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The global rent-a-womb industry is starting to crumble. See pg. 08 for the story. The top 50 US corporations are stashing over a trillion dollars in offshore tax havens. Go to pg. 14 for details. These Indian women said they could protect their local forests better than the men in their village. The men agreed. Story on pg. 18. Tying the knot in North Carolina? Read our column Legal Matters for simple steps to make it official. It's on pg. 30. Our personal finances column addresses means of successful educational planning on pg. 50. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

Rent-a-Womb Industry . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Art Of Living Retreat . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg 10 Corporations and Offshore Cash . . . .pg. 14 Women Saving India’s Forests . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Legal Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Noise Bliss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Deadly Environmental Pollution . . . .pg. 98 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 University Students Protest . . . . . . .pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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The Global Rent-a-Womb Industry is Starting to


economic gains — even in India, where the surrogacy trade is estimated at $400 million per year. “They view their women’s wombs as being exploited,” says Donna Dickenson, a University of London medical ethics professor and an expert in the global surrogacy trade. “There is a history of colonialism, of extracting raw materials from colonies, and that is something these countries have to contend with.” “For them to see their babies as another one of those raw materials? I think there there’s something to that,” Dickenson says. “Even though that’s clearly not how Western couples see it.” More key lawmakers in these countries are troubled by the specter of wealthy foreigners tapping their women as proxy child bearers. And they are staking their claims on moral and nationalistic grounds. One Thai lawmaker intends to “stop Thai women’s wombs from becoming the world’s womb.” In India, legislators are passing laws restricting surrogacy to straight citizens who are “duly married.” In Mexico’s Tabasco State, once a hotbed of surrogacy, the trade is now barred to foreigners. One leading lawmaker calls it “a new form of exploitation of women.”

By Patrick Winn, In the era of globalized trade, there are few things Westerners can’t outsource. The clothes on our backs are made in Bangladesh. The gadgets we adore? China. Our morning dose of coffee comes from Brazil, Vietnam and beyond. Even Western babies can be nurtured in the bellies of foreign women — each one paid to endure pregnancy and the pangs of childbirth. Those arrangements, facilitated by the global surrogacy industry, have boomed in the past decade. But there are signs that this trade in surrogate services is up against a formidable backlash. Westerners seeking offshore surrogate wombs have largely flocked to countries such as India, Nepal, Thailand and Mexico. After paying agencies roughly $50,000, couples find a woman willing to carry their embryo, which is implanted by willing doctors. Once agencies extract their fees, the payout to the surrogate is as little as $4,000. That model is now failing. All of the above countries are issuing or finalizing laws that will make hiring surrogates difficult if not impossible for foreigners. The countries’ common rationale: Ethical concerns trump

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As publisher of Saathee magazine since its inception in 1998, I have had the pleasure and privilege of conferring with a wide range of people and organizations as well as attending many events and concerts. I now want to share some of those experiences with you. In the coming months, I will have you along as my travel companion, my concert buddy, my yoga partner, etc. In this issue, I want to share one of North Carolina’s treasures with you. The Art of Living Retreat Center near Boone, NC. Recently, I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at the retreat, known as “Heavenly Mountain.” nestled within 7000 acres of the scenic Appalachian Mountains. I found the retreat to be an excellent place to relax and learn how to de-stress. Being new to the practice of meditation, I found the beginner class both informative and inspiring. The spa experience was top notch and the hot oil massage relaxing. The freshly cooked vegetarian food was both healthy and delicious. The mountain top views can be awe inspiring but visitors are warned to check the weather forecast prior to visiting (winters can be especially difficult for travel). On this visit, the fog was heavy and therefore the view of the mountains was non-existent but the clouds and fog created an almost surreal, heavenly atmosphere. The sprawling 381 acres retreat has had its ups and downs.

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The report scrutinized publicly available tax and revenue data for the 50 largest US companies. Together, Oxfam found, those companies are holding $1.4 trillion in offshore tax havens, funneled through about 1,600 disclosed subsidiaries. The companies with the most money held overseas are: Apple ($181 billion), General Electric ($119 billion), and Microsoft ($108 billion). Pfizer, IBM, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco Systems, Exxon Mobil, Alphabet (Google) and Procter & Gamble round out the rest of the top 10. The $1.4 trillion is just the beginning of the story, though. Oxfam estimates that corporate tax avoidance costs the US about $100 billion in tax revenue every year. Each American taxpayer would have to pay an additional $760 per year to cover that cost. These companies aren’t just shielding tax revenue from the government — they’re taking money from the government (and taxpayers) in the form of federal loans, loan guarantees and bailouts. Between 2008 and 2014, for every $27 of these funds received, the companies paid $1 in federal taxes. None of this is illegal under current tax laws. But it could be, if US lawmakers decide that current regulations disproportionately benefit wealthy Americans and corporations at the expense of everyone else. Oxfam’s report comes a day after the US Government Accountability Office released its findings that between 2006 and 2012, at least two-thirds of active US corporations paid zero federal income tax. Among “large corporations” (defined as companies with at least $10 million in assets), only 19.5 percent paid federal income taxes in 2012. “There is something profoundly wrong in America when one out of five profitable corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes,” US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said of the GAO report. “Large corporations cannot continue to get more tax breaks when children in America go hungry. We need real tax reform to ensure that the most profitable corporations in America pay their fair share in taxes.”

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“Coal mining, iron ore mining, bauxite mining, huge hydro dams,” she said. Today, as many as a quarter of India’s districts may be embroiled in conflicts with local communities over land rights. these Indian women said they could protect their local Sarin said the Forest Rights Act gives those same communities a forests better than the men in their village. the men agreed. much bigger stake in fighting to keep their forests standing. And she said it is women who are taking the lead. In forest-based Story and Photos by Sam Eaton, societies like Ghunduribadi, a woman’s status is closely linked to her role in the common property of the forest. Even the monsoon rains don’t keep the women of “Once that’s gone, the man will still go and get some wage Ghunduribadi, a tiny tribal village in India’s eastern state of work or whatever,” Sarin said. “The woman, she is nothing.” Odisha, from patrolling the nearby forest at dawn. Clad in colorful saris and armed with sticks and machetes, Women as enforcers they file in the rain through rice fields and onto a muddy path The day I joined the daily patrol in Ghunduribadi, the women that leads into 500 acres of wooded hills in the Nayagarh district. at the front of the pack caught poachers from another village, three They’re looking for intruders that come to cut down their trees men loading freshly cut timber into a three-wheeled auto rickshaw. without permission. As the women from the patrol scolded the men, my translator Sonali Pattnaik explained what was happening. “He has some celebrations going on at his place and he needs some wood,” she said of one of the men. “And that’s why he came down to collect,” Pattnaik said. “(The women) are angry because that person never took any permission from them.” The men are paraded back to the village to face a committee that will decide their fate. The women later tell me that if I hadn’t been there with my camera and microphone they would have beaten the men with their sticks. Instead, they got off with a stern warning. The women of Ghunduribadi, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, have taken over the task of guarding the forest they’ve used for generations from intruders and illegal loggers. Due to a landmark 2006 law, they can finally reclaim title to these ancestral lands that were expropriated by the British in the 19th century.

Not long ago these women would have been considered trespassers here. Nearby, there are heavy stone markers laid down by the British in the 1800s when the government declared this forest its own. But now, under India’s landmark 2006 Forest Rights Act, tribal villages like Ghunduribadi can claim title to their ancestral lands, some 150,000 square miles of forest all across India. That’s an area almost the size of California, making it one of the largest land reforms in India’s history. That is, if the law is actually carried out.

Outside Ghunduribadi, the women’s patrol nabbed three illegal loggers from a nearby village, and brought them to their local council for disciplinary action. The women said that if not for the presence of the reporter’s camera and recorder, they would’ve beaten the men with their walking sticks.

“There’s no commitment to even making people aware of the law,” said Madhu Sarin, who led the grassroots effort to pass it. She said today, nearly a decade after the law was enacted, not even two percent of those land rights have been granted. As India’s economy surges, she said state-owned forests continue to fall to industrial development.

