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August 13, 2001 - August 13, 2001

31,750 Patels, 31,000 Shahs in phone directory Monday, August 13, 2001

BHARAT DESAI, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: In this city there is an identity crisis of sorts for people with common names. Some would say it is like being a Singh in Punjab. Try the Ahmedabad telephone directory for instance. Patels occupy 86 pages. While a manual count was not possible, this would roughly mean about 31,750 Patels who have a telephone listed in their name.
Shahs are close behind, filling 84 pages of space in the Ahmedabad directory, roughly about 31,000 phone connections. Mehtas are next with about 4,125 names running into 11 pages and Desais fourth with 2,625 names in 7 pages.
Now what's so surprising about that, one may ask. But wait, imagine trying to locate the telephone number of one 'Bharat Patel' in the directory. God forbid, if you don't remember his middle (father's) name, because there are some 450 of them in the directory running into over one-and-a-half pages. Even if you do, it is of no help. For example, there are 16 Bharatbhai B Patels listed.
The key is in knowing the address and full name of the person but even that could land you with a couple of names or more. Ambalal M Patel, for instance, number around 43 in the directory. Now if you are looking for a gentleman with the above name who stays in Meghaninagar, there are three of them.
"It is sometimes a nightmare for our telephone operators who man the inquiry numbers if the caller does not have the exact name and address," says a senior telephone department official. He says there is a Keshubhai S Patel, too, in the directory who is not the chief minister.
Another problem, related to spelling, could also leave you in the lurch. There are around 95 Amratlal Patels, 50 Amritlal Patels and 40 Amrutlal Patels. The difference is in just a vowel while the pronunciation is almost the same.
Similarly, there are 160 Natwarlal Patels, 60 Natvarlal Patels, 40 Natwerlal Patels , 45 Natwarbhai Patels and 10 Natwerbhai Patels.
If you find that confusing, try the Shahs. There are 140 Ramesh Shahs, 70 Rameshbhai Shahs and 300 Rameshchandra Shahs. The number of Rameshchandra C Shahs is nearly 35.
Other cities, of course , share this phenomenon. Patels dominate the list of telecom subscribers in Vadodara. There are about 18,360 Patels whose names run into 51 pages in the telephone directory. There are 13,600 Shahs who consume some 38 pages of the directory. About 2,620 Desais and 2,160 Mehtas figure in the directory while there are 1,845 Bhatts and 960 Pathaks. There are approximately 1.70 lakh telephone subscribers in the city.
In the Vadodara directory there are about 200 Bharatbhai Patels, 190 Ashokbhai Patels, 100 each of Babubhai and Bhupendrabhai Patel, 170 Vinod Shahs, 160 Yogeshbhai Shahs, 150 Bharatbhai Shahs, 145 Dilipkumar Shahs, 130 Ashokbhai Shahs, 120 Bhupendrabhai Shahs, 123 Hasmukhbhai and Chandrakant Shahs, 117 Kiritkumar Shahs, 100 Rekhaben Shahs, 80 Suryakantbhai Shahs, 30 Ambalal Patels and 15 Amit Patels.
In the Surat directory there are 21,600 Patels, running into 54 pages, followed by Shahs who number around 10,000, Jariwalas who are around 4,000 and Jains who are around 3,600. Agarwals number nearly 3,200 in the Surat directory, showing how the migrants from Rajasthan measure up numerically in the diamond city. In fact, the Agarwals are more than the Mehtas (2,800) and Gandhis (2,400). The most common name in Surat is Babubhai Patel (406).
But besides other Patels who take up a lot of space, there are also the Kantilal Shahs (91), Chandrakant Jariwalas (41) and Om Prakash Agarwals (26).
It is not that these people don't face problems. A particular Ambalal B Patel, who works for a pharmaceutical company here, says, "I often get phone calls from my bank saying my cheque has bounced. It often turns out to be the bank account of my colleague by the same name." Also, it is quite a nightmare for some of them trying to get an easily identifiable e-mail address on a popular site.
_ With inputs from Sajid Shaikh (Vadodara) and Amarendra Jha (Surat) for The Times of India
Source - The Times of India

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No Janmashtami fair in Bhuj this year Monday, August 13, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: For the first time in the history of Bhuj, the yearly two-day Janmashtami fair, locally known as 'Satam-Atham mela' is not being held in the walled town this year in view of the continuing problems due to the earthquake.

The two-day 'Satam-Atham mela' at Bhuj is the biggest fair of Kutch and over two lakh people participate in all the four sessions of the fair, which used to be held at the scenic landscapes of this border district, at the banks of Hamirser Talao. After the quake, the entire location where this fair used to be held has been in ruins.

Many people in Bhuj and even in other parts of Kutch are unhappy over the decision of cancelling the fair, as this would have been the first chance for the people of Bhuj to enjoy atleast for a while, after the horrifying quake experience.

The fair would have also provided an opportunity for many seasonal traders, dealing only during fairs, to do some brisk business. Many such traders had already made huge purchases from Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Mumbai in view of the fair at Bhuj, but the last minute announcement of cancellation of the fair here has resulted in heavy losses.

Even on the day of Janmashtami, the traditional matki fod procession may face many problems as in old Bhuj no one resides in multi-storeyed buildings and almost all temples are in poor condition.

