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Snake boats in Aranmula boat race in Kerala

In this issue: Upcoming Fall Movie Season Why Western Businesses Fail in India

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Editor Samir Shukla

Reasons As West Exits why India, Japan Western and Korea Businesses Move In Fail in India


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Narendra Modi’s Economic Outlook

Monkeys Make Delhi Denizens’ Lives Difficult


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Summer is over, schools have reopened and the mid-term election season is in full swing. The airwaves and mailboxes will be jammed with political advertising and messaging. Saathee and will keep readers updated on candidates and details about Carolinas’ elections in the upcoming editions. As we continue to update Saathee magazine and our website, we welcome readers' comments, suggestions and critiques to help make the community's information source better. Get daily updates about our community as well as news and videos at Catch up on what the regional community organizations are up to in our Community Organizations section pg. 88. Upcoming festivals and holidays are listed on pg. 118. Find your astrological predictions for the month in the AstroScope on pg. 120. Until next month, we will see you online.

Reason why Western Businesses Fail . .pg. 08 Japan and Korea up Business in India .pg. 14 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 20 Sangeet and Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . .pg. 24 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Modi’s Economic Outlook . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Festival of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Delhi and the Monkey Trouble . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 It Takes a Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Test your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 A Sikh and Scottish Independence . . . .pg. 62 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 84 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 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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3 Reasons why Western businesses fail in India With a huge English-speaking population, India seems an obvious place for the world’s biggest companies to set up.

It’s not that easy. vegetarianism of the average Indian citizen.” Anti-beef campaigners from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and a related group, Shiv Sena, smeared cow dung on a Ronald McDonald figure as part of a protest in 2001. The campaigners filed a lawsuit over claims that McDonald’s used beef fat to cook French fries, and refused to accept the restaurant chain’s assurances that it only used vegetable oil. In 2009 Hindus also objected to TV commercials that referred to pujas — a Hindu religious ceremony. Now McDonald’s has opened two vegetarian restaurants and has a menu that is almost unrecognizable compared to its American restaurants. Another big food brand, Starbucks, had difficulties setting up in India. It aborted a joint venture with the Future Group in 2007 and had to wait another five years before opening its first store. Since opening, the menu has become slanted toward Indian tastes — meaning lots of teas. With many of India’s poorest surviving on less than 45 cents a day, it’s tempting for Western companies to believe that the cost of labor, supplies and infrastructure must be incredibly cheap. Yet real estate in major Indian cities is among the most expensive in the world, and a shortage of well-trained senior and middle-ranking executives means their salaries can actually be higher than for equivalent colleagues in the West. Even though less-qualified workers are cheaper to hire, Westerners sometimes underestimate the cost advantages they can bring — something that local competitors seldom miss. “Offices are fitted out to look like something in New Jersey, not New Delhi and then two to three years down the line the US subsidiary isn’t making any money,” Mutton said. “No surprise really, when your local competitor has an office or factory he paid off years ago and typically his salary bill is at least 30 percent less than yours.” “There is an ignorance about the scale of India” Pattanaik said. “Twenty percent of India is the ‘English-speaking urban upper class’ which is roughly 240 million people. That’s almost the population of USA. That being said, India has only [a fraction] of America’s wealth. So imagine the level of poverty. And like in America, 1 percent owns most of India. There are many Indias within India scattered across geography. Which India are you targeting?”

By James Tapper, Since the English East India Company first landed in Gujarat state more than 400 years ago, Western businesses have looked at India and seen profits waiting to be reaped. India is an attractive proposition for American and European businesses of all varieties. There’s the population of 1.2 billion. English is an official language. The government is democratically elected. And there’s a diaspora of educated expat Indians who can bridge cultures — a key skill set that demands a premium in many Asian countries. Yet recent history shows that failure comes just as easily. Motorola, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Vodafone and Walmart have all struggled, with some abandoning the subcontinent. It remains to be seen whether newer arrivals like Ikea will rise to the challenge. India’s attributes can be deceiving, according to Adrian Mutton, the founder of Sannam S4, which supports businesses taking their first steps in India. “Too many companies think they ‘understand India,’” Mutton told GlobalPost. “Something I will unashamedly admit is that after 22 years of doing business in India, I am still learning.” His key advice is: “Don’t assume anything.” “The common use of the English language and the fact that there are so many people of Indian origin assimilated into US society gives us a false sense of security when doing business in India.” Devdutt Pattanaik, the author of “Business Sutra,” a critique of Western approaches to Indian business, echoes this advice. Westerners assume there is “one truth — that everyone has to do business as we do back home,” he said. “People are very different, their socio-economic reality is very different, their cultural reality is very different,” said Pattanaik, who is the chief belief officer of retail giant the Future Group and a culture consultant to Reliance Industries, India’s second largest publicly traded company. For example, “Queues matter a lot in the West. In India, due to an extreme resource crunch, standing in a queue means there is a strong probability that you may lose out, making people extremely uncomfortable with queues.” So what are the most common mistakes that Western companies make in India?

2. Believing that English-speaking Indians must think like Westerners Indian companies tend to be much more hierarchical than Western firms, with leaders expecting to micro-manage their staff, who are often discouraged from showing initiative. That’s because although it’s a democracy and English is widely

1. Failing to adapt to local attitudes “Many big US companies have struggled to truly understand what localization means,” Mutton said. “Calling a Big Mac the Maharaja Mac should do the trick, thought McDonald’s but it took years before they realized the serious


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spoken, India has very different ideas about leadership and subordination. “There is an assumption that since Europe rejected feudalism in the 21st century, after centuries of struggle, and America was created on democratic principles which evolved to include all, over 200 years, India must immediately give up its feudal legacy without struggling with it for some time,” Pattanaik said. “Indian feudalism is very different from European feudalism.” Moreover, Pattanaik said “India is very strongly driven by personalities, while modern management is uncomfortable with the personality cult and prefers faceless institutions.” The expectation from Many big US Indian leaders that Western companies have struggled firms operate a similar way can also lead to confusion. to truly understand what Swedish furniture firm Ikea localization means has been trying to find a location for its first store in India, and has held a series of meetings with chief ministers of various states. Many of the ministers and officials have then announced unilaterally that Ikea will be opening its first store in one of their cities — so far Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad in Telangana have claimed that Ikea has picked them. The Swedes, on the other hand, say they may not make a decision until 2016. Walmart also suffered after it accepted the word of Anand Sharma, the former trade minister that the rules on foreign investment would change to allow foreign supermarkets to set up in India. When that policy change never arrived, Walmart pulled out — Sharma may have been overruled by more senior colleagues.




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3. Imagining that rules operate in India the way they do in the West Vodafone has been locked in a $2.2 billion tax dispute with the Indian government, which claims it owes the bill for acquiring an Indian subsidiary in 2007. The mobile phone company won a court battle to overturn the ruling. But then in response, the previous congress-led government promptly enacted new legislation allowing the firm to be taxed retrospectively. The lack of transparency has been criticized by foreign firms, but according to Pattanaik, Westerners are overly concerned with rules and the legal system. “Indians hate rules,” he said. “So ‘process culture’ is at odds with the desire of Indians to find a short cut. This is not seen as short-changing the system. This is seen as being smart and innovative and highly appreciated.” While Indians enjoy and celebrate ‘jugaad’ — an improvised solution that is just good enough — the practice can be problematic for larger corporations that need to comply with regulations back home. In fact, trying to adopt a jugaad approach is precisely what gets foreign businesses into trouble. “It’s tricky enough to deal with the bureaucracy, the multitude of taxes, rules and regulations about getting money in and out of the country,” Mutton said. “But to run a successful and sustainable business as a foreign owner in India is altogether something different and considerably more challenging. People need to make a conscious effort to challenge the way you think about how you do business in and across India. Hire people with track records of delivery and success and listen to their opinion and back their judgment.”

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assignments come from Asia,” she said. “Primarily these are large manufacturing base companies that are coming.” Japanese brokerage Nomura said in a note in July that Japan’s government is targeting high-speed rail and power generation as areas for growth. Many Asian companies are involved in infrastructure developments between Delhi and Mumbai. Nomura predicted that if Modi is successful in cutting red tape, investment could rise by up to 15 percent. India signed a trade deal with Japan in 2011, and there are now around 1,000 Japanese businesses operating in India, part of Delhi’s so-called “Look East” strategy. The new government in Delhi looks to be propelling the trend forward. Modi and Abe appear to have good personal chemistry, having met and stayed in contact long before either gained power. Both are wary of their larger, shared neighbor, China. Yet total trade has not risen in line with the growth in business ties so far. In 2011-12, India’s trade with Japan was $18.3 billion. That grew only slightly, to $18.5 billion, by 201213. Although the rise in business visas is partly due to more Asian companies investing in India, other factors also come into play, Sterling’s Smriti said. “When a Western company comes here, they might send four or five expatriates. But when you deal with a Japanese or Korean company, the number of people coming is three or four times more. They don’t just send the senior level management — also the middle level management come out.” Western firms are sending more short-term assignees instead, she said. For Indians, dealing with people from East Asia is not as straightforward as Westerners might believe. Smriti said their requirements could be hard for relocation agencies to fulfil. No Asian expat will take a property without a bath, she said, which often involves re-plumbing the hot water system. “Bathrooms are something they have very specific requirements for,” Smriti said. “Some of the clients have spent a great deal of money on a toilet seat cover. A padded one, or ones which are heated. They are not easy to get. We had to search through all the hardware stores to find where we could get one.” India’s frequent power outages are not borne lightly either. Most families require both an oil-fueled electricity generator and a battery back-up. “An assignee from the US or England would never say ‘Even though I have a generator, I still need a Uninterruptible Power Supply unit,” Smriti said.

