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Wishing All Our Family and Friends A Happy Diwali

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Greetings dear readers and welcome to Namaste 2009! As a relative newcomer to Gibraltar, taking on the responsibility of composing this issue has been a challenging yet rewarding and fun experience. In the past few months I have enjoyed troubling many of our community members, for the various articles, opinions and photos required. Their support has been most valuable and I hope resulted in a varied and enjoyable magazine. Now that the issue is out, they need not cross the street anymore when they see me approaching them (jokes!). My sincere thanks goes out to Prem Mahtani for his skills and patience in composing a great front cover. I fully expected Prem to cringe when I presented him with this idea, as working with children in a studio set-up is not the easiest assignment, but his enthusiasm and creative drive resulted in this beautiful and innocent portrayal of RadhaKrishna. Our thanks too, to the children and parents who made this possible – we are sure they would have rather been playing in the park than being painted blue from head to toe!   On to the content of the magazine, we have expanded ‘Gib Book’ so that you can enjoy viewing more pictures and be sure to read ‘Green Talk’ so that you can do your bit for the environment. Then sit back for a bit of R&R to enjoy your ‘Chai Break’. For the trendy lot amongst us, we have ‘Fashion the World’ and for those not watching the waistline we present ‘Life on a Plate’. There is something for everyone! I will end this message by thanking aunty Joshina and all my friends for their tireless assistance with proof reading and other mundane tasks. You know who you are!   To our readership, please be forthcoming with any of your ideas and feedback, positive or otherwise.   Wishing all of you and your families a very Happy Diwali!   Parissa V. Khiani Editor Namaste 2009


BAZAAR Blog ................................................ 64 Heart to Heart: The Killer Belly that can kill . 68 Jai Ho to our Cows ........................................... 72 Our cultural gift to you: Chapter 2 ................... 76 Radha-Krsna front cover: Candid Photos ........ 84 Arman Karnani interviews Spain’s P. M. ......... 84 Test Tube Burgers? Growing meat without growing animals .................................. 90 Life on a plate .................................................... 94

President’s Message ........................................... 4 Hindu Merchants’ Association ........................... 5 Gibraltar Hindu Temple ..................................... 7 Tipna ................................................................... 8


Reaching Out...................................................... 10 Reflections of a Life’s Journey ......................... 14 Facebook Group: World Leaders ...................... 20 Doom and Gloom making you anxious?.......... 26 Fashion the world: 101 ..................................... 34 Be Happy and Free: The importance of mental health ................................................ 36 Postcards from around the world ..................... 38 Chai Break ........................................................ 40 If Only…parents could read our minds ........... 44 Our cultural gift to you: Chapter 1 ................... 46 Checkmate: The Chhatwani brothers ............... 57 But Why? But Why? But Why? ....................... 57 Paper Cuts ........................................................ 58 Green Talk: Join the conversation ................... 62

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President’s Message

It strikes me that 2009 may have been a particularly difficult year for some, whilst it has also been challenging in the least for most. The economic crisis has had a global impact and some Hindu traders in our community without exception have certainly felt the rippled repercussions to some degree or another. There have also been personal hardships suffered by members of our community in the past year. We cannot forget the devastating terror attacks in Mumbai at the start of this (Hindu) year which bore a heavy toll on some of our families and, our hearts are also wrenched by the pain of those who have experienced other deep personal losses. Pain and anguish visit us all in one form or another, but we know and acknowledge that they are part and parcel of our journey and we rely on the positive aspects of our lives to see us through to better times and help us to slowly recover. Barring the more profound sufferings, we do all too often tend to overlook all of the great many things that we have going for us in the mire of our many daily stresses that range from the trifling to the more prolonged and serious adversities such as medical, monetary or relationship issues. Harbouring no intention to sermonise, trivialise anguishes or be self-righteously pious, I do however feel that it is important for us to recognise and be grateful for all the good things that we have and enjoy. Our family, friends, home, food and basic necessities are all afforded to us and I sincerely wonder how often we take these for granted and express our gratitude to be able to enjoy them, notwithstanding that we are all too aware of those loess fortunate than ourselves and who are deprived of these simple necessities. Diwali however is a time of joy, celebration and renewal. We light diyas, we offer prayers to Shri Lakshmi Mata, we mark our new year as an anniversary of Shri Ram’s return to Ayodya, we celebrate together as families and as a community, we feed sweets and confer our sincerest benedictions to each other, we wear new clothes to symbolise fresh beginnings and, we live out such other customs and traditions associated with this wonderful festivity. Diwali is by far our most important Hindu festival and lies at the core of our beliefs as Hindus and, it is also, I now recognise, a time for reflection and a time to express our gratitude. Apart from all my personal matters for which I am doubtless and perennially grateful therefore, I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to those invaluable members of our community for the tremendous voluntary contributions that they have made towards the betterment of our local Hindu community in the past year; I am grateful to the members of managing committee for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our community and, I am grateful to each of you for the ability to be of service. I also take this opportunity to wish each of you and your families a very joyous Diwali and all the very best of health, happiness and prosperity for the new year ahead. I leave you with the following illuminating (pun intended) and inspiring words which I found on the ever useful Wikipedia entry on “Diwali” whilst searching for inspiration for this year’s message: “While Divali is popularly known as the “festival of lights”, the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Dipavali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With the realization of the Atman comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (inner joy or peace). Diwali celebrates this through festive fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship. While the story behind Dipavali varies from region to region, the essence is the same - to rejoice in the inner light (Atman) or the underlying reality of all things (Brahman).” With my best personal wishes,

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MODELS: Ritika and Sagar Jasmine and Ritik Deeta and Naveen Anjali and Aryan Taneesha and Ishan Sumati and Johan On the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, the Gibraltar Hindu Temple was pleased to announce the launch of its Website. This project had been in the pipeline for a long time and after lot of hard work it was finally accomplished. We are very grateful to Mr. Venu Gopal Gujjari who has selflessly put his technical knowledge to use for the service of our Temple for the construction of and regular update of this website. Our website includes information about our Temple and the events held at it. You can also find photos of past events along with regular announcements about our forthcoming events.

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Visit us at: This site is still a work in progress, so we do welcome any comments or suggestions. Temple Committee

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TIPNA 2009/2010

May (Purushottam & Vaisakh) Sunday 2 Ganesh Choth Sunday 9 Ekadashi Saturday 15 Chand Monday 24 Ekadashi Thursday 27 Satyanarain Monday 31 Ganesh Choth November (Kartik & Nahiri) Monday 2 Satyanarain (Guru Nanak Birthday) Thursday 5 Ganesh Choth June (Vaisakh & Jeth) Thursday 12 Ekadashi Monday 7 Ekadashi Wednesday 18 Chand Sunday 13 Chand Saturday 28 Ekadashi (Geeta Jayanti) Tuesday 22 Ekadashi Saturday 26 Satyanarain Wednesday 30 Ganesh Choth December (Nahiri & Poah) Wednesday 2 Satyanarain Saturday 5 Ganesh Choth July (Jeth & Akhad) Saturday 12 Ekadashi Thursday 8 Ekadashi Friday 18 Chand Tuesday 13 Chand Monday 28 Ekadashi (Geeta Jayanti) Wednesday 21 Ekadashi Thursday 31 Satyanarain (Lunar Eclipse) Sunday 25 Satyanarain (Guru Purnima) Thursday 29 Ganesh Choth January 2010 (Poah & Mangh) August (Akhad & Saavan) Sunday 3 Ganesh Choth Friday 6 Ekadashi Sunday 10 Ekadashi Wednesday 11 Chand Thursday 14 Makar Sankranti (Uttaran) Saturday 14 Naag Panchmi (Gogro) Saturday 16 Chand Friday 20 Ekadashi Wednesday 20 Basant Panchmi Tuesday 24 Satyanarain (Raksha Bandhan) Tuesday 26 Ekadashi Friday 27 Teejri Saturday 30 Satyanarain Saturday 28 Ganesh Choth February (Mangh & Phagun) September (Saavan & Bhado) Tuesday 2 Ganesh Choth Wednesday 1 Janmashthami Tuesday 9 Ekadashi Thursday 9 Chand Friday 12 Mahashivratri Saturday 11 Ganesh Chaturthi Monday 15 Chand Sunday 19 Ekadashi Sunday 21 Phaguni Satai Wednesday 22 Ganpati Visarjan (Anant Chaturdashi) Thursday 25 Ekadashi Thursday 23 Satyanarain (Shradh begins) Sunday 28 Satyanarain (Holika Dahan) Monday 27 Ganesh Choth Monday 29 Dhuryo (DhuliVandan) October (Bhado & Asoo) March (Phagun & Chet) Friday 8 Umas (Navratri begins) Wednesday 3 Ganesh Choth Saturday 9 Chand Thursday 11 Ekadashi Friday 15 Durga Ashtami Wednesday 17 Cheti Chand (Sindhi New Year) Sunday 17 Dussehra Wednesday 24 Ram Navmi Monday 18 Ekadashi Friday 26 Ekadashi Friday 22 Satyanarain (Sharad Purnima) Tuesday 30 Satyanarain (Hanuman Jayanti) Tuesday 26 Ganesh Choth (Karva Choth) April (Chet & Purushottam) (Extra month) November (Asoo & Kartik) Friday 2 Ganesh Choth Tuesday 2 Ekadashi Friday 9 Ekadashi Wednesday 3 Dhauveras Friday 16 Chand Friday 5 Diwali (Laxmi Puja) Saturday 24 Ekadashi Monday 8 Chand Bhai Beej Wednesday 28 Satyanarain Wednesday 17 Ekadashi Sunday 21 Satyanarain (Guru Nanak Birthday) 8 Saturday Monday Monday Thursday

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Reaching Out ….

By Lalit Khatwani

RifCom – June 2009 June 2009 saw 41 Gibraltar based participants take on the first RifCom Community Challenge Event. Thousands of pounds worth of books, clothes, computers, sporting equipment and stationary were donated from families, schools and companies in Gibraltar in order to aid the local community in Chefchaoen and Akchour. The challenge involved the participants travelling to Morocco and taking part in a variety of community support and enhancement projects ranging from painting schools, running a football academy, cleaning river sections and running educational exchange workshops. Two days were spent in the lovely blue town of Chefchaouen getting to know the local community and visitng the local schools and “women’s home”. This was followed by three days of amazing trekking through the tall mountains and the blistering heat on the way to the small village of Akchour. We set up camp just off a river out in the wild just off the mountain site. Further community projects followed including more trekking, leading us to God’s Bridge. Over £30,000 was raised for the 5 day trek and a big thank you goes out to all those individuals and companies who supported the RifCom event. Members of the local Hindu community also took part in the event; Lalit Khatwani, Kiran Menghnani and Rikin Patel would like to say a big thank you to all those who helped support them by providing financial sponsorship and time off work.

Parissa Khiani, Yaana Mahboobani and Reshma Melvani formed 4 teams of 15 members each from our community. The night itself was a tremendous success and the 4am thunder storm did not stop any of the walkers. Many community members took part, ranging from kids to mothers in their prams to the elder generation. Some walked, some jogged and some ran like marathon runners. A big thanks to all those who made the effort and the event such a special occasion. Over £25,000 was raised by Relay for Life.

Musical melodies night with Renu Gidoomal

Calentita – June 2009 The now annual Calentita! event took place once again in June and proved to be even more successful than in previous years. With all the planning and time spent organising prior to the event, the Hindu stall still managed to underestimate the quantity of food that the local community of Gibraltar would indulge in and on no less than two occasions had we run dry! The event itself was amazing to watch and be involved in, with one of the best lights, laser and fireworks show Gibraltar has seen in a long time. While the Calentita! event is a wonderful way for the local ethnic communities of Gibraltar to showcase their culture and cuisine, the event also drives many of the participants to donate all the profits to charity. The Hindu stall raised over £3,000 in profits, most of which was donated to charities. Proceeds were donated to Rifcom, accident victim Ganesh Shankar Sharma and the Hindu Temple. As ever, we would like to thank the wider community for their continued support during the course of this event.


In September 2008 the wider community participated in the 24 hour “relay for life” cancer walk organised by Cancer Research UK. This beautiful event marked a special occasion for cancer survivors, victims, their relatives and close ones. The event was marked by the candle lighting ceremony late in the evening when the whole Victoria Stadium was lit up by candles, with the words “Hope” and “Life” covering the stands as the key messages from the night.

In aid of Mr. Ganesh Shankar Sharma, the HMA committee, together with the local merchants, organised a fun and musical evening at the Police Club, where the community got to enjoy the wonderful voice of Ms Renu Gidoomal. Mr. Ganesh is an Indian national who visited Gibraltar for work and became an unfortunate accident victim who suffered injuries to his legs and has been unable to walk or work since. Our hearts went out to him and we have all generously donated our time, care and money to help out his family in order to sustain them and cover daily living expenses until he can work again. Ms. Renu Gidoomal came over from London and provided an excellent service in our temple singing her famous “bhajans”. Our special thanks go out to her for her exceptional voice and enthusiasm whilst visiting the rock. Over £8,000 has so far been raised by the local community and sent onto Mr. Ganesh’s family.

Local Dance Classes by Esha and Lavina Our thanks also go out to our lovely and talented young girls, Esha Malkani and Lavina Manwani, who generously took the time to provide dance classes to the children of our local community, with all proceeds from their classes going towards the fund collected for Mr. Ganesh.



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Reflections of a Life’s Journey 80 years of Living, Loving and Learning…

By Sangeeta S. Khiani

“Never to demand… To accept with humility the circumstances life plays out... This I learnt from my mother” Born in Hyderabad Sind on the 29th of May 1929, Mrs Kaushilya D. Thadhani is the sixth of seven children. She turned her mother’s teachings into her motto and inherited from her father the very essence of life…love, humility, sacrifice and charity. From the tender age of eleven, her idyllic life in Sind would never be the same. The untimely death of her loving father, an individual whom she revered, left a deep void in her life. The last she heard of him was through a letter he had written the very day he died, which she received on the third day of his death. However, the love and affection that he showed her lived on forever in her heart.

At once I returned to Ooty and the rest is as they say history!

I recall meeting my fiancé, Doulatram Thadani, on the eve of our wedding. He had come to collect me from my cousin’s place to take me to my mother’s house. Of course this was just an excuse to meet but 50th Wedding Anniversary neither did we speak nor sit next to one another during the horse carriage ride. However, I must confess that the very moment I saw him my heart began to race and I felt the power of several drums beating in my chest! We were married on the 18th of October 1948.

In 1947, the volatile eruption of Independence would leave another scar ... she would have to flee from Sind to Mumbai. At first, sharing a dilapidated office with 30 family members was an uncomfortable situation but she gradually learnt to accept life as it was being played out. Those were uncertain and harrowing times. Eventually Ooty Kunoor became her base where now as a young lady of marriageable age, the next chapter of her life would unfold … and destiny and marriage would bring this lady to Gibraltar. Over a period of a week, my respect and admiration for her grew. I questioned whether women of todays’ generation would endure similar trials, tribulations and sacrifices.

Aunty, please share with us the special time of your marriage?

In the summer of 1948, I was holidaying in Mysore Bangalore when I received a telegram informing me that I was betrothed! Obviously this news came as a complete shock! I remember the endless teasing by my sister on how would I be able to live with a man of simple needs, who worshipped the Holy Cow, wore a dhoti and was a vegetarian! In those times, matters of the heart were decided by the elders.


What were the early years

of marriage like?

When we married the ripples of Independence were still being felt. Money was scarce and our work and family commitments left us little time together. After marriage we moved to Pune, which became our home for the following 12 years. During the early years of our marriage and delivery of our children Murli and Jyoti, I was pretty much alone because my husband travelled for work and my in-laws were abroad. They left their younger son and daughter under my care and by the age of 22 I found myself rearing 5 children! After Pune we shifted to Calcutta where we started a Saree embroidery business and life dealt another twist when we learnt that my father in law, then the Director of the Bhojsons Group in Gibraltar had suffered a paralytic stroke.

How did you make Gibraltar your home?

There were many Sindhi families and we were welcomed with warmth and open arms. I was happy to meet relatives such as Roopwanti Daswani, and Lachu and Pari Karnani who had been my neighbours in Sind and whose mother Amma considered us her son and daughter. With the support of my friends I introduced a monthly membership at the Indian club and we sold homemade savouries. The proceeds were re-invested and used to improve the club facilities, the club serving as a focal point for religious and social gatherings. In addition, I taught Sindhi and traditional cooking at home to the group of unmarried girls.

What was your home environment like?

We felt empty and my inner conscience knew no peace due to the absence of our children. Through weekly letters and monthly calls, (besides those we made on special occasions) we imparted our parental advice and love, hoping they would grow up to make us proud of them. As a couple we became each other’s strength.

When did you first see your children?

I requested my sister to bring my children on board so that I could have a few private moments with them. I was reunited with my children when I travelled to Mumbai by ship - I cannot find the appropriate words to express the feelings and emotions that ran through me when I first saw them, aged 17 and 15. As they shared their moments of happiness and grievances, I could see in their eyes a reflection of the life they had lived without the physical presence of a mother and father. They had surely matured beyond their years and it was a truly overwhelming moment in all our lives.

What was the religious aspect in Gibraltar like?

With no temple in Gibraltar, Amma had converted part of her living room into a temple where the Guru Granth was kept, and where Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations, weekly Monday satsangs and visits by Swami Chidakashi were held. Other religious festivals such as Janmashtmi, Satyanarayan and Chand were celebrated in the Indian

What followed thereafter?

