On-going KZBM Centenary Celebration
Traditional Parsi Sit
Down Dinner and Entertainment Evening
on Saturday 25 February
at 8pm at KPI
Zarthostis in Karachi, are fortunate to have institutions that are vibrant even
after 100 years. This is because of our community's support and interest in
Banu Mandal is
proud to celebrate its 100 years and presents
as part of its Centenary celebration "A Traditional Parsi Sit Down Dinner and
Entertainment Evening". Please join in large numbers and let's make it a night
Come dressed in
garas or sari with kor, accompanied by dagla and faita by the gentlemen, to add
to the ambience of the evening. Of course this is not compulsory but do come
You are welcome to
bring along your Non-Zarthosti guests.
Time: 8p.m. onwards
Ticket for Zarthostis: Rs 800
Last Date: February 21, 2012 till 1 Pm.
Tickets available from:
Roshan Kotwal - 35887221
Soonu Kandawalla - 35681711
Parveen Banaji - 32767347
Furengeez Tampal - 32782961
Roshan Vania - 32250127
BVS Parsi High
School’s Primary Section will perform THE LION KING on Fri 17 Feb and Sat 18 Feb
2012 at 6:30pm at the school premises.
Mehernaz Bharucha, Head Mistress, Primary Section or Diana Randeria, Head
Mistress Secondary Section or from the School.
Limited seats are
Children under 8
years of age no permitted
The Jinnah Award 2011
for Ardeshir Cowasjee
“The first thing
I read in Sunday DAWN is Ardeshir Cowasjee’s column” is a remark one has often
heard from friends. In fact, his fearless weekly columns have made him a
household name in the country.
Society conferred on him the Jinnah Award for 2011 “in recognition of
outstanding and dedicated services to Pakistan”, said the Award’s citation.
Through his columns he had waged a war against corruption and other ills in the
society, with the result, the Karachi mafia feared him and the citizens cheered
Jamsheed Marker was the Chief Guest on the occasion and said that the Cowasjee
family had made significant contribution to the metropolis of Karachi from the
time of British to the creation of Pakistan and later. He also recounted how the
two of them practically grew up together.
Cowasjee’s philanthropic work in education and health was cited by television
artist Khalid Ahmed when he informed the audience that countless Pakistani
students’ education was funded through the Cowasjee Foundation. The foundation
had also sponsored one of The Citizen’s Foundation schools, School of Midwifery
at the Lady Dufferin Hospital and a school at the NED University campus. In
the filed of health his Foundation had built a dialysis ward and lithotripsy
centre at the SIUT, as well as an accident and emergency operation theatre unit
at the Jinnah Hospital.
He served the
citizens at large by making them aware of the misdeeds of Pakistan’s rulers and
how they were exploited by their countrymen.
Cowasjee was presented a leather-bound edition of his articles and columns
published in the daily DAWN over last ten years by Ameena Saeed, managing
director of Oxford University Press at whose premises the ceremony was held on
20 December 2011.
“When the gold medal was presented, he received a standing ovation by all the
invitees, with continuous applause and the room just echoed with praises and
appreciation of this great man! But, alas one sad tiding was also shared with
us that Sunday, December 25, 2011 will bring his
last column that would be printed in DAWN and then no more
writings from him will appear...hope he changes his mind”, informs a member of
acknowledged it all with his quintessential humour, “I am overwhelmed and thank
all of you who are here to waste a great deal of your valuable time.”
to the Editor in the DAWN regularly express their wish to see continuity of his
columns in the Sunday Dawn, but Ardeshir has now hung up his hat!
DAWN and Express Tribune)
Freny Mistry (Chinimini)
Freny Mistry was
born in Allahabad India on January 30, 1908, which will make her 104 years old
She grew up and
went to school in the same city and acquired many talents. She learned to play
the tablas, did some horse riding and also learned to ride motorcycle. But most
important of all talents was colouring black and white photographs at her
father's portrait studio. This talent she brought to Karachi and used it not
only in her own studio but also at another commercial studio. Later on she
continued to work from her home getting new business by word of mouth. Her
talents as a cook were well known, especially the chutneys and pickles which she
sold through a couple of Parsi-owned grocery stores.
working as secretary to Mr Cyrus Minwalla when Hotel Metropole was being built
and worked there for some time.
During World War
II she joined the women' auxiliary corps which held charity bazaars for the
benefit of servicemen and also worked as volunteer at the military hospital
tending to the wounded. She has been a very outgoing and vivacious person who
In 2004 we
brought her to USA to stay with us because of her old age and no one to look
after her. She has been happy to enjoy her time with the children, grand
children and great grand children.
In March 2011 she
became a US Citizen. The staff at the immigration office treated her with great
respect and honour because of her age and bearing, seeing her walking on her own
two feet without the aid of any walker or wheelchair. After the interview they
made special arrangements for her to be sworn in immediately instead of calling
her back for the ceremony with scores of other people.
has taken its toll on her, not physically so much as mentally. She has been
diagnosed with dementia / Alzheimer's and is now being taken care of at a
nursing home. Even there she has not lost her spirits and she had a good time
dancing away the night at New Year's eve party.
