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IN tHIS ISSUE El Nino Making Drought Worse . . . . . .pg. 08

El Niño could help California’s drought. But it will make India's much worse. See pg 8 for the story. Are you smart enough to pass India’s Civil Servant exam? Go to pg 14 to find out. Women in politics. How the U.S. compares with the world. See pg 30. Living with Type One Diabetes. "Everything was in slow motion." See pg 46 for the essay. Find some tasty sweet potato recipes on pg. 94. Catch up on what the city and regional community organizations are up to in our Community section pg. 106. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about our community, news, analysis and videos at our recently revamped website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

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Noise Bliss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Women in Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 The Dentist Visits You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Test your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 NASA’s new Rocket Design . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 98 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . .pg. 106 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 134 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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MUCH WORSE By Nimisha Jaiswal, NEW DELHI, India — While Californians facing serious drought are hoping for storms and floods sent their way by El Niño, on the other side of the planet the infamous Pacific climate cycle is bringing severe dry spells, too. And for some of India’s poorest people, that’s a matter of life and death. The Indian Meteorological Department has worrisome news for the country’s farmers — 2015 will be India’s second consecutive drought year for the first time in three decades, because of the effects of El Niño on this year’s monsoon season. As warm currents in the Pacific Ocean cause pressure changes that suck the moisture out from over India, the June-September rainy season ended this year with a 14 percent deficit in rainfall. Parts of the country have had less than half their usual rain. Meanwhile after unexpectedly abundant rains in June, north and northeastern regions are suffering from flood damage. Both situations can prove fatal to the crops of millions of Indian farmers. According to a 2013 survey, roughly 500 million Indians, or 40


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and microphone and find best musicians of the culture where that’s rooted. Bringing together people from different parts of the world but for one recording.” Tucker said he mostly records on the US East Coast and in London as well as India. “There are phenomenal musicians there as well as in India, Mumbai, Chennai, Kerala.” Most musicians usually rent studio space and make a recording in a specific amount of time or over several sessions. I asked Tucker how he managed to create a cohesive recording like Filament when the tracks were recorded at different places in several parts of the world. Tucker explained, “Interestingly I’m a big fan of traveling to musicians’ home to record them. A lot of studios are now just recording booths in a really quiet room. There are some places that have larger rooms that have a great sound and atmosphere. In India where a lot of film work is being done, they’re just kind of dubbing. I actually find it more effective to go to someone’s house if it’s quiet enough. I’ve done about half of the recording that way.” I asked him that recording at someone’s home in India must be challenging, to say the least. Indian cities are filled with a cacophony of sounds floating into households. He laughed and said, “I just avoid ambient noise. I do a lot of audio repair later on the quieter tracks to dig out some auto rickshaw or other noise.” So how does he work compositions? “I have two ways of approaching it. One is that I often do compose parts precisely on a computer (and) lay out some parts for someone to learn, other part is that musicians know their instruments better than me, so they will often come up with some parts that sound a lot better and more natural for them to play. After they play that part I will ask them to improvise something or see if they will actually add to it. After they record six or seven different takes and I will go back and edit down to see what sounds natural.” I asked about the different musicians, young and legendary veterans he has played with. “The people I’ve really enjoyed playing with recently are I guess the younger generations. The next generation of Indian classical maestros. The first track (on Filament) vocalist Ankita Joshi is a disciple of Pandit Jasraj and is a rising star in the classical vocal field. People like that don’t feel they have a burden of their classical career to uphold so they are into exploring new ideas. Not strictly into any one raga. Older ones (musicians) are brilliant but may not want do something like that. I like to explore different sounds, right now I’m listening to a lot of electronic music. Find new ideas about music that no one has really heard before.” The recording Filament is available as a download album at various music retailers. There are currently no tours on the schedule. Find more information about Tucker at

By Samir Shukla American clarinetist and composer Shankar Tucker created the online video series “The Shrutibox” to bring his love of Indian music to a wider audience. Tucker studied clarinet at the New England Conservatory, but he is no slouch playing an array of instruments including piano, tabla, guitar, and bass. He was drawn to Indian classical music early in life and honed his clarinet mastery while listening to and delving into the techniques of Indian classical music. A few years ago, Tucker traveled to India on a grant and studied Indian music with flute master Hariprasad Chaurasia. This immersion inspired Tucker to explore the possibilities of melding musical cultures. Tucker’s world is where jazz, Carnatic and Hindustani music, and western classical music converge. On his new recording Filament, he explores multiple hues of clarinet joining different Indian vocalists and musicians with meditative as well as joyous compositions. Although Tucker is the leader and composer, the album is a collaborative effort. This is fusion, yes, but it also something new and whole. It’s a musical tapestry with folk songs, improvisational pieces, and classical compositions all drawing from a wide pool of accomplished musicians in India and the U.S. The recording is a collection of instrumentals and vocal tracks. Tucker creates videos to accompany the tracks on the album and is posting them online as time permits. I spoke with him on the phone recently and asked about the process and approach to his recent project and music in general. “It started with how I kind of do all my recordings,” he explains. “I record some ideas on my computer, make a demo track. The songs kind of kept on expanding and changing over the course of a couple of years. The demo tracks evolved and grew. As more live musicians came on board it wound up way farther than what I initially thought. I named it Filament because I got the idea that the project was to find a new way to trace a path between two musical cultures I grew up with. Western classical music and jazz in the US and Indian music that I studied in Mumbai and the idea of tracing a line creating something new that’s the concept behind Filament. It’s not a recording studio project done over a week or two. I rarely record two musicians at the same time. Musicians have their own comfort zones, and that’s fine. But if I’m trying to push them to go into different area. If I’m trying to get a string quartet in New York to play Indian music or if I’m trying to get a harmonium player in Mumbai to play with a rhythm section, its often a little bit out of their comfort zone and what I need to kind of work with musicians and work part by part. It’s not something everybody can do once in the studio. A part of that is also I really value musicians coming from different places. I often travel to different parts of the world and take my laptop

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Music director Ravindra Jain passes away Legendary music director Ravindra Jain passed away on October 9 in Mumbai. Jain was known for simple yet gorgeous and melodic songs. Even though he was born blind, Jain did not let that handicap him. He began his career in films in the early 70’s and composed lovely music for such films as like Insaf ka Tarazu, Raja Harishchandra, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se, Chitchor and many others. He won numerous awards over the years as well as accolades for his music compositions. He leaves us many classing songs to remember him by.

Aamir Khan Filming in Dharmendra’s village Aamir Khan and his team are currently in Punjab shooting for the upcoming film Dangal, which is based on the life of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phoghat. The film crew will be in a village named Dango, located in the Ludhiana district to continue with the filming. Interestingly, Dango is also the ancestral village of veteran superstar Dharmendra. Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by UTV in association with Aamir Khan Films, also stars Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Sanya Malhotra. It is slated to release on December 23, 2016.

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Director Shankar’s megahit Enthiran (which was dubbed in Hindi as Robot) is now slated for a sequel. Superstar Rajinikanth will be joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger for Enthiran 2. Actress Amy Jackson is also part of the cast. According to reports, Schwarzenegger will be in India in January to shoot for the film. Shankar told Bollywood Hungama that Enthiran 2 is basically a superhero film with a backdrop of a triangular love story with bits inspired from the epic Ramayana.

Popular actor Sharman Joshi is entering Hollywood with the upcoming film The Journalist. The film, directed by debutant Aneesh Daniel, will have the 3 Idiots star playing the role of an investigative journalist. The film is said to be inspired by a real life story and is based on the Australian missionary Graham Staines who was burnt to death along with his sons Philip and Timothy during the riots in Odisha in 1999. Joshi’s character is fictional and will be inserted into the story. The role of Staines is played by Stephen Baldwin. Even though the event occurred in Odisha, The Journalist was filmed on the outskirts of Hyderabad where the village was recreated and also in a few locations of Vishakapatnam.

Trumbo In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Trumbo wrote the screenplays for such hits as Roman Holiday, Spartacus, and Exodus. The film also stars Elle Fanning, Diane Lane, and John Goodman. It opens in theaters on November 6.

Akshaye Khanna Returns to Screen Akshaye Khanna, last seen in the 2012 film Gali Gali Chor Hai, is set to return with the Rohit Dhawan directed film Dishoom. Khanna plays the principal antagonist in the film. He will portray a fast-talking villain who drops one wisecrack after another. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and will feature several high-octane action sequences. The cast also includes Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez. Dishoom is expected to release in April 2016.


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couple” offices ahead of the primary, the first in the country, still months away. “We’re not taking anything for granted,” said Thatcher, the room’s chatter rising around her, referring to the fact that Clinton’s dominant position in early polls has waned as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains strength. Thatcher said 36 state organizers are working to combat Clinton’s declining poll figures and a media narrative that Corriveau perceives as becoming more skewed against women. Donald Trump is just one of the Republican candidates with a track record of sexist comments. Kate Corriveau and fellow volunteer JoAnne St. John talk about upcoming Hillary campaign events in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It’s the classic kind of stuff that we’ve seen again and again. I mean, it’s kind of BS,” said Corriveau, frustrated, when recounting some of the quotes about women in recent campaign coverage. In April, Trump shared a Tweet reading, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” in just one glimpse of his thoughts on women. But misogyny in the US presidential election has a long precedent. In the country’s 239-year history, no Democratic or Republican woman has ever made it through the primaries to become either party’s nominee in the general election. With a female presidential bid on both sides of the aisle, 2016 could be the year that changes.

Women in Politics: How the US Compares With the World By Jenny Starrs, MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Twenty years ago, Hillary Clinton, then first lady, stood before the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Her call for equality on September 5, 1995, resonated throughout the conference and the world. “It was pretty amazing,” said Terie Norelli, who was then a New Hampshire women’s rights advocate attending the conference with 14 other women from the state and more than 30,000 women from across the globe. Less than a year after Clinton’s speech, Norelli successfully won a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, the third-largest legislative body in the English-speaking world. “We came together with the intent to agree on important ways that we could improve the status of women and girls around the world…and women in power and decision-making was one of the platforms,” Norelli said. Now, as Clinton contends for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, alongside businesswoman Carly Fiorina on the Republican side, the numbers show that women have a long way to go to achieve that equal role in political representation in the US. The country’s 19 percent female representation in Congress falls below the global average, with the US ranking behind 94 countries, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, including a plethora of developed and developing countries including China, Tunisia, Uganda and Afghanistan. The IPU uses a ranking system based on percentages that places the US 76th internationally, but because of tied rankings, 94 other countries register as having larger percentages of female representation in their parliaments. At Hillary for NH’s Manchester office, women were baffled to find out that the US is far from leading the world on getting women into political office. “Is that true?” asked campaign supporter Kate Corriveau, 31, her brow crinkled. She’s been active in New Hampshire politics since President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2011. In Manchester, “Hillary for NH” posters and a countdown calendar to the Democratic primary greet organizers as they walk into the office, just one of the Clinton campaign’s seven offices in the state. On the morning of August 25, volunteers and staff hugged and mingled after one of many campaign events as primary season creeps closer. Post-it note reminders for meetings, endorsements and door-to-doors marked nearly every day on the calendar. “It’s only going to get more intense from here on out,” said Deputy Press Secretary Meredith Thatcher. “After Labor Day we’ll really see a ramp-up in everyone’s effort, including ours.” The Clinton campaign announced in recent memos that it plans to engage more than 3,000 New Hampshire residents in small gatherings and meetings just like this one in Manchester. Thatcher said that the campaign will continue to open “another

far from the top In her groundbreaking speech 20 years ago, Clinton pointedly said, “Women must enjoy the rights to participate fully in the social and political lives of their countries.” Her primary target was the conference’s host country, China, based on the presumption that Clinton’s home country stands as a model for gender equality. But progress toward full political participation for women has been markedly stagnant in the US itself in the last 20 years. America hit a historic high after the 2014 election, sending 19 percent women to Congress. But that marks less than a nine percent increase since Clinton’s speech, when women made up 10 percent of the national legislature. On average, that’s less than a half percent increase every year, equivalent to adding roughly four-and-a-half congresswomen every two years. And China? Its National People’s Congress currently has 23 percent female leadership: four percent higher than the US. Other countries that outperform the US include Iraq, Afghanistan and Uganda, among 82 countries the World Economic Forum ranks higher in terms of the proportion of women in their national legislatures. Clinton herself called the full participation of women and girls, “the great unfinished business of the 21st century” soon after the start of her campaign in April. “And not just in far away countries, but right here in the United States,” she said. But the international comparison framing the US’s poor performance surprises even the experts. Sociology professor and international development consultant Jennifer Rosen recalls reading in The New York Times about the first-ever female majority parliament in Rwanda. She started searching the international rankings and was shocked. “None of the countries that we would assume would be at the top were at the top,” Rosen said. “So I compiled an original dataset to answer this question, like, why is that? This isn’t the theory that we’re so used to reading and teaching.” 30

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push for gender parity in Congress — that is, 50/50 representation split between men and women — when questioned about its realistic possibility. “The current strategies are so tiny and infinitesimally slow, I don’t know why they think it’s a good strategy,” she said, throwing her hands in the air in exasperation. “The only chance we or generations to follow have in getting there is to name it and be clear about it and to not be pessimistic.” FairVote and other grassroots organizations, research groups and training programs like Running Start and She Should Run are picking up the slack that politicians, embroiled in partisan divisions and re-election campaigns, have left behind. They’re trying to create a critical mass of women ready to run for office in each new election cycle. “In order to get anywhere, we need people to be able to envision it,” Terrell said. “We almost have the most obligation to start at the city level to change the structures, to encourage the young women, and to train them to do whatever it takes to create the candidates who are going to be getting elected to the state and federal level in 15 or 20 years.”