As the West Exits, Japan and Korea Seize Opportunity in India Amid hype about India’s new business-friendly government, expat executives in Delhi are more likely to come from the East than the West By James Tapper, Since independence in 1947 Indians have looked mostly to the West for economic inspiration. The country has sent millions of expats to the US and Britain, and has developed ties with Western companies eager to tap into the huge Indian market. But things are changing. Already, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took office in May, has built a strong relationship with Japan’s Shinzo Abe — riding a huge influx of interest from the East Asian nation’s entrepreneurs and executives. Despite a high-profile exodus of Western companies from India, a GlobalPost analysis reveals that Japanese, Korean and Singaporean applications for business visas have shot up in the last year. American and British applications have remained flat. Western firms have been cautious about India’s economic prospects since things slowed down in 2012. But figures released by the Indian government show that Asia’s economic powerhouses are much more enthusiastic. In 2012, India issued a total of 26,869 business visas from its consulates in Japan. In the first ten months of 2013 (the most recent available stats) the number had jumped to 40,960, an 80 percent annualized increase. There was a similar jump for South Korean business visas. A total of 18,044 visas were granted in 2012, and by October 2013, India had issued 20,985 visas for the year. That’s an estimated 40 percent increase annually. Singapore business visas also jumped by about 50 percent, from 15,871 in 2012 to 20,059 in the first ten months of 2013. In contrast, business visas issued to American and British applicants remained largely static. India handed out 55,629 business visas to Americans and 58,051 to Britons, and by October last year those figures looked likely to be repeated for 2013. The people who help expats settle in India have noticed the growing number of East Asian businesses. Komal Smriti, of Sterling Relocation, said around 80 percent of her clients used to be from Europe or America. “Now I would say that about 50 to 55 percent of

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Roar (Director: Kamal Sadanah) Cast: Abhinav Shukla, Himarsha, Achint Kaur, Subrat Dutta, Virendra Singh Ghuman, and Nora Fatehi

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3 A.M. (Director: Devendra Murdeshwar) Cast: Rannvijay Singh, Anindita Nayar, Salil Acharya, and Kavin Dave

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the Equalizer (Director: Antoine Fuqua) Cast: Denzel Washington and Marton Csokas

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Hema Malini to Work With ramesh Sippy Again Veteran actress and politician Hema Malini is all set to return to a feature-film assignment, a film directed by Ramesh Sippy where she co-stars with Rajkummar Rao. She told Bollywood Hungama, “In the midst of all that is happening in the sansad and my constituency, this film offer came to me. Normally I wouldn’t have said yes, given my grueling schedules in parliament and my obligations in my constituency. But this film is not the usual run-of-the-mill stuff.” She reportedly loved the script. “It’s light-hearted comedy with a very unusual role for me. I am sure it will turn out to be something very special. Also, the offer came from Rameshji (director Ramesh Sippy) who is returning to direction after many years. I couldn’t say no to him. Some of my most important films, be it Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta or Sholay have been with Rameshji. I get a feeling this new film with Rameshji would be another important film in my career.”

Chaarfutiya Chhokare Chaarfutiya Chhokare is an upcoming Hindi social thriller film directed by Manish Harishankar. The story is about the subject of childtrafficking. The film features Soha Ali Khan, Seema Biswas and Zakir Hussain. Khan portrays a character fighting injustice. The plot revolves around Neha Malini (Soha), who is an NRI girl returning to India in order to start a school in a village in north Bihar. Starting off optimistic and happy about her endeavor, she is unaware of the hardships, obstructions and risks awaiting her in this small, serene village. She is pleased after meeting three boys but soon finds out that it is the beginning of a nightmare. Being hardcore criminals, these three boys become the center of her activities. She vows to stop the exploitation of the children in the village. Her meeting with Janaki (Seema Biswas) – the mother of one of the boys, Awadhesh – helps her understand the deeply embedded political-criminal nexus that pervades the system. The film releases on September 26.

Komagata Maru to be made for Indo-Canadian treaty The saga of Komagata Maru, the Japanese ship that sailed in 1914 to Vancouver with 376 passengers from Punjab, is finally going to be told on the big screen. It will be the first project benefitting from the joint film treaty signed by India and Canada on July 1. According to the Treaty, filmmakers from both countries would be at liberty to make films as and how they want in India and Canada with heavy tax and production subsidies. The Komagata Maru incident involved the Japanese steamship that sailed from Hong Kong, Shanghai, China to Yokohama, Japan and then to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, India. Only 24 were admitted to Canada while the 352 other passengers were not allowed to land in Canada, and the ship was forced to return to India. The passengers consisted of 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus, all British subjects. This was one of several incidents in the history of early 20th century involving exclusion laws in both Canada and the United States designed to keep out immigrants of only Asian origin.

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Song: Mahendi te vāvi Mālawe... Film: Mahendi Rang Lāgyo Year: 1960 Music: Avināsh Vyas Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Pinākin Shah and Chorus Lyric: Avināsh Vyas Based on Indian Classical Rāgā: Mishra Bilāwal Tāl/Rhythm: Khemto (Dāndiā Rās) Starring: Rājendra Kumar, Ushā Kiran

Avināsh vyās (1912-1984) Avināsh Vyās, the ‘Samrāt” (King) of Gujarati songs, was born on July 21, 1912 in Amdavad, India. He gave music for more than 60 Hindi films and 190 Gujarati films. From 1940s to 1980s, he composed all kinds of music: classical or light film songs, Ghazals, light classical devotional songs, as well as Gujarati folk music like Garbā and Raas. It is not possible to list all his films and songs. Traditionally, Garbā are mostly devotional songs of Shakti and he too was a devotee of “Mātāji.” He was an actor, composer, singer and lyricist. He also wrote ballets and plays Mahendi te vāvi Mālawe (music and dance form). His Hindi films were mostly mythological or historical. Those films were not popular because Lyrics in English: of the kind of audiences watching them. He learned music from Tana chhe roopa nu hālaradu ne ānkhe mada no bhār, Ustād Allāudin Khan. Vyas moved to Mumbai in the 1940s. Ghunghata mā joban ni jwālā zānzar no zamakār, Gunsuandari, a Gujarati film, was his first musical hit. Though his compositions were sung by many female and male singers, Lābo chhedo chhāyal no ne gajaro bhārobhār, Geetā Dutt was teamed with him. His wife Sulochanā was also a Latakamatakati chāl chālati juvo Gurjari nār, Mahendi te vāvi Mālawe ne eno rang gayo Gujarat re, Mahendi singer. His son Gaurāng Vyas is also a music composer for the rang lāgyo.. Nāno diyarayo lādako ne kayi lāvyo mahendi nā last 40 years. Avinash Vyas passed away on Aug. 20, 1984. Per his chhoda re, Mahendi rang lāgyo.. Vāti ghunti ne bharyo vādako name, his music is “Avināsh” – meaning immortal and evergreen. ne, bhābhi rango tamārā hātha re, Mahendi rang lāgyo.. Hey.. Lāmbo dagalo, muchho vānkadi shire pāghadi rāti, Bol bolato Awards: toli toli chhela chhabilo Gujarati, Hey.. Tan chhotu ne man 1970 - Padmashri Govt. of India. motu, chhe khamiravanti jāti, Bhale lāgato bholo, hun 1940 to 1980 - Best music director and lyricist: 25 times from chhelachhabilo Gujarati.. Mahendi te vāvi Mālawe ne eno rang Gujarat Rājya Sangeet Nrutya Academy and Gaurav Puraskār gayo Gujarat re, Mahendi rang lāgyo… Hatha rangine from Govt. of Gujarat.

virā shun re karu, eno jonāro paradesha re, Mahendi rang lāgyo.. Mahendi te vāvi Mālawe ne eno rang gayo Gujarat re, For Navarātri celebration, his very famous (Garbā/Rās) classic Gujarati song lyrics “Mahendi te vāvi Mālawe...” is given in this Mahendi rang lāgyo.. issue of Saathee magazine in the column on this page. You can hear the song on YouTube and other online music channels. Meaning (Summary): The girl whose body is like a cradle with a sweet lullaby, whose eyes are intoxicating, a fire of youth in the vail and the anklets ringing on her feet. A beautiful face covered with a sari having a long “Pallu” (end of sari), hair adorned with flowers. (All these together form the description of the beautiful Gujarati woman.) Look at the Gujarati woman walking with a giggling gait. The Mehndi plants are planted in Malwa (a region on Gujarat and Rajasthan border) and the deep color of the Mehndi has spread to Gujarat. The girl’s dear younger brotherin-law brought the fresh mehndi for her. He then makes the paste of the mehndi (Henna) leaves and asks his Bhābhi (brother’s wife) to apply it on her hands. He says:” I am a Gujarati man wearing a long coat, the stylish curved mustaches and red hat (pagdi) askew on my head, speaking each word weighing very carefully. I am a man with a small body frame but with a big heart, belong to the adventurous class of people. Though I may look simple I know all the trends. The girl/ young wife tells her younger brother-in-law: “What good is it to paint my hands with mehndi while your older brother, my husband, who will appreciate the mehndi, has gone to a foreign country.” She misses her husband.

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Children are often more vulnerable to attack, and people have even died as a result. In 2007, New Delhi’s deputy mayor, Surinder Singh Bajwa, perished after being attacked by monkeys at his home. He fell from his terrace, causing a serious head injury. Since the ban on langurs, government officials have complained that monkeys have wrought havoc by getting into their offices. So Delhi continues to rely, unofficially, on its langur patrols. When I met Niraj, he was cycling to a school in Chanakyapuri — the heart of Delhi’s diplomatic district — with his assistant Suraj and his langur, Madi, who was perched on the back of the bike, a rope around his neck. “They slap the red-face monkeys and scare them away,” Niraj said. “We work for politicians, at their bungalows, everyone. But if you need one on private property, you can.” When challenged about the langur ban, Niraj claimed there was nothing illegal about owning a langur. He insisted on performing a parody of a traditional Indian greeting, by touching Madi’s feet as a mark of respect. In response, the langur touched his head. Niraj’s assistant held the leash warily. “The government makes sure we take care of the monkeys so they have injections and medicine and proper care,” he said. “Not anyone can keep a monkey, only with permission of the NDMC.” Anil Kumar, deputy director of NDMC enforcement, was surprised at this claim. “We don’t have any langurs. We have monkey catchers. [The monkeys] are taken to a sanctuary in south Delhi. The catchers have a rope in a loop and put it round the monkeys. “About six months ago we were doing it. Now we do not keep any langurs, nor do we have any private companies working for us.” When a Hindi-speaking colleague called Niraj back, posing as someone who wanted to buy a langur, Niraj told a different story. He admitted that he knew the trade was illegal and said that the langurs were kept in secret, often taken undercover in cars to prevent them being spotted by police. He repeated his claim that Indian politicians flout the ban by hiring him, and he hopes that Narendra Modi’s newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party government might relax the rules and allow langurs to be used again. Until then, Niraj doesn’t advertise his services. Instead he relies on an unofficial network of domestic servants and gardeners employed by Delhi’s richest residents. Although monkeys are most visible in central Delhi, they are also common in the so-called “farmhouse” areas of south Delhi where expats, politicians and high-ranking Indian executives live. One executive who lives in a farmhouse spoke to GlobalPost on condition of anonymity. “We had lots of problems with monkeys,” the executive said. “We had to take steps after my maid’s young daughter was bitten by a monkey. People said to get a langur. But the monkeys mobbed the langur and beat it up. They’re not stupid — they outnumber the langur. We tried all sorts of things and the only thing that really works is a man with a big stick.”

and Even Kill so residents have concocted creative (and sometimes nasty) ways to combat them.

