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In this issue: Palm oil and the destruction of rain forests The Philippines is crushing India’s call center business

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Hello Readers! Palm oil. How your snacks and cosmetics are destroying the environment and killing orangutans. Story on pg. 08. Read about how the Philippines is crushing the Indian call center business on pg. 14. After the Delhi gang rape, Indian TV dramas go feminist. Whether India has changed is debatable. Its viral TV shows certainly have. Story on pg. 30. Get a preview of the annual American Dance Festival in Durham on pg. 32. Across the globe getting antibiotics is barely harder than buying soda. Read about the consequences of too many antibiotics in the story on pg. 36. Read about one man's quest to train India's many quack doctors in rural areas on pg. 40. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. The ever popular Pop’s puzzles and jokes are on pg. 116. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website:

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Palm oil and Rainforest Destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Philippines Taking India’s Call Center Business . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 TV Dramas go Feminist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Overuse of antibiotics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Training quack Doctors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Noise Bliss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 It Takes a Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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How your snacks and cosmetics are destroying the environment and killing orangutans.

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Greenpeace says that from 2009 to 2011, the palm oil sector was the single largest driver of deforestation in Indonesia. The area covered by palm oil plantations in Indonesia has grown by 600 percent since 1990. In 2013 these massive monocultures occupied some twenty million acres of land — an area about three times the size of Massachusetts. Yes, three Bay States, just to grow an ingredient in your snacks and stuff. And it’s getting worse. Much worse. WWF, the World Wildlife Fund, says the equivalent of 300 soccer fields’ worth of rainforest are destroyed each hour to make way for palm oil production.

MEDAN, Indonesia — You may have heard this before: Palm oil is bad. Greenpeace and its allies have been condemning farmed palm’s impact on the environment for years. But did you know that you’re a big part of the problem? That’s right, You. And the products that you buy — so many of them, in fact, that we think you’ll be amazed. Confused? Angry? Feeling defensive? Want to know more? Here’s a primer on the problem, and what you can do to stop it. 1. What exactly is palm oil? Glad you asked. It’s a vegetable oil that comes from the seeds and pulp of oil palm fruit. Here’s a big part of the problem: 90 percent of the world’s oil palm trees are cultivated in Indonesian and Malaysian plantations, but they’re not even native to that region. They originally come from West Africa, and were imported to Southeast Asia because the climate there is ideal for fruit production. The first plantation was established in Malaysia only about a century ago. Since then, millions of acres of forest have been razed to make space for the imported trees. These days global consumption of palm oil is estimated at over 50 million tons per year.

2. What products is it in? Really, it almost might be easier to ask what products it is not in. Grab the snack bag on your desk and check the ingredients; you’ll probably find palm oil. You might not notice it at first, because palm oil goes by many, many names (over 200, actually). Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil in the world. It’s the cheapest to produce, and it’s everywhere: in your food (chips, cereals, margarine, mayonnaise, chocolate, icecream, baked goods — basically, most processed foods), your cosmetics (soap, shampoo, moisturizers, lipsticks), your Of course, destruction of the rainforest is also a main cause detergents, your fuel, and so on. of climate change. Clearing space and preparing it for plantations, by burning the forest and draining the ground, releases massive amounts of greenhouse gases. 3. How is it destroying the rainforest? The warm, humid climate in Indonesia and Malaysia that’s so perfect for palm oil trees is also where the rainforest just 4. How is it killing the orangutans? happens to grow. Well, these orange, eerily human-like creatures live So basically, either the rainforest or the palm oil trees had exclusively in the rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia. So to go. And the one that earns billions of dollars in revenue won. rainforest destruction means there’s nowhere for them to live. Go figure. The number of orangutans remaining is estimated to be just


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6. Wow, this is depressing. And I feel kinda guilty. What can I do? You can follow (or support) environmental groups to know who the bad guys are. Greenpeace has been carrying out campaigns against big companies, the WWF chose to name and shame top buyers, and the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) went after the US snack industry. In the past, RAN also targeted those tasty cookies sold by Girl Scouts, but their leaders have since committed to exclusively using sustainable palm oil, a sign that these campaigns do have an impact. Sustainable palm oil is definitely a step forward, but what’s behind the label is not always that clear. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a certification standard to ensure companies can continue producing palm oil without impacting the rainforest. But a Greenpeace investigation revealed that many RSPO members are still involved in forest clearing. “RSPO, from my perspective, has been used for green-washing by companies who want to expand their plantations into the forest,” said Bustar Maitar, the head of Greenpeace’s Indonesia Forest Campaign, in March. The answer, believe many environmentalists who argue that palm oil itself isn’t the enemy, is for the industry players to once and for all break the link between palm oil production and deforestation by embracing a real “zero deforestation” policy. “To claim to be sustainable means more than nice words. It also means being accountable and being transparent to all your stakeholders; it means being proactive and enforcing rules,” says Maitar.

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Filipino speech can sound similar to the Latino accent, a linguistic legacy of three centuries of Spanish rule in the Philippines. “Accent is a big part of the story,” said Gillian Virata, senior executive director of the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, or IBPAP. “We have a ‘neutral’ accent and we don’t speak fast. Some Indians do because their dialect affects the way they speak English.” The English language proliferated in the Philippines after the US triumphed in the Spanish-American war in 1898 and took the island nation as its spoils. The next five decades of US occupation were characterized by gruesome subjugation but also the rise of a public education system emphasizing English. The outcome: American cultural fingerprints are still easy to see in the modern Philippines. The nation adores basketball and cheeseburgers. Unlike in India, where a call center agent named Vikram may transform into “Victor” when he comes to work, a Filipino is more likely to have a Christianized name familiar to Americans (such as Mark or Maria) in real life. Many Filipinos are already primed on American pop culture. But call centers try to fill in the gaps. “When I’ve visited call centers, they might have the TV turned to the Rose Bowl,” Virata said. “We’re not very familiar with American football and they need to know what’s exciting the people they’re speaking with.” Cultural dissonance with India can sometimes disintegrate into abusive tirades. Some Indian firms, in an effort to reverse severe job turnover, according to a report in The Guardian, have even hired counselors for agents subjected to racist abuse that leaves them in tears,. Meanwhile, the Philippines’ edge translates into huge profits. Call center-related industries now account for roughly 5 percent of the national GDP, according to Virata, and is projected to hit 10 percent this decade. Maintaining growth will require more agent specialization:

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June 27 Creature (Director: Vikram Bhatt) Cast: Bipasha Basu and Imran Abbas

Holiday - A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (Director: A. R. Murugadoss) Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Freddy Daruwala, Sumeet Raghavan, and Sahedev Girish

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Chal Bhaag (Director: Prakash Saini) Cast: Deepak Dobriyal, Varun Mehra, Tarun Bajaj, Keeya Khanna, and Sanjay Mishra

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Jisshu Sengupta Bags Lead Role in Piku Shoojit Sircar’s upcoming film Piku already has a formidable cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, and Deepika Padukone. Now the director has roped in Bangla heartthrob Jisshu Sengupta to play the romantic lead opposite Padukone. Sengupta made his Bollywood debut opposite Ileana D’Cruz in a guest appearance in Anurag Basu’s hit film Barfi will next be seen in Hindi in Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani. Sengupta told Bollywood Hungama, “It’s a big break with a director I really admire and with actors I really love. It has been my dream to work with Mr. Bachchan from the time I decided I wanted to be an actor. Irrfanji is another actor I truly admire. As for Deepika, isn’t she everyone’s favorite dream girl these days?”

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Mishti with Salman in Subhash Ghai’s Next Film Young actress Mishti’s debut in the film Kaanchi was received lukewarmly by critics and the audience. But that won’t stop director Subhash Ghai from casting her in his next film with superstar Salman Khan. The Begnali actress told IndiaFM, “That’s one year of my life. During the last one year I did nothing except Kaanchi. It was my life. Now there is a feeling of disappointment at the way some critics have responded to the film and my presence. I play a village girl. I don’t play a city-bred chick who knows how to modulate her voice and walk as though she’s on the ramp. I walk and speak clumsily because that’s the way my director Subhashji conceived my character. She is not sophisticated like Aishwarya Rai in Taal.” She has signed a three film deal with Ghai.

The comedy Humshakals, featuring Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, and Ram Kapoor in triple roles opens on June 20. The film, directed by Sajid Khan, also features Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta, and Tamannaah Bhatia. The film was shot extensively in foreign locations including London and the island of Mauritius. The triple role element of the movie is a Bollywood first.

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tribute to past Hindustani singers C. H. ātmā (1923 – 1975) C. H. ātmā is one of those singers that one might call a “one hit wonder.” Of course he sang many songs for films and several became hits. He was a singer that has faded into obscurity in most people’s minds. But listening to some his classic songs may put a name to the beloved lyrics. One of his most popular songs is “Pritam ān milo.” He sang it in a deep, rich voice, almost resembling that of legendary singer K. L. Sāigal. Atma was born in 1923 in Hyderabad, Sindh (now part of Pakistan). Singing and making music was his hobby when he was studying in a college in Karachi. What started off as his hobby became his career. His family biography is not known. His first job was as a radio officer and a pilot in an airline. He made his debut in 1945. He gave many concerts in India and abroad and created a special joy for listeners. His voice was ideally suited for Geet, Gazal and Bhajans and had many fans all over the world. He was an actor, too. He passed away on Dec. 6, 1975, but his calm voice still lives within our hearts. Some his films as playback singer: Naginā, āsmān, Bilwmangal, Bhai Sāheb, Mahatma Kabir; Dhake ki malmal, Geet gāyā pattharone etc. Some his popular songs: Preetam ān milo, Main ghee kā diyā jalāun, oun, Hazāron khwāhishen aise, Chalo nā gori machal machal kar, Shām bhayi sakhi, āye sakhi nā bālamā, Main nashe men hoon. Award: Best character award: U.P. Government, India. His famous lyrics to the Hindi song “Roun main Sāgar ke kināre ...” are given in this issue of Saathee in the column on this page.

(Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge & love for Hindustani music.)

