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In this issue: Man Made Diamonds are Forever A Chat with Sitarist Niladri Kumar

September 2016 Issue # 220 Editor Samir Shukla (

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A Chat with Manmade Sitar player Diamonds are Niladri Kumar Forever

Hello ReADeRS! Why doesn't India win more Olympic medals? Read the column on pg. 14. Diamond labs say their manmade diamonds are forever too, even if they were made yesterday. Story on pg. 18 Read a short interview with sitar maestro Niladri Kumar on pg. 24. Rocker Freddie Mercury would have been 70 this year. The tribute is on pg. 30. Read about the basics of Natya Sastra, the classic sanskrit text that guides performing arts in the column on pg. 52. Read about a place in New Mexico that is so dark you can see your shadow by starlight. See pg. 80. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on pg. 100. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on pg. 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and international news, latest movie releases, analysis and interesting videos at our website We welcome all comments and suggestions.

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Contributors: Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 14 Manmade Diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 A Chat with Niladri Kumar . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 American Dance Festival . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . .pg. 68 Heart to Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 92 Community Organizations . . . . . . . .pg. 100 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . .pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 132 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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TEATIME IN THE CITY Notes from the Editor’s Desk By Samir Shukla

olympics and those pesky medals Book Review:

The summer Olympics are over. This year the United States won over 100 medals and India won two. Once again the discussions begin on why India, a country of over 1.2 billion people, can’t produce athletes that can win medals at the Olympics. Well, the answer is rather simple. It’s about money. It’s about a culture of sports. It’s about sports infrastructure. It’s about parents willing to let their children go full blast into sports, while putting academics on the backburner. That’s it. If Indian parents, government, schools and communities set up the type of sports environment and ethos pervasive in the US, India would come home with a stack of medals from any sporting event around the world. Instead, Indians produce gold medalists in spelling bees, IT, and STEM. I’ve had discussions with friends and relatives on why India doesn’t win medals. The argument goes that Indians don’t have the athletic prowess, stamina, and ability to become world class athletes. I say, hogwash. Again, it’s quite simple. Here are the basics. You need money, lots of it, world-class training centers, lots of them, veteran trainers and coaches, lots of them, a sports culture that is pervasive at all income levels, and, most important, parents and family members willing to let kids with raw talent bloom as athletes. India simply doesn’t have the traditions and infrastructures of swim teams, little league, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and football that’s in place, as it is in the US for even the youngest of participants. Sure, lots of kids play cricket in dusty fields and neighborhood greens all over India. The country’s cricket superstars are proof that when a country is obsessed with a sport, uber athletes are spawn. In the United States, parents spend hours each week transporting kids to soccer games or tennis matches or their neighborhood swim teams. Indian-American parents also do this. The easy availability of swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, and other sports infrastructure builds and blooms the layers of talent and training that can help identify the talented youngsters. These youngsters can then be brought into the moneyed sports structure, with full parental support, to turn them into world-class athletes. This is why the US leads in medal counts. And India doesn’t. The Chinese and Russians spend billions of dollars to train their athletes to compete in a nationalistic manner. And they win a lot of medals, because they back and support athletes to a level that India never has. If India can follow suit to create the sports traditions of the US, fund the training of athletes and the needed infrastructure, it will take only a generation to build the foundation. The medals will pour in.

Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation Authors: William Ellison, Christian Lee Novetzke, and Andy Rotman (Harvard University Press)

Anyone with any interest in popular Indian films has seen or heard of director Manmohan Desai’s 1977 megahit Amar Akbar Anthony. The film was a quintessential masala movie with multiple characters, an ensemble cast, crisscrossing plot lines and stories, and of course the hit songs. The story follows the antics of three brothers separated in childhood, from each other as well as their parents, who were raised in three different religious households. It is the story of the diversity, traditions, and religions of India, all mixed into a colorful mishmash by Manmohan Desai. In this book, three professors from different universities and backgrounds unfurl the beloved movie and tie it into the greater story of India. The authors review and analyze one of the biggest hits of Bollywood, where one of the prime themes is religious harmony. This book is not simply a condensed narrative of the movie; the authors take great care in using the film’s plot lines and characters and unfold them into the greater idea of India. Secularism, creeping modernity, communalism, and community are all interwoven in their assessment of the three main characters and their mother “Maa,” who represents a compendium of the greater Mother India. The authors offer a multi-layered interpretation of the film’s symbolism, idea of social harmony and post-independence secular democracy of India, embedded with the minutiae of all things India. The book analyzes the film in ways most people who have watched and loved the film have likely never thought about. The deeper symbolism and India’s secular democracy go hand in hand with the film, which is given a multi-perspective here. It’s a film that celebrates India’s diversity without making noise about it. The characters all simply get along on a secular level. This book is clearly a labor of love, where American academics spend a lot of time analyzing a single Hindi film. The authors are clearly fans of Hindi films and experts of India’s web of myriad religions, traditions and beliefs. They, like the I welcome your comments. film, don’t take everything too seriously, but at the same time remind readers of the believable and unbelievable mores and Samir Shukla machinations of the film. They are scholars, of course, but fans is the editor of Saathee magazine. as well. Read the book, it is as fast-paced as the movie, and then contact - watch the film again. Insights that were once hidden in the songs, romance, comedy and action will reveal themselves.


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Ever since the 1950s, companies have been manufacturing diamonds in a lab. The technology mimics nature’s geological forces, using massive pressure, high temperatures, or both, to turn some form of carbon — even just carbon gas — into one of the most expensive gems on Earth. But it’s only within the past several years that man-made diamonds have been able to match the top-quality stones coming out of the mines. De Beers coined the phrase “A Diamond Is Forever” in 1947, redefining the diamond as the ultimate symbol of romance: timeless, rare and worth considerable financial pain. Today, companies like the Diamond Foundry want to convince consumers that a diamond is forever ... even if it was born yesterday. Their pitch is based on ethics. The struggle to control

Silicon Valley is a playground of sci-fi wonders: Driverless cars. Virtual reality arcades. The robots that will soon replace your dog. I’m here to check out the latest: A diamond mine the size of a passenger van that can be controlled with an iPhone. “This is our unit foundry, the prototype foundry for the future. It includes our growth reactors in which we hot-forge diamonds under the heat of plasma,” says Martin Roscheisen, the CEO and founder of the Diamond Foundry, the man-made diamond industry’s hottest new start-up. And how long does it take to make a batch? “About two weeks,” he says. Compare that to the 1 billion-plus years for the Earth to produce a diamond, and you get why the traditional diamond industry is up in arms.

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always be there and also prosper and spread its fragrance to different corners of the globe. This music has this very special introvertish quality of happiness within, it almost makes you dance not necessarily outwardly and physically but more importantly within your being. So as long as any form of music survives in this universe, Indian classical music will be with it.

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How do you see yourself, or what role do you play in bringing Indian classical music to the young digital generation? In essence, how do you create new fans of traditional music? That’s a good question. How do you create new fans? A big part in a musicians life goes in firstly carving a niche amongst the already fans of this traditional art form. And then try and create interest amongst the non initiated is almost a job for another life but has to be done at the same time. I feel that somehow the young new generation is extremely smart and they get it very quick but it’s important to be able to speak and relate to them in a language that keeps their interest alive in it. We are at a time which is somewhat like a crossroad where although we are in this digital age with this wide huge reach but the numbers of Indian music being consumed is dwindling instead of growing. So somewhere I feel a huge gap is being created and before its get too far and wide it’s imperative that we have to keep the tradition alive through innovation.

By Samir Shukla Niladri Kumar is an amazing young sitar player. He hails from a lineage of five generations of sitar players and trained under his father and guru Pandit Kartick Kumar. Niladri Kumar will perform in two North Carolina cities in October with the legendary tabla master Zakir Hussain. Kumar is a total master of the sitar and invented his own electric version of the sitar called Zitar. He has lent his sitar and Zitar prowess to numerous films over the years including Baahubali, Aashique 2, Dedh Ishqiya, Dhoom 2, and Paheli. He has also worked with guitarist John McLaughlin and Talvin Singh, among many others. And of course he is currently touring with Zakir Hussain. Kumar says the performances in North Carolina are strictly North Indian traditional classical music with the classic sitar and tabla duo. The shows are essentially “don’t miss” affairs for anyone who loves Hindustani music. Here is a short chat with Niladri Kumar.

Who are your veteran music heroes as well as younger musicians that you admire? There are far too many to give in a few names. It’s not fair to leave some for the need of word space. I have had numerous Heroes who I have not just admired but even followed and try to emulate.

Will you be playing the Zitar at this concert? Give a brief description of the Zitar. Can you give a brief bio of your background and musical No. I am not playing the Zitar. I am going to play only the Sitar. The Zitar is an electric sitar and is a result of following a passion journey? I learnt sitar and the music to be played on it from my father and dreaming of a world which only existed in my dreams. Pandit Kartick Kumar. My fore fathers were all sitar players Someday it might be reality. from Dhaka erstwhile east Bengal and I am the fifth in the generational line of sitar players. The rest of me is available on What are your current projects or recordings? Please do have a look and read and I I am working on a couple of albums simultaneously and have been going to and fro on it for various reasons. Hopefully will hope it would be worth your time. have something to release by this year end. You are performing with Zakir Hussain in North Carolina on oct 8 and 9. Who are the other accompanying musicians, if Anything else you would like to tell the audience in North Carolina? any? Yes. It’s a big honor and blessing to be performing alongside Firstly thank you for asking me these questions and hope my the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussain ji. This concert is just a duo answers will create an interest for you to come and witness the of tabla and sitar. A traditional North Indian classical concert. greatest magic in music of our times the one and only Ustad Zakir Hussain. Talk a little about this current tour with Zakirji. What can we expect? Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit For any musician of my generation and others it’s an Niladri Kumar will perform on opportunity of a lifetime to be able to perform with Ustad Zakir Sat, October 8 (8pm) in Durham. Hussain ji. For me especially, I feel humbled and special at the The concert is organized through same time. As you are all aware of the genius of Zakir ji, you Duke Performances. Tickets are sure can expect that in abundance and I hope to play the sitar now on sale via to try and keep time with him. They will both also perform on Sun, October 9 (4pm) in What is your assessment of the current state of Indian Charlotte. The concert is classical music in India as well as the rest of the world? organized through IPAAC It’s a question which has different answers at different levels. ( Tickets are now But to keep it precise Indian classical music is the music of this on sale via land and as long as we cherish being who we are this music will


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Retired cricket star Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently launched the world premiere of the new trailer to the muchanticipated biographical film about his life, M. S. Dhoni The Untold Story. The film is directed by Neeraj Pandey and actor Sushant Singh Pandey plays the cricket captain in the movie. Revealing the journey that fans do not yet know about their sports hero, Dhoni releases in North American theaters on September 30.

Freaky Ali is a romantic-comedy and sports film directed, produced and written by Sohail Khan and presented by Salman Khan. The film is about a debt collector for a local gangster that becomes a golfing sports sensation. The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amy Jackson, Arbaaz Khan, and Nikitin Dheer. The film releases on September 9.

Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar children When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers. Eclectic director Tim Burton guides the cast that includes Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, and Asa Butterfield. The film is slated for release on September 30.

Sooraj Pancholi to feature opposite Parineeti chopra in circus Sooraj Pancholi, after his debut film Hero in 2015, is now prepping to star opposite Parineeti Chopra for the first time in the upcoming film Circus. The film also features Suneil Shetty and marks the directorial debut of choreographer Bosco Martis. The film deals with a passion of circus performers and artists. Chopra will play the role of a trapeze artist in the film. Circus goes on the floor in December and will feature extensive dance, action sequences with water and fire elements.

Pink Pink, a courtroom drama directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Piyush Mishra, and Jaya Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan is a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings. One night a group of friends get drunk and try to molest Miss Arora (Taapsee Pannu) and her two roommates (Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang) leading to an accident. The film revolves around how Bachchan fights the girls’ case against these rich boys. The film releases on September 16.

Snowden National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents to the press a couple of years ago, unleashing controversy and privacy issues. The real-life drama Snowden is directed by Oliver Stone and stars Scott Eastwood, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film will hit theaters on September 16.

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Deepwater horizon This film is based on the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded in April 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Many workers died and it took months to contain the underwater spill. Director Peter Berg tells the tale with his cast Mark Wahlberg, Dylan O’Brien, Kate Hudson, and Kurt Russell. The film opens in theaters on September 30. Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in the reimagining of the western, The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier. The film releases on September 23.

Baar Baar Dekho Baar Baar Dekho is an upcoming romantic drama directed by Nitya Mehra, marking her debut in Hindi cinema. The film stars Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Sarika, Ram Kapoor, and Taaha Shan and is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Baar Baar Dekho is based on a romance tale spanning 30 odd years. Look for the movie in theaters on September 9.


