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Pakistan wants millions of Afghan refugees gone. It's a humanitarian crisis waiting to happen. See story on page 10. Achieving gender equality in India. What works and what doesn't. The analysis is on page 18. Read the interview with the director of the Indian documentary film Shivani on page 28. The story on page 32 investigates how Nepal's air pollution threatens humans and glaciers. Go to page 36 for our new column "House Call" for an analysis on whether dental insurance is really "insurance" or a glorified coupon. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on page 102. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on page 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and national news, latest movie releases, analysis and videos at our website We wecome all comments and suggestions.


"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” - Helen Keller

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Pakistan and Afghan Refugees . . . . . .pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 14 India and Gender Equality . . . . . . . . . pg. 18 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . pg. 22 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 26 Full Frame Documentary Festival . . . pg. 28 Nepal Pollution and Glaciers . . . . . . . pg. 32 House Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 40 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 50 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 Success Within . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 60 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . pg. 64 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 68 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 76 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 80 Eye On The Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 84 Nepali Mountain Runner . . . . . . . . . . pg. 88 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 90 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 92 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 94 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . pg. 102 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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In the bustling border town of Peshawar, Pakistan, the lines form early these days at this government office that processes residence permits. That’s because Afghan refugees now live in constant fear of officials separating them from their loved ones or deporting them to their war-torn native country that many no longer consider home. “The government of Pakistan has already deported my husband and my eldest son to Afghanistan,” said Afghan refugee Laiba Zeb, 27, who waited in line for hours at the registration office with her other remaining children. Zeb was born in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She’s never set foot in Afghanistan. And like many others waiting here, she doesn’t want to go to her so-called home. Last summer, Pakistan announced that more than 3 million Afghan refugees — some in the country since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 — needed to go home. Since then, about 600,000 registered and undocumented Afghans refugees have been repatriated to an unstable nation where there are currently more than a million internally

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Vandana Vishwas Parallels

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Red Baraat is a rollicking dhol ‘n’ brass band that can get the sleepiest crowd shaking their booty and moving their feet with leader Sunny Jain’s first beats on his dhol. The band’s interaction with the audience when performing live, including jumping in the middle of the dancing mass and leading them around like pied pipers, only fuses that connection further. The diverse musicians combine their individual specialties into the Red Baraat alchemy, constantly experimenting and expanding the possibilities of their sound. Red Baraat is back with their third recording Bhangra Pirates. The album is bhangra (that unmistakable beat of the dhol), New Orleans brass, rock, jazz improv, Bollywood kitsch, and hints of hip hop all rolled into Red Baraat’s wholly original sound. This time around there is the added layer of a guitarist while Jain also infuses effects into his dhol beats for an occasional whirling sound. The brass section is tighter than ever as are the percussionists. The fluid instrumental “Horizon Line” kicks off the album while the title track “Bhangra Pirates” begins with the dhol and guitar leading the horn section to kick open the dance doors goaded on by a mix of Hindi and English lyrics. It’s too infectious to sit still through. “Bhangale” (feat. Delicate Steve) is a scat-filled number while “Se Hace Camino” is a Latin and bhangra blend. The songs can wander and skitter off into all sorts of angular sounds. There are two rockers on the album that benefit with the added guitar including “Zindabad,” a skewed wedding marchlike song that turns into a jazz scorcher and returns home halfway through with a decidedly Punjabi twist. The other is “Gaadi of Truth,” clearly the most rocking song on the record with guitar riffs sparring with the horns and percussion. “Tunak Tunak Tun” is a scats-laden take on Daler Mehndi’s hit song. “Rang Barse” is the Red Baraat version of the classic Amitabh Bachchan song. It begins as a jazz and Indian classical swirl that dives into a percussive instrumental mélange. The cut is interspersed with the horns going in and out of the mix, turning it into a long jam. “Akhiyan Udeek Diyan” is a lingering showcase for the musicians as individual players do their solo bits and melt back into the groove. “Layers” is an experimental track that flows on its own accord and nicely wraps up the record.

Parallels, the new recording by Indian-Canadian singer Vandana Vishwas is a study in genre-bending. She has woven five songs each recorded in two distinct styles - think two parallel tracks each colored differently yet moving in the same musical direction. She brings Canadian and Indian musicians into the fold that enhance her voice that is embedded into varied genres. The album kicks off with the tropical flamenco track “Mai Bequaid” where one feels the lilting guitar and dreams of soft sand between toes standing on sunny beach, a lovely Bollywood actress in a sari swaying along. The same song is later given a country treatment that makes the listeners feel like they are strolling in the foothills of Appalachia. “Piya na Mose Bole” is sung along to a new age version and also in a traditional Indian version, both showcasing the longings of a woman as if on different days or in different moods. “Dhula Dhula” is a feisty number first sung with African beats and later treated to AfroIndian beats. Vishwas’s voice fully blooms singing the ghazal “Fiqr E Manzil” with the musicians taking the composition into higher elevations with traditional instrumentation. The track also gets a rock treatment with an amped electric guitar in the second version. The closing track on the album, “Hum Gum Huye (Unplugged)” is a sparse, haunting number that really showcases her voice. The ballad version of the same song fills in the lines with thicker musical accents. In Parallels, Vishwas shows her range and adaptability in multiple musical genres.

Track listing: Mai Beqaid (Flamenco) Piya Na Mose Bole (New Age) Dhula Dhula (African Beats) Fiqr E Manzil (Ghazal) Hum Gum Huye (Ballad) Mai Beqaid (Country) Piya Na Mose Bole (Traditional Indian) Dhula Dhula (Afro-Indian) Fiqr E Manzil (Rock-E-Zal) Hum Gum Huye (Unplugged)

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Achieving Gender Equality in India: What Works, and What Doesn’t

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Discrimination against women and girls is a pervasive and long-running phenomenon that characterizes Indian society at every level. India’s progress towards gender equality, measured by its position on rankings such as the Gender Development Index has been disappointing, despite fairly rapid rates of economic growth. In the past decade, while Indian GDP has grown by around 6%, there has been a large decline in female labor force participation from 34% to 27%. The male-female wage gap has been stagnant at 50% (a recent survey finds a 27% gender pay gap in white-collar jobs). Crimes against women show an upward trend, in particular brutal crimes such as rapes, dowry deaths, and honor killings. These trends are disturbing as a natural prediction would be that with growth come education and prosperity, and a possible decline in adherence to traditional institutions and socially prescribed gender roles that hold women back.

A preference for sons Cultural institutions in India, particularly those of patrilineality (inheritance through male descendants) and patrilocality (married couples living with or near the husband’s parents), play a central role in perpetuating gender inequality and ideas about gender-appropriate behavior. A culturally ingrained parental preference for sons emanating from their importance as caregivers for parents in old age - is linked to poorer consequences for daughters. The dowry system, involving a cash or in-kind payment from the bride’s family to the groom’s at the time of marriage, is another institution that disempowers women. The incidence of dowry payment, which is often a substantial part of a household’s income, has been steadily rising over time across all regions and socioeconomic classes.

This often results in dowry-related violence against women by their husbands and in-laws if the dowry is considered insufficient or as a way to demand more payments. These practices create incentives for parents not to have girl children or to invest less in girls’ health and education. Such parental preferences are reflected in increasingly masculine sex ratios in India. In 2011, there were 919 girls under age six per 1000 boys, despite sex determination being outlawed in India. This reinforces the inferior status of Indian women and puts them at risk of violence in their marital households. According to the National Family and Health Survey of 2005-06, 37% of married women have been victims of physical or sexual violence perpetrated by their spouse.

Affirmative action There is clearly a need for policy initiatives to empower women as gender disparities in India persist even against the backdrop of economic growth. Current literature provides pointers from policy changes that have worked so far. One unique policy experiment in village-level governance that mandated one-third representation for women in positions of local leadership has shown promising results. Evaluations of this affirmative action policy have found that in villages led by women, the preferences of female residents are better represented, and women are more confident in reporting crimes that earlier they may have considered too stigmatizing to bring to attention. Female leaders also serve as role models and raise educational and career aspirations for adolescent girls and their parents. Behavioral studies find that while in the short run there is backlash by men as traditional gender roles are being challenged, the negative stereotype eventually disappears. This


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Creative Yatra, in association with Charlotte Asian Heritage Association (CAHA) is launching a new film festival in Charlotte. CAFF will be a joint effort of the local AsianAmerican community and others who see value in this addition to Charlotte’s cultural landscape. The Festival will be held on May 26-27 at UNC Charlotte Center City in Uptown (320 E. 9th St.) as part of Asian Heritage Month celebration. The screenings will include full-length feature films, shorts and documentaries that provide a window on various facets of Asian society, culture and history both in the native lands and in the diaspora. This showcase for film-making as an art form will provide a unique opportunity for film connoisseurs to enjoy international films with an Asian focus right here in Charlotte. CAFF will be organized in partnership with UNC Charlotte, SEAC (Southeast Asian Coalition), Light Factory and Charlotte Film Society. Here’s the final list of full-length films. Some short films are yet to be finalized.

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The upcoming Bollywood film Hindi Medium is a remake of 2015 Malayalam movie Salt Mango Tree. The new version is written by Zeenat Lakhani and directed by Saket Chaudhary. The film stars Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar as a couple from Chandni Chowk who aspires to be a part of and accepted by the elite of Delhi. Hindi Medium, which also stars Amrita Singh and Deepak Dobriyal, opens in cinemas on May 12.

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• My friend, Chapel Hill filmmaker, Olympia Stone had a fun and engaging film about an artist that all of us should know about. In 2015 her Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck led me to seek out the Smithsonian exhibit of the artist she portrayed. In The Original Richard McMahan, she uses her particular gift of revealing both an artist’s creations and her/his psyche in revealing a man who creates miniature replicas of famous works of art.

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival wrapped up on April 9 in Durham. I had the chance to view many films and interview several filmmakers. Some favorites are below.

• The Botanist set in gorgeous scenery of Tajikistan, relates the story of a humble man, accomplished in many areas such as cataloging and understanding local botanical medicines, as well as hydroelectric power. I saw this short twice, admiring both the biography and the filming.

• Finally, I can’t recommend enough The Music of Strangers: YoYo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. This film tantalizes the senses as it weaves the story of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the ensemble of musicians that he seeks out from many corners of the world. It charts their musical and personal journeys, edited together to form an at times explosively joyful and at other times meditatively deep experience. It was a highlight of the 2016 Festival for me.

