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India’s Elderly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 India in 3D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Pakistan Mangoes as Peace Offerings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 A Place inTime Photo Essay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Salman Returns in Bodyguard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Illegal Logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Pitting U.S. Against China . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124


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Will the Elderly Bring Down India?

in Indian culture — will be left to fend for themselves. India’s population over 60 is expected to more than triple by 2050, and its 80-plus population is expected to quintuple, according to an article, “India’s Baby Boomers: Dividend or Disaster?” by David E. Bloom, a professor of economics and demography at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Activists and experts fear India is not in a position to handle so many old folks. “There will be this huge mass of aging population,” said Rupa Chinai, a Mumbai-based journalist who has covered health and development issues for the past 25 years. “But we don’t have the services that are going to be needed by the graying population.” India must be proactive and prepare for this growing population of elderly before it becomes a problem for the country, according to Bloom. “Enacting policies to meet the education and training needs of India’s youth can ease the process of caring for growing numbers of older Indians in the future,” he writes.

India’s 81 million elderly are already straining the health care system. What’s going to happen when there are three times as many of them?

Changing society India’s rapid economic growth has set off a series of social and cultural changes that have deeply impacted the elderly and are likely to become more pronounced. By Hanna Ingber Win –

Indian values have long been tied to a particularly high degree of respect for the elderly. A common tradition in India has been the young touching the feet of the elderly as a sign of love and respect. The culture has also supported multi-generational living in which the sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren all live with the parents under one roof. As the elderly have stopped working, the sons and daughters-in-law have traditionally taken care of them while living in the same house. Modern, urban India is seeing more and more of these so-called joint families break apart. Adult children are marrying and moving into their own high-rise apartments that only fit their nuclear family. Others are heading off to the United States or Europe to study or find work and settling down there. Rural India has not been spared from this change either. While the majority still live in joint families, more and more of the younger generation is heading to cities to find jobs and start life anew — without their parents or grandparents. Fewer than 40 percent of Indians now live in joint families. “Children are moving to cities for their job opportunities and leaving the elderly behind,” said Sheilu Sreenivasan, founder and president of Dignity Foundation, a Mumbai-based organization working for the rights of senior citizens. “For the first time senior citizens have to fend for themselves.” The breakdown of joint families has had a profound impact on those who spent their lives expecting to grow old with their children, said Sarah Lamb, a professor of anthropology at Brandeis University and author of “Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad (2009).” “The older generation grew up thinking it was normal to stay living in a multi-generational family your whole life,” she said. This has caused a range of reactions, Lamb said, with some feeling a slight sense of liberation but many feeling neglected and abandoned by their families. This is also problematic because India’s elderly typically do not have their own source of income and rely on their families or to a lesser extent the government for support, Bloom writes. A report by HelpAge India, a senior citizens’ rights group, found that nearly 50 percent of India’s elderly are financially dependent on others.

Maqbool Beg has been driving a rickshaw for 42 years. Now, at the age of 62, his children have grown, his beard has turned white, his teeth are red from years of chewing betel nut. And he suffers from high blood pressure. But he keeps on driving. He needs the money. Thanks to inflation and the high cost of living in Mumbai, Beg has never been able to save. The 4,500 rupees (about $100) he earns a month make him ineligible for even a small government handout. Beg and his wife cannot rely on their sons, who earn even less working as a tailor and mechanic. “Until I can no longer work, I will work,” he said, waiting outside a mobile health van in Bandra East, a suburb of Mumbai. Beg is one of India’s 81 million elderly (technically, those over 60). While much of the attention on India’s population focuses on its young, the country also faces a rapidly growing elderly segment. About half of India’s 1.2 billion people are younger than 25. India’s youth are often touted as the country’s best hope for one day surpassing China in economic growth rates. Every year, India increases by the size of the population of Australia, and many blame nagging poverty on such stats. In some parts of India, local officials are taking extreme measures to try to curb numbers of children in families. In poor northern states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, an average woman still bears four children over her lifetime. But, as with many things in India, the problem of too many children presents a contradiction. It turns out that, overall, family planning efforts and rapid social development have resulted in lower fertility rates in most Indian states. Fertility rates have fallen from about six births per woman in the 1960s and 1970s to about 2.6 births in 2008, according to the U.N. Population Fund. Smaller families and longer life spans have set India on a path to facing a massive population of elderly, say advocates for the aging and demographers. Due to changes in social norms and the ongoing breakdown of joint families, much of this population of elderly will not have India’s traditional family system to support them. Furthermore, the state has not put into place adequate services for the aging, say advocates. The elderly — long deeply respected and honored

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September 2011

India in 3D

One savvy Indian entrepreneur bets against MGM, Sony, Disney, Warner Bros ... and, well, just about everybody.

By Jason Overdorf – A few months ago, bargain-basement Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt released India’s first 3D film, a schlocky teen horror flick called Haunted. Against the odds, it was a sleeper hit — but not because of stellar performances or even slick marketing. Its success was due, largely, to one Indian entrepreneur’s decision to take on the biggest Hollywood studios in the business. The Indian film industry — until recently a “single genre” business of epic song-and-dance family tearjerkers — has never been much for costly special effects. But as Hollywood’s biggest guns put their muscle behind 3D and Indian producers began pushing the envelope with films like Bollywood’s Krrish and Tamil cinema’s Robot, Sanjay Gaikwad saw the glimmer of an opportunity for a cheap, Indian-made rival to Hollywood’s 3D technology. “In Hollywood, when they create the movies their main revenue comes from North America and they look at territories like India as incidental business, so the critical mass [for 3D] was coming from somewhere else,” Gaikwad said. “But in India, the kind of response that 3D content got was phenomenal, so obviously there was a lot of interest generated among Indian movie producers.” According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the number of 3D releases in India has increased steadily over the past two years. Globally, eight of the top 20 grossing films in the first eight months of 2010 were 3D, compared with only three in 2009 and one in 2008, and the consultancy believes that the trend is set to continue despite risk of weak films diluting audience interest. Meanwhile, 3D has already emerged as the biggest driver for Gaikwad’s other business — the digitalizing of cinema screens. As CEO of Mumbai-based UFO Moviez, Gaikwad had already revolutionized India’s film distribution business by convincing thousands of single-screen theater owners in the hinterland to convert to digital — creating his own, cheaper alternative to the technology being promoted by Hollywood’s Digital Cinema Initiatives, a virtual cartel comprising MetroGoldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. So, when he saw James Cameron’s Avatar fill multiplexes with audiences ready to pay a 25 percent premium for 3D, it was like deja vu.

“When we started our digital cinema business in 2005, we knew that when everything got digitized moving to 3D would be much easier than during the analog days,” said Gaikwad. “Eventually, it was proven when Hollywood studios started releasing a large number of 3D movies over the last two, twoand-a-half years. That is the time we realized 3D is here to say.” Ten years ago, Gaikwad convinced theater owners to convert to digital so they could download new releases instantaneously — filling seats by beating local pirates to the punch. But with 3D, it was a tougher sell. Apart from a handful of multiplexes in metropolitan cities, Indian movie theaters earn 90 percent or more of their revenue from Indian films — not Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar. After a decade of effort by DCI, the Hollywood cartel had only managed to sign up 76 theaters. Meanwhile, until this year, no Indian had ever made a 3D film, and as long as only a handful of big city screens had the technology to show them, they weren’t about to start, either. “Unless you have that critical mass, you can’t spend that additional budget for 3D content, and if you don’t have any 3D content then people are not interested in investing in 3D infrastructure, so it was becoming like a chicken and egg story,” said Gaikwad. “That is the time we decided to do something different.” To bridge the gap, Gaikwad’s UFO Moviez spent a year-anda-half creating its own 3D technology, which doesn’t require a silver screen and costs about a third of what Hollywood’s DCI 3D technology costs to install. Then, because the DCI agreement meant that he wouldn’t be able to show films produced by the big seven Hollywood studios, he approached Indian cinema owners and offered to give them his 3D projectors for free, in exchange for a modest cut of the proceeds for upcoming movies — at 10-15 rupees per ticket. “The capital cost is borne by UFO, whether it is changing the screen from the white screen to silver screen or by putting this 3D box and the additional projector,” Gaikwad said. “Only when 3D movies are played do we recover our costs. That is how we started aggressively going into the market.” The bet is already paying off — at least in terms of expansion. Currently, UFO Moviez has inked deals to install its 3D projectors in 200 Indian cinema halls, and Gaikwad says they will continued on page 90 12

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Akshay Kumar Teams up with Ludacris for Speedy Singh Superstar Akshay Kumar spent a lot of time creating a buzz for his first Indo-Canadian venture Speedy Singh. After working with rapper Snoop Dogg for the title track in Singh is Kinng, Kumar has tapped rapper Ludacris for an exclusive track for the movie titled, “Shera Di Khom.” According to Bollywood Hungama, Kumar and Ludacris bonded well during the shoot and have been in touch since then. The song will be shown when the end credits roll. Speedy Singh is directed by Robert Lieberman and stars Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Rob Lowe, Camilla Belle, Sakina Jaffrey, and Anupam Kher. It is a cross-cultural comedy-drama set in the Indo-Canadian community of suburban Toronto. The film is slated for release on September 23.

In Memoriam: Shammi Kapoor

Veteran actor Shammi Kapoor passed away on August 14, 2011. Kapoor was suffering from chronic renal failure. He was one of the biggest stars of Indian films during the 1950s and 1960s. Many of his films have become classics, including Junglee, Dil Deke Dekho, Professor, Kashmir Ki Kali, An Evening in Paris, and Brahmachari. He was known for his high energy and fun nature. His dance style was manic and influenced by Elvis Presley. He was also quite brilliant at both drama and comedy. The veteran actor recently filmed some scenes with his grand-nephew, Ranbir Kapoor, for the latter’s upcoming film Rockstar. Kapoor belonged to the legendary family that also produced Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and second and third generation of stars including Rishi Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, and Kareena Kapoor. Shammi Kapoor was 79.

Gulshan Grover plays Dada Bhagwan Grover returns, this time in the Hollywood film Desperate Endeavors, directed by Sam Khassa. Grover plays the role of Dada Bhagwan, the man who went to America in the 70s and enlightened the lives of many Indians as well as some Americans. The film premiered at New York International Film Festival on August 19.

Preity Zinta Begins Her Talk Show with Akshay Kumar Bollywood actress Preity Zinta will kick-off her new talk show with an array of Bollywood stars. The show is titled “Up Close & Personal With PZ” and will air on the newly launched channel UTV Stars. Zinta’s first guest will be her good friend Akshay Kumar. Even though Kumar has a very tight schedule, he made time to chat with Zinta on upcoming films, his career, and personal life. Zinta happily tweeted, “Just finished the first day of shooting 4 my show! It was so nice 2 chat with Akki! Full marks 2 him 4 being so amazing & humble.”

Ameesha Patel Joins Anil Kapoor in Race 2 The Ramesh Taurani produced Abbas- Mustan directed film Race was a hit back in 2008. Now the sequel, Race 2, is set to begin shooting in October. The cast includes Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha and Chitrangda. Now the producers have announced that Ameesha Patel will join the cast as well. The music will be composed by Pritam. Taurani told Bollywood Hungama, “Yes its true, Ameesha will be part of Race 2, but this time expect the film to be sexier, sleeker and smarter than the first.” The film will release in August 2012.

