Subject: Manna Dey Program, Membership date extended
Dated: Aug 21, 2000
Dear Member,

Over the past few days we have had a tremendous response for the
annual membership. While we are extremely grateful for this
overwhelming support, we have totally been taken by surprise to handle
all this load by our web-server. We have decided therefore to extend
the membership date to August 25, 12:00 noon, but only for those who
pay by credit-card. As mentioned earlier, if you get your annual
membership by this time and date, you'll be entitled for a 100%
discount for Manna Dey concert on August 25, 2000 which begins at
8:30pm.

More details about the Manna Dey concert may be found on our
web-site at:
             http://www.prabasi.org/professional 
For future use, you may just want to remember that the Prabasi
Membership URL is:

             http://www.prabasi.org/Membership 
and the direct URL to renew your own membership (if not already
done) is:

...link removed...

In this mail:

   1. Clarification on Membership Rates
   2. Server Problems
   3. Extension of Membership Date to August 25
   4. Our commitment to serve you

CLARIFICATION ON MEMBERSHIP RATES
=================================

We wish to apologize for a confusion that has arisen regarding
membership rates for Patrons and Students. The correct membership
rates are available on our Membership web-site (URL given above). The
clarification is as follows:

(a) Patron annual membership is $250 for a family of TWO. Each
    additional dependent is $50. This cost includes food for all
    members and dependents.

(b) Student annual membership for Single members is $45.00 while for
    Couples is $70.00 before Sep 15. After Sep 15, the rate becomes
    $50.00 for single members and $90.00 for couples.

SERVER PROBLEMS
===============

You may have often seen the problem "500 Server Error, The hard cpu
limit for this user has been reached CPU limit" appear on our
web-site. This is due to too much load during the membership season.
We have increased our capacity by 50%, but still with no significant
improvement. Given below are therefore some tips to avoid this
deadlock.

(a) The peak load time is from 11:00am to 1:00pm (naturally due to
    lunch breaks!). Avoid the peak hours.
(b) More CPU time becomes available every integral hour. So if you
    register right after the hour, you have better chance of success.
(c) The morning hours are expected to have least load.
(d) A lot of CPU time suddenly becomes available just after the lunch
    break.

While a long term solution may involve finding a dedicated server for
the job, it is currently beyond our financial ability to go for a
dedicated server through our current ISP. Any suggestions will be
appreciated.

EXTENSION OF MEMBERSHIP DATE TO AUGUST 25
=========================================

We wish to give every one a fair chance to renew their membership
so that they can enjoy full benefits from day one. The upcoming
Manna Dey concert is a great opportunity for all Bay Area residents
to listen to a legendary singer. We are therefore extending our
membership date to August 25, 12:00 noon. But to avail the promised
discount on Manna Dey concert, you must pay only by your credit-card
so that we receive payment positively by that time and date.

Tickets for the Manna Dey concert may be picked up at the gate just
before the function.

We hope you will have enough time to access our web-site to renew
your membership despite the server overload problems. If you have
already renewed your membership, we are grateful for your support
of this organization.

Your membership renewal URL is:
..link removed...

and your calculated due is: 135.00
Payment received is:   135.00

IF YOU FEEL THAT THE ABOVE NUMBERS ARE ERRONEOUS, PLEASE LET US
KNOW IMMEDIATELY BY REPLYING TO THIS MAIL.

OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVE YOU
===========================

At present, we understand that certain rumors are being spread around
to tarnish the image of Prabasi. We urge all members of our community
in the Bay Area to ignore any rumours being spread currently about our
planned Manna Dey concert and other Prabasi activities. Please address
all questions and concerns to the Prabasi Board of Directors and they
will be glad to address your concerns with true facts. A list of all
Board members along with their phone numbers may be found at the
'Administration' section of our web-page.

http://www.prabasi.org/Administration/prabasi_admin.html 
For the upcoming Durga Puja festivities, we have signed contracts with
Sumon, Lopamudra, Indrani Sen and Sriradha. Some artists, among these,
need P3 visas to come to the United States; so their attendance is
subject to availability of their visas. Please join us to
celebrate the millennium Durga Puja festivities on Oct.6,7 and 8,
2000.


Sincerely Yours,

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 08/21/2000
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