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Hello Readers! Welcome to the 13th anniversary edition of Saathee magazine. We continue to move forward with the support of advertisers, friends, families, and all the readers, both in print and online on We always welcome feedback and comments, as well as story and feature ideas. Will India’s largest nuclear power plant become a safety nightmare? Read the story on pg. 8. The raw data from India’s Census 2011 is in. Find the interesting information and numbers on pg. 12. Get a recap of some of the wonderful documentaries that were screened at the annual Full Frame Festival in Durham on the story on pg. 32. Is China killing Africa’s elephants? The hunger for ivory is bringing renewed slaughter of elephants in Africa. Go to pg. 82 for the story. The updated festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Catch up on all the local and regional community news and events on pg. 94 and keep up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website:

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Nuclear Nightmare? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Census India 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Money Go Round . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Bohra Muslims of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Full Frame Documentary Festival Review . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Is China Killing Africa’s Elephants? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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Critics say India is woefully unprepared to handle the world’s largest nuclear plant. By Jason Overdorf – JAITAPUR, India — When Vijay Raut talks about the government’s plans to throw the villagers of Madbad off their land to make way for the world’s largest nuclear power plant, his voice quickly rises in volume. The tendons stand out in his neck as he describes how government officials and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) have trampled local resistance. “Is this a democracy?” demands Raut, who was jailed along with some 18 protesters after what local police termed a riot in early March. “They came and started the survey without even explaining the purpose properly to us. Then they would not let us talk as a single voice. When they came to negotiate for the land in 2006-07, if at all you could call it that, they would not let us even stand around as a group. Individual farmers were called in to tell them their land was being acquired.” Residents like Raut have strong incentives to fight. As yet undiscovered by travelers, this part of the Konkan coast in the Indian state of Maharashtra — about 150 kilometers from foreign tourists’ beloved Goa — rivals the beauty of romantic locales like Puerto Vallarta. But local fishermen and mango farmers are not the only ones who should be concerned. When the United States inked a controversial civilian nuclear agreement with India in 2008, the biggest fear for Americans was that the pact would encourage other would-be nuclear weapons states by letting India skate past the non-proliferation treaty. But after the near-meltdown in meticulous Japan last month, it’s beginning to look like the real risk may come from the reactors themselves — even as the world’s nuclear industry looks to India and China to spark a renaissance in nuclear power.

India’s track record According to Benjamin Sovacool, an assistant professor at the National University of Singapore, “the Tarapur nuclear power plant suffered a partial meltdown in 1979; a fire and explosion forced the closure of the Narora power plant in 1993; the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station at Kota leaked radioactive water into a lake for two months until it was detected in 1995; and, in December 2006, one of the pipes carrying radioactive waste from the uranium enrichment facility at Jadugoda burst and distributed highly radioactive materials as far as 100 km away.” India’s nuclear establishment has repeatedly downplayed the risks at its facilities since the Fukushima crisis, and the regulatory board’s chairman, S.S. Bajaj, disputed some of the reports cited in Sovacool’s paper. “India has not experienced any accident in its nuclear power plants involving release of radioactivity in public domain,” Bajaj said in an emailed reply to questions from GlobalPost. “The worst accident was the Narora fire in 1993, which resulted in station blackout. Operators were able to successfully implement the necessary emergency operating procedures, and cool the core safely. Based on the experience from this event, detailed reviews and upgradations [sic] were carried out at all [nuclear power plants] in India,” he said.

Can India handle disaster? “In contrast [to Japan], in India we are most disorganized and unprepared for the handling of emergencies of any kind of even much less severity,” said A. Gopalakrishnan, former chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), in an email to GlobalPost. “The AERB’s disaster preparedness oversight is mostly on paper and the drills they once in awhile conduct are half-hearted efforts which amount to more [of] a sham.” India suffers from an increasingly worrisome shortage of electricity. Today, the country faces a shortfall of around 10 percent. Blackouts, or “power cuts” due to load shedding, are a daily reality in most areas, and nearly half the households in the country don’t have electricity. Meanwhile, demand for power is rising more than 10 percent a year due to industrialization and rising incomes. But is the country’s plan to dramatically increase its production of nuclear power the solution? In Jaitapur, a cluster of villages about 375 kilometers from Mumbai, New Delhi has inked an agreement with France’s Areva Group to build the first two of a planned six

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The largest democracy on the planet just counted INDIA its citizens. The raw data from India’s 2011 cenJammu & Kashmir Population, 2001 10,143,700 (States/Union Territories) sus is in. The country now has 1.21 billion people. That is an increase of 181 million people in the last 10 years. India is on track Himachal Pradesh 6,077,900 to overtake China’s population in the next few decades, give or Punjab Chandigarh 24,358,999 900,635 Uttarakhand take a few years. The Indian Census is the largest single source 8,489,349 Haryana Arunachal Pradesh 21,144,564 NCT of Delhi of a variety of statistical information on different characteristics Sikkim 1,097,968 13,850,507 540,851 of the people of India. With a history of more than 130 years, Uttar Pradesh Nagaland Rajasthan Assam 166,197,921 56,507,188 26,655,528 1,990,036 this exercise has been bringing out a veritable wealth of statisBihar Meghalaya 82,998,509 Manipur 2,318,822 tics every 10 years, beginning from 1872 when the first census 2,293,896 Tripura Jharkhand Mizoram was conducted in India non-synchronously in different parts. Gujarat 3,199,203 26,945,829 Madhya Pradesh 888,573 50,671,017 60,348,023 West Bengal To scholars and researchers in demography, economics, anthro80,176,197 Chhattisgarh Daman & Diu pology, sociology, statistics and many other disciplines, the In20,833,803 158,204 Orissa Dadra & Nagar Haveli 36,804,660 dian Census has been a fascinating source of data. Maharashtra 220,490 96,878,627 India’s rich diversity is brought into light by the decennial Andhra Pradesh census, which has become one of the tools to understand and ARABIAN SEA (P) BAY OF BENGAL 76,210,007 study India. Goa 1,347,668 Karnataka The responsibility of conducting the decennial Census rests 52,850,562 Andaman & Nicobar Islands with the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commis356,152 sioner, India under Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of (P)Puducherry (P) 974,345 Lakshadweep Tamil Nadu (P) Kerala India. It may be of historical interest that though the population 60,650 62,405,679 31,841,374 census of India is a major administrative function; the Census Organization was set up on an ad-hoc basis for each Census till INDIAN OCEAN the 1951 Census. The Census Act was enacted in 1948 to provide for the scheme of conducting population census with duties M and responsibilities of census officers. The Government of India Population, 2011 (States/Union Territories) decided in May 1949 to initiate steps for developing systematic collection of statistics on the size of population, its growth, etc., and established an organization in the Ministry of Home Affairs INDIA under Registrar General and ex-Officio Census Commissioner, Jammu & Kashmir Population, 2011 12,548,926 India. This organization was made responsible for generating (States/Union Territories) data on population statistics including Vital Statistics and CenHimachal Pradesh 6,856,509 sus. Later, this office was also entrusted with the responsibility Punjab Chandigarh 27,704,236 1,054,686 of implementation of Registration of Births and Deaths Act, Uttarakhand 10,116,752 Haryana 1969 in the country. Arunachal Pradesh 25,353,081 NCT of Delhi Sikkim 1,382,611 16,753,235 607,688 According to the Indian government, the 2011 numbers reUttar Pradesh Nagaland Rajasthan Assam 199,581,477 leased now Provisional Population Totals, therefore “some cau68,621,012 31,169,272 1,980,602 Bihar Meghalaya 103,804,637 Manipur 2,964,007 tion is therefore needed while interpreting the results. The 2,721,756 Tripura Jharkhand 3,671,032 intelligent data user will definitely keep these limitations at the Mizoram Gujarat 32,966,238 Madhya Pradesh 1,091,014 60,383,628 72,597,565 West Bengal back of his mind but still use the data provided here to pick up 91,347,736 Chhattisgarh some early demographic trends. The ‘Final Population Totals’ Daman & Diu 25,540,196 Orissa 242,911 41,947,358 Dadra & Nagar Haveli will be released after the scanning and the processing of inforMaharashtra 342,853 112,372,972 mation collected in the Household Schedule are completed. 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dian dignitaries also were present for the screening. Kumar continues to be the Canadian Tourism Commission’s ambassador for India for the second year, promoting Canada in India as a tourist destination. Kumar has referred to Canada as his second home. – Courtesy of Bollywood Hungama

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Yash Chopra Honored with Title“Ambassador of Interlaken” Producer Yash Chopra has filmed many of his hits in the lovely locales of Switzerland. Chopra was honored in April at Interlaken with the title of “Ambassador of Interlaken,” making him the first recipient of this award. A silver plaque dedicated to Chopra will be placed in Interlaken along the Hoheweg - Interlaken’s famous main street. Hosted by the Mayor of Interlaken, Urs Graf, the event was attended by Swiss politicians and industrialists along with select Indian and Swiss media.

