Khaas Baat readers

October 3, 2008

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Thanks.

Nitish S. Rele

Editor/Publisher

Khaas Baat monthly newspaper (A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida)

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2014 Navratri (Garba/dandiya raas), Durga Puja (Durga Pujo), Dusehra/Dushera/Dasera in Orlando/Casselberry/Longwood; Coral Springs, Sunrise, Palm Beach, (South Florida); Tampa/Pinellas Park, Ocala/Belleview, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Bartow/Winter Haven/Lakeland

August 31, 2014

Dear readers:

Here are some of the Florida communities celebrating Navratri 2014:

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK
The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Navratri on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 N. U.S. 301, Tampa. Khelaiya Group from Surat will be performing during the four days. Beginning at 8 p.m., the event is free for Samaj members. Dandiya will be available for purchase and nominal parking fees apply. For more information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767 or Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424.

Navratri begins from Sept. 24 at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. For timings and other details, call (813) 962-6890.

The Sanatan Mandir at 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will celebrate Navratri from Sept. 24 with Durga Puja daily at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. For details, call the temple at (813) 221-4482, email info@sanatanmandirtampa.org or visit http://www.sanatanmandirtampa.org

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will celebrate Navratri with daily garba at 7 p.m. from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3. Maha Astami Havan will be from 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. For more information, call the Mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit http://www.ambajimandir.org

SOIKOT (Bengali Association of Greater Tampa Bay) will hold Durga Puja on Oct. 3-5 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Lakshmi Puja will be on Oct. 11 at Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. For details, e-mail Soikotflorida@gmail.com or visit http://www.soikot.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY
The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will hold Navratri Garba on Sept. 26-27 (Swati Fadnis and group), Oct. 3-4 (Dwanit Joshi & Parul Vaidya Group), both at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; and Oct. 10 (Ravin Naik & Group) at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road. For information, visit http://www.gujaratisocietycfl.com/

The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) temple will present Navratri Utsav and live music Raas and garba from Sept. 24-Oct. 3 in the community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. Snacks will be available at the canteen stall. Dussehra celebration will be from 5 p.m. Oct. 4. For more information, call the temple at (407) 699-5277, e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org

And Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will present Navratri Garba & Raas from 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27 at JCC Hall, 11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando (which is close to the temple). Entrance is free. For information, call (407) 574-8044, e-mail contact@durgasaitemple.com

SOUTH FLORIDA
CORAL SPRINGS: The Indian Regional & Cultural Center (IRCC) will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at Taravella High School, 10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs. For information, call (954) 543-1539 or visit http://www.irccflorida.com
SUNRISE: The Bengali Association of South Florida is organizing Sharadotsav on Oct. 4-5 at Westpine Middle School, 9393 N.W. 50th St. (near the Sawgrass Expressway). For details, email sf.bengali@gmail.com or visit http://www.basfl.org
PALM BEACH: The Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Navratri/Garba at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4. For venue and other information, e-mail president@gopbia.com or visit http://www.gopbia.com

BARTOW/LAKELAND/WINTER HAVEN
The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Navratri at 9 p.m. on Sept. 19-20, Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294, Vinoobhai Patel at (863) 293-0942 or visit http://www.bscfl.com

OCALA/BELLEVIEW
The India Association Cultural & Educational Center will hold garba from 9 p.m. on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 2-4. For details, call (352) 208-4511 or e-mail iaocalafl@gmail.com

GAINESVILLE
The Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland in Gainesville will celebrate Navratri from 7 p.m. to midnight from Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3 and Oct. 5 at Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St., Gainesville. The event is free for Samaj members; $10 for non-members and $5 for non-member students. For details, email gujaratisamajofgatorland@gmail.com

JACKSONVILLE
The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Navratri from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3-4 at Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex, 3605 Phillips Highway, Jacksonville. For information, call Bakulesh Patel at (904) 813-9616, Bipin Patel at (904) 260-7675, e-mail gujaratisamaj@comcast.net or visit http://www.gsnef.org

MELBOURNE
The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Navratri celebrations from 7 to midnight Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at Viera High School, 6103 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 302-1870, e-mail iascbrevard@gmail.com or visit http://www.iascbrevard.com

Regards

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

FAPI to present A Tribute to R.D. Burman (Pancham) Sept. 13 in Tampa

August 31, 2014

Dear readers:

A Tribute to R.D. Burman (Pancham) will be presented by FAPI (Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) on Sept. 13. The musical concert will include singers such as Mahalakshmi Iyer, Bisakh Jyoti, Shreyashi and Jolly Mukherjee. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Tickets are $25 for students, $50, $75, $100. For information, call Lakshmi Shastry at (813) 728-6274 or Dr. Rakesh Mittal at (727) 409-7407.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Bollywood Night Sept. 6 in Fort Myers

August 31, 2014

Dear readers:

The India Association of Fort Myers will present a Bollywood Night Sept. 6. Attendees can dress as your favorite classic or current Bollywood actor. The event will be at Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. It is free for IAFM 2014 members; $15 for non-members. To participate, call Karuna Verma at (239) 826-1826, email karunasverma@gmail.com or visit http://www.iafortmyers.org/

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Tampa INDO-US chamber annual Banyan Ball gala on Sept. 6, 2014

August 31, 2014

Dear readers:

The INDO-US Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Banyan Ball from 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa St.. On the agenda are a keynote speaker, business awards and entertainment. For tickets or information, call (813) 358-8384 or visit http://www.indo-us.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Royal Sweets and Fast Food now open in Orlando

August 11, 2014

Dear readers:

Good news. Royal Sweets and Fast Food has now opened a branch in Orlando. It’s at 1718 Sand Lake Road (in the same plaza as Patel Bros but right at the entrance to the plaza off Orange Blossom Trail). Grand opening special includes $6.99 buffet on weekdays and $7.99 buffet on weekends through Aug. 28.

