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Prospective brides and grooms, forget those online matrimonial sites full of promises and fake fronts. Instead, here’s your opportunity to find the perfect person, face-to-face! Hindu Matrimonial USA (HMUSA) for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs will be held Nov. 11-12 in Tampa.

The event was conceived by Devyani and Nainan Desai and Malti Pandya. Through support of over 30 volunteers, the group has brought the concept to fruition. The event is now backed by Mt. Kailash Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization. “In previous events, participants came from Canada, U.K. and 30 states of the United States. The right life partner may not be in the neighborhood!” said Nainan Desai.

“The goal is to make finding a life partner more personal than the current online or app-based forums which are repetitive, distant, and often behind a computer screen” says organizer Malti Pandya. “Unlike similar events that have come before it, Hindu Matrimonial is open to all Hindus, Jains and Sikhs regardless of caste, language or regional background.” Single men and women are encouraged to register to meet each other and "swipe right in person.”

This year, the event has age group is 25 to 45 years. The benefits that come from an event like this are endless but mainly, participants can meet several in-person and get a better understanding of their personality, says Pandya. “This allows for a better first impression and true connections. Having been to similar events, I can honestly say that I am more excited for HMUSA because the format is different, rather than the same old speed-dating. The organizing team has added a lot of unique and fun ideas, with a more modern mindset, and a proprietary app for the participants,” says Pooja, a past event participant.
The Nov. 11-12 program is at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road. The program will consist of a variety of segments for attendees to connect with one another. Also, the HMUSA app will be active to use for one year for all candidates. Registration is open, visit For more information, call (769) 241-0674 or email [email protected]




FORT LAUDERDALE: The Indian Regional and Cultural Center will hold its Diwali festivities from 1 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The program will include music and dance performed, including bhangra, Bollywood, folk dances. Other attractions are food, fashion, jewelry and henna. For tickets and other information, call Sanjay Gupta at (954) 461-4003 or visit


Orlando Marathi Mandal will be celebrating Diwali with kids, ladies and family competitions from 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hindu Society of Central Florida community hall, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry. The event is free for mandal members and $25 for non-members before Nov. 11 or $30 at the door. For information, email [email protected]

Indian Horizon of Florida will celebrate Diwali Mela from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12 at VFW Post 10147, 519 S. Central Ave., Apopka. Admission is free. For information, call (321) 662-1887 or email [email protected]


India Association of North Central Florida will hold Diwali Celebration 2022 from 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 at 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala. Guest fee is $50. For information, call Neel Koladiya at (352) 509-5830.


The Indian Association of the Space Coast will hold Diwali and annual dinner on Nov. 5. For details, call (321) 271-7072 or visit



Naresh Kalra, BDS, DDS and now FAGD of Tampa, recently accepted the prestigious Fellowship Award during the Academy of General Dentistry convocation ceremony in Orlando. The commencement celebration recognizes AGD member’s commitment to excellence in dental education.

The Fellowship Award is presented to dentists looking to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To receive the award, Dr. Kalra completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive written exam and fulfilled three years of continuing membership with the AGD. As a recipient of this award, Dr. Kalra has joined an elite group of the dental community who understand that great smiles and good oral health for their patients are the result of going above and beyond basic requirements. Less than 9 percent of dentists in the country have achieved this award.

“The AGD is designed to influence professional growth and development through continuing education and we are proud to honor Dr. Kalra for his commitment and dedication to provide his patients with advanced and exceptional oral health care,” says AGD President Gerald J. Botko, DMD, MAGD. “Dr. Kalra is exceeding industry requirements and paving a path of success distinguishing himself professionally amongst his peers and exemplifying his allegiance to the dental community.”
Dr. Kalra graduated from New York University in 1991. In addition to the AGD, he is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association and Hillsborough County Dental Association.

About the Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. Founded in 1952, AGD is the largest association for general dentists in the world and serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists.



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