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In this issue: A chat with Zakir Hussain Coldplay and Jay-Z to Perform in Mumbai


October 2016 Issue # 221 Editor Samir Shukla (Samir@Saathee.com)

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Fresh Milk Delivery in India

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ShahRukh Coldplay will Can you Spot the Differences Khan Detained Headline in these Festival in Once Again Images? Mumbai

HellO ReADeRS! Read an interview with Zakir Hussain on pg. 14. An MIT lesson in failure helps deliver fresh milk to millions in India. Story on pg. 18. ShahRukh Khan has been detained at US airports three times since 9/11 — and still jokes about it. Read about it on pg. 24. Should you avoid gluten at all costs? Our Nutrition columnist digs deep into the gluten mysteries on pg. 62. Coldplay and Jay-Z will headline the Global Citizen festival in Mumbai. Story on pg. 80. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 100. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website www.Saathee.com We welcome all comments and suggestions.

QuOte: "May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” - Peter Marshall

In tHIS ISSue Zakir Hussain Interview . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Milk Delivery in India . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Khan and Airports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Mirror Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Dentist Visits You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Uncertainty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 72 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 96 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 104 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 134 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 142 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 144

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will not be a Masters of Percussion or anything like a fusion performance. This will be a detailed classical performance. I don’t get to do many performances like this so it’s nice to be able to have this opportunity. Let’s see if I can still keep up with these young punks (laughs whil referring to Niladri Kumar).” Kumar is lightning fast on the sitar. “Yeah, to put it mildly, he is 2 point something gigawatts of power. There’s power there but also great attention to the traditional requirements. He’s a very special combination of traditional values and their validity in the modern world of music. He can play in both worlds comfortably and with the same amount of confidence.” When I asked him if his and Kumar’s work with fusion as well as varied musicians and genres brings more fans into the traditional Indian music fold, Hussain explained, “You know music must move forward. If it doesn’t it’ll stagnate. Therefore, you must found new avenues and language to express this traditional form. You have to speak in various tongues to be able to get the music’s point across. You must deal with what’s out there. And whether that helps you, I would say yes because for myself I would have to say my association with a lot of Western musicians and like jazz musicians or percussionists or drummers has really enhanced my ability to be able to play my tabla in a more I would say global manner. And so I’m able to take compositions and interpret them in a way where a drummer could understand it and easily document it to be able to execute the same information on his drum or a conga drummer could do it…and adapt those compositions to be able to work in the world of jazz, rock, pop or hip hop or whatever. All these interactions have allowed me to understand languages of expressions and that allows me to expand my traditional expression into those forms. I’m sure Niladri is having similar experiences, having invented a new instrument (zitar), playing funk music or playing in films and Bollywood, doing all that stuff. It develops you as a more complete performer and representative of the art form to be able to discover ways in which the sitar (or tabla) has never been played. And therefore discover what your instrument is really fully capable of.”

By Samir Shukla This is the second time I have interviewed the master of the tabla, Ustad Zakir Hussain. It’s always a quandary to interview someone who has such a vast history in music. You want to ask him questions that he has likely answered a thousand times. But Zakir Hussain is a down-to-earth musician. I posed questions that I wanted to ask and he answered them in detail, just like the first time I interviewed him a few years ago when he was touring with his Masters of Percussion. His musical history is legendary. He has connected with musical traditions around the globe and performed with musicians as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Bela Fleck, Mickey Hart, John McLaughlin, Ravi Shankar, Bill Laswell and Charles Lloyd. It is an exhausting list of musical masters who have also benefited from performing with Ustad Hussain. Hussain is slated to perform in the Carolinas in early October with Niladri Kumar, a brilliant and accomplished sitar master. This pairing is a gift to lovers of Hindustani music. It will be a top-notch performance exploring India’s North Indian classical music that harks back centuries. According to the program notes I received, “This concert will present an exploration of Indian music, both ancient and cutting-edge, combining a traditional classical offering with a collaborative exploration of the raga and tala systems. The concert will begin with a rendition of a classical raga performed on sitar by Niladri Kumar and accompanied on tabla by Zakir Hussain. This piece will commence with a full alaap by Niladri Kumar in the Hindustani classical tradition, presenting and expounding on the raga. The concert will also include a tabla solo piece by Hussain, and will conclude with a contemporary style performance based on the folk melodies of India.” These performances are the classic duet interactions where the musicians are so in tune with each other that they practically read each other’s minds. Hussain’s tabla will open a world of sound while Kumar’s sinewy sitar resonates sounds both meditative and jubilant, depending on the moment. Here’s a portion of my recent chat with Zakir Hussain. I asked him to talk a bit about this performance. He said “this Saathee.com

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An MIT Lesson in Failure Helps Deliver Fresh Milk to Millions in India So Grama, who grew up in Romania and moved to the United States when he was 18, set aside his award-winning solar water heater and focused on milk instead. He moved to India and soon realized the main thing making milk go bad was unreliable power. “The thing to understand is that all these villages do have power, [but] they don’t have it 24 hours a day.”

By Jason Margolis, PRI Sorin Grama had a great idea. Like, a really terrific idea. It was so good, MIT awarded him one of its most prestigious entrepreneurship prizes: second place in the university’s annual 100K Entrepreneurship Competition. Grama’s team built a machine using old car parts that can heat water without electricity. Think of the possibilities in rural parts of the developing world: Medical clinics could sterilize devices, people could clean clothes with warm water, or they could just take a hot shower, all without being connected to a grid. Revolutionary, right?

In India, most milk is collected in small amounts by rural farmers scattered across the country. Credit: Promethean Power Systems Students work at the shared workspace, the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Cyril Masud Khamsi is on the right. Credit: Jason Margolis

But the MIT alum figured that if he could tap into the power grid when it was on and store energy, he could keep milk cold. The challenge was building a better battery. His solution came in the form of a thermal battery, which slowly releases stored power. “It’s like making ice. We make ‘ice.’ The process of freezing material stores energy and when that material melts it releases the energy.” It worked. And Grama’s company, Promethean Power Systems, has now sold about 300 large industrial milk chillers in India. This means millions upon millions of gallons of milk are no longer being wasted. Meanwhile fewer people are getting sick, and small rural farmers aren’t losing so much money.

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What good is it to joke about airport security? Khan and other celebrities tackle a serious issue in punchlines. By Ada tseng, PRI In mid-August, Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan made headlines after he tweeted about the third time he had been detained at an airport when traveling to the United States. “I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really, really sucks,” he wrote. “The brighter side is, while waiting, [I] caught some really nice Pokémons.” The first time it happened was in 2009, when he was held for more than two hours at Newark Airport and only released after intervention by the Indian Embassy. He was, coincidentally, working on a film called My Name Is Khan, about an Indian Muslim man, Rizwan Khan, who lives in San Francisco and is racially profiled after 9/11. There’s a scene in the movie where Rizwan is also detained in the airport and delivers his signature line: “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.” The second time he was detained was in 2012, again in New York, while he was on his way to give a commencement speech at Yale University. He had no Islamophobia-themed love story to promote this time around. “Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America,” he joked then to the graduates. “[The government officials] always ask me how tall I am and I always lie and get away with it. ... Next time I am getting more adventurous. ‘What color are you?’ I am going to say white.” Saathee.com

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FILM CLIPS Spices of Liberty

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First-time film director and full-time IT professional in NC, Gowri Goli was inspired to make a movie because of his love for “cinema and camera.” His effort has culminated into the upcoming indie film Spices of Liberty, a story of young lovers who gain wisdom through their parents which is in turn acquired from their elders via Scriptures. The lovers then use this embedded wisdom in every phase of their lives including how they find each other. In the end, they both find the core principles of life (Equality and Freedom) are exactly same in both India and America. All the filming was done in North Carolina from the Triangle area to the Outer Banks and the mountains including Mt. Soma. Spices of Liberty stars Suhasini, Ajay Kumar, Prakash Patil and Jayalalitha and opens in several markets on October 28.

Mirzya is a film inspired by the legendary “Mirza Sahiban” - a tragic tale of star-crossed lovers. The film, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, plays out in two parallel worlds - the legendry folklore and modern day in Rajasthan. As the lovers grapple with forces that seek to keep them apart in both avatars, they discover that a moment of true love together is worth sacrificing lifetimes apart. The film introduces Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. Also featured are veteran actors Om Puri, Art Malik, and K. K. Raina. The music is by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. It opens on October 7.

The Accountant Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, he takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. The film opens on October 14.

American Pastoral American Pastoral is the tale of a legendary high school athlete, who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. Ewan McGregor stars and directs the film that also features Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Reigert. In theaters October 21.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is an action thriller directed by Edward Zwick. It is a sequel to 2012 film Jack Reacher. The film stars Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, and Holt McCallany. Filmed in New Orleans and other locations, the film is set four years since the first film events, Jack Reacher is returning to the headquarters of his old military unit, but reveals that he is now accused of a 16-year-old homicide, and finds out that it is only a part of something bigger than he thought before. The film is scheduled to be released on October 21.

Shivaay

When Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. The film is the third in a trilogy of Angels & Demons and DaVinci Code, which also features Indian actor Irrfan Khan. It opens in theaters on October 28.

Shivaay is a Himalayan mountaineer who is an innocent everyman and yet is capable of transforming into a destroyer when he needs to protect his family. Veteran star Ajay Devgn stars in the film that he also directed. The film opens in theaters on October 28. Saathee.com

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Karan Johar makes his return to the director’s chair with his latest movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which brings the cast of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Fawad Khan to the screen. The film is a story about love – the shapes it takes, the ways it changes people. It is the journey of two characters as they navigate life, love and heartbreak – often together and sometimes apart. The young couple meets one night in New York and a mutually life-changing bond forms between them, one that is ridden with humor, angst and a shared love of everything Bollywood. As they steer through life, their encounters and experiences shape their understanding of life, passion, love… and what it truly means to have a soulmate. The film releases on October 28 for Diwali.

Dhanush to Work in Hollywood Film Actor Dhanush will be making his Hollywood debut in Marjane Satrapi’s The Extraordinary Journey of a Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Cupboard. He told an interviewer that the casting group had suggested ten Indian actors to Marjane Satrapi but the director chose him and told that she had watched all his movies before finalizing. Dhanush confirmed that they will start shooting from January 2017. The film also stars Uma Thurman and Alexandra Daddario in pivotal roles. He will be playing the role of an entertainer named Aja who is sent to Paris on a secret mission by his mother.

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Shabana Azmi to Portray Gangster Queen in TV show Veteran actress Shabana Azmi, last seen in the film Neerja, is set to return to TV. After starring in season 2 of Anil Kapoor’s TV show 24, Azmi will be seen as a mafia queen in the TV serial Ek Maa Jo Lakhon Ke Liye Bani Amma. Shabana will be replacing Urvashi Sharma who has opted out of the show due to the time leap in the story. The show focuses on female gangster boss Jenabai Daruwali, a bootlegger, who was one of the famous female criminals in the 70s. She was also associated with big names in underworld like Haji Mastan, Vardharajan Mudaliar, Karim Lala and Dawood Ibrahim, who reportedly addressed her as maasi. She says that her character is illiterate but streetsmart and cunning.

Rock On 2 The musical Rock On was a hit back in 2008 and now the sequel, Rock On 2, is ready to hit cinema houses. Most of the new film is said to be set in Shillong, a place often called the rock capital of India. Apart from the original cast, two more actors, Shraddha Kapoor and Shashank Arora, join the cast. The sequel will be an emotionladen musical journey with the title track from the original movie getting a fresh, new rendition. The Rock On 2 story will pick up from where the first part ended. The film stars Farhan Akhtar and Arjun Rampal with music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Rock On 2 will be released on November 11.

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UPCOMING MOVIE RELEASES October 7

Saat uchhakkey (Director: Sanjeev Sharma) Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Vijay Raaz, Kay Kay Menon, Anupam Kher, and Annu Kapoor

31st October (Director: Shivaji Lotan Patil) Cast: Vir Das, Soha Ali Khan, Daya Shanker Pandey, Vineet Sharma, and Deepraj Rana

October 21

Mirzya (Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra) Cast: Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Art Malik, Anuj Chaudhary, and Om Puri

Jack Reacher: never Go Back (Director: Edward Zwick) Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Danika Yarosh, Aldis Hodge, and Patrick Heusinger

My Father Iqbal (Director: Suzad Iqbal Khan) Cast: Narendra Jha, Komal Thakker, Paresh Mehta, and Raj Sharma

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Director: Karan Johar) Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan, and Lisa Haydon

the Girl on the train (Director: Tate Taylor) Cast: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans

Shivaay (Director: Ajay Devgn) Cast: Ajay Devgn, Ali Kazmi, Jabbz Farooqi, Abigail Eames, and Vir Das

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MIRROR, MIRROR A Conversation From the Outside Looking in... media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have become the perfect breeding ground for these bullies (often called “Trolls”) to thrive. Now victims can be attacked via a computer screen. A popular saying is that the pen is mightier than the sword, but in this day and age a keyboard can be crueler than any punch one could ever throw. Eventually you learn that there may be serveral reasons for this. The first is that they are secretly jealous of something that makes you special. The second is that he or she is also being abused by someone else, and the only way to deal with it is to find a new target to reflect their own anger upon. Over time I’ve grown to feel more pity for these people than anger, as they are also victims of a sort. One thing to remember above all else when you feel like there’s no one else who will understand what you’re going through… you are not alone. Many of us know what it’s like to be that kid who gets teased in school. Many of us know what it’s like to be that outcast who doesn’t have the same skin color, clothes, activities or something else that the “in crowd” does. Sometimes you have an openminded opinion that others just cannot handle. Sometimes you simply are just too unique for the world at large to accept. The only way we can stop all the abuse is to stand up and let those bullies know that we are stronger than they think. Nothing is more threatening to an abuser than when the target who refuses to accept that he or she is one. Self-confidence goes long way… and as long as it remains healthy as you get older, then you will have that perfect defense against anyone who would bring you down. I know that while I have gained a thicker skin over time, a little bit of self-doubt lingers inside. Will it ever go away completely? That remains to be seen. At least I can say that it takes a lot more to get me into that mindset than before. I’m one of the lucky ones, however. Many more out there in the world get so overwhelmed with anxiety that they simply cannot cope. Suicide is the 2nd largest cause of death for 10 to 34 year-olds and more than half of those are in response to bullying. While bullying has been around for a long time, the acceptance of it being a problem has been difficult. Many say to simply “ignore them” until it stops, but that doesn’t always work. Others say to stand up for yourself and take away a bully’s control over you. The most effective method may be to not say anything, turn and walk away. If you see someone else being bullied, you can always let him or her know that a friend is there to listen and understand what they’re dealing with. No one should ever have to feel isolated like that. You should never have to live in fear ever because of who you are. Embrace what makes you you and you’ll ultimately be a happier person for it.

