Family Portraits, Event Photography

My name is Aisha and I am an independent photographer offering rates that fit any budget.
Let me capture your next priceless moments and memories! For more information please contact me.

Here is a link to just a few photos I took. Contact me more information at (209) 627-9039 or email me at

Thank you for your interest! I am so excited to hear from you & I look forward to meeting you!

How to find someone good and reliable for a service you need?

Good help is hard to find. As you go through different stages of life or move from one location to another, you need different services.  For example, when you move, you need a good mover. You also have to find a good mechanic, physician, dentist, and other providers close to your new home. Similarly, when you have a kid, you need to find a good pediatrician, or after you buy a house, you may need a good gardener, plumber, electrician, handyman and other providers.

How do you find someone good for a service that you need? You could look up on Yellow pages or use Google search, but these sources just provide a listing of service providers. You cannot tell the good ones from the bad ones. Obviously, you would like to find a reputable provider for whatever service you need.

The other option is looking at online review sites such as Yelp or Angie’s list. However, Yelp is geared more towards restaurants and Angie’s list requires a paid subscription. But more importantly, can you trust the reviews posted on these sites by people you don’t know? Are those reviews really objective and unbiased? What you would like to have is a recommendation from someone you know and trust.

So the safest and least expensive option is to ask your friends. Whatever you are looking for, chances are someone in your circle of friends has used the same service sometime in the past. So why not tap into your social network to find a good reliable provider for the service you need? If your friend likes his gardener, maybe you should use the same gardener. If your cousin likes the law-firm that she uses, perhaps you might want to use the same law firm. Similarly, if your neighbor likes her music teacher, you might want to talk to that music teacher.

A recently launched Danville based new online service called Trustrecs ( makes it really easy for you to tap into your social circle to find a good provider. The service is free and in beta right now.  It helps you get trustworthy recommendations at zero cost. Try it and let me know what you think.


Spacious grocey at Sikandar San Ramon

Sikandar Cash and Carry is a new grocery store in San Ramon – and its a little distinctive in its brightly lit aisles, large shopping carts, barcode scanners and its size – at 8,000 square-foot. The supermarket features food from all over India, Fiji, and the Middle East.

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The owners have stores and a distribution company in California for the last 30 years. There is another Sikandar branch in Sacramento. The family also have stores in Berkeley (Milan) and San Leandro (Santos).

Sikandar Cash and Carry is located at 2556 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583; tel: (925) 838-2075. Hours of operation are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.; closed Monday.
Source – indiawest

Spice up at the Alameda County Fair

Mark June 23 and 24 to be at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton – the two days celebrate the Spice of India Festival with a lot of food and culture.
There is live cooking demo and food, cultural booths, Best of the Bay Samosa Contest, and what not. See details below, and in the flyer.
The Alameda County Fair is celebrating turning 100. This year’s Centennial celebration includes the return of the downtown Pleasanton Parade, a brand new concert format, and a variety of distinctive memorabilia chronicling its 100 year history.
Noon – 2nd Best of Bay Samosa
Rolling & Cooking Contest
1:15 pm Yoga & Meditation
1:30 pm Travel to India, No Passport Needed
3:00 pm Bollywood Fitness
3:30 pm Contemporary Dance & Music
4:30 pm Live Bollywood Music & Karaoke
5:30 pm Recognition & Vote of Thanks

Noon – Cooking Demo by
Famous Bay Area Chefs
1:15 pm Yoga & Meditation
1:30 pm Travel to India, No Passport Needed
3:00 pm Contemporary Dance & Music
4:30 pm Live Bollywood Music & Karaoke
5:30 pm Recognition & Vote of Thanks

Bollywood – Henna – Great Indian Live Cooking demo & food – Cultural booths – Traditional dance across various Indian states – Live Music * Yoga

Spice of India Poster
Spice of India Poster - Pleasanton

Best Of the Bay SAMOSA Contest
SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD • 12 p.m.
More information: • Krishna Kumar, 510-213-1223,

Improve your Business English skills!

