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Is the NFL Who has Which Modern Day Slavery and countries own money stashed Looking for a Rescued most US Debt? in Swiss Bank London Team? Accounts? Child

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HeLLo ReADeRS! Aslam began working at age 9 to pay off his parents’ debt. He was rescued at age 13. Here’s his story. pg. 8. These Charts Show You Which Countries Own Most of the United States’ Foreign Debt. pg. 14. Thanks to ‘Swiss Leaks’ we know how much money rich people are hiding from the world. pg. 26. Is NFL moving to London? American football mulls a franchise abroad. pg. 30 We welcome all readers' comments, suggestions and critiques to help make the community's information source better. Catch up on what the city and regional community organizations are up to in our Community Organizations section pg. 88. Upcoming festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at Until next month, we will see you online.

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Aslam began working at age 9 to pay off his parents’ debt. He was rescued at age 13. Here’s his story.


children are disproportionately affected. And it added that the issue is not being adequately tackled by the government. That Aslam was afraid of the police arresting him is a reflection of how little the children had come to expect from the state. That day, Aslam and 11 other children (the rest had “escaped”) were taken to a judicial magistrate, where they told their stories for the first time. Their stories were nearly identical — except for a few details.

By Mandakini Gahlot, Editor’s note: GlobalPost has changed Alsam’s name in accordance with Indian law requiring that rescued minors remain anonymous. NEW DELHI — On Nov. 11, 13-year-old Aslam woke up at 6 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, he was at his table at a New Delhi garment factory. He had only gone to bed at midnight, and was drowsy and irritable. But with the holiday season just around the corner, there was much work to be done. And there was no point in complaining. His job was particularly tedious, and required extreme precision — sewing tiny sequins onto women’s garments. In fact, all 30 children in the unit were working 16-hour shifts in order to meet holiday demand. They usually put in 10 to 12 hours a day. The work was relentless, interrupted only by short breaks for tea and lunch. Just before noon, a few hours after a basic breakfast of lentils and flatbread, Aslam heard his owner shout from outside the unit: “Run quickly! Hide! The police are coming.” The children began running — some left the unit, others hid behind the numerous cupboards. Aslam crouched under a table. “My heart was pounding — I really did not want the police to arrest me, and put me in jail,” the boy recalls. “I was crying when they came in,” he says. “There were some people with them who were not wearing uniforms; they spoke to me kindly, but I knew they would take me to jail.” In fact, the police were at the factory that day to rescue the children. Accompanying them were members of Bachpan Bachao Andolan — the organization founded by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi — which has helped rescue more than 80,000 children from the clutches of modernday slavery over the past 30 years. That is still a drop in the bucket according to a report released Nov. 17 by an Australian human rights group, the Walk Free Foundation. In their report, India emerged as the country with the highest number of people living in enslaved conditions: 14.3 million. The report said that women and

At 9, a slave Aslam was born in a tiny village in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to a tailor and a housewife. The eldest of five siblings, he knew from a young age that he would have to contribute to the family’s income. “When I was 9, I stopped going to school,” he said. “A few months later, my parents borrowed 30,000 rupees ($484) from a man in Delhi. In exchange, I was sent to Delhi to work in his factory until we repaid the debt. My parents also thought that it will be useful for me to pick up a skill.” For the next year and a half, Aslam worked up to 16 hours daily, for 100 rupees per month (about $1.5). The wages were used to pay off the debt — slowly. He worked and slept in the factory along with the other children, and was provided three meals a day by the owner. Sometimes, he was allowed to go outside to buy food. Once, he was given leave for a week to go back home for Eid, a Muslim holiday. “We worked all the time, we worked even when we were ill. My master would give us medicine, and insist we continue working,” he said. “Once I got tuberculosis. That time he took me to the hospital. But otherwise I worked every single day.” “If the work was not done properly, master would scream at us, and sometime he would hit the children as well,” he added. “I was good at my work, so I was never beaten, but I saw at least three to four children being hit by master.” ‘Let down by everyone’ After giving his testimony to the judicial magistrate, Aslam and the other children were given medical examinations and 8

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These Charts Show You Which Countries Own Most of the United States’ Foreign Debt

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The Treasury Department doesn’t keep track of every nation that holds Treasury securities, but it does have numbers on the top 35 foreign holders. The top ten shed some light on the big players when it comes to US foreign debt; but the list arguably gets more interesting as you go further down. Who knew $13.7 billion of US debt is owned by Vietnam? Or that the US owes Kazakhstan $35.1 billion?

US President Barack Obama unveiled his proposed 2016 budget last month, and from its plans for student debt relief to raising taxes on banks, it’s already generating buzz. Obama’s $4-trillion budget expands on the goals laid out in his latest State of the Union address. It aims to widen the middle class, help “hard-working” citizens get ahead, and replace “mindless austerity” with “smart reforms” that allow Here’s a chart with the full list: the government to spend and invest in the future. Republicans, who now control both the House and Senate, have responded as you’d probably expect, given the ongoing gridlock in Washington DC. They want less spending, lower taxes, and smaller government, and another thing they want less of is national debt. (The percentage increase in national debt was higher under both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush than Obama) Currently, US public debt sits around $18 trillion. Who owns it? One common misconception among Americans is that our largest debt-holder is China. False. Nearly two-thirds of US debt is held by domestic entities (65.6 percent) and the rest is held by foreign owners (34.4 percent). The biggest shares are owned by Social Security (16 percent), other federal government entities (13 percent), and Federal Reserve banks (12 percent). That leaves around $6.1 trillion in foreign-owned debt. Latest numbers from the US Treasury Department break it down, and while some of the top owners aren’t surprising (China) — others might be. Belgium? Taiwan? Here are the top 10 foreign holders of US national debt:


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Dharam Sankat Mein (Director: Fuwad Khan) Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor

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Main Aur Charles (Director: Prawaal Raman) Cast: Randeep Hooda, Richa Chadda, Adil Hussain, & Nandu Madhav

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Rock the Casbah (Director: Barry Levinson) Cast: Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, and Kate Hudson

Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend (Director: Japinder Kaur) Cast: Divyendu Sharma, Ira Dubey, Jackie Shroff, Prachi Mishra, and Pradhuman Singh

Child 44 (Director: Daniel Espinosa) Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman

Dozakh In Search of Heaven (Director: Zaigham Imam) Cast: Lalit Mohan Tiwari, Nazim Khan, Garric Chaudhury, Ruby Saini, Irfaan Rizvi, and Pawan Tiwari

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed comanager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. The film releases on March 6.

After a successful debut in Heropanti, Tiger Shroff will once again collaborate with his mentors Sabbir Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala. The film, titled as Baaghi, has Shroff playing the role of a rebel who can fight for love. Although the title and the script for the film have been finalized, they are yet to rope in the actress for the female lead. Many names have been making the rounds but no firm decision yet. Baaghi is slated to release in April 2016.

