Gowri Goli – Mehndi/Henna

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    Gowri came to Cary from Hyderabad, India by way of Canada in 2001. He is an IT consultant, helping organizations transform their business by changing the mindset of precious ‘human’ resources to ‘Agility’. Gowri & his wife, Supriya, share a passion for community involvement and service. He volunteers at TV ASIA – Information and entertainment Channel for South-Asian Community in North America.  As a reporter for (http://tvasiausa.com), Gowri has met and interviewed lots of artists, discussing their perspectives of life in USA. He saw a need and started a non-profit organization ‘Indian Talent Discovery Foundation’. The objective of ITDF Is to support the artists in pursuing arts originating from India. Gowri noted that through its activities ITDF has created a few celebrities in the Cary community. Artists from various ethnicities have also participated in ITDF events.


    Activities Promoting Asian Identity?

Gowri and Supriya “have made their first ever movie, ‘Spices of Liberty’ distributed by Hannover House. This movie is a story of second generation of immigrants and is a symbol of gratitude to United States of America. Ninety percent of the cast and crew are from the area. Gowri says that “This is a landmark event for the community as the ‘Red Carpet’ event of ‘Spices of Liberty’ was well received by the people and they said they felt like ‘Oscar’s came to our town.”

    What brought you to Raleigh?

“I was working for an Ottawa based Canadian Company ‘Montage integration. Our team had a plan to expand the business operations in USA and those days ‘Nortel’ was the biggest client for Montage. So, it was a strategic move to start US operations in RTP. Hence we landed in Cary and instantly loved the town due to its size and welcoming people.”


    Recall what was the surprise for you when you first came?

“When we first came, like others we looked for apartments, driving around Cary. Lots of greenery, and from the outside every community looks like a jungle. When we approached the Hidden Oaks Apartments from NW Maynard Rd & High House Rd we recollected driving in to cottages in a holiday resort. When we saw the apartment homes with facilities like Gym, Volleyball/Tennis Courts, Rocket Ball Court, we felt unimaginable happiness. It was like a dream land.”


    What customs or traditions from your country or region would you like to share for this year’s audience at the Dragon boat festival? (Use a picture or two.)

Mehndi/Henna: Is a form of temporary Body Art applied to ladies to hands and feet at important events like weddings. These days we do see mehndi competitions in USA in various celebrations.  Henna is usually applied on the skin using a plastic cone or stick. After about an hour the henna will dry and begin to crack. To re-moisture the henna lemon juice or water is used so that the henna color gets darker.

Do you have a story to tell? We’re looking for personal stories and family stories for any Asians living with ties to the Triangle. If you have a story to tell, contact us!


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