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IIM Grad’s Brilliant Idea Lets People Donate Time to Hear Out Someone’s Problems!

Moodcafe – What started with four people today has a strong team of 10 members. Mikul says, “Everything fell into place; it was almost like this is how it was all meant to be.”

Have you ever made a donation of some kind—money, books, blood, or maybe food? What if you could also donate your time for a noble cause? Would you be intrigued and willing to do so?

Mikul Patel and his team have devised a way by which you can donate as much time as you can, from 5 minutes to 50 hours of your time listening to people who may be suffering from depression or just need someone to hear them out.

The year was 2015, and Mikul was a 21-year-old studying in IIT-Roorkee. “A classmate tried to commit suicide, and I happened to be one of the first to read the note that he had left behind. It shook me; I had never seen anything like this. I did not even know that he was going through any mental health issues, given how outwardly jovial and happy he was as an individual,” he recalls.

While his friend survived the attempt, Mikul was shaken enough to begin educating himself about depression.

“Over time, I started researching and finding out as much as I could about mental health issues. I also found out that almost 8 out of my 10 friends were going through some mental issue that no one had figured out or put a finger on.”

The trigger, which got him thinking in 2015, finally saw fruition in 2017, when he was a student at IIM Ahmedabad, and Moodcafe came into being.

What is Moodcafe?

Moodcafe is a funded mental health-based startup by alumni of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Roorkee. While Mikul and Rahul Ratan Mirdha are co-founders, Poonam Malpani is the head psychologist, and Heli Patel is the Digital Marketing Lead.

It aims to bring a new-age empathetic, caring approach to mental health and well being by using technology and research-driven trends of psychology, counselling, therapies, artificial intelligence and innovative reach out strategies.

Mikul says, “Leveraging technology we have come up with an app, which is available for android users. The biggest USP of this is the anonymity that it offers, which means once downloaded, the app does not ask for any details from the person using it.”

If required, as per the case, the listeners can suggest the users to go through Self-Help Resources, take counselling with experts or call up free 24×7 suicide helpline (Moodcafe has partnered with Jeevan Aastha and Vandrevala Foundation for the same).

A user who has requested to stay unnamed says to me,

“I am 22, and a few months ago, I found myself to be rather depressed. I found it difficult to speak to my parents, and even friends and some things were eating me up from within. It was a friend who mentioned this app (Moodcafe) to me, and on a whim, I decided to download it.”

The user, in all honesty, adds, “I was sceptical when I downloaded the app and wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. The best part about it was the anonymity it offered to me. I will be lying if I said I was not scared, but just the manner in which the listener was empathising with me got me talking. The first time I used it, I ended up having a conversation with a listener for almost two hours, in which I shared my deepest darkest secrets.”

They go on to tell me that it was for the first time in a very long time that they had a good sleep that night. Just having someone to listen to them and not ask any prodding questions made it all so much simpler.

Mikul says that while brainstorming about what they could do next, they came up with the idea of a Time donation camp. This was conducted on 15th of June, 2019 at SSIP iHUB, Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

Speaking about what it is all about, Mikul says, “The idea of this camp was to invite people from both the ends of the spectrum—the problem sharers and the listeners—and the people on the listening end had to hear out the problems of the people who were willing to share and provide apt solutions and alternative perspectives to deal with their situations.”

“All of us then took a pledge to understand the vitality of listening and be all ears to people who are going through a low phase.”

Mikul says that there were more people who were willing to donate their time and listen to the problem of others than those who wanted to share. While they had about 60 people who wanted to share their feelings, there were 100 people who had come to donate their time and listen to the problems.

I spoke to 26-year-old Ashish, one of the listeners who had this to say, “I have been a listener for over four months now and the initial motivation was to just be there for people and hear them out. I give up to 4 hours a week and usually do this at night.” When asked if he got any training for the same, he says, “Yes, there is a training module that one has to go through and once done we can become a listener.”

