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Chitranjan (Aku) Patel (1965-1968)

I was born in Nairobi and went to Park Road Primary, Eastleigh Secondary and Jamhuri High schools. At Eastleigh I remember Mr. Mendonca’s great style of teaching English Language and Literature with humour – as also Mr. Xavier D’Souza’s teaching on cruise control in Physics! I played cricket for Congo House (later captained) and the school team. I started, with Parveen Kapila, the famous ESS Film Society & Photography Club. I earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Bath University. After two years of engineering research, I undertook an MBA at Cornell University, New York.

I joined our family firm in Kenya & UK in 1980 trying on various ventures including gold mining in the Klondike fields of Yukon. In 1982 I migrated to Houston, Texas and started a fine jewellery business in Houston and Jackson Heights, New York (www.Karat22.com).

I married Meena in 1977. We have a son and a daughter. Anant (married to Girija Bhargava) has joined me in my business. Our daughter Rachna (married to Sanjay Alwani) lives in Saint Maarten Island in the Caribbean. She is also in the jewellery business. If anyone is on a cruise or happens to be on that island, please see her at Little Europe Jewellers and she will show you the best of the island! We are grandparents to Ishwari (age 5) & Avyay (age 1½). I am lucky to have made lifelong friends at ESS with whom I get together every few years. Jai Swaminarayan!

- As of May 2017

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