What’s On

SEP 09



What’s On



Adult Party Games, followed by Iftar

On Friday 4 September at 6:30 pm


Venue : KZBM Garden
Time :   6:30pm
For all : Rs 200
Last Date: Mon 31 Aug till 1pm



Get ready for the 'Bawaji Channel' in October:

Participants (there is no age limit) are requested to get ready singly or in groups (of any number) to perform for not more than 3 minutes, as if on a TV channel (picking up ideas from any TV show), but presenting the item as a sit-com, skit, talk-show, interview, etc with a Parsi cultural twist, making it a "bawaji channel". Names to be given to Dinaz Divecha or Katherina Irani. For further questions and details, please contact Dinaz Divecha. Please note this is not a competition but purely entertainment.




What’s Gone By   

26 June  - 47 women were accommodated in the last-minute changed venue at the Avari Towers, due to technical reasons. The TV screens enabled comfortable viewing from all angles, and Huma Rafique - the Soya Supreme- representative organized the demonstration of delectable dishes, skillfully prepared by the hotel chefs. Recipes were also given out  before the demo that presented Chicken Tulip with apricot sauce, Fish Rolls with mango and vegetable salsa, and Waffles.


The 18 July - programme was cancelled due to heavy rains, and was later held on 7
August. The popular Radio Mix-Up also had to be cancelled because of non-availability of the producer. Zarine and Mahiyar Dhatigara did a wonderful job with the Bahmanyu dinner for the 88 revelers. The lively and entertaining tambola session brought about some repeated winners where the snowball also had to be shared! Bapsy Javat peppered up the moments in between with her urge to dance to the tunes of the provided music.


KZBM’s Higher Education Loan

Our Education Subcomittee would like to inform the community that:

  • We prefer that students contact us, rather than their parents, so that they assume responsibility for their education
  • Financial assistance from us for study beyond school is in shape of loan, repayable on completion of study
  • We need on an average two months to process applications, so kindly keep this in mind when applying
  • Applications need to be completed in full and accompanied by required documents before they can be processed by us
  • Application form can be obtained by sending us an email at kzbm@cyber.net.pk or printed copy obtained from Meher Cawasji (Tel #  35887140 / 35805411,  or from Sunnu Golwalla (Tel # 32780200 after 8 pm).


Our Friends

BMH Parsi General Hospital

Free Medical Camp by GETZ Pharma, on Sunday 30 August at 10 am for checking sugar and cholesterol. People wanting to avail should be at the Hospital on time and in fasting. Snacks will be served.


Dr Cyasp Noshirwan, MD on Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Dr Nausherwan Mistry, MBBS on Tue and Thu from  5 pm to 8 pm

Dr Mehernosh Sidhwa MBBS, MRCP(Cardiology) on Sat from 5pm to 7:30 pm




Y.M.Z.A’s annual “Hilla & Noshir Jamasji Drawing & Painting Competition” will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 10am at the Beach Luxury Hotel.  This competition is open for all school-going Zarthosti children in the following Categories: 3 & 4 yrs age group (will be given A4 size paper); 5, 6 & 7 yrs age group (will be given 9”x11” size paper); 8, 9 & 10 yrs age group (will be given 11”x15” size paper); 11, 12 & 13 yrs age group (will be given 11”x15” size paper); and 14 yrs & above age group (will be given full poster size paper).  Participants need to bring Pencil colors, crayons, oil pastels & water colors themselves.  No other medium will be allowed (other than pencil colors, crayons, oil pastels & water colors).  Time Limit: 2 hours - will be strictly followed.  Topics shall be given on the competition day.  Drawing papers shall be provided by YMZA.  Judging and results will take place after the competition followed by award of prizes. Please note:  Parents will not be allowed in the hall where competition is held.  Please give your names before Friday September 4, 2009 to any YMZA committee member.