Under the circumstances I suppressed my maternal instincts and chose to support my husband as he assumed his father’s position in the company. This meant leaving Murli and Jyoti, then aged 14 and 12, under the care of my in-laws and extended family in India to begin a new life in Gibraltar. We prayed that our decision would not adversely affect their upbringing and eventually grant them better prospects in life. The year was 1963.

Club. In the early days, the Guru was read in the Pohomull, Dialdas and Chellaram households while Diwali pooja was celebrated by everyone in their respective homes and shops. In later years, Diwali celebrations moved to the Community Centre where during lunchtime the shops would close and the community would congregate to hear the Guru and enjoy the Langar prepared at home by the ladies. Around 1975-1978, the Radha Soami Satsang Beas (R.S.S.B) started with about 10 to 15 members.



would your advice be to the new

The institution of marriage represented a different concept when I got married. Girls had little choice in the selection of a life partner and had to fulfil their duties with great tolerance. Today our young girls face no such restrictions and they should appreciate this. This is why l feel that brides today should be more selfless and try and accommodate the needs of their husbands and families in order to make their home environment more peaceful.

Which image of your husband’s brings a smile to your face?

I had joined my husband on a business trip to Switzerland. We had never been on a honeymoon … so this picturesque country seemed ideal! During the day I would go on tours and then go out for a romantic meal with my husband in the evenings. During one such evening, a group of musicians came to serenade me at the table and as I turned to see my husband’s expression, he was smiling and laughing … I saw great happiness and delight in his eyes that night, as if some wish of his had been fulfilled. I will never forget that moment.

Looking back at your incredible journey, do you have any regrets?

The only regret I have is that I had to leave my children behind during their formative years. Otherwise God has truly blessed me with a great life partner with whom I enjoyed a wonderful life and with whom I had two beautiful and devoted children. When I look back today at all the obstacles and tribulations I have encountered, the face of my children and grandchildren come to mind. They are worth every tear I have shed and they are my greatest achievement and legacy …


would you ever consider leaving Gibraltar?

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No. I came to Gibraltar 46 years ago under difficult circumstances. My duty as a wife brought me to its shores and my passing will take me away. This Community is my extended family and my home. The independence and creature comforts this place affords me in every aspect I will not find elsewhere.

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his jurisdiction. Not long after, my husband’s condition worsened and he was admitted to the I.C.U.


I am deeply concerned about our young generation … from where I stand I have lost hope. When I look back to our times, there was respect for elders and an appreciation for our language, religion, traditions and customs. This inheritance is one to be proud of and not remembered only during Weddings and Diwali Balls. I beseech today’s young parents to invest a little of their time to teach their young ones Sindhi or else our dialect will cease to exist.

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Though his eyes were closed and speech was silenced, deep in my heart I knew that he could feel my presence during my visits … after all we had lived as soul mates for 54 years. I would caress his hand and talk to him. However, his condition deteriorated and at the behest of the doctors and with a heavy heart, I made the second most difficult decision of my life … to let him go.

You enjoyed a long and successful marriage Are you scared of the future? … your secret for a happy marriage? A happy marriage is not about expensive gifts, wining and dining or luxurious holidays. It is about truly knowing and understanding one another and respecting each others opinions. It is about standing together irrespective of difficult circumstances and facing life with the same vision.

No I am not. I accept the next phase of life because I have surrendered myself entirely, body and soul to my Guru who will accept me in his glory. This spiritual strength has provided me with the inner peace I longed for…and the courage to live on without my husband.

What was life like after the passing away of

I consider myself truly blessed to have been his wife and just as he protected me during his lifetime, he has done so in death. If there is another life to take, then I pray our souls become one again.

your husband?

One afternoon, he insisted on explaining our bank accounts, insurance and medical schemes to me. At the time I was not interested and moreover told him that these matters were

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Vladimir Putin is getting Russia’s budget in order.

Dmitry Medvedev Hey, where are you? Can I be in on this??

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just posted an ad for enriched uranium on Craigslist. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad added Vote Rigging to his interests The Ayatollah likes this Nicolas Sarkozy requests that David Cameron please remove the nude pictures of Carla Bruni from his photo album. Vladimir Putin became a fan of ABBA. Hosni Mubarak is working on a Gaza truce proposal. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad changed his profile picture. Vladimir Putin added the Booze Mail application. Vladimir Putin sent Nicolas Sarkozy a Vodka Stinger. Pervez Musharraf joined the group Deposed World Leaders Against the Deposition of World Leaders. Osama Bin Laden threatens to eliminate all the hair on his radical Islamist


Vladimir Putin sent Shoichi Nakagawa a Sake Bomb. Dmitry Medvedev just scored 4,500 in Word Challenge beating Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin is playing Word Challenge Vladimir Putin just scored 5,000 in Word Challenge beating Dmitry Medvedev Angela Merkel is attending the G8 summit

Bill Clinton See you there ;-)

Hillary Clinton I don’t think so.

Barrack Obama joined the group Let’s Shut Down Guantanamo George Bush Oh Barrack, don’t be a spoilt sport. It was so much fun.

Hamid Karzai Barrack— I’M STILL WAITING!! Can you please call me?


Barrack Obama has changed his profile picture

Weapons of Mass Destruction Shhhh… Let’s keep it on the down low. You have to help me out Kim. Speak to Obama and find out what the deal is.

Kim Jong II I don’t know Saddam. I quite enjoy hanging out in my massive unscathed by American bombs headquarters.

Veronica Lario and Silvio Berlusconi are no longer listed as being married Hilary Clinton Way to go girl; I wish I would have done that years ago

Weapons of Mass Destruction I’ll make sure there are 72 virgins waiting for you when you get to heaven.

Kim Jong II Let me see what I can do.

Weapons of Mass Destruction tagged George. W. Bush in a picture.

Silvio Berlusconi updated his relationship status to ‘It’s Complicated’ Nicolas Sarkozy requests that Muammar Qaddafi please remove the nude photos of Carla Bruni from his photo album. Muammar Qadaffi poked Carla Bruni Nickolas Sarkozy Hands off man! That’s not cool. Nickolas Sarkozy poked Carla Bruni Gordon Brown is stressed Tony Blair I know how you feel, I was there not too long ago; better you than me Kim Jong Il is all out of rockets Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton like this

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Kim, give me a call. I may have some lying around.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went shopping with Kim Jong II and they enjoyed each others company whilst wandering around Harrods, Selfridges and other London shops. Kim Jong II spent most of the day shopping for a new set of pyjamas along with some time spent at The Sunglass Hut trying on oversize women’s sunglasses. Kim Jong Il has just launched a Taepodong missile.

Barrack Obama You don’t scare me Kim. Bring it on.

South Korean President Lee is happy to hear that Kim Jong II could be replaced by his son Menta Li Ill Weapons of Mass Destruction is back on Facebook.

Kim Jong II Oh my! Saddam, is that you? It can’t be; we all saw the videos on YouTube. How’s it going Saddam? Decided to come out of your bunker?



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Doom and Gloom making you anxious? By Divya Sadhwani

We are in one of the greatest financial downturns in history, according to world economists. People are scared, confused and uncertain. Jobs are being lost and some people are taking on a victim mentality. Everywhere you turn, people’s minds and media headlines seem to be focused on the same things: doom and gloom about the state of the economy, fear of losing their job or running out of money, struggles just to make basic ends meet. Let’s see what folks in Gibraltar have to say about it. Gope Karnani: It’s not bad but we have to be on our toes. Anonymous: Pues ahora mismo solo se me vienen palabrotas a la cabeza (At the moment only swear words come to mind). So as you cannot write these we had better leave it. Bhisham Nihchalani: Too much hype. Too much media coverage. Apart from that I do not see anything wrong with it for me. Ashok Daswani: Ahoo! At the moment it’s crap. I just want to retire. Vinod Khiani: It’s booming. We are at a turning point. Nobody really knows. Kailash Daswani: According to the chief minister of Gibraltar it is booming. But this is not true in the retail sector. Latesh Bhatia: It’s tough. A difficult year, but if it is the same as last year I will be happy. Sunil Nagrani: It’s going down the tubes. Everything is going up and there is no value for money. The economy leaves a lot to be desired and the government needs to look after the people. Ghanshyam Parwani: Well it was stable up until a few months ago but now it is going down. We will know at the end of the year. Dinesh Kewlram: It is terrible. We are on a downward trend. The government paint a good picture, but it is not true. Naresh Ramchandani : Economy is good! Are you interviewing me? Divya: Yes Naresh: Oh it’s very bad! Divya: But you just said it was good. Ravi Chhugani: It is not buoyant in all sectors of the economy, but it is not as bad as in other places. It’s not what we are used to and I think recovery seems to be a long way away. Mohan Jaswani: Va de culo. But people are still buying shops. We are only surviving because of the Moroccans, cruise liners and tourists. Vikram Budhrani: Buoyant but sluggish. It is a rollercoaster, just like a woman. Suresh Nagrani: People in Gib think we are immune to the recession, but I think we are seeing the tail end. Things will not improve till the end of 2010/2011. Manoj Mahboobani: It is still fine, and better than other places. Roshan Chablani: There’s definitely no crisis at the bank. It has not affected Gib as badly as the rest of Europe. Lal Budhrani: It’s not bad, but it’s not that good either. It’s okay. Kamlesh Paryani: I think it is strong but flat. It has not hit us as hard as other parts of Europe. Gul Daswani: It is going down; I can feel it in my pockets. People are just not spending money. Angu Shivdasani: Actually we cannot complain. Things are not as bad here in Gibraltar as in other places. 26

Ajit Assomull: Not very good. Inflation is rising but the wages are the same. The value of the pound is shrinking. Moti Viroomal: Things are bad, people only come in to trouble but they don’t buy anything. Others are doing well. Vinod Chhugani: Who cares! As long as I have enough to live and do whatever I need to do, it’s okay. You cannot change anything, so why try? Don’t worry, be happy. Amit Chugani: It gives people even more reason to complain about business. Shawn Gulraj: It’s a bunch of horse phlegm kicked up by conniving economists in order to suffocate struggling companies and seize all their assets. Murli Sadhwani: We could have expected worse, but it is ok. It is stable. It is not that bad in Gibraltar. Umesh Bhambhwani: The banks were conducting reckless policies and the politicians are trying to blame everyone else. It’s all I hear about at work. It’s all I hear about from my clients and its taking over my life. My wife doesn’t understand it. Baiju Sadhwani: It has not affected Gib as much as other places. Unemployment is low, the lowest in Europe.


Parachute jumpers - save on aircraft fees by visiting Google Earth and clicking the scroll bar until you reach the ground instead. Add realism to the exercise by putting a fan on blowing full in your face.


Save petrol by pushing your car to your destination. Invariably passers-by will think you’ve broken down and help.

} Save money on doorbell batteries by removing them and simply popping to the door every two minutes to see if anyone is there. } Save electricity by turning off all the lights in your house and walking around wearing a miner’s hat. } When buying oranges, get more for your money by peeling them before taking them to the counter to be weighed. } Increase the life of your carpets by rolling them up and keeping them in the garage. } Cut your own hair, or let it grow. } Find a second job, if you’re lucky enough to have a first. } Fake unemployment; At least you are guaranteed a pay check. } Does everyone in your family really have to eat? } Take the kids out of school. They could be working instead. } Now is as good a time as any to go on that diet you always wanted to. } Show up at friends’ houses at meal times saying you’re just there to hang out with them. You will no doubt be asked to stay for a meal. } Dig up plants from the side of the road. Take them home and eat them. } Go live in America. President Obama seems to be in a giving mood – from free healthcare to cash for old cars. 27

Namaste Friends! Here we are once again! It is incredible how the year has flown by...Lucky for us in this age of digital cameras it is possible to capture the moment to treasure forever.


This year, the team decided to adapt a more sophisticated theme to our Society Magazine by adding a touch of elegance. You will notice the layout in Gib Book has been altered to the previous year and the photos are a tad away with the magnifying glass....:)

Gibraltar’s original hand Embroidery House

I would like to share with all of you some positive feedback I have received over the year. It appears Namaste is read by Sindhi’s all over, and our community has been highly praised with a tinge of envy, because of our society publication. So compliments to all of you who have supported and  made Namaste a great success.

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1 Joshina celebrating her birthday at Laziz. 2 Kabir, Nena & VK having fun! 3 Glamourous ladies, Dimple, Deepa & Kavita. 4 Jyoti, Dhrutee, Rani, Vimla, Kiran, Ritu and Hansa looking elegant. 5 Ashok, Naresh and Moti enjoying the evening. 6 Jagdish, Aarti, Gori and Gul. 7 GK.. Gene Kelly?? Nooo..Gope Karnani singing in the rain .


8 Spanish connection - Lavina, Shanta, Sati, Monica and Lily from Fuengirola enjoy with family and friends of Gibraltar. 9 Kamal, Kamini, Divya, Kamla, Vini, Hema and Amrick smiling for the camera. 10 Kamal, Sharda, Neha, Sangeeta, and Duru having a great time. 11 Arun bonding with his brother in-law.







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11 1 Veena and Monica pictured here with friends at the Diwali puja. 2 Varsha performing a dance at the Diwali puja, televised on GBC. 3 Proud parents Dinesh & Karishma at Ronak’s Chathi. 4 Ramona and Lisa with parents Gul and Gori at the Diwali puja. 5 Manoj and his daughter Danika. 6 Vinod, Usha, Reena and Rajesh taking a break from Bhangra boogying. 7 Ashok, Kanchan, Nisha, Mina, Pushpa, Kishore and Hansa.


8 Va- Re- Va!! Nijka and Brij Goel in full Bhangra swing. 9 Harish and Natasha with Manoj and Adeli on Bhangra night. 10 All smiles for Jyoti & Dhrutee. 11 Namrata and Sanya Chhugani seen here in Mumbai. 12 Welcome to Gibraltar party for Vivek and Priyana. 13 Last year’s winner of the childrens competition Nicholas Vatvani receives his 1st prize voucher.


10 1 Fun loving Vinod and Parissa having fun in Sri Lanka. 2 Father Gope-mas takes a sneaky zzzZZZZZ whilst on the job..... tut tut. 3 Sapna, Yaana and Dimple dazzle us with their beautiful smiles. 4 Gulraj family, Priya, Babu, Koshi, Sheila & mum to be Namrata. 5 Amourous Gope and Chandni ....aww. 6 Rakesh, Ravi, Amit and Puja with cute Vihan. 7 Ajay and Sunita with their children welcoming 2009 at Zen. 8 Charming ladies having a fun night out.....Dinesh is that you??

9 Bear hugging couple Dinesh and Harshitaa in London. 10 Reshma and Haneel enjoying special moments with family in Hong Kong. 11 Bhakti with her siblings in Mumbai. 12 The Chawla family having a chocolaty time at Cadbury World, on their visit to Birmingham.






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Top models Chandni, Sunita & Payal. Sweet Couple Priyana and Vivek with their lollipops. Sheetal & Nuria looking colourful. Soni, Karishma, Sheetal, Diya and Sangeeta at Zen. Divia visiting Peko Ghar. Here with her mum Ritu and sister Leena. Valentine couples enjoying a romantic night out at EL Goleto, Estepona.. Disney World: Ritika, Ritik, Naresh, Chandni Melwani, Riya, Jagdish, Karishma and Natesh Warde.

8 Moti celebrates his birthday with family and friends at Vijay’s engagement. 9 Jagdish and Vanita with Karishma, Natesh and Riya looking radiant during Gala night on their Cruise. 10 Dadu, Dadi, Bhua & Didi all enjoying lunch with Ronak. 11 Chief Minister Peter Caruana drumming votes with some of our ladies.


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Ronak Celebrating Nanu’s B’day in Tenerife. Lak Lak vaidanu.,Harkishindas and Padma Nagrani celebrated their 50th anniversary with their children and grandchildren at Laziz. Doulat, Gope, Gul. Murli and Lakhi at Laziz. Divya, Namrata, Naina and Joshina. Hiru and Punisha - All smiles as usual on a night out. Lavina Manwani and Esha Malkani choreographed a group dance for UCL’s Rangeela variety show, performed at the Queen’s Theatre.

7 Dinesh, Karishma and Ronak In Tenerife touring Parque Loro. 8 Jeetu, Varsha and Deepak visiting a Church in Spain. 9 Charming Vinod and Parissa celebrating their 1st anniversary in Prague. 10 Rossi, Chitra, Punisha, Anju, Karishma, Komal and Priyana at Sapna’s surprise birthday. 11 Ayeesha, Jaya, Kanchi, Romina & Puja looking splendid. Keep going...there is more...!


Large Accessories & Glitter

Trends for the upcoming seasons By Priyana Budhrani

No need to restrain yourself from getting extra large with accessories. Go oversized with chains and studs and jewellery and dramatic silhouettes. Thinking huge chunky rings and cuffs and leather bracelets.

Fall 2009 The Fur Stole

When it comes to fur, we tend to say go for faux (or vintage)—it’s more earth-friendly and much, much cheaper. The fun and funky stoles come in a broad array of colors and textures and are an easy way to glam up your all-black outfit in one simple step.

Glitter is still really hot. Shimmering fabrics are so in for Winter 09-10. To somehow balance the look designers suggest combing sparkling with demure cuts.

Neon Pink

The sweet as candy color gets a neon makeover, bringing to mind the era of excess. It is the pink-highlighter hue that works on all skin tones. If you don’t want to splurge on a hot-pink coat or dress, one or two acid-bright accessories work just fine. With colour this vibrant, a little dab will DO you.