Shraddha Kapoor to play the lead in Rock On 2 The sequel for the musical drama Rock On will feature Shraddha Kapoor as the leading lady in the film. The makers of Rock On 2 were in search for an actress who also has a soulful voice, since the concept of the film revolves around music and bands. Kapoor fit the bill. The sequel also stars Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli and will be directed by debutant Shujaat Saudagar


Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan Postponed

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena. The film is directed by Susanne Bier and stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Sam Reid, and Rhys Ifans. Serena is a drama film based upon the novel of the same name by American author Ron Rash. Pemberton struggles to maintain the future of his timber empire and his life becomes more complicated after his wife, Serena, learns that she cannot bear children. The release date is March 27.

One of the most awaited movies of 2015, Fan has been postponed from its original August 14 release date. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan in a double role. The movie also marks the return of SRK - YRF collaboration after the 2012 film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The reason for the delay is said to be the post production of the film that may take longer than expected since the film promises to feature never before seen VFX on the big screen. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, Fan also stars Ileana D’Cruz and Vaani Kapoor. The new release date will be announced soon.

Gurinder Chadha to make film on Lord Mountbatten

Kill the Messenger A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims and Robert Pralgo. It is directed by Michael Custa, who has also worked on the hit TV series Homeland. The film will release on March 6.

Director Gurinder Chadha recently visited Mumbai to finalize the cast of her next film tentatively entitled The Viceroy’s House. The film will chronicle the last six months of Lord Mountbatten’s stay in India when the British Raj ended. The director says she has unearthed a large amount of formerly undisclosed facts about Mountbatten’s final days in India. “There are the so-called facts that we grew up reading about Mountbatten’s closing months in India. But there are secret documents which I’ve unearthed. These point to another truth which I’ll reveal in my film,” she told Bollywood Hungama.


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By Kirit Shukla Tribute to Hindustani lyricists Song: Rang barase bhige chunaravāli… Film: Silsilā Year: 1981 Music: Shiv-Hari Singer: Amitabh Bachchan and Chorus Lyric: Harivansh Rai Bachchan Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Rajasthan folk song/Bhajan Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekhā

Harivansh Rai Bacchan (1907 – 2003) Harivansh Rai Shrivāstav Bachchan, a noted poet and father of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, was born in a Kāyastha family on Nov. 27, 1907, in Allahabad, U.P. India. He was the eldest son of Pratāp Narayan Shrivāstav and Saraswati Devi. In 1926 he married his first wife, Shyāmā, who died in 1936 due to TB and he again married to Teji in 1941. From 1941 to 1952, he taught English literature at Allahabad University, where he had studied before. He received a Ph. D. from Cambridge University and wrote his thesis on Irish poet “W. B. Yeats and Occultism.” He was influenced by the Congress movement against the British Raj. One of his poetry collections is Madhushālā (A tavern). Its theme is social unity. It was published in 1935 and gave him instant popularity. It is one of the most enduring works of Hindi literature and is translated into English and other Indian languages. It was set to music, choreographed and performed on stage. He used to introduce himself in a very simple way as: (मिट्टी का तन, मस्ती का मन, क्षण भर जीवन, मेरा परिचय). “Mitti kā tan, masti kā man, kshan-bhar jivan, merā parichay.” It means: a body of clay, a mind full of play, a moment in life – that’s me. In 1955, he served the External Affairs Ministry in Delhi for ten years and he worked hard for the evolution of Hindi as the official language. He enriched Hindi through his translations of major writings. He translated Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Othello and the Bhagwat Gita into Hindi. It is not feasible to list all his numerous poetries and Hindi literary works. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2003 in Mumbai. The mourners included many Bollywood stars, top industrialists and politicians.

Rang barase bhige chunaravāli Lyrics in English: Rang barase bhige chunaravāli, rang barase, are kaine māri pichakāri tori bhigi angiyā, o rangarasiyā rangarasiyā, ho rang barase bhige chunaravāli, rang barase ...Sone ki thāli men jonā parosā, are, sone ki thāli men, jonā parosāHān, sone ki thāli men jonā parosā, are khāye gori kā yāra, balam tarase rang barase, Holi hai! o rang barase bhige chunaravāli, rang barase ...Laungā ilāyachi kā, are laungā ilāyachi kā laungā ilāyachi kā? hān! are laungā ilāyachi kā bidā lagāyā, hān laungā ilāyachi kā bidā lagāyā, chābe gori kā yār, balam tarase rang baraseHoli hai! o rang barase bhige chunaravāli, rang barase ...Are belā chameli kā sej bichhāyā, belā chameli kā, sej bichhāyāAre belā chameli kā sej bichhāyā, hān belā chameli kā sej bichhāyāSoye gori kā yāra, balam tarase rang baraseHoli hai! o rang barase bhige chunaravāli, rang barase ...

Meaning (Summary): Colors are showering, the girl with the ‘Dupattā’ (scarf) gets wet.Colors are showering, who has hit you with the water-jet. Your body is wet with colors of passion. The lunch was served in the plate of gold. The beloved of the beautiful ate it, while her fiancé was left craving. Colors are showering … It’s Holi She made a pān adding cloves & cardamom. Her beloved ate it, while her fiancé was left craving. Colors are showering... It’s Holi Awards She made a bed made of jasmine. The beloved of the beautiful slept on it, while her fiancé was left craving. Holi hai! 1969 - Sāhitya Akademy by Govt. of India Colors are showering. Your body is wet with colors of passion.... 1976 - Padma Bhushan for contribution to Hindi 1991 - Saraswati Sammān for his autobiography Lyrics in Hindi: Also, Sāhitya Vāchaspati, Soviet land Nehru prize, etc.

His famous Hindi “Holi” song lyrics to “O Rang barase bhige chunaravāli...” are given in this issue of Saathee on the column on this page.

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

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Analysis: Heard about income inequality lately? Here’s one way the rich keep getting richer. By Timothy McGrath and Simran Khosla, Everybody knows what a “Swiss bank account” is. Hollywood tells us they’re top-secret safety deposit boxes for the world’s elite — places where drug kingpins and bankers and politicians and heirs hide their fortunes from government investigations and taxation. They’re how the super rich do banking. Now, thanks to one whistleblower and a team of 140 journalists from around the world, we know a lot more about these accounts and the people who hold them. We know more about how Swiss banking has helped the richest people in the world to accumulate and protect their ever growing share of the world’s total wealth. We know how banks have helped drug traffickers, arms dealers, and terrorists to launder money and create financial infrastructures that have made them less like criminal gangs operating in dirty cash and more like global criminal enterprises earning interest, making investments, and sending wire transfers. And we know more about how corrupt governments, government officials, and political leaders have embezzled money and robbed the people they’re meant to serve. Here’s how we know all this. In 2009, Hervé Falciani, an IT worker at the British bank HSBC leaked information to French tax investigators that showed HSBC had been stashing clients’ funds in its Swiss subsidiary, HSBC Private Bank. French newspaper Le Monde got ahold of the information in 2014 and set up a collaboration with the the Washington DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The new partners recruited a team of investigative journalists from over 45 countries to mine the data, which relates to over 100,000 banking clients in 200 countries, and find the stories. On Feb. 8, the ICIJ launched its interactive report: “Swiss Leaks.” “Swiss Leaks” has three main sections: Countries, People, and Stories. Each does something different, and each is deeply troubling in its own way.