By James Tapper, Madi is a bully. He has three-inch canines that glisten when he snarls. And that’s a good thing, says his owner, Niraj. Madi is a langur — a large, grey monkey with a black face and ears, endemic to South Asia. Big and menacing, he’s able to scare off this city’s 30,000 smaller, red-faced rhesus monkeys, to protect the local human population from their naughty and dangerous antics. Niraj earns his living hauling Madi around India’s capital on his bicycle to scare away monkeys that hang around parks, rob offices (really) and terrorize people. It’s hard to over-emphasize this point: India’s rhesus monkeys are derelicts. They regularly steal food, alcohol, glasses, medical equipment, and clothes. They even break into cars. To combat them, the langur men used to be a common sight around Delhi’s political and diplomatic areas, especially during visits by high-ranking foreign officials. The problem is that it’s illegal to keep langurs. They are a protected species, and in November 2012, the environment ministry cracked down. The ministry told government departments and agencies that langurs are covered by India’s Wildlife Protection Act, and that people who own, trade or hire out langurs face up to three years in jail. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) duly canceled its contracts with around 30 langur men, who were paid about 10,000 rupees (about $165) a month to patrol the city. Yet Niraj and the other langur men haven’t gone away. They still operate, in secret, relying on a black market wildlife trade. Business is booming. Many people feed monkeys on Tuesday and Saturdays — days associated with the monkey-faced Hindu god Hanuman. This practice means that people carrying food at other times risk being bitten. Around 90 percent of the monkeys carry tuberculosis.

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It Takes a Village By Dipika Kohli

Making space for uncertainty About two weeks ago I was sitting in a graduate hall of Stanford University while the cold evening breeze flooded an otherwise dense space. A slide show was on by some twins with black-rimmed glasses about a piece of software they were making. There were about forty people of all stripes including angel investors, students, and tech entrepreneurs. I’d come along because I’d met one of them at the dining hall. I’m in California making space for young people from Asian cities to discover about design thinking and the importance of knowing one’s “why.” Bumping into people is how things get started, so when I got the invite to come along, I said sure. But boy, it was intense. This one guy, whom I’ll call Raju, came up to me after the round of rapid-fire two-minute intros that we’d done and asked what I was doing in Cambodia and here. “Making workshops on self-reflection,” I said. The more broad story would’ve been, Making space for uncertainty but I figure that’s kind of esoteric. People can relate to the idea of workshops, I figure. Yet I’m not always right about that. “Making what?” “Workshops. Like, when people get together and talk about a topic that they care about deeply.” “People pay you for that?” Raju may have had the best of intentions but his attitude certainly didn’t seem to go with all of the things that I care about: openness, respect, giving people room to be who they are, and without judgment. He was, in a lot of ways, like my parents. People think that’s worth their time and money? My new friend cast a glance in my direction and I nodded. Better conversations awaited elsewhere. Besides, it was starting to get into that uncomfortable space when Raju asked, “Basically you’re Indian, right?” Really? We were going to have that conversation? What about other things? Like what I’d discovered on my yearlong excursion in Asia? How it felt to finally find “the village” I’d been so desperate for? What it’s like having a small boy whose birthday just went by, and what it’s like for him to finally get to start real school? Aren’t those the things that are complex yet beautiful in their interestingness? Isn’t that what you’d want to know? “No. But I do speak two languages. They are English and Japanese.” Create a diversion, just like with my six year-old. “You can speak Japanese?” “Yes.” “Are you fluent?” “Yes.” “How did you learn?” A bigger story could have begun here but the circle I was curious about was starting to shuffle towards the door. “Long story.” I caught up, then walked around Stanford’s campus for a while, discovering the uplighting of dark, leafy trees by the engineering quad. Were I to get into it, I would have shared that long story. It’s one I imagine you can relate to, as well. About where you go

when you are feeling like you don’t have any particular place that you belong. You look for people outside the usual circuit to whom you can really relate, as in deeply, as in with caring and true support and emotional understanding. Raju wouldn’t think it was weird that I had to play flute instead of what I really wanted to try when I was in fifth grade: trombone. He wouldn’t think it odd that my parents removed the doorknobs from my bedroom door when I was a teenager because they didn’t want me locking them out, or the godawful screaming sessions that would go on through them, with me pushing my whole weight against my side to keep out the drama though I was still too young to know a thing as weird and shifty as ugly power play. Study abroad junior year saved me. Finding my life in Japan was the start of a new opening. One in which you can get what you give, and that the efforts are returned. You work on a thing, and you give it your love, and somehow, that love comes back. My new family there – my husband Akira and his parents – became the first circle of the new village for me. I’d needed real support at that age, because I wasn’t able to share too deeply with anyone else and besides, I was in a new country. I’d grown up on American TV and potato chips, bad films and fake news stories. Nothingness, in other words. As blank as Lucky Charms and Oreos, canned spaghetti and Kraft and hot dogs and the rest. You learn about the problems America has when you’re away from it, and they start with hollowness of existence. A lack of awareness of, and concern for, true quality. Real exchange. You think you’re from a place because you have features and a name that’s from there. But when you do some growing up, in a conscious way, you can also see that just because you think that you’re from there doesn’t mean you are. All people who straddle multiple boundaries can relate to the idea of not having a tribe at all, and not having a tribe can be terrifically uncomfortable. Still, it’s because we have the wherewithal to design our futures that we can take the steps, right? To get out of the boxes that are pre-ordained. When I was sixteen and took the S.A.T. at Goldsboro High School, there was a page that asked me to fill out my ethnicity. Not knowing any better, I darkened the circle with my number two pencil next to “Southeast Asian.” I had no idea, back then, just how off I was. Two more weeks in California. No more tech networking events or Raju-types who frequent them for me, but I will find the cafe that I discovered five years ago. When my son had his first birthday, we brought him to San Francisco. We did all the touristy things then. I’d invited my cousins and parents. This time, though, I’m here alone. And I’m going to find the music. The art. Discover and connect with exactly my own kind of people.


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am reminded of a movie, Something Wild in which it takes a wild brunette (Melanie Griffith) to make a tame, conservative banker (Jeff Bridges) take a walk on the wild side. If you can’t bear the thought of a life constrained by guard-rails and safety nets, and need to feel the icy winds beating on your cheeks while you balance intrepidly on the high wire, you do want your imagination to take your knowledge for that wild ride. You need illusion.


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Mine the Gold Inside you! “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, While imagination embraces the entire world, And all there ever will be to know and understand.” ― Albert Einstein Do you know of people who travel thousands of miles, spending thousands of dollars, to places that tug at their hearts? And, do these same people fail to savor the beauty of their very own backyards or sights that hover nearby? Could this be you? What is it about things that lie beyond our understanding that endows them with such allure? It’s emotional appeal. Our emotions are artistic. They like to play freely, and paint in different hues and shades. But when you know too much about something, the appeal goes away, because it becomes rigid, having an existence of its own, independent of you. But when something is ill-defined, then it becomes a bit like playdoh – you can shape it, push it, twist it and contort it into whatever you would like it to be. The thing is not independent of you anymore! You are entangled in the thing, and become one with it. Where you start and where it ends is like an excited dog chasing its tail. Such is the stuff that makes romance bloom in our hearts, and thereby, in our minds. “I have a Dream …” “…And it turns into a nightmare, if I try to live the dream!” While we can fantasize about a lot of things, reality is a pretty stubborn beast. It will be what it will be – nothing more, nothing less. So, beware my friend. Beware of the things that our minds can fabricate and mix in with the stuff of the world to create a concoction that may be as sweet as honey, but laced with a substance that induces our minds to drift recklessly away, while our bodies wander unguided, unfettered, into strange and perilous lands peopled by dark creatures of the night. The challenge we face originates in our heads – in our imagination – which creates things that taste, feel and smell real, but are not. However, the nail in the coffin is pounded in by our hearts, seducing us into a fatal fondness for things that do not exist. These are the things that take us on journeys of romance and intrigue – trips that can result in injury, pain and worse. But I am an Adventurer! Perhaps risk is okay. Maybe you have the spirit of adventure streaming through your veins, and you like to live in a world that has not only sweet angels and roses, but also demons and dragons. You say a life without adventure is a life not lived? Maybe we do, at least sometimes, need the intoxication that dreams provide to overcome the inertia and paralysis imposed upon us by the weight of “knowledge”. I


Winning at the Wheel of Illusion Life can be a delicate balance between the world that feels real, and one that floats in the ether of illusion. Unless, of course, we can avoid illusions altogether. But, can we? I don’t think so. Not unless we can mirror the world with an exact replica created inside our heads, thereby attaining a state of “perfect knowledge” (Of course, there are many willing and able merchants out there who will sell you this mother of all illusions for a pretty penny, but I wouldn’t recommend it). If we cannot avoid the Wheel of Illusion altogether, maybe we should look for a way to improve our odds of winning the game. Perhaps buying a few vowels would do it? The vowels are, after all, the glue that hold the letters in a word together. We can count on sensible words having a few of these. Likewise, perhaps, our imaginative constructs can do better if they are grounded in some knowledge-based constructs that have parallels in the real world. These may be our vowels! unearth vowels in the Bowels Sometimes, we need to dig deep in the bowels of the earth to find rare minerals and precious metals. We may need to dig deep within ourselves, too, to find the little nuggets that will provide the gold backing we need to allow our imagination mint to print out its imaginary currency. If we have enough gold underneath it all, we can be rich – rich beyond our wildest dreams! The gold is really the fundamentals of who we are, and what things are. We knew these things once, but we may have forgotten our way. That is not a problem. The gold is still there, though buried deep. If we are persistent and dig our way back in, we may be able to retrieve some timeless principles that define our existence – things that will serve as our bedrock upon which we will build our lives. A Lightness of Being When you have a grasp of the things that are important – the things that can be considered somewhat closer to reality – the illusions become less important. The irony is that the illusions are easier to indulge in, when you are less dependent on them for your existence. You feel lightness, because the heavy lifting is done by the parts of you that are engineered for strength. The rest of it can float. Be light, my friend. And go on adventures (as long as they are optional).