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Dear readers, today, the violin is an integral part of Carnatic music, either as melodic support to a vocalist or as a solo instrument played with rhythmic accompaniment. It is interesting to look at the history of the violin and how it came to occupy such a prominent place in Carnatic music. It is said that after the Indian Railways, the violin is the most important contribution bequeathed to India by the British. The violin owes its origin to Europe- specifically Italy and Germany somewhere around the16th century. The Indian stringed instruments included primarily the veena, the sarangi, etc. The sarangi was mainly used for Hindustani music and was not a very good match for Carnatic music. Around the 18th century, the violin was introduced in India and since then, it has become an inseparable element of Carnatic music. There are three people who are credited with the introduction of the violin in India. The first was Balaswami Dikshitar, brother of the famous Carnatic composerMuthuswamy Dikshitar. Balaswami was introduced to western music at a performance by a European orchestra attached to the East India Company. He was fascinated by the violin and trained on it for some years before adapting it to Carnatic music. Varahappa Iyer, another musician was very close to the British governor in Madras. Among all the instruments in the governor’s band, he realized that the violin could be best adapted to Carnatic music because of its ability to mimic the tonal variations in the human voice. The person largely responsible for violin becoming an accepted instrument in Carnatic music was Vadivelu- a resident musician of the composer king Swathi Tirunal. His encouragement and patronage of this instrument led to the violin becoming the prime accompaniment for a vocal musician. As the violin became more integrated with Carnatic music, the violin playing techniques also changed to suit the needs of Carnatic music. Today, the violin is regarded as the best possible accompaniment for vocal concerts due to its ability to sustain continued notes, which provides a lot of support and stability to the concert. As melodic accompaniment, the violinist matches the vocalist and follows the thought process of the vocalist all through the concert, whether it is playing compositions or in the areas of manodharma (improvisation). It is very common and an enjoyable experience for the vocalist and violinist to exchange and build on each other’s ideas during the concert. Till we meet next time, do listen to concert recordings of Carnatic music, which will typically feature violin as melodic support. This will provide an opportunity to observe the important role played by the violinist in a Carnatic concert.

Hindustani music:  the role of Ragas in Spiritual Enlightenment By Anita Kulkarni

Hindus have believed about the spiritual self-enlightenment for millennia. The time and energy required for the spiritual enlightenment. The Devotional music is a melodious tool that serves this purpose. In the last essay, you read about some ragas, how they affect the various chakras in our body. I would like to continue with some more ragas that affect the rest of the chakras. The Raga Jayjaywanti (Dwijavanti in Carnatic music) helps activate the Vishuddhi chakra, the controller of the sensory organs. This raga also develops the quality of the ether element and the expression of voice, and helps make one’s personality loving and sweet. The Raga Bhup (Mohanam in Carnatic) helps purify and open the Agnya chakra. It helps relieve tensions, anger and mental fatigue. The mood created by this Raga helps the Kundalini pass through the Agnya chakra and enter the Sahasrara in the limbic area of the brain. This causes the person to reach a state of thoughtless awareness and has a tremendous impact on our ability to forgive. Ragas Darbari (Darbari Kaanada in Carnatic) and Bhairavi (Sindhu Bhairavi in Carnatic) are helpful in prolonging the state of meditation and thoughtless awareness. The notes of these ragas help relax and calm the emotionally-related limbic area. The Kundalini energy then soothes and nourishes the Sahasrara chakra and the brain. The result is that one feels joyous, energetic, peaceful and relieved of tension and depression. The person also enjoys the sensation of a cool breeze on the finger tips and achieves the state of Self-Realization or enlightenment. You can find some of these ragas in concert performances on YouTube and other online sites.

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Eight years ago he and his wife waved goodbye to their comfortable city life and poured their government pensions into Sarkar’s small NGO, Foundation for Health Action. On a scorched piece of land surrounded by tribal hamlets they built Amader Hospital, which now doubles as a school for unqualified providers. Before Amader, the 25,000 or so small-scale farmers and manual workers in the area had to share a single doctor who commutes to the local government clinic and leaves again before lunch. Or they could go to a self-styled medic such as Nityananda Pal, 72, who works out of a small, grimy room littered with medicine in boxes, bottles and blister packs. Like many unqualified providers, Pal left school after ninth grade and later did a stint as a helping hand at a doctor’s office. That was 40 years ago. Since then, he has been diagnosing all kinds of ailments, treating patients and administering powerful drugs without supervision. On the floor behind him sits a dusty cardboard box full of vitamin syrups, “liver tonics” and digestive enzyme preparations. Next to it a crate is overflowing with used vials of injectable antibiotics. “He is giving all sorts of irrational medications, cough syrups and irrational combinations of antibiotics,” says Dr. Subhasis Patra, who has been helping out at Amader Hospital for the past year. “It is all bogus, but I have a thorough appreciation for him because he is trying to help the villagers.” By contrast, the two men from the area who went off to medical school never came back to the straw-thatched mud houses, the subpar schools and the poor patients. India has tried to improve the situation by beefing up its rural health care facilities, but the free public clinics remain understaffed and ineffective. Many open just a few hours a day, if at all, leading even poor people to prefer private providers. Because the quacks are already working in remote areas, Sarkar believes they could offer fast relief to the nation’s beleaguered health care system.

the controversial effort targets legions of untrained healthcare providers who prescribe sketchy liver tonics and antibiotic cocktails. By Frederik Joelving - PHOOLBERIA, India — Squatting on their haunches among fruit trees and orange marigolds, barefoot villagers wait in the morning chill to see Dr. Pijus Sarkar, the only full-time physician in this remote part of West Bengal. Many have traveled far, often by foot on pot-holed dirt roads that turn into mud rivers during the rainy season. They come because their local health provider — an alternative healer or one with no training at all — failed to help them, or even made them worse. Their story illustrates perhaps the biggest health challenge facing the world’s largest democracy as it struggles to develop a modern identity: With most people still living in rural areas, and most doctors in cities, hundreds of millions of villagers end up gambling their health by seeing unqualified providers. But Sarkar, who until ten years ago ran a prestigious medical school in Kolkata and headed the state’s medicines agency, hasn’t come here just to help a few thousand of his country’s needy masses. His vision is grander, and it has turned most of the medical establishment against him. He wants to train the “quack” doctors and inject them back into the nation’s ailing health care system with a newfound legitimacy. According to recent estimates, there is just one physician per 8,333 villagers in India. Healthcare providers without a medical diploma are everywhere, though. Preliminary statistics from an all-India study suggest they outnumber qualified doctors by 23 to one in rural areas, with no sign of change on the horizon. “You cannot wish them away, because there is a real social need,” says Sarkar, a small, folksy man of 71, who refuses to wear a white coat lest he intimidate his patients. “We thought, why not train them?”

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The dhol, the horns and the drums of Red Baraat filled the Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte on a lovely spring night with their rousing party music. It was a small crowd in a big night club, but that didn’t deter the band from cranking out a feisty show with their signature blend of Punjabi percussion, New Orleans brass, Brooklyn funk and Bollywood beats that got the folks on their feet, swaying and dancing along to the music. Red Baraat is a Brooklyn-based 8-piece band formed in 2008 and led by dhol player Sunny Jain. He is also an accomplished jazz drummer and the band members, including Charlotte-born trumpeter Sonny Singh, are all top musicians, versed in the ways of the horns as well as Punjabi folk percussion and the quirky vibes of Bollywood film songs. During one number, the band jumped off the stage and played among the crowd, and then they led several audience members back onto the stage for a sort of follow the piper (in this case the dhol player) to dance and bounce along on the stage. Jain and co. fuses the joyful elements of baraat (wedding procession) into the mix of Indian percussion with loud and wiggly horns (including tuba, trombones, and sax). They have released several recordings and have built a loyal following wherever they play. Jain has also released solo and jazz collective albums. This was Red Baraat’s first foray into the Queen City, where the evening’s selections ranged from raucous original compositions to the Sufi/Sindhi standard “Mast Qalander” and Amitabh Bachchan’s perennial baraat and party favorite “Rang Barse.”

Deepti Navaratna has an expressive voice and she unfolds it on the opening track “Anuswara.” Her new recording Ka is a mood-inducing fuse of Carnatic music touched with Western classical music, just right for twilight listening, or any time of day that her renditions of various ragas evoke. Navaratna blends her classically trained voice with subtle instrumentation on the five songs that inhabit the recording. This mix of Western and Carnatic (South Indian) classical music is intriguing and even though the two styles are vastly different, her music flows as if the blend is a natural occurrence. Western classical music is written down and performed according to and following the composition, while Carnatic music opens the possibilities for individual interpretation. It’s a blend of harmony and melody where improvisation converses with more formal guidelines. Navaratna pulls this off with her fine vocals. Many instrumentalists have blended western and Indian classical before, Navaratna is one of the first vocalists to do so. The compositions include “Anuswara” (with a lilting violin weaving in and out of the composition and conversing with her voice). Other compositions include the spiritual tome “Durga Shloka,” the title track “Ka,” as well as “Love Song,” and “Pilu.” She explores many ragas and co-composer Sirish Korde adds just the right amount of musical spice. She has immersed herself in musical training and her credentials unwrap her training and discipline, which include being an empanelled artist of All India Radio since 2000 and featured as a Youth Ambassador for the Arts at the prestigious National Youth Festival hosted by the I invite you to visit my music blog for more of my music writing including CD and live reviews, thoughts Government of India in 1999 and 2001. After moving to the United States, she has received several distinctions as a and muses on the music scene and business, archives from the past and more. I welcome conversation. traditional musician. Not content to sing solely in traditional Let me know what you think. Carnatic, she has also collaborated with Persian and Turkish traditional musicians, with jazz composers, and with eclectic musicians like pianist Ran Blake. She holds a doctorate degree in Neuroscience and is currently on the faculty of Harvard Samir Shukla Medical School. In bridging the duality of Western and Carnatic is the editor of Saathee magazine. music she states, “I love the contemplative yet adventurous contact - edge to such music-making. In exploring new frontiers for contemporary classical music, I am able to use my traditional wisdom more consciously and in a different yet purposeful quest for beauty through sound.”


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I was enjoying, all this a lot. But this was nowhere close to where I was heading, no it was not.

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I would soon realize, how occupied one can be. With homework and projects, not my cup of tea.

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First grade’s now started, and I’m starting to excel. I’m great at reading, and I know how to spell.


Second grade passed, a lot faster than I had thought. I had some fun, and also learned a lot.

Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 21+ words = Excellent; 11 to 20 words = Good; 10 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

Third grade is here, In the trailers we would learn. It was small but cozy, in another year we would return. In fourth grade too, we used this as a classroom. We had fun once again, or so I assume.

Flashback: 14 years By Amoli Kothari (Age: 14 yrs.) I loved to read and play, when I was small. Hide and seek, and tag, I loved them all.

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My mom and dad, Would read to me. This is when, I formed a new pastime activity.

Sixth grade was here, all ready for middle school. I was very excited, the teachers were super cool.

Even though back then, I couldn’t read myself. I would pretend to be reading, From the books on my bookshelf.

Seventh grade went by, at a pretty fast pace. There was a lot of competition, as if it was a race.

But that was just the start, of a whole new beginning. I never realized that when school started, everything would become a lot more challenging.

Eighth grade was probably, the best of all these years. I made a lot of memories, and met many new peers.

Preschool was nothing, more than fun. All we did was play, we barely learned.

After fourteen years, I’ve came a long way. The friends I’ve made, are here to stay.