• The Last Pig is a sensitive portrait of a pig farmer who has very strong misgivings about his profession. His strong empathy for the pigs runs drastically counter to the objective, bringing his animals to slaughter. Though the inevitable demise comes (in spite of the filmmaker’s attempt to abstract this, as a vegan I had significant discomfort and had to avert my attention here, as well as in an earlier segment with a limping pig who won’t make it), the ending is hopeful.

As I mentioned, there were two films set in India. Below, I present below an interview with Director/ Producer of one of the two films, Shivani, a 21-minute film about a precocious 3year-old girl in South India who excels at archery and is helping her two deaf parents in negotiating the world. Shivani describes the highly improbably story of an elderly couple in India who have a 3-year-old daughter Shivani (or Dolly). Like her peers, she is still figuring out basics like social interaction, communication, and such. Yet, she excels at archery and her parents have Olympic visions. She had an older brother named Lenin, who did seem to have Olympic possibilities in his archery, but tragically passed away in a car accident. It’s hard to believe that the film is a short, as it seems to have such a history and trajectory of a sweet and talented young girl. The cinematography, natural editing, and soundtrack take a fascinating story and immerse the viewer to take it all in.

• There were a number of films about social justice, and one that drew me because of recently teaching my eight-year-old daughter about immigration and refugees, was Zaatari Djinn. I saw the film with her to amplify on our lessons. Rather than being a glum and depressing film, it describes a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan from the perspective of the large number of children there who persist and make a life with some joy out of the situation. In email exchanges with Catherine van Campen, the filmmaker, she confirmed my daughter’s intuitions about several aspects of the film, notably a “mysterious” character who often appears in silhouette as, as my daughter correctly guessed, a symbol of a “jinni”. The serious aspects of the film lie not in the refugee crisis itself, but rather in considerations of male privilege, family dynamics, and, indeed, transcendence.

• Austerlitz took a grim but well-worn theme, that of concentration camps, and gave it a surprising – and disturbing – twist, that of silently witnessing the masses of tourists visiting two camps. I’ve been to Dachau and have studied these unspeakable and unimaginable horrors. For me, and I would think most, it was a sobering and utterly serious undertaking. Yet, in long scenes with the camera not moving or not moving much, we witness casual and, dare I say, disrespectful actions of levity, “selfies” in front of a thankfully extinguished crematorium, and attitudes of families and individuals on a tourist trek checking off one more notable site.

Here is an excerpt of an interview with Director Jamie Dobie.

Jamie, how did you find out about the story? I saw an image of Dolly setting the record when she was two years old. It went around the internet for about a day and it was around the same time as Hunger Games was out, so I think the idea of a real-life Katniss Everdeen was appealing. When I saw the image of this little girl with this intense look of concentration on her face, surrounded by all of these adults (in particular, all these men), I wondered what was happening. I forwarded the story to a few friends and said this would make a great subject for a documentary. But then I thought, wait, maybe I’m the one who’s supposed to do this.

• On a much lighter note, I enjoyed Donkeyote, about an elderly man who loves to walk in his native Spain along with his dogs and his constant companion, a donkey. The filmmaking is enchanting with beautiful scenes that linger in the mind. The man decides that he wants to walk across the U.S.A. Can he overcome challenges in having the donkey transported to America, his cardiologist’s cautions, and his family’s concerns?

• Anybody enjoying ethnography will likely want to see Socotra, the Island of the Djinns. Strikingly presented in black and white, the photography itself is remarkable in depicting nomadic herders on the Arabian Sea island of Socotra in Yemen. The filmmaker, Jordi Esteva, is also a subject matter expert, having written a book about these people. His film brings them to life

What drew you to the story? My attraction was instinctive so I didn’t really get to think about it until later when we actually started shooting. That probably sounds a little crazy, but it’s true! I think for a lot of filmmakers the subjects choose you. There’s a moment of crystallization


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More than three years ago, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens shortly after take-off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) enroute to Beijing in the wee hours of March 9, 2014. Despite an intensive international search lasting three years, the fate of this Boeing 777 jet airliner (including its 239 occupants) and its exact whereabouts are still unknown. Following this tragedy, Malaysia, a successful, multi-racial, peace-loving and little-known country at the tip of the Asian continent, became the cynosure of the world for the wrong reasons - i.e. an airline disaster that grabbed the attention of international media. Negative perceptions of Malaysia have intensified after two more airline disasters in 2014/15, one involving another Malaysia Airlines flight (MH17) in December 2014 and the other involving the popular low-cost carrier Air Asia (QZ8501) in January 2015. The first two disasters accounted for more than half of the world-wide total fatalities in airline accidents (537 out of 986) in the year 2014. A study I undertook analysed various nuances in reporting of negative news as exhibited by international news channels, specifically CNN and BBC, in covering the MH370 disaster. My findings show that Western media are quick to jump to conclusions as most journalists have a “parachute mentality” and need to get the news out fast to their viewers, based on the perception that “no news is good news.” Contrarily, local (national) media are more restrained in their reporting, taking into consideration the needs and sensitivities of their multicultural audiences. Before I return to this issue, it would be useful to provide readers with a quick recap of events pertaining to the disappearance of MH370. The timeline in the box below summarizes key events:

MH370 tIMElInES • Sunday March 10, 2014, 0041 a.m.: MH370 took off from KLIA for Beijing, China. The Boeing 777-200ER had 12 crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nationalities on board, including two infants. • Sunday March 10, 0130 a.m.: Subang Air Traffic Control lost contact with the plane, which disappeared off the radar. The last recorded words were “All right, good night Malaysia 370.” • March 17, 2014: According to subsequent radar detections (based on analysis of six “pings”), the plane had turned back, crossed the Malay Peninsula and headed southwards. • March 10 – 24, 2014: Initial Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts were concentrated in the South China Sea; they shifted to the northern and southern arcs of the Indian Ocean after nearly a week. • March 24, 2014, 10 p.m.: Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (Najib) made a televised announcement that “MH370 has ended in the Indian Ocean.”

Conspiracy theories As the mystery deepened, many conspiracy theories have sprouted and have been publicized in both traditional and online media. Here I would like to enter a personal caveat, i.e. I do not subscribe to any of these theories but am merely reporting them, based on the research I undertook. Further, all these theories are linked to some kind of conspiracy that rules out the plane’s hijacking by terrorist groups. • The pilot and/or co-pilot were responsible; the theory is that the pilot who is known to have supported a leading opposition politician took the plane down into the deepest part of the Indian Ocean as an act of protest and revenge against the Malaysian government. • Americans were behind it; this theory holds that the plane was carrying some kind of highly-sophisticated equipment (believed to be a drone) smuggled by some foreign entities and bound for China. Not wanting the Chinese to get hold of this equipment, the Americans conspired with the pilot to land the plane in the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. • Russians were behind it; same presumptions as above, except that the theory holds the plane was landed in a remote part of Russia. • Chinese were behind it; again, the same presumptions, except that the plane was landed in a remote part of China and that the Chinese wanted the safe delivery of this equipment. Those who subscribe to the first theory point out that the pilot had been practising mock flights in the Indian Ocean area on his flight simulator at home prior to the actual flight. Supporters of the second, third and fourth theories believe that the perpetrators are releasing the plane parts bit by bit. As for the bodies, they speculate that they are either in a mass grave or have been cremated. continued on page 128 44

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

May is the month when I hope my car and front steps and deck will no longer be dusted with green pollen. I can take the plastic covers off the patio furniture and enjoy meals outside. I can breathe the spring air and create my container and front gardens. Last year’s May column included a quiz about the multiple meanings of water, rain and showers. Another basic element of the outdoors is the wind and, on lovely Spring days, the gentle breeze that carries the perfume of flowering trees and shrubs. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use wind, breeze and blew? 1 [Note: “wind” with the vowel pronounced “eye” is a verb that means “to wrap something around a center” like winding a string around a spool. “Wind” as we are using it, is a noun with the vowel sounding like the “ih” in “win” and “pin.”] 1. Ben got his second wind halfway through the race and finished second. _____ 2. He didn’t want his boss to get wind of his plans to leave so he didn’t tell many people. _____ 3. When our competitor won the contract, it took the wind out of our sails. _____ 4. Come on, folks, we have to go like the wind or else we’ll be late for the game! _____ 5. I think it would be wise for me to see which way the wind blows before I invest in that company. _____ 6. Some young people seem always ready to throw caution to the wind. _____ 7. His uncle drank too much at the wedding and was three sheets to the wind. _____ 8. We’ll have to be flexible and adapt as the wind blows. _____ 9. After the flood many families in the neighborhood were scattered to the four winds! _____ 10. From our conversations I get the feeling that big changes are in the wind. _____ 11. That speaker is an old windbag who just goes on and on and doesn’t know anything. _____ 12. I plan to be as inconspicuous as possible while the new management reorganizes the office. The reed before the wind lives on, while mighty oaks fall. _____ 13. Can we please slow down? I’m out of wind. _______ 14. John and I spent a lovely afternoon in the park just shooting the breeze. _____ 15. The home team won the soccer match in a breeze. ______ 16. She breezed into the conference room ten minutes late. _____ 17. He breezed through his math assignment in no time at all. _____ 18. It was my last chance and I blew it. _____ 19. He finally had enough of the loud noise coming from his neighbor’s party and he blew. _____ 20. The evidence blew a hole in the defense’s arguments at the trial. ______ a. Drunk, inebriated. b. To hear information that someone else was trying to keep secret c. Out of breath.

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My wife is still working even though I retired recently. Is it possible for me to open a Roth IRA and treat it as a spousal contribution? By Mo Vidwans Assuming that your wife has earned enough to cover the Last month we discussed the general nature of ideas behind total contributions for you and her ($13,000 if you are both over the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) philosophy; this 50) and your combined income is within the limit you can open month I will try to answer some of the most frequent questions a spousal Roth IRA for yourself. The limit to contribute to Roth IRA starts to phase out at $184,000 in 2016 ($186,000 for 2017). that get asked. I turned 70 this year. Am I still allowed to convert assets from a regular IRA to a Roth IRA? There is no age limit for converting to Roth. Of course, you end up paying income taxes on the amount that you convert. On Traditional IRAs, you are required to take required minimum distributions (RMD) when you turn 70.5 and you must take your RMD first before you convert any amount to a Roth. Both the RMD and the converted amount will add to your income for that year which might push you into higher income tax bracket. Conversions should be reviewed very carefully and over many years to make sure that you are not paying unnecessarily higher taxes.

