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In this issue: Prep for Tax Season - pg 50 Mind Your Heart Health - pg 62

February 2017 Issue # 225 Editor

Samir Shukla


Growing up Smith Movie Review page 10

Indians Learning Sign Language page 18

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Read about the wonderful new film Growing up Smith, a coming-of-age story of a first generation Indian immigrant boy. It's on pg 10. The book review of "The Chaos of Empire" - where the author debunks much of the romanticized myths of the British Raj is on pg 14. Indians are just beginning to learn sign language to communicate with the deaf community. See story on pg 18. Read about how a polo tour in India is helping to protect a rare breed of ponies on pg 24. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 88. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 120. Get daily updates about the community, local and national news, latest movie releases, analysis and videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.


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Polo tour to protect Rare Ponies page 24

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Growing up Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 14 Learning Sign Language in India . . . .pg. 18 Polo Protecting Rare Ponies . . . . . . . . pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 26 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . pg. 28 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 32 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 58 Uncertainty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 62 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 70 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 74 2016 Financial Markets Recap . . . . . . pg. 78 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 80 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . pg. 88 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . pg. 114 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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Smith goes through a series of adventures with Amy and her motorcycle-riding father Butch (Lee) while managing the quirks of his traditional Indian parents who are keen on keeping his and his older sister’s Indian values intact. Later, due to his sister's actions and a misadventure he has with Butch, Smith is sent back to India to live with his grandmother where he becomes a doctor, marries and has a personal trauma and finally returns to America 19 years later to rejoin his family and see about his childhood love. It’s a lovely film that takes its time telling the story with a wonderful performance by Akurati as Smith. Nigam, Lee and other actors turn in stellar performances to flesh out the story and propel the film forward. I spoke with Nigam recently about his work and the film. Nigam began his career in 1988 with an army training film called “Hostage Crisis and Terrorist Management,” he played a young and naïve terrorist. Then he began the ups and downs of a struggling actor and has been a “working actor” since ‘93-‘94. He has worked in Bad Words, True Detective, Grey’s Anatomy, and made numerous other film and TV appearances including on Jimmy Kimmel. Growing up Smith was filmed in upstate New York in the Kingston area of Hudson Valley, but could be any small town in America. Nigam spoke of his work over the years and the difficulty in getting a film made. The film is a labor of love that began as early as 2000, says Nigam. It took a lot of perseverance, seeking funding, finding actors, writing and rewriting, before the film was made.

A Coming-of-Age Film That Strikes All the Right Chords

By Samir Shukla

Indian-American experiences are unique, filled with wide-eyed expectations, dreams, fears, and, of course, traditions. There is nothing like the experience of first generation immigrants, especially Indians who arrived in the 1960s and the 1970s. Sure, Indians have been migrating to the US for decades, but the first wave in significant numbers really began in the 1970s. The foundations of the now successful Indian-Americans spread out all over the country were laid in the 70s by the “pioneers” if you will. My family was among those who arrived in the early 70s. Anjul Nigam, actor, writer, and producer, also arrived in the States in the early 1970s with his family. Some of his own experiences from childhood inform his latest film, the coming-ofage story of an Indian boy titled Growing up Smith. It’s a fine independent film that centers on 10-year-old Smith Bhatnagar, portrayed by newcomer Roni Akurati. Nigam co-wrote and coproduced the film. The film also hit some memory chords for me, an 11-year-old new arrival in NYC in 1974, trying to make sense of the Americans and their way of life. The film, where Nigam portrays Bhaaskar Bhatnagar the family patriarch, also features veteran actors Jason Lee (My Name is Earl, Alvin & the Chipmunks), Hilarie Burton (One Tree Hill), Brighton Sharbino (The Walking Dead), Poorna Jagannathan (The Night of), Shobha Anjul Nigam Narayanan (Quantico) and Samrat Chakrabarti (Midnight’s Children) as the elder Smith and narrator. Debutant director Frank Lotito has crafted a warm and funny film - about an Indian family that migrates to America with hopes of living the American Dream in a small town in 1979. Their 10-yearold son Smith falls hard for Amy, the girl next door (Sharbino). He desperately wants to fit in and be an American (his father has even named him Smith thinking the name will Americanize him somehow without losing his Indian identity).

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The prime roadblock? It took years to find the financing. “We hit one roadblock after another. It was a journey to understand how film financing works and a journey in understanding how much B.S. there is in the entertainment industry. What brought the project to a green light was a financier out of New York who is in the Hedge fund world. Whose bucket list item was to make a movie. He came on board with significant financing and we began the process of casting the movie.” The financier wanted a star in the movie for marketing reasons, so Nigam and crew focused on the character Butch and through luck and a fine script, they landed Jason Lee. Nigam enlightened me on the egos and bumps of the entertainment world. The constant fires that have to be put out even after financing and casting is set. “Another fire we had to put out was two weeks before preproduction we lost our title role. So we began search for another actor and we received over thousand submissions. It was a worldwide search believe it or not. We narrowed down using Skype auditions. Roni who is based in Chicago and L.A. was actually in India at the time. Due to spotty internet a 10-minute audition turned into a three day one. We loved his work and had to bring him in for a screen test. We had three contenders for a screen test in L.A. We had Sharbino already cast in the role of Amy and we did a screen test for chemistry with her and Roni got the job.” Growing up Smith will be released in limited cities in early February and will expand nationwide during the month. February 2017

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insurgency against an anxious regime’s counterproductive efforts to hold on to power.” In each chapter, Wilson tells mini tales that bring clarity to the events of specific timeframes. He backs it all up with solid research and documentation. The administrators and soldiers’ paranoia, careless governance, and distrust of locals often led to violence. The one paragraph that describes the retelling of key moments in Indian history and the idea of British superiority is in the following graph, found in the aptly titled chapter “The Great Delusion.” “India’s later British rulers and their postimperial chronicles liked to propagate the view that imperial rule in India was a systematic form of power driven by coherent ideas. ‘The Raj’ is a phrase which embodies a certain kind of authoritarian highmindedness. On television or in fiction it is now associated with unbending, stiff-lipped men capable of imposing their visions of order and hierarchy on an otherwise chaotic society. Historians of empire spend much of their time discussing those visions, tracing the British belief in the inferiority of Indian society, the rhetoric about ‘civilization’ and ‘development’, the arguments about property and the rule of law. Too often the context of those visions is absent, and texts are read with no reference to the situations they were written in. In reality, the British proclaimed their strength and purpose when their authority seemed the most fragile. In fact, as we have seen in this book, British power in India was exercised sporadically. It was driven by a succession of short-term visceral passions. It did not have a systematic vision of peace and stability, nor a way of working able to produce order. It created chaos.” The British were good at public relations, promoting their activities about building things in India – railway, government buildings, court houses – but Wilson shows they were lousy at daily governance, and when they finally departed in 1947, the country was left divided and in chaos. The violence just before and following the partition of India was the worst. Wilson’s The Chaos of Empire is as instructive as it is fun to read, denuding the perceived romanticisms of the Raj.

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the Chaos of empire: the British Raj and the Conquest of India Author: Jon Wilson (Public Affairs)

The long-accepted British narrative about its rule over India has always been suspect, a seemingly sanitized and self-serving affair, deeply mired in nostalgia. The operatives of the British rule during their time in power have written about India that suits their narrative – of bringing order to a vast and diverse populace. Historians who have written about this have mostly gone along with this narrative, which is deftly debunked by Jon Wilson, a professor of history at King’s College London, in his book The Chaos of Empire: The British Raj and the Conquest of India. He unravels these generally accepted notions and demonstrates that in reality chaos and violence were the norm during the period. The managers of East India Company sent glowing reports back to the powers in Britain about their "(British power) did not progress in India, but they have a systematic vision of were P.R. missives and whitewashed the reality on peace and stability, nor a the ground. This is Wilson’s way of working able to premise in the book and he produce order. It created tells it all in fluidly written chaos." chapters examining different situations and different times during the period. The truth is dusted off those old nostalgia and half-truths. His analysis: The Brits and East India Company had tenuous control over the dominion at best and often resorted to violence. The East India Company was originally formulated for trade between England and India. It quickly became imperialistic, using force to further its objectives and foundations in the Subcontinent. Wilson traces Britain’s rule, known as the British Raj, from the East India Company’s first transactions in the 1680s, to the formal establishment of the Raj in 1858, all the way to Indian Independence in 1947. In The Chaos of Empire Wilson cites specific examples from different junctures of India’s history with the British and deposes each British-written tale of the era as bunk. He points out the constant disorganization of the rotating cast of players who assumed power or command of a region that generally ensued in violence against the natives, mired in exploitation and racism, both subtle and overt. The pervasive distrust among the denizens of the country toward the British failed to synthesize the vast political and regional diversities of India. Administrators, rulers, and subjects, both British and Indian, are analyzed. One of more telling paragraphs in the book is about the 1857 rebellion, arguably the first organized attempt to dislodge the British from India’s soil. “The 1857 rebellion was not a revolt against the confident regime intent on spreading capitalism, civilization and modernity throughout the world. It was an

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Last September, Rupmani Chhetri sat in a circle of people in a park in central Delhi. As she signed rapidly, those around her practiced the basic words they had learned over the last few months.