Rosen found marked differences between how developed countries and developing countries approach gender equality in politics. “It seems like in the Western world it has been an incremental approach,” Rosen explains. “In emerging democracies and post conflict societies, gender equality has become this sort of model of progressiveness and a way to gain international approval… [In] Afghanistan and Iraq, one of the conditions for getting international aid was that they institute gender quotas for government.” Gender quotas are a form of affirmative action with the goal of recruiting more women into political office. They can implemented in a variety of ways, from constitutional provisions and legislative mandates to voluntary nomination guidelines within political parties. And quotas can determine either the number of seats reserved for women in a country’s congress or parliament, or the number of female candidates put forth in each election. “They really do create rapid change,” said Laura Liswood, the secretary general of the United Nation Foundation’s Council of Women World Leaders. Liswood, 65, has seen female leadership grow across the globe since she co-founded the Council in 1996. It had 10 women presidents and prime ministers as qualifying members then. Now, it has almost 60. “They’re somewhat blunt instruments…[but] basically what you see is that very few countries will get to critical mass, which is 25 to 35 percent [female] representation, without some affirmative mechanism.” Quotas aren’t magic. Their impact varies depending on countries’ types of electoral system and level of development, but, on average, quota systems significantly boost female representation. Rosen’s research found that, from 1992 to 2010, countries with nationally mandated quotas had 2 to 5 percent more women in their legislatures than countries without quotas. 126 countries overall have implemented a quota system of some sort according to the Quota Project, which leaves the US in a small global minority of countries without affirmative policies to promote gender diversity in government.

Small victories There are places where Terrell’s vision is becoming a reality. Areas like Minneapolis, Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco are implementing rank-choice voting and multimember districts. These electoral changes create a less adversarial govt and elect far more women and minorities, said Terrell. State legislatures today are on average 24 percent female, which, while still not particularly bragworthy, is 5 percent higher than the US congressional average. And certain states are far outpacing that. New Hampshire has the highest level of state and local representation by women, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy. In 2008, New Hampshire elected a female majority — 13 of 24 seats — to the state senate for the 2009-2010 session. “You already had several women in leadership,” former New Hampshire representative Terie Norelli said of the years leading up to that monumental time. “So I think what you had in 2009 with the majority women senate chamber, the first and only one ever in the country, was the benefit of a critical mass… and that starts with recruitment and then mentoring and support.” The large, 400-member state house in New Hampshire leads to a never-ending recruitment season that exposes many people to political office. This gives more and more women the chance to try out politics, said Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat. And then once in politics, those women have a support network of strong role models and mentors within those institutions to help them adjust and ascend. “Role models have been very important, both in elected office and in helping me learn the ins and outs of local state senate races,” Hassan said. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the first female governor of New Hampshire, played an important mentorship role for Hassan and many other New Hampshire women. She campaigned up from the state-level to become the first woman elected governor and senator, and ever since has been encouraging other women to run. “There are more women that are getting some sort of political experience and people are becoming more used to seeing women in those positions,” Shaheen said. Since its historic highs in 2009 and 2010, women are back in the minority in the New Hampshire state senate. But knowing what gender equality in politics looks like is half the battle.

Stagnant politics Experts also cite factors like the cost of political candidacy, the first-past-the-post electoral system, intensely personal attack ads and stressful work-life balance as uniquely American barriers that demotivate women from running for office. The task of changing these long-established trends on a national scale often seems out of reach. “In the political climate, there’s too much contention over even the simplest things,” said Elyse Shaw, research associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. So much so that the conversation about gender equality in political representation often isn’t even broached. “I usually don’t find myself thinking of totally unrealistic hypotheticals, so I never really thought about it,” Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL) said with a chuckle when asked about her stance on quotas in a phone interview. “I think that would be highly unlikely that that is something that we could get.” “If you think about when women got the right to vote, it’s been less than 100 years. Society moves very slowly, government moves very’s just taking us time to catch up,” Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA) explains. But many activists and researchers aren’t accepting this reasoning. Cynthia Terrell, the founder and development director of the non-profit organization FairVote, certainly isn’t willing to. She jumps into a passionate defense of FairVote’s

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Lyrics in English: Mere to Giridhar Gopal dusaro na koi Jāke sara mora mukuta mero pati soi Tāta māta bhrātā bandhu āpano na koi Chhāndi di kula ki kāni kahā karihai koi Santana dhinga baithi baithi loka lāja khoi Chunari ke kiye took audha linhi loi Moti moonge utār banmālā poi Asuvan jal sinchi sinchi prema beli boi Aba to bela faila gayi ānand fala hoi Dudha ki mathaniyān bade prema se biloi Mākhan jaba kādhi liyo chhāchhā piye koi Bhagata dekh rāji hui jagata dekhi roi Dāsi “Meera” lāla Giridhar tāro ab mohi.

living legends: Singers Vani Jairam Singer Vani Jairam has sung in several languages and recorded thousands of songs for films and albums over her long career. She was born into a family of musicians on November 30, 1945 in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. She has five sisters and three brothers. One of her biggest Hindi hits is from the film Guddi. The beloved song “Bole Re Papi Harā,” became a signature hit for her. In her formative years she learned Hindustani classical music from Ustād Abdul Rahman Khan and Carnatic music from of C. S. Iyengar, T. R. Bālsubramanyam and R. S. Mani. She became active in films around 1971 and has recorded and performed around the world since then. She sings in other Indian languages as ably as she sings in her native Tamil. She has also recorded folk and pop songs over the years. Jairam has sung for music directors ranging from the classic Naushād to the contemporary A. R. Rahman. She has sung duets with everyone from Rafi to S. P. Bālsubramanyam. She has been settled in Mumbai for years and today mostly records and performs bhajans. She told an interviewer, “From a very young age I have been singing Bhajan, Abhang and Ghazal. As early as 1969, I participated in Ghazal concerts, which had singers like Purushottam Das Jalotā and Hari Om Sharan. Even at the peak of my career I was simultaneously recording devotional songs ... so the genre is not something I’ve taken up recently.” She is not retired. Even as she turns 70 this year, she says, ”I never refuse if I’m called to sing for films.”

Meaning (Summary): There is none other than Giridhar Gopal for me. He, who wears the peacock feather on his turban is my husband. All the other relationships like father, mother, brother, friends, are none for me (but my husband, Giridhar Gopal). What can anyone do about it. Sitting with Saints, I lost all worldly and social shamefulness ways with joy. I wrapped a piece of sari, wore a garland of wild flowers removing pearl and coral necklace. I planted a vine of love and watered it with my tears. Now that vine has borne the fruit of joy. Churning the milk with love, You do get the butter and someone else gets to drink the buttermilk. I was delighted seeing the devotees and cried while looking at the world. Your servant, Meera, oh beloved Giridhar, you are mine, now!!! Lyrics in Hindi:

Awards: She has received over 20 various awards from national and state governments as well as other institutions for best female singer (1972-2015). Some examples: 1980 - Mere to Giridhar Gopal (Meera) - Filmfare award 2013 - Lifetime achievement South Indian Filmfare 2014 - Lifetime achievement award from Radio Mirchi. Her famous Hindi devotional song lyrics “Mere to Giridhar Gopal” is given on this page.

Evergreen and Classic lyrics mere to giridhar gopal Note: The contents of this article are compiled from the news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Indian music.)

Song: Mere to Giridhar Gopal … Film: Meera Year: 1979 Music: Pundit Ravi Shankar Singer: Vani Jairam Lyric: Meera Bai Based on Indian Classical Raga: Khamāj Tāl/Rhythm: Dādrā Starring: Vinod Khanna, Hemā Mālini, Shammi Kapoor

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these unique dance dramas, the dancers must have a lot of stamina as they are also reciting dialogues and singing and dancing at the same time. I see it as an outdoor version of the Broadway show. To celebrate this festival Vijaya Dashami, the day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. In Telangana, a joyful dance called Bathukamma is performed by all women. In Telugu, “Bathukamma” means “Mother Goddess come Alive.” Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal values, in seven concentric layers in the shape of a peak of a temple called Gopuram. As a young child in India, I remember creating my own art work with flowers and dancing around the flowers joining elders in their singing and clapping while going around the Bathukammas in a huge circle. I guess that sounds familiar to many of you as it is similar to the famous Garba dances performed in the state of Gujarat. This dance also celebrates the victory of Durga Devi or Amba Matha as the women move in circular direction, singing at the same time measure by clapping their palms or snapping their fingers, to the accompaniment of folk instruments. I do not want to miss mentioning the Durga Puja and the ceremonial processional dances in Kolkata. I will never forget my trip to Kolkata as a young girl and then getting stuck in the traffic due to Vijaya Dashami celebrations. One can only say that Durga puja is the largest outdoor art festival on earth. The music, dancing, and art displayed and performed during the Durga puja played an integral part in connecting the community in Bengal, and eventually across India and the world. I was so mesmerized by the size of celebration filled with live music, bright colored clothing and impromptu high energy dance moves, I never felt the two hours of being stuck in the car. In Kuchipudi repertoire, one of the most famous dance dramas is the Mahishasura Mardhini, the killing of the buffalo demon Mahishasura. Goddess fought with evil demon for nine nights and ten days. The name Vijayadashami is also derived from the Sanskrit words “Vijaya-Dashami” literally meaning the victory on the tenth day. This is the unstoppable beauty of our Indian classical and folk dances. Every festival is celebrated with music and dance, both in classical and folk traditions alike. There are many similarities in these dance forms even though they are from different regions. I only mentioned a handful of dance styles and folk traditions. I guess at least this gives you an idea of the vastness that exists in India when it comes to dance and music. I will be performing with my students Mahishasura Mardhini with Lalitha Sahasra Namam during Dances of India on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Come and experience the power of dance dramas that bring our epics to life.

festivals and dances We have been celebrating major Indian festivals such as Dasara and Diwali or Vijaya Dashami and Deepavali or however you want to spell it or name it depending on the regions. This also means it is time to get your best traditional clothing out of those closets and dress up to dance for hours until you get blisters on your feet. There is so much inner joy in dancing with family and friends. It is the same joy even the professional dancers get when they perform dance dramas working closely with their dance groups.

