My Children and Grandchildren
We were blessed with 3 children - 2 sons Riaz
and a daughter Natasha.
Being my only princess, I have named many of my businesses after 'Natasha'. I am also blessed with
many grand-children and I believe there is no better stress buster than a little child. On every
visit, I make it a point to spend some time with the kids, who I believe are put by God to bring out
the 'little child' in each of us.
My eldest son, is the shy, quiet and cute-dimpled Riaz. Riaz is 48 years and married to Alisha,
who was also incidentally Catholic.
Having graduated in Florida with a Degree in Business Administration and achieving Alumni status in
the Largest International Professional Fraternity (the Delta Sigma Phi Membership Award), Riaz has
all the makings of an entrepreneur. Riaz was instrumental in setting up several of our Exchange
Houses overseas. In USA, Riaz was also instrumental in initiating the business of exports - the
Company was involved in the importation of Seafood from South America & Canada during the mid 80s.
Later in the 90s, Riaz was also the MD & Director of several group companies involved in the
business of export of Gold Bullion to the UK, Middle East & Hongkong. In pursuit of his business,
Riaz had moved to the Gulf, where he lived for 8 years.
Having bagged the Duke of Edinbourough's Silver & Bronze Awards for excellence in training and
physical fitness, Riaz tries to maintain a healthy diet regime even today. Very tech savvy & always
on his laptop, Riaz is one with all the answers on the latest IT systems and gadgets, with ideas on
the best software products. With his keen acumen for business and a quiet observing nature, Riaz
continues to run and manage his own businesses, though they have not been connected to the
activities & businesses of the House of Patels for several years now.
My daughter-in-law Alisha, was also a Christian like my wife. Alisha completed her B.A in Psychology
with a first class scholarship and then went on to complete her Masters in Industrial Psychology
from Bombay University. She worked as an airhostess with Saudi Arabian Airlines to satisfy her
curiosity to travel the world, which however, was not for long since she met her sweetheart Riaz
whom she decided to marry. With her quiet ethereal beauty, Alisha decided the most satisfying job is
that of a homemaker and soon Rezan & Nikita became a part of their family portrait. Later in 2002
they took the decision to move to New Zealand where they reside till date. Once the children began
to manage their own way round, Alisha decided to work and utilize her time at home as well as on the
business front and became Manager and Director of Transcontinental Ltd. and later worked as Senior
Corporate Relations Manager with WSD Global Markets. Today she is currently the Director of Matrixx
Capital Markets Ltd.. In her spare time Alisha loves going to the gym, reading and socialising.
Patel, the first born to Riaz & Alisha, oozes with charm and sweetness. Always bright and
full of energy, Rezan has bagged several medals in relays and other fields & sporting activities
since his early years. An ex-student of the Dubai Gem Pvt School, Rezan is bright and easily
motivated. Besides learning karate, he also played tennis and cricket while in school. When the
family moved to Auckland Rezan completed his Year 13 through Glendowie College and was on the school
cricket, soccer, tennis and kayaking teams. Having finished his first year of Business through
Auckland University of Technology, he decided to work and gain work experience for a few years
whilst continuing his studies. He therefore, joined his grandfather and worked with Wall Street
Finance LLC. New York in the Foreign Currency Retail Shop and in Wall Street Finance (Canada) Ltd,
Toronto for a year in 2011. This was his first training and work experience overseas. Now equipped
with confidence, Rezan returned and finished his studies and graduated with a degree in Business
from Auckland University of Technology. After working with his father in his Mumbai business where
he continued his learning and training, he returned to New Zealand where he dabbled in online
business sales. He is extremely intelligent, independent and loves computers and computer games. In
his spare time he goes to the gym. Rezan is now working with Ray & White and training to get his
license to be a full fledged Real Estate broker in New Zealand.
Daddy's little girl Nikita,
and second child, got her name from her father after the Elton John song. Nikita too, studied in
Dubai Gem Pvt. School in Dubai where she also learnt ballet, the piano and guitar. Very athletic
driven, Nikita completed gymnastics at an advanced level and has always won the first or second
prize in running and hurdles on Sports Day. Having moved to Auckland, Nikita finished Year 13 from
ACG Senior College Pvt. School based on the Cambridge system of education. In college, Nikita
continued her sports activities, where she excelled in netball soccer tennis and gymnastics. A smart
bright child, she also took part in debates and fund raising events for the school. Currently,
Nikita is pursuing a conjoint degree in the Bachelor of Arts i.e. Criminal Psychology and Bachelor
of Commerce through the University of Auckland where she continues to excel in all subjects. With
her keen intelligence & independence, she intends completing her Masters Qualifications as she is
extremely motivated to follow a rich career path soon thereafter. Nikita's spare time will find her
reading, cooking, at the gym and on outdoor adventures. After years of working in various Human
resources roles, Nikita now works at a senior Admin position with KORNFERRY, A fortune 500
Recruitment company where she is handling top accounts like NOVARTIS and similar such Corporates.
