What’s On

November 2010


What’s On

New date Sat 30 October

Beneath the stars, besides the waves – let’s make it an evening to remember


We can only accommodate the first 75 persons, so hurry up and purchase your tickets... to avoid disappointment!  Those desiring to avail of coaster facility from Banu Mandal and back, charges Rs 130/- per person.
Venue: Dinaz Noshir Irani's hut at the French Beach
 Time: 4pm onwards 
Ticket per person:  Rs 300
Last Date: October 26, 2010 till 1 pm.




KZBM AGM and Thanksgiving Jashan


AGM – Wed 24 Nov at 5:30 pm at the Mandal Hall. All members are requested to attend.


Jashan – Wed 10 Nov at 4:30 pm at the Mandal Hall. All Zarthustis are welcome.




A&t Directory


Your friends and family from overseas will be visiting you in the coming months and we find the KZBM’s “Directory of Zoroastrians in Pakistan” is of interest to them. This is to let you know that copies are available and are for Rs 300 a copy. You may contact Alla Rustomji on Rel # 3586 1746 or Toxy Cowasjee on Tel # 3586 7088 for the same.


Our Friends


Senior Citizens’ Evening at KP on Sunday 28 November from 6:30 pm onward. Tambola, tea and snacks to entertain you, do come.



WZO's Flood Relief Collection

Since writing on 10 September, the following has been achieved, mainly from donors residing overseas.


Rs200,000 for purchasing 157 units of Lifestraw-family, matched by UBL, Pakistan which gives potable water without electricity or batteries, lasting for three years. These should have arrived three weeks ago but there is a problem in importing them. Check: http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw/lifestraw-family/features


Rs30,000 given to Omar Asghar Khan Development Foundation, Abbottabad, for holding therapy classes for children in Nowsherra and Charsadda. These sessions are art work, games, and giving them small goody bags when they go back to their destroyed homes. Children need this and they enjoy themselves so much.


Rs400,000 given to OAKDF to build a wooden jeep-able bridge in the Dubair Valley, Kohistan which will service 3 Union Councils or 30,000 people (a conservative estimate). Hopefully to commence on 18 October and should take two weeks to make. [100s of bridges have been lost due to the flood]


Rs1,100,000 given to OAKDF to make a jeep-able track of 7.31km in this same valley which will connect with the bridge. Half payment has been made, the balance will be given on completion. This too to begin on 18 October, estimated to take 6-8 weeks as it is through the roughest terrain. [most tracks have been lost, the people are climbing the sheer mountains and taking 6 days and more to reach either the road or to their home.]. This handsome donation comes from ZSO & OCZF of Toronto, Canada.


Thank you to all donors. - Toxy Cowasjee



Karachi-ite Honoured


MIT quantum astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala, originally from Karachi and daughter of Meher and Minoo Mavalvala is the the first-ever Zarthosti to win the coveted MacArthur Foundation genius grant of $500,000. (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won in 1984, but she is Jewish - from Germany - and married to Cyrus Jhabvala).


“I am incredibly humbled and so grateful to my colleagues and everyone who has supported my work,” she said from her office at MIT on the afternoon the winners were announced.


Nergis studies gravitational waves, which can penetrate regions of space, which light or electromagnetic waves cannot. Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916.


“Everything we know about the universe comes from observing light,” said Nergis, adding that gravitational waves are a different kind of tool that allow researchers to learn “new and enormously interesting things.”


“Black holes, for example, are very dense, massive stars that light cannot escape from,” said Mavalvala. But by using gravitational waves, researchers can explore the environment close to black holes”, she explained.


Nergis attended the Convent of Jesus and Mary high school in Karachi, where she was inspired by her physics and chemistry teachers.


“Advanced biology meant dissecting an animal, and I knew I couldn’t do that, so I quickly moved to the physical sciences,” said Mavalwala with a laugh.


She credits her parents for recognising her ability in math and science early on, and always encouraging her work. An older sister, Mahrukh, who also studied physics, is now an actuary living in Seattle, Washington.


Nergis joined the physics faculty at MIT in January 2002. Before that, she was a postdoctoral associate and then a research scientist.


Nergis has made all Zarthostis proud and KZBM congratulates her and her parents on her achievement.


(excerpt from  Sunita Sohrabji’s interview of Nergis Mavalala on IndiaWest.com, e-newspaper of  USA)


Nergis has made all Zarthostis proud and KZBM congratulates her and her parents on her achievement and would like to add for the interest of our readers that Spenta Kandawalla, who is Wellesley College's Admission Representative for Pakistan, vividly recalls inteviewing Nergis (back in1985) for admission to Wellesley. Even as a teen ager, she recalls, Nergis stood out as an incredibly engaging, bright, and focussed young woman, consumed by her passion for Physics.  As a seasoned interviewer, it was clear to Spenta that Nergis was an exceptional young woman who would go far in life and recommended her highly for admission. She kept in touch with Nergis' acheivements during her time at Wellesley and later at MIT and is filled with pride at this extrordinary achievement of this young Parsi woman from Karachi.



