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In loving memory of our dear Director
Obituary
In memory of a true good friend
Straight from the heart
First Again
Mr.President
Jeena brimgs joy to India
Logistics professionals at work
Seminars & Workshops
Watermaker India
On a different pitch


Cupid strikes
And the stork visits...
Many happy returns of the day
Master of the Game
New Appointment
Mr.Responsibility
Snippets
Focus On Solutions Not On Problems
We have moved
Going, Going, Gone!
 
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In Loving Memory of Our Dear Director
     
     
Serene and silent
came the call
Your sudden death
shocked us all
Till memory fails
and life departs
You will live forever
in our hearts


Happy and smiling,
always content
Loved and respected
wherever you went
Always so thoughtful,
loving and kind
What a beautiful memory
you left behind!

 
MR. ADI J. KATGARA
10 July 1928 - 05 March 2004
 
From the staff of
Travel Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd.
 
Obituary
     
Starting his career in 1947 with Jeena & Company, the first Indian travel agency, founded by his grandfather in 1900, Mr. Adi J Katgara with his vision and prescience turned it into a leading freight forwarding company today.
 
A visionary and pioneer in the development and promotion of tourism, Mr. Adi J Katgara Founder Director of Travel Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd. was a well-known personality in the field, both within India and internationally.
 
He was associated with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) for a period of over 50 years and was unanimously elected Director of the International Division of ASTA in 1976. He was the first Indian and Asian to have held this prestigious position.
 
In recognition of his services to the industry, he was honoured by numerous prestigious organisations and received several awards: “Pioneer of the Pacific” and the “ Award of Merit” from PATA. The Travel Agents Association of India conferred on him its highest honour, the prestigious 'Agastya Award'
 
Indian Association of Tour Operators, the “Hall of Fame Award”. In 1997 he was presented with the very first “ International Travel Agent of the Year” award at the ASTA World Travel Congress. He also received a special award from TAAI, commemorating 50 years of his service to the travel and tourism industry.
 
He was the Chairman of the Tourism Sub-Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Tourism Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber for a number of years. He was also associated with ASSOCHAM & FICCI on their Tourism Advisory Committees.
 
His indomitable spirit combined with his largesse was an inspiration to the industry and his grand vision for tourism in India, which motivated all, will be cherished and perpetuated.
     
Rest in eternal peace, dear AJK. The void that you have left behind will indeed be difficult to fill.
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In Memory of a True Good Friend...
 

Our ADI

   
In life one meets someone spectacular, A person so noble and kind, Created in a mould God sets aside For a diamond, hard to find. All who were lucky to meet him, Benefited from the aura of his mind. And such a human was Our Adi, A jewel in the midst of mankind!
   
Oh, that fine man, Our Adi, Unparalled in every way Distinguished, composed, gentle, Happy at work or play. I am sure all who knew him, loved him, For his charm, his warmth, his mirth, And even those who only met him once, Soon learnt his real worth!
 
That man was purely selfless, His help so many will miss, Quiet manner, calm composure, Pure magic that was bliss. And now the great man leaves the scene With so much beauty inspired, His memory remains, his deeds outshine, Much soul-searching required!
 
Great family man, sincere true friend, T’would be difficult to beat him At the game of life, without much strife– And sincerely they’d treat him To the love and respect that he had earned, Which he’d reciprocate as required, Like the true good human soul we loved, Adi Katgara, we admired!
 
- By Jimmy Khambatta
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Straight from the heart
It is the end of an era and the heart bleeds.
- Ketayun S. Desai                
 

In this issue we are pleased to announce that we have achieved a first of sorts by being the first Custom House Agent (CHA) in India to have complied with the ICEGATE formalities required by Indian Customs. We are also the first CHA in Mumbai to have set up a full fledged office for sea freight operations from Dronagiri. We have successfully completed our first year of partnership with FedEx. And of course, our Partner, Mr. Sam Katgara is the first Indian to be elected Chairman of FAPAA.

  - Editor
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First Again
Shipping Bill Annexures in electronic format (via email) were required to be filed on-line on Indian customs site – ICEGATE as per requirements of Indian Customs from August 2003. We are happy to announce that Jeena Delhi was the first Custom House Agent (CHA) to have successfully complied with this requirement with other Jeena offices following suit.
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Mr. President
 
Following in the footsteps of his illustrious father, the Late Nari J. Katgara, who was the Founder Member of the Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI), Sam Katgara has done Jeena proud by being unanimously elected President for a tenure of two years commencing October 2003.
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Jeena Brings Honor To India
Federation of Asia Pacific Agents Association (FAPAA) consists of all the National Air Cargo Associations of countries in Asia Pacific viz. Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The main purpose of this body is to discuss and sort out common international issues in the entire regions of South East Asia and Asia Pacific. Since its inception in 1986, India had the proud privilege of hosting the FAPAA Executive Council Meeting in Mumbai approximately a decade ago.
 
