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Hello Readers! India drew a line in the sand in 2012. Look for New Delhi to take a tougher stance against China in 2013. Story on pg. 8. Ravi Shankar died in December. Now many Indian musicians are bringing varied versions of Indian music to the world outside. Read about India’s new music ambassadors in the article on pg. 14. As the rich get richer and everyone else is left behind, how can the US return to the American Dream? Read the analysis on America’s income inequality on pg. 32. The drone wars, America’s secret war against terrorism, continues. Read about the strikes by these high-tech unmanned machines in the story on pg. 36. How can we help our children succeed in taking the SAT’s? Read the essay in our new column “Thinking about Thinking” on pg. 54. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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February 2013 – Issue # 178 Editor: Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Sneha Shah, Anjana Agarwal, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen, Ananya Mallavarapu, Balaji Prasad, Lakshmi Challa, Sumeet P. Shah, A.J. Shah, Neal Patel, Dipika Kohli, Krutika Chheda, and Jalendu Vaidya.

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In This Issue India-China 2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 India’s New Music Ambassadors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 America’s Income Inequality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Drone Wars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Edit Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 REAListically . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Peronal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Just Being Honest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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India to take tougher stance argue is intended to encircle India with Chinese naval installations — by stepping up its engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and working on its relationships with South Korea, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma). All for one reason. “There’s little question that [the war] continues to shape the Sino-Indian relationship, for the simple reason that it was such a humiliating defeat,” said Ganguly. “This is an issue that will simply fester, and the [Indian] military is not about to let its guard down anytime soon.” In the 1950s, China and India might have seen themselves as allies fighting the lingering remnants of Western imperialism. But today, despite many reasons for cooperation in areas like climate change negotiations and the removal of trade barriers, New Delhi will never see Beijing as anything but an adversary. “[The war] left a legacy of deep distrust in China’s attitude and policies toward India,” said India’s former foreign secretary, Kanwal Sibal. Following years of negotiations and an ill-considered Indian move to advance its military border posts, China launched a blitzkrieg across the Himalayas on the night of Oct. 19, 1962, historian Ram Guha writes in “India After Gandhi.” Attacking in waves, the Chinese soon overwhelmed the Indians, using five times as many soldiers, and eventually occupied both of the disputed border regions before inexplicably packing up to retreat. Soon after, then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru moved a resolution in parliament claiming that China had “betrayed” India’s “uniform gestures of goodwill and friendship” with the “massive invasion.” Nehru and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai had for several years been hashing out the dispute over the borders in the Aksai Chin

India drew a line in the sand in 2012. Look for New Delhi to take a tougher stance in 2013. By Jason Overdorf NEW DELHI, India — New Delhi stopped backpedaling and drew a line in the sand for Beijing in 2012, bolstered by support from Southeast Asia and America’s pivot toward the Pacific. Look for more tough talk from India in 2013 — but don’t expect much of a result. “I simply cannot visualize a breakthrough of any sort,” said Indiana University professor Sumit Ganguly. “The changes will be incremental, neither side will make significant concessions and the PRC (People’s Republic of China) will keep a close watch on Indo-US relations. While professing friendship and goodwill it will compete actively in India in third areas such as Burma, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Of course, if India continues its maladroit policies it will lose out to the PRC in every sphere.” India’s relatively new Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid met with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi for the first time at the end of December, 2012. Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon met again meet with outgoing state councilor Dai Bingguo in January 2013. But even though the two countries have started a dialogue on West Asia and Africa, and plan talks on Central Asia and issues like the dispute over the South China Sea, according to the Times of India, more talk isn’t likely to translate into more action. The problem? The year 2012 might have been earmarked as a “year of friendship” for the two would-be superpowers. But it also marked the 50-year anniversary of India’s defeat in its 1962 war with China over the disputed borders of Indian-administered Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. India’s continued obsession with China’s “betrayal” and India’s “humiliation” makes an Asian arms race appear to be inevitable — even if Asia’s two giants manage to avoid a shooting war over territory or vital resources. In 2012, New Delhi resisted Beijing’s attempts to bully India out of the South China Sea — inking an energy accord with Vietnam that flew in the face of Chinese opposition to Indo-Vietnamese oil exploration in the disputed waters. India matched China man-for-man as Beijing stepped up its activities on the countries’ disputed borders in the Himalayas. And New Delhi fought to counter China’s so-called “string of pearls” strategy — which observers


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Director/producer Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and other Bollywood personalities like Sonakshi Sinha, Raveena Tandon, Hema Malini, and Sushmita Sen will appear in a music video. But this is not just any music video. A government initiated video was shot recently for “Save the Girl Child Program.” The song “Betiyaan” is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan. The program and the video address the problem of female infanticide and hopes to create greater awareness. The video will release in February and also stars Shilpa Shetty, Shamita Shetty, Nagarjuna and many more stars.

Kai Po Che to Premiere at Berlin Film Festival

Prabhu Deva’s Next Titled Ramaiya Vastavaiya

Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che has been selected for a world premiere at the prestigious Berlinale aka Berlin Film Festival. The film starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Yadav, Amit Sadh and Amrita Puri is a story of friendship and is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel “3 Mistakes of My Life.” While the Berlin Film Festival kick-starts on February 7, Kai Po Che is slated to release worldwide on February 22.

His first Bollywood directorial venture Wanted starring Salman Khan was a huge success. After that Prabhu Devadirected Akshay Kumar in the hit film Rowdy Rathore. Deva is now set to tackle a musical love story titled Ramaiya Vastavaiya. The film will feature Kumar Taurani’s son Girish Kumar making his bigscreen debut opposite Shruti Haasan. The film is slated for release on June 7, 2013.

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Manish Paul, the popular television anchor and VJ, is making his debut in the movies with the upcoming film Mickey Virus directed by Saurabh Varma. The female lead is Elli Avram, who is from Greece and is the daughter of Swedish actress Maria Granlund. Director Varma told Bollywood Hungma, “We had approached few known female actors for the lead opposite Manish, but later we decided to cast a new face. We chose Elli through auditions because she fitted the bill perfectly. Later we got to know her identity when we met her mother. I am not surprised we found her so comfortable in front of camera while doing rehearsals.” Mickey Virus is a comic thriller set in Delhi around the life of a Punjabi computer geek Mickey (played by Paul) who plans a con of a lifetime. The film is slated to release in May.

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Ram Leela Release Postponed Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is currently working on his film Ram Leela starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, has decided on postponing the release of the film. The reason is that Bhansali, who had earlier had problems when the release of his film Saawariya clashed with SRK’s Om Shanti Om, doesn’t want a repeat of the same. Ram Leela which was slated for a Dusshera release has been pushed to avoid a clash with Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan. According to reports, Ram Leela will hit theatres not before November 29, weeks after the release of yet another biggie Krrish 3.

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Joy Mukherjee’s 1971 Film to Release

Director-producer Vikram Bhatt, who seems to have become the face of horror films in Bollywood, will now venture into a genre that is still an Indian novelty. Bhatt is working on the country’s first ever creature film. Bhatt confirmed in an interview, “Creature will be India’s first ever film that will be made on the lines of Predator and Jurassic Park. The film is tentatively titled, well, Creature. It will star Bipasha Basu and will begin filming in May.

Monojoy Mukherjee, the son of (late) Joy Mukherjee, recently discovered his illustrious father’s unreleased film titled Love in Bombay. Even though the film was ready in 1971, it was never released. The film stars Joy Mukherjee, Waheeda Rehman, Kishore Kumar and Ashok Kumar. Shankar-Jaikishen composed the music. Talking about the film’s restoration, Monojoy said that they have gone for restoration in high definition. The film is slated for release on February 24 under the original Joy Mukherjee banner. 22

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Khursheed (1914-2001) Khursheed Bano, a Pakistani singing actress and a pioneer of Indian cinema, was born as Irshad Begum in Lahore on April 14, 1914. Her career ran through the 1930s and 1940s. She started her acting in the silent film Eye for an Eye (1931) the year when the first talkie Hindi film Alamara was released. She acted in a number of movies for Ranjeet Movietone and her leading men included Saigal, Motilal, Isharilal and Jairaj. Some of her famous films and songs include, Mumtaz Mahal (“Jo Hum Pay Guzarti Hai”, “Dil Kee Dharkan Bana Liya”), Shahenshah Babar (“Mohabbat Mein Sara Jahan Jal Raha Hai”,”Bulbul Aa Tu Bhi Ga”) in 1944, Prabhu ka Ghar and Moorti (“Ambwa Pay Koyal Boley”, “Baderia baras gayee uss paar”) with music composition by Bilo. C. Rani in 1945, Aagey Barho and Mitti ("Chahi Kali Ghata More Balam") in 1947, Aap Beetee (“Meree Bintee Suno Bhagwan”) in 1948. Her last film was Papeeha in 1948, after which she migrated to Pakistan after partition of India. She settled in Karachi with her husband Lala Yakub but later divorced him due to personal problems. She remarried in 1956 to Yusuf Bhamia, her admirer and a businessman in the shipping business. Once she shifted to Pakistan she didn’t do much work in films. The Pakistani singer Noor Jehan and others overtook her in popularity. Khursheed Bano died on April 18, 2001 in Karachi, Pakistan, four days after her 87th birth day.

Song: Bara so re, Bara so re... Film: Tansen Year: 1943 Music: Khemchand Prakāsh Singer: Khursheed Lyric: Pundit Indra Chandrā Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Megh Malhār Taal/Rhythm: Teen Tāl Starring: Khursheed, Mubārak, K. L. Sāigal Bara so re, Bara so re... Lyrics in English: Bara so re, Bara so re, kāre bādaravā, jiyā pe bara so, bara so Jaise mori akhiyān barasāe; Bara so re, Bara so re, 2 Kāre bādaravā jiyā pe bara so, bara so Jaise mori akhiyān barasāe, Bara so re, Bara so re. Meaning (Summary): Shower, shower on me O black clouds, shower on me. Just as my eyes shed tears; shower, shower on me. Lyrics in Hindi:

Awards: Stellar award with Singer K. L. Saigal. Some of her popular movies: In 1930s: Chatra Bakavli, Hatili Dulhan, Muflis Aashiq, Radheshyam, Naklee Doctor, Suarag ki Serhi, Bomb Shell, Chiragh-e-Husn, and Mirza Sahiban. Ailan-e-Jang, Kimiagar, Iman Farosh, Madhur Milan, Murad, Kaun kisi ka, Sitara etc. In 1940s: Musafir, Holi, Pardesi, Beti, Shaadi, Bhakta Surdas ( Her famous song “Panchee Bawra” in Raga Kedar is my favorite one), Chandani, Tansen, Mumtaz Mahal, Prabhu ka ghar, Mitti and so on. Her hit Hindi song’s lyrics: “Bara so re, Bara so re...” is given on this page in the segment of Evergreen Classic Lyrics. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at

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Shankarrao Vyas. Paluskar started an ashram in Nasik and moved there in 1924. He travelled widely in India and Nepal but his poor health prompted his patrons to shift him to Miraj, where he passed away in 1931.

