What’s On

December 2010



What’s On


There will be no programme owing to personal festivities in the month of December. 



What’s Gone By


KZBM celebrated their 98th Anniversary with a a Fancy Dress competition, on 20th November. Following are the winners:

0 to 6 years
1st prize - Zermesh, Shahan & Kaizer B Irani
2nd prize - Shane, Teah & Shirin Mana
7 to 10 years
1st prize - Darian & Dinaz Divecha
2nd prize - Astad Yazdi Sidhwa
Special prize
Xerius Danesh Mavalvala
Iyanah Aspi Bhathena 


Click Here to view pictures


Our Friends


BHM Parsi General Hospital


You may now reach your family and relatives at the Hospital on newly installed V Phone #  021-3542 8646 which can be taken to the patient’s bed.


The hospital committee would like to brighten up the walls of the Hospital and will welcome cheerful picture frames as gifts from the community.  You may send the frames to the Hospital office on its 1st floor.




Memorial meetings were held on 23rd October by


Karachi Parsi Anjuman Trust Fund for their late Trustee Dhunjishah B Ghadialy at which 16 associations eulogised his quiet service and generous philanthropy to the community

Young Mazdayasnian Zoroastrian Association for late Jimmy Messman at which Association’s Committee Member and family and friends expressed their feelings for his talent in performing art, followed by video clips from Jimmy's performances.

The programme was concluded with "Chiyeh Hameh Zarthosti" and a sumptuous dinner hosted by Gosphi and Byram Avari.




16th Junior Nationals Swimming

16-year old Dinshaw Xerses Avari, with water-sports in his genes, won 3 gold and 3 bronze medals in the above event held 5th to 7th November at the Karsaz:

Gold medals in the 200 x 4 free style relay, 100 x 4 free style relay and in water polo

Bronze in: 400m individual medley, 200m butterfly and 100m butterfly



YMZA bring to Karachi

“Kutra Ni Pucchdi Waanki”

As one of the centenary year celebrations, YMZA invited The Karanjia Group from Surat, India to entertain the community 5-7 November, with their popular comedy “Kutrani Punchdi Waanki”. Yazdi, the founder of the group stole the show with his deadpan portrayal of a friend-in-need to the playful husband-in-trouble, Burjor, with befitting talent from rest of the troupe.  All proceeds will be donated to the Flood Relief.


Gentle Teacher Dr Meher Hansotia Passes Away at 62

KARACHI: When someone dies, people invariably heap praise on him, whether it is deserved or not. But after the death of Dr (Capt) Meher F Hansotia, the fond remembrances of him hardly do him justice. After talking to his friends, family and students, my opinion of my long-time neighbour and family doctor was only strengthened as one of the most helpful people I have ever met.


Alumni of Dow Medical College, 62-year-old Meher Hansotia graduated in 1974 and proceeded to become the Registrar of Dow University of Health Sciences and an associate professor and head of the department of Community Medicine. He was even working on a book on public health issues in Pakistan.


“There is so much to say about him that all words fall short. He was my mentor, my inspiration,” said Dr Narendar Bawani, an MDS trainee in community dentistry. “Even though he was not our assigned teacher, he took classes along with us so he could teach us later on.”    “He was not just a teacher, he was one of the greatest people I know of. His knowledge was so vast that he could answer any question off the top of his head,” said Shah Bano Syed, another MDS trainee. “I have even seen other faculty members consult him with their problems. Yet, he was humble. While teaching students, he used to say ‘You teach me and I will teach you’”.


“He was a great man, honest and dedicated. He was the perfect person and the perfect father,” said his younger son Jehangir while talking to The Express Tribune. “Not only did he have a medical skill, he also had a passion for passing it on to others,” added his elder son Jamshid.


(Excerpts from post by Fatima Attarwala in The Express Tribune of November 12th, 2010.)


Milestones  Information up to  19 November 2010


Ashtaad a son to Mithra and Ashrat Bharucha on 14 October in   Dubai




Zara, daughter of Dilnawaz and Eruch Malbari on 9 November



Khurshid Rohinton Irani to Maneck Ermine Minwalla of USA on 24 September and not Vahishta as mentioned last month.  Apologies from the Editor




Soli Irani, ex Assistant Collector of Karachi Customs, expired on 5th November in Arlington, Texas, USA

Piloo Appoo 6th November

Jimmy Kawashaw Randeria on 8 November

Shahrukh  Mondegarian on 9 November

Dhunjishaw Dadabhoy Mama on 10 November

Dr Meher Hansotia on 11 November

Cavas Sohrabji Cooper on 17 November

Behram Rustomji Irani on 17 November

Bapai Maneckji Anklesaria on 18 November



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Taste Buds

Easy Christmas Cake



Today many avoid alcohol or cannot get it easily. This recipe needs none. 


For the traditional, who cannot think of a Christmas cake without brandy / rum / whisky can go for the recipe on our net version of the newsletter.



12oz maida

1 teaspoon cake spice
4oz ground almonds
8oz currants (stemmed)
8oz sultanas (stoned)
8oz raisins (stemmed)
4oz cherries (halved)
8oz butter
8oz sugar
6 Eggs, beaten with 8 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon black treacle


Mix flour, spice and ground almonds together.

Clean and mix fruit.

Beat butter and sugar to a cream.

Beat the eggs and milk together.

Mix all these ingredients, and add the fruit last.

