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August 2017 Issue # 231 Editor

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page 10 New Delhi is running out of water

page 18 Nepali women take the lead when men go abroad.

Hello ReadeRs!

New Delhi is running out of water. As summer temperatures soar above 40°C (104°F) in New Delhi, acute water shortages are gripping parts of India’s capital. See story on page 10. When men go abroad to work, women in Nepal take the lead at home. See story on page 18. Read a wonderful essay on spending a Sunday at a California Gurdwara on page 28. Read a review of the American Dance Festival that just concluded in Durham on page 36. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on page 102. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on page 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and national news, latest movie releases, analysis and videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.


"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." - Walter Winchell

page 28 An essay on a Sunday at at Gurdwara

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New Delhi is Running out of Water . pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 14 Nepali Women Take Charge . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . pg. 22 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 26 Sunday at a Gurdwara . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 40 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 College Admissions Insider . . . . . . . . pg. 60 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . pg. 64 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 68 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 78 Eye on the Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 90 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 92 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 94 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . pg. 102 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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As summer temperatures soar above 40°C (104°F) in New Delhi, acute water shortages are gripping parts of India’s capital. Signs of water stress are now everywhere, and residents in southern and western parts of the city have not received a regular, reliable water supply for months. Water shortages are becoming something of an annual ritual in Delhi, the world’s second most populous city. By 2030, it is estimated to grow by 11 million, from 14 million residents to 25 million – a megacity atop a megacity. Without any changes in the city’s water management policies, the prospect of all those urban residents having access to water is grim.

neglecting natural resources Anyone who has ever lived in or travelled to Delhi during monsoon season, between June and September, can testify to its water-clogged roads and overflowing sewers. How can a place with so much rain still suffer from serious water scarcity? The answer is a basic one: mismanagement of resources. In the southern and southwestern districts of the city, which are particularly affected by both water shortages and flooding, harvesting rainwater holds particular potential. In 1965, Singapore had water-management indicators similar to those of Delhi. Today, it reports that just 5% of its supply is unaccounted for, thanks to significant water reuse, desalination, storm water storage and conservation efforts. Delhi has imposed mandatory norms for installing rainwater harvesting structures and created financial incentives. But because of a lack of oversight, these reforms have not lead to large-scale adoption of available technologies.

unsustainable water policies Delhi’s current water policy, instituted by the ruling leftwing Aam Admi Party in 2015, promises 20,000 liters of free water per household per month. Assuming a household has five members, this means some 130 liters per capita per day should be available every day. This plan is hampered by several basic problems. First and foremost, the city does not actually have enough water to make it happen, nor does it have enough money to give all this water away for free. Currently, some neighborhoods have access to water just one to two hours a day Reliable data on individual consumption is not available, as numerous households in Delhi still lack functional meters, but leakage, thefts and losses also reduce the available water supply. In 2016, the Delhi Jal Board (the Hindi word Jal means water), which is responsible for the city’s drinking and waste water management, estimated total distribution losses of

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quest and his eventual death alone in a small hotel room as a poor man bring a new light to the story of the Maharajah, which is firmly captured in Sartaaj’s worthy debut performance. Director Raz guides the rest of the international cast, including Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, who portrays Queen Victoria and veteran Indian actress Shabana Azmi as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. Filmed in the U.K. and India, Raz takes his time in slowly unfolding his story. The movie expands the king’s persona for the audience. Duleep Singh is generally not well-regarded by Punjabis and the Sikh community. His legacy is that of a loser who didn’t do enough to regain his kingdom. The Black Prince addresses this and in the end viewers are left with a deeper understanding and a more empathetic view of last king of Punjab. Strong performances by the support cast enhances the drama. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi of course is brilliant as Rani Jindan. She unshackles her son’s suppressed feelings and pushes him back to his heritage. She firmly represents the last vestiges of the kingdom of Punjab, strong, traditional, determined, as a mother but more importantly as a proud queen. The film really takes its time telling the story as Singh plots schemes, tries to use the British legal system to his favor, and other means, but ultimately fails. He simply couldn’t overcome the overpowering might of the British Empire in its prime. His story is tragic as well as inspiring. The film chronicles not a victory but the ultimate failure of Singh. However it also retells history and adresses that he did what he could to regain his throne against a primal power of the time. Maharajah Duleep Singh died in 1893 at the age of 55. Though he reconverted Sikhism, his final wishes were denied as he was buried as a Christian in the English countryside. There are efforts even today to take his remains back to Punjab to be cremated as per Sikh rites. The Black Prince is a lovely, visually rich film retelling an important part of Sikh history. It releases on July 21.

Film Review: The Black Prince

The Black Prince revisits the story of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last king of Punjab. It’s a brilliant historical drama written and directed by veteran LA-based filmmaker Kavi Raz. The film is based on the true story of Duleep Singh, who was placed on the throne at the age of five after the death of his father, the Lion of Punjab, legendary Maharajah Ranjeet Singh, only to be robbed of his legacy via treason by once-trusted members of his father’s own court. The British connived with local traitors and Duleep Singh was taken from his mother and relocated to England at an early age while the kingdom of Punjab slowly disintegrated and was annexed into the British Empire. Punjabi Singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj (known for Sufi and Punjabi folk songs) makes an eloquent acting debut as Duleep Singh. His subdued performance brings Singh to life as a privileged yet conflicted man. Sartaaj is a Sikh and in tune with his heritage, and his newly trained acting chops practically become one with his portrayal of the Maharajah. Duleep Singh was taken to England by the British at the age of 15 where he eventually met Queen Victoria, who was enamored by him and named him “The Black Prince.” She later became godmother to his children

Duleep Singh never quite fits into the British society, as he is converted to Christianity by his foster parents and lives a life of regal routine. He misses his mother and wishes to see her. When he finally sees his mother after a separation of thirteen years, she awakens in him the ties and greatness of his Sikh heritage and his lost legacy, his stolen legacy. He realizes he never quite belonged to England, always feeling a sense of emptiness. Singh is determined after his mother’s death to free his kingdom, regain his Sikh faith and return to Punjab as a king. He then begins the arduous journey to regain all that was lost and embraces and reconvert to Sikhism. As the story unfolds, we learn how he worked to reunite with his mother, Maharani Jindan—a woman he barely knew, who instills in him the responsibility he holds to reclaim his place in history. The film’s prime task of showing a journey of reclaiming identity is beautifully achieved by Raz. History has not judged Duleep Singh kindly. This film sheds a new light on his struggles to return to India, regain his kingdom against the might and cunning of the British empire. His efforts from initial determination and planning to his disappointing unsuccessful

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Night has fallen inky black and cold over Amar Basti village, but Kalpana Thapa and her neighbors are loath to drift off to bed. They punch at their phones, pull shawls tighter and coo at the children careening around. A light bulb, powered by a shared electricity line, illuminates the concrete platform that serves as Thapa’s dining room. None of this — not the concrete, lights, smartphones or even the women chatting amicably with strangers — would have been imaginable 20 years ago. “Women couldn’t even say their name back then,” says Thapa, 37, a half-smile playing across her lips. Her hair is pulled

back, and faint lines stretch from her eyes. “Even in a women’s group they couldn’t stand up and speak their name [because] they were so shy. ... Now at meetings, women outnumber men.” To Thapa, the reason is clear: As more and more men leave Amar Basti, “the women are more active.” With men working abroad, Nepal’s communities are giving women power they never had before — though at a cost. Today, women seem to run Amar Basti — a small village of about 100 households — in eastern Nepal’s Jhapa district. Thapa’s husband has worked in Qatar for the past 18 years. continued on page 88


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A Translated Hymn: Sunday at a Gurdwara By Puneet Dhaliwal

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A boy no older than seven, an orange bandana wrapped around his little top-knot, gets up to help two men serve treats to close off the prayer. He walks alongside the narrow carpet separating men and women, and is greeted with various smiling turbaned men. After dutifully bowing his head by the Guru Granth Sahib, the 11th prophet of Sikhism, he returns to his mother. Her head is draped with a cyan scarf falling loosely over either side of her face. She smiles at the women around her, noticeably proud. She must be relieved that the new screens at the front of the room translate hymns from Punjabi to English, so her son will be able to understand his Sikh identity, and why he is the only boy at his class who has never had a haircut. I sit among the women, with my hair shorter than I am used to. While my parents are not baptized Sikhs, meaning they don’t follow all the rules: uncut hair, waking up with sunrise, meditating daily, wearing an iron bangle, and a small knife to symbolize strength, my only religious understanding stems from a Gurudwara — the Sikh temple. A few turns off highway 405 at the Fairview exit lead to Warner St, where a small you-blink-and-you-miss it orange board announces the Sikh Center of Orange County. Car doors slam shut in the front parking lot as families head towards the small door leading into a hall. The men sit on the right side of the room, heads covered with bandanas unless they wear turbans, the traditional, orthodox Sikh head covering. Women sit on the left, every color featured in the scarves they have draped over their heads. While traditionally the salwar-kameez, would be their wardrobe staple, here in Santa Ana, California, it is reserved for weekly temple visits. The few women with bandanas around their heads rather than scarves are quick in their motions, seemingly trying to avoid attention — rather

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American Dance Festival 2017 By Dilip Barman

In my last column, I reported on the beginning of the 84rh annual American Dance Festival (ADF). By the time this issue is published, the festival, which runs June 3-July 29, 2017, in Durham, NC, will just have been over. This year’s festival featured 71 performances by 30 companies and choreographers from around the world. Bill Young / Colleen Thomas & Co. performed a single dance called Interleaving that was a composite of four dances with intriguing titles Wall Unfolding, Music Minus One, Double Bill, and Sambosamba. Bill Young is a recent winner of both Guggenheim and New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowships, and was born and raised in Durham, NC. His wife, Colleen Thomas, an Associate Professor at Columbia University, started collaborating with Bill Young in 1997. Both choreographers also danced in Interleaving. According to ADF, their dance has been described by the New York Times as, “a busy tapestry of focused, flowing movement… like an activated Jackson Pollock painting” and I think I see that in the sixties-pop style costumes and modern dance sensibility. I left finding the dance inviting but perhaps too short, invigorating but needing more, even a second dance, to help me coalesce an informed opinion. I would like to see more by this team. Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pilobolus are “regulars” at ADF and, for many, their performances are the highlight of each ADF season. This year is no exception. My daughter and I enjoyed both the Saturday (July 1) matinee of Pilobolus, as well as one of their evening programs. Pilobolus is named after a fungus that spouts material at the unbelievable human equivalent of 100 times the speed of sound. The group is, if nothing else, fun – like many other dance troupes, they execute amazing acts of athleticism while making it look easy, but they also put a special focus on delight. I encourage readers to do an internet image search of Pilobolus to enjoy their beautiful and often witty, as well as seemingly impossible forms that they put themselves into.


At their matinee, they performed two new 2017 dances, Echo in the Valley and Branches. The latter, which just premiered on June 21st, is set to the sound design of master percussionist and experimental musician David Van Tieghem. During the discussion after the performance, they mentioned that the piece was first performed outdoors; its bird call sounds actually attracted birds! Branches, through both sound and dance, evoked a suite of animals in a forest, and was a joy to experience. Pilobolus invited renowned banjo player Béla Fleck (of the Flecktones) to collaborate on a piece. Also in discussion afterwards, we learned that the meeting went well, and included Bela’s wife Abigail Washburn, a fellow banjo player with a beautiful voice, to result in the collaborative piece Echo in the Valley. As the banjo players played and Washburn sang with pathos, a heart wrenching story of the difficult life of coal miners and the death of a miner’s wife unfolded. It was only when I saw the piece a few hours later in the evening performance did I fully connect the headlamps of the dancers with the fact that they were portraying miners, looking here and there through the haze, pointed lights often boldly shining out on the audience. I was impressed by the tight collaboration, as if Pilobolus and the duo had worked together regularly – everything from the instrumentation and vocals to the lighting design and choreography worked for eerily effective narration. This piece was well worth experiencing twice – and, luckily for me, in quick succession. Both pieces, as well as three additional dances, were repeated in the evening. The first, On the Nature of Things, featured operatic singing and the music of Vivaldi. A trio unfolds a fragile, sensuous dance, inviting speculation on the interconnection and beauty of human relationships. Pilobolus’ was perhaps more of an athletic and humorous magical show than dance – but then, what really does the term “dance” mean? Groups like Pilobolus broaden one’s conception of what dance is. I’ve seen this fascinating dance before; made in collaboration with magicians Penn & Teller, dancers are put in strangely contorted situations and make their way out to freedom. As an example, an airline traveler is directed by airport security to travel stuffed into an overhead bag – he does and somehow later emerges changed into pajamas. Finally, Rushes was a unique dance with chairs – and a suitcase. Plain white chairs form more than a prop – they often continued on page 132

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NAMASKAR Y’ALL Reflections and a few confessions as an Indian American in the Carolinas

