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In this issue: Turning Food Waste into Delicious Meals Bangalore Becoming Global Player



June 2016 Issue # 217 Editor

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Samir Shukla

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Can you Spot Hong Kong Bangalore is Reducing Food the Differences Dissidents Becoming a Waste in Paris Challenging in these Global Player China Images?

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India’s "Silicon Valley" - Bangalore is fast becoming a serious global player. See story on pg. 08. Read the book review of "Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance" on pg. 14. At this Paris Restaurant, ‘Freegans’ fight waste by cooking up food diverted from winding up in the dumpster. The story is on pg. 18. Read our Election 2016 column on pg. 60 for updates on this crazy election cycle. The US is dropping bombs quicker than it can make them. Story on pg. 64. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 100. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

Bangalore, Global Player . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Reducing Food Waste . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Mirror, Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Election 2016 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 US Dropping Bombs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 98 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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PLAYER But things change. And they’re changing now. China’s economic growth is slowing, its working population is aging and contracting, and the government of Xi Jinping has been more focused on promoting aggressive nationalism and defending against Western ideas like democracy and free speech than on encouraging China’s continued opening up to the world. Meanwhile, India is rising. Its economic growth rate is now faster than China’s. Half of all Indians are under 25, and most of those are digital natives. That means India is coming into the same “demographic dividend” that China enjoyed as its baby boom generation moved through the workforce and drove economic growth in the 1980s, ‘90s and early 2000s. China’s growth is far from over, the potential of its younger generation remains great, and India’s ascent will have its challenges. But India’s increasingly showing that it’s a serious contender to become a regional and global leader, in tech, and perhaps beyond. “By 2020, a recent McKinsey study says, we will become the single largest IT cluster on the planet — overtaking Silicon Valley — with 2 million IT professionals, 6 million indirect IT jobs, and $80 billion in IT exports,” Krishna says. Already, Bangalore’s population has doubled over the past 15 years, to 11.5 million, as growing opportunities in IT, biotech and other fields, have drawn young, educated professionals from around India. Some have even started to return from Silicon Valley. “I’m just here for a short trip,” says Niketh Sabbineni, who cofounded a startup called Bookpad a couple of years ago, and

By Mary Kay Magistad, PRI Ask natives of Asia’s two giants, China and India, what they think of the other, and not infrequently, the jokes and stereotypes fly. At least some people in each country seem to enjoy secretly — or not so secretly — looking down on the other. So when an Indian official took the stage at a Chinesesponsored high-tech conference in San Francisco last fall, made a joke about Chinese having to check with the teachings of Chairman Mao before they could answer a simple question, and then made the case for “why India Rocks, Bangalore roars, and Silicon Valley will soon be Bangalored,” some of the Chinese members of the audience were practically sputtering. “Just to be more objective ... one in five drugs exported from India are fake,” one said in the question period. “And also, electronics, India exports the most fakes to the US.” The official, Srivatsa Krishna, permanent secretary of egovernance for the state of Karnataka, of which the IT hub Bangalore is the capital, started to answer. “I’m not debating that data. I’m saying every country has its problems, and we have ours.” “But it’s too much!” the questioner broke in. “Can I answer?” Krishna replied. Other Chinese questioners jumped in to ask just how he thought India could really be a challenger to China, in innovation, in tech, in economic growth, in anything. After all, for three decades, China has been the uncontested great power rising in Asia, powered by pragmatism and efficiency, while as recently as the ‘80s in India, it could take two years to get a phone line.


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cheaply in village clinics, even how to predict epilepsy attacks. “I have a son. He’s about 5,” says Rajlakshmi Borthakur, a career IT professional who worked for Infosys and Ernst & Young before becoming a mom, and finding out that her son had severe epilepsy. His attacks would go on long stretches, and left him developmentally delayed. He can’t talk, and he wobbles when he walks. As his attacks have kept coming, emergency trips to the hospital have become part of life.

then sold it to Yahoo. He’s now working with Yahoo in Silicon Valley, but he thinks Bangalore’s the place to be. “So I’m looking to start again. I’m looking around for opportunities. I’ve talked to a lot of entrepreneurs and investors in the US, and I find this space more exciting. I find that the energy and the sheer number of people starting up here, are far more. So I want to come back here.” Sabbineni says this, surrounded by the buzz of the Startup Warehouse, a government-funded incubator for startups in a newer part of Bangalore. His own company came through an earlier incarnation of the Startup Warehouse. He credits it not just with connecting him with peers and with investors, but also with teaching him how to be an entrepreneur. The Startup Warehouse is part of both national and local government goals to increase entrepreneurship and innovation in China. A “10,000 Startups” project, started three years ago, has already helped launch 12,000 startups, and the program is just getting started. “The idea is that over the next 10 years, we want to impact 10,000 startups,” says Ashok Madaravally, who oversees the Startup Warehouse, and is deputy director of the National Association of Software and Services Companies. “That means we help them get started, connect them with customers, get them significantly mentored and help them grow at a global scale. This is a new, welcome level of help from the government, in a country where red tape and bureaucracy strangled many an entrepreneurial impulse in decades past. That’s not to say that the red tape and bureaucracy have disappeared entirely; but they’re not the tiring obstacles they once were. Drive around Bangalore, though, and compare its physical infrastructure with that of Beijing, or Shanghai and Shenzhen, and you may end up wondering how India could be a contenders in high-tech. China’s cities are full of broad boulevards and big, modern high-rises. Central Bangalore looks almost village-like, with stray dogs ambling past the charred remains of campfires on uneven sidewalks, with small shops with whimsical signs, motorized trishaws and squatting street vendors. But the infrastructure gets better, fast, as you move out to the newer parts of town, where the tech and biotech areas are fast expanding. Even Chinese investors have started to realize that many Indian companies are a good bet. After investing just $1.2 billion total from 2000 to 2015, Chinese investment is pouring in, and is expected to total $5 to 10 billion over the next three years. “I think there’s absolutely no gain saying the fact that India is at least 20 years, in some cases perhaps 100 years, behind China in terms of physical infrastructure,” Srivatsa Krishna says. “But we are ahead of them in innovation, knowledge and the IT economy. And this hasn’t happened overnight. This has been going on for the last 25 to 30 years, to reach where we have reached today. And the good news for India is, it has only scratched a very, very small bit of the global pie. The way ahead is long. The rewards are many, and very, very fruitful, and so are the risks. And we are very, very aware of that.” And here’s what India has to help it create a different kind of future than China — a functioning democracy in a multicultural country, a free press and a long tradition of vigorous public and private debate, an independent court system, and a not insignificant number of entrepreneurs less interested in creating a unicorn — a startup valued at a billion dollars — and more interested in solving problems that hundreds of millions of the poorest in India, and the world, face. At Bangalore’s Bioinnovation Center, also governmentfunded, scientists are working on how to more quickly heal wounds, neutralize allergens, diagnose pathogens quickly and

Rajlakshmi Borthakur’s experience with her own child’s epilepsy led her to start a company, making a glove with sensors that can read the body’s electrical signals to predict when epileptic seizures will happen. Photo by Mary Kay Magistad

“Because it would be life-threatening for him, otherwise,” Borthakur says. “So we started looking for some answers. We wanted an indication that he was about to have an attack, so we could at least get out of our pajamas and into our clothes and take him to the hospital. We needed at least that much time, and there was nothing available in the market.” Borthakur started reading widely about epilepsy. “And I am an Internet of Things enthusiast, on the side, and I was reading up about sensors,” she says. “I knew about epilepsy. I knew about neural networks. So somewhere, somehow, this all came together, that epilepsy is related to electrical signals, electrical signals could be extracted with the help of sensors, and once you pass this onto a processing hub, maybe we could predict epilepsy. So that was the beginning.” She experimented. She streamed data from her own body. Doctors told her she was on the right track. She entered a competition called “Innovate for Digital India,” supported by the Department of Science and Technology, and of 1,900 entrants, she ended up in the top 10, and with a slot in the Bioinnovation Center. By the end of this year, Borthakur’s company, Terrablue XT, hopes to launch a glove with embedded sensors that can detect an oncoming epileptic seizure. This, and other wearables to come, could make life easier for many of the 50 to 60 million people worldwide with epilepsy, and for those who care for them. Doctors could monitor patients, even in remote villages. The collected data — big data — from all epilepsy patients using this device, could help doctors better recognize patterns, and prescribe treatment. It’s potentially a pretty big deal. That’s also the kind of innovation encouraged down the street, at the Indian Institute of Information Technology. “Indians are starting to solve India’s problems,” says professor S. Sadagopan, IIIT’s director. “I think what people are realizing is, unless the poorest in India are going to make more money, this country has no future. Some startups are starting to look at ways to make a difference. Will it make a Facebook? Will it make a Google? Honestly speaking, I don’t care. Does it make a difference to a billion people? I care.” 10

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“The finance sector devotes too little attention to the search for new investment opportunities and the stewardship of existing ones, and far too much to secondary-market dealing in existing assets.” Kay also argues that unwieldy regulation can sometimes make matters worse. He believes in “good banks and effective asset managers,” but good banks and effective asset managers are not what he sees. Alas, he argues that a cultural change in the ethical standards of the industry is needed. But can that really happen considering the vast amount of money to be made using “other people’s money?” He makes good points that we do need many of the activities that huge companies like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs engage in, but he says that we do not need Citigroup and Goldman to do them. He also states that many of the things done by these massive firms do not need to be done at all. According to Kay, the finance sector needs to be reminded of its primary purpose: to manage other people’s money for the benefit of businesses and households. “It is an aberration when the some of the finest mathematical and scientific minds are tasked with devising algorithms for the sole purpose of exploiting the weakness of other algorithms for computerized trading in securities. To travel further down that road leads to ruin.” On a video on his website about this book he says, “Modern economies need finance, we need a financial system to manage our payments to help us transfer wealth over our lifetime and between generations. We need a financial system to manage risk and we need a financial system to allocate capital. But the financial system we have created today is much larger and much more complex and much less robust then would be needed to achieve these purposes.” In the book he explains how to get the financial systems better adapted to the real needs of the real economy. His prime argument is that the “finance world’s perceived profitability is not the creation of new wealth, but the sector’s appropriation of wealth – of other people’s money.” He shows how the sector has grown too large, and “detached itself from ordinary business and everyday life, and has become an industry that mostly trades with itself, talks to itself, and judges itself by reference to standards which it has itself generated. And the outside world has itself adopted those standards, bailing out financial institutions that have failed all of us through greed and mismanagement.” This book should be among those read by all college and university students currently enrolled or are thinking about going into finance or any related industries to bring into focus its current shortcomings and to train these young minds, ethically and academically, to help prevent the next crisis. Or at the least not participate in creating one. John Kay is a visiting professor of economics at the London School of Economics and a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford University.

Book Review: other People’s Money: the Real Business of Finance Author: John Kay (Public Affairs Books) The 2016 American election has been unhinged by outsider populists railing against Wall Street, trade deals, and income inequality. The Great Recession unleashed in 2008 has been brought under control, but the debates about corporations, giant banks and financial firms sticking it to the little guy and the taxpayer rages on. British Economist John Kay deftly unravels the workings of global financial systems and how they succumbed to selfdelusions and outright overreach in helping cause the great recession in his timely book, “Other People’s Money: The real business of finance.” The book offers fluid analysis and an indictment of modern financial systems and how they have been usurped by traders and financialisation of the markets. He peels back the layers of complexity, woven by the industry and its insiders to thwart any common sense assessments, as well as regulators and overseers. Kay writes in clean prose and cites some very smart people who nonetheless deluded themselves and the world into vastly risky behavior. CEOs, bankers, traders all are exposed for their roles in the recent financial crisis. Concepts such as credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations, the tools of modern finance, are brought under glaring spotlight. He also writes succinctly of moral hazard, the economics concept where one person takes more risks because someone else bears the cost of those risks. The government bailouts of 2008 can lead to further risky behavior, he argues, because the industry may believe the govt. will come to the rescue again in case of imminent collapse. Kay writes that many companies today don’t need large pools of capital. He cites Apple as an example. “Many modern companies need very little capital,” he writes. “The stock market capitalization of Apple – the total market value of the company’s shares – is over $500 billion. Although the corporation has large cash balances – currently around $150 billion – it has few other tangible assets. Manufacturing is subcontracted.” Kay presents analytical evidence and corrective measures that can be taken to improve the systems and points to origins of this behavior which have led to problems. American and British financial systems are explained in a manner the common citizen can understand. One problem Kay points to is the high reward system in place for traders, where complex trades enrich the few while essentially no productivity takes place. He says that the finance industry should be judged like others, and if they cannot be profitable or survive without taxpayer support, the trading should not happen. He writes, “Our willingness to accept uncritically the proposition that finance has a unique status has done much damage.” He also points out the failure of laws and regulations to protect the public. The finance sector of Western economies, especially US and Britain, are too large with a structure that rewards recklessness and supports an absurd volume of trading. Computers able to make lightning fast trades compound the problems.

