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December 2016

In this issue: Female Cops, more peaceful world What does Trump win mean for India and American military families?

December 2016 Issue # 223 Editor

Samir Shukla


NASA Lauches Small Weather Satellites page 18

Nepal Earthquake Victims page 24


This Pakistani female police officer is part of a trend that could make a more peaceful world. See pg 10 for the story. NASA small satellites set to take a fresh look at Earth's weather patterns. The story is on pg 18. Read about how some of Nepal's earthquake victims are falling prey to human traffickers on pg 24. Go to our Personal Finance column on pg 50 to read about tax free investing. It's not what you make, but what you keep. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 88. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 120. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.


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Trump win and India's Reaction page 76

Can you Spot the Differences in these images? page 88


Pakistani Female Officer . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 NASA Small Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Neapal Earthquake Victims . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Uncertainty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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International studies have also found comparatively positive outcomes in police forces with more women officers. The United Nations has found the greater the number of women police officers in an area, the “more protection from violence women and children received following conflicts” because “women sometimes fear turning to male uniformed personnel for assistance.” A 2003 report from the National Centre for Women in Policing in the UK also studied the response of male and female officers to domestic-violence calls. It found that male officers were less likely than female officers to write a police report when responding to the second domestic-violence call at a residence. Australia and Canada have seen similar trends. In Canada, almost half of all violent-crime calls to police are for domestic violence. There, one study found that female officers demonstrate more concern, patience and understanding than their male colleagues when responding to calls about domestic violence, and female victims of domestic violence rated female police officers as more helpful than male police officers. In the US, too, research backs the benefits of more women officers. Women officers are less likely to use excessive force or pull their weapon there, research shows. They are defendants in lawsuits far less often than men, saving municipalities millions in legal fees. Their greatest potential impact is in addressing violence against women and sex crimes, which are not small in number. A third of women murdered in the US are killed by intimate partners. Domestic violence accounts for half of all violent crimes reported to the police each year. Two to three million women in the US are assaulted by their partners each year. Many are stalked. About 13 percent of police officers are women in the US, and that’s lower than in many developed nations — but still much higher than in Pakistan. Progress comes slowly. Pakistan’s deputy inspector general of police — one of the highest ranking officers — is a woman. Yet, the number of women police officers has not increased since 2011. And many of the women on the job work at one of the 19 women’s-only stations across the country where they feel sidelined. Female officers at all but three of those 19 stations aren’t even allowed to file basic police reports. That means that women officers aren’t authorized in most cases to deal with the very cases that they are best at: sexual assault, rape and femicide. Naqvi is a good example. A 15-year veteran of the National Highways and Motorways Police, she’s not exactly on the front lines of places where women officers are shown to be most effective. In 2011, the US launched a women’s police program and ramped it up in 2015, deploying its first full-time gender advisor there. Separately, the US Department of Justice has trained more than 900 female Pakistani police officers at domestic trainings. That’s out of 18,000 people total. These have not been trainings specifically for women, but they have required at least 10 percent of the officers trained were women. Officials acknowledge that “obviously this doesn’t always happen.” Naqvi says women should know their value and have the guts to let other people know. She hopes when girls see her on patrol, they’ll be inspired to stand up for their rights too. Maybe even as a police officer. “A journey of the thousand miles begins with a single step, and I am that single step.”

This Pakistani Police Officer is Part of a Trend That Could Make a

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By Carolyn Beeler and Christina Asquith, PRI

The stench of diesel is in the air. Asima Naqvi is standing on the side of a noisy highway in Pakistan, one of the few women on the road. She wears a stiff grey police uniform and aviator sunglasses as she writes a ticket for a traffic violation. Back in her patrol car, she has perfume spray in her purse for when the roadside smells grow overpowering. The feminine touch is a reminder that she is one of Pakistan’s few female police officers in a man’s world. She’s doing more than enforcing the law. She’s breaking norms. “I am the only female working in the field,” she said, as rickshaws and cattle cars whizzed past. “When I came here it was a big shock for these people.” In most parts of the world, men traditionally dominate police and military sectors, and that is especially true in Pakistan, where fewer than 1 percent of police officers are women. But there’s increasing awareness around the world that this needs to change. In 2017, the US State Department is planning to spend more than $8 million to increase the number of Pakistani women in police and security. That’s part of the $133 million the US wants to spend next year in places like Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. That money pays for running workshops for female officers, building women’s barracks and complaint rooms at stations, and buying vans so female cops like those in Asima Naqvi’s department can get to work.

Asima Naqvi stands with her patrol car. Credit: Carolyn Beeler/PRI Research shows increasing the ranks of women officers in police departments helps stabilize societies, builds trust between civil society and law enforcement, reduces corruption and prevents radicalization — all of which advance US foreign policy objectives. Women police officers are better at building trust with local populations, decreasing human rights abuses and de-escalating tensions, according to Allison Peters from the Washingtonbased Institute for Inclusive Security, an advocacy group that has actively lobbied for the funding.


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no matter which candidate won. Most folks were just happy it was over so they can go on with their lives without the unending dissonance of the past several months. Relax and come to grips with the results, whether they meet your expectations or not. Whether your candidate won on the local, state or national level, America will persevere. It always does, no matter who leads the country. The “American democracy” or I should say the ever evolving “American experiment” will continue on its quest to be a more perfect union, even while it hits speed bumps and obstacles along the way. Keep in mind that in the end the haters are few, the lovers are many. Social media, which has connected humanity like never before, also dissects humanity like never before. Good folks need to set aside their differences and plow forth. America will have it no other way. It is bigger than Hillary Clinton, bigger than Donald Trump. It is a tall ship continuously charting and correcting its course.

An unusually unexpected day

I am a proud American that is proud of my Indian heritage. I see myself as a complete blend of the two distinct parts that merge into an inseparable one. Transformative events in either country inform my thinking. I strive to blend the best of both into something a little better than it was in the past. Throughout history there have been days that unhinge the status quo of countries in ways that were unforeseen or imagined even a few months earlier. They change the trajectory of the country; realign political structures as well as potential economic outcomes. They could be dark days like Pearl Harbor and 9/11, a couple of obvious ones that affected the United States and its collective conscience to unleash forces to change the country’s story. There are also happy days, the Fourth of July for the No amount of data mining United States and August 15 for India – the respective or reliance on focus groups independence days of both can measure the countries. One launched a grievances of the human young country into being heart... while the other fused an ancient land into the contemporary world of nations. A future of dreams and possibilities were lit on those respective days. Then there are days like November 8, 2016. It was a day when the two most prominent democracies in the world embarked on unforeseen and unexpected paths. On that day America held its caustic election and elected the most improbable of all candidates to the presidency while India launched the revolutionary move of demonetization of large bills. Both will send the countries on as yet undetermined paths and affect the global interwoven infrastructure as well. The most powerful democracy in the world set a different course while the most populous democracy in the world unleashed a different course. Both happened on the same day. This is nothing short of the transformative processes of democracy and human actions, warts and all.

Economy unhinged: Modi’s Money Move Ironically, while the US was voting in a crazy election on November 8, India’s Prime Minister unleashed a different kind of weapon precisely on the same day. He announced a plan for reducing the so-called “black money” to reduce corruption and bring in more tax revenue. It was a totally unexpected move of Demonetization. The surprise demonetization of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes in India instigated by Modi is a brilliant move. Ok, so I’ll get flack for writing this because I’m sitting here in the States and don’t have to worry about long lines of people in India exchanging their old notes for new ones at banks. Of course this will cause pain among common folks for a while. The lines at the banks, the empty ATM machines in India are the result of such a sudden move on a national level. The country’s economy will also suffer a small setback because of this disruptive move. But this move makes sense, in a revolutionary manner. Think about it. Once this plays out, vast amounts of cash, the mountains of black money will see the light of day and enter the contemporary financial systems. Criminals, traffickers and terrorists will have to figure out a way to dump the piles of cash they have stashed to use for nefarious activities. There is, of course, an economic price to pay in the short term, especially for poor folks that live day to day on their daily wages. Any disturbance in their daily bread is quite bad. But demonetization will clean out quite a bit of the black money Democracy unhinged: A Caustic Election Wraps In this age of digital madness, it is quite apparent now. No that is so pervasive in India. It’s not a perfect solution, but it is amount of data mining or reliance on focus groups can measure a major, positive move. the grievances of the human heart, whether perceived, Over time, November 8, 2016 will become just another day imagined, or real. This also includes the fears, the hidden in the story of America as well as story of India. History will prejudices as well as love and compassion that dwell in the clearly mark the day for its unhinging effects. Other days like crevices of the human brain. this are inevitable and will occur as they will. Time, the great Behavior and actions vary widely in the same person, given healer and moderator, will distill the eventual results. their emotional, physical, or financial circumstance of the moment. On November 8, the most unusual of American elections took place and the country unlatched the floodgates Samir Shukla into an unexpected new era. Elation swept a big chunk of the is the editor of Saathee magazine. contact - country as Donald Trump defied all political parameters and won the presidency while despondence swept another big chunk of the country as Hillary Clinton conceded an unexpected defeat. The election was already set to be historic


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without work or to celebrate Daisain, Nepal’s largest festival that coincided with the grant disbursements. Acharya said he would use the money to buy new clothes and food for his family and use what was left to start rebuilding. However, the government has said it would not give out the rest of the money if families don’t use it for reconstruction. Others, like the Tamang family, didn’t receive any money because they lacked the right paperwork to qualify. The earthquake chose its victims mercilessly: mostly the impoverished farmers who eke a living out of Nepal’s hills. Their mud and stone houses collapsed. Mountains crumbled into landslides on top of them. And their homes became graves for their livelihoods: family members, animals and grain buried in the rubble. Collectively, they lost over $40 million and many, many hours of work from their fields, according to Nepal’s National Planning Commission post-earthquake damage report. The combination of delays in rebuilding, established criminal networks and people increasingly desperate for cash could result in an epidemic of human trafficking. Nepali police and nongovernmental groups are scrambling to contain the surge. They’ve increased the number of checkpoints where police and social workers monitor buses and have run awareness campaigns in vulnerable villages. The Nepali police say they’ve caught 352 suspected traffickers taking people from earthquake-affected districts, but for every one caught, many more escape. Deputy Inspector General Ram Kumar Khanal, who is in charge of police investigations of crimes against women and children, said it’s difficult to catch traffickers because the victims willingly cross international borders, believing the promises of a job. “Even the victims don’t want to report [their cases to the police]. They want to hide the cases,” he said. “And once they pass the border, it becomes difficult for us. It’s beyond our territory.” But some of the most heinous crimes occur within Nepal’s borders. In September, an American was arrested in Kathmandu’s tourist area for molesting children brought to him from a children’s home. The traffickers allegedly gave the children’s parents money and promised that the kids would get jobs in the city, according to Nawa Raj Silwal, the director of Nepal’s Central Investigation Bureau, which is investigating the case. “I think the earthquake contributed to this crime to some degree,” he said. “Many children from the earthquake-affected area have been brought to the city.” Local activists are also trying to help families stay together by training and financing small businesses like raising chickens or goats. In the village of Ichok in the Sindhupalchok district, which is one of the worst-affected areas both by trafficking and the earthquake, Partnership Nepal, a local NGO, selected 200 of the most vulnerable families and are giving them $350 grants to start businesses. With the growing poverty and an entrenched pattern of trafficking, Sunita Bhukhaju, who runs the NGO, says it feels like an uphill battle. “A man marries one woman and sends her abroad, then marries another woman and sends her away.” The future is tenuous — her organization only has funding for three more months. “It’s really bad for us,” Bhukaju lamented. “I live here and have worked here for six years. But after the earthquake, [trafficking] is increasing day by day. And after three months, the office might close, so there won’t be anyone to stop them.”

