CityMasala Team
Editor and Publisher
Chhaya Sanghavi

Chhaya Sanghavi
Bold and candid, Chhaya wears a different hat every minute of the day. "I want to add a little 'masala' to your life", is her response when asked what CityMasala is all about. Her vision is to make CityMasala an enjoyable necessity, an important part of every reader's life. With a background in journalism, sales, marketing, and public relations, her life revolves around her son, Shiv, and CityMasala. She is a positive thinking 'go-getter' who enjoys a chilled Sam Adams, a good book, shooting pool, and cheesecake. She swears that she does not ignore people; she just does not remember faces! Humble yet strong, quiet yet witty, Chhaya is a dynamic entrepreneur who wants to make a difference in the south Asian publishing world.

Sanjay Puranik
  Sanjay Puranik
Sanjay is the latest addition to CityMasala’s team and is our staff photographer. His photography interests range from product photography to fashion photography and has been known to spend hours wondering around town or in one of Florida’s state parks trying to get that shot. He is also a member of the Florida Museum of Photographic Art and is a regular volunteer at the downtown museum.
Junior Graphic Designer
April Stern
  April Stern
April loves to design. With an inherent eye for fashion, she tends to do really well with design even when she dozes off every few hours. April is a hard working girl and her creativity shows in her work.
Content Contributors
Shahnaz Husain   Shahnaz Husain
She became the first woman in 107 years to receive the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award from the Success magazine in USA. The pioneer of Ayurvedic beauty care, Shahnaz Husain needs no formal introduction. She has taken India’s Ayurvedic tradition to every corner of the globe and her very name is the biggest brand in Ayurvedic Skin Care. Today, she heads the largest organization of its kind in the world, with a chain of over 400 franchise clinics, shops, schools and spas worldwide, as well as Ayurvedic formulations for skin, hair, body and health care. Trained for ten years in cosmetic therapy and cosmetic chemistry, she adopted the principle of “Care and Cure". Shahnaz Husain joins the CityMasala team to share her beauty tips and secrets for timeless beauty
Alpa M Patel   Alpa M Patel
Alpa is a mother, wife, Indian-American, and travel enthusiast.  Those four aspects of her life greatly influence her aspiring writing career from articles and essays to short stories and children's books.  Born in New Jersey, she has lived in seven U.S. states and traveled to six continents and twenty-five countries.  In addition to this nomadic lifestyle, she draws inspiration from her heritage from Gujarat, India, and her passion for exploring different locales and customs.  She studied economics at Brown University and business at Columbia University.  She thanks her parents for encouraging her along the non-traditional paths of life and CityMasala for promoting interest in the South Asian culture.
Ashish Jain   Ashish Jain
Ashish came to the US for his second Masters degree in Marketing and Business Management. He has been part of the restaurant/ hotel industry for a number of years where he has had the opportunity to enjoy and partake of a variety of brews, concoctions and potions. H e has been the proud owner of many different restaurants and has consumed every kind of alcoholic drink imaginable. He has even brewed his own beer, wine, liquors and flavored alcohols. This has given him the in-depth knowledge required to write the Daru Ka Nasha column. Coupled with the wealth of his experience at alcohol consumption and brewing, as well as the philosophies he holds dear at each stage of consumption, he hopes to refine, educate and expand the desi drinking palate through his column.
  Asha Deshpande
Asha Deshpande is a long time resident of the Tampa Bay area. She has seen the area grow, and has grown with it. Writing is her hobby. Her articles have been published in newspapers and magazines locally, as well as in India. In her previous column “Kal aur Aaj”, she took us through the journey of the Tampa Bay Indian community in more than quarter of a centaury. In her current column titled “Random Rambling”, she contemplates on different aspects of life.
  Dharmen Patel
A Native of New York, I have been living in Tampa since 2006 with my Wife and 2 kids.
With over 15 years in the IT field and currently working as a lead Systems Admin, I love keeping up with the latest gadgets and am inspired to perfect my photography skills.
I also enjoy helping others with technical issues they may be facing and bringing them up to speed with today's technology.
In addition to the tech stuff, I enjoy cooking and creating new dishes which has allowed me to recently enter into the restaurant business.
Maulik Trivedi
  Maulik Trivedi
Dr. Maulik Trivedi is a board-certified psychiatrist.   He has lectured audiences and authored articles on topics ranging from child-development and parenting to Meditation and Stress Management.  He is a regular speaker for national and local civic organizations such as the Federation of Families, NAMI (The National Alliance for Mentally Ill) and CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD). Dr Trivedi enjoys helping people recognize and realize their innate potential.  Through a holistic approach in his practice of psychiatry, he guides his patients toward happier and more successful lives.  He treats children, adolescents and adults in the Tampa-Bay area. Dr. Trivedi is an avid student of yoga philosophy and particularly of meditation.  He lives with his wife and two children in Valrico.  In his spare time, he enjoys ‘learning how to play’ from his children.
Neelofer Syed   Neelofer Syed
Ms. Syed obtained her law degree from Punjab University Law College in 1994 and her Masters Degree (LLM) with honors from the Stetson Law School in 2004 where she was awarded the Dean’s Award, the highest award given by the law school. Ms. Syed has also served as an Intern with the Office of Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.

