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October 3, 2008

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Thanks.

Nitish S. Rele

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

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House of Spices of Southwest Florida now open in Fort Myers

October 6, 2014

Good morning readers:

House of Spices of Southwest Florida has opened in Fort Myers with a big Diwali sale. The store at 9841 Bernwood Place Drive (six miles of Cypress Parkway) can be reached at (239) 931-3901. It is open 11 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. daily.

Regards,
NITISH S. RELE
EDITOR/PUBLISHER
WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM
813-758-1786

2014 Diwali events in Miami, Lauderhill, Palm Beach Gardens (South Florida), Orlando/Casselberry, Tampa/Pinellas Park, Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach, Plant City/Brandon/Valrico, Lakeland, Ocala/Belleview, Inverness, Bartow/Winter Haven, Gainesville, Melbourne, Jacksonville

October 6, 2014

Good morning readers:
Here are some of the Sunshine State communities celebrating the Festival of Lights.

SOUTH FLORIDA
MIAMI: The Indian Regional and Cultural Center will hold its Diwali festivities from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo (Arnold Hall), 10901 Coral Way, Miami. The program will include Bollywood, folk, classical music and dance, IRCC Children Show, and dance competitions. Other attractions are food, fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, henna, yoga, kids zone and raffle prizes. For information, call (954) 543-1539, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit http://www.irccflorida.com

LAUDERHILL: Also, the seventh annual Divali Nagar will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 17-18 at the Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill. Attractions are vendor booths and, of course, entertainment. For information, call (954) 846-9895, e-mail info@divalinagar.us or visit http://www.divalinagar.us

PALM BEACH GARDENS: And the Palm Beach India Association will celebrate Diwali at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. There will be a dinner and cultural program. Tickets are $15 in advance (on Navratri nights or before Oct. 15 from committee members) or $25 at gate. Participating students are free. For information, e-mail president@gopbia.com or visit http://www.gopbia.com/

ORLANDO/CASSELBRRY
Diwali-Lakshmi Pujan will be held from 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 by the Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry. Annkut will be on Oct. 25. For information, call (407) 699-5277, e-mail info@hindutempleorlando.org, or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org

The Association of Asian Cultural Festivals will present its 17th annual free Diwali Mela from 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 101 Rosalind Ave., Orlando. For more information, call Lallman Persaud at (407) 202-2161 or e-mail lmpersaud@aol.com

Shri Shivdham Hindu Temple will celebrate Dipawali on Oct. 23 and Annkoot on Oct. 26. Devotees who wish to contribute in making dishes can call the temple at (407) 380-2661, Savitri at (407) 924-8799 or visit http://www.shivtemple.net

Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will celebrate Dhan Trayodashi on Oct. 21, New Year on Oct. 24 and hold Deepawali celebrations on Oct. 25. The temple is at 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. For information, call (407) 574-8044 or visit http://www.durgasaitemple.org
The Orlando Marathi Mandal will be celebrating Deepawali Dhamaka on Nov. 8 at the Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall (1994 Lake Drive) in Casselberry. For information, e-mail orlandomarathi@yahoo.com or visit http://www.orlandomarathi.com

Diwali-Annakut will be held Oct. 23-25 at Swaminarayan Mandir, 1325 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando. For information, email Jitubhai Patel at jitup58@hotmail.com or call (407) 460-2741.

TAMPA/PINELLAS PARK
The Rajasthani Association of Tampa Bay will hold its Dipawali celebration on Oct. 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. For venue and other details, call Rashmi Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay annual Diwali Dinner, Entertainment and Executive Committee Elections will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 p.m. at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Elections will continue till 8 p.m. The event is free to members; non-members pay $15, non-member seniors $10. For information, call Jyoti Gandhi at (727) 534-3767, Sudhir Shah at (727) 686-7424 or visit http://www.gujaratisamaj.org

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir will celebrate Diwali and Annakut on Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. (aarti every hour). There will be fireworks at night. BAPS is at 9556 E. Fowler Ave. in Thonotosassa. For details, call (813) 986-5473.