Although numbers are hard to come by, police and activists estimate there’s been a 15 to 20 percent increase in cases since the earthquake. Millions of people across the country’s earthquake-ravaged districts are struggling to survive, like the Tamang family. They were spared in the April 25, 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that killed nearly 9,000, but were among the 602,000 families who lost their homes and livelihoods. They tried to dig their grain stores from the rubble, but it was ruined by bacteria. Huddled under corrugated tin shelters, they’ve survived two rainy monsoon seasons on bags of rice provided for emergency relief. As the months turned into a year and a half, they’ve held onto the government’s delayed promise of money to rebuild. The first installment of $500 out of a total $3,000 grant filtered to the villagers the last couple of months, but for many, it’s too little too late. “We can’t rebuild with this money. It’s not enough,” Pramesh Acharya said as he waited in line to receive his $500. Stephen Groves reported from Kathmandu and Sindhupalchok Many plan to use the money to repay debts they’ve accrued district, Nepal.


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Lions of the Sea will be based on the “Komagata Maru incident”

The upcoming film Lions of the Sea, a film based on a true story surrounding the voyage from India to Canada aboard the Komagata Maru will commence production in Canada in early 2017. The incidents which surrounded the events of this journey have forever changed the immigration policies of Canada. The film is set in 1914 and is a heart-wrenching story of 376 Indian passengers who embarked on this journey seeking a life of opportunity. Lions of the Sea is a voyage that challenged the spying, duplicity, racism and hypocrisy of the British empire. Salman Khan is amont the producers of the film and he told Bollywood Hungama, “Lions of the Sea is a film based on a true incident which depicts heroism of all those who were on board and challenged the racial policies of the British Empire. It is imperative to tell this story as it mirrors the current global refugee crisis. Lions of the Sea will allow us to embrace multiculturalism, diversity and bring humanity closer together.” There is no date announced for the release and the cast has yet to be finalized.

Dangal is a biographical sports drama based on the former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters’ struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression. The film is directed by Nitesh Tiwari and the cast features the perfectionist actor Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, and Fatima Sana. Dangal will the cinemas worldwide on December 23.


Begum Jaan

Begum Jaan is a remake of a Bengali film and tells the story of eleven prostitutes who refuse to part ways with their brothel and each other during the partition between India and Pakistan. Director Srijit Mukherji tells the tale with the cast that includes Vidya Balan, Pallavi Sharda, Gauhar Khan, and Ila Arun. The historical drama also marks the return of legendary singer Asha Bhosle who will be singing a classical melody for the film. The movie, produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt with music composed by Anu Malik, is scheduled for release in January 6.


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Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty. Collateral Beauty is directed by David Frankel and stars Will Smith, Keira Knightley, and Kate Winslet. It releases on December 16.


Kenny Wells, a prospector who has lost everything in the US and desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. The adventure drama simply titled Gold is directed by Stephen Gaghan and features an effective cast including Matthew McConaughey, Toby Kebbell, and Bryce Dallas Howard. See the film in theaters beginning on December 30.

Director Morten Tyldum tells the tale of a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early. Their trials, passions, and tribulations mark the story of the science fiction film Passengers. The cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Andy Garcia. Set sail for this intergalactic journey as the film opens in theaters on December 21. 26

Written and directed by Rahul Dholakia, Raees is a film showcasing the prohibition of alcohol as well as prostitution and illegal drugs in Gujarat and is set in the 1980s. This film, based on a real character, unfolds the story of a cruel and clever bootlegger, whose business is highly challenged by a tough cop. The cast includes Shah Rukh Khan in the title role, Sunny Leone, Farhan Akhtar, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the tough cop. The movie releases on January 27. December 2016

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Assassin’s Creed (Director: Justin Kurzel) Cast: Michael Fassbender, Essie Davis, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons

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office Christmas Party (Director: Josh Gordon) Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, and Jamie Chung

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Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Director: Keshav Panneriy) Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Fadnis, Himansh Kohli, and Supriya Pathak

Rogue one: A Star Wars Story (Director: Gareth Edwards) Cast: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, and Forest Whitaker

ok Jaanu (Director: Mani Ratnam) Cast: Shraddha Kapoor

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Saheb (Director: Rahul Thackeray) Cast: Rashid Saeed, Sandeep Singh, Omung Kumar, and Smita Thackeray

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January 27

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MIRROR, MIRROR A Conversation From the Outside Looking in...

It makes it all more heartbreaking that he was in the process of overcoming many of the demons of his past when on the night of December 8 Mark David Chapman waited so patiently in front of the Dakota (John Lennon’s residence in NYC) with his copy of The Catcher of the Rye in one hand and a .38 revolver in the other. Five shots rang out… 4 of which struck Lennon in the back. Chapman later confirmed that his reasoning for the act was partially due to Lennon’s aforementioned “…more popular than Jesus” comment and other perceptions that he was anti-Christian along with a general anger at John singing about a world with no greed or possessions yet there he is sitting in a white room of an expensive house playing a baby grand piano. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s origins appear to be the complete opposite of Lennon’s. His deeply pious mother’s beliefs would engrain into his personality for most of his life. He was not known as a miraculous genius in his youth, but instead was a fairly average student with barely passing grades on many of his entrance exams. He was for all intents and purposes the most average person you could think of. Gandhi’s views began to shift in 1893 when he went to live in South Africa. In Gandhi’s case he witnessed the oppression firsthand. He thought that being “Indian” meant more than religion or caste, and went through various (yet peaceful) lengths to prove it. He was, though, seen as racist against certain groups such as African blacks and the Dalits, which even today has caused some controversy. Despite Gandhi’s own lifestyle and overall goals for India and Indians, there were no less than 5 attempts on his life. The final attempt on January 30, 1948 was by far the most personal as he was shot directly in the chest 3 times by Nathuram Godse (and by proxy Godse’s conspirators). The irony of a man who was killed by the one concept he was trying so hard to diminish is what makes the act so difficult to endure. Still… the core personalities of both men did extend into their work. Gandhi established the Non-Cooperation Movement as a way to protest British rule through more nonviolent means. Lennon (and Ono’s) work was a bit more inyour-face with their music, artwork, and various rights protests. Was either method truly the right one? Well many would argue that while the concepts offered in Lennon’s music or in Gandhi’s writings are idealistic, the idealism of a pure Utopia is simply not possible. Even Gene Roddenberry’s original utopian concepts shown in Star Trek have since been torn down by subsequent Trek series. It is deeply seated within human nature to be passionate, and yet many systems of belief tell us to retrain those desires. Perhaps instead we should combine both philosophies and create a true sense of temperance. Maybe it could work, and maybe it couldn’t… but you can’t deny that both men’s approaches to create a better world do have their merits. Now if only we can reach a common ground between the two… then I believe we may be closer to creating that utopia than was ever possible before.

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“…books that take place in the future... many of them are black or white: it’s either a utopia or misery. The real truth is that there’s going to be both things in any future….” ~ Albert Brooks

December 8. Just one day out of so many in our calendar that seems so small in retrospect, yet it was on this day in 1980 when one of the most influential men in not only music but also in world at large lost his life to brutal violence. Some people say he was a visionary, but John Lennon certainly had his share of flaws. Some in more recent years have compared him to a more modern Mahatma Gandhi. However, when you compare the men side by side, they are actually very different, even if they shared a similar overall goal of peace and equality. John Winston Lennon was certainly a force to be reckoned with when it came to his music. After hearing early American rock n’ roll from the likes of Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley as a teenager, he showed incredible talent with instruments like harmonica, It makes it all more guitar and later piano. heartbreaking that he was He and Paul McCartney in the process of were the songwriters for a overcoming many of the majority of the Beatles music, which is rather ironic since demons of his past... neither could read or write music. It’s also very obvious when in the summer of 1967, the Beatles’ music drastically changed, along with John’s general perspective on life and the world around him. Suddenly their longtime manager Brian Epstein was gone and the group needed some sort of focus. They visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and soon after that John became increasingly interested in a certain aloof Japanese artist. Before this life change, John was the stereotypical “bad boy” of the Beatles. As most rock musicians are wont to do when they rise to fame, he participated in a wide variety of debauchery. He was a chronic drinker, smoker and drug user most of his life. More often than not, the substances made him more physically and vocally abusive. His now (in)famous “… we’re more popular than Jesus now” comment about how big the Beatles had become was made after one of his first LSD experiences. Honestly I think that the edginess and anger that John possessed is part of what made the Beatles so great. His headstrong attitude contributed to a lot of what made their music (and later his collaborations with Yoko Ono) so different than anyone else at the time. Suddenly after 1967 he decided to start breaking even more rules and ultimately become an ambassador for anti-war, anti-establishment, and antidiscrimination causes. Ironically, when John Lennon went into his period of musical experimentation (which eventually was a factor in the Beatles break up) he and Yoko Ono created the satirical Bagism movement… which is to say that by wearing or living in a bag, then a person could not be judged by any other attributes other than the person’s words and/or message. While it was a protest in a more tongue-in-cheek sort of way, they did have a point.

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Meaning (Summary): You are an enchantress (“Mast”), flirty thing. Not aware of what you are doing, on the top you have the hormones of youth; it is not your fault, since you are intoxicated all the time. Your name is lover, and your job is to take away my heart. Don’t hold my hand, you already have a bad name, but you are intoxicating. Just tell me, my love, what would you know about what is special in me? You are like a string of silk and (I) have a great affection on your gait. Your bunch of plenty, pretty hair, like dense clouds, is mind blowing and enchanting (to me). The heart is immersed in your eyes, so be my lover. Don’t throw the arrows of look from your eyes which pierce thru my heart and would hurt me; don’t think it is easy to tolerate them since the love is very strong.

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Tribute to Living Legends of Bollywood

Viju Shah (1959– Present) Viju Shah, a renowned contemporary music director, was born on June 5, 1959. He is the son of the music composer Kalyānji Virji Shah (half of the famous duo Kalaynji Anandji). His father was his first music guru. Viju Shah has composed music for 40+ films starting from the 1989 film Tridev to date. He has composed many hit songs sung by diverse singers. He had his biggest success with the songs from the Hindi film Mohra. It was a blockbuster and put his name on the map. Some of Viju Shah’s other hit films are listed below.

Lyrics in Hindi:

Filmfare Awards 1998 - Won - for film Gupt: the Hidden Truth Nominated for films: Vishwāma, Mohrā, Rāvan Rāj, Andāz Apnā Apnā, Tere mere Sapne, Lootere, Tridev, Bade Miyān Chhote Miyān

His lyrics to one of his biggest hits, “Tu chiz badi hai mast mast …” are given on this page.

Evergreen and Classic Lyrics Tu Chiz Badi Hai Mast Mast...