Paidast on Internet

The Board of Trustees of Bombay Parsi Punchayet have announced that effective from July 4, 2009 all deaths of Parsi / Irani Zoroastrians consigned at Doongerwadi at Mumbai will be  available on the Internet on bpppaidast.in


This will include name of the deceased and the place, date and time of demise, as also the address of the deceased and the names of close relatives. Twice a day this announcement will be updated so that all deaths will be available on the Net to Parsi / Irani Zoroastrians world over. This facility is to provide prompt information to all concerned.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, D.R. Mehta, Chairman



Endangered Species.
We the endangered species are so very cool!

Anyone who raises an alarm or hue and cry is a bloody fool! 


Is it so easy to erase us bawas from this globe? 

Maybe a poet will have to write us an ode. 

Worried we are not. Ahura will look after us.

He has been doing so and will continue thus. 

We are born to enjoy, fulfill our needs and those of our relation

A hundred and ten things more important than thinking of our population! 


We bawajis are born to fret and fume not

Future is not ours to see 

That Ahura will sort.or some scientist will probably make a bawaji clone

So relax, worry not, there is no reason to moan.


(Source: Parsiana,

written by Armin Dutia Motashaw of Ahmedabad

sent by Coomi Vakil)





Milestones  Information up to 15 August 2009




Shane and Darius., sons of Phiroza and Kaezad Setna of USA




Eruch Pirozshaw Ghadialy on 3 August

Minoo Maneckjee Patel on 13 August

Hoshang Minocher Gamwalla on 14 August







Taste Buds by Spenta Khambatta                 



Peach Upside Down

(Serves 8-10 persons)


Preheat oven to 180 C, gas mark 4


Lightly grease a 9” round or an 8” square cake pan. 


Skin and slice 4 large peaches. To remove the skin easily, simmer in hot water for 3-5mnts.


Melt over hot water 4ozs butter & 2ozs brown sugar. Stir in 1/2 tbsp rum/brandy


Pour this into the greased pan while hot so it evenly coats the bottom of the pan.


Sprinkle 2ozs of chopped nuts over the sugar mix.


Next arrange the sliced peaches.


Put the pan aside.


Sift together: 4ozs flour

½ tsp bicarb. of soda or 1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp ginger powder

¼ tsp cinnamon powder

Scrap of grated nutmeg  


In a mixing bowl cream together 2ozs butter + 2ozs brown sugar

Add in and beat 2 eggs

Stir in all the sifted dry ingredients


Mix in 3ozs of golden syrup + 2tbsps rum/brandy


Spread this batter over the peaches and bake for 45-50mnts.


Remove from oven and let it stand for 2mnts.


Invert onto a platter and leave for 5mnts.

Gently remove the cake pan.


Serve warm.



A measuring jug was used to measure the golden syrup


Set of measuring spoons were used


Peach maybe substituted by apple or pear





Biz Wiz by Pouruchisty Sidhwa                  



Woman of Substance – 4th in the series



Meher Marker Noshirwani has a Master’s in Sociology from the University of Essex in England. While still at University she focused on women’s issues and development in the Third World as it was called in those days.   


Why did you choose the social sector as your professional choice of career?

After I completed my Master’s in Sociology from the University of Essex, ( U.K.) I returned to Pakistan and began working for women’s development. This was in the 1980’s when the global women’s movement had a great influence on women’s groups in Pakistan. I joined Shirkat Gah an NGO, and wanted to work for gender equality and equity.


Who have you been influenced by to choose this sector?

I was influenced by my grandmother Meherbano Marker whose work for the women of Baluchistan I had seen as a child and a young woman. I wanted to contribute towards changing women’s position in Pakistan.  


Tell us about your career in the field of women’s development.  

I have worked in the field of women, environment and development since 1985. My career spans over 1985 - 2009 during which I have worked in women, environment, and social development issues in various positions with Shirkat Gah, a women’s NGO established in 1975.


What is Shirkat Gah?

Shirkat Gah focuses on women's development through capacity building, training, research and publications, dissemination of information, advocacy and networking.


What about your contribution to Shirkat Gah?

I established the Karachi office, developed projects and programmes on women and environment with a specific focus on the coastal communities. I maintained records of all SG documents from 1975 to 2009. I also created Weaves and Handlooms a private limited company for Shirkat Gah which promoted income generating activities for women weaving handloom khaddar. Over the years I expanded the Karachi office from a one room operation to a programme covering Sindh and Baluchistan with office staff of 25 people. I also liaised with funding partners, consultants, government departments, NGOs, and Community Based Organizations.