Stories ICIJ’s international team of journalists is telling those stories, and “Stories” is where you can read them. There are (at least) two things you’ll take away from “Stories.” First, these reporters have dug deep into a now familiar story about widening global inequality and shown how one part of it works. Last month, Oxfam reported that the 80 richest people in the world now control as much money as the 3.5 billion poorest people. By 2016, if current trends continue, the richest 1 percent will own more than half of the world’s total wealth. (Currently, they own 48 percent.)

Reporting based on Swiss Leaks data reveals more than just the FACT of massive wealth accumulation by the already massively wealth — it reveals the PROCESS. It’s not inevitable that 80 people in the world should have as much money as the 3.5 billion poorest people. It’s the result of many factors, policies, decisions, and behaviors. Among them is the willingness of banks like HSBC to hide their clients’ money from tax collectors and law enforcement Second, “Swiss Leaks” reporting suggests that this familiar, global story is really a collection of local stories about greed and graft — about super rich individuals and institutions that maximize their financial gain, minimize tax contributions, and engage in illegal activities ranging from said tax evasion to arms dealing. That’s why the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on the 6,500 Israelis who held $10 billion in HSBC accounts between 1988 and 20007. It’s why the Guardian called attention to HSBC accounts linked to high-profile British politicians and donors. And it’s why the CBC named and shamed Canadian billionaires Frank Giustra, Joseph Kruger II, and Marcel Adams. The “Swiss Leaks” story and the stories it’s revealed are developing, so follow along. The Swiss government has just opened a criminal investigation against the Geneva-based HSBC for “aggravated money laundering.”

Countries “Countries” gives you the meta-level picture of where the money was coming from — how much money from each country and how many banking clients per country. (You can see that information in graphic form throughout this article.) But Swiss Leaks is about much more than just the numbers. It’s about the stories behind them. People The “People” section of the report includes profiles of 65 public figures connected to HSBC Swiss accounts. (It’s a sample of the larger data. In its written report, ICIJ discusses many other people.) You’ll learn, for example, that Mexican billionaire Carlos Hank Rohn was the beneficial owner of 10 bank accounts listed to “Hmex Pte. Ltd” that held a total of around $158 million in 2006/2007. You’ll also learn that King of Jordan, Abdullah II ibn alHussein, was connected to an account opened in the name of a person ICIJ identifies as a “senior palace official.” It held $41.8 billion in 2006/2007. And there’s plenty more info on arms traffickers, diamond


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Folk dances always have a marvelous way of lifting our spirits with their rhythms and brilliant costumes. These dances are usually performed in groups to showcase the social nature of such dance forms. Displaying no inclination towards a rigid form, the whole depiction of Gujarati folk art is guided more by the subject of the songs that glorify nature and its seasons, or express traditional occupations or in praise of deities. This untutored quality is very refreshing and charming. In Gujarati folk dance tradition we find the true urge of the people in general that has come down through the ages by way of actual performance and remembrance of song and motif. These traditions maintained oral traditions. Its survival was unsupported by the written word, and was stabilized because of its tremendous sociological impact and basis. Through these arts, customs and traditions have been established. People were brought together to celebrate life in its many forms. I will give a brief description of three most famous folk dances from Gujarat. Garba: Garba dance has originated in Surashatra, in the state of Gujarat in Western India. It is believed that they can trace the origin of Garba back to the time of Lord Krishna, who has ruled in this part of the country for nearly 100 years. Traditionally, as people celebrate the festival called Dasera, preceded by a nineday celebration called Navaratri, villagers express their gratitude at the end of the monsoon rains with song and dance in which women, men, girls and boys join in joyfulness. Village girls carry decorated pitchers and pots of clay and they go from house to house, dancing “Garbi.” The ornamented pot containing offerings is hung at the doorways. It looks beautiful, as the women worship Amba Mata, giver of plenty and prosperity move in circular direction, singing at the same time measure by clapping their palms or snapping their fingers, to the accompaniment of folk instruments. Tippani: The Tippani folk dance has a unique purpose. This is danced by the women workers in construction. They strike to flatten the clay floors with long sticks called Tippani. They sing


Raas: There are several forms of Raas, but “Dandiya Raas” performed during Navaratri in Gujarat is the most popular form. In Dandiya Raas men and women dance in two circles, with short sticks in their hands. The Dandiya Raas dance originated in Goddess Durga’s honor. This dance form is actually the staging of a mock-fight between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, the mighty demonking. This dance is also nicknamed “The Sword Dance.” The sticks of the dance represent the sword of Goddess Durga. The origin of these dances can also be traced back to the life of Lord Krishna where he danced with his beloved Radha and many of his devotees or Gopikas in the gardens of Brindavan. I will attempt to describe the actual dance movements. Forming into squares or circles, hitting their sticks crisscross, they advance and move round and round, clapping their sticks up in front and below, as they bend to the right and left. Suddenly they move backwards and forwards, turning towards the other and beating their stick side ways and in the center. Then they leap forward on the toes, stepping back and thus making many attractive and complicated patterns. There are different styles of executing dandiya steps like Dodhiyu, simple five, simple seven, popatiyu, Trikoniya (hand movement which forms an imagery triangle), Lehree, three claps, butterfly, hudo, two claps and many more. This is a very high energy dance requiring talent to handle sticks while dancing, twirling, hopping and so on. Popularity of this folk dance has spread all over the world. Many young men and women love to dance for hours to this music during festivals. I know that for sure as my students come to the classes with blisters on their feet. With national consciousness of the arts growing from day to day, many of these beautiful expressive dances are coming to urban and international audiences and being received with enthusiasm and success they deserve. Now there is more demand for precise movements, coordination among dancers, formations, costume color combinations, exotic jewelry, music with heavy drumming and other percussions etc. Many local organizations host local, regional, state and national competitions of these dance forms. These dancers look beautiful as they sing and sway in their wide sweeping ghagras (skirts), and brightly decorated cholis (blouses) and odhnis (scarves). I am not sure if we are just taking these folk dances to another level or are we losing the freedom these dances provide to enjoy and participate without any formal training. However, I do see communities coming together to just have fun. It is wonderful to see that these dance forms are still a large part of our social interaction among all ages. For the upcoming 13th Anniversary of Dances of India on April 25 at CPCC’s Halton Theater in Charlotte, we will celebrate the richness of Gujarati community and culture by performing many of these dance styles. We will also tell folk stories through other international dance traditions. Please join us as we explore the richness of our cultural traditions. For tickets visit: For questions or comments contact Dr. Maha Gingrich via e-mail at:

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Don’t Bet on What You Can’t Get So you have come to terms with what matters and what does not. But even if something matters, it doesn’t mean that you can achieve the goals associated with it. Some things are inherently less achievable than other things. For example, one may wish to remain young forever, and while it is possible to do that in a manner of speaking, basic laws of the universe cannot be glossed over. People have chased “fountains of youth,” “perpetual machines” and all such manners of things in vain. An important question you’ll want to ask yourself is whether you really want to chase rainbows, or pursue things that are of the stuff of this world. Some people may choose to chase something that feels like a will-o’-the-wisp to the rest of us. However, if the journey is satisfying, even though it doesn’t yield anything tangible, maybe you do get something from it after all. What You Net Spins What You Bet We also need to acknowledge that the minute we create a goal for ourselves, obstacles and challenges come along on the ride – these are an inescapable part of the package. If there were no obstacles, you would not even need to have a goal, right? And, difficulties are okay, but they need to be worth the trouble. There needs to be a net gain after deducting the pain from the equation. Pain, of course, is subjective, and lies in the eye of the beholder. For example, I am not big on job-related international travel because the pain of the travel often weighs heavier on me than the things I get out of it. Therefore, I will likely not set my sights on being the leader of a globally distributed organization that requires me to go to many places. But you may be different. The draw of being a jet-setting exec may be more powerful for you; plus you may be a better traveler than I am. So, the bottom line is what counts, and it is specific to each individual. If you see yourself netting something positive by pursuing a goal, you decide to go after it; otherwise, not. And, since resources and time are always constraints, you may have to let other goals go. It’s always a balancing act. A Goal With no “Go” is Just a Hole Just having a goal is insufficient, because it is only an intent. The real world does not care about intent; it yields only to action. So, we need to bring our goals down to earth, get dirty, and really start digging with our hands and fingernails inside our chosen goal mines to unearth the gold that we seek. Ultimately, what one accompllishes is tied to what one attends to and what one engages with. A deeper understanding of oneself helps in knowing what matters. A practical mindset helps in formulating the right set of goals. But action is what it is all about. It is easy to set a 700+ goal on one of the SAT sections, or to say that you have a goal of being promoted to the next level in your company, but taking specifc actions in line with such goals is what will get you to where you would like to go. Put the “go” in your goals! Don’t let them become black holes that suck in your dreams. Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, SAT/ACT Online and Offline Coach, interview, resume, and career coach at NewCranium. Contact: 704.746.9779 March 2015

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Soil moisture 30 cm below ground projected through 2100 for moderate emissions scenario RCP 4.5. The soil moisture data are standardized to the Palmer Drought Severity Index and are deviations from the 20th century average. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

According to Cook, the current likelihood of a NASA Study Finds Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically megadrought, a drought lasting more than three decades, is 12 Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science Advances, is based on projections from several climate models, including one sponsored by NASA. The research found continued increases in human-produced greenhouse gas emissions drives up the risk of severe droughts in these regions.

Image 1: North American map of estimated ground moisture in 2095 based on a high emissions scenario Soil moisture 30 cm below ground projected through 2100 for high emissions scenario RCP 8.5. The soil moisture data are standardized to the Palmer Drought Severity Index and are deviations from the 20th century average. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center “Natural droughts like the 1930s Dust Bowl and the current drought in the Southwest have historically lasted maybe a decade or a little less,” said Ben Cook, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the LamontDoherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York City, and lead author of the study. “What these results are saying is we’re going to get a drought similar to those events, but it is probably going to last at least 30 to 35 years.”

Image 2: North American map of estimated ground moisture in 2095 based on a moderate emissions scenario

percent. If greenhouse gas emissions stop increasing in the mid21st century, Cook and his colleagues project the likelihood of megadrought to reach more than 60 percent. However, if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase along current trajectories throughout the 21st century, there is an 80 percent likelihood of a decades-long megadrought in the Southwest and Central Plains between the years 2050 and 2099. The scientists analyzed a drought severity index and two soil moisture data sets from 17 climate models that were run for both emissions scenarios. The high emissions scenario projects the equivalent of an atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration of 1,370 parts per million (ppm) by 2100, while the moderate emissions scenario projects the equivalent of 650 ppm by 2100. Currently, the atmosphere contains 400 ppm of CO2. In the Southwest, climate change would likely cause reduced rainfall and increased temperatures that will evaporate more water from the soil. In the Central Plains, drying would largely be caused by the same temperature-driven increase in evaporation. The Fifth Assessment Report, issued by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013, synthesized the available scientific studies and reported that increases in evaporation over arid lands are likely throughout the 21st century. But the IPCC report had low confidence in projected changes to soil moisture, one of the main indicators of drought. Until this study, much of the previous research included analysis of only one drought indicator and results from fewer climate models, Cook said, making this a more robust drought projection than any previously published. “What I think really stands out in the paper is the consistency between different metrics of soil moisture and the findings across all the different climate models,” said Kevin Anchukaitis, a climate scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who was not involved in the study. “It is rare to see all signs pointing so unwaveringly toward the same result, in this case a highly elevated risk of future megadroughts in the United States.” This study also is the first to compare future drought projections directly to drought records from the last 1,000 years. “We can’t really understand the full variability and the full dynamics of drought over western North America by focusing only on the last century or so,” Cook said. “We have to go to the paleoclimate record, looking at these much longer timescales, when much more extreme and extensive drought events happened, to really come up with an appreciation for the full potential drought dynamics in the system.” Modern measurements of drought indicators go back about 150 years. Cook and his colleagues used a well-established treering database to study older droughts. Centuries-old trees allow a look back into the distant past. Tree species like oak and bristle cone pines grow more in wet years, leaving wider rings, and vice versa for drought years. By comparing the modern drought measurements to tree rings in the 20th century for a baseline, the tree rings can be used to establish moisture


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conditions over the past 1,000 years. The scientists were interested in megadroughts that took place between 1100 and 1300 in North America. These medieval-period droughts, on a year-to-year basis, were no worse than droughts seen in the recent past. But they lasted, in some cases, 30 to 50 years. When these past megadroughts are compared side-by-side with computer model projections of the 21st century, both the moderate and business-as-usual emissions scenarios are drier, and the risk of droughts lasting 30 years or longer increases significantly. Connecting the past, present and future in this way shows that 21st century droughts in the region are likely to be even worse than those seen in medieval times, according to Anchukaitis. “Those droughts had profound ramifications for societies living in North America at the time. These findings require us to think about how we would adapt if even more severe droughts lasting over a decade were to occur in our future,” Anchukaitis said. NASA monitors Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and groundbased observation campaigns. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. The agency shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

In recent years, Indonesian scientists have tested pills synthesized from gendarussa on hundreds of male subjects. The results? “It’s 99 percent effective,” says Bambang Prajogo, the research project’s lead scientist. He heads a team comprised of researchers from the government’s National Family Planning Coordination Board and Airlangga University, one of Indonesia’s top colleges. GlobalPost first reported on Indonesia’s male birth control pill nearly four years ago. Since then, hopes for the pill have been buoyed by several successful clinical trials. We spoke to the research team to find out how men might actually use the pill once it’s released on the Indonesian market in 2016. How does it work? The pill weakens enzymes in sperm that allow them to squirm into a woman’s ovum. Unlike female birth control pills, it doesn’t tinker with hormones, which causes so many unpleasant side effects. How often will men have to take it? Probably once a day. Tribesmen in Papua, who boil gendarussa in tea, drink a cup just 30 minutes before sex. The pill’s researchers are still perfecting the dosage, Bambang said, and may eventually develop a version that can be swallowed just one hour before sex. Any side effects? Very few. Some guys have gained weight on the pill. Some guys are endowed with a supercharged libido. At least one participant saw an increase in two types of enzymes (SGOT and SGPT) that can indicate a poorly functioning heart or liver (although it’s unclear whether this was related to the pill or some other health issue). But overall, researchers haven’t seen anything that remotely rivals the zits, nausea, sporadic bleeding and other effects many women endure on hormone-based birth control pills.

