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Straight from the Heart
At your Service
A Milestone In Manifest!
Flying Colours
We've Done It Again!
Service With A Smile
We Have Shifted

New Appointments
On the Move
In Appreciation
25 Years
Come Rain... Or Shine...
Human Relations
Happy Meal
Happy & Prosperous 2006
Straight From the Heart

Apart from gathering trophies for our achievements like a schoolboy collects stamps, we have also rubbed shoulders with royalty and savored the fruition of our dream of having an in-house ERP system. Thanks to Mr. Homyar Desai and his team of dedicated dudes, we have revolutionized our entire ERP set-up to arrive at a system which has been appropriately christened – HOMYAR. We also take this opportunity to place on record our appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Sharad Todi and his team at Direction, without whom this mission would not have been possible.

And with the completion of a different revolution around the sun, we wish all our readers new beginnings, better tomorrows and a well-deserved respite from nature’s furies across the world.

Hope springs eternal.

- Ketayun S. Desai 

It has been some years since Jeena has nurtured the dream of having a State-of-the-Art tailor made ERP system to suit our requirements. Our Jeena core team comprising of various personnel from all the fields of our business took up the challenge of turning this dream into reality in the year 2002, dedicating their time, knowledge and expertise in evolving a program conducive to our needs. An equally sincere and committed team from Direction under the able guidance of their Project Manager, Mr. Sharad Todi developed the entire software, extending full support from day one, accompanying the Jeena team to our various Branches for system study and ensuring the successful implementation of the system. Mr. Homyar Desai, Manager I.T., Jeena & Company, spearheaded this mission and with his constant endeavors with his team of expertise, we have achieved our goal of having an in-house ERP system on an all India basis. Many a personnel who were involved in this development came and went but Homyar stood by as a pillar of strength to see this through. As a well-earned tribute to his dedication and hard work, we have proudly named our ERP System ‘HOMYAR”.

The Jeena Implementation Team in one of their lighter moments at the Taj Mahal, Agra
Seated (L to R) Nimesh Shah, G. D. Walimbe, Ashish Parulekar, Cyrus Mehta (cross-legged) & Gayomard Driver.
Standing (L to R) Homyar Desai, Kamlakant Bodke, Nilesh Chavan & Ravishankar Pai.
  • Happily he set forth to accomplish a mission,
  • Of enriching our patrons with a revolutionary vision.
  • Molded from many a brainstorming session,
  • Yielding returns in a never before fashion.
  • At last with Direction, persistence and intentions well-meant,
  • Raring to go with Jeena’s Integrated Systems Management

        Incidentally, HOMYAR - the system, is not the only baby of the Implementation Team. During the course of developing the system, there were other in-house productions as well! Mr. Ashish Parulekar and Mr. Mahendra Dubey from the Jeena Team were blessed with a baby boy and baby girl respectively while Mr. Lakshmi Borwal from the Direction Team became the proud papa of a delightful son!

        May God shower His choicest blessings on all four babies!

At Your Service
Mr. Percy Wadia, Manager – Finance, Corporate Office attended a workshop on Service Tax held under the auspices of the Western India Regional Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The course provided a broad insight on the various aspects of Service Tax including various procedures to be followed for registration, payments,
filing of Returns, record maintenance, Cenvat Credit, etc. The speakers included eminent Chartered Accountants & Consultants of Service Tax. A written test on the previous session’s topics was held and Percy received the first prize for securing full marks in one of the tests. He was also invited to give a vote of thanks to the Speaker for the day.

Mr. Percy Wadia receiving the first prize.
...offering a vote of thanks.

Speedmark completed 20 years of achievements and accomplishments and celebrated their success at an Anniversary bash in Singapore. We wish them greater triumphs in the near and distant future.



Mr. Sam Katgara presenting a memento to Mr. Paul Teo (centre) and Mr. Jerry Chng, Managing Directors of Speedmark

A Milestone in Manifest!

On December 13, 2005, Mumbai Seafreight Office achieved a record high of handling 107 jobs, the highest number ever handled in a single day by any Seafreight Office in Jeena!

Congratulations to the Sea Exports team for their achievement! Keep up the good work guys

Flying Colours
Tukaram S. Gawde, son of Mr. Sitaram T. Gawde, our Godown Keeper, at Mumbai Airport Office came out with flying colors in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination with 88.93% marks. By the dint of his ability and sheer hard work, Tukaram has commendably topped Shishu Vikas High School, Kurla, without the aid of any tuitions or coaching classes. Well done, Tukaram! May your path of higher studies in Computer Engineering be paved with success and may you continue to do us proud.