My second child is my daughter, Natasha. Fortunately, the bubbly & ever enthusiastic Natasha gets
her looks from her beautiful mother and not her father! Natasha is married to Rajesh
Pillai who also looks after my businesses in India currently.
My son-in-law Rajesh is a level headed and prudent man. He is of the firm belief that exercising the
body is good for the mind & soul and till today, never fails to go to the gym. He is one with nature
and extremely fond of traveling. With his wit and charm, Rajesh has sealed many a business deal for
us, not just in India, but in our International businesses as well.
Even though Natasha is in not involved with the businesses, she is always there for our Group and by
our side whenever needed. Infact, Natasha with her background & love for designing has always helped
us decorate & redecorate our offices and homes till date. Natasha has all the talents of a great
businesswoman, however, she prefers the quite evenings at home with her family where she has
excelled as a wife & mother. If you enjoy my breathtaking villa in Aamby, the credit goes to
& Natasha are blessed with two adorable children, Nishqa
Nishqa is very much like me - she is strong headed and very clear in her vision, thus her talent as
a Goal-Keeper for the District. Excellent in academics with great leadership qualities took her to
the position of “Head-girl” for the batch of 2013-14. Once Nishqa has her sights on a particular
task or desire, it's only a matter of time before she gets there! 'Losing' has no place in her
Agenda. She has a flair for art and thus pursued a B.Design in Visual Communication & Strategic
Branding. Not very long after, she was chosen by renowned Brand Agencies to join their team.
Tanisha, like her father, is a great lover of sports and the outdoors. Combined with her boldness,
she has a daring spirit and loves adventure and horse-riding with her Dad. Fearless, quick witted &
open with her views, she has often in her innocence 'hit the nail on the head' and given us the
answers. Brilliant at sports, Tanisha plays hockey and football at the State and National level. Her
thirst for the unexplored led her to completing her Bachelors in Economics & Business
Development in Canada.
My youngest, whose candle burned out very early, was the handsome charming Areef.
With his lady love Kaykasshan
they have 2 adorable Princes - Arhaan
Areef, a graduate of Mumbai University after schooling in USA, got into the act of attending the
rigors of business on a day-to-day basis while still sporting short pants. He soon grew into a very
mature businessman, looking after the group's Logistics business, in terms of
Strategic Planning, Financial Health, including determining & arranging for mergers, acquisitions,
takeovers etc. thereby developing the business further & took it onto a higher pedestal.
Areef was a winner in all respects, as, right from childhood from the age of 6, he won the Swamy
Mukadam Trophy and a Silver Medal for being the youngest swimmer to swim from Sunken Rock to Gateway
of India, besides earning other laurels in swimming during the years 1983 - 86.
He was also an excellent Squash Player having represented Otters Club at various State level
Areef's passing away has left a big void in our hearts, not just for us, his family, but for
everyone whose lives he touched.
Rest in peace, Areef, until we meet again.
Charming Kaykasshan made her foray into the Celluloid and T.V. world through advertisements for
products like Clinique and Sunsilk Shampoo, Hero Honda and several others, besides appearing for
Press Advertisements for Kanchan, Bajaj and Philips.
She has also been an Actress par excellence in well known videos like
Sab Dua Karo - Ram Shankar (Zee Music) ,
Silli Hawa - Hans Raj Hans (T.Series) ,
Jawani - Harbhajan Mann (T.Series)
etc. Besides the above, she has been interviewed on
various TV Channels like like Movers and Shakers - Sony, Nexgen - A.T.N. and Ek Mulaqat - C.V.O. and
anchored several T.V. shows like Public Demand, Superhit Muqabla and Bajaj Super 10.
Kaykasshan made her debut in the Film Industry with “Hera Pheri” in the songs 'Jabhi
Koi Haseena' and 'Mujse Milti Hai Ek Ladki'.
My youngest grand-children, Arhaan and Numaire are still enjoying life as Secondary & Higher
Secondary students. Very much into painting and martial arts, I am sure they will create their own
independent businesses, taking cue from their father, as they grow.