What’s On




What’s On



TV Mix-up with Pouru Sidhwa

Followed by Games Sessions & Dinner
On Saturday 18 July 2009 at 7:45pm

TV Mix-up will be a parody on individuals who hopefully can take a bit of humour. Dinner will be a Bahmania menu, though the month will be over.

Venue : KZBM Garden
Time : 7:45pm
For all : Rs300
Last Date: Tue 14 July till 1pm



What’s Gone By   

KZBMs InterAssociation Quiz Competition on 15 May, prepared by Perviz Daroga, proved as always to be an entertaining and informative evening.  Seven teams took part – two each representing KPI & KZBM, one for PPCA and two extra teams -  Wizz 1 & Wizz 2. 132 persons altogether were present on the extremely hot and sultry evening, with no power cuts till it was time to go home. A blessing!

Viraz Daroga & Zanara Mobed conducted the session alternately. There were five categories of five questions each – General Knowledge , Fairy tales, Logies – where the teams had to identify and define the kind of “logy” like Anthropology, Sociology,  Ecology and Environment, and incomplete idioms given in English, Urdu and Gujarati to be completed correctly.
The winners -  KZBM 1 with Zenobia Master, Mitra Irani, Soonu Kandawalla, Phiruza Ogra & Katy Shroff.


What’s On Subscription


July 2009 to June 2010 subscription for your newsletter is now payable. The amount is Rs 150 and you may give it to the lady who delivers your copy every month, or directly to Phiruza Birdie or Hilla Bharucha. Your prompt payment will be a help and also your thoughtfulness not to hand over cash to these ladies at social functions. It helps to retain your receipt for reference during the current financial year.





The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment

Annual Report for the Year 2008


The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment at the Aga Khan University Hospital – Karachi (AKUH-K) was established in 2005, through the generosity of the Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla family and the Kandawalla Trust, and became effective from 1 January 2007.


During 2008, the endowment has served 5 Zoroastrian patients for a total of 9 visits/admissions. These patients have been treated for Chronic Renal Failure, Cancer, Eye diseases, etc. 


The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment therefore, continues to enable financially challenged members of the Zoroastrian community to avail of the high quality of medical services of the Aga Khan University Hospital, by contributing towards their cost of the treatment.


As per the terms of The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment Fund, 50% of the total endowment income is distributed to Zoroastrian patients and the remaining transferred to the general welfare pool for the benefit of Non-Zoroastrian patients.


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, Sr. Manager, Financial Assistance at AKUH continue to receive requests for assistance from the patients or their family members.





Video on Zarthosti

History & Culture

Some of you may have seen this short 10 minutes video.

It is a short presentation about Zarthosti history &  culture with useful commentary to enlighten our non-Zarthosti friends and create awareness among them. Show this video at family and social / cosmopolitan gatherings.

Click on the  ink below, turn on your sound, enjoy and pass it on.





Milestones  Information up to 15 June 2009




Jasmin Feroz Shroff on 9th June (Lahore).






Zarin Patel at 5832838 / 03212628167

Has for sale, candle making  materials, including imported parrafin wax, steric acid, wicks, metal and plastic moulds. 



Dr Shahrukh Hansotia, MBBS, MCPS, General Physician & Chest Specialist, Mobile: 0300 8240898. Available for House Calls.

New Clinic Timings:

Mon-Sat: 2.00 p.m.- 6.00 p.m, 12 Avari Plaza,Avari Towers Hotel, Karachi. Tel: 568 2421      

Mon-Sat: 6.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m. Mahar Medical Center, F-50 A, off 26th Street (opposite Imperial Tiles), Block 4, Clifton, Karachi.Tel: 586 3201 & 537 6158                                  



Taste Buds by Spenta Khambatta                 


Vanilla Cheesecake

Servings: 10)


Preheat oven to 180C/ gas mark 4/ 350F. 


Grease the base and sides of a 9” spring-form pan. if a spring form pan is not available use a 9” round oven proof,  pie plate.


Crush to fine crumbs 225grms digestive biscuits (substitute for Marie or any other plain sweetened biscuit of your choice). Put the biscuit crumbs in the greased pan/dish.


Pour 75grms / 3 ozs of melted butter onto the biscuit crumbs and mix together and then press firmly to the base of the pan to form an even layer. Set aside


In the blender blend together till smooth :

450grms/ cottage cheese

½ cup sugar

1tbsp cornflour

1 tbsp Bush vanilla essence

½ tbsp brandy / rum( optional)

2 tsp lemon juice

3 eggs

250 grms cream


Do taste the mixture at this point, if required add more sugar. If a more tangy flavour is desired increase the lemon juice.


Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30mnts.


After 30 mnts switch off the oven, keep the oven door closed and allow the cheese cake to cool very slowly inside the switched off oven. This may take several hours. Wen the oven and cheesecake have both come to room temperature, remove it from the oven and cover.  Chill in the refrigerator before serving.  


A set of measuring spoons  and a set of nested measuring cups have been used.



After 30 mnts the centre of the cheese cake will not be set. Do switch off the oven and do not over bake it otherwise it will be too hard after chilling.


If you are making the paneer at home be sure to reduce the salt.

If you are using imported vanilla essence you may need to use less than a tbsp. Btter to start with little and then taste and add more if required.

For cinnamon-flavoured cheesecake you may add ½ 1tsp freshly ground cinnamon and may omit the lemon juice if desired.  



Beauty Plus by Mitra Bakhtiar


The Beauty of Life

Happiness is the simplest thing, yet somehow, we manage to complicate it. Some of you might think, well I’ll be happy if I have this and that. Stop right there.



Happiness is a state of mind. They say you are what you eat. True. Also true, you are what you think! You must remember, you only attract more of what you’re thinking. When you think happy thoughts, you attract all kinds of happiness, in the form of wealth, relationships, success, health and all other things that make you happy.


No matter what is happening around you, remain happy! Smile a lot, laugh out loud and do the things that make you happy – no matter how small or big. It is literally just that easy. You see, what happens is, when you are happy, you think happy thoughts and you are constantly sending out positive signals. The universe catches the frequency and sends it right back to you, that too in abundance. Also, when you’re happy, your body releases hormones that keep you young, healthy and fresh. You develop a positive aura and people like being around you because they feel your positive vibes. It’s a win-win situation no matter how you look at it!


Biz-Wiz by Pouruchisty Sidhwa

Women of Substance


Dr Havovi Zersis Birdie - MBBS, did her FCPS (Pak) in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1994, MRCOG in 1996 and FRCOG in 2009 (both from UK London). She specializes in OBGYN and practices principally at the Kharadar General Hospital



Why did you choose medicine as your career?

As child I was curious to know what lies beneath our skin, why and how our body functions and became interested in the Sciences, especially Biology, which further helped to propel me towards the field of medicine.


Your supporters in helping you pursue active medicine are?

My dad Jamshed Tarapore in my initial years as a med student and my husband Zersis in my years of post-graduate training and examinations.


How was the experience of specialising in your field after having children of your own?

OBGYN is a very demanding profession as childbirth is totally unpredictable, as a result of which, after having children of my own I made the active decision to concentrate more on GYN and kept my OB practice to a minimum, so that my work hours could be more stable.


How do you manage work and family life?

It’s all about efficient time management and setting ones priorities straight. I didn’t want to forego starting a family for my career, and yet at the same time my career was also a top priority for me. Thus I decided not to have my own private practice and instead serve as a consultant at an institution.


Should women have budding careers if their partners are doing well in life?

Women should always strive for a budding career, regardless of the professional standing of their partners. In fact medical genetics has also proven that the female sex is stronger (in all aspects) compared to its male counterpart. And thus, in spite of all adversities, a woman should never step down but continue to pursue her dreams. Always aim for the top of the mountain yet making sure your feet are firmly planted on the ground.


      What is that one achievement in life you are very proud of?

I am proud to acknowledge the fact that throughout my school and medical college life I had been a welfare student for the KZBM Educational Fund. Now that I have achieved my goals of becoming a successful doctor, I am now in a position to pay back and I would like to encourage all the other welfare children to work hard and continue to strive for their dreams, for hard work always pays off.



Medicine is a long drawn out profession. Would you encourage other women to take this path?

Of course! Nowadays medicine has numerous fields that one can explore and with so many avenues to choose from, one can always branch out from the norm into new and cutting edge fields such as genetic engineering, preventive medicine and biotechnology. This is not to say that family and married life should take a back seat in a woman’s life. In fact, with proper planning both are very achievable goals given ones commitment to them.


Click on Xtra for full interview.





Little Girl on the Plane
A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, 'Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.'

The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, 'What would you like to talk about?'

Oh, I don't know,' said the stranger. 'How about nuclear power?' and he smiles.

OK, ' she said. 'That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass - . Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?'

The stranger, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, 'Hmmm, I have no idea.'

To which the little girl replies, 'Do you really feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don't know shit?’



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