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In this issue: Higher Education and College Debt Hundreds of Indian Children Call Him Papa

Hello Readers! Britain's "the other mullah" is using his insider's knowledge of Pashtun traditions to fight the radicals. See the story on pg. 8. India's endangered vulture population is once again on the rise. Go to pg. 14 for the interesting story. American Paul Wilkes has transformed poorly funded orphanages into "Homes of Hope." See why hundreds of Indian kids call him papa on pg. 32. Read about how the government is saddling parents with college loans they can't afford in a feature beginning on pg. 36. The 2012 elections are over. What now for both political parties? Read how the parties are rethinking their positions in our column on pg. 50. It’s all about the cloud when it comes to online productivity. Read the feature on pg. 62. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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December 2012 – Issue # 176 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Sneha Shah, Anjana Agarwal, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen, Sumeet P. Shah, A.J. Shah, Neal Patel, Dipika Kohli, Krutika Chheda, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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In This Issue The Other Radio Mullah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Increase in Vulture Population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Hundreds of Children Call Him Papa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 College Debt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 REAListically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Peronal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Just Being Honest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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That doesn’t mean his life has been easy. Militants are apt to take his white skin and English heritage as evidence he’s a foreign spy. A media center in a madrasa where Butt worked in 2010 was burned to the ground. And Butt himself was showered with glass when a bomb exploded next to his house in Kabul in 2009. But where tales of “American Taliban” raise fears of the radicalization of converts, Butt’s long career tells a story of how greater understanding and acceptance can achieve a moderating influence on the Pashtuns.

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The reach of radio Butt’s “New Home, New Life” show competed with the Taliban’s nightly screeds, but with as many as 35 million avid fans, it was too popular to be shut down. “I believe that one of the reasons the Taliban didn’t ban radio was because of ‘New Home, New Life,’” Shirazuddin Siddiqi, a former drama teacher at Kabul University who worked on the program, told the Guardian in 2001. “All the soldiers were addicted to it.” Widely hailed for its moderating influence on the Taliban prior to 2001, the program might have had a greater impact if Butt had been granted free rein. Following his general strategy of using his knowledge of Islamic law and Pashtun customs to combat radical influence, Butt’s team considered a storyline that would address whether providing refuge to foreign militants was truly mandated by tribal traditions. In the end, they opted not to take on the radicals so directly, and Butt still wonders whether the Taliban would have protected Osama bin Laden if they’d had a sound cultural and theological argument for turning him over. “We’re trying to look at these things from the point of view of their own traditions,” Butt said. “Traditionally, the Pashtuns do give refuge to outlaws.... But you can’t internationalize that. [And] the outlaw has to live a law-abiding life. These guys are using your hospitality as a base to cause trouble left, right and center.”

By Jason Overdorf - NEW DELHI, India — After the shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufza, allegations emerged that the attack was ordered by a feared “Radio Mullah” — South Asia’s equivalent of a right wing shock-jock — named Maulana Fazlullah. Fazlullah is notorious for his reactionary vitriol. In 2009, he ordered all girls’ schools in the Swat Valley closed. For Englishman John Mohammed Butt, Fazlullah’s alleged order was a bitter call to action. Butt, an Islamic scholar, is a mullah in the true sense of the word. But he uses the airwaves to fight radicals. Call Butt, 62, “the other Radio Mullah.” It’s a vocation he’s pursued for decades. Butt is the only “white mullah” ever to graduate from Darul Uloom Deoband, the seat of South Asian Islam and the birthplace of the Deobandi school of thought, sometimes denigrated as “the religion of the Taliban.” A slim, gregarious man with ghost-pale skin and a talib’s fistlength beard, Butt converted to Islam on the hippie trail in 1970. Since then, he has spent most of his life living among tribal Pashtuns in the borderless region of Afghanistan and Pakistan that he calls “Pashtunistan.” In 1993, he helped create a soap opera called “New Home, New Life” for the BBC’s Pashto service, which used stories about rural life to communicate subtle messages about women’s independence, as well as information on health and hygiene. Even after leaving the BBC in 1998, the white Deobandi’s influence has spread. Butt started PACT Radio in 2005, broadcasting in Pashto throughout the cross-border tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. With a radio station based in Swat from 2008 to 2009, he invited Yousifzai to discuss girls’ education on his radio program in the early days of her struggle – though PACT has since moved its headquarters to Jalalabad, Afghanistan. “We worked in Swat at the same time as Malala was writing her diary,” said Butt. “We were countering the militants with an alternative voice of mainstream, moderate Islam.” “We were on the radio, really in the thick of things. Every day we were going, ‘When’s the bomb going to go off?’ It was really hairy.” Today, Butt spends most of his time in New Delhi with his wife and two small daughters. He says he sees himself as a “normal bloke.” “I seem quite ordinary to myself,” he said. “The things I impart to my children – be the best behaved, the most polite and the most hardworking. Those are pretty ordinary values, aren’t they?”

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Subhash Ghai’s Kaanchi Fills Cast After signing Rishi Kapoor to play the role of a villain in his next directorial venture Kaanchi, director Subhash Ghai has now signed Mithun Chakraborty for a crucial role in the film. “Mithun is one of the most talented actors of Indian Cinema but he has never played a character like the one he will be playing in Kaanchi. The way it has been conceived is extraordinary and he will enhance that. We can share details of this character only just before release and not now,” Ghai told India FM. Kaanchi is a musical love story with music by Salim-Sulaiman and Ismail Darbar and lyrics by Irshad Kamil. The film is set to release in August 2013.

Film Clips Mahesh Bhatt Strikes Deal with 20th Century Fox During his recent visit to India, James N Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO- 20th Century Fox, was impressed with Mahesh Bhatt’s production house. He offered Bhatt a deal to work on more films together. Speaking about this deal, Bhatt told Bollywood Hungma that that his company had a three-film deal with them. He added that 20th Century officials are sure to work on one more projects with him in the future. He also added his company will begin work on two big projects (both Hindi flicks for global audience) sometime next year.

“Kochadaiyaan will be a Big International Film” - Padukone Deepika Padukone’s next release is with South Indian film industry superstar Rajinikanth. “Working with him in Kochadaiyaan was very inspiring. The kind of energy he brings to the sets even after working for so many years, he has that passion one can easily see in his eyes. After his illness too I saw the same passion. We are trying out a new technique in Kochadaiyaan, the performance-capturing technique. So it’s a completely new experience with me. While the emotions are what I’ve conveyed, the technique used is completely new,” Padukone said in an interview with Bollywood Hungama. She may dub for the Tamil version of Kochadaiyaan. “The idea is to make this a big international film coming from India. It isn’t only a Tamil language film.”

Lata Mangeshkar to Launch Her Own Music Label Indian music legend Lata Mangeshkar will launch her music label in Mumbai in December. Many luminaries in the music and business world are slated to attend, including Neeta Ambani, Pandit Jasraj, and Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Speaking to reporters on her decision to launch a music label so late in her career Mangeshkar laughed, “I’ve been toying with the idea for a very long time. But somehow I never got down to doing it, maybe because I was too busy recording and singing to really bother with marketing my music.” She feels this to be the opportune time to launch her own label. “I am more or less done with film music and I think film music is done with me. Now is the time to do all the music that I’ve always wanted to but never had the time to do.” She added, “I don’t know how successful it will be. But I do know I want to create a platform for the kind of music I want to do for my fans. I am hopeful they’ll want to listen to what I want them to hear.”

Preity Zinta Postpones Her Film Due to Director’s Cancer Diagnosis Preity Zinta has not only put off the release of her maiden production’s release indefinitely, she has made it clear to her team that the film would be released only when the director Prem Raj (who is seriously ill after being detected with cancer recently), is able to complete all the post-production work. Raj told an interviewer, “I offered to let someone else take over the post-production. But Preity is very clear on this issue. She told me we’re in this together and only I will complete the post-production of Ishkq In Paris, no matter how long it takes. I am grateful to Preity for standing by me even if it meant postponing our film’s release for the third time.” It is now uncertain when Ishkq In Paris would release since Raj is slated for surgery the first week of December.

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Pakistani Singer-actor Ali Zafar Set for Romantic-comedy Zafar will film Aman Ki Asha opposite actress Yami Gautam. The 32-year-old actor, who was last seen in romantic film London, Paris, New York, will also compose the music for director E Nivas’s film. “My next feature, a rom-com is tentatively named ‘Aman ki Asha’ opposite Yami Gautam written and produced by Neeraj Panday and directed by E Nivas. “I have also been asked to write and compose the music for the same. First song for which is being recorded in the studio,” he posted on Twitter. Zafar, who started his Bollywood journey with Tere Bin Laden, is also gearing up for Chashme Buddoor remake, which will hit theatres on February 22, 2013.

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By Kirit Shukla

Kedār Sharma (1910-1999) Kedar Sharma was a lyricist, screenwriter, producer, actor and director for old Hindi films during my father’s time, when I was a child. Sharma was born on April 12, 1910 in Narowal, Punjab, in a poor family. After he studied in a school in Amritsar, he ran away from his home to Mumbai, to pursue a career in movies. Initially he was unsuccessful, so he returned to Amritsar where he worked in a college and founded a college drama society. He decided that his destination was a film studio and not a college campus. He received support from K. L. Saigal and Prithviraj Kapoor in the film industry. Sharma’s hobby of painting gave him entry into the film world. His first job in a film studio was that of a backdrop and poster painter. He married Raj Dulari in 1932. As a director, he was a promoter of new talents to the Hindi cinema, including Raj Kapoor, Madhubala, Geeta Bali, Mala Sinha, Bharat Bhushan and Tanuja. Below is the list of some movies he was associated with. You can read about him in the book “The One and Lonely Kidar Sharma,” an autobiography edited by his son Vikram Sharma. Kedar Sharma passed away on April 29, 1999 in Mumbai, almost unsung by the industry to which he had given so much.

