken through. Six episodes in, his new podcast, with W. Kamau Bell, “Politically Re-Active,” has already been in the top 15 on the iTunes charts. Still, Kondabolu is fighting: “Fighting to not be seen as niche, fighting to be seen as American even though I was born in this country, and fighting to be seen as a comic.” On the cover of his new album, which was released in July, Kondabolu is posing in a USA stars and stripes jacket, his right hand running through his curly hair — its enviable softness and texture a result of coconut oil, he often jokes — and his left hand unzipping the front slightly, giving fans just a tease of what’s underneath. The jacket, made out of glossy paper, is a prize he got from a cereal box as a kid. “I thought it was made out of leather, so I collected the UPC symbols and sent in $10,” he remembers. “I was so upset when I found out it was paper!” Little did he know he’d start using it in his comedy act when he was 19. He called it his “homeland security/angry white person protection jacket” for brown people post-9/11. The jacket even made it onto an airline security bit he did on “Totally Biased,” an FX show he wrote for and appeared on in 2012 and 2013. “I’m sure I have friends who are like, ‘You’re still using that jacket?’” Kondabolu says. The photo was an outtake from a photo shoot he did for a 2016 Haikus with Hotties calendar, a celebration of Asian men. Kondabolu is Mr. October. (I created the calendar, assuming it would be an inside joke for fellow Asian Americans who are

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Carolinas Premier League 2016 By Rajesh T. Ganatra The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been an annual feature in the Cricket world since 2008. The IPL was organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India and it is played annually, typically from early April to late May. There are eight franchises involved each season and approximately 55-56 matches are played in a “Round Robin” format. The results from each match are tabulated in a points table: two points awarded for a win, one point awarded for a no-result or in the event of a tie [extremely rare occurrence], and no points for a loss. After the Round-Robin matches are completed, the top four teams according to points earned and net run rate earn a spot in the playoffs. There are two semi-final matches and the winners of the semis play for the championship. The two defeated teams in the semis play for “3rd place” in the consolation match. To recap, the IPL winners have been as follows: 2008-Rajasthan Royals, 2009-Deccan Chargers, 2010-Chennai Super Kings, 2011-Chennai Super Kings, 2012-Kolkata Knight Riders, 2013Mumbai Indians, 2014-Kolkata Knight Riders, 2015-Mumbai Indians, 2016-Sunrisers Hyderabad. It would indeed be great fun and excitement if something like the IPL happened in the Carolinas – well, great news cricket fans! It is here in the Carolinas: We indeed have a “grassroots” cricket community consisting of teams players and who are playing at the local level and these players are dreaming and aspiring to play in the pros and possibly the IPL someday! The Ganesh Festival will be celebrated at the Hindu Center of Charlotte from September 5 through 10 and the Charlotte Marathi Mandal (CSMM) and Marathi Community are the main leaders of the event. In the observance of this special festival, the Charlotte, NC based Music and Cricket Association of India along with local South Asian organizations within the Charlotte, NC area (CSMM, Hindu Center of Charlotte, Telugu Association, Bengali Association, etc.) have teamed up to form the “Carolina Premier League 2016” (CPL 2016), which is an exciting contest that mirrors the format of the IPL. The tournament currently consists of 16 teams and additional teams are waitlisted as well so we may have more teams that may join the big Cricket party! The 16 teams are broken up into four groups containing four teams each as follows: Group 1: Weekend Warriors, Sinhagad Strikers, Charlotte Knights, Charlotte Rockers. Group 2: Legends of League, Charlotte Avengers, Toe Crushers, Carolina Superkings. Group 3: Trailblazers, Peaky Blinders, Matthews Mavericks, Charlotte Strikers. Group 4: Shivneri Warriors, Wolverines, Invincibles, Westinghouse Warriors. The CPL 2016 tournament began on July 16 and will conclude on September 4 and it is a “Round Robin” format. The tournament consists of 33 matches and all of the matches will be played with a “hard tennis ball.” The matches are being played at two fixtures as follows: Ground #1—-5345 East Liberty Hill Road, York, South Carolina (aka Fayaz Cricket Ground) Ground #2—- 15902 NC-218 Indian Trail, North Carolina (aka MCC Highway 218 Ground). The total purse for this event is $5000: $2500 to the winning team, $1000 to the runner-up and Man of the Match awards will be presented at each match.

As can be seen, the aforesaid schedule includes the following: 1) “Group matches”: There are a total of 25 matches in the group stage, and the “group” matches are 12 overs each. The schedule has been designed in such a way that each team will play three matches at the “group” level. 2) “Quarterfinals”: There will be four quarterfinal matches, 12 overs each. The top two teams from each group will advance to the “knockout” quarterfinal matches. 3) “Semi Finals”: There will be two semifinal matches, 15 overs each. The four winners of the “Quarterfinals” will qualify for the Semis. 4) “3rd place Match”: The two losing teams in the Semis will play in the consolation 3rd place match, which shall be a duration of 15 overs. 5) “Final Match”: The two winning teams from the Semis will play for the Championship in the “Final Match” and this match shall be 20 overs in duration. The matches will be broadcast on YouTube on and all of the results will be uploaded to There is no admission charge for any of the matches at either fixture; continued on page 98 24

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Sanjay Dutt and Subhash Ghai reunite for Khal Nayak Returns The year 1993 saw the release of one of the most iconic Bollywood films, Khal Nayak. It was directed by Subhash Ghai and featured Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in lead roles. Now Dutt and Ghai have finalized plans for a sequel called Khal Nayak Returns. Both will produce the film while a new director will helm the sequel. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama about Khal Nayak Returns, Ghai said, “Yes it’s confirmed Mukta Arts and Sanjay Dutt Productions have made an agreement to produce Khal Nayak Returns by 2016 end. Sanjay will play Ballu Balram, who comes out jail after 20 years and the rest is what happens next. We are working on the script and once it’s complete, we will announce the rest of cast and credits.” No release date has been announced.

Pete’s Dragon Pete’s Dragon is a fantasy adventure film directed by David Lowery and is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford. In the Pacific Northwest United States, forest ranger Grace Meacham (Howard) finds a young boy named Pete (Fegley) who lived in the woods for six years with a mysterious dragon named Elliott. With help from her wood-carver father (Redford) and Natalie (Laurence), the daughter of lumber mill owner Jack, Grace sets out to find out Pete’s identity and the truth about Elliott. The film opens in theaters on August 12.

Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty will return in Golmaal Again It has been 10 years since the first Rohit Shetty’s remake of Golmaal released. Now the fourth film in the franchise has been confirmed with Shetty directing and Ajay Devgn reprising his role in the comedy hit series. The director promises a totally original script as well as fast-paced action. Cast member Kareena Kapoor Khan won’t be a part of the new film as she is preparing for motherhood. The film is set to go on floors this October and scheduled to release on Diwali 2017.

A Flying Jatt Turning the concept of a Superhero on its head, A Flying Jatt is a fantastical account of India’s youngest superhero. He also happens to be the one-of-a-kind reluctant superhero who is, well, scared of heights. The film is funny and action-packed with equal measure as Jatt kicks butt as he rids the world of evil. Starring Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez star in the film directed by Remo Dsouza. The Film releases on August 25.

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Hansi teri sun sun ke, fasal pakā karati thi, chhoda āe ham ...Ho, jahān teri edi se, dhoop udā karati thi Sunā hai us chaukhat pe, ab shām rahā karati hai Laton se ulajhi-lipati, ik rāt huā karati thi Kabhi kabhi takhiye pe, vo bhi milā karati hai, Chhoda āe ham ...Dil dard kā tukadā hai, patthar ki dali si haiIk andhā kuān hai yā, ik band gali si haiIk chhotā sā lamhā hai, jo khatm nahin hotāMain lākh jalātā hun, yah bhasm nahin hotā Yah bhasm nahin hotā, Chhoda āe ham …

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Vishal Bharadwāj (1965 – Present) Vishal Bharadwāj is a renowned music director, screenwriter, producer, a playback singer and an accomplished harmonium player. He was born on August 4, 1965, in Chandpur. His father Ram was a sugarcane inspector and also wrote lyrics for Hindi films. When Vishal arrived in Mumbai he was not looking to make films but he wanted to get a chance to be a musician so he started directing films. He was a director, producer, dialog writer and music composer for films including, Makdee, Maqbool, Kaminey, The Blue Umbrella, Haider, and Saat Khoon Maf. He told an interviewer, “I wanted to scare kids. They will love my film Makdee, only when they are scared.” Makdee is a short horror film (90 minutes) and was completed in 24 days. It was shown in international film festivals in Frankfurt, Chicago, Tehran, and Norway. Some of his films like Omkārā, Blood Brothers, and Talvār also premiered at international film festivals. Legendary lyricist Gulzar penned lyrics for many of his films. Bharadwāj began composing music in films starting with Abhay in 1995 and has since composed music for over 40 films. Most of those films were successful and he is still busy in his endeavors. He has also composed music for albums like Barse Barse, Ishqa Ishqa, and Sunset Point.

