Picnic at French Beach
Sunday April 22, 2012
Sun shine and blue sky: Time to relax on the beach with family and friends. Come to enjoy the refreshing water of French Beach but limited to first 70 persons, so hurry and buy your tickets.
Kindly bring your own breakfast, mugs, plates and cutlery and inform the ticket sellers if you need transport.
Venue: Diney Irani's hut at the French beach
Time: 9:30 am sharp coaster will leave from Banu Mandal
Ticket per person: Rs 500 (inclusive of transport)
Last Date: April 17, 2012 till 1 Pm.
Tickets available from:
Roshan Kotwal - 35887221
Soonu Kandawalla - 35681711
Parveen Banaji - 32767347
Furengeez Tampal - 32782961
Zarin Byromshaw – 32259064
Young Mazdayasnian Zoroastrian Association / Dastur Doctor Dhalla Institute in collaboration with Karachi Parsi Anjuman Trust Fund would like you to join in the celebration of the 109th Birthday of The Atash Adran Sahib & 142nd Birthday of Seth Dossabhoy Merwanji Wadia Dar-e-Meher (Gari Khata Agiary) on Monday, April 23, 2012 (Roj Adar & Mah Adar) at 8 p.m. Ervad Keki Dastur will narrate a short story & Tandorosti followed by dinner. Tickets are Rs.200/- per person (Dinner inclusive). (Last date to buy tickets is 15th April 2012). Tickets can be bought from following persons: Behroze Khambatta (32250648), Kaizer Irani (0300-2182633), Natasha Mobed (0300-8222616), Natasha Mavalvala (0334-3659002) or Shahrazad Irani (0300-9276062).
Mani Jamshed Cooper on 15 February
Daulat (Dolly) Ardeshir Irani on 6 March
Ginger Carrot Soup
If you aren't optimally digesting your meals, you might try including fresh ginger in your daily routine. Ginger has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic for the digestive system for its ability to promote relaxation of the smooth muscles that line the gastrointestinal tract.
Ginger carrot soup is an ideal tonic for the GI tract because it is abundant in carotenoids that can be converted to vitamin A in your body; vitamin A is essential for maintenance of healthy mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract.
Include some fresh orange juice for its natural vitamin C content, as well as some mineral-rich broth, and you have a mouthwatering soup that's good for your overall health, and particularly nourishing for your digestive and immune systems.
Makes about 4 servings
1 piece fresh ginger (about 3 inches
long), peeled and coarsely chopped
1. Cook onion and ginger in olive oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Stir occasionally - cook for about 5 minutes or until onions and ginger have softened.
2. Add carrots, orange juice, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover with lid, and let simmer for about 45 minutes or until carrots are quite soft.
3. Transfer soup in batches to a blender and blend until smooth. If you have a hand-held blender, you can blend the whole batch right in the pot.
4. Season soup with sea salt, pepper, and nutmeg if you have it on hand.
Enjoy the delicious ginger carrot soup!
Source: Dr Mercola’s newsletter
Employer of Choice
An employer of choice strives to pay employees compensation that includes a salary and benefits that are equal to or above market rates.
Other additional factors that make an employer an employer of choice are:
Job Security: Employees are reasonably certain that their employer is financially sound. Freedom from concern about losing their jobs, employees are able to concentrate on their goals and core functions without worry.
Empowerment and Authority: Employees are empowered to make decisions and take responsibility for how they do their jobs.
Respect: Employees may not always be right and their ideas may not set company direction and choices, but at an employer of choice, employees feel that they are fundamentally respected by their bosses and coworkers.
Opportunity for Growth: At an employer of choice, employees feel they are encouraged to continue to develop their skills and careers.
Access to Information: Employers of choice share information with employees that range from the company financial progress and results to the success framework. Employees feel they are members of the incrowd, because they know what is happening.
Commitment: Employers of choice are committed to their employees and to their customers. This is reflected in everything from Human Resources policies to business strategies.