Two years later, I was all ready. To go to a ‘big school’, and let go of my teddy.

Memories spent, but not forgot. The times we have shared, all mean a lot.

My parents were sad, but I was glad. To be starting kindergarten, school was almost starting.


I made a lot of friends, on the first day of school. In class we had lots of fun, and went over basic rules.


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m. Given complete control n To give over control especially of a company or organization. o. Has done this task successfully for a long time.

Mastering Meaning

Here are more expressions with hand: • He’s always trying to get the upper hand in any situation and is very hard to work with. (Trying to take advantage and have the superior position.) • I like to travel with her. She knows the area like the back of her hand. (Knows a place very well.) • He’s just putty in his daughter’s hands even though she’s only five years old. (Easily influenced by her. Putty is soft and easy to mold.) • Their left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing! (The organization or group is very disorganized with poor communication among themselves.) • They just sat on their hands. (Did nothing about the situation; failed to help out.) Suggested strategies to increase your mastery of meaning this month: See how many figurative expressions with hand that you can find in your local newspaper and in office memos or hear in casual conversations. References: 1,

Harnessing THe POWer Of aMeriCan englisH

By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC Just for fun, while “casting around” (a fishing term meaning “randomly searching for something”) for a theme for this month’s column, I decided to quickly scribble down a list of all the idioms and metaphors I could think of using common body parts. Here’s what I wrote: dear to my heart, in a heartbeat, eye to eye, off your chest, cheeky, take it on the chin, chin up, at arm’s length, give someone a leg up, lose your footing, footloose, nosey, nosing around, I’ve got to hand it to you and show of hands. I linked to and selected idioms for “hand.” There were at least 300 so I decided to “stick with” (limit myself to) some of these. If you, my reader, don’t really know how to use some of the other expressions above, you can find them online or wait for another column!! Can you match these sentences, using hand to their meanings that are listed just below? 1 1. A bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush). __ 2. We like our new manager. He’s a very good listener and also keeps a firm hand on the tiller. __ 3. My visit to company headquarters allowed me to see at first hand their new collaborative office layout. ___ 4. Because of the bad weather prediction, we kept extra staff and equipment on hand. __ 5. He was very critical of his corporate culture so I said, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you! Make some constructive suggestions!” __ 6. When we lost power it was so dark that I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. ___ 7. We were given a free hand with the project so we could demonstrate our brilliance or take full responsibility for messing up! __ 8. You should ask him how to deal with that difficult client. He’s an old hand. __ 9. I need to hand this report back to you to be rewritten. ___ 10. Our contractor was great and not afraid to get his hands dirty to help the workers. __ 11. We know that early exposure to books and story time goes hand in hand with later success in school. ___ 12. He’s still reluctant to hand over the reins of the family business to his son. ___ 13. Just standing there and wringing your hands won’t improve the situation. ___ 14. He’s going to try his hand at starting his own consulting business. ___ 15. She won the argument hands down with her careful reasoning and grasp of the facts. ___ a. To be unable to see very far. b. To try something for the first time. c. Is directly related d. Don’t wait for another opportunity when this one looks good. e. To severely criticize the organization that pays you or treat someone badly who has helped you. f. Being sad or anxious about a situation but not trying to improve it. g. See and experience directly h. Involves himself in the hard or unpleasant parts of a job. i. Easily and without any real contest j. Return k. Near by and readily available l. (A boating term) Maintains a lot of control over the situation.

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•Your posts are getting consistently high numbers of likes/shares/comments/retweets/favorites •People commenting on your posts have a genuine interest in the topic (you are reaching your ideal audience) •Your posts are consistent and on-topic, and you are responding to comments and new followers. •Your Facebook ads are getting click-throughs and a large number of views. •Your posts about upcoming webinars or links to articles or other resources on your web site are getting click-throughs and sign-ups. •Your page is helping you increase your newsletter opt-ins. How do you know if your PR is working? •Your news gets into the desired media on a fairly regular basis. (Awards, promotions, new hires, product launches, events, etc.) •You are getting a steady stream of requests for interviews, profiles and Q&A. •People say “I see your name in the news all the time!” •You are getting articles and blog posts you’ve written placed regularly in the appropriate industry media. Social media increases engagement. PR increases visibility. These are long-term investments, not quick sales gimmicks. Sorry, but the mystical/magical 3:1 ratio Jane was using doesn’t apply. P.S. If you are using any metrics from before the 2008 economic crash, they’re out of date.

Marketing Turnaround 3 Deadly Social media mistakes By Gail Z. Martin Recently I had a call from a business owner I’ll call Jane (not her real name). She had been referred by a client and friend of mine, and Jane was shopping around for new talent to handle her PR and social media. The problem, Jane said, was that while her PR folks were getting her into the news and the social media people were driving traffic to her web site, people weren’t buying. And that, she felt, was the fault of the PR and social media folks. Hmmmm….maybe. But the longer Jane talked, the more I heard a full-blown case of the three most deadly social media mistakes. mistake #1: A hammer is not a chainsaw. It’s not the hammer’s fault you can’t cut down trees with it. Different tools have different functions. You don’t use a waffle iron to iron shirts, and you don’t use a steam iron to make waffles. If you tried to do so, it wouldn’t be the tool’s fault if it didn’t perform according to your (mistaken) expectations. Social media and PR are not advertising. Social media is a tool to build relationships, increase engagement and raise visibility. PR is a tool to raise visibility, cement your professional platform and increase credibility. Both tools can also work to drive traffic to your website. But neither tool is intended to directly increase sales. That’s advertising’s job, as well as good web design. Too many people are like Jane, thinking of social media and PR as another form of advertising, and then they’re upset when their “ads” don’t result in sales. Social media and PR are indirect reputation builders. They give you the “I’ve seen your name everywhere” viral buzz, and they help you establish yourself with the credibility of being in the news and the accessibility of being interactive online, but they are not meant to create direct sales. Paid advertising and direct mail are tools to create an immediate “buy now” incentive. A well-designed e-commerce web site can also encourage shoppers to become buyers. Don’t assume that all promotional tools do the same thing.

mistake #3: Believing you don’t need to understand PR and social media because you have people for that. I explained to Jane that my current focus was coaching and consulting on social media and promotion. She was quick to tell me that she didn’t need that, because she hired out those functions. I told her that most of my clients hired someone to do their PR and social media, but that they discovered they could manage those resources much more effectively after they had been coached on how social media and PR really work. Think about it. If you don’t understand how something works, how will you know if your people are doing it right? How will you decide whether a campaign they propose is a good idea or not? You’re flying blind, and you’re at the mercy of anyone with a good pitch. Bonus mistake #4: If your website is getting a lot of traffic but not generating sales, then you’ve either got a problem with your site’s usability, or your products aren’t attractive to the traffic you’re getting. Jane was upset that the people who came to her website because of social media and PR weren’t buying. I told her that social media and PR had done their work delivering the traffic, but it wasn’t their job to make the sale—it was up to the site and the products/services to do that. Maybe the site is difficult to manage. Maybe the shopping cart is wonky. Maybe the pricing is not competitive or perhaps the services weren’t compelling. Or maybe the audience being

mistake #2: One-size-fits-all metrics don’t work. Jane went on to tell me that she was unhappy with her current social media and PR people because while they were driving traffic to her site and resulting in news placements (which means they were succeeding at what they set out to do!) they were not resulting in a three-to-one payback of her investment. Where did she get that 3:1 ratio? Who knows? Someone along the line told her that, or she read it somewhere. Once again, she’s mistaking an advertising metric with a social media and PR metric. How do you know if your social media is working? Here are some metrics: •Your business page is seeing steady growth in page “likes” or Twitter followers

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Dear Sylvania:

It Takes a Village By Dipika Kohli Pack light. That’s always the top advice. Thirteen months on the road, though, and I’m carrying a light whose batteries don’t work. But I can explain. (The apron and the perfume bottle, however, I give up. I could have left the apron in Nepal, where the dust of Kathmandu got stuck on a corner, or Vientiane, where there was so much smog that some of it got stuck in the weave. Perfume, too. Why? Well, we women like to have our fineries. Even if that means just to look at.) But the light is different. I would fork money over just to keep it, even if it doesn’t work. Here’s why. It reminds me of a feeling... a feeling that used to exist between my husband and me before our son came into the world. We adore our kid, of course we do, but surely all parents can relate to this idea. Before, it was about just you guys. Then, it was about the baby. And stayed that way. So when now and then you find a little glimmer of the thing that reminds you of the old sparkle, and it’s literally a light, you want to hang on to it. In my case, it seemed like it could, potentially, be functional, too, so that was the justification for tossing it into the “keep” pile that got smaller and became “take.” Even on the journey, we culled quite a lot, but this little thing made it every time through the cuts. Our son has three pairs of pants and three shirts; everything else was left in Delhi or before that, a blue donation box in Luang Prabang. But he seems to acquire tons of shoes, thanks largely to the gifting from two fashion-conscious young Khmer ladies whom Kush has endeared himself to. They work on the ground floor, which is the retail part of the building where we now live, so it feels like family as we see each other every day. Sometimes, Kush gets fried bananas. Or other things I’ve never seen. A new village is forming now. In Cambodia, it’s a collection of people surrounding us in our day to day, like the ladies, or our neighbor, or the people across the street who make rice and pork with lovely soups each morning for commuters and shut precisely at 8:30am, so don’t be late. There’s not a lot of “stuff” with us. It’s kind of refreshing, though, being so light. We get to call it, this time. Not be defined by what we own, but rather, choose with consciousness what we’ll gather, or keep, in this new chapter. Like the LED light in the suitcases. SYLVANIA, it says. If you’ve been reading It Takes a Village, you know already I’m a little sentimental. So allow me to share the letter I wrote, while reading a bit about “evocative objects,” to the little thing that’s been with me since that pre-baby era, with its gleam that seemed to hint of all good things to come.