Hello!  My name is Stacey Lichter, and I am an experienced English language tutor living in Walnut Creek.  I have worked with several Asian Indians, so I understand the  English grammatical mistakes and errors in syntax which are common among those whose native languages include Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati. Don’t let your English language skills keep you from getting that great promotion! I can help you improve your business communications now.

Let your professionalism shine through grammatically correct emails, presentations, and resumes. Lessons cost $50 per hour, but lesson package discounts are available.  I am also available to tutor middle school and high school students who need help with English, grammar, and writing skills.

For more information or to schedule a lesson, please email

Painting classes from 6/18 in San Ramon

Hello all, My father, Vijay Somanchi, a renowned artist in India is visiting me for 3 months. He is planning to offer painting classes while he is here, this summer.
Painting classes for adults and kids above the age of 12 years will be offered.
Please RSVP by 06/15 or contact us on 510-456-5764 to register
The curriculum is as follows:

  •  Adults ($10/hr):  Oil painting and Water colors 10AM-12PM, Mon, Wed and Fri
  •  Children (ages 12-18) ($8/hr):  Drawing and Water colors 3-5PM, Mon-Fri

About the artist:Vijay' s Art
He did many art camps and presented at art seminars motivating the young talent in India. He was invited to be a Guest lecturer in Nagarjuna University, Guntur, in Art and Architecture 2009-10 and a guest speaker at NIFT, Hyderabad 2011-12 after he retired from Banking.

Please refer to the his website to know more about the artist and his paintings. Regards, -Anoop.

Tulip After School in “Dublin” for K-5!

Tulip After School will be opening its 2nd location in West Dublin after its successful venture in Sunnyvale. Now enrolling for Fall 2012-13.
Program Highlights:

  • Homework Help
  • Enrichment Activities(Yoga, Dance, Creative Art, Martial Arts)
  • Languages
  • Pick Up from Local Schools
  • Healthy Snacks

For more information call 408-930-1862 or email and  check !



Summer Enrichment Programme

5yrs to 10yrs olds can learn Bollywood Dance, Art & Craft T-shirt ‘Tie & Dye’, Public Speaking, Kirigami Art – all together for $10/hr in San Ramon at our SUMMER 2012 ENRICHMENT CLASSES. Class timings are 3pm – 5pm.

Time Monday (June 18th) Tuesday (June 19th) Wednesday (June 20th) Thursday (June 21st)
3-4pm Art & CraftT-shirt `Tie & Dye’ Public Speaking`Farm Animals’ Kirigami Art Public Speaking`Wild Animals’
4-5pm BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’ BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’
Time Monday (June 25th) Tuesday (June 26th) Wednesday (June 27th) Thursday (June 28th)
3-4pm Art & CraftT-shirt `GlitterDecoration’ Public Speaking`Wonders of Nature’ Kirigami Art Public Speaking`Wonders of Nature”
4-5pm BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’ BollywoodDance Readers Theater`Gingerbread Man’

Note: Kirigami is a fold and cut paper art.

Contact Zainab at 925-699-5432, or

“Apni Bhasha”- Hindi and Gujarati Classes in San Ramon

Hi, I am starting Hindi and Gujarati Classes for Kids in San Ramon, CA. Let me know, if you or your friends are interested in sending their kids for the lessons.

In an hour long sessions kids will learn reading and writing in Hindi and Gujarati. In addition, they will learn meditation, shlokas, rhymes, poems and stories from Indian mythology.

I will try to make the learning fun for the kids and educate them in our languages. At the same time, they will also learn about our rich culture!

Moreover, there will be just  five to six kids in a group. So, just the right size group…. small enough to focus and big enough to learn from each-other…..

Three levels- Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

Initially, kids will be put in the Beginners’ group and later on will be moved on to the groups according to their learning ability and age.

Contact for special summer pricing.