Ambaji Mandir at 10991 58th St., in Pinellas Park, will hold Dhanteras MahaLaxmi Pujan at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. Diwali Puja will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23. New Year Annakut will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. For more information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685 or visit http://www.ambajimandir.org

Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa, will hold Dhanteras MahaLaxmi Pujan on Oct. 21. Diwali Puja will be Oct. 23. And New Year Annakut will be on Oct. 24. For information, call (813) 444-9786 or visit http://www.hindutempleoftampa.org

And the Hindu Temple of Florida will have Dhanlaxmi puja at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 and celebrate Deepawali with a cultural program from 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. For more information, call (813) 962-6890 or visit http://www.htflt.org

The Sanatan Mandir in Tampa will hold Dhun Puja 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 21 and Deepawali on Oct. 23. Annakut will be celebrated on Oct. 24. The mandir is at 311 E. Palm Ave. For information, call (813) 221-4482 or visit http://www.ourmandir.org

Maayboli Melawa (Maharashtra Mandal) of Tampa Bay will celebrate Diwali on Nov. 1 at Hindu Temple, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa. For more information, e-mail Vrushali Pendharkar at tanvidp@yahoo.com or visit http://www.MMTBUSA.org

Shri Saraswati Devi Mandir at 16220 Livingston Ave., Tampa, will hold Diwali celebrations at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21. For information, call Pandit Purnanan Sharma at (813) 486-8681.

Also, Shree Raam Mandir will hold its third annual Diwali celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 18. The temple is at 7411 E. Comanche Ave., Tampa. For information, call Nick Ramlal at (813) 334-0443, Angela Puchoon at (813) 265-3268 or e-mail nramlal@hotmail.com

DAYTONA BEACH/ORMOND BEACH
The Indian Cultural Society of Daytona will celebrate Diwali at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Hilton Daytona Beach Resort (South Tower), 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. There will be performances by local kids, teens and adults. For tickets, call Sangeeta Bhoola at (386) 527-0855, Sejal Desai at (386) 212-4057, e-mail icsdaytona@gmail.com or visit http://www.icsdaytona.com

PLANT CITY/BRANDON/VALRICO
The Charotar Patidar Samaj of Florida will hold its sixth annual Diwali Dinner & Dance on Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. at The Trinkle Center, 1206 N. Park Road, Plant City. Family pass is $50. For information, call Jayesh Patel at (407) 460-2020, Kamal Patel at (863) 670-1045 or visit http://www.patelpower.net

LAKELAND
Shree Swaminarayan Temple ISSO, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland, will hold a free Diwali family fun day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 18. Activities include entertainment, carnival games, bounce houses, prizes, face painting, magician, water games, sports activities, and more. Lunch and dinner to be provided. On Oct. 24, there’s a New Year’s Aarti at 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. New Year’s Ankut Aarti will be at noon followed by mahaprasad. For information, call (863) 687-4776 or click on http://www.issofl.com

 OCALA/BELLEVIEW
Annakut Mahotsav will be celebrated on Oct. 26 at Pushtidham (Haveli of Florida), 14080 S.W. 20th Ave. Road, in Ocala. For details, call (973) 460-5936 or Raj Kamdar at (352) 568-5729.

INVERNESS
Shirdi Sai Florida Center, 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, will hold a Dhanteras Pooja on Oct. 20. Naraka Chaturdasi will be on Oct. 22 and Dipawali on Oct. 24. The center is at 4707 S. Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness. For information, visit http://www.shirdiusa.com or call (352) 860-2181.

 BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN
The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Diwali at 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. For more information, call Subhash S. Patel at (863) 648-0294 or visit http://www.bscfl.com

GAINESVILLE
The Indian Student Association of University of Florida will hold its Diwali show on Nov. 9 at Curtis M. Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road, Gainesville. Doors open at 6:30. For more information or to sign up to perform, contact Dilan Nayee at (407) 666-1046 or email ufisadiwali@gmail.com

Gujarati Samaj of Gatorland will hold a Diwali Night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Senior Recreation Center, 5701 N.W. 34th St., Gainesville. A live band from India will perform. Dinner will be catered. For more details, email gujaratisamajofgatorland@gmail.com

MELBOURNE
The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Diwali and annual dinner Saturday, Nov. 1, at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. For more information, call (321) 302-1870 or visit http://www.iascbrevard.com

 JACKSONVILLE
The Gujarati Samaj of North East Florida will celebrate Diwali on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Morocco Shine Center Auditorium, 3800 Saint Johns Bluff Road S., Jacksonville. A cultural program will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. followed by dinner. 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

Also, The Indian Cultural Society of Jacksonville will hold its Diwali from 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the University of North Florida Arena, 11852 University of North Florida Drive. There will be food, dance and music. For details, e-mail president@jaxics.org or visit http://www.jaxics.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Tampa Bay Diwali Dhamaka on Oct. 17

October 4, 2014

Dear readers:

Get ready for a ‘dhamaka” as in the Tampa Bay Diwali Dhamaka on Friday, Oct. 17. Presented by Kakimaas Box, Rakesh Mittal and Fuundu and Kagie, the Bollywood musical stars singers Jolly Mukherjee, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Shreyashi and Bishakh Jyoti on stage at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 5500 Memorial Highway, Tampa. The show will be from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be complimentary desserts and tea during intermission; bar and snacks for purchase. Tickets start at $25 (students $15 for $25 ticket). For tickets, visit http://events.sulekha.com/tampa-bay-diwali-dhamaka_event-in_tampa-fl_296774 For information, call Rakesh Mittal at (727) 409-7407 or Meena Jain at (727) 480-6597.