Song: Teri duniyā men dil… Film: Bāwre Nain Year: 1950 Music: Roshan Singers: Mukesh Lyric: Kedār Sharmā Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Darbāri Kānadā (Family) Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Raj Kapoor, Geetā Bāli Lyrics in English: Teri duniyā men dil lagatā nahin, wāpas bulā le Main sajade men girā hun, mujhako aye mālik uthā le Teri duniyā... Bahār āyi thi kismat ne magar ye gul khilāyā Jalāyā āshiyān saiyyād ne, par noch dāle Mujhako aye mālik uthā le, Teri duniyā... Bhanvar kā sar na chakarāye na dil laharon kā dube Ye kashti āpa kar di maine tufan ke havāle Mujhako aye mālik uthā le, Teri duniyā... Meaning (Summary): My heart does not like your world, call me back. I am fallen on your ground in prayer, O God, lift me up. The bloom had arrived though, my fate did grow a flower. The ravisher of hearts have burned and plucked the nest. O God, lift me up. The waves of my heart (love) may not get drowned in the head of a whirlpool. I have entrusted this boat to the storm. O God, lift me up.

Filmography: (1935) Inquilab (Set Painter, Actor) and Dhoop Chhaon (Actor, Assistant Manager); (1936) Pujarin (Actor) and Devdas (Dialog and lyrics); (1937) Vidyapati (Actor) and Anath ashram (Writer); (1939) Jawani Ki Reet (Dialog) and Badi Didi (Writer, Actor); (1940); Zindagi, (Writer).

तेरी दुनिया में दिल लगता नहीं, वापस बुला ले मैं सजदे में गिरा हूँ, मुझको ऐ मालिक उठा ले; तेरी दुनिया... बहार आई थी किस्मत ने मगर ये गुल खिलाया जलाया आशियाँ सैय्याद ने, पर नोच डाले मुझको ऐ मालिक उठा ले, तेरी दुनिया... भँवर का सर न चकराए न दिल लहरों का डूबे ये कश्ती आप कर दी मैने तूफ़ां के हवाले मुझको ऐ मालिक उठा ले, तेरी दुनिया...

He directed the following films: (1940)Tumhari Jeet, Aulad; (1941); (1942) Arman, Gauri; (1944) Mumtaz Mahal; (1945), Bhagat, Chand Chakori; (1946) Duniya Ek Sarai (1947) Neel Kamal; (1948) Sohag Rat; (1949) Neki Aur Badi; (1950) Bawre Nain, Jogan;(1964) Fariyad, Chitralekha; (1953) Gunah; (1954) Chora-Chori; (1961) Hamari Yad Ayegi; (1965) Kajal , Writer etc. Awards: (1956) National Film Award, (1957) International Film Festival in Venice, for best children’s film: Jaldeep. Indian Film Directors’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award. (1982) Golden Award from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for contribution to Indian Cinema. His hit Hindi song’s lyric: “Teri duniya men dil…” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in Evergreen Classic Film Lyrics on this page. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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Dear readers, over the past few columns we looked at the host of changes that have taken place in Carnatic music. This month, I’d like to look two more such features that have gained popularity- 1) concept of thematic concerts 2) presentation of jugalbandhis, especially Carnatic-Hindusthani juganlbandhis. Thematic concerts, as the name suggests, are concerts wherein most, if not all, of the compositions presented conform to the theme of the concert or the concert series. Some examples of these are concerts which feature compositions of a particular composer or compositions that are dedicated to a particular deity, etc. These concerts keep up the audience interest and introduce variety on the concert platform. It is also an occasion for musicians to present lesser known compositions on the concert platform if the compositions conform to the concert theme. Other interesting concert themes include concerts that are dedicated to particular ragas or series; one of the interesting thematic concert series that I have previously attended was named “Gowla series”- each day had an artist performing in concert featuring one of the ragas such as “Gowla,” “Mayamalavagowla,” “Reethigowla,” “Kedaragowla,” “Narayanagowla.” A jugalbandhi concert is a concert that features two equally skilled musicians as partners in the concert presentation. Both performers divide the concert presentation aspects so that the concert comes across as presenting an equal opportunity for both performers to showcase their skills and virtuosity. Jugalbandhi concerts can take place between two artistes in different genres of music (Carnatic - Hindusthani) or two artistes within a genre- e.g.: Pandit Ravi Shankar (sitar) and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (sarod), both Hindusthani musicians on different instruments. Carnatic-Hindusthani classical jugalbandhis have become quite popular over time. With both of these streams of music originating from a common source before separating out, it is possible to present jugalbandhi concerts which highlight the characteristic of each of these forms in a cohesive presentation. These jugalbandhi concerts widely appeal to audiences since they showcase two different styles of presenting the same raga, and even the same composition at times. It is also an extremely enjoyable experience for the artistes involved as they play off each other’s ideas on an impromptu basis in the concert. Till we meet next time, do listen to Carnatic-Hindusthani jugalbandhi recordings of Dr. Balamurali Krishna and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi-it is marvelous to see these two highly accomplished musicians in concert- these recordings are easily available on the Internet.

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You read about the styles and similarities of Indian music last month. Here I want to emphasize on differences in Carnatic and Hindustani music. The Carnatic and Hindustani music has a history spanning millennia and, developed over several eras, it remains fundamental to the lives of Indians today as sources of spiritual inspiration, cultural expression and pure entertainment. India is made up of several dozen ethnic groups, speaking their own languages and dialects, having very distinct cultural traditions. The two main traditions of classical music are Carnatic music, found predominantly in the peninsular regions, and Hindustani music, found in the northern and central regions. Both traditions claim Vedic origin, and history indicates that they diverged from a common musical root since about the 13th century. Differences There are 12 notes in Hindusthani and Carnatic Classical Music but their names and way of singing is different. There are total 72 Thaat or mel in Carnatic Music where 10 mel or thaat in Hindustani Music. Carnatic music Bandishes or song have been sung in Tamil, Telagu and Kannada languages where Hindustani Bandishes or songs have been sung in Braj, Hindi, Panjabi, Gurathi, Bhojpuri, Rajsthani languages. The Taal or rhythms are different in both the styles. The presentation style is very different in both. There are different musical forms in both the styles. For e.g. Saragam geet, Lakshan geet, Dhrupad, Dhamar, Khyaal, Tarana, Thumree, Hori, Tappaa and bhajan are the common musical forms in Hindustani Music where Pallavi, Varnam, Kirtanam, padam, jawali are the main forms in Carnatic Music. I hope, now you definitely understood the two main strings and their comparative features of classical music of India.

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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich

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As we all know, Indian dances always tell us stories of Indian epics, literature, social life, and human emotions. Of course, all our stories also depict God in human situations and they become the hero and the heroine, which is Nayaka and Nayaki. For example, Radha, the heroine is the lover of Lord Krishna the hero. The literary texts, including the Natya Shastra, recognize eight basic types of Nayaka, the hero and eight types of Nayaki, depending on the nature of the story. The types of Nayaki are more popular than Nayaka in some dance forms. However, when Lord Shiva or Krishna is depicted, Nayaka’s characteristics become more prevalent. There are two subdivisions in these eight types.