Protecting the forest to feed the village Back in the village after the patrol, one of women named Janha Pradhan cooked a curry from a tuber she harvested in the forest that morning. It’s called a kadaba, Pradhan told me, and because it’s wild, it packs more nutrients. She said by eating foods from the forest like this every day, the people in her village never get sick. It’s an oasis of health in a region plagued with malnutrition and poverty, and one of the reasons the women so fiercely protect their forest. Thirty years ago, when the men from her village were in charge of protecting the forest, Pradhan said it was nearly barren from overuse, providing little wood or food. Then a series of devastating droughts hit the region. Pradhan said at times, families would only get a handful of rice. Mothers, she said, would feed their children but go hungry themselves. That’s when the women organized to restore and protect the forest. They banned goats from the land to allow the trees to regenerate. Anyone needing wood had to get permission from the village committee. Men were no longer allowed to carry axes into the woods. Sarojini Pradhan, another member of the patrol, said when the men were in charge they would fight over the rules, often allowing illegal loggers to get away. But she said after the women began patrolling, the number of intruders dropped to nearly zero and the forest quickly began to flourish again. Even the men here credit the women for the dramatic reversal. Today the forest again helps produce clean drinking water and natural fertilizer for the village, which in turn has helped dramatically boost crop yields. It’s an invaluable buffer against hunger and an increasingly unstable climate. But those hardearned benefits remain precarious until the village secures official title to the land under the Forest Rights Act, a process being held up by Indian bureaucracy. Janha Pradhan remains hopeful and told me the community will celebrate with a feast the day those rights come. She said gaining title to the forest will officially give women equal rights to the land and will ensure that these trees and the bounty they bring are protected for generations to come. 18

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The New York Indian Film Festival 2016 The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) has announced the full lineup for their 16th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent. The festival takes place from May 7 – May 14 at various venues in NYC. The festival will feature 40 screenings (35 narratives, 5 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City. In addition, the festival will also feature five programs of short films. The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions. All the films are subtitled in English and some of the languages this year include Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telegu, Assamese, Haryanavi and Urdu. This year’s festival will feature a couple of sidebars —NFDC restored first films of filmmakers and a three-generations sidebar, films of Bimal Roy, Basu Bhattacharya and Aditya Bhattacharya. The festival’s film lineup includes 2016 National Award winners, A Fab Afternoon, Birds with large Wings, and The River of Fables (Kothanodi). “We are thrilled to be able to share these films with the New York audience,” states Aseem Chhabra, NYIFF festival director. “Three of the feature films are National Award winners. And out of the nearly 40 shorts we are showing this year, there are two National Award winners: Famous in Ahmedabad and Daarvatha.” The full list and schedules along with tickets can be found on the website:

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The beloved Rajesh Khanna hit film Haathi Mere Saathi is set to be remade in the near future. The original film broke many records and ran for over two years in some theaters back in 1971. The story of the loving relationship between a man his pet elephant touched millions of hearts and many of the songs from the film became classics. The remake will be directed by Tamil director Prabhu Solomon. Of course the way animals are filmed and treated is very different now. Chief of the Indian Censor Board Pahlaj Nihalani told Bollywood Hungama, “The Animal Welfare board is constantly monitoring everything to do with animals in our films. What was acceptable 45 years ago won’t be acceptable today. In the original Haathi Mere Saathi the elephant was killed. The Animal Welfare Board won’t allow that. There was a superhit song “Chal Chal Mere Haathi” where the elephant pulls Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja’s brokendown car. Again this would not be approved by the Animal Welfare board.” The producers told interviwers that the remake would be very different from the original. No release date has been announced.

In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney) and his producer Patty (Julia Roberts) are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes over their studio and takes Gates hostage after losing his family’s money on a bad tip by Gates. Veteran actress Jodie Foster directed the film that opens in theaters on May 13.

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• If you’re “going to the courthouse” to get married, keep in mind that magistrates have specific times when they perform marriage ceremonies. Contact the county office in advance to plan your ceremony time. Magistrates operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and often charge a small fee. • Regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony, he or she will have to fill out their designated portion of your marriage license and sign it after the “I do’s.” • Two witnesses are also required to sign the marriage license after the ceremony. • Remember, once the officiant and witnesses have signed the marriage license, it must be returned to the office that issued it. • If you plan on having a destination wedding ceremony in a different country, you still need to follow the procedure to have a legal marriage in North Carolina. For example, U.S. citizens who have their religious ceremony in India can choose to complete the legal procedure here in the United States — so long as they are legally married in India, and the marriage type is legal here in the United States. If you are planning a wedding overseas, contact a family law attorney for more details.

Planning to marry your better half is an exciting time. With preparations in high gear, it is a season that tends to fly by for most couples and their families. While there are many fun aspects of laying the groundwork for your life together, there are also some important legal preparations that must be made by the couple before saying “I do.” Here is a list, broken into four simple steps, that will be helpful as you and your families approach the big day. Know the Requirements There are a few basic prerequisites that must be met before a marriage license can be obtained. Many North Carolina residents are unaware of these laws: • Both parties must be over the age of 18 (There are certain exceptions to this rule; contact a family law attorney for more detail.) • Neither party can be married to someone else. • The couple to be married cannot be closely related by half/whole blood relations. obtain Your Marriage license If you and your significant other meet the above requirements, then you’re off to apply for your official marriage license — a vital step in the process.

Finalize the Details Now that you’re married, it’s important to finalize your name change and other information to ensure smooth sailing for years to come.

• Visit your nearest Register of Deeds office. You can get your marriage license from any county in the state; however, keep in mind that it must be returned to the office where it was originally issued after your ceremony. • Complete the application. Both you and your spouse-to-be should bring a photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or military ID) and either a W2 or Social Security card. • If available, it is wise to bring both applicants’ birth certificates to ensure accuracy of full legal names, birthplaces, and parent information. • Important Note: If under age 21, a certified copy of your birth certificate is required. Should the document be in a language other than English, then you will need to bring the original, as well as a notarized, translated birth certificate. • If you have been divorced, you only need to provide the month and year the divorce was granted. There is no waiting period from a divorce date to obtain a marriage license in North Carolina. • Changing your name? Be sure to have this decision finalized beforehand, as you will provide your new middle and last name when applying for the marriage license. When the license is issued, you will sign it with your new married name. • After completing the application and providing all necessary documentation, you will pay a fee of $60 to obtain your marriage license. • The marriage license is only valid for 60 days, so plan to get it as close to your wedding date as possible.

• Start by obtaining a personal copy of your marriage certificate. A certified copy can usually be obtained for around $10 at the office where your marriage license was first issued. If you have chosen to change your name, obtaining this certified copy is very important. • Begin the process of changing your name on important governmentissued documents. These include, but may not be limited to: Social Security Card Driver’s License Passport Credit Cards/Bank Cards • Visit the Social Security Administration first — having their documentation will make the process easier at other offices. • Wait 24 hours after your trip to the Social Security Administration, then visit the DMV to obtain a new driver’s license with your new name. • Be sure to have your name listed the exact same way on your new social security card and driver’s license to ensure the remaining name changes go as seamlessly as possible. When these have been updated, you should have no trouble changing your name on other important documents. I hope that this information has helped you gain some insight into navigating the legal process of getting married in North Carolina, and I wish you all the best!

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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

Pyār jahān men hotā nahin phir bolo kyā hotā, Duniyā men dil koi kabhi na dhadakā hotā, Dhadakā hai dil ā yār mil ye pyār kā izahār hai, Kaho nā pyār hai... Do premi do pāgal kyā karate hain bolo, Mujhase kyā puchhate ho apane dil ko tatolo Māluma hai hamako tumhen kis bāt kā intazār hai, Kaho nā pyār hai ... Milate nahin ham tum to phir bolo kyā hotā, Sach bolun phir apanā khwāba nā purā hotā, Kahatā hai man apanā milan duniyā men yādagāra hai Kaho nā pyār hai …

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Rajesh Roshan (1955 – Present) Rajesh Roshan, a music composer, son of renowned music director Roshan and popular film star Hrithik Roshan’s uncle, was born in Bombay on May 24, 1955. He hails from a talented family involved in the film and music industry since the 1940s. Rajesh Roshan has composed most of the music for his brother, film director and actor Rakesh Roshan through the years. Rajesh Roshan has worked with everyone from Rafi to Mohit Chauhan, Lata Mangeshkar to Monali Thakur. He has been nomitated for numerous awards including ten Flimfare nominations for best Music Director. He won the award for the film Julie in 1976 and for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai in 2001. Like some other Indian music directors, Roshan occasionally lifted melodies from English songs. For example the Hindi hit song, “Jab Koi Bāt Bigada Jāye” from the film Jurm is similar to the song “Five Hundred Miles” by American folk group Peter, Paul & Mary. The similarities, though, are beautifully reworked into a hummable Hindi song. Roshan has composed music for over 100 films in four decades, starting with the film Kunwara Baap from 1974. He is still active composing music.

Meaning (Summary): My heart longs to hear it every time! Say it’s love..., Yes, I love you, I love you! In this lovely talk, there’s a tacit agreement. Tell me it’s love! I said it is love… If love didn’t exist in this world, then tell me, what would happen? No heart in this world would beat! My heart is beating; come, meet me, my love! This is evidence of love. Say it’s love.. I said it’s love… two lovers, two crazy people, tell me, what do they do? Why do you ask me? Search for that in your own heart. I know what you’re waiting for me to say.... Say it’s love..., I said it’s love...... If you and I had never met, then tell me, what would have happened? To tell you the truth, our dream would never have been fulfilled. My heart tells me that our meeting will be remembered by the world. Say it’s love..., I said it’s love.