The festival of Dasara has many stories according to the regions in India. For the same reason, you will also have many dances in different classical and folk dances depicting the stories of the regions. The name Dasara is derived from Sanskrit Dasha-hara referring to Lord Rama’s victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana. In most of northern India and some parts of Maharashtra, Dasha-Hara is celebrated in honor of Lord Rama known as Ram Lilas. Most of these dances are the outdoor dance dramas attracting thousands of people. In the region of Uttarakhand, the Dasara festival starts with the performance of Ram Lila which is unique as it is based on the musical rendering of the Katha or story of Lord Rama. It is based on the theatrical traditions set by Uday Shankar a dancer and a choreographer during his stay in Almora; Ram Lila has been recognized by UNESCO in its 2008 report as one of the representative styles of Ram Lila in India. In South India same outdoor dance dramas are called Pagati Veshalu. In Kuchipudi dance style from South India a very popular item called Ramayana Shabdam is also performed. Kathakali dance style from Kerala also features Valmiki Ramayana with amazing costumes, props and make up. Folk Dance of Karnataka State Yakshaganam is performed widely depicting the story of Lord Rama’s victory over evil Ravana. In

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By Mo Vidwans Most of today’s seniors had faced the task of “first” important talk when they were young and raising their family. When their children were coming of age, the parents had to have a heart to heart conversation with the children about “the birds and the bees.” Not that the children needed it because they probably knew all about it long before the parents gathered enough gumption to talk about it. But, nevertheless, it was hard to find time and gather enough thoughts to break the subject to them and then explain what it was all about. Now as senior citizens, in the age of suffering from medical issues and slowing down, they face another dilemma. It is not about finances or getting some financial help from the children, or about the independent “at home” living (that most of the seniors’ desire) but it is about what should happen to their estate when they have departed from the face of this earth. Most of the seniors, judging from my observations as a financial planner, do not have a heart to heart conversation with either their children or the trustees who will handle their estate after they are gone. It is not that they don’t want to (in fact they may have thought of doing this numerous times) but it just does not happen. If one would put himself/herself in the situation that will be faced by the trustees after the senior passes, of finding out the details of the financial estate, of finding out all the accounts (savings, stocks, CDs, IRAs etc.), of finding out the original paperwork (wills, trusts, titles and other documents needed to complete the transactions) then it would be easier to imagine what kind of difficulties, frustrations and heartaches the trustees will face if they don’t know what is where and that they have to start from scratch. This is the second most important talk I am referring to. The majority of seniors that are my clients and I have talked to in my business, have not done such an important talk. It is meant to help the trustees get a handle on the situation and not have to go through the painstaking task of digging every thing up since they don’t know what is involved in the first place and then how to go about closing the issues, whom to contact etc. And then there is the unpleasant task of facing disgruntlement, fighting and other issues that arise from the siblings and relatives only because they did not know your intentions and were expecting something different. There are three phases in this task of putting it all together and conveying the information properly. First is getting all the information in one place: like the assets of one’s estate, for example, saving/checking accounts, IRAs and other financial assets. Included in that will be other treasures like jewelry, china, special heirlooms, furniture, clothing and similar items. It will be an extensive list and should also include names and telephone numbers of the persons to contact, account numbers, IDs and passwords etc. for each one of those financial accounts. The second phase is to gather trustees and relatives in one place and tell them what to do about it. Most of us don’t think of doing it and are generally afraid to talk about it but it is best if you let them know your intentions as to who is getting what from the list of assets that you put together. It is better to let

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poor home care in keeping areas clean. Generally, patients can be in braces anywhere from 6-30 months followed by a period in a retainer to hold the teeth in the final desired point. There are certain insurance companies that will cover some cost of this treatment but many that do not. Do not let this trick you into thinking that orthodontics is not a beneficial treatment for your child. It is crucial for parents to establish routine dental care for children so that, first, they become familiar with the dentist office setting and its procedures. Second, as they grow out of their baby teeth, the exam and x-rays will help the dentist to predict if braces will be needed. Just as a meteorologist can predict when a hurricane is coming based on his specific knowledge on air pressure, temperature changes, wind patterns, etc, a dentist can forecast if a child will have a malocclusion that can be avoided with early orthodontic care. When your child is losing a lot of teeth from 8-10 years of age, this is when the most preventive procedures can be done to avoid having to wear full braces for years and benefitting from reduced costs. Early diagnosis for younger patients has been on the rise because there are several new technologies, methods, and costsaving measures that can be used to avoid potentially more complex and costlier treatment in the adult phase. There are many individuals that did not get the proper early treatment for the misalignment of their bites in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Today, these are the people I see that have developed cavities, gum disease and even infections. Those cavities turned into fillings that later grew up to crowns from the inability to floss and brush in the crowded areas. Over time, those teeth became root canals or missing teeth. Areas of missing teeth became a bridge or a partial. Those forgoing orthodontics spent time getting those procedure appointments while not improving their appearance. Lastly, the total amount of money spent on all those treatments easily surpassed the cost of getting early orthodontic treatment. I understand that our Indian mindset of hard work, prudent money habits, and addressing dental concerns only in emergent situations is the perfect recipe for an orthodontist to treat many of us. However, I do know several Indians my age that benefitted from braces including myself. Conversely, there are also plenty that were not fortunate to have treatment and are on the endless cycle of fillings, crowns, root canals, and bleeding gums. While orthodontic care is not a life-saving treatment, its merits lie in avoiding cavities and gum infection. With more Indians in the public eye like journalism, entertainment, and highest level of business, wouldn’t it help to have an attractive, healthy smile too?

Dentistry, to most people, is the concept of going in for a regular cleaning, maybe do some fillings, or taking out a tooth in an emergency. While these are all things that are fairly common and routine at a dental office, there are other specialty procedures a general office can offer to the patient. One special treatment is orthodontics, which is concentrated in aligning the teeth and jaws to improve the function and health of the mouth. There may be some skepticism among readers in the benefits of wearing braces. While the end result is an improved appearance, the process and science of moving teeth is deeper. The words “ortho” and “dontia” are derived from the Greek words, “straight” and “teeth” respectively. According to the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), archaeologists have discovered mummified ancients with crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth, which makes this discipline over 2000 years old. Orthodontics was in fact the first official specialty of dentistry; today there are nine officially recognized specialties in the United States. Not having an ideal alignment of the bite due to teeth, jaws, or a combination of the two is termed “malocclusion.” While having malocclusion is not a disease, its effects can adversely impact the ability to floss in between teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease. Furthermore, not having a comfortable bite can alter chewing patterns, which, in turn, affect the major muscle groups surrounding the mouth and can cause pain in the jaw joints down the road. Malocclusion is classified into levels of severity. The ideal time to place braces is while the mouth, jaws, and permanent adult teeth are forming because that is when the tissues respond in a faster, better, more predictable manner to orthodontic treatment. While people can benefit from braces at any age, children from around 8 to 14 are the best patients because growth of their head and teeth will be the most responsive to orthodontics treatment. The family dentist is responsible for coordinating care for orthodontics, which may mean they can provide this care in their office. In other cases, you will be referred to the specialist to manage that care. An orthodontist is someone that has completed extremely competitive specialty training. This means 2-4 additional years after attending four years of college and four years of dental school. Orthodontic treatment comes in a variety of ways but most people know the two most common: metal braces and clear trays. The traditional way of using metal brackets and wires is the gold standard in moving teeth predictably and safely. Depending on the severity of the malocclusion, teeth may need Readers, if you have any questions or suggestions for this column, to be reshaped or removed to achieve an ideal result. Bands go send them to us at We will forward them around the big molars in the back which act as anchors, then to Dr. Suthar for a potential future article. individual brackets are placed on all other teeth, and a wire or rubber bands will be used to link these pieces in a way to move Vatsal Suthar the teeth in a certain direction. Using clear trays are used on is a private practice general dentist in less involved cases and allow the teeth to move without all the Columbia, SC aiming to increase dental parts and pieces of traditional orthodontics. A new tray is made awareness for the South Asian Community. periodically to continuously shift the teeth in the desired final positions. The length of treatment will be longer for those with severe malocclusion, older patients, and patients that exhibit


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THINKING ABOUT THINKING the New SAt – A better mousetrap? “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” ― Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson By Balaji Prasad

There is a new SAT in town. Is there reason to be concerned? Yes and no. Yes, because newness is often accompanied by confusion and growing pains; and no, because “newness” is not a binary concept – something can be new and old at the same time. Some things carry forward from the old way, and some things are brand new. “Newness”, in general, is something that needs attention, if for no other reason than to understand what aspect of the thing merits the tag. Regardless of whether you agree with the labeling, it is important to get a sense for the changes so that you can position yourself for those changes. But, if you were not familiar with the “old” SAT in the first place, then the old would have been new to you as well; so the tag “new” is simply a noise word that distracts from what you need to do anyway: to understand it, and to position for success. We change things for a couple of reasons: First, because there was something lacking or improper in the old way of doing things; also, because there was a perception that something was lacking. It can be helpful to see the SAT’s changes under both the light of reality and that of illusion. yes, there is cause for concern If you were concerned about the old SAT, then you would be equally concerned about the new SAT for some of the same reasons. The SAT score is a critically important credential for a student applying to a college. It is one of the few quantifiable aspects of the overall college application. Whether this is right or wrong, we like crisp, clear quantifiable things that collapse complex underlying phenomena into simple numbers, especially when we feel the pressure to make decisions. The people on college selection committees are no different. Many colleges will say that the SAT is only one piece of the puzzle, which is technically true. However, such statements should not lull us into the complacent belief that test scores do not have a significant bearing on a college’s decision to select one applicant versus another. I can attest to the fact that scores do matter, having seen many students get an edge because of their SAT scores. Common sense should also tell us that people with less time and more work will tend to be influenced somewhat more by simple, understandable numbers than by the complex nuances in each applicant’s candidacy. In fact, there have been many articles published about the use of SAT scores by companies screening potential employees! So, SAT scores have a shelf life beyond college! We also need to keep in mind that the SAT is highly competitive and is implicitly a relative measure. A test-taker’s performance is compared to the performance of all the other test-takers. You may be a good runner, but there is a ranking that determines who gets the gold, the silver or the bronze medal in the race. It is not sufficient to do reasonably well on some absolute scale if you have your sights set on a certain


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International Day of the Girl DC hosts Red Carpet Event where Hollywood meets Bollywood Photo of Freida Pinto by Ayesha Khwaja for Global India Fund Girl Rising, the global campaign for girls’ education, partnered with Global India Fund, for an inspirational gala benefiting Girl Rising India. The red carpet gala, held at the historic National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in October, celebrated International Day of the Girl with Girl Rising Producer and Ambassador Freida Pinto. Over 850 guests attended the event which represented an opportunity for people in the U.S. to support transformative change for girls across India and the world. Pinto spoke passionately about the unique focus of the Girl Rising campaign. “There are many NGOS out there providing scholarships, building schools, buying books - and all of that is very important - but I believe we have to change the mindsets and attitudes that are keeping girls from school. If we don’t, there will be no girls to fill those classrooms and use those books.” She went on to underscore how powerful storytelling can change mindsets and ultimately raise the value of girls in our society. “Tonight we celebrate International Day of the Girl, and hope to inspire everyone - from visionary philanthropists to corporate leaders - to join our campaign for girls in India. We need your help. Let’s dream big together. This is the beginning of something extraordinary,” said Holly Gordon, Co-Founder and CEO of Girl Rising. “Many voices are mighty. Educating girls in India means a safer, healthier more prosperous future for everyone - men and women, girls and boys.” “The vision of the campaign is to have all girls in India have equal right and access to education. We want to inspire parents to dream as big for their daughters as they do for their sons,” said Nidhi Dubey, country director of ‘Girl Rising India’. “We want to work on a behavioral change campaign that addresses that mindset,” she said adding that the initiative is in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Save Daughter, Educate Daughter’ campaign in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Hosted by Global India Fund, founder Amita Vyas, says “I can’t think of a more opportune time to raise the consciousness of people here in the U.S. who have the means to support programs for girls. Global India Fund embraced Girl Rising because it is bold, it is ambitious, and it is disruptive. We are going to disrupt the way girls are treated and valued. Girls in India are ready to fight for their rights but they can’t do it alone. They need each and every one of us.” Vyas is a professor at George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and Chair of the Girl Rising U.S.-India Advisory Board. Also on the red carpet were Girl Rising advocate Nina Davuluri, first Indian-American “Miss America 2014” and Nigerian American Actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.

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“When women unite and commit to something, shifts happen,” said Montalvo, speaking through an interpreter. “I feel strongly that it’s a time to be heard and for actions to take place.” Montalvo played a large role in successfully fighting the Ecuadorian government in 2012 in a landmark Inter-American Court of Human Rights case, Sarayaku v. Ecuador, in which the Ecuadorian government was found guilty of rights violations after authorizing oil exploration on Sarayaku lands without prior consultation with the indigenous community. Opal Plant and her treaty co-signers presented their document at an event hosted by WECAN on Sept. 29, a Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action. Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change, and they are central to solutions, said Orielle Lake at the event. In the coming months, Opal Plant and her co-signers will create a website to expand the treaty beyond the Americas and allow other groups to sign online. In December, they plan to bring the treaty to COP21, the Paris Climate Conference, and hold another ceremony where more indigenous women leaders will join. Montalvo’s indigenous community in Sarayaku is constructing a canoe that will travel from Ecuador to France. “The canoe is a symbol of Sarayaku, a symbol of our living forest,” said Montalvo. “We will bring it all the way to Paris so it can navigate the River Seine and so we will be heard.” In New York, WECAN also presented a Women’s Climate Declaration, which includes a demand to bring back atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations to below 350 parts per million — which many scientists agree is a level that avoids catastrophic global warming — and an aim to ensure that women’s groups have access to funding to adapt to climate change that is already happening. The declaration already has garnered over 2 million signatures and will be delivered at COP21 later this year. Women comprise 20 million of the 26 million people estimated to have been displaced by climate change, according to a 2010 report by the Women’s Environmental Network. “I ask that as temperature rises, that we rise,” said Orielle Lake.