The coordinator of Pune Finger Chats, Aswin K. Ravi, teaches volunteers how to sign the letter “R.” Credit: Courtesy of Finger Chats

“People can easily listen to and learn other languages, but they don’t try to learn sign language,” signed Chhetri, who is deaf. “Every communication I have with hearing persons is very short because the interpreter also has trouble communicating as quickly.” There are only about 250 certified sign language interpreters in India, translating for a deaf population of between 1.8 million to 7 million. (The wide range in population estimates exists because the Indian census doesn’t track the number of deaf people — instead, it documents an aggregate number of people with disabilities.) Chhetri and other deaf and hearing volunteers are looking to bridge this gap, one sign at a time. Every Saturday since April, Chettri and 15 to 20 others have met in Delhi’s public parks to teach and learn basic sign language for free. They call the gatherings “Finger Chats.” “Both my parents are deaf, and Indian Sign Language is my mother tongue,” said Sarah Sharma, who volunteers at Finger Chats sessions. “It makes me happy to see all of these people signing and learning.” Sharma is also part of a society called Children of Deaf Adults (CODA). While members of CODA are fluent in Indian Sign Language and often in American Sign Language as well, they cannot be certified interpreters without completing a mandatory nine-month diploma training. But the mainstreaming of Indian Sign Language faces many more roadblocks, the biggest one being the lack of official recognition. “We are a multilingual nation, and we need to look at the deaf community as a linguistic minority,” says Ruma Roka, the founder of the NGO Noida Deaf Society. “ISL needs to be accepted as another Indian language, and the effect of that recognition would percolate to schools, universities and parents.” In December, a revised bill on the rights of persons with disabilities was passed by both houses of parliament. Among other things, the new law reserves 4 percent of government jobs and seats at educational institutes for people with disabilities. But the law does not include specific measures for the deaf, nor does

it mention Indian Sign Language or its promotion. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment does oversee the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre, which is currently compiling a crowdsourced ISL video and print dictionary. The ministry’s Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities runs programs like a job search portal for the hearingimpaired, and a program for the prevention and control of avoidable hearing loss. Currently, there are close to 400 government-funded schools for the hearing-impaired across the country. However, over 12 years of work with the deaf community in India, Roka has found a troubling pattern at schools as well as in society. Often there’s an emphasis on training the deaf to accommodate the hearing community — by forcing speech therapy, written communication and lipreading — while discouraging sign language. Unaware of how they sound and conscious of the reactions of hearing people, many deaf students are too uncomfortable to attempt speech. Language ability is also often stunted, as the deaf are forced to communicate in a language they know only partially. “Since we have systematically created barriers in their way, the onus also stays on us to break down those barriers,” says Roka. “Deaf kids go through 12 years of school without learning anything,” she continues. “The education system urgently needs to be updated to make the development of social and life skills easier as well.” And this is before factoring in India’s high illiteracy rates — close to 26 percent according to the 2011 census — and the many villages short on public services. “I met a boy who is deaf and who didn’t even know any sign language, he had no method of communication,” says Vishnu Soman, who works with the nongovernmental organization Enable India on improving deaf people’s access to the workforce. The boy was brought to an outreach program when his relatives learned that he could get a job through the organization.

The coordinator of Pune Finger Chats, Aswin K. Ravi, teaches volunteers how to sign the letter “R.” Credit: Courtesy of Finger Chats

According to several social workers, deaf Indians who cannot access formal education learn signs primarily when they meet other deaf people. As Indian Sign Language is not formalized or widely taught, however, the signs themselves vary widely across regions and states. “The way there are so many different dialects in oral language, sign language has a lot of variations,” says Aparna Dass, who has worked with Enable India for 14 years. “A sign I use at home may not be used outside, but ISL can allow people to communicate across the country.” For now, government programs focusing on skill development for people with disabilities, and the improvement of physical and workforce accessibility are seen as steps in the right direction. However, Dass emphasizes the need for awareness campaigns to make India’s deaf community known to the hearing majority. “People at the policy level should be exposed to places where the deaf are working and learning,” says Dass. “National organizations for the deaf are limited to Delhi and Mumbai, but they need to be scaled up and replicated across the country.”


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How a Polo Tour in India is Helping to Protect a Rare Breed of Ponies By Sandip Roy, PRI

Persia claims to be the birthplace of polo, but the modern version of the game comes from the small state of Manipur in northeastern India. The British discovered it there and brought “hockey on horseback” to the West in the 19th century. These days, the West is going back to Manipur to play polo. Since 2013, members of the United States Polo Association have been coming to compete with Manipuris. The 2017 USPAManipur games get underway next week in Manipur’s capital, Imphal.

“We have been promoting USPA here as part of our way of getting attention drawn to the Manipuri pony,” Roy says. He says their numbers have fallen to fewer than 500. The ponies are revered here — they were used for war and sacred ritual, not as pack animals. But Roy, who’s worked as a film curator in New York, says when he returned to Manipur in 2000, he would see abandoned ponies wandering around the city, feeding on garbage because people could not afford to take care of them, and their grazing lands were vanishing. At the polo grounds during the games in January last year, there was a banner with the words “No pony No polo” — a reminder that if the ponies disappear, so would Manipur’s polo tradition. Roy hopes the international attention from the USPA will give the Manipuri pony a lifeline. In November 2016, the Manipuri state government announced plans for creating a sanctuary for the remaining ponies to help preserve the breed. They might be looking for some divine assistance, as well. Manipur has a god of polo, Marjing, whose mount is the winged pony. It’s said that when the pony’s wings were clipped, it fell to Earth and became the Manipuri pony. Marjing’s shrine on a hillside near Imphal is strewn with small, white figurines of horses. Red and white polo mallets hang in a corner, and there are pictures of horses on the wall. The shrine overlooks a meadow that Roy expects will be a new grazing area for the ponies, keeping alive Marjing’s flock as well as an ancient piece of world polo heritage.

American and Manipuri players particpate in the woman’s polo tournament in Manipuri in January 2016. They’re riding the native Manipuri ponies. Credit: Courtesy L. Somi Roy

For much of the year, the Mapal Kangjeibung grounds in the center of Imphal are used for soccer. But in the crisp January air, this stadium returns to its roots — as the world’s oldest active polo ground. Manipur’s historians say the earliest records of a polo match can be found in court chronicles that date back to the first century. Today, however, the game is all about women power. The women from Team USPA come here to play alongside the Manipuri women, all under the watchful eyes of a Kangla-sha statue — a dragon with antlers. Communicating with local players is sometimes a challenge, says Tiamo Hudspeth, from Team USPA, who traveled to Manipur in January 2016. Still, she picked up a few Manipuri words. For instance, lingba for “strong.” Nopa for “weak.” “We’d chant lingba, no nopa before we played our game,” she says with a laugh. Another issue for the Americans is the size of the Manipuri ponies. They’re only about 4 feet tall, from shoulder to hoof. Cristina Fernandez, of the US team, says it was a little “intimidating” as a “tall American” to ride these small ponies. They look a little like windup toys, she says. “I wanted to sort of wind it up and let it go.” These ponies are one of five indigenous Indian breeds, semiwild ponies, found just in this corner of India. But their numbers are dwindling. In 2013, the Manipur state government declared the ponies here an endangered breed. L. Somi Roy, whose mother belonged to Manipuri royalty, helps put together the USPA tour. His interest in polo, he says, is really about the ponies.

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The Beaufort Film Society will present the 11th annual Beaufort International Film Festival from February 15 – 19. Experience what has been called by many as the “best little film festival in the southeast.” The fest features five days of international and local short films, feature films, animation, filmmakers’ surprises, educational forums, and guest speakers. Visit for information about special guests, events and more.

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Jolly LLB 2 is a film about a clumsy lawyer who is faced with representing the most critical court case of his career. The courtroom comedy-drama film, written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, stars Akshay Kumar and Huma Qureshi. Shukla will make a special cameo appearance as will Arshad Warsi. Annu Kapoor will portray the rival lawyer against Akshay Kumar in the film. The film is a sequel to 2013 film Jolly LLB, which originally starred Arshad Warsi, is scheduled to release worldwide on February 10.

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The Ghazi Attack is an Indian war film with Amitabh Bachchan lending his voice for narration. It is India’s first underwater/war-atsea film. The story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian Submarine S2 and his team. The film explores the mysterious circumstances under which the PNS Ghazi sank off the coast of Visakhapatnam in 1971. It is a tale of the courage and patriotism of the men aboard the Indian Submarine S-21 who destroyed the Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi when it ventured into Indian waters to destroy the INS Vikrant. Sankalp directed the film that stars Rana Daggubat, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon and Milind Gunaji. It releases on February 17.


Aa Gaya Hero is the comeback film of veteran actor Govinda. The action and comedy film is directed by Dipankar Senapati and features Govinda and Richa Chadha in the lead roles, along with Ashutosh Rana, Murali Sharma, Makarand Deshpande and Harish Kumar. The film has been in the works for a couple of years, but reportedly Govinda did not like the original story and had a new one written. According to an online interview, Govinda said, “When the director Dipankar Senapati narrated the subject to me, I felt I had to do it. It’s something I’ve never done before. I wanted to play this idealistic cop. And I wanted to complete the film in one schedule which we did successfully.” The film releases on February 24

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When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall of China, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. The adventure film The Great Wall is directed by Yimou Zhang and also stars Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Tian Jing. It opens on February 17.

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Rekhā Bharadwaj (1959 – Present) Rekhā Bhardwaj was born in New Delhi and has been a film playback singer since the 1990s. She is married to veteran music director Vishal Baradwaja and has a natural affinity for music and a distinct singing style and voice. It was her husband who encouraged her to sing in films and pursue a professional career as a vocalist. She has recorded songs for numerous films as well as made non-film recordings. Some of the movies in which she has given her unique voice include, Makdee, Omkara, Superstar, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, Delhi-6, Gulaal, Raavan, Barfi, Maazii, D-Day, and Dedh Ishqiya. She is still active singing songs for upcoming films. You can find many examples of her voice and songs on YouTube and other online audio and video sites.