Awards: Best Music Director Film fare awards: won: 1976– Julie; 2001– Kaho nā pyār hai; Nominated: 1977– Swami; 1978– Des Pardes, 1979– Mr. Natwarlal, Kala Patthar; 1988- Khoon Bhari Māng; 1995- Karan Arjun; 1996- Papa Kahtā Hai; 2003- Koi Mil Gaya;

lyrics in Hindi:

The lyrics for his famous Hindi song “Dil merā har bār ...” is given in the column on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics Dil Mera Har Bar Song: Dil merā har bār … Film: Kaho nā pyār Hai Year: 2000 Music: Rajesh Roshan Singer: Alkā Yagnik, Udit Narayan Lyricist: Ibrahim Ashq Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Anupam Kher, Hritik Roshan, Farida, Amishā Patel

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

lyrics in english: Dil merā har bār ye sunane ko bekarāra hai, Kaho nā pyār hai kaho nā pyār hai Hān tumase pyār hai ke tumase pyār hai, In pyāri bāton men anjānā iqarār hai Kaho nā pyār hai, kaho nā pyār hai Kahā nā pyār hai kahā nā pyār hai

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mystifying why everyone should have access to my life and why I should care if my friend’s friend (someone I have never met) went on a trip to Ireland and posted 100 pictures. The natives on the other hand thrive on this and continue to take selfies to share with the rest of the world like there is no tomorrow. A contemporary version of Narcissus may find himself so deeply enamored by his own image that he can’t stop himself from taking selfies. My sole motivation for joining Facebook was to stay in touch with my nephews and nieces who had abandoned emails. By the time I figured out the new definitions of “friend” and “like,” they moved on to newer media that were unchartered territory for the elders in the family. I wonder why! Jumping on the social media bandwagon has been without regret. What a great way to virtually maintain as well as rekindle friendships around the world. I do enjoy some of the clever quips, pictures of real people and on rare occasion some good advice. But photos of hairy legs in soccer cleats and 30 somethings posing with their birthday presents, no thanks. Not to mention pouting that is not cute at any age. In my attempt to assimilate into the digital, borderless world of today, I have learned the new language of emojis and created a cheat sheet to translate abbreviations such as TTYL and TBT along with the new ones that keep emerging. Ironically, it is digital tools that let me share the nostalgia of the analog world with fellow immigrants. As much as I relish the immediate gratification of being able to see pictures clicked with the new cameras, I long for an element of surprise in the frames that were captured, in conversations or in not knowing something. What if we didn’t google every little thing? For better or worse, I have made a conscious decision to be true to myself and not blend in completely. For that reason, I don’t own a selfie stick and I have not tried to limit my expression to 140 characters partially because I have trouble staying within the 1000-word limit for my column. At times I wonder if I am missing out on exciting apps and the high experienced after acquiring the latest shiny thing. But I tell myself I am ahead of the curve as I have already anticipated the downside of immersing my life in all things digital. I was practicing mindfulness before it was a hashtag. No, I haven’t tried to savor every millisecond of eating a raisin but I experience the taste and aroma of my afternoon tea and willingly choose to set my phone aside when we are playing Fibber or UNO with the kids. Digital natives may balk at my views but this immigrant believes that surviving in a new era is possible by healthy portions of change, adjustment, acceptance of new ways and zealously preserving what contributes to your uniqueness.

By Shyama Parui Once upon a time there was a world connected by letters and rotary telephones, entertained by black and white television and documented by meticulous note takers and efficient typists. That was the analog world I was born in, a stark contrast to the dynamic digital habitat we have created. This evolution was hardly sudden but I can distinctly recall my personal journey as a digital immigrant running parallel to my immigration experience from India to the United States. After my move to the US, in the first month of the 21st century, my urgency to hop on to the digital train, figuratively speaking, stemmed from need. If I shunned or feared new technology, I would lose opportunities to stay connected with friends and family and I would be woefully unprepared for graduate school. So as newlyweds when my husband and I shopped for our home, we picked a computer before a couch and the utilitarian value of a printer trumped the desire for fine china. Yes, the internet can be the bane of your existence if you let it, but to me it was a boon So I was content with in many ways. It was great my landline phone until I to be able to communicate was stranded at the without paying for the traditional phone call that University library waiting... cost 55 cents a minute to India. Given a choice, I would have liked cheaper and speedier air travel for face to face visits but it was better to count my blessings. To be very honest, I am far from the gadget loving tech wiz who owns the latest and greatest version of every device and has umpteen toys to prove he has arrived. So I was content with my landline phone until I was stranded at the University library waiting for my husband to pick me up. He showed up two hours late due to some failed communication and found me ready to explode in an angry outburst. Aargh!! Although we couldn’t agree on who was to blame, there was no argument about the decision to buy cellular phones. Unaware of newer options, I kept using the same cellphone because it served the purpose of making and receiving calls and one fine day to my amazement I realized that most people around me were using flip phones that not only looked better but were lighter and smaller too. When I finally got around to upgrading my phone to keep up with the times, it still failed to impress my teenaged nephews who surveyed the device and said, “Maashi, you need a new phone.” Really? Just as a new immigrant finds it hard to understand some of the customs of their adopted land, here too in the digital world I find the ways of the natives perplexing. The natives were introduced to computers, video games, social media and the internet at a very early age or they contributed in the creation or adoption of these technologies. In other words, they are not like me. Let’s take social media as an example. It’s

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 11+ words = Excellent; 6 to 10 words = Good; 5 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

4. The NFL Super Bowl 50’s winner team in 2016 is (a) Broncos (b) Panthers (c) Seahawks (d) Patriots

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5. On May 9, 2016, this planet will pass in front of the Sun. (It will be passing between the Sun & the Earth.) (a) Venus (b) Mars (c) Jupiter (d) Mercury

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SANGEET - SAATHEE = 35905 Can you make some more words like this, on your own? The answer given on the bottom of this page (no peeking).

8. The fear of heights is called (a) Acrophobia (b) Agoraphobia (c) Astraphobia (d) Aqua phobia

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9. The country dialing code of India is (a) 61 (b) 71 (c) 81 (d) 91

A rich farmer had a huge farm and property in a village. He had five sons. He was old and very sick and was bedridden. He was worried that his sons would fight for the inherited property after his death. One fine sunny afternoon, he called them all and asked them to bring one stick. When they arrived, he asked each one to take one stick and break it. Each of the young boys bent the stick and easily broke it. Next he asked each one to take all five sticks together in the hands and break them all at once. Each boy tried very hard to bend and break the bunch of five sticks. No one could break them. The father told them, “If you stay united like these sticks, no one can break you guys apart and harm you. Do not to fight amongst yourselves and get separated, or else someone can break your strength like he can easily break one stick.” The boys understood their father’s message. They decided to remain together and told their father that they will always be together. The father was now worry-free.

10. A “belligerent” attitude is (a) Peaceful (b) Helpful (c) Warlike (d) Intelligent Answers are below. No Peeking Scholar: All correct; 1st Class: 9 Correct; 2nd Class: 8 Correct 3rd Class: 7 Correct; Need to improve: 6 or less

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d. Meet our financial obligations e. Discourage you f. In the past and long forgiven g. Dilute or weaken the strength of h. Completely stalled; at a stand-still i. Immediately fit in and enjoyed the experience j. Felt out of place and not comfortable k In trouble l. Our obligations to our relatives come before those to our friends. m. Totally surprised me n. A party with gifts to celebrate a special event o. A large number were offered p. Cancelled because of rain q. He’s really not very smart. r. Disasters seem to come in groups! s. Raining very heavily t. No matter what happens

“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day,” were the first connected words I said as a very little child, according to my late parents. Does this predict a positive, optimistic attitude or perhaps a desire to give orders! Maybe this simply shows that I had a slightly precocious memory for the sound patterns of the English language, which, of course comes in handy today as I analyze the accented speech of my clients. In any case, water is one of the basic elements of life, along with earth, air and fire and, like the others, is found in many idioms and metaphors. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use water, rain, shower? 1 1. She felt like a fish out of water among all the debutants at the ivy-league college._____ 2. One advantage of the internship is that you can test the water to see if you really want to commit to that line of work. _____ 3. He was quite rude at their wedding several years ago but that’s water under the bridge now and they’re good friends.___ 4. The sight of her wonderful cake just made my mouth water! _____ 5. The new procedural guidelines water down the power of the department heads.___ 6. Even though he hadn’t been to preschool, my little boy took to kindergarten like a duck to water. _____ 7. I’m afraid that your excuse for being late to the meeting won’t hold water._____ 8. I hate to pour cold water on your suggestions but we just can’t afford these improvements right now._____ 9. Don’t forget your wife’s birthday or you’ll be in hot water! _____* 10. Business was so slow last year that it was really hard to keep our head above water. _____ 11. I can’t go to the conference with you because my sister’s wedding is that weekend and blood is thicker than water. _____ 12. The company is out of funding and dead in the water._____ 13. Her singing blew me out of the water._______ 14. I’ll be at your concert, come rain or shine!_____ 15. She had a flat tire and then a pebble flew up and cracked the windshield! It never rains but it pours!______ 16. Take your umbrella! It’s raining cats and dogs!_____ 17. I wouldn’t ask him to organize that trip. He doesn’t know enough to come in out of the rain. _____ 18. The play was a big hit and the audience rained down complements on the actors. _____ 19. My son’s Little League soccer game was rained out._____ 20. I’m shopping for a gift to bring to the baby shower. ______