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Are the results trustworthy? Bambang and his university are well regarded in Indonesia. But ultimately this work must be legitimized through a much larger clinical study. The largest trial so far included 350 men. Indonesia’s version of the Federal Drug Administration wants a bigger trial to verify the findings. Won’t some giant pharmaceutical firm try to get a piece of the action? Of course. Bambang said he received an offer worth billions in Tests show it works as well as women’s birth control pills, with funding and lab facilities from a major US firm, which he declined to name. The corporation, he said, also wanted his far fewer nasty side effects. patent on the pill, which Bambang and his university secured in Indonesia. The offer was declined. So far, the team has By Patrick Winn, operated on an incredibly low budget: only about $600,000. BANGKOK — At first glance, it’s a dinky little shrub. Its leaves, however, are endowed with properties that could transform human sexuality. Called “gendarussa,” the plant provides the crucial ingredient in a long-awaited drug: birth control pills for men. Tribesmen in Indonesia’s jungly island of Papua have long known this shrub prevents their wives from getting pregnant.

Say the pill is proven to work. Will it ever be available in the US? Even if larger clinical trials legitimize the pill, the US FDA could force researchers to repeat most of its clinical trials. That could tie up the pill’s potential introduction to the US market for 10 years or more. continued on page 74 70

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essential back-up power during major electricity disruptions such as the 2003 blackout that affected the northeastern states and southern Canada. Read a recent report about other services hydropower can provide to the electric grid. 3. Another type of hydropower called pumped storage works like a battery, storing the electricity generated by other power sources like solar, wind, and nuclear for later use. It stores energy by pumping water uphill to a reservoir at higher elevation from a second reservoir at a lower elevation. When the power is needed, the water is released and turns a turbine, generating electricity. 2. Devices at dams can help fish and other wildlife move freely around dams and between sections of rivers. Fish ladders and fish elevators are just some of the techniques used to help fish migrate.

10. Hydropower is one of the oldest power sources on the planet, generating power when flowing water spins a wheel or turbine. It was used by farmers as far back as ancient Greece for mechanical tasks like grinding grain. Hydropower is also a renewable energy source and produces no air pollution or toxic byproducts. Learn more about the history of hydropower.

1. Dams are built for a number of uses in addition to producing electricity, such as irrigation, shipping and navigation, flood control or to create reservoirs for recreational activities. In fact, only 3 percent of the nation’s 80,000 dams currently generate power. An Energy Department-funded study found that 12 GW of hydroelectric generating capacity could be added to existing dams around the country. View the full report and the interactive map on the energy potential of non-powered dams.

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Community Focus Events of Note Nuvyug India Fest After successfully producing Indian cultural arts festivals in North Carolina for over a decade, the organization Nuv Yug embarks on a journey to assist communities in other major cities to start similar festivals based on the organization’s processes and system. The inaugural Charlotte India Fest will take place from March 14 - 15, 2015. The festival features dance performances, visual arts, crafts, food, vendors, fashion, and exhibits of India’s culture. There will be an India Fest in Atlanta on March 28, 2015 as well as in Raleigh, NC from April 11 – 12, 2015. The Fest in Charlotte will be held at The Park Expo and Conference Center. For details visit

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Zakir Hussain Celtic Connections Tabla virtuoso and composer Zakir Hussain returns to Washington, D.C., with the U.S. tour debut of his latest exploration of diverse cultures and sounds, Celtic Connections. Washington Performing Arts and GW Lisner co-present this fusion of the lively, flowing melodies and rhythms of Celtic music—represented by the bodhran (frame drum), violin, pipes, flutes and voice—with the tabla, bamboo flute, and Carnatic violin at GW Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday, March 17 at 8pm. The players include Zakir Hussain, Tabla; Rakesh Chaurasia, Bamboo Flute; Fraser Fifield, Flute/Pipes; JeanMichel Veillon, Flute; Ganesh Rajagopalan, Violin; Charlie McKerron, Fiddle; Patsy Reid, Fiddle; Tony Byrne, Guitar; John Joe Kelly, Bodhran. “Musicians are the same the world over,” Hussain said. “There’s no meter that hasn’t been played, no rhythm that hasn’t been composed. It’s the musicians’ own qualities that allow them to make music different – that’s what’s exciting about this project [Celtic Connections] to me. It’s fresh music sparked by the humanity of those involved.” The performance is on Tues, March 17 at 8pm, at GW Lisner Auditorium (730 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.). For more details call 202-785-9727 or visit

Ekal Vidyalaya will present the musical concert “Ek Sham Ekal Ke Naam,” at several venues in the Carolinas during March. The show features singers Rana Chatterjee and Sangeeta Melekar along with live musicians. The show is a fundraiser for Ekal Vidyalaya. The dates and contact info are: Sun, March 8: Charlotte, NC (Kamesh Tulasi 704-787-3349) Fri, March 13: Raleigh, NC (Venu Rao 919-324-2958) Sat, March 14: Columbia, SC (Parul Dalal 803-261-0595) Sun, March 15: Charleston, SC (Dr. Shashi Pai 843-860-3801) Fri, March 20: Fayetteville, NC (Dr. Sumdeha Dalvi 910-8224-0095) For general information about Ekal’s work visit

New Roots in the old North State Anthropologist Hannah Gill’s “The impact of Latino migration into North Carolina – on both the immigrants and the state” is the topic of the annual Levine Lecture presented on Monday, March 9, 2015, by UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South in partnership with Levine Museum of the New South. Join the discussion with anthropologist Gill at Levine Hans Raj Hans Museum of the New South (200 E. A musical evening of Seventh St. Charlotte 28202). The lecture begins at 6 p.m. with soulful Sufi songs will be a reception and book signing to follow at 7 p.m. The event is presented by Padmashree open to the public without charge, but RSVPs are required at Hans Raj Hans on Friday, or 704.687.0015. Complimentary parking is March 20 at Memorial available in the 7th Street Station parking deck. Bring your Hall, UNC Chapel Hill. A parking ticket to the museum for validation. Hannah Gill national treasure in India specializes in Latin American and Caribbean migration studies. and renowned across the She directs the Latino Migration Project at UNC Chapel Hill, a globe, Hans Raj Hans is public educational program on Latin American immigration among the finest and integration in North Carolina. Gill’s book, North Carolina performers in the Sufi and the Latino Migration Experience: New Roots in the Old North State (UNC Press 2010) is considered a must-read by policy- tradition, presenting this genre of music in its truest form. His significant contributions to the field of music extend to Punjabi makers and scholars as well the general public.