In Bhuj, people have been seen visiting temples on the eve of Janmashtami. Though fair is not being held officially at Bhuj, many people have gathered on the banks of Hamirser Talao and small vendors have occupied their traditional place. Many believe that there would be a gathering anyway, without official sanction.
Source - The Times of India

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No Janmashtami fair in Bhuj this year Monday, August 13, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
BHUJ: For the first time in the history of Bhuj, the yearly two-day Janmashtami fair, locally known as 'Satam-Atham mela' is not being held in the walled town this year in view of the continuing problems due to the earthquake.

The two-day 'Satam-Atham mela' at Bhuj is the biggest fair of Kutch and over two lakh people participate in all the four sessions of the fair, which used to be held at the scenic landscapes of this border district, at the banks of Hamirser Talao. After the quake, the entire location where this fair used to be held has been in ruins.

Many people in Bhuj and even in other parts of Kutch are unhappy over the decision of cancelling the fair, as this would have been the first chance for the people of Bhuj to enjoy atleast for a while, after the horrifying quake experience.

The fair would have also provided an opportunity for many seasonal traders, dealing only during fairs, to do some brisk business. Many such traders had already made huge purchases from Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Mumbai in view of the fair at Bhuj, but the last minute announcement of cancellation of the fair here has resulted in heavy losses.

Even on the day of Janmashtami, the traditional matki fod procession may face many problems as in old Bhuj no one resides in multi-storeyed buildings and almost all temples are in poor condition.

In Bhuj, people have been seen visiting temples on the eve of Janmashtami. Though fair is not being held officially at Bhuj, many people have gathered on the banks of Hamirser Talao and small vendors have occupied their traditional place. Many believe that there would be a gathering anyway, without official sanction.
Source - The Times of India

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Ahmedabad in brief on 11th August 2001 Monday, August 13, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
'Romeo' pays a heavy price for flirting with law
Eighteen-year-old Anand Khatik paid a heavy price for flirting with the law, literally.

The teenager had called up the 100 police emergency number and started flirting with the women operators at the control room on May 20. He obviously was not aware that the control room had the caller-ID system through which they found out that the call had been made from a PCO booth at Amraiwadi.

Having identified that Khatik made the call, they went to his residence but he ran away before he could be arrested. On Friday, the Amraiwadi came to know of his whereabouts and arrested him.

Woman murdered
Fifty-year-old Aminabibi Ghanchi died in Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on Friday after being attacked by miscreants on August 6. It all began on April 4 when Ghanchi had gone to see the film 'Gadar' with her relatives, including 16-year-old Ilyas and his mother Khatunbibi.

During the film Ilyas started whistling prompted by others in the audience. This irritated one Suresh Thakore, sitting next to him. Suresh beat up Ilyas. On August 6, Ilyas, with his mother and other went to Thakore's house to complain about the incident when the two groups, brandishing metal pipes and swords, clashed, in which Aminabibi and two others were badly injured.

After initially registering a case of attempted murder, the police have now registered a case of murder against Thakore and his accomplices.

Opium confiscated
The Narcotics Control, Gujarat confiscated 18 kg of opium, worth Rs 45 lakh, from two Rajasthan-based farmers in Ahmedabad on Friday. Based on a tip-off that Gopalsingh Anjani and Narsinh Rathod, two opium farmers, were coming to Ahmedabad from Palanpur in a Maruti car, the Bureau officials intercepted it at Indira Bridge at 12.30 pm and recovered the opium.
According to superintendent of police in charge of the economic offences cell with additional responsibility of the narcotics bureau S G Bhati, it is quite likely that the opium was meant for Banaskantha where it is consumed in large numbers. As the two may not have found enough takers, it is believed that they were trying to sell it in Ahmedabad.

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Suicide Case :: Bharti's parents remanded to custody Monday, August 13, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Metropolitan court magistrate PU Patel on Saturday remanded parents of 19-year-old Bharti Barot, who committed suicide on Thursday, and the Hindu Mahasabha worker in police custody till Monday.

The Khadia police had lodged offences of abetment to suicide and conspiracy under sections 306 and 114 of the IPC against parents Kantaben and Kanubhai and the Gujarat Hindu Mahasabha worker, Dashrath Zinzuwadia, on Friday, in the suicide case.
The police had requested for a seven-day remand but the Metropolitan court magistrate granted remand for two days.

It needs mention here that Bharti had runaway from home on July 11 and got married to Salim in a mosque at Juhapura after converting to Islam, thus being re-christened Firdaus Bano.

On August 6, a woman advocate brought Bharti to Sabarmati police station to have her statement recorded. She claimed that she had gone with Salim of her own will and there was no use of force.

Later, Bharti's parents, Kantaben and Kanubhai, reportedly brought her from the Nari Sanrakshan Gruh, Odhav, to the Mahasabha premises to process her divorce from Salim Gulammohammad Shaikh (22), whom she had married against their consent, and get her re-married to another boy as per Hindu rites. It is here that Bharti committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

Meanwhile, the police are investigating how the parents were able to get Bharti to the Mahasabha from the women protection home in Odhav. Also under investigation is Bharti's mother claim that her daughter had called her from Odhav and expressed her desire to return.

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