Success is often seen as the amount of money you make as opposed to the amount of knowledge acquired or imparted. If it was the latter, teachers would be wealthiest. This topic reminds me of an awkward conversation from years ago, when I was a graduate student. It was the first puja I was attending at the local temple and I happened to strike up a conversation with a woman. After introductions and some small talk, I mentioned that I was working toward my Master’s degree in Psychology. Her immediate response was, “My daughter wanted to pursue Psychology too, but I discouraged her. There is no money in Psychology, we want her to study economics.” That was certainly not the reaction I was expecting, but I had to sigh and assume that she wanted the world to be manipulated by money hungry executives rather than have therapists who can help us stay sane. If acquiring higher income was the only goal we set for ourselves, our coffers could potentially fill up but I am not convinced that our happiness would increase proportionately. If money was all that mattered, guests would accept an invitation to your dinner party based on the value of your house, as shown on Zillow or respect you based on the make and model of your car. We would have to discard our passions, artistic endeavors and relationships. Life would be stark, like the world before Goddess Sarasvati infused it with beauty and music. Let me pause here for a moment. Based on what you’ve read so far, what have you gathered about me? Have you formed an impression of me as the author and as a person? There seems to be a tendency to draw conclusions about people we know, perhaps even people we don’t know based on their affinity to either knowledge or riches. If we choose to worship Lakshmi, does it mean we are motivated by greed and more likely to chase the latest shiny object available in the market? And, if we are loyal followers of Sarasvati, are we the smart loners or poor artists? In reality, wealth and wisdom aren’t mutually exclusive. Talented artists, who have managed to earn plenty of dough exist and so do financially successful entrepreneurs, who have plenty of good advice to share. It is heartening to know that you are not doomed to fail one way or another. Today, as a mother of two, I cannot entirely escape the details of religious teachings or shy away from spiritual or ethical discussions with my family. I’ve come to realize that divine forms of Lakshmi and Sarasvati are like sisters, but also have their differences. Like most sisters they also share a deep connection and one cannot be happy without the other. We need to be smart about making, keeping and saving money. We also need to invest in the arts and education. As I told my kids, it’s all about the choices we make. One may have to opt for a decent size paycheck, which is paired with the uninspiring white walls and cubicles of a corporate giant, or choose the creative joy of writing that may not be lucrative. The push and pull of wealth on one side and wisdom on the other is constant.

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Imagine you are on a trip this summer and as you are touring ancient ruins shrouded in mystery, you find a magical lamp. Just like Aladdin, you dust off the lamp and come face to face with a genie. In your case, however, the genie can only grant you one wish. What will you wish for? Will you wish for wealth or wisdom? I posed this question to my family and discovered something new about each one of us. In all honesty, I don’t know if there is a right or even a best answer. If I was in above scenario, the mental debate would be endless. It would probably exhaust the genie’s patience and he would threaten to walk away. Growing up in a traditional Hindu family, I watched my mother conduct daily prayers and rituals honoring the gods. Unlike my siblings, I found myself only on the periphery of the action. Being the youngest, my parents usually did not involve me in serious family matters like pujas, but that worked in my favor. It freed me to be a dispassionate observer, question our family’s beliefs and at times take the liberty to see the humor in some of our rituals. Success is often seen as the For as long as I can amount of money you remember, I wondered why make as opposed to the Goddess Lakshmi, who grants wealth, prosperity, amount of knowledge and household bliss was acquired or imparted. honored with extra fanfare during Diwali. By contrast, Goddess Sarasvati, with the power to grant us knowledge, wisdom, arts, and aesthetics was celebrated in a low-key affair during spring. Parental direction, too, seemed to contradict their actions. The grown-ups constantly nagged the kids to study sincerely and seek the blessings of Maa Sarasvati but they focused their own attention on praying to Maa Lakshmi hoping to be showered with wealth. If we lived in isolation, each person on an island, it may have been easier to figure out what we value the most. Since that’s not the case, we continue to be influenced by our families, friends and the society we live in. So, the dilemma of what to seek for our happiness remains unresolved. In general, it is considered completely acceptable, maybe even desirable to declare, “I love to learn.” On the flip side, most people wouldn’t be praised for standing up on a soapbox and saying, “I love to earn.” We’d be embarrassed to divulge how much we love and desire money even though it plays such an important role in our lives. Jen Sincero brings up that point in her article “10 Ways to Become a Money Badass” (Money, June 2017). In my opinion, she gives valuable pointers on how to have a healthy relationship with money. This seems especially relevant here in the US, where there is a tremendous emphasis on financial independence, earning your allowance from a young age as well as a love for spending. Images of India, fairly or unfairly, highlight poverty but as any visitor will tell you, destitution is not hidden. Aiming for a well-paying occupation becomes critical to avoiding poverty.

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the Year in entertainment: Have Women Finally taken over?

So it seems that even in the realms of Science Fiction and Fantasy, having a woman play a key role as the lead protagonist was a relatively rare thing. Sure we had a few exceptions such as Lt. Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise (though the role was originally written for a man). However, in a genre that was created specifically to break the rules, female characters still had to fight for their right to lead. While I have praised actresses like Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) for their performances as strong characters, they were still not the main focus within the narrative they were a part of. With all of this in mind I will say that one of the first stories that I remember with a strong woman was the gothic horror novella, The Turning of the Screw by Henry James. Whether the Governess in the novel is sane or not throughout the story isn’t the issue. The point has always been her steadfast personality when dealing with many of the other characters in the story. She wasn’t there to be someone’s love interest, sidekick, or comic relief. She dealt with the events of the novella on her own, even though the ending is not the outcome she ultimately wanted. While books have toyed with having a complex female hero (or villain) for years, the film and TV industry had very rarely been brave enough to go down that route. Princess Yuki from Hidden Fortress (which would later greatly influence Star Wars: A New Hope) was quite a strong character for 1950’s Japanese Cinema. Mary Poppins was one of the first Western films to successfully pull this off mostly because Julie Andrews has such a phenomenal presence. The 70’s saw women’s lib taken to the small screen at least with shows like Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Granted some of these heroines were heavily sexualized to keep the shows “interesting.” The 80’s (apart from Ripley in the Aliens sequel) saw more women as tough but not quite tough enough to lead a story. If a woman did lead the story, often they were only looking for a man. It wasn’t until the early 90’s with films like Silence of the Lambs and Thelma & Louise where the female leads had to slowly break from the mold and become the iconic heroes we all know and love. The 1990’s and 2000’s would continue to give us amazing female characters as fully capable leads such as Xena, Zen from Chocolate, Mulan, Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager, Sidney Bristow from Alias, and both Yu Xiulian & Yu Jiaolong from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Most recently we’ve been graced by great female action stars like Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Scarlett Johannson, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Lawrence, Emily Blunt, Evangeline Lilly, Maggie Q, Kate Beckinsale, and Charlize Theron who can certainly hold their own against their male counterparts. Basically… a female led storyline is not in any way a new concept.

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this month we will explore multiple meanings and idioms using the words sight and sound. Match these expressions with the correct meanings: 1. When she returned from her vacation, relieving the staff of the extra work, she was certainly a sight for sore eyes. _____ 2. When I first caught sight of the cathedrals in Florence, Italy I was overwhelmed! _____ 3. The criminal kept out of sight while detectives searched the area. _____ 4. Health insurance premiums are becoming out of sight! _____ 5. He can’t bear the sight of blood, even if it’s a scraped knee! _____ 6. Well, my daughter has set her sights on medical school! _____ 7. I can sight read music for choir and piano but not for hand bells. _____ 8. He and his family dropped out of sight after he lost the election. _____ 9. The canyons and rocks in Sedona, Arizona are a sight to behold. _____ 10. Most people would never rent an apartment sight unseen. _____

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Every family strives to achieve success with their financial plan. Just like a house needs a solid foundation or a successful entrepreneurial idea needs a sound business plan, achieving success with your financial plan needs a solid foundation of four pillars. A complete financial plan will provide you with integration of Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management and Tax Planning. Not only these four pillars need to be understood well, initially, as to why we need them but also they need to be further developed to reap full benefit for the rest of your life and your heirs. It needs ongoing commitment from you and your family, and your Financial Planner, otherwise it can quickly lose its relevance and impact.

Investment management Knowing your future goals and long-term financial objectives can shape your personalized investment strategy. Either doing it yourself or by working closely with your certified financial planner, you can build an investment portfolio customtailored to your specific goals without the need to take on unnecessary risk. It, of course, helps if you start working towards your goal earlier in your life. It helps in two ways: it gives you more time to grow your assets and gives much room to recover from errors. I have discussed in this forum in the past about different ways your assets can be invested. With a long-term goal in mind and depending on your risk tolerance, there are literally scores of avenues that can be pursued with satisfactory results. You just need to have a plan, a strategy to follow and patience not to derail yourself.

Retirement planning Retirement covers a wide spectrum of time and scope because you are working at it all your life. It is important to consider your financial future and achieving your desired lifestyle whether you are already retired or working towards that. For those who are still working you have to seriously consider how much of the current income that you use to support your family’s lifestyle would you need in retirement. About 30 years ago I would get an answer of about 70% (it used to be about 50% in fifties and sixties) but today that answer is 100%. Nobody wants to sacrifice anything, even in retirement. If that is the desire then we will have to prepare ourselves by ensuring that such an income stream would be available. For sure it means more savings (more sacrifices) now. Planning will definitely get you to the key answers. Will I have enough to retire? Will I be able to do the things I wish to do? Will my savings last for my lifetime? For those who have already retired, such planning will help you put into perspective your income stream and expense stream and hence your withdrawal rate from your savings. “Will it last me for the rest of the years left” is one of the key questions to be answered. Such planning for retirement is a continuous process but there has to be a beginning, a goal set-up and a path clearly defined. Otherwise we tend to flounder in the darkness of our own ignorance and float along aimlessly. There is an old saying that says, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

estate planning This facet is a key pillar in your planning. Not only it tells you what kind of assets you should be accumulating but it also structures how the transfer of assets to the next generation will take place. Currently each individual can have up to $5.49 million assets before the federal estate taxes set in but Congress is known to change these laws quite often. Because of the high level of exemption for estate taxes, a common misconception is that there is not much need to consider estate planning. Wrong. If you have something of value that you wish to pass on or someone you would like to protect more than others then estate planning is of value to you; and still there are many other compelling reasons. The exigency of estate planning would be to have the Will package which includes a will, power of attorney, health power of attorney and few other documents. Without this package you

tax planning Tax planning is much integrated and associated deeply with everything I have mentioned above; tax planning should not be done in isolation. The objective is by no means just to avoid taxes but to minimize them following the rules and the laws in place. Key issue here is that we must be thinking taxes over many years (this becomes really pertinent in your sixties and later years) and not just somehow finishing the filing every year. Tax smart investing strategies can improve net investment returns, minimize taxes and save investors money. For those who are retired, this is especially key to ensure income splitting not only for today but also for the future. Retired investors often have several investment accounts ranging from IRAs, 401Ks, taxable accounts, CDs and more. A tax strategy will bring it all together and will allow you to look at the “forest before you decide what you need to do with the trees and the branches.” A solid foundation is important in achieving your long-term financial goals and desired lifestyle. Without the integration of the four pillars your financial plan will lack the support it needs to withstand the changes in the economy, stock market and most importantly your life. In sports we hear this often “the team is only as strong as the weakest player.” You want to make sure that none of your pillars will be considered a weak link. Next month: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – A friend or foe?

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“Sherbet Fontanel Albumin.” Since the mid-1970s, in areas like Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Singapore, you couldn’t escape nonsensical English slogans on T-shirts— and wondered what these random English words were supposed to mean. Again, (most likely) none of this was a conspiracy beyond the usual fantasy that capitalism plants in every consumer and business owner. Fake Izod shirts and Ralph Lauren logos on everything being sold for dimes on the street, counterfeit Rolex watches, faux Louis Vuitton bags, all connected you to a dream -the brutal and blatant allure of Western capitalism. As the internet exploded and the selfie came on board, spending your entire daily earnings at McDonalds or Starbucks while wearing a “Sherbet Fontanel Albumin” T-shirt connected you to the Western model of success and brought you into a semblance of the global middle class. The facts, obviously, are pretty horrifying for the precise reason I just mentioned: you are not middle class. You should be feeding your family and saving for a motorcycle or a home with the money you are spending buying outrageously priced Western junk products. The Fortune 500 business planners know a few things really well. Dead or starving people don’t ever aspire to be middle class, let alone actually be the middle class. The rich are not big consumers of junk food and sneakers, so there’s hardly any point in marketing to them at a global level. Today’s business model is operating in the dangerous territory where global blue-collar workers who are hardly in a position to afford Western middle-class items are being compelled to purchase products with their last dime. The reward is that they all get to travel as a group up a ladder that will soon collapse on their dreams. With 80 percent of America now engaged in service industry jobs, the country’s main export now is a “brand” that connects the rest of the world to the American Dream. A T-shirt with gibberish English words, a fake handbag, a Coke, a Big Mac, and a Facebook account seems to signal that you have arrived in the beautiful world of the American middle class just like the movies show you; just like what you imagined the taste of success to be like while sitting in Manila or Mumbai or Beijing. One wonders then if the rich standing on their pedestals have similar fantasies about the state of the planet in 50 or 100 years—healthy, smiling kids with laptops, global Wi-Fi, a happy meal bag in hand, heading to a video link to take their final exams, Wikipedia app on their smartphones, ready to argue anything from Einstein to Dickens to Picasso at the touch of a button. There is just one problem. Americans lag behind even Cuba in health markers. Americans are not well trained enough to run the highly technical economy that is being sustained by foreign tech workers. Americans keep working and buying but can’t find satisfaction in most aspects of their lives. What exactly is this “export” that is now a global phenomenon, this gift that the rich are trying so desperately to give us?

