What’s On

JULY 2011

What’s On

Cooking Demonstration at Avari Towers

On Saturday 16 July at 4 pm


To make a good home-made meal, all you need is some guidance, a good recipe and a demo on how to make it step by step. So join us at the Soya Supreme Cooking Demonstration and you will get it all.


Venue: Fujiyama, Avari Towers Hotel
Time: 4pm
For all: Rs 100
Last date: July 12 till 1pm



Navroze Mela

Sunday 31 July at 5:30 pm

At Mandal Hall


Come and enjoy all our usual attractions:

·           Outfits for ladies, children's clothes, sadras, towels, sheets and household items

·           Wide variety of home-made food

·           Candy floss, pop corn and face painting to interest your children. 

To book stalls contact Nergesh Daruwalla : Tel # 3279-1383 or Alla Rustomji : Tel #  3586-1746, by 16 July.


We request that you do not bring non-Zarthushti friends to the mela, as it is essentially for the community.




The Old Girls' Association of The Mama Parsi Girls' Secondary School Reunion

Musical Evening followed by dinner on Friday, July, 2011 at 7.30 p.m. at Karachi Parsi Institute 


Charges for Members: Rs. 550;  Guests: (Ladies and Gents) Rs. 650.  Tickets: Soonita Wadia  0300 2993051 and  Mitra Bhesania:  0300 2259433.   Last date to register:  July 20, 2011.




The Young Mazdayasnian Zoroastrian Association(YMZA)/Dastur Dr. Dhalla Institute is holding a KASTI competition on: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at: 11am at: Banu Mandal Hall.  The Competition is open for all Zarthosti school going children who have had their navjote of Class 1 & 2, Class 3 & 4, Classes 5, 6 & 7 and Classes 8, 9 & 10Judging: will be based on Delivery (style of prayers), Voice Projection (clarity / loudness), Diction (pronunciation) and Methodology (of tying the kasti).  Please give names by Saturday, July 16, 2011 to: Behroze Khambatta, Kaizer Irani, Shahrazad Irani, Natasha Mobed or Natasha Mavalvala.



YMZA/Dastur Dr. Dhalla Institute regret the cancellation of “ SU TAMAY AATHMI CLASS NA STUDENT THEE HUSHIAR CHEO?” on June 4th.  We apologize to all ticket holders & teams for any inconvenience caused.  This was necessitated out of respect to our late Ervad Godrej Sidhwa, who expired on the same day.  Besides Godrej uncle being the LONGEST STANDING committee member of YMZA and our Vice President, he was also a Committee member of the original Dastur Dr. Dhalla Memorial Institute, and has provided selfless service to our Community for decades with dedication, compassion, commitment and vigor, and it was only fitting that this competition be postponed.  This competition will now be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Beach Luxury Hotel at 7pm.  Look forward to seeing you there.




The Iranshah Flag


Did you know that Iranshah had a flag of its own? It is made of silk cloth with one side sky blue in colour and the other white / cream in colour. On the blue side there is an Asho Farohar emblem at the top, underneath is written Athro Ahurahe Mazdao Puthra in Avestra script. An afarganyu is in the centre and guraj mace with a cow’s head to its left, and a bow and arrow to the right. The words Ushtano Jato Athrav Yo Spitamo Zarathushtro are written in Avesta script, underneath this.


On the cream side of the flag are two stars with the words Zarathushtrahe Daenam Yazamaide in Avesta script.


The flag is 5 feet long and 3.5 feet wide and was designed by Mr Guard. It was first unfurled by Dastur Koyoji MIrza on the occasion of the 200th anniversary celebrations of Iranshah’s arrival at Udvada in 1312 AY, 1943 AC.  The flag is in the office of Udavada Athornan Anjuman and deserves to be restored and placed in the Zoroastrian Information Centre.


(Source: Jam-e-Jamshed)



Milestones  Information up 19 June 2011



Minoo Hormusji Patel on 20 May

Behman Irani on 28 May

Godrej Dinshawji Sidhwa on 4 June






Zenobia Master, Telephone:  35290792

For sale of:  Dining Table   10 chairs  2 side boards  ( Victoria Furnishers)

Steel cupboard with shelves ( Godrej)

Wooden writing desk with 3 side drawers

Coffee table with onyx marble top


Jehanara Talati, Tel # 35881189

For mango pickle, mango chutney, brinjal pickle, barbeque sauce and lime & date chutney




Parsi Principal, Administrator and, Teachers for O Level and Classes V to X, required by Crescent School, Jamshed Road, Behind Islamia College

You may send your resumes to bonneit@live.com or contact Farhan Bandukda on

Mobile: (0300) 231-4596






Prawns Curry – Kerala style


This typical Kerala preparation is a spicy curry, which goes well with rice.


