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More than 9,000 people attended the 18th annual India
Festival on Nov. 12 at the University of South Florida
Sun Dome in Tampa. The daylong celebration, which
consisted of dance competitions, including raas,
garba, folk dance, bhangra and classical began at 1
p.m. and continued till 11 p.m.
TAMPA BAY RATH YATRA SET JAN. 8
The Rath Yatra (India Festival of Chariots) is coming
to the Tampa Bay area. For the first time ever, the
Rath Yatra -- which originates in Jagannatha Puri in
Orissa where it is still observed – has been planned
Jan. 8 at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.
“The purpose is to enhance global awareness of Lord
Jagannatha and enrich Tampa Bay’s social and cultural
spirit by making Rath Yatra a tradition,” said Shyam
Mohapatra, chairman of the Tampa Bay Rath Yatra
Association. “It will be a great day to celebrate
unity in diversity through art, culture, music and
feast, and start the New Year with the blessings of
the Lord for Tampa Bay.”
“The purpose is to enhance global awareness of Lord Jagannatha and enrich Tampa Bay’s social and cultural spirit by making Rath Yatra a tradition,” said Shyam Mohapatra, chairman of the Tampa Bay Rath Yatra Association. “It will be a great day to celebrate unity in diversity through art, culture, music and feast, and start the New Year with the blessings of the Lord for Tampa Bay.”
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By AAKASH PATEL
A fire destroyed the Gujarati Samaj of Tallahassee
Hindu Temple on the early morning of Nov. 3. The Hindu
Temple, which spans more than 7 acres, was on 9100
Apalachee Parkway. Members of the Indian Association
were at the temple until 8 the previous night
Story provided by Dr. Akshay Desai
President George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Andrew Card lit the traditional lamp Nov. 1 in the Old Executive Office Building in honor of Diwali. Card compared the lamp of Diwali to the Statue of Liberty, both symbolizing freedom. Also addressing the event were Dr. Akshay Desai of St. Petersburg and Joseph Melookaran of Kansas, both members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
By NITISH S. RELE - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gotham Chopra is everywhere. He really is!
The son of motivational speaker and author
Deepak Chopra barely has a moment to himself.
Sometimes you have to wonder how he finds the time,
inspiration and the inclination to dabble in not just
spirituality (like his father, of course!) but also
news, youth, conflict resolution and culture.
The son of motivational speaker and author Deepak Chopra barely has a moment to himself. Sometimes you have to wonder how he finds the time, inspiration and the inclination to dabble in not just spirituality (like his father, of course!) but also news, youth, conflict resolution and culture.
DESAI FAMILY VISITS AFRICA
Story provided by Safari Ventures
When a family has a reunion, there are many locations,
exotic, adventurous and beautiful from which to
choose. For Dr. Chetan and Sangita Desai, with family
in Clearwater, California, St. Louis and India, the
destination was Africa and the combination of beauty,
luxury and personal service made a lasting and
SPOTLIGHT ON BHARATANATYAM
By JYOTHI VENKATACHALAM
Bharatanatyam is an artistic yoga for revealing the
spiritual through the corporeal. It is the most widely
practiced of classical dance forms in India, which are
based on Natya Shastra the Bible of the classical
dance forms in India.
‘BODIES’ EXHIBITION AT MOSI A FUSION OF ANATOMY AND ART
Perhaps, you have seen the American 3 B Scientific
catalogue of life-like anatomic models of human body
and all its complex organs with their motto on the
front cover, “Educating today’s patients and
tomorrow’s doctors?” Or those nice instructional
plastic models of human organs in your doctors’
office. But none comes close to the real stuff, now on
exhibition in MOSI ((Museum of Science & Industry,
A display of real human bodies, some sitting, others
standing or in a sprinting pose with clearly
demarcated individual muscles. Some carrying babies in
their wombs. Others with organs all laid out. At
first, you would think this is a bit “gross.” But on a
closer inspection of these ‘plastinized’ cadavers, one
would realize this is one of the most fascinating
medical shows, combining aesthetic excellence,
technical innovation and anatomic details.
A display of real human bodies, some sitting, others standing or in a sprinting pose with clearly demarcated individual muscles. Some carrying babies in their wombs. Others with organs all laid out. At first, you would think this is a bit “gross.” But on a closer inspection of these ‘plastinized’ cadavers, one would realize this is one of the most fascinating medical shows, combining aesthetic excellence, technical innovation and anatomic details.
COLUMN ON IMMIGRATION AND EMPLOYMENT
In the past few months, a lot of attention has focused on the fact that the supply of Green Cards has been far short of the demand, especially for applicants born in India. In this article, I will explain some of the basics of the Green Card supply-and-demand situation in the context of employment-based immigration.
Looking to own a business? Trying to find a good mortage? Planning to buy a house? Looking to invest? Get all you answers in financial advice by Francis Vayalumkal, Nitesh Patel, Brian Stephens and Rupa H. Mehta.
Seniors Section and Retirement Planning
Bijan Mohseni of the Business Planning Group of Tampa offers advice on retirement planning and get answeres to all your retirement questions from Harikrishna Majmundar of California, author of “Mapping the Maze: A Guide to Welfare for Elderly Immigrants.” He has advised several hundred welfare applicants in Khaasbaat's section on seniors.
Get more in the upcoming events sections, youth higlights, health updates and read book reviews in this edition of Khaasbaat.
HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
This Yashraj Films production, set across beautiful Canadian landscapes, stars Uday Chopra as Neal along side Kajol’s younger sister, Tanisha as Nikki Bakshi. They play two Indians raised in Canada. Neal is a confident, cool guy who agrees to marry a girl from Bhatinda according to his parents’ wishes.
WISDOM OF THE ‘YOGA VASISTHA’
By SWAMI SURYADEVANANDA
We ended last time with the story of Suka by Sage
Vishvamitra who praises the conclusion reached by Rama
on his aversion for worldly enjoyments based on an
understanding that it is these, the fruits of action
so to say, that bind us completely. Vishvamitra goes
on to tell Rama that just as with Suka in the earlier
story, he too needed the doubts of his mind cleared
and his understanding confirmed.
By ARUN MARBALLI
In one of my earlier columns, I had touched upon safe
e-mail habits. However, considering the importance and
ubiquity of e-mail in our everyday life, it is
apparent that it warrants greater attention. I will
therefore address, at a little greater depth, some
safety precautions and setting changes that might make
our e-mail experiences a little safer.
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