She has led a
very active life, always ready to help out where there was need and looked at
life with a very positive attitude. This attitude and her active life have kept
her going all this while.
and Aspi Bharda, daughter and son-in-law
Information up 17 Jan 2012
Shane, son of Shireen & Hormuzd Mana on 23 December
Elisa daughter of Vahishta and Dinshaw Amra on 23 December
Raizan, son of Natasha and Zubin Mavalvala on 24 December
Selena & Freya, daughters of Armita & Ardeshir Wania; Ariana, daughter of
Shermeen & Danny Khursigara and Zane & Zaal, sons of Jasmine & Isphanyar M
Bhandara on 24 December (children of 3 sisters) ###
Afshad, son of Zarnak and Yazdi Sidhwa on 25 December
*** date of ceremony. Reception on another date.
On the subject of
Navjotes in Karachi, we have interesting information for our readers. In 1955
the Kalyaniwalla family had Navjote of five siblings
and cousins on the lawns of KPI, followed by dinner for the entire
community. It was an event much remembered and much talked about.
Maneck (nee Kalyaniwalla) Savak Poonegar's three daughters honoured the family
tradition and had, between them,
their 5 children's Navjote on 24th December 2011! May the tradition continue in
Avan Bejon Aga and Maneck Faram Appoo on 26 December
Tashan Khojeste Mistree (of Mumbai) and Zane Ronny Byramji on 31 December
* Date of ceremony, reception was on another date
Khambatta ex-Karachjite in Canada on 12 December
Abadan ex-Quettaite in USA on 13 December
ex-Karachiite in UK on 14 December
Cowasjee on 18 December
Hoshang Shekdar on 22 December
Gulu Minoo Muncherji on 24 December
Ghaswalla ex Karachiite in USA on 29 December
ex Karchi-ite on 30 December in UK
Romer ex-Quettaite in Canada on 31 December
Hormusji in Lahore on 31 December
Bhathena on 2 January
Bharucha on 4 January
friend of KZBM will be sharing with us some Persian recipes which you may like
to try. Since these dishes are made in bulk by families, she has done her best
to give quantities for serving 6 persons, however some adjustments maybe
required. KZBM appreciates her contribution and respects her wish to remain
anonymous. – Ed.
Noodles 1 Pkt
Onion 4 medium
Garlic 1 Pod
Salt to taste
Beans 1/2 cup
Chickpeas 1/2 cup
Beetroot 1/2 kg
Spinach 1 bunch
Dill 1 bunch
Flour 1/4 cup
Turmeric 1 tsp
Powder 1 tsp
Dhana Jeera 1
powder 1 tsp
mint 1 bunch
leaves to taste
Tamarind 1/2 pkt
Vinegar 2 tblsp
Soak red beans
and chickpeas overnight – next morning wash them again and place in pressure
cooker with fresh water and add some washed black masoor, few chopped beetroot
to boil. When its done place it in a bigger dekchi and add chopped spinach,
chopped dill (suva ni bhaji) and later add noodles (preferably the broad ones)
and while its cooking u can place some flour (atta) in a bowl with little cold
water and gradually add to the above to get the consistency and the aroma of
meer (atta). Traditionally the Iranian make thin strips by rolling the dough and
then cutting it in thin strips which resembles noodles but to save the hassle
you can follow the way its mentioned above.
Now in a frying
pan fry onions then add garlic until its nice and golden, add salt, turmeric,
red chili powder, dhana jeera, jeera (roasted and ground), curry powder, and
fresh mint leaves and dried mint leaves. In the meantime put some tamarind in
hot boiling water and let it soak. Finally, add the tamarind pulp to the cooked
oosh-e-meer and to enhance taste add little vinegar with jaggery towards the
Enjoy this lovely
Our religion –
Spenta Mainyu is
the guiding inspiration and angra mainyu is the architect of evil.
As we all know,
we constantly face a battle between good and evil as long as we live and our
choices do change, besides Spenta Mainyu is vulnerable, therefore we are advised
to reaffirm our choices through daily prayers to ward off angra mainyu.
In Avesta Yasna
19.15 it is mentioned that Zarathushtra’s recital of the Ahuna Vairya puts angra
mainyu in a stupor. In the Vendidad 19, angra mainyu is said to have attacked
Zarathushtra with a battalion of demons but our prophet blocks them all by power
Ahura Mazda has
gifted man with free will and therefore he has the choice to follow the path of
evil / druj / deceit or the path of Righteousness / asha / truth. His choice of
evil will lead him to misery and ultimately to hell; whereas the path of
righteousness will lead him to peace and everlasting happiness in heaven.
knowledge let us make our choices wisely and take the help of prayers to achieve
righteousness. Ultimately it will be the choices that we make in our life on
which will depend our place in afterlife.
Compiled and edited:
Hilla Bharucha (Parsi Colony) and Phiruza Birdie (Cyrus Colony)
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