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Hello Readers At India’s first private forensic laboratory, the business is booming. Read about it on pg. 6. The famous India Pale Ale beer is now being brewed in the country of its origin. Read how Indians are discovering craft brewing on pg. 10. Read a primer on raas and garba queen Falguni Pathak on pg. 12. She is slated to perform in Charlotte in October. Don’t fret if the current economic and employment environment has gotten you down. One of the best things you can do for your career is, well, smile. Go to pg. 64 for the happy news. Are you getting the most from your in-person and online personal networking? Why not flip over to pg. 56 to find out. Read about some suggestions and ideas to organize your paperwork and in return possibly reduce some of your taxes for the year 2010. Your saathees: Samir, Divakar, Raj, Nate & Himanshu

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September 2009 – Issue # 137 Editor:Samir Shukla ( Publisher: Divakar Shukla ( Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Natwarlal” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Contributors for this issue: Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Rajesh Ganatra, Chandan Sen, Hena Sharma, Amit Arya, Sardar Singh, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Wendy Wells, Narendra Dixit, Aishwarya Ramaswamy, Gail Z. Martin, Anjana Agarwal, Judith L. Bergman, Indhu Gopal, Anita Kulkarni, Aditi Majumdar, Jalendu Vaidya, and Dr. Meena Chelury.

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Saathee Magazine P.O. Box 11468 Charlotte, NC 28220 Phone: (704) 527-7570 Fax: (704) 527-7590 E-mail: Cover: Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village.

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CSI: New Delhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 Selling Indians India Pale Ale . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 10 Falguni Pathak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 Bolly Bits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 36 Why Can’t Indians Write Resumes . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 42 Power of Brain and Mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Astride Three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 48 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 For a Brighter Career, Smile Please . . . . . . . .pg. 64 Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 The Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 76 Cut Taxes in 2010 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 80 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 112 Who Want’s to be a Scholar . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 114 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120

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Falguni Pathak Queen of Garba & Raas The colorful festival of Navratri is just around the corner. The nine nights of garba and raas are hugely popular in Gujarat and Mumbai, India along with anywhere Gujaratis have settled around the world. People come to navratri in colorful clothes and the twirling dance movements of garba and raas, along with the percussion-infused music, go well into the night. One of the most famous, if not the most famous performers during navratri is Falguni Pathak. The Mumbai-based singer’s soaring voice, accompanied by an energetic band that can sometimes have over a dozen musicians, is perfect for the feisty, traditional music required during navratri. Since her professional and private debut in 1998, she has developed into an artist with a large fan following across India and around the world. Her debut album was released in 1998, and was the first of at least a dozen bearing her name. But Pathak isn’t only known for traditional Gujarati songs. She has recorded several pop albums and has also recorded numerous songs that have been featured in Bollywood movies. Many of her videos have featured Bollywood actors, including Ayesha Takia. Her navratri performances in India are at an annual event called Sankalp, which takes place at Goregaon in suburban Mumbai. After the festival she usually tours other countries, including the USA and UAE, entertaining mainly the Indian Diaspora. Her popularity keeps her busy all through the year, even though she focuses on traditional music. Her father originally didn’t approve of her performances early in her career, but today she is the reigning queen of navratri. When asked by Planet Radio City magazine how she started singing for Navratri, she said, “In 1987, a show was organized in Ghatkopar’s Jolly Gymkhana. That was the era of instrumentals, and I was a part of the chorus. Someone brought me to the organizer’s notice and asked him to get me to sing. I was unprepared and sang the song I knew – “Jhulan Morli Vagi Re.” People loved it and the next day I was asked to sing two songs. That’s how I started. Soon, I was asked to record a tape for Navratri, which would have Gujarati songs set to Western beats. When we were working on the tape, we decided to also sing live for the next Navratri, and I’ve been singing every year ever since.” Beside music her passions are shoes and cars. “I have around 70 to 80 pairs of shoes and I have a Mercedes, Scorpio, Hyundai Accent, Santro ... eight September 2009

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Anifest India ‘09 rescheduled for September India’s largest animation festival “Anifest India ‘09” has been rescheduled for September 18-20 at the IIT Powai, Mumbai. The Animation Society of India (TASI) had postponed the festival in August due to the swine flu scare. A TASI statement said, “We have close to 1,500 registered participants coming from all over the country. This year’s TVCA films boast of some brilliant student, professional as well as teachers’ films. Besides, a majority of our speakers have already confirmed their participation in September. So the stage is all set for a high energy animation carnival.” The details of the festival are available at the TASI website. The annual multi-day festival brings together experts from animation and related mediums.

Ranbir Kapoor Set to Star in Imtiaz Ali’s Next Film Hot young actor Ranbir Kapoor is slated to begin work with director Imtiaz Ali, who has just delivered the hit Love Aaj Kal. Confirmation comes from dad Rishi Kapoor. “I am positive that in 2010, Imtiaz and Ranbir would be beginning a film together. They have been meeting on a regular basis and are just looking at finalizing on something concrete before they make a formal announcement”, said Rishi Kapoor in an interview with India Fm. Ranbir Kapoor during the last two years has worked with veterans like Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Saawariya), Raj Kumar Santoshi (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) and Prakash September 2009

Director Ram Gopal Varma intends to go ahead with a sequel to his recent scare flick Agyaat. The film garnered extremely mixed reviews but that won’t stop Varma. Agyaat was made for Rs 5 crores. The sequel would be marginally costlier to make. But again it would feature no major stars. “The jungle will again be the star of the film,” said Varma in an online interview. Part of the sequel to Agyaat will take Ram Gopal Varma back to the Sangli jungles in Sri Lanka. Telugu star Nitin Reddy who plays the lead in Agyaat is very excited about the sequel and is beefing up his body for the sequel.

Hrithik Roshan Loves Charity Hrithik Roshan is involved with a charitable foundation that’s working with handicapped people who find it difficult to face the world. “This is a charity foundation and it’s something that I wanted to do since a very long time. I have the power; God has given me a little extra, thus I am trying to do what I can from my side,” Roshan said in an interview with Bollywood Hungama. Not many people know that Roshan had a speech impediment and over the years worked through his stammering speech. Now he is busy raising funds to help handicapped people deal with their various impediments.

Kapoor and Kaif Receive Rajiv Gandhi National Award When Shahid Kapoor and Katrina Kaif began their careers with Ishq Vishk and Boom respectively, neither imagined they would receive a national award for acting. Both received awards at the 12th Rajiv Gandhi National Awards held in Mumbai in August. The Rajiv Gandhi Awards were initiated in 1995 in an endeavor to keep alive the memory and vision the late Rajiv Gandhi. The event honors the achievers who contribute to India’s progress. Other winners this year are Avika Gor (Child Prodigy), Vineet Jain (Industrialist), Ramesh Chandra Agarwal (Journalism), Sam Pitroda (Global Indian), Dr. Narendra Jadhav (Educationist), Dr. G Madhavan Nair (Super Achiever), Krushnaa Patil (Women Achiever), Rajashree Birla (Social Field) and Rohit Kochhar (Young Entrepreneur). This year Hrithik Roshan, Shreyas Talpade, Mahima Chowdhary, Esha Deol, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Priyanka Chopra, and Vishal-Shekhar performed.


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1. Love Aaj Kal Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna, and Vir Das

Vaada Raha... I Promise (Director: Samir Karnik) Cast: Bobby Deol, Kangna Ranaut, Dwij Yadav, and Mohnish Behl

2. Life Partner Fardeen Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, Govinda, Genelia Dsouza and Anupam Kher

Three - Love, Lies, Betrayal (Director: Vishal Pandya) Cast: Ashish Chowdhry, Nausheen Ali Sardar, and Akshay Kapoor

3. Kaminey

Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Amol Gupte, Deb Mukherjee and Rajatabha Dutta

Aagey Se Right (Dir: Indrajit Nattoji) Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Mahie Gill, Kay Kay Menon, Shenaz Treasurywala, Shiv Pandit, and Vijay Maurya

4. Sikandar Parzun Dastur, Ayesha Kapur, Sanjay Suri, R Madhavan and Arunoday Singh

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Aamras (Director: Rupali Guha) Cast: Jiya Sarang, Pari Sehgal, Rakhi Chadda, Sanya Balsara, and Ajay Singh Choudhury Bachelor Party (Director: Isshaan Trivedi) Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Nauheed Cyrusi, Arbaaz Khan, Ninad Kamat, and Sharat Saxena

1. Ruslaan “Pyaar Ki Parsayee” Music: Raeess Jamal Khan Singers: Hariharan & Sadhna Sargam

Fox (Director: Deepak Tijori) Cast: Sunny Deol, Arjun Rampal, Sagarika Ghatge, Udita Goswami, and Vipul Gupta

2. Wanted “Dil Leke” Music: Sajid Wajid Singers: Shaan & Shreya Ghoshal

Chintu Ji (Dir: Ranjit Kapoor) Cast: Rishi Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Kulraj Randhawa, Saurabh Shukla, Grusha Kapoor, and Sophie Choudry

3. What’s Your Raahee “Jao Naa” Music: Sohil Sen Singers: Sohail Sen & Tarannun Malik

4. Dil Bole Hadippa! “Ishq Hi Rab Hai” Music: Pritam Singers: Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal

Accident On Hill Road (Director: Mahesh Nair) Cast: Farooq Sheikh, Celina Jaitly, and Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh

5. Love Aaj Kal “Ajj Din Chadeya” Music: Pritam Singer: Rahet Fateh Ali Khan

Mohan Das (Director: Mazhar Kamran) Cast: Sonali Kulkarni, Nakul Vaid, Sushant Singh, Sharbani Mukherjee, and Sameer Dharmadhikari

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Book Reviews The Weight of Heaven Author: Thrity Umrigar (HarperCollins Publishers) By Hena Sharma “The Weight of Heaven,” by Thrity Umrigar is a gripping story about Frank and Ellie, an American couple trying to come to terms with the loss of their young son. The reader is immediately pulled into the couple’s pain of losing a child, but the story is not only about a family overcoming grief. The characters’ personal struggle, their relationship as a couple, and the impact on the community around them are the complex ideas that Umrigar weaves into a compelling story.

Frank’s inability to cope becomes a growing snowball, and the reader can feel the tension in the story increasing. The interactions between Frank, his workers, and his wife take a backseat to his obsession with Ramesh. This was very compelling, and I found it easy to become engrossed in the storyline, despite my disagreement with some parts. The characters, their inner turmoil, and complexities were eloquently developed. I didn’t mind that some choices didn’t seem to fit because the story flowed well and kept me wanting to see what would happen next. There were some unexpected twists in the plot when the couple deals with the locals, befriends a professional Indian couple, and Frank tries to run a business in India. Umrigar touched on topics of multinational corporations and their impact on the local people and environment, plus the corruption and abuse of power. The characters and their struggle stay with you long after you finish reading the book. This was a very well written story and I highly recommend it.

Frank and Ellie carry their grief to India when Frank accepts a job posting there, and hope that the change will help them heal. Frank is tortured by his loss, and blames his wife’s carelessness as contributing to their son’s death. After moving to India, Frank becomes obsessed with his servant’s young son Ramesh. The story describes how Frank, desperate to fill a void, uses Ramesh as a replacement for his own son. Meanwhile, his wife Ellie allows this obsession to continue, thinking it will heal Frank somehow, and gives in to Frank’s ideas of always including Ramesh whenever possible in their own personal lives. I found this to be a bit unbelievable. Ellie is an educated therapist by profession and at some point would have stopped Frank’s unhealthy behavior and asked him to seek help! Ramesh’s parents, Prakash and Edna, and their feelings towards their employer’s interest in their son were well explored. Prakash resented the intrusion of a strange American man taking such interest in his son, providing things he could only dream about, and slowly pulling him away. Edna welcomed the attention her son received, and saw this as a way to give Ramesh a bright future that she and Prakash could never provide. Prakash, Edna, and Ramesh were very believable characters, with very believable feelings. Just as Umrigar did in her novel “The Space Between Us,“ she made the reader connect emotionally with characters of different socioeconomic classes on a human level. Ellie becomes involved in charity work, helping the September 2009