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Snowden (Director: Oliver Stone) Cast: Scott Eastwood, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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

Banjo (Director: Ravi Jadhav) Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri, Dharmesh Yelande, and Mohan Kapoor

Sunshine Music Tours & Travels (Director: Shailendra Singh) Cast: Sunny Kaushal, Ashrut Abhinan Jain, Jaswinder Singh, Suhas Joshi, and Himayat Sayed

The Magnificent Seven (Director: Antoine Fuqua) Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio

Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa (Director: Anwer Khan) Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Pooja Chopra, and Murli Sharma

Days of Tafree (Director: Krishnadev Yagnik) Cast: Yash Soni, Ansh Bagri, Sanchay Goswami, Sarabjit Bindra, and Nimisha Mehta Manmarziyan (Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari) Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar

September 9 Baar Baar Dekho (Director: Nitya Mehra) Cast: Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Sarika, Ram Kapoor, and Taaha Shah

Wah Taj (Director: Ajit Sinha) Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Manjari Fadnis, Hemant Pandey, and Rajesh Sharma

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By Jennifer Allen Who Wants to live Forever? one Man’s Precious Gift to the World

“Excess is part of my nature. Dullness is a disease. I really need danger and excitement. I’m never scared of putting myself out on a limb.” ~ Freddie Mercury

On the 5th of September in the year 1946, the world would officially be introduced to a human being who would undoubtedly become of the greatest musical performers and songwriters of all time. On that fateful day in Zanzibar, Farrokh Bulsara was born. Parsi by descent and Gujarati by lineage, Farrokh learned piano by age 7 and was often said to have an uncanny knack to replay songs from the radio almost right after hearing them. He grew up loving Bollywood… especially singer Lata Mangeshkar, but was also greatly influenced by rock performers such as Little Richard and Liza Minelli’s flamboyant performance in Cabaret. When he was 17, the Bulsara family was forced to move to England due to the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution, but it wasn’t until the early 1970’s and two failed bands that he would become the man that has left such an impression on the world in such a short time. Of course, I am speaking about the late great Freddie Mercury…

Is there any specific thing that we can point to which made Freddie amazing? I personally think it was many little things that came together and made him unique. You can certainly see how much of a theatrical performer he was. The lavish outfits and the signature movements he made on stage were things that no one else had ever attempted before. He was just as comfortable in tights as he was in a dress, and he didn’t seem to care what anyone else thought of his stage presence in the slightest. There are many photos of him in lavish outfit after outfit, and anyone who was a true Queen fan simply understood that this was just how Freddie and band were. Beyond his performance persona, there was also his impressive four octave vocal range. His singing was no doubt better than most professional, trained opera tenors. You remember that really high note at the end of the operatic portion of Bohemian Rhapsody? That was all Freddie, folks. The man didn’t need any of that newfangled auto tuning they use now. He could switch from baritone to contralto in an instant, and very few other singers have ever been able to accomplish such a feat on a consistent basis. And speaking of his ability to adapt, there’s the sheer amount of musical genres that Queen’s songs touched upon. Metal? Listen to Stone Cold Crazy. Funk? Hey remember Another One Bites the Dust? Movie Soundtracks? Queen did two of them. Rockabilly? Yup they did that too with Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Anyone who’s ever been to at a sporting event has been driven to stomp and clap along to We Will Rock You. Heck Freddie even sang Opera. And of course… we all have had a moment where we are driving along and can’t help but (attempt to) sing the mysterious lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody along with the band (and yes I do the obligatory headbang at the “rock” part). What is probably most surprising about this man is that off stage Freddie was completely the opposite of the brilliant showman that the fans saw. He was shy and often despised doing interviews. He had a very small group of close friends and was very slow to “warm up” to people he didn’t know well. It’s hard to think of him that way while away from the spotlight, but in truth he was also a very humble person. In the few interviews he did give, he would always be upset if the interviewer referred to him apart from the band. Queen was a band with four talented men working together to create music. It was never Freddie with three backup band members.

“When I’m dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance.” ~ Freddie Mercury Freddie’s history with the band, Queen is nothing short of legend at this point. If there was just one word to describe him, I dare say that one word would not be enough. “Charismatic” “Brilliant” “Extravagant” are just a few. When he got on stage, the whole crowd stopped and took notice. He could command the crowd with just a flick of the wrist, and he seemed to love every second of it. He was definitely one of the most amazing performers ever, with his stage presence often imitated but never duplicated. Probably the pinnacle of Queen’s stage shows was their Live Aid act in 1985. I remember watching the whole day’s festivities on MTV and how much of a big deal it was being run from both Wembley Stadium in London and John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia at the same time. Lots of great bands, young and old were present that day. Heck Phil Collins managed to take the Concord plane from London to Philadelphia just so he could be at both venues on the same day. They were all topped by what many have called “20 minutes that changed music forever.” Queen came out, played 5 songs… and every single one of the 72,000 in attendance, heck every single one of the millions watching on TV or in Philadelphia was clapping along with Radio Ga Ga. We all stood up and sang We Will Rock You and We are the Champions in sync with Freddie and the band. Mercury had the magic touch, and it showed. I feel lucky to have experienced this moment in real time, and

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SANGEET Popular Music of India By Kirit Shukla

bāten sone yār ve māhi mainu tere nāl pyār ve, hāy main mar jāvān dil jāniye hāy main mar jāvān , ve shāvā shāvā bhāngadā ve shāvā shāvā, o balle balle o balle balle o balle balle o balle balle hoy hoy hoy hoy, e le hāy shāvā hāy shāvā, in kadamon men sānse vār den, rab se jyādā tujhe pyār den, rabbā mainu māf karin rabbā khairiyā, hāy mainun māf kare, tum to meri zind meri jān ve, meri tu zamin hai āsamān ve tujh bin main ki karān rabbā khairiyā, hāy main ki karān, say shāvā shāvā māhiyā say shāvā shāvā say he rup hai terā sonā… Come on say shāvā shāvā māhiyā Say shāvā shāvā māhiyā say shāvā shāvā māhiyā …

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Aadesh Srivastava Srivastava was a music composer and a playback singer for numerous Indian films. He was born on September 4, 1964, in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, into a Hindu Kāyastha family. He got his first music break in the film Kanyādān in 1993, which unfortunately was not released, but its songs became popular on radio. Over the course of his career, he had composed music for over 100 Hindi films. In 2005 and 2009, he was a judge for the talent TV show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge. In 2006, he directed the short film Sanaa that focused on the socially unbearable subject of child seduction. He married Vijaytā Pundit, sister of music duo Jatin Lalit and actress Sulakshanā Pundit and the couple had two sons, Anivesh and Avitesh. Aadesh Srivastava passed away due to cancer in Mumbai on Sept 5, 2015. He received special tributes from his colleagues in the music industry that have had the chance to work with him during his active years.

Meaning (Summary): Say 'shava shava' (Pretty cool!) Your beauty is golden, golden are your anklets-2; they tinkle in such way that mesmerizing everybody, The kohl (Kājal) on your eyes say, to live or die for love. Say 'shava shava' my beloved, -2. Come my lover and beloved; Come beautiful, dance 'shava'... dance, dance 'shava'... Since I saw you for the first time, my heart became restless. O God, you know... what has happened to my heart? Listening to your talk, I fell for you, I fell in love with you, my beloved, I will die for you, my dear, I will die for you. Say Bhangra 'shava shava'... my beloved. May my last breath be at your feet, I will love you more then I love God. Please forgive Awards: me God, for the sakes of my good-will, please forgive me. You Won Best background music: 2001 Film Refugee are my soul, my life. You are my earth, my heaven. What Nominated Best music: 2002 Films Chalte Chalte and Kabhi would I do without you! For the sakes of my good-will, what khushi kabhi gham would I do? Say 'shava shava' my beloved...

His lyrics to the famous Hindi hit song “Rup terā sonā sonā ...” lyrics in Hindi: is given on this page.

evergreen and Classic lyrics Rup Tera Sona Sona... Song: Rup hai terā sonā sonā … Film: Kabhi khushi kabhi gham Year: 2002 Music: Aadesh Shrivāstava Singers: Alkā Yāgnik, Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sudesh Bhosle, Amit Kumar, Aadesh Shrivāstava, Amitabh Bacchan Lyricist: Sameer Tāl/Rhythm: Punjabi Bhangra beats Starring: Kājol, Shah Rukh Khan, Hritik Roshan, Jaya Bacchan, Amitabh Bacchan, Kareenā Kapoor lyrics in english: One two one two three four say shāvā shāvāRup hai terā sonā sonā soni teri pāyal pāyal-2chhan chhanā chhan aise chhanake kar de sab ko ghāyalkah rahā ānkhon kā kājal ishq men jinā maranāye say shāvā shāvā māhiyā Say shāvā shāvā Ye rup hai merā sonā sonā soni meri pāyal pāyalchhan chhanā chhan ...Everybody say shāvā shāvā māhiyā māhiyā ve ājā māhi māhiyā ve ājā, shāvā shāvā Say shāvā shāvā ājā gori nach le hāy shāvā nach le ve nach le hāy shāvā are ājā gori nach le hāy shāvā he nach le ve nach le hāy shāvā, dekhā tainu pahali pahali bār ve, hone lagā dil bekarār ve rabbā mainu ki ho gayā dil jāniye hāy mainu ki ho gayā sun ke teri

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grandparents happily take on roles of timers, stroke judges or participant gatherers and everyone makes it their business to cheer for their team until they are hoarse. As ordinary kids share the pool with former Olympians and elite swimmers, their dream turns into determination and an aspiring swimmer evolves into a competitive athlete. By contrast, my friends and I grew up playing badminton in the open space of our building in Mumbai. The quadrangle, as we called it was a sorry excuse for a playground but it was our badminton court all summer when we played friendly and sometimes competitive matches with friends and rivals. But once school was back in session, it was forgotten and it didn’t occur to us or at least to me that it could be something more. What if we’d had a more organized approach to summer badminton? What if we had access to a coach, a league consisting of teams from the area and a tournament that allowed the players to participate and potentially seek more advanced training in the sport? I wonder if that would have resulted in a few famous badminton stars from our old neighborhood. Of course it would also mean that some of the bickering residents would have to get along, the building’s aunties and uncles would have to put up with noise and cheer during matches and mommies and papas would have to give up their free time to take care of the logistics of organizing a tournament. But wouldn’t it be worth all the trouble if you could brag about knowing an Olympic medalist since childhood? In recent conversations, people have expressed their disappointment with India’s performance history in the Olympics. To many it seems sad and almost unbelievable that a country of more than a billion people cannot produce more medal winners. Surprisingly, Indian immigrants rarely excel in sports even though they have surpassed others in numerous fields across many different countries. We could sit around the chai table all night to discuss the whys. But I believe the better question is, what can we do to promote sports success? The hallmark of success is a “can do” attitude and actions are more likely to change things than regretting, lamenting or criticizing. I suspect that the lives and routines of elite sportsmen and women are far from easy or glamorous. For every moment of glory there are hours of grit and sweat, a lot of it. Just from watching my children participate in recreational swim teams, I realized how hard it is to shave off even one second off their best time. It is not simply a matter of trying hard and wanting to be fast, there are so many factors involved. So I continue to marvel and respect Olympians especially the ones who’ve fought against all odds and carried with them the hopes and dreams of their countries. Doping and corruption scandals can disillusion us and repeated TV commercials can test our patience but if there is one thing I’ll preserve from Rio 2016 it is this – dream, plan and work like crazy.

By Shyama Parui “USA, USA, USA” “India, India, India” Chanting, screaming and cheering we jumped with joy as we hugged each other celebrating the victory of our favorite athletes at the Rio Olympic Games. For two weeks, our family was glued to the TV mesmerized by the Olympiad watching in excitement, fascination and complete awe as amazing men and women continued to redefine what is humanly possible. I’ve followed these games since childhood and even though they come around every four years, I find myself just as eager and wide-eyed each time. I’m forced to humbly accept that I have so much to learn about the world as there are more countries than I had ever imagined. It opens my eyes to the host country’s people and culture and reveals the personal and deeply moving stories of athletes from around the world. The Olympics have meant so much more than a bunch of countries competing for The Olympics have medals. It seems to bring meant so much more than together people in a way that politicians cannot and elicit a bunch of countries sheer joy that one cannot competing for medals. fake. I agree with the President’s views that while the Olympics cannot end problems like poverty or war, it creates a sense of humanity and empathy. If knocking down stereotypes was a sport, then the 2016 Olympics would be champion. Anthony Ervin at the age of 35 won the Men’s 50-meter freestyle swimming event showing more speed and power than the younger contestants. Gymnasts were once believed to retire in their early twenties but Oksana Chusovitina represented Uzbekistan at the age of 41 defying this commonly held belief. India’s very own Dipa Karmakar, a rookie by comparison, vaulted way ahead of competitors who were ranked higher in the qualification stage. And if you’ve said greatness cannot be repeated, eat your words! Kristin Armstrong, Aly Raisman, Usain Bolt and the medal machine known as Michael Phelps have proved you wrong. With USA leading the medals tally it was easy to be drawn in and rally behind the winning team, even if it was in a sport we had never played or heard of. Our sports culture too provides fertile ground particularly for the young to build and grow their skills or simply develop a love for sports. It is everywhere and I found it palpable when I first moved to Charlotte more than a decade ago. Monday morning conversations were all about Sunday night football and executives used more sports analogies than corporate-speak. As a parent I can attest that we spend a good part of our lives transporting our children to practice and competitive events. Summer swim teams conducted by neighborhoods or the local YMCA are a great example of promoting sports and team spirit not just among children but the entire family. The swim meets are entirely managed by volunteers who spend hours of their time managing the logistics which means moms, dads,