Film Composer and Music Producer Racks up Two Awards Canada-based composer and music producer Vikas Kohli of FatLabs became the first composer to receive the prestigious Voice Achievers Award in Entertainment last month. He is also the first composer to receive the Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival. “I feel winning the Voice Achievers Award was a tail-end probability. And winning a Trailblazer Award was also a tail-end probability. Getting both is anomalous. Who knew that listening to the Sex Pistols and Metallica when I was 13 years old would eventually pay off?” jests Kohli, a mathematician turned musician. Kohli has composed and produced numerous award-winning projects in North America, Europe and India. In 2008, Kohli was the first Canadian to have one of his song productions performed live at the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) awards. In 2010, three films Kohli composed for (I Do. Do I?, Shanti Baba Ram and the Dancers of Hope, and The Bee) all won awards at various festivals. The Voice Achievers Awards were initiated to identify, recognize and honor distinguished members of the South Asian Community in Canada who have become successful in their fields. Created in 2002, the Trailblazer Award recognizes the accomplishments of ethnically diverse Canadian film industry professionals whose work has broadened horizons. Kohli is known for his expertise at fusing together genres as varied as punk, hip-hop and Bollywood pop. Born in Nepean (Ottawa), Kohli now lives in Mississauga, Canada.

Sunny Deol to Judge Stunts and will be the Voice of Bheem Macho man Sunny Deol is on tap to become a judge for a stunt-based reality show called “Jaanbaaz.” Deol has regained the limelight after the success of Yamla Pagla Deewana and will offer fans his presence on the reality show. Deol is one of the first true action heroes of Bollywood and it seems natural for him to judge a stunt reality show. Deol has also given his voice for the angray Pandav brother Bheem in the upcoming animated epic Mahabarata. The film is slated for release on Diwali.

Vinod Khanna and Farooque Sheikh to Work in Film Veteran actors Vinod Khanna and Farooque Sheikh will share screen space together in director Rahhul S Anand’s upcoming film Chhoti Si Duniya. The story revolves around a medical fraternity and many medical professionals were brought in to help with the authenticity of the script. Anand is launching his son Rohitt in the film in which Khanna portrays his father and Sheikh will portray the College Dean.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Compose Anthem for Pune IPL team Composing trio Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa who created “De Ghuma Ke,” the ICC World Cup theme has now written an anthem for the IPL franchise Sahara Pune Warriors. The new team will make its debut in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League hopes the anthem will bring it luck in the highly competitive world of cricket.

Vyjayanthimala and Kamal Haasan Honored Last month, Film France, the National Film Commission of France, in association with the Embassy of France in India and the Consulate General of France in Puducherry, honored a few eminent actors and directors from the Tamil film industry. Those honored include Padmashree Kamal Haasan and legendary actress Vyjayanthimala Bali. Many celebrities were presented a memento enameled in lava stones from the Auvergne region of France. The mementoes were presented to the awardees, after French delegates explained to their Indian counterparts the filming opportunities available in France. – Courtesy of Times of India

YRF’s Youth Division Y-Films Announces Three New Movies Yash Raj Films’ new youth films studio, Y-Films, has announced three new films featuring seven fresh faces. The films will also feature a fresh crop of directors. The movies include Luv Ka The End featuring Shraddha Kapoor and newcomer Taaha Shah and will be directed by Bumpy and feature music by Ram Sampath. Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge is a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of social networking. Nupur Asthana will direct the film that will feature fresh actors Saqib Saleem, Saba Azad, Nishant Dahiya and Tara D’souza. Raghu Dixit will compose the music. The third film is Virus Diwan, a tale of a twisted hacker, and will feature Arjun Kapoor. Ashish Patil, former head of MTV India, heads y-Films. Y-Films’ first venture, the film Luv ka The End, is ready for release. – Courtesy of India FM

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By Kirit Shukla Song: Prema jogan bana ke Film: Mughal-E-Azam Year: 1960 Music: Naushad Singers: Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Lyric: Shakeel Badayuni Raga: Sohini Taal/Rhythm: Dipchandi Starring: Madhubala, Dilipkumar, Mubarak, Prithviraj Kapoor

Tribute to past Hindustani Classical Singers and Instrument players Bade Ghulam Ali Khan (1902-1968) Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, the Tansen of the 20th Century, was born in Kasur, Punjab in 1902. He was born with a good voice. He began training in vocal music and the instrument sarangi when he was seven-years-old with his father Ali Baksh Khan and uncle Kale Khan. Both men were also famous singers in those days. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan practiced singing in a Masjid (Mosque) outside the town, so that no one would object to his singing at the top of his voice. He had an absolute command over his voice for sweetness and flexibility of a wide range spanning three octaves and the rare ability to sing Khayaals, Thumris, Daadraas, folk songs, Bhajans and Ghazals. Though he was well-known for his fast beat Taans and Murkis, he was also adept at elaborate and slow paced Aalaaps. Khan belonged to the Patiala Gharana Gaayaki (singing) style of Hindustani classical music. He had to live in Pakistan at the time of partition of India in 1947, but later he acquired Indian citizenship. He once said, “If in every home one child was taught Hindustani classical music, this country would never have been partitioned.” The boundaries of religion and nationality meant little to him. His favorite Bhajan was “Hari Om Tatsat” and had a fondness for the Hindu God “Lord Vishnu.” He was reluctant to sing for films. On request by the music director Naushad, he sang two songs based on classical ragas Sohini and Rageshree, in the classic film Mughal-E-Azam, in which he acted as Tansen and demanded a high price, as compared to popular singers like Lata and Rafi. Khan composed many songs in classical ragas under the pen name of “Sabrang.” In 1962 he received the Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Academy awards. He had many disciples including his son Munawar Ali Khan (died in 1989), Meera Banerjee, and Sandhya Mukherjee. Many of his audio recordings are currently available. The term “Bade” (big) defined his music, his personality, and his heart. He had partial paralysis and died in Hyderabad, on April 25, 1968. We will remember and cherish his shared cultural heritage of music for a long time. One of his filmy classical song’s lyrics: “Prema jogan bana ke...” is given in this issue of Saathee magazine in Evergreen Classic Film Lyrics on this page.

Prema jogan bana ke Prema jogan bana ke, Sundara piyaa or chaliSajan son jo nainaa mile, To mana ki pyasa bujhiPi sang sagari jo rainaa gujari, Hai bair bhai Meaning (Summary): “Prem Jogan” is a woman in love who wants to meet her beloved. She is going towards her beloved, wishing to spend the whole night with him to quench the thirst of her mind when she sees him. But she is afraid...

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Hindustani Classical Music The significance of a Guru (teacher) Evolution of Carnatic music- a series By Anita Kulkarni By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, over the past few months, we have looked at the evolution of Carnatic music and how it has changed and adapted to changes in the social and political environment. Starting from the time of the Vedas, we traced the journey of Carnatic music and looked at the influence of social reformist movements such as the Veerashaiva movement, Bhakti movement, etc. We now reach a point in time when the British established rule in India. It is but natural then to expect that the British Raj would also have influenced the prevailing music system(s) in India. It is said that after the Railways, the violin is the most important contribution bequeathed to India by the British. The violin owes its origin to Europe- specifically Italy and Germany somewhere around the 16th century. The Indian stringed instruments included primarily the veena, the sarangi, etc. The sarangi was mainly used for Hindusthani music and was not a very good match for Carnatic music. Around the 18th century, the violin was introduced in India and since then, it has become an inseparable element of Carnatic music. There are three people who are credited with the introduction of the violin in India. The first was Balaswami Dikshitar, brother of the famous Carnatic composer- Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Balaswami was introduced to western music at a performance by a European orchestra attached to the East India Company. He was fascinated by the violin and trained on it for some years before adapting it to Carnatic music. Varahappa Iyer, another musician was very close to the British governor in Madras. Among all the instruments in the governor’s band, he realized that the violin could be best adapted to Carnatic music because of its ability to mimic the tonal variations in the human voice. The person largely responsible for violin becoming an accepted instrument in Carnatic music was Vadivelu- a resident musician of the composer king Swathi Tirunal. His encouragement and patronage of this instrument led to the violin becoming the prime accompaniment for a vocal musician. As the violin became more integrated with Carnatic music, the violin playing techniques also changed to suit the needs of Carnatic music. Today, the violin is regarded as the best possible accompaniment for vocal concerts due to its ability to sustain continued notes, which provides a lot of support and stability to the concert. Till we meet next time, do listen to any recordings that you can find of Carnatic music. More often than not, the violin will be the accompanying instrument. You can then get an idea of the important role that violin plays in today’s Carnatic concerts.

Guru is one who is regarded as having a great musical background knowledge, talent, wisdom, is authorized, is a master in the music field, and uses it to guide others (as the teacher). He or she uses various techniques for teaching, as well as his or her own intellect, and applies disciplinary rules for the disciple. Devotion, dedication, and determination together serve the purpose while teaching or learning this art. Music is nothing but concentration of mind. Music is God, it is better to surrender him whole-heartedly. One should know the main purpose if one wants to become a true Guru (teacher) or true Shishya (disciple). In this relationship, subtle and advanced knowledge is conveyed and received through the student’s respect, commitment, devotion, and obedience. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies. Guru should know and be able to understand and correct the weakness of his disciple; in addition, the Guru should give his best skill, take hard effort, and improve the talent level of his disciple. In olden days, the disciple had to live with and serve Guru for many years, and by Guru’s permission, he was trained and eligible for the classical knowledge. It was a difficult task to dedicate everything (family) and devote life only for music. Today it is very hard to find a true Guru. Everyone wants to get this knowledge easily without much effort. The picture is changing according to contemporary lifestyles. The disciple is far from the highest pick of the art. Hindustani Classical music is a devotional and spiritual art. One should know the importance and enjoy teaching and learning. It is everyone’s duty to know whether both are on the right musical path. Today’s disciple is tomorrow’s Guru.