Meaning (Summary): We have left those streets, where your lotus-like feet used to tread, your dimples would resemble storms when you smiled,where the river used to meander over the curves of your waist,where the crops would ripen to the sound of your laughter; we have left … Where your heels would send heat of the sun flying,I have heard that the sun has set over those yards, there used to be a night entangled in your hairdo, sometimes I still get it on my pillow. We have left… The heart is full of pain, it is like a heavy stone. Is this a dark well? Is this a dead-end street? This is a small moment and yet it does not end. No matter how hard I try to burn it, it just does not burn to ashes. we have left … lyrics in Hindi:

Awards 60th Filmfare R. D. Burman award: (1996) Maachis for new music talent: National Film Awards: (1999) Godmother; Best Music Direction; (2005) Blue Umbrella for Best Children’s Film; (2006) Omkārā Special Jury Award; Nominations for (2009) Kaminey and (2010) Ishqiya for Best Director and Music Director; (2014) Haider won the Best Music Director and Screenplay awards. His lyrics for the melodious Hindi hit “Chhoda āe ham...” are given in the column on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics Chhoda Aye Ham... Song: Chhoda āye ham … Film: Maachis Year: 1996 Music: Vishal Bharadwāj Singer: Hariharan, Suresh Wādkar, Vinod Sehgal, Kay Kay Lyricist: Gulzār Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Tabu, Chandrachud Singh, Om Puri

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She was equally convinced that nazar was the culprit and its effect had to be undone. Too exhausted to review the rational aspects of these techniques, I trusted Mother Dear to do her magic. As my eyelids grew heavy I saw a loving grandmother take a small copper jug filled with water and gently circle it around her grandchild. By the next day, all the tender love and care, Tylenol and “nazar utaarna” had weakened the fever causing virus. Heartening to know that just as it is easy for someone to be a victim of nazar, there are countless ways to get rid of its evil outcomes. A search on YouTube will result in various including some hilarious demonstrations of counterattacking nazar. Red chilies and camphor can be our saviors. Who knew? And if you want something more elaborate you can refer to the video with a detailed prescription of what to offer Hanumanji at the temple. Most days, I keep nazar hidden in the deep recesses of my subconscious but it seems to break through when I’m faced with an unpredictable string of annoying problems. This summer the air conditioner broke down on the hottest day of the season, our brand new refrigerator came with a faulty compressor and to make things worse, our new kitchen door was not built accurately and had to be left unlocked for days. What is the probability of so many things going wrong around the same time? I would think low. Using a more logical approach I could theorize that the air conditioning was due for repair and the faulty compressor and door are the result of the decline of quality control in manufacturing. Nevertheless, I am not taking up another home improvement project in the near future. There are times when perfect plans and opportunities get jinxed. Our frustrations lead to questions like, “Why me? Why now?” Perhaps it is insecurity or the strong need to establish cause and effect that make us turn to unscientific concepts like nazar. It could also be a dislike for randomness or a search for meaning in every occurrence of our lives. And maybe, just maybe there is a hint of satisfaction in believing that we have what others envy or covet. In my opinion, however, believing in nazar is like falling into a well of unhappiness. Let’s say, for example, your neighbor praises your lovely hair. Your first thought may be, “oh no, now my hair is going to start falling out.” On the other hand, if you go to a party and no one notices you, disappointment may make you wonder if you are having a bad hair day. Similarly, if you are happy you are less likely to share your source of joy or be fearful that your happiness will be short lived. Instead, wouldn’t it be better if we filled our minds with positive thoughts and assumed goodwill? The next time someone praises me, I am going to be truly grateful and remember to thank them. As for the ungenerous remarks, I’ll try to ignore them although I reserve the right to respond with a snap.

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“My poor roses! They looked so pretty this morning but now, all dry and wilted. She did this. Yes, she is the one who caused this with her evil eye.” This dramatic narration by an old neighbor is one of my earliest memories of the concept of “nazar” or the evil eye. I vaguely remember being puzzled by the description wondering why my neighbor was blaming a passerby when it was clearly the sun that was at fault. Since then I have heard many stories about this powerful tool that practically anyone can pull out. All you have to do is cast a gaze loaded with envy and …boom! Your target is sullied in some way filling you with wicked delight. That’s the common theory anyway. Across generations and cultures there seem to be a collection of superstitions that its members are loyal to. The term nazar is so embedded in Indian If you ask your culture that it has earned grandmother why she itself a mention in Hindi believes in hanging a songs from back in the day lemon and bunch of chilies such as “Nazar na lag jaye on the doorway, you may kisi ki raho mein” sung beautifully in the voice on not get a clear answer. Mohammad Rafi as well as the recent “Nazar jo teri lagi” from the movie Bajirao Mastani. Interestingly, nazar has its roots in Turkey and the fear of the evil eye is fairly widespread. If you ask your grandmother why she believes in hanging a lemon and bunch of chilies on the doorway, or when she started the practice, you may not get a clear answer. After all, it’s hard to admit let alone explain our superstitions rationally. I can think of many seemingly smart individuals steeped in their knowledge of science, who would cringe at the thought of declaring themselves superstitious but they wear a talisman disguised as a bracelet to ward off the effects of the evil eye. I did not even have the opportunity to choose whether I believed in the concept of nazar. Pictures of myself as an infant reveal a black dot of “kajal” on my cheek that I believe my mother in her protective mode applied on me. When I was a school girl, that dot followed me albeit less conspicuously. Finally, the rebellious teenager phase put an end to the kajal, although I suspect my mother found other ways to protect me. In retrospect, learning self-defense or martial arts would have been a better choice. Over time memories of nazarrelated practices started fading and I almost forgot about it. One night however it came back with a vengeance. It was late, my baby was sick and I was desperately trying to get her fever down. Much to my surprise, I found myself blaming the stranger at Target who was staring at my beautiful baby. My sweet, healthy baby who was cooing and smiling a few hours ago had been hit by the wrath of the evil eye. In my desperation I wanted to do everything possible. All the recommendations on WebMD were tried and tested so I turned to my mother for advice.

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Insurance provided by the workplace: The free insurance provided by the workplace is “term life” and no health check is needed. Because of that the premium is generally higher. My suggestion is that take what is offered free to you but nothing more. If you perceive a need for more insurance it is best to buy on your own and not through the workplace. This additional insurance will also stay with you for the rest of your life and not disappear when you change jobs.

We tend to look at any kind of insurance as an unnecessary expense. But it is actually an important tool to be used wisely, especially by young families. When I was young and felt invincible, I did not quite understand the significance of insurance and even worse the reasons as to why would I need it! I hear the same sentiment from many young clients and I can’t blame them for thinking that way. The money from the insurance protection, as the word implies, is meant to be there when the unexpected and unthinkable happens and financially we are not ready for it. And happen it does in every life sooner or later. We don’t presume bad things would happen to us but they do occasionally and what the insurance coverage does is that it protects us from financial ruin. Getting into a serious car accident, sudden loss of a key life and a house burning down because of a lightning strike are all examples of such events and we need to be ready for them. Insurance is something we must have and hope that we never use.

Life Insurance in Estate Planning: Life Insurance can be a valuable element, especially when combined with a Will or a Trust in managing and preserving the estate you have and passing it on to your heirs. Our estate can be subject to many expenses immediately after passing if not managed properly. Proceeds from a life policy can be income tax free and can be used for many expenses by the beneficiaries. If the estate needs to go through probate or pay estate taxes then life insurance policy premium can be used to reduce the estate size (thus avoiding estate taxes). Not only it provides quick and prompt cash but also it allows money to be passed to the designated beneficiary essentially bypassing the probate. If done properly, the benefits are distributed tax-free and remain untouched by potential debts. Life insurance policy can be used by business owners to keep the business in the family. In many situations, families can use insurance benefits to cash out the other partners or heirs as desired or previously planned thus preserving continuity in the business, family peace and harmony. It would help if the discussion as to how the transition would happen has taken place prior to the event.

There are many different kinds of insurances that we need to consider. life Insurance I have the hardest time convincing young people about this. However, they simply have to imagine, unless they are independently wealthy from the beginning, as to how the family will be taken care of if they are disabled or are not around for whatever reason. Will the income flow continue? Will the family be able to live the same lifestyle? Will the children be able to bring their dream of college to fruition? Young families are the ones who need this insurance more than anyone else. When we get older and the children are on their own then it is not as important.

Disability Statistics show that about 25 percent of the 45 and under population would be disabled for a variety of reasons for 6 months or less. That is alarming. Good thing is that, for most of us who work, we have at least some disability insurance available through the workplace free of cost. It is recommended that we should look at complementing the disability insurance from workplace and pay for it ourselves. When we retire, this insurance can be discontinued. The initial period of no coverage, how much coverage and how long and the definition of the disability would be some of the variables to be considered and the premium would change accordingly.

Term Life: As the name suggests this insurance is only valid for the term of the contract, generally between 10 and 20 years at a time. It is the cheapest form of life insurance. For the duration of the contract the premium will stay the same. There is a health check involved and those who are not in good health or have unhealthy habits like smoking or being overweight will pay higher premium. It is ironic, as you may have concluded from my previous articles, how health comes in the picture so promptly in every financial thing we do. When the time comes for renewing the term life contract health gets reviewed again. We can get term life, at a reasonable price, for a long time if we maintain good health.