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“Darling, isn’t it a beautiful morning?” “Yes, it sure is, my nonGMO whole wheat muffin.” “What would you like to do today, my tofu-kelp non-dairy valerian shake?” “My certified-organic Edamame, I WANT TO SAVE THE WORLD!!!” So, when you hit the $10 Billion mark and your estate extends to 10,000 acres, and your hormones are balanced as your butler Jose squeezes organic oranges with a stainless-steel press right next to the outdoor breakfast table overlooking 100,000 mature trees, you want to do something special for the world. You want to put all that non-tangible wealth built up in non-tangible securities to good use. So, all the yoga, meditation, chakra balancing, herbal shakes, and oneness with the universe therapy sessions all boil down to improving the plight of Africa, Asia, and South America. While I’m not singling out the internet upstarts here, they seem to be the most starry-eyed characters in the mix. Once they experience the miracle of childbirth and joys of family, they naturally want to help The rich are not big the repressed and the consumers of junk food and oppressed. For years, I just sneakers, so there’s hardly blew that off as their guilt for being obscenely rich in a any point in marketing to resource-poor world. For them at a global level. more years, I thought they were duped by PR people wanting them to make their mark on the planet. Now I’m beginning to realize that saving the world is a complex phenomenon. It is not surprising that once you acquire untold wealth, your first goal is to surround yourself with positive people and grandiose ideas. For a Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, billions of cyber dollars that can disappear into thin air at the touch of a button is not the issue. They do suffer guilt; they do have media and PR pressures; and of course, they do have grand visions about how their “subjects” should be living their lives around the planet. And parasitic entities seem to follow the money as well. Suddenly it is time to Wi-Fi the entire planet, vaccinate all of Africa, provide a solar-powered laptop to every Third World child, etc. While I’m not suggesting there is some global illuminati directive in the motives of the rich, there is a degree of hypocrisy. The Rockefellers, who did untold work to bring allopathic medicine to Americans almost never used anything but natural remedies. And like many children of the rich and famous, the kids of the Forbes 100 may end up with no Facebook accounts, iPads or even an aptitude toward technology. Indeed, many kids of the rich end up alone and isolated trying to save turtles and icebergs, rather than expand their parents’ empires. So goodwill and good intentions aside, we must look at some practical aspects of how dreams form inside the gorgeous clouds overlooking massive estates. While there is probably no selfish motive, you start seeing success in life as a laptop, or as an Amazon account, or a Facebook profile. That, to you, in your expansive happy space, looks like where humanity needs to be to feel as good as you feel right now.

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Things are not always easy. How many things happened easily last week? How many things didn’t? Would it have been better if things had gone differently? Was there way more effort than needed to get a simple thing done, or an easy agreement to be made? It’s simple, you say. Just use your brain! This is what separates man from the other animals, after all – the ability to use complex thinking to make our lives better. Or not!

dealing with the hornet’s nest I am told that it is unwise to stir a hornet’s nest. Though I have never had the courage to try this, my limited exposure to hornets has convinced me that I’m no match for them even on a one-on-one basis, let alone with swarms of winged things descending on me simultaneously from different directions. Fortunately, most of us don’t need to deal with angry hornets on any regular basis. But we do deal with billions of another kind of creature continually: our brain cells. Arguably, these things are every bit as antsy and rambunctious as those nasty hornets. Each of us carries around approximately 100 billion neurons inside our heads. And, every time something impinges upon this hornet’s nest, the action starts. And once things start, this swarm is hard to stop. These hornets have a mind of their own, even though you sometimes labor under the delusion that you are the owner!

one way to stop is not to start We are good with logic, especially simple logic. Throw a stone, at a hornet’s nest, and X happens. I have come to know, from a few well-placed stings, that X is not at all a good thing! So, If I’m disciplined enough to restrain my impulse to throw that stone, maybe X will not happen? No stone, no hornets! All is well. The hornets are happy, buzzing along, and so am I. Is the mind really a nest of hornets, though? The underlying premise of this mind-as-hornets-nest metaphor is that our brains sometimes get out of control, even sabotaging our very existence. Anyone who has experienced any level of anxiety, stress or other “negative” emotion can readily attest to how difficult it can be to get this most recalcitrant of our organs under control. The irony is that it is you, yourself, who starts the whole process of getting the brain engaged in some nonsense, and then watch helplessly as the ornery thing doggedly refuses to stop. And you cannot do a thing about it, because, in a tangled, twisted way, you are your brain. There is no hard line that separates the two entities, even though one seems to be contained in the other. So, is it possible to let the hornets be? And to not start something that can’t be stopped?


to think, or not to think? There are times that many of us may have experienced, when the mind just will not stop its frantic spin, do what you might. Sometimes this ability – to spin at will – is useful. I remember occasions when my mind kept working and working through the night, and came up with a solution that had stubbornly eluded me during my waking hours. Waking up in the early morning with the big “aha” is a great feeling, and it can bring value even if sleep is forsaken in the process. But there are times when one’s mind may crunch endlessly on something that it is fixated on, in fruitless pursuit of a solution to a problem that cannot ever be solved. When people go through personally devastating situations, this is likely to happen. I came across a friend recently who is in such a situation, and finds himself unable to stop his mind from doing its spin. Clearly, not all thinking is bad. There are times when the swarm of hornets can be deployed to great personal advantage, and there are other times when the mind simply spins out of control, depleting itself and its owner of energy and more. So, we cannot throw thinking to the winds, nor can we trust the spinning wheels inside our heads to serve us well at all times. Is there some way to know when thinking is the thing to do, and when thinking feels the same as sinking?

think about thinking! Fortunately, there are “feeling” sensors built into all of us, and we can sense what we are thinking if we pay attention. We even use words to describe certain kinds of thinking – words like “anxiety”, “fear”, etc., and we can certainly feel these things quite intensely. So, if you feel something “negative”, don’t think; and if you feel something “positive”, then think? We would, of course, want it to be that simple, but unfortunately, reality doesn’t oblige so readily. There are times when negative sensations are life-saving, such as when we are in the presence of danger, and seemingly positive sensations can, sometimes, lure us into traps, such as what happens when people get addicted to destructive habits. Even if it is not always clear when one’s mind is going to its True North, and when it is headed South, it may help to try and devote at least a part of one’s mind to the task of checking if it is going North or South. At least, periodically. Don’t we try and get our bearings every once in a while, especially if we’re driving in a place that is unfamiliar? Is it not possible to do the same thing with our minds – to pause every now and then to see if it’s heading North, or if it’s hopelessly Southbound? And, even if we’re not completely sure, we can try and slow down a bit, brake perhaps, or change direction to do something else. Lots of options. But to do all that, you’ve got to be paying attention to that unruly vehicle that you call your mind. You need to think about what you’re thinking! Or, if that’s too hard, then maybe use some external magnet to drag your thinking away – the mind is always willing to substitute one form of nonsense for another. Thankfully, nonsense is plentiful and free!

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YOUTH CORNER Word World By Kirit Shukla






2. Music director of 2012 Hindi film “Jism 2”? (a) Mithoon (b) A.R. Rahman (c) Bappi Lahiri (d) Pritam

3. The land area of Bharat is approximately (a) 1,030,000 Mile²(b) 1,130,000 Mile² (c) 1,230,000 Mile² (d) 1,330,000 Mile²

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 11+ words = Excellent; 8 to 10 words = Good; 7 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

4. Amundson, reached South pole in the year (a) 1901 (b) 1906 (c) 1911 (d) 1916

Brain train

5. This pertains to “Lord Krishna.” (a) Lanka (b) Panchavati (c) Ayodhya (d) Kurukshetra

Hi Kids. Here is a simple quiz. See if you can solve it.

Write a 4 letter word in the table on the right as per clue on the left. Then read the word in first column. Find out the name of the popular Hindu God. You can also make similar puzzles.

6. The National flower of India is (a) Rose (b) Lotus (c) White Lily (d) Carnation


7. The Atomic No. of the element Gold is (a) 77 (b) 78 (c) 79 (d) 80

1. Big door

2. The largest continent

3. Pleasant

8. The logo behind a quarter dollar coin issued by State of North Carolina is the picture of (a) Helen Keller (b) First Flight (c) Chimney Rock (d) The Grizzly Bear

4. Sunrise direction

5. Don’t go 6. Not low

9. In the Ramayana episode, Rama killed Rawana with the help of an army of (a) Monkeys & Bears (b) Snakes & Scorpions (c) Elephants & Camels (d) Tigers & Lions

The answer given on the bottom of this page (no peeking).

10. The national anthem of India is (a) Aye mere vatan ke logo (b) Vande Mātaram (c) Raghupati Rāghav Raja Ram (d) Jana Gana Mana Adhināyak

dadaji’s moral short stories

It was summer and the hurricane season. There was flood everywhere due to heavy rains. Some of the houses were under water. One earthen pot and a copper pot of the house were washed away in the river flood. The pots were talking while floating near each other in the river. The copper pot said: “My friend, I am made of metal and you are made of mud. So, you are so weak. I am strong, so come near me and I will save you.” The earthen pot replied: “Thank you my friend. But let me float and swim myself.” The earthen pot started to swim towards the bank of the river. As the copper pot tried to swim, water got filled into the pot and the copper pot drowned. The earthen pot reached the bank.

Answer for brain train: 1. Gate, 2. Asia, 3. Nice, 4. East, 5. Stop, 6. High-. The word is Ganesh


5. d 6. b

Moral: Weakness is not in the appearance.

Answers are below. No Peeking. Scholar: All correct; 1st Class: 9 Correct; 2nd Class: 8 Correct 3rd Class: 7 Correct; Need to improve: 6 or less 3. c 4. b


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Scholar Answers: 1. c, b, d, a. 2. a 7. c 8. b 9. a 10. d


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Why You still need a Website and a newsletter

Your website is your permanent home on the internet. As wonderful as it is to have a strong presence on social media sites and as gratifying as it might be to have thousands of friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter, your website is your homestead on the electronic frontier. Likewise, your newsletter subscriber list is an asset you own, unlike the friends and followers you amass on social media platforms. If Facebook or Twitter shut down tomorrow, you would have no way to reconnect with the people who have followed and liked you. But your permission-based opt-in email list is one of your most valuable business assets.

Websites in a social Media World I talked earlier about the choice between having a traditional HTML-based website that requires expert help to update and having a Wordpress-based blog site that you can largely update yourself. That’s an important choice, but equally important is what you make of your own little corner of the internet with the content you share. You may or may not sell products and services from your website, but you most definitely are selling ‘you’’. Your website should be the nexus of your brand, a place that builds, reinforces and showcases your credibility, and a one-stop display of all you offer. If someone has heard your name and wants to know who you are, what you do and what’s so special about you, your website should answer those questions and more in a compelling manner. First things first. Choose the URL for your site carefully. While options have broadened for the extension at the end of your URL (.com, .biz, .tv, .net), most people ae used to typing in .com by default, so if you chose something else, you’re likely to get some lost traffic and confusion. Try to buy the URL closest to your own name as well as the name of your company. That’s easy if you’ve got an unusual name, and harder if you don’t, but even if you have to use a middle initial, you really want to own your name online. (The same is true for you Twitter handle and other online sites, even if you don’t intend to be active right away. Lock up your name before someone else grabs it.) You can own multiple URLs and have them redirect to the same site. So you can have a main URL that is your name, plus URLs for your products, company, brand, event, etc. Domain names are relatively cheap, so it’s better to own ones that apply to your current and future products than put off securing them only to find someone else has taken ones you want. Landing page is the first page people see when they come to your site when they follow or type in ‘’. Make it conversational and compelling. Video is great, because it’s like a warm welcome to your online home. Offer a gift for signing up for your e-newsletter. Make it clear what your brand is and what outcome you provide. Identify your target audience. Make it easy for people to realize they’re in the right place. Two important but underrated pages for your site are your ‘About Me’ page and your ‘Contact Me’ page. Your About Me page should be a quick recap of the experience, education, and achievements that prove your credibility, served up in a concise, conversational style. Don’t make people search to find verification of your expert status. Your Contact Me page should


give an email address, phone number and social media links to help people connect with you. I’m leery of just having an email form for people to fill out. Many people balk at those formemails, and if your site isn’t working well for some reason, you could be missing out on leads. If you provide an email address, even as an alternate, people who really want to reach you have a way to do so. Group your pages to make content easy to find. If you serve multiple audiences, group the related products and services by audience to direct users to the right set of items. Look for natural groupings such as ‘events’, ‘products’, ‘coaching services’, ‘books’, etc. If you are selling from your website, that entails a whole different level of expertise than we can delve into here, so be sure to work with a web design professional who is experienced with ecommerce. Likewise, ‘squeeze’ pages (direct sales pages designed to provoke an emotional response and build tension culminating in a sale) are also a specialized art. A growing number of ‘squeeze page generator’ software packages are available that help you create and customize templates from proven squeeze page designs. Some programs even work with Wordpress.