Song: Tu chiz badi hai mast mast … Film: Mohrā Year: 1994 Music: Viju Shah Singer: Kavitā Krishnamurthy, Udit Narayan Lyricist: Anand Bakshi Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Raveenā Tandon, Akshay Kumar

Lyrics in English: Pa ni sā ni sā ma pa ... Tu chiz badi hai mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast (2) Nahin tujhako koi hosh hosh - 2, uspar joban kā josh josh Nahin terā nahin terā koi dosh dosh Madahosh hai tu har vakt vakt Tu chiz badi hai mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast - 2Ashiq hai terā nām nām - 2, dil lenā denā kām kām Meri bāhen meri mat thām thām Badanām hai tu madamast mast Tu chiz badi hai mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast-2, Bol zarā tu jāne mahabubi mujhamen aisi kyā hai khubi - 2Tu ek resham ki dor dor tu ek resham ki dor dor Teri chāl pe āshiq mor mor, teri zulf ghani teri zulf ghani Chitachor chor, ghanaghor ghatā mad mast mast Tu chiz badi hai mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast - 2 pa ni sā ... Ye dil teri Note: The contents of this article are compiled from the news, books, ānkhon men dubā ban jā meri tu mahabubā Mat tir najar ke internet and my knowledge and love for Indian music. mār mār - 2, ye chot lagegi ār pār Asān āsān samajh mat yār yār ye pyār badā hai sakht sakht Tu chiz badi hai mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast - 2Nahin tujhako koi hosh hosh uspar joban kā josh josh Nahin terā koi dosh Kirit Shukla dosh nahin ...Madahosh hai tu har vaqt vaqt Tu chiz badi hai Contact him at mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast - 2Ashiq hai terā nām nām, dil lenā denā kām kām Meri bāhen meri mat thām thām, badanām hai tu mad mast mast Tu chiz badi hai mast mast tu chiz badi hai mast - 4


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arbitrary criteria. There would be little scrutiny while the employees did their job and managers may not even bother to deliver a face to face performance review. As an employee, you could complete only 25% of your commitments and still be rewarded. Imagine that! Years ago, my former co-workers and I from the field of Human Resources, drew up an elaborate selection process for the most important job in the country, the President of the United States. Admittedly, this was hypothetical and drawn up in the cafeteria over tasteless sandwiches and overheated soup but the discussion was full of energy. Our process included simulating domestic and international scenarios that a president may face to see how the candidate would react and as a voter we could assess their actions. However, our enthusiasm was short lived as one of our coworkers remarked, “This would be a waste of time. I’m too busy and will go by my gut.” So much for a fair and meticulous method to find the most effective president. In all honesty, the last two decades have robbed me of some my optimism but I am holding on to my faith in the democratic process. It would be a mistake to think that voting is the only thing we have some control over. As clichéd as it sounds, we have a voice and we have access to information like never before. So why not create your own scorecard to assess the effectiveness of the current elected officials including every position from the County Commissioner to the President. What are the most important issues for you and how are they doing on those issues? Personally, I will take great pleasure in being the hard to please boss and rate stringently but I’m also known to be fair. Attending Town Hall meetings, writing to elected representatives or calling the County office sounds humdrum, nevertheless it is better to be heard than be silent. Pointing fingers to blame the government or others sounds like the easier option but what good is that when a real problem exists. We have all been guilty of merely focusing on the problem but I’ve realized that it is better to focus on a solution. To take a very simple example, my kids will sometimes complain repeatedly saying, “I’m cold, I’m cold” and that’s when I remind them that they should ask themselves, “How can I keep myself warm?” Soon they figure out that they know what to do, that is, get a sweater or blanket or adjust the thermostat. Whether the election results favored your choice or not, the worst thing we could do is get complacent or give up by feeling helpless. By all means hold individuals in office accountable. Let them humbly accept that they are not entitled to your vote, they have to earn it the next time. At the end of the day, if my kids come to me and declare that they want to be the President when they grow up, I want to look them in the eye and say that, “I believe in you and will support you every step of the way because it is a worthy office”. After that, I will say a prayer.

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Who is it going to be? Hillary or Trump? We pondered. Trump or Hillary? We continued to wonder with abated breath throughout the last few months. Now, we know. I recognize that we are truly privileged to live in a democracy and in spite of witnessing a long and bitter campaign battle among presidential candidates, what we endured is a piece of cake compared to living in an undemocratic society. With freedom comes responsibilities, says the age old wisdom reminding us that a lot is expected of us. At the very least, we should have cast our votes. However, the lengthy process from weeding out the hopefuls to settling on the finalists and then leading up to Election Day did push the limits of patience. The political jokes stopped being funny, the mudslinging became unbearable and the stress of putting up with overbearing, passionate and opinionated frenemies divided by political beliefs pushed your blood pressure Pointing fingers to blame out of control. If you think the government or others the campaign period sounds like the easier woefully drags on and you option but what good is... are just glad the elections are over, you are not alone. The US may be among the very few countries that stretch campaigning to over a year. According to a feature on NPR, Mexico campaigns for 147 days, UK for 139, Canada for only 78 days and in Japan the citizens have to bear the cacophony for a mere 12 days. I tried to recall what the average days spent campaigning in the Indian General Elections but my memory failed me and I had to turn to the annals of the worldwide web. Much to my amazement, I found some extremely interesting numbers on the last general elections held in 2014. India is an enormous democracy with nearly 815 million eligible voters and the process of electing 543 parliamentary was conducted in nine phases stretching over a month. With a 66.38% voter turnout, one can surmise that the campaigning was loud and lasted long. I remember turning 18 and being excited about casting my first vote in India. My family members were amused by my sincere attempt to read through all the literature the candidates sent. I ignored their cynical smiles and carried out my civic duty with due diligence. Some may mistake me for an idealistic fool but I’d still like to vote with a clear conscience. Regardless of your nationality, at times you are compelled to question the reliability of selecting an important official by popular vote. If I owned a company and modeled my hiring practice after the elections, this is what it would look like. Candidates would bombard all the hiring managers with resumes, commercials and endorsements but on the day of the selection, most of the hiring managers wouldn’t show up. In fact, they may neither read the resumes nor would they interview the potential hires. They would either randomly pick someone to fill the vacancy or make their decision based on

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2. Music director of 1994 Hindi film Mohrā? (a) Naushad (b) S. D. Burman (c) Ravi (d) Viju Shah

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 11+ words = Excellent; 7 to 10 words = Good; 6 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

3. The smallest bone in a human body is in the (a) Shoulder (b) Foot (c) Ear (d) Wrist

4. The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece in the year (a) 1886 (b) 1896 (c) 1906 (d) 1916

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5. This pertains to “Lord Krishna’s Gita.” (a) Lanka (b) Panchavati (c) Ayodhyā (d) Kurukshetra

6. The capitol of Manipur state, India is (a) Imphal (b) Bishnupur (c) Ukhrul (d) Karong


7. You and I share money in the ratio of 5:7, if I have $350, how many $ do you have? (a) 200 (b) 490 (c) 250 (d) 50


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9. The national highway between Mumbai and Delhi, in India is Highway number: (a) 8 (b) 5 (c) 2 (d) 4 10. The state flower of North Carolina is (a) Mistletoe (b) Cherokee Rose (c) Violet (d) Dogwood

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8. By melting sand, soda and lime we get (a) Limestone (b) Glass (c) Lime soda (d) None of above

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Dadaji’s moral short stories Kanu and Manu were very close friends. One day they wandered into a jungle. While they were returning home, they saw a huge black bear at a distance. It was coming towards them. They wanted to hide but did not see any place to hide. Kanu said : “Let’s climb onto the tree.” Manu: “ I don’t know how to climb up a tree. Please don’t leave me alone. Let us run together. We will hide together.” But Kanu did not wait. He climbed up and sat on the highest branch of the tree. Manu was helpless. In the past, he had bears don't eat dead animals. He fell flat on the ground, did not move, and played dead. The bear approached Manu, began to sniff his body. Manu stopped breathing. The bear thought that the boy was dead. The bear circled his body a few times and walked away. Kanu saw the bear had gone. He came down to Manu who was still laying motionless on the ground. Kanu said: “Get up, Manu. The bear has gone.” Manu got up and thought that his buddy Kanu, had left him to die when he climbed up the tree and saved himself. Manu felt deeply hurt. Kanu said: “Manu, the bear did not hurt you and walked away. I saw that the bear whisper something to you before walking away. Please tell me what the bear said!” Manu said: “The bear told me that never trust a friend who leaves you in difficult time. Beware of such selfish friends.” Moral: Choose your friends wisely.

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Harnessing the Power of American English By Judith L. Bergman

Pronounce each word out loud and match it with its meaning. Hints: The suffixes are in bold and all refer to “the state of being.” 5 The stressed syllable is capitalized. 1. ___ anXIety a. harsh 2. ___ BRILLianceb. hard working 3. ___ eFFULgent c. nervousness 4. ___TRUculent d. unsure 5. ___Adamant e. definite 6. ___DIligent f. elastic 7. ___hyPOthesis g. flowing 8. ___amBIvalent h. assumption 9. ___reSILient i. offensive 10. __rePELLent j. brightness

December marks the end of another year and this article will be about the melody and meaning of “endings” in spoken American English. First we will describe the pitch or tones that should be used to end words, phrases and sentences. Secondly we will discuss the meaning of some common word endings called “suffixes” AND the important rules for pronouncing words with these endings. Every language has rules governing its speaking patterns, these rules are different in different languages and these rules are learned and used unconsciously by native speakers. American English has stress-timed, not syllable timed speech patterns with the vowel in the stressed syllable spoken longer, higher pitched and louder than the unstressed syllables. Also vowels often “shrink” to “uh” in unstressed syllables. Are you really sure? Native speakers of many languages of India use an upward inflection or tone to end each word, phrase or sentence. To a native speaker of American English it sounds like the non-native speaker is always questioning what he is saying, as if he is not really sure of himself. “The reports are due Sunday?” sounds like, “Are they due Sunday?” This does not convey authority or credibility both of which are essential in leadership positions. Practice saying, “This is a statement” with your voice rising on “state” and dropping on “ment.” Then say, “Is this a question?” as see if you can hear any difference. Learn the meaning and the melody of some suffixes. A suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word that changes its meaning and determines whether it is used as a noun, verb, adjective or adverb.1 Here are pronunciation “rules” for some suffixes.

Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: 1. Practice saying each of the words above out loud with correct stress patterns and your voice falling in pitch at the end of each word. 2. Define and use these words in sentences, speaking out loud: purification, sedentary, converse, allege, indemnify, repellent, adamant (Answers NOT provided! Use the Longman Dictionary referenced in past articles.)

References and Notes:. 1 Every Day Vocabulary by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., 1998: Doubleday Direct, Inc., Chapter 4: “Bring Up the Rear,” pp. 49. 2 Rozakis, pg. 59 3 Rozakis, pg. 58 4 Medically Speaking: Accent Modification for the Medical Profession, by Lynda Katz Wilner, M.S. CCC-SLP, 2005: Successfully Speaking, Appendix 1: Eleven Rules for Syllable Stress in Words, pg. 80. 5 Rozakis, pg. 53.

Stress ONE syllable before the suffixes -ical and -tion. The suffix -ical means “having to do with” so musical means “having to do with music.” 2 Therefore, theatrical is pronounced “thee-A-truhcuhl” with a breathy “th” that doesn’t sound like “t,” a stressed “A” as in “at” and the vowels in “ical” reduced to very quiet “uh” sounds. The word means having to do with THEAtre. Here are some more words that have changes in pronunciation with the stressed syllables capitalized: eCOnomy ecoNOmical HEResy herEtical

Answers: 1-c, 2-j, 3-g, 4-a, 5-e, 6-b, 7-h, 8-d, 9-f, 10-i.