By Jennifer Allen Schadenfreude: Just Because It’s Fun Doesn’t Make it Right

“When people look at me, they automatically assume I’m dark and weird. Why can’t they see the truth? I’m just a girl, trying to find my place in the world.” ~ Gena Showalter So it is the month of October once again, and with it comes a lot of things that we celebrate and remember. Most know it as the month that we celebrate Diwali, Muharram, Columbus Day, Halloween and so many other holidays. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s National LGBT Month. It’s even International Vegetarian Month. It’s when Pumpkin Spice is suddenly in everything consumable and we all (admit it) let out a small amount of joy for this fact. Something about October just puts me in a better spirit, usually. It feels like a month for transition and change. Days get shorter. Leaves turn into their diverse shades of red, yellow, orange and everything in-between. We leave the shorts and tshirts of the summer behind and invoke a dress code of jeans, sweaters and jackets. This October is also, among all of these other things… the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month. The Germans invented a word: Schadenfreude. It roughly translates to the concept of finding the ultimate pleasure from watching or experiencing the suffering of others. This is a foundation of what makes us human, whether we like it or not. We’ve all had moments, big or small, where we can’t help but feel a little tinge of glee when someone else gets their comeuppance after witnessing him or her doing something we don’t approve of. However, there are people out there who take on a much more serious role as those who prefer to find pleasure in creating the strife that others have to deal with. I was a target of bullying from an early age. That’s what happens when you’re a child of a one income family who couldn’t afford some of the nicer clothes, school supplies and other things that made you popular. At the age of 7, I was one of the first kids in school to get glasses. I was that kid with the messy or badly cut hair. I was the kid who was too smart and constantly reminded that I wasn’t. In 8th grade, I remember someone asking me “Are you popular?” By her tone I could tell she already had an answer in her head. She was simply waiting for me to slump over and say, “No…” with a defeated sigh. Instead I looked right at her and said, “I am popular, but for the wrong reasons.” Her shocked expression and silence for a few seconds made my heart jump a few beats as no doubt that was the last answer she expected. In the end she did the usual 12 year-old response of “You are nooooooooot,” and walked away. That was one of the first moments I finally felt a bit more selfconfident. I knew I was special deep within, but it took so many years for that to come out in more than a few short bursts. See what I meant when I answered was that I was popular as a target. The nerdy, bucktoothed, messy haired girl with glasses was always someone who the others could dump on to feel better about themselves. In recent times with new technology and new forms of communication, a new form of torment has emerged. Social Saathee.com

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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

Hā dar dar ji se dar ab nā nāBāgho mein bolā, bolā re bolā more, badlā re dil kā bhugolNagāde sang dhol bāje, dhol bājeDhānye, dhānye, dham dham dhānye - 2Hey..Dhin tadāk, dhin tadāk, ājā ud ke sarātPairon se bedi zarā khol, Nagāde sang dhol bāje dhol bāje Dhānye, dhānye, dham dham dhānye - 3 Leeli lembadi re, leelo nāgaravela no chhodaParbhu parodh nā re, māre ghar utārā kartā jāoUtāro nahi karun re, māre gher Sitā juve vātSitā ekalā re, juve Rām Lakhman ni vāt; Hey … dhol bāje.

tribute to living legends of Bollywood Sanjay leelā Bhansāli (1963– Present) Sanjay Leelā Bhansāli is a music director, producer, director, screenwriter of the award-winning Hindi film Galiyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela (2013). He was born on February 24, 1963, in Mumbai. His father D. O. Bhansāli was a sound recordist for Hindi films from 1960s to 1980s. He has adopted the middle name “Leelā” as a tribute to his mother. He received his education at the famous Film and Television Institute of India. He has produced and directed many successful films including Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdās (2002), Black (2005), Sāwariyā (2007), and Bājirāo Mastāni (2015). He founded his company SLB Films in 1999. He also was a judge in a reality TV show in 2006 and has produced Television shows as well. Bhansali’s films are passionate and emotional.

Meaning (Summary): Note: This song has some verses, mostly in Gujarati, taken from an old Gujarati folk song and some are based on the episodes of Ramayana. (Dhin tadāk, dhin tadāk) are Indian “Dhol” beats. (Dhānye, dhānye, dham, dham dhānye) is the sound made by these drums. Come flying fast and unlock the shackles of my feet, along with the kettle-drums, which are beating. There is knocking on the door, but he hasn't yet come. Since then, I've been waiting. Now open your arms and come. My mind roams here and there in ecstasy and the words of my beloved are echoing out loudly. There is a green lemon-tree and a green betel-tree. O morning God (Rama), please stay for a while at my house. I will not stay, as Goddess Sita is waiting at my home. Sita is alone there and waits for Rama & Lakshmana. Each moment passes in agony. Come now and dance with me. May be you tremble; Yea, don’t let your heart fumble. The peacocks sing in the park now and changed is the geography of my heart.

Awards 2015 - Padma Shri award in arts. Filmfare Awards: Best Director for Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam (1999), Devdās (2002), Black (2005). He has also received awards and accolades from Zee cine, IIFA, National Film Awards etc. His famous Hindi Navaratri Garbā song lyrics “Nagāde sang dhol bāje…” is given on this page.

lyrics in Hindi:

evergreen and Classic lyrics Rup tera Sona Sona... Song: Nagāde sang dhol bāje… Film: Rāmleelā Year: 2013 Music: Sanjay Leelā Bhansāli Singer: Osman Mir, Shreya Ghosāl Lyricist: Garimā & Siddhartha Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Traditional Gujarati folk song Tāl/Rhythm: Traditional Garbā /Rās rhythm. Starring: Deepikā Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Supriyā Pātak lyrics in english: Hey..Dhin tadāk, dhin tadāk, ājā ud ke sarātPairon se bedi zarā khol, nagāde sang dhol bāje, dhol bājeDhānye, dhānye, dham, dham dhānye; nagāde sang… 2 Re khat-khat hān khat-khat; bāje dastak, vo nā ab tak āyā, Re tab se, hān tab se, hān dekhi rāhein, ki ab tu khol bāhein ājā Umad ghumad ghume, re machle re morā man, Gunje re bālam ke bol, nagāde sang dhol bāje, dhol bājeDhānye, dhānye, dham, dham dhānye; - 2 Hey..Dhin tadāk, dhin tadāk, ājā ud ke sarāt, pairon se bedi zarā khol, nagāde sang dhol bāje, dhol bāje, - 2 Leeli lembadi re, leelo nāgaravel no chhodParbhu parodh nā re, māre ghar utārā kartā jāoUtāro nahi karun re, māre gher Sitā juve vātSitā ekalā re, juve Rām Lakhman ni vāt O pal pal re pal pal, bitatā jal jal nācha ab chal ājāRe tharrtharr hān kāmpe tharr-tharr tharr-tharr Saathee.com

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

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world with great success. Obviously the expectations are different in Western societies where the culture is strongly individualistic. When you were little, what did you call your best friend’s mother, if you called them at all? More than likely it was “Aunty” or “kaki” or an equivalent word. So imagine my surprise when I heard a little girl’s voice saying, “Hi Shyama”. Startled, I turned around to see my friend’s daughter smiling and her parents showing no sign of disapproval. The American South is considered to be more genteel than other parts of the country but here too most people are on a first name basis with their in-laws and their bosses. While I have embraced many customs and have comfortably adapted to the social norms of this country, I dare not call my mother-in-law by her first name. I wish I could be surrounded by more people who gracefully give more respect and credit to their gurus or teachers from all phases of life, be it parents, career mentors or music instructors. Last month, I attended Kaushiki Chakrabarty’s concert and apart from her amazing performance in Indian classical music, I was struck by her dedication to music, gratitude toward her gurus and humble acceptance of the applause. What a breath of fresh air compared to the obnoxious behavior of arrogant and narcissistic celebrities. You know who I am talking about. Can there be such a thing as too much respect? I firmly believe so. If younger individuals are admonished for sharing their ideas or presenting their arguments, new possibilities will be muffled resulting in repeated mistakes. The military is known for its strict hierarchy and this has led to several forms of abuse in power. In families that do not allow the opportunity to question authority, wrong and unfair practices may stay hidden under the rug and the respect may be superficial. After all, how can you expect a little girl who is denied education to be completely respectful of a tradition that favors her brother. Can a young man belittled for his poverty respect his taunting relatives? Without defiance, rebellion and rejection of authority and traditions, there would be fewer human rights, fights for a country’s independence or breaking away from toxic relationships. I shudder at the thought of my pre- teen children using my words against me but one has to admit a healthy amount of arguments, disagreements and stubbornness expressed for a good reason is part of growing up and asserting one’s independence as an adult. In my opinion this is a crucial survival tool, not a sign of disrespect. In addition, I believe that respect should be earned and continue to be earned. When we are older and presumably wiser it becomes our responsibility to conduct ourselves in a way that is deserving of the respect we have come to expect from our children, younger siblings and others around us.

By Shyama Parui If you were asked to circle the Earth three times, how long would it take you? Even with the fastest vehicle it would take you a few days, right? My kids think so too. They didn’t believe me when I said it could be done in 30 seconds. This was a gateway into the story of Lord Ganesha who along with his brother was challenged to circle around the Earth three times. Knowing he couldn’t beat his brother Kartik, Ganesha simply circled around his parents showing complete devotion. When he was asked to explain his actions Ganesha responded, “My parents pervade the whole universe and moving around them is more than moving around the earth.” Ganesha’s approach seems to make perfect sense when you grow up in a culture that teaches you to respect, admire and even revere your elders, particularly your parents. For my children, on the contrary, it was a little harder to digest and I almost drowned under the deluge of questions that emerged from their curious, logical and even skeptical I wish I could be minds. To their credit, they surrounded by more people agreed with Ganesha and are who gracefully give more the most loving and respect and credit to their respectful kids I could ask for gurus or teachers... but absolutely requiring them to respect every elder equally without exception is questionable to them. Frankly, I am on their side and as the youngest child from a large family, accepting deference to all the elders was and continues to be a mammoth challenge. As the idea of “respect your elders” is hammered into your head from a young age, it also translates into respect for hierarchy and authority. It shows up in many ways such as greeting elders by touching their feet, avoiding arguments with them, not referring to them by name, among other things. A very conservative woman cannot even make herself call her husband by his first name, leading to creative ways to get his attention particularly in the presence of others. It could be waving, pointing, or softly calling out “shun cho” which in Bengali means listen. Being the husband in this scenario is not easy either for he has to interpret whether “shun cho” implies anger, urgency or romance based on how it is uttered and act accordingly. Funnily, my dear friend’s daughter always thought “shun cho” was the Bengali word for husband as that was the only way she had heard her mother call out to her father. Offering respect is not limited to family members. Neighbors, acquaintances and even strangers may be referred to as “Uncle” or “Aunty” based on their perceived age. This is not without its problems as some people may not like to be reminded of their age and will gently chide you by saying, “Aunty mat kaho na” (Don’t call me Aunty). Recently, much to my horror I realized that an acquaintance who I called “dada” (older brother) turned out to be a few months younger than I am. Oops! Having a village full of honorary relatives may seem overwhelming but this sense of community has helped immigrants of Indian origin strike roots in different parts of the Saathee.com

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4. The zodiac sign “d” stands for (a) Libra (b) Gemini (c) Scorpio (d) Aquarius 5. Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, in (a) 1948 (b) 1869 (c) 1879 (d) 1859

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6. The ’Nataraja’ Temple in Chidambaram, South India was built around (a) 18th Century (b) 15th Century (c) 13th Century (d) 10th Century

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7. Temperature of (–40)°C [Celsius] is equal to (a) (+40)°F (b) (–40)°F (c) (+30)°F (d) (–30)°F

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A dove was living on a huge tree along the river bank. An ant also lived in the hole of a trunk of that tree. One nice day the ant was walking on the river bank and suddenly the strong wind started blowing. The poor ant was lifted by the gusts, she fell in the flowing river and was swept away in the water. The dove sitting on the tree saw the whole incident. He thought, “After all she is my neighbor and I must save her.” He plucked a leaf, flew over the water and dropped the leaf close to the ant. The ant immediately climbed up the leaf. Without any delay, the dove picked the leaf with the ant on it and flew back to their home tree. She thanked him for saving her life. After sometime, a hunter spotted the dove sitting on that tree and wanted to get the bird. The dove was unaware of the hunter. The hunter took out the arrow, raised the bow, aimed at the bird and was about to pull the string. The ant saw that and remembered that the dove had saved her life. She rushed to the hunter, bit and stung the hunter hard on his foot. The sting was very painful and the hunter shouted: “O my God!” The arrow missed the dove and the dove flew away. The dove was saved. When the dove learned that the ant had saved his life, he thanked her. The ant said: “Friends are not to be thanked. There is no obligation in friendship and they must help each other.”