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Why Can’t Indians Write a Good Resume? From incomprehensible language to laughable lengths, many Indians are CV-challenged. By Saritha Rai, It is a country with the world’s second-largest Englishspeaking population after the United States. It is a country so proud of its English language skills that it aspires to be the global labor superpower of the 21st century. But if first impressions count, the resume writing skills of many Indians present a bleaker side to this promise. “To always spread positively within the branch and reduce the grape vine,” said one job candidate in his resume. “I laugh easily, but do not suffer fools gladly. I expect the same effort from others as I give myself,” wrote another aspirant. Such gaffes are commonplace in over three quarters of resumes, says a recent study by TeamLease Services, which picked these out from a newly-arrived bunch. TeamLease is a large, Indian staffing company headquartered in Bangalore. Since the start of the global economic downturn, Indian companies are flooded with resumes. Candidates are frequently updating their CVs on online job websites. The economic recession has reversed the situation for many in India where, until recently, jobs chased candidates. But stress from a weak job market is now showing up in the resumes. Analyzing resumes of 500 entry- to mid-level job aspirants across different industries in July, TeamLease found that more than 90 percent of them had errors in some form or other. “If a resume helps open doors at companies, many of these people would not get a toehold,” says Surabhi Mathur-Gandhi, general manager at TeamLease. For one, many Indians write long, drawn-out resumes. Against the acceptable international onepage, the typical Indian resume for entry-level jobs runs into six or seven pages, says Ravi Shankar K. who heads Weir Minerals India, the local subsidiary of the UK-based pump and valve manufacturer. After 13 years of work experience in the United States, Shankar says his concise, one-page resume would surprise many Indians. Often, candidates’ resumes follow a cookie-cutter pattern making it obvious that they got help from the “resume blaster” websites, says Sridhar Ramanujam, who heads a branding and consulting firm BrandComm. He has been receiving a glut of resumes since the start of the economic downturn. Many candidates shamelessly embellish their resumes. “There is a lot of puffery when listing out academic and work related achievements,” says Ramanujam. He has seen candidates go through two pages merely to describe a workshop they have attended. September 2009

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Journey to Mars (Part Two) By Aditi Majumdar (The story till now…While playing in the woods, Arin, Sarah, Andrew, Evan and Emily meet an alien girl.) Only Andrew and Arin were in front of her. They were also frightened as if they were caught. Everything was quiet at that moment. All the boys and girls were not moving at all. The alien girl started looking at them carefully; she started to go near Sarah as she was weeping. Suddenly she made a noise, as if to clear her throat and started speaking in a strange tongue and said, “#$%^&*.” Andrew and Arin stared at each other trying to understand. Emily and Evan came out of the bush to find out what was going on. Sarah also stopped crying. The alien girl spoke again, “#$%^&*,” but no answer came for her from Emily, Evan, Andrew, Arin or Sarah. The “alien girl” understood that something was wrong and took out a box, about the size of a Nintendo DS, and started typing something on the keyboard. The question that came up on the screen was now in English and Andrew and Arin were reading it. It said, “Who are you all?” Andrew and Emily tied to answer in sign language, but the alien girl was not able to understand. Andrew made a sign that he will type the answer on the keyboard. The alien girl agreed and gave the keyboard to him. He typed all the names as Andrew, Arin, Emily, Evan and Sarah and also showed who they were. The alien girl was happy to know them. Andrew also typed the question. “Who are you? Where did you come from?” Alien girl read the quesSeptember 2009


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tion and retyped, “I am #55 and came from Mars! I can read and write English but cannot speak.” All of them were so surprised to know that they are talking to someone who has landed from Mars. They were so excited about the fact that they were in front of an alien. As it was getting dark they all wanted to go back home. So Arin typed in the keyboard that “Now we all have to go, but we can come over here tomorrow at the same time.” The alien girl typed, “Yes I will be waiting for all of you.” They all said bye and started walking towards their homes. On the way Andrew warned all of them not to talk about this at home. All agreed to keep it a secret and eagerly waited for the next evening. At last the time passed and all were ready to go into the woods to meet #55. Emily asked, “Why she is having strange name as #55?” All started giving possible reasons. Sarah said, “She loves #55.” “Or she is the fifty fifth member of the group,” said Evan.“ She might be 55 yrs old,” said Andrew and Arin said, “Look she is there. Let’s ask her.” As the light box started blinking she stepped out and came near to all of them and bowed down to say greetings. Everybody bowed at her to say the same. The girl named #55 took out the DS box to type and get the answers. She wrote on the screen that “thank you all for coming once again to meet me.” All of them decided that Andrew will respond to all questions and answers on behalf of the group. Then #55 typed on the screen “Tell me what this place is called.” Andrew answered, “It is USA and it’s a part of Planet Earth. Are you really from Mars?” #55 was a little annoyed and wrote, “I never tell lie.” Andrew quickly wrote back saying “Sorry I did not mean to hurt you, but we are really confused and lucky to see someone really from Mars. We never had the opportunity to see a person from another planet.” #55 was talking to them and trying to understand the boys and girls. It was wonderful to talk to them. Andrew, Evan, Sarah, Emily and Arin requested her to have a photograph together. #55 agreed and they took lots of pictures. Again it was becoming dark and they had to return to their homes before dark. They all promised to meet each other on the next evening at the same time. All of them were returning home happily and excited about talking to an alien taking photographs with #55. They all realized that they forgot to ask her why she was called #55. They eagerly waited for the next evening. Andrew told everyone not to discuss anything to anybody because it may cause trouble for #55 in future, for the sake of newly formed friendship they all decided to be quiet. Next evening Andrew, Arin and Sarah came early and waited for the others to join the group. Sarah told Andrew and Arin, “Today, I will tell her to allow us into the light box.” “What is there in the box?” asked Arin. As Andrew was eldest in the group, he tried to answer.



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Power of Brain and Mind By Sardar Singh "May there be peace among the gods in heaven and among the stars; may there be peace on earth, among men and four footed animals; may we not hurt each other; may we be generous to each other, may we have that intelligence which will guide our life and actions; may there be peace in our prayers, on our lips and in our hearts." - Rigveda

In a magazine I read an article by Dr. Ben Carson, Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children’s Center. He described the incredible complexity and power of the human brain. He said, “one characteristic of the brain in particular makes us essential human and distinguishes our brains from those of animals: the presence of very large frontal lobes. They enable us to engage in rational thought-processing, to extract information from the past and the present, analyze it and use our conclusions to project a course of future action.” He also said that human brain is simply a mechanical component of an entity of greater beauty and power: the mind. Dr. Carson believes that the billions of neurons and hundreds of billions of interconnections in our brain give each of us our distinct personality, along with the distinct intellectual and emotional characteristics that make each person unique. We need to find out in what ways each person is unique. It is a fact that we are all different from each other physically and our intellectual abilities and talents are not exactly the same. These differences, however, do not create any problem. On the contrary variety makes life beautiful and rich. Everything that exists in nature is unique. Each leaf of a tree is unique. In its uniqueness everything that exists in nature is interconnected and inter-dependent. Life is relationship. Do human beings feel connected with nature and with each other? Psychologically each person thinks that he/she is different and separate from others. This creates enormous problem. If they had felt connected they would not feel lonely, isolated, fearful and uncertain. Are we different from each other psychologically? There is nothing unique about the way a particular person thinks and acts. The fact is that psychologically and inwardly human beings are the same. All human beings, wherever they are, face the same life of sorrow, pain, grief, anxiety, uncertainty, loneliness, conflict and confusion. Our brains get influenced the same way. Our beliefs may be different but the reason why we believe in something or the other is the same. Culturally the brain may be conditioned in a particular way, but if we set aside this superficial conditioning, we find that our responses to the challenges of life are the same. Ben Carson attributed his own academic achievement to the power of the brain and the mind. He said he changed his circumstances of poverty by programming his brain with the kind of information that would guarantee academic success. Is there anything unique about the program that Ben Carson used in order to succeed academically? He did not invent the program. The program was already available. He acquired it

through the act of listening. The program was in the nature of thought. His mother, father or teacher told him, “if you pay attention to your studies and if you work hard you will become a doctor or an engineer.” This thought guided his action and projected the future. Thought, that contained hope, enabled him to work hard. This thought had motive, direction and the desire to succeed. It brought into action the power of will that enabled him to concentrate and use the ability of the brain to learn and accumulate knowledge. This way he achieved the results that he had projected. Any child, whether rich, poor, white, black or brown, who is guided in a similar way can achieve success in one area or another. One can see that the dominant force behind the program is the “center,” the “me.” The mind is programmed with this thought. The center activates the thought process that creates desire, hope, will and effort. There is nothing unique about this whole program. The question is, is this program necessary to learn a subject? The children have to go through all the travails and struggles involved in this program because they do not have any other option. Dr. Carson had also to overcome all the obstacles imposed by poverty. Academically subjects can be taught by generating interest so the child can learn in freedom and flower in goodness without outside pressure, compulsion, coercion and discipline. A child’s brain need not be programmed to achieve goals set by others. Parents and teachers can help the child express his/her abilities and talents that he/she already has without comparing his/her performance with other children. Unfortunately the existing system of education is not concerned with the holistic development of the child. Through an elaborate system of reward and punishment, through the process of comparing one child’s performance with other children, through competition and through verbal encouragement child is made to do well in studies with the hope that a person who is well equipped in knowledge can earn his living, live a good life and also be an asset to society. Although the system produces experts in various fields, the present system of education also sustains, strengthens and perpetuates self-centeredness and selfishness. This approach to life brings about inequality and injustice in the world. Because of the individualistic approach to life man remains bereft of the joy of life. There are conflicts at all levels of human relationship. There is certainly a flaw in the existing system of education because it gives importance to personal achievement, personal fulfillment, personal pleasure, personal status, power, position and prestige. Extraordinary importance is given to the “self” the “ego.” There is no sense of wonder about the human abilities that enable the individual to learn, to sing and to dance. It appears everything is being done by the fictitious entity called the “I.” There is no celebration of life. There is only celebration of personal success. Dr. Carson did not mention the extraordinary human abilities that are not the product of thought. Human beings have the power of pure and objective observation that enables them to see things as they actually are both inwardly and outwardly. Inwardly our thought process has created lot of contradictions, confusion and ignorance. Clarity of perception awakens intelligence that clears the mess that thought has created. With

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Who should be concerned? Accents are charming cultural flavors and add to the “spice of life.” Customers would be disappointed if the staff of ethnic establishments spoke like T.V. commentators! Accents are a problem ONLY if they create communication barriers or turn into career obstacles. A patient turns to the nurse after the doctor leaves her hospital room and asks, “What did he say?” A highly qualified engineer or statistician with advanced degrees and credentials gets passed over for promotions. As always, we welcome your comments! References: 1 Crystal, David. 2005 How Language Works, How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning and Languages Live or Die. New York: Avery a member of Penguin Group. 2 Crystal, pg. 2. 3 Crystal pg. 8 4 Crystal pg. 10 5 Crystal pg. 17 6 Feinstein-Whittaker, Marjorie and Lynda Katz Wilner. 2007 2nd Edition. RULES: Rules for the Use of Linguistic Elements of Speech. Owings Mills, MD: Successfully Speaking Answers: Four American “t” Variations: (1) aspirated /t/ in stressed syllables: photographer, to take; (2) light flap /d/ in unstressed syllables: photographs pronounced “phodagraphs”; unreleased /t/ with no aspiration: that; glottal /t/ pronounced like “n” with a glottal push in the throat: certain pronounced “cer-nn.”

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The Stock Tickers

• 7000, June 21, 2005 - On June 20, 2005, the news of the settlement between the Ambani brothers boosted investor sentiments and the scrips of RIL, Reliance Energy, Reliance Capital and IPCL made huge gains. This helped the Sensex crossed 7,000 points for the first time.

• 8000, September 8, 2005 - On September 8, 2005, the Bombay Stock Exchange’s benchmark 30-share By Rajesh Ganatra index – the Sensex - crossed the 8000 level following brisk buying by foreign and domestic funds in early trading.

Here are some important quotes as of 08/24/2009

• 9000, December 9, 2005 - The Sensex on November 28, 2005 crossed 9000 to touch 9000.32 points during mid-session at the Bombay Stock Exchange on the back of frantic buying spree by foreign institutional investors and well supported by local operators as well as retail investors.

Mumbai (Bombay) Sensex: 15,222.62 Karachi, Pakistan KSE-100 Index: 7,928.83 Dow Jones Industrial Average (USA): 9,599.86 NASDAQ Composite (USA): 1,996.34 S & P 500 Index (USA): 996.94 Currency Exchange Rates: Indian Rs. 48.23 = $1.00, Pakistani Rs. 81.11 = $1.00 Gold Price: $899 / ounce (Mumbai) Silver Price: $12.58 / ounce (Mumbai) (Note —- Mumbai prices quoted in U.S. dollars were calculated using the above exchange rate and the metric factor of 28.6 grams equals 1 ounce. Generally speaking, there are slight variances in prices of precious metals between India & U.S.A. due to market conditions / exchange rates).