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Sarod master Gaurang Doshi will present the “Peace 2015” concert on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7pm in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University, Winston Salem NC. Accompanying Doshi are tabla players Sandeep Hattangady and Rajen Sukhadia. It will be an evening of pure classical music and there will also be the Pandit Dr. Laxmikant S. Doshi award presentation ceremony. Other artists performing are Richard Coley, Molishree Joshi, Sumana Ramayanam, and Anusha Doshi on the Sitar. Jim Robertson (Sarod) along with child artists Meet Doshi (Sarod) and Ali Sekandari (Tabla) will also perform. Tickets: (At the door) $3 WFU Students, $5 Children & Seniors, $7 General admission. For more details visit BAPS Charities Walkathon The BAPS Charities organization will hold its annual walkathon on Sat, April 11 beginning at 9am at Cedar Fork Community Center, 1050 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville, NC. This year’s beneficiary is Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. The organization’s other charity work includes health fairs, disaster relief, and health lectures. In 2014 over 50 walkathons were held across North America that features over 16,000 walkers. Annual Art exhibition The Hindu Center of Charlotte organizes an annual Art Exhibition to encourage local Indian artists. Visit the exhibition for an artful afternoon in the spacious venue of Vihar Hall. Stroll from one artist’s wall to another, snack on some finger foods while you contemplate a particular piece, meet the artists and fellow art admirers, or buy something for that blank wall at home. There will be a kids’ corner to create their own art and get tips from the professionals. The event is on Sunday, April 19, 2015 from noon to 4pm at the Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. There is no entry charge. For further details contact Santvana at 704.620.4503 ( and 84

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Community Organizations Carolina Khadayata Samaj Istdav Shree Kotyark Prabhu’s Mahotsav was celebrated at Jaswant & Usha Mehta’s residence in Huntersville, NC on November 7, 2014. All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta704-839-1965 or Rita Shah at 704-321-0740

Charlotte Agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes. For further details contact: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704-456 9881 CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28235

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).

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 Arti - 6:30am & 6:30pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and Spiritual Discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) – 4pm, 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 Kriya Yoga Group Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation practice 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:

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).


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Community Organizations of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For further details contact 877 505 Dada (3232).

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

ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic 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 Marathi 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: 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:

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 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: Thu, Mar 5: Holika Dahan Sat, Mar 7: Holi cultural show Sun, Mar 8: Dhuleti Sun, Mar 22: Chati Chand March 28: Ram Navami Sun, April 19: Annual Art Exhibition to encourage local Indian artists. Visit the exhibition for an artful afternoon in the spacious venue of Vihar Hall. Stroll from one artist’s wall to another, snack on some finger foods while you contemplate a particular piece, meet the artists and fellow art admirers, or buy something for that blank wall at home. There will be a kids’ corner to create their own art and get tips from the professionals. The event is on April 19 from noon to 4pm at the Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte. There is no entry charge. For further details contact Santvana at 704.620.4503 ( and For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (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. Upcoming events: Sun, March 15: Flute concert by Mrs. Shantala Subramanyam and party at CPCC, 3:30 pm. Sun, April 19: Vocal concert by OS Thiagarajan and party at CPCC, 3:30 pm. For Further Details: 704.814.9355, 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), 704.541.3361704.442.1186 (Jayashree Panduranga) 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


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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 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

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 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 will be held every September in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727 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 Upcoming Events: Sun, April 19: Vocal recital by Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Gandhi Bhavan, Hindu Center Fri, May 29: Instrumental recital by Toufique Qureshi, Ramdas Palsule and Milind Tulankar, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984704.364.0984 Jyoti Kulkarni 704.804.1275704.804.1275

Life Bliss Charlotte Meditation Center The Charlotte chapter of Life Bliss organization is run by volunteers who are trying to spread the knowledge of Yoga and Meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Life Bliss Foundation is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment. Nithyananda is revered as a living avatar (divine incarnation) by millions worldwide. He is the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 10127 Legolas Ln, Charlotte, NC 28269 704-766-1420 / 704-992-6114

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: Wed, March 4 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sun, March 8 (Trij): Paathshala for children @ 10:30 am Thu, March 19 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sat, March 21 (Ekam): Snatra Puja @ 10:30 am Sun, March 22 (Bij): Monthly Meeting & Paathshala for Children @ 4 pm All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and

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Community Organizations 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 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798).

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

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:

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

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

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. The association will celebrate Cheti Chand at the Hindu Center in March. For Further Details: contact, or 704.779.2396. 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 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 realising 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

Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas (SSCC) is located at Melange Health Solutions, 145 Scaleybark Rd., Charlotte, NC. The Center is open from 10am - 3pm. The Center presents members with activities, outings, access to physical care and mental wellbeing and care. For More Details: Nimish Bhatt 704-560-4910 / 704-491-1186

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: 94

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

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

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

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

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,


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,

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 Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Subba Reddy Meka, President, 336.577.5285

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:

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Community Organizations center holds Follow-up sessions on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Kirtan Satsang every Friday evening. Art of Living Center 4000 Bear Cat Way Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560 For Further Details: 919-793-8490

848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) Quan Am Buddhist Temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27407. 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:

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

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

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

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)

Raleigh 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:

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

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Community Organizations 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, March 14 at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park, Cary. For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (919.677.8513) Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide 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. 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 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.) 100

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Community Organizations 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 applications. Example: Gokul Darsan (See Apple Store) For Further Details: Phone: 919-491-9536 Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings: Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm. Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga Classes(twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details:

Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567919.599.9567 Hindu Students Council (HSC) - NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) 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: 919.371.4470919.371.4470 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 102

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Community Organizations informative events. For Further Details on the Indian American Forum for Political Education contact: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indian Talent Discovery Foundation Indian Talent Discovery Foundation (ITDF) is established to promote any form of art that has originated in India by any individual. The primary objective of Indian Talent Discovery Foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Supriya Goli (919-342-8678) 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 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 International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang organization (ISSo) 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 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, March 2015

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Community Organizations 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 am1:00 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, 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 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 Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Upcoming Events: April 11 -12, 2015: India Fest, JS Dorton Arena, Raleigh For Further Details:

Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh Raleigh 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 - 6:00pm. 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. 106

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Community Organizations For Further Details on Raleigh Sai Center: 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 Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, events and get-togethers. All aficionados are warmly invited to join. For Further Details: Mohana Dighe: 919.378.1947 Sameer Mohile: 919.851.8799 Deepa Kardekar: 201.673.6193 S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>,

Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self-realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613. More information: http:/// For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga benefits include Longevity, Wellness and Stress Management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For more details about the course visit 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: 919-460-7432 - Sarulatha Guruparan (President) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:


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Community Organizations Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. 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 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. 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 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 Mata Shakthipeetham of NC The mission of this organization is to establish Sri Mata Shakthipeetham for the Hindu community of North Carolina, offer worship, and conduct pujas. Lewisville, NC. For Further Details: 110

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Community Organizations 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 For Further Details:

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm. There will be $9 Per Person charge. This month the meeting will be held at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 or (512) 547-7077. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details: 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: 112

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get involved in any kind of new business deal, except partnership. Expenses on luxury items are possible. Don’t dispute with your spouse. LIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) You will regain your confidence and by the end of the month everything will be under control. The prospects for short-term financial status look good but be careful in planning long-term saving or investing. Avoid any form of cheating, as it will not work in your benefit. The family atmosphere will however improve. Try to avoid travel this during this month.

