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Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, both of (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, both of Sands Point, ring the Ghanti, a bell used for Hindu rituals, at the Asa' Mai Hindu Temple and Community Center in Hicksville. Kakkar is a founder and trustee at the temple. (April 9, 2011)

Hicksville: How one LI area became a magnet for Asians

LI's Asian population is booming and nowhere is it more evident than in the Hicksville area. An ethnic business district off Route 106 has exploded, drawing immigrants from Southeast Asia, India and Pakistan. Today, about one-fifth of Hickville' s residents are Asian -- double the percentage a decade ago.

Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, both of
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Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, both of Sands Point, ring the Ghanti, a bell used for Hindu rituals, at the Asa' Mai Hindu Temple and Community Center in Hicksville. Kakkar is a founder and trustee at the temple. (April 9, 2011)

Jessica Kalra, 27, of Hicksville, is adorned with
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Jessica Kalra, 27, of Hicksville, is adorned with bracelets that are traditionally worn for the first 15 months of marriage. She holds an apple, which is a traditional offering after prayer. (April 9, 2011)

Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, both of
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Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, both of Sands Point, pray together Friday at the Asa' Mai Hindu Temple and Community Center in Hicksville. (April 9, 2011)

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Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, of Sands
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Prianka Kakkar, with daughter Amber, 7, of Sands Point, pray Friday at the Asa' Mai Hindu Temple and Community Center in Hicksville. The temple also hosts events such as weddings and Indian dance classes. (April 9, 2011)

From left: Dev Ratnam, of Mill Neck, Prianka
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From left: Dev Ratnam, of Mill Neck, Prianka Kakkar, of Sands Point, and Shudh Singh, of Smithtown, listen to the priest speak Friday afternoon at Asa' Mai Hindu Temple and Community Center in Hicksville. (April 9, 2011)

Mohinder Taneja listens to the priest speak Friday
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Mohinder Taneja listens to the priest speak Friday afternoon at Asa' Mai Hindu Temple in Hicksville. (April 9, 2011)

A statue of Vashnu Devi, an important Hindu
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A statue of Vashnu Devi, an important Hindu Goddess, decorates Asa' Mai Hindu Temple and Community Center in Hicksville. (April 9, 2011)

Subodh Batra, with wife Prabha, both originally from
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Subodh Batra, with wife Prabha, both originally from India, speak about life in the United States Friday evening at their Hicksville home. (April 9, 2011)

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Prabha Batra, originally from India, speaks about life
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Prabha Batra, originally from India, speaks about life in Hicksville, an area with a large Indian population. (April 9, 2011)

From left: Prabha Batra, with daughter Megha, 31,
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From left: Prabha Batra, with daughter Megha, 31, prepare a traditional Indian meal at their Hicksville home Friday evening. Prabha prepares Roti, an Indian bread, while Megha warms Lobhiya, a dish composed primarily of black-eyed-peas. (April 9, 2011)

From left: Rahul Batra, with mother Prabha, father,
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From left: Rahul Batra, with mother Prabha, father, Subodh, and sister Megha, hold an old photograph, taken when the family still lived in India. The family now resides in Hicksville, an area with a large Indian population. (April 9, 2011)

Subodh Batra, with wife Prabha, share a quiet
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Subodh Batra, with wife Prabha, share a quiet moment at their Hicksville home Friday evening. The couple moved to Hicksville in 1996. (April 9, 2011)

Indian restaurants and shops line Route 107 South
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Indian restaurants and shops line Route 107 South in Hicksville. (April 9, 2011)

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Satinder Singh, owner of the Kiran Palace, inside
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Satinder Singh, owner of the Kiran Palace, inside the restaurant. (April 11, 2011)

Pamela Oh, originally from South Korea, with her
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Pamela Oh, originally from South Korea, with her husband Jae Oh, their son Kevin, 7, and daughter Jacqueline, 9. The couple lives in Port Washington. The North Shore has increasingly drawn Asian families. (March 1, 2011)

From left to right: Pamela Oh, originally from
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From left to right: Pamela Oh, originally from South Korea, poses for a portrait with her son Kevin, 7, daughter Jacqueline, 9, and husband Jae Oh in their Port Washington home. (March 1, 2011)

From left to right: Pamela Oh, originally from
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From left to right: Pamela Oh, originally from South Korea, poses for a portrait with her son Kevin, 7, daughter Jacqueline, 9, and husband Jae Oh. (March 1, 2011)

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