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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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Tampa INDO-US Chamber of Commerce meeting Jan. 20, 2016

January 17, 2016

Dear readers:

Organized by INDO-US Chamber of Commerce, the monthly Business & Networking Event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Guest speaker is Jairek Robbins, a performance coach and motivational speaker. The 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. event is free and will be held at Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd., 8th floor, Tampa; no RSVP required. For information, visit www.indo-us.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

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Tampa ICC Seniors Get-to-Gather Jan. 20, 2016

January 17, 2016

Dear readers:

The monthly ICC Seniors Get-to-Gather will be on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement. For information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

2016 India Republic Day celebrations in Lauderhill (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville

January 13, 2016

Dear readers:

Here are a few of the Florida communities celebrating India’s Republic Day in 2016.
SOUTH FLORIDA (LAUDERHILL): The Indian Religious and Cultural Center (IRCC) will hold its Lohri/Republic Day/Anand Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, at Central Broward Regional Park, Corporate Shelter No. 1, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill. For information on the event, which is free to attend, call (954) 543-1539, e-mail board@irccflorida.com or visit http://www.irccflorida.com/
TAMPA: The Federation of India Associations (FIA) of Tampa Bay will hold its Republic Day event Sunday, Jan. 31, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa. Festivities will begin from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Booths by member associations in respective regional languages will be set up. Food/vendor booths will be day long. For more information, call FIA President Mahesh Modha at (813) 476-1540 or event chair Nila Patel at (813) 494-4494.
ORLANDO: The Hindu Society of Central Florida (HSCF) New Age Group will hold Republic Day celebrations from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the HSCF Community Hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. For information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259 or email hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com
GAINESVILLE: The India Cultural & Education Center in Gainesville will celebrate India’s Republic Day on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the center, 1115 S.W. 13th St. Indian food and snacks will be sold before the cultural program. For details, visit http://www.icec-florida.org

See you all there!

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

India Day at Amway Center in Orlando will be on Jan. 31, 2016

January 13, 2016

Dear readers:

India Day will be on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) partners with Orlando Magic for the event at Amway Center, 400 W. Church St. The street fest starts at 3 p.m. followed by 6 p.m. Magic vs. Boston Celtics game. For more information, visit http://www.iaccorlando.com or email info@iaccorlando.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Vedic Cultural Center of Central Florida presents ‘Bollywood Through the Ages’ Jan. 16 in Orlando

January 13, 2016

Dear readers:

The Vedic Cultural Center of Central Florida presents Bollywood Through the Ages on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Bahia Shriners Auditorium, 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando. Doors open at 5 p.m.; to purchase $15, $25 tickets, visit https://btta.eventbrite.com; proceeds to benefit mandir construction. For information, call Karishma at (407) 802-8716.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

2016 Makarsankrant (kite flying), Uttarayan, Lohri, Pongal events in Boca Raton, Southwest Ranches (South Florida), Tampa, Orlando, Bartow/Winter Haven, Melbourne

January 5, 2016

Florida communities are preparing to celebrate the festival of kite flying, which also is known as Makar Sankrant, Uttarayan, Lohri and Pongal. Here are a few:

SOUTH FLORIDA
BOCA RATON: The Punjabi Association of South Florida will hold Lohri from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road; advance member tickets are $20; non-members are $25; children 6 to 10 years are $10; for information, call Renu at (954) 384-2217, Usha at (561) 523-8665 or visit http://www.thepunjabiassociation.org

SOUTHWEST RANCHES: South Florida Hindu Temple will hold Lohri celebrations from 8 p.m. with a bonfire on Jan. 13. The mandir is at 13010 W. Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches. For information, call (954) 252-8802 or visit http://www.sfht.org

TAMPA: The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Use MLK entrance. Free for Samaj members. Non-member adults pay $15 and seniors/kids under 18 years of age are $10. Nominal parking fee is payable by all. There is a special discount for students with ID: $10. Snacks and lunch will be served. For more information, call GSTB President Jigisha Desai at (813) 731-7747 or Treasurer Keval Brahmbhatt at (813) 494-2700.

