What’s On

AUG 2012

Car Rally Postponed to SUN 12 August

Followed by Dinner.  Venue: KPI 


Maximum of five persons per car. Give your car team members names to ticket sellers.


Date: 12 August

Time: Car rally will start 7:30 onward

Venue: KPI

Ticket: Rs 600/-

Last day: 7 August, 2012 till 1 pm


Tickets from:

Parveen Banaji - 32767347          
Phiruza Birdie - 35895057            
Soonu Kandawalla - 35681711 
Roshan Vannia – 32250127

Furengeez Tampal - 32782961 



Save the Date for a Gujarati Natak “Boeing Boeing” on 13 and 14 October 2012 – details to follow later.


What’s On Dues

Ladies, it is time to pay for the newsletters from July 2012 to June 2013.  The amount to be paid is Rs 150/- which includes printing, labeling and distribution.

 We take this opportunity to thank all the kind ladies who deliver copies to your doorstep every month, and every year receive your payments and send you receipts. No doubt you will do your share by paying the amount promptly, saving us the time and effort to follow up. 


Full day workshop on Zorastrianism

conducted by Tashan Mistree-Byramji


KZBM's Child Chapter has arranged an activity based workshop for all Zarthosti children between the ages 10-15.


Date: Sunday, 2nd September from 11 am to 5 pm


Venue: Beach Luxury Hotel. We will be arranging for vans which will leave the  Banu Mandal Hall at 10:15 am and drop the children at their respective localities after the workshop.     When registering please specify whether you would be using the van.


Payment: Rs 300. The workshop is subsidized due to  'Informal Religious Meeting' funds.


To bring: Pencil boxes, colour pencils/crayons, glue sticks, scissors and prayer caps.  


Last date for registering: Sunday, 26th August till 1 pm. Limited seats, register early to avoid disappointment.


Please give in your names to: Farahnaz Marker, Smita Mama, Dilnavaz Malbari, Zavera Golwalla, Arnaz Subedar, Behroze Khambatta, Jasmin  Chowna, Mitra Bhesania or Mitra Irani.





YMZA/Dastur Dr. Dhalla Institute is holding a DANCE COMPETITION on August

25, 2012 at Beach Luxury Hotel at 8pm sharp (doors open 7:30pm).  Please provide your name & age, dance style (Salsa, Foxtrot, Waltz, Contemporary, Indian, etc), whether SOLO, double or Group dance (along with names), name of song & time limit of dance routine to the following Committee members - Shahrazad Irani, Behroze Khambatta, Kaizer Irani, Natasha Mavalvala, Natasha Mobed, Dinaz D. Divecha by August 13, 2012.  Further competition details will be given closer to the event along with competition rules, judging categories & criteria. There is NO age restriction.  Time limit for each routine must be less than 5 minutes.




Rockefeller Foundation Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Ratan Tata


New York: Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation here for innovation in philanthropy.

The Foundation, celebrating 100 years of global innovation, honoured individuals and institutions with its second annual Innovation Awards here yesterday.


Speaking on the occasion, Tata said businesses should be sensitive to the fact that they are making a difference in places where they operate and they have to do things to help the community prosper.


‘This is all the more evident in the developing world where disparities are so huge. If the industry is not sensitive to it, they would encourage a backlash to take place and many companies that go overseas are getting to understand the need to do this and those that do not are really hurting the reputation of other industries,’ Tata said.


‘When you see in places like Africa and parts of Asia abject poverty, hungry children and malnutrition around you, and you look at yourself as being people who have well being and comforts, I think it takes a very insensitive, tough person not to feel they need to do something,’ not just by providing material support but by playing a role in helping give prosperity to the community in which they belong, Tata added.


He said employees in his organisation have gained a certain spirit of being part of a community in which they operate.


‘It has become the DNA of the organisation to play a role in the community,’ he added.

Tata gave the example of a voluntary group in his organisation in which employees get leave from their jobs to help victims of natural disasters like tsunamis and earthquakes in India .

He said Tata employees help in rebuilding and adopting villages and then return to their jobs.


Tata was honoured by the Foundation for incorporating public good into the business model of the Tata Group.


Last year’s recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award was former US President Bill Clinton.







Ariana, a daughter t Mitra and Kaeyan Quettawalla on 19 June




Thrity Darabshaw Ghadially in Canada on 21 June

Lim Jehangir Meherjina on 2 July



Beyond Taste Buds

Ginger up!




