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September 2013

In this issue: Himalayan Tsunamis India Launches First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier

Hello Readers! Himalayan Tsunamis are climate change's nasty new natural disaster. This past June, a glacial lake burst its banks, killing thousands in Northern India. Experts say expect more such mega floods in the future. See story on pg. 8. Entrepreneurs are redefining India’s high-pressure, deadlineoriented career path and along with it traditional marriage plans. Go to page 10 for the story. The Indian navy recently launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier. See the story on pg. 14. US venture capital courts India Tech. With a boom in funding and glimmers of success, India’s startup scene is heating up. Go to pg. 30 for the details. Can Afghanistan's next conflict be India vs. Pakistan? As US troop withdrawal nears, the risk is rising of a proxy war between South Asia's two nuclear rivals. Analysis pg. 36. A recent study finds high levels of Arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites. See the story on pg. 38. 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:

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Himalayan Tsunamis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Entrepreneurs and Career Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 India’s First Home Built Aircraft Carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Venture Capital in India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Afghanistan’s New Conflict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Arsenic in Water in Fracking Areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Tending to a Bruised Knee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 It Takes a Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Innovation in New Delhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 72 AIM for Seva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 90 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 FYI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124

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Himalayan Tsunamis Climate Change’s Nasty New Natural Disaster In June, a glacial lake burst through its banks, killing thousands. Expect more such ‘mega-floods,’ experts say.

By Jason Overdorf – This summer’s devastating “Himalayan tsunami” is a grim omen for the future of the millions of people living downstream from the majestic mountain range. The June floods wiped out the Hindu pilgrimage town of Kedarnath and may have killed as many as 6,000 people. But the scale of the disaster could be dwarfed by future flooding, experts warn. “The Kedarnath floods may be only a small precursor to neverseen-before mega floods,” Maharaj K. Pandit, director of Delhi University’s Center for Inter-disciplinary Studies of Mountain & Hill Environments, told India Today. According to preliminary studies, dozens of houses were smashed and hundreds of religious pilgrims were swept away when a lake above the eighth century Kedarnath Temple burst its natural dam of loosely packed glacial sediment, sending a sudden deluge of water down on the town. Many now believe it was an accident waiting to happen — and similar accidents will happen again and again as the region gets warmer. Rising temperatures due to global warming are fast creating thousands of glacial lakes across the region. The growing volume of meltwater is dangerously increasing the risk of sudden glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF), according to the Kathmandu-based International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). As the volume of water increases, so does the pressure on the dams of ice or glacial sediment, called moraine, which hold the lake in place on the side of the mountain. Once that pressure reaches the tipping point, heavy rainfall from a sudden cloudburst, a landslide, or an earthquake can breach the dam, sending a deadly torrent of ice, rock and water down on the people living below. The results can be catastrophic. In the weeks following the June 17 flood disaster, tens of thousands of residents, tourists and religious pilgrims were successfully evacuated. But officials still believe there are at least 5,748 people missing across the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. Their survival is unlikely, even if Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has so far refused to declare them dead. Meanwhile, it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild homes, lay new roads, replace destroyed bridges and restore power lines, Bahuguna estimates.

“Around 200 of my bridges have been washed away, nearly 5,000 roads damaged, connectivity to 4,300 villages snapped — electricity and water supplies disrupted, telephone lines collapsed,” the chief minister told Reuters. In some ways the epicenter of the tragedy, Kedarnath, looms largest in the minds of many experts. Around the region, countless other areas face similar threats. “When you talk about glacial lakes, in Nepal alone there are more than 1,400 lakes, and if you talk about the whole Himalayan Range ... there are about 20,000 glacial lakes,” Pradeep Mool, who monitors the risk of glacial lake outbursts for ICIMOD. More than 200 of these lakes have been classified as potentially dangerous. Some of them — like a 250-acre lake holding 5 billion gallons of meltwater high in the mountains of the northeast Indian state of Sikkim — could affect people living hundreds of miles downstream. Precious few of these lakes even existed a few decades ago. “When I look at some of the lakes, especially in the Nepal Himalayas, where I have done detailed field work, [it’s shocking how fast they have grown],” Mool said. “In the case of Imja Lake, for instance, there was no lake there at all 50 years back. When I ask the people, they say ‘It was a tiny pond when I was a kid.’ Now it’s already about 580 meters wide and 2.3 kilometers long and about 100 meters deep.” That’s particularly ominous as torrential monsoon rains sweep across Uttarakhand again last month, hampering the rebuilding effort with new deadly landslides. Along with the new meltwater, increasingly frequent cloudbursts endanger the villages and cities of both Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh — where there are some 250 glacial lakes above population centers like the tourist town of Manali. Already, images from remote sensing satellites show that the water level in Parchu Lake, in Tibet, is rising rapidly, putting some two dozen towns and villages along India’s Sutlej River in Himachal Pradesh at risk, according to another India Today report. A 2005 outburst from the lake that caused some $300 million in damage has prompted local authorities to draw up plans for the evacuation of these areas, officials say. But in the watershed areas of countless other Himalayan lakes, India remains woefully unprepared. “Unfortunately, we still have no mechanism to incorporate good science into policy,” Delhi University’s Pandit told GlobalPost. “There is not even any talk about these serious scientific India’s Geek Cultural Revolution 8

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Entrepreneurs are rEdEfining india’s high-pressure, deadline-oriented career path “The life is definitely different,” said 30-year-old Prateek Dayal, founder of a jam sharing site for musicians called, and a customer support management company called SupportBee. “I come from a typical Indian middle-class family. Everybody has pretty much always done [an office] job. It took me a couple of years to really get comfortable with the lifestyle. Before I used to really worry ... ‘Okay, I only have three months of cash left.’”

By Jason Overdorf - BANGALORE, India — When 30-year-old Krishna Kumar decided to quit his job and launch a tech startup aimed at India’s millions of farmers three years ago, he told his boss and his friends. But he let his parents believe he was happily marching along the corporate treadmill at GE. After all, by quitting he was giving up a fat salary in return for nothing but a buddy’s $200 loan to jump-start his dream. “I first quit my job, and then I told them,” said Kumar, cofounder of CropIn Technologies. “Because if I had told them, they would not have agreed on that. They wanted me to get married.” It’s a common refrain across India’s startup scene. By striking out on their own to launch risky, idea-based ventures, India’s young tech entrepreneurs are defying generations of received wisdom. They’re reshaping traditional ideas about the nature of “doing business.” They’re turning the economics of the arranged marriage market upside down. And they’re slowly but confidently sparking a revolution in the nerdy world of Indian IT. “In India, there is a class of people who are only focused on ‘doing business,’” said 34-year-old Debabrata Bagchi, founder of an educational startup called Sparsha Technologies. He was referring to the “Baniyas,” or traders, of the Hindu caste system, who continue to dominate import-export and other buyingand-selling based businesses — at least in the popular perception. “So that was my parents’ basic thought process: Your education, your upbringing has been so that you can become a good doctor or a good engineer, as opposed to a good businessman.” For the past decade, as Wipro, Infosys and other outsourcing firms have gobbled up contracts from the world’s multinationals, software engineers from India’s top universities vied with doctors for pride of place at the top of the food chain. In the classified ads that rule the arranged marriage market, engineers replaced bureaucrats as the most desirable grooms. And, at least in Bangalore, blue jeans, spectacles, a corporate polo shirt and big white sneakers emerged as the local answer to power dressing. Despite appearances, the established IT services business is inherently conservative. Built on the promise of efficiency, rather than creativity, it’s about metrics, repetition, and bodies. Firms depend on fresh code jockeys to generate new revenue. So it swiftly mirrored the Brahminical values of its pioneers: You study hard, get a degree, get a job, get married, and march happily into eternity. The startup scene — where today’s squiggle on a cocktail napkin is tomorrow’s billion-dollar company — is a ticking bomb ready to blow that conservatism wide open.

Geek revolution One of the biggest hurdles for startup founders is the marriage market, which explains why so many entrepreneurs don’t tell their parents they’re planning to quit their cushy corporate jobs until after they turn in their badges. With prospective in-laws scanning resumes, checking salary slips, and grilling grooms like corporate recruiters, a job at a multinational and a monthly paycheck is practically essential for young men looking to get married. You say you founded a company? Nobody is impressed. “If you are in a startup, people think that you are not stable, because, technically, you are unemployed,” CropIn’s Kumar said. Recently, Kumar’s company booked 10 million rupees worth (nearly $165,000) of orders for its farm enterprise resource management software — a milestone investors warned might take decades to achieve in India’s agriculture sector. He’s still single. That’s ironic, considering that some of India’s most successful startups are matchmaking sites like (valued around $350 million to $450 million). But it’s had a curious impact on India’s startup scene, according to Mukund Mohan, CEO-in-residence at the Microsoft Accelerator in Bangalore, an incubator for tech startups. Because of the country’s high-pressure, deadline-oriented career and marriage track, he says, Indian tech entrepreneurs tend to be a decade older than their counterparts in Silicon Valley. Where as many as a fifth of Silicon Valley founders are software developers, most Indian founders are business veterans with knowledge of a specific domain, like the pharma industry, or a business function, such as sales or human resources. In other words, in a country best known for its code coolies, until very recently the guys leading the startup revolution couldn’t write code. “The next level is to get this to seep into the colleges and universities,” said Raman Roy, co-founder of the Indian Angel Network. “Typically we get people who are coming out of the corporate environment. But if we can influence students at colleges and MBA programs [to become entrepreneurs right out of the gate] that is what will create the next couple of million jobs in India.” Change is clearly arriving at some of Bangalore’s hot new continued on page 54 10

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Indian Navy Launches First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier special feather in indigenous defense capabilities as it is the first ever aircraft carrier to be designed by the Directorate of Naval Design of the Indian Navy, the first warship to be built by Cochin Shipyard Limited and the first warship to be built entirely using indigenously produced steel. Vikrant will be capable of operating an aircraft mix of the Russian MiG-29K and LCA (Navy) fighters being developed indigenously by HAL. Its helicopter component will include the Kamov 31 and the indigenously developed ALH helicopters. The ship’s ability to sense and control a large air space around it will be enabled by modern C/D band Early Air Warning Radar, V/UHF Tactical Air Navigational and Direction Finding systems, jamming capabilities over the expected Electro Magnetic (EM) environment and Carrier Control Approach Radars to aid air operations. Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR SAM) systems with MultiFunction Radar (MFR) and Close- In Weapon System (CIWS) will form the protective suite of the ship. All weapon systems onboard the carrier will be integrated through an indigenous Combat Management System (CMS), being manufactured by Tata Power systems. The ship’s integration with Navy’s Network Centric Operations will provide force multiplication. Design of this ship has been undertaken by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) of the Indian Navy. Created in 1956 as the Corps of Naval Constructors, to realize the dream of being a builder’s Navy through indigenization, DND has successfully designed over 17 different classes of warships, to which around 90 ships have already been built within the country. The Delhi class destroyers, with a displacement of about 7000 tons, were the biggest warships designed by DND so far. Designing of the Vikrant, at almost 40,000 tons speaks of the maturing of the capabilities of DND and represents a feather in the cap of the designers particularly as it is the first aircraft carrier of its size in the world with some unique features such as Gas Turbine Propulsion. Vikrant will now enter the second phase of construction which will see the outfitting of the ship, fitment of various weapons and sensors, integration of the gigantic propulsion system and integration of the aircraft complex (with the assistance of M/s NDB of Russia). Extensive sea trials are expected to begin in 2016 and the ship will be inducted into the navy by late 2017.

