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Parita Patel & baby Krinna.
INDIAN VISITOR IN FIGHT WITH DCF OVER BABY
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

UPDATE
On June 24, Parita Patel got Krinna back. "It was indeed a pleasant surprise and I wasn’t expecting this at all," the happy and excited mother told Khaas Baat. The DCF and Patel's attorney have come to an arrangement that if she stays in America, then she should stay in Florida for six months minimum and attend parenting classes. She also is free to go back to India anytime.

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Dr. Akshay Desai of St. Petersburg and President George W. Bush anf Gov. Jeb Bush.
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific islanders joins AMA Commission
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Dr. Akshay Desai of St. Petersburg will be a representative of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative), which has been incorporated as a member of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Commission to End Health Care Disparities. The AMA panel was formed in response to the Institute of Medicine’s report, “Unequal Treatment,” which acknowledged health disparities as resulting from multiple factors, including race and ethnicity.
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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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“Mystic India” follows Neelkanth, a young boy who walked for seven years and 8,000 miles across this vast majestic land.
MOSI IN TAMPA LOOKS TO BRING ‘MYSTIC INDIA’ TO IMAX THEATER
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The Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa is looking to bring the film “Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration” to its IMAX® Dome theater. In fact, MOSI would like to make the film available for free to the people of Tampa Bay. To achieve the goal, it is looking for sponsorship totaling $100,000 so the film can be shown on a daily schedule and various weekends throughout the year. Read Story




Thomas Umer Tevana
THOMAS TEVANA ONLY DESI ON PEOPLE MAGAZINE’S ‘50 HOTTEST BACHELORS’ LIST
By NITISH S. RELE

Meet Thomas Umer Tevana -- the only Indian American on the list of the “50 Hottest Bachelors” list in the 40-million readership People magazine (June 27 issue). Remember the Indian American FBI agent in the controversial “Jo Bole So Nihaal?” Yeah, that was Tevana. He now joins the ranks of such actors as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell in People magazine’s top bachelors ranking.
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ARTS
AGAINST ALL ODDS, VIMALA GADE CONTINUES TO PAINT
By Nitish S. Rele

When she was just 23 years old, Vimala Gade was struck with rheumatoid arthritis. The inflammatory disease affects the facet joins in the spine, hands, feet, wrists, knees, hips and shoulders, resulting in deformities and disability over time. At that time, the present New Jersey resident was an elementary teacher in India.
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MAPPING THE MAZE
By Nitish S. Rele

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: I am a naturalized American citizen. I want to sponsor my parents. Is it necessary for them to come as a visitor or can I sponsor them when they are in India? What is more advantageous?

A: It depends on the readiness of your parents to leave India. It may be less expensive to sponsor them from India. If they are in a city where there is no immigration office, it might be better for them to come here first as visitors; otherwise, they may be sponsored from India.
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RELIGION: SECOND IN A SERIES
WISDOM OF THE ‘YOGA VASISTHA’
By SWAMI SURYADEVANANDA

We are beginning a series of articles on the “Wisdom of the Yoga Vasistha.” We attempt to bring to the surface the embedded wisdom, which can be applied to one’s everyday life. The expressions of the writer will be contemporary, truths are eternal but the method of _expression will be conversational. We will move in and out of the story to bring subtle points to the forefront. It is not a scholarly approach but will be shared as a story and discussion in the hopes of involving the readers in the joint venture of mutual exploration.
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TECHNO CORNER
By ARUN MARBALLI

Last month, we reviewed backups as a proactive strategy for ensuring the safety of information stored on our computer’s hard drive. However, there are other protective habits that we must adopt to maximize our ability to stay safe as we engage the ubiquitous electronic mail (e-mail) cyberspace to carry out more and more of our interpersonal transactions. Consider these habits akin to “defensive driving.” In defensive driving, we anticipate that we are going to run into problems such as drivers who err and we make it a habit to be always ready to compensate. Similarly, in the e-mail environment we have to be ever watchful and steer clear of potential cyber-mines.
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