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  • An initiative by Youth Wing of Global Bhatia Foundation

    July 2013

    For Private Circulation Only

    @ 12 12 th Issue

    Vhala Vachakmitro ,

    Jai Shri Krishna !

    Heraj Kutchhi navu varas vyo- an nimitte anke manike Nave Varas ji khub vadhaayun!

    Tedi j rite, 6 August jo Divase jo parva aay-panji maday bheniye ke Diwase ji shubhechha !

    Diwase nimitte Bharatiya Stree Mandal dar varse saras ujavani karadha aavya aay. Ani pase GBF ke sakhe jedo aay!

    Ana manthi gana jana GBF ji National Meet je 3 March jo MV Hall me yojani vui, teme aavya hundha athva anjo webcast narya hundha. GBF je Trustee Board vati aanke manike khub dhanyavad, karan ke ayi made hi National meet me vadi sankhya me avya, bahu utsav thi bhagidar thya. Hi made anubhavi ne asanke bahu santosh thy ne heda program karejo asanjo utsah vadhyo.

    Panji GBF ke hane ba varas mathe thya. Chella ba adhi varas me gana program ane activities kyo.Mane program karejo anand avyo, temathi gane made sakhe lay pan malyo.

    GBF Trustee Mandal ja pahela Chairman Shri Vithalbhai Udeshi va, je GBF je formation me ne uchher me saras yogdan danaun.Vithalbhai panji vache thi viday thya. Aun aniji saras yaadgiri ne contribution ke yaad kariyan to ne shradhanjali diya to.

    GBF je ba adhi varas je anubhav te her chhela 2-3 mahineme GBF jo uddesh, kam kareji paddhati, niti niyam vagere jo Trustee Mandal review kyaun ne jeda sudhara-vadhara athava badlav ji jarur lagi teda, saran e anubhavi experts ji salah gain, ne ferfar kya ayin, je AGM je 13 July jo teme pasar karela ayin.

    `GBF jo uddesh ne approach rules je preamble me vani ganeji try ki aay, je hada raju kareji ichha thieti

    The Bhatia community with its roots in Kutch and Halar regions of Gujarat, which spread out to different parts of India as also to many parts of the world, over last few centuries, have been a hard working and enterprising community engaged in many businesses and professions. They have generally done well in their vocations and have generally been a progressive and generous community , displaying concerns for the well-

    Editor

    Correspondents

    Design & Layout

    Haridas Raigaga

    Nisha Gandhi

    Dharmesh Gandhi

    Youth Wing - GBF

    Inside this issue1. Bhati Gate, Lahore

    2. Earstwhile Bhatti Kingdoms

    3. Chanakya Management

    4.

    5. Wonderfully described definitions.......

    6. Ten Laws Newton Forgot To State.

    7. Brilliant Answers

    8. Educational Institutions

    9.

    10. My Fight Against Cancer

    11. Institutional News

    12. 2nd Annaul General Meeting of GBF

    13. The Tax Man Drummeth

    14.

    15. Vividha

    16. When Parents Give Their Money

    17. From the pages of History

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    being of not only their own community members but also for the society at large. Several Trusts, Charities and Institutions established by members of the community bear testimony to this.

    In order to continue these values and traditions, as also to inculcate these in the younger members of the community, some like-minded members of the community thought of establishing an organization styled as Global Bhatia Foundation, whereby a platform, a forum, an institution is created to channelize the resources contributed by the community - individuals, families, trusts as also business establishments, for the growth and welfare of the society at large.

    The affairs of the Global Bhatia Foundation shall be managed by a Board of Trustees. The GBF founding members desire that the Board of Trustees will consist of individuals who are community service oriented, selfless, resourceful, have credibility in society and have demonstrated capability and expertise in managing affairs of public organizations and who are willing to give adequate time to fulfill the objects of GBF and its activities.

    Aun asha rakha to ke panji Bhatia kom ja sanskar ne approach hanme aanke dekhandha ne aayi anthi sahmat thindha.

    Bhatia History ji Volume - 1 me sara sara Bhatia vyakti ne kutumb jo samavesh Mangalaben Purandare kyan vun. Hane - 2 taiyar thi ryo aay. Teme panke bya saras vyakti ne kutumb cover thiye se nare lay maldha. Teme fakta Mumbai na pan Mumbai sivay desh deshavar me pan rela Bhatia kutumb jo samavesh thindho.

    Hekadi gaal jen lay panji kom janiti aay se Enterpreneurship, Sahasikta, Honesty, Sakhavat, Charity. Hi made gun, hi made chiju ki chalu ron, ki vadhan, se nare ji jaroor aay. GBF Entrepreneurship mathe kam kare lay prayatna kareti. Teme aanjo manijo saath ne sahakar khapdho tenji munke khatri aay.

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    Message from Chairman

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    [email protected] is an in-house ENewsletter distributed freely to the members of Bhatia community and published from Mumbai by Global Bhatia Foundation, a not for profit organization.