Bake for about 4 hrs, First hour in a moderate oven 180°C (Gas mark 4), then slow oven at 150°C (Gas mark 2)





Traditional Xmas Cake



Allow the fruit to soak overnight for best results.


500 g Raisins

250g Pitted Prunes, chopped

125g Sultanas

125g Currants

250g Pitted Dates, chopped

200g Glace Cherries

1 cup Brandy (or Rum if you prefer)

250g Butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

4 Eggs

200g Dark chocolate

1/2 cup Apricot jam

1/2 cup Apricot nectar

2 cups Plain flour

1/2 cup Self-raising flour

1 tablespoon Cinnamon

1 tablespoon Icing sugar



Mix the fruit in a large bowl and add the brandy (or Rum). Allow to soak overnight.

Preheat oven to 160 C, 325 F

Line a deep 23 cm (9 inch) round cake tin with a double layer of baking paper on the top and sides.

Mix the sugar, butter and vanilla until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well until all combined.

Stir the fruit into the mix and ensure it is thoroughly mixed in.

Melt the chocolate in a small pan over simmering water. Stir the apricot jam and nectar into the chocolate. Pour over the fruit mixture and stir in well.

Add all the flours and cinnamon to the mix. Fold in well. Pour the mix into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Tap the tin on the work table to settle the contents. Smooth the top with a wet hand.

Place the tin into the middle rack of the pre-heated oven. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Test with a skewer to ensure baking. Then remove from the oven. Leaving the cake in the tin, wrap with kitchen towels and leave overnight.

Dust with Icing sugar before serving.


For different variations, you can try varying the amounts of fruit, or even add different dried fruits of your own choosing. Just ensure the total weight of fruit used remains the same.


Biz Wiz

Any criticism can be hard to accept, but criticism that seems to come from nowhere is the hardest and we are likely to be defensive.


It is not just about admitting but about perceiving. Before we can accept something, we have to become aware of it.


This kind of feedback exposes you to yourself, which is why it is both tremendously unsettling and exceptionally valuable. For the same reason our defensiveness is so predictable and so counterproductive. The things we most need to hear are often the things we defend against hearing the most.


To take in surprise criticism more productively, we need a plan. As you listen to the criticism and your adrenaline starts to flow, pause, take a deep breath. It can be constructive criticism and it usually is.


Look beyond your feelings. It can be painful, destabilising, and personal. Notice, and acknowledge — to yourself — your feelings of hurt, anger, embarrassment, insufficiency, and anything else that arises. Recognise the feelings and then put them aside so the noise does not crowd out your hearing.


Look beyond the delivery. Feedback is hard to give, and the person offering criticism may not be skilled at doing it well. Even if the feedback is delivered poorly, it does not mean it is not valuable and insightful. Not everything will be communicated with compassion. Avoid confusing the package with the message.


Do not agree or disagree. Just collect the data. If you let go of the need to respond, you will reduce your defensiveness and give yourself space to really listen. Criticism is useful information about how someone else perceives you. Make sure you get it fully.


Explore the criticism with a third party. Ask trusted friends whether they saw what some others who were critical.


Later, with some distance, decide what you want to do. Data merely informs you. Recognising that the decision, and power, to change is up to you.


Once you have got some time, space, and grounding, think about what you heard, what the data is telling you, and make choices about if, what, and how, you want to change.


Sometimes, you will choose to change your behavior, but sometimes you will decide not to change your behavior. That perhaps, you are better off staying the same and changing your surroundings instead.


Criticism can be an incredible gift. All we need is enough patience and presence to read it.


(Source: Blog by Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners Inc)






Makeup Basics


“Makeup should never take more than five minutes. Fifteen if you are going to a black tie dinner.” says Cindy Crawford.  She continues with some basics:


Less is always more. When applying any makeup always begin with the least amount possible and add more only if you need it.


There are no rules.  There is no cookie-cutter advice to follow. You also dont have to stick to a routine or wear foundation or lipstick or anything else.

Makeup is not magic and cannot reshape your face.  Even makeup artists can hardly countour with much success.


Blending in makeup is the mantra and secret to successful application. Seek out and merge all tell-tale edges.


Makeup is not permanent, so experiment - but never if you have only five minutes on hand. If you mess up you can always wash it off.


Wear what makes you comfortable. You know your face the best and also what feels good. Don’t wear any makeup that doesn’t feel comfortable and doesn’t makes you look like you.


Watch out on time warp.  Passage of time necessitates change, fashion-wise or age-wise. We know of little old ladies who have not changed their makeup habits since they were girls!


Accentuate the positive. Don’t worry about the negative. If you like your eyes put energy into making up your eyes and keep your lips neutral. Or if you like your lips, wear a pale face and a bright lipstick.


Find beauty in flaws. A crooked nose can add distinction. Just because you think something is ugly does not mean the rest of the world agrees with you!






Last month a world-wide survey was conducted by the UN.


The only question asked was:


"Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"


The survey was a huge failure because of the following:


1. In  Eastern Europe  they didn't know what "honest" meant.


2. In  Western Europe  they didn't know what "shortage" meant.


3. In  Africa  they didn't know what "food" meant.


4. In  China  they didn't know what "opinion" meant.


5. In the  Middle East  they didn't know what "solution" meant.


6. In  South America  they didn't know what "please" meant.


7. In the  USA  they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.






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