Milestones  Information up 16  October  2010


Zeeva, daughter of Zavera and Zarmesh Golwalla on 22 September                                     




Farzad, son of Mahnaz and Vistasp Billimoria on 26 September



Vahishta Rohinton Irani to Maneck Ermine Minwalla of USA on 24 September

Anahita Khosrow Atashband to Kuraish Burjor Irani on 9 October




Mani Dorabshaw Mehta on 19 September

Dosoo Eruch Desai in Boston, USA on 20 September

Jehangir Cawasji on 21 September

Hilla Khurshed Golwalla on 22 September

Perin Rustomji Dubash on 11 October








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Taste Buds


Fine Dining

(continued from previous issue)


Bread: do not cut bread but tear a bite-size piece with your fingers. With butter knife take sufficient butter for your bread in one-go onto your side plate and butter each piece of bread as you eat it


Food in general: Start after everyone has been served.


Conversation:  Dinner is meant to be enjoyed and the conversation is a fundamental part of it. Therefore avoid any controversial subjects  it. Therefore avoid any controversial subjects  and give equal time to the person sitting on your left and your right.. If you are not confident about speaking to others, ask the persons questions about themselves and be a good listener.



General don'ts

(seem to be quite a few!)


Don't make a fuss. If you don't like something, leave it.


Don't blow on hot food to cool it down. Wait for it to cool itself.


Don't smoke at the table unless invited to by the hostess.


Don't photograph the table, it‘s not in good taste.


Don't move your plate after your meal has been served.


Don't treat the servers badly. It’s not in good taste.


Don't eat chicken or chops with your fingers.


Don't point with your cutlery.


Don't hold your fork while you drink wine.


Don't overstay your welcome.


Finally, be sure to say thank you to your host before leaving.


Bon appetite!



Different Generations at Work


Here are answers to the quiz of last month and how to work around clashpoints between the generations.

1. Career Goals

Baby Boomers (Born 1946-1964): Build a stellar career.

Generation Xers (Born 1965-1980): Build a portable career.

Millennials (Born 1981-1999): Build parallel careers.



Although at the end of their careers, boomers still question where they have been and where they are going. The idea of having a stellar career is uppermost in minds of many of them.


Focusing on career security rather than job security, Generation Xers believe it is critical to build skills and experiences that they can take with them if they need to leave.


Millennials, have just entered the workforce. Having grown up multi-tasking, they believe that they will be able to pursue more than one line of work at the same time.


Once a manager understands the different generations’ goals, she can provide different route to each generation to reach them. While boomers do not need well laid out career paths for themselves but need to provide these to Generation Xers whom they are often supervising.


Xers, on the other hand are constantly pulling out their career maps to check that they are heading in the right direction. Their managers regularly need to discuss career development or someone may steal the talented Xer away.



2. Ideas about Balance

Baby Boomers (Born 1946-1964): Help me balance everyone else and find meaning myself.

Generation Xers (Born 1965-1980): Give me balance now, not when I'm sixty-five.

Millennials (Born 1981-1999): Work isn't everything; flexibility to balance my activities is.

With growing children, aging parents, demanding jobs, and retirement looming on the horizon, Boomers simply don’t have enough time, and need help to achieve a better balance.


Gen-Xers, are the generation that has brought balance to the forefront in today's workplace. They have young children and want the time and flexibility to take care of them, perhaps better than they saw their parents do.


Millennials, are the programmed generation and have the concept of balance drummed into their heads by their boomer parents.


Balance means different things to each generation and understanding the different perceptions of balance is critical.  Progressive companies are attracting employees by approaches to provide correct balance to each generation, to reduce their stress and distraction in their lives.




3. Feedback Needs

Baby Boomers (Born 1946-1964): Once a year, with lots of documentation.

Generation Xers (Born 1965-1980): Sorry to interrupt, but how am I doing?

Millennials (Born 1981-1999): Feedback whenever I want it at the push of a button.



Boomers, raised with the psychology of the sixties that said people should open up, forced theirs bosses to sit down with them on a regular basis and let them know where they stood.


That worked fine till the Generation X came along, asking for instantaneous, immediate feedback. Now we can imagine what the Millennials will expect.



The generations clash about feedback style and format: formal v/s frank, verbal v/s written, on the spot v/s a set time. A suave manager realises that feedback that a Boomer finds fair and judicious, can appear uptight and political to an Xer. Similarly feedback that a Generation Xer thinks is immediate and honest can seem hasty and inappropriate to the other generations.




When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. -John Ruskin, author, art critic, and social reformer (1819-1900)





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