Viilager in Orissa getting ready to harden pottery in the fire
In this issue: Time to Ban Ivory for Good? Shreya Ghoshal Concert in Charlotte
Hello Readers! Illegal immigrants from Nepal are on the rise. And they are entering the United States via Mexico. Story on pg. 8. What would it take for South Asians to break the bamboo ceiling of corporate America? Try entrepreneurship. Read the article on pg. 32. As the ivory trade around the globe increases, elephants are in a grave danger. Can a ban on all ivory be the answer? Turn to pg. 36 to find out. Privatizing electric power generating and distributing may be the only answer for India’s massive energy needs. See the informative story on pg. 42. Read our new column “Behind the Congressional Curtain” on pg. 52 for a non-partisan analysis on how South Asians can get more involved politically and gain clout in the system. The Stocks and Cricket Forum columns will return in the October issue. Catch up on what all the local and regional community organizations are up to as well as their upcoming events in our Community Organizations section on pg. 90. Festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at our website: Saathee.com.
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September 2012 – Issue # 173 Editor: Samir Shukla (firstname.lastname@example.org) Publisher: Divakar Shukla (email@example.com) Community Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Executive Assistant: Suzie Tanis Contributors: Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Gail Z. Martin, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Anjana Agarwal, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen, Sumeet P. Shah, A.J. Shah, Neal Patel, David Tulley, Lakshmi Challa and Jalendu Vaidya.
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In This Issue New Guys on the Border . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Time to Ban Ivory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Privatize Power? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Behind the Congressional Curtain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Business Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 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 Saathee.com
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New Guys on the Border Nepalis join the Latin trek to America. Migrants brave the journey from Nepal to Guatemala, then to Mexico, and into US.
By Ravi Kumar - GlobalPost.com NEW YORK — Tashi vividly remembers the two black Customs and Border Patrol helicopters that hovered over Arizona desert’s blue sky two years ago, marring the first moments of his American dream. It had been nine days since he left Nepal, a journey that took him by plane to Guatemala, then overland by van and finally on foot to Mexico across the US border. Now it seemed the long journey was about to end. His jeans were covered in desert sand. His shirt reeked of dust and sweat. There, in the desert outside of Tucson, Ariz., as the border patrol closed in, Tashi saw his childhood dreams of making his fortune in the West disappear. “I was numb, didn’t know what to do,” he recalled. “I have never seen anything like this except in movies.” And then, they got him. Tashi, 28, asked to withhold his real name because he fears being investigated by immigration authorities. He grew up in a small, remote Himalayan village in the Sagarmatha Zone of northeastern Nepal. He is one of several thousand South Asians arrested every year while illegally crossing the US border, according to the US Customs and Border Protection Agency. They are a small minority among the vast group of Asians who comprise the fastest growing immigrant group in the United States — now even surpassing Latinos. In 2010, 36 percent of all new residents, with or without papers, were Asian, according to the latest Pew Research. In May 2011, Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said at a Senate hearing that soon Indians would account for nearly one in three non-Mexican illegal immigrants apprehended in Texas. “We have seen that trend over the last few months. We have devoted some additional resources to that trend, and we’re trying to get to the bottom of it,” she said.
In 2004, border patrol agents detained 2,777 Indians crossing from Mexico into the United States. That number grew to 5,953 in 2011 — more than doubling in just seven years. India’s population is about 40 times that of Nepal, and the number of Nepalis apprehended is far lower than the Indians. But the growth rate is still striking: In 2007, 65 Nepalis were arrested for crossing the US border illegally; in 2011, 104 were arrested. “South Asian smuggling networks usually go either through South America or Europe, both eventually converging in Central America, then up to Guatemala [and to Mexico],” said Michael Tutko, section chief at Homeland Security’s Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit. Once the migrants arrive in Mexico, he added, people traffickers known as “coyotes” escort them to the US border. The pipeline that carries South Asians to the United States takes a circuitous route, with Central America playing a key role. This is largely because of “the lack of visa requirements, corrupt government officials and lack of border enforcement,” said Tutko. Guatemala is an especially favored destination because of the ease of acquiring a tourist visa to get there. Five out of the six Nepali migrants interviewed for this story said they had a Guatemalan tourist visa. The wave of South Asians hoping to enter the US illegally, said Tutko, has been a boon for a whole range of people who profit from human smuggling — “from the fake document providers, to corrupt officials, to stash house operators to drivers.” Two years ago, the phone rang in Tashi’s rented apartment in Swaymbhu, a neighborhood of Kathmandu. On the other end was Tashi’s uncle, who worked at a restaurant in Queens, New York. He knew of his nephew’s dream. His uncle offered to pay $10,000 — the price of Tashi’s journey to the US, by way of Guatemala. The trip would be safe, his uncle assured him. The person arranging it was a friend and co-worker. With the cost of the trip covered, Tashi had no reason to stay. The next day he researched YouTube videos on the trails of migrants who had gone to the US by way of Mexico. Mexico’s National Immigration Institute estimates that 150,000 people cross its border into the US illegally every year. The cost depends on where the journey begins. Emigrating from Mexico, it can run between $1,000 and $3,000 to be escorted across the US border, Tutko said. South Asians, who have to cover airfare and travel documents, often pay 10 times as much. Travel documents alone can run anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000, Tutko said. A Texas-based immigration
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lawyer who has represented Indian nationals arrested for illegally crossing the border said Indians typically pay between $20,000 and $50,000. Like Tashi, Rabin was introduced by a family member to human smugglers who would take him to the United States. The smugglers, he said, were “everyday people” who operate travel agencies with contacts in Singapore and Central America. Rabin ultimately paid more than $25,000 to enter the United States via Guatemala. He only succeeded after a costly ordeal that took years. In late 2005, Rabin left Nepal for Singapore on the instructions of a smuggler who promised to arrange travel documents so he could fly to Ecuador. But when the smuggler’s contacts were unable to arrange for his travel, Rabin stayed in Singapore longer than he had planned. Because Nepalis can only stay a month at a time in Singapore without getting a visa, Rabin spent seven months shuttling back and forth between there and Malaysia. During that time, the smuggler’s Singaporean contacts asked Rabin for more and more money, each time assuring him it would be used to get him an Ecuadorean tourist visa. The visa never materialized. Tired and frustrated, he returned to Kathmandu. A year and half later, the Nepali smuggler called Rabin and told him to try again. There wouldn’t be a problem this time, the smuggler assured him. So in 2007, Rabin flew to Singapore, then to Costa Rica and then traveled on to Mexico. With the help of coyotes, he crossed into Texas. Even though Tashi is, by Nepali standards, middle class, he took the chance that he might find work in the United States at a restaurant or grocery store. The average Nepali makes less than $650 