What’s On

AUG 09



Navroze Mela




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



EVERY YEAR, generous contribution from the community towards KZBM’s gift and lucky dip stalls helps us raise good funds at the mela.  We look forward to the same support and request that you send suitable items or cash contribution to Mani Cowasjee, Aban Aga, or to KZBM committee members.




Anonymous Letters


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.





Our Friends




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




Piroozi Desai-Keane

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 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?

It may well be a lack of interpersonal skills, in particular, a lack of empathy by the other. This lack of empathy for the needs and desires of others, or EQ, has been linked to one of the main causes of poor performance in the workplace, even among otherwise highly gifted people.

I have been astounded by the number of times that I've seen poor interpersonal skills exhibited in an organization, and no matter what the vision or mission statements are up on the wall proclaiming, I am surprised that something like EQ which has been the subject of intense study since Daniel Goleman first published his landmark book in the early '90's, Emotional Intelligence....why it can matter more than IQ has not been taken more seriously by people working with other people.

In a nutshell, there are four major quadrants or skills sets in EQ and they are Self-Awareness, Self- Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management.

The first two skills sets are more about you, while the latter two are more about you with other people. Here is a brief description of each:

1. Self awareness

In self awareness, it's your ability to accurately perceive your own emotions in the moment and to understand your tendencies across different situations. A high degree of self-awareness requires you to be willing to tolerate the discomfort of focusing directly on feelings that may be negative.

To improve your self-awareness, spend time thinking through them to figure out where your emotions are coming from and why you feel them. Lean into your emotions.

Emotions can be categorized into five major classes: love, joy, fear, anger, grief. So next time you feel, say, anger, lean into it and find out why you're feeling so.

Deal with it, and realize that anger is not intrinsically good or bad, it just is so. Find out what you'd need to do to about it and how to control your anger before you let anger control you.


2. Self-management

Are you able to have self-control? What about other factors including having initiative, adaptability, a high achievement drive, conscientiousness to complete what you are supposed to do, trustworthiness? Once you can manage yourself with discipline and focus, then you are in a much better position to achieve what you want in life.

I find that self-management is easier with good emotional management. This comes with healthy lifestyle, sleeping well, having work-family balance, doing things you enjoy and having fun.  


3. Social awareness

This is about being empathic when dealing with others. It is the ability to feel others' difficulties, to be able to put yourself into the other's shoe so that the other person understands that you're feeling what he or she is going through.

Most people want appreciation and understanding, and when you can begin to show that you care by empathizing with others, you will gain their respect. It is also about taking on a service orientation, serving others to ensure their total satisfaction is gained with their purchase of your product or service.

4. Relationship management

People with high EQ tend to be able to build strong bonds with others through effective networking. They have the capabilities to develop others, to have influence, to be change agents, be great communicators, manage conflict and exhibit great leadership in their daily actions.

Emotions are a human asset. When you develop your EQ to higher levels, your interpersonal skills will bring you very much closer to the top.

Yes, your technical skills are very important. They are a given. People expect you to know your job anyway.

But when you couple your highly honed technical skills together with a high EQ, then you will surely succeed in today's workplace, and EQ will be the major differentiator.






THE REAL ART OF CONVERSATION is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.




          Annual subs: Hilla Bharucha (Parsi Colony) and Phiruza Birdie (Cyrus Colony)

          Change of Address: Nergesh Daruwalla (Tel # 2791383 or on  nergeshd1@hotmail.com)

n                  Postings, Z-clips, Milestones: Sunnu Golwalla (Tel # 2780200 after 8pm or on kzbm@cyber.net.pk) latest by second Friday of the month. If received thereafter input will be taken in following issue.