TORONTO: The crème de la crème of the local Gujarati community gathered in a cozy restaurant in Scarborough on Monday for the world-launch of Dr Mafatbhai Patel’s book titled `Canada: Mari Dhrishtiye’ (In My Views).
`Canada: Mari Dhrishtiye’ is a wonderful novel by Dr Patel who is a known figure and social worker of the community.
Among the successful community leaders whose profiles have been included in this wonderful book are:
. Mr Keshav Chanderia, well known philanthropist, winner of Order of Ontario and an activist for persons with disabilities as well as the matter of childhood education to name a few achievements.
· Mr. Chandrakant Thakkar, the founder and CEO of Geetanjali Group and well know Swaminarayn community member
· Major Shree Prem Rawal, who has proudly served in the Canadian armed forces.
“`Canada: Mari Dhrishtiye’ works as literary fuel for the coming Gujarati generations abroad and in India,’’ said award-winning art director Tushar Unadkat, launching the book.
“This is a profound contribution to the community that makes a significant statement about 33 Gujarati community leaders and their influence in Canadian society,” said Unadkat.
“I’m humbled and honored to be included in this family of movers and shakers,’’ he said, bowing to the author.
Dr. Mafatbhai is a man of many parts. He is a writer, educator, journalist and a social activist. Besides being an author of over 50 books, he is multi-lingual with fluency in Hindi, Gujarati, English as well as Sanskrit.
He retired as a psychology professor at Sardar Vallabbhai Patel Arts College in Ahmedabad. He has been a proud Indian representative at many international conferences.
He has traveled to many countries and written many books on his experiences.
“Shakti and Samrudhi no desh – Israel”, “Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand no pravas”, “Dubai na Gujaratiyo”, “Australia ma Gujaratiyo”, and “Canada: Mari Dhrishtiye” (launched on July 28, 2013), are the titles of some of his famous books.
He has interviewed more than 500 Gujaratis from different countries. Based on these interviews, he has written two most popular books are “Videsho ma patidaro” and “Pardeshe pangarti Gujarati pratibhao”.
Apart from being a writer, Dr. Mafatbhai is also a social worker who has fought against social evils such as dowry and child marriage.
Curiously, he took a vow to spend only Rs 100 on his marriage and he kept it. He did not accept any gold or dowry in his marriage.
Breaking rigid social customs, he stopped his nephew’s child marriage by calling the police. This shows his vision and determination.
Whatever he plans, he completes them successfully. He is a person who follows what he preaches.
Community service is Mafatbhai’s premier goal and he has selflessly devoted himself to serving others.
For 20 years, he has been a member and later president of the municipality. He was the leader of the opposition. He was the chairman of education. He never tolerated corruption. As the chairperson of education, he improved the education system and schools.
There are more than 200 articles on his success in many areas.
Dr Patel has been the editor of newspapers such as “Dharti”, “Manogat”, “Hinsa Virodh”.
In his retirement, he is the editor of an education magazine called “Achala”. The media has rightly described him as selfless, humble, frank and free from blot.