In the next month’s article (part II) I will continue discussion on other forms of essential insurances such as Health, Auto, Home and others.

Whole Life: There are many different morphs of this life insurance and new products are introduced just about every year. This form is more expensive in the beginning but one never has to renew the contract again ever regardless of your health. That is one of the important advantages of having such insurance. There are other advantages also such as a savings/dividend component and more.

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By Balaji Prasad “When I’m stuck for a closing to a lyric, I will drag out my last resort: overwhelming illogic.” ― David Bowie I often tell my SAT students that the problems in the test are easy. Really easy! Many don’t believe it at first, but when they see themselves crack puzzles that they saw as hard, they start to realize that “difficulty” is an illusion based on how they see themselves and how they see the problem in relationship to themselves. Not everything in life is as easy. We all face challenges that sometimes seem formidable, even impossible to overcome. Maybe many of life’s problems, too, can be cracked if you take the right mindset to these problems, but more importantly, if you manage to avoid the wrong mindsets. One mindset that is the bane of problem solving is “anchoring.”

if we are motivated to dig our heels in and stay rooted where we started? Try convincing that teenager boy who really wants to get that earring thingie, using all the logic in the world – it would likely be a losing battle. And lest we be unduly harsh on our young ones, we need to look at ourselves, too. Is it possible that some of us, at least some of the time, get stuck in positions, not because it makes sense and is practical, but because that is what we want! This is the stuff of which many, many arguments in this world are based on – we see this when two people or groups take up positions at the poles of an issue. It’s not just that we mistakenly get stuck, and it’s not just that we get stuck because of our emotion. We are able to stay in place because we have immense staying power! How we dig our heels in Human beings are “logical” creatures. As long as we are not too particular about how we define “logical.” Suffice it to say that we have fairly sophisticated abilities with expressing our thoughts in the form of language and expressions that use various accepted logical constructs such as cause-and-effect, whole-and-part and such – things that we have become used to, and accept as the currency of thought. And therein lies the issue. If we believe a position, or want to believe a position, logic provides us a tool that helps us justify why the position is right. It is amazing to see that people at opposite extremes of an issue can both be filled with the passion and indignation that comes with a sense of being right! But it happens all the time. We even see people killing each other to prove the “rightness” of their position. Personally, I think theorems are a better way than bloodshed, but you’d have to be a mathematician rather than a politician to see that. And most of us may be more of politicians than mathematicians – and this includes people who have advanced math degrees.

What is “anchoring”? Cognitive psychologists have recognized, for quite some time, the notion of “anchoring” as a bias in our thought process. The bias leads us, essentially, to get rooted, at least to some degree, in the place that we just happened to start at. This could be a somewhat arbitrary place. This tendency to anchor is often used by skilled negotiators to propose, for example, prices that are significantly higher than what they should be, causing potential buyers to start the bargaining at a price-point that is disadvantageous to them. Psychologists use the term, “anchoring” in a somewhat restricted context. But the word is useful in a broader sense to help us understand how we get can get mired in a swamp of our own making, staying stuck when we don’t need to. Anchors Aweigh! This ship’s gonna sail! Could life be better, if we can see things in ways other than Why we stop at the start which we happen to see things? Are we even capable of doing How we see something alters the thing. Sometimes, it alters this? Maybe. I remember watching a SpongeBob cartoon it forever. Many of us have come across optical illusions. There episode in which the characters decide to designate one day of is a famous one that looks like a wine goblet if you look at it in the week as an “opposite day” – a day in which you do the exact a certain way, and looks like the silhouette of two people’s faces opposite of what you would normally do. This is a day when facing each other, if you look at it in a different way. In this case, you would reverse your positions, and live like somebody else, if you are informed that it is an optical illusion, you may end not like yourself. up finding the alternative way of seeing the picture, thereby And maybe that is the way to lift the anchor and be free. seeing something that you could not see before. But in real life, Don’t be “yourself”! Do the opposite of what you think every there is no such signal given to us when we do face illusions – once in a while. And when you get stuck on a problem, whether no magic bell that goes off. So you may remain stuck seeing it it be a math problem, or one of the curve balls that life throws in the way that you happened to see it first, unless there is some your way, think differently. Think “illogically” – for that may push to grapple with it to dig out other views. actually be logical, and the way out of the forest. Logic is This is why children can be indoctrinated by consistently overrated! Do you agree? representing certain things in certain ways. Once the young mind accepts certain concepts and ways of seeing, if these are never revisited and questioned, all subsequent reasoning starts Balaji Prasad from that place. The parents live on as ghosts inside the child is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, … forever. SAT/ACT Online and Offline Coach, interview, There is another, subtler reason, though, for our inability to resume, and career coach at NewCranium. go beyond where we started. And that is because we want to Contact: 704.746.9779 stay at the starting point. Why would we go to a different place,


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MARKETING TURNAROUND essential Branding By Gail Z. Martin Who are you? To the world, you are the brand you create for yourself. That can be scary if you’re new to thinking of yourself as a brand. But to put it another way, you are the product, and products need a brand to stand out. So what’s yours? One approach to coming up with your brand is to think about who you serve, what you do for them, and what result you achieve, and then distill it down to three or four words. If you try that and struggle, here’s an exercise we use with clients. Describe what you do flippantly. Now look at what you wrote down. Is there truth in what you’ve said? How could you tweak it and make it work for you? That’s exactly what LeeAnn did— and her branding propelled her business far beyond her initial expectations. As you create your Fresh Start Success, make sure that branding is on your list of essentials! The Car Chick LeeAnn Shattuck went to college and earned degrees in Quantitative Economics and Industrial Engineering at Stanford. She followed in the footsteps of her father, who was a managing partner at Ernst & Whinney, and became an IT consultant for Anderson Consulting (which became Accenture). “I learned a lot of different businesses and industries,” LeeAnn says. “I learned something new every day. There was always a lot of interesting new information. But the travel got old. I travelled so often that I knew all about the flight crews and their families. When the crew started to comment when I wore a new outfit, I knew it was too much.” LeeAnn left Accenture and went to IBM, doing the same work at the same pay but working from home. After 9/11, IBM wanted her to move to New York City, and she refused. She moved to different IT jobs with smaller and smaller firms. “It was always the same hassles,” LeeAnn says. She got divorced, and her life began to shift. “The last straw came when I asked my boss if I could work a day at home—same billable hours—to meet a repair man, and he said, ‘why can’t your wife just handle all that for you?’ It didn’t even hit him what he was saying until it was out of his mouth,” LeeAnn says. “He and his male friends all had wives who didn’t work. It was very chauvinistic.” LeeAnn reevaluated her goals. “I asked myself why I was working eighty hour weeks to build a business for this idiot,” she recalls. “I wasn’t getting treated the same as the men, and they had zero-percent respect for work-life balance.” LeeAnn realized she was burned out and began looking for other options, including franchises. Then the universe intervened. “I was in the bathroom when I saw a brochure about car shopping—a company that helped women shop for cars,” LeeAnn says. “I called the owner, and fell in love with the concept right then. I have always loved cars, I’ve raced cars all my life. It was fate stepping in.” The company at the time was called Women’s Automotive Solutions. “I had no idea of what I was getting into,” LeeAnn admits. “Customers don’t magically show up. I didn’t know what I

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But an even stronger if somewhat more restrained dance awaited after intermission. Sepia (2010) uses falling sand from beautiful suspended hour glasses to shower (on demand) dancers, representative of time and changing consciousness. I heard strong influences of Igor Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring in thundering discordant drumming, which helped me to visualize the change of a person through adolescence. The set was stunning and the dancers strong. Hours before my press deadline, I saw Rioult Dance NY’s triptych WOMEN ON THE EDGE…Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War, based on Euripides’ tragic heroines Iphigenia, Helen of Troy, and Cassandra. Choreographer Pascal Rioult, a former French track and field athlete whose love of social dance morphed into his profession, reinforced Euripides’ elevation of women to that of peace-loving visionaries through costume and lighting. Euripides’ stories are narrated by the voice of actor Kathleen Turner. I came away from the first two dances, Iphigenia (2013) and On Distant Shores … a redemption fantasy (2011), satisfied but, frankly, a bit underwhelmed. I was distracted by what seemed to me to be a poorly displayed backdrop of clouds in the second dance. The dances were worth attending, but perhaps I need more viewings for them to excite me. However, I was impressed with the last dance, Cassandra’s Curse (2016). Trojan Princess and seer Cassandra warned her fellow citizens that the “gift” of the Trojan horse hid soldiers, but she was ignored. The ensuing truth of her vision resulted in the destruction of Troy and the end of the Trojan War. Dancers in Cassandra’s Curse had a strong and precise urgency to their movements, including an effective way of enacting the carnage. A clever cage cum wall was an important stage element, made even more dramatic not just with the dancing around and encased by it, but by the effective video projected through it. I didn’t realize till the question and answer period that the film was from the contemporary Syrian conflict, furthering choreographer Pascal Rioult’s use of Greek mythology to condemn the folly of war. At press time, several performances were pending, including Company Wang Ramirez and the annual Footprints show. The Festival ends on July 29 and 30 with Paul Taylor Dance Company, as I described in the July column. Company Wang Ramirez gave a very well received performance in 2015. Their dance Monchichi (2011) was an energetic melding of genres including hip hop, martial arts, and ballet with exciting “use of silhouette, Zen sensibility, and minimalistic white stage with a simple tree that is depicted differently depending on how it is lit” (from my August 2015 column). This year’s Borderline (2013) is said to address the meaning of democracy again through a multi-genre approach and the use of cables to describe freedom. Full more details on ADF, visit