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helped her husband through his health troubles speaks volumes of her love. Let me share another tale of love. As a teenager, I thought the story of Rekha and Rohit (not their real names) was dreamily romantic. Rekha, then a close friend of mine would share how she was falling in love with a “tall, dark and handsome guy” who sent her love notes and apparently stared at her for hours with smitten lovelorn looks. Her clandestine dates with Rohit made us giggle and long for love lives of our own. The story took a more interesting turn when Rekha’s parents expressed disapproval but it fueled their love and made them stubbornly stand by each other. After desperate measures, they succeeded in getting parental approval and their whirlwind romance was followed by a beautiful wedding. The marriage however ended quickly in an ugly divorce. Love in this case was like fireworks against the night sky - momentary sparks of beauty that leave a smoky mess. And then there is “filmi” love glorified on the silver screen. I have to confess that most movies I watch are churned out by Bollywood’s prolific industry and the way love is depicted in cinema baffles, annoys and sometimes makes me roll on the floor laughing. Ironically, the most successful “love stories” end in tragedies. Take the film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak as an example. This was a hugely popular movie from my school days about a pair of young star crossed lovers who elope to avoid confrontation with their warring families. Sound familiar? Yes, in many ways it was the classic Shakespearean drama of Romeo and Juliet remixed for contemporary audiences and set in Rajasthan. My sisters and I loved the songs and watched the movie many times but even as a teenager, I couldn’t fathom how the protagonists could fall so deeply in love after a few stolen glances and moonlight meetings. Why they would be willing to sacrifice their luxurious lifestyle and live in the woods for puppy love was beyond my understanding. Living in a makeshift house with no running water is more likely to cause friction than ignite passion. The unreasonable behavior of the parents was just as confusing. Why couldn’t they simply have a conversation with their grown children and handle things like adults are supposed to? Nevertheless, loud dialogue delivery, melodramatic vows of revenge and hot headed relatives add to the dramatic turns of the movie and even if you haven’t watched the movie you can guess that it doesn’t end well. If this is love, we might as well stay away from it. My suspicion, however, is that we have found love and love has found us in ways that look very different from works of art or fiction. We miss it, cherish it and even take it for granted so there is nothing wrong with dedicating a day to expressing our love although I doubt it requires spending money. Valentine’s Day sales end up benefiting retailers but you and I my friend, can choose to love and show love every day.

Love is a universal migraine, A bright stain on the vision Blotting out reason. - Robert Graves (from the poem “Symptoms of Love”)

Yes, it’s true that love can be a headache at times but writers of popular Hindi songs would beg to differ. My quick and unscientific review of song lyrics show that love or “pyaar” is poetically and most commonly expressed as “deewana,” “zindagi” or “jaadu.” Translated in English, these words mean crazy, life and magic respectively. Do you agree? How would you define love? If you are like me, it depends on the day. When my children were infants, loving them meant taking care of their fragile bodies, spending sleepless nights and feeling rewarded at the sight of their first smile or step. Today, as they get closer to In a small rural town of adolescence, love is empowering them to become West Bengal, a tomboyish independent even if that girl was balancing herself means allowing them to on a tree branch, picking... make mistakes and ignoring their mismatched clothes. Love is one thing you cannot hide from, especially in February. Valentine’s Day will make its presence felt but instead of browsing through store aisles overflowing with red, pink and heart shaped merchandise, my thoughts go to a true story. In a small rural town of West Bengal, a tomboyish girl was balancing herself on a tree branch, picking fruit with her brother and friends. Laughing and swinging, she was oblivious to the fact that a couple of elderly gentlemen, accompanied by a young boy, were a little lost and wandered close to them. She was startled when she heard one of them call out to her and ask for directions. Turns out they were looking for her father and helping them was much easier than getting to the juiciest mango on the tree. She couldn’t help noticing that the boy was staring at her. “How rude!” she thought. A few minutes later her aunt rushed to her and much to her annoyance pestered the girl to get off the tree and into the attire of a young woman of marriageable age - a saree. She willfully ignored the absurd request until her mother changed her mind using some cajoling and some threatening. That evening marked a major milestone in her life. It was determined by the elders in her family that she would be married to the young boy she had caught a fleeting glimpse of and become the daughter-in-law of the gentleman who had asked for directions. And that is how my parents met and their wedding was arranged. Strange, unromantic, impractical or simply typical of the way things were in the late 1950s. Love followed and it was not the stuff of movies but of lifelong caring. Once, in an act of uncharacteristic impulsiveness, my dad halted their long- distance bus, so my mom could get a cup of tea. Definitely a romantic gesture, my husband agrees but doesn’t see himself doing. The selfless way in which my mom

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1. Arrange these Moons of Jupiter from large to small in size. (a) Callisto (b) Europa (c) Io (d) Ganymede


2. Music director of 2010 Hindi film ‘Ishqiyā’? (a) Ismail Darbar (b) Monty Sharma (c) Pritam (d) Vishal Bhāradwāj

3. The highest waterfall in the world is (a) Angel (b) Niagara (c) Victoria (d) Jog

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

4. What is the southernmost point in peninsular India? (a) Mumbai (b) Kochi (c) Amdavad (d) Kanyakumari 5. This area pertains to “Lord Krishna.” (a) Lanka (b) Panchavati (c) Ayodhya (d) Kurukshetra

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

Hi Kids. Here is a simple quiz. See if you can solve it. How many triangles are there in this figure?

7. If your house is tenth from each end of the row, how many houses are there the row? (a) 18 (b) 19 (c) 20 (d) 21 8. By melting sand, soda & lime we get (a) Limestone (b) Glass (c) Lime soda (d) None of above

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

9. The national highway between Mumbai and Delhi, in India is Highway number: (a) 8 (b) 5 (c) 2 (d) 4

Dadaji’s moral short stories

Some little frogs were hopping, jumping and playing in a pond. A bull came up to the pond to drink water. After drinking water, the bull bellowed loudly and walked away. The little frogs got frightened on hearing that sound. They hopped away quickly to their Dadaji (grandpa). Dadaji asked: “Well children, what is the matter?” One little frog croaked in a feeble voice: “Dadaji, we saw a very big animal in the pond. He had a terrible loud voice and we were all frightened.“ The grandpa frog spread his legs and puffed his cheeks and asked: “Was the animal as big as this?” The answer came: “He was much bigger.” The grandpa frog puffed still more and again asked: “Was it still bigger?” The reply was: “Much bigger, even bigger.“ The grandpa puffed, puffed and puffed until his lungs burst and he fell down and passed away.

10. The state flower of North Carolina is (a) Cherokee Rose (b) Mistletoe (c) Violet (d) Dogwood

Answers are below. No Peeking.

Scholar: All correct; 1st Class: 9 Correct; 2nd Class: 8 Correct 3rd Class: 7 Correct; Need to improve: 6 or less 8. b

Scholar Answers: 1. d, a, c, b.

Answer for brain train: 12

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2. d


3. a

4. d

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7. b

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Harnessing the Power of American English By Judith L. Bergman

a. Mathematical calculations b. To add in or include, as in making an account c. The shape or form of a human body d. To conclude, believe, or predict e. It’s really strange! Just try to understand it.. f. A written or printed symbol representing something other than a letter, especially a number. g To conclude, judge, reason, or think h. People who are especially well known i. The impression created by a person through behavior j. A design or pattern, as in a textile. k. An outline, form or silhouette l. An amount represented in numbers m. Any combination of points, lines, curves, or planes

Suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: Read the business, sports and political news articles in your daily and Sunday newspaper or in digital format and look for uses of figure, figures and figuring. Notice whether any or the expressions in this article are used by your colleagues and pay attention to the setting and the context. References: 1, answers: 1-k, 2-f, 3-l, 4-c, 5-o, 6-h 7-a, 8-n 9-r, 10-j, 11-b, 12-t, 13-d, 14-i, 15-m, 16-g, 17-p, 18-e, 19-q, 20-s.

The movie, Hidden Figures has just opened as I write this column. This movie is the true story of the role of three brilliant mathematicians in the 1960’s who, with their team were called “computers” just before IBM provided functioning computers to NASA. They then taught themselves to program these computers! These brilliant women enabled the successful completion of the first orbital space flight by John Glenn. They were literally “hidden away” and segregated in office spaces because they were African Americans. Beyond the powerful message of this movie (which I intend to see as soon as the ice melts), is the clever double meaning of the title, Hidden Figures. In The Free I found multiple meanings of figure used as a noun, a verb and in a variety of idioms (non-literal expressions). Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use figure or figures? 1 1. He thought he saw the figure of a black bear through the window. _____ 2. My son in kindergarten can print his name and is now learning to print figures. _____ 3. My neighbor’s house sold for a large figure. ____ 4. Fashion models usually have figures that are too thin and don’t resemble average women. ____ 5. Did you know that he is making a salary in the six figures? ____ 6. The fifth grade is studying famous historical figures. _____ 7. She’s studying to be an accountant and is very good at figures. ____ 8. Many people like to watch the figure skating competition. _____ 9. Did you see the figure of the office layout that Bob drew? _____ 10. She bought a lovely silk scarf with a paisley figure. _____ 11. Remember to figure in your travel expenses when estimating the cost. _____ 12. Unfortunately my advice hardly figured in his decision. _____ 13. I never figured that this would happen. _______ 14. He is a great father-figure for the boys on the team. ____ 15. In geometry we study plane figures and solid figures. ______ 16. I figured that you wanted me to stay. _____ 17. Don’t take it literally. It’s just a figure of speech. _____ 18. She says she wants to have a conversation, but when I try, she does all the talking. Go figure! _____ 19. I know you can’t give me the exact cost. Just give me a ballpark figure. _____ 20. We are figuring on you and your wife for dinner next weekend. ______

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PERSONAL FINANCES Get Ready. the tax Season is upon us. again.