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Those parents 1998, but even after adding up scholarships, grants, and the are going to default, and their lives are going to be ruined, max she could take out in federal student loans, the private because they were allowed to borrow far more than is rational.” Much attention has been focused on students burdened with university — among nation’s costliest — still seemed out of reach. One program filled the gap: Aurora’s mother, Gemma loans throughout their lives. The recent growth in the Plus program Nemenzo, was eligible for a different federal loan meant to help highlights another way the societal burden of paying for college parents finance their children’s college costs. Despite her has shifted to families. It means some parents are now saddled with mother’s modest income at the time — about $25,000 a year as children’s college debt even as they approach retirement. Unlike other federal student loans, Plus loans don’t have a a freelance writer, she estimates — the government quickly approved her for the loan. There was a simple credit check, but set cap on borrowing. Parents can take out as much as they need no check of income or whether Nemenzo, a single mom, could to cover the gap between other financial aid and the full cost of attendance. Colleges, eager to boost enrollment and help afford to repay the loans. Nemenzo took out $17,000 in federal parent loans for the first families find financing, often steer parents toward the loans, two years her daughter attended NYU. But the burden soon recommending that they take out thousands of dollars with no became too much. With financial strains mounting, Almendral consideration to whether they can afford it. When it comes to paying the money back, the government — who had promised to repay the loans herself —withdrew after her sophomore year. She later finished her degree at the far less takes a hard line. Plus loans, like all student loans, are all-butexpensive Hunter College, part of the public City University of impossible to discharge in bankruptcy. If a borrower is in default, the government can seize tax refunds and garnish New York, and went on to earn a Fulbright scholarship. Today, a dozen years on, Nemenzo’s debt not only remains, wages or Social Security. What is more, repayment options are it’s also nearly doubled with fees and interest to $33,000. actually more limited for Parent Plus borrowers compared with Though Almendral is paying on the loans herself, her mother other federal loans. Struggling borrowers can put their loans in continues to pay the price for loans she couldn’t afford: Falling deferment or forbearance, but except under certain conditions into delinquency on the loans had damaged her credit, making Parent Plus loans aren’t eligible for either of the two main her ineligible to borrow more when it came time for Aurora’s income-based repayment programs to help borrowers with federal loans get more affordable monthly payments. sister to go to college. The U.S. Department of Education doesn’t know how many parents have defaulted on the loans. It doesn’t analyze or total Disbursements publish default rates for the Plus program with the same detail in Millions of Plus loans that it does for other federal education loans. It doesn’t While the number of parents calculate, for instance, what percentage of borrowers defaulted taking out Plus loans has nearly in the first few years of their repayment period — a figure that doubled since 2000, loan volume the department analyzes for other federal student loans. has grown much faster. All values (Schools with high default rates over time can be penalized and are adjusted for inflation. become ineligible for federal aid.) For parent loans, the Nemenzo is not alone. As the cost of college has spiraled ever department has projections only for budgetary — and not upward and median family income has fallen, the loan accountability — purposes: It estimates that of all Parent Plus program, called Parent Plus, has become indispensable for loans originated in the 2011 fiscal year, about 9.4 percent will increasing numbers of parents desperate to make their default over the next 20 years. But according to an outside analysis of federal survey data, children’s college plans work. Last year the government disbursed $10.6 billion in Parent Plus loans to just under a many low-income borrowers appear to be overburdening million families. Even adjusted for inflation, that’s $6.3 billion themselves. The analysis, by financial-aid expert Kantrowitz, uses survey more than it disbursed back in 2000, and to nearly twice as data from 2007-08, the latest year for which information is many borrowers. A joint examination by ProPublica and The Chronicle of Higher available. Among Parent Plus borrowers in the bottom 10th of Education has found that Plus loans can sometimes hurt the very income, monthly payments made up 38 percent of their monthly families they are intended to help: The loans are both remarkably income, on average. 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The data also show that one in five Parent Plus borrowers Among the top 25 institutions with the largest average Plus took out a loan for a student who received a federal Pell Grant loans, more than a third focus on the arts. Tenth on the list is — need-based aid that typically corresponds to a household New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, a for-profit acting income of $50,000 or less. school. The school’s sticker price for the current year adds up to nearly $53,000 for a year’s worth of tuition, fees, room, board, and other expenses. Without an endowment, says David total Recipients of Plus loans Palmer, the conservatory’s chief executive, the school can’t The number of parents taking out provide much financial aid — so families are often left to make Plus loans has nearly doubled difficult decisions about how borrowing is too much. Ideally, since 2000. families would have saved for college, according to Palmer, but often tuition payments come in the form of Plus loans. “It doesn’t make me feel great, truthfully,” Palmer says. “But then again, what can I do? We have to pay our bills.” When Victoria Stillman’s son got in to Berklee College of Last year, 150 parents borrowed for their children to attend Music, she couldn’t believe how simple the loan process was. the institution of 330 undergraduate students. Palmer knows Within minutes of completing an application online, she was that sometimes families borrow too much, and students have to approved. “The fact that the Plus loan program is willing to drop out. “It makes me sick to my stomach,” he says. “Because provide me with $50,000 a year is nuts,” says Stillman, an they’ve got half an education and a mountain of debt.” accountant. “It was the least-involved loan paperwork I ever Still, he says, “I don’t know that it’s the institution’s filled out and required no attachments or proof.” responsibility to say we’ll take a glimpse of what your She decided against taking the loan, partly because of the 7.9- individual situation is and say maybe this isn’t a good idea.” percent interest rate. Although it was a fixed rate, she found it To the dismay of consumer advocates, some universities lay too high. out offers of tens of thousands of dollars in Parent Plus loans Of course, Parent Plus can be an important financial lifeline — directly in the financial-aid packages of prospective students — especially for those who can’t qualify for loans in the private often in the exact amount needed to cover the gap between other market. An iffy credit score, high debt-to-income ratio, or lack of a aid and the full cost of attendance. That can make it look like a credit history won’t necessarily disqualify anyone for a Plus loan. family won’t have to pay anything at all for college, at least until Applicants are approved so long as they don’t have an “adverse they read the fine print. The offers are often included in financialcredit history,” such as a recent foreclosure, defaulted loan, or aid packages even for families who clearly can’t afford it. bankruptcy discharge. (As of last fall, the government also began “It is deceptive,” says Greg Johnson, chief executive of disqualifying prospective borrowers with unpaid debts that were Bottom Line, a college access program in Boston and New York. sent to collection agencies or charged off in the last five years.) His organization’s counselors have seen firsthand how students The Education Department says its priority is making sure and families can get confused: When Agostinha Depina first got college choice isn’t just for the wealthy. Families have to make her financial aid award letter from New York’s St. John’s tough decisions about their own finances, says Justin Hamilton, University, her first choice, she was excited. But upon taking a a spokesman for the department. We “want folks to have access closer look at the package with her counselor at Bottom Line, to capital to allow them to make smart investments and she realized that a $32,000 gap was being covered by a Parent improve their lives,” Hamilton says. In the years after the credit Plus loan that her parents would struggle to afford. crisis, department officials point out, other means of financing “It made it seem like they gave me a lot of money,” says college — such as home-equity loans and private student loans Depina. In reality, “it was more loans in the financial-aid — have become harder for families to get. package than scholarship money.” Depina, 19, opted to go to The department says it’s trying to pressure colleges to contain Clark University, where she had a smaller gap that she covered costs, and working to inform students and families of their with a one-year outside scholarship. A spokeswoman for St. financing options. “Our focus is transparency,” says Hamilton. John’s did not respond to requests for comment. “We want to make sure we’re arming folks with all the There’s considerable debate among financial-aid officials information they need.” about whether and how to include Plus loans in students’ financial-aid award letters. Some universities opt not to package Colleges’ Tricky Role in a loan that families might not qualify for or be able to afford. Colleges rarely advise families on how much is too much. Instead, they simply provide families with information about After a student’s own federal borrowing is maxed out, financial- the program. aid offices often recommend large Plus loans for parents. “We inform them about the different options they have, but Using Education Department data, The Chronicle and we wouldn’t go in and package in a credit-based loan for any ProPublica took a closer look at colleges where borrowers took family,” says Frank Mullen, director of financial aid at Berklee out the highest average Plus loan amounts per year. NYU College of Music. “To put a loan as part of someone’s package ranked 11th, with an average annual loan of $27,305. The without knowing whether they’d be approved? I just wouldn’t university generally gives students less financial aid than many feel comfortable with it.” of its peers. Last year, parents of NYU students borrowed more Others say it isn’t so simple. “This is one of those knives that than $116 million through the Plus program, the second-largest cuts both ways,” says Craig Munier, director of scholarships sum taken on for a single university, trailing only Penn State and financial aid at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. University’s $160 million. “If we leave a huge gap in the financial-aid package, families “Our first suggestion is the Plus loan,” says Randall Deike, could reach the wrong conclusion that they cannot afford to vice president for enrollment management at NYU. Yet he has send their children to this institution,” says Munier, who is also misgivings about the program. “Getting a Plus loan shouldn’t be so easy,” he says. continued on page 86


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We constantly seek new frontiers to explore and widen our eyes to see what lies beyond our atmosphere and understanding. In the cold and empty stillness of space, the possibilities abound. If someone had told you just a generation back that people would communicate via wireless phones while standing in remote locations anywhere in the world to somewhere else in the world, you would have probably laughed. In the short span of a generation, recall the technological advances humans, the busybodies of the planet, have made. Imagine the possibilities that lay ahead. We are indeed a curious bunch, constantly stumbling but always getting up and trying harder in our never-ending searches for knowledge. The challenge now is to move forward, but inflict minimal environmental destruction of our own little sphere then in the past. The ravaging of our only home must be slowed. It will take a communal effort on the global level to do that, but of course we can do it. It’s generally a pleasant surprise when a long-lost friend calls up or shows up nearby our home and pays a visit. When mysterious Mars visited and gave us a closer look a few years back, even though it was only a few million miles closer than its usual orbit, its reddish glow inspired millions. Much fiction has been written about the elusive and imaginary Martians, friendly or otherwise, and more myths and truths will be revealed as we send probes like the Mars Curiosity Rover currently strolling about the Martian surface, sending back juicy information and photos. We will eventually, but definitely land people on its surface. It’s immaterial whether or not you are a science fiction fan. Whether watching the old Ray Bradbury books turned into TV miniseries Martian Chronicles or cheering Captain Piccard as he whizzes through the Alpha quadrant of our galaxy in yet another adventure on Star Trek, science fact eventually makes science fiction a reality. No matter how farfetched a sci-fi tale may seem; our endless universe will probably reveal that tale to be at least somewhat accurate in the near future. Science fact eventually mirrors science fiction. It’s nice to see interest peaking with subtle celestial happenings as the Martian visit close to Earth and now the Rover exploring its surface. In our violent, stressed out, busy bee world, a simple distraction such as the closer orbit of Mars or a passing comet helps us step back, take a deep breath and take in the evolving majesty of the visible and the unseen worlds beyond our little blue home. Science fiction ignites the imagination and science fact tempers the enthusiasm with continuous updates while refocusing human agendas. Mars has always intrigued writers, astronomers and scientists due to its proximity. It is the most likely planet for humans to set up outposts and eventually colonies. That scenario maybe quite a bit in the future, but it’s on our agenda, and it will happen. Next time Mars or a comet visits, or the moon glows large and bright, extend your arm and hold it in the palm of your hand. Tonight gaze into the sky at a distant star and jump a little higher. Be careful, you just might make it there. Samir Shukla is the editor of Saathee magazine. contact -




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The year 2013 is almost upon us. It marks the centenary of the winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature by Rabindranath Tagore, poet eminent of Bengal. The hundred years seem to have flashed by in a second. Indeed, in poem #82 of Geetanjali, Tagore writes: Time is endless in thy hands, my Lord. There is none to count thy minutes. Days and nights pass and ages bloom and fade like flowers. Thou knowest how to wait Thy centuries follow each other perfecting a small wild flower.

