MAY 2014




KZBM's Inter Association Quiz Competition 

followed by Dinner on Saturday, May 10, 2014

It is that time of the year again, so let’s challenge our minds with general knowledge questions and brain teasers! Come and enjoy an enlightening and entertaining evening with our ever popular Quiz programme conducted by Perviz Daroga. 


Teams will be from KZBM, YMZA, KPI & PPCA and independent team (six members per team).  Two (2) teams each of KZBM, YMZA & KPI  and one (1) team from PPCA and one (1) independent team in which anyone may take part. Team leaders please give your names to Katherina Irani by May 6, 2014. 


Venue:     KZBM Garden

Time:       7:30 p.m.

Ticket per person:  Rs 500

Last Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 till 1 p.m. 


Tickets available from:

Dilaver Tadiwala - 35800338   

Zareen Patel - 0321 2628167

Parveen Banaji - 32710015           

Furengeez Tampal - 32782961 

Roshan Vannia - 32250127  


Junior Chef

Australian programme Master Chef is coming to Pakistan in May: meanwhile the community was entertained by our junior chefs on a Saturday afternoon in April


From left: 5-year old Zara Zain Irani with her grandma Diney served up red velvet cup cakes and macaroni and cheese

11 year old Safna Dadabhoy Mama with her granny Fawzia made chicken wontons and apple crumble

13 year old Astad Yazdi Sidhwa with his Chef mother Zarnak created Spicy chicken wings and easy chocolate mousse


Whilst on the subject, our readers may like to note some milestones in culinary art by Karachi Zarthostis

1958 – Gool Minwalla as Chair of Welfare  & Rehabilitation Subcommittee of KZBM commenced Navroze “Sale” to display talent of our ladies who earned from home by cooking and sewing. Since then the “Sale” has brightened the lives of many

1990 – Dr Roeinton Khambatta suggested to the KZBM to hold regular Parsi Traditional Cooking Classes so that the ‘Manna of the Angels’ lives on!  Subsequently Toxy Cowasjee inspired by the popularity of the classes compiled and edited a coffee-table book by the same name which continues to be in demand.

2010 – Zarnak Sidhwa was invited by MasalaTV to give a demo on Parsi dishes and after a series of guest appearances was given her own show “Chocoholics”. Since 2012 she is doing Food Diaries demonstrating her personal style of Pakistani, American, Italian, Chinese and Indian food. The show is televised live in many countries.




UK Queen Confers Knight Commander

Rank on Ratan Tata


London: The queen of Britain on Thursday conferred the rank of Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) on former chairman of the Tata group, Ratan Tata. 

The KBE is one of the highest honours given by the queen to civilians. It is commonly given to the Diplomatic Service and Overseas list but is also given to Britons based abroad or in an honorary capacity to foreign nationals. 


Ratan Tata was given the honour for his services to UK-India relations, inward investment

Tata has been conferred the rank of Knight Commander

of the British Empire for his efforts to improve ties between India and the UK


to the UK and philanthropy. The former chairman of Tata group under whose leadership the group’s revenues grew exponentially retired on Dec 2012 after a 50-year run at the helm. Cyrus Mistry took over as the new chairman. 

The Tata group is highly popular in the UK. British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover became part of the Tata group in 2008. The company employs over 16,000 people at its manufacturing facilities in the UK, including 3,500 engineers at its two product development centres. 

Around 78% of Land Rovers are exported to 169 countries while Jaguar exports 70% of its products to 63 countries around the world. 

Tata Limited was established in London in 1907 to be Tata groups representative in Europe. Tata companies have operations and a 60,000-strong workforce spread across Europe. Tata’s association with the UK academia also dates back to the establishment of the Sir Ratan Tata Department at the London School of Economics. 


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Cyrus Minwalla Colony Jashan & Ghambar

19 May  2014 at 5:30 pm


Late Cyrus Minwalla’s baj jashan will be held on: Monday 19th May 2014 (roj Asfandard mah Dae) at 5:30 p.m.

This will be followed by a ghambar dinner, which is an annual feature on the day of late Cyrus uncle’s baj.

Ghambar dinner will at 8.30 pm. The charges will be Rs. 800/- per head. (drinks will be on sale.)


Please give your names with cash to: Mrs Roshan Kotwal or Mrs Phiruza Birdie latest by 16th May, 2014.



            YMZA/ Dastur Dr Dhalla Institute 2014

Hilla & Noshir Jamasji Drawing & Painting Competition


Date: Sunday, JUNE 1, 2014                       Time: 11am
Banquet Hall

TIME LIMIT:      2 hours


CATEGORIES (Drawing papers shall be provided by YMZA):                                                                   

3 & 4 yrs age group (PAPER: A4 size paper)

5, 6 & 7 yrs age group (PAPER: 9”x11” size paper)                                    

8, 9 & 10 yrs age group (PAPER:      11”x15” size paper)

11, 12 & 13 yrs age group (PAPER: 11”x15” size paper)

14, 15 & 16 yrs age group (PAPER: full poster size paper)

17 & 18 yrs age group (PAPER: full poster size paper)      


  • ONLY Pencil colors, crayons, oil pastels & water colors will be allowed- which participants need to bring themselves.  (Following will NOT be allowed- Markers, glitter, pens, etc (these will NOT be allowed)
  • Judging & results will take place at 1pm and prizes given immediately (same day).
  • Parental guidance/prompting will NOT be allowed.
  • Parents will NOT be allowed to sit in the same Hall while competition is going on


Names should be given latest by May 23, 2014 to Behroze Khambatta, Shahrazad Irani, Kaizer Irani, Natasha Mobed, Natasha Mavalvala or Ratasha Tampal



DR DHALLA INSTITUTE’s Jamshed Mehta Shield

(on any religious/moral topic) was held at Banu Mandal on Sunday, April 6, 2014. 