Walt Disney Set to Purchase UTV Production house UTV has been on a roll ever since producing the hit film Rang De Basanti. Now, American entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney has offered to acquire UTV Software Communications for the amount of Rs. 2000 crore. Disney originally invested in UTV five years ago spending $44.5 million for a 15 percent stake and later it increased its holdings to 50.4 percent. Now Disney is offering to buy the remaining 49.6 percent stake it does not already own in UTV, which started out in television production, but has expanded into movies, games and other forms of interactive content. According to Bollywood Hungama, if all goes well, UTV’s Chief Executive, Ronnie Screwvala will sell his shares to Disney and become the media conglomerate’s Head of Operations in India, while Mahesh Samant, currently managing Disney’s assets in India, will become Chief Operating Officer, reporting to Screwvala.

John Abraham’s Force Fox Star Studios is releasing Force starring John Abraham and Genelia D’Souza on September 30. The film is directed by Nishikant Kamath whose previous directorial ventures have included Dombivali Fast and Mumbai Meri Jaan. The film is an action love story of a renegade cop who believes that the only way to eradicate crime is to give criminals the bullet not handcuffs.

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Two of the songs written by Rabindranath Tagore are the national anthems of India (“Jan Gana Mana”) and Bangladesh (“Amar Shonar Bangla). Rabindranath Tagore was a versatile poet, playwright, songwriter, composer, and novelist whose avant-garde works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A celebrated cultural icon of Bengal, he became Asia’s first Nobel laureate when he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. Rabindrasangeet has evolved into distinctive school of Bengali music. The realm of Bengali music is incomplete without Rabindra Songeet (songs of Tagore). From patriotic songs to love songs, all genres of music came out of Tagore’s composition. However, Rabindra Sangeet has its own distinctive note, which makes its listener spellbound. Rabindra Sangeet has had a very strong influence on Bengali culture, and songs are regarded as cultural treasures of Bengal. It is said that his songs are the outcome of 500 years of literary and cultural churning that the Bengali community has gone through. These songs transcend the mundane to the aesthetic and express all ranges and categories of human emotion. The poet had given a voice to all—big or small, rich or poor. The poorest boatman on the Ganges as well as the rich landlord finds expression for their emotional trials and tribulations in Tagore’s songs. In music Tagore found Indian classical to be inspirational. Rabindrasangeet demands an educated, intelligent and cultured audience to appreciate the lyrical beauty of his compositions. The inherent beauty and depth of Tagore’s songs have persuaded a number of filmmakers to use his songs in their films including Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Nitin Bose, Tapan Sinha and Kumar Shahani.

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif Finally Come Face to Face! Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan finally came face to face and shot for their first ever item song together. The item song “Aaya re aaya bodyguard...” was shot at Film City where Katrina and Salman grooved together and this will be the title montage. Katrina was seen rigorously rehearsing her steps for the song as she wanted it to be perfec. Sources say that it was co-producer Atul Agnihotri and wife Alvira’s idea, who are close to her, to ask Katrina to do an item number for the film to which she immediately said yes. The chemistry between the two is said to be sizzling and the shoot was filmed quite smoothly. Interestingly, Salman’s real life bodyguard Shera makes his on-screen debut with this item song and will be seen dancing and doing an acting bit with Salman and Katrina (as Katrina’s bodyguard). And since Shera was facing the camera for the first time, he was a bit nervous during the song. Luckily, his two costars, Salman and Katrina eased his discomfort, with Salman even helping him rehearse his dance moves. “Yes, I was a bit nervous but Bhai (Salman) and Katrina were very supportive. I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity he has given me,” says Shera, whose real name is Gurmeet Singh. Salman’s brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri, who’s also co-producing the film, says, “The shoot of the song was sensational and very high on energy,“ adding, “Shera was a little apprehensive about his act and dance steps, but Salman and Katrina urged him on. Salman even helped him with his dance steps to ease the tension. Katrina was also encouraging him to perform well. It will be refreshing to see them together on the big screen.” Bodyguard is a Hindi remake of the director’s own 2010 Malayalam film of the same name.

Salman Khan Returns in Bodyguard For the third year in a row, Eid brings another Salman Khan blockbuster with the action-romance Bodyguard now playing in theaters worldwide. Following last year’s Dabangg and 2009’s Wanted, this new film finds Khan teaming up with Kareena Kapoor and also features a hot item number with Katrina Kaif. Here’s the storyline of the film, which is directed by Siddique. When it comes to being punctual and doing his duties perfectly, Lovely Singh is unmatchable. Taking great pride in what he does, he spares no effort in giving his everything to his profession. Summoned for an assignment to guard Divya, the daughter of Sartaj Rana, a business tycoon, Lovely Singh accompanies her to her campus, but ends up rubbing her the wrong way with his over-protective nature and paranoia about security. She finds him to be a major obstacle in leading a regular campus life. To throw him off-track and get him out of the way, she comes up with a plan to trap him in a fake love affair. “Once he’s smitten by the girl of his dreams and is reveling in his new-found romance, he will leave us alone, and we shall be free to do our own thing unhindered,” Divya tells her friends. She becomes an anonymous admirer of his and starts hounding him, expressing her ‘feelings’ in no uncertain terms. Lovely Singh however proves to be a tough nut to crack, and it takes quite a bit of doing from her side to penetrate his fort-like exterior.

Interview with Salman Khan’s real bodyguard Shera Since how many years are you with Salman Khan. Share with us what kind of a bond you share? I have been with Salmanbhai since 15 years, he is my ‘Malik’ (boss). Our bond it too special and if I start talking about it will take me a lifetime to share everything, so to sum it up he is my boss, brother and friend. Salman had asked you to unveil the first theatrical of his next film Bodyguard. Were you aware that you were chosen to do that? How did it feel? I have been close to Salman bhai for years but I never imagined that I would be given such a huge honor. It was a surprise for me when I was asked to unveil the first look and give a speech on him. I was completely clueless and overwhelmed by the honor that such a big star gave me. No one has ever done that before in our industry. It was a special moment for me! It feels good to see the amount of faith he has placed in me. Which other superstar can do something like that? Only he has such a big heart to do it.

But once she succeeds in doing so, he transforms into a completely different person. Divya is triumphant and is all set to relish her regained freedom. But things take an unexpected turn when she learns a few things about Lovely Singh. Things that she could’ve never even imagined! And she soon finds herself trapped in a dilemma that she’s unable to resolve. And with her, soon enough, Lovely Singh finds himself ensnared in a web of lies, trickery and deceit. Bodyguard is the story of conflict- between innocence and mischief, love and power, and life and death. Below is a new news item on the making of the much-talkedabout music video with Salman and Katrina which also features Salman’s real-life bodyguard Shera. An interview with Shera follows.

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Karma Author: Cathy Ostlere (Razorbill)

By Swapna Krishna An Atlas of Impossible Longing Author: Anuradha Roy (Free Press) “An Atlas of Impossible Longing” is a multigenerational novel spanning decades, following the course one family sets during the tumultuous early-to-mid twentieth century in India. The novel begins with Amulya and his mentally ill wife Kananbala, and their two sons, Nirmal and Kamal. As fortunes change and lives progress, the book moves onto the new generation, centering on Bakul, Nirmal’s daughter, and Mukunda, the orphan child Amulya chose to support. I absolutely adore South Asian literature, but sometimes I have trouble taking it. While wonderfully composed, it can be very difficult to read. There is a sense of tragedy that seems to be inherent within the genre, centering on hardship, loss, and abuse. But there is also beauty in this world, along with the heartbreak, and that’s why I loved “The Atlas of Impossible Longing” - it’s amazingly written, finely wrought, and simple. It’s about the beauty and longing present in everyday life. Roy is a talented writer; she is incredible at developing layered, nuanced characters effortlessly. Readers fall in love with the personas contained within this book without realizing it. Each person is distinct; sometimes it seems as though Roy is writing a biography rather than fiction because these people seem so real and vivid. Her prose is absolutely gorgeous, yet restrained. She doesn’t allow her words to overwhelm the story, nor does she rely on her prose to smooth out the rough parts of the plot. She recognizes that her language is a tool to deliver a story, and uses it like a master to accomplish that task. There are many characters within “An Atlas of Impossible Longing,” but the reader will have no trouble telling them apart, thanks to Roy’s expert character development. My personal favorite was Mukunda; the reader gets to see him grow and change over the course of his life, to become his own man. After he is sent away for school, he longs for Songarh and the life and people he left behind. After he leaves school, his longing changes and fades, but it never completely leaves him. When circumstances force him to revisit Songarh and see Nirmal and Bakul again, he can no longer deny what he feels. There is heartbreak and difficulty and sadness within the pages of “An Atlas of Impossible Longing”; after all, this is a book about life, and that’s part of it. But it’s handled so deftly and beautifully that it doesn’t drag the reader down. Indeed, Roy confronts many difficult topics within the pages of this book: caste, mental illness, and love in a culture of arranged marriages. It is incredibly realistic; there are no fairy tale endings. Instead, Roy creates a believable picture that is often bittersweet, but has its own beauty nonetheless. This was a novel I absolutely adored from beginning to end. It never lost my interest, and just when I would think that the sadness was too much to bear, a ray of light would shine through. I loved the balance present in this novel, as well as the universal themes of love and longing. This is a book accessible to anyone who has felt love and loss.

Maya is just 15 years old when her Hindu mother dies, and she travels with her Sikh father from Canada to India with her ashes. When they arrive, they find the country in turmoil: the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, has just been assassinated by her Sikh guards. Hindus and Sikhs are rioting and killing each other, and no one is safe. When Maya and her father are separated, she finds herself alone in a foreign and frightening country, unsure of where she can turn for help. The first thing I discovered about “Karma” by Cathy Ostlere (besides the fact that it was about India, which is why I wanted to read it in the first place) was that it was written in verse. And I will admit that little tidbit almost made me skip over the book; after all, I figured a novel in verse would be difficult to read, and that I wouldn’t connect with the main character at all. But because the book sounded so interesting, I decided to persevere, and I am incredibly glad I did; not only was this book fascinating, but all my preconceived notions were in error. “Karma” is lyrical and deft, beautiful yet very easy to read. Despite the length, the novel flowed very smoothly and it was quick. I had no trouble understanding what was happening, nor did I have any difficulty connecting with Maya. In fact, she was the highlight of the novel for me. Maya is half-Sikh and half-Hindu, and as a result, the conflict that is raging all around her between the two religious groups is mirroring what is happening within her. She doesn’t know where her loyalties lie or whom she can trust. Even her name, the very clue to her identity, is uncertain - is she Jiya, the “official” name that her father pressed upon her, or Maya, the name her mother wanted to give her that she identifies with? It is so eye opening to see what Maya feels inside reflected all around her with horrible violence. The time period is tragic yet important in India’s history, and it’s fascinating to see it through the eyes of a fifteen year old. While that kind of violence would be horrific at any age, to see it so young really changes Maya. She falls mute, unable to speak because she is so racked with guilt over what she’s seen. She thinks she no longer deserves to speak - she is already carrying guilt over her mother’s death, after all. Ostlere does an incredible job making the reader feel like they are part of the narrative, immersed in this place of horrifying violence. The reader only wants Maya to return home, to find a place of safety, yet it’s unclear where that could be because she seems to be pushed against her will wherever she turns. “Karma” was a fascinating, eye-opening coming-of-age novel, and I am so glad I gave it a chance. I realize novels in verse don’t exactly excite most people, but I urge you to try this book. You may not connect with it, but it’s possible you might, and you’ll be rewarded with an absolutely incredible story and a heartbreakingly real main character. Swapna Krishna read more book reviews on her blog at


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is heavy on percussion arrangements. The composition is situational and can best be summed up as an outburst of emotions. Tochi Raina is always a treat to hear! Remember “Gall Mitthi Mitthi” and “Pardesi”? Yup, those were sung by Tochi, as well, not to be confused with Toshi. “Mallo Malli” is a fun dance number blending in techno elements, sounding very different from the simple, village image conjuring compositions present in Mausam’s soundtrack. The composition presents an optimistic and playful point of view about taking one’s beloved away. There are also two remix versions of this composition including one by Lehember Hussainpuri (“Saddi Gali”) and Hard Kaur, which is an equally as enjoyable composition as the original. Overall, yes, Mausam’s soundtrack does explore various “seasons” of love ranging from an innocent awakening to falling in love, to a more playful feel, to pathos, to optimism. Not all thirteen compositions are consistent in terms of quality, and it would be nice if Pritam tried to break out of the Love Aaj Kal and Jab We Met mould. Nonetheless, here’s looking forward to see what magic Kapur works in his film!