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By Dr. Maha Gingrich Bharatha’s Natya Sastra It is inexplicable to see how the Natya Sastra (a treatise on Dramaturgy) deals with the categorization of different body movements. If you want to enhance or even learn motor skills, take up dancing. It enlists 13 gestures for the head, 36 ways to glance, 7 movements of the pupil, 9 for the eyelids and 7 for the eyebrows. In addition to this, there are six gestures each for the nose, cheeks and lower lip, and seven for the chin. There are nine different movements for the neck. The hand gestures are 67 total in number. They are subdivided into single hand gestures, double hand gestures and hand gestures used in pure dance technique called Nritta. Three movements are approved for the belly, five each for the chest, waist, sides, thighs, calf muscles and feet. If this sounds like an aerobic exercise you are not too far out in your prediction. These classical dances use most vital parts of our body from head to toe. May be that is why most of the dancers start their training at an early age. There are four postures prescribed for the body depending on the bend from the central plumb line. Slightly bent or not bent is known as abhanga, equally bent a samabhanga, mostly bent as atibhanga and bent in three parts as thribhanga. One of the most important movements in dance is a Karana, which is a combination of hand and foot movement. There are 108 Karanas in number. Dr. Padma Subramaniam a well known dancer and a researcher has great demonstrations on Karanas and how they are formed. Her research highlighted the fact that the 108 Karanas are actually movements and not just static poses. I know I threw many numbers at you during this article. My intention is not to make you a math major, but to help you understand that dancing is not just an art. It is also an integration of scientific and mathematical models. All the movements used by the dancers and the choreographers are an integral part of this prescribed book. Our traditional choreography of dances depends on the in-depth understanding of these rules, regulations and choices. Few dancers like Dr. Padma Subramaniam have brought Natya Sastra to life.


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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (Göran Hugo Olsson, 2011) describes recently discovered footage of a Swedish film crew who sought to document the evolving Black Power movement. In addition to refreshing long cuts with people like Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, and Stokely Carmichael sharing their perspectives, modern commentary is included by people like Cornel West and Harry Belafonte. Burma Soldier (Annie Sundberg, Nic Dunlop, and Ricki Stern, 2010) tells a fascinating story about a man who fought for the repressive Burmese government, and then became a human rights activist against the government, eventually fleeing and now taking refuge in the United States. It was an inspiring film and very exciting to have Myo Mint, the soldier, in attendance for a post-film discussion. Many of you may have enjoyed James Marsh’s Oscar-winning film Man on Wire about the French tightrope walker who walked between the two World Trade Center Towers. His 2010 film Project Nim was shown this year at Full Frame. As a parent, I almost couldn’t bear witnessing the cruelty of a baby chimpanzee who, at a few days of age, was ripped from his mother’s desperate embrace. The chimpanzee, Nim, continued to face sudden separations in a Columbia University scientist’s experiments in the 1970s to see if a chimpanzee, raised as a human, could master sign language. It is even more heartbreaking to see how, after a childhood in a rich and stimulating environment, Nim is returned after the experiments to a bleak laboratory environment of cages where the “inmates” wait their turn on horrible medical procedures. I enjoyed hearing the questions and answers of first-time filmmaker and lawyer Susan Saladoff, whose 2011 film Hot Coffee was a moving documentary about civil justice, tort reform, and binding arbitration. A number of disturbing stories, such as of a woman who was brutally raped and then not allowed to seek justice because of a binding arbitration clause in her employment contract, are used to illustrate very well laid-out legal concepts. For those of you who enjoy contemporary dance (the American Dance Festival, also in Durham, is put on each summer), A Good Man (Bob Hercules and Gordon Quinn, 2011) enjoyed its world premiere at Full Frame about choreographer Bill T. Jones. A highly political artist, this film describes how Jones creates a commissioned dance theatre “Fondly do we hope . . . Fervently do we pray” about Abraham Lincoln. Every year, a film in the first time slot on Thursday morning is offered for free especially for school groups. This year that film was Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (Sturla Gunnarsson, 2010). It tells the story of famous Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki. An acclaimed scientist, he has, it seems, always had a strong social conscience and interest in conveying science ideas in a language appropriate for the interested public. There are so many films to choose from each year at the Festival that I inevitably miss ones that I would have loved to have seen. Durham-based Rodrigo Dorfman’s One Night in Kernersville won The Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short. It is about jazz bassist John Brown, director of Jazz Studies at Duke University. It focuses on the John Brown Jazz Orchestra’s recording session in Kernersville, NC (between Winston-Salem and Greensboro) for a CD that will be released later this year. All told, about a hundred films representing 23 countries were shown from about 10am till past midnight Thursday-Sunday. Many included question and answer sessions or panel discussions with filmmakers and/or people in the films immediately after the screening. You may wish to bookmark not just for next year’s Festival, but to be aware of their year-long programming, including a number of free film screenings. Note: Full Frame logo and photograph courtesy of the Full Frame Film Festival. All images are used with permission.

By Dilip Barman The fourteenth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, held a few weeks ago in mid-April in Durham, NC, featured hundreds of films. As of press time, numbers were still being finalized, but it seems to have been even better attended than last year. I was delighted to meet several Saathee readers at the Festival! I may have at least one more in-depth review in a future issue of the magazine. This month, I will briefly highlight some of my favorite films. Those readers who attended are lucky, as some films get distribution years later, if at all, so this may be the only opportunity, at least for a long time, to see some of the films. However, some of the films I will describe here do in fact have distribution already in place, so you may see some in theatres or on television.

Last month, I wrote about two films of particular interest to South Asians. Michelle Coomber’s Buriganga is a 12-minute poetic and optimistic depiction of Bangladesh’s Buriganga River. Phil Cox’s feature-length The Bengali Detective provides a fabulous portrait of a man, Rajesh, who leads a detective agency in Kolkata – more than the agency, it shows the glowing humanity of Rajesh, a model employer, father, and husband. Some of my other favorites that I saw include The Loving Story, just released in 2011 by Festival founder Nancy Buirski. The premise of the story itself, that a married couple could be arrested in 1958 simply because they are of different races, is troubling and interesting enough. It turns out to be of particular historic importance, because the Lovings’ case went to the Supreme Court in 1967, where, with little deliberation, the Virginia law was unanimously overturned. This served to immediately overturn similar miscegenation laws in other states. For me, this was one of the most poignant films that I have seen in my many years of having attended the Festival; it seemed that many tears flowed after the screening when the daughter of the Lovings, whom we had seen in the film as a child, as well as the key lawyer who took their case, came with the filmmakers to the stage for a question and answer session. We Still Live Here (Âs Nutayuneân; Ann Makepeace, 2010) was a compelling and emotional story about an ancient language that was almost lost and is now remarkably being regained. The Wampanoag Indians first welcomed the Pilgrims when they arrived in the New World in 1620 but deliberately were cleared of their land and even had children taken away sometimes for decades without seeing their parents. The Indian language was almost extinguished, but, as the film documents, Jesse Littledoe Baird has worked to rediscover the Wampanoag language.


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By Samir Shukla A Summer Day It was the sort of morning where the sun wakes you with a gentle nudge. A softly colored Saturday morning it was where the warm sunrays filter through the window shades and birdsongs lift you out of slumber. The morning was an invite to a perfect summer day. A day sandwiched in the midst of a fullbloomed summer where the hot sun was subdued to comfortable warmth due to the rains from previous days and their cooling effect on the surroundings. A sprinkling of clouds also helped keep the sun from getting too hot and baking everything in sight. Kids were riding their bikes up and down the neighborhood, older couples strolled on the sidewalks with an extra pep in their feet, some folks were walking their dogs and the neighbor across the street had sprawled out several tables and filled them with stuff from his attic and garage for a yard sale. The repeating melody of an ice cream truck could be heard in the distance. The entire neighborhood was abuzz in activity. It was, in short, an uplifting, breezy beginning to what one wished would be an endless summer day. It was also a day where the buzz and the whirr and the gasoline-laden smells and noise of lawn mowers, weedeaters and chainsaws were everywhere. The noisy downside of a perfect summer Saturday is that the whole neighborhood dives into landscaping activities. If you want to enjoy a day like that in peace and quiet, you had to seek out the nearest park. And if you’re lucky, it won’t be a day when they are also cutting the grass and trimming the hedges. Amid the cacophony of summer sounds, our lawn also beckoned, as it needed a good trimming. The blades of grass were tall and unwieldy following a week of alternating rain and sun. The pesky weeds were also high and swaying, constantly trying to bully their way into all corners of the lawn. The hedges were overgrown and needed some attention. A few hours at the neighborhood swimming pool were on the agenda on this picture perfect day, but first the lawn and the rest of the yard needed attention. I pulled out the rusty yet trusty mower from the crawl space under the house, cleaned the blades, gassed it up and began cutting the grass. This was our first house, it was small and it had a rectangular, fenced plot in the backyard. It was also flat without slopes or mounds save for a few spots where the blade sometimes kicked up dirt instead of grass. I liked to cut the grass in square, circular and triangular patches, anything to make the laborious activity a little less dull. A curious squirrel jumped out of a tree to investigate the whirring mower. The pesky critter darted back and forth in front of the mower. It was imitating a child playing around where it shouldn’t. The only difference was that the squirrel didn’t giggle as a child would, it simply darted across, stopped, and darted the other way. It would stand on its hind legs, twitch its head and run off in playful abandon. I kept mowing and noticed there were an unusual amount of Yellow Jackets hovering about the yard that day. But they kept their distance and I kept pushing the old mower up and down

