Priya J. Adhyaru-Majithia
29
Sep

Chasing a dream

An IAS officer tries to chronicle aspirations of the Indian youth. He shares his views with Priya Adhyaru-Majithia After chronicling the turmoil of a bureaucrat and demystifying the Indian bureaucracy, Vipul Mittra now moves on to capture dreams and aspirations of six...
25
Sep

State govt refuses tax-free benefit to film on gay rights

Director of Gujarati film Meghdhanushya: The Colour of Life plans to challenge entertainment commissioner’s order in HC after being refused tax exemption because the film uses the words ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’ and ‘samlaingik’ finds Priya Adhyaru-Majithia On one hand a Gujarati film...
23
Jun

BIKERS’ INK

A few entrepreneurs and businessmen from the city whose passion for bikes matches their love for tattoos and combined, their fervour helped them become what they are Bikers and tattoos go together. Considered a mark of toughness and rebellion by some, it is difficult to point out...
16
Jun

Delivery Dads

On Father’s Day, Priya Adhyaru-Majithia features men who accompanied their partners into the labour room to support them and experience the beginning of the journey called fatherhood IT MADE ME TOUGH DEEPAK VERMA, 31, Filmmaker CHILD: Noor BIRTH: June 4, 2013 TIME: 11.15 am Paldi...
19
May

ALL FOR LOVE OF GUJARATI

For past 20 years, NRG Jagdish Vyas has been using creative tools to preserve Gujarati language in the hearts and homes of Indian Americans. The 65-year-old recently shifted to Ahmedabad with the same mission. » Tej, 8, and Rishi, 6 – children of secondgeneration Indian-American...
07
May

Walk through the Walled City

Pol Ni Khadki E Thee, a 14-chapter narrative by Priya Adhyaru-Majithia and Parthivi Adhyaru-Shah documents life in the pol from pre-independence period to 2002 How did the walled city look like while it was under curfew? The word curfew conjures up images of fear, dark nights,...
09
Mar

Once upon a time…

...A luring fairytale by L Frank Baum, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ gets a Gujarati connect and a 3D look. And more interestingly, NRG Palak Patel from Los Angeles, USA is the co-writer and executive co-producer of the film, ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’. Priya Adhyaru-Majithia conducts an...
05
Mar

Tight security measures were upsetting: Amjad Ali Khan

As part of tight surveillance, dogs were made to sniff the instruments of sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, and his sons Aman Ali and Ayaan Ali who were in city on Sunday to perform for a concerto which was part of the ongoing Bonjour India – Festival of France. “It was...
27
May

On peak of international success despite SSC setback

Hong Kong-Based Yogesh Shah Runs Multinational Business Students and their parents who are wrecked by anxiety about academic performance can draw inspiration and hope from this NRG achiever who failed the SSC exam,but today is a successful entrepreneur and respected business...
13
May

In their mothers’ footsteps

On Mother’s Day, meet the men who have chosen not to tail behind their fathers, and are instead following their moms. These ardent chasers of mothers’ dreams are – a mechanical engineer turned classical vocalist Aniket Khandekar, cricketer turned Bharatnatyam dancer Chandan...
26
Mar

NRG netas of US

More Gujaratis Than Before Are Making A Mark On Electoral Scene Indians seem to be gaining clout in US politics with over 50 Indian Americans contesting elections this year. From only two names — Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley — in the early 2000s to at least 12 candidates winning...
08
Mar

Behind bars, they seek freedom in industry

Next time you go to pick up the famous bhajias that Sabarmati Central Jail inmates prepare, consider picking a fabric or home décor piece made by the women inmates as well. In a bid to make women self-reliant and productive, international women’s wing of Vishwa Gujarati Samaj is...
20
Feb

Burqa-clad Muslims design beachwear

Wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf, Farmana Sheikh, 18, has never been to a beach. Yet, she designs brightly-coloured bikinis and beachwear. “Fashion sense and firm will,” says Farmana, who is learning basic fashion designing. “I want to become self reliant.” Farmana is among...
17
Feb

Thali’s birthplace resurrects after riots

One of the victims of the 2002 riots was the birthplace of the famous Gujarati thali. The restaurant Chandravilas in the walled city, where the first thali was served way back in 1900, was burnt to ashes on February 28, 2002. Rioters had set fire to neighbouring shops and the...
12
Feb

Blowing hot and cold : Climate Change hits city weather

Due To Its Long Coastal Area, Gujarat Is More Prone To Imbalances In Hydrological Cycle That Will Result In More Cold And Heat Waves, Says Study This severe cold wave may have passed and temperatures are expected to normalize by Monday. But the cold weather is here to stay....
08
Feb

