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Profile of Shashikant Jamnadas Virji Challa & Family
- Family of Intellectuals
Shashikant Jamnadas Pattni
Shashikant Jamnadas Pattni
Shashikantbhai’s family roots come from Chitravad in
His grandfather Virjibhai Kanjibhai Challa migrated to
Virjibhai’s son Jamnadas Virjibhai then went to
Shashikant was born in Bumbuli on
Shashikant, at the age of 20 left Tanga for
He did his A levels for two years at Leicester College of Technology and worked part time and in holidays with Sketchleys dry cleaners where he was trained by the company as a branch manager and was given full training in dry cleaning technology.
He flew back to
He studied textiles at
She left nursing when their son Shushil was born in 1964; then Dipesh who was born in 1966.
Shashikant qualified in textile technology in 1964, worked at
Service to the Community
In 1964 he developed powerful eagerness to set up a school to teach Gujarati and English to our children as well as establish a Hindu temple in Leicester with the support of the Gujarati community in
Both Shashikala and Shashikant received good response for their noble causes. The director of education gave them two schools in Highfields and
Shashikant was elected the first President of The Indian Education Society in
He was made the secretary of India League Leicester where he worked hard to resolve various differences within the branch.
A 3-day programme was planned for the Indian High Commissioner H H Dr Jivraj Mehta and his wife Hansaben to come to Leicester for the student conference, cultural programme,
Unfortunately there was an objection from the head of Sikh community in
It was indeed a great privilege and once in a lifetime wonderful experience to have spent time with the High Commission Dr Mehta and family who took them to their residence.
Shashikant's destiny took him through many challenges in his life, purposefully solving problems and misunderstandings in families. His role was like a BAWARCHI (peace maker)
Shashikant’s business acuman led to many changes in his life. He went to
He then started his own Pattex Knitwear Manufacturing Ltd, first knitwear project in Dar-es-Salaam which became a very profitable venture.
Then he went to
He came back to the
However, Shashikant had to return to
He also established a successful socks and single jersey fabric manufacturing business, Janalsons Socks Limited, within Medwich grounds and sold his shares to a Patel group as the family needed his presence in the
Shashikant completed the missions with success with the guidance and the blessings of Shree Krishna.
Pilgrimage with Devotion
Their pilgrimage trips started after his son Sanjeev’s birth in 1974 when he resided in
He also took his Baa and Bapuji to Ayodhya, Chitrakut, Ansuyadevi’s Ashram, all temples in Gujarat, Ambaji, Shree Nathji in Nathdwar, Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana, Haridwar and Rishikesh,
They have done puja at Khodiyar Mata in Matel,, Randhal Mata in Dadva, Harshidi Mata in Harshadh, , Momai Mata in Virnagar, Chamunda Mata in Chotila, Raveshi Mata in Kacch, Maha Kali Maa in Pavagadh, Ambaji Maa in Abu, Pari-talav in Mauritius.
Mundan ceremonies of their six grandchildren and his son Sanjeev were all performed at Shree Nathji temple in Rajasthan.
Family of Intellectuals
Shashikantbhai and Shashikala with Shushil and Rita on the left, Dipesh and Nilisha top right and Sanjeev at bottom right with grandchildren.
Shashikant and Shashikala have three sons:
Shushil has BSc Hons., MPhil, and MBA and Rita has BA Hons in business enterprise. He married Rita (Chotubhai Hirji Naran and Pushpaben’s daughter) in 1990 and they have 2 sons and a daughter. Sheevam is doing Physics at
Dipesh has BSc Hons, MSc., Diploma of Imperial college in geology and is a senior mining manager with Schlumberger – he travels abroad. He is married to Nilisha (Vajubhai Naran Jetha and Pushpaben’s daughter) in 1993 and they have a son Pavankumar and daughter Varsana going to school.
Sanjeev is a medical gestro-antro consultant at three hospitals in
When Shushil’s wife Rita wanted to do a degree in Business, she and Shashikant (daughter and father) enrolled and studied BA Hons degree together at
Rita and Shushil run two photographic studios Sonara Studios in Loughborough and Oakham in
Both Shashikant and Shashikala are now retired but are still quite active in helping in business consultation, travelling round the world and doing their pilgrimages with devotion.
They hope Mahadev will invite them to Kailash one day.