By Amanda Sodhi Mausam Original Soundrack Pankaj Kapur’s Mausam is definitely one of this year’s most awaited films, not only because he is directing his own son Shahid Kapoor opposite Sonam Kapoor for the first time, but because it is Kapur’s debut as a director and everyone is curious to see if India’s finest actor is also capable of being one of India’s finest directors. The Mausam soundtrack features 13 compositions, and music composer Pritam and lyricist Irshad Kamil are roped in. “Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye” is an innocent awakening to love, the use of the flute and traditional percussion instruments conjuring up a simple village setting. Shahid Mallya’s vocals are pleasant to hear and the acoustic guitar arrangements are easy on the ears. There is another version of this composition rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. His rendition does bring back memories of “Aaj Din Chaddehya” from Love Aaj Kal but it’s a more joyful variation of the original composition, and certainly worthy of multiple listens. There’s something about Khan’s vocals that always grabs one’s attention. “Sajh Dhaj Ke” is a playful Punjabi number sung by Mika Singh and Pankaj Kapur. It begins with a Punjabi wedding boli and then changes into a dance number. Although the song succeeds in being upbeat, it fails to leave an impression because it simply tries way too hard to sound cool. Furthermore, the lyrics are very superficial and boring. There are two very average remixes of this composition, too. A “Tiger Style Mix” and a “Club Mix Tiger Style.“ Yawn. “Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi” begins with a lovely alaap by Ustad Sultan Khan and then Hans Raj Hans takes the mic. Hans Raj Hans sure needs to be utilized more by Bollywood. The song is full of pathos and explores the emotional, melancholic side of love when you are distanced from your beloved. The inclusion of the chorus is also nice. What’s interesting is that there is this underlying later of optimism through the composition, perhaps symbolic. “Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi” has two more versions—a reprise by Shahid Mallya and a “Mehfil Mix” by the Wadali Brothers. Both versions are really amazing. While the Wadali Brothers’ version presents more of a relaxed, chilled-out, upbeat feel, Shahid Mallya’s version captures the cry of a heart to perfection. The lyrics are so beautiful—“Jab jab chaahaa tu ne rajh ke rulaayaa, Jab jab chaaha tu ne khul ke hansaayaa.” Rashid Khan, the man behind “Aao Ge Jab Tum” from Jab We Met is back with “Poore Se Zara Sa Kam Hain,” one of the soundtrack’s strongest compositions. It’s an emotion filled semi-classical composition about how one is incomplete without one’s beloved. The lyrics are beautiful—“Pore se zara sa kam hai…Tu Fiza humaari hai hum mausam hai, Tu nadi hai kinara tera hum hai.” “Aag Lage Us Aag Ko” is composed and rendered by Karsan Das Gupta, and it maintains a rustic feel throughout and

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8. To sound out (transitive verb) means to try to learn about someone’s feelings or opinions. 9. In geography, a sound describes a body of water that is relatively large and might be an ocean inlet or connect larger bodies of water 10. Sound as a verb is also a nautical term that means to measure the depth of a body of water. 11. Sounding describes the deep diving of a whale or other fish. 12. The adjective, sound can mean flawless or showing good judgment. 13. Sound is also an adjective meaning financially secure or safe. 14. Sound (adjective) also means thorough, complete. 15. Similarly, sound can mean very deep. 16. The idiom sound off means to express one’s opinions loudly or with agitation.

Mastering Meaning By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC This past July, I made my annual visit to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where I was a resident volunteer in the library and editorial department from 1988-89. I own a timeshare nearby in Lee, Massachusetts so I always return to Kripalu as a day guest to enjoy the gentle yoga classes, the view, the food, the “vibes” and some workshops. This year I attended a “Kirtan” workshop where we repeated devotional chants sung by a woman who also played a harmonium. The year I lived at this large center there was a satsang for the residents every evening so the workshop brought back memories. I purchased a double CD called “Kirtan Nation” produced by Sounds True of Boulder Colorado and chanted in my car during the two-day drive from Wilmington Vermont (my second vacation week) home to Durham, North Carolina. I stayed focused, relaxed and calm in the summer turnpike traffic jams and didn’t panic, after 8 hours on day one, when an accident shut down my exit in Edgewood, Maryland.

Match the meanings above to the following sentences that illustrate a variety of ways to use the word sound correctly: a. __ He was sleeping very soundly. She was also sound asleep. b. __Fairfield, Connecticut is on Long Island Sound. c. __“Fair” and “fare” sound alike but have different meanings. d. __Ultra sound waves are higher in frequency than the human ear can hear. e. __ Two sounds in English, “th” and “er,” are not in most of the world’s major languages. f. __Are you sure that this is a sound investment? g. __Those with the highest incomes always seem to be sounding off about paying higher taxes. h. __Meditation starts when the group leader sounds a small bell. i. __Your ideas seem like a sound approach to solving this problem. j. __ Sirens sounded tornado warnings in some towns in the Midwest. k.__ It was thrilling to see the blue whale sounding. l.__ I want the children to play within the sound of my voice. m.__ I scolded them soundly after they wandered too far away. n.__ Let me try to sound her out to see what she really would like for a gift. o.__ Sailors use sonar, not weighted lines, to sound channels. p.__ Be careful. That ad sounds too good to be true.

Sound, sounds and sounding have many, many meanings in English. Sound comes from the Latin sonus and can also be traced to other ancient languages such as soun in Middle English.1 Sound is a term used in physics, linguistics, phonology, geography and music, among others and can be used as a noun, an intransitive verb (doesn’t take an object), a transitive verb (takes an object) or an adjective or adverb. The correct pronunciation of sounds, a “simple,” one syllable word, depends first on correctly “sliding” through all three “sounds” of the diphthong “ow.” Native speakers of languages of India tend to hold their articulators and facial muscles with too much tension and speak too quickly and precisely to “capture” the correct, relaxed slide required for “ow” which is a sound that moves through “ah” + “oh” + “oo” with no breaks! Try it! Then it is necessary to keep the voice going so that the end of the word is /ndz/ and not shortened and devoiced to “sounts.” Typically with the clipped diphthong “ow,” an accented version might be “sahnts” which will not be easily understood by a native speaker of English.

Suggested strategies to increase your word power this month: Scan the newspaper and any business reports you have to read for examples of the usage of sound, sound off and sounding You should find many examples. Practice using these terms correctly in your social conversations and, when appropriate, in business meetings.

Here are the several meanings of sound: 1. A sound (noun) is a vibration through an elastic medium such as air or water that produces sound waves that can be heard between 20 to 20,000 hertz (cycles per second). 2. A sound in linguistics can refer to speech or articulation made by the vocal apparatus. 3. Sound can be used to describe or compare words that sound alike or different. 4. Sound can also refer to the distance over which something can be heard. 5. To sound (intransitive verb) can also mean to give a particular impression or to imply. 6. To sound (transitive verb that takes an object) can mean to make something produce a sound. 7. To sound (transitive verb) can also mean to give a warning or signal.

Answers: a-15 b-9, c-3, d-1, e-2, f-13, g-16, h-6, i-12, j-7, k-11, l4, m-14, n-8, 0-10, p-5.

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BG Birla treated me to lunch once in the restaurant atop Birla Buildings. He was on the verge of offering me a job in his organization when I decided to migrate to the USA. I will never forget the brothers PR and BG. They did business in the difficult economic environment that is the hallmark of Calcutta, beset with political upheavals and labor problems. I think BG, the large businessman, found professional satisfaction in doing business with Dad, who was the owner of a small business. It was a synergistic if not symbiotic arrangement that ushered in the era of plastics in an area dominated by iron and wood. The partnership provided work for the machinists in INTEC, my Dad’s factory, and helped a network of other people, like the injection-molder make their livelihood. It became a virtuous circle that benefitted everyone.

Putting Food on the Table In 1991, Sen Babu’s nephew, Chanchal, got an offer to teach PC hardware at DATAPRO, Kolkata. They were offering him rupees four thousand per month to teach five students, each of whom paid six thousand rupees as course fee, for a six-month course. Chanchal’s contact person at DATAPRO was Arup. When Chanchal started teaching everything went well at first, until he found that the lab was woefully inadequate. He calculated that he was getting the lion’s share of the students’ fees, ie. twenty-four thousand rupees, out of thirty-thousand rupees. So he started buying some essential lab parts with money from his own salary. Needless to say, this did not absolve DATAPRO from its commitment to provide equipment to students. After about two months, although the course was proceeding satisfactorily, there were still rumblings of discontent from the students. As a last resort, Chanchal had a brief conversation with his contact-person, Arup, and the latter undertook to talk to the students, for a baksheesh, or tip, of two hundred rupees per month. Chanchal always felt that there was a fine dividing line between illicit palm greasing and legitimate baksheesh. As it turned out, Arup, with his superior customer service skills, was successful in calming down the students and addressing their complaints. The upshot of all this was that the five students graduated at the end of six months, having learned a lot of hardware, and soon embarked on their career. Regretfully, DATAPRO decided to discontinue the course and no further batches were formed for Chanchal to teach.

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But because of Laos’ authoritarian Marxist-Leninist government — portraits of the communist revolutionaries still hang in bureaucrats’ offices — Lao citizens have little power to protest and demand better enforcement. “If the Lao government considers it legal, there’s not much the rest of the world can do,” said James Bampton, a ThailandVietnam’s booming based coordinator with international conservation group The Center for People and Forests. “We can just try to emphasize furniture trade feeds off why we think they should change the way they do business.”

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By Patrick Winn – Is your coffee table stamped “Made in Vietnam”? If so, there’s a decent chance it was once a tree in the dwindling jungles of Laos, sawn down illegally by a timber syndicate and smuggled into Vietnam for processing. Those are the findings of the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency or EIA, whose eco-sleuths traveled to Southeast Asia and posed as timber merchants to uncover corruption. The nonprofit claims Vietnam’s booming furniture trade feeds off precious Lao jungles where logging is legally forbidden. The majority of this trade’s customers are in America, which has imported an estimated $2 billion in Vietnamese furniture so far this year. Worse yet, according to the EIA, is evidence that one of the chief logging firms is run by Vietnam’s military, a claim the government rejects outright. “There is no smuggling of timber from Laos by the Vietnamese military,” Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Nguyen Phuong Nga, told GlobalPost. As diplomats brace for more U.N. climate change negotiations in South Africa at the year’s end, these new findings force an uncomfortable question: What good are tough environmental promises if they’re eroded by bribery, smuggling and corruption?