HOPE CENTRAL : Three faces of resurgence

Gujarat : 10 years after MADNESS Meet Three Women From Small-Town Gujarat, Who Lost Everything In The 2002 Riots, But Went On To Become The Breadwinners Of Their Families Yasmin Vohra could easily have given up on her dream of becoming an entrepreneur after her small shop of...
08
Jan

Desai ni Pol vaults ahead with revamp blueprint

Homes painted in a shade of ivory, the windowpanes in dark brown; internal roads paved with rough granite and vintage lamps lighting them up at dusk. This is a not plan for some upcoming housing complex. It is the blueprint to restore Desai ni Pol – one of the oldest housing...
04
Jan

AMC notice to Bengal Home owners, told to stop work

PEOPLE’S VICTORY The residents’ struggle to save United Bengal Home has registered its first major victory. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has issued a notice to owners of the home for illegally bringing down the heritage structure and has asked them to stop work...
19
Dec

Vande Mataram stirs up United Bengal Home again

With Freedom Song, Drive To Save City’s Heritage Launched When Vande Mataram was first sung at the United Bengal Home in Dhobi ni Pol in 1906, it was meant to act as a catalyst for India’s freedom struggle. More than 100 years on, it was sung once again at the pol on Sunday to...
11
Dec

Another kranti is born at Bengal Home

Khadia Itihas Samiti Demands A Review Of All Old Havelis In The Walled City The damage done to The United Bengal Home – a memorial of freedom struggle — has proved to be catalyst sparking off a conservation revolution. Intensifying the fight, Khadia Itihas Samiti has reviewed a...
10
Dec

Residents escalate fight for United Bengal Home

Following TOI Report, Heritage Committee Swings Into Action Apathy towards the crumbling United Bengal Home in Dhobi ni Pol has now raised the eyebrows of the high-powered heritage conservation committee appointed by the state government. The committee headed by former municipal...
09
Dec

Vande Mataram’s cradle in Gujarat crumbles

Vande Mataram, the signature tune of India’s freedom struggle, was first sung in Gujarat in 1906 at an intricately carved haveli in Dhobi ni Pol. The haveli, called the United Bengal Home, is crumbling to dust today, raising cries of protest among local residents. Behind the...
08
Dec

Jewellers to restore a gem in walled city

Here is a partnership that could go a long way in Ahmedabad achieving its dream of becoming India’s first Unesco World Heritage City. Leading jewellers Zaveri & Company have become one of the first business houses in the city to fund the walled city’s restoration. Brothers...
08
Dec

NRG councillor from UK ups ante against Dow

Navin Shah Intensifies Campaign In London And Bhopal To Seek Justice An Ahmedabad native and the first Indian in the London Assembly — which holds the mayor of England capital to account —has launched a robust campaign against Dow Chemicals, a sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics....
05
Dec

Old age homes triple in state

AUTUMN RHAPSODY From 67 In 2005, Number Has Risen To 225 Ashok Pandya, 63, walked out of his home with his wife about two years ago to end the constant squabbling with his son. Peace of mind is what he hoped in the autumn of his life and he found it at an old age home in...
01
Dec

NRG pines for Guj school his mom built

UnfinishedbusinesswithGujarat troubles NRG Neville J Roach — who currently chairs a large number of high-profile organizations such as the Australia India Business Council. He has a poignant agenda on his list. He desires to return to his roots and re-connect with a small school,...
29
Nov

Making of Sultan in Morbi – journey from Bhilvas to Buckingham Palace

With legendary Sarangi Nawaz Sultan Khan’s demise, the world lost a creator of intriguingly pathos evoking melodies, however his disciple Dr Kashyap Dave, anaesthesiologist who learnt Sarangi from Khan last 25 years and is in close association with him since 1960, lost a...
28
Nov

Sarangi Nawaz Sultan Khan’s death strikes painful chord

Sarangi Legend’s Career Began In Morbi; Saptak ’12 To Be Dedicated To Him Sarangi icon Sultan Khan – whose pathosdrenched playing in ‘Dil cheez kya hai’ sensitized India to the instrument’s pensive brilliance – has died at the age of 73. Khan’s genius has illuminated a range of...
19
Nov

IN WALLED CITY, OLD IS GOLD

As World Heritage Week Begins, TOI Salutes The Unique Community Life Of The Walled City Which Keeps The Aged Out Of Old Age Homes When septuagenarian Vilsu Mehta, a resident of Desai ni Pol, underwent a major surgery recently, she did not miss her US-settled sons. Neighbours took...
14
Nov

Students from US now heading to India

With 1 % decline in Indian students going to the US, a huge 44 % rise noted in arrivals of US students in India American universities may be the best in the world and Indian educational institutions may not even figure in the global top 10. But that hasn’t stopped a surprisingly...