I never noticed you said that on you. Sylvania. Dot-it-TM. So you’re trademarked, after all this time. You’re not exactly one of a kind, the way I imagined you were. Well, that’s okay. To me you’re one of a kind. You’re the one that Akira got, and put up in the house, when I was still trying to figure out what was changing and different about us and about me, when the purple dress that my college roommate had sent in the post had started to become useful in a way I never thought it would. That oceanic stretchy belly, my God. Who would ever fit in a thing that wide and curtainy? And then I was seven months, and then I was eight... And you came into my life. You, before the baby. Akira had wanted to make sure I wouldn’t fall, you see. Down the stairs. Just in case I happened to be moving around in the middle of the night to get... what? Water? Something else? From the kitchen? Nevermind he didn’t realize how hard it was to move around, at that size and shape, and that if I was going anywhere it was to have a pee because that’s what happens when you’re massively pregnant and the baby’s almost ready, almost there. Little Sylvania, there you were, an LED of somewhat whitish-blue to capture the feeling of hope and promise and safety, too. (I won’t tell Akira, and I know you’re not going to talk, but your light wasn’t a very big one, and it didn’t exactly flood the stairwell to make it super easy to get to the bottom floor, but that’s okay.) I could just press, palm up, to turn you on, then palm up, and turn you off. Because all other variables were up in the air: were we going to be okay with the new addition, would we be able to manage all our projects, could we keep our business going with a new small person in our mix, and would anyone come out to help us take care of the baby when he came? All these questions. Nothing known. Except, there you were: a fixed entity. Always in the midnight ready to make a go of your welcoming light. The back of you fell off somewhere in Gangtok, didn’t it? I don’t know why you came out on that leg of the journey with us. Most of the things like the woolens were back in Delhi, locked up in the house of an aunt. But you. You’d come out to Sikkim. Well, I guess I know why. Sylvania, you remind me of Akira and me. Before. The years when I got more of the attention than my little son does now from my husband. It’s good, of course it’s good, that he loves our son the way I imagined he would when I picked him one day to be my husband. Yet... I miss those days. A bottle of wine, and wisecracks about nothing important or useful at all in the world, along with cheesy oneliners that started in college and haven’t stopped since. Those slow and useless conversations are the ones we don’t have time to have now, aren’t they? The “me and you” ones. About feelings and dreams, and the vision of things to come, the things to be. Sylvania, thanks for reminding me. Thanks for being under the layers of cotton shirts and kiddie socks, in the suitcases, all along. Thanks for being a beacon well past each midnight, when I felt most alone and unsure, with a pool of illumination, faithful and bright, all along, to show us the way. Dipika Kohli Contact email:

June 2014

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About Thinking By Balaji Prasad Logic is … illogical “O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!” ― From Marmion, by Sir Walter Scott We rely on logic to make sense. This way of sense-making is somewhat unique to human beings. Other animals do obviously make sense enough of the world – at a level sufficient to help them get by – but we do not usually refer to what drives their sense-making as logical thinking.

A self-critical lens! Human beings are efficient creatures. We generally do not like to endlessly dwell on “truths.” So when we find ourselves on a level in a building marked “Level 3,” our brain’s inclination toward efficiency causes us to trust that we are indeed on the third story of a building. When we deal with certain kinds of abstract things, however, it is a different matter. There are some things that we think we know when we really do not. Worse, not only do we not know, but also we do not know about our ignorance, resulting in a misplaced sense of confidence in such “knowledge”. Abstraction is a slippery road, and our lives are filled with word- and logic-based abstractions that we keep slipping and sliding on. There is a way out: we simply need to have our heads examined! And, there is only one doctor qualified to examine the logic that leads to the thoughts in our heads: our own selves.

Navel-gazing needs a scientific mindset To question the logic of logic itself requires what can best be termed a “scientific mindset.” The characteristic of a scientific mindset is a high degree of skepticism and doubt. A scientific mindset produces many wishy-washy words and ideas that are open to reformulation and even to selfdestruction. After all, there is no law against killing ideas, is there? (Scientists use the word “theory” to indicate a good, practical approximation of reality that does not masquerade as the “truth”). With a scientific mindset, could we not divest ourselves of Logic worship But perhaps we go too far with all this word play and this unholy obsession with “truths” that are little more than symbol worship (logolatry)? Can our romance with words end lazy patterns drawn carelessly in a wispy fog? up weaving a web of convoluted images so far removed from the real-world stimuli that spawned them that the resulting Navel-gazers are stoics But, a scientific mindset is for naught, if it is swept away by world within our minds is but a dimly lit parallel universe – a twilight-zone parody that amuses and befuddles rather than the tsunami that is emotion. We do get emotionally attached to some notions, especially ones that have strong connections into illuminates? To understand how much we revere logic, we need only to our sense of self and thereby to our internal pain and pleasure look at our language, which is the trellis on which the vine of sensors. So if we need to operate with a scientific mindset, we human thought grows, guided by the nuances and vagaries of may need at least a dash of stoicism in the mix, to enable us to words. We are tutored right from childhood that we must look realize things about ourselves that feel uncomfortable. If only for reasons for events, a purpose for existence. We are told to we could minimize the pain that we feel when our sacred make fine distinctions between measures of various things. concepts built by logic are unraveled by the same logic that has Evidence-based logic is consistently extolled and we are urged now turned upon itself! to prove why so is so and such is such. Logic becomes the warp and weft of civilization – the raw material that we all can count Navel-gazing is wordless, selfless Pain and pleasure are often rooted in the same word play on, and from which we can weave whole cloth; or, all too often, if we are not careful, we produce The Emperor’s New Clothes: and worship that plagues our cognitive misdeeds. Can we An illusion that pleases the mind’s eye but cheats the one that silence the words that create abstraction and illusions that paint an “I” and its satellites? Can we silence the imagined parts of a helps us see. But, it would be illogical to think that we can abandon that word-studded “I”? Can we trade an “I” for an eye … one that which is so ingrained in us. So we need to make logic work … can see beyond itself? It’s time to stop. logically. Defining logic with logic The word, logic, comes from the Greek logos, which means “word”. Words are the building blocks that give us a way to model a reality that otherwise lies beyond our grasp. We model what we sense as being “out there.” We take this further, tying our models together in novel ways. We fashion new models from existing ones, including meta-models that model how we model.

(Silence) Not a God, just a tool If we view logic as a lens that we use to inspect reality with, a couple of things stand out. First, it is merely a lens. So rather than worshipping the God of logic, we see it as a useful tool, Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, shedding the romance that would prevent us from being critical a published author, SAT/ACT Online and of it. Secondly, we see that a tool does not need to be perfect to Offline Coach, interview, resume, and career coach at NewCranium. be useful; if we can figure out how to keep our lens somewhat Contact:704.746.9779 clean, our logical abilities may provide net positive value. Finally, even a handy tool can be misused. Logic is no


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By Samir Shukla the winds of change The Lok Sabha elections in India wrapped up in mid-May. It was the largest exercise in democracy the world has ever witnessed. Over 530 million people voted. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory over the old guard, the long-ruling Indian National Congress. Narendra Modi is the new Prime Minister. The results of this election will have a huge effect not only in India, but also the world. It may not seem that way, in this early phase, where policy, partnerships and coalitions must converge. But elections that bring in sweeping changes in leadership will have an effect. In this election, young Indians were involved in huge numbers. Social media were used to create networks and disseminate information that clearly paid off for the BJP. It didn’t hurt that the Congress was getting bashed over the last couple of years due to its seemingly lethargic approaches to economic problems, even though when the past decade is analyzed as a whole, India has relatively prospered. It is clear that Modi is firm-minded when it comes to India’s economy. He has demonstrated as such while running Gujarat as Chief Minister for the past decade. For the world at large, Modi and the BJP come with the easy to attach tag, “Hindu nationalists.” Modi is Hindu and he is a nationalist. That much is true. The horrible Gujarat riots of 2002 will always be paired with the Modi name. He has been exonerated through various investigations. Even still, if refutable evidence emerges linking Modi to those days, then he should face the consequences. In the meantime Modi won a fair election in a landslide. He has the political capital now and should use it in positive means benefitting the whole of India. I believe Modi will likely surprise many by working across political and sectarian barriers and divides that afflict India. He will have to, if he wants to enact sweeping, long-range changes in India’s political and economic character. It won’t be easy. A country like India, ancient, set in its ways, impossibly diverse, geographically huge, is not an easy ship to guide. Modi and the new Lok Sabha members will have to fight entrenched interests, seemingly impenetrable status quo, and widespread corruption. If Modi works to bring all Indians along for the ride, then India will be an economic and democratic powerhouse that it is destined to be. In the process the South Asian giant will bring along and lift smaller neighbors toward economic freedom and stable peace. That is the imminent promise. If people work toward this goal with the government, keeping corruption in check, the possibilities are endless. The massive youth population of India, if properly trained and given opportunity, can bring the country into a new age. Along with this change in wind, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s work cannot be forgotten. The Congress brand is currently diminished, but Singh’s quiet, forward-gazing work over the past two decades has opened doors for leaders like Modi to affect further change. It was Singh who, as Finance Minister, helped open India’s economy in the early to mid-90s. He helped usher in new winds of the time that finally set India on a quest for economic strength and to start digging out of dehumanizing poverty.


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Subcontinental Divide House with a Pond By Ahsen Jillani As heartbreaks go, the Partition of India will remain a watershed event in world history. While Mahatma Gandhi shed tears over the loss of a dream where people of all races, castes and religions would return to the glory days of a prosperous and united India, the British Raj folded up lawn chairs, packed curios, and boxed books to say farewell to the jewel in their colonial possessions. Their last order of business was to drive an axe through the heart of the country, playing on the religious and factional tensions that had been festering for two decades. Thus began Partition, a multi-generational nightmare for Indians of every religion and class. Tens of millions of people, acting on rumors, anger, fear, misinformation, conjecture, and hatred, loaded their belongings onto every form of transportation, including their own feet, and started moving across borders drawn by cartographers with either no understanding of, or no empathy for, the calamity that was to ensue. Among those who stayed put, and those who for various reasons fled, the results were sometimes equally catastrophic. Death estimates range from 700,000 to a million during the mass migration. If you survived, you were a homeless and shell-shocked immigrant with no inkling as to how your family would get its next meal. My maternal grandfather was a proud and influential resident of Paniput and enjoyed a quiet and luxurious life as a district commissioner under the British Raj. His own father enjoyed his retirement tending, with the help of many gardeners, to a large gated garden that was open for all Paniputis to enjoy. What spurred this established and wellrespected family to abandon their mansion, and generations of memories, is now lost to history. Maybe it was fear; maybe it was religious pride. I first visited Montgomery in the late ‘60s as a child. My grandfather’s nine children were already scattered all over Pakistan, but summers were a time for everyone to descend upon this sleepy, hot town 100 miles south of Lahore. The estate was almost 12-14 acres with a 200 yard brick driveway and two matching houses that mirrored each other. The gardens were superb, with pomegranate trees, roses, jasmine, palms and bougainvillea adorning every corner of this walled paradise. There were multiple horse barns and grain storage buildings with an extensive servants’ area. A curious raised-square platform made the front yard two-tiered and in the cool evenings you could enjoy tea surrounded by roses. If the British left behind any gift, it was infrastructure and architecture to accent the already beautiful variety in India. Even in this small town off the beaten path, Civil Lines, the quiet main road outside the gates, was lined with majestic oaks, and massive English-style mansions with vast acreage. Arriving