2017 IRAs, too. This way you get a head start for earning growth for a whole extra year on that IRA when you don’t wait till the end of the year or the New Year. If you moved for your job, it is possible you can claim unreimbursed expenses for that; all you need is the supporting paperwork to determine how much you can claim. Same goes for the student loan interests up to $2,500. Teachers can claim adjustments to their income if they spent on their own for school supplies. There are upper limits for all of these expenses and also in many cases upper-income limits too. If you are running a small business on your own on the side, the income from that as well as expenses for the same can be claimed. If you need to pay taxes from this income, then half of those taxes can also be claimed as adjustment to your total income.

By Mo Vidwans

As sure as the orange fireball rises every morning without fail, just like tree leaves changing color every autumn, and daffodils popping out of the snow early spring and just like undeniable wail of a hungry baby, have you noticed that tax season comes with some uncanny regularity? It was only last March/April that we thought we might not have to look at it again for a while. Well, actually it so happens that we can help ourselves much if we do not ignore the tax preparation and be vigilant about it all through the year. We will talk more about preparing ourselves for 2017 taxes next month but let us look at what we need to do now and prepare ourselves for the 2016 tax season.

Itemized deductions Those who do prepare schedule A would have much more of homework to do before the calculations start. Unreimbursed medical expenses including health insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays need to be sorted out. Don’t forget the mileage you traveled for going to the doctor, for treatments or other work for your health. There is a deductible to be applied before you can use medical expenses. Everybody knows about the home mortgage interest and the insurance premiums on the mortgage. All donations need to be backed by the receipts, including cash; so make sure you ask for the receipt when you donate. State, city, county income taxes and property taxes, lets get the receipts all together. Also, if you have some advisor managing your assets, their annual charges can be deducted. Paperwork for professional fees and other related expenses should be reviewed because most of those are in for deduction. Unreimbursed business expenses can be claimed; keep good back-up paperwork. Losses to personal property due to natural causes can be claimed but they have to be unreimbursed and there are deductions.

Gathering all the documents. By now at least some of the documents that we need for the tax preparation must have started arriving in the snail mail or electronically or otherwise and I assume they all are kept safe and together in some place. The examples of these documents are W2s, all kinds of 1099s, 1098, schedule K (if you are into it), statements from social security if you are old enough for that, medical expenses, property tax bills, donations receipts and there are many more. It also implies that if you are not seeing what you need and you know you should have it then you have to go after it and pursue the right institutions to get them to send you the pertinent documents. It is always possible that the documents can get lost in the mail or even at home (eaten by the dog) if not taken care of immediately. Many banking institutions do not have to send you a 1099, for example, if they are to report interest earned which is less than $10 (and during these past years of low interests it is possible). They are legally allowed to do that but you still need to report that interest on your tax return. So probably the best thing to do is to call and get the right amount. Rest assured that, even if they are not obliged to send you any paper for the same, it still needs to be reported to IRS. One area that can be easily forgotten or overlooked is carryover capital losses. You do not get any reporting paperwork for last year’s capital losses from anybody and it is not obvious where you should be looking for it; you actually have to go through last year’s tax return and dig it out. But it does help and is all worth the efforts especially if you still have unclaimed losses that you can use this year to reduce taxable income. Miscellaneous income is another aspect where we need to pay some attention. Gambling winnings, or jury duty pay or interest earned on private loans, and litigation settlements are just some of the other incomes that must be reported but on many occasions we don’t get any documents for it like 1099 or similar.

adjustments to your income Even though it is calendar year 2017, it is not too late to make your decisions for depositing your IRA for 2016 and take a deduction for it; and actually while at it think seriously about

Credits If you are able to take advantage of these credits, which reduce your taxes, dollar for dollar, that is the best way to go. Look for it, gather paperwork and get ready for the following: foreign taxes paid (shows up on your 1099s), child and dependent care expenses when both parents are working or looking for work, education credits, retirement savings contribution, child tax credit and residential energy saving expenses. Different forms have to be filled for each one of these and it will behoove you to get to know them ahead of time. There are income limits for all of these.

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So by the time you read this we’ll have a new President of the United States (POTUS). I just got a Facebook message inviting me to the inauguration “personally.” It seems now that practically anyone who could play a musical instrument has dropped out of the festivities, and our glorious leader has hired four homeless men to beat on empty trash cans all evening. It’s the Make America Great Again Fantasy Tribute Band. Now I wouldn’t have an issue with a guy with a Pomeranian puppy pelt pasted to his head tweeting from his 18K gold plated toilet at 6am if he wasn’t…POTUS. Having said that, I admit that I’ve enjoyed the show thoroughly and strangely. I wouldn't have an issue Yes, this is capitalism; the with a guy with a puppy media ratings are going to pelt pasted on his head shoot sky high for the next tweeting from his goldfour years. A reasonable and plated toilet at 6 am if... intelligent person quietly going about “Making America Great” is not exactly entertainment. So, the brokenhearted commentators, anchors, analysts, academics, experts…well, they make millions if you like to watch them looking brokenhearted. There are only two options here: We lose, or, well, we lose. So here’s the funny aspect of this, and coming from someone who edited a few newspapers and magazines back in the day— there is no mainstream news media in America; it is an entertainment medium that mints money every time you tune in. We can track this back to WW II, when the media acted as a propaganda machine to further the government war effort. They stepped out of line a few times during Vietnam and the rulers quickly made adjustments. By the 1990 Gulf War, we were back where the corporate/government machinery wanted us: watching smart bombs zig zag through bunkers while we had a pizza slice in one hand and a beer in the other. This wasn’t rocket science either, as channels expanded and cable TV bloomed. The media entities realized that Americans weren’t sitting in front of the TV to get downer news. Life was like a football game. You wanted your testosterone to fire me. You wanted to get emotional and break furniture. You wanted to cheer for Team USA. By 9/11, the federal authorities had perfected the science. They would ignore media that questioned them. They would deny them White House access or credentials. They would insult journalists and suggest they were unpatriotic for questioning the Cheney-Rumsfeld view of the world. Truth was, they said, if journalists weren’t “embedded” in the tank convoys, they may die. Many in American media bought designer desert fatigues and spent the war in fancy Baghdad hotels talking to Arab insiders and ducking as missiles flew by miles from them. The $3 Trillion war launched by showing satellite photos of garbage trucks is still raging. But money flowed freely. Good media ratings; great defense contracts.

Facts actually don’t need to interfere with the operation of American media at all. More Americans actually die from falling out of bed annually than have been killed by terrorists on Western soil. That won’t exactly keep you glued to Fox News when you have 2000 other channels available. So this brings us to “reality” TV, where every surprise look is taped seven times to get it just right to pull at your (clogged) heartstrings as you reach for another pizza slice. I lived five houses away from the local “Extreme Makeover” home in Charlotte and endured the citywide fiasco for a week as Disney/ABC invaded the street for a week like the National Guard and I couldn’t walk on a public sidewalk because Disney guards were protecting the stars of the show. When the surprise ending came, the lucky owners of the home didn’t react properly. Take after retake happened until they fell down hyperventilating, jumping like idiots, hugging each other and collapsing in the arms of the Hollywood A-listers and city officials slobbering over tall blonde ladies and construction workers who looked like Chippendale dancers. So when our glorious POTUS is telling CNN to sit down because they are fake news, it’s not really hurting anybody. People want to tune into CNN to see the fight. The networks know, because they produced this golden boy whose brash, egomaniacal actions keep folks glued to the screen. The underemployed country boys, the unemployed rust belt blue collar workers, the evangelicals who say that people are just jealous of the naked pictures of the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), well, they are waiting for America to be great again. I have been scratching my head about the again part for two months. The POTUS tells us that people who are with him are about to experience greatness again: 1930s, The Great Depression? 1940s, a brutal WW II? 1950s, Korea and launch of Cold War and global CIA operations? 1960s, JFK/Marilyn, Civil Rights and Vietnam? 1970s, worst economic crisis in US history? 1980s, hyper-inflation and staggeringly-high interest rates and threat of nuclear annihilation? Maybe, just maybe, POTUS is talking about 1997-2000, when despite Somalia, despite Monica, despite GOP witch hunts, the dot-com stars aligned as a new technology matured and gave us a taste of greatness. 9/11 on, we have seen tax money doled to the defense industry, a crippling recession and collapse of the real estate and banking industries. That can’t be where we need to be again. I remain puzzled. But, FakeNews and a fake reality star like POTUS, and where the entire planet knows where the moles are on the first lady’s most private areas, well, somehow this is all fitting for a country striving to be great “again.” So what if our supreme leader has French kissed every contestant in his beauty contests; so what if there’s audio of him discussing his sexual exploits; so what if Putin may have videos that shows his sexual perversion. We are all headed for greatness. Just don’t cross the POTUS during his morning toilet break, or you’ll never be great again. ________ Ahsen Jillani lives in Mint Hill and wants Melania as president.