I need to take money out of my IRA but I am not 59.5 yet. Is it possible at all for me to withdraw some money from my IRA if I do not have any other choices? Yes, of course, it is always possible to withdraw money from your IRA; in the worst case you would pay a penalty. What you are really asking is if you can withdraw without paying the 10% penalty. IRS rules and regulations have kept some provision just for such occasions. There are several ways depending on how much money you need and what you need it for. The law waives the penalty under the following circumstances: • If you arrange to take out at any age ‘substantially equal and periodic payments’ (SEPP) based on your life expectancy. You must take the withdrawals for five years or until you turn 59.5 whichever comes later. For example, if you are 52 you will have to withdraw a specific amount for at least 7.5 years. If you are 57 then you will have to withdraw at least till you are 62. This mandatory withdrawal locks you up for at least five years. Unfortunately, you can’t make new contributions to the IRA or take additional withdrawals during that time. • If you are unemployed, then withdrawals to pay for health insurance. • Withdrawal to make medical expenses that exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income. • Withdrawal for college tuition and fees for self and the family. • First-time homebuyer can withdraw up to $10,000.

Since congress has made the charitable contribution (directly from an IRA) a permanent fixture of the tax law, I can plan it carefully now. But am I limited to a single charity or can I make gifts to more than one? This rule applies to any IRA owner over 70.5 and permits gifts, up to a maximum of $100,000 of your IRA money to any number of charities. And it is a tax-free transfer. It is best to check with your favorite charities and your IRA custodian for any paperwork that you will need to establish the donations. When you do that, you do not have to take a RMD that year but you also cannot claim the donation on the itemized deductions.

Years ago, I was making after-tax contributions to my traditional IRA but now I can’t find the 8606 forms. How do I avoid getting taxed on this money again? As the question suggests, it is possible for anybody that has “earned” income to contribute to non-traditional IRA. Since this is a non-traditional contribution it is from your money after taxes because you are not claiming the deduction on your tax return for that year. As part of the filing procedure, you had filed the form 8606 each year you had non-traditional IRA; the form reports your basis so you avoid taxes when the money is withdrawn. Search your records for form 5498 which your IRA administrator sends to report contributions or you can also look for contributions on your brokerage statements. Try to use that information to compare with your tax returns to determine what you deducted. If you don’t have those records, you can request a transcript

No matter what strategy you use, tapping an IRA early could put a permanent dent in your retirement savings. Even though penalty is waived you still have to pay the income taxes on withdrawals. All other options need to be carefully explored before I would recommend this route to follow.

Are my IRA choices for investments limited just like they are for 401k? Not at all, especially if you are self-managing your IRA accounts via a custodian. As you know you have to have a custodian, by law, to hold your account. They make sure that you are following all the laws that are in place today. But you can make your investment choices. For whatever reasons the 401k choices are very limited, generally a maximum of 25 different options you can choose from. Where as in a selfdirected IRA you have literally thousands of choices to choose from over a wide and large spectrum of stocks, mutual funds and many others; all choices, of course, have to be within the limits established by IRS.

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DANCES OF INDIA By Dr. Maha Gingrich

Dancing with Drums

India is a land of ancient culture and traditions, in which dance, music, art, literature, architecture and handicraft play a very important role. In music and dance, drums have always played an essential role. In any dance form, from any country, when you add drums to the orchestra, it sets the stage for presentation of energy. They are used to invoke spirits, create rhythmic patterns or describe the intensity of cosmic dances. In Hindu religion, I think it all started with the dances with Dhamaru drum performed by Lord Shiva. A small drum shaped like an hourglass is known as a Dhamaru. This is one of the attributes of Lord Shiva in his famous dancing representation, known as Nataraj, the King of Dances. A specific hand gesture called Dhamaru-hasta is used to hold the drum while dancing. The Dhamaru in His left hand represents the Shabda or cosmic sounds. According to scriptures, it represents “OM” from which all languages are formed. In ancient Hindu sculpture, painting, and mythology, the Mridangam, a South Indian Drum, is often depicted as the instrument of choice for a number of deities to play and to dance with, including Ganesha (the remover of obstacles) and Nandi, who is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Nandi is said to have played the Mridangam during Shiva’s ancient Tandava dance, causing a divine rhythm to resound across the heavens. The Pung cholom is a Manipuri dance, also known as Mrindanga Kirtan or Dhumal dance. This dance is performed by only males either as integral part of Nata Sankirtan or independently in front of social gatherings. In this style, dressed in white, dancers need to be graceful and acrobatic at the same time. They use these acrobatic effects without breaking the rhythm or flow of music created with drums. The dance is marked by a gentle rhythm, which gradually builds up to a thunderous climax. Pung cholom borrows many elements from the Manipuri martial arts. When it is a part of Nata, two players participate in its performance, but as an independent dance performance at least 14 players follow the sequence of Nata Sankirtan. In this series with more than 40 complicated talas/rhythms that represent particular compositions are presented. The number of drummers may increase at times up to 100. The performance is full of various types of body movements that are executed with great artistic skills and excitement. Then there is a professional Drum-Dance from Jalore. Five men with huge drums around their necks, some with huge cymbals, accompany a dancer who holds a sword in his mouth

and performs vigorously by twirling three painted sticks. By no means are these drums small in size. Let alone playing and holding them around the neck, I can’t imagine dancing with them. Another fine example of drum dance is the festive dance of Ghumra, mostly prevalent in Orissa, especially in the districts of Sambalpur, Balangir and Kalahandi. The name of the dance is derived from the pitcher that looks like a drum. Its body is made from terracotta (mud). The neck of the drum is like a hollow cylinder. On its mouth they tie the skin of Godhi, a lizard like reptile. The drum is slung from the neck of the dancers like in Pung Cholam, but they also tie it to the back so that the face of the drum is close to their chest. The dancers play on the face of the drum with both their hands while dancing. This dance is also performed only by men. Unlike Pung Cholam, the dancers wear colored Dhotis and jackets. They wear beautiful turbans decorated with peacock feathers, while their belts and ankles have several bells or ghungroo. It gets complicated as one dancer without the Ghumra drum holds two bunches of long peacock feathers in both hands. He then dances with the group making funny movements and sounds that add a humorous element to the performance. Although this dance is performed during some festive occasions, customarily it is danced on the day of Gamba Purnima that falls on the full moon day of the lunar month of Shravan which is around the months of July and August. Then there is Dhol drum which refers to any one of a number of similar types of double-headed drum widely used, with regional variations, throughout the Indian subcontinent. Its range of distribution in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan primarily includes northern areas such as the Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Kashmir, Sindh, Assam Valley, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Konkan, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and many more places. The range stretches westward as far as eastern Afghanistan. The Punjabi dhol is perhaps best known here in the USA due to its prominent place in the rhythm of popular Punjabi bhangra music and dance. A Bhangra dance is not complete without a live Dhol music and sometimes, the dancers sing and dance while playing the drum. Many African countries have drum dances as well. Even Native Americans use the drums to call upon the spirits of nature. However, in my opinion, perhaps no country can surpass India in the range and variety of drums and drum dances.

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“If you know the enemy, and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” ― Sun Tzu

Strangely, there are many people who are afraid of mathematics! At least of parts of it. It is not as common to find people who are afraid of, say, biology, or history. This is a very interesting phenomenon. Since math is particularly important in schools and colleges, as well as in many industries, it makes sense to try and understand the bases of this fear of math. If we understand I spin the universe these, maybe we can do something about it. Maybe we can make Clearly, the universe spins on its own, without my help? Or it go away. Or, at least manage it, perhaps even capitalize on it? does it? Am I sure that I know where my beliefs end, and where the reality begins? Unless, I don’t have any beliefs at all, of Fear of anything course. I can be belief-free only if I have “perfect knowledge”. If Why are we afraid of anything at all? If we get a better grasp that is a thing, at all! That, itself, is a belief that can be held, only of fear, in general, it may give us insight into specific fears, such because it is possible to express such an idea. Not everything as those of math. And, is not living more important than math, expressible is true. So perhaps things are not what meet the eye, which is only a part of living? So, exploring the nature of fear as it would seem? Maybe things are what meet the “I”? has the potential to illuminate the way to not just better math Maybe I do spin the universe after all, even more than it grades and scores, but also to better ones in the practice of the spins itself. most important discipline: living. Fear is a force – an emotional one – that plays inside all of us What does spin have to do with math!? to varying degrees in varied situations. There are many books When I make the universe spin, my head spins with the and papers on the subject. Psychiatrists get rich because of fear, beliefs that I spin. If I spin that I am not good at math, and repeat as do religious gurus, godmen, swamis, astrologers and such. it to myself a thousand times, the universe will spin in a way Fear is a much studied, and much experienced force. that makes my belief so. And, every time I and math have a date, there is a deer in the headlights. The deer is me. The headlights there is an “I” in fear are what I spun. When I look outside and see the tree shed its leaves for the Why does fear matter? It would not, if my brainpower were fall, I feel no fear, no concern whatsoever. There are many such infinite. Then, fear could consume part of my brain, but leave things that go on in the world, but we remain relatively enough capacity to apply to a math (or other) problem. But untouched by events that have little bearing on the things that when real estate is scarce, I have to decide whether to build an really matter to us. Despite earnest proclamations of the outrage edifice of fear, or one of performance. If my brain is sweating at atrocities in various parts of the world such as Syria and feverishly over the importance of my grade in math and whether North Korea, we do not feel the same fear as the people living I can solve the particular problem I am working on, there is less there. But fear is not so absent, when things matter. To me. If it bandwidth for the actual task of applying what I know to the is important for me to stay employed, and there is suddenly problem at hand. The problem suffers, while my fear thrives. some threat to this state of employment, the adrenaline rushes Would it not be nice to flip this around? in, fear makes its appearance, and what I feel and do begins to shift. So, it is only when things matter that fear rears its head. Respect the brain’s capacity Matter to whom? To me, obviously! So, I matter, and something Knowing one’s limits is important. Resources are not always else matters to what I think of as me. infinite. Our brains are certainly limited. Ironically, they may be less limited, if we see that the human brain’s capacity is limited. there is imagination in fear Then, perhaps, I would try to treat it with more respect, with an attitude of frugality. I work with my students on some of these I fear, I fear, I fear so much, things too, besides the subject matter, whether it is high-school when something from me is torn away, math or the SAT/ACT sections. I’m thing that teeters without its crutch, Never mind it’s only the words I say, Balaji Prasad and never a thing that’s real to my touch