Offering Special Summer/Sibling Discounts right now:

Those, who are interested can email on

-Regards, Shraddha Pathak (925)-548-4221

Chit Chat Chaat and Chai

An exclsive afternoon just for the ladies. Relax, make new friends, share laughs with a fruitful discussion on three very improtant issues as you mingle with friends to enjoy papdi Chaat and chai. On June 17th at assembly hall at Shiva Vishnu Temple in Livermore from 2 to 4 P.M. More Information contact Suman Jain

Enriching Summer Camps Academics with Public Speaking

Described as the School that Shapes Tomorrow’s Citizens, Genius Kids San Ramon offers exciting personalized summer camps commencing June 18, 2012 continuing till August 31, 2012.

  • Baby Genius (Infant and Toddler), Pre School, Pre-K, Grades K- 6th
  • Just Public Speaking
  • Just Enrichment Arts and Crafts

Keep your child away from the distractions of TV/internet this summer. Our academic Summer & Spring camps are designed to bridge your child from one grade level to the next, reviewing & reinforcing what has been taught in school & preparing them for the following year. They learn study skills & the ability to enjoy learning, whilst having fun at the same time.

  • Reading, Writing
  • Comprehension & Creative Story Writing
  • Logic & Critical Thinking
  • Language & Grammar
  • Brain Building Exercises
  • Public Speaking
  • Art/Crafts
  • Educational Science
  • Famous Literature
  • Movies
  • Memory Games/Chess Club

Unleash your child’s creative talents every day by engaging in interactivity, telling jokes, watching movies & making friends. Contact or call 510-713-2431 for more information.

Bollywood Dance Summer Camp in Dublin

Planning for summer activities for your children? How about some fun and learning with Bollywood Dance?!
Friends, I am going to start a Bollywood Dance Summer Camp from June 11th to July 5th, 2012 – Monday to Thursday.

  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for Age Group 9-13 years
  • 02:00 PM – 04:30 PM for Age Group 5-8 years

Kids will learn multiple dance styles during these 3-4 weeks. It would be full of entertainment, as well as fitness for kids.
Each week they learn different dance/song. So you can sign up for full 4 weeks ($200), or even choose any 3 weeks ($150) (to accommodate for any other vacation plans).
Hurry up and sign up soon; kids will sure have FUN and enjoy this summer camp.

Just confirm on this post, and don’t forget to send it across to your other friends.

You can always reach me @408-625-7237 or to get more information.
Looking forward to some fun summer time!


Know Breath Know life – May 17th – 20th 2012

Learn to relax and live life to the fullest.
This Art of  Living Course includes yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, practical wisdom and interactive processes.
To register:
Contact Phone: 5109672380
Contact Email:

“The Art of living is to gain this ability in life-it’s very simple, just a skill-the ability to free your mind of the past, to free your mind of the future fears, and to be able to play with every situation that is in front of you, to be able to take every situation that is in front of you.”
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Mantra Sadhana Seminar – Art Of Living Tri Valley

A rare opportunity to learn the meaning and correct chanting of the Mantras – this is the very first Mantra Sadhana Seminar being hosted in the TriValley Area.

What is a mantra? “Mananaat traayate iti mantrah” – That which helps the mind to transcend, that which saves you from repetitiveness is a mantra. A repetitive thought is a worry. Mantras help to free you from worries. Mantras are universal and can be chanted by anyone. Since 5000 years, people have achieved higher states of consciousness, attained supreme peace and experienced bliss by chanting mantras.

The seminar teaches the correct intonation and meaning of popular ancient Sanskrit Mantras. Knowing the meaning of the mantra invokes peace, love, and leads to a meditative state. Chanting mantras creates subtle vibrations that affect the consciousness in a positive way.

This workshop is open to anyone above 16 yrs of age. The course consists of theoretical background on different branches of Vedas and basics of Vedic chanting with its specific style consisting of udaat (high), anudaat (low) and svarit (middle) notes. This course also covers common Mantras and ensures that the student understands the meaning of the Mantras and master the correct intonation for chanting the mantras

This will be taught by Prof V. Sastry who is an Engineering Professor and is a priest at Halifax Hindu Temple in Canada.

Introduction to Mantra Sadhna Seminar and Interview with SastryJi:

Register for the course at

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