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Patel Brothers now open in Jacksonville

October 4, 2014

Dear readers:

Good news. Patel Brothers has opened in Jacksonville. The store is at 9551 Baymeadows Road, Unit 12-17. For information, call (904) 800-2235 or visit http://www.patelbros.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

 

Huge Diwali sale ongoing at Kiran Indian Grocery in Tampa (New Tampa!)

October 2, 2014

Dear readers:

Kiran Indian Grocery store in Tampa is having a huge Diwali sale from Oct. 3-23, 2014. The store is at 10042 Cross Creek Blvd. It’s in the same plaza as The Medicine Shoppe owned by our very good old and dear friend Rasesh Patel (right across from Benito Middle). For information, call Kiran at (813) 417-9157.

Here’s the link to Kiran’s Facebook page, which has the entire Diwali flyer up:

https://www.facebook.com/kiranindiangrocery

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Royal Orchid restaurant now open in Tampa

October 2, 2014

Good morning readers:

Royal Orchid Bar & Grille is now open in Tampa. The restaurant in the Ramada hotel offers Indian, American, Thai, Chinese, Italian and Arabic food. There also is an 11,000-square-foot banquet facility to seat up to 400 people. Catering is offered for anniversaries, weddings, engagements, birthday parties, etc. Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Royal Orchid is at 1200 N. Westshore Blvd. For information, call (813) 289-4647 or (813) 282-3636.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

BMM Mahotsav Orlando Oct. 4, 2014

September 29, 2014

Dear readers:

The first-ever Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) Mahotsav Orlando 2014 will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood. Cultural performances include Shiv Rajyabhishek, MangalaGaur, Marathi Ekankika, Santaanchi Vaari, Utsav Natyancha, and the highlight of the evening, Marathi Taraka – a musical song and dance extravaganza hosted by producer and director Mahesh Tilekar with leading Marathi television and film actresses. The show brings alive the beauty and talent of music ranging from folk to classical and western songs from various Marathi and Hindi films. These 14 actresses: Neha Pendse, Hemangi Kavi, Urmila Kanitkar, Priya Bapat, Pooja Sawant, Shruti Marathe, Deepali Sayyed, Kranti Redkar, Smita Shevale, Sonali Kulkarni, Teja Deokar, Siya Patil, Medha Ghadge and Smita Tambe have performed along with actors Umesh Kamat and Adinath Kothare.

Tickets are $35, $50, $75 and $100; children ages 5 to 12 years of age are $15. For information, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or Kirti Rege at (513) 236-2784 or visit http://www.bmmmahotsav.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Annual Tampa Bay International Curry Festival Oct. 4, 2014, moves to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park

September 29, 2014

Dear readers:

The lineup of professional chefs for this year’s Tampa Bay International Curry Festival (TBICF) Oct. 4 aims to impress, with chefs coming directly from India, England, Trinidad, New York and Miami. They have prepared foods for superstars such as Sophia Loren, Gloria Estefan, Puff Daddy and Al Pacino.

The Friday, Oct. 3, evening charity event is hosted by Drs. Ram and Sadhana Ramcharran and presented by Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Foundation. It will feature food, beers and wine pairings, silent auction and entertainment by recording artist Jordan Lawhead. A special brewed curry-inspired beer will be unveiled. This semiformal event will be at the Marriott West Shore, Tampa. Tickets are $150 per person and $250 for couples.

From noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive, N.E., in St. Petersburg, TBICF will showcase a myriad of national, local chefs, restaurants and individuals, all vying to win the first place prize of $5,000 for professionals and $2,500 for amateurs. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste various types of curries from local restaurants and vendors from around the world. There will be food demonstrations, adult beverages, and musical performances by local artist, bands and main headliner Wayne Wonder.

For information or to sign up for the competition, call Dr. Sadhana Shah at (727) 798-4258 or visit http://www.tbicf.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

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

September 24, 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

TiECON Florida 2014 – A Celebration of Entrepreneurship set Sept. 27 in Tampa

September 21, 2014

Good afternoon readers:

TiECON Florida 2014 – A Celebration of Entrepreneurship will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by entertainment. Keynote speaker is venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande. For sponsorship and other information, call Kamlesh Darji at (813) 841-9216 or register at http://www.tieconfl.com

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786


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