Instead, Vietnam has turned to Laos, which contains some of the “last intact tropical forests” in mainland Southeast Asia, according to the EIA. Neighboring Cambodia is also logging its remaining jungles. So is Burma, an even more repressive nation where rampant logging funds the country’s military junta. Vietnam must supply an increasing number of logs to its explosive furniture trade, which is now the world’s sixth largest. The industry employs a quarter of a million people and is estimated this year to rake in $4 billion. The Vietnamese government says it wants to nearly double those earnings by 2020, according to the U.N. Among the more aggressive loggers, according to EIA investigators, is a military-run outfit known as the “Company of Economic Cooperation - Ministry of Defense.” The watchdogs claim to have confirmed the company’s smuggling operations while acting as international timber buyers.

What’s so bad about logging in Laos? Nothing, so long as it’s not reckless and impoverished citizens receive some benefit. That’s seldom the case. Laos is poor and landlocked but blessed with rolling, jadegreen landscapes. Logging, however, is rapidly stripping away its jungles. At the current rate, the country will be left with only 30 percent forest cover by 2020, according to United Nations estimates. In response, the Lao government decreed four years ago that no raw logs can be exported from the country. For the most part, wood can only be legally exported as factory-finished furniture, which generates desperately needed local jobs. But Lao furniture factories can’t keep logs in stock, says the EIA. Too many jungles are controlled by Vietnamese syndicates that pay off officials to let them bring in foreign crews to smuggle out Lao timber. The loggers’ territory in Laos is “basically a mini-Vietnam,” said Julian Newman, an EIA campaign director. “All the shops’ signs are in Vietnamese. All the workers are Vietnamese. They even have their own karaoke bars down there.” These operations amount to a lose-lose proposition for Lao people. The poor rely heavily on jungles to fill their bellies, either through hunting or scavenging sellable forest fauna. When foreign loggers show up, locals lose both the jungles they depend on and the opportunity to at least earn some cash by cutting them down.

“They basically said, ‘We choose the trees we like ... bring our loggers and transport it back across the border,” Newman said. The EIA, however, is careful to point out that most Vietnamese exports are legit. “To be fair, our rough calculations show that somewhere around 15 to 20 percent of timber inflows to Vietnam involve illegality,” Newman said. “It’s not the majority.” Yet another environmental watchdog group, Forest Trends, agrees with these estimates. The Vietnamese government, however, admits no wrongdoing. Officials pay “special attention to environment and forest protection and strictly forbid illegal timber smuggling and logging,” said Nga, the foreign ministry spokeswoman. continued on page 90 56

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income, and adjusting your retirement saving for the current environment. Donate time, materials or cash to help those who have been hit the hardest. Then let go. You’ve done all you can. In other words, do what you can and then get back to focusing on where you really are able to make an impact. Here’s my six-step solution to overcoming the paralyzing fear gripping far too many business owners today:

If You Can’t Fix It, Don’t Worry About It A Six-Step Solution for Sanity

Step one: Review and re-tune your top three business goals. Do they still make sense given what today’s consumers want? Are they chock full of value and priced attractively? Make adStudies show that we worry most about things that are least justments if required. likely to occur. Many people are frightened of flying, but the danger of car accidents far outweighs the likelihood of airline Step two: Create a small group of positive-minded business mishaps. After 9/11, our fear of being killed by terrorists skyowners with similar goals in complementary but non-competrocketed, yet for those who do not live in a war zone, you’re ing fields. Get together on a weekly or monthly basis to encourstill more likely to die in your own bathroom or in your own age each other, share tips and make referrals. home from a fall or household accident. Be honest: How many times have you worried yourself sick Step three: Get out and talk to your ideal prospects and best and lost sleep over something that never happened? Or that customers about what support they need right now to keep turned out to be a non-event if it did happen? their businesses and goals on track, then adjust your service So here’s a path to sanity. If you can’t fix it, don’t worry and product offerings to give them what they perceive a desabout it. Get busy doing what you CAN do and “outsource” perate need to have. the rest to those whose job it is to take care of it. The oldest part of our brains is hard-wired to constantly scan Step four: Support your community. People are hurting right for threat. It’s how our cavemen ancestors survived when there now. There are five job seekers for every available position, and were large, hungry predators. And while we’ve evolved our many people have exhausted their resources. Tune out the frontal lobes and gained greater capacity for reason and stratblame-placers and be part of the solution. Remember that busiegy, that “reptile brain” (the amygdala) is as jittery as a Jack nesses flourish most when all members of their community are Russell terrier on a gallon of caffeine. Not only does it overesfed, clothed, healthy and employed. What can you personally timate the threats that are there, but it “helpfully” suggests all do to lighten the burden of your neighbors in need? (You’ll be manner of other terrible possibilities just so that you can be amazed how helping others improves your own outlook.) “prepared.” What might have kept our ancestors from being eaten by Step five: Get excited about a new product or service that adsaber-tooth tigers has lost much of its value because it lacks a dresses an urgent client need. Maybe it’s repackaging somereliable rating system. Your reptile brain amygdala sees all thing you already offer to make it more accessible or affordable. threats as equally possible and Maybe it’s a brand new product or service that arises out of as equally devastating. It So here’s a path to sanity. your conversations with prospects and clients. Nothing bandoesn’t factor in threats that ishes the blues like a new project that you’re fired up about. If you can’t fix it, don’t worry are easily sidestepped about it. Get busy doing what (avoiding dark alleys at Step six: Nix the naysayers. Make a commitment to only tune you CAN do and “outsource” night), minimized (seatbelts in to constructive, positive input. The more you listen to angry, and air bags) or highly unthe rest to those whose job it fearful voices, the less productive you will be, so change the likely (anything that happens is to take care of it. channel. Turn off the talk radio rants. Opt for reading your in a Final Destination movie). news online rather than listening to the breathless blather of TV Like the boy who cried wolf hosts for whom everything is a dire crisis. Stop reading emails or the color-coded threat warnings from Homeland Security, that pour fuel on the fire. Instead, turn your attention to those the constant barrage of “Watch out! No, over there! No, the who are looking for solutions, rebuilding the community, and other direction!” eventually wears us out, leading to cynicism, making a difference in their corner of the world. anxiety and unsuccessful attempts to tune out. This summer, we’ve had our fill of frightening news. WashTaking charge of what you can personally control is empowington D.C. bickering, the Debt Ceiling, the U.S. credit rating, ering, and it’s the best way to free yourself from the paralysis floods, wildfires and extreme weather seem like a never-ending of fear. Commit yourself to focusing your energy on positive doomsday scenario. And thanks to the 24/7 news environment change and see the difference it makes in your business! on cable TV and the Internet, breathless commentators fill every waking hour with speculation that grows more dire as they struggle to out-catastrophize each other to gain ratings. The mess in Washington? If you’ve voted and perhaps contributed to the causes or candidates that support your preGail Z. Martin ferred solution, you’ve done all that you can do. Walk away. owns DreamSpinner Communications. Extreme weather? Take reasonable precautions for the types Contact her at of problems common to your part of the country, note sories about coming storms, and then put it out of your mind. The economy? Focus on getting your own financial house in order, paying off personal debt, bringing spending in line with


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Schedule C is by far the biggest trigger for audits. Consistently filing losses under schedule C is likely to trigger an audit especially if main source of income continues to be W2 wages. IRS auditors go after these returns very aggressively. In order for these business losses to stand up, you must pass both the “passive loss” and “hobby loss” rules. Most tax payers are not familiar with these rules, and the IRS knows it. Another trigger is taking earned income credit while filing schedule C. Make sure you take the proper Schedule C deductions if you have a business and especially if you make around $16,000. Also on the Schedule C a big audit flag is claiming a car for 100 percent business, but you don’t have another car. These are simple logical catches; make sure you cover your basis. If you have a genuine long term business, I would strongly recommend changing your business entity into a corporation and file separate business return. Schedule C’s are 10 times more likely to be audited than Partnerships, multiple member LLCs, C and S Corporations. In any case, take help of a professional tax accountant if you need to file a business loss or profit. 4) Don’t use Round Numbers Too many round numbers can be a red flag to the IRS. Rounded numbers just don’t happen very often in the real world. For example in Entertainment and Meals Expenses, don’t use $6000 when your actual expenses are $5985. 5) Documentation The golden rule of taxes is documentation, documentation, documentation. Keep good records of all your expenses. Several tax payers assume that maintaining accounts in a software or excel sheet is sufficient proof of their expenses. This is not true. You are required to maintain receipts or proof of payment – cancelled checks, credit card statements, etc if you claim a deduction. You don’t have to forgo your right to a good tax refund for the fear of a tax audit. Just make sure you have all the documentation for the deductions that you are claiming. If you are not sure about a certain deduction, check with your tax accountant and make the final determination. Keep in mind this column and the articles published here are only meant to provide you with information about taxes and in no way should you consider this as tax advice. I hope this helps in getting you thinking about saving more of your hard earned money, paying less to the IRS and at the same time reduce your audit risks as you brave through the economic head winds in a recession. Consult your Tax Advisor regarding your individual tax situation.This Article provides only an overview to the complex Tax Laws. It is not exhaustive nor a substitute for Independent Tax Advice provided by a Tax Accountant or a Tax Attorney familiar with your case. Krutika Chheda

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How to choose Deciding which of these kinds of annuities could benefit you is easy, says Joe Montminy, assistant vice president of the annuity research program at LIMRA. Just ask, “Do you need the money now or later for your retirement needs?” If you need it now, consider the immediate income annuity. If your retirement is a few years away and you want to increase your assets, go with a fixed savings annuity. Here’s how each works. Savings annuity Savings annuities earn either a fixed rate for a period of time, say five or 10 years, or a flexible rate that changes over time within an established range. All fixed savings annuities have a guaranteed minimum interest rate, the interest is not taxed until you take the money out, and is guaranteed against loss by the insurer. “Think of the fixed savings annuity as a safe harbor,” Montanaro says. “It can only go in one direction: up.” Because taxes are deferred, withdrawals before age 59 1/2 could be subject to penalties. But remember the annuity is really for retirement, so you should try not to touch it anyway. Immediate income annuity This kind of annuity helps cover basic living expenses in retirement. To find out if you need one, add up monthly, non-negotiable bills — utilities, food, property taxes, etc. If your guaranteed income from Social Security and military or corporate pensions can’t cover the tab, an immediate income annuity can help fill the gap. You’ll feel secure not having to pay bills with your investment income, which can plunge during market downturns, notes Montminy. Weisbart agrees: “If you have to cancel a vacation because the market’s down, that’s fine. But if you can’t buy medicine or food, that’s a problem.” Though immediate annuities require a sizable one-time premium, you’ll have the security of knowing essential expenses are covered - immediately. That’s what makes them worth considering. “It’s the insurance factor — the peace of mind — that people are looking for,” says Montminy. “By having that guaranteed payment for life, you know you have some protection on your overall portfolio.” Experts emphasize that the lump sum you use to buy an income annuity should be just a portion of your retirement assets. You want to diversify your retirement portfolio to also provide liquidity and to protect against inflation. Bottom line There are only five life insurers that are AAA rated, so make sure the company you buy from has high marks from the insurance rating agencies. You want to make sure the company is around as you age. And review the fine print on your contract with a financial adviser. “The goal is to understand what you’re buying and approve the terms,” Weisbart says. Courtesy of AraContent 70