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Diverted from the Dumpster Story and Photos by Adeline Sire, PRI Head to the far side of the 19th arrondissement in Paris, on metro line 7. Walk across a large, grimy square and look for a tall set of metal doors under the highway overpass. When you see the bright green painted pony, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the Freegan Pony restaurant. It’s clearly not your usual Parisian dining locale. In fact, it’s an illegal squat, set in a cavernous dark space. It’s as urbangritty as it gets, furnished with long wooden tables, sofas and cushions, dimmed lights and occasional loud music. Since it opened last November, the restaurant has been serving 80 meals a night, four nights a week, on a pay-whatyou-wish basis. And its menu is basically created out of food that’s too old to sell, but still good to eat. That’s the idea behind the name. Freeganism is the practice of salvaging discarded but perfectly good food, for free. “I’ve been feeding myself like this for years,” says Aladdin Charni, who heads the non-profit restaurant with a team of volunteers and paid chefs. “Not because I have to, but because of my political convictions. I find our way of consuming and throwing out food is totally absurd, as if it had no value.” In fact, researchers believe that roughly a third of all the food we produce is never eaten. That’s a huge waste of resources and energy and a big impact on the climate from emissions related to all that wasted food. Charni harvests most of the food for his restaurant from the gigantic Rungis wholesale market on the outskirts of Paris. Tons of food reaching the end of its shelf life at the market is thrown away every day — meat, dairy, seafood and produce. Charni is mostly interested in produce, since Freegan Pony is strictly vegetarian and sometimes vegan. On a recent evening in Freegan Pony’s kitchen area, chef Santiago Rosero was working with the day’s ingredients, starting with potatoes. “I’m going to make a thick potato soup that comes from my country, Ecuador, which is called Locro de Papa,” Rosero says. “And I had the idea to make the lentils in a risotto way, with some pickled and roasted vegetables. And for dessert, I see that there are some apples and bananas, so I’m going to try to make something with that.” Next to him, pastry chef Frances Leech prepared a buttery dessert with a food processor. “I am making shortbread,” she says, “sablés, flavored with a little bit of orange zest and little bit of pepper. And it’s to go with the apple compote we have here.”

Freegan Pony guest Chef Santiago Rosero explains to a volunteer how to prepare a recent evening’s dish of lentil risotto, with pickled and roasted vegetables.

“It’s rice and potatoes, with peas,” he says. “That’s nice.” Freegan Pony has staked out some unique territory among Paris restaurants, but it’s not alone in addressing the issue of food waste. A new law in France requires supermarkets to donate unsold food. But founder Charni says most food waste comes from wholesalers, who aren’t covered under this law. That’s why Freegan Pony goes to the wholesale market, to reclaim food that would otherwise still be thrown away.

From trash to haute cuisine — the ingredients of these servings of white bean and lentil salad with oranges and mint had been headed to the dumpster at a wholesale market before they were salvaged by the staff of Paris’ Freegan Pony restaurant.

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From the director of Iqbal and Dor comes a story about the power of hope, determination and the human spirit. Join Chotu and Pari on a journey as they look for Shah Rukh Khan across the vibrant Rajasthan desert in the film Dhanak, directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Pari is ten years old and has promised her little blind brother Chotu that she’ll help get his eyesight back before he turns 10. When she spots her favorite star Shah Rukh Khan on the poster for an eye-donation drive, she is convinced her hero will help her on her mission. So Pari sets out with Chotu on a journey through Rajasthan where they encounter a bunch of colorful characters. The film stars Hetal Gada, Krrish Chhabria and Rajiv Lakshman. It opens in theaters in June 17.

As civil war divides the nation, a poor farmer from Mississippi leads a group of rebels against the Confederate army. Directed by Gary Ross, the film Free State of Jones stars Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, Gugu MbathaRaw, and Mahershala Ali. The film is inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi during the American Civil War. The film is scheduled for release on June 24.

The BFG A girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) encounters the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers, he refuses to eat boys and girls. Steven Spielberg directs this film which is based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed children’s author, Roald Dahl. The film also stars Bill Hader, Jermaine Clement, and Rebecca Hall. It arrives in cinemas on July 1.

Bollywood vs Politicians Soccer match to be held in Delhi Actor Abhishek Bachchan will lead a team of TV and film stars including Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Armaan Jain, Dino Morea, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, TV actors Shabbir Ahluwalia, Karan Wahi, choreographer Marc Robinson and Kartik Aryan, against a team of politicians for a charity soccer match to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on June 11, reports Bollywood Hungama. The politicians’ team is made up of Manoj Tiwari (actor turned politician), Anshul Verma (UP), Kamlesh Paswan (UP), Keshav Prasad Mourya (UP), Saumitra Khan (West Bengal), Anupam Hazara (West Bengal), Parvesh Verma (Delhi), Vijay Kumar Handsak (Jharkhand), Rahul Kaswan (Rajasthan), Devji Patel (Rajasthan), Abhishek Singh, and Gopal Shetty (North Mumbai).

The Legend of Tarzan The Legend of Tarzan is an upcoming epic action adventure film drawn upon the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by David Yates and written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, its cast comprises Alexander Skarsgård in the title role, along with Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou and Christoph Waltz. Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Look for the film in theaters on July 1.

Finding Dory Finding Nemo was a huge hit. Now, the film’s loveable, friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish named Dory reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice Dory while the film also stars Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, and Kate McKinnon. Look for the animated comedy adventure film Finding Dory in movie theaters starting on June 17. The film will be focused on Dory’s desire to find her family. The story takes place six months after the events of Finding Nemo and will be set off the coast of California.

Remake of Mani Ratnam’s Agni Natchathiram in the Works Mani Ratnam’s 1988 Tamil melodrama Agni Natchathiram is now being remade into Hindi by famed director Bejoy Nambiar, who has been closely associated with Ratnam and has assisted him on several of his films. Nambiar’s film will star Harshvardhan Rane and Vicky Kaushal as the step brothers. When asked by Bollywood Hungama why he has chosen to remake the film Nambiar explained, “I think the story still resonates and if done well can really connect. I’ve just started writing and I am in the process of locking the script.”


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MIRROR, MIRROR A Conversation From the Outside Looking in... mid 1960’s (thanks to a little TV show called Star Trek), but it really became a worldwide phenomenon in the mid 2000’s as well. With the recent re-emergence of VR technology, we’re just one step closer to the scenarios shown in sci-fi concepts such as plugging into The Matrix, the Star Trek holodeck, or even the full VR games of eXistenZ. While I do love what these new technological breakthroughs have given us, it is not without its problems. I see more and more people in public curled over their phone while thumbing away that all important text message or tweet instead of simply looking up to speak to the person without 5 feet of them. I see more and more drivers wearing earbuds (which is illegal to do, by the way) as they scroll through their favorite digital playlist instead of watching the road. I’ve seen people of all ages who would rather get their phone out and shoot video of someone getting attacked on the sidewalk instead of using that same phone to call for help. Are we slowly turning into the humans from WALL-E lying in their floating chairs while watching tiny screens in front of their faces without any knowledge or interaction with the other person right next to them? If we continue on our present course that may very well become our future. We recently have had car companies making new vehicles with gizmos that sense another car in our blind spot... that can parallel park by themselves, and even stop or swerve on their own to avoid a collision. While yes I am very glad that we have better protection due to these advances, I think we would not need these gimmicks if folks were not so distracted with so much shiny stimuli while behind the wheel. A college professor of mine once said, “Technology is not inherently good or evil. It only shifts one way or the other depending on how humanity uses it.” I’m not quite sure which way it is shifting as of right now, but we’ve seen both good and bad in recent years. I offer some of challenges for you to see if you truly are able to break free from the bindings of social media and the devices that provide them... at least for a short while. 1) IKEA has recently created table placemats with pockets to hold your phone while you eat dinner with family. Go buy a set... try them out. See if simply tucking your phone away for 20 minutes doesn’t strengthen the bond with your spouse and/or children. 2) Go to the bookstore or library and grab a book or magazine (with a cover and paper pages). Find a quiet place to relax with said literature and leave your electronic devices in a separate room entirely to avoid distraction. 3) Travel to a nearby park or to the beach. Sit on a bench and simply watch people and your environment. Turn your devices completely off while doing so. There’s no need to take pictures or video or send a quick “I am here” to your Facebook friends. Just sit back and relish the moment and your environment. Will you be able to endeavor by unplugging at least for a little while? Let’s find out...

technology: or How I learned to Start Cringing and Despise the obsession with It By Jennifer Allen “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” - Albert Einstein Imagine this scenario... Five extended family members together in the living room during the Christmas holidays. Three of the five are over the age of 60. The two others in this gathering have occupations and hobbies that require the use of various means of technology on a day-to-day basis, but have decided to put away all of their technological distractions to focus on spending time with the others. Ironically in this same situation, one elder is typing away on her laptop as she scrolls Facebook. Another is checking his Kindle for recent email messages. The third is flipping through recordings on DirecTV to see if she missed any good shows from the last day or two. I wish this was from a movie, but no this was an actual evening at my parents’ house last Christmas. I actually caught this particular family moment as we were all sitting there and made a comment about how ridiculous it is. Luckily they all closed said devices and we soon went back to having a normal family conversation without the need for hashtags, Like buttons or “LOL”ing. Saathee columnist Shyama Parui wrote last month about how she has had to blend with today’s society and learn to keep up with the ever changing technology because it’s more practical way to stay in touch with family. I completely understand where this can be a boon, especially when dealing with family members who are split by great distances. While some are still finding new devices such as Smart tablets and VR goggles to be like something out of science fiction, others have embraced these gadgets to the point that they are almost an extra body part that they simply cannot live without. Some think that it’s the newer generations who have this attachment issue, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that this addiction can happen to anyone at any age. My own generation (Generation X) was brought up in a bizarre in-between stage of old technology and the new. We were kids and young adults when home video games, computers, the internet and cell phones all were brought into the fold. We were the first school children to use e-mail on a regular basis. But, we also remember when you actually had to trek to the library and leaf through actual encyclopedias and other texts for research papers. We remember a time before 500 channel cable TV and when going to the video store and renting a film to watch when you wanted to was a huge deal. I am one of those in a generation who can move between playing a video game to reading a hardcover book in bed without batting an eye, but so many others are not able to make this choice. We’ve hit another great turning point in our technological evolution where anything and everything can (and probably will) go digital. YouTube just hit its 10-year anniversary last year and Facebook is 12 years old as of February 2016. The concept of the smartphone and digital tablet has been around since the

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Palakonki nindiyā men vo hai chukumma, Mere to tan man men vo hai chukumma Meri bhi dhadakan men vo hai chukum Chudi ki chhan chhan men vo hai, Chhan chhan chhan chhan chhanak chhanak chhan chhanak chhanak Kangan ki khan khan men vo hai, khanak khanak khan khanak khana khan khan khan khan Bāndh ke main ghungharu, hān pahan ke main pāyal, Hān jhum ke nāchungi ghum ke nāchungi Dolā re Dolā re Dolā re Dolā, hāy Dolā dil Dolā man Dolā .. he he .. e ye e he ye, Dolā Dolā Dolā Dolā Dolā Dolā Dolā …

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Ismail Darbār (1964 – Present) Ismail Darbār, a versatile music director as well as an accomplished violinist, was born on June 1, 1964 in Surat, Gujarat. He has composed music for several films beginning with the mega hit Hum dil de chuke sanam in 1999. His other chartbusting film was Devdas. All the songs of this film are just beautiful in the way the emotions are expressed through his music. He was one of the four judges on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005 & 2007 on Zee TV. He began his musical career playing the violin for film music directors like Laxmikant Pyarelal, Rajesh Roshan, Kalyanji Anandji, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin-Lalit, and A. R. Rahman. Darbar produced his private music album “Rasiya Saajan” in 2007. He joined the BJP in politics in Gujarat in 2011. His son Zaid is a choreographer and assists his father in films. Darbar is still active composing music for films. awards: Best Music Director 1999— R.D Burman awards; National award Film - Hum dil de chuke sanam 2002- Nominated: Film fare award for film - Devdas.

Meaning (Summary): Hey, I swayed, I swayed, I swayed, Oh, my heart swayed, my mind swayed. Let my eyes gaze, let the lighting fall today. Oh, strapping on jingles, I will be wearing anklets, I will dance shaking and spinning. I swayed, I swayed …. Look how (wonderful) this jingling is and her lover’s love is there in her eyes. Listen to the sound and her heart is impatient in her lover's memories. Not only he is in my “Bindi” (colored dot on the forehead), but also in the sleep of my eyes, it is him, in my body and mind it is him, even in your heartbeat it is him, in the jingle of bracelets it is him. Oh, strapping on jingles, I will be wearing anklets, I will dance shaking and spinning. (In short, she is very happy that her lover is everywhere with her, come what may.)

