Subject: Greetings, Gifts, Saraswati Puja
Dated: Dec 21, 1998
Dear Member,

Seasons Greetings and Many Happy Returns of the New Year. We wish
you a prosperous year ahead and a happy and healthy living for
you and your family.

We are glad to have you as a member of Bay Area Prabasi and we
hope you are enjoying our regular festivals. New Years time is a
special occasion for everyone, and in light of this Prabasi is
glad to make a few announcements.

                    GIFT SERVICES TO CALCUTTA

Bay Area Prabasi is proud to announce that it has entered into a
partnership deal with Bengalnet Communications to offer you 
exclusive services to Calcutta and its neighbouring regions. If 
you have relatives and friends in Calcutta, this is a great time 
to show them how much you care for them. You can send them gifts 
with a special message on a card for any occasion like birthday,
New Year, Bhai Phota or just as a surprise. Gifts can range from 
any variety of sweets like Sandesh, Rosogolla, Sonpapri, Misti 
Doi, Sonpapri, Joynogorer Moa and many others. And all of this is 
available for a very nominal fee payable in US currency. Here is 
a sample of the offerings we have now. 

Sondesh    $11.00
Moa        $11.00
Sonpapri   $11.00
Rosogolla  $10.00
Kaju Barfi $13.00
Misti Doi  $12.00
Rabri      $14.00

There are more items in this list and many more will be added 

                         HOW TO ORDER

It is very simple. Just go to
and make your choice. Then fill out the form and mail your check 
to the address given on your confirmation screen. Your gift will 
be delivered the following day in Calcutta we receive the check 
in US. The delivery of gifts is done by Bengalnet Comunications 
which is known for its prompt service. If you want a rush order, 
send us a mail at and we can make 
special arrangements for members to deliver the item in Calcutta 
while your check arrives. We sincerely hope you will be 
benefitted from this service. We look forward to your 
patronization and your opinion about this new service. If you
have any items that you would like to add to our list, please 
don't hesitate to contact us.

                       SARASWATI PUJA

Saraswati Puja is our next scheduled event and it is round the 
corner. It will be held at the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple on January 
30, 1999. More details will be sent later.


Saraswati Puja is also the time for elections. We have 8 
positions open for the Prabasi Board of Directors. Nomination 
forms may be downloaded from the web at: 
Please send your filled-in form latest by January 24, 1999.

                       NEW YEARS EVE
We also wish to announce that we will NOT be celebrating the New 
Years Eve this year because of inadequate facilities available to 
accomodate all members.

Wish you all the best and hope you enjoy your holidays.

- Anupam Bagchi
Bay Area Prabasi Webmaster