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If you buy shares of a municipal bond fund that invests in bonds issued by other states, you will have to pay state income tax at least partially. In addition, while some municipal bonds that are in the fund may not be subject to ordinary income tax but they may be subject to federal, state, or local alternative minimum tax (yes, it still exists). If you sell a tax-exempt bond fund at a profit, there are capital gains taxes to consider. Bond funds are subject to the same inflation, interest-rate, and credit risks associated with their underlying bonds. As interest rates rise, bond prices typically fall (and vice versa), which can adversely affect a bond fund’s performance. My recommendation always is to buy individual bonds and keep them to maturity. Municipal bonds come in a variety of forms and should be selected by strict criteria based predominantly on the State’s or Municipality’s ability to service the debt (these financial ratings are readily available). It’s important to remember that the principal value of bonds may fluctuate with market conditions. Bonds redeemed prior to maturity may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investments seeking to achieve higher yields also involve a higher degree of risk. If you decide to invest in either type of tax-exempt security, consider the different options carefully. You can purchase individual bonds, which come in denominations of $1,000. Or you might consider investing in a municipal bond mutual fund, a portfolio of bonds in which you can invest for as little as $500. Municipal bonds can also be purchased through a unit investment trust, a closed-end portfolio of bonds with minimums of $1,000. Often tax-exempt securities are the most favorable for those in higher tax brackets, so it’s important to determine whether buying them would be an advantageous move for you. To decide whether municipal bonds would be an asset to your portfolio, calculate the taxable equivalent yield, which enables you to compare the expected yield of the tax-exempt investment with its taxable equivalent. For instance, if you are in the 28% federal income tax bracket and invest in a municipal bond yielding 5%, this is equivalent to investing in a taxable investment yielding 6.94%. If you are in the 35% tax bracket and invest in the same bond, it would be the equivalent of investing in a taxable investment yielding 7.69%. Also be aware that tax-exempt income is included in the formula for determining taxes on Social Security benefits. In some instances, it may be necessary to limit your tax-exempt income by shifting to other tax-advantaged investment areas. If they’re in line with your investment objectives, tax-exempt securities can be an excellent means of reducing taxable income.

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I don’t know too many people who don’t complain about paying income taxes; in fact I don’t know any. Paying taxes is a necessary evil (it is the law) that we all have to comply with. But, of course, that does not mean that we should let Uncle Sam have a free wheeling hand at it and pay more taxes than we need to. We owe it to ourselves to make sure of two things: that we file the income tax paperwork every year (consequences are dire if we don’t) and that we minimize our tax obligation as much as we can legally within the rules established and the existing laws on the books. There are many ideas and avenues open to us to reduce the taxes. Today, I am going to focus on tax-free investing which is one way of reducing or not having to pay taxes. Generally, on any kind of passive income, like dividends, interests etc. we pay taxes, more or less depending on what the timeframe for the income is and what our income tax bracket is. Here is a simplified example: if we earn $1,000 in interest and our income tax bracket is 15%, then we pay $150 in taxes on that interest income and we Municipal bonds are actually keep $850. If we generally free of federal tax were in 25% bracket then we because the interest from pay $250 in income taxes and keep only $750 for us to bonds issued by a state... enjoy. The interest income is the same but depending on what our income tax rate is we keep less or more of that interest. Clearly the lower income tax rate folks have some advantage here. Needless to say, in the menagerie of all the different investment strategies that are available to us, if avoiding taxes is our main goal, then we can choose certain investments; but I would think that it will not be reducing the taxes that we would be interested in but our main focus has to be how I can keep more. It is the after tax money we are after; this strategy is popularly known as “after-tax investing.” Among the different possibilities, IRAs, 401Ks and similar vehicles are there but that is not I would concentrate on today. Granted those are tax avoiding vehicles and they do help us when we are young and need to reduce the taxes the most. But they are really not tax-free per se because we end up paying taxes on that money when we withdraw from those accounts. Hence we can call them tax delaying or tax postponing strategies. We hope, however, that we are in the lower tax bracket when the time comes to withdraw from those accounts. Focus this month is on Municipal bonds and the income from them. Municipal bonds are issued by state and local governments in order to finance capital expenditures. Municipal bonds are generally free of federal tax because the interest from bonds issued by a state or a municipality is exempt from federal taxation. As an added benefit, most states will allow a state tax exemption if the owner of the bond resides in state of issue. However, if you purchase a bond outside your state of residency, it may be subject to both state and local taxes.

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So that brings me to that other side of the coin—the international cry-ins (or cry-outs). For me, it started with my sister-in-law. She had been crying for 24 hours. Her two Ivy League educated daughters were still crying. Her Ph.D. candidate son was crying in New York. Liberal journalists were crying. Hollywood royalty was crying. The Statue of Liberty was crying. When I got off my home office cot to respond to the criers, I slipped on a global puddle of tears. People sent me memes with safety pins. If I was Muslim or transgender, they had a hug waiting for me. Some of these women wanting to hug me didn’t look too bad, either. When I realized the innocence, idealism and vulnerability of Americans, I cried myself. Many conservatives have recently pointed out to me that democracy was great, unless things didn’t go your way, in which case, anarchy and destroying property was great. Others said that the rich and entitled millennials could afford to protest because they didn’t have jobs to go to. Liberals and conservatives sent me pictures from high-end colleges. Some students needed counselors; others needed therapy dogs to hug to calm their nerves. After a while I started thinking that every lost boyfriend, dead pet, flunked class, and soured friendship had turned into some global mass hysteria because your Muslim classmate Ahmad would be imprisoned and your beloved Mexican gardener Jose would be mercilessly thrown over The Wall. Many criers even called for the dismantling of the Electoral College—something that happens every time there is a close contest. America is a Republic and not a democracy. It never was a democracy. Once our candidates wrap everything in a madein-Taiwan American flag and an apple pie full of preservatives, we buy their canned promises and feel like we made a difference. PACs and Super PACS are increasingly confusing the already stumped voters. Election cycle planning has become so sophisticated that special interests aligned with candidates can practically portray someone as a pedophile and know that no recourse can be taken by Election Day. The FBI director was implicated in something similar in planting doubts about Hillary when voters were trying to make crucial final decisions. But no matter the outcome, big business finally activates posthaste post-election to submerge its sticky fingers in the biggest treasure on earth— our tax money. Trump or Hillary, Hillary or Trump. It’s all about which big business/industry gets the loot this cycle. Lots of blue collar whites (and many non-whites) bet on Trump to change this pattern. That was the phenomenon. Thank you, Mr. Trump. I want a job on The Wall project, and other fantasies you sold to America. Here’s my money, spend it already.

On the night of November 8, I broke all the rules. Normally I go to a couple of election parties and eat free food and get pictures made with tired looking candidates. This time I stayed home in my pajamas and posted all kinds of political diatribes on Facebook and then started reading the results on my phone. At 9pm, I gave up and, reluctantly, when no one was looking, turned on the TV; that lasted less than 15 minutes. The so called “live” tickers under the screen were really 30 minutes behind even the internet sites. I suspected something was up at a national level, but instead went to bed at 11:30. It’s one thing to make racist, sexist, xenophophic, lewd, crude, childish comments if you are a reality TV personality with a bunch of hotels around the country. It’s quite another to be running for president hated by the media, the entertainment elite, the academics, the intelligentsia, most forward thinking people, and—ahem—even your own party. It’s kind of pointless to present another armchair analysis of why Trump will be spinning in the chair in the Oval Office shortly. In summary, the working class Once our candidates white male who felt neutered by Washington spoke up— wrap everything in a madeand was joined by many in-Taiwan American flag and women, many blacks, and an apple pie full of surprisingly, many Hispanics. Or maybe preservatives... America wanted to have a little fun and entertainment in Washington. Or maybe we really believe promises made by non-politicians since we are disgruntled by the business as usual attitude of both major parties. But 24 hours out I was thinking, Trump really may be how America is seen by the world now—a rude, brash, aggressive, overbearing, egotistical, self-absorbed entity that is polarized not by religion or race or gender as much as by tremendous economic disparities. If some friends advocating for third party candidates (who are always destined to get 3% of the vote) were ever correct, it was their assertion that the two parties were one and the same. With rare exceptions, the rich movers, shakers, and policymakers on both sides of the aisle don’t really want diversity taking place in their neighborhoods, affecting their families, or threatening their wealth and lifestyles. Diversity is what happens far far away from where the movers and shakers live, walk, go to the country club, yoga and gym. Chang, your Chinese waiter. Ahmad, your gas station guy. Dilip, your employee in the cubicle. Jose, your landscaping guy. Diversity is driving to the Ecuadorian food joint in the eastern part of town for a little adventure. I used to live in a Ahsen Jillani voted against Brexit. condo in the rich side. When I moved to the poorer and diverse east side, all my rich Democrat and Republican friends stopped coming to visit. It was about security. It was the weird looking Ahsen Jillani people. It was the Mexican music. It was the store signs in a former editor and publisher, is originally Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish. It was women in hijab and from Islamabad , Pakistan , and now lives in Charlotte. He owns Must Media, a PR company focusing on both halal meat shops. It was “We Speak English” signs on shops. A political and corporate clients. lively street festival is diversity and a celebration. Having friends in these “diverse” neighborhoods…well, I’m a little busy this weekend.


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“The perfect is the enemy of the good” ― Voltaire

The word “fluency” comes from the same root as “flow”. If you are fluent, you flow. “Flowing” is not an abstract phenomenon; it happens within a specific context and includes specific things. You and a “thing”, together, are in a state of flow. When this is taken to its maximum, the separateness between the thing and you dissolves. We see many instances of such flow. With an expert musician, for example, it is hard to tell where the musician ends and the instrument begins; the instrument is an extension of the musician’s body. Can we all flow? I think so. But can everyone flow with everything? Probably not. When you constantly interact with the thing you are looking to gain expertise in, you move toward the kind of flow that we have been speaking We can improve our about. This takes time and competence at many repetition. Some, like things. But all things are Malcolm Gladwell, a wellnot created equal. known explorer of these kinds of things, suggest that it takes about ten thousand hours of practice to achieve the level of performance that we are speaking of here. So are the rest of us who can’t put in this kind of effort doomed to mediocrity? Not necessarily, I say. From zero to something better There is no need to frame accomplishment in a binary manner. Performance lies on a continuum all the way from incompetence to hyper-competence. Most of us can aspire to levels of performance in many things that could be considered pretty darned good! How can we achieve a degree of fluency that is sufficient to help us “shine” in the day-to-day pursuits that matter to us? It may be simpler than we might imagine. Let’s say you want to be a “great” singer, rather than the average singer you are right now? As long as you define what it means to be great, this may be something that can be accomplished. Could you, for instance, practice a single song - one that you already are familiar with - and do it over and over and over? The odds are good that you may be considered at least a “good” singer when you deliver this particular song, after this kind of focused “training”. You can do even more, and engage a coach to gain feedback and additional tips to push your performance to greater heights. So it is possible to tease out some zip through repetition and hard work, and some more, by tapping into experts. In addition to these tactics, by also narrowing the scope of the task, you set yourself up to be “great” within a well-defined but smaller part of the whole.


Better is better only if it matters We can improve our competence at many things. But all things are not created equal. The Guinness Book of World Records is full of weird accomplishments. For example, Chad Fell of the USA has the distinction of being recorded in this book as someone who blew a bubblegum bubble with a diameter of 20 inches without using his hands. I’m willing to bet a stick of bubble gum that most of the readers of this article do not aspire to the same degree of supremacy over bubble gum! It must matter. To you. Whatever “it” is. For some, it is to be a better singer. Others may wish to be better at managing people in their work environments. In my coaching, I get to engage with those who aspire to be better at the SAT (or its cousin, the ACT). That is certainly something that matters to students aspiring to the colleges of their choice, since it is something that matters to the people that will evaluate their college applications. To focus on what matters, it is often necessary to defocus from the things that do not matter. This is harder than it appears. We all have multiple aspirations and objectives, all competing with the same scarce resources – ourselves. Effort needs to be channelized to the right things. For the student who seeks to go to a great college, this may mean giving up some video game time … at least temporarily.

you become better if it is smaller For someone not familiar with the SAT, it can be a bit overwhelming. It is fair to see the test as a challenge, because it is! The testing agency – The College Board – looks to challenge students to bring out their best in reading, writing and math skills, as they pit their skills against the test, and against their competitors in this test. Things can be big if viewed in totality. But totality is not important. Relevance is. The math, reading and writing sections of the SAT are no exception. We are not talking about the entire spectrum of math! Nor, are we looking to highschoolers to have the writing skills of a Shakespeare, or the reading skills of a Nobel laureate. We just need to zoom in on the specific aspects of math, reading and writing that are tested. The College Board specifies these quite clearly. If one grasps these specifications, the scope of the challenge becomes smaller, and thereby more achievable.