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Today people can simply enroll themselves in any school of classical music and obtain degrees. This has been possible because of the foresight and untiring efforts of pioneers in the field like Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Bringing it out of royal patronage, Paluskarji made Hindustani music available to everyone. A commemorative stamp was issued in his name in 1973. It is unfortunate that there are no recordings of this great man’s music. It is to his life and times that we should turn to fully understand and appreciate the great work done by him. Vishnu, the son of a Keertankar named Digambar Gopal Paluskar, was born in 1872 at Kurundwad. From his childhood, Vishnu learned singing and accompanied his father during concerts. During Datta Jayanti festivities, a bursting cracker blinded him permanently. Dr. Bhadbhade, who had tried in vain to save the boy’s eyes, arranged for music lessons with Balakrishna Bua Ichalkaranjikar, a teacher trained at Gwalior. It was hard and strenuous instruction under the old taskmaster until 1896. With no regular courses or lessons, everything depended on the moods of the teacher. Vishnu’s success, in spite of these difficulties, as well as his closeness to his patron, the Raja of Miraj caused jealousy among the other students. They created a rift between the teacher and Vishnu, who had to leave Miraj. After performing successfully at the Maharaja’s court in Baroda, he toured Saurashtra, Gwalior, Mathura, Bharatpur, Delhi and the Punjab. For the public concert in Saurashtra, he charged a nominal fee, departing from tradition. The activities of the school expanded as Paluskar founded a branch of the Mahavidyalaya in Bombay in 1908. “Gandharva Mahavidyalayas” all over Northern India, are monuments to his great work. His prediction about Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyala was true. He said that the school will create a group of Kansen (a good understanding classical audience) though not an artist like Tansen (a great maestro). His “Swara Sadhana” was a combination of Yogic and Vocal exercises. Panditji believed that music had a divine origin, and that by persistent and systematic practice of this musical Yoga, one could have the Divine Revelation of the “Naad-Brahman.” Pandit Vishnu Digambar was a saintly musician. He preached the Gospel of Music through the devotional aspect of his activity. He had for his pattern distinguished predecessors like Tulsidas, Surdas, Haridas Swami and Mirabai, who shed refulgent glory in their respective periods by their devotional music. Panditji drew his spiritual inspiration from them and ably carried on their tradition. His Ram dhun, “Raghupati Raghava” was sung at the Dandi march in 1930. His “Vande mataram” was sung at every Congress session. Most of these disciples have been zealously conducting the music academies established by their “Gurudev.” Pandit Vinayakbuwa Patwardhan, Waman Rao Padhye (Kolhapur), V. N. Thakar (Allahabad), Sangeet Martand Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, and D. V. Paluskar (Panditji’s son) are known to the music world of today. Among his other disciples may be mentioned Prof. B. R. Deodhar, Narayanrao Vyas and

Carnatic Music- Readers Questions Answered By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, I am answering more questions from readers. It is indeed heartening to note that so many of our readers have a deep-rooted interest in Indian classical music. I am also very happy to hear that many of you read the columns with your children, who learn classical music. In our family, many a time, we have animated dinner-table conversations revolving around some topic or the other pertaining to classical music! One of our readers from Virginia brought up the fact that both Carnatic and Hindustani music have swarams (musical notes) of the same name; yet they refer to different notes on a musical scale. For instance, the note- “Shuddha Ga” means different swarams in Hindustani and Carnatic music. This is because in Hindustani music, the reference scale is “Bilawal” thaat (parent scale) - all the swarams that occur here are classified as Shuddha- the other swarams are either komal (flat) or tivra (sharp) with reference to the “Bilawal” scale. In Carnatic music, the term Shuddha is used to denote the lowest possible position that a swaram can occupy on the scale. Hence “Shuddha Rishabha,” “Shuddha Gandhara,” “Shuddha Madhyama,” etc. are the lowest possible positions that these swarams can occupy. Conversely, the same swaram on a musical scale has different names in Carnatic and Hindustani music. For instance, “Shuddha Rishabha” (Carnatic) and “Komal Re” (Hindustani) refer to the same note even though they have different names! On another note, while it is important to know the different swarams on the musical scale, classical music also has the concept of gamakas (oscillations). With regard to Carnatic music, even though many ragas have the same swaram (e.g.: Chatushruthi Rishabha), the way the swaram is rendered in each raga is different since it takes different gamakas in different ragas. The gamakas associated with each ragam unfortunately cannot be derived from notation. One has to be familiar with the gamakas for the particular ragam- this comes by learning from a guru as well as listening to many different renditions of the ragam. Sometimes, there are very subtle variations in the way that the same swaram in a single ragam is sung! That is what makes classical music so challenging! Till we meet next time, I look forward to more of your questions, comments and suggestions for topics that you would like to see covered through this column.

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Prescriptions for Improving American Income Inequality By Michael Moran -

As the rich get richer and everyone else is left behind, how can the US return to the American Dream?

How to Address the Problem The Obama administration has promised to make tax reform and other measures to level the playing field a priority. But Obama’s team has been engaged in almost non-stop brinksmanship with the Republican-controlled House, prompting incremental horse-trading. To date, a comprehensive “grand bargain” that includes changes to the tax code has not emerged, though the president has said he favors restoring tax rates that were in effect back in the late 1990s, when President Bill Clinton’s government ran a budget surplus. During various stages of the so-called fiscal cliff debate, Obama has asserted the need to close corporate loopholes, reform capital gains taxes to ensure a minimum increase in the percentage is paid by the wealthy. Obama has also said he wants to reinstate taxes on inherited wealth and provide more money for middle class college loans. In exchange, he would “reform” entitlement programs and cut defense spending, but, again, a comprehensive proposal that could substantively impact existing levels of income inequality remains to be seen. Outside political circles, many economists have weighed in. Paraphrasing complex economic prescriptions is dangerous of course, but here is a look at what several prominent thinkers recommend. Nouriel Roubini, who gained notoriety after predicting with considerable accuracy the financial crisis three years before it occurred, has consistently said the US needs to invest in infrastructure and education “to avoid an acute human capital crisis” — in effect, a future with a population unable to compete in the global economy. To pay for all this, Roubini would propose raising tax rates across the board, particularly from the upper middle class onward. He would suggest cutting defense and entitlement spending, and making sure corporations and individuals whose income is derived from investments pay taxes commensurate with the benefits they get from the US citizenship. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, in his book “The Price of Inequality,” lays out a similar program, putting more emphasis on curbing “corporate welfare” in the form of subsidies and tax breaks to drug, energy and agri-business companies. He would eliminate all together the lower rate people who earn money on investments pay, treating such gains as income. There are others who reject supply-side solutions but also doubt that tax policy alone can address the issue, Kenneth Rogoff, a prominent Harvard economist and co-author of one of the seminal books on the 2008 crisis, “This Time is Different,” emphasizes the combination of globalization and technology as a job-destroying mix that has had a terrible effect on the middle and lower rungs of US society.

NEW YORK — Contrary to promises that lower tax rates for the rich would “raise all boats,” the tide went out for most Americans over the past three decades as most of the wealth created by the US economy was absorbed by those at the top. Households in the middle three bands or “quintiles” of US earners — roughly equating to lower middle, middle and upper middle class — all lost ground to the top fifth (20 percent). And the distance between the top and bottom 20 percent is pulling further and further apart. This even as Americans worked longer hours with greater productivity and as their wives joined the workforce en masse. Compounding the problem, American workers found themselves facing global rather than just local competitive pressures. Indeed, the richer you are, the better the story of the past three decades has been. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports that the share of US national income going to the richest 1 percent of Americans has doubled since 1980, from 10 percent to 20 percent, about where it was in 1910. For the super-rich, about 16,000 families with an average annual income of $24 million representing to 0.01 percent, has quadrupled, from just over 1 percent to almost 5 percent. A Congressional Research Service report affirmed that view last year, stating that “US income distribution appears to be among the most unequal of all major industrialized countries and the United States appears to be among the nations experiencing the greatest increases in measures of income dispersion.” Ranked against peer economies — the world’s BRICS and other giants — only in the developing markets of South Africa, Brazil and China was the economic playing field as unbalanced. How did this happen? And what can or should be done about it? There is broad agreement on the first question of how three decades of robust US GDP growth and wealth creations wound up in the pockets of society’s wealthiest people. But there is far less agreement among leading economists and government officials about what can be done in the US and what can be done globally to address a steady rise in income inequality across all 34 of the most industrialized countries that are grouped together by the Paris-based economic agency known as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. As President Obama prepares to take the oath for his second term Monday, he and his economic advisers intend to set out a path that will seek to convince congress to revise the tax code and call upon the richest households in America to step up and do more in an effort to restore a “more level playing field,” as Obama consistently puts it, for the country as a whole.

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America’s Secret War Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes By Cora Currier, ProPublica

Several profiles have highlighted Brennan’s powerful and controversial role in shaping the trajectory of the targeted killing program. This week, Obama nominated Brennan to head the CIA. At least some CIA strikes don’t have to get White House signoff. The director of the CIA can reportedly green-light strikes in Pakistan. In a 2011 interview, John Rizzo, previously the CIA’s top lawyer, said agency attorneys did an exhaustive review of each target.

You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s national security approach – remain shrouded in secrecy. Here’s our guide to what we know—and what we don’t know. Where is the drone war? Who carries it out? Drones have been the Obama administration’s tool of choice for taking out militants outside of Iraq and Afghanistan. Drones aren’t the exclusive weapon – traditional airstrikes and other attacks have also been reported. But by one estimate, 95 percent of targeted killings since 9/11 have been conducted by drones. Among the benefits of drones: they don’t put American troops in harm’s way. The first reported drone strike against Al Qaeda happened in Yemen in 2002. The CIA ramped up secret drone strikes in Pakistan under President George W. Bush in 2008. Under Obama, they have expanded drastically there and in Yemen in 2011. The CIA isn’t alone in conducting drone strikes. The military has acknowledged “direct action” in Yemen and Somalia. Strikes in those countries are reportedly carried out by the secretive, elite Joint Special Operations Command. Since 9/11, JSOC has grown more than tenfold, taking on intelligence-gathering as well as combat roles. (For example, JSOC was responsible for the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.) The drone war is carried out remotely, from the U.S. and a network of secret bases around the world. The Washington Post got a glimpse – through examining construction contracts and showing up uninvited – at the base in the tiny African nation of Djibouti from which many of the strikes on Yemen and Somalia are carried out. Earlier this year, Wired pieced together an account of the war against Somalia’s al-Shabaab militant group and the U.S.’s expanded military presence throughout Africa. The number of strikes in Pakistan has ebbed in recent years, from a peak of more than 100 in 2010, to an estimated 46 last year. Meanwhile, the pace in Yemen picked up, with more than 40 last year. But there have been seven strikes in Pakistan in the first ten days of 2013.

Doesn’t the U.S. sometimes target people whose names they don’t know? Yes. While administration officials often have frequently framed drone strikes as going after “high-level al Qaeda leaders who are planning attacks” against the U.S., many strikes go after apparent militants whose identities the U.S. doesn’t know. The so-called “signature strikes” began under Bush in early 2008 and were expanded by Obama. Exactly what portion of strikes are signature strikes isn’t clear. At various points the CIA’s use of signature strikes in Pakistan in particular have caused tensions with the White House and State Department. One official told the New York Times about a joke that for the CIA, “three guys doing jumping jacks,” was a terrorist training camp. In Yemen and Somalia, there is debate about whether the militants targeted by the U.S. are in fact plotting against the U.S. or instead fighting against their own country. Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who has been critical of the drone program, toldProPublica that the U.S. is essentially running “a counterinsurgency air force” for allied countries. At times, strikes have relied on local intelligence that later proves faulty. The Los Angeles Times recently examined the case of a Yemeni man killed by a U.S. drone and the complex web of allegiances and politics surrounding his death. How many people have been killed in strikes? The precise number isn’t known, but some estimates peg the total around 3,000. A number of groups are tracking strikes and estimating casualties: ● The Long War Journal covers Pakistan and Yemen. ● The New America Foundation covers Pakistan. ● The London Bureau of Investigative Journalism covers Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, as well as statistics from on drone strikes carried out in Afghanistan.