    GLOBAL BHATIA FOUNDATION1/6, Dossa Mansion, Next to Apna Bazar, Sir P. M. Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001 Tel: 9167826768 Email : Website : [email protected]

    An Appeal to Youth

    Global Bhatia Foundation invites Bhatia Youth from the Globe to serve as volunteers. GBF youth has education, sports & cultural events on its agenda and success of such projects is possible with t h e s e r v i c e o f s e l f l e s s v o l u n t e e r s . C o n t a c t : [email protected]

    Views expressed by the authors need not be assumed as the views of Global Bhatia Foundation.

    Disclaimer

    All The Copyrights Are Acknowledged.

    Editorial

    Dear Readers ,

    The joy of monsoon is visible with every living being and also in nature. This one season brings everything for all of us for the rest of the year. Wise men right from the ancient times have guided the generations for preserving the greenery and plant more trees. The joy of living begins with the understanding the gifts of nature. That is why people worship trees in India.

    This is a 12th issue of [email protected] and we very gratefully acknowledge the contributors who are part of the journey to reach this milestone. They are - Shri Arun Bhatia, Shri Ajay Jesrani, Shri Yashwant Sampat, Mrs. Neeta Bipin, Mrs. Bhadra Vadgama, Shri Ajit Saraiya, Dr. Neeta Ramaiya, Mrs. Shakuntala Sampat, Smt. Damyanti Danthi & Smt. Bindu Danthi, Dr. Mangala Purandare, Miss Sonal Bhatia, Miss Hemisha Raigaga, Dr. Mukul Asher, Shri Mukesh Anjaria, Shri Kolkata Bhatia Mahajan, Shri Daresalam Bhatia Mahajan, Bhatia Association-UK, Bhatia Samaj Jesalmer, Shri Dharmesh Gandhi, Miss Nisha Gandhi, Miss Purvi Kapadia, Shri Pradip Zaveri & All the Trustees of GBF.

    From this issue, we are including a one-page "From the pages of History". Hope our readers will like it as we've a great History & Heritage. We have quite fascinating contents that are collected for Volume-2 of "History of Bhatia Community" (To be published) and this information will reach you in bits and pieces in every issue of Newsletter.

    Bhati Gate, Lahore

    Bhati Gate is situated at the western entrance to the walled city. It is named so because it opens in the direction of Saandal Bar, named after Rai Saandal Bhatti, grandfather of the renowned Punjabi hero Dulla Bhatti.

    EARSTWHILE BHATTI KINGDOMS

    (1) Afghanistan (Kabul, Gazni) - Maharaj Baland Yadvka Rajya

    (2) Baluchistan - Maharaj Baland Yadvka Rajya

    (3) Punjab (Multan, Lahore, Patiala) - Maharaj Baland Yadvka Rajya

    (4) Mathura (UP) - Maharaj Baland Yadvka Rajya

    (5) Marusthal (Bikaner, Jaisalmer, and Barmer) - Maharaj Baland Yadvka Rajya

    (6) Hisar (Haryana) - Maharaj Baland Yadvka Rajya

    (7) Devraval (Rajasthan) Bhatti Rajputs(8) Lodrava (Rajasthan) Bhatti Rajputs(9) Amarkot Sindh (Pakistan) Bhatti

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    Chanakya Management

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    A Student who got 0% Marks, was surprised because his all answers were correct! Don't you feel that he was wrongly penalised?

    Ans.- In his Last Battle.

    Ans.- At the Bottom of the Page.

    Ans.- Marriage.

    Ans.- Liquid State.

    Ans.- On His Birthday.

    Ans.- By Preparing Mango Shake..!!

    Awesome Reply By Student:- .."Daaru K Glass Me...

    Q.1- In which battle did Tipu Sultan Died ?

    Q.2- Where was the Declaration of Independence Signed ?

    Q.3- What is the Main Reason for Divorce ?

    Q.4- Ganga Flows in which State ?

    Q.5- When was Mahatma Gandhi Born ?

    Q.6- How will you Distribute 8 Mangoes among 6 People ?

    Q.7- India Me saal bhar Sabse Zyada Baraf Kaha Girti Hai...???

    1. LAW OF QUEUE:

    2. LAW OF TELEPHONE:

    3. LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR:

    4. LAW OF THE WORKSHOP:

    5. LAW OF THE ALIBI:

    6. BATH THEOREM:

    7. LAW OF ENCOUNTERS:

    8. LAW OF THE RESULT:

    9. LAW OF BIO-MECHANICS:

    10. LAW OF COFFEE:

    How can Newton the greatest scientist of our times be left

    behind ?

    If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move

    faster than the one you are in now.

    When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged one.

    After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin

    to itch.

    Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

    If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat

    tyre, the next morning you will have a flat tyre.

    When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

    The probability of meeting someone you know increases when

    you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

    When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it

    will!

    The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

    As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask

    you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.

    NEWTON STRIKES BACK WITH LAW NO. 11. THE LAW OF MOTION.

    LOOSE MOTION CANNOT BE DONE IN SLOW MOTION!!!

    Ten Laws Newton Forgot To State.