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Create Successful Motivation at Work

By Payal Nanjiani

A couple of days back a client of mine invited me over for tea to coach her in team motivation. She had been promoted as a leader of a team of ten members reporting directly to her. During our conversation I asked her, “How’s the leader doing?” Without any shine in her eyes she said “it’s going OK. The work is nice and I am excited for this project but…..” There was a long pause. She felt her team members are disinterested and demotivated. The result being her department would start going downhill and this may mean her replacement. I asked her to relax and suggested her to go in for two simple and inexpensive strategies to be successful with her team. Give them Vitamin M for Motivation Give MBW a try

She quickly interrupted and said, “I think you mean BMW, and how is that Incentives are not always connected with my Success? monetary. Employees look And which pharmacy am I for recognition, growth, etc. going to get the Vitamin M from?” Like my client, many of you may be wondering what Vitamin M and MBW are about? For any of us who have staff reporting to us, we need to have these two strategies with us. The Vitamin M, I explained to her, is a Motivation Vitamin, made up of the following ingredients: Value - Each employee you have hired is an individual human being before being your employee. If every employee is the other employee’s strength and is valued for their skills, you can make magic with them. They are your most important assets. Innovation: Everyone gets bored with routine tasks. Encourage your employees to think and come up with ideas. This will keep them active in their minds. training: Every employee who joins you wants to be successful. Providing ample training opportunities helps them derive a growth plan for themselves. Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked a timber merchant for a job and he got it. The pay and work conditions were very good. The woodcutter was determined to do his best. He had his axe with him and on the first day the woodcutter cut 18 trees. The boss was happy. The woodcutter tried harder the following days, but could bring only 15 trees the next day and 10 trees the following day. Feeling dejected, he went to his boss. His boss asked him, “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been busy trying to cut trees….” Accentuate the positive: Put your attention on all the right things your employee is doing. What you focus on will grow. Put a lot of attention when your employee does what you ask them to do and performs the task well. Motivate yourself first: Now here is where Karma takes a

role. As you sow, so shall you reap. If you feel happy, positive, enthusiastic about a project, the team will follow. There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to the baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to court. The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure. The farmer replied, “I am primitive. I don’t have a proper measure, but I do have a scale.” The judge asked, “Then how do you weigh the butter?” The farmer replied “Your Honor, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker.” Moral of the story- We get back in life what we give to others. Motivate yourself to keep your team motivated. Incentives: Incentives are not always monetary. Employees look for recognition, growth, etc. news sharing: Keep your employees well informed about the company happenings. Many of us in reality are doing some or most of the above. But it’s not what we do but how we do that has the effect. Most of us take care of this vitamin, sit back and relax. We forget the same medicine will not work for all illnesses. Analyzing the symptoms of an illness and treating accordingly is the key towards its success. Look around for symptoms in your team and then use the vitamin dosage accordingly. For this, one needs to proceed with MBW- Management by Wandering. A manager/leader has to do things effectively and efficiently. One of the important tools for this is what I call – “Management by Wandering.” If you do not wander around, you will be left wondering around. Remember your team will not approach you. If you are sitting in a cozy cubicle, with your eyes on the computer, you will surely succeed in warming up the chair. Problems are where people are, your cubicle does not have people. MBW is a powerful motivation technique as it allows you to be with your team at their level, know their concerns and suggestions, and connect with them. It’s the start of two-way communication. Though in this new millennium these techniques will be successful, be alert for Gen Z. The Gen Z employee will be more relaxed and carefree, will be more loyal to self than company, and their needs will rise above the stock market and insurance. All the other motivation techniques may fade out but vitamin and MBW will remain also effective with Gen Z. Because it’s only through MBW that you will always be aware of the changing needs of your team. As is said in Bhagwat Gita, “Because, whatever noble persons do, others follow. Whatever standard they set up, the world follows.” (3.21)


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This coastal city in Gujarat is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.

This best friend of Lord Krishna was born in Porbandar, Gujarat.



Porbandar is located in this region of Gujarat.

This temple was inspired and built by Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza in Porbandar.

Porbandar is located near what body of water?



This palace was built by the last ruler of the princely state of Porbandar Rana Natwarsinhji.


This famous Gujarati film and TV actor was born in Porbandar.


Porbandar is also part of this subregion of Saurashtra, Gujarat.

This cluster of wetlands in and around Porbandar hosts a variety of birds and wildlife.

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2. The music director of 2006 film “UMRĀO JĀN” (a) A.R. Rehman (b) Pritam (c) Khayyam (d) Anu Malik

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) 21+ words = Excellent; 15 to 20 words = Good; 14 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

3. How many basic positions of feet are there in a classical ballet? (a) 3 (b) 5 (c) 7 (d) 10

4. The 2017 NCAA men’s basketball champs. (a) Oregon (b) USC (c) UNC Chapel Hill (d) Gonzaga

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Match the name of the cartoon animal characters on the left column with that on the right column. 1. MINNIE 1. GREEN DINOSAUR 2. TRIXIE 2. DOG 3. PORKY 3. BIRD 4. TOM 4. FEMALE MOUSE. 5. JERRY 5. DUCK 6. DAFFY 6. HAPPY DRAGON 7. TWEETY 7. HOUSE CAT 8. DINO 8. MOUSE 9. SNOOPY 9. PIG 10. REX 10. BOUNCING DOG

6. Buddha’s first sermon (Teachings) were in (a) Nalanda (b) Taxila (c) Sarnath (d) Vaishali

7. Each inside angle of an equilateral triangle is = (a) 120° (b) 90° (c) 60° (d) 45°

8. The fear of heights is called (a) Acrophobia (c) Astraphobia

The answer given on the bottom of this page (no peeking).

10. The formula of table sugar molecule is (a) C12H11O22 (b) C12H22O11 (c) C11H22O12 (d) C22H12O11

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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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4.c 5.a 6.c

Dadaji’s moral short stories Once, a king in India who was an expert chess player announced that whoever plays chess with him and wins, he would give the winner anything he wants. A scholar accepted the challenge and won. We know that a chess board has 8x8 = 64 squares. He said to the king: “Many people in my town are very poor and don't eat well. So, I want grains for them using the chess board. You put one grain in first square, two grains in second square, four grains on third... that is double the grains in the subsequent (next) squares. When you put the grains on all the 64 squares of the chess board then deliver them to my town." You know, it was impossible for the king to complete all the squares! How?! Let us do the math. For the first line of 8 squares it will be 1+2+4+8+16+32+64+128 = 255 grains (Say = 1/4 lb.) Go to 2nd line. 1/4+1/2+1+2+4+8+16+32 = say 63 lbs. I bag = 63 lbs. In next line 1+2+4+8+16+32+64+128 = 255 bags. Say 255 lbs. = 1truck. Next line -1+2+4+8+16+32+64+128 = 255 trucks. Say 255 trucks. = 1 Train. Next Line: 1+2+4+8+16+32+64+128 = 255 trains. We completed 5 lines = 40 squares only. You may continue like this, adding up each line and see!

(b) Agoraphobia (d) Aqua phobia











1. Arrange these largest lakes of USA and Canada, from smaller area to larger area. (a) Lake Superior (b) Lake Huron (c) Lake Michigan (d) Great Bear Lake

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MARKETING TURNAROUND Virtual and Reality: How Social Media Changed the World

By Gail Z. Martin

Without social media, today’s world would be a very different place. Smart phones, 4G bandwidth, widespread public WiFi and adoption of social media across all age groups have made a whole new, instantaneous level of communication and connection possible with game-changing results. Social media showed us a new realm of possibilities, and in exchange, we’ve changed in what we want, need and expect from social media. Why should you care? Social media’s impact on the world changed the business environment forever, presenting unparalleled opportunities and permanently shifting customer expectations. It’s no longer a question of ‘whether’ you need to use social media in business; if you expect to remain profitable, what you really need to know is ‘how’ to keep up with the changes in social media strategy and use these dynamic, constantly evolving platforms to maximize your brand, influence and credibility. Let’s start out by taking a look at some of the key ways social media altered the world in which we do business, because you’ll need to understand the shifts so you can take full advantage of the strategies you’ll learn as we move forward.

Immediacy Forget postcards, letters and email. Forget the six o’clock news or the morning newspaper or this month’s magazine. Social media enables us to live in the now. We are “in the moment” more than ever, in ways never before possible. We see what a friend across the country or across the world is having for dinner a moment after the plate arrives on the table. We watch streaming video from a cell phone user in another country and we see what that person sees, in real time. Not too terribly long ago, phone calls were the only immediate form of communication. Live video feeds required expensive, complex equipment and the resources of a major TV news channel, along with crews of trained personnel. Now, whether it’s the Arab Spring or the tsunami in Sri Lanka or an altercation at a traffic stop anywhere in the country, someone will post video, maybe even livestream. We see history and tragedy as they unfold, in real time, without the buffer of news anchors or TV networks editing or censoring. We go online to find breaking news instead of turning on the TV. Even in our personal lives, we check out someone’s Facebook page to see how they are doing, where they’re going on their vacation, what they did today. We have grown accustomed to living our lives played out for the world to see on a scale beyond what even the celebrities of yesteryear could have imagined. Not only are we used to the immediacy of sharing our lives moment-by-moment and getting instantaneous feedback, but it’s easy to become addicted to the rush of validation that comments, shares, liked and retweets provide. We are all stars of our very own reality show. Use the immediacy of the internet and social media to your advantage by inviting your audience at live events to post video, live-tweet or upload photos to Facebook. Recognize that via social media, you can engage with people who could not attend your event in person but who can participate virtually by responding to the in-the-moment content you and other

attendees post as the event unfolds. Take advantage of the immediacy inherent in video by making use of the everexpanding range of apps that make web video easy. You’re limited only by your imagination.

