JULY 2012
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida
Florida News


By Shobana Daniell

One of the finest playback singers of the Hindi film industry will perform on Friday, Sept. 28, in Orlando at the Linda Chapin Theatre.

The Shreya Ghoshal Musical Magical Night is organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) as a part of a fundraising project. Ghoshal has reigned as India’s playback singer for the past decade since her first soulful performance in the box-office hit “Devdas” to the lively “3 Idiots.” Right from the start of her singing career as the national winner of India’s popular Sa Re Ga Ma music contest, she is considered one of the best in the business.

AAPI has organized the Shreya Ghoshal concerts in nine cities across the United States to raise funds for its Charitable Foundation, which is committed to aid the poor in remote areas of India and USA. It has 17 free clinics in different states of India, which serve a base for more than a million patients annually as well as the Kargil Jawan fund and the Prime Minister’s fund. In the United States, AAPI is committed to the needs of people living in urban areas without the benefit of medical insurance. More than 100,000 physicians and medical students are AAPI members. Its mission statement is to facilitate and enable Indian American physicians to excel in patient care, teaching and research and pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs. Indian Americans comprise about 12 percent of medical doctors in the country.

Linda Chapin Theatre at the Orange County Convention Center is at 9800 International Drive. For sponsorship, contact Dr. Aravind Pillai at (407) 718-8733 or dpillai605@aol.com; Dr. Vraj Panara at (407) 252-7486; AAPI Vice-President Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar at (407) 230-2232. Also visit www.aapishreyaghoshal2012.com Show tickets are available at local Indian grocery stores from Aug. 1 and also on TicketMaster.

Dr. Rao Musunuru

DR. RAO MUSUNURU Receives Education Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award

Cardiologist Rao Musunuru, M.D., received the education commissioner’s Business Recognition Award at the state wide 25th annual awards reception on June 14 in Tampa.

Each year, the Florida Department of Education, in partnership with the Florida Education Foundation, recognizes those businesses throughout the state that have shown an outstanding commitment to improving education by partnering with schools in their communities.

Dr. Rao Musunuru, a cardiologist practicing in Pasco County since 1981, demonstrates unwavering commitment to students in the community. He works with the school district, in association with the Pasco Education Foundation, to help enrolled homeless students.

As state president for the American Heart Association, Dr. Musunuru’s efforts resulted passage of the Student Health Promotion Act of 2006. Serving as board secretary for “Floridians for Youth Tobacco Education,” he campaigned for the passage of Amendment 4 to the Florida Constitution. Dr. Musunuru has served as a member of district board trustees for Pasco-Hernando Community College since 1999, and he has been activity involved in the dual-enrollment program for high school students.


On June 3, several enthusiasts of New Age Group (NAG) assembled at HSCF (Hindu Society of Central Florida) temple community hall to catch the shuttle bus to Seminole Hard Rock Casino.

A total of 43 members, some of whom from Melbourne and Daytona Beach, had signed up. All members participated in antakshari (musical game), jokes, shayaree (Urdu poetry) and songs on the bus to Tampa.

After reaching the casino, everyone tried their luck at the games and most came home with winnings.

NAG meets once a month, usually on the first Sunday from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Madan Arora at (407) 971-9259, Dev Sharma at (407) 862-9920 or e-mail hscfnewagegroup@yahoo.com


The Gujarati Society of Central Florida youth arranged a Youth Sports Day June 16 as part of Hindu Society of Central Florida’s new temple seventh anniversary celebration. More than 100 youth participated in the event, which included games such as cricket, soccer, carom board, chess, checkers, table tennis, Scrabble and gulab jamun eating contest. Food provided by Gujarati Society included paani puri, pizzas, ice cream, cotton candy, slurpies and sodas. More youth events are being planned, including a chess tournament for all age groups.



Story provided by Dehra Miotke

Dehra Miotke, LLC, of Tampa welcomes the Obama Administration’s recent announcement that younger immigrants may be eligible for “Deferred Action” and work authorization. The policy will grant qualified immigrants the opportunity to live free from fear of deportation and allow them to work legally. This new development brings hope to immigrants and their families. It is not, however, a permanent fix and does not grant permanent legal status to anyone.

To qualify, an individual must:

The deferred action offer will be available to those in proceedings, those with final removal orders, as well as to those who apply affirmatively. The administration expects to issue guidance and information about how eligible individuals can request deferred action and work authorization in near future.

Dehra Miotke, LLC, can be reached at (727) 565-4405 or email adehra@dmimmigration.com for details regarding eligibility for this relief.


Story provided by Shobana Daniell

The current economic conditions – problems and solutions – are uppermost in the minds of business people and consumers and to address that need, the Indian American Chamber of Commerce will present a talk by Christopher Oakley, vice president and regional executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Jacksonville branch. Oakley will give a presentation, “Economic Outlook and Myth Busting” on Thursday, July 12, at 6 p.m. at the Park Square Homes conference room. Oakley is responsible for the Branch’s Board of Directors and the District’s Advisory Council on Trade and Transportation and provides regional input into the Atlanta Fed’s monetary policy process.

Recently, the Federal Reserve Bank extended a program designed to lower long-term U.S. interest rates to encourage borrowing and spending. This plan titled “Operation Twist” will be extended for another six months. A major impact of this policy is that it reduces interest rates on mortgages, which encourages people to buy new homes and frees up money for existing homeowners who refinance their homes at lower rates. Has this happened? Can homeowners who are underwater refinance their home loans? What does that mean to average consumer, will it stimulate growth, can and how does the Fed influence economic growth?

The event at is 5200 Vineland Road, Orlando, is free for IACC members and $20 for non-members, RSVP is required as seats are limited. Heavy appetizers will be served.

For more information or to register for event, call Beena Parikh at (321) 217-8605 or Tino Patel at (407) 579-5050 or visit www.iaccorlando.com

TAMPA’S Vishnu Mandir Celebrates 10 years

To celebrate the 10th-year anniversary of the new Vishnu Mandir location, on Friday, July 13, a free concert at the Hindu Temple of Florida community hall, 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa will be held. The community is invited to celebrate the evening with family-friendly entertainment with music, classical dances and delicious food.

Terry Gajraj of New York will present a special performance. He will be accompanied by Avinash Singh and the Supertones Band of Orlando, who will perform melodious film and devotional songs from 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 15, the actual 10th anniversary day, at 10:30 a.m., special pujas will be performed by Pandit Kapil Dev and new resident priest, Pandit Lal Singh of England.

Dr. Sadhana Ramcharran, the current president of Vishnu Mandir, said, “It’s an amazing feat to see this temple progress and grow as it continues to meet the increasing needs of this diverse community, despite facing the many challenges over the last 10 years. It just goes to show, what true devotion can bring.”

Vishnu Mandir at 5803 Lynn Road looks to break ground on a new building and has made strides toward fundraising efforts. For information, call the temple at (727) 798-4258 or (727) 460-2460.

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