    CIGARETTE : A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other!MARRIAGE : It's an agreement wherein a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her master.LECTURE : An art of transmitting Information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of students without passing through the minds of eitherCONFERENCE : The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.COMPROMISE : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest pieceTEARS : The hydraulic force by which masculine will power is defeated by feminine water-power!DICTIONARY : A place where divorce comes before marriage.CONFERENCE ROOM : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.ECSTASY : A feeling when you feel you are going to feel a feeling you have never felt before.CLASSIC : A book which people praise, but never read.SMILE : A curve that can set a lot of things straight!OFFICE : A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.YAWN : The only time when some married men ever get to open their mouth.ETC : A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.COMMITTEE : Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.EXPERIENCE : The name men give to their Mistakes.ATOM BOMB : An invention to bring an end to all inventions.PHILOSOPHER : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.DIPLOMAT : A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.OPPORTUNIST : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.OPTIMIST : A person who while falling from EIFFEL TOWER says in midway "SEE I AM NOT INJURED YET!"PESSIMIST : A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO, Instead of the first letter in OPPORTUNITYMISER : A person who lives poor so that he can die RICH!FATHER : A banker provided by nature.CRIMINAL : A guy no different from the other, unless he gets caught.POLITICIAN : One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence LaterDOCTOR : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by his bills!

    THE BEST ONEBOSS : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

    Wonderfully described definitions.......

    Brilliant Answers But Exams Point Wrong.

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    1. Shri Bhatia BalRakshak Vidyalaya, Borivali-W, Mumbai-400092

    2 Shri Kathiawar Bhatia Vidyarthi Bhavan, Rajkot

    3 Smt. Nathibai Damodar Women's University, Churchgate, Mumbai

    4 Sheth Mulji Karsondas High School, Borivali-West, Mumbai-400092

    5 Sheth Gopalji Hemraj High School, Borivali-East, Mumbai-400066

    6 Shri M.K.N. Bhatia High School, Borivali-West,Mumbai-400092

    7 Smt. Lilavati Lalji Dayal High School, Prathna Samaj, Mumbai-400004

    8 Sheth Khimji Ramdas Kanya Vidyalaya, Mandvi, Kutch

    9 Hansraj Pragji Thackersey High School, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020

    10 Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal High School, Kothara Kutch

    11 Sheth Vallabhdas Karsondas Natha Kanyashala, Kothara Kutch

    12 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel High School, Kandivali-West, Mumbai

    13 Kandivali Education Society College, Kandivali-West, Mumbai

    14 Tikamdas P. Bhatia Science College, Kandivali-West, Mumbai

    15 Ratansi Pragji Municipal School, Kandivali-West, Mumbai

    16 Vissanji Academy, Andheri (e) Mumbai - 400069

    17 Sheth I.H.Bhatia High School & Jr. College (Karachi Jr.College),

    Kurla(W), Mumbai

    18 Mathuradas Vissanji & LU College, Andheri Bhavan's Campus (Mumbai)

    19 Sanskardham Vidyalaya, Goregaon-W, Mumbai-400062

    20 Sheth Madhavdas Amersey High School, Andheri-W, Mumbai

    21 Shri Purshottam Vishram Mavji Girls High School, Dwarka, Gujarat State

    22 Sheth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Parel, Mumbai

    23 Bai Kabibai High School, Fort, Mumbai-400001

    24 Ramji Ashar Vidyalay High School, Ghatkoper

    25 Kanji Khetsi Girls Hostel, Fort, Mumbai-400001

    26 Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal Boarding School, Gowalia Tank, Mumbai-400007

    27 Andheri Girls High School, Andheri-W, Mumbai-400056

    28 Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal High School, Mandvi Kutch