 
Circa 2003, in the month of October, in the last Executive Council Meeting held in Katmandu, the President of the Air Cargo Agents' Association of India, Mr. Sam Katgara was unanimously elected as the Chairman of FAPAA. This is the first time since the inception of FAPAA, that an Indian has been so honored with the responsibility of being appointed as Chairman of FAPAA.
 
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Logistics Professionals at Work
   
The sales team of Mumbai Airport Office comprising of Ajay Suri, Jairam Sivaramakrishnan and Rajendra Rao, accepted the challenge of a Herculean assignment where a 50-ton piece of a time-sensitive cargo was to be transported from JNPT to Shaibabad works for Times of India. The whole operation which started from moving the consignment from the port to a feeder trailor and then shifting the same to the vehicle, which needed to pull the consignment right up to the destination was certified to be as per International standards by a German Surveyor appointed by the shipper. The operation went on non-stop for 19 hours with the movement tapped on hourly basis and the mission accomplished to the entire satisfaction of our valued customer!
 
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Seminars & Workshops
Mr. Hector Patel, Manager NVOCC, was invited by the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce & Industry to participate in the Exim Orientation Programme. Speaking on the changing role of CHAs and Freight Forwarders, Hector held a rapt audience spell bound with his proficiency on the subject.
 
A two-day workshop on 'REALISING MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY' and 'MANAGING CUSTOMER SERVICE' was conducted at Jeena Bangalore and attended mainly by Heads of Department and their teams. This gave the participants a platform to widen their horizons, interact in group discussions and make presentations on Improving Customer Service, which is the very essence of our industry.
 
Similar workshops were conducted at Chennai, Pune & Goa offices and are being encouraged at other Branches as well.
Mr. Jyoti S Abrol,
Dy. Manager Air Exports, Jeena Delhi,
has topped the DG (Dangerous Goods)
Refresher Training Course with 96%.
Congratulations!
Collections are more important than selling.
Liquidity is more important than profitability.
Number of profitable companies have been sold world over for lack of liquidity,
but the reverse has not happened.
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WaterMaker India  
 
In yet another pioneering venture, the Katgara Group introduced the concept of WaterMaker in our country. Manufactured by Atmospheric Water Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Electric and Gas Technology Inc. U.S.A., Watermaker is a U.S. patented proprietary product known as the Infinite Fountain of Water, which produces potable water from the atmospheric air by capturing water vapour before it even touches the earth. Owned by the Katgara Group, WaterMaker India has been appointed G.S.A. for India by WaterMaker Asia, the sole agents for marketing and generating sales for WaterMaker in India, Bangla Desh and Pakistan to promote sales of this latest technology brought to India for the very first time. Displayed at the 5th Water Asia 2003 Exhibition at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, the concept has been a grand success and enquiries have been flooding in! Interested readers may visit us at www.watermakerasia.com. The WaterMaker Team at Water asia '03, held recently in Delhi.
 
Standing L to R:
Mrs. Meher Bhandara, partner WaterMaker India, Mr.Coung,Engineer AWT, USA
 
Seated L to R:
Mr.Pallan Katgara, President WaterMaker Asia, USA, Mr.Adi Katgara, Partner WaterMaker India and Mr.Daniel Zimmerman, President and CEO, atmospheric Water Technologies Inc. USA
 
 
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On a different pitch

Come rain or shine, Jeena is never behind! Stealing the show from our competitors and roughing it up in inclement weather, the much hyped Ferrari of Sachin Tendulkar was air-freighted by none other than our Mumbai Airport Office alongwith our business counterpart ABX Saima, Italy, adding yet another feather to our overcrowded cap.

 
 
The Master Blaster flanked by Jeena personnel with his mean machine in the background
 
 
Give Me Red! The 360 Modena F1 in capable hands
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Cupid Strikes  
 
After searching far and wide for a suitable bride, Noshir Wadia, Manager CMS (Cash Management Systems), Corporate Office, found a soul-mate in Tanaz Kaka. Although their quest for true love ended when they met, may the love in their lives never end! After his marriage to Tanaz on 2nd December 2003, Noshir now has another CMS portfolio to handle at home as “Cash Manager of Spouse”.
 