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We hear that you are doing an interesting dance and act bit in the item song of Bodyguard, you have faced the camera for the first time in your life. Share your thoughts and experience. Yes, this is the first time I will be in front of the camera with Salman bhai and Katrina doing an item song for the film. The item song is called “Aaya re aaya bodyguard...” and we shot it at Film City. This song will be the title montage. It was scary and I was nervous. But I will never forget this experience. You have been Salman’s bodyguard for years now and today he has elevated you to a different position altogether. How does it feel? It is nothing less than a dream but I have been there to earn that confidence. Salman bhai is such a huge star and for someone like him showing such trust in me is nothing short of a miracle. In front of the whole world, he said that this is my most trusted man. Isn’t that great? Salman recently said that if ever you were to write a book on him he will be doomed since you know all his secrets. Do you ever plan on writing a book on him? I will never write a book on Salman Bhai. This is one thought which has never occurred to me. I cannot break his trust. He said all these things in jest and I would like to keep it that way. Salman is known for his anger and public spats. How do you deal with such situations? Salmanbhai has no enemies. He is a great human being and I am there only to guard him at public places and events. He is my boss, brother and friend. I can give my life for him. Salman Khan refused an in-film branding offer of Rs 7 crores by a security company and instead chose to wear the uniform of Shera’s company. What do you have to say about that? You can imagine his liking for me by that. He is a real nice man at heart and when he was offered he knew that I own a security company called Tiger Security that supplies bodyguards to bigwigs in the industry so he chose to only wear my company’s logo. Did you offer any advice to Salman Khan, who plays bodyguard to Kareena Kapoor in his next film? Salman has noted me so closely for past many years that he didn’t need any advice. He looks damn smart and handsome in the film. He is the real life Bodyguard. According to you which heroine suits the best with Salman? And when should Salman get married? Salmanbhai looks good with anyone and everyone. And regarding marriage this is his personal decision so what do I say. When the time is right it will happen.


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ence over global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. “China will not be able to replace the U.S. when it comes to IMF and the World Bank” he said. “And if those don’t give you aid then a lot of western countries won’t give you aid. And Pakistan’s economic problems are so huge that it can’t simply rely on China to solve their economic problems.” Ties with the United States are also important to Pakistan’s economy beyond financial aid packages and loans. The United States is the biggest market for Pakistani goods, accounting for more than 17 percent of Pakistan’s total exports, according to the International Monetary Fund. Representing barely 8 percent of Pakistan’s export market, China has yet to prove itself an as profitable alternative. Islamabad’s strategy of pressuring the United States is based on the notion that the Americans cannot win in Afghanistan nor withdraw from it without Pakistan’s help, Khan said. But it’s a risky strategy, he added. “To what extent Pakistan is correct is the question. To what extent does the U.S. accept pressure from Pakistan? If there is a miscalculation, ties between the two countries can really be broken.” Relations between Pakistan and the United States have already hit rock bottom. Pakistan recently informed U.S. Embassy officials they couldn’t leave Islamabad without permission, and American specials forces trainers left the country. Not to mention the continuous expressions of distrust over each other’s conduct. It is not just the rocky relationship or the prospect of pressuring the United States to submit to the terms and conditions of its partner in the war on terror that leads Pakistan to woo China, analysts say. Many here fear that the United States will abandon them once it leaves Afghanistan, and are simply looking for a suitable replacement. “We still don’t know if it is going to end in two years time or five years time,” said Defense Minister Mukhtar, referring to the military assistance. And so Pakistan looks east. “We have to survive. We have to look for the right country that can help us and at this moment the Chinese have helped us wherever we wanted help,” said Mukhtar, referring to Chinese help in developing nuclear plants. “No other country wanted to give us what we got from the Chinese.”

Unsure about its partner in the war on terror, Pakistan looks east instead. By Suzanna Koster – Pakistan, it seems, is developing a diplomatic swagger as it gainfully plays the world’s two biggest powers, China and the United States, off each other. In the most recent example, Washington bristled over suspicions that Pakistan shared with China the American stealth chopper that crashed outside the hideout of Osama bin Laden in May, handing over advanced technology the United States hoped to keep for itself. But is it the technology the United States is worried about? Or is it that Pakistan yet again snubbed Washington in favor of Beijing? Pakistan has a history of fencing with China’s support when the United States imposes sanctions or aid cuts on the country. And China, for its part, often happily reciprocates. A day after the brazen U.S. mission that killed bin Laden on Pakistani soil on May 2, a mission officials say was conducted without the knowledge of Pakistan, China came to the defense of the embarrassed Pakistani military. “The Pakistani government’s determination to fight terrorism is staunch and its actions have been vigorous. Pakistan has made important contributions to the international struggle against terror,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu, said. And when in 1990 the U.S. blocked the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to punish Pakistan for its development of nuclear weapons, China made up the difference, developing the JF-17 Thunder jointly with Pakistan. The first squadron of JF-17 Thunders has now been inducted in the Pakistan air force. Pakistan did end up receiving some of those F-16s, but Ahmad Mukhtar, the country’s defense minister, now says it can’t afford to buy more and that, anyway, China’s come with commercial benefits. More recently, when in July the United States announced it would cut $800 million in military aid to Pakistan, China again stepped in, pledging continued support for its neighbor. “In this scenario Pakistan says okay U.S.A., if you don’t want to support us we have the People’s Republic. It is a diplomatic tactic. It is trying to pressure the U.S. to a level where it accepts a relationship on Pakistan’s terms,” he said. Ayesha Siddiqa, a defense analyst, agreed. “Pakistan would use China to entice the U.S. more and say that look, you cannot blackmail us because we have this other relationship too. But I think Pakistani policy makers say it’s either or. They would happily go for China if China is willing to meet all its needs, like providing grants to fill the economic gap, which wouldn’t be there if the U.S. leaves,” she said. “But China is not entirely willing to do that.” Pakistani policymakers would be foolish to think that China can ever replace the United States in Pakistan, said Hassan Askari Rizvi, a Pakistani analyst, pointing to America’s

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Although peanuts come in many varieties, there are four basic market types: Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia. Each of the peanut types is distinctive in size, flavor, and nutritional composition.

Runner - Runners have become the dominant type due to the introduction in the early 1970’s of a new runner variety, the Florunner, which was responsible for a spectacular increase in peanut yields. Runners have rapidly gained wide acceptance because of Method: Mix all dry ingredients. Blend in eggs, oil, vanilla and the attractive, uniform kernel size. Fifty-four percent of the runsquash. Stir peanuts into batter. Divide mixture in half and ners grown are used for peanut butter. Runners are grown spread in 2 well greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pans. Bake at 325° mainly in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. F. for one hour. Yields 2 loaves, 12 slices per loaf. Virginia - Virginias have the largest kernels and account for most Caramel Peanut Rolls of the peanuts roasted and processed in-the-shell. When shelled, many of the larger kernels are sold as gourmet snack peanuts. Ingredients: Virginias are grown mainly in southeastern Virginia, northeast- 4 tablespoons butter, melted and divided ern North Carolina and South Carolina. 4 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon corn syrup Spanish - Spanish-type peanuts have smaller kernels covered 1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts with a reddish-brown skin. They are used predominantly in 1 (8-ounce) package refrigerated crescent dinner rolls peanut candies, with significant quantities used for snack nuts 1/4 cup dark brown sugar and peanut butter. They have a higher oil content than the other 1 teaspoon cinnamon types of peanuts which is advantageous when crushing for oil. Method: In a small saucepan combine two tablespoons of butter They are primarily grown in Oklahoma and Texas. with sugar and corn syrup. Divide mixture into eigh lightly butValencia - Valencias usually have three or more small kernels to tered muffin cups. Sprinkle one tablespoon chopped peanuts a pod and are covered in a bright-red skin. They are very sweet into each cup. Set pan aside. Unroll crescent rolls, but do not peanuts and are usually roasted and sold in-the-shell. They are separate. Brush with remaining butter and sprinkle with 1/4 cup also excellent for fresh use as boiled peanuts. New Mexico is the brown sugar mixed with one teaspoon cinnamon. Separate rolls at perforations (will be in triangle shapes). Fold over top point primary producer of Valencia peanuts. of triangle and roll up. Arrange roll in spiral effect atop caramel Within each four basic types of peanuts, there are several “vari- mixture in muffin pans; flatten slightly. Bake in a preheated 375° eties” for seed and production purposes. Each variety contains F. oven for 15 minutes or until browned and done through. Let a distinct characteristic which allows a producer to select the stand several minutes and then invert. Makes 8 rolls. peanut that is best suited for its region and market. Below are Peanut Butter Cookies some tasty recipes to try with peanuts. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt

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The struggles For an idea of what challenges India will face as it grapples with this expanding pool of elderly, just look at the current population. With almost no support from the government, the elderly now struggle to afford health care, housing and daily expenses, say aging activists. “The elderly need food; they need pensions; they need healthcare — all of which is missing,” said Mathew Cherian, the head of HelpAge India. “We are completely at a loss, and this problem is only going to grow.” Health journalist Chinai said she has had to put her life on hold to take care of her aging parents because no other support is available. But as the cost of living rises in India, most families need multiple sources of income. HelpAge India released a report in June showing that India’s elderly increasingly face neglect and abuse from their sons and daughters-in-law who now view them as a burden. As households get smaller and more congested, the stress in families has increased, and the elderly have had to bear the brunt of the anger, according to HelpAge India. About 35 percent of India’s elderly have experienced emotional or economic abuse, the report states. Services available The elderly who have worked in the formal sector receive pensions, but more than 90 percent of India’s population, like Beg the rickshaw driver, still work outside the formal sector. The government has a pension program for the very poor, called the Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, which provides 200 rupees ($4.50) a month to the elderly who live below the poverty line. The Indian cabinet recently approved a bill to lower the program’s eligibility age from 65 to 60 and give 500 rupees a month to those above the age of 80. About 16.9 million people now receive this pension, and the lowering of the age requirement will make an additional 7.2 million people eligible, according to a report in the Hindu. But activists say this is not enough. Of the 80 million elderly, 51 million are poor and need government support, Cherian said. HelpAge India argues the number of people who receive government pensions must be expanded, and the amount of money should be increased to 1,000 rupees a month. In addition to social security benefits for the poor, aging activists say the elderly need assistance receiving and paying for healthcare. The majority of hospitals in India do not have geriatric wards or special services for the elderly. Beg said he cannot go to a government hospital because he would have to stand in line with the general population for four to five hours before seeing a doctor. Once he saw the doctor, he or she would be so overwhelmed with patients that Beg would not get more than a few minutes to discuss his ailments. If he needed medication, he would likely be given a prescription and have to buy it elsewhere because the public hospitals run out of — or allegedly sell to the black market — their stock. He also would have a difficult time affording treatment. There are no subsidies for prescriptions or surgeries for the elderly, says HelpAge India. The government announced a National Policy on Older