So how does one become a listener and what training do they undergo, I ask Mikul.

“Our screening process is rather stringent, and so far, only 1/3rd of them have made the cut. The listener needs to throw reflective questions to the user and not give any suggestion or ask questions,” he says.

Post this, a video call is conducted with the psychologist, which in a way also assesses whether or not the person can be on-boarded as a listener.

When asked about the kind of impact that this platform has managed to create, Mikul claims that while the team does not collect any data from the users, they have been successful in stopping five suicide attempts, and helped several more.

“Given the number of users who have logged in and downloaded the app, we can say that we have helped around 5000 plus individuals who have shared concerns with us on the platform and this was done by around 70 trained listeners.”

Sometimes all we need is someone who can listen to us and yet because of busy schedules, time is the one thing that we might not be able to give.

In such a scenario, a platform like this where there is someone just to hear you out is the need of the hour.

If you are an android user, you can click here to download the app or stay connected by visiting their website here.

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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IIM ગ્રાડનો બ્રિલિયન્ટ આઈડિયા લોકોને કોઈની સમસ્યાઓ સાંભળવા માટે સમય આપવા દે છે!

મૂડકેફે – આજે ચાર લોકો સાથે જે શરૂ થયું તેની પાસે 10 સભ્યોની મજબૂત ટીમ છે. મિકુલ કહે છે, “બધું સ્થાને પડી ગયું; તે લગભગ આના જેવું જ હતું કે આ બધું બનવાનું હતું.”

શું તમે ક્યારેય કોઈ પ્રકારનું દાન કર્યું છે – પૈસા, પુસ્તકો, રક્ત અથવા કદાચ ખોરાક? જો તમે પણ કોઈ ઉમદા હેતુ માટે તમારો સમય દાન કરી શકો તો? શું તમે રસ ધરાવશો અને આમ કરવા તૈયાર છો?

મિકુલ પટેલ અને તેમની ટીમે એક એવી રીત ઘડી છે કે જેના દ્વારા તમે તમારા સમયના 5 મિનિટથી 50 કલાક જેટલો સમય દાન કરી શકો તેટલો સમય એવા લોકોને સાંભળી શકો છો જેઓ કદાચ ડિપ્રેશનથી પીડાતા હોય અથવા તેમને સાંભળવા માટે કોઈની જરૂર હોય.

વર્ષ 2015 હતું, અને મિકુલ 21 વર્ષનો IIT-રુરકીમાં અભ્યાસ કરતો હતો. “એક સહાધ્યાયીએ આત્મહત્યા કરવાનો પ્રયાસ કર્યો, અને તેણે પાછળ છોડી દીધી હતી તે નોંધ વાંચનાર હું સૌ પ્રથમ હતો. તે મને હચમચાવી ગયો; મેં આવું ક્યારેય જોયું ન હતું. મને એ પણ ખબર ન હતી કે તે કોઈ માનસિક સ્વાસ્થ્ય સમસ્યાઓમાંથી પસાર થઈ રહ્યો છે, જો કે તે એક વ્યક્તિ તરીકે કેટલો આનંદી અને ખુશ હતો,” તે યાદ કરે છે.

જ્યારે તેનો મિત્ર આ પ્રયાસમાં બચી ગયો હતો, ત્યારે મિકુલ પોતાને ડિપ્રેશન વિશે શિક્ષિત કરવા માટે પૂરતો હચમચી ગયો હતો.

“સમય જતાં, મેં માનસિક સ્વાસ્થ્ય સમસ્યાઓ વિશે મારાથી બને તેટલું સંશોધન અને શોધવાનું શરૂ કર્યું. મને એ પણ જાણવા મળ્યું કે મારા 10 મિત્રોમાંથી લગભગ 8 કોઈ એવી માનસિક સમસ્યામાંથી પસાર થઈ રહ્યા હતા કે જેને કોઈએ શોધી કાઢ્યું ન હતું કે તેના પર આંગળી પણ ન મૂકાઈ.

