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Shree Parajia Pattni Samaj
Mombasa
P.O. Box 82980-80100, Kwa Jomvu Road, Mombasa, Kenya.
Email:  pattni.mombasa@yahoo.com
Member of the Hindu Council of Kenya, Coast branch.
 * Hon. Chairman, Mr. Bharat B. Pattni. + 254 722 410752.
* Hon.  Secretary, Mr. Ajay B.  Pattni. + 254 733 728006.
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Mombasa Samaj Celebrates

Diamond and Platinum Jubilees


- Pattni Connection webmaster, Pranbhai Dhanak

Honoured for his services to the community -


by Ajay Bhaganji Pattni, Hon Sec.

 

Monday 25th June 2012 was a historic day for our community as Shree Parajia Pattni Samaj, Mombasa celebrated the double jubilees.

 

A Dinner Party was organised on 25th June 2012 to celebrate the platinum jubilee to mark the occasion of the formation of the Mombasa Samaj 75 years ago and the Diamond Jubilee of the Samaj Building.

 

Memorable photo

 

Pranlalbhai Dhanak with the Mombasa Samaj Committee

Front Row:

1)Janakbhai Himatlal Lakha (committee member), 2) Dr Dineshbai Soni (committee member),

3) Ajaybhai Bhagwanji Devji (Hon. Secretary), 4) Bharatbhai Bhimji Rattanshi (Hon. Chairman),

5) Kishorbhai Narandas Vaya (Hon. Vice Chairman), 6) Rajendrabhai Jayantilal Thadeshwer (Hon. Treasurer),

7) Rushay Mahesh Thadeshwar (Asst. Secretary)

 Back Row:

8) Deven Kishor Vaya (Assistant Secretary), 9) Rajeshbhai Sakaria (committee member),

10) Neil Kishor Vaya (Youth director), 11) Kantilal Hirji Virji (Committee Members),

12) Pranlalbhai Chhaganlal Arjan (Webmaster, Pattni Connection), 13) Ashokbhai Bhagwanji Devji (Hon. Trustee),

14) Maheshbhai Jayantilal Thadeshwer (Project Director), 15) Bhailalbhai Mulji Rattanshi (Hon. Trustee)

 

 

Mombasa Samaj History

It was Thursday, 10th June 1937 when our Samaj was inaugurated. The first chairperson elected was Shree Parmanandbhai Dosa and the secretary was Shree Hirjibhai Lakha.

 

Another stepping-stone of our Samaj was when 60 years ago, Motiben Parajia Pattni Soni Samaj building was formally opened on the auspicious day Saturday 2nd August 1952 with pomp and fanfare by Shree Kanjibhai Meghji family.

 

Mombasa Samaj being the first Parajia Pattni Samaj outside India has passed through many reputed leaders. In its heydays our Samaj reached a membership of over a thousand.

 

Due to our Pattni /Soni families migrating to greener pastures to date, we have now a tiny membership of 16 families compromising of only 75 members.  The scenario now is like one big family and can proudly say unity is paramount amongst us members.

 

Chief Guest - Pranlalbhai Chhaganlal Arjan, Webmaster – Pattni Connection

 

Our committee decided to invite the Pattni Connection webmaster Mr. Pranlalbhai Dhanak to Mombasa as the chief guest to a Dinner Party to celebrate this joyous occasion on Monday 25th June 2012.

 

 

 

 

Swahili style Menu

The event kick started with a welcome drink and a special starter menu made in typical Swahili style with a blend of Indian touch -

 

Madafu Water with Mombasa mix in coconut shell.

 

Pranbhai Dhanak honoured
The main event started when our chief guest, Pranbhai was invited on the stage along with the vice chairman of Pattni Brotherhood, Rameshbhai Harilal Ghaghada and the Secretary of Pattni Brotherhood, Bhasker Narottambhai Pattni.

 

 

Pranlalbhai Dhanak honoured by Mombasa Samaj


From right: Ajaybhai Bhagwanji Pattni (Hon. Sec, Mombasa Samaj), Bhaskerbhai Narottambhai Pattni (Hon. Sec. Pattni Brotherhood, Nairobi), Pranlalbhai Dhanak (Webmaster, Pattni Connection), Bharatbhai Bhimji Ratanshi (Hon. Chairman, Mombasa Samaj),
Rameshbhai Harilal Ghaghada (Vice Chairman, Pattni Brotherhood, Nairobi)

 

Historic Chair

Pranbhai was invited to sit on the chairman’s chair. This chair has a long history. Its very same chair that Kanjibhai Meghji was seated when he first became the chairman of the Mombasa Samaj!