How are targets chosen? A series of articles based largely on anonymous comments from administration officials have given partial picture of how the U.S. picks targets and carries out strikes. Two recent reports – from researchers at Columbia Law School and from the Council on Foreign Relations– also give detailed overviews of what’s known about the process. The CIA and the military have reportedly long maintained overlapping “kill lists.” According to news reports last spring, the military’s list was hashed out in Pentagon-run interagency meetings, with the White House approving proposed targets. Obama would authorize particularly sensitive missions himself. This year, the process reportedly changed, to concentrate the review of individuals and targeting criteria in the White House. According to the Washington Post, the reviews now happen at regular interagency meetings at the National Counterterrorism Center. Recommendations are sent to a panel of National Security Council officials. Final revisions go through White House counterterror adviser John Brennan to the president.

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Just last week, a federal judge ruled that the government did not have to release a secret legal memo making the case for the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen. The judge also ruled the government did not have to respond to other requests seeking more information about targeted killing in general. (In making the ruling, the judge acknowledged a “Catch-22,” saying that the government claimed “as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret.”) The U.S. has also sought to dismiss a lawsuit brought by family members over Awlaki’s death and that of his 16-year-old son – also a U.S. citizen — who was killed in a drone strike. When does the drone war end? The administration has reportedly discussed scaling back the drone war, but by other accounts, it is formalizing the targeted killing program for the long haul. The U.S. estimates there Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has a “few thousand” members; but officials have also said the U.S. cannot “capture or kill every last terrorist who claims an affiliation with al Qaeda.” Jeh Johnson, who just stepped down as general counsel for the Pentagon, gave a speech last month entitled, “The Conflict Against Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: How Will It End?” He didn’t give a date. John Brennan has reportedly said the CIA should return to its focus on intelligence-gathering. But Brennan’s key role in running the drone war from the White House has led to debate about how much he would actually curtail the agency’s involvement if he is confirmed as CIA chief.

Why just kill? What about capture? Administration officials have said in speeches that militants are targeted for killing when they pose an imminent threat to the U.S. and capture isn’t feasible. But killing appears to be is far more common than capture, and accounts of strikes don’t generally shed light on “imminent” or “feasible.” Cases involving secret, overseas captures under Obama show the political and diplomatic quandaries in deciding how and where a suspect could be picked up. This fall, the Washington Post described something called the “disposition matrix” – a process that has contingency plans for what to do with terrorists depending where they are. The Atlantic mapped out how that decision-making might happen in the case of a U.S. citizen, based on known examples. But of course, the details of the disposition matrix, like the “kill lists” it reportedly supplants, aren’t known.

What about backlash abroad? There appears to be plenty of it. Drone strikes are deeply unpopular in the countries where they occur, sparking frequent protests. Despite that, Brennan said last August that the U.S. saw,“little evidence that these actions are generating widespread anti-American sentiment or recruits.” General Stanley McChrystal, who led the military in Afghanistan, recently contradicted that, saying, “The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes ... is much greater than the average American appreciates. They are hated on a visceral level, even by people who’ve never seen one or seen the effects of one.” The New York Times recently reported that Pakistani militants have carried out a campaign of brutal reprisals against locals, accusing them of spying for the U.S. As for international governments: Top U.S. allies have mostly kept silent. A 2010 U.N. report raised concerns about the precedent of a covert, boundary-less war. The President of Yemen, Abdu Hadi, supports the U.S. campaign, while Pakistan maintains an uneasy combination of public protest and apparent acquiescence.

What’s the legal rationale for all this? Obama administration officials have given a series of speeches broadly outlining the legal underpinning for strikes, but they never talk about specific cases. In fact, they don’t officially acknowledge the drone war at all. The White House argues that Congress’ 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force as well as international law on nations’ right to self-defense provides sound legal basis for targeting individuals affiliated with Al Qaeda or “associated forces,” even outside Afghanistan. That can include U.S. citizens. “Due process,” said Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech last March, “takes into account the realities of combat.” What form that “due process” takes hasn’t been detailed. And, as we’ve reported, the government frequently clams up when it comes to specific questions – like civilian casualties, or the reasons specific individuals were killed. drone war Jargon aUMF The Authorization for Use of Military Force, an act of Congress passed days after the 9/11 attacks, giving the president authority to take “all necessary and appropriate force” against anyone involved in the attack or harboring those who were. Both Bush and obama have claimed broad authorities to detain and kill terror suspects based on the AUMF. aQaP Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is the Yemenbased al Qaeda affiliate tied to the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing in 2009. over the past year, the U.S. has ramped up strikes against AQAP, targeting leaders as well as unspecified militants. disposition Matrix A system for tracking terror targets and assessing when – and where – they could be killed or captured. The Washington Post reported this fall that the Disposition Matrix is an attempt to codify for the long haul the administration’s “kill lists.”

Glomar A response rejecting a request for information on a classified program asserting that the information’s mere existence can neither be confirmed nor denied. The name comes from 1968, when the CIA told journalists it could neither “confirm nor deny” the existence of a ship called the Glomar Explorer. The CIA has responded to information requests about its drone program with Glomar responses. JSOC joint Special operations Command is a secretive, elite segment of the military. jSoC squads carried out the Bin Laden raid and run the military’s drone programs in Yemen and Somalia and also conduct intelligence gathering.

Signature Strike A strike against someone believed to be a militant whose identity isn’t necessarily known. Such strikes are reportedly based on a “pattern of life” analysis – intelligence on their behavior suggesting that an individual is a militant. The policy, reportedly begun by Bush in Pakistan in 2008, is now allowed in Yemen. tadS Terror Attack Disruption Strikes, sometimes used to refer to some strikes when the identity of the target is not known. Administration officials have said that the criteria for TADS are different from signature strikes, but it is not clear how.

Personality Strike A targeted attack on a particular individual identified as a terrorist leader.


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Workforce We have been creating and evolving a planet that will require fewer people to run it. I’ve been thinking about this for the past quarter century and now that fear is rapidly becoming reality. It’s about technical advancements. It’s about productivity advancements in all sectors, service, manufacturing, farming, healthcare, and communications. Corporations have laid off millions in the American economic downturn, but they are making record profits and realizing they don’t need to rehire a lot of the people they let go. One person can do the job of five workers with high-tech gadgets and advancements in communications. The situation will be even worse in rapidly growing countries. Imagine a construction site in India. For decades we’ve seen laborers carrying bricks on their heads or tubs of dirt or cement to build a building. One truck, one bulldozer and skilled drivers can replace a couple dozen workers overnight. It would be more efficient. That is one of the quandaries of countries like India, where the increasing population can never be supported with enough well-paying jobs. The younger demographic is a positive for India and other developing countries in the short run, but in the long run, the massive population will have difficulty obtaining gainful employment. Fewer people will be required to run the country, work in its manufacturing as well as other sectors, especially as it advances technologically and improves the infrastructure. Millions will always remain idle, many will remain dirt poor, because there won’t be enough work for them. Or I should say there won’t be work that builds steady wealth for them. It is impossible now to offer gainful employment to people seeking it today. There are seven billion people on the planet now. In about four decades, a timespan within reach of most people reading this, some nine billion people are expected to inhabit this planet. Adding two billion people to a planet that can’t possibly employ the current population will create generations of folks with little or nothing to do. There is no way to gainfully employ all the primary breadwinners of these families. What can they do? Technology will keep advancing, increasing ease, but more importantly productivity. These advances, where one person can perform multiple tasks, will in turn require employers, even the governments around the world to hire fewer people, because fewer people will be able to do the job of the many more people that were required for similar jobs just a couple of decades ago. The arguments can be made that many workers will be needed to sustain the high-tech growth, but such advancements are necessarily designed to increase productivity with fewer workers. And these workers will require high degrees of skill and education. Who knows, the positive side to this maybe that workers will be able to work fewer hours, spend more time with their families, but somehow that seems a pipe dream.

The grayness of great Great is overrated. I don’t mean deeds or actions that approach the meaning of the word “great.” I mean the overuse of this once useful word. The word “great” is so overused in everyday conversation, that it has lost all meaning. It has lost its stature. In the world of entertainment, media and politics, the word is used too often, too easily, even to describe everyday mediocrity. One person’s mediocrity is another’s self-perceived or self-crowned greatness. Ho hum daily occurrences are met with exclamations of “oh that’s great.” Decipher the word great and its meaning and connotations. The idea of great is to reach the apex, highest plateau, or the perfectness of something, a person, or an act. What’s more important than labeling something great is to strive for the idea of greatness, instead of attaching the word great to casual deeds or people. Too often we tag the word great to everything from candy to presidents. While the word “great” is overused, the word “effective” is underused. Effectiveness is more important than greatness. Effectiveness is the end result of action, planning, and effort, while greatness is a mythical endpoint. Something is great only in the eye or ear of the beholder. That something may mean nothing to someone else. There is no such thing as the perfect “great.” It cannot be. Because that would mean there is nothing beyond great. Great personifies a level of perfection and there’s no such thing as perfection, especially among humans, because we are by nature, as proven by the continuing forces of social and physical evolution, imperfect. And will forever remain so. We are imperfect in our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and feelings. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be effective in tasks simple or complex, or more importantly, effective in dealing with our emotions. To be effective is to move things forward. This effectiveness is very individual and personal, of course, for no one can be effective at everything. But coming back to the discussion of the word at hand, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a great leader. There’s no such thing as a great president. There never have been and there never will be. There are only effective leaders. There are only effective presidents. Or to be more precise, there are leaders, there are presidents who are or were more effective than others. How effective people in authority are in dealing with crises elevates them to that specific level of effectiveness. The idea of “great” should be, of course, a constant pursuit, at all times, even though it is an unachievable mark. This is so because there is nothing beyond great. What is better than great? Greater? Greatest? These are simply inconsequential terms, unless used in mathematics or science. The pursuit of greatness is something to strive for, even though it can never be achieved. Because to strive and work for greatness, is to strive for the best possible effectiveness. Alas, the world needs not more so-called great people, but more effective people. Let’s stop using the word great and instead strive to achieve the word’s meaning in all endeavors. Of course this creates a dilemma for describing songs, books, films. But there are countless adjectives at our disposal for such