It’s a provocative move by the American military. It will positively enrage Chinese officials, who previously told GlobalPost the sea has been China’s domain since “ancient times.” The deployment also risks a clash, however unlikely, between the world’s largest navies. Though parts of the sea are also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and others, China has vowed to defend the waters against what it calls “acts of invasion.” “We hope the United States can look upon the current situation of the South China Sea from an objective and fair perspective and play a constructive role together with China in keeping the peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry, stated in response to Washington’s signals that it is readying its warships. China’s state-run outlet the Global Times has run a rash of less diplomatic editorials over the past year warning against American intervention. One reads: “It is a painful reality that the US has left too many places in chaos after it stepped in, as people are witnessing now in Iraq, Syria and Libya. “The South China Sea should not be the next one.” Yet another op-ed warns that “if the US wants to teach China a lesson by provoking and humiliating ... China will have no choice but to engage.”

The bluster on both sides is remarkable considering how US patrols in the South China Sea will enrage Beijing — little actual land is at stake. The few islands peeking above the and Washington knows it South China Sea’s waters are little crumbs baking under a By Patrick Winn,

tropical sun. China’s largest claimed island is roughly half the size of New York’s Central Park. The second largest is smaller than Beijing’s Forbidden City. The largest town is a barely inhabited speck with a population hovering around 1,000. Yet the stakes are huge. Nearly a third of the world’s crude oil and half of its gas exports are shipped through the sea and much of it is bound for fuel-thirsty China. Even more fossil fuel lies beneath the sea: untapped oil reserves equivalent to 12 billion barrels, according to US estimates. Multiple nations are jostling to block off parts of the seabed believed to be rich in oil. But just as 19th-century America forcefully sought dominion over the Caribbean, China seeks supremacy over its aquatic backyard. Until now, the closest the US military has come to the hot spot is in a spy plane that flew over disputed areas in May. That “error,” as Beijing called it, prompted China to lodge a formal complaint.

BANGKOK, Thailand — China’s push to build military outposts on island specks in the South China Sea is one of Asia’s worst-kept secrets. In this turquoise expanse — a channel for one-third of the world’s shipping — China is busy installing airstrips, radar towers and a hangar fit for fighter jets. Few accept China’s official explanation that these outposts are primarily for humdrum tasks such as scanning weather. Nor are the five other nations that claim parts of the sea content with Beijing’s insistence that the waters are China’s “blue national soil.” But China’s commitment to defending these fledgling outposts will be tested by a nation more than 7,000 miles away. That would be the US. After repeatedly warning China to stop militarizing the sea, the Pentagon is poised to deploy warships extremely close to these remote islands in a show of force. US officials tell the Wall Street Journal it’s a “matter of time” and inform the Financial Times that patrols will happen “in the next two weeks.”

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India is bad at punishing journalists’ attackers By Nimisha Jaiswal,

Sandeep Kothari: killed June 19, 2015 - Freelance reporter Sandeep Kothari spent the last five years of his life covering illegal sand mining networks in Madhya Pradesh. Demand from the construction industry has made the practice so profitable that a “sand mafia” exists around it. Kothari, who aside from his exposés had filed a court case against local mining company owners to stop them operating, had faced years of intimidation and fabricated criminal charges. On June 19 of this year, he was beaten and kidnapped by unknown men. The next day, the charred remains of his body were found near railway tracks. His family could only identify him by a keychain he was carrying. “I pleaded with him so many times,” his sister said afterward, “‘leave journalism: you will die.’” So far, seven people have been arrested for Kothari’s murder. None have been convicted.

NEW DELHI, India — India’s media has a loud voice. It needs it — in the world’s largest democracy, you often have to shout to be heard. It’s opinionated, chaotic. It’s a circus. Just like American TV. Here’s the difference, though: unlike Fox News anchors, Indian reporters are chillingly easy to silence. According to the Committee to Protect Journalist’s latest Impunity Index, India ranked 14th on the list of countries where journalists have been killed with complete impunity in the past decade. In the last 10 years, 11 Indian journalists were murdered as a result of their work and no one has been convicted of the crimes. That’s not even half the picture. According to the CPJ, 37 journalists in India have been killed as a result of their work since 1992 — more than in Afghanistan. While 13 of them were killed on dangerous assignments, the remaining 24 were targeted and murdered. Most of them were covering politics and corruption. Only one received partial justice. In 23 cases, there have been no convictions at all. Unlike many other countries in the index — which is topped by Somalia, Iraq and Syria — India is not a war zone. It’s a supposedly vibrant democracy with a supposedly functional justice system. And yet it has appeared on the Impunity Index every year since it was first compiled in 2008. Each month, new attacks reveal how dangerous it is to be a reporter here and how little the authorities are doing to change it. Last month, a reporter was shot dead in Uttar Pradesh, the third fatal attack on a journalist in the state in the last four months. Better reporting has at least ensured that these cases make it into the news. But the victims are almost always local journalists who do not contribute to national media and whose deaths do not hold the country’s attention for long. Families file cases and police promise investigations, but once the public’s eyes shift elsewhere, the cases are buried under a pile of unsolved murders. Journalists are often killed for exposing corruption in local government and police forces, the same authorities who are responsible for investigating their deaths and have little incentive to deliver justice. Compensation payouts and political pressure force economically struggling families to drop their complaints instead of spending expensive years in the courts. Regulatory body the Press Council of India has called for a two-minute news blackout on Nov. 2 to protest authorities’ failure to prosecute the perpetrators of violence against journalists. Here’s what they’re talking about.

Jagendra Singh: killed June 1, 2015 - Jagendra Singh, a Hindi-language journalist who posted most of his articles on Facebook pages, doggedly investigated corruption and land grabs in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Many of his reports were critical of a state representative, Ram Murti Singh Verma, who was accused amongst other things of gang-raping a woman alongside a police officer and three others. On June 1, while Singh was speaking to the woman involved, police arrived at his home. The reporter was doused with fuel and burned alive. He survived long enough make a video statement accusing Verma’s henchmen — including the policeman accused of rape, Prakash Rai — of attacking him at the politician’s behest. Local police said that Singh had set fire to himself when they came to arrest him for some unspecified crime. Singh died a week later. “At this time, politician, thugs, and police, all are after me,” he had written on Facebook two weeks earlier. “Writing the truth is bearing heavily on my life.” The only witness, the woman who alleged that Verma and Rai had raped her, originally confirmed Singh’s account. She went on to withdraw both that statement and her accusation of rape. At least four policemen, including Rai, have since been suspended from duty. Verma, meanwhile, continues to serve the state of Uttar Pradesh as a minister. No one has been prosecuted. Narendra dabholkar: killed Aug. 20, 2013 - Narendra Dhabolkar was what you might call a professional skeptic. The editor of a local-language magazine in Maharashtra state that promoted scientific thought, Dabholkar had spent decades writing and campaigning against superstition and the exploitation of blind faith. A forceful critic of India’s “godmen” — gurus who claim special powers — he helped draft a bill to have black magic and other for-profit rituals outlawed. On the morning of Aug. 20, 2013, Dabholkar was out walking when two men on a motorbike shot four fatal rounds into his head and chest. They fled. Three days later, the Maharashtra state government passed the anti-superstition bill that Dabholkar had advocated for into an ordinance, and later that year into a law. According to the antisuperstition organization that Dabholkar founded, over 150 arrests have been made under the legislation. His murder, however, remains unsolved. The Central Bureau of Investigation has been probing the case for more than a year with no result.

Akshay Singh: killed July 4, 2015 - The reason for Akshay Singh’s death has never been confirmed, but it is hard to imagine the investigative TV journalist wasn’t murdered because of his work. As many as 49 people connected to the scandal he was covering have died in mysterious circumstances. At the time of his death, Singh was covering the Vyapam scam: a massive racket in the state of Madhya Pradesh that saw people pay kickbacks for high marks on entrance exams for government jobs, professions and colleges. Some 2,000 people, including politicians, officials, doctors and students, have been arrested in connection with the scheme. On July 4, Singh was interviewing the family of a woman linked to the case who had been found dead, possibly murdered.


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IMMIGRATION MATTERS the Changing landscape of U.S. Immigration By Lakshmi Challa As seen in recent presidential debates, the national conversation regarding immigration tends to fixate on migration from Latin America. While it is true that Hispanics currently make up the largest immigrant group in the U.S.—47 percent of immigrants residing in the U.S. are Hispanic—a recent Pew Research Center report released at the end of September speaks to both the reality and future of a new demographic landscape excluded from prevalent rhetoric on immigration. New numbers show that the Asian continent now contributes to more new immigrants to the United States. According to the Pew Center, by 2055, Asian immigrants are projected to be the largest immigrant group in the United States, with Asians making up 38 percent of immigrants and Hispanics making up 31 percent by 2065. Indian immigrants currently play and will continue to play an increasingly important role in this shift.

of whom are coming from Asia. One such effort was President Obama’s November 2014 Executive Order, “Modernizing and Streamlining Our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century.” This Executive Order favors high-skilled visa programs, such as the H-1B temporary employment visa and the L-1 visa which caters to managers, executives, and those with “specialized knowledge.” According to Department of State numbers, over two-thirds of H-1B visas and just under one-third of L-1 visas in 2014 were issued to professionals coming from India. This month, I am traveling to India to take part in the first ever India SelectUSA Roadshow, an effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce to encourage Indian business investment in the U.S. The number of Indian businesses in the U.S. has increased from an estimated 85 in 2005 to over 200 at present. The Roadshow will be presenting to potential investors in Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, and Kolkata, seeking to encourage this trend. looking forward While the recent Pew report predicts significant growth in the Asian-American immigrant community in the years to come, it is important to note that changes in policy and economic conditions could curb this trend. For example, among Republican presidential hopefuls, a consensus is lacking regarding the future of high-skilled immigration—Donald Trump hopes to curtail the H-1B program while Senator Marco Rubio would like to triple the number of H-1B visas issued each year. And so, the best we can say right now is that we will have to see where the inevitable ebb and flow of future immigration takes us and hope that political rhetoric and general dialogue begin to reflect current immigration realities.

outdated Rhetoric, Public misconceptions While journalists have covered this shift to “trans-Pacific migration” over recent years, a Huffington Post article published in October commented that like many of the presidential candidates, the American public “[has] some homework to do.” The article cited a nationwide survey carried out by professors at Centre College finding that 26.3 percent of Americans believe “most immigrants coming to the United States today are from Spanish-Speaking countries” to be “definitely true.” 33.5 percent of survey respondents believe the statement to be “probably true,” while smaller proportions of those surveyed more accurately identified the statement as probably false (19.3 percent) or definitely false (12.7 percent). For more details, Call Challa Law at 919-380-4044 or email at In a 2014 article by polling blog titled “Immigration Is Changing Much More than the Immigration Debate,” Jeanne Batalova of the Migration Policy Institute explains that historically, “there was much more diversity from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the flows in terms of origins, skills and other kinds of characteristics than you would think just by listening to the According to the most recent estimates by the Department of debates.” Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics, 8.8 million permanent residents (green card holders) are eligible to demographic Realities apply for citizenship. The analysis showed that the median time Notably, this shifting trend in the origins of new immigrants to the U.S. is not new. U.S. Census data shows that that new spent as a permanent resident before becoming a U.S. citizen is immigrants from Asian countries first surpassed those from seven years. Green card holders who meet all eligibility Latin American countries between 2007 and 2008. While requirements may apply for citizenship after five years, or after migration from Mexico has dwindled in recent years, resulting three years if they are married to a U.S. citizen. USCIS launched in zero net Mexican migration from 2010 to 2014, migration the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Campaign in from countries on the Asian continent has picked up July 2015 in an effort to raise awareness about the rights, dramatically. In 2012, 45 percent of new immigrants were from responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship, and provide Asia, whereas only 34 percent were from Latin America. Since information on the naturalization process and USCIS 2013, India has been the third largest contributor of immigrants educational resources. The campaign began by targeting digital media markets in to the U.S. California, New York, Texas, and Florida. Beginning this month, USCIS will expand the campaign into six additional states – Shepherding Change In recent years, immigration policy and efforts on behalf of New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, and the U.S. government are attempting to make it easier for high- Arizona. Together, these 10 states are home to 75 percent of the skilled and highly-educated workers to come to the U.S, many country’s 13.3 million permanent residents.