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Recent Olympic track-star, Wayne C. Davis II, definitely has a lot more running on his mind than his passion for hurdling. Last time I caught up with my Southeast Raleigh High School classmate, Davis spoke of his pride for representing Trinidad and Tobago during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as the cultural values instilled within him. Being an American citizen but representing his West Indian roots from his mother’s side, he feels strong ties with his heritage...he often cooks naan and channa masala for meals!

Davis: Well the thing I’ve noticed is insurance can be a very tricky business and sometimes certain insurances are not recognized by select companies. There are many people that are on borderline status in the United States...if something happens and they have to go to the emergency room, then their debts skyrocket simply because many of the treatments are very expensive when they do not need to be... You must also remember how American people think on the whole. A lot of people that I know think that getting rid of symptoms is the definition of a cure. Masking problems is no way to get better and, that seems like that’s where America is heading. On What the us Can Learn From Indian traditions and spirituality Davis: Bhagavad Gita, from what I hear, is specifically about family values and daily living. It seems like people in India are more aware of their religion then the people in US. They are also much more serious about it due to their lifestyle as a whole. Connection between religion with life in US is parting quickly... That’s exactly why life has come down to YOLO, Miley Cyrus twerking along with the raunchy reality shows.

Since then, Davis read an online article in Oracle Talk that really put matters into perspective for him and had a lot to say about how he observed these same admirable traits within the Indian side of his family. Being the humble person he is, Davis still keeps in contact with high school colleagues, and e-mailed me about the article as well as inquiring about how I was doing. During the time, I was personally doing research into holistic medicine and had read about the anti-carcinogenic properties of turmeric - a fact he had read in the eye-opening article as well. It was interesting to see that no matter how developed modern medicine may seem, researchers seem to go back to ancient knowledge.

On traditional Indian values with Regards to Compassion and Family ties Davis: When I was in Trinidad and I talked to the Indian side of my family, it seemed as though they were much more closeknit than the other side of my family. When it comes to compassion, they showed me love just like the rest of my family did. The males were masculine hugs were more normal to them with other males in greeting and they displayed genuine care for one another openly instead of hiding it like most others I know. Wayne C. Davis II is currently a student and professional hurdler at Texas A&M University, whose side interests include finance, business and entrepreneurship. This is where his ambition and conservative family values go hand-in-hand with the Indian side of his family. And it is a culture, in his opinion, that encourages people to succeed especially after looking at the speed with which India has been progressing. He is currently reading the Bhagavad Gita in order to better understand the priorities of mankind’s duties.

After reading the article and conversing with Davis on all the fascinating aspects of India’s enduring culture, it was not too difficult at all for him to mention his take on why India is such a successful country and what fellow Americans can learn from it. Interview Highlights:

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Kohli likens the Scottish vote to India’s securing independence from British rule in 1947. His parents moved to London from India’s Punjab state in the mid-1960s. When Kohli was born soon after, the family looked set to form part of London’s growing Indian community until his father headed north to train as a teacher in the Scottish city of Dundee. “He tells a lovely story about taking what was then a 12hour train journey to Dundee and being bowled over,” Kohli recalls. “He was a vegetarian and a non-drinker until he got on the train with Scots and they offered him a ham sandwich and can of super-lager and he fell in love.” The family moved north of the border in 1972, when Kohli was four years old. Back then, non-white faces were rare in Scotland. Today, they make up 8 percent of the population in Edinburgh, the capital, and 12 percent in the largest city Glasgow. Across the country, however, non-whites represent just 4 percent of the population, compared to 18 percent in the UK as a whole. That presents Scotland with different issues from the rest of the UK, Kohli believes. Although the country is “diverse and cosmopolitan,” he says, “we are depopulating, we require a different level of immigration, we can’t afford not to be welcoming to all those around us.” He acknowledges Scotland has bigotry issues, like other countries. His home city of Glasgow is notorious for ugly sectarian tensions between Catholics and Protestants. As a boy, Kohli was targeted by racist bullies, and it’s not hard to find disgruntled voices on Edinburgh’s streets hoping an independent Scotland will send immigrants packing across the border to England. However, the Scottish National Party — which currently runs the government — is reaching out to minorities, which sets it apart from other burgeoning nationalist groups in Europe that tout an anti-immigration agenda, Kohli says. “As the child of an immigrant who grew up in Scotland, I’m at the heart of the Scottish nationalist campaign,” he says. “It’s a different sort of nationalism. If you live in Scotland, you are Scottish, end of story.” A national referendum is scheduled to be held in Scotland on September 18, 2014. Voters will be asked to answer Yes or No to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Scottish Independence A sikh comedian who matches kilts with turbans has become a spokesman for scotland’s bid to exit the uK. By Paul Ames, EDINBURGH, Scotland — Hardeep Singh Kohli may have been born in London, the son of immigrants from India. But it would be hard to find a more passionate Scot. “I’d rather die hungry and free than be part of something that has no f***ing interest in my future and my people,” he told a recent Scottish nationalist gathering here. “Because you are my f***ing people whether you like it or not.” A well-known face on British television, the comedian and writer has emerged as a leading spokesman for the “Yes” campaign ahead of Scotland’s September referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. In an interview, Kohli explained why politics, economics, history and a better sense of rhythm mean his homeland can’t miss the opportunity to break from British rule. “Scotland has had a right-wing government imposed on what is fundamentally a left-wing country,” he says of Britain’s Conservative government in London. “Plus I believe in the self determination of people, and our ability to dance really ought [to] get us independence if nothing else.” Taking a break from touring his current show, “Hardeep is your Love,” Kohli spoke in an Edinburgh pub before addressing a campaign dinner with local pro-independence activists. The 45-year-old Sikh delivered an expletive-laden talk — part standup routine, part political broadside — wearing a shockingly pink turban and a T-shirt asking “What does a Scotsman have under his kilt?” The answer was provided on the back: an image of the mythical creature from Loch Ness, with the caption, “a monster.” Despite the jokes, Kohli is deadly serious about independence. Successive governments in London have neglected Scotland, he says, imposing unwanted policies from austerity economics to stationing nuclear-armed submarines in Scottish ports. He says Scots must overcome any fear of standing alone and build an independent state based on a proud history that’s allowed their country of 5 million to preserve its distinct cultural identity under 307 years of British rule. “I refuse to accept that those who vote against me in the referendum feel any difference from me about their love of Scotland,” he says in a distinct Glasgow accent. “I understand the trepidation in the minds of certain people, but my job is to convey to them the optimism, the positivity, the excitement of being a small, northern European country that has the most astonishing history and even more astonishing future because it will be in our own hands.”

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determines the degree of climate warming. The campaign team will fly aboard NASA’s C-130 aircraft from Thule Air Base in northern Greenland the first week and from Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, through the remainder of the campaign. In recent years the Arctic has experienced increased summer sea ice loss. Scientists expect the exposure of more open water to sunlight could enhance warming in the region and cause the release of more moisture to the atmosphere. Additional moisture could affect cloud formation and the exchange of heat from Earth’s surface to space. Researchers are grappling with

NASA’s C-130 aircraft will carry scientists over the Arctic starting this month from northern Greenland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Image Credit: NASA how these changes in the Arctic affect global climate. “A wild card in what’s happening in the Arctic is clouds and how changes in clouds, due to changing sea-ice conditions, enhance or offset warming,” said Bill Smith, ARISE principal investigator at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. ARISE was planned over the last year to take advantage of NASA’s existing capabilities for gathering data about ongoing changes in the Arctic. Satellites provided some information about clouds and the energy balance in the Arctic, but the multiple instruments flown during ARISE should provide further insight. “The clouds and surface conditions over the Arctic as we observe them from satellites are very complex,” Smith said. “We need more information to understand how to better interpret the satellite measurements, and an aircraft can help with that.” The array of instruments on ARISE should help scientists better observe how sea ice loss is affecting Arctic cloud formation and therefore the balance of incoming and outgoing radiation. Low-level clouds typically reflect more sunlight and offset warming, while higher clouds are typically less reflective and act to trap more heat in the atmosphere. “It’s a complex business, but it depends on a lot of things we can, in fact, measure,” said Hal Maring, program manager for radiation sciences in the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. ARISE researchers will fly survey missions that target different cloud types and surface conditions, such as open water, land ice and sea ice. The missions will be timed to fly under the orbit paths of key satellite instruments, such as the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy Systems (CERES) instruments on multiple NASA satellites. Each morning, mission planners will look at satellite timings and weather forecasts to design flight plans that meet the most objectives of the campaign. The NASA C-130, based at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, will carry instruments that measure solar (incoming)

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All those stories you are reading about China’s economy surpassing America’s are wrong There are actually a bunch of measures that say the opposite. By Allison Jackson, Is China about to leapfrog the United States to become the world’s biggest economy? That’s what all the headlines this week would have you believe. But they’re wrong. The International Comparison Program, a statistical project coordinated by the World Bank, has published a report comparing the relative size of 199 economies using so-called purchasing power parity (PPP). What caught the media’s attention was this figure buried on page 81 of the 92-page report: China was 87 percent of the size of the United States in 2011, compared with 43 percent in 2005 when the study was last conducted.