Your newsletter list is Gold There’s a saying in the online world: “Your list is your retirement.” Meaning that your opt-in, permission-based mailing list is an asset from which you can generate lifelong earnings if built well and handled correctly. While you own your URL, even websites age and need to be replaced. But your mailing list is one thing which is 100% your own. Building a list comes down to two key elements: Having an attractive incentive and having a good email program. An incentive is what gets people to hand over their email address and give you permission to remain in touch with them. Just collecting email addresses isn’t enough; in fact, doing that without express permission to remain in contact can lead to hefty fines and big legal trouble. The CAN SPAM Act is a law attempting to cut down on spam email, and it requires that a user give permission before being added to a mailing list. (The Canadian and European laws about email are even more stringent about privacy than U.S. law, so if you do business there, make sure you know the rules.) How do you get permission? You tell people up front what they’re agreeing to when they fill out an email form. So whether you’re offering a freebie, enrolling them in a program, signing them up for an event or having them respond to a poll or drop their card in a fishbowl for a contest, make sure you clearly say that their email address will be added to your mailing list, but they can always unsubscribe at a later date. The ‘unsubscribe’ language is important, because it’s illegal to add someone and not make it possible for them to leave the list. Don’t play games with the disclaimer. Make it very clear that to get what they want, they are agreeing to give you what you want. continued on page 128

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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

that I have believed (in you), I have left my heart just for you. You are my wealth, you are my achievement. I am so in love with you that is priceless. There is neither pain nor any space left in the heart. Now that I have got you, my every wish is fulfilled. Just make an obligation to me once that you will never be away from me. This is my fault that I have believed (in you), I have left my heart just for you. You are the nearest to me than all others. I have felt that you are my only fortune now.

tribute to living legends of Bollywood

sonu Kakkar (1979 – Present) Sonu Kakkar is a multilingual singer with a wonderful voice, able to expand subtle vocalization. She was born on August 11, 1979, in Rishikesh, the mountainous state of Uttarkhand. She loved singing bhajans as a child and even took part in singing lyrics in Hindi: competitions in Mumbai. She eventually got a shot at the film world in 2003 with the Bollywood film Dum. Her inspiration was Sufi singer Nasrat Fateh Ali Khan. She later married Neeraj Sharma. Her sister Neha and brother Tony are also singers. Sonu Kakkar has sung in about 50 films in several languages. She is still quite active. My belief is that singers are born, not made. Find more information on Sonu Kakkar on Facebook.

awards: Best playback female singer MTV AWARD for her song “Babuji…” featured in the film Dum. The lyrics to her famous Hindi song “Yeh kasoor merā hai ” are given on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics Yeh kasoor merā hai …

Song: Yeh kasoor merā hai … Film: Jism 2 Year: 2012 Music: Mithoon Singer: Sonu Kakkar Lyricist: : Mithoon Starring: Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda, Arunodaya Singh

Note: The contents of this article are compiled from the news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Indian music.

lyrics in english: Yeh kasoor merā hai ki yakin kiyā hai Dil tere hi khātir rakh chhod diyā hai –2 Tu hi sabse karib hai mere tu hi merā nasib hai Ab yeh mehsoos kiyā hai, Yeh kasoor merā haiki yakin kiyā hai Dil tere hi khātir rakh chhod diyā hai, Ek tu hai daulat hai meri, hāsil tu merā, kitnihai mohabat tujse, Be-hisāb wafā hasraton se badhkar apni chāhā tujko , Hameshā yeh kasoor merā hai khātir rakh chhod diyā hai, Tu hi sabse karib hai mere, tu hi merā nasib hai Ab yeh mehsoos kiyā hai, Koi darda rahā nā dil mein, nā koi kharā Har khwāish poori hui hai, Tujhe pā jo liyā, Door mujhse ho na kabhi nā Karnā yeh ek ehsānYeh kasoor merā hai ke yakin kiyā haiDil tere hi khātir rakh chhod diyā haiTu hi sabse karib hai mere Tu hi merā nasib hai ab yeh, mehsoos kiyā hai; Ho…

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Meaning (summary): This is my fault that I have believed (in you), I have left my heart just for you. You are the nearest to me than all others. I have felt that you are my only fortune now. This is my fault

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A Translated Hymn continued from page 28

open until 8 pm, due to limited attendance, there are no communal prayers past 3 pm. The hymns, too, have adjusted to the American 9-5 lifestyle. The prayers start out slow. There is a rhythmic build up as the afternoon passes. The man at the tabla begins playing with more intensity, moving his hands across the surface, tapping his wrist, then his palms, then his fingers to create a variation in sound. After the hymns finish, another man in a navy turban stands in the middle of the men and women, facing forward. He begins reciting the closing prayer into a microphone, announcing the family’s name who has organized the day’s service, for a birthday, wedding, death anniversary, or any occasion in between. A general increase in American/English names being announced, be it for birthdays or weddings, has made “Johnathan” or “Ashley” sound less foreign over the years. There is a rustling sound as everyone stands up. A room that held stationary occupants up to this point is suddenly full of movement. Women fix their scarves as they rise, children look around for their cue to follow suit, and parents of toddlers help them stand up. Then the man with the microphone thanks whoever organized the day’s langar. I think back to my first American langar. The three-course meal with three sides to pick from was a feast compared to lentils and flatbread. In India, someone would come around and walk along the rows of people seated on floor mats. I would stay seated hoping for seconds, or thirds. The upgraded menu offers variety, side salads, and desserts. I have never gone back to the self-service buffet for seconds at Warner Street. A girl named Mehar runs over to the front of the prayer room, anticipating the sweet treat that will soon be distributed. Understandably so. Parshad is flour, butter, water, and sugar cooked until everything is blended to caramel colored concoction, designed to melt in your mouth. Even though napkins had been handed out, thanks to our seven-year-old volunteer, those in the back generally rub any butter that is left behind into their hands, as they are accustomed to doing so back home. Frequenters demonstrate their appreciation by offering new carpets, bouquets of flowers, lights. Charity has adjusted to the conversion rate and the American GNP. I compare the plain yellow building to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. Named after its building material, the temple is surrounded by a fish pond, with a marbled footpath leading up to its entrance. Situated in each corner of the rectangular pond is a marbled building: the dining hall, showers (for those who wish to bathe in the pond), historical museum, and more prayer rooms. Like most temples in India, it offers a sizable income for the beggars lined up outside. Born out of Guru Nanak Dev’s distaste for social corruption such as the caste system, in the name of religious virtues, Sikhism originated a little over 300 years ago. Born in presentday Pakistan, Guru Nanak began transcribing a book of teachings. The 10th formally recognized Guru, Guru Gobind Singh continued the practice of adding his teachings to the book. Due to the country’s state of unrest after Mughal invasion, he declared that the book would be the last entity to serve as the religious teacher. Today, Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, concentrated mostly in India’s Northern States. After decades of fighting for a sovereign state, Sikhs have migrated all around the world, bringing the temples along. Mehar, in bright pink leggings and a baby pink dress is seen

again, this time running right along the parking lot. Guneet Kaur, her mother, asks her to come along to the serving line. They walk past an entrance to the “special ceremony hall,” which remains empty awaiting a wedding. They approach a kiosk attached to the kitchen. A tall man with a black turban and beard greets them from the other side of a long shelf lined with a three-course meal, and fills a section of their divided Styrofoam plate with dal. The mother refuses the paneer for her daughter, and doubles up on the kadhi. She carries the rectangular plates to join her husband and son at a table then returns to get two disposable cups of chai. The meals are always vegetarian, in accordance to religious notions of purity, despite Punjab being home to most Indian meat dishes. As Guneet and her husband, Gagandeep Singh are done instructing their kids to bow their heads and say thanks for the meal, Guneet’s scarf has fallen off her head and she makes no qualms about adjusting it back into its position. Gagandeep’s bandana had come off right as they left the prayer room, as they put their shoes back on and washed their hands. They realize these are liberties that an American temple allows. One in India would collect their shoes at the very front in exchange for headcoverings, and return them on the way out for the day. These reminders of being away from home are now only noticeable when they sit and think to notice them. Gagandeep, a software engineer, moved to New Jersey from a Punjab 11 years ago, and began visiting a local Gurudwara there. After moving to the States, he soon cut his hair to assimilate and not have to answer constant questions regarding his uncut hair and beard. He moved to the post 9/11 America. He was chronologically and geographically much closer to negative stereotyping Sikhs faced due to mistaken Islamophobia, mistaking them for Muslims due to their turbans and full beards. His mother did not speak to him for two weeks. She had trouble forgiving her son for ridding himself of his hair and shaving his beard, an integral part of Sikh identity. When his wife joined him in America two years later, her hair was also much longer than it is today. Often attributed to nature’s intention, orthodox Sikhs leave all hair alone. Scientific theories, maintaining one’s natural form, or asserting identity are often reasons stated. Unfortunate consequences of this assertive identity tie into bigotry and ignorance. Sikhs who claimed asylum during the 1984 religious persecution in India, now worry about the shift in American tolerance. When it comes to his son, Gagandeep is more concerned with him knowing the spiritual values rather than practicing abstinence from razors. Guneet recalls being shocked at life in America, including the culture of American gurudwaras. SCOC, like most other temples in the country, celebrates most religious festivities on the weekend that follows. Like the Singh family, most parents are only able to bring their kids to worship on Sundays, if that. Guneet, who took up a job in finance after studying in California, views the routine-centered life in America as mechanic. Back home, she would visit the Gurudwara three days a week if she pleased, or sometimes not for weeks at a time, but here, they try to come every Sunday, schedule permitting, to bring her father-in-law so he can see his friends. For him, the temple offers what it would back home community, a chance to discuss politics, offer his opinions, and keep up with the goings on about town. Mr. Singh is a retired professor from Punjab. He lived a life busy with work and friends. Now, him and his wife watch TV, or their grandkids when the parents are away. Driving to SCOC, a decision that depends on their son or daughter-in-law


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is their only interaction with anything familiar outside of family. My parents never skip a weekend if my grandparents are visiting. Sometimes I wonder why my grandparents don’t just wait for us to go back to Punjab for holidays. Apart from visiting relatives, and the temple, nothing interests them here. Gorgeous California beaches, lavish shopping malls, cafes, or the oceanfront dining experience sparks no excitement. Instead, they fly over 8,000 miles and hope someone can carve out the time and give them that 30-minute ride once a week. Then they head back home, with some souvenirs and updated bragging rights of their son’s American success. There are many grandparents with their grandkids scattered around the hall. The two best represented age groups. There are hardly any teenagers. The few wandering out in the open space between the kitchen and the dining hall are quite literally neither here nor there. They don’t necessarily have parents guiding them through every step, but most don’t look convinced about the afternoon, either. They are old enough to arrange their own hair appointments, and the boys who have kept their hair, no longer have to deal with being called girls, the way they might have in elementary school. Gagandeep’s mother sits on a table with women her age. She talks about his hair as if it was another child she raised. She brushed it every day when he was young, then covered it with a small piece of fabric until he was old enough to iron and tie his own turban. They talk about going back home, to spend their days hanging out in front yards, picking mint leaves and chopping green beans, throwing the stems wherever seems convenient. They would visit their friends without arranging a good time to meet. They would gossip and inquire about goings-on around the village, word of mouth which travels through their servants working across homes. They talk about attending the temple back home — the same one where they prayed for their sons’ American job offers. Every time I have gone back to Punjab since moving to California, I have attended a wedding. Almost all those weddings have meant relocating to America, Canada, or Australia for either the bride or the groom. A Green Card or foreign visa being the selling point, is subject to a better match and sometimes even a higher dowry. Plagued by religious persecution, political corruption, falling agricultural prices, and most recently drug infestations, people of Punjab, especially those who identify as Sikh, are among the largest emigrant groups of India. There are two racks just outside the prayer hall. One for shoes, and then one across it that serves as a small newsstand, offering Indian newspapers and magazines. As the dining hall empties out, some reach for these as they walk towards the lot. The seva (Sikh belief in selfless service) for trash collection begins as food runs out. Two young men grab a large black trash bag each and go from one table to the next collecting used utensils, plates, cups, and napkins. It’s all disposable. Dish washing seva is not the American way. Cooking, in fact, is also optional. Instead of the traditional volunteering to cook a simple two course meal, SCOC gives its visitors a sponsorship offer. Depending on the day of the week they would like to host a meal, they can deposit money to the office and their name will be announced at the service. There is a whiteboard to be used as a sign-up sheet, so everyone can see what days are available, and schedule their appointments accordingly. By the end of lunch, around half the original attendees remain. There is conversation amongst some Hindu visitors over the impressive “free food for all.” Though Gagandeep

talks about the separated tables and sponsored meals taking away from the original purpose of a langar, a wider variety of the South Asian community is present than at a given temple in India. Occasional non-Indians will attend, upon an invite from an acquaintance. The festive gatherings, attract a crowd disregarding religion, nationality, or race. Regardless of what the faith stands for, comments over others “taking advantage” of the free food can be heard as attendees skip the prayer room altogether and head for the wide variety of food stalls that take up the parking lot during holiday fairs. As the crowd makes its way towards the parking lot, there is some more chit-chat about things not being the same as they are in India. Vegetables don’t taste the same here because they use too many chemicals. Things don’t last as long because they are built to break down. Even if they break down, no one repairs anything because it is cheaper to replace them. Then some movies, politics, songs are discussed, and conversations fizzle out as they turn to the work-week lying ahead. That’s the general exit. A line forms to turn left on the street, and then there is a trail of vehicles making their way onto the 405. Some go north, others south. Some take food and treats home for those who couldn’t attend. Soon, turbans will be untied, exchanged for bandanas, or sometimes an uncovered head, depending on how the man pleases to dress while at home. Scarves will be hung up in closets, packed away for the next Indian gathering. Salwarkameez will be exchanged for “western” lounge wear, put away in a separate pile of laundry, to be hand-washed or dry cleaned. Naps will be taken, to further recreate life back home. Then the week will begin and go on. Until Sunday, when these attendees reach out for a piece of home, and parshad, once again.