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Children’s Corner “Little Forest Girl” By Ananya Mallavarapu Wide doe-eyes peeked out from the tightly wrapped bundle in the bed. Vani was all snuggled up ready to go to bed and she was really excited today. Instead of the usual bedtime ritual, Vani was getting a treat today. Her grandfather, who had come to visit her for her upcoming birthday was going to tell her a bedtime story. Vani didn’t know much about her grandfather but she just knew that he spoke kind of funny- her mother called it an accent but Vani just thought it sounded pretty and wished she could speak like that. Her grandfather had all the best stories and she could not wait to see what the new stories he was going to tell her today. Or maybe he’d tell her, her favorite story- the one about Sylvie and Prince Cameron from the elves! Her grandfather actually had other names for them but she couldn’t say them so she had been given alternate names to call them by. “Vani dear, if you don’t calm down I can’t tell you the story lassie.” Vani made a face- she hated being called lassie but it was okay, she was going to get a good story anyway. “Okay, can you tell the Sylvie story?” She knew she didn’t really have to but just in case her grandfather refused Vani pulled out the puppy eyes-, he never could resist those. Her grandfather laughed and she reveled in it. It sounded like Santa Claus’ laugh and it made her feel happy. “I will now lass. You know what’s funny; you’re quite different from your mother. All she wanted to hear were stories from India.” Vani made a face and sighed- she was getting impatient. But it was interesting to note that she was different from her mommy. “All right then, here we go.” Her grandfather began sensing her impatience. “A long time ago, when the land was dotted with small grasslands, flowering fields, and tiny villages there was an elven king. The king was a nice man; his kingdom respected him and he in turn treated them fairly. This king had a son named Daeron who like his father was all set to become a kind and just ruler.” “It’s Cameron Grandpa!” The little girl huffed. Muffled laughter sounded after her statement and she turned curious eyes to her half-Scottish, half-Indian mother. Her mother just shook her head motioning with one hand for the story to continue. “Well then lass- Prince Cameron it is. Good thing you picked a Scottish name, though I wonder if this Prince should have a crooked nose too.”* Vani’s eyes opened comically clearly expressing her dislike of the subject. She really didn’t like the crooked nose story as she called it and her grandfather seeing her expression laughed before continuing. “Well then, Prince Cameron was all set to rule the land but first he had to find a wife and marry her. So, one day, the Prince set off to find his future bride. He arrived in one of the neighboring villages near his father’s castle and tried to find a woman who he could fall in love with and who would make a good queen.

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Resources Here are two excellent resources to help non-native speakers of English increase their understanding of idioms: 1. The Idioms Workbook 2nd Edition by Myra Shulman Auslin, Austin, TX, Pro-Ed, 2003 2. Slangman Guide To Biz Speak I: Slang, Idioms & Jargon Used in Business English by David Slangman Burke, Studio City, CA, Slangman Publishing, 2001.


By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC What you don’t know can hurt you! What you don’t understand OR what you misinterpret about American English idioms can really put you at a disadvantage at work and in social situations. Can you interpret the correct meaning of these idioms? 1 1. If John was called on the carpet can he expect to be (a) praised and promoted or (b) scolded and criticized by his manager? _____ 2. If you learn that several important matters will be on the carpet at your team meeting will they be (a) under discussion and consideration or (b) eliminated from the agenda? ____ 3. If you are instructed to give some consultants the red carpet treatment do you need to (a) have a red rug put down in their office or (b) make sure that no expense is spared in making them feel comfortable and appreciated. ____ 4. If a coworker is accused of trying to sweep a problem under the carpet is he trying to (a) hide or ignore the problem or (b) present the issue in a neat and organized way? _____ 5. Does, “As far as that branch of the company is concerned, it’s curtains,” mean that (a) they are getting new curtains and decor or (b) it’s over and they are being closed? ____ 6. If the manager announces that the company is ringing up the curtain on a new product line is he (a) giving a warning or (b) announcing something new and exciting? _____ 7. When the businessman says, “Let me lay my cards on the table,” is he claiming that he will be (a) honest and open about his offer and position or (b) about to walk away from the negotiations? ____

Suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: When you hear an expression you don’t understand, write it down and as soon as possible, check the meaning with the online reference below. If you are asked a question containing an idiom that makes the question’s meaning unclear, say, “Let me get back to you on that,” and immediately check out the idiom before you respond with your answer. References: 1, 2

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By Chanden Sen

Sadhana through Work It is generally well-known that the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo involves the Synthesis of Knowledge, Work and Devotion. In his Letters on Yoga, Volume 2, Sri Aurobindo devotes an entire chapter to “Sadhana through Work.” For the sadhak, or aspirant drawn to the yogic life, the first step in doing work is the difference in motivation from ordinary work. For the ordinary person, work fulfills a vital function, and men normally work to meet their needs, (i.e. paying bills!!), or desire for wealth, success, position, power, or fame. When one takes up the yoga, these ordinary motives no longer retain their importance, because after all, the Gita enjoins us to do desire-less work without attachment to the fruits. The yogic motives for doing work – as a consecration to the Divine – are mainly psychic and spiritual. In Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, there is a need to combine an inner consciousness with the outward consciousness. Of course, in some other yogas – those followed by the Shankarites, for example – doing work makes the consciousness outward-facing, and hence Shankarites considered work to be in its own nature an operation of the Ignorance and incompatible with a condition of realization. But Integral Yoga sees three stages in the development of the sadhak’s consciousness: First Stage: in which the work brings you to a lower as well as outer consciousness so that you have, afterwards, to recover the realization. Second Stage: in which the work brings you out, but the realization remains behind, or above, not felt while you work, but as soon as the work ceases you find it there just as it was. Third Stage: in which the work makes no difference, for the realization or spiritual condition remains through the work itself. Furthermore, during the course of the sadhana one can learn to draw upon the universal Life-Force and replenish the energies from it. It is a Force that comes and pushes to work and is as legitimately a part of the spiritual life as others. It is a special Energy that takes hold of the worker in the being and fulfills itself through him. To work with a full energy like this is quite salutary. The only thing is not to overdo it; that is to avoid exhaustion or recoil to a physical inertia. Finally, Sri Aurobindo urges us to think of our work only when it is being done, not before and not after. Do not let your mind go back on a work that is finished. It belongs to the past and all re-handling of it is a waste of power. Do not let your mind labor on anticipation on a work that has to be done. The Power that acts in you will see to it at its own time. These two habits of the mind belong to a past functioning that the transforming Force is pressing to remove. One can see how different Sri Aurobindo’s ideas of work are, as related to sadhana, but that is the way the supramental evolutionary power is taking mankind.

In trying to follow and practice Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, I’m taking stock as of today, and writing down ten thoughts: 1) The DIVINE cannot be understood by the mind alone, but by faculties higher than the mind. That’s why Sri Aurobindo writes that, in trying to find the supermind, the mind can only go in circles, and something from above, call it grace if you will, is needed for further progress. 2) Without wishing to boast, I can honestly say that I’m doing all that can be done, in my opinion. I’m trying to avoid all pitfalls and self-deception, and I’m communicating with other people, through the kind offices of Saathee magazine, because I feel that I was “chosen” because of my propensity to write. 3) As an analogy, consider two ants having a conversation about humans: Ant One: Did you know there is something, or someone, called human, who’s vastly bigger in all respects? Ant Two: What rubbish! Ant One: See this huge thing here? It’s part of the human shoe. The human is so much bigger that we ants can’t even conceive of it, much less see it. Yet we can feel His force and power. 4) A mere mental understanding of Integral Yoga, even if it’s accompanied by surprising siddhis, is not enough. According to Sri Aurobindo, the soul must be brought to the forefront, or nothing significant has been achieved. 5) Spiritual experiences can be had in this Yoga, and if they are genuine, cause the human evolution to take place, gradually or fast. The danger is that the other world has negative, or evil, forces also, so the experience might be negative or false. 6) The DIVINE’s work of transforming the world, and forwarding evolution in humans, will proceed irrespective of our individual help. We can help through right action, but must not delude ourselves that we are indispensable. 7) My own personal experience, and interest in Sri Aurobindo, started when I met my guru, who’s a very powerful Yogi and probably a disciple of Sri Aurobindo’s. I’m not sure, because my Guru is so much above me that I cannot possibly know anything about him, at least, nothing that he does not wish me to know. At the age of 43, my Guru had attained Samadhi, but at 61, except for some fairly regular spiritual experiences, I’ve not made much progress. It could be because of some fundamental flaw in my Yoga, or because the DIVINE wants me to go on writing and giving… 8) I was watching the film, Haridas Chaudhury and Integral Yoga, and once again decided that words cannot be used to adequately advance in this Yoga. Most of my advance, for whatever they are worth, happened spontaneously, as it were, without my thinking or doing. 9) It’s as if God does the difficult work for me, but I have to make the necessary sacrifice, have faith, courage and patience, and be willing to show Divine qualities, such as sharing. 10) My motto is: Have faith in the DIVINE and it will do everything for you. The DIVINE’s help is there for all those who need it. continued on page 86

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Staggering the election in this manner preserves continuity and allows for cohesion to form within the body while enhancing the “deliberative” demeanor it was designed to epitomize (You can read more on this by researching the Great Compromise of 1787.). Why does all this matter? Now, you can somewhat understand what Speaker John has to deal with on a consistent basis in the House of Representatives. You can also see where Leader Harry is at an advantage right out the gate in the Senate. Speaker John has colleagues in his chamber agonizing over every vote since these colleagues face the electoral fire every two years, whereas Leader Harry only has one-third of his chamber doing the same. Even then, not all of them are on Leader Harry’s side. Many times, both chambers pass separate measures, then take up the bill passed by the other, attach their language as an amendment, and send the bill back to the originating chamber hoping the attached language will be agreed upon. If the new language is in fact agreed upon, it heads to the President’s desk. Sometimes, the back and forth results in legislative ping pong where attached language keeps getting shuttled back and forth chambers. It would never end. Therefore, if it is an important measure, a Conference Committee is called into action. This Committee’s sole purpose is to consider a specific piece of legislation. It is only brought into action if the House and Senate pass different versions of the same bill and cannot reconcile the differences. Speaker John and Leader Harry pick the conferees (elected Members of each chamber). These conferees would only be allowed to address the issues or matters in disagreement between the House and Senate. Once those disagreements and details are ironed out, the conferees issue a Conference Report outlining the agreement. From there, each chamber must vote to pass the Report. If any amendments are made, then both chambers must agree to them. After all that maneuvering, hopefully, a bill will be agreed upon and passed by both chambers. At long last, the moment has arrived to send the bill to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the President’s signature. The next time you hear of an “impending Washington crisis,” keep an eye on what side the Speaker of the House and the Leader of the Senate are on. They each play pivotal roles in their respective causes. While they may share the same end goal (i.e. avoiding the fiscal cliff), they sometimes differ greatly on which path to navigate to victory (i.e. raising taxes versus cutting spending to avoid the fiscal cliff).


Congressional Curtain By Neal Patel “I’m just a bill...and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.” Ask most high school Civics and Government class students, and they will tell you the process for a bill to become a law requires both the House of Representatives and Senate to approve the same legislation. Thereafter, it goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Pretty simple. Right? What happens when there is gridlock in the United States Capitol and the House of Representatives and Senate cannot seem to reach common ground? For instance, what if one political party has a clear majority in the House and the other political party has a clear majority in the Senate? In essence, that creates a fundamental gridlock. As the Schoolhouse Rock! lyrics this column was named after imply, the bill will sit on Capitol Hill. There won’t be any legislation to send to the White House. For arguments sake, let’s assign leaders to these different points of view in The U. S. House of each chamber. Representatives is designed Let’s say “John” is the to reflect the wills and leader of the House of wants of the nation’s Representatives. He is population. recognized for his great skills of finding compromises, his ability to be a powerful orator, and his ability to stay calm under pressure. I will refer to him now as “Speaker John.” Likewise, his counterpart in the Senate is a wily, old veteran by the name of “Harry.” Harry is recognized as a leader within the body and has proven time and time again his knowledge is only matched by his incredible work ethic. I will now call him “Leader Harry.” Speaker John and Leader Harry enjoy the luxuries of being in the majority party of their respective chambers with both having a direct line to the President. Unfortunately, in this example, John and Harry do not share the same political thoughts and viewpoints. The House of Representatives is designed to reflect the wills and wants of the nation’s population. Therefore, its Members run for reelection every two years with the number of Representatives from a state reflecting its population. California, a state with a large population, has a total of 53 seats in the House of Representatives. Alternatively, South Carolina with a smaller population has 7. Out of 435 total seats, you can see where states with smaller populations may be on the short end of the proverbial stick when it comes to having their voices heard. That’s where the United States Senate provides the equalizer. Regardless of a state’s population, each state has two United States Senators. California and South Carolina (Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott) each have two. Hence, you only have 100 senators. However, each Senator must face reelection every six years. Only one-third of the chamber is up for reelection every two years.