Amidst chanting of hymns from the Atharva Veda, Elizabeth Antony, wife of Defense Minister A.K. Antony, christened India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) as “Vikrant” meaning “courageous” or “victorious” in Sanskrit. In a colorful ceremony filled with traditional pomp at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi, South India, the aircraft carrier Vikrant was launched on August 12 in the presence of Antonys, GK Vasan, the Minister of Shipping, Admiral DK Joshi, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, the F-O-C in C Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Commander-in-Chief Southern Naval Command, Commodore (Retd) K Subramaniam, Chairman and Managing Director, CSL, and other officials of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Shipping. In addition, a multitude of naval officers, yard workers and a few members of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the manufacturers of the indigenous warship grade steel, were also present. According to Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan, about 83 percent of the fabrication work and 75 percent of the construction work was complete. He said that 90 percent of the body work of the aircraft carrier had been designed and made in India, about 50 percent of the propulsion system, and about 30 percent of her weaponry. He also said that the ship would be equipped with a long range missile system with multi-function radar and a close-in weapon system (CIWS). After the launch, Vikrant was redocked for the second phase of construction, in which the ship will be fitted with various weapons and sensors, and the propulsion system, flight deck and the aircraft complex will be integrated. The INS Vikrant, which is 260 meter (853 feet) long and 60 meter (196 feet) wide, can carry MiG 29K fighters and light combat aircraft. After t the launch, Vikrant floated perfectly upright and she was launched out into the Ernakulam Channel in a pontoon assisted precision maneuver. Vikrant was moved out of the building dock to be positioned in the refitting dock where the next Phase of outfitting will be completed. Describing the occasion as a momentous one, Antony said, “Today’s launching of the IAC marks just the first step in a long journey, but at the same time, an important one.” He said it was indeed a proud moment for the country to witness the efforts at achieving self-reliance in the field of warship design and construction, as only a very few advanced countries in the world possess the capability to design and build aircraft carriers. He added that the country must continue the process of strengthening indigenous capability towards securing its maritime interests. “Our Navy must continue to maintain high operational readiness at all times to ward off any likely misadventure against our national interests,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, the Shipping Minister GK Vasan said that by launching this warship, Indian shipbuilding has demonstrated its technical capability and expertise. The design and construction of the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier was sanctioned by the government in January 2003. The keel of the ship was laid in February 2009 by A.K. Antony. Vikrant marks a

About INS Vikrant INS Vikrant, India’s first aircraft carrier was acquired from Great Britain and commissioned on March, 4, 1961. In its 36 years of service INS Vikrant was at the center of action in the 1971 operations for liberation of Bangladesh. Having seen many years of service as a CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take Off but Arrested Recovery) carrier working an angled deck and operating Sea Hawks, Alizes and Seakings, INS Vikrant was transformed into a STOVL carrier to operate Sea Harrier jump jets. INS Vikrant was decommissioned on January 31, 1997, after 36 years of service. Now with the launch IAC Vikrant, the Indian Navy is well on its way to demonstrate its comfort with the practiced art of trapped landings and angled deck operations. According to a navy spokesman, only the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and France currently have the capability to design and build such warships. Story and photos courtesy of Indian Navy 14

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September 2013

Jackie Shroff to play Villain Actress and Director Farah Khan has signed veteran actor Jackie Shroff to play a villain in her upcoming film Happy New Year. Shroff was last seen in the film Aurangzeb. Along for the ride in Happy New Year include Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah. The shooting of the film will begin this month and much of it will be shot in Dubai.

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Bappi Lahiri to sing for Gunday

Kareena and Hrithik to team up for Shuddhi

Music director Bappi Lahiri has committed to singing a song in Yash Raj production of the film Gunday. This is the first time that the famed movie studio YRF is working with Lahiri. It’s hard to imagine Hindi music of the 80’s or pop music from Kolkata without Bappi Lahiri. When director Ali Abbas Zafar decided to make a cabaret song for Gunday, set in Kolkata of the 80’s, Bappi da was an inevitable choice. The film is slated to release on Valentine’s Day, February 2014.

Producer Karan Johar recently confirmed that Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor have been confirmed for the next Dharma Production venture, Shuddhi. The film is a love story centered on reincarnation weaved in a dramatic form. Director Karan Malhotra of Agneepath (2012) will helm the project. Johar believes both actors, who appear in a film after more than a decade, will bring the intensity necessary for the project. Shooting is yet to begin, but the film is slated to release in October 2014.

Nikhil Advani to Direct Hero Remake Film director Nikhil Advani, who last helmed the thriller D-Day, is set to direct the remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 musical blockbuster Hero, the film that had launched the careers of Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Sheshadri. He will direct newcomers Sooraj Panscholi (son of Aditya Pacholi) and Aathiya Shetty (daughter of Suniel Shetty). A new story will be written but some of the original music may be retained.

A.R. Rahman Turns Producer Music maestro A R Rahman has been interested in exploring other aspects of films and has apparently decided to enter into production work. He has created a new banner, YM Movies, where he wants to produce artistic movies with cinematic creativity. The film will be distributed by Eros International. Rahman will not only produce the film and of course compose the music, but has taken keen interest in the story writing process. The cast is yet to be finalized.

Anil Kapoor’s Son Set for Bollywood debut While his daughters Sonam and Rhea have been making their way in the glitzy world of Bollywood, veteran star Anil Kapoor is getting his son ready for the film world. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who directed the recent hit Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, will now launch Harshvadhan Kapoor in the project Mirza Sahiba. The younger Kapoor will be seen as Mirza in the film. The story for Mirza Sahiba is written by Gulzar and the shoot will begin in 2014. The female lead is yet to be finalized.

Riteish Deshmukh Signs for Marathi Film Director Nishikant Kamat is currently busy directing a Marathi movie titled Lai Bhaari. The film marks Riteish Deshmukh’s full-fledged debut in a Marathi film. The big surprise is that superstar Salman Khan has agreed to do a cameo in the film. He has already started shooting in Hyderabad with Kamat, who was very keen on having him on board. The film’s details are being kept under wraps. Lai Bhaari is slated for a December release this year.

Bipasha Basu in Humshakals After the recent Box office dud Himmatwala, Sajid Khan is now gearing up for his comic caper film Humshakals. The project stars Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Ram Kapoor (all in triple roles), and a leading role has been handed to Bipasha Basu. While Tamannaah Bhatia has been paired opposite Saif, Bipasha will play Riteish Deshmukh’s love interest.

SAIFF Accepting Submissions The 10th annual South Asian International Film Festival is currently accepting submissions through October 4, 2013. Filmmakers, documentary makers, short films, all are being accepted for this annual showcase of independent and commercial cinema. Selected films will be shown at the festival and will receive further distribution and promotion deals according to SAIFF. For full details on submission as well as the festival go to

Mehrunissa Renamed Pehle Aap Janab Director Sudhir Mishra’s ambitious new film Mehrunissa was recently renamed. The film, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Chitraganda Singh, was retitled Pehle Aap Janab. While the previous story had Big B and his friend Rishi Kapoor falling in love with Mehrunissa, the story has been now modified into a romantic comedy with Bachchan and Kapoor, who have not met for 40 long years! Stay tuned. 20

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Song: Ulfat ki nai manzil ko chalā ... Film: Qātil (Pakistan) Year: 1955 Music: Ināyat Hussain Singer: Iqbāl Bano Lyric: Qateel Shifāi Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Desh Tāl/Rhythm: Kaharavā Starring: Sabihā, Santosh, Akmal Iqbāl Bano

Iqbāl Bano (1935 – 2009)

Iqbāl Bano, one of the great female Urdu ghazal singers from Pakistan, was born in 1935 in Delhi. She learned classical music, thumri and dādrā, from Ustād Chand Khan of the Delhi Gharānā, who recommended her to All India Radio, Delhi, where she sang for a while. She also took music lessons from Ustād Ulfat ki nai manzil ko chalā āshiq Ali Khan and Abdul Kareem Khan. She married a land owner in 1952 Lyrics in English: and moved to Lahore, Pakistan. In a rare instance during an era Ulfat ki nai manzil ko chalā, wo bānhein dāl ke bānhon mein where women essentially became homemakers after marriage, Dil todane wāle dekh ke chal, hum bhi to pade hein rāhon mein Bano’s husband gave her a promise that he would never be a Kyā kyā na jafāein dil pe saheen, par tum se koi shikwā na kiyā hindrance in her musical career and he kept that promise until Isa jurm ko bhi shāmil kar lo, mere māsoom gunāhon mein his death. In 1954, she recorded her first song for the film Jub chāndni rāton mein tune, khud hum se kiyā iqrār-e-wafā Gumnam. It was a very heartfelt song where she demonstrated Phir āja hein kyoon hum begāne, teri berehem nigāhon mein a blend of torment, anguish, and pain with her voice. Over the Hum bhi hai wohi tum bhi ho wohi, ye apni apni qismat haey span of her career, she recorded, broadcast and sang in public Tum khela rahe ho khushion se, hum duba gaye hein āhon mein concerts and a few Pakistani Urdu-language films. She also Dil todane wāle dekhe ke chal, hum bhi to pade hein rāhon mein sang Persian poetry, which became poplar in Iran and Afghanistan. “Hum Dekhenge” is a popular Urdu ghazal Meaning (Summary): written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, one of Pakistan’s most famous You are heading to a new destination of love by putting hand poets and public intellectuals. The ghazal was made famous by in hand with (someone), breaking my heart; just walk and Iqbal Bano’s rendition. She was an all-rounder in the field of look back that I am also lying on the road. Even though my light classical singing. Very few singers of classical music could heart has suffered your unfaithfulness but never complained match the brilliance of her sweet and appealing voice and her to you; do compromise this offence also with my innocent command of musical notes. She passed away on April 21, 2009 guilt. You had pledged to fulfill the promise in the moonlit in Lahore. nights; then why am I the unfamiliar (stranger) one in your merciless eyes! I am the same and you are the same, which is Some of her melodious songs: our own luck that you are playing with the happiness and I Dasht-e tanhāi mein; Dayam parra huvā; Nā ganwāo nawake am drowned in the groans. neem; Tu lākh chale ri gori, Rātiyan kidhar ganwāeen; Rām kare kahin nainā; Main nazar se pee rahā; Sham-e firaq ab na; Ho chukā intezār. Awards 1974 - The Pride of Performance by Pakistani Government for outstanding contribution in classical music. Our most favorite and heartfelt lyrics of her song “Ulfat ki nai manzil ko chalā ...” are given in this issue of Saathee magazine in the column on this page. (Note: The contents of this article are compiled from news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Hindustani music.)

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mediums to attain ultimate spiritual ecstasy. This has been proved by many saints like Saint Tyagaraja, Sant Kabir etc. who preached in their compositions that NAAD the sound is ultimate. The entire creation of God is based on the Nada Brahma. Naad is of two kinds 1.Aahata and Anaahata Naad. Here, music of Aahata naad is compared to external music or aahata sangeet (Apara vidya) and Anaahat naad i.e. internal music is compared to anaahata sangeet (Para vidya). Music of India is regarded as means of divine contemplation and bliss. Raga system is the striking aspect of Indian music. Music and spirituality are inseparable elements. The objective is to prove that Essence of Spirituality can be attained through rendition of ragas with bhava that helps an artist or a devotee to reach the heights of Anaahata sangeet to some extent. Ragas have the quality of expressing the feelings to God without the necessity of language. As stated: “Music should become the bridge that takes the listeners from sensual level to spiritual level of Atman”. Hindustani raga cannot be summed up in just a few words. Raga touches all areas of music like theatre, dance, song, devotional services, story-telling, & poetry. In Hindustani music, portray bhakti ras in their swara sangatis. So these kinds of ragas are to be personally analyzed for spirituality by self and also by collecting spiritual experiences from other great artists. Spirituality is the vehicle by which a person tries to cross beyond the bounds of religious rituals, dogma, etc., and Indian music is a mirror of the essentially spiritual nature of our culture. Bhajan is a very pure and simple form of devotional music. The purpose is only the devotion or offer or worship through music to Him.