 



Rushay Mahesh Thadeshwar as an anchor


Rushay Mahesh Thadeshwar was the anchor for the evening. He introduced all VIPs on the stage. He then welcomed all members and guests, many of them had travelled from overseas and Nairobi to attend this memorable occasion

 

 

Deep-Pragatya by Pranlalbhai Dhanak (lighting of the lamp)

 
Ajaybhai Bhagwanji, Pranbhai Dhanak, Bharatbhai Bhimji, Bhaskerbhai Narottambhai


As per customary tradition, the program started with Deep-Pragatya (lighting of the lamp). Pranbhai Dhanak was invited to inaugurate the function by lightng the lamp. Chairman Bharatbhai Bhimjibhai Ratanshi escorted our chief guest to light the Diya.

 

Prayers by Mahila Mandal


Recital of Gayatri Mantra


The function started function with the recital of Gayatri Mantra by the Mahila Mandal while all guests stood up and joined in the recital.

 

Rushay then called upon the Secretary Ajay Bhagwanjibhai Pattni to start today’s function and requested the him to introduce the main guests.

 

Secretary Ajaybhai Bhagwanji Devji

 

Welcome by the Secretary

Ajay Bhagwanjibhai Pattni

 

Ajay welcomed and thanked all guests for attending the function and then introduced the Guest of Honour, Pranlalbhai, the webmaster of Pattni Connection.

 

 

Pranbhai who is originally from Mombasa and had returned home after 40 years was warmly welcomed. He has become a well known face among the Parajiya Pattni Community who has managed to bring the whole Pattni community together under one umbrella with the Pattni Connection website. After introducing Pranbhai, Secretary Ajay then called the Chairman Bharatbhai to address the gathering.

 


Chairman, Bharatbhai Bhimji Ratanshi

Chairman Bharatbhai Bhimji Ratanshi


Chairman Bharatbhai in his welcome speech gave a short history of Shree Mombasa Parajia Soni Samaj history.

 

“On this happy occasion celebrating the twin jubilees,” he said, “he was honoured to be the chairman of the Samaj”.

 

He appealed to the community to donate generously to enable his committee to complete the project. He then recalled the history of the Mombasa Samaj.

 

 


Bhaskerbhai Narottambhai Pattni

Secretary Bhasker Narottambhai Pattni, Pattni Brotherhood

Rushay then invited the Secretary of Pattni Brotherhood, Nairobi, Bhasker Narottambhai Pattni to address the community. Bhaskerbhai made an important point that our community does not have a Samaj property in either UK or in UAE. The two big assets that our community owns outside India are the two properties - one in Nairobi and the Mombasa Samaj. He stressed that both these Samaj properties should not rely on mere donations but have an income to be self sufficient.

Nairobi with his new dynamic committee has ensured that it generates enough income that it now has a surplus. He appealed to community to support the Mombasa Samaj to complete their project to build the mini shopping complex.

 

 


Treasurer, Rajendra Jayantilal Thadeswar


Rajendrabhai Jayantilal Thadeshwer (Hon. Treasurer), gave details of the construction of the shopping complex.

 

There will be six shops in the complex. He gave details of the breakdown of the cost. The aim of these shops is to generate a steady income for the Samaj.

The master of ceremony, Rushay then invited the chief guest for the evening Mr Pranlalbhai Dhanak to address on this historic twin anniversaries of Diamond & Platinum Jubilee of our Samaj.

 

Keynote speech by chief guest Pranlal Chhaganbhai Arjan Dhanak



Pranbhai thanked the Mombasa Samaj committee for the inviting him to the Dinner Party to celebrate the Samaj’s twin celebrations.

 

“I feel honored by the invitation you have extended to me to be your Chief Guest” Pranbhai said in his keynote address.

 

He then took the Samaj members and guests down memory lane with a brief history of the Mombasa Parajia Pattni Samaj.

  

As we were celebrating Mombasa Samaj’s twin jubilees, Pranbhai in his keynote speech recalled early years when Mombasa Samaj used to have a population of around 1000 members.

 

A passion about serving the Samaj comes by following the footsteps of the elders. He recalled his childhood memories when Pranbhai and other Pattni school children who used to attend Samaj meetings. Gopaldas Ranchodbhai Dhanak at the time was the Chairman.

 

Pranbhai recalled his early years when the activities of the Samaj elders inspired the youths to form the first ever Parajiya Pattni Youth Club where Pranbhai served as the Secretary.

 

In UK, he served the PPA National committee in the 1983 committee. In 2003, he was appointed by the PPA London Region committee as the Editor for the community newsletter - “Pattni News".

 

Pattni Connection website – The Success Story

The emergence of the internet as a network for communication opened up new horizons that were until recently unimaginable. This new communications technology allowed people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and created an entirely new world of potential friendships and unity.