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As this article is being written, residents of North Carolina, a “swing state,” are being bombarded with millions of dollars worth of political ads and media coverage prior to the November elections when citizens will be electing a new “head of state” as well as state government officials. A popular, live program on UNC Public Ratio is “The State of Things” hosted by Frank Stasio. He interviews guests to highlight issues, personalities and places in the State of North Carolina. In The Free Dictionary.com I found 26 ways that state is used in idioms (non-literal expressions) and multiple meanings of state as a noun, verb and adjective. Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use state? 1 1. Well this is a fine state of affairs! Some voters don’t like either candidate enough to cast a vote at all. _____ 2. Their video technology is state of the art. _____ 3. Having an optimistic and positive state of mind will create the best impression in a job interview. ____ 4. The media reports that it can no longer predict that NC will be either a red state or a blue state. ____ 5. The dignitary’s body will lie in state in the capital for three days. ____ 6. What is the current state of play in the contract negotiations? _____ 7. He plays on their fears and whips his audience into a state of rage when he campaigns. ____ 8. He turned state’s evidence during the trial. _____ 9. Ice is the solid state of water. _____ 10. The accused person stated his innocence. _____ 11. Several foreign dignitaries dined in state at the White House. _____ 12. Please state the problem. _____ 13. The separation of church and state is an important principle in the United States. _______ 14. A thunder and lightning storm puts her dog in a state of panic. ____ 15. The old store was in a state of disrepair. ______ 16. I really believe that one candidate is more experienced and knowledgeable about matters of state. _____ 17. After he died and his relatives took charge, his business was in a sorry state. _____ 18. They attended a formal, state dinner. _____ 19. She will attend a state university. _____ 20. Who will be your choice to steer our ship of state ? ______

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We all have to retire someday, at least from our fulltime jobs and then contemplate what we should be doing about the rest of our lives. We have our dreams and imaginations as to what the retirement life is going to be. Relaxing and doing nothing is always there at the back of the mind. Then, of course, there is our spouse who has his/her own ideas as to what it should be. Generally, the two concepts don’t coincide too well (have you heard of John Gray’s book: Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus). It will be a lucky couple that has thought this out together, not only conceptually but also financially as to how they are going to make it work. Also we all need to be cognizant of the fact that if we retire at 65 there are at least 20 to 30 years ahead of us. I hear comments from many clients about this and I have put together a glossary of what surprises the retirees the Investment risk can lose its allure most. When we are young, our investments are all for the longterm and we are investing in somewhat risky but still wise travel is not cheap investments, which give good returns and growth. The horizon Every retiree has this dream of traveling and is the for needing that money is far and just barely visible. We can forerunner for life after retirement. Whether it is for pleasure take risks then, not only because it is longer investment but also or for learning about other cultures and histories, it looms high because we can recover from the mistakes. in every mind. But funding such trips is another story. Such Things change in retirement. Our health and our time are trips could cost lot of money and that chunk for travel has to very finite, say 20/30 years as I mentioned earlier. We cannot be supported long before the retirement becomes reality. take as much risk as we did before. Income stream is important Planned on your own or through help from the travel agencies, and we are dependent on that. The whole risk tolerance picture depending on the details of the plan, expect on setting aside does an about face and we start looking at it differently. $3,000 to $12,000 per couple for two weeks’ excursion (2015). If such trips are arranged every year it adds up and that kind of It is difficult to shift from saving to spending allocation has to be planned for. Throughout the working life, we are saving and saving and saving (at least I hope so). It is meant not only for the rainy day Medicare does not cover everything but also for the retirement days when there is no income from We carry this subconscious impression that at age 65 daily work and yet we need to live comfortably, just like we did Medicare will take care of all our health needs. It does not. Part before when we were still working. Now the “drawdown” A is free and takes care of only approved hospital stays, for begins and we are spending what we saved in the past to surgery or otherwise, and part B and D, for which we have to support ourselves for the next 20/30 years. Great concept but it pay premiums, would accommodate the routine stuff and is hard to put it in practice. There is, to be sure, some income prescriptions, most but not all. It is highly recommended that coming in every month, of course, including Social Security, we all should have supplemental insurance. There has to be interests and dividends. But generally it is not enough and we premium provision for both Medicare and supplemental dip into our savings to support ourselves. insurance in your budgets and more for out-of-pocket expenses. Next month we will be reviewing more such issues in Part Paying off your mortgage pays off II. Some examples would be adjustment to retired life, couples Income stream gets limited and finite in retirement. Hence begin to grow annoyed with each other, dilemma of current any known major expenses like mortgage payment should be home, time becomes the most precious currency and more. avoided; in other words, pay off the mortgage fully before retirement. If that is not possible then it has to be accounted for I welcome any questions on this article or the previous ones, also the suggestions for any future financial subjects of your interest that in your retirement planning. Mortgages are 30-year loans and you would like to know more about. banks are the biggest beneficiaries from that if you take full 30 years to pay off the mortgage. Overall, we pay 2 or 3 times in interest payment than what your total principal payment would be. Fortunately, most of the Indian community has that mindset already (Asians and Europeans too) probably because they are averse to carrying such a loan; also perhaps, because it creates a mental anxiety about being in debt.

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and ignore the stares of the old money and the snobs. This was my America. I had my cousin’s future planned for him before he arrived. As a US employee in Pakistan, he would get the chance to immigrate after many years of service. I had the numbers too. Sell your house in Lahore, pay cash for a condo here. Put 300K in bank. Find a consulting job advising people about Asian politics, etc. He just shook his head the first night. The next day he simply said, “I don’t want to drive a taxi here during retirement. I have four brothers and 20 members of the younger generation to take care of me in Pakistan.” I related my story. I was sort of white collar most of the time. He reminded me that my lifestyle had taken me 37 years of loneliness to establish. He reminded me that I would die alone. We dropped the subject. My cousin and his wife enjoyed the visit here. They went for walks saying that 90 degree temps were like Spring in Pakistan. They said the food we ate was healthier. They said they had power blackouts every hour all summer. They enjoyed even the code yellow ozone days saying that Lahore is so polluted, you can’t breathe any time of the year. They said our street was so quiet at night. They liked the fact that we could live in suburban America without watching television, sat on antique furniture instead of new couches, and actually talked while my wife carved spoons out of oak on the back porch. They said ours was a relaxed lifestyle. My romance with the world of my childhood has never stopped. I left Pakistan in its prime, with a modest population (comparatively), good air, with people knowing my family from airport to train station, and experiencing a privileged childhood. Social media friends and family blast me frequently about my idealistic rants about how life used to be. I had started to believe that those who had slowly seen the geography, the social and political landscape change into practically hell would now simply want to pack up and utilize the new opportunities they were offered. On the way to the airport, I made a last attempt and asked them to think about my proposal. It was all possible. There was a pause. “We will really never leave Pakistan,” my cousin finally said. “It is home. We will visit more.” After a few seconds, his wife softly said, “Yes.” I wanted to say things. But, but what about the American dream. What about the US citizenship? What about the country clubs and the Maserati and the beaches and the burgers and Fox News and clean air and… .The TSA picked them out as high risk because of those green passports and they were put into a top risk screening line. As I waved to him, I saw ahead of them a dark cloud of smog, acid rain, hot homes, bad water, hyper inflation, constant terrorism, overcrowding, corruption, anger, angst, pain. But they were headed home. I just live in a quiet neighborhood in America.

So, all this bad news is happening on the global terror front. America is bombing ISIS. Russia is bombing ISIS, but also helping the Syrian regime. ISIS is recruiting in America and incidences of violence are increasing. That’s the news. The media coverage has a consequence as well. The audience shifts daily from the far right anti-immigrant Trump to a more sedate but distrusted Clinton. Both candidates shift rhetoric with nightly news cycles. Europe wants an ethnic cleanup. America waffles as news anchors and pundits portray entire religions as being a threat to the West. In the midst of all this macro politics is the simple act of traveling. In the last few months, a cousin and his family came and enjoyed visiting relatives and friends in the US from My cousin and his wife coast to coast. Another cousin is just leaving Europe after a enjoyed the visit here.They month of visiting Italy, went for walks saying that France, Greece, Switzerland 90 degree temps were like and some other countries Spring in Pakistan. with many young and old family members. They posted pictures on social media and things didn’t seem out of whack. They were having wine and pizza in quaint places, and taking photos of naked statues. So another cousin, an experienced journalist who now advises US diplomats about Pakistani politics, arrived recently and called from New York. He and his wife were finally on their own, with grown kids enjoying freedom at home in Lahore. I assumed things. When they landed here, I didn’t waste any time in discussing immigration. Over hot chai, my cousin told me stories about people he had seen in New York, Philly, and Washington in the previous week or so. “How real is the dream?” he asked me. His stories were sometimes positive but mostly disconcerting. One relative of his wife was a surgeon and drove a Maserati. That was good, I thought. One journalist friend managed to immigrate but only found work driving a taxi in a large city. A fellow senior editor was now the manager (not owner) of a Subway store around Washington. I landed here in 1979 and immediately started to hear stories from people who tripped on a slippery promise right at the airport and never recovered. I met Iranian nuclear experts working at convenience stores. I met Indian ex-professors running laundromats; I met Lebanese chemists with Ph.Ds. working as waiters. The great equalizer in America, of course, is money. I met a Ahsen Jillani hates to travel. lot of Americans as well who told me about their rise to success. They came out of poverty, broken families, abuse, prison and set up limo companies, became landlords, or started chain Ahsen Jillani a former editor and publisher, is originally motels or new restaurants. I spent my formative years admiring from Islamabad , Pakistan , and now lives in Charlotte. those with stories that documented years of hard work, He owns Must Media, a PR company focusing on both perseverance, failures, persistence, and finally success. Like political and corporate clients. Rodney Dangerfield “rags to riches” characters, you could truly get out of a green limo wearing tacky clothes at the country club Saathee.com

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to put those things there when you were not looking. And worse, circumstances and people continue to put in their ideas into you even right now … or, it may be more correct to think of this as you receiving these things from others without the right filters. If I don’t know who I am, then how do I keep an eye on my I?

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“Know thyself.” ― Inscription at the Temple of Apollo, at Delphi The school year has begun once again. Grades and scores, such things and more are things that play in students’ minds and parents’ minds. And for those who are in their final years of school, the SAT/ACT tests loom large. They represent major hurdles to jump over to get to the colleges that will propel young people into the workforce … and into life. For many, all this testing, scoring and grading may seem like an unpleasant but necessary obstacle course to get through as part of the struggle of life. High-school students are not alone in this. We all have activities to do, and goals to achieve that are normal parts of normal lives. We all get measured and rewarded (or not) based on how well we do in the things that get measured by the companies, societies and economies that are relevant to us as individuals. Performance is important! There is no escape, unless you can cut everything back, and go into a state of deep meditation atop some hill in the Himalayas. Somehow, we need to get to the joys that we see in our future, without giving up the joy of living in the present. It seems like a bit of a paradox. How do you get something without giving up something else? Can SAt/ACt tests be enjoyable? I asked one of my students this question as she began her coaching sessions with me. She was quite horrified that I would even suggest that tests could be anything other than a painful experience akin to an unpleasant dental procedure. But as we worked our way through the coaching sessions, there was a perceptible change in her attitude. She began to enjoy the preparation for the test. Something made the difference. What was it? Beauty is in the I of the beholder Watching little kids and animals doing things can be instructive. There are numerous videos online. I remember one in which a monkey monkeys around for quite a while with a cat, as it swings from a tree. Clearly, the monkey was having a good time doing this, and was achieving extremely high performance if the goal was to not get caught by the cat, while twisting and poking various parts of the feline’s anatomy. Is it not possible for a student to be the monkey to the SAT test’s cat? What it comes down to is that there has to be something of value to #1 – to oneself. And that is the key! As long as people get something out of an activity or its result, there is enjoyment. With enjoyment comes motivation. We don’t have to use words such as “enjoyment” and “motivation” etc. As long as we make an environment possible where there is something that is directly valuable, it will get done. Keep your eye on your I Surprisingly, most people are not very good at keeping an eye on their I. That is because what you may think of as your “self” may, in reality, be a complex composite of all kinds of things – real, and imagined – put there by the forces of circumstances and the people who happened to have the ability Saathee.com

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Which I would I like to be? When you live with such a cluttered I, almost everything seems important. But life can be a lot simpler if we whittle down priorities into something that is more achievable. Without such prioritization, even if you achieve a few things, you feel as if you are always losing out on lots of other things. If you define the game in a way that there are fewer things to measure, and all the things you measure are things that are relevant to your simple self, then the game becomes enjoyable. You are the boss – the entrepreneur of your own personal enterprise. You are not marching to externally mandated orders anymore. So, it is important to cut down your I to size! What are the things that really matter, and what are the things you need to measure? Finding a role model for your I It’s always easier to create something when you have something that you can copy from – something that has worked before. When it comes to your I, you need look no further than yourself! You could use the monkey from the monkey-and-cat scene described earlier, but why not go back to when you were a little kid, and found organic enjoyment in lots of things? It is a lot easier to copy from yourself, especially when you have some of that buried deep inside already in any case. One of the hardest things in life is to use what you already have. First, you don’t always see or appreciate what you have. Secondly, you may have gotten into bad habits that prevent you from making use of what you have to identify the things that are important and to go after them. Simply saying, “find the child in yourself” doesn’t help. Some external assistance can make a difference. A coach can bring an eye to your I Having had the opportunity to coach many professionals as well as high schoolers (for the SAT/ACT and reading, writing and math), I see that many people need some assistance in moving to a different view of themselves and the things that are important. This helps people see how to turn pursuits that are necessary, but which seem painful, into more pleasurable and valuable activities. Part of this coaching, of course, includes the techniques and tips/tricks to ace, say, the SAT/ACT. However, a good part of it is in helping students realize their own potential by seeing that they have capabilities that they just were not aware of, or were not motivated enough to fully utilize. Find a good, sincere coach that you can trust – someone who can help you find your right self and the right level of performance.

