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India Festival to be held Nov. 6

It's time for Tampa Bay's very own indoor "mela" once again!

About 8,000 visitors from throughout the Southeast United States are expected to attend the 17th annual India Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6 at University of South Florida's Sun Dome (4202 E. Fowler Avenue in Tampa).
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NEW: Forum for Discussion

It is time for the Tampa Bay community to have a forum where voices can be expressed, respected and heard. This column will provide just such a corner. In time, I hope there will be enough interest generated when you, the reader, will begin to request certain topics of discussion.
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Finance: Your Credit Score and You

A credit report is a compilation of your credit history, including personal information, credit account details, inquiries, debt and may include any public records such as bankruptcy claims, liens and overdue child support.
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Thanksgiving dinner sponsors sought
Last year, INDOUS Chamber of Commerce in Tampa sponsored Thanksgiving Day dinners for 50 needy families in eastern Hillsborough County.

In 2004, the chamber looks to reach out to at least 75 families. All members are urged to sponsor one family for $25.

Mail your check payable to INDOUS - P.O. Box 20232, Tampa, FL 33622-0232.

For information, call Kavita Marballi at (813) 767-3538.

Hurricane relief funds sought
With the "rash" of major hurricanes to hit Florida in last couple of months, the sheer magnitude of property damage, loss of life and the tremendous pain and suffering caused all across Florida is simply unimaginable. The images on television cannot begin to give us the real picture of the human toll taken by hurricanes such as Ivan, Jeanne, Charley and Frances.

INDOUS Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay (FIA) have joined together to help local communities affected by the tragedy. Indian organizations in Tampa Bay are working to raise funds for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund established by Governor Jeb Bush.

Mail your contributions (payable to INDO-US/Florida Hurricane Relief Fund) to INDOUS, P.O. Box 20232, Tampa, FL 33622.

All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit on the Internet.

If you have any questions, call Dilip Kanji at (813) 784-6979 or Ram Ramcharran at (727) 460-2460.

Youth Highlight
Roshni Marballi, 13, an eighth-grader at Williams Middle School, earned a Middle School Master Musician title. The Hillsborough County Master Musician Committee recommended Roshnišs name based on her submission of numerous recorded music pieces played on the flute, a written achievement test and a research paper on the instrument.
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