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A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.
The Asian Weekly was incepted and embarked on its momentous journey on August 27, 2010 and rapidly became the talk of the town. A paperzine that has grown to be much loved, united the scores of religions, cultures and sub-cultures that largely forms the Kenyan Asian society in the country.
It has been seven years of experiences, emotions, lessons, curves balls and dedication. With a dynamic team that has grown from strength to strength, we strive to bring you the paperzine week in, week out for your reading pleasure.
Times have passed and the team has grown bigger and better. As we changed gears and hit the pedal to bigger ventures, we incorporated newer members to our team, whose vision matched that of The Asian Weekly.
You may have met and mingled with them many times, but it is imperative that you get to know a little about them. The representatives of The Asian Weekly team are:

Director, Ashish Patel
His famous positive quotes on Facebook are a way of inspiring those near and dear to him. The Director of The Asian Weekly, Ashish Patel, is a path-setter with a strong vision of his goals.
Having an MBA in Marketing and International Finance, as well as radio certifications such as CRMC and CRME, Ashish has that innate quality of selling ice to the Eskimo.
Having numerous years of selling radio airtime at a local radio station and BIG FM in India along with a whopping seven years in print, Ashish has been a force to reckon with in the media industry.
The captain of the ship can cook up a delicious koroga too!
His other interests are travelling, bikes (ask him for his collection of model bikes), cars, camping and deep-sea fishing. Adventurous, right?
Well, it is this very adventurous trait that led to the birth of the dream baby, The Asian Weekly.




Managing Director, Nisha Hirani
Despite being the Managing Director, the irony remains that Nisha Hirani is rather media-shy.
At The Asian Weekly, she holds the steering that moves the wheels of the paperzine, ensuring it always remains on track.
Her professional background is a BSc in International Business Administration (First Class Honours, if you please), an MA in Marketing, CIM and ISO Quality Management Assessor. That in itself is a heavy CV, but above all, Nisha is a creative soul. She loves reading, travelling and catching up with friends. And her famous coffees are brewed to perfection. On a Sunday, Nisha is likely to be spending time with the children at home. You guessed right; Nisha is married – to her work!








Administrator and Columnist, Kajal Patel
Born in Anand, Gujarat, Kajal Patel completed her Masters in Foods & Nutrition in India. Alongside that, she started working with a gym, encountering all sorts of individuals with different wellness requirements. It was here that she rubbed shoulders with obstetricians, cardiologists and nephrologists for the wellness of patients. For her, the trick is to eat smart and exercise regularly, which leads to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
With numerous years behind her craft, Kajal writes for The Asian Weekly as a columnist and specialises in lifestyle- related disorders among other pertinent tasks. She also doubles up as the company’s administrator.
Kajal spends her free time (when not looking after household chores and two children) reading health-related magazines, graphology and tarot card reading.







Administration Assistant, Paul Muthuri 
The courteous Administration Assistant of The Asian Weekly boasts many years of experience in office and administration work. Part of Paul Muthuri’s day job includes sorting out all paperwork and documentation of the paperzine – VAT, NSSF and more – along with other administrative duties. And this, the honest and hardworking soul does skilfully.
Paul’s jolly style of greeting the editorial and design department every morning with what is how his trademark ‘Hawayuni’ is often equated to sunshine on a gloomy morning. And he loves working at The Asian Weekly because, ‘the team supports each other and the management is so good!’








Receptionist, Grace Njeru
Pretty much a Jack (or Jill – for purposes of gender parity) of all trades, Grace Njeru joined The Asian Weekly in the dawn of 2015. She has since grown in responsibilities as she continues to man, with great expertise and experience, the administrative department.
Over the years, her contribution has been immense as she has significantly streamlined processes within The Asian Weekly so as to better facilitate operations within the occasional chaos that is a media house.
Well-read in accounting, the invitingly chatty character that Grace is, with numerous anecdotes to share, continues to do her work diligently as she oils the greater machine that is The Asian Weekly, which servers an even greater community.







