Thank You!

I wanted to say Thank You for attending or supporting this year’s Annual Aquarius Charity Affair. I am truly grateful and genuinely amazed that over 600 people attended the event throughout the night! From all the bar sales, donation box, and my personal donation, we raised about $3000! That’s amazing! This will improve many children’s lives that has leukemia, fund water well drilling equipment in ourder to give clean drinking water to the poverty regions of Africa, and help fund SAMAR to help them organize multiple bone marrow drives – do you know how rare it is to find South Asian matches?! It’s kind people like you that shows so much love and support that inspires me to do as much as I can to make a difference in this world through the entertainment industry. Even though this is not my “day job,” you guys motivate me to spend as much time in improving and growing “The Urban Nerd” brand. Once again, thank you!

Feel free to experience the night all over again by checking out all the 640 photos and the Press Video covered by UrbanAsian at my Facebook Page,

I want to thank all the people who helped me out, especially my sponsors to make this year’s Aquarius Charity Affair the best one so far.

I want to thank, Luv the World Clothing, Luxemi, and Convey Clothing – without these wonderful companies, this event would not have been as successful as it was. Please check out their websites. Everyone knows about – (all you single people out there!), and Luv the World Clothing and Convey Clothing have an amazing collection of clothes, t-shirts, and accessories. They have a great sense of fashion design, and for those who always see me sporting Convey gear – well now you can get them too! What’s amazing about these two clothing companies is that portion of their sales go to different causes and charity funds. This is the reason why I am a HUGE supporter for both brands. Also, check out Luxemi – they have an incredible taste in design when it comes to South Asian jewelry and fashion.

I want to thank Parul “The Cake Designer” Patel, for catering all those delicious cupcakes. Did you know those cupcakes were all EGGLESS!?!? Amazing, right? Also, she was the one who designed the Birthday cake as well, and I just recently had a slice of it not so long ago, and wow, it tasted amazing. Heck, I even preserved and froze a slice, acting like it was a piece of a wedding cake – that’s how good it was. Check her out at: I also want to thank Laurentino’s Pasticceria Caffe for providing all the Chocolate Covered Strawberries for the night, and also want to thank Kyotofu for providing their award winning cupcakes for the VIP room.

I want to say thanks to Manny Singh and the whole Indus Tuesdays team for booking Hudson Terrace as the venue for the event. I want to thank all the DJs for providing the amazing music: DJ Insomnia, DJ Bornswift, DJ Flawless (“Waseem Stark”). Special thanks to the photographers: Julian and Gene.

I want to say thanks to all the people that celebrated their Birthdays at the event (Tina, Maneesh, Neha, Farhan, Sabrina, Monty, Nimesh, Sam, Shazia). I want to thank my Event Planner, Rhea Ghosh, who took half my stress away for this event. If you ever need an event planner, I highly recommend her. I want to thank all the people who also helped out on the day of the event: Sarah, Nirav, Dhaval (for handling and running the Bone Marrow Drive), Akash and Omar.

The raffles were not announced at the party, so I will be contacting each of the names were picked from the raffle box for the giveaways. Thanks for everyone that donated and registered at the bone marrow drive in order to do the raffle! Also, has given us a promo code to give out to everyone who supported the event – Use Promo Code: “JAN1512” for a 15% discount when signing up for their matrimonial services.

Once again, thanks everyone for all the support and check out all the photos and video at:!


The Urban Nerd

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Posted: January 26th, 2012 | Author: | Under: Entertainment, General, Viewpoints | Tags: , , , , ,

The Fifth Annual Aquarius Charity Affair

Wow!  So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  Figured I would write something that has been on my mind.

So about 6 years ago, I would have a get together and celebrate my birthday with a group of friends, and all of my friends would ask me what I would want for my birthday, and at the point in life – I really didn’t want anything nor need anything, so I would tell my friends to go donate to a certain charity, and my friends did just that.  The year after, when it was the beginning of January, same question arose, and then it occurred to me – why not just have a charity party. A close friend of mine from Harvard, Maneesh, who happens to have his birthday the day before mine agreed with me to throw a big bash.  Now each year, this bash has grown larger and larger in size, and now this year – it happens to be only 2 days away (wow – that’s close by..*getting nervous*) – happens to be the largest we’ve ever done.