    29 Blossoms English Medium School, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020

    30 Smt. Nathibai Damodar Women's University,

    Santacruz-W, Mumbai-400057

    31 M.D.Bhatia English Medium School, Ghatkoper

    32 SNDT Girls High School-Marathi Medium, VP Road,

    Sikka Nagar,Mumbai

    33 Jadavji Jethabhai Primary School, Borivali-East, Mumbai

    34 Shri M.K.N. Bhatia High School, Dahisar, Mumbai-400068

    35 Devji Bhimji School-Kandivali(W) closed

    36 Shri M.K.N. Bhatia High School, Borivali-West, Mumbai

    37 Sheth Gokuldas Tejpal Primary School, Kothara

    38 Shri Vallabhdas Karsondas Natha Boys Hostel, Kothara

    39 Shri Poonja Anandji High School, Nirona,

    Taluka Nakhatrana, Kutch

    40 Sakarbai Khimji Ramdas Memorial School (English Medium),

    Mandvi, Kutch

    41 Shri Ajitsinh Gopaldas Mulani Vidya Mandir (English Medium),

    Vedhar (Nirona), Kutch

    42 Trikamdas Bhavan & Bai Manekbai Free Library &

    Reading Room, Mandvi-Kutch

    43 Gokuldas Bambhdai Chhatralay, Mandvi

    44 Gokuldas Bambhdai Primary School, Mandvi

    45 Gokuldas Hansraj Trantukar Vividhlakshi Vidyalay, Mandvi-Kutch

    46 Chatrabhuj Damodar Ramaiya Memorial Bldg, RD Balmandir-Mundra

    47 Hansraj Damodar Toprani Bhatia Balashram-Mandvi (Closed)

    48 Smt. Zaverbai Gokuldas Hansraj Trantukar Kanya Vidyalay, Mandvi

    49 Sheth Shri Liladhar Morarji Bhimani Prathmik Shala, Mandvi

    50 Shri Vivekanand Research and Training Institute, Mandvi & Naliya (Kutch)

    51 Sheth Jivandas Liladhar Matani Sarvajanik Kanyashala, Mandvi

    52 Sw. Virmati ben Liladhar Bhimani Balmandir, Mandvi

    53 Sheth Dayal Purshottam Toprani Prathmik Shala, Mandvi

    54 Sheth Narandas Ravji Matani Sarvajanik Balmandir, Mandvi

    55 Shri Sheth Dharamsinh Vallabhdas Sarkari

    Uchchtar Madhyamik Shala, Anjar

    56 Sheth Shri Khimji Virji Ashar School-Bibbar,Kutch

    57 Sheth Khimji Ramdas Kanya Vidyalay Girls Hostel, Mandvi-Kutch

    58 Ratanbai Dharamsi Kanya Prathmik Shala -Anjar

    59 Late Virmatiben Vijaysinh Bhimani Balmandir - Mandvi

    60 Shri Ratansi Mulji Primary Girls school, Mandvi

    61 Sheth Jivandas Liladhar Matani Sarvajanik Kanyashala - Mandvi

    62 VRTI Primary school, VRTI, Mandvi Kutch

    63 Sheth Dayal Purshottam Toprani Prathmik Shala - Mandvi

    64 Shri Vijaysinh Liladhar Computer Lab-Mandvi

    65 Smt. Zaverbai Gokuldas Hansraj Trantukar Kanya Vidyalaya-Mandvi

    66 Sheth Narandas Ravji Matani Sarvajanik Balmandir Mandvi

    67 Sheth Narandas Thackersey Mulji High School, Surendranagar, Gujarat

    68 Haridas Liladhar Danthi Sanskrit Pathshala Kadiadara,Gujarat State

    69 Vanita Vishram High School, Surat, Gujarat 395001

    70 Sheth P.T.Mahila College, Vanita Vishram, Surat

    71 Womens College of Commerce, Vanita Vishram, Surat

    72 Navibai Ramji Ashar Vidyalay High School At & Post-Bhiloda,Dist. Sabarkantha,

    73 Thackersey Sanskrit Pathshala & Library-Chandod

    74 Sheth Damodar Govindji Middle School, Khambhaliya

    75 Bhatia Thakkar Dhanji Mulji Ranparia Balmandir, Khambhaliya

    76 Bhatia Sheth Padamsi Manji Hostel & Library-Khambhaliya

    77 SNDT High School-Khambhaliya

    78 Shri Gopalji Valji Jerajani High School, Khambhaliya

    79 Nathibai Damodar Haloo High School-Dwarka

    80 Bhatia Sheth Padamsi Hirji Virjiani Girls English School-Khambhaliya

    81 Sheth Mulji Jetha College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra State

    82 Sheth Lalji Naranji High School-Jalgaon

    83 Smt.Indiraji Kapadia Commerce College-Amravati (Maharashtra)

    84 Smt. Sushila Kapadia High School-Amravati (Maharashtra)

    85 Dr. Babla Diani Secondary School-Mombasa

    86 Arabic School, Bahrain (Built by Thathai Bhatia)

    87 Pratap Public School (Jarnailly colony)

    Karnal, Haryana. Established by Dr. R.S.Bhatia

    88 Pratap Public School (Sector-6)

    Karnal, Haryana. Established by Dr. R.S.Bhatia

    89 Pratap Public School (Model Town)

    Karnal, Haryana. Established by Dr. R.S.Bhatia

    90 Pratap Public School (Jundla)

    Karnal, Haryana. Established by Dr. R.S.Bhatia

    91. Shri Ratansi Bajaria Primary School, Borivali.

    Names Of Educational Institutions Established By Bhatias Or By Major Donation From Bhatias