a year in his country, and prospects for finding work are slim. The country is enduring prolonged turmoil following a 10-year violent conflict that ended in 2006. In the United States, Tashi can earn $2,000/month working in a grocery store. On April 18, 2010, Tashi took Qatar Airways from Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu to Doha, and from there, he flew on an Air Arabia plane to Madrid. There, he took another plane to Guatemala. The entire journey took 36 hours. He landed at Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport in Antigua. There, a customs agent stopped him and brought him to a small room. Tashi told the officer that he’d come to Guatemala to meet the smuggler, Moncho. The agent knew the drill — Tashi got the passport stamp he needed. Moncho was a small man in his early 30s, about five feet, four inches tall and dressed in a T-shirt and jeans. He was already waiting outside the airport with a van to take Tashi to a hotel. That night, on Moncho’s advice, Tashi ate fried chicken and rice, and rested. He’d need the energy for his walk through the desert. Four days after reaching Guatemala, Tashi and Moncho left for a small Mexican town on the border, a journey that took nearly 10 hours. For all of it, Tashi sat in the van’s trunk. Moncho assured him neither police nor immigration officials would stop them. When they arrived in the small town, a large truck was waiting to take Tashi and six other hopeful immigrants to Mexico City. Early the next morning, they set out again and ended the day in a small village where Tashi saw a number of other groups like his own, nearly 200 people, waiting to cross the border. That night, the migrants set out. They were told to be quiet and to walk in a straight line, except when they stopped to rest. In Saathee.com
the morning, they rested in what looked like a campsite with tents. As the sun rose on the third day, the migrants were near the border and closing in on Tucson. And then they ran into US Border Patrol. Tashi hid in the bushes when he saw the helicopters in the sky. He watched silently as officers used ropes to lower themselves from the helicopters. Shortly afterward, they began arresting everyone. After being detained in Tucson for a week, Tashi was taken to an immigration detention center in Florence, Arizona. There he spent 28 days and was interviewed by immigration officials through a Nepali translator about his background and motivation to come to the US. Moncho had coached him well for the interview. Later, he was allowed to call his uncle in New York. Tashi’s tale was that he had to flee Nepal because Maoist insurgents had threatened to kill him. When migrants arrive at the US border and make an asylum claim, they are either detained or released on parole pending a “credible fear” interview, said Tutko. If a migrant can convince the officers that there is “credible fear of persecution” in their homeland, they are allowed to file for asylum. After posting $2,000 bond to the Customs and Border Protection, Tashi was allowed to apply for asylum with the help of a lawyer his uncle had hired. Then, he took the bus to New York. Two years later, he commutes an hour from Woodside, Queens to a Chinatown restaurant six days a week. His job keeps him on his feet for 12 hours, serving food, helping cook, washing dishes or mopping floors. It’s a lifestyle that is in sharp contrast to his comfortable life in Nepal. Yet, he believes life in New York is better than home. “I love Sundays because I can relax and Skype with my wife and see my daughter,” he said. When he left Nepal in April 2010, his wife was three months pregnant. He hopes to bring her and their daughter here once his asylum application is approved. Right now, he is happy that he is able to help his wife and mother financially by sending them $800 every month. Even if his asylum plea is rejected, Tashi says, “I will stay here.” With support from the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
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By Samir Shukla On a train in Western India The country air wafted in through the half open window and swirled around my hair as the sudden loud clanking of the train changing tracks jostled me back to a state of alertness. I awoke from a nap caused by the train’s motion and the cool, whispering breeze. It was now just past twilight and a thickening darkness covered much of the landscape. For some reason a happy and feisty song was playing in my mind when I dozed off and that perky, danceable melody had now morphed into a somber song, a mellow evening raga if you will. It was one of those songs where a wistful protagonist looks out the window of a moving train while the world passes by. He’s waiting for the end of the run where, it his hope, that a woman still awaits. And, oh yes, the scene is in glorious B&W, the way it should be when an old-time song is spinning in your head. The train moved slow and screeched to a halt on the outskirts of the upcoming train station. Cooking fires flickered on the nearby horizon in the otherwise calm and serene evening. An old timer sitting across me said the stop is probably to clear tracks for another incoming or outbound train. The train conductor stood at the end of the train, awaiting a swinging green signal to get the locomotive moving again. An express train, clearly flouting its right of way, passes in a cacophonous blur on the parallel tracks. The local train, which stops at all the stations along the way, lunges forward, and, with the blow of a whistle, the train shakes loose to begin a slow movement forward. The train I was riding had left its originating station on time, but added several minutes of delay at each station along with a lengthy, unscheduled stop just before a bridge. The arrival time into the train’s final destination is now going to be well past midnight, almost two hours late. I’m standing in the open door of the rail car as the moon is rising. On Indian trains, it is possible, but not advisable, to open the doors and hang onto the side railings and watch the country roll by. The train is now moving but at a pace a sprinting man can easily jump on. And, as many local travelers do on slow moving Indian trains, a young man is running near the end of the train and hops on board onto the metal stairs. He rides along for a few minutes and then jumps off again. He must have been taken advantage of the rolling train to save some walking. A stray dog wanders across the parallel tracks as the intercity train picks up a little speed and rolls toward the next station. There are always dogs hovering about the rail tracks of nearby stations and towns. It’s as if the stray dogs know just when the train will be passing and reward them with some stale or leftover food dumped out the window. Those scraps add up to meals for these lean, scavenger dogs. The dog is walking parallel to the moving train and grabs a half-eaten roti tossed out by the child in the 2nd window from Saathee.com
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Saroj Khan and Madhuri Dixit Reunite It’s impossible to imagine a Madhuri Dixit movie without a dance number. That explains the reason why her forthcoming film Gulab Gang will see some of her trademark moves courtesy her longstanding choreographer Saroj Khan. The two are teaming up after almost a decade, when they worked together for Devdas. The producers of Gulab Gang said that although the film is set in rural India, they’re planning to do something spectacular in terms of the choreography.
Om Puri plays Maoist Prakash Jha’s best-kept secret in his new film Chakravyuha exploring Maoist insurgency is out. Om Puri plays the real-life character of the controversial capitalist-turned-Maoist Kobad Ghandy. Ghandy’s journey from Malabar Hill to the Naxalite jungles of Karnataka has fascinated generations of social scientists. Om Puri studied Kobad’s life and career before playing the character modeled on Kobad Ghandy. A source told Bollywood Hungama, “Prakash Jha’s original plan was to take elements from Kobad Ghandy’s life and incorporate it into Om Puri’s character. But Om got progressively drawn into Kobad Ghandy’s life and teachings and urged Prakash to make his character as close to Kobad as possible.” Puri said in an interview he respects Ghandi’s activism, “However, I don’t subscribe to the Maoists’ means of bringing social change. I don’t think blowing up railway tracks and damaging public property is the solution. Surely there has to be a less violent means to bring about social change.”