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“Passion is what gets you through the hardest times that might otherwise make strong men weak or make you give up.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

We live in an age, where physical capabilities have generally become less valued than abilities to perform mental feats. So, the world’s wealth distribution system is, understandably, skewed in the direction of brain rather than brawn. Core to this way of operating is the ability to figure out who ranks higher than whom, with regard to performance as we define it. Colleges, jobs, social standing, and all other kinds of tangible and intangible rewards depend on the ability to rate and rank people based on their “smartness” – a quality that underpins the kind of performance valued by our society. But smartness is not easy to assess. It is not like differentiating degrees of physical strength based on who can lift a bigger load. But we are resourceful people. We have come up with grades, scores and tests like the SAT and ACT. There are other systems too, that purport to measure IQ, EQ, psychological quotients. When someone has some combination of scores across these things, they are presumed to be capable of having what it takes. Often, the word “smart” comes into play. Is this obsessiveness with measuring people’s abilities a healthy one? Does it make for a better world? And, can we be confident that we are actually measuring the thing that we set out to measure, or do we end up creating illusory metrics that mislead rather than inform? Do we lose something in the process?

Can we measure “smartness”? Are you smarter than a chair? Most people would say yes to this. But can you do what a chair can do? Arguably, not. Even if you end up competing with that chair, can you do what it does, as effectively as it does? Most certainly not! The chair is designed to do some things well, and you are capable of a whole range of things, but being a good chair is not one of them. So, going back to the question: are you smarter than a chair? Can we agree that the answer to this would be a tentative “it depends”, rather than a firm “yes”? It all depends on the scope of the question, and the definition of “smartness” that emerges from that. It depends on the job that needs to be done. The comparison with a chair was just to make a point. It’s the same thing when we try to compare one person against another; it is difficult to do a flat-out “who is smarter” comparison. While we are fascinated with measurement-based systems, at some level, we also realize the inadequacy of simple measures. This is a good thing. Imagine the horror of a world where everyone is ranked according to his or her smartness, and treated according to some smartness rank! Things are not as bad as they could be, but that does not mean that things are rational and fair. To be successful, you need to understand where the goal is, what the rules of the game are, what makes you a good player in the game, what scores matter, and how much they matter.


Scores – a double whammy There is a dark side to scores. You can get overly focused on measures that others supposedly care about, rather than on what you do. That focus can prevent you from doing something well, because of the disconnect between actual performance and some illusory metric. Plus, there is only so much enjoyment you can get from numbers, especially during the time when you are working toward some number, without any guarantee that you will actually achieve that metric. And, when you do get the score, any pleasure that comes from it is ephemeral. It is not quite the same as the pleasure derived from seeing something beautiful that you create. Also, you miss the whole experience of doing something with passion, engaging with it and coaxing the most out of it. You go to the ball, but you’re too busy to dance! If the journey is uninspiring and the destination is insipid, is it unfair to call the whole thing about scores a double whammy?

Be smart about being smart! When you get put into a box, you cannot keep complaining. You learn to make yourself comfortable in the box. All of us are put into various boxes, whether it is at school, on the job, in family situations, whatever. We don’t always get to choose our boxes. But … we do get to choose what we do, and how we operate within the boxes that we cannot break out of. It takes creativity and we all have some degree of that. It may be useful to think about creativity as a kind of smartness that transcends the traditional notion of smartness, and makes the experience of being in the “smart” box a more pleasant, perhaps even a gainful one.

to the high-schoolers out there … There are a couple of important things that I wanted to bring out, especially for the young people who are looking to do well in school and get into good colleges and careers. Things like the SAT don’t have to be viewed as dampers. Nor grades at school. People will measure you by these things, of course. These are boxes you get put into; and no, you don’t get to decide whether those boxes are good or bad – they just are. However, you can use them to your advantage. It is a matter of attitude and creativity. If you must do what you have to do, you might as well enjoy the experience while you are doing it. It is your time after all, and your experience that gets compromised if you don’t do this. And, this is important …. As many famous achievers have said before, if you enjoy what you do, the results will take care of themselves.

Can you enjoy preparing for the Sat? Learning and developing capability is a pleasurable, wholesome exercise. Ask any toddler who keeps trying and trying and trying to walk, falling many times during the process. I say this to students who have difficulty with tests such as the SAT: Think of a score and a chore as ore; mine it for some gold. If I can help with this, I will be happy to.

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The third time the caller rang, I wrote down the country code. It sounded like a number out of some science fiction story, +1618. I googled it. Flatland. Where? The fourth time, I picked up. It originated from the aphelion of winter, or, that’s what I imagined, anyway, when the staccato telegram-style voice of a country I’d never heard of said it needed some data about Eliza K. Vera. My best friend. Data, it had said. My mind wheeled to the last time I saw her, in Aarhus. Eliza had said she needed to go North, even further from there. “Dark matters.” Offering me nothing further in the way of information. No questions allowed. The caller gave me the weird news, and in an odd way. “Eliza K. Vera isn’t reachable.” That was the word. Reachable. That’s funny, I thought. My head was still fuzzy from just waking up, it wasn’t quite sunup where I live. “Isn’t reachable? Is that what you Weird that we were talking said?” Your brain doesn’t about urban transit in the work right in these moments, Far East, but I knew the does it? No way anyone sensation of what it felt like could make the right words being.... to fill this blank. But somehow, it offered words: “… everything is clear now, Spaice, yes? Repeat. We have no location on Vera. Do you understand? When did you last see the concerned?” “Um.” Silence. “Your last encounter with Miss Vera? Can you give us the detail?” “I… I’m… last met? That would have been in Denmark.” I didn’t elaborate that Eliza and I exchanged regular correspondence, almost monthly, by letter. “Yes, I’m sure of it. Last year, no wait, two autumns ago, now that we’re in 2017, aren’t we.” Muffled shuffling. Then the detached voice made a frank and thorough list for me. It verified I knew Vera. Then it told me I would need to make an appearance, whatever that meant. A statement, too. Could I do that? Yes, of course. The whereabouts of EKV, the Flatlander said, was a matter of utmost priority for the MV-J4 community. “Also, there is the matter of the item,” it said, after a flicker of what seemed its first instance of self-doubt. The item? I thought I heard a sigh. “A notebook.” Black, it reported, in what now sounded a snow-colored voice. The size of a Japanese paperback, of the style that people there read on trains on their commutes. “You are familiar?” Weird that we were talking about urban transit in the Far East, but I knew the sensation of what it felt like being in a sea of strangers, all of us peering into pages that took us elsewhere, somewhere magical, or dark, but wherever it was, it was far. “Do you know that size?” “Yes.” The voice seemed audibly relieved. “I have Vera’s black notebook of that size. It is covered in a soft cloth jacket, with embroidery. In the center, near the top, these white threads spell a word. Tanizaki.” At the mention of the name, sheaths of the

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I want to explore this a second. For us to talk together frankly, here. Relationships. First the one with that model, it’s a long story, then, with my self. It is very personal, very subjective, what is intriguing to one’s own self. Except for when it’s universal. Let me try to close in on this a bit. First, let’s establish that we are focusing on learning, and philosophical stretching. We could go intellectual and start quoting what people have written about relational aesthetics. Or not. Academic talk is terribly boring. Minute in many ways, afraid of cosmic wonder. I like exploring a very particular kind of relationship now, outside of the realm of human relations. It’s a special kind of ratio: VERY SMALL: VERY BIG We can read more about G. Vickers now, but this will kill the other imperative challenge, which is to make ourselves aware of the uncluttered space of the big black empty, of possibility, of what might yet come. The infinitude. It’s in the eyes. Look. A magnificent vastness is there, resonates, and is also our own. C. said the only one who can show it is your child. Your child and you ‘get’ it. But why not others, too? “Life. Let’s make it dance.” Was that Spaice? The light and the dark, and we are back to praising shadows, with Jun’ichiro Tanizaki., and the youthful me and EKVs from many periods of my existence are learning to let go of something, some grip, some hold, on conflicts. Old ones. Now, let’s see. How it goes. The Einstein thing, about what’s valuable. It’s hard to think about what counts, what doesn’t count, what’s countable, what’s not countable. Must come back to this. Best if it could be before 2050. Erm, hm. That means, there’s not that much time left. Ahead, onwards, into the fourth. –EKV, Copenhagen, November 2015


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Om Puri, Carrie Fisher, and George Michael – the world lost these celebrities in the past two months due to heart conditions. Countless others die every day succumbing to heart disease. Every day almost 2,600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease and 7.1 million Americans have had a heart attack during their lifetimes. The risk is even higher for Asian populations. A 2014 research study by the American Heart Association found that cardiovascular disease causes more deaths for Asian Americans than all forms of cancer combined. Coronary artery disease tends to occur earlier in life and in a higher percentage of the population in Asian Indians than in other ethnic groups. On this Valentine’s Day, make a resolution to start paying extra attention to heart health for yourself and your loved ones. Heart disease can be preventable. Small dietary and lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. It is possible to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and chronic inflammation by knowing what foods to add and what to avoid.

Limit Sodium Sodium is a preservative. All packaged foods, including snack foods, frozen meals, instant foods, etc. have extra sodium. Restaurant foods and fast foods also have an excessive amount of sodium. • Don’t keep salt on the dining table • Limit salty snacks and processed foods • Limit eating out • Eat papad, pickles, and other salty foods in moderation

Choose Healthy Fats The type and quantity of fat in your diet is a very important factor for heart health. In general, aim to eat a low fat diet. • Unsaturated Fats – the good fats: nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, oils. Avoid fried foods and use very little oil for sautéing and cooking. Use nuts and seeds in small portions; a handful per day or 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter. Buy raw or dry roasted nuts. • Saturated Fats – the bad fats: fats present in animal foods such as meats and dairy, including cheese. Choose 1% milk and small amounts of 2% cheese. If you eat non-veg, choose small portions of lean meats. • Trans Fats – the ugly fats! You may have seen Trans fats in form of vegetable shortening (Crisco or Dalda) or partially hydrogenated oils and palm oils. Trans fats are the worst as they can directly raise your LDL cholesterol. Trans fats are used as a preservative, so mostly all snack foods, ready to eat foods, and fast foods have Trans fats in some form. Avoid these as much as possible.