Executive Editor, Javed Kana
A qualified professional with more than 10 years of media experience in both broadcast and print spectra, Javed Kana is the Executive Editor of The Asian Weekly.
Having completed a Master’s degree in Mass Communication, his role at The Asian Weekly includes writing and editing as well as spearheading community and entertainment sections of the publication such as Star Struck, Telly Talk and Fast Forward.
Javed’s journey in the media industry in Kenya started off as a Copywriter and Commercial Producer at East FM in 2004. He subsequently penned the Asian Scene and Just Bollywood columns at The Star newspaper.








Managing Editor, Ravneet Sehmi
Ravneet Sehmi is The Asian Weekly’s Managing Editor and an alumnus of Manipal University in India. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Having joined Kenya’s mainstream media in 2008 via local daily newspaper, The Star, as a Feature Writer, the affable character has grown tremendously as a professional to attract a loyal following.
Joining The Asian Weekly in 2011 saw Ravneet bring with her experience and expertise to augment the editorial team in what was then the publication’s fetal years. And even now, Ravneet, The Asian Weekly Achievers Awards (TAWAA) 2013 winner for The Best Writer at the publication, continues to be a pivotal member of the team as she co-heads the dynamic editorial team.
Her portfolio of assignments covered continues to be decorated with national and international events – from covering the pinnacle of local stories such Kenya’s milestone 50 years of independence to international climaxes such as International Indian Film Academy awards (in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017) to the Times of India Film Awards in Dubai (TOIFA 2016) as well the Cannes Film Festival (2015). That is testament to her versatility as a writer, as she continues to lord the fashion section – Style Stop – and manages Party Central, among other sections of the paper.





Sub-Editor, Hussein Jiva
The proud graduate of United Sates International University – Africa (USIU-A) possessing a BA degree in Journalism, is now an alumni of the institution. He has embarked on his Master’s degree in Communication Studies at the same institution.
Hussein Jiva, evidently passionate about writing, photography, traveling and football, has been a member of the team since 2012 and has since grown in both, experience and post.
Now the Sub-Editor of the publication, the jolly individual – a The Asian Weekly Achievers Awards (TAWAA) 2017 nominee in the Best Stylish Male category – continues working with enthusiasm and is always eager to learn.
Among his portfolio of assignments for TAW include having photographed the visits of Pope Francis and India’s PM, Narendra Modi to the country. Internationally, he has covered the ICC’s Cricket World Cup in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, the World T20 in Delhi, India as well as the Cannes Film Festival (in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and the IIFA awards in New York, USA (2017).






Reporter, Simon Muli
The University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism (SOJ) alumnus joined The Asian Weekly as an intern for just two weeks. It was extended to three months, during which Simon Muli proved that he had a penchant for business stories. And staying on, he constantly perfected the craft of packaging and telling stories for the last five years. Currently, he writes a weekly column, Muli’s Musings, where he commentates on the latest happening in the Kenyan business landscape with analytical deftness.
Simon reckons that the company has given him more than just an opportunity to write news.
When he is not curiously looking for news leads, or crafting his next interesting read, Simon likes spending time with family and friends, travelling to new places and learning new things – which he somehow finds himself writing about later!








Photographer, Dhruv Shah
Dhruv Shah is a fulltime photographer and editorial assistant at The Asian Weekly. Initially interested in the business stream, that phase wore out and soon. It was graphic design that then intrigued him.
After completing a course in Animation and Graphic Design, India, he ventured into fashion photography. His four years as a photographer has him cherish notable moments, including working as an Assistant Photographer for highly popular Indian shows such as, ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil,’ as well as ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.’
Locally, Dhruv worked with a renowned daily publication, The Star, before moving to The Asian Weekly in 2016.
Away from the professional scene, the young man is a Bollywood fanatic and enjoys singing, dancing, travelling and socialising.








