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  FLORIDIANS CELEBRATE HOLI - THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS


By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

TAMPA: The Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay will hold its annual Holi picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Rowlett Park, 2548 River Hills Drive, Tampa. Color will be available for purchase at the picnic and membership will be strictly enforced, say the organizers. Non-membership charge is $10 per person. For more information, visit www.gujaratisamaj.org

ORLANDO: The Gujarati Society of Central Florida will celebrate the Festival of Colors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Orlando's Turkey Lake Park, Pavilion 6. For more information, visit www.GujaratiSocietyCFL.com
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FORT MYERS, GAINESVILLE TO HOLD INDIA FESTS ON MARCH 21


Dancers at last year's India Fest in Fort Myers.
> By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Indian culture will be on display with food, dance, music, arts and handicrafts, jewelry and clothing at the India Fests on Saturday, March 21 in Fort Myers and Gainesville.

The Fort Myers India Fest will be an outdoor event with covered seating. There will be live entertainment on the outdoor stage all day, including fashion shows, dances and plays. A variety of Indian cuisine will be available.


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TAMPA VISHNU MANDIR TO HOLD 2ND ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR MARCH 21


By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Last year, 450 people attended the first annual Community Health Fair sponsored by the Vishnu Mandir. This year, on March 21, organizers expect a bigger crowd since screenings are free again and there has been more time to publicize the event in the community, said organizer Dr. Sadhana Shah. "We screened more than 300 people in 2008."

Physicians and health care professionals will answer questions and distribute information about child, adolescent, senior health and safety topics. Free health screenings will be offered for blood sugar, cholesterol and obesity. A blood pressure check and a bone density test will be available too. "This year, we are adding stroke screening and aneurysm along with spine screening," said Shah.
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Akshaya Patra USA President Madhu Sridhar
AKSHAYA PATRA TO VISIT ORLANDO, MELBOURNE IN MARCH
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The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an organization with the vision that no child shall be deprived of education because of hunger, is holding informational meetings at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13 in Melbourne and on Saturday, March 15 in Casselberry. Madhu Sridhar, Akshaya Patra USA's president, will share with Florida residents how Akshaya Patra is eradicating hunger and promoting education for children in India and how to get involved with the organization.

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PUTUMAYO RELEASES 'INDIA' CD, BOOK


By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Putumayo World Music, which was established to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures, recently released a new CD "India," ($14.98) in conjunction with its debut book "India: A Cultural Journey." ($29.95, 272 pages)

Showcasing India's rich musical variety, the CD features such classics as "Zara Zara" by Bombay Jayashri, "Tere Bina" by A.R. Rahman from "Guru," "Nagumomo" by Susheela Raman; "Ganesha" by Deepak Ram, "Vo Kuch," by Kiran Ahluwalia, "Maavan Te Tiyan" by Rajeshwari Sachdev, among others.
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COLUMN: MOTORING


Nissan Versa 2009
NISSAN VERSA AS IN VERSATILITY
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Unchanged for 2009, the 2009 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL hatchback celebrates a third year of success, part of which can be attributed to its fuel-sipping nature. The front-wheel-drive car is by no means a powerhouse but touts remarkable cargo and passenger roominess and numerous standard safety features.

Let's take a look at the 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine in the five-door, five-passenger car. It develops 122 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 127 pounds-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. The XTronic Continuous Variable Transmission is smooth as is expected of any Nissan equipped with the same. An independent MacPherson strut front suspension and a rear torsion beam with stabilizer bars assure the driver of a secure stable ride.
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COLUMN: OUT & ABOUT IN FLORIDA


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

Have you opened a new store or restaurant in the last six months? Expanding or relocating? Has your business won an award or a mention in your local newspaper? We want to hear from you. Call Nitish S. Rele at (813) 758-1786 or e-mail us at editor@khaasbaat.com

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