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About Thinking By Balaji Prasad Does how you think matter, for the SAT? In one word: yes. Thinking is critical. Critical Thinking is critical. A Framework for Enhanced Test Performance. The three short sentences above may well be the punchy start from a winning SAT essay. A harried, time-pressured SAT essay scorer may, in the blink of an eye, see this as a demonstration of Critical Thinking. As Malcolm Gladwell eloquently articulates in his book, Blink, the human brain makes snap decisions, literally in the blink of an eye. So, if you are looking to make a good first impression, getting to the point in a pointed manner is the shortest road into a crowded cognitive space. Speed rules. Speed is important, but critical thinking and reasoning are the real measures that the SAT designers are after. In fact, the SAT is more formally known as the SAT Reasoning Test, an attestation to the fact that reasoning is at the core of this test. So, what is critical thinking? There are varied definitions, but in essence, it is the ability to use reasoning as a powerful tool to question latent assumptions, take balanced perspectives across multiple concerns, stay open to alternative interpretations, and see hidden patterns. Critical thinking is recognized by academic institutions as a foundational capability, and as a predictor of college performance. So, SAT and ACT scores have become important criteria in colleges’ admissions decisions. However, it is not obvious how to assess what goes on inside brains. The organizations who design the SAT and ACT apply diligence to this task of indirect measurement. There is care and craft behind the design of these tests. The only thing that can be measured in multiple-choice questions is accuracy – you have to find the correct answer. And the only constraint that is placed on the test-taker is time. These aptitude tests don’t expect more than a basic level of knowledge of any subject. However, they do expect speed and accuracy. You not only need to find the right answer, but you need to do so with alacrity. I use “SAT” as a helpful acronym to coach my students on the three important aspects to keep in mind, while preparing for the SAT test: Speed, Accuracy and Thinking. Let us examine how to sharpen these three edges on the whetstone of practice. Speed – Raw and Refined The human brain has limits with regard to raw speed. The speed with which sensory organs capture and transmit signals, the latency inherent in the axons and dendrites that make up our nervous systems and the capacity of our brains to synthesize, rationalize and judge are limited by our biology. Articulating and executing decisions based on our judgments involves motor skills, and these, too, are constrained by our genetic make-up. Certainly, exercising these capabilities can sharpen them, and boost mental performance. However, it takes time and the formation of new habits of thinking – not an easy task.

We can, however, finesse the issue of speed, by employing powerful patterns of reasoning that make certain problems simpler. For instance, there is an easy way to see “dangling participles” in the SAT Writing section – something that is tested very frequently. Some questions yield to rote memory, too. For example, in the SAT Math section, there are problems that require the application of the Pythagorean Theorem. Known patterns in the relative sides of triangles can be committed to memory. Such patterns save time and mental bandwidth that can be redeployed to other aspects of solving the problem. In the SAT Reading section, too, speed is important. Passages are designed to be long enough to punish a slow reader, and challenge even good readers. Some questions are finely nuanced. Knowing what subtle cues to look for in the wording of questions can make the difference. Additional techniques include appropriate use of annotation, and cuesearching to enable selective reading with deeper understanding. Accuracy Powered By Speed Increasing speed in the right manner, as discussed, can have the side-effect of improved accuracy. Brute force methods can yield answers, but involve multiple steps, each of which progressively increases the possibility of error. If the right patterns are discerned, the answer can literally pop out of the page. Speed can be a double-edge sword, though. In certain parts of the problem-solving process, haste can be detrimental to accuracy. Some test-takers can rush through, and miss parts of the question, leading to the wrong answer, in spite of having discovered the right approach. Thinking At the Right Level As discussed, critical thinking is what these tests seek to assess. Critical thinking is inferred, based on speed and accuracy. Higher levels of abstraction can improve critical thinking. Problems can be reframed in a more general way to avoid the syndrome of “can’t see the forest for the trees.” One Size Does Not Fit All High school students are different in terms of their strengths and weaknesses. In the end, improving performance has more to do with understanding a test-taker’s specific strengths and weaknesses, devising customized rules and principles, and filling in gaps that are unique to the student. One size does not fit all. Group sessions can provide overviews, but Individualized coaching that considers the student as a unique individual makes the crucial difference. Good coaching provides such an advantage, that a few academic institutions are protesting that tests such as the SAT and the ACT are unfair toward those who cannot afford such specialized coaching. A few pioneers, such as Wake Forest University, have even made standardized tests optional for these reasons. However, for the majority of colleges, test scores are critical in admission and scholarship decisions. A prepared student stands the best chance. Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, and an experienced SAT Coach at NewCranium. He can be reached at or 704-746-9779.


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Business Matters Is your Vacant Property Actually Insured? By A.J. Shah In a period when so many homes and commercial buildings are for sale or rent, you should make sure that if you are a seller or landlord, you notify your insurance agent. Insurance companies have long recognized that they are assuming a greater risk by covering any vacant property. Unfortunately, many property owners do not realize their insurance policy contains a “vacancy clause” that limits or eliminates coverage under those conditions and in some cases, cause a claim to be denied. It is important to understand when an insurance company considers a home or commercial building to be vacant. The answer usually depends on the type property to be covered and the particular policy issued. While each company’s policy is a bit different, it is standard that after 60 Vacant Property consecutive days of vacancy Insurance is needed where (30 days for some companies) there are no possessions the policy either cancels pertaining to activity or altogether so that there is no occupancy in the structure. insurance in place, or if the policy does remain in force, it is for limited coverage. Insurance policies generally do not have a specific policy condition or exclusion for vacancy. Instead, there are usually several references to specific types of losses that could be restricted or denied because of a vacant property condition. This combination of exclusions is referred to as the “vacancy clause.” For a commercial policy, once a building has met the 30 or 60-day standard, a policy’s before mentioned “vacancy clause” is automatically triggered. A vacancy clause removes coverage occurring from the following perils:

Insurance companies do not insure vacant structures because often times they are a target for thieves and vandals, and a haven for vagrants and criminals. The most common losses resulting from this situation is theft of copper wiring and pipes, air conditioners, heaters, and other valuable items, as well as fire. This is easy to understand. If the property is unoccupied there is no one there to minimize or deter these hazards by making a quick call to the police or fire department. Vacant Property Insurance is needed where there are no possessions pertaining to activity or occupancy in a structure, and the property is not being used for any other purpose. Vacant Property Insurance may be purchased based on the length of time the owner thinks the property will remain vacant. Coverage can be purchased for one month, three months, six months, or one year. Some policies will allow some sort of vacancy coverage, but only with proper notification and information. In most cases, the money paid for a vacant insurance policy is only partially refundable, even though the coverage automatically cancels when the property is once again occupied, or it is sold. The options available for a vacant dwelling or vacant building consist of the following coverage: Vacant Building Insurance Coverage This insurance coverage protects the building structure; this coverage limit should be the cost to replace the building only. Many insurers offer this coverage in Actual Cash Value only. Other Structures Insurance Coverage This optional insurance coverage protects other structures on the property. This may include pools, decks, sheds, and wells. Liability Insurance Coverage This optional insurance coverage protects the owner of the property against suits arising out of injury that is sustained on the property or even damage to the property of others that arise from your property. Vacant structures are considered attractive nuisances and the liability exposure and premium is considered greater.

When insuring a vacant property you need to be realistic. As mentioned earlier, a vacant structure is an attractive nuisance. It is a potential haven for kids, the homeless, squatters and Vandalism vagrants. As such, it is more expensive to insure than a home Building glass breakage or an occupied building. Most times, a vacant structure policy Water damage is more than double the premium of a standard property or Theft or attempted theft homeowner policy. Sprinkler leakage Coverage and clauses vary state to state and insurance carrier to insurance carrier. If you have a vacant structure of any kind, In addition to the removal of those perils, any other covered whether it is a home for a sale or an empty commercial space, cause of loss (fire, wind, collapse, etc.) can be penalized by 15 please contact your insurance agent or broker and make you percent. For example, a total loss due to are on a building understand your coverage. valued at $100,000 would be paid at $70,000. For a Homeowners Policy, when a home becomes vacant, a standard homeowner policy may give the carrier the right to cancel mid-term, lower coverage levels, or even deny a claim. Companies and homeowners that have faced reduced A.J. Shah settlements from an insurance carrier often ask why they were is a Principal at JAG Insurance Group, in not noticed that coverage would be restricted. Since insurance Charlotte, NC. JAG specializes in Property & carriers often only discover a vacancy after a loss has occurred, Casualty Business Insurance and Personal no notice is required from them. In addition, since the vacancy Lines Insurance. A.J. can be reached at clause is part of the original policy form, there is no premium or reduction associated with the restriction in coverage. 704.981.1011.


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Succession Considerations and Asset Protection for Business Owners By Sumeet Shah Business owners devote much of their time to building their business and improving their profitability; however, they often neglect to devote time to protecting their business by addressing succession considerations and asset protection. Business owners should consider the following: 1) Preparing for business succession in the event of death, and, 2) How to implement business agreements designed to protect and enhance business value while providing for seamless succession in the event of incapacity, retirement or departure from the business. Succession Considerations If you co-own a business with others, such as a partnership, LLC or corporation, you will want to sign a buy-sell agreement, or buyout agreement, with your co-owners, that will control what happens to your ownership interest when you die. Some owners agree that the business should have the opportunity to buy your share of the business back from whoever inherits They often neglect to it. A buyout agreement can even call for the company to devote time to protecting purchase life insurance on their business by the owners so that it can be addressing succession used to fund the purchase of considerations and asset a deceased owner’s interest, protection. turning the buyout agreement into a business continuation plan. Other business owners want to keep the business in the family, and in that case the buyout agreement can be turned into a succession plan. Business owners should also consider preparing a will or trust to dictate what happens to your business interests in the event of a death. Through a will, a business owner states their wishes about who you want to inherit the business, and dividing the business assets up however you see fit. If you don’t leave a will with directions about who you want to own the business, state law does it for you and usually close family members will receive everything. The rules vary from state to state, but generally surviving spouses and children share the estate. If you’re not married and don’t have offspring, assets will go to your parents or siblings. Writing a will gives you the chance to name someone to serve as executor, to carry out the terms of your will. That person will be in charge of gathering your assets, paying debts, filing tax returns, and eventually distributing your property in the way you directed. That can be a big job, particularly if you leave a business behind. Although a will is a great start for anyone who’s decided it’s time to do some business succession planning, a trust can also be a very effective succession tool. A trust lets your family avoid lengthy and expensive probate court proceedings after

As important as it is for a business owner to develop their business and increase their bottom line, succession planning and asset protection are also very important considerations in protecting your business value. Consult a business attorney to help you plan for the future of your business and your family.