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A tribute to Hindi/Urdu Ghazal Singers
Song: Duniyā kisi ke pyār mein ... Film: Non-ﬁlm Ghazal Year: 1972 Singer: Mehdi Hassan Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Bhupāli Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā
Mehdi Hassan (1927-2012) Respectfully called Khan Sahib and titled as Shahenshāh-e-Ghazal (King of Ghazal), Mehdi Hassan was a Pakistani Ghazal composer and a singer in classical music. He was born in Lune, Rajasthan, in undivided India on July 18, 1927. He learned music from his father Ustad Azeem Khan and uncle Ustad Ismail Khan. Both men were singers of the Dhrupad style of Hindustani music. During the partition of India, Hassan’s family moved to Pakistan, where he worked as an auto mechanic to make financial ends meet for his family. But he continued his “Riyaz” (practice) of music daily. He came to the public’s attention when he sang on Radio Pakistan in 1957. Hassan was an innovator, creating a new style of Ghazal using the combinations of Khayal, Dhrupad, classical ragas and Rajasthani folk music. He sang in more than 300 Pakistani films (Lollywood!) and gave music concerts for almost fifty years. He also became popular in India and as well as worldwide. His voice was described as “Voice of God” by Lata Mangeshkar and she sang one duet with him on the album Sarhadien. Hassan recorded many albums, not only in Urdu, but also in Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Persian. You have to listen to him on YouTube or his albums to appreciate his voice. There is a very interesting book on his life, “Mehdi Hassan: The Man & his Music,” written by Pakistani author Asif Noorani. In the book Noorani writes, “He had earned his living by repairing automobiles during his younger days. During his years of stardom, his harmonium broke and he started repairing it himself, wittingly replying to the people surrounding him that this was a piece of cake compared to the number of engines that he had repaired in the past.” He married twice and had five daughters and nine sons. Due to severe illness in the late 1980s, he stopped singing. He died on June 13, 2012 at Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan.
Duniyā kisi ke pyār mein ... Lyrics in English: Bulbul ne gul se, gul ne bahāron se kah diyā Ika chaudahavi ke chānd ne tāron se kah diyā Duniyā kisi ke pyār men jannat se kam nahin Ika dilarubā hai dil men jo huron se kam nahin Tum bādashāh-e-husn ho husn-e-jahān ho Jān-e-wafā ho aur muhabbat ki shān ho Jalawe tumhāre husna ke tāron se kam nahin Bhule se muskarāo to moti baras paden Palaken uthā ke dekho to kaliyān bhi hans paden Kushbu tumhāri zulf ki phulon se kam nahin Meaning (Summary): A songbird (Bulbul) told the ﬂower, the ﬂower told the spring and the stars told the full moon that, the world is not less precious than the heaven for someone in love. A woman in my heart is not less valuable than an angel. You are the queen of beauty, the beauty of the world, my faithful lover and world’s most beautiful one. The magic of your beauty is not less than the stars. If you smile by mistake, the pearls shower. If you raise the eyelids, the buds also laugh. The fragrance from your plush hair is not less than that of ﬂowers.
Awards 1979- Sāigal award in India. 1983– Gorkhā Dakshinā Bahu in Nepal Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance and Hilal-e-Imtiāz by Pakistan Government. His hit Gazal lyrics: “Duniyā kisi ke pyār mein ...” is given in this issue on the left. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.) Kirit Shukla Contact him at email@example.com
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Hindustani Music: Raag Aalaap By Anita Kulkarni
Indian Classical Music Evolution of Carnatic music - a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, last month we looked at changes in the field of Carantic music in the post-independence era. This month, we will take a look at the changes that technology has brought into the field of Carnatic music. Like other fields, technology has played quite a large role in many aspects of Carnatic music. Many rasikas may remember concerts from the 1940’s and earlier without the use of the microphone. Chamber concerts- concerts that take place in an intimate setting with a reasonably smaller group of people were quite popular and given the smaller scale of the audience and the venue, mikes were not used for the concert. As concerts have moved out of the chamber settings and temples to bigger venues such as theaters and auditoriums, the size and scale of the venue dictates the use of a sound system with mikes used for all the artistes in the performance. Singers have had to change their tonal quality to accommodate the use of a sound system. Sound balancing is also an important part of ensuring that the concert is heard at its best. Good sound engineers and technicians are now very much sought after, since balancing is best done by technicians who are familiar with Carnatic music concert arrangements. Sound balancing is actively done through the duration of the concert to ensure that the main artistes as well as the accompanying artistes are heard without one overshadowing the other. Technology has also found its way into traditional instruments. The tanpura, a wooden instrument with strings used to provide sruthi (drone function), is a fundamental staple for all Carnatic classical musicians. Today, it is more common to find the electronic tanpura- an electronic instrument that mimics the drone of the traditional tanpura. There are many reasons for the rising popularity of the electronic tanpura – ease of maintenance, ability to transport over long distances in aircrafts, trains, etc., less expensive than having a person play the tanpura for the pitch – all of these have contributed to the popularity of the electronic tanpura. I must mention though that in terms of sound, the electronic tanpura does not sound as beautiful as the real instrument. A step further into the world of sruthi has come about with the development of Apple and Android tanpura apps. As these devices are even smaller than the electronic tanpura, quite a few concert musicians use only the tanpura apps or in combination with the traditional/electronic tanpura. Both the Android tanpura app and the iTanpura app from Apple are free apps and can be downloaded to the device of your choice. Next month, we will take a look at some more effects of technology on Carnatic music. Till we meet next time, I look forward to hearing your questions and comments as I plan to devote a column to answering these.
