Sunday, January 13, 2008

10th Wedding Anniversary for founders

The founders of, Dilip Dand and Mrinal Dand celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Hawaii with their daughter Rhea. They live in Northern California and both work in the Silicon Valley.

Engagement Party - Devang Dand & Jinali Vora, Mumbai

Devang Dand, son of Mr. Manilal Dand and Mrs. Chandrika Dand of Matunga, Mumbai recently got engaged to the love of his life, Jinali Vora. The engagement party was at the S.N.D.T. college hall in Matunga on December 30th, 2007.

The couple danced the evening away with family and friends who had gathered to celebrate the joyous occasion. A grand wedding is planned for later this year in December 2008.

East meets West - Wedding in the Dand Family

Mr.Pravin Dand and Mrs. Veena Dand have lived in Maryland, USA for over 35yrs. Their daughter Parul recently married Jason Little of Richmond, VA. The couple celebrated their wedding in an intimate American-style Garden Wedding with the bride dressed in traditional white, on August 25, 2007 in Virginia.

This was followed by a grand Indian wedding with over 2days of celebrations at Hotel Sea Princess, in Mumbai on November 17th, 2007. Both were beautiful weddings in their own special way and gave everyone an insight into two different but unique cultures.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


R.V.Khona of '' & 'kutchicommunity.blogspot' visited HONG KONG from Thursday, 29.11.2007 to Monday, 3.12.2007 on his way to San Francisco, USA.

In Hong Kong, he stayed with his nephew Mr. Kaushik Mahesh Lodaya (SHAH) who lives there since the last five years with his wife Mrs. Dipti and his mother Mrs. Chandrikaben at Bauhinia Mansions, Near Whampoa Gardens, Hunghom, Kowloon.

Bauhinia Mansions is a housing complex of Eight - 15 Storey Towers situated in the centre of the beautiful residential area of Kowloon, Hong Kong with shady green parks and the sea front only 200 metres away. Kowloon is one of the five main islands comprising Hong Kong District the other four being Tung Chung, Lantau, Tsing Yi and Hong Kong.

The Lodayas took Mr. Khona around all the islands by Bus, Taxi, Underground train network, Trams and Ferry Service which connect the islands. The Main Business Areas are situated on Kowloon and Hong Kong ( where the majority of the British population stays and have their clubs, hotels & recreation centres). Real Diamond Business is housed in about twelve huge office blocks in one of which Mr. Lodaya's office is situated. A small pure vegetarian Restaurant is located just near this Diamond Centre.
Some of the attractions are : 1) The 26 Metre tallest Bronze Statue of Lord Buddha in the world weighing 220 Tonnes on Lantau Island atop a hill with PO Lin Monastry & Temple at the base 2) Jain Temple 3) Hong Kong Museum of Art, Heritage Museum, Space Museum. 4) Bird Garden 5) Race Course 6) The Peak - highest place in Hong Kong where there are Restaurants, Shops & Viewing Gallery from where you can see the whole town below and identify its landmarks, specially at night. Special Trams go all the way to the top on a steep unique track. 7) Discovery Bay & other Beaches 8) Ocean Park 9) Huge Docks where hundreds of Big and Small Container/Cargo Ships are being loaded / unloaded throughout the day, especially in the night.

Monday, January 7, 2008


R.V.Khona, of '' & '' , is on a Visit to U.S.A. from 4th December 2007 to 14th January 2008.
He is staying with his daughter, Mrinal and Son-in-law Dilip Dand in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He attended the 4th Birthday Celebrations of his Grand Daughter Miss Rhea Dand on 8.12.2008 held in her school Hacienda School and the following birthday party where Rhea and her friends built their own stuffed pets, dressed them up in cute clothes, and gave them names. Rhea cut her Birthday Cake and all her friends with their parents shared the Cake with Pizzas and Drinks.

Mr. Khona with the Dand family, visited Los Angeles - went around Disneyland and its beautiful suburbs Laguna Beach (Orange County) and San Diego where they visited Sea World, world's largest Zoo and its beautiful beaches. Mr.Khona got to touch baby sharks and fed the friendly dolphins.

Then they returned home to San Francisco, where they spent the day at Golden Gate bridge, the windy shore of Santa Cruz with scores of Sea Lions playing noisily on the pier. They watched the ships in the harbor at the beautiful Sausalito town in northern San Francisco.

They also prayed at the beautiful Jain 24 Tirthankar Temple of Milpitas erected by 1000 families of Jains living in San Francisco Area in the year 2000 where they meet regularly and hold religious festivals.