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evergreen and Classic lyrics Dola re Dola re Song: Dolā re Dolā re Dolā re … Film: Devdas Year: 2002 Music: Ismail Darbār Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy, KayKay, Shreya Ghoshal Lyricist: Nusrat Badr Starring: Mādhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, SRK lyrics in english: Hey Dolā re Dolā re Dolā re Dolā, Hāy Dolā dil Dolā man Dolā re Dolā Lag jāne do najariyā gir jāne do bijuriyā Bijuriyā bijuriyā gir jāne do āj bijuriyā Lag jāne do najariyā gir jāne do bijuriyā Bāndh ke main ghungharu, pahan ke main pāyal Ho jhum ke nāchungi ghum ke nāchungi Dolā re Dolā re Dolā re Dolā, hāy Dolā dil Dolā man Dolā re Dolā Dekho ji dekho dekho kaisi ye jhankār hai In ki ānkhonmen dekho piyāji kā pyār hai In ki āvāz men hāy kaisi khanakār hai, Piyā ki yādonmen ye jiyā bekarār hai Hāy hāy hāy oy oy, māthe ki bindiyā men vo hai

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By Shyama Parui Summer is not officially here but the season is definitely making its presence felt. Temperatures are rising, soothing breeze is playing hard to get and evening thunderstorms are becoming more frequent. In an attempt to avoid the scorching heat and the cacophony of poolside instruction, I retreated to the coolest spot burying myself in a book while the kids practiced for their upcoming swim meet. “Hi,” said a pleasant but unfamiliar voice of another swim mom. After introductions followed by a few lines of polite conversation, the question came up. You know the one with a seemingly easy answer but complicated in reality. “So, where are you from?” This time, my answer was verbalized easily without hesitation. I simply said, “from here.” How do you typically answer? If your life’s journey has taken you from place to place with parents who have moved a lot or you have been an expatriate executive with assignments around the globe, the answer may not be straightforward. Perhaps you are like me and your answer has evolved Do you belong to the making Mumbai, India, place you were born in or Charlotte, Mooresville and North Carolina all true where you currently live? responses. The conversation can be either interesting or absolutely hilarious depending on who I speak to. This was years ago but I distinctly remember a cashier at a tourist spot in North Carolina asking me where I was from and on hearing “Charlotte” he just blurted out “no way!” Reactions of others have been comparatively subtle but betrayed the same disbelief much to my amusement. It is even funnier when a stranger makes a wrong assumption about your roots like the caterer at a wedding who spoke rapidly and animatedly in a language I couldn’t understand leaving me what can I say, speechless. Learning to speak Spanish is definitely a goal but at that moment all I could say was, “I am afraid I don’t speak Spanish.” The poor guy looked confused and with less tact than most people he remarked, “You are not Spanish!” leading me to inform him that I was Indian. “Ah, Indian. Which tribe do you belong to?” It was my turn to be confused until it occurred to be that he mistook me as Native American and I tried to be as polite as possible when I explained that I was an Indian from India. One of my favorite examples that I often share is from a time when I was visiting a store in Elkin as part of my job, a small town in the foothills of the mountains. An elderly gentleman with a sweet smile and a twinkle in his eye came up to me and asked, “Are you from China?” Flummoxed, I turned around wondering if the question was directed at someone behind me. Apparently, the gentleman needed some advice on growing Chinese cabbage that was on sale. Not my area of

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3. The science that deals with the languages is (a) Psychology (b) Ethnology (c) Philology (d) Virology

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) 16+ words = Excellent; 11 to 15 words = Good; 10 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

4. The NCAA men’s basketball winner in 2016 is (a) Villanova (b) Oklahoma (c) Syracuse (d) North Carolina 5. The first President of India (1952-1957) was (a) Gandhi (b) Rajendra Prasad (c) V. V. Giri (d) Jawaharlal Nehru

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6. Each inside angle of an equilateral triangle is (a) 30° (b) 40° (c) 50° (d) 60°

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Answer for brain train: Select: 11.00 pm. (Hint: Use simple math.) Word World (Solution):CIST , CITE, CRIES , CRIT, KIER, KIRS, KIST, KITE, RICE, RICK, RISE, RISK, RITE, SICK, SIRE, SITE, SKIER, SKIT, STERIC, STICK, STICKER, STIR, STRIKE, TICK, TIER, TIES, TIRE, TRICE, TRICK, TRIKE

Dadaji’s moral short stories There was a salt vendor in a village in India. It is customary to use donkeys for transporting the load on its back. He used to buy the salt from a wholesale market in a nearby town across the small stream. He had a donkey to carry the salt load. Once, the vendor was returning after he purchased the salt bags which were loaded on the donkey. While crossing the stream, the donkey accidently slipped and fell into the stream. Most of the salt was dissolved in the water. When the donkey got up, the load became lighter. The donkey was relaxed and happy. From that day, whenever the vendor returned from the town after purchasing salt, the donkey began to tumble half-way across the stream. That made the load light on the back. It became his bad habit. The vendor became suspicious and found out about the trick of the donkey. He wanted to teach him a lesson. Next day, he bought bales of cotton and loaded them on the donkey. Even though the donkey felt the load to be unusually light, he thought, “I am going to tumble in the stream and the load is going to be even lighter.” The donkey tumbled and fell in the water. But when the donkey tried to get up, the load pulled him down. The cotton in the sacks had absorbed water and became heavier. It was very hard to get up. The vendor beat him with the stick and made him get up and walk. The donkey learned his lesson and from that day the donkey never tumbled while crossing the stream. Moral: Avoiding work leads to more work and may result in punishment.

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e. A good and honest person f. Completely vanished g. Demolish, destroy every trace h. Very nurturing, maternal and natural i. Find out something bad about someone j. Practical and pragmatic. k Fell rapidly from a great height. l. Discover something of great value m. Not unexpected, not a surprise n. Very impoverished. o. Very inexpensive p. Behaved badly towards someone and showed no respect for them. q. He is in big trouble. r. Dull, conservative, adverse to new experiences s. Difficult to understand, not clear t. Saying unpleasant things about someone so that others will have a low opinion of him or her.

Those of us who are plant lovers and for whom plants thrive say we “have a green thumb” but in the spring we may be found with dirt under our fingernails. This is because we often prefer to garden without gardening gloves, our hands touching the plants and the earth. Our column in May was about water, one of the basic elements of life, along with earth, air and fire. This month we will explore idioms and metaphors based on another basic element: the earth. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use earth, dirt and mud? 1 1. She is very down-to-earth and easy to work with on the team. _____ 2. I don’t know where on earth our daughter gets her fashion ideas! _____ 3. We checked on all the social networking and people search sites but he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. ____ 4. Some parents would go to the ends of the earth to get their children into good colleges. _____ 5. His sister is an earth mother type. _____ 6. You can trust him; he’s the salt of the earth. _____ 7. You have very creative ideas but you are out of touch and need to come down to earth. ____ 8. No matter how high-tech we become we will never wipe roaches off the face of the earth. _____ 9. That spa is simply heaven on earth! _____ 10. Pieces of the meteor plummeted to earth in Russia. _____ 11. Their announcement of the company’s merging was not exactly earth-shattering news. _____ 12. The fruit and vegetables are dirt cheap at the farmers’ market right now. ______ 13. I predict that they will hit pay dirt with their new technology. _____ 14. Watch out! The opposing party will try to dig up some dirt on our candidate! ______ 15. Most of the third world population is dirt poor. ______* 16. If your clerks treat your customers like dirt, they won’t return. . _____ 17. You need to include graphics; your report is as clear as mud. _____* 18. Come on out dancing with us; don’t be such a stick-in-themud! _____ 19. His name is mud every since he crashed the car while texting!______* 20. Check out your sources; you don’t want to be accused of mud slinging. ____ *Very informal usage; not for the office.

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

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Successful educational Planning: Part II By Mo Vidwans Last month, we discussed scholarships, funds, tax credits and other ways of reducing the impact of tuition fees for the education of our children. The focus there was to create funds for the facilitation of the education. This month I would like to review the same issue but from a different perspective. If, at all, we have to borrow funds for the education of our children, what would be the best way of doing it so that we don’t overburden ourselves unnecessarily? Federal student loans (FAFSA) have long been a viable option and indeed many parents/students go for that option since it is most available and readily accessible, albeit after filling in a lot of paperwork. Parents/students have to establish, in this process, that they would be able to repay the loan within a reasonable time. Not a good assumption because about 10 percent of the loan receivers struggle with the repayment plan. The annual interest rate for many of these Government loans ranges from 5 to 7 percent which is high by today’s standard. Private student loans can be pricier with rates determined by the borrowers’ credit score. Most college loans can be relatively expensive when also compared with other loans. Consequently, many families are turning to relatively unconventional methods.

Zero interest loans Some colleges offer zero interest loans to cover a student’s tuition. Colleges with strong endowments are lending money to deserving students for tuition with a very low interest rate, even as low as 0%. They are generally eager to attract good students with such offers and include such a letter in their aid package. Terms vary by school and repayment can be as short as the semester or as long as 10 years. The downside is that families have to show financial need and students have to be deserving, which means having high accomplishments in high school.

Home equity Using the equity that you may already have built into your home would be a good way to fund your children’s education. It does help if you have lived in that home for a few years because that allows you, in addition to the 20 percent down payment, to tap more equity from the home. It can be relatively cheap compared to many other options. The interest rates on home-equity and line of credit average about 6 percent and 5 percent respectively according to If you have good credit score it could go down a bit too. And that is before the tax breaks we can get on these interests. Homeowners who itemize on their tax returns can take the deductions for the interest on home equity loan (up to $100,000 used for any purpose including college). Obviously, higher the income tax bracket one is in, higher the benefit of the tax break. A word of caution, if you know you are subject to alternative minimum tax (AMT) then the home equity interest deduction is allowed only when the loan is used for home improvement. Traditional equity loans charge a fixed rate generally and you get the whole amount in one check where as the lines of credit can charge variable rate but you borrow only what you need and when you need it; allowing you to avoid paying interest on the money you don’t need at that moment. Homeowners can also refinance their mortgage, especially when they have enough equity built into the home, and use the freed-up equity money for education purposes. The total interest paid on the new mortgage goes up. It should also be pointed out that such borrowing would affect your financial aid package.

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SUBCONTINENTAL DIVIDE An Indian Subcontinent & America Dialogue Imagine…but, beware By Ahsen Jillani Admit it, you thought of John Lennon when you saw the headline. The hijacking of language by corporate entities is a routine part of our existence now. If I was tasked with coming up with a slogan, or designing a logo, I would have to do extensive research into how strings of words have been reserved and permanently taken out of circulation with a TM, SM, Copyright, or patent pending, or some other legal threat from those who have the power to crush us with lawyers in silk suits. I remember reading that a few years before his death, pop icon Michael Jackson successfully sued an older middle class guy named Michael Jackson. Suddenly, website names, social media profiles, your business name will have to be surrendered because the other side is simply more powerful. Are we masters, slaves, or equal partners in this relationship with the corporate world? We are sadly in a world that is increasingly being controlled and dominated by very large entities with ferocious legal and psychological firepower. Whenever I argue that point, people tell me I have free will not to partake in the global domination of our minds and stomachs by the Fortune 500. Corporations that are iconic and time tested are a source of comfort for us. It is always great to see a McDonald’s at a distance in a Third World country. You know you will get consistent and safe food, air conditioning, quality service, and of course, a connection to the artery of global consumerism. Beyond that, however, one has to think carefully about how much love corporate entities have for us. I imagine Fortune 500 bosses waking up and worrying about the state of humanity and coming in to work with some directive: “We are going to dig wells, and put in sewage systems, and prevent millions of deaths.” Well, there are problems with the idea. There are shareholders who have invested their money to sell more fatty burgers, more sugar syrup, more pesticide, more medicine, and whatever else companies market to us daily. There are also competitors willing to one up you if you dare to change your formula. As a result, we continue the fast, and frequently unhealthy journey, of obscene consumption. While I read recently that some suicidal food company warned its customers to only eat their fatty food occasionally, that will never catch on outside of select communities where hippies are still smelling sunflowers. We will never see “Eat Responsibly” labels on Big Macs, not that even those kinds of warnings have had any impact on alcohol and tobacco consumption. The prevalent economic model seems to be frightfully simple: sell sell sell-buy buy buy. So my doctor has been after me for two years about getting on medications, first for cholesterol, and then high blood pressure. I keep asking him, “For how long?” and the answer is always, “Forever.” In the drug industry, development of new antibiotics has slowed to a near halt because there is hardly any money in cures. PPI heartburn drugs, some of the best sellers on the planet, are increasingly coming under attack because of risk of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, calcium and magnesium depletion and a host of other problems. The industry says they should be used for 14 days only. Everybody concerned knows that most people never quit once they start.

So it is with fertilizers and GMO seeds that make you the envy of your fellow farmers but also deplete the soil and make you a lifetime slave to the company that puts a self-destruct mechanism in the seed. There are recommendations on how much pesticide to put on your crops, but both the farmer and the manufacturer seem to agree that more is better for sales and insect control. So we are rolling along feeling like the hearts of all these companies swell with love and pride every time we pull out our wallets. And what happens if you fall off the consumerism grid? Well, I am off the grid. After thinking for years about how nobody really cared about my well-being but me, I turned off the TV a year ago and have not touched the remote since. Besides losing 20 pounds because I’m not eating junk food in front of the adrenalin pumping reality shows and idiotic pundits discussing useless garbage, my blood pressure is down and I have more quiet time with the family without the “white noise” of howling media outlets. The biggest benefit, however, has been that unseen force that destroys our health and controls our lifestyle—advertising. Once those chains were unshackled, I never looked back. I really don’t know what Beyoncé, George Clooney, or the Kardashians are wearing this week (and don’t care), but I also don’t have any compulsion to purchase bad food, useless medicines, newer cars, or more fake jewelry from QVC. Economists, however, don’t like thrifty consumers who tuck money away under mattresses or even in savings accounts. Truth is, they want you to spend. I’m told that has to do with the “velocity” of money. You buy tomatoes for a dollar. The vegetable vendor takes your dollar and goes to the baker and buys bread. The baker buys potatoes for dinner with that same dollar. The potato farmer buys a cup of coffee with the same dollar. The one dollar is working very hard. So when these $100 tax cuts come from the Feds, they are meant to stimulate a lot more than a single purchase at one store. It is supposed to generate business and jobs multiple times. After 9/11, the government said to be vigilant, but to “Go Shopping.” Shopping runs America. So, here I am, off the grid but realizing that if enough people got cynical and paranoid and distrustful, it may have a global impact. The fast food industry is trying to sell me two deadly burgers a day, the doctor is trying to sell me two lifetime pills (also potentially deadly) a day, and the car dealerships are trying to get me to trade in my 19-year-old Volvo for a new Dodge Challenger. In the end, however, this is all a business relationship. I imagine life without corporate, governmental or peer pressure. I think I’ll still eat an occasional burger, or need an occasional pill, but the rest of my money can be used for that yoga class I need to relax. Now if only I don’t collapse the global economy while sitting in my backyard doing nothing…. Ahsen Jillani lives in Mint Hill and has boycotted television.