Drink Water Adequate amount of water is important a number of reasons. • Drink 6-8 glasses of water • Avoid other beverages such as soda, juice, Gatorade, KoolAid, and other sugary drinks. Avoid their diet versions also. • Limit alcohol

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For example, we have eyes so that we can look around and see things better; that is their main purpose. But we use the eyes for a different purpose that is desire-based, drawing us outwards, creating a vacillating mind and disturbance. Then we are unable to focus on our center. If we focus on the steadiness of the soul, we will stay centered. Consider it from another angle: the earth is revolving around the sun while spinning on its own axis at a very high speed. If you are seated at the Equator you will have maximum exposure to that movement at almost 1000 miles per hour, whereas if you are at the North Pole you will feel as if you are stationary, as you are on the top of the axis. So the key is to find that axis within yourself. How is this possible? It is possible only when you match your movements with those of your axis. And what are those movements all about? The ability of your mind to settle down. The great yogi, Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh, said that it is the settledness of the mind on a subject that brings happiness. If that settledness is not there, then you will be jumping from one thing to another without any resolution. You will not have any closure, you will not have any satisfaction, and you will not have any peace. You will still be vacillating and dissatisfied all your life, and you will not have learned anything from all your activities. So settledness is the key. When you meditate, you must feel settled. Or putting it another way: if the meditation is done correctly you will automatically feel settled. Now settledness does not mean inactivity; in fact, it is activity at a dimension we have never conceived of before. When you have a subject to study, a business venture to work upon and a conversation with your child, your mind should be steady on them. At the same time your mind should also be steady on any other thing that you need to attend to. The steadiness should be there. It is not that when you are fully attentive to one thing you are less attentive to another. One does not rob your mind of capacity for the other. It depends on how you develop your capacity to expand your consciousness. As you progress, you will not feel that you are thinking or contemplating, as it just becomes a part of your nature. It is like developing any other capacity. For example, when little children have to add 2+2 a lot of thinking is involved, but as a teenager you can have a complex equation in your mind and work on it, no longer needing to think. You are able to contemplate. When you advance a little more, you are neither thinking nor contemplating, as the answer comes just like that. The nature of the soul is movement and thinking, and in the early stages of a spiritual practice, you learn to focus and think clearly. Later on comes expansion, which means you develop 360-degree consciousness. Still later, when you reach higher realms of human consciousness, it is as if you are everywhere at the same time. Consciousness is of a nature where you have gone beyond expansion, and that is why there is stillness, which happens when things are moving extremely fast. So, let’s look at it from the perspective of infinite movement

By Kamlesh D. Patel

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. — Albert Einstein

The above quote resonates with some ideas I have been thinking about lately on consciousness. Imagine a beautiful flower blooming in the garden. If you run past it you will not be able to appreciate its beauty, whereas if you are walking by you can enjoy it more, and if you stand still in front of it you will appreciate its beauty even more. If you are flying, then you will not even see the flower below you on the earth. So, when we are moving rapidly, we miss out on many things. The mind is even faster than any physical movement. When the mind is moving rapidly from one object to another, one subject to another, one venture to another, what you miss is the blooming of the flower that is inside you. You are not merely missing out on the details; you miss out completely on the existence of the flower itself.

Now what is that flower? It is your soul. Let’s explore this idea further and ask a question: is it possible to move at speed and still be present in each moment? Can we reach a critical speed where we stand still in movement? To understand this better, let’s revisit the diagram we have of the various bodies of a human being. The soul is the center of our being, around which we have the four main subtle bodies that we know as the mind. The first is consciousness, the canvas that is the field or fabric of the subtle body. Then there is the ego, which is our identity, so it is also deeply entwined with the individual soul. Then comes intellect, which allows us to discern and make choices, and then at the surface level of the mind is the thinking function. Then there is the physical body, which is the outermost layer. If noticed keenly, it is always the subtle that supports the less subtle in its wake. The soul is the subtlest, followed by consciousness, ego, intellect, mind and finally the physical body, and hence the origin of the sequence in the order mentioned above. Think of a wheel. The very center of the wheel is quite steady, without movement, whereas the circumference of the wheel experiences maximum movement. Similarly, the center of a tornado, the eye, is in utter stillness. If you want to be calm, position yourself in the center of the tornado and keep moving along with it, and then nothing will affect you. And what is our center, around which the vortex of life exists? It is the soul. Let’s explore the physical end of the spectrum. The five senses are given to us for a noble purpose, but we are so busy using them for our pleasures at the physical level that we misuse them.

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By Rajesh T. Ganatra

What a year 2016 was! It was a crazy election cycle ending in the victory of the most unconventional presidential candidate in history. By the time you read this Donald Trump will have been sworn in as the 45th President of the US. The markets around the world had a busy and substantive year. Here is my analysis.

the Dow Jones Industrial average aka “The Dow” began 2016 at 17,245.13 and closed out the year at 19,762.60, which represented a gain of 2,337.47 points [+13.5%]. The major bulk of the gains came during the months of November and December. In anticipation of a Clinton victory, on Monday, 11/7/2016, the Dow increased from 17,888.28 to 18,259.60 and on Election Day itself (Tuesday), 11/8/2016, the Dow had another jump up to 18,332.74. As the election results began to come in and be analyzed and tabulated, the Dow “Futures” were down as much as 900 points on the heels of the shocking and astounding Trump victory. However, when the market opened up on Wednesday, 11/9/2016, the Dow opened down only 15 points and actually had a significant bullish action, settling out at 18,569.69. From there, the march to 20,000 really commenced and the financial sector fueled the rally on anticipation of significant deregulation under a Trump administration. The highest point for the Dow was intra-day on Wed, December 28, 2016, when the index reached 19,981.11. From there, it was a retreat and the index closed down for the remaining 3 days of 2016. In the opening days of 2017, the Dow traded in a narrow range of 19,718.67 to 19,999.63, which was the intra day high on Friday, 1/6/2017. The Dow was not able to rise an additional 0.37 to achieve the milestone of 20,000, which remains extremely close yet quite elusive to-date. Part of the reason for this can be attributed to Trump’s first press conference held post the election (on January 11th, 2016). In this news conference, Trump provided little clarity about how he would implement his aggressive proposals that he had promised during the campaign and hence; the rally to 20,000 lost steam.

the naSDaQ Composite started CY2016 at 5,007.41 and settled out the year at 5,383.12, which represented a gain of 376 points (+7.5%). The index’s rise was due to the healthcare and technology sector, although the technology sector is very different than what it was during March 2000, when the NASDAQ achieved a closing milestone of 5048 on 3/10/2000. In 1999-2000, it was the Internet/ stocks that fueled the rally on the NASDAQ because the Net was in its early stages back then. Any stock that had association with the Internet soared and continued to soar even more. In addition, when the new Millennium was on the horizon, there were a lot of Y2K companies that sprouted up. These companies specialized in fixing computer programs and systems that had only two digits for the year, so that the transition from 1999 to 2000 would not cause any glitches. IPOs of ‘Net’ and ‘Y2K’ companies were plentiful and those stocks rose exceptionally, although many companies were unprofitable and did not have a realistic business plan. Soon after the records set in March 2000 came the piercing bust of the balloon. Because the majority of the companies had no profits, the hype suddenly came to a crashing halt and many of the companies folded entirely. The turn of the calendar from 1999 to 2000 was much smoother than

expected and the event did not bring significant disruption, chaos or any major glitches. Therefore, the Y2K companies lacked a sense of purpose after 1/1/2000. The NASDAQ Composite took a long, hard plunge and especially after the dreadful terrorist attacks of 9/11/2011 and the recession thereafter, the index took a major beating and on 10/9/2002, the NASDAQ closed at 1114.11, which represented a drop of 78% from the March 2000 peak. It took fifteen long years for the NASDAQ to approach 5,000 again and it closed at 5,008.10 on 3/2/2015. Subsequently, the index oscillated between 4600-5100 for several months. After the election in, 2016 the NASDAQ was a part of the rally and set new highs in the 5500 area. One of the hottest stocks back in 1999-2000 was (AMZN) and the company not only survived the bust and economic downturns but has manifested itself from being just an online bookstore to a one-stop-shop for “anything and everything”. It has built an network of warehouses and shipping centers to get orders to the consumers quickly and with the ease of shopping online, many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have been significantly hurt by this online giant. AMZN is a stalwart in the NASDAQ Composite and it has indeed helped fuel its comeback. Another company that has turbo-charged the NASDAQ is Apple (AAPL). Literally left for dead in the mid1990s, the company turned into “survival mode” and completely reinvented itself with the advent of the iPhone, iPad and iMacs, and these products have transformed consumers’ lives in countless ways, especially in the way we listen to music. Another powerhouse stock that helped the NASDAQ reclaim 5,000 is Google. It had humble beginnings as a search engine and Google IPOed in 2004. Since then, Google has many products and is working on proto-types for driverless cars!

the Standard & Poors (S&P) 500 Index started CY2016 at 2,043.90 and ended the year at 2,238.83, which represents a gain of 194.93 points (+9.5%). The S&P 500 Index consists of the stocks of 500 major large cap companies that trade on the U.S. Exchanges, and several of these companies have two classes of stock, therefore, the total number of stocks in the index is actually 505, despite its name. The S&P 500 Index covers nearly 80% of U.S. Market Capitalization. The weighting of the index is determined by market capitalization, therefore, the moves in the larger-cap companies are “weighted heavier” and they tend to sway the index more.

the Federal Reserve controls two key interest rates: the Federal Funds Rate, which is the rate that financial institutions borrow money from each other and the Discount Rate, which is the rate that financial institutions borrow directly from the Fed itself. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) normally meets eight times per year to evaluate the economic data and decide whether to make a move on interest rates. A basis point is 0.01% and normally, any moves up or down are done in increments of 25 basis points (0.25%) at the meetings. However, in times of economic duress, namely after events such as the “” bust during the spring of 2000, the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, the Great Recession of 2008-2009, many interest rate moves have been 50 basis points (0.50%) and several of these have been undertaken in between the regularly scheduled eight [8] meetings per year. Two of the larger interest rate moves in recent history have been the 75 basis point (0.75%) interest rate cut on 1/22/2008 when it became evident that the entire banking system was buckling under enormous pressure due to the housing crisis, and also during December 2008 when the Fed Funds was lowered to a target range of 0%-0. 25%: the Fed did not want rates at an absolute zero point.