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Even though we still have very hot and muggy days in September, we know that the days are getting shorter and we know that the season is changing. Fall is probably my favorite season in North Carolina and it is a welcome change even though the colorful leaves and crisp air arrive about six weeks later than they do in my native New England. In The Free I found over 60 unique ways that change is used in idioms (non-literal expressions). Can you match the meanings (“a” to “t”) below to these expressions that use change? 1 1. A car like that takes a lot of change to buy. _____ 2. After his leadership training, our department manager really showed a change in stripes in his philosophy about staff relationships. _____ 3. He really needed a change of pace from PR so he requested a transfer to the sales department. ____ 4. I doubt that that candidate will tone down his temper. A leopard doesn’t change its spots.” ____ 5. We didn’t like our new electrician so we changed back. ____ 6. That business has changed hands only twice in the last fifty years.. _____ 7. He almost accepted the job offer in another state but had a change of heart when he thought about leaving his relatives and friends. ____ 8. The new clerk was rather rude and impatient but quickly changed her tune when told that the customer trying on all those dresses was the store manager’s wife. _____ 9. The large number of people allowed to work from home represents a sea change in the company’s work patterns. _____ 10. It’s not a good idea to bring in a different manager during this crisis. Our current one is coping so we shouldn’t change horses in midstream. _____ 11. It is a disgrace the number of people who are forced to work in service industries for chump change. _____ 12. My wife and I like to put our loose change into the charity boxes in convenience stores. _____ 13. I really prefer the aisle so would you mind changing seats? _______ 14. Instead of always asking, why don’t you change tack and just tell him what you want? ____ 15. Our sales are poor so we need to talk to marketing about a change of tack. ______ 16. Years ago nobody in our neighborhood locked their doors. Now times have changed and we all lock our doors and have armed security systems. _____ 17. Ever since he was enrolled in a different school, my son’s behavior has really changed for the better. _____ 18. Why don’t we have breakfast on the deck for a change._____ 19. Do you know the date this Fall that we change to standard time? _____ 20. If their roommate wants to continue living with them he’s going to have to change his ways. ______

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By Mo Vidwans Last month we reviewed life and disability insurance. Let us continue with more kinds of insurances that we need and deal with in our everyday life. Health- Health insurance is a much talked about subject; even in this column it has been touched upon on many occasions over the last year. Health insurance is one that we must have. Contrary to life and disability insurances, the need for this one does not diminish but grows with age; in fact, we use it much more when we are older. Those who work have health insurance through the workplace and the retired people are taken care of by Medicare and other private insurances (refer to the month of July article). Since we all know about this particular insurance, I will just mention a real useful new product on the market; this is the way most of the corporations would go, it seems, in the future. It is called Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and is being used by 43% Corporations today. We can open an HSA if the workplace has a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). Many overlook this even though it is the most tax-deferred account available (better than even an IRA or 401K). HSA allows you to set aside pre-tax money (for 2016 it is $6750 for a family) without paying state and federal taxes on it. If you contribute through payroll deduction you also save on FICA tax; besides, the corporation would contribute to it too. Money in HSA grows tax-free and, if used for medical expenses, also can be withdrawn tax-free. The biggest advantage of HSA comes when all the money set aside is not used that year; it can be carried forward till your age of 65 after which you have the rest of your life to use it for medical purposes.

umbrella liability Insurance- Virtually every middle class family has assets to protect and they should be protecting those assets with umbrella liability policy. Without this coverage, individuals and families face the possibility of losing a lifetime’s accumulation of capital and other assets if they are seized to pay a legal judgment. This policy protects families in two ways: high limit over underlying insurance and broadened dropdown coverage over a self-insured retention. Generally, this policy would not cost more than $250 per annum.

Professional liability Insurance- There are many families who are developing their own businesses, either both spouses together or occasionally just one spouse with generally between 0 to 10 employees. Given these circumstances it is always a good idea to consider some protection for liability for the owners especially if the business is small and still budding. This insurance is often referred to as Malpractice Insurance for those occupations in which professional liability is likely to result from errors, omissions, unsatisfactory professional performance and other misjudgments and for some businesses bodily injury too. Professional liability covers many areas like company officers’ liability, employment practices, employee Home- Most of us own at least one home as a necessary part of benefits and fiduciary liability insurance to mention a few. our passage of life and then we must have home insurance by decree of city/county/state/federal laws. Nobody would let us Commercial Property and liability insurance- Many families purchase a house unless we show that we have insurance. Like and individuals have businesses in commercial or for that I mentioned last month this is one insurance we must have and matter residential property. Even though a precise breakdown hope that we never have to use it. Home is not covered for for such types of coverage is difficult because terminology and unnatural events like flooding, backed up sewers, faulty insurance company practices are not uniform, it will be safe to products etc. unless we have special riders. Also home should say that it is wise to have insurance coverage for whatever your be covered for the “replacement value” and not the one you liabilities would be in your business. In each business it is a bought it for. One can reduce the premium considerably by must to know what your possible perils are, imagined or real, taking a higher deductible; premium can cut in half if we and then how they need to be covered. increase our deductible from $1,000 to say $5,000 or higher. It Insurance for a variety of things/events should not be and, at is also a good idea to cover, via various riders, for special times, cannot be ignored. Think of the unknown and decide articles of interests like jewelry, heirlooms, china and special what insurances you must have. Again insurance is one thing equipment used for photography, music and so on. Apartment you must have and hope that you never have to use it. dwellers, too, need to have insurance for their belongings.

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Automobile- Since we cannot do without cars this is another one of those where having insurance is a must. Most states have laws about minimums on a variety of factors in automobile insurance like liability, uninsured drivers and deductibles for comprehensive and collision. I strongly recommend that do not just pick insurance with the minimums; premiums really do not

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DANCES OF INDIA By Dr. Maha Gingrich Basics of Natya Sastra The Nāṭya Śāstra, a treatise on Dramaturgy is a Sanskrit text giving us systematic guidance on classical performing arts. The text is attributed to sage Bharatha, and its first complete compilation is dated back to 200 BCE and 200 CE. The text consists of 36 chapters with 6000 poetic verses describing performance arts. The subjects covered by the treatise include dramatic composition, structure of a play, the construction of a stage, genres of acting, body movements, make up and costumes, role and goals of an art director, the musical scales, musical instruments, and the integration of music with the performance. Even though it is impossible to explain all that, I would like to touch the most common aspects used by dancers. It is inexplicable to see how the Natya Sastra deals with the categorization of different body movements. If you want to enhance your motor skills, take up dancing. It enlists 13 gestures for the head, 9 neck movements, 36 ways to glance, 7 movements of the pupil, 9 for the eyelids and 7 for the eyebrows. In addition to this, there are six gestures each for the nose, cheeks, and lower lip, and seven for the chin. Three movements are approved for the belly, five each for the chest, waist, sides, thighs, calf muscles, and feet. One of the most important movements in dance is a Karana, which is a combination of hand and foot movement. There are 108 Karanas. If this sounds like an aerobic exercise, you are not too far out in your prediction. These classical dances use most vital parts of our body from head to toe. Maybe that is why most of the dancers start their training at an early age. To understand the intricacies of classical dances and to excel in these dance forms, we need a basic understanding of the components of these fascinating dance styles. The dance itself may be divided into three main parts: 1. Nritta: This refers to pure technical aspects of dance. These are the movements without any special meaning or mood, and used to show the basic adavus or fundamentals and the intricacies of complicated timings, rhythms, posture, and footwork. 2. Nritya: Comprising of the body, hands, limbs, together with facial expressions, and filled with Rasa or Flavor, which may express small episodes, just a sentence, or a whole drama. 3. Natya: The combination of both dancing and acting. This becomes the foundation of dance.

The meaning of the dance was further detailed in three forms: 1. Bhava or Mood: This part of the dance was to be gracefully described by the glances and play of the eyes and eyebrows; the Hastas of hand gestures, accompanied by the relevant facial expression. 2. Raga or Melody: The song and melody used during the dances have direct impact on the expression of the dance and its mood. 3. Tala or Rhythmic Timing: This is the supportive element as the technique of the feet guided by the set timing of the drum manages the energy of the dancer. Hastas or hand gestures are an essential part of any classical dance forms. These are like alphabets that form words. These words can form sentences and eventually give us the ability to tell you a story. Through story telling, you can bring human emotions to surface. All this depends on the basics of hand gestures, combined with footsteps and facial expressions. There are single hand gestures known as Asamyuta Hastas and combined hand gestures using both hands known as Samyuta Hastas. According to treatises like the Natya Sastra and the Abhinaya Darpana, there are about thirty-one single hand gestures and twenty-seven combined hand gestures. As words can be combined to change a meaning, hand gestures can be combined to change the representation of a character. The names of mostly used single hand gestures are: Pataka; Tripataka; Ardhapataka; Kartarimukha; Mayura; Ardhachandra; Arala; Shukatunda; Mushthi; Shikhara; Kapitta; Katakamukha; Suchi; Chandrakala; Padmakosha; Sarpashirsha; Mrigashirsha; Simhamukha; Kangula; Alapadma; Chatura; Bhramara; Hamsasya; Hansapakshika; Sandamsha; Mukula; Tamrachuda; Trishula. The other important component of dancing is to express basic nine emotions called Nava Rasa. They are: Shringara (love), vira (valor), karuna (kindness), adbhuta (amaz ement), raudra (fury), hasya(laughter), bhayanaka (fear), bibhats a (revulsion), and shanta (peace) – and countless passing feelings that may be enacted. The portrayal of feelings in abhinaya is stylized rather than literal. For example, to illustrate sadness by describing the flow of tears, a classical dancer does not actually shed tears (as a movie actor would), but indicates the flow of tears using hand gestures combined with facial expressions. Rules and regulations for the performance of classical dance made it an exact science and art, where nothing was left to the arbitrary whim of the dancer. Yet, it could be mastered so perfectly that each dancer’s individuality and ability in expression, grace, technical knowledge and personality, emotional feeling and confidence, gave distinction to her/his performance.

The Science of Dramaturgy further showed that the dance was composed of three main elements of bodily gesture, namely: The Limbs; The Face; The Whole Body. These three main components must have one uniform whole in which speed, grace, symmetry, body control, versatility, eye expressions, facial expressions, thought, word, and song follow in a natural stream of harmony.

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THINKING ABOUT THINKING Changing – originality to “origimality”?

about changing something, if you are to be successful at changing it. By Balaji Prasad One of the things that many people seek to change is their lot in life. Gaining control over one’s lot in life seems to be a “If you do not change direction, fairly pervasive desire; maybe it is a survival thing. If you see you may end up where you are heading.” ― Lao Tzu that a huge part of “your lot in life” is you, then the best way to What a difference changing one letter makes! The title of this gain control over life may be to change yourself! article plays with a common word, changing it to what can be Can I Change? seen as a nonsensical word. Or, something that can make a This is an interesting question to ponder, and a potentially different kind of sense that the original word (pun unintended) high-value pursuit. maybe even prevented. So, it is clear that words can be changed The answer, as with many other things, is “it depends!” It and cause our minds to change. This raises an interesting depends on the mixture of “rubber and steel” you are made up question: Can change be at a deeper level? Can we change things of. This rubber-and-steel concept was introduced to me many not just at a level of meaning and interpretation, but at a level of years back by an eight-year-old boy, my son, who must have being, perhaps? picked it up from one of his cartoon shows, or his Karate master. When I would be unyielding on something, he would admonish The origin of origami: Materiality If you take a rectangular piece of paper and fold it in half, me with an air of wisdom, “Dad! Be like rubber, not steel!” It you have something that wasn’t there before. When you fold it was a strange expression when I first heard it, but it has stuck a few more times in some specific ways, you end up with a nice somewhere inside me. It is possible to change your position on looking boat; the boat actually floats in the water. You have things. This is obvious … or at least, it should be! Yet, how many created something new. The boat’s origins are from the piece of of us stay anchored in unworkable beliefs, views and positions that are counter-productive? paper, but it is definitely not just the piece of paper anymore! When something is changeable, it can become many different things – you can see it as one thing only at a point in time, but it is a thing that holds the potential to be many things. The original thing that we started with offers the raw material in a certain form. The things that we can make from it will continue to have the same raw material, but their forms may be different.

Are You Rubber, or Are You Steel? We get used to things. When you live in a cold climate, you eventually get used to the fact that you have to periodically shovel the snow and pick at the ice build-up on the driveway, even use roof rakes to prevent your roof from collapsing. Getting used to things is something that helps us survive. But getting “used to” things can also keep us in places that we may not want to be anchored to. This habit-formation is what creates the “steel” in us – the part that is rigid and inflexible. However, if you stop, step back for a second, and look at yourself outside in, you may be able to see that you have changed in some ways, over the years. Maybe the things you used to believe in are not as strong as they used to be, or maybe you are doing things that you never thought you would. People often imagine themselves to be a certain “kind” of person. I think that is backwards though. You are a certain person, of course – an identifiable individual – but you don’t have to assign yourself to an abstract category of some “kind of person”. That is an entirely optional self-labelling pursuit. The more you exercise this option, the more “steel” you create in yourself. And you will not “be all that you can be”, as the US Army puts it.

