Subject: Saraswati Puja 2002 Schedule
Dated: Feb 03, 2002
Dear Member,

Saraswati Puja, our next gathering, and one our planned annual
festivals, is closer than you think. It will held on February 16 at
Sunnyvale Hindu Temple from 11:00am and will continue till midnight.
The celebrations will include a professional cultural program, a
Bengali movie, a quiz contest and lots of programs for children. All
details are on our web-site.

http://www.prabasi.org/saraswatipuja 
SARASWATI PUJA
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Given below is the venue and the schedule of events for Saraswati
Puja.

VENUE

Date: Saturday, February  16, 2001

Sunnyvale Hindu Temple
450 E. Persian Drive
Sunnyvale CA 94089

Phone: 408-734-4554

To get a map, please visit the web-site given above.

TIME           ITEM
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11:00am to 1:00pm     Puja
1:00pm to 2:30 pm     Prasad / Khichuri
2:30pm to 5:00pm      Bengali Movie
3:00pm to 4:30pm      Drawing Competition
5:00pm to 5:30pm      Tea Break
5:30pm to 7:30pm      Children's cultural events
7:30pm to 8:30pm      Dinner Break
8:30pm to 9:30pm      Quiz Contest
10:00pm to 12:00am    Guest Artist (to be announced)
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Below are rules for the Drawing Competition and Quiz Contest.

Drawing Competition

    * On the Spot Drawing competition upto 10 years of age. (Different
    age group).
    * Please carry your own drawing Board or some hard cover to place
    your paper.
    * Paper will be provided by the organization.
    * Please bring your own crayons.
    * There will be 2 groups: (1) 4-6 yrs. and (2) 7-9 yrs.
    * You may choose your own topic for the drawing.

( To participate please call Shompa Bhattacharya (408)366-2637)

Quiz Contest

    * There will be four groups and each group will have 5
    contestants.
    * Age group will between 10 to 16 years.
    * Group should NOT have more than 3 participants over 12 years old
    as of 16th Feb 2002.
    * Only first twenty applicants will be able to participate.
    * Questions will be based on Indian History, Indian Culture, US
    History, Indian Sports, US sports, Literature, Science,
    Government, World Geography and Mythology The questions will be
    50% US-based and 50% India-based. Questions will be very easy.
    Indian History will be based on very important dates and events.
    * Last date to apply is Feb 10th 2002.

(To participate please call  Susweta Mukherji (510)713-9852)


THE VINE OF DESIRE
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Chitra Divakaruni's new novel, The Vine of Desire was launched on Jan
22. She is a Bay Area resident and is on a national tour to promote
her new book. Below is a schedule of her readings, in case you are
interested. More information on the book is available at
http://www.chitradivakaruni.com 

WEST COAST BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday, January 22 SAN FRANCISCO,
   CA San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 larkin, 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 23 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Staceyís Books, 12:30pm
Wednesday, January 23 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA Books Inc., 7:30pm
Thursday, January 24 PLEASANTON, CA Towne Center Books, 7:30pm
Friday, January 25 CAPITOLA, CA Capitola Book Cafe, 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 WALNUT CREEK, CA Barnes & Noble, 7:30pm
Thursday, January 31 BENICIA, CA Benicia Bookshop, 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2 BERKELEY, CA Codyís Books, 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 5 PORTLAND, OR Annie Bloomís, 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 6 SAN DIEGO, CA Esmeralda Books, 7:00pm
Thursday, February 7 CHICAGO, IL Women and Children First, 7:30pm
Friday, February 8 MADISON, WI Canterbury Booksellers, 7:00pm
Saturday, February 9 MILWAUKEE, WI Harry W. Schwartz, 1:00-5:00pm
Sunday, February 10 NAPERVILLE, IL Andersonís Bookshop, 1:00-4:00pm
Wednesday, February 13 PASADENA, CA Vromanís Bookstore, 7:00pm
Friday, February 15 SEATTLE, WA Elliott Bay Book Co., 7:30pm

Hoping to see you again at Saraswati Puja.

Sincerely,

- Anupam Bagchi
Prabasi Webmaster

                                              Dated: 02/03/2002
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