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DECEMBER 1999

FOR MEMBERS ONLY

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

from chairman pramod kothari

 

       What amazing gifts the New Year brings!  An entire year's worth of wonderful opportunities, given to us one sunrise at a time.  Many of the moments ahead will be marvelously disguised as ordinary days, but each one of us has the chance to make something extraordinary out of them.

       Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life.  The secret of success is in turning that diary in the best story you possibly can.  Have pages on understanding and tales of overcoming hardships.  Fill your story with enthusiasm, adventure, learning and laughter.  And make each chapter reflect time doing these things

      Follow your dreams.  Work hard. Be kind.  Do what you can to make the door open on a day that is filled with inspiration in some special way.  Remember:  Goodness will be rewarded.  Smiles will pay you back. Have fun. Find strength.  Be truthful Have faith.  Don't focus on anything you lack.

Realize that people are treasures in life, and happiness is the real         wealth.     

      Happy New Year to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

JAIN REPRESENTATION

 

Third Parliament of the World Religions, was held in Cape Town, South Africa from 1st to 8th December 1999.  More than 30 Jain delegates from all over the world attended the conference.  Institute of Jainology coordinated and helped every one in organising the Jain contingent.

 

The following personalities gave lectures or gave blessings there.

 

FROM INDIA

 

Acharya Chandanaji, Dr. L M Singhvi, Dr. N P Jain, Dr. Kumarpal Desai, Dr. S L Gandhi, Mr. Niraj Jain, Sadhvishri Shilapiji.  Chitrabhanuji could not attend and his lecture was read by Dr. N P Jain.

 

FROM USA

 

Mr. Pravin Shah & Mr. Manish Shah.

 

FROM THE UK

 

Dr. Vinod Kapashi

 

Others who attended: Mr. Nemu Chandaria, Mrs. Meena Chandaria, Mr. Mahesh Shah, Mrs. Nila Shah, Mr. Jaysukh Mehta and Mrs. Ila Mehta.

 

Ms. Sudha Kapashi, Mr. & Mrs. Chattur, Miss Usha Shah, Mrs. Usha Shah, Ms. Pratimaben Desai, Mrs. Rani Jain, Ms. Aarti Shah, Mrs. Kirti Bharat Doshi, (of Nairobi), Mrs. Jyoti Ajay Doshi (Doshi Hardware, Nairobi) Dr. Manibhai Mehta, Mrs. Savitaben Mehta, Dr. Dhiraj Shah, Dr. Chandrakant Patel, Dr. Narendra Shah and Mr. Surendra Shah.

 

Mr. Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, gave a speech on 5th December 1999. His Holiness Dalai Lama attended concluding Session. Jains were given a unique slot on that day. Dr. Vinod Kapashi recited a Jain Mangalik.

 

Around three thousand delegates attended the conference all over the world.

 

HEALTH   MATTERS: Why do humans need pillows under their head to sleep?

 

Pillows provide the cushion and support needed by the back of the head and the neck when the body is at rest.  This is because the backbone is curved at the neck; and when a person lies on his back, the head does not lie flat on the ground.  Unless supported, it strains the vertebral column.  The pillow ensures that the head lies in level with the flat of the back and reduces unnecessary stretching of the neck and eliminates muscle strain.  However, too thick a pillow increases neck flexion in other direction and might give user a stiff and painful neck.  A special pillow has been designed for people who sleep flat on their back.  It has a rounded mildly elevated ridge, which acts as a neck support while a trough beyond allows the head to rest without undue elevation. 

 

FROM SUNDAY EDITION OF TIMES OF INDIA.

 

 

HEALTH MATTERS

 

The following are TREATMENT PACKAGE CHARGES AT THE MADRAS MEDICAL MISSION

UNIT: INSTITUTE OF CARDIO-VASCULAR DISEASES.

 

PROCEDURE

General

Ward

Semi

Private

Private

Deluxe

 

Super

Deluxe

Days

covered

CATHETERISATION / 

CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY

$ 325

$ 350

$ 410

$ 500

$ 650

2

 

ANGIO PLASTY

 

$1475

 

$1600

 

$1750

 

$2150

 

$2900

 

4

 

BALOON- MITRAL

VALVULOPLASTY

 

 

$1050

 

 

$1160

 

 

$1350

 

 

$1625

 

 

$2450

 

 

4

 

CLOSED HEART SURGERY

 

$1350

 

$1475

 

$1600

 

$2025

 

$2800

 

7

 