Indian Classical Music Carnatic Music- Role in Indian Independence By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, as I wrote this column, India was celebrating its 67th Independence Day. In honor of that, let us take a look at Carnatic music and its role in Indian independence. As readers would have gathered by now, bhakti is the predominant theme in Carnatic music; however there were composers such as Subramanya Bharatiyar who championed the cause of patriotism through their compositions. Bharatiyar’s compositions emphasized the unity of India and stirred a sense of nationalism in people when he sang his compositions at Congress meetings. His patriotic songs earned him the title of Desiya Kavi or National Poet. One of India’s finest female Carnatic musicians Smt. D.K. Pattammal popularized several patriotic songs of Subramanya Bharatiyar. She was one of the earliest musicians to sing in films but sang only devotional or patriotic compositions. Her signature song “Shanthi Nilava Vendum” called for peace in the world, reiterating Mahatma Gandhi’s ideologies. People still remember the Bharatiyar songs that she sang over AIR (All India Radio) at the stroke of midnight on August 14, 1947 when India attained freedom. Similarly, another of the trinity of female musicians, M.L. Vasanthakumari, rendered “Ellorum Gandhi,” a composition that called for people of all faiths to live as one, echoing Gandhi’s famous quotation, “I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you.” The legendary musician M.S. Subbulakshmi’s voice rendering Gandhiji’s favorite bhajan “Hari Tum Haro” has been immortalized. Gandhiji is said to have preferred Subbulakshmi “say” the composition than have anybody else sing it! Today, it is quite common to have Carnatic music concerts on August 15th - the Indian Independence Day. Most musicians will include patriotic compositions towards the end of the concert. Till we meet next time, do listen to the Carnatic rendition of the patriotic composition “Vande Mataram” normally sung in the raga Desh - you can easily find renditions on the Internet.

Fusion in Indian Music Fusion music combines two or more music styles. It’s not a very old trend in Indian music. Fusion trend is said to have begun with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s 1955 performance in the United States. Indian fusion music came into being with rock and roll fusions with Indian music in the 1960s and 1970s. But it was limited to Europe and North America. For some time the stage of Indian fusion music was taken by the sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. Pandit Ravi Shankar began fusing jazz with Indian classical traditions along with Bud Shank, a jazz musician. Soon the trend was imitated by many popular European and American music exponents. In the year 1965, George Harrison played the song, “Norwegian wood” on the Sitar. The jazz legend Miles Davis recorded and performed with the likes of Khalil Bal Krishna, Bihari Sharma, and Badal Roy. The Mahavishnu Orchestra of John McLaughlin pursued fusion with great integrity and authenticity in the mid-1970s. In the process John joined forces with L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain and others. The trend of fusion took over the IndianBritish artists in the late 1980s; they fused Indian and Western traditions. In the new millennium, a new trend of fusing Indian Film and Bhangra music has started in America. Many of the mainstream artists have taken inspiration from Bollywood movies and have worked with Indian artists.

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Practically non-existent as recently as 2007, networks of socalled “angel investors” — who fund startups when their With a boom in funding and glimmers of success, founders have little more than ambition and a good idea — India’s startup scene is heating up. have also mushroomed across the country and grown large enough to compete with VC (venture capital) for million-dollar By Jason Overdorf - deals. And in the past two years alone, as many as 40 privately held, for-profit accelerators have set up shop, hoping to nurture BANGALORE, India — At the Microsoft Accelerator office India’s own billion-dollar answers to China’s, here, techies dressed in sandals, jeans, T-shirts and Bermudas whose e-commerce sites host transactions accounting for a hunch over keyboards in library silence. whopping 2 percent of China’s GDP. It’s a day for beavering away, tightening the nuts and bolts of software. But the evidence of voluble brainstorming is “The ecosystem now has a lot of angels and a lot of VC scrawled on whiteboards scattered around the forest of funds,” said Sasha Mirchandani, co-founder of Mumbai Angels. cubicles. There are funnels, flowcharts, and line graphs. “There’s a couple billion dollars of early stage money available These aren’t your ordinary cyber coolies. They’re the in India now.” founders of tech startups that Microsoft believes have an That’s peanuts compared with the money flowing into outside shot at becoming the Next Big Thing — and the leaders startups in Silicon Valley or even Israel, where tech startups of a quiet revolution underway in India’s outsourcing capital. raised nearly a billion dollars in 2012 alone. But interest from In the past three years, India’s startup scene has experienced big tech names and a successful first wave of firms — which a paradigm shift, according to Mukund Mohan, CEO-in- have attained high valuations and seized market share in areas residence at the Microsoft Accelerator. After bumping along a like ticket booking and retail sales — suggests that those first plateau since around 2000 or so, there’s been a sudden burst of few billion dollars could continue to snowball. activity, an indicator of what math geeks call “step function “If you come from Silicon Valley, you realize there is very, growth.” very little VC action in India. It’s almost scary how small it is,” “That’s what is exciting now,” said Mohan. said World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai, who spent three It’s about time. weeks meeting with Indian entrepreneurs and investors earlier Over the past 20 years or so, at least one out of ten Silicon this year. Valley startups was founded by an Indian immigrant, according “But if you compare India to other countries in the world, to “Then and Now: America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs.” it’s actually pretty good. Things are happening in India, Yet India itself has lagged [although] it’s magnitudes behind the US.” behind the US and China in In the process, startups may soon replace Bangalore’s giant But if you compare India developing its own startups. but flagging service companies as the face of Indian IT. Google, to other countries in the Now, India’s own startup Microsoft and Virginia-based Verisign (a network infrastructure world, it’s actually pretty scene is taking off, with a company with nearly a billion dollars in annual revenue) boom in funding from angel recently partnered with India’s National Association of good. Things are happening investors and top venture Software and Services Companies and local angel investors to in India, [although] it’s capital firms — including fund and nurture 10,000 Indian startups over the next 10 years. magnitudes behind the US. Google ($10m), IvyCap “We’re going from 100 funded companies a year and we’re Ventures ($36m), and Sequoia trying to get to 1,000 funded companies a year. That is a Capital ($75m+ in 2012 alone), among many others. quantum shift,” said Microsoft’s Mohan. He notes that the cost Indian tech startups have nearly tripled to 450, from 162 in to get a startup up and running has plunged from $250,000 to 2006, according to India’s National Association of Software and $2500 over the past decade or so. Services Companies. The numbers, however, don’t tell the whole story. 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But after some dot-com-bust era burnouts, a handful of tech startups launched over the past five years have evolved into large-scale, competitive businesses. A few have even paid off for investors. Travel portal’s $70 million Nasdaq initial public offering in 2010 pegged the company’s value at more than $450 million. “Some Indian startups have already reached very, very large scale,” said World Startup Report’s Joffe. “There are companies like Flipkart, Redbus, and Healthkart, which are very, very large.” MakeMyTrip reportedly accounts for more than half of India’s online travel booking market, worth a billion dollars a year and poised for rapid growth as incomes rise. Flipkart, an Amazon-style e-commerce company founded in Bangalore in 2007, already sells around $350 million a year worth of books, gadgets and clothes. Co-founder Sachin Bansal recently projected that sales will top $1 billion before 2015. Investors already estimate the company’s worth around $800 million, in anticipation of an IPO slated for two to five years down the road. Meanwhile, online bus ticket booking company has inked ticketing deals with more than a thousand bus service operators in a crowded and chaotic market. In its latest fundraising round, Venture capitalists put’s worth at about $110 million. It’s poised for rapid growth; this year it is expected to post a profit of about $400,000 on revenue of approximately $1 million. And JustDial, a phone service christened “Google for Indians who don’t have internet access,” is set for a $174 million IPO May 20 that could spark a flurry of followers.

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India vs. Pakistan Analysis: As the Obama administration flubs peace talks, the risk is rising of proxy war between South Asia’s two nuclear rivals. By Jason Overdorf - As 2014 approaches, the Obama administration is busy trying to keep its promise of extracting most US troops from Afghanistan. So far, the United States looks set to bungle the negotiations, ceding ground to the Taliban to facilitate a quick exit. That could push hostilities into a new phase, in which neighboring adversaries India and Pakistan would vie for influence over the mountainous, landlocked nation. In a worst-case scenario, experts say, if the US were to truly botch the delicate deal-making, the rivalry between the two South Asian nuclear powers could fuel ongoing violence — or even devolve into a proxy war. From New Delhi’s perspective, the options are hardly appealing. India could increase its involvement in Afghanistan and risk getting sucked into a bloody quagmire, or watch its fragile neighbor become a vassal state of Pakistan. India and Pakistan’s jostling in Kabul dates back to the Cold War and before. When war broke out after the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, India and Pakistan supported rival anti-communist factions. India sided with rebels opposed to Islamic extremism; Pakistan backed the group that eventually became the Taliban. Since the Bush administration’s 2001 invasion, however, the US has pressured India to limit its Afghanistan role, to prevent Pakistan from withdrawing support for the war and cutting vital US supply lines. With the US now ready to bring its soldiers home, India and Pakistan are again wrangling for control. Both foresee disaster if the other were to gain the upper hand. Islamabad fears that India would use Afghanistan to aid insurgents in Pakistan’s nearby Baluchistan province, where rebellion has simmered since the 1970s. Pakistan also regards control over Kabul as vital to its military doctrine of “strategic depth” — under which Afghanistan would serve as a refuge where its leaders could lead a counterattack in the event of an Indian invasion. For its part, India fears that resurgent Islamic militancy in Afghanistan will stoke violence in Indian-administered Kashmir, by providing a safe haven and training ground for militants like Lashkar-e-Taiba, perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. So far, India looks to be losing the struggle. New Delhi has earmarked nearly $2 billion for infrastructure projects and humanitarian initiatives in Afghanistan since the US invasion. The most recent survey on

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New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater near Fracking Sites By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale. While the findings are far from conclusive, the study provides further evidence tying fracking to arsenic contamination. An internal Environmental Protection Agency PowerPoint presentation recently obtained by the Los Angeles Times warned that wells near Dimock, Pa., showed elevated levels of arsenic in the groundwater. The EPA also found What Is Hydraulic Fracturing? arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites in Pavillion, Wyo., Hydraulic fracturing is a process used in nine out of 10 natural gas wells in the United States, in 2009 — a study the agency later abandoned. where millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break ProPublica talked with Brian Fontenot, the paper’s lead apart the rock and release the gas. author, about how his team carried out the study and why it Scientists are worried that the chemicals used in fracturing may pose a threat either matters. (Fontenot and another author, Laura Hunt, work for underground or when waste fluids are handled and sometimes spilled on the surface. the EPA in Dallas, but they conducted the study on their own time in collaboration with several UT Arlington researchers.) hours. So we spent quite a few weekend days going out to folks Here’s an edited version of our interview: who had responded to our call and sampling their water. But that wasn’t quite enough. We also had to get samples from What led you guys to do the study? We were sort of talking around lunch one day, and came up within the Barnett Shale in areas where fracking was not going with the idea of actually going out and testing water in the on, and samples from outside the Barnett Shale where there’s Barnett Shale. We’d heard all the things that you see in the no fracking going on, because we wanted to have those for media, all the sort of really left-wing stuff and right-wing stuff, reference samples. For those samples we went door to door and but there weren’t a whole lot of answers out there in terms of explained to folks what our study was about. We have people that were pro-industry that wanted to an actual scientific study of water in the Barnett Shale. Our main intent was to bring an unbiased viewpoint here — to just look participate in this study to help out — saying, you know, at the water, see if we could find anything, and report what we ‘You’re not going to find anything and I’m going to help you prove it.’ And we also had folks that were determined to find found. problems. We have the whole gamut of folks represented in our study. What kind of previous studies had been done in this vein? We would take a water well, and we would go directly to The closest analog that I could find to our type of study are the things that have been done in the Marcellus Shale, with Rob the head, the closest we could get to the actual water source Jackson’s group out at Duke University. Ours is set up very coming out of the ground, and we would purge that well for similarly to theirs in that we went out to private landowners’ about 20 minutes. That ensures that you’re getting fresh water wells and sampled their water wells and assayed them for from within the aquifer. So we didn’t take anything from the various things. We decided to go with a list of chemicals tap, and nothing that had been through any kind of filtration thought to be included in hydraulic fracturing that was actually system. This was as close to the actual groundwater as we could released in a congressional report. Our plan was to sample get. We took some measurements, and then we took several everyone’s water that we could, and then go through that list samples back to UT Arlington for a battery of chemistry of these potential chemical compounds within the analyses. That’s where we went through and looked for the various volatile organic compounds and heavy metals and congressional list. methanols and alcohols and things like that. How did you do it? We were able to get a press release put out from UT What did you find? We found that there were actually quite a few examples of Arlington that went into the local newspapers that essentially called for volunteers to be participants in the study. For being elevated constituents, such as heavy metals, the main players a participant, you would get free water testing, and we would being arsenic, selenium and strontium. And we found each of tell them our results. We were upfront with everyone about, those metals at levels that are above EPA’s maximum you know, we don’t have a bias, we’re not anti-industry, we’re contaminate limit for drinking water. not pro-industry. We’re just here to finally get some scientific These heavy metals do naturally occur in the groundwater data on this subject. And we had a pretty overwhelming in this region. But we have a historical dataset that points to the response. fact that the levels we found are sort of unusual and not natural. From there we chose folks that we would be able to get to. These really high levels differ from what the groundwater used We had to work on nights and weekends, because we had an to be like before fracking came in. And when you look at the agreement with EPA to work on this study outside of work location of the natural gas wells, you find that any time you