2015 માં તેને વિચારવા માટેનું ટ્રિગર આખરે 2017 માં ફળ્યું, જ્યારે તે IIM અમદાવાદમાં વિદ્યાર્થી હતો, અને મૂડકેફે અસ્તિત્વમાં આવ્યું.

મૂડકેફે શું છે?

મૂડકેફે એ IIM અમદાવાદ અને IIT રૂરકીના ભૂતપૂર્વ વિદ્યાર્થીઓ દ્વારા ભંડોળ પૂરું પાડવામાં આવેલ માનસિક સ્વાસ્થ્ય આધારિત સ્ટાર્ટઅપ છે. જ્યારે મિકુલ અને રાહુલ રતન મિર્ધા સહ-સ્થાપક છે, પૂનમ માલપાણી મુખ્ય મનોવિજ્ઞાની છે, અને હેલી પટેલ ડિજિટલ માર્કેટિંગ લીડ છે.

તે મનોવિજ્ઞાન, પરામર્શ, ઉપચાર, કૃત્રિમ બુદ્ધિમત્તા અને નવીન પહોંચ વ્યૂહરચનાઓના ટેક્નોલોજી અને સંશોધન-આધારિત વલણોનો ઉપયોગ કરીને માનસિક સ્વાસ્થ્ય અને સુખાકારી માટે નવા યુગની સહાનુભૂતિપૂર્ણ, સંભાળ રાખવાનો અભિગમ લાવવાનો હેતુ ધરાવે છે.

મિકુલ કહે છે, “ટેકનોલોજીનો ઉપયોગ કરીને અમે એક એપ લઈને આવ્યા છીએ, જે એન્ડ્રોઈડ યુઝર્સ માટે ઉપલબ્ધ છે. આની સૌથી મોટી યુએસપી એ અનામીતા છે જે તે ઓફર કરે છે, જેનો અર્થ છે કે એકવાર ડાઉનલોડ કર્યા પછી, એપ્લિકેશન તેનો ઉપયોગ કરનાર વ્યક્તિ પાસેથી કોઈપણ વિગતો માંગતી નથી.

જો જરૂરી હોય તો, કેસ મુજબ, શ્રોતાઓ વપરાશકર્તાઓને સ્વ-સહાય સંસાધનોમાંથી પસાર થવા, નિષ્ણાતો સાથે કાઉન્સેલિંગ લેવા અથવા મફત 24×7 આત્મહત્યા હેલ્પલાઇન પર કૉલ કરવાનું સૂચન કરી શકે છે (મૂડકેફે તેના માટે જીવન આસ્થા અને વાંદ્રેવાલા ફાઉન્ડેશન સાથે ભાગીદારી કરી છે).

એક વપરાશકર્તા કે જેણે નામ ન રાખવાની વિનંતી કરી છે તે મને કહે છે,

“હું 22 વર્ષનો છું, અને થોડા મહિનાઓ પહેલા, મેં મારી જાતને બદલે ઉદાસીન હોવાનું જોયું. મને મારા માતા-પિતા સાથે વાત કરવી મુશ્કેલ લાગી, અને મિત્રો અને કેટલીક વસ્તુઓ પણ મને અંદરથી ઉઠાવી રહી હતી. તે એક મિત્ર હતો જેણે મને આ એપ્લિકેશન (મૂડકેફે) નો ઉલ્લેખ કર્યો હતો અને ધૂનથી મેં તેને ડાઉનલોડ કરવાનું નક્કી કર્યું હતું.