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lifestyle and existence seem to concentrate on avoiding hypoglycemic events. I used to be scared of heights, now I’m petrified of lows. I mentioned things moving in slow motion, but it’s a weird slow motion effect. You kind of feel everything starting to shut down; all your nerves feel it too. There are different tingling sensations I feel almost inside my brain, in the core of my spine, and throughout my extremities. The tingling sensation then almost transforms into this pressure, or pushing down feeling, heaviness. The hair on your head feels like lead. Imagine if you were a car and you were zipping down the interstate in the normal flow of traffic. All of a sudden, you start to feel the AC going out. You know you shifted to 5th gear, but now you feel the transmission slip to fourth. Then the radio station that was crystal clear is nothing but static, and you just noticed the wipers don’t work for the rain that just started to fall. Your car is starting to slow down and people are passing you. You try to make sense of what you see on the dash and there’s a bright check engine light on. Beside that you notice the fuel light and battery indicator blinking at you too. Everything is shutting down, you’re running out of gas and your battery is going dead. Don’t look now, but each of tires has gone flat. Everything that’s essential in that car functioning has slowly left it. That’s what it feels like sometimes. Some are not so bad, and some are very excruciating and the feeling doesn’t leave. If you have a bad low sugar experience, sometimes you can just count yourself out for the rest of the day. For me, they’re usually followed by an extreme bout with hyperglycemia because I overcompensate. I try not to, but sometimes a juice box, or 3 cookies or a powdery tablet just won’t do it. Of all the things Type One diabetes has given to me, hypoglycemia is the one I hate the most. It stops me from doing what I want. That’s the part that gives me the most limitations. I hate that it happens to other people, especially to kids. I hate how unexpected the episodes come and how indiscriminate they are to timing and location. I’m pretty good at maintaining my glucose levels, for the most part. Today I wear a Dexcom cgm and an OmniPod insulin pump, and I do not know if I could live without them. I could not be more serious. Some people are obsessed with staring at their phones; I stare at my PDM and my receiver. I spend all day adjusting temp-basals and extending bolus’ just to maintain a balance. There is so much micro-managing I do, I feel like I should really be an OmniPod all-star. But I feel like I have no choice. And I do everything in little increments to avoid the extreme fluctuations. I don’t eat and take a corresponding insulin amount anymore. I’m very insulin sensitive, so I take a safe amount of insulin, and eat to that amount. While I don’t rely on my Dexcom for dosing, I rarely take my eyes off it. The Dexcom has become essential to survival because I can no longer feel normal lows, only the extreme ones. I can drop as low as 60 and not even know it. I don’t know if I’m tolerant to symptoms, but many times I’ve been in the 50’s when that first feeling of warmth comes and that’s scary. I also sleep with candy. I’ve started this phenomenon called ‘dawning’ where my sugar inexplicably spikes only between 4am and 7am. But I’ve adjusted my temp basal to try and control that and sometimes it works like a charm, sometimes it doesn’t and I still spike, and of course sometimes it works too well and I start the day from the depths of hell. It’s all a gamble. Everything’s a risk and we always have to be careful. Unfortunately, whenever this car starts to go dead, while there’s no AAA I can call, I can have a Coke and smile.

myths and misconceptions • Plant proteins are inferior or incomplete. This is a misconception. It is a very narrow focus on the specific nutrients of one food without seeing it in the context of an entire diet. We don’t eat only one food. As long as there is variety in our diet, we can sufficiently meet our needs. • Egg is the perfect complete protein and we need it in our diet. Eggs and other animal proteins are considered complete because they contain all the nine essential amino acids. But as mentioned before we don’t eat just one food! We all eat a variety of foods, and as long as we get protein in different forms, our body knows how to combine them and make the “complete.” Moreover, consuming eggs and animal proteins are proven to contribute to disease and other health problems. • If you work out, you need more protein. Yes, it is a myth! It is not beneficial to consume large amounts of extra protein. Single amino acids that are taken as supplements, such as creatine, arginine, or ornithine, do not contribute to a muscle-building effect. Athletes training for Iron Man challenges or triathlons do need a little extra protein. Their requirements go up to 1.0 -1.2 g of protein per kilo of body weight. For the average person who goes to the gym 3 days a week, protein supplements are overkill! Furthermore, athletes training for races will eat more, and even if the percentage of calories from protein stays the same at the level of 10-15%, you will automatically consume more protein because you are consuming more calories. To read more on protein myths: So forget about those processed whey protein shakes and enjoy a big hot bowl of vegetables with brown rice and beans. Your body will thank you.

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course of 11 weeks, 13 teams – made up of senior engineers and aerospace experts across the agency and industry – reviewed more than 1,000 SLS documents and more than 150 GB of data as part of the comprehensive assessment process at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where SLS is managed for the agency. The Standing Review Board reviewed and assessed the program’s readiness and confirmed the technical effort is on track to complete system development and meet performance requirements on budget and on schedule. The program briefed the results of the review in Oct to the Agency Program Management Council, led by NASA Assoc Admin Robert Lightfoot, as the final step in the CDR process. This review is the last of four reviews that examine concepts and designs. The next step for the program is design certification, which will take place in 2017 after manufacturing, integration and testing is complete. The design certification will

“We can’t underplay the extent to which people imprint what’s possible,” Terrell said. Young women and girls all over the country are watching and internalizing what their political leaders say and look like. Seeing women become governors, senators and even presidents shapes what girls see as possible for themselves in years to come. “For young women and young men, it’s essential to have these role models,” Liswood said. One of Liswood’s first experiences with women world leaders was interviewing Iceland’s first female president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, who was in office for 16 years. During that interview, Finnbogadóttir recounted a trip she took through Iceland eight years into her presidential tenure, where she visited a number of schools. “She was talking to the children, and one of the things she noticed was that the children under eight all thought only a woman could be president of Iceland. The boys had to ask, could they be president of Iceland? Because they had never seen a male president,” Liswood smiles. “That’s the positive impact of a role model.” As candidates begin to blast the airwaves with ads, interviews and debates, the opportunity for a female role model in the presidential field has never been more open or more needed. The 2016 election is still more than 400 days away, but countless impressionable eyes from around the globe are already fixed on the trials and triumphs of its female candidates. As Hillary Clinton said in 1995, “The time is now. We must move beyond rhetoric. We must move beyond recognition of problems to working together, to have the common efforts to build that common ground we hope to see.”

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Method: Cook unpeeled sweet potatoes, covered, in boiling salted water, 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, sauté garlic in one tablespoon butter for two minutes. When potatoes are fully cooked, drain thoroughly. Peel and dice and return to pan. Add sautéed garlic, remaining butter, sour cream and salt. Mash thoroughly. Fold in cilantro. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with additional cilantro, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Method: In a large saucepot, heat oil; sauté onion and garlic for five minutes. Add celery, sweet potatoes, broth and spices. Bring to boil; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, green pepper and garbanzo beans; simmer 15 minutes longer. Use a food processor or blender and process until smooth (do in small batches if necessary). Stir in soy sauce and lemon juice; heat through. Ladle one cup into each individual soup bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients: 2 1/4 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup packaged French vanilla instant pudding 3/4 cup evaporated milk 2 large eggs, room temperature 6 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract 1 9-inch unbaked pie shell Method: In a large bowl combine all ingredients and beat at medium speed until well blended. Spread evenly into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 450 degrees F. for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake for 4 minutes longer or until set. Cool on wire rack. If desired, garnish with whipped cream, raspberries and mint leaves. Makes 8 servings. thai Sweet Potato Salad Ingredients: 2/3 cup lemon juice 2 tbsp. ground coriander 2 tsp. red pepper flakes 3/4 tsp. ground white pepper 1 1/3 cup vegetable oil 8 lbs. sweet potatoes 1 qt. diced sweet green pepper 1 tbsp. salt 2 c. chopped onion 2 2/3 cup roasted, salted peanuts coarsely chopped 1 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

Sweet Potato buttermilk Cornbread Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup sugar 3 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/4 cup butter 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk 1 1/2 cup peeled and grated sweet potatoes Method: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. In a small bowl, beat egg until frothy. Stir in buttermilk and sweet potatoes. Pour sweet potato mixture into flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Pour batter into greased 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Bake 20 minutes or until center springs bake when lightly pressed with fingertip. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares and serve. Makes 12 servings.

garlic mashed Sweet Potatoes Ingredients: 2 lbs. fresh sweet potatoes quartered 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 6 tbsp. butter, divided 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tsp. salt 1 to 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro


Method: For dressing: Combine lemon juice, coriander, pepper flakes, salt and ground pepper. Beat in oil. Store in refrigerator. Cook sweet potatoes in salted, boiling water just until tender (20 to 30 minutes). Do not overcook. Cool; peel and cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Combine diced potatoes, green pepper, onion, peanuts and cilantro. Gently toss with reserved dressing. Chill. To serve: Spoon 1 cup salad onto individual lettuce-lined plate. - Recipes courtesy of the United States Sweet Potato Council. November 2015

2015 CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATION NOVEMBER 14, 2015, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m Venue: HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC


ADMISSION TICKETS: Adults $10; k thru 12 grade Students & Seniors pay $5; Children under 5 Free. Special discounted tickets will be sold prior to the Festival and on Rehearsal Day. Tickets will be sold at full price on the Event day.

For GENERAL PROGRAM Participation: Please Send your entries in group music & group dances: classical, folk, Bollywood, & fusion to

ENTRIES FOR DANCE COMPETITION & FANCY DRESS SHOW : Submit a completed form to : Sangeeta Nayak, Presenter & Program Chair for Dance Competition and COLORS of CULTURE-Fancy Dress Show, Choreographed by Sangeeta Nayak; Enter Folk fusion, Bollywood dances for Dance competition in four categories: 1st Group 5-8 yrs.; 2nd Group 9-12yrs.; 3rd Group TEENS Dances; 4th Group ADULTS Dances. Heritage Trophy is awarded to the best dance group in each category. Please enter group dances only. (5 or more performers make a group dance) Time for each dance is limited to 4-6 minutes. For entering your items, please ask for the Entry form. For participating in Dance competition, send email at Please send your accompanying music in mp3 format to Aruna Machavarapu:

WE SEEK SPONSORS FOR TALENT AWARDS & DANCE COMPETITION TROPHIES, CONTACT: PRAKASH DEVALAPALLI: or HARSHA SHAH: For having a booth at the event, send email to or Volunteer Coordinators: or

SPECIAL FEATURES: • FREE DENTAL CAMP FOR CHILDREN OFFERED BY Pediatric Dentist Dr. Ritu K. Chandak. • TEE SHIRT PAINTING by children 6-12 years of age. Pre-registration Required. Send email to register your child at :, or Chetna_ Photos by Mohan Palani, Event photographer. He will be available Onsite for professional pictures.

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Beijing makes it clear that any US vessel deployed within 12 nautical miles of its militarized islands will be deemed a serious intrusion of its territory. But breaching that 12-mile perimeter — drawn from global sea law set by the United Nations — is exactly what the US military intends to do. The odds of two economically interdependent powers doing battle over these islands is hard to imagine. A top Philippine diplomat and maritime security expert, Henry Bensurto Jr., previously told GlobalPost that this scenario amounts to “a very good plot in a very good movie ... but it’s not reality.” Still, the last time the US military neared these nascent island bases from the air, China’s state-backed press warned the US of a “dangerous outcome.” “If the US sets its bottom line on the condition that China must stop its construction work,” wrote the Global Times then, “military confrontation will start sooner or later.”

Meet India’s child bride turned wrestling champ By Jason Overdorf, NEW DELHI, India — When the biggest female star in US martial arts, Ronda Rousey, announced that she was taking the fight to Hollywood this month, India’s latest wrestling heroine was most likely working in the fields or helping her two sons with their homework. She is known only by her first name, Neetu — and she was once a child bride. Forced into marriage with a 43-year-old, mentally challenged man by her cash-strapped parents when she was only 13, Neetu was the mother of twins before she turned 15. But she didn’t let an illegal child marriage or the repressive morals of her ultra-conservative village in the north Indian state of Haryana stop her. Against the wishes of her parents, Neetu left her husband less than a week after their wedding. Even though she was almost immediately remarried, she refused to give up, according to her interviews with Indian media. “Rowdy” Rousey would be proud. Village elders barred Neetu from practicing at the local “akhara” — a training ground used by her town’s male wrestlers — because she was a girl. And her family didn’t want her to wrestle, either. So she used to sneak out of the house at 3am to go running so that she could be back at home before anyone else was awake, she told India’s NDTV. From tipping the scales at 176 pounds, she now weighs in at 105. Child marriage has been illegal in India since 1929, though definitions varied. In 1978 the legal age of marriage was raised from 15 to 18 for girls and from 18 to 21 for boys, where it stands today, and in 2006 the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act increased the penalties for adult men who marry underage girls or anyone who promotes, permits or solemnizes a marriage in which the bride or groom is underage. But Neetu’s story illustrates an unfortunate failure in implementation, as tradition trumps the law. The International Center for Research on Women estimates that 47 percent of Indian girls are married before they turn 18 (though the number to wed before 15 has fallen). With its huge population, therefore, India has the most child brides of any country in the world — one third of the global total, according to UNICEF.