One-shoulder Dresses

The one-strap cuts draw attention to the shoulder and the face, and reveal sexy glimmers of skin, yet leaving lots to the imagination. So if you wear one, smile pretty—everyone will be watching!

Summer 2010 2010 will be an exciting year for fashion; experts predict that we’ll emerge from the global financial crisis and, as a result, we can expect to see a new standard of fashion emerge.

Winter 2009/2010

Purple & Blue

Over-the-knee Boots

Footwear goes surreal this coming season. The more extravagance and crazy you look the better. Opt for dramatic designs and exaggerated heels. Hardware embellishment is really hot, too. Over-the-knee boots are back with a vengeance but this 2009/2010 shoe trend won’t stop there. In fact, the top of your boots will be going much higher: thigh-high boots are going mainstream. Over-the-knee and thigh-high are undoubtedly the hottest shoe trend for women in the winter season.

Purple & blue colors have gained tremendous popularity. Besides the sweet candy-like colors, purple is added in to fuchsia, lake blue is added in to purple. Unlike the dark black, it will definitely brighten and lift your outfit. If you usually stick to subtle shades of classic black, then it can take a lot of courage to wear something as bold as cobalt blue & purple.

One-Shoulder Bikinis/Monokinis


Forget about carefully tailored coats. Go free with capes. They’ll keep you warm and trendy during cold months. A cape in the broader sense is pretty much any form of outerwear that opens at the front, and has no sleeves usually with slits for the arms instead. Capes can be cut in a full circle, or on the straight. Capelets are any type of short cape that covers the shoulders.

Taking their cues from the one shoulder fashion trend, one-shouldered bikinis/monokinis will be the must have swimwear in 2010. Thankfully, a standout one-shouldered swimwear piece isn’t going to be hard to come by.




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If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you need to assess your mental health and apply positive changes to your outlook on life and state of mind. What causes these negative emotions? EGO: Stop and take a look at yourself in the mirror and how unattractive you look with negative emotions. Ego is the biggest hurdle of our life journey. How can one spring clean the mind when dirt settles there, considering the mind is very difficult to assess? From our human perspective, we have a great deal to lose if we open ourselves to the humiliations of ego losses. However, we cannot have truly loving relationships and peace of mind unless we’re willing to sacrifice some ego. It is ego that’s afraid to heal. It is ego that’s afraid to take the risks inherent in opening our hearts and achieving strong mental balance. The concept of “I - Me – Mine” creates problems. Learn and repeat to yourself this philosophy that if “I” am suffering it is “I” to be blamed for any problems and not others. ATTACHMENT: Every pain you get is caused by one of your needs. It is fair. Let life be your entertainment like a show or a game. Allow it to develop, and just enjoy whatever happens -- relax! Enjoy more than the actors: be a spectator of yourself not of others. Learn to be indifferent by accepting that everything that comes your way is going to happen regardless of whether you chose for it to happen or not. It doesn’t matter what other people think or say so learn to be dispassionate about the things that happen around you and enjoy today for what it is. Control your balance with steady, positive emotions. Try to be indifferent to the situation. HATRED: Happiness is a state of mind, not a set of positive events and outcomes. If you accept this wisdom and make it part of your daily code then you will become less vulnerable, moody or unhappy. As a result you will live a happier life and will be able to attract more success and beautiful things in your life. Be gracious for what you have today and follow some simple strategies in order to achieve success tomorrow. People have a tendency to blame the various circumstances that happen to them as the source of their unhappiness. Life is beautiful no matter how much pain it offers us from time to time. We should never forget how beautiful it is to live in this world. Find the positive side of the situation with a broad outlook. What we are is God’s gift to us and what we become is our gift to God. IGNORANCE: It is ignorance which keeps us away from realizing happiness. As a matter of fact, Hinduism teaches us to uncover the ignorance which leads to unhappiness. The mind is like a “monkey”, if we do not control it or train it, it will go on jumping from one negative thought to another. Balance the level of likes and dislikes and learn to love your life. Know that everything changes so try and turn your thoughts around. We carry negative things in our mind and create problems. We have to understand the importance of discipline and apply this discipline to our minds by controlling it with concentration. So what can we do to overcome negative emotions? At least for one hour every day do something you enjoy as physical recreation. Consciously manage your emotions: Learn to pinpoint the situations which leave you disturbed, hurt or unbalanced. When dirt settles in our home, we do spring cleaning. So like a disturbed (dirt settled) mind where there is no concentration, negative emotions have a direct effect on the mind which will undoubtedly lead to mental imbalance and unhappiness. If we let these emotions erode our mind, other parts of the body will be affected. We will suffer from physical problems like fever, indigestion and vomiting, to name just a few. Learn to divert the mind towards good and divine causes. The saying in the Railway Compartment is, “Less luggage is more comfortable”. Our life is like a railway journey and if we carry so much luggage by the way of many desires, the journey of life is made very difficult. It is then important to understand that even our own identity is not permanent. By reading spiritual literature, we are feeding our souls with wisdom. We are thus broadening our outlook as an ignorant mind gets disturbed very easily whereas a wise mind will not. We have to become healthy, mentally and physically. “Mana changa tho Jhug Changa.”


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3.) A 30 year old man married a 25 year old woman. She died

at age 50 and her husband was so devastated that he cried for years. Ten years after he stopped crying, he died. If he had lived to be 80, how many years was he a widower?

4.) Reasoning Skills Brain Teaser

DID YOU KNOW… Deepika Padukone is 3 inches taller than SRK! Ranbeer Kapoor still continues to take Rs 1500 every week from his mom as pocket money! Madhuri Dixit was pregnant during Devdas! Not only did she wear a 30-kg ghagra being 3 months pregnant, she also danced and gyrated to the beats of Dhola re! Amitabh Bachchan is a pure vegetarian and loves to gorge on simple food like Alu Puri, Pakodas and Dhokla. Dilip Kumar used to sell fruits on Mumbai’s Muhammad Ali Road, before becoming an actor! Rishi Kapoor is petrified of flying! He cannot get on a plane until he is drunk out of his wits. Jaya Bachchan hates to carry handbags, so all her salwar-kameez, formal or informal, all of them, have two pockets on the sides to hold her essentials like keys, combs etc. Shilpa Shetty reaches home latest by 10:30 pm every night! Her father doesn’t allow her to go out late at nights.

Puzzle: Marie, Claude, and Jean are in a competition. Here are their results: The youngest person received the least points. Claude got half of the points of the eldest. Jean received as many points as both others combined. Question: Who is the eldest ?

5.) Fork in the Road: Math Puzzle  

Question: Start at the center number and collect another four numbers by following the paths shown (and not going backwards). Add the five numbers together. What is the lowest number you can score?

Solutions to be found within the magazine

Rekha turned up at Rishi & Neetu Singh’s wedding wearing Sindoor, Mangalsutra and two rings on her fingers gifted to her by Amitabh Bachchan!!

Pattern Recognition Brain Teaser 7 4 8 3 9 7 6 5 10 ? 8 4 40

Brain Puzzle for the whole brain

Exercise multiple areas of your brain by trying to answer this riddle: A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? “Brother” is not the answer. Now, your brain’s turn. What is the answer? tick tick tick tick...

In this table, each row across follows the same pattern of numbers. See if you can discern the pattern and fill in the missing number in the bottom row. If you like, pass it along to someone else and see if they can solve it faster. The slower one has to cook dinner!


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Junk food is awesome.... let me enjoy it!!

Papa, let me be a little girl..!!!!

It’s not always bedtime!!

Don’t feed me Gobi Bhaji!!! I don’t like it !!!



Hmmm.... where do I begin...Don’t Make me look after my brother...Don’t send me for things....let me watch TV.....etc.etc.....

Show me the Money..!!!!


Races are not for me.....!!

I have no advice for my parents, they are perfect... JUST LIKE ME ;) ( wink) Niran



Why can’t my parents JUST GROW UP!!

Let it be sleepover time every weekend!

Just cause you have a nose.. Doesn’t give you the right to be NOSY!!


Taneesha I don’t talk to grown-ups. Tell your friends not to talk to me!


Let me live on a football pitch..



Ur not the Boss... so stop acting like it!!!


Stop disturbing me during important phone calls

I am not here to entertain your friends. I know I am cute but stop passing me around!

Spend less time on Facebook

Naveen Suhana


‘First you shave off my hair and then you’ll want me to smile for the camera! Parents expect too much....!



Daddy, those cute squishy faces that you adore…it’s not coz I think you are funny...its coz you put my nappy on too tight!!!


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Our Cultural Gift to you: Chapter 1 By Yaana Mahboobani, Romina Purswani, Priya Bhambhwani and Vanita Jaswani Rites,ritualsandcustomsplayamajorroleinthelifeofeveryperson,irrespectiveofreligiousaffiliations.Thisismoreprominent inthecaseofHindus.Rightfromthetimeofconceptionandbirth,uptoaperson’spassingawayandevenafterit,ritesandrituals follow a Hindu at all times, much like a shadow. OveracupofchaiandsconesatSacarello’s,afewyoungladiesdiscussedtheirlackofknowledgeandunderstandingoftheIndian culture…Howmanytimeshaveyouaskedparentsthemeaningbehindcertaintraditionsandhowmanytimeshaveyoubeentold ‘that’s the way it is’, ‘that’s the way our parents did things’ or ‘Aunty ABC said it was bad luck not to follow ’…? Asaculturalpresenttoyou,ourreaders,andasmuchastoourselves,wehaveaskedthehelpofafewmembersofourcommunity and given them ‘homework’ to briefly explain the significance of a few common customs: Q1. Why do Hindus offer prayer to Shri Ganesh before a special occasion? JOSHINAVIROOMAL:We offer prayers to Shri Ganesh usually before special occasions because we believe that this will removeanyobstaclesandevokegoodomen.ShriGaneshisthemostreveredofHinduGods.Aprayer,anofferingorpenance madeforhimensuressuccess,bringingwealthandprosperity.HeistheGodoflearningandknowledge.ThroughdevotiontoHim onelearnstoberesponsible,todifferentiatebetweengoodandbadanddevelopfarsightedness.Heteachesdisciplineandis easily pleased. It is for this reason that offerings are first made to Sri Ganesh before a ceremony or auspicious occasion. Q2. Why do Hindus greatly revere the sun? ANJUBUDHRANI:Apartfromthesunphysicallygivinglight,itrepresentsthespirituallight,knowledgeandwisdom. Inthe Suryopanishad,itissaidthatthegods,gandharvasandsagesresideintheraysofthesun.Irrespectiveofwhoyouare,without reverencetoSuryanothingcanbeattained.IntheRigVeda,itissaidthatprayerstoSuryafreeonefromsins,diseaseandpoverty, and bless one with happiness and long life. They also bless one with vigour, strength, virility and divinity Q3. Why do Hindus consider Tulsi the most sacred plant? SANGITAJASWANI:TULSI(HOLYBASIL)isthemostsacredplantoftheHinducommunityandisworshipedasadailyritualfor thefamilywell-being.Tulsiplant’squalityispuresattva.HolyBasilopenstheheartandmindbestowingtheenergyofloveand devotion.Tulsiplantshouldbekeptineveryhouseforitspurifyinginfluence,asHolyBasilabsorbsnegativeionsandliberates ozone from the sunrays. Q4. Why do we hang lime and chillies at the entrance of our homes and businesses? MOHANJASWANI:Thepotencyofchilliesarefirmlybelievedtohaveasupernaturalelement.Itiscustomarytohanga fewchillieswithalemonoverthethresholdofaresidencetodeterevil.Chilliesarealsousedtowardofftheevileye.A handfulofchilliestogetherwithothercondimentssuchascurryleavesandalittleashfromtheheartharewavedovera person’s head to create a shield against curses and bad spells. Q5. What is the purpose of the Mundan ceremony? PUNISHA BUDHRANI: Firstly, a Mundan Ceremony is a Hindu rite whereby a child receives his/her first haircut,mostlyduringthefirstorelsethethirdyearofage.Intradition,thehairfrombirthisassociatedwith undesirable traits from past lives, and so at the time of the Mundan, a child is freshly shaven to signify freedomfromthepastandmovingintothefuture.Itisalsobelievedthatthisperformancestimulatescells and improves blood circulation, which may help in the growth of better and thicker hair. Q6. Why is the lighting the lamp important at all religious ceremonies? VANDANA NAGRANI:The Ghee or Oil that is put in the lamp symbolises our negative tendencies & ego.Whenitislitbyspiritualknowledge,thenegativetendencies&egoperish.Itremovesdarknessof ignorance&lightofknowledgeislit.Thereisatraditionoflightingalampatthebeginningofareligious, social or cultural ceremony in the belief that the presence of the Agni (fire) ensures success. Q7. What is the significance of Janya? NISHA CHUGANI: Sacred yellow thread is put on the groom, and the‘pujari’or‘maharaj’(Brahmin priest)chantsthe‘gurumantra’(the‘gayatrimantra’)intothegroom’sear.Thesacredthreador‘janayu’


isthesymbolofaHindumale.Ared‘dupatta’orveilisusedtocoverthegroomandhisparentswhenthe‘pujari’ischantingthe ‘gurumantra’.Thegroomisgivena‘tokri’(basket)tobegforalmsfromalltherelativespresent.Hegoesaroundsaying‘bhiksham dehi’andeveryonepresentputsmoneyintothebasket,whichisthenhandedovertothe‘pujari’.TheSindhicommunitynormally addresses the priest as ‘Brahman’ or ‘maharaj’. Q8. What is the signifance of Ganesh Visarjan? ISHWARBODHA:TheculminationoftheGaneshChaturthifestivaliswiththemostimportantGaneshimmersionceremonyor GaneshVisarjan.ThefestivalcommemoratesthecreationofLordGanapatiandheisveneratedfortendayswithgreatfervour. Theword“visarjan”referstotheformalconcludingrite,inwhichthepresidingdeityisrequestedtodepartfromthephysical embodiment,specificallyutilisedforthepuja(usuallyamurti)inwhichitwasinitiallyinvoked.This‘temporaryreceptacle’isthen discarded,mostoftenbysubmersionintorunningwater,suchasariverorthesea.ThesymbolicmeaningofGaneshChaturthi festivalisthat Lord Ganeshacomesand staysamongus.The immersioninwatersymboliseshisreturnfromtheearthafter removing the obstacles and unhappiness of his devotees. Q9. What is the importance of” Pind Daan” for the deceased? RAJNI PURSWANI: Hindus observe the ancestral ritual of Pind Daan or Shradh, which they believe would help their dead ancestorsattainsalvationandtowardoffrestlessspiritsaffectingtheirfamilymembers.It’sdoneforsoulswhohavedeparted beforetheirtimei.e.accident,illnessetc...PindDaanisdoneinGaya(RiverGanga).Youofferflowers,rice&fruitsinamatki& immerse the ashes in the river Ganga so the soul doesn’t wander & finds peace. Q10. Why do Hindus cremate the dead? GEETAKEWALRAMANI:AccordingtoourHindubeliefscrematingthebodyencouragesthesoultomoveonthespiritualplane whereitismeanttogo,therebybreakingtheattachmentitmaycontinuetofeelfortheworldlylifeitledonthephysicalplane.It is also the quickest & purest way to return the five elements (which the body is composed of ) to their natural source. Q11. Why do the Hindus immerse ashes of the dead in holy rivers like the Ganga? SHEILA GULRAJ:The ashes are immersed in the Ganga because it is believed that the Ganga and all rivers are sources of life andfertilitytothelandaroundit.Sothatevenindeathwecanbringlife,thecircleoflife.Afterthecremationofthebodythe ashesarecollectedinanewearthpotonthefourthday.Thesonornephew,inaholyriverliketheGanges,thenimmersesthese. AstheriverisbelievedtobeflowingtouchingtheheadofLordShivathereforebyimmersingthedead,thesoulgetssalvation and the holy river receives all his sins. Q12. Why do Hindus ring a bell when they enter a temple? PREETI MAHBOOBANI: Is it to wake up the Lord? But the Lord never sleeps. Is it to let the Lord know we have come? He does notneedtobetold,asHeisallknowing.IsitaformofseekingpermissiontoenterHisprecinct?Itisahomecomingandtherefore entryneedsnopermission.TheLordwelcomesusatalltimes.Thenwhydoweringthebell?Theringingofthebellproduceswhat isregardedasanauspicioussound.ItproducesthesoundOm,theuniversalnameoftheLord.Thereshouldbeauspiciousness within and without, to gain the vision of the Lord who is all-auspiciousness. Q13. What is Dussehra and how is it celebrated?

GHANSHYAMPARWANI:DussehraisaverypopularHindufestival,whichmarksthedaythatLordRama killedthedemon-king,Ravanaandrescuedhisabductedwife–Sita.Dussehraalsosymbolisesthetriumph ofwarriorGoddessDurgaoverthebuffalodemon,Mahishasura.The‘Ramlila’-anenactmentofthelifeof LordRama,isheldduringtheninedaysprecedingDussehra.Onthetenthday(Dussehra),largerthanlife effigiesofRavana,hissonandbrother-MeghnadhandKumbhakarnaaresettofire.Thetheatrical enactmentofthisdramaticencounterisheldthroughoutIndia.Inburningtheeffigiesthepeopleare askedtoburntheevilwithinthem,andthusfollowthepathoftruthandgoodness,bearingin mindtheinstanceofRavana,whodespiteallhismightandmajestywasdestroyedforhisevil ways. Continued on page 76

Pattern Recognition Brain Teaser solution: The answer is 3    General Brain Teaser Solutions: 1. The first word is ‘are’ then you add an “A” to the end and it becomes ‘area’. 2. 20 minutes, 4 eggs can be boiled at the same time. 3. 25 years is the answer 4. Marie is the eldest. 5. 30 Brain Puzzle Solution: The blind beggar was the sister of her brother, who died.