વપરાશકર્તા, સંપૂર્ણ પ્રમાણિકતામાં, ઉમેરે છે, “જ્યારે મેં એપ્લિકેશન ડાઉનલોડ કરી ત્યારે મને શંકા હતી અને પરિણામ શું આવશે તેની ખાતરી ન હતી. તે વિશે શ્રેષ્ઠ ભાગ તે મને ઓફર અનામી હતી. જો મેં કહ્યું કે હું ડરતો નથી, તો હું જૂઠું બોલીશ, પરંતુ સાંભળનાર જે રીતે મારી સાથે સહાનુભૂતિ બતાવતો હતો તે રીતે મને વાત કરી. પહેલી વાર મેં તેનો ઉપયોગ કર્યો ત્યારે, મેં લગભગ બે કલાક સુધી શ્રોતા સાથે વાતચીત કરી, જેમાં મેં મારા સૌથી ઊંડા રહસ્યો શેર કર્યા.”

તેઓ મને કહે છે કે તે રાત્રે ખૂબ જ લાંબા સમય પછી પ્રથમ વખત તેમને સારી ઊંઘ આવી હતી. ફક્ત કોઈએ તેમને સાંભળવા માટે અને કોઈપણ ઉત્તેજક પ્રશ્નો ન પૂછવાથી તે બધું ખૂબ સરળ બન્યું.

મિકુલ કહે છે કે તેઓ આગળ શું કરી શકે તે વિશે વિચાર-મંથન કરતી વખતે તેઓને ટાઈમ ડોનેશન કેમ્પનો વિચાર આવ્યો. આ 15મી જૂન, 2019 ના રોજ SSIP iHUB, નોલેજ કન્સોર્ટિયમ ઓફ ગુજરાત, નવરંગપુરા, અમદાવાદ ખાતે કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું.

આ બધું શું છે તે વિશે બોલતા, મિકુલ કહે છે, “આ શિબિરનો વિચાર સ્પેક્ટ્રમના બંને છેડાના લોકોને આમંત્રિત કરવાનો હતો-સમસ્યા શેર કરનારાઓ અને શ્રોતાઓ-અને શ્રવણ છેડેના લોકોને તેમની સમસ્યાઓ સાંભળવી હતી. જે લોકો તેમની પરિસ્થિતિઓનો સામનો કરવા માટે યોગ્ય ઉકેલો અને વૈકલ્પિક દ્રષ્ટિકોણ શેર કરવા અને પ્રદાન કરવા તૈયાર હતા.”

“ત્યારબાદ આપણે બધાએ સાંભળવાની જોમ સમજવાની અને નિમ્ન તબક્કામાંથી પસાર થઈ રહેલા લોકોના કાન બનવાની પ્રતિજ્ઞા લીધી.”

મિકુલ કહે છે કે શેર કરવા માંગતા લોકો કરતાં વધુ એવા લોકો હતા જેઓ પોતાનો સમય આપવા અને અન્યની સમસ્યા સાંભળવા તૈયાર હતા. જ્યારે તેમની પાસે લગભગ 60 લોકો હતા જેઓ તેમની લાગણીઓ શેર કરવા માંગતા હતા, ત્યાં 100 લોકો એવા હતા જેઓ તેમનો સમય દાન કરવા અને સમસ્યાઓ સાંભળવા આવ્યા હતા.

મેં 26 વર્ષીય આશિષ સાથે વાત કરી, જે શ્રોતાઓમાંના એક હતા, જેઓ આ કહેતા હતા, “હું ચાર મહિનાથી વધુ સમયથી શ્રોતા છું અને પ્રારંભિક પ્રેરણા માત્ર લોકો માટે હાજર રહેવાની અને તેમને સાંભળવાની હતી. હું અઠવાડિયામાં 4 કલાક જેટલો સમય આપું છું અને સામાન્ય રીતે રાત્રે આવું કરું છું. જ્યારે તેમને પૂછવામાં આવ્યું કે શું તેમને તેના માટે કોઈ તાલીમ મળી છે, તો તે કહે છે, “હા, એક તાલીમ મોડ્યુલ છે જેમાંથી પસાર થવું પડે છે અને એકવાર થઈ જાય પછી આપણે શ્રોતા બની શકીએ છીએ.”

તો કોઈ શ્રોતા કેવી રીતે બને છે અને તેઓ કઈ તાલીમમાંથી પસાર થાય છે, હું મિકુલને પૂછું છું.