General Predictions for March 2015 ARIeS (Mar 20- Apr 20) You will feel mentally relaxed during the second half of this month as it will prove to be very rewarding for you. A great positive change in your thinking will begin building a base for potential success. Acquisition of wealth and rise in status is indicated. Don’t get involved in legal matters and try to curb your expenses.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) This month will relieve you from tensions and anxiety. On the domestic front you will be happy and your long cherished desires will be fulfilled. You may travel a lot during this month. Short distance travels will bring good luck and will be fruitful and pleasant. Good health is also indicated. However, be careful of accident or food poisoning. Try to make the best use of this month.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) You may be inclined to do many things at the same time and in this process you won’t reach anywhere. Multi-tasking has its pitfalls too. Stay cautious of your health and prepare for good news from far-off place or abroad. You will also have the power of artistic expression. Don’t forget to take extra care while driving. Definitely avoid speculation and keep away from the stock market.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) There could be a delay and obstacles in general pursuits. A sense of insecurity will prevail in you. Family life may not be pleasant. You will receive help from your siblings or associates. You may be able to maintain flow of income, though be prepared for unexpected problems. Remember that it is always better to see the glass half full.

GeMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You will come in contact with some influential people. Rise in income is clearly indicated. Just be careful regarding your health in the middle of the month and keep an eye on your partner to avoid getting taken advantage of. Income through speculation is also possible. Listen to the advice of your associates/friends. This month is going to be a blessing for those seeking love and romance.

CAPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will regain your self-confidence and morals in this month. There will be an increase in your income due to your own efforts. If married, marital happiness will be there. At this point you won’t need any advice or guidance in making decisions. You may bend towards para-psychic pursuits. However some kind of family-related problems may come in your way. Meeting with old friends is also indicated.

CANCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) During this month minor ups and downs are possible in your self-confidence. Your social circle will widen and expenses on social gathering are also possible. You might get support of an elderly person. Particularly the second half of the month will give you great mental relief. Observe the way destiny is playing with you and reconsider your line of action to enjoy success.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Even though your income will be on rise, your will maintain good health even though you may feel lack of happiness. Curb risk-taking tendency. Your enemies will try to damage your reputation. Short distance business related travel might prove to be very fruitful and long distance journey is also possible. You will find great relief from old family-related problem.

Leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You are entering into a period of confusion and selfdistraction. You may have to slog as the work burden will become overwhelming. Keep on working hard, don’t think or speak too much. You will feel that the change is good, but it could also be an illusion. Avoid any major changes. Your family will help you in adverse situations. Don’t take any debt in the last week of the month.

PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will turn into a very busy and active person by the end of the month. You may face minor setback in business/job due to your creative intelligence. It will be an action oriented period for you. You will command respect and receive favor from higher ups but without any rewards. Your mind will also bend towards higher philosophy of life. Do be careful while dealing with your extended family members and associates.

VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) After a negative start, the situation will improve rapidly. You may be very busy for child-related activities. If waiting for promotion or approval, it will come your way in the end of the month. You will get status, but income won’t increase immediately. Don’t

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Classifieds C-store & Gas Station for sale: very busy through way in Matthews NC. C-store with gas pump for rent or High margin & very profitable, good purchase. Cherryville, NC. Good terms call 704-604-4506. location in town. Lottery, ABC C-Stores: Day Care Ctr: Lenoir, NC permits and more. Call for details 803- $299K + Inv, GR $166K+; Truck Repair: 235-6672. Chester Co., SC $799K w/RE & Inv, GR Convenience Stores/Gas Stations for $438K; Upscale Hotel, I-85, Concord, Lease or Sale in NC. Great NC $4.35M; Upscale Hotel, I-85, opportunities with upside potential. Charlotte, NC $8.5M; 704-821-8888 or Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill / inventory. Dry Cleaning Business for Sale, Please call 803-789-3133. Columbia, South Carolina, $850,000 Indian Restaurant For Sale in Chapel contact GJB Associates 803-463-8735. Hill, NC. Open for 25 years. Call 919- 86 room, Interior corridor, Holiday 923-1913. Inn express for Sale close to Liquor store for sale in Cheraw, SC. Savannah, GA. Listed by Newmark Owner retiring after 40 years. Oldest Grubb Knight Frank (Hotel Brokerage liquor store in Chesterfield Co. Gross Division). Contact B.J. Patel at 770-552$500,000. Rent $500. Asking $50k + inv 2450 / ($125k-$150k). Call: 843-537-7535. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Prime Interstate Land on I-95. Ideal for new hotel and convenience store Convenience Store Help Wanted: locations. 1st off the ramp, utilities & North Charlotte / University area. zoning in place. Call John: 434-953-8794. Retail Experience Preferred. Speak Business opportunity: Learn about English & have legal status. Please Call land in Apex, NC area. 2015 is the 856-266-5059. time to buy land. Land expert Bob Couple needed for motel in North Atkinson Charlotte, NC. Must have Legal status, or call 919-362-6999. front desk experience, computer skills speak fluent English. Property for sale: 101 S. Main St., and Fountain Inn, SC 29644. Great location Accommodations provided. email within the heart of downtown resume: Fountain Inn. $325,000 Sales Price; Night audit & front desk help wanted Contact: 864-497-0495. for franchise motel in Charlotte area near Carowinds. Hwy77 Exit 90. Must equipped restaurant for sale or lease have legal status, computer skills and in Columbia, SC. Available speak fluent English. email resume to: immediately. 7000sf. Excellent location. Golden opportunity with low budget start-up. Columbia needs Nanny needed: 9 month old baby. quality Indian restaurant. Owner Help with household work and financing available. Contact Mr. I. 803- cooking are requested. Live-in nanny 206-1171 or or someone who can be here from 8am Businesses for Sale in Ohio area. Call - 6pm. Should be able to commute by herself. Please call: 484-459-0684. Atul Shah for details: 614-216-9094. Email - Right time to buy, Right location! 50 Resident Room Days Inn Off I-77, in NC. 30 Motel Help wanted: experienced couple to manage motel Room property, recently remodeled, in SC. Must have legal status, & speak NC. Call 336-244-4199! fluent English. Call 843-269-5916. 86 room, Interior corridor, Holiday Inn express for Sale close to Hotel / Motel Help Wanted: accommodation Savannah, GA. Listed by Newmark housekeepers, Grubb Knight Frank (Hotel Brokerage provided, in Charlotte near Airport. Division). Contact B.J. Patel at 770-552- Contact VJ: 704-488-0102 or Tarun: 704968-1731. 2450 /