OPEN HEART SURGERY

 

$2900

 

$3075

 

$3600

 

$4200

 

$5350

 

9

INCL ICU

 2 DAYS

 

BYPASS SURGERY

 

$3250

 

$3450

 

$3850

 

$4650

 

$5950

9

INCL ICU

2 DAYS

 

 

Charges cover surgical treatment inclusive of Theatre Charges, Pre-operative and Post-operative Tests, ECG, X-ray, Blood Gas Analysis, Bio Chemical Test, Urine/Motion Analysis, Medication, Physiotherapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Patient's Hygiene Kit, Room Rent and Patient's Diet

 

NOTE

1.      No extra charges for services of cardiologists, surgeons, physicians, etc. are to be paid

2.      A discount of $125 will be given where angiography is done at this hospital.

 

COMPLICATED /EMERGENCY CASES:

 

When patients need hospitalization longer than stipulated in the package, charges incurred during the extra days, room rent, nursing charges, cost of oxygen, drugs, consumable lab charges, diet, etc., will be extra.

 There will be no extra charges for doctor's services.

 

FOR STAY DURING MEDICAL TREATMENT OR OUTSIDE OF THE PACKAGE, PER DAY

 

General

Semi

Private

Private

Deluxe

Super

Deluxe

I C U

$15

$20

$28

$38

$125

$50

Patients are requested to deposit the entire amount applicable at the time of admission at the Billing Section.

 

The address: Madras Medical Mission / Unit: Institute of Cardio-Vascular Diseases

4-A, Dr. J. Jayalalitha Nagar, Mogappair, Chennai-600 050, INDIA

Fax: 91-44-6259919, 6259920, 6259921.   e-mail mmmbits@giasmd01.vsnl.net.in

WEB SITE http://www.icvd.org

 

 


                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                   -APPRECIATION-

 

On Monday evening, 27th December 1999, at the very tail end of the century, Mr. Chhotalal Lavji Mehta breathed his last at his home. Wife Induben and the family members were at his bedside. The family was at the Bamburi cottage for an afternoon trip. During the evening, he complained of uneasiness, and returned home.  In the space of an evening, a happy and charmed family was severed from its mooring into an uncharted void.  No waiting; no preparation.

 

He believed a healthy mind needs a healthy body.  At the crack of dawn, while the rest of the town rubbed the sleep out of its eyes and reached reluctantly for the tooth-brush, Chhotalal was up and away 'brisk walking' on the Mama Nagina Drive, to keep as he was fond of saying 'the arteries unclogged.'  A daily routine. And yet he succumbed to a fatal heart attack.  He was 66 years of age.

 

Chhotalal was born in India in 1933.  He had his primary and secondary education in India. Lalitrai Popatlal Doshi was with him in the Boarding School.  While he was a teacher in India, he married Induben in 1959. In 1960, he came to Kenya.  Here was a man who came long and the hard way with next to no resources in kitty.  After a brief stint as a teacher at the M.M. Shah Primary School and the Kenya Printers, he joined the Jain Derawasi Sangh as an administrator. He maintained an uncompromising and almost obsessive focus on work till his death.  He endeared himself to the management and all categories of staff and workers by his amenable temperament and winning manners.

 

Chhotalal embodied in himself the virtues of simplicity, humility and unostentatiousness.  These attributes helped him to discharge his responsibilities as a caring husband, loving father and a dotting nana. The eldest Harsha is settled in Nakuru, Rita in Mombasa and the youngest, and Avni in the U.K.

 

Chhotalal's life and times encompassed family, work and community service

 

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Mr. Chhotalal Mehta

Appreciation -continued.

 

 

With all three daughters well settled, parameters of time became less important. He became more involved in the community work.

 

At one time, he was a managing committee member and a trustee of the Navnat Vanik Mahajan.  His reputation for humanity and compassion saw him being elected to the Financial Aid Committee of the NavnatVanik Mahajan, Mombasa.

 

He had been a chairman and a trustee of the Sthanakwasi Jain Sangh. Celebration of Mahavir Jayanti always invariably commenced by Chhotalal reading from the Jain Scripture.

 

His association with the Navnat Prakash spanned more than quarter of a century.

 

A condolence meeting was held at the Navnat Vanik Mahajan Vadi on Thursday 30th December 1999. The tributes were paid by

        Mr. Maganlal Sanghavi, Navanat Vanik Mahajan.

        Mr. Bhogie Sheth, Sthanakwasi Jain Sangh.