Become one with what you do When you and the thing you do blend together, time stops. Things move smoothly, swiftly, in harmony. Blending things together in a seamless manner requires that the two things have the ability to integrate with each other, much like how complementary jigsaw puzzle pieces do. It is not that one piece does more than the other; they both need to be “made” for each continued on page 116

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Be the Change

What would you change about the companies where you’ve worked, if you could wave a magic wand? Would you root out a toxic culture? Eliminate a glass ceiling? Seek a fairer pay scale? Confront ageism, sexism, racism, or any other –ism that holds back talented people and protects the status quo? As you consider your own Fresh Start Success, seize the opportunity to be the change you want to see happen. Maybe you can’t go back and fix the problems at your former company, but you can fix the little corner of the universe under your control. Whether you build a company that is just one person or one hundred people, refuse to accept “same old, same old” as the default. It’s your life, your reinvention—your power to make a difference. If your reinvention takes you into another organization, look for ways you can bring about positive changes. Even shifts that may seem small to you might make a world of difference to those around you.

Change Agent “I’ve always been a Whether you build a change agent.” Faith Monson trained to be a salesperson. company that is just one She moved up through the person or one hundred ranks, from salesperson to people, refuse to accept... sales manager, then to regional manager, always changing how things were done. She stayed at each job longer because she reinvented the job while she was doing it. That helped keep her interested and let her take advantage of potential opportunities. As one of the first women in a full sales position in the companies where she worked, Faith had a major role in changing company culture as to how the corporations treated women. “Early on, women were only allowed to be in customer service, not in sales,” Faith recalls. “The outside sales people were male, and even when a woman in a showroom sold something, it wasn’t considered to be ‘sales’.” In fact, while male salespeople won awards, there were no awards for women in the showroom, no matter how many sales they closed. Yet the showroom saw many more clients each day, meaning that the women actually had more client contact than the men.” Faith created a corporate recognition program for the showroom sales staff and got the customer service workers reclassified as “inside sales people” by pointing out the volume of sales they generated. She fought and won approval to promote female inside sales people to outside sales people, pioneering a program that was later replicated across the country. “These women were great sales people,” Faith says. “They just hadn’t been recognized.” “I’ve always been a catalyst. I like to mentor and empower women and watch them grow,” Faith says. But the leadership’s micro-management culture drove her crazy. “I was all about opportunity and looking for new ideas,” Faith adds. “The management preserved the status quo and limited

opportunities and innovation. Ultimately, running into a brick wall took its toll.” She felt that the company’s leadership was unsupportive and unresponsive to the needs of the sales force. “That did it for me.” “I had always wanted to have my own business with bright, talented, and enthusiastic people. I knew how to run a business, and I had ideas on how to make it grow. In my corporate experience, my clients were primarily small business owners. I listened and learned about their challenges and concerns, strategized with them, made suggestions, and had creative brainstorming sessions on how they could best promote themselves,” Faith recalls. “I met so many clients with unique and creative abilities that weren’t promoting their businesses, and I wanted to help them be successful. I found working with them stimulating and challenging, and a part of my job that I really enjoyed. Now, I see that it was a training ground for my next job.” It was time to move on. Faith was ready to be her own boss. She had proven herself and believed in herself. The turning point came when she was sitting in a train station reading You Are a Brand by Catherine Kaputa. Faith devoured the book and decided to go out on her own and help businesses be more successful by using the skills she had honed in her corporate job to establish their brands and promote their success. Faith partnered with the best website designers, professional writers, and marketing and promoting gurus she could find. Her first clients were people who knew her from her corporate experience, accepted her in her new role, and hired her to coach them to success, which was very validating. Throughout her career, Faith created books of quotations and inspirational photos to motivate herself and stay pumped up. “Those quotes inspired me to go for it,” Faith says. “They encouraged me to take risks. They taught me to be my own biggest cheerleader.” Sales turned out to be a great training ground. “I sold myself to myself, and I sold myself to potential clients,” Faith said. Her contacts believed in the “new” Faith and referred her. Being her own boss was freeing. “The sky was the limit,” Faith says. “I could try things, take risks, and learn on my own. There was endless opportunity, and I was uncovering my untapped talents and skills.” There were some downsides to being on her own. “I’m not an IT person,” Faith confesses. “I had to hire people to do those things, and I would have liked to have been able to do more social media and internet work myself.” Faith’s new venture was successful immediately. “I was my own boss, I used my ideas and stuck myself out there, out of my comfort zone, and stretched myself at every opportunity,” Faith says. Faith came from a competitive, goal-driven environment,


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“How did it not become a thing, though?” She’s distraught, disconnected. It’s my best friend, Eliza Vera, phoning from Northern Europe. I can’t imagine how dark it must be right now there, but it’s probably similar to here, at this hour. Squinting at the round clock on the opposite wall, I try to discern the roman numerals. “I wonder how it became not a thing.” She’s talking about something, but what is it? “Empathy.” Her voice is flat, much more deflated than the last time we caught up, about Johannes Kepler and his quest for the Harmony of Worlds. I don’t know what’s happening, now. Neither does she. “Tycho Brahe wasn’t a very nice guy, did you know? It’s in this nice illustrated version of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. So many good books here, in my new flat. But it doesn’t even matter, I don’t think, The brash and anxious what kind of legacy he left if indignant tone is he wasn’t even nice to people. I mean, I feel that way. Did dissipating. I picture the hot he make people feel tears I know are there... something? Warmth, awe, inspiration? Or…” We’ve been through Brahe before. I’ve tried to reason with her on this, but it’s hard. “I wonder what the pair of them could have discovered together,” she muses, “if they really collaborated, from the start. Brahe and Kepler.” Art, poetry, philosophy, astrology, mysticism, and the gift of intellectual pursuits born of the simple, very human urge to ask questions. “That was a while ago, Eliza.” Everything that tips when it does makes its choice to do so at a certain moment. This was it. I gave her the opening. Sure, it was out of nowhere, but it felt like the thing to say. So I said it: “Do you remember when the baby came?” A catch in breath, just then. A reversal of the logician in her. Sliding back to reveal the poet-mystic, the one that I knew two decades ago and have seen blossoming this whole time. “Of course I do,” she says, but softer than before. The brash and anxious indignant tone is dissipating. I picture the hot tears I know are there as she whispers, “How could I not remember that?” “I love to hear you talk about it. Will you tell me again, how it was?” “Yes. Are you awake yet?” “I’m starting to be. Please, go ahead.” Her voice seems to become dreamy, when she tells me about it, and I don’t know how much of what I’m going to relate next is hers, and how much is my own filling in the gaps. Interpolating or making things up. She starts with a disclaimer, something about how it has to become a narrative for me if I’m to make some degree of sense of it, and that I’ll never know the feeling of it because how could I, but still. She starts in. This is what love looks like, Eliza says. A little thing is here, a new

baby, and it is in your charge. You can write all the gallant lines of code in the cosmos to describe the wonder in the impossible “Where did you even come from” question, you can wrangle with it internally for decades, lifetimes, and never know a thing. But that won’t ever equate to the feeling, and she’s insistent on this point. The now and here. Where there is reality, the only reality we can know. Isn’t that what Einstein had said? The only true knowledge is experience. What’s true for me might not be true for you, and so on. But I think empathy starts with this kind of a moment, doesn’t it?, she says, or I say, I can’t seem to remember now. The mothers. The fathers. Their new hopes and dreams for the little new one, their responsibility to protect, nourish and love. New mothers soon have to learn to be gentle with themselves, their bodies. To forgive themselves for being too-cranky, or too-snippy one day, because of hormones and changes and shifts. We humans come into shape, in this way, don’t we? As they are growing, they are becoming, so are we. This starts before we’re even born, I’m convinced. Dreams. The womb is where there is that portal to the mysterious thing, that thing that we can’t know anything about, can’t spell or logic-puzzle into some shape of space that makes any sense at all. “Are you listening, A.?” “I am.” “Good.” Did you know, A., that I just read a gorgeous short story, Portrait of the Avant Garde. It’s by this person named Peter Høeg, and I just found it on the bookshelf in the kitchen, yes, the kitchen has books in it, too, this is… Hm? Oh, yes. I’ve settled in well. It’s not too cold yet… but soon it will be winter. I’m not very far from Assistens Cemetery, remember how I told you I wanted to go and see the magpies? I’m going to describe it to you, maybe in a letter. I miss writing by hand. Well, I’ll tell you about that another time, will I? But yes, you know what? This short story I was just talking about, it sums it really well, the thing that became not a thing. Empathy. You should really read it. Don’t read the comments on those internet sites. Read the work. There’s a certain quality… a certain exquisite grasp of… that thing. That used to be a thing that isn’t a thing now. But if it were, if we could put it back in the center of our awareness and work on it, the way I wish Brahe had worked harder at relating to people like Kepler, you know? Then maybe, just maybe, we can cope better. Because in the moment of birthing there’s also a kind of a shock: this is not, and nothing is really, in your control. “Are you still there, A.?” “Still here, Eliza. Corn stalks. New ears catch the red glints of this morning.” “Nice… sounds quiet.” “Yes. Quiet is important.” “Always.” “When will I see you next?” “In a month? I’ve been working hard on that checklist assignment you gave me. Let’s find each other in London, shall we? You’ll be visiting, still? Let’s do that.” “See you at the same place?” “See you there.”


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What is our human existence all about? We have always strived for more than peace and calmness. Think of a gold medal Olympian, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, a master violinist, a world-renowned chef, or a small child learning to walk. When we strive to excel at anything in life, we are willing to undergo struggles and discomfort to attain our goals. Life on Earth is about evolution. Every life is an evolution in developing wisdom, skills and attitudes. Inventions and discoveries are about evolution. Evolution is growth, change and transformation, and anyone who has ever had any goal or purpose in life knows that this instinct to excel and to push past the boundaries into the unknown is part of being human. It is in our DNA. Peoples of all ages and cultures have asked some very fundamental questions:

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Donald Trump’s victory may have stunned the world, but some folks in Delhi have known it was coming for a while. “We were absolutely certain of Donald Trump’s victory,” said Vishnu Gupta, the president of the right-wing Hindu Sena group. “We studied Donald Trump’s stars and Hillary’s stars. Hillary’s stars did not reflect the presidency but Mr. Trump’s did.” For months, Gupta and the Hindu Sena have been vocal about Photo courtesy Trump their support for Trump. Back in Campaign June, they threw him a birthday party. They held a Trump victory celebration last month, before US voters went to the polls. In addition to astrology, Gupta based his prediction of a President-elect Trump on the count of Republican governors in major US states, and a dip in the stock market — a dip always accompanies a Republican victory, he said. “Now, there will be peace in the entire world as Islamic terror will be eradicated,” Gupta said. “Pakistan will wipe out its hidden terror cells on its own, or India and the US will destroy them together.” The Hindu Sena is notoriously anti-Muslim. One of the big reasons they’re so fond of Trump has to do with his harsh rhetoric against Muslims and Islam. Many others in India, however, are not so certain of USIndia camaraderie under Trump. “This [win] is indicative of a growing sense of hate, and whether we like it or not, it’s very clearly targeted at those like us,” said Akanksha Kapoor, a public health professional in Delhi. Kapoor wants to apply to US universities for a Ph.D., but is worried about Trump’s “unreliable stand” on work visas for Indian students. On the one hand, Trump has spoken about “very smart” Indian students who should not be kicked out of the US immediately after graduation. On the other, he has expressed opposition to H-1B visas for foreign workers. “If he’s going to enforce some kind of bond for those of us who choose to study there, that’s not something I’m sure I want to sign up for,” Kapoor said. “There’s also the people I’d be living with, people I’d be living around. To say that it’s scary to go into the us-versus-them battleground the US has proved itself to be would be an understatement.” For other Indians like Vanya Kumar, a lawyer working in The Hague, this is as good a time as any to question American hegemony and how it uses its power abroad. “The cultural impact [of the US] is as potent as their military prowess, and if there indeed is a radicalization of opinion that’s going on in the States, then it should be contained,” said Kumar, who believes Trump should have been disqualified or at least discredited for his rhetoric. Kumar also feels that it is time for liberals to think deeply about their agenda.