Aalaap is an important form of melodic improvisation that introduces and develops a raag. Aalaap means to spread, the contemplative unfolding and development of the raag which includes raag aalaap, barhat, bol aalaap, behelavaa (and in dhrupaddhamaar, the nomtom aalaap). In other words, aalaap is the beginning part of the raga, sung in aakaar, and starts with the main key swar/note that is “Sa”, both in instrumental and vocal pieces. The tempo at the beginning is usually slow in order to show the scale and the key structure of the melody. There is no drum in this section; if it is a piece of vocal music, there are no lyrics with it. The raag begins with the slow introductory aalaap improvisation, depends upon bandish (vilambit/slow, madhya/medium and drut/fast laya). The creative raag framework starts from the beginning aalaap. That helps to catch the raag’s mood so the performing basic, skillful aalaap is very important part of a raag in Hindustani classical music. The raag’s bandish/song is divided in 2 parts. The first part called asthaai and 2nd part called antara. The Bada Khyaal, Dhrupad, dhamaar bandish/song style is a vilambit/ slow style of singing, the artist usually presents the aalaap 15/30 min at the beginning then perform a full bandish in laya, with the asthayee’s aalaap(in mandra/low and madhya/medium scale), then the antara’s aalaap(in madhya and Taar/high scale), behelawa and bolaalaap improvisation.
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___13. “Well that’s a fine kettle of fish, I locked the keys in the car!” ___14. “I’ve searched for my thumb drive with a fine tooth comb.” ___15. That’s a fine how-do-you-do! The kids ate up my potluck dish for the party! ___16. That’s fine with me but you’d better check with your father. ___17. There’s a fine line between teasing and bullying. ___18. Tom cut a fine figure in his new suit. ___19. She’s got baking down to a fine art. ___20. Don’t criticize him! You’re a fine one to talk!
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and simple. Political success on any level can be boiled down to one thing: the ability to understand and address the needs of local citizens. In order to do that, members of our community must be willing to be active and voice their concerns. Fortunately for the South Asian community in the Carolinas, we are gaining traction in the political world. Many politicos and Members of Congress are noticing our work in our communities and paying attention to the surge South Asians are experiencing not just in the Carolinas but across the nation. Aside from Governors Jindal and Haley, we have numerous candidates running for local office across the country from both sides of the aisle. Behind the scenes, we have many South Asians working as senior staffers and aides in every facet of government from city hall to high-level appointees in the White House. I applaud all these efforts, because now is the time for our community to lay the foundation for future generations. We have to build the political infrastructure and network today in order for tomorrow’s South Asian candidate to have a chance to fully succeed. Every other dominant ethnic group enjoys having a formidable base of support for their candidates. Whether it’s the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or the Congressional Black Caucus, or the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, groups are already ahead of our community. There are over three million South Asians in the United States. To put that in perspective, that’s half of the Jewish population in the United States. We have half its numbers with practically none of its clout. In essence, we have to build influence from the ground up. The South Asian community continues to be underrepresented on all levels of American politics. While the money aspect is vital to political success, it is not an elixir. I am asking for you to become more involved in your community. Run for city council, join your local school board, and become involved with political campaigns on any level: city, county, state, or federal. Other communities are using the tools of innovation to get ahead; we cannot afford to be left behind due to inaction. Being on the front lines and working in Congress, I remain wildly optimistic with regard to the advancement of South Asians in politics. Given our community’s demographics, we have the potential to be a huge force, but we must not delay becoming organized and involved. The tools to succeed are already present. We, as a collective community, must seize the moment and commit to advancing our own cause. After all, if we don’t do it, who else will? While I am fully aware, Rome was not built in a day. I would like to point out, I do not believe any of its engineers or contractors were South Asian. Coincidence? You be the judge. Neal Patel currently serves as Communications Director for Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D., Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on oversight. In this capacity, Neal acts as the Congressman’s primary spokesman, speech writer, counsel, and senior adviser. He is a native of Nichols, South Carolina, and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Charleston School of Law.
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Sublease: The original Tenant assigns some or all of their interest to a third party. The original Tenant becomes the Master Tenant, and the new Tenant becomes the Subtenant. This option does not replace the original Tenant and the original Tenant is still responsible for the rent and any damages for the Term of the Lease.
Gross Lease: A Gross Lease is a type of commercial lease that generally favors the Tenant (Lessee) because the Landlord (Lessor) pays all “operating costs” (expenses associated with operating, maintenance and use of the property) that are associated with owning and maintaining the rented space. Also known as a “Full Service Gross Lease,” the landlord may cover costs including utilities, water and sewer, repairs, janitorial, insurance, and/or property taxes. Gross leases usually favor the Lessee.
Conclusion Commercial leases are complex and should be carefully reviewed so that all parties are certain of the terms of the lease and who is responsible for what as there are various types of leases used in the commercial real estate industry.
Modified Gross Lease: Also referred to as an “Industrial Gross Lease,” the Modified Gross Lease requires that the Landlord pay for one or more of the “operating costs.” For example, the Tenant pays for his own trash services and electricity and the Landlord will pay for all property taxes, insurance, common area maintenance (CAM) and water. There is no standard for which expenses the Landlord will cover, as this can be negotiated by the Landlord and Tenant.
