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 has been chosen as India’s entry to the Oscars much to the surprise of […]


MEET CITY’S TALENTED CELEBRITIES-IN-THE-MAKING with Priya Adhyaru-Majithia A 13-yr-old led his team to victory at the regional round of 8th Indian Robot Olympiad. He hopes to win the finals, too Ordinary boys pester mommy for toys, but Kanhai Parikh likes to design his own stuff using sensors, micro-processors and wireless units. An ace at designing […]

Celebrating freedom through expression

Budhan theatre’s children celebrated 62nd Vimukti Divas through a play. The drama used Bhantu bhasha, Chhara community’s dialect, as a medium of communication learns Priya Adhyaru-Majithia Apne desh ka naam kya hai? “Bharat” answers a child enthusiasticly. He is one of the 20 children attending a class of the Chhara community in a village. The […]

What freedom means to you

India will celebrate 66 years of freedom and independence means different things to different people. Priya Adhyaru-Majithia asks Amdavadis what it means to them. Hoisting the Tricolour, attending a parade, singing patriotic songs and the national anthem or listening to the annual speech by the prime minister and president – that is how many of […]

Amdavadi girl does country proud

Meera Bhat, a research scholar at State University of New York, represented Asia at UN’s Global Interactive Dialogue that was webcast live Priya Adhyaru-Majithia An Amdavadi represented Asia at United Nations’ Global Interactive Dialogue at the UN headquarters in New York. Meera Bhat, a research scholar in social sciences at State University of New York, […]


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 Pritesh Vyas, an IT professional from Philadelphia — recite Asatyo […]

Mom’s stories I grew up with…

Famous personalities of the city reveal their favourite childhood tale to Priya Adhyaru-Majithia from the range of wonderful stories their mothers wove for them and how it went on to strengthen the mother-child bond Story without stops : ELA BHATT AND MIHIR BHATT EMINENT SOCIAL worker Ela Bhatt’s stories for her children did not have […]

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, eerie silence, chaos and anxious minds of the older […]