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EYE ON THE MARKETS Trends and Commentary By Ketu Desai

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The month of June appeared to be quiet on the surface, but lurking underneath the seeming calm things were quite interesting. In this article, we will review recent market activity including the recent sector rotation, and discuss latest economic and corporate data. Across many markets, much of what to June, underperformed during the month. Within the equity markets, the Russell (small capitalizations stocks), which has lagged the S&P for much of the year, began its effort to catch-up. Even within specific sectors and factors this was the case. More on this below. The one notable exception has been energy. While oil rallied during the last week of the month, WTI traded into the low-$40s. As mentioned many times here, the supply and demand dynamics continue to remain unfavorable for prices. Prices for energy stocks have reflected this. Energy stocks have underperformed the S&P by approximately 20 percent this year and top performing sectors such as tech and healthcare by 25 percent. In other asset classes, gold gave back gains, as did Treasuries. The 10-year treasuries rallied much of the month, and then yields spiked 15 basis points during the last week of the month. The primary driver appears to be a more hawkish tone from the Fed, and even potentially the European Central Bank. In other words, central banks appear to be more aggressive in raising interest rates and reducing stimulus provided during the financial crisis. It remains to be seen what will be the turning point for interest rates. While the S&P ended the month with only a small gain, there was some turmoil among various sectors. A few large capitalization technology stocks, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft have generated roughly 40 percent of the S&P 500’s gains this year. On a Friday afternoon in early June, on limited news, and certainly no fundamental news, these stocks started a reversal. Many explanations have been offered as to why these stocks started to fall then, including a Goldman Sachs’ research note. Tech stocks fell approximately 3 percent on that day, and the negative sentiment remained for the remainder of the month. It appears that the selling was a combination of sector rotation and profit-taking, as we approached a quarter-end. Sector rotation is, simply, investors moving capital from one sector into another. While in the larger picture, the move is not very significant, the move does highlight the broad ownership of technology stocks across various investment styles and factors. It is not frequent where you see the same names in growth, value, equity income, momentum, and low-volatility portfolios, and that is what you were seeing with many of these names. The move also emphasizes the importance of understanding the underlying portfolio exposures and true factor diversification. For instance, a portfolio with Vanguard Growth ETF, iShares Value ETF, and Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF - three seemingly different factors, would have over 20 percent in exposure to technology. The risk is when there is a sell-off in technology, a portfolio that you think is diversified, may suffer more losses than anticipated.

As the money flowed out of technology, generally, growth dollars flew to biotech, and value dollars flew to financials. Biotech and financials also benefited from news out of Washington. The market perceived the Senate healthcare bill as positive for biotech, as well as results from the Federal Reserve stress tests on banks. This sector rotation has generally favored value, as for the year, Russell 1000 growth has outperformed value by nearly 10 percent. Value stocks are ones that trade below their fundamental value, it could be cheap on an earnings basis, cashflow, dividend, etc. Growth stocks are ones that are expected to provide high level of sales or earnings growth in the future. During the year, growth has outperformed, as the economy appears to be stuck in a 2 percent growth environment, investors are willing to pay for higher levels of growth, the majority of which is coming from the technology sector. First quarter GDP got revised up again to 1.4 percent from a revised 1.2 percent and an initial 0.7 percent. First-quarter economic growth was boosted by an upward revision to consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. While Q1 looks better, the reading from the Atlanta Fed on Q2 continues to move down, and now stands at 2.7 percent. While noisy, the direction of this series has been down, it was north of 4 percent earlier in the quarter. Such growth numbers suggest that high growth is valuable, and that the sell-off in technology stocks is simply a rotation, and not a commentary on their business fundamentals. Looking forward, we will start to receive earnings reports in the coming weeks. Q2 earnings are expected to grow 6.6 percent with 4.9 percent revenue growth. It will be an exciting summer in the markets!


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Next to her sits Nirmala Guragain, whose husband Shiva has worked in Malaysia, Bahrain and Qatar on and off since 1998 and hopes to soon find a job in the United Arab Emirates. Guragain’s sister, Mira, whose husband is also abroad, runs after her toddler. When the boy gets fussy, Mira presses her cellphone to his chubby cheek and tells him: “it’s for you.” “Daddy?” he replies. Each day, thousands of Nepalis migrate. Working abroad can be risky, even fatal, but for the approximately 3 million Nepalese employed overseas it represents a singular shot at a better life for them and their families. Today, nearly 32 percent of the Nepal’s GDP comes from remittances — the highest rate in the world — up from a mere 2 percent in 2000. Remittances are money sent by a foreign worker back into his or her home country. That figure translates to more than $6 billion a year, much-needed money for a nation with virtually no homegrown industry. Pumped into small villages like Amar Basti, where residents relied solely on sustenance agriculture, the money has been transformative. After initial fees are paid to the labor broker, remittances send children to school, purchase land and build houses. While an increasing number of migrant workers are women, the vast majority are men — many with wives and children. The phenomenon has become so common that young men in high-migration areas like Amar Basti find it difficult to find a wife if they don’t go abroad. Despite the loneliness, despite the potential clashes with in-laws and neighbors, it can be better for women to have husbands who live far away than ones who simply cannot provide. With so many absent men in some areas of Nepal, the role of women has shifted dramatically. Traditionally, women leave their home villages upon marriage and move in with their in-laws. The men make most financial decisions, run the farms, and hire laborers. With their husbands gone, however, women in places like Amar Basti have had no choice but to take on these roles. They handle the farms, manage the books and make key decisions around finance, schooling and even living. Indeed, after schooling, one of the first things remittances often buy is a home away from the in-laws — a crucial measure of autonomy for many women. “When men migrate, women are forced to take on so many of those roles that the husbands were doing,” pointed out Amina Maharjan, a livelihood specialist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, who has studied whether women benefit from male migration. Maharjan recalled attending a conference a few years ago in which male participants were complaining that “migration is leading to the disintegration of families, of values, of manners. Everybody was complaining.” In the local agriculture investment group here, 16 out of 20 board members are women. Traditionally barred from participating in funeral rites at all, women now often lead the sacred rituals, according to Thapa. “It used to be women weren’t even allowed to perform these rituals. But now we have to because there are no men and you need one person per household,” she explained. “Women like me who have husbands abroad have to take charge of everything.”

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5. state department establishes Implementation Guidelines and defines Bona Fide Relationship While the Supreme Court outlined which aspects of the travel ban that could be implemented, a “bona fide relationship” was not specifically defined, leaving some attorneys and advocates fearful that the implementation could cause travel delays. The justices provided several examples of how an individual could have a relationship with a foreign entity, such as a student admitted to a university or a worker who has accepted an employment offer in the U.S., but stopped at stating which familial relationships would qualify. Guidelines were sent to posts around the world responsible for visa adjudication, providing an update on the preliminary Supreme Court decision and confirming that the allowed aspects of EO-2 would go into effect on June 29. The Department of Homeland Security also released an updated FAQ document on the revised executive order. Here are some of the important highlights: • Entry to the U.S. is suspended for 90 days for aliens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, with some exceptions. • The executive order will not apply to any current immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders or lawful permanent residents. • Current visa holders are not at risk of having their visas revoked due to the executive order. • Traveling refugees and asylees may continue to travel abroad and return to the U.S. • Individuals who are nationals of the affected countries without a qualifying relationship, but who may otherwise be eligible for a visa, may be eligible for an exemption or waiver.

1. usCIs Revises Forms for Green Card applicants Starting on August 25, 2017, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-485 and Supplements A and J released on June 26, 2017. USCIS states that the new form and instructions will “reduce complexity” and “increase the efficiency of the adjudication process by reducing errors and requests for evidence.” Old versions of the form will not be accepted after August 25.

2. CBP extends Global entry Program to Indian Citizens U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that Indian citizens are now eligible to apply for Global Entry, a CBP Trusted Traveler Program. Global Entry allows certain pre-approved, low-risk travelers to bypass traditional inspection lines by using an automated kiosk to complete admission to the U.S. Approved Global Entry members can also participate in the TSA Precheck expedited screening program. These programs are available at 53 airports in the U.S. and 15 preclearance locations. This does not replace the need for visa stamping, but should expedite the entry process.

3. H-1B Premium Processing Reinstated for Physicians under Conrad Waiver Program Premium processing was reinstated recently for H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver Program. This program allows some medical doctors to remain in the U.S. with a temporary visa in order to work in rural and urban areas with physician shortages. Premium processing requires that H-1B petitions be adjudicated in 15 calendar days, a much speedier option when adjudications are typically taking months for a decision. USCIS also announced that premium processing of other petitions may resume as workloads permit. Do not send the Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service until an official announcement 6. Federal Judge expands definition of Close Family ties for has been made, as both the I-907 and the I-129, Petition for a travel Ban Nonimmigrant Worker, will be rejected and the checks Originally, the State Department defined “close family ties” returned. as a parent (or parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, fiancé(e), son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and sibling, 4. supreme Court agrees to Hear Case on travel Ban whether whole or half, and includes step relationships. This executive order means the following relatives were not included in the The Supreme Court decided to hear arguments on provision: grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, President’s Trump Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and other from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The extended family members. A federal judge in Hawaii decided modified executive order was mostly on hold after the lower that grandparents and other extended relatives are also exempt court issued injunctions against the administration’s second from the ban, writing that the “narrowly defined list” of attempt to implement a travel ban, which prohibited travelers exemptions released by the State Department was not from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the country supported by the law or the Supreme Court decision that and suspended USRAP, the United States Refugee Admissions allowed the ban to move forward. Program, for 90 days. While the Supreme Court will not hear arguments until the 7. aIla to sponsor Citizenship day on september 23 fall session begins in October, the justices did narrow the The American Immigration Lawyers Association, or AILA, injunctions, stating that the ban will only be enforced against foreign nationals without a “credible claim of a bona fide continued on page 126


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Karthick Iyer live - sept 9 (Raleigh) NC State’s student association Maitri presents Karthick Iyer Live in concert on Saturday, September 9 at Stewart Theatre on NCSU campus. The show begins at 6pm. It will be a mix of jazz, rock and Indian melodies with Iyer on violin and vocals, Vikram Vivekanand on guitar, Reshwin NIshith on bass, Sumesh Narayan on mridangam and Ramkumar Kanakarajanon drums. For more details write to or buy tickets at

Kumar and Brandon “Shake” Rainwater entertained the audience with comedy routines highlighting the trials and tribulations of South Asian immigrants settling in America. All of the proceeds from the program will be donated to Visions’ educational programs for Children of the Dalit community in India, implemented in conjunction with Rotary Clubs in India. Mahant swami Maharaj in atlanta

dandia & Garba night (IasnC) - sept 9 (Greensboro) The Indo-American society of North Carolina (IASNC) presents Dandia and Garba Night at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Event Center West Wing B on Saturday, September 9 from 5 pm - Midnight. Ram Leela, Garba, Dandia and live DJ dances, food vendors, booths with Indian clothing and Jewelry, and more. Free admission. For details contact Krishna Balu 336-686-0410. amit tandon live - sept 10 (Chapel Hill) Stand up comedian known for clean comedy will be doing a live performance in the Triangle area at East Chapel Hill School on Sunday, Sept 10th from 4 to 6 pm. For details visit. or call 877-222-9324. Presented by Live Spectrum entertainment.