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was a quartet of constantly connected dancers. Originally designed for four men, it was re-designed for two men and two women. There is little music but the dancers’ concerted breath sounds are amplified. It is exciting to see how the dancers form different shapes, often looking like four letter “N”s, hence the name. As much as I enjoyed it, I loved the last piece, One Flat Thing, reproduced. The curtains open to an array of steel office tables which the dancers almost immediately push out with gleeful noise toward the audience. The dance continues with an element of improvisation as dancers engage with tables. Even the industrial noise score, quite appropriate and appealing for the dance, is generated as the dance unfolds. I wouldn’t have guessed it, but in the question and answer period, it was revealed that the dance is about Antarctica with dancers experiencing the difficulties of exploring the geography of the icy (table) continent. Lar Lubovitch Dance Company had shows on July 11th and 12th. The choreographer Lar Lubovitch was presented with an annual Samuel H. Scripps/ADF award for lifetime achievement, which included a generous cash recognition. Trained as a dancer at The Julliard School, Mr. Lubovitch created his Company in 1968 and has choreographed over 100 dances, and been featured in film and Public Broadcasting’s Great Peformances. The performance included a whopping five dances. My seven-year-old daughter and I liked the first dance, North Star, 1st Movement (1978) the best. Set to the music of Philip Glass, the dance was reminiscent of inviting and relaxing ocean waves; my daughter said that it “made me want to move with it … [and] jump off and start dancing”. All the dances were artful with beautiful music. Koma Otake brought his innovative and contemplative The Ghost Festival to ADF. The first part was held in the contemporary 21c Hotel and then the second part was outside, where Koma danced in, around, under, and on top of a trailer with his artwork. The idea of dancing in a performance space that doubles as a visual art installation is an intriguing one that allows the audience to imbibe both visual and dance art forms in a cohesive and dynamic whole. Koma was very accessible and as soon as the performance ended, welcomed spectators to visit with him and look around his trailer and art. Perhaps the highlight for me for the season so far was Russian choreographer Tatiana Baganova’s Provincial Dances Theatre. I encourage those who can make it to take advantage of ADF’s free tours through their teaching studios. I enjoyed seeing a number of instructors at work in the ADF Six-Week School, including Baganova just two days before seeing her troupe perform. I saw Provincial Dances’ Maple Garden (1999) during ADF at their Russian Festival program in July 2004. I loved it then and I loved it when I saw it this year. The dance “presents strong, compelling, and mysterious visions. A bare-branched tree, bird sounds, and a man with a large butterfly net are just some of the images that make this work appear part fairytale and part grim dream. Beautiful, if grotesque, and bewitching.” The program’s description nicely sums up this visually lush and rather humorous piece with elements of aerial dance and seemingly Note: Photographs and American Dance Festival logo and schedule courtesy of American Dance Festival and used with permission. absurd kissing connections between dancers via string.


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There is a big difference between an intellectual person and a wise person, and here the spiritual practice of prayer helps us to move from mere intellect to wisdom. Prayer takes us into the heart, connecting us to the Source, where we are able to let go of any mistakes we have made, deciding not to make the same mistakes again. Is this not wisdom? Whereas if we succumb to making foolish mistakes day after day, hour after hour, we are not becoming wiser. We become wiser when we wish to change from the bottom of our hearts and ask for help to do so. When we live with this attitude every moment, wisdom flourishes. Wisdom is to utilize all our faculties at their best. Wisdom is to have the maximum output with the minimum input. With minimum action we have the maximum result. Only with a meditative mind, only through meditative acts in our day-today life, can we expect to have such good results.

By Kamlesh D. Patel The Evolution of Consciousness Part 2 – The Subtle Body Last month, in Part 1, Kamlesh D. Patel described the three main bodies that together form the base of life forms on earth. In this second article of the series, he explores one of these in depth, the subtle body, and how it evolves. Meditation What does meditation have to do with this? We meditate to regulate our minds. An unregulated mind is pulled by wishes and desires, fears and habits, in many different directions. The mind becomes weak as it scatters in many different channels. In contrast, a regulated mind brings focus, and promotes well-being. Unless and until we meditate properly, and unless and until we regulate our minds properly, our consciousness will not evolve. Manas, buddhi and ahankar are all refined and developed through meditation, especially manas as we learn to simplify our thinking process from many channels to one channel, and then deepen it to feeling. Thus the habit of “feeling” is slowly cultivated from “thinking.”

Purifying and Simplifying the Subtle Body through Cleaning For this to happen the heart-mind field has to be purified, otherwise it is like expecting to see the bottom of a lake through muddy, turbulent water. There is no clarity in a turbulent mind. The spiritual practice of cleaning past impressions is therefore also necessary for consciousness to evolve.

Developing the Meditative State Further Holding and nurturing the condition received in meditation throughout the day is a byproduct of good meditation, and helps us regulate and deepen the mind to an even higher level. When we are in this state of constant awareness or remembrance of the inner state, we do not allow our canvas to be spoilt, so consciousness remains afresh. The canvas remains clean and is not destroyed by the multifarious impressions we form. Imagine the heart-mind vibrational field having a spectrum of consciousness spanning the subconscious, conscious and superconscious states. Swami Vivekananda once said, “Consciousness is a mere film between two oceans, the subconscious and the superconscious.” Or you can imagine the subconscious as being like the ocean, consciousness like the surface of the land, and super-consciousness like the sky going out into the universe. As we evolve, our consciousness expands into both the subconscious and superconscious realms, traveling through the vast infinity of the human potential. Another way of saying this is that we go deeper and deeper into the vastness of the heart, from our starting point at the surface.

Ahankar The third aspect of the subtle body is ego, ahankar. Ego plays a vital role in whether or not expansion or evolution of consciousness occurs. Ego is often seen as the bad guy by spiritual practitioners of all traditions, but ego is also essential for our evolution. It is the active function of the mind – the doing, thinking function – and we need it in every aspect of daily life, even to have the craving to evolve. It gives us our identity. It is the activating or initiating force. If it is used wisely, it serves us well, like any other resource, but it is often misused, and this is what we commonly refer to as being egotistical. When ego is used for selfish purpose, we become arrogant and self-important, whereas if we constantly refine the ego, consciousness develops very rapidly. What does it mean to refine the ego? The more humility we have, the less the egotistical proliferations. All great spiritual teachers have given so much importance to this aspect of character formation. They have valued this quality so highly that humility at any cost must be maintained, whether towards a child, a poor person or a stranger. The philosophy here is that there is nothing wrong in thinking yourself to be great, but always think the other person in front of you is greater.

Buddhi and Prayer In this process of diving deeper, the intellect, buddhi, becomes more and more heart-based. Intuition and inspiration develop, and buddhi becomes fine-tuned, like a sensitive antenna picking up the signals of the heart. Intellect evolves into a state of wisdom. Often we think of a wise person as someone who makes wise choices, but here we go further into a different dimension where choice is no longer required, as the heart’s wisdom is pure and correct.

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end the 3- and 10-year bars to reentry. Current immigration law forces families—especially those whose members have different citizenship or immigration statuses—into a dilemma: pursue a green card by leaving the country and your loved ones behind, or remain in the shadows. Clinton proposes working with Congress to repeal the 3- and 10-year bars to keep families together. Support immigrant integration. The United States is home to an estimated 42 million immigrants—13% of the overall U.S. population. Clinton will focus on supporting successful immigrant integration by creating a national Office of Immigrant Affairs to ensure successful immigrant and refugee integration in every community.

