From The Editor's Desk

October is a special month in our household as I am sure it is in the homes of most of the readers of Khaas Baat.

It is during this month that colorful bangles, sparkling gold and silver jewelry, as well as the traditional ghagra choli and decorated dandiyas come out from deep inside the closet, under the bed or wherever the case may be. Navratri tunes resonate in our home and car. By now, the kids and I become aware that the celebrations are about to begin!

Navratri, the festival of nine nights, is a fun time for adults as well as children. The eagerly awaited first day of the event witnesses a flurry of activity for Indians settled in all corners of the world. For Tampa Bay area residents, the India Cultural Center is the PLACE to be for garba and dandiya-raas into the wee hours of the morning.

And once again, I encourage our readers to spread the word about Khaas Baat, the ONLY newspaper for our community, by our community. To be added to our mailing list, send in your information at

Till next time, enjoy the festival season!

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