On Wednesday, June 21 devotees and well-wishers gathered to welcome His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, on his first trip to North America as Guru and President of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. In preparation for his arrival, devotees prepared traditional Hindu gifts of honor such as garlands and shawls. Children and youth practiced their talents for the many scheduled programs during his visit and cultivated their knowledge of spiritual texts and devotional songs to memory. The welcome assembly included US Congressman Rob Woodall, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, and D.V. Singh, Head of Chancery, Consulate General of India in Atlanta among other dignitaries. The theme of the welcome assembly focused on the presentation of a Hindu Vedic pujan to officially greet Mahant Swami Maharaj. This pujan consisted of the recitation of scriptural shlokas and various offerings. Following this pujan, BAPS youth from throughout the Southeast region performed a traditional swagat dance. The welcome assembly was concluded with blessings from Mahant Swami Maharaj. “You can tell a lot about a place and its people and you make me swell with pride with this warm greeting. This congregation and its people welcome everyone. Everyone has been invited. That’s not easy to do to reach out and make them feel welcomed. BAPS has done that,” expressed Rob Woodall, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. Woodall also remembered the life motto of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj (In the joy of others, lies our own) when he mentioned, “While I had never heard the phrase before in my life, I can tell you now with conviction that the joy in these faces is truly found in the joy of others in our community.” While meeting Mahant Swami Maharaj before the assembly, Woodall shared, “I am in awe internally of this spiritual fortitude of your volunteers.” For details regarding Mahant Swami Maharaj’s tour -

shreya Ghoshal in Concert - sept 10 (atlanta) Singer Shreya Ghoshal has delivered multiple hits for Hindi films as well as many other Indian regional films. She also has released pop songs. Ghoshal will perform live on Sunday, September 10 at 7pm at the Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, GA. She will be backed by a live orchestra, back-up singers and dancers. For details visit

navratri Garba with atul Purohit - sept 16 (Greensboro) India Association of the Carolinas presents singer Atul Purohit and group performing live at Navratri Garba Mahotsav on Saturday, September 16 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Purohit is renowned as a garba / raas singer and musician and hosts one of the largest garba functions in Vadodara, India every year. For full details about tickets, vendor information, and timings visit

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Trimurti Temple in Charlotte held it’s Grand Opening (Prathistapana) on June 25, 2017. The installation of all the deities was done per strictest guidelines by learned Hindu scholars, as prescribed in the ancient religious literature called Sastras.

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After a diligent search for 12 years of over 38 sites, in 2011 the temple benefactors purchase 17.5 acres at 6411 Beatties Ford Rd in Charlotte. In September of 2012, the Trimurti Temple began operating out of a temporary building. The main 7000 sq ft temple building is now open. It includes Trimurti of Hindu Gods Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver), and Shiva (the destroyer/regenerator). In addition, the consorts of the Trinity, Saraswathi (Brahma), Mahalakshmi (Vishnu) and Parvathi (Shiva) are also present. This is the first temple in the United States to house the Hindu trinity under one roof and Lakshmi-Hayagreevar.

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The Shrinathdham Haveli of Charlotte held its grand opening July 7 – 10, 2017. The multi-day festivities included raas/garba, vastu pujan and yagna, patotsav pratham darshan and tilak arti, vaishnav samelan and more.

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The ceremony was attended by Spiritual Benefactor Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji Mahodayshri (Pujya JeJeShri)., Mayor Bobby Kilgore of Monroe, NC, and many Vaishnav community members from across the country. The Haveli is a project of the Charlotte Vaishnavs who formed the Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) in 2013. They promote the Pushti Bhakti Marg, a vaishnav sect of Hinduism, and encourage selfless love in human beings for the God Shrinathji, community and the world. Going forward, the VPSC plans to use the Haveli as a center to promote activities to educate children towards selflessness and social traditions of Indian culture. The Haveli is located on 6 acres of land at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. More details are available at


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agaram tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at the 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 are welcome. 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. For Further Details:

Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded to “Raise Up The Next Generation For Jesus Christ.” The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages with 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

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 Charlotte Pastor, Dr. Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 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 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 For Further Details: - 513.518.5300 - 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 Marathi Mandal The Mandal adds to the vibrancy of Charlotte with various events including the Ganapati Festival which are designed to keep the cultural values and traditions alive. The community is encouraged to participate. For Further Details:

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 meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays. 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


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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 remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all-day sits for established students. 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. Upcoming Events: Sunday, October 1 - Vocal concert by Malladi Brothers Sunday, October 29 - Vocal Concert by Vignesh Ishwar 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. Upcoming Events: Tue, Aug 15: Janmastami Aug 11 - 13: Balaji’s Brahmotatsava Aug 25 - 31: Ganesh Chaturthi For Further Details:

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. The 23rd annual Festival of India will take place September 9 - 10 in 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 through advocacy. The organization is also committed to

promote and protect human rights and 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-Community understanding with 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) JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, and social needs of Jain families around metro Charlotte area. It is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. These activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. Located at 7631 Malliard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular events: Weekdays: 9:30am - Prakshal and Puja; —- 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Puja —- 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President Vipul Shah - 704.705.0314

Jet usa (Charlotte) Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Charlotte chapter is a non-profit running under the guidance of Sri Jeeyar Swamiji. For Further Details: 704.847.1574 / 248.495.4590

Kriya Yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - 704.814.7476 Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary


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education and has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service. For Further Details: 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 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation. Sessions are conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte. For Further Details:

sangamithra Foundation 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 works collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: shanti niketan senior Center of Carolinas The Center values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). Efforts are made to support a rapidly diversifying population with the understanding that a vibrant diverse population adds to the strength and well-being of the whole community. Located at Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details:

shri Rang avadhut Parivar (Parspar devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thurs from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut.” Info about 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 Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 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

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, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, and backgrounds who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar -

telugu association of Greater Charlotte area (taGCa) TAGCA was formed with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details:

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7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. For Further Details: 980.219.7556

Vallabh Pushti samaj of Carolinas (VPsC) VPSC’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to engage in humanitarian and educational activities. 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:

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:


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

BaPs Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details:

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

India association of the triad (IatnC) The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details:

Indian association of the Carolinas (IaC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336.509.5943 Hasmukh - 336.971.5594 (Membership Help)

Indo-american society of nC (IasnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes IndoAmerican cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - - 336.292.9462

Indo-us Cultural association of Winston-salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar - - 336.565.6427

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sri Mata shakthipeetham of nC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details:

sri sathya sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150 Winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (WGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details:


art of living (Raleigh) Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. The Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939

assamese association of north Carolina AANC is a Socio-Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: Nilaskhi Phukan - 919.949.1618 - 919.200.4020

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605

Bengali association of north Carolina (BanC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDOAmerican community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details:

Bhartiya senior Citizens of nC (BsCnC) The Organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on August 12. The group will celebrate Independence Day and Janmastami. For Further Details: Yogesh gandhi (president) 910.391.1809 Mahendra patel (secretary) 919.793.6588.

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spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children. For Further Details:

dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search only ends when the source of eternal happiness is found. This can only be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by A. M. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan, and was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. It is based on the foundation of Self Realization. This unique science provides practical day-to-day solutions that lead to harmony and happiness in life. Dada Bhagwan Satsang, Raleigh center invites everyone to the regular events at HSNC, Saturdays 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843

duke diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: /

eKtaa student organization (nCsu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities.

Geet Bazaar Radio (nCsu) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119

GeM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 Gokul Bhajan & Vedic studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. Gokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for the poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

Gurdwara atlantic Coast sikh association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh Rangila - 919.309.1045

Heritage India association of nC (HIanC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, HIANC presents several annual events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details:

Hindi naatak Group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. Explore your dream to act on stage in


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Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing Kavi-Sammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: Hindu society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Upcoming Events: Aug 14 -18: Om Squad Summer camp For Further Details:

Hindu swayamsevak sangh (Hss) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville and Chapel Hill. For Further Details:

Humsub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details:

Immanuel assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537

India development & Relief Fund (IdRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details:

Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 Indian Classical Music & dance society (ICMds) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. Upcoming Events: Sat, Aug 12: Sangeet Symphony For Further Details:

Indian talent discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details:

Indo-american Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653 /


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Instepp InStepp’s mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asian cultures and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason

International Hindi association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919.851.0225

IsKCon new Goloka temple of nC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am - 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492

Jain study Center of north Carolina (JsCnC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details:

Kiran, Inc Kiran serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence in NC by helping them rebuild their lives and ending the cycle of violence. Although domestic violence is rarely talked about in South Asian communities, it is a rampant and preventable public health problem. Kiran is passionate about promoting healthy family relationships in South Asian communities and raising awareness on the prevalence of domestic violence in South Asian homes through outreach and advocacy. Kiran’s core services comprise of a 24 hour free and confidential hotline, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, translation assistance, resource referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services needed to meet the unique challenges of South Asian victims. For Further Details:

Krishnadham usa Krishnadham USA’s mission is to foster richness of Hindu cultural heritage in our children and to provide learning experiences on our cultural values to visitors and residents alike under the guidance of Vaishnavacharya Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahoday. Krishnadham will be established on a 16-acre sized tract located at 795 Beaver Creek Road in Apex, North Carolina (in Chatham County) not far from Jordan Lake.Krishnadham USA is having weekly Satsangs and Monthly manoraths to celebrate various Pushtimargiya festivals. They meet at 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102 in Morrisville, NC on Sat from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for Satsang. For Further Details: Hemant Sura 919.608.2412

Maitri (nCsu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details:

Pakistani american anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members Events are presented during the year including a dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details:

Pratham - triangle area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues


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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 -

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 -

sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never a charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135

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, 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

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 International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian service organization. For Further Details:

shree swaminarayan Hindu temple (Isso) ISSO’s primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Temple is now open daily 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm; Daily Sandhya Aarti: 7pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha: Saturday 5pm to 8pm. The Mandir is located at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 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: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429

south Indian Fine arts academy (sIFaa) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad


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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

sV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details:

tamil Cultural association of north Carolina (tCa nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

triangle area telugu association (tata) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:

triangle Bangladesh society (tBsnC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details:

triangle Gujarati association (tGa) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details:

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

triangle Vegetarian society (tVs) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues.

urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC 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 and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: 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.


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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 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 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 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. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 For Further Details: 336.593.2322 /

netIP NetIP is North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals, which provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the South Asian Community. For Further Details:

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 author. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114

nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details:

Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is an ISKCON friendly, rural devotional community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The group gathers inspiration and guidance from the books, letters, lectures, and example of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Following Srila Prabhupada’s personal example, they strive to educate society in order to achieve a life of happiness, prosperity and spiritual fulfillment. Dedicated to selflessly serving the North Carolina and southern Virginia Hindu communities, visiting homes for fellowship, worship, scriptural study, and kirtan. Also facilitate spiritual festivals, Gita/Bhagavat discussions, teach puja, vegetarian cooking, and are experienced family councilors. For Further Details: 336-593-3031 /

sri somesvara temple (asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. 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, and profound silence. The temple is daily rom 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarti is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073 /

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american south asian Cultural association of Columbia, sC The American South Asian Cultural association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 - 2:30pm at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 / 512.547.7077


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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

Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, sC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to 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), 7pm (meditation), and 8pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961

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 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quran 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 /

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 Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The 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 7pm, Balvihar classes are from 1011:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5-7pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048

Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, sC) The temple is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. 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 including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661

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 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. 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 non-profit 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:

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announced that it will sponsor “Citizenship Day 2017” on September 23. Citizenship Day is a nationwide event designed to provide free or low-cost assistance to eligible legal permanent residents (green card holders) who would like to apply for U.S. citizenship. AILA will partner with 13. usCIs Policy Manual alert - Guidance on Job Creation community organizations, immigration advocacy groups, and Capital at Risk Requirements for eB-5 Forms local churches, and schools to host clinics and informative On June 14, USCIS announced an update to the USCIS workshops. Policy Manual in order to provide additional guidance on the 8. 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The alert opportunity to obtain comments from the public regarding a included three policy highlights: • An investor must continue to be eligible for the EB-5 visa proposal to rescind the rule pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) classification throughout the adjudication of his or her 13767, ‘’Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Form I-526 and until he or she obtains conditional Improvements.’’” permanent resident status by making an investment that 9. Pentagon Considers Canceling Program that Recruits remains “at risk.” Immigrant soldiers • An investor must also sustain his or her investment “at Currently immigrants joining the military could be eligible for risk” throughout the 2-year period of conditional a “fast track to citizenship” through a program called MAVNI, or permanent residence to be eligible for removal of Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest. 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Surface sources of clean water are admittedly limited as well; untreated waste water and industrial effluents are routinely discharged into Delhi’s water bodies. The Yamuna River, near Delhi, is an important source of drinking water for downstream cities. But it has been an open sewer for decades. According to estimates of Central Pollution Control Board, every day, almost 40 percent of untreated sewage from Delhi either seeps into the ground or is discharged into the Yamuna River. The fact that other sources report this figure at 60 percent is telling: wastewater-treatment facilities are not only lacking – they are abysmally poorly managed. Ill-planned housing projects and an ever-expanding number of private water pumps, installed by households, industries and companies that wish to ensure an uninterrupted personal water supply, have also severely damaged groundwater tables. The myriad of institutional challenges facing Delhi’s water board exacerbate these supply- and management-side issues. First, the Delhi Jal Board’s chief executive is always an Indian administrative service officer, a high-ranking civil servant likely to be transferred at any moment to another position. The average job tenure of 18 to 30 months does not favor effective performance or strategic planning. In this short time, a CEO must learn all about water, gain a complete understanding of the city’s existing programs and infrastructure and, ideally, conceive of executable initiatives to upgrade the system. To fulfil such gargantuan tasks satisfactorily and develop a strategic plan for the future, a term of six to eight years would be more reasonable. Nor do the corrupt practices of many water board staffers help. In 2015, for example, engineers and officers from the board were suspended for cheating and forgery regarding water equipment. This does not help the organization’s functioning or credibility among residents.