While the problem is most common in the states of Bihar and Rajasthan, Neetu’s home state of Haryana may be witnessing an uptick in the number of child brides. A cultural preference for male children has resulted in one of the most skewed gender ratios of any state in India, making brides a valuable commodity and raising the financial incentive for poor families to force girls into marriage. Now 21 years old, Neetu has tilled fields, worked a shop counter and sewn clothes to make ends meet, and even today she pretends to be a student to save on the fare for the hourand-a-half bus journey from her village to the training center in the city of Rohtak. “I became a mother at 14 and the family’s financial condition didn’t allow me to think about sport for the next twothree years,” Neetu told the Hindustan Times. Encouragement from coaches, as well as the example of Indian boxer and Olympic medalist Mary Kom, inspired her to return, she says. “Finally, I started wrestling in 2011, and in 2014, I won my first medal in the Nationals.” When she brought that first medal back to her village, the same village elders who’d barred her from the local training ground embraced her as their own homegrown champion. Her status as a local hero grew even further this August, when she represented India at the Junior World Championships in Brazil — even though she was eliminated in the first round. Coach Mandeep Singh says that’s only the beginning. “She never wastes time,” he told NDTV. “She works very hard at her training. If she can improve her technique, the results will show.”


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A Conversation with Sir Salman Rushdie The Learning Society of Queens University presents an evening with author Salman Rushdie on Thu, Nov. 5 at 7pm at the Dana Auditorium on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte. Rushdie’s novels, greeted always with anticipation and acclaim, include “The Satanic Verses,” “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” and “The Enchantress of Florence” and his masterwork “Midnight’s Children.” The novel has since been adapted to film by the Academy Award-nominated director Deepa Mehta. His latest novel, “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” was released in September. An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world’s top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays, “Step Across the Line,” and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world’s oldest human rights organization. Tickets are $40. For more details call 704-688-2838 or visit

International Christmas Carol Service The International Community Church presents its annual Christmas carol service on Sat, Nov 14 at Westwood Baptist Church, 200 Westhigh St., Cary, NC at 4pm. The service will be followed by dinner. Christmas songs will be sung in several international languages including several Indian languages. There will be activities for children as well. For more details call 919-467-4435 or visit Renaissance festival

Charlotte International Auto show The annual show features hundreds of vehicles, featuring the latest in automotive technology with nearly 6 football fields of display area. Visitors can take a ride and drive in one of the vehicles or just browse at all the cars. Many manufacturers will be present with their latest models and technological upgrades. The show is on November 19 - 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., Charlotte. Admission price ranges while kids under 12 get it free. For full details visit Children’s day Celebration The Heritage India Association of NC presents the annual Children’s Day Celebration on Sat, November 14 at HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC from 3:30 - 8:30pm. The event features a dance competition, fancy dress show, T-shirt painting, free dental camp for children, and much more. The Heritage trophy will be presented to the best dance group in each category. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for K thru 12, and kids under five are free. For more details write to

The Ren Fest is a full day of entertainment and pageantry as history comes alive with hundreds of costumed characters recreating a 16th Century European Marketplace. It’s a 25-acre village nestled in the forest and meadows, complete with castles, cottages, kitchens and pubs, filled with activities. There is music, comedy and theater, food and drink, fine hand-made arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, games and rides. The 22nd annual Carolina Renaissance Festival is open every Saturday and Sunday, now through November 22. The hours are 10 am - 5:30 pm rain or shine. The festival is located at 16445 Poplar Tent Rd Huntersville, NC. Parking is free. For more details call 877-896-5544 or visit

diwali Program and mela The Hindu Center of Charlotte presents the annual Diwali cultural program and mela on Sat, November 14 from noon7pm. There will be food stalls, vendor booths, performances, children’s activities and colorful arts and crafts. The center is located on City View Dr., Charlotte. The mela will be held in the Vihar Hall. Admission is $5 per person (kids under 5 are free). For more details call 704-258-3588 or visit

Rhythm of life 2015 For the fifth year in a row, Sangamithra Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Charlotte is organizing a Dance for a Cause event on Sat, November 21 beginning at 5:30 pm, at the Jay M Robinson High School Auditorium, 300 Pitts School Rd SW, Concord NC. Several local dance

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the 2015 festival of India’s Collaboration with Charlotte-Area Schools By Roshan Attrey The Festival of India organizers were pleased that there was a significant increase in the Charlotte-area schools’ participation in this year’s festival which took place in September in downtown Charlotte. The school exhibition site was Founders Hall. Brian Schutz, Chief Academic Officer, CharlotteMecklenburg Schools, was asked to give the plaques, cash prizes, and certificates to winning and participating students and teachers at the awards ceremony in Belk Theater on September 13, 2015. Here is a brief report on this collaboration – with Veena Hari as FOI Local Schools Coordinator. Elementary School Exhibits, Coordinators – Veena Hari and Shikha Kashyap: Three-dimensional projects, built by elementary school students, depicted various historical and contemporary aspects of Indian culture and life. Participating schools (and teacher supervisors) chosen through a competitive process were: Cornelius Elementary (Ashley Hanks), Polo Ridge Elementary (Kelly Kollar), Barringer Elementary (Teresa Strohl), J. H Gunn Elementary (Cathy Dupre), Berewick Elementary (Mary Campbell), and Charlotte Preparatory (Seher Khanna). Middle School Project, Coordinator – Rajive Tiwari: Piedmont Middle School students – Connor Carroll, Nequea Coleman, and Aditya Turamalla, guided by Language Arts Teacher Shelley Lyttle – created a website on India as a creative exercise to learn about cultural diversity. The Website is entertaining and informative. It has a wide variety of pictures and interactive components to keep students engaged as they learn about modern day India including what India is well-known for, as well as its achievements and problems. Visit: High School Essay Competition, Coordinator – Roshan Attrey: Participants wrote essays on a theme highlighting the relationship between India and the USA. These were the winners: 1. Cameron Betz, Providence High School. Essay: Greater Achievement through Cultural Unity: Why the American and Indian Administrations Should Work Together and Solve the World’s Problems. This being the best essay is published in this Saathee (Youth Corner column). 2. Leslie Varela, Cochrane Collegiate Academy. Essay: Festival of India 2015; 3. Aayush Purohit, Ardrey Kell High School. Essay: The US and India Have a Natural Alliance

gandhi Jayanti 2015, a Review By Yash Garg, Photos by Palani Mohan, PTM Photography Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi’s birth date - October 2nd - has been declared by the United Nations as an International Day of nonviolence and peace. Gandhi’s ideology of truth and nonviolence inspired world leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela in the fight for civil rights of African Americans and against the Apartheid, respectively. This year’s celebration took place on October 4, where Gandhi’s favorite bhajan, “Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram,” was sung by the gathering after the opening remarks by Dr. Arvind Shah and the garlanding of the Gandhi Statue located on the garden of Marbles Kids Museum. The event was organized under the auspices of Heritage India Association of NC. In spite of inclement weather, more than two hundred people attended. Following the Lamp lighting ceremony, a short cultural program was presented in Venture Hall of the Museum, which began with addresses by several distinguished tgA garba Night guests. Children’s performances included Here are some photos from the Triangle Gujarati Association’s a classical invocatory group dance by Garba Night held on Sept 26 at Dorton Arena, Raleigh. students of Leela Dance School, “Tanangini Sangeet” presented prayer song “Shukalam Bharadram” – fusion of Gandhi’s favorite bhajan “Raghupati Raghav Rajaram” and a unity song “Aankhon mein Ummedon.” Several other performances and award receptions followed. As a finale, an acclaimed artist from India, Dr. B. K. S. Varma, was invited to give an art session. He created three paintings during a short time of 35 minutes at the request of the audience. He demonstrated the unique technique of painting with string and ink. He did a large painting of “Bharatmata” as his gift to Heritage India Association of NC.


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Despite a day of relentless rain, over 9,000 people showed up at the Koka Booth Amphitheater for Hum Sub’s annual Cary Diwali. Thirty-five vendors of handicrafts/jewelry, clothing, and home décor were joined by six food vendors to offer visitors a satisfying shopping experience, even as 740 performers took to the stage to entertain the crowds with both Bollywood and classical dances. Mahotsav, the festival-themed exhibition, drew a steady stream of people to the photography display as well as the table exhibits offering a snapshot of much-loved festivals from the West, South, and East of India. The photographs, taken by Cary residents, were grouped under three categories—Arts and Crafts; People and Culture; and Colors and Cuisine. The star of the evening was singer Kavita Krishnamurti, who regaled the audience with popular Bollywood songs. She was ably supported by Shurjo Bhattacharya and members of three Triangle-based dance schools. The Aapo Deepo Bhava Award, now in its second year, which showcases the talented youth of the Indian American community in NC, once again drew an enthusiastic response. The choice of winners this year too was a tough one given the stellar quality of the applicants.

Charlotte ballet Soirée An evening of international cuisine, music and dance to benefit scholarship funds for diverse dancers will be held on Sat, November 7 from 7-11pm at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Charlotte Ballet Soirée celebrates the company’s commitment to providing opportunity and access to the art of dance and to building a company reflective of the community. Guests will begin their evening with a party hosted by the Corps de Ballet, Charlotte Ballet’s volunteer service and social organization. The party features international cuisine, live music by Los Leones Latin Jazz, as well as silent and live auctions. “The Corps de Ballet has a long legacy of supporting Charlotte Ballet through extraordinary events,” said Doug Singleton, executive director of Charlotte Ballet. After the opening reception, guests will take their place in the Knight Theater to experience a riveting performance starring the dancers of Charlotte Ballet with international artists including: • Classical Indian dancer Preeti Vasudevan performing alongside a singer and drummer. Vasudevan is founder of Thresh, a performing arts collaborative that presents works throughout India, the US and Europe. • A new work by Charlotte Ballet Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes performed by a Charlotte Ballet dancer to the music of Vadim Kolpakov, one of the most prominent and renowned Russian Roma (Gypsy) 7-string guitarists in the world. • Traditional taiko Japanese drummers Triangle Taiko, one of only a handful of taiko groups in the Southeast, performing with Charlotte Ballet dancers in a new work by choreographer and Charlotte Ballet II Director Mark Diamond. • Wideman/Davis Dance, a company with roots in New York and Columbia, SC. The company has a deep commitment to revealing social issues through an African American perspective. Proceeds from the event will support Charlotte Ballet’s nationally-acclaimed community outreach dance scholarship program, Reach. The Reach program offers high-quality dance training, dancewear, transportation performance opportunities and tickets to attend Charlotte Ballet performances, all at no cost to participants. The program is open to students age 7-13, with a potential to be trained in dance and demonstrated financial need. After an audition process, the selected students train twice a week at five area Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Centers. There are currently 110 students in the program. Charlotte Ballet Soirée also benefits the Dancers’ Fund, which supports Charlotte Ballet’s commitment to attracting and retaining dancers of color. Tickets are $75. For more details visit


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Charlotte Agaram tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704.456.9881 Art of living (Healing with the breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980.216.8732 Association for Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s empowerment and social justice. For Further Details: Kiran Uppalapati 704.307.6450 Venkata Ramana Duddu 662.231.2350 bAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 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, Teenagers - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 bethel Christian fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) Sunday School (11:15 - 11:45 am); Sunday Worship Service (11:45 - 1:15 pm). Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, 216 Academy St., Room 102. Fort Mill, SC 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For Further Details: 803.792.7223 (Pastor: Rajan Samuel)

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Charlotte marathi mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Charlotte telangana Association The association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: Charlotte Vipassana meditation group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical music Association of Charlotte (CmAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. For Further Details: 704.814.9355 Lakshmi Muthukrishnan 704.541.3361, 704.442.1186 / Jayashree Panduranga dada bhagwan group What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many - attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877-505-3232 Ekal Vidyalaya foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from


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Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980.622.0125) Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 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: Sahaj marg meditation Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 Sangamithra foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. Sat, Nov 21: Rhythm of Life dance fundraiser For Further Details: Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas (SSCC) is located at 1817 Central Ave., Room # 208, Charlotte, NC. The Center is open from 10 am - 3 pm and presents members with activities, outings, access to physical care and mental wellbeing and care. For More Details: Nimish Bhatt 704.560.4910 / 704.491.1186