“અમારી સ્ક્રિનિંગ પ્રક્રિયા એકદમ કડક છે, અને અત્યાર સુધીમાં, તેમાંથી માત્ર 1/3એ જ કટ કર્યો છે. શ્રોતાએ વપરાશકર્તાને પ્રતિબિંબિત પ્રશ્નો ફેંકવાની જરૂર છે અને કોઈ સૂચન આપવા અથવા પ્રશ્નો પૂછવાની જરૂર નથી,” તે કહે છે.

આ પછી, મનોવૈજ્ઞાનિક સાથે વિડિયો કૉલ કરવામાં આવે છે, જે એક રીતે એ પણ મૂલ્યાંકન કરે છે કે વ્યક્તિ શ્રોતા તરીકે ઑન-બોર્ડ થઈ શકે છે કે નહીં.

આ પ્લેટફોર્મ કેવા પ્રકારની અસર ઊભી કરવામાં વ્યવસ્થાપિત છે તે વિશે પૂછવામાં આવતા, મિકુલ દાવો કરે છે કે જ્યારે ટીમ વપરાશકર્તાઓ પાસેથી કોઈ ડેટા એકત્રિત કરતી નથી, ત્યારે તેઓ પાંચ આત્મહત્યાના પ્રયાસોને રોકવામાં સફળ રહ્યા છે, અને ઘણી વધુ મદદ કરી છે.

“એપને લોગ ઇન અને ડાઉનલોડ કરનાર વપરાશકર્તાઓની સંખ્યાને જોતાં, અમે કહી શકીએ કે અમે પ્લેટફોર્મ પર અમારી સાથે ચિંતાઓ શેર કરી હોય તેવા લગભગ 5000 થી વધુ લોકોને મદદ કરી છે અને આ લગભગ 70 પ્રશિક્ષિત શ્રોતાઓ દ્વારા કરવામાં આવ્યું છે.”

કેટલીકવાર આપણને ફક્ત એવી વ્યક્તિની જરૂર હોય છે જે આપણને સાંભળી શકે અને તેમ છતાં વ્યસ્ત સમયપત્રકને કારણે, સમય એક એવી વસ્તુ છે જે આપણે આપી શકતા નથી.

આવા સંજોગોમાં, આ પ્રકારનું પ્લેટફોર્મ જ્યાં તમને સાંભળવા માટે કોઈ હોય તે સમયની જરૂરિયાત છે.

જો તમે એન્ડ્રોઇડ યુઝર છો, તો તમે એપ ડાઉનલોડ કરવા માટે અહીં ક્લિક કરી શકો છો અથવા અહીં તેમની વેબસાઇટની મુલાકાત લઈને જોડાયેલા રહી શકો છો.

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Urgent Action needed for protecting villages from rising sea levels because of Global Warming (Sea Barrier Conservation Project)



A. Introduction

An extensive portion of the land alongside the sea at Dandi and further south along the coastline in the Kantha Vibhag area has a problem of sea erosion and sea water overflowing into agricultural lands and over time this area has become unusable because of the saltiness of the land (know as Khanjar). This will continue to be a bigger problem because of rising oceans. Seasonal Monsoon flooding is another problem that has to be addressed, flooding in the villages during the rainy season disrupts life and it takes months to recover, proper draining and preparedness for the annual rains will alleviate the issue.

There is now an increasing need to protect the coastline and inner areas of our gams from sea water and erosion, especially because of rising waters due to global warming. Sea Water that has been flowing into the Khanjar areas over the years has been turning good arable farm land into unusable land caused by salty sea water and sea erosion. This can readily be reversed by erecting natural sea barriers where sea water overflows into the land in the form of sand and rock barriers and mangrove vegetation. Fish farmers who currently use sea water can continue doing so by piping sea water to the required pond areas.