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10 1 Kamal, Sharda, Meena & Rita with Rani at her surprise birthday. 2 Kanchi, Neeru and Dimple share happy moments with their mothers, Rani & Kushma who share the same birthday. 3 Poonam, Parissa, Harshitaa, Pramiti. Sangeeta, Mehek, Namrata, Naina, and Bharti enjoying at Johan’s 5th Hip Hop party. 4 Maria Jesus, and Kapil celebrate adorable Annita’s first birthday. 5 Soni and Deeta both celebrating their birthday in Campo. 6 Naresh and Chandni outside Warner Brothers in Barcelona .

7 Bhakti and Arun at her sister’s wedding with parents, sis and bro-in-law. 8 Naresh and Chandni Melwani. 9 Divine couple Melvin and Karen about to climb the stairway to heaven. 10 Namrata with her sisters Minal & Jashika at her “white” baby shower. 11 Sumati, Jasmine, Johan and Rohan spending time with their super dads. 12 “Shaw-nam” the perfect couple. 13 Lovely Arianna and Yaana looking radiant as ever.



12 1-2 Gori, Rajni, Chandra, Jyoti, Preeti & Kushma join celebrations for Aunty Kaushilya’s surprise 80th Birthday organised by Reshma and Sangeeta 3 Aunties Sita, Chandra & Kaushilya supporting the young calentita team. 4 -5 Nena, Priyana & Bunty getting ready for Calentita! 6 Vinod reved up to offer his expertise in serving 7 Naresh, Kumar & Vijay partying it up! 8 Sheetal, Namrata, Mekek, Joshina with fun loving Renu. 9 Childhood friends Nisha, Sheelu and Mina.



10 Moti with Renu’s Guitar. 11 Gibraltar’s beauties, Bharka, Reshma, Sapna, Pinky & Esha. 12 Tiny Renu swept off her feet by Mukesh. 13 Karuna, Esha, Lavina, Rita, Kachan, Meena and Kamini thoroughly enjoy the night. 14 Jyoti with parents Ashok & Mona and Sister & Brother in Law, Kavita and Ajay on her Graduation day.










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10 1-2 Jyoti hosts cocktail for Parissa’s parents, Bhagwan & Sangita, seen here with Soni, Chandra, Vinod and Sanjay. 3 Umesh and Priya in a warm embrace. 4 Reshu, Kavita, Aarti and Smitu at cocktail hosted by Sharda & Ashok 5 Aarti & Parveen pleased to be home with family and friends. 6 Baiju doing his best Travolta. 7 Having a roaring time at the Domingo Rociero.

8 Rossi, Asha, Divya, Punisha, Sangeeta and Dhrishti striking a pose at the After Shock & Esprit fashion show. 9 Neha and her family went to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple for her parent’s 50th Anniversary. 10-11 Romina & Anil Daswani on their holiday to Bangkok.


11 1 Vanita with her daughters Riya and Karishma. 2 Angu and Soni in Nice during their cruise here with their sons Ishan and Aman. 3 Lucky Umesh here at the Manchester United Stadium. 4 Rahul meets world number 10 Fernando Gonzalez (Wimbledon 2009) 5 Young grandma Reshma with her grandchildren Kabir & Yashna. 6 Kapil celebrates his birthday with his 2 favourite girls...Maria Jesus and Annita. 7 Mehek with her two favourite boys, Ajay and Latesh.

8 Boys night out.. .hmm looking lost without their partners.... 9 Proud moment... Photographer of the Year 2009 won by Prem Mahtani. 10 Precious moments... Naraindas receives birthday gifts from two of his youngest granddaughters Georgina and Ella. 11 Naraindas Vatvani celebrates his 83rd birthday with his entire family at “Tai Pan” in Puente Romano, Marbella.





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Vashi Rajwani visits nephews, Ravi and Jeetu in Gibraltar. Happy families, Chellarams, Jeffries and Aldridges, ready to board Voyager of The Seas on their first Med cruise. Ishu and Ratna Hathiramani with their Children (Priscilla, Melvin and Mahesh), Grandchidlren (Rohan, Paris, Niran, Nayan, Nayana & Jerome), son-in-law Nigel and daughters in law Karen and Cheryl. Nigel, Priscilla, Niran and Nayan amongst the ruins of Pompei. Dinesh and Karishma with son Ronak on a family outing.

11 6-7 Subash, Karuna,Esha and Neeraj went on a road trip this summer and visited a number of places in Spain, France and Italy. 8 Mahtani family enjoying churros in La Linea fair. 9 Roshan and Dilip posing for the camera. 10 Ashok and Jaya Vaswani visiting Gibraltar in July to spend some time with daughter Namrata and family. 11 Birthday boy Latesh celebrates his birthday with his family.




1 Boys will be boys, Kamlesh, Baiju & Vivek. 2 Veena, Reshma, Rita, Laxmi and Sangita. 3 Birthday girl Jyoti celebrates her 60th surprise birthday organised by daughter in-laws Sangeeta and Resham. 4 Attending were Ratna, Sarita, Maya, Roopwanti & Nandini. 5 Dhrishti, Bharti, Tanya, Karina & Karishma. 6 Charming Jeetu and Varsha at the fair with Deepak.


7 Ade, Joshina & Kushma at Jyoti’s birthday. 8 Krsna Gulraj with grandparents in Puerto Banus - Nani Asha & Nana Ashok visiting from Mauritius and Dadi Sheila & Dadu Jitu. 9 Varsha Priya and Kanchi enjoying the fair... 10 Suresh, Sangeeta,Jasmine and Johan enjoying their Med cruise. 11 Divia & Raj Balani on their visit to Gibraltar. 12/13 Manu and Yaana having a great time in Greece.







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12 1 Charming Hema & Sam enjoying dinner on their 1st anniversary. 2 Naina and Kamlesh looking the part at their campo picnic 3 Kumar, Riya and Denil Udhwani having a wonderful time on the Norweigian Gem, Med cruise 4 Suhana enjoying her special day with her grandmother Vindu. 5 Lourdes, Asha, Anju, Namrata and Divya, chilling out with karaoke. 6 Naresh and his family sailing on the Norwegian Gem Cruise.

7 Bharti and Ramesh with son Yash having a great time in Toronto. 8 Joshina and her sisters elevated with Dada Jashan in London. 9 Proud mother Sonia with Nilesh 10 Ramesh, Lavina, Hanushka and Arman on National Day. 11 Happy Family Madhu and Niranjan celebrating with the family during her recent visit from the Canary islands 12 University friends Aditi, Eva and Esha enjoying National Day.


1 Parissa, Namrata, Bhakti, Neha and Resham. 2 Priyana & Vivek’s Ghari night with Gibraltarian guests. 3 Bhavna, Romina and Ayeesha gleaming 4 Vijay and Smita with Vijay’s family at the wedding puja. 5 Karishma and Tyrone with their bridesmaids in the church. 6 Renu, Deepa & Chitra having fun. 7 Kamlesh & Muskaan cuddle up. 8 Childhood friends Bhisham & Shawn. 9 Jai & Arianna posing for us. 10 Deepa and Naresh looking stunning together.

There you go, 12 months of goings on for all to cherish. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed these pages. So much time and effort has been dedicated to ensure all who have submitted their photos have been portrayed in the best way possible with all earnestness. I would like to give my special gratitude to Namrata Chhugani for agreeing to take over Gib Book while I had to leave for the UK unconditionally, and Parissa for all the running around and emails galore. Last but not least to all of you for submitting your prized photos. These are your pages and your contribution will keep them alive. Forward your photos as soon as possible to Be creative and have fun. Wishing you all a wonderful Year ahead, be happy, spread joy and most of all enjoy! Joshina Viroomal



THE CHHATWANI BROTHERS X-box, Wii, Play Station…today’s kids would rate these games highest on entertainment value. However, none of them can be compared to chess - the game of the kings! Chess - an ingenious game has been played for 1500 years was historically intended for clever people, intellectuals, commanders, chiefs and kings - in short the elite of earlier civilization. Taking up the challenge presented by this complex game are Yash and Nilesh Chhatwani, two brothers you are highly unlikely to come across playing a game of Tablita at Eastern Beach. Having participated and excelled in local and international tournaments since the ages of 5 and 7 respectively, this duo have proved themselves in Junior Chess. In fact it is no surprise that at such a young age, Yash was nominated “Best Student” at his school (St. Mary’s First School) and Nilesh won the “World Math Day” competition, with over 150 countries and 1 million participants. More recently, in 2008 and then again in 2009, they were sponsored by the Gibraltar Government to participate in the British Chess Championship in Liverpool where Nilesh stood 2nd in his age group (in 2008). Proud moments indeed for their parents! Just in case you had written them off as a couple of bespectacled master brains, did we mention that away from the checked board, they are both keen members of the Scouts and attend camps regularly? On the sporting front, Yash is a natural at cricket and will be representing Gibraltar in a tournament in Italy very soon, while Nilesh is quite the dancer with his unforgettable “Mohabbat Hai Mirchi” performance.


Let’s be honest—superstition and religious beliefs often go hand in hand, and a large number of them continue to influence our daily lives, conversations and actions without us realising it. Consider for example these superstitions: breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck, knocking on wood, fear of the number 13, etc. Am sure you can think of many more. It seems that no matter how educated we’ve become, ancient superstitious beliefs remain a part of our heritage. Lets explore the origins and historical context of some of them. That’s what this section is all about. Hope you enjoy going exploring and have a bit of fun in the process. (Sources: Dushi Maharaj, Mr. Ashok Mayani & online content) SUPERSTITION / BELIEF #1: One should neither clip one’s nails at night nor use scissors for fear of angering evil spirits. BUT WHY: In pre-electricity times, lanterns adorned houses, and visibility at night was poor, so this was a precaution to prevent from cutting or injuring oneself. SUPERSTITION / BELIEF #2: One should not sweep the floor at night; otherwise Laxshmi (the goddess of wealth) would also be swept away. BUT WHY: This too is a pre-electricity precaution, and this would prevent people inadvertently sweeping away any fallen valuables. SUPERSTITION / BELIEF #3: Being vegetarian or fasting on Mondays. BUT WHY: In the old days, there was generally little abundance. Sundays was the day whereby families would have a large feast, and so it was wise to eat lightly or fast the following day to give the digestive system a break. Invoking a deity’s name for Monday, ensured people follow it without question. An interesting side note: Why are festivals so big in India? The Ganapati festival, for example, initially started by Chatrapati Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler, was revived by Lokmanya Tilak (an Indian freedom fighter) to defy the British ban on public assemblies. Festivals gave Indian political leaders of the day opportunities to deliver speeches, spread the message of freedom and inspire people against British rule. These superstitions will be with us even in the distant future. Watch this space. Signing off - Mahesh Dhanwani



PAPER CUTS By Resham Mahtani

THE BOY IN THE STRIPPED PYJAMAS By John Boyne The narration follows Bruno, a nine-year-old German boy. As he comes home from school one day, Bruno finds his family are moving away from Berlin to a place called Out-With because his father has been given a new, important job there. Of course, Bruno is not happy with the change. In the new house there are no friends to play with, nor secret rooms to explore. But what is most astounding, is the people he can see from the windows: men and children, all wearing some strange striped pyjamas. When I approached the book, I knew it was going to be about the Holocaust. Reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was a very strange experience. I’ve read many books about the same topic in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything similar before. This book is extremely well written, it’s a bittersweet, heart-wrenching story because the reader knows more than Bruno, and can understand the situation while he cannot. It takes the reader to a place and time we should never forget, and it reminds us of the human element in all stories. All in all, a beautiful book.

Resham Mahtani

THE GRUFFALO By Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler Darling, switch the lights off, or else the children will wake up! As an avid bedtime reader, it is has been a very long while since I have read a good book or novel. Suffice to say, the bulk of my reading nowadays is following the local papers, magazines or perusing online content. It is therefore been an interesting challenge to recommend “a good read”. If you have young children, then you may already have heard of this award winning, illustrated book, which assist them in learning to read using pictures, which make bedtime stories. A mouse walks through dark woods and encounters different animals who wish to make the mouse their meal. The quick thinking mouse scares off his prey by inventing his friendship with an imaginary scary monster with terrible and horrifying looks. The animals scurry off, and the mouse carries on his journey through the woods, only to actually encounter in reality, the imaginary monster. Even the monster wants to EAT the mouse! What is the little mouse to do next? It is imperative to think outside the box and not accept defeat, just as the mouse does in this story. An interesting read. Enjoy!

Mahesh Dhanwani


Recommended Reads By Priya Bhambhwani: Paradise by Judith McNaught, Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Sanya Chhugani: The Bed and Breakfast Star by Jacqueline Wilson, The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank and George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Parissa V. Khiani: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks, The Trouble with Islam Today by Irshad Manji and Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez and Kristin Ohlson Priyana Budhrani: Princess by Jean P. Sasson, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom Resham Mahtani: Three Cups Of Tea by Greg Mortenson, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Mahesh Dhanwani: Gruffalo’s child, Room on the Broom and The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler Jyoti P. Khiani: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma

THE NAMESAKE By Jhumpa Lahiri The NAMESAKE is a cross-cultural, multigenerational story of a Hindu Bengali family’s journey to self-acceptance after migrating to America. It’s 1968 and young Ashima Ganguli, homesick for Calcutta, goes into labour while preparing a spicy puffed rice and peanut mix in her overheated kitchen. Ashima’s husband Ashoke, a MIT graduate student is studying in their bedroom on a purple and red batik clad bed. A son is delivered hours later and Ashoke is told that the baby cannot leave the hospital without a name. Ashoke impulsively calls his son Gogol, after his favourite author Nikola Gogol. We follow the main character, Gogol Ganguli as he grows up to despise his name and we see him lead a dual Indian-American life, never quite fitting anywhere. At first he gravitates to the American culture and fights for social acceptance by pushing aside the Indian rituals and customs that his parents so dearly cling to, going as far as changing his name. But after a number of relationship failures, Gogol is attracted to the comfort of his heritage. His perspective changes dramatically over the years, and he becomes a man who seeks a connection with his family of origin. Now also a hit movie, the NAMESAKE is a rewarding and worthwhile read.

Rajika Goel

I MOVED YOUR CHEESE By Darrel Bristow-Bovey I moved your cheese is a total laugh riot. Darrel Bristow-Bovey, with his absurdly funny anecdotes and instances, will not disappoint readers seeking ridiculous humour. His chapter on Oprah and Feng Shui will have you sniggering smugly in your couch. This is not a self-help book. This is the self-help book for people who want to take no steps at all! His revolutionary new formula, such as the process of “Osmatix”, which the author himself patented, is side splitting. It is not even necessary to read this book. Simply buying it and keeping it displayed in a prominent position will make you a brighter, happier and more desirable person. The problem with self-help books is that they litter the shelves of the bookstores and bedside tables of millions of people. With hilarity oozing from cover to cover, this book is a must read for those who enjoy humour at its mirthful best.

Jyoti P. Khiani


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GREEN TALK By Priya Bhambhwani


What does it mean to “Go Green”? These are two of the most used words today - in print, on the air, and repeatedly on the lips of celebrities. What does this red-hot trend actually mean? Every single thing we do every day has an impact on the planet -- good or bad. The good news is that as an individual you have the power to control most of your choices and, therefore, the impact you create: from where you live, to what you buy, eat, and use to light your home to where and how you vacation, to how you shop or vote. You can have global impact. Bollywood goes Green Bollywood superstar and Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) ambassador, Amitabh Bachan has joined forces with British actress Sienna Miller to advise India to Go Green. He is the leading member of Global Cool, an organization that spreads awareness about global warming. He urges India to collectively combat Global Warming and make the world a better place to live in. Kids can Go Green too Green Tips for Children 1. Playing video games on a computer uses a lot of energy. You can save energy by simply doing homework or going outside to play. 2. The family that recycles together stays together. If mom and dad recycle, ask them if you can sort it out. 3. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. 4. Send an e-card instead of a paper card. 5. Switch off the lights when leaving your room and turn off the TV when you are not watching it. By following these simple Green tips, you will live a greener life and can be the coolest Green kids on the block.

Indian TEMPLES Go Green India is the birthplace of four of the world’s largest religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, all of which revere nature and preach conservation. The Tirumala temple, in the south Indian city of Tirupati is visited by 5000 pilgrims a day, filling its coffers with donations and making it India’s richest temple. Since 2002, Tirumala has also been generating revenue from carbon credits. For decades, the temple’s community kitchen has fed nearly 15,000 people cooking 30,000 meals a day. Five years ago, Tirumala adopted solar cooking technique, allowing it to dramatically cut down on the amount of diesel fuel it uses. They now have the world’s largest solar steam cooking system. The temple now sells the emission reduction credit it earns to a Swiss green-technology investor, Good Energies Inc.

My Green Pledge … My Green Pledge is to educate myself, my family and friends about the positive aspects of going green. I want my family to live a healthy lifestyle and to respect themselves and their environment. For me, going green is a way to ensure that my family will have a future and not have to wear a gas mask….. Priya Bhambhwani

Art of Living, a 25 year old spiritual organization with 30 million followers is working to clean up the Ganges River and devise a waste disposal system. It also teaches farmers to use organic methods and uses bio-gas for part of its lighting requirements and recycles all of its water.