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Making delhi sustainable Here’s the good news: for the first time in at least two decades, the Delhi Jal Board seems to have competent and effective leadership. A few water ATMs, which dispense drinking water at a significantly cheaper price than bottled water, have been installed in a few locations across the city. Thanks in part to aggressive social media advertising, these are gaining popularity among residents. The concept of “constructed wetlands” – a pilot project proposed in 2009 which features an artificial marsh made of plants that absorb the impurities in water – has also been moved forward. The project aims to clean up an eight-kilometer stretch of supplementary waste water drain that, like most of Delhi’s waste water, dumps into the Yamuna river. Other programs to clean up the Yamuna have thus far failed. If successfully completed, Delhi’s wetlands pilot may be replicable in the many other Indian cities facing water shortages thanks in part to polluted waterways. There is no intrinsic reason why Delhi residents could not have a reliable supply of water that can be drunk straight from the tap, 24 hours a day, without any health concerns or interruptions, within the decade. But it will take a lot of political work, from both within and beyond the Delhi Jal Board, to get Excerpted from The Essential Social Media Handbook: A New there. Roadmap for Maximizing Your Brand, Influence, and Credibility. Article courtesy of


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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase

Clues across: 1. The basic monetary unit of Japan. 4. A light soft leather made from skins of hairy sheep. 10. Forcing a purgative liquid into the colon, thru the anus. 12. Organization for the Economic Corporation and Development. (*) 13. A wooden stairway for access between the building floors. 15. Pennsylvania. (*) 16. Having a title esp. of nobility. 17. A brand of a company, makers of the kitchen appliances. 19. Emergency Room. (*) 20. A person born in ancient country, now Tuscany in Italy. 22. The former currency of Portuguese. 24. Ocean Surface Topography Science Team. (*) 26. To strike down on forcibly with the foot. 28. American Medical Association. (*) 30. A person who plays in movies, plays etc. 32. The part of the leg behind the knee. 35. Alaska. (*) 36. Coarse fibers woven into strands for making thread. 37. To decorate; adorn; trim. 39. Daily food allowance or ration. 41. A long, thin runner tied to a boot for gliding over snow. 42. An undergarment worn by women to support the bust. 43. A South American three-toed sloth with a greenish coat. 44. A large plant of the Lily family with fleshy, spiny edged leaves and a cluster of tubular red or yellow flowers. 46. Kindly or gracious, in a patronizing way. 47. Doctor of Osteopathy. (*)

Clues down:

1. The day before today. 2. Not lacking of any of the parts; whole. 3. Clean and in good order; tidy. 4. A mark (∧) used in writing, to show thing to be inserted. 5. A woman’s long (fur) scarf worn around the neck. 6. A going or turning for help, support etc. 7. The successful establishment of a plant in a new locality. 8. Treasury Department. (*) 9. A jelly-like product made from algae and used as a base for bacterial cultures, as a laxative. 11. A significant event marking a change in developing. 14. Compact Disc Read-Only Memory. (*) 15. A female swan. 18. Goodbye. (Brit. Informal). 21. United States Pharmacopeia. (*) 23. An ethnic group in N. Adriatic region of Istria. 25. A string bracelet tied by girls on their brothers’ wrist, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. (8-7-2017) 27. Arkansas. (*) 29. Concealed, disguised, not apparent etc. 31. A small group organized to lead a larger group. 33. Noble one; Indian tribe who follows the Vedic culture. 34. Minnesota. (*) 37. Profit; winnings. 38. International Standards Organization. (*) 40. A card tied to something as a label as identification. 42. A small pallet of shot used in shotgun cartridges. 45. Lieutenant. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!)

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla)

Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Krishna”)

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



The unused 3 letters spell ___ (Sanskrit)

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TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “RM” - Fill in the blanks)

1. A drugstore. _ _ _ RM _ _ _ 2. A British thoroughbred racehorse. (1889-1915) _ RM _ 3. Moderately warm. _ _ _ _ _ _ RM 4. Royal Military Academy. (*) RM _ 5. Final point; an end; extremity. _ _ RM _ _ _ _ 6. To twist a body in a snakelike movement. _ _ _ _ RM 7. Excessive amount. _ _ _ RM _ _ _ 8. Weapon; any instrument used in fighting _ RM 9. Execute; to carry out. _ _ _ _ _ RM 10. Right conduct; religion. (Sanskrit word). _ _ _ RM _ 11. A storehouse for weapons. _ RM _ _ _ 12. Royal Military College. (*) RM _ 13. A clever person, who directs a project. _ _ _ _ _ RM _ _ _ 14. Hurt; injury. _ _ RM 15. A long shaft battle-ax, carried by soldiers. _ _ _ _ RM _ 16. In a solid or strong way. _ _ RM _ _ 17. Required Minimum Distribution. (*) (IRA) RM _ 18. A mat for people to wipe their shoes on before entering a house or a room. _ _ _ RM _ _ 19. A large organized group of land soldiers. _ RM _ 20. A bacterial skin infection caused by pus. _ _ _ _ _ RM _ 21. The person born and living in Germany. _ _ RM _ _ 22. Royal Mail Service. (*) RM _ 23. Pertaining to worms. _ _ RM _ 24. A fleet of warships. _ RM _ _ _ 25. Any heavy fall of snow, rain or hail. _ _ _ RM (Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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encircle the dancers. What amazed me most about the dance was not the perfection of the human forms – a high standard, for sure, but one that comes to be expected with ADF troupes. Rather, I still can’t understand how the dancers would move the chairs while keeping the chairs apparently ideally aligned. I have seen this performed before and would like to see it again and again – the somewhat absurd theatricality will no doubt either become more meaningful or truly free itself from the matrix of interpretation with additional viewings.

My daughter and I were lucky enough to see all three performances by the Paul Taylor Dance Company (PTDC) Friday and Saturday evening shows, and a Saturday matinee. I am delighted when I find that a troupe with a depth of work like that of PTDC chooses to perform different dances at each performance, as was the case for the July 7 and 8 shows. What draws me to their repertoire is their strong ballet tradition with appeal to both traditional and contemporary dance audiences. Friday night consisted of three dances, each separated by an approximately 15-minute intermission. Having two intermissions and, for Friday, a post-performance discussion, allows one to really sink in and absorb the artistry and build one’s interpretations. Saturday evening also had three dances. The 1987 dance Syzygy was included in both, performed last. I reviewed this dance last year; this year, on Friday night, I gained more appreciation for it by enjoying it after Rush Hour, the penultimate dance and one not choreographed by Taylor but by Larry Keigwin. Both of these dances are characterized by fast and energetic minimalistic music. Rush Hour’s score, composed by Adam Crystal, reminded me of the music of Philip Glass, especially near the end. The music of Syzygy, composed by Donald York, is a bit more consistent in energy. I was touched by the commonality and variability of these two dances. In the first, sixteen dancers personify the anonymity of big city life. Bursts of energy are shown as meaningless, disconnecting the dancers and even causing aggressive interaction, resulting in a near fight near the end. On the other hand, there is joyful energy in Syzygy. The busyness of the dancers is now a productive one and each, while still exploring their own individuality, are clearly influencing each other and creating a dance that reflects a synchrony of the individual creativities, though there is a touch of competitiveness in the end. I found this juxtaposition fascinating – how could dancers sustain the physically fast and precise choreography but, perhaps more so, how could the very different psychological import of each piece be divided merely by a 15-minute intermission? I asked this question in the post-performance discussion and enjoyed the feedback from the dancers. Friday’s first dance, Cascade, featured very different music, concertos by Bach. It was an elegant dance with a dozen dancers in black costumes and what I think of as more traditional PTDC,

though Paul Taylor has created well over 100 dances and no one dance of his really is emblematic of one particular style. Book of Beasts, performed at both the children’s matinee and on Saturday evening, was a delightful and playful romp reminiscent, to me, of Maurice Sendak’s maybe-horrible-butactually-nice monster tale, Where the Wild Things Are. The costumes are bright and evoke laughter, and the use of props like sticks are well done, though some of the geometries thy create turn out to be much better appreciated when sitting near the center, as I found from my two different vantage points at the two shows. The music included well-known compositions, such as by Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens.

The penultimate dance on Saturday was The Weight of Smoke, choreographed by the dancers in collaboration with Doug Elkins, a pioneer in incorporating hip-hop and martial arts with ballet and modern forms. I don’t listen to much sampled music so still find it rather interesting when it seems done to a high standard (to my novice ear). The music included original music and excerpts from Handel; toward the end, some Indiansounding music was also mixed in. The dance clearly had hiphop influence and an impatient ever-changing but not self-important demeanor of dancers almost trying different things, then scurrying off backstage to return often in the guise of a different persona. All in all, Paul Taylor Dance Company always delivers solid performances. That said, I miss some of the more “classic” dances akin to Cascade, such as Arden Court and, perhaps my favorite of theirs, the utterly joyful Esplanade. Each year, ADF presents the ADF Musicians’ Concert. Putting on the Festival requires not just dancers and choreographers, but also students and teachers of the ADF school, and the musicians who compose and play for the sixweek school’s classes. For the past few years, this concert has been held at the beautifully redesigned Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke East campus, where many ADF students reside. I enjoy attending this relaxed event matched by a modest admissions price. A variety of musical styles, such as African rhythms, electronic dance music, Baroque, patriotic Americana, and mid-1960s soft pop rock, were presented at the concert on July 2nd. I like the energy of this event, as well as that of the upcoming (as of press time; July 16 is the scheduled date) Faculty Concert. If I were to criticize, I would simply observe that both play to enthusiastic “in” crowds with many ADF students who cheer the moment as much as they applaud the talent. At press time, there still were several weeks of performances left in this season of ADF. Full details about ADF are available at


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august 2017

Aug. 3 - Putradā / Pavitrā Ekādashi Aug. 7 - Nārieli Purnima (Full Moon) (Moon Eclipse) Aug. 7 - Rakshā Bandhan / Gāyatri Jayanti Aug. 10 - Bol Choth Aug. 12 - Nāg Panchami / Rāndhan Chhatha Aug. 13 - Rāndhan Chhatha Aug. 14 - Shitalā Sapyami Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 15 - Shree Krishna Janmāsthami Aug. 17 - Pateti (Pārsi New Year 1387) Aug. 18 - Ajā Ekādashi / Paryushan starts Aug. 21 - Pithori Amās (No Moon) (Sun Eclipse) Aug. 21 - Senior Citizen Day Aug. 24 - Haritālikā Teej / Varāh Jayanti Aug. 25 - Ganesh Chaturthi Aug. 26 - Rishi Panchami

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Sep. 2 - Parivartini Ekādashi Sep. 2 - Vāman Jayanti / Eid al-Adha Sep. 4 - Labor Day Sep. 5 - Ganesh Anata-Chaturdasi Sep. 6 - Praushtapadi Purnima (Full Moon) Sep. 10 - Grandparents Day Sep. 11 - Patriot’s Day Sep. 15 - National POW/MIA Soldiers Day Sep. 16 - Indira Ekādashi Sep. 19 - Darsha Amās / Sarva pitru Shrādha (No Moon) Sep. 19 - Mabon Sep. 21 - Navarātri starts Sep. 21 - Rosh Hashanah Sep. 22 - Mohuram / Hizri - Islamic New Year 1439 starts Sep. 29 - Navarātri ends Sep. 30 - Dusserā / Vijayā Dashami / Buddha Jayanti Sep. 30 - Yom Kippur

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aRIes (Mar 20 - apr 20) This is a period of self-control while things are calming down. Your friends and elders will be with you to enjoy your success, but don’t rush things. You will enjoy love and respect from your higher authorities. Invest some money in business or home affairs. The time is changing to more positive for students. Your enemies won’t even dare harm you, but don’t lose your self-confidence.

tauRus (apr 20 - May 21) Try to be more practical this month. The time is good to concentrate on enjoying your family and social life. A long-term career decision might happen this month. The time is good for students. If working, chances of a promotion are there. In either case, there will be a rise in income. Be aware of your surreptitious enemies as they could destroy your plans and take away happiness. Try to be more analytical and avoid taking risks.

GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a positive start, you will experience a minor setback this month. You may lose confidence and make bad decisions. Try to maintain an easy temperament and keep working hard. Don’t try to be over confident. The time is good for investment in real estate. A strong para-psychic experience may bring a major change to your friend circle and relations with co-workers.

CanCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) The income and expenses will balance each other out this month. You may experience a delay in pursuits and ups and downs in education or business. Choosing wise decisions may harbor you from wasteful spending. An investment in long-term saving will prove beneficial. The time is good for changing your workplace or field of study. You must control your ego and anger. A sibling could be good support this month.

leo (Jul 22 - aug 23) Now is the time when plans regarding property investment will materialize. You will be successful due to your active lifestyle and aggressive actions. Friends and family will offer whatever assistance you need. Your opponents will dare not to face you. Don’t get involved in a love affair. Students will get unexpected positive results. Try to control your speech and egoistic thoughts. Unexpected expenses are possible this month.

VIRGo (aug 23 - sep 23) During this month, you will feel spent due to lack of energy. A family member’s ill health might disturb your peace of mind. Fear of change may also ruin your personal serenity. Keep yourself busy and work hard. You may have excess energy during the month. Try to control your speech. There should be no change in income. Travel may prove to be rewarding.