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Savings Plans The main benefit here is that these plans can be used for any age, starting with kindergarten, but there are many restrictions on them; that is why they are not very popular or widely used like 529 plans are.

tax Credits The United States Government offers tax credit help for all those who are taking classes for a 4-year University degree or even if your children are taking classes just to find out what area they wish to pursue. There is income limitation and these are credits against the tax liability. Both credits given below are claimed on your 1040 tax returns. American Opportunity Credit can be claimed for first four years of post-secondary education. Students must take at least half of normal fulltime load and it must be a 4-year course work. Expenses paid from grants and scholarships do not qualify for the credit. Students must have no felony or drug conviction. Taxpayers will receive tax credit based on 100% of the first $2,000 and 25% of the next $2,000 of tuition, fees and course material. Life Time Learning Credit is based on all expenses paid for all eligible students; no particular student load is required and students are not required to seek a degree. The courses can be for improving job skills. It is good for both graduate and undergrad courses and there is unlimited time limit as long as expenses are incurred. Credit is based on 20% of first $10,000 of qualified tuition and related expenses. Income phase-out is different from the American Opportunity Credit. There is a felony conviction restriction. Expenses include, tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment but not room and board. This program needs to be coordinated with other savings programs like Coverdale USA.

UGMA/UtMA: The Uniform Gift to Minors Act and Uniform Transfer to Minors Act are meant to be used for minors and beyond. The biggest disadvantage is that when the minor becomes an adult (at age of 18 or 21) they can do whatever they like with the money and parents have no control over that. EE Educational Bonds and Coverdell Education Savings Plans (ESA) also have similar limitations. Private Scholarships Just like the public scholarships I mentioned earlier, there are many private scholarships available for the students of specific community, faith or from public organizations. They are all very specific and some go unfilled because they cannot find applicants meeting their requirements. You must seek them out. Examples would be: The National Society of Professional Engineers has scholarships for candidates who wish to be engineers; MATHCOUNT would choose two suitable candidates from each state. Coca Cola has many scholarships and they choose wisely from each high school. And then most students know about scholarships from National Honors Society. Much of this information is available with the Counselors at the school and usually they decide who is qualified to apply. All information is also available on the WEB and from specific corporations. Personal Favorite I would like to mention two specific actions that don’t necessarily generate funds but save tuition bills for the students that are motivated and hard working. All students have to go through the 4-year curriculum in the high school. That whole four-year program can be planned in the beginning of 9th grade so that proper classes can be taken at the right time. Some of these classes are not available for all semesters in the school. After that the students should choose as many AP

529 Plans Named such for the code number of the regulations when the program started. This is one program where there is no income restriction, available across all 50 states and popular with American families. One can put away $14,000 per beneficiary per donor every year. There is no tax credit from Federal Govt. but some States reduce taxable income by the contributions up to a limit. However, North Carolina is not one of them. Earnings grow tax-free and the money has to be used for the beneficiary’s education, which includes tuition, fees and room and board. These assets are considered owner’s (parent’s) asset and not of the student when applying for the financial aid. There are many websites that have much more information available on this subject.

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DANCES OF INDIA Kathakali and Yakshagana By Dr. Maha Gingrich We are be celebrating the 18th anniversary of Saathee Magazine this month. What a pleasure it has been to write over 100 Dances of India articles and share them with you. Many of you said you save these articles, many students use these articles as a reference material for their senior projects, college papers, and as a learning tool. I get inquiries from budding teachers with questions on choreography, usage of hand gestures and many more. Since Saathee has gone online, it has become an even larger asset to many people across the USA and world. I now get inquiries from other parts of the US and I send these links to people I know in India, England and Australia. I feel honored to be able to share important information about Dances of India and I look forward to many more years of celebrating these dance forms with Saathee magazine. I have been writing about major dance forms of India. I wrote about Kathak in the previous article. I want to share information about South Indian dances Kathakali (often confused with Kathak which has no resemblance) and Yakshagana. Both Yakshagana and Kathakali look very similar when you look at their costumes and makeup. They both draw their themes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata; both of them emphasize on rousing the sentiments of Raudra (anger) and Veera (valor); their ornaments, musical instruments and even the methods of presentation are similar. Their settings, the Bhagavata, and his accompaniments, the stage set in the middle of the surrounding audience and the oil-torch are similar; both are performed on significant occasions and festivals and both of them beat Chande, a high-pitched percussion instrument to invite the neighboring villagers/audience to the performance. I would like to explain the details of each dance form separately. Kathakali is a Classical Dance-Drama of Kerala in South India that dates back to 17th century and is rooted in Hindu Mythology. Kathakali actually means, “Story-Play”, and it has been a highly specialized dance style for ages. This dance style has been considerably influenced by the old Sanskrit dramas of Kerala called Kudiyattam, and also Krishna Atam or the dramatic stories of Lord Krishna. When I was little, I saw Mahabharatham being staged by some great Kathakali dancers. First, I was a little scared by the facial makeup and the elaborate costumes and dance movements. I do not remember how that fear transformed into fascination. The movements were very powerful and hypnotic. Kathakali is a harmonious combination of five forms of art:

Unlike other dance forms, the makeup used in Kathakali is a highly developed art, involving great skill in the application of the paints. I actually saw the dancers lay down on the floor to get their makeup done, as it takes quite a few hours to complete the face painting. Meticulous care is taken to see that each mask is perfectly applied on the face, with each color in its right place, to enhance the dramatic effect of the dance performance. This aids in doing the exaggerated and wonderful facial expressions. Each particular facemask represents a different type of character. To act, the use of the eyes and eyebrows is far more evolved and involved than in Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak or any other school of the classical dance. Eyes and eyebrows are constantly used to aid the process of communication in the most effective manner with great intensity. During the drama, the dancers do not speak, but they use varied hand movements known as “Mudras” and mime to constitute a complete sign language. The movements are explosive, accompanied by a nonstop drumming that begins before the performance and lasts throughout the whole dance-drama. This is Kerala’s rich contribution to the Indian classical dances, drama, and art. Yakshagana Dance-Drama The source of Yakshagana is very diverse. State of Karnataka claims its origin. State of Andhra Pradesh dates it back to 1250 A.D. This dance form has become common to many regions of India and has different names. Yakshagana was primarily a form of ballad and the players were called “Yakshas.” A Ballad is a music literature, a song or a poem, especially in a traditional style, telling a story in a number of short regular stanzas. This was presented originally in only the music form and it was around the 16th century that musical plays were written by famous composers. The themes enacted were from the Bhagavatham, as well as the stories of epics from Ramayana and Mahabharatha. Linked deeply with religious fervor, the Sutradhara (storyteller) continues to amuse the audience by keeping up a running commentary throughout the play. The costumes and make-up indicate the characteristics of each individual, hero or the villain. This style is musically of extreme interest as many ragas or tunes that they use are rare in Carnatic music. This dance style is performed only by men, like Kuchipudi dance style in the past. The most fascinating part of this dance style to me is the ability of dancers to make quick consecutive circles in mid-air while dancing. These dances come under unique and exotic dances of India, as they are not so common or practiced by all dancers in India. If you ever visit this part of India, I strongly suggest you to attend one of the live performances. It will be an unforgettable experience.