Tukaram and Sitaram

Hoshedar & Khushrow

Hoshedar K. Major, son of Mr. Khushrow Major, erstwhile Branch Manager of our Mumbai Seafreight Office, secured 92% marks in Accountancy & Financial Management and is the first to rank in this particular subject from Elphinstone College. He will be pursuing further studies in Business Management and plans to specialize in Marketing & Finance and Human Resource.

We wish both these young men a bright and brilliant future!


Mr. Sam Katgara regaling the representatives. Sharing the stage with him are Mr. Dhiren Hallock, Past Chairman, FAPAA and His Royal Highness, Shriji Aravind Singh Mewar, the Maharaja of Udaipur.

The 32nd Executive Council Meeting of the Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA) was held in June 2005 at the Fatehpur Palace Hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The session was inaugurated by none other than His Royal Highness Shriji Aravind Singh Mewar, the Maharaja of Udaipur and represented by 13 member countries. This grand event in India was organised by the then Chairman, Mr. Sam Katgara.

Ring-a-ring o’ roses? – Mr. Sam Katgara (centre) joining in the fun and frolic.

We've Done It Again!

The Silver Award for excellence in General Cargo Sales Productivity for the year 2004, was awarded to us by Gulf Air.

Mr. Robert Middleton, Regional General Manager – India, Gulf Air presenting the award to a beaming Mr. Cyrus Katgara, Partner, Jeena & Company.

Jeena & Company received an award from Cathay Pacific for one of the top Agents for the year 2004. The award was presented by Mr. Rupert Bray, Country Manager, Indian Sub Continent (India-Nepal-Bangladesh), Cathay Pacific to Jeena & Company.

(L to R) Mr. Jyoti Abrol-Manager Airfreight, Jeena Delhi, Mr. Rupert Bray, Country Manager, Cathay Pacific, Mr. Cyrus Katgara-Partner, Jeena & Company and Mr. Ramesh Mehra – General Manager, Jeena Delhi.

We were also the proud recipients of the award given by Eva Air to its top Agents for the year 2004. Mr. Williaum Wu, Station Manager, Eva Air had specially flown down from Taipei to do the honours.




Mr. Kamlakant Bodke, (left) Manager Air Export receiving the award from Mr. Williaum Wu, Station Manager, Eva Air.

Service With A Smile

Upon their invitation, Mr. Sam Katgara, Partner, took time off his demanding schedule to conduct a session for the members of the EXIM Club – Ahmedabad Chapter, on Seminar on “Air Cargo - Advantage Ahmedabad : Emerging Trends”.



Keeping them enthralled – Mr. Sam Katgara at the podium.

We have Shifted

Jeena Goa shifted to their swanky new office after an inauguration ceremony on 12th November 2005, which was attended by Mr. Homi A. Katgara, Partner.

Just what we want – a paperless office!

Jeena & Company
301, Citi Centre,
19, Patto plaza
Goa – 403 001

Tel : 91 832 2437774 / 5 / 6
Fax : 91 832 5642796

(L to R) Mr. Homi Katgara doing the honours with Ms. Veronica Rose, Branch Mgr, Goa & Mr. Prafulla Deshpande, General Mgr, Pune looking on.
New Appointments

Mr. Puroorava G. Patel
Mr. Puroorava G. Patel has joined us as Branch Manager at our new Branch at Ahmedabad bringing with him a rich experience of over 15 years in our industry. His last assignment was with M/s. Adnami Group as Sr. Manager Marketing and Air Cargo Complex.

Mr. Prakash Asnani
Taking over the reins from Mr. Khushrow Major, Branch Manager, Mumbai Seafreight Office, Mr. Prakash Asnani has joined us as General Mgr, bringing with him a wealth of experience of over 20 yrs. in our industry. His last appointment was with Haytrans (India) Pvt. Ltd., where he was looking after all India operations as General Manager.
Jeena & Co.
709, Sukh Sagar Complex, Nr. Fortune Landmark
Hotel, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad. - 380013
Tele-fax : 079 - 27560469


   We welcome them to the Jeena Family and wish
   them all the best.

On the Move

Mr. Haridas Nair

After a successful stint in Sales at both our Mumbai Airport and Seafreight Offices, Mr. Haridas Nair has relocated to Cochin as Deputy Manager to assist Mr. T. G. Radhakrishnan in the smooth running of the Branch.