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One of the biggest studies ever conducted on illegal music downloads (Musicmetric’s study in 2012) showed the United “The Charlotte Research Institute and UNC Charlotte have States topping the highest number of downloads by country, established long-term relationships with many companies,” while Australia claimed the highest poll position when said Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic downloading figures were crunched on a per capita basis. development at UNC Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban Here are some numbers that show just how much we’re research university. “The PORTAL building offers new capacity downloading illegally across the world right now: for research partnerships and access to our students and faculty, a major talent source for the region.” • 1 in 2 internet users in Spain illegally access digital content, PORTAL is also the new home of Ventureprise, formerly according to a study published on recently by Spanish known as the Ben Craig Center and one of the first universityindustry lobby group La Coalición. It found that 84 percent based business incubators in the nation. Sponsored by UNC of digital content consumed in Spain was illegal, with films Charlotte, Ventureprise offers an incubator and accelerator being the most pirated type of content, followed by music, program to entrepreneurs and early-stage enterprises that is books and video games. affordable and that features ready-for-business office space, business model development, business growth assistance, • More than 1 million illegal downloads of Game of Thrones’ much-anticipated season four premiere were recorded in just coaching and mentoring, relevant education programs and half a day, according to piracy tracking website Torrent Freak. connections to businesses and University resources. It has Australia topped the number of downloads, followed by the served 135 companies over the years. United States and United Kingdom. Ventureprise will serve between 20 and 24 resident continued from page 70

companies including startups and early stage firms . These companies will benefit from a workspace that leverages University resources and includes quality guidance provided by the experienced staff and proven mentors. “We’re looking for innovation-driven, pioneering entrepreneurs who have the potential to build national or global markets for their products or services,” said Paul Wetenhall, president of Ventureprise . A number of business partners are located currently on the Charlotte Research Institute campus to pursue research and development partnerships. The PORTAL building also offers additional space for established companies that want a research and development location at UNC Charlotte. The University’s Technology Transfer Office will also be located in PORTAL. The PORTAL building also provides space for UNC Charlotte student businesses. Student teams will receive expert guidance as they experience starting a business.

• The US economy loses $12.5 billion in revenue and other economic measures each year due to online piracy in the music industry, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation estimates. • 70 percent of online users in Denmark believe there is nothing wrong with piracy. But three out of four people in the same Rockwool Foundation Research Unit study drew the line at on-selling pirated products for profit, ruling that unacceptable. • Americans illegally downloaded more music than any other country in 2012, with more than 96.8 million downloads recorded in just six months. The major study by monitoring firm Musicmetric showed Australians download music more frequently, per capita, than any other country. • Last year’s most popular pirated movie was downloaded more than 8 million times. It was ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ followed by ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Fast and Furious 6,’ Torrent Freak reported.

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• Bruno Mars claimed the most pirated musician mantle in 2013, with nearly 5.8 million downloads, according to Musicmetric.

The world’s obsession with online piracy shows little sign of letting up.

• 42 percent of the computer software used around the world was pirated in 2010. Around $59 billion worth of software was downloaded, a major Business Software Alliance study found.

By Koren Helbig - Illegally download something lately? You’re not alone. When Game of Thrones made its much-anticipated season four debut this month, it set a new piracy record. The tracking website Torrent Freak clocked 1 million illegal downloads in just half a day. In Spain, half of everyone on the internet accesses pirated content, according to a report released earlier this month. Governments worldwide — from Japan to Australia to the United States and beyond — are forming an unlikely alliance with actors, musicians and other creatives in a global scramble to stop illegal downloading. Piracy leeches billions of dollars from stakeholders’ pockets each year, according to a report from the Institute for Policy Research. But little seems to curb our obsession with getting what we want, when we want it, for free. Copyright be damned. The United States and Australia seem especially enamored with online piracy.

• Music sales in the United States have dropped 47 percent in the decade since peer-to-peer file sharing site Napster was created in 1999, from $14.6 billion to $7.7 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. • Almost a quarter (23.76 percent) of all internet traffic, excluding pornography, was estimated to be infringing copyright, according to a report commissioned by media and entertainment company NBC Universal says. More than 146 million visits were logged every day at just 43 of the world’s digital piracy sites (like, now defunct and in 2011, according to a report commissioned by the US Chamber of Commerce. The report estimated the scale of the problem was far greater. 74

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Method: In a saucepan combine basil, sugar, and water and Method: Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Place tea bags and simmer until the sugar is dissolved, five minutes. Cool, strain sugar in a large heatproof pitcher. Pour in boiling water and stir until sugar has dissolved. Let steep for about 1 ½ hours. the simple syrup, and store in the refrigerator. Discard tea bags. Stir peach nectar and lemon juice into tea. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 36 hours. To serve, vanilla Lemonade stir tea and pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon Ingredients: slices, if desired. 10 lemons, trimmed, halved crosswise, and seeded 1 cup sugar minty Iced Green tea 1 cup water Ingredients: 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved 1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed 1 1/2 to 2 cups club soda 3-4 green tea bags Method: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place lemons, cut side up, Ice in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet or a large baking dish. Sprinkle Honey or agave, fresh lavender leaves (optional) with sugar, and then add the water and vanilla seeds and pod. Roast until edges of lemons are golden brown, about 25 Method: Place mint leaves in a large glass pitcher. Crush gently minutes. Roasting the lemons takes the edge off the acidity. Let with clean hands. Add tea bags, and pour hot water over top, cool. Squeeze the juice and pulp from lemons into a blender. leaving a few inches of room. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 Remove vanilla pod, and add syrup in the skillet to the blender. hours. Remove tea bags; serve over ice. Add honey or agave to Puree, then strain through a sieve into a pitcher, pressing to sweeten and a few fresh lavender leaves, if you have them on extract liquid and some pulp. Fill glasses with ice. Pour 3/4 cup hand. Summer feels cooler and more relaxing with ice colds drinks. lemonade into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup club soda. Hibiscus-mint Iced tea Ingredients: 4 hibiscus tea bags 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves 4 cups boiling water 2 cups apple juice 2 cups cold water Ice cubes, for serving Mint sprigs (optional)

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tradition in transition Indian Classical Music & Dance Society presents and evening of classical parampara by father and daughter Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty and Kaushiki Chakraborty on Saturday, June 7, 2014 beginning at 6pm at HSNC cultural hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. Tickets range from $10 - $50. For more details visit

Om Squad Summer Camps The youth group of the Hindu Society of NC presents its annual summer camps programs in five sessions. They begin on June 23, 2014 and end on August 22, 2014. The five weekly camps are spread out over the summer and activities include yoga, slokas, arts, crafts, music, heritage traditions and more. All camps are held at Hindu Society of NC in Morrisville, NC. For more details on specific camps and registration, visit

One Step Forward Kathak Dance Recital Ashwinin Kathak Dance Academy presents a recital on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Pease Auditorium, CPCC, beginning at 4pm. Admission is $10 and proceeds will benefit the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to bringing education and village development in rural India. For more details on the recital call 859-806-4173 or visit

Indian Classical and Fusion music Indian Expressions presents an evening with sitar maestro Ustad Shafaat Khan and accompanying musicians Rishi Mehrotra (Tabla), Zainab Ainuddin (Dilruba), and Paul Rosato (Acoustic Guitar). Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, son of Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of the prestigious Ustad Vilayat Khan, has performed worldwide at many prominent concert halls, music festivals and universities all over India, America, Europe, China, Russia and Japan. Recently, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the USA, The Bonnaroo Festival. In addition, some of his CDs have been produced by Dr. Deepak Chopra. In the rich history of Indian classical music, he has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing sitar, surbahar and tabla. The show will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 4pm in the McKnight Auditorium, UNC Charlotte. For more details contact Rajiv Saddy 704-981-9081.

Live Dance Performances The Natya Academy will host an afternoon of live dance performances on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 3pm at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC. There will be a variety of dances performed by the academy’s students. Admission is free. For more details visit Health Fair 2014 The Triangle area Hindu Temples and Triangle Indian American Physicians Society are jointly organizing their annual health fair and consultations on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9am – 1pm at HSNC, 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC. The event will feature check-ups, eye exams, carotid ultrasound as well as consultations in asthma, allergies, child health, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and more. A $10 donation per person is requested. The blood draw for the event will be a week earlier on Sat, June 7 from 8 – 11am. For full details on the fair visit

Evening with Natwar Gandhi and Panna Naik Whether your interest is in financial world or challenges of Indian diaspora in USA or Gujarati literature, attend an evening with Natwar Gandhi, well known for turning around Washington DC finances as well as an author of several books of Guajarati poems. Accompanying Gandhi will be well known Gujarati poet Panna Naik who has authored several books on Gujarati poetry and short stories. This program will be on Saturday, June 14, 2014 beginning at 5pm at the Gandhi Bhavan in Hindu Center, Charlotte. Call Padam Dhakad 704-542-1765 or Manu Naik 704-341-2320 for more details.

Rhythm of Life Dance Show Sangamithra Foundation, a non-profit based in Charlotte is hosting its annual fundraising event, the Rhythm of Life multicultural dance show. This year’s event will be held at the Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw, NC on June 14, 2014 from 5 - 8pm. As with previous Rhythm of Life events, this will be a multicultural dance show with performances that include traditional Indian dances, Bollywood, hiphop, jazz, Irish step and much more. The organization works to make the make the motto “giving with a purpose” a reality. Tickets will also be available at the venue - Cuthbertson High School, 1400 Cuthbertson Rd, Waxhaw, NC 28173. For the first time this year,

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altogether.” A completely new class of antibiotic drugs hasn’t been discovered since the 1980s. Governments around the world are just now waking up to the superbug threat. Both China and India have warned doctors to stop overprescribing antibiotics. But as in much of the world, the US included, antibiotics are already fixed in the public’s mind as a wonder cure and are often demanded from doctors. Often, physicians acquiesce: 65 percent of US pediatricians offer antibiotics when “they perceive parents expect them,” according to the California Medical Association. But if parents don’t bring up antibiotics, they’re prescribed only 12 percent of the time. The association also complains that American doctors commonly hand out antibiotics for colds and flus, both caused by viruses antibiotics can’t even fight. (Antibiotics don’t attack viruses, only bacteria.) This bodes badly for the world’s poor, who are more likely to fall ill and less likely to access a skilled doctor. Their health care is more often meted out in drug stores that don’t ask questions. India has already “lost” the superbug war, according to the microbiologist who led research into one of the nation’s most dangerous superbugs; his revelation, he claims, got him kicked out of the country. This bleak superbug forecast is reinforced by Doctors Without Borders, which sends clinicians to the world’s poorest and most remote places. In response to the WHO’s report, the agency says it already sees “horrendous rates of antibiotic resistance wherever we look in our field operations” and urges a global “wake-up call.”

for example, trained Filipino nurses phoning US patients after surgery to check their symptoms. The British government is even relying on a Philippines center to process payroll claims for its foreign diplomatic offices — including its embassy in India. Within three years, the industry is expected to employ 1.3 million Filipinos, up from 900,000 last year, according to IBPAP. This expansion is coming at India’s expense. Even CEOs of Indian outsourcing giants have thrown up their hands and opened centers in the Philippines. This boom is also transforming the way some Filipinos live. A 3 p.m. call from New Jersey rings a phone at 3 a.m. in Manila, the nation’s capital and its call center hub. Agents’ shifts often end around dawn. Bars situated around call centers offer 7 a.m. happy hour specials to workers on their way home, where agents flop down in bedrooms with blacked-out windows. In Manila, traveling call-center executives can find hotels that won’t run noisy vacuum cleaners during the day and which serve breakfast in the late afternoon. A construction firm called Megaworld is even spending $5 billion to create minicities — with offices, shops and homes — that operate on the American sleep/wake cycle. But according to the crop of message boards and blogs run by Filipino call center agents, adopting vampire hours has its social costs. Common complaints include poor diet, abundant stress and even a reputation for sexual flings in the office.

