August 2020 Newsletter

Messages/Updates From Media Team


We hope you were able to enjoy our Samaj’s Vishnu Katha this year which we were able to provide via YouTube. This was made possible thanks to Ketanbhai Natwarbhai attending daily to broadcast the Katha. He is vital member of the Media Team who often is doing background work for us.

August saw the government introduce the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, which was introduced to help boost the economy as well helping life return to somewhat normal for most people. The official scheme ended on the 31st August 2020, however there are a few places which are continuing to carry this out. We have heard some restaurants are still carrying the scheme on (List below – All restaurant’s names are clickable links).

We have done our best to check these by visiting their websites. Please do ring and check with each individual place if you are planning on going and confirm their scheme. 

๐™‰๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™’๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ

Coffee2Cocktails – ยฃ10 off pp – Tues – Thurs
BANG BANG Oriental Food Hall – 20% off โ€ชMon – Thursโ€ฌ throughout Sept & Oct 
Sakonis (Harrow – Others may take part, please contact them) – 30% off – Mon – Wed
Social Dhaba (Hatch End) – ยฃ5 off per person – Mon-Fri
Namaste Lounge – 25% off – all of Sept
The Seven Harrow – 25% off – Mon – Wed

Spice Rack Lounge – 25% off – Tues – Thurs

Punjabi Junction (Owned by Samaj Member, Kaajalben Yasvantbhai)- 15% off on dine in (food only) upto ยฃ10pp – Mon, Wed & Fri


๐˜พ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ก ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ & ๐™๐™๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ

Benares – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Bombay Bustle ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Chai Thali Indian Street Food: Bar & Restaurant – 20% off – Mon – Thurs
The Duck and Rice – ยฃ10 off pp – Tues & Wed first two weeks of Sept
Fortnum & Mason – BOGOF on afternoon tea
Gymkhana London – 20% off your bill
The Shard – Hutong – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Jamavar London – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Kai Mayfair – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Kanishka – ยฃ10 off pp – Tues – Thurs & Sun
ROKA (Canary Wharf & Charlotte Street) – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
The Mayfair Chippy – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Trishna London – 20% off the bill at selected times
Cinnamon Collection – ยฃ10 off pp – Tues – Thurs
1947 London – ยฃ10 off pp – Tues – Thurs
Veeraswamy – ยฃ10 off when spending ยฃ60pp – Mon – Wed


Bills Restaurant – 50% off set menu
Boxpark (Wembley, Croydon & Shoreditch) – 20% off – Mon – Wed
Dirty Martini – Bottomless brunch – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Farzi Cafรฉ London – ยฃ10 off pp- Mon to Sat until 13 Sept
Flesh & Buns – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Thurs
Harvester – 50% off mains until 9th Sept – Mon – Wed
Homeslice Pizza – ยฃ10 off pp – all of Sept
Kricket (White City, Soho & Brixton) – 50% off – unlimited on Mondays
My Old Dutch Pancake House – ยฃ10 off pp – Tues – Wed
Peggy Porschen Cakes – ยฃ10 off – Mon – Wed
Pizza Pilgrims – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
Prezzo – Two courses for ยฃ10 – Mon – Wed
Pizza Hut – 2-FOR-1 – Mon – Wed
Thai Square – ยฃ10 off pp – Mon – Wed
The Gate Restaurants – ยฃ10 off PP – Mon – Wed & Thurs – Fri for Lunch Only

Vapiano – From ยฃ10 for main and drink – Mon – Wed

Please remember, that whatever you do, you take precautions and stay safe doing it all.

If you have any questions or queries please do email us at


Samaj News/Updates


In this section we will post Samaj news and updates from the committee, which are for the whole community, but of a non-urgent nature.

Vishnu Katha:

We would like to say a massive thank you to Taranbhai Bhikhabhai Patel for reciting the Katha, as well as a thank you to all the volunteers and attendees who helped make the Katha a huge safe and successful event. 


The Athia Samaj Committee would like to wish all those who are slowly going to begin their studies, from primary school through to university, this September, the very best of luck! It’s definitely going to be a challenge during these unprecedented times, however we’re sure all will be able to adapt. 

Manibhai Maisuria turns 100! :

Manibhai Maisuria turned 100 years old on Friday 14th August 2020. To celebrate, their family held a safe close family event, as well as this, the committee sent a fruit basket as our gift to him and wished he remains healthy and well. He is a well known friend of the Athia Samaj UK Community, and has been for many many years. Many will know him for doing our Babri’s (first haircuts).

Our committee member, Satishbhai Chhotubhai, with the help of Manibhai’s family, has been able to provide us with some history of Manibhai. This is of his origins and arrival to the UK, to his connections with our community and his life overall. 

Below you will see the questions asked, and the answers provided by Manibhai himself, followed by pictures of Manibhai from past and present.

1. When and where was he born, country and village; How did he end up in Bhagwanpura and how long did he stay there, was he with his family members?

I was born in Mahuva district Surat on the 14th of August 1920. We moved to our government allocated house in Bhagwanpura when I was 6 months old. There were altogether 4 of us including myself, my parents, and my kaka.

I lived in Bhagwanpura, throughout my childhood, attending school up till 3rd grade and in 1933, at the age of 13, I first went to Kenya with my cousin, my mama son. My parents sent me to Kenya for me to get an education and learn a profession, so I that I would have a better life then they had. They did not want me to work in the village, scratching a subsistence living.

