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MSADA’s Community The Metro South Asian Deaf Association, Issue #1_06

Message from Editor:

Happy 2006! Hello everybody,

Editor: Thushara T. Wijetilaka

Dates to remember * January 10

Eid-Ul-Adha

(Festival of Sacrifice)

Hope you have a wonderful holidays – It is the time to do the reflection and making the new resolutions!!!! Sorry that I have been out of touch over the past few months. I came from Sri Lanka -- I am very happy that I took time out to be with my family. This is the time out reflect on life and emerge stronger than ever! As we promised last year 2005, each time we wanted to make MSADA success – I am inspired by your dedication, passion and continued commitment to MSADA. I certainly appreciate all that you do, and I know our MSADA families and friends do as well. Thank you and here is my wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2006, Thushara T. Wijetilaka

The Eid al-Adha is a major religious event in the lives of Muslims

* February 4 Sri Lanka ‘s Independence day

* February March

Happy Holi Holi is a water festival of northern India, is celebrated on the last 2-3 days

* April TBA MSADA Picnic Stay tuned for further information.

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New Year’s recipe: ARE YOU REASON, A SEASON, OR A LIFETIME? When someone is in your life for a REASON. . . It is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on. Then people come into your life for a SEASON. Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons: things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.


MSADA Diwali/Ramadan Dinner and Cultural Even A Huge Success written by Madan Vasishta The annual Diwali/Ramadan dinner and cultural even was celebrated at Ascot Restaurant on November 5, 2005. As usual it proved to be a huge success. Over 140 persons representing various diversities attend got together and had a fun-filled evening. Of course, there were people from DC metropolitan area and neighboring states. But quiet a few put in a few miles to attend the show. The attendees came from California, Massachusetts, and New York, New Jersey as well as from Canada. The event is becoming larger and larger and more popular each year. The restaurant was a good choice. There was ample room and the food was excellent and plentiful, the service friendly. Old friends got together and talked about good old days when they were younger. It was nice to see two guys, who were originally from Gujarat and were classmates in a school for the deaf meet each other after almost 50 years. They told each other their life stories and showed pictures of their grand children. The program was led by Imran Hakamali and Salima Ali who amazed us for overcoming their shyness – How confident they have

become when they took the stage over. The highlight of the celebration was the cultural presentations by Ami Shah and Bilal Chinoy, who are current Gallaudet students. They gave a lively presentation on traditions of Diwali and Ramadan. How these festivals were started and why are these important to Hindus and Muslims all over the world. A dance recital by Gallaudet students, Ami Shah, Jeshal Patel, Jigar Patel, Bilal Chinoy, was a huge success. There were shouts of encores. People could never get enough of these dances. There were the beauty contests among the children, men and women – The judges Alison, Ali and Marva were having hard time to select the best among the competitors as the contesters ranging from varying age from 60 to 20 years old were beautifully dressed in Indian fashion. The young children too enjoyed themselves as they did not have any clue on what the fashion show was. As usual, it was very hard to close ceremonies. No one wanted to leave. The guests had to literally push outside. All of them saying long goodbyes and promising to return next year 2006. Page 2

We are not sure yet where the celebration will be next year. Folks in New Jersey are interested in hosting it and Ramesh Mirchandani is negotiating details with them. Just like any successful event, this was the result of hard work put in by all members. Many Kudos go to Iris Gomes for her hard work as the chairperson in coordinating the whole effort. < To view more pictures of this event, surf the MSADA Photo Gallery and enjoy viewing!> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Exciting news! Coming soon! Madan Vasishta’s autography will be published shortly – For further information, surf Gallaudet Press and enjoy browsing.

A Note of Sympathy rd

On November 3 , 2005, Ms. Sita Wijetilaka, Thushara’s mother passed away in Sri Lanka. We, the MSADA Executive members and families would like you, the readers to join us in extending our heartfelt sympathy to her and her family

for their loss.


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MSADA Newsletter January 2006