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  CONVENIENCE STORE OWNERS TO MEET JULY 9 IN TAMPA
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Convenience store owners, the spotlight is on you. The time has come for you all to come together and share your experiences. And you have the perfect venue, right here in the Sunshine State.

The first annual Asian American Convenience Store Association (AACSA) convention and trade show will be held on July 9 at India Cultural Center (5511 Lynn Road) in Tampa. About 1,500 people are expected to attend the daylong event (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.), said Satya Shaw, president of the convention. The chairman for the event is Chandrakant Patel.
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Dr. Kiran C. Patel
DR. KIRAN C. PATEL CENTER FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCED
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others." -- Henry Drummond

Down the road, as Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel ponder on their numerous charitable activities, the Tampa philanthropists can find solace in this quote by the well-known Scottish theological writer.
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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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CHINMAYA MISSION HOLDS BALVIHAR ANNUAL PROGRAM
About 100 people attended an annual event held by Chinmaya Mission of Tampa Bay on May 7 marking the end of the year for the BalVihar children of Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg. This was celebrated in conjunction with Chinmaya Jayanti at the Hindu Temple hall in Tampa. Read Story



Parineeta
Bollywood Preview
By Shephali J. Rele

This section will be devoted to telling you about creative films that may not have been blockbuster hits but in case you missed it, worth a look. It will also focus on new releases this month.
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FILM FESTIVAL


“Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela,”
“Beyond Bollywood” takes on Orlando!
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

The 11th annual South Asian Film Festival will be held June 11-13 at the Enzian Theater in the Orlando area. Four films, including “Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela,” will be shown during the festival, which is organized by the Asian Cultural Association.
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MEET STANDUP COMIC SHAUN MAJUMDER
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

“I am all over the map. You gotta keep me on track.”

“My mother Mariam was as white as the snow was white.”

“If you want to take a ride with me, I’ll set the meter at $2.50.”

You just can’t stop Shaun Majumder, a Canadian standup comedian based in Los Angeles at present. Born and raised in Toronto, the 33-year-old performed in comedy clubs throughout Canada and the U.S.
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FODOR’S INDIA
By Nitish S. Rele

Looking to visit India this summer? Or maybe planning a vacation to the country of your birth in December? Well, don’t forget the updated and fifth edition of “India Fodor’s,” which was recently released.

For 2005, the over 600-page travel guide is packed with the usual information on not just where to stay or when to go, but also great itineraries, pleasures and pastimes, calendar of events and smart travel tips.

For convenience, the book is divided into 12 regions: The Himalayas, Delhi, North Central India, Rajasthan, Bombay and Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad, Orissa and Calcutta.
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RELIGION: FIRST 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

During the last couple of months, we examined ways to protect our computers from hackers and other malicious elements of that ilk. However, more often than not, we, shoot ourselves in the foot by not taking the precautions for protecting our information stored on the computer – protecting not from external elements but from ourselves. Consider, for example, all those family pictures that you downloaded from the digital camera to your computer’s hard drive. What if tomorrow your computer, without a warning, presents you with a “blue screen” informing you in a rather matter of fact manner that the hard drive is not readable? What about those family pictures? You probably lost them unless you had stored a copy of the pictures on another storage device – a CD, the camera’s memory, a diskette (although diskettes are fast becoming a relic), etc. This brings us to our topic of discussion for the month – backups.
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