How Green Are you?

Avoid Fast Food.

Take this Green Quiz and test your Green IQ. 1.

When it comes to Living Green, the 3 R’s are Reuse, Reduce and What? a. Redo b. Recycle c. Recess

2. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to provide power to your television for…. a. 3 minutes b. 3 hours c. 3 days 3. Recycling one ton of paper saves how many trees? a. 17 trees b. 10 trees c. 5 trees 4. Which of these are not recyclable? a. Juice boxes b. Aluminium cans 5.

c. None- both are recyclable

Which of these is not a renewable form of energy? a. Coal b. Wind c. Nuclear

Make your house a Greener Place Our home is one of the easiest places to start going green. Check out these bright ideas that go beyond turning off the lights, but are just as simple Green Promise! p

Turning your thermostat down just a little will hardly be noticeable, especially since global warming is taking hold, but it will mean you use less energy which is greener and cheaper.


Use energy efficient bulbs that are available everywhere and last a lot longer than regular light bulbs.


A tiny 5% of the total energy used by your phone charger goes towards charging your phone. Once your phone is charged, unplug the charger.


You know that red light on the TV when it’s on standby? That uses electricity. Turn your TV off properly. It’s easiest to get a power strip and turn it off when you’re not watching.


Most homes have a dryer now; these machines use a huge amount of electricity. Dry your clothes on a washing line instead, It’s greener, cheaper and makes your clothes smell a lot fresher.


If you are only making one cup of tea don’t fill the kettle up. Only boil the amount of water you need. The microwave is an even better idea.


Take your own cloth bags to the store instead of plastic and paper bags, reducing waste and requiring no additional energy. 63

Most fast food is overpackaged and most fast-food companies are responsible for producing mountains of trash. By avoiding fast food whenever possible, you’ll help reduce this needless waste.

B Bike Instead Of Ride.

Riding your bike instead of riding in a car saves energy and reduces pollution, of course. But it is also fun! That makes it a double benefit.


Close The Fridge Door. By leaving it open for just a few extra seconds, you waste a lot of energy. Decide what you want before you open the refrigerator door. Then get it and close the door right away.


Donate Your Toys To A Worthy Cause.

When you get tired of or grow out of your games and toys and other things, don’t throw them away. Even if they are broken, they may be fixed and used by other kids less fortunate than you. You’ll also be keeping these things out of the trash.


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I Love you Toast

Logitech Harmony 1100 No matter how sleek the furnishings, if you have remote

For those of us who are addicted to a slice of toast on a winter’s morning, this truly is a gadget of grand proportions. Simply press one of these two moulds against your bread prior to toasting, quickly pop into the toaster and bingo. When it’s done, a secret message will be revealed in the newly browned bread; either ‘Good Morning’, or, for the romantically inclined, ‘I Love You’, complete with a heart shape for good measure. So now if someone you know appears to have got out of bed on the wrong side, you know exactly what to do.

controls scattered around the lounge, it looks like a mess. Logitech Harmony 1100 is the perfect complement to your sophisticated living room. It replaces up to 15 remotes and recognises 225,000 machines from 5,000 brands. It has a Palm-sized, rectangular shape and it’s easy to hold whether you’re switching channels or turning up the volume. With its colour touch screen, you’ll be able to see the icons and commands, even in the dark. It’s like no remote you’ve ever used before.

Miche Bag Change your bag as easily as you change your style. Basically you buy a plain black bag, and you can change the outer shell of your bag to match your outfit/color of your clothes). With over 30 outer shell designs to choose from, you don’t have the hassle of transferring contents from one bag to the next. Simple detach shell from base and place new shell under base. Fold up and voila!

3 in 1 Breakfast Whether you need something to eat or some coffee to keep awake, this gadget has plenty. The Breakfast Center has a 4-cup coffee maker with a permanent filter, along with an 8 x 10 ½” griddle and a 4-slice toaster oven. It has a 30 minute timer with an auto shut off, which makes it slightly safer. The glass carafe itself is dishwasher safe. A perfect gadget for college students who need to cook up something fast between classes.


Mind Trainer Loo Roll As you sit there thinking, hmm,

we really should re-decorate, look at all that dust on those pipes, this magazine is over two years old, and other such inanities, wouldn’t you rather be having a bit of fun? Now you can while away the time with some great brain teaser tests that will always be close at hand. From some mathematical gymnastics, to classic Sudoku, the Mind Trainer Loo Roll has some great brain-bending puzzles to keep your brain ticking and stop you reading the same joke book for the fortieth time http://www.iwantoneofthose. com/

Flying alarm clock

Wine Bottle Platters

Alarm clocks are supposed to be alarming (kind of the point really), and are often very annoying. The Flying Alarm Clock has all the functionality of a regular alarm clock (err... obviously), such as digital time display, snooze function and alarm. But the alarm has an added twist, which considering the name of the thing will come as no surprise. Perched on the top of the clock is what looks like a black ping-pong with propeller blades. When your alarm kicks in this gizmo starts to spin and takes off into the air, while the siren like alarm continues to wrench you from your slumber. There’s no rolling over for a quick five minutes that turns into an hour and gets you fired. This alarm clock takes no prisoners.

These platters are glass wine bottles, which have been recycled and transformed into these desirable individual serving boards. They look great as a centrepiece on the table but where they really come into their own is when used as cheese boards or for serving up nibbles like olives or sushi. If you want to put smiles on the faces of your dinner guests you can even use them for serving up starters on. Whatever use you find for the Flat Bottles, whip them out for your next dinner party and there will definitely be a few oohs and aahs going on in the room!

Nokia Booklet 3G

There was a rumor about this a few months back. Now it is here! Nokia officially unveiled its newest product - a laptop! It goes by with the name Booklet 3G, with over 12 hours of battery life. It has a 10.1 inch display, with high resolution, powered by an Atom processor, integrated 3G wireless system, and get this: a hot-swappable SIM card. The 2 cm, 1.25kg aluminum body also houses common features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, A-GPS, HDMI output, and a nice 12 hour battery life. The design, as Nokia calls it, is ‘beautiful’ and ‘highly durable’



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Heart to Heart: The Killer Belly that can kill… By Kamlesh Daswani

Here’s a life-or-death test for you.

Pick up a tape measure.

Wrap it around your waist at navel level.

If you’re an Indian woman and measure more than 32 inches or an Indian man over 35 inches, brace yourself. Within the next 10 or 20 years you are almost certain to get diabetes or heart disease - OR BOTH.

You have the killer belly, a condition that specially afflicts Indians. other South Asian countries also suffer the same problem.

Although generally slim people, there is one affliction that most Indians have in common…the “peth” (belly in Sindhi). We have a tendency to collectively gather fat in our abdomens. Fat stored around the waistline and abdomen pose the greatest cardiovascular and diabetic risk, compared to that stored in the thighs and buttocks. The reasoning behind this is that visceral fat serves as an active chemical factory, producing biological and active molecules and hormones that in turn lead to the development of diabetes and heart disease. So if you are one of the many of us that suffer from this condition put down your plate of pakoras and read on.

Genetically, all descendants of the subcontinent have common indicators of impending heart disease and diabetes. We quickly develop abdominal obesity, leading to a condition known as metabolic syndrome, whereby triglycerides and small dense LDL (the worst part of bad cholesterol), increase, whilst at the same time, HDL2B (the best part of good cholesterol), decreases. Furthermore, insulin resistance increases, so you have more insulin circulating in your body. This leads to a vicious cycle, and you end up depositing more fat onto your belly. When you factor in stress and an inactive lifestyle, this contributes to worsening the situation.

Indian men, no matter whereabouts they live, have one of the highest rates of heart disease in the world, even if they have low levels of traditional risk factors, such as cholesterol. In fact, even non-smoking vegetarians under 40 who exercise regularly may be at high risk. This is not just limited to Indians; descendants of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and

In all populations, the major factors that determine the severity of heart disease are diabetes, high levels of lipoprotein, low levels of HDL cholesterol, and a high ratio of total 68

cholesterol to HDL. We may be the only population to have an excess of all four of these factors. Heart attacks tend to strike at a relatively young age (40-60 years), and tends to be severe, malignant and diffuse (spread along an artery instead of in just one or two spots). This means that, despite repeat surgeries, the blockages of arteries can often return and cause death. While it is a fact that if you have a family history of heart disease, the chances of you suffering from it are higher, there are steps to be taken to significantly reduce your risk factors. However, due to our religious beliefs, many of us have a misguided view of karma where we believe that everything is pre-ordained. When illness strikes, we tend to justify it by putting in on karma, but this does not allow room for the right actions to be taken. Genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger. We are vulnerable to heart disease because of a combination of our lifestyle and hereditary risks. The good news is that heart disease has become highly predictable, preventable and treatable. We have the technology, diagnostic tests and medication available to help combat it. Combined with appropriate lifestyle changes, we can prevent the devastating consequences of this disease.

Losing the Jelly Belly

The Paradox of the Indian Heart Heart disease among Indians strikes early, strikes hard, and strikes unexpectedly. Heart disease among Indians under 45 is often severe and diffuse, and it follows a malignant course that may be classified as Type I heart disease. Indians typically develop a heart attack 10 years earlier than other populations. Young Indians have a much higher risk of heart attack than similarly aged people in other populations. Approximately one-third of all first heart attacks among Indians occur in Indians younger than 45 and their heart disease is often comparable in severity to that of older Indians. Serious forms of coronary artery disease, especially left main coronary artery disease and three-vessel disease are twice as common among Indians as in whites, and even more common among Indian women.


So what can we do to rid ourselves of our unsightly bellies? The answer is simple; we need to change our diet and exercise. A typical Indian diet consists of a very high intake of carbohydrates; we eat a lot of potatoes and rice (which also helps aggravate diabetes.) It is imperative to cut down on oil, carbohydrates and sugar and turn to a high protein diet. Swap fried foods for salads and fruit. This complemented with daily vigorous cardio based exercises (strolling down Main Street does not count!) will help to improve your HDL (good cholesterol) and lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) and insulin levels. It will also increase your energy levels, reduce stress, and give you a new lease on life. So what are you waiting for, jump on the fitness wagon and get yourself back in shape, before it’s too late.

Genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger. Don’t blame your parents and grandparents. Start Now...Do something about it!!


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Jai Ho to our Cows

Western view

Indian view

what’s the deal with taking care of sick and aged cows?

A. As I said earlier, the cow is a

By Bhakti Mahbubani

Q. Sacred cow??.... Isn’t it a production company?


Well…I suppose you could say that…only a different kind of Production Company. One produces movies and TV shows and the other produces milk and dung.

Q. But why a SACRED COW? I mean why not a sacred pig, horse, sheep, goat…they’re all useful animals.

A. In technical terms, all animals

are sacred. After all they are all living and breathing creatures complete with feelings and emotions. People who ask if cows are considered sacred should understand that Hindus regard all living creatures as sacred mammals, fishes, birds and more. The cow symbolically represents all other creatures to the Hindu.

Q. That’s the young healthy cows. But

Q. I suppose that’s a Q. So why do the good reason, but it Hindus worship the cow? can’t be all. Is there something you’re A. Well, that’s an easy one…In India, not telling me?

the Cow, represents the sacred principle of Motherhood. She A. It’s not a secret symbolizes charity and generosity. guarded by MI5, Due to several references in the Vedas, you know. We all Mother is considered as another face know that the cow is of God. Also, in Hinduism, the act a living ecosystem. of giving is far superior to the Cow’s milk can be used act of receiving. The Cow for the production of represents that very essence cheese, butter and other of Hinduism, making her very dairy. But not only that - its “WORSHIP-WORTHY” dung and urine is very useful as well.

Q. DUNG…?!?!?!?! URINE…?!?!?!?! A. No need to be so shocked and disgusted. Rural areas in

India still use cow dung as fertilizers and fuel and India’s cattle produce 800 million tons of manure every year. It is also used to paste on the walls of their abodes as it keeps insects away and is a natural cooler/heater as it keeps homes warm in winter and cool in summer. In fact, fertilizers and fuel made from cow dung is THE most eco-friendly. And when lit, it doesn’t give out any poisonous gases. As for cow urine, villages in India use the urine to cure a number of illnesses as it is said to have medicinal purposes. And last but by no means the least, how can we forget our Gucci shoes and Prada bags, the leather for which comes from our very own cows? 72


It is particularly difficult for Westerners to understand or appreciate India’s worship of the cow. After all, we live in the land of the hamburger. Western economists contend that beef alone can solve India’s food problems and this has caused cow worship and protection to come under attack for many years. Little do they know!

representation of Mother. That in itself is a very strong reason for the care of aged and sick cows. There are many Animal Hospitals called “Goshallas” which are funded by the Q. I’ve heard critics say that cows can government or wealthy individuals. Though be harmful to the Indian economy. it is thought to be a luxury, the fact is Care to comment on that? that India actually spends a great Q. Don’t you see the benefits of deal less on their aging cattle “Westernization” in cattle-rearing? A. Well, critics are than Westerners spend on their just that critical about cats and dogs. And India’s everything. The cows A. I think “Westernization” is a great idea. cattle population is six times are India’s greatest Western thinking represents Modern thinking. that of the American pet natural resource. But Modern thinking does not necessarily mean population. Bet you didn’t All they eat is grass, ideal thinking. We live in Western Civilization, know that. which is readily but don’t always approve of all it’s ways. As one available to them, late Indian Statesman said, “I think Western but even with that Civilization is a great idea. When will it begin?”. Q. India is over they generate more Some might deem it a cheeky remark, but populated, over-crowded, power than all of India’s in India traditional methods are still Generating Plants. They under-educated and bereft revered and will always be. also produce fuel, fertilizer of most modern amenities! and nutrition in abundance. As for Worshipping God is one thing wanting to kill them for their meat to but to worship the cow while dying of reduce overpopulation as claimed, rather starvation is another thing! than just fulfil our palates, a recent survey A. Real India is rural India old chap. The simplicity of India is shows that for every sixteen pounds of food often mistaken for ignorance, and her peacefulness mistaken fed to cows, they only produce one pound of for complacency. The Hindu treatment of the cow may look meat. Whereas, feeding them under a pound strange to you but your views on India are that of disrespect of food, can provide us with over a pint of and racial superiority. For you, the cow is a commodity. For us, milk. This is also because you don’t have the cow is dear to Lord Krishna and we ain’t killing a creature to grow a new cow every time you milk it. that is the personification of one of our Gods. Isn’t that better for the Indian Economy?

Q. But Mark Twain once said “Sacred Cows make the best Hamburgers”

Q. So…? A. So...To sum it up… The cow represents life and the

sustenance of life to the Hindu. It represents our soul, our obstinate intellect and our unruly emotions. However, the cow supersedes us because it is so giving, taking nothing but grass and grain. It gives and gives and gives, as does the A. Yes, but he neglected to say that those soul, give and give and give. The cow is so vital to life, the hamburgers also were one of the causes of virtual sustainer of life for humans. In a society if you only the mad cow disease outbreak. Oh and did he had cows and no other domestic animals or agricultural mention the increase in cholesterol in your pursuits, you could still survive and the children could body with the consumption of beef? How survive with the butter, the cream and the milk to feed the about bowel cancer? Now that would just children. The cow is a complete ecology, a gentle creature be like a party inside your already and a symbol of abundance. Hence, I suppose it is quite all fragile body, isn’t it? right to consider it Sacred, wouldn’t you agree??? 73



Our Cultural Gift to you: Chapter 2 Q14. What is the significance and purpose of Janmashtami?

RANI SADHWANI: Janmashtami is the birth of Lord Krishna and is celebrated with great devotion in the August/ Septembermonths.Templesandhomesarebeautifullydecoratedandlitanddevoteeskeepawakeandsingbhajans tillmidnight,themomentwhenKrishnawasborn.ThecityofMathuraiswhereLordKrishna’sparentslivedandwas capturedbytheevilKansa,andheasayoungboycameandfreedthem-IamluckyenoughtohavevisitedthisHoly city and birthplace of Lord Krishna. Q15: Why do we say “Shanthi” thrice?

VEENA KARNANI: Shanthi simply means“peace”. It is a beautiful meaning and also a very beautiful sound.The shanthi is repeated three times.You could interpret this as meaning, peace in body, speech, and mind (i.e. in the entiretyofone’sbeing),orasawishforpeaceindividually,collectivelyanduniversally.Thethreeshanthisisanappeal tothephenomenalpowerstolendpeacetotheirheartsforthepursuitoftheirstudy.ThethreeShanthisaredirected tothethreesourcesofdisturbancesthatdestroymentalpeacenecessaryforteachingandlearningthecontentsofthe scriptures. Q16. Why is “Tilak” applied on the forehead in a religious ceremony?

ASHAKHIANI:Thetilakinvokesafeelingofsanctityinthewearerandothers.Itrecognisedasareligiousmark.Itsform andcolourvaryaccordingtoone’scaste,religioussectortheformoftheLordworshipped.The“Tilak”coversthespot betweentheeyebrow,whichistheseatofmemoryandthinking.ItisknownastheAajnaChakrainthelanguageofYoga. Thetilakisappliedwithprayer,thusablessingoftheLordandaprotectionagainstwrongtendenciesandforces. Q17. What is the significance of Cheti Chand?

