Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

This was a very busy weekend.  Annika had a Bat Mitzvah for one of her childhood friends – Samantha.


Here are Annika and Lizzy before the ceremony.


Later in the evening, Nikhil had a Homecoming formal dance.  Here is Nikhil with Emily.


Here is a picture with his friends.


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Last weekend I had my UCLA MBA reunion with my fellow study group.  Several of them flew in from all corners of the world.

On Saturday, we went on a cruise to Catalina aboard the USS Lane Victory.  This is an old WWII era cargo ship that has been restored and sails just three times a year.

Below from the right are Doc, Dave and Witold.



Below are the 50mm guns used to protect the ship.


The tour included an airplane simulated battle.

Here is one of the fire boats putting on a show.

Here is our whole group back at the San Pedro docks.

On Sunday, we went to brunch in Laguna beach.  Two of the other guys joined us… Paul on the right in aqua and Steve with the hat.

We hit the beach for a while and then hit the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of the Masters.

Busy weekend and great to see everyone.

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Beverly Hills Wedding

OK, enough about the kids!  Yesterday afternoon, after the Jets race, we drove back up to LA to attend a wedding for one of my friends from work.  Here are me and Anjali outside our house with credits to Vikram as our photographer.

Here is the lovely bride and groom, Julie and Henry. The wedding ceremony took place at Greystone Gardens in Beverly Hills. What a great location for the ceremony.  The rain even cooperated and held off for the afternoon. The young couple were both beaming and looked truly happy.

Finally, here we are again in the gardens with the city of LA in the background.

Congrats to Henry and Julie.

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For the 4th of July festivities, we went to Tustin High School. In order to get parking and field level seating, we got there around 6:30.  We had Subway sandwiches for dinner along with crackers, hummus and white peach sangria.  Thanks to Bobby Flay for the sangria recipe!

About an hour before the fireworks started, the field filled up.

I took about 20 shots of the fireworks and only one came out pretty good!

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On the second day of our Zion trip, Doug, Denis and I took a hike along the lower Subway route. This is about a 10 mile hike that took us a little over 7 hours round trip with a lot of climbing in and out of the canyon.

Here we are at the start of the hike. You have to read to the end to see why it is called the Subway!

The entire hike is along an ancient riverbed with steep canyons along each side. We saw some dinosaur tracks part way thru the hike.

Here are Doug and I getting our feet wet.

Here is a picture of one of the sandstone overhangs.

Finally, here is the Subway. This water carved formation extends for about a 1/4 mile and dead ends in a deep pool of water that requires rapelling gear to continue.

This is the end of the trail for us!

Here is Doug climbing through the canyon.

And one last look at the awesome Subway!

After that, it is another 5 mile hike back to the top of the canyon.

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Black Tie Dinner

Last night, Anjali and I attended a black tie charity dinner for the Roosters Foundation. This is a non-profit serving the needs of children’s charities in Orange County.

Our good friend Mohan sponsored a table and we all got to enjoy a night out and a fabulous dinner cooked specially for our table from the master chef at Tabu Grill in Laguna Beach.

Here are some pictures from the evening.

Here we are in our front yard before heading out for the evening.


Here are Mohan and Prachee.


This is the master chef with his sous chef preparing the meal at our table. We were treated to a sumptuous 5 course meal complete with a full complement of wine, cheese, and dessert.



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I was watching TV this morning and saw my old college roommate Nabeel Gareeb on CNBC. He is now the CEO of MEMC Electronics which is a $2B manufacturer of wafers.

Check out his interview below.


When the rest of us were in college partying, he was up studying or working. His only vices were cars and speeding. He had a Haulin’ Ass poster taped to his door proudly displayed with a collection of speeding tickets! Other than that, this guy was always very studious, one of the smartest kids in class and destined to be successful. Good luck Nabby!

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California Vacation

Anjali’s friend Vaishali, from college came from the east coast to visit California. They started in San Diego and as they were passing thru to LA and eventually San Francisco, they stopped by to visit.

Vaishali, Shahid and their baby daughter Aleena and a couple of their friends stayed for one night.

The baby on the left is Aleena and the one on the right is Jayla (a friend of Vaishali’s).


Here is Aleena, Vaishali and Anjali.


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New Year’s Party

We went to the King’s for New Year’s Eve. The kids all stayed up till midnight and toasted champagne (or apple cider).

(click on the pic to see the whole thing)


At midnight they went out and banged on some pots and pans to bring in the new year and wake up all the neighbors!


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We had our annual gift exchange this Sunday in our neighborhood. Here are some pictures from the afternoon party!

Here is Miss Annika with her friend Emma.


Here are Vikram and Nikhil with their friends Jordan and Andrew proudly displaying their gift cards to Target!


Here is the whole gang of kids!


Last but not least, here I am with the one thing I wish for Christmas!


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Diwali Get Together

We had a little Diwali dinner on Friday night complete with fireworks for the kids.




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Asit and Family

On Sunday evening the Aithals came over for dinner. You can see Asit’s post here along with a small video.

We made homemade pizza and had White Peach sangria for dinner.

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Newport Beach

This week, Anjali took the kids to Newport Beach for the day. They went with their friends, Zach, Belle, Sam, Brandon, Ryan, Andrew and Adam.

The beach is about 20 minutes from our house and the waves are perfect for their favorite activity “Boogey boarding”. This is almost like surfing except with a foam board that is easier to learn!


This is Nikhil above Boogey Boarding.

Below is Vikram:


This is Annika after she caught a big wave that took her underwater!


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Last week, Anjali and I went to Ayushee’s graduation from Oxford Academy. She graduated with distinction and received several scholarships to the school of her choice, the USC Medical Program.


After the graduation ceremonies, we went to The Melting Pot for dinner.

Congratulations to Ayushee!

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Puppy Party

Last weekend we went to a puppy birthday party for one of Annika’s friends. There were 8 puppies and about 20 little girls. Annika had a great time and wanted to bring one of the puppies home.


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