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The project makes many of his colleagues cry foul. Training unqualified providers, they argue, is tantamount to legitimizing quackery, which is prohibited by local law. “We are allowing quacks, by giving a short course, to experiment on the human body,” says Dr. Anil Bansal, who heads the anti-quackery cell at the Delhi Medical Council, a state body. “This is a very wrong thing.” But the idea seems to be gaining momentum. Just a few hours from Amader Hospital, a similar program is being evaluated by US-based researchers. Jishnu Das, a lead economist with the World Bank who is working on that evaluation, says there has been “an enormous amount of interest” in the training. If it turns out to boost students’ medical prowess, too, implementing something similar across India could be a worthwhile policy option. “That’s where the World Bank comes in,” Das says. So far, Sarkar and a few like-minded doctors have taught the ground rules of medical science to about 300 unqualified providers. Students say they have improved their diagnostic skills, purged the useless tonics and syrups and curbed the knee-jerk antibiotic prescriptions. Dharanidhar Bera, a 21-year veteran provider from Rangtakhali village, says he used to give four or five different drugs and vitamins to his patients. Now he has slashed his use of medicine by half, meaning precious savings and a smaller risk of side effects for his customers. For Sarkar, this is just the first step. “Of course we can set up a model, but we cannot multiply it,” he says. “It is up to others to come and see for themselves.”


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father, in an ultimate romantic gesture after a UN passport allowed him entry into India, had ridden a van all the way from Delhi. From my mother’s stories, he tracked down the large house, which was then a school. He walked the bricked streets around the neighborhood. He found my great-grandfather’s garden, still being guarded at the gate by the man who worked for my grandfather. At that point in 2009, more than six decades had passed. She unfolded a letter. Seems in the late ‘90s, when Indo-Pak relations were cooling, many living siblings had returned to Paniput and were welcomed by city officials and citizens alike as they read their respective memories of the quiet, prePartition life in this historic city. As she read her essay to me, her words were like poetry, the Urdu written in meticulous script on quality writing paper. Tears rolled down her cheeks. Wiping my own eyes, I thought of the loss that we in the new generation can never comprehend. For millions, it was a journey into the abyss where there was no sense of a future, no guarantee of survival, no place to call your own. At times I wonder, if before this generation is totally gone, if an old Sikh gentleman will one day enter the gates of Bostaan and stare in wonderment at its state of preservation when the city around it has turned into a polluted urban nightmare. Maybe he’ll point to a corner and say, “This dirt is where I played as a child.” Tea will surely be served. June 2014



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Community Organizations Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

Charlotte .Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980-216-8732 or

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

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

Charlotte Hindu Center table tennis The group meets every Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. New players come after 7.30 pm for orientation. The TT action takes place at the Vihar Hall of Charlotte’s Hindu Center, 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28134. All levels and types of play. Free coaching and lessons. For further details: 704.607.8412.

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

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

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

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

Carolina Sanskrutik maharashtra mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605


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Community Organizations help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Kameswar Tulasi / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

Charlotte malayalee Association The purpose of this association is to promote and facilitate the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: Sunu Sebastian ( or Charlotte tamil Sangam Charlotte Tamil Sangam works to bring together the vibrant Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. For Further Details: Lakshmanan Krishnan ( or visit

Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For Further Details: Gurdwara: 704.509.2828704.509.2828 704.541.0350704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

Charlotte telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Assoc was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring 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 Telangana areas. For Further Details: Charlotte vipassana meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sat, June 7: Gayatri Jayanti havan Sat, July 26: Anniversary Sat, Aug 16: India Independence Day celebrations Sun, Aug 17: Janmastami Aug 22 - 24: Balaji’s Brahmotatsava For Further Details: 704.535.3440704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

Classical music Association of Charlotte (CmAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For Further Details: 704.541.3361704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan),

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

Dada Bhagwan Group What is Gnan Vidhi? It is 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 like attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For further details contact 877 505 Dada (3232). Ekal vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to


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Community Organizations objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details call or visit website: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Phone: 919-839-6203 Email:

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

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

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. IPAAC is offering music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For details send an email to For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984704.364.0984 Jyoti Kulkarni 704.804.1275704.804.1275

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Sunday, Jun 8, 2014 (Dasam): Paathshala for children @ 10:30 AM Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 PM Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 (Trij): JCGC Annual Picnic from 10 AM onwards Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 PM Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 (Ekam): Snatra Puja @ 10:30 AM All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President – Vibhakar Modi: 704.258.4507704.258.4507

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

Kiran Kiran, Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Kiran operates a 24/7 hotline service. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar


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

Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who thrive to make a difference in the society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra has made its presence known in the Charlotte community by its participation in the 2013 Festival of India, as part of its fund raising activity. In addition, with liaisons in both the UK and the UAE, Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. If you would like to be a part of this noble cause, please touch base with Sangamithra Foundation. For Further Details:;;

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

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

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

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

trimurti temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10am) and evening puja (7pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6441/6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. All Sundays at 11 am Venkateswara Abishekam For Further Details: 980-219-7556

Shrinath Dham Haveli The Shrinath Dham Haveli performs prayers and rituals on a regular basis. The haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. Upcoming Events: June 6 - 8: PP Goswami 108 Shri Yogeshkumarji June 27 - 29: Vedantacharya Pujyashri Girajbhai Sashritji July 17 - 21: PP Goswami 108 Shri Vrajraj Kumarji For More Details: 704-224-6500 704-763-3059

vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (vPSC) VPSC has announced Shrinathji Haveli – “Shrinath Dham” in Charlotte with support of all Vaishnav families of Carolinas. VPSC is starting construction in the near future 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” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. For Further Details: Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) is organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps in India. For Further Details: contact, or 704.779.2396.


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Community Organizations 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 Balu336-292-9462,

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, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Nirupama Shankar @ Puja Verma @

Indo-uS Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090

BAPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC 27265. Every Sunday sabha times: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 pm to 5 pm Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm Kishore sabha: 2 pm to 3:30 pm Main sabha: 4 pm to 6 pm Gujarati classes: 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Arti at 6 pm followed by Mahaprasad Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. For Further Details:

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. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj)

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

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 Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00 am every day. Every Sunday at 3 pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 or 336.793.7138

India Association of the triad (IAtNC) Greensboro The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Kumar Bhardwaj: 336-601-0567, Ruby Singh: 336.430.9068,


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Community Organizations Raleigh Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020 Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For Further Details: Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers courses that teach practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. For Further Details: Association for India’s Development (AID) Duke university Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details:

Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC The Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) is organized for folks of Indian origin aged 60 and above. The BSCNC members meet second Saturday of every month from 10am - 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, June 14 at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park, Cary. For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (919.677.8513919.677.8513) Raojibhai Patel (252.236.4391252.236.4391) Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. 100

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Community Organizations For Further Details on the association contact the following: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. All festivals are celebrated. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 | Datta yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota)


Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. For Further Details: 732.865.3173 Ekal vidyalaya Foundation RtP Chapter Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic wellbeing and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: EKtAA South Asian Student Organization EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) GEm - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Gokul Bhajan and vedic Studies Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. There are multimedia assisted programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm at the Hindu Bhavan Main Hall (309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560). Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, prison seva, igokulam, and many more. Classes are conducted on a semester basis, with tests and scores. Children and parents also have unique opportunities for learning and developing software for ios, android and web June 2014

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student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Immanuel Assembly of God Immanuel Assembly of God is a Full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and RTP area of North Carolina. The church is located in Morrisville. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical music & Dance Society (ICmDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical 104

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Community Organizations music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. If you need assistance transitioning into the workforce after losing your primary source of income from a significant other due to divorce, separation, death or disability, ask about eligibility to participate in New Choices, an economic self-sufficiency program for women. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, employability skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across South Asia and can provide services in many different South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 /

International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Devotees come together to practice their religious duties in harmony. All are welcome. For Further Details: 919.964.1008

International Buddhist Progress Society - NC temple All are invited - the temple, inaugurated with modern environmentally-friendly design in 2010, is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with Sunday services at 10am followed by free vegetarian lunch. The temple is located at 2529 Prince Drive, Raleigh NC 27606. For Further Details: 919-816-9866

ISKCON New Goloka temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. 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 sumptuous 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, enacting dramas and other fun activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, seminars and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827,

International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900

Kiran Kiran, Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Kiran operates a 24/7 hotline service. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads


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Community Organizations awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details call or visit website: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Phone: 919-839-6203 Email: Lakulish yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Nuv yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details:

Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Punjabi unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. The center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 - 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. For Further Details: Rakesh Huria, President, Raleigh Sai Center at 919-244-1263 E-mail Ramakrishna vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RtP maharashtra mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage as well as the wellendowed language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of 108

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For Further Details: 919-830-9764 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 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: tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President) telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (tCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) triangle Area telugu Association (tAtA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: triangle Bangladesh Society (tBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) /


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Community Organizations triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: triangle Gujarati Association (tGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. The association sponsors events throughout the year. 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 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 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, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S.N.Goenka or one of his Assistant teachers). Ten day courses are available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh 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. All meetings are free and open to the public. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj ( or 919-851-1119) Ashraf Faruqi ( or 919-596-4792) vaishnav Samaj of triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808 vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way around the world. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details:

Regional Hindu Society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360 Sri Somesvara temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: May 29 - June 2: Hanuman installation For Further Details: 112

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Community Organizations South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The Association goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting is held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Hanahan tabletennis training Center There are no membership fees of any kind to play at HTTTC. Free open play and training. Free USATT league. Informal free coaching as time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Yeamans Hall Rd., Hanahan, SC 29410 (Adjacent to Police Station). For Further Details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940 Hindu temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details:


India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC): The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 masjid Noor-uL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Dr., Columbia, S.C. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For Further Details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Spartanburg Buddhist Center The centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, the regular English group meets at 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief dhamma talk, and short discussion. The center is located at 770 Bryant Rd., Spartanburg SC 29303. For Further Details: 864-279-7546 telugu Association of Greater Greenville The Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details: vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852 June 2014 Professional, Reliable, and Assured Service beyond the Sale!

