COME CELEBRATE CHĀRSHAMBÉ-SŪRĪ WITH IRANIAN MUSIC AND DANCE FRI 15 MAR AT CYRUS MINWALLA COLONY HALL AT 7:30 PM
Chārshambé-sūrī is the Iranian Festival of Fire, it is a prelude to Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring and which is marked by special customs and rituals: most notably jumping over fire.
The last Wednesday of the Iranian year is known as Chahar Shanbeh Suri (Chahār shanbé Sūrī - usually pronounced Chārshambé-sūrī) is marked with special customs and rituals, most notable being jumping over fire. On eve of the last Wednesday of the year (Tuesday night, Wednesday morning): eve of 'Red Wednesday' or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit in public places, to bring enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year. People leap over the flames, shouting: Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (Give me your beautiful red colour; and take back my sickly pallor.)
Join us and celebrate the eve with mouth watering snacks to complete the enjoyment.
On: Friday, March 15, 2013
At: the Cyrus Minwalla Colony Hall
Time: 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
Tickets: Rs. 150
Last date for tickets: Tuesday, 12 March 2013.
Please give your names to:
Phiruza Birdie - 35895057
Zareen Patel - 0321 2628167
Parveen Banaji - 32767347
Furengeez Tampal - 32782961
Roshan Vannia - 32250127
SUNDAY 3 MARCH AT 5 PM
AT THE 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
· Games for children.
To book stalls contact Alla Rustomji : Tel # 3586-1746, by 25 February.
THE ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE OF THE CYRUS MINWALLA COLONY is holding the much awaited "Las Vegas Nite" on Saturday 2nd March, 2013 from 7.30 pm. onwards. Tickets of Rs.150/- available from Azar Irani, Natasha Mobed, Darayes Divecha and Phiruza Birdie.
Proposed programme for April: Whist Drive. Look out for detailed posters.
PPCA / KPI HUNGAMA SPORTS / 121ST FOUNDERS DAY PRIZE DISTRIBUTION on 24th march 2013 followed by tambola – details to follow closer to the event.
RESULTS OF THE YMZA/DASTUR DR. DHALLA PITHAWALA ENGLISH POETRY & PROSE COMPETITION HELD AT KATRAK HALL ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2013
Class 1 & under: 1st: Raeyan Quettawalla; Tie for 2nd: Shane Farzain Messman & Shahan Behram Irani; tie for 3rd: Framroze Purveyor & Farnaz Najmi.
Class 2, 3, 4: 1st: Zermesh Behram Irani; 2nd: Azman Makujina; 3rd: Hufriya Mondegarian.
Class 5, 6, 7: 1st: Nadia Randeria; Tie for 2nd: Safna Mama & Neusha Mondegarian; Tie for 3rd place: Darian Divecha & Shane Mana
Class 8, 9, 10: 1st: Sharmene Sidhwa; 2nd: Auzita Bharucha.
Shield was won in a tie between Zermesh Behram Irani & Nadia Randeria
HILLA BURJOR BHARUCHA
“Mummy had told me just before leaving for the hospital that she had handed all money and receipt books to the Mandal ladies and had nothing pending,” her daughter told me. Two days later Hilla Burjor Bharucha went to meet her Maker. That was the level of dedication of our octogenarian member.
For years she did the onerous task of collecting annual membership fee from ordinary members of the Mandal, a job most would duck from. When Mandal started their newsletter the What’s On, she also volunteered to collect its annual subscription, proving her mettle further.
The pleasing thing was that Hilla aunty did all of this most happily and with humour. Some years back she was taken seriously ill and on insistence of her family gave up the tasks but it was not long before she re-commenced, as the members missed her more convenient location and she missed being meaningfully occupied.
A day before she passed away, she asked one of her grand daughters to pray quietly in her ear and that eased her into her next journey, loved and surrounded by her daughter, grand and great grand children.
Hilla aunty will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her and Mandal bows in respect for her quiet support not known to many.
Vispi N Kabraji on 23 January in Canada
Hilla Burjor Bharucha on 30 January
Dolly Byram Ghandhi on 10 February
RIGHT THE BITE
Food nourishes our bodies and, teeth play an important role in it, which means we need to take care of our teeth.
For a start we need to understand our tooth structure. There is the outer enamel layer which is hard and most critical in tooth protection because most of the tooth decay happens there, followed by various softer layers as seen in the picture.
It is the enamel that you most need to look after because 80% of tooth decay begins in the surface area and is caused by acidity and bacteria.
No matter what you do, some bacteria will always be present in your mouth but you can neutralise its effect.
There is an old Ayurvedic Indian tradition of swishing oil (just ½ a teaspoon) in your mouth at bedtime. Of course this can only be done by the more inspired ones and if you are, try it. Sesame, sunflower or coconut oil is preferred but any that you use for cooking could make a start. The oil is thought to remove pathogenic bacteria that cause acidity which cause cavities.
Follow this routine, with something more agreeable: Wet your toothbrush and dip it into baking soda and brush your teeth as you would normally. Then rinse with very little water, swish it around your mouth and spit it out. This nightly routine will keep acidity level low, which is the main cause of cavities and damage to tooth surface.
Almost all toothpaste have calcium in some form but the superior choice is one with calcium phosphate. If you are serious about good teeth you may search it out.
ON TURNING SIXTY
Almighty God you know that I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming too talkative, from repeating all my jokes, anecdotes and e-mails,
and particularly keep me from falling into the tiresome habit of expressing an opinion on every (dame) subject.
Release me from craving to straighten out everyone's affairs. Keep my mind free from recital of endless details. Give me wings to get to the point.
Give me the grace, dear GOD, to listen to others as they describe their aches and pains.
Help me endure the boredom with patience and keep my lips sealed, for my own aches and pains are increasing in number and intensity, and the pleasure of discussing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally, I might be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not wish to be a saint (saints are so hard to live with), but a sour old person is the work of the devil.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody, helpful, but not pushy, independent, yet able to accept with graciousness favours that others wish to bestow on me.
Free me of the notion that simply because I have lived a long time, I am wiser than those who have not lived so long. I am older, but not necessarily wiser!
If I do not approve of some of the changes that have taken place in recent years, give me the wisdom to keep my mouth shut.
GOD knows that when the end comes, I would like to have a friend or two left.
The Bathtub Test
During a visit to my
doctor, I asked him, "How do you
determine whether or not an older person should be put in a Care Home?"
"Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a
teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the
bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you
want a bed near the window?
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