Community News Summary – Fall 2002

Hello! We are pleased to announce that our Oshwal community, while pleasantly growing in numbers, is also growing much closer. We have a lot of news to share!

High School Graduations:

  • Congratulations to Reena Shah (daughter of Dipak and Smita Shah from Illinois). Reena is attending the College of Dupage in Chicago, IL, beginning September 2002.

Atthai (8 consecutive days of fasting)

  • Congratulations to Vijya Galayia (NJ), who completed her third “Atthai” this year.
  • Congratulations to Naina Jayantilal Meghji Shah of Sherman, Texas, on her “Atthai”.
  • Congratulations to Nitin and Milan Hirji Shah, of Laguna Hills, CA on their “Attahi”.


  • Congratulations to Nina Anil Shah (daughter of late Anilkumar Khimchand Shah and Ila Anil Shah of Chestnut Ridge, NY) on her recent engagement to Sachin Desai (son of Narendra and Dhaksha Desai of York, PA).
  • Congratulations to Ketan Manek Dodhia (son of Manek Ranmal and Madhu Dodhia of Suffern, NY) on his recent engagement to Divya Malhotra (daughter of Rajendra and Aruna Malhotra, of Windsor, Ontario).
  • Congratulations to Purvi Shah (daughter of Dinesh Keshavji Shah of St. Louis, MO). Purvi is currently living in Bloomfield NJ and will be getting married this Thanksgiving.


  • Congratulations to Amish Gada (son of Kesu and Vijya Gada, NY) on his recent marriage to Theresa Nichols. They were married on August 17th, 2002 in Rumson, NJ.


  • Seena Beed is proud to announce that she is an older sister. Seena, along with proud parents Bina and Jayesh Beed, (of Livingston, NJ) would like to introduce everyone to Shaam Beed, born on August 24th, 2002.
  • Congratulations to Kanaka and Sibu Nair on a recent addition to their family. We welcome Pranav Nair, born on March 16th, 2002.
  • Congratulations to Kajal and Sandip Premchand Shah of Plano, Texas on the birth of their son, Shanil.
  • Dr. Manjul Shah (son of deceased Jayantilal Khimchand Shah) and his wife Ragini, had their first baby on October 8, 2002. Their son was 6lbs at birth and is healthy.

Newcomers- We would like to welcome several new families into our Oshwal community:

  • Harakhchand Shah, brother of Keshav Shah (NY) and Vijya Galayia (NJ), arrived from India this August and is currently residing in Long Valley, NJ.
  • Pushpa Jankharia, sister of Keshav Shah (NY) and Vijya Galayia (NJ), arrived from India this September and is currently residing in Long Valley, NJ.
  • Nitish and Jigna Dodhia have settled in Bloomfield NJ. They have moved from India several years back.
  • Pratik and Sujal Shah moved from London, England and are currently residing in NYC, NY.
  • Pratul and Rupal Wadher have recently arrived from Kisumu, Kenya and are currently residing in Santa Clara, CA,


  • Riaz Motani (NJ) accepted a Detective postion with the Howell Township Police Department in July 2002.
  • Biren (Ratnesh) Amritlal Nagda (originally from Nairobi, Kenya) was promoted to Associated Professor with Tenure at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, effective September 2002.


  • Our heartfelt condoloences to Binit Prabhulal Shah of Hackensack, NJ. and Alka Rushabh Gandhi of Bensalem, PA on the untimely and shocking passing away of their beloved father Prabhulal Manekchand Shah of Nairobi, Kenya.