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Clues Down: 1. Any of the first four books of the New Testament. 2. The religion in which the supreme deity is Allah. 3. Calmness of mind and emotions.; tranquility. 4. A loosely woven fabric from cord used to trap birds. 5. Test Of English as a Foreign Language. (*) (Trademark) 6. Full of life; active, nimble, brisk, etc. esp. though elderly. 7. The undergarment worn by women to support the bust. 8. A mechanical being, built to do manual work for men. 9. Any two or more nuclei having the same numbers of neutrons and protons, different radioactive properties. 10. A red giant star in the constellation Cetus. 12. Persons not known or familiar to one. 17. Closely acquainted or associated. 20. Sick, not healthy. 22. Original Equipment Manufacturer. (*) 24. A state of the SW U.S., west of New Mexico. 26. A person who imitates; mimic. 27. Persons belonging to a certain place or community. 28. The basic unit of mass in the metric system.(≈ 0.035 Oz.) 29. A slope or course used for skiing. 31. Standard Deviation. (*) 34. Not Applicable. (*) 36. A screen to shield a microphone from unwanted sound. 37. A mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land. 39. To go rapidly, move swiftly. 40. “ ___ Tse - Tung,” Chinese Communist leader. (1949-56) 41. Social Security. (*) 43. Long Island. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

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YOUTH CORNER (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Some African Countries”)

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



The unused 14 letters spell the longest and deepest freshwater lake of Africa.

EZ-BZ TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “EW” - Fill in the blanks 1. A daily publication printed & distributed, containing ads, reports of happenings etc. _ EW _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. A means of access. ( __ of India, Mumbai.) _ _ _EW _ _ 3. A person who reexamines & writes report. _ _ _ _ EW _ _ 4. Past tense of ‘fly’. _ _ EW 5. Dense, opaque pottery of clay & silica. _ _ _ _ EW _ _ _ 6. An alloy of tin with copper, lead etc. _ EW _ _ _ 7. Barely hot: said of liquids. _ _ _ EW _ _ _ 8. A female sheep. EW _ 9. Distressing; full of problems. _ _ EW _ _ _ _ 10. To remove a threaded fastener. _ _ _ _ _ EW 11. To be careful (of). _ EW _ _ _ 12. Bring back into good condition. _ _ _ EW 13. Goggles, glasses. _ _ EW _ _ _ 14. A wide mouth, large water pitcher. EW _ _ 15. Keen-witted, clever in practical affairs. _ _ _ EW _ 16. A loose skinfold under the chin of a person. _ EW _ _ _ 17. Spectator. _ _ EW _ _ 18. People of the tribe or kingdom of Judah. _ EW _ 19. A writing machine with a keyboard, for reproducing letters that resemble printed ones. _ _ _ EW _ _ _ _ _ 20. To make (coffee) by steeping or boiling. _ _ EW 21. Something given in recompense for merit. _ EW _ _ _ 22. Scattered over (a surface). _ _ _ EW _ _ 23. That needs much biting with the teeth. _ _ EW _ 24. Not many; a small number. _ EW 25. A program designed to protect a computer network from unauthorized access, as over the internet. _ _ _ EW _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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June 2014 Jun. 1 - Guru Arjundev Shahid Day Jun. 9 - Nirjalā/Bhim Ekādasi Jun. 10 - Vat Sāvitri Vrat Starts Jun. 13 - Vrat Purnimā (Full Moon) Jun. 13 - Kabir Jayanti Jun. 14 - Flag Day Jun. 15 - Father's Day Jun. 21 - First day of summer Jun. 23 - Yogini Ekādasi Jun. 27 - Darsh Amās (No Moon) Jun. 29 - Ramadan (Starts) Jun. 29 - Ratha Yatrā July 2014 Jul. 4 - Independence Day (USA) Jul. 8 - Devshayani Ekādasi Jul. 12 - Guru Purnimā (Full Moon) Jul. 19 - Shahādate Hazarat Ali Jul. 22 - Kāmikā Ekādasi Jul. 26 - Divāso/Darsh Amās (No Moon) Jul. 27 - Parent’s Day Jul. 29 - Ramazān Eid (Eid al-Fitr)

Father This year Father’s Day will be celebrated on June 15, 2014 in the United States. Definitions of father: • A male parent, in human beings and animals. • A father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father. • A male ancestor, especially the founder of a race or family. • A man who exercises paternal care over other persons. • A father to the poor. • A person who has originated or established something: a father of modern psychology; the founding fathers. • A man who adopts and raises a child. • A church father. • An elderly or venerable man. Used as a title of respect. • One of the leading men, as of a city: the town fathers. • The God. Every child and a mother know who a father is. It is interesting to know the evolution of the word father in different languages. From Sanskrit “Pitru,” akin to “Pita” in several Indian languages and similar to Ancient Greek and Latin “Pater,” Dutch “Vader,” German “Vater,” Middle English “Fader,” to modern English “Father.” Traditionally, most fathers act in a protective, supportive and responsible way towards their children. An increased amount of father-child involvement may help increase a child's social stability, educational achievements and their potential to have a solid marriage as an adult. Their children may also be more curious about the world around them and develop greater problem solving skills. Mothers raising children together with a father reported less severe disputes with their child. For some animals, it is the fathers who take care of the young. Male waterfowls like geese, swans, gulls, and loons are very protective in raising their offspring, sharing the duties with the female. When the families of most of these waterfowls travel, they usually travel in a line and the fathers are usually guarding the offspring at the end of the line while the mothers lead the way. The female seahorse develops the embryos within the male's pouch. Male Emperor Penguins alone incubate their eggs; females do no incubation. Each male protects his egg by balancing it on the tops of his feet, enclosed in a special brood pouch. Male frogs carry eggs in the vocal pouch. Fathers help in the care of the young in dolphins. Newborns are held on the surface of the water by both parents until they are ready to swim on their own. Wolf fathers help feed, protect and play with their pups. He also does most of the hunting when the females are securing cubs. Many bird species have active, caring fathers. Happy Father’s Day.

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General Predictions for June 2014 ARIES (mar 20- Apr 20) You will have tremendous confidence to carry out pursuits. If you miss the opportunity in the second half of this month, then you will regret it for rest of your life. You will enjoy a big amount of success and reputation. This is the time to move fast and make instant decisions. Don’t bring your status or ego in the picture. The family life, though, may not be comfortable.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) During this month, your confidence will be par excellence. You will be fearless and fond of adventure. You will be able to overcome competition and will prevail over opponents. There will be rise in income. Your siblings and associates will do extremely good in their prospective field, eventually it will benefit you. An increase in family member is also possible.

tAuRuS (Apr 20 - may 21) You will get mixed results during this month and find a sudden stroke of luck. Your income will rise. Business-related travel will produce big success, but the time is not good for love and romance. Quarrel or enmity with sweetheart is possible. At times, a sense of insecurity will pervade. Try to live with facts and not on memories.

SAGIttARIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You will command respect and receive favors from higher ups. Your relations with parents and seniors will be harmonious. You may visit far off places in this month. Family life will remain very much in your favor. Your mind will bend towards religious activity or higher philosophy of life. Speculation must be avoided or else it may cause financial losses.

GEmINI (may 21 - Jun 21) You will experience a minor positive change in the beginning of the month. Your workload will increase but will prove to be rewarding. Support from the family and partners will bring good results in business and trade. Promotion or increase in status is also possible in the second half of the month. Don’t plan any outings, as you might have to change your program.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will feel relaxed and relieved during this month. You will regain your confidence. A dramatic positive change will bring happiness in life. Your working condition will improve, but try to control your speed and anger. Respect the opinion of your spouse. Take time to make any move. A pleasant trip is almost certain to take place in the second half of the month. Minor health ailment could be possible.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You can’t expect better than this from the destiny. Try to take maximum advantage of this month. Success in all endeavors is assured in this month. Long cherished hopes and desires will also materialize. You will bend towards meditation and yoga and will achieve great success in eternal life. There will be an increase income as well as status during this month. Improvement in health is also indicated.

AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) You may see minor improvement that will prove very important for you. Upsetting results for the student will become cause of depression. Don’t take any loan or debt in the second half of the month. Your mind will bend towards eternal power and you will open new chapter in your life. Even though you won’t feel any major change, your life is taking a big turn now.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) During this month, you will be courageous. Your love lives will flourish. Your opponent will not dare to face you. You will spend on religious or social activities. Your confidence will be at par and will bring heavenly happiness. Your research and creativity will get recognition and you will gain good fame in society. Acquisition of material things is also indicated.

PISCES (Feb 19 - mar 20) This month will make you very successful in your ventures. Money will flow rapidly towards you. New sources of income are likely to become available. You will feel confident and delighted. A pleasant journey is also possible. Time is also good for relocation. Your deals with government and authority will get through. Your view towards life and society will change. Try to make best use of this time.

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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: 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. C-Store & Liquor store for sale or lease near Myrtle Beach, SC. Monthly 50k inside, 40k lotto, 5k other income. Good neighborhood location. Fairly new metal building. Call Jay 843-855-3555. two highly profitable c-stores in SC for lease (in package) with option to buy property. Total inside 100 k / month. Lottery income 8k / month, gas 60 k gallon / month, other income 2k / month (ATM / phone cards / Money gram), can add EBT, cash checking. Two store easy to manage. Expense 7k/month rent for both stores, 2k/month utility, 1500 / month property tax / insurance / license. Asking 285 k+ inv. for both.Call Sam at 803-460-4530. motel for Sale in Jonesville, NC. 41 Units and apartment. National Franchise. Asking price $850k. For more info call RK at 704224-6130. motel For Sale: in NC. 50 rooms. Interstate location. Owner retiring. For info call Harry 336-314-4101. tobacco Store For Sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 25K. Asking price only $40K Plus Inv. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719. motels For Sale: in Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Nick Patel 704-905-7945. Convenience store/ gas station for sale or lease near Hwy 85. Owned for over 34 years, great location in growing town of Creedmoor, NC. Contact 919-260-4761. two C-stores / gas stations for sale in Rockhill, SC. Each location Inside 40k+, lotto-3k+, unbranded on a busy road, next to big college. Call Guru Patel 503-330-8723. Liquor and c-store for Sale: Clover, SC. Gross sales yearly $380,000-$400,000 from both stores, monthly expenses only $1,000 (or less)+ $1600 rent; Asking $80,000 + inv. ($70k-$90K). Owner finance available. Call Rocky 803-810-5105. C-Stores: Salisbury, NC $230K + Inv, GR $3.5M Reduced; Black Mountain, NC $150K + Inv, GR $1.2M; Apartment Complex: Archdale, NC $1.4M, GR $171K, 3.8 Acres. 704-821-8888 or Convenience Store for sale: busy highway near Clemson, SC. Inside 35k, gas 15k, 800/month lottery. Potential to add food, EBT, check cashing. Rent 1900/month. 65k +inv. 803-410-0185.

