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  FLORIDA CELEBRATES INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY


TAMPA EVENT SET SUNDAY, AUG. 20
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Indian Americans in several Florida cities will be celebrating India's 59th Independence Day this month. Here are some of the major cities, which are holding the events:

TAMPA/ST. PETERSBURG

More than 2,500 people are expected to attend Indian Independence Day festivities on Sunday, Aug. 20 in Tampa. The chief guest for the annual event, organized by the Federations of Indian Associations (FIA), will be Ambassador R.S. Jassal, who is the Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Washington, D.C. Other invited guests include Mike and Gus Bilirakis.


Shyam Mohapatra, FIA president

"Local artists, young and adults, will present cultural performances on the stage during the celebration," said Shyam Mohapatra, president of FIA. "Later on in the day, we are bringing the Aniruddha Band from Atlanta for a performance."

Bharat Seva, community and Youth Talent awards also will be presented during the free event, which will begin at 11 a.m. at India Cultural Center. Booths selling Indian food, clothing, arts and crafts, and DVDs will be set up in the adjoining Lotus Hall.
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August 2004 issue of Khaasbaat
KHAAS BAAT COMPLETES 2 YEARS
By NITISH S. RELE AND SHEPHALI J. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Diehard Khaas Baat readers will remember the cover of the first issue of this newspaper we started in August 2004 originally for the Indian American community in Tampa Bay. On the eve of our two-year anniversary, we are excited to bring you a publication that has continued to grow to include the entire state.
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SHRIMAD BHAGAVATAM SET IN TAMPA, ORLANDO


Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya
Story provided by Chinmaya Mission

Since the dawn of civilization, man has always sought answers to two questions: How to live a full and happy life, and how to die gracefully and with minimal sorrow or suffering. These were the questions that were put forth by the emperor Parikshit -- the grandson of Arjuna -- to the great sage Shukadeva, son of Veda Vyasa Rishi.
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A TRIBUTE

DR. A.N.V. RAO LIVED TO HELP OTHERS


The late Dr. A.N.V. Rao is all smiles on his 70th birthday as wife, Sarala, to his left, Madhavi Sekharam, extreme left, and Kotha Sekharam, right, and several students look on.
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

“So many people have helped me in my life, some I know and some I don’t even know. I would like to give back at least 1 percent of what I received.”

And Dr. A.N.V. Rao of Tampa did. Indeed, the help and encouragement provided by the late University of South Florida professor who died on June 26 is priceless.
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COLUMN: OUT & ABOUT IN FLORIDA


OUT & ABOUT IN FLORIDA
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Opening a new store or restaurant? Expanding or relocating? Has your business won an award or a mention in your local newspaper? We want to hear from you as Khaas Baat kicks off yet another new column to meet the rising needs of businesses and our readers. Call Nitish S. Rele at (813) 758-1786 or e-mail us at editor@khaasbaat.com

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