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    CANCER DOES NOT MEAN CANCEL. Certainly not today when there are so many medical advances and discoveries, miraculous remedies to achieve victory over this dreadful disease and prolong the life of a person afflicted with it. I am writing this article about my respected father, late Shri PRAGJI DOSSA, (Born: 07-10-1907) an author, journalist, playwright, film writer, TV writer; radio plays writer, musician, singer and also sports-man, who suffered cancer twice: first in 1976-77, at the age of 70 and again at the old age of 83. Both times, he faced this disease bravely with undaunted spirit and courage. His larynx (voice box) was removed in 1977 following major surgery in Tata Memorial Hospital to remove a cancerous growth in his throat. In spite of this handicap, he continued to make his voice heard by millions all over the world through his prolific pen. At the time of his laryngectomy operation in April 1977, he was a lecturer in I.N.T.'s Children's Wing and also in two other institutions. Being a singer himself, he had also studied Indian Classical Music as a pupil of Sangeet Samrat Pandit Omkarnathji Thakur. At that time he was writing a history of the Gujarati stage from the year 1852, besides writing stories, dialogues and screenplays of feature films. On the third day after his operation, with the permission of his doctor, he started writing again. He also underwent plastic surgery twice on his neck as the skin had become dead due to the after effects of Cobalt Radiation. For this purpose, a piece of skin 6 x 2 in size was removed from his arm to be grafted on his neck as required. Two months later, he was awarded A.I.R. Akashwani Golden Jubilee Memento presented by then Prime Minister of India, Shri Morarji Desai. My father Shri PRAGJIBHAI was personally present in Akashwani Auditorium with bandage to receive this award on stage from Shri Morarji Desai. This was followed by five more awards and honours in the years 1978, 1979 and 1980; Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Nritya Natak Akedemy Award, Gold Medal and Tamrapatra presented by then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Babubhai J. Patel in 1980 and his appointment as Special Executive Magistrate, Maharashtra State for 1980-1983. The death of my mother in July, 1982 was a severe blow which he had to accept as God's will. My father continued with his writings from 3.45 in the morning, leading a disciplined life regularly practicing meditation and yoga. On his 75th birthday, in recognition of his great services and contributions in the field of Drama, Literature, Children's Theatre, Films, Music and Radio, he received messages of goodwill and felicitations from then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Madhavsinh Solanki and also from France, Germany, London, Czechoslovakia and East Africa. He also received a letter from Washington, DC informing him that on this special occasion, a flag of the United States was flown over the capitol in his honour. This flag was subsequently sent to him with a certificate and picture of it flying over the capitol. In November 1982, immediately after his 75th birthday, my father was also felicitated and honoured on the occasion of release of his book "Takhto bole Chhe - part 2" by the Chief Guest reputed classical Bharat Natyam dancer Smt. Mrinalini Sarabhai along with other dignitaries, chief among whom were Film Producer & Director Shri. Vijay Bhatt, famous Test Cricketer Shri. Vijay Merchant, PujyaPad Shri. Mukundraiji Goswami, Managing Editors of leading Gujarati Newspapers & many other artistes. This was immediately followed by the Soviet Land Nehru Award and Gold Medal presented to him by Shri Rajiv Gandhi in 1983. It is ironic that he had received this prestigious award earlier in 1966 from then Prime Minister, Smt. Indira Gandhi.He was given four more Awards and Honours from 1985 to 1989 by Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, namely, Shri Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar in 1985 and Shri Shankarrao B. Chavan in 1987 during the release of writer Pragji Dossa's book 'Nayika Bhed' by him (5th June, 1987). (Photograph of Shri S. B. Chavan honouring Pragji Dossa to be shown here).Fate plays a prominent and unpredictable part in one's life. In February 1990, during an investigation for enlargement of prostate, his biopsy revealed Adenocarcinoma. The cancer had struck him again. After a month, he was operated upon for the removal of the prostate. Though physically he was not strong and stout, mentally he was made of sterner stuff. Fate tested his strength very often but he was not to be cowed down. He possessed tremendous stamina and will power. In spite of having suffered cancer twice, a physically handicapped old and infirm person who had earlier lost his voice, fighting against all odds, trying to maintain himself, he continued to write and received five more awards and honours. My father who being appointed on the Western Regional Advisory Board of Soviet Land Nehru awards committee for Gujarati language from the year 1970 continued to serve even after cancer till the year 1982.He was also selected : As member of script panel of National Film Development Corporation since 1990. On the panel of jury for Kabir Samman award for 1991-92. On the panel of jury for Lata Mangeshkar Purashkar for 1992-93.He was appointed as one of the judges for Filmfare awards for best story in 1989

    My Fight Against Cancer (The story of my father Pragji Dossa who had Cancer twice) - by Madhavsinh Dossa

    and for best screenplay in 1992, along with well known film maker, Shri B.R.Chopra. When he read my father's bio-data, he was impressed by my father's multi-faceted literary adventures and his achievements in so many fields. He wrote a wonderful letter to my father, which is treasured by our family today.My father wrote 26 episodes of the T.V. serial Savitri in 1990-1991 for Smt. Hema Malini. He also wrote for T.V. serial MAA (Adyashakti Bhuvaneshwari) which was telecast on Zee T.V. in 1995. Many a times he had been interviewed on television when he spoke with the help of electronic larynx machine. As he had been interviewed for Akashwani for one-hour audio recording for Bombay Archives, so also even after his cancer operation, he was interviewed by the N.C.P.A. for one hour video recording for National Archives in March 1992. Only the patient knows how much a laryngeal cancer victim has to suffer even after a successful laryngectomy operation. On several occasions, my father had accumulation of phlegm in his wind-pipe and could not breathe properly. We had to rush him to Jaslok Hospital to alleviate the suffocation with the aid of suction machine. Dr. R.S.Rao who operated my father for Larynx Cancer in Tata Memorial Hospital in 1977 always took great personal care during his post-operative quarterly, half-yearly and later, yearly check-ups and also during emergencies. In spite of all these physical sufferings, he was active with new literary creations in various fields till his very last, whether it be Dramas, Plays, Radio Plays, Children's Theatre & Plays for Children, Journalism, Novels, Films, T.V.Serials, Music, taking Interviews of Eminent Great Personalities or being interviewed by others. This, he always said, kept his mind and soul very active and energetic. In February 1996, his oesophagus (food-pipe) became constricted with the result that the food he ate was not able to pass through it. Even liquids like milk, tea and soups could only pass through drop by drop, resulting in it coming out by way of mouth or even nose. Ultimately in June 1996, he underwent endoscopic oesophageal dilatation operation. The food-pipe was widened a bit, since on account of his old age, the risk of fully widening it could not be undertaken. But within three months, the same problem started again, hence in October 1996 the same operation was performed. The surgeon informed my father that in case the trouble persisted, this operation could not be carried out again as there was a risk of the food-pipe rupturing. Thereafter, eating even half a chapati took him one to one and a half hours. His weight was reduced from 55 kg to 39 kg.