Cameras Galore My boss was telling me of how her 86-year-old mother had just purchased a grand piano to replace the decades- old Miller piano that had given them such yeoman service over the years. I mentioned that people of our parents’ generation had fewer material goods but knew how to use them. A case in point is the Baby Brownie Box camera that my Dad had during the years that my sister and I grew up, 1950-1960 approximately. It wasn’t a fancy camera but took very good pictures if you held it steady and the lighting was adequate. We have pictures in our collection that captured our childhood years. There’s one of my sister and I, still toddlers, licking the ice slab that the ice man had just delivered, as he did every morning, for the ice box. This was in the years before refrigerators became commonplace. Another sequence of three pictures shows me naughtily kicking my sister, then she slapping me, and me crying away. There are pictures of us children playing with baby goats and ducks and geese in our grandfather’s home in Konnogor. More pictures of our 1957 trip to Kashmir, with us on horses, the Dal Lake houseboats, and so on. In 1960 the Baby Brownie lost its place to the 35 millimeter Agfa Silleto camera that Dad purchased at the duty-free shop in Aden, on our way to England by ship. That Agfa recorded many events, places, people and things during our one-year stay in England. Dad took pictures of Tilbury Docks, of his factory and his colleagues at British Northrop in Blackburn, and of the houses and streets in our neighborhood in Baxenden, near the city of Accrington. Unlike the Baby Brownie, the Agfa could take color pictures also, though these were very expensive. We have pictures of the Northrop General Manager, Mr. Sommerville, and his family, in their beautiful cottage and garden with riotous flowers in carefully manicured beds. The Manchester public library and the park near Baxenden, where again, the camera captured the color and exuberance of the trees and bushes. There’s a picture of all our childhood friends, standing in a row for the historic (sic) shot, with Jim Eke, my best friend, hardly ten years old, with his baby sister Judith in his lap. Dad even took night shots of our TV, and surprisingly enough, the motor races and cricket scenes came out very well indeed. In 1987, when my sister and her family went to England, she took the Agfa with her. She put it to good use taking color photographs of England which had changed a lot over the years. Later, she got her own camera and I believe that the Agfa has finally been retired after serving us well for over four decades. Now, with digital cameras being the rage, and cell-phone cameras and the like, people seem to take random shots without much attention to quality. Nowadays, in my opinion, it’s all about quantity.

Most people are aware of the lyrical beauty of Tagore’s poems, yet few know how tragic his life was because of the untimely death of all his children. Maybe that is why death plays such a large part in his creations. For example, in poem #86, Gitanjali again, he writes: Death, thy servant, is at my door. He has crossed the unknown sea and brought thy call to my house. The night is dark and my heart is fearful—Yet I will take up the lamp, open my gates and bow to him my welcome. So many of his poems speak of the infinite, the eternal, and of immortality. We read with pleasure his poem #1, the poem to God: Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, And fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed Thou hast carried over hills and dales, And hast breathed through it melodies Eternally new. Education occupied a central part of his life, and Vishwa Bharati at Shantiniketan is Tagore’s lasting legacy to the world. Poem #35 is oftentimes recited by school children: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into Fragments by narrow domestic walls. Tagore put his mystical experiences into words, so that we could all share in his intimacy with God. In poem #102 of Gitanjali, he writes: I boasted among men that I had known you, They see your pictures in all works of mine, continued on page 80

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Congressional Curtain North Carolina Goes Red as Both National Parties Now Look Toward the Bench

By Neal Patel Who saw it coming? It sure wasn’t the political pundits paid to do so. Days before the election, no matter what television channel covered the race, the same message resonated: Romney-Obama is going down to the wire and will be very close in the Electoral College. It was one of the few times I’ve ever seen MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN agree on the same topic. I even read an article anticipating a tie in the Electoral College. (In that scenario, the House of Representatives would choose the president. The Senate would choose the vice president.). Even the universally accepted Gallup Poll had the ObamaRomney presidential race neck and neck 48 hours before Election Day. While the popular vote delivered a slim 50.7% to 47.7% (or 63.1 million votes to 59.4 million votes) win for President Barack Obama, the Electoral College reflected a 332206 landslide victory for Obama. Both Carolinas voted for Governor Mitt Romney. The state of South Carolina, my South Carolina extended home state, extended its its streak of voting for the streak of voting for the Republican presidential Republican presidential candidate to nine races. candidate to nine races. President Jimmy Carter was the last Democrat to win South Carolina in 1976. Since then, South Carolina has served as a strong foothold for conservative politics. Labeled a crucial “swing state,” the Tar Heel state voted for Obama in 2008 but decided not to extend his contract four more years this year. The Obama-Biden campaign targeted North Carolina from the very beginning. Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made numerous trips to North Carolina over the last four years. Not to mention, the Democratic National Convention, the site where President Obama formally accepted his party’s nomination for the presidency, was held in Charlotte this past September. With that much attention being given to the state, it is surprising the Obama-Biden campaign could not lock up enough votes in North Carolina. For Democrats in North Carolina, Governor Bev Perdue did not seek reelection due to sinking approval ratings, a litany of ethics charges emerging from her 2008 campaign, and zero support from either the state or national party. Meanwhile, Republicans nominated Pat McCrory, the former Mayor of Charlotte, to run for governor. McCrory crisscrossed the state and proved to be a formidable fundraiser. In turn, McCrory defeated his Democratic challenger, Walter Dalton, handily by almost 12 percent. I believe this race mobilized voters to head to the polls. In turn, it affected the “top of the ticket” and delivered a win for Mitt Romney. So now the elections are over, what’s next? I am sure you have heard and seen the postmortem documentation on both

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By Sneha Shah Anatomy of a Short Sale: Buyer Perspective After discussing short sales vs. foreclosures last month, this article will focus on the anatomy of a short sale from both the buyer and seller perspectives, and paint a picture to offer a clearer view of the process. From a buyers’ perspective, a short sale is a thinly veiled opportunity - a good deal to capitalize on, and then savor, a realization of a dream – owning a home, along with generating instant equity. This opportunity, though, has been cultivated, not without several days of anxiety, weeks of waiting and months of patience! What does the buyer go through, exactly? - A short sale is, (ironically), a long process, - it is risky, complicated and unpredictable, to boot. opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. – Napolean Hill While a short sale may be viewed as a proclamation of temporary defeat and a pro-active compromise by the homeowner; it can also be viewed as a disguised opportunity for salvation and a way to move on and start afresh with minimal impact to financial credit for the homeowner. As it becomes clear to the homeowner that a short sale is indeed the most viable option available to them; the services of a proficient real estate professional become critical. The real estate professional can perform due diligence, and start the physical process of qualifying the homeowner as a short sale candidate, by considering the following factors:

The buyer’s real estate agent plays a critical role in counseling his/her clients through the oft-complicated process and unforeseen delays and complications that may arise. Some key areas of counsel for the buyer may be:

•Advise on the fact that it will be the lender making the final call on the price and terms of the sale, even after these are negotiated and accepted by the seller. •Perform due diligence before making the offer for investment “flipping” or owning as a primary residence •Consulting an attorney regarding home inspections, earnest money and contingency period for third party approvals •Costs incurred for lawyer fees and, in some case, agent fees for exclusive representation, when the seller may be unable to cover these expenses. In conclusion, undoubtedly, there is risk involved for the buyer in bidding for a short sale, but as Jim Rohn said “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” So, up your ante, and be open to this new, but real unusual, and explore the short sale market – who knows what dreams you may realize and which extraordinary asset you may land up with? Next month, we will cover the short sale package, negotiations and the common results of short sales. Real estate is an innate passion in many of us – a very real reality that impacts our lives more than a few times in our lifetimes. It is an investment, a social territorial acquisition, an emotional haven, an investment tool for the long haul. REAListically covers topical interests on investing and understanding the environment of real estate, both for personal acquisition and long-term investing.

•Determine whether the homeowner has a valid hardship Factors that may contribute to hardship are job loss, business failure, illness and medical costs, divorce and death of a spouse, natural disasters. •Assess whether there is sufficient time to accomplish a short sale. •Ascertain whether homeowner will contract, or has already, with the appropriate finance, tax and legal professional. •Determine the amount that is owed on the property. •Confirm if there are any additional liens on the property. •Assess the condition of the property. •Gauge the willingness of the homeowner to be cooperative.

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Once these are established, the primary goal of the real estate professional is to appropriately price the property in order to receive an offer from a qualified buyer with a realistic chance of closing. It would be suicidal to price it too high and eliminate any or all offers, or too low for the banks to accept the offer. The strategy is to price it competitively, by basing it on the BPO (broker price opinion) and the fair market value.

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The Buyer Perspective: Once the property is priced right, and appears on the market, it is a hook for many deal seekers. Many buyers, whether longterm real estate investors or individuals with little or no home buying experience, are hankering to ride the wave and score a bargain with the short sale tide. And why not? – Financial gurus like Warren Buffett and Benjamin Graham have touted intrinsic value investing and the idea of timing the market. Be it the financial or the real estate market, scoring a product at the right

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Residents and Businesses in Moderate-to-Low Risk Areas Homes and businesses located in moderate-to-low risk areas that have mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders are typically not required to have flood insurance, however, flood insurance is highly recommended because anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. People outside of high-risk areas file over 20 percent of NFIP claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding. When it’s available, disaster assistance is typically a loan you must repay with interest.