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know that something is of value rather than simply believing it to be so. So not only is wanting simply just another set of thoughts, but it clould also be a red herring – something that seems to point to something else that is real, but may not do so. Circling back around this whole thing, it is not hard to see that we think because we are driven to pursue something else that some other thoughts tell us to pursue which in turn is driven by yet other thoughts that tell us to pursue these thoughts, and so on. What I took hundreds of words to say was expressed much more elegantly by the parable of the fisherman and the businessman. It is worth reading. Just Google “fisherman and businessman” to find many versions of this story, whose author is unknown.

By Balaji Prasad “Cogito Ergo Sum (I think, therefore I am).” ― René Descartes

We are creatures that think. And think. And think! Sometimes we are aware that we are thinking, and sometimes we are not. It could be said that everything that goes on inside our heads is “thinking.” We have alternative words such as “sensing”, “analyzing”, “feeling”, and so on; but in essence, all of these are, simply put, neurons firing in a complex, poorly understood brain circuitry with a mind of its own (pun intended). So think we must! But do we think well? When we ask this Fishing beats wishing question, this is where things get a little complicated. The essence of the fisherman’s story is that he is not in want of something, and is not in pursuit of things that will take him What does “thinking well” mean? to things that will take him to other things. The businessman Well, we need to dig deep inside the well if we want to tries to coach this man into a state of want by creating a vision understand well what “well” is. of a chain of events that will take the fisherman to higher and When we say that something is going “well”, we are higher states. The fisherman ends up coaching the implicitly measuring things using some scale of measurement. businessman, by using the simple tool of “why” as a probe to It would be good to pause here and reflect on the fact that we examine each step of the upward vision that the businessman don’t measure everything – only some things. Why is that? sketches out. As the conversation between the two unfolds, it Clearly, some things matter enough to be measured. Matter to becomes obvious that the fisherman is already at the highest whom? Me, of course! Why would I even bother measuring point in the mirage created by the businessman’s logical brain. something unless it matters to me? I might punt by claiming So why wish for fishing, if you’re already fishing? that it matters to someone else, and that is why I am measuring the thing. But even if this is so, the fact that it matters to the From here to here? other person matters to me. In the end, it is always about what Maybe we think, only because we can? Maybe we do so I want. Such wants constitute the basis of all measurement. because we must, driven by some primeval survival force that Therefore, we label our thinking with the “well” tag, if we will not let us rest? We may never find the answer to such judge that our thinking takes us closer to what we want. questions, but nevertheless, it does seem like there is some Once we know what we want, we can make sure that we merit to seeing that while a dog chasing its tail is a source of think in a manner that gets us to what we want. Simple, right? amusement for the dog and those who watch, the dog never manages to get the ever-elusive tail. thinking well means wanting well On the other hand, the fisherman’s tale may be a pleasant If we want the wrong things, it won’t matter how well we one, but it could be a tall tale as well, much like many of the are able to think, since thinking “well” is judged based on its other stories we tell ourselves. An exhortation to not think too ability to get us what we want. But … why on earth would we much may be like a dictate not to move. We are beings that want the “wrong” things? And what things are “right” and move, that think. We do so, because we do so, and are doomed which ones are “wrong” in any case? Clearly, something is (or blessed) to do so. “wrong” if it compromises something of importance to us. So being here is okay, but thinking about “there” and And, something is “right” if it gets us something of value. moving toward “there” may be worthwhile too. It all depends There’s that inescapable “I” again! It wants some things, and on where you are in the chasing-tails tale. At some point, the those wants become the yardstick for judging other wants as dog gets a little tired of chasing its tail, and decides to chase being right or wrong, which in turn will be used to judge the cat instead. More fun! And when the cats are all gone, then whether I think well or not. maybe it’s time for tails and tall tales again. So I want to think well to get what I want, which I want I am, therefore I think. Do you? Should you? because it is the want that will get me closer to something else that I want. Wanting Wantonly? We want something because we think it is important to us. Think!? So, we cannot be really sure that the thing we pursue may actually be important. The creeping in of the word “think” suggests that we have a hypothesis that it could be important. And if we don’t see it as a hypothesis, we may believe that we


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Here are the numbers of executive orders issued by each president since about the end of World War II.

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Presidents and executive orders According to the National Archives, more than 13,000 executive orders have been issued by presidents since 1789, from George Washington to Barack Obama. The general consensus is that while there is no specific provision in the Constitution that permits them, there is a “grant of executive power” given in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. Presidents issue executive orders on everything from domestic policy to going on war footing. Executive orders do not require Congressional approval to take effect but they have the same legal weight as laws passed by Congress. Some of these orders are signed to bypass an unfriendly Congress, thus creating controversy. This election cycle, Republican presidential candidates have made President Obama’s executive orders an issue. Executive orders are legally binding—the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld all but two legal challenges to them. One way to undo an executive order of a president is for a subsequent president to legally reverse it by signing their own executive orders. The Congress is not required to approve any executive

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John F. Kennedy 214

Lyndon B. Johnson 324

Richard Nixon 346

Gerald R. Ford 169

Jimmy Carter 320

Ronald Reagan 381

George H. W. Bush 166

Bill Clinton 364

George W. Bush 291

Barack Obama (as of 12.31.15) 219

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methods of meditation are available and it is possible that all of them may be good. The Heartfulness meditation technique is also good, but what makes it unique is the addition of another element known as pranahuti, or yogic transmission. Yogic transmission makes meditation truly dynamic, and it is the real specialty of the Heartfulness method offered by Sahaj Marg. What is transmission? Transmission has been defined as the utilization of divine energy for the transformation of man. Here we are not speaking of physical transformation, as our bodies are limited by our genetic makeup. For example, we might be able to gain or lose a few pounds, but we cannot change our height substantially. On the mental level, there are fewer limitations. We can all learn – some very easily and some with greater difficulty – but it is only on the spiritual level that there is infinite scope for growth. Transmission is the nourishment that allows such unlimited growth. If transmission is an energy that can bring about infinite growth, it must also be infinite. In the physical world, there is no such thing as infinite energy. The sun can blaze for billions of years, but eventually even it will burn itself out. Under Einstein’s famous equation, E=mc2, energy is always limited by the velocity of light and the finiteness of mass. But yogis have never been bound by physical laws. An adept meditator may be seated in one country, while the aspirant is seated in some distant place across oceans and mountains. Yet, the moment the adept triggers the transmission, the aspirant receives it wherever he or she may be. This is the common experience of so many meditators. If we merely think of transmission, it starts to flow instantly. Even light cannot travel instantly. If a distance can be traversed in zero time, the velocity is infinite. Hypothetically, what would happen to Einstein’s equation if we were to substitute the speed of light with such infinite velocity? Inserting infinity into the equation means that the energy that comes to us would also be infinite, and its source would also have to be infinite. This is transmission. While the link between science and spirituality continues to be a source of debate and research, the best way to understand transmission is to experience it practically. Trying to grasp transmission intellectually is like trying to understand the taste of strawberry ice cream intellectually. Is it possible to convey its taste in words to someone who has never tried it? You can explain all about sucrose, dairy proteins and the temperature at which milk freezes, but it would all be useless. In the end, you would probably say, “Just try it!” Add transmission to your individual spiritual or religious practice, faith or no faith, and you will experience a quantum shift in your inner experience from day one. I say faith or no

By Kamlesh D. Patel the Science of Happiness The German philosopher Schopenhauer asked the question, “How can we determine whether a man is happy or unhappy?” He defined true happiness as the complete satisfaction of all desires. You could say that the happiness of a person can be described mathematically as: Happiness = Number of desires fulfilled Total number of desires So if you have ten desires and five are fulfilled, you have fifty percent happiness. If ten are fulfilled, you have one hundred percent happiness. The more desires you have, the harder it will be to fulfil them all, and so the less happy you will be. Happiness is inversely related to numbers of desires. What happens when you have no desires at all? The denominator becomes zero. Anything you divide by zero is infinity. If you have zero desires, limitless will be your happiness. In this desireless state, we don’t expect anything. When we don’t expect anything, we don’t play games with ourselves and others. We don’t manipulate others because we don’t expect anything from anyone. How do we destroy our inner condition and our humanness? It is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, in chapter two, that when desires are not fulfilled there is disappointment. Disappointment leads to anger, anger makes us lose our balance, and once we lose our balance, our mental equilibrium, we are destroyed and lose our humanness. Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur spoke about, “More and more of less and less.” What is he talking about? He is talking of desires: more and more of less and less of desires. When you look at it in a mathematical way, you see so much wisdom in that simple statement. If you want to have infinite happiness, infinite bliss, then minimanise your desires, from more and more to less and less and finally to zero! Make peace with yourself. “My Lord, whatever you have given me and you continue giving me in the future, I am happy.” Does that mean you should not have an iPhone? You think about it. Reprinted with permission from Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation from ‘Heartfulness Magazine, Issue 3, 2015.

the Science of Spirituality: transmission The most important feature of Heartfulness is transmission. It is not something new, having been around for thousands of years, but like any other transfer of energy, it is the quality and potency that matter. At this time in human history, we all have the opportunity to experience this life-transforming offering from the Source, wherever we are. Over the past few decades, meditation has acquired universal recognition for its numerous positive effects. Many

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people’s standards. “I looked for options and considered my skills, talents and experience,” she said. “I thought about what kind of fulfillment I wanted, and what kind of flexibility that I was looking for. I wanted to fix IT processes and help businesses that hadn’t been helped by large IT vendors. I’m very analytical, a good problem solver, and I knew the technology and process challenges of manufacturers. I wanted to help manufacturing companies thrive.” Poonam became an entrepreneur. She started a company that provided software services to small and medium-sized manufacturers. Over the years, it grew into providing a range of data and information management products and services. Today her company has evolved to become one of the most sophisticated technology services companies in Big Data Analytics. Her firm provides IT consulting and Data Analytics services to the private and public sectors in manufacturing, education, healthcare, and finance. Poonam built her company facing limited resources, as well as social, financial, and health challenges. She is a firstgeneration immigrant who came to the U.S. as a student. When she resigned from her last corporate job, she had a two-week pay cushion and started her IT services company with no money. “I didn’t worry about money, even when I didn’t have much, because I knew that if you have quality offerings, the money will come,” Poonam says. It took two years to build her company and Poonam put everything into the business with no financial support or equity. “Having no money and making no money even after long hours of work was not fun,” she recalls. But she kept at it, honing her skills, getting out to network, and learning to be ‘a little bit shameless’ about promotion and asking for what she needed. She went back to her last employer and talked to the head of the MIS department, since she had parted ways on good terms. “I found that the fear is less when you focus on the job,” Poonam says of venturing beyond her comfort zone. “Frustrations are often deep and long, but if you do something enough times and you appreciate what you bring to the table, you will succeed.” Poonam found that her self-confidence and her belief in the value of what she had to offer grew as she got out and talked to people. “Stay with it, have faith, keep expenses low, and be humble,” she advises. For Poonam, the social part of growing a business was more difficult than the technical aspects. She was very aware that she was different, as a woman and an immigrant and a person of color, that sometimes presented a hurdle. “People subconsciously like people who are like themselves,” she says. “That can be difficult when you’re an intelligent woman trying to get into a male-dominated industry, and I was often the only


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The Pakistani doctor who reportedly helped the CIA find bin Laden is still stuck in prison By Timothy McGrath, GlobalPost Last month marked five years since a team of US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden during a CIA-led raid on the al-Qaeda leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The agency celebrated by tweeting details about the raid as though it were happening live. One person whose name didn’t make it into the CIA’s tweet storm: Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who reportedly helped the agency try to confirm that bin Laden was living at the compound. While the CIA was tweeting, Afridi remained locked up in a Pakistani prison. If you know anything about the story of how US President Barack Obama ended up ordering the raid on bin Laden’s compound, then maybe you’ve heard bits and pieces about the role Afridi played in finding and killing the world’s mostwanted terrorist. Success of mission was culmination of years of complex, thorough & highly advanced intel ops & analyses led by CIA w support of IC.#UBLRaid — CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

