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.
Noshir Irani's hut at the French Beach
Ticket per person: Rs 300
Last Date: October 26, 2010 till 1 pm.
KZBM AGM and Thanksgiving Jashan
Wed 24 Nov at 5:30 pm at the Mandal Hall. All members are requested to attend.
Wed 10 Nov at 4:30 pm at the Mandal Hall. All Zarthustis are welcome.
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
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
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.
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
MIT quantum astrophysicist
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
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
(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.
Information up 16 October 2010
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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
Dubash on 11 October
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(continued from previous issue)
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.
Dinner is meant to be enjoyed and the conversation is a fundamental part of it.
Therefore avoid any controversial subjects
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.
(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.
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
Don't hold your
fork while you drink wine.
Finally, be sure
to say thank you to your host before leaving.
Different Generations at Work
Here are answers
to the quiz of last month and how to work around clashpoints between the
1. Career Goals
(Born 1946-1964): Build a stellar career.
(Born 1965-1980): Build a portable career.
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
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
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
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
(Born 1946-1964): Help me balance everyone else and find meaning myself.
(Born 1965-1980): Give me balance now, not when I'm sixty-five.
1981-1999): Work isn't everything; flexibility to balance my activities is.
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
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.
the programmed generation and have the concept of balance drummed into their
heads by their boomer parents.
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
(Born 1946-1964): Once a year, with lots of documentation.
(Born 1965-1980): Sorry to interrupt, but how am I doing?
1981-1999): Feedback whenever I want it at the push of a button.
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
That worked fine
till the Generation X came along, asking for instantaneous, immediate feedback.
Now we can imagine what the Millennials will expect.
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)
Hilla Bharucha (Parsi Colony) and Phiruza Birdie (Cyrus Colony)
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