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MAY 2013


Dumb Chardes followed by dinner

On May 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Form a team to play your favourite 'Dumb Charades' and prove that gestures can certainly speak louder than words!! A parlour game in which one team member acts-out a word/phrase and other team members guess the same.

Join in large numbers and make it a fun evening. Kindly make each team with six members. There will be special and separate rounds for kids - so kids do participate too. Team leaders please give your names to Katherina Irani by May 21, 2013.

Venue: KZBM Garden Time: 7:30 pm onward
Ticket per person: Rs 400 Last Date: May 21, 2013 till 1pm

Tickets available from:
Phiruza Birdie - 35895057 Zareen Patel - 0321 2628167
Parveen Banaji - 32767347 Furengeez Tampal - 32782961
Roshan Vannia - 32250127




Our Child Chapter had a fun morning at the Sindbad Dolman Mall on 17 March 2013 to celebrate Rustom Cowasjee’s Birthday. Rustom today is a grown man but a fund to celebrate his birthday was created by his grandma and KZBM continues the tradition to the delight of our children.

For the interest of our readers we add, that our Child Chapter today has a healthy membership of 45 children between the ages of 6-14 years, and the activities of the Group are to make them more social, develop good social values and etiquette, as well as increase their general and religious knowledge.




Mama School Celebrates 95th Anniversary

By the grace of Ahura Mazda on 1st April 2013 The Mama Parsi Girls 'Secondary School marked 95 productive years of its establishment with a traditional jashan ceremony and a milad in School. Year round celebrations will follow with a number of events lined up.

In 1918 when this illustrious institution was established, its benevolent founders might have little imagined its phenomenal growth structurally from a one-storied building to a three storied O’ Level Wing and in student strength from 70 students to 2147 accommodated in two shifts.

Women today are playing a pivotal role as nation builders. In that respect, modestly speaking, The Mama School has made significant contribution by educating countless girls of Karachi instilling in them sound ethical values, grooming them to be confident good wives, mothers or career women; in short invaluable contributors to society. For that the credit goes to the School’s dedicated Staff, past and present who have ensured that the glory of the School never fades.

In an attempt to move with the times, two years back a milestone was achieved by the School when it switched to the Aga Khan Board of Secondary Education. The School’s mission to impart quality education in every sense of the term continues … In the words of the School Song – ‘We forge onward day by day.’

Furengeez D Tampal





10th World Zoroastrian Congress at Mumbai

27-30 December 2013

After a gap of 23 years, Mumbai is hosting World Zoroastrian Congress (see History of WZC below) in December this year. Basic details are:

Theme: “Zoroastrianism in the 21st Century: Nurturing Growth and Affirming Identity”

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts at Nariman Point

Hotel Accommodation: being finalized and will be uploaded on www.wzcmumbai.com

Registration: Can be online and details are on their above website

Programme: Sessions and panel discussions by eminent speakers and scholars in the morning. Afternoon will have diverse topics and in smaller groups. You choose and attend the ones of your interest. Evening programme is also being organized, to give the delegates an opportunity to mingle informally

Added Attractions: (a) “From Canton to Mumbai – The Story of Parsi Textiles” will showcase garas, tanchois, embroidered shawls. This exhibition will be at National Gallery of Modern Art.

(b)Alpaiwalla Museum in Khareghat Colony is being restored and refurbished and will display 1,800 rare artifacts.

Logo: Appears above and was selected from 500 entries from across the world. The winner is Ashdeen Lilaowala of New Delhi, bagging cash prize of whopping Rs 100,000/-. Yes Pakistan did participate too.

Congress Fee: (Early bird offer till July 31, 2013): US $200 + US $25 service tax per attendee. Thereafter: US $300 + US $37 service tax per attendee. The fee includes all Congress proceedings, meals for four days, and access to entertainment programmes.

