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Cards, Bridge & Mahjong Evening with Kharya

on Saturday, February 22, 2014

Come for an enjoyable winter evening of fun games of Cards or Mahjong in the company of good friends, with steaming cup of tea and snacks. Will conclude with tambola to try your luck, which will be followed by delicious Kharya (paya) dinner at end!!!

Kindly inform the ticket seller if you would like to eat Kharya (paya) or Chicken for dinner, and do not change your decision as dinner will be ordered accordingly. Also, inform which games you would play and if you have your own table bring it along.


Venue: KZBM Hall

Time: 4:00 p.m. Cards & Mahjong game

Tambola at 8pm &

Dinner at 9pm


Ticket per person: Rs 550

Last Date: February 18, 2014 till 1p.m.


Tickets available from:
Dilaver Tadiwala - 35800338
Zareen Patel - 0321 2628167

Parveen Banaji - 32710015

Furengeez Tampal - 32782961
Roshan Vannia - 32250127





For a Career and not just a job, you need to identify your natural talents in order to pursue a profession that you can love.


If there is sufficient response from our youth, KZBM will arrange a session with Rahila Narejo, CEO of NarejoHR & author of Dawn Newspaper's 6-year running career and work advice column Workplace Sanity, on :


· best career exploration methods

· job search strategies

· work ethics

· career choices in Pakistan

It will be a 2-hour session on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning in early-March. Interested youth (15-25 years) may send their name and age on kzbm1912@gmail.com by 10 February to enable us take a decision in the matter.





Almitra Zubin Mavalvala
Performs in Grease the Musical
at the Arts Council

KZBM is proud to inform that our very own young Almitra is one of the Pink Ladies in Nida Butt (ex-Mamaian)'s licensed production of Broadway musical (also a Hollywood movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John which some of you readers may recall).

Express Tribune writes "....The Pink Ladies are as varied as their characters. Almitra Mavalvala has her moments as the flailing, pink-haired Frenchy, ......" Go see her yourself at the Arts Council. It is from 16 Jan to 2 Feb.

More about Almitra's interest and experience in stage performance next month, as she is super-busy right now performing every night.









BVS Parsi High School

Presents: Aladdin


On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February 2014

at 6:30 pm at the school premises.


Tickets from School Office or Head Mistresses of the School.


Limited seats / valet parking available /

children under 8 not permitted.





Remembering & Honoring Deena Mistri


January 27th 2014 is the third death anniversary for our Deenu Aunty.


In her honor & memory, her students have completed the first phase of the construction for TCF Deena Mistri Campus – a school built in Korangifor the less fortunate.


The TCF School is built on a beautiful 1-acre plot in Lucknow Society, which is about 1km from Korangi Crossing and is situated directly off the main road. This plot is close to Indus Hospital, which is a free hospital for the poor. Localities in the vicinity, which can greatly benefit from a TCF school, are:


1. Bhitai Colony (located along Korangi crossing) is a low-income society with a fairly large population.

2. "NaiAbadi" (located across Korangi Road, about half a km from the proposed site) and has a population of about 3,000-4,000 residents.


The completed Primary School Unit has 12 classes (2 sections of KG to Grade 5) with 30 children each, for a total of 360 children. The Primary school will have a library/art room, canteen, teacher’s staff room, Principal’s office and an account clerk’s room and a guard (chowkidars) room.


The demand is so great that TCF has already started an afternoon shift for the Primary sections – that will increase the capacity to educate 720 children per day.


Phase II to be built 3-4 years from now, will have another 10 classes for the Secondary section that will add another 360 children. By the time this project is completed - 1,440 children with two shifts running will get “quality” education at this TCF campus.


A “Big Thank You” to all that have donated and a request to those those haven’t - to donate. Every bit helps this noble cause of education – something that Deenu Aunty was proponent of.


For donations in Pakistan:

Contact Adiya Amjad. The Citizens Foundation | Plot No. 20, Sector No. 14, Korangi Industrial Zone, Karachi, Pakistan

T: +92-21 111-823-823 Ext 1406 ; + 92-21 3511 3445-59

Please mention: BVS Alumni Project: Deena Mistri Campus.


To see more pictures of the school please click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36814872@N06/


Mushkil Asaan Prayers
7th February 2014 at 5:30pm
Jamshed Baugh Club House
Jamshed Bagh holds these prayers every month on first Friday of the month.  You may pray to Mushkil Asaan. Copies of the prayer will be available, along with copies of the “dua” which will be recited by all together, at the end.
All Zarthustis are cordially invited.