Lake Gaston Inn: 50 Room Interstate Motel, Modern Building, Adjacent to I-85, Exit 4 in Bracey, Virginia. $800,000 Possible Owner Financing, Call John at 434-953-8794 or email Liquor store for sale in Greer SC. Same owner for 10 years. Low rent and good location. 20,000 plus inventory. Call Alka Patel on 336-466-3630. Convenience Store / Gas Station for lease in Lincolnton near Gastonia, NC. Excellent neighborhood with major highway 27 & 150. Good running business. Gross 2.6 million. Call 704-763-9156.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Help Wanted: Franchise motel in ALBANY, NY is seeking a couple on a contract basis for housekeeping. Will provide accommodations. Available after 4/15/14. Call 917-797-4576. Refulgent technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu:  email: or call 704-405-4238. Waiter or waitress wanted for Indian Restaurant in South Charlotte. Full or part time. Must speak fluent English. Call 704724-5555 Gas Station Help Wanted: Full-time in Vass, NC. Couple preferred. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 919-280-6354. Nanny Needed: Full Time in Charlotte, NC. Would require light housework and cooking. Start from July. Excellent monthly salary. Call 703-973-0128 motel Help: couple needed immediately to manage 35 unit independent motel in SC, near Florence. Must be legal and speak fluent English. Accommodations provided. Call 843-992-8424 Help Wanted: Sub shop near Carowinds in Fort Mill. Must be legal, speak fluent English. call 704-995-5160 Nanny Needed: for 9 month old child in Cary, NC. Must provide own transportation and be caring and dependable. Please call 919-624-3190. Cooking and light household help needed. Must commute on her own. Located in Huntersville area on Eastfield Rd. 704-549-1180. Experienced threading Practitioners or Licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time with great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110. 122

Full-time Individual or Couple needed ASAP for a managerial position for a convenient store in Charleston, SC. Must speak English and previous experience preferred but not needed. Please call 704804-2559. Indian restaurant in Charlotte NC looking for Waiter/Server. Must have working experience. Please contact 704-512-9177 Household work and child care help needed. Gujarati cooking and language desired. Long term, live-in or live out, good pay call 703-901-0439. Full / Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store in Columbia, Camden or Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Call Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681. Gas Station Help Wanted: full-time in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta). Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704299-8535. Hotel Help Wanted: Charlotte, NC. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. All shifts. Experienced front desk, night auditor & housekeeping. Fulltime positions available. Must be fluent in English. Email Zenith Infoway LLC is recruiting highly specialized consultants for Java/J2EE, .Net, MS SQL, Oracle/PLSQL, and OPENSTACK, Big Data. Job oriented training is available. Zenith Infoway LLC is an e-verified company. Contact e-mail: or Free demo class. Fee is refunded if the consultant gets project through company; Trainee works on real development as part of project. Sales Rep wanted for suit store. Full time. Must be fluent in English, energetic, with good people skills and background. Call for details: 864-595-2551. Nanny needed for 5 month old in Huntersville, NC. Would require light housework & cooking. Start ASAP. Excellent monthly salary and accommodations if needed. Call 704-724-3993. Gujarati nanny needed: In South Charlotte for a four month old baby. Must have own transportation. Please call 407-488-5334. Front desk clerk wanted for motel located in Charlotte,NC I-85 exit 34. Legal status. Will train. Call 201-232-9562. Hotel management Firm Now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). June 2014

Household help needed in Charlotte / University Area (Highland Creek) for Cooking, light housekeeping 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. Contact 704-281-4250. motel Help Wanted: Omaha, NE / IA Area housekeeping couple needed accommodation will be provided. Please call Bhavin 918-899-4671. motel Help wanted: front desk. Accommodations provided. Experience preferred but will train. Must be fluent in English, computer skill & legal status. Call 919-208-3513. Nanny Needed: full time (Live in or Live out) for 7 month old in Cary, NC. Excellent pay and accommodations. Please call 347-489-9416. Restaurant Help Wanted: Chef, sous chef and helper for an Indian restaurant in North Carolina. Please send resume to or call 630-253-8860. Part-time/Full-time Single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English & have legal status & previous experience preferred. Call 704-726-7544 or 864-487-4939. Live-in or Live-out nanny needed for house hold work, in Greenville,NC. Call or email 704-248-0067. Babysitter Needed: Babysitter needed full time in Huntersville, NC. Please call 704450-2451. Nanny Needed: For 14 month old in Concord, NC. May need to perform some housekeeping and light cooking. Accommodation available if required. Call 513-227-1777. Full-time Individual or Couple needed ASAP for a fast-paced gas station/convenient store in Charleston, SC. Must speak English. Previous experience preferred but not needed. Please call 704877-3358 or email Help Needed: Looking for domestic help and cooking once a week near Fort Mill, SC. Please contact 412-608-0060.

MATRIMONIAL Hindu North Indian family seeking alliance for daughter in late 30's, US Citizen, never married, tall slim, IT professional, residing in North Carolina. Respond with bio-data to

PROPERTY FOR RENT / SALE townhouse for sale in Charlotte. 2 BR, 1& 1/2 bath, fire place, 2 reserved parking spaces. For sale by owner. $149,000. Myers Park High School district. Convenient to South Park Mall, Airport, Downtown and light rail. Email

SERVICES Alyssas Garlands: Unique fresh flower garlands. Boutonnieres, Bouquets, flower ornaments, Exotic Flowers available on special Request. We ship nationwide. Ila Amin. email:;; 803-627-4239 vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment at 843465-6048. Learn Indian Classical / semi classical / Bhajans / Gazals; Vocal Music and Harmonium from Professional Vocalist and Accomplished Musician Ramchandra Joshi in Charlotte. All India Radio awardwinner. Call 508-308-3952. or visit

mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi (Henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi Phone: 919-824-7734 Email: Web: Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803-3282266 or

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:

Aparna's Ayurvedic Facials and Panchakarma - Cidesco Certified Beauty Therapist in Charlotte Ballantyne area. Offering Ayurvedic Facials, Ayurvedic Massage with Ayurvedic medicinal Oils and pure ayurvedic Beauty. For appointment 413-992-9180.

vedic Astrologer, acupuncturist and Healer: For advice on Career, Finance, Marriage, Health and Healing services "Ask Dr.Ajay", Wellness Guru. visit or E-mail: 919-3427169 (6 to 9 PM) or (+91) 9444052660

Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Pari Beauty In matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 23 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704846-7912. 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: 336-4867925 E-Mail: Astrologer With Gold medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270

Priest Available for: 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 704438-6334. Experienced Babysitter - Babysitting in my home University Area near Kohls on Tryon. You drop/pickup Rates $5.00 per hr Mon-Fri call. 704-817-7222. South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. E-mail:


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June 2014

Advertisers Index A & V Satellites ....................................................23

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................85

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC).........................9

Accela Range Hood .............................................69

Fayad Law P.C. .....................................................6

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................121

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....37

Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent)...............................85

Rajdeep Mandap ...............................................43

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)27

Friends Travel ......................................................31

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...27

Agni Indian Kitchen & Bar (Greensboro)..............101

Gandhi, Vandan (Keller Williams Real Estate)...........9

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ....................115

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

Gem Avenue........................................................29

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ................73

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .................................46

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................75

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) 113

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....79

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

Rupa's Spa & Threading Morrisville

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................65

Goels Plaza - Banquet & Conference Center.........19

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................89

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................37

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................87

Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) ........................103

Around The World Market ...................................39

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) ...............103

Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries).........................107

Art of Living Retreat Center ...........................16-17

HSNC (Summer Camp)........................................80

SAT Tutoring (The Hitchhiker's Guide to College)...61

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................87

ICMDS (PT Ajoy Chakrabarty & Kaushiki Chakraborty)41

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................47

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............45

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................81

Shah, Mihir (NY Life) ............................................12


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

Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville)........................32

Shivam Indian Spices (Morrisville, NC)................101

Binny Realty .......................................................51

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

Shree Lotus Live Corp (Livelong Rice Bran Oil)......15

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).....................125

IT Max Solutions, Inc.


Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate)...................................7

Blooming Buds....................................................37

JEI Learning Centers ............................................7

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................67

Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro).........................99

K.B. Zaveree..........................................................5

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) .........................................111

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....13

Kalashri .............................................................83

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)......107

Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA 48

Kaya Designs Boutique ........................................77

Spices Market (Clemmons, NC)............................97

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................76

KD Photographics..............................................125

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC)...........38

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............72

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

Suravali Music Group...........................................87

Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) ....................89

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................26

Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro ...................................97

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................47

Ladybird Events ................................................35

Taj Tours................................................................3

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................83

Maadhurya Photography......................................81

Tower Restauant (Morrisville)................................93

Cool Breeze (Cary).............................................105 Travels Maha Travel ..................113

Travel Universe ....................................................55

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............79

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


Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................34

Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi).......34

Triangle Business Law .........................................57

CSI - Smart Energy Solutions ...............................53

Masala India Halal Restaurant (High Point)............99

Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati)........48

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services)65

Midas Durham.....................................................33

Triangle Hearing Services.....................................49

Dawat Indian Restaurant......................................95

Montessori Children's House of Durham .............71

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................91

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................69

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................13

Triangle Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)107

Desai Desai Accounting ......................................89

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................43

Ttravel Guru ........................................................89

Desai, Vaishali (Real Estate)..................................19

NC Dermatology Associates .................................22

Tutoring (A+ Tutoring - Nirmala Koripella) .............59

DJ Hangama ..................................................113

NewCranium (SAT & ACT Coaching).....................47

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................91

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................27

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................10

Uni World Travel.................................................121

DJ Don (David Pandoria) .....................................61

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................11

VILO Global, Ltd. Co.............................................61

DJ Lalit ...............................................................43

Paramount Montessori.........................................10

Vyas Travels.........................................................87

Dulhan Doli Rental.............................................121

Patel Brothers (Cary)..........................................109

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............63

Elegant Designz...................................................85

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) .............................119

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................93

Enineering For Kids..............................................13

Poornima S. Mathur, CPA, PC ..............................95

White Horse Weddings.........................................47

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................21

Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.)...........38

Worldwide travels ...............................................21

Evershine Properties............................................56

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........67

Zayka Restaurant.................................................71

Eye Level Learning Centers..................................31

Property Net Reatly (Suku Pandiyattu) ..................28

Zounds Hearing Aids............................................64


June 2014

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