Sensex millenniums: Here is a timeline on the rise of the Sensex (Mumbai) over the course of two decades. • 1000, July 25, 1990 - On July 25, 1990, the Sensex touched the four-digit figure for the first time and closed at 1,001 in the wake of a good monsoon and excellent corporate results. • 2000, January 15, 1992 - On January 15, 1992, the Sensex crossed the 2,000-mark and closed at 2,020 followed by the liberal economic policy initiatives undertaken by the then finance minister and current Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. • 3000, February 29, 1992 - On February 29, 1992, the Sensex surged past the 3000 mark in the wake of the market-friendly Budget announced by Manmohan Singh. • 4000, March 30, 1992 - On March 30, 1992, the Sensex crossed the 4,000-mark and closed at 4,091 on the expectations of a liberal export-import policy. It was then that the Harshad Mehta scam hit the markets and Sensex witnessed unabated selling. • 5000, October 11, 1999 - On October 8, 1999, the Sensex crossed the 5,000-mark as the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition won the majority in the 13th Lok Sabha election. • 6000, February 11, 2000 - On February 11, 2000, the information technology boom helped the Sensex to cross the 6,000-mark and hit and all time high of 6,006.

• 10,000, February 7, 2006 - The Sensex on February 6, 2006 touched 10,003 points during mid-session. The Sensex finally closed above the 10,000-mark on February 7, 2006. • 11,000, March 27, 2006 - The Sensex on March 21, 2006 crossed 11,000 and touched a peak of 11,001 points during mid-session at the Bombay Stock Exchange for the first time. However, it was on March 27, 2006 that the Sensex first closed at over 11,000 points. • 12,000, April 20, 2006 - The Sensex on April 20, 2006 crossed 12,000 and touched a peak of 12,004 points during mid-session at the Bombay Stock Exchange for the first time. • 13,000, October 30, 2006 - The Sensex on October 30, 2006 crossed 13,000 for the first time. It touched a peak of 13,039.36 and finally closed at 13,024.26. • 14,000, December 5, 2006 - The Sensex on December 5, 2006 crossed 14,000. • 15,000, July 6, 2007 - The Sensex on July 6, 2007 crossed 15,000 mark. • 16,000, September 19, 2007 - The Sensex on September 19, 2007 crossed the 16,000 mark. • 17,000, September 26, 2007 - The Sensex on September 26, 2007 crossed the 17,000 mark for the first time. • 18,000, October 9, 2007 - The Sensex on October 09, 2007 crossed the 18,000 mark for the first time. • 19,000, October 15, 2007 - The Sensex on October 15, 2007 crossed the 19,000 mark for the first time. • 20,000, October 29, 2007 - The Sensex on October 29, 2007 crossed the 20,000 mark for the first time. continued on page 110

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fee hours, etc. When are the “dead” times? These are the times when you aren’t planning to attend a session or breakout. This is the perfect time to schedule coffee with someone you need to talk to, or to spend quality time in the vendor room when the crowd is gone. Plan to get up early and stay late. Always wear your nametag and make sure it is turned right side out. Take more business cards than you think you’ll need. Take your laptop—you’ll need it even if you don’t plan to work remotely. Hang out where people gather. Be in the coffee shop, at the bar, in the lounge. Greet others with the organization’s nametag and invite them to join you. Don’t hang out with your friends. Don’t skip out to shop, fish or vacation. Review the organization’s online membership directly months before you attend. Contact high-possibility people with a personal email introduction. Follow up with a phone call. Arrange to meet at the event during “dead” time. If your organization offers an online profile, make sure yours is updated with current contact information, a good photo and a benefits-oriented message of what you do to solve clients’ problems. Then check out the people you meet online via LinkedIn and Facebook. Make sure your profiles are updated and professional because they’ll be checking you out, too! Invite your new friends to follow you on Twitter (add the Twitter address to your business card), or have a link on your card for a free bonus item on your web site to drive opt-ins. Make notes on the business cards you collect so that you can refer to the conversations you had at the event in your follow-up email. Send personal follow-up emails within a few days of returning from the event. Include a link for a free white paper, free e-book or other bonus item to get opt-in permission. And please, don’t automatically add everyone you met to your newsletter list without getting opt-in permission. Most importantly, follow up on the deals you started. Show your initiative by keeping things moving. If you keep these tips in mind, I guarantee you’ll be ahead of 99.9 percent of the people who attend networking events—and you’ll have the increased business to prove it! Gail Z. Martin owns DreamSpinner Communications. Contact her at


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Personal Finance By Narendra Dixit Annuities Explained Is this type of investment right for you? As employer-sponsored pensions become increasingly rare, retirement-minded investors have begun looking to annuities to create lasting income streams. Understanding the fundamentals and various options available can help you decide if an annuity might be an appropriate addition to your financial portfolio. The Basics Annuities are tax-deferred investments, which include an insurance component to help protect from losses in capital and payout a guaranteed death benefit. They are long-term financial products designed for retirement purposes. In essence, annuities are contractual agreements in which payment(s) are made to an insurance company, which agrees to pay out an income or lump sum amount at a later date. All earnings grow tax-deferred until withdrawn, and there is no cap on annual contributions. There are contract limitations and fees and charges associated with annuities, which include, but are not limited to mortality and expense risk charges, sales and surrender charges, administrative fees, and charges for optional benefits. A financial professional can provide cost information and complete details. An annuity contract that is purchased to fund a qualified retirement plan should be done so for the annuity’s features and benefits other than tax deferral. For such cases, tax deferral is not an additional benefit for the annuity. You may also want to consider relative features, benefits, and costs of the annuity with any other investment that you may have in connection with your retirement plan or arrangement. Funding: Single Premium vs. Flexible Premium There are two ways to fund an annuity: either all at once in a lump sum (Single Premium) or with a series of payments (Flexible Premium). If an annuity is used as just one component of a comprehensive retirement strategy, the owner may not be able to fund it all at once, and instead may opt to make a series of payments over time. It is quite common for the funding method to be dictated by the desired payout structure. Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later – Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities come in two basic varieties: Immediate or Deferred. An immediate annuity begins paying out as soon as it is funded. This option works well for people who fund the annuity with a Single Premium and want to begin withdrawing the money right away. Those with a rollover or significant sum of money can buy this type of annuity to create an immediate & ongoing income stream. Alternately, a deferred annuity begins paying out years after the contract is issued. The Annuitant September 2009

Annuities and Risk Tolerance Choosing between a Fixed or Variable Annuity depends on an individual’s risk tolerance. A Fixed Annuity is a conservative investment. Principal is guaranteed, as is the rate of interest over a designated amount of time. These types of annuities are best used as short-term investments since they experience little growth. True, owners are protected from interest rate decreases, but they do not benefit from increases since the interest rate is locked. Variable Annuities are commonly misunderstood by those less familiar with the way these products work. True, Variable Annuities do bear higher risk and higher costs than their fixed counterparts, but they also offer more upside potential since they are, essentially, an investment portfolio. The owner of a Variable Annuity chooses how to allocate their money across various managed portfolios. Neither principal nor interest rates are guaranteed, but often, for an additional fee, Annuitants can purchase riders to attach to their contracts such as a Guaranteed Minimum Income Benefit or a Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit. These riders may help owners take advantage of the potential growth of the market while protecting themselves from the downside risk. Certain restrictions (e.g. minimum holding periods, limited investment portfolios) may apply to the purchase of a rider. The Guarantee of Minimum Income: Protection when the market’s down: In a down market, the principal in your Variable Annuity with Guaranteed Minimum Income Benefit is protected and your minimum income remains unchanged regardless of the losses the market may take. Protection when the market’s up: When your investment portfolios are performing well and your account is enjoying significant growth, you can periodically re-lock your minimum income benefit based on the increased value of your account. This can result in a greater income stream for life. How Annuities Pay When the time comes for an annuity to pay out, it can occur in a variety of ways. Depending upon what other investments and sources of income will be available to create a retirement cash flow, annuity owners should choose a product that will pay out in accordance with their anticipated needs. These are the options: Fixed Payout: A monthly payout of the owner’s choosing will be paid until the money runs out. It is

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Immigration Matters USCIS to Accept New H-2B Fiscal Year 2009 Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reopened the fiscal year 2009 H-2B petition filing period and will accept new H-2B petitions. Although on Jan. 7, 2009, USCIS announced it accepted and approved a sufficient number of H-2B petitions to meet the congressionally mandated annual cap of 66,000, the Department of State received far fewer than expected requests for H-2B visas and as a result, has issued only 40,640 H-2B visas for fiscal year 2009 to date. This means that there are approximately 25,000 visas that may go unused, as they have not been granted. Because of the low visa issuance rate, USCIS is reopening the filing period to allow employers to file additional petitions for qualified H-2B temporary foreign nonagricultural workers. The normal (non-premium processing) adjudication time frame for H-2B petitions is 60 days. USCIS will make visa numbers available to petitions in the order in which the petitions are filed. However, because H2B petitions (Form I-129) for fiscal year 2009 visas must be received, evaluated, and adjudicated on or before the fiscal year 2009 deadline of Sept. 30, 2009, USCIS cannot guarantee approval of any H-2B petition on or before the Sept. 30, 2009 deadline. Employers therefore are encouraged to file as soon as possible and to request premium processing by filing a Form I907 and submitting the $1000 premium processing fee, which will allow for expedited adjudication. See “Premium Processing Service” in the related links on the right of this page. To qualify for a fiscal year 2009 H-2B cap number, employers must: • Submit the Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker to USCIS with all required documents, including an approved Alien Employment Certification from the U.S. Department of Labor that is valid for the entire employment period stated on the petition. The petitioner must also indicate an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2009. Petitions received on or after Oct. 1, 2009, and/or requesting a starting date on or after Oct. 1, 2009, will be considered towards the fiscal year 2010 H-2B cap and are subject to all eligibility requirements for fiscal year 2010 H-2B filings, including 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(iv)(D), which requires that the start date listed on the petition be the same as the starting date authorized on the temporary labor certification. The H-2B program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs for which there is a shortage of available U.S. workers. Typically, H-2B workers fill labor needs in occupational areas such as education, construction, health care, landscaping, manufacturSeptember 2009

ing, food service/processing, and resort/hospitality services. For more information about this reopening of the H2B fiscal year 2009 filing period, visit for questions and answers. More information about the H-2B visa program is available in the USCIS guide, “How Do I Hire a Foreign National for Short-Term Employment in the United States,” or by calling USCIS’ National Customer Service Center at 1-800375-5283. AILA Encouraged by Positive White House Meeting on Immigration Reform Washington, DC - At a meeting last month hosted by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, and attended by some 130 immigrant advocates, business and labor leaders, and law enforcement representatives, President Barack Obama confirmed his commitment to fair and reasonable immigration reform. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) said they applaud this positive message and looks forward to the President’s and the Secretary’s leadership on this issue in the days ahead. “I was pleased to hear of the Secretary’s intention to step up her leadership on immigration reform,” said Crystal Williams, AILA’s Acting Co-Executive Director, who participated in the meeting on behalf of AILA. “There cannot be effective enforcement of immigration laws until those laws are reformed to realistically address the needs of families, workers, and American business, and to promote our long-cherished values of fairness and due process.” Info: Secretary Napolitano Announces Additional $30 Million in Operation Stonegarden Funds to Secure the Southwest Border The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced last month an additional $30 million in Operation Stonegarden grants to support security initiatives along the Southwest border—funds that will enhance the Department’s capabilities to coordinate with state, local and tribal law enforcement in order to effectively deter violence, enforce immigration laws and combat illegal trafficking. “Operation Stonegarden grants direct critical funding to state, local and tribal law enforcement operations across the country,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I am proud to announce an additional $30 million in funding specifically for the Southwestern states to ensure our first responders are equipped with the resources they need to confront the complex and dynamic challenges that exist along our Southern border.” These grants, funded through the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, will be directed to states along the U.S.-Mexico border—Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. These funds supplement the $60 million in Operation Stonegarden grants announced by Secretary Napolitano in June. Based on greater risk, heavy cross-border traffic and border-


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Srishti’s Sarbojonin Durgotsav and Kali Puja 2009 Srishti, the vibrant, energetic, enthusiastic community of Indians of Charlotte, is all set to celebrate Sarbojonin Durgotsav and Kali Puja 2009 with great pomp and hue. As in every year, Durga Puja will be performed per procedure stated in Devi Purana for three days by Sri Manmatha Chakravarty. Kali Puja will be celebrated on 17th Oct. The venue for both the Pujas is Community House Middle School. There will be a host of traditional, cultural, gastronomic and fun filled events to participate and revel in as given below.