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nothing about it. This book gave me the opportunity to learn something about a new place, while simultaneously enjoying a personal story. Additionally, the premise reminded me of “The Woman Who Fell From The Sky” by Jennifer Steil, a book I really loved about a woman moving to Yemen to help run a newspaper. I knew I was in for a treat with “Radio Shangri-La,” and I was right. I absolutely loved Napoli’s observations about Bhutan. From the way of life, to the landscape, to the interesting people she meets, I drank up every detail Napoli had to offer about Bhutan. The country has a fascinating history, and it’s so interesting that life there has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Now, though, the encroachments of modern technology such as television and radio have begun to change the culture. While the young people living in Bhutan want to be in touch with the rest of the world, they are losing their connection with their culture. Napoli presents a very interesting quandary in the book. On one hand, people are attracted to Bhutan because life there is so simple, yet the people are so happy. In fact, the country makes it a point to measure the Gross National Happiness (instead of GDP or GNP, like most other countries). At the same time, though, the influx of foreign visitors is changing the country. As a result, the people who crave the peace and happiness of Bhutan are changing it simply through their presence. There are a lot of discussions about this subject in the book, the balance between the need for modernization and the protection of culture. While Napoli discusses her experiences trying to run the radio station in Bhutan, the focus isn’t on her job. Instead, it’s on her personal observations and experiences. While I did enjoy those aspects, I would have loved more information about the cultural difficulties she found in educating the Bhutanese about how to run their radio station. Napoli tends to skim over this, though it would have made the book richer had more of this information been included. I loved the discussion about modernization in Bhutan - Napoli loved how preserved the culture was and yet she was helping to change that with the radio station. It really will give the reader a lot to think about, and since this is an easy read, it makes it perfect for book clubs.

Reviews By Swapna Krishna The Last Brother Author: Nathacha Appanah (Graywolf Press) Raj is a boy living on the island of Mauritius with his two brothers, his mother, and his abusive father. After tragedy strikes, the family moves across the island, where Raj’s father finds work as a prison guard. Raj follows his father to the prison one day and makes eye contact with David, a young Jewish boy about his age. This meeting will have repercussions that will affect Raj for the rest of his life. Books can do so much for us. They can broaden our worldview, educate us, and let us know about little pieces of history that we otherwise would never know. “The Last Brother” beautifully accomplishes all of these things, in a remarkably slim package through elegant and graceful prose. Going into this book, I had no idea that Jewish refugees were held against their will in Mauritius during World War II. I found the information contained within fascinating, but I was really captivated by Appanah’s prose and the heartbreaking story. “The Last Brother” is actually a work in translation, so I have to give translator Geoffrey Strachan a lot of credit when it comes to the beauty of the prose. It’s clear and precise, spare yet unbelievably gorgeous. The lushness of the prose fits the majesty of the island, while at the same time its simple underlying nature perfectly captures the essence of Raj’s childhood. Raj is an endearing protagonist, and the reader will ache for him as the story progresses. He wants to find love and a sense of belonging; his mother’s unconditional love for him cannot make up for his father’s abuse and hatred. The book jumps between the young Raj, and the old man he becomes, and it is so interesting to see the elder Raj desperately try to understand what happened when he was a boy, give it some meaning so it isn’t just senseless loss. It’s amazingly done and keeps the reader very emotionally invested in the story. “The Last Brother” also manages to keep readers hooked from beginning to end. This might seem natural since the book is so short, but it can be a difficult thing to do, especially in a book with so much heartbreak as this. It may seem like this book is heavy and difficult to read, but it isn’t. Every time things seem to be getting to be too much, the author switches to something light-hearted, something a little easier on the soul to remind the reader (and Raj) of the small pleasures of life. This book is a beautiful treatise on the need for love and the scars inflicted by loss. It’s a moving story, one that fans of literary and multicultural fiction will enjoy.

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Shor In The City has seven neat compositions— the remix track doesn’t really count —which are bound to appeal to musical preferences of all music listeners. Whether it’s soft romantic songs, or rock compositions or fusion tracks that you enjoy, Shor In The City’s soundtrack has got it all, with “Saibo,” “Shor,” “Ujale Baaz,” “Babam Bam,” and “Teri Justajoo” being the songs with the most repeat value.

Shor In The City (Soundtrack) by Amanda Sodhi The Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru directorial duo (Flavors, 99) returns with their new soundtrack for the film Shor in the City. The film’s soundtrack and songs have been getting a lot of positive buzz. There are a bunch of composers brought in, and two old tracks are also incorporated. Nonetheless, all eight compositions are pretty enjoyable. “Saibo” (3.15) is a beautiful romantic ballad composed by the Sachin-Jigar duo and sung by the extremely talented Shreya Ghoshal and Tochi Raina. The composition was officially launched on the Indian soap opera Pavitra Rishta. The use of the acoustic guitar and violins is pleasant and some of the phrases are cute such as, “nainaa navaabi jee.” It’s the perfect song for all the lovebirds out there. There is also a Remix (3.21) of this song with techno elements and a faster beat. The original is far more enjoyable, though. Remixes usually tend to come across as being filler material. “Karma Is a Bitch” (3.18) brings back memories of Amit Trivedi’s “Aali Re” from No One Killed Jessica. Composed by Sachin-Jigar, “Karma is a Bitch” is an energetic and playful track where Suraj Jagan’s loud vocals get the song’s message across perfectly along with the help of backing vocals by Priya Panchalm and Swati Mukund. The electric guitar, tabla, techno sounds, car tires screeching sound are interesting and the lyrics revolving around the woes of karma are witty—“yahaan jo karegaa woh tu yehi pe bharegaa…karmaa noch noch ke khaayegaa.” Composed by Sachin-Jigar “Shor “(4.08) utilizes the awesome voice of Agnee’s lead singer Mohan. The composition is intense and has a cool and catchy feel to it. Even the lyrics are quite well thought out—“Tu raakh hai, tu aag hai, teri kabr tu hi re, tu aanch hai, tu saanch hai, tera hashr tu hi re, tu sab se juddaa tho khud se judaa hai kyun? Shor mei hai sukoon.” Harpreet Singh’s “Deem Deem Tana” (2.43) is a creative composition that blends together classical sangeet elements with rock music elements, making it a fun song to listen to. Shriram Iyer does a good job of singing the lyrics at such a fast pace. “Teri Justajoo” (Saaware) (4.36) brings back memories of Mithoon Sharma compositions, probably due to having a soft, sweet melody and roping in Roopkumar Rathod as the singer. Composer Harpreet Singh comes up with a lovely melody, and the use of the tabla adds a semi-classical feel. Lyrics are decent—“Saanware tere bin sooni sooni hai ankhiyaan tere bina lamha lamha hai sadiyaan.” Agnee’s “Ujale Baaz” (4.04) and Kailasa’s “Babam Bam” (5.18) are previously released compositions which are included in the CD. “Ujaale Baaz” is a superb composition with a captivating melody and interesting lyrics about dreams and preparing to break free out of a cage—“Pinjare mei they bandh uddne ki tayaari ho gayi re.” And, of course “Babam Bam” is a pretty catchy and mesmerizing composition that transports you into a cave-like setting, while presenting a dialogue between Parvati and Shiva.

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Mastering Meaning By Judith Bergman A friend invited me to go with her to see “Shrek” the “overthe-top,” lavish, very silly, loud and raucous Broadway musical that raised the roof at DPAC (The Durham Performing Arts Center) in April. I’d never been to this venue before. The audience consisted of “children of all ages” and the clever and elaborate sets, dancing, puppetry, costumes and musical numbers brought down the house. This month we will explore the multiple meanings and idiomatic usage of words related to “house” as a noun and a verb, as well as “window,” “roof, ” “ceiling” and “floor.” 1 As often with American English, the “meaning is in the melody” and the pronunciation of the noun “house” must be different from the verb “house!” The noun ends with an “s” sound and the verb “house” is pronounced with a “z” as “houzzz.” The verb “to house” means (a) to provide accommodations, (b) to serve as accommodations or (c) to contain or cover in order to protect. Match the letters of the meanings above to each sentence below: 1__ The space capsule housed life-support and advanced technical equipment. 2__ They can house one or two out-of-town singers for the choir festival. 3__The dormitory can house twenty students. Match the idioms with the correct meaning: 4__house of cards 5__eat us out of house and home 6 __People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. 7__brought the house down 8 __He works at Random House. 9 __ get your own house in order 10 __There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. 11__The House of Medici 12__He tackled the project like a house on fire. d. a publishing company e. very intensely f. an organization or a plan that is very weak and can easily be destroyed g. received wild applause and even a standing ovation h. A family of powerful merchants and bankers who ruled Florence, Italy in the 15nth century i. Settle your own affairs before you criticize someone else. j. consumed all the food on hand k. Don’t criticize other people for having the same faults that you have! l. The movie or speech was so sad that everyone in the room was crying. Here is an “imaginary” conversation between two colleagues who are discussing some challenges they are having with their teen-aged children. Substitute the correct idiomatic expressions using roof, window, ceiling or floor from the list below: “It’s so challenging to (m) share a home with teen-agers. My daughter said she was just (n) going out and looking but came home with new shoes that made her allowance (o) vanish. She said there was a great sale with prices (p) marked down so low so that it was her (q) best chance. She already has enough shoes for five girls so I (r) became furiously angry. “You think that teen-age girls are hard to raise! My son and