 

Realising this potential the opportunity to bring the Pattni community together on a global scale, in 2005 Pranbhai embraced the new technology to launch the Pattni Connection website. This website within the last 7 years has managed to bring the Pattni members from all corners of the world together. The website also played an important role in organising the first ever World Gathering at Dwarka.

 

 

 

Presentation of the Souvenir Brochure of Dwarka World Gathering


On behalf of the World Gathering Organising Committee, Pranbhai formally presented the Dwarka Triveni World Gathering Souvenir brochure to the Mombasa Samaj chairman, Bharatbhai Bhimji Ratanshi.

 

 

Pranbhai concluding his speech by commending the excellent work been done by the Mombasa Samaj. Mombasa is a small community but Big in vision!

 

He thanked the Mombasa Samaj committee again and for the privilege of inviting him as the chief guest and for being honoured by the community.

 

Presentation of Momentos

 
Bhailalbhai Mulji Ratanshi, Pranbhai Chhaganlal Arjan, Ashokbhai Bhagwanji Devji


Pranbhai was then presented with a framed momento of Akha Bhagat by the trustees Ashokbhai Bhagwanji Pattni and Bhailabhai Mulji Ratanshi.

 

 
Rajendrabhai Jayantilal Thadeshwer, Maheshbhai Jayantilal Thadeshwer, Rameshbhai Harilal Ghaghada, Kishorbhai Narandas Vaya


Rameshbhai Ghaghada, vice chairman of Pattni Brotherhood, was presented with the momento by Mr. Rajendrabhai Jayantilal Thadeshwer (Hon. Treasurer) Mahesh Jayantilal Visaman Thadeshwar (Project Director) and Kishorbhai Narandas Vaya (Hon. Vice Chairman).

 

 Some of the guests who attended the memorable Jubilee Celebration


Swahili Style Dinner

Menu of typical Swahili style with a blend of Indian touch was served.

Mahambri  Mbaazi & Puri Bhaji,

Mohogo in masala curry & Matoke in coconut curry,

Daal, Chilli Bhajia & Methi Gota Bhajia,

Assorted chutneys,

Carrot, Chilli, Mango Pickle,

Ice cold Passion Juice,

Dessert: Badam Halwa, Kahawa:  Tangawizi & Chungu.

 

 


Shree Parajia Pattni Soni Samaj, Mombasa indeed created a unique gathering to celebrate the twin jubilees.

 

A memorable occasion - a great celebration - a happy and unforgettable day - without doubt a great success - a resounding success in every way - will long be remembered by everyone - a memorable Jubilee - everyone enjoyed a fantastic time.

 

Opening Ceremony of the Shopping Complex in Sept 2012

Now we look forward to opening ceremony of the Shopping Complex on 22nd and 23rd September 2012!!

 

Ajay Bhagwanji Pattni

Hon Secretary

Shree Parajiya Pattni Soni Samaj

 

Note: video and photos are being compiled & edited of the memorable event and shall be uploaded on the website soon.

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Date 6th June 2012

Dinner Party Invitation

to Honour Pattni Connection webmaster

Shree Pranlalbhai C. Dhanak

Shree Parajia Pattni Samaj, Mombasa cordially invites all Pattni / Soni members to a dinner party  hosted  in honor of the visiting Pattni Connection webmaster Shree Pranlalbhai C. Dhanak from London
as well as other guests from Nairobi, India, UK, Canada & other countries.

Such a gathering will be nice ways to interact with overseas guests as well get to know them personally. Pattni Brotherhood (PBH) has also agreed to grace occasion. With the guests coming from many countries, some attending weddings in Kenya, it seems we are going to have a Mini World Gathering!! So do try to re-schedule your itinerary to be in Mombasa on Monday 25 June.

Venue
Shree Parajia Pattni Samaj, Mombasa.
Date
Monday 25 June 2012 from 7.00pm onwards
Dress code
Smart Casual
Surprise Menu!
Look forward to seeing you all grace our invitation & enjoy a surprise menu specially set to rhyme with Mombasa way of life.

Also celebrating Diamond and Platinum Jubilees
We are also celebrating our Diamond Jubilee since the opening & Platinum Jubilee since its inauguration.

Thank you,
Ajay B Pattni.  (Hon. Sec.)

From Editor: I would like to thank the Mombasa Samaj committee for inviting me to join you all on this joyous occasion of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Samaj building and the Platinum Jubilee of the inauguration of Mombasa Samaj and for giving the honour of being the guest of honour.

I look forward to meeting you all and thanks again to Mombasa Samaj for the invite. I am touched by the honor bestowed upon me.

Pranlal C. Arjan Dhanak
Editor / Webmaster / Administrator