NEHA RUPANI: ChetiChandiscelebratedonthe first day of Chitra month, known as chet in Sindhi. Cheti Chand is theNewYearoftheSindhiCommunity,whocelebratethefestivalofChetiChandinhonourofthebirthofIshtadeva Uderolal,popularlyknownasJhulelal,thePatronSaintofSindhis.Thisdayisconsideredtobeveryauspiciousandis celebratedwithpompousandgaiety.ThedayisbelievedtobethebirthdayoftheLordVaruna,theGodofWater,which is why on this day, people worship water- the elixir of life Q18. Why do many Hindus perform the Satnarayan Kaths periodically and what is the significance of it?

RESHMAMELVANITheSatyanarayanaPujaisusuallydoneonthePurnimadayofeverymonth(thedayofthefull moon)oraSankranti.Itisalsodoneonspecialoccasionsandduringtimesofachievementsasanoffering ofgratitudetotheLord.Theseoccasionsincludemarriage,graduation,newjob,andthepurchaseofanew hometonameafew.Asthestorygoes,peopleobservethisiftheyhaveanywishtofulfilsotheyfaston thatdayandlaterbreakthefastaftertheyhavedonetheirkathaandofferedparshadtotheidols.Itisone way for people to be vegetarian once a month and think about the Lord. Q19. Why do Hindus chant a variety of mantras during prayer?

KAMALBAKHRU:PrayerorworshipisconsideredtobeanintegralpartoftheHinduwayofliving. ThechantingofmantrasisthemostpopularformofworshipinHinduism.InthisYugacalledkali Yuga, chanting of mantras and prayers is considered to be the ideal method to attain selfrealisation. It is also said that the mantra gives protection and strength on recitation. Q20. Why are prayers offered to Ma Lakshmi on Diwali?

GORI MAHTANI: The Hindu Scriptures say that on the night of Kartick Amavasya (Diwali),GoddessLakshmiroamsfreelyonthisearth.Whenshefindsanabodethatis morewelcomingandmoredeferentialshemakesherabodethere.Hindusofferprayers to Ma Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity.


Q21. How did the practice of observing fast (Upavasa) originate and why do we observe it on certain days?

CHITRABUDHRANI:FastinginHinduismindicatesthedenialofthephysicalneedsofthebodyforthesakeofspiritual gains.Accordingtothescriptures,fastinghelpscreateatonementwiththeAbsolutebyestablishingaharmonious relationshipbetweenthebodyandthesoul.Certaindaysoftheweekarealsosetasideforfastingdependingon personalbeliefandfavouritedeity.Forexample,devoteesofShivatendtofastonMondays,whiledevoteesofVishnu tend to fast on Fridays or Saturdays. Q22. What is the significance of Raksha Bandhan and why do we celebrate it?

CHANDRUVATVANI:RakshaBandhanisafestivalwhichcelebratesthebondofaffectionbetweenbrothersandsisters. Itisadaywhenthesiblingsprayforeachothers’wellbeingandwishforeachothers’happinessandgoodwill.Onthis particulardaythesisterstietheholythreadandpracticetheceremony.Inreturntheyreceivesomekindofgiftortoken. Thename‘RakshaBandhan’suggests‘abondofprotection’.Onthisauspiciousday,brothersmakeapromisetotheir sisterstoprotectthemfromallharmsandtroublesandthesisterspraytoGodtoprotecttheirbrotherfromallevil. Q23. Why is coconut used in all Hindu religious ceremonies?

SHARDARUPANI:Thecoconutsymbolisesselflessservice.Everypartofthetreeisusedininnumerablewayslike thatches, mats, tasty, dishes, oil, soap, etc.. It takes in even salty water from the earth and converts it into sweet nutritivewaterthatisespeciallybeneficialtosickpeople.Thecoconut(Sriphala)thatisusedinthemakingofaPurnaKumbha(kalash)isalsoanindependentobjectofworship.Acoconut-thefruitofGod,aloneisalsousedtosymbolise ‘God’ while worshipping any deity. The three eyes of the coconut represent the three eyes of Shiva. Q24. Why is the lotus flower most important to Hindus?

KAMINI BHAMBHWANI: The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkablebeauty.Atnighttheflowerclosesandsinksunderwater,atdawnitrisesandopensagain.Untouchedby theimpurity,lotussymbolisesthepurityofheartandmind.Thelotusistheforemostsymbolofbeauty,prosperityand fertility.AccordingtoHinduism,withineachhumaninhabitingtheearthisthespiritofthesacredlotus.Itrepresents eternityanddivinityandiswidelyusedasasymboloflife,fertility,andever-renewingyouthandtodescribefeminine beauty, especially the eyes. Q25. What is the significance of Dattar during a wedding?

JYOTIKHIANI:Aftertheweddingissolemnisedthebrideperformsthedatarceremonyinwhichsaltisexchanged fromthebride’shandstothegroom’shandthreetimes.Thebridealsodoesthesamewithalltherelativesfromthe in-law’sside.Itiscommonlybelievedthatifyoudotheabovetherewillbenoargumentsorfightsbetweenthebride and the in-laws.When salt mixes with food, it loses its identity, it mingles totally with the ingredients of the meal. Howeverthepresenceofthesaltisfeltbecauseitgivesthefoodtaste. Byexchangingsalt,thefamilysubtlytellsthe bride that she is going to be part of the new family and she should mingle with them like salt does with food. Q26. What is Holi and how do we celebrate it?

DEEPAAIDASANI: InthecelebrationofHoliwehavetwoaspectswithtwosymbolisms:Theburningofbonfires whichisassociatedwiththestoryofHolikaandLordVishnu’sdevoteePrahlad,symbolisestheburningofthe impuritiesinourmindswhenweigniteinourheartstheloveforGod.Whileexternallywelightbonfires,the realcelebrationatadeeperlevelwouldconsistintheignitingoftheInnerSpiritualfire.Thesprayingof colorswhichislinkedononesidewiththejoyfulcelebrationatthearrivalofthespringseasonandon theothersideitcelebratestheseasonoflove.RadhaandKrishna’sloveisepitomisedastheidealof pureLoveandthereforethecelebrationislinkedtothemaswell.Inthecelebrationweforget allourdifferencesanduniteintheplayofcolors.Symbolicallywecoloreveryonewithour Love. Wetrusttheabovehasbeeninterestingandinsightfultoall,andencourageyoutopursue thebeautifulmeaningsthatliewithinourculturalandreligiousways.AbigTHANKYOUto allthecontributorstothisarticleandespeciallytoourelderswhohavekeptourbeliefsand taught us the Hindu way of life…. 77

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9 Veronica, Bharti and Yash standing in front of the CN Tower in Toronto! 10-11 Sanya Chhugani celebrated her 9th birthday with a SPA themed party at home, in which the girls had facials, manicures, hair-dos and a make up session. They really had a SPA-tacular time! 12 Reena & Ishika Nagrani - best friends forever and family too!!! 13 Paris Chellaram dressed and ready to go to meet the 7 dwarfs 14 Playing Holi: Sagar, Ritik, Ritika and Cousins 15 Nilesh Chhatwani giving us a thumbs up! 16 Sooo shady......Deeta and Taneesha at a shades themed birthday







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15 1 Chess Winner- Ritika Melwani 2 Master Rohan Chellaram as captain on the Voyager of the Seas 3 Darling Reena Nagrani at the park! 4 Ishan’s 8th football party 5 Divyaj “ Now 3” Birthday Party at Mc Donald’s, Carrefour 6 Paris Chellaram on her last day in Sunshine Room - Nursery with her friends Ella and Kate and teachers 7 Simran celebrated her 12th birthday party at Swave. Here she is seen with some of her friends: Sherine, Zayanne, Rohana, Prema and Sharon 8 Darling Annita taking over her Dada’s office, answering the phone 9 ‘Param retires at age 3!’

10 Sagar’s 8th Suprised Birthday Party:Sagar,Ritik,Ritika and Chandni Melwani 11 Chhaya with her beautiful children Param and Suhana 12 Priscilla with her boys Niran & Nayan 13 Melvin, Rohan and Paris, in the Cavalcade with the Bassadone Group theme based on the Disney film, CARS 14 Nayana graduating from Varyl Begg Nursery 15 Ishan holding up the leaning tower of Pisa 16 Rhea, Jasmine, Sanya and Kareina as kitchen superstars 17 Deeta and Taneesha met Mickey mouse at the Sunday funday 18 Nayana face painting on voyager of the seas (Cruise ship)



13 1 Jasmine’s 8th birthday, High School Musical 2 Deepak as little Krishna on Janmashtmi 3 Annita visiting the Hindu Temple 4 Khushi in Saviana, ready to go paint the Feria Red 5 Ishika & Akash Nagrani having fun at the beach in Chiclana... 6 Niran and Nayan with their favourite motor Gp rider Valentino Rossi Lucky Boys!!!! 7 Dinesh with his two beautiful girls Pramiti and Sumati on National Day..


8 Divyaj with mum Sunita 9 Daddy Arun , Deeta and Dev having fun in the sun in Granada... 10 Ronak Enjoying the pool 11 Adorable Aditya giving Namaste readers a dashing smile! 12 Sabina turns 2 13 Karenza and Karizma playing with Dev and Dhanvir at the park! 14 Param and Suhana on Holiday 15 Viraj Nagrani and his sister Sarina Katariya enjoying their play time together

ArmanKarnaniInterviews Spain’sPrimeMinisterZapatero Q. Wow Arman, How exciting, tell us how did you manage to accomplish this interview?  A. I had previously acted in a short film about yoga and also in a TV advert for El Corte Ingles,and one of my Mum’s journalist friends who was working for the TV channel La Sexta, had seen me andcontacted her about me taking part in a reality programme that she was producing called ‘Una Camara En Casa’ (‘A Camera at Home’).   In each episode three children from different backgrounds roam around their homes with a video camera filming and talking about their families,  their ideas, their culture and their goals in life.  Q.  What did you say were your ‘goals in life’?  A.   I said I wanted to be the owner of a 20-star hotel or become a Prime Minister.  So the producersarranged a meeting with the Prime Minister of Spain, José Luís Rodriguez Zapatero.  Q.  How did you feel before the meeting?  A.  I was a bit nervous, but excited.  Q.  What did you ask Mr Zapatero?  A.  I asked him what it was like to be Prime Minister and about his studies at University. I also asked him if he was allowed to take holidays.... I had to ask that as I don’t want a job with no holidays!!He replied that he does take some holidays but he always has to have his mobile phone on, just in case...


Q. What advice did Mr Zapatero give you?  A.  He told me to work hard, be honest and considerate to others.He also told me that if I became Prime Minister he would expect me to invite himfor a coffee.  Q.  How did you end the interview?  A.  At the end of the interview I presented Mr Zapatero with an elephant-shaped piggy bankfrom India, and I told him ‘This is to help you with the economy of Spain’. Thank you Arman for sharing your special experience, I am sure you have inspired other children after reading this.


Which is the hardest thing you ever had to do?

What is your motto on life?

Sonal Samtani, BSc (Hons)

University of Kent at Canterbury

Since University came into the picture every challenge seemed to become slightly easier than the one before. From the laboratory based dissertation to post-graduate interviews...I still believe the most challenging of all was the first day of university when my parents had left me in that shoebox room in the middle of nowhere (Warwick) with no sense of direction. I still remember the panic attack I experienced not sure of what was going to happen once they left! However, the empty feeling was quickly filled with friends and uni-life and i was sure that if i was able to get through that, everything else seemed manageable!

Biochemistry, University of Warwick

Vineeta Parwani BA (Hons)

Well I think it’s really hard to set one single motto to follow in life in order to enjoy life to the fullest. However I strongly believe in Karma and what goes around comes around. Therefore in my opinion I think the best motto a person could follow is “Do good, and good will follow you”

How would you describe yourself?

Do you think you are wiser having graduated?

Graduating is only one piece of the puzzle, but learning from every experience each year throws at you is a lot harder. Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made as you need to go away to find out who you truly are. I can proudly say I haven’t just graduated with a degree certificate, but with a better attitude to all important aspects in my life and to a deeper and mature appreciation for a brighter future ahead. So to sum up... 2009 welcomes a wiser Jyoti! :-)

Jyoti Jaswani BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science University of Reading”

The Tassle is worth the hassle! Esha Subash Malkani BSc.

Economics, UCL

One achievement you are most proud of? I feel that my biggest achievement so far has been graduating from UCL and during my 3rd year being able to choreograph and perform a big group dance for the UCL Rangeela show ’09, which has probably been my best performance to date.

As a soul on a journey whose trying to pave way for the best quality of life ever...and always up for a bit of a chat, but not one of those “Sooooo Navin, when are we looking for a bride for you huh? After your sister now is your turn!” followed by a screeching laughter. Just joking aunties.

Sapna Budhrani BA Business Administration, University of Kent

Navin Mayani, BSc (Hons)

Phychology, University of Bath

Varsha Punjabi BSc (Hons)

Bharkha Samtani BSc (Hons)

Psychology University of Kent

Econ. with Marketing Management

Oxford Brookes University

Who is your role model and why?

What are your dreams and aspirations now after graduation? What did you want to be when you were little? When I was much younger my choice of career changed every week! It went from wanting to be a princess to a chef and then a nurse. However, the longest one I stuck with was a shop keeper! (Surprised?! what can I say…a true Sindhi at heart). I had my own till, fake money and made my own credit cards; and VK (probably by force) was my main client lol! So not a long way off from what I do (selling jewellery) now! ;)

Being the incredibly indecisive person that I am, my dreams and aspirations are continuously changing. I can say for certain though, that I have always loved helping people and making an impact on their lives for the better. I dream to make a difference in people’s lives on a large scale, and I aspire to alter certain areas of the mental health care system in Gibraltar.

When we think of role models, we think Ghandi or mother Teresa, but my greatest role model is my mother, she is the strongest person I know with the most infectious laugh, and I could only hope that one day I can be as she is.

What advice would you give students entering university?

Karan Aswani LLB European Law with French Law University of Warwick

Work Hard, Play Hard! Make the most of your time there because it will fly past and you’ll never get those years back! Enjoy your new found independence but at the same time never lose sight of what you’re there to achieve! It’s all about finding the right balance.


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Growing meat without growing animals…

By Vinod P. Khiani

Meat is Murder? Well, perhaps not for much longer… It is accepted that man went through the hunter stage long before becoming farmers. So is it any surprise that most of us salivate at the thought of sinking our teeth into juicy chorizo, secreto iberico, roast chicken and the like? Come on its part of our evolution … and so unbelievably tasty! As omnivores I don’t think all of us can overcome these cravings, but maybe we can change the way we satisfy them … and don’t even think it - I’m not talking about mock duck and those dreadfully bland quorn products. The latest news is that it may now be possible to laboratory grow real meat. Even though it may not walk like a duck or quack like a duck, judging by the taste and texture of that morsel on your plate – it sure is duck! Many of us will have heard of stem cell procedures, which are making it possible to grow tissue and eventually even human organs for transplant. Now similar methods are being used to lab grow animal muscle tissue. Doesn’t sound too appealing right? Well before you tuck into that chicken biryani you should check out PETA’s website (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and form your own views on the sorry life that chicken led.

Read about PETA ( and their $1 million Franken-meat contest, where fakemeat entrepreneurs will attempt to produce and market their lab made chicken, for no more than the market price of ‘real’ chicken.

In-Vitro meat better for health and environment…? Apart from the cruel conditions imposed upon our livestock, the modern farming industry really does take its toll on our planet – from sacrificing our forests and biodiversity for more grazing pastures, to bovine flatulence contributing to global warming (that’s a fact!). Not to mention the enormous waste produced in farming animals and all the energy expended in getting them to the supermarkets.

• To produce 1 calorie of energy from a living animal takes 35 calories of energy from industry. That excludes the farm to supermarket process. • It has been calculated that the carbon footprint of the meat business is larger than that of the entire transportation sector. Compare this to ‘Franken-meat.’ The potential benefits of engineering and growing meat in bioreactors are incalculable. How about a pork chop with the good fat from fish instead of its own saturated fats? Or chicken, which is salmonella proof … equally bird flu and mad cow disease could be things of the past. We could produce meat in sterile conditions that are impossible in conventional animal farms and slaughterhouses. When we grow only the meat we can eat, it’s more efficient. There’s no need to grow the whole animal and 90

lose 75 to 95 percent of what we feed it. Consider the alarming statistic that India and China are doubling their meat consumption every decade, there’s no sustainable way to satisfy the growing global appetite for meat without a significant improvement in technology. The problem is that it’s still early days – with scientists currently only just able to produce tiny pieces of meat around 2cm long and at a cost of $45,000 per pound. Makes Kobe prime filet sound like something you’d toss to the dog eh?

Social acceptance? This is an issue, which actually goes back many more years than we realise. While it’s true that in-vitro meat isn’t natural, nor for that matter are bread, or cheese, or wine. These are all ‘cultured’ products too, and could never occur in nature! In recent times consider hydroponic vegetables - we like the idea that they’re produced in sterile water instead of dirt and manure, as for genetically modified crops, most of us in the west are probably eating them every day. So we can see that the issue of eating flesh as opposed to eating animals is one that is here to stay. People (most likely the next generation given the current Food & Drug Administration FDA concerns) will have to make up their own minds as to how to interpret this, and the moral issues presented. For example, for those who believe that eating meat produces negative karma, how would this development affect their views? Interesting times, one could ponder … as for me, right now I could do with a doner kebab … and I don’t even want to know what’s in that!

