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Slumdog Millionaire – have you seen it?

Though it is not related to a legal subject, this movie is still something noteworthy for the Gujarati community.  It is almost impossible not to hear the title “Slumdog Millionaire” on a daily basis these days…and you know something, its great!  Whether it is an ad on television or a friend asking me if I have seen it, this movie has caused a lot of positive buzz amongst people of all ages and backgrounds.

Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Simon Beaufoy.  It is based on a 2005 novel called “Q&A”.  The film has won several awards, including 8 Academy Awards, 5 Critics Choice Awards and 4 Golden Globes!  Even more exciting for the Gujarati community is the fact that the  film’s main character, Jamal Malik, is played by a Gujarati actor by the name of Dev Patel.    It definitely makes me proud to hear that a fellow Gujarati is part of such an enjoyable movie and something that is so significant in our country. 

I am really excited to see how people all around me (Indian and non-Indian) are embracing this film.   Things have come a long way in this country.    When I was growing up, I remember feeling uncomfortable about eating Indian food around my friends, for the fear that I would be made fun of because it was something different that they did not understand.  However, in the recent years, I have enjoyed seeing how more and more people not only accept but are falling in love with Indian food.   Now,  people are also falling in love with a movie that is based on events occuring in India….and its really nice to see how things are continuing to progress.

In case any of you would like to purchase a copy of the flim, it is set to release to DVD and Blu-Ray disc on March 31, 2009.

The Connecticut Judicial Branch website is a great source of information…

If you have access to the Internet, a great site to visit is the Connecticut Judicial Branch website.  There is a tremendous amount of information available on the site.  One of the tools that many people find very useful is the ability to check  the status of the following types of cases:  motor vehicle, criminal, family, small claims and civil cases.   Keep in mind that a civil or small claims case will not be on the site unless a lawsuit has been filed. 

Whether you have a motor vehicle ticket and you can’t remember what day you have to be in court, you have a civil lawsuit pending and want to see what documents have been filed or you want to check and see if a potential tenant has a pending criminal case, the judicial branch website is a great resource.  

Some of the other tools available on the site that you might find useful are:

  • Self-help topics
  • Forms (available for most types of matters)
  • Attorney Information
  • Connecticut Practice Book Information

There is an abundance of information available on the site.   To visit the site,  simply click on the Connecticut Judicial Branch Home Page link under Links of Interest on the side bar to the right.

Why I Should Be Your Gujarati Lawyer…

I am excited to have the opportunity to work with members of the Gujarati/Indian community. I know that dealing with a legal matter can be difficult and stressful.  However, I also know that working with a lawyer who shares the same language and the same cultural perspective will make the situation much easier to understand and deal with.

My parents emigrated to America from Ahmedabad, India in the late sixties.  My brother and I were fortunate enough to be raised in a traditional Gujarati home where our parents primarily spoke to us in Gujarati, allowing us to become fluent in the language.  Although I was born and raised in America, I take great pride in being Gujarati.  I am so glad that I am part of a culture that is so rich in tradition and whose people are filled with such humanity and warmth.

A majority of my family still resides in India.   I have traveled to India several times since my childhood and most recently took my entire family there in February of 2008.  I wanted my “Baa” (father’s mother) and my other family to meet my children.  One thing that I have noticed is my trips to India always deepen my sense of pride in my heritage.  It is for that reason that I feel very fortunate to live in Connecticut, a state which embodies a large and very active Gujarati/Indian community. 

I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you. If you have any questions or are looking for an attorney who handles matters outside of my practice areas, don’t hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to guide you and put you in touch with someone that I have worked with and trust.