Winter is here and with that starts the festive season. The imminent arrival of Xmas is already evident in the streets and shops. On behalf of the LCUK eNewsletter Team, I would like to wish all our Readers the Best Wishes for the festive season and a Very Happy New Year 2007. This is our last issue of 2006 and the next one in January will celebrate the first anniversary of the LCUK eNews launch. Thanks for your ongoing and ever increasing support. Get more of your Lohana friends and family to subscribe free at - backdated copied of eNews and articles from our Culture Corner and Readers Contributions can also be found there.  
   Community News & Events  
  LCUK launches on-line Contact Database System  
  The first ever LCUK online database system to hold contact details for Lohanas in the UK was launched on 1st November 2006. Each person registered on the UK Directory has been provided with an LCUK Reference No. and password in order to be able to access and check their details on-line. New entries can also be accepted online for those UK based Lohanas who have not registered. See the Database Project page on the LCUK website for more details or use the link to enter or check your details.  
  LCUK Bhajan / Prarthna book  
  A prarthna book has been published and dispatched to all LCUK Lohana Mahajans across the United Kingdom. These books are to be used at the residence of a bereaved family for the period of approximately two weeks, after which they are to be returned to the respective Mahajan committee member. Click here to download your own pdf copy of the Prarthna book, with the compliments of the LCUK. Note - The book is 100 pages and 6.6 Mbytes in size so large to download.  
  Young Lohana Community East London Xmas Kids Party  
  YLCEL is hosting a special children's Xmas Party on Sunday 17th December 2006 at Ilford Sport Club Pavilion, 468 High Road in Seven Kings, Ilford. Special Bingo sessions are being hosted for the adults whilst their kids party away. Contact Hemalee Popat on 07957 374 156 or Amit Karia on 07985 154 459 for more details.  
  Lohana Community North London Table Tennis Tournament  
  On 9th & 10th December 2006 at RCT, Headstone Lane, Harrow, Middlesex. Click here to download entry forms with event information.  
  LCNL Mahila Diwali / Xmas Celebrations - For People With Special Needs.  
  Saturday 16th December 2006 at RCT Hall, Headstone Lane, Hatch End, Harrow, Middlesex. From 12.30pm to 5.00pm. Click here for details.  
  LCNL Xmas Eve Celebrations  
  This is Charity Fund Raising event for India to be hosted on Sunday 24th December 2006 at the VIP Lounge, Edgware. For further details and tickets call Pratibha Lakhani 0208 907 3330, Dipak Jatania 0208 907 5586, Sudhir Karia 0208 958 9848 or Vinubhai Kotecha 07956 847 764.  
  LCSL Masti Bhari Mehfil  
  Lohana Community South London is hosting a Mehfil to start the 2006 year end celebrations and are proud to present "Rajeev & Romi" on Saturday 30th December 2006 at the Lan Franc School, Mitcham Road in Croydon. Tickets are only £10 including a buffet meal. A pay bar will also be open. For more details or to book tickets please contact Subhashbhai Popat on 020 8288 0413 or Dipakbhai Pattani on 020 8408 9814.  
  31st Lohana Sports and Culture Festival - Nairobi, Kenya  
  Nairobi Lohana Youth League is hosting the 31st Lohana Sports & Cultural Festival in Nairobi during the 2006 Xmas break - Saturday 23rd December to Tuesday 26th December 2006. Teams are expected from Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kampala, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu to participate along with the hosts, Nairobi. The festival includes various sports - badminton, cricket, volleyball, snooker, tennis, swimming, throwball, table tennis, marathon, darts. Various cultural and entertainment programmes will also be hosted in the evenings - click here for more details or email Subhashbhai Modi (Festival PRO) at  
   Lohana Achievers  
  Atulbhai N Panchmatia of South London was recently elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Atulbhai graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering in 1978 from Imperial College London and has had a long and varied career working on the North Sea oil and gas platforms and in various companies in Qatar and Brunei. He was also involved in the rebuild of the Piper Alpha platform after the major disaster and is currently an HSSE Manager for BP. Congratulations to Atulbhai and his family on his achievement.  