Q Would you eat lab gown meat? Umesh Bhambhwani

“No, the idea does not sit well with me. There maybe genetic side effects and for me, meat is still meat”.

Reshma Melvani

“I would not eat it! I don’t feel comfortable about the idea, and would first seek my Master’s advice on this and the karma of such an action”.

Pramila Chhugani

“No, I would not eat lab grown meat. My reason for being a vegetarian is not taking life. Food is not everything - we don’t live to eat, we eat to live. Why bend the rules and try to play God...”

Dinesh Hirani

“Do they do steaks? The bigger the better. I am a big PAAPI and I want mine with mustard sauce and chips”. 91


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For richer taste, add 2 Tbsp of ground almonds to the mixture when adding sugar

By Ayeesha Nihchalani


Sindhi Monthal Mithai Ingredients 2 cups coarse gram flour - ¾ cups vegetable oil 2/3 cups sugar - 10 Tbsp condensed milk 3 tsp chus chus - 2 tsp roughly ground elaichi 1 tsp ground nutmeg - ¼ cup milk Sliced almonds, pistachios and cashews for decorations

Method Heat oil on medium flame and add gram flour. Stir from time to time for 15-20 mins until it reaches medium brown colour. Reduce gas and add condensed milk, nutmeg, chus chus, elaichi and sugar. Mix well. Add 1-2 Tbsp of milk little at a time until the mixture leaves sides of the pan. If you find the mixture dry, add more milk. Set and flatten the mithai in a greased thali, put nuts on top and let it cool down completely. Cut in diamond or square shapes to serve. CHEF: VIKRAM KHATWANI

Pork Chops in Pepper Cream sauce Ingredients 4 Pork Chops 4 garlic cloves crushed, 2 for marinating and 2 for sauce 100 g mushrooms, thinly sliced 200 ml single cream 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 for marinating and 1 for cooking TIP 3-4 Tbsp brandy - 1 tsp green peppercorns Recipe works great 1 vegetable stock cube, crushed even with chicken 1 tsp black pepper - Salt to taste fillets or tofu for 1 tsp lemon juice vegetarians. Method Marinate pork in crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and pinch of salt (Minimum 1 hour). Shallow fry pork chops and keep aside. Make mushroom sauce with olive oil, remaining garlic, mushrooms and green peppercorns. When mushrooms are fried add the vegetable cube. Add single cream and black pepper to the mixture. Add brandy and salt to taste. Pour over the pork chops and serve warm. CHEF: SANGITA JASWANI

Sindhi Lolas (Sweet flour cakes) Ingredients


1 cup sugar - ¾ cup vegetable oil 3 cups of wheat flour - 1 tsp elaichi powder 2 to 3 cups vegetable oil to soak the Lolas

Knead well for perfection!

Method Dissolve sugar in ¾ cup water at room temperature. Add elaichi and oil to the flour. Mix dough well and add sugar mixture. Knead well and keep aside for at least an hour roll Lolas out (medium thickness) and roast on tawa (flat pan) on medium fire. Press with a kitchen towel and turn to roast both sides. Remove and soak in thali (pan) filled with 2 cups of oil for 2 minutes. Remove with spatula, let it cool and can be eaten hot or cold.



Fish Pie


These pies can be prepared the previous day, making them perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients 1 litre milk 65g butter / plain flour Bunch spring onions - 3 egg yolks Small handful of parsley and dill chopped 200g peeled and cooked prawns 100g of mixed fish selection of your liking (smoked salmon, smoked mackerel, cod fillet, haddock e.t.c). 1 tsp fish oil - 2 medium potatoes boiled and cubed ½ tsp nutmeg - 1 large onion, finely chopped 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 bay leaves, optional - 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp double cream - 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste Pack of puff pastry

Method Pour the milk into a pan and add butter and flour. Cook over medium heat until the sauce is bubbling and thickened. Add onions, garlic, parsley, dill, butter, nutmeg, fish oil, bay leaves and egg yolks stirring frequently. Add cooked fish and prawns, potato cubes, cream and salt and pepper to taste. Put mixture in a pie dish or ramekins for individual potions. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and after laying the pastry over the dish; make sure to trim to the edge of the dish. Cut a few slits to make sure the steam escapes, and bake for 30 mins (220C) until risen. CHEF: RAVI CHHUGANI

Mushroom Risotto - for 4 people Ingredients

400g Arborio rice 1 medium onion, diced finely 250g chopped mushrooms


The continuous stirring is the secret as this is what releases the creamy texture of the Arborio rice

(add small amounts of chanterelle or porcini mushrooms for added flavour and texture)

75g parmesan cheese (veg cheddar will do for vegetarians) You can add 2 cloves garlic, chopped any vegetable of Salt and pepper to taste your liking and for Half a glass of white wine (optional) a true delicacy, add 2 vegetable stock cubes (Dissolved in boiling water) some white crab 50g butter meat! 4 Tbsp olive oil Method In 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add garlic and stir fry mushrooms on very high heat. Heat has to be high to stir fry or else mushrooms will sweat and release water. Add salt and set aside. In half the butter and 2 Tbsp of olive oil, stir fry the onions on medium heat till translucent but not coloured. Add the Arborio rice and coat well with the oil, butter and onion mix. Add half a glass of wine and mix well. Now add 2 ladles of the hot stock to the rice and start stirring continuously. Once the rice absorbs the stock add 2 more ladles and stir again. Continue this process till the rice has gone just past al-dente. Season with salt and pepper and add half the cheese and the previously stirfried mushrooms. Add the rest of the butter, cover and let rest for two minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan/Cheddar cheese and serve.









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HARJANI Suresh (Kanchan) 226 Peninsular Heights 200 70219 HATHIRAMANI Ishu (Ratna) 19 Cathay House, Varyl Begg Estate 200 75203 HATHIRAMANI Mahesh (Cheryl) 19 Cathay House, Varyl Begg Estate 200 49491 HATHIRAMANI Melvin (Karen) 7.6.01 Hibiscus Court, Sir William Jackson Grove 200 44224 HATHIRAMANI Richard 51 Alert House, Varyl Begg Estate 200 72438 HATHIRAMANI Sharmila 51 Alert House, Varyl Begg Estate 200 72438 HATHIRAMANI Shivan 51 Alert House, Varyl Begg Estate 200 72438 HIRANI Dinesh (Karishma) 10 Rotterdam Court, Harbour Views 200 46642 HIRANI Gul (Lavina) 522 Watergardens V 200 43694 HOWARD David (Leela) 12/3 Bell Lane 200 70051


JAGTIANI Vishnu R. (Promila) 513 Watergardens V 200 74288 JAISWAL Satnarayan 51/9 Main Street 200 75233 JASWANI Anup M. 40 Turnbull’s Lane 200 71639 JASWANI Ashok (Mona) 602 Ocean Heights 200 72465 JASWANI Jason V. 20/22, 12 George’s Lane 200 74560





DASWANI Raju V. (Sonia) 21/5 Main Street 200 42001 DASWANI Ramu K. 2/21 South Barrack Road 200 77160 DE’ATH Gary (Bharti) 8 Rose Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 42438 DEWFALL Paul (Daya) 6 Oak Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 41326 DHANWANI Mahesh (Dhrishti) 137 Peninsular Heights, Europort Road 200 49496 DHANWANI Priyanka 11 Britannia House, Marina Bay 200 72046 DHANWANI Sugno (Swapna) 11 Britannia House, Marina Bay 200 72046 DIALDAS Manolo 3 Fearless House, Laguna Estate 20043509/54193000 DIAS Anthony Michael 62/10 Main Street 200 51182 DHOULANI Janki (Mrs) 20 Almond Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 70121 DHOULANI Sarah 20 Almond Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 70121 DHOULANI Simon 20 Almond Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 70121


LAD Babubhai J. (Urmilaben) 91/2 Main Street 200 52789/40416 LALCHANDANI Jeetu K. (Varsha) 407 Ocean Heights 200 73230 LALCHANDANI Mohan K. (Manoli) 407 Ocean Heights 200 73230 LALCHANDANI Thakuri K. (Mrs) 407 Ocean Heights 200 73230 LALWANI Ramesh 108 Main Street 200 72182/75792


MAGAN Ram 3/4 Carrera’s Passage 200 79459 MAHBOOBANI Arjan B. (Preeti) 801 Ocean Heights 200 76345 MAHBOOBANI Manoj A.(Yaana) 19, Iris House, Waterport Terraces 20072407/54025172 MAHBOOBANI Veena A. 810 Ocean Heights 200 76345 MAHBOOBANI Raju A. 801 Ocean Heights 200 76345 MAHBUBANI Arun (Bhakti) 17 Ebony Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 75162 MAHBUBANI Nandlal (Kiran) 5/8 Benzimra’s Alley 200 42336 MAHBUBANI Vinod 713 Ocean Heights 200 72313 MAHTANI Anand (Saide) 31 Marina Court 200 77184 MAHTANI Gul T. (Gori) 42 Queensway Quay 200 77706 MAHTANI Lisa G. 42 Queensway Quay 200 77706 MAHTANI Mahesh (Rosina) 108 Peninsular Heights 200 52890 MAHTANI Prem (Resham) 2 Evening Primrose House, Waterport Terraces 200 69911 MAHTANI Ramona G. 42 Queensway Quay 200 77706 MAHTANI Sunder T. (Jyoti) 5/4 Jumper’s Building 200 77784 MAHTANI Suresh S. (Sangeeta) 23/1 Gardiners Road 200 52800 MALKANI Rishi S. 29 Marina Court 200 48339/75258 MALKANI Suresh R. (Lavina) 29 Marina Court 200 48339/75258 MALKANI Subash (Karuna) 27 Pimlico Close, Montagu Crescent 200 47971 MALKANI Wendy 29 Marina Court 200 75258 MAMUNKAR Vatsala T. 2/7 Main Street 200 72294 MANJI Suresh (Kalpana) 251/1 Main Street 54250000 MANSUKHANI Satish V. (Ishwari) 245 Main Street 200 77903 MANWANI Nari G. (Deepa) 506 Ocean Heights 200 46125 MASSETTI Angel (Joti) 5F Riesling House, Vineyards 200 79962 MAYANI Ashok G. (Sheelu) 335 Watergardens III 200 73535 MAYANI Navin 335 Watergardens III 200 73535 MAYANI Romina 335 Watergardens III 200 73535 MELVANI Haneel 7 Trafalgar House 200 71774 MELVANI Reshma (Mrs) 7 Trafalgar House 200 71774 MELWANI Kishore C. (Pooja) 130 Peninsular Heights 200 71602 MELWANI Naresh C. (Chandni) 18 Aspen Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 50610 MENGHNANI Rajesh 40/3 Turnbull’s Lane 200 79360 MENGHNANI Bhagwanti (Mrs) 40/3 Turnbull’s Lane 200 79360 MIRPURI Bhagwan R. (Sangeeta) 1 Northview Terrace 200 76404 MIRPURI Jai B. (Arianna) 7 Rock Rose House, Waterport Terraces 54014397 MIRPURI Kabir B. 1 Northview Terrace 200 76404 MIRPURI Prakash R. (Jaishree) 220 Peninsular Heights 200 41627/73339


NAGRANI Harkishindas P. (Padma) 8 Turnbull’s Lane 200 75228 NAGRANI Manoj V. (Bhavna) 1A/1 Market Lane 200 78587 NAGRANI Prakash H. (Monika) 36 Limonium House, West View Park 200 47136 NAGRANI Shyam P. (Vandana) 3/1 Jumper’s Building 200 73014 NAGRANI Sunil V. (Chhaya) 1A/2 Market Lane 200 79884 NAGRANI Suresh H. (Karina) 527 Watergardens V 200 50088


NAGRANI Vashdev P. (Vindu) 2/2 Gavino’s Court 200 71676 NAGRANI Vikram S. (Neha) 4/5 Jumpers Building 200 78884 NAGRANI Yogesh S. (Diya) 1 Jasmine House, Waterport Terraces 200 60779 NANDWANI Ram C. (Renuka) 503 Trafalgar House 200 40659/75844 NANDWANI Shabana R. 503 Trafalgar House 200 40659 NANKANI Ishwar (Aida) 2 Chelsea Close, Montagu Gardens 200 40147 NANWANI Sunder (Mina) 251/3 Main Street 200 74955/51299 NARIANI Raju (Sister) 40 Marina Court 200 48607 NEISH David A. 4/6 Willis’ Road 200 72094 NEISH Stephen (Jyoti) 4/6 Willis’ Road 200 72094 NIHCHALANI Bhisham (Ayeesha) B 8 Knightsbridge Close Montagu Crescent 200 45063 NIHCHALANI Govind M. (Laj) 17 Gibraltar Heights 200 77956 NIHCHALANI Sunil 17 Gibraltar Heights 200 77956


PARDASANI Naraindas 13 Cornwall’s Lane 200 42954 PARWANI Ghanshyam (Poonam) 3 Cornwall’s Court 200 42158 PARWANI Kamlesh 3 Cornwall’s Court 200 42158 PARYANI Kamlesh (Muskaan) 19 Lime Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76938 PARYANI Neetu 19 Lime Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76928 PARYANI Radhakishin (Taruna) 19 Lime Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76938 PUNJABI Dheeraj L. 2 Cornwall’s Court 200 77124 PUNJABI Meena L. (Mrs.) 2 Cornwall’s Court 200 77124 PUNJABI Neeraj L. 2 Cornwall’s Court 200 77124 PURSWANI Rajni H. (Mrs.) 23 Hawthorn Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 77405 PURSWANI Jessica 20 Rose Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76355 PURSWANI Mohan G. 20 Rose Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76355 PURSWANI Popri G. 20/21 City Mill Lane 200 73054 PURSWANI Raju H. (Paola) 27 Gardiner’s View 200 41304 PURSWANI Ram 20 Rose Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76355 PURSWANI Romina 20 Rose Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 76355 PURSWANI Veena G. 31 Bergen Court, Harbour Views 200 40250


RAHUJA Gobind A. 13 Cornwall’s Lane 200 78547 RAMCHANDANI Deepak G. 16 Silver Birch Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 41731 RAMCHANDANI Jairaj 21/5 Main Street 200 40223 RAMCHANDANI Naresh G. 404 Endeavour, Both Worlds 200 59874 RATANPAL Chandar (Kanchan) 21 Hawthorn Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 43992 RELWANI Harkishin (Neha) 6/4 Engineer’s Lane 200 42489 RELWANI Tolaram P. (Janki) 6/4 Engineer’s Lane 200 42489 RUPANI Aarti A. 909 Ocean Village Norfolk Penthouse 200 77495 RUPANI Ashok (Sharda) 909 Ocean Village Norfolk Penthouse 200 77495 RUPANI Avinash A. 909 Ocean Village Norfolk Penthouse 200 77495 RUPANI Ishwar (Neha) 705 Ocean Village, Dolphin Bay 200 78338


SABHNANI Raju 15 Bridgetown Court, Harbour Views 200 47233 SACHANANDANI Jagdish H. (Jyoti) Block 1, 704 Europa Plaza 200 70644 SADHWANI Baiju (Payal) 25 Cornwall’s Court 200 73210 SADHWANI Dimple 25 Cornwall’s Court 200 46050 SADHWANI Murli J. (Rani) 25 Cornwall’s Court 200 73210 SADHWANI Naresh J. (Divya) 125/8 Main Street 200 42346 SAHAJWANI Motilal (Rajni) 2/6 Main Street 200 74746 SAJNANI Ranjeet C. (Cathy) 78B Main Street 200 77456 SAMTANI Manu (Rinku) 5 Cornwall’s Court 200 42173





TAILOR Dilip (Belinda) 13/7 College Lane 200 51031 THADHANI Kaushilya D. (Mrs.) 6 Parliament Lane 200 75333 THADHANI Harish K. (Natasha) 221 Peninsular Heights 200 74344/74170 THADHANI Mohan (Sunita) 21/5 Main Street 200 59944 THAKURWANI Ishwar C. (Poonam) 118 Watergardens I 200 79724 THAKURWANI Kishore I. 118 Watergardens I 200 79724 TIRATHDAS Dilip Dayaram (Ann) 15/3 Gardiner’s Road 200 72247 TIRATHDAS Manoj (Bharti) 3 Gardiner’s View 200 74295 TIRATHDAS Rajkumari (Mrs) 2 Gardiner’s View 200 75410 TIRATHDAS Sonia Dayaram 2/14 South Barrack Road 200 78016 TIRATHDAS Sunil 2 Gardiner’s View 200 75410


UDHWANI Kumar (Riya) 119 Watergardens 200 45670 UTTAMCHANDANI Papu P. (Jaya) 18 Almond Lodge Montagu Gardens 200 41449


VALECHA Devraj 21/5 Main Street 200 40223/59944 VASWANI Suresh N. (Vinita) Ocean Heights 57008000 VATVANI Anil C. 11 Gibraltar Heights 200 72615 VATVANI Chandru (Kavita) 11 Gibraltar Heights 200 72615 VATVANI Naraindas 91/3 Main Street 200 75384 VATVANI Vijay (Gaynor) 2 The Hermitage 200 42347 VICHARE Avinash (Ashlini) 21 Main Street 200 72294 VIROOMAL Moti T. (Joshina) 42 Gardiner’s View 200 72075 VIROOMAL Ravi M. 42 Gardiner’s View 200 72075 VIROOMAL Sheetal 42 Gardiner’s View 200 75460 VIZ Madanlal (Anuradha) 111 Peninsular Heights 200 71172


WARDE Jagdish (Vanita) Block 1, 13031 Europa Plaza 200 50758 WARDE Mahesh T. 402 Trafalgar House 200 72203 WARDE Ramesh C. (Bharti) 25 Queensway Quay 200 46074


YADAV Kedar Nath 91/1 Main Street 200 73917 YADAV Ramadhar 3/4 Carrera’s Passage 200 79459 YADAV Viswanath 91/1 Main Street 200 41455/73917










ASWANI Prakash/Laju ASWANI Vishal






BHATIA Latesh (Gudoo)




BUDHRANI Haresh/Anjlina BUDHRANI Kabir











GULRAJ Namrata






JEFFRIES Nigel/Priscilla JIVAN Arvind/Dhrutee













SAMTANI Monika 5 Cornwall’s Court 200 47928 SAMTANI Neil R. 12 Cormorant Wharf 200 43426 SAMTANI Ramesh (Deepa) 12 Cormorant Wharf 200 73812 SAMTANI Shirley 5 Cornwall’s Court 200 47928 SAMTANI Sonal 12 Cormorant Wharf 200 43426 SANGTANI Mahadev (Bharti) 62/7 Main Street 200 42785 SAWAAN Vachila (Mami) 21/5 Main Street 200 72294 SHAHANI Ajay (Sunita) 8/2 Engineer Lane 57397000 SHAH Zaman 11/3 Tuckey’s Lane ------SHARMA Mohan 91/1 Main Street 200 73917 SHEWAKRAMANI Gope 91/1 Main Street 200 73917 SHIVDASANI Angu (Soni) 11/2 Gardiner’s Rd. 200 47839 SHUKLA Rajesh (Reena) 15 Lime Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens 200 41438 SIDHWANI Ramesh (Yasmin) 108 Main Street 200 72182/75792 SINGH Daleep 11/3 Tuckey’s Lane 200 47106 SINGH Gaje 11/3 Tuckey’s Lane 200 70381 SINGH Shankar 11/3 Tuckey’s Lane 200 70381 SONEJI Raju K. (Bhagwanti) 4 Gibraltar Heights 200 41321








KHIANI Sangeeta KHIANI Sanjay P.