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The U.S. financial markets had a productive first quarter of 2011 despite all of the economic and geopolitical situations at hand - the Dow managed to reach above 12,400 level, the NASDAQ Composite approached the 2,800 mark and the S&P 500 index moved comfortably above 1,300. Energy prices continued to gush ahead and during the first half of April 2011, Crude Oil had surpassed $110 per barrel and Brent Crude had risen to nearly $125 per barrel before retreating a bit. During early April 2011, the U.S. Dollar weakened slightly against the Euro and British Pound, and it also remained well below the “parity level” against the Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar and Australian Dollar. On April 7, 2011, the European Central Bank (ECB) raised its key interest rate for the first time since CY2008 from 1 - 1.25 percent (25 basis points) in order to fight inflation - food and energy prices have been surging higher recently and therefore, the ECB made its move. The Federal Reserve has had its first two meetings of 2011 on January 25-26 and March 15 and interest rates were held unchanged at those events. The remaining six Fed meetings for CY2011 are as follows: April 26-27, June 21-22, August 9, September 20, November 1-2 and December 13. With the two rounds of QE [Qualitative Easing] by the Fed in which it purchased over $2 trillion of U.S. Government Securities, a lot of “cheap money” has been pumped into the system and has certainly played a part in weakening the U.S. Dollar’s value against major foreign currencies. In addition, the tremendous amount of QE has raised the specter of inflation presents itself in the U.S. as well. Yields on the “long bond” (30-year U.S. Treasury Bond) approached 4.65 percent in early April 2011, which represents a significant move up from the 2.5 - 2.6 percent yield that was seen on the long bond at the height of the financial crisis during late 2008-early 2009. This trend seems to be telegraphing that eventually, U.S. Interest rates will be heading higher.

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World Cup 2011 Wrap-Up Hello Cricket Fans. The World Cup 2011 was a magnificent event that was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19, 2011 through April 2, 2011. At the conclusion, India emerged victorious on their soil, winning the cup by defeating Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai!

Quarterfinals: 3/24/2011 - India 261/5, 47.4 overs. Australia 260/6, 50.0 overs. India won by 5 wickets.

Fourteen teams were a part of the Cup Tournament: Group A - Full Members (Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Semi-Finals: Lanka, Zimbabwe) and Associate Members (Canada, Kenya) Group B - Full Members (India, South Africa, England, West In- 3/30/2011 - India 260/9, 50.0 overs. Pakistan 231/all out, 49.5 overs. dies, Bangladesh) and Associate Members (Ireland, Netherlands) India won by 29 runs. Finals: 4/2/2011 - India 277/4, 48.2 overs. Sri Lanka 274/6, 50.0 overs. India won by 6 wickets.

As I have discussed in previous Forums - there are 10 Full Members of the International Cricket Council (Test playing nations) that all participate in the World Cup. In addition, there are currently 35 Associate Members (non-Test playing) nations throughout the globe who are not yet Full Members. They are, however, striving to develop their cricket programs and normally four Associate Members are also included in the World Cup competition —- there are separate tournaments in the World Cricket League to determine which of the Associate Members makes it to the World Cup. In the final match, there were actually two coin tosses due to some confusion after the first toss - and Sri Lanka elected to bat first. Initially, the Indian bowlers did a reasonable job of keeping the run rate relatively low and it appeared that Sri Lanka’s innings would conclude with a total less than 250. However, Sri Lanka escalated the pace in the final few overs to post a total of 274 for six wickets in their 50 overs, which normally can be met under normal circumstances, however, the situation was hardly normal —- India was trying to end a 28-year drought in the World Cup, having last won in 1983 during the Kapil Dev era. India had reached the final during the 2003 World Cup but fell to the Aussies, and India had exited relatively early in the 2007 tournament so the anticipation was running extremely high for this final match, especially since it was being played on home soil. The start for the Indian team was ominous - Virender Sehwag fell after only two balls and the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, fell after attaining only 18 runs - at that point, India was 31/2 after 6.1 overs and another 244 runs off 43.5 overs were needed for victory - that translated into a required run rate of 5.55 runs per over, which is quite a tall order. Gautam Gambhir and Kohil came to the crease and they steadily put runs on the board - and after Kohli was out for 35, Dhoni came to the crease and he was consistent and methodical as well - Gambhir posted 97 runs and when he was out, India was 223/4 after 41.2 overs - therefore, India would need 52 runs off 8.4 overs (52 balls) - quite literally speaking, one run per ball from there on out. Dhoni continued to post the runs in a steady manner and he was assisted quite nicely by Yuvraj Singh - and in the end, Dhoni smacked a six to seal the match and World Cup for a jubilant India - Dhoni ended with an undefeated 91 and Yuvraj Singh ended with an undefeated 21 —- so India won with a total of 277/4 (48.2 overs) - by six wickets and 10 balls remaining.

Two days after the conclusion of the 2011 World Cup, a stunning decision was announced that the Associate Members would not be included in the 2015 World Cup tournament that will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand —- a decision that was disappointing and shocking to everyone in the world of Cricket. The ICC’s prime argument was that having the Associate Members involved creates a lot of unnecessary and meaningless matches —- at a personal level, I was quite shocked by this because my own analogy on the matter is that the Full Members are at the “Collegiate Level” and the Associate Members are in the various stages of Primary and Secondary schooling with the aspirations of attaining the “Collegiate Level” someday. By competing in the World Cricket League to earn a position in the World Cup, the Associates are gaining valuable playing time and experience that enable them to get better and if you deprive them of being on the World stage, then in turn the World Cricket League will suffer. When that League suffers, its members (the Associates) feel the impacts as well. The Associates play a major part in cultivating cricket throughout the world and it is essential that they remain a part of the cricket world. The Associates also make things very challenging for the Full Members as well - in the 2011 World Cup, Ireland defeated England, defeated fellow Associate Netherlands and also gave India a challenge during the 3/6/2011 match. Additionally, Canada defeated fellow Associate Kenya. Having the Associates in the mix definitely livens up the Cup and a glimmer of hope is that the Associates will be returning to the 2019 World Cup tournament that will be hosted by England and Wales - however, that leaves a gap of eight long years, which is an eternity in cricket. All cricket lovers should hope that somehow, the ICC reverses this faulty decision prior to 2015!

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The action began on April 8, 2011 as listed below: Apr 8 - Chennai Super Kings vs. Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai Result: Chennai Super Kings win by 2 runs Chennai 153/4, 20.0 overs Kolkata 151/7, 20,0 overs Apr 9 - Deccan Chargers vs. Rajasthan Royals in Hyderabad Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets [with 7 balls remaining] Deccan 137/8, 20.0 overs Rajasthan 141/2, 18.5 overs Apr 9 - Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore in Kochi. Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 6 wickets [with 8 balls remaining] Kochi 161/5, 20.0 overs Royal 162/4, 18.4 overs Apr 10 - Delhi Daredevils vs. Mumbai Indians in Delhi Result: Mumbai won by 8 wickets [with 19 balls remaining] Delhi 95/all out, 17.4 overs Mumbai 99/2, 16.5 overs Apr 10 - Pune Warriors vs. Kings XI Punjab in Navi Mumbai. Result: Pune Warriors won by 7 wickets [with 41 balls remaining] Kings XI Punjab 112/8, 20.0 overs Pune Warriors 113/3, 13.1 overs Apr 11 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Deccan Chargers in Kolkata Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 9 runs Kolkata 163/4, 20.0 overs Deccan Chargers 154/8, 20.0 overs Apr 12 - Rajasthan Royals vs. Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets [with 9 balls remaining] Delhi 151/6, 20.0 overs Rajasthan 152/4, 18.3 overs Apr 12 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Mumbai Indians in Bangalore Result: Mumbai Indians won by 9 wickets [with 9 balls remaining] Royal Challengers 140/4, 20.0 overs Mumbai Indians 143/1, 18.3 overs Apr 13 - Kings XI Punjab vs. Chennai Super Kings in Mohali Result: Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets [with 5 balls remaining] Chennai 188/4, 20.0 overs Kings XI 193/4, 19.1 overs

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Apr 13 - Pune Warriors vs. Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Navi Mumbai Result: Pune Warriors won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) Kochi 148/8, 20.0 overs Pune 151/6, 18.5 overs

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A Vidalia onion is a sweet onion of certain varieties. The onions were first grown near Vidalia, Georgia, in the early 1930s. It is an unusually sweet variety of onion, due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which the onions are grown. Georgia’s state legislature passed the “Vidalia Onion Act of 1986” which authorized a trademark for “Vidalia Onions” and limits the production area to Georgia or any subset as defined by the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture. The Vidalia onion was named Georgia’s official state vegetable in 1990. Here are some interesting recipes using Vidalia onions.