The Nature and extent of Change Change is not necessarily a one-way flow. Things can go back to where they were. The boat can be unfolded back to a rectangular paper – with a few creases and wrinkles maybe, but nothing that an iron can’t smooth over. Once again, we are at a fork in the paper’s life: we can go in many different directions from the clean sheet of paper. But we don’t need to go back to the start each time. I learned to transform the paper boat that I made into a toy paper pistol, guided by a wise old origamist – my grandfather. He didn’t stop there. A few more well placed folds later, we saw the pistol disappear and get replaced by a “royal” boat – a boat that was much more ornate the one we made before. Let us take stock. We took a piece of paper, turned it into a boat, the boat became a pistol that magically transformed into a Be All That You Can Be prettier boat. What a lot you can do with a simple piece of paper! If you see that you are made not just of the “steel” of habit, but also of the “rubber” of self-reflective wisdom, you can see Change Depends on Changeability Everything in this world is not equally changeable; also, potential beyond what would otherwise meet your eye. This different things are changeable in different ways. If you are insight can open up new paths, and new ways of being. You can looking to change a concrete block, you may consider chipping fold yourself and re-fold yourself into new selves. If you are getting value from these articles, drop me a line at the at it with a chisel, although this is not the material of choice for email below; the author would like to hit the mark if he can :) a sculptor. You may decide to paint over it to make it look different, or you may simply locate it within something else so that it presents a different aspect of itself to the eye. It is not something, though, that you would attempt to fold, as you did with the paper. How you attempt to change something depends on what you see as the properties of the thing. It is important to grasp what can be changed and what cannot, and how to go


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MARKETING TURNAROUND Introvert or extrovert By Gail Z. Martin Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Does working with people power you up or drain your battery? Do you crave company, and enjoy the bustle of a busy workplace? Or are you in your happy spot where it’s quiet and you can work with solitary focus? Most of us are a mix of introvert and extrovert traits. You may be able to turn up the wattage and shine on stage or at a social event, then come home and collapse because you’re utterly worn out. Or you might be able to work alone on a project for hours, but then go looking to recharge by going to the mall and surrounding yourself with people. Often, we’ve learned to adapt to school and work demands for us to be either more outgoing or more solitary than we truly prefer. As you consider your options for your own Fresh Start Success, it’s important Don’t assume that the to gauge the amount of way you’ve seen others do interaction you need to feel something is the only energized and happy. For example, if being in the possibility. public eye drains you, a new career where you’re constantly on the road and making presentations is unlikely to satisfy you, regardless of the money. On the other hand, if you thrive on having people around, you may feel lonely and restless working from home with no one but the dog for company. Positive Interaction Danielle trained to be a registered dietitian, and worked as a dietitian for seven years. Although she was doing what she went to school to do, very little about the job was satisfying. “I’m a people person,” Danielle says, “and it was good to meet people and help them on their journey, but the lack of compliance made me crazy.” She faced an uphill battle trying to help clients change dysfunctional food habits, self-destructive behaviors, and deeply-rooted emotions. Long-term successes were few and far between. “There was a lot of negative energy,” Danielle recalls. The last straw was when she was sexually assaulted and faced her own emotional struggle and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the assault. Fortunately, Danielle had a good support network, so she didn’t have to deal with the situation alone. As she considered leaving her role as a nutritionist, Danielle researched her options. “Emotional health was my number one priority, along with a job that created positive energy,” she says. “For me, that was all part of being happy.” Danielle also reassessed why she went into being a nutritionist, and what she wanted out of her reinvention. “In my first career, I did what I thought I was supposed to do. My parents led me in that direction as a safe choice,” Danielle says.

Her husband suggested looking at becoming a massage therapist, because he said she was good at giving amateur massages to family and friends. Danielle enrolled in a parttime program at the North Carolina School of Massage and loved it. Her old job gave her plenty of experience interacting with people. Massage requires a high degree of personal interaction and communication, and it’s hands-on, requiring good rapport with clients. “Massage is a positive profession, because people smile when they’re finished with a massage. I could provide immediate gratification to my clients, and making them feel better gratified me,” she says. Unfortunately, one teacher left mid-way through the program. Danielle didn’t like the replacement teacher as much, but she stuck with it, and her clinical practice providing public massages went very well. She interned with the teacher who had left the school, and planned to work at the same massage practice after she graduated, but then the owner of the shop moved and offered to sell it to her. Danielle bought the practice out of her savings and plunged into learning the business end. The old owner had been losing money. Danielle only needed six months to turn a profit and take a paycheck. “It took three years, but I’ve surpassed my old income,” Danielle says. She kept the name of the practice (“Serenity Now”) and differentiated herself by positioning the studio as the premier provider of therapeutic massage, as opposed to sheer relaxation. “I put a lot of thought into appealing to my local audience. I made sure I knew the demographics,” she adds. What would she tell others considering making a big change? “Just do it. Jump in with both feet. You’ll surprise yourself,” Danielle says. “Find the courage to take the first step. Baby steps are okay.” The Take-Away If you thrive on a certain type of work that uses your gifts and satisfies your soul, consider the options you have for how to deliver your services to fit your introvert/extrovert personality. Don’t assume that the way you’ve seen others do something is the only possibility. With today’s technology, you can be connected to the world without leaving home. At the same time, our computer addiction leaves many people hungry for personal, high-touch service that requires intensive interaction. Make your new Fresh Start Success suit you! Q&A with Danielle Ratliff Q: What did you learn the hard way? A: “Make sure you do background checks on people before you hire them. One person interviewed well, and I hired the


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The elegance of difference By Ruchi Bhatia

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When I try to visualize an archetype for pursuing perfection through imperfection, the Japanese art form of kintsugi comes to mind. Kintsugi is an art form that outlines the cracks of broken ceramics in gold lacquer. All beautiful things carry variances of imperfection. Our pain, disabilities, and weaknesses are our beauty. Meeting Dhruv Shah and seeing his accomplishments taught me that like cracked pottery laced with gold, we are all Kintsugi. It is an art state of acceptance of the imperfections in life and appreciating them as beautiful.

Imagine waking up to a light colored blur. You desperately squint, rub your eyes, and reach for your glasses on your bedside table, but all to no avail. “No, this can’t be happening!” you’re thinking. The first emotion that punches your gut is fear. A lot of “what-ifs” fly through your mind like a swarm of bats. “What if this is permanent vision loss? What if I can’t drive anymore? What if I can’t afford treatment?” You call your friend who happens to have a blind family member. She refers you to the Metrolina Association for the Blind (MAB). You gather your medical history information, the papers from your last eye exam, and make the call that could change everything. You’re quickly set up with a case manager who guides your next steps and opens you to a range of services. This scenario isn’t meant to alarm you, but rather to make you more aware. In fact, it’s one that – according to the National Foundation for the Blind – about 10 percent of all adult Americans face. And that number is expected to soar in the coming years. The leading causes of blindness in the United States are Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy, and cataracts. According to Dr. Flaherty, the low vision specialist at MAB, the most common eye condition she treats is macular degeneration. This eye condition usually affects people past the age of sixty. The macula is in charge of central vision. Because of this, people with Macular Degeneration typically can’t see faces and have trouble reading. “It’s like having a dark hole in the middle of your vision” says Dr. Brittany Flaherty. She informs me about two types of macular degeneration: a dry form and a wet form. The dry has a slower process of degeneration but unfortunately no treatment other than vitamins taken at later stages of the disease. The wet form takes place when new blood vessels form under the macula which can lead to central scarring. The good news? “There is treatment for the wet form that involves placing medicine directly into the eye” says Dr. Flaherty. I can tell by the pained expression on her face it’s typically administered through an injection. Ouch. For those of you wondering by now, the Metrolina Association for the Blind is an organization that I’ve had the pleasure to volunteer at for the past two summers of high school. This non-profit is dedicated to ensuring that people with low vision or blindness gain a sense of independence and live their highest possible quality of life. For the past 82 years, MAB has helped Charlotte’s visually impaired population through two services: Accessible Document Services (ADS) and Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS). VRS aims to help clients through orientation and mobility training, support groups, counseling, vision rehabilitation therapy, low vision exams, and much more. This is MAB’s local outreach. Many patients typically check-in here on the first floor for their low vision appointments and are greeted by a friendly receptionist who is ready to take care of them.

When I met Dhruv, his disability was blinding me, from which I only saw his beauty “in spite of” his disability, but I quickly regained my vision and learned that his disability was a crucial ingredient in the way it shaped him, and how he shaped the NC community. A Cary boy with cerebral palsy, Dhruv won a bike from the Great Bike Giveaway from Friendship Circle thanks to the Morrisville community in NC. His parents’ continued efforts in making the HSNC community and NC school systems more aware of Dhruv’s condition has pulled the community closer together and given us an opportunity in making a child’s dreams come true. When speaking to Dipti Shah, Dhruv’s mother, I had asked her what Dhruv’s disability has taught her? Her response was, “having a child with cerebral palsy forced me out of my comfort zone to confront some long-held beliefs I didn’t even know I had.” Everybody’s got their something. Mrs. Shah discussed her shock to realizing how many parents in the Indian community reached out with questions regarding their own children’s struggles. My son doesn’t have cerebral palsy, one said, but has attention delays. Not wishing to openly admit to their child’s disability, parents are summing up their child’s various challenges and seeing them as primarily disabled. Sadly, this is how many people view disabled people as well. The Shah family has taken great efforts in encouraging Dhruv to embrace his disability. Dhruv is forever smiling, and is happy to explain to his friends that he is different and his disability has shaped him like any talent would. The world can be an unforgiving place. People around the disabled person are worse than the disability, not because they have ill intentions, but because they do not understand. Dhruv continued on page 128

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Fiber: Not Fiber One bars! Fiber from real foods such as whole grains, beans and legumes, lentils, and vegetables acts as a prebiotic to improve the gut environment. Healthy gut bacteria can help balance hormones and enzymes and thus fight inflammation. Spices: We come from the land of “curry”! So we should all be familiar with the potent anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric. Turmeric has been the most widely studied spice for antiinflammatory research. Other spices that anti-inflammatory are fenugreek and ginger. Cinnamon, cloves, oregano, rosemary, garlic and cilantro have all been proven to have antiinflammatory effects. For those of you that missed it, we covered pain management in detail in last month’s column. As discussed earlier, research shows that the root cause of pain and disease is some form of inflammation, which has been called the silent epidemic. You may have it but not know it.

Water: Water helps us maintain a good blood volume so nutrients can move through the blood and reach where they are supposed to. Water also helps remove waste products out. Chronic dehydration can increase pain, inflammation, and may lead to other imbalances in the digestive system. Plan to drink slowly throughout the day rather than chugging it all at Anti-Inflammatory Foods Studies have shown that eating anti-inflammatory foods can once. Avoid sugary drinks, juice, and soda. If you are not a big reduce pain and prevent recurring episodes in many chronic fan of plain water, try flavored water or sparkling water with conditions. Although there are certain foods that have been no sugar or artificial sweeteners. known to have anti-inflammatory effects, it is the overall pattern of eating and lifestyle that matters more. Changing other steps for lowering inflammation certain lifestyle factors can help with weight management, aid in stress reduction and reduction of inflammatory responses limit or avoid meat and dairy: Animal proteins have been proven to trigger pro-inflammatory responses including and thus reduce overall chronic pain. increased risks for heart disease, cancer, arthritis, migraines, omega-3: When there is an imbalance of omega-3 verses and many other pain related diseases. Eat a more plant-based omega-6, it triggers inflammation. Omega-6 fats are present in diet. processed foods such as chips and other such snacks and fast food. Avoid too many packaged snacks to limit omega-6 fatty Weight management: Excess body fat, especially adipose acids. Eat foods such as walnuts, flax seeds, and olives to get a tissue in the abdominal area, can produce pro-inflammatory healthy dose of omega-3 fats. Also, supplements and pills do response. Don’t do fad diets. Change lifestyle behaviors for not help in the long run. The nutrients should come from food. long term good health. Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Limit exercise, caffeine, and screen time too close to bedtime. Drink herbal teas such as chamomile at bedtime if needed.

Whole Grains: Refined starches, breads and other baked goods made with enriched bleached flour, or wheat flour and excessive sugar can cause impaired insulin function and a change in the immune system caused by production of proinflammatory factors. Choose whole grains. Our body needs good carbohydrates for energy. Whole grains provide fiber, important vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals. Choose a variety from whole wheat, brown rice, bulgur, barley, ragi, oats, bajri, jowar, quinoa, whole grain bread and pasta. Try to eat more actual cooked whole grains rather than foods made with atta/flour.

Regular physical activity: Exercise triggers an increase in certain hormones that help reduce inflammation. Exercise does not mean you have to go to the gym. Choose whatever activity continued on page 128

Parul Kharod, MS, RD, LDN is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist and works as a Clinical Dietitian with Outpatient Nutrition Services at WakeMed Hospital in Cary and Raleigh. She can be reached at

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From this vibrational heart, currents radiate out into worldly life. Some are directed towards the physical world of matter – we need energy to exist and perform actions in the physical plane, e.g. walking, lifting, gardening, dancing, and exercising, and so on. Some of the heart’s currents are also directed into the mental sphere of existence: thinking, studying, teaching, research, problem-solving, or engaging in any other way in the field of knowledge and wisdom. Now, in a person who wants evolution of consciousness, some of the heart’s current needs to turn inward, away from the external world. We can also explain it like this: the stream of thoughts we constantly receive from the universe comes from the cosmic realm, where everything originates, what we call brahmand mandal in yoga. Imagine the stream is descending from above, down through the crown of the head into our system. The thought stream descends into the heart and in most people 99 percent of it goes outwards from the heart, to be used in worldly life. When the inner journey starts, one stream of the heart’s current is diverted inwards. Not all, as we still have to live in the world, look after a family, manage a job etc., but enough so that the pull of the soul is felt. On the left side of the chest, the currents are radiating outwards into worldly life from the point where the physical heart is found. When one stream is turned inwards, it turns towards the right side of the chest, to the point in the human spiritual anatomy known as the atman chakra or soul point. This is the spiritual heart of a human being. The catalyst for this inward movement is a teacher of caliber, who utilizes Yogic Transmission for this purpose. As we then continue to meditate, we are drawn towards the inner universe and start to integrate it with worldly life, so that both continue side by side. But this inward movement can be a difficult transition. It is like moving from one galaxy to another, and as with any change the mind rebels, feeling uncomfortable at first, much like when we move from one house, one city or one job to another. It takes a while to settle in. This is itself the first hurdle in our journey of expansion of consciousness. If we can cross that hurdle, the first step in the battle is won! Now we enter the realm of a different type of human consciousness – that of the immense peace and calm of the soul point. … But this is just the beginning of our journey. In Part 4, we will explore in more detail how our minds keep us entangled in worldly issues that stifle the expansion of consciousness, and how we can address this through spiritual practice.

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First Offshore Wind Farm, With a Lot of Help from Europe By Carolyn Beeler, PRI America’s very first offshore wind turbine was erected in early August off the coast of Rhode Island. Construction on the five-turbine, $250 million project will finish this summer. When the wind farm starts generating power late this year, it will be the first to operate off the coast of the US. As offshore wind gets its start here, project developers have leaned heavily on expertise from Europe, where offshore wind has a 25-year head start. An ideal location - The five wind turbines are being assembled by a special Norwegian installation ship about three miles off the coast of Block Island, a popular vacation spot about an hour’s ferry ride from mainland Rhode Island. The windfarm is relatively small, 30 megawatts, enough to power about 17,000 homes. It’s small by design, meant to prove that offshore wind can work off the coast of the US & pave the way for larger farms. Offshore wind has been slow to arrive in the US in part because of regulatory delays and opposition from influential coastal residents. A wind farm proposed more than a decade ago off Cape Cod would have been the first in the nation but was derailed by opposition from residents. That didn’t happen on Block Island. “The people who live and work here feel strongly that we need to do things for our environment, so there’s a real philosophical belief in [clean energy],” says Kim Gaffett, who directs an environmental foundation on Block Island and was head of the island’s town council when the windfarm was proposed. Block Island is known for its quaint main street and its sandy beaches and nature preserves. The year-round population of about 1,000 multiplies to several times that in summer months. The island attracts visitors and residents who value nature, which Gaffett said helped the offshore wind project succeed here when others have failed elsewhere. There’s another, more immediate reason why offshore wind is coming first to Block Island: high electricity prices. The island isn’t connected to Rhode Island’s grid, so it currently burns diesel that has to be shipped there from the mainland to generate electricity. That means the island’s electricity rates are among the highest in the nation. In most of the rest of the country offshore wind would cost more than

offshore wind still controversial - Still, the public hasn’t totally been won over to offshore wind, even on eco-friendly Block Island. The wind farm is still controversial there — a topic, like politics and religion, you don’t talk about at a dinner party. Teenager Tatum Shaw said the wind farm ruins the view from a bluff near her family’s summer house. “You face a certain way and it’s ugly and you see them and they look super up-close,” Shaw said, “and then when you face the other way it’s natural and beautiful like it’s supposed to be.” The turbines are clearly visible from the southern coast, even on cloudy or foggy days. They’re easy to spot from the grounds of a historic brick lighthouse situated on a high bluff on the southeastern part of the island. But on a recent visit to the lighthouse, former town council head Kim Gaffett was quick to point out that not everyone agrees with Tatum Shaw’s assessment of the turbines. “People have been, since last summer, coming up here to see this,” Gaffett said. “As much as there are people who don’t want to see them, there are people coming here to see them.” Gaffett hopes this interest paves the way for the bigger offshore wind projects that are in the pipeline. And that one day, the US coastline will look a bit more like Europe’s. 78

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NEWS NOTES Narendra Modi Pays obeisance to HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj On August 15, after presiding over the Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi arrived in Sarangpur at 11.55 a.m. to pay homage to his ‘mentor’ HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj. With folded hands and a melancholy face, the PM bowed before the mortal body of Pramukh Swami and offered flowers in obeisance. He also met HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, the new spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, and other senior swamis and expressed his condolences. Modi performed arti and circumambulations in homage to Pramukh Swami. Speaking on the occasion, he mourned the demise of Pramukh Swami as ‘many have lost a Guru and I, a father’. Taking pride in his long-standing association with Pramukh Swami, he said that Swamiji has nurtured and nourished him since the time when nobody knew him in public life. As a fatherly figure, Pramukh Swami would often point out to him his mistakes and molded him. Modi applauded Pramukh Swami’s devotion and his unswerving commitment towards every word that his guru Yogiji Maharaj had uttered. “Swamiji, he said, “has brought about a reformation not only in the Swaminarayan Sampradaya but among all HH Mahant Swami (Swami sadhus. Though he is not Keshavjivandas) succeeds the late physically with us now, we all HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj as the feel his presence through his sixth spiritual guru of the BAPS life, teachings and works.” Swaminarayan Sanstha. Modi recalled an incident that occurred way back during the Shilanyas Vidhi of Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi. Swamiji insisted that he be present in the holy ritual. Big names in the social and political spheres were in attendance to participate. He was a relatively unknown face at that time. While the puja was in progress, Pramukh Swami requested a volunteer to provide him with some coins saying, “He must not be having any money to offer during the ritual. Pramukh Swami knew that my pockets were empty. Such was his oneness with me.” Reminiscing about another incident, he said, “Once when Pramukh Swamiji had stopped eating for some time and would not listen to anyone, I had requested him to eat on the phone like a son. An hour later when I enquired, I was greatly pleased to know that such a great sadhu had paid heed to my request and had eaten something.” The Prime Minister commended Pramukh Swami’s great life, morality and saintliness. Tributes for Pramukh Swami have been received by BAPS from all over the world, from politicians and dignitaries ranging from Governor McCrory of NC, Governor Christie of NJ, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and many others.

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International Festival, Sat Sept 24 (uNC Charlotte) The International Festival, held on Sat, September 24 from 10am - 4pm, is centered on booths arranged in a colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of more than 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte’s international community and feature art, crafts, and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale. Throughout the day, the music and dance of various nations will be presented on indoor and outdoor stages. In addition, the International Festival, which is family-oriented, features elements such as mimes and face painting designed especially for children. In addition to the hallmark elements, the International Festival includes an international games zone for attendees of all ages to participate in and learn about the cultural significance of various games. Participants can learn the rules of bocce, play a game of lifesized chess, or join in a soccer match. It takes place on the UNC Charlotte campus. For more information call 704-687-7755 or visit

Festival of India - Sept 17-18 (Charlotte) The 22nd annual Festival of India, organized by the India Association of Charlotte, will take place in downtown Charlotte on Sat, September 17 (noon - 8pm) and Sun, Sept 18 (noon - 7pm). Festival of India is organized to showcase the country’s diversity of culture and heritage to the larger community in the Carolinas and provides an opportunity for cultural exchange in a fun setting. The festival exposes people here to the rich mosaic of different art, crafts, languages, couture and cuisine from the various regions of India in a festive setting. The result is to enhance the education of fellow citizens about the rich heritage of an ancient civilization with the expectation of bringing different people together. For more details visit Historic Morganton Festival, Sept 9 - 10 Come play in the streets at the 35th annual Historic Morganton Festival, Downtown Morganton September 9 & 10. Beginning Friday at 3:00pm enjoy a sampling of fine arts & crafts, festival cuisine, kid & teen zones and 4 stages. Saturday kicks off with a Sunrise Run on the Greenway at 8:00am and then the streets open at 9:00am with more artisans crafters. Free Concerts both nights by a National Country Music Artist at 7:00pm. On Friday, September 9 Mo Pitney will perform and Joe Lasher Jr and Love and Theft will close out the Festival on Sat, September 10. For full details and lineup, visit

International Folk Festival, Sept 23 - 25 (Fayetteville, NC) Celebrate cultural diversity at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County’s 38th International Folk Festival on Sept 23-25. On Friday night, festivities kick off downtown during 4th Friday, when folks of all ages get a taste of Fayetteville’s arts and cultural offerings, from gallery openings to artist performances. Saturday starts off with the Parade of Nations, on Hay Street, where all the pageantry and customs of our diverse community are on display, with more than 30 cultures represented. The festival continues at Festival Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with live performances on multiple stages, authentic cuisine at the International Cafe’, unique arts and crafts vendors, a children’s area, and the Native American Cultural Showcase. The festival takes place downtown Fayetteville. Event Times: Friday, Sept 23 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sept 24 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Sept 25 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more details, visit

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International Festival of Raleigh - oct 14-16 The International Festival of Raleigh celebrates the great diversity of the Triangle, where we all live side by side with neighbors from all over the world. This annual Festival offers visitors a chance to interact with multicultural arts in a fun and safe atmosphere through visual arts, dance music, cuisine, and traditional expression from around the world. This year will mark the 31st Annual Festival with events such as Kids Got Talent, World Fashion Show, International Wedding Show, and much more! Festival Hours: Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15 from 10am-10pm, Sunday, October 16 from 11am-7pm. The event will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Learn more at Run for Health - Sept 10 (Cary) SV temple of NC presents the 9th annual Run for Health on Saturday, September 10. The 5k begins at 9 am and the 1k begins at 10am. Both events also feature walks and are open to all age groups. The event will take place at Wake Med Soccer Fields, Cary NC. There is a $10 fee to register. For more details call 919.468.0040 or visit

Cary Diwali - oct 15 This year’s theme for Cary Diwali, Hum Sub’s flagship festival, is “Yatra – Journey in Time”. Cary Diwali is the second mostattended event in the area, next only to the 4th of July celebrations. This year, Hum Sub is celebrating 16 years of showcasing India’s rich heritage and culture partnering with the Town of Cary. At Cary Diwali, the inherent beauty, diversity and the vibrant culture of India are showcased through the performances on the stage, exhibition, handicrafts, traditions, and food. Each year, the exhibition area has something different to focus about the homeland, its diverse people, rich culture and traditions. For the past few years, a display of pictures captured by local amateur and professional photographers around the theme of the event has gained tremendous popularity. In line with the Cary Diwali theme, this year’s photography contest / display will focus on cotton, silk, jute, khadi and other natural fibers and fabric arts and crafts. There will be a live demonstration of arts and crafts, a workshop and demonstration on Yoga including Yoga for people with disabilities. Maintaining the tradition of inviting the best artists from all over the world, this year, Hum Sub is presenting Ila Arun, a popular Indian actress, TV personality and a Rajasthani folk / folk-pop singer with a unique, husky voice and a penchant for folk-pop fusion. A native of Jaipur, India, she has

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community news Sudha om Dhingra Recipient of Award from President of India Dr. Sudha Om Dhingra, a resident of Morrisville, NC, received “Dr. Maturi Satyanarayan award” from the President of India. This award is given to a person of Indian origin for promoting the Hindi language abroad through written work of exceptional quality. The award consists of Rs. 100,000, a Shawl, and award certificate. The award ceremony was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on

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Africa’s diamond market has fueled four civil wars, leaving millions dead, disfigured and displaced. It’s a human tragedy that became a cause celebre with the release of the 2006 movie “Blood Diamond.” Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film, is a prominent investor in the Diamond Foundry — along with 10 tech billionaires who believe technology will one day replace the world’s diamond mines and the environmental and human rights abuses that come with them. So who wouldn’t be seduced by that kind of future? “Leonardo DiCaprio is a rabbi taking ham sandwiches and telling everybody, ‘They’re kosher!’ What he’s doing is fundamentally, ethically wrong!” says Martin Rapaport, founder of the largest diamond-trading network in the world. Like most leaders in the industry, he sees “synthetics” as a threat, not a solution. Rapaport says buying a man-made diamond will do nothing to help impoverished diggers in Africa. “The solution isn’t to say, ‘Hey! You million and a half diggers and the 7 million people you’re supporting, all of you go to hell. We’re going to sell synthetic diamonds!’” Rapaport says the solution is to say to diamond mining companies, we’ll pay you a premium if you stop using child labor. Basically, a “fair trade” diamond. A skeptic might dismiss this as an old world industry just trying to protect its bottom line, but for Rapaport, at least, it’s personal. Seven years before the movie “Blood Diamond” hit the screens, he was touring amputee camps in Sierra Leone. “Thousands of people. An arm. A leg. An arm and a leg. Little children. This person held out this little baby: ‘Tell them what happened to us.’ And you have to understand, my parents, they were in Auschwitz. And so I saw this and said, ‘What the hell is this? This cannot happen.’” Rapaport has poured a lot of time and money into creating a fair trade system. “It’s very difficult. But Development Diamond Industry is working on it. We’re working on it, other people are working on it,” he says. But a diamond’s journey involves a long, complicated and easily corruptible supply chain, and Rapaport admits a fair trade stone is still a long way off. Africa’s diamond-producing nations themselves are also worried about the impact of techno-diamonds. Botswana receives 40 percent of its government revenue from diamonds. Two years ago, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis issued a report on the potential impact of man-made diamonds on the national economy, concluding that “the stakes could not be higher” when it comes to protecting the market for mined diamonds. But when I asked Roscheisen whether the switch to manmade diamonds might end up hurting diamond diggers in countries like Botswana, he didn’t buy it. “It’s a little bit of twisted logic because that also would justify releasing the Mexican drug leaders out of jail. After all, they employ a lot of people.” The march of technological progress, Roscheisen believes, is unstoppable. And with that, he excused himself: Federal Express had just arrived with a custom man-made diamond ring for his girlfriend — mined in California.





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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Charlotte Agaram Tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at CPCC, central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan / 704.456.9881 Art of living (Charlotte) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. For Further Details: 980.216.8732 Association for India’s Development (Charlotte) A volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID Charlotte supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice. For Further Details: Kiran Uppalapati - 704.307.6450 Venkata Ramana Duddu - 662.231.2350 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. The Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Matthews, NC, 28105. For Further Details: 704.573.0805 / Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded with a singular vision / mission to “Raise Up the Next Generation For Jesus Christ”. The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc.) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel -

Carolina Khadayata Samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. For Further Details: Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740 Carolina Sanskritik 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: Carolinas Christian Assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 704-771-1414 (Church) 404-840-6745 (Mobile) Charlotte Gita Study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 3 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion among the group. For Further Details: Rishi and Shikha Bhatnagar - - 513.518.5300 Shridhar and Kruti Dave - - 704.844.9567 Charlotte Malayalee Association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: 704.517.5850 Charlotte Sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while 100

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Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. The temple is located at 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte, NC 28212. Upcoming Events: Sept 5 - 10: Ganesh Chaturthi Sept 10: Ganesh Visarjan Sept 30-Oct 10: Navratri Oct 14-15: Sharad Purnima Oct 22: Kids Garba For Further Details: 704.535.3440 / 704.607.8412 (facility manager) India Association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. Upcoming Events: Sat-Sun, Sept 17-18: Festival of India, downtown Charlotte. For Further Details: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727 Indian American Muslim Council (IMAC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice for all through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and human dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMC-Charlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in and around Charlotte to strive for Inter-Faith, InterCommunity understanding with particular focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103 Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. Upcoming Event: IPAAC presents Ustad Zakir Hussian with Pandit Niladri Kumar in Concert on Sat, October 9 at 4pm. Tickets are on sale now at For Further Details: Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) The JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, social, and community needs of Jain families in and around Charlotte area. JCGC is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Activities include celebrating major religious festivals such as


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, Diwali, and routine programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. The Center is located at 7631 Mallard Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Weekdays: Prakshal & Puja - 9:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo - 7:30pm Weekends: Prakshal & Puja - 10:30am; Aarti & Mangal Divo - 7:30pm For Further Details: JCGC President: Vipul H Shah - 704.705.0314 704.921.1454 JeT uSA (Charlotte) Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Charlotte chapter is a non-profit running under the guidance of Sri Jeeyar Swamiji. For Further Details: 704.847.1574 / 248.495.4590 Kriya Yoga (Charlotte) The group promotes Kriya Yoga Meditation as taught by the 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. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - - 704.814.7476 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 also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the Community. For Further Details: Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: Pratham - Charlotte 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. It 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 - - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - 704.942.4798 Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326 Sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi since 1970 and teaches very simple techniques of meditation which helps oneself to remain in present. Currently meditation session is conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC. Timings fluctuate. For Further Details: Sangamithra Foundation Sangamithra Foundation is a Charlotte based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra is reaching out on a global scale and working collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas The Shanti Niketan Senior Center of Carolinas, also known as the Universal Institute for Successful Aging in the Carolinas (UISAC) is a nonprofit organization that values diversity, holistic health, peaceful living, equal opportunity, civic and community engagement, especially for under-served populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). We developed around 2006 out of the growing needs within the Charlotte Metro area to support a rapidly diversifying population. They understand that a vibrant diverse population adds to the overall strength and wellbeing of the whole community. It is located at the Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC 28205 For More Details: 104

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

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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. Upcoming Event: Sat, Sept 24: Dandiya Night at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Event Center (Free Admission & Parking) For Further Details: Krishna Balu - 336.292.9462 - Indo-uS Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: Manish Kumar, 336.565.6427 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. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 Prabhupada Village 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 5:00am every day. Every Sunday at 3pm 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 / 336.793.7138 / 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 Mata Shakthipeetham of NC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama 108

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Raleigh Art of living (Raleigh) Art of Living gives practical knowledge and techniques to unlock deepest potential and bring fullness to life. The techniques are effective in reducing stress levels and increase health, physical energy, enthusiasm, self-esteem, awareness, and clarity of mind. Advance courses are also available once every few months. Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar’s mission is to create a violence free, stress free society and One World Family. The Center is located at 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.659.5939 Additional Location at: Happiness Point 9423 Palm Bay Circle, Raleigh, NC 27617 919.824.8240 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details on the mandir:

Phone: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: Bhartiya Senior Citizens of NC (BSCNC) BSCNC is an organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. Members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond park in Cary, NC from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will be on Sat, September 10. There will be a lecture on Astrology and yoga by Jayantibhai Lad. There will be one-day tour to Luray Caverns in Virginia. If interested give name to Babu bhai patel with deposit $90. For Further Details: Bharati Patel (President) - 252.236.4391 Yogeshbhai Gandhi (Vice-President) - 910.391.1809 Carolina Rajasthani Association (CRA) The Carolina Rajasthani Association’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions. CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details: Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham (CM RDu) Swami Chidatmananda is the regional head of Chinmaya Mission Andhrapradesh. Swamiji brings out variety of creative and scientific presentations by unearthing the ancient philosophies that appeal to the modern and rational minds thereby transforming them for the better. An element of humor is seen in his style that smoothens and simplifies the subject delivered and also has a healing effect on the audience. Swamiji is a law graduate from Osmania University. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayandaji, he joined SandeepanySadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1989 under the tutelage of Swami Purushottamanandaji. In 1993 he was initiated into brahmacharya deeksha by Pujya Gurudev and posted as the Acharya of the mission center at Hyderabad. In 1999 he was initiated into sanyasa deeksha by Swami Tejomayanandaji. These talks are conducted in the Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium located at 930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary, NC, 27513 For Further Details: Venkat Mandavilli - 919.523.9926


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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) The Dada Bhagwan 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, but instead in the format of questions and answers on various topics. Local Satsangs are held Every Sunday 5-7 pm followed by Prasad at Country Inn & Suites, 201 Airgate Dr, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 Mayank Trivedi - 919.740.6198 - Babubhai Patel - 919.521.3105 Rahul Bhatt - Datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - - 919.461.0843 Duke Diya Diya is a Duke University student organization that committed to providing a forum for interaction through events relating to South Asian Americans and anyone interested in South Asian culture, politics or economics. Duke Diya represents the six major nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Social events like club mixers and semiformals, especially with other Duke cultural groups and South Asian organizations at UNC and NC State, are also an extremely enjoyable aspect of life with Diya. For Further Details: eKTAA Student organization (NCSu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details:

Geet Bazaar Radio (NCSu) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119 GeM Raleigh Church of God Come and join in every Sunday from 10:45am to 1pm. They have worship services, prayer meetings, Sunday school, and much more. Located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: Pastor Thankachan Mathai - 919.395.6208 Gokul Bhajan & Vedic Studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. Gokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: 919.491.9536 Gurdwara Atlantic Coast Sikh Association One of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern US. The association meets every Sunday for Diwans along with Akhand Paths celebrated on appropriate dates. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Gurdwara located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. For Further Details: Bhai Dyal Singh Rangila - 919.309.1045 Heritage India Association of NC (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, the association 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 Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. 112

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community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area by inviting top artists from all over the world to perform. For Further Details: Indian Talent Discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: Indo-American Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 September 2016

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principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. A new SHREE SWAMINARAYAN HINDU MANDIR will be opening soon at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Bhoomidaan and Murtipratishtha yajman opportunities are available for a limited time. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Pujya Santo visit often to impart the divine knowledge of Swaminarayan Bhagwan. For Further Details: 919.964.1008 Jain Study Center of North Carolina (JSCNC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details: Kiran Inc Kiran Inc is a community based South Asian organization promoting self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women and men who are in domestic violence through crisis counseling and intervention, language assistance and translation and resource referrals in a confidential manner. Services offered at Kiran are confidential and free of charge. The organization spreads awareness about causes and effects of domestic violence in the community and cooperates with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Kiran assists and provides information on referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing. For Further Details: 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 877.625.4726 919.831.4203 Maitri (NCSu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote September 2016

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Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness are studied. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. For Further Details: 919.806.5928 RTP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: Sahaj Marg Meditation (Triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki - Sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never any charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: 919.757.3135 Sewa RTP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International 118

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There was no doubt that Freddie’s desire for privacy in his helps you move more through the day. Avoid sitting in one personal life was why it took so long for the world to learn that place for too long. he had contracted and was dealing with complications from Stress reduction: Inflammation is the body’s natural response to AIDS. He told many of his close friends, but it wasn’t until the stress. When the body keeps producing these pro-inflammatory day before he died that he released a public statement about his chemicals, it results in chronic inflammation. Over time, these health. Somehow we all knew in some way that Freddie’s extra chemicals act as a slow poison that affects various systems health was deteriorating. To this day when you watch the music in the body. Practice yoga, meditation, tai chi, going for a walk – video for These are the Days of Our Lives, you can see just how whatever helps you cope with stress. Learn how to take a deep thin and frail Freddie was… and yet that flamboyant charm was still there all the way up to the point where he looks into the breath and let it go! camera and smiles while saying, “I still love you” to all his fans. Some have said that Mercury’s legacy would not nearly be Acupuncture, Acupressure, Massage: Before resorting to a lot of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication which may as relevant if he was still alive today. I tend to disagree. I am be harmful to the body, try alternate therapies for pain simply saddened that for 25 years we have been robbed of more outstanding music that Queen could have potentially produced. reduction. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t upset with Brian May and Roger Taylor’s continued efforts to tour as Queen with guest singers. Steps to Fight Pain and Inflammation Jon Deacon simply retired from the band because he understood • Drink adequate amount of water that there is no Queen without the original four members. There • Maintain healthy body weight is simply no way that you can replace Freddie Mercury. • Reduce stress Freddie once said that he wanted to be remembered as a • Get enough sleep musician of some worth and substance. Well, while he may no • Stay physically active longer be with us in body, his legacy is still seen in various • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables forms of pop culture. Freddie gave us more than just some • Eat a variety of whole grains and beans worth and substance… he gave us a part of him which even • Eat healthy fats from nuts and seeds now makes us all take a moment to pause and perhaps even • Flavor your food with spices! smile back saying, “We still love you too.” • Minimize saturated fats and trans fats

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Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues Across: 1. The wife of uncle. 4. An Italian liqueur having the flavor of licorice. 11. A large African antelope with ox like head; wildebeest. 12. A holiday on 1st Monday in Sept. to honor workers. (US) 13. Of, based on, or derived from reasoning. 15. To stop living. 16. Outside one’s own country. 17. 3rd person, singular, present, Indicative, of “Do”. 19. A small town (0.5 Sq. mile) in Cumberland county, NC. 21. The buttocks. (Brit.) 23. A cut and polished pearl. 24. The lining or bushing of a bearing (Machinery.) 26. Oregon. (*) 27. Before. 29. A former county & former district of NE Scotland. 31. Lunatic; a violently insane person.34. A king of Judah, who opposed idolatry. (Bible) 36. A person who plays a sitar. 37. A human being. 39. Bachelor of Science. (*) 40. Little. (*) 41. The central core of a plant or vegetable. 43. Aged. 45. A country in WC Africa; Cap. Niamey. 47. Tight End. (*) (Football). 48. An island of the NW Cyclades, Greece, in the Aegean sea. (Area = 50 Sq. Miles) 49. The elephant-headed God. (Hinduism.)

1. A city and site of Taj Mahal in India. 2. Incompetent, helpless. 3. Anything that nourishes; e. g. Food. 4. A person who sandpapers. 5. A loose, sleeveless robe worn by Arabs. 6. Any plant decease caused by fungus. 7. Bedroom. (*) 8. A baglike mammary gland of a cow. 9. A chest for holding ammunition. 10. An affirmative vote (Yes). 12. The capacity to support the weight of structure on it. 14. An electrically charged atom. 18. A fertile place in a desert due to the presence of water. 20. A flat leavened bread of India, made with white flour. 22. Emergency Room. (*) 23. A large antelope of S Africa, with long straight horns. 25. This monthly magazine serving the South Asian community of NC, SC, VA and GA. 28. The basic monetary unit of Iran, Oman and Yemen. 30. The 7th incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu. 32. A passageway between sections of seats in rows. 33. The eyelashes. (Biology) 35. To come or go in or into. 38. Skill; craftsmanship. 42. Electronic restoration services. (*) 44. District Attorney. (*) 46. Genesis. (*) (Bible) (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!)

Hee Hee Teacher: “Now guys, if I saw a man beating a donkey and I stopped the beating, what virtue would I be showing?” Pupil: “Brotherly love.” •••••••••••••• Son: “What’s your pleasure, sir?” Visitor: “I want to see your dad, Mafatlal.” Son: “What’s it about?” Visitor: “There’s a bill ...“ Son: “Ah, he left yesterday for a foreign country!” Visitor: “… Which I have to pay him.” Son: “… But he returned this morning. Please come in, sir.” •••••••••••••• Chakram: “Doctor, did you ever make a serious mistake? Doctor: “Yes, I once cured a billionaire in just five visits.” •••••••••••••• Mafatlal: “Happy birthday to you, my son! This year I like to give you a book as a present. What book do you want?” Son: “Thank you dad. I want your signed check book.” •••••••••••••• 130

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla) Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Hindi/Urdu words used in English”)



The unused 7 letters spell that means ”I bow to you”; The way of greetings in India. Correction: In the July issue the word Current was included in the word search, but it should not have been there.

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


(The common letters are “HY” - Fill in the blanks) 1. The lightest gaseous chemical element. (H) HY _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Feeling irritating sensation. _ _ _ HY 3. A science dealing with matter & energy. _ HY _ _ _ _ 4. Luxurious. (Informal) _ _ _ _ HY 5. Deceptive or fraud. HY _ _ 6. A theoretical subatomic particle conceived of as travelling faster than the speed of light. _ _ _ HY _ _ 7. Correspondence of sound at the end of verse lines. _ HY_ _ 8. Any rudimentary leaf. (Botany) _ _ _ _ _ HY _ _ 9. Having a dull, steady pain. _ _ HY 10. A large upright fire water faucet in a street. HY _ _ _ _ _ 11. Annoyingly aggressive. (Informal) _ _ _ HY 12. A major category in the classifications of living animals, ranking above a class or below a kingdom. _ HY _ _ _ 13. The life story. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ HY 14. A song in praise or honor of God. HY _ _ 15. The monovalent radical, (C₂H₅) which forms the base of many compounds, like ether. _ _ HY _ 16. A purple variety of quartz or corundum. _ _ _ _ HY _ _ 17. For what reason, cause or purpose? _ HY 18. The monovalent hydrocarbon radical, (CH₃) . _ _ _ HY _ 19. A wolf like carnivore of Asia, having shrill cry. HY _ _ _ 20. Of the pulse. (Physiology) _ _ HY _ _ _ _ 21. The complete absence of Government. _ _ _ _ _ HY 22. Timid; bashful. _ HY 23. Unlike genetic offspring of different species. HY_ _ _ _ 24. Making a crackling sound, when chewed. _ _ _ _ _ HY 25. Of or done by thee. (Archaic) _ HY (Puzzle solutions are on next page. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at


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September 2016 Sep. 2 - Pithori Amās (No Moon) Sep. 4 - Kevadā Trij / Haritālikā Trij Sep. 5 - Ganesh Chaturthi Sep. 5 - Labor Day Sep. 6 - Rishi Pānchami Sep. 9 - Rādhastami / Dharo ātham Sep. 11 - Patriot Day Sep. 11 - Grandparents Day Sep. 13 - Eid al-Adha Sep. 13 - Parivartini Ekādasi / Vāman Jayanti Sep. 13 - Onam Sep. 15 - Anant Chaturdashi Sep. 16 - Prausthapadi Purnima (Full Moon) Sep. 17– Shrāddha Paksha starts Sep. 26 - Indira Ekādasi Sep. 30 - Sarvapitri Shrāddh/ Darsh Amās (No Moon)

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




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ADS was created 31 years ago to meet a national need for documents that the visually impaired could utilize such as large print, high contrast, and braille. The purpose of this branch is to transcribe and send reading materials like credit card statements, utility bills, textbooks, and insurance information in an accessible format. I’ve really gotten to know MAB through many lenses over the past two years. From working the front desk, sorting patient files, and sitting in on low vision appointments and a support group, I’ve had my share of exciting experiences. One of the most memorable was the time I did an assisted walk. The task seemed simple – or so I had initially thought. I had to enter a coffee shop, order a drink, pay, seat myself, and leave. Easy, right? But get this: I had to do it all while blindfolded. “So maybe this isn’t so easy” I thought as I clenched a white cane in one hand while my coordinator, Laura, gently guided my elbow. By ten minutes into this walk, I had already been smacked by overgrown branches. I even slipped on slick leaves that my cane couldn’t detect on the sidewalk. Had I not been just sixteen years old and under supervision, that slip could have been incredibly dangerous. For me, the experience I had on this walk was a call to action. Another instance that will always stick with me forever is during one of the first low vision appointments I had observed. Dr. Laurie Hoffman, the low vision specialist, showed a particularly sweet elderly woman a magnifier for her vision. I will never forget how her face immediately glowed like a constellation after holding the tool. “I’ll finally see photos of my granddaughter!” she exclaimed brightly. This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve been exposed to eyerelated causes. My maternal uncle in Goa is an optician and has a branch called Kohinoor Opticians. Some of his most important work has taken place during the time I have been here in the U.S. Through his program called the Mass Eye Defect Detection Camp, he along with others performs fullscale eye exams and life-changing eye surgeries in rural villages and schools. Once an eye defect is detected, further eye tests and treatments are done to ensure the best possible treatment. But it doesn’t stop there. Services even include post-operative care as well as free eye drops and eyeglasses to those who can’t afford it. He has already conducted over 570 camps, 975 cataract surgeries, and donated over 13,000 free pairs of glasses. I was very inspired by his work in India and wanted to find a way to follow in his footsteps. That is precisely why I have started a GoFundMe campaign to support MAB. Right now, MAB needs your help. Let’s go back to that scenario we had earlier to demonstrate. You’ve just been set up with a case manager, and you’re in desperate need of making an appointment. But there’s just one problem: MAB is so booked-to-the-brim with patients that the next available low vision appointment is in six months. That’s half a year without a way of getting the help you need. What MAB needs to keep up with rising demands is enough funding to have another low vision specialist, Dr. Flaherty, on site in addition to Dr. Hoffman who starts back this fall.

As more scientists recognize the benefit of limiting illumination, more places are working to reduce light pollution. France passed a law in 2013 that requires businesses to shut off their lights late at night. In October, the IDA recognized the first Dark Sky Park in South Korea, its first designation in Asia. The Grand Canyon is currently redesigning thousands of light fixtures within the park to create a more natural nighttime experience for its visitors. After sunset the Cosmic Campground lies beneath a twinkling canopy of stars. Al Grauer, the astronomer, sets up his telescope and invites fellow campers to take a peek at Saturn. One woman likens the ringed planet to a UFO. Nearby, Cindy Neely, a retired nurse, helps her 3-year-old granddaughter, Veda Werber, on to a stool so she could peer into the family telescope. Werber excitedly counts Jupiter’s moons out loud. For Grauer and his wife these are the moments that make their efforts worthwhile. They hope to spread the word about the Cosmic Campground to kids in urban areas via their website and a podcast called “Travelers in the Night.” “Astronomy has ignited kids’ imaginations and humans’ imagination from the beginning,” Grauer says. “So what’s the price of imagination? Where does the next generation of poets and scientists and engineers … come from?”

National cross-currents conference explores arts, education and city revitalization As cities around the country seek to enhance their economies, a national conference puts forth the idea that arts and learning are essential underpinnings for future revitalization. Coming to Winston-Salem, NC, from Sept 12 to 14 is CROSS-CURRENTS: ART+LEARNING, a symposium on “Powering Creative Readiness” for community growth. Hosted in the “City of Arts & Innovation,” the conference brings together some of the country’s foremost leaders in visual and performing arts, philanthropy, education, and civic planning to host cross-disciplinary seminars, workshops, site visits and sessions that explore innovative ideas around the use of arts and education to spur economic, civic and social change. “Conferences like this are invaluable for the arts/culture field,” commented Jen Hughes, design specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, “but also unleash new ideas for other sectors to incorporate artists, civic entrepreneurs, and creatives in reimagining cities and towns to address age-old problems.” This conference is specifically structured to promote creative thinking. “Whether you are an artist, educator, nonprofit executive, grant-maker, elected official, city leader, or head of a community development entity, this conference is for you,” said Conference Organizer and Board Chair of Art-Force, Janet Kagan. “In no other setting this year will you find the opportunity to truly network and meaningfully interact with people who have literally changed cities for the better, grown major arts and educational institutions, applied creative educational theories and put forth new thinking that can be applied to your situation. This isn’t a sit-there-and-listen kind of experience. This is a place where you will roll up your sleeves, test new ideas and get great feedback so that you can move your To support visit: agenda forward to improve your organization and community.” For more details on MAB, visit The conference opens with a series of site visits that are designed to help attendees witness groundbreaking new ways Himani Shetti is a rising senior at Providence Day School and a of operating and to encourage conversations about change: volunteer at Metrolina Association for the Blind


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General Predictions for SEPTEMBER 2016

ARIeS (Mar 20 - Apr 20) This month will be very active for you. At the beginning of the month, you may feel strong and energetic. You may feel proud of your friends and siblings. Try to control what you say. Minor arguments with partners are also possible. The second half of the month may bring good luck, but only if you avoid a stubborn attitude. A major health problem may develop this month, and may restrict you in many ways. You will also see an increase in income. TAuRuS (Apr 20 - May 21) You may see mixed results this month. Your actions could also be contradictary this month. Avoid conflicts with your spouse during first half of the month. Try to focus on earning more money, though you may use awful tricks to do it. The time is also good to gain control over your opponents. Avoid driving during last week of the month. Keep away from making real estate investments. GeMINI (May 21 - Jun 21) You will completely lose the control of a situation. Time will fly during the month. If you don’t make immediate decisions, you will regret it. Either way, you will not lose your self-confidence. Fight your enemies with full power. Your spouse will offer good help, though arguments with him / her are also possible in the last week of the month. Keep track of your time management and avoid stress. CANCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You will enjoy happy family life. Avoid compromising your morals, and at the same time control your aggressions. A single mistake could badly affect your health. A good night’s sleep could be very helpful in controlling your temperament. Financial gain is possible during the second week of the month. You may make an important but abrupt family-related decision this month, which should help improve relations with siblings. leo (Jul 22 - Aug 23) Good advice from your associates will help you achieve desired success, though you will feel as if your peers are encircling you and trying to run your life. Watch your health carefully. A misdiagnosis may increase uncertainty and suffering. A turn towards a spiritual power may bring you peace of mind. Some alarming news regarding your children may also occur. Spend some money on yourself to feel good. VIRGo (Aug 23 - Sep 23) Family gatherings and social activities will eat up much of your time this month. Some unexpected expenses will also appear. Your parents and children will be your central focus. A steady flow of income is clearly indicated, though do not expect big raise. You must avoid speculation or any risktaking tendencies. Try to enjoy your social time and just relax. The month is also good for relocation.

lIBRA (Sep 23 - oct 23) You will do extremely well in your field of activities this month. Your job or business conditions will definitely improve. You will have tremendous confidence to make decisions, so be sure to act on them. Your family atmosphere will also be quite satisfactory. This is a good time is good to make property investments. Try to make quick decisions in business matters. You may see rise in your overall status. SCoRPIo (oct 23 - Nov 22) The month will seem to move swiftly for you. You will have tremendous energy to carry out day-to-day pursuits. You will try to materialize your dreams. The time is good for relaxing, but do not make any major career or business-related changes during this month. You can enjoy promotion this month, but a recommendation from your higher-up is extremely essential for it to happen. SAGITTARIuS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) You life will experience a negative turn this month. You will start losing hold over your family and associates. Try to find help from your children to keep the control of your situation. Focus on family issues and attempt to fix them. You should not worry about your income, as even in this critical time, you will be able to maintain it. CAPRICoRN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will see signs of relief coming, but you could lose a big opportunity instead. Mistakes will bring new problems for you, so try not to make any major decisions this month. Watch your expenses. If you focus on your business, you may get better prospects this month. Don’t make independent decisions and avoid taking major risks. Your father can give you good advice. AQuARIuS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) You will experience a slow downward trend in your personal life during the month. Even though you could do very well in trade or business, a lack of vitality will be there. Your relationship with your spouse will show some improvement, but it will be gradual. This is a good time to get involved in a new partnership deal. Watch your health PISCeS (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Now is the time to slow down a bit and look inward. Also, try to focus on earning extra money as unexpected expenses are on the way. Also your health could deteriorate. Stay close with old friends and avoid any major changes in life. The second half of the month will be more critical than the first. Your child could be very supportive for you this month. You may see benefits from a sibling.


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September 2016



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CLASSIFIEDS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: C-store/Hallmark Store for Sale in downtown Charlotte. Hours M-F 7:30am-5pm. Very safe location. One-man operation earning $60k+ per month. Asking $65k + inventory. Serious buyers only. Call 704-564-8782. Independent Motel for sale. 16 rooms + manager apartment w/ office. In North Carolina off I-40. Price $295k. Call 828-527-2393. C-Store/Gas Station for lease in Myrtle Beach, SC. Lottery, ATM, Gasoline, Check Cash income $100K/year + inside sales income $75K/monthly. Good hours of operation. 8AM - 10PM. Huge potential for sales with more hours. Goodwill $175K. Rent $5000/month. Liquor Store option available in same plaza; sales $225K/year. High margins. Open 9AM to 7PM. Contact Paresh 803-840-6991. laundry & Dry Cleaner for Sale in Raleigh, NC. State of the art plant plus one pickup store. Capacity to expand up to 4 pickup stores. Revenue $230K plus. Asking $299K. Send email to Gas Station/ Convenience Store for Sale in Greenville, SC area. BP brand. $75K + inventory. Call 864-205-3825. Motel for Sale: 60 Rooms + 1 BR managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment (newly renovated rooms). Off highway 52 near Winston-Salem. Great location. Swimming Pool + Lounge/bar. No owners finance. Call 336-686-5761. C-Store/Gas Station for Sale/lease in Greenville, SC. Excellent lottery/check cashing/Sunday beer sales. Partnership opportunities also available. No brokers. Contact TJ at 347-738-8095. laundromat for sale in Charlotte. Best location and good business running for 20 years. $400k or best offer. Call 704-334-7000. Convenience Store for Rent in Cherryville, NC. Store is currently closed. Call 803-2356672 or 803-235-6671. Indian Restaurant for Sale in Charlotte. Open for 5 years & great location. Call 248-499-4714. Franchised Printing: 18 year-old Charlotte based company offering opportunity to lease/operate business. For details call 704-619-4023. Grocery Store & Halal Meat Shop for Sale in Morrisville, NC. Potential for growth. Contact 336-613-5521 Convenience store for lease in Greenville, SC. Very good potential & highly profitable. Call 704-299-8535. C-Store for Sale in South Carolina near Columbia along with display for fresh produce & frozen items. Call 904-307-4770. Motel for Sale: 89 Rooms. Off busy highway, close to hospital and large college in WinstonSalem. No owners finance. Call 336-686-5761. C-Stores w/Gas Available: Multiple locations in NC and SC with an average investment of $160k. Call Brian at 864-300-4889. Indian Grocery store for sale in RaleighDurham area. Motivated Seller! 105K + inventory. Call 919-225-2518.

For Sale or lease: Gas Station w/ C-Store. Three bedroom mobile home and Restaurant (rented) plus ATM, pool table, jukebox & video games all included. Pollocksville, NC. 252-521-5656. C-Store/Gas Station for lease/Sale in Gastonia, NC. Great Opportunity with high potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill/ inventory. Please call 704813-9698. 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. Retail / Convenience-Stores: Truck Stop: Kings Mountain, NC $299K + Inv; C-Store: Elkin, NC $775K + Inv, Property Incl.; Neighborhood Store: York, SC $98K + Inv, GR $870K; Call 704-821-8888 or visit

lAND FoR SAle: learn about land in the Apex, NC area (named the #1 place to live by Money Magazine). The landman, Bob Atkinson can help! Call 919-362-6999 or visit C-store w/ Gas Station for lease in Lincolnton, NC. Great opportunity with upside potential. Good lease. Low rent. Asking $79k + inventory. Call 704-867-1554. Highly profitable C-Store with Gas for sale in Charlotte area 680K inside, 420K gas, 600K lotto. Major throughway. Asking 239K plus inv. Make offer. 704-604-4506. 16 Room Independent Motel for Sale in McCormick, SC near Augusta, GA. Price $290k. Call Sam 706-401-0974.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Housekeeping Couple or Single Wanted for independent 32 room motel in York, SC. Legal Status required. Please call Indu Patel at 803262-3337 or 803-389-9059. Gas Station/C-store Help needed in Greenboro, NC. Must speak English. Contact 336-327-9450. Server wanted for downtown Charlotte restaurant. Full and Part-time positions available. Call 704-743-8368. Manager needed for 47 room independent motel in Charlotte, NC. Accommodations provided with good salary + bonus. Good communication skills and legal status required. Contact Night shift help needed for motel (Budgetel Inn) located in Rockingham, NC. Call 910-997-6636. Nanny needed to take care of 14 month-old & cooking near Concord Mills in Charlotte.. Live-in/Live out. Call or text 814-431-3442. 138

Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel in Concord, NC. Full-time, Part-time and all shifts available. Front desk experience preferred but not required. Must be computer literate & fluent in English. Email resume to or call 980-355-9071. experienced Manager needed for Convenience Store / Gas Station in North Charlotte. Good communication skills and legal status required. Contact live-in Help Needed in High Point, NC to take care of elderly mother. Cooking & light housekeeping included. Person must be willing to stay at home. Please call Kajal: 336-471-1901 looking for Nanny for 2 months (November & December) for 9 month-old and 4 year-old in Fort Mill, SC. Contact 857-272-2542. office Help Wanted: Full time openings for accounting and sales admin position for manufacturing facility in High Point, NC. Please send resume to Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Cleveland/Akron, Ohio. Accommodations provided. No English necessary. Call 919-6737623 or Email Front Desk help needed (Couple welcome) for Franchise Motel in Greensboro, NC. Accommodations Provided. Good salary. Legal status & fluent English required. Email resume to or Fax 336-275-9572. Caregiver needed for elderly Couple in Florida. Cooking and Housekeeping duties. Very religious and healthy couple. Good salary & accommodations provided. Contact336-558-6289 & leave message. Gas Station Help Wanted: Full-time Single in Columbia, SC. Experience Preferred. Must speak English. Call 803-466-5861. Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary and accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or e-mail eyebrow threaders needed for Beauty Salon 45 mins from Raleigh (Smithfield / Selma area inside Walmart). Full-time positions. Call Richa at 919-880-7094. Full-time Gas Station Help Wanted in Rock Hill, SC. Must have legal status and fluent in English. Contact 704-737-7230. Hotel Help Needed in Charlotte: Front desk, housekeeper/laundry and manager (experience a plus). Competitive salary & accommodations provided. Call 704-502-2630 or e-mail Hiring experienced eyebrow threading artist. Offering great pay and benefits. Near Winston Salem, NC. Willing to help relocate. Contact 704-699-8397. Sales person wanted for Mall Retail Store. Must be fluent in English and possess pleasant personality. Base Salary + Comm. Flexible hours w/ great earning potential. Full-time or part-time! Call 704-537-0664 or email resume to September 2016

Nanny wanted in North Charlotte. Vegetarian household. Both Live-in and live-out can be accommodated. Call 704-900-9134. Franchise hotel in Virginia needs experienced couple for Housekeeping, Front Desk and Laundry. Good English & legal status required. Accommodations available. Call Pravin Patel: 540-241-2570 House Help Needed: Live in/live out, parttime or full-time help with vegetarian cooking and housekeeping in Memphis, TN for family of 4. Call 901-409-5841. Retail Sales Associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706-877-0315. Housekeeping couple wanted for Franchise Hotel in Rock Hill, SC. Accommodations provided. Call 803-606-9994 between 5-7 pm. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. E-mail resumes to or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). experienced Threading Practitioners or licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980322-1110 (M-F 9-5). Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel in Durham, NC. Must have front desk experience, computer literate, fluent in English, and legal status. Email or call 919-452-3131. Cashier needed: Part-time / Full-time for Cstore off 1-77 in Rock Hill, SC. Please call Hasmukh Patel 704-907-5884. Full-Time Night Auditor or Resident Couple for franchise hotel in Fort Mill, SC. Accommodations provided. Must have motel experience, legal status, fluent English and computer skills. E-mail 2nd & 3rd Shift Front Desk Clerk needed for Motel at Exit 41, Hwy 85 in Charlotte, NC. Must have front desk experience, fluent in English, and legal status. Email: Part-time Nanny needed for 6 month-old in Clayton, NC. Light household cleaning and cooking. Contact 910-461-1076 or Subway & store help wanted in Greensboro NC. Single or couple full / part time. Must speak fluent English, have computer knowledge & legal status. Please call Bailey 704-737-1555. Night Audit/ Front desk help wanted for Franchise motel in Charlotte, NC. Full-time / Part-time. Must have experience, honest, reliable, & fluent in English. Call Nina 704299-3364. eyebrow Threaders needed for new salon in Indian Trail. Full/Part-time positions available. Contact Creighton Camp at 704719-6267 or

live-in full-time Nanny needed to look after 5 year-old after school & infant in South Charlotte/Fort Mill area. Also help out with cooking and light housework. Contact 704460-0108 or 980-322-4314. Kitchen & Front Desk Help needed for Indian Fast Food Restaurant in Charlotte (University Area). Must be willing to work weekends & evenings. Must have legal status. Call 704-909-7783. Full-Time Nanny needed in North Raleigh. Also some household work. Live-out or livein considered. Contact 631-873-5260. Gujarati speaking Cook needed for family in Raleigh, NC. Vegetarian cooking and light housekeeping. Call 919-444-1597.

Gujarati Chef / Cook Needed full time for a non-profit organization in Charlotte. Call Ashok Shah at 704-460-5569. Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Accommodations provided. Call 803-387-6715.

PROPERTY FOR SALE OR LEASE Full furnished Medical office for lease in prime area, across from hospital in Cary, NC. Available immediately. 919-649-1485.

MATRIMONIAL looking for match for brother. 40 years-old. Vegetarian. Has green card. Tall. Business owner. Patel family. Contact Brother at 647519-5565 (Canada) or Sister at 864-205-4835 (US).

SERVICES SAT & ACT Prep along with College admissions coaching in Charlotte area. Get a head start now. Call 704.307.8975. BA / QA online & Classroom Training. Guaranteed interview preparation and job placement help. Call or text 703-973-0128 or 703-973-4495. Affordable Transportation (Sedan & SUV) in Charlotte region for airport, corporate events, sightseeing, special events. Ride the Maharaja (King) style. For rates & availability call / text 980-888-5298 or visit: 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: Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, massage for newborn and mom & other services. 26 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912. Small Business Management & startup services. Financial Planning, Operations, Performance Improvement. See or call 704-3022543 for more information. Neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. 139

Gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405. Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-641-4761 or email: 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 Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing etc conveniently located at Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Call for appointment 704-726-8928. live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Call 704-568-8206. Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna & Makeup, Facials. Call for appointment: 704526-8707. live Sitar Performances: Weddings, Engagements, other Ceremonies and Events. Residing in Raleigh area but can travel. 412414-8617 | | 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. Garland Design Studio By: GP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail or call 704548-2852/704-779-0277. GarlandDesignStudioByGp/ Priest Available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334.

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Advertisers Index A Economy Driving School ..................................98

Grand India Mart (Groceries) ..............................113

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...........53

A to Z Wholesale .................................................37

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John) ...............111

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC) ....................119

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)141

Heritage India Association Of NC (Gandhi Jayanti).72

Rajbhog Foods ..................................................137

Aero LED Signs (Aero Distributors) .......................31

HSNC (Navratri) (Ganesh Festival)............74/ 75/ 77

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi) 137

Allstate (Ravi Reddy) ..........................................142

Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)...........................53

Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor) ...............................51

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants) ....63

Idolize Brows & Beauty ....................................125

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao) ......................76

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville)......................................99

Inchin's Bamboo Garden......................................39

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews) ..............115

Apna Sabji Mandi (Grocery Greensboro)...............54

Indian Association of Carolinas (IAC) Garba...........19

Ribald Floral and Events.......................................59

Apna Travels (Morrisville)......................................31

Indio Restaurant & Lounge (Raleigh).....................35

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law) ..41

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham) .........64

Indo-American Society of NC Dandiya Night (IASNC).65

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh) ...........................43

Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, NC) ...............38

International Community Church .......................123

Rug & Home ..............................................41 / 101

Art Of Problem Solving Academy .........................12

Kabab and Curry (Raleigh) ...................................71

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video)123

Asian Divas (Makeup Artist/ Beauty Salon) .........137

Kasarla, Gopal & Veena (Real Estate & Mortgage).67

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ..................129

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......83

Kasturi Indian Cuisine (Greenville, NC) ..................57

Saint Mary's School.............................................25

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh).....12-13

KB Zaveree............................................................4

Sanjay Zaveri --- Real Estate................................33

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)....................................63

KDP CPA...........................................................113

Sarika Agarwal CPA PLLC....................................69

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law) 133

Khanna & Sons Jewelers.....................................27

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) ..................125

Best Brains (Morrisville)........................................34

Kirti Shah CPA...................................................123

Shree Swaminarayan Satsang (Events).................69

Bhindi Jewellers ................................................2

Kumon Cary-West .............................................127

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).................................39

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC ......................................66

Ladybird Events (South Asian Bridal Expo) ............10

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham)...............................65

Biryani House of Cary ..........................................89

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch) ....127

Smart LED...........................................................48

Blooming Buds..................................................109

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions) ..................135

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)......119

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor) ....31

Level Homes .......................................................85

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta).......................................47

Cary Diwali (Hum Sub).........................................21

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian)...................29

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant......................103

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA.......42

Little India (Grocery - Durham) .............................20

Sri Shirdi SaiBaba Mandir of NC (Cary, NC)...........79

Cary Medical Clinic..............................................84

Lotus Salon & Spa...............................................51

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro .....................................55

Challa Law Offices, PLC (Immigration)..................49

Maadhurya Photography......................................93

Tandurm Food Truck ............................................57

Chandni's Beauty Salon ....................................129

Madhuram Ghee - Orange Muslin LLC.................45

Taylor Morrison (Homes Inspired by You) ............117

Chugh Attorneys at Law.....................................125

Malani Jewelers ................................................144

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville) ..............................91

County South Realty & Business Brokers............126

Meena Jewelers (Zaveri Bazaar).............................9

Travel Universe ....................................................95

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai)..........................42

Meghna Jewelers (Sale and Exhibition).................22

Travelinks ............................................................83

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services)111

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)...............................57

Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) .......................71

Delhi Darbar (Morrisville)......................................51

Mishra Architecture PLLC ....................................46

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)................................23

Devam Jewelers....................................................7

MyTripFare (Travel agent).....................................59

Triangle Table Tennis ..........................................71

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)......105

Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife).........................................32

Triangle Women's Ctr (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)119

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) ..............................................63

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) ........................101

Ttravel Guru ......................................................125

DJ Hangama .....................................................41

NC Dermatology Associates .................................90

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring) ...........107

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani) ........................................93

NCSU Nazaare.....................................................86

UBS (Mehta Consulting Group - M. Mehta, CFA, CFP)61

Duke Performances (Zakir Hussain & Niladri Kumar).13

North American Bancard ......................................5

Udupi Cafe (Cary).................................................23

Embassy National Bank .........................................3

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna) .....................89

Uni World Travel...................................................93

Evershine Properties..........................................121

Pac N Fly (Travel Agency)...................................109

Valet Basket ........................................................29

Eye Level ............................................................33

Palika Bazaar & Jewelers.....................................73

Vyas Travels ......................................................123

Fairview Home Mortgage.....................................25

Paracha Ent. (Sonu Nigam & Atif Aslam Concert) ....8

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............87

Festival of India (Charlotte) ...................................15

Patel Brothers (Cary)............................................82

Ward Black Law (Manisha P. Patel).......................91

Friends Travel ....................................................141

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)................................81

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.) ..............126

GCAP - Navratri Mahotsav ...................................67

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) .....................................59

White Horse Weddings.........................................83

Geological Resources, Inc...........................37 / 109

Peacock Restaurant (Cary)...................................99

Worldwide Travels ...............................................81

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..............................143

Pitt Heating and Air..............................................29

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) ....................................97

Goels Plaza – Diwali Special ................................35

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary) ...........89

Zayka Restaurant ...............................................11


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