    thIn spite of this, his writings continued as usual much before sunrise. On 18 December, 1996, he was honoured with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for playwriting for 1995, presented to him by then President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi. Even with his frail and weak body, at the very old age of 89 he showed great stamina and will power, travelling to New Delhi in cold and wintry weather to receive the award. It was a moving sight to see him slowly walking with the support of a stick in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Thereafter, several associations paid tribute to him on his receipt of this very prestigious award and honour.

    thAs fate would have it, on 15 August, 1997, while walking at home in the early morning, he lost his balance and fell down and fractured his right hip-bone. He was admitted to Bhatia General Hospital, where in spite of his pain, he insisted on carrying all his writing material. Through all the tests and intense pain he

    thalways mainatained a smiling face. He was operated on 19 August, but his heart gave way on the morning of 20th and he collapsed in the Intensive Care Unit. All efforts by the doctors and nurses to resuscitate and revive his heart were of no avail. At this time, he was working on Bal-Pratibha, on the lives of great men and women during their childhood. He had earlier written such stories for Mumbai Samachar. He told me that he wanted to write on this subject as he knew of many leaders whose childhood had been equally brilliant and noteworthy. Subsequently, V-Care Foundation gave him the Victor Award for deserving cancer patients who have faced the hardships and hazards of life after being

    thafflicted with cancer bravely, posthumously on 14 February, 1998 for being a source of inspiration and hope to cancer victims during a span of 20 years after suffering cancer through his immense courage, resilience and strength in his victory over cancer. Pragji Dossa's Creations after Suffering from Cancer:138 Children's Plays, 78 Full Length Plays, 14 Films-Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, 140 Radio Programmes, 130 T.V. Programmes, more than 1500 Articles in various Magazines and Newspapers, 26 Books more published.Wrote Story, Screenplay, and/or Dialogues for Mythological Subjects - Maa Adyashakti Bhuvaneshwari, Durga, Savitri, Shiv Mahapuran, Narad etc. for Film and T.V. Producers. 9 Interviews of several eminent famous personalities in different fields taken and Published.Operated on for larynx cancer on 01 04 1977.

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    2nd Annual General Meeting of GBF

    The Second AGM of GBF to place on July 13, 2013 at HPT School, Churchgate. Shri Kaushal Sampat made a presentation of the activities undertaken during the year.

    1. Release of an e-publication Kutchh Kamagari Paintings A Forgotten Heritage by Shri Pradip Zaveri at the hands of Shri Narayan Mulani. This e-Publication features 164 traditional Kutchhi Wall Paintings (Bhitchitro) and is an important archive of this dying art. This e-Publication is the outcome of Shri Zaveris painstaking research on the subject.

    2. Medical Camp covering diagnostic tests and physician examinations was held in February 2013 at Kanji Khetsi Wadi, Mumbai. 272 people from all communities attended the Camp and benefited from it.

    3. Parichay Milan 2013 was organised on Feb 17, 2013 at Sunderbai Hall and was a resounding success with 245 participants. 28 engagements have been reported as a result of Parichay Milan 2013. 15 couples have been married as a result of the past 3 years of Parichay Milan. Each of the couples have received Rs. 5,100/- as a gift from GBF.

    4. Indoor Sports for youth were held on Feb 24, 2013. The sports were very well attended and we had over 300 participants.

    5. Organised the Second National Conference of Bhatia Organisations and Community on March 3, 2013 at Mumbai. Over 300 people attended both from all over India and overseas (US, UK, Oman, UAE, Africa). We deliberated on important issues before the community such as education, culture, entrepreneurship, professional careers and philanthropy. The Event was webcast live and we had a global viewership. 75 prominent achievers (families and individuals) across various categories were felicitated at the Conference. Some of those felicitated include Shri Vanraj Bhatia, Shri Harish Bhimani, Shri Rajjubhai & Smt Sandra Shroff, Shri Ajit Bhimani, Smt Sushila Bhatia, Shri Sushil & Sudhir Gokuldas Tejpal, Shri Krishnakant Mulji Jetha, Shri Kishor Mariwala, Shri Dipesh Shroff, Mrs Varsha Bhatia, Smt Binduben Danthi. An Information Booklet was also released on this occasion. The function was followed by a traditional Bhatia Lunch.

    6. Our publication History of The Bhatia Community: Volume 1 by Prof. Mangalaben Purandare, GBFs official archivist/ historian, won the first prize at the Konkan Itihas Parishad held in Goa . All 1,000 copies of this publication have been sold out.

    7. Two students from the US are currently working on their Ph.Ds on the Bhatia Community and GBF is assisting them with their research.

    8. [email protected], our e-newsletter, aimed at connecting the whole community is going from strength to strength. We have circulated 11 issues so far to an audience of more than 3,000 readers.

    9. The GBF Facebook group now has over 2,500 members. Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/globalbhatiafoundation/

    GBF Chairman Shri Ashwinbhai Shroff addressing the AGM and Shri Nitinbhai Dossa (Vice Chairman) besides him.