If you are planning to attend, check your passports for validity at least upto July 2014. You may also like to note that visa form has to be filled online: hand-filled is no longer accepted. You may visit their website www.india.org.pk


From its inception in 1960, the World Zoroastrian Congress has evolved over the years to become a physical meeting ground for Zoroastrians from the far corners of the world.

Previous Congresses:

Tehran (1960, 1996) Mumbai (1964, 1978, 1985, 1990) Houston (2000)

London (2005) Dubai (2009)



Cyrus Kharas – Update

With community’s generous support and prayers, and his family’s patience and absolute faith in Ahura Mazda, Cyrus had the liver transplant in China on 18 April 2013 and is recuperating to his doctor’s satisfaction. Your continued prayers are requested for his full recovery.




Arshaan, a boy to Farahnaz and Neville Wadia on 17 April

Iyanna, a girl to Cyra and Faramerz Baria on 19 April


Dilaira Cyrus Mondegarian and Pooya Danesh Dubash on 23 March 2013


Najoo Merchant ex-Karachiite on 21 March in Toronto, Canada

Homai Meherwan Shroff ex-Karachiite on 26 March in New York, USA

Tehmi Homi Sethna on 1 April

Mehelli (Mehewan) C Mehta, ex Karachiite, on 11 April in Canada

Rohinton Jal Kapadia on 8 April




Bungalow for Sale in Cyrus Colony

A four bedroom bungalow, three with attached bath, is for sale in Cyrus Minwalla Colony. There is a decent sized study room as well as a comfortable parking space for at least 4 cars. Other major contents include a 10 KV Kohler American gas generator, 5 air-conditioners (2 split and 3 window), geyser, complete kitchen cabinets with cooking range and some furniture items.

Interested parties may contact Freddy Sethna on 0301-8248333.





Foot Facts

It is nice to observe that the younger people prefer pumps or chappals over high-heel shoes and take pedicure to keep their feet in ideal condition. While, those of us who have worn heels for many years are paying the price with bunions, bent large toes and foot pain, but we need to change.

Good blood circulation down to our feet guarantees better health, and serious attention to our feet will do us a world of good.

Our feet have quarter of all the bones in the body and 7,000 nerve endings, making them complex, and sensitive. The feet also take the weight of the whole body and neglecting them can lead to knee, hip and even back pain.

So what do we do? In addition to washing and moisturing our feet, we ought to take a little time to exercise them too. Simple exercises I am talking about: like wiggling your toes and moving your ankles up & down for a minute, twice a day. Soon you will feel the difference in the flexibility with which your feet move, reduced pain and better looking feet.

Shoes: pumps and chappals? Heels and narrow-toes only for evening? Why not, we do care for our feet.

If eyes are the mirror of our soul, let our feet mirror general good health.











Did you know it was the Persians who gave the world legal principles enshrined in the law of evidence and procedure?

Legal concepts like arbitration, release on bail and representation by a lawyer, power of attorney and execution of wills are of Persian origin, later picked up by Greeks and Romans.

In recognition of Zoroastrian contribution to the development of law, a life-size statue of Prophet Zoroaster by Edward C. Potter stands on the cornice of the New York Appellate Court Building in Madison Square Park, with other lawgivers like Moses, Manu and Alfred the Great.













We suggest that you add 1/4 gaj for shrinking.


A blind Parsi enters a bar, orders a drink and yells, "Hey, you all, want to hear a great Sardarji joke?"

In a deep husky voice the man next to him says: "Before you tell that joke, Bawa, do you know five things about this bar? The Bartender is a Sardar, the Bouncer is a Sardar, I'm 6 feet tall, weigh 260 lbs - a Sardar with a black belt in Martial Arts, the fourth man sitting next to me is also sardar, who is a weight-lifter and the fifth man to your right is also a Sardar and a World Champion wrestler. Now think about it. Do you still wanna tell that joke?"

The Bawa thinks for a second and declares, "No chance! Who is going to explain it 5 times!”

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