What’s On

juLY 2012

Car Rally followed by dinner

Sat 21 July : 7:30 pm : KPI 


It’s time for an exciting and exhilarating car rally brought to you jointly by PPCA and KZBM. Get into gear –put your foot on the accelerator and be ready to zoom off. Maximum of five persons per car and do give your car team members names to ticket sellers.


Date: July 21, 2012

Time: Car rally will start 7:30 onward

Venue: KPI

Ticket: Rs 600/-

Last day: July 17, 2012


Tickets available from:
Parveen Banaji - 32767347          
Phiruza Birdie - 35895057            
Soonu Kandawalla - 35681711 
Roshan Vannia – 32250127

Furengeez Tampal - 32782961 



"Saving Face" - Pakistan Wins Its First Oscar!

A journey to heal - a fight for justice

Sat 7 July : 8 pm : Mandal Hall


Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, brings to light a subject which is under-reported of acid violence against women, the injustice meted to them and how the struggle continues for justice and healing. The positive side is how a Pakistani-British based plastic surgeon flies to this country regularly to perform reconstruction surgery pro-bono, bringing a new life for these women. This film is a documentary and worth seeing.


Snacks will be on sale.


Date : July 7, 2012

Time : 8pm

Venue: Banu Mandal Hall

Ticket: Rs 150/- by regular ticket sellers.

Last day : July 3, 2012



Sale of Clothing

Due to Ramazan we will be unable to have our Navroze Sale this year.  However clothes stitched at the Mandal will be available on sale on two days: Saturday 4th August and Saturday 11th August 2012 between 11 am and 1pm.






The Old Girls’ Association of The Mama Parsi Girls’ Secondary School Annual Get Together on Saturday, 14th July 2012 at The Arabian Sea Country Club
Departure: 8.00 a.m. sharp      Return: 5.00 p.m.
Meeting Place: The Mama Parsi Girls’ Secondary School

Tickets:   Members Rs.1000*                  Lady Guests Rs. 1200*

Tickets available from:  Mitra Bhesania     0300 2259433 and   Soonita Wadia     0300 2993051.  Last Date to purchase tickets: 07 July, 2012

 * Includes transport, breakfast, lunch and tea. 




YMZA / DASTUR DR. DHALLA INSTITUTE is holding “Su Tamay Tamara Mummy Daddy thee Hushiar Cheo”? ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011 AT BEACH LUXURY HOTEL at 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm).  Participants will be a primary level child up to Class 6 maximum (ie COMPLETED class 6) along with ANY grandparent (meaning the elder has to be a grandparent but not necessarily of the same child).  Food & beverage will be available on nominal payment.  FIRST 10 TEAMS TO CALL WILL BE CHOSEN.  NUMBER OF AUDIENCE SEATS LIMITED.  PLEASE GIVE NAMES OF TEAMS TO – BEHROZE KHAMBATTA, KAIZER IRANI, NATASHA MAVALVALA, SHAHRAZAD IRANI OR NATASHA MOBED


KZBM's Arts and Craft Exhibition
We thank the community for their interest in our exhibition by attending in good number on both the days.  It has also enthused our budding journalist Frayan Zarir Doctor to cover it in the Express Tribune of  5 June 2012.

We would also like to acknowledge each person who participated in our exhibition making it an enjoyable experience for us and the visitors.


And, would also like to thank Rashna Gazder for her gift to the Mandal of an embroidery frame made especially for the Centenary celebration. It has now a permanent place in our Hall.


Bead Jewellery: Kainaz Jamshed Irani and Ferozeh Cawas Sidhwa


Bead Torans: Sheroo Giara, Aban Irani, Dinaz Jamshedji, Hilla Maneckji, Natasha Mavalvala, Zarin Mobed,  Alla Rustomji, Chisti Sidhwa and Rashidbanoo Virjee.


Canvas Painting: Vahishta Amra, Anushe Engineer, Farahnaz Marker, Zarin Mobed,

Anushka Rustomji and Veera Rustomji


Crochet: Mahnaz Billimoria


Cross stitch and Hand embroidery: Nergesh Daruwalla, Ferozeh Dastur Rashna Gazder, Niloufer Noshirwani, Bachi Patel, Vira Sidhwa and Nina Wania


Dry Plants frames and deco items: Zarin Patel


Glass painting: Sanober Cooper



Errata  - In May 2012 Issue, "12th National Women Junior Swimming Championship" under Z-Clips (on its 8th line) showed Fiona Aga as daughter of Zeena and Behram Avari.  This is regretted.  As we all know, Fiona is daughter of Zeena and Behram Aga.



Milestones  Information up 17 June 2012



Jehangir Maneckjee Bharucha (father of Arnawaz Billia) in USA on 26 May

Gool Feroze Canteenwala on 31 May





Mitra Dubash, Cyrus Colony

Mobile # 0300-8293584  & Res: 021-35380833

Fine quality kustis for sale.






Proprietor, RAJ RASOI

MOBILE: 0321-389-7044


Rafiq Panjwani had conducted computer classes for KZBM some years ago and he is also known to many members of our community.