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talent from 2015. Famous Bollywood actors walk the coveted IIFA signature green carpet to greet screaming fans and media from around the world. The awards night is full of glamour, glitz, and high energy dance performances from Bollywood’s top stars. Talented and comedic duo Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar returned this year to host the evening. Performances by Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra had audiences on their toes. The awards ceremony will air for global audiences exclusively on Colors TV. IIFA 2016 Winner’s List (Courtesy IIFA): Best Lyric Writer: - Varun Grover for Dum laga Ke Haisha in the film Moh Moh Ke Dhaage Best Female Playback Singer Award is Monali Thakur for Dum Laga Ke Haisha for the film Moh Moh Ke Dhaage Best Male Playback Singer Award: is Papon for Moh Moh Ke Dhaage in the film Moh Moh Ke Dhaage Best Music Direction- ‘Roy’ Meet Bros, Anjjan, Ankit Tiwari, Amaal Mallik Best Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee for Bajirao Mastani Best Screenplay: Kabir Khan, Parveez Shaikh, V. Vijayendra Prasad for Bajrangi Bhaijaan Best Editing: A Sreekar Prasad for Talvar Debut Male- Vicky Kaushal for Masaan Debut Female- Bhoomi Pednekar for Dum Laga Ke Haisha Best Performance in a Comic Role Award: - Male Deepak Dobriyal from Tanu Weds Manu Returns Best Performance in Negative role Award - Darshan Kumar for NH 10 IIFA Jodi of the Year- Athiya Shetty & Sooraj Pancholi Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male) Award - Anil Kapoor from Dil Dhadakne Do Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female) Award: Priyanka Chopra from Bajirao Mastani IIFA Woman of the Year- Priyanka Chopra Best Story- Juhi Chaturvedi from Piku Best Performance in a Leading role (Male) Award - Ranveer Singh from Bajirao Mastani Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female) Award - Deepika Padukone from Piku Best Direction- Sanjay Leela Bhansali from Bajirao Mastani Best Picture- Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Producers - Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh

The 17th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) ceremony took place this year in Madrid, Spain from June 23 – 26. The event takes place every year in various locations around the world to promote Indian Cinema globally. The IIFA weekend includes various workshops, street festival, a very popular IIFA Rocks show, and culminates with the IIFA awards ceremony. The IIFA awards honored both technical and artistic

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the ancient environment may have been favorable for microbial life, probing the Martian rocks for evidence of past life. Throughout its investigation, it will collect samples of soil and rock and cache them on the surface for potential return to Earth by a future mission. “The Mars 2020 rover is the first step in a potential multimission campaign to return carefully selected and sealed samples of Martian rocks and soil to Earth,” said Geoffrey Yoder, acting associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This mission marks a significant milestone in NASA’s Journey to Mars – to determine whether life has ever existed on Mars, and to advance our goal of sending humans to the Red Planet.”

This image is from computer-assisted-design work on the Mars 2020 rover. The design leverages many successful features of NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012, but also adds new science instruments and a sampling system to carry out new goals for the 2020 mission. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

To reduce risk and provide cost savings, the 2020 rover will look much like its six-wheeled, one-ton predecessor, Curiosity, but with an array of new science instruments and enhancements to explore Mars as never before. For example, the rover will conduct the first investigation into the usability and availability of Martian resources, including oxygen, in preparation for human missions. Mars 2020 will carry an entirely new subsystem to collect and prepare Martian rocks and soil samples that includes a coring drill on its arm and a rack of sample tubes. About 30 of these sample tubes will be deposited at select locations for return on a potential future sample-retrieval mission. In laboratories on Earth, specimens from Mars could be analyzed for evidence of past life on Mars and possible health hazards for future human missions. Two science instruments mounted on the rover’s robotic arm will be used to search for signs of past life and determine where to collect samples by analyzing the chemical, mineral, physical and organic characteristics of Martian rocks. On the rover’s mast, two science instruments will provide highresolution imaging and three types of spectroscopy for characterizing rocks and soil from a distance, also helping to determine which rock targets to explore up close. A suite of sensors on the mast and deck will monitor weather conditions and the dust environment, and a groundpenetrating radar will assess sub-surface geologic structure. The Mars 2020 rover will use the same sky crane landing For more information about Mars 2020, visit: system as Curiosity, but will have the ability to land in more


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Festival of India The 22nd annual Festival of India, organized by the India Association of Charlotte, will take place in downtown Charlotte on Sat, Sept 17 (noon - 8pm) and Sun, Sept 18 (noon - 7pm). Festival of India is organized to showcase the country’s diversity of culture and heritage to the larger community in the Carolinas and provides an opportunity for cultural exchange in a fun setting. The festival exposes people here to the rich mosaic of different art, crafts, languages, couture and cuisine from the various regions of India in a festive setting. The result is to enhance the education of fellow citizens about the rich heritage of an ancient civilization with the expectation of bringing different people together. For more details, visit Bollywood Dreams RoAR For the first time ever, DJ Akbar Sami will spin the best Bollywood Remixes for you to tear up the dance floor with mind blowing sound and light works. This exuberant event will be in the Main Room at Label, Charlotte on Friday, August 19 with doors opening at 10:00pm. Tickets are on sale now! Learn more about this event at

IASnC presents Dandiya night Indo-American Society of North Carolina is proud to present the biggest Dandiya Night program at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Event Center (West Wing), 1921 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403 on Saturday September 24, 2016, 3 – 10pm. Free Admission and Free Parking. Details of the program include cultural events, Dandiya and live DJ dances, food vendors, booths with Indian clothing and Jewelry, Henna Tattoos and other booths. Free admission and free parking. Vendors contact or Krishna Balu (336-686-0410). Dance Drama Matsyakanya Dandiya stickers will be available for purchase. For participation After the success of “Mudra” in 2014, Laasya School of Dance in cultural program contact or now in association with Shivapriya School of Dance presents Gauri Sharma: 336-684-5833, Amritha Karkera: 336-255-6451 “Matsyakanya” - a dance drama. Dr. Sanjay Shantaram, Director of Shivapriya School of Dance is a world renowned India Independence Day Celebration artist who has won numerous accolades world over. This is a The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents the annual Indian community outreach event for Pratham RTP. The event takes Independence Day celebration on Sunday, August 14 from place on Saturday, August 6 at 5pm at East Chapel Hill High noon to 2pm. The event will feature flag hoisting, singing of the School. For tickets call 919-345-1560 or visit event website at national anthem, and a cultural show. It all takes place at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. For more details, call 704-535-3440 or visit

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however, donations and sponsorships are encouraged because the net proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the Ganesh Festival activities. The donation/sponsorship levels are as follows: Ganesh Festival: Platinum (5 day/bricks): $1,001. Gold: $751. Silver: $501. Mahaprasad: $251. Shivsaya Dhol Tasha/Aarti: $151. CPL: Platinum: $1000. Gold: $750. Silver: $500. Man of the Match $250. Supporter: $150. For questions about Hindu Center events/donations, please call (704)-5353440. For queries about the CPL tournament and sponsorships, please call Dajiba Patil at (440)-715-5325/Vinod Haval at (704)763-1466/Pandurang Naik at (704)-904-3636. On a side note, have you ever wondered if there are any Bollywood movies about Cricket? Yes, there definitely are! 1) Lagaan [starring Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne] came out in 2001 features an Indian village during the British colonial times—-the year was 1893. The British are forcing a higher Lagaan (tax) on the villagers, and they do not want to pay the higher tax. Therefore, the villages challenge the Brits to a cricket match and if the villagers win, there will be no Lagaan and if they lose, there would be double or triple Lagaan. The villagers are relatively inexperienced but watch the movie and see how they do in this “David vs. Goliath” story! The soundtrack is by A.R. Rahman and all the songs are simply marvelous. 2) Ferrari Ki Saawari [starring Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Ritvik Sahore] came out in 2012 and depicts the loving relationship between a grandfather, father and son. The son’s dreams are to be a cricket star and his idol is none other than Sachin Tendulkar! Amusing dialogues and escapades ensue as the trio “borrow” Sachin Tendulkar’s red Ferrari and really paint the town red. The movie contains a song from the movie titled “Maaro” that is all about cricket. 3) Kai Po Che [starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Asif Basra, Amit Sadh, Rajkummar Rao, Amrita Puri] came out in 2013 and it is a story about three brothers who dream of opening a sports academy which features cricket as its mainstay. “Manja” is a popular song from that movie.

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never returned to normal. These aging men made it back to an almost foreign country many years later. The surroundings, the attitudes, the philosophy, the dreams had all changed. Ahmad Hasan, the movie star-like hunk who could charm anybody on the planet with his looks and intelligence, had a stroke in 1996 at age 60. He drooled and smiled when you talked to him. I don’t know what he understood anymore. The few times I visited Islamabad, I saw his imprint on that beautiful city, and driving just a few miles out, I saw the imprint of the Taliban, a people who were now a domineering force in the future of the nation. A few weeks ago, Ahmad Hasan died at 80. He is survived by his wife and three kids, and a nation he wouldn’t recognize now. We live in global fear now, and I want to know what brought us here, what ate my country of birth. The editor wanted me to just tell the truth, so this happened. ________ Ahsen Jillani lives in Mint Hill and is homeless.


