SUNDAY 2 AUGUST AT
MANDAL HALL 5 PM ONWARD
Come and enjoy all our usual attractions:
· Outfits for ladies, children’s clothes, sadras, towels, sheets and household items
· Wide variety of home-made food
· Candy floss, pop corn and face painting to interest your children.
To book stalls contact Nergesh Daruwalla (Tel # 279-1383) or Alla Rustomji (Tel# 586-1746)
KZBM Stalls at
Banu Mandal appreciates feedback and suggestions from the community but not if sent anonymously. We would feel happy to consider any grievances faced by the concerned person.
Y M Z A
YMZA’S JAMSHED MEHTA ELOCUTION COMPETITION is being held on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at Banu Mandal Hall. The competition will start at 4pm SHARP!! The competition is on ANY RELIGIOUS TOPIC in English. The Elocution is open for all Zarthosti school-going children, ie - Montessori & Class 1; Classes 2, 3 & 4; Classes 5, 6 & 7; Classes 8, 9 & 10. Judging will be based on Delivery (style of talking/attention of audience), Voice Projection (clarity/ loudness) & Diction. Time limit is 3 minutes, which will be strictly observed for all age categories (contestants passing this time limit will have negative marking). Names of participants should be given to Kaizer Irani or Behroze Khambatta or any YMZA committee member latest by August 15, 2009.
The Mama School Excursion to Turkey- June 2009
18TH JUNE, 2009 SAW a group of 22, (15 students, 2 ex-students and 5 teachers) embarking on a 5-day tour to Turkey accompanied by Mr. Abdul Rahim, Tour Manager- Zeb Travels. We were received by our highly knowledgeable tour guide Nesrin who remained with us throughout. She was largely responsible for our super educational & enjoyable experience.
The two cities on our itinerary were Istanbul and Cannakale, both being replete with historical sites dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman Era.
The interesting sites visited in Istanbul were Sultan Ahmet Mosque ( better known as The Blue Mosque), the Hagia Sophia Museum (that earlier served as a church and then as a mosque),the Dolmabahce Palace (built in the mid 19th century where Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic spent his last years and died), the Topkapi Palace & Museum (that houses some of the breathtaking pieces of jewelry, precious stones & Holy Muslim Relics), the Basilica Cistern (527 AD.), the Hippodrome containing a 19m high granite Obelisk brought from Luxor, Egypt and the 8m high Serpentine Column brought from Temple of Apollo, in Delphi, Greece and finally the Bosphorus Cruise.
Driving along the coast of the European side of Turkey we reached the southernmost tip of the Gelibolu Peninsula where overlooking the Aegean Sea stands the Gallipoli Cemetery of soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Close by is the Kabatepe Museum where uniforms of soldiers, the letters they wrote to their families, arms and ammunition, coins et al are on display. The most interesting part came when we took a ferry across the Strait of Dardanelles to the city of Cannakale to behold the replica of the legendary wooden Trojan Horse symbolically commemorating the Trojan War. Next to it were the remains of the city walls, a temple and an amphitheatre.
Returning back to Istanbul , we shopped at the Grand Covered Bazaar having over 4000 shops selling Turkish ceramics, carpets, copper and brassware, the well-known Turkish Delight among other things.
Turkey is neat and clean with excellent transport system and law and order all around. Turkish food tastes neither very spicy nor insipid. Goat cheese and garden salad with generous sprinkling of vinegar and olive oil feature prominently in the diet. The Turks were found to be amiable, courteous and simply-dressed. After a thoroughly enjoyable stay, in the early morning hours of 23rd June the whole group returned to the sweltering heat of Karachi.
Furengeez D. Tampal
Group photo of tour to Turkey
Awarded OAM On Queen’s Birthday
Piroozi emigrated from Lahore, to Australia in 1981 and has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her services to the community. She was working as secretary to the executive officer of the Sydney Eisteddfod and is now the head of the organization. We are proud of our Zarthosti’s double achievement and take this opportunity to congratulate her.
THE SOPARIVALA ENDOWMENT FOR
TREATMENT OF ZOROASTRIAN PATIENTS
AT THE AGA KHAN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2008
The Soparivala Endowment Fund at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) was established through the benevolence of Noshir and Mehroo Soparivala in 1995 and it commenced functioning in the year 1998.
Since the commencement of the assistance programme from the fund, a decade ago, the endowment has served 127 inpatients and 241 outpatients of the Zoroastrian Community by extending them financial assistance, for their treatment at AKUH, to the tune of Rs.4.5 million, thereby making possible, access to the high quality of medical services at the Aga Khan University Hospital. The assistance up to 70% of their treatment costs has been provided by the Endowment Fund. Each case is extended assistance as per the criteria and policy laid down, giving due consideration to the individual’s need.
During 2008, the disbursement from the Soparivala Endowment amounted to Rs. 510,267 benefitting 10 Zoroastrian patients in 35 visits/admissions for the treatment at AKUH.
We are glad to report that the system to facilitate easy accessibility to the Endowment is functioning smoothly and the sub-committee comprising of Ms. Thrity Spencer and Mr. Kabir Akbar, Financial Assistance Sr. Manager at AKUH continue to receive requests for assistance from the patients or their family members.
Little Lady with a Heart of Gold
Eleven-year old Serena, daughter of Fiona and Rustom Setna (for readers’ interest we add that Fiona is the daughter of Zenobia and Mehelli Behrana of Karachi and Rustom is the son of Perin an Jal Setna originally of Lahore) touched us all by baking a tray of cookies to raise funds for our BMH Parsi General Hospital, at a ghambar in Houston! “That afternoon, patiently going through the crowd, without forcing anyone to contribute, she sold the entire tray of the goodies that she had prepared herself and collected a handsome amount of U S $228 which she will donate to the hospital in cash and kind when she visits Karachi shortly”, informs Jehanbux Mehta, one of the Trustees of BMH Hospital.
A remarkably compassionate pre-teen “Serena grows her hair to the required length, snips off around twelve inches and sends the lock to a hospital for wigs by the needy cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy”, Jehanbux adds with pride.
Milestones Information up to 12 July 2009
Shahn, daughter of Benaifer & Cyrus Kakalia on 4 July
Niloufer Hoshang Gamwalla with Kerbad Jehangir Jamshedji on 11 July
Sheriar Behram Faroogh on 20 June
Dara Behrana (Chairman & Trustee Saddar Dar e Meher) in New York, USA on 30 June
Meher Farrokh Malbari on 8 July
Thrity R BIllimoria Night-dresses, duster coats, house dresses
Tel # 5478194 are available
Biz-Wiz by Pouruchisty Sidhwa
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the Office
HAVE YOU EVER been in a situation whereby even if you are a dedicated, technically proficient person, someone comes along and spoils your day?