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A message from GST

   With heavy heart and deepest sorrow, we share the sad news of Nitiben Chhaya’s passing on April 9, 2021.

   Nitiben had certainly touched our hearts with her compassion and caring personality. Nitiben was a blessed soul and did everything in her power to do good in this world. She was pioneer in starting the Hindu Senior Citizens of South Jersey (HSCSJ) and helped manage the association for several years. She was a founding member and past President of Gujarati Samaj of Tristate (GST). She was our guiding light in building GST. She was an accomplished individual and all of us looked up to her as a mentor and she would always steer us in the right direction.

   Nitiben was an avid reader and an accomplished writer and poet. Many of you may have read her articles and poems in GST’s ‘Abhushan’ magazine, of which she was one of the editors. This passion is passed on to her granddaughter who is picking up everything that her ‘nani’ started.

With warm regards,
GST Board of Directors

Below is the final message from her granddaughter, Anaiya, to her as she lay in the hospital bed.

   ‘I love you nani and I know you aren’t doing well right now. I hope everything goes alright. I want you to know how much I love you and I also wanted to tell you this.

   If I could give you one thing in life it would be the ability to see yourself through my eyes because only then would you be able to realize how incredibly special you are and how much you mean to me. If I don’t see you after this, I just want to say thank you for making me a better person every day and giving me the honor of being your granddaughter. you inspire me more than anyone ever has by being such a strong and smart and fearless woman. never forget how much you have accomplished in your life and how much you’ve overcome. and I’ve never had a best friend like you. again, I hope everything goes as planned but I love you to the moon and back.

love, Anaiya.’
 

A message from GST

      This year has been different from any other, challenging and uncertain. While it is impossible to predict how events will unfold in the coming weeks and months, we are here to support our community members.

      The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our work and social fabric. Most of us cannot travel to see our family and friends. We cannot share a meal or celebrate festivals. Human interactions in a social setting are sorely missed by all of us. Zoom and Google meet can help but cannot fulfill our need to meet our dear ones. These are stressful times and community and social organizations can help mitigate these circumstances.

      This Pandemic has highlighted the importance of community and social events. We are social beings, gregarious in nature so have deeply missed Gujarati Samaj events this year. We have missed seeing young dancers showcase their talent in 'Anandmela', young musicians and singers in 'Chote Sitare', and celebrating 'Diwali' with our friends and extended family.

      But hope is around the corner. New treatments and vaccines for coronavirus are making rapid progress. Our scientists, doctors and first responders will triumph and we will have community events soon and meet in person.

      Gujarati Samaj of Tri-State wishes you all a very Happy Diwali and happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Stay safe.

With warm regards,
Amrita Desai, President &
GST Board of Directors