Married Bliss. Noshir and Tanaz on their wedding day
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And the stork visits
  • Ashwini and Ashish Parulekar, Asst. Manager, Corporate Office have been blessed with a baby boy on November 10, 2003.
  • Gunjan and Ajay Suri, Regional Manager, Sales, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Anshika, born on January 6, 2004.
Congratulations!
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Many happy returns of the day
 
 
Man in Blue - Mr. Sam Katgara, Partner Jeena & Company, flanked by Ms. Veronica Rose, Branch Manager, Jeena Goa and Mr. Prafulla Deshpande, General Manager, Jeena Pune with party revellers
 
On August 29, 2003, Jeena Goa celebrated five years of existence by hosting a memorable evening for their valued clients and other distinguished guests which included Customs and Port officials, Sam Katgara, Partner personally flew down to join the festivities and offer a vote of thanks to all those who have helped our Goa Office cross many a hurdle and make a mark in the industry.
 
The event was a great success and Jeena Goa certainly looks forward to celebrating its centenary!
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Master of the game
 
 
After having successfully handled the 32nd National Games in December 2002, Jeena Hyderabad was once again awarded the contract to handle the 1st Afro Asian Games held in Hyderabad in November 2003. Fifty-seven tons of cargo consisting of lighting equipment, lasers, space-cannons and costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were brought in by two chartered flights. Jeena Hyderabad successfully completed all customs and clearance formalities and ground logistics, re-exporting the cargo to U.K. on conclusion of the Games.
 
Loading of container at Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad
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New Appointment
 
Mr. Ravi Kannan has joined us as Manager Logistics, bringing with him a gold mine of experience. Since he has been associated with a leading shipping group representing top shipping lines of the world as General Manager IT with additional responsibilities of Logistics as well, the Logistics at Jeena could not be in more capable hands!

Welcome to the Jeena family!
  Mr. Ravi Kannan

Mr.Responsibility
   
Our readers need no introduction to Ajay Suri who has been hogging the limelight in the recent issues with his achievements. Not inclined to rest on his laurels he has climbed yet another rung on the ladder of success. From Sales Executive to Sales Manager - Mumbai Airport Office, Ajay has charted the course of his career with leaps and bounds and is now shouldering the onerous responsibilities of all-India Business Development for Jeena. Attaboy Ajay, keep it up!

  Mr. Sam Katgara
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Snippets
KIZOMBA-B, a project for Thermal Systems / Alstoms was handled by Jeena Hyderabad. The 70-ton cargo was transported in three low bed trailors and six semi low bed trailors by road to Chennai.






Mr. Dara Hormusji, Branch Manager, Jeena Hyderabad (left) with Mr. Ramachandra Rao of Thermal Systems

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Focus on Solutions, Not on Problems
When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn’t work at zero gravity. (Ink won’t flow down to the writing surface) In order to solve this problem, they hire Andersen Consulting. It took them one decade and 12 million dollars. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, under water, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.
 
The Russians used a pencil...
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We have moved
 
The Sea Exports Division of Jeena & Company, Delhi has relocated to:
   
  B 34 A Mahipal Pur Extension,
Vasant Kunj Road, New Delhi 110 037.
Tel: 91-11-26788875/76/77
Fax: 26788872
   
Jeena - Bangalore have shifted their Air/Sea Export, Sales & Accounts Departments to:
   
  Oxford Chamber, 1st Floor,
No. 8, Rustum Bagh Road,
Kodihalli, Bangalore 560 017.
Tel: 5125 6365 / 5125 6366 / 5125 6447
Fax: 5125 6448
   
and have relocated their Air/Sea Import, Consol & Custom Clearance Departments to:
   
  Contract House, Nal Wind Tunnel Road,
Murgeshpalaya, Bangalore – 560 017.
Tel: 5115 8464 to 5115 8467
Fax: 5115 8468
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Going, Going, Gone!
 
Approximately 35 kms from the outskirts of Mumbai, in the vicinity of the Nhava Sheva Port, Dronagiri is fast emerging as a centre for sea freight operations.
 
In a major move (pun unintended), the staff of our Mumbai Sea Freight Office under the aegis of Khushrow Major, Manager – Seafreight, have shifted lock, stock and barrel to their new office at Dronagiri which was formally inaugurated by Mr. Sam Katgara on November 7, 2003, coinciding with the birthday of Late Nari J Katgara, Senior Partner, Jeena & Company.
 

Jeena is incidentally the first CHA at Dronagiri to have set up a full fledged office for sea freight operations at the Freight Forwarders’ Premises, Unit Nos. 707 to 711, 7th Floor, Plot No. 5, Sector 1, Dronagiri, Uran District, Raigad, Navi Mumbai – 400 707. (Tel: 91-22-27470300, 27470331/332/334, Fax: 2747 0304).

 
Great going guys!
 
Some people bring happiness wherever they go.
Others bring happiness whenever they go.
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