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have water wells that exceed the maximum contaminate limit for any of these heavy metals, they are within about three kilometers of a natural gas well. Once you get a private water well that’s not very close to a natural gas well, all of these heavy metals come down. But just because you’re close to a natural gas well does not mean you’re guaranteed to have elevated contaminate levels. We had quite a few samples that were very close to natural gas wells that had no problems with their water at all. We also found a few samples that had measureable levels of methanol and ethanol, and these are two substances that don’t naturally occur in groundwater. They can actually be created by bacterial interactions underwater, but whenever methanol or ethanol occur in the environment, they’re very fleeting and transient. So for us to be able to actually randomly take a grab sample and detect detectable methanol and ethanol — that implies that there may be a continuous source of this. You found levels of arsenic in areas with fracking that were almost 18 times higher than in areas without fracking or in the historical data. What would happen to someone who drank that water? Arsenic is a pretty wellA lot of these can actually known poison. If you cause different scenarios experience a lot of long-term whereby the naturally exposure to arsenic, you get a occurring heavy metals will lot of different risks, like skin damage, problems with the become concentrated in circulatory system or even an ways they normally increased risk of cancer. The wouldn’t. levels that we found would not be a lethal dose, but they’re certainly levels that you would not want to be exposed to for any extended period of time.

of the folks that had high levels of heavy metals were not necessarily surprised. You hear so much I think maybe they were expecting it to come back with something even more extreme than that. I don’t want to say they were relieved, but I think they all sort of took the news in stride and realized, OK, well, as a private well owner there’s no state or federal agency that provides any kind of oversight or regulation, so it’s incumbent on that well owner to get testing done and get any kind of remediation. Do you think fracking is responsible for what you found? Well, I can’t say we have a smoking gun. We don’t want the public to take away from this that we have pegged fracking as the cause of these issues. But we have shown that these issues do occur in close relation, geographically, to natural gas extraction. And we have this historical database from pretty much the same exact areas that we sampled that never had these issues until the onset of all the fracking. We have about 16,000 active wells here in the Barnett Shale, and that’s all popped up in about the last decade, so it’s been a pretty dramatic increase. We noticed that when you’re closer to a well, you’re more likely to have a problem, and that today’s samples have problems, while yesterday’s samples before the fracking showed up did not. So we think that the strongest argument we can say is that this needs more research.

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What about the other stuff you found? The heavy metals are a little bit different because they are known to be included in some fracking recipes. But they’re also naturally occurring compounds. We think the problem is that they’re becoming concentrated at levels that aren’t normal as a result of some aspect of natural gas extraction. It’s not necessarily that we’re saying fracking fluid getting out. We don’t have any evidence of that. But there are many other steps involved, from drilling the hole to getting the water back out. A lot of these can actually cause different scenarios whereby the naturally occurring heavy metals will become concentrated in ways they normally wouldn’t. For example, if you have a private water well that’s not kept up well, you’ll have a scale of rust on the inside. And if someone were to do a lot of drilling nearby, you may find some pressure waves or vibrations that would cause those rust particles to flake out into the water. Arsenic is bound up inside that rust, and that can actually mobilize arsenic that would never be in the water otherwise. Methanol and ethanol are substances that should not be very easy to find in the groundwater naturally. We definitely know that those are on the list of things that are known to be in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But we were unable to actually sample any hydraulic fracturing fluid, so we can’t make any claims that we have evidence fluids got into the water.




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By Samir Shukla Spaces in between I have always been intrigued by the space between two curtains. When the curtains, either hanging on a window or covering a theater stage, aren’t quite fully closed, where the bends and the folds of the hanging cloth leave a space between the two, a mystery presents itself. It’s there, in that space that possibilities lurk. What’s behind the drawn curtains? The thin stream of sunlight trickling through, flickering as the curtain flutters when someone walks by, is like a spotlight on what otherwise maybe an uninteresting spot. A person may stroll by or a bird flutters by the window, and, when that quick flash is seen through that little space, curiosity sets in and invites exploration. A quick swoosh of the hand and for a few seconds the outside world presents itself. The curtains on a stage, when parted just enough, reveal the frantic last minute preparations or a peek at the set design, adding to the anticipation of the audience. Sometimes the curtains are parted far enough for the space in between to reveal the goings on inside or on the other side. The drawn curtains oft mimic the state of mind of the gazer. They may be fully closed, partly open, half open, or just open enough to let some light through. The same can be said of someone whose level of openness, whether just a thin space or fully open, can reveal their persona, emotions, even intentions. We are overt emotional beings and for so many people the space between love and hate, tolerance and intolerance, patience and frustration, likes and dislikes is so thin that any disturbance in that space can trigger an emotive response, sometimes in the blink of an eye. This is where the thin space between fact and hearsay, truth and rumors can implode. The curtains of our minds, i.e. the right side and the left side, reveal the space that colors our emotions, as well as the personalities of the bearer. Silent and personal thoughts inhabit the space between our overt emotions. These are the mysteries of the drawn curtains, or in the case of people, emotions. These slivers of space can produce contentment or disturbance. It’s interesting to observe the physical space between a quarreling couple. Even if they are sitting next to each other or on either side of the bed or the sofa, they may as well be light years apart, during that moment of personal disturbance. A few properly spoken words or gestures after a spat and that vast space of emotional distance can fade into a welcoming space of intimacy. The space between two friends is never empty. It’s filled with trust, companionship, and a sense of security. Your friend has your back, whether he is standing next to you or across the room. That space between friends is just hollow air, devoid of mystery. The space between lovers at the height of passion is so thin that it’s almost nonexistent. The space between day and night, call it dusk, twilight, evening, offers variations of light and moods, the same holds

for the space between night and the incoming day. These are undefined spaces, for some they can be spread over just a few minutes, for others they may feel unending. There are spaces between the seasons that awaken the senses, comfort the mind, and caress the body in a manner that a full blown season does not. This is the space between winter and spring, between spring and summer, between summer and fall. In late summer and early fall, the space between the two seasons, the sky unleashes its palate of clouds and light. It’s an exhibit of colors and design. The days are limber while the dusk churns a blend of hues. At the same time the temperatures modulate affecting moods. This is when the gloriously toasty days of summer begin to soften. The breeze blows calm. The leaves begin their metamorphosis. Those bright green and young leaves mature and darken and then they begin to take on color. Around the edges at first, and then full blown red, orange, yellow. The colors of September appear out of nowhere, one cool morning. The space between summer and fall presents cool mornings that turn into a warm, sunlit afternoon. And later a mid-day drizzle can turn the hot day into a humid blanket. This is the deliciously mood altering space between seasons. Summer is a personal favorite. The heat can be trying, exhausting, annoying, but also soothing. Summer heat warms the bones in a healing manner. Spring is always jovial. It’s about renewal, regrowth and thawing out of winter with its loathsome chill. The days between fall and winter are akin to the space between middle age and old age. The fall represents late middle age and the winter, well, the unwanted old age. But the space between late middle age and old age is also quite intriguing. It’s the last blast. It’s the final push to climb, run, and conquer, well, something. Before the uninvited aches and pains of old age and the winter chill set in. Of course the seasons are not specifically timed. Summer is sprinkled with cool, rainy days, and the winter in the South is stacked with many warm and sunny days. But the undefined and untimed spaces, the days between seasons, evoke a subtle sense of change. Such is the magic of the space in between. We tend to look at the big picture and miss the minutiae and the minor details that color the palates, designs, emotions, and architecture of life. We miss the trees for the forest. As one ages, one notices and relishes the shades and shadows of life, the subtleties of communication, and the unspoken bonds of friendship. The spaces in between. Most people prefer distinct markers, clear guidelines, and straight talk. But a peek inside and in between defined parameters, in between oft overlooked spaces of emotions and relations, can an expand minds, bring on clarity and focus the thinking. It’s a warm and sunny day fall day. The drawn curtains suddenly begin to flutter as a floor fan is switched on. The crooked vertically lit space between them opens and closes, bright one moment, dim the next. What discoveries await in that oft overlooked space?


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Dances of India By Dr. Maha Gingrich

Yoga in dances

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I usually have a very busy schedule between family, job, dance classes, community work, regular cooking and cleaning and so on. Holidays make us even busier than usual. Many of you probably can relate to this schedule issue. As most of you know, when we have negative stress, or when we sit in one place for extended periods of time, whether it is at work, at home or in a meeting, we all experience the same side effects such as tight shoulders, stiff neck, and tight back. Without yoga I would not be able to maintain my sanity and good health. I taught yoga for several years and enjoyed every bit of it. Due to my busy lifestyle, I had to let go of teaching yoga. However, I still practice yoga, when my body and mind call for it. This inspired me to write about the influence of dance on different aspects of life, including yoga. I read that Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra was inspired by an encounter with Lord Nataraja (The founder of Dances). If that is true, I can easily see the connection. Yoga means union. Yoga and dance both begin with union of the body and mind. Both are approached in sequence through logical steps. Both are universal sciences, suited to all students who seek selfrealization. We begin dance with Namaste (Salutation) just like (Surya Namaskar) sun salutations in Yoga. Using the Anjali or prayer hand gesture, we touch our forehead which represents the Ajna Chakra in Yoga, and then we bring our hands down to our chest which represents Anahata Chakra. Even the hand gesture (mudra) for meditation is Arala in both yoga and dance. When I was teaching yoga, I taught these dance hand gestures (Hasthas) to people suffering with arthritis. I also taught the Vrikshasana, the tree pose (Standing on one foot), among others, with dance movements to find both inner and outer balance. Many of the advanced poses in dance require flexibility of body and a systematic way to control the body movements. Out of 108 poses (Karanas), very few can be performed without training in yoga for flexibility. Even the word Hatha Yoga would mean the balance of Ha (Sun) and Tha (Moon) that are part of our dance ornaments that we place as part of our head dress. Dancers need to balance these two forms representing masculine and feminine energies. We need to have the strength in our footsteps while depicting the graceful movements with our hands. This leads me into something I read in the newspaper while I was in India. Dance is now being used as a therapeutic tool for children with disabilities. Through dance they are providing the structure for developing body sense and to learn to express the nine emotions (Nava Rasas) such as disgust, anger, wonder, fear, valor, love, compassion, laughter, and peace. Every child responds to music and dance naturally. This method and approach is beneficial in raising their interest level for participation. I know personally that dancing has influenced all aspects of my life. B.K.S. Iyengar, the famous Yoga teacher has once said that “the body is my temple and asanas are my prayers.”