On behalf of Srishti, we welcome everyone in Carolinas to come and join us in our celebrations! For more details, please visit: Or Contact: Samiksha Bose at 704-321-1964

Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) presents Sarod–Sitar Duet Concert

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For a Brighter Career

Smile Please By Amit Arya Yes, the economy is in doldrums. The job loss rate has slowed but the possibility of losing one’s job still hangs over many minds in every sector of the economy. Pay raises are meager, that is if you got one, and bonuses seem to be headed towards a long hibernation if not extinction. We all get it! Times are tough and there are more reasons to frown than smile. However, I would like to prescribe an unconventional remedy to assuage the situation if not completely cure it. The prescription is a big, bright smile. Yes please, time to invest in a better toothbrush (throw away your worn out discounted soft bristle medium head thing of the past and move on to a robust full bodied brush) along with a paste with teeth whitener, a dash of mouth freshener with some sprinkle of upbeat attitude from your side to go with this paraphernalia. Armed with these tools, work up fine foam as you start your day and meditate on the good things that life has given you. Once in a happy spot, chain it down and carry this happy feeling with you throughout the day. Moods are highly infectious and by carrying a positive attitude into your workplace, you generate a lot of positive energy around you and create a more amicable workplace setting for yourself and your colleagues. As corporations tighten their belts and their wallets while becoming generous with the workload that is handed out, it will understandably breed an atmosphere of discontent and dissent among the employees. So here we have two choices, either to gripe and complain and join the herd or set a different tone with a positive attitude that is different from the majority: become an epitome for optimistic attitude and constructive behavior in your work place. Rest assured, a positive attitude sooner or later will be noticed and admired, and though tangible rewards may not be forthcoming immediately, you will surely feel the intangible benefits of upbeat attitude, some of which will include better relationships with your partners leading to less friction and increased efficiency and better overall morale in your team. So how does one start to exude an aura of 100 percent fresh baked positive attitude with a topping of unsullied exuberance? Well, there is not a happy pill that you can take, though there are prescriptions available to get you to a baseline level of happiness. However, that is a topic reserved for pages of medical journal and thus not an object of contemplation for this article. In my experience, the first place to start would be a smile. Give a generous helping of a big, bright and healthy smile to anyone you encounter during the course of the day. It may not cure all the frowns that walk up and down the workplace, but it will surely put a dent in the frown circle. People like to be greeted with a smile even though they may not carry one and sooner or later you are bound to run into someone who will reciprocate this energy and multiply the positive verve that you have planted. Sure, September 2009

deadlines have to be met, priorities will change and you will have to juggle multiple things during the day. We all face competing priorities during the course of our day, but how we tackle the initial request to get a job done defines, to some extent, how the results of the request are perceived. Imagine an associate who grumbles and moans in protest at a request but gets the job done versus an associate who takes the request with a smile and get the job done. Both associates have reached the same end goal of having accomplished an assigned task however the latter associate seem to have done so by demonstrating a positive can-do attitude which will surely come with better appreciation of the work being done in majority of the cases and earn the associate a good rapport with his/her business partners. In fact, I came across a very witty poster at my dentist’s office recently. It read something like: Answer $0.75 Answer that requires thinking $1.25 Correct Answer $2.50 Correct Answer with a Smile $5.00 Dumb looks Still Free The above poster captures the essence of customer service where positive experience and customer-delight take precedence over everything else. The maxim that “laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone” stands to reason that positive attitude has plentiful benefits waiting to be reaped from its implementation and smiling may be the least expensive and most potent of all tools that can affect and provoke a better environment around you. Did you know that a smile can be heard over the telephone? I experience it firsthand every time I talk to a dear friend, whose smile is let loose over the phone and I can’t help but smile myself. So even when a person can’t see you, they can sense your mood and attitude and a smile builds an upbeat tone in your voice that can be heard on the other side of the line. There are days when smiles are hard to come by and things just seem to be moving in the wrong direction. We all have those days, and I being no saint, have had my fair share. It is but human to portray emotions, whether good or bad, but it is useful to bounce back quickly and shed your frowns. As you toil in your daily life, remember that folks are watching, reviewing and taking a measure of your personality and performance; it is not merely sufficient what you achieve in life but equally important how you achieve it. So we wish our readers all the success in their endeavors and hope you achieve them with a big smile on your faces. We value your feedback. Visit our website and leave us your feedback so that we can harvest a few smiles as well. Amit Arya is the NetIP CO-Chair for Professional Development. NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas Chapter of the North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. Contact:


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Social Media by Wendy D. Wells

Social Media Conversations Conversations. We have them every day, sometimes all day. Whether it’s verbally or written, conversations are taking place all around us. While reading as we surf the Internet, we engage in conversation as passive participants in today’s Web 2.0, also known as social media. Social media is about engaging in mutually interesting or beneficial conversations. These conversations often take place at a collective gathering point such as a social network like a Facebook page, a blog, Twitter, a news feed, or some other group. These groups are where influential powers are located. The start of a movement begins with a conversation. Sales and marketing dollars can be generated and/or lost due to the power of a social network. Through the collective the individual is reached, this is nothing new – it’s marketing 101. If you’re sitting back and thinking, “whatever is being said about me and my company is fine by me…all publicity is good publicity,” you’re going to fall far behind the competition – quickly. Participating in social media is a vital part of today’s marketing and public relations strategy. By actively taking part in the conversations that are taking place about your product or services, your sphere of influence opens as wide as your audience. You earn the trust of your clients because you’ve given them a voice and proven to them you are listening. To truly define social media is difficult. The term is used to broadly describe the act of participatory online media as it is executed through blogs, webcasts, photos, videos, podcasts, and other publishing techniques. It is a public submission accessible by the public and often said to be a democratic method of information dissemination. Some might even say that it’s a means where the most popular and loudest voice wins. Social media can be thought of as the accumulation of content such as reviews, comments, ratings, etc. that is left on the Social Web, and by the impression that is left behind that identify what the audience is thinking and feeling about your product or service. This impression becomes the barometer by which you can gauge what your strategy needs to be in creating your own social media plan. How will you influence and engage with the audience (influencers) that has built up this accumulation of content? Where will your social media conversation guide you? Let’s take a real-life scenario into account. I had been having trouble with my cellular phone service. I had pages and pages of notes with customer service representatives’ names and the dates that I had spoken with each one. One day, I went to a forum site where other customers were discussing their customer service experiences with the phone carrier and I posted my negative comments. Then, I sent a message out September 2009

on Twitter using the carrier’s name and saying the customer service I had been receiving was the worst ever along with a link to my comment on the forum. Twitter is a public stream and I have over 1,000 followers, some of whom re-tweeted my message. Within a few hours, someone from the phone company tweeted me and gave me a contact link to receive personal help. The phone carrier decided what their strategy needed to be, and engaged with an influencer (me), by offering a solution in the form of personal help. In turn, I wrote a follow up on the forum describing the positive experience that had taken place. Then, I sent out a message on Twitter to my 1,000+ followers thanking the carrier along with a link to my comment on the forum. The strategy taken by the phone carrier helped to change some of the accumulated negative content on the Social Web that had been built up by an influencer (me), which had in turn created an impression of how people felt about their company. Did this behavior increase their sales? Probably not. What it did was reinforce their brand and their image as trustworthy. The impression that was left behind is positive and shows that they are engaged, aware, and most importantly – listening. If you haven’t begun to implement a social media plan into action for your business, get started! Try something basic like a YouTube video, a blog, start commenting on other blogs, or create an email newsletter. Get your employees involved, encourage them to blog and talk (positively but honestly) about the work they do, or specials that you’re running. The most basic of social media steps to take is to become a part of a networking group. Everyone and every business should be registered on LinkedIn by now. According to their own definition, “LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.” It’s the perfect first step to get your social media conversation started! Follow me on Twitter! @WendyWells


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Chai Table My Favorite Middle Eastern Delight-The Falafel By Indhu Gopal The rain was relentless and it was getting late. I wanted to grab a quick dinner and call it a day. I stood in a long line to order one falafel - a tasty fried seasoned chick pea mixture stuffed inside pita bread and topped with a salad mixture and sesame sauce (tahini) - for just $2.50. My Iranian friend from the Faculty Resource Network Seminar I attended in the morning suggested that I try the famous falafel at Mamoun’s Falafel. Established in the heart of Greenwich Village in 1971, the restaurant has been turning out tasty authentic cuisines for years. I could not wait to take a bite of the Middle Eastern delight. At last, it was my turn to place an order. However, to my dismay, I had no cash and credit cards were not accepted. I was extremely disappointed and scanned my surroundings to find an ATM with little success. I looked further and my eyes turned toward a small store called The Land of Buddha, one among the very few Tibetan stores in the United States. I somehow knew that I would get help there. With high spirits, I walked into the store and explained my situation to a humble, compassionate man behind the counter. He comes from Nepal and to me he was kindness personified. He gave me three dollars instantaneously and with no reservations. I promised that I would return with the money the next day. I lingered a little longer to look at all kinds of Himalayan handicrafts. Most items in his store came from Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. It was a charming place with jewelry, Tibetan carpets, antiques, DVD and CDs related to Buddhism and Yoga. It had religious items like thankas and singing bowls galore. You could also find prayer wheels, prayer beads, and incense sticks as well as traditional Tibetan style brocade dress, shirts, and Pashmina. This was home away from home. I felt like I was in a store on Big Bazar Street in India, where I was born and lived for twenty five years before immigrating to the United States. With three dollars in hand, I once again stood outside, holding my red umbrella to shield myself from the rain as the line inched slowly into Mamoun’s Falafel. Finally, I got my falafel and I sat on the steps adjacent to the restaurant to take my first bite with a big smile, all the while thanking the kind man who made it possible for me to taste the Middle Eastern cuisine. On the next day I returned to The Land of Buddha around 11:30 am and found it closed. As I walked down the street, I saw many small boutiques, tattoo parlors, bars, dance clubs and restaurants lining both sides of the narrow street. It was fun to walk on MacDougal Street with so many different ethnic restaurants: Yummy Village, Japanese Sushi, Ritz AsiaAsian fusion, Pasta Bristo Grill, Humm us and many September 2009

more. A few men were unloading groceries in front of a restaurant and were getting ready for the hectic day ahead. I made my way to another boutique, Nepa Bhon, where Renu, the proprietor’s wife from Nepal has been doing business since 1993. The shop deals in Nepalese Papers, mainly “Lokta” paper products. The “Lokta“ shrub grows in the high elevations of the Himalayan foothills and is used to produce paper sheets, photo albums, journals, stationeries, and picture frames. The products provide the only source of income for the villagers who grow, harvest and produce these goods. It was wonderful to chat with Renu. She was warm, friendly, and conversant. We began to talk about the life and death of Buddha, Nirvana, and The Noble Eightfold Path, one of the principal teachings of the Buddha to end suffering (dukkha) and achieve selfawakening. The Noble Eightfold Path includes: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration. “Buddha was born in Kapilavasthu and died under the Bodhi tree in Bodha Gaya, 100 km from Patna, in Bihar State, India,” she said. “Yes, Buddha was born in India,” I replied. She corrected me by saying: “No, Kapilavasthu is in Nepal and many Indians think it is in India.” She continued: “it is under the Bodhi tree that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment or Bodhi.” I did not want the conversation to end as I was grossly immersed in every word she was saying. After our lengthy discussion, I found my way to The Land of Buddha, which was still closed. It was time to join my colleagues for lunch. As I traced my way back, I saw the Dosa Stand. The rain never stopped and the day was gloomy, yet Kumar, the man behind the vegetarian stand in Washington Square, was busy. The Dosa Stand was considered one of the best vendors in New York City. A posted article on his stand, by New York Times, described the countless accolades he had received. Kumar was happy to see me and started talking in his native language, Tamil. He hails from Sri Lanka, and I from Tamilnad in South India, so we had much in common. He made me a spicy Sadha Dosa, which is made of rice and lentil and included two small cups of sambar (like lentil soup) and green chutni (made with green chilies, mint and coriander leaves). It was scrumptious. Then, he handed over a Masala Dosa (dosa stuffed with potatoes) to an East Asian woman who was in a similar predicament as I was, with no cash. She asked if she could pay him the next day. He happily obliged and bid farewell to both of us. I was deeply touched. Subsequently, I traced my way back to The Land of Buddha, which was now open. I returned the borrowed money to the owner’s wife, thanked her profusely, and parted with these words: “I will never forget your husband’s kindness, which I will take to my grave.” As tears swelled in my eyes, I said goodbye. It was time to go back to my afternoon seminar session. That night as I lay in bed, I reflected upon the day’s events. I have never written any short stories and today I was inspired to put it in writing - my thoughts, my emotions and what I saw and experienced. I wondered about why I was stirred to write; could it be the


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Hot Potato Stew Ingredients: 3 Tablespoons olive oil 2 medium sweet peppers, finely chopped 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup finely chopped coriander leaves 8 cloves garlic, crushed 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 2 teaspoons ground cumin seeds 6 large potatoes peeled and chopped into large pieces 4 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 1 lemon rind, finely chopped Method: Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté peppers and onions over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the coriander and garlic and stir-fry for another three minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 40 minutes or until potatoes are well done but still somewhat firm, adding more water, if necessary. Serve hot. Serves 6. Courtesy of Vegetarian Resource Group (