Method: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until crisp-tender, about six minutes. Drain well. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Add the Vidalia onion, chilies and cumin seeds and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until onion is softened and browned, about eight minutes. Add the coriander and cayenne and cook, stirring, Oven-Baked Spicy Vidalia Onion Rings until fragrant, about two minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about five minIngredients: utes. Add the beans and the salt and cook, stirring, until heated 1/2 cup Self-Rising Cornmeal Mix through. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring fre1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper quently, until the beans are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Stir 1/4 teaspoon paprika in the cilantro and transfer the beans to a large deep platter. 3 large Vidalia Onions sliced into 1/4 inch rings Serve the green beans warm or at room temperature. The beans 1/4 cup milk can be refrigerated for up to two days; add the cilantro just be2 to 3 tablespoons butter, melted, or non-stick cooking spray fore serving. Salt and pepper to taste Sweet Potato Hash Browns with Vidalia Onions Method: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease baking sheet with & Georgia Pecans spray. Combine meal, pepper, and paprika in a large zip lock plastic bag. Dip Vidalia onion slices in milk and place in the Ingredients: plastic bag with mixture. Seal and shake until well-coated. Place 2 teaspoons light olive oil or canola oil in a single layer on the pan. Drizzle with melted butter or spray 1 cup chopped Vidalia onions with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves from oven and turn slices over with spatula. Return to the oven 1/2 cup chopped Georgia pecans and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until browned and crisp. 2 tablespoons butter Drain on paper towels. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot. 3 cups peeled and cubed (1/2-inch pieces) sweet potato 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar Grilled Vidalia Onion and Pepper Pasta 1/2 teaspoon salt Ingredients: 2 Vidalia Onions 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 1/2 cup each: dry white wine and vegetarian broth 3/4 cup whipping cream 1/2 lb. dry spinach fettuccine 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

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According to some estimates, ivory is selling for about $100 per kilogram at source in Africa and rhino horn for up to $6,000 per kilogram. By the time the contraband reaches Asia’s black markets, prices are perhaps 10 times higher. Such sums are a fortune to the criminal gangs who shoot the animals, often peppering them with machine gun fire. TRAFFIC analyzes data on seizures of ivory for the global Elephant Trade Information System and notes correlations between corruption and the illegal ivory trade, something Interpol has also noted. “The rewards are such that you inevitably run into corruption issues, it’s happening all the time,” said Peter Younger, wildlife crime program manager at Interpol. Leakey accused the Kenyan wildlife service of complicity in the trade. “We’re right back where we were in the 1980s. I suspect that a lot of the killing that is being done in Kenya is either carried out by wildlife department personnel or with their full connivance,” he alleged. “It is very, very similar to the 1980s.” Similar allegations have been leveled at authorities in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Kipng’etcih denied any collusion by wildlife officials. “If you look at the seizures it is clear they are not coming from government stocks, because those are marked with indelible ink in accordance with regulations.” Kipng’etcih added that the wildlife service has “counter-intelligence” measures to keep an eye on its own staff: “Any member of staff who was involved in poaching knows the consequences: They lose their job, they may go to jail.”

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Kal Aaj Aur Kal – A Tribute to the Kapoors Shidoree Productions and Hindi Vikas Mandal present Kal Aaj Aur Kal (KAAK) on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 8pm. This unique sound and light show weaves together music, drama, and film to relive and celebrate the work of five generations of Bollywood’s greatest show-business family, the Kapoors. For the first time in the Triangle, experience all the variety that is Bollywood in a single show, from the black and white movies of yesteryear to today’s colorful blockbusters. All those “Golden Oldies” will tug at your heartstrings, while today’s dhamaka songs will have you tapping your feet. Dinner served between 6:30-7:30 (at nominal charge). The event takes place at the Main Hall, HSNC located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For details contact: Saroj Sharma 919.656.5244, Sudha Om Dhingra 919.678.9056, Ravi Devarajan 919.749.2734, or Radhika Kulkarni 919.493.9483.

Parag Khanna to Speak at WACC Speaker Series Program Parag Khanna a leading geo-strategist and author will speak at the World Affairs Council of Charlotte’s Speaker Series on May 25, 2011. Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, he is author of the international best-sellers How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008). Khanna is widely published and quoted in media around the world. His 2008 cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” is highly influential. Khanna holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2009, he was honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Khanna speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic. He is slated to speak at World Affairs Charlotte Council’s Speaker Series Program on Wed, May 25, 2011 at Westin Charlotte (601 S. College St.). General Networking & Registration: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch & Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Book signing will begin immediately after presentation. The cost is $40 (WACC members); $55 (nonmembers). Info:

Śrī Someśvara Temple Consecration Ceremonies The Śrī Someśvara Temple will be performing its consecration ceremonies (Kumbhābhiśekam) from May 12 – 16, 2011. Śrī Someśvara, a Shiva temple upholding the purity of the Vedas, sits atop the eastern facing slopes of the oldest mountain range in the world. Built from 50 tons of granite hand-carved in South India, Śrī Someśvara Temple is an exemplary application of Vedic craftsmanship. The commission for the design, carving and assembly was given to Master Temple Architect, S. Santhana Krishnan Sthapati from the lineage of the great Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati. Seven shilpis from Tamil Nadu, led by Sthapati Shiva Kumar, have worked diligently on this project, producing a Vedic treasure. The founders of this temple are committed to creating the most pure and authentic Vedic temple possible. The temple is structured to function according to mathematically precise formulas. Each meticulous carving in the granite represents an aspect of the Veda in its personified form of God. Consequently, the entire structure creates communion with God. During this five-day consecration, yagnas and pujas will occur from dawn until dusk. Ten classically trained pundits will be present to perform these ceremonies, guided by their own expertise and as dictated by the Shastras to uphold the purity of the Veda. Big tents across the lawns will provide gathering places for friends, families, and children to play. Indian food prepared with Ayurvedic expertise will be served. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the company of highly respected pundits and sthapatis from India and a number of renowned Vedic scholars and dignitaries. Celebrated Vedic dancer, Ramya S. Kapedia, is scheduled to perform a special musical piece dedicated to Lord Shiva on May 16, 2011. The uniqueness of its pristine mountain setting, within an authentic Vedic community, magnifies the resplendent influence of the temple’s activities. For further details call 828.476.4073 or visit www.ŚrīSomeś

Bengali Play Carolina Theatre Workshop will present the Bengali play "In Between Raindrops" written by Shuvendu Sen. The play is directed by Shib Sankar Basu with music concept by Chandan Dash. This play is about a demented patient's struggle with his surroundings, his disease, and his relationships. An intense, psychological play it deals and ends with a hope that is transcedental and universal for all patients... and their brave journey through suffering and challenges. A group of creative performers will present the play on Friday, May 13, 2011 beginning at 7:30pm at the Halle Cultural Art Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex, NC. For further details contact Paramita Sen at 919.469.2384. Priya Sisters to Perform Shanmukha Priya and Hari Priya, the renowned musical duo, popularly known as the “Priya Sisters” have created impressive waves in the sphere of Carnatic music. The Priya sisters gave their first performance in 1990 in the “Spirit of Freedom Concerts” at New Delhi and have since toured the world performing. They have twice been the recipients of the “Best Female Vocalists” awards of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai. They have also received the M.L.V. memorial award. The duo has several recordings available. The Priya Sisters will perform on Friday, May 6, 2011 (7:30pm) at the Tate Hall, CPCC, Charlotte, NC. For further details visit


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our restaurant, which opened in 1990 as the first Indian restaurant in North Carolina.” Vanessa Smith drove from nearly 2 hours away in Winston-Salem just for India Fest. “This is my third time at the festival; we try to come every year,” Smith said. “We enjoy the henna, the dances and music and of course the food!” According to Nuv Yug, this year India Fest brought at least 1,200 people to the Dorton Arena. “The size and volume of our festival is getting bigger and bigger every year, there’s a high demand for it, and there’s really nothing like this festival in the area,” Srivastava said. Since there is such a high demand, Nuv Yug has planned a [larger] fest in September, inviting dance groups from all over the East coast to participate in a dance competition. “There has been a growth in [the Indian] community size, and we want to be able to cater to that demand.” Nuv Yug also stands out from other festivals because of their technological efforts. “We have a live schedule of the program on screens located in the arena,” Srivastava said. “It’s all a computer based web system which is mainly automated. Three years ago, this took off, and it was because of efforts of the Nuv Yug team which consists of about 10-15 people.”

Community Reports India Fest 2011 By Manisha Dass Celebrated every year in March, India Fest showcases local talent and brings vendors under one roof. If you enjoy Indian music, dancing, art, jewelry, clothes and food, look no further than Nuv Yug’s annual India Fest. Nuv Yug, a nonprofit cultural organization based out of the Triangle area started this tradition eight years ago, and is seeing a growth and demand for the event. “Every year it’s growing, and there’s a lot more variety in the dances and performances we are seeing,” Ujjwal Srivastava, president and founder of Nuv Yug, said. Rachel Banyal, of Raleigh completely agreed. “It’s very fun for my daughter who is now 15 months to see the children perform,” she said. “Her father is Indian and I like to expose her to the music and dances of India; this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

North Carolina Professor Makes Case for Supporting Local Food Economy By Dr. Manzoor Cheema Dr. Nancy Creamer, Distinguished Professor of Sustainable and Community-based Food Systems at North Carolina State University, made a presentation at the Raleigh based Almadina Supermarket on Friday, March 18, 2011. Professor Creamer also serves as the director of the Center of Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), which is a partnership of North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T University and the NC Department of Agriculture. CEFS collaborates with farmers and citizens to build sustainable food economy in North Carolina. Prof. Creamer’s talk was titled “Building a Local Food Economy in North Carolina” in which she highlighted the need for supporting local food economy. She elaborated on the “10 percent Campaign,” which encourages consumers to commit 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers. For more details about this initiative, please visit This event was sponsored and hosted by the Mediterranean grocery store and bakery, Almadina Supermarket located at 1019 Method Road, Raleigh. Delicious Mediterranean food and traditional Middle Eastern desserts were served during the lecture.