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coast again. Kush is looking around him with bigger eyes than I remember, but I never know what he’s paying attention to until later, when we talk before bedtime about the day. We have a game, “In Vietnam, I noticed ___,” we’ll say, and take turns filling in the blanks. He’ll tell me about some cat up on the sign above a building, walking around like it owned the place, or call the red-and-white striped sign pole “bamboo.” Sometimes he’ll see another mother smile and “ink” at him, or he’ll leave the “joke” of his fried eggs alone. As much as I miss having my husband along with us sometimes, in a way, I’m glad there isn’t anyone else along to distract me from giving Kush my fullest attention, at these times. I know he’s just four, and this time won’t come back. I also know the time alone for Akira back in the US will do wonders for him, since he’s done so much of the heavy lifting around the house in Durham while I’d spend long hours at Duke Library, being the giant introvert that I am. I’m scared sometimes that traveling for Asia for two years – that’s the plan, working through the Internet as we go – will be hard for us, but it’s not me I’m worried about. It’s Kush. Will he be okay? Will he miss his friends? Will he want something I can’t provide? I want to do a good job, just like any mother. Of course, parents fear their kids getting hurt, too. Most of the objections I heard to this trip when I floated the idea were about that. Risks. So far, we’ve been sticking to the nicer places. Not getting too caught up in trying to do too much. I want to go slow, because that’s easier than rushing around and getting ourselves hot, tired, and cranky. May heat in Vietnam rivals North Carolina, and it’s worse for the smog. At the very early part of the day when I was a kid coming down for breakfast, my father used to say, “What’s your program?” It was sort of rote, and most of the time, none of us said anything. My brother and mother passed glances and ketchup and we ate in silence much of the time. But who really plans stuff out, completely? Doesn’t that presuppose a bunch of fixed outcomes and… “Mama,” Kush says again, and I feel the weight of him on my right arm. “Get up.” I reclaim my eyelid, and roll over. Then he does it. Charms the mess out of me with the tiniest phrase. Works every time, to motivate. Even when I’m getting annoyed at something, or PMS-ing, or when I’m distracted by a newspaper article in English I happen to find to the point he can’t stand it anymore, he’ll say it, and I’ll melt. He does it now. “Mama,” he says. “I love you.” A few months after this, I arrived in India, where I’m writing from now. We are making our way to the mountains. I’ve always adored the Himalayas, and that’s how Kush got his name. There are still painful feelings surrounding the idea of risktaking, and uncertainty ahead, and to be totally honest if I could have looked into a crystal ball to see some of the scenes we’ve already experienced I would have cancelled the whole trip. Giant potholes are part of the journey, though, as some of the older travelers along the way have advised. They’re the ones that have their eyes on the horizon, and I’m going to heed every word. On Monday, we head to Darjeeling. Dipika Kohli Contact email:

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startups, where hammocks and foosball tables compete with product displays for pride of place. Returnees and second-time entrepreneurs are shaking up the job market with Silicon Valley-style ideas about work culture. Top graduates are beginning to worry less about getting a job and more about doing something exciting. And delayed marriages are eclipsing love marriages as the biggest threat to the traditional Great Indian Wedding. Consider, India’s largest online apparel retailer, where a fat check from venture capitalists has financed a slick, candy-colored workspace that wouldn’t look out of place on New York’s Madison Avenue. In the reception area, a mock retail outlet gets a complete redesign every month to remind employees that they’re as deep in the clothing business as Benetton or DKNY. Supermodel silhouettes and murals of Paris and Milan mark the boundaries between departments. Every pillar doubles as a whiteboard for scrawling goals and brainstorming new strategies. “The office environment is very much driven by the Silicon Valley culture,” said co-founder and CEO Mukesh Bansal, who worked for four US startups over eight years before returning to India to start Myntra in 2007. “It’s important to create an environment with flexibility, casual work environment, the right balance between work and fun, [and] meritocracy. It empowers people. It helps you recruit good talent.” Ban the work titles That’s more revolutionary than it sounds. Though the IT services business has already cut through some of the rigidness, the work culture in India tends to be more formal than in the United States. And although the private sector generally emphasizes performance over time served, elements of the state sector’s dogged adherence to “seniors” and “juniors” still creep in. Across town at Amagi Media Labs, the atmosphere is even more relaxed. An innovative company that has disrupted the broadcasting and advertising businesses with software allowing broadcasters to bypass satellites and beam TV content directly to cable operators over the internet, Amagi has eliminated job titles. Everybody in the company, from the “tea boy” ubiquitous in Indian companies on up, gets the equivalent of 10 percent of his salary to invest in something he thinks will help the business, no questions asked. And because even a company of equals needs business cards, employees get to write their own job descriptions, such as “I have both the dream and the means to make it come true! Marketing with a twist of lime is what I do.” “Hiring has become a lot easier now, because people are a lot more open to joining startups,” said K.A. Srinivasan, who founded a startup called ImpulseSoft in 1999 before starting Amagi Media Labs along with two partners in 2008. “In ImpulseSoft, we have gone and convinced uncles that, yes, you can let your nephew join ImpulseSoft. We will make sure he gets married.” “Now, the aura around services companies has faded. The Infosyses and the Wipros are no longer the attraction for engineers graduating from a good college,” Srinivasan added. “The confidence of guys who have spent two, three, four years working is dramatically different. They’re no longer looking up to their parents for advice.”.”


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6. Anger creates more problems. Scientist David Banner turns into the Incredible Hulk loses control when he gets angry, and turns into a huge rage-filled monster. During his angry rampages, lots of things get destroyed, but Banner wakes up bruised, battered and in worse shape than before he got angry. Take a hint from the Hulk. Anger makes monsters of the best people. Don’t act out. Those are just some of the things I’ve learned from superheroes, but the most important lesson is this: You can change the world because you are not like everyone else. You are special, wonderful and unique, and the journey that brought you to where you are today makes you uniquely qualified to use your abilities to make a big difference in the lives of those around you. Who are your favorite superheroes and what lessons did you learn from them? I’d love to know. Want to continue the conversation and share your thoughts and questions? Connect with me on Twitter @GailMartinPR!

Savvy, Successful or Scared of Social Media? Where are you on the social media scale? Savvy? Successful? Or scared? If you put yourself in the third category, you’re in good company. So many of the business owners and solo professionals I meet confide that they are afraid of social media. That fear is holding them back from using a valuable tool that could help them grow their business. And here’s the good news: you don’t have to be afraid. Fear #1: Social Media is Unfamiliar. One way to look at social media that takes some of the fear away is to think of it as a tool like your telephone, mailbox or email. None of those are very scary, right? They’re all tools we use to connect with other people, and to have other people connect with us. Used improperly, we get telemarketer phone calls, junk mail and spam. But used correctly, we hear from friends, family and clients, receive valuable materials, and reach people around the world. Social media is one more way to make that connection, to deliver or receive valuable information, and to reach people around the block and around the world. Fear #2: Social Media Will Take Up All My Time. Not if you plan your work and work your plan. Think of it this way: if you walk into a store to browse, you could wander around for an hour. But if you go in knowing exactly what you want to buy, you can be in and out in 15 minutes. It’s the same with social media. Before you log on, have one or two strategic actions you want to accomplish, go do them, and log off. If there are things that catch your eyes but aren’t business-related, save them for your lunch hour or evening.

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In Search of Grade-A Innovation talent in New Delhi. Talented Indian tech pros have long dominated Silicon Valley. Now they’re creating breakout startups back home. Could the subcontinent hatch the next Google? By Jason Overdorf - The first “Hug A Startup” event is shaping up like the worst frat party ever. It’s close to 8 o’clock on a Saturday night. About 40 guys crowd around a banner reading “Free Hugs” next to a whiteboard. A few others have already taken seats in classroom-style chair-desks and whipped out notepads. In one corner, the only woman in sight is wearing a school backpack and talking to a scruffy looking guy in a dirty blue T-shirt — one of the organizers. After a moment, he puts two fingers in his mouth and whistles. Then Sameer Guglani, co-founder of Morpheus Gang, a startup “accelerator,” steps into the bullpen. “This is the first [Hug A Startup] event,” he says. “So you guys are the bakras [sacrificial lambs].” Hug A Startup is Guglani’s idea. Part support group, part job fair, it’s intended to help the so-called “Morpheus Gang” — the 60-odd startups that are part of Guglani’s business incubator — overcome one of the biggest hurdles faced by India’s fledgling companies. Finding talented staff willing to forego the fat paychecks and stability offered by big IT services firms is tough, as it can mean not only defying your parents but also delaying your marriage. Guglani has organized the Hug A Startup as a kind of problem-solving competition. Founders from some of Morpheus Gang companies — Airwoot, iDubba, and One52, to name a handful — step to the whiteboard and lay out a business problem they face. Then the wannabes compete to offer suggestions, and look smart. The concept is a new one for the audience. India’s startup scene hasn’t minted many millionaires so far. But these would-be recruits have given up their Saturday night and made their way to the bleak factory landscape of New Delhi’s Okhla Industrial Estate for what amounts to a cattle call. Get noticed here, and you could be part of the Next Big Thing. Even though parents still pressure young graduates and

The Accelerator Boom If finding talented software and marketing staff is tough for entrepreneurs, signing the entrepreneurs themselves is getting harder, too, as the number of accelerators has increased dramatically over the past two years. Through other events and an open call for applications, the Morpheus, which Guglani and his wife, Nandini Hirianniah, founded in 2008, is now searching for its 10th batch of entrepreneurs to invest in. Over the past two years, as many as 40 privately owned, forprofit startup accelerators have set up shop across India. Hoping to mirror the success of Silicon Valley stalwarts like the Y Combinator and 500 Startups — which together helped outfits like Reddit, Dropbox, Airbnb, Taskrabbit, Twilio and Wildfire — they’ve already transformed the landscape for Indian entrepreneurs. Like their more famous Silicon Valley predecessors, these accelerators invite applications from thousands of would-be founders. It shortlists them based on their ideas, education and experience. continued on page 86 62

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All India Movement for Seva Free Student Home All India Movement (AIM) for Seva was founded in November 2000 as a Public Charitable Trust by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a visionary, an eminent and traditional teacher of Vedanta and writer, with the vision to create a movement of seva or caring for the upliftment of the under privileged sections in the society. AIM for Seva recognized that education that is easily accessible to the poorer sections of the population is the only viable option to bring about an enduring change in the rural and tribal areas where more than 75 percent of Indians live. The poor attendance in schools attributed primarily to the lack of all-weather roads is one of the reasons for the high school dropout rates in rural regions. AIM for Seva addressed this problem in a creative way by constructing a chaatraalaya, or a free student home (FSH) near an already existing school. Thanks to this innovative approach, no new investment was needed for schools and focus was changed entirely to education and after school activities for a holistic development of the child. FSH provides all the needs of the school-going child such as a place to stay, nutritious food, school uniforms, extra assistance with the studies, health care, educational material and above all an enriching ambience that is conducive for the overall growth of the child. Since its inception in 2000, AIM for Seva has completed 96 FSHs, including 18 homes exclusively for girls, across 15 states serving 5000 villages and on an average 3000 children a year. In the areas where the FSHs operate the dropout rates have come down dramatically to less than 1 percent. Other metrics have also improved. So far, 14,000 children have benefited and the number is growing. Children are admitted to the FSHs irrespective of their caste or creed from the age of eight and they stay there till their graduation from high school. In addition to the academic curricula special programs are offered in order that the students are afforded opportunities to develop their innate potential in multiple areas. As a social enterprise the ultimate objective of AIM for Seva is to produce an outcome of a positive change in the lives of the children in the rural and tribal areas whom it serves. In this regard, the Social Return on Investment (SROI) for the enterprise is astounding. AIM for Seva is providing a crucial support in the formative years of the children and is enabling them to realize their dreams. What the students learn in terms of personal hygiene, health and the environmental cognizance, they take those values to their homes and communities when they go for a visit during the summer breaks. In many of the FSHs there are vegetable gardens and goshalas (cow sanctuaries) in which the children are actively involved and grow with an ecological responsibility. In some of the FSHs there are solar powered heat and electricity, carbon negative