Columnist, Caine Correa

Caine Correa was born literally in the shadow of the lighthouse edging Mombasa’s most popular stretch of road, the Mama Ngina Drive. Born, bred and buttered at the Coast, Caine graduated A-levels at one of the icons of Mombasa’s educational establishments, Allidina Visram High School.
Nairobi was a different ball game, where, despite his designated profession as an English language and Literature lecturer, Caine’s distinctive voice and musical smarts led him to the advertising world of radio and television jingles to eventually full-time radio jock.
Sports, was his forte and many a Kenyan Asian yuppie was weaned on Caine’s cricket, football and motor rally updates. His famed four-hour Saturday sports marathon ‘Khel Khel Mein’ on the airwaves was a favourite for many.
The Asian Weekly is today the mirch of the masala fabric of every Kenyan Asian’s life. And Caine promises, the Sports Scoop, written in his inimitable tongue-in-cheek chic, will continue to entertain and provide you with all the sports news you need – and in style.







Contributor, Kamal Tolia
Kamal Tolia is a retired educationist, having previously been a teacher and headed private international schools in Nairobi.
As many of you have already learnt, Kamal is also a Founding member of Lotus Healing Seva Group (LHSG) and conducts workshops as well as provides motivational addresses
Thus, her affiliation with The Asian Weekly was but a natural fit.
“I love reaching out to people through the Soul’s Reflection column of The Asian Weekly,” she says.









Contributor, Monica Gokaldas
The Asian Weekly’s contributor is a member of the Kenya’s business community – but that is one of many feathers in her cap. She is also a poet, writer, blogger, community worker and an energy healer.
Monica Gokals, a Founder member and Trustee of the Sindhi Welfare Society in Kenya, has been a delightful addition to the publication’s editorial team, drawing inspiration from her various talents to provide a different perspective on matters.
The selfless individual, who is always at hand to help out, is an artsy spirit, as is evidenced by her choicest hobbies: listening to classical music, singing, photography, travelling as well as attending spiritual discourses of any faith.
One of the founding members of LHSG, she, among others, have been featured in The Asian Weekly for their numerous Reiki camps and sessions held towards a singular goal of helping others and ultimately making the world a better.







Chief Graphic Designer, Satinder Bhamra
Ever since she landed her maiden job at The Asian Weekly back in 2013, Satinder Bhamra precipitously rose up the ranks to become the Chief Graphic Designer of the paperzine.
Undoubtedly fastidious and professional in her work, Satinder has racked up an impressive portfolio with her innovative designs and exquisite experimental abstract art. This, coupled with her inherent sense of exceptionalism has won her the Academy of Graphic Technology alumni constant praise.
When she is not designing, Satinder enjoys shopping – especially for high heels – and watching crime investigation series.








Office Assistant, George Mwachizi
The long time office assistant has been with The Asian Weekly for the last five years. He is widely known in the office as a down-to-earth straight fellow, yet courteous and dutiful.
When he is not engrossed with his work, George likes to spend time listening to his favourite music playlists as well as following updates about the world of soccer – especially when it involves his team of preference, Liverpool.









Company Distributor, Milton Ongiri
Milton Ongiri is one of the members of the distribution team, whose core task is ensuring copies of The Asian Weekly are delivered to routes assigned.
Doubling up as the company’s messenger, Milton diligently conducts his duties in a professional manner and remains a loyal and valued member of the team. He sacrifices his weekends to ensure the masses get their beloved publication in good time.
Aside from work, Milton enjoys travelling and often explores his photography talents in his free time. He is also an ardent Gor Mahia fan.








Company Driver, Raphael Musyoki
Raphael Musyoki is the wheel of The Asian Weekly vehicle – quite literally. He is the company driver and devotes hours on end for the benefit of the company’s growth.
An ever-present fixture at work with a never-say-die attitude, Raphael travels upcountry to spend his weekends with family, when he is not ferrying the team across the region on numerous assignments.
Not only is Raphael a hardworking yet friendly character, he religiously attends and enjoys socialisaing with bosom cronies.

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