Subject: An Appeal for Bengali Community
Dated: Feb 10, 2000
Dear Member,

Piludi (Sujata Gangopadhya) suffered a stroke on January 20th and
is paralyzed completely. She was an active Prabasi member and
participated in Mahalaya, various Prabasi functions and FIA
functions. Because of her heart problem she could not get any
health insurance and was 2 months short of qualifying for Medicare.
Her husband is on social security and does not have any savings.
Their only son is in college and will graduate next year.

Piludi was a M.A. in English literature from Calcutta University
and worked in World Savings Bank, Oakland. At age 55 she was laid
off and could not find any job nor any health insurance. Her
husband worked intermittently and retired. While she was in
hospital from January 20th, her condition detoriated and she went
to coma. The hospital bills started piling up and they could not
afford to pay the bills. She was brought home in this condition
and is still in coma. Piludi and her husband at present are unable
to cope with the situation and the exorbitant medical bills.

We appeal to all Prabasi members to contribute generously and help
one of our old time members. Your generous contributions will go
a long way to pay her medical bills and save a family from the
brink of disaster.

Make checks payable to "Bay Area Prabasi Inc.- Piludi's fund" and
mail it to 5270 Rooster Drive, San Jose, CA 95136. You may also
hand the check at the Saraswati Puja registration booth.

UPDATED SARASWATI PUJA TIMING
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11:00 AM      Puja begins
12 NOON       Pushpanjali
12:30 PM      Prasad distribution begins
1:30 PM       Khichuri Bhog distribution
2:30 PM       Election process starts (Introduction of nominees)
2:30 PM       Children participants must meet at the stage location
	      and contact Susmita Bhatacharya
3:00-4:00 PM  Fancy Dress "Go As You Like" Show
4:00-5:00 PM  Children's Talent Show
3:00-7:00 PM  Election
5:00 PM       Arati
6:00-7:30 PM  Dinner Break
7:00 PM       Election booth closes
7:30-7:45 PM  Aadhunik o Nazrul Geeti by Mahuya Dhar
7:45-8:45 PM  Bhanu Shingher Padawali
8:45-9:00 PM  Announcement of Election results
9:00-11:00 PM An evening of enchanting songs with Debashis Ghosh
	      (Invited Artist)

Please visit our Saraswati Puja Web page to get the latest schedule:
              http://www.prabasi.org/SaraswatiPuja 

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 02/10/2000
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