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Cary Diwali 2013 Hum Sub presents Cary Diwali 2013 - “Darpan - Refliections of India” on Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 beginning at 10:30am at the Koka Booth Amphitheater, Regency Park, NC. The annual event is a unique blend of food, music, cultural performances, and other events to celebrate the eternal Festival of Lights, Diwali. Many vendors will be on hand as well as a photography and exhibition competition and of course the myriad colors of India and its heritage will be on display. For more details on An evening of fusion Music and dance B-Melody, an innovative youth instrumental fusion band in the the event visit the website Triangle area, in collaboration with accomplished Bharathanatyam dancers Meena Rajagopal and Ramya Kapadia, will be hosting a fundraising event at the Cary Arts community News Center on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7pm. Proceeds will Bindu Pamarthi Contesting Miss America help the ALS Foundation (Fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease) Jim Bindu Pamarthi, who grew up in part in North Carolina and now “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of North Carolina. B-Melody is a resides in D.C., won the Miss District of Columbia competition group of high school students who have been performing as a earlier this year. She will represent District of Columbia at the national Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Pamarthi was crowned the 60th anniversary Miss District of Columbia 2013 on June 9 at Arena Stage in DC. A second year law student at Georgetown University Law Center, she obtained her B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she double majored in Psychology and Political Science. In college, Pamarthi enjoyed interning at the Office of the N.C. Governor and with the nationally broadcast radio show “The Story with Dick Gordon.” She also worked as a research assistant on an evaluation team dealing with Shaken Baby Syndrome at the Injury Prevention Research Center, matched volunteer mentors to underprivileged youths as an intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and traveled abroad to carry out independent research and development initiatives. She has advocated for children in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases in court as a Guardian ad litem, written an group for over seven years in a variety of local Indian cultural award-winning honors thesis on events. They play music in a variety of genres, ranging from maladaptive marital behaviors, and taught Bollywood, Kollywood, and Indian classical to semi-classical ethnically marginalized subsistence farmers fusion. Notable venues include: Cary Diwali, Nuv Yug’s India basic computer skills at the Himalayan Fest, Tamil Cultural Association, Two Cents of Hope, AID fundfoothills. At Georgetown Law, she is excited raiser benefit event, Kanchi Kamakoti event, SVTemple to have been admitted to the Street Law Anniversary Celebration, Hindu Society of NC annual event. program in which she will educate students Besides the above, the band members regularly participate in at a D.C. public high school about valuable concerts and events for Triangle Youth Philharmonic lawyering skills. As a volunteer for the Association, All-state Orchestra and School bands. For this Equal Justice Foundation, she assisted with fundraiser show, B-Melody will offer an evening of auctions and recruiting student pledges to help support law entertainment as they play a wide range of music - from Indian to Western Classical, from Hollywood to Bollywood, from folk students engaged in public interest work. Born in a small tunes to dance tunes. This is a free event. Fund raising is through Minnesota town, she has since lived in New York, Mississippi, donations and the show will take place at the Cary Arts Center, Denmark, and North Carolina with her parents and elder 101 Dry Ave, Cary, North Carolina 27511. For more information brother, prior to arriving in the District. She was featured on about this band, visit For details PETA’s national blog for young adults for her school-room advocacy and hopes to continue growing her campaign against about the band call 919.637.2689. cosmetic animal testing. She states her career ambition is “to Dharma and Yoga Fest practice law as a compassionate and highly regarded attorney.” Several Hindu and cultural organizations including Hindu The Miss America finals will be televised on ABC on September Swayamsevak Sangh have teamed up to celebrate the first ever 15. Check local listings.


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Then the top candidates pitch their business plans to compete for spots in the program. India lacks competition anywhere near as fierce as Y Combinator, which invited 47 would-be startups out of 2,633 applications to interview for its latest batch. But veteran outfits like the Morpheus and brand names like the Microsoft Accelerator, in Bangalore, receive hundreds of applications for 10 to 15 spots, and that’s not including the work they do on their own to ferret out talent. Microsoft Accelerator CEO-in-residence Mukund Mohan, who founded and sold Buzzgain before taking the Microsoft gig, attends more than 80 events and meets thousands of entrepreneurs a year, he says. Winners get money, office space, software tools, access to customers and investors, and business advice. Perhaps most important, though, is a stamp of legitimacy. That’s a big help. The would-be employees at the Hug A Startup have never heard of any of the companies that are hiring. They’re here because they know The Morpheus. The help doesn’t come free, of course. The Morpheus, for example, takes a 7 to 12 percent stake in the startups it takes into the accelerator in exchange for an investment of about $10,000 — as well as 10-15 hours a day of sweat equity. But because it’s especially difficult to start a business in India most founders are happy to give their backers a cut. It typically takes a year and a half for a startup to get up and running, compared with six months in Silicon Valley. Where Silicon Valley landlords rent office space month-to-month, landlords in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Gurgaon often ask for as much as 10 months in advance. “Lots of things are stacked against the entrepreneur,” Microsoft’s Mohan said. Even after the beer gets flowing, the inaugural Hug A Startup event doesn’t offer too much evidence that’s going to change overnight, even though The Morpheus can boast that most of the companies they’ve backed are still running and nearly half have secured follow-on financing. With two industrial-sized fans roaring, a few paper lanterns, and mattresses on the floor, it’s more airplane hangar than cocktail lounge. And a little eavesdropping suggests there’s not much matchmaking going on — as much because the jobseekers aren’t keen on the companies as because the founders aren’t impressed with the applicants. In one corner, a sales guy whose wife sells jewelry through Facebook has buttonholed Morpheus co-founder Hirianniah, trying to talk financing while she tries to keep her four-yearold daughter entertained. Pitch: “It’s pure e-commerce, but in a different way, because we don’t have a website.” Near the free grub, three college students admit that startup jobs are still a no-go area where their parents are concerned. “Parents still think getting out of college and getting into a [multi-national company] and getting a salary of 3-4 lakhs [$6000-$8000] is the best thing.” And Airwoot co-founder Prabhat Saraswat spends a nodoubt fruitless 10 minutes talking business models with a kid who complained downstairs that he wasn’t impressed with the companies on display. “I’m open to options,” the kid says later. “I’m not just looking at startups. But the thing is that at startups you can learn a lot of things.”

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withdrawal that would leave no US troops at all in Afghanistan after 2014, some began to wonder if Washington was willing to make that deal regardless the cost. “It’s a source of concern to us about the degree to which US would be willing to buy Pakistan support for a post-2014 structure in Afghanistan,” former Indian Foreign Secretary Sibal said. Even if the US leaves a few thousand soldiers in Afghanistan, it will be difficult for anyone to cobble together the country’s various feuding ethnicities to form a government next year. But if Washington affords Pakistani General Ashfaq Kayani a crucial role in the current peace negotiations and allows the Taliban to enter the fray, rehabilitated as a political party, Indians fear that Islamabad’s influence will increase dramatically. “In that fluid situation [if] you introduce a highly organized, externally supported body like the Taliban, what is the time span during which the Taliban, backed by Pakistan, would keep increasing their hold over Afghanistan?” Sibal said. Worse still, that might leave Afghanistan looking a lot like it did before Sept. 11, 2001.

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Community Organizations Carolinas Christian Assembly - Charlotte Everyone is cordially invited to join for Sunday worship, Bible class, Sunday school: Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm. English and various Indian languages are used in the Sunday services. Contact for further details Rev. Dr. K.C. Paul (704.771.1414), Rajan Mathew (704.756.4969), Jose Varughese (704.453.6177), Varughese K. Thomas (803.322.9549).

Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980-216-8732 or

Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 5 pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with a meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English, supplemented by discussion among the group. For further details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar,, 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave,, 704.844.9567 Naras and Beena Eechambadi,

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

Charlotte Hindu Center Table Tennis The group meets every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 - 10 pm. New players come after 7.30 pm for orientation. The TT action takes place at the Vihar Hall of Charlotte’s Hindu Center, 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28134. All levels and types of play. Free coaching and lessons. For further details: or visit

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. Upcoming Events: Sat, Sept 21: Health Fair For Further Details: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax)

Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship We meet on the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Prayer, Bible Study and Fellowship. Anyone who is interested to spend an evening with us is welcome to come with your family and friends. For Further Details: Hema at 704.841.7060 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

Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) .Sunday School Time - 11:15 - 11:45 am; Sunday Worship Service time : 11:45 - 1:15 pm. Sunday Service Location: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715. Saturday Service Location: Life Builders Church - 730 Oak Dale Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. For further details: 803.792.7223; (Pastor: Rajan Samuel).

Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Charlotte Kriya Yoga Group Promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation practices as taught by lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization- even in one lifetime.Center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details:

Carolina Sanskrutik 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,, 704.421.4279 Sonali Tamhane,, 704.364.8605


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Community Organizations 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 wellbeing and happiness. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. For Further Details: Ekal Charlotte Chapter: Neena Narumanchi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

Charlotte Malayalee Association The purpose of this association is to promote and facilitate the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: Sunu Sebastian ( or 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 (

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),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal),

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 For Further Details: 704.277.5013, 704.563.5440,

Hindu Center of Charlotte The temple holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Upcoming Events: Mon, Sept 9: Ganesh Chaturthi Oct 5 - 12: Navratari Sun, Oct 13: Dasera Oct 18 -19: Sharad Purnima celebrations Sun Oct 27: Kids garba The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. For Further Details: 704.535.3440 or 704.607.8412 (facility manager) or

Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Upcoming Events: Sun, Sept 22: Abhisekh Raghuram (vocals), B.U. Ganesh Prasad (violin), Neyveli Narayanan (mridangam) at Tate Hall, CPCC at 3:30pm. Sun, Oct 27: Akkarai Sisters (violin), Shertalai Ananthakrishnan (mridangam), Dr. S. Karthik (ghatam) at Tate Hall, CPCC 3:30pm. For Further Details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan),

IAMC (Indian American Muslim Council) - Charlotte Chapter IAMC is an Independent 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 efforts to promote Peace and Social Justice for all in India, to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community understanding in the United States with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103

Dada Bhagwan Group What is Gnan Vidhi? It is scientific process of attaining Self Realization in the presence of Atmagnani. It is the gracing of real knowledge that separates the real Self from the non-self. The benefits of Gnan Vidhi are many like attaining awareness of the soul, getting solution through right understanding, removing wrong beliefs and destroying past sins. For further details contact 877 505 Dada (3232). Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to


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Community Organizations For Further Details: JCGC President – Suresh Shah: 704.717.8481

India Association of Charlotte (Festival of India) The organization works to foster 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 Sept 14 - 15, 2013 in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

Kiran KIRAN is a 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 cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. 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, 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. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 /

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. Upcoming Events: Sat, Oct 5: Vocal Recital by Sandipan Samajpati at 6 pm, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC Central Campus. Sat, Nov 16: Bharat Natyam Dance Recital by Sonali Skandan and group (senior disciple of Padma Bhushan C. V. Chandrashekhar), at 5 pm, Dana Auditorium, Queens University. For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Richa Pathak 704-921-4276

Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. For Further Details:

