Mumbaiya Gujarati: Giving Ghatkopar's hidden heroes their due

Rajesh Thawani | Updated on: Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:39 PM IST


Mumbaiya Gujarati, published every week, recently felicitated the hidden heroes of Ghatkopar, who selflessly and silently contribute to the betterment of society. These heroes were honoured with the Ghatkopar Gaurav award at the Zaverben Popatlal Sabhagrah.

So, what is the kind of work these good Samaritans are doing?

There is Dr Rasik Gandhi, 83, a family physician, who charges only Rs 3 as his consultation fee and has given scholarships to thousands of medical students through his trust.

 Dr Rasik Gandhi

Dr Rasik Gandhi | JINAL

Arun Goradia, 64, works tirelessly to help dialysis and cancer patients.

Arun Goradia

Arun Goradia | JINAL

Virendra Wadhwana, 58, a tailor, has been working as a traffic warden for 25 years, managing traffic in the streets of Ghatkopar.

Virendra Wadhwana

Virendra Wadhwana | JINAL


Prakash Dawda, 55, has a tailoring shop and is the trustee of the Shri Narayan Seva Mandal, which conducts various medical camps. Every day, he sets aside his work from 4pm to 6pm, to work at the medical centre run by his mandal.

Prakash Dawda

Prakash Dawda | JINAL

Dr Ranjan Kothari, 63, is a family physician, who has chosen to have her clinic in a low-income locality. She has conducted 620 medical camps in the last 33 years. She funds the weddings of those in need of assistance and has given away 322 brides in ‘kanyadaan’ so far. She is the director of a senior citizens’ home in Kalyan and a patron of the Red Swastik Society.

Dr Ranjan Kothari

Dr Ranjan Kothari | JINAL

Dhirubhai Mehta, 94, is the president of a 100-year-old educational institute, the Ramji Assar Group of Schools and is still active as a chartered accountant. Yet another stamp of distinction to his credit is his being the president of the Philatelic Society of India.

Dhirubhai Mehta

Dhirubhai Mehta | JINAL

Pathologists Dr Tushar Desai and Dr Shaily Patel participate in medical camps and offer their services at nominal rates.

Dr Tushar Desai

Dr Tushar Desai | JINAL

 Dr Shaily Patel

Dr Shaily Patel | JINAL

Bhupatrai Shah relentlessly creates awareness about eye and skin donation.

Bhupatrai Shah

Bhupatrai Shah | JINAL

Manilal Sejpal runs Ramroti Parivaar, which feeds poor people every Sunday.

Manilal Sejpal

Anushree Vyas is the principal and the head of the institute at Gurukul School For Special Children.

Anushree Vyas

Anushree Vyas | JINAL

Om Mehta, a Class 10 student, is an academic scholar and has won merit awards from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the Homi Bhabha Centre For Science Education and also from the Indian Association of Physics Teachers.

Om Mehta

Om Mehta | JINAL

Apart from these, playwright Pravin Solanki (who has written more than 200 Gujarati plays), Dandia king Naitik Nagda, vegan activist Kuntal Joisher who has summited the Everest from both, the north & south and

Vinesh Mehta, president of the Federation of Associations of Maharashtra were felicitated with the Ghatkopar Maha Gaurav award.

Pravin Solanki,  Dandia king Naitik Nagda, Kuntal Joisher,  Vinesh Mehta. (from Right to Left)

Pravin Solanki, Dandia king Naitik Nagda, Kuntal Joisher, Vinesh Mehta. (from Right to Left) | JINAL

A musical programme by Manish Joshi (MJ) and his band, with singers Pomal Shah and Bhavna Gada, emceed by entertainment designer Rita Haria suitably complemented the proceedings.

Double celebration: Mother Tongue Day & ex-PM’s birthday

former Prime Minister, the late Morarji Desai

A joint celebration of International Mother Language Day (February 21) and the birthday of the former Prime Minister, the late Morarji Desai’s birthday (February 29), has been organised by the Matrubhasha Gujarati Prasar Manch at Mulund on March 1, Sunday. In this programme, helmed by Manch president Jagjivan Tanna, Morarji Desai’s contribution to the nation will be remembered. Dilip Doshi, a staunch activist for correct Gujarati diction, will speak on his beloved subject. Well-known singer Anil Bhanushali will render folk songs. The event will be held at the residence of Arun Bhinde at Monte Vista, 3101/02, near Telephone Exchange, Mulund (W) and it’s open to all. Hiralal Mrug and Devendra Anam are the sponsors of this programme, besides Bhinde.

JJC Shivaji Park's box cricket tournament to celebrate silver jubilee

To mark its silver jubilee, Jain Jagruti Centre (JJC), Shivaji Park, is organising a box cricket tournament on March 1 on St. Joseph's Turf, Wadala. Ten men's and six women's teams will be participating in this event. Former president Dr Prakash Gada, incumbent president Laxmichand J Vora, secretary Rohit V Gangar, treasurer Suresh S Savla and the entire JJC Shivaji Park committee have worked very hard to make it a huge success.

Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage awards today

Meenal Patel and Firoz Irani

Meenal Patel and Firoz Irani | JINAL

The 19th Transmedia Gujarati Screen & Stage Awards ceremony is happening on Saturday evening at V-Hotel, Juhu. Bharatiya Janata Party MP from North East Mumbai, Manoj Kotak, will be the chief guest. Jasmin Shah is the man behind these awards. Various Gujarati films, television serials, plays staged in Mumbai and Gujarat and their actors, directors and technical crew are vying for the top honours. Meenal Patel and Firoz Irani will be honoured with lifetime achievement awards.

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Published on: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 06:00 AM IST