        Mrs. Sadhna Doshi, Navnat Prakash.

        Mrs. Damayanti Shah, Derawasi Jain Sangh.

        Mr. Vaghjibhai Velji Gudka, Board of Trustees-Derawasi Jain Sangh.

        Mr. Pratap Raichoora, on behalf of the Lighthouse Walking Group.

 

He exemplified the saying: "Live among people in such a manner that if you are alive, they crave for your company; and that if you die, they weep over you."

 

Late Mr. Chhotalal Lavji Mehta was such a person. All left the meeting with misty eyes.

 

God bless his soul.

 

 

Now is the only time you own

Live, love and toil with a will.

Place no faith in to-morrow

For the clock may then be still.

 

 

 

 

APOLOGY

 



 

 


Mrs. Priti Sangani gave the complete list of

 

        those participated in depicting Diwali Celebration as celebrated in different parts of India; and,

        winners of pot decoration .

 

We inadvertently left out the names of Northern India and Southern India groups.  We extend our apologies to Pritiben and those who were left out.

 

POT DECORATIONS

 

STD V TO VII

 

1st Mitt Mehta

2nd Puja Dedhi

3rd Pinaki Shah

Consolation Chandni Mehta.

 

SOUTH INDIA

 

Rekha Savadia

Bina Sheth

Manish Mehta

Usha Doshi

NORTH INDIA

 

Bharti Kothari.

Neeta Rupani.

Daksha Kamdar.

Kashmira Desai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POTS DECORATIONS

 

STD VIII - FORM 1 - FORM II

1ST Sheena Sahanghavi  * 2nd Amar Mehta

 

Consolation Disha Kothari

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRISHNABEN WAS THE JUDGE FOR THE POTS DECORATIONS

 

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Two things indicate weakness -to be silent when it is proper to speak and to speak when it is proper to be silent.

 

 

NAVNAT BHAGINI UTKARSH KENDRA

 

NOVEMBER MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bharti Kothari and Daksha Kamdar organized six competitions for the members: 25 members participated.

 

1st Peeling of potato skin and make 'katki'.                 2nd Threading five needles.

Winner: Usha Kothari.                                               Winner: Charu Mehta.

 

3rd Separation of pulses.                                         4th Aaso palav Toran.

Winner: Purnima Doshi.                                             Winner: Harsha Desai.

 

5th Arrange in sequence a jumbled                         6th Dummy Decoration.

pack of cards.            

Winner: Harsha Kamdar.                                          Winners: Harsha Kamdar & Charu Mehta.

 

Judges were Jyotshna Doshi and Manju Sheth

 

 


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ENGAGEMENT

 

SEJAL TO NIJAL

 

 

Sejal is the daughter of Mrs. Rasila & Late Mr. Suresh Shah.

 

Nijal is the son of Mrs. Ramaben & Mr. Chandubhai Shah.

 

OUR CONGRATULATIONS

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

Renuka & Bihari Parekh recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

 

Your anniversary is a day for celebration, because in years together you really have created something rare & wonderful. A marriage & a family of

love.

We went to their home to congratulate both.

 

Biharibhai remarked: "How time flies! Once upon a time, Renuka used to complain that I am interested in only one thing.  After 25 years, I cannot recollect in what I was interested."

 

 



                                                                                                                                                                                   

 



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ENGAGEMENT

 

Khilan to Darshna

 

Khilan is the son of Mrs. Purnima & Mr. Mahendra Doshi. He has completed B.Sc. Actuarial Science; and is currently attached to Prudential Assurance Co., U.K., as a trainee for the Institute of Actuaries examination.

 

Darshna is the daughter of Mrs. Jayshree and Mr. Jayantibhai Somaiya.  She did her Advanced Diploma in Accounts at Melbourne Australia, and is accountant with Aboo Insurance Brokers.

 

 

 

 


                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

We expressed hope that he will soon become a grandfather.

He replied: "No. No. They must first learn how to make both ends meet."

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ARRIVALS - DEPARTURES

 

Ishita Bhogie Doshi was here on holidays. She is back in UK for her 3rd year in dentistry.

Rajiv Praful Mehta from UK. He has completed ACCA and is waiting for results.

Jay Suru Shavadia from Nairobi University for Christmas Holidays. He is a 3rd year medical student.

Amish Jayant Doshi from Nairobi University for Christmas Holidays. He is a 3rd year dentistry student.

Shital & Amit (children of Mr. Ashok Labhshankar Doshi) were here on holidays. Now back to UK to continue studies in Accountancy.