Alpha Electronics





NAGRANI Suresh / Karina



















MAHTANI Sangeeta














SAMTANI Ramesh / Deepa









KHIANI Parissa V. KHIANI Vinod P.




WARDE Jagdish


WARDE Veronica


Alwani Group

Antonio Jewellers Bluespirit Jewellery

Budhrani & Co Bhambhwani Umesh Chandan Mini Supermarket Chellsons Dandumal & Sons Daswani Jeevan Digital Corner Dimension Ltd. Essardas & Sons Ltd Estoril Ltd Euro Electronics Galaxy Jai Krishna Ltd


(Sri Narain & Co. Ltd.) Kaycee Khubchand & Co. Ltd Kingsway Kishinchand Chellaram Gib Ltd.

Lord & Company Ltd. M.Marquez

BUSINESS E-MAIL ADDRESS Murjani (Gib.) Ltd Music Corner Ltd

Nagrani Vikram Netgear Ltd. Omni Group Oscar International Ltd Pashmina

PB Jewellers Phoenix Snacks Precious Prestige Jewellers Sadguru Linens Satyam

Scala Shangri-la (Hammond Bros. Ltd.) Shivdasani Angu Sports Centre Star of India Tagore Tarachand Trends

Veena Co. Ltd. (Moto Xtreme) Venice Ltd Vienna Vijay

If you wish to make any additions to the directory listings in next years Namaste. Please contact Vikram Nagrani or

Marble Arc Melbros Ltd. Montesol Montreal (Heena Co. Ltd.)









Alpha Electronics Alfred Benady & Co. Ltd. (“Adam”) Antonio (G.T. Rewachand Ltd.) Antonio II (G.T. Rewachand Ltd.) Austen Enterprises Ltd.

321 Main Street 271 Main Street 47/49 Main Street 159 Main Street 168 Main Street

200 75460 200 77881 200 74105 200 48229 200 43505

200 75460 200 42469 200 74107 200 74107 200 72472

Bluespirit Jewellery (Jenesis Investments Ltd) Bon Bon (Hari Om Co. Ltd.) Bon Bon Cash & Carry (Satnam Ltd.) Bubbles (Aarti Ltd.) Bulchand’s Bulchand & Sons Ltd. Business Search Butterfly & Co. Ltd.

221 Main Street 253 Main Street 239 Main Street 27 Main Street 135 Main Street 83 Main Street Unit B, 2 Waterport 152 Main Street

200 74163 200 72910 200 76637 200 41477 200 51775 200 78487 200 52032 200 78181

200 74970 ------200 50549 ------200 42533 200 42533

Carlos (L.B. Alwani Ltd.) Chainani Trading Ltd. (“Satyam”) Chandan (Baba Traders Ltd.) Chellsons (Gibraltar) Ltd. Collector’s Choice (Sri Narain & Co. Ltd) Cosmopolitan Bazaar Ltd. Cosmopolitan Kids Cosmopolitan Pound Paradise Cosmos (Bywater Company Ltd) Craven International Ltd.

89/91 Main Street 303 Main Street 13 Cornwalls Parade 78B Main Street 265 Main Street 73 Main Street 35 Irish Town 33 Irish Town 35 Main Street 205 Main Street

200 78841 200 78037 200 76113 200 77456 200 45032 200 78567 200 78228 200 78228 200 52789 200 76738

200 70210 200 78037 200 40426 200 73639 200 40053 200 78344 ------------200 70210 -------

Dandumal & Sons Ltd. (“Kelly’s”) Darvesh Traders Ltd. (“Jaykay”) Del Rio Ltd Dewandas & Sons Ltd. (“Pashmina”) Dewhurst Trading Ltd. Dimension Ltd. Don Lal (Bramworth Ltd.)

183 Main Street Unit G/H 30-38 Main Street 36 Main Street 296 Main Street 135 Main Street 115 Main Street 23 Main Street

200 78544 200 76664 200 44155 200 40492 200 51775 200 71901 200 42980

200 42469 ------------200 40492 200 42533 200 43035 200 42980

El Metro (Nani Ltd.) Essarco Ltd. (“Jewels & Gems”) Essardas & Sons Ltd. Essardas Jewels Ltd, (“Just Diamonds”) Essardas Trading Ltd. (“Crown Jewels”) Estanco (Transworld Trading Co. Ltd.) Estoril Ltd. Euphoria (Jaysons Enterprises Ltd) Euro Electronics Europa Wine & Spirits Evergreen Sports & Fashions Ltd. (“Sports Centre”)

30 Engineer’s Lane 122 Main Street 64 Main Street 15 Main Street 105 Main Street 8 Main Street 9 Main Street 164 Main Street 246 Main Street 155 Main Street Unit G3, ICC

200 71636 200 48841 200 78441 200 51018 200 77756 200 77611 200 75565 200 47900 200 75192 200 76062 200 77824 / 77778

------200 77726 200 77726 200 77726 200 77726 200 40359 200 75565 200 42763 200 75460 200 76062 200 77824

200 70210

H.D. Mahtani & Co. Ltd. (“Sapphiro”) Happy Melody II Happy Melody Ltd. Hastingleigh Holdings Ltd. (“Manse Jewellery”) Hi-Tech Photo Lab

158 Main Street Unit K 30-38 Main Street Unit U, 30-38 Main Street 245 Main Street 7F Casemates Arcade

200 78492 200 71842 200 71842 200 77903 200 42525

------------------------200 70210

Image (Sea & Ocean Ltd.) Unit 4 Watergardens I 200 78600 ------Interco (Gib) Ltd. (“La Mesquita”) 4 Prince Edward’s Road 200 73339 ------I.T. Trade (Int.) Ltd. (Booze & Co) 69 Main Street 200 43939 200 41477 Jade Ltd. 166 Main Street 200 71449 200 75410 Jai Krishna Ltd. 88 Irish Town 200 71565 200 46125 Jaya Bazaar (Medique Ltd.) 272 Main Street 200 42843 200 50523 Jewel Stars 154 Main Street 200 74443 200 75587 Komplement 45 Main Street 200 49055 200 43008 Kemchans (Star of India Duty Free) Airport Departure Lounge 200 71309 200 74460 Kemchans (“Hotu”) 100-102 Main Street 200 72182 200 74460 Kemchans (“Star of India”) 108 Main Street 200 75792 200 74460 Khubchand & Co. Ltd. 55-57 Main Street 200 78382 200 43008 Kirpalani’s (Nikita Enterprises Ltd.) 16A/B Watergardens 200 70704 ------Kishinchand Chellaram (Gib) Ltd. (“Kaycee”) 29 Main Street 200 77872 / 77225 200 72892 Kris Ltd. 5 Grand Casemates Square 200 77197 200 43008 Kwality Stores 293 Main Street 200 71412 200 42763 Laxmi Ltd. 6 Grand Casemates Square 200 76739 200 42469 Linkers Ltd. 6 Irish Town 200 79226 ------Lord & Company Ltd. (“Nagrani’s”) 149 Main Street 200 73658 ------

Fantasy Ltd. 2 Grand Casemates Square 200 73068 200 75410 Flemings (Gib) Ltd. 285 Main Street 200 77352 200 43508 Foto World (Approach Investments Ltd.) 111 Main Street 200 45294 200 70210 Fuji Fast Photo Lab 4 John Mack. Square 200 78181 200 70210 Galaxy (Universal Suppliers Ltd.) 175 Main Street 200 78841 200 70210 Gem (J. T. Son Ltd.) 48/50 Main Street 200 73517 / 72472 200 72472 Gib Exchange Centre Ltd. 168-170 Main Street 200 45967 / 45816 200 50231 Gift Centre Ltd. 247 Main Street 200 73077 200 40625 Glamour Ltd. 30 Main Street 200 73997 200 42763 Gul Trading Ltd. 3 Tuckey’s Lane 200 71557 -------

M. Marquez & Co. Ltd. 72 Main Street 200 78889 200 70701 M. Marquez & Co. Ltd. (“Paris”) 150A Main Street 200 78365 200 70701 Maharaja Restaurant 5 Tuckey’s Lane 200 75233 200 43008 Mango 81 Main Street 200 52999 200 52980 Manolo & Co. Ltd. 12 Grand Casemates Square 200 77575 200 78344 Manse II 245 Main Street 200 77903 200 77903 Marble Arc G 255/257 Main Street 200 76176 200 77166 Marble Arc Ltd. 10 Main Street 200 76176 200 77166 Max 254 Main Street 200 76176 200 77166 Mascot Ltd. 31 Main Street 200 76006 200 76006 Mayern Ltd. 137B Main Street 200 79269 / 79446 200 50231 Melbros Ltd. 290 Main Street 200 77420 200 77420 Micmac Ltd. Unit P, 30-38 Main Street 200 40807 200 40391 Moderns Ltd. 92A Main Street 200 71457 / 40829 200 50231 Monalisa Ltd. 130 Main Street 200 77027 ------Montecristo 1 Main Street 200 72053 200 42462 Montesol Ltd. 7 Grand Casemates Square 200 79605 200 40391 Montreal (Heena Co. Ltd) Unit S, 30-38 Main Street 200 44696 ------Mumtaz 20 Cornwall’s Lane 200 44257 ------Murjani Gib Ltd. (China Arts & Crafts) 9 Grand Casemates Square 200 72807 200 72807 Music Corner Ltd. 138 Main Street 200 51444 200 51445 Music Corner Ltd. 114 Main Street ------- ------ N&M Ltd. Unit V, 30-38 Main Street 200 51900 ------Nemal Ltd. 30-38 Main Street 200 42634 200 46225 Newmill Investments Ltd. 235A Main Street 200 77570 / 42008 200 42008 Netgear Ltd. 6 Bishop Rapallo’s Ramp 200 45600 200 45601 Param-Anand & Sons Ltd. 25 Irish Town 200 42532 200 73103 Param-Anand & Sons Ltd. (“Omni Classic”) 132/136 Main Street 200 78593 200 73103 Param-Anand & Sons Ltd. (“Omni Rhythm”) 1 Market Lane 200 78593 200 73103 Parmesh Ltd. (“Precious”) 3 John Mack. Square 200 74026 200 74026 Pashmina (Dewandas & Sons Ltd.) 296 Main Street 200 40492 -----------Pepe Indio (Metharam Hundaram Ltd.) 119 Main Street 200 75681 200 73385 Phoenix Snacks (Narmada Ltd.) 79 Governor’s Street 200 72437 200 45574






Planet T-Shirts Planet T-Shirts Planet T-Shirts Pohoomal Brothers (“Europe”) Posso Brothers Ltd. Prerna Ltd. (“El Primero”) Prestige Arts & Jewels (S. Tulsidas Ltd.)

53 Main Street 160 Main Street 246 Main Street 101-103 Main Street 21 Engineer’s Lane 34 Irish Town 126/128 Main Street

200 47937 200 44504 200 75192 200 75683 200 78349 200 72762 200 47955

200 43008 200 49505 200 43008 200 40625 200 77726 200 72762 200 47956

Radhe Brothers Ltd. (“La Alhambra”) 5 Bell Lane 200 77337 -----------Rahmatullah & Son Tailors Ltd. 51 Main Street 200 51664 -----------Ramsons Overseas Ltd. 8 Grand Casemates Square 200 75721 200 41144 Ramsons Supermarket 10 Watergardens 200 71550 ------Rangeela 118 Main Street 200 75918 ------Red Skins (Dildar Ltd.) 97 Main Street 200 71667 200 79293 Rex Stores Ltd. 5 Parliament Lane 200 76076 ------Right Choice (Sainath Ltd.) 329B Main Street ------- ------Riverwall Ltd. 7 & 8 Ocean Heights Gallery 200 71422 200 52064 Sacha’s (Woodwhite Ltd) 79 Main Street 20073486 ------Sadguru Linens (Bannock Ltd.) 61 Main Street 200 76973 200 76923 Sadguru Linens 2 (Sai Ltd.) 67 Main Street 200 42829 200 42830 Scala (Oscar International Ltd.) 10 Grand Casemates Square 200 71660 200 42742 Sharda Holdings Unit 17 Ocean Heights 200 77495/52512 ------Sham & Son 121 Main Street 200 42232 ------Shangri-La (Hammond Bros. Ltd.) 54 Main Street 200 72264 200 42462 Shangri-La Duty Free Boutique Airport Departure Lounge 200 40290 200 42462 Sheetal’s Beauty 6/8 Town Range 54000910/ 200 41195 Shiva Ltd. 47 City Mill Lane 200 71236 ------S.K. Beda-Par Group Ltd. (“Omni Crystal”) 182 Main Street 200 41194 200 73103 S.K. Beda-Par Group Ltd. (“Omni Optic”) 13 Main Street 200 74377 200 73103 S.K. Beda-Par Group Ltd. (“Omni Photo”) 7 King’s Street 200 75553 200 73103 S.K. Beda-Par Group Ltd. (“Omni Studio”) 15 King’s Street 200 75553 200 73103 Sonic Electronics Ltd. 34 Main Street 200 73289 200 76682 Southease Ltd. 45 New Harbours 57472000/ 200 47106 200 46225 Sports City 78A Main Street 200 46451 200 52980 Sri Narain & Co. Ltd. (“Jasons”) 280 Main Street 200 79121 200 40053 Sterling Stores Ltd. 259 Main Street 200 75600 200 76682 Sufee Corporation Ltd (Omni Jewel) 18 Main Street 200 77625 200 73103 Subway Unit 5 Casemates House 200 42424 200 47774 Sunglass Hut International 162 Main Street 200 42009 ------Syson Ltd. 6 John Mack. Square 200 72656 ------Tagore Tagore II Tarachand & Co. Ltd. (“Tara”) Taraco Ltd. Telemusic Centre Ltd. (“Danny’s”) Thadhani Trading Ltd. (“Neptune”) The Free Port Shop Ltd The Watch & Jewel Boutique Tienda de Antonio Tienda De Niko Town Stores (J.K. Brothers Ltd.) Transglobe Traders Ltd. (“Write Away”) Trends (Bharat Ltd.) Trends Men & Women (Bharat Ltd.) Trends Footwear (Bharat Ltd.)

172 Main Street 203/205 Main Street 71 Main Street 249 Main Street 319 Main Street 12 Irish Town 17/18 Watergardens VI 157 Main Street Unit 17, Ocean Heights Gallery 35A Glacis Road 22 Town Range 9 Parliament Lane 70 Main Street Unit 12, Casemates Sq. 270 Main Street

200 78505 200 49771 200 75673 200 75204 200 72328 200 74410 200 75595 200 42506 200 43096 200 49325 200 73802 200 77425 200 61177 200 40604 200 42028

Veena Co. Ltd. (Moto Xtreme) Venice Ltd. Vienna (Jethanand & Sons Ltd.) Virginia Bazaar Ltd. (“Kingsway”) Vivat Ltd.(“Gatsby’s Eating House”) Vijay (Universal Traders Ltd.)

Unit Q,R,W, 30-38 Main Street 284 Main Street 236 Main Street 140 Main Street Unit 3, Watergardens I 125-127 Main Street

200 71314 200 41301 200 79077 200 79077 200 42789 / 73687 200 74970 200 71572 200 72892 200 76291 ------200 78530 200 42763


200 40586 200 49772 200 40298 200 40298 200 72328 200 72762 200 77124 200 42462 200 71422 ------200 77726 200 42027 200 42027 200 42027

Namaste 2009  
Namaste 2009  

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