sons in 1999, but aging activists say it has not been implemented effectively. Until now, India’s health care system has been focused on other needs, like providing maternal and child health and battling communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Thanks to a growing demand from civil society and a vocal movement of aging activists, the government is now showing an effort to address the needs of the elderly as well, according to A. B. Dey, head of geriatric services at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. The government has plans to create two national institutes of the aging as well as state geriatric programs that will train medical professionals in geriatric services. “The focus is in creating that premier layer of professionals who have real insight into the issue of old age in a developing country,” Dey said. The problem, he says, has been bureaucracy. “They are all in the pipeline, but our pipes are so long they don’t come in time,” he said. “But we are moving.” In the meantime, the non-profit sector has stepped in and provides some health, housing and advocacy services for this population. At the HelpAge India mobile van, for example, Beg waits in line for maybe 20 minutes, pays 10 rupees ($0.23) and receives medical advice and free medication for his high blood pressure. The organization treats 1.25 million elderly a year across the country with these vans, Cherian said. The private sector has capitalized on the breakdown of joint families by building retirement communities for India’s rising middle class. GlobalPost’s Jason Overdorf recently wrote a piece about real estate developments for older people are mushrooming in urban areas. However, these homes are expensive and out of reach for most Indians. National identity Furthermore, India’s long culture of joint families and deeply rooted sense of respect for the elderly has created a situation where there is a strong stigma against putting one’s parents in an old age home, Brandeis professor Lamb said. When researching the retirement communities, many people told Lamb that the homes were not part of Indian culture because “Indians care for their elders.” The idea of a retirement home, Lamb said, “is still considered quite radically new and not normal.” To address these concerns, some companies have tried to infuse Indian values by creating services that mimic the tradition of a family member caring for the older adult, she said. An Indian living abroad can hire the company Your Man in India, for example, to run errands for an older parent. Other groups will send someone to have tea with an elderly parent in a retirement home. As India grapples with how to respond to its expanding aging population, it must not only make practical decisions on healthcare costs and pension plans, but also decide how this will impact its national identity. Will Indians’ long-held respect for the elderly continue in the face of modernization and Westernization? “Some people are excited that India is progressing materially but do want to hold onto core Indian spiritual and family values. There is sort of that [identity] crisis going on” as people are asking, “How do we do this?” Lamb said.


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has been a major fundraiser of TCH over the past five years. Through Trishna 2010, TCH raised around $7500 that is utilized towards the education of underprivileged children in India. Trishna means “thirst,” and in the context of TCH, it means “thirst for knowledge.” TCH has chapters in NC, NY, NJ and Pennsylvania and a couple of chapters in Europe and India. The organization was conceived by a small group of graduate students of NCSU while discussing the plight of Indian kids who are deprived of education due to lack of funds and support from family. It has been six years since TCH came into existence and with more than 250 members around the world, TCH has generated over $60,000 through various fund-raising events and donations, resulting in the continued education of nearly 300 students in India. Trishna will feature performers from the Triangle region as well as NCSU students. For details and tickets visit or contact Govardhani Babu (

Jalendu Vaidya, Civil Engineer by profession, is the founder of Hindusvision and a well-known and respected astrologer, writer, and Vastu Science professional. He has written the informative new book “Vastu-Science: Understanding Harmony.” According to Vaidya, “Vastu defines any form of real estate property. It can be a piece of land or any type of building on it; it can range from a swimming pool to a town. Proper orientation and planning of the property to attain maximum benefits of a well-balanced solar, cosmic, and all other natural as well as human controlled energies is called Vastu Shastra. Vastu Shastra also describes ways to get protection from negative energies.” In the book Vaidya addresses all aspects of a residential home, exterior, on the property, the land, attachments, inside the house, etc. He has suggestions for buyers and owners of property. There is also a bonus chapter of Vastu Science for motel owners. The book presents a detailed study and descriptions and has an easy to understand scoring system so practitioners can make guided decisions. The detailed explanations, illustrated with photographs and graphics and printed on high-quality glossy paper, with easy to read larger text makes this an invaluable book for those seeking guidance on Vastu Shastra. The book is available through the website Jalendu Vaidya’s website is

Drive for Literacy Pratham NC presents “Drive for Literacy” a golf tournament and social on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Wil-Mar Golf Club, 2300 Old Milburnie Rd, Raleigh, NC 27640. The event features golf, contests, raffle, prizes, dinner and social. For more details call 919.931.9978 or register at Bappi Lahiri Musical Extravaganza Catch Bollywood music legend Bappi Lahiri in a musical extravaganza on Sat, September 10, 2011 beginning at 8 pm at the HSNC Cultural Hall in Morrisville, NC. The show is a fundraiser for the Hindu Society of NC’s Learning Center. Tickets range from $30-$125. For further details visit

Events of Note

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte Pratishtha Mahotsav Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) will celebrate Prathista mashotsav of the newly built Jain Temple in Charlotte, NC. The auspicious Prathishta Mahotsav will commence on Sep 9, 2011 and will continue until Sep 12, 2011. The Jain temple is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte NC 28262. For further details contact Suresh Shah at 704.717.8481 or The website is

Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat The retreat takes place on September 3 – 5, 2011 at 8136 NC hwy 119, Mebane, NC 27302. The curative and preventive health retreat is organized by Swami Satyanandji and J. K. Patel, the senior Yoga and Ayurveda teacher at Life Mission India. Learn the science of Yogic breathing using sound energy, diet combined with relaxation exercises and simple meditation that will act as curative and preventive treatment. The focus is on diseases of the heart as well as diabetes and obesity. Learn how to integrate diet, natural medicines and lifestyles based on the science of Ayurveda. Together these disciplines will bring health to your body and peace to your mind. Receive at the end a specific program of practice for one hour everyday at home with regimen of diet and life style conducive for your health. For registration or information call 336.421.0690, or visit the website,

Rang De Basanti Dance Party The Charlotte chapter of Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP) presents Rang De Basanti dance party featuring DJ Don (David) at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Entry is free for NetIP members and $10 for the general public. The party begins at 10 pm and is open to all 18 and older. For details and tickets visit

Trishna 2011 Ekankika – Marathi Short Plays Two Cents of Hope (TCH) presents its annual cultural extravaganza - TRISHNA 2011 on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from Abhivyakti presents two Marathi Short Plays (Ekankika) on Sat5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Center on urday, Sept. 17, 2011 from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm at Garner Historic the campus of North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Trishna Auditorium, 742 West Garner Road, Garner, NC 27529.


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Chaurasia and Hussain to Perform at Duke Duke Performances and the Indian Classical Music and Dance society present a “Jugalbandhi Concert” featuring Ustad Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Pandit Rakesh Chaurasia (flute) on Friday, September 30, 2011 beginning at 7pm. The concert will take place at the Page Auditorium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, NC. Indian classical music is defined by great familial dynasties. Two of its most formidable lines converge in Duke’s Page Auditorium for an unforgettable evening of intricately melodious music for tabla and flute. The son of legendary tabla player Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain is India’s most celebrated living musician and an innovative percussionist of international renown. Bansuri Flute Maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia’s nephew, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasia, visits NC for the first time. The Bansuri is a plain tube of bamboo that is simple in conception, difficult to master, and transcendent in tone. Pairing complementary talents for fluent rhythm and melody, these virtuosi draw deeply from their South Asian cultural inheritance to forge a sound where modernity and myth intertwine. For more information on the show and tickets visit or contact Prasad Kommaraju at or Surendra Desai at

Devdas – A Musical Gandhi Jayanti 2011 Nrityangan Cultural Academy is organizing a fundraiser on The Heritage India Association of North Carolina will present Friday, September 23, 2011 to support “Maiti Nepal,” an organthe annual Gandhi Jayanti celebration on ization that rescues and rehabilitates young, sexually trafficked or close to Sunday, October 2, 2011 at girls in the India-Nepal area. Started by Anuradha Koirala, in the Marbles Kids Museum in 1993, it has grown steadily and was recently featured on “CNN Raleigh. Admission is free. A culPresents.” Koirala was also recognized as part of the “100 Intural program and fair is organfluential People” by CNN. To learn more about this organizaized. Program items include tion go to Devdas – A Musical is a dance entries for 2-3 classical dances, drama based on this immortal love story. The show takes place bhajans by children, and at Elevation Blakeney, 8835 Blakeney Professional Dr., CharGandhi’s favorite bhajans perlotte, NC, 28277 from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and formed by area musicians, $15 at the door. For more information contact Ritupurna essay competitions, Gandhi Mukherjee at 704.840.5495 or write look-alike competition, and short skits. Entries Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations, Atlanta are accepted by SepThe Pakistani American Community of Atlanta is organizing tember 10. Gandhi “Pakistan Independence Day” event on Sept 24, 2011 at the Essay Contest is orArena Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. Legendary Pakistani Pop ganized for three cateSinger Mohammad Ali Shyhaki will perform along with local gories with cash awards: 1. University Students $150; 2. High singers. The program begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, School Students $75; and Middle School Students $50. Last $5 for children between 5-10 years, and free for kids under 5 date for essay submission is September 20, 2011. For more inyears. There will be a “Visa Camp” conducted by the Pakistan formation send an email to or call Yash Embassy as well as a free Medical Camp. For more Information; Garg at 919.870.5222 or Harsha Shah at 919.362.0520. contact the following: M. Qadeer Siddiqui (678.558.8858), Tahir Syal (770.873.6908), or Muhammad Rizwan (678.482.6334). Navratri 2011 The annual Navratri celebrations are almost here. This year the International Festival of Raleigh colorful Navratri festival begins on September 28 and runs The 26th annual festival takes place on September 30 – October through October 6. Hindus celebrate Navratri all over India and 2, 2011 at the Raleigh Convention Center. The organization’s the world. Different parts of India celebrate Navaratri with their mission is to support North Carolina’s international communi- own unique traditions and celebrations. In Gujarat, Navaratri ties and promote American ideals through cross-cultural com- means nine nights of festive celebrations with the ever popular munication, education, understanding, and the celebration of garba and raas dances, music, and food. Visit (upculture, arts, and cuisine from around the world. There will be coming events section) to get updates and listings on garba celperformances from numerous countries, cuisines, cooking ebrations around the Carolinas during Navratri, as well as all demos, dance and craft demos and more presented at the festi- other celebrations in the upcoming festive seasons of Navratri, val. For full details visit Onam, and Diwali.


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The groundbreaking ceremony for North Carolina’s first Shrinathji Haveli took place on July 31, 2011 at the Hindu Center of Charlotte. The ceremony was organized by the Hindu Center and the Vaishnav Samaj of Carolina along with Vallabh Youth Organization. It was performed by His Holiness Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji Mahodayshri.


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U.N. will gather roughly 200 governments to, once again, try to devise a strategy to avert catastrophic climate change. Experts, however, say Laos can profit from its forests without inviting foreigners in to recklessly destroy them. “The Asia-Pacific region can benefit enormously from the example of other countries where logging is widespread,” said Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian researcher who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. “In the Scandinavian region, for instance, there’s vast forest cover that is exploited on a sustainable basis.”

Live Beyond Foundation Fundraiser Roshan Bhave of Charlotte organized a fundraiser for the Live Beyond Foundation on August 12, 2011. The event featured several performances and was attended by over 150 people, helping to raise $3,000. Live Beyond was started by Manasvi Koul in 2008 to educate, motivate and recruit bone marrow donors. For more information on the foundation, visit to learn more about Live Beyond’s work. Bhave is Charlotte Youth Coordinator and will be organizing a 2-day Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment Drive at the Festival of India in Charlotte on September 3-4, 2011.