  Aarti Chandarana from Nairobi has been selected to represent Kenya in Badminton. Her involvement in the national team will include travel to Algeria in the near future.  
  International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Kenya's umpire Subhash Modi to officiate the Triangular series between Holland-Canada-Bermuda in South Africa. Subhash Modi will officiate three one day international matches and one four day first class fixture.  
  Shri Rasiklal B Somani Foundation - Rasiklal (Bhikhubhai) has touched the lives of many during his existence on this earth (1935 to 2006). His donations have helped so many who desperately needed it. His treatments with natural therapy and reflexology has cured thousands. His love and care will leave lasting memories. It is planned to start a Charitable Foundation in memory of Sri Rasiklal Somani with the objective to carry out some of the good causes that he valued.

If you wish to participate either financially or any other way, please contact Subhashbhai V Thakrar on Tel: 01923 829523 or Email

   Culture Corner  
  Why do we celebrate Navratri & Dussehra? Why do we play Garba and Dandia Raas? These and many more questions answered in this article by Ami Gadhia. Click here to read.  
  Diwali - The biggest festival in the Hindu Calendar. What is the significance of the Pujas and rituals that we perform over the five days of this colourful festival? Click here to find out.  
   Readers Contributions  
  All About Water - Are you drinking enough water every day? Click here to read the facts and how drinking enough water is so important.  
  Benefits of Walking - After all that lovely Diwali food and sweetmeats, read about the benefits of walking in this presentation. You will need Powerpoint 2003 to view the slides once downloaded - click here.  
  Study Hinduism in a structured manner - GCSE and Advanced level classes in Hinduism are held at Vivekananda Centre in London every Sunday morning from 10am to 12 noon. The classes (GCSE and Advanced levels) are run at The Sindhi Centre, 230a Kenton Road, Harrow. Classes open to all age groups (including parents) and from any sectarian background. Email or visit the website for more details.  
  Articles from our Readers are hosted on the website. If you have any interesting articles then email them to - please let us know if you have got the articles from another website so we can acknowledge them. Any comments and feedback welcome for all these articles - write to  
   Community Announcements  
  Shree Maganbhai Tulsidas Samani of Borehamwood (formerly of Kericho), sadly passed away on Thursday 31st August at the age of 89 years.  
  Shree Dayaljibhai Ghelani passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 in Toronto, Canada.  
  Shree Subhashbhai Raichura (husband of Purnima) of Harrow (formerly Kisumu) passed away on 17th October at the age of 52 years.  
  Smt Ramaben Vishrambhai Somaiya of Surrey (formerly Jinja) passed away on 21st October at the age of 88 years.  
  Smt Manjuben Bhikhubhai Thakrar of Harrow (formerly Jinja) passed away on 23rd October at the age 69 years.  
  Shree Pranjivanbhai Muljibhai Thakrar of Harrow (formerly Kisumu) passed away Tuesday 24th October at the age of 79 years.  
  Smt Radhaben Laljibhai Karia (formerly of Lugazi) passed away on 2nd November at the age of 84 years.  
  Shree Rasikbhai Bhanubhai Somani of Edgware (formerly of Saroti) passed away on 6th November at the age of 71 years.  
  Smt Kantaben Ratilal Jobanputra of Stratford, East London (formerly of Kericho and Nairobi) passed away on 6th November at the age of 76 years.  
  Shree Kishorebhai Pranlal Vasani (of Uganda - former cricket test player of Uganda) passed away on 8th November at the age of 68 years.  
  Shree Manshukhbhai Jethabhai Ruparelia of Colindale formerly Mwanza (Magoo) passed away 13th November at the age of 57 years.  
  Smt Vrajkuvarben (Vajiben) Pragjibhai Morjaria passed away 21st November at the age of 92 years.  
  Shree Mathuradas Nanji Ramji Ruparelia of Southampton (formley Mbarara) passed away on Friday 24th November at the age of 84 years.  
  Shree Girdharbhai Odhavji Sonecha of South London (formerly Mwanza) passed away on Friday 24th November at the age of 86 years.  
  Shree Nathalal Keshevji Kotecha of Stanmore (formerly of Soroti) passed away on 29th November aged 81 years  
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25th December 2006
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