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imagination, Barcelona, perhaps India’s most popular football team, has announced plans to open an academy in Gurgaon while Real Madrid are heavily rumoured to be following suit. Bayern Munich visited Kolkata in 2008 for an exhibition match against the national side that had an attendance of 125,000 people. The German side have been regular visitors to India ever since. Within the next few years it is likely that the clubs mentioned, as well as others, will become regular visitors to the country as they attempt to capitalise on two things. The first and likely main objective is merchandising. It’s par for the course now that soccer is a global game. As such, the major clubs are prepared to trek the globe in a quest to increase their reach and more crucially their revenue. In 2010 the UK-India Business Council estimated that the sportswear market in India was worth over £300 million pounds and that is a figure that is expected to rise sharply as soccer’s popularity increases and India’s middle class becomes more affluent. What has started with stores and academies inevitably is the precursor for money-spinning summer tours to come like we see in North America and other Asian countries each pre-season now. Within the next few years we are likely to see the word’s top clubs facing each other across Indian cities, something almost unthinkable at one time. The second aspect that attracts these clubs is the capacity for untapped player’s potential. To say that the Indian national team has underachieved since it famously declined to attend the 1950 World Cup on account of it’s players being asked to wear soccer boots, is quite an understatement. Cricket, for so long usually the only visible game being played by youngsters on the streets of India outside of the northeast of the country, has found a rival for its nations children’s affections. The increase in visibility of soccer has led to a huge number of youngsters taking up the beautiful game. The European clubs hope to use this to their advantage by establishing a beachhead in India for grooming future stars for their first-teams – the revenue potential of which would be considerable within a country that idolises its sporting heroes. For a country that has historically experienced foreign incursions as a result of its natural resources, this will be nothing new. Paradoxically, the ripple effect usually brought on by a boom in soccer’s popularity has not favourably affected the fortunes of India’s national side unlike the experience of Japan and South Korea, both of whom experienced a boom in soccer’s popularity in the past twenty years. A long-standing issue with the game in India has been a lack of money and infrastructure within the game. Cricket, for over a hundred years imbedded within the DNA of Indian culture, has left soccer a neglected stepchild by comparison, starved of attention and, crucially, investment. The lack of big-name talents on show in the domestic leagues has done little to attract spectators to many of the cash starved clubs, many of whom have struggled to stay afloat in recent times. However, there are signs that much-needed change is on the horizon. In 2010 the AIFF (All India Football Federation) signed a fifteen year deal worth $140 million dollars with IMG, a global sports and media developing firm based in the USA, and India’s Reliance Industries, to ‘radically restructure, overhaul, improve, popularize and promote” soccer on an amateur and professional level.’ According to the Indian Express, the deal allowed IMG and Reliance to control the Indian national football team and all current and future professional leagues. Commercially, the partners have control over all sponsorship, advertising, licensing, merchandising and franchise rights. IMG and Reliance are no fools. They will have noted the 68
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She felt hindered by her English skills when it came to seeking a higher paying job, and instead decided to start her own business. “American life is not easy,” she says, “Whatever I want I know I will get it because I am working.” Her advice for her sons, now in the workforce themselves, is simple: “If you have ideas. Speak up.” Philip Barry, president of a New York-based consulting firm, Philip Barry Associates LLC, specializes in corporate diversity. Through the global nonprofit, Asia Society, he helps identify Fortune 500 companies that, as Barry describes it, “have their Asian American professionals breaking out of what we call this ‘bamboo ceiling.’” How do they do it? According to Barry, promoting Asian American employees to senior positions, encouraging participation in a wide range of the company’s responsibilities, fostering strong employee resource groups, and having ties to Asia in the form of global expatriate programs, are all effective strategies. But until the bamboo ceiling is a thing of the past, people like Sawhney advocate trying the “the unknown door” of starting your own business. When asked about the bamboo ceiling, Sawhney says his advice to all minority groups is the same: “try to set up your own ceiling if you don’t like the one that you’re under.” 78
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Savitri is said to contain, within its 724 pages, in the edition that I have, the entire history of the earth and its evolution, and the chapter headings make for fascinating reading: The Symbol Dawn The Issue The Yoga of the King; The Yoga of the Soul’s Release … The World Stair The Kingdom of Subtle Matter The Glory and the Fall of Life … The Vision and the Boon … The Call to the Quest … Death In the Forest … The Eternal Day; The Soul’s Choice and the Supramental Consummation … The Return to Earth When Savitri, acting on her father’s wishes, is seeking a husband, she chances to meet Satyavan and the two fall in love. Before the wedding, however, the sage Narad warns Savitri and her father that Satyavan was fated to die within one year. This does not deter Savitri, and the marriage takes place. A blissful one year of married life in the forest follows, but at the appointed hour, exactly one year later, Yama, the God of Death appears, and Satyavan is suddenly stricken and dies. Yama carries Satyavan into the nether world, but a determined Savitri follows them, and she starts to remonstrate with Yama arguing against Satyavan’s fate. Yama is adamant, but Sanitri manages to outsmart him and life is restored to Satyavan. The Epilogue contains the final chapter “Return to Earth” and if by now you have not fallen in love with this epic poem, you need to do some rethinking, for Savitri can help you to ascend the stair of evolution. Sri Aurobindo, it might be noted in passing, was an avatar of evolution. He said, of himself and the Mother:- We belong to the noons of the future.
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International Festival of Raleigh The 27th annual International Festival of Raleigh will take place on Sept 28 – 30, 2012 at the Raleigh Convention Center (500 South Salisbury St., Raleigh). The 3-day event features cultural exhibits, world bazaars, sidewalk cafes, demonstrations, arts, crafts, and performances from many countries around the globe. For further details call 919.782.0552 or visit www.internationalfestival.org.
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Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30pm for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. For Further Details: Hema at 704.841.7060 firstname.lastname@example.org. Charlotte Indian Karaoke Group CIKG invites karaoke lovers to come and sing Hindi songs on karaoke. It does not matter whether you are a beginner or experienced. The most important thing is to get together and have fun. The event is held once a month, usually on Friday or Saturday. Entry and participation is free. For Further Details: Dinesh Patel at email@example.com
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Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For Further Details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), email@example.com 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For Further Details: Sangeeta Korde, email@example.com, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.364.8605 Rajendra Desai, email@example.com, 704.451.4578
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Community Organizations 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 - 11am, 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, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. For Further Details: Gurdwara: 704.509.2828 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), email@example.com, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), firstname.lastname@example.org
two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Agupta1@Carolina.rr.com www.kriya.org Charlotte Tamil Sangam Charlotte Tamil Sangam works to bring together the vibrant Tamil community in the Charlotte area and strives to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture. For Further Details: Lakshmanan Krishnan (email@example.com) or visit www.cltts.org 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 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 www.patapa.dhamma.org For Further Details: 704.277.5013, firstname.lastname@example.org 704.563.5440, email@example.com www.dhamma.org
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) firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) email@example.com. Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30 - 10pm every Wed in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. There are five good tables and can add more as necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and three other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit www.TTCLT.com or contact SJ (email@example.com). Upcoming Events: Sept 26: Charlotte Bhakti Yoga Presents – The Highest Attainment of Life (6:30 - 8:30pm). His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and travels the world preaching Krishna Consciousness. There is no entry fee and the lecture is followed by free Vegetarian Dinner. R.S.V.P. – Email at CLTbhaktiyoga@gmail.com or call 704.962.4184. For Further Details: www.hcclt.org
Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Sun Sep 30 (3:30 p.m.): Vocal Concert by Sowmya Srinivasan, accompanied by Embar Kannan on Violin, Neyveli Narayanan on Mridangam & K. V. Gopalkrishnan on Kanjira. Venue: Tate Hall, CPCC. Sun Oct 28 (3:30 p.m.): Vocal Concert by Carnatic Idol winner Bharat Sundar. Accompanied by B U Ganesh Prasad on Violin and Trivandram Balaji on Mridangam. Venue: Tate Hall, CPCC For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.onlinecmac.com 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, self-sustenance, 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. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi / firstname.lastname@example.org Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal / email@example.com Saathee.com
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IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) - Charlotte Chapter IAMC formerly known as IMC-USA (Indian Muslim Council – USA) is an Independent not for profit, tax exempt organization committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace. IAMC-Charlotte, seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to join our efforts as we are dedicated to promote Peace, Human Rights and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora and to build alliances and relationships with individuals and groups who share our basic values. The IAMC-Charlotte chapter is supported by donations from its members. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103 firstname.lastname@example.org India Association of Charlotte (Festival of India) Is a nonprofit organization with the goal of fostering better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture, by the larger community in and around Charlotte. A key activity is the annual Festival of India, which will be held on September 22-23, 2012 in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727 www.indiafestival.net Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. For Further Details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 email@example.com www.ipaac.org
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 context-sensitive 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. For Further Details on activities or ways to get
Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision of the association is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For Further Details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) www.ivaac.org
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SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), firstname.lastname@example.org www.southparkcc.org
Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai (email@example.com or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 704-9424798). www.prathamusa.org.