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The 20th Annual Art Ball, which supports all of Cary Visual Art’s programs, is coming Saturday, February 11 at 6:30pm in West Wing, North Carolina Museum of Art. Join friends of Cary Visual Art for an artful evening celebrating 20 years of promoting, inspiring, encouraging, and supporting visual arts for the uplifting of the human spirit in the Cary community. Cary Visual Art organizes permanent and temporary placement of visual art in Cary, develops and educates young and emerging visual artists, and provides unique exhibition opportunities for experienced visual artists. The evening is a fundraiser and will feature dinner, dancing, live music, artwork, a short film, silent auction and more. For more details visit,

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nuv Yug India Fest - March 2017 (Charlotte & Raleigh) The Nuv Yug Cultural Association presents the Nuv Yug India Fest on Sat-Sun, March 18 - 19 at the NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC and on Sat-Sun, March 25 - 26 at the Park Expo Center in Charlotte. The events feature performances, arts, fashion, exhibitions, crafts, food, vendors, and more. The audition deadlines for performers at Sat, February 25 for the Raleigh fest and Sat, March 4 for the Charlotte fest. For more details call 919-2289867, write to or visit

Community News

CMS Student Gives Speech at annual State of Schools Ceremony Sanskriti Deva Kulshreshtha won Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools - CMS State student award last fall and was invited to give a speech during State of schools ceremony and yearend wrapup on December 7, 2016 by CMS Superintendent Ann Clark. Sanskriti is the first Indian-American selected to address CMS state of schools in Charlotte. She is a ninth grader at Philip O Berry Academy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 Sindhi association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Prabhupada Village 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 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 / 336.793.7138 / Quan am Buddhist temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details:

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

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Bhartiya Senior Citizens of nC (BSCnC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10 am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on February 11. Where members will celebrate Maha Shivratri and Valentine’s Day. For Further Details: Yogeshbhai Gandhi (President) 910.391.1809 Ramesh patel (Vice President) 443.848.9333

Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: eKtaa Student organization (nCSu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: /

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

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

Geet Bazaar Radio (nCSu) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119 GeM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208

Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search only ends when the source of eternal happiness is found. Eternal happiness can only be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by A. M. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan, and was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. It is based on the foundation of Self Realization. This science provides practical dayto-day solutions that lead to harmony and happiness in life. SelfRealization is attained in a two-hour ceremony (Gnan Vidhi) by the grace of the Gnani (spiritual master). Dada Bhagwan Satsang, Raleigh center invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events at HSNC, every Saturday 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 1-877-505-3232 Ext 1003

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

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


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

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

Hindi naatak Group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. So if you have an Actor hidden in you, contact the group. Come explore your dream to act on stage in a professional 2/3 act Hindi play. You must meet following criteria: You are male or female of 20 to 50 years of age. You can read and speak Hindi fluently. You have some experience in working on or off stage. You can make 3-4 months of weekend commitment for the project. You live in RTP or surrounding area. We also need a team who can work behind the scenes to manage rehearsals, publicity, tickets, booking venue, and other arrangements. For further details:

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

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

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

HumSub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Event: Sun, March 12: Basant Bahar For Further Details:

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

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

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


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Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. Sun, Feb 12: Mad and Divine dance performance For Further Details:

Indian talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Indo-american Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653

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

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

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

ISKCon new Goloka temple of nC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Sewa RtP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. The vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering. For Further Details: Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course). For Further Details: 106

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urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - - 919.596.4792

Vaishnav Samaj of triangle area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

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


ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh & Columbia. For Further Details: Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal

- - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal - - 803.665.4050

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

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

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

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

Sri Somesvara temple (asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarthi is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073 108

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

Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 Hanahan table-tennis training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 /

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

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

India assoc. of Greater Charleston (IaGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events

throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661

Indian upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda - 864.561.1016

Kannada association of Greater Greenville (KaGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973

Masjid noor-ul-Huda (MnH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes for children are also conducted daily. The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. For Further Details: Masjid main number - 803.754.2632

telugu association of Greater Greenville Telugu Association of Greater Greenville (TAGG) is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and also artists visiting from India and touring the country. For Further Details:

Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852 Send your organization's updates and events to us by the 15th of the month for inclusion:


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The Federal Reserve kept the Federal Funds Rate at the historical low range from quite an extended period of time due to the financial crisis of 2008-2009. The markets bottomed out in the spring of 2009 and subsequently began recovering, however, the unemployment rate and job losses in the economy persisted. The economy sputtered along during 2010-2014 and in CY 2015, several economic indicators perked upwards. Therefore, on 12/16/2015, the Fed increased the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points to 0.50%. The year 2016 brought substantial strength in the housing market and therefore, at the last meeting of the year on 12/14/2016, the Fed pumped up the Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%. The Fed expects good economic growth under President Trump and therefore, the bond market has priced in at least 2-3 additional rate hikes during CY2017.

the Mumbai (Bombay) Sensex commenced CY2016 at 26,160.90 and settled out the year at 26,626.46, which resulted in a gain of 465.56 points (+1.7%) during CY2016. The main story of the year 2016 in India was demonetization. Overnight on November 8th, 2016, Prime Minister Modi declared all of the Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes invalid, essentially wiping out 86% of the currency in circulation. This in a country where nearly 90% of transactions are made in cash and half the population does not have a bank account. The economy virtually froze up: small businesses that do not have the ability to process credit/debit cards and run on barter or cash virtually froze up. There were going to be new Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500 notes issued but the distribution of those notes was disorganized and the ATMs at banks had to be reset and recalibrated for the new notes. People were left unable to draw out money at ATM banks and long queues formed at banks as the population exchanged the suddenly worthless currency into smaller “spendable” denominations. The reason for taking on this demonetization was to get the illegal (“black”) money out of the economic system, encourage electronic transactions by debit/credit cards and to also get the population to deposit more of their money at banks, thereby increasing liquidity in the financial system. Did it work and was it worth it? By the way, are you are wondering if the Sensex ever traded above 30,000? The answer is yes it did, reaching a pinnacle of 30,024.74 intra-day on 3/4/2015. However, the Sensex retreated and has never closed above 30,000. The index would need to appreciate nearly 10% for it to approach the 30,000 level again. Can it happen? Only time will tell.

the u.S. Dollar strengthened against the British Pound due to the Brexit vote in June 2016. Prior to the vote, a pound was worth approximately $1.41. After the vote, the pound sharply dropped to $1.27. After Trump’s victory, the dollar also gained significantly against the Euro, Canadian Dollar and Swiss Franc. A major rate of this was the interest rate increase that was undertaken by the Fed in December 2016 and more rate hikes are expected in CY2017. Higher interest rates tend to strengthen the Dollar, where lower rates tend to soften the Dollar.

versus perfect stillness. What is infinite movement? We can understand this by considering the physics of movement. If you go from Detroit to New York by car, you will go at a certain speed; let us say you take 8 or 9 hours. If you take a flight, you will arrive there in an hour and fifteen minutes. If you take one of those old supersonic flights, by the time they announce you are taking off you are already landing. If you fly at the speed of tachyon particles (purported to travel faster than the speed of light), you can be in New York and Detroit at the same time. Now why is this relevant to infinite movement? When we go beyond certain frequencies in Nature, it seems as if there is nothing happening because of the enormity of the speed with which things are moving. You can think of it like a child’s spinning top. When it is spinning the fastest, and is perfectly balanced, it looks as if it is not moving at all. As we move inwards towards our center, something similar happens; we become subtler. As we become subtler and subtler, the frequency within also changes. The transformation follows the progression from matter to energy to Absolute. In such a profound state of being, it appears as if nothing is happening inside. But actually, so much is happening at the same time! The 360-degree awareness is so rapid that it is almost real time. For example, even before another person speaks, you have felt what they are going to say, understood and responded. Nothing is holding your mind, or you can say that your mind is able to settle on everything simultaneously. You can be absolutely settled on your spirituality, and you are also settled on your business decisions without becoming either disturbed or elated about them. There may be a hundred things that you are planning in your life, but if you have the ability to move from one to another at lightning speed, why worry? The idea of all yogic practices is to make the mind still and steady so that it can resonate with the stillness of the soul. So all our efforts towards the eight steps of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga – yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi – are for the single purpose of creating stillness in the mind. The outer stillness of the mind is then able to match the inner stillness of the soul. Everything is integrated. This is the state known as sahaj samadhi, and to achieve this state is why we meditate.

the India Rupee traded in a range of 66.50 to 68.90 to the U.S. Dollar during CY2016. During the aforesaid demonetization, the Rupee weakened considerably and unofficially; it was changing hands at over 70 Rupees to the Dollar. However, once the initial shockwaves and ripple effects wore off, the Rupee stabilized at 67.60 to 68.10 to the Dollar. Wishing all the Saathee readers a very happy, successful and prosperous CY2017!