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Shree Swaminarayan Satsang mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar devo bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 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 Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps in India. For Further Details: 704.779.2396. SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte and has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu Sarkar: 704.541.3451 telugu Association of greater Charlotte Area (tAgCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA organizes regular events and programs. For Further Details:

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Association for India’s development (AId) duke Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details:

will be on November 14. We will celebrate Diwali and Annakut on this day. All members are requested to dress up as per our festivity traditions bring different dishes of prasad as an offering to our God. For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (President) 919-677-8513 Natver Parikh (Vice President) 336-266-5209 Upmanyu Shukla (Director) 321-696-1474

Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh

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balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: (Raleigh) (Charlotte) bAPS Shri Swaminarayan mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 bengali Association of North Carolina (bANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social & educational purposes. For Further Details: Ratan Ray: 919.461.2386 / Swaty Sen: 919.510.7943 / bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens 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 10am to 4pm. Our next meeting


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Indian Classical music & dance Society (ICmdS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details:

For Further Details on HSNC and activities: Saroj Sharma 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) 919.599.6597 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. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: (click Chapter Locations on the Top Left, select NC) Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events: Basant Bahar will be celebrated in spring 2016. For Further Details: 919.371.4470 Immanuel Assembly of god A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and RTP area of North Carolina. The church is located in Morrisville. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 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 populationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 American forum for Political Education (IAfPE) IAFPE is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and is motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help the chapter grow and provide relevant services and informative events. 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. For Further Details: InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across South Asia and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International buddhist Progress Society - NC temple All are invited to the temple, which is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with Sunday services at 10am followed by free vegetarian lunch. The temple is located at 2529 Prince Drive, Raleigh NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.816.9866 International Community Church The International Community Church (ICC) is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 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: 919.656.5224 Sudha Om Dhingra: 919.678.9056 International Swaminarayan Satsang organization (ISSo) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Satsang Sabha,â&#x20AC;? every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 ISKCoN New goloka temple of NC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. 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, Bhagavadgita 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 - 5 am, 7:15 am - 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827 Kiran Kiran is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner.

Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.839.6203 lakulish yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the NC community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wed, from 6 - 8 pm, and each Sat, from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 maitri 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 Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: Pratham - triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham 122

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S. V. temple of North Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj marg meditation - triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday and Wednesday. For Further Details: Raj Solanki: 919.303.7447, Sahaja meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sky meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: 919.830.9764 South Indian fine Arts Academy (SIfAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 124

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

months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course). There is no charge for the course. For Further Details: 732.213.9660

Urdu majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus triangle Area telugu Association (tAtA) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community of UNC Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is coarea of North Carolina. sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia For Further Details: Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj ( or 919.851.1119) triangle bangladesh Society (tbSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have Ashraf Faruqi ( or 919.596.4792) captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, UrduVaishnav Samaj of triangle Area and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious For Further Details: worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. triangle gujarati Association (tgA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the For Further Details: Triangle area by organizing various events and programs Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language Vithalbhai Shah 919.803.9027 on the youth. Vibha For Further Details: 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. triangle Rang mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30 pm to sing mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual India. The group works to organize social events that spread atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem For Further Details: Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: triangle Vegetarian Society (tVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: triangle Vipassana Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few

Regional Clean Water Saves lives Clean Water Saves Lives is organized by a group of determined people who want to make a difference in India by providing sustainable water projects to rural villages that suffer from access to clean water and proper sanitation. A project has been funded in Jharkhand. The organization is currently working with partner at Wells for Life on another project to set up a micro finance network in November 2015 In UP, which will also incorporate dialogue with women who are facing severe hardships and abuse. The goal is to empower women to discuss and take action on key factors that affect their safety and health. For Further Details:


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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The state flower of Tennessee. 5. The largest city and former capital of Gujarat, India. 12. One of the nine equal parts of something. 14. The “Festival of lights” - fireworks, sweets etc. (11/11/15) 15. The grove of Athens where Aristotle taught. 17. The radiation, wireless transmission of electromagnetic energy through space; the biggest use is to carry info. 18. Indiana. (*) 19. A great composer, conductor or teacher of music. 21. A high priest of Israel & teacher of Samuel. (Bible) 23. In no manner; to no degree. 24. The thin, sharp, cutting part of a blade. 26. To move back and forth. 29. Austria. (*). 30. A dead body. (Now Brit. Dial.) 31. The basic monetary unit of Haiti. 33. A netted or meshed foundation in lace. (Textile).35. Haul; to pull with force esp. along the ground. 36. Overeaters Anonymous. (*) 37. To make a conscious effort to hear. 39. Electrical Engineer. (*) 41. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (*) 43. Power Assist Vehicle. (*) 44. The male of a canine. 45. An annual U.S. holiday on 4th Thursday in November. 48. Temporary duty. (*) 49. To shut (a door) with force and noise.

Clues down: 1. An outcrop area of older rocks entirely surrounded by younger rocks. 2. The basic monetary unit of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. 3. Incorporated. (*) 4. The trunk of a tree from which leaves, flowers develop. 6. Maryland. (*) 7. Earth or garden soil. 8. Vigilant; knowing or realizing. 9. A city in E Gujarat state, home of the M.S. University. 10. Fourth caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed. 11. The district under a bishop’s jurisdiction. 13. Chinese name of Yellow Sea. 16. The characteristic vocal sound made by a cat. 20. A full grown male deer. Esp. a hart or a caribou. 22. Certainly, assuredly. (Archaic) 25. The socket of a hinge, into which the pin is fitted. 27. The island in the North Atlantic, SE of Greenland. 28. A railroad handcar. 30. A cord or strap by which a dog is held in check. 32. A vase used to hold the ashes of a cremated body. 33. The close ties one has with a place or people as via birth, upbringing, long and sympathetic association etc. 34. United States Postal Services. (*) 38. Cards, tickets etc. tied to something as ID labels. 40. Reproductive cells produced by female animals. 42. A covering for head like a cap or a helmet. 44. Not bright. 46. Kentucky. (*) 47. Virginia. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee Voter: “And what will you do if you are elected?” Candidate: “Good heavens! What will I do if I am not?” •••••••••••••• Voter: “How do you account for your defeat at the polls?” Candidate: “I was a victim.” Voter: “A victim of what?” Candidate: “Of accurate counting.” •••••••••••••• ortune teller: “Unfortunately, the first two years of your life after your marriage are the worst and miserable.” Man: “Then what?” Fortune teller: “Then you will be used to that!” •••••••••••••• Teacher: “What are the three great American parties?” Student: “Democratic, Republican and cocktail.” •••••••••••••• 132

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Words related to Diwali”)

math magic Use these numbers only once: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] 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.



The unused 5 letters spell ”A wish for a ___Diwali.”

(solution on next page)


(The common letters are “IP” - Fill in the blanks) 1. Any creeping plant like morning glory. IP _ _ _ _ _ 2. To pass (a card) thru an electronic reader. _ _ IP _ 3. To find the product of by multiplication. _ _ _ _ IP _ _ 4. Used to express joy with excitement. _ IP _ _ _ 5. A long, narrow piece, as of land, ribbon etc. _ _ _ IP 6. A city in SE Queensland, Australia. IP _ _ _ _ _ 7. Passed the usual stage of being ready to eat. _ _ _ _ _ IP _ 8. A long tube of metal, to carry water, gas etc. _ IP _ 9. A place for helicopters to land and take off. _ _ _ IP _ _ 10. International Phonetic Alphabet. (*) IP _ 11. A rubber covering for a club for easier hold. _ _ _ _ _ _ IP 12. Triad; threefold. _ _ IP _ _ 13. A musical instrument with a leather bag and double-reed pipes, played by mouth air. (Scotland) _ _ _ _ IP_ 14. Immerse. _ IP 15. An original written document. _ _ _ IP _ 16. On the same side of the body. IP _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 17. A water vehicle (a boat) for sailing. _ _ IP 18. An island in the Gulf of Guinea. _ _ _ _ _ IP _ 19. The dried root product used to induce vomiting. IP _ _ _ _ 20. Designed to reduce or prevent slipping. _ _ _ _ _ IP 21. Fully grown (fruits) and ready to eat. _ IP _ 22. A certificate of a school conferring a degree. _ IP _ _ _ _ 23. Any procedure for accomplishing something. _ _ _ IP _ 24. Of, like or containing animal fat. _ _ IP _ _ _ 25. A person who chatters idle talks & rumors. _ _ _ _ IP (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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General Predictions for November 2015

ARIES (mar 20 - Apr 20) - Try to control your temperament this month and avoid taking risks. You should be able to maintain your income, but unexpected problems may lead you towards trouble in many other fields of your life. Arguments with your spouse during middle of the month may add to your problems. Avoid any type of wrongdoing, as your own mistakes and aggression could be responsible for this mess. Religious activities or prayer may help you.

lIbRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) - After a negative start, the second half of the month will bring major success for you. Life will take an unexpected positive turn. Don’t borrow any money or take out a loan. A legal matter must be resolved outside of the court. You may lose an opportunity to resolve family issues. If you’re looking to finalize a business deal, it will close in your favor. Even with rise in income, you won’t see any increase in your savings. A sibling will bring news for you this month.

tAURUS (Apr 20 - may 21) - After a negative start, time will improve due to a smart move. You may have some bad luck this month, but family support will provide protection from major disaster. Your spouse may bring in unwanted news. Try to ignore unnecessary situations and relax. You will end up surrendering to destiny. Don’t make any financial decisions during second half of the month. Follow your own instinct and keep up your self-confidence to survive the situation.

SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) - You will enjoy success through your enemies this month. There will be a distinct difference between first and second halves of the month. Some kind of complexity in the situation will constantly confuse you. A rise in income and status is clearly indicated. Your relations with your friends may experience minor setback. It is advisable to avoid travel. Also, drive very carefully during second half of the month.

gEmINI (may 21 - Jun 21) - You should wait until the second half of the month to make a move. You may not feel happy or comfortable this month and won’t be able to discover the reason for this either. It is advisable to go on a journey and learn from traveling. Watch your health and beware of your enemies. They will play dirty tricks to damage you. Try to use political influence to handle the situation. Natural disaster may damage your real estate. Your associates may help you in adverse situations.

SAgIttARIUS (Nov 22 - dec 21) - A change in career is clearly indicated. Watch out for minor accidents and watch your diet. Don’t compromise with your morals to avoid major personal problems. Don’t trust anyone blindly. Try to focus on health and career-related issues. Destiny may become cruel in your social life. Avoid traveling or spending time with friends. If you give priority to work and career, you will automatically enjoy protection. Time is not bad, but your own mistake may create problems. Do some prayers for peace.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) - You will see problems around you, but they may not damage you at all. Stay away from other people’s problems and focus on your own life. You may enjoy increase in savings and happy family life. Your friends may try to play dirty tricks, so try to stay away from them. Some good news received through your mother may delight you. You will enjoy good health this month. Try not to make any major decisions.

CAPRICoRN (dec 21 - Jan 20) - Wrong calculations and bad luck may lead you towards wrong decisions and actions during second half of the month. Avoid any major changes this month. Your friends may cheat you and you may realize this by the last week of the month. Financial problems may give you stress. Avoid business-related travel during first half of the month. Time may fly so fast that you may not be able to understand what is going on. Activities like reading and spending time with friends may give you some relief.

lEo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) - By the time you come out of existing problems, you will face new issues. Your devotion and education may help you in handling an adverse situation, but this is going to be a long-term issue. Avoid travel this month and keep an eye on your health. Avoid taking risks in stock market or any kind of speculation. A dispute with family members due to misunderstanding may also be there. Your child may prove to be very good support in this situation. You may see a nominal rise in income.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - feb 19) - Negligence towards responsibilities may create problem at place of work. Control your speech and practice tolerance. Stay away from unethical activities. You will enjoy good luck this month, but your own actions will put you in shameful situation. Improvement in relations with family members may begin this month, but don’t make emotional decisions. Some type of memory loss may puzzle you. The final week of the month is very crucial, be extra careful and try to stay away from any risk-taking tendency.

VIRgo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) - Unnecessary aggression and egoistic attitude may lead you toward unexpected problems. Try to slow down in life. Focus on home improvement projects or religious activities. Consider traveling or spending time with friends for fun activities; these may keep you away from problems. Sudden financial gain may also delight you in the last week of the month. You may also look into investing in real estate or buying a house. Don’t make any abrupt decisions.