Afridi, a doctor and health official in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region, headed up a vaccination campaign in the suburb where bin Laden’s suspected compound was located. It turns out that program was no ordinary public health initiative. It was a CIA operation designed to confirm bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad by collecting DNA from one of his family members. Pakistani officials were infuriated that they hadn’t been notified about the raid, and the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) soon arrested Afridi over his role in tracking bin Laden. A judicial commission recommended trying him for treason. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison in 2012 — surprisingly not for his CIA work, but rather for a ransom payment made on his behalf to the Lashkar-e-Islam militant group, which had abducted Afridi in 2008. Pakistan said it constituted financial support for a terrorist group. Lashkar-e-Islam wasn’t especially appreciative, though. Lashkar commander Abdul Rasheed responded to the sentence by threatening to kill Afridi for working with the CIA. “[W]e will kill the foreign agent, if we get the opportunity,” Rasheed said, according to CBS News. It’s unclear whether Afridi and his health workers successfully collected any DNA from the bin Ladens, or how much he actually knew about the purpose of the vaccination program, about his handlers and about the target of the intelligence gathering, a recent investigation by National Geographic found. Regardless of what Afridi did or didn’t know, US officials have talked about him as though he were a key asset in the hunt for bin Laden. Former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was director of the CIA when the bin Laden raid took place, confirmed during a “60 Minutes” interview in January 2012 that Afridi had worked for the CIA. “This was an individual who in fact helped provide intelligence that was very helpful with regards to this operation,” Panetta said. “He was not in any way treasonous towards Pakistan. He was not in any way doing anything that would have undermined Pakistan.” The US Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously in May 2012 to cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million dollars — a symbolic response to Afridi’s 33-year sentence. Hillary Clinton, who was serving as secretary of state at the time of the raid, also spoke out on behalf of Afridi. “The United States does not believe there is any basis for holding Dr. Afridi,” Clinton said in response to his sentencing. “His help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world’s most notorious murderers. That was clearly in Pakistan’s interests, as well as ours and the rest of the world. This action by Dr. Afridi to help bring about the end of the reign of terror designed and executed by bin Laden was not in any way a betrayal of Pakistan. And we have made that very well-known and will continue to press it with the government of Pakistan.” Afridi’s conviction was overturned in 2013, but he remains in prison awaiting a new trial. He now also faces charges over the death of a patient in 2005. The five-year anniversary of the Abbottabad raid may not have earned Afridi a named role in the CIA’s Twitter account, but it did get him the attention of a man who’s very good at getting attention himself: Donald Trump. 80

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The Republican presidential front-runner waded into the controversy surrounding Afridi’s imprisonment during a recent interview on Fox News in which he said he’d get Afridi released in “two minutes.” “I would tell them let [him] out and I’m sure they would let [him] out,” Trump said. “Because we give a lot of aid to Pakistan.” Trump’s statement drew a strong response from Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who released a statement on Monday saying that Pakistan had sole authority to handle Afridi’s case. “[N]obody else has the right to dictate to us about his future,” Khan said. “Trump’s statement only serves to show not only his insensitivity, but also his ignorance about Pakistan.” “Contrary to Mr. Trump’s misconception,” he added, “Pakistan is not a colony of the United States of America. He should learn to treat sovereign countries with respect.” The CIA’s Twitter event ended with this tweet.

Wong, 46, has made ridiculing Chinese authoritarianism into an art form. He once constructed a towering crimson giant, emblazoned with a yellow star — emulating the Chinese flag — and led it through Hong Kong’s streets like a red menace descending upon the city. “What’s happening here now, we’ve already seen it happen in Tibet,” Wong says. “You never know when the next purge will happen. It feels like 1984.” This sort of foreboding speech is becoming more common in activist circles here. But there is a mounting fear, Wong says, that Hong Kong’s population is too docile to rebel. The city’s 7 million inhabitants have much to lose. The island territory’s per capita GDP rivals that of Japan. Though bustling, it is free from the lung-searing smog that curses many Chinese cities. Its people often speak freely, having evaded the

7:01 pm EDT - @POTUS receives confirmation of high probability of positive identification of Usama Bin Ladin#UBLRaid — CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016 But as long as Shakil Afridi remains in prison, the story of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden isn’t over yet.

For Hong Kong dissidents challenging China, ‘it feels like 1984’ By Patrick Winn, GlobalPost trauma wrought by the bloody ideological crackdowns that cowed many mainlanders into obedience. Yet many in Hong Kong — a British colony until 1997 — are nevertheless stuck in a mentality nurtured by imperial rule, according to Wong. He doubts the workaday bankers and administrators who keep the city humming will do much to resist Beijing’s encroachment on their freedoms. “We’re like the best servants,” Wong says. “Like Batman’s butler, you know? We’re cultured. We can communicate. We look good and we’re fast and efficient. But in the end? You’re just a slave.” Not all dissidents share his dark humor and despair. The most visible force against Beijing’s dominance is a student-led vanguard — the driving force behind the Umbrella Movement that occupied Hong Kong’s streets in late 2014. China’s government cast that movement, determined to stop Beijing from hand-picking Hong Kong’s leader, as a militant uprising. As one propaganda video warned at the time: The protests amounted to a “knife in the heart” of Hong Kong that could “kill this city.” The movement neither killed the city nor liberated it. But many of its most strident protesters have coalesced into new political parties that aggressively demand more autonomy — while sometimes hinting at the possibility of outright independence. Among them: a party called “Demosisto,” which derives its name from the Greek words “people” and “resist.” It is fronted by Joshua Wong, the teenage Umbrella Movement campaigner nominated by TIME magazine in 2014 for “Person of the Year.” “We have to let people know the importance of fighting this regime,” says Agnes Chow, Demosisto’s deputy secretary general. At 19, she divides her time between university exams and political resistance.

An unsettling question now troubles Hong Kongers who routinely denigrate China’s Communist Party. Could I possibly get abducted? Their paranoia is well founded. From Kenya to Thailand, Myanmar to Hong Kong, people who’ve angered Beijing have been snatched up without a trace. These abductees, none of them residents of mainland China, nevertheless resurface in China proper. They simply pop up in police custody — often suddenly repentant, as if reading a script written by their captors. Or in the case of Gui Minhai — a Hong Konger with Swedish citizenship and a habit of publishing scandalous books about party officials — confessing his sins on Chinese television after vanishing late last year from a Thai beach town. Through sobs and sniffles, he told the cameras that “going back to my country and turning myself in was voluntary.” That is the line from Beijing, too. But few are buying it: not many Hong Kongers, and not the European Union, which calls political kidnappings the “most serious challenge” to Hong Kong’s identity. Though technically part of China, Hong Kong is a semiautonomous territory with separate laws allowing residents to mock elites in Beijing — a privilege their mainland cousins do not enjoy. Now Hong Kong’s mishmash of artists, activists and lawmakers who frequently criticize the Communist Party feel their independent streak is being rubbed out. Last month, heavy security lined Hong Kong streets as a senior Chinese official began a three-day visit to the territory. Demonstrators managed a small protest, and at least seven were reportedly arrested. The recent abductions are a “game changer,” says Kacey Wong, a provocative Hong Kong artist. The televised confessions, he says, “totally remind me of those POWs in the Vietnam War. You know, force the soldiers to confess in front of cameras. Totally treat them like war criminals.”

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its 40th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. This year the festival takes place now through June 12. Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and others who sought to create an American counterpart to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Looking for a city that would provide the charm of Spoleto as well as its wealth of theaters, churches and other performances spaces, they selected historic Charleston as the ideal location. For full details on all the performances, times and venues visit

Brahmothsavam SV Temple of NC presents Srivari Sapthama Brahmothsavam from June 1 - 8 at the temple located at 121 Balaji Place, Cary NC. There are pujas and events daily. For full details call 919468-0040 or visit

Health Fair 2016 Triangle area Hindu temples and Triangle Indian Physicians Society (TIPS) present a Health Fair on Saturday, June 4 at HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC from 9 am - 1pm. There will be a blood draw day on Sat, May 21. The Health Fair Shreemad Bhagwat Saptah Mahotsav also has a Red Cross Blood drive, CPR class, eye checkup, and Krishnadham USA in Raleigh presents Shreemad Bhagwat more. A $10 donation is suggested to offset expenses. For more Saptah Mahotsav recited by HH Shree Dwarkeshlalji Mahoday details and to register online visit, Shree. This week-long event runs from June 18 - 24 at the Hindu Society of North Carolina on 309 Aviation Parkway in Pandit Birju Maharaj Morrisville. Weekday gatherings will be from 6:30pm - 9 pm and Kathak legend Padma Vibhushan weekend gatherings from 3 pm - 7 pm. Both will be followed by Pandit Birju Maharaj will perform Prashad. For further information, contact Dr. Hemant Sheth at along with dancers Saswati Sen, 919-219-8018 or email Mamta Maharaj, Luna Poddar and more on Sunday, June 5 from 5-7pm Sweetgrass Cultural arts Festival at Weddington High School, 4901 The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival will take place on June 4 Monroe-Weddington Rd., Matthews from 9am - 7pm at the Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount NC. There will be live musicians on Pleasant. You can make purchases from sweetgrass basket sitar, tabla and vocals. Tickets range makers as well as other crafters, artists and food vendors. Music from $30-$100. For more details call and dance performances, storytelling and children’s activities 704-840-5495 or 843-814-4538. will also be featured. There will also be a special Gullah Geechee Seminar to with roundtable discussions of issues that impact the communities along the Gullah Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor. Learn more at

Shri Yamunashtakam Vaishnav Samaj of Charlotte presents three days Pushtibhakti Katha Parva on Shri Yamunashtakam. The three days Katha will be discoursed by 17th descendent of Shrimad Vallabhacharyaji, P.P Goswami 108 Acharya Shri Kunjeshkumarji Mahoday Shri (Kadi Amdavad). This vachnamrut (lecture) will be discoursed in Gujarati. Katha will take place from June 3 - 5 at the Vihar Hall (from 5-8pm), Hindu Center, Charlotte. Maha Prasad will be served every day after katha. For further details contact Rita Shah 704-321-0740, Ashok Shah 704-460-5569 or Kshitish Mehta 704-560-5459.

Yogi Jayanti BAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir presents birth anniversary of Yogi Maharaj on Sunday, June 5 from 4-6pm, followed by mahaprasad. There will be a cultural program performed by the children and youth of BAPS along with spiritual discourses by swamis. The temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd., Matthews NC. For more details call 704-573-0805 or visit Bollywood Redefined Bollywood Dreams presents a night of dancing “Bollywood Redefined” on Friday, June 10 at Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte beginning at 10pm. Opening set by DJ RU with headlining DJ Levon spinning tunes all night long. Early bird tickets are $10 till May 31, and then they will range from $15-$30. The party is for 18 and over. For more details call 424-245-5558, 603-233-1699 or visit

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Gayatri Jayanti Mahadeep Yagna The Gayatri Pariwar of Charlotte and Hindu Center present the Gayatri Pariwar MahaDeep Yagna on Saturday, June 11 from 4 - 7pm at the Vihar Hall of Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and Charlotte. Maha prasad will be served after the yagna. For more chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Now approaching details call 704-825-1803 or 704-545-3100.


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COMMUNITY FOCUS aviation expo 2016 The Aviation Expo strives to be a premier community event, held in conjunction with the SC Festival of Flowers. This event is family oriented while also promoting the Greenwood County Airport, Chapter 1023 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and aviation in Greenwood and throughout the State of South Carolina. The event will include air races, dancing and a car awards show. This event will take place at the Greenwood County Airport on Saturday, June 25 starting at 8am. Learn more at or call 864-942-8557.