Disintermediation and Decentralized Information Flow All hail the rise of the citizen journalist. Gone are the days when the network news teams of the broadcast TV channels curated the information, images and opinions that reached the public. Social media, the internet and cell phones have made everyone a reporter, commentator and broadcaster. On one hand, this new decentralized information flow and its lack of institutional filters, censors and controls frees us to digest information raw. We can find a nearly endless amount of information on every topic, posted by all kinds of sources. To the extent that this makes it much more difficult to suppress information or carry out disinformation campaigns, disintermediation is a good effect of social media. No wealthy individual, no powerful government, no feared criminal is powerful enough to gag the internet. WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, and many other whistleblowers and informants have proven time and again that secrets will leak out. And when a media hoax is perpetrated or an urban legend goes viral, it falls as quickly as it rose to prominence, exposed by bloggers, fact-checkers and sites like On the other hand, not all news sources are created equal. While some may strive to be unbiased or to at least honestly admit their bias, many others take a “caveat emptor” approach. Astroturf organizations—groups with earnestly populist sounding names that are actually funded by political or business organization with a definite agenda—can be difficult for the average reader to quickly identify. We can now report and retrieve our own news, but we must also authenticate the information provided to us by others. Social media has also changed the concept of “expert.” Subject matter experts can reach niche audiences easier than ever before, without the need for travel or speaking engagements. Blogs, videos, webinars and social media share a subject matter expert’s insights and connect directly with the intended recipients. At the same time, it’s now up to the individual to determine whose expertise is authentic. Although experts have proliferated on social media, validating expertise has become a thorny proposition. Before social media, the experts who gained fame held some kind of hierarchical power. They worked for a large corporation, for the government, or for a non-profit or religious organization, which functioned as a level of vetting. Expertise was also determined by earned degrees, such as MD, Ph.D., etc. or professional membership, which served as an endorsement from the organizations granting the degrees or accepting qualifications for membership. Social media makes it possible for people with subject matter knowledge, computer skills and an engaging personality continued on page 128

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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

come close to me and entered in my heart. How do I tell you what have I got. Some. Flowers started blooming in my way. Then I felt even the earth looks new, the sky has become new in the affection of you and me. The air is playing some symphony. River is flowing like telling us a story. When my eyes met with yours, my love, I have lost all my senses.

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Anmol Malik (1990– Present) Born: Feb. 5, 1990, in Mumbai, India. Father: Anu Malik, Music director (1980lyrics in Hindi: Present) Grandfather: Sardar Malik, Music director (1950-60) Films include: Biwi No. 1 (1999) to Houseful 3 (2016) Years active as a singer: (1995 - Present) Here is a quote from an interview in Times of India: “I was always on the set with my dad. I’m the most comfortable in a recording studio, also as an escape from school. I am not classically trained. I have enough knowledge of ragas though, which I learned from my father and Dadaji Sardar Mallik. I’ve been composing and writing romantic numbers since I was 10. Every song has its own destiny...“ You can visit her website for more details Awards: Best playback female singer Films: Umrao Jān, Ugly-aur-pagli, Tanu weds Manu...

Her lyrics to the famous award-winning Hindi song “Agle janam mohe bitiyā nā keejo …” from the film Umrao Jan are given on this page. Evergreen and Classic lyrics

Sānvariyā sānvariyā, main to hui bānvariyān Song: Agle janam mohe bitiyā nā keejo … Film: Umrāo Jān Year: 2006 Music: Anu Malik Singer: Anmol Malik Lyricist: Jāved Akhtar Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Yaman Kalyān Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Aishvarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Shābāna Āzmi

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lyrics in English: Hamare sajanavā hamarā dil aisā todanWoh ghar basāyan humakā rasatā mā chhodanJaise ki lallā koi khilaunā jo pāveDo chāra din to khele phir bhul jāveRobhi nā pāve aisi gudiyā nā ki joAgale janam mohe bitiyā nā ki jo (2) Jo ab kiye ho dātā aisā nā ki jo, Agale janam mohe bitiyā nā ki jo Aisi bidāi bolo dekhi kahi haiMaiyā nā bābul bhaiyā kono nahi haiĀnsu ke gehane hai aur dukh ki hai doliBanda kiwariyā more ghar ki ye boliIs aur sapanome bhi āyā nā ki jo, Agale janam mohe bitiyā nā ki jo Jo ab kiye ho dātā aisā nā ki jo, janam mohe bitiyā nā ki jo (2)


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Sports Drinks: We don’t need Gatorade if we go to the gym! Even the kids don’t need it after every practice. The guidelines for athletes suggest that for games and sports events outdoors lasting 1 hour, water is sufficient. For events lasting longer than 60 min, and/or taking place in hot, humid weather, sports drinks containing 6% carbohydrates and 20 mEq/L to 30 mEq/L of sodium chloride are recommended to replace energy stores and fluid or electrolyte losses.

Functions of water in the body • Water helps maintain blood volume and helps regulate blood pressure. • It helps lubricate joints and body tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose, and helps cushion organs. • It helps keep body temperature constant at about 98.6 degrees. • It helps metabolize fat. • It helps with proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. • It transports nutrients and oxygen to all cells. • It helps flush and carry out toxins and waste products . • The average human body is 75 percent water, blood is 92 percent water, bones are 22 percent water, and muscles are 75 percent water, so it is not surprising that our immune system depends on our water intake.

A study published in the June 2016 issue of the American Journal of Public Health reveals that more than half of all children and adolescents in the U.S. are not getting hydrated properly—probably because they’re not drinking enough water. This could have a major impact on their physical health and their cognitive and emotional functioning. Another study showed that the average American gets 21 percent of his or her calories from beverages. The majority of these beverages are soft drinks and fruit drinks with added sugars. In general, there has been a large increase in consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks over the last several decades, leading to an increase in obesity and diabetes. Although excessive dehydration is associated with serious health problems, even mild dehydration can cause issues such as irritability, fatigue, and lack of focus. If you are not getting enough water, your body will react by pulling it from other places, including your blood. This causes the closing of some smaller vessels (capillaries), making your blood thicker, more susceptible to clotting, and harder to pump through your system. This can have serious consequences such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Did you know that one of the most common causes for headaches is dehydration? Recent studies have also linked the lack of water to arthritis and heartburn. Water contributes to energy storage along with glycogen. Without water, extra amounts of glucose remain in the bloodstream until reaching the liver, the extra glucose is stored as fat. Your body takes water from inside cells in an effort to compensate for a dehydrated state, including fat cells. Less water in your fat cells means less mobilization of fat for energy.

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To interest low-caste Indians in Christianity, evangelicals add Hindu traditions By Mobeen Azhar, PRI’s The World

It’s Sunday morning in the Indian city of Banaras. In a humble concrete and sheet-metal church, worshippers gather for the weekly service. But this is no regular church. There is no spire. There are no ringing bells. The regular vocabulary of praise for Christ is tailored to this Hindu-Indian congregation. Jesus is depicted not on the cross, but sitting in the lotus position with the palm of his hand outstretched, just like Krishna. Members of the congregation sit not in pews, but cross-legged on the ground. The hymns are set to tabla and harmonium, just like Hindu Vedas. India has for a long time prided itself on being a multi-faith, secular nation. But in many parts of the country, there is a battle for souls taking place. In a nation that has seen Hindu nationalism popularized through the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Hindu conversions to Christianity are forcing a discussion on the role of caste and religion in modern India. Conversions to Christianity among the Hindu population is an especially contentious trend.

Almost this entire congregation in the Banaras church once identified as Hindu Dalits, or untouchables. The untouchable caste is traditionally perceived as being at the very bottom of the pecking order of Hindu society. In the minds of many Hindus, menial jobs and cleaning are still reserved for Dalits. The priest, Father Joseph, says Christianity offers an escape from the trappings of the caste system. “The gospel teaches that redemption is through Christ. We are all created equally and we are judged not according to the family we are born into, but for our deeds.” The church encourages a brand of faith you could call Christianity-lite. The congregation is told that belief in Jesus can sit alongside belief in Hindu deities such as Krishna and Shiva. Many of the churchgoers identify as Christ-believing Hindus. Father Joseph explains: “This Church is funded by Christians in America who want to see the gospel of Christ spread through India. We are offering welfare programs. If people gain comfort from believing in Christ alongside the Hindu Gods that are known to them, what is wrong with that? If they want to become fully baptized Christians later, we will facilitate that.” But class norms here are stubborn, and the conversions have, for the most part, created a Christian underclass. Converts are still perceived as Dalits by much of Indian society, and therefore continue to be stigmatized. There are no reliable figures for the number of conversions to Christianity, but the issue is gaining traction across India and sparking a response. In March this year, the BJP won a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. The appointment of Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest, as chief minister of the state has been perceived by many as an example of the rise of an explicitly Hindu-Indian identity, an identity that many Hindus say is being threatened by the conversion of Dalits. Hindu nationalist organizations such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS have organized a program of “Ghar-Vapsi,” or “Homecoming,” reminding Hindu converts to Christianity of their religious heritage and encouraging them to return to the faith they were born into. Mobeen Azhar reported from Uttar Pradesh, India.