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THE CHAI TABLE A Saathee Readers’ Forum My mother, a thought leader

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I anxiously picked up the call from back home in India. My mother was hospitalized on an emergency last month and had undergone a surgery which has a low survival rate. Several thousand miles away, we were worried waiting for updates, and any phone call from India would make us more nervous. I was relieved to hear my mother’s voice, though quite frail. Now she is in her long recuperation phase. After I spoke to her, I began pondering over my mom’s strong will. Her resilience has always been one of the pillars of strength to overcome many challenges she faced in her life. The more I reflected on her qualities, it began flashing in front of me – she has been one of the greatest thought leaders I have known. How could I miss this all these years, as I shopped around to enroll in world-class leadership academia? Raised in a humble background as an eldest daughter, she became the caregiver early on to her siblings and did forego her formal education beyond 5th grade in her native tongue although she was bright. She pursued her passion in South Indian Classical music and learnt the expression of art through vocal music for many years until her marriage. After my father moved to the quaint town of Trichy to pursue his career in one of the premier educational institutes in India, we grew up in the community that was attached to the college in a remote suburb. The nearest civilization was a small village that was quite far from where we lived. Our neighbors were all from different states and we soaked in this diversity without knowing their last names! Our grocery shopping was once a week ordeal, when we would go to the “downtown” for a few hours of exploration organized as a meticulous mandatory bus tour on Saturday evenings. We all waited eagerly for our weekly, window to the world trip! In the absence of Facebook/Whatsapp/Twitter or any other social media tools, my mom realized that networking and collaboration coupled with excellent people skills are necessary to lead us. She was the only extrovert then in our family and was innovative creating different opportunities of facetime with others in the community. Adept at networking, with a beaming friendly smile she would welcome everyone home, even those from the nearby village to get to know each other. Her delicious Puliyodarai (Tamarind Rice), well-seasoned Thayir Sadam (Yogurt Rice) and “Malli Poo” Idlis (Idlis as soft as a jasmine flower) were an added advantage to network further, when we went on a daylong picnic, carved out methodically to escape from our silo, thanks to our transport administrator in the community. Mahi Dixith holds her Master’s in Computer Engineering, works We celebrated Navaratri in a traditional South Indian way for a high-tech company and lives in North Carolina. In addition to and that was yet another occasion for my mom to invite families music, her first passion, she is an ardent lover of nature, arts, across that large campus without discrimination. In the process, architecture, history, literature, among other things.


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Be the Change! By Parul Kharod The first few months of the year we celebrate festivals such as Pongal and Baisakhi to welcome the season of spring and a new harvest. This is the season of picnics and beach trips. But have we consciously made an effort to preserve these traditions? Not just on Earth Day, but throughout the year we need to learn how to take better care of this planet we call home so we can enjoy nature’s bounty and leave it pristine for future generations. What does all this have to do with what we eat? More than you know! We can tackle personal health issues as well as global health and environmental issues such as energy conservation, pollution, and world hunger by changing our diets. As the world’s population keeps growing, it is necessary to provide clean food and water for everyone. Research is showing that in order for us to live a healthy life and preserve this planet for future generations, it is imperative that we start thinking about what we are eating and how it is affects everything. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. According to a recent report released by the International Diabetes Federation, the worldwide number of cases of Type II diabetes is predicted to reach 592 million by 2035. A 2012 report by the American College of Cardiology states that more than 23.6 million people per year worldwide will die of cardiovascular disease by 2030. Eighty-six percent of healthcare expenditures are related to chronic disease and the economic burden of heart disease and stroke alone is over $300 billion a year. These statistics are of particular consideration amongst the Indian population. We are genetically predisposed to having low good cholesterol and high triglycerides. We have a tendency to have fat deposits around the abdomen. All these factors increase our risk of diabetes and heart disease. It has now been recognized that these chronic diseases are preventable to some extent, and even reversible with changes in lifestyle and dietary choices. Plant foods - fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, have long been associated with improved biomarkers of health, and those following a vegetarian diet have lower rates of nearly every chronic disease. Studies show that a diet of whole plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds, decreases levels of oxidative stress and inflammation, which are associated with the development of chronic diseases. Changing our diet could save millions of lives, billions of dollars, and immeasurably improve quality of life. Healthcare providers can be on the forefront of saving lives by promoting dietary changes, yet many are not familiar with the substantial science on disease prevention nor are they trained in behavior change methods. But how do we learn more? What should we eat? What is the best “diet”? In this internet savvy, search everything online world, everyone thinks that they are the experts! Whether it’s at the office or at dinner parties, everyone is ready to give diet advice. But are you getting the right advice? Is that advice evidencebased? Does it have any merit?

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Moogfest Subcontinental Drift is Sultans of String’s fifth album further evolving the band’s meld of folk, African, flamenco, Celtic, Arabic and roots music. Bandleader Chris McKhool grew up in a Lebanese-Egyptian home in Canada and the other globallyconnected musicians in the band include guitarist Kevin Laliberté, bassist Drew Birston, Cuban percussionist Rosendo Chendy Leon, and guitarist Eddie Paton. The new recording also features guest musician and sitar master Anwar Khurshid, adding Hindustani music into the band’s multi-ethnic adventurism. Khurshid is a Pakistani heritage sitar teacher and composer in Canada who was featured on the soundtracks of the films Life of Pi and Kama Sutra. “There is something really magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East,” said bandleader/fiddler McKhool in a press release. The Canadian combo is adept at weaving genres and musical traditions, and the latest effort Subcontinental Drift is the reward for listeners. “Enter the Gate” is the first track on the album and is a showcase of the evocative music to follow in the rest of the recording. It’s a track mixing all the elements of the band along with sitarist Khurshid adding the Indian Subcontinental drift, if you will. In “Rakes of Mallow / Rouge River Valley” Khurshid shows off his vocal abilities scatting through the saptak, the series of swaras or seven notes of Hindustani music, while the band bursts into a Celtic reel. “Ho Jamalo” is a traditional Sindhi song rewritten and sung by Khurshid with Sudanese vocalist Waleed Abdulhamid singing in his native dialect, adding a folky African element. The song is a jazzy, moody blend of Indian, African and rock. It may take a few listens for it to gel for some folks due to its varied dual vocals, but once absorbed, it opens a world of multilayered composing and playing. “A Place to Call Home” is a warm, country-folk song evoking a longing for a place to belong. “Blowin’ In the Wind” is a version of the Bob Dylan classic that sounds good, and is a perkier version with Indian, Arabic, and percussive rhythms, but doesn’t quite reach the somber and reflective power of the original. But of course, that’s a tall order for anyone covering that song. The track “Snake Charmer” evokes the snake charmers of

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An explanation of how the second law of thermodynamics plays out in relationships, leading to disintegration and breakdown, and the If people were to discipline their sleep cycles their lives inputs needed to overcome entropy, bringing stability and harmony. could be changed. Sleep early. There are serious repercussions What is entropy? Let’s try to understand it practically. You if you don’t discipline your sleep cycle, because it is like an inner butterfly effect. You have heard that story, that a butterfly bring a book home from the library and then your father gives flaps its wings in the Amazon, one leaf starts fluttering, two you another book as a gift. Your girlfriend gives you magazines, leaves start, three start, and there is a snowstorm created in and you have music CDs. They all pile up on a small table in your North America. A little discipline in how well and how deeply room, so now there will be enough clutter on your table. The rest of your room is also in a disorganised state: your clothes are here, you sleep determines your state of mind throughout the day. You will meditate in the morning without struggling with your socks are there and your towel is hanging somewhere. This your consciousness. When we are fully alert in the morning, we is a disintegrated system; the system has gone haywire. You get frustrated with the mess and clean everything up. can lovingly invite the higher consciousness or Divine Principle in meditation, and be one with that Essence. Then some You put each book where it belongs, wash your laundry and beautiful conditions will be created in the heart. And when it is make your bed. Now the room looks cleaner than before, until so intense it stays with us; if we try to shake it off it won’t go again you start bringing more books and things, and again the away. Such is the permanency of the condition created when system disintegrates and becomes disorganised. To keep things our consciousness is able to receive. If our morning meditation in order requires constant energy input. So entropy is the degree of disorder or randomness in any is hampered, the whole day will be spoiled. For a person who has never meditated, it makes no system. The second law of thermodynamics says that entropy difference; it is another day gone by like roaring oceans. These increases with time. It reflects the instability of a system over a roaring oceans look so beautiful and you can write poems about period of time if there is nothing to stabilise it. In human relationships, we have interactions day after day them, but the real beauty is a pond without any waves when there is utter serenity. Even the dropping of a small leaf can and these relationships also become jumbled. We let things build up in our inner chambers. These inner chambers become create a disturbance. Extensive studies have been conducted on people who work more and more disorganised as we store more and more, just at night. If we observe their health patterns, we find their ageing like the books and clothes in our room. We keep harbouring to be very rapid. Most of us are not forced to work at night, we things, and one day what we harbour explodes, unless we do have a choice, yet our lifestyle is like those who are helpless and something about it. We need input to stabilise any relationship, must work at night. We volunteer to stay awake all night, to iron out the wrinkles or differences, so that we don’t harbour watching all kinds of stuff. Whether we look at it spiritually or and store things forever. But do we have to do this every time we make a mistake? health-wise, it is self-defeating. So why indulge? How are we going to build our destiny? We have already decided upon a Do we have to offer another person ice cream or candy to always pacify them? This would mean a constant investment destructive path if we do not follow the natural rhythm. There is a beautiful statement by Ram Chandra of to maintain a relationship. When constant input is required every time there is a fight Shahjahanpur that you can either swim with the river’s flow, or you can swim against the flow, but it will consume you. or an argument with a friend or family member, you will Early in the morning, nature’s energy flows in one direction require greater input each time. You may even have to buy towards the Source. It is not a physical energy. It is best to them a Mercedes one day, if you can afford it! At the same time, meditate when you are flowing with those currents. If you try it is our business to love each other, whatever the cost. You will to meditate after sunrise, it is like swimming against the get hurt in the process, no doubt, and there will be a lot of energy consumption from your side, but if you are prepared current, and meditation becomes more difficult. So if you want to go further, adjust your sleep patterns, for it the relationship will improve. In a family, if you have to tolerate each other, then constant otherwise you will struggle with that one fundamental thing all your life. You will wake up frustrated and sleepless. You will input is required. In situations where you have to give constant not be able to meditate properly. If you cannot meditate emotional input it is a broken family, even though you may be properly, you won’t have a proper spiritual condition to work together. In contrast, when there is love amongst all, and when with and you won’t have a proper consciousness even for mundane things. You have uprooted your consciousness, which is the very guiding force. 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numbers and the issues she faced. That’s when she realized her company’s growth was being slowed by her own difficulty letting go and delegating. “I didn’t trust my staff to do it as well as I did, but they could actually do it better. Now I delegate like crazy,” Sharon says. Most of Sharon’s family was very supportive of her shift to self-employment. She gave herself a year to make it work, using her unemployment benefits and severance. “I think my family initially underestimated the size of what I was doing,” she reflects with a laugh. Other business owners were very supportive, and she found her tribe of like-minded entrepreneurs. Sharon’s work and planning paid off, and she broke even her first year. “That was shocking because of how much I didn’t know,” she admits. “We have a goal of thirty percent growth every year, and so far it has been reachable. Everything still goes back into the business because it’s still growing. The big thing I’m working on is how to get new employees up to speed faster. I want to get them in gear in thirty days instead of ninety so we hit profitability faster. Eventually, I’d like to license the business,” Sharon adds. Along the way, Sharon learned what was really important in her Fresh Start Success. “It has to do with who you are as a person,” she says. “I wanted the company culture to reflect who I was as a person of service. I wanted to create a community of family, co-workers, and vendors. Every person you contact, you can be of service. Bring that commitment into your business and hire people who share it,” she advises. In 2013, Sharon was very proud that The Betty Brigade was able to donate more than $31,000 from unwanted items from clients. To put that in perspective, their donations included recycling forty-seven cubic yards (almost eight forty-yard dumpsters) of glass, plastic, metal, and paper. They also recycled household toxic waste like paint, cleaners, and unwanted medicine. Sharon enjoys finding unusual ways to recycle. For example, her people often find old fur coats that are un-wearable because they were not stored properly. Sharon discovered a “Coats for Cubs” program that makes fur beds for rescued wild animal babies, which recover faster when nestled in real fur. Unwanted wigs are recycled for cancer patients. “What can you do that helps the community at large?” Sharon asks. “She encourages the staff to take part in volunteer activities every week. At the end of the month, the staff member with the most volunteer time gets a small prize like movie tickets or candy. As Sharon’s vision has grown and she’s become attuned to meeting customer needs, The Betty Brigade has grown, too. Her vision has expanded to include not only organizing and decluttering services, but also specialized corporate relocation assistance and other niche services.