We have written articles in Saathee previously regarding flood insurance, but in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, as many homeowners and businesses are once again contemplating the idea of purchasing flood insurance, it will be beneficial to go through the analysis one more time. As images of waterlogged houses and businesses dominate the news, many are realizing that most homeowners and business property policies do not cover damage from flooding. Many typically think flood insurance is just for homeowners and businesses on the coast or along the banks of a river. However, as we have recently learned, flooding can occur anywhere because of storms, heavy rains, or water main breaks. When Hurricane Katrina hit, only 33 percent of homeowners and 25 percent of businesses carried a federal flood policy. In the Sandy hit areas of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut the Many typically think number of those insured are flood insurance is just for expected to be similar. homeowners and According to the Federal businesses on the coast or Emergency Management along the banks of a river. Association (FEMA), 20 percent, or 1 in 5, of flood claims from areas that have low to moderate flood risk. FEMA expects to pay out $7 Billion in covered flood insurance claims from superstorm Sandy. By securing flood insurance, you have the option to protect two types of insurable property: building and contents. The first type covers your building, while the latter covers your possessions; but neither covers the land they occupy. Flood insurance is not optional for everyone. If you live in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or high-risk area and have a federally backed mortgage, your mortgage lender requires you to have flood insurance. If during the life of the loan, the maps are revised and the property is now in the high-risk area, your lender should notify you that you must purchase flood insurance. For high risk areas of flooding, Congress has mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on properties.

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Personal Finance Expanding Your Business through Franchising By Sumeet Shah You have a great business concept and are evaluating ways to expand your brand and your operations. Have you thought about franchising your business? Franchising is a method of distributing products or services. This business model involves a Franchisor who lends his intellectual property and business concept and a Franchisee who pays a royalty and an initial fee for the right to do business under the franchisor’s name and system. Once this contractual agreement is reached by the two parties, a Franchise is created. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, franchises make up more than 10.5 percent of employer businesses. In 2010, President Obama signed into law the “Small Business Jobs Act” that permanently increased Small Business Administration (SBA) loan limits from $2 million to $5 million. The Act also temporarily extends the 90 percent loan guarantee rate and reduces borrower fees in the SBA program. The law permanently increased microloan limits from $35,000 to $50,000 helping more entrepreneurs with start-up costs. This change in law has increased the access to capital for individuals looking to open a small business which in turn is helping franchisors expand their business through franchisees. You may be asking what kinds of businesses lend themselves to franchising. Virtually every type of business you can imagine can be a franchise. The International Franchise Association now lists more than 75 different categories to describe its members. Typically, you would think of fast food and restaurants first when thinking of franchising, but franchising covers a wide spectrum from advertising/direct mail to construction to dating services to home inspection to security systems to video sales and rentals. Other examples of successfully applying franchising to established industries are: printing and copying services, maid services, computer services, cleaners, lawn care services, real estate, hotels and motels, and travel agencies.

This column is meant to provide information about tax and business matters and in no way should you consider this as tax, financial or legal advice. Consult your tax accountant, financial advisor and legal advisor regarding your specific individual tax and financial situation. This Article provides only an overview to the complex Tax Laws. It is not exhaustive nor a substitute for Independent Tax Advice provided by a Tax Accountant or a Tax Attorney familiar with your case.

What is needed to offer a franchise? There are many legal aspects when beginning the process of franchising. Federal and State law govern franchising and the first legal requirement will be to prepare a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). This document, called the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) or the FDD is required of all companies by the Federal Trade Commission if they want to offer franchises for sale anywhere in the United States. The disclosure document “discloses” in plain English certain provisions of the franchise agreement and other pertinent information of the franchisor. The disclosure document includes such items as initial fees, royalty fees, estimated initial investment, financial statements and litigation history. The disclosure has to be provided to a potential franchisee 14 days prior to any contractual franchise agreement between the franchisor and franchisee. Additionally, a number of states have their own registration requirements that must be met before offering a franchise in

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M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 1986/87 National Stadium, Karachi 1954/55

Greatest win margins (by innings) Margin Winning team venue Season Innings & 131 runs India Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 2003/04 Innings & 119 runs Pakistan Niaz Stadium 1982/83 Innings & 86 runs Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 1982/83 Innings & 70 runs India Feroz Shah Kotla 1952/53 Innings & 52 runs Indi Multan Cricket Stadium 2003/04

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Greatest win margins (by runs) Margin team venue 341 runs Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 212 runs India Feroz Shah Kotla 195 runs India Eden Gardens 168 runs Pakistan M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 131 runs India Wankhede Stadium

An India vs. Pakistan Cricket match is one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world —- a typical India vs. Pakistan match can attract up to 300 million viewers and defeat is completely unacceptable to either side. After the Partition of India in 1947, the first Cricket between India and Pakistan came in the 1950s and here is a listing of the bilateral Test matches between the two nations:

After the Partition of India in 1947, Pakistan became a member of the International Cricket Council in 1948. As seen in the table above, all five Tests in the 1955 series and 1961 series were draws and fairness of the umpiring came into question after those series. After India and Pakistan fought wars in 1965 and 1971, that led to a big gap in Cricket Ties, however, the countries began visiting each other again during the late 1970s. The Kargil conflict of 1999 and terrorist attacks in Mumbai during November 2008 iced bilateral Cricket Ties but after a hiatus of nearly five years, there is a thaw and Pakistan will be visiting India. Here is the schedule:

Series 1 - 1952-53. Hosted by India. 5 Tests - 2 won by India, 1 by Pakistan, 2 draws. Series 2 - 1955. Hosted by Pakistan. 5 Tests - 5 draws. Series 3 - 1961. Hosted by India. 5 Tests - 5 draws. Series 4 - 1978-79. Hosted by Pakistan. 3 Tests, 2 won by Pakistan, 1 draw. Series 5 - 1979-80. Hosted by India. 6 Tests, 2 won by India, 4 draws. Series 6 - 1982-83. Hosted by Pakistan. 6 Tests, 3 won by Pakistan, 3 draws. Series 7 - 1983-84. Hosted by India. 3 Tests. 3 draws. Series 8 - 1984-85. Hosted by Pakistan. 2 Tests, 2 draws. Series 9 - 1986-87. Hosted by India. 5 Tests, 1 won by Pakistan, 5 draws. Series 10 - 1989-90. Hosted by Pakistan. 4 Tests, 4 draws. Series 11 - 1998-99. Hosted by India. 2 Tests, 1 won by India, 1 won by Pakistan. Series 12 - 2003-04. Hosted by Pakistan. 3 Tests. 2 won by India, 1 won by Pakistan. Series 13 - 2004-05. Hosted by India. 3 Tests, 1 won by India, 1 won by Pakistan, 1 draw. Series 14 - 2005-06. Hosted by Pakistan. 3 Tests, 1 won by Pakistan, 2 draws. Series 15 - 2007-08. Hosted by India. 3 Tests, 1 won by India, 2 draws.

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In addition, Here is a listing of ODIs between the two countries. Series 1 -1978–79. Hosted by Pakistan. 3 ODIs, 1 won by India, 2 won by Pakistan. Series 2 -1982–83 . Hosted by Pakistan. 4 ODIs, 1 won by India, 3 won by Pakistan. Series 3 -1983–84. Hosted by India. 2 ODIs, 2 won by India. Series 4 - 1984–85. Hosted by Pakistan. 2 ODIs, 1 won by Pakistan, 1 Tie/NR. Series 5 - 1986–87. Hosted by India. 6 ODIs, 1 won by India, 5 won by Pakistan Series 6 - 1989–90. Hosted by Pakistan. 3 ODIs, 2 won by Pakistan, 1 Tie/NR. Series 7 - 1996. Hosted by Canada. 5 ODIs, 2 won by India , 3 won by Pakistan. Series 8 - 1997. Hosted by Canada. 5 ODIs, 4 won by India, 1 won by Pakistan. Series 9 -1997–98. Hosted by Pakistan. 3 ODIs, 1 won by India, 2 won by Pakistan. Series 10 - 1998. Hosted by Canada. 5 ODIs, 1 won by India, 4 won by Pakistan. Series 11 - 2003–04. Hosted by Pakistan. 5 ODIs, 3 won by India, 2 won by Pakistan. Series 12 - 2004. Hosted by India. 1 ODI, 1 won by Pakistan. Series 13 - 2004–05. Hosted by India. 6 ODIs, 2 won by India, 4 won by Pakistan. Series 14 - 2005-06. Hosted by Pakistan. 5 ODIs, 4 won by India, 1 won by Pakistan. Series 15 - 2005–06. Hosted by UAE. 2 ODIs, 1 won by India, 1 won by Pakistan. Series 16 - 2007–08. Hosted by India. 5 ODIs, 3 won by India, 2 won by Pakistan.