Hindu Center anniversary The Hindu Center of Charlotte will celebrate its 34th anniversary on Saturday, July 30 with lunch, an anand bazaar featuring vendors, games and food, a cultural program of dances and performances, a health fair featuring local physicians and a general body meeting. The festivities begin around noon. The Center is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. For more details call 704-535-3440 or visit

Charlotte SkyShow Celebrate July 4th in style! Join WBT and 107.9 the Link for the largest fireworks show in the southeast. The annual Charlotte SkyShow will feature live music from Jennifer B and the Groove among others along with a baseball game with the Charlotte Knights and a Street Fair. Learn more information at

Principles of Pushti Marg The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents discourses on Teachings of Pushti Marg by Pujya Yogeshbhai Shastriji on July 29, July 31 and August 1 (Fri, Sun and Mon) from 5 - 8pm daily at Vihar Hall of Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. Mahaprasad will be served daily. For more information call 704-460-5569 or 704-560-5459 or visit

nC Blackberry Festival One of the largest events in Historic Downtown Lenoir, the NC Blackberry Festival brought estimated 15,000 - 17,000 visitors to Caldwell County last year. On Friday night there will be a Pre-Heat Party while Saturday brings you everything from Front Porch Pickin’ and Recipe contests to the Princess Pageants and Blackberry brews. Also on Saturday you can come see all the Art & Craft vendors, live music, and children’s area. The festival takes place on July 8-9. Learn more about the event at

Gatisheel Gujarat The Friends of Gujarat organization presents the mega event Gatisheel Gujarat from July 1-3 in Raritan Center, NJ. Gatisheel Gujarat (Global Gujarati Conference) 2016 will present several events in cultural, social, religious and educational spheres to galvanize the community and strengthen its spirit. The ideas is to provide platform for sharing thoughts, interacting with fellow citizens and exchanging views will help these ideas grow into powerful tools that will lead Gujarat to new heights and unite its people in the process. All proceeds from the events and activities of Global Gujarati Conference will be contributed towards establishing Swami Vivekananda Cultural center. The conference and networking event will feature concerts, over 200 vendors from US and India, dinners, dramas, networking and business opportunities along with a celebration of Gujarat. Many speakers are also scheduled. The event is held every three years and previous ones were held in 2010 and 2013. For more details call 732-649-3640, write to or visit,

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Ritu Mukherjee herself performed with her students for 25 minutes straight, treating the audience to the very essence of the Kathak dance style with its energetic spins, delicate hand

movements, and graceful footwork. The show then launched the audience into the dance drama of Veer~Zaara. As the story unfolded, the details and thought evident in the costumes, song choices, and choreography were captivating. Every dancer engaged in the art by adapting to multiple dance styles (kathak, hip-hop, Bollywood), and complemented the talented lead characters in a display of teamwork. And what was the team working for? With the efforts of Nrityangan’s family of dancers, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and audience members, the Nrityangan team has raised close to $40,000 to benefit Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center, and Maiti Nepal. Those familiar with the story of Veer~Zaara relived it through Nrityangan’s interpretation of the tale. Nrityangan’s goal was to impart a message of perseverance, and struggle in the face of adversity. Mrs. India International Crowned Mrs. Meghna Ballabh Joshi from Charlotte was crowned as Mrs. India International 2016 in Atlanta on April 29, 2016. She will now be representing India and the face of married women in the global finals of Mrs. International 2016 in Florida, a pageant which has been taking place for the past 30 years showcasing the accomplishment of married women from all around the world. “I entered into this pageant because I believe in women empowerment,” She explained. “The fundamentals of the International Pageant system is based upon family values and focuses mainly upon the accomplishments of a married woman and her contribution to the society balancing her family life.” Mrs. Adrita Khanna is the director of Mrs. India International, she was also crowned as Mrs. India International-2008. Amongst hundreds of applications received from all around the world, Mrs. Joshi was selected along with 14 most competitive applicants. The contestants were judged based on Personal Interview, Fitness Wear Presentation, Ethnic wear round and Evening Gown. The judges evaluated the participants on the basis of beauty, intelligence, the work that they have done towards the community and environment and outstanding participant in every category at the pageant. She impressed the judges with her “honest” answers on domestic violence, what she feels about it and how she would like to create more awareness in our society. She reached the Top 5, Joshi’s confidence shined when she answered the final on-stage question about her platform and that contributed to her to winning the title of Mrs. India International 2016. She was crowned by Bollywood’s celebrity guest- Padmini Kolhapure. Joshi said, “Every individual has taught me to be strong and confident and trust her inner divine self. I attribute my success to my beautiful family because, every single day they instill in me the faith and the qualities of being a good human and to always give back to the society.” Along with winning title she was also crowned as Mrs. India-Charlotte International 2016. She works with a fortune 500 company and is a mother of two kids (12 and 6). She is a dancer, an artist and an energy healer. She strongly condemns domestic violence and has pledged to work with organizations to help people in need. For more details on the pageant visit, 96

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Method: First taste the cucumbers to make sure that they are not bitter. To make the salad, simply gently mix together the Method: Put mango, yogurt, milk, sugar and cardamom into a ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4. blender and blend for two minutes, then pour into individual glasses, and serve. Sprinkle a little cardamom on top if desired. Swiss Chard tzatziki (Yogurt Dip) On hot days, chill the lassi for a couple of hours and then serve. Ingredients: 1 cup finely chopped Swiss chard leaves (ribs removed) Makes about two cups. 1 garlic clove 1/4 teaspoon salt Cucumber Mint Raita 1 cup plain yogurt Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil One large (or two medium) cucumbers, peeled, cut in half 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice lengthwise and seeded, then grated A dash of cayenne 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt 3 (9-inch diameter) pita breads, cut like a pie into triangles 10 large mint leaves, thinly sliced* (can sub cilantro) Olive oil for drizzling on to the pita bread 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin** Pinch of cayenne Pinch of paprika Salt and pepper Method: Slice the mint leaves by stacking them on top of each other, rolling them up like a cigar, and taking thin slices off the end. If whole cumin seeds are available, take one teaspoon and toast the seeds first in a small skillet until just fragrant. Then grind with a mortar and pestle. Place grated cucumber in a sieve and press with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Alternatively, you can place the grated cucumber in the middle of a clean tea towel, wrap the towel around the cucumber and wring out the excess moisture. Stir spices and mint into yogurt in a medium bowl. Stir in the grated cucumber. Chill until ready to serve. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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 Charlotte telangana association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355 Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - 704.807.3933 - Classical Music association of Charlotte (CMaC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186 Gurdwara Sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For Further Details: Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books,

CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: June 3-5: Shri Yamunashtakam katha Sat, June 11: Gayatri Jayanti Havan July 29, 31, Aug 1: Shree Yogeshbhai Shastriji Sat, July 30: Mela, health fair, and general body meeting Sun, Aug 14: Celebration of India’s Independence Day For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager) India association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. Upcoming Events: Sat-Sun, Sept 17-18: Festival of India, downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727 Indian american Muslim Council (IMaC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103 Indian Performing arts association of Charlotte (IPaaC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details: Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: Prakshal & Puja - 9:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo 7:30pm


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Weekends: Prakshal & Puja - 10:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo 7:30pm Upcoming events: -Sat, June 4 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman, 6:30 pm - Mon, June 6 (Bij): Snatra Puja, 10:00 am - Sat, June 18 (Teras): Annual Picnic, 10:30 am Onwards at McDowell Park, Charlotte, NC - Sun, June 19 (Chaudash): Paathshala for children, 10:30 am - Sun, June 19 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman, 6:30pm - Sun, June 26 (Chhath): Monthly Meeting & Paathshala for Children, 4pm For Further Details: JCGC President: Vipul H Shah - 704.705.0314 / 704.921.1454 Jet uSa (Charlotte) Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Charlotte chapter is pleased to announce that Sri Devanatha Jeeyar Swamiji from India is coming to Charlotte and JET USA Charlotte chapter is going to organize Sri Rama Pattabhisekam under the guidance of Sri Jeeyar Swamiji on Saturday, May 28 for the health, wealth, peace and prosperity of all the devotees in Charlotte area. They invite all to participate and to receive blessings from the divine parents. Program details: (1) Discourse on How to get Sri Rama’s Grace (2) Free admission and Prasadam (3) Sri Rama Paduka’s pooja For Further Details: 704.847.1574 / 248.495.4590 Kriya Yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - - 704.814.7476 net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the Community. For Further Details: 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: 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 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 Sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: 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 104

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heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar - telugu association of Greater Charlotte area (taGCa) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: 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

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

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective 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 is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004

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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


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

Greensboro art of living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro which cover breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; lowimpact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Sonal Chhawchharia - Puja Verma - BaPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details: Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - Gujarati Cultural association of Piedmont (GCaP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182 India association of the triad (IatnC) The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop

understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Indian association of the Carolinas (IaC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help) Indo-american Society of nC (IaSnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462 - Indo-uS Cultural association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427 life Mission, uSa This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 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 108

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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: Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of nC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150 Winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (WGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details:

Raleigh art of living (Raleigh) Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. The Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939 or write to the following email: / Additional Location at: 919.824.8240 BaPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali association of north Carolina (BanC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: Bhartiya Senior Citizens of nC (BSCnC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, June 11 at the senior center. A music group will perform. For Further Details: Bharati Patel (President) - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi (Vice-President) - 910.391.1809 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) 110

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). For Further Details: Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) The Dada Bhagwan Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Local Satsangs are held Every Sunday 5-7 pm followed by Prasad at Country Inn & Suites, 201 Airgate Dr, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 Mayank Trivedi - 919.740.6198 - Babubhai Patel - 919.521.3105 Rahul Bhatt - Datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843 Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: eKtaa Student organization (nCSu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the North Carolina State University

campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. 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 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. iGokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536 / Gurdwara atlantic Coast Sikh association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Gurdwara located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh Rangila - 919.309.1045 Heritage India association of nC (HIanC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, the association presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: 112

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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 - 9 pm. 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 like minded 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 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details: Indian talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Indo-american Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological June 2016

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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


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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: 919.824.8429 (Rajendran Kailasam) 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. For Further Details: triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: triangle Vegetarian Society (tVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - - 919.596.4792


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Regional Dada Bhagwan Foundation What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many: attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877.505.DADA (3232) 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.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 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

South Carolina american South asian Cultural association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 or 512.547.7077 Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 Hanahan table-tennis training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949


Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12:00 noon and between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm. 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. 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 6-8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes for children are June 2016

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Spartanburg Buddhist Center of SC The Center’s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the center opened in 2010, a regular English-speaking group meets at 6 pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road., Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.327.8726

Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8:00pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road in Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852

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woman present in Chemistry and IT circles. Men were used to a boy’s club. I looked different and was a woman, and I had family responsibilities, where men were free to just hang out in the bar and talk,” she recalls. Poonam networked with professional women in a variety of organizations and found them to be kind and supportive. She learned to accept their help, mentorship, and guidance. That led to an important discovery. “If you have something of value, the differences don’t matter,” Poonam realized. To get the word out, she gave free speeches on technology, innovation, and best practices, which also helped people get to know her and helped her become more comfortable with networking. As she demonstrated her experience and showed what she knew, people asked to learn more. In Poonam’s journey, she found opportunities to improve IT innovation in the government sector. “There’s a disconnect,” she explains, “because they lack a collaborative platform that brings private sector, public sector, entrepreneurs, small businesses, universities, and special interest groups together.” Poonam founded a not-for-profit organization, Government Technology Foundation, Inc. (GTF) to address that need. “The reason entrepreneurs take the route of ‘path least travelled’ is so they can fulfill their heart’s desire,” Poonam says. Along the way, Poonam faced health challenges with no extended family nearby. A serious infection caused problems that meant she couldn’t drive for over a year, and she was faced with large medical bills. During that time she had to delegate, and her employees at that point were not as skilled as she was. They made some bad financial decisions, which undid more than three years of what had been built. When Poonam returned to work, she knew she needed to turn things around, so she decided to lower prices and pick up small jobs to build cash. That got the business back on its feet and she kept improving processes. As her children got older, she could put more time into the company, and she is still constantly gaining new skills. “Persistence is the key!” Poonam says. Despite a later health problem and surgery, which led to more setbacks, Poonam’s persistence kept her and Big Data Services on track. She credits meditation for helping her overcome obstacles and improve her physical and emotional health. Poonam’s reinvention in starting Big Data was successful, and the company is still growing. But despite her success, Poonam believes that she and other female entrepreneurs still struggle more than their male counterparts. Regardless, she is determined to succeed. “Success is a journey for me, and I have been on that journey now for fifteen years,” Poonam says of the ups and downs along the way.

accepting risk in exchange for the reward of meaningful work as well as challenging opportunities and income without a glass ceiling? When you’re crafting your own Fresh Start Success, design your reinvention to include balance for yourself and your employees. Resolve not to make the same human resource mistakes made by the big corporations, which overlook proven talent because of old stereotypes. Make sure your work provides both a livelihood and meaning. Use your reinvention to create a life, not just a living. Excerpted from Fresh Start Success: Reinvent Your Work, Reimagine Your Life and Reignite Your Passion


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some overripe persimmons, so sometimes you get inspired by things you didn’t think were possible.” Limitations encourage creativity, Hartzog says. But now and then, she has enough ingredients to make something truly elegant, like her most recent dish — a white bean and lentil salad with oranges, fresh. “It was pretty nice,” Hartzog says. Judging from the thumbs up at the tables, the evening’s meal was a hit with the 80 or so patrons. And as the evening progressed, there was even a party atmosphere as loud music was pumped in. Of course, for all its good intentions, the Freegan Pony restaurant is still illegal, and a local court has moved to shut it down. But Aladdin Charni says he is hopeful they’ll be able to work something out with the city. No matter what, though, Charni says the group behind the restaurant will keep finding ways to pursue its mission to reclaim wasted food and turn it into elegant cuisine.