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More information on the BAA can be found at: For additional information on NextSTEP BAA, visit: NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of prototypes for deep space habitats that will give astronauts a Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Visit place to call home during long-duration missions supporting Indian Wildlife Rescue Center the agency’s Journey to Mars. The solicitation, Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2), is a follow-on to the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released in October 2014 and requesting industry proposals for concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of habitation, advanced propulsion and small satellites. NASA’s Orion crew spacecraft and Space Launch System are the agency’s first major components for establishing a human presence in deep space. With these transportation systems progressing toward their maiden flight in 2018, NASA now is looking toward investments in deep space habitation — the next major component of human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. NextSTEP is a public-private partnership model that seeks commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions in the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cislunar Prince William and Princess Kate bottle fed orphaned elephant calves and space, and to enable transit to Mars. This partnership model baby rhinos at IFAW/WTI’s animal rescue center in Kaziranga, India. enables NASA to obtain innovative concepts and support private industry commercialization plans for low-Earth orbit. KAZIRANGA, India, PRNewswire-USNewswire “NASA is increasingly embracing public-private partnerships to expand capabilities, and opportunities in On April 13, the International Fund for Animal Welfare space,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India welcomed the Duke and Exploration Systems (AES) Division, which sponsors Duchess of Cambridge to the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation NextSTEP. “Our NextSTEP partners commit their own and Conservation (CWRC), where they witnessed first-hand corporate resources toward the development — making them orphaned Asian elephants and rhinos and other injured wildlife a true partner in the spaceflight economy.” and met the dedicated staff that rescue and care for these Under Appendix A of the NextSTEP-2 Ominbus BAA, the animals. agency is providing the opportunity for additional contractors British Royal couple Prince William and Princess Kate were to join those already under contract through the previous on a week-long visit to India and Bhutan during second week NextSTEP BAA. Proposals will include plans for an evolvable of April. approach to long-duration deep space habitation and the “We are delighted that their Royal Highnesses made time development of full-size, ground prototype habitat units no in their busy tour schedule to visit the IFAW- WTI center and later than 2018. meet staff and the animals under care,” said Azzedine Downes, Eligible applicants from U.S. companies, universities, and IFAW President and CEO. “With elephants and rhinos in non-profit organizations must submit proposals electronically particular facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss, human by 5 p.m. EDT June 15. Notices of intent should be provided by conflict and poaching, IFAW is pleased that the Duke and 5 p.m. May 13. Proposers will have a chance to ask questions Duchess are able to raise public awareness of these threats to about this particular solicitation during an industry forum on an international audience.” Monday, April 25. Additional inquiries must be submitted in The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation writing by Monday, May 2 as directed in the solicitation. (CWRC) is the leading wildlife rehabilitation facility in India NextSTEP is an example of NASA’s increased commitment and is a joint effort of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the to partnering with industry to stimulate the growth of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam commercial industry in space while enabling NASA’s human Forest Department (AFD). exploration mission. At the center, the Royal couple will be escorted by Vivek NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division pioneers Menon, Senior Advisor at IFAW and Executive Director of WTI, innovative approaches to rapidly and affordably develop Mr. Downes, the Center Manager, Rathin Burman, and prototype systems for future human exploration missions. veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumatary. The Duke and Duchess fed Learn more about AES at: and walked with elephant calves, met their keepers, and viewed a wide range of rescued wildlife including baby rhinos.


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India defense relationship, including today’s agreement in principle on logistics cooperation and a new maritime security dialogue. “The prime minister and the secretary agreed that continued collaboration on defense technology, including aircraft carrier design and jet engines, will open new opportunities for co-development and co-production and further elevate the relationship,” Cook said. “The secretary also highlighted how impressed he was with the Indian entrepreneurs and innovators he met with during a breakfast roundtable in New Delhi.” During their meeting, the prime minister and Carter set priorities to further implement the Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Regions, reflecting the growing strategic convergence between the U.S. rebalance to the AsiaPacific region and India’s “Act East,” the press secretary said “The secretary reinforced his view that India, like the United States, seeks to be a net exporter of security,” Cook said, “and the two countries will continue to work with other partners to shape a regional security architecture that will allow all to rise and prosper.”

CWRC has pioneered wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in India. Since opening in 2002, the CWRC has saved more than 1,600 animals and achieved a number of notable firsts, including the first documented release of hand-reared clouded leopards, first documented reintegration of orphaned Asian elephant calves into a wild herd, and in 2013, three handreared, endangered female rhinos gave birth to calves after release into Manas National Park. “India’s biodiversity is a global treasure, and every rescued animal that we successfully rehabilitate and release helps rebuild endangered wild populations,” said Mr. Menon. “We are proud to share all that the center staff have accomplished with the Duke and Duchess, and grateful that the Royal couple is using their influence to share it with the world.” Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is a leading Indian nature conservation organization committed to the service of nature. Its mission is to conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual wild animals, in partnership with communities and governments. IFAW and WTI have been working towards a common goal through joint strategies on multiple fronts for over 15 years.