Involvement: At an employer of choice, employees feel they have the opportunity to be involved. They can make suggestions, think up new products or service innovations, serve on employee committees to plan events and work processes, and attend appropriate meetings and have input on work processes that affect their jobs.
Positive Relationships with Coworkers: Gallup research finds that engaged employees are likely to have a best friend at work. Employees leave bosses more than they leave anything else present in their workplace.
Work-Life Balance: Increasingly demanded by employees, work-life balance allow employees to work undistracted by the family and life events, which minimise employee stress and help them accomplish life's challenges while working.
Performance Culture: An employer of choice finds ways to tie the performance and the interests of employees with those of the employer.
Fairness: Employers need to fairly develop and apply policies, treat employees with the same regard and consideration, and make the workplace guidelines clear and enforceable across the board
Recognition: Employers of choice provide feedback to employees about their performance, growth prospects, accomplishments, and areas needing improvement, regularly. One of the most powerful forms of feedback is employee recognition. At an employer of choice, recognition is regular, targeted to real successes, and used to reinforce positive and desired behaviour.
Source: Susan Heathfield’s newsletter
Bigger population of Zoroastrians
in Sweden than in Pakistan
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The first Kurdish Zoroastrian temple, Agri Temple or “Temple of Fire,” will opened its doors for believers of the faith on the Kurdish New Year, Newroz.
The center is located north of the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
Inside the temple, there is the holy fire and paintings of Zoroaster and Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrian god. Texts from the Avesta, the holy book written in Kurdish, and a Kurdish flag warm up the heart of the temple.
Holding the Avesta against his chest and standing by the fire, Andaz Hawezi, the administrator of the temple and representative of the Kurdish Zoroastrian community in Sweden, said that on Newroz the temple will open its doors and welcome anyone interested in becoming a Zoroastrian, as long as they practice the main pillars of the faith -- “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.”
Hawezi has been studying the religion for over 20 years and has gained a senior position in the temple and the first Kurd to reach such a high position.
Hawezi received a license from the Swedish government to build the temple. According to Hawezi, the number of Zoroastrian Kurds has risen from four to more than 3,000 people in Sweden alone.
For the Kurdish people, Hawezi argues, the revival of Zoroastrianism is important. “The historic and cultural language of Kurds was taken away from us,” he said. “We didn't know where the roots of our language had come from. What was our culture and history? Because it was hidden from us, we didn't know our dances and customs; all seemed strange to us."
Hawezi believes Kurds must return to the Avesta in order to find themselves. “It has our language and customs; we can find our identity in it. The Kurdish identity is in the Zoroastrian religion,” he said.
Zoroastrianism originated from ancient Persia but is, argues Hawezi, a religion with no boundaries, for all humanity. “It is a religion without boundaries. The root of the religion is in the brain, that a human being has to think and then behave in a good manner,” he said.
“It is a religion of happiness and struggle,” he adds. “The ultimate decision lies with human beings. No one can tell you to do this or that. It is a religion that pushes a human being to make his own decisions.”
The Day of Judgment, reward in heaven and punishment in hell are major teachings of other religions. But, according to Hawezi, the concept of hell is different in Zoroastrianism.
“In the Zoroastrian religion, hell is not a hot place as others believe,” he says. “Because to us Kurds, heat is a good thing; it is something holy. We come from the mountains and cold regions, so our heaven is warm and bright; our hell is dark and cold."
Hawezi urges the Kurds of Sweden to come to his temple on the eve of Newroz.
“Come and live with the Zoroastrian religion and fire," he says.
"You don’t need to be better than anyone else, you just need to be better than you used to be." Rabindranath Tagore.
HOME REMEDY FOR BURNS
The best First Aid is to run cold faucet of water on the affected area until burning of layers of the skin has stopped. Then, spread egg whites (separated from the yolk) onto the affected area. You can apply it layer upon layer too if need be, till you no longer feel pain. Let it dry and form a protective layer. Next day there will be no trace of the burn and, within 10 days the burnt area will be totally regenerated due to collagen and vitamins in egg white. This remedy is even being taught to beginner firemen.