Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Ekal Vidyalaya Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Hollywood (South Florida), Lakeland, Jacksonville and Tallahassee chapters are set to hold their annual donor appreciation musical concert featuring Subhasis Roy & Group, which includes singers Madhuraa Bhattacharya and Dipayan Banerjee, Pritam Chakraborty and Subhajit Mondal.


Such schools as this one in rural India
will benefit from the Ekal Vidyalaya
donor appreciation concerts held all over Florida.

The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (www.ekal.org) strives for holistic development of villages through empowerment of tribal and rural communities in India with basic education, digital literacy, skill development, health awareness, learning modern and productive agricultural practices, and rural entrepreneurship. As a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, Ekal supports and runs non-formal one-teacher schools operating on a minimal $1-a-day budget in India.


Friday, March 1: India Cultural Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., Ocala; 8 p.m.; for information, call Nagesh Kohil at (352) 427-1542, Anju Vasudevan at (352) 239-2532, Nand Kumar Karve (352) 237-3084.


Saturday, March 2: India Cultural Center (ICC), 5511 Lynn Road, Tampa; 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; for information, call Dr. Umesh Choudhry at (727) 507-0584, Dr. Jawahar Taunk at (727) 480-3829, Dr. Chandresh Saraiya (813) 309-0647.


Sunday, March 3: Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; for information, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 619-1500.


Friday, March 8: Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for information, call Nirupama Kasam at (954) 349-7262; Shekar Reddy at (954) 895-1947.


Saturday, March 9: Shree Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, Lakeland; 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; for information, call Nilesh Patel at (863) 853-9315, Hiren Patel at (863) 255-8008, Abhay Shah at (863) 709-8335.


Sunday, March 10: Bolles Middle School (Park Auditorium), 2264 Bartram Road, Jacksonville; 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; for information, call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 537-6472, Krishna Hanchate at (904) 568-9141.


Friday, March 15: Lee Hall Auditorium, 1601 MLK Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; for information, call Santosh Dixit at (850) 559-1080.

Disclaimer: Event details are subject to change. Please check with local organizers. 


Palm Beach FestThe 16th annual IndiaFest, put together by Palm Beach India Association, will be on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. Admission is free.

According to organizers, IndiaFest is a way to celebrate the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of India with the South Florida community. Over the past decade, IndiaFest has become one of the premier events in South Florida, with more than 20,000 people in attendance.

The daylong outdoor event, which begins at 10 a.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature a yoga session by Bikram Yoga Studio of West Palm Beach; musical, dance and cultural performances; food, clothing, jewelry, henna and craft vendors; and art exhibits.

Meyer Amphitheater is at 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. For details, visit www.sfindiafest.org or e-mail [email protected]



WHEN: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16

WHERE: USF Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, 11810 USF Alumni Drive, Tampa 

INFO: www.tieconfl.com

Celebrating Entrepreneurship: TiECon FL 2019 set Feb. 16 IN TAMPA

By Anjali Nair - Executive, Marketing Communications, TiE Tampa

TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Tampa Bay's annual signature conference TiECon FL 2019 will host entrepreneurs, executives and business professionals from Tampa, St. Petersburg and the rest of Florida on Feb.16 at USF’s Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center. The all-day event features entrepreneurial learning, a speaker series, startup pitch competition and networking. 

The power-packed agenda features influential keynote discussions from a slew of experienced business professionals, including Steve Raymund, former chairman of Tech Data; Michael Coles, author of “Time To Get Tough”; and Samira Salman, CEO of Salman Solutions. Additionally, there will be a startup pitch competition and women entrepreneurial panel discussion. Eight startups will pitch to gain funding opportunities.

The nonprofit TiE is devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages, from incubation, throughout the entrepreneurial life cycle. With a global reach and a local focus, the heart of TiE efforts lies in its five foundational programs – mentoring, networking, education, funding and incubation.

To register or for more information, visit tieconfl.com For sponsorship opportunities, email contact Raj Rajendran at [email protected]




They call him Dr. GQ. Dressed impeccably in a perfectly tailored suit of his own design, Jacksonville ophthalmologist Arun Gulani elegantly extends his hand in a gesture of warm personal welcome to the Gulani Vision Institute.

As you attempt to curb the temptation to gape at Gulani, certainly the best-dressed doctor you’ve ever encountered, you may not be aware that you have just shaken the hand that can restore your vision to 20/20 … or better.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s most skilled eye surgeons, Gulani has been called “the da Vinci of eye surgery.” With the flourish and flash of a famous artist who is certain of his talent and eager to share his gift, Gulani is, indeed, similar to da Vinci in many ways. Far ahead of his time in the field of eye surgery and impatient for others to catch up, Gulani has invented many of the most delicate surgical instruments used by Lasik and cataract surgeons worldwide and has perfected several advanced surgical techniques that are uniquely tailored to repair complications of Lasik, cataract, Radial Keratotomy (RK), keratoconus surgery.

Gulani painting

Dr.Gulani depicted as Leonardo da Vinci
by his patient Susanne Scheunke.

Like da Vinci, Gulani considers himself an artist, with the human eye his canvas and perfect vision his ultimate goal. And, like da Vinci, Gulani’s intense preoccupation with perfect symmetry permeates every part of his life, including the stylish garments of his own design that are custom-made and color-coordinated to compliment his fit body and the handsome bronze tone of his skin.

A global visionary in ophthalmology, Gulani is setting benchmarks in fashion design as he travels the world teaching his advanced Lasik and cataract procedures at international conferences. “I’ve become an ‘accidental couture consultant for colleagues,’ ” admits the charismatic young surgeon, grinning as he describes being besieged for fashion tips as well as insights into the newest high-tech procedures.

As a perfectionist aiming at achieving perfect vision for as many patients as possible, Gulani tailors more than his elegant suits. He tailors each procedure to the specific eye, and when he is finished with surgery and removes his surgical gear, he re-emerges as Dr. GQ, wearing the carefully chosen ensemble of the day.

And, oh, the details! Just as Gulani is fearless when it comes to forging new paths in eye surgery, he is also a forward thinking, imaginative and artistic designer where his wardrobe is concerned. A unique blend of tailoring, fitting, fabric and style – as well as brilliant splashes of unexpected color – present an impressive picture of poise, conviction and self-confidence for an overall feeling of complete and comfortable reassurance. He aptly named his fashion line “GULANI” and then added a tag line to it “For those who have Arrived!” making it clear that owning one needs to be aspired for.

Just as each eye is unique and each surgery is the most important one ever performed, when Dr. GQ personally welcomes you to Gulani Vision Institute, you know that you are unquestionably the most important person he has ever met. His look is perfection. Every hair is in place. His smile is warm and sincere, and that sincerity is reflected in the clear intensity of his eye-contact. His suit is completely smooth and free of wrinkles; his accessories are colorful; his shirt is immaculate; everything matches perfectly. Armani, eat your heart out … Gulani’s style is flawless, whether traveling to teach international conferences, greeting a patient, or performing his designer Lasik or cataract surgery.

Story provided by a patient of Gulani Vision Institute

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