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According to the Nuv Yug team, the Dorton Arena at the State Fairgrounds is the ideal location. “There’s a strong attraction for this location; if the weather is good we bring in a large audience from people who have come to the flea market, which is located right behind the arena. We have perfected the sounds system and so many vendors have contacted me to come from out of state,” Srivastava said. Jayant Bhindi, owner of Bhindi Jewellers, based in Atlanta, GA came especially for India Fest. “Every year the program is getting bigger and better,” Bhindi said. “The performances are very nicely coordinated and it brings the culture out.” Ram Tirath, owner of Royal India, a local vendor, has been participating in India Fest for the past 2 years. “We offer typical, pure Indian food and people come based on the recognition of


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Community News & Events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and other events. For further details: Medha Tannu,, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore,, 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik,, 704.904.3636 Carolinas Christian Assembly Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. Info: Hema at 704.841.7060 Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), Charlotte Table Tennis Club Charlotte Table Tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm Sunday 1-5 pm. Info: Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a nonprofit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across Telangana region. Info & Pictures:


Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit For further details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Fri May 6 @ 7:30 p.m. - A Vocal Concert by The Priya Sisters - Tate Hall, CPCC For further details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), 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: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 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: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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Community News & Events Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. We have 5 good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and 3 other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit or contact SJ (, Hemant Amin ( or Chetan Thakker (

Upcoming Events: Tue Jun 14 - “Pravachan” by Param Pujya Shri Rameshbhai V. Oza (“Pujya BhaishrI”) @ Vihar Hall, 7:00 p.m. For further details: Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Sat May 21 @ 6:00 PM - Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, vocal recital, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC. For further details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and his96

torical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for ongoing Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign, which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique that helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. Info: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). May 2011

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Community News & Events Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: Sahaj Marg Meditation Charlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For further details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7 - 8 pm. for recital of 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 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), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina 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. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For further details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505 Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for everone ages 15 and up. For further details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

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grams 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 @ 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, 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: Hirabhai Zaver 336-375-5350 Paresh Patel 336-609-3014 India Association of the Triad 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. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. 2011 committee members: Anu Sharma, President; Punita Ahuja, Vice President; Ruby Singh, Secretary; Krishna Balu, Treasurer; Indu Kaur, Youth RepresentaMay 2011

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Community News & Events tive; Kumar Vansh Bhardwaj, the Webmaster For further details: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For further details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Over 500 videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. Upcoming Programs: May 27 through May 30 —- Lecture by Swami Pratyabodhanandji/ Yoga Practice and Diet Jun 12 —- Gayatri Yagna [Ekadashi Gayatri Jayanti] Jul 9 through Jul 17 —- Ram Katha Jul 16 —- Guru Purnima Jul 17 —- Patotsav/Annakut Jul 17 through Jul 24 —- Youth Campkids above age 8 can participate with their parents, fee is $350, participant and volunteer will receive certificate upon

completion of youth camp Info: 336.421.0690 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. First Sunday of the Month 4 - 6 pm, all other Sundays 10 am - 12:15 pm. For further details: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday @ 1 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888 Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. Info: Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to•Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; •Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; •Provide direct and supportive services to the community; •Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to 100

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Community News & Events proving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its accompanying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. Info: Phone: 919-275-0443 (Priti Manmode) E-Mail: / 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: Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway,

risville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For further details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am - 4 pm. The next meeting will be on Sat May 14 at which there will be a “‘Mother’s Day Celebration.” Sat Jun 4 - Day trip to the Outer Banks of NC (6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.) - non-refundable deposit is $50.00 and remittance deadline is May 14. If there are less than 45-50 participant, the trip may be cancelled. Sat Jun 11 - Picnic at North Cary Park at 10:00 a.m. All members are encouraged to update and/or provide their contact details with any Board member. For further details: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, Bhartiben Patel/Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891, Carolina Rajasthani Association Various events and functions are organized throughout the year. Info: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi 919-412-4819,


Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For further details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 Dada Bhagwan Satsang Don’t miss on the lifetime event of “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit 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 May 2011

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zation. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 – 8 pm and each Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm. Info: 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. Info: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. Info: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, 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 details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. Info: Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For further details: Varshana at hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian May 2011


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Community News & Events 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:

team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO])

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 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 DattaBavani 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 Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Sat Jun 11 – Picnic Sat Oct 8 – Sharad Purnima Sat Nov 5 – Diwali For further details: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize

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: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection, other sources of funding include fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, and Booth in Cary Diwali) and sponsors. In the last three years TCH has funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and two schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email 110 Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

Regional Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] Info: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 email: Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within May 2011

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South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 pm. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 2333995. 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 Info: 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. Info: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, S.C. 29303. Info: 864.599.7048 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 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. Info: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for all people of Indian origin. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month 112

from 6 – 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For further details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. For further details: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a non-profit organization was created on July 18, 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. Info: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place 3 times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am.) Info: 336.299.9683 Send updates for your organization by the 15th of the month to: May 2011

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In a country where religious tensions have led to deadly riots time and again, establishing an identity that is separate from the mainstream Muslim community may be an effort to ensure the community’s security in the future. “They have a tendency to strike a different identity in order to make it clear to non-Muslims, particularly Hindus, that they are somehow different from the other Muslims and therefore they should not be targeted,” said Yoginder Sikand, a sociologist and writer. After communal riots in Gujarat in 2002, the state’s chief minister, Narendra Modi, was widely accused of abetting the violence. However, the Bohra’s current high priest, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, made amends with Modi after the riots. While other Muslim communities have condemned their leaders for reaching out to Modi, many Bohras welcomed the Syedna’s move as an effort to ensure their future safety and prosperity. Others say the Bohras have developed an apolitical reputation for the sake of business. The Bohras, like many Gujarati communities, have traditionally been traders and grown accustomed to brushing aside political differences in the name of commerce. Bohras speak with pride of their tight-knit community. Everyone eats together sitting on the floor around one large circular plate called a thal. A newcomer can join the group without even asking, Attari, the young Bohra woman, explains. “[The Syedna] keeps everyone united because everyone believes he is the spiritual father and listens to him,” said Attari’s mother, Yasmin Hussein, sitting on the floor of her living room. A photograph of the Syedna with his long white beard rested on her bookshelf. Bohras freely interact with non-Bohras in public, but the community has strict rules to keep outsiders separate from their private, religious world. For example, anyone who does not possess a community-issued Bohra identity card is not allowed to enter their mosques. “If in your family, would you want someone to come and live with you?” Hussein said. She paused and added: “No.” There are many orthodox elements of the Bohras’ brand of Islam, as well. Bohras pray multiple times a day; prayers for specific occasions include the beating of one’s chest called matam; the men must wear beards and caps at all times; and their rituals include the slaughtering of goats. Some say that the Bohras’ orthodoxy says more about the group’s true identity than the progressive air it tries to cultivate. A movement of Bohras accuses the Syedna and his clergy of acting like totalitarian kings. Reformists argue that the priests control the community so tightly that members need their permission for a range of activities like opening businesses and starting charitable trusts. “You can’t literally breathe without their permission. There is total control over not just religious matters but also secular matters,” said scholar and leading reformist, Asghar Ali Engineer. He sat in his office filled with books in English, Arabic and Urdu, including more than 50 written by him. “Even to marry, I need [the Syedna’s] permission. To be buried,” he said with a laugh, “I need his permission.” In addition to coercion, the reformists accuse the Syedna and priests of corruption and non-transparent taxation.

If a member of the Bohras publically questions the Syedna, does not follow the strict rules or shows sympathy for the reformists, the high priest excommunicates him or her. Once someone is excommunicated, his marriage is dissolved and he can no longer enter Bohra mosques or associate with the community. When Engineer was excommunicated in the 1970s, his mother had to move out of his house to maintain ties with the group. “My wife stood with me, my children stood with me. They were all excommunicated,” he said. The reformists follow the same beliefs and practices as the other Bohras. They believe in the position of a dai, but they argue that the current dai abuses his powers. The reformist women rarely wear the rida, and the men wear a slightly different cap that is completely white. “You can’t wear a fully white [cap],” said a Bohra woman who asked not be identified, “because then you’re classified as the reformist.” Mainstream Bohras argue that if people have a problem with the Syedna and his rules, they can leave the community. “If anyone wants to come, they are welcome. If anyone wants to leave, they can leave,” said Raghib who compared the Bohras to a club that must be allowed to set its own rules. For now, most Bohras have decided to stay within the fold.