But people often have a love-hate relationship with the word. Politicians have used it both as a tool to align themselves with the common man and as a weapon to paint their opponent as outdated and resistant to necessary change. “Putting aside the question of race, because that’s only one part of it, I tend to dislike the idea of anything being the dominant majority,” says Chang. “Often, I’m trying to get readers to pay attention to movies outside of the mainstream, the ones that are worthwhile but don’t have the big budgets, big studios and advertising budgets to get seen.” For Kondabolu, being mainstream means being aligned with the entertainment icons that influenced him so much as a teenager growing up in Queens, New York. It’s about being part of a tradition, with the “The Simpsons,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live,” along with “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Seinfeld.” In “Mainstream American Comic,” he gives monologues about his love for Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, his hatred of former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and his mother’s dislike of discussing the death penalty at the dinner table. He also talks about current issues such as the presidential election, gun control and police brutality. “I don’t want the stuff I talk about to be niche issues,” he says. “These are things that should be part of the mainstream discussion.” Chang too, who is one of few non-white American film critics working in mainstream media, has never wanted to be seen as “the Asian American critic.” But he understands the impact it’s had on others just to see a person of color in his role. Earlier this year at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, director Ryan Coogler singled Chang out as an example of the diversity that Hollywood should strive for not only in the creative spheres, but in executive roles and in journalism — in all facets of the entertainment industry. “As a critic, I’ve always hated the idea of some films getting praised simply because they’re relatable,” says Chang. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in favor of art that strikes a broadly accessible chord. But it seems narcissistic to place value on something just because it speaks to your own specific experience, which I think too easily gets mistaken for universal experience. We should be looking for different types of stories and, perhaps more importantly, different types of storytelling.” “I feel like we’re in a period of great change,” says Kondabolu. “More people have voices than ever before, and the mainstream media is so dependent on the Internet for information, so it allows us to start from the bottom and make an impact.” Impact can be greater, though, than so-called mainstream gigs and accolades. One photo of a protester made the rounds on social media in late 2014, after Kondabolu released his first album. Her sign featured one of his lines: “Telling me that I’m obsessed with talking about racism in America is like telling me I’m obsessed with swimming when I’m drowning.” “My standup album ‘Waiting for 2042’ was not nominated for a Grammy,” he wrote then on his Tumblr. “But this sign at a protest in NYC after the grand jury verdict regarding Eric Garner’s murder means more to me.” August 2016


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Charlotte Agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan - 704.456.9881 Art of living (Charlotte) 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 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 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded with a singular vision / mission to “Raise Up The Next Generation For Jesus Christ”. The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel -

Carolina Khadayata Samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740 Carolina Sanskritik Marathi Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Carolinas Christian Assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 704-771-1414 (Church) 404-840-6745 (Mobile) 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 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion among the group. For Further Details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar - - 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave - - 704.844.9567 Charlotte Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850 Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja 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 100

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays and also the group meets for breakfast at Panera Bread near Whitehall most Sundays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411 Charlotte Telangana Association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355 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. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - 704.807.3933 - Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Sunday, Sept 25, 2016 - Vocal concert by Trichur Brothers and Party @CPCC Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 - Flute Concert by Mr. Raman and Party (TBD) For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186 Gurdwara Sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For Further Details: Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and

religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Aug 7-13: Bhagwad Katha Saptah with Shri Murlika Ji Sun, Aug 14: Celebration of India’s Independence Day Aug 19 - 21: Balaji’s Brahmotsava Aug 25: Janmasthami Sept 5 - 10: Ganesh Chaturthi Sept 10: Ganesh Visarjan For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager) India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. Upcoming Events: Sat-Sun, Sept 17-18: Festival of India, downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727 Indian American Muslim Council (IMAC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details: Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: Prakshal & Puja - 9:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo 7:30pm


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For Further Details on Probasi: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326 Sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: Shanti niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and well-being of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details: Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan 104

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including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556

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

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform seva and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004

South Park Cricket Club (SPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar - Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: Trimurti Temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore

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Bhartiya Senior Citizens of nC (BSCnC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, August 13. The members will celebrate Janmastami and India Independence Day. For Further Details: Bharati Patel (President) - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi (Vice-President) - 910.391.1809 Carolina Rajasthani Association (CRA) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details: Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDu) Swami Chidatmananda is the regional head of Chinmaya Mission Andhrapradesh. Swamiji brings out variety of creative and scientific presentations by unearthing the ancient philosophies that appeal to the modern and rational minds thereby transforming them for the better. An element of humor is seen in his style that smoothens and simplifies the subject delivered and also has a healing effect on the audience. Swamiji is a law graduate from Osmania University. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayandaji, he joined SandeepanySadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1989 under the tutelage of Swami Purushottamanandaji. In 1993 he was initiated into brahmacharya deeksha by Pujya Gurudev and posted as the Acharya of the mission center at Hyderabad. In 1999 he was initiated into sanyasa deeksha by Swami Tejomayanandaji. “Essential values of Mahatma Gandhi”, Free talks in English by Swami Chidatmananda ji based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Geeta are presented by Chinmaya Mission Raleigh. These talks are conducted in the Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium located at 930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary, NC, 27513”. Detailed Retreat Information For Further Details: Contact: Venkat Mandavilli - 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) The Dada Bhagwan 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, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Local Satsangs are held Every Sunday 5-7 pm followed by Prasad at Country Inn & Suites, 201 Airgate Dr, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 110

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of nC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: 919.806.5928 RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community

through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: / Sahaj Marg Meditation (Triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki - Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sewa RTP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. The vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering. For Further Details: Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: 919.824.8429 (Rajendran Kailasam) South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and 118

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and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - - 919.596.4792 Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness & raise funds. For Further Details:


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Vraj education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: for timing and location information.

Regional Dada Bhagwan Foundation What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many: attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877.505.DADA (3232) ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh & Columbia. For Further Details: Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal - 803.665.4050 Grihastha Family Institute The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details: Hindu Society of eastern nC (Greenville, nC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360

ISKCon of Sandy Ridge - Temple of the Holy name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in Prabhupada Village, a rural community, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Prabhupada Village is also home to the Bhaktivedanta Archives and the Festival of India. Everyone is welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am–7:30pm, 7 days a week. Special program every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and a pure, vegetarian feast. Festivals celebrated year round. For Further Details: 336-593-2322 nithyananda Sangha north Carolina (Inner Awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114 Sri Somesvara Temple (Asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarthi is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). The Temple:  113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC For Further Details: 864.329.9961 Hanahan Table-Tennis Training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Sat & Sun from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire required. Center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Rd., Boiling Springs, SC.. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12:00 noon and between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, social & spiritual lives. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661 Indian upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda 864-561-1016


Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 Masjid noor-ul-Huda (MnH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6-8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes for children are also conducted daily. The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. For Further Details: Masjid main number - 803.754.2632 Spartanburg Buddhist Center of SC The Center’s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the center opened in 2010, a regular English-speaking group meets at 6 pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road., Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.327.8726 Telugu Association of Greater Greenville Telugu Association of Greater Greenville (TAGG) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. For Further Details: Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8:00pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road in Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852 August 2016




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Are there special rules for men speaking to female monks? As long as there is a third person around, and as long as we are not sharing the same seat, [men and female monks] can be close. But I must have a sister [fellow female monk] here as a witness.

People see monks and wonder: Does it really make you happy to give up everything like that? Yes. Because we give up the bad things, not everything. It is letting go of that which is unwholesome.

You have very young grandkids. What are the rules regarding grandchildren? Can you pick them up and play with them? The youngest is a boy and, yes, I have held him. I don’t think of him as a man so I’m not touching a man. He’s a two-yearold boy. A child! But I don’t go around hugging him.

But you have to let go of pizza. And high tea, as you mentioned. or your boyfriend or girlfriend. It seems hard. At certain points, it may be so. But then you look ahead in time, outside this context, and realize the goal is much greater than your boyfriend or your girlfriend. And much greater than pizza.

As I understand it, monks aren’t even allowed to tickle? What sorts of backgrounds do the female monks here have? Oh yes! You aren’t supposed to tickle a monk. Because people All different backgrounds. This one studied journalism. The will roll into a great laughter. That’s part of the rules. next one over was a seamstress. Some were just ordinary factory workers. Two of them have master’s degrees. So no tickling your grandchildren? No, that rule is about tickling monks. Not about tickling If there was a vote, do you think Thai society would allow laypeople. But, no, I don’t tickle them. women to be ordained? Ordination is our heritage given by the Buddha. So we should How do regular people treat female monks out in public? not be ordained expecting people to accept me. You should There are two groups. Some couldn’t care less. Others are more ordain because you want to do it and to keep our heritage alive. suspicious. But for those who are interested, we educate them. It’s much easier now compared to 16 years ago when I was the As a monk you have to subdue your anger. But doesn’t it only female monk walking in this land. make you irritated that people think you shouldn’t be a monk? Tell me about your first day collecting alms. I cannot put the ignorance of all the people in the whole world I was invited to Rayong (a Thai coastal province) for a seminar. on my shoulders. And I went out with the male monks. People in the marketplace, when they realized the last one walking in the back was actually female, they were so interested! One household ran inside and grabbed a big box of drinks and offered it to my [alms] bowl. I was happy. To go back to Buddha’s time, it’s said that if you make an offering to monks, M a g a z i n e that’s well and good. But if you make offerings to both monks Free Subscription (NC & SC) and female monks? It’s even better. This is in the text.


