President’s Message – February 2016


Jai Jinendra,

Already 1 month into the New Year. Is it me or does time seem to go faster? We have started the year with accounts being the focus in preparation for the Area AGM’s and the central AGM. Dates are listed below.

Annual General Meeting Dates

North West 13/03/2016 10-00am
Ekta Centre Stag Lane Kingsbury London NW9 9AA

Leicester 13/03/2016 4-30pm
Coleman Neighbourhood Centre, Balderstone Close, Leicester LE5 4ES

Northampton 19/03/2016 7.30pm
Weston Favell Parish Hall Booth Lane South Northampton NN3 3EP

North 20/03/2016 2.00pm

Luton 20/03/2016 5-00pm

East 26/03/2016 Evening

North East 03/04/2016 5-00pm
Oshwal House

South 03/04/2016 10-30am
South London Mahajanwadi

West 10/04/2016 2-00pm
Oshwal Shakti Centre

Please note the date for your local AGM and be sure to attend. Full details of venues and timings will be on the website and every Area will be posting an AGM notice.

Attend the AGM and find out more about what is going on in your Area, future plans and share your views. This year is election year and new Area committees will be elected. Your opportunity to vote, your opportunity to stand for election. Be sure to attend.

The Central Annual General Meeting is on Sunday 24th April 2016

There are a number announcement that I would like to share with you.

Diabetes Talk at Oshwal Ekta Centre & South London Mahajanwadi
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the South East Asian community. We probably all know someone in our family or friends who is a diabetic. There are lots of reasons for this increase which you will have all read and heard about in the media.
However, there are some very interesting alternatives to just taking medicine.
In association with Sigma Pharmaceuticals plc; Oshwal Association is hosting two free talks on Diabetes. Learn how a change in diet and lifestyle could have dramatic effects on your health and wellbeing and in some cases reverse diabetes.

Reversing Diabetes Through Nutrition

  • Date: Friday 5th February 2016 & Friday 4th March 2016
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
  • Venue for 5th Feb: Oshwal Ekta Centre 366A Stag Lane, Kingsbury NW9 9AA, UK
  • Venue for 4th Mar: Oshwal Centre 1 Campbell Road , Croydon , Surrey, CR0 2SQ, UK

Please register by following the link as the number of spaces are limited The talks are free. The talk will include:

  • What does it mean to reverse diabetes?
  • Type I, Type II diabetes?
  • Why it is important to reverse diabetes?
  • Is it possible?
  • How long will it take?
  • Benefits of Plant based diet

Presenter: Ramesh Hirani.

More info, click here.

Oshwal Website

Many of you will be aware that our current website has been down since before Christmas. Firstly our apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you. We had put up a temporary page with Saddadi information and have been working on a new website. I am pleased to announce that the new website has been created and will go live on 1st February 2016. The site is being rolled out in phases and what you will initially see is key information on events, saddadi’s and general information. Over the coming weeks we will continue to populate the site. Please do take a look and we welcome your feedback.

Oshwal Open Day
In my last eshot I informed members of an open morning we have planned for Sunday 21st February 10-00am at Oshwal Centre. This open morning is to encourage all members who have thought about getting involved in the running of Oshwal Association at Area level or at EC level, but are not sure or do not know what is involved.

The open morning offers an opportunity to talk to Trustees and Area Committee members, to answer questions and share with you what we all do.

Elections are around the corner and we would really love to welcome new faces in both the Area committees and the Executive Committee.

Community work is truly inspirational and opens a world of new friends as well as a chance to shape the future direction of our Association. If you have thought about getting involved but have not taken the first step, come along on 21st February and talk to us. No obligation, just a chance to understand first-hand what it’s all about. In order that we can plan for the event, please can you send an email to to confirm your attendance.

We require just your name and Area of residence.
Come along – encourage your family members – just a chat and a cup of tea!

Oshwal Directory
As you may be aware, an online Oshwal Directory has been launched and is open to view by registration. On the back of this we planned to print a paper version of the directory. We then looked at all the information we held and have found anomalies in the other databases. The online directory has captured 60% of our members’ details. Unfortunately, close to 40% were either missing or not on the new database.

We are currently in the process of reviewing our database of membership records and merging these with the online and census records in order to create a single main database. We have over 31,000 entries to review and I am pleased to confirm that so far we have matched 61% of the membership records.

There are a number of entries that appear on the directory or on the census records where we have been unable to identify individuals as members. We will shortly be sending out e-mails to these individuals requesting them to confirm their membership details.

I would like to thank all our members for their continued patience whilst this task is carried out. As this task is being carried out by volunteers in their spare time, I would be grateful if everyone who receives an e-mail responds promptly. If you do not receive an e-mail, please do not worry as this probably means that your entry has already been matched. I would request members not to contact the office for updates or confirmation regarding their individual entries. Information on progress will be released as the task continues.

Oshwal Achievement Awards
As mentioned last time, we will be presenting awards again this year to Oshwals who have carried out exceptional work for charitable causes outside the community. Oshwals who have served the local community as School Governors, Magistrates, other civil positions. Oshwals who have received civic or national recognition. In fact any Oshwal you think has carried out exceptional work outside the community should be considered worthy of nomination. As with previous years, please can you approach your local Area chairperson or committee member with details. Together, you can then prepare a nomination which will be reviewed by the Board of Advisors. Based upon their recommendations the Executive committee will select up to 3 worthy recipients. The closing date is approaching fast so please do get in touch.

Charity Gala Dinner Saturday 5th March 2016

EduNation is hosting the ‘Fusion of Culture’ charity gala in aid of the Wings of Hope charity to educate children in Africa & India.

Included is a 5* 4-course Indian vegetarian meal provided by the amazing Clay Oven. Hosted by Sunrise Radio’s iconic Shabnam Sahi and filled with performances from international Bollywood superstar Navin Kundra who recently performed at Wembley Stadium for Mr Modi, President of India and for the British Royal family as well as Britain’s Got Talent breakout star Gabz who is a UK Top 10 sensation.

There will be a luxury raffle, charity action and fashion showcase on the night as well with London’s most renowned Asian DJ ‘Sting’ playing a fusion of hit Bollywood tunes through the night. So come join us for a night of fun and glamour as we celebrate the amazing work the charity does to empower through education..!

Date & Time: Saturday 5th March from 19:00 ’til late!
Venue: The Clay Oven Banqueting Suite, Wembley
Ticket Link:

Finally the days are passing by very quickly and my tenure as President will end on 24th April 2016 when we will elect a new executive committee. We encourage you all to attend the AGM’s both locally and the main AGM. For me, the next few weeks are a period of reflection and as the AGM approaches, I can certainly say that it has been a privilege and honour to serve Oshwal Association. I hope that we collectively as an EC and the Area Committees met with your expectations.

I hope to see many of you at the Area AGM’s in the coming weeks.

With kind regards.
Raaxeet Harakhchand Shah
Hon President
Oshwal Association of the UK