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Roasted Vidalia Onion Soup Ingredients: 3 large Vidalia onions, peeled and cut in wedges 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 cans (13-3/4 ounces each) vegetarian broth 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 1 bay leaf 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper 2 tablespoons chopped chives Method: Preheat oven to 425F. Place a 13 × 9 × 2-inch baking pan in oven for five minutes. Add Vidalia onions; sprinkle with oil, stirring to coat. Bake uncovered, until onions are very tender and golden, stirring twice, about 50 minutes. Stir in garlic; bake until garlic softens slightly, about two minutes. Add broth, thyme, bay leaf and red pepper; stir to combine. Cover tightly with foil; bake 20 minutes to blend flavors. Remove foil and bay leaf; cool slightly. Place half in the bowl of a food processor or in a container of an electric blender; process until onions are coarsely pureed; repeat with remaining mixture. Serve hot, garnished with chives. Recipes courtesy of


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May 2011 May 1 - Maharastra/Gujarat Day May 2 - Darsh/Somavati Amas (No Moon) May 2 - Guru Arjun Sahib’s Birthday May 5 - Parshuram Jayanti May 6 - Akshay Trutiya/ Akha Trij May 8 - Mother’s Day May 8 - Adya Shankaracharya Jayanti May 9 - Tagore Jayanti May 14 - Mohini Ekadasi May 16 - Narasimha Jayanti May 17 - Buddha Purnima (Full Moon) May 26 - Jarathosta-no-Diso (Parsi) May 28 - Apara Ekadasi May 30 - Memorial Day June 2011 June 1 - Darsh Amas (No Moon) June 4 - Maharana Pratap Jayanti June 5 - Guru Arjundev Shahid Day Jun. 12 - Nirjala/Bhim Ekadasi Jun. 15 - Vat-Savitri Purnima (Full Moon) - Kabir Jayanti Jun. 16 - Hazrat Ali Birthday Jun. 19 - Father’s Day Jun. 21 - First day of summer Jun. 27 - Yogini Ekadasi Jun. 30 - Darsh Amas (No Moon) - Shabb-e-Miraj. July - Aug 2011 Jul. 3 - Ratha Yatra Jul. 4 - Independence Day (US) Jul. 11 - Deva Shayani Ekadasi Jul. 15 - Guru Purnima (Full Moon) Jul. 26 - Kamika Ekadasi Jul. 30 - Divaso/Hariyali Amas (No Moon) Aug. 1 - Ramadan begins Aug. 13 - Raksha Babdhan - Naliery Purnima (Full Moon) Aug. 14 - Independence Day (Pakistan) Aug. 15 - Independence Day (India) Aug. 19 - Pateti (Parsi New Year: 1381 begins) Aug. 21 - Shitala Saptami Aug. 22 - Janmasthami Aug. 25 - Aja Ekadasi Aug. 31 - Eid-Ul-Fitr Ramadan ends. Ramzan Eid

May 13 - Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs. Kings XI Punjab in Indore. May 14 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore and Mumbai Indians vs. Deccan Chargers in Mumbai. May 15 - Kings XI Punjab vs. Delhi Daredevils in Dharamsala and Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs. Rajasthan Royals in Indore. May 16 - Pune Warriors vs. Deccan Chargers in Navi Mumbai. May 17 - Kings XI Punjab vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dharamsala. May 18 - Chennai Super Kings vs. Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Chennai. May 19 - Pune Warriors vs. Kolkata Knight Riders in Navi Mumbai. May 20 - Mumbai Indians vs. Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai. May 21 - Kings XI Punjab vs. Deccan Chargers in Dharamsala and Delhi Daredevils vs. Pune Warriors in Delhi. May 22 - Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Mumbai Indians in Kolkata. May 24 - Qualifier 1: First Placed Team vs. Second Placed Team in Mumbai. May 25 - Eliminator: Third Placed Team vs. Fourth Placed Team in Mumbai. May 27 - Qualifier 2: Winner of Eliminator vs. Loser of Qualifier 1 in Chennai. May 28 - Final: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs. Winner of Qualifier 2 in Chennai.

Current and Future International Action Pakistan visits West Indies: April 23, 2011 — 1st ODI @ St. Lucia April 25, 2011 — 2nd ODI @ St. Lucia April 28, 2011 — 3rd ODI @ Barbados May 1, 2011 — 4th ODI @ Barbados May 5, 2011 — 5th ODI @ Guyana May 12-16, 2011 — 1st Test @ Guyana May 20-24, 2011 — 2nd Test @ St. Kitts India visits West Indies: June 4, 2011 — 20 over match @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 6, 2011 — 1st ODI @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 8, 2011 — 2nd ODI @ Queens Park Oval, Trinidad June 11, 2011 — 3rd ODI @ Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua June 13, 2011 — 4th ODI @ Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua June 16, 2011 — 5th ODI @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 20-24, 2011 — 1st Test @ Sabina Park, Jamaica June 28-July 2, 2011 — 2nd Test @ Kensington Oval, Barbados July 6-10, 2011 — 3rd Test @ Windsor Park, Dominica Sri Lanka visits England: May 26-30, 2011 — 1st Test @ Cardiff June 3-7, 2011 — 2nd Test @ Lord’s in London June 16-20, 2011 — 3rd Test @ Southampton June 25, 2011 — 20 over match @ Bristol June 28, 2011 — 1st ODI @ The Oval in London July 1, 2011 — 2nd ODI @ Headingley July 3, 2011 — 3rd ODI @ Emirates Durham ICG July 6, 2011 — 4th ODI @ Nottingham July 9, 2011 — 5th ODI @ Manchester

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on some sort of research and development type work. Minor improvement in health can make you feel better. Wait till the end of the month and keep an eye on your activities. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) After enjoying the first week, you should start working on your new project. Life should continue moving fast. Avoid legal complications and watch your health. Your friends may bring a partnership offer this month. It is advisable to grab it, but only after detailed analyses. You will enjoy a happy marriage life this month. Increase in family size is also possible this month.

General Predictions for May 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) This is going to be the best month of the year for you. It is time to earn and spend. You can enjoy love and success. After enjoying your dream, you may still have some extra money in saving. First half of the month should be much better than the second half. Move fast in your life but drive cautiously. The only possible negative issue could be your health. Time is perfect for starting new ventures and taking risks.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) You may enjoy full control over the situation this month. Your friends and associates will provide their full support. Rise in income and happy family life is clearly indicated. The flow of income may be slow, but steady. Your mother’s health may create some worries for you during first half of the month. You should be very careful driving during second half of the month. Make quick decisions and move fast.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Now is the time to face the competition. Your associates may also turn to your competitor. Life should be fun and some expenses on luxury items may make you happy. Avoid making major decisions related to new ventures. Also don’t borrow money this month. Dispute with your spouse is also possible. You may consider joining politics or contesting for group leadership. It is very important to avoid legal dispute.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Major changes in life are possible during last week of the month. They may not be to your expectation, but very appropriate for you. You may have to work below status this month. Don’t complain about that. Focus on saving some money; you may need it in the near future. Your kids may prove to be a very good help for you this month, so appreciate their support. You should be enjoying good health this month.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) After a slow start, time should fly during second week of the month. Luck may start favoring you and positive returns should start flowing. You should try to focus on your career and hobby at the same time. You may need to temporarily compromise with your status in society. Your confidence should go up with the progress. You may team up with your spouse.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You are passing through a difficult phase of time. You may face tough competition at your place of work or in business. Your luck may not favor you at a critical time. You may get some support from your friends and see relief during second half of the month. Take care of your health. Try to control your aggression and act wisely to avoid losses. Any risk-taking tendency must be avoided. Take it easy this month.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Your friends may create problems in your life during first half of the month. It is going to be a very active period. Long distance travel is also possible this month. You must seriously watch your health. Numerous new opportunities may come your way. It is very important that you make quick decisions. Don’t involve your spouse or partner in your decisions. Overall family progress may make you happy.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Even with stress and failure, you will travel and enjoy this time with your friends and family. You may also make new friends and enjoy their company. Social gatherings and contacts with your in-laws may expand this month. Don’t get involved in any partnership deals. It is advisable to wait till next month to make any major decisions. Listen to your spouse and avoid being stubborn.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Enjoy a more steady and stabilized life this month. You may enjoy a long trip with friends. A misunderstanding with family members, however, may keep bothering you. Your attitude towards making easy money may create minor problems for you. An ear and throatrelated ailment might slow you down. A rise in income and meeting with religious people may make you feel very happy and comfortable.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) It is time to enjoy the reward of your achievements. Life may get more active and busy. Time is very appropriate for making career-related decisions. Your friends and associates may work with you as a team. Avoid starting new study now, because you may not finish it. Don’t involve your spouse in making any major decisions, as it may end up in disaster. Spend time to read or take further training in your subject.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may have to wait till last week of the month to enjoy favors from the destiny. Your own mistakes and ideology may backfire and cause you to commit mistakes. Try to curb expenses and avoid traveling. Don’t trust your partner blindly this month. You should focus

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Index of Advertisers NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Nuv Yug (India Fest) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Olive Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Paracha Entertainment (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Patel, Shital (Sam) (Clearline Mortgage) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . .50 RBC Bank (Shikha Panjwani) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Rohini's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Saathee Subscription Coupon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Sam's Mart Inc. (Paul Joseph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Select Auto Sales (Vehicle Locator Service) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Shamim Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Shirdi Saibaba Mandir (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Sonal Furniture & Custom Draperies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 TAHTS (Health Fair) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Tamarind (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Tandoor India Restaurant - Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Telugu Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 80 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Vedic Ctr Of Greenville, SC (Shrimad Bhagavat Katha - Bhaishri)7 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 World Wide Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 A2Z Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . .109 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Aloha Mind Math . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .71 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Art Of Living Course Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Aura Jewelers (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Become Ultra Beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Bombay Bejing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Cambria Suites (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .86 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Chakras Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Charlotte C-Store Wholesale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Chef Of India (formerly Suchi Indian Cuisine) . . . . . . . . . . .105 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 City Furniture (Contemporary Concepts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .55 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 EZ Grow Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Festival of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Flower Accent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Henna By Niki & Vaida's Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Hindi & Music Classes (Poonam Sirohi - ETCI) . . . . . . . . . .105 Hingoo & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Legacy Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .75 Maya Beauty Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Mongolian Grill (Iron Grill & Pizza) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Montessori Children's House of Durham (Summer Camp) .13 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72


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