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Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326 Sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: / Shanti niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and wellbeing of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details: Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 104

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

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

South Park Cricket Club (SPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar - telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (tAGCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: trimurti temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple

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

Greensboro Art of living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro which cover breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; lowimpact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Sonal Chhawchharia - Puja Verma - 106

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS BAPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details: Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182 India Association of the triad (IAtnC) The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Indian Association of the Carolinas (IAC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help) Indo-American Society of nC (IASnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462 -

Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427 life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 / 336.793.7138 / Quan Am Buddhist temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details: Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of nC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details: Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150 108

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformal, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: eKtAA Student organization (nCSU) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio (nCSU) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119 GeM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 Gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. iGokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

Gurdwara Atlantic Coast Sikh Association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Gurdwara located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh Rangila - 919.309.1045 Heritage India Association of nC (HIAnC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, the association presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing KaviSammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: Hindu Society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7:00am 9:00pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10:00am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8:00pm, Sat-Sun 6:00pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. For Further Details: 919.481.2674 (Temple Office) President: Neeraj Agarwal - 919.484.0489 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as 112

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

dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 7: Carnatic Vocals by Carnatic Brothers, 6pm, West Cary Middle School, Cary NC Sat, May 14: Hindustani Vocal Concert by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, 6pm, HSNC Main Hall, Morrisville NC Sat, May 21: Carnatic Vocal Concert on Smt. M.S. Subbulakshmi Centenary - S Aishwarya, 6pm, HSNC Main Hall, Morrisville NC For Further Details:

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Indian talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details:

Immanuel Assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9 pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with like-minded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706

Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653 InStepp InStepp’s mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asian cultures and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS International Hindi Association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919-851-0225 International Swaminarayan Satsang organization (ISSo) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC 27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 ISKCon new Goloka temple of nC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492 Kiran Inc. Kiran is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling,


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of nC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: 919.806.5928 RtP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation (triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki -

Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr., Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sewa RtP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. The vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering. For Further Details: Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: 919.830.9764 South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 SV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in N. America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana / Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. Temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 118

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS tamil Cultural Association of north Carolina (tCA nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: triangle Area telugu Association (tAtA) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: triangle Bangladesh Society (tBSnC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: triangle Gujarati Association (tGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details: triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: triangle Vegetarian Society (tVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once

every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - 919.596.4792 Vaishnav Samaj of triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: Vraj education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: Write to for timing and location information.


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Regional Dada Bhagwan Foundation What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many: attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877.505.DADA (3232) ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh & Columbia. For Further Details: Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal - 803.665.4050 Grihastha Family Institute The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details: Hindu Society of eastern nC (Greenville, nC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360 nithyananda Sangha north Carolina (Inner Awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details:

704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114 Sri Somesvara temple (Asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarthi is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

South Carolina Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 Hanahan table-tennis training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the sport of table tennis in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. For Further Details:

Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12:00 noon and between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, social & spiritual lives. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661 Indian Upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda 864-561-1016 Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973

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

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


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There is indeed a dark side to the global surrogacy trade. One agency that formerly operated in Thailand, previously investigated by GlobalPost, described pregnancy like an unfortunate illness in its marketing materials. The symptoms: “loss of intimacy” and “growing out of shape” as well as “birth pangs.” This agency, called Baby 101, sought clients “who desire to have kids but have no time for pregnancy.” It charged $32,000 to transfer a couple’s embryo into a woman living in an all-female dorm — essentially a baby farm — where surrogates lived under 24-hour surveillance. The surrogates’ diets were strictly regulated. So was their time outdoors. The company was later shut down by Thai authorities, who found pregnant Vietnamese immigrants living like inmates. As a Thai social worker explained: “Their bosses had their passports and money. They couldn’t go outside without someone going with them.” “There are serious risks in the surrogacy process. When we write this off as ‘womb letting,’ or something flip like that, we tend to ignore these risks,” Dickenson says. “It’s correct for these governments to want to protect their women from risks that aren’t totally understood.” Not all couples seeking surrogate moms are just trying to avoid “birth pangs” and stretch marks. Some want to get pregnant but can’t. Gay couples are a significant market for international surrogacy clinics, but they are increasingly shunned by countries known for surrogacy: Ukraine, India, Mexico, Thailand and others. And when they do secure surrogates, same-sex couples can still face prejudice — a dilemma exemplified by the case of Baby Carmen, who became a media sensation in Thailand. The child was borne by a Thai surrogate and is the product of an American man’s sperm and an anonymous, non-Thai egg donor. Though the child is not genetically related to the surrogate, she abruptly reneged on the deal and refused to give up the baby after birth. Her rationale, according to the gay dads: She feared it would not be raised by an “ordinary family.” But Western couples have also broken agreements with surrogates in scandalous fashion. In 2014, an Australian couple who hired a Thai woman to carry their child cruelly abandoned the baby upon realizing it had Down syndrome — leaving the child in the care of its less-affluent surrogate. The thicket of legal, cultural and moral issues swirling around international surrogacy are nudging many developing countries to drop the trade altogether. That could shift the industry to even more unruly places, such as Cambodia, where legal protections are notoriously lax. Cambodia could emerge as the “new frontier for international surrogacy,” according to pro-surrogacy nonprofit Families Through Surrogacy. The group simultaneously concedes that Cambodia is one of the “most corrupt” nations in the world and has only a few fertilization clinics staffed by part-time doctors. Extremely poor nations just don’t have enough modernized clinics to take on all of the parents who are now barred from places such as India and Thailand, Dickenson says. She suspects the trade is running out of room to expand. “This clamping down does look to be universal or at least widespread,” Dickenson says. “All of the obvious candidates are shutting down. It’s not easy for the market to shift elsewhere.”

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I welcome any questions on this article or the previous ones, also the suggestions for any future financial subjects of your interest that you would like to know more about.

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1. The last Monday in May in remembrance of dead warriors. 2. NW coastal state of the U. S. Nickname: Beaver State. 3. The industrial workers’ union. 4. Animals’ burrows; cavities. 5. Emergency Room. (*) 6. A person who practices yoga. 7. Of, belonging to, made by or done by us. 8. Examination of the urine, as for the diagnosis of disease. 9. Technical Specification. (*) 10. A woman who inherits the wealth of a deceased person. 12. An egg of a lobster or crayfish. 16. National Transportation Safety Board. (*) 19. Antonym. (*) 21. Ancient country in S Greece on the W Peloponnesus. 22. Seaport in northernmost Honshu, Japan. 25. A state of SW Germany: Cap. Munich. 27. Seaport in S Ukraine, on the Black Sea. 30. Atmosphere. 32. Alternating Current. (*) 34. Research Triangle Park. (*) (In North Carolina) 36. Indicating the printed matter to be deleted. 37. Dry and barren; lifeless. 40. Look at; view. 42. Professional Engineer. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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



The unused 11 letters spell ”The person who keeps the records of fouls, score, timeouts, shots attempted etc.”


(The common letters are “XA” - Fill in the blanks) 1. One that makes the bowels loose & move. _ _ XA _ _ _ _ 2. A drug used to treat anxiety. [C₁₇ H₁₃ CIN₄] XA _ _ _ 3. Of or pertaining to fasten. _ _ _ _ XA _ 4. Subject to pay tax. _ _ XA _ _ _ 5. Any luxurious/exotic estate. (Ref: Kublā Khan!) XA _ _ _ _ 6. pertaining to carved ornaments at the eaves of the roof to hide the joints between the rows of tiles. _ _ _ _ _ _ XA _ 7. Examination. (*) _ XA _ 8. Causing the reduction of muscular tension. _ _ _ _ XA _ _ 9. A state of the SW U. S. Nickname: Lone Star state. _ _ XA _ 10. Nagging wife of Socrates. XA _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 11. Of the network in the nerves of abdomen. _ _ _ XA _ 12. Typical instance; precedent. _ XA _ _ _ _ 13. Necessary appendages of an organ. _ _ _ _ XA 14. A plane figure with six sides & six angles. _ _ XA _ _ _ 15. “Saint Francis _____”, Jesuit missionary. XA _ _ _ _ 16. Cocktail made of gin, rum & sweet crème. _ _ _ XA _ _ _ _ 17. To raise in status, dignity, power etc. _ XA _ _ 18. An aldehyde, related to vitamin B₆. _ _ _ _ _ _ XA _ 19. The hip or hip joint. _ _ XA 20. A small tumor of the skin; a soft mass. XA _ _ _ _ _ _ 21. Ether, made from glycol, used in cosmetics. _ _ _ XA _ _ 22. Very accurate; precise. _ XA _ _ 23. Overstate, overemphasize. _ XA _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 24. To direct and focus (the eyes) on a point. _ _ XA _ _ 25. A salt of oxalic acid having the divalent. _ XA _ _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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take to pursue those priorities.” These include expanding collaboration under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative; the Make in India efforts of India’s government; new opportunities to deepen cooperation in maritime security and maritime domain awareness; military-to-military relations; the knowledge partnership in the field of defense; and regional and international security matters of mutual interest, the statement said. The two leaders said they welcomed the efforts by the Indian and U.S. armed forces to further expand collaboration and to increase complexity in their military engagements and exercises, including developing plans for more advanced maritime exercises, the statement said. Carter and Parrikar noted India’s participation in this year’s Rim of the Pacific multilateral naval exercise, the participation of the Indian air force in the multilateral Red Flag exercise in April and May in Alaska, and U.S. participation in the international fleet review of the Indian navy at Visakhapatnam in February. “They expressed their desire to explore agreements which would facilitate further expansion of bilateral defense cooperation in practical ways,” the statement said. “In this regard, they announced their in principle agreement to conclude a logistics exchange memorandum of agreement, and to continue working toward other facilitating agreements to enhance military cooperation and technology transfer.” Maritime Security “In support of the India-U.S. Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region and the maritime security objectives therein, both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in the area of maritime security,” the statement said. Carter and Parrikar reaffirmed their desire to expeditiously conclude a “white shipping” technical arrangement to improve data sharing on commercial shipping traffic and agreed to commence navy-to-navy discussions on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare. The two leaders also agreed to launch a bilateral Maritime Security Dialogue, co-chaired by officials at the joint secretary and assistant secretary level of the Indian Defense and External Affairs Ministries and the U.S. Defense and State Departments. Also during their meeting, Carter and Parrikar reaffirmed the importance of safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the region, including in the South China Sea, the statement said. “They vowed their support for a rules-based order and regional security architecture conducive to peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean and emphasized their commitment to working together and with other nations to ensure the security and stability that have been beneficial to the Asia-Pacific for decades,” it said. The two leaders reviewed the progress and reiterated their commitment to pursue co-development and co-production of advanced defense articles under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative. In this context, they agreed to initiate two new pathfinder projects on digital helmet mounted displays and the joint biological tactical detection system. Cutting-edge Defense technologies Carter and Parrikar commended the ongoing discussions at the Jet Engine Technology Joint Working Group and the Joint Working Group on Aircraft Carrier Technology Cooperation, the statement said. The two leaders also agreed to work towards greater