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faith, because faith is the result of the impact of some esoteric experience. Without such experience, belief remains unproductive and unfulfilling. You can use scientific experimentation to test the effects of transmission. First, meditate without transmission, using only the prescribed Heartfulness technique. Then, after a few minutes, meditate using the same technique, but with the assistance of an adept who meditates along with you. This expert can either be physically present with you or at a remote location. You can do this as many times as you like, as it will be replicable. This test will allow you to compare the difference between meditation without transmission and meditation then with transmission. For many people, the experience of receiving transmission is so convincing that no further proof or understanding is necessary. I invite you to experiment and experience it for yourself.

the take-away Our current business culture wastes a huge amount of human potential. We underutilize older workers who have valuable experience and perspective. We still fail to promote and incentivize talented women and people of color who could make essential contributions due to unconscious bias in hiring, evaluation and promotion systems. And we cling to outdated, short-term thinking and to business structures that burn out Reprinted with permission from Heartfulness Magazine, Issue 4, employees and demand they sacrifice work-life balance while January 2016, providing no loyalty in return. Is it any surprise that our best and brightest flee the corporate life to strike out on their own,


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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues across: 1. A man as he is related to his children. 7. A 15th Century Indian mystic poet, weaver and a saint. 12. Evoked; excited. 14. A leather or canvass footwear for the human foot. 15. A gauze plugged into a wound to dilate or keep it open. 16. A picture, sketch or design made on a surface with pen. 18. Foe. 19. Captivate; to fill with love and desire. 20. Anger; wrath. 21. The distress or suffering caused by anxiety or disease. 22. Split end. (*) (Football) 23. Alternating current. (*) 24. Necessities. 26. To make a choice. 27. A small necked glass/plastic container to hold liquid. 29. To make design on metal or glass by action of an acid.31. A fermented drink made from malt, hops etc. like beer. 32. Kilo parsecs. (*) 34. An article; a bit of information. 36. A man who built an ark, commanded by God. (Bible). 38. Warm, pleasant etc. 40. A seaport and chief city of UAR on Persian gulf. 42. To wobble or weaver. 43. A seaport in S Honshu, Japan. 44. Sharp in taste; sour. 45. Germanium. (*) (A symbol for the chemical element.). 46. Gynecologist. (*) 47. Equal Rights Amendment. (*)

Clues Down: 1. Luck. 2. Living or growing in sand. 3. The ink powder mixture used in printer cartridges. 4. A group of little houses or shelters as in army camp. 5. Einsteinium. (*) (A symbol for the chemical element.). 6. A primary color like that of blood. 8. A city in S. Egypt, on the Nile; (3 miles south is a dam.) 9. The second of Pandavas, in Mahabharata. 10. The outer part of the earth’s atmosphere, above 34 mi. 11. Sorrow over a person or thing gone or lost. 13. To anticipate with anxiety; to face with reluctance. 17. A plant of umbel family with small white flowers. 21. Looks thru a small opening or from a place of hiding. 23. To give up (something) completely or forever. 25. Moose: the common term in Europe. 26. Any group of eight; e.g. musicians; voices etc. 28. A small, porous paper bag used to hold tea leaves. 30. A device for timing to start & stop time as programmed. 33. A short pipe or spoon. (England) 35. A combining form meaning ten thousand. 37. Any of various gadoid marine food fishes. 39. Bad tempered; vicious; unmanageable. 41. Iowa. (*)

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Hee Hee Booddhoo was driving with his friend and stopped at the tunnel entrance. His friend asked him why he stopped. Booddhoo looked down the long tunnel, turned to his friend and said: “I could get in all right, but I would never be able to squeeze through the hole at the other end!” •••••••••••••• Judge: “Are you prepared to take your wife back?” Husband: “Yes, my lord, provided she gets legal separation from her mother.” •••••••••••••• Mafatlal: “We go away for our vacation every third year.” Booddhoo: “What do you do other two years?” Mafatlal: “The first year we talk about last year’s vacation and the next year we discuss plans for the following year.” •••••••••••••• Mafatlal saw a window sign of a diner: “We will pay $50 to someone who orders something we cannot make.” He went inside, sat down and ordered fried skin of an alligator and fries. Waitress pulled out $ 50 bill and gave it to him. Mafatlal: “What’s the matter? No alligators today?” Waitress: “Oh, we do have alligators, we just ran out of oil.” •••••••••••••• 130

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



The unused 2 letters spell ”North Carolina (*)”


(The common letters are “YO” - Fill in the blanks) 1. Farther; Over there. YO _ _ _ _ 2. To knock out. (Boxing) (Slang) _ _ YO 3. All persons or things of those named. _ _ _ _ YO _ _ 4. A protein in muscles. _ YO _ _ _ 5. An edible, pear-shaped, vine gourd fruit. _ _ _ YO _ _ 6. Breathing, Pranayama, posture exercise. YO _ _ 7. Disbursement. _ _ YO _ _ 8. A mechanical chain or belt transporter. _ _ _ _ _ YO _ 9. A peasant or tenant farmer. (Hindi word). _ YO _ 10. A long, narrow, deep valley with a stream. _ _ _ YO _ 11. Personal pronoun in the second person. YO _ 12. A small baggage that you take in a plane . _ _ _ _ YO _ 13. Scopolamine. _ YO _ _ _ _ _ 14. Any group of thermoplastic polymers, as polyethylene, made from any simple alkene. _ _ _ YO _ _ _ _ _ _ 15. An official head of a municipal government. _ _ YO _ 16. National park in EC Calif. (Has many falls) YO _ _ _ _ _ _ 17. A sluggish, marshy inlet of a lake or river. _ _ YO _ 18. A fetus before eighth week. _ _ _ _ YO 19. Of bones supporting the tongue at the base. _ YO _ _ 20. A fitness test for a place on an athletic team. _ _ YO _ _ 21. Adolescence; a young man. YO _ _ _ 22. A chronic gum disease of forming pus. _ YO _ _ _ _ _ 23. Plain or flavored curd. (U.S.) YO _ _ _ _ 24. To freeze dry (esp. biologicals). _ YO _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 25 Goodbye; farewell. (Japan) _ _ YO _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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“This regime is trying to take away our basic freedoms and, now, our own personal safety,” she says. “It’s time for all the people living in Hong Kong to stand up and fight back.” Activists in Hong Kong were particularly shaken by the December abduction of Lee Bo, 65, a vendor of thinly sourced, scandalous books about communist officials. He was yanked right off the streets of Hong Kong. After his abduction, Chow declared that “Hong Kong is not Hong Kong anymore.” Demosisto members assume their calls and emails may be monitored by Chinese agents, Chow says, and they try to discuss delicate matters only in person. Abduction, she says, “may happen to anyone who fights for justice or does so-called ‘sensitive’ things.” But Chow is not entirely jaded. She says the Umbrella Movement taught her that many Hong Kongers with comfortable lives will donate cash and cheer on the pro-democracy camp — even if they might not face down police in riot gear. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s student activist core seems even more feisty in the wake of the failed Umbrella Movement protests. A new crop of parties — with names such as “Youngspiration” — have appeared to push for “selfdetermination” or even a referendum on independence. Suggesting the possibility of a Scotland-style independence vote is about as far as they can push without inviting Beijing’s wrath. There is one new party advocating outright separation, but it is secretive; China’s state-run papers dismiss it as a “practical joke.” Chow is not adamantly insisting on independence for Hong Kong. “Of course, I believe that if we can gain democracy under the rule of China … it’s a good thing,” she says. “But if we can’t see this hope in the future, maybe Hong Kong people will choose another way out. I don’t know.” The message conveyed by her party’s online advocacy is less subtle. Demosisto has circulated a photo of Chow, surrounded by flames, gripping a bow and posing like Katniss Everdeen — the young heroine who toppled an authoritarian regime in “The Hunger Games.” This story was reported from Hong Kong.

Old custom, new couples: Gay Indians are having arranged marriages By Nimisha Jaiswal, GlobalPost NEW DELHI, India — It’s a custom for which India is well known: arranged marriages, when parents pick appropriate spouses for their children based on caste, class, education and looks. By some counts, as many as three in four Indians still prefer to find a partner this way. “Matrimonial” ads — personal ads seeking brides and grooms — have been common in Indian newspapers for decades, and in the Internet age apps and websites have proliferated around the demand. Now, an Indian-American is bringing these convenient matchmaking tools to gay men and women around the world — even if India won’t recognize their marriages yet. “The big step for us was when the United States made gay marriage legal,” said Joshua Samson, the CEO of Arranged Gay Marriage. “We knew there is a huge underground gay and lesbian community in India, and we thought why not spread some light out there, help people who feel like they can never be helped?” Samson originally meant for the service, which is registered in the US, to help gay Indian-Americans find Indian spouses. India still

upholds a colonial-era law that criminalizes all sexual intercourse “against the order of nature,” and gay sex therefore remains a crime. However, same-sex unions aren’t explicitly outlawed. “Same-sex marriage may be occurring in the country but unfortunately these couples are still fearful to go public with anything. So we are not aware of any statistics,” Samson says. It’s feasible that someone who objects to same-sex marriage could go to the courts claiming it will lead to an illegal act. Samson notes that he hasn’t faced any legal hurdles in his matchmaking so far; but with the service only in operation for a few months to date, none of his clients have actually gotten to the wedding stage yet. There’s been a variety of demand since the company was founded in November last year: There are Indians seeking Indians, Indian-Americans seeking others in the Indian diaspora, and people from countries like Mexico and Canada signing up as well. So far, Samson has received around 300 requests, but only around 25 have been chosen as clients. He claims the selectiveness weeds out those who do not seem serious about getting married, who are simply looking for green cards or expecting mail-order brides and grooms. Harish Iyer, an equal-rights activist in Mumbai, is certain that looking for a same-sex spouse cannot be considered against the law, as the union does not directly imply soliciting “unnatural” sex. Additionally, there are no clear laws criminalizing gay marriage in the country. He would know, as Iyer made the news in India last year when his mother placed a matrimonial ad in the papers looking for a husband for her son. “My mother was concerned about my loneliness, she didn’t want to make a political statement,” said Iyer. “She was more concerned about the fact that I’m growing old, that I would be single, which is [a] very natural [concern] in the Indian context.” However, the ad drew criticism from supporters of equal marriage rights, as well. One of the key reasons many Indian parents continue to discourage “love” marriages is that they want to ensure their child marries within the caste — and definitely not below it. Clear caste preferences expressed in matrimonials have been criticized for reinforcing caste segregation. Though Iyer’s ad had the progressive “caste no bar” tag, it also mentioned that partners of the same caste would be preferred. “[The ad] was in no way casteist, tomorrow I can marry a Muslim man as long as he is vegetarian. Everyone has preferences,” said Iyer. He says the language in his mother’s ad “was a joke on those casteist ads, it was to say that gay people have the same kind of preferences and [flaws]” that straight people do. Gay men and women in urban India can often live without persecution if their families are supportive, but may still face a lack of acknowledgement from friends and family. Talking about gay relationships using traditional Indian terms and practices may actually help with that. “Our lifestyles are so illegitimate that … it’s just very lonely,” said an Indian woman studying in New York City who asked not to be named. “The idea of an arranged marriage can seem a bit archaic, but as an avenue to find someone to be with, I think it is great.” The student, who is a lesbian, says she would prefer moving to the US so she has the option to start a family of her own with support, and without compromise. “I find it very awkward when I go back home now, with one side of my family [who don’t know I am a lesbian] I feel like a completely different version of myself,” she said. “Being Indian I have that conditioning and it is probably bad that I can accept it and ignore it, but I do.”


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aRIeS (Mar 20 - apr 20) It is very important that you pass the first week of the month quietly. Family life won’t be so pleasant. Try to control what you say and avoid any kind of disputes with competitors. The time will start improving gradually after the middle of the month, and will end with some good news. The last week of the month will bring financial gains and mental peace. Learn to compromise in oder to avoid problems. tauRuS (apr 20 - May 21) Confusion and an indecisive state of mind could be major concerns during the month. Fruitless travel will prove depressing. A dispute with your spouse is also possible. Your parents will help you in controlling the situation, if you listen to them. By the end of the month, your associates or partners will offer a profitable proposal to you. Any change that comes your way, accept it. GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) Your self-confidence, principles and hard work will bring excellent results this month. A religious or social ceremony may be celebrated within the family. Your savings will rise and you will get relief from any health-related problems. Try to avoid any unnecessary expenses. You will get negative results, if involved in legal matters. CanCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) A para-psychic experience may bring major change in your thinking in approach towards life and its understandings. Time is very good for making any kind of move in job, business, relations or general activities. A definite increase in income is clearly indicated. Your reputation and popularity will rise as your social circle widens. Be sure to check your diet. leo (Jul 22 - aug 23) You are stepping firmly towards a much better and superior situation in life. The time will favor you and your confidence will be on par by the end of the month. You will be involved in more than one activity at the same time. Most of them will be fruitless, but they will build a strong base for future achievements. You may spend on religious activities and then face a tight financial situation. VIRGo (aug 23 - Sep 23) Although you may experience financial loss in the beginning of month, an overall peace of mind will still be there. A sense of relaxed state of mind will delight you. A pleasant journey is also possible. The month will end with a possibility of better future and chances of financial gains. Drive very carefully. Your family life could be very satisfactory.

You will see that your dream is coming true. This will bring tremendous amount of mental happiness. This relaxed state of mind will help you in developing self-confidence.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) Even though there won’t be any financial problems, your hyper personality and fear will rule you during the month. Try to develop your mental strength. If you feel the need, then take some spare some time to do some meditation. This period is not negative, but your mind won’t allow you to enjoy what time you do have. Insecurity will prevail and will ruin many things. It’s also a good time to watch your health. SaGIttaRIuS (nov 22 - Dec 21) Worthless aggression and egoistic acts may become a great cause to destruct any possible success. Relations with your spouse or partner may deteriorate during the month. Your enemy may try to hurt you. Your life values and morality will protect you from possible disaster. Try to curb your expenses. The time is not good to buy a new vehicle. A minor health ailment could be there. CaPRICoRn (Dec 21 - Jan 20) An old health-related problem may return during this month. The situation won’t be under your control. Relations with your partner may deteriorate during the last week of the month, but a steady flow of income will be maintained. It may be necessary to compromise with your ideology. Don’t forget to work hard to get good results. aQuaRIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your health problems will bother you in the first half of the month. You may lose a very good moneymaking opportunity. Your mother may have to face an insulting situation, which will disturb your peace of mind. Your destiny will play games with you. You can do nothing right now except surrender to the situation. A loss of status is also possible. PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Anything you could do this month appears to be acceptable, except travel. Try to concentrate in your education or profession. Negligence could prove very costly. Things will improve rapidly, and by the end of the month you will be in a position to control the situation. Drive only when necessary. Your competitors won’t succeed in damaging your reputation.

lIBRa (Sep 23 - oct 23) There could not be a better time, unless your partner cheats on you. A promotion is possible if employed and a new business deal will bloom if you’re involved in the business. The income is definitely going to rise and status is going to go up.