Manish Subhash Shah on holiday from Australia. He has completed his B.D.S. and is now doing  M.B.B.S.

Kiran Subhash Shah on holiday from Scotland. He is a 4th year student in dentistry.

 

Mrs. Usha Divya Shah while in UK communicated with Divya via e-mail. Divya thought enough is enough. So finally he wrote' "No more e-mail. How about female?"  Usha is back.                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES

 

Falgu Jayandra Patel on a visit from Manchester. She is doing her Masters in Languages.

Mr. & Mrs. Bhupat Mehta with family on a visit from Manchester. Bhupatrai is the cousin of Mr. Ramnik Patel and Mr. Suresh Mehta.

 

Mr. Harshad Vora to UK, where wife Pravina had gone ahead of him. Their son Chirag was operated for Hernia and is now well. Mr. & Mrs. Vora should now be in India.

 

Mr. Nagindas Gandhi should be back from UK end January. He is having rest after angioplasty.

Mrs. Nilu Dinesh Sheth is here for some time. Incidentally, she was the only Navnat lady in a group that displayed artistic rangoli at the Swaminarayan Academy.

 

A RARE AND A UNIQUE HONOUR.

 

I still recollect the advice received in sixties.

 

"Mansukh, never ever think of changing your wife, a family doctor and your banker! They come to know personal and confidential matters." 

 

I wonder, apart from a spouse, how many of us have retain the same doctor and the same banker.

 

The Bank of Baroda, Makadara Branch, was the first overseas bank outside India. Mr. Himatlal Shavadia has the honour and privilege to remain its oldest customer. Mr. Sethi, General Manager International Operations, and Mr. Manubhai Parekh, Executive Chairman, were here on a visit; and Himatbhai was introduced to them.

 

On 18th October (Himatbhai's 76th birthday anniversary) the bank hosted a party in his honour within its precincts. A cake cutting ceremony was carried out in presence of his sons Suru and Satish. Never before an individual was so felicitated by a bank.  The community proudly takes note of  an unparallel honour bestowed on its Senior Citizen and a member. 

 

Congratulations.

 

What does it mean to grow older?

 

It means to grow wiser each day; to appreciate more fully the joy life sends our way.

 

It means finding pleasure in little things-

A word, a smile, a thought-

to plan and dream but not forget the joys the past has brought.

 

It means to value having friends. And loved ones always near to learn from each experience and to cherish every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Compiled by Secretary Anil Kamdar and Mansukh Galani

If you would like to e-mail this issue to your children or friends outside Mombasa, please give e-mail address to

mgalani@net2000ke.com

                                                                                                           

 

 

                                                                                               

Dear Community Members

 

The 10th Sports & Cultural Festival is to be held from 21st to 24th April 2000. We expect about 450 visitors from Dar, Tanga and Nairobi.

 

The 1st fund raising event -a Musical Night on 29th October 1999 was a success.  Our 2nd fund raising event is a FOOD FESTIVAL from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd January.  Dishes of different varieties like Chinese, Italian, South Indian, Gujarati, etc. will be prepared by our ladies who will give their time and talent to prepare them. In addition, there will be stalls like HK/PARIS, LUCKY 7 and CHAKEDI.  Fabulous prizes can be won.

 

Practices for games have started.  We require more members for Badminton & Table Tennis. We will have mini sports in January.  The participants will be divided between the LION & TIGER group.  Two matches for each sport event will be played from 15th to 30th January. All participants should remain in touch with the Team Captains. A football match if the ground is available, and a Throw Ball game for the ladies are being considered.

 

Response for the cultural programme is encouraging.  The members who gave their names are requested to attend a meeting at the NVM vadi on 15th January, 6 p. m. Items to be presented and the names of the participants will be finalised.  A special item for children under 8 years is to be included. Eight participants on merit will be selected.

 

We intend to publish A4 size brochure for the Festival. We need 20 adverts to make it self financed. The rates are: Sh.25000 for back page in colour. Sh.15000 for inside back cover. Sh.10000 for A4 size advert. Sh.5000 for A5 size advert. Advertisements from outside the community members are welcome. Please contact Mr. Yogesh Shanghvi.

 

We were fortunate in hosting the first Sports & Cultural festival in1986.  Since then we have travelled a long way and gained experience. Now we are privileged to host the first such festival of the millennium. We want it to be a memorable one for time to come.

 

Ramnik Patel -Convenor 10th Sports & Cultural Festival.