Balaji Prasad is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, SAT/ACT Online and Offline Coach, interview, resume, and career coach at NewCranium. Contact: 704.746.9779 balaji.prasad@newcranium.com October 2016


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By Gail Z. Martin Often, it takes more than one try to find where you really belong. Many of the people interviewed for this book are serial entrepreneurs. They have owned more than one business, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the market shifted or the economy changed, but in many cases, the entrepreneur realized that his or her passion and opportunity lay elsewhere. To put it a different way—being good at something doesn’t lock you in to having to do that type of work for the rest of your life. It’s okay to be good at more than one thing and to “graduate” from running one kind of business into another. The work that satisfies you at one age may grow stale a decade or two later. The demands of one profession may become more than you want to put up with at a different stage in your life, and so you forge a new career better suited to your current needs. As you’re considering your Fresh Start Success, think about the jobs you’ve The work that satisfies you had, the roles you’ve played, at one age may grow stale maybe even the companies a decade or two later. you’ve owned. What common traits did the best— and the worst—share? When you plan your next move, factor in the value of the experience you’ve gained from your prior entrepreneurial efforts, and put that self-knowledge to use as you map out your future. Cooking up new Opportunities Lisa Woodie earned a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a specialization in marketing and public relations. She spent the first half of her career in corporate and non-profit marketing, and as the owner of a marketing business. Lisa found the creative and strategic planning part of marketing to be very satisfying. She liked starting with a challenge and coming up with a program to address the problem, and then seeing success. The variety kept the work fresh. What drove her crazy was the industry’s volatility. When business was bad, companies laid off marketing people. Lisa had been with a major business newspaper, but when her boss retired and the paper got a new publisher during an economic slump, the new publisher laid off multiple staff members across many departments, including Lisa. Lisa always loved to cook and enjoyed using her creativity in the kitchen. At one point, she left marketing to own and run a restaurant, only to discover that while she loved cooking, she didn’t like running a restaurant. The day-to-day management issues took too much of her focus away from cooking. Then, Lisa hit several life transitions in a row. After the layoff, her sister died, and her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Lisa was the caregiver for both her sister and mother until they passed away. For a while, she went back to marketing, putting her marketing skills to use as a consultant, and she did some soul searching over her next move. Saathee.com

When Lisa began marketing a wellness company, the experience led her to research holistic nutrition, natural medicine, and environmental toxins. Health was uppermost in her mind, after her recent caregiving experience. Lisa decided to marry her interest in health with her love of cooking. Lisa considered going to culinary school, but decided against it because classic French/gourmet food wasn’t a good fit for her business vision. She decided to explore becoming a personal chef and took a personal chef course at the local community college to see if it would be a good fit. Lisa was confident that between her prior entrepreneur experience and her marketing background, she had what it takes to run a successful business. At the end of 2011, Lisa founded Homemade Fresh Chef Service to provide personalized meal planning and preparation in client homes. She was still caring for her mother at that time and then needed to provide care for her father. Even with those other responsibilities, Lisa started planting and watering the seeds of her new career in 2012. The slow start frustrated her because she was eager to follow her passion, but she knew she had to be patient. Lisa’s father and grandparents were entrepreneurs. “It was in my blood,” she says. “This time, since it wasn’t my first time starting a business, I knew what to expect. I believe everything happens for a reason. Hard work and passion lead to success.” In the end it worked out, and several years later, she is even more passionate about healthy cooking than she ever was about marketing. Now Lisa is a personal chef. She has regular clients, and she goes to their homes once or twice a month to prepare meals for them. She customizes the meals to each family’s personal taste and dietary requirements. Then she packages, labels, and freezes/refrigerates the meals, provides reheating instructions, and cleans up the kitchen. Her company also provides in-home catering, and Lisa works with wine consultants to pair food and wine for tastings. Her income has grown steadily. In 2013, Lisa’s company did four times the business of the previous year, and in 2014, her revenue jumped one and a half times that of the previous year. “Business started to explode, especially in 2015,” she said. “I’m on track to get the business where I want it to be.” Lisa knew that personal satisfaction was key to making her next career jump. “I’ve been a business owner for half of my career,” she says. “Money is important, but it’s not the only thing. Happiness is key, along with a supportive partner who has a good job!” Lisa’s clients either don’t like to cook or have no time to spend in the kitchen. “My food makes my clients happy, and it helps them experience the benefit of fueling their bodies with real, high quality food instead of processed ingredients,” Lisa says. “I get personal satisfaction out of helping people eat better, be happier, enjoy meals and time with family, and be

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THE DENTIST VISITS YOU Hi uncle and Aunty. Please take care of Your teeth. By Vatsal Suthar The Asian Indian population has many achievements and notable accomplishments in all aspects of American culture including business, entertainment, and politics. The stereotype of a cab driver or gas attendant is a relic from the last millennia. We are now achieving many things and are getting our faces out in front of a lot more people. One thing that has not improved, however, is the outlook and importance our Indian community has placed on dental health. I was born in this country and many aunties and uncles helped my parents raise me over the last few decades. These role models I have come to know over the last thirty years hail from all over India: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Utter Pradesh, Bengal, and Punjab. They also represent many different types of jobs: physicians, information technology, engineering, convenience store owners, accountants, lawyers, restaurant employees, housekeepers in motels. No matter what the cultural background or level of vocation, all these people in my parent’s generation had one commonality: lack of perceived value for dental care. Since starting dental school in 2008, I have been fielding questions left and right from everyone in the Indian community I know about various dental topics. What amuses me is whenever an Indian auntie The three main and uncle wants to challenge reasons anyone avoids not only my profession but the idea of taking care of the dental office is teeth altogether. “I brush my money, time and fear. teeth every day, why do I need to go pay for a cleaning?” “Rinsing with salt water and taking this Ayurvedic pills will cure my toothaches.” “Going to the dentist is a scam because they charge a lot of money for no reason.” These same people are faithfully fasting every week, are diligent about getting the freshest vegetables at the Indian store, or spending stacks of money on unhealthy habits like smokeless Indian tobacco. The generation prior to the ones that immigrated to America were all living in India where if a tooth hurt, it was taken out. They would then get a bridge or temporary mouth piece until graduating onto a full denture. All these steps were reactive steps and never proactive. In other words, people would seek the counsel of the medical school reject, also known as a dentist in India, to take care of a hurting tooth. Their children came to the United States with limited money and deep ambitions to succeed, however, they still carried the same sentiment toward dental home care as their parents in being reactive and carrying out only the cheapest treatment possible. Now some of those same baby boomers are closing in on retirement, passing off the torch of their business to family members, or slowing down because of their bodies breaking down after years of neglect. It is easy to disregard items we do not value and allow them to waste away. If someone does not care what car they drive, they will forgo oil changes, car washes Saathee.com

and using premium fuel. In the same regard, if many in our community skip going to the physician for routine lab work, physical exams, and screenings, what are the odds they will care about the health of their mouth to go see a dentist? Asian Indians have shown to have a high predilection for heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers including oral cancer compared to other ethnic groups. If those aren’t reasons enough for someone to see a physician, the links those illnesses have to dental health gives justification to at least add seeing your dentist. Not controlling gum disease in your mouth or active decaying teeth leads to increased bacteria swimming in your blood stream. This, in effect, leads to lowered efficacy of medications you take to control your heart disease or diabetes. With the rules for Obamacare taking effect over the last year or so, everyone should have some sort of medical insurance. Some of these even cover one dental checkup and cleaning a year. The barrier for seeking any care based on the interactions I have had with those that are self-employed and have businesses is lack of dental insurance. There seems to be a myth that you have to have dental insurance to see the dentist and that is the furthest thing from the truth. Anyone can walk into a dental office, make an appointment, pay the fee and walk out. The process would be no different than conducting a business transaction at a department store, restaurant or jeweler. There are many insurance companies that offer individual plans for families to cover dental treatments. Plans can be $30-100 per month for various amounts of coverage. If one wanted to only get dental cleanings, x-rays, and exams for the year, it might be cheaper to not get any insurance at all and just pay the full fee at the dental office. The three main reasons anyone avoids the dental office is money, time and fear. My observation is that most Indians can have some element of each of these as a barrier but the recurring reason I hear the most to avoiding the dentist is apathy. Dental well-being and healthcare as a whole is a reactive process for us. Instead of preventing avoidable events like a heart attack, stroke or even a toothache, we seem to opt to save our time and money in the short term. Over a lifetime, though, there is a longterm negative impact our body is taking. While I know that dental health is not at the top of anyone’s priority list (including mine), it is a critical component of our overall health. The link to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, lung disease and even cancer from the bacteria in your mouth is well proven. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body and maintaining its integrity will go a long way to keeping your health goals. We are all achieving great things in this country in all arenas of life. Start taking care of yourselves and your mouths so that you can actually enjoy the lives you’ve wanted in this country.

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Vatsal Suthar is a private practice general dentist in Columbia, SC aiming to increase dental awareness for the South Asian Community.

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“Gluten-free” is the latest buzz word. It seems like everyone is going gluten-free! Gluten is said to be the cause of all evil. There are shelves full of products in the grocery store that are labeled gluten-free. Talk shows, magazine and online articles, and ‘grainfree’ books, all warn you to stay away from gluten. But what is gluten, and should you really stay away from it? Gluten is a protein. It is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is what makes dough rise and make it soft and pliable. It is a reason why we can make nice soft chapatis from wheat flour. Rotis made from any other flour will not have the same texture. Bread, pizza crust and other baked goods also rise and have a nice soft and spongy texture because of gluten. We have been eating bread and chapatis for centuries. So non-celiac Gluten Sensitivity suddenly what happened? Why is gluten the enemy now? Recent research has shown that it is possible to be sensitive to gluten without having celiac disease. Signs and symptoms can be similar to celiac such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, Fad Diet? “Gluten-free” is the most popular diet in search engines in unexplained anemia, muscle cramps, leg numbness and bone or every metropolitan region across America, and the trend has been joint pain. There are no tests to diagnose gluten sensitivity. The growing steadily since 2006 according to a recent survey. The important thing is to rule out celiac before trying a gluten-free diet. surge increased after 2009 with a few books that touted the evils of gluten and all grains and claimed that gluten-free diets were the Wheat Allergy This is a true allergy to the proteins present in wheat, namely only way to lose weight. The fear of carbs, the rise in popularity of high protein low-carb diets, including Atkins and Paleo, may have gliadin and glutenin. 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This means more people are simply choosing not to eat gluten, even when there is no good limiting gluten. There are no consistent studies so patients have to rely on trial and error and symptom improvement to see the scientific evidence to support cutting grains from their diets. effects. Dangers of unnecessary gluten-free lifestyle Grains, especially whole grains, provide us with important Autism There is some evidence to suggest that gluten-free casein-free nutrients such as complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. By cutting out all grains from the diet, we miss diets that eliminate all wheat and dairy may be helpful for children out on these important nutrients. with Autism. Most gluten-free packaged products are made with starches such as tapioca, potato, and corn starch. 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By Kamlesh D. Patel the evolution of Consciousness Part 4 – Cleaning Last month, in Part 3, Kamlesh D. Patel described the journey we embark upon to expand consciousness and the role of Yogic Transmission, as well as some of the basic spiritual anatomy associated with the beginning of the inner journey. In Part 4, he now explores with us in more detail how we become entangled in worldly issues, how that expresses in the spiritual anatomy of a human being, and what we can do to remove the impressions that form. In Part 2 of this series, we explored the need to refine and purify the subtle body, so that consciousness can expand and evolve. In fact, without this cleaning of the subtle body there is no real evolution. What needs to be cleaned from the subtle body? Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the subtle body, the heartmind field of a human being, as a vast field of subtle energy, of consciousness. If it helps, imagine it is like a large body of water. When the field is pure, it is absolutely still and calm, like a glassy lake. When it is disturbed by turbulence, it is choppy and rough, and the water is moving in all directions. Eddies of water form, creating currents. Similarly, the subtle body can also be filled with turbulence, due to many impressions that form on a daily basis. When these impressions become more fixed, they lodge in our system creating heaviness and knots of energy that eventually solidify. They are known in the yogic literature as samskaras, and because of their materiality they are the cause of our coming again and again into this physical plane of existence through birth and rebirth. So how do we form impressions in the subtle body? Let’s understand the way they form, how each impression is drawn by its vibration to a particular center in the human system. When we read the works of Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, he gives a beautiful example. You are walking home and you notice a beautiful rose flower blossoming, so you admire its beauty. The next time you are passing, you go near and admire its beauty in more detail. The next day, you feel like holding that flower in your hand and smelling it. Progressively a day may come when you say, “Let me take this rose bush home.” We are attracted to some things, like the beautiful rose flower and its fragrance, and we dislike others, like the thorns of the rose bush. Our orientation – our attraction or repulsion – creates an emotion in our heart. That emotion is not in the mind; it is always in the heart. It forms an impression. When we repeat that emotion again and again, it forms a deeper habitual pattern in our heart, that becomes more and more fixed as samskara: “I don’t like spaghetti,” “I do not trust men,” etc. etc. This belief then affects the way we live our daily life, coloring our perception and decisions. We face different types of problems, issues, likes and dislikes in the worldly life. When we are constantly worrying about our worldly problems, a level of anxiety and worry builds up, and, accordingly this forms heaviness in the heart. No one escape worldly worries and everything in moderation is tolerable. When we worry about something it is a good Saathee.com

To find point A, measure two finger widths to the right side to your left nipple, then three fingers down. Go two finger widths further down from point A to find point B. Go two finger widths further down from point B to find point C. It will be on the lowest rib, directly beneath points A and B. Go two finger widths to the left to find point D, exactly below the nipple. This is the anatomical aspect of these points to which we attract certain impressions. These are not the only points in the human system where impressions lodge, but they are some of the most important and good place to start. Why is it helpful to share this knowledge? So that we become more aware. When we notice impressions lodging, we can adjust ourselves and clean ourselves, instead of judging things all the time. Self-acceptance is a very vital attitude in any process of personal transformation. Without it, we stay stuck in judgement and it is difficult to then let go the impressions; instead we go round and round thinking about them, making them deeper. It also becomes difficult to develop love for ourselves without self-acceptance. Without selflove, we are handicapped, and love for others will not develop. We will not get the first base. The process of cleaning removes these impressions that form around the heart, creating lightness and a carefree feeling. With this we can happily work on changing ourselves, and the journey begins. continued on page 126

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On November 19, the people of India will have a chance to see a festival including some of the world’s best talent. The lineup includes: Coldplay, Jay Z, Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Arijit Singh, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Dia Mirza, and Monali Thakur. The musical festival will be held at the MMRDA grounds in Mumbai — and it’s completely free. “The impact of this organization is incredible,” Jay Z said in a statement. “This is the perfect example of the meaning of what a Global Citizen is: individuals from all parts of the world joining as one voice to call for change.” The show will mark Jay Z’s first-ever concert in India. The newest platform for social action has launched at Globalcitizen.in, where people in India can start taking action to earn a free pair of tickets to the festival. The new platform, which is home to event information, grassroots activism, campaigns, and online activism, has two goals: achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and bring about an end to extreme poverty. GlobalCitizen.In will also house content and actions around three critical areas: quality education, gender quality, and clean water and sanitation. “The years I spent living and working in India as a teenager were a key catalyst of my passion for challenging the status quo of poverty alleviation,” said Global Citizen founder and CEO Hugh Evans. “So bringing the Global Citizen movement to India is a moment many years in the making.”