Six months ago he started a Thali Restaurant, Raj Rasoi, in Clifton, where some of you may have dined. He now intends to open a branch in Shahrae Quaideen area and is considering using Parsi ‘kalai’ utensils for décor of his new branch. Interested persons may contact him on given mobile number.



Beyond Taste Buds

With numerous cooking channels on television and internet access to recipes, it is perhaps time for What's On to give you something beyond: health benefits of food we eat!





Fermented Foods


Pickled onion, yogurt or chutney are great for your digestive system because they balance your stomach acid and aid digestion.


If you make it a habit to have small but regular portion of any fermented food you also restrict growth of certain bacteria, which is validated by the fact that during endemic typhoid fever in Europe in the 1950s, fresh sauerkraut (traditional fermented cabbage eaten in  Eastern Europe) was considered an effective agent for killing the bacteria, even for superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.


So what are the fermented foods?  Yogurt: I recommend the natural variety rather than from the supermarket. You can ask the cream on top to be removed before you buy and they happily do it.  Most of us use yogurt when we have an upset stomach but its regular consumption has great benefits.  Include it in your daily diet in form of lassi or raita or make some cottage cheese.  The liquid released from making of cottage cheese is also beneficial but some may consider it taking matters too far!


Non-dairy fermented foods would be pickled onions or olives or cucumbers, variety of chutneys or even sauerkraut – its recipe will be on the Internet.


Making your own fermented foods is of course better than ones you buy off the shelf because additives to increase shelf-life does take away some of the natural goodness.


Fermented foods date back to thousands of years with the discovery of wine by the Iranians, leaven break-making by the ancient Egyptians and milk fermentation by the Babylonians. You could create a fermented foods list so that you have a wide variety to choose from.


One or two small servings a day of fermented foods will get you to a healthy start. After all we have our own tradition of festive meals with gaja-meva-no-achar! 





Bossy Sometimes is Better








Nobody likes to be bossed, but there is an exception where it helps.


A new manager with low status due to young age, lesser education / experience or other factor would get better result from her team if she takes charge and tells her subordinates what to do. For her it pays to be bossy.


A new manager should guage her team’s perception of her and if she senses that she is seen as a low-status boss, she will be better off setting the agenda, establishing a clear direction and putting her team to work on what she think needs to be done.  As she grows in her position it is nice to move to a collaborative style.


Collaborative style as seen in the image, reflects self confidence and leadership but this can come with time.  For a start you may need to be directive and assertive.


Interestingly there is a flip side: High-status managers who give orders are viewed as less confident and less effective, and the performance of their teams suffers. The bright side is new managers have both roads to travel progressively.











Our religion

Last month I wrote about the symbolism of items used in a Jashan and this month let’s see what is the actual ceremony.


There are three parts in Jashan:  the preface, the main section and the blessings; and it takes an hour to complete the prayers.


First part or the “Dibache” identifies the circumstances of the jashan, time of day it is offered, the guardian spirit to be specially revered, persons honoured by the ceremony and those sponsoring it, invocations of the souls of our Prophet and his family, remembrances of heroes, kings as well as great benefactors of Zarhosti faith.  All these are invoked in clear and loud voice.


This is followed by the middle section or the “Afrigan”. It has the characteristic and dramatic ritual of the flower ceremony. The head priest takes eight flowers trimmed to the flower-head and lays them out in pattern of two vertical rows of four.  He picks up two flowers at the bottom of each row and chants prayers while holding one flower in each hand.  Then he recites another holy refrain and picks up flowers in each row in turn, chanting all the while.

When the priest is done with the flowers he hands them to his assistant and their hands meet.


Flowers in the first row signify movement of the soul in this world and then away from this world towards heaven.  The next three rows of flowers stand for good thoughts, good words and good deeds, the three-fold path of our faith.


After the flower ceremony prayers, the head priest continues touching different metal vessels with his metal fire-tongs.  He touches the vessels in a pattern of north, souht, east and west and then northeast, southwest, northwest and southeast.  This signifies sacredness of all spaces.


The flower ceremony is usually recited twice.  Throughout the jashan the priest and his assistant maintain the fire with twigs of sandalwood and incense and, reanimate it with tinder lit from the diva


Finally is blessing or “Tandarosti”.  A prayer of strength, health and well-being for all present, especially for those for whom the jashan is performed,


Now the sacred fire is accessible to others, they may express their devotion by adding sandalwood twigs and incense to the fire, and kneeling in prayer.


After the jashan everyone shares the fruits, nuts and malida which is part of the ceremony, partaking in the good things.






One Chinese walks into a bar in America late one night and he sees Steven Spielberg. As he was a great fan of his movies, he rushes over to him, and asks for his autograph.


Instead, Spielberg gives him a slap and says, "You Chinese people bombed our Pearl Harbor, get out of here!"


The astonished Chinese man replied, "It was not the Chinese who bombed your Pearl Harbor, it was the Japanese". 


"Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, you're all the same," replied Spielberg.


In return, the Chinese gives Spielberg a slap and says, "You sank the Titanic; my forefathers were on that ship."


Shocked, Spielberg replies, "It was the iceberg that sank the ship, not me."


The Chinese replies, "Iceberg, Spielberg, Carlsberg, you're all the same."



This particular joke won an award for the best joke in a competition in Britain


Compiled and edited:  Sunnu Golwalla

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