“It is increasingly clear that the left, and its ‘intellectualism’ and condescension towards the ‘other side’ and habit of talking down to them and creating this huge divide with the working class, has really failed the people,” she said. Apathy on the left and the rise of right-wing populism are features of India’s own political environment, especially since the massive majority handed to a Hindu nationalist government under Narendra Modi in 2014. While support for the controversial leader has remained steady, critics have complained of rising intolerance, censorship and religious polarization under Modi’s watch. “While I expected Mrs. Clinton to win, Trump’s victory doesn’t come as a huge surprise given how right-wing nationalism and xenophobia is the order of the day all over the world — be it Hungary, USA or India,” said Happymon Jacob, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Jacob sees a strong similarity between Trump’s and Modi’s victories. “They both managed to capitalize on the anger of the masses ... and cleverly used if for electoral purposes,” he says. “[Now], progressive liberals have to seriously introspect why their ideals and politics have taken a severe beating across the world.”

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“Just keep this elbow straight, and bring this hand as straight as possible,” Mir says. “Better! Yeah?” We’re at the Lahore Country Club. Behind us, pitchers are running toward batters and hurling the ball overhand at them. The batters knock them away with big, flat wooden bats. “When I started off, there were hardly any girls playing cricket, so it was on the streets with my bigger brother ... where I learned,” she adds. Mir’s father was in the army, so they moved a lot. And every time they did, she had to prove herself again to the neighborhood boys. “All those tests that I had to give, in every city and every team, show that I have got cricket in me,” she says. “[It] made my belief stronger that I am better at cricket than many other things.” And in Pakistan, that means something. The sport is huge here. Imagine the popularity of football, baseball and basketball all rolled into one, and you’ve got cricket. In 2003, Mir gave up a spot at an engineering university to pursue cricket full time. She got a push from her father. “He said that we have got a lot of female engineers, we don’t have a lot of female cricketers,” Mir recalls.

Ways to overcome divisions? Her blog lists half a dozen, including a call for servicemen and women to take pride in who they are, and in the democratic process they’re sworn to defend. “You may not love who won, but you’ve got to be proud of the process,” she wrote in her article, “What Military Families Should Do after an Election.” “We’re talking about ways that we can really move forward as a community and support our commander-in chief,” she says, “even though we may be a part of the community that doesn’t believe that this person is the best fit for that role.” Of course, she points out, many in the armed forces are pleased with the election results. On the campaign trail, Trump talked about increasing the size of the Army. But he also talked about rethinking US commitments to NATO and traditional allies like Japan. As the new administration settles on its security objectives, military families will be living with uncertainty. “They don’t know what’s next for them,” says Bushatz. “Anytime we switch commander-in-chief, there’s a little bit of uncertainty there: What will benefits look like? What will pay checks look like? The president sets the policy that has to do with the military, and then Congress approves it. ... And because this election was so divisive, that uncertainty is higher.” Over the coming months, military families across the United States and stationed at US bases worldwide will be waiting for word from their commanders. “We’re always waiting and seeing,” Bushatz says, “for the next order, or waiting for the next move, or the next deployment or the next homecoming, and so this just adds an extra level of stress to that.” Bushatz says the president-elect’s choice of a secretary of defense will be an indicator of the Trump administration’s direction. She says that Trump, as a candidate, made inconsistent statements about gay and lesbian service members. “So our gay and lesbian service members, who only recently had permission to serve openly and to have their families be a part of the military community, are really looking at what’s going to happen very closely,” she says, “and many of them are afraid that they’re not going to be allowed to serve anymore, that they’re going to have to get out.” “We have an ongoing transition in the military about transgender service members,” Bushatz adds, “and the Veterans Administration recently decided they are going to scrap an upcoming policy that they were working on to allow sex-change surgeries within the VA for transgender former service members.” Amy Bushatz says that, like many of her readers, she will be waiting and watching over the coming weeks. “I think we’ll see a lot more of that sort of uncertainty. And questions. And — I hate to say it again — and waiting.”

Cricketer Sana Mir. Photo by Carolyn Beeler

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By Carolyn Beeler, PRI I’m an American — and the only thing I knew about cricket until about a week ago was that they take a break for tea in the middle of the match. So, when the most famous woman in Pakistani sports agreed to show me how to throw (or bowl, actually) a cricket ball — it was a little embarrassing. Evidently, I bend my elbow a bit too much, Sana Mir tells me. Mir is the captain of the Pakistani women’s cricket team and at age 30, she’s already a veteran. She hands me back the ball — it’s like a small baseball.


Since choosing sports over academics, Mir has helped build up Pakistan’s first professional women’s cricket team. As captain, she’s led the team to wins in big international tournaments and against neighbor and longtime rival, India. Up-and-coming bowler Maham Tariq attributes a lot of the team’s success to Mir’s leadership. “I have no words to express — she’s so amazing,” Tariq says. “In fact, on the field and off the field, her attitude, she’s so always motivated. Playing under her captaincy, I think I can’t ask for more.” But Mir says she’s most proud of how her team’s performance has affected the country off the field. “There are two kinds of perceptions we have been able to change. One is that Pakistani women can’t play cricket, or any sports. This was the perception we changed inside Pakistan,” she says. “Outside Pakistan, a lot of people thought that women are not allowed to do stuff in Pakistan. So that is another perception that we have been very proudly able to change. Even though it’s getting more acceptable for women to play cricket, it’s still not exactly easy. There are no dedicated fields for women. They don’t have the same cricket clubs as men. Women’s participation in all sports is low here — no Pakistani woman has ever won a medal at the Olympics. December 2016

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The City of Raleigh Museum is hosting its first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” The exhibit is the first national exhibit to celebrate the history and achievements of IndianAmericans in the United States. Beyond Bollywood was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center with the goal of going beyond the stereotypes of Southeast Asian Indians by exploring their daily lives, to struggles in a new country and contributions to food, culture, and politics. “We were excited to open this exhibit in Raleigh” said Ernest Dollar, Director of the COR Museum, “It is a great opportunity to tell the story our rapidly growing Indian community through exploring Indian American’s impact on American history.” In addition, the museum is partnering with local groups to present a series of public programs and events to highlight Wake County’s connection to the exhibit. “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” is a creation of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibit will have an extended stay at the museum through April 9, 2017. The museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Sundays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more details, call 919-996-2220 or visit

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Invocation is Pakistani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi’s quintet featuring pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. In this performance at Baldwin Auditorium (replacing a concert cancelled last season due to snow) the quintet unveils a new project that explores Carnatic classical music from Southern India through the idiom of jazz. This is the final installment in a project that puts a jazz lens on the musical traditions of South Asia; Invocation previously explored Hindustani music and qawwali in a pair of critically acclaimed recordings. Abbasi — along with Iyer and Mahanthappa — is one of a trio of jazz musicians bringing distinctly South Asian-inflected voices to the contemporary scene. One of the foremost guitar players in modern jazz, Abbasi graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, then made a pilgrimage to India to study with tabla master Ustad Allarakha, father of Zakir Hussain. Invocation’s mission, Abbasi declares, is “to create a globally-based music steeped in jazz. This tradition follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest jazz musicians. Coltrane, Ellington, and Gillespie all immersed themselves in music from around the world.” Other performers for this concert include Johannes Weidenmueller (Bass), Dan Weiss (Drums) and Elizabeth Means (Cello). The show is on Sat, December 17 at 8pm in Baldwin Auditorium on the campus of Duke University. Tickets range from $10 - $28. For further details, visit

The Triangle Gujarati Association held its annual Diwali dinner on Sat, November 5 at the HSNC Hall, Raleigh. The evening presented live music, performances, and dinner.

BAPS Charlotte – Diwali and Annakut The Charlotte BAPS Swami Narayan mandir hosted its annual Diwali annakut on Sunday, October 30 at the temple. Photos By Mithi Shukla

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Diwali Festival Day Proclamation On Monday, November 14, BAPS Charlotte was invited to the Charlotte Council meeting to receive a City of Charlotte Proclamation declaring October 30, 2016 as “Diwali Festival Day”. The event was attended by BAPS Charlotte community outreach and public relations members. The evening began with a reading of the proclamation aloud to Mayor Jennifer Roberts, fellow Council Members and all attendees stating the meaning of


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Carolina Khadayata Samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740

Agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704.456.9881

Carolinas Christian Assembly CCA is located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 404-840-6745 (Mobile)

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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 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion among the group. For Further Details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar - - 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave - - 704.844.9567

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 Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850 /

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805

Charlotte Marathi Mandal The Charlotte Marathi Mandal adds to the vibrancy of Charlotte with various events including the Ganapati Festival which are designed to keep the cultural values and traditions alive. The community is encouraged to participate, socialize and have fun. For Further Details:

Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded with a singular vision / mission to “Raise Up The Next Generation For Jesus Christ”. The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel -


Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays and also the group meets for breakfast at Panera Bread near Whitehall most Sundays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411 December 2016

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Charlotte Telangana Association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355

India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. The annual Festival of India is held every September in downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727

Charlotte Vipassana Meditation group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - 704.807.3933 -

Indian American Muslim Council (IMAC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details: Jyoti Kulkarni: 704-804-1275 Chaula Jain: 704-248-1515

gurdwara Sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Upcoming Events: Dec, 4: Shahidi Diwas, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji (9:30 am) Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For Further Details:

Jain Center of greater Charlotte (JCgC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: Prakshal & Puja - 9:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo 7:30pm Weekends: Prakshal & Puja - 10:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo 7:30pm For Further Details: JCGC President: Vipul H Shah - 704.705.0314 704.921.1454

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sun, Dec 11: General body meeting Sat, Dec 17: Balaji anniversary Sun, Dec 18: Gita Jayanti Sat, Jan 14: Makar Sankranti / Pongal Sat, Jan 28: India Republic Day Celebrations Fri, Feb 24: Maha Shivratri

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Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details:

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

Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and wellbeing of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details:

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

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

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326

Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488

Sahaja yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps

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South Park Cricket Club (SPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details:

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

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar -


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Telugu Association of greater Charlotte Area (TAgCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details:

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Trimurti Temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556

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Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform seva and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the


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

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Indian Association of the Carolinas (IAC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help)

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

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

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center (greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150

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

Winston-greensboro Cricket Club (WgCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details:


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

Datta yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843

Bhartiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, December 10. There will be a yearend general meeting and introduction of new board members. There will be karaoke songs by members. For Further Details: Bharati Patel (President) - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi (Vice-President) - 910.391.1809

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

Carolina Rajasthani Association (CRA) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details:

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

Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDu) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations, he pursued the spiritual path in the Himalayas under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. The mission is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s)


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

gEM Raleigh Church of god Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208

gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. Gokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

