Thursday, April 29, 2010


Our Dinesh Shah has sent in an article about our city Bombay. Read on.

Bombay has no bombs and is a harbour not a bay.
Churchgate has neither a church nor a gate. It is a railway station.
There is no darkness in Andheri.
Lalbaag is neither red nor a garden.
No king ever stayed at Kings Circle ..
Nor did Queen Victoria stay at Victoria Terminus..
Nor is there any princess at Princess Street ..
Lower Parel is at the same level as Parel
There are no marines or sailors at Marine Lines.
The Mahalaxmi temple is at Haji Ali not at Mahalaxmi.
There are no pigs traded at Dukar bazaar.
Teen bati is a junction of 3 roads, not three lamps.
Trams used to terminate at Kings circle not Dadar* Tram Terminus (Dadar T..T..)..
Breach Candy is not a sweetmeat market, but there is a Hospital.
Safed Pool has the dirtiest and blackest water.
You cannot buy coal at Kolsa street.
There are no Iron smiths at Lohar chawl.
There are no pot makers at Kumbhar wada.
Lokhandwala complex is not an Iron and steel market.
Null bazaar does not sell taps.
You will not find ladyfingers at Bheendi Bazaar.
Kalachowki does not have a black Police station.
Hanging Gardens are not suspended.
Mirchi Gully does not sell chillies.

Figs do not grow in Anjir Wadi.
Sitafals do not grow in Sitafal Wadi,
Jackfruits do not grow at Fanaswadi.
But it is true that you may get fleeced at Chor Bazaar!


A City where everything is possible, especially the impossible

Where telephone bills make a person ill,
Where a person cannot sleep without a pill.

Where carbon-dioxide is more than oxygen,
Where the road is considered to be a dustbin,

Where college canteens are full and classes empty,
Where Adam teasing is also making an entry,

Where a cycle reaches faster than a car,
Where everyone thinks himself to be a star,

Where sky scrapers overlook the slum,
Where houses collapse as the monsoon comes,

Where people first act and then think,
Where there is more water in the pen than ink,

Where the roads see-saw in monsoon,
Where the beggars become rich soon,

Where the roads are leveled when the minister arrives,

Where college admission means hard cash,

Where cement is frequently mixed with ash.

This is Mumbai my dear, But don't fear, just cheer, come to Mumbai every year!


1. You say 'town ' and expect everyone to know that this means south of Churchgate.

2 You speak in a dialect of Hindi called 'Bambaiya Hindi',
which only Bombayites can understand.

3. Your door has more than three locks.

4. Rs 500 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.

5. Train timings ( 9.27 , 10.49 etc) are really important events of life.

6. You spend more time each month traveling than you spend at home.

7. You call an 8' x 10' clustered room a Hall.

8.. You're paying Rs 10,000 for a 1 room flat, the size
of walk-in closet and you think it's a 'steal.'

9. You have the following sets of friend: school friends, college friends, neighborhood friends, office friends and yes, train friends, a species unique only in Bombay. (REALLY TRUE)

10. Cabbies and bus conductors think you are from Mars
if you call the roads by their Indian name,
they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar  Road, Altamount Road

11. Stock market quotes are the only other thing* besides cricket
which you follow passionately.

12. The first thing that you read in the Times of India is the
' Bombay Times' supplement.

13. You take fashion seriously.
You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.

14.. Hookers, beggars and the homeless are invisible.

15. You compare Bombay to New York 's Manhattan instead of any other

cities of India.

16. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.

17. You insist on calling CST as VT, and Sahar and
Santacruz airports instead of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

18. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.

19. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.

20. Being truly alone makes you nervous.

21. You love wading through knee deep mucky water in the monsoons, and
actually call it ''romantic'.

22. Only in Bombay, you would get Chinese Dosa and
Jain Chicken

Salaam Bombay'''

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Ahemdabad
Name of the deceased : Muktaben Ravichand Sheth
Age : - years
Date of Death : 26-04-2010
Husband : Late Ravichand Umedchand Sheth
Sons : Rajnibhai, Ashokbhai, Pankajbhai
Daughter : Rasilaben
Father : Late Karshanji Tribhovandas Mehta
Brothers : Late Kasturchandbhai, Late Trambakbhai, Mohanbhai
Sisters : : Late Vasantben , Shantaben
May her soul rest in peace

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A silent server of Yuvak Mandal

On 1st of May, Yuvak Mandal is going to honour all the working committee members of Yuvak Mandal formed during the last 50 years. Golden Jubilee is an occasion for jubilation and merry making. As a corollary, such events bring decorations & warmth to the place of event. For example, if you have marriage in family, every member of the family goes for latest and fashionable outfit to be used for marriage. Not only living beings but house also gets painted, decorated which brings a sense of festivity to the place. But alas, our office is in very bad shape. Discoloured & cracked walls, old furniture, untidy layout, no phone , no A/c reflect the lack of enthusiasm on part of the current working committee. They could have painted the office in the minimum. Many times members and President have promised to paint the office and nothing has been done about it. It is not late still if painting and little bit of renovation is done in the year of golden jubilee of the Mandal. It will tantamount to indirectly honouring the office as well.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Native : Khakhrechi
Currently At : Khakhrechi
Name of the deceased : Bharat Dalichand Mehta
Age : 60 years
Date of Death : 06-04-2010
Father : Late Dalichand Chhaganlal Mehta
Brothers : Late Manubhai, Late Navinbhai, Jitubhai
Sisters : : Vijyaben Popatlal Doshi, Late Sushilaben Vinodray Mehta, Kanchanben Trilokchand Mehta
Uncles : Late Jayantilal, Late Shantilal
Father-in-Law : Late Jayantilal Malukchand Lodariya
May his soul rest in peace

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Native : Wankaner
Currently At : Mombasa
Name of the deceased : Dr. Himatlal Jevatlal Mehta
Age : 84 years
Date of Death : 03-04-2010
Wife : Late Rasikben
Sons : Kumar (Bharat) , Ketan
Daughter : Vandana
Father-in-Law : Late Mohanlal Dhanji Vora

Dr. Himatbhai Mehta was a very charitable person. He donated more than Rs. 11,00,000/- to our Samaj when he attended our Annual Day of year 2000 as a Samarambh Pramukh. We were surprised with the amount of donation. But, that in fact became a benchmark for future donations and day by day donation amounts increased. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may his bereaved family be able to bear the irreparable loss.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Why Yuvak Mandal President gives out seven Medals ?

Those of you who have attended the annual day at Great Escape or read the report in Samaj
Utkarsh would know that this year President of the Yuvak Mandal has given as many as seven
medals to as many people.

As such, the practise is to give 3 medals to the working committee members who have worked the most. Otherwise medals to so many would undermine the ipmortance of the medals and its honours.

If you read carefully the names of the recipients, there are 2 trust board members and 2 elders who are no more active in the day to day activities of the Mandal. President gives the medals to those whose dedication to work for the mandal is praisworthy and are working under him. 2 trust board members are above the president and should not be considered for the medal. 2 elders are the mentors and their services or help need not be priced. There should not be any price for the work these 4 members have rendered. Surprisingly, one receipient is the donor at the Annual function of some handsome amount.

In fact, it would have been more honourable to decline these medals by these 4 gentlemen.

Other way round what is the inference of the matter ?

1) There are no good workers in the Yuvak Mandal
2) They are not interested in doing the work of Mandal with dedication
3) The Members of working committee are not able to edit & publish Samaj Utkarsh .
4) The Mandal can not survive on its own strength without external help.

Ponder over this and introspect.