cooperation in the field of cutting-edge defense technologies, including deepening consultations on aircraft carrier design and operations and jet engine technology, it said, and they noted the understanding reached to conclude an information exchange annex to enhance data and information sharing specific to aircraft carriers. “With the aim of encouraging greater participation of U.S. defense industries in the Make in India program,” Parrikar informed Carter about the recently announced defense procurement policy and other reforms in the Indian defense sector, the statement said. “Both sides agreed to encourage their respective defense industries to develop new partnerships in the pursuit of a range of cutting-edge projects,” it said. And in support of Make in India, the United States shared for consideration of India’s government two proposals to bolster India’s suite of fighter aircraft, the statement said. Carter and Parrikar “welcomed the finalization of four government-to-government project agreements in the area of science and technology cooperation: atmospheric sciences for high energy lasers, cognitive tools for target detection, small intelligent unmanned aerial systems, and blast and blunt traumatic brain injury,” the statement said. India’s government agreed to support America’s commitment to bringing its fallen personnel home and providing their families the fullest possible accounting, and looks forward to further humanitarian missions of this kind over the next few years to return the remains of these U.S. heroes to their families, the statement said.


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ARIeS (Mar 20 - Apr 20) Major positive changes are on the way this month. Your luck may favor you repeatedly, but also be prepared to compromise. Enjoy good return on investments while making your own decisions - and bravely make them. Don’t count on your associates or friends. You may need to watch your health after middle of the month. You should be able to resolve family issues during last week of the month. The stars are favoring you this month so be sure to take maximum benefit.

lIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) Destiny may force you to change your ideology this month. You may be able to control the situation. Major downward changes may take place in your life. Avoid making instant moves. Your enemies may flourish, but this may help you indirectly. You partner may also try to cheat on you this month. Your family may prove to be best support for you. A trip with friends may bring major changes in your attitude towards life.

tAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) This month may bring major ups and downs in your life. The beginning of the month could be very favorable, as the circumstances may help you quite a bit. After second week of the month, your own mistakes may lead you toward distress. Try to listen to your seniors and supervisors. Minor improvement in health is possible during last week of the month, but keep taking health issues seriously.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - nov 22) Your confidence may be at par this month, which may help you in destroying your competitors. Be careful as there are chances this may also backfire on you. Good support from your spouse could make your life comfortable. Take quick and smart actions and you will be victorious. Avoid arguing with people and take action. Last week of the month can help you in making new friends. It is important that you take maximum benefit of the situation and enjoy financial gain.

GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) Life may fly by this month. You will be very busy and a continuous flow of new opportunities may bury you during middle of the month. Consider these as good problems. You may benefit through your friends. It is very important that you take advantage of the situation and make instant decisions, which should be followed through immediately by aggressive action. Your income should rise, as will your expenses. Try to work towards a budget during the last week of the month. CAnCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Continue working with your family as a team, as it can help you build a long-term career. A rise in income is clearly indicated. Money may flow from more than one direction during second half of the month, but don’t think your savings will increase. Take full advantage of the situation; keep away from your friends after second half of the month. You can’t blame destiny this month for any loss or failure. Enjoy good health and family life. leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You may feel very energetic and confident this month. You may also be forced to compromise with your morals. Try to take major, brave decisions during first half of the month and also keep very busy. Life should move very fast and success will come your way. It is very important that you make quick moves and take courageous actions. You should get co-operation from your friends and associates. A minor dispute with family is possible during last week of the month. Just ignore it. VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) After a negative start of the month, life may fly and turn the table in your favor by the end. A rise in your income is clearly indicated. You may become very busy after the middle of the month. Avoid taking on debt from anybody. Some health issues may bother you during third week of the month. Try to be flexible in making decisions. Avoid spending money with friends for travel.

SAGIttARIUS (nov 22 - Dec 21) Your children can bring good luck for you this month and you may take pride in their achievement. This may lead you towards changes in life. A rise in responsibilities at your place of work may force you to work extended hours, which may negatively affect your health. Your enemies may also try to harm you. Don’t fight with them, but at the same time avoid compromise. Wait and watch for now. CAPRICoRn (Dec 21 - Jan 20) After a negative start, changes in your attitude may bring good luck for you. Now is the time to make child-related decisions. You may have to work with the situation temporarily to avoid conflicts. Don’t bring in your religious beliefs during making any decision. Circumstances may force you do some laborious work to enjoy financial gain. Your partner may come forward to support you. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your relations with your friends may take a major turn during travel in the second week of the month. Your spouse’s health may create some worries for you. Try to share your spouse’s workload to maintain steady flow of income. A lack of confidence and dispute with partner may force you to compromise in life. Avoid making any major personal decisions. You may make a major mistake during last week of the month. PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Numerous business-related trips may widen your friend circle. New contacts may change your strategy of making money. You should act aggressively against your competitors to win. Don’t expect any cooperation from your spouse, although other family members may strongly support you. Improvement in health is there. Circumstances may force you to adjust with your religious beliefs to earn extra money.


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Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................17

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

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions- Hari Bol Inc)135

Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC)..................................25

Bhogal CPA, PC...................................................83

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian)...................47

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ........................29

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC....................................137

Little India (Grocery - Durham) .............................51

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

Biryani House of Cary ..........................................35

Live Spectrum (Hindi Play - Chanakya, Manoj Joshi).28

Sukhadia's Indian Cuisine....................................79

Blooming Buds..................................................141

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................33

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro .....................................32

Britannia .....................................................15 / 31

Maadhurya Photography....................................141

Tandurm Food Truck ............................................49

Building Blocks Pediatrics, PLLC ..........................16

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

Tar Heel Mortgage Corp (Krish Mahalingam).........41

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) ....93

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

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You) ............133

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......58

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)...............................41

The SQL Academy...............................................61

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................72

Mishra Architecture PLLC ..................................103

Tier3MD & Trans Global Communications ............55

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............76

MyTripFare (Travel agent)...................................103

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) ..............................38

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................53

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................63

Travel Universe ....................................................59

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................49

NC Dermatology Associates .................................48

Travelinks ............................................................71

Children's Lighthouse Learning Center.................83

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

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .......................76

Chugh Attorneys at Law.....................................125

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................79

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)..............................111

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............95

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................57

Triangle Table Tennis ..........................................47

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................58

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

Triangle Wholesale...............................................39

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services)117

Paramount Montessori.........................................87

Triangle Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)..65

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)....................................109

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

Ttravel Guru ........................................................96

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

Patel, Akshat (Real Estate)....................................65

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring) .............64

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)........67

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) .............................103

Udupi Cafe (Cary) ..............................................111

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................93

Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................87

Uni World Travel...................................................85

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................71

Piece Of India, Inc..............................................107

Vedic Gardens.....................................................27

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

Pookar Benefit (Musical Drama in Raleigh) ...........34

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).......................................37

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

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary) .........123

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

Evershine Properties..........................................129

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........65

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC..........119

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................45

PSR CPA PLLC (Pasupula S. Ravindranath "Ravi") 89

Ward Black Law (Manisha P. Patel).......................13

Friends Travel ......................................................95

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC).......................43

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) ..............123

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................93

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................37

White Horse Weddings ......................................141

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

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...45

Worldwide Travels ...............................................61

Global Weight Loss.........................................22/23

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) ...............................57

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ..................................105

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................89

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................54

Zayka Restaurant ...............................................21


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Blooming Buds

W hi te H orse W eddi ng s

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