Most Runs scored in Test play: Runs team venue 700-5 Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 679-7 d Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 675-5 d India Multan Cricket Stadium 674-6 Pakistan Iqbal Stadium 652 Pakistan Iqbal Stadium

West Indies visits Bangladesh Sun Dec 2 - 2nd ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium, Khulna Wed Dec 5 - 3rd ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Fri Dec 7 - 4th ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Sat Dec 8 - 5th ODI - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Mon Dec 10 - Only T20I - Bangladesh v West Indies - Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Tue Oct 30 - T20I - Sri Lanka v New Zealand - Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

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Fewest runs in a completed innings Runs team venue 106 India University Ground 116 Pakistan M. Chinnaswamy Stadium 126 India Feroz Shah Kotla

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Method: In a large bowl combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, Cajun seasoning and black pepper. Toss the mushrooms with the vinaigrette, then thread on skewers. Prepare your grill and preheat to medium-high. Grill the mushrooms on top rack, turning occasionally for 3 to 4 minutes or until the juices are beginning to be released and mushrooms are slightly charred. Mushroom Stuffed Tomatoes Ingredients: 6 large tomatoes or 1 pound of cherry tomatoes 3 tablespoons butter 1 pound mushrooms, chopped fine, or blended 1 clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons cream 1/4 cup breadcrumbs Grated Parmesan, as needed Chopped parsley, as needed

Method: In a small saucepan bring stock to a boil. Add the dried mushrooms, turn off the heat, and cover with a lid. Let sit for 20 minutes. Pull out the whole mushroom pieces with a pair of tongs and chop into small pieces. Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer to remove any grit. Set the stock aside. In a large sauté pan melt the butter and olive oil together over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook until soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat a large pot of water over high heat to boil. Sprinkle the flour over and stir to cook until it smells nutty, about 2 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the Marsala, cook until very thick and almost completely reduced, about 3 minutes. Stir frequently. Add the reserved veggie and mushroom stock and the chopped dried mushrooms. Finish the sauce with cream and taste. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the noodles and place them in a large bowl and pour the sauce over. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serves 6.

Method: Preheat oven to 400°. Cut each tomato in half horizontally. Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the insides from each half. Season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over high heat melt the butter with the garlic and cook until fragrant, about two minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until well reduced in size and dark brown in color, about 20 minutes. Add cream and continue to cook until almost all the way evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add the breadcrumbs, stir well. Fill each tomato half with about 1/4 cup of the mushroom filling, until all the filling is used. It is okay to mound the mushroom filling up on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400° for eight mins or until tomatoes are soft and the top is browned. Serves 6.

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 1 medium onion, chopped small 1 pound white mushrooms, chopped small 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped 2 quarts vegetable stock 2 cups heavy cream Salt and pepper, to taste Parsley, to garnish

Penne with Savory Mushroom Pesto Ingredients: ¼ cup pine nuts ¼ cup olive oil, divided ½ pound Portobello mushrooms, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 3 tablespoons dry sherry ¼ cup Parmesan cheese ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves Sea salt and fresh black pepper, to taste ½ pound cooked penne noodles

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Owl Sacrifice Mars Hinduism’s Biggest Holiday On Diwali, tantriks kill threatened species for the promise of future wealth. By Jason Overdorf - NEW DELHI, India — As the rest of India celebrates Hinduism’s festival of lights on Tuesday, unscrupulous witch doctors known as “tantriks” will sneak into the country’s dark corners to kill some of its rarest and most majestic birds of prey. It’s India’s secret shame — unknown even to most devout Hindus. But the religion’s most important holiday, Diwali, marks a supposedly auspicious time for the sacrifices of threatened and even critically endangered owls — a rite that some believe can win favor from the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. “You take the leading newspapers of today itself, there will be 50, 20, 30 ads from tantriks advertising remedies of almost all kinds,” said Abrar Ahmed, an expert on the trafficking of birds. “When people can be milked out, these tantriks will prescribe something which is difficult to get — they’ll say an owl of 5 kgs or a certain weight or certain size. There is where they make money.... They are the ones creating a demand.” India is home to 32 species of owls, 13 of which Ahmed discovered being sold as part of the illegal trade in wild birds. Most, if not all, are included on International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “Red List” of threatened species, while at least one, the forest owlet, is critically endangered, according to “Imperilled Custodians of the Night,” a report Abrar wrote for Traffic in 2010. The most common species sold is the spotted owlet, which has adapted to living in cities and is therefore in little danger of dying out. But threatened species like the brown fish owl can also be found for sale, and the threatened rock eagle owl is the “most preferred” by witch doctors — a bad omen for its future survival. According to Ahmed, trafficked owls and their body parts are primarily used for supposed black magic — which still claims several lives for human sacrifice each year, if newspaper reports from the hinterland are to be believed. There is a regular, organized trade in live owls. In tribal areas, where the majority of people believe that owls can ward off evil spirits, feathers and talons are placed in amulets, and owls can be found piled up for sale at local fairs. And in cities and towns, even the country’s wealthiest industrialists and politicians visit tantriks — in the hope of having a son, curing illness or infertility, or amassing a magicassisted fortune. For most Hindus, Diwali is a joyous festival. Families festoon their homes with electric lights and burn small candles or oil lamps, called diyas, to commemorate the victory of the god Ram over the demon Ravana and Ram’s return home with his stolen wife, Sita — a foundation myth told in the Ramayana, one of Hinduism’s most important epics. Friends get together to gamble. The markets overflow with “Diwali hampers” filled with chocolates, nuts, and traditional Indian sweets — gifts to be exchanged, Christmas-style.


But even if the Diwali lights are meant to represent the victory of good over evil, as well as a welcoming beacon for Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, the five day festival is the most deadly time of all for the owls. The reason: The amavasya, or new moon night, of Diwali is claimed to be the most auspicious time for owl sacrifices, Ahmed found after nearly two years of research he conducted for Traffic — a joint body that monitors the illegal wildlife trade for the World Wildlife Fund and International Union for Conservation of Nature. “The practice happens throughout the year, but the kalratri [the eve of Diwali] is considered auspicious,” said Ahmed. “That makes the tantrik very rich in terms of hoodwinking people to pay their price. If they don’t have a deadline, if they don’t have a reason for the practice to happen at a particular moment of the year, people will be casual in their attitude.” Indians who are free of superstition remain ignorant of the illegal trade. But the trafficking of thousands of species of wild birds — including owls intended for these sacrifices — happens just out of sight, even in the bird market of Old Delhi. Though the traders are smart enough not to display their owls alongside the hundreds of parakeets and wild song birds for sale, all it takes is a few whispered queries and a seller will offer not only to procure the owl but perhaps even to perform the sacrifice. A one-stop shop, poaching and black magic for as little as $150, according to a recent investigation by the Sunday Guardian’s Abhimanyu Singh. “People will say, we will deliver the owl on Thursday morning — whenever you need it for that matter — because it’s a bird that has to be fed on a crow or a parrot,” said Ahmed. “It was made to be delivered on our doorstep.” There are at least 50 hubs for the selling of wild birds, including owls, across India, according to Traffic. And 21 of them are major trafficking centers, with an estimated turnover of 20,000 to 50,000 wild birds per year. Worse, the Diwali sacrifices are only the most visible part of the owl trade — at least for urban India. Traveling through the tribal regions of states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — where indigenous peoples from the Damora, Bhil, Munda and countless other groups still live in the forest much as they have for thousands of years — Ahmed found piles of owl carcasses at local fairs. He witnessed local shamans performing rites with live owls. And he learned from tribal bird trappers how owls are captured and reared to catch other birds — which will “mob” the captured owl when the trapper mimics the desired species’ distress call. So, too, the superstitions surrounding owls go much beyond Diwali sacrifices. In a survey of bookstores selling religious texts, Ahmed found prescriptions for telling the future using a live owl, hypnotizing an enemy by feeding him an owl’s feather or blood, making yourself invisible using an owl’s heart and other body parts, cursing an enemy’s family with an owl’s skull, and countless others. But perhaps the darkest revelation of all was not the depth and prevalence of these superstitions among India’s poor and illiterate, but their prominence even among the educated urban elite. “Last week, a big horned owl was stolen from Chatbir Zoo [in Chandigarh, Punjab],” said Ahmed. “Do you see the correlation of the time? Even in a very big zoo — and this has happened in two other zoos also — the owl is not safe.” December 2012

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They come and ask, “Who is he?” I Know not how to answer them. I say “Indeed, I cannot tell.” They blame me And go away in scorn. And you sit there smiling. The other two great Bengali mystics were, of course, Sri Ramkrishna and Sri Aurobindo, if we leave out Sri Chaitanya, the 14th century mystic. Tagore’s homage to Sri Aurobindo, in the latter’s political heyday, took the form of a poem, Namaskar, which—-freely translated—- starts as follows: Aurobindo, accept Rabindranath’s salutation. Oh friend, oh friend of the nation, Nationalism finds its soul in you. You have no need of fame, Or wealth, or pleasure. You have asked for no small gift, Neither of clemency. You have not begged for mercy. I believe this poem reflects Sri Aurobindo’s uncompromising demand for Indian Independence, and was written while the patriot was serving a jail term. Needless to say, Sri Aurobindo passed through a phase of intense political activity, aka freedom fighting, before taking up a monastic life and founding an ashram. Finally, after a life of ecstatic writing, Tagore bids farewell in poem #93: I have got my leave. Bid me farewell, my brothers! I bow to you all and take my departure. Here I give back the keys of my door—And I give up all claims to my house. I only ask for last kind words from you. We were neighbors for long, But I received more than I could give. Now the day has dawned and the lamp That lit my dark corner is out. A summons has come And I am ready for my journey. Lessons from Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga

inwards and upwards.” Readers may well be reminded how the wandering saint, Tota Puri, initiated Sri Ramkrishna by pressing a sharp object on the latter’s forehead, between the eyebrows. In Sri Aurobindo’s case also, it was a Maharashtrian yogi, Lele, who gave Sri Aurobindo spiritual instruction and taught him to silence his mind by intercepting thoughts as they appeared from the outside and flinging them back before they could enter the mind. In his Letters on Yoga, Sri Aurobindo admits that he “fell” many times, and gently chided the aspirants of the Ashram on their lack of faith, persistence and will-power. Indeed, the human will can be used to brow-beat recalcitrant human nature into submission. Yet Sri Aurobindo’s way does not entail an ascetic withdrawal from food or normal life. Sure, such standard practices as chanting, meditation and prayer do help the sadhana. Each sadhak’s way is different and there are different strokes for different folks. The true sadhak, if required to live frugally, will do so without cavil. If life makes him or her rich, this too should be accepted with equanimity, without wallowing in materialistic wealth which leads to the “dull habit of dead routine.” Sri Aurobindo has no strictures on food, but one should be careful not to complain if occasionally the food is not to one’s taste. Details of his experiences and answers to sadhak’s questions can be found in The Letters on Yoga. Along with Sri Ma’s Agenda, these make for fascinating reading. Sri Aurobindo categorically stated that “The Mother’s consciousness and my consciousness are one and the same.”