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lIBRa (sep 23 - oct 23) Don’t get involved in any new hobbies during the month. The period is good for family happiness, but your workload and outside activities will develop frustration. Your co-workers will also extend you their full support. You will see a steady rise in your income. Hard work will reward you with a bonus this month. Your spouse will achieve success in the second half of the month.

sCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) This period will make you very comfortable. You will come in contact with some influential people while a rise in status and income are both possible. You might enter into profitable deals. Travel will prove to be very relaxing. Others will appreciate your social and religious work. A chance for a promotion is there. Overall, this month will be very pleasant yet hectic.

saGIttaRIus (nov 22 - dec 21) You will be very actively busy during the month. You may gain much success in your business or job. It will be an action-oriented period. Your friends and family will offer whatever assistance you need. You will be relieved from financial worries. Attraction and a possible new relationship with member of the opposite sex will make you feel relaxed. A change is residence or investment in business is also indicated. CaPRICoRn (dec 21 - Jan 20) This month will relieve you from tension and anxiety. On the domestic front you will be happy, as your longcherished desires will be fulfilled. Travel during the month will bring good results. You may receive good news about benefits or monetary gains. You will be able to defeat your enemy. Be careful of your health and don’t dispute with your spouse.

aQuaRIus (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your hard work and labor will offer dividends. Good news from a far-off place is possible. You will enjoy power of artistic expression and interpretation. Your emotional actions will provide good rewards. A pleasant journey or change in the workplace may occur. A relaxed state of mind is also indicated. You will have edge over your competitors. A change in relations with your partner is possible.

PIsCes (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will get mixed results this month. There will be many opportunities coming your way but you may not be able to utilize them. A health issue may disturb you. The time is not good for heart patients. There may be a rise in status and position, but without much financial benefit. A very positive life change is possible in last days of the month. Happy days are here again!


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Indian Restaurant for sale in Cary. 60+ seating. Call 919-961-2007. C-store/Gas station for lease in Granite Falls, NC. Inside Sales $40k/month. Lotto comm. $1200/month. Asking $20k + inventory. Call Atul 704-657-6669. subway for sale: 2 locations in Goldsboro, NC Low rent / operating costs. Call 848-219-9427.


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Housekeepers needed for Franchise hotel in Raleigh, NC. Legal status and experience required. Accommodations provided. Call 301-526-6532. live-in nanny needed for cooking and light housekeeping in Cary, NC. Must be able to cook Gujarati Vegetarian food. Call 919-444-1597. Help needed for Franchise Motel in Gastonia, NC. Housekeeping, Front Desk/Night Auditor, and Laundry positions. Couples preferred. Accommodations provided. Legal status & Fluent English required. Contact 704674-8348. Full-time Babysitter needed in Concord, NC starting in August. Must have own transportation. Contact or 704-743-4075. Franchise Hotel Help needed: front desk and office. Fluent English, legal status & experience required.accomodation available. Only applicants from RDU / Raleigh Triangle need apply. Call Mr. Nick 336-259-2266 between 9am-1pm or 6pm-8pm. Vegetarian Gujarati cook needed for household in Concord, NC. Must have own transportation. Call 704-495-4590. Housekeeping Couple needed for Independent motel in Gastonia,NC. Legal status required. Accommodations provided. Call 626-290-9322. Hiring experienced eyebrow threading artist. Offering great pay and benefits. Near Winston Salem, NC. Willing to help relocate. Contact 704-699-8397. Housekeeping Couple needed for franchise motel in SW Virginia. Legal status required. Accommodations provided. Call 276-614-8477. south Indian Restaurant in Raleigh, NC looking for Servers, South Indian Cook & Tandoori Cook. Call 984-789-6716. Help Wanted: Front Desk and housekeeping for motel in Florence, SC (legal status required). Field Manager and accounting in Atlanta, GA. Call Lena Gandhi 336-684-1152. Brow studio 7 in Charlotte is now hiring eyebrow threaders. Call 704-995-5230 or 630935-9335. Gas station Help Wanted Immediately. Fulltime & part-time. Fluent English and driver's license required. Must have prior experience and be able to work flexible hours. Great pay! Located in Greensboro, NC. Call 336-324-3214

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live-in nanny needed ASAP for newborn twins in Waxhaw, NC. Vegetarian family. Contact 704-497-2845. experienced live-in Manager & Housekeeper needed immediately for 60-room independent motel in Columbia, SC. Legal status & fluent English required. Accommodations provided. Please contact Aumil 732-735-9416. elderly family looking for Caretaker Couple in Greensboro, NC area. Also some cooking & light housekeeping. Good salary & accommodations provided. Leave message at 336-558-6289. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Good pay and accommodations provided. Call 803347-6320.

Retail sales associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706-877-0315.

Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Cleveland / Akron, Ohio. Accommodations provided. No English necessary. Call 919-6737623 or

Gujarati nanny needed for home in Greenville, NC. Also cooking and housekeeping help. Contact 252-565-3563 or Housekeeping Couple needed for independant motel near Charlotte, NC. Accommodations provided. Legal status required. Call 864-3846900 between 9am & 5pm. Restaurant Help wanted in Cary/Morrisville, NC. Chef, Assistant Manager, & Servers for full-service restaurant. Excellent Pay. Email resume to or call 919523-6670. experienced Housekeepers and laundry Help needed for franchised Hotel in Apex, NC. Accommodations not available. Contact Anita at 919-387-4600. Gas station assistant Manager wanted in Rock Hill, SC. Full-time. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Call 704-737-7230.

Couple needed to manage Motel in Charlotte (University area). Computer skills and fluent English a must. Email resume to

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nanny needed starting in September to take care of toddler + cooking near Concord Mills in Charlotte. Live-in/Live-out is fine. Call or text 814-431-3442. Front desk Manager needed (single or couple) for 50 room Franchise Motel in Covington, VA. Honest, dedicated & reliable. Hotel experience, fluent English and legal status a must. Email August 2017

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Part-time nanny needed to take care of 17 month-old in Dilworth area of Charlotte, NC. Daytime hours, 1-2 half-days per week. Active and energetic. Fluent English & Gujarati preferred. Must have own transportation. Call or text 318-550-7305.

Gas station Help Wanted: Full-time Single or couple in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Call 803-466-5861 or 803319-9878. Front desk help needed (mix shift) for franchise hotel in Fort Mill, SC. Must have hotel experience, good computer skills and fluent English. Email resume to Housekeeping Couple needed for Franchise motel in west Columbia, SC. Legal status required. Accommodations provided. Please call Umesh Patel 803-361-1013.

experienced Housekeeping Help needed (single or couple) for a franchise motel in Ladson (Charleston), SC. Excellent pay. Accommodations provided. Contact Priya at 843-425-2840. Motel Help Wanted: Front Desk, Housekeeping, Minor Maintenance, and Supervision of Charlotte Motel. 9am-9pm. Accommodations provided. Monthly salary. Come by Lamplighter Inn or call 803-554-6377 10am-2pm for an appointment.

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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:

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.

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Advertisers Index Aakriti Kathak Academy ....................................... 107

Grand India Mart (Groceries)...................................119

Raghu Mothukuri Allstate Agent................................19

Accella Residential Range Hood............................... 79

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John)..................... 77

Rahi Spa and Boutique (High Point, NC)....................33

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)...79

Health Markets (Medicare, Health, Life, Supplemental)14

Rajbhog Foods....................................................... 103

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

Hindi Vikas Mandal (Independence Day)..................73

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)......19

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants)........ 51

Hindu Center Charlotte....................................... 86-87

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao)...........................54

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville).......................................... 83

Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)............................... 69

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews).................... 30

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham)............. 95

Idolize Brows & Beauty ...........................................93

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law)......93

Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC)................... 29

Inchin's Bamboo Garden..........................................31

Royal Events LLC (DJ Service & More)......................17

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......... 51

Indian Assoc. of Carolinas (Atul Purohit, Sept 2017)....5

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh)................................20

Aureus University School Of Medicine (Aruba).......... 27

Indo-American Society of NC Dandiya Night (IASNC)35

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).....71

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)......................................103

International Community Church ...........................117

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc......................... 49

Basera Biyani & Grill.................................................16

ISSO - NC (International Swaminarayan Satsan Org) 72

Saathee Magazine Free Subscription..................... 111

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)....129

Jigna Shah CPA....................................................... 84

Bhindi Jewelers ......................................................2

Karthick Iyer Live (Metronome Studios)....................21

Sara Designz By Rashmi Sawant (Cary, NC)............. 45

Bhowmik Dave Photography.................................. 121

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

Sarika CPA PLLC......................................................31

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC.........................................141

Khanna & Sons Jewelers......................................... 11

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).....................49

Birju Joshi (Real Estate)............................................ 97

Lady Bird Events (South Asian Bridal Expo)...............13

Shah & Trivedi CPA, PLLC...................................... 111

Blooming Buds.......................................................111

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch).......... 47

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) .........................44

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor)........65

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions).......................133

Shamim Beauty Parlour......................................... 123

Cary Diwali (Hum Sub)..............................................12

Level Homes............................................................ 34

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).....................................45

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA........ 135

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian).......................47

Sistar Mortgage .......................................................24

Cary Medical Clinic...................................................99

Live Spectrum (Amit Tandon - Comedian)...................9

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)................................... 53

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)......................27

Lotus Salon & Spa....................................................59

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)............39

Chandni's Beauty Salon .......................................... 83

Maadhurya Photography........................................101

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta)........................................... 62

Cilantro Indian Café Cary..........................................59

Mahabat International Ministries .............................67

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant............................ 32

County South Realty & Business Brokers............... 101

Malak Jewelers........................................................23

Sri Somesvara Temple (Mt. Soma, North Carolina)....65

Crepe Time Catering.................................................39

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

Super Desi Bazaar (Apna Sabji Mandi Greensboro).. 75

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai).............................. 91

Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley................................97

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro..........................................74

Cruise Planners (Raghu Mothukuri).......................... 71

Meridian Convention Center...................................105

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville)...................................61

Curry Pot (Cary, NC)..................................................91

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)................................... 35

Travel Universe......................................................... 81

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).21

MyTripFare (Travel agent)..........................................82

Travelinks................................................................. 37

Desai & Desai LLP (CPA & Financial Services)........137

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan)............................ 127

Triangle Gujarati Assoc (Gujarati Natak - Rang Rangeela)3

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

NC Dermatology Associates..................................... 76

Triangle Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)47

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)............25

Neurology & Pain Management Center.................... 85

Ttravel Guru..............................................................46

Divya Bhagat Realor................................................. 61

New Goloka Temple ISKCON (Janmastami)..............63

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring)................. 55

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi)................................................... 53

North American Bancard ........................................ 15

Udupi Cafe (Cary)..................................................... 77

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani).............................................19

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna & S. Motiramani).....135

Uni World Travel........................................................53

Evershine Properties.................................................58

Patel Brothers (Cary)...........................................42-43

Universoul Circus......................................................67

Eye Level..................................................................57

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)..................................137

Vyas Travels..............................................................60

Festival of India (Charlotte)..........................................8

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate)..........................................37

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............... 48

Geological Resources, Inc.......................................127

Pramukh Mandapam............................................... 93

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................. 121

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

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary)............... 97

Worldwide Travels ....................................................17

Global Visa Care Services.........................................51

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

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

Go Satellite City (Dish Network).................................41

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC)...........................71

Zayka Restaurant ................................................... 39

Godavari (Truly South Indian - Morrisville)................. 89

Radha Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor).........................99

Zeera Indian Restaurant .......................................... 99


August 2017


Bipin Parekh

Owner / Broker / Realtor. Licensed in NC / SC / Georgia 704.841.9318(H) 704.608.8469 (cell) E-Mail:

Realtor with 26+ years of experience


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satish Maroju 706.627.7412

smita Parekh

Broker / Realtor; Licensed in NC/SC

704.608.2191 (cell) Closing Coordinator

tirlok Gupta 704.608.5473

Balaji tatineni 803.280.4809

divakar Ganni 715.505.5139

sreedhar Perla 516.448.6231

anupam Patel


Gopal Kasarla 980.297.9827

sisir Penugonda

abhishek Gupta 980.213.5440

Chandra Mavuluri 336.262.9290

Mohan Guttula 980.298.0747

Radha Krishna Gajjala 704.257.6666

Padma Kalindindi 980.833.2939 360.786.1239

shailesh H Chhatrala 980.253.3504

Venkat Pinnamaraju 704.248.0359

Manjesh Gorajala 704.303.1021 408.256.2659

amith satheesh 704.763.0088

anitha Ravella 817.606.7712

Gasper sahava Raj 336.848.2620

Vikas Kumar Jhamb 980.245.2500

askok tadakmalla

sonali Roy 704.284.4748

PRICE > 1%, 1.5%, 2% *

Rebate for Closing Costs Only

*buyer must take lenders approval to use “rebate” (in HUD1)



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Saathee Raleigh August 2017  

Bridging America and the Indian Subcontinent.

Saathee Raleigh August 2017  

Bridging America and the Indian Subcontinent.