I started planning this all the way back in October, knowing that I wanted to do something bigger and different, and was trying to figure out how can I top last years (I did it at Belmont Lounge).  I’ve been only living in NYC for a little over a year, but I was confident that I knew enough people in order for the word to spread (plus being known for the viral Kati Roll Parody video was a plus!).  My expenses were high, and I was really close to just paying everything out of pocket, until a friend told me that – the event is large enough to get sponsors.  With all the planning, logistics, catering, sponsors, guest lists, design, etc. – I knew I needed help and I needed an amazing event planner.  Luckily, I found an amazing person, Rhea Ghosh, who if it wasn’t for her – this event would not have really happened the way I wanted it to be.  Usually, I give everyone a chance to prove themselves as an asset to me in regards to anything “Urban Nerd” related, and she really, really proved herself.  She did an amazing job, and I highly recommend her if you need an event planned from anywhere in getting sponsors to fund your event to marketing strategy.

Another thing that has been on my mind is that the feedback I have received was unimaginable.  In the beginning I was worried that we wouldn’t get enough people, but we have over 780 RSVPs (including waitlists) all thanks to everyone spreading the word about it (my wonderful friends in the entertainment industry – Melanie Kannokada, Payal Kadakia, Rohan Sheth from MTV, Jay Dabhi, DJ Insomnia, DJ Bornswift, DJ KarmaDJ Flawless (aka Waseem Stark),  and of course the whole Crew!  Also, really big thanks to Dhaval Bhanusali, he organized the whole SAMAR bone marrow drive for the event, and definitely got the whole AAPI community involved.  He also helped out on small things here and there that is actually crucially important to the event.  Now I have to figure out how is everyone going to get in when the venue only holds 500 people…LOL!

Another thing, this event would not have happened if it wasn’t for the sponsors who believed in the event!  Special thanks goes out to:, Luv The World, Luxemi, and Convey.  Also, a very special thanks to the Indus Tuesdays Team, especially Manny Singh.  If it wasn’t for him – I wouldn’t have been able to book such an amazing venue.

Wow – I can’t believe it’s two days away.  I’m nervous, but also anxious and excited.  I’m not sure people realize how hard it is to throw a massive free party, and all the planning that is involved with it, but in the end I hope we raise a lot of money for the charities, so it will be worth it. =)


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Posted: January 19th, 2012 | Author: | Under: Entertainment, General, Viewpoints | Tags: , , , , ,

Donate to The Urban Nerd Effect

Dear Friends, Family and of course my Fans,

As some of you may know, I am heavily involved in campaigning in many charities such as The Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Coalition for the Homeless, New York Cares, and  I usually make videos or write articles about it, and currently I want to try to take full advantage of what I am capable of providing. I want to start a donation fund where I can continue to support these charities through my videos, articles and campaigns. 50% of the donations will go to CLF4Kids and the other 50% to fight hunger in Somalia.

In return for your donation, you can download my new parody song called “Give Me Kati Roll (Tonight)” and just remember no donation is too small. Feel free to donate whatever your heart desires.  The donation button is below, as well as the download link for the song.

I will continue to provide you laughs, smiles, and the entertainment that you desire. Look out for more craziness from The Brown Boys and myself, and I will continue to evolve The Urban Nerd Effect. Thank you for all your support in the past two years where I started “The Urban Nerd” and I love each and every one of you.


The Urban Nerd

Download: The Brown Boys – “Give Me Kati Roll (Tonight)” feat. The Urban Nerd & Sam Hasan 


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Posted: August 25th, 2011 | Author: | Under: Must Read, Viewpoints | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Girl Effect

About two years ago, I went to the Global Poverty Initiative Conference at MIT, and I learned that the key to having any kind of effect on improving poverty in this world is to educate the women that are living in those conditions.  Recently, The Girl Effect’s website was forwarded to me and I felt that people should go to this website and understand how they can make a difference or at least watch the intro video.

What is The Girl Effect?
There are 600 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing world.  By giving one of these girls a chance, you start the girl effect. When girls have safe places to meet, education, legal protection, health care, and access to training and job skills, they can thrive.  And if they thrive, everyone around them thrives too.
The website is

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Posted: January 7th, 2010 | Author: | Under: Viewpoints | Tags: , , , ,