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around metropolitan Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Monday, Sep 2, 2013 (Baras) to Monday, Sep 9, 2013 (Choth): Paryushan Maha Parva 10am-12pm: Prakshal, Puja and Pravachan, 6:45-10:15pm: Pratikaman, Aarti, Bhakti Bhavna & Pravachan Celebration of Paryushan under the guidance of two Veer Sainiks from Tapovan in India – Amitbhai Shah and Jayeshbhai Doshi Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 (Amas): Var Ghodo and Kalpa Sutra Vaanchan @ 10:30 am Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 (Bij): Bhagwan Mahavir’s Janma Vaanchan, Gheeboli and Swapna Darshan followed by Swamivatsalya @ 3:30 pm Monday, Sep 9, 2013 (Choth): Samvatsari Pratikaman and Tapasvi Bahuman @ 4 pm Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 (Pancham): Samuhik Parna @ 9:00 AM Wed, Sep 18, 2013 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikaman @ 7 pm. Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 (Bij) to Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 (Trij): JCGC Chaitya Paripati All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja,7:30pm – Chaityavandan, Aarti and Mangal Divo Street Address: 7631 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262

Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read and write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools are not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai ( or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798). Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and provide community service in the area. For Further Details: 94

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Community Organizations welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. For Further Details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar : 704-541-3451

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

Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA organizes regular events and programs. For Further Details: Trimurti Temple Charlotte, NC Trimurti Temple is open daily, morning puja (10am) and evening puja (7pm). Sunday abhisekhams (11am) and other special pujas. Temple is located at 6441/6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. All Sundays at 11 am Venkateswara Abishekam For Further Details: 980-219-7556

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 provides support to meet those needs. For Futher Details:; email: Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. For Further Details: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani

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)

Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) The group meets Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm in Charlotte. The group recites Datta-Bavani, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading Guru-Lilamrut. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, Videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805

Greensboro Art of Living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For Further Details: Nirupama Shankar @ Puja Verma @

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), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti works to fulfill the NC community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti

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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center regularly conducting Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, various service activities and SSE class (for students) in Greensboro, NC all Sundays — 9:45 am to 12:15 pm For Further Details: Swami Rajendran 908-875-6964 Dr. Varatharajah 336-851-9150

Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar: 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel: 336.253.7182

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 there is chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. The temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. For Further Details: 336.593.2322 or 336.793.7138

India Association of the Triad (IATNC) Greensboro 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, Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462,

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:

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


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

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 Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? 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

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Community Organizations 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: Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers courses that teach practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The centerpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. For Further Details: 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: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. For Further Details: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh 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: (Charlotte region)

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 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), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC The Bharatiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) is organized for folks of Indian origin aged 60 and above. The BSCNC members meet second Saturday of every month from 10am - 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, Sept 14 at Cary Senior Center at Bond Park, Cary, NC. On this day Janmasthami will be celebrated. For Further Details: Mahendra Patel (919.793.6588) Raojibhai Patel (252.236.4391) Carolina Rajasthani Association The group organizes several events throughout the year. For Further Details: Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide 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 bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and activities like picnics, and competitions. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. All festivals are celebrated. 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. For Further Details: 100

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Community Organizations Dada Bhagwan Foundation The Foundation was formed with the goal of spreading peace and harmony 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 various topics. This is a practical spiritual science. 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 Prasad at the HSNC Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 ext 1003 Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. For Further Details: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. Upcoming Events: Nov 8 - 9: Awaaz For Further Details: 732.865.3173

Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: Geet Bazaar Radio 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) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For Further Details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.)

Gokul Bhajan and Vedic Studies Weekly meeting of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Sri Krishna. The group holds programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm in the Triangle area. Children are assigned with projects like book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and more. Classes are conducted with two semesters per year with tests and scores. For Further Details: 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:

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 wellbeing and happiness. The Raleigh Chapter EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in the Triangle area. For further details: Ekal/RTP:

Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365

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Community Organizations Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Temple Timings : Sunday to Monday - 7am-9pm (all day open) Morning Aarti: Mon-Friday-10.30am, Saturday-10am, Sunday 10am Evening Aarti: Mon-Friday- 8pm, Saturday-Sunday 6pm Regular religious events: Ramayan recital, Sunderkand, Hanumanchalisa, Shiva abishek, Gayatri Bhajans, Vaishnav Bhajans , Vedic havan, Jain Pooja, Bhagvatam, Vishnu sastranam, Ekadashi Bal Krishna abishek, Lalitha sastrnamam, Skananda shasti Kavacham, and Sholaka chanting. All major religious celebrations are observed throughout the year. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga Classes(twice a week), Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes,Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts, music, shlokas. Regular pooja services are done in the temple. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Sept 9 - 22: HSNC RTP Ganesh Festival For Further Details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 Trilok Pillai (manager) at 919.599.9567 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) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) The HSS conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. For Further Details: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Upcoming Events:

Sat, October 19: Cary Diwali, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary NC For Further Details: 919.931.3572 - President (Meena Jeyakumar) 919.757.6666 - Vice President (Sunny Surana) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. IAFPE is excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. For Further Details: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. For Further Details: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) InStepp InStepp is located in Durham and its mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, gender-responsive training, educational and prevention services. If you need assistance transitioning into the workforce after losing your primary source of income from a significant other, ask about eligibility to participate in New Choices, an economic self-sufficiency program for women. Services include employment & career counseling, resume development, employability skills training, federal and state benefits application, financial and tuition assistance, community and college referrals, computer skills training and more. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asia and understands the differences in customs and religions across South Asia and can provide services in many Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 / 104

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Community Organizations International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. For Further Details: 919.233.2900 International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) ISSO is a socio-religious organization and its primary objective is to advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. ISSO Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a regularly scheduled biweekly “Satsang Sabha,” every other Saturday, at HSNC Cultural Hall (309 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville, NC27560), which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Devotees come together to practice their religious duties in harmony. All are welcome. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 ISKCON New Goloka Temple of North Carolina New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna Movement. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural, peaceful setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a sumptuous prasadam feast. From 4:30-5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas, enacting dramas and other fun activities. New Goloka also provides educational classes, seminars and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 – 5 am, 7:15 am- 1:00 pm, 4:15 - 5:45 pm, 7 - 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15 am to 8 pm. For Further Details: 919.593.6827,


Kiran KIRAN is a community based, South Asian organization promoting 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 cooperates and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. 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, 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. For Further Details: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN 1-877-625-4726 Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, a 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 each Wednesday from 6 - 8 pm, and each Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a nonpolitical, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities in the Triangle Area of NC. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details:

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Community Organizations Pratham - Triangle Area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - Monica Awasthi - Professional Indians’ Association [PIA] PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: 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 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: Rakesh Huria, President, Raleigh Sai Center at 919-244-1263 E-mail Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the

harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage as well as the wellendowed language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, events and get-togethers. All aficionados are warmly invited to join. For Further Details: Mohana Dighe: 919.378.1947 Sameer Mohile: 919.851.8799 Deepa Kardekar: 201.673.6193 S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For Further Details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar)>, Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction or for receiving one’s self-realization which is the birthright of every human being. Anyone can do it. Sahaja Mediation is free and without obligation. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-Triangle-Group Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 9308 Fairbanks Drive Raleigh, NC, 27613 More information: 108

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Community Organizations http:/// For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa yoga benefits include Longevity, Wellness and Stress Management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For more details about the course visit For Further Details: 919-830-9764 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.. For Further Details:

Telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (TCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC (82362)

Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA’ s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. The association sponsors events throughout the year. Upcoming Events: Sat, Oct 19: Sharad Purnima Sat, Nov 23: Diwali For Further Details:

Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. For Further Details: 919.461.3057 - Alli Dass (President)

Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details:

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Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: Triangle Vipassana Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary, Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday and 3-hour sitting on 3rd Sunday each month, and one day sitting once every few months 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 available for all. There is no charge for the course. To apply for a retreat visit


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Community Organizations For Further Details on Triangle Vipassana: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For Further Details: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi)

Sri Somesvara Temple Sri Somesvara Temple is located near Asheville, NC. Temple hours are 8 am - 7:30pm. Regularly scheduled pujas: Subrabhath Aarti - 8 am, Rudrabhishek Nityapuja - 9 am - 12 noon, Pradoshakala puja and mangala aarti - 6 pm - 7:30pm. The temple also hosts special events. Contact the temple: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Sun, Sept 8: Ganesh Chaturthi Oct 5 - 14: Nine day Mother Divine meditation retreat For Further Details:

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Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. Recently, a sub-chapter of Vallabh Youth Organization (VYO) was formed under the leadership of Mrs. Harsha Shah. Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm and seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808

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Pop’s Puzzles & Jokes By Kirit Shukla

Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. An Asian country. Capital: Kathmandu. 6. To acknowledge with praise; commend. 11. That part of a play, between the exposition & catastrophe. 13. A quick, gentle touch or stroke with hand. 14. An herb of the crucifer family, with greenish roots that are grated and used like horseradish, in Japanese dishes. 15. Robust; big and strong. 17. Resembling or consisting of a scape (a shaft of column). 19. A tall, tropical evergreen tree of the mahogany family, cultivated in Asia for its wood and aromatic oil. 20. Tennessee. (*) 21. To improve the form by redoing; to count again. 24. A greyish or purplish red. 26. Indiana. (*) 27. To the same amount or degree. 29. This monthly publication for South Asian community. 31. A mist of fine water particles, as from breaking waves. 33. A woman gossip or busybody. (Slang) 35. A fixed allowance by weight, after deduction of tare, made to buyers to compensate for waste in transit . 36. United Parcel Service. (*)37. To embrace tightly and affectionately. 39. A false statement made with intent to deceive. 40. A natural mineral from which metals can be extracted. 41. To sit on and be carried along by a horse or a bike. 42. A person or a man at the end of a row. 44. Ancient region in SE Europe, correspond to Romania. 45. The sixth largest city in NW Hungary. 46. Official who examines movies, TV shows and removes anything considered obscene or objectionable.

Clues Down: 1. Reports of recent happenings broadcast over TV. 2. The period of about eleven days by which the solar year exceeds the lunar year of twelve months. 3. “___ Nicola”, Italian sculpture and architect. 4. Thatch made of palm leaves, for native huts in Malaya. 5. A legal holiday in honor of working people. (Sep. 2, 2013) 6. Silicon. (*) (Symbol of chemical element) 7. Fine volcanic dust. 8. To disturb mentally or emotionally. 9. To capture; to seize. 10. Words from which derivatives have developed. 12. A military leader of the Canaanites against the Israelites, murdered by Jael. (Hebrew Bible) 16. Not observed; invisible. 18. Group within a species, with physical characteristics genetically adapted to environmental conditions. 22. The part of the body left after cremation. 23. A large building fortified with thick walls; a fortress. 25. Law School Admission Test. (*) (Trademark) 28. Leap; bound; to move suddenly and rapidly. 30. The study of standards of conduct and moral judgment. 32. Thin; slender. 34. Of or relating to the reproduction of sound. 36. A vase used to hold the ashes of a cremated body. 38. A toothed wheel, disk etc. to mesh with a worm thread. 40. A paddle used to row a boat. 41. Past tense of verb run. 43. Missouri. (*) 44. Delaware. (*) (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!)

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YOUTH CORNER (Created By Kirit Shukla) (Find & circle the words in the puzzle). (Subject: “Over____” )



The unused three leters spell the word that means “Pleasure.” 