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is for general information only, and does not constitute legal, tax or other professional advice.

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Consumer report recently reported about arsenic levels in different variety of rice and rice products. Arsenic is a semimetallic chemical found in water, soil and some foods. It comes in two forms; organic and inorganic. Organic arsenic is less toxic and inorganic. Inorganic arsenic is a human carcinogen, linked to the development of lung, bladder, and skin cancer along with other medical conditions. There are also studies that link to lower IQ scores and reduced long-term memory in children. The standard limit of arsenic in drinking water is 10 parts per billion. There are no set limits for food at present, though there is a growing demand for that. Consumer report states that they reviewed total of 223 products including baby cereals, ready to eat cereals, rice milk, rice cakes, gluten free products made with rice, and different variety of rice. The report summarizes:


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Just Being Honest By Dipika Kohli Blue Skies If you’ve been following “Just Being Honest” for a little while, you’ll know already that I’ve written of: eloping, family-oforigin relationships that are tough to manage, and even pregnancy loss. Well, that’s a bit heavy for the first couple of conversations, isn’t it? I was feeling like sharing what was going on as I was compiling some very difficult stories, writing them as eBook chapters for a memoir that’s in the works, called Kismuth. All kinds of things to say about that, but for now, I’d like to back up a bit and introduce myself a bit more, ahem, normally. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? How y’all doing? (Yes, I said “y’all.” I’m a North Carolina girl, after all, at heart.) I’m from Wayne County, to be more specific. But I’ll tell you how I got there in a minute. A couple of days ago I was hanging out at the Y, and got distracted on my way to the pool by a bunch of kids playing pickup basketball in the gym. All different ages, they segmented themselves accordingly, in the easygoing way that only kids who just want to play ball on a Sunday afternoon can do. I grabbed a seat on one of the bleachers to watch for a bit. Someone set the clock, and the teams were off. The ones nearest to me, I’m guessing, were probably about 15 or 17, maybe juniors and seniors in high school. They had a beauty and grace I couldn’t help but watch, and admire. Back in 10th grade, I’d played basketball, too. Well, I’d watched. I was on the team, but sat on the bench, mostly, and here I was again, watching from the same vantage. Back in the ’90s, I was at Rosewood High School, which is on the outskirts of Goldsboro, in Wayne County. (That’s where my parents moved in 1985, the year of an international terrorist attack that pivoted our lives, and is the main event of my memoir, Kismuth.) Growing up in the Midwest, I wasn’t accustomed to the call of ACC basketball, so when I got to high school and actually made the team, I didn’t mind so much that I wasn’t playing as often as my peers. They lived and breathed basketball. Up in Michigan, outside of Detroit, most kids I knew were into baseball. And that’s where I gravitated, too. I still adore baseball, but I stopped following it closely after the Expos, my favorite team, became the Nationals instead. (The ’94 strike, too—that was a real downer.) It still puzzles me how I made the high school basketball team, even at a 1A school like Rosewood. I’d thought it was crazy to even try out, but I did at the urging of a friend who said she would if I did. I wasn’t an athlete, though, until then I was just your regular Indian-American math whiz. Of course linear algebra and Euclid’s geometry were easy. Later, with the non-Euclidean stuff, that’s where it would get super interesting. But that would be later. College. But the basketball experience widened the image of what I could do, besides math. The kids at the Y last weekend reminded me of my Rosewood years, and I just let myself sink into the mood. After all, that’s a part of this story of being candid, too, isn’t it? I’d

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The Cricket Forum By Rajesh Ganatra Hello crikcet fans. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set and geared up to begin the 2013 season. The new season begins on April 3, 2013 and runs through the finals on May 26, 2013. The opening match is between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils on April 3 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The final match, between winner of qualifier 1 vs. winner of qualifier 2 will take place on Sunday, May 26 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Keep up with all the scores online at our Cricket Forum section at Here’s some upcoming cricket action: Pakistan visits South Africa Fri Feb 1 - Tue Feb 5 - 1st Test - South Africa v Pakistan - New Wanderers Stadium, johannesburg Thu Feb 14 - Mon Feb 18 - 2nd Test - South Africa v Pakistan - Newlands, Cape Town Fri Feb 22 - Tue Feb 26 - 3rd Test - South Africa v Pakistan - SuperSport Park, Centurion Fri Mar 1 - 1st T20I - South Africa v Pakistan - Kingsmead, Durban Sun Mar 3 - 2nd T20I - South Africa v Pakistan - Buffalo Park, East London Sun Mar 10 - 1st oDI - South Africa v Pakistan - Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein Fri Mar 15 - 2nd oDI - South Africa v Pakistan - SuperSport Park, Centurion Sun Mar 17 - 3rd oDI - South Africa v Pakistan - New Wanderers Stadium, johannesburg Thu Mar 21 - 4th oDI - South Africa v Pakistan - Kingsmead, Durban Sun Mar 24 - 5th oDI - South Africa v Pakistan - Willowmoore Park, Benoni

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He warns that the effects — so far mostly focused on those who lost labor-intensive manufacturing jobs — may spread to in medicine, law, finance and even entertainment. Rogoff writes: “Given these developments, there is every reason to believe that technological innovation will lead ultimately to commoditization of many skills that now seem very precious and unique.” Failure to act, he says, is not an option. Eventually, such trends lead to political unrest. “Across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, corporations are bulging with cash,” Rogoff argued in The Guardian last year. “Yet workers’ share of the pie is falling with inequality reaching levels similar to 100 years ago, the status quo has to be vulnerable.” How This Happened So how did the United States, the land of opportunity for generations of immigrants, the home of the American Dream, allow its middle class to stagnate so dramatically over the past three decades? Changes in government policy — from taxes to social welfare spending — explain a good deal of the historic shift that accounts for this growing inequality. In a 2011 research report, the OECD traced a disturbing pattern in which the world’s richest economies were growing increasingly unequal in income distribution. This included four European countries and Japan, though in each case social welfare nets cushion the human costs in those societies. But the numbers were particularly jarring for the United States, showing that over the past several decades, as taxation in the United States far less progressive, wealth began flowing to the top. In other words, the great experiment launched in the 1980s that promised tax cuts for the richest Americans would trickle down simply has not worked. While this remains controversial in US political circles, the OECD data — and studies by economist and think tanks around the world — articulate a consensus that is supported by Stiglitz and other internationally respected economists with many different political stripes. In effect, flattening out income tax rates, while it meant all Americans paid less income tax, did not mean less tax in general. In fact, state, local and federal taxes and fees on real estate, retail sales, gasoline, highways and other user fees rose to make up for the shortfall — and there are no loopholes or minimum income protections for avoiding these kinds of taxes. At the same time, the erosion of some of the programs and economic levers that once augmented income and social mobility in the lower rungs has exacerbated the problem. These include government programs funding college loans, vocational training or child care and nutrition, and the decline of labor unions, depriving workers of leverage to win wage increases to keep pace. Not everyone agrees on the severity of the problem that income inequality presents. A number of economists, roughly equating to those who promote supply-side policies, argue that such inequality is the price the United States must pay for having the world’s most dynamic, innovative economy. In effect, these Chicago School adherents, so named for their admiration for the late University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman, believe that economic (GDP) growth, not redistribution on income, is what will benefit the broadest swath of society.

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Now that 2013 is upon us, the time has come for business owners to begin evaluating their need for H-1B employees. Most employers who have workers on H-1B visas are familiar with the H-1B Cap. New (“cap-subject”) applicants for H-1B visas are issued one of a limited number of H-1B visas authorized yearly by Congress. Every year, only 85,000 H-1B visas are available to foreign nationals who wish to work in the United States. Due to the limited number of visas available, and the high demand, USCIS only accepts H-1B petitions for “capsubject” workers for a limited period of time each year, beginning on the first business day in April. Last year, over 93,000 petitions were submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and the CIS stopped accepting “cap-subject” petitions on June 11, 2012. The other consequence of this timing restriction is that the beneficiaries of “cap-subject” petitions cannot begin working until October 1 at the earliest. This leaves the employer with a six-month gap between hiring and the date the employee can actually begin work. In fact, in 2012 this gap was even longer for many employers, as the CIS experienced severe processing delays leaving some applications still pending in December. What’s new for 2013? Evaluating your need for H-1B employees and initiating their In 2013, the first day to submit a cap-subject H-1B petition H-1B applications early in the year is a smart move for employers because it maximizes the chances that your petitions will be April 1, 2013. This means that the first day the will be accepted for processing and approved in a timely beneficiary of an approved cap-subject petition will be able to start work is October 1, 2013. However, due to the exceptional manner. processing delays which were seen at both service centers in 2012, employers should consider participating in the premium Is an H-1B really necessary? Many employers already have foreign workers at their processing program for any critical or time-sensitive petitions. businesses. A lot of these workers may be in student status, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have established working in a program called OPT—Optional Practical Training. a fast-track petition process for certain visa categories including Students authorized to work in the OPT program can work for H-1B for an additional filing fee of $1,225. Employers should begin evaluating their personnel needs an employer in their field of study for up to twelve months now, in order to adequately plan and prepare for H-1B season. post-graduation. If the employer wishes to keep their foreign The earlier the process is started, the better positioned you will employee after that time, then the usual strategy is to sponsor the foreign student on an H-1B visa. More and more foreign be to submit your cap-subject petitions on April 1, 2013. students, however, are eligible to extend their participation in the OPT program for another 17 months through a process known as a STEM extension. STEM extensions are available for students who earned a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math field. They are also a great way for an employer to maximize the amount of time they are able to employ a foreign national before sponsoring them on an H-1B visa. Any employers with foreign student workers should verify with the worker whether they are eligible for a STEM extension first, before applying for an H-1B. A STEM extension will save the employer money in immigration and legal fees, and help them gain an additional 17 months of service from their employee. What is ‘cap-subject’ anyway? Only a portion of the total H-1B petitions filed in any given year are subject to the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas. Most notably, employees who are already in the U.S. on a valid H-1B visa are not subject to the H-1B cap if a new employer wants to sponsor them. This is known as an H-1B transfer petition and, because


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Method: In a heavy stockpot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, potato, onion, salt, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring for about 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 1 hour. Remove from heat. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree in batches, or puree thoroughly with a hand immersion blender. Force the pulp through a coarse sieve or a food mill. Transfer to a saucepan and stir in the vegetable stock, adding a bit more if you like a thinner soup. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve warm or cold, garnished with a dab of sour cream and a sprig of dill. Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients: 4 large green bell peppers (or red) 2 tablespoons peanut oil 1 large red onion, chopped 2 cups cooked long-grain rice 1/2 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut 1/2 cup unsalted dry-roasted cashews or peanuts, chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil or cilantro, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar Salt and black pepper 1 ripe mango, peeled, halved and cut away from the seed

Three Pepper Salad Method: Slice off the tops of the peppers and remove and discard the seeds and membranes. Removing the stems, chop the pepper tops and set aside. Arrange the peppers upright in a slow cooker. Heat one tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and chopped pepper tops, cover and cook until softened, about five minutes. In a medium-size bowl, combine the onion mixture, rice, coconut, cashews, basil, lime juice and sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste. Chop one half of the mango and add to the stuffing. Mix well and spoon into the pepper cavities, packing it lightly. Cover and cook on low for four hours, until the peppers are tender but still hold their shape. Cut remaining mango half into thin slices and use to garnish the peppers when they are ready to serve. Serves 4.