Any solutions implemented should take into consideration monsoon rains together with the problems of drainage and runoff of much needed fresh water into the sea, it may be desirable to store this water perhaps in a lake. A feasibility study of all possible solutions should be presented before any project is started, this will all be done with the help and collaboration of the regional government departments.

As part of the Tree Planting Project, thousands of trees should be planted on the Dandi coastline as protection against natural calamities like cyclone, hurricane, Tsunami, etc.

B. Key Issues

– Severe sea erosion problems in some areas on the beachfront and further inland
– Sea levels rising every year due to climate change
– the solution of P.P. Gabions is not suitable
– Protection by using tetrapod mays be part of the solution, though high cost may be an issue
– If protection work is carried out by larger size stones, Gabions, Tetrapods, Beach will loose its
natural beauty
– a study needs to be conducted before a solution is implemented
– requires a permanent long term solution
– time is of the essence, if the government is unable to help with a timely solution then a community funded solution will be the only alternative.

C. Potential Solutions and Opportunities

The one solution is to put up barriers that will prevent sea water from overflowing into land areas, these barriers should be as high as the height of the highest watermark during high tide multiplied by two, this will ensure a permanent long term solution. Routine maintenance has to be planned on a periodic basis, perhaps quarterly to ensure that the barriers are not compromised due to soil erosion and wave action.

Land Reclamation – preventing sea water from overflowing into the area and reversing the saltiness of the Khanjar area will suddenly make hundreds of acres of land available for farming and other non-agricultural uses.

D. Challenges

1. Currently, sea water is used by the fishing industry in ponds, continuation of this supply is necessary by providing piping from the coastal area to the inland ponds on a limited basis.
2. Funding for the project
3. If nothing is done then there is a threat the entre Kantha Vibhag area may be overrun with sea water and it will result in loss of farmland and habitat.

E. Project Implementation

– All work that has to be done should be conducted with the help and permission of the relevant government authorities.
– A detailed project plan and timeline should be established
– Proper project management and controls to be in place

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Purpose of the Website:

    1. First and foremost, is to recognize our roots and rich culture and heritage and social and community practices which is prevalent in all our communities around the world.
    2. Valuing and drawing up existing knowledge, skills and talents of the members of the Mandhata Community Globally.
    3.  Networking with each other, helping and guiding members and affiliated associations to optimise their abilities in order to fulfil set objectives.
    4. Addressing specific issues on their own merits and proven experiences.
    5. Develop and enhance the quality of life in our village areas in India by promoting education and development in all spheres of life.
    6. Record and Archive our roots and heritage and make it available globally.
    7. Promote Hindu Religious, Spiritual, Cultural and Social Practices
    8. Recognize and acknowledge achievements by our people around the world.
    9. Network and share Best Practices to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for our communities around the world by living in harmony with people and nature and to protect the environment.
    10. Make positive contributions to society in general and to all the people and countries that we live in, around the world

[n.b. If you would like to contribute material for the site (photos or documents) or to become an Editor, please send a message to the email account mandhataglobal@gmail.com.]


Mandhata Community – Who are We ???

Mandhata Community refers to all the Koli Patel Community people who originated from the Kantha Vibhag area in Navsari District of South Gujarat in India and also those who migrated to various overseas countries.

The first Koli Patel immigrants from Navsari District are recorded to have sailed for South Africa in 1860. Over the years since then many more joined them. Others traveled to Fiji and then to New Zealand as early as 1902. During the War years and later large numbers traveled to East Africa.

Initially they came to work on the plantations and to build roads and railways. As years passed the vast majority of them settled in the countries where they worked. The first immigrants were all young men who went back to their local villages to get married and return to be followed by their wives a little later.

It is these immigrants who identified themselves as Mandhata Community. It is estimated that they number over a hundred thousand. UK has over 40,000 settled mainly in large cities and are now involved in almost all professions and in every industry, as in other countries too.