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


TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “WR” - Fill in the blanks 1. A journalist; an author. WR _ _ _ _ 2. The property that a woman brings to her husband at marriage: now chiefly historical and illegal. _ _ WR _ 3. The remains of something that is destroyed. WR _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. To divulge; reveal. (Archaic) _ _ WR _ _ 5. Ample space to move or work in. _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 6. Not straight; with a twist to a side. _ WR _ 7. To record (data) in a file, on a disk etc. so as to replace the existing data. (Computer) _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 8. Made by twisting or distorting the features. WR _ 9. To agree to as by signature; to insure. _ _ _ _ _WR _ _ _ 10. To open something covered by paper. _ _ WR _ _ 11. A writing machine with a keyboard. _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ _ 12. A small, insect-eating passerine bird having a long bill, rounded wings and a stubby, erect tail. WR _ _ 13. A bony prominence above the eye. _ _ _ WR _ _ _ _ 14. Disregard or defiance of the law. _ _ _ _ _ WR _ 15. False; inaccurate; not proper. WR _ _ _ 16. A topical plant with clumplike roots. _ _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 17. A car modified with a lowered suspension. _ _ WR _ _ _ _ 18. A garland laid on a grave or hung on a door. WR _ _ _ _ 19. A ring where animals are displayed. _ _ _ WR _ _ _ 20. A tool used for holding and turning nuts. WR _ _ _ _ 21. To cover a present with a paper & ribbon. _ _ _ _ WR _ _ 22. A gastropod with brightly colored, shells. _ _ WR _ _ 23. A cowboy who herds livestock (horses). WR _ _ _ _ _ _ 24. Newark Liberty International Airport. (*) _ WR 25. The joint between the hand and the forearm. WR _ _ _ (Puzzle solutions are on page 118. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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Puzzle Solutions

Number 1 One is the only perfect number that represents the single entity; the unit of counting or measurement. One (Unity) is the integer before two and after zero. One is the first non-zero odd number in the natural numbers. We all know that any number multiplied or divided by 1 is the same number. Time and space are units of matrix necessary to generate the illusion or being in existence. One is the probability of an event that is almost certain to occur. In mathematics and computer science, the binary numeral system represents numeric values using two symbols: digits 0 and 1. In simple terms, the binary code converts all information into a code, a bit, that either can be a “on” or “off” - a “1” or a “0.” All the complex data that is transferred via the information technology revolution is actually transmitted as a series of “ons” and “offs.” The “on” and “off” or “1” and “0” represent two states, presence and absence - a duality of being and not being. “To be or not to be” are units of expression and comprehension. It is like the God that really exists (1) or nonexists (0). Logically, God is one if it is present, or zero for the absence. I think the brain is also a super computer that can comprehend, store and communicate in a binary code. Binary numbers were first described and written by a Hindu scholar “Pingala” in the past. Many things besides computers use binary; such as CDs, which have a series of hills and valleys on the surface. These either reflect the light of the thin laser beam shown on them, representing a one, or do not, representing a zero. There is only one Earth and one Sun. Even every human being, animal or any creation of nature in the universe is unique one. We know that there is one life to live, but just think about it for one moment. The time between the birth and death is measured in years, months, days, hours, minutes, seconds… and one moment. The time gone is past (don’t lament on that); it is a history and a remembrance in the mind. The future is unknown, plan for it but never worry about it. So, we do live in the present time which is just one moment of transit from past to future. Let us make this one moment fruitful and enjoyable.

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TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Success will be yours in whatever you undertake during first half of the month. Promotion and recognition will come your way. You will gain respect and good will. The income will rise, but unexpected expenses will also be there. You must curb your expenses to produce some savings. Time is extremely good for education and achievements.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) As eloquent in speech, you will be able to convince others. You will come in contact with knowledgeable and literate people. Your respect and reputation will get enhanced. By dint of your intelligence, you will be able to make a big profit. You must avoid travel. If you follow advice from your parents, you may gain financial benefits. Don’t argue with your siblings or in-laws.

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You will get mixed results in this month. You will lose your confidence and will learn from mistakes. Good faith and morality, rather than your intelligence, will help you in achieving financial success. You will be able to cut your expenses. Your bank balance will go up but don’t make quick decisions in business matters. Journey to far-off place is possible in the second half of the month.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) Try to avoid family dispute during this month. The time is excellent for journey. Time is also very good as far as love life is concerned. Take care of your health, as it is likely to create problems for you. Unexpected monitory gains are possible during this month. Your partner will prove to be very helpful and will drive you in the right direction. Time is not good for students.

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LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You will have strong desire and power to do things in a courageous way. Your confidence will be par excellence. You will get encouraging results as far as job and monetary gains are concerned. You will develop new social relations. There are chances of venturing into a new joint venture. Relaxing short distance travel is also possible. Don’t dispute with your parents.

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Refulgent Technologies Inc.: IT staffing Motels For Sale: Rock Hill, SC (60 company is currently recruiting Java, Rooms) and (39 Rooms). Motel for sale in .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We Richburg, SC (47 Rooms). Nick Patel 704- also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu:  e-mail: recruiter@refulgent905-7945. or 704-405-4238. Liquor and conv. stores for Sale: Clover, SC. Gross sales $380,000-$400,000 from Parttime/Fulltime Single or Couple: both stores, monthly expenses only Needed ASAP for a convenience store in $1,000 + $1600 rent; Asking $90,000 + inv Gaffney, SC. Must speak English and ($70k-$80K). Not negotiable. Call Rocky previous experience preferred. Call 704726-7544 or 864-487-4939. 803-810-5105.


Full Time Nanny Needed for Newborn starting in Cary, NC (Near Raleigh). We also have a 3 year old who is in school full time. References required. Call 919744-9369. Nanny Needed: Need Indian Nanny especially for cooking. Week / Weekends based on their schedules. Flexible hours, call 404-518-0972. Motel Help Wanted: Need Couple for front desk for franchise motel in Raleigh, NC. Accommodations provided. Legal status required. English Fluency and Computer skill needed. Call 919-208-3513. Help Wanted: Indian Restaurant in Charlotte, NC is looking for a waiter. Please contact 704-512-9177. September 2013

MATRIMONIAL: Seeking correspondence for brother, 28, 5'10" Hindu, North-Indian, PhD (Astrophysics) -SISSA-Italy, MScIntegrated (Physics)-IIT-Kanpur. Currently working as Research Associate in India. Seeking active, well- educated girl. Contact us at FOR SALE OR RENT: For Sale: Fridge for $350, a Gateway laptop trolley for $225, a manicure table and pedicure chair $1000, and two hair cutting chairs each for $100. Please call or text 919-601-7147 SERVICES: Hindu Priest: All kinds of puja. Including: havan, katha, weddings, graha pravesh, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. Call Balaji 704-877-6320 or 704-545-7220 or email: Assistance for trip planning to India: for Medical treatment, Destination wedding, Education, Family vacation, Pilgrimage tours to India? Reach Fun N Run for all your needs. For details e-mail Handyman Services: 30+ years experience in home building, remodeling, repairs, natural gas services, general maintenance, home cleaning, deck building / repair, etc. Free estimates. 704-302-4606. Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803328-2266 or

Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill/Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi (Henna) parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Krishna Priya Dasi Phone: 919-824-7734 E-mail: Web: Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi 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: Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Computer Consulting: Assistance with software installation, set-up, formatting, back-up, troubleshooting and more. Very reasonable rates. 704-619-7072. Ami's Beauty in Matthews near I-485 exit 49 (Idlewild Rd). Eyebrows, Upper lips, Chin, Full Face by Thread. 20 years experience. Call for Appointment. 704882-3300 (H) or 704-877-9021 (C). Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or Home Daycare available in South Charlotte: 10 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. NC Credentials CPR -First Aid Certified. Learning Environment-Spanish Lessons. M-F 7am to 6pm. Newborns Welcome. Excellent references. Call 704-541-9235.

Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 22 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912.

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. Email:

Gujarati Priest in NC & SC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-486-7925 E-Mail:

Babysitter / Nanny Available: In Mooresville near Lowes. Exit 33 on I-77. At your home or drop off at our home. Experienced. References available. Please call 704-763-9156 or 704-340-3891.

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

Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704438-6334.


Babysitter & Home Made Food: At home drop off babysitting in Ballantyne - South Charlotte. Home made fresh roti & food. Daily & weekly. Call 925-8582260 or 856-873-1282 / email: Quality Assurance Analyst and Business Analyst training in Charlotte. Job placement assistance. Please call for more details- 704-806-8907. Catering: Home made Fresh & Soft Hand Rolled Roti's available everyday. Making Veg or Non Veg daily or weekly basis. Catering for private parties. Contact Jyoti Call 919-610-3615 Serving Raleigh and Triangle area. Thanks. God Bless Vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area. Full service. Please call for appointment. 843-465-6048.

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September 2013

Index of Advertisers

Laziz Biryani (Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Maadhurya Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Travels Maha Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128 Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi) . . . . . . . .66 Mishra Architecture PLLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Mithai (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 MONTBLANC (Bhindi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Montessori Children's House of Durham . . . . . . . . . . . .101 MyTripFare (Travel agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Narendra Singh For Mayor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 NC Dermatology Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 N-Digilabs Videography & Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Oxford Learning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Palika Bazaar & Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Paramount Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Patel Brothers (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Patel Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Patel, Akshat (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Poornima S. Mathur, CPA, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Premji Valji Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Prime Internal Medicine (E.N. Reddy, M.D.) . . . . . . . . . .76 Rajbhog Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . .27 Rao Bond For Town Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Ravi K. Sawhney, DDS, MSD, PhD (Happy Tooth Orth.)103 RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) . . . . .54 Roopkala Sarees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 SaiMedisoft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 SaReGaMaPa Concert (Festival of India Charlotte) . . . . . .7 Sarvaga Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Shah, Mihir (NY Life) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Shivam Indian Spices (Morrisville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel) . . . . . . . . . .39 Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC) . . . . . . . . . .95 State Auto Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 SunRise Cash & Carry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 SV Temple (Raffle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Swad Restaurant (North Raleigh) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 The Montessori School of Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 TherAccess (Hand Rahablitation Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Tower Restauant (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119 Triangle Eye Institute (Formerly Eye Care Center Apex) 93 Triangle Family Eye Care (Dr. Hiten Prajapati) . . . . . . . .99 Triangle Indian Market (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)107 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Udupi Cafe (Cary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Urogender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Wake OB/Gyn (Dr. Nanda Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Wisdom Home Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 YuppTV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Zayka Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Ziyad Brothers Importing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

A & V Satellites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Aapka Realty (Emmanuel Varghese) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Abbi, Chitra (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Accela Range Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . . . . . .57 Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan) . . . .21 AKM Realty (Arvind Mahajan) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Allstate (Ravi Reddy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) . . . . . . .27 Apna Bazaar (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Apna Travels (Morrisville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Around The World Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Art Of Living Course Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 ARVA LLC Hylite Smart Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Asian Divas (Cosmetologist) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law) . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Basic Infotech and Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Blue Mango Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) . . . . . . .32 Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA . . . . .64 Cary Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) . . . . . . . . . . .113 Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Chandni's Beauty Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Choksi, Viral (Northwestern Mutual) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Cornerstone Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine . . . . . . . . .58 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services) . . .79 Dawat Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Desai Desai Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Elegant Designz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Evershine Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Fayad Law P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Festival Of India (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Fly Worry Free (Travel Agent) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Gandhi, Vandan (Keller Williams Real Estate Consultant)81 Geological Resources, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Global Mall / Legacy Jewels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 Global Weight Loss Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Granada Realty (Kishor Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Grand India Mart (Groceries) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Gujarati Cultural Assoc. of Piedmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Help Wanted (Threading) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Heritage India Assoc Of NC (Gandhi Jayanti) . . . . . . . . .22 Hotbreads Cafe (Nick Foods) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 HSNC (RTP Ganesh Festival) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 & 115 Inchin's Bamboo Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 India Association of Triad (Diwali 2013) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 International Center for Meditation and Well Being . . . .33 International Comm Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 IT Max Solutions, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Jariwala, Bina (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 K. Hovnanian Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Kaya Designs Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125 Khan, Ken (Life Insurance, AGLA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Khanna & Sons Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Kumon Raleigh (MON 2_CMA Inc) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91


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September 2013

Saathee raleigh september 2013  

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

Saathee raleigh september 2013  

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