Ingredients: 1 red sweet pepper, cored and seeded 1 yellow sweet pepper, cored and seeded 1 orange sweet pepper, cored and seeded 1 small sweet onion, peeled 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or fresh basil leaves Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1/4 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese Method: Slice sweet peppers into matchstick-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Slice onion into matchstick-size pieces and add to the bowl. Add parsley or basil. Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Add rice vinegar and sesame oil, stirring to mix well. Cover and refrigerate approximately one hour before serving. To serve, toss salad again and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Virsa Punjab Da 2013 The Virsa Punjab Da Executive Committee of North Carolina State University in Raleigh has announced the sixth annual bhangra competition to be held on February 9, 2013. Virsa Punjab Da is a non-profit organization that is focused on dancing for a cause, showcasing some of the nation’s top bhangra dance teams to compete and help spread the energy and excitement of the dance, awareness of cultural and religious diversity, and most importantly contribute to local communities. Since its establishment six years ago, Virsa Punjab Da has grown in its presence, reach, and popularity. It is currently the only bhangra competition in the Southeastern United States. Traditionally Virsa Punjab Da has made donations to Nishkam Seva, a charity organization that provides support for widows and orphans in Southern Asia, but this year, in light of more recent events, Virsa Punjab Da will donate all proceeds to support the victims and families of the Wisconsin Temple Shooting. For further details on VPD 2013, write to

India Fest 2013 Nuv Yug’s annual cultural celebration “India Fest” will take place on Sat-Sun, March 23 – 24, 2013 at the Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC. The Nuv Yug Cultural Organization organizes this popular weekend that features dazzling performances, arts, crafts, vendors, and of course delicious food. It is an exposition of India’s ancient and colorful culture. The festival will include various performances by local dance groups, vocalists and musicians of all ages as well as professional performances. For more details visit

Ekal Vidyalaya Charity Concerts 2013 A grand musical evening of Bollywood hits will be presented by Carolinas’ Ekal chapters during shows in Morrisville, Columbia, and Charlotte. Sanjeevani Bhelande (Sa Re Ga Ma Winner and Playback Singer) and Chiraag Panchal (Sa Re Ga Ma Winner and the voice of Mohd. Rafi) will be the main singers. The back-up musicians include Mohit Shastry (Flute and Keyboard), Amit Mehta (Tabla and dholak player and vocalist), and Rupesh Rane (Percussion). The Shows are as follows: - Friday March 8, 2013: Dinner at 6:30 pm, Program at 7:30 pm. The venue is Hindu Bhavan, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. Tickets range from $20 and $40 before March 6 and $25 and $50 after that. For more details write to: or call Pooja Advani (919-677-8458) or Bina Thakkar (919-9954999). - Saturday, March 9, 2013: The show will take place at a venue tbd beginning at 5pm with dinner followed by the show at 6:30pm. Tickets (including dinner) are $25, students $10, and children under 12 admitted free. For more details call Neena (704-962-4367) or Prashant (980-254-0730). - Sunday, March 10, 2013: The show will take place at Lexington Middle School, 702 North Lake Dr., Lexington, SC. The show begins at 4pm and tickets range from $15 - $40. For more details call Parul Dalal (803-261-0595) or Baiju BK (803-873-5010).

Sunidhi Chauhan in Concert Live Spectrum Entertainment presents a fundraiser for NCIAP featuring Sunidhi Chauhan on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 8 pm in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Chauhan is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi film songs in Bollywood. She has recorded songs for Oriya, Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati and Nepali films as well. She won recognition through the televised singing contest Meri Awaz Suno, which she won, and made her entrance into playback singing with the Hindi film Shastra. Her breakthrough was Ram Gopal Varma’s film Mast, in which she sang the hit song “Ruki Ruki Si Zindagi.” She has been nominated for fourteen Filmfare Awards, winning it on two occasions as well as a Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. She has won two Star Screen Awards, two IIFA Awards and one Zee Cine Award. Tickets for the concert range from $49 - $129. For further details call 919-323-4024 or visit the website Hum the Band Live in Concert The Pakistani-American Anjuman will feature a concert by “Hum the Band” performing famous Pakistani songs. The concert will follow PAA elections on Sunday, Feb 17 and is free for PAA members who renew their membership for 2013. A potluck dinner will follow the event. The event is from 5:3010:30 pm at Fedex Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro St., UNC Chapel Hill. For more details visit

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The Posthumous Birth of Evariste Galois Truth, it is said, is stranger than fiction, and in the field of mathematics it certainly appears to be so. Most Indians are familiar with the name of Ramanujan, who proved 3000 theorems, died in England while still in his thirties, and is generally considered to be a mathematical genius. Less well-known, except perhaps to Europeans, is the Frenchman Evariste Galois, who died in a pistol duel before his twenty-first birthday, and is credited with discovering Group Theory, which led mathematics in an entirely new direction. Galois, like most teenagers, was impetuous and strongwilled, given to dabbling in revolutionary politics and living unwisely. This led to a nine-month imprisonment, specifically for wearing an outlawed uniform and carrying a loaded pistol and dagger in a political rally. Sir Peter Neumann, mathematical historian, in a talk on Galois at Gresham College last year, describes Galois as rather a horrid person who stumbled on mathematics when bored in his early teens, and soon mastered the works of luminaries like Lagrange. Indeed, nineteenth century France was almost like a who’s who of mathematical savants like Cauchy, Liouville, Chevalier, Poisson and Lagrange. Galois had already published two papers on the theory of equations and been refused admission to the Ecole Polytechnique when he submitted his best work for possible publication in a prestigious French academy. Even though the learned Poisson was one of the judges, the paper was found incomprehensible, and why not asks Sir Peter. Galois, in working on the theory of equations, had used a new term, “groupe” which is French for “group.” He had thus started work on what is now known as Group Theory. If you use the search term “Galois” in Amazon, you’ll see a number of tomes on Galois Groups, Galois Theory and such like, since it is a fertile field of research today. Group theory is used extensively in quantum mechanics, quantum chemistry, particle physics, Raman spectroscopy and the like. On the night before the pistol duel, Galois, mindful of the dangerous encounter set to occur at dawn, put down the gist of all his mathematical findings on six and a half sheets of paper. Sir Peter comments, in his talk on Galois, that these six-odd sheets contained brilliant mathematics which was “harsh” yet deeply moving, coming as it does from the brains of an 18-year old, soon to die tragically. Next day, sure enough, Galois was shot in the abdomen and soon afterwards died in hospital, telling his grieving brother Alfred, to stop crying because it was bad enough that he was going to die at twenty. His mathematical manuscripts, which he left to his friend Chevalier, were printed by Liouville almost twelve years later, in 1842, giving Evariste Galois a place in the hall of mathematics, so to say, and a recognition that had eluded him in his own lifetime.

“What Rahman is basing his music on is a few [elements] picked up from Indian folk music, a few picked up from classical and a few picked up from Western music,” said Delhi University music professor Deepti Bhalla. “You cannot say it has a classical base or a folk base. It is a mix of everything.” Still, not everybody is convinced that Bollywood’s role as ambassador of Indian music is a good thing. “The biggest influence on the West, or what the West understands as Indian music, is the sound of Bollywood,” said Krishnan. “This amuses me, because several Bollywood composers have stolen popular Western tracks. Try ‘Dil Mera Churaya Kyon’ from Akele Hum Akele Tum and George Michael’s ‘Last Christmas’, or ‘Haseena Gori Gori’ and Shaggy’s ‘In the Summertime.’”

Pop, indie and “new” fusion The post-Shankar era is also bristling with Indian and Indianorigin pop, indie and fusion artists, who transcend borders and boundaries in ways that the sitar master couldn’t have dreamed possible when he was teaching George Harrison to play. In India, artists like singer-songwriter Raghu Dixit of the Raghu Dixit Project are starting to gain an international audience for Indian “indie” music, while non-Bollywood popstars like Daler Mehndi have caught the ear of international artists such as the UK’s Rajinder Singh Rai (aka Panjabi MC) and Jay-Z — making so-called “bhangra nights” a fixture at clubs in London, New York and beyond. In the UK, indie artists like Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney have in recent years popularized a sub-genre of electronica known as “Asian Underground” that incorporates Indian instruments and melodies, while Cornershop’s Tjinder and Avtar Singh brought Indian instruments and sampling to Britpop in songs like “Brimful of Asha.” And the late-blooming US diaspora is now getting into the game, with Brooklyn-based Himanshu Suri and Ashok Kondabolu of Das Racist bringing an Indian vibe to hip hop and Brooklyn-based Rudresh Mahan Thapar and Vijay Iyer combining Indian sounds with Western jazz. “[The UK’s] Arun Ghosh, Vijay Iyer, and Rudresh Mahan Thapar all started out as westernstyle jazz players and they began to explore their cultural origins,” said Chaudhuri, who counts his own “This Is Not Fusion” as part of the same musical movement. “It’s a move away from the kind of Shakti-idea of fusion, where you had western harmonies and Indian instruments and raga and you brought the two together,” Chaudhuri explained. “This new music was done by people who were not looking at either Western or Eastern music from the outside.” In other words: Maybe Indian music doesn’t really need This is the final Astride Three Continents column. Go to to read past and archived editions of this column. Click “ambassadors” any more. on the Articles link on the pull-down menu.


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

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

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

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

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

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) .Sunday School Time - 11:15 - 11:45 am; Sunday Worship Service time : 11:45 - 1:15 pm. Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For further details: 803.792.7223; (Pastor: Rajan Samuel). Carolina Sanskrutik Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605

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

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

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

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan) Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

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

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

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. The members of

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JCGC meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262 and will coordinate and carry out numerous religious activities year-round. All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo. Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation - Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411

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

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. For Futher Details:;; email:

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

Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

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


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Community Organizations SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed),

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers,

Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182 India Association of the Triad (IATNC) Greensboro The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Ruby Singh - 336.430.9068, Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462,

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

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

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


Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. For Further Details: 336.644.1111

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

Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The mission is 96

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Community Organizations and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020

located at 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 / 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For Further Details:

Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00 am every day. Every Sunday at 3 pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.9888 or 336.593.9888

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

Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details: Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to: Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community; Collaborate closely with local organizations and agencies to fulfill our mission to address any challenges of the community. For further details:

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


Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705.