The ordination process for female monks involves embarrassing questions, even sexual questions. Does that create more resistance to ordaining women? For men, they ask, “Are you a man? Do you have such and such illness?” For women, they will ask about our private parts. “Do you menstruate all the time?” Or whether you have all of your sex organs. But if I am willing to answer this, they should give us ordination. I think Thai women, young and old, are willing to go through this interrogation. What do you miss about regular life? I miss high tea. This here [gestures toward an 11 a.m. lunch spread donated by the local village] is our last meal of the day. So no high tea. I actually used to enjoy it more than dinner. Especially if it came with blueberry cheesecake. Can’t you just eat cheesecake in the morning? It doesn’t feel the same way in the morning! You just have to give it up. Some people who’ve been through challenges in life end up being pretty funny. Do you have a sense of humor? I have a great sense of humor! The monastic life is quite dry. You need to laugh once in awhile. You shouldn’t be making jokes all the time like a joker. But if you can show people


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Ego can be like a black hole. It can have the greatest gravitational pull upon our consciousness. It will not allow consciousness to expand. Just as the earth’s gravitational pull does not allow us to fall into infinite space, likewise our ego can hold consciousness to its core. An example of this is a very narcissistic person, who is undergoing a devolutionary process where consciousness contracts in on itself to its core, and can become like a stone. In contrast, by transcending the relationship with the ego by refining it, becoming more and more humble, consciousness can expand infinitely. Ego manifests in many ways. For example, in a music concert, when I am happily playing my flute as a performer, it gives so much joy and the audience reciprocates accordingly. But as an artist, I will not be happy unless I surpass my previous performances all the time. The manifested ego makes me perform well. But to think that no one can play the flute better than myself is not a welcome manifestation of ego. Ego can be our best friend in helping us outperform our own past records.

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By Kirit Shukla

Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. A girl as she is related to other children of her parents. 7. A house reserved for women of a Muslim household. 12. Provisional; temporary. 14. A stick used for flogging. 15. A decoration or an ornament. 17. Venereal disease. (*) 18. A noisy, confused conflict. 19. To such an extent. 20. A Hawaiian food made of taro root, cooked with water. 21. Expecting the worst. 24. Split end. (*) (Football) 25. Absence of or unnatural narrowing of a body wound. 26. In addition; also. 27. Dishes made of baked and glazed clay; potteries. 28. Costa Rica. (*) 29. North Dakota. (*)30. The Hindu Goddess of love; associate of Kamadeva. 31. A noxious weed thought to be darnel. (Bible). 33. A gradual gliding surface. 36. To make (a bill) into a law; decree. 37. The day after Sunday. 39. European Currency Unit.(*) 40. Ohio.(*) 42. The plural of goose. 43. To produce spasmodic contractions (in a muscle.) 44. A small, cozy room in a house where a person can be alone to read, work etc.

1. Former name of Thailand. 2. Freedom. 3. Took another’s property secretly and unlawfully. 4. “Mother ___ “’ Catholic missionary in India. (1910-1997) 5. Irish physicist who got Nobel prize in Physics in 1951. 6. The metal hoop to which the net is attached. (Basketball) 8. One of the main divisions of a drama or opera. 9. Royal Academy. (*) 10. Something said or done in farewell or conclusion. 11. A national health program for certain medical expenses for the elderly paid by federal funds. 13. Hypnotic attraction; fascination. 16. Any loud, disagreeable sounds. 20. Parent-Teacher Association. (*) 22. Angry. 23. Of or having to do with any pope named Sixtus. 24. Music. (in Hindi). The article of music in Saathee. 28. Any of the lines that mark off the station of the batsman or of the bowler. (Cricket) 30. Resistance to Change. (*) (Psychology) 32. Combined (numbers) into a sum. 34. Nautical. (*) 35. A box or balcony in a theater. 38. The basic monetary unit of Japan. 41. Hawaii. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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August 2016

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



The unused 4 letters spell that means ”Turnover (Kayak!)”

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


(The common letters are “FL” - Fill in the blanks) 1. Altruistic; devoted to other’s welfare. _ _ _ FL _ _ _ 2. Aroma; smell. FL _ _ _ _ 3. To ransack or rob (a place). _ _ FL _ 4. A fluttering noise; slipper. FL _ _ FL _ _ 5. A course woolen cloth with a thick nap. _ _ _ FL _ 6. Either of two lobes of a whale’s tail. FL _ _ _ 7. Any quick, automatic response. (Physiology) _ _ FL _ _ 8. Flood; surplus. _ _ _ _ FL _ _ 9. National Football League. (*) _ FL 10. Having little value or importance. _ _ _ FL _ _ _ 11. To run away or escape from danger. FL _ _ 12. To collapse by letting out air or gas. _ _ FL _ _ _ 13. Rubbish; humbug. FL _ _ FL _ _ 14. Highest Flood Level. (*) _ FL 15. A separate sheet of a folded printed paper. _ _ _ FL _ _ 16. Short for influenza. FL _ 17. Swell out as with air or gas; expand. _ _ FL _ _ _ 18. To conceal a thing by the use of paint, nets, leaves etc. in pattern merging with the background. _ _ _ _ _ FL _ _ _ 19. Private Forest Land Act. (*)(Canada) _ FL _ 20. Suffocate; choke. _ _ _ FL _ 21. A state in SE USA. Cap. Tallahassee. FL _ _ _ _ _ 22. A turning aside, bending, or deviation. _ _ FL _ _ _ _ _ _ 23. To breath in forcibly and repeatedly. _ _ _ _ FL _ 24. On board ship; at sea; not sinking. _ FL _ _ _ 25. A scarf worn around throat, for warmth. _ _ _ FL _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


August 2016


Spot the Differences Solutions from page 88 1. Monkey added 2. Feet removed 3. Color changed 4. Melon added 5. Color changed

August 2016 Aug. 1 - Lughnasadh / Lammas Aug. 2 - Hariāli Amās/Divāso (No Moon) Aug. 8 - Kalki Jayanti Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan.) Aug. 14 - Pavitrā/Putradā Ekādasi Aug. 14 - Tisha B’av Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 17 - Pateti (Pārsi New Year 1386) Aug. 18 - Rakshābandhan/ Balev /Shrāvani (Full Moon) Aug. 21 - Senior Citizens Day Aug. 22 - Nāg Panchami Aug. 23 - Rāndhan Chhath Aug. 24 - Shitalā Saptami Aug. 25 - Krishna Janmāshtami Aug. 28 - Ajā Ekādasi

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September 2016 Sep. 2 - Pithori Amās (No Moon) Sep. 4 - Kevadā Trij / Haritālikā Trij Sep. 5 - Ganesh Chaturthi Sep. 5 - Labor Day Sep. 6 - Rishi Pānchami Sep. 9 - Rādhastami / Dharo ātham Sep. 11 - Patriot Day Sep. 11 - Grandparents Day Sep. 13 - Eid al –Adha Sep. 13 - Parivartini Ekādasi / Vāman Jayanti Sep. 15 - Anant Chaturdashi Sep. 16 - Prausthapadi Purnima (Full Moon) Sep. 17– Shrāddha Paksha starts Sep. 26 - Indira Ekādasi Sep. 30 - Sarvapitri Shrāddh/ Darsh Amās (No Moon)

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August 2016

Teatime in the City continued from page 14

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ARIeS (Mar 20 - Apr 20) You may feel like you are living in a war zone. Constant struggle and dispute, along with sickness, may tear down your self-confidence. Relocation may make the situation worse. Stay alert during third week of the month. Your family may not be able to help you. Don’t take any risks and watch your health. You may have to surrender to superiors at workplace to survive. You may see some relief during final week of the month. TAuRuS (Apr 20 - May 21) Your life has entered into a comfort zone. Your spiritual power may lead you on the right path this month. Financial gain is clearly indicated. Egoistic comments during family discussion may create minor problems. Spend some time in spiritual and religious activities. Your sixth sense may send you important messages. Do not argue with your spouse. Good news from a far-off place may make you comfortable. GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) Life may take a major turn this month. Time is good to invest in real estate. You may feel like a different person, so avoid making comments in public. Your reputation may enjoy a big boost. Unexpected financial gain and an offer for a new career may change many things. A positive response in love life may delight you. You want to reshuffle your investment portfolio at the beginning of the month. Be prepared for a very active month. CAnCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) After an emotional start to the month, the time may take a sudden positive turn during second half. Your thoughts may take a big swing and you’ll feel very happy. Very powerful response from people around you should boost your confidence. Travel can be fun this month while financial gain is also possible. Take the changes positively and move ahead with confidence without rushing for anything. leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) The middle of the month may change your life completely. Don’t count on your friends for now. A major dispute with your spouse may damage your health. Take it easy and keep moving forward with confidence. Unexpected positive changes in your career may force you to adopt a new vision. Avoid making arrogant comments in the first half of the month. Don’t plan to invest in real estate for now. VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Your stubborn attitude may create problems with family members. Major ups and downs on the financial front are also possible this month. Though your situation should improve during the final week. Try to avoid unnecessary traveling this month. Your friends may not keep their word. It is advisable to focus on routine work and avoid taking any risks. Your spouse may force you to have a religious celebration this month.

numerous mistakes and then spend time correcting them. Luck is on your side this month, try to control your greed for money. You may also cross limits against your nature. An unexpected long distance journey is possible during second half of the month. A minor health problem may turn serious, if not properly addressed. Avoid compromising with your religious beliefs to earn more money.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) Major expenses are possible this month. You may get stuck in an unexpected problem, so don’t try to act smart. Any legal dispute must be avoided. Your enemies may enjoy giving the upper hand to you. Any risk-taking tendency must be curbed, although you should be able to maintain a steady flow of income. Also watch your health and check your diet. Life may not feel pleasant. Your spouse may help you during second half of the month. Avoid hiding any problems. SAGITTARIuS (nov 22 - Dec 21) Your income may rise this month, but so will your expenses. It is very important that you listen to your sixth sense and spend some time for spiritual activities. Destiny may bring major surprises for you. Don’t blindly trust your partner. Be thankful for receiving something very unique this month. Your religious apprehensions may go away and a clarity of understanding will make you contented. Ignore materialistic gains for now. CAPRICoRn (Dec 21 - Jan 20) A major turning point in life may come your way by end of the month. You may change your career or karma. You may get actively involved in some kind of religious or spiritual group. Some kind of disturbance at work may not be pleasant. Many opportunities may come your way and confuse your selection. Your child may bring happiness in your life by achieving something great. Bravely accept any changes. AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) A sudden financial gain may surprise you this month, as money may come your way from multiple directions. Family happiness could be there for you. Avoid travel during second half of the month to avoid wasting time and energy. Don’t make any changes in your investment portfolio. Spare some time for social or religious activities, as they may protect you from making mistakes. PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Changes in travel plans or relations with your loved one may bring great happiness for you. Drive very carefully. You may want to earn some easy money by breaking your own ethics. Arguments with your parents may ruin your mood during middle of the month. A sudden health problem may force you to cancel your plans. You may have to pay for the mistake by a family member.