experienced Threading Practitioners or Licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). Retail Sales Associate in Columbia SC. Male / Female / Couple. Full or part time. Opportunity to advance quickly into management. Contact 706-877-0315. Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also provide Training & Placement. e-mail: Night Audit / Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel, Charlotte. Fulltime / Part-time. Must have experience, be honest, reliable & fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Cashier Wanted: Part time or full time for C-store/gas station in Rockhill, SC. Call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Nanny Needed ASAP (Full time or Live in): Gujarati Preferred, for 2 kids (toddler and infant), South Charlotte (28277). Please call 317 679 5408. Nanny Needed: Gujarati lady needed for child care and house keeping, livein or full time in Greenville, NC. Call 252-565-3563. Nanny Needed: Looking for part time or full time nanny to come to our house in Cary NC. Driving is a must. Competitive pay. Call 919-225-4048. Domestic help needed for Gujarati family in Rock Hill SC. Excellent cooking & cleaning skills required. Benefits include competitive salary & allowance for rent. Must be legal US resident & able to drive. Call 803-448-4820. Gas Station Help Wanted: Couple, full-time in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta) & Lincolnton, GA. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704299-8535. Part-time/Full-time Single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store / gas station in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English & have legal status & previous experience preferred. Call 704-726-7544 or 864-487-4939. March 2015

Restaurant Help Wanted: Indian Restaurant in Charlotte NC looking for Waiter/Server. Must have working experience. Please Call 704-512-9177. Full-time nanny needed: live-in or live out in Huntersville, NC (exit 23, I-77). 6 month old and 8 year old after school. Please call 704-274-9556. Motel help wanted in Greenville, SC..Live in manager and / or housekeeping. Salary + Accommodations + Bonus. Call 864-4147186, 704-588-1825. Nanny/baby sitter needed in Lumberton NC for a 5 month old. Live in Nanny preferred but not necessary. Please call 443-895-7066. Hotel Help Wanted: Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. General / property manager (experience required), night auditor (experience preferred but will train). Must be fluent in English. Email Help needed for cooking and household chores 2-3 hrs. a day, 5 times a week in Huntersville area (Eastfield rd.). Contact 704-968-5571 Gujarati lady needed for out of town wedding. Cooking and light house work. End of June (10 days), great pay plus flight and accommodations provided. Please call 317-490-4910. Domestic Help Needed: Need domestic help; 3 hours daily, 5 days a week. Laundry, dishes, light cleaning, cooking. Must have own transportation.Call 704-246-7445.


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SERVICES Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & gettogethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-8247734;;; Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment 843-465-6048. Astrologer With Gold Medals Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-4635180 or Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail: 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 704-5457220 or e-mail: Tabla Classes for all ages in Charlotte on weekends and evenings by professional tabla player with 20 years experience. Call: 704-232-4463. Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. Indian Tutor Grades K-12 in Charlotte. Mr. Singh specializes in SAT, GRE, ACT, PSAT and other AP Exams. Call: (646) 261-4887 or email at: 123

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. 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: Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna, Facial. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Music Lessons and Live Band: Basic harmonium and keyboard lessons in Charlotte area. Live band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans, film songs and more. Call 704-568-8206. Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 25 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

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Advertisers Index Accela Range Hood ...........................................114

Elite Smiles (Cosmetic & General Dentistry) ..........63

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................22

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....51

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................27

Patel Brothers (Cary)............................................42

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)..51

Evershine Properties............................................34

Patel, Akshat (Real Estate)....................................83

Advanced Placement Academy............................81

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................121

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................69

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

Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) .................72

Poornima S. Mathur, CPA, PC ..............................37

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .................................45

Farmah, Kukhdev (Mortgage Consultant-Prime Finan)97

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........93

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....41

Friends Travel ......................................................41

Property Net Reatly (Suku Pandiyattu) ..................73

Apex Math Excel Center.......................................63

Gandhi, Vandan (Keller Williams Real Estate) ........87

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC) ....................101

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................81

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................12

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................12

Apna Travels (Morrisville)....................................125

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

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...61

Around The World Market .................................103

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................38

Ramada Raleigh (Blue Ridge Rd)..........................91

Asian Divas ( Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)...........61

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) ...............105

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................28

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......71

Heritage India Association Of NC (Festival)............67

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ................57

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................75

Hindu Center Charlotte ........................................66

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..10

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............35

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................121

Rug & Home..........................................................5

BB&T Home Mortgage.........................................83

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................38

Rupa's Spa & Threading Morrisville

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

Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville)........................83

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................97


Bhogal CPA, PC...................................................59

International Community Church .......................113

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................43

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................75

JEI Learning Centers ..........................................37

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................114

Biryani Maxx........................................................23

Kabab & Grill (Cary, NC) .......................................15

Shah, Mihir (NY Life) ............................................77

Blooming Buds....................................................51

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................43

Shah, Suvas (Home Loans - Angel Oak) ...............47

Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro).........................79

Kaya Designs Boutique ........................................85

Simple Pinless.......................................................9

Building Blocks Pediatrics, PLLC ........................107

KD Photographics................................................47

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................23

Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab....................56

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

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................16

Carolina Performing Arts (Hans Raj Hans).............17

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................58

Smart Energy Solutions (Hari Bol Inc) .................115

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....71

Laziz Biryani (Raleigh) ..........................................31

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)......118

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

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

Sovarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate & Mortgages)39

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................56

Live Spectrum Ent. (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan) ............19

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC).........109

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............48

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................31

Sukhadia's Indian Cuisine....................................33

Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) ....................53

Maadhurya Photography......................................16

Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro ...................................93

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................45 (Travel Agent) ...........................111

Thalir Arts Academy ..........................................109

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................55

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

Tower Restauant (Morrisville)................................86

Coastal Federal Credit Union (Shikha Panjwani)..101

Marriott Greensboro Downtown ........................76

Travel Universe ....................................................13

County South Realty & Business Brokers............125

Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) ....105


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

MAS Immigrant Justice Center ..........................119

Triangle Gujarati Association (Natak and Holi)........87

Dances Of India (Dr. Maha Gingrich).....................69

Maxim Tours........................................................33

Triangle Hearing Services.....................................95

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Serv)...79

MC Construction Co.......................................64-65

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................99

Define Brows & Spa.............................................59

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................78

Tri Women's Cntr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG).....109

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................49

Montessori Children's House of Durham .............86

Ttravel Guru ......................................................114

Desai Desai Accounting ......................................61

Muhammad Akram, CPA, PLLC............................89

Tutoring (A+ Tutoring - Nirmala Koripella) .............29

Desai, Vaishali (Real Estate)..................................55

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................45

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................99

Devam Jewelers .............................................6 & 7

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................53

Uni World Travel...................................................10

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................53

NC Dermatology Associates .................................80

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

DJ Don (David Pandoria) .....................................47

NexTier Academy.................................................89

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................97

DJ Lalit .............................................................111

North American Bancard ....................................11

White Horse Weddings.........................................75

Ekal Vidyalaya (Rana Chatterjee & Sangeeta Melekar)21

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................89

Worldwide travels ...............................................71

Elegant Designz.................................................111

Nuv Yug India Fest (Charlotte and Raleigh)..............3

Zayka Restaurant ............................................107


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