Shield was won by Hufriya Mondegarian.  In Montessori & Class 1 category- winner was Cherezad Cyrus Noshirwan; 2nd position- Shahan Behram Irani; 3rd position- Shane Farzain Messmen.  In Class 2-4 category- winner was Hufriya Mondegarian; 2nd position- farzad Najmi; 3rd position- Fardeen Felfeli.  In Class 5-7 category- winner was Zermesh Behram Irani; 2nd position- Farzana Kolah. 


The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment

Annual Report for the Year 2012

The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment for Patient Welfareat the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi (AKUH,K) was established in 2005through the generosity of the Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla family and the Kandawalla Trust. It came into effect from January 01, 2007.


During 2012, the endowment served 6 Zoroastrian patients for a total of 77 visits/admissions. The cumulative financial assistance provided through the fund, since its inception in 2007 is PKR 2.48 million enabling 32 inpatients and 268 outpatients of the Zoroastrian community to avail of the high quality of medical services at the Aga Khan University Hospital. All Zoroastrian patients who requested for support were provided financial assistance from the Endowment.


As per the terms of The Shreen and Godrej Kandawalla Endowment Fund, half of the income annually available for distribution is utilized for Zoroastrian patients and the balance, if any; is transferred to the General Welfare pool for the benefit of non-Zoroastrian patients.


The system to facilitate easy accessibility to the Endowment Funds is functioning smoothly with the sub-committee comprising of Ms. Thrity Spencer and Mr. Nadir Noorddin, Manager Patient Welfare at AKUH, who continue to receive requests for assistance from patients and/ or their family members. In the absence of Ms. Thrity Spencer the person to contact for assistance is Ms. Zarin Kakalia.


The community is advised to contact the following at AKUH, when requesting for assistance through the Kandawalla Endowment.

1.       Nadir Noorddin, Manager Patient Welfare, Off: 021 3486 1476, Mobile: 0321 235 6338


2.       Gul Akbar Khawaja, Sr. Patient Welfare Officer, Off: 021 3486 1475, Mobile: 0333 367 8910


Additionally, community members may also contact Yazdyar S Haveliwala, Off: 021 3486 2970, Mobile: 0300 216 6735 for any information that they may require.



Mama Parsi Girl’s School 3rd Alumni Reunion 
Chicago, Illinois, USA  August 8-10, 2014

Friday, August 8: Registration, meet and greet at Zoroastrian Association of Chicago 3:30pm onwards followed by dinner

Saturday, August 9: Sightseeing tour of downtown Chicago Coach buses leave the hotel at 9:00am Boxed lunch at Navy Pier Estimated return by 2:00pm

Reunion Gala Dinner at 7:00 pm Open to family members and guests over age 15 at additional cost (Venue to be announced later)

Sunday, August 10:  Farewell brunch 10:00am to 12:00pm Open to family members and guests over age 15 at additional cost (Late hotel checkout can be arranged if needed)


Last date for registration April 30, 2014. See attached form



Enterprise Dubai

19-21 December 2014




Roomi Sarkari, the organizer adds:

The Business Contest (details attached): is mainly to encourage our youth to venture into being an 'entrepreneur'... so if you know of anyone who has some plans/idea, this would be the best opportunity to participate...

One does not need to register or travel to participate for 'Business Plan Competition' unless they are the chosen finalist. So please extend this to all your Zoroastrian family & friends who can take good advantage of this offer.



Mushkil Asaan Prayers

16th May 2014 at 5:30pm

Jamshed Baugh Club House

The JB Club Committee is thankful to the Community members for their presence at the Mushkil Aasaan prayers and for their generous donations.  We will submit our accounts for the 5 months – Dec 2013 to April 2014 – at the next prayer meeting, on Friday 16th May 2014 (Please note the date)


We would like to inform the Community that the committee has decided to donate Rs.10,000/- to both Agiari’s from the amount collected over the period. We once again request all Zarthostis to come in large numbers at the next meeting






Bahmard Felfeli h/o Daulat (of Dolly's Parlour), f/o Farshid and Behram on 31 March

Armaiti Eruch Dinshaw (ex-Multan), m/o Asphandiar (USA),  and Piruzi on 1 April
Mehroo Ardesher Bhujwala (ex-Karachiite), m/o Mahazarin Pervaiz Taraporewalla on 6 April

Mithoo Aspi Dinshaw, w/o (late) Aspi Gustadji Dinshaw, f/o Nauzer Dinshaw, Cyrus Dinshaw and Diana Yezdi Engineer (Bombay) on 25 April







Cherry Jam

1  kg cherries

4 ozs fresh lime juice

3/4 kg sugar



Boil cherries in one cup water till soft: about 15 minutes. 


Cool slightly and rub through stainless steel sieve to discard the seeds. Put the cherry pulp, sugar, and about two dessert spoons of the seeds tied in muslin, in a heavy- based pan (dekchi) and put on medium to high heat. Keep stirring gently till sugar is dissolved. (Otherwise the jam will have crystals). Now let boil till setting consistency, about 25 to 30 minutes. Add the lime juice and cook for another 10 minutes.


Take off the fire. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Fill in clean glass bottles. Let cool completely before putting on the lid. Makes about two jam bottles.


Note: The seeds help in setting the jam.

           If cherry stoner is available, then de-stone one full cup of extra cherries and add to the jam when half done.



Mock Raspberry Jam



1 kg, firm red tomatoes

3/4 kg sugar

2 ozs. fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon raspberry OR strawberry essence


Thinly peel the tomatoes. Liq