    The Saurashtra region will be divided into four link zones east, west, central and south zones. Narmada water will be filled through gravity in 115 dams of seven districts by 1115 km. long link canals of all the four zones. He exuded faith that the scheme will add new strength to economy of Saurashtra.

    Institutional News

    Shri Narendra Modi onCover page of

    TIME Magazine

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    A percussion quartet rattles a city's deadbeatsBANGALORE Swaying in the heat of downtown Bangalore, a young man named Manu gives his fellow percussionists a

    look. And, as surely as if he'd hollered faster, the tempo rises. Hunched outside a local builder's posh mansion, Manu, Anil, Gopal and John bang their tamate drums more and more feverishly, aiming for that moment when their audience can take no more.

    This rhythmic quartet isn't meant to be an act; it's meant to be a nuisance. The drummers are paid by the Bangalore city council to perform outside the residences and businesses of tax evaders. They come with banners bearing their target's name and the amount owed, and aim to embarrass and annoy deadbeat into submission.

    This is much cheaper and faster than prolonged litigation in the courts, explains Madappa, a clerk in the city office. Quite often, the defaulters cough up at least part of the money owed.

    Manu, the goateed leader of the drummers playing today, is in his 20s. Having dropped out of school, he makes a living mainly as a construction worker and a decorator, but taught himself to play the tamate in order to earn a little income on the side. The only things certain in life are death and taxes, he says. Wetamate boys figure into that.

    In addition to the ongoing debt-collection gig, Manu's group earns money by performing in funeral processions. The work is sporadic and not very lucrative, but that's becoming increasingly less important to the four friends. We forget everything when we beat the drums, Manu says. It comes instinctively.

    The Tax Man Drummeth - by Arun Bhatia (Bangalore)

    continue on next page.....A Unique House

    Pragji Dossa receiving the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 1995 from then President of India HE Dr. S D Sharma at New Delhi 1996

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    When Parents Give Their Money Too Early . . .

    At their 54th anniversary, my friends made a decision to distribute their combined assets among their living heirs. Their rationale, Para walang gulo. (To avoid trouble). They added one proviso: While still alive, income from these properties will be used to maintain our present lifestyle inclusive of medical expenses, extravagant trips and unlimited shopping.

    That's easy, replied the heirs. The income was substantial to indulge the old folks with a bonus that the heirs can use in any manner they wanted.

    The first year passed without a hitch, but soon the problem surfaced. Each child used all kinds of tactics to keep the money from his parents. It reached a point where the poor retirees had to ,

    they worked hard to uphold.

    What went wrong?

    , said a cautious friend who warned the couple of this scenario. Children are so unreliable when it comes to inherited money. Money received, which was not expected and not a direct result of something they worked for, is not given the same value as money earned with their own sweat and tears. They lose their sense of propriety; gratitude is tainted by greed and decency gone. This is compounded by in-laws who can tilt or convince their respective spouses to throw out good sense and filial affection like soiled rugs, Honey, they're going to die anyway, so why waste good money on them?

    To avoid falling into this vulnerable, pitiful state, keep these 10 tips in mind:

    1. Do not retire. If you're over-aged, retire and get all the benefits but find another income-generating job or open a business that will keep you active physically and mentally.

    , play a sport, learn a new hobby and volunteer in your community or parish. Don't loaf around. Your spouse will hate you because you've become a sloppy, listless bum with nothing good to say about the household and things that you never bothered about before. Solve crossword puzzles, play Scrabble, write your memoirs, and above all, read ...this will keep you alert and keep Alzheimer's at bay.

    2. to enjoy independence, privacy and a solo life. If you move in with your children, your rank or degree of importance is reduced to that of a bed spacer who has no place of honor or, worse, like crumbling furniture merely displayed with no added value. Might you kowtow to conform to their own rules that are not kind, considerate or mindful of you? If you witness your children engaged in a war of will and wits with your grandchildren, whom will you side with? Will they even appreciate your arbitration? Remind your children that silence is not a sign of weakness; you are merely processing data that is taking longer to complete.

    3. , bank deposits and assets. If you

    beg for sustenance robbing them of the dignity

    Bad decision

    Travel and bond with true friends

    Live in your own place

    Hold on to your nest egg

    want to help your children, do give, but not to the extent that you wipe out your life's earnings, singing heroically not a shirt on my back nor a penny to my name. Staying solvent and in the black is a good hedge against all kinds of tempests. You will sleep better, you will not be afraid to express your opinion and you will be confident about yourself.

    4. to care for you when you grow old. Priorities change. Many children are not guilt-ridden or filled with a sense of moral obligation when the wife and offspring take top billing in their lives. There are still children who would consider it a privilege to show compassion, genuine love and deep concern for their parents but be warned that not all children think alike.

    5. to include young ones who will definitely outlive your old BFFs. Keep up with new inventions, trends, music and lifestyle including all the scams and schemes you should guard against. Remember that when you mix with the young, you also open a fresh avenue to channel your thoughts, experiences and values through so that the lessons you learned are not lost, forgotten or buried with you.

    6. of spring water all the time. There's nothing more depressing than seeing people exhale when you walk by because you reek of baul (camphor chest) or lupa (dirt). Old age or bust, don't look and smell like a corpse when you're not one yet.