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Diversification is an important aspect to building your investment portfolio. Diversification is the idea that you should not put all your eggs in one basket, but rather spread them across various asset classes. I will provide an overview of diversification, and then use real-life examples as a benefit of diversification. Lastly, we will speak about the risks of diversification. Simply, diversification allows you to reduce your risk. More specifically, the concept of diversification is that investors can improve their return relative to the amount of risk they are taking by investing in multiple investments versus concentrating the balance in a single investment. Diversification can simply mean adding stocks spread across many different sectors to a portfolio. I will A thought exercise might use the portfolio in the be, what can cause my context of diversifying across industry to face hard times asset classes and overall and thus affect my financial life. earnings stream? A good place to start to think about diversifying is of your earnings stream. Many people earn income in industries that are subject to certain economic or business cycles. A thought exercise might be, what can cause my industry to face hard times and thus affect my earnings stream? Further, during those hard times what are other sectors that could do well, and how do you gain exposure to them? This could help stabilize your earnings stream throughout the economic cycle, as well as reduce risk from the economic cycle. The concept is similar in managing your portfolio. The portfolio should consist of various asset classes that can fit together in a way that helps reach your financial goals. Luckily, with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), you can gain exposure to various sectors, asset classes, and geographies at very little cost. An S&P 500 index tracker is a good starting point for your equity portfolio, it will give you exposure to 500 of the top U.S. traded companies. You can mix that with exposure to some bond products, and you are on your way! The year 2008 is the prime example of the benefit of diversification. In 2008, the equity markets were down approximately 40%. A simply diversified portfolio as described above, would have saved you more than half of that loss! As a reminder, it takes a 33% gain to make up a 25% loss. Of course, 2008 may be an extreme example, so let’s focus on this year. To start the year after the inauguration of the new President Trump, the “Trump trade” was the key theme in financial markets. To summarize, the “Trump trade” means to focus on asset classes and sectors that will do well with higher growth, inflation, and interest rates. Let’s fast forward a couple of months to March, the month highlighted how quickly market dynamics and the narrative can change. At the end of February, President Trump delivered a speech that many investors considered his most “Presidential.” On March 1, the day after, saw a significant

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dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the lifesustaining rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an Art Exhibition - May 6-7 (Charlotte) open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older. The races The Hindu Center of Charlotte is organizing an Art Exhibition begin on Saturday, May 13 at 9am and run through 4pm along on May 6 - 7, 12pm - 5pm both days. This is a free event Lake Norman in Cornelius. For more information visit featuring various local and regional artists are presenting their artwork. There will be Showcase of all kind of arts including visual art, paintings, crafts, 3D art, handmade jewelry and Charlotte Asian Film Festival - May 26-27 more. Much of the artwork will be for sale as well. For more Creative Yatra, in association with Charlotte Asian Heritage details call 704-620-4503 or write to Association (CAHA) is launching a new film festival in

Charlotte. The Charlotte Asian Film Festival (CAFF) will be a joint effort of the local AsianAmerican community and others who see value in this addition to Charlotte’s cultural landscape. The Festival will be held on May 2627 at UNC Charlotte Center City in Uptown as part of Asian Heritage Month celebration. The screenings will include full-length feature films, shorts and documentaries that provide a window on various facets of Asian society, culture and history both in the native lands and in the diaspora. This showcase for filmmaking as an art form will provide a unique opportunity for film connoisseurs to enjoy international films with an Asian BAPS Walk Green - May 7 (Matthews) focus right here in Charlotte. CAFF will be organized in The BAPS Charities’ annual walk will take place on Sunday, partnership with UNC Charlotte, SEAC (Southeast Asian May 7 beginning at 10 with registration and 12pm with Coalition), Light Factory and Charlotte Film Society. For more walkathon. This year’s focus in on supporting The Nature details write to Conservancy’s efforts to plant and restore 1.6 million acres of land by planting one billion trees by 2025 through their plant a Classical Dance Performance - May 6 (Chapel Hill) billion trees initiative. BAPS walkathon hope support planting Suvithra Music presents a classical dance performance of 100,000 trees in 2017. The event takes place at 200 W. featuring Srividya Angara Sinha (Kuchipudi) and Shubha McDowell St., Matthews, NC. For more details visit, Nagarajan (Odissi) on Saturday, May 6 starting at 6pm in the Hanes Auditorium, Chapel Hill High School. Tickets begin at Bappi lahiri in Concert - May 19 (Charlotte) Legendary singer, composer and musician Bappi Lahiri will perform live in concert with Garima Khiste (Voice India fame) along with a live orchestra. Catch tons of hits and lively melodies in this concert that will support Charlotte’s Hindu Center’s Expansion project. The concert will take place on Friday, May 19 at Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr., Charlotte with dinner from 6 - 7:30pm and show beginning at 8:15pm. General admission is $25, while tickets with dinner begin at $50. For more details call 704-207-5672 or 704-488-8145. You can also write to

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Capital Cricket Classic - May 6 (Raleigh) Cricket will take over the Halifax Mall in Downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May 6 as 8 teams in their formal whites compete for the Capital Cricket Classic Cup. There will be 7 matches played starting at 9am, with the Championship game at approximately 4pm. Food will be available so come to the matches and enjoy some classic cricket at this family-friendly event. The event is free to spectators and all proceeds from team registrations will go to support local children’s charitiesSAFEChild and Interfaith Food Shuttle School Pantry Program. To learn more visit or contact Mark Stohlman at 919-949-1403.

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Health Fair, Sat June 17 (Morrisville, nC) Triangle area Hindu temples and Triangle Indian Physicians Society (TIPS) present the Health Fair 2017 Saturday, June 17 from 9am - 1pm. The blood draw day is on Sat, June 3 from 8am - 11am. Physicians will be on hand to answer questions on a range of health issues. There is also a blood drive on the health fair. Register at The fair will take place at HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. The fair is free but a $10 donation per person is suggested to offset expenses.

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ISSo Murti Pratistha - May 27-28 (Cary) The International Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple of Cary will celebrate Murti Pratisha on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28, 2017) with deities Radha Krishna Dev, Swaminarayan Bhagan, NarNaryan Dev, Laxmi Narayan Dev, Siddhi Vinayak, Shiv, Parvati, Siddheshwar Mahadev, and Hanumanji. The festivities will take place at the Temple at 500 SE Maynard Road in Cary. For more information contact: 919964-1008,, or visit

Kiran Walk-a-thon: Heroes for Hope - May 7 (Cary) Come out and enjoy Cary’s beautiful Bond Park at the Kiran Walkathon 2017: Heroes for Hope! This year’s superhero theme is to honor not only the heroic qualities present in all victims and survivors of abuse, but to also honor the heroism present in YOU - our supporters - who make it possible for Kiran to do what we do best. This event will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 10am-12pm, so come dressed up as your favorite superhero or even get creative and invent your own!* Tickets are $10. For more information check out

is on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 6pm at CPCC Central campus. Tickets range from $15 - $35 and India Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (Ipaac) members attend for free. For more details visit,

Roots of love Yoga Festival - May 20 (Surf City, nC) The Roots of Love Yoga Festival is a celebration that brings together the very best world class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides in a celebration of the spirit of the island. By coming together to explore ways to find a happier, healthier more peaceful way of living we can begin to affect positive change in our community and ultimately in the world around us. A variety of yoga classes and meditations will be offered throughout the day for all abilities to participate in. Highlights include international teachers, workshops, vendor market, and a grand finale lantern release. This festival will be on Saturday, May 20 from 9am-9pm in Surf City, NC. For more information visit or email

Multicultural Festival - May 6 (lexington, nC) The 21st annual Multicultural Festival includes activities such as a children’s international stage with a variety of entertainment, magic, face painting, and fun. Located throughout Finch Park in Lexington, NC will be African American, Asian, European, Jamaican, Latino, and Native American cultural villages. Come experience activities, exhibits, displays and demonstrations by artisans as well as the cuisine of each of these groups. The festivities begin on Saturday, May 6 at 10am. For more information visit or call 336-248-3960.

north Carolina Wine Festival - May 27 (Clemmons, nC) Enjoy tasting more than 100 different varieties of North Carolina wines from sweet to dry with the 17th Annual Wine Festival. Once your glass is filled groove to the music from live bands, grab a bite from our food vendors and enjoy browsing the exhibitors’ tents for treasures. Gates open and tastings will be from 12pm-6pm on Saturday, May 27. No pets or coolers allowed. For more information call 919-882-3733 or visit

Shankar Mahadevan Concert - May 5 (Raleigh) Veteran singer Shankar Mahadevan will perform live on Friday, May 5 at Duke Energy Center, Memorial Hall Auditorium, Raleigh beginning at 7:30pm. He will be supported by Siddharth Mahadevan and Shivam Mahadevan. The concert is a fundraiser for Aim for Seva. Tickets range from $25 - $199. For tickets and more details visit,

Speed Street May 25 - 27, Charlotte The annual Speed Street festival will be rocking the streets of Charlotte May 25-27 with live entertainment, access to racing’s brightest stars, giveaways and interactive displays. Each day starting at noon, festival attendees will gather on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte to enjoy vendor displays, kid’s activities, racing-related fun and more until 8 p.m. Then local, regional and national headliners will take the Coca-Cola stage starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Friday and Saturday night headliners and $10 for Thursday night entertainment. All other activities are free. For more details visit

om Squad Summer Camps, June - August (Morrisville, nC) The youth group of the Hindu Society of North Carolina presents its annual summer camp program. There are four sessions: June 12 - June 16; June 26 - June 30; July 17 - 21; August 14 - 18. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. There are many activities lined-up for these summer camps. Prices range from $250/session for members and $300/session for non-members. HSNC is located at 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For more details write to: or visit

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unkahee: An untold love Story - May 6 (Charlotte) Unkahee– or “unspoken” is based on the mysterious relationship between one of India’s most prolific poets – Rabindranath Tagore and his sister-in-law Kadambari Devi. Starting when they first met as just young children, the story will explore the evolution of this bond between the two – from tender young friendship, to the classic “artist and muse” relationship, to something much more: soul mates torn between ardent longing and scarring guilt. Nrityangan will present this performance on May 6 beginning at 4pm at Ovens Auditorium in charlotte. The performance is a fundraiser for Maiti Nepal and The Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets begin at $15. For tickets and more information contact or 704-840-5495.

Syana Sikh Youth Speech Symposium - May 13 (Charlotte) The SYANA Youth Speech Symposium will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 13 at the Charlotte Gurdwara Sahib. The Symposium is a speech competition for Sikh youth ages 6-22 years old. Local winners will complete in a regional competition with winners from NC and SC. Regional winners will compete in an International competition - this year held in Duncan, SC Gurdwara (estimated 250 participants and family members from all over the US as well as Canada will attend). To learn more about this event and how to register, visit the Big Spring Clean - May 13 (Charlotte)

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oak City Revolution The annual dance competition Oak City Revolution 2017 took place in Stewart Theatre at NC State University in April. The event raised around $4800 in total for two charities, Pratham USA and Teaching for Tomorrow! Both of these charities focus on improving the education system for children in India and Nepal so children across the world will receive much needed new school supplies and resources. OCR has a huge presence on NC State’s campus and creates more awareness for South Asian culture through dance. The winning teams this year: 3rd place - Temple Agni; 2nd place - UAB Rangeela; 1st place UNC Chapel Hill Chalkaa. For more information, visit Duplicate Bridge tournament

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These speculations will continue to hold sway especially in social media, now that the search has been called off. In all likelihood, the fate of MH370 and its occupants will remain the biggest airline mystery in history.