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Method: In a large sauce pot melt the butter over high heat, about one minute. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook until fragrant, soft, and browned, about 10 minutes. Next add the thyme and vegetable stock. Pour the mixture into a blender. Blend on high until very smooth and no chunks remain. Pour back into the pan and add the cream. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley. Serves 8. Mushroom Gravy

Peace is the first requirement, followed by certain receptivity towards the Divine influence, and plasticity to being moved by the Divine power. One might well ask, “Why should I bother?” The answer is that if you aspire towards higher things, reject un-Divine and obscure things and show a glad and helpful surrender, “All else will be done for you.” Sri Aurobindo writes, in the slim volume, “The Mother”, “…surrounded by her full presence, you can go securely on your way.” He gives a practically water-tight guarantee of immortality. But when things go wrong—-or difficulties arise—-one must understand how and why this occurs. The path is always upwards, but it is a spiraling path, not a straight line. We sadhaks are sure to face obstacles, difficulties and dangers. That is the law of the way, and none can abrogate it. When asked if he had any particular advice, Sri Aurobindo gave the answer, “A gathering up of the consciousness

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

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

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

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

Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship We meet on the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Prayer, Bible Study and Fellowship. Anyone who is interested to spend an evening with us is welcome to come with your family and friends. For Further Details: Hema at 704.841.7060

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

Charlotte Indian Karaoke Group CIKG invites karaoke lovers to come and sing Hindi songs on karaoke. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or experienced. The most important thing is to get together and have fun. The event is held once a month, usually on Friday or Saturday. Entry and participation is free. For Further Details: Dinesh Patel at

Carolina Sanskrutik Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Ganesh Festival 2012 will be celebrated by CSMM at the Hindu Center of Charlotte,7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC from Wed Sep 19 through Sun Sep 23. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279

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

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

IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) - Charlotte Chapter IAMC formerly known as IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council – USA) is an Independent not for profit, tax exempt organization committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join our efforts as we are dedicated to promote Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora and to build alliances and relationships with individuals and groups who share our basic values. The IAMC-Charlotte chapter is supported by donations from its members. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

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

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Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For Further Details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-9424798).

Greensboro Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

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


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Community Organizations Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region)

Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926

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

Dada Bhagwan Foundation DBF is socio-spiritual organization formed with the goal of spreading peace, harmony and ultimate bliss to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on topics like various religions, scriptures, social and personal issues. All these problems can be solved through Gnan (True Knowledge). This is a practical Spiritual Science, not a religion. Meets every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 | 135 Stardale Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560.

Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age of 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, December 8. For Further Details: Mulchand Patel 252.314.5527 Bhartiben Patel 252.315.2895 Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP:

Carolina Rajasthani Association The association hosts regular events and programs. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide non-profit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami


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Community Organizations GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. See below for

contact details and visit the website for the foundation’s current activities. For Further Details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The RaleighDurham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For Further Details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Event: March 24-25, 2013: India Fest, Dorton Arena, Raleigh. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually 100

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Community Organizations changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month for the South Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends sing so bring your fans along if you wish and pass the word. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, Non-Film, Ghazals, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs including holiday favorites. Sessions are held at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh (919.361.5370) on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM but please call or e-mail for a confirmed date. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924, Email at Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities.

For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: Dec 15: Mokshosthavam Dec 23: Geeta Jayanti Dec 28: Garuda Jayanti For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613 More information: http:/// For Further Details: / 919.757.3135 102

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Community Organizations SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For Further Details:

Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

Share and Care Foundation Carolina Chapter Share and Care Foundation Carolina Chapter is part of Share and Care Foundation based in New Jersey. It is a Charitable organization focused their work in Rural India and their main goal is to empower children and women by providing funding to NGOs for their education, vocational training and micro-loans. More than 90% of donations reach the empowered people with the least administration and marketing cost. For further details: 919.237.2816 (Manu Patel), 919.481.4618 (Piyush Patel)

Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President)

Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. For Further Details: 919.220.9917 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir NC SSMNC promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in ShirdiIndia. This Organization is dedicated to sponsor and support religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. Mandir Timings: Monday - Friday 9 - 10 am, 12 noon - 1pm, 6 - 9 pm. Sat - Sun 9 am - 9pm. Details at or call 919.386.1085. St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Holy Qurbana and Sunday School are held in Malayalam/English, led by Reverend Dr. M. K. Thomas at 225 Bashford Road, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.461.1773

Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri 104

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Community Organizations Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the United States. The mandal inites those interested. For Further Details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email or visit the group’s website at the address below. Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. The website lists the organization’s past and upcoming activities. For Further Details:


Regional Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For Further Details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. For Further Details: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. For further details: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming Events: Sun, December 2: Bhajan by devotees 11 am - noon Sun, December 9: Gita Jayanthi- Akhanda Geeta paryan Sun, December 16 & 30: Bala vihar 11 am - noon Sun, December 16, 23 & 30: Geeta Study 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721. Upcoming Events: Sat, Dec 23: Vykunta Ekadasi Mon, Jan 21: Karthikeya Puja For Further Details: December 2012

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Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683

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India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859

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Pop’s Puzzles & Jokes Clues Down:

By Kirit Shukla

Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The official state bird of Utah. 7. “Bhagvad __”, a Hindu scripture part of Sanskrit epic of Mahabharata, a conversation between Krishna & Arjuna. 11. A building used for gambling with slot machines. 12. The crime of setting fire in a building to collect insurance. 13. A holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. (Dec. 25) 15. To talk fast, incessantly and foolishly. 16. To make bankrupt or penniless. 18. Medal of Honor. (*) 19. The metal hoop to which the net is attached. (Basketball) 21. Self-esteem; self-respect. 22. The basic unit of land area in the Metric System = 100 m². 25. A highly valued person; a cut & polished precious stone. 27. Room. (*) 28. Amendments to a document such as a contract. 31. Roam; rove; to wander from a given place aimlessly. 33. See; look. (Interjection). 34. Treads; rungs of a ladder. 36. Outfield. (*) (Football).37. Of or connected with the ear. 39. Louisiana. (*) 40. Free from danger or damage; secure. 42. Food rich in protein coagulated from soybeans extract. 43. The delicate hairs on the young roots of some plants. 45. Trade union. (*) 46. District of Columbia. (*) 48. A health resort , having a mineral spring. 49. Top Secret. (*) (FBI Files) 50. A marriage or wedding. 51. The digit/forepart of the human foot

1. South Carolina. (*) 2. Every one of two or more considered separately. 3. Feeling embarrassed because something bad was done. 4. The circumference of a tree trunk or person’s waist. 5. The smallest whole number; one. 6. A person who is defeated in a contest. 7. To seize or snatch suddenly. 8. A discharge of blood, pus etc. (Medical term) 9. In the direction of. 10. The science of morphology of plants or animals. 12. Before noon: used to refer time from midnight to noon. 14. In good condition; strong. 15. The Queen City of North Carolina. 17. A method of producing a design on ceramics or murals by incising the outer coating of slip or glaze to reveal a ground of different color. 20. Jumble; hodgepodge; muddle. 23. Without restraint; disorderly; boisterous. 24. Craftsmanship; skill. 26. Montana. (*) 29. The formal basic monetary unit of Portugal. (Now Euro) 30. One’s own person, as distinct from all others. 32. A loud noise, as of waves, a storm, a motor etc. 35. One Indian Rupee = 100 ___; Money. (Hindi) 38. Intermediate Frequency. (*) 40. Small Business Administration. (*) 41. Otherwise; differently. 44. London Public Library. (*) 47. Copper. (*) (A symbol of a chemical element) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. No peeking!)

Hee Hee Mafatlal and his friend went to a restaurant and ordered drinks. Then they took out sandwiches from their briefcases and began to eat. The server saw this and approached them. Server: “Excuse me, but you are not allowed to eat your own sandwiches in here.” The two looked at each other and exchanged the sandwiches. •••••••••••••• Wife: “Honey, the doctor has come to see you.”Booddhoo: “Tell him that I am not feeling well and won’t be able to see anyone.” •••••••••••••• “Why are Indian wedding invitations printed in red?” “Because red is the color for a serious warning ahead.” •••••••••••••• Professor: “Suppose you are the doctor in charge and the treatment I have just outlined has failed to make the patient perspire. What would you do?” Medical student: “Sir, I would show him my bill.” •••••••••••••• 116

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Word World

(Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “US State Capitals - Part one” )





Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 34 + words = Excellent; 26 to 33 words = Good; 25 or less needs to improve. (Solution below) Word World (Solution): ACRE, ARIEL, CAMEL, CARE, CERT, CLAIMER, CLEAR, CRAME, CREAM, CRIME, ÉCLAIR, EMIR, LACE, LAME, LEAR, LICE, LIER, LIME, MACE, MAILER, MALE, MARE, MEAL, MICE, MILE, MIRACLE, MIRE, RACE, RALE, RAMIE, REAL, REALM, REAM, RELIC, RICE, RIME