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C-Store/Gas Station for lease in North Carolina. Inside Sales $40k/month. Lotto $1200/month. Rent $2k/month. Asking $30k + inventory. Call Atul 704-657-6669. Independent Motel for Sale: 38 Rooms + 2 BR managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment in SC just south of Florence on I-95. Serious buyers only. No owners finance. Call 843-992-8424. C-store for lease: 15 miles north of Raleigh. Lotto, Poker, Gas/Diesel. Also 2 back rooms/bathrooms. No competition. Low overhead. New equipment. Call 919.539.5232. C-Stores w/Gas Available: Multiple locations in NC and SC with an average investment of $160k. Call Brian at 864-300-4889. For Sale: Gas Station w/ C-Store, 3 bedroom mobile home and Restaurant (rented) plus ATM, pool table, jukebox, and video games all included. Pollocksville, NC. 252-521-5656. C-Store/Gas Station for lease/Sale in Gastonia, NC. Great Opportunity with high potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill/ inventory. Please call 704-813-9698. Convenience Stores/Gas Stations for lease or Sale in NC. Great opportunities with upside potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill / inventory. Please call 803-789-3133. Retail / Convenience-Stores: Retail/C-Stores: C- Store: Angier, NC $85K + Inv; C-Store: Dobson, NC $69K + Inv, GR $865K; C-store: Jackson, NC $99K + Inv, GR $918K; Call 704821-8888 or visit

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experienced Gujarati Cook needed immediately. Full time position for a nonprofit organization in Charlotte Metro Area. Call Ashok Shah at 704-460-5569. live-in nanny needed: for 1.5 year old daughter near Concord Mills area. Competitive pay. Call 203-727-9540. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Accommodations provided. Call 803-387-6715.

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Help Wanted: Full time openings for accounting and sales admin position for manufacturing facility in High Point, NC. Please send resume to Hotel Help needed in Charlotte: Front desk, housekeeper/laundry and manager (experience a plus). Competitive salary & accommodations provided. Call 704-502-2630 or e-mail Help Wanted: Hiring Experienced eyebrow threading artist. Offering great pay and benefits. Near Winston Salem, NC. Willing to help relocate. Contact 704-699-8397.

PROPERTY FOR SALE Commercial Building for Sale in Mauldin, SC. 1800 sqft. Two rest rooms/handicap, break room, office area, A/C, parking, prime location. B/O. Call 864-419-7229.

Apartment for Sale in Bangalore near Chennai Expressway. 2 BR, 2 Bath. 1165 sqft., semi-Furnished. Modular kitchen. 24-hr security. Gym, Pool & Park Facilities for Children. Call Trupti 919.272.1172 or email

MATRIMONIAL Sister seeking a well-cultured, professional match for a divorcee brother with no children,40, Gujarati with strong values, US born, MBA, well settled in NJ. or 704-281-7409.

SERVICES Massage and esthetics Services: Swedish, Neuro-Muscular, Therapeutic, Pregnancy, Hot Stone Massage, Facials & Waxing. Will come to your home by appointment. Contact Nila Patel: 704-651-3446 or Simply Blushy: Triangle area traveling professional makeup artist & hairstylist specializing in Sagai (engagements), Shadi (weddings), Mehndi parties, Baby showers, Date nights, Prom, Photoshoots, Performance Makeup & much more. 919-586-5842 or Small Business Management & startup services. Financial Planning, Operations, Performance Improvement. See or call 704-302-2543 for more information. Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna & Makeup, Facials. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707. neetaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270.


live Sitar Performances: Weddings, Engagements, other Ceremonies and Events. Residing in Raleigh area but can travel. 412414-8617 | | Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. Gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc .If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405. Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Garland Design Studio By: GP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704548-2852/704-779-0277. GarlandDesignStudioByGp/ Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Call for appointment 704-726-8928. Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-824-7734;; live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. 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. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-641-4761 or email: Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Gujarati Priest in nC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail:

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August 2016

Advertisers Index A Economy Driving School ................................103

Hunstad / Kortesis (Plastic Surgery & Med Spa)....25

PSR CPA PLLC (Pasupula S. Ravindranath)...........55

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....57

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................137

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC) ....................127

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)45

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................61

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................37

Aero LED Signs (Aero Distributors) .....................134

Indian Association of Carolinas (IAC).....................71

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...99

Allstate (Ravi Reddy) ..........................................142

Indian Association of Carolinas (IAC) Health Fair....71

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) .............................103

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ..141

Indio Restaurant & Lounge (Raleigh).....................63

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ....................105

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................33

Indo-American Society of NC Dandiya Night .........55

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ................64

Apna Sabji Mandi (Grocery Greensboro).............133

Insurance Shopping (Sonal Patel-Independent Agent)103

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................99

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................69

International Community Church .......................129

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) 123

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham) .......125

ISSO-NC (International Swaminarayan Satsan Org) ..72

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh).........................115

Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC) ...............97

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................29

Rug & Home ..................................................15/27

Art Of Problem Solving Academy .........................53

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).43

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).51

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............27

Kasturi Indian Cuisine (Greenville, NC) ................113

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................33

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).....119

KB Zaveree............................................................4

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)..................................121

KDP CPA .............................................................15

Saathee Subscription.........................................126

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)......66

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................19

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................39

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

Kiran Bazaar........................................................93

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................27

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................42

Kirti Shah CPA...................................................134

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................21

Biryani House of Cary ........................................103

Kumon Cary-West ...............................................79

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham).............................109

Blooming Buds....................................................69

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch) ......61

Smart LED...........................................................34

Building Blocks Pediatrics, PLLC ..........................48

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions) ..................135

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)........48

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor)..123

Level Homes .......................................................31

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................16

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......76

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian)...................89

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ........................22

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................90

Little India (Grocery - Durham) .............................20

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) .....12-13

Cary Robotics & Math..........................................65

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................83

Sur Sumiran School Of Music ..............................65

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................41

Maadhurya Photography......................................67

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro .....................................32

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................65

Madhuram Ghee - Orange Muslin LLC.................17

Tandurm Food Truck..........................................113

Chugh Attorneys at Law.......................................45

Malani Jewelers ................................................144

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You)...............91

County South Realty & Business Brokers............129

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

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) ............................117

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)........................121

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)...............................39

Travel Universe ....................................................47

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).89

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................57


Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................89

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

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .......................63

Devam Jewelers....................................................7

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................57

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................85

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)........59

NC Dermatology Associates .................................74

Triangle Table Tennis ..........................................29

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................37

NCSU Nazaare.....................................................76

Triangle Wholesale.............................................111

DJ Hangama .....................................................69

New Goloka Temple ISKCON (Janmastami) ..........95

Tri. Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)109

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................46

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

Ttravel Guru ........................................................57

Duke Performances (Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar)23

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................29

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring) .............54

Embassy National Bank .........................................3

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................45

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................85

Evershine Properties............................................77

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................73

Uni World Travel.................................................121

Eye Level ............................................................67

Paracha Ent (Sonu Nigam & Atif Aslam Concert)...11

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) .......86-87

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................137

Paramount Montessori.........................................21

Vyas Travels.........................................................27

Festival of India (Charlotte) ...................................10

Patel Brothers (Cary)............................................81

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC..........101

Friends Travel ......................................................43

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................99

Ward Black Law (Manisha P. Patel).....................113

Garware - Help Wanted .......................................37

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) .....................................35

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................48

Geological Resources, Inc.............................51/141

Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................79

White Horse Weddings.........................................51

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................143

Piece Of India, Inc..............................................107

Worldwide Travels ...............................................35

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................83

Pitt Heating and Air..............................................63

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................38

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) ...............119

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary) .........109

Zayka Restaurant ...............................................49

Hindi Vikas Mandal (Independence Day) ...............75

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. .........127


August 2016

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