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take-Aways There are some positive takeaways from this episode, as follows: • Malaysian aviation safety standards have been reviewed and strengthened. Despite the recent airport scare involving the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader (and perhaps because of it), KLIA has become one of the safest airports in Asia. Further, although there was a slight drop in the number of tourists in 2015, the Malaysian tourism industry has picked up. • According to recent media reports, Australian scientists created 3-D maps of more than 10,000 sq. miles of sea floor in the Indian Ocean while looking for the wreckage. As the search dragged on and sonar swept the Indian Ocean, data also piled up. Surveyors found volcanoes, valleys and scars on the sea floor from tectonic plates pulling apart. This part of the Indian Ocean, delineated by calculations based on the plane’s last satellite pings, has become one of the most thoroughly mapped regions of the ocean floor, and this will lead to advancements in scientific knowledge.

Mika Singh performed live in Charlotte on April 7 at Ovens An analysis of reporting of the MH370 episode and other Auditorium with a live band and supporting singers. disasters provides further support for the view that there is a dichotomy arising from the way in which news is presented as taj Express Bollywood Musical Revue an organizational and cultural product, based on deep-rooted cultural differences. Western media (as represented by Western news channels) concentrate on bizarre, tragic and occult news at the expense of positive news. National (local) media tend to downplay the sensational and bizarre elements and are careful in their reporting, seeking to report the event in a meaningful and societal context. I hope this article has given some insights into the need for balanced, meaningful and accurate reporting. Note: The full version of this article appeared in Media Asia, Vol. 43 No. 1, 2016. (

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of the old returns from IRS. You can go online to do that. If you need a full return, then you may have to pay for it. An enrolled agent or other tax specialists can access IRS e-services and get those numbers for you. This only points to one thing; it is essential to keep good records of your returns and other important paperwork. Since a majority of us file electronically, those records are always available in the cyberspace but we have to know how to access them. I will continue with a question/answer session next issue.

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

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. For Further Details:

Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded to “Raise Up the Next Generation for Jesus Christ.” The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel -

Carolina Khadayata Samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740

Carolinas Christian Assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 404.840.6745 (Mobile)

Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday from 3 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion For Further Details: - 513.518.5300 - 704.844.9567

Charlotte Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850

Charlotte Marathi Mandal The Mandal adds to the vibrancy of Charlotte with various events including the Ganapati Festival which are designed to keep the cultural values and traditions alive. The community is encouraged to participate. For Further Details:

Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411


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Charlotte telangana Association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355

Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all-day sits for established students. Ten-day courses are also available for all students. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - 704.807.3933 -

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Upcoming Events: For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186

Gurdwara Sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262 Upcoming Events: Sat, May 13: SYANA Speech Symposium at 10am For Further Details:

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: May 6-7: Art Exhibition For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager)

India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. The annual Festival of India is held every September in downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727

Indian American Muslim Council (IMAC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMCCharlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in Charlotte to strive for Inter-Community understanding with focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 20: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt For Further Details: Jyoti Kulkarni: 704.804.1275 Chaula Jain: 704.248.1515

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, and social needs of Jain families around metro Charlotte area. It is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. These activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. Located at 7631 Malliard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular events: Weekdays: 9:30am - Prakshal and Puja; —- 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Puja —- 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President Vipul Shah - 704.705.0314 JEt uSA (Charlotte) Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Charlotte chapter is a non-profit running under the guidance of Sri Jeeyar Swamiji. For Further Details:


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Kriya Yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - 704.814.7476

Shanti niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Center values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). Efforts are made to support a rapidly diversifying population with the understanding that a vibrant diverse population adds to the strength and well-being of the whole community. Located at Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details:

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thurs from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut.” Info about 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

Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education and has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326

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

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 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation. Sessions are conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte. For Further Details:

Sangamithra Foundation 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

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

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:


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telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (tAGCA) TAGCA was formed with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details:

trimurti temple Devasthanam The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. 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:


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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


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Indo-American Society of nC (IASnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - - 336.292.9462

Indo-uS Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar - - 336.565.6427

life Mission, uSA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401

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Sri Mata Shakthipeetham of nC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details:

Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150

Winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (WGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details:


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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605

Bengali Association of north Carolina (BAnC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For


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Bhartiya Senior Citizens of nC (BSCnC) The Organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on May 13, for a picnic at Harold Ritter Park, 301 Lochmere Dr., West, Cary. For Further Details: 919.793.6588

Carolina Rajasthani Association (CRA) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details:

Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDu) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations, he pursued the spiritual path under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. Dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsangas) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). For Further Details:

Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search only ends when the source of eternal happiness is found. This can only be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by A. M. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan, and was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. It is based on the foundation of Self Realization. This unique science provides practical day-to-day solutions that lead to harmony and happiness in life. Dada Bhagwan Satsang, Raleigh center invites everyone to the regular events at HSNC, Saturdays 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 Datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi

Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843

Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details:

EKtAA Student organization (nCSu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the 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 27612 For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208


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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. Gokulam 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 the poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536

Hindu Society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. 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. Upcoming Events: Sat, May 13: Sunderkand June 12 - Aug 18: Om Squad Summer camps For Further Details: 919.481.2674 (Temple Office)

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. 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, HIANC presents several annual events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details:

Hindi naatak Group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. Explore your dream to act on stage in a professional 2/3 act Hindi play. You must meet following criteria: You are male or female of 20 to 50 years of age. You can read and speak Hindi fluently. You have some experience in working on or off stage. You can make 3-4 months of weekend commitment for the project. Also need a team who can work behind the scenes to manage rehearsals, publicity, sales of tickets, and other arrangements. 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

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. 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 and Chapel Hill. For Further Details:

HumSub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details:

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


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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 - 9pm. 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 Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706

Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. Upcoming Events: Sun, May 7: Sitar Recital by Pandit Hindol Chattopadhya, 6pm Sat, Aug 12: Sangeet Symphony For Further Details:

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

Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653

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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

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

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

Jain Study Center of north Carolina (JSCnC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details: /


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Krishnadham uSA The mission is to foster the richness of Hindu cultural heritage by imparting the values of love, wisdom and devotion in future generations. Provide a platform for learning and for sharing our experiences and values with the society at large. The time is coming when a new Vedanta inspired sanctuary will manifest. This inspirational experience will be expressed in buildings, pathways, water flows, and connections with the surrounding natural setting at a location not far from Lake Jordan in Chatham County of NC and will be recognized as Krishnadham USA. Current address is at 795 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details:

Maitri (nCSu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details:

nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details:

Pakistani American Anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide

cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details:

Pratham - triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi -

Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts, 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


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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 a 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 International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian service organization. For Further Details:

Shree Swaminarayan Hindu temple (ISSo) ISSO’s primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. Bhoomidaan and Murtipratishtha yajman opportunities are available for a limited time. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. The Mandir is located at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC

27511 For Further Details: 919.964.1008

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: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429

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. Upcoming Events: Fri, May 19: Vocal concert with Amritha Murali For Further Details: 919.773.1580

SV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This 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 & Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040

tamil Cultural Association of north Carolina (tCA nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

triangle Area telugu Association (tAtA) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:

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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: for timing and location information.


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. Three Day workshop camps and private


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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

ISKCon temple of the Holy name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in Prabhupada Village, a rural community, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Prabhupada Village is also home to the Bhaktivedanta Archives and the Festival of India. Everyone is welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am-7:30pm, 7 days a week. Special program every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and a pure, vegetarian feast. Festivals celebrated year round. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 For Further Details: 336.593.2322

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. The 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

nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details:

Rural Yoga Community at Prabhupada Village Situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, gathers its inspiration and guidance from the books, letters, lectures, and example of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada For Further Details: 336.593-8108 / 336.558-7340 1310 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046

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. Aarti is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073

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American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 2:30pm at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 / 512.547.7077

Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7pm (meditation), and 8pm (“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

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Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. For Further Details: 803.772.6940

India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661

Indian upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda - 864.561.1016

Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973

Masjid noor-ul-Huda (MnH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quran reading classes for children are also conducted daily. The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. For Further Details:

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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 6pm 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 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:

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Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Dessert Items”)



The unused 9 letters spell that is ”The sweet ball made of sugar, coconut, semolina (Rava) and ghee.”

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 page 134)



The common letters are “IE” - Fill in the blanks)

1. A fabric strip used to tie curtains to one side. _ IE _ _ _ _ 2. An old joke, song, saying, film etc. _ _ _ IE 3. A village in Movileni Commune, in Romania. IE _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. A satellite of Uranus. _ _ IE _ 5. Devotion to religious duties and practices. _ IE _ _ 6. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IE _ _ 7. Acute sorrow or distress. _ _ IE _ _ 8. Changed or altered. _ _ _ IE _ 9. To give a false impression. _ IE 10. Ahead of an opponent by many holes. (Golf) _ _ _ _ IE 11. Institute of European Union Studies at SUNY.(*) IE _ _ _ 12. Intimate associate. _ _ IE _ _ 13. To have trust or confidence. _ _ _ IE _ _ 14. A special or limited selection of food & drink. _ IE _ 15. An obstacle. _ _ _ _ IE _ 16. International Energy Agency. (*) IE _ 17. A substance added to paint to make dry fast. _ _ IE _ 18. A small bar made of rich chocolate, nuts etc. _ _ _ _ _ IE 19. Land for raising crops. _ IE _ _ 20. The keyboard of an organ or piano. _ _ _ _IE _ 21. Indian Environmental Radiation Monitoring Network. (*) IE _ _ _ _ 22. A ripened soft, white cheese made in France. _ _ IE 23. A brief nap taken after noon meal esp. in Spain. _ IE _ _ _ 24. One mission by a single military plane. _ _ _ _ IE 25. A fuel oil used in locomotives, trucks etc. _ IE _ _ _