And on Thursday, Jan. 14, Sanatan Mandir, 311 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, will hold a Lohri/Makarsankrant puja at 8 p.m. For information, call the temple at (813) 221-4482.

Also, Ambaji Mandir will hold Vishnu Sahasranaman at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 14. Ambaji Mandir is at 10991 58th St. in Pinellas. For more information, call the mandir at (727) 388-6685, e-mail ambajitemple@gmail.com or visit http://www.ambajimandir.org

Laxmi Narayan Mandir, 4615 George Road, Tampa, will hold Aditya Hrydayam at 10 a.m. and Vishnu Sahasranaman at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 as part of its Makarsankranti celebrations. For information, call (813) 444-9786 or visit http://www.srilaxminarayanmandir.org

Also, the Maayboli Melawa Tampa Bay (MMTB) will hold its annual Makar Sankrant program from 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at HCC-Auditorium (Brandon campus), 10414 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa. Veteran Marathi actor Dilip Prabhawalkar will portray his most sought-of-enact “Chimanrao to Gandhi.” For details, email cultural@mmtbusa.org or visit http://www.mmtbusa.org/

ORLANDO: The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Apopka City Athletic Complex, 3710 Jason Dwelley Parkway, Apopka. Admission is free for 2016 members; non-members pay $35 per person. For information, call (407) 460-2020 or email info@gujaratisocietycfl.com

Lohri bonfire celebrations will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 by the Hindu Society of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, in Casselberry. Pre-paid Tickets are $12 per person or $15 at door. For details, call Prashant Saoji at (321) 460-0800 or visit http://www.hindutempleorlando.org

Also, Maa Durga Sri Sai Baba Temple will hold a Lohri Festival from 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 14. The temple is at 11414 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. For information, call (407) 574-8044.

BARTOW/WINTER HAVEN: The Bhartiya Samaj of Central Florida will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at Mary Holland Park, North Broadway Ave., Bartow. Tickets are $25. For information, call Malay Shah at (863) 512-4062 or visit http://www.bscfl.com

MELBOURNE (SPACE COAST AREA): The Indian Association of the Space Coast (IASC) will celebrate Uttarayan from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at F. Burton Smith Regional Park, 7575 W. Highway 520, Cocoa. Tickets are $5 for paid members, $20 for non-members, and children under 18 years of age are free. For information, call (321) 271-6162, e-mail samirporda@yahoo.com or visit http://www.iascbrevard.com

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Deshi Winter Fest Jan. 3, 2016 in Boca Raton

December 19, 2015

Dear readers:

The Deshi Winter Fest will be held on Jan. 3, 2016, at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Presented by Dhaka Club of Florida, tickets are $10. For information, call (561) 313-4187.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDTOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Swami Prakashananda to offer ‘Tips for Happy Living’ Jan. 4-6, 2016, in Tampa

December 19, 2015

Good morning readers:

Swami Prakashananda will offer “Tips for Happy Living” from Jan. 4-6, 2016 in Tampa. Organized by Chinmaya Mission, the free event will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Vishnu Mandir, 5803 Lynn Road, Tampa. For information, visit http://www.chinmayaprasad.org

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Tampa ICC Seniors Get-to-Gather Dec. 16, 2015

December 8, 2015

Dear readers:

The monthly ICC Seniors Get-to-Gather will be on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a free seminar, lunch and entertainment; no minimum age requirement. For information or ride, call John Adhia at (813) 784-1132 or Ram Jakhotia at (813) 962-4172.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786

Sur Sangam at Orlando Shiv Dham Hindu Temple set Dec. 12, 2015

December 8, 2015

Dear readers:

Sur Sangam, an annual fundraiser organized by Shri Shiv Dham Hindu Temple, and featuring singers Geeta Bisram and Roshan Ramdeen, will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the mandir, 460 O’ Berry Hoover Road, Orlando. The $25 donation includes dinner. For information, call (407) 380-2661.

Regards,

NITISH S. RELE

EDITOR/PUBLISHER

WWW.KHAASBAAT.COM

813-758-1786


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