After being in the social sector for so long, why don't you want to now strike out on your own?

I will always remain in the social sector, but my interests have expanded over the years. I am currently working independently as a consultant on gender and development issues. I am doing social research for the Parzor Foundation on Parsi /  Zoroastrian textiles. And I am developing hand crafted cane products using local resources made by skilled artisans to preserve this local craft.


How have you contributed to society via Shirkat Gah?

As an NGO which works for women’s rights my main contribution to society has been to ensure continuous awareness about the position of women in Pakistan and to change it for the better, by providing training, and capacity building, in areas such as environment, reproductive health, and legal rights.  



Are you a feminist?

Yes, I am because I believe in equal rights for women. 


What books do you enjoy?

 As a child I grew up on Enid Blyton and as a teenager enjoyed Alistair MacLean and Agatha Christie. I then began exploring books on the subcontinent, particularly about Parsis, or Parsis authors themselves. Bapsy Sidwha, Thrity Umrigar, and Rohinton Mistry, are some I enjoy.  At the moment I am reading The Choice by Nicholas Sparks, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz.


This means you are a voracious reader……how did you cultivate this habit?

Reading was an integral part of my childhood in Quetta, when there was limited T.V. and no internet. In those days every evening was spent sitting in the garden reading. Later at University I read a lot around the history of feminism, and the women’s movement. Betty Friedman and Germaine Greer were women authors I admired. I usually have three books going at the same time. Light reading, something more substantial, and one to keep me in touch with trends related to my work.           


Happiness to you means?

Contentment and good health.


Are you a proud homemaker?

I hope so. My home is my refuge from the rest of the world, and when I am away for work I try and get back as soon as possible. Also home means being with my family, and that is where I belong.  


They say being a Doctor's wife is never easy. Is that true in your case? (…meaning the hours)

Being a Doctor’s wife is a challenge. The working hours are long, demanding and stressful. Patients come first, and a general practitioner is always on call. I have adjusted over the years, and have also realized that being in a supportive role to this noble profession is enriching, and rewarding.     





Beauty Plus by Mitra Bakhtiar


The Kajal


What is it that every woman wants but most don’t have? Big eyes!


I am sure a lot of you out there want to use kajal but are not sure how to. Remember as long as you know what to do along with putting kajal, your eyes will actually look bigger.


For very small eyes, you never use eyeliner on the upper lid along with kajal. What you do is line the lower lid of the eye, from the inner corner to the outer end. You can use black eye pencil, cake liner (which you’ll have to smudge and blend) or even black eye shadow (using the thin angled applicator).


Next, use a light metallic shade of eye shadow on the entire eye, lid and brow bone. Then take a small angled applicator and using black eye shadow use circular inward strokes just outside the outer crease to blend upwards from the extended line. Stick to just the outer sides of the crease. Do not blend it all the way to the inner corner of the eye. Not even the middle. Just the outer corners. Now use outward strokes with just a bit more shadow to merge the lower extended line with the upper lid.


Use the metallic gold or silver pencil, just on the lower inner corner, to open up the eye. Load up on mascara to open your eyes to the maximum and then confidently swipe in your good old kajal.


Praise and bless everything in your life. By doing so, you are on the highest frequency to bring forth health, wealth and happiness.






God Never Said It Would Be Easy
Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So love the people who treat you right.
Love the ones who don't just because you can.
Believe everything happens for a reason.
If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands.
If it changes your life, let it.
God never said life would be easy.
He just promised it would be worth it.



          Annual subs: Hilla Bharucha (Parsi Colony) and Phiruza Birdie (Cyrus Colony)

          Change of Address: Nergesh Daruwalla (Tel # 2791383 or on  nergeshd1@hotmail.com)

n                  Postings, Z-clips, Milestones: Sunnu Golwalla (Tel # 2780200 after 8pm or on kzbm@cyber.net.pk) latest by second Friday of the month. If received thereafter input will be taken in following issue.