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camera drone was brought to that tournament by Dolly’s father’s former partner in Volga Archery Productions. My understanding is that they were working on a TV serial about where you see an image that makes you think that it would be Dolly at the time, and the drone footage was going to be used in worth the effort to actually try to make a film. And in the that. inevitable moments during a project when you lose faith in it, it’s important to remember that that first image compelled you, I liked the subtly beautiful music - classical with a bit of and to trust in that. I also was struck by the very black and white fusion, and then abrupt and reasonable transitions as the coverage of her during her viral, online moment. And how eager story’s narration progresses. I’d like to know more about the people were in the articles that were published, and the music. comments, to make her a symbol of girls’ empowerment or Because the dialogue is so sparse in the film, the music becomes parents’ expectations. She’s clearly being offered as a symbol by really important to guide you through the story. The score was the coverage and, to some degree, by her family and the archery composed by Jonathan Meiburg (frontman of the acclaimed academy, but everything is, of course, more complex. I wanted indie rock band Shearwater) and Emily Cross and Dan to see what was underneath that veneer. Duszynski of the ensemble CrossRecord. We were all aware of not being Indian musicians so didn’t want to pretend that we the main character is sometimes called Dolly and sometimes were. All the same, we thought it would be appropriate to use called Shivani. What is her proper name? Is Dolly a nickname? some sounds and textures that evoked India for us, and She is called both “Dolly” and “Shivani” and sometimes “Dolly melodies that reflected the contrast between Dolly’s childhood Shivani.” (Her last name is Cherukuri). Her mother explained and the depth and grandeur (and pressure) of her parents’ that the name Dolly was decided from her zodiac star, and then dream for her. The textures that you hear in the foreground are later their spiritual guru asked that she be named Shivani, since a hammered dulcimer, a small upright piano (with a few strips she was born on the Ekadashi (eleventh lunar day) and on of masking tape placed across the strings where they’re struck Tuesday. by the hammers which gives it a bell or harp-like quality), a clarinet, and a 12-string guitar. In the background, there are a Why “lenin”? Is there a Communist connection? wide variety of tonal and percussive instruments, including cast Dolly’s father was a former member of the Communist party. iron skillets, a pump organ, and an old Arp Solina string They also had a daughter named Volga, whom Lenin named the synthesizer. One great gift is that the theme song of Dolly that archery academy for (Volga Archery Academy). you hear at the end of the film already existed; it was produced by Dolly’s father as a sort of anthem for her. We introduced the After lenin’s death, the parents seem very interested in having theme in a different arrangement earlier in the film, and we like another child to continue in lenin’s footsteps. the film the childlike music-box quality of it that seems to suit Dolly. mentions that they become surrogate parents; how old are they? I enjoyed your editing to calm the ethos of India. It reminded They’re both around 60. me of a calmly curious observer, sticking with what’s going on and then cutting quickly to scene to scene to learn more. Getting back to 3-year-old Dolly, where does she get the I knew that I wanted to make a quiet, subtle film about a very patience and discipline, working with others who appear to chaotic place and situation. It was important to me to show and be 10-20 years or more her elder? She appears otherwise to be not tell, and to let life play out in the frame - to linger over shots a shy little 3-year-old. She also doesn’t seem to have neuroses just a little longer than was comfortable. At the time of filming, from parental pressure to perform. Dolly had just turned three years old. Obviously, three-year-olds This is a good question! It’s hard to say. There’s not much to have very little agency in their own lives. She did a lot of compare it to. Part of the reason that she is able to set records is watching and absorbing, and I wanted to create that feeling with that she is all alone in her category in archery. That’s going to the film. I wanted to tell the story as much as I could from what change as she gr ows older, and it will be interesting to see what I thought Dolly’s perspective might be. It’s also why there are happens. I will say that her focus and concentration struck me so many shots that are at her eye-level. Our DP [Director of as extraordinary. There is a presence about her … that makes Photography] had the camera quite close to the ground most of you feel like you’re witnessing something very unusual. Her the time. father wants to qualify her for the 2020 Olympics, which I think is impossible under the current age restrictions. But I think it’s Has her family seen the film? not impossible that that’s a possible future for Dolly. I hope to show it to them in person soon. They’ve seen clips.

Full Frame

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Is Dolly’s father retired? Her coach? the family appears to have money - e.g., there is a scene of drone photography. Dolly’s father owns and runs the archery academy. It was started by Lenin, and when Lenin died his father and mother moved onto the academy grounds to keep it going. There are dozens of students who train there throughout the week and compete throughout India, and there are a handful of students who live on the grounds, as well. Dolly’s dad also runs Volga Archery Productions, which makes primarily promotional videos for the academy. Dolly’s father does coach many of the kids, but he’s not Dolly’s personal coach. Her Coach is a really lovely guy named Chandrashekar Lagori who lives on the grounds, and who you see working with Dolly in the film. The

What are your plans with the film? Will it be widely shown in India? The plan is to follow her story through childhood and release a second and third installment, and then re-cut them all into a feature, but that will depend on more than just what I want. How could the story of a 3-year old be anything but unfinished? As far as this first film goes, right now I’m focused on the premiere at Full Frame, which has been very exciting. I think it’s the perfect festival for this film. I’ve submitted to a number of other international festivals, including a few in India. After the festival run, I hope to have a U.S. and international broadcast, followed by community screenings and VOD and digital. I definitely hope that it will be widely shown in India!


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Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing, etc conveniently located in the Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Call for appointment 704-726-8928.

Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All.

Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Massage for newborn and mom & other services. 27 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

Gujarati Priest in nC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-4867925 E-Mail:

Certified Henna/Mehndi Artist available in NC and other states. For all occasions (corporate, birthday parties, weddings, etc). For free consultation: 832-290-0059 or email:; Will work closely with you to meet your needs.

Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334.

Gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc .If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405.

Saathee Classifieds Business ads are $25 Personal ads are $15 Upgrade to color or add a box for additional $10 ads posted daily (call for rates) We accept all credit cards and checks. Ads up to 25 words. Deadline for print is the 20th. Web ads daily.

How do I Submit classifieds? 1. on-line: (classified section) 2. e-mail: 3. Fax: 704.527.7590 4. For more info call 704.527.7570 May 2017

Advertisers Index Accella Residential Range Hood............................... 27

Hindu Center Charlotte ............................................ 86-87

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao)...........................72

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)...51

HSNC Summer camps (OM Squad)......................... 37

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews).................... 81

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

Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)............................... 34

Religious Ceremonies (Swminath Sastrigal)..............57

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants)........ 53

Inchin's Bamboo Garden..........................................29

Ribald Floral and Events......................................... 111

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

International Community Church ...........................127

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law)....115

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham)............. 99

Isha Inner Engineering & Hatha Yoga - Surya Kriya...45

Roma Galgali (Realtor)..............................................55

Art Of Problem Solving Academy .............................39

ISSO - NC (International Swaminarayan Satsan Org)19-21

Rons Henna Art......................................................126

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar)........141

Jigna Shah CPA....................................................... 70

Rose Mun Realty (Businesses For Sale)....................65

Bappi Lahiri & Garima Khiste Concert (Charlotte, NC). 8

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

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh)................................41

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)......................................141

KDP CPA................................................................101

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video)...115

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)....103

Khanna & Sons Jewelers......................................... 15

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc......................... 45

Bhindi Jewelers ......................................................2

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch)........ 121

Bhogal CPA, PC........................................................58

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions).......................133

Saathee Magazine Subscription............................... 95

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC.........................................135

Level Homes............................................................ 54

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC........................................ 35

Birju Joshi (Real Estate)............................................ 29

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian).......................89

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).....................35

Blooming Buds.........................................................89

Lotus Salon & Spa....................................................55

Shah & Trivedi CPA, PLLC...................................... 107

Bollywood Photo Booth / DJ Hangama.....................65

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

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) .........................27

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor)......137

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

Shamim Beauty Parlour............................................77

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA...........74

Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley..............................123

Shreya Ghoshal Concert (Paracha Entertainment).... 11

Cary Medical Clinic.................................................101

Maxim Tours.............................................................23

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).....................................33

Chandni's Beauty Salon .......................................... 25

Meridian Convention Center..................................... 42

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)................................... 17

Cilantro Indian Café Cary..........................................43

Millennium Hotels & Resorts (Special Event Space)107

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)............37

County South Realty & Business Brokers............... 127

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)................................... 31

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta)........................................... 30

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai).............................. 74

MyTripFare (Travel agent)..........................................82

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant............................ 71

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).63

Nagpal, Sunil MassMutual Financial Group)..............12

Sri Somesvara Temple (Mt. Soma, North Carolina)....23

Desai & Desai LLP (CPA & Financial Services)........109

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan).............................. 65

Super Desi Bazaar (Apna Sabji Mandi Greensboro).. 78

Desi Raj Photography................................................. 3

NC Dermatology Associates................................... 117

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro..........................................79

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

Neurology & Pain Management Center.................... 38

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville)...................................33

Devi S. Laskar Book Of Poems, Gas & Food, No Lodging.. 27

Nishit Patel Car Sales............................................. 123

Travel Universe......................................................... 62

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)............91

North American Bancard .......................................... 9


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

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna & Sanjay Motiramani).31

Triangle Indian Market (Cary).................................... 85

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani).............................................57

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

Tri Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 37

Eggilicious (Restaurant - Cary, NC)............................51

Patel Brothers (Cary)...........................................48-49

Ttravel Guru..............................................................27

Embassy National Bank..............................................5

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)..................................111

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring)................. 24

Evershine Properties.................................................93

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate)..........................................16

Udupi Cafe (Cary)..................................................... 85

Eye Level..................................................................47

Pramukh Mandapam............................................... 53

Uni World Travel......................................................111

Eye Level (Greensboro).............................................13

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary)............... 55

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC).................67

Geological Resources, Inc.........................................63

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...............17

Vyas Travels..............................................................84

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

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC)...........................97

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............... 83

Godavari (Truly South Indian - Morrisville)................. 69

Raghu Mothukuri Allstate Agent................................25

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................... 59

Grand India Mart (Groceries)...................................119

Rahi Spa and Boutique (High Point, NC)....................95

Worldwide Travels ....................................................57

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John)..................... 77

Rajbhog Foods....................................................... 115

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) .........................................75

Health Fair 2017 (THAT & TIPS)................................61

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)....137

Zayka Restaurant ................................................... 59

Health Markets (Medicare, Health, Life, Supplemental)... 65

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor)....................................59

Zeera Indian Restaurant .......................................... 29


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May 2017

Saathee Raleigh May 2017  

A monthly features magazine bridging the Indian Subcontinent and America

Saathee Raleigh May 2017  

A monthly features magazine bridging the Indian Subcontinent and America