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Farhan Akhtar, who founded Men Against Rape and Discrimination, also expressed his excitement about the festival. “This is a great way to contribute collectively and take action to deliver change with full commitment,” Akhtar said. “As a socially conscious individual, I am glad to be a part of this movement to support the Global Goals to help make a difference.” World leaders like UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other global influencers are expected to speak. So how do you start? The first step is to go to Globalcitizen.in and register. Then, start taking action. If the people of India come together with Global Citizen, we have the chance to bring about real social change in India.

In India’s Silicon Valley, the water wars have turned deadly By Chhavi Sachdev, PRI

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Exhibit opens in Raleigh

The City of Raleigh Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit in October 2016 entitled, Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. The exhibit is the first national exhibit to celebrate the history and remarkable achievements of Indian Americans in the United States. Beyond Bollywood was created in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center with the goal of going beyond the stereotypes of Southeast Asian Indians by exploring their daily lives, to struggles in a new country and contributions to food, culture, and politics. The Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service launched the traveling exhibit in May 2015 with the COR Museum being only the sixth institution to host the exhibit on its inaugural tour. “We were excited to open this exhibit in Raleigh” said Ernest Dollar, Director of the COR Museum, “It is a great opportunity to tell the story our rapidly growing Indian community through exploring Indian American’s impact on American history.” In addition, the museum is partnering with local groups to present a series of public programs and events to highlight Wake County’s connection to the exhibit. “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” is a creation of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Beyond Bollywood will have an extended stay at the museum, from October 29, 2016 to April 9, 2017. The official opening of the exhibit is on Sat, November 19 with a ribboncutting and several speakers. The museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m./Sundays 1-4 p.m. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more details, call 919-996-2220 or visit, www.cityofraleighmuseum.org. Saathee.com

Violent disputes over water are nothing new in India — in such a large and crowded country, deciding the rights to transboundary waters is always contentious. We’ve seen buses burned, shops looted, and cities clamped under curfew during fights over water. But last week was the first time in recent history that a civilian was killed — and two others injured by police gunfire — as protests turned ugly in the southern city of Bangalore (also called Bengaluru), the capital of Karnataka state. A second protester later died from their injuries. The protests followed an order by India’s Supreme Court that Karnataka share about 24 percent of its water with the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. The 475-mile long Cauvery (also known as Kaveri) River originates in Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu downstream. There have been disputes between the states over how to share its waters since at least the 19th century; the first adjudication dates back to 1892. (Every ruling since has been challenged by both parties.) In times of plenty, the sharing works: Karnataka lets a set amount of water flow into Tamil Nadu’s reservoirs. But in times of scarcity, like this year, the states claim there just isn’t enough to go around. This latest skirmish began when the chief minister of Tamil Nadu — where 93 percent of districts face drought — said Karnataka was reneging on its obligation to supply them with water. The court told Karnataka to turn on the tap and allow 13.7 thousand million cubic feet to flow into Tamil Nadu over 10 days, starting Sept. 13. Bangalore erupted. Protesters there are trying to call attention to the fact that, while data may indicate that rainfall was adequate this year, 90 percent of Karnataka’s districts are facing drought conditions, too. The reservoirs are less than half-full and there is no water for irrigation and agricultural use. It’s a situation that also affects the urban IT crowd in the city, known as India’s Silicon Valley. Water is being metered out for domestic use in Bangalore; those who can are ordering private tankers to make up the difference. And residents have been taking out frustration with their neighbors by attacking people of Tamil origin in the city. As Bangalore lifted a curfew in 16 of its zones, its neighbor state went on strike to protest the targeting of Tamils in the IT hub. The water will get turned off on Sept. 20; there’s no saying

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The national parks belong to everyone — so why doesn’t everyone care? By Jonathan Kealing, PRI

In many ways, I am in the prime demographic to be visiting US national parks. I’m white, grew up middle class and have a middle class family of my own. My grandfather was a Boy Scout leader. When I was a kid, my parents loved to pile my siblings and me into the car for weekend road trips — presumably so they could get some peace and quiet when we all fell asleep to the rhythms of the road. And yet, until this year, I’d never been to a single one of America’s national parks. That may have something to do with my age: According to the National Park Service, most visitors to these natural treasures are older, white Americans. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, it knows it has a problem. In interviews, NPS director Jonathan Jarvis declared a failure to connect with the next generation as one of the biggest threats facing the parks. “We are a legislative construct funded by the federal government and supported by the American people. If we don’t have that [support], we’re toast,” he told the National Park Journal. “When I look at our current base of support, they are reflective of only one segment of society, which is an older, predominantly white, and middle- and upper-income class.” Up until this centennial year, I was one of the Americans who appreciated the idea of national parks, but never enough to pay them a visit. A brief bit of history: Some 144 years ago, the US Congress, Saathee.com

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inherent beauty, diversity and the vibrant culture of India are showcased through the performances on the stage, exhibition, handicrafts and food. Cary Diwali attendees come from all walks of life, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. This is event is everyone who wants to learn about Indian art, music, dance, food and traditions. Each year, the exhibition area has something different to focus about the homeland, its diverse people, rich culture and traditions. For the past few years, a display of pictures captured by local amateur and professional photographers around the theme of the event has gained tremendous popularity. In line with the Cary Diwali theme, this year’s photography contest / display will focus on cotton, silk, jute, khadi and other natural fibers and fabric arts and crafts. There will be a live demonstration of arts and crafts, a workshop and demonstration on Yoga including Yoga for people with disabilities. Maintaining the tradition of inviting the best artists from all over the world, this year, Hum Sub is presenting Ila Arun, a popular Indian actress, TV personality and a Rajasthani folk / folk-pop singer with a unique, husky voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion. A native of Jaipur, India, she has sung numerous film songs in Hindi and quite a few in South Indian languages. Her most famous film song till date has been “Choli Ke Peeche” sung along with Alka Yagnik for the film Khalnayak. Accompanying Ila Arun on the Cary Diwali stage is Anupam Amod, a Bollywood playback singer who has many songs to his credit either sung by himself or with other singers. Sonika Sharma and Vijaylakshmi will also entertain the audience. Cary Diwali celebrations culminate with brilliant fireworks that light up the night sky. It all takes place on Saturday, October 15 at Kokabooth Amphitheater in Cary beginning at 10 am. Admission is free. For full details, visit www.humsub.net.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration The Heritage India Association of NC presents the annual Gandhi Jayanti celebration on Sunday, October 2 from 1 - 4pm at the Venture Hall, Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh. There will be a cultural program of folk and classical dances, bhajans, children’s art and a Gandhi look-alike competition. There is also a Gandhi essay competition: “My life is my message” is the topic. It is open for Elementary (5th & 6th Grades), Middle (7th & 8th Grades) and High School students who want to participate in the Essay Competition. Essay length for elementary students is 250 words, middle school students 350 words, and high school students 450 words. Essays should be student’s own work in thought and expression. Address your inquiries to either of the two judges. Admission to the celebration is free. For more details on the event, visit www.heritageindianc.org. Atul Purohit Garba The Indian Association of the Carolinas present Garba 2016 with special guest, Atul Purohit who is most known as a Classical Gujarati Folk (Garba) Singer. He’s also very famous for Sunderkand and devotional songs. Fans love his melodious songs like “Tara Vina Shyam” and “Vhalamni Vaat Kai”. He will be a part of the Garba and Dandiya celebrations which will take place on Friday, October 21 starting at 7pm at the Greensboro Coliseum. Learn more here or visit www.indianac.org

tribute Flute Concert The Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) presents a tribute concert for flute legend, Dr. N. Ramani. This instrumental performance will feature Flute Raman on flute, Mysore Srikanth on violin and Bangalore V. Praveen on Mridangam. The concert will be at 3:30pm on Sunday, October 23 at Davidson College’s Tyler Tallman Hall. Learn more at www.onlinecmac.org

Bull City Race Fest The 4th Annual Quintiles Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo will showcase historic, downtown Durham and be held on Sunday, October 16. This festival has something for the fastest runners and families alike. Choose from half-marathon, five-mile and one-mile distances and enjoy a fall morning of running and post-race food. The Quintiles Bull City Race Fest is the culmination of a world-class running experience and a world-class eating experience, all in a world-class city. You can learn more about the Fest and how to register for each of the running events at bullcityracefest.com

Shri Mata Hindu temple of Winston-Salem Foundation Ceremony In October 2014, on Vijayadasami day, a group of devotees formed a Committee and announced to the community their intention to build a Temple for Sri Lalithaambika and find suitable land for construction. The Temple is going to be Shakhi Panchayatana where Sri Lalithaambika is the presiding deity at the Center and the 4 intercardinal (ordinal) directions will have the shrines for Sri Ganapathy, Sri Aditya, Sri Maha Vishnu (Balaji) and

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Georgetown Wooden Boat Show The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, held on Oct 15 – 16, features one of the Southeast’s best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, children’s model boat building, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music. A special attraction is Saturday’s Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4-hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. Sunday is a fun-filled family oriented day that includes a Cardboard Boat Building Regatta, and an Opti Pram Regatta. Learn more at woodenboatshow.com

north Carolina State Fair The North Carolina State Fair is upon us once again. Rides, food, crafts, musicians, performances, and other activities will be presented for 10 days on October 13 – 23 in Raleigh. Tickets are now available at Food Lion locations. Senior citizen and military discounts for tickets available. Learn more at www.ncstatefair.org Satha Chandi Sahita Maha Rudra Yagam Sri Venkateswara Temple of NC presents Satha Chandi Sahita Maha Rudrya Yagam from Wed, October 12 - Sun, October 16 at the temple. Program highlights include Ganapahti Pooja, Maha Ganapathi Homan, Rudhra Homam, Chandi Homam, Poornahuti and much more. The Yagam is performed by a team of eminent rithwiks in the presence of renowned religious dignitaries. For full details call 919.468.1140 or visit www.SVTemplenc.org.

Hickory Oktoberfest Hickory’s Oktoberfest is a 3 day, outdoor festival between October 7-9 in Hickory, NC featuring three stages of non-stop live entertainment ranging from traditional polka to rock & roll, two beer South Carolina State Fair gardens, amusement rides and carnival games, a juried arts and Come on down to Columbia for 11 days of fun ranging from crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors. October 12 -23. The South Carolina State Fair now features PayLearn more at hickoryoktoberfest.com One-Price (POP) ride days with unlimited rides. Vouchers and tickets can be purchased online or at Walgreens. Crafts, food Inner engineering and other activities available as well. Learn more at Inner Engineering is a course that provides tools and solutions www.scstatefair.org. to empower one to create a life the way you want it. The course gives you the opportunity to intellectually explore the basics of Sugar Mountain Resort’s Oktoberfest life using methods that are the distilled essence of yogic sciences. Grab your beer stein, put on your lederhosen and head to Sugar The course imparts practical wisdom to manage your body, Mountain Resort Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9. The mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within. You Harbor Town Fest Band will also be on hand to provide a will also learn a 21-minute kriya called Shambhavi Mahamudra festive Bavarian atmosphere to Sugar’s 26th annual Oktoberfest Kriya also known as Shambhavi kriya, which is a purifying celebration. Parking and admission are free. Learn more at energy technique using the breath. The event takes place from oktoberfest.skisugar.com October 27 - 30 at the Junior League of Raleigh, 711 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC. For more details, call 919-339-1512 or write to Zakir Hussain Concert w/ nilandri Kumar Raleigh@IshaUSA.org. Visit www.ishafoundation.org. World renowned Tabla musician, music producer and composer, Ustad Zakir Hussain and sitarist Pandit Niladri International Festival of Raleigh Kumar will be performing at several venues in the Carolinas in The International Festival of October. The dates include: Raleigh celebrates the great Sat, October 8 (8pm) at the Page Theater in Durham. The concert diversity of the Triangle, is organized through Duke Performances. Learn more about where we all live side by side Duke Performances at www.dukeperformances.duke.edu. with neighbors from all over Tickets are now on sale through tickets.duke.edu the world. This annual Festival offers visitors a Sun, October 9 (4pm) at the Halton Theater, CPCC Charlotte. chance to interact with The concert is organized through IPAAC. Learn more about multicultural arts in a fun IPAAC at www.ipaac.org. Tickets are now on sale through and safe atmosphere through tix.cpcc.edu. visual arts, dance music, Mon, October 10 (7:30pm) at Peace Center for Performing Arts, cuisine, and traditional Gunter Theater, Greenville, SC. For more details visit, expression from around the www.peacecenter.org. Saathee.com

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COMMUNITY FOCUS Red Rose Film Festival Lancaster Performing Arts will hold the Red Rose Film Festival in the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium on Friday, November 18. Filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to submit entries by Friday, October 28. All scenes must be filmed in Lancaster County and incorporate at least one red rose. Family-friendly films in DVD format must be no longer than 10 minutes, and a $15 application fee should be included with submission. 10 films will be chosen to be shown at the film festival, and winners will be announced for first, second and third place and people’s choice. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting www.lancastercitysc.com. For details, contact April Joplin at 803.285.1145 or p.arts@lancastercitysc.com.