You will need:

2 red chilies split, cut into quarters lengthways and seeded

1 small red onion, chopped

2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil

1 tsp black mustard seeds

½ tsp fenugreek seeds

14 curry leaves, fresh or dried

½ tsp turmeric

½ tsp cracked black peppercorns

250g jumbo prawns, leave some with their tails on if you like

150ml reduced-fat coconut milk            



Grind the chilies, onion and ginger along with 3 tbsp water into a smooth paste

Heat the oil in a heavy pan or wok. When hot, toss in the mustard and fenugreek seeds, and curry leaves – they will crackle and pop. Fry for 10 seconds.

Add the onion paste, turn the heat down a little and cook without covering, for about 5 minutes. Splash in some water if it starts to stick at the bottom.

Add the turmeric and cracked peppercorns and stir the spices around for a few seconds before adding the prawns.

Pour in the coconut milk and bring to a simmer, stirring all the time. The milk will take on a yellow colour from the turmeric.

Cook until prawns are cooked through. Squeeze some lime-juice, sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve with rice.






Play Well with Others

“You can submarine your career and work relationships by actions you take and behaviors you exhibit at work,” says Susan M Heathfield, a Human Resources expert.


She continues to say that effective work relationships form the cornerstone for success and satisfaction with one’s job and career. She gives us ways to play well with others at work.


Bring suggested solutions with the problems to the meeting table. Some employees spend an inordinate amount of time identifying problems, which is the easy part.  Thoughtful solutions are the challenge and will earn respect and admiration from coworkers and bosses.


Don’t play the blame game you will alienate people. You may identify who was involved in a problem or even ask what work system caused the employee to fail, but publicly identifying and blaming others for failures will earn enemies, who in turn can help you fail. We do need allies at work.


Your verbal and nonverbal communication matters. If you talk down to another employee, use sarcasm or sound nasty, other employees hear you and they form an opinion about you.


Never catch a coworker, boss or reporting staff persons unawares.  Always discuss problems first with the people directly involved, otherwise it is considered ambushing. You will never build effective work alliances unless your coworkers trust you.


Keep your commitments. In an organisation work is interconnected. If you fail to meet deadlines and commitments, you affect the work of other employees. Keep your commitments, and when you if cannot make sure all concerned employees know what happened. Also provide a new date and make every effort to honour the new deadline.


Share credit for accomplishments, ideas and contributions. Take time and expend energy to thank, recognise and specify contributions of people who help you succeed.


Help employees find their talent. Every employee has talents, skills and experience. If you help them harness their best abilities you benefit the organization


Focus on above and you will play well and that will pay well.











An Existential Threat

Patting ourselves on the back for being the first monotheistic religion to have survived the mortality of passing time is an attitude we have long fostered in our community. We may have cheated extinction but we lost a very vital part of our existence; our identity. Who are we is the question we must ask ourselves. The answer does not lie in the distinction of either 'Parsees' or 'Iranians' but in our faith; 'Zoroastrianism.' Today people recognize us by our secondary name and not by our bestowed name of 'Zarthoshtis.' We have wandered off in different directions avoiding the crucial matter at hand, which is to keep alight the flame of our faith.


Young children rote learn their prayers and get ready for a celebration which calls for extravagance in every way except for the primary reason of entering a faith which only preaches goodness in the world. Prayers may be learnt but their essence is lost in neglected translation. Jashans have been reduced to social gatherings, where the motive of attending is for the adult community to catch up on the happenings of their daily lives. Our youth shies away from it with the fear of wasting precious hours of their entertaining lives on a sermon which will not invoke their thought process. We have forgotten how important it is to pass down our sacred knowledge to our upcoming generations who are the torchbearers for the future of our community.


In a race to survive and secure all the comforts in life we must not forget our obligation of enlightening our community with the pearls of wisdom our prophet left behind for us. I remember Sunday School being all about colours and expressing our gratitude towards mother nature along with learning the vitalities of our existence and our faith. However, today, Sunday School has been reduced to a level of five books available at the KZBM melas which do not even capture the second glance of people. If there is something we need to invest in our community, it is keeping alive our identities as followers of our faith. Conferences world over is not the only means; we need to search deeper within our souls and take a step forward on an individual basis. Only then can we leave our print on this planet and fulfill our destiny as Zarthoshtis.



Dilaira Cyrus Mondegarian





Llistening has the opposite effect of arguing. Arguing closes people down. Listening slows them down. And then it opens them up. When someone feels heard, he relaxes. He feels generous. And he becomes more interested in hearing you.



Compiled and edited:  Sunnu Golwalla

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

Change of Address: Nergesh Daruwalla (Tel # 32791383 or on  nergesh.daruwalla@ gmail.com)

Postings, Z-clips, Milestones: Sunnu Golwalla (Tel # 32780200 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.