I returned to India in 1940 and lived in Bhagwanpura until 1947. I got married during this period and had my first child Manju. I was not able to return to Kenya due to the war and took over from my father’s barbers trade.

In 1947 I returned to Kenya for the second time on my own and came back to India in 1953. After the birth of my second daughter Bhanu, I left again for Kenya in 1954.

In 1962 I left Kenya for the last time, never to return, and during the period 1962 to 1967, my son Kaushik and daughter Jyotsna were born in Bhagwanpura. After the birth of my daughter, I left India for the final time to settle in the UK in 1967.

During all my trips to Kenya and England, I left my family back in Bhagwanpura. First, my parents when I went to learn a trade, then my wife and children who stayed behind to look after my parents. Only after my parents and kaka had passed away, did I call my wife and children to come and settle with me in the England, in 1970.

2. What were his parent’s names?

Father, Mr Mangabhai Mittal Maisuria and Mother, Mrs Ratenben Manga Maisuria.

3. How many brothers and sisters did he have, and what were their names?

I was the youngest of three siblings. I had two older sisters and two brothers, sadly my brothers died in their youth. Medical care was not readily available in those days and a lot of children died from preventable diseases.

My sister’s names were Laxmiben and Kashiben, they were both considerably older than me and got married before we left Mahuva for Bhagwanpura.

4. When did he get married to his wife and her name, and when did his wife pass away?

I got married to my Late wife Gajraben Ghelabhai who was born in Rangoon, Burma in 1940 in her village Dhamka. She left us on 16th September 2001.

Gajraben was living in Damka village, near Hazira, Surat. They Left Burma in the late 1930’s. My cousin, Bhagabhai, my masi’s son was married to Laliben, Gajraben’s sister, so through family connection we had an arranged marriage.

5. How many children do you have and their names?

I have three daughters and one son.

Manju Ishwar Maisuria, Bhanu Pravin Maisuria, Kaushik Mani Maisuria and Jyotsna Mani Maisuria.

6. His recollection of the 2nd world war 1939-1945 and did he have to do military service?

Living in the village there was little to no information about what was happening in the wider world.

For me, the direct effect of the war was not being able to travel back to Kenya in the early 1940’s due to closure of the shipping lanes.

After the war, I was able to travel back to Kenya in 1947, and here I have a story of kindness which was shown to me by the people of Bhagwanpura. Basically, I had booked my trip back and paid my deposit but did not have the 200 rupees for the final payment for my passage.

My income in those days consisted of been paid in grain, as was the custom. My payment was 25KG of wheat per annum for every male member of the household in the village for attending to their barber’s needs and of their children and any guest. I was not paid in cash and so I had little money, and all my earnings from Kenya were exhausted.

So, on the day before my departure, I was sitting on my veranda looking incredibly sad when passing by Lalabhai Kanji, on his way to attend his fields saw me. He asked me, Manibhai why are you looking so glum. I told him my predicament and he asked me to come to the mandir in the evening, it happened to be Holi that day. When I got there, he had spoken to other members of the community and from the mandir’s coffers, they gave me a loan of 300 rupees. It was a small amount for them but made a huge difference to me. I used the money to travel to Kenya and repaid them from my earnings. I will never forget that.

7. When did he come to the UK and where was his 1st home?

I came to the UK in 1967. I lived at Prabhubhai’s house at Liddell Gardens, like so many others before and after me.

My wife and children came to the UK in 1970. The agent who had booked their flights did not send me the telegram to inform me they were on their way; he just kept the money!

When they arrived at Heathrow airport, my wife, my teenage daughter and my two younger children, 7 and 4 at the time, found there was no one to meet them at the airport. They waited and waited. Finally, a Muslim taxi driver seeing that they had been waiting for many hours approached my wife and asked her if he could help. She was reluctant at first, but since there was no sign of me and no way of communicating with me, she put her trust in god and gave him a letter I had written to her which had my address. He brought them to where I was staying on that cold and drizzly night, to Denzel Road in Willesden. He told them to wait in the car and came to the door, he first made sure I was the right person and then thoroughly admonished me for not meeting my family on arrival at Heathrow. Once I had explained that I did not know they were coming, he was reassured. I will never forget the kindness shown by that man to my family.

8. What jobs did he do and when did he retire?

I first worked at a Bakery in Park Royal for approximately 2 years and then at TI Spare Gas Ltd aka Ascot, which was located where IKEA is today, until my retirement in 1985. 

And as well as my full-time job(s), I worked cutting hair late into the night every weekend for most of my working life in the UK, earning the equivalent of my weekly full-time wage.

9. How many grandchildren and great grandchildren does he have?

I have 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

10. How has he seen the world change, for better or worse?

The world has changed for the better. Access to medicine. Better roads in India. More opportunities for people from all casts and creed.

11. Secrets and tips to enjoy a long and healthy life?

You are what you eat, so eat simple wholesome food. Avoid too much oil and fried food. Exercise daily. Have a routine. Do not overindulge because something is your favourite, eat and drink in moderation.

Community Member Messages


In this section we will post messages from community members given to us, which we have been asked to send to the whole community, but of a non-urgent nature.

We have had no messages for the Samaj for this newsletter.

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