Adoo-Lusun; adrak ka chita on nihari; or candied ginger in Christmas cake we are all familiar with, but not many of us know the benefit it has on our system. It aids digestion.


Ginger also has carminative effect and is therefore a natural remedy for nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness and general stomach upset.  You can fix yourself simple ginger tea and see the relief it gives.


Boil two cups of water, add to it thin slices of one-inch ginger piece. Simmer for 15 minutes and voila you have the tea!  You can add honey and lemon to taste but not if you are using it for sore throat or cold - which too it is supposed to relieve.


Young roots of fresh ginger have a thin skin, tender flesh and milder flavor, whereas mature ginger has tough skin which needs to be peeled and its flesh is fibrous.  You can store ginger by putting it in an air-tight container in the fridge and it may be an idea to purchase not more than a week’s requirement. Personally I do not like the ground ‘adoo-lusun’ in the fridge for the strong smell it emits and prefer to pound the day’s requirement in a wooden pestle and mortar, along with chopped garlic.


Pickled ginger some of us will have eaten with sushi. Japanese call it ‘gari’ or ‘beni shoga’ and this ginger is usually coloured red or pink.  It is also used to refresh breath.


Candid ginger is made by cooking ginger cubes in sugar syrup till they become tender and then they are rolled in granulated sugar.  This version is used in desserts and cakes.


Some of you sporty ones may like to make ginger ale at home and search the recipe on the Net.  It is quite simple but you need to be attentive during the fermentation process and refrigerate at the right time.





Speaking Strategically


Peter Bregman is a strategic advisor to CEOs and their leadership teams. In his recent blog he talks about speaking more strategically.


He says we speak for three main reasons

1.     To help ourselves

2.     To help others

3.     To connect with each other


Often we fool ourselves into thinking that we are achieving those objectives when we are in fact thwarting them.


When we have an urge to gossip about someone, it is to feel better by thinking that we are better than that person, and to connect with other gossipers. However this would clearly distance us from the people we are gossiping about and also fellow gossipers would not trust us as we may talk behind their backs too. As far as strengthening relationship goes we are clear losers.


When we have an urge to share information thinking it will be helpful to someone, we find that that is more to get attention or show off our knowledge or feel special. Since people don’t like  show-offs and can see that we don’t really have an intent to help someone, we lose out once again.


These are short-term ‘feel better’ approaches but life and relationships are long-term.  When we gossip, raise our voices, make jokes at other’s expense we isolate ourselves in the long term.


Peter continues to say that one day he lost his voice and then he had the opportunity to listen rather than talk. He noticed that most of us have the same tendencies and realised that if he listened more, he helped himself, helped others and built relationships.


We do not have to stop speaking but think of the long term rather than in the moment.






Our religion

Zoroastrian Marriage


Yasna 53 in the Gathas is known as the “Marriage Yasna” and it is the only time Zarathushtra addresses the subject of marriage.


The occasion is the wedding of his youngest daughter Pouru-Chista to Jamaspa Hvogova. He simply asks her if she has made her choice of a spouse wisely, consulting her Best Wisdom, and having perfect trust in her Vohu Mana? Is she making this choice with all her inner being in harmony, and with love instilled in her heart and her very essence?


Pouruchista assures her father than her marriage will prove to be an honour to her father, her husband, other family members, and all the neighbours around them. She would use her good mind and adhere and enjoy the Good Religion all her life.


Zarathushtra then addresses the newly-wed telling them to cherish each other with righteousness and to surpass each other in being righteous. This is the only way they would be able to reap the benefits and bliss of a good life.


Notice the enlightened approach of Zarathushtra wherein he gives equal freedom of choice to a woman as to a man and places equal responsibility on their shoulders for success of their marriage. We take this for granted but it is often not even found in progressive societies and major religions.


Zarathushtra is only concerned with the moral character of brides and grooms  and not at all concerned with the gender, age or cast. He has left the final choice of a spouse to each individual, only asking them to choose under guidance of their own Good mind.


Zarathushtra says that a good marriage serves the community, earns honour and promotes the religion, so be it.



Santa (reading from book of facts): "Do you know that every time I breathe, a man dies?"

Banta: "Why don't you use a mouth wash?"



Q: How do you recognize Santa's son, Pappu, in School?

A: He is the one who erases the books when the teacher erases the board.



What's Ford?

Santa: Gaadi.

What's Oxford?

Santa: So simple, Bail Gaadi



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