In Appreciation
  • Dear Naval,
    (Branch Manager, Mumbai Airport Office)
    Glad to hear that the instruments all arrived safely in Milan. I arrived at the airport so early I was able to watch the instruments being loaded and the aircraft pushing so I sent a message back to one of my colleagues in London, my wife was actually at his house having dinner with him and his wife!! My taxi ride to the airport was an experience, tried to rip me off over the price after 100 metres from the hotel, wanted 1100 rupees, told him to stop and I would get another cab, settled on 600 rupees in the end, bumped 3 times as we went, nothing more than 2-3 miles an hour, all 3 were where the road converged from 2 lanes down to one. Left at 2130, arrived at the airport at 2310. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your staff for your help in arranging the flights, both inbound and outbound. It was a pleasure to work with you and Jeena & Co, you are now known as "3 phones" in this office. Please pass our thanks to everybody involved. Could you also thank Vivak / Alitalia as I do not have any contact details for him. If we ever have any business in Bombay we will not hesitate to utilise your services again. Dinner is on me next time, restaurant of your choice. If you are ever in London please do give us call. Hopefully we will be speaking again in the near future.

Best regards,
Andrew Richley,
Aircraft Chartering Services Limited

  • Dear Naval-san & Adil-san,
    My name is Ryota Takagi, probably you may remember me since I have been included in all correspondences of SMW4 shipment. Thank you for your splendid performance for SMW4. Now we are coming to have another project in India, it is called SMW3 2nd Upgrade. For this system, we are going to ship SLTE, SSE and some others to Mumbai and Cochin. Appreciating your performance of SMW4, we would like to have your offer for this project. If you can present better offer than SMW4, we will be able to work with you straight ahead. Could you please let me know your interest in this project.
    Many thanks & best regards,

Ryota Takagi,
Submarine Networks Sales & Marketing,
Photonic Systems Group, Fujitsu Limited.

  • Thank you very much, Adil-san ! We really appreciate your valued support, only because of this our on-site work in India has been performed perfectly & on time ! Many thanks again & best regards,

Ryota Takagi,
Submarine Networks Sales & Marketing,
Photonic Systems Group, Fujitsu Limited.

  • Dear Mr. Haridas,
    I am very happy to learn from Shekhar Patwardhan today that due to your intervention and best efforts VTC export container # GSTU - 561017- 2 shall be on board vessel Sinotrans Shanghai - V - 5130 ETD JNPT - 07/24/2005. I appreciate your concern for customer and speedy response in ensuring that VTC ship schedule is maintained despite of fact that your operation team at JNPT had lost hope of catching target vessel. Thank you again.

Best regards
Nakul Oza,
Sourcing Manager,
Virginia Transformer India Pvt. Ltd.

  • Dear Mr. Deshpande, Mr. Clyde,
    Mr. Milind and team, (Jeena Pune),
    It is time for us to review the performance of our associates in the International Trade. We keep on record, the good work done by one all at your end which gave us one more successful year. It is indeed a teamwork at your end with a sense of responsibility and service. You have lived upto the glorious tradition of your organisation and are sure shall continue to do so for years to come with sense of dedication and service. WISHING ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

Best Regards,
K C Kotekar,
Executive Exports, AC INDIA - PUNE

  • Dear Kadam, Munde, Shivram,
    Jayanthy, (Mumbai Seafreight Office),
    Thanks for your support to execute this project well in time and proper co-ordination. I really put my appreciation to you all. I am sure you will maintain the same for future also.

With Best Regards,
Bala (Mr. Balasubraniant), Triveni

25 Years

Mr. Y. R. Bhaskar

Mr. Y. R. Bhaskar completed 25 years at Jeena Delhi on 7th January 2006. Bhaskar joined us in the year 1981 as Senior Stenographer and was promoted to Executive Secretary to Mr. Cyrus Katgara, Partner in 1995. Over the years, Bhaskar has also assisted ex-General Managers of Jeena Delhi from the days of Mr. V. R. Naik.

“Congratulations on this truly memorable milestone in your Career and on your long association with Jeena & Company !!!!! sense of purpose and strength of character.... and your progress during the tenure of your service has revealed the admirable degree to which you have cultivated these attributes !!!
I wish you all the luck in whatever goals that you may have set for yourself professionally and in whatever contribution that you may target in your service to Jeena !!....and I have no doubt that you WILL succeed always and where ever you are !!!” – Regards, Ramesh Mehra, General Manager, Jeena-Delhi


Khushrow joined us in 1998 as Manager Seafreight and under his competent guidance, Jeena achieved the honour of being the first Freight Forwarder to shift from the City limits to Nhava Sheva, which was then fast emerging as a centre for sea freight operations.
...And like the proverbial penny, Khushrow is back to base, this time with Corporate Office, taking on more challenging responsibilities as Controller – Corporate Policies.

