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OVER 9,000 PEOPLE ATTEND INDIA FESTIVAL

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.

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TAMPA BAY RATH YATRA SET JAN. 8


By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

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.”
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Damages to the Hindu Temple in Tallahassee are estimated at more than $750,000.
TALLAHASSEE HINDU TEMPLE BURNS DOWN
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 celebrating Diwali.
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White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card addresses the crowd at the White House Diwali celebrations as Dr. Sampat Shivangi of Mississippi, left, Dr. Akshay Desai and Joseph Melookoran look on.
WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATES DIWALI
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.
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Gotham Chopra
GOTHAM CHOPRA IS GOING PLACES!

By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

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.
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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 cherished impression.


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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.
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‘BODIES’ EXHIBITION AT MOSI A FUSION OF ANATOMY AND ART


Skeletal muscles of a runner. Photos courtesy of Shani Jefferson, MOSI
By M. P. Ravindra Nathan, MD, FACC, FACP

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, Tampa).

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.
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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.
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FINANCIAL PLANNING
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.
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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.
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Inside
Get more in the upcoming events sections, youth higlights, health updates and read book reviews in this edition of Khaasbaat.
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BOLLYWOOD
HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE



Uday Chopra and Tanisha play “Neal ‘N’ Nikki.”
“Neal ‘N’ Nikki”: Starring Uday Chopra, Tanisha; directed by Arjun Sablok; music by Salim-Sulaiman.

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.
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RELIGION
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.
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TECHNO CORNER
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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