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The unused 6 letters spell ”Affectionate persons.”

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

1. The Muslim religion. _ SL _ _ 2. Remove from the place where it is suspended. _ _ SL _ _ _ 3. Of drowsiness; not very active. SL _ _ _ _ 4. Impairment of the ability to read. _ _ SL _ _ _ _ 5. Rubella. _ _ _ SL _ _ 6. A very small island. _ SL _ _ 7. A blow with the palm of the hand. SL _ _ 8. A landslide caused by rock failure. _ _ _ _ SL _ _ _ 9. Digital Subscriber Line. (*) _ SL 10. Made to prevent sliding. _ _ _ SL _ _ 11. To cause to believe something is not true. _ _ SL _ _ _ 12. A mix of raw cabbage & salad dressing . _ _ _ _ SL _ _ 13. A heated argument; squabble. _ _ _ SL _ 14. Slow; idle; sluggish. SL _ _ _ 15. A passage between sections of seats in rows. _ _ SL _ 16. A counter standing alone in center of a kitchen. _ SL _ _ _ 17. An adherent of Islam. _ _ SL _ _ 18. Long and thin. SL _ _ _ _ _ 19. A sloppy or gross person. SL _ _ 20. Obliquely. _ SL _ _ _ 21. Aversion; antipathy . _ _ SL _ _ _ 22. “Elvis __”, U.S. Rock-and-roll singer. _ _ _ SL _ _ 23. Skillful at trickery or deceit. SL _ 24. A plant with aromatic leaves used for flavor. _ _ _ SL _ _ 25. A gas jet or burner. _ _ SL _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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confidence and power. You should be very busy with projects at your workplace. Drive carefully and watch your health. You may need some help or support during second half of the month. A kidney-related health problem may bother you this month. Consider donating some money or services for religious activities. Avoid borrowing funds or taking any loans this month. tauRuS (apr 20 - May 21) - You may have to wait until

last week of the month to see positive results. Don’t rush to bring changes into your life. You may go through major ups and down during the month. Your assistant may prove to be great support for you. You can take financial risks or work on starting your business. Don’t assume anything and follow your education and knowledge to solve any problems. Your spouse may do well this month. GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) - After a slow progress, things

may improve dramatically for you during second half of the month. It is very important to act safe and drive cautiously during second week of the month. Help from your spouse should always be there. Destiny is playing with your karma, so accept it as a part of life. You could do very well at workplace, but financial progress may not meet your expectations.

CanCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) - Strained relations with your spouse due to differences in ideology may bring a major turning point in your life. During this change, don’t make your career a major issue. Also avoid considering your personal sentimental values. Good health and financial stability may improve your self-confidence. Be careful while driving during second half of the month.

Leo (Jul 22 - aug 23) - Try to be careful in every step of life this month. Most importantly control your anger and ego. Your health could be a major concern. Don’t count on close family members. Your partner could be good support for you. Try to slow down and compromise as needed. There is a possibility of getting an unexpected big financial benefit through your heritage. Minor improvements in a situation are possible during the second half of the month.

VIRGo (aug 23 - Sep 23) - Destiny may bring a big change in your ideology and line of action. Your child may indirectly be involved in this process. During this major disturbance and change, your knowledge and spouse’s firm support will help you in getting through it successfully. It may go very fast and make you happy and comfortable at the end. You will enjoy good health this month. Move ahead with confidence.

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the month. A child’s education expenses could be another major concern. Move very cautiously this month.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) - You may face small ups and downs this month. Major changes in relations with siblings and friends may develop problems during second half of the month. You can learn more from your competitors than your friends. Try to accomplish all your projects during first half and then take a vacation during second half of the month. Also be careful about your health, particularly if you are a heart patient.

SaGIttaRIuS (nov 22 - Dec 21) - You may work against your nature this month. You want to travel to far off places and lose some contracts. But you will have confidence to get back in the system. You may accomplish a major family-related project this month. Even though it may bring big changes in your life, you will love it and enjoy it. Minor health issues are possible, but you want to ignore them for now. A family member’s involvement in your work may increase this month.

CaPRICoRn (Dec 21 - Jan 20) - Most of the people around you may be living normal life and you will be stuck with uncertainty and change. You like to work hard, and welcome it. Also this will bring financial benefits for you. Again, don’t get involved in legal matters and take any health-related issue seriously. Your friends and siblings will support you in your projects. You may see rise in workload, but keep working sincerely.

aQuaRIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) - Your aggressive behavior and morals may help you a lot this month. You could enjoy an increase in your current savings, however you may also lose a great opportunity. Time might improve during second half of the month. Listen to your family and spend more time with them. Avoid travel and sincerely focus on your work. Don’t dispute with your spouse. Also avoid attending public gatherings this month. A para-psychic experience may delight you.

your spouse may bring happiness and prosperity during the month. You may need to work in a mature and intelligent manner. Your expenses may go up during second half of the month. Problems due to sickness might obstruct your plans. Self-confidence and education will protect you against all possible odds. Your hobby may also help you avoid problems.

LIBRa (Sep 23 - oct 23) - You may face major problems

during this month. This may include health, finance and as well as a lack of confidence. Your associates may misguide you and your friends may not keep their word. Try to be sincere towards your work and responsibilities. There is no major improvement in this situation until the last days of

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Advertisers Index 9 Gems (Gems and Jewelry).................................... 19

Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)............................... 77

Rajbhog Foods......................................................... 41

A Economy Driving School .......................................69

Idolize Brows & Beauty .........................................111

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)......89

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)...31

Inchin's Bamboo Garden..........................................17

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor)....................................75

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

Inspirations by Bella..................................................91

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao)...........................99

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants)........ 29

International Community Church ............................. 76

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews).................... 48

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville).......................................... 95

ISSO -NC (International Swaminarayan Satsan Org). 64

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal)............121

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham)...........119

Jigna Shah CPA....................................................... 69

Ribald Floral and Events......................................... 121

Art Of Problem Solving Academy .............................35

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh)........................................75

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law)......47

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......... 31

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).....72

Robotics Academy (RTP)...........................................27

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)........................................ 61

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

Rons Henna Art (Mehndi / Henna)............................ 75

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)......55

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

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh)................................38

Beyond Bollywood (City Of Raleigh Museum)........... 22

KDP CPA.................................................................. 21

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).....47

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

Khanna & Sons Jewelers............................................9

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc......................... 23

Bhogal CPA, PC........................................................16

Kumon Cary-West....................................................53

Saint Mary's School..................................................23

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC...........................................73

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch).......... 53

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

Blooming Buds.......................................................125

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

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).....................63

Bollywood Photo Booth / DJ Hangama.....................24

Level Homes............................................................ 83

Shah & Trivedi CPA, PLLC.........................................25

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor)........31

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian).......................87

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) .........................75

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA...........91

Lotus Salon & Spa....................................................39

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

Cary Medical Clinic.................................................103

Maadhurya Photography..........................................61

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)................................... 57

Chandni's Beauty Salon ........................................ 103

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

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)............91

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

Millennium Hotels & Resorts (Special Event Space).. 17

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta)........................................... 20

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)............................ 111

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)................................... 85

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant............................ 79

Crossroads Brokers (Sara Cartee - County South).... 76

Mishra Architecture PLLC.........................................36

Sri Somesvara Temple (Mt. Soma, North Carolina)..107

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).11

MyTripFare (Travel agent)........................................125

Super Desi Bazaar (Apna Sabji Mandi Greensboro).. 66

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)...........................................46

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan)............................ 125

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

Sangeet Saagar A Capella Competition..................105

NC Dermatology Associates..................................... 86

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville)...................................37

Desai & Desai LLP (CPA & Financial Services)..........13

NCSU Nazaare....................................................... 113

Travel Universe......................................................... 54

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

Nishit Patel Car Sales............................................... 63


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

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

Triangle Indian Market (Cary).................................... 93

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi)................................................... 29

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna).........................85

Triangle Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)76

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani).............................................61

Nuv Yug India Fest......................................................8

Ttravel Guru........................................................... 116

Duke Performances (Anuskha Shankar)...................49

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency)..........................................89

Tuggle Duggins, PA (Scott C. Gayle - Attorney at Law)41

Ekal Vidylaya Foundation (Music Concert & Dinner).. 12

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

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring)................. 97

Ektaa NCSU (Oak City Revolution)...........................109

Paracha Ent. (Mika Singh Concert)..............................5

Udupi Cafe (Cary)..................................................... 93

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

Paramount Montessori.............................................57

Uni World Travel........................................................29

Evershine Properties.................................................30

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

Vyas Travels............................................................112

Eye Level .................................................................45

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)..................................109

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

Friends Travel.........................................................121

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate)..........................................25

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................... 85

Geological Resources, Inc................................... 47/89

Pirate Raas (Dil Se Naach - Dance Competition).....107

Worldwide Travels ....................................................11

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

PR Tax Associates (Tax & Accounting Services).........37

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

Godavari (Truly South Indian - Morrisville)................. 71

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary)............... 87

Zayka Restaurant ................................................... 51

Grand India Mart (Groceries).....................................34

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

Zeera Indian Restaurant .......................................... 63

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John)..................... 95

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC)...........................72

H Mart Companies, Inc.............................................33

Rahi Spa and Boutique (High Point, NC)....................69


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A monthly features magazine bridging the Indian Subcontinent and America

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