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The big increase was partly due to a change in methodology and also the fact that China’s economy has been growing at a faster pace. Various reports predicted the Asian powerhouse would overtake America as the world’s No. 1 economy in purchasing power terms as early as this year — much sooner than many had expected. What some reports failed to mention, or underplayed, is that PPP is only one way to measure the size of an economy — and it’s not 100 percent accurate. The IPC admitted that its own data had a margin of error of 15 percent. But let’s back up a bit. What is PPP? PPP seeks to show what money can buy in different countries. “Tourists from rich countries intuitively reflect on PPP when they visit poor ones and buy dinner, thinking, ‘Geez, my dollar goes farther here,’” wrote the Wall Street Journal. When this benchmark is used to compare the size of economies, developing countries tend to do well because costs are much lower than in the developed world. The WSJ again: “As costs are much higher in the industrialized world, especially for nontraded goods, comparisons of GDP by PPP exchange rates tend to boost the relative size of poorer nations’ economies. In essence, money goes further in the developing world.” So the fact that China’s purchasing power is hard on the heels of the United States doesn’t tell the whole story. Even China has rejected the findings of the ICP survey, expressing reservations about the methodology. “It does bring home the sheer size of the Chinese economy, in the services and goods and that people in China are producing,” said Mark Williams, an economist for Londonbased Capital Economics. “Where it falls short is that it doesn’t really tell us about China’s economic standing relative to the rest of the world. “When it comes to China’s purchasing power abroad, we need to look at the figures adjusted for market exchange rates.” Comparing countries by the size of their economies is always problematic whatever measure you use. Figures can be skewed by exchange rates and even the very definition of GDP. But it’s useful to look at what other economic measures are telling us, even with their own particular shortcomings. And based on all other indicators, China doesn’t look quite so hot.

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1/2 cup low-fat milk 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt Topping: 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/2 cup chopped pecans

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vibha Dream Mile 5k Run and Walk variety of ethnic foods, cultural exhibits, dance demonstrations, food demos, a world bazaar and much more. For more details Vibha is a volunteer organization dedicated to creating brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center visit the website was set up in 2012 and has a group of enthusiastic volunteers from all walks of life. Vibha will host the Dream Mile 5K Run Festival of India virginia The annual Virginia Festival of India takes place on Sat-Sun, and Walk on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7 am in the MRC Sept 20 - 21, 2014 in Richmond. Admission is free and the fest Plaza 2410 Campus Shore Drive Raleigh (NCSU Centennial features a cultural program, consisting of classical and modern Campus). Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on-site. There Indian live performances, as well as East-West fusion dance and is a 30% discount for groups of 5 or more. To register visit music. One can also sample many different varieties of Indian or for more details write to: cuisine, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, such as dosa, kachori, samosas, tandoori chicken and sweets, Cultural Fall Fest & Dandiya Night all of which are supplied by local Indian restaurants and families. This year the theme for the Festival of India is The Indo-American Society of North Carolina presents “handicrafts of India.” There will also be yoga demonstrations “Cultural Fall Fest & Dandiya Night” on Saturday, September and lectures from experienced teacher. For full details on the 20, 2014 at Downtown City Festival Park, 200, N. Davie Street, event visit the website or call 804- Greensboro from 3 – 9pm. Program includes cultural performances; Ramleela by Kids, Gabra and Dandia, Indian 346-9955. catered Food and other vendors. The entry is free. For further information for program or vendors contact Gauri: 336-684CMAC Fall Performances The Classical Music Association of Charlotte presents its fall 5833, Kinshuka: 919-949-8996 or Amritha 336-255-6451. performances. The first will be on Sunday, September 21 Additional information available at IASNC website: featuring a vocal concert by Dr. Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam at CPCC Tate Hall, 3:30 pm. The second is on Sunday October Ghazal and Geet Evening 12 with violin duo concert by Nagaraj & Manjunath at CPCC Tate Hall, 3:30 pm. For more details call Rama Rachakonda at A Ghazal concert by Dr. Eric Benjamin will be held on Saturday, September 20 2014 at the Forum by Taurya, 4000 Bearcat Way, 704-541-3361. Suite 100, Morrisville, NC, starting at 8:30pm. Dr. Benjamin is a gifted exponent of the Ghazal genre and has performed Kids Art Competition The Festival of India Charlotte has organized a kids’ art concerts around USA and in Pakistan. He has a friendly and competition on Saturday, September 6, 2016 from 10:30 am – engaging style of Ghazal rendition, providing insights into the 12:30pm at the Vivek Hall, Hindu Center of Charlotte. There meaning of the Urdu phrases, interspersed with some related will be four groups broken down by age and ranging from 9 to humor! The suggested donation is $10 per person, which 19 years. Registration is required for participation. For includes snacks and beverages. Early donors will get priority registration form and further details visit seating in the front rows. For more details, contact Sanjay Matange (919) 460-5904 e-mail or write to Punjabi and Gurmat school The Punjabi/Gurmat school of Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte (for ages 3 – 17) starts on September 7, 2014. There is a registration form that needs to be completed by the first day of classes. The Gurdwara is located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. For more details on the school call 704-509-2828, write or visit

Global Mela 2014 The Global Mela 2014 takes place on October 4 – 5, 2014 at the Global Mall in Norcross, GA. The mela features cultural, fashion and magic shows. Food and clothing vendors will set up shop. There are lots of activities for children and the entry is free for the entire weekend. The mall is located at 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA. For more information call 770-4161111 or visit the website

Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange The 2014 Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Charlotte Convention Center from 7:30 am - 2pm. The event is a multi-cultural conference featuring “Making our mark: women leading change around the globe.” Many influential leaders and speakers are lined up for the event. To register or for more information visit or call 704-841-7219. Ticket price: $100 (includes 1 ticket to the Southern Women’s Show).

Probasi of Charlotte Fall Performances The Probasi Bengali organization of Charlotte will present two performances in October. Renowned Bengali playback singer Pratik Choudhury will perform on October 3, 2014 at the Vihar Hall of Hindu Center in Charlotte. National award winner for best male playback singer of 2014 Rupankar Bagchi will perform on October 10, 2014 at the Vihar Hall of Hindu Center. For more details on the shows and the organization visit

Festival of India Charlotte The 20th annual Festival of India will take place from September 13 - 14, 2014 at the Belk Theater in downtown Charlotte. The two-day festival features arts, crafts, vendors, and food, informative exhibits, and a diverse selection of dance performances. For more details visit

samskritam Workshop Learn to speak in Sanskrit. No prior knowledge required. Saturday (Sep 13, 2014) & Sunday (Sep 14, 2014) Time: 9 am - 4 pm Venue: Cary/Morrisville Register using the small URL site Fees: $20 Per person ; $40 for family. Details: Chandren Kaliyaperumal - 303-264-7609 Shobha Saraiya - 919-3801145.


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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 Agaram tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes. Registration started for the school year 2014 – 2015. For further details contact: Megalai Ezhilarasan 704-456 9881

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,

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 Hindu Center table tennis The group meets every 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: 704.607.8412.

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 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

BAPs shri swaminarayan Mandir A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Ārti - 6:30 am and 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabhā held every Sunday which includes Bhajans & Spiritual Discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3PM, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4PM, Teenagers - 4:30PM, and Children - 5PM. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805

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

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).


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Community Organizations 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).

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 Marathi Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For Further Details:

Ekal vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, economic 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: Kameswar Tulasi Ekal Columbia: Janak Dalal /

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 ( or visit Charlotte telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Assoc was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area and also bring together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. For Further Details:

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. 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. The Hindu Center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Aug 26 - Sept 4: Ganesh Chaturthi Sept 25 - Oct. 2: Navratri celebrations 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, September 21: Vocal concert by Dr. Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam at CPCC Tate Hall, 3:30pm Sun October 12: Violin Duo Concert by Nagaraj & Manjunath at CPCC Tate Hall, 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, and to strive for Inter-Faith, Inter-Community 90

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Community Organizations Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details call or visit website: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Phone: 919-839-6203 Email:

understanding particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed 704.770.1103 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 September 1314, 2014 in uptown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney 704-604-2133 Lal Vishin 704-545-3727

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 and the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. For Further Details:

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. IPAAC is offering music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For details send an email to For Further Details: Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Jyoti Kulkarni 704.804.1275

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).

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. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Jain Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262. Upcoming Events: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Sun, Sep 14, 2014 (Chhath): Paathshala for children @ 10:30 am Tues, Sep 23, 2014 (Chaudas): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 7 pm Thur, Sep 25, 2014 (Ekam): Snatra Puja @ 10:30 am Sun, Sep 28, 2014 (Choth): Prakshal and Puja @ 10:30 AM, Monthly Meeting @ 4 pm All Other Weekdays: 9:30am - Mon-Friday - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Pooja, 7:30pm – Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President – Vibhakar Modi: 704.258.4507

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: sahaj Marg Meditation Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. 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

Kiran Kiran, Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner.


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Community Organizations sindhi Association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) is organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarship and also sends donations to refugees in camps in India. For Further Details: contact, or 704.779.2396.

sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who thrive to make a difference in the society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra has made its presence known in the Charlotte community by its participation in the 2013 Festival of India, as part of its fund raising activity. In addition, with liaisons in both the UK and the UAE, Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. If you would like to be a part of this noble cause, please touch base with Sangamithra Foundation. For Further Details:;; Twitter: @sangamithraUSA.

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 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

shantiniketan senior Center of Carolinas The Shantiniketan Senior Center of Carolinas (SSCC) is located at 5104 Reagan Dr., Charlotte, NC 28206. The Center is open from 10am – 3pm. The Center presents members with activities, outings, access to physical care and mental wellbeing and care. For More Details: Nimish Bhatt 704-491-1186 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

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:

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

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

shrinath Dham Haveli The Shrinath Dham Haveli performs prayers and rituals on a regular basis. The haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. For More Details: 704-224-6500 704-763-3059

vallabh Pushti samaj of Carolinas (vPsC) VPSC has announced Shrinathji Haveli – “Shrinath Dham” in Charlotte with support of all Vaishnav families of Carolinas. VPSC is starting construction in the near future of “Shrinath Dham Haveli” for benefit of entire Vaishnav Samaj and Pushtimargiya devotional activities. VPSC is moving forward with objective to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, perform “seva and rituals” and to observe and celebrate festivals and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Regular “Paath and Bhajan” recitations are held on 2nd Sunday of each


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Community Organizations of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: Kumar Bhardwaj: 336-601-0567, Ruby Singh: 336.430.9068,

month from 4-6 pm at Shrinath Dham Haveli Address - 1006 Vickie Lane, Stallings, NC 28104. For Further Details: Prathmesh Shah: 704.763.3059

Indo-American society of NC (IAsNC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. IASNC presents “Cultural Fall Fest & Dandiya Night” on Saturday September 20, 2014 at Downtown City Festival Park, 200, N. Davie Street, Greensboro from 3 - 9 pm. Program includes cultural performances, Ramleela by Kids, Gabra and Dandia, Indian catered Food and other vendors, Free Entry. For further information for program or vendors contact Gauri: 336-684-5833, Kinshuka: 919-949-8996 or Amritha 336-255-6451. For Further Details: Krishna Balu336-292-9462,