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
Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: www.probasi.org
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)
Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation was formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society and has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provide support to meet those needs. The first project of providing a water filtering system to a school in India was successfully completed within just months of the founding of the organization. The foundation is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Futher Details: www.sangamithra.org www.facebook.com/SangamithraFoundation; email: email@example.com;
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Community Organizations Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Puja/Worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai/Sri Pancha Tattva starts at 5:00 am every day. Every Sunday at 3 pm with chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.9888 or 336.593.9888 email@example.com www.prabhupadavillage.com
Piedmont contact the following or visit the website listed below: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182 www.gcap.us 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. For Further Details: Ruby Singh - 336.430.9068 firstname.lastname@example.org Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462, email@example.com www.iatnc.org
Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays and community service. For Further Details: www.triadhindutemple.org
Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manjunath C Shamanna, 336.413.5090 http://indouswinston.org/contact.aspx
Triad Nepalese Community Center (TNCC) TNCC is an association of Nepalese and friends living in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. The Piedmont Triad region encompasses the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas. TNCC was established with a view to: Bring together Nepalese residents of this region and their friends to work cohesively toward preserving and promoting Nepalese ethnicity, culture and arts; Promote friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the Nepalese people and the diverse Triad community; Provide direct and supportive services to the community; Empower community members to achieve skills and confidence in order to contribute to the well being of the Triad community; Collaborate closely with local organizations and agencies to fulfill our mission to address any challenges of the community. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nctncc.org/portal/home.html
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 www.lifebliss.org Life Mission, USA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj) email@example.com www.lifemissionusa.com
Raleigh AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community Organizations Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. For Further Details: email@example.com www.afice.org Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For Further Details: http://www.duke.edu/web/aid/ Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For Further Details: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Charlotte region) www.balagokulam.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), firstname.lastname@example.org 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.banc-online.org Saathee.com
Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age of 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 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, Sept. 8, 2012 at which there will be one flu shot given to needed person. Bring Insurance card like Medicare Part B, or any other you have. There will also be a lecture on Physical Therapy by Prasant Sonkar-CEO of First Care, for 30min. Meditation with Hitendra Rana for 1 hour and the group will debate “Kaliyug Ka Bhagvan.” For Further Details: Mulchand Patel 252.314.5527 Bhartiben Patel 252.315.2895 Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588 Kusumben Desai 919.677.8513 Carolina Rajasthani Association The organization has many events throughout the year. For Further Details: www.carolinarajasthanis.org Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, email@example.com Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, firstname.lastname@example.org Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide non-profit 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: www.chinmaya-RDU.org Srinivas Andhavarapu 608.759.3047 Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 Dada Bhagwan Foundation (DBF) is socio-spiritual non-profit organization formed with the goal of spreading peace, harmony and ultimate bliss to the world through the science of Akram Vignan - the science of Self Realization as expounded by the Shree A.M. Patel, known as Dadashri or Dada Bhagwan. DBF organizes Spiritual Satsangs /Gnanvidhi (2 hour scientific process of self-realization) of Pujya Deepakbhai around the world. There are no formal lectures here, but it’s in the format of questions and answers on topics like various religions, scriptures, social and personal 100
Community Organizations issues like generation gap, harmony in married life, parenting, noble use of money, anger, worry etc. Dada Bhagwan Satsang on Harmony in Life: VCD Satsang of Pujya Deepakbhai and Pujya Dr. Niruma, various character building activities for Kids and Youth. Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of each month from 5 to 7 pm followed by Prashad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 email@example.com www.dadabhagwan.org or www.kids.dadabhagwan.org 135 Stardale Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560. 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, self-sustenance, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) email@example.com GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For Further Details: email@example.com 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. Hindi Vikas Mandal of North Carolina has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Hindi is the Saathee.com
most widely spoken of all Indian languages. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 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 8:00 a.m.and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hsncweb.org 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. For Further Details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) email@example.com www.hsc-ncsu.org 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: firstname.lastname@example.org - Triangle area email@example.com - 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. Upcoming Events: Sat, Oct 20, 2012: Cary Diwali at the Booth Amphitheatre. The annual celebration features music, art, food, and performances 102
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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) firstname.lastname@example.org www.swaminarayan.info 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 context-sensitive 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. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org 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 Sannyasi who ensures that the true practice of Dharm and Yoga flourishes here, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered weekly each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 email@example.com www.lifemissionusa.org 104
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Punjabi Unlimited Punjabi Unlimited is dedicated to promotion/creation of a public awareness and education about Punjabi Arts, Culture, Sports, Language, Music, Dance etc. All welcome who are “Punjabi at Heart.” For Further Details: Gurpreet Burmi president@punjabiunlimited,org; Arvinder Singh firstname.lastname@example.org www.punjabiunlimited.org Raleigh Karaoke Group Raleigh Karaoke Group meets once a month for the South Asian community of the Triangle area to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through song. Events are free and open to the entire music loving community for singing or listening to friends sing so bring your fans along if you wish and pass the word. Choose from over 15,000 Hindi Film, NonFilm, Ghazals, Gujrati, Punjabi, Kanada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim, Marathi, Oriya, and English Songs including holiday favorites. Sessions are held at Zayka Indian Cuisine in the Brier Creek area of North Raleigh (919.361.5370) on the third Friday of the month from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM but please call or e-mail for a confirmed date. For Further Details: Shafi Parekh at (919) 413-3924, Email at email@example.com 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. The 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. For Further Details: Ganesh Kumar, President, Raleigh Sai Center at (919) 413 0579 or (919) 833-7523 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) www.rtpmm.org 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 September 2012
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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 www.sgncweb.org 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. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org 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 www.shirdisaimandirnc.org or call 919.386.1085. 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 email@example.com www.stgregoriosnc.org 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 a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. Upcoming events: Sat Nov 17 - Tamizh Maalai 2012 —- Deepavali Celebration For Further Details: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tcanc.org 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 group’s activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, performances 108
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General Predictions for September 2012 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Slow but aggressive progress may make you feel comfortable this month. You will be in full control of your life by the last week of the month, but you need to avoid legal disputes. Don’t rush to achieve success, as it could lead to mistakes. Firm, well planned actions can lead you towards victory. You can count on your loved ones for help. Worries about your investment may bother you this month.
