Jhaverchand or Zaverchand Kalidas Meghani 28 August — 9 March was a noted poet, writer, social reformer and freedom fighter from Gujarat. He is a well-known name in the field of Gujarati literature. He was born in Chotila. He authored more than books. His first book was a translation work of Rabindranath Tagore 's called Kathaa-u-Kaahinee titled Kurbani Ni Katha Stories of martyrdom which was first published in
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He arrived here as a Two-year Toddler and stayed on for the next Six years, which saw him blossom into an Eight-year Bonny Boy. Loved to read. Read mainly Kalapi and Nhanalal. The Jain Muni Manekchandji there announced -- "this Jhavabhai of ours will now thank the donor in his own way".
And the boy Jhaver, without delay or fuss whatsoever, burst into a spontaneously composed four-line thanks-giving verse. The donor, in appreciation, gave a prize of Rupees Baal Mitra Mandal Formed Baal Mitra Mandal , a group of school friends at Bagasara, and carried out various social and cultural activities under its banner. The group performed historical and social dramas on the Annual Social Gathering which were enjoyed and appreciated by people from all walks of life.
Rana Pratap Julius Caesar Sikandar Hamlet Shahjahan Meghani was associated with all aspects of the drama : selecting the theme, writing the script, picking up the cast, designing costumes and stage, directing and even acting. On passing his Matriculation examination , he was presented with a Maan-Patra citation at a function organised by his friends of Baal Mitra Mandal on the terrace of Darbargadh of Bagasara.
He thanked his friends quoting Sanskrit verses. He was more inclined towards Literature and Language. Took active part in College Debates and Social gatherings. He lived a simple life. A white long coat , a dhoti reaching well down the knees and a turban typically tied around his head was his regular attire in the college. His simple and sober nature prompted his college mates to call him Raja Janak He washed his own clothes and took bath with cold water even in chilly winter mornings.
He didnot take anything between the two regular meals -- not even tea. He had started taking interest in the game of Tennis and was invariably to be spotted on the court, dot on time, racket in hand, whenever it was the turn of his group to take to the court.
He soon excelled at the game, and in one of the tournaments even reached the semi-final stage! As for Cricket , he enjoyed watching good, interesting matches. Bahauddin College, Junagadh Bahauddin College , he felt, would be a better place for the study of Sanskrit, and he therefore moved over there in , only to return to Samaldas College after just one term.
He was the first graduate to join the company. He was soon promoted as the Manager of the company's factory at Belur, Crown Aluminium, which had a workforce of over people. Ferry From there he would embark a ferry along with his bicycle for which too he had a monthly pre-paid pass! Belur Ghat On reaching the Belur Ghat on the western bank across the river he would disembark -- yes, along with his bicycle, which he would then ride again to reach the factory nearby.
It later came to be known as ' L K Meghanee'. It was as if Kathiawaar was calling him. The friends were sarcastic : what exactly were the prospects there for one looking forward to live in Kathiawaar then -- and on pen at that -- which encouraged him to leave his present bread-giving job?
Thinker, Social Reformist , an able Administrator -- and a knowledgeable Musician too! Theosophist Started a centre of Theosophical Society at Hadala. Successed in persuading Dr.
Annie Besant to visit the then almost unknown Hadala as early as in Gradually leaned towards Gandhian ideas. Brought Mahatma Gandhi, along with his followers, all the way to Bagasara in People flocked the streets of Bagasara to watch the marriage procession of the first graduate of the town which was taken out in a Buggy chariot pulled by two horses.
The song believed to have been composed by him specially for the occasion and full-throatedly rendered aloud, at the instance of the friends there, right in the presence of Damyantiben, the newly-wed bride being welcome at her Sasuraal house of in-laws. Incidentally, the bride was prevailed upon to enter her new home with her face uncovered -- something most unusual in those days.
Back Part-2 : - Top. Was a bright student who always topped the class. Darbar Vajsurvala Valeravala Hadala - Bagasara estate. August 28, Bust at the foothill of Chamunda Hill. Dando baton used by Policeman Kalidas Meghani. Some of the Historic Monuments at Chotila Policelines. Police Station. Meghani recollects. Policelines at Sadar Bazaar where he stayed with his policeman father Family of ten lived on his father's monthly salary of rupees School Years.
Rajkot School Register. Middle School Bagasara. Kalapi-no Kekaaraav his complete poems. Nhanalal Kavi Jaya-Jayant one of his better-known works. Wrote poems which he would sing in his vibrant voice. Jain Paathshaalaa, Bagasara. First Poem at the age of 12 A philanthropist, Chimanaji Velaji, visiting the J ain Paathshaalaa study centre at Bagasara took out a donation.
Baal Mitra Mandal. Formed Baal Mitra Mandal , a group of school friends at Bagasara, and carried out various social and cultural activities under its banner. Friends at Bagasara School. Gulabchand Moolji Vakhariya Lalchand Jaichand Vora Girdharlal Desai Upaashray Sheri. Rana Pratap. Julius Caesar. Meghani was associated with all aspects of the drama : selecting the theme, writing the script, picking up the cast, designing costumes and stage, directing and even acting. Khetani Jain Boarding , Amreli.
Morning Prayer Composed by him which continued to be sung at the Boarding School at Amreli even after he left it.
Bahauddin College, Junagadh. Samaldas College, Bhavnagar. Inter Arts. Junior B A - 1st term. Junior B A - 2nd term. B A English and Sanskrit. His simple and sober nature prompted his college mates to call him Raja Janak. He washed his own clothes and took bath with cold water even in chilly winter mornings.
Samaldas College Hostels, Bhavnagar where he stayed. Old Residency behind Jasonath Mahadev Temple. New Residency near Samaldas College. Jasonath Mahadev Temple, Bhavnagar. Every Poonam full moon night the students organised a gathering on the premises of Jasonath Mahadev Temple. Close Friend at Samaldas College, Bhavnagar. Ghanti - a pair of grinding stones Meghani used to help Kapilbhai's wife Ujamben and sister Kanchanben.
Kapilbhai's house in Vasani Faliyu, Danapeeth. Dagger which Meghani gifted to Kapilbhai. Close to the entire family, he often visited them. Thakkar Brothers left to right Ramubhai, Kapilbhai, Anantbhai. First Performance in Public Singing Sir Bhavsinhji Gohil Maharaja of Bhavnagar. Aradeshar Khabardar Noted Gujarati Poet. Bahauddin College , he felt, would be a better place for the study of Sanskrit, and he therefore moved over there in , only to return to Samaldas College after just one term.
Hostels at Junagadh where he stayed. Dasha Shrimaali Vanik Vidhaarthi Bhavan. Register of Vanik Vidhaarthi Bhavan. Bahauddin College Residency. Sanatan Dharma High School, Bhavnagar. Audichya Brahmin Boarding, Bhavnagar. Victoria Memorial. Howrah Bridge. Kali Ghat.