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Community Organizations Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age of 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, February 9. For Further Details: Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588 Raojibhai Patel 252.236.4391 Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819,

Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide non-profit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 | Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota)


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Community Organizations Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173

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

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP:

Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365

EKTAA South Asian Student Organization 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: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajan and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Traingle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian

Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle areay. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am - 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) 102

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Community Organizations across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: March 17, 2013: Basant Bahar, Cary Arts Center, Cary. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 / Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900

International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Amdavad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For Further Details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) ISKCON of North Carolina The Sri-Sri Radha Golokananda Temple - Iskcon of NC is situated on 16 acres of field and forest with the historic Eno River flowing behind the temple property. The temple is just a few miles off of Routes I-40 & I-85 and located at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Daily aarti- 4:30 am, 7:15 am, 12:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 7 pm. Darsana: Monday through Friday 7:30-11:30 am and 4:15-5:45 pm, Saturday all day until 5:45 pm, Sunday all day until 7:30 pm. Sunday Festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and it includes kirtan, aarti, Bhagavad Gita discourse, vegetarian feast, and Sunday school for children. For Further Details: 919.593.6827, Yoga classes - Krishna Priya at Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner, referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological 104

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Community Organizations counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Event: March 24-25, 2013: India Fest, Dorton Arena, Raleigh. For Further Details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi -


Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month for the South Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends sing so bring your fans along if you wish and pass the word. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals, Guajarati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs including holiday favorites. Sessions are held at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh (919.361.5370) on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM but please call or e-mail for a confirmed date. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924, Email at Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC 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. Perhaps you know February 2013

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Community Organizations a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Upcoming Events: March 9, Maha Shivratri For Further Details: 919.468.0040 / Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613. For Further Details: / 919.757.3135

Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. For Further Details: 919.220.9917 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area.. For Further Details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:


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Community Organizations Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’ s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. President: Nimiksha Patel Vice President: Vicky Gandhi Treasurer: Jiten Sura Cultural Secretary: Hemal ( Angu) Desai, Upcoming events: Holi Program - March 23rd @ HSNC Hall For Further Details: Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30 pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs 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. Check the website for upcoming events, pot lucks, and more. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Vipassana which means to see things as they are. Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students. (Those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N.Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers) Ten day courses are available for all.

There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding includes fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808 Vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through


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Community Organizations a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Regional Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a nonprofit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. For further details: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) 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

South Carolina 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 Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8

pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 112

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Community Organizations Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number)

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Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a nonprofit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. For Further Details: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Darshanâ&#x20AC;? on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For Further Details: 336.299.9683

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The Asian country. Capital: Kabul. 11. Chief Executive Officer. (*) 12. A Spanish term of address to miss or unmarried woman. 14. Hemoglobin. (*) 15. The airtight pits used to store and preserve green fodder. 16. Formerly Persia. 17. One of the great lakes between Lakes Huron & Ontario. 19. Vitality; active or healthy growth. 21. Ambiguous; poorly stated. 23. Past tense of “Eat.” 25. A core group of political activists; Military unit. 26. The point opposite to Zenith; the lowest point. 28. A state of being behind or late in paying debt. 30. A low-mounting toilet used for bathing crotch. 31. Chatter continuously; Idle talk. 33. General Services Administration. (*) 34. Interstate. (*) 35. A Muslim orthodox sect strictly adhering to Koran. 37. In the direction of. 39. Actually; In fact. (Idiom) 41. Registered Nurse. (*) 42. Years. (*) 43. The mother-in-law of Ruth. (Bible) 45. Finish; Ceasing to exist. 46.The National Hockey League. (*) 47. Intense desire to gratify the senses; bodily appetite.

1. A dull, continuous pain. 2. The second month of the calendar year. 3. Proceed; to move along. 4. The volcanic dust. 5. A fist or hand. (Scot). 6. Native American. 7. As stated or described. 8. Any group of three persons or things. 9. Attacks by aircraft, esp. bombers on land targets. 10. Nitro Triacetic Acid. (*) 13. The stake each player must put into the pot before receiving cards. (Poker). 15. An official in charge of a department of Government. 18. Introspective. . 20. To seize or snatch suddenly. 22. Made or consisting of tanned animal skin. 24. To give medical or surgical care to. 25. California. (*) 27. Radio/TV transmission sent as groups of electronic bits. 29. To work up again or go over again. 32. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. (*) (UK) 34. See Clues #34 Across. 36. A box or an enclosed space to store foods etc. for a time. 38. To fail to include; leave out. 39. A motel or a dwelling place along the highway. 40. The person to whom one is speaking. (Plural of ‘Thou’.) 41. Rupee. (*) 44. Master of Science. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 124. NO peeking!)

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Use all letters for the subject word. 26 + words = Excellent; 20 to 25 words = Good; 24 or less needs to improve. (Solution below) Word World (Solution): AGAR, AGAVE, AREA, ARES, ARSE, ASEA, AVER, EARS, GARS, GAVE, GEAR, GRAVE, RAGA, RAGE, RAGS, RASE, RAVAGE, RAVE, SAGA, SAGE, SARGE, SAVAGE, SAVAGER, SAVE, SAVER, SEAR, VARA, VASE, VEGAS



The unused 7 letters spell the word that means “Negative temperature.”

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February 2013 February 2 - Groundhog Day February 6 - Shatatilā Ekādasi February 10 - Mauni Amās (No Moon) February 12 - Lincoln’s Birthday February 14 - Valentine’s Day February 14 - Vasant Panchami February 18 - Presidents Day February 19 - Shivāji Jayanti February 21 - Jayā Ekādasi February 23 - Vishvakarmā Jayanti February 25 - Māghi Purnimā (Full Moon) March 2013 March 4 - Shrināthaji Pātotsav March 7 - Vijayā Ekādasi March 10 - Mahāshivarātri March 10 - Daylight saving Time begins March 11 - Darsh/ Somavati Amās (No Moon) March 13 - Ramakrishna Paramhansa Jayanti March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day March 23 - Āmalaki Ekādasi March 26 - Holi (Full Moon) March 27 - Dhuleti March 29 - Good Friday March 31 - Rang Panchami March 31 - Easter Sunday April - June 2013 April 1 - April Fool’s Day April 6 - Pāpamochini Ekādasi April 9 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) April 15 - File Income Tax April 20 - Rama Navami April 23 - Mahāvir Jayanti April 25 - Hanuman Jayanti May 12 - Mother's Day May 18 - Armed Forces Day (U.S.) May 27 - Memorial Day June 14 - Flag Day June 16 - Father's Day June 21 - First Day of Summer July 4 - Independence Day

Vasant Panchami Vasant Panchami marks the end of winter and beginning of the spring season in India. It is welcomed due to its blossoming and blooming nature after the harsh winter. It falls on the fifth day of Maagh (the Indian month) and this year that happens on February 14, 2013. In the Hindi language the word “Basant or Vasant” means spring and “Panchami” means the fifth day. It is purely a festival of nature. In Hindustani music the Raga “Basant” was created for this occasion. You will see the pure, bright and sunny yellow color dominating the whole country on this day. The fields are loaded with yellow mustard and decorated in different shades of yellow flowers and ribbons. Hindus traditionally wear yellow clothes and use yellow flowers in worship also. The color Yellow symbolizes prosperity and love. Although this festival is celebrated all over India, it is unique in North India and is worth attending. This tradition includes cooking sweet saffron rice and visiting friends to distribute sweets and gifts. This year, it also happens to be on Valentine’s Day. The day has become universal in expressing love. On Vasant Panchami the god of love in Hinduism, Kama Deva (cupid) is also worshipped. The day is also known as the birthday of Goddess Saraswati. According to Hindu traditions, Goddess Saraswati symbolizes the constant flow of knowledge, wisdom and learning. The celebrations also comprise the pooja of Goddess Saraswati, who is worshipped with full dedication. This dedication to Sarswati helps people to increase their mind power; to find their real interests and aptitude. It also makes them aware and attentive about everything in life. And helps create self-esteem. Some people pay homage to the ancestors on the day and “Pitru Tarpan” is performed. The occasion of Vasant Panchami is also celebrated by flying kites and merrymaking.

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SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Your religious or spiritual inclination will intensify during this month. A sense of relaxation will prevail in the last week of the month. Rise in income is clearly indicated. Short distance travels will bring good luck and will be very fruitful and pleasant. You might get involved in new business deals, although you will experience hard time on the family front, particularly with your spouse.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) A big cloud of illusion will be around you. It may be very negative or very positive, but it is sure that you won’t have any control over the situation. Use your intelligence and confidence to pass this wave of illusion. Don’t dispute with your spouse. Time is not good for entering in to new venture. Unexpected break in career or financial loss is also possible. Use the power of prayer to get out of this illusion.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will be quite happy during this month. Your efforts will start giving good results. Long distance travel shall be rewarding, but short distance travel must be avoided. Time is also good for love and romance. Increase in family is possible. You may, however, face bitter experience with your sibling or friends. Sudden health-related problems are also possible.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) The happiness of mind and steady flow of income will be there, but unexpected expenses or legal problems may disturb everything. Very sincerely try to curb your expenses. Risk-taking tendency must be controlled. You must watch your health, too. A minor improvement will be there after middle of the month. This month can be described in one word i.e. “caution.”

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will feel like a puppet during this month. The fortune may play cruel game with you. Try to control yourself inwardly. Heavy financial losses are also possible during this month. Try to surrender yourself to the mighty powers. You may have to be cautious in your day-to-day pursuits. Risk-taking tendencies must be curbed. Please try to pass the time quietly.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) This is going to be a good period. There are chances of getting involved in more responsibilities. You will overcome your enemies or competitors and might get recognition of your inventive work. On the whole your reputation and respect will increase. But you might get discouraging news through communication. Try to act with courage and confidence.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) You will get mixed results during this month. You may have to work hard, but will be rewarded for your efforts. You will experience a lack of confidence but still will be successful in getting increase in your financial returns. Some unexpected heavy expenses are also possible. Your subordinates shall extend their full support towards you. Minor stomach ailment is also possible during this month.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) This month will relieve you of your tensions and anxiety. You will act more self-centered and selfish. An accident is possible at your place of business or job. You may spend some money on worthless family issues. Don’t get involved in any new venture. Somebody may cheat with you and you may lose money. Minor health ailment is also possible.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) This month will make you comfortable. There will be a rise in status as well as happiness in family life. You must avoid travel and disputes with your siblings. Your associates may not fulfill their responsibilities towards you. Time is good for getting involved into new ventures. Your efforts will give you good results. Try to take full advantage of this month.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) During this month you might face major financial problems. The flow of income will not be normal. You may not react seriously about the problems. The health of your parents is likely to suffer. Please do not sign any important documents. Your associates and friends

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Sawhney, DDS, MSD, PhD (Orthodontist) . . . . . . . . .41 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Rinku Bhattacharya Das (Dance Instructor/Choreographer) 95 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Shiva Dance Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Singh CPA PLLC (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Skin All Natural . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 State Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 TherAccess (Hand Rahablitation Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Triangle Eye Institute (Formerly Eye Care Center Apex) . . .42 Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati) . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Triangle Speech Services (Judith L. Bergman) . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)111 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Zi Zi's Vegan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Index of Advertisers A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Aapka Realty (Emmanuel Varghese) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .10 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Allstate (Ravi Reddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 American Bead Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .19 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Bay Leaf Restaurant (New Bern, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bhindi Plaza (Lease Space Available) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bombay Grille Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Carolina Heart Center (Dr. Pankaj Parikh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Carolinas Indian Physicians Society (C.I.P.S.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .34 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Chuck Eaton Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .58 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Curry and Cakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .51 Dave & Dave Inc. (Accounting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Dawat Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Eye Level (Formerly E-nopi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Fantastic Sams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Fayad Law P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Five Hot Chillies (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Flower Accent (Wedding Planning and DĂŠcor) . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Gold Leaf Carriage (Weddings & Special Events) . . . . . . . . . .30 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Heritage India Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Jariwala, Bina (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Kashish Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Legacy Jewels / Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Live Spectrum (Taal Pe Taal & Sunidhi Chauhan) . . . . . . . . . .3 Lucky Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Mantra Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .64 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Montessori Children's House of Dur (Summer Program) . .101 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Naach Masala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

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