For information, call Pawan at (773) 354-5000.

Enjoy the delicacies at Royal!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

2014 Krishna Janmashtami celebrations set in Tampa, Ocala/Belleview, Orlando/Casselberry, Alachua, Inverness

August 10, 2014

Dear readers:

Here are some communities celebrating Krishna Janmashtami to be held on Aug. 17.

TAMPA

AUG. 16: KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI; 8 p.m. to midnight; Shree Raam Mandir, 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa; for information, call Nick at (813) 334-0443 or Angela at (813) 265-2638.

OCALA/BELLEVIEW

AUG. 16-17: JANMASHTAMI/NAND MAHOTSAV; Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, Ocala; for information, call Bharat at (973) 460-5936, Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729 or visit www.pushtidhamocala.org

ORLANDO/CASSELBERRY

AUG. 15-17: KRISHNA LEELA; Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry; three-day program in Hindi and Gujarati with Special Youth Session in English by Swami Narayancharandasji of Vrajbhoomi Ashram; for timings, call the mandir at (407) 699-5277.

AUG. 17: JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL; organized by ISKCON (International Society For Krishna Consciousness) Orlando; ISKCON temple, 2651 Rouse Road, Orlando; 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.; bhajans, arati, cultural program, Abhishek, midnight maha-arati; for information, call (407) 439-4394 or visit www.iskconorlando.com

AUG. 17: KRISHNA JANMASHTMI; 9 p.m. to midnight bhajans and kirtans; Shri Shivdham Hindu Temple, 460 O’Berry Hoover Road, Orlando; for information, call (407) 380-2661 or visit http://www.shivtemple.net

ALACHUA

AUG. 17: SRI KRISHNA JANMASTAMI; organized by Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, 17306 N.W. 112th Blvd., Alachua; all-day darshan from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; arati, children’s costume contest, classical Indian dance and music performance, Radha Krishna abhisheka, maha arati; for details, call the temple at (386) 462-2017, e-mail alachuatemple@gmail.com or visit www.alachuatemple.com

INVERNESS

AUG. 16: KRISHNA JANMASTHAMI; 6 p.m.; Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness; for information, visit www.shirdiusa.com or call (352) 860-2181.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Khaas Baat celebrates 10 years

August 8, 2014

Dear readers:

This month, Khaas Baat celebrates its 10-year anniversary in print. We want to acknowledge and thank our columnists, past and present for their invaluable contributions, and well-wishers for their help and encouragement. And, of course, the business end of a publication cannot function without support from advertisers. Kudos also go to community leaders across Florida for keeping us informed about events happening in their town. For the last three years, we have been a strategic partner of the INDO-US Chamber of Commerce, Tampa. We look forward to continuing with the partnership for many more years to come. 2014 has been a busier year than normal for us with international events happening in our backyard. We hope we have made a difference with our coverage. We request our regular readers to spread the word about Khaas Baat to Florida newcomers. As always, we welcome your suggestions and any new ideas on how we can expand and better serve the Indian American community in Florida.

Khaas Baat is proud to be the ONE AND ONLY Sunshine State publication to offer comprehensive coverage of happenings in your Florida Indian community. Join us on facebook at www.facebook.com/Khaasbaat.Florida for late-breaking announcements and news. Also, follow us on Twitter @khaasbaat.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

 

 

Patel Brothers now open in Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale

August 5, 2014

Dear readers:

Good news. Patel Brothers has opened in the Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale area. In fact, the store at 3428 N. University Drive, Sunrise, has a grand opening sale going on through Aug. 15.For information, call (954) 742-3004 or visit http://www.patelbros.com

The next Patel Bros store to open in Florida will be in Jacksonville by the end of 2014.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

‘Wahh’ World Fusion Band to perform Aug. 16 in Spring Hill at Silverthorn Country Club

August 5, 2014

Dear readers:

The ‘Wahh’ World Fusion Band will perform Aug. 16 in Spring Hill. It is an East meets West band combining Western jazz and rock with Indian music and is being presented by Traditions at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8; $20 plus tax; cash bar and concessions available. Call (352) 799-4653, Ext. 4.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Special dance performance Aug. 9 at Hindu Temple, Casselberry/Orlando

August 5, 2014

Dear readers:

There will be a special dance performance Aug. 9 in the Casselberry/Orlando area. Performers are four visually Impaired artists from Deepa Academy in Bangalore. The performance will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and is being presented by Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. For information, call Babuji  Ambikapathy at (407) 230-2762, Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786


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