The unused 14 letters spell “The sixteenth President of the United States (1809-1865)”

eZ-BZ TEST YOUR OWN IQ The common letters are “LT” - Fill in the blanks 1. To cause to increase in number. _ _ LT _ _ _ _ 2. Occurring at the same time. _ _ _ _ LT _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. Limited. (*) LT _ 4. A Muslim ruler. _ _ LT _ _ 5. Hardheartedness; inhumanity _ _ _ LT _ 6. Going beyond the usual limit; extreme. _ LT _ _ 7. A remark that hurts the feeling or pride. _ _ _ _ LT 8. The growth of bacteria, microorganisms or cells in a specially prepared nourishing fluid. _ _ LT _ _ _ 9. To ask the advice of. _ _ _ _ _ LT 10. A device for separating solids from a liquid. _ _ LT _ _ 11. Lieutenant Colonel. (*) LT _ 12. Protection; refuge. _ _ _ LT _ _ 13. “ __ John”, an English rock singer & a musician. _ LT _ _ 14. A peninsula at the southern tip of Spain, extending into the Mediterranean. _ _ _ _ _ LT _ _ 15. A sliding bar for locking a door, gate etc. _ _ LT 16. Something new or unusual. _ _ _ _ LT _ 17. Modify. _ LT _ _ 18. Legally judged an offender. _ _ _ LT _ 19. The fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. (δ) _ _ LT _ 20. Hidden; concealed. _ _ _ _ LT 21. Smelling of or suggesting the sea. _ _ LT _ 22. A bedcover made of two layers of cloth filled with down cotton, wool etc. and stitched together. _ _ _ LT 23. A rope for hanging a person. _ _ LT _ _ 24. A mistake; an error. _ _ _ LT 25. Conclusive; final. _ LT _ _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. No peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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FYI: Festivals & Holidays


December 2012 December 9 - Hanukkah December 10 - Utapatti Ekādasi December 13 - Darsh Amas (No Moon) December 20 - Pramukh Swāmi Māhārāj Birthday December 23 - Gita Jayanti December 24 - Mokshadā Ekādasi December 25 - Christmas December 28 - Duttātraiya Jayanti December 28 - Akshar Purnimā (Full Moon) December 31 - New Year’s Eve. (2012 Ends) January 2013 January 1 - New Year’s Day (2013 Begins) January 5 - Guru Govindsing Jayanti January 8 - Safalā Ekādasi January 11 - Darsh / Vākulā Amās (No Moon) January 11 - Shahādat- e - Imāmhassan January 12 - Swāmi Vivekānand Jayanti January 14 - Makarsankrānti/ Uttarāyan January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 22 - Putradā Ekādasi January 25 - Eid - e - Milād January 26 - Republic Day (India) January 27 - Poshi/Shākambhari Purnimā (Full Moon) January 30 - Gandhi Nirvana Day February - March 2013 February 6 - Shatatilā Ekādasi February 14 - Valentine’s Day February 14 - Vasant Panchami February 21 - Jayā Ekādasi February 25 - Māghi Purnimā (Full Moon) March 7 - Vijayā Ekādasi March 10 - Mahāshivarātri March 26 - Holi March 27 - Dhuleti

Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual part of worship (puja), in which cotton wicks (always an odd number) soaked in ghee (purified butter) and later camphor, are lighted and usually offered to one or more deities. Aarti is said to have descended from the Vedic concept of fire rituals or “Homa.” In Sanskrit, “Aa” means “towards or to” and “rati” means “passion, pleasure, desire, love.” The ritual of Aarti is performed in various Mandirs (Temples) where community can attend; however, devotees also perform it in their homes or even businesses. Aarti is generally performed one or more times daily, usually at the end of a puja or Bhajan sessions. The performer or the priest circulates a metal “Aarti lamp” clockwise around the deity from its head to toe. The performer faces the deity of God (or divine element) and concentrates on the form of God by looking into its eyes and the whole body, to get immersed in the beauty of the deity. It is said that eyes are the live windows to the soul. Looking at God while performing Aarti reminds us to keep God at the center of all our worldly activities. The flame of the Aarti illuminates the various parts of the deity so that the performer and onlookers may better see and concentrate on God. Sometimes, a “Shankha” (conch) is blown to start the Aarti, which is sung in chorus in praise of that God with music and ringing of the bell. During the Aarti, the rhythmic continuous loud sound of bell prevents the mind from the stray thoughts and thinking about problems of our routine life. It is believed that Aarti represents our daily activities, which revolve around God. The lamp is supposed to acquire the power and the blessings of the deity. The Aarti is circulated to all those present, who accept it by the upside down palm of the hands over the flame and touching his/her own head and eyes the get the blessings. Aarti can be performed for anything: A deity or picture of God/Goddess; a Holy book like Gita, Ramayana; a person; natural element like Sun, river etc., which is the central point of inspiration or energy around which our life is going and to whom we respect from our heart. Hinduism has a long tradition of Aarti songs which are different versions for each one. For example: The song “Om Jay Shiva Omkara” is for Lord Shiva; “Om Jay Aadyaa Shakti” for Durga (Mataji); “Jay Sadguru Swami” for Swaminarayan; “Aarati Shri Ramayanajiki” for Holy book of Ramayana and so on. The most commonly sung Aarti is “Om Jay Jagdish Hare.”


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LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) There won’t be any big increase in your income, but an unexpected beneficial business deal is definitely going to increase your bank balance. If you are heading towards promotion then it will come your way in the end of the month. Avoid business-related travel during this month. The time is also good for love affair. Minor health ailment may disturb the peace of mind.

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SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Even though the period is taking a downward trend, you will still feel confident. Speculation may pay off more than you expected. Be careful of wicked friends as your reputation could suffer on their account. Don’t create personal problems. Someone, particularly your child, may not keep well and may need specialized medical treatment. Middle of the month is very crucial in these regards.

ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) This period will give you mental anxiety. Your opponents will try to damage your reputation. You may have to get involved in unprofitable deeds. Sudden losses are also possible. Avoid businessrelated travel. Your friends and associates will not keep their promises. Family atmosphere will be very supportive where you will feel that your spouse is the best support for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You could be subject to false charges, where your real involvement is negligible. Try to be practical. Financially, the period is very good, but you may lose your reputation. Be very careful in this matter. Business-related journeys might prove very fruitful. Do not hold back anything from your seniors. Stock market may prove beneficial for you. Don’t cheat on your spouse.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) If you won’t compromise in your ideology, you will lose something very important. Your relation with your family and superiors may deteriorate. Take care of your health in the last week of the month. The time is not good to start new venture. You may also receive some bad news through communication. However, the period is quite favorable for love.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) During this month you could be of an amiable disposition and will avoid friction. A fruitless journey is also possible. Try to avoid journey. You will see aggression in the family atmosphere. Health problem may also disturb you. Be careful while dealing with friends, relatives or associates. Your stubborn mentality may make you work hard without any return.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Try to watch yourself internally, as you are going to lose your moral power. If you are not watchful, it might hurt your reputation. There is a danger of major health-related problem. The last week will bring some good news for you. In other words the month will end with financial benefit. Try to curb your expenses. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Heavy expenditure will frustrate you during this month. Remember that the tendency of uncommendable act in secret manner should be totally avoided. It is advisable to devote some time in religious activities. Your old time relations may come forward to help you out of a miserable situation. Short distance traveling may also bring peace of mind.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Control aggression. Avoid greediness. If you can do that, you should get promotion and increase in status; otherwise you will lose the opportunity. The time is positive for entering in to new partnership deal. However be prepared to work hard. You will sign a contract, which will not last long, but will bring you fast income. You may spend most of the time in business-related travel.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Financially this is going to be a very positive period. You will also get benefit from profitable deals. Your friends and family will help you in achieving success in your venture. There is danger of developing egoistic temperament in your personality. This attitude of yours can lead you towards unpopularity. It is advisable to spend some money for religious activity.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) An important and large move will be delayed. You will lose a very important opportunity. Your own mistake will put you in hot water. You may need some kind of spiritual help. Financial loss is unavoidable. Try to protect your morals. Risk-taking tendency must be avoided. However, your regular income will remain undisturbed. A sense of insecurity will prevail as far as personal affairs are concerned.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Even though you will lose an opportunity to get higher status, a marked increase in your income is indicated. You will feel more courageous. The journeys undertaken shall be fruitful. You would like to support your brothers and sisters. Your relations with your clients, associates and other concerned persons will definitely improve as the period rolls on. You will like to spend on luxury items.

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December 2012

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(Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Nikhil Patel CPA PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Paramount Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Patel, Saurin (Work from Home) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .77 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Rinku Bhattacharya Das (Dance Instructor/Choreographer) 91 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Saathee Subscription Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Singh CPA PLLC (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Skin All Natural . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 State Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Triangle Eye Institute (Formerly Eye Care Center Apex) . .103 Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati) . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Triangle Speech Services (Judith L. Bergman) . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)103 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 YuppTV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Zi Zi's Vegan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

index of Advertisers A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Aapka Realty (Emmanuel Varghese) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .61 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Allstate (Ravi Reddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 American Bead Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .45 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Bay Leaf Restaurant (New Bern, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Best Brainy Bunch (Tutoring) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Bombay Grille Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Carolina Heart Center (Dr. Pankaj Parikh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .72 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Chuck Eaton Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .34 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Covenant Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .33 Dave & Dave Inc. (Accounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Dawat Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Durham Rehab & Nursing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Fantastic Sams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fayad Law P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Five Hot Chillies (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . . . . . .37 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Hindu Center Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Kashish Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Legacy Jewels / Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Locke Milholland (Attorney at Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Mantra Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .42 Meritage Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Models wanted â&#x20AC;Ś. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

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Saathee Magazine December 2012 Raleigh  

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

Saathee Magazine December 2012 Raleigh  

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