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

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

Hindi Naatak group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. So if you have an Actor hidden in you, contact the group. Come explore your dream to act on stage in a professional 2/3 act Hindi play. You must meet

following criteria: You are male or female of 20 to 50 years of age. You can read and speak Hindi fluently. You have some experience in working on or off stage. You can make 3-4 months of weekend commitment for the project. You live in RTP or surrounding area. We also need a team who can work behind the scenes to manage rehearsals, publicity, sales of tickets, booking venue, and other arrangements. For further details:

Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing KaviSammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details:

Hindu Society of North Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. For Further Details: 919.481.2674 (Temple Office) President: Neeraj Agarwal - 919.484.0489

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. They will be conducting a Youth Camp for 4 Sundays in July. Learn more here. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville & Chapel Hill. For Further Details: 100

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

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

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

Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God, 107 Quade Dr., Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706

Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details:

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

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

InStepp InStepp’s mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asian cultures and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000

International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason

International Hindi Association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919-851-0225

ISKCoN New goloka Temple of NC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492 102

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ISSo Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. A new Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir will be opening soon at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Bhoomidaan and Murtipratishtha yajman opportunities are available for a limited time. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008

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

Kiran, Inc. Kiran, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence in North Carolina by helping them rebuild their lives and ending the cycle of violence. Although domestic violence is rarely talked about in South Asian communities, it is a rampant and preventable public health problem. Operating in Raleigh since 2008, Kiran is passionate about promoting healthy family relationships in South Asian communities and raising awareness on the prevalence of domestic violence in South Asian homes through outreach and advocacy. Kiran’s core services comprise of a 24 hour free and confidential hotline, crisis counselling, legal advocacy, translation assistance, resource referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services needed to meet the unique challenges of South Asian victims. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 Office: 919.831.4203

Krishnadham uSA Krishnadham USA’s mission is to foster the richness of Hindu cultural heritage by imparting the values of love, wisdom and devotion in future generations. They provide a platform for learning and for sharing our experiences and values with the society at large. The time is coming when a new Vedanta inspired sanctuary will manifest. This inspirational experience will be expressed in buildings, pathways, water flows, and connections with the surrounding natural setting at a location not far from Lake Jordan in Chatham County of North Carolina

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

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

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

Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi -

Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars / restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/ performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: 104

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Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details:

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: 919.806.5928

RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details:

Sahaj Marg Meditation (Triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki -

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

Sewa RTP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. The vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering. For Further Details:

Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429

South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580

SV Temple of North Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040

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

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

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

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

Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details:

Triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555

urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an

intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - - 919.596.4792

Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027

Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

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


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grihastha Family Institute The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details:

Hindu Society of Eastern NC (greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360

ISKCoN of Sandy Ridge - Temple of the Holy Name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in Prabhupada Village, a rural community, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Prabhupada Village is also home to the Bhaktivedanta Archives and the Festival of India. Everyone is welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am-7:30pm, 7 days a week. Special program every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and a pure, vegetarian feast. Festivals are celebrated year round. For Further Details: 336.593.2322

Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina (Inner Awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114

Sri Somesvara Temple (Asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open

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

Carolina Buddhist Vihara (greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961

Hanahan Table-Tennis Training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949

Hindu Society of greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048

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open between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 /

India Assoc. of greater Charleston (IAgC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661

Vedic Center of greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across:

1. The son or daughter of one’s uncle or aunt. 6. A person whose work is building with stone, bricks etc. 10. A cardinal number between eighteen and twenty. (19) 12. “Rudolph the red nose ____, had a very shiny nose”. 14. To make a choice: often for. 16. A mental picture of something; conception. 17. A large, baglike net dragged by a boat at a fishing bank. 19. To rest the weight of a body upon the butts, as in a chair. 20. A star, esp. a nova or pulsar, that is a source of X-rays. 23. A woody perennial tall plant with trunk, branches etc. 25. United Nations. (*). 26. A light frame, usually of wood, covered by paper, cloth or plastic, to be flown in the wind, at the end of a string. 27. Massachusetts. (*). 28. The terminal part of the forelimb (hand!) of a vertebrate. 31. A basic unit of radiation dosage applied to humans.32. The book of maps of the countries of the world. 34. A wise and widely respected elderly person. 36. A session to communicate with the spirits of the dead. 38. Iran. (*). 39. Montana. (*) 40. A dark colored mineral, a silicate of iron and aluminum. 44. Of, belonging to, made by it. 45. A rectangular tile marked with one to six dots or pips. 47. To eat dinner. 48. A small antelope of E Africa, with long neck and legs.

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1. Holiday on Dec. 25, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. 2. A member of any Eastern Christian Church in union with the Roman Catholic Church but with its own customs. 3. To perform musical selections vocally. 4. A pointer or indicator, as the needle on the dial. 5. Net Ecosystem Exchange. (*) 6. Full of fun and laughter; lively and cheerful. 7. American English. (*). 8. A tire with deep thread for added traction on ice. 9. Mesh; An openwork fabric of string, rope, wire etc. 11. Lockjaw; The state of continuous contraction of muscles. 13. An airline based in Dubai, UAE. 15. A shallow, usually round dish from which food is eaten. 18. To put a question to (a person). 21. To go by moving legs rapidly, faster than in walking. 22. To pay; send money as in payment. 24. To come forth; issue, as from a source. 29. Atypical Squamous Calls of Uncertain Significance. (*) 30. Mariner; seaman. 33. Of ancient Rome or its people. 35. To make very dirty. 37. Emergency Room. (*) 39. A list of food, drinks etc. served at a restaurant. 41. A poem written to be sung. 42. A soft, silver-white, metallic element; Symbol: Sn. 43. Idaho. (*) 46. Oklahoma. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page118. NO peeking!)

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•••••••••••••• Mafatlal’s wife called him: “Where are you? Lunch is ready.” Mafatlal: “I will be little late for lunch. Do you remember that dress shop, next to that barber shop? There you liked and had selected a very expensive silk dress? That time I did not have money, otherwise I would have bought it for you!” Wife: “Yes, I do remember.” Mafatlal: “Then I had told you that one day I would buy it.” Wife happily: “Yes dear, I very well remember.” Mafatlal: “I am in the barbershop next to that dress shop and getting my haircut. So, I will be little late for lunch at home.” 114


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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla)

Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Human body parts”)



The unused 9 letters spell: ”The subject of this puzzle.”

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on page 118)



The common letters are “AK” - Fill in the blanks)

1. A place where breads are made & sold. _ AK _ _ _ 2. To speak in deep, harsh tones, like a frog. _ _ _ AK 3. Related thru a common ancestor. AK _ _ 4. Rouse; wake up. _ _ AK _ _ 5. A stalky, long-haired, wild ox of Tibet. _ AK 6. A small parrot with a long, tapering tail. _ _ _ AK _ _ _ 7. The amount or thing taken in. _ _ _ AK _ 8. Dull, brownish-yellow. _ _ AK _ 9. A machine that produces ice cubes. _ _ _ _ AK _ _ 10. Also known as. (*) AK _ 11. Not physically strong. _ _ AK 12. A single, feathery crystal of snow. _ _ _ _ _ _ AK _ 13. A person or thing that produces or makes. _ AK _ _ 14. A large, open boat used by Eskimos. _ _ _ AK 15. A Semitic language of Mesopotamia. AK _ _ _ _ _ _ 16. A large, sharp, horny bill of a bird. _ _ AK 17. A shoe with a canvass upper and a continuous sole and heel as one piece of soft rubber. _ _ _ AK _ _ 18. To cook (food) by dry heat, in an oven. _ AK _ 19. Talk; to utter words with voice. _ _ _ AK 20. Emperor of Japan. AK _ _ _ _ _ 21. A thin, sharp, high-pitched, short sound. _ _ _ _ AK 22. A rack for storing and drying food. _ _ AK _ 23. A solid, shaped mass, as of a soap or ice. _ AK _ 24. A city in N Ohio. AK _ _ _ 25. Error. _ _ _ _ AK (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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Thinking About Thinking

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other. Similarly, you and the things you do need to be made for each other. And that is the crux of the whole thing. Our brains and bodies have only so much capacity. Also, at any given point in our lives, some capabilities are more advanced than others. Being in touch with our capacity and capabilities allows us to prioritize objectives better, and define tasks to be in line. We are then able to co-design” ourselves with the thing we need to interact with.

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and while she had excelled in that situation, she wanted to shift gears and make her vision all about her clients’ success. “In my corporate world, I mentored peers and subordinates. Now, I wanted to mentor my clients, help them to fly, come out of their shells, burst out of their insecurities,” Faith says. “I wanted to be in their corner. Often, that’s all they need. I’m there, cheering them on, being their Sherpa. Everyone is different in what inspires them. I empower them so they can go for it.”

The Take-Away Everyone has the power to be a change agent and a catalyst; you just have to acknowledge your own ability to make a difference. Start by becoming mindful about how the organizations you’ve worked for actually functioned. Where were the inefficiencies and redundancies? Who was doing a great job without acknowledgement? What could have been done better, and how could it have been improved? Take those lessons with you to the next role you play—whether it’s within another organization or in a company you start. Heart to Heart Make a conscious decision to build an ethical company— continued from page 70 not just by observing the letter of the law, but by maximizing the human potential of your employees, customers, and purpose in life knows that this instinct to excel industry through recognizing and rewarding actions that and to push past the boundaries into the unknown mentor, empower, and implement new ideas. Resist the is part of being human. It is in our DNA. comfort zone of default thinking and challenge “the way it’s always been done.” Make your reinvention a Fresh Start This is what Yoga is all about too, as we explored – going Success for everyone involved. through all the steps of refinement to the state of sahaj samadhi. But in the last 150 years, we have been undergoing an even Excerpted from Fresh Start Success: Reimagine Your Work, Reinvent greater transformation in our understanding of this evolution. Your Life, Re-Ignite Your Passion The meditation practices of Yoga used to focus on an individual’s evolution to the highest pinnacle of human existence, whereas now the focus is on our collective evolution. Nutrition for Life This is the field of the heart, where consciousness expands continued from page 62 across its full spectrum of existence. When we sit in meditation and feel our consciousness important to stay well hydrated. Sugary beverages such as expanding into unknown dimensions, observe our intellect soda, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, juice, sweet tea etc. provide empty evolve into intelligence and then into wisdom, our thinking calories with no nutritional benefits. Diet drinks and beverages transform into feeling, our ego subdue and become so humble with artificial sweeteners and artificial colors are not healthy and refined, and our skills improve, is it only for our own for the brain either. Refined sugars and chemical additives are growth and transformation? No, the effect touches everyone called anti-nutrients that can rob the brain of essential nutrients. and everything with which we are connected. We do not have So it is important to stay away from these beverages and make to actively create this, as it happens without our conscious sure to drink enough water throughout the day. participation. That is how we change the outside environment. It happens automatically. Wherever the rose goes, the fragrance Summary goes. Wherever I go, whatever I carry goes with me. • Eat a variety of whole grains and beans for healthy We just have to let things happen without interfering in the carbohydrates, minerals and fiber process. This connection will automatically happen once we • Eat a variety of nuts and seeds and avocado for healthy fats start purifying ourselves. We will then feel that what we create • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables for essential vitamins within ourselves merges with the collective feeling, and we will and minerals become part of the entire scheme of things. • Drink adequate amount of water So our preparation has a great effect, a great echo into the • Avoid fried foods and trans fats - “partially hydrogenated future. The egregore that we prepare, the field that we prepare, oil” will have its impact. Whatever the future has in store for us, we • Avoid artificial colors and chemical additives can accelerate the process by meditating regularly and well, wherever we are, together or alone. It is a wonderful time to be • Avoid refined sugars and simple starches alive! • Be physically active – move more • Be mentally active – do crosswords, Sudoku, or any 1 challenging hobby 2

Design, based on your capabilities and capacity My SAT students come with many pre-existing capabilities, and the same kinds of capacity constraints that most people have. When these capabilities are aligned with the scope and thrust of the SAT test, the test-taker and the test flow together better. Being aware of capacity limitations enables approaches that are practical, and which use scarce mental resources wisely. Flow can be designed. Yes.