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Community Focus Events of Note: Trishna 2009 Two Cents of Hope is an organization started by a group of Indian graduate students at NC State University. The group’s goal is empowering youth and weaker sections of society via education. The group uses coin boxes to collect loose change that is not generally used or thrown away. Trishna, an annual fund-raising event, is an expression of various arts, a showcase of talent of local artists held on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh. This year’s event will be on September 12, 2009 from 5:30 - 8 pm. The performance for this year includes Bollywood dances, artists from Pani Dance Academy, Spotlight Creative Studios, Triangle Taiko’s Japanese Drum group, Fire Hoop and Drum group and more. Location: Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Info: 919.449.5667, Learn Sanskrit The RTP chapter of Samskrita Bharati ( will conduct a 2-day workshop on conversational Sanskrit during the weekend of September 19-20, 2009. It will be highly interactive and participatory with a focus on spoken Sanskrit. At the end of two days, participants will be able to conduct basic conversation in Sanskrit. No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required; familiarity with any Indian language would be helpful. Following the 2-day workshop, the group will organize weekly classes for continuing Sanskrit study. Details: Naresh Cuntoor ( 240-271-8585); Shobha Saraiya ( phone: 919-3801145); Anna krovi ( 919-6561386). To register, visit or send an email to one of the above addresses. Details about venue (in the Cary, NC area) and time will be sent after registration. Veena Concert The Classical Music Association of Charlotte presents an instrumental veena concert by Mrs. Jayanthi Kumeresh, accompanied by Arjun Kumar on Mridangam, on Sunday Sept. 27, 2009, beginning at 3:30 pm on the campus of Davidson College. Info: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan 704.814.9355, Jayashree & Panduranga 704.442.1186, or Padma & Vijay (704) 321-0503. Visit Swami Ishwarananda will Present Talk The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham will host Swami Ishwarananda of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles who will present talks on Perfection - The Art of Self-Discovery based on Chapter 3, Bhagavad Gita from Tuesday, September 22 to Saturday, September September 2009

26 at the Brier Creek Community Center, 10810 Globe Road, Raleigh. Timings are 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on 9/22, 7 pm to 8:30 pm on 9/23, 9/24, and 9/25, and 9 am to noon on 9/26. Inspired by Swami Chinmayananda in 1991, Swami Ishwarananda left software engineering and underwent training to become a Brahmachari. Swamiji’s mastery over the field of Vedanta comes through in his talks. He has authored several books that give deep insight into spiritual life. Details: visit High School Senior to Perform Solo Piano Concert Vikram Potdar, an East Chapel Hill High School senior, will perform a solo piano concert at the Chapel Hill High School Auditorium in Chapel Hill, NC on September 11, 2009, from 7.30-8.30 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the venue before the event. The highlights of the program are the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue by J.S. Bach, the Ballade #1 and Sonata #3 by F. Chopin, and the monumental Sonata in b minor by F. Liszt. It will also feature the challenging Islamey, an Oriental Fantasy by M. Balakirev. Potdar has been playing the piano since the age of ten. He is also a violinist and composer, he won the Medal of Excellence at the Composition Competition hosted by the Maryland Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in 2004. Potdar became serious about piano when he came under the tutelage of eminent pianist Victor Recondo, pupil of the great Vladimir Horowitz, four years ago. Info: Tabla Performance by Pandit Divyang Vakil Queens University of Charlotte presents tabla master Pandit Divyang Vakil in a performance on October 9, 2009. A high energy performance by his ensemble tabla ecstasy will perform at the Dana Auditorium on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte October 9, 2009 at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 For more information call 704.337.2213 or visit You can find writings by Divyang Vakil on his blog - Panditji has specially composed and created his tabla ensembles to showcase the power of pure tabla and appeal to the masses and maestros. The 5-person ensemble has been very wellreceived and this will be their first time in Charlotte. More info: CAHA to Unveil Completed Gandhi Memorial The Charlotte Asian Heritage Association (CAHA), a part of the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, recently announced plans for the unveiling


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Community reports: Independence Day Celebration in Charlotte When I was a kid, the 15th of August was more a day when I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have classes, homework and instead was made to stand under the hot sun in the playground until a chief guest arrived and hoisted the tricolor flag, following which we would sing the Indian national anthem, say the pledge and would delightedly grab away a few candies. While this was a typical ritual in the Indian schools back in the 90s, the Indian Independence Day celebration here at the Hindu Center of Charlotte was mind blowingly patriotic with a tri-color hoisted and kids singing patriotic songs and performing various cultural programs all signifying the unity in diversity of the Indian motherland! Well choreographed medley of dance performances, classical dances, patriotic songs and a truly Indian vibe - that in short was the Indian Independence Day celebrated at the Hindu Center in Charlotte. ~ photo & report by Aishwarya Ramaswamy Sunidhi Chauhan Live in Concert Live Spectrum Entertainment presented Explosion 2009 in Raleigh on Aug 14, 2009. The show featured singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur, and Ayub Patel along with dancers, musicians, and a comedian. The 3hour extravaganza showcased Chauhan's abundant talent. She had the crowd of 1300 plus singing and dancing. Hard Kaur presented her September 2009

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Rudraksha-Abhishek Mahapuja in NJ The Rudraksha Abhishek Mahapuja took place at the Dwarkadish Temple in Parlin, NJ on July 25, 2009. Organized by Jalendu Vaidya, the mahapuja for Lord Shiva attracted many worshippers.

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Community News & Events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 - 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Road in Charlotte, N.C. Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Bhartiya Association of Lake Norman (BALKN) The Summer Picnic arranged by BALKN at Lake Norman Park in July 2009 was very much delightful for the members and guests. Now BALKN is arranging a Navratri program on Sept 12, 2009 at Brawley Middle School in Mooresville. The details about the program will be sent to all the members by email or look for the full page ad in the August issue of Saathee or call Mitesh Parikh- 704-807-4485 and Ajay Patel - 704-450-6130. Carolinas Prayer Fellowship Rev. Dr. Samuel Prabodh Talluri invites everyone living in the North and South Carolina to participate in “Fellowship” Every Sunday Morning in Gastonia, N.C. Info: 704.865.1428 (Jay) 704.824-8698 (Joe) 704.545.1465 (Dayakar) Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky & Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, September 2009

Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. Info: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), Charlotte Table-Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours:-Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 PM, Saturday 2-6 PM Sunday 1-5 PM. Info: Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. Info: 704.544.0790, 704.563.5440, Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Info: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), Dada Bhagwan Group Satsang is conducted every Sunday at 7 pm at the Hindu Center in Charlotte and there is also a Satsang every Thursday. In addition, watch Satsang from Friday to Tuesday at 7 Saathee

am on TV Asia. The present topics are “Pati-Patni ka Divya Vyahvar” and “Chovis Tirthankar.” The group has recently opened a library for spiritual books, audios and videos. Info: 704.287.3133 Datta Yoga Center - Charlotte The group is dedicated to the service of SadGuru Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji through SadGuru Seva, yoga and satsang (singing the glory of god). Regular Activities: Satsang every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, from 4 7pm. Bhajans composed by Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji are chanted and occasionally video programs produced by Avadhoota Datta Peetham are viewed. Including Sri Swamiji’s visit to Manasa Sarovaram, Music for Meditation and healing concerts and lectures. Info: 704.839.3256 (Ravi Anupindi) Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012. This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Info: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children




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Community News & Events Kindergarten through 12th grade to educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children between the ages of 4 and 13 different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 India Association of Charlotte The India Association of Charlotte is proud to showcase the cultural heritage of the Asian-Indian community at the forthcoming 15th Annual Festival of India. It presents a unique opportunity for Charlotte area residents to experience the diversity of cultures, foods, and entertainment of India. The Festival of India offers the perfect setting for friends and family to enjoy time together, to learn, and to have fun. You are cordially invited to this scintillating, vicarious tour of India. Discover the sophisticated taste of Indian cuisine ¨ See displays of the arts and crafts of India ¨ Extraordinary, colorful performances of old and new dance forms ¨ Authentic Indian music, displays of Indian Musical Instruments, and live demonstrations ¨ Learn to wear the Sari ¨ Paint your hands with henna ¨ See an exhibit on traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The Festival of September 2009

India will be held over two days at the prestigious Blumenthal Performing Arts Centers and Belk Theater in Uptown Charlotte on Sat Sep 5 and Sun Sep 6, 2009. Details: Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting well-known artists from India. Upcoming programs: -Dr. Rajeeb and Reena Chakraborty, Sarod & Sitar Jugalbandi, Saturday, September 19, 2009 at CPCC, Tate Hall. -Smt. Yogini Gandhi and her troupe, dance Odissi and Kathak Style, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at CPCC, Pease Auditorium. Info: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. Info: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s mission is to increase awareness of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India and its 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. Ananda Mitra 336.682.5727 Saathee

Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line MondayFriday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and context-sensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 MaGaReSa Club The MaGaReSa Club is a music outlet for SouthEast Asians who want to develop their musical abilities through regular Bollywood music sessions. Info:, or or 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

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Community News & Events Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham Charlotte seeks volunteers: Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique which helps children to read & write in 2 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 Pratham USA ( is a 501 (c) (3) charity which supports Pratham’s programs in India. Pratham USA has won Charity Navigator’s four-star rating (its highest possible) for the third year in a row, joining a select group of nonprofits who have achieved this rare distinction. Pratham USA is supported by Foundations like Google, Gates, GE & Hewlett, apart from individual donors across USA. Anju Desai ( or 980622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty ( or 704-942-4798) would like to have your engagement with Pratham Charlotte. Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: Sahaj Marg MeditationCharlotte Area Sahaj Marg , which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereSeptember 2009

by regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. Info: 704.392.4488 Ramesh Dhanani Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut”. Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. Info: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 Sikh Heritage Society The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Info: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey),, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal),, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, Saathee

2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC. Info: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), Srishti of Charlotte Srishti has emerged to fulfill the community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali literature, theatre, music, cinema and popular arts. The word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Info: 704.321.1964 (Samiksha Bose) 704.541.3451 (Santanu Sarkar) 704.882.6115 (Manmatha Chakrovorty) Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. Info: Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the Charlotte-Greensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact Telugu Association of Greater Charlotte Area (TAGCA) The organization’s mission is to bring together Telugu speaking people and to promote Telugu Culture. TAGCA and Hindu Center of Charlotte are conducting Telugu Classes. They are on every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 10:30 - 11:30 am and are free for member and non-members alike. Telugu Classes: TAGCA in association with Hindu Center is organizing Telugu Classes at Hindu Center, which will be conducted alternate Sundays. Info: Sreedhar Manjigani 704.965.6704


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Community News & Events United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. Join the fun. Info: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)

Greensboro Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. Info: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors,; Venky, Triad Tigers, Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Info: 336.420.7290 336.327.1235 Hare Krishna Temple Sandy Ridge This rural Hare Krishna community is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The community is based upon the teachings of Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and the philosophy of the BhagavadGita, becoming God conscious. Come and join in the kirtan, mantra meditation, and discourses on the top most yoga system. There are lots of regular festivities and events. Treat yourself to a free, hot and delicious vegetarian meal on Sundays at 1 pm. Venue: 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046. Info: 336.593.9888 Hindu Society of North Carolina at Greensboro The HSNC at Greensboro is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Road. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through reliSeptember 2009

gious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays & community service. Info: 336.621.5848 India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. Info: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. 500 videos are available at undation Satsangs in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area include Life Bliss Meditation, video discourse, Q&A, and Nithya Spiritual Healing Prayer, a method of energy healing. Satsang Locations: Weekly Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Weekly (starting June 5, 2009) Fridays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 1143 Sequoia Drive, Lewisville, NC 27023. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday of the Month 4 – 6 pm, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 PM. Info: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro)


Raleigh Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) Interested in exploring the diverse cultures of the world? Become a host family for a high school exchange student! All the students will come from various countries around the world, and all students speak fluent English. They are of high school age (15-18) and will attend local high school in their respective communities. Each student will live as member of their American host family, sharing household duties and responsibilities. AFICE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to bringing cultural gaps by allowing foreign students the opportunity to live as part of an American community. Info: Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. Info: Atlantic Coast Sikh Association This is one of the oldest Sikh associations in the Southeastern USA. It meets every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at its gurdwara, located at 3108 Sparger Road, Durham, NC 27705. Kirtan is done by Bhai Dyal Singh Jatha. Classes for Punjabi and religious studies are held for children at the same time. Info: 919.309.1045 - Bhai Dyal Singh 919.467.4856 - Mrs. Raj Dhillon Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community.