    7. . If they ask for your counsel, give it, but be ready to accept that they may not take it. Their situations in life cannot be compared to the situations that you experienced in your life. The playing field has changed and they need to develop their own set of survival skills. If you raised them to be street smart, they can handle themselves in tough situations and be able to read people. Champion and encourage their dreams and desires but on their own terms.

    8. and justification for turning grumpy. There's nothing more annoying than an arrogant, old fool. Welcome each day as another chance to be kind and forgiving, to yourself and to others.

    9. Listen to what others may say. around just because you are a septuagenarian or a nonagenarian. You are not a depository of knowledge. Even if the roles have been reversed, make growing old a fun-filled, pleasant experience for you and your brood.

    10. Pray always and focus on your eternal life. You will definitely leave everything behind, a

    . Be more accepting that, sooner, not later, you will croak. Prepare your swan song with a humble and contrite heart. If you believe in a merciful and loving God, there is no need to strut like a star. Nobody is.

    Don't believe your children's promise

    Expand your circle of friends

    Be well groomed and smelling fresh

    Do not meddle in the life of your children

    Do not use old age as your shield

    Do not throw your weight

    final journey detached from burden and care

    Money - Your last power at old age !

    Article by: Letty Jacinto-Lopez

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    Puru (Purushottam) became the patronymic of this branch of the Lunar race. Of this Alexander's historians made Porus. The Suraseni

    of Methoras (descendants of the Soor Sen of Mathura) were all Purus, the Prasioi of Megasthenes...

    Shoorsaini Porus on War Elephant

    Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, James Tod, pp 36, Published by Higginbotham and co., 1873

    In the Punjab (Pakistan) province, Bhatti Rajputs are found in Nankana Sahib, Jhang, Gujranwala, Mandi Bahauddin, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Jhelum, Gujarkhan, Chakwal, Sialkot, Sahiwal, Okara, Sargodha, Fateh Jang (Hattar), Talagang, Hafizabad, Narowal, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Lodhran, Khanpur, Liaquatpur, Rawalpindi and Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Pakpattan , Kotmurad district Sheikhupura, Sheikhupura cities of the Punjab. In Sindh Province they are found in the districts of Sukkur, Ghotki, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sanghar, Tando Adam, Thatta, Dadu, Hala, Khairpur, Mirpur Khas, Shahdadpur, Tharparkar i.e. Mithi and Bhit Island, in Karachi. In azad kashmir they found dhal qazian,surrol,malot,rangla and dheerkot in district bagh. Also found in muzaffarabad, rawalakot and poonch.

    From the pages of History

    Ahir clans

    Bhatti

    Samma

    Chauhan

    Jadaun

    Jadeja

    Rathor

    Tanwar

    Tomar

    Yadav Saini

    YADUVANSHI RAJPUT CLANS

    RAJPUT CLANS

    YADU

    SURYAVANSHI

    CHANDRAVANSHI :

    AGNIVANSHI

    OTHERS :

    : Bhatti,Chudasama, Samma, Chauhan,Yaduvanshi Ahirs, Jadaun, Jadeja, Rathor,Tanwar,Tomar

    : Bachal, Bais, Bargujar, Bersal, Bisen, Channa, Chattar, Chundawat, Dabhi, Dogra, Gahlot, Ghik, Ghorewaha, Gohil, Jhala, Jaitawat, Jamwal, Jasrotia, Jayas, Jodhra, Kachwaha, Katil, Khangarot, Kirar, Kohaal, Mandahar, Mian, Minhas, Naga, Nagyal, Naroo, Nathawat, Nikumbh, Pundir, Raghav, Raghuwanshi, Rajawat, Rathore, Ror, Saharan, Seyan, Sengar, Shaktawat, Shakya, Shekhawat, Sisodia, Thakial, Thathal

    Yadav, Alpial, Babaria, Bhati, Barhiya, Chadar, Chadhar, Chandela, Chib, Chudasama, Dahiya, Doad, Gungal, Harral, Hattar, Jadaun, Jadeja, Janjua, Jarral, Jaswal, Jethwa, Jodhra, Johiya, Katoch, Lodhi, Khakha, Mahaar, Mangral, Marral, Manj, Moonga, Nai, Naipal, Nathyal, Noon, Raizada, Ranial, Sarvaiya, Sulehria, Saini, Tomaras, Wattu, Wejhwa, Wijhalke

    : Baghial, Bhakral, Chauhan, Deora, Dor, Hon, Kharal, Lak, Kheechee, Harral, Mekan, Mori, Narma, Paramara, Rawat Rajputs, Sial, Sodha, Sohlan, Solanki, Tiwana

    Muslim Rajputs, Punjabi Rajputs, Sikh Rajputs, Gadia Lohar

    Jaisalmer is named after its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput king in 1156 AD. Jaisalmer means the Hill Fort of Jaisal. Jaisalmer is sometimes called the Golden City of India because the yellow sand and the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish-golden tinge to the city and its surrounding area.

    Portrait of Maharawal Jaisal Singh inside Jaisalmer Fort.

    ORIGIN OF NAME

    Maharaja Porus (Puru) belongs to Chandravanshi Rajput Clan (Yaduvanshi)

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