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 @

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: Subba Reddy Meka, President, 336.577.5285

BAPs Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC 27265. Every Sunday sabha times: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 pm to 5 pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm Kishore sabha: 2 pm to 3:30 pm; Main sabha: 4 pm to 6 pm Gujarati classes: 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Arti at 6 pm followed by Mahaprasad Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. For Further Details:

Life Mission, usA This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. 8136 NC Highway 119 South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 848.459.7401 (Dr. Manoj)

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For Further Details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, 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

Quan Am Buddhist temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr. Greensboro , NC 27407. For Further Details: 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

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


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Community Organizations 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:

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

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

Raleigh AANC - Assamese Association of North Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: 919.200.4020

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)

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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

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Community Organizations 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 13 at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park, Cary. For Further Details: Kusumben Desai (919.677.8513) Raojibhai Patel (252.236.4391)

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)

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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. For Further Details: 732.865.3173

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 devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities. Introduction to Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle. For Further Details: 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


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Community Organizations assisted programs every Friday 7 to 9 pm at the Hindu Bhavan Main Hall (309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560). Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, prison seva, igokulam, and many more. Classes are conducted on a semester basis, with tests and scores. Children and parents also have unique opportunities for learning and developing software for ios, android and web applications. Example: Gokul Darsan (See Apple Store) For Further Details: Phone: 919-491-9536 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: 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 Hindu society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of NC is located at 309 Aviation Parkway, 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. Upcoming Events: Aug 29 - Sept 13: RTP Ganesh Festival Sat, Sept 6: Concert by Mahalakshmi Iyer, Jolly Mukherjee and singers, 8pm Sat, Sept 13: Concert by flute player Abhijit Pohankar, 7pm 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 18: Cary Diwali 2014, Koka Booth Amphitheater, Regency Park, Cary NC This year’s theme is “Aapo Deepo Bhava” meaning “Be a light unto Yourself” - a message uttered by Lord Buddha to his disciples. Even though India has always been the destination for a spiritual quest, this year’s Cary Diwali 2014 theme emphasizes the search ‘within’ through the medium of volunteering and community service. Volunteerism is the foundation upon which our community assets are built. Helping others kindle happiness in the giver and the receiver. On the occasion of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, celebrate this effort made by area youngsters to bring this spark of light into their own and others’ lives. “Aapo Deepo Bhava” award recognizes youngsters who have made an outstanding contribution in the community or excelled in Education or Cultural Arts. For Further Details: 919.371.4470 Immanuel Assembly of God Immanuel Assembly of God is a Full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in Raleigh and 102

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Community Organizations RTP area of North Carolina. The church is located in Morrisville. For Further Details: 919.442.8537 Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2year 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: Indian talent Discovery Foundation Indian Talent Discovery Foundation (ITDF) is established to promote any form of art that has originated in India by any individual. The primary objective of Indian Talent Discovery Foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Supriya Goli (919-342-8678) 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 due to divorce, separation, death or disability, 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 different South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 International Buddhist Progress society - NC temple All are invited - the temple, inaugurated with modern environmentally-friendly design in 2010, is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with Sunday services at 10am followed by free vegetarian lunch. The temple is located at 2529 Prince Drive, Raleigh NC 27606. For Further Details: 919-816-9866 International Community Church 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 September 2014

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Community Organizations knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. Devotees come together to practice their religious duties in harmony. All communities 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 am1:00 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, Inc. is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Kiran operates a 24/7 hotline service. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates and collaborates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1-877-625-4726 Phone: 919-839-6203 Email: 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

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Community Organizations telugu Christian Fellowship of NC (tCFNC) The Telugu Christian Fellowship of North Carolina (TCFNC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to Telugu Christians living in North Carolina, to be united and bonded together as a Telugu Christian family of God and encourage and pray for each other. TCFNC provides a place for Telugu Christians for time of worship, prayer and fellowship. They also provide a forum for kids to grow in the knowledge of the Lord and to equip them to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The group organizes, each year, an Annual Telugu Christian Family Conference. For further details: Phone: 919-43-TCFNC(82362) triangle Area telugu Association (tAtA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: triangle Bangladesh society (tBsNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali-, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) triangle 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: Oct 11: Sharad Purnima garba Nov 8: Diwali function For Further Details: triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised 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 For Further Details: 732-213-9660 Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. All meetings are free and open to the public. Urdu Majlis is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Dept. of Asian Studies. Urdu Majlis is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj ( or 919-851-1119) Ashraf Faruqi ( or 919-596-4792) 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 vibha Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and a resolve that we can create a positive societal impact in India – even from half way 110

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Community Organizations Hanahan tabletennis training Center There are no membership fees of any kind to play at HTTTC. Free open play and training. Free USATT league. Informal free coaching as time permits. Open to all levels of players from recreational to competitive. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym, 1255 Yeamans Hall Rd., Hanahan, SC 29410 (Adjacent to Police Station). For Further Details:

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Regional Hindu society of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa 508.654.0360

Hindu society of Greater spartanburg The daily Aarti is at 7:00 p.m., Balvihar classes are conducted from 10 - 11:45 am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday every month from 5 - 7 pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048 Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, sC) The temple is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. It is open on weekdays between 8:30 am to 12 noon and between 5 pm and 8:30 pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. Contact: 803.772.6940

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: 828.476.4073. It is located at 95 Mount Soma Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721 Upcoming Events: Sept 24: Mother Divine retreat begins For Further Details:

south Carolina American south Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, sC The American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American Southeast Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly Lunch meeting will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 1 to 3 PM. There will be $7.00 Per Person charge for Lunch (Kids Ages 6-10 pay half price) at Delhi Palace, 542 Saint Andrew Road, Columbia, 29210. Contact in the evenings: (803) 233-7042 OR (803) 233-3995. Bethel Christian Fellowship Bethel Christian Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) and Sunday Worship services are at 11:30 a.m. Address: Fort Mill Church of God, Student Life Center Building, 216 Academy Street, Room 102. Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel @ Carolina Buddhist vihara (Greenville, sC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. For Further Details:

Hindu temple of south Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. For Further Details: India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC): The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. For Further Details: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, sC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. For Further Details: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning. For Further Details: 864.430.4973


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Masjid Noor-uL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Dr., Columbia, S.C. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6 - 8 pm, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. vedic Center of Greenville For Further Details: The Center is located at 499 Bethel Road in Mauldin, S.C. 29662. 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri 803.754.2632 (Mosque main number) Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. For Further Details: 864.967.2852 spartanburg Buddhist Center The center’s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the center opened in 2010, the regular English group meets at 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief dhamma talk, and short discussion. The center is located at 770 Bryant Rd., Spartanburg SC 29303. For Further Details: 864-279-7546 telugu Association of Greater Greenville The Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. For Further Details:

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Math Magic Use these numbers only once: [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on next page)



The unused 9 letters spell that means “Cilantro”

EZ-BZ TEST YOUR IQ The common letters are “NY” - Fill in the blanks 1. Humorous. _ _ _ NY 2. An antibiotic used to treat fungi infection. NY _ _ _ _ _ _ 3. A widespread native Indian tree, with shoots that grow from branches take root, form new trunk. _ _ NY _ _ 4. A new word formed from the abbreviation . _ _ _ _ NY _ 5. An amount that is bought for a penny. _ _ _ NY _ _ _ _ _ 6. New York Stock Exchange. (*) NY _ _ 7. Pen name; a fictitious name assumed. _ _ _ _ _ _ NY _ 8. One, no matter which, of more than two. _ NY 9. One for whom something is named. _ _ _ NY _ 10. The immature young of an insect. NY _ _ _ 11. A resin derived from ethylene & its hydride. _ _ NY _ 12. A group of similar animals living together. _ _ _ _ NY 13. A sack made of burlap, jute or hemp. _ _ _ NY _ _ _ 14. A large Indian antelope like a blue bull. NY _ _ _ _ _ 15. Very small; diminutive. _ _ NY 16. (One’s) fate; what will happen to a person. _ _ _ _ _ NY 17. A long, narrow valley between high cliffs. _ _ NY _ _ 18. A marble like agate stone with colored layers. _ NY_ 19. Of or like a hard rock. _ _ _ NY 20. A branch of biology that deals with plant life _ _ _ _ NY 21. The monovalent radical C6H5, basis of aniline. _ _ _ NY _ 22. An elastic, synthetic yarn having great strength. NY _ _ _ 23. To refuge to accept as true or right. _ _ NY 24. To separate or disconnect. _ NY _ _ _ 25. A small horse. _ _ NY (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

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Navarātri Everyone, young and old, girls and boys, men and women, Gujarati or Hindi, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Bollywood actors to villagers, love to play Garba and Raas during Navaratri. This annual festival consists of nine nights (Navaratri). It is one of the major Hindu religious festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm all over India and by all the Indians living in the world. The word Navarātri means “nine nights.” Let us take a look into some religious aspects of Navarātri. This festival is dedicated to the worship of Hindu deity Durga/Shakti, the universal divine mother, in her nine different forms of each night. The nine incarnations of the Divine Mother are: Shailputri, Brahmachārni, Chandraghantā, Kushmandā, Skandamātā, Kātyāyani, Kālarātri, Mahāgauri and Siddhidātri in that order, as per Hindu scriptures. According to the Ramayana, Rama invoked the goddess Durga in his epic battle against Rāwana. Before the beginning of the legendary war between the Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna worshipped Durga, the Goddess of Shakti, for the victory of the Pandvas. Traditionally it is the worship of Shakti, which means cosmic energy that you would do when you begin any adventure. Without energy nothing moves in life. It is believed that She will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life. Remember, everyone in this world wants and worships power. This year Navarātri starts on September 25, 2014 thru Oct. 2, 2014. (Call your local temples for the locations of the celebrations). Many social and religious organizations in USA and abroad will celebrate Navarātri with Garbā and Rāss (played with Dandia – a pair of sticks). All the participants wear colorful dresses and beautiful saris and move in the circles while the live musicians and singers light up the night.