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Churning of the ocean was presented with the “Devas” showing divinity and “Asuras” exhibiting extreme pride. The fight between demon Iranyakshan and Varagam was terrific. Narasimhar breaking open a pillar and killing Iranyakasibu was the highlight of the entire show. The calm and composed Vamana, furious Parasurama, mighty Balarama and valorous Kalki were very well portrayed. Rama Avatharam was depicted with much grandeur. The mischiefs of Krishna, His Kalinga Narthanam and finally His Vishwaroopam were truly mesmerizing. The show had a stunning conclusion when all the ten Avatharams appeared on stage along with Narayana, which got a standing ovation from everyone in the audience. The use of appropriate stage props, colorful costumes, innovative background projections, effective lighting along with intricate choreography, perfect script, efficient screenplay and clear direction made Dasavatharam a treat to watch. The production featured 32 dancers and actors of different age groups. The opening act and various dances throughout the show were performed by Prachiti Sakhalkar, Henna Shah, Sruthi Kannan, Shwetha Nagaraj, Aparna Ravichander and Arushi Shetty. Govardhani Babu played the roles of Macham, Shiva, Varagam, Narasimmam, Parasuramar, Rama, Krishna and Narayana. Other major roles were played by Lavanya Kailas, Medha Rao, Sadana Rangarao, Srija Yarlagadda, Akshatha Arvind, Ramya Muthuvel, Sumedha Puppala, Sucharitha Murugu and Gayathri Raman. The daemon roles were played by Gomathinayagam Balasubramanian, Teja Yarlagadda, Kasi Lakshman Karthi Anbumony and Madhusudhan Hari. The other accompanying dancers were Dr. Swapna Chenna, Dr. Jaisheela Kondru, Veena Birajadar and Shatoupa Ghosh. The production also featured budding Bharatanatyam dancers, Diksha Krishnaswamy, Malvika Murthi, Shruthi Suresh, Aisiri Shetty, Arya Narway, Neha Bandaru, Pravanya Gunturi and Roma Kondru in various roles. Stage props, background projections and photography were done by Loganathan Rangasamy. The guests of honor, Mayor of Morrisville Mark Stohlman and Council Members Steve Rao and Satish Garimella felicitated all the artists.

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Charlotte Marathi Mandal celebrated Ganesh Festival at Hindu Center in September. Ganesh Festival is very close to heart of Marathi Community. Pandurang and Manisha Naik said “community came together like a family and worked very hard to make it memorable. During five days celebration, Mahaprasad Dinner was prepared for close 8000 people. The festival featured a local talent show of Geet Mela Group and Ashiwni Kathak Dance Academy’s program. Samir Pawar said “we are really happy to see the more and more participants of local talent”. Marathi movie actress and well known singer Ketaki Mategaonkar and her team Suvarna Mategaonkar, Parag Mategaonkar, and Vishal Gandratwar presented their artistry which sowed a new pride in the name of Charlotte Marathi Mandal, Aparna Padhye quoted. Also during Ganesh Festival, "Ganesh Cricket-Cup league" was organized. About 16 teams had participated. It was great to see such a large participation, says Dajiba Patil and Vinod Haval. To make Visarjana of Lord Ganesh a memorable event, "Shivasya Dhol Tasha and Lezim team" had worked so hard in last 2 months. They said that the team consisted of about 50 plus performers were present in the squad. We are showing Maharastraian Calture here says Pramod Hole, Pratap Patil and Dajiba Patil. This event really brings all community together and we are excited to bring more and more events like this to community say Abhijit Shende, Sandeep Padhye and Anand Chakrapani. For more information and details on future events, visit: www.chalottemarathimandal.org

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An initiative for organ donation What Donate Life Does: To provide hope and help to the 'organ failure patients' and bring a new lease of life to them, the president of this organization, Nilesh Mandlewala has already dedicated his life towards this noble cause. Since 2005, he has been instrumental to the drive for various organ donation programs. He started this drive for the donation of organs belonging to brain dead patients. With his vision, passion, convincing power, commitment and dedication to organ donation activities, he has already achieved several milestones in this field. With the ever increasing numbers of patients suffering from kidney failure and end stage liver diseases, the drive is twofold – firstly; to make people aware and educate them about the disease and it’s prevention and secondly, to provide them with a new lease on life through cadaver organ donation. It’s also the organization’s mission to provide all possible help to organ failure patients to overcome the emotional trauma suffered by them during the disease. They also encourage people to prepare themselves as organ donors. What is the role of Donate Life in the cadaver donaton program? Donate Life will act as a link between the donors and the recipients. Donate Life will receive calls from the ICUs, Hospitals, Trauma centers about patients declared as brain dead. The volunteers of Donate Life will go and meet the patient's family members/ relatives and try and convince them for Cadaver organ donation. If the family members/relatives say yes, then Donate Life volunteers will contact the Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Center (IKDRC), Ahmedabad, to procure the organs. Post procuring Donate Life also plays a helping hand role in pursuing Police inquest and post mortem of the cadaver organ donor. Donate Life also plays a vital role if the cadaver donor body has to be transferred or shifted anywhere across the country. Why does Donate Life work toward this? There exists a lot of gaps between the donors and the recipients and lot of organs are being wasted, as nobody is interested. The hospitals, doctors, trauma centers and transplantation institutes are normally not interested to play an active role in this activity as they are perceived as an interested party. Similarly, the family members/relatives of brain dead patients are not interested in organ donation as most of them do not know about the cadaver organ donation or are unable to think of such an option at the point of time. After donation, the matter is handed over to the transplant institute. In such an environment, Donate Life volunteers explain the patients’ family members/relatives about the donation of organ. This will help in increasing Cadaver Organ Donation rapidly and decrease the number of patients waiting to get transplanted. This will directly increase the amount of transplants taking place in India. Those interested in this project and organization, contact them via info@donatelife.org.in or visit their website, www.donatelife.org.in. The organization is based in Surat, Gujarat. Find them on social media: @donatelifetrust Dr. Asia Sheikh, based in Morrisville, NC, is the US contact for the organization.

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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 agaramtp.coord@gmail.com / 704.456.9881 http://agaramtamilpalli.wordpress.com Art of living (Charlotte) 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 charlotte@us.artofliving.org www.artofliving.org/charlotte Association for India’s Development (Charlotte) A volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID Charlotte supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice. For Further Details: Kiran Uppalapati - 704.307.6450 Venkata Ramana Duddu - 662.231.2350 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 www.baps.org Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded with a singular vision / mission to “Raise Up the Next Generation For Jesus Christ”. The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel - pastorofbcf@gmail.com www.bethelchristianfellowship.org Saathee.com

Carolina Khadayata Samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: carolinakhadayatasamaj@yahoo.com Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740 Carolinas Christian Assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 704-771-1414 (Church) 404-840-6745 (Mobile) www.carolinaschristianassembly.org Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion among the group. For Further Details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar - rishi@solveron.com - 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave - skdave@hotmail.com - 704.844.9567 www.freewebs.com/gitastudy Charlotte Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: cltma@cltma.org 704.517.5850 www.cltma.org Charlotte Marathi Mandal CMM 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: 704-565-9237 csmmonline@gmail.com www.charlottemarathimandal.com Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the 104

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays and also the group meets for breakfast at Panera Bread near Whitehall most Sundays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411 www.sahajmarg.org www.meetup.com/Balanced-Life-Meditation/ Charlotte telangana Association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355 charlottetelanganaassociation@gmail.com www.charlottetelangana.com 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. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - rbddesai@gmail.com 704.807.3933 - madhaviparikh@yahoo.com www.dhamma.org Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Upcoming Events: Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 - Flute Concert by Mr. Raman and Party. For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186 memberservices@onlinecmac.org www.onlinecmac.org Gurdwara Sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For Further Details: www.charlottegurdwara.org

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Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr., Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sept 30-Oct 10: Navratri Oct 14-15: Sharad Purnima Oct 22: Kids Garba Oct 28-31: Diwali Celebrations For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager) admin@hcclt.org www.hcclt.org India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. The annual Festival of India is held every September in downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727 www.indiafestival.net Indian American Muslim Council (IMAC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103 iamc-charlotte@yahoogroups.com Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. Upcoming Event: IPAAC presents Ustad Zakir Hussian with Pandit Niladri Kumar in Concert on Sat, October 9 at 4pm. Tickets are on sale now at tix.cpcc.edu For Further Details: contact@ipaac.org www.ipaac.org Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262.

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thursdays from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, Literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. Also, on the 3rd Sun of the month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 admin@issvcharlotte.org issvcharlotte.org Sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: sindhiassociationcarolinas@gmail.com 704.779.2396 South Park Cricket Club (SPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: anishtr@hotmail.com www.southparkcc.org Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, backgrounds and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Santanu & Bhabani Sarkar - santanu_kumar@yahoo.com committee@srishticharlotte.org www.srishticharlotte.org telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (tAGCA) The Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) was formed in 2006 with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among Saathee.com

the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area of the United States. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: pr@tagca.org www.tagca.org trimurti temple Devasthanam Trimurti Temple Devasthanam’s mission is to build a temple in traditional Indian architectural style according to the Agama Sasthrasis. The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556 contact@trimurtitemple.org www.trimurtitemple.org Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC) VPSC is starting construction of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform seva and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For Further Details: Bhupinbhai Shah - 704.224.6500 Prathmesh Shah - 704.763.3059 Mitesh Gandhi - 704.236.4004 vsccarolinas@gmail.com Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. Charlotte Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: Volunteers@charlotte.vibha.org sites.vibha.org/Charlotte

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Greensboro which cover breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home and at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; lowimpact yoga and the breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Sonal Chhawchharia - sonal.chhawchharia@gmail.com Puja Verma - puja_usa@yahoo.com http://us.artofliving.org/greensboro BAPS Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details: bapsgreensboro@gmail.com Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - venkyhot@hotmail.com Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182 www.gcap.us India Association of the triad (IAtnC) The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: committee@iatnc.org / www.iatnc.org Indian Association of the Carolinas (IAC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336-509-5943 Hasmukh - 336-971-5594 (Membership Help) indianac14@gmail.com www.indianac.org Saathee.com

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Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing KaviSammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: https://www.facebook.com/hindivikasmandal/

Immanuel Assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 thechurch@immanuelassembly.org www.immanuelassembly.org

Hindu Society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. For Further Details: 919.481.2674 (Temple Office) President: Neeraj Agarwal - 919.484.0489 hsnc@hsnc.org www.hsnconline.org 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. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville & Chapel Hill. For Further Details: www.hssus.org www.balagokulam.org Saathee.com

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India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: info@idrf.org www.idrf.org Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706 www.carolinachristian.net Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details: questions@icmds.org www.icmds.org 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, October 2016


COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: contactus@itdfoundation.org www.itdfoundation.org Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653 www.iaff1.org InStepp InStepp’s mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asian cultures and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 info@instepp.org www.instepp.org International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason http://www.icc-nc.org/ International Hindi Association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919-851-0225 www.hindi.org ISKCOn new Goloka temple of nC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for Saathee.com

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adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492 newgoloka108@gmail.com www.newgoloka.com ISSO Shree Swaminarayan Hindu temple ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. A new SHREE SWAMINARAYAN HINDU MANDIR will be opening soon at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Bhoomidaan and Murtipratishtha yajman opportunities are available for a limited time. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 issonc@issousa.org www.issonc.org Jain Study Center of north Carolina (JSCnC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details: jscnc101@gmail.com jscnc.org Kiran Inc Kiran Inc is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. 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 919.831.4203 kiran@kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Maitri (nCSu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: maitri.ncsu@gmail.com www.maitrincsu.org 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: www.nuvyug.net Pakistani American Anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: www.ncpaa.org Pratham - triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - rajeev.thalla@gmail.com Monica Awasthi - awasthimonica@yahoo.com www.prathamusa.org Professional Indians’ Association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/ restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/ performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: http://www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Sewa RtP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. The vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering. For Further Details: www.sewausa.org/rtp Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429 sky.cary@yahoo.com www.vethathiri.edu.in 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 www.sifaa.org SV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in 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 comm@svtemplenc.org www.svtemplenc.org 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: tca_nc@yahoo.com www.tcanc.org

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triangle Area telugu Association (tAtA) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: committee@tataonline.org www.tataonline.org triangle Bangladesh Society (tBSnC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org triangle Gujarati Association (tGA) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details: nctga00@gmail.com www.nctga.org triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: rangmandal@gmail.com 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: barman@cs.unc.edu www.trianglevegsociety.org triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten-day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 carync.sittings@gmail.com www.dhamma.org urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - taj@unc.edu - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - pasbaan@hotmail.com - 919.596.4792 Vaishnav Samaj of triangle Area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027 Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibhaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further its mission. For Further Details: volunteer@raleigh.vibha.org sites.vibha.org/nc Vraj education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: vraj.raleigh@gmail.com for timing and location information. www.facebook.com/VrajEducationCenter/

Regional Dada Bhagwan Foundation What is Gnan Vidhi? It is the scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many: attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For Further Details: 877.505.DADA (3232) info@ca.dadabhagwan.org www.dadabhagwan.org Saathee.com

ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh & Columbia. For Further Details: Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal - cmaggarwal44@gmail.com - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal - jaydalalcolumbia@gmail.com - 803.665.4050 Grihastha Family Institute The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details: krishna@grihastha.org www.grihastha.org Hindu Society of eastern nC (Greenville, nC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360 Hindutemplenc@gmail.com ISKCOn of Sandy Ridge - temple of the Holy name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in Prabhupada Village, a rural community, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Prabhupada Village is also home to the Bhaktivedanta Archives and the Festival of India. Everyone is welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am-7:30pm, 7 days a week. Special program every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and a pure, vegetarian feast. Festivals celebrated year-round. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 tothn@iskconpv.org www.iskconpv.org nithyananda Sangha north Carolina (Inner Awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 126

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

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 2:30pm at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 or 512.547.7077 Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 greenvillebv@gmail.com www.carolinabuddhist.net Hanahan table-tennis training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 Saathee.com

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Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7:00pm, Balvihar classes are from 10:00 - 11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5:00 - 7:00pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, SC) The temple is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12:00 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 www.hindutemplesc.org India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661 iagcchs@gmail.com www.indiaassociationofgreatercharleston.com Indian upstate Fellowship Service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda - 864.561.1016 www.indainupstatefellowship.org Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 kaggculturalcommittee@gmail.com www.kagg-sc.org Masjid noor-ul-Huda (MnH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz October 2016