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Classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: C-Stores: Statesville, $149K +Inv.,Gr $2.2M; Cherryville, NC, $365K + Inv., GR $700K; Gadsden, SC, $1M + Inv., GR $1.7M; Dobson, NC, $349K + Inv., GR $1.1M; Charlotte, NC, $1.2M + Inv., GR $1.9M; 704-821-8888 or visit www.countysouth.biz Motels for Sale in Augusta, GA: Just renovated, 45 units, Gross 3.10K asking 1 Mil. 78 Units, Gross over 4K asking 1.5 Mil. Owner finance available. Please call John 678-665-8376. Boost Phone store for sale: 7705 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28217. Call Mr Park for more details: 704-494-9244. Liquor Store For Lease: Located Columbia, SC. Sales $45K per Month. rent $2300 Per month. Asking $65K + Inv ($100K). Serious buyers only contact Mike 704-604-9822 Tobacco Store For Sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 30K and Lotto. Asking price only $70K plus Inventory. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719. Motel For Sale in Hamptonville, NC: Great location in Interstate 77 & hwy 421. 26 rooms & 2 bed room apt. Revenue 125k to 130k +/- Price: 410,000 contact: Harry Patel at 336-428-7557 or 336-468-2622 Good running business for Lease: Gas Station with C-store: Winston-Salem, NC. Attractive Sale Price, Low Rent: Contact: 336-577-9419 Motel For Sale: Hickory, NC. Great location with 24 rooms and an excellent opportunity for Owner Operators. Owner Financing available. Contact: Nehal Patel at 704-267-3270 in regards to pricing/revenues. BP Branded Gas Station For Lease with car wash. Lake Norman Area. Excellent neighborhood and busy Interstate exit. Good revenue potential. Serious Inquiries only. Call 704-222-8998 . Quizno's For Sale: Raleigh, NC Asking $59,900 including Inventory Excellent cash flow opportunity for Owner/Operator. Call 919-468-9190 ext. 17 for more info. Super 8 motel for sale in Clemmons, NC. 56 units. Excellent Condition. Great location off Interstate 40 just outside of WinstonSalem. Gross $500k. Price $1.9 million. For more info call Mark at 704-657-6300. Serious inquiries only. For Rent: Well maintained deli, grocery, gas station, & lotto convenience store for rent. Please call 646-549-4097 or 828-632-2759. Indian Restaurant For Sale: Well established and profitable in North Charlotte prime location. Serious buyers only. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Saathee.com
C-Store and Motel for sale or lease in Estill, SC. Motel-bricks and blocks, 28 units, only motel within 18 miles radius, newly renovated. C Store- 45 inside volume, 2 buildings, second building is empty and ready for a restaurant, lotto volume is 25,000 a month. Both businesses are running great. Call 803-530-4972. A.C. Patel. C - Store with property for sale Darlington, SC. Asking price $725k + Inv. Gross $750k, Lottery $52k , Gas gallons 120k/yr. Please call 843-687-1389 or email email@example.com. Citgo Gas Station For Sale: In Charlotte. Great location. For Details call Mr. Song at 704-806-0425. Convenience Store For Sale: 2500 Sq Good Rent $1553.00 for a month and Good location near down town and near the university.Please call 336-624-2706. Tobacco store for sale: Excellent location in upstate in south carolina. Volume 33k + lotto.Asking price $45 K plus inv.pl call 864529-2646. Convenience Store/Gas Station for Sale: Mocksville, NC Great Location, Low Rent. Excellent neighborhood with Major busy Hwy. Good running business with growing opportunity. Serious buyers Call 919-600-2196. Electronics Store for Sale: Car stereo & entertainment systems, annual sales $450K+ $125K gr. profit, Asking $175k inc fixtures, goodwill & inventory of 75K. Low rent in mall. Call Farouk 704-293-9860
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: AT&T Retailer Inventory Manager Needed: Fluent in English, MS Office, Basic knowledge of Cellphones and Accessories. Fulltime Positions available in Charlotte, . Please forward your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-877-6449 Nanny Needed: Full time Nanny needed in Ballantyne area for infant. Please call 704707-5088 or 704-831-8103 Threading job in Winston Salem. Hair Threading female position open for IMMEDIATE HIRE. Full-time or Part-Time, for long term. Call 980-622-4386. Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu: e-mail: email@example.com or 704.405.4238 Gas Station Help Wanted: Looking for a Couple or single. Full-Time for convenience store / gas station / restaurant near Charlotte, Accommodations Provided! 704-701-9975 122
We are hiring experienced females for Eyebrow Threaders, waxing and facial specialist or eyelashes extension specialist or henna tattoo. Full time or part-time Cary, NC Raleigh, NC Fayetteville, NC Wilmington, NC Davenport, Iowa Moline, IL Great salary + tips + commission. if you live close to the above locations, please call or e-mail. (773) 507-8848 (773) 981-8848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Various positions available for House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED for all positions. Serious inquiries only. Email resumes to email@example.com OR call ( 704-649-6833 m-f , 9:00 am- 5:00pm) Help Wanted: Full or part-time. Good pay for threading practitioners with experience & good English skills. Charlotte, Raleigh, & Richmond areas. . Please call 980-322-1110 Nanny Needed: Full time, Providence Park area, Car needed, Please call 408-833-8820 for details. Mytreasurez.com: Charlotte based online jewelry company requires immediately FT/PT person proficient in Photoshop,MS Office(Excel)etc. Knowledge of graphic designing and familiarity with German or Japanese will be added advantage. Full Legal status required. Contact 704-771-1686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Manager needed for an Indian Restaurant in Morrisville, NC. Must be legal in U.S. with valid driver's license. E-mail resume to: email@example.com Nanny Needed: Gujarati speaking live-in nanny needed in Cary, NC. Vegetarian Cooking and light housekeeping. Call 919444-1597 Indian Restaurant in NC: Looking for Experienced Tandoori and Curry Chefs. Salary is negotiable. Accommodations will be provided. Please call 919-649-3597. Help Wanted: Full time convenience store/ Gas station near Rock Hill. Must speak English and have legal status. 803-981-2242 Experienced Tandoor Chef needed in an established Indian Restaurant Raleigh. Contact 919-351-9531. Help Wanted: For convenience store in McCormick, SC (near augusta & greenwood). Looking for full time help. Call 704-299-8535 September 2012
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Help Wanted in South Carolina: Single or couple for c-store or hotel. Must have legal status. Will consider partnership for right applicant. Call 803-530-4972. A.C. Patel. Help Wanted: Experienced chef needed for Indian restaurant in North Carolina. Call 919-650-2782.. Franchised motel seeking part time 2 nights per week, EXPERIENCED individual for night audit/front desk. Must be honest, reliable, and fluent in english. Call 704-299-3364 Hiring Immediately: Energetic m/f for p/t, f/t mens clothing stores in Gastonia/NC and Sumter, SC. Must speak English. Contact 704-865-6699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Help Needed: Female domestic help is needed. Duties include caring for my wife, household chores, cooking, laundry. Live in person preferred in Boston area Please call 508-577-7448
MATRIMONIAL: Companion: 65-70yr, physically, mentally, healthy, kind, caring, spiritual, to live life to the fullest with woman in sixties of similar attributes. Email: email@example.com
FOR SALE: Complete professional sound system & instruments for sale: includes, mixer, amplifier, speakers monitors, microphones cordless microphone, wires and all accessories. Instruments available: kongos, dhol, tabla, call for prices and availability Varsha: 561-801-3651.
PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Retail Shop available immediately near Chatham Square shopping area in Cary. Excellent location. 1275 square feet. Rent $1450 per month. 919-649-1485. Townhome for sale in Charlotte: Near South Park Mall and Myers Park High School across from Park Rd Shopping Cernter. $120, 000. 2 Br and 1.5 bath with fire place and two reseved parking spots. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
SERVICES: Interested in improving your English pronunciation? Call/email for a free consultation and screening for Accent Modification Training. Phone:980-422-5887 Email: Sharon@myspeechtactics.com Website: www.myspeechtactics.com Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist from Jaipur, India specializes in mehandi (henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi 919824-7734 e-mail: email@example.com website: www.lotuslyrics.com Saathee.com
South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704-625-7578 or 704-231-0751. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Art / Drawing Class: Free at Hindu Center. Ages 4 to 15. Learn sketches, charcoal painting, modern art , oil on canvas etc. Age appropriate curriculum. For more details call Karli @ 704-965-3550 or email: email@example.com
Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 20 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704846-7912
Baby Sitter / Nanny available in Mooresville, Huntersville, Charlotte area. Experienced and references available. Please call 704-763-9156.
Weekly Reader Classes: Grades 1 to 6 @ Ballantyne - provides non-fictional content each week to develop critical thinking, reading & writing skills using 21 concepts of comprehension - Starts September Weekly SAT/SUN - Contact - 408-365-4937 or firstname.lastname@example.org Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more information contact Shawna Turner at 803328-2266 or www.rockhillflowers.com Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Classes Available! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-843-7202 or email: email@example.com TaalMantra Tabla Classes in Raleigh. Disciple of Usd Zakir Hussain. Affordable rates. Age range: 10 yrs - adult. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ask for Nihar 919-362 -3799.
Catering Available: First time in Charlotte! Catering authentic Bengali food, from everyday meals to a large gathering. Call 704-778-3087 or 504-343-6507 Nanny Available: Experienced nanny available in Charlotte Area. Experience varies from 1 month old to 4 year old. Can communicate well in Hindi, Gujarati. Beginner in English. Call 704-886-8177
Saathee Classifieds: Business ads are $25 & personal ads are $15 up to 25 words. Ask about upgrades to color and box. Submit classifieds on-line at saathee.com Deadline is the 20th. We accept credit cards and checks. Ads are posted on saathee.com at no extra charge with paid print listing. Feel free to call us with any questions. 704.527.7570 Fax: 704.527.7590 Saatheemag@hotmail.com
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Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270 Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-5457220 or e-mail: email@example.com. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-2358 Beautician in Charlotte Available: South Blvd between Sharon West and Sharon Lake. Near all Indian grocery stores. 30 year’s experience. Call for appointment. 704-552-4795
Writers & Photographers We are always looking for contributors. If you have an interesting tale to tell, an opinionated opinion or just want to get something off your ches, write to us. We may publish your piece in a future issue of Saathee. Children are encouraged to submit poems, short stories or other original writings. Photographers contact us if you have taken interesting photos in South Asia firstname.lastname@example.org
Eyebrow Threading Near UNCC area, Charlotte. Waxing, Facial, Mani/pedicure & Mehandi for any occasions. Call Nirali 704699-2833. Diya’s Bollywood Dance at Greensboro: All levels— Beginners or those looking for an occasional Bollywood immersion with some focus on Technique and a lot of focus on FUN. Contact Kajal (336) 210-4601 email@example.com 123
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NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Oza, Rishi (Immigration Legal Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Patel, Shailesh DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Prashant Video Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Priest Services (Shivaram Vemagal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . .119 Rasoi Caterer's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Rinku Bhattacharya Das (Dance Instructor/Choreographer) 73 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Royal India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Shreya Ghoshal Concert (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Singh CPA PLLC (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . . . . . . .121 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 State Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Sur-Sumiran School Of Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 SV Temple Gala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Trendz Fashions and Henna Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Triangle Eye Institute (Formerly Eye Care Center Apex) . . .97 Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati) . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Triangle Hearing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Triangle Physicians P.C. (Dr. Rupa Varadarajan, M.D.) . . . . .72 Triangle Speech Services (Judith L. Bergman) . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG) 86 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 UroGender Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . . . . .83 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Allstate (Ravi Reddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . . . . .57 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Best Brainy Bunch (Tutoring) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Bhambhani, Shalu (Watermark Real Estate Group) . . . . . . . .20 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Bombay Grille Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Care First Physical Therapy & Rehab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Carolina Heart Center (Dr. Pankaj Parikh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . . . . .34 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Chuck Eaton Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Consult Realty Inc. (Umesh Chokshi - Managing Broker) . . .37 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . .58 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Covenant Realty Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . . . . .37 Darpan Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Dawat Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 DJ Hangama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Eyebrow Threader Wanted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Fayad Law P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 First Data (Credit Card Processing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Global Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Gujarati Cultural Assoc. of Piedmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Heritage India Asociation of NC (Gandhi Jayanti) . . . . . . . . .65 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Hum Sub (Cary Diwali) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Indu Conv. Store Greensboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kadhambam Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Kainth Fashion Hub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Kalashri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Kathmandu CafĂŠ (Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Lucky Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Mahabazar.com Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . . . . .73 Meritage Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 MyShadi Bridal Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Naach Masala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Saathee.com
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