Mr. Khushrow Major being given a send-off from Dronagiri Office by Mrs. Nancy Mistry, one of the oldest serving employees of Jeena. To the extreme left and right are Mr. Kanav Tandon, Manager - Accounts and Mr. Prakash Asnani, General Manager, Mumbai Sea Freight Office.

Percy joined us in 2002 as Deputy Manager – Finance, Corporate Office and with his never-say-die spirit, steadily rose to the position of Manager – Finance. More about Percy under “At Your Service” in this issue.

Ms. Sheela Varun

Sheela has been with Jeena for the past 11 years and due to her go-getting attitude and initiative, has risen in the ranks to take over the portfolio of Manager-Corporate Affairs. She has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for her capabilities in organizing conventions and council meetings by Air Cargo Agents Association of India and Federation of Asia Pacific Agents Association.


Congratulations and good luck to all of you in your
new responsibilities!

Your attitude determines your altitude.
Come Rain...

July 26, 2005 will not be a day easily forgotten by many in Mumbai. It was the day when a devastating deluge rendered the city crippled and left hundreds of its citizens homeless. Braving all odds, our Airport Office, worst hit by the floods among all our Mumbai offices, remained open throughout the night and the staff worked round the clock ensuring timely clearance of cargo.

“Dear Naval, Your kind presence amongst us was definitely a great help in getting through the trying circumstances of the 26th. Many thanks for organizing the food for all the people marooned at the Jeena office on the 26th evening & making things as comfortable as they could have been ,

given the circumstances. On behalf of all of us at Fedex, once again many thanks for your kind gesture. Warm Regards, Rajesh Bhatia, Regional Manager- Sales Western India, Federal Express Corporation”

During these torrential floods, our Mumbai Seafreight Office received cargo from our Bangalore branch to be shipped to the U.K. Undaunted and unfazed, the staff worked non-stop for forty-eight hours ensuring timely loading of cargo for TMS India Pvt. Ltd. in the most challenging circumstances, so that the customer, always a King at Jeena, continues to remain constantly content.
Kudos to all concerned!

Immersed to the torso – outside the compound of our Mumbai Airport Office.

Bumming it up – Mr. Lal Bhawnani, Manager I.T. and Mr. Sunil Moolchandani, Manager Express Division, wading through the receding waters.
...or Shine  
Away from the daily hustle bustle of the city, the staff from our three Mumbai Offices had a rollicking time at Rishi Garden Resort at Panvel throwing caution to the winds in wild abandon and having a gregarious time at the annual picnic.

Blossoms at Rishi Garden.

In the mood for merriment!
Upon invitation to Corporates, the staff of our Mumbai Offices came forward with great enthusiasm to form a Jeena Cricket Team. In the knock out round, we faced Integreon, a BPO company and were beaten. Out but not down, we beat Ranbaxy and Coke C in the second and third matches respectively, beating Coke C with six wickets in hand and two overs to spare against their score of 42 runs, thereby qualifying directly for the finals against McKann Ericsson. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Jeena was victorious in notching up a score of 79 runs with one wicket in hand, coming home with the trophies!

(Standing L to R in white and blue) Kailash Waghe, Rupesh Patil and Ravi Sakpal -Captain (Kneeling L to R) Manoj Narkar, Chetan Patil, Vijay Kurle - thrice Man of the Match and highest scorer of the Tournament, Sanjay Uttekar, Angelo D’souza and Samir Kadam (in black).
Human Relations

6 Important Words

“I Admit That I was Wrong”
5 Important Words : “You did a Great Job!”
4 Important Words : “What do you think?”
3 Important Words : “Could You Please….”
2 Important Words : “Thank You!”
The least Important Word : “I”

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Happy Meal
After the successful launching of the mid-day meal project, Katgara Foundation has once again sponsored a breakfast project with the Jingle Mary Education & Charitable Trust which provides free breakfast of bread and fruit on a daily basis to 1000 children aged 3 to 5 years existing in abject poverty.


Ms. Priya Dutt (left) daughter of late Mr. Sunil Dutt, renowned Actor and M.P., lighting the inaugural lamp with Mr. U. D. Augustine, (centre) Secretary General, Jingle Mary Education & Charitable Trust

Happy & Prosperous 2006
Diwali & Christmas decorations at our Mumbai Airport Office. Note the traditional Indian Rangoli made with colored powder and adorned with marigolds and oil lamps.


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