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December 2016 Dec. 7 - Late Shri Pramukh Swami Mahārāj Jayanti Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day Dec. 10 - Mokshadā Ekādashi / Gita Jayanti Dec. 12 - Eid-E-Milād / Milad un Nabi Dec. 13 - Akshar Purnima (Full Moon) Dec. 13 - Dattātreya Jayanti Dec. 17 - Eid-E-Maulud Dec. 21 - Winter Solstice / Yule Dec. 24 - Safalā Ekādashi / Christmas Eve Dec. 25 - Hanukkah begins Dec. 25 - Christmas Day Dec. 26 - Kwanzaa begins Dec. 29 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) Dec. 31 - New Year’s Eve. (Year 2016 ends)

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January 2017 Jan. 1 - New Year 2017 begins Jan. 5 - Guru Govind Singh Jayanti Jan. 9 - Putradā Ekādashi Jan. 12 - Poshi Jan. 12 - Shakambhari Purnima (Full Moon) Jan. 12 - Swami Vivekananda Jayanti Jan. 14 - Makar Sankranti / Uttarayan Jan. 16 - Martin Luther King Day Jan. 23 - Shatatilā Ekādashi ‘ Netaji Jayanti Jan. 26 - Republic Day (India) Jan. 27 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) Jan. 28 - Chinese New Year (Year Of The Rooster) Jan. 30 - Mahatma Gandhi Nirvana Day

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ARIES (Mar 20 - Apr 20) If you can control your expenses, and are in good health, everything should be very positive this month. Avoid legal disputes with partners. A rise in income is clearly indicated, with a rise in status possible as well. Long distance travel will prove to be very fruitful. Your quick decisions and exposure with a group of people will help you to make new business friends. You may spend for a social occasion.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) You will feel quite comfortable during this month and family happiness will be there. An unexpected rise in status is also possible. You will come in contact with higher officials and authorities. Your fame and reputation will increase. You may be inclined towards religion and want to visit sacred places. A balanced state of mind is indicated and overall happiness as well.

gEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Don’t forget that your hard work will reward you with all kind of benefits. An occult experience will bring an important, positive change in your ideology. Both long distance and short journeys are possible during this month. A wrong decision in the last week of the month may damage your reputation. Control your pace of activities during the final week or wait till middle of next month.

CAPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Do not be impulsive and instead take time with your decisions. The main concern should be your health and you may suffer by taking chances or risks. Maintain good relations with your associates and friends, as you may need their help to solve your problems. Also be careful as any egoistic language could put you in hot water. This is a good time for travel and to visit friends & family.

TAuRuS (Apr 20 - May 21) Peace of mind is on the horizon after second week of the month. Try to avoid confusion and work to establish self-confidence. This is the time to start spending for a future endeavor. Don’t forget to ask for advice from a learned person before making any firm decisions. Even though your confidence may be low, your income with rise due to a string of good luck. The time is also good to build on your savings.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) During this month, you will be in an amiable disposition and will avoid friction with others. A pleasant journey is quite possible. You may be inclined towards religious and social activities. You might develop a taste for high philosophy or literature. Your trade and/or business will survive due to your prompt and positive actions. Drive very carefully or avoid driving altogether. Avoid speculation.

LEo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Unexpected problems could be main events for the month. Remain cordial with relatives; otherwise you may end up harming relations with them. There could be lots of opportunities coming your way, but you may not be able to utilize them just yet. Financial losses are also possible. A serious legal problem may also financially hurt you. Don’t forget that your family is there to help.

VIRgo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) After a very positive start, the month will end with negative results. Unexpected expenses will badly affect your budget. Don’t try being good or help others, as they will take advantage of your good heart. The time is favorable for investment in real estate property. A minor health ailment could be there. Avoid parties and social gatherings this month.

LIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) Your confidence will be in excellent shape this month. You’ll be fearless and fond of struggle & strife. With the help of your polished charisma, a business trade prospect will be possible. Be aware of your partners. An unexpected businessrelated journey could prove to be very fruitful. You will be able to overcome competition and prevail over opponents.

SAgITTARIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will be very comfortable and relaxed this month. This pleasant environment all around you will help in being favorably inclined towards the opposite sex. If you put in a little more effort and hard work, you can increase income above your expectations. You may want to throw a big party as well as enjoy music and poetry. Your family will extend their full support towards you.

AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your particular skills you will bring excellent results in your business and/or trade this month. Things will slowly turn positive for you. If you involve educated people in your project, the results will be fantastic. You will make strenuous efforts to satisfy your aspirations. Your aggressive acts will pay in dividends. A family-related problem will need attention. The state of your health will be satisfactory. PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) There is no reason to be upset, but something confusing could remain in your mind for most of the month. Due to this, general happiness could be difficult. However, your income, job and health will be in order. Try to be noble and help needy people to feel satisfied. A long distance journey in the third week of the month will be rewarding. Be sure to keep on working hard.


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Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or e-mail

Night Audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Fulltime / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, & fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364.

Housekeeping Help Needed for Motel in Charlotte (Exit 41 off I-85). Legal Status required. Accommodations provided. Contact or 704-374-5064. Retail Sales Associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706877-0315 or 803-387-6715.

Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Raleigh, NC. Accommodations provided. Good salary. No English necessary. Call Kevin 646-353-3461 / 919721-5798 (9am-10pm).

Sales Person Wanted for Aqua & Fisheries sales, based at our US Office of GWRL, one of the world leaders in Synthetic Netting & Cordage and in Technical Textiles. Graduate/Post Graduate in English or Sciences. Minimum 5 yrs work experience in sales & marketing. Fluent in English and ability to converse in Hindi or Marathi preferred. Willingness to travel and self-motivated. Please email resume to

Experienced Threading Practitioners or Licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5).

Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Cleveland / Akron, Ohio. Accommodations provided. No English necessary. Call 919-673-7623 or Email

Nanny needed to take care of 18 monthold & cooking near Concord Mills in Charlotte.. Live-in/Live out. Call or text 814-431-3442. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Accommodations provided. Call 803-387-6715. House Help Wanted in Huntersville, NC. Cooking, housework & help keep parents company. Gujarati speaking preferred. Live in / live out. Call 704-906-9170. gas Station / c-store Help Wanted: Couple or Single for full-time. Exciting package w/ gas, accommodations and great pay in Gaston County, NC. Call 803577-7008 or 704-408-4920. Manager or Housekeeping Couple or Single Wanted for independent 32 room motel in York, SC. Legal Status required and manager must speak fluent English. Accommodation provided. Please call Indu Patel at 803-262-3337.



We Help High Networth Cash Buyers in the Raleigh Metro Area. Contact Bob Atkinson “The Land Man” 919-362-6999 or visit


Looking for match for 34 year-old gujarati Vaishnav woman (divorcee, has 6 year-old daughter, Australian Citizen.) Willing to move to USA or stay in Australia. Please contact 919-667-6500 or Looking for match for 50 year old but looks younger Gujarati Vishnav Male divorcee. Well qualified & settled in North Carolina. Must be permanent resident or Citizen. Call 203-350-9636.


Insurance Agent for Life/Annuity representing all the leading Life Insurance companies. Free guidance and advice to suit your needs and circumstances. Contact 919-525-6440. Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna & Makeup, Facials. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707.

Looking for a multilingual Priest to perform Hindu Rituals at your home? Contact Sastriji 704-231-0751 or 704-6257578; Email: 123

Certified Henna/Mehndi Artist available in North Carolina and other states if needed. For all the occasions (corporate, birthday parties, weddings, etc). Call for free consultation: 832-290-0059. Will work closely with you to meet your needs. gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for newborn and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. Affordable Transportation (Sedan & SUV) in Charlotte region for airport, corporate events, sightseeing, special events. Ride the Maharaja (King) style. For rates & availability call / text 980-888-5298 or visit:

Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing, etc conveniently located in the Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Call for appointment 704-726-8928.

Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334.

gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc .If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405.

Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-641-4761 or email:

garland Design Studio By: gP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704548-2852 / 704-779-0277. GarlandDesignStudioByGp/

Saathee Classifieds Business ads are $25 Personal ads are $15 Upgrade to color or add a box for additional $10 ads posted daily (call for rates) We accept all credit cards and checks. Ads up to 25 words. Deadline for print is the 20th. Web ads daily.

How do I Submit classifieds? 1. on-line: (classified section) 2. e-mail: 3. Fax: 704.527.7590 4. For more info call 704.527.7570 December 2016

Advertisers Index 99 Cents Plus (Chatham Square, Cary) ................51

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................113

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................79

A Economy Driving School ................................112

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................33

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...63

A to Z Wholesale .................................................27

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

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) ...............................97

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)....125

Inspirations by Bella.............................................45

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................64

Allstate (Ravi Reddy) ..........................................126

International Community Church .........................22

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ................89

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....17

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................39

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal) ..........77

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................87

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).....33

Ribald Floral and Events.....................................103

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham) .........42

Kasturi Indian Cuisine (Greenville, NC) ..................69

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..85

Art Of Problem Solving Academy ...........................8

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

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh).........................121

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............75

KDP CPA .............................................................59

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).83

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......53

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................13

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................87

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................17

Kirti Shah CPA...................................................109

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)...99

Kumon Cary-West ...............................................95

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................61

Beyond Bollywood (City Of Raleigh Museum)......101

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch) ......43

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).................55

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

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions) ..................117

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................103

Bhogal CPA, PC...................................................25

Level Homes .......................................................38

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................47

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................32

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian)...................95

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham).............................119

Blooming Buds....................................................93

Little India (Grocery - Durham) .............................49

Smart LED...........................................................16

Bollywood Photo Booth / DJ Hangama .................17

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................19

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)........97

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....53

Maadhurya Photography......................................27

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................12

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......72

Madras Dosa & Curry (Cary, NC) ..........................61

Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC)..................................31

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................48

Malani Jewelers ................................................128

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ........................41

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................75

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

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC).........111

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................51

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)...............................59

Super Desi Bazaar (Apna Sabji Mandi Greensboro).66

County South Realty & Business Brokers............113

Mishra Architecture PLLC ..................................103

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro .....................................67

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................48

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................83

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) ..............................47

Crossroads Brokers (Sara Cartee - County South).63

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................85

Travel Universe ....................................................71

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).....69

NC Dermatology Associates .................................54

Travelinks ............................................................79

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................19

NCSU Nazaare.....................................................72

Triad Indian Food Catering ...................................45

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

New Year Party at Goels Plaza..............................11

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .....................119

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)........21

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

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................73

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................75

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................69

Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................93

Nuv Yug India Fest ...............................................29

FACOG) .............................................................119

Duke Performances (Rez Abbasi Invocation) .........20

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................77

Ttravel Guru ......................................................109

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

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................65

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring) ...........107

Evershine Properties..........................................105

Patel Brothers (Cary) ......................................34/35

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................73

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................93

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................83

Uni World Travel...................................................85

Friends Travel ......................................................53

Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................43

Valet Basket ........................................................97

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................22

Pitt Heating and Air............................................109

Vyas Travels.........................................................46

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................127

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary) ...........95

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............91

Godavari (Truly South Indian - Morrisville) .............37

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........55

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) ..............112

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................57

PSR CPA PLLC (Pasupula S. Ravindranath)...........45

Worldwide Travels .............................................125

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) ...............109

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC).......................77

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................81

Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)...........................15

Rahi Spa and Boutique (High Point, NC)................39

Zayka Restaurant ...............................................23


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