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It happens with more frequency with men and women who wear turbans or other head coverings, who, by TSA policy, are often required to undergo additional screening even if they don’t trigger the alarms. “What kind of message are we sending when people see that every single turban-ed person requires an extra screening?” asks Vishavjit Singh, the cartoonist who is best known for his alter ego Captain Sikh America. His costume helps him challenge stereotypes about men who wear turbans. As part of his work on Sikhtoons, he’s made numerous cartoons as a response to his experiences with the TSA and other stereotyping issues here in the US. After 15 years, Singh has made peace with the extra time it takes for him to get through airport security. He believes TSA training has improved since 9/11 — the TSA has even worked with the nonprofit civil rights organization Sikh Coalition to develop FlyRights, an app to report TSA harassment in real time — and appreciates that there are now people of different backgrounds who will stand up against all forms of injustice. At the same time, he says Donald Trump’s political rise is proof that Islamophobia is at a high. In his personal life, he can still feel people’s stares, especially right after horrific incidents, like the 2015 San Bernardino attack. The only difference is that now, instead of calling him “Osama Bin Ladin,” hecklers yell out “ISIS.” Singh believes we shouldn’t underestimate the influence of art and entertainment when it comes to combating growing xenophobia. “Humor is one of the most effective tools to engage people and open up conversations,” he says. “As a kid, I was the No. 1 target for bullies, but as I became an adult, it helped to have a creative outlet to express myself and respond to the world around me.” He now travels around the nation, leading interactive cartooning workshops for students, and finds it heartening how easy it is for the younger generation to connect with his stories. “Kids today are more open to diversity, in every sense of the word,” Singh says. “In my workshops, I often don’t give them much instruction, and I just ask them to use their imagination to create something through cartoons,” says Singh. “And in every group — whether I’m in Kansas, New York, California or Mississippi — there will be [non-Sikh] kids that incorporate turbans and beards into their art, just from having seen me give a presentation.” What has changed since 2001, Singh believes, is that minorities like him are getting out of their comfort zones, unafraid to share their experiences with people outside of their communities and aware of the importance of connecting with people through these types of creative endeavors. As a result, those who are stopped in airport security lines are no longer inscrutable foreigners, but familiar faces. It’s the comedian whose stand-up album hit number one the iTunes comedy chart earlier this year; it’s the star of that HBO drama “The Night Of” that everybody is talking about at work; it’s the brother on “The Mindy Project” who just released his first EP and music video; it’s the actor from “Silicon Valley” who did that crazy nude scene in the new Zac Efron movie; and it’s that correspondent on “The Daily Show” who burned Congress last year as the host of the 2015 Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner. Or it might just be your favorite Bollywood actor.

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POP’S PUZZLES & JOKES Clues Down:

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The mother & father of persons mother or father. 11. Impartial; unblemished. 12. “Thomas Stearns ___”, Brit. Poet & critic (1888-1965). 13. A mark [`] used to call for full pronunciation of a syllable. 16. A city in E Germany, in state of Thuringia. 17. Any of a family (Felidae) of carnivores, like lion, tiger etc. 18. The organ of hearing. 20. Electromagnetic. (*) 21. Posterior; at, near or toward the back. 24. Louisiana.(*) 25. The festival of lights; signifying victory of light over dark or good over evil. (Oct. 30, 2016) 27. A point or line where something must end. 29. An act of observing; attention. 31. To cut with the teeth or jaws.32. A heavy structure supporting the spans of a bridge. 33. Symbol “E”: The capacity of doing work. (Physics) 35. Rupees. (*). 36. Indiana (*) 38. Rip; to pull apart by force. 40. The crystalline form of frozen water. 42. To slightly shake or agitate. 44. Album-oriented rock. (*) 46. Island in SC Philippines, between Negros & Leyte. 47. Awns; bristle-like fibers on the spikelet of some grains. 49. Ethylene di bromide. (*) 50. Verdure; green vegetation.

1. Caused to choke. 2. At a distance. (Archaic) 3. “Nine nights” (in Sanskrit); a Hindu festival to worship 9 forms of “Devi.”(Garba and Raas!) 4. To stop living. 5. To do repeatedly to become proficient. 6. Of, for, or near the rectum. 7. Extinction Level Event. (*) 8. The cardinal number between eight and ten. 9. Entirety; the time of complete shadow during an eclipse. 10. State. (*). 14. Thought, talked or wrote about remembered events. 15. An automobile. 19. A price or cost per unit of some commodity, service etc. 22. A high priest of Israel & teacher of Samuel. (Bible) 23. An S constellation between Virgo & Scorpio (The Scales) 26. Great sorrow; misery. 28. To leave one’s country and settle in another. 30. Complete; thorough. 32. Cost; the amount paid for something. 34. Weird, esp. in such way as to frighten or disturb. 37. Nova Scotia. (*) 39. An animal hunted or killed for food by other animal. 41. The flow of water back toward the sea, as the tide falls. 43. Loosely, any of the solids in smoke, as from tobacco. 45. To row. 48. Tin. (*) (A symbol for the chemical element.) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee Mafatlal: “Guru, how can I enjoy a noise-free Diwali?!” Guru: “Send your wife to her parents’ house.” •••••••••••••• Father: “How are you doing in school?” Son: “OK. I play forward in football & rearguard in studies.” •••••••••••••• Candidate: “May I count upon your vote?” Chakram: “No, but I am sorry to say that I have promised my support to the other candidate.” Candidate smiled and said: “In an election, promising and performing are two different things.” Chakram: “Sir, in that case, I will give you my promise.” •••••••••••••• Mafatlal: “Did you forget that you owe me one dollar?” Chakram: “No, not yet. Give me time and I will.” ••••••••••••••

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Seas of the World”)

AMUNDSON ARABIAN ARAFURA ARAL BALI BALTIC BEAUFORT BERING BLACK CARIBBEAN CASPIAN CELEBES

CORAL DAVIS GREENLAND KARA LABRADOR LAPTAV NOREWGIAN NORTH PHILIPPINE RED SIBERIAN YELLOW

The unused 8 letters spell which means ”The measurement of the dissolved salt content of seawater.”

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

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(The common letters are “OX” - Fill in the blanks) 1. Harmful to health. _ OX _ _ _ _ 2. Trademark for a device for copying graphic. _ _ _ OX 3. Domestic cattle like bulls, buffalos, bison etc. OX _ _ 4. A contagious viral cow disease causes pustules on the udders, vaccine useful for smallpox immunity. _ _ _ _ OX 5. More or less correct; resembling. _ _ _ _ OX _ _ _ _ _ 6. Containing oxygen (adj.). OX _ 7. The skill or sport of fighting with the fists. _ OX _ _ _ 8. A person empowered to act for another. _ _ OX _ 9. A gaseous element essential to life. (Sym. O) OX _ _ _ _ 10. Poisonous. _ OX _ _ 11. A statement that is self-contradictory & false. _ _ _ _ _ OX 12. The hip or hip joint. _ OX _ 13. An oxide molecule having 3 oxygen atoms. _ _ _ OX _ _ _ 14. Any of various kinds of large cherry. OX _ _ _ _ _ 15. A thermosetting resin forming strong adhesive. _ _ OX _ 16. The luminescence of decaying wood remains . _ OX _ _ _ _ 17. A sunflower like perineal plant. OX _ _ _ 18. A box into which mail is put for delivery. _ _ _ _ _ OX 19. A stylish, attractive, exciting. (woman). _ OX _ 20. Total deprivation of oxygen. _ _ OX _ _ 21. Voice. (Latin). _ OX 22. A city in Southeast England. OX _ _ _ _ 23. The part of some stringed musical instruments (Violin, Cello etc.) that houses the tuning pegs. _ _ _ _ OX 24. The state or quality of being near. _ _ OX _ _ _ _ _ 25. A fully enclosed railroad fright car. _ OX _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at kiritsshukla@hotmail.com

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October 2016 Oct. 1 - Navarātri starts Oct. 2 - Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti Oct. 3 - Mohuram/Al-Hijra (Muslim New Year 1438) Oct. 3 - Rosh Hashana Oct. 9 - Durgā Astami Oct. 10 - Navarātri ends Oct. 10 - Columbus Day Oct. 11 - Dusherā/ Vijayā Dashami Oct. 12 - Pashānkusha Ekādasi Oct. 12 - Yom Kippur Oct. 15 - Sharad Purnima (Full Moon) Oct. 16 - Vālmiki Jayanti Oct. 17 - Boss’ Day Oct. 19 - Kadvā Choth Oct. 24 - Shmini Atzeret Oct. 25 - Simchat Torah Oct. 26 - Ramā Ekādasi Oct. 27 - Vāgh Bāras Oct. 28 - Dhan Teras Oct. 29 - Kāli Chaudas / Narak Charturdasi Oct. 30 - Diwali (No Moon)/ Laxmi Pooja Oct. 30 - Mahāvir Nirvana Day Oct. 31 - Hindu New Year (Vikram Samvat 2073 starts) Oct. 31 - Sardār Patel Jayanti Oct. 31 - Halloween / Samhain

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Of all the genres of music you have played with, which one has personally challenged you most, I asked. “Strangely enough, Western classical music. The reason why I say that because jazz and Indian music are somewhat distant cousins and also Celtic music. They all have elements of improvisation and therefore spontaneity plays an important role in the musical expression. In that way you are somewhat on familiar ground. If you understand the language of the music you are interacting with then you can speak the language and are able to fit in more easily than you would with music that is totally opposite. So when you think about Indian classical music as an improv form of music and western classical music which is a fixed form of music and has an element that Indian music does not have which is harmony and counter point where four notes are played at the same time, and then you suddenly end up with a 95-piece orchestra and you have to figure out that you are not just interacting with one or two musicians who are just as ready to be spontaneous and improvise in the musical form you are connecting with. But more like this (an orchestra) has to be fixed. It has to be written and different parts have to be handed out to all these many musicians and now you are thinking of all these things and in that sense it’s much more challenging. I used to think it was easy but recently I had to write a tabla concerto in a full orchestra and it was a big challenge to make that happen.” When asked what he thought his legacy will be or what he wants to leave behind, he talked about his ongoing work of standardizing the “gharanas” (the regional schools) of Hindustani music. He said he wants to “Gather all the elements of all the gharanas and combine them into one system of study.” The gurus of different gharanas have different styles and modes of teaching, and Hussain wants to simplify that. He is working with other musicians and gurus to create a codified manner of studying classical music much in the manner that Indian classical dance was codified in “Natya Shastra” or loosely interpreted as Study of Dance. When I spoke with him, Hussain had just returned from Japan. They both performed in Kyoto, Japan in early September in front of Indian religious leader Morari Bapu. “It was a gathering of Buddhist and katha oriented priests of India, and what I was supposed to do was go there and say a few words about music and its association with spirituality and then a performance. I asked Niladriji (to join me) and he said yes and so we went there and did that. And now I go back to Japan to Tokyo next week (mid-Sept). I have a concert. I’m opening a new concert hall that they have built and they wanted to start it with my tabla solo. It will be a traditional solo recital. This fall he is touring with Niladri Kumar. He returns to India in January and will perform in Rajkot and then in Amdavad at the famous Saptak Music Festival, where he has performed numerous times in the past. This is the running legacy of Ustad Zakir Hussain, a troubadour of Indian music, an all-around performer.

The MIT Sloan School of Management was so impressed with Grama — his business successes, and failures — that they’re bringing him in to teach a fall seminar. He’ll be the school’s first-ever entrepreneur in residence focused solely on the developing world. “Many entrepreneurs fail the first, second, even third time, and having someone who can be honest with the students is very important,” says Georgina Campbell Flatter, the executive director of the Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship at MIT. The center emphasizes that inventions are only useful if they’re used. They encourage students to get out of the lab and into the developing world to tackle real problems. Flatter offers a couple examples: “How do I think through the import/export challenges of moving my medical device from Boston to Lagos? How do I share profits with an artist who lives in rural India when they don’t have a bank account?” Recent MIT master’s grad Cyril Masud Khamsi is one of the young entrepreneurs grappling with such problems. He’s now camped out at a shared workspace on campus, at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, launching a company to improve trucking services in Rwanda. “I used to work in Rwanda, and I was working with farmers, and we had major struggles securing transport that was reliable for them and also that wasn’t taking a large portion of their margins,” says Khamsi.

Sorin Grama, left, pours milk into his refrigeration system in India. Credit: Promethean Power Systems

He describes his company as Uber for commercial trucks in Africa. He’s been getting guidance on an almost daily basis from Grama. Khamsi says, “This program is trying help push us to make sure we’re not just coming out and often looking at things very simplistically or paternally: ‘Oh these people have some problem, poor them. I know, I have the right knowledge, let me go fix it for them.’ I don’t think that works well.” Of course there’s also the Steve Jobs philosophy. The Apple co-founder famously said, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Zakir Hussain and niladri Kumar Concerts: “It’s a good point,” says Grama. “But I think very few of us **Sat, October 8 (8pm) at Page Auditorium – Durham, NC are like Steve Jobs.” https://dukeperformances.duke.edu Sure, inventors can get lucky, Grama says. But he knows **Sun, October 9 (4pm) at Halton Theater – Charlotte, NC first-hand that it’s best to understand the market before you http://www.ipaac.org/Zakir.htm **Mon, October 10 (7:30pm) Peace Center for Performing Arts design a product. Millions of Indians enjoying more fresh milk are no doubt Gunter Theatre – Greenville, SC peacecenter.org/events/detail/zakir-hussain-and-niladri-kumar glad Grama has come to see things that way. Saathee.com

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General Predictions for October 2016

ARIeS (Mar 20 - Apr 20) This is the month of progress and success. You will enjoy control, though associates may try to cheat you. This will cause fights with loved ones. A calculative move should protect you. Drive carefully and avoid any adventurous activities. Your friends may come forward to support you. You may gain much needed benefits through your spouse this month. Investments could bring good returns.

lIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) You may have to wait till last week of the month to see real success. Family and financial problems may keep bothering you this month. Any risk-taking tendency must be curbed. Also avoid making bitter comments. A long distance journey may bring some relief for you. Try to spend time in routine social activities. Someone may try to badly hurt your ego during second half of the month. Take it seriously.

tAuRuS (Apr 20 - May 21) You are on the way to major changes during first half of the month which will bring success. You may start feeling happy and confident. Avoid involving your spouse in any new ventures for now. Good news from a far-off place may delight you during last week of the month. Time is also good for investing in real estate. A minor dispute with a child may temporarily disturb you. A rise in income may make you feel comfortable, but be prepared for increase in workload.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - nov 22) You have entered in a very crucial phase of the year. You may lose your temper and make big mistakes, so try to slow down and control your behavior. Listen to your spouse and try to stay happy. Also watch your health seriously. A rise in status or change in work should delight you. Situations may improve by the end of the month. A friend or an associate may try to harm your reputation. Take it easy, but don’t surrender.

GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) Destiny may not allow you to slow down this month, so keep moving fast and working hard. You will be greatly rewarded in near future. Also don’t compromise with your ideology in any circumstances. You may get involved with religious group or celebrate social event with family and friends. Make quick decisions and make smart moves. Business-related travel may bring good results during first half of the month.

SAGIttARIuS (nov 22 - Dec 21) Unexpected expenses and financial loss may hurt your health this month. Avoid borrowing money and any involvement in legal disputes. If you don’t muddy the water, no one is going to bother you. You will be able to maintain a regular flow of income. Check your diet and avoid any involvement in new ventures. Disturbances in political situations may adversely affect you. Make sure that you stay safe.

CAnCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) If you can check yourself and use your energy in the right direction, you will have a great opportunity to change your destiny. Avoid any wrongdoing during this month. Family happiness may make you feel comfortable. Improvements in health should make you feel strong. You may be inclined to follow your mother’s ideology this month. It is time to plan for a long distance trip in the near future.

CAPRICORn (Dec 21 - Jan 20) After a very good start, problems at the workplace due to status-related issues may create stress. Keep working sincerely without compromising your style. Your enemies may become helpful to you this month, so watch them and take advantage of the circumstances. Your goal should be to work for earning money while ignoring other social and political issues. You could enjoy very good health.

leO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) After a very happy start, things may turn negative for you after middle of the month. You may lose selfconfidence and make mistakes. Some work-related problems are also possible, so try to be compromising and flexible. It is very important that people around you see you happy and smiling. You may also do well in your hobby-related activities. You will be able to maintain a constant flow of income.

AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) If you can compromise with your dreams and focus on your education, you could enjoy both achievement and success this month. You may need to move aggressively. Ignore any minor issues and focus on your long-term goals. Try to grab maximum benefit of favors from the stars. Do not wait till last week of the month to make important decisions, as things will be taking a turn during those last days.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) A financial gain to change in your strategy may delight you this month. Business-related travel could also bring good luck for you. Avoid family disputes during second half of the month. Don’t count your friends. Family traditions and religious beliefs may make you strong and confident. You may suffer from neck or tooth problems. You may spend some big amount on luxury items during second half of the month.

PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Life should fly for you this month, so make sure that you keep pace with it and make quick decisions. Your creativity should be on par this month. You may enjoy a very happy marriage life. Traveling should be very enjoyable. Your sixth sense should guide your moneymaking activities, though you could see a minor setback during last days of the month. Your family may create disturbances in your success.

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CLASSIFIEDS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Convenient store/Gas station for sale in Landrum, SC. Great location. Owned and operated by corporation. Individual operator can increase sales. $529K inside sales, $376,604 gasoline sales. Asking $80K + inv. Call 413-364-2456. Indian Restaurant for Sale in Cary, NC. Currently running. Inventory included. Contact 706-399-3275. two C-stores / Hallmark Stores for Sale in downtown Charlotte. M-F 8am-5pm. Located in One Wells Fargo Center and Two Wells Fargo Center. Gross: Retail $350k + $400k Lottery. Make resonable offer. Call 704-564-8782. Convenience Store for lease in Gaffney, SC. Good business and well kept. Call Harry at 864-590-5737. C-Store/Gas Station for lease in Myrtle Beach, SC. Lottery, ATM, Gasoline, & Check Cash combined net income $100K/year; additonal Inside sales $75K/month. Good hours of operation. 8am - 10pm. Goodwill $175K. Rent $5000/month. Liquor Store option available in same plaza; sales $225K/year. High margins. Contact Paresh 803-840-6991. two Properties for Sale: 1 Motel & 1 Store w/ Apartments in Statesville, NC. Good locations. Renovated and well maintained. Serious buyers only. Contact 336-244-4199. One Stop Shop: Hotel for Sale in Florence, SC. C-store for Sale in Lincolnton, NC. Contact Lena at 336-684-1152. laundry & Dry Cleaner for Sale in Raleigh, NC. State of the art plant plus one pickup store. Capacity to expand up to 4 pickup stores. Revenue $230K plus. Asking $299K. Send email to drycleanersnc@gmail.com. 16 Room Independent Motel for Sale in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974. Gas Station/ Convenience Store for Sale in Greenville, SC area. BP brand. $75K + inventory. Call 864-205-3825. Motel for Sale: 60 Rooms + 1 BR manager’s apartment (newly renovated rooms). Off highway 52 near Winston-Salem. Great location. Swimming Pool + Lounge/bar. No owners finance. Call 336-686-5761.

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Highly profitable C-Store with Gas for sale in Charlotte area 680K inside, 420K gas, 600K lotto. Major throughway. Asking 239K plus inv. Make offer. 704-604-4506. Franchised Printing: 18 year-old Charlotte based company offering opportunity to operate business. Also opportunity to buy. For details call 704-619-4023. Grocery Store & Halal Meat Shop for Sale in Morrisville, NC. Potential for growth. Contact 336-613-5521 Independent Motel for sale. 16 rooms + manager apartment w/ office. In North Carolina off I-40. Price $295k. Call 828-527-2393. Convenience store for lease in Greenville, SC. Very good potential & highly profitable. Call 704-299-8535. Motel for Sale: 89 Rooms. Off busy highway, close to hospital and large college in Winston-Salem. No owners finance. Call 336-686-5761. Retail / Convenience Stores: C-Store: Charlotte, NC $150K + Inv, GR $2.8M; C-Store: Ridgeway, VA $225K + Inv, GR $3.6M; CStore: Angier, NC $69K + Inv; Call 704-8218888 or visit www.Countysouth.biz. C-Stores with Gas Available: Multiple locations in NC and SC with an average investment of $160k. Call Brian 864-300-4889. Indian Grocery store for sale in RaleighDurham area. Motivated Seller! 105K + inventory. Call 919-225-2518. For Sale or lease: Gas Station w/ C-Store. Three bedroom mobile home and Restaurant (rented) plus ATM, pool table, jukebox & video games all included. Pollocksville, NC. 252-521-5656. C-Store/Gas Station for lease/Sale in Gastonia, NC. Great Opportunity with high potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill/ inventory. Please call 704-813-9698.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: licensed esthetician needed for Eyebrow Threading in Greensboro, NC. Contact Jill at 336-478-6638. live-in nanny needed from late December onwards to look after 4 year old and expected second child. North Raleigh, near Crabtree Mall. Call/text 919-995-4130. Front Desk Help needed for Hotel in Mooresville (Exit 36 I-77). Fluent English & legal status required. $9+ per hour. Contact champ52@hotmail.com. Convenience store help wanted in Kannapolis, NC. Part-time or Full-time. Call 704-787-1567. live-in Help needed in High Point, NC to take care of elderly mother. Cooking & light housekeeping included. Person must be willing to stay at home. Please call Kajal: 336-471-1901 142

Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Raleigh, NC. Accommodations provided. Good salary. No English necessary. Call Kevin 646-353-3461/919-721-5798 (9am-10pm). threaders, esthetician, and Cosmetologists needed for new Seva Salon in Mebane, NC. Full/Part-time positions available. Call 919-452-7613. Gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC (exit 77). Full or part-time. Call 803-981-4352. Motel Help Wanted in Concord, NC. Parttime. Weekends only. 3pm to 11pm. Call 704-788-8550 between 9am-2pm. Sales Person Wanted: for Aqua & Fisheries sales, based at our US Office of GWRL, one of the world leaders in Synthetic Netting & Cordage & in Technical Textiles. Graduate/Post Graduate in Eng. Or Sciences, Min. 5 yrs. Work experience in sales & marketing. Fluent in English and ability to converse in Hindi & Marathi preferred, willingness to travel, selfmotivated. Please email resume to Bilzac@gmail.com. Manager needed for Franchise Motel in Fort Mill, SC. 50 units. Call 704-302-3318. C-Store Clerk needed part-time or full-time in Weddington, NC. Call 704-771-9106 & ask for Nilesh. Full-time night Auditor or Resident Couple for franchise hotel in Fort Mill, SC. Accommodations provided. Must have motel experience, legal status, fluent English and computer skills. E-mail bwhospitality78@gmail.com. Hotel Help Wanted: Housekeeping (Single or Couple) and Manager. Fluent English required for Manager. Legal Status required. Accommodations provided. Contact 336-244-4199 nanny needed to take care of 15 month-old & cooking near Concord Mills in Charlotte.. Live-in/Live out. Call or text 814-431-3442. Convenience Store/Gas Station Help Wanted: Couples, full-time in Georgia & South Carolina. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Call 704-299-8535. 2nd & 3rd Shift Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel at Exit 41, Hwy 85 in Charlotte, NC. Must have front desk experience, fluent in English, and legal status. Email: mars803@gmail.com. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Accommodations provided. Call 803-387-6715. Retail Sales Associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706-877-0315 or 803-387-6715. October 2016


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Advertisers Index A Economy Driving School ................................113 A to Z Wholesale .................................................63 Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)....67 Aero LED Signs (Aero Distributors) .......................75 Aggarwal Group (Morgan Stanley)........................15 Allstate (Ravi Reddy) ..........................................149 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ..137 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................43 Apna Sabji Mandi (Grocery Greensboro).............129 Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................97 Armaan Malik Concert Charlotte (D & A LLC)..........5 Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham) .........26 Art Of Living Courses (Ravi Pasupula)...................49 Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC) ...............24 Art Of Problem Solving Academy .........................47 Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon)............57 Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......67 Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................99 Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law) 127 Best Brains (Morrisville)........................................55 Beyond Bollywood (City Of Raleigh Museum)........14 Bhindi Jewellers ................................................4 Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC....................................146 Biryani House of Cary ..........................................89 Blooming Buds..................................................145 Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor)..137 Cary Diwali (Hum Sub).........................................17 Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......93 Cary Medical Clinic..............................................52 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................27 Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................41 County South Realty & Business Brokers............133 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................52 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).37 Deep Foods .......................................................2-3 Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................93 Devam Jewelers..................................................11 Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)........53 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................61 DJ Hangama .....................................................85 DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................57 Duke Performances (Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar) .90 Embassy National Bank .........................................7 Evershine Properties............................................68 Eye Level ............................................................31 Fairview Home Mortgage...................................133 Friends Travel ......................................................63 Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................57 Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................149 Godavari (Truly South Indian - Morrisville, NC).......69 Grand India Mart (Groceries) ................................41 Saathee.com

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) .................87 Heritage India Association Of NC (Children's Day) .76 HSNC (Navratri) ..................................................20 Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)...........................51 Idolize Brows & Beauty ......................................99 Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................83 Indian Association of Carolinas (IAC) Garba.............6 Indio Restaurant & Lounge (Raleigh).....................73 Inspirations by Bella.............................................73 International Community Church .......................123 Isha Inner Engineering .......................................105 Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................43 Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage)....147 Kasturi Indian Cuisine (Greenville, NC) ..................87 KB Zaveree............................................................8 KDP CPA .............................................................89 Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................19 Kiran .................................................................101 Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................82 Kumon Cary-West ...............................................91 Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch) ......33 LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions) ..................139 Level Homes .......................................................71 Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian).................113 Little India (Grocery - Durham) .............................58 Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................59 Maadhurya Photography......................................61 Madhuram Ghee - Orange Muslin LLC.................12 Madras Dosa & Curry (Cary, NC) ..........................29 Malani Jewelers ................................................152 Meena Jewelers (Zaveri Bazaar)...........................13 Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)...............................83 Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................67 MyTripFare (Travel agent)...................................137 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ........................145 NC Dermatology Associates .................................94 North American Bancard ......................................9 Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................37 Pac N Fly (Travel Agency) .....................................61 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................77 Patel Brothers (Cary) ......................................78-79 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................97 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) .....................................45 Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................33 Pitt Heating and Air..............................................37 Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary) .........109 Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. .........117 PSR CPA PLLC (Pasupula S. Ravindranath)...........49 Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC) ....................113 Rahi Spa and Boutique (High Point, NC)................51 Rajbhog Foods ....................................................85 144

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...75 Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) .............................109 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................81 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ..............115 Ribald Floral and Events.......................................21 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..99 Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh).........................107 Rug & Home .................................................21/ 75 S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).85 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................59 Saint Mary's School.............................................45 Sanjay Zaveri --- Real Estate................................25 Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................39 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................67 Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate) ..............................111 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham).............................117 Smart LED...........................................................36 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)........73 Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................16 Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC)..................................65 Spice Dance Studio .............................................29 Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant ........................95 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC).........119 Subscription Form .............................................109 SV Temple.........................................................103 Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro...................................131 Tandurm Food Truck ............................................87 Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You) ............125 Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) ..............................39 Travel Universe ..................................................141 Travelinks..........................................................123 Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .......................93 Triangle Indian Market (Cary)..............................121 Triangle Table Tennis ........................................111 Triangle Women's Center (H. Nadendla, MD FACOG)111 Ttravel Guru ........................................................82 Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring) .............80 UBS (Manish Mehta, CFA, CFP)............................35 Udupi Cafe (Cary) ..............................................121 Uni World Travel...................................................21 USPS (Statement of Ownership).........................132 Valet Basket ........................................................91 Vedic Gardens.....................................................23 Vyas Travels.........................................................50 Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............38 Ward Black Law (Manisha P. Patel).....................147 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) ..............130 White Horse Weddings ......................................145 Worldwide Travels ...............................................25 Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................42 Zayka Restaurant ...............................................46 October 2016


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