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Community News & Events Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. Info: (Charlotte region) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDOAmerican community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. Info: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for Senior Citizens of Indian origin who are of the age of 60 years and over. The members of the organization meets on the second Saturday of each month. Due to trip to Hawaii on September 5 to September 13, there will be no meeting in the month of September. Instead there is a picnic on Saturday 26 at North Cary Park, at 10 am till 4 pm. Saturday October 10 meeting is as usual. There was a nice program of Janmastami (The birth of Lord Krishna) in the last meeting held on 8th August and everyone enjoyed the program. Info: President: Chandubhai Patel 919.467.7282 Secretary: Bhupendra Patel 919.647.9029 Child Relief and You (CRY) An organization in the Raleigh area working with the India-based charitable non-profit organization comSeptember 2009

mitted to encouraging and facilitating individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the lives of underprivileged children since 1979. CRY America’s RDU Action Center has been active since 2001. CRYRDU invites people to join the enthusiastic volunteer base to contribute ideas or any relevant skills. Info: 919.362.9591 (Sarav Arunachalam) Chinmaya Mission The group hosts study groups/satsangs in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, and Chapel Hill. Chinmaya Mission offers an avenue for adults to acquire spiritual knowledge that can be applied to lead a successful and happy life. Study groups follows three disciplines - self-study, enlightened discussion, nd finally, reflection on the knowledge gained in class. Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham is accepting students for admission to Balavihar for 2010-2011. Weekly classes (Pre-K to grade 12) begin on September 13, 2009 and will be held Sunday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, 930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary. In Chapel Hill, weekly classes are held Sunday mornings at McDougle Elementary School. Students are admitted on a first-come, first served basis. Parents can register at, and follow the instructions. Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham will host Swami Ishwarananda of Chinmaya Mission LA who will be presenting talks on Perfection - The Art of Self-Discovery based on Chapter 3, Bhagavad Gita talks on Chapter 3, from Tuesday, September 22 to Saturday, September 26 at the Brier Creek Community Center, 10810 Globe Road, Raleigh. Timings are 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm on 9/22, 7 pm to 8:30 pm on 9/23, 9/24, and 9/25, and 9 am to noon on 9/26. Inspired by Swami Chinmayananda in 1991, Swami Ishwarananda left software engineering in 1991 and underwent training to become a Brahmachari. Swamiji’s mastery over the field of Vedanta comes through in his talks. He has authored several books that give deep insight into spiritual life Conscious Living, Silent Search and Dew Drops. Info: 919.544.2815 Saathee

Datta Yoga Center - Raleigh Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Future projects: Kriya yoga classes by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). Everyone is invited to attend the satsang with family and friends and receive divine blessings. Info: 919.484.1993 (Srinivas Chittineni) 919.461.0843 (Suresh Kota) YahooGroups: Dattasatsang_NC. Duke Diya Duke Diya is a Duke University student organization that is committed to providing a forum for interaction through political, cultural, community service, and social events relating to South Asian Americans. Info: 732.865.3173 Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to selfesteem, self-sustenance, economic well being and happiness. Ekal Vidyalya (One School One Teacher in one village) plans to establish 100,000 schools in tribal areas by 2012.This will cover all the villages in tribal areas where there are no schools today. The Carolinas Region of the EVFUSA conducts fund raising and awareness programs in North and South Carolina. Seeking volunteers. Info: 919.803.0478 (Hari H. Nath) EKTAA South Asian Student Organization 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

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Community News & Events 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. Info: Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. Info: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, fine arts, cultural arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” It organizes three colorful events annually, and the 2009 celebrations are as follows: Gandhi Jayanti on October 4 at the Marbles Kids Museum. Children’s Day on November 14 at the HSNC Cultural Hall. Group performances by youth, children and adult artists from the Triangle community are welcomed for all events. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520 Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Info: 919.851.0225 (Saroj Sharma) 919.461.0001 (Vinod Goel) Hindu Society of North Carolina - Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian September 2009

community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sat. - Sun. 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weeklend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and/or at the Temple at a nominal charge. Info: Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the community. Info: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. Info: - Triangle area - Charlotte region. Saathee

Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. Info: 919.468.3332 (Mamta Bisarya) 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi) Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Info: Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall vicitim to different types of exploitation, including sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has

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Community News & Events volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. Info: RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. Info: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their September 2009

daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. Info: 919.841.0035 (Alexey Lef) 919.757.2732 (Jenna Boyd), SAMPIGE - Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. Info: Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than 15 years. Info: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, there are educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects. The Sikh Gurdwara at NC is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization Saathee

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Community News & Events Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) TGA serves the Gujarati community in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas, TGA sponsors musical programs, dramas and other cultural activities to help maintain the Gujarati culture and heritage. Info: Arvind Shah 919.233.7677 Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Ravi Parikh 919.387.8808 Kanak Purohit 919.465.9856 Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. Info: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) Triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs organised on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. Info: Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) The mission of TVS is to build a sense September 2009

of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. Info: Dilip Barman at Two Cents of Hope (TCH) Two Cents of Hope (TCH) is an organization started by a group of Indian students at NC State University. TCH believes in empowering youth with education. We help to uplift the weaker sections of the society through the panacea - education. The foundation lies in the power of cents giving TCH its name. As J. Carney put it, “Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land.” TCH uses coin boxes to collect loose change. These individual cents together result in a collection that yields considerable amount of money, enough to give education to a poor student - indeed a firm footing for the rest of his or her life. Apart from the coin collection other sources of funding include, fundraising events (Trishna, Crescendo, Booth in Cary Diwali), Sponsors. In the last 3 years TCH funded $21,689, which includes 77 projects benefitting 270 students and 2 schools in India. To keep a coin box at your place or to know more about Two Cents of Hope, email - Urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis is a literary organization for the promotion of Urdu language and literature and has no political, national or religious affiliations. The group has regularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi)

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Info: Shashin Patel, President. (910.790.9448) Sanjay Batish, Vice-President. (910.371.9860) Anjali Dashputre, Treasurer. (910.395.6633) Sukhbir Dhillon, Cultural Secretary (910.796.1965) Santosh Sheth, Music Director (910.392.1929). Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce The Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) develops and promotes trade, business, commercial and professional relationships between India and the United States, especially within the state of Georgia. GIACC was formed recognizing the need for promoting bi-lateral activities among South Asian and mainstream communities in the United States and South Asia. Info: 678.762.7589, 770.840.1925 - Hindu Society Of Eastern NC (Greenville, NC) Upcoming programs: Sun Sep 13 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Roopa Gandhi, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Sep 20 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Sudha Srivatsa, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Sep 27 - 11:00 AM Navratri Havan and Dussehra by Shuklaji (Lunch will be served) Sun Oct 4 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Roopa Gandhi, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Oct 11 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma Sat Oct 17 - 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM Dipavali Puja by Shuklaji, Annual Fund Rasing Auction, Dinner, & Fireworks Sun Oct 18 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Sudha Srivatsa, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa Sun Oct 25 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma Sun Nov 1 - 10:00 AM Balgokulam by Rajesh Verma, 11:00 AM Children’s Program by Roopa Gandhi, 11:00 AM Adult Study by Mr. Srivatsa

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Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. Info: Madan Rangabasyam Phone: 336-760-5885

South Carolina American South Asian Cultural Association of Columbia, SC The organization’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia area. A monthly dinner will be held on the Second Sunday of every month between 6 to 9 PM. There will be $10.00 Per Person charge for dinner at India Palace, 110-A Columbia Northeast Drive, Columbia. Info: evenings 803.233.7042 or 803.233.3996 Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, SC) Regular beginner meditation program conducted by a Buddhist Monk. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30 pm (puja), 7 pm (meditation), and 8 pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A “youth program” is also held once a month. Info: Hindu Temple of South Carolina The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of South Carolina was established with an objective to fill the need for thousands of Hindus in the State of South Carolina to worship and pray together, perform sacraments and rituals, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to perform September 2009

and engage in humanitarian and educational activities. India Assoc. of Greater Charleston (IAGC) The IAGC was founded in Charleston to bring together people who were interested in India and to provide a forum to increase the understanding of the heritage of India in US. Info: 803.884.0859 International Fellowship Church of Greenville, SC International Fellowship Church offers Sunday worship services and other weekly activities for people of Indian origin. Info: 864.234.1256 (Pastor Suhas Raiborde) Kannada Association of Greater Greenville (KAGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of South Carolina. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greater Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are being organized to meet at the Vedic Center in Mauldin every other Sunday morning and the annual picnic will take place on the morning of Sat Aug 29. Info: 864.430.4973 Masjid Noor-UL-Huda The Mosque is located at 517 Winmet Drive, Columbia, S.C. On the first Saturday and third Saturday of every month from 6 PM to 8 PM, Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quranic Reading classes are conducted daily, and everyone is encouraged to send their children to these sessions. Info: 803.749.0827 (Dr. Shami) 803.740.5127 (Qari Abdul Khader Multani) 803.754.2632 (Mosque number) Sirigannada Sirigannada is the Kannada Association of South Carolina (based in Columbia) is a non-profit organization created in 2004 by the interested Kannada speaking people of South Carolina. A voluntary organization primarily run with memberSaathee

ships and donations from Kannadigas of the State of South Carolina. President: Dr. H.N. Narayanaswamy Nadig. Vice President: Mrs. Radha Rajagopal. Secretary: Mrs. Usha Bilgi. Treasurer: Mrs. Malathi Nagaraj. Info: Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC Telugu Association of Greater Greenville, SC, serves the Telugu community of the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina. The group sponsors several events throughout the year. Info: Vedic Center of Greenville The Center is located on the Corner of Bethel Road and Bethel Drive in Mauldin, S.C. Daily Aarti is conducted Monday to Friday at 8 pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Sat of month at 9 am. Info: 864.967.2852

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Children Corner continued from page 40 “Might be ... it is her travel ship as we have small cars to go here and there, it might be her car to travel into the space. “Might be,” said Sarah agreeing. Emily and Evan joined them. Evan said “Today, I will ask her two questions “why is she called #55 and what brought her here, why not any other place?” As he finished the sentence the light box appeared in the woods. “Greetings” said #55.” Greetings, everybody said together while she took out her small typing box and started typing in it. “How are you all?” Andrew answered and also said “We have lots of questions to ask you, if you don’t mind to answer them.” #55 gave a smile and bowed to all of them as if “it’s my pleasure to answer.” Andrew wrote “first of all tell us why you are #55 and what brought you here?” #55 wrote back, “In mars everybody has numbers like me. We are all made by the God Zuni. So we don’t have names rather we all have serial no like#55, #56, #57 and so on. And when I was travelling I saw beautiful picture of the Planet Earth on my screen and thought of seeing it. when I landed in the woods I was really frightened and thought I had made a mistake. Then suddenly I saw you all on my screen and thought of meeting you all. It was really wonderful for me to meet you all and talk.” Andrew wrote back “Thank you.” Emily suddenly took the keyboard and wrote on the screen. “Can we see your box from the inside?” #55 said, “Yes come with me.” All followed #55 into the box and saw it was beautifully decorated with precious gems and stones. There was a bed and a big screen on which she was able to see everything. Suddenly the box started moving. Sarah, the youngest one, was very frightened and started shouting “Why is the box moving? Is it going to fly?” Emily also joined her “I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to be on Earth.” Still the box kept moving and #55 was typing something on the screen, but what was it? #55 was writing “Don’t be afraid I will not harm you all to ride with me into space.” Andrew wrote, “To your mars?’ she wrote back “Yes!!!” They all were flying high holding each other’s hands as it was an adventurous journey to Mars. They landed on Mars after a while. #55 gave them space suits exactly like hers to wear, so nobody would recognize them. Andrew and Evan came out of the ship. Then Sarah, Emily and Arin came along. They all were frightened and worried how they would get back. Suddenly some other aliens who looked like #55 surrounded them all and #55 was talking to them in her language. The crowd cheered up loudly. Andrew, Evan, Emily Arin and Sarah got really frightened. #55 wrote on the keyboard, “Now you all are our captives. “You can’t go back to the Planet Earth anymore.” Sarah started crying loudly. Evan and Emily tried to make her quiet. The crowd started to move and took all of them into a big room, where there was a big throne on which a man was sitting. He seemed to be the king and also looked like he was from Planet Earth. He spoke very humbly, “Who are you all? Why you are here?” Andrew was surprised to hear him talk like a human being from September 2009

Earth. Andrew narrated the whole meeting with #55 and said, “We all trusted #55 as a friend and she brought us here.” He ordered the crowd something. They all became mad at him. Again he repeated the same words with a bang. The crowd kept quiet. The king told Andrew, “One day, I was also brought here like this when I was young like you all. But by luck I became the king, I don’t want you all to stay here without your parents. I will send you back to Earth.” Andrew, Evan, Emily, Arin and Sarah were happy to hear that. Then the king ordered #55 to send all of them to the light box and the box started flying automatically, without #55 in it. When they landed they were happy to return back and also thought never to play in the woods when it is getting dark. They got a lesson of never to talk to a stranger. It was a great journey to Mars and it also taught them a lesson, too. Send submissions for possible inclusion in the Children’s Corner to:

The Chai Table continued from page 70 amazing discussions we had during the seminar? We focused on community outreach in a writing program developed at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Could it also be the erudite colleagues in my program, including Dr. June Foley, the program convener and the first director of the Writing Program at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individual Study? Maybe it was the Chinese immigrants, the adult learners who read their writings aloud and shared their life experiences. Perhaps it was a combination of all of these. Now, I know that I will continue to write. I also plan to introduce a service-learning course at my university where I teach Yoga, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and Psychomotor Development. I would like to connect students with adults through a literacy project. To that end, I contacted the chair of the Computer Science Department, who is interested to collaborate and see that the minority community from the Historical Washington Heights, a neighborhood near our university, will be computer literate and become a “laptop community.” As I tried to sleep, I was reminded of what Marian Wright Edelman said, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”


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intelligence come love, compassion, affection and care. Human beings are also endowed with the sense of wonder. Everything that exists on this beautiful planet should create in the mind a sense of wonder and amazement. We can feel joy that is unconditional and without a cause. Without all these life has very little meaning. Human beings also have the urge to find out if there is something sacred in life, if there is something beyond matter. This can be called the spiritual dimension of human life. Unfortunately the system of education gives very little importance to these abilities that make us human. The system is concerned only with lopsided development of human personality. A person who is really concerned with the existing human situation must ask, why human beings all over the world have not been able to create a sane and healthy society despite immense capabilities of the brain, despite unbounded intellectual potential and the amazing power of the mind? Unfortunately vast majority of the children who are raised in poverty continue to live in misery. They are not as lucky as Dr. Carson either because their brains are programmed differently or their circumstances do not allow them even to go to school. Even those who struggled hard to overcome all the obstacles and hurdles imposed by poverty join the club of educated elite and do not care much about the degradation through which they passed. They feel that there is nothing that they can do about it. Even if there is some concern their response is very superficial and does not take care of the complexity of the problem. Dr. Carson did not talk about the psychological structure of human consciousness which has become an integral part of the brain and mind and which is responsible for so much mess and misery in the world. The existing system of education does not pay attention to the numerous problems created by human greed, jealousy, anger, hate and violence. Human beings try to overcome these problems by using the same thought process that caused the problems in the first place. There is no effort to understand the thought process. At the core of the psychological structure, that includes ideas, opinions, prejudices, likes and dislikes etc, is the idea of the “me” the “self.” Human brain is conditioned with the idea that “I am something,” “I am different from you” or “I am separate from you.” As the child grows up he picks up so many thoughts, ideas and beliefs that support and enhance the inherited conditioning. The brain can be influenced to think one way or another. It can be programmed with so many different ideas, beliefs and ideologies. The brain contains all the accumulated knowledge, experience and memory. There is the process of thought, the nature of thought and the content of thought but there is no permanent entity called the “I” sitting in the brain. To think in terms of the “me” and “you” is a serious error. Love cannot exist as long as there is this sense of the “me” the “self.” A mind that is self-concerned with its own ambition, greed and fear has no capacity to love. Only a profound understanding of the self can bring about inward revolution. Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom. Your critical comments are most welcome. Contact:

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1. Arrange these deserts of the world from largest to smallest area. (a) Thar (b) Kalahari (c) Gobi (d) Sahara

Sep 3 - Anant Chaturdashi Sep 4 - Paustapadi Poornima (Full Moon) Sep 5-18 - Shraddha Paksha

2. Music director of 1965 Hindi film Bhoot Bungla. (a) Naushad (b) S. D. Burman (c) O. P. Nayyar (d) R. D. Burman

Sep 7 - Labor Day (US)

3. “Jaipur–Jabalpur” distance by N.H.#12 is about (a) 700 Kms. (b) 800 Kms. (c) 900 Kms. (d) 1000 Kms.

Sep 19 - Navaratri Begins

4. The Amazon rain forest produces about __ % of the world’s oxygen supply. (a) 10% (b) 20 % (c) 30 % (d) 40 %

Sep 27 - Navaratri Ends

Sep 15 - Indira Ekadasi Sep 18 - Darsha Amas (No Moon) Sep 20 - Ramzan Eid Sep 22 - Autumn begins (US) Sep 28 - Dassera / Vijaya Dashami Sep 30 - Pashankusha Ekadasi

5. “Harry Truman” was US President for the period (a) 1933-1945 (b) 1945-1953 (c) 1953-1961 (d) 1961-1963

October 09 Oct 2 - M. K. Gandhi/L. B. Shastri Birthday

6. The word “Offal” means (a) Refuse (c) Poison

Oct 3 - Sharad Poornima (Full Moon)

(b) Official (d) Pleasing

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7. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel? (a) 8 (b) 6 (c) 5 (d) 4

Oct 15 - Dhan Teras

8. In 1827 the microphone was discovered in? (a) Japan (b) USA (c) India (d) England

Oct 17 - Mahavir Swami Nirvana Day

9. The melting point of the element Lead is about (a) 130˚C (b) 230˚C (c) 330˚C (d) 430˚C

Oct 23 - Laabha Panchami

10. What two numbers on the telephone dial do not have letters by them? (a) One & Nine (b) Five & Zero (c) Zero & Nine (d) Zero & One

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11. This country has maximum lakes in the world. (a) Canada (b) USA (c) India (d) China

Nov 2 - Guru Nanak Jayanti Nov 2 - Dev Diwali/Kartik Poornima (Full Moon) Nov 3 - Election Day

12. If you weigh 65 kg. the calorie consumption per hour for running (9km per hour), is about (a) 460 (b) 560 (c) 660 (d) 760

Nov 11 - Veteran’s Day Nov 12 - Utapatti Ekadasi Nov 14 - Nehru Jayanti/Children’s Day Nov 24 - Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom

Scholar: All correct First Class: 11 correct Second Class: 10 correct Third Class: 9 correct Needs Improvement: 8 or less correct. You be the judge for yourself.

Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day Nov 25-28 - Hajj Nov 27 - Eid al Adha

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General Predictions for September 2009 ARIES (Mar 20- Apr 20) Slow down now. This is the time to start taking preventive measures. Start looking into the near future and stop taking risks. You can count on your siblings and associates for support. The situation will be still under your control. Watch your health to avoid any long-term health problems. Traveling can be a good idea to understand the situation. Your child could be of very good support. Avoid taking any major risk this month. TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 21) Wait and watch, as uncertainty may prevail. Lack of confidence and income may start bothering you. It is advisable to take help and protection from family. Change of career is also possible. Try to preserve stability and security. You may enjoy good physical health. Focus more on family life and wait for the time to take a positive turn. Just take it easy for now. GEMINI (May 21 - Jun 21 This is the time to make a quick move in your life. Your luck will favor you. Welcome changes and make smart moves. Just avoid any new partnership deals. Rise in income is clearly indicated. Your spouse may break your trust and lie to you. You will, however, enjoy good health. Traveling could be relaxing. Speculation must be avoided. The first half of the month could be much better than the second half. CANCER (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You may feel like getting out of confusions and misunderstandings. The time will take a slow but confined and positive turn. By the end of the month, you will be very relaxed. However, you must control your expenses. The upcoming positive changes will start giving you signals. Don’t miss the opportunity. You will enjoy happy family life. Smart tips by your associates will help you in making the right decision. LEO (Jul 22 - Aug 23) You will enjoy a major positive turn in your life. Feeling a big relief will delight you. Now is the time to make instant moves and move ahead in life. A joint venture with family could be a good idea. If already involved in partnership, be careful. You will also enjoy improvement in health. The first half of the month could be much better than the second half. It is now time to spend some money on luxury items. VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 23) You may see major ups and downs this month. You must avoid speculation. The beginning of the month will be good, but the situation will deteriorate during the last week. Don’t make any comSeptember 2009


LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 23) After a positive start, the situation will take an unexpected turn. Even though the period is not negative, you won’t feel comfortable. You must avoid travel. Dispute with friends due to a misunderstanding will keep you upset this month. Remember not to waste money to resolve the dispute. Health problems related to gas or arthritis may start giving trouble. Try to pass the time quietly. SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 22) Your life may start moving fast. New opportunities may knock on your door. You will see reduction in workload and may feel better at your place of work. You need to be very calculative before taking action. Do not involve your friends and siblings in any new venture. You need to be extra careful about your health. Misunderstanding with family members may create some disturbance in your family life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Confusion and indecisive state of mind could be a major concern during this month. Fruitless travel will prove depressing. Dispute with spouse is also possible. However, your friends will help you in controlling the situation if you listen to them. Minor health issue could be there. Even though you will make enough money this month, fear won’t let you live peacefully. CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You are likely to face several awkward situations in this month and you may suffer as a result. Bad luck may hit you hard during this time. Your parents, however, will help you in controlling the situation, if you listen to them. Try to keep yourself busy and occupied; it will keep you away from frustration. It is advisable to avoid making any moves. Pass the time peacefully. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 19) Your speech and ideology will help you in delighting and acting with confidence. You might hear good news through communication. Sudden travel will also bring good luck. There are chances of getting a promotion if employed. Change of place or profession is not ruled out. Success is assured in your ventures. Try to get the best out of this month. Keep in mind that legal disputes must be avoided PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) You will get involved in unwanted issues. There may be some bad news regarding business. Heavy losses are also indicated due to indulgence in unnecessary expenses. Maintain good relations with superiors. Speculation must be avoided. Depression or lack of self-confidence may cause major problems. Don’t take risks and avoid any speculation.

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Mandap Business For Sale: Fully established Mandap decoration business in Orlando, FL. Profitable & priced cheap for quick sale. Includes lots of inventory & computer organized sales/inventory system. Call 407-242-5075 Charlotte Convenience Store For Sale: Well established business in a developing area. Return on your investment in 2 years. $32,000 Down & finance the rest. Owner planning to move. Call 704-547-1000 Texaco For Sale: In York, SC. High profitable business. Inside monthly $50k, Gas 35k, Lotto $25k. For lease asking price $125k + inv & monthly rent $4500. For info. 704-219-1992 or 704-578-4470 Holiday Inn Express--65+ Units For Sale close to Raleigh NC. Perfect for Owner-Operator. $3.8M Financing available. New 65 Unit Franchise Property in Athens, GA $4.0M. Call 704-906-9899 September 2009

Hiring Driver: Immediate opening for single shuttle driver for franchise Hotel at Woodlawn Rd. (Charlotte, NC) Accommodations provided. Need valid driver license with good driving record. Call 704-726-2141 Help wanted for Indian fast food restaurant.Preparation of chaats, wraps, Panins. For details call Anjali or Sonia 704-688-7100. Houskeeping Couple Wanted: Franchise Motel in Raleigh, NC. Experience preferred but not required, will train. Accommodations provided. Call after 5pm 919.395.0710. Cook Needed: Excellent Indian Restaurant in Raleigh & Greenville, NC area is looking for a GREAT Chef/Cook & Assistant Cook. Tandoor & Punjabi cooking experience preffered. Must speak Hindi/Punjabi or English. Contact Tommy or Monica at 252-308-2253 Saathee

Looking for a lady housekeeper in the Ballantyne Country Club area who can clean, cook, iron and drive. Please send your resume to Gas Station Now Hiring: I-77 at exit 28. Cornelius, NC area. $9/hour. Must be legal & efficient. Call Jaswant Mehta at 704-839-1965 Need suitable couple for help at gas station job in (hickory nc) area. contact: Deepak Kharb. Tel: 510 213 3134 Jobs Available: Gas Station in Raleigh/Durham area. Good working conditions & salary. Call 314-623-4276 Cook Needed: for a small fast food Indo-Pak restaurant in Raleigh / Greenville, NC. Call for details: 919.609.9656. Restaurant Help Wanted: Full-time / Part-time cooks, kitchen help, dishwashers, cleaners & food assembly. For Indian Vegetarian Fast-food restaurant. Competitive salary. Morrisville, NC. Call Kalpana 919-802-4839 Professional Nanny Needed: for infant and 3 year old. 8 AM to 6 PM Mon-Fri. Near Ballantyne area. Duties include cooking & light house cleaning. Drivers license is a plus. Please call 412608-0060. Hotel Management Firm Now Hiring: Various positions available for house keepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager/s of franchise hotels. Experience is REQUIRED for all positions. Serious inquiries only. E-mail resumes to or 704.649.6833. Seeking Full-time & Part-time Eyebrow Threading Artists: for mall locations in Hickory, Greensboro & Winston-Salem. Willing to train the right person. Send email to or call 248-721-3255 Now Hiring Pharmacist: Need a North Carolina registered Pharmacist to work Full-Time (48 hrs.) in an Independent Retail Pharmacy in Union County, NC (Charlotte Area). Competitive salary with profit sharing opportunity. Call 980-328-4476. Franchise Hotel Now Hiring: Fayetteville, NC Area. Single Male, Female or Couple. Must speak fluent English. Experience preffered. Good Pay & Accommodations possible. Contact Dev at 630-253-8860 Looking for a Nanny to take care of 19 months old. Additional duties include cooking help. Please call 704.904.5820. Nanny Wanted: Looking for a Live-In Nanny to take care of two toddler boys. Duties include cooking & minor house cleaning. Knowing English & having some experience babysitting a plus. Winston Salem, NC Area. 919-491-5931 Restaurant Help In Raleigh: North Indian Vegetarian Cook & Waiter/Helper needed for restaurant in Raleigh, NC. Contact Victor 919-244-4741.