A vast number of us settled overseas are now sixth and seventh generation. Even the later arrivals boast third and forth generation. Yet we have continued close relationship with our extended families in India. Most of us visit regularly and many have built homes on their ancestral land.

This site highlights the history and life of the Mandhata Patel Community.

Site Specifics

This site has been built using a web content management framework, this will enable many people around the world to contribute content without any programming skills, all that is required is basic computer skills, this will ensure that content is contibuted by our communities around the world and also will ensure independance, so that no one person is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the site. If you’d like to become a contributor, simply send an eMail message to our group email address, mandhataglobal.com. (exclude the period).

The site has been kept as simple as possible. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computing and internet will be able to interact. We are aware that a large number of you have a fund of knowledge to contribute to this site so that it can become a comprehensive repository of our history and heritage illustrated in words and pictures. In years to come this site would develop into a resource that our coming generations would refer to learn about their roots. We invite you to volunteer yourself as an administrator.

This site will be bilingual. We shall use English and Gujarati to reach as many of our people as possible.

On this site you will be able to read shorter articles in full, and where need be a .pdf version to copy. Large articles and other printed material will be in .pdf format for copying and printing.

Migration History


When in the quiet of the night the question arises in your mind as to who your forefathers were? Where did they come from? How did they live? And you desperately want to explore your roots, this website may help you..

Perhaps the obvious starting point of this inquiry could be our own first hand knowledge of the stories told by our fathers and grandfathers of their experiences in their villages and how they made it to the foreign lands all over the world.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

From their own lips we have heard how a few young men from the villages found construction jobs building railways in Surat and other nearby cities. Back in village for holidays their offers of help led more youths to join them. At work they came in contact with other peoples and particularly the English who valued their construction knowledge. This broadened their horizon. When opportunities came their way to work for railways in East Africa, plantations in South Africa and New Zealand many volunteered and packed their bags.

My paternal and maternal grandfathers both came to Mombasa, in East Africa to work on the Railways in 1919/21. They were perhaps among the first there and in their own words life was terrible. They lived in tents and were always in fear of the wild animals. For the first year or two they survived on boiled lentils with some pepper and salt. Later they grew chillies and ginger. Apart from bhajan singing in the dim light of a lantern, other entertainment was zero. Life in South Africa or New Zealand was no different. This was soon after the First World War period. Political power struggle was intense among the European powers and British were digging in wherever they went.

Period prior to the Second World War was the 2nd wave of immigration for our people. Passports were easily available and hundreds of youths leaving their families behind boarded sea-going clippers and left in search of a better life. A number of them perished and for the many who made it, life was very, very hard in every respect. Homesickness gripped many.

Read further about our History in the articles below.

1A. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Ashok U Patel – 2nd Edition (April 2021) – English

1B. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Ashok U Patel – 2nd Edition (April 2021) – Gujarati

1C. Read/Download the story of India’s Historic People by Keshavbhai J Patel – 1st Edition (201)

2. Read/Download the Early Katha Migration in Gujarati by Maganbhai B Karadia

3. Read/Download ‘Our Finest Patriotic Years by Maganbhai B Karadia

4. Read/Download ‘Koli Samaj, a Historical Perspective’ by Dr. Arjun Patel

5. Read/Download ‘ History of Koli/Mandhata Patel People’


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Coastal Area new Dandi

Coastal Area near Dandi

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Bridge near Aatgam

Bridge near Aatgam



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Karadi School

Karadi School

School Children during Assembly - Karadi School

School Children during Assembly – Karadi School

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Youth Leadership and Educational Seminar


Shree Amratbhai Jerambhai Patel (in blue Shirt) And Shreemati Taraben Amratbhai Patel of Machhad are residents in USA. Both are generous donors of our Samaj. They visit Gam almost every year and sponsor a number of project in Machhad, other Kantha Vibhag gams. They are particularly interested in educational projects which we organise year after year. Their generous sponsorship help students with scholarships and various educational seminars for the students. This Leadership Seminar was hosted by them and was held on 12th April 2014.




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