PISCES (feb 19 - mar 20) - Now is the time to prove yourself in new fields, but you must avoid any disputes with your spouse. You will meet old friends and build strong bonds with new people. You may not see any rise in income but life is giving you opportunities, so grab them wisely. Do not react instantly or bring emotions in while making any move, instead use your knowledge and morals. Major financial gain is possible during second half of the month. Don’t borrow money this month. You may spend on luxury and parties. By Jalendu Vaidya • Contact: 973-223-5047


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CLASSIFIEDS motel for sale: 102 rooms flagged in Hardeeville SC with an estimated gross revenue for 2015 of $1.375M. For details email: Indian grocery Store for Sale: Open for 10+ years; great location in the Triangle area of NC. For details call 919-274-6181 or 919272-6277 Convenient store for lease in heart of Myrtle Beach, SC. $850k + inside sales yearly. Lotto, check cashing, gas & ATM $95k a year. Asking $200k + inventory at cost. Rent $7k per month. No negotiations. Please call Paresh Patel 803-840-6991. Convenient store for rent in Cherryville, NC. Store is currently closed. Call 803-2356672 or 803-235-6671. gas Station / Convenience store for Sale in Greenville, SC area. BP brand gas. Call 864205-3825. for Sale: 20 Room motel. 13 double bedrooms and 7 single bedrooms. Plymouth, NC on Hwy 64. Owner Retiring. $350k. Serious inquiries only. 252-216-5709. business for Sale: Gas Station located Apex, NC (Wake County). Asking $65K plus inventory. Must have $100K to invest to obtain listing information. Call Ben (862) 268-2844 or e-mail grocery Store & Halal meat Shop for Sale in Raleigh, NC. Serious buyers only. Please contact 336-613-5521. business opportunity: If you are a registered Pharmacist in NC and tired of working for somebody else then contact us.

Retail / C-Stores: C-Store, Ridgeway, NC $300K + Inv, GR $2.26K;C-Store: Durham, NC $250K + Inv, GR $1.7M; Strip Shopping Ctr: Newton, NC, $500K, GR Rental $38K; 704-821-8888 or visit our website Convenience Stores/gas Stations for lease or Sale in NC. Great opportunities with upside potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill / inventory. Please call 803-789-3133.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: CNAs/PCAs Wanted: Always Best Care is hiring CNAs/PCAs to care for Seniors. Please call 919-449-8138 or apply online at motel Help: Couple needed for Housekeeping & couple needed for Front Desk in Mooresville, NC. Contact or call 704-661-5371. Reliable Housekeeper needed in North Charlotte to help with Indian cooking & other small household chores. Please contact 412-551-5914 if interested. looking for a licensed Esthetician for Eyebrow Threading in Greensboro, NC. Contact Jill at 336-478-6638. Now Hiring Assistant gm for Hampton Inn in Galax, VA. Must be computer literate & know ONQ System, Microsoft Word. Proficient in English. Must have valid DL & legal status. Three years mid-level hotel experience with references. Contact Sanjay Patel at 276-733-9511. Nanny needed for 8 month old infant in North Charlotte. Must have previous experience. Please call 972-571-0767.

gas Station / C-Store / Restaurant for rent in Lancaster, SC. Restaurant equipment included. C-store racks, etc also included. Gas pumps operable. Call: 973-862-8462 or e-mail

Household Help needed in West Cary. Cooking & Household chores 4 times a week for 4 hours a day. Must be able to drive. Experience needed. Contact 919-5997519 or 919-465-0204.

Independent 25 room motel & side by side gas station for sale near Fayetteville, NC. Good opportunity for big family. Can buy as separate businesses. Owner financing available. Please call 910-489-6545.

Restaurant Help Wanted: Zafran Kabab Palace in Charlotte is looking for Desi Waitress and Desi Cook. Call 704-889-5155.

16 Room Independent motel for Sale in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974.

full-time Help Wanted: Looking for fulltime help for Front Desk and Housekeeping at both South Carolina & Florida Motels. Please call 919-840-5888. Help wanted for Indian restaurant in Charlotte, NC. No cooking required. Call 704-964-2490.

Profitable, Established Embroidery business for Sale. Great location in Belmont, NC. 900 sqft. Two commercial embriordery machines. Perfect for two people. Full training & everything included to run business. Call 704-820-6497.

looking for full-time (mon-fri) or preferably live-in Nanny for 1 year old daughter near Concord Mills area. Competitive pay. Call 203-727-9540.

dry Cleaning Store for Sale/lease with 3 bedroom apartment. Great opportunity for self-starter family. Will train. Call Jay 864350-2571.

Help Wanted: Full-Time or Part-Time sandwich artists and assistant manager for Subway in Cary, NC. Full training provided. Contact 919-917-5662.


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Eyebrow Threaders. Salary: $2500 / month PLUS Tips & Commission.

Must be willing to move out of state.

Please call or e-mail for details: 773-507-8848 or 773-999-3324


Part-time In-Home babysitter needed: Mon-Fri, 1pm to 6pm in Harrisburg near UNCC. Please contact 704-641-1564. gas station help needed: Single or couple full-time near Greensboro, NC. Must have legal status. Good pay. Experience a plus. Please call 336-509-4054. Part-time Nanny wanted to help for all needs of newborn baby and other household chores. Please call 717-440-5434. Part-time Household Help or Nanny needed in Fort Mill, SC. Must be able to drive. Contact 704-323-7187. manager and Housekeeping Couple needed for limited service property in Rock Hill, SC. Please call 803-517-4662. Eyebrow threading in Concord mills mall now hiring! Contact 630-935-9335 or 704-995-5230. Entry level sales position at Amerifab International Inc, in High Point, NC. Candidate must be fluent in English, communicative and friendly. Sales experience preferred. Knowledge of MS office and computer a must. Travel required. Call: 336-558-3410 between 1 pm to 5 pm or email resume to : Retail Sales Associate needed for Clothing and Sports store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Contact 706-877-0315. Help Wanted: Opening for employment at C-store/ gas station in Matthews, NC. Full or part time. Good working conditions. Good pay. Please call 704-604-4506. Night Audit/ front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Full-time / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, and fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364. Nanny needed to take care of 7 month old infant & cooking near Concord Mills. Can pick up and drop off. Live-in nanny also fine. Please call 814-431-3442. Indian Restaurant in Charlotte, NC looking for Waiter/Server. Must have experience in Indian Restaurant. Please call 704-512-9177. November 2015

Hotel Help Wanted: Couple needed for Laundry & Rooms at Comfort Inn of Hillsville, VA. Will furnish 2 bedroom apartment near hotel. Must speak English & have Legal Status. Contact Sanjay Patel at 276-733-9511.

Uncle invites matrimonial Correspondence for Nephew. 28 years old. 5 8'' Gujarati Patel living in US. Please contact

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.

gas Station Help Wanted: Couple, fulltime in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta) & Lincolnton, GA. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704-299-8535.

Seeking correspondence for sister Brahmin Gujarati girl 24, 5'8", cultured, beautiful, B. Pharm, working with Pharma MNC in India. Contact brother in Charlotte or 201-249-4697.

to all gujarati families: I am student interested learning everything Gujarati (culture, food, language, etc). If willing to add an additional house member Call Nik 803-579-1405.

Hotel Help Wanted: Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-765-1447 or email

mumbai based parents invite alliance from gujarati families for daughter: 27, light complexion, slim, very pretty, MA in English literature. Email details w/ photo to

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.

Subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555. Hotel management firm Now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Experienced threading Practitioners or licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5). domestic help needed for Gujarati family in Rock Hill SC. Excellent cooking & cleaning skills required. Competitive salary & allowance for rent. Must be legal US resident and drive. Call 803-448-4820.

PROPERTY FOR SALE townhome available immediately for Rent: New 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath in Morrisville, NC RTP. Semi-furnished. Contact 919-600-0010 for info. townhome for sale in South Charlotte near South Partk Mall. Meyers Park High School feed zone. Great location. Email for details:

lANd foR SAlE: learn about land in the Apex, NC area (named the #1 place to live by money magazine). the landman, bob Atkinson can help! Call 919-362-6999 or visit


Canada based parents seeking a professional US/Canadian resident match for their daughter. Fair, beautiful, slim, 29, 5’6”. PhD in Science. Earning excellent salary. Divorced after 2 months of marriage. Uncle invites matrimonial correspondence for doctor Nephew. 26 years old, 5’4”. Gujarati (Valsad-Surat) Patel. Visiting US for USMLE Step II exam. Please contact:

SERVICES Premier language Service: lessons, interpretation, translation for German, Turkish & ESL. Private, Individual, Group and/or Corporate classes available upon request. Please contact Derya Elijah-El for rates. 704-957-1946 or Alyssas garlands: Unique fresh flower garlands. Boutonnieres, bouquets, flower ornaments, Exotic Flowers available on special Request. We ship nationwide. Contact Ila Amin: 803-627-4239 or email: live band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. 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: mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-824-7734;; dholi for Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: 139

Astrologer With gold medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or e-mail: Pretty face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Neeta’s beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pari beauty In matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for new born and mom & other services. 25 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

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.

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Advertisers Index A & V Satellites ....................................................13

Eye Brow Threader Wanted................................138

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC).......................39

A Economy Driving School ..................................99

Fairview Home Mortgage...................................141

Rajbhog Café (Morrisville) ....................................12

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....89

Farmah, Sukhdev (Mortgage Consultant)..............53

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................71

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)65

First Data (Credit Card Processor) ......................131

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...65

Advanced Placement Academy............................49

Friends Travel ....................................................141

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) ...............................69

Aggarwal Group (Morgan Stanley)........................19

Geological Resources, Inc..................................135

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................58

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

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

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ................48

Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .................................65

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................16

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................45

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....89

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) .................42

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) 125

Anova Groups (Clinical SAS Training & Placement)137

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................135

Rupa's Spa & Threading Morrisville


Apex Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.........74

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................25

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).57

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................35

Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville)........................64

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................28

Apna Sabji Mandi (Indo-Pak Grocery Greensboro) 38

Indu Convenient Store (Greensboro) .....................29

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................37

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................63

International Community Church ...........................5

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................70

Aroma Indian Chinese Cuisine (Cary, NC) ............53

International Community Church .......................125

Shah, Mihir (NY Life) ............................................43

Around The World Market ...................................67

International Night (Desi Party) .............................27

Shah, Suvas (Home Loans - Angel Oak) ...............41

Art Of Living Retreat ..........................................121

K & S Novelties Wholesale ...................................17

Shamim Beauty Parlour .......................................39

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............63

Kababish Café (Cary, NC).....................................61

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................21

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......10

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).79

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................27

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................89

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................11

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

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............91

Kirti Shah CPA...................................................115

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)......127

BB&T Home Mortgage.........................................69

Kumon Cary-West ...............................................31

Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC)..................................37

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

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions- Hari Bol Inc)142

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ..................72-73

Bhogal CPA, PC...................................................49

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

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC).........113

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................79

Lonestar Video Production & Photography............50

Sukhadia's Indian Cuisine....................................66

Blooming Buds..................................................134

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................35

Summit Endocrine & Diabetes (Cary)....................69

Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro).........................28

Maadhurya Photography......................................33

Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro ...................................81

Building Blocks Pediatrics, PLLC ..........................54

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

The SQL Academy...............................................51

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

Masala India Halal Restaurant (High Point)............41

Tower Restauant (Morrisville)................................85

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.....123

Masala Wrap LLC ................................................31

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

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................66

Maxim Tours .......................................................51

Travelinks ............................................................45

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............54

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

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .......................85

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................57

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................10

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................83

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

Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife)...........................................6

Tri. Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 99

Chhabria Law LLC (Immigration Law)...................53

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ........................137

Ttravel Guru ......................................................115

Children's Day Celebration...................................95

Nazaara (NCSU Dance Team).............................115

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

Children's Lighthouse Learning Center.................22

NC Dermatology Associates .................................76

UBS (Manish Mehta, CFA, CFP)............................87

County South Realty & Business Brokers............117

North American Bancard ......................................3

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................83

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)........................123

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................61

Uni World Travel.................................................125

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) .42

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................47

Vemuri, Krishna (Realor).......................................47

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................21

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................15

Vyas Travels ......................................................113

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

Patel Brothers (Cary)............................................93

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............77

DJ Hangama ....................................................63

Patel, Akshat (Real Estate)....................................41

WDUR New Year's Eve Party ................................27

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................51

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) .............................117

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................85

DJ Lalit ...............................................................57

Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................16

White Horse Weddings.........................................45

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................33

Piece Of India, Inc................................................23

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

Evershine Properties............................................75

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........61

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................34


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Saathee Raleigh November 2015  

A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Southeast.