While engaged in active practice of law in Pakistan Ms. Syed successfully argued cases all the way through the Pakistani Supreme Court. In addition, she was very involved in human rights activities, especially in the area of rights for women, children, and laborers. These included serving as the Human Rights Coordinator for the Province of Punjab, as Secretary of the Punjab Chapter of the Pakistani Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy, as a Director of Rugmark International, an organization dedicated to eradicating child labor, and as a collaborator with Fair Trade where she designed and implemented a micro credit program in Sialkot, Pakistan, designed to provide supplementary income to skilled laborers in the sporting goods industry to reduce the incidence of child labor.

Ms. Syed is listed in a Who’s Who of American Universities and Colleges and has been featured in the national legal magazine National Jurist as well as several newspapers. She is a recipient of the Woman of Achievement award from the Women on the Way organization.
  Prapti Bagga Arora
I am Prapti Bagga Arora. I hold an MBA degree in Human Resource and International Business. After completing few years in my previous job I decided to play with words professionally and got the opportunity to write for the various magazines and online websites. So far I have contributed to several fashion, Bollywood and beauty features. I currently live in USA (New York) where I continue to report on Bollywood fashion, lifestyle and beauty. I am currently associated with leading magazines and websites.

 My prime interests lie in travelling, music, watching movies and Tarot Reading.


  Dr. Rima Sanka
Dr. Sanka is a board certified allergy, asthma, immunologist and pediatrician trained and educated in the United States.
She completed her Internship and Residency in Pediatrics at University of South Florida/All Children’s Hospital in 2005. She completed her Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at University of South Florida/All Children’s Hospital in 2007.  She published research about red tide, aeroallergies, and primary immune deficiency during her fellowhip.  She served as a distinguished lecturer at several state and local conferences and is well known in the medical community.
Dr. Sanka is originally from upstate New York and attended Cornell University (‘97).  She spent a year volunteering with the AmeriCorps in Washington DC, after which she attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of osteopathic medicine, graduating in 2002.
She is married with a 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter.  She lives in Tampa and enjoys outdoor sports and traveling in her free time.
Dr. Sanka maintains an active interest in teaching medical students, residents and fellows in addition to patient care.
 She has 2 office locations, one in Pinellas Park and a new office that opened January 2011 in South Tampa.  Details are on her website at:
  Roshni Mulchandani

Roshni was born and bought up in Hong Kong during the British rule but spent nearly every summer as a child in the city of Mumbai. For most of her adolescent years, she felt lost and unsure of what career path to choose. Her calling came to her much later than expected, but she is now happiest when she is lost in a world of words. Her areas of passion include politics, cricket, fashion and Bollywood. She believes that each day is a new opportunity to turn her life around and achieve a goal she sets every morning. She understands her social responsibilities as a citizen of the world and hopes to eventually migrate to India to help the country move forward. A good bag of chips, a soda and a good Hindi movie makes her day complete or a good win by the men in blue—the Indian cricket team. Yes, she is a glory fan!

Savneet Singh
  Savneet Singh
I discovered the world of freelance writing 4 years back and am currently exploring the endless possibilities associated with it! I am an author and editor of books on subjects like Science and Environment. I own post graduate degrees in both Environment and Education.

My niche is Science, Environment, Self growth, Health ,Yoga, Spirituality and anything else that interests me. I am currently located in Santa Ana(near LA). I have a strong inclination for spirituality and practices meditation & yoga everyday. I enjoy reading and writing about the environment and life related stuff.

I feel great to be linked with Citymasala. I wish Citymasala good luck.
Shahnee Zaver
  Shahnee Zaver

Actress and producer Shahnee Zaver is a classically trained dancer and model who turned to acting and successfully carved out a niche for herself in the Film and Television industries in Canada. She then headed East to New York City to further her acting studies. She currently splits her time between New York and London working as a producer and an actress and has several projects in the works.

Sheniz Janmohamed   Sheniz J.
Sheniz Janmohamed is a young freelance writer, poet and spoken word artist. She holds an H.B.A. in English Literature and Religion from The University of Toronto, Canada, and she is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at The University of Guelph, Ontario. She has been published in a variety of journals and magazines, and is a regular contributor for Anokhi Magazine. Sheniz is happy now to be a part of the CityMasala Team as their Book Review Specialist. She is addicted to lattes, poetry books fashion,...and of course, Bollywood!
  Tirusha Dave - Entertainment Editor
Having worked in the South Asian music industry for nearly five years, Tirusha Dave has created quite the name for herself. Not only is she a publicist for some of the biggest music names out there – such as RDB & Nindy Kaur – but she’s also had the opportunity to interview the “Who’s Who” of Bollywood like John Abraham & Malika Sherawat. And if that wasn’t cool, she’s also rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the music scene such as R&B sensation Jay Sean. A published writer in six different countries, Tirusha’s goal is to shed light on the South Asian media & entertainment industry – always keeping our readers in the loop of the hottest sounds, films, fashion, and much more!
  Tracey Porpora
With more than 18 years of experience working as a journalist, freelance writer and editor, Tracey Porpora writes effective and engaging stories covering a wide variety of topics, from profiles about inspirational women, to how-to and feature articles about dating and relationships, to in-depth business and national real estate trend pieces. Since 1999, Tracey has enjoyed a successful freelance writing career that has included writing news, features and analysis for dozens of consumer and trade magazines, as well as major daily newspapers.
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