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Who’s buying all this furniture? Mostly Americans, who buy more and more each year. In the first six months of 2011 alone, Vietnam exported $1.7 billion in furniture products to the U.S. That’s nearly double the roughly $1 billion amount exported throughout the entirety of 2008. Such demand has driven an “alarmingly high” level of deforestation in Laos, the EIA says. The second-largest importer of Vietnamese furniture is the European Union, though sales to China are surging. While most furniture labeled “Made in Vietnam” is lawful, brands that use “keruing” or “yellow balau” wood are more likely to be made from illegally felled Lao trees, according to the EIA. (The latter is sometimes marketed in the U.S. as “shorea” wood.) Under a recently strengthened U.S. law called the “Lacey Act,” even American importers can catch $500,000 fines or prison terms for bringing in illegally sourced wood. So far, however, the law appears loosely enforced. Why should Americans care? At this rate, the destruction of Laos’ jungles will drive dozens of wildlife species into extinction, including endangered tigers and elephants. The logging also robs desperately poor people of a food source and the opportunity to make a living from their country’s own natural resources. Deforestation is believed to cause roughly 20 percent of the carbon emissions that stoke global warming. In December, the

be up and running in 500 theaters by March 2012. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. UFO Moviez has tapped around $60 million in financing from Providence Private Equity. And with a planned investment of around $20 million, UFO is targeting 1,500 screens by the end of next year, ready to cash in on a wave of new Indian 3D content. Ten made-in-India 3D films are reportedly slated for release this year, and according to the Bollywood rumor mill — Haunted made a big enough splash that the upcoming 3D films may well include the third installment of the blockbuster Dhoom franchise (“Dhoom 3 in 3D”) and superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s much anticipated superhero film Ra.One. The company will recoup its costs after just 10-12 Indian 3D releases. But can UFO Moviez go head to head against the DCI cartel and make money? Yes and no, says Gaikwad. “The Hollywood Content has a (different) audience profile, whereas we still see 90 percent (revenue) from Bollywood movies and there’s a large number of single screen theaters,” Gaikwad said. “Obviously, the single-screen theaters cannot afford the technology which is recommended by Hollywood studios so they are looking at the most cost effective without any compromise on quality. That is the solution which we have provided.” At the same time, though, UFO Moviez has cracked the window for Hollywood filmmakers who haven’t pledged their souls to DCI to get their 3D films into more theaters across India, and the makers of movies like Drive Angry, Sanctum, and the Nutcracker have already leapt at the opportunity. “Barring those seven studios, the other independent movies which come out of Hollywood are getting released on the UFO platform whether in 2D or 3D,” Gaikwad said. Of course, with only one film in the can, it’s hard to say for sure if Gaikwad’s 3D bet will pay off. He could sink or swim on the basis of a few terrible 3D movies, and Indian producers are notorious for their hit-or-flop, scattershot approach to the business. But the results from Haunted suggest that 3D could give an added boost to future genre-breakers in the vein of Krrish and Robot. An otherwise unimpressive film with C-list stars, Haunted had the biggest box office opening of any horror film to date in India, grossing around $3 million and nearly doubling its producers’ investment. Meanwhile, theater owners reaped the benefits not only through packed houses but also through charging a 25-30 percent premium for tickets. Overall, 3D screen revenue was five times that of 2D screen theaters. “Three to five years down the line, when we reach a critical mass of 1,500 to 2,000 theaters equipped with 3D, at least 5 percent of the content, or 100 films in Hindi and regional languages, will be released in 3D. At least 10 to 15 will do really serious business.” By that time, Hollywood may well have changed its tune. 90

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Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation practices as taught by lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization- even in one lifetime. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For further details: Charlotte Table Tennis Club Charlotte Table Tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 pm, Saturday 2-6 pm Sunday 1-5 pm. For further details: Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a nonprofit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across Telangana region. Info & Pictures: Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one September 2011



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Community News & Events ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit the website For further details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. For further details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, selfsustenance, economic well-being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For further details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi / Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm,

daas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For further details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. For further details: 704.864.8212 Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five 94

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Community News & Events Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For further details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505 Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. For further details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

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Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Many videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. For further details: 336.644.1111

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For further details: Narendra Patel: 336.601.1978 (Pres.) Dipak Patel: 919.478.4759 (Vice Pres.) India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Mrs. Punjabi is teaching Hindi Language classes. 2011 committee members: Anu Sharma, President Punita Ahuja, Vice President Ruby Singh, Secretary Krishna Balu, Treasurer For further details: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India, which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian 98

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Community News & Events nity within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For further details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am - 3 pm. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10 at which there will be a “Janmasthami” and “Ganesh Utsav” celebrations. All members are encouraged to update and/or provide their contact details with any Board member. For further details: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891 Carolina Rajasthani Association Activities and events are presented throughout the year. Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to

Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For further details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 Dada Bhagwan Satsang Learn about “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation RTP Chapter 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, selfsustenance, economic well-being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of 102

South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For further details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For further details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, Heritage India Association of North Carolina presents several events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. Upcoming Events: Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated on or close to October 2 (Sunday) at the Marbles Kids Museum. Admission is free. A cultural program and fair is organized. Program items include entries for 2-3 classical dances, bhajans by children, Gandhi’s favorite bhajans by area musicians, essay competitions, Gandhi lookalike competition, and short skits. Entries are accepted by September 10. Gandhi Essay Contest is organized for three categories with cash awards: 1) University Students $150; 2) High School Students $75; and Middle School Students $50. Last date for essay submission is September 20. For further details contact: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-3620520. Or send an email to: Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For further details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365

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Community News & Events Hindu Society of North Carolina Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8 am and Wednesday at 6:30 pm) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home or the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Ganesh Festival - Sept 1 - 11 Bappi Lahiri Musical extravaganza - Sept 10, 8 pm Children’s Carnival - Sept 11, 10 am For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community at large. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly 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 started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For further details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For further details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For further details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Upcoming Events: Fri Sep 30 at 7 pm - Jugalbandhi Concert (in collaboration with Duke Performances) with Ustad Zakir Hussain (Tabla) and Pandit Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute). Venue: Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham For further details: 104

Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For further details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For further details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association 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 recitSeptember 2011

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Community News & Events ing Hindi poetry. For further details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues,

health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a Sanyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharma and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For further details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For further details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. For further details: Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is 106

one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. Upcoming Events: Sept 17 – Annual Gala featuring keynote speaker actor Rahul Bose For further details: Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For further details: Varshana - hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics in general. For further details: Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month, normally on the first Friday, for the South East Asian community of the entire Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. However our September session will be held on the second FriSeptember 2011

Community News & Events day, September 9, from 7:30 - 11:30 pm at Zayka Indian Cuisine, 10410 Moncreiffe Rd Ste 103, Raleigh in the Brier Creek area - phone: (919) 361-5370. Choose from 13,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals, Devotional - Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Gujrati, Punjabi Kannada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim Songs, Marathi, Oriya, and English songs. Events are open to the entire music loving community for singing, or listening to your friends sing. For further details: Shafi Parekh at 919.413.3924, or e-mail at: Raleigh Sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There will be Study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. during the 4-5 pm slot depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5:00 - 6:00. Our center carries out several service activities as well. The Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age group will be from 3:30 5:00. All are invited to participate in the Satsangh and service activities. Info: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For further details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For further details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete)

919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina 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. Upcoming Events: Sept 1 – 9 Ganesha Sahasranama Archana For further details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, SAMPIGE Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For further details: Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is 108

launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. For further details: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. For further details: 919.220.9917 or 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 the present. Upcoming Events: Sat, Oct 09 - Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone) at 6:30pm, Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary NC 27519 For further details: 919.773.1580 or Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir NC SSMNC promotes Sai philosophy and facilitates worship and services similar to Shirdi SaiBaba Temple, located in ShirdiIndia. This Organization is dedicated to sponsor and support religious, spiritual, cultural, educational and charitable activities in the United States and abroad. Mandir Timings: Monday - Friday 9 - 10 am, 12 noon - 1pm, 6 - 9 pm. Sat - Sun 9 am - 9pm. Details at or call 919.386.1085. September 2011

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Community News & Events St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Holy Qurbana and Sunday school are held in Malayalam/English, led by Reverend Dr. M. K. Thomas at 225 Bashford Road, Raleigh, NC. For further details: 919.461.1773 Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of an organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For further details: Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President) Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362) Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a

vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For further details:

arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO])

Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For further details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin)

Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30 pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and DattaBavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For further details:

Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For further details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Upcoming events: Sat Oct 15 – Sharad Purnima @ HSNC Main Hall. Sat Nov 5 – Diwali For further details: President: Viral Chokshi; Vice President: Mukesh Shah Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, 110

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. Visit website for all upcoming events. For further details: Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope was started by a group of Indian students at NC State University with the belief in empowering youth via education. The goal is to uplift the weaker sections of the society through education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” By using coin boxes to collect loose change, the total donations result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection, other sources of funding include fundraising events and sponsors. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, send an email to Upcoming Events: Sept 10 - TCH presents its annual cultural extravaganza - TRISHNA 2011 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Center, NC STATE, Raleigh, NC. September 2011

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Community News & Events Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm. There are two discourses scheduled this month. Recitation of “Gopi Geet” from Shrimad Bhagwat (in Hindi) by HH Pujya Shri Indira Betiji and next one will be by Pujyapad Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji and Pujya Kishorchandra Shastriji on ”Dashama Skanda” per the following schedule. All Events will be at Hindu Bhavan (309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560). Seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

Regional Barsana Dham satsang [Greenville, NC] For further details: Madhu Sharma 336.404.7047 Email: Website: Cape Fear Cultural Association of India - Wilmington Cape Fear Cultural Association of India is an organization that promotes understanding of Indian culture and promotes a medium for people of Indian culture to get together. For further details: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965)

Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC Hindu Bhavan of Fayetteville, NC is a non-profit organization. Ceremonies and events take place regularly. Temple Address: 907 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC 28302. Upcoming Events: Thu, Sept 1: Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration Sat-Sun, Sept 10-11: Ganeshotsav 2011 with puja, aarti, dance performances, mahaprasad. For further details: 910.485.4626 910.484.8956 Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming Events: Sunday, Sept 4 - Sri.Ganesh Chaturthi Pooja 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Sunday, Sept 11 - Balagokulam 10 - 11 am Sundays Sept 18, 25 - Balagokulam 10:30 am - 12 noon Sundays Sept 11, 25 - Balavihar 11 am 12 noon Sundays Sept 11, 18, 25 - Geeta Study 10.30 am - 12 noon For further details: B.S. Srivatsa(508.654.0360) or write: Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 For details visit:

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7 Per Person charge for 112

Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 2333995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For further details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) A Buddhist Monk conducts regular meditation program. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For further details: Hindu Society of Greater Spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 – 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For further details: 864.599.7048 Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For further details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to September 2011

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Community News & Events increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For further details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other activities for people of Indian origin. For further details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, SC. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Hafiz Mohammed Basheer holds Islamic session. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. For further details: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number)

Mrudani School of Performing Arts Mrudani School of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the classical arts of India. Mrudani School offers classes in Bharathanatyam (Kalakshetra style) and Kuchipudi in Columbia, Orangeburg, and Charleston, SC. For further details: Monica @ 843.849.7841 Anuradha @ 803.347.3851 Sirigannada Sirigannada, the Kannada Association of South Carolina, a non-profit organization was created in 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. It is a voluntary organization primarily run by memberships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. For further details: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the

Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For further details: Triad Avatar Meher Baba Group The Meher Center is a spiritual retreat/ashram located on SC Highway 17 immediately North of the Highway 22 connection 8 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC. Meher Baba visited this place three times and considered it His home in the West. A small brick house built especially for Him is open for “Darshan” on Fridays and Sunday (11:00 am) / Meher Center: (843) 272-5777. For further details: 336.299.9683

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Sep. 1 - Ganesh Chaturthi Sep. 2 - Rishi Panchami Sep. 2 - Guru Panchami Sep. 2 - Sama Pancham Sep. 5 - Labor Day (US) Sep. 8 - Parivartini Ekadasi / Vaman Jayanti Sep. 9 - Onam Sep. 11 - Anant Chaturdasi/Ganesh Visarjan Sep. 11 - Prostapadi OPurnimā (Full Moon) Sep. 11 - Grandparents Day Sep. 18 thru Sep. 27- Pitru Shrāddha Paksha Sep. 28 - Navarātri begins (Sep. 28—Oct. 5 Navarātri) Sep. 29 - Rosh Hashanah October 2011 Oct. 2 - Mahātmā Gandhi Birthday Oct. 5 - Navarātri ends Oct. 6 - Dusserā/Vijayā Dashami Oct. 7 - Pāshankushā Ekādasi/ Yom Kippur Oct. 10 - Columbus Day (US) Oct. 11 - Sharad Purnimā (Full Moon) Oct. 15 - Karvā Choth/Sankasht Chaturthy Oct. 23 - Ramā Ekādasi/ Wāgh Bāras Oct. 24 - Dhan Teras Oct. 25 - Kāli Chaudash Oct. 26 - Diwāli (No Moon) Oct. 27 - Gujarāti New Year (Vikram Samvat 2068) Oct. 28 - Bhāi Duj Oct. 31 - Lābha Panchami Oct. 31 - Sardār Patel Jayanti Oct. 31 - Halloween Nov./Dec. -2011 Nov. 2 - Jalāram Jayanti Nov. 6 - Dev Oothi/Prabodhini Ekādasi Nov. 10 - Dev Diwāli/Tripurāri Purnimā (Full Moon) Nov. 10 - Guru Nānak Jayanti/Tulsi Vivāh Nov. 11 - Vetearns Day Nov. 14 - Nehru Jayanti/ Children Day (India) Nov. 16 - Sabarimala Mandala Kalam begins Nov. 21 - Utpatti Ekādasi Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Day/Darsha Amās (No Moon) Nov. 27 - Muharram /Hizri San: 1433 begins. Dec. 6 - Gitā Jayanti/Mokshadā Ekādasi/ Tazia Dec. 10 - Dattātreya Jayanti (Full Moon) Dec. 21 - Safalā Ekādasi/ Hanukah Dec. 25 - Christmas

DTPS, DVC, or Durgapur Thermal Power Station, Damodar Valley Corporation, the Durgapur Steel Plant and the Alloy Steel Plant. The city also has many engineering colleges like the Regional Engineering College and the Dr. B.C. Roy Engineering College. The CMERI, or Central Mechanical Engineering Institute, also is based there. My association with CMERI is that my Dad was a member of their scientific subcommittee, being the representative of the small and medium scale industries of West Bengal. Besides that, my maternal uncle, whom we called Chhotomama, worked at the DTPS. In 1968, Chhotomama invited us Calcuttans to stay with him for a week. We drove to his quarters one fine morning and spent an enjoyable week visiting, among other sights, the Maithon Dam and the Sen-Raleigh cycle factory in Asansol. Apart from Bidhan Roy, other dignitaries who at some time or other visited Durgapur are: Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, and Queen Elizabeth, who stayed at the guest house one winter day. Durgapur is well connected to all the major cities of India, especially Kolkata, through road, rail and airways. The Golden Quadrilateral road project has touched base at this modern city on independent India. With the two rivers Damodar and Ajay, and bounded on the east by Bardhaman district and on the west by Asansol, Durgapur is poised to become a major hub of industrial India. Boasting as it does, of industries which Nehru described as “modern temples” of India.

Reflections on the Electronic Portfolio Portfolios have been with us for many years. Artists routinely kept samples of their work to show to prospective clients and also as a record of professional achievement. My own encounter with portfolios started in high school at La Martiniere, Calcutta, in 1967. Our art teacher, Mr. Hennessey, required us to keep all our paintings to be assessed at the end of the year. Likewise, the technical drawing teacher, Mr. Marlow, had us put together all the work that we did throughout the school year. This happened in my engineering studies in Bangalore also. Electronic portfolios are the modern trend, especially in education. As one goes through life, one feels a sense of incoherence if there is not an integral motif to one’s life. I for one, remember all the courses that I took, the models I made, the essays I wrote, the pictures and videos that I created, the music that I played, and the private speeches that I gave in front of a camera. They are all there somewhere, either on the web or on the hard-drive of my laptop. I occasionally skim through them to remind myself of who I am, where I came from, and where I’m going. It gives me a sense of continuity that is so necessary to mental health and future actions. Without my portfolio, I would be lost; with it, I am firmly grounded in my Self.


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thoughts. The month should end well. Don’t count on any easy money or lucky breakthrough. Unexpected long distance journey is possible this month, but try to avoid it. LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) After a slow start, life may pick up after second week of the month. Dissatisfaction, however, may prevail. Need of more sincerity towards your responsibilities may keep you unhappy. Your friends may come forward to help you in your new venture. Nominal rise in income is also possible this month. Changes in government policy may block your progress. Some extra effort maybe required.

General Predictions for September 2011 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) You are entering into a tough period of the year. Lack of confidence and mistakes may strike you several times. You may be able to maintain normal flow of income yet risk-taking tendency must be avoided during this month. Don’t get involved in any sort of legal disputes. Control egoistic speech in public. Check your health seriously during second half of the month. Have patience for good times.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Major disappointment during second week of the month may lead you towards misery. Lack of confidence may keep affecting your performance for the rest of the month. Any risk-taking tendency must be curbed. Follow the advice from a wise person or lawyer before making any important move. Watch your health sincerely and check your diet. Some regular exercise is strongly recommended this month.

TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Dispute with spouse could be the main story of this month. Misunderstanding and aggressive behavior must be controlled sincerely this month. Life should move very fast and external forces may constantly keep on interfering. Stubborn attitude must be checked. It is advisable to avoid all other conflict and focus on your work. Last days of the month may bring some hope for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You may not be able to perform to your own expectation this month. Major financial loss or legal problem is possible during second half of the month. Keep your routine intake and slow down on extra activities. Don’t get involved in new ventures this month. Some kind of fear or lack of confidence may blind you this month. Students may not perform to their expectation. Be prepared for a temporary delay in life.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) Life may fly without proper control and direction. It is advisable to wait till the last week of the month to enjoy fruitful results. Don’t count on luck or speculations. Use all possible tricks to defeat your enemies. Time is not good for health patients, particularly for heart patients. Drive very carefully to avoid unexpected financial claims. You may enjoy good support during second half of the month, but you must work as a team.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Life may get very busy now. Financial gain from more than one direction may keep you very active this month. Avoid any aggression with your spouse. Just focus on moneymaking activities and enjoy the fruits of your hard work. Avoid travel this month or delay your travel plan. Time is good to celebrate auspicious family or religious event with friends and family. Enjoy the time.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) Aggressive behavior must be controlled during second half of the month. Don’t rush to achieve big success. It is advisable to spend more time with family and work as a team. It will protect you from wasting your energy on useless pursuits. You may not get good result at your workplace but could successfully protect your interest. Last week of the month may bring some relief for you.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Too much travel and related health-issues may create major problems for you this month. Keep an eye on your health. Slow down as you may waste lots of energy in useless pursuits. It is advisable to restrain other activities and focus on your regular work. Don’t count on your friends or family to come forward to help you. If you can afford it, take a vacation and relax at home or a quiet place.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You may enjoy great success during first half of the month, but it is very important to digest the success otherwise your arrogant behavior may backfire during second half of the month. Don’t count on your friends and associates this month. Focus on family issues and try to solve them on priority basis. Students may not be able to perform good during this month; don’t take any loan or debt.

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) It is going to be an average period for you. The month may pass without any major incident, unless you break your ethical viewpoints. Influence of your spouse may rise in your daily life and worthless discussions may take lots of your time and energy. Don’t expect any extra income and avoid any kind of cheating to make easy money. Also control your aggression and speech to avoid meaningless discussions.

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may see major ups and downs this month. Life should be very busy and full of events. Keep working hard and do not compromise with your ideology. You may have to be stubborn this month to enforce your

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September 2011

index of advertisers

NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Pakistani American Community Of Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . .85 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Paradise Restuarant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Pratham Gala (Charlotte & Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Pratham Golf Tournament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Premier Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 & 55 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . .97 Raj D Batra (Photography-Videography) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . .57 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Rohini's Beauty Parlor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 RP Photo & Video (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Shamim Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Skynet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . .113 Sri Somesvara Temple (Calender of Events) . . . . . . . . . .119 Srivastava, Ujjwal (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Swift Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Tamarind (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)97 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . .39 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . .93 AP Architecture Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Around The World Market (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Art Of Living Course Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 BB&T (Meena Sood - Mortgage Loan Officer) . . . . . . . . .13 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Cafe Curry Leaves (Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Carolina Retina Institute (Amit Kumar MD) . . . . . . . . . . .68 Cary Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . .68 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Chakras Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Chawpaty Food (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . .58 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . .75 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Eye Care Center (Apex) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Gujarati Cultural Assoc. of Piedmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Henna By Niki & Vaida's Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Heritage India Association (Gandhi Jayanti) . . . . . . . . . . .89 Hindi & Music Classes (Poonam Sirohi - ETCI) . . . . . . . .73 Hum Sub (Garba & Cary Diwali) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 & 65 Huntington Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 ICMDS (Zakir Hussain & Rakesh Chaurasia Concert) .125 iFuturistics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 IWP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Jaipriya Senthilkumar (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Kalashri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Krishna Indian Grocery (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Law Office of Rashmi Shah (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . .105 Maya Beauty Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Mongolian Grill (Iron Grill & Pizza) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72


September 2011

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Proudly presenting:

“Jugalbandhi Concert”

ustad ZaKir hussain (tabla) & pandit raKesh chaurasia (Flute)

Friday, sept., 30th 2011 @ 8 pm

page auditorium, duke university, durham, nc Indian classical music is defined by great familial dynasties. Two of its most formidable lines converge in Duke’s Page Auditorium for an unforgettable evening of intricately melodious music for Tabla and Flute. The son of legendary Tabla player Alla Rakha, Ustad Zakir Hussain is India's most celebrated living musician and an innovative percussionist of international renown. He returns to our Triangle Area after a stunning concert at Page Auditorium two years ago. The nephew of Bansuri Flute Maestro Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Rakesh Chaurasia visits our town for the first time. The Bansuri is a plain tube of bamboo that is simple in conception, difficult to master, and transcendent in tone. Pairing complementary talents for fluent rhythm and melody, these virtuosi draw deeply from their South Asian cultural inheritance to forge a sound where modernity and myth intertwine! For more info incl. ICMDS Memberships, Tickets, Directions to the Venue & Upcoming Programs,


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Saathee Magazine September 2011 Raleigh  

A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Carolinas and beyond.

Saathee Magazine September 2011 Raleigh  

A features magazine for the South Asian communities of the Carolinas and beyond.