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CLASSIFIEDS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: For Sale: Gas Station w/ C-Store, 3 bedroom mobile home and Restaurant (rented) plus ATM, pool table, jukebox, and video games all included. Pollocksville, NC. 252-521-5656. C-Store/Gas Station for lease/Sale in Gastonia, NC. Great Opportunity with high potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill/ inventory. Please call 704-813-9698. Convenience Stores/Gas Stations for lease or Sale in NC. Great opportunities with upside potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill / inventory. Please call 803-789-3133. Indian Grocery store for sale in Ral/Dur area, parternship considered. 185K + inv. 919-225-2518. C-store w/ Gas Station for lease in Lincolnton, NC. Great opportunity with upside potential. Good lease. Low rent. Asking $79k + inventory. Call 704-867-1554 Retail / Convenience-Stores: C-Store: York, SC $99K + Inv, GR $870k; C- Store: Benson, NC $119K + Inv, GR $1.3M+; C-Store: Wingate, NC $135K + Inv, GR $1.5M+; Call 704-821-8888 or visit 18 room Independent Motel for Sale in Murphy, NC. Excellent location. Newly remodeled. Everything brand new. Asking 365k. Call Sam 828-644-3650

lanD FoR Sale: learn about land in the apex, nC area (named the #1 place to live by Money Magazine). the landman, Bob atkinson can help! Call 919-362-6999 or visit Highly profitable C-Store with Gas for sale in Charlotte area 680K inside, 420K gas, 600K lotto. Major throughway. Asking 249K plus inv. Make offer. 704-604-4506. 16 Room Independent Motel for Sale in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974. Convenient store for rent in Cherryville, NC. Store is currently closed. Call 803-235-6672 or 803-235-6671.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel in Durham, NC. Must have front desk experience, computer literate, fluent in English, and legal status. Email or call 919-452-3131. Hotel Help needed: Franchise hotel in Virginia looking for front desk and front desk manager. single or couple, must be fluent in English and have legal status.Call Mr. Patel 828-446-3080. Gas Station help wanted. Full-time. 7-11 near UNC Charlotte. Contact Arrie at 646-421-7432.

Full-time nanny needed (Live-in or Live-out) for 5 year-old and 13 year-old children in North Raleigh area. Also some light household work. Driving preferred. Contact 631-873-5260. Motel Help: Couple needed for Front Desk/ Housekeeping/ Maintenance. Legal status & English required. Good salary & accommodations provided. Call 704-675-3970 after 7pm or leave message. Part-time / Full-time Cashier needed for Cstore off 1-77 in Rock Hill, SC. Please call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Full-time nanny required (Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm) to take care of 15 month-old near Arboretum in Charlotte. Call for details 919412-9954 or 919-760-0588. Gas Station Help Wanted in Randleman, NC 27317. Full-time or part-time. Contact Rakesh Shah 203-350-9636. Seeking experienced Desk Clerk to manage property in Charlotte, NC. Good English with Wyndham/Choice Franchise Hotel experience preferred. Text/call 704-460-0379 after 6pm or email: Franchise hotel in Virginia needs experienced couple for Housekeeping, Front desk and Laundry. Good English & legal status required. Accommodations available. Call Pravin Patel: 540-241-2570 / 540-942-6206. Sales person wanted for Mall Retail Store. Must be fluent in English and possess pleasant personality. Base Salary + Comm. Flexible hours w/ great earning potential. Full-time or part-time! Call 704-537-0664 or email resume to Full-time night auditor needed for franchised motel in Fort Mill, SC. Must have legal status, fluent English and computer skills. E-mail 2nd & 3rd Shift Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel at Exit 41, Hwy 85 in Charlotte, NC. Must have front desk experience, fluent in English, and legal status. Email: Motel Help: Couple needed in Charlotte, NC for Front Desk/ Housekeeping/ Maintenance. Legal status and English required. Good Salary and Accommodations provided. Please call 908-487-4587. nanny needed to take care of 9 month old infant & cooking near Concord Mills. Can pick up and drop off. Live-in nanny also fine. Please call 814-431-3442. Hotel Management Firm now Hiring: Housekeepers, Front desk (must speak fluent English). Full or part-time. Includes Weekends & nights. call 704-972-2275 or E-mail resume to Convenience Store Help Wanted: North Charlotte / University area. Retail Experience Preferred. Speak English & have legal status. Part time or full time. Please Call 856-266-5059. Motel Help wanted: looking for couples for 33 Rooms Independent Motel in South Carolina for House Keeping and Front desk. Must have legal status and speak English. Call 864-384-6900. 138

Hotel/Motel Help needed: Help needed for front desk inBurlington, NC. Single or couple. Full-time. Accommodations provided. Fluent in English and computer literate. Call Aswin Patak for salary info 336693-9057. Weekend Workers: Product demonstrations at grocery stores in Cary, Pineville, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte. Young, personable Women & Men. Must have own transportation. Call 917-331-4924 or email: nanny/Babysitter needed to for 6 month-old baby in Concord, NC. Full-time preferred. Experience required. Call 717-440-5434. Help Wanted: Indian Restaurant in Charlotte, NC looking for Server/ Waiter and Tandoori chef. Server/ Waiter with driver license is preferred . Contact 704-512-9177 Seeking full-time nanny to care for twin 2 year old boys in Durham, NC. Live-in or liveout. Driving skills preferred. Please contact Gargi at 484-80 2-7862. Housekeeping Couple needed for motel in North Carolina. Excellent pay & accomodations provided. Call 910-817-4313 or 910-995-1707. Gas Station Help Wanted: full time in Rock Hill, SC. Must speak fluent English and have legal status. Experience preferred. Call 704737-7230. House Help Wanted in Huntersville, NC. Cooking, housework and help keep parents company. Gujarati speaking preferred. Live in/ live out. Please call 704-906-9170. experienced housekeeping couple needed for motel in NC. Accommodations provided. Must have legal status. Call Sam 336-342-2800. Help Wanted: Looking for single or couple to work at Subway in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status & speak English. Call 843-468-5542. Household Help needed in University City area of Charlotte (Arbor Hills) 2-3 times a week for 2-3 hours daily. $10/hr. Must be able to drive. Experience needed. Call 704-654-5361. Part-time/Full-time Single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store / gas station in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English & have legal status & previous experience preferred. Call 704-726-7544 or 864-487-4939. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping Couple needed for motel in Greenville, SC. Contact 864-517-9587. Help Wanted: Full time openings for accounting and sales admin position for manufacturing facility in High Point, NC. Please send resume to Hotel Help needed in Charlotte: Front desk, housekeeper/laundry and manager (experience a plus). Competitive salary & accommodations provided. Call 704-502-2630 or e-mail Help wanted: C-Store/ Gas Station in Matthews. Full or part-time. Good working conditions. Good pay. Please call 704-491 4156. June 2016

Help Wanted: Full-time Night Auditor w/ Fluent English and Housekeeping Couple needed for Franchised Hotel in Hardeeville, SC. Experience preferred. Call Hardik Patel 843-226-8899. Help Wanted: Hiring Experienced Eyebrow threading artist. Offering great pay and benefits. Near Winston Salem, NC. Willing to help relocate. Contact 704-699-8397. Gas Station Help Wanted: Full-time Single or Couple in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Call 803-466-5861. Hotel Management Firm now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555. Gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC (exit 77). Single or Couple. Full or part-time. Call 803-981-4352. night audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Fulltime / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, & fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or e-mail Motel Help needed: Desk /supervisor /some maintenance. Full or part-time. Includes weekends & nights. Lamplighter inn in Charlotte. Contact 803-554-6377. experienced threading Practitioners or licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). Gas Station Help Wanted: Couples, fulltime in Georgia & South Carolina. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Call 704-299-8535.

PROPERTY FOR SALE Commercial Building for Sale in Mauldin, SC. 1800 sqft. Two rest rooms/handicap, break room, office area, A/C, parking, prime location. B/O. Call 864-419-7229.

General manufacturing & furnished office space in Mumbai. 3,000 square feet of available for short / long term business purposes in heart of Mumbai (Lalwani Industrial Estate). High speed internet and professional printing and packaging services available on site. Competitive pricing, landlord will subdivide as needed. Contact:

apartment for Sale: 2 BR, 2 Bath. 1165 sqft. Near Chennai Expressway. Semi-Furnished. Modular kitchen. 24-hr security. Gym, Pool & Park Facilities for Children. Call Trupti 919.272.1172 or email

to all Gujarati families: Interested in learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member, call Nick 803-579-1405. Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-7803563. God Blessings to All. Priest available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334.

MATRIMONIAL Hindu Punjabi-Khatri parents from south uSa seek match for their financially secure, exceptionally beautiful daughter. 25/5’3”. Office administrator. Preferred suitor is a college graduate, under 30, living in US/Canada. Please respond with personal details and recent photographs to:

SERVICES Future Prep educational Services: College Admissions Jump Start! Program for 8th and 9th graders. $299 Visit or call 704-307-8975 for details. Pari Beauty Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. Garland Design Studio By: GP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704548-2852/704-779-0277. GarlandDesignStudioByGp/ Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-824-7734;; Feng Shui is an ancient Art of creating Abundance and Harmony in your life. Contact Abha Thakore for a Business / Personal Consultation. 864-360-1237 or live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte. open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: 139

astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Gujarati Priest in nC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: Handy man services: remodeling, flooring, carpentry, lansdscaping, exterior remodeling, painting and other contracting work Best work and service at the best prices. Accredited by BBB and featured on houzz. For a quote or more info plesase Call 704-737-3608 or email Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna & Makeup, Facials. Call for appointment: 704526-8707.

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June 2016

Advertisers Index A Economy Driving School ..................................99

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) .................99

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................95

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....41

Hindu Center Charlotte...................................78-79

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ..............103

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)..53

HSNC Summer camps (OM Squad)......................72

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................45

Aero LED Signs (Aero Distributors) .......................45

Hunstad / Kortesis (Plastic Surgery & Med Spa)....15

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) 111

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

Idolize Brows & Beauty ......................................27

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh) ...........................91

Amma (MA Center: Mata amritanandamayi).........71

Inchin's Bamboo Garden ...................................113

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).27

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....93

International Community Church .......................111

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................69

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................43

ISSO NC (International Swaminarayan Satsan Org) .77

Apna Sabji Mandi (Indo-Pak Grocery Greensboro)...34

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................65

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

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................47

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage)119

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).................31

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham) .........22

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

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................31

Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC) ...............77

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

Shree Swaminarayan Satsang (Event-June 22)..109

Art Of Problem Solving Academy .........................17

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................25

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................13

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............63

Kirti Shah CPA...................................................123

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................89

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......57

Krishnadham USA (Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah) 74-75

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)........47

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................53

Kumon Cary-West ...............................................85

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................23

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

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch) ....117

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ........................19

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

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions) ..................135

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC)...........72

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC....................................119

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian).................101

Subscription Form .............................................117

Biryani House of Cary ..........................................45

Little India (Grocery - Durham) .............................21

Sur Sumiran School Of Music ..............................65

Blooming Buds....................................................53

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................16

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro .....................................38

Building Blocks Pediatrics, PLLC ..........................81

Maadhurya Photography......................................63

Tandurm Food Truck ............................................69

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....57

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

Tar Heel Mortgage Corp (Krish Mahalingam) ......101

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......90

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

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You)...............32

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................66

MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee 2016 ...............11

Tier3MD & Trans Global Communications ..........113

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............58

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)...............................89

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) ..............................58

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................49

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................46

Travel Universe ....................................................20

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................81

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................63


Children's Lighthouse Learning Center.................51

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ........................137

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .......................55

Chugh Attorneys at Law.......................................31

NC Dermatology Associates .................................42

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................35

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............48

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

Triangle Table Tennis ..........................................39

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................66

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................39

Triangle Wholesale...............................................54

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services)85

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................41

Triangle Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)99

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................67

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................73

Ttravel Guru ......................................................126

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

Paramount Montessori.........................................61

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

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)........12

Patel Brothers (Cary)..........................................133

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................35

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................37

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................41

Uni World Travel.................................................123

DJ Hangama .....................................................47

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) ...................................115

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) .......86-87

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................27

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

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).....................................137

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

Piece Of India, Inc..............................................125

Vyas Travels.........................................................31

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

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary) .........101

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC..........107

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

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

Ward Black Law (Manisha P. Patel).......................51

Friends Travel ......................................................57

PSR CPA PLLC (Pasupula S. Ravindranath "Ravi") 39

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................65

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................48

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC).......................13

White Horse Weddings.........................................37

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

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................141

Worldwide Travels ...............................................37

Global Weight Loss ........................................28-29

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) 111

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................59

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................16

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) ...............................55

Zayka Restaurant ...............................................33


June 2016


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