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LIBRA (sep 23 - Oct 23) - Feeling good this month? Someone’s aiming high and you’re not afraid to cock back and shoot that catapult. You’ll want to grab the bull by the horns this month. You look at your scars with pride, like a true survivor. But let’s not get carried away. There’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance; you don’t want to make enemies out of your friends. Though this month will bring you much success in many areas of your life, you’ll always catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

General Predictions for September 2014 ARIEs (Mar 20- Apr 20) - Sit back and relax; enjoy the peace of mind you’ve waited for so long. Your support system comes back into action after the second week, including your significant other. When life gives you a chance to take it easy, you should do it. Of course, no one said you have to play it straight this round. Have fun with your tricks; just don’t cause drama to boost your ego. On the contrary, use this opportunity to work on yourself and make an investment for your future. A little effort will allow you to knock those obstacles out of the way. Start a new venture, and enjoy yourself.

sCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) - A sigh of relief. Seems like you’ve been holding your breath for a while. September will help you relax and feel comfortable. Enjoy time with your family and make some happy memories. The unexpected comes with a pleasant surprise this month. Your networking channels will pay off and your reputation will hit status “pro”. This long awaited peace of mind might make some of you want to pay a visit to the Almighty; get more involved in religious activities or go on a pilgrimage. All in all, you will find your peace of mind this month.

tAuRus (Apr 20 - May 21) - Let’s not get too adventurous this month. It’s time to watch your back and play it safe. When there are bigger powers calling the shots, it’s best to sit back and stick to the routine. Don’t expect too much from others; just focus on the now and stay positive. Hold off on those ambitious plans; instead try getting into a habit of hitting the gym a few times a week. Dedicate yourself and just do it. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

sAGIttARIus (Nov 22 - Dec 21) - You’ve been working real hard through all the confusion last month tossed your way. September will bear the fruits to your hard (or not so hard) labor, so kick back and relax; this is going to be an easy ride. The atmosphere around you will be pleasant as you stroll by, turning heads, and you’ll easily get a bigger return with little effort. Why not take advantage of this time and throw a party? Just keep in mind that when life brings you flowers, don’t mess it up for yourself. Enjoy the smooth sailing!

GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) - You’re in control this month! The beginning of the month allows you the chance to play your cards right, and this once may be enough. Just don’t put lady luck off till the end of the month; she’ll come at you with a vengeance if you make her wait. Take advantage of the first half and your finances will also increase. Hold on to your seat because life is about to take a major turn. Unexpected adventures.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) - Haste makes waste; do not act impulsively. Analyze the situation and make an intelligent decision, but most of all watch your health. Play it safe as your risk-taking tendencies may backfire. In which case, keep your allies happy and close; you just might need their support. Perhaps pay them a visit or take a trip with them; it will bring you peace and happiness. Watch your temper and keep the ego in check; this may put you in hot water if not handled well.

CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) - Let life show you what it can do for you this month. Enjoy this newfound confidence you can’t shake off. It’s a wonderful life and you’ve totally earned it! Of course, there will always be those who won’t appreciate your happiness, so let’s not rub it in their faces. Hold your composure and kill them with your kindness. Just don’t go too overboard. Yes, you’ll make the money, but don’t let that fool you into spending it all away. Don’t forget you have a bigger plan for the future.

AQuARIus (Jan 20 - Feb 19) - Bah humbug is the theme of this month. To be or not to be? Why are you upset? Are you upset? What is bothering you? Is there anything at all? Are you seeing things? For no reason, this month will rub you the wrong way and put you in a confused state of mind. Seek out a noble cause if you can’t shake Scrooge off. Help the needy, join a walk for a cause; assist those who are less fortunate. This will help you feel more content. The third week of this month should bring some rewards via travel. Keep working hard and don’t overthink things.

LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) - Slow and steady wins the race for you this month. Review those business plans you’ve been drafting and start executing the steps. Life is about to speed up, so start preparing. Involving your family just now may not be the best idea, but your friends are all ready to back you up. Use their assistance and set a course into action. Go make that trip. You have the energy and the confidence. Who knows? You just might seal the deal.

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Indian Restaurant for sale in North Carolina. Good location near major mall. Only Indian restaurant in town. Selling due to family issue. Call 910-262-8379.

Discreet Business Brokers, Inc.: WinstonSalem, NC – closed C-Store location w/excellent curb appeal, lease with option. Accepting offers; Southern Virginia – C-Store w/ gas, diesel $4555K inside sales/mo, ; Greensboro, NC – Restaurant in high traffic count retail area $250,000; Many other businesses available, please contact us: 336-297-4000 or for more information!

sub shop for sale. Great Downtown Raleigh location with good lease terms and COM included. Close to many major businesses. Flexible business hours. Seller will not pay broker's fee. Please email questions C-store & Liquor store for sale or lease near Myrtle Beach, SC. Monthly 50k inside, 40k lotto, 5k other income. Good neighborhood location. Fairly new metal building. Call Jay 843-855-3555. Motel For sale: in NC. 50 rooms. Interstate location. Owner retiring. For info call Harry 336-314-4101. Convenience stores/Gas stations for Lease or sale in NC. Great opportunities with upside potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill / inventory. Please call 803-789-3133. Motel for sale in Jonesville, NC. 41 Units and apartment. National Franchise. Asking price $800k. For more info call RK at 704-224-6130. tobacco store For sale: Excellent and high visibility. North Carolina. Store volume 25K. Asking price only $40K Plus Inv. Please call Jitu Patel 704-743-6719. Motel For sale: Wyndham Franchise with 73 units, in Eastern North Carolina, with 2 BR manager apartment. Attractive property for a motivated owner-operator. For more information call 919-701-9853 or email

two C-stores / gas stations for sale in Rockhill, SC. Busy road next to big college. Call Guru Patel 503-330-8723.

C-stores: Lexington NC $149K($729 RE) + Inv, GR $2.6M, No Beer, 1 Acre; Elon, NC $99K + Inv, GR $2.5M; Men's Clothing store: Hickory, NC $80K, w/Inv GR $235K; 704-8218888 or

Help Needed: In convenience store asap. Young single person needed for convenient store near Charleston, SC. English & driving is a must. Accommodations may be provided. Interested candidate please call 704-804-2559.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Weekend workers: Product demonstrations at grocery stores in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte and Pineville, NC. Personable, women / men. Must have own transport. Call 917-331-4924 or email: Elder Care needed in Charlotte area for 88 year old woman during the day. May require light cooking. Gujarati speaking preferred. Call 704-763-9401 or 704-502-1480. Part time/Full time Gas station/C -store: 77s exit 82b 20 miles from Charlotte call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884.

Convenience store with Gas: Asking $175,000 plus inv. in 65k, out 80k, lotto 3000. With options to buy property. Near Columbia, SC. call Jim 912-337-1311.

Nanny needed: for twin baby boys in Durham, NC. Live in or live out. MondayFriday. Hindi/Gujurati-speaking preferable. Please call 484-802-7862.

For sale: Indian Restaurant for sale in Matthews NC. Great Opportunity. Please Contact 704-996-6742.

Help Needed: Need a Sales Rep for a suit store. Full time position, Must be fluent in English, energetic and legal. Located in Westgate Mall in Spartanburg,SC. 864-595-2551.

Chevron gas+grocery, bait and tackle for lease in GA, Putnum County, inside $720,000 yearly, gas 250,000 gallons yearly, lottery income 24000 yearly extra income 36000 yearly. Asking 175,000+inventory, rent 4500 / month call G Sarao 706-284-7947

Hotel Manager Needed near Charlotte for franchise hotel. Experience preferred, must have computer skills and speak English and have legal status. 240-264-9527 or email resume to : Full / Part time sales positions. Ambitious and hard working person needed in men’s clothing store in Columbia, Camden or Orangeburg, SC. Handsome salary & commission. Call Mr. Manoj 803-427-1681.

Manager needed in Greenville, SC for 26 room motel. couple preferred with legal status. Must speak English. Good pay and accommodations provided. 864-313-0400.

C-store and gas station for sale with property near Raleigh. Owner wants to retire. Asking $350,000 plus inventory. Steady income and low overhead. Call for details: 919-239-0678.

Night Audit / Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel, Charlotte. Full-time / Parttime. Must have experience, be honest, reliable & fluent in English. Call Nina 704-299-3364.

Motel for sale in NC: 26 units independent motel located I-95, with manager apartment. Owner is retiring. Serious inquiry only. Contact JC at 910-739-3254.

Motel For sale: 19 unit independent motel in Hilliard, FL. With manager apartment, $96K Gross, Asking price $280K. Call: 850-549-8682.

Liquor and c-store for sale: Clover, SC. Gross sales yearly $380,000-$400,000 from both stores, monthly expenses only $1,000 (or less)+ $1600 rent; Asking $59,000 + inv. ($80k-$100K). Owner finance available. Rocky 803-810-5105.

sales Manager / Associate wanted for Retail Store (Concord Mills Mall). Fluent in English and possess pleasant personality. Base Salary PLUS Commission. Flexible hours with great earning potential. FT or PT! Call 704-537-0664 or email resume:

Motel Help Wanted: Housekeepers / front desk and maintenance person needed immediately for motel near Charlotte Airport. Call any time. 609–271–3012. Experienced threading Practitioners or Licensed Esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time with great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980322-1110. Retail sales Associate in Columbia SC. Male / Female / Couple. Full or part time . Opportunity to advance quickly into management. Contact 706-877-0315. 122

Hotel Help Wanted: Charlotte, NC. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. All shifts. Experienced front desk, night auditor & housekeeping. Full-time positions available. Must be fluent in English. Email Help Wanted: subway & store in Greensboro, NC area. Couple preferred. Must speak fluent English, have legal status and computer knowledge. Please call: 704-737-1555. Around Help Wanted: Looking for eyebrow threader who lives around Greenville, NC. If you don't know how to do threading we can teach you. Just looking for a reliable and trust worthy person. Call 252-364-5669. Help Wanted: Rocky Mount, NC. Looking for Housekeeper, Front-desk couple for motel near Rocky Mount Accommodation will be provided. Call Marmik Patel 321-794-0950. Household Help Needed: Looking for someone who can come to cook vegetarian food and some light household cleaning. Need to have their own transportation. Please call 704-458-4072. Gas station help wanted- full time/part time in Rock Hill,SC. call-803-981-4354. Part-time/Full-time single or Couple: Needed ASAP for a convenience store / gas station in Gaffney, SC. Must speak English & have legal status & previous experience preferred. Call 704-726-7544 or 864-487-4939. Gas station Help Wanted: full-time in McCormick, SC (near Greenwood & Augusta). Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Good pay. Please call 704-299-8535. Domestic help needed for Gujarati family in Rock Hill SC. Excellent cooking and cleaning skills required. Benefits include competitive salary and allowance for rent.Must be legal US resident and able to drive. Call 803-448-4820. September 2014