Result of YMZA/Dastur Dr Dhalla Institute's

Athornan Mandal Gujrati Competition

held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Banu Mandal Hall

In the Montessori & Class 1 category- Shield & 1st position- Cherezad Cyrus Noshirwan; 2nd position- Shahan Behram Irani; 3rd position- Shane Farzain Messman;

In the Class 2, 3 & 4 category- Shield & 1st position- Hufriya Mondegarian; 2nd position- Farzad Najmi; 3rd position- Usphan Namiranian;

In the Class 5, 6 & 7 category- Shield & 1st position- Zermesh Behram Irani; 2nd position- Farzana Kolah; 3rd position- Nariman Irani; and

In the class 8, 9 & 10 category- Shield & 1st position- Neusha Mondegarian; 2nd position- Nadia Randeria.

There were a total of 13 participants.



MILESTONES - as on 26 January 2014



Behroze, daughter of late Mani & Sam Haveliwala AND Ervad Burgise, son of Dinaz & Phiroze Bhada on 31 December

Cyra, daughter of Anita & Nadeer Contractor AND Cyrus, son of Spenta & Jamsheed Behrana on 4 January




Dr Khushroo Mody, f/o Kamal Taraporewala, Cyrus Mody and Parveen Katrak in Los Angeles, California.

Katy Jimmy Sidhwa, w/o Jimmy Pestonji Sidhwa, m/o Freddy and Meher on 10 January





Shirin Sarosh Byramji

Pakistan Chowk

Mobile # 0300-2149983 / 0307-2199809


You may place orders for customised Torans: for example one

for your newborn's room, and then keep it as a memento.











Handling Emergency Situations

Written by a cop

It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in. Read on…


1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. Use it to defend yourself

2. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, do not hand it to him. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. Run like mad in the other direction!


3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.


4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. Don't do this!) The predator will be watching you.


5. Getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: a.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. b.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. c.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry (and better paranoid than dead.)


6. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at night!)


7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, always run! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!


8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: stop it may get you raped, or killed.


(Contributed by Zarin Patel)







Darius J.Khambata
Senior Advocate, LLM (Harvard


It was a long address but the concluding message is very potent and is reproduced here for everyone’s interest and practice. Editor


Concluding remarks:


“We desire your fire” was Zarathustra’s plea to Ahura Mazda in the 34th Yasna. It is also a clarion call to all to receive the truth of the divine revelation from Ahura Mazda. It is an exhortation not to the physical element of fire, but to faith.


It is in the spirit therefore of tolerance, respect for Asha or truth, Urvan or freedom of choice and the great Zoroastrian dream, that I beseech every Zoroastrian to walk the path of the righteous, to reaffirm the timeless truth of our faith and to give his or her fire to Zarathustra.


Light that fire and it shall be everlasting, the cause is just and will endure, the flame shall never wane or flicker and the dream shall never die.




Below is an excerpt from another inspiring talk, reaffirming some of the message above. Editor



Zoroastrian Renaissance :

Discovery of the Gathas

(Mr Yezad Kapadia, the president of Delhi Parsi Zoroastrian Centre invited Dr Khosro Khazai Pardis to India to deliver a talk on « Zoroastrian Renaissance in Iran Explained to Parsi community in India". Dr Pardis accepted the invitation and went to India, accompanied by eight members of "European Centre for Zoroastrian Studies". The speech was delivered on the 21 December 2013 and followed by a very warm reception. KZBM is reproducing excerpts from Dr Pardis’s talk in two parts.)

Part I

The best and the shortest road to go directly to the heart of Zarathushra’s Existential Philosophy is the Gathas. The Gathas are the most powerful tool for social and spiritual transformation because these seventeen sacred songs represent the highest and most noble ideals that humanity has ever had.


Purpose of life

Zarathustra in the Gathas says : “The purpose of our life is to lead a happy and joyful existence on this earth and the purpose of our creation is to take part actively in the improvement of the world, in order that all living beings: humans, animals and plants live in peace and fullness”.

This golden concept astonishingly so modern was developed more than 3700 years ago. Not only it is modern today but it will be modern as long as this world exists. It is not an intellectual construction which evaporates in contact with reality. It makes the essence and the purpose of the creation.

All the precepts presented in the Gathas are aimed practically to achieve this goal and purpose. In this way Zarathustra doesn’t forget to say that “the happiness belongs to those who make others happy”.




The freedom of choice

In the Gathas we have neither orders nor commandments. There are “no do this, or do that”.The freedom of choice is fundamental in the Gathic culture. The third song of the Gathas is all about that. In this culture everyone is responsible personally for his or her thought, word and action. And because the law of action and reaction works all the time: Every thought, word and action triggers equal reactions and come back to one self with the same intensity. Good, triggers Good and Bad, triggers Bad. In this context the freedom of choice between good and bad is total and the responsibility is also total. We cannot accuse God or anyone else for the mistakes we make.

“Good” is all the forces that help us to set up a happy and joyful life, and “Bad” are the forces that prevent us to achieve such a life.

(Part II next month)





Inspiring Quotes

If a quotation has really inspired you, do email it to kzbm1912@gmail.com and it will be shared with our readers giving credit to the contributor/s.


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