Regional News

East Coast - Connecticut/New York/New Jersey
MidAtlantic 1 - Delaware/Pennsylvania
Mid-Atlantic 2 - Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia and West Virginia
Midwest 1 - Indiana/Illinois/Missouri and Wisconsin:
New England - Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island and Vermont:
Southwest Region 1 - Oklahoma and Texas
Southern Region 2 - Arkansas/Florida/ Louisiana/Mississippi/North Carolina and Tennessee


Sonali and Venugopal Rai from Mississauga, Ontario celebrated their daughter Saanvi's third birthday on August 2nd at Bounce 'n' Play. All the kids had a blast!

The 2010 Canada Bunts' summer picnic was held on August 7th at Canatara park and at the beach at Saarnia, ON. On that beautiful Saturday morning, about 12 Bunt families participated and enjoyed the day with games, food, drinks, and lots of fun and swimming for kids.

East Coast - Connecticut/New Jersey/New York

Shodhan and Shruthi Shetty (North Haven, CT.) welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Ava, on July 9th, 2010. Big brother Trishay was thrilled about the newest addition to the family!

The Bana members from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had a summer picnic in mid-August at Donaldson Park, NJ. It was attended by around 100 members from the region. Please click here for pictures of the picnic: SHUTTERFLY.

Rahul Rai, son of Dr. Dinker and Shakila Rai is having the world premiere of his debut film, When Harry Tries To Marry, at the Austin Film Festival on Oct. 22nd, 2010. Link You can also keep track of the film on Facebook at

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MidAtlantic 1 - Delaware/Pennsylvania

Dr. Amarjith & Yamini Mally are very happy to announce the engagement of their son Abhijith Dev to Pooja Sharma, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Om Sharma from Easton, PA. Abhijith is doing his Urology residency at the University of Pittsburgh and Pooja is doing her Ophthalmology residency in Drexel at Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh bunts congratulate Dr. Pranav Shetty on his marriage to Nora Webber. Pranav's parents, Sujatha and Manohar Shetty, threw a reception in honor of the happy couple on August 21st, 2010.

Congratulations to Sathwik Rai, who represented Team India in the 2010 World Racquetball Championships in Seoul, South Korea. Team India won 2 medals - A gold and silver in the white division. Sathwik made it to the quarter finals with a victory over Chinese Taipei. Sathwik thanks his fellow Bunts for their support!

Mid-Atlantic 2 - Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia and West Virginia

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Major. B.M. Rai (Retd), beloved father of Mrs. Vijayabharathi Shetty of Potomac, MD. on Thursday, October 7th 2010 in Bangalore, India. He was 88 years old. Funeral was held in Bangalore on October 9th 2010.

We are proud to announce our three high school graduates who are currently in their freshman year at College! Congratulations to Anna (daughter of Steve & Shobha Mazur), Deesha (daughter of Dwarak & Shweta Adyanthaya) & Shefali (daughter of the late Dr. Ajit & Dr. Kirti Hegde). They are attending Cornell University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Columbia University respectively.

Sudeep and Dr. Sushma Rai had a joyous celebration in Virginia on July 24th to celebrate their son, Saaksh's first birthday.

Dr. Rupak & Sarojini Alva Changkakoti are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their niece, Priyanka (daughter of Nandini and the late Dr. Jeevraj Alva) with Vivek (son of Yashodhara and Suresh Oberoi). The couple will be wedded in Bangalore, India, on October 29, 2010.

The Washington D.C. area bunts hosted their regional picnic on September 11th in Deerwood, Maryland at Rock Creek Park. Activities were enjoyed by all! D.C. Bunts also enjoyed their annual beach getaway to Bethany, DE. on September 24th weekend.

Washington, D.C. Bunts once again are collecting canned goods for the Bunt annual food drive for those who are less fortunate. Last year's food drive resulted in donations of over 250 lbs of food! This year they are hoping to surpass that goal by Diwali.

Midwest 1 - Indiana/Illinois/Missouri and Wisconsin:

Dr. Ramananda and Bharathi Shetty celebrated the wedding of their daughter, Anuradha to Brian Michael (son of Dr. and Mrs. Rinsky) on Saturday, August 21st, 2010. Congratulations to the newly married couple!

New England - Massachusetts/Maine/New Hampshire/Rhode Island and Vermont:

The Boston Bunts have been enjoying the great weather this summer. On July 9th - 11th, about 15 families enjoyed a camping weekend in New Hampshire. There was marinated chicken, tasty yogurt rice, and other delights enjoyed on a roaring campfire. The kids and parents cooled off in the lake, and the men enjoyed a hike through the White Mountains. Everyone had so much fun that the families are looking forward to a repeat in September!

Dr. P.K. and Shaily Shetty hosted a baby shower for their son and daughter-in-law Neil and Ruah Bhay on Sept. 4th in New Hampshire. The Boston BANA families attended the shower to bless the parents to be, who are expecting a boy in October.

Kalpana Shetty was nominated for Woman of the Year by the India New England News. She was one of 20 nominees from New England. Kalpana was nominated because of her achievements in her field of Real Estate and outreach to the local Indian Community where she assists new families to the area. Around 20 of Kalpana's friends and family came to support her at the awards ceremony which was held in June at the Westin in Waltham. Although she didn't win the award, we are proud of her and she is "Woman of the Year" in our eyes! Congratulations from all of us in New England.

Southwest Region 1 - Oklahoma and Texas

Bana Members, Kushal and Asha Shetty of El Paso, TX, are proud to announce that their neice, Pooja Hegde, was the second runner-up at the ' I Am She'- Miss India Universe Pageant. Pooja has won numerous awards including being the reigning Miss India South 2010 runner-up, Miss India South glamorous Hair 2010 and the winner of the Miss India talented 2009!

We wish the talented Ms. Pooja Hegde the best as she completes her education in Mumbai while pursuing a career in modeling.

Southern Region 2 - Arkansas/Florida/Louisiana/Mississippi/North Carolina and Tennessee

Dr. Rajesh and Neera Shetty (Jacksonville, FL.) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Anya Mahajan Shetty, born October 1st, 2010. Big brother Nikhil and grandparents, Dr. Dayanand & Surekha Shetty, are thrilled with the newest addition to the family!

Please note that regional news should be submitted through your regional representatives. A comprehensive list of regional representatives with their contact information may be accessed here .