Waiter / server Needed: Indian restaurant in Charlotte. Must have experience in Indian restaurant . Please contact 704-512-9177. Motel help wanted: Franchise motel Night Audi t/ housekeeping, single or couple. Accommodation provided. Experienced or willing to train. Near Savannah GA near South Carolina. 847-505-6892. Convenience / Gas station Help Wanted: couple or single. Full-Time. Near Charlotte. Accommodations can be provided 704-701-9975. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: House keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to OR call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Nanny needed for 18 month old toddler in the afternoon in Steel Creek area of Charlotte. Call: 864-517-4141. Full time Nanny Needed: To take care of our 2 children (ages 5 and 7) in Charlotte NC. Requesting light housekeeping and simple cooking. English speaking only nanny. Please call during weekdays after 5PM. 980-475-4591. Motel Help wanted: Housekeeping couple for Franchise Motel in Richburg SC (30 miles south of Charlotte). Accommodations provided. Call 803-230-4402. Hotel Help Wanted: Housekeepers and front desk clerk. Accommodations provided. Charlotte near Airport. Call 704-488-0102 or 704-968-1731. Nanny needed: Starting late September for 2 year old in Morrisville, NC for daytime hours. Hindi / Gujurati - speaking preferable. Please call 919-259-4699. Front Desk Agent Wanted: For a franchise hotel in Kinder, LA. Fluent english is a must. Exp. Preferred but will train. This is a live-in position. Pls. Call 910-273-2132. Refulgent technologies Inc.: IT staffing company is currently recruiting Java, .Net, SQL Server and QA candidates. We also do Training & Placement. Contact Anu:  e-mail: or 704-405-4238. Nanny Needed near Cary, NC: Live-in nanny to take care of a 6 month old baby & help with some house work. Please call: 484-459-0684. New york Life is seeking Bilingual professionals who want to build an insurance & financial business with potential to earn a significant income. Please Call Marc 919-785-3737.

MATRIMONIAL Hindu-Punjabi parents invite proposals for slim, beautiful daughters from suitors in age groups 23-27 and 29-35 with college education; postgraduate degree not required. For serious consideration, reply with photos to: Charotar Leva Patel (moti 27) family invites correspondence for their well settled, US citizen, innocent divorcee (no kids), vegetarian Son, Age 32, 5'8". Looking for Gujarati Hindu Girl. Please contact with bio-data, photo and horoscope to

SERVICES NC Driver’s License? Obtain your license in record time; learn safely with certified, experienced instructors. Teenagers and adults. Charlotte area. 704-891-0114. Govinda's Catering Pure vegetarian cooking blessed by Lord Krishna. Perfect for weekly meal pickup/delivery. Catering for meetings, parties, & events. Contact Rangadevi 919-3081465 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 704-5457220 or e-mail: Pari Beauty In Matthews, NC: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Bleaching & Much More! 23 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. For Appointment Call: 704-846-7912. 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: Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna, Facial. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707. Astrologer With Gold Medals - Jayanti LadContact for Health, Wealth, Relationship, Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 or 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 Catering & tifin service: Pure vegetarian, Gujarati, Punjabi and South Indian. Up to 100. Free delivery available. Puri and Chapati individual orders taken. Call 704-608-4516. 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: Mehandi (Henna): Award-winning artist in the Chapel Hill / Durham, NC area specializes in Mehandi parties. Perfect for weddings, birthdays & get-togethers. Creative & beautiful art! Contact: Krishna Priya Dasi: 919-824-7734;;; Facebook: Krishna Priya Dasi Priest Available for: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334. Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist: Specializes in Indian wedding reception design and floral arrangements. For more info contact Shawna Turner at 803-328-2266 or 123

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: vaibhavi’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte Ballantyne area in Stone Creek Ranch. Offering Waxing, Facials, and Threading. Please call or text for appointment at 843-4656048. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Please call for appointment. 704-968-0270. Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Please call for appointment 704-726-8928. Quality Assurance Analyst and Business Analyst training in Charlotte. Job placement assistance. Please call for more details- 704806-8907. Are you looking for the following training courses through: Online, Virtual class, (Remote access for Practical Training ) and In Class Training Programs : C# & ASP.NET, Java &J2EE, Java & Android, Objective C, iOS, Oracle –Dev &DBAm, MS-SQL-Dev &BI, SQL Server 2008, Web Technology, PMP, Informatica /BO/DS, Bigdata, ERP Trainings: SAP FICO and HCM and all Modules. Contact: GSIT Trainings Inc. – Call -732-4752686. We can help you Job Placement / H1 , CPT,OPT.

PROPERTY FOR RENT / SALE town home for rent in Charlotte: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, garage, 1432 sq ft near Ardrey kell high school. Rent $1050. 704-9003462 or email at sublease available for 3 months (Sep 7th to Dec 7th - 2 bed 2 bath apartment in Ballantyne (South Charlotte, NC) rent is $1091 per month. Please call 732-822-9451.

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September 2014

Advertisers Index A & V Satellites ....................................................25

Falls Lake Dental (Chintan Patel DMD) ...............121

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................35

Accela Range Hood ...........................................101

Festival Of India Charlotte ....................................19

Real Carolina Properties (Wilson Parayil)............107

Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah)....41

Friends Travel ......................................................75

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ................22

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)75

Geological Resources, Inc. ...................................45

Rinku Bhattacharya Das (Dance Instructor).........113

Agni Indian Kitchen & Bar (Greensboro)................61

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................127

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..99

Allstate (Ravi Reddy) ..........................................126

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

Rupa's Spa & Threading Morrisville


Anand, Versha (Real Estate) .................................55

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) .................29

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ....................83

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....41

Gujarati Cultural Assoc. of Piedmont (GCAP).........95

Sai Krishna Bhavan (Restaurant) ..........................17

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................79

Heritage India Association Of NC (Gandhi Jayanti).64

Sangam Mart (Indian Groceries).........................114

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................85

Hindu Center Charlotte ...................................76/77

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC..................................113

Around The World Market ...................................49

HSNC Ganesh Fest ..............................................93

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ....................14

Art of Living Retreat Center .................................59

Hum Sub (Cary Diwali 2014)................................13

Shah, Mihir (NY Life) ............................................89

Barot, Tushar (Statefarm) .....................................10

iKraftimages Photography....................................45

Shivam Indian Spices (Morrisville, NC)..................47

Bashyam & Spiro LLP (Immigration Law)..............71

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................16

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................33

BB&T Home Mortgage.........................................53

Indian Food & Spices (Fayetteville)........................74

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................23

Bhindi Jewellers ..........................................2 & 3

Indo-American Soc. of NC -IASNC (Dandiya Night)39

Sleep Inn (Charlotte) .........................................109

Bipin & Smita Parekh (Real Estate).......................31

Intense Entertainment (Slam! The Tour) ................11

Smart Energy Solutions (CSI)..............................115

Blooming Buds....................................................31

International Community Church .........................80

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)......111

Bollywood Fashions (Greensboro).........................61

JEI Learning Centers ..........................................56

Spice Bazaar (Durham, NC)..................................95

Carolina Performing Arts (Vidya Kolyur).................97

K.B. Zaveree..........................................................5

Spices Market (Clemmons, NC)............................91

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & DĂŠcor) ....10

Kalashri .............................................................12

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC)...........66

Cary Internal Medicine & The Diabetes Center, PA 72

Kaya Designs Boutique ........................................63

Sukhadia's Indian Cuisine..................................125

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

KD Photographics..............................................119

Suravali Music Group.........................................109

Carymed Primary Care (Bindit Patel, MD) .............38

Khanna & Sons Jewelers .......................................7

Swad Restaurant (North Raleigh)..........................33

Chai Pani (Restaurant - Ashville, NC) ..................109

Kirti Shah CPA .....................................................62

Taaza (Fresh) Indina Bistro ...................................51

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)................119

Maadhurya Photography......................................47

Thalir Arts Academy ............................................53

Chandni's Beauty Salon ......................................12 Travels Maha Travel ....................80

Tower Restauant (Morrisville) .............................121

Cool Breeze (Cary).............................................101

Malani Jewelers ................................................128

Travel Universe ....................................................69

County South Realty & Business Brokers..............73

Maruthi Pediatrics (Dr. Badriprasad R. Donthi).......56


Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................38

Montessori Children's House of Durham .............23

Triangle Business Law .........................................81

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Serv)...79

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................31

Triangle Hearing Services.....................................72

Dawat Indian Restaurant......................................15

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ..........................99

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................43

Define Brows & Spa.............................................15

Natya Performance Academy (Maniktala) .............67

Trii Women's Center (H. Nadendla, MD FACOG)..105

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................37

Nav Ras Dance Academy...................................105

Ttravel Guru ........................................................46

Desai Desai Accounting ......................................45

NC Dermatology Associates .................................48

Tutoring (A+ Tutoring - Nirmala Koripella) .............34

Desai, Vaishali (Real Estate)..................................83

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................91

UBS (Manish Mehta, CFA, CFP)..........................103

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................41

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................65

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................43

DJ Don (David Pandoria)...................................111

Paramount Montessori.........................................47

Uni World Travel...................................................99

DJ Lalit ...............................................................45

Patel Brothers (Cary)............................................28

Urogender .........................................................114

DreamACT Entertainment ....................................17

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................87

Vyas Travels ......................................................109

Dulhan Doli Rental...............................................32

Pathway Driver Improvement Clinic ......................82

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............57

Elegant Designz...................................................87

Pookar (Charity Festival).......................................27

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................91

Eshaan Jewelers .................................................21

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........29

White Horse Weddings.........................................87

Event Decor by Ghazala .....................................53

Property Net Reatly (Suku Pandiyattu).....................6

Worldwide travels ...............................................51

Evershine Properties............................................42

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC) ....................107

Zaveri Bazaar Jewelers..........................................9

Eye Level Learning Centers..................................85

Rajbhog Foods ....................................................55

Zayka Restaurant ..............................................105

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................73

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)...55


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