Threading Practitioners Needed: in North Charlotte. The Brow Bar (Northlake Mall-Charlotte). Full and part time. Must speak English. Work weekends and evenings. Experience required.Call 980-322-1110 or email: Quiznos Now Hiring: in Raleigh, NC. Good salary & opportunity for growth. Need full & part-time help. Must speak English. Training provided. Call Vinit (919)358-4876 Nanny Needed: Looking for a Live-In Nanny to take care of 4 year old. Duties include cooking & minor house cleaning. Knowing English & Drivers license is a plus. Please call 704-299-2007

PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT: Waterfront House For Sale: Lakefront custom built gorgeous house with all sides brick. 8 rooms, 3.5 baths on almost 1 acre land in Raonake Rapids (Lake Gaston), NC. Great home or resort/investment property. Must see!!! Price negotiable. Contact Dr. Bindu Dhasmanat 252-532-2209 Condo for Rent: Near waterfront and swimming pool. Walking distance to bus. Perfect for small family, H-1 workers or students. 704.619.1603

MATRIMONIAL: Male Seeking: A vegetarian, beautiful & nice-natured woman for a well-cultured, handsome & highly educated divorced male with F-1. Issueless. 37 years. 5'-5" & 140lbs. Email: or 318.548.0736. Father Seeking Alliance For Son: US Citizen, 29, Gujarati, IT professional, residing in Raleigh area. Please contact for details:, Parents Seeking Alliance For Son: in Charlotte, NC. MBA in marketing from UNC-Greensboro. Parents settled in New Delhi & originally from Punjab. Please email: for details. Looking for Brahmin Gujarati Girl: 27 yr Gujarati Brahmin boy. Ht. 5'10''. Masters in Computer Science. Software Professional working in New York. Family in Carolinas. E-mail: Parents Seeking Alliance For Daughter: US Citizen, 25 years, Hindu Girl in RTP, NC. Bachelors in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Working in Health Care Organization. Contact for details: Seeking Partner: Female 34, never married, 5' 5" (Optometrist practicing in Charlotte) looking for Gursikh male with a good heart. e-mail:

PRODUCTS: For Sale: Couch in excellent condition. Reversible pillows and cushions. Sale price is $150. 704-576 1241. Portable Tandoor Ovens For Sale: Ideal for residential or restaurant use. Use for parties & more! For details 919949-1156 September 2009

SERVICES: Experienced Manager For Hire: Mature Indian male with years of management experience. Experience managing Kangaroo gas stations. 20 years of service in Indian Army (retired Colonel). Looking for long term employment. Call 919-3569206 or email Eyebrow and facial threading available in Charlotte / University area. Call Rajni for an appointment. 704.773.6281. Mehandi (Henna): Award winning artist from Jaipur, India is specializing in wedding parties (Bride & attendants). Satisfaction is guaranteed regarding design, color and price. Please call: Krishna Priya Dasi 919.824.7734 E-Mail: Couple Looking For Work: Gujarati speaking couple looking for work as housekeeper around Charlotte area. Willing to work individually or together. If you have position available please call 704-728-8234 Balaji Priest: All kinds of puja, havan, katha, weddings, graha shanti, funeral services & Shraadh. In Hindi, English & Tamil. 704.877.6320 or 704.545.7220. Accent Reduction Training:Threemonth tutorial with certified speech-language pathologist. Transform accents from career obstacles to charming cultural flavors. Invest in your future! Babysitter Available: in Arboretum /Raintree area of Charlotte. CPR and First Aid certified. M-F 6:30am till 6:30 pm. Food not provided. Call 704-451-8908. For Indian Astrology: Astrology for all religions. Get your Birth Report either one page or more than 35 pages. Or looking for Astrology consultancy or Numerology consultancy. Log on to Email: Desi Deep Tissue Body Massage: from head to toe for ladies only. By appointment in Cary, Morrisville, RTP area. Call Mrs. Singh 919.387.1124. Astrologer With Gold Medals Jayanti Lad- Contact for Health, Wealth, Relationship,Child, Enemies, Court Cases, Marriage, Job, Business, Vastu Problems, Preparing & Matching Horoscope. Call 919-463-5180 Babysitter Available: Several years of experience in the Charlotte area. Fluent in Gujarati, Hindi & English. Call 704.619.1603 Math Tutoring : Real-time tutoring using virtual whiteboard technology with professional tutors based in India. Free 30 min trial. As low as $5 for a 45 minute session. State-aligned curriculum & assessments. WWW.TCYONLINE.COM. Call Ritu Thakur 704-443-7054 or toll-free 888-757-8377 Saathee

Henna Designs: Experienced henna artist for weddings, parties, arangetrams & more. Resonable rates. Charlotte area. Call 704.619.0251 South Indian Priest: Sastriji is an independent priest Call for Pujas, Gruhapravesh, Weddings, Multi-lingual, Vedic traditional priestly services, etc. Call 704.625.7578 704.231.0751. Email: Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwaliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Showers, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704.780.3563. God Blessings to All. Harmonium/Keyboard Player: For any occasion/party, Garba-raas, traditional Indian wedding songs, programs & lessons. Kirit 704.568.8206. Bollywood, Bhangra, Fusion, & Hip Hop Dance Lessons In Charlotte: Dance instructor/choreographer with 10+ years of experience in various dance styles. Private & group lessons for males and females of all ages! Dance Group & Choreography for weddings & other events. Call 919.395.2679 Email: Tutoring: for 5th to 10th grades mathematics. Get ahead during the summer for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes! Also tutoring & lessons in Hindi. Charlotte Area. Call 704.619.0251 Nivee Beauty Care: In Charlotte, NC University Area. For threading, waxing, facials, make-up, henna, mehndi & more! NC Certified. For appointment call Nivethika at 704.756.2817. Beautician in Matthews, NC: Pari Beauty - Threading, waxing, bleach, facial, manicure, pedicure & much more. 18 years of experience. For appointment call 704.846.7912 Dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum), for any occasion, barat, doli, graduation, birthdays, baby showers and any other festivity. Affordable rate. Instructional classes also available. Call Ritu Bhandari at 704-843-7202. email:

SAATHEE CLASSIFIEDS: Business ads are $25 & personal ads are $15 up to 25 words. Type or clearly write the ad & include a check along with your home/work phone numbers. Classified posted on at no extra charge. We accept Credit Cards. Ad Submission Deadline is the 20th. Saathee Classified PO Box 11468, Charlotte, NC 28220 E-mail: 704.527.7570 Fax: 704.527.7590

Index of Advertisers A.S. Art Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Access Realty & Funding (Chandravadan Shah) . . .43 Agie Photography (Agie Sundaram) . . . . . . . . . . .99 Al Falah Pediatrics - Dr. Kamal Khan . . . . . . . . . .103 All Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Amaan Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Asad Enterprises (International Calling) . . . . . . . .89 Asian Grocery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 AT & T (Retail stores) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Bali Luxury Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 BallantyneTech Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Bashyam, Spiro & Edgerton LLP (Immigration Law) 39 Bharat Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Bhindi Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover Bhojwani, Pinky Patel (New York Life) . . . . . . . . .105 Blooming Buds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bombay Cuisine Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 & 45 Bombay Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Bright Mart Music & Videos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Cakes and Flakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 CaroMont Medical Group (Dr. Manu Patel) . . . . . .111 Cary Photo & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Centex Homes (Brijal Shah) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Charlotte Chiropractic Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Charlotte Primary Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 Concha, David - Immigration Attorney . . . . . . . . .43 County South Realty & Business Brokers . . . . . . . .85 Dale's & Tandoor Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Delhi Palace (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Dentist (Dr. Prashant Rao - Cedar Walk Dentistry) 107 Desai, Raj (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Dick James Law Firm (Monty Desai) . . . . . . . . . . .59 Dish Network (Viren Mehta) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 DJ Kenz (Kenz Desai) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 DJ Desi (Amit Vasi) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 DJ Don (David Pandoria) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 DJ Lalit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DJ Ravi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Dream World Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Elegant Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Elements of the Wedding (The Main Event) . . . . . .75 E-nopi (Tutoring - Math & English) . . . . . . . . . . .105 Eshaan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Fairview Home Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75 Falguni Pathak (Garba in Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Fast Flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Five Star Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Franklin's Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Friends Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Fu Lin Asian Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Gandhi International Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Gandhi Statue (Charlotte Asian Heritage Assoc.) . .61 GB Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122 Global Mall (Atlanta) . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover Grover Medical Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Gujarati Natak (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Henna's Dulhan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Hum Sub Cary Diwali . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 India Grocers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 India Palace (Columbia SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 India Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 International Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 IPAAC (Music and Dance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Jaipur Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Jaye Rao (City Council At Large) . . . . . . . . . . . .103 JM Emporium (Columbia, SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 K & M Accountant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 K.B. Zaveree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 KD Photographics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Khandekar, Shobana (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . .11 La Bella Studio (Photography & Cinematography) .50 Lehar Indian Basamati Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Life Bliss Foundation (Kalpataru) . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Lightning Minds (Training In Oracle Tech) . . . . . . .55 Limon Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Little D Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Maharani Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Make My . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Malani Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Back Cover Mathur, Gitanjali (Allen Tate Realtors) . . . . . . . . . .23 Mrithujayan, Sue (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Nagpal, Sunil (MetLife Financial Services) . . . . . .117 Namaste India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan) . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 September 2009


Navratri Celebration (BALKN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Nazar Television . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Parekh , Bipin & Smita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Passage To India - Fine Indian Cuisine . . . . . . . . .47 Patel Brothers (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Patel, Champa (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Patel, Mrunal (Beautician) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108 Pathak, Atul (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Payal Groceries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Payless Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Poplai, Deepak (White Insurance) . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Pro-Learners IT Training (Provish Consulting) . . .107 R.P. Videography (Rashmi Patel) . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Rajani,Prem (Metlife) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Rajbhog Foods (Shree Kailash) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Rajdeep Mandap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Rajdeep Video (Ramesh Panjabi) . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Rajeshree Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Rama Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Rapid Car Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Religious Ceremonies (Swaminath Sastrigal) . . . .23 Royal Kabab Hut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Royal Pakistan Grocery Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 s2s Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Saffron Restaurant & Sangeeta's Catering . . . . . .85 Shah, Anish (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 & 69 Shah, Kirti (CPA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Shyama Beauty Parlour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Situl Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Sleep Inn (Charlotte) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 SP Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Spice Bazaar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Srishti (Durga Puja & Kali Puja) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Sunuvkriti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Swami Food (Take out and catering) . . . . . . . . . .117 Taj Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Taste Of India (Catering) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Transportation (Diamond Cab) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Travel Universe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Travelinks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Ttravel Guru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Tulika's Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Tyagi, Rita (Real Estate) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Usha Decor (Wedding Planning & Decor) . . . . . . . .32 Vyas Travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 White Horse Weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Woodlands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Worldwide travels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Zamana Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20


Catering Hotline: 919.949.1156

Welcome to the Finest Indian Cuisine

A mixed variety of North and South Indian Food, we provide our customers a taste of the real Indian delicacies that will leave you savoring the experience for days encouraging you to come back again!

Special Iftaar pkgs available for Ramadaan month & Eid. New 4400sq ft banquet hall now open for special prices this month call!

Dale’s in Durham 811 North Ninth Street Durham, NC 27705

Phone: 919. 286.1760 Open 7 Days a Week Lunch Buffet 7 Days a Week Brunch: Sat & Sun Dinner A La Carte - Daily Home Food Deliveries

Tandoor RTP 5410 Highway 55 Greenwood Commons Durham, NC 27713

Phone: 919.484.2102 Great Prices on Catering Catering: 919.949.1156 919.601.1562 Open 7 Days a Week Lunch Buffet 7 Days a Week Brunch: Sat & Sun Dinner Buffet Every Fri & Sat Dinner A La Carte - Daily Home Food Deliveries

Dale’s in Greenville, NC 419 Evans Street Greenville, NC 27834

Phone: 252.551.3253 Open 7 Days a Week Lunch Buffet 7 Days a Week Brunch: Sat & Sun Dinner A La Carte - Daily Home Food Deliveries

Party Hall Available


Indian Style Breads 100% VEGETARIAN Product of USA

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Distributed in NC & SC by: Asian Groceries & Spices (AGS) Ph: (704) 357-6100, Fax: (704) 357-6200 Available at these fine Indo/Pak Stores :


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Distributed by: Asian Groceries & Spices (AGS) Ph: (704) 357-6100, Fax: (704) 357-6200 Available at : Charlotte: PAYAL GROCERIES, INDIA TOWN Pineville: